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  • Waiting To Buy a Home Could Cost You [INFOGRAPHIC]Waiting To Buy a Home Could Cost You [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights If you’re thinking of buying a home but wondering if waiting a few years will save you in the long run, think again. The longer the wait, the more you’ll pay, especially when mortgage rates and home prices rise. Even the slightest change in the mortgage rate can have a big impact on your buying power no matter your price point. Don’t assume waiting will save you money. Let’s connect to set the ball into motion today while mortgage rates are hovering near historic lows. Read more »
  • Home Sellers: There Is an Extra Way To Welcome Home Our VeteransHome Sellers: There Is an Extra Way To Welcome Home Our Veterans
    Some veterans are finding it difficult to obtain a home in today’s market. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR): “Conventional conforming mortgages (mortgages that conform to guidelines set by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac), accounted for 74% of mortgages obtained by homebuyers in May 2021, an increase from about 65% during 2018 through […] Read more »
  • 4 Reasons Why the End of Forbearance Will Not Lead to a Wave of Foreclosures4 Reasons Why the End of Forbearance Will Not Lead to a Wave of Foreclosures
    With forbearance plans about to come to an end, many are concerned the housing market will experience a wave of foreclosures like what happened after the housing bubble 15 years ago. Here are four reasons why that won’t happen. 1. There are fewer homeowners in trouble this time After the last housing crash, about 9.3 […] Read more »
  • A Look at Housing Supply and What It Means for SellersA Look at Housing Supply and What It Means for Sellers
    One of the hottest topics of conversation in today’s real estate market is the shortage of available homes. Simply put, there are many more potential buyers than there are homes for sale. As a seller, you’ve likely heard that low supply is good news for you. It means your house will get more attention, and […] Read more »
  • 3 Hot Topics in the Housing Market Right Now3 Hot Topics in the Housing Market Right Now
    If you’re a prospective buyer or seller, it’s important to understand the current real estate market conditions and how they affect you. The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) just released its Top Ten Issues Affecting Real Estate report. Here are three hot topics from the list and how they impact today’s housing market. Technology Acceleration and […] Read more »
  • Pop Quiz: Can You Define These Key Terms in Today’s Housing Market? [INFOGRAPHIC]Pop Quiz: Can You Define These Key Terms in Today’s Housing Market? [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights The language of buying and selling a home may sound scary at first, but knowing how key terms relate to today’s market can help you. For example, current low mortgage rates and higher wages positively impact affordability for buyers, while home price appreciation continues to grow home equity, which sellers can use to fuel a move up. Terms like appraisal (what lenders rely on to validate a home’s value) and contingencies (which buyers can minimize to make their offer stand out) directly impact the transaction. You don’t need to be fluent in the language of the market to… Read more »
  • Today’s Real Estate Market Explained Through 4 Key TrendsToday’s Real Estate Market Explained Through 4 Key Trends
    As we move into the second half of the year, one thing is clear: the current real estate market is one for the record books. The exact mix of conditions we have today creates opportunities for both buyers and sellers. Here’s a look at four key components that are shaping this unprecedented market. A Shortage […] Read more »
  • Remote Work Has Changed Our Home Needs. Is It Time for Your Home To Change, Too?Remote Work Has Changed Our Home Needs. Is It Time for Your Home To Change, Too?
    Over the past year, many homeowners realized what they need in a home is changing, especially with the rise in remote work. If you’re longing for a dedicated home office or a change in scenery, now may be the time to find the home that addresses your evolving needs. Working from Home Isn’t a Passing […] Read more »
  • 8 Places for a Sculpture Walk Around Columbus8 Places for a Sculpture Walk Around Columbus
    Public art has long been part of the fabric of Columbus, with an eclectic collection of sculptures, monuments, and memorials spread throughout some of the city's most popular public gathering places. You never know where you might stumble upon a unique sculpture as you tour the area, and the outstanding collection of parks in Columbus provide the perfect backdrop for many of the most iconic public sculptures in the city. Ready to start exploring? Start with our guide to eight great places for a sculpture walk around Columbus. Topiary Garden 480 E. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215 Where else can… Read more »
  • Columbus: Get Creative for Your Next Taco TuesdayColumbus: Get Creative for Your Next Taco Tuesday
    Looking for a new Taco Tuesday destination? Luckily, Columbus is known for having the best taco scene around. Tacos started as a traditional street food snack over 100 years ago, but they've since become quite an international sensation. Whether you're looking for a quick lunch, a happy hour snack, or a nice dinner, tacos are always a good option — no matter the time of day. With so many different styles and toppings, they are customizable and versatile, so they can be truly be enjoyed by anyone. With so many options around, you'll have no problem finding your new favorite taco at one of these local restaurants. Condado 1227… Read more »
