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Makapen Arts and Craft Show Coming to Powell June 4

Makapen Arts and Craft Show Coming to Powell June 4

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Bridgewater Banquet and Conference Center in Powell, Ohio will host the Makapen Show on June 4, 2017. [courtesy of web site]

Makapen Shows will launch a new show on Sunday, June 4, 2017, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Bridewater Conference Center in Powell, Ohio.

Cost is $3 and children under-12 are admitted free.

The event which is expected to have more than 100 vendors will be a “new, exciting, juried Art and Craft Show featuring talented artists and crafters presenting a wide variety of high quality handcrafted items,” according to its Facebook Event Page.

The event is the brain-child of Kay Penzone with nearly 40 years experience promoting craft and art events. Including the Christmas Corner Art and Craft Show in Hilliard, Ohio. For information on becoming a vendor, contact Kay via email.

Bridgewater Banquet and Conference Center is located at 10581 Sawmill Parkway in Powell, Ohio. With over 14,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, Bridgewater is a premier destination space. Experience its richly decorated banquet and conference rooms, each space appointed in imported granite and marble, lavished in fine oriental rugs and soaring ceilings lit by custom designed crystal chandeliers. It is the ideal venue for rehearsal dinners, ceremonies and wedding receptions, Holiday parties, corporate events, business meetings and conferences, expos and trade shows, fundraisers and themed events, and proms and reunions.

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Olivia Grace, at just over two-months old shows off a locally-made tag blanket that she received as a gift. Items like this could be among the many items that will be for sale at the Makapen Show at Bridgewater Banquet and Conference Center on June 4, 2017. Photo by Toby Boyce.

Powell Hosting Transportation Workshop

Powell Hosting Transportation Workshop

How to Get Around Downtown Powell

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City of Powell will have its first Keep Powell Moving Public Workshop on Tuesday, June 28, from 7-9 p.m. at the Municipal Building’s Council Chamgers.

The event will include discussion on how to get around downtown and more.

The Municipal Building is located at 47 Hall Street in Powell, Ohio.

Two Million Dollar Houses Top Sales

Two Million Dollar Houses Top Sales

Delaware County had two homes sell for more than $1 million this past week.

Builder Romenelli & Hughes paid $2,479,500 for the 1/4 acre lot located at 9559 Fair Oaks Drive in Powell. The development is also site of the 2016 BIA Parade of Homes this fall and is part of the former Shamrock Golf Club along Powell Road just west of Sawmill Parkway.

1685 Hardin Lane is a 4-bedroom, 5-1/2 bathroom home with 4,568 square feet and situated on 8.13 acres in rural Powell that sold for $1,275,000. The property went through foreclosure in 2014 and sold for $585,000 and then to FDT Group in April 2015 for $622,000. Not a bad return on the investment.

Delaware County’s Top Five Residential Transfers

  1. $2,479,500; 9559 Fair Oaks Drive, Powell.
  2. $1,275,000; 1685 Hardin Lane, Powell.
  3. $675,000; 8341 Whispher Trace, Delaware
  4. $632,900; 1589 Kearney Way, Delaware
  5. $689,900; 4444 North Hampton, Dublin

We omitted a transfer for 131 Joy Avenue in Delaware that was listed for $765,000. However that would be greatly out of line for that area and we are assuming a recording error in that situation.

Library Director Holding Hours At Each Location

Library Director Holding Hours At Each Location

New Delaware County District Library Director George Needham will be hosting open office hours at each location to become better acquainted with the Delaware library communities. Branch visits will be completely open to public and all are welcome to visit.

“This is a nice, casual opportunity for local patrons and business owners to stop by and get to know George without having to venture any further than their home branch library,” said Communications Manager Nicole Fowles. “Whether patrons have a pressing issue on their mind, or they just want to stop by and put a face to a name, we look forward to many warm conversations.”

Meet Needham on the following dates:

  • Monday, November 2, at the Powell Branch Library (460 S Liberty Rd, Powell) 4 – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 3, at the Delaware Main Library (84 E Winter St, Delaware) 4 – 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 4, at the Ostrander Branch Library (75 N Fourth St, Ostrander) 4 – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 10, at the Orange Branch Library (7171 Gooding Blvd, Delaware) 4 – 6 p.m.

