Dec 29, 2012

Westerville area, Olentangy Schools


Beautiful condo w/2 car garage - near Polaris


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Kemp & Co.

Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty


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9238 Rami Drive

Columbus, Ohio 43240

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms : 4 (3 full, 1 half)

List Price: $210,000

Living Area Approx : 1936


Olentangy Schools - Westerville Location! Beautiful condo in great location features granite counters & stainless appliances in the open kitchen, an open layout with a corner fireplace in the great room, a large finished lower level rec room complete with a 3rd full bath and a spacious vaulted owner's suite with a large attached private bath.. 2nd floor laundry is a real treat! Neutral decor, 2-car attached garage... come & take a look!



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Dec 19, 2012

Columbus Ohio Urgent Care locations

Is it important for you to live near a doctor's office or hospital? 

Well, we are finding out that it is a huge help to live just a short distance from a pharmacy, hospital or urgent care.

It's flu season and there are so many stories of this nasty flu bug going around. It's important to know your options. I personally had a list of 24 hour pharmacies posted up on my refrigerator when my kids were little. Now that we have grandchildren and Google, it's important to find this info once again.

Here is a list of some of the 24 Hour Pharmacies in and around Worthington, Ohio

The map shows hospitals, pharmacies and urgent care locations in Worthington, Ohio. (not necessarily open 24/hr)

If you would like to search for homes for sale in Worthington Ohio that are near a medical facility like an urgent care or hospital, click here.

I have a friend who has four boys and she has mentioned on more than one occasion that living nearby the urgent care has been a wonderful perk to living in Worthington Ohio. Sports injuries, flu season and medical help for visiting guests - we need it all close by. I never take it for granted that we have access to these facilities.

Stay healthy! And remember to call Kemp & Co to help you find that home in the perfect location for your lifestyle. We also specialize in selling homes that other agents could not sell.

Dec 14, 2012

The Columbus Ohio real estate market is at a status of "Low Inventory" right now.

'Tis the Season...

The Columbus Ohio real estate market is at a status of "Low Inventory" right now. Typically the month of December is slow and picks up again in the Spring.

Not for us! Kemp & Co has 5 new listings so far this month in December and we are actively working with our Buyer Clients to find them their dream home. 

Email us here to receive a snapshot of the last 30 days of Sales Activity in the Columbus Ohio real estate market:

  • Small cities and suburbs around Columbus
  • Comparison of last year's inventory from mid November to mid December 2011.

(614) 450-0082

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Columbus, Ohio

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Dec 10, 2012

REAL value of your Grandview Ohio home.

Grandview Ohio

Northwest Columbus Ohio neighborhood with a cozy downtown corridor. 

  • The real estate available includes older homes as well as some newer construction. 
  • First time homes buyers, investors, large homes and condos with a Downtown Columbus view. 
  • Close to Downtown or OSU. Character and history. 
  • The real estate market in Grandview Ohio has been hot as ever this year.

Here are some recent sales statistics for Grandview Ohio homes and condos.
The most interesting fact about homes sales in Grandview is that the months of inventory is less than 3 months. Many new listings - that are priced well - are in contract in days. Some have multiple offers. There is a nice mix of smaller cape cod style homes that are great for first time home buyers, down sizers and investors. The supply of larger homes, especially those along Grandview Avenue are especially attractive. The charm and character combined with downtown Grandview within blocks makes this a pedestrian rich location to live, work and play.

Contact Kemp & Co today to find out the 

REAL value of your Grandview Ohio home 

in this real estate market.

Here is a link to the Grandview Ohio Schools District website.

Nov 28, 2012

Clintonville Homes for Sale

  • Columbus Ohio has several smaller communities.
  • Clintonville is one of the older and very desireable areas just North of Ohio State Campus and South of Worthington Ohio. 
  • Search homes for sale in Clintonville on this site. This is a list of the  NEWEST listings this week in Clintonville.

Sign up for Market Insider to see even more information about particular zip codes.
You can compare 43202 and 43214, for example.

Contact Joan Defenbaugh at Kemp & Co if you need to make and appointment and get started right away finding your home.

If you have a Clintonville home to sell, call Joan Defenbaugh directly to set up an appointment with our Listing Agent, Brian Kemp or fill out the Contact Form here.

Nov 19, 2012

Seller Secrets: How do buyers find your home?

Seller Secrets: How do buyers find your home?

Your home price needs to compel a buyer to make an offer.

Do you want to be IN the market or OUTSIDE of the market? It is so tempting to test the market with a little bit higher list price, especially now that the Columbus, Ohio real estate market looks like it has hit bottom and is climing back up.  Consider all of the information from a professional Realtor who has been tuned in to this market for years.

