2017 Market Comparisons in Columbus

The results and data are in for the real estate market comparisons for 2017. According to the Columbus Board or Realtors, the numbers for 2017 as compared with those of 2016 in Columbus are the following:

# of Homes SOLD:          2016 – 2349              2016 – 2489         =    6 % Increase

AVG Sales Price:         2016 – $176,037        2017 – $180,733    =   2.7% Increase

Days on Market:              2016 – 100                   2017 – 96            =    4% Decrease


Up 9% from 2016 to 2017

Slowly but surely, the real estate market is making a comeback in the Columbus area. As the number of foreclosures decrease, hopefully market valuations will increase with the use of non-distressed property sales as the basis for comparisons.

Need some help valuating your home?Please contact me and I will be happy to do a complimentary market analysis on your property for you.  Hoping that all of your real estate wishes come true in 2018.

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They make peoples lives better …..

In these turbulant times in our country and our world, it is enlightening, to say the least, to know someone like Ray Vinson who, along with his friends, strives to make the worDSC00350ld a better place. Ray Vinson and his dedicated crew of good Samaritans have worked for 25 years building ramps for those in need.  Ray stated that his group is comprised of 10 to 15 guys who help regularly to try and build two ramps a month.  According to Ray, “We do not charge for either materials or labor. We pay for the materials generally with money we donate ourselves. although occasionally we have received reimbursement via fedearal grants.  Home Depot gives us some really good discounts and helps alot. I don’t really know where people get our  names, we are not listed anywhere, but I almost always have a iist of 3 to 5 who have a need.”

The motto for Ray and his crew of ramp builders is “We make peoples lives better.” Ray stated that his group does not judge –  “If there are beer cans everywhere and they drive a new car, that has nothing to do with the fact that someone in the house has a problem, and we can help make their lives better. 

Hats off to Ray and his friends who give so generously of themselves and their resources to help others who are in need. They are among the army of folks who help others asking for no recognition or praise. There are definitely angels amony us.  If you know of an angel that you would like for me to include in a blog post, pleaes send me an email to ruthannecurtis@gmail.com.  


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Who is this Man?



If you received my recent “Tennis Tips and Real Estate Clips” newsletter or read my Facebook post featuring the newsletter, you would know who this man is. Be the first to text me and win free movie passes. You can find my cell phone number at the end of the newsletter. Good luck – Ruthie

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Wouldn’t It Be Nice ….

Wouldn’t it be nice if all of the peoples of the world could just simply get along? My granddaughters sent me a picture of this plaque that they saw in an Atlanta garden

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It was tagged “for Mamie” knowing that I am a gardener at heart.  It is so precious the way they are each pointing their little fingers at the plaque.  From L to R: Becca, Alexandra and Lucile.

What a sight it would be to see the leaders of the world standing in a beautiful garden full of colorful flowers signing a peace agreement that would bring peace to all those who inhabit our planet

Promoting Peace in the World Through the Universal Language of Gardens

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Spring has Sprung

Officially, Spring has Sprung in my front yard. Take a look at my fabulous southern Dogwood that made it through our recent cold spell in Columbus, GA. Here in the South, there is one tree deserving of all of the springtime adulation it gets – the flowering dogwood (Comus florida). For us, more than any other tree, they herald spring.

No ornamental flowering tree is so beautiful in so many seasons. In spring, cruciform blossoms of white, pink, and red (yes, red) adorn leafless branches. Though summer isn’t its best season, its layered branches and broad, rounded form give it a tidy and classic look. Autumn is high time for dogwood once again. Among the first trees to show fall color, its leaves turn scarlet to deep wine-crimson. And there’s the added benefit of the delightful red berries that turn bright red about the same time as the leaves begin to change. They remain as long as the birds will let them. Believe it or not, the dogwood is beautiful in winter, too, with it’s biscuit-shaped flower buds, tiered lacy branches, and gray-brown, pebbled bark. A dogwood’s silhouette in winter is pure sculpture.

Healthy dogwoods have few problems. Stressed trees sometime fall victim to borers that chew holes in the bark near the base of the tree. But most bark problems come from careless people who mow or weed-whack too close to the tree and strip off the bark. If your dogwood won’t bloom, it’s most likely that it is planted in too much shade. Flowering plants always do better with adequate hours of sunshine.

My dogwood tree is beautiful, indeed, but it’s even more wonderful against that robin’s-egg blue backdrop.  Blue skies up above ………..


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Super Bowl LI Outside the USA

It seems that not everyone was tuned into last Sunday’s Super Bowl VI.  Perhaps Maggie Smith was having a cup of tea or a stronger libation.  I thought that this picture  was a clever take on the knowledge of the Super Bowl from our neighbors across the ocean. Unfortunately, the Falcons were not tuned in and Tom Brady turned up the notch on his and his team’s play in the second half. Missed opportunity for the Falcons indeed. Just one field goal while we were down on the Patriots’ twenty yard line.  Oh well, hindsight is 20/20!!!  Enjoy your cup of tea !superbowl

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Falcons and Patriots: Their Mascots

Can it really be the FIFTY-FIRST Super Bowl ?!!  This year’s match up is certain to be a duel between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots. Game time is Sunday, February 5 at 6:30 EST on FOX at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. How about their mascots – who are those goofy looking mascot figures that are on the sidelines at each of their games.  None other than Freddie Falcon and Pat Patriot!

falconsFreddie Falcon is the official mascot of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. He was Atlanta, Georgia’s first mascot and has entertained fans for more than 35 years. He has performed in Las Vegas, Orlando, NYC, LA and at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. He has toured Egypt, Puerto Rico, Guam, Japan, Hawaii, and Cuba visiting various military bases and has been showcased in ESPN commercials.

You can spice up your next event with the addition of the world’s greatest mascot, Freddie Falcon. His current rate is $300/hour or $200 for 30 minutes. He offers a discount rate of $175/hour for non-profit organizations, if approved by the Atlanta Falcons. During the season at home games, Freddie can visit you at your tailgate before the game or in your seats during the game. He charges $100 for his 3-5 minute appearance. 

Pat Patriot is the mascot of the New England Patriots, a NFL franchise based in Foxborough, Massachusetts.  He is depicted as a soldier of the Americanne-patriots Revolution. The logo version of Pat wears a tricorne hat and a Continental Army uniform . He was created by Worcester Telegram -Evening Gazette cartoonist Phil Bissell in 1960. The live mascot, Pat, wears the Patriots’ home uniform (currently navy blue jersey with silver pants). He has represented the Patriots as the team’s mascot in Super Bowls: 36,38,39,42,46, and 49. According to one fan, “Unfortunately, in my humble opinion, the NE Patriots mascot is rather freakish looking when translated into an actual mascot costume.”

Most likely, the readers of this blog post are overwhelmingly Falcon fans. On Sunday, look for  Freddie and Pat on the sidelines and impress your fellow Super Bowl watchers with a little mascot trivia.  Have fun and GO FALCONS and FREDDIE!!

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