Light refreshments will be provided at the visits.

Historical Society Presents Stagecoach Stops in Delaware County

Historical Society Presents Stagecoach Stops in Delaware County

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Brent Carson to present “Stagecoaches in Delaware County” on February 9.

Delaware, Ohioused to be home to more than 20 stagecoach shops prior to the arrival of the railroad.

On Monday, February 9, 2015, local Historian Brent Carson will present “Stagecoach Stops of Delaware County” at Liberty Township Hall at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Powell Liberty Historical Society.

Amazingly several of these stops are still around — and they will have photographic proof!

Liberty Township Hall is located at 7761 Liberty Road in Powell, Ohio.

A flier on the event is available in PDF Form.

Second Made Local Marketplace Saturday in Powell

Second Made Local Marketplace Saturday in Powell

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Simply Vague and Generation Opportunity next Made LOCAL Marketplace show is Saturday, December 13, from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. with VIP shopping from 8:30 – 9 a.m. at the Bridgewater Conference Center in Powell, Ohio.

The second-annual Holiday Show – and sixth show to date – is to be the biggest one yet! There will be more than 85 Ohio vendors and live local music. The mission is to promote shopping local and keeping the money here in Central Ohio.

Proceeds from the event benefits Miracle for Madison & Friends, a 100% volunteer group, raising awareness and funds to cure Spinal Muscular Atrophy which is the number one genetic killer of children under two years of age.

The Made LOCAL Marketplace holiday show is sponsored by Generation Opportunity. Shoppers that attend will be encouraged to vote for their favorite participating vendors, the three vendors that receive the most votes will win a $1000 prize from Generation Opportunity!

Admission is free but for those looking to purchase early shopper passes

The Week in Delaware County Real Estate

The Week in Delaware County Real Estate

Delaware County was another hot-bed of real estate activity last week with 179 total properties transfering – including 100 valid sales – for an average of $321,177.

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Top Five Real Estate Transfers Last Week

  1. $1,600,000, 3384 East Powell Road, Lewis Center, 599 – Other Residential
  2. $930,000, 3499 Market Street, Powell, 430 – Restaurant; Cafeteria
  3. $890,900, 1424 Kearney Way, Delaware, 500 – Residential vacant land
  4. $838,339, 5511 Via Alvito Drive, Westerville, 500 – Residential vacant land
  5. $775,000, 0 Tillinghast Drive, Dublin, 510 – Single family dwelling

Top Delaware County Sales by City

  • Ashley (1) – 9307 Smith, $219,500
  • Columbus (1) – 1561 Sarin Street, $162,000
  • Delaware (22) – 1424 Kearney Way, $890,900
  • Dublin (2) – 0 Tillinghast Drive, $775,000
  • Galena (7) – 5036 Normandy, $409,000
  • Lewis Center (21) – 3384 East Powell Road, $1,600,000
  • Ostrander (1) – 0 Penn Road, $179,000
  • Powell (20) – 3499 Market Street, $930,000
  • Radnor (1) – 2390 Penry Road, $297,500
  • Sunbury (7) – 4693 State Route 61, $582,450
  • Westerville (18) – 5511 Via Alvito Drive, $848,339
Delaware’s Top 5 Real Estate Transactions Last Week (July 6-13)

Delaware’s Top 5 Real Estate Transactions Last Week (July 6-13)

Delaware County continued to experience solid but not spectacular results this week with the county having a total 171 units transfer – of which 49 where not-valid sales – occur between July 6 and 13.

Delaware County Top Real Estate Transactions

July 6 – July 13, 2014

  1. $750,000. 41 Commerce Park Drive, Westerville. Office Buildings 1- and 2- stories.
  2. $717,800. 3677 South Old 3C Highway, Galena. Single-family Residential.
  3. $702,900. 2868 Summer Leaf Court, Galena. Single-family Residential.
  4. $660,000. 8624 Coldwater Drive, Powell. Single-family Residential.
  5. $650,000. 270 Valley Run Place, Powell. Single-family Residential.

