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Top 5 Reasons Why Buyers Will Love This New Albany Estate Home at The Reserve!

calverton homeWhen buyers pull up to the curb of 7832 Calverton Square in New Albany, they immediately realize that they’ve happened upon an incredible piece of real estate.

This home at The Reserve in the New Albany Country Club area is even more impressive when buyers step inside, with expansive rooms, incredible detailing and impressive upgrades.

Given all that this home has to offer, we believe that it’s one of the most coveted pieces of New Albany real estate currently on the market. Continue reading to learn more!

Why Buyers Fall In Love With This New Albany Property

calverton home 2Here are the top five reasons that buyers most often cite to us about what they love about this home:

  • It’s in an enviable residential community
  • It has a gourmet kitchen with all the latest and greatest appliances
  • It has breathtakingly beautiful oak floors and hickory woodwork throughout
  • It has lush vegetation that promises plenty of privacy and tranquility
  • It has stunning upgrades throughout, including a gorgeous fireplace, granite countertops and a three car garage!

Of course, those really are just a few of the many reasons why people love this property.

This home, which boasts 4,842 square feet of living space, offers buyers an impressive 5 bedrooms and 5.1 bathrooms.

Inside this majestic home, buyers discover such incredible features as:

  • Molding throughout
  • Granite counter tops
  • Garden tub
  • Built-in shelves
  • Second-floor catwalk
  • Spacious laundry room
  • 2-story great room
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Sunny breakfast area
  • Marble-tiled bathrooms
  • Walk-in closet
  • Huge windows
  • And more!

Meanwhile, the upstairs area boasts three private suites while the lower level features a rec/media area, a second kitchen with eating space and a fifth bedroom, complete with full bath and walk-in closet.

Step outside on the gorgeous brick patio in the back and you’ll discover your own private landscaped backyard with mature trees and a huge side yard.

This phenomenal home sits on a generous sized lot that boasts an excellent location within the neighborhood.

Currently, this home is listed at $759,900, which truly is a deal when you consider all that this home comes with.

Interested in Making This Your Next New Albany Home?

calverton home 3We don’t blame you! With all of its amazing features and its even more impressive price, we understand how desirable this home truly is on the local housing market.

Contact us, Kate & Tony Thomas, today to ask any lingering questions you might have as well as to request further information on the property.

If you’re ready to take that next step, you might also consider requesting a showing of this home or checking out our free virtual tour of this New Albany property.

Until next time,

Kate & Tony

Why Our Recent New Albany Listing Isn’t Likely to Be Available for Long

Waterson New Albany Home 1What do you think of when you dream of your ideal New Albany home? Perhaps you think of a grandiose entrance that commands respect and attention. Perhaps you think of an open floor plan that gives you and your family plenty of room to grow and live. Perhaps you think of an array of amenities aimed at making your life easier on the New Albany real estate market.

If you think of any of these things, then we recommend you check out our new listing at 7324 Waterston in New Albany.

This gorgeous home, which is currently listed at $1,350,000, boasts 6 bedrooms and 6.2 bathrooms. It’s commanding presence on the local housing market, it’s commitment to the latest and greatest amenities on the inside and it’s fabulous location within New Albany make it a great find that isn’t likely to last long!

What Every Home Buyer Should Know About Our Central Ohio Listing

This 8,070-square-foot home truly has it all. Step inside this home and you’ll immediately be impressed with its oversized rooms, its gourmet kitchen, its generous-sized butler’s pantry in the dining room and its bar off the den.

What’s more, this home is truly the standard-bearer for architectural excellence and design sophistication, especially with its dramatic entranceways and unique floor plan.

Waterson New Albany Home 2Here are some other features about this home that Central Ohio home buyers will love:

  • Convenient mud room on the first floor
  • Laundry room on the second floor
  • 2-room carriage suites over 4-car garage
  • Oversized patio
  • Built-in fire pit

This home is truly an exceptional piece of real estate. It’s easy to imagine a family growing up here and sharing some wonderful memories together. I can even envision some grandparents staying to live there after the kids have left and entertaining a huge extended family on the holidays.

