Joshua Morrison/News Members of the Knox County Board of Realtors, from left, Jeri Scott, Gina Oswalt, Sibley Poland, Holly Blanchard-Hoar, Al Lindeman, Anissa Treen, Dustin Graham and Chris Harmon.

Joshua Morrison/Mount Vernon News

Members of the Knox County Board of Realtors, from left, Jeri Scott, Gina Oswalt, Sibley Poland, Holly Blanchard Hoar, Al Lindeman, Anissa Treen, Dustin Graham and Chris Harmon. Request this photo


MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Board of Realtors held their first meeting of the year and welcomed its new board of directors. The board of directors this year will include Al Lindeman as president, Sibley Poland as vice president and Chris Harmon as secretary-treasurer. It will also include Dustin Graham, Anissa Treen, Holly Blanchard-Hoar and Gina Oswalt.

Lindeman spoke to the News afterward, giving some information regarding this upcoming year. When asked about any new statistics about the real estate market in the county, he say he has recently compared these past few weeks, from Jan. 1 to Feb. 13, to last year’s sales of the same time and said that they were up 14 percent with over $8 million in dollar volume compared to the $7,042,375 of last year. This includes only information from local multiple listing services for Knox County and does not include sales information from individual homeowner sales or larger listing services.

“The real estate in Knox County is strong,” Lindeman said, voicing his own opinion about the state of it at the moment. “In this community, the outlook for real estate is good.”

He gives credit to the businesses in the area, saying they are drawing in more business. He said that the larger areas, such as Columbus, are discovering what the community has to offer, such as the parks and rivers along with businesses such as the Woodward. These features, in Lindeman’s opinion, is what’s drawing people to move to the area.

“It’s the obligation of the board to protect the integrity of the business,” Lindeman said, giving some information about what the board of realtors does.

The board also serves to educate the public and protect the standards and ethics that go into being a Realtor. The board also makes sure that the Realtors are complying with the ethics and codes and are held accountable for their actions.

He also explained that to him, the board was there to bridge the gap with the public to make sure the public knows what the Realtors are there to do. He emphasized that the board of realtors is there to help the public.

Lindeman said that the main goal they have for this year is to focus on bridging the gap with the public. They have scheduled several events for each of the seasons to be involved in the community in some way. For the Spring:

•Application, essay and transcripts are due for Scholarship Essay Contest.

•April 4: Apple Valley Spring Clean Up.

•April 21: Adopt a Highway for “Earth Day” …(rain day April 21.)

•April 28: MTV Spring Clean Up …(rain date April 30.)

•May 7: PR Committee Meeting at 11 a.m. at Board Office.


•First Fridays.

•June 9: Adopt a Highway …(rain day June 10.)

•Aug. 11: Adopt a Highway …(rain date Aug. 12.)


•Homecoming Concessions “Athletics Dept.”

•Oct. 20: Adopt a Highway …(rain date Oct. 21.)


•Veteran’s Wreath Placement.

•Dec. 8 and Dec. 17: Bell Ringing.

Lindeman said the Realtors do Spring cleanups for “Earth Day” throughout the community in Apple Valley and Mount Vernon, and Adopt a Highway (a 2-mile stretch of Ohio 299 West that is maintained four times a year). They also volunteer at the Habitat for Humanity, a scholarship program for each of the six local schools in Knox County (Mount Vernon, Centerburg, Fredericktown, East Knox, Danville and Knox County Career Center), a blood drive for the Red Cross, and bell ringing for the Salvation Army.

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