Category Archives: Buying Real Estate in New Albany

4225 Gunsten Hall home for sale in New Albany OH

How to Avoid Paying Too Much for Your Dream Home

When it comes to buying a home in New Albany, it’s important to learn whether you are paying too much. But before you turn to Zillow to see what your dream home is actually worth, we wanted to explain the different ways of determining New Albany home values.

An Appraisal vs. Market Analysis

An appraisal and a comparative market analysis (also called a CMA) are two ways of learning how much a home is worth. But there is a major difference between how both resources are used.

Home SellingThe bank uses an appraisal, where a licensed appraiser inspects the home to determine its value, so that it knows whether the amount for the loan it will give you is higher than the actual value of the property.

Your real estate agent uses a comparative market analysis — which involves looking at prices of similar homes that recently sold, real estate trends in the area, and any upgrades for the home — to determine a competitive listing price for the property. (A neighborhood sold report can help you learn what homes have recently sold for and whether homes in your dream community are in high demand.)

What about Zillow Home Values?

Like we explained in our blog post last week, Zillow value estimates for New Albany homes vary from the actual sales price by about 10% (or, as we noticed, 20% for homes over $500,000). That small error amounts to thousands of dollars!

It is always a good idea to rely on a Realtor’s evaluation of the property so that you will never have to worry whether you are paying too much for your dream home.

Trust the New Albany, Ohio Real Estate Experts

person holding keys to dream home in new albany, ohioWe have been living in New Albany and buying and selling real estate in this community for years, and our dedicated team members work tirelessly to make sure that you are informed about the home buying process every step of the way. As your New Albany buying resource, we put you first, no matter what.

Contact us today and let’s talk about your dream home.

radishes and fresh produce at winter farmers market

Are You Going to the Indoor Farmers Market in February?

The first Saturdays of the month are all about getting together with your friends and stopping by the New Albany Farmers Market for fresh foods from your neighbors. And between October and February each year, the community fun moves indoors to the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany.

February 6th is the Last Indoor Market Day

Date: Saturday, February 6th | Time: 9 AM – Noon

Location: 150 W. Main Street, New Albany, OH 43054

mixed salad made from fresh produceThe last day of the indoor farmers market is February 6th, 2016, and you do not want to miss it. The center will be bustling with activity as your New Albany neighbors and friends buy fresh produce, baked goods, locally produced honey and cheeses, and much more.

The New Albany Farmers Market is the perfect place to shop for fresh local ingredients for dinner, meet your new neighbors, and support the wonderful people in your community.

About the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany

The Heit Center is a new health and wellness facility in our community that sponsors activities and events designed to bring neighbors together and promote healthy lifestyles. The indoor and outdoor New Albany Farmers Market, the New Albany Walking Classic, and the New Albany Community Garden are all popular programs that the center is associated with.

Find Your Lifestyle in New Albany, Ohio

With a community that promotes healthy lifestyles and plenty of activities you can do with your friends and neighbors, it is no wonder that New Albany is a fantastic place to live. We are the New Albany real estate experts and can help you find your dream home in this area, give you a peek around New Albany at the organizations that make it such a great place to live, and provide you with all the resources you need to relocate and buy a home.

Contact us today to learn more about the real estate market and about living in this welcoming community.

4 Home Improvements That are Worth the Investment

People tend to stay in a home for up to 10 years before moving, so how do you make the most of those 10 years in your New Albany home? Do you start with a “move-in ready” home that will require no major updates in the next decade, or do you buy an older home and make the improvements for the future?

Make Upgrades with the Future in Mind

No home is perfect; finding the home in your ideal price range, location, and with modern features is a difficult task.

But as a New Albany home buyer with more modern tastes, you can make several home improvements to an older house to help you make the most of the next 10 years in your new home. And when it comes time to sell your home, these improvements will prove worthy of today’s investment.

a New Albany, Ohio home with updated granite countertops and stainless steel appliances1. The Kitchen: Refitted Counters and New Appliances

Granite countertops are in, laminate countertops are out. But you don’t have to buy a more expensive home with your desired upgrades if you have found an older house as your dream home.