More Reasons to Love This Home

And as if you didn’t need any more reasons to want to relocate here, this home is also served by some high-performing schools within the New Albany Plain Local School District.

What’s more, you’re just a short drive from New Albany Country Club as well as Blendon Woods Metropolitan Park. And all of the shopping and dining you could dream of are just minutes away in nearby Columbus.

Contact Us If You Want to Make This Your Next New Albany Home

Waterson New Albany Home 3Do you think this home would complement your lifestyle well as a prospective New Albany home buyer? If so, then please take a moment to contact us, Kate & Tony Thomas, today.

We would love to help you take those next steps toward making this your next home by first answering any questions you may have and also scheduling a showing of this property for you.

So contact us today and we’ll work hard to make your home buying dream a reality!

Until next time,

Kate & Tony

Speculative Data Center Coming to New Albany

New Albany data centerA new development is coming to this area and planners hope it will draw even more business to New Albany!

Evidently, Compass Data Centers recently picked our Central Ohio city as the location of its next speculative build.

New Albany Development May Help Boost Local Economy

According to a recent article I read, Compass Data Centers will construct a speculative data center in New Albany soon.

This means that the company has not secured a specific tenant to occupy any of the five data center pods that it plans to build.

While this may seem risky, the Compass CEO said the company is already working with local officials to attract clients, including tax incentives for future tenants.

According to plans, each tenant with receive a partial seven-year property-tax abatement.

The company will not start constructing the building until its secured at least one tenant – although it’s doing the footwork now so that once it signs a tenant, the company will be able to construct the building within six months.

The data center is expected to be between 10,000 and 21,000 square feet.

Company leaders say that they see a lot of promise in New Albany for the data center industry.

After all, there are several Fortune 1000 companies located here, including:

  • Limited Brands
  • Abercrombie & Fitch
  • TJ Maxx

Other businesses located in New Albany include Nationwide Insurance and Discover Financial.

Plus, as company officials noted, New Albany has a great supply of fiber infrastructure as well as available skilled workers – especially given the city’s proximity to Ohio State University.

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It’s an exciting time for our city, which appears to be on the frontier of establishing itself as an ideal place for data centers.

Even if you’re not in that industry, the creation of this data center will further help diversify the local jobs market and help strengthen the economy.

If you’re interested in buying a New Albany home and living here permanently, please contact us, Kate & Tony Thomas.

When you do, we’ll be happy to provide you with straight-forward advice as well as valuable Central Ohio home buying tools like:

You may even want to start looking at specific New Albany neighborhoods, like:

Until next time,

Kate

 

Calling All New Albany, Ohio Home Sellers

New Albany home salesAs more and more home buyers have flocked to the New Albany real estate market in search of their next dream home, available homes for sale have become more and more in demand.

Now, real estate experts all over Central Ohio are calling upon would-be home sellers to list their properties now to capitalize on all of the pent-up demand from home buyers.

At least, that’s the gist of a recent article we read.

New Albany, Ohio Real Estate for Sale

A strange thing is happening on the New Albany real estate market – as well as other markets around the country.

While home sales are up, home listings are actually at their lowest level since 2002.

Thus, real estate analysts everywhere are encouraging home owners to list their property in order to meet a rising demand for properties for sale.

Here’s a breakdown of the current housing market situation in Central Ohio:

  • A little more than 9,000 Central Ohio homes are listed right now, which equates to about a 4.7 month home inventory.
  • Generally speaking, a six-month supply is considered a balanced – and therefore healthy – market.
  • Worthington has a 1.8-month supply
  • Upper Arlington has a 2.2-month supply
  • Beechwold/Clintonville has a 2.7-month supply
  • Grandview Heights has a 2.3-month supply
  • Powell has a 2.6-month supply
  • New Albany has a 4.6 month supply

It’s similar in other markets throughout Central Ohio.

So what exactly is causing the low inventory of available homes for sale?