On the week there was 120 homes transferred as valid sales or 70.2 percent of all properties transferred this week. The average sales price was $288,332.

Powell Festival Taking Place This Weekend

Powell Festival Taking Place This Weekend

The 2014 Powell Festival is held tonight 5-11 p.m. and from Noon until 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, at the Village Green Park.

The Powell Festival is organized each year by Historic Downtown Powell, Inc., the 501(c) 3 nonprofit dedicated to the revitalization and promotion of Downtown Powell.

“We are excited to introduce new features to this year’s Festival to enhance the event experience for the community,” said Historic Downtown Powell, Inc. Executive Director Jaymie Kottenstette. “Guests can expect to see more music and food trucks, a larger area for our teens including a zip line and a VIP pavilion.”

The evening promises to be full of exciting events and fun for the whole family.

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The Reaganomics will highlight Saturday’s festivities at the Powell Festival. [reaganomics.com]

Friday’s Entertainment Schedule

  • 5 p.m. — Village Academy Strolling Musicians; Performers & Pep Band
  • 5:30 p.m. — Liberty Deep Down
  • 7:30 p.m. — ENTEL Music
  • 8 p.m. — The Lee Grant Bank
  • Saturday’s Performance Schedule

  • Noon – 5 p.m. — Children & Community Performances
  • 3:30 p.m. — DJ Matt Sexton
  • 5:30 p.m. — The Phillip Fox Band
  • 7:30 p.m. — ENTEL Music
  • 8 p.m. — The Reaganomics
  • 10:15 p.m. — Fireworks

All entertainment will take place at the Village Green Main Stage with the exception of ENTEL Music which will take place in the Teen Zone.

Public parking lots and street parking spaces in downtown Powell. Additional parking will be available along South Liberty Street. Paid parking ($10) will be available in the Municipal Building Parking Lot or at the back of Festival grounds along South Liberty Street.

When you are the festivities join in on Twitter (@PowellFestival), Instagram (@visitpowell), and event hashtag (#PowellFestival)

The village green is located at 47 Hall Street in Powell, Ohio.

Fab 5: Delaware’s Top Commercial Properties for Sale

Fab 5: Delaware’s Top Commercial Properties for Sale

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Delaware County is exploding and commercial property is popping up and in this week’s Fab 5 we highlight the highest priced commercial properties on the market.

“Buy land they aren’t making any more of it.” – Mark Twain

Today’s top-five list is dominated by those that buy into Mr. Twain’s philosophy and are hoping to make a lot of money off it. .

Top Five Commercial Properties For Sale in Delaware County
  1. $5,300,000, 5350 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center
  2. $3,600,000, 9039 Antaras Drive, Columbus
  3. $3,255,524, 8039 Owenfield Drive, Powell
  4. $3,000,000, 0 Polaris Parkway, Westerville
  5. $3,000,000, 700 Sunbury Road, Delaware

Properties are shared via IDX search found on Loop.net and Columbus/Central Ohio Multiple Listing Service. List is provided for information and additional commercial properties may be available in this price range. Information believed to be accurate but not guaranteed.

Top Five Sold Homes This Week (June 8-15)

Top Five Sold Homes This Week (June 8-15)

The Delaware County real estate market slid in the second week of June 2014.

After a strong first-week in June the total number of valid sales slipped by 9 percent to 100. Sixty-five percent of total transfers this week were valid sales.

While volume was down the average sales price was up nearly 30 percent with an average sales price of $385,545. However, a lot of that growth can be attributed to the top four real estate transactions of the week were over $1,000,000.

Top Five Delaware County Real Estate Sales (June 8-15)

  1. $5,661,000. 8425 Pulsar Place, Columbus. Office Buildings.
  2. $5,439,000. 8410 Pulsar Place, Columbus. Office Buildings.
  3. $1,860,000. 1052 Baybridge Drive, Lewis Center. Condominium Residential Unit. (Recorded as two transfers)
  4. $561,000. 4488 Fox Path Court, Powell. Single-Family Residence
  5. $492,000. 1146 Elderberry Loop, Delaware. Single-Family Residence.