Replace your old countertops with granite, quartz, or other stone options and your kitchen will start to look and feel modern. Take your home improvements one step further and replace older, white appliances with stainless steel appliances. And you can always give your kitchen cabinets a great coat of paint to instantly transform your kitchen.

2. The Bathrooms: New Countertops and Fixtures

Bathrooms are a major selling point in a home, and when you are buying a house that needs upgrading, consider investing in countertops and new fixtures first. Just make sure that the upgrades are more traditional rather than trendy to ensure your investment will not go out of style in 10 years.

3. The Outside: New Roof and Garage Door

The National Association of Realtors reported that replacing garage doors was one home improvement project that is well worth the investment — about an 88.5% payoff. Another improvement you can make to your home is replacing the roof.

These exterior improvements can boost your home’s curb appeal and help you sell your home for more money.

different colored paint swatches4. The Details: Neutral Paint Colors

Today’s modern homes have neutral paint, neutral décor, and neutral carpeting that suits any lifestyle, which is an important step in preparing to sell your home in the future.

We Can Help You Find the Perfect Home

Though modern home features change, these four home improvement ideas are a great investment. And when it comes time to sell your now-current home in New Albany, Ohio, we can help you learn what those buyers are looking for.

With over 30 years of combined real estate experience in New Albany, we can help you buy a home that you will enjoy for more than just 10 years. Call us at 614-939-1234 and let’s talk about what you’re looking for in a dream home.

3 Spectacular Home Features in This Brandon House

New Albany Country Club is an ideal community filled with grand Georgian homes designed for every lifestyle.

garage and front entrance to 3540 Eyre Hall Pass in New Albany OhioAnd in New Albany’s Brandon neighborhood, you can find a spectacular property with a custom kitchen, spacious backyard, and other luxurious home features that are sure to interest you.

Let’s see what the property at 3540 Eyre Hall Pass in New Albany has to offer.

Live in Luxury at 3540 Eyre Hall Pass

Less than two years old, the home at 3540 Eyre Hall Pass provides the modern features you would expect in a house in New Albany Country Club — plus 4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms and a half bathroom, and over 4,300 square feet of excellence.

This house is a 5-level split, so you’re sure to find ample space and elegance at every turn. From a grand kitchen to spacious living room absolutely perfect for entertaining guests and friends, this home provides everything you need to live your stylish way of life in Brandon.

Here are the most breathtaking home features in this Brandon property.

3. The Custom Kitchen We Just Can’t Get Enough Of

It’s no wonder that the custom kitchen is one of the most spectacular home features in this Brandon property.

custom kitchen in New Albany home

The hardwood floors are magnificent, and so are the granite countertops. The dark center island and floors add great visual contrasts to the light counters and white cabinets, so the kitchen is sure to leave your visitors speechless for a moment in admiration.

Along with the hardwood floors and granite countertops, you can find stainless steel appliances to complete the modern look and feel of your kitchen.

Here’s another view from the other side of the room. You can truly see all of the cabinet space tucked into this spacious kitchen. Who doesn’t want space in their kitchen?

modern custom kitchen in Brandon neighborhood of New Albany

2. The Beautiful Living Room with Fantastic Views

The living room in this New Albany Country Club house is a fantastic feature. The hardwood floors continue into this room from the kitchen and add an elegant foundation to the room, and the high ceilings fill the room with even more space.

beautiful living room at 3540 Eyre Hall Pass in New Albany

All of the windows eagerly filter in the natural light, and you can get a great view of the spacious backyard from where you’re sitting.

From this view of the living room, you can see the staircase in the back that leads to the lower floors and the floor above the living room. You can also see into the cozy nook beside the kitchen.

Here’s a view of the living room looking down from the floor above. You can truly see all the space that it offers, and you even get a glimpse of the elegant fireplace. And look at all of the windows! This room is ideal for entertaining, especially in the summer when the evenings are longer.

large living room in New Albany home

1. The House’s Nooks and Rooms with Ample Storage Space

You won’t run out of space when you live in this Brandon neighborhood home.

mudroom with built-in lockers in New Albany homeThe mudroom is stunning in and of itself, featuring the same elegance as the rest of the home with the addition of built-in lockers to comfortably and elegantly store your belongings.

