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  • Why Home Office Space Is More Desirable Than EverWhy Home Office Space Is More Desirable Than Ever
    For years, we’ve all heard about the most desirable home features buyers are looking for, from upgraded kitchens to remodeled bathrooms, master suites, and more. The latest on the hotlist, however, might surprise you: home offices. In a recent article by George Ratiu, Senior Economist with realtor.com, he notes how listings with an office are selling quickly: “As more companies have been embracing remote work, buyers are driving demand for houses with home offices higher. Homes featuring the term ‘office’ are selling 9 days faster than the overall housing inventory.” Today, more and more people are working remotely, and that’s… Read more »
  • How Technology Is Enabling the Real Estate ProcessHow Technology Is Enabling the Real Estate Process
    Today’s everyday reality is pretty different than it looked just a few weeks ago. We’re learning how to do a lot of things in new ways, from how we work remotely to how we engage with our friends and neighbors. Almost everything right now is shifting to a virtual format. One of the big changes we’re adapting to is the revisions to the common real estate transaction, which all vary by state and locality. Technology, however, is making it possible for many of us to continue on the quest for homeownership, an essential need for all. Here’s a look at… Read more »
  • How to Find the Perfect Real Estate AgentHow to Find the Perfect Real Estate Agent
    There’s a ton of real estate information available in the news today and on the Internet. It can be extremely confusing, especially in times of uncertainty like we’re facing right now. If you’re thinking of buying or selling this year, you need an agent who can help you: Make sense of this rapidly evolving housing market Navigate everything from virtual showings to new online marketing strategies Price your home correctly at the beginning of the selling process Determine what to offer on your dream home without paying too much or offending the seller Dave Ramsey, a financial guru, advises: “When… Read more »
  • Will Surging Unemployment Crush Home Sales?Will Surging Unemployment Crush Home Sales?
    Ten million Americans lost their jobs over the last two weeks. The next announced unemployment rate on May 8th is expected to be in the double digits. Because the health crisis brought the economy to a screeching halt, many are feeling a personal financial crisis. James Bullard, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, explained that the government is trying to find ways to assist those who have lost their jobs and the companies which were forced to close (think: your neighborhood restaurant). In a recent interview he said: “This is a planned, organized partial shutdown of the… Read more »
  • The Housing Market Is Positioned to Help the Economy Recover [INFOGRAPHIC]The Housing Market Is Positioned to Help the Economy Recover [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Some Highlights Expert insights are painting a bright future for housing when the economy bounces back – and it will. We may be facing challenging economic times today, but the housing market is poised to help the economy recover, not drag it down. Let’s connect to make sure you’re informed and ready when it’s time to make your move. Content previously posted on Keeping Current Matters Read more »
  • Looking to the Future: What the Experts Are SayingLooking to the Future: What the Experts Are Saying
    As our lives, our businesses, and the world we live in change day by day, we’re all left wondering how long this will last. How long will we feel the effects of the coronavirus? How deep will the impact go? The human toll may forever change families, but the economic impact will rebound with a cycle of downturn followed by economic expansion like we’ve seen play out in the U.S. economy many times over. Here’s a look at what leading experts and current research indicate about the economic impact we’ll likely see as a result of the coronavirus. It starts… Read more »
  • Columbus: Curbside Pickup Never Tasted So GoodColumbus: Curbside Pickup Never Tasted So Good
    With restaurant dining rooms shut down all across the state, it's more important than ever to support our favorite local restaurants by ordering takeout meals when we can.  When you need a break from cooking at home, curbside pickup or delivery is a great option. There are many excellent Columbus restaurants that remain open and are offering these services. Here are a few that we recommend.  Ambrose and Eve 716 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43206           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by… Read more »
  • The #1 Thing You Can Do Now to Position Yourself to Buy a Home This YearThe #1 Thing You Can Do Now to Position Yourself to Buy a Home This Year
    The last few weeks and months have caused a major health crisis throughout the world, leading to a pause in the U.S. economy as businesses and consumers work to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The rapid spread of the virus has been compared to prior pandemics and outbreaks not seen in many years. It also has consumers remembering the economic slowdown of 2008 that was caused by a housing crash. This economic slowdown, however, is very different from 2008. One thing the experts are saying is that while we’ll see a swift decline in economic activity in the second… Read more »
  • The Economic Impact of Buying a HomeThe Economic Impact of Buying a Home
