Realtors in the Greater Akron area expect to move more "For Sale" signs off of front lawns this spring and summer.
"We had a very, very strong fourth quarter of 2011 and we're set to have a very strong first quarter of 2012," Ali Whitley said, president of the Akron Area Board of Realtors.
Whitley says pending and closing sales are up by about 37 percent from last year. February figures in Ohio jumped 20 percent from the same time in 2011. The state of Ohio has seen eight straight months of growth, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
"Our sales have closed up and our pending sales are up as well, which leads us to believe that our closings will be strong throughout the whole first quarter of 2012 and moving into the summer," she said.
With new owners moving in, it could become competitive to find the right fit for those moving out.
"The inventory of homes available is going down. A home that is priced right and in good condition, is going to sell now," Whitley said.
She says families searching for their new home sweet home should be prepared to put down an offer and negotiate if they find what they want.
"If it is the home that you would love, make an offer and try to negotiate that sale," she said.
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Pricing strategies sometimes means more or less work on the consumer's end.
Before you take your credit card on a swiping spree, a former branding consultant and current Kent State University assistant professor in advertising, Danielle Coombs, shares her advice on what to watch for.
If you open your Sunday newspaper or search online to find deals at JCPenny, you may have noticed less clutter and no more coupons. Coombs says the retailer is trying to appeal to busy members of society, especially woman on the hunt for their next outfit. While she's not sure what the end results of the initiative will look like, the "fair and square" approach could work.
"I think it fits with the consumer mindset," she said. "People feel like they're being asked to do a lot of work as consumers."
JCPenny's big push for "everyday prices" is at the opposite end of the spectrum when you compare it to Kohls.
Those who carry a Kohls credit card are offered close to 18 mailers with additional coupons each year. And then there's the Kohls Cash (often earning $10 for every $50 spent).
Layering coupons, watching the weekly ads and the extra Kohls cash is a process that Coombs says works in terms of pricing strategies and creating a trend.
"They really brilliantly bring you in, you get money, and then you have to come back in quickly to spend it again," she said. "So it starts becoming a habit ."
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"Be thoughtful about what places we're going to and are they giving us what we need," Coombs said.
"We don't have the time to go to ten store to achieve one goal," she said.
"That's really effective and there's a ton out there on the Internet that can give you really specific direction that can give you where to get the best deals at the best time," she said.
Looks like Akron and its police union have come to terms on an amendment to their contract.
FOP Lodge 7 President Paul Hlynsky tells AkronNewsNow.com, he's not ready to reveal details of the tentative deal, until he discusses it with all FOP members.
In recent months, Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic has requested the department's new chief, James Nice, examine ways to better staff officers to combat crime.
Follow AkronNewsNow.com for the latest developments on this story as more information becomes available.
Over the weekend, 28-year old Jeffrey Thompson, of Florida, was arrested on battery and disorderly conduct charges for allegedly punching the restaurant's manager, according to the Huffington Post.
Yeah, apparently Thompson's undress while singing at the neighborhood favorite eatery wasn't well-received. When the manager asked him to step away from the mic, police say Thompson threw a punch strong enough to knock him out. A cop was eating there at the time and chased Thompson down.
Read more here about why the suspect left a note that said "drunk" on a stolen bike for law enforcement to find.
Police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, say someone snatched a poodle named Pip from a 4-year-old girl's arms right in front of her house.
After someone saw the story about the poddle they had purchased on the news, they returned the dog. See the video report from KOAT-TV!
Cops now believe the same two women who sold Pip, could be linked to other crimes.
From a bad spider bite to a woman who needed a few divorces before she could marry for the "first" time-- here's my roundup of a weird news stories in the news today.
A woman from the Big Apple is trying to pick up the pieces after her identity was stolen.
The Huffington Post reports the New York City woman says someone used her birth certificate in three marriages to men from other countries.
The worst part about this ... she found out about it when she applied for a marriage license in 2004 and was turned away.
One of her former hubby's is from Ecuador. While two of the marriage have already been nullified, she's still working to erase another one on New York's Long Island.
Cops in Tennessee are still scratching their heads over a mysterious hard-sided suitcase.
Click here to find out why.
The Texas woman told the Daily Mail that the venomous brown recluse spider bite almost blinded her and it ended up taking part of her ear. She says it bit her on the back of her neck.
Doctors had to surgically remove the dead tissue near her ear.
And that's your Dirty Laundry!
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Update at 12:46 p.m.
Akron Firefighters finished battling a house fire on Douglas Street and now investigators are working to determine a cause.
The home near the dead end of the street was fully engulfed in flames.
"The fire was severe enought to melt siding on homes on either sides of the house ... it was pretty severe," Bragg said.
Calls came into the department at about 9 a.m. Friday as some say they saw smoke billowing out of a window.
The flames apparently started on the front porch and spread to the rest of the house.
One firefighter was overcome by heat exhaustion and was taken to the hospital. No one else was injured.
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Two suspects were arrested after a Springfield Township home was found engulfed in flames.
Firefighters were able to control the blaze in the 2400 block of Ladd St. Thursday morning, but the house is a total loss.
The homeowner was not at the residence at the time of the fire, but officers say witnesses lead them to two suspects seen leaving the home shortly before it started.
Both Doug Congrove Jr., 22, of Springfield Township, and Allen Keller, 21, of Akron, were taken into custody. The two were charged with felony burglary and theft. Keller also faces aggravated arson charges.
Following an investigation, police say it appeared they had burglarized the home, then set the fire and stood by to watch it burn.
Both are now being held in the Summit County Jail.
A suspect in a 2011 Akron home invasion appeared in court Thursday morning to face a list of charges.
Micahel A. Hollis Jr., 20, of Akron, entered a not guilty plea during his arraginment at Akron Municipal Court. Hollis Jr.'s bond was set at $100,000.
He's charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary, among other charges in connection with the Sept. 9 incident where he and a victim suffered gunshot wounds.
Akron Police say Hollis Jr. and two other suspects were armed and forced their way into a home in the 300 block of Madison Avenue, then held a victim at gunpoint while working their way through the house in search for money.
A hearing is scheduled for March 16.
The National Weather Service has issued a Thunderstorm Warning for Medina County.
The warning remains in effect until 6:15 a.m. Thursday.
The storm is capable of producing quarter-size hail.
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