With two transaction topping $10 million it doesn’t take a lot of math to find the reason for a 30 percent growth in prices this week.

110 Homes Sell in Delaware Last Week

110 Homes Sell in Delaware Last Week

The Delaware County real estate market took a nice step forward during the week of June 2-8 with 179 total transfers occurring and more than 61 percent of them being valid sales.

The average sales price for valid sales was $299,653.

Top Five Delaware County Sales (June 2-8)

  1. $670,000. 5585 Kilbannon Court, Dublin; single-family residence.
  2. $635,000. 1928 Loch Lomand, Powell; single-family residence.
  3. $634,000. 5288 Ananndale Court, Westerville; single-family residence.
  4. $618,000. 8558 Gossling Way, Powell; residential vacant land.
  5. $573,000. 5292 Slater Ridge, Westerville; other residential structure.

This is one of the first-times since that I’ve been looking at these numbers that all five were residential transactions, with the fourth sale being a new build from Compass Homes.

130 Unit Senior Living Coming to Powell

130 Unit Senior Living Coming to Powell

spectrum-retirement-logoSpectrum Retirement Communities received ts final approval for a new location at Sawmill Parkway south of Presidential Pointe Shopping Center in Powell, Ohio.

Spectrum operates 30 communities across 11 states, including the Gardens at Westlake in Northern Ohio.

The facility is expected to have 130 units in the 43,694 square-foot three-story facility with 91 parking spaces and hire 60-65 full-time employees. According to its application, the average age of Spectrum’s other facilities is 81.5 years of age.

No date on the project was announced.

Lolli-Pops Concert Series Returns to Powell

Lolli-Pops Concert Series Returns to Powell

Lolli-Pop concert series powll ohioSummer is returning and so is the Lolli-Pops! concert series in beautiful Powell, Ohio.

The 2014 season will run on June 9, July 14, and August 4 at 10:30 a.m. at the Village Green Amphitheater.

For more information on any of the concerts, contact Silas Bowers at 614-885-5380. The Village Green Amphitheater is located at 47 Hall Street in downtown Powell, Ohio.

Delaware County Health Remains Among State’s Best!

Delaware County Health Remains Among State’s Best!

dghdlogo (1)The Delaware General Health District ranks first in health factors according to the 2014 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation County Health Rankings released recently.

The Health factors category examines health behaviors, clinical care and social and economic factors. Health behaviors include adult smoking, adult obesity, food environment index, physical inactivity, access to exercise, excessive drinking, alcohol-impaired driving deaths, sexually transmitted infections and teen births. With the exception of teen births, the Health District has a program or service that concentrates on each one of these behaviors.

In addition, the Partnership for a Healthy Delaware County recently determined five priorities facing Delaware County. Of those five, two behaviors resulted in a priority – obesity and drug and alcohol abuse. A work-group on both of these behaviors has been formed to strategize an action plan to combat these growing concerns.

“We are very proud to be first in health behaviors, because behaviors are what lead to healthier outcomes,” Health Commissioner Shelia Hiddleson said. “The programs and services we are doing today make for a better future for our community.”

The Health District stays at third in overall health outcomes, which take into account premature death and several quality of life factors. Compared to the rest of the country, however, Delaware County’s numbers are still less than the top 10 percent of counties across the nation. The Rankings, available at www.countyhealthrankings.org, include a snapshot of each county in Ohio with a color-coded map comparing each county’s overall health.

The County Health Rankings and Roadmaps program includes the County Health Rankings project, launched in 2010, and the newer Roadmaps project that mobilizes local communities, national partners and leaders across all sectors to improve health.

Powell Ranked Most Affordable in County?

Powell Ranked Most Affordable in County?

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Delaware and Powell were recently named as two of Ohio most affordable cities. [Toby Boyce / delawareohrealestate.com]
The average price of a home in Powell, Ohio is $308,623 over the past 12 months, but that didn’t stop Movoto.com from ranking it among Ohio’s most affordable.