  • 10 Things You Didn't Know About the Columbus Metropolitan Library10 Things You Didn't Know About the Columbus Metropolitan Library
    National Library Week is usually recognized as the second full week in April, so it's a great time to explore what's available at your local library.The Columbus Metro Library is much more than just books on the shelf – although those are certainly still there. You can also get all kinds of help, knowledge, and entertainment courtesy of the library, from downloading a movie to researching your family's history. And even better, resources are free with a library card.Check out the following 10 things you probably didn't know about the Columbus Metro Library: You can get free legal advice at… Read more »
  • Enjoy the First Signs of Spring at These 9 Columbus GreenspacesEnjoy the First Signs of Spring at These 9 Columbus Greenspaces
    Is it truly time to shake off the winter chill, and welcome the first signs of spring? You bet! The days are growing longer, the temperatures are rising, and the first flowers are emerging from the soil at greenspaces all around Columbus. Whether you're interested in a quiet, tranquil walk, a chance to gaze at gorgeous gardens, or the perfect place for a fun, outdoor family outing, there's certain to be a local greenspace with your name on it. Find your happy place with our guide to 9 of the best greenspaces in Columbus. John F. Wolfe Columbus Commons 160… Read more »
  • Cheesecake Heaven: 9 Places Around Columbus for DessertCheesecake Heaven: 9 Places Around Columbus for Dessert
    Have you had a craving for something sweet lately? Nothing can satisfy a sweet tooth quite like a delicious piece of cheesecake. With a crumbly base, sweet creamy filling, and an endless variety of flavors, cheesecake is truly one of the tastiest treats. Whether you prefer chocolate, caramel, or fruit topping, cheesecake is a dessert everyone can enjoy. For those of us fortunate enough to live in and around Columbus, we have an endless amount of options for great cheesecake in our area. Below are some recommendations for our favorite places to grab dessert: Dave's Artisanal Cheesecakes 737 Parkwood Ave., Columbus,… Read more »
  • 11 Places to Thank a Barista Around Columbus March 111 Places to Thank a Barista Around Columbus March 1
    Baristas are some of our greatest unsung heroes. Seriously, can you imagine having gotten through this last year without coffee? They're some of our most essential workers, and they hardly ever get thanked.  Well, now's your chance. Barista day is coming up on March 1st, and it's a great opportunity to support some of our great local coffee shops in the Columbus area. Be sure to thank your barista while you're there, and maybe leave a little something extra in that tip jar! Mission Coffee Co. 1051 N. 4th St., Columbus, OH 43201 A cozy brick-walled coffee shop and roastery… Read more »
  • 10 Places Around Columbus to Break Your Fast10 Places Around Columbus to Break Your Fast
    According to noted writer and food critic A.A. Gill, breakfast is a commitment to "a new day, a continuing life." Share that uplifting sentiment throughout February, which has been designated as Hot Breakfast Month. Do you have tried-and-true breakfast favorites, or do you like variety? Whatever your individual style is, you'll find plentiful options at these great breakfast restaurants around Columbus. La Chatelaine French Bakery & Bistro 1550 W. Lane Ave., Columbus, OH 43221 View this post on Instagram A post shared by La Chatelaine (@lachatelainecolumbus) Enjoy a European getaway without leaving Columbus. La Chatelaine French Bakery & Bistro features… Read more »
  • Bird Watchers Rejoice at These 9 Places Around Central OhioBird Watchers Rejoice at These 9 Places Around Central Ohio
    Bird watching may seem like a relatively tame activity, but it's actually beneficial for your mental and physical health. Walking is good for your cardiovascular system, while experts say bird watching reduces stress and anxiety while improving cognitive skills. Another positive aspect of bird watching? It costs nothing to participate when you visit these fascinating sites around Columbus and Central Ohio. Grange Insurance Audubon Center 505 W. Whittier St., Columbus, OH 43215 Named for the iconic ornithologist and painter, Grange Insurance Audubon Center is designed to show how conservation efforts enable nature to thrive in urban areas. This lush bird sanctuary… Read more »
  • 10 Historic Districts and Places to Visit Around Columbus10 Historic Districts and Places to Visit Around Columbus
    Founded in 1812 with the intention of making it the capital of Ohio, Columbus was always destined for greatness. Over the last two centuries, as Columbus has grown to become the most populous city in the state, it has developed a rich tradition of historical and cultural significance. Heritage Treasures Day on Monday, January 11 is a perfect occasion to cherish the legacy of Columbus with a visit to these local historic sites. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203 View this post on Instagram A post shared by Franklin Park Conservatory (@fpconservatory) The glory… Read more »
  • 10 Places for Holiday Floral Arrangements Around Columbus10 Places for Holiday Floral Arrangements Around Columbus