    We’re in a changing real estate market, and life, in general, is changing too – from how we grocery shop and meal prep to the ways we can interact with our friends and neighbors. Even practices for engaging with agents, lenders, and all of the players involved in a real estate transaction are changing to a virtual format. What isn’t changing, however, is one key thing that can drive the local economy: buying a home. We’re all being impacted in different ways by the effects of the coronavirus. If you’re in a position to buy a home today, know that… Read more »
  • Explore These Bike Trails Around ColumbusExplore These Bike Trails Around Columbus
    When you need a breath of fresh air far from the city crowds, you'll find ample space to roam in Columbus. With many miles of bike paths and trails, our city has a lot to offer for anyone who loves the great outdoors.  Columbus is also a major hub for state-wide trails and greenways, some of which stretch for hundreds of miles across the Buckeye State. These bike paths in the Columbus area offer ample opportunities to get outside, get in shape, and simply enjoy the greener side of Central Ohio. Alum Creek Trail Three Creeks Metro Park, 3860 Bixby Road, Groveport,… Read more »
  • Get in on the Bubble Tea Craze Around ColumbusGet in on the Bubble Tea Craze Around Columbus
    The popularity of Asian food in the Columbus area now extends to a beverage. Bubble tea, created in Taiwan during the 1980s, usually contains milk and sugar along with a wide range of "toppings." While these add-ins include red beans, pudding and jelly, the most common one is tapioca pearls that give bubble tea its distinctive, Instagram-ready look. Whether you're a bubble tea newbie or long-time fan, you'll find your perfect drink at these wonderful tea and juice shops (and one sushi joint!) around Columbus. The Brewed Leaf 809 Bethel Road, Columbus, OH 43214           View this… Read more »
  • Visit These Columbus Bookstores and Libraries for Read Across America DayVisit These Columbus Bookstores and Libraries for Read Across America Day
    "There is no one alive who is you-er than you!" The gentle wisdom of Dr. Seuss is ageless and timeless, which is a big reason why his birthday is observed as National Read Across America Day. Join the celebration on Monday, March 2 with a visit to these terrific Columbus bookstores and libraries. The Book Loft 631 S. Third St., Columbus, OH 43206           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by The Book Loft (@thebookloft) on Oct 9, 2019 at 1:56pm PDT A 32-room… Read more »
  • 10 Columbus Fine Dining Destinations You Have to Try10 Columbus Fine Dining Destinations You Have to Try
    Columbus is a remarkable city. The capital of Ohio is home to an engaging and entertaining cultural scene, perhaps best demonstrated by the diversity found in the city's many restaurants, bistros, cafés, and eateries. If you appreciate an exquisitely prepared meal featuring timeless cooking traditions, fresh ingredients, and burgeoning culinary trends, you will surely enjoy an evening at one of these fine dining destinations around the city.   Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse 89 E. Nationwide Blvd., Columbus, OH           View this post on Instagram                       A post… Read more »
  • Go Vegan at These Restaurants Around ColumbusGo Vegan at These Restaurants Around Columbus
    Veganism isn't just a food preference — it's a lifestyle! For many people around the Columbus area, adhering to a diet of clean, sustainable foods is a way of life made possible through a variety of places offering vegan options.Thankfully, gone are the days of salads being the only vegan items on popular restaurant menus. Today, there is an exceptional number of vegan and vegan-friendly eateries scattered throughout Columbus. Let's dig into these healthy habits and check out twelve awesome vegan restaurants around The Arch City.   Northstar Café 4241 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214           View… Read more »
  • Keep Your New Year's Resolution at These Columbus GymsKeep Your New Year's Resolution at These Columbus Gyms
    Keeping a New Year's resolution can be difficult, especially when the cold weather encourages us to cozy up on the couch. Warm up your body and feel better than ever by getting out and sticking with your fitness goals this year. From luxurious health clubs to small-group fitness classes, and one-on-one personalized training sessions, these 12 Columbus gyms will help you keep your New Years Resolution in great shape! The Fitness Loft 625 Parsons Ave., Columbus, OH 43206           View this post on Instagram                   Pro-Tips if you're… Read more »
  • 18 Things to Do On a Cold Day in Columbus18 Things to Do On a Cold Day in Columbus
    Winter is coming and it's bringing plenty of frigid days to Columbus! Instead of snuggling up in front of the fireplace—we encourage you to get out and explore our amazing community this season. We've curated a list of the best things to do on a cold day in the Columbus area. Whether you're looking to spend the day outside in the snow or cozied up inside learning a new skill—we've got a little something for everyone on our list. Stay warm!   Get Wild at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Escape the cold with the help of some furry (and… Read more »
  • The Best Restaurants in Columbus, Ohio According to YelpThe Best Restaurants in Columbus, Ohio According to Yelp
    Ah, Yelp. It's the review website we often go to when we want to share our experiences. And it conveniently tells us the top destinations in every city on the globe—whether we're looking for food, drink or service. Based on the number of reviews and the ratings themselves, Yelp creates lists of nearly every restaurant in a given city so you know minute-by-minute where you should go for your next meal. Using that information, we compiled a list of the Columbus hotspots that are most consistently ranked in the top ten. Next time hunger strikes, take a tour through Columbus… Read more »
