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Knox County Ohio Home Sales For May 2011

by Sam Miller


May 2011 Home Sales

 May 2010 Home Sales - There were 54 homes that sold for a grand total of $6,241,542.

The differences between May 2011 compared to May 2010 is that in May 2011 there were XX fewer sales this May compared to the May of 2010.  This is a reduction in Knox County Ohio homes sales of XX%.  Every real estate company that was listed in the Knox County Ohio MLS in 2010 saw a reduction in home sales except REMAX Stars.  REMAX Stars not only experienced an increase in the number of their own listings SOLD but 

Preparing Your Home To Sell Series

by Sam Miller

I was on a listing appointment with a home owner today and as they were taking me through the home they asked me if they should replace the 1960's carpeting.  The typical response of a real estate agent would be "Yes, let's replace that old carpeting with a soft neutral carpet.  However, my answer was a little different especially in the current market.  I asked the owner if they minded if I removed one of their furnace registers and they said that would be fine.  Once I removed the heating register we quickly found some very nice hardwood flooring underneath that old carpeting.  My immediate response went like this "I don't think we will be needing new carpeting and you may have just saved between $3,000 to $5,000 because the hardwood looks like new".  

The reality is that many real estate agents have bought into the notion that in order to successfully sell a home in this market the home must have all new carpeting, all new stainless appliances and granite or solid surface counter tops.  The current housing market is challenging but the reality is that there are many cases where the home owner should simply focus on some decluttering of the home and making the home feel clean, nice and neat.   This approach can pay bigger dividends than spending thousands of dollars on expensive upgrades because spending thousands of dollars doesn't guarantee you will always see a higher sales price.  Certainly there are cases where making the upgrades pays off but before you do this you should evaluate the competing homes in your price range.  When a home owner hires The Sam Miller Team to sell their home one of the first things we do is review all of the competing homes so that we know which homes will be our stiffest competition.  This enables us to be able to determine exactly what we will need to do to be competitive.  

If you are serious about selling your home in the current housing market give us a call at (740) 397-7800 and we will give you realistic recommendations that can help you reduce the selling time and we will get your home SOLD for you.  

365 Things To Do in Knox County Ohio Highlight Video

by Sam Miller


Apple Valley Lake

Our friends at I-CONN Video created a montage video for our Chamber of Commerce which highlights many of our community attractions, activities and industries that are located within Knox County Ohio.  This video is a perfect fit for our ongoing 365 Things To Do in Knox County Ohio series.  This video takes you on a fast paced tour and includes video footage of concerts, Kenyon College, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, The Knox County Fair, Dan Emmett Dixie Days, The Kokosing Gap Trail Bike and Walking Path, high school sporting events, Mount Vernon Hiawatha Water Park and Swimming Pools, The Apple Valley Lake, Foundation Park and more.  After you watch this 4 minute video you will quickly see why I love helping people buy and sell real estate here in Knox County Ohio.  I am not aware of another similar sized Ohio community that offers more amenities and fun things to do than Knox County Ohio.  

I hope you enjoy the video and I would love to have you add a comment below and share your favorite community amenity.  I would also love for you to comment below and share with us a community amenity that you would love for us to highlight in an upcoming feature article.365 Things To Do in Knox County Ohio series is brought to you by Sam Miller of REMAX Stars Realty and is part of


Our Real Estate Sign Van Gets A New Look

by Sam Miller


Sam Miller Real Estate Sign Van Pages Graphic

Our real estate sign van has an all new look thanks to Rod Zolman of Sharx Design.  Rod has been a personal friend and a real estate client of ours for years and Rod does amazing work.  Rod and I really wanted to capture the look and feel of our new website and at the same time help promote and drive additional traffic to  We couldn't be happier with the finished product.  

Tonight was the first night that our sign van hit the road and the reactions from other drivers was pretty spectacular.  One of our goals with the new truck was to create a traveling warehouse of real estate signs, directional signs, specialty sign riders, brochure boxes, real estate marketing supplies and tools that we use and loan out to our clients and customers.  Repurposing our van is going to save our team so much time and enhance our day to day efficiency. 

If you haven't checked out our Real Estate website you will be pleasantly surprised at all the new home search functions we built into it.  You can now search and view homes by community, by specific price ranges, by specific school districts, you can search and view homes with large lots and acreage and dozens of other customized searches.  

Here are some sample links:

New Listings in Knox County

April Home Sales Report for Knox County Ohio

by Sam Miller


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Foundation Park in Mount Vernon, Ohio

by Sam Miller


Foundation Park in Mount Vernon Ohio Photo by Sam Miller

Mount Vernon Ohio features many amazing public parks and Foundation Park is one of our newest additions within our community.  Foundation Park is a serious hot spot for those who enjoy fishing, fun and natural beauty.  The park was once the home of Goodwin Sand and Gravel and as young kids my brother and I used to fish and catch turtles there.  One of my favorite childhood memories was watching our cousin Joe McQueen catch the biggest catfish I had ever seen.  Foundation Park has gone through a remarkable transformation and the lakes are well stocked with fish.  Each time I visit Foundation Park I always keep a watchful eye out hoping that I might see a turtle or two.    

Foundation Park Shoreline in Mount Vernon Ohio Photo by Sam Miller

Special Event:  The Knox County Fish and Game Association's Annual Fishing Derby at Foundation Park.  This special event is for children ages 1-16 and is this coming Saturday May 7th, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 2.p.m.  This is a FREE fishing weekend.  Bring your children and enjoy.  There will be prizes awarded for the biggest fish, the smallest fish and quantity of fish caught.  FREE refreshments for children.  Limited equipment will be available and bait provided.   If you have never visited Foundation Park this weekend could be the perfect opportunity for a little fun.  

Foundation Park Bench in Mount Vernon Ohio Photo by Sam Miller

This Mount Vernon Ohio community highlight is part of our "365 Things To Do in Knox County Ohio" series.  We are continually adding new Knox County Ohio community amenities including hundreds of area attractions, unique restaurants, entertainment, health and fitness locations, car shows, festivals and more.  If you have the inside track on an upcoming community event that you would like to see featured in our 365 Things To Do in Knox County Ohio be sure to reach out to us and we will do our best to help spread the message.



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