Pricing your home slightly above market price will only get you time on the market. That's not a good thing. If you price slightly under the market, the market itself will bring the best price in the least amount of time.

When we sold our first little starter home to a "move-up" home, it was an easy decision for us to work with the first buyer who made an offer. We wanted to make house payments on the house we were going to move to, not the one we were leaving. The sooner we moved, the sooner we could start our long term investment on our move up home.

Price and Condition, price and condition, price and condition...If the condition of your property is the best it can be, then price will overcome all other objections.

This video gives some detail on how buyers find your home. Essentially, your first showing is on line. A buyer needs to feel compelled to come see your home. They know the market, they do a lot of research with their Realtor and on their own. They get advice from family and friends. Buyers are very well informed about value. To make sure that your home is found by buyers, price it right from day one.

Defenbaugh TEAM
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty

We have the team and systems in place to provide the experience you will brag about.
Contact us today  for a free, no-obligation Market Value report.

Nov 14, 2012

Clintonville Real Estate Market - be a Market Insider!

Clintonville - Columbus Ohio Real Estate Market update.

Our Market Insider has even more information - delivered to your inbox every month.

Watch the market!

I grew up in Clintonville and I live close to the little "city within a city" now. Home values are showing as stable on the real estate market trends. This is good to see, especially when I saw the new rate sheets for this week. Rates are so low! 

Here is what you need to do if you want to SELL now. Call Kemp & Co and get an appointment set up with our listing agent, Brian Kemp. He will discuss your options and help you weigh out whether you can sell before the end of the year or if it makes sense to wait until next year to sell your Clintonville home.

If you want to buy a home in Clintonville, you need to set up a Buyer Consultation with our Lead Buyer Specialist, Joann Rasmussen. You will have a short discussion about the process, she answers many of your questions up front. You will receive your Buyers Guide from Kemp & Co along with a commitment to work as your Exclusive Buyer Agent. 

We have recommendations for local lenders, home inspectors, and home owner's insurance as well.  

Nov 12, 2012

Mobile App - It's real and it's fabulous!

I've tried quiet a few mobile apps for searching homes and condos for sale and this one is the best, by far.

*** Update:  This app is great. No advertising in your way. Up-to-date status on all property on the MLS.  Click to message ME about a home you see.

GPS enabled, so you can pull up in front of any home for sale and the app will automatically show you the information - no searching required.

You can also SHARE the app with a friend.

If you have an iPhone, go to iTunes and search KW Realty.  Once you accept the terms and conditions, it will ask for a code and mine is KW17DTNGM.

If you want to have a text message sent to you to download the app, go to this website and enter your cell number. (This works better on Android than it does on iPhone)

I'll post more later about how you can download MY app to your smartphone. I think that it looks like it will be easy to use.

This week Keller Williams is providing us with more information via a couple of webinar training sessions. So nice to get the info in advance.

Some of the work I do for real estate internet marketing includes making the ads look nice on mobile devices. Mobile is part of our focus so that our home sellers know that we are doing everything we can to reach the masses - and reach them on the devices that they use the most.

We know that almost 90% of home buyers start their search on line, but an ever increasing number of home buyers are looking for homes from their smartphones. I would be frustrated if I found that the info was outdated, so that is the BEAUTY of this Keller Williams mobile app. It will show you homes in your immediate area that are for sale.

Some other apps by "third party aggregators" as we affectionately call them, have homes listed that are already sold.

I'm pretty sure that the homes that are in contract will show up, just like they do on, but you will see the "status" of the listing.

When the Mobile App launches, I will be asking for feedback from my family and friends. Also, my past clients will get an invite to use and share the app with their family and friends. I won't know if this tool of my business is worth it unless I get feedback :0)

If you want to know more about what it's like to be an agent with Keller Williams, I would be happy to talk with you about that! Contact me here.

As always...the Defenbaugh Team of Keller Williams Capital Partners is your forward thinking team of Professional Real Estate Agents. Our goal is to make your real estate transaction something to brag about.

Nov 4, 2012

Election 2012 - I am recycling you!

Election 2012 - I am recycling you! 

Bless you Postal Workers everywhere for delivering these beautifully designed, yet very slippery postcards, flyers and stuff. Have you tried to pick up a stack of these things? I think I might try to use them as glides under heavy furniture. I think they would slide more easily! 

Hmmmmm....I wonder what else we could do with them? Holiday crafts? I think I will try making this Retro Clock out of junk mail.