  • Where to Take Your Parents When They Visit ColumbusWhere to Take Your Parents When They Visit Columbus
    Entertaining your parents in your hometown can be intimidating. Putting together a perfect schedule full of fun activities, incredible restaurants, tourist attractions and local hangouts is almost impossible. Thankfully, your parents probably just want to see what your life is like in Columbus—giving you the perfect excuse to mix in spots like your favorite cafe and craft brewery with the touristy stops like art museums and trendy neighborhoods. We rounded up some of our must-visit stops to put on your parent-friendly itinerary. Have fun! Buckeye Donuts   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Buckeye Donuts (@buckeyedonuts)… Read more »
  • The Must-Attend Fall Events in the Columbus Area for 2019The Must-Attend Fall Events in the Columbus Area for 2019
    The leaves are changing, that familiar fall chill is starting to return to the air and pumpkin is appearing on menus everywhere. Fall is here, which is an occasion worth celebrating here in Columbus! Fortunately, there are plenty of local events and festivals to look forward to over the next few months. Whether you're looking to experience the bountiful autumn harvest, get scared at a horror film festival or peruse a craft fair—you'll find something on this list worth marking on your calendar. Have fun this season! Jump Ahead: September | October | November September Country Living Fair Where: Ohio Village … Read more »
  • Inspired Art Walks & Annual Events in the Columbus AreaInspired Art Walks & Annual Events in the Columbus Area
    Columbus' art scene is bursting with creativity, which is evident in the spectacular art that you can find throughout the city. Not only are we home to the Columbus Museum of Art, which was the first art museum registered in Ohio and home to hundreds of interesting exhibitions, but our area also boasts amazing art galleries, art festivals and public art installations. If you want to explore the incredible culture of Columbus—read on! We rounded up some of the best art walks and annual festivals in Columbus along with some information on how to take a self-guided art tour through… Read more »
  • The Ultimate Guide to Annual Events in Columbus, OhioThe Ultimate Guide to Annual Events in Columbus, Ohio
    Columbus is a thriving metropolis in the heart of the Midwest known for its friendly people, trendy fashion, growing economy and delicious restaurants. And those are just some of the reasons we think it's one of the best places to call home in the world. Columbus is a great place to be any time of the year, so whether you live here or are just passing through — there are plenty of things to do! The Buckeye City maintains an action-packed events calendar, from art festivals to spectacular fireworks displays, all year long. So take a look at the many… Read more »
  • 16 Columbus Small Businesses + Organizations Making a Difference16 Columbus Small Businesses + Organizations Making a Difference
    Columbus consists of a tight-knit community that never passes up an opportunity to come together for a greater cause. That's why it is no surprise to us that there are so many fantastic businesses and organizations in the area dedicated to lending a helping hand whenever they can. We rounded up some of the businesses and organizations in Columbus that are truly making a difference in the community right now. From donating their profits to a local charity to providing essential services to those in need — these Columbus locals are proving how amazing our city is every day.  … Read more »
  • 13 Fourth of July Events + Fireworks Displays in Columbus, Ohio13 Fourth of July Events + Fireworks Displays in Columbus, Ohio
    Independence Day is rapidly approaching, which means the citizens of Columbus are gearing up for another year of fireworks, friends, family and freedom! There is so much going on in the area this year to celebrate the occasion. So much, in fact, that it might be difficult to decide which events to attend! We rounded up some of the most notable Fourth of July events in Columbus this year to help you plan your weekend, including dazzling fireworks displays, live concerts and family-friendly festivals. So grab your red, white and blue garb and head out to celebrate America!   The… Read more »
  • 8 Spectacular Glamping Destinations Near Columbus That You Should Visit This Summer8 Spectacular Glamping Destinations Near Columbus That You Should Visit This Summer
    "Glamping", or glamorous camping, is all the rage these days. There are plenty of people who enjoy the serenity of camping in the wilderness, with nothing but themselves and their trusty pop-up tent. But sometimes it's nice to experience nature without having to rough it! For those who crave that outdoorsy vibe but want to keep a hold on the comforts of home, glamping is the perfect compromise That's why we rounded up some of our favorite glamping destinations only a short drive from Columbus! On this list, you'll find everything from luxurious cabins to #InstaWorthy yurts to rustic tree… Read more »
  • 12 Outdoor Concerts in the Columbus Area This Summer12 Outdoor Concerts in the Columbus Area This Summer
    Summer in Columbus is a magical time. Restaurant patios are opening their doors, farmers' markets are setting up shop and plenty of outdoor experiences are finally ready to be explored! There are hundreds of ways you can spend your summer in the Columbus area, but one of our favorite things about the season is all of the incredible outdoor musical events around town! To help get you started on planning your summer itinerary, we rounded up 12 of our most anticipated outdoor concerts in the Columbus area this season. From kid-centered performances to jazz festivals — there's a little something… Read more »