Janis Brenneman
ABR, CNE, SHS, RRS

Working hard to make it easy for you!

Akron Office, OH
2603 West Market Street
Akron, OH 44313
(330) 836-9300

Working hard to make it easy for YOU!

A full time realtor since 2003, I am pleased to have worked on the Ann Kyner Team for many years beginning in 1999.  In 2010 I began working independently.  I am an Accredited Buyer's Representative, a Certified Negotiation Expert, a Senior Housing Specialist, and a Residential Relocation Specialist.  I am very proud to be a consistent recipient of the Howard Hanna Superior Quality Service Award. 

In 2012 and in 2013, I was the Akron office Top Producer as an individual agent for the most homes sold with 42 and 45 successes respectively, and am a mega-million dollar producer. I am also a recipient of the National Sales Excellence Award putting me in the top 5% of realtors nationally and was awarded the OAR 2015 Presidents Sales Club Award of Distinction.

 I attended Bowling Green State University majoring in Mathematics, and Kent State University, majoring in Business Administration.  I truly enjoy working with and acquiring new "friends" and helping them with one of their most major transactions, the sale or purchase of their home.

Member: Akron Cleveland Association of Realtors; Ohio Association of Realtors; National Association of Realtors

From the Akron Beacon Journal on July 25, 2017, Rick Armon writes the following:

Residential property values are rising in Summit County for the first time in more than a decade.

The latest three-year update shows that values climbed an average of 8 percent countywide, representing about $2.3 billion in new value.

The increase, spurred by stronger housing sales, is positive news for homeowners who saw their values plummet after the Great Recession.

“We’re seeing values rebounding to pre-recession levels for the most part,” county Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise said Monday.

The county began mailing notices this week to individual property owners informing them of their new values.

The countywide increase, which will be reflected on next year’s tax bills, follows three consecutive declines. Values dipped 1 percent in 2008, 8 percent in 2011 and 3 percent in 2014.

The update is based on valid home sales over the last three years and doesn’t include foreclosures.

The total value of residential and agricultural property is now estimated at $26.7 billion. Meanwhile, commercial and industrial values grew 0.5 percent to $7 billion.

Biggest gains

In this year’s update, 11 of the county’s 31 cities, villages and townships saw double-digit gains.

Boston Township was on top with a 19 percent surge, which was attributed to several new custom-built homes. Meanwhile, the small communities of Clinton (14 percent) and Peninsula (13 percent) also saw big increases.

Peninsula resident Chanah Spencer, who also serves with the Peninsula Area Chamber of Commerce, wasn’t surprised by the increase, noting that the village and Boston Township are between Akron and Cleveland, have easy access to local highways and are inside the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

“We are in a highly desirable area,” she said.

Hudson — always seen as one of the most coveted communities in the county — also experienced a 13 percent increase. It was one of only two communities not to see a drop in values three years ago. The other was neighboring Twinsburg Township.

No community saw a decline in the latest update, although increases in Akron (2 percent) and Barberton (3 percent) lagged the others.

Akron has been struggling with foreclosures and housing issues in many neighborhoods for years.

For appraisal purposes, the county is broken into more than 1,000 small neighborhoods, meaning there are ranges — sometimes significant ranges — within communities.

For example, the extremes in Akron were a gain of 30 percent in the Home Avenue/Independence Avenue area in the city’s Chapel Hill neighborhood, and 24 percent declines in the Goodyear Boulevard/Brittain Road area in Goodyear Heights and Kenmore Boulevard/West Wilbeth/East Avenue areas in Kenmore.

Akron could have seen another overall decline but the city was buoyed by strong increases in west side neighborhoods, including Northwest Akron and Merriman Hills and Merriman Valley.

Bottom line

The bottom line for homeowners — and communities, schools and agencies that rely on property taxes — is that taxes generally go up or down with property values. But because taxes are affected by a variety of factors, including inside or nonvoted millage versus voter-approved millage, they don’t go up or down in the same percentage as values.

In general, homeowners tend to want their values to be high when they are selling their home and low when they are living there.

Statewide increases

Summit isn’t alone in seeing an increase in values.

Counties around Ohio that are undergoing full reappraisals and updates this year are reporting residential gains.

The Ohio Department of Taxation has approved increases for a slew of counties already, including Ashland (12 percent), Delaware, (12 percent) Franklin (14 percent), Geauga (7 percent), Henry (9 percent), Montgomery (6 percent) and Seneca (5 percent).

“People are watching closely and if they are low, they want to be up,” Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes said about the reaction from homeowners.

More home sales

One of the encouraging signs in Summit, Scalise said, is that more homes are being sold.

In the three-year period from 2005 to 2007, there were 23,045 residential properties sold in the county.

That fell to a low of 11,836 from 2008 to 2010 and rebounded to 16,218 in the latest reappraisal period.

Rebounding values

While property values went up everywhere in Summit, many communities still are catching up to pre-recession levels.

Current values are higher than the pre-recession ones in only nine communities: Boston Township, Boston Heights, Clinton, Green, Hudson, Mogadore, New Franklin, Peninsula and Silver Lake.

“We are very close to where we were before the crash,” said Jim Fox, president of the Akron Cleveland Association of Realtors board and a vice president at Stouffer Realty. “It’s very positive.”

He wasn’t surprised by the growth in Summit because he’s seen strong, steady sales, with well-priced homes in good locations being snapped up.

Fox noted that buyers can think overnight about pulling the trigger in today’s market but there’s a saying going around: “You can sleep on it; you just won’t be sleeping in it.”

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