You can also find a finished media room in this house along with a large computer niche off of the stunning kitchen.

unfinished basement at house in New Albany's Brandon neighborhoodAnd we can’t forget about the unfinished basement in addition to the fully finished lower level. It’s perfect on its own for storage space, or you can transform it into a workshop with plenty of room and flexibility for you to do what you love.

 

 

This Brandon House is Calling You Home

This home is sure to impress you and your visitors alike for years to come. If this beautiful property is calling to you, request a showing of 3540 Eyre Hall Pass today and experience its breathtaking home features for yourself, or contact us at 614-939-1234 to start making this house your home.

Great News New Albany Buyers: Stunning Home for Sale in Lambton Park!

Biddick New Albany 1There are certain New Albany neighborhoods that are always popular among home buyers and Lambton Park is definitely one of them!

After all, this community is located within the coveted New Albany Country Club and boasts and excellent location within the exemplary New Albany Plain Local Schools District.

What’s more, this community has a reputation for offering residents an excellent sense of community.

Thus, buyers reading our blog today are sure to be thrilled to discover that there’s now a new listing available in Lambton Park. Continue reading to learn more!

This Lambton Park Home Listing Has It All!

Biddick New Albany 2Located at 7217 Biddick Court, this impressive home features 7,596 square feet of living space, including 6 bedrooms and 6.2 bathrooms.

This gorgeous brick home boasts a long list of luxury amenities, including a gourmet island kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, hall pantry and a light-filled breakfast room.

Other impressive features you’ll discover when you step inside this home include:

  • A cozy wood-paneled den with wet bar
  • Living room with marble fireplace
  • 4 bedroom suites, each with a private bath and walk-in closet
  • A spacious mother-in-law suite over the 3 car attached garage.

Meanwhile, the nearly half acre lot is beautifully landscaped for shade and privacy and even features a brick patio overlooking the backyard.

And here’s an added perk to living here: It boasts an ideal location that’s just 2 miles to Market Street as well as New Albany High School.

This home is currently listed at $1.18 million, which is truly a bargain when you consider all of the features it comes with.

We’re Your Dedicated New Albany REALTORS

Biddick New Albany 3If this sounds like exactly the kind of community you’ve been dreaming of as a home buyer, then please take a moment now to connect with us, Thomas &  Company, your dedicated New Albany real estate experts.

We would love to assist you by answering any questions you might have, providing valuable insight on this home for sale and even scheduling a showing for you!

Until next time,

Thomas & Company

3 Reasons You’ll Love With This Lambton Park Home Listing in New Albany, OH

Stannage New Albany 1Are you looking for a gorgeous and stately home that commands respect the second you pull up to the driveway? Do you want to live in a residential neighborhood that boasts a strong sense of community – not to mention a great location near public schools?

If so, then we encourage you to check out our new home listing at 3994 Stannage Pass in New Albany.

Located in the Lambton Park neighborhood, which is located close to the New Albany Country Club, this home truly has it all!

Continue reading to discover the top three reasons why you’re sure to fall in love with this property.

Why New Albany Home Buyers Will Love This Property

Stannage New Albany 2This gorgeous, all-brick 10,825-square-foot estate home is sure to go under contract soon. After all, consider all that it has to offer!

Here are the top three features buyers will love about this home:

  • This home sits on 0.96 acres, giving residents plenty of privacy and tranquility.
  • It’s living room is perfect for entertaining, complete with built-in shelves and a gas fireplace.
  • The finished lower level offers media room, full kitchen, 1200 bottle wine room, gym, 5th bedroom suite and huge storage area.

More than that, however, this home also boasts deluxe bathrooms, a four-car garage and gorgeous backyard views.
Other amenities that will impress residents include:

  • Hardwood floors
  • Gourmet kitchen
  • Expansive bedrooms
  • Subzero/Wolf appliances
  • Fully-stocked butler’s pantry
  • Coffered ceilings
  • Private deck off master suite
  • Spacious walk-in closets

What’s more, this home is served by the New Albany Plain Local Schools District, which is award-winning and nationally ranked.