Movoto claims to “make real estate easy” yet they are pumping out information in the form of Top 10 lists that get its name picked up and shared. But the entire method about which they determined the list is invalid.

Here at the Movoto Real Estate Blog, we realize affordability is key, so we compiled a list of places in Ohio and found the top 10 most affordable out of the 173.

  • 4. Powell
  • 8. Delaware

Yet, I’d be hard-pressed to even list these two as the most affordable places to live in Delaware County!

The problem is pretty easy to identify once you look at the criteria used by Movoto to create this list:

  • Food costs
  • Utility costs
  • Total crimes
  • Miscellaneous costs
  • Median home price
  • Unemployment rank
  • Adjusted median income

When look at affordable living everything is relative. By including adjusted median income as a category, Movoto was biasing the results towards more affluent communities – which is why the list was dominated by Central Ohio (8 of 10). The assumption – invalid as it may be – was that the average person living in Powell will make $102,000 regardless of their financial situations.

The adjusted median income — as in higher is better — is not an appropriate measurement when looking at most affordable area to live. I would like this study much better if they’d used median income as relative to median home sale price and/or rent price.

Median Income As Percentage of Home Sale Prices

Okay, so the idea is this. If you are looking for the most affordable home, then shouldn’t the value be showing where homes are the most affordable based on income? The idea is that when you look at Delaware vs. Zanesville, we’d take the average house price divided by the household income. This would create a ratio for how much home the average person can buy in the community. Seems to logical right? Yeah, would make statistics actually less manipulative.

Will have to run some of those numbers in the next couple of weeks, won’t I …

Delaware County Top Five Transactions Last Week

Delaware County Top Five Transactions Last Week

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More than $19,000,000 in real estate changed hands — at least legally — in Delaware County last week according to the Delaware County Auditor’s report.

When looking at just valid sales in the County last week 52 properties were exchanged with an average value of $301,101 per transaction.

  1. $691,900. 10697 Preston Way, Powell, single-family home.
  2. $690,000. 1420 Bean-Oller Drive, Delaware, single-family home.
  3. $632,500. 6460 Mahogany Drive, Galena, residential vacant land.
  4. $600,000. Hollenbeck Road, Lewis Center, residential unplatted 0-09.99 acres. Not a valid sale
  5. $570,000. 5475 Sheffield Drive, Powell, single-family home.

A valid sale is when the home is transferred between two owners in what is known as an “arm-length” transaction.

Top 5 Delaware Real Estate Transfers, March 24-30

Top 5 Delaware Real Estate Transfers, March 24-30

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March went out like a lion in Delaware, Ohio for the real estate market with 146 houses changing hand during the last full week of the month.

In total more than $21.9 million in real estate values changed hands during the final week of March for an average sales price of $154,236. The taxable value was even a little higher with more than $28.6 million – or $201,458 – of tax assessed value changing hands.

Delaware County Top Five Transfers

  1. $1,250,000. 7667 Red Emerald Way, Delaware, single-family home
  2. $985,000. Perfect Road, Sunbury, cash-grain or general farmland
  3. $899,900. 2231 State Route 61, Sunbury, cash-grain or general farmland
  4. $754,000. 1199 Haverhill Court, Delaware, single-family home
  5. $623,000. 8491 Shafer Drive, Powell, vacant land

Again, there were quite a few invalid sales in the transfer file this week. There were 60 entire sales the market considers valid in Delaware County last week. Considering only valid sales the average price per transaction rose to $324,859.

  1. $1,250,000. 7667 Red Emerald Way, Delaware, single-family home
  2. $754,000. 1199 Haverhill Court, Delaware, single-family home
  3. $467,700. 225 Olentangy Crossing, Delaware, new-build home
  4. $460,185. 1180 Crayfish Court, Delawware, new-build home
  5. $405,320. 44 Tinley Park Circle, Delaware, new-build home

As the weather heats up I’m the market will follow!

What to Do When You Spot a Coyote in Delaware

What to Do When You Spot a Coyote in Delaware

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Ohio Department of Wildlife has announced what Delaware, Ohio, residents should do when coyotes invade their neighborhood. [Simeon Eichmann / Stock.xchng]

Spotting for coyotes have increased in Delaware, Ohio recently which has put many home owner’s on alarm for their small pets and children.