    The holiday season is upon us — why not show your love and gratitude for your family and friends with a stunning floral arrangement? A holiday floral arrangement can bring merriness to any space. Whether you're shopping for a good friend or relative, or if you're looking for a small gift for a coworker or neighbor that speaks volumes, you can find the perfect arrangement at these Columbus florist shops. Griffin's Floral Design 211 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, OH 43215 View this post on Instagram A post shared by Griffin's Floral Design (@griffinsfloral) Griffin's Floral Design & Wineshop has been… Read more »
  • 8 Columbus Coffee Shops to Fuel Your Morning With Espresso8 Columbus Coffee Shops to Fuel Your Morning With Espresso
    Espresso Day is celebrated on November 23, so get up and get ready to wake up your senses with one of these delicious coffees. As you find ones that you particularly like, you'll notice that many shops also sell whole-roasted beans so you can enjoy an espresso at home. And you may also be helping local and global non-profit organizations, since several coffee shops make regular donations to them.  Start your day with an espresso at one of these excellent coffee shops in and around Columbus. One Line Coffee  745 North High St., Columbus, OH 43215  View this post on Instagram… Read more »
  • Get a Jump on Holiday Shopping at These 8 Columbus Specialty ShopsGet a Jump on Holiday Shopping at These 8 Columbus Specialty Shops
    As the calendar winds down on this unprecedented year, the holiday season is more welcome and reassuring than ever. When it comes to gift-giving, is your motto "Shop 'til you drop," or do you like to get in and out as soon as possible? Whatever your shopping style, have fun getting a head start at these exciting specialty shops around Columbus.  On Paper 737 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215 View this post on Instagram A post shared by On Paper (@onpaperohio) on Oct 22, 2020 at 10:11am PDT In this digital era, actual writing has become essentially obsolete. Why… Read more »
  • Sample Away: 8 Places for Wine Tastings Around ColumbusSample Away: 8 Places for Wine Tastings Around Columbus
    It doesn't matter if you're an occasional sipper or an experienced aficionado, wine tasting is a great way to unwind with friends after a busy week. While Central Ohio is a long way from Napa Valley, there's no shortage of fantastic wine tasting options in the area. With so many choices, you are sure to discover several new types of wine you absolutely love. Whether you're planning an upcoming date night or just hanging out with the girls, below are some recommendations for great wineries and vineyards in and around the Columbus area. Via Vecchia Winery 2050 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43207… Read more »
  • 10 Places for an Ooey Gooey Cheeseburger Around Columbus10 Places for an Ooey Gooey Cheeseburger Around Columbus
    Isn't it amazing how a humble ground meat patty topped with cheese can be transformed into an infinite variety of choices to satisfy any palate? Whether you like it simple, spicy, sweet, savory or even meat-free, there's a cheeseburger out there with your name on it. Friday, September 18 is Cheeseburger Day, a time to celebrate this iconic staple of American cuisine. Honor the cheeseburger and support local businesses with a visit to one of these delightful restaurants around Columbus.  The Thurman Cafe 183 Thurman Ave., Columbus, OH 43206           View this post on Instagram        … Read more »
  • It's National Dog Day! Visit These 10 Parks Around ColumbusIt's National Dog Day! Visit These 10 Parks Around Columbus
    We might still be social distancing from humans, but there's no reason we can't spend some quality time with our furry friends! National Dog Day is coming up soon, and we can't think of a better way to celebrate than to grab Fido's leash and head out to the dog park!  There are many great dog parks in the Columbus area. Some have amenities like picnic areas, agility courses, and more. Here are a few of our favorites.  Three Creeks Dog Park 3066 Spangler Rd., Columbus, OH 43207           View this post on Instagram      … Read more »
  • Columbus: Visit These 10 Places on a Road Trip to MariettaColumbus: Visit These 10 Places on a Road Trip to Marietta
    Wanderlust is part of our American heritage. Fortunately, there are a number of intriguing road trips from Columbus, OH that are short on distance, but long on culture and entertainment. Picturesque Marietta, just under a two-hour drive from Columbus, bills itself as "Ohio's First Adventure," but they're not just bragging. No less an authority than National Geographic calls Marietta one of the best "adventure towns" in the United States. Use this helpful guide to plan your own adventure in Marietta. ATTRACTIONS The Castle Historic House Museum 418 4th St., Marietta, OH 45750           View this post on Instagram… Read more »
  • 9 Small Businesses for Home Staging Help Around Columbus9 Small Businesses for Home Staging Help Around Columbus
    We all can agree that Columbus is a wonderful place to call home. Our state capital smack dab in the center of Ohio has everything we could ever want and need. From fantastic parks and restaurants to interesting museums, world-renowned universities, and a diverse cultural influence, Columbus has it all. We're not surprised that so many people want to call The Arch City home too, and if you're looking to sell your house to one of these prospective buyers, these staging companies and interior decorators will help you close the sale! Staging Spaces 4165 Olentangy Blvd., Columbus, OH 43214    … Read more »