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  2. yeah they have had their ups and downs on those sites too for sure. they are still a great place for other people to find out about cleveland tho. when it lacks i would just tend to steer people here to uo if they are interested in more details or more current news.
  3. ny certainly has its own memorable smells lol. yep at the top of the list is piss and homeless fragrance. after that would be vehicle exhaust and smoggy days. down the list, but more prominent in da hood would be poultry businesses and dog crap bombs everywhere because the poors dont ever pick it up. truth. way down the list for me, but probably higher on it for some people, would be the street trash and sanitation, but that never bothers me. restaurant kitchen vents do bug me when you walk by them, especially with the fried food. and last on the ny smells list would be the wildcard mystery smells that waft over town ocassionally, leaving you scratching your head. otoh, all is forgiven after a storm when it smells great for awhile, it really does! or anytime when you are near the water.
  4. ^ good tip. i bet dayton doesnt miss those smells from the mead paper days.
  5. mrnyc

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    ^ loain, loaine, lorain, lorraine, charleston, take yr pick, huh? nice to see. they are trying and its paying off, albeit glacially. my bro told me they did something with renovating the broadway bldg again recently and there are a couple new bars or coffeeshop or something.
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  7. So this kind of intersects with a few projects in here- soccer stadium, possible jail relocation, etc.- thoughts? "The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to auction off 28.72 acres in downtown Cleveland late this year. The state acquired most of the land in 2011 to provide access and construction-staging areas for the Inner Belt project." https://www.cleveland.com/business/2020/02/odot-to-sell-land-near-progressive-field-including-site-considered-for-soccer-stadium.html
  8. This is incorrect. It was always built to be an office building with the first phase completed in 1996. https://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2011/04/24/chase-building-a-city-unto-itself.html ”The History Bank One, bought by Chase in 2004, completed the first phase of the building in 1996. The second phase, which more than doubled its size, was finished in 2001. The bank, which had employees scattered in offices throughout the area, opened the building as part of a move to concentrate employees into a handful of locations in the city.“
  9. Fantastic news, but the most amazing part of the article is the name of the reporter!
  10. ...but at the same time, anecdotally it appears to me that walking has gone down in Cincinnati even as the population has increased in recent years. It's now popular to buy a home in a prewar walkable neighborhoods, but not to actually walk aside from walking the designer dog.
  11. I know the rental and condo markets aren’t one and the same, but if you look at the rent-to-value ratio of Lumen vs some of the nearby condos popping up.... I think rents like this bode extremely well for the condo market. Compared to 12th and Ave and the Knez townhomes, the RTV ratio is like 1.2-1.5% for the 3 br units.
  12. You do get more square footage and a larger lot on average in Columbus, but the necessity of those things is often overblown even for people with kids. Like with newer houses and their barren 12x16 bathrooms with only one pedestal sink. What good does that do?
  13. Also, I have heard that the FHA does not approve loans in the fall zones of radio towers. This has been a major issue for Cincinnati because the various broadcast towers loom over prime starter home zones like Mt. Auburn and Price Hill. I bought my house with a conventional loan - as I type this I am in the fall radius of the WLWT broadcast tower.
  14. ^I last heard the Beacon was 85% leased. After only a few months, which is impressive. So based on that, I wouldn’t hesitate to say that Lumen will follow suit. The demand is there, and clearly there are plenty of people out there willing to pay the high price point and snatch up these types of downtown units.
  15. FHA guidelines require an estimated 2 years left in the life of a roof. I'm not sure about the furnace. You do need "all mechanicals" in working order. This means the seller needs to pay for this stuff BEFORE the closing. It puts the seller in a tough spot if the FHA buyer backs out after the piddly repairs are made, since they likely won't recover that expense if they sell to someone with a conventional mortgage or a cash buyer. With FHA they obviously don't want people who can barely afford a house to get one that faces a lot of immediate repairs. Also, if they do lose the house, there is some hope for the house to get a bit more at auction since it did achieve a level of decency in the recent past.
  16. Is the Beacon renting well? I’m asking because if the prices are similar it could give an idea of how these may do. Last time I saw on here someone said it was 50% leased.
  17. Hmmm, so something like the roof is 20 years old or the furnace is from 1972 will get the boot from an FHA inspection but an individual buying it with cash or a conventional bank loan would be like "meh" then?
  18. If anything the SW development will be a net addition of parking to downtown. The garages they build there are going to be more than what is there currently, and its going to free up an equal number of spots tied to their current hq that they no longer will be using. A shame people will walk an extra block though...
  19. I'm excited for this but I wish they would just match the brick color of the existing building.
  20. jonoh81

    Coronavirus

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-calls-coronavirus-hysteria-the-democrats-new-hoax-011312448.html I mean, what could go wrong when the president believes this is all a hoax.
  21. The problem with those homes is that they need to pass an FHA inspection in order to attract many if not most first-time homebuyers, which is a little stricter than a bank's inspection. So it can be tougher to buy a $90,000 house than a flipped $130,000 house. The inspection process is just one more confusing episode for first-time home buyers. Unfortunately people are scared away from good homes due to some "doomsday" detail in the inspection.
  22. Get thee to the Uncool Crescent, which is brimming with listings such as this one: https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1743-Alcoy-Dr_Columbus_OH_43227_M40141-29656?view=qv Nonetheless, things have really gotten out of hand in the past few years. These 90K properties would have been only $65K four years ago. A house on my street that sold in 2014 for $79K is listed at $130K. Yeah the inside has been "updated" (gray paint and trim painted white) but nothing like an all new kitchen or bathroom: https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/336-West-St_Groveport_OH_43125_M36052-50883?view=qv
  23. Just wait it out unless you have $100k in cash sitting around that you didn't have sitting around back in October, in which case I wouldn't hesitate to put it all in a broad index fund. It's impossible to time the bottom just like how it's impossible to time the top. Where things could get hairy is if this actually gets a little real then home buying and selling will start to get goofy. In the inefficient market will become even more inefficient than usual. If it gets really bad the banks and title agencies and county recorders will be understaffed which will make it hard to get qualified and in some cases purchase contracts will expire.
  24. Columbus is one of the country's toughest markets to find a home, report says After months of being one of the nation's hottest housing markets, Central Ohio just landed a new label. Realtor.com has now named us one of the toughest places in the country to buy a house. Central Ohio ranked seventh on the website's list of the toughest markets for homebuyers, based on the area's 9% decline in listings year-over-year in January and 13% increase in median listing prices year-over-year to $285,000. ... The squeeze on homes for sale at any one time means homes are selling faster and seeing more competition for buyers, driving prices up. Currently, houses priced below $350,000 are selling in an average of 27 days, with those $350,000 to $500,000 selling in about 46 days. In a healthy market with more supply, those same houses sell in about 90 days. MORE: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2020/02/19/columbus-isone-of-the-countrys-toughest-markets-to.html
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    Historic Photos

    That's Loain, not Lorain.
  26. Anyone ready to pile in after the downturn or waiting it out?
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