The Department of Natural Resources has recently released an update on what to do when you observe a coyote in your Delaware community.

So You Spot A Coyote in Your Urban Neighborhood. What Should You Do?

Ohio wildlife biologists are frequently contacted by concerned residents who spot coyotes in highly developed areas. This is often not cause for alarm. Coyotes are highly adaptable animals that live in a wide variety of environments thus there is no need to report sightings to wildlife officials unless the animal appears hurt, sick, or habituated. Here are a few steps to keep in mind when you encounter an urban coyote in the Buckeye State.

  1. Understand that coyotes are common throughout Ohio’s 88 counties and are regularly seen within city limits. Read more about coyotes at wildohio.com.
  2. There are no wolves living in the wild in Ohio.
  3. If you spot a coyote on your property, make sure to remove all “attractants” to deter the coyote from returning. This includes removing garbage and pet food primarily before nightfall and cleaning up around the grill. Do not feed coyotes directly.
  4. Coyotes prey primarily on small mammals such as rabbits and rodents. However, interactions with domestic pets do occur sometimes. Keep small dogs and cats inside (especially after nightfall) or leashed when outside. Motion-sensitive lighting tends to be helpful too at keeping wildlife away from your home.
  5. Occasionally, an inquisitive coyote will stay put and watch you curiously. Make noise. Clap your hands and shout; the coyote will likely move on at this point. If it doesn’t, throw objects like rocks at it to scare it away. A coyote that loses its fear of humans could potentially become a threat.
  6. If the coyote visiting your yard does not respond to harassment techniques such as loud noises or it is presenting a conflict even after removing attractants from your yard, contact a nuisance trapper. Nuisance trappers use highly regulated techniques to reduce urban wildlife conflicts. Coyote populations in rural areas can be managed through legal hunting and trapping methods. Consult the yearly “Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations” digest for more information.

In Delaware County there are only four licensed nuisance trappers to take care of the issue.

Company Owner City Phone
Kevin Morgan Ostrander OH (740) 272-2870
BCG, LLC Tom Bain Galena OH (614) 312-7513
Bugs & Bees Control, LLC Andrew Rowland Sunbury OH (614) 402-4877
Holy Moly Wildlife Control Robert Hedrick Delaware OH (740) 362-9111

Coyotes are here and we need to be proactive with protecting our pets in Delaware, Ohio.

Sesame Street Night in Orange Township!

Sesame Street Night in Orange Township!

Orange Township Branch of the Delaware County District Library will be celebrating Sesame Street on January 21! [Aj Bethke/stock.xchng]
Orange Township Branch of the Delaware County District Library will be celebrating Sesame Street on January 21! [Aj Bethke/stock.xchng]

Who doesn’t have a favorite memory of “Sesame Street?” Whether you are one or a hundred-and-one, the classic PBS TV show with Jim Henson’s puppets has been a mainstay in many a child life.

Well on Tuesday, January 21, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. the Delaware County District Library invites you to its Orange Township location for a Sesame Street Party! It will be an opportunity to enjoy books, songs, games and crafts that are all inspired by Sesame Street.

For more information contact the Delaware County District Library at (740) 363-3821 or check it out online. The Orange Township Library is located at 7171 Gooding Boulevard, Delaware, Ohio 43015.

National Get on the Scales Day: Make it Better in ’14

National Get on the Scales Day: Make it Better in ’14

Lots of Places in Delaware County to Drop Those Pounds!

That’s right folks, today is National Get on the Scales Day.

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Delaware County residents have lots of options when it comes to shedding those unwanted pounds in 2014. [Julia Freeman-Woolpert / stock.xchng]

Well to make this day a little better when it rolls around in 2014 or to get an early jump on those 2014 weigh-loss goals, Howard Hanna RealCom Realty’s Toby Boyce presents Delaware, Ohio’s options for losing weight. (Know of another place? Please leave a comment with Group, Meeting Day, Time, Location, and cost and we’ll be glad to include.)

