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January 28, 2012 - Heather Ziegler
Anyone in Ohio County looking to buy a house may have noticed that some of the same properties have been on the market for months and months while the few, smaller, single-story homes are gobbled up without ever being placed on the real estate pages. I understand that the number of homes for sale in and around Wheeling was about 350 just a year ago and that number is down to nearly half as many today. For the sellers, that's great that they have been able to turn over the properties. For those looking to buy, it's dismal news. Many of the older, large homes have fallen into disrepair or have simply been abandoned for various reasons. Prices remain high despite the economy around us. There are not many "medium priced" homes and the lower-priced properties often need major work. Maybe all that open ground in downtown -- when the city-owned buildings come down -- could be transformed into some decent garden type homes for the baby boomers looking for smaller quarters with a little green space. Sooner or later some of the older homes will have to be torn down and my hope is new homes could be built. We are an older population in this area and empty-nesters are looking to downsize. Give some thought, Wheeling leaders.


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