Experts credit it to a number of reasons:

  •  A sharp increase in home sales has outpaced the number of homes being listed on the market.
  • A large drop in home owners listing their property because they’re wary of not getting a good price for their home. For instance, in the first two months of 2013 – 5,473 central Ohioans listed their home, compared with 8,195 homes that went on the market during the same period in 2006.
  • Home sellers who would have wanted to move up to a bigger home are finding it harder to secure a mortgage because of tighter lending restrictions, so they’re staying put.

But as experts are telling home sellers everywhere, there are some great benefits to be had for those home sellers who enter the market now.

After all, because inventory is so low, home sellers stand to get a great price for their home – perhaps even multiple offers!

Sell Your New Albany, Ohio area home today!

If you would like to list your New Albany home on the market today, please contact us, Kate & Tony Thomas.

As your Central Ohio real estate experts, we’ll be able to get you the results you want on the local housing market by offering unbiased advice and such helpful resources as:

Until next time,

Kate & Tony

 

New Albany, OH Featured Listing on 4853 Yantis Drive

New Albany Yantis listingFor this month’s New Albany, Ohio featured listing, I’d like to tell you about a newer listing at 4853 Yantis Drive.

From its commanding façade to its luxurious interior amenities, this stately brick home, was clearly built for the discerning New Albany home buyer.

Real Estate for Sale in New Albany, Ohio

Built in 2001, the beautiful home on Yantis Drive in New Albany offers home buyers 8,500 square feet of living space, including 5 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms.

Priced at $2,099,000, this exceptional New Albany home comes with such lovely features as:

  • 1 acre lot facing the golf course
  • Hardwood floors
  • Gourmet kitchen
  • Sumptuous 1st floor owner’s suite
  • In ground pool, terrace, pergola and built in fireplace

Those aren’t the only upscale features you’ll find in this home!  Other amenities in this New Albany home that are sure to appeal to interested home buyers include handmade brick slate roof, Multiple terraces, 13-foot ceilings, Crown molding, Beautifully designed fireplaces, Built-in shelves, Picture frame molding, Modern light fixtures and Updated kitchen appliances

What’s more, this magnificent home offers golf course views as well as privacy on an over-sized, 0.99-acre lot.

This home is served by the award-winning New Albany Plain Local School District, although there are also a number of private schools in the immediate vicinity.

Planning a weekend out with the family? This residential community is close to such fine recreational amenities as:

  • New Albany Country Club
  • New Albany Links
  • Bevelheymer Park

Your New Albany Real Estate Experts

If you would like to request more information about the home on Yantis Drive, please contact us, Kate & Tony Thomas, today!

If you want, we can even help you by scheduling a showing for you or providing you with a virtual tour of this exquisite home.

Until next time,

Kate & Tony

 

New Albany Ohio Real Estate – 2012 Home Sales Recap

New Albany home salesIt’s Officially a Seller’s Market!

Sales of single family homes in New Albany in 2012 exceeded 350 units for the first time in 7 years.  360 homes sold in New Albany this year compared to 344 homes sold last year.  2005 was the last year New Albany saw home sales in this range when 368 homes sold.  These numbers are hard to believe since inventory levels have remained at their lowest level in 10+ years.  We ended the year with a 2.7 month supply of homes based on the 2012 rate of sale.  This definitely meets the criteria for a “Seller’s Market”.  It’s unlikely that we can sustain this rate of sale if inventory levels don’t begin to rise.

Dwindling inventory typically will drive prices up.  Several New Albany neighborhoods saw prices rebound nicely last year – specifically Hampsted Village, New Albany Links, Albany Park and Windsor.  The sales prices for homes over $1 million sold in the New Albany Country Club also increased nicely over 2012.  Sale prices in the rest of the New Albany were in the same range as 2012 but are poised to head up this year.

Rising home prices and historically low interest rates creates the perfect scenario for both Sellers and Buyers this year.  If you are considering selling, you will benefit from increasing home prices and a ver low inventory of homes for sale.  If you are a buyer, you want to buy before prices increase too much and while interest rates are crazy low.  Call Tony and me to discuss your particular situation.  The chart below is the Year End results for the major neighborhoods in New Albany, Ohio.  If your community is not included, just let us know.  We will send you the comparable information for your neighborhood.