I can't believe what a big waste of paper this stuff is for everyone.

Job creation? I hope more people were working because of the mass production of this "oh so important" information that was filling my mail box on a daily basis. 

This week was crazy! 

Rather than just throw it away, please at least recycle!

Our recycle bin is plenty full by the time our "every other Monday" pick up comes along. This time it is a little bit heavier with all of the election junk mail that we have received over the past months.

I'm excited for the election to be OVER. The only thing I want to say about politics, is


Oct 29, 2012

How long will it take to sell my Worthington home?

How long will it take to sell my Worthington home?

Is now a good time to put my home on the market? 

The holidays are coming - should I wait until the Spring 2013 real estate market?

All really great questions and we are providing the statistics and advice to help you decide what to do about selling your home.
As you can see by the chart below, Worthington Ohio home sales were a total of 182 for the months of October 2011, November 2011, December 2011 and January 2012. It's also interesting to note that we experience an early Spring 2012 real estate selling season this year. It started in January!
The buzz among active, full time real estate agents is that they are busier now than they were last year at this time. The real estate market in Worthington, Ohio is strong. Inventory is low. Interest rates on mortgages is still low. 

Historically - only the most serious home buyers are going to be out looking at homes for sale during winter months in Worthington, Ohio. It's cold outside, people are busy with the holiday activities and they don't typically add "casual house shopping" to their long to-do list during the holiday season.

If you are selling your home due to financial difficulties, it's good to know that investors are actively purchasing homes during the last months of the year. The inventory of homes in their price range is low as well, so that can work in your favor. 

First - you need to know what the market is like right now in Worthington, Ohio

As you can see by the numbers, now IS a great time to be a home seller and a home buyer. 
Call or contact us today to find out how to price your home to get the best price possible in the least amount of time.

Kemp & Co Real Estate Group
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty

(614) 450-0082

Oct 11, 2012

Are furnace inspections really needed every year?

I got the call from the furnace people to set up our six month inspection on the furnace. 

We pay a monthly fee to be able to have them come over twice a year to look at the big metal box that makes noise. 

Are furnace inspections really needed every year?

I'm not sure what they do when they check it, are you? Every time they come out I think I am going to cancel the service. We pay monthly, but it adds up to $240/year. Then I forget to cancel. It's an automatic payment every month, so I don't really notice the money disappearing.

So they will be here next Tuesday morning. I already have it on my calendar to cancel the service. I got a quote from another HVAC guy who said he can come out twice a year to clean and inspect it for much less. We'll give it a try for sure.

Here is a great article written by a home inspector in Minneapolis, MN. Great information! Especially like the  checklist for what an inspection should really include.

When you buy a home in Columbus, Ohio - one of the most important steps in the process is getting a home inspection. Did you know that you can also hire your own HVAC contractor to do the inspection?
If a home is 15 years old, it's a good rule of thumb to make sure that the furnace was well maintained. Sellers  should keep good records of the maintenance that they do on their heating and air conditioning systems.

Click here to view homes for sale that are 15 years old. I look in the description or comment section to see if there is a mention of "updated mechanical" or "newer HVAC."

That reminds me...I need to go replace my furnace filter. We change it out every month!

Oct 4, 2012

What do you talk to your dentist about?

This could be the topic of never know!

False internet rumors about “real estate transaction tax." 

 I went to the dentist today and of course, the topic of conversation always turns to the economy in some way or another. I was talking about the cost of health insurance through my husband's new employer. We also talked about unemployment, etc.
False internet rumors about “real estate transaction tax” worry taxpayers
I am surprised, but not surprised that my dentist had heard of that Tax on Real Estate and that sellers are afraid to sell their homes because of that 3% tax. Really? Still? I told him that I did my research too and have an example of what that tax is all about. There are so many false emails and strange interpretations of this tax law. To top off the drama, we are in an election year - so it's surfacing again. I printed out the publication and just put it in the mail to my dentist. I hope he's not offended by my effort to show him what I've been reading about. He was convinced that he was right and I'm convinced that I'm right. The language is really hard to understand until you get to the last paragraph. They give an example and it clarifies a situation that could happen.  The bottom line for me was that it is NOT a 3.8% sales tax on a home sale. Only a tax accountant can answer this question for your particular situation, but I wanted to call attention to the fact that an email from 2010 is STILL circulating and people think it's new. False internet rumors about “real estate transaction tax” worry taxpayers

Sep 18, 2012

Mid Century Homes for Sale - Columbus Ohio

Need a house to fit this chair? 

Mid Century Homes for Sale - Columbus Ohio

Does this type of chair speak to you? Are you a mid-century modern enthusiast?

