August 3, 2015

2015 Parade of Homes to be held in fall

The Building Industry Association (BIA) is making some big changes to their annual Parade of Homes event. For the first time, this year's Parade of Homes will be held in the fall. Typically a summer event, the 2015 Parade of Homes has been scheduled for September 19th through October 4th. According to the Parade of Homes Facebook page, this change allows the builders more time to complete the houses after recovering from a long winter.

The change of season also brings about changes in theme. BIA promises fun, fall activities and beautiful autumn scenery in this year's Parade of Homes location, a new golf course community near Polaris. Northstar Community, a 1700-acre development from Nationwide Realty Investors, will be divided into residential and commercial areas, and will also provide locations for elementary and middle schools.

The homes in this year's Parade will range in price from $500,000 to $800,00 and will include the following builders:
  • Fischer Homes
  • Coppertree Homes
  • M/I Homes
  • P & D Builders
  • Rockford Homes
  • Weaver Custom Homes
Tickets for the 2015 Parade of Homes are $15 (children 12 and under are free) and can be purchased online or at the door. BIA is also offering a preview party on September 17th in which attendees can get a sneak peak of this year's homes, while enjoying a progressive menu from Cameron Mitchell.

For more information on the 2015 Parade of Homes, visit biaparade.com


July 30, 2015

Looking back at Ballantrae's 'Bunny Park'


Do you know the story of Ballantrae's famous “Dancing Hares” statue?

The 15-foot bronze bunnies were designed by artist Sophie Ryder in 2001, and were commissioned specifically for the community by Mr. Peter Edwards. Each rabbit had to be shipped to their Ballantrae Park location separately, and are so heavy that multiple cranes were required to lift each sculpture and put it in position.

The unique trio of rabbits are posed in “boxing” positions, to mimic the fighting stance of hares seen during mating season. Each of the rabbits has random household items and toys hidden in their fur, which invites closer inspection.

The statues were meant to be both a whimsical decoration and an interactive experience. Visitors to the park are encouraged to touch and explore the statues to see how many hidden items they can find.

 
 
Sources:
http://www.ballantrae-dublin.com/dancinghares.aspx

July 29, 2015

Dublin Moms Small Business Expo to be held Auguest 8th

The second annual Dublin Moms Small Business Expo will be held at the Dublin Community Recreation Center this year. The event will take place on Saturday, August 8th from 10am to 12pm. The expo will feature over 25 vendors from the Dublin area with a variety of crafts and merchandise available for purchase. There will also be representatives from organizations like doTerra, Thirty One Gifts, Mary Kay, and The Pampered Chef. In lieu of an admission price, attendees are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item for donation to the Dublin Food Pantry.

July 26, 2015

June Home Sale Inventory On the Rise, Prices Highest Ever


 
According to a report released by Columbus REALTORS, there were over 7500 homes for sale in central Ohio this June, which is a 2.5% increase over last year and the highest number for 2015 so far.

Columbus REALTORS President Kathy Shiflet thinks this growth means homeowners realize its a good time to sell.

“Central Ohio homeowners have realized it's an opportune time to put their home on the market. . .” she said. “Both the real estate industry and the temperatures were hot last month!”

Furthermore, homes are still selling quickly in central Ohio with homes spending an average of just 47 days on the market, which is down 15 days from 2014.

More good news: home sale prices are on the rise, as well. Last month, the average home sale price for central Ohio was $206, 061. According to Columbus REALTORS, this is the highest on record.

Many think this hot market is here to stay. According to the report, 93% of central Ohio REALTORS expect this trend to continue with prices rising over the next year.

It seems that now is a great time to sell your home. If you're considering selling your home, visit my website and contact me to see how I can help. I am a full time Realtor with a 100% focus on serving Sellers (and Buyers!) in Central Ohio.

July 25, 2015

The five central Ohio communities where home values increased the most


 

According to an article in The Columbus Dispatch, Upper Arlington homeowners who bought their homes in April of 2009 saw the greatest appreciation in home value in all of central Ohio. Upper Arlington home values reportedly increased 28% from 2009 to 2015.

Based on a report compiled by Zillow, Bexley homeowners who bought in April 2010 also saw a large growth in home value. Buyers in 2010 were able to snag their homes for a median price of $233, 600. Those same homes now have a median value of $296,700.

Three other communities in the central Ohio area saw appreciation in their home's value over the past few years. Worthington saw 19.8% rise from 2009, Marysville saw a 17.6% rise since 2011 and Reynoldsburg home values grew by 15% since 2012.
If you're interested in buying or selling a home in these areas (or anywhere in Central Ohio)  visit my website and contact me to see how I can help. I am a full time Realtor with a 100% focus on serving Sellers and Buyers in Central Ohio.
 
 

July 24, 2015

Harold's American Grille to open in Old Worthington


via ThisWeek
 
Patrons of Old Worthington will soon have a new dining option to try out. Harold's American Grille opens this week at 671 High Street.

The restaurant is described as an “upscale-casual” option according to an article in The Columbus Dispatch, but also reasonably priced. Patrons can enjoy entrees under $20 and steaks for $25. The menu reflects local favorites from many spots across the country. Harold's also uses local ingredients where possible.

As for drink options, the restaurant is said to be stocked with a variety of craft beers and 60 wine selections.

Harold's will be open this week for lunch and dinner, and plans to start serving breakfast on the weekends in the future.

July 23, 2015

Emerald City Music Games to be held at Coffman High School


via ThisWeek
Dublin will soon host top-ranked Drum Corps International bands at Coffman High School as part of The Emerald City Music Games. The Games will take place July 27 at the Coffman football stadium.

The Blue Devils from California and the Canton Bluecoats, who were the first and second place finishers at the world champions last year, will take the field at the Games for performances. The groups will also host workshops for marching band members at Scioto High School. Other drum corps groups performing are the Blue Stars, Colts, Crossmen, Pioneer, and The Troopers.

According to ThisWeek, The Emerald City Music Games will allow spectators the opportunity to see top-ranked drum corps while enjoying a summer evening under the lights. Food trucks will be parked at the event to give attendees a variety of on-site dining options.

Tickets for the Games are available online and at the door and range in price from $18 to $35. For more information, visit emeraldcitygames.org