New Albany 2012 Year End Recap
Neighborhood

Active

In

Sold 4th

Sold

Sold

Ave

Ave

Listings

Contract

Qtr 2012

2012

2011

$/Sq Ft

DOM

The Preserve

1

4

10

57

26

$104

54

Albany Park

1

2

5

14

13

$106

34

Windsor

2

5

4

19

13

$109

60

Hampsted

3

5

7

43

55

$118

33

NA Links

2

2

11

46

51

$116

71

New-CCollege*

4

3

3

10

14

$120

102

NACC < $1M**

27

10

14

77

89

$157

100

NACC > $1M

12

2

2

16

18

$221

134

Tot Plain Local
School District

81

46

75

360

344

$125

74

*    Includes Tidewater, Saunton, Enclave and Wentworth
**  Includes NACC and The Reserve

 

If 2013 is your year to make a move, we want to be a part of it!  Stay in touch and we’ll do the same!   Have a great year!

Best,

Kate & Tony

 

 

How to Know When to Fix Your New Albany, Ohio Home or Sell It As Is

It’s a question that every home seller will need to face at some point during the New Albany home selling process: Should I fix my home to make it more attractive to buyers or try to sell it as is?

Like many things in life, there is no clear answer to this question.

After all, your decision whether to sell your home as is or not will depend on a variety of factors, which we will explain below.

Properties for Sale on the New Albany Real Estate Market

There are many factors that one should consider when deciding whether to sell their home as is, including competing inventory, recent New Albany housing market activity and more.

If your home is going to cost a lot to repair to the level where normal home buyers would want to purchase it, you may consider pricing it below market – especially if you’re in a hurry to move out.

By doing so, you’re likely to attract multiple offers either from investors or home buyers willing to do repair work themselves who are looking for a “deal”.  Generally speaking, fixer-upper buyers will not pay top dollar on a home in need of repairs.   They’ll probably factor in the cost of the repairs as well as a cost for the hassle of doing them into an offer. Thus, if you definitely have a price point you want to meet on the sale of your New Albany home, you may just want to make repairs before you list your home.

If you’re trying to add value to your home by making repairs to it before you list it on the New Albany market, remember that the improvements in kitchens and bathrooms have the highest return on value.

Here are some other factors that you should consider when deciding whether to sell your home as is:

  • What do other homes in your price range and location have? If all other homes have renovated kitchens, you may consider investing in a remodeling as well. Otherwise, you’re likely to receive low ball offers.
  • Is it a seller’s market? If it is, you’re more likely to get away with selling your home as is because buyers will be desperate to close the deal. If it’s more of a buyer’s market, you may have to put some sweat equity in your home to attract potential buyers.

If you decide to fix your home before listing it on the New Albany real estate market but don’t want to completely wipe-out your bank account, we recommend you make these minimal repairs at least:

  • Patch any holes and cracks in the walls and ceilings; touch up woodwork and trim
  • Fix or replace broken appliances and HVAC systems
  • Fix leaky faucets; possibly update hardware
  • Replace darkly-painted or wallpapered rooms with neutral colors
  • Replace old, stained, or dark colored carpet
  • Make sure your home is up to code
  • While not a repair, decluttering the house, closets, and garage costs little and is time well spent

Your Expert New Albany, Ohio REALTORS

If you’re considering listing your home anytime soon on the Central Ohio real estate market, we hope you found the above information helpful!

For more tips on how to expertly navigate the New Albany housing market as a seller, please feel free to contact us, Kate & Tony Thomas, today!

We also welcome you to check out some of the helpful real estate tools we are already offering online for free, such as:

Until next time,

Kate & Tony

Is It Time to Purchase Another New Albany, Ohio Home for Sale?

As experienced Central Ohio real estate experts, we’ve known plenty of New Albany home owners over the years who have wrestled with the idea of when to purchase another home.