Ohio Healthy Living

Opened by Dr. Bruce Barker, a board-certified family doctor, in 2007 the Ohio Healthy Living program is part of the Ohio Health Smith Clinic on Delaware’s west side. Dr. Barker, along with his team of health care professionals, will help teach you how to plan and prepare balanced, healthful meals. They will help you deal effectively with the stresses of weight management and incorporating exercise into your daily healthy living lifestyle. They will give you that extra dose of motivation and encouragement that you sometimes need. (Source: Ohio Healthy Living Web site)

  • Appointments Only, 740-368-7181, 6 Lexington Boulevard, Delaware, Web site.

Toby’s Take: I have heard very good things about this program, mostly from Transitions Counseling’s Lucy Hunter, and just this A.M. sent an e-mail requesting an appointment to sit down and see if it will work for me and get this weight off once and for all.

Weight Watchers International

One of the nation’s best-known weight-loss groups in existence it also has one of the largest networks in greater Delaware County with more than 25 meetings in communities throughout the area available seven days a week and at no point in the county are you more than 10 miles from a meeting – and if you don’t like meetings the organization has an entire program set up for online weight loss – learn more online about these programs. However, the traditional meeting programs work based traditionally on a point based system that works on a simple system. Every food is assigned a point count and you get a point count for each day. Run out of points, you are done eating. It has been adjusted and the meetings are great in that they provide accountability, are led by people that have succeeded in the this program already, and give you incentive to keep going.

  • Sunday, 4:30 p.m., Worthington/Polaris Weight Watchers Center, 655 Dearborn Park Lane, Columbus
  • Monday, 5:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 311 East 6th Street, Marysville
  • Monday, 7 p.m., Westerville Community Church, 770 County Line Road, Westerville
  • Tuesday, 9:30 a.m., Dublin Arts Council, 7125 Riverside Drive, Dublin; Westerville Community Church, 770 County Line Road, Westerville
  • Tuesday, 10 a.m., Buehler’s Fresh Foods, 800 West Central Avenue, Delaware
  • Tuesday, 6 p.m., Buehler’s Fresh Foods, 800 West Central Avenue, Delaware; Sunbury United Methodist Church, 100 West Cherry Street, Sunbury; Mount Gilead Baptist Church; 600 North Main Street, Mount Gilead
  • Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., St. Andrews Christian Church, 1985 Swansford Drive, Dublin; Westerville Community Church, 770 County Line Road, Westerville
  • Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., Powell New Start Community Church, 168 East Olentangy Street, Powell
  • Wednesday, Noon, Westerville Community Church, 770 County Line Road, Westerville
  • Thursday, 9:30 a.m., Dublin Arts Council, 7125 Riverside Drive, Dublin; Community Gatherings of Marion Ohio, 409 Marion Cardington Road West, Marion
  • Thursday, 10 a.m., Westerville Community Church, 770 County Line Road, Westerville
  • Thursday, Noon, Worthington/Polaris Weight Watchers Center, 655 Dearborn Park Lane, Columbus
  • Thursday, 6 p.m., Council for Older Adults of Delaware County, 800 Cheshire Road, Delaware; Worthington/Polaris Weight Watchers Center, 655 Dearborn Park Lane, Columbus
  • Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 311 East 6th Street, Marysville
  • Saturday, 9 a.m., Willowbrook Christian Village, 100 Willow Brook Way South, Delaware; Kinsale Golf and Fitness, 3737 Village Club Drive, Powell; Worthington/Polaris Weight Watchers Center, 655 Dearborn Park Lane, Columbus; Community Gatherings of Marion Ohio, 409 Marion Cardington Road West, Marion
  • Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Westerville Community Church, 770 County Line Road, Westerville

Toby’s Take: I’ve never “officially” been on Weight Watchers but have used the points system and books while my mother-in-law was in the program several years ago. I found the program to be very solid and for someone that struggles with details the points was great — you only focus on it and not the other numbers ingrediants list. The biggest challenge I have with the program is that it is relatively expensive when compared to other options available on the market.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly

Take Off Pounds Sensibly – or more commonly known as TOPS – is a non-profit community-based weight loss group that has been around for more than sixty years. I call it community-based in that the groups are more hetrogenius than you’ll find with Weight Watchers as they are led, organized, and discussion groups come from the members in the group. This can create a really strong group push for more weight loss, but sadly when a group doesn’t have strong leadership it can flounder and struggle.