Is This The New Albany Home You Want to Own?

Stannage New Albany 3This home truly one of New Albany Country Club’s most remarkable homes!

If you’re ready to take that next step toward making it your own, please make sure to connect with us, Thomas & Company.

We’re your dedicated New Albany, Ohio, real estate experts and we would be happy to help you at every stage of the home buying process.

Until next time,

Thomas & Company

Look For Thomas & Company in the Upcoming New Albany Founder’s Day Parade!

CalendarWhat an honor! We recently found out that we have been given the opportunity to walk in the New Albany Founder’s Day Parade on May 16!

This local parade is a time-honored tradition here in New Albany and so we are humbled that we get a chance to be a part of it.

Continue reading to learn more about this upcoming parade and what you can expect to see if you attend!

The 411 on the Upcoming New Albany Parade

Held every year, the New Albany Founder’s Day celebrates the inception of our incredible community.

Founded in 1837, the Village of New Albany has seen immense growth in the last two decades in particular as local leaders have focused on making this a great place to not only live but also to work and play as well. The Village became a City in 2011!

This year’s event (which, by the way, marks the 40th anniversary) will actually kick off with a mini-concert by the New Albany Chorus at Main Street and High Street.

Then, the parade starts at 11 a.m. Parade floats enter at Dublin-Granville Road and Morgan Road, although probably the best place to stand as a spectator will be Main Street and High Street because a parade emcee booth will be located there.

Check out this online map for a look at the complete parade map and to plan your excursion on Founder’s Day.

Ultimately, the parade will end at the New Albany 2-5 Elementary School at 87 North High Street.

This year is sure to be a stand-out one, especially given all of the sponsors that have contributed to bring the parade to life. These companies include The City of New Albany, New Albany Chamber of Commerce, Plain Township, New Albany-Plain Local Schools, Chi Thai Restaurant and Mint Family Dental.

Meanwhile, Robert & Debbie Dean will serve as the 2015 Parade Grand Marshals.

Here a quick recap of the most important details you should know:

  • When: 10:45 a.m. for the mini-concert, 11 a.m. for the parade
  • Where: Main Street and High Street
  • More Information: Visit The Founders Day Site.  And once again, you can also view the Parade Route map.

We Hope To See You at the Parade on May 16!

We hope you have a chance to check out the Founder’s Day festivities (including the parade!) on May 16. We think it’s sure to be a fun and memorable day for the whole family!

If you do end up attending and you see us, please be sure to wave Hello. We would be thrilled to see you.

And remember: As your dedicated New Albany real estate experts, we always enjoy the opportunity to help people realize their dreams on the real estate market. So contact us today if you’re considering buying or selling a New Albany area home anytime soon, make sure to contact us for assistance.

Until next time,

Thomas & Company

Your New Albany Real Estate Report for February

Home Buying 14The month of January was a bit of a mixed bag for the New Albany real estate market, according to the most recent real estate data.

Evidently, according to market data, the median home sales price as well as the total number of home sales decreased, although the average price per square foot as well as the average listing price increased.

If you’re thinking about entering the housing market anytime soon as a buyer or seller, we recommend
That you continue reading to learn more about the current state of the housing market.

What New Albany Buyers and Sellers Should Know

  • Here’s an overview of recent market activity, based on the most recent market data:
  • Currently there are 175 homes for sale on the market, including 35 in some stage of the foreclosure process.
  • Between November and February, the average price per square foot for New Albany homes was $134, down 20.7 percent compared to the same period last year.
  • Also, the median home sales price was $309,950 based on 54 home sales.
  • Compared to a year ago, the median home sales price has decreased 0.3 percent, or $850.
  • And the number of home sales decreased 8.5 percent.
  • During the week ending on Feb. 11, the average listing price was $637,324, up 4.1 percent from the week before.
  • During that previous week, the average listing price was $611,000.
  • Broken down further, the median sales price for a 2-bedroom home was $147,500
  • The median sales price for a 3-bedroom home was $269,000.
  • And the median sales price for a 4-bedroom home was $361,000

We’ll Help You With Your New Albany Real Estate Needs!