They would often ask us, “How do I know when is the right time?”

So today, I’m going to tell you about some top reasons why people decide to sell their current New Albany home and move to another one.

New Albany Real Estate for Sale

It has been said that American home owners move into a new home roughly every five to seven years.

Why so much moving? Here are some top reasons why New Albany home owners tell me that it’s time for them to move:

They’ve outgrown their current home.   This is particularly true for growing young families who originally purchase a starter home and then quickly outgrow it.

They want to upgrade their home.   Whether they’re looking for a more modern-style home or a home with updated fixtures and amenities throughout, these home owners are looking for the bigger and better home.

Job transfer.   Sometimes it’s the job that initiates the need to sell their current home. Often, if commuting distance is more than an hour, people will decide to relocate.

They want to rectify a mistake they made when they purchased their current house. Perhaps when purchasing their current house, the home owners thought they would be able to get used to not having a backyard or being on a busy street.  When they realize that they made a mistake on their current home, some home owners will eventually rectify the situation by purchasing another home that fits their needs more appropriately.

Changes in Personal Relationships.   Whether it’s getting married or getting divorced, having kids or becoming empty nesters – these changes in relationships often motivate people to change their living situations as well.

Desire to See Family More Often. If the home owner lives far away from their nuclear family, they may opt to move in order to be closer to relatives. We see this often in which parents move closer to be with their children and vice versa.

Desire to See Family Less Often.  Then there are the home owners who are looking for a bit of space between themselves and their family members. In order to preserve harmony in the family, these home owners move away from their families.

Retirement.   Some home owners who have recently retired wish to live in a retirement community where they can be around others around their age. These communities are also attractive because they typically require less maintenance than a typical home.

Deferred Maintenance.  Instead of having to purchase a new roof or replace the furnace, some home owners opt to purchase a new home so that they don’t have to worry about such costly maintenance projects.

House flippers.   Some people simply enjoy buying fixer upper homes and spending a great deal of time, money and energy making the house into a more desirable place to live. Then they sell the home and buy another fixer upper.

Change in lifestyle.   These individuals may not want to be tied down to a property and instead want to spend their time and money traveling the world. Thus, they decide to sell in order to free up some of their money and to release themselves from one piece of property.

New Albany, Ohio Real Estate for Sale

If you are a current home owner who has been considering selling your Central Ohio home anytime soon, please contact us, Kate & Tony Thomas, today!

As you can see, we’ve helped New Albany home owners sell their homes for a variety of reasons over the years and we’d be happy to assist you as well!

For the time being, however, please take a few moments to browse some of the additional home-selling resources we offer online for free, including:

Until next time,

Kate & Tony

New Albany, Ohio: Excellent Public and Private Schools

Wonderful sense of community, beautiful neighborhoods, plenty of recreational amenities – there are plenty of reasons why people ultimately decide to relocate to New Albany, Ohio!

Today, I’m going to tell you about another reason why this Central Ohio city is so popular: excellent public and private schools!

Give Your Kids The Best Education Possible as a New Albany Resident

School-aged children living in New Albany are served by the New Albany Plain Local School District.

This remarkable school district serves about 26 square miles of area, and consists of 4 schools.

These are the four schools within the district, all of which are connected by tranquil walking trails on a beautiful campus:

  • New Albany High School
    • 7600 Fodor Road
    • New Albany, Ohio 43054
    • Phone: 614-413-8300
  • New Albany Middle School
    • 6600 Dublin Granville Road, New Albany, Ohio 43054
    • Phone: 614-413-8500
  • New Albany 2-5 Elementary
    • 87 North High Street, New Albany, Ohio 43054
    • Phone: 614-413-8600
  • New Albany K-1 Elementary
    • 5101 Swickard Woods Blvd., New Albany, Ohio 43054
    • Phone: 614-413-8700

About 3,760 students attend the schools in the district each year.

The New Albany Plain Local School district has the distinction of being the only district in the entire state of Ohio where every school has a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence designation from the U.S. Department of Education.

