Thursday, June 30, 2016

Looking for Something to Do???

One of the things we love about Columbus is the variety of events. Year round there are so many things to do and places to go. With something to delight all ages and tastes and lifestyles! I have found with a little planning and research there are a lot of things to do that won't break the budget!

Over the next few weeks I am going to explore free and almost free events in Columbus. Thinking I will take a yoga class at Easton, check out a few Farmer’s Markets, take in a little culture at the Columbus Museum of Art and who knows what else will pop up on the radar! 

Check back to see what where I go and the adventures I have!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Who Offers The Best BBQ in Columbus???

Here We Go Again! …………. Best Bites Barbecue

When Columbus Underground throws a party you know you are in for a treat! Thursday we attended the Best Bites Barbecue at the The BoatHouse. Adding to the delicious food was a spectacular view of the Scioto River.  Seventeen area restaurants treated us to their best barbecue dishes and sides.

We have gone to quite a few of these events, burgers, pizza, tacos, etc they are always well attended, friendly events and this one was exceptionally laid back. Our table had a lively bunch of no longer strangers and we enjoyed conversation as well as comparing dishes and making recommendations for what to taste next.

As usual I could not name one favorite, the dishes served were imaginative and great combinations of textures and flavors. One of my favorite food trucks dazzled us with their bourbon glazed BBQ brisket taco – Paddy Wagon offers this regularly on their food truck – it’s a not to miss treat! I think one of the biggest surprised was a potato skin with grilled chicken topped with Hawaiian style slaw – it was the perfect combination of sweet and crunchy on a potato skin – I would never think to put these items together and it was pure heaven, thank you Aloha Streatery! To break up the heat from jalapeo corn bread and hot sauce was Sho-Oh serving up Snoballs in amazing flavors! 

And to think all this eating was for a great cause! The beneficiary of the a portion of the ticket sales was CelebrateOne! This agency actively educates parents on ways to reduce the factors that contribute to infant mortality. Thank you to all who worked so hard to make this event pure pleasure!

Monday, June 6, 2016

$$$$ It's A Seller's Market $$$$

This year has proven to be very challenging for buyers. Rates are still low, rents are high and going higher and for sale inventory is low. The average first time buyer price range is especially competitive. So what does this all mean for sellers?

Sellers this year can typically expect multiple offers and expect about a 6% price increase over last year - this is an average some areas are more, some are less. Does this mean as a seller all you have to do is plant a sign in the yard and buyers will throw money at you? Well if that were the case there would be many more homes on the market. Despite the low inventory, sellers still need to properly prepare their home. Most buyers are still looking for a home that they can move into with minimal work.

Preparing a home to go on the market is labor intensive, however the return on the time invested is amazing. Clean, DeClutter, Paint and Stage - these rules still apply today. Create a plan, call a Realtor and have them assess your home. If your short on time, hire a yard company, cleaning company and don't forget to get your windows cleaned. Do you have lots of stuff? Box is up and rent a storage unit short term - the garage is not a good place to put the overflow. Spruce up the front path and make sure your door is well maintained - the curb look is your first impression - the front door the second.

If you are looking for expert, honest advice on your Central Ohio home, call me for a no obligation market analysis, 330-304-9015.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Fresh, Local and Fun! Summer Time Is Farmer's Market Time!

No summer is complete without exploring area Farmer's Markets. These dedicated vendors offer fresh vegetables, fruit, baked goods, herbs, flowers the list is endless and ever changing! What a great way to spend some down time browsing the selections and talking with the vendors. The atmosphere is always charged with energy and very social experience. So go on put down your phone and get out there and check out your local Farmer's Market!!


Pearl Market

Columbus Square Farmers Market  July 9th - October
161 and Cleveland Avenue


Uptown Westerville Farmer's Market
May 1 - Oct 30

Franklin Park Conservatory   June 1 - September 7
3:30pm - 6pm

Clintonville Farmer's Market
North High between Orchard Lane and W Dunedin Road
Thur Aug 14th

Dublin Farmer's Market
May thru September in the parking lot of the Oakland Nursery

Reynoldsburg Farmer's Market
1520 Davidson Drive - Huber Park July 11 - Sept 26

2111 East Main Street

Easton Town Center
June 6 - Sept 12


Pearl Market


North Market
59 Spruce St - Short North
8am- 3pm

Olde Worthington Farmer's Market
644 N High Street
8am - 12pm