Hopefully you found the above information insightful as a potential New Albany home buyer or seller. It’s important to be up to date on recent market activity because it will help inform your decisions as you navigate the market.

For additional insight on what these numbers mean to you as a buyer or seller – or to enlist our help with ensuring a successful outcome on the market, please don’t hesitate to contact us, Kate & Tony Thomas.

We would love the opportunity to assist you with all of your real estate needs in New Albany!

Until next time,

Kate & Tony

Hot New Albany Listing Alert: 4136 Sudbrook Sq E

New Albany PropertyHave we got a deal for you on the New Albany real estate market!

We recently listed a gorgeous property at 4136 Sudbrook Sq E. This lovely 5-bedroom home in Fenway is capturing the hearts of plenty of home buyers because of its incredible amenities, great location and excellent schools.

Continue reading to learn more!

What Every New Albany Home Buyer Should Know About This Home

Listed on the market for $725,000, this lovely 4,211-square-foot home features 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.

This distinctive home is loaded with upgrades and character!

Step inside, and you’ll discover such incredible amenities as:

  • 2-story foyer
  • French doors
  • Fireplace
  • Built-in shelves
  • Gourmet kitchen
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Granite counters
  • Large center island

Other incredible amenities in this home include a screened porch, an outstanding laundry/mud room with built-in desk, a majestic curved staircase, spacious bedrooms upstairs, wood floors and so much more!

New Albany Property 2What’s more, this home boasts a fantastic New Albany Country Club location that puts you within walking distance to the country club and Market Street.

And did we mention this home has a 3-car garage? Now that’s convenient!

Meanwhile, your children will attend some outstanding public schools within the New Albany Plain Local School District. This district is renowned for preparing students for both school and the real world!

This Beautiful New Albany Home Can Be Yours!

New Albany Property 3If this sounds like the kind of home that would complement your family’s lifestyle well, then please take a moment to contact us, Kate & Tony Thomas, today.

We would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have about this property as well as provide you with some valuable home buying resources.

Until next time,

Kate & Tony

Fall in Love With This Recent New Albany OH Listing!

New Albany HomeSome homes just exemplify luxury from the moment you walk inside and our new listing at 7090 Dean Farm Road is certainly one of those properties!

Listed at $515,000, this home is a steal of a deal when you consider all of the incredible amenities and resources it offers.

Continue reading to learn more!

Why Buyers Fall In Love With This Home!

New Albany Home 2Our home on Dean Farm Road celebrates comfort and style at every turn.

This property, which features 4 bedrooms and 3.2 bathrooms, spans across 2,414 square feet, giving you and your family plenty of room to grow.

When buyers step inside this home, they’ll immediately appreciate the open space, natural lighting and modern decore in this Upper Clarenton home.

Here are some of the other attributes that New Albany buyers can’t seem to get enough of:

  • Large landscaped lot
  • Great outdoor entertaining space
  • Hardwood floors
  • Large kitchen with breakfast area
  • 2-story vaulted ceilings
  • Windows overlooking the backyard and woods

This home also boasts a mezzanine-level master bedroom suite offers a 2-sided fireplace, seating/dressing area, full bath with luxurious soaking tub and double walk-in closets.

Meanwhile, the upper level has a 2nd private bedroom suite, plus the 3rd and 4th bedrooms, which share a full bath.

The finished lower level family room, meanwhile, boasts a trendy wet bar and access to a 2nd lower level with a great workout room and large unfinished storage/utility area. It’s simply incredible!

Oh – and outside, residents will appreciate a 3-stall garage with epoxied floors and handy workbench.

As an added bonus, this home is just minutes to shopping and dining as well as excellent schools within the New Albany Plain Local School District.

Doesn’t This New Albany Home Sound Like a Dream?

New Albany Home 3If you agree, then please contact us, Kate & Tony Thomas, today.

We would love the opportunity to assist you by answering any questions you might have as well as providing you with some valuable insight on this property for sale. We’ll even help schedule a home showing for you.

Until next time,

Kate & Tony