                   I am! Columbus Ohio real estate is HOT right now. 

Mid Century homes are for sale in every Columbus Ohio subdivision and every little city around Columbus, Ohio. 

Click on the photo to view a current selection of available homes for sale that were built between 1950 and 1960. Or click here to view Mid-Century homes for sale in Columbus, Ohio built in the 1950's 

 I love this stuff! 

 Joan Defenbaugh REALTOR
Keller Williams Capital Partners
Worthington, Ohio

Sep 12, 2012

Worthington Ohio - Community Page - Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Worthington Ohio - Community Page

Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Worthington Ohio is a small city just North of the capital city of Columbus, Ohio
The total land area for Worthington Ohio is only about 5.7 square miles total.
In the 2000 Census, Worthington showed around 15,000 total population.

The Worthington Ohio School System has:
2 High Schools
3 Middle Schools
11 Elementary Schools

The appeal of Worthington is in it's variety of home sizes, community events, reasonable cost of living as well as the convenience factor. You can hop on the I-270 Outerbelt and get just about anywhere quickly.

It's a small city, surrounded by Columbus, Ohio

Click on the graphic below to see today's market trends for Worthington Ohio Real Estate.

Click here to get a FREE report of the NEWEST Worthington Ohio real estate listings delivered to your inbox daily.

If you are wondering about the value of your Worthington Ohio home, contact Kemp & Co today for a personalized Home Value Estimate.

Aug 31, 2012

Peanut Butter Buckeye Bars

Peanut Butter Buckeye Bars 
  • 1 Cup Peanut Butter 
  • 1 Cup Butter 
  • 2 Cups Graham Cracker Crumbs 
  • 2 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar 
  • 10 Ounces Milk Chocolate Chips 
  • 6 Tablespoons Cooking Oil 

 Peanut Butter Buckeye Bars 
Soften peanut butter and butter in microwave and mix together. Stir in graham cracker crumbs and powdered sugar. Mix well. Press mixture in to bottom of a back pan (9" x 13"). Melt chocolate chips on low heat, stir in oil. Pour over crust and put in refrdigerator for at least 5 hours. Cut in small bars.

Serving size has yet to be determined. Could be 1, could be 12. Depends :0)

Are you an investor wanting to view available property for sale near the Ohio State Campus?

Aug 29, 2012

Good lender in Columbus Ohio - Mortgage and Refinance

Good lenders are all around us! There are more than a handful in Columbus Ohio who really enjoy their job, help their clients and are great communicators.

I didn't find Marc Kade on my own. My clients found him - and I hope to keep him to recommend to more clients. 
A Big Thank You to Marc Kade at Guernsey Bank for taking such good care of my clients. They were first time home buyers with a lot of great questions. They needed a lender who could answer them and communicate as much as was needed.

I appreciate the fact that you obviously love your career. It shows :0)

The first step in buying a home is to secure the financing. If you would like to get started, contact Kemp & Co Real Estate Group at Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty. Our Lead Buyer Specialist will start you on the right path.

(614) 450-0082

Aug 25, 2012

Green cleaning supplies - I have to try this!

That Tilex bleach stuff and Scrubbing Bubble spray is kicking out some serious fumes.

Cleaning supplies are a big budget buster in our house. Even if we were empty nesters again, the cleaning supply fumes are just plain BAD for us.

I like to find ways to save money on disposable items like cleaning supplies and at the same time feel safer and better about being green.

Here is my experiment of the day...

  • White distilled vinegar
  • Hydrogen peroxide 

I have those two ingredients! I'm going to clean something with this today and see how it works. I have been using those daily sprays that look innocent enough - on the glass shower doors.  I accidentally discovered that vinegar works on glass doors as well.

We were removing wallpaper in our bedroom and I needed to mix up a batch of hot water and vinegar to spray on the walls to help peel off the wallpaper. I didn't realize that I had put the spray bottle back in the bathroom, not realizing it was the diluted vinegar!   I sprayed it on the shower doors and remembered right away because vinegar does NOT smell like daily shower cleaner :0)   - Long story works.

Now I'll try the hydrogen peroxide with it too and see how it works! I mentioned it to my daughter who is a 28-year-old, mom of three) and she said, "Yep Saw that on Pinterest"   I should have known. We have a total of six bathrooms in our big Columbus Ohio home. Didn't plan it that way, but we are blessed to be a multi-generational household with a mother-in-law suite - so this is our reality. Ou tof curiousity, I ran a search for other homes in the area that have more than 5 bathrooms and found over 100.

Ok, on with the day!