Monday, June 26, 2017

Project Dream Maker Bringing New Life to Driving Park

            Project Dream Maker Bringing New Life to Driving Park

Are you looking to purchase new, affordable housing in an urban setting?
Your search is over with the Project Dream Maker program. Project
Dream Maker gives local residents the opportunity to purchase newly
constructed, single family homes designed by a custom builder.

“The historic Driving Park neighborhood is an urban residential area on
the near east side of Columbus, offering quick access to the downtown
area and is a family oriented community, said Elnora Jenkins, executive
director of the Gertrude Wood Community Foundation, GWCF, sponsor of
the Project Dream Maker program.

The first home in the program was recently completed. The home offers three
bedrooms, including a first floor master, two full baths, partial basement,
garage and new appliances.


“The homes are excellent for first timers or forever homes with built in equity,”
said Jenkins.  “The program allows buyers to build their dream home at an
affordable cost without compromising on quality or design.”  

The One Street at a Time program is also facilitated by the GWCF. Homes near Alum Creek to the east, Parsons to the west, E. Main St. to the North and Frebis
to the South are completely renovated for purchase and/or rent to own. 

Contact Elnora Jenkins, or 614-595-4373 for more information on the newly constructed home on Miller Ave. and any of the homes
in the Project Dream Maker program or One Street At A Time.


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

                     2016 Senior Living Festival Tremendous Success
Between 2500-3000 seniors, professionals serving seniors and advocates attended the
sixth annual Senior Living Festival this past Friday. The festival featured health screenings, information on senior programs, services and senior living communities. Free medicare
comparisons were also available. The event was essentially a one stop shop for everything senior.

“Anything you want to know about seniors, you can find it here,” said Marlene G, festival


“This year’s festival was outstanding,” said Fran Ryan, Senior Services Roundtable.
“I think it kicked off really well, said Ryan. The Senior Services Roundtable along with the
Franklin County Office on Aging and the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, COAAA 
sponsored the first festival in 2011. Each year the event has grown in attendance and sponsorship.

“Thanks to the sponsors, vendors and all the attendees for another successful Senior Living
Festival,” said Janet Caldwell, Franklin County Office on Aging.

The Senior Services Roundtable is a clearinghouse of information and ideas to assist seniors
in Central Ohio. The organization promotes collaboration among public, private agencies and 
groups who serve older adults.

Join the Senior Services Roundtable, Franklin County Office on Aging and COAAA for next
year’s festival on October 27, 2017.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

8424 Hickory Overlook, Blacklick, OH

Welcome home to 8424 Hickory Overlook, Blacklick. First timers and/or recent empty
nesters will enjoy the carefree living offered in this condo.The spacious two bedroom property
features a finished basement, deck, and attached garage.  The deck area is private, facing trees.
There are two full bathrooms and a powder room bath featuring a pedestal sink. 

The condo is located in Waggoner Park, an FHA approved complex. You will find shopping and
restaurants in and near the Blacklick area. A fitness facility, pool and clubhouse are available in
Waggoner Park.

Contact me today at 614-561-1621 for more information on this great property.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Emeritus at Lakeview

Emeritus at Lakeview is the next closest place that your senior family member may call
home. The assisted living/memory care community has all the attributes of home for its
residents. Music is one of the hallmarks of activities provided at Emeritus. The community
features live music 3-4 times per week. Two Groveport bands practice on a bi-weekly basis
at the community. Emeritus residents have an opportunity to participate in the music
rehearsals. Music is also a major endeavor for Emeritus' memory care residents.

Those who live on the memory care side of the community participate in life stage activities. Depending on what life stage, i.e. the profession the person had when they
were working, the person is in Emeritus has activities to meet the residents needs for that
particular life phase.
Other community activities include monthly family celebrations which focus on a different
country. Jamaica was the featured country in January. Emeritus' chef prepares cuisine and
drink specialties from the featured country. Approximately 100 or more resident family and
friends participate in the celebrations. China, Madagascar and the Netherlands are other
countries that will be featured in upcoming months. Bingo, ping pong, pool, weekly happy
hours, shopping and restaurant trips are additional activities offered at Emeritus. More
information on other services offered by  Emeritus may be found on their website:

Emeritus' at Lakeviews' longevity, since 1998, in the Groveport area demonstrates its
commitment to enriching the lives of seniors. Some staff members have worked there
since Emeritus opened its doors. Emeritus at Lakeview recently became part of the Brookdale network, which has nine senior communities in the Columbus area.

If you are looking for a senior community where your loved one may call home, contact
Jessica Gilbride, community relations director, 614-836-5990 or
for more information on Emeritus at Lakeview. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

How Do I Prepare to Sale?

"I want to sell my home, but I don't know where to begin," sound familiar?  Well you are
not asking an uncommon question. There are  several considerations and actions to take
when selling a home. We will take a look at some of those in this blog.

The first consideration should be identifying a home inspector to look at your home.
The inspector will determine potential problems before the home is place on the
market. Home inspections keep things in perspective, provide considerations
when pricing your home and give you more control in the selling process.
Depending on the age of your home you may also want to consider having a
termite inspection.

Once the inspection/s are complete you need to start clearing away clutter in each
room. Also, if possible, you should remove any furniture or other items that show the
true size of a room, which is always helpful.

Home improvement stores i.e. Home Depot and Menards offer various sales on
Do it Yourself projects, kitchens, baths, fall landscaping and weatherization
products. Visit their websites and for sale details.

Last, but certainly not least, the exterior should always be appealing. If the outside
is not exceptional all the work done and money spent on the inside will be for nothing
if the outside does not appeal to the buyer.

Selling a home involves some work, but in the end it is well worth it. Selling allows
you to either upsize or downsize, depending on which is best for you and/or your family.

For more information on home selling, contact me Regina Render Hill, ABR, SRES, New Directions Realty:

614-561-1621 - Website - e-mail

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Buy Home With Refund

Your tax refund presents a viable opportunity
to purchase a home. Home ownership is a good
write off on your income tax. Current low interest rates
also make home ownership attractive.

Rates are low now, but may go up in the not so distant
future. Lower rates allows you to purchase more home.
Some additional benefits of lower rates are discussed in the following article:

Your refund may be used as a down payment or to pay
closing costs. You may also purchase some of the items
your new home may need, such as appliances,
light fixtures, and other items.

Home ownership is certainly a good consideration for utilizing
your tax refund. It is the gift that keeps giving.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

I am an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) and a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES). Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, I have lived in Columbus for 26 years.

Prior to joining New Directions Realty, I worked for ReMax and Coldwell Banker King Thompson. I brings over 15 years of public relations, marketing and advertising savvy to my real estate career.

I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.

I also provide expertise on two committees for the Christian Church in Ohio, Disciples of Christ. They are the Ohio Disciple Extension Committee, ODEC, and the marketing team. I am a member of Esther Chapter No. 3, Order of the Eastern Star. I was a ten year volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Columbus and Franklin County.

Call me for all of your real estate needs @ 614-561-1621