  • Monday, 9:30 a.m., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 200 East Water Street Fellowship Hall, Prospect
  • Monday, 5:15 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 75 East High Street, Mount Gilead
  • Monday, 6:15 p.m., Old Stone Presbyterian Church, 41 Hodges Road, Delaware
  • Monday, 7 p.m., Worthington Christian Church, 8145 North High Street Room 184, Worthington
  • Monday, 7:15 p.m., Westerville Alliance Church, 75 East Schrock Road, Westerville
  • Wednesday, 5 p.m., Marion General Hospital, 1000 McKinely Park Drive, Marion
  • Thursday, 5:30 p.m., Richwood North Union Public Library, 4 East Ottawa Street, Richwood
  • Thursday, 6:30 p.m., William Street United Methodist Church, 28 West William Street Room 18, Delaware

Toby’s Take: We spent several years as members of a group and had good success and then went lost momentum. It wasn’t the group’s fault, but there also wasn’t a ton of support for keeping on track and meetings are run by the members which I struggled with. You have a group of overweight people teaching each other how to get skinnier — it just often felt like we were chasing our tails. A strength was that the organization is relatively cheap which is in part you get what you pay for.

Delaware County Real Estate: A Decade of Perspective

Delaware County Real Estate: A Decade of Perspective

In the past several months there has been layers of discussion on the past decade in the real estate industry – the bubble, its burst and what if anything we’ve learned from it.

It probably began in March 2000, when the “dotcom” bubble burst and American wealth stopped growing. Several presidents, numerous real estate agents, mortgage brokers, home owners, city and county governments, and thousands of other people made millions off the “bubble.” So in true American fashion we are now fascinated by “what happened and how do we prevent it from happening again?”

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Average Home in Delaware County Selling For $203k

Average Home in Delaware County Selling For $203k

Delaware County Weekly Transactions
Average transfer price and transactions in Delaware County last week.

It was another good week in Delaware (Ohio) County real estate as 148 units transferred last week for a total market value of $30,104,011 and a tax-base value of $28,745,000.

The average price has remained strong with the average market price being $203,405 — with the higher values being continually held in the southern part of the County.

Powell saw 30 units change hand for a market-value of $278,701 and Lewis Center accounted for 20 transfers last with at an average price of $258,636.

By contrast, Ashley had three homes transfer with a value of $76,667. Radnor had two change hands at an average price for $140,425.

The City of Delaware was abnormally low with an average value of $116,821 on 34 transfers. The low price can be in large part accounted for that 62 percent of the transactions were not arm’s length deals.

For more information contact Toby Boyce at (740) 990-9748 or e-mail.

Powell Homes Sold At 96% of List Price in November

Powell Homes Sold At 96% of List Price in November

Powell Ohio Real Estate Sales Up in November 2013, Toby Boyce,
Home sales in the Powell, Ohio, area — 43065 zip code — keep right on flowing like the Scioto River through Shawnee Hills. [Toby Boyce / delawareohrealestate.com]
The Powell, Ohio, real estate market continued to move right along with 54 homes transferring during the month of November according the Columbus/Central Ohio Multiple Listing Service.

Fifty-four units covering a price range from $72,560 all the way up to $1,362,500 with an average sales price of $352,722 or $124.66 per square foot.

The average home was a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom, and 3,130 square feet which netted 96.5% of the final list price for the home seller. The largest home to change hands was 8,000 square feet this month.

The challenge in Powell, Ohio, real estate continues to be the price for actives vs. the price for sold listings. Currently Powell has 198 active listings on the market with an average price of $434,624 or $142 per square foot — an amazing 20.4% higher than the sold average.

The active market is showing the downside of this as the average home has been on the active market for 120 days which is 76.5% longer than the current average sold days on market in Powell, Ohio.