What’s more, all of the schools have been accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

Proof of this district’s excellent method of teaching and leadership are evident in such statistics as these:

  • For the past three years, the state department of education has ranked the district as “excellent.”
  • 100 percent of students in the district graduated last year.
  • Meanwhile, 95 percent go on to college
  • SAT and ACT scores for students in the district have steadily grown

Meanwhile, there are also several top-performing private schools in the immediate New Albany, Ohio area, including:

  • Columbus Jewish Day School (k to 5)
    • 79 N. High St., New Albany, OH 43054
    • 614-939-5311
  • Columbus Academy (pre-k to 12)
    • 4300 Cherry Bottom Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230
    • 614-475-2311
  • Columbus School for Girls (pre-k to 12)
    • 56 S. Columbia Ave., Columbus, OH 43209
    • 614-252-0781
  • St. Charles Preparatory School (9 to 12)
    • 2010 E. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43209
    • 614-252-6714
  • St. Matthew’s School (k-8)
    • 795 Havens Corner Rd., Gahanna, OH 43230
    • 614-471-4930
  • Worthington Christian School (k-12)
    • 6670 Worthington-Galena Rd., Worthington, OH 43085
    • 614-431-8210
  • St. Francis DeSales High School (9-12)
    • 4212 Karl Rd., Columbus, OH 43224
    • 614-267-7808
  • St. Paul’s Luthern School (k-8)
    • 322 Stewart Ave, Columbus, OH 43206
    • 614-444-4216
  • The Wellington School
    • 3650 Reed Rd., Columbus, OH 43220
    • 614-457-7883

Relocating to New Albany, Ohio

To learn more about the incredible educational opportunities available to New Albany home owners, please contact us, Kate & Tony Thomas, today!

While you’re at it, please take a few moments to browse some of these additional New Albany home buying resources that we offer online:

Until next time,

Kate & Tony

 

Check Out These Incredible New Albany Neighborhoods

Over the last several weeks, we’ve been telling you about New Albany’s various residential communities.

From the New Albany Country Club communities to those in New Albany Links, there is clearly something for everyone on this Central Ohio real estate market!

Today, we would like to tell you about a few additional residential communities located within this city – each with its own distinctive claim to fame.

Central Ohio Homes for Sale

Here are a few additional communities that you may consider looking at as a New Albany, Ohio home buyer:

Albany Park: This single-family home community was originally developed by Dominion Home. Albany Park consists of 120 homes, all of which offer spacious bedrooms, beautifully landscaped backyards and more!

  • Price Range: $200,000 to $325,000
  • Square Footage Range: 2,000 to 3,000

Ashbury Ridge: This New Albany neighborhood is comprised of more than 175 homes, all of which were developed by M/I homes. Although this community has a Gahanna zip code, it is served by the New Albany School District. Homes in Ashbury Ridge feature lovely fireplaces, large backyard decks, spacious walk-in closets and more!

  • Price Range: $150,000 to $250,000
  • Square Footage Range: 1,500 to 2,500

Chestnut Hill: With nearly 100 homes – all of which built between 1992 and 1994 – Chestnut Hill is an established and well-respected New Albany neighborhood. This community is served by the New Albany Plain Local School District. Homes in this community feature dramatic entryways, two-car garages and beautiful interior fixtures.

  • Price Range: $200,000 to $275,000
  • Square Footage Range: 1,500 to 2,500

Preston Commons: Technically located in Westerville, Preston Commons features darling homes for sale – all of which offer plenty of room to grow!

  • Price Range: $200,000 to $300,000
  • Square Footage Range: 2,000 to 2,500

Your Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

If you’re interested in learning about any of these unique New Albany residential communities, then please contact us, Kate & Tony Thomas, today!

We’ll provide you with even more details about the kinds of homes you’ll find in these communities as well as tell you about any available listings.

And if you want, you can even get your home search started right away by checking out our easy-to-use New Albany home-buying tools, one of which allows you to search by price range:

Until next time,

Kate & Tony