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What’s up on Clotts Rd?

My future neighbors may have some questions about what is happening to the acreage that was recently sold on Clotts Rd across from Gahanna Middle School East. Some fear a big development. I’ll give you the short explanation and a longer, more detailed story for those who wish to know more.

The short story is that there will not be a big development there. My family is building one house on 1.7 acres by the road, which replaces a home that was demolished in the ’90’s. Some trees that are dead, half-dead, or healthy-but-in-the-way are being taken down on October 25th & 26th. They will be replaced in spring 2023. The healthy wood was taken to Sand and Sip, where anyone can make furniture out of it!

The long story: in March 2021, 6+ acres on one parcel with a house, barn & pasture was listed for sale. It went into contract in 12 days. It fell out of contact, and two contiguous parcels of land totaling 1.7 acres were added to the listing, making it now 8+ acres. For those wondering why it suddenly jumped up drastically in price, that is why. My husband & I were interested in the 2 contiguous parcels, and decided to put in an offer on all 3 parcels, which was accepted. We closed in May. The custom ranch home, though very solid with great bones, was long-neglected. We spent 2 weeks cleaning, painting, weeding, and purging, so that we could list the home on 6 acres and keep the remaining land. We worked *hard* to make the home attractive to someone who would find value in both the home and the barn, as we felt both were too fabulous to tear down. We hoped that it would attract a new owner who would appreciate the barn as the amazing agricultural asset that it is. We felt it would have been wasted on us, as we’re not equestrians, and it is a *really* nice barn.

In June I listed the 6-acre parcel with house & barn. It was in contract in less than 1 day. Our hard work paid off, as it was bought by an equestrian enthusiast. (!) We were so pleased that the new owner would honor the equestrian legacy of the previous family.

As it pertains to my own family, we intend to honor the legacy of the neighborhood. We intend to replace the mature soft maple trees with better, stronger, more storm-resistant trees. I am a tree lover and Gahanna’s Arbor Day celebration sponsor, so I hate cutting down any mature tree, even if it’s half-rotted. But I’ve done 2 tree giveaways every year for over a decade, and I know that the hand-sized saplings I planted a decade ago are now taller than me, so I’m confident that any tree we replace on Clotts Rd will be healthier than the ones we took down. Mature landscape will return in time, better than ever.

Come back to this blog to see future updates on the house build! It *will* be a beautiful home with very unique features, including “visitable” design that allows people of all abilities to visit.

We will try to be good neighbors throughout the build process and look forward to becoming a part of the Clotts Rd nieghborhood!

Top agent 2 months in a row!

My brokerage does a great job of recognizing top agents, & I’m proud to share that I was a top agent in both June & May of 2021! While I’m proud of that achievement, what I’m really most proud of is getting my first-time home buyer into a fantastic home in BEECHWOLD, perhaps one of the most competitive and highly sought-after locations in Columbus. What I’m really proud of is getting my FHA clients into contract on an amazing condo.

How did I do that? I have strategies; very specific strategies that allow my clients to rise to the top of the offer pile. I want to share them with you. Please call me at 614-383-8379 to discuss YOUR WINNING STRATEGY.

Act of Love for Mom

What I love about real estate the most is that it has the potential to change lives. This is evident in a client couple of mine, who have chosen to purchase a multigenerational home to help their parents through end-of-life. Their mom was recently diagnosed with a terminal illness. Their sweet Dad thrives the most when around people. My clients are taking a huge leap of faith in leaving their affordable rental in a safe neighborhood, so that they can start a new chapter with their parents and kids all under the same roof. Aside from being an incredible act of faith, it is an act of love, parent-to-parent, for the well-being of their entire family. It requires substantial sacrifices and work. On this Mother’s Day, I want to acknowledge my very brave and loving clients. You know I’m here to help you through the entire adventure. Happy Mothers Day.

Equinox: BEST Time to Assess for Solar

If you are considering solar panels at your house but have a partially-shaded site, don’t rule out solar just yet! Spring & fall equinox are excellent times to assess solar feasibility. I ask my clients to choose any sunny day during the week of equinox, & take photos of the south side of the property between noon & 1 pm. Both wide & close shots of the roof are helpful. If there is shade on the proposed area, 6 months of the year there will be less shade, 6 months of the year there will be more. Text your photos to me at 614-383-8379,¬†along with the date & time they were taken. If advisable, I have at times recommended the removal of a few strategically-located branches to optimize efficiency of the array. Higher efficiency leads to greater generation, & faster ROI. Spring equinox is March 20, and Fall equinox is September 22. Send those pics to me today! 614-383-8379

Downsizing In & Around Gahanna

I am pleased to partner with Gahanna Senior Center for a virtual lunch-and-learn program called ‘The Upside of Downsizing” on February 24. Attendees can drive through the senior center to pick up lunch and workshop materials, then attend virtually from home.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • What to do with a lifetime of stuff
  • Real estate best practices
  • Capital gains tax implications
  • Housing options for the next stage of life
  • Special financing options for seniors

PRIZES will be given away, and attendees will be provided a folder of downsizing resources. To register, email Gahanna Senior Center at Annette.Rundio@gahanna.gov.

Photo credit: Evan Dvorkin/Unsplash

Home inventory SHORTAGE causes INCREASE in property values!

I’ve never seen the inventory fall so low. Since March, COVID-19 forced some sellers to take their home off the market, and other to withhold putting their home up for sale, fearing that showings could bring COVID into the home. That’s good news for sellers, because it drives up property value. The real estate industry has adjusted to this reality, and enacted COVID protocols that are now standard showing procedure. Showings are done in a way that protect that seller. Open houses have the same protocol, and are sometimes done virtually, bringing in even more interested buyers than in-person open houses!

Now that property values have increased as much as 16%, do you want to know how much your house is worth? Use this link to find out. It’s ok to enter contact info, as it only goes to me, and I NEVER share.

Are you curious what those COVID showing protocols are? Call me at 614-383-8379, and I’ll walk you through all the safety procedures we’ve put into place. Your safety and success is priority #1.

Home Sellers Workshop 12/5

Columbus home inventory is down 47%. Property values are UP 16%. It’s never been more important to get educated about real estate best practices. JOIN ME for a FREE home sellers workshop on Saturday December 5th online! If you’re concerned about how to sell safely during COVID, we’ll discuss strategies on how to sell safely. We’ll also discuss ways to maximize property value, how to prepare the home for sale, pitfalls to avoid, and tips for de-stressing the transaction. FREE; registration is required.