Join us for an egg themed scavenger hunt throughout Centerville and Washington Twp!

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Things look a little different this year so we’ve switched up our annual Easter egg hunt! We love our community and the people and small businesses that make it so special. We’ll “hide” egg signs throughout Centerville and Washington Twp in the windows or front lawns of small businesses and community resources. Follow clues to find all the egg signs and submit your answers to win ONE of MANY amazing prizes!

Prizes include a PLATINUM family membership to the Cincinnati Zoo, covering admission, parking, and unlimited train & carousel rides for two adults and their kids/grandkids PLUS 4 free guests per visit! We also have hundreds of dollars in gift cards and prizes from local businesses – we’d tell you which businesses but that would ruin the hunt!

Registration is required.

Participants will receive an email at 9am on Thursday April 1st with instructions and the clues to help you find all the locations.

Get your family and friends together anytime between April 1-4 to crack the clues and find all the egg locations!

Submit your entry before midnight on Sunday April 4th.

Winners will be announced on our Facebook & Instagram pages, so make sure to follow us!

You must be 18+ to register and receive prizes.

Register at jpghunt.eventbrite.com

Its time to take some myths and make them go Kaboom.

MYTH: I know that my home is worth $Xbecause Zillow says so, and they just, like夙et it, man.仄儭

TRUTH: Ah, the Zestimate. The longest 4 letter word in a realtors vocabulary. The reality is that Zillow doesnt, in fact, actually really get it (or you) at all, man. Zillows admitted margin of error on Zestimates is somewhere between one and ten percent, depending on a bunch of variables.Do the math on 1-10% and youll quickly realize that $20k on your $200k houseisnt exactly all that close, and thats just the STANDARD margin of error. It gets worse. The former CEO, someone who youd certainly think would be invested in the accuracy of his product, famously had one of his own properties sell for40% below its Zestimatea few years ago.

In reality, Zillow only knows your house as well as their computers can do math. In order to come up with wildly inaccurate Zestimates for so many properties across the country, they use aggregated data and algorithms to extrapolate value across areas.That means that bad data, recent improvements (or deferred maintenance) to your house, or any number of other factors that cant be quantified by an algorithm can skew the Zestimate results.

Still dont believe me? Well, try remodeling your kitchen tomorrow and see if your Zestimate changes.仄儭

Its no secret that Dayton is thriving with good local eats and fun things to do around town, but its easy to fall into the same old date night rut. With Valentines Day just around the corner, youll score big points with one of these well executed plans (dont worry, well let you take the credit!). Without further ado, here are JPGs top five date ideas:

Rise & Shine
Who else loves a day date?! Start the morning off by perusing 2nd Street Market and check out some of Daytons best local vendors. Grab a cup of coffee from Caffeine Carl, pickup fresh produce from Garber Farm and treat yourself to a beautiful arrangement from The Flowerman. Wrap up a perfect morning with brunch just down the street at Table 33 – be sure to try the chicken and waffles!

Explore the Oregon
The Oregon District is a hub for fine dining and live music, creating the perfect night on the town. Start off with dinner at local favorites like Salar, Roost or Thai 9 (the JPG team debated fiercely over personal preferences!). Then, check out a live band at Blind Bobs or head over to Yellow Cab Tavern to see local artists at one of the best spots in town. Just be sure to check their calendar first!

Libations and Laughter
Pay homage to the history of distilling in the Miami Valley with a tour and taste at Daytons own Belle of Dayton, or if something on tap is more your speed head over to one of the many breweries downtown (Warped Wing, Toxic Brew Co, or Dayton Beer Co. to name a few). Be sure to grab something to go because its BYOB just down the road at Black Box Improv Theater, where youll laugh until you cry listening to the areas best local comedians perform on the fly. Shows run nightly from Wednesday to Saturday.

Walk on the Wild Side
Try something new together and get adventurous at Wild Axe Throwing in Beavercreek. Reserve one hour time slots on their website and learn from an axe master, then take turns perfecting the best throw. Loser buys dinner just down the street at the Submarine House – JPG recommends the teezers!

Right on Par
Head just south of town to West Chester for an evening of comfort food with a modern twist and signature cocktails at Cozys Cafe. Afterwards, get your game on at TopGolf where you can put your competitive spirit to the test. Be sure to top the night off with their signature injectable donut holes.

 

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We’ve already eaten all the Halloween candy in the house, the first snow has fallen, everyone is bundled up like Randy in the Christmas Story, and in less than a week it will be Thanksgiving! While we’re thankful for quality time with family and friends, we are especially thankful for stretchy pants and the mounds of food that will be on our table.

Were assuming that everyones got a favorite bird preparation to fall back on, but in order to help round out the menu a bit, we’ve compiled another JPG Top 5, this time featuring our favorite Thanksgiving recipes.

 

Apple Sausage Stuffing

1 large loaf dense bread
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped onion
6 T butter
2 tart apples, cored and chopped into large pieces (may leave skin on)
1 lb pork, turkey or chicken sausage (may use any mild flavor)
2 t. chopped parsley
2 t. rosemary
2 t. thyme
2 t. kosher salt
1 t. pepper
2-3 cups chicken broth

 

Cut bread into large cubes and let dry out for a couple of days. May also use 1 lb stuffing cubes.
Melt 2 T. butter in large skillet. Crumble sausage and cook till done. Remove from skillet.
Melt the remaining 4 T. butter in skillet. Add celery and onion and cook until they begin to soften. Add apple, parsley, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper and cook until apples begin to soften. The vegetables should not be cooked until they are soft because they will continue to cook when baked.
Combine bread cubes, sausage, vegetables, and apples together in large bowl. Add chicken broth a little at a time to add moisture to mix. Add just enough chicken broth to make the mixture moist, but not so the bread cubes are saturated and break apart.
Put mixture in greased 3 quart casserole dish and bake uncovered at 350 for 60 minutes. Check baking at 45 minutes. If top is getting too brown, cover with aluminum foil for remaining 15 minutes of baking.

 

Sweet Potato Souffle with Pecan Crumble

Souffle Ingredients:
3 large sweet potatoes, cooked and whipped
職 cup sugar
2 eggs beaten
翻 tsp salt
翻 cup evaporated milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
Pecan Crumble Topping Ingredients:
翻 cup flour
翻 cup brown sugar
翻 stick butter, softened
翻 cup pecans, chopped

 

Preheat oven to 325 F. Peel and cook potatoes until tender. Drain potatoes and whip. Add Sugar, eggs, salt, butter, milk and vanilla. Mix well and put in a greased 1.5 Quart casserole dish.
Mix together flour and sugar in a small bowl. Cream softened butter into flour/sugar mixture. Mix in pecans. Sprinkle topping evenly over casserole. Bake at 325 F for 25 minutes.

 

Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Almonds

Ingredients:
Kosher salt
3 pounds green beans, trimmed of stem end
1/2 cup skin on sliced almonds
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 large onions, sliced thin
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
Freshly ground black pepper

 

Fill a large high sided skillet with some water, adding enough to be just shy of the rim of the pan by about 1 inch. Place over high heat and bring up to boil; add a big pinch of salt and the green beans. Cook for about 5 minutes, the beans should still be crisp. Drain the beans and then run them under some cold water to stop them from cooking. Reserve the beans while you start the onions.
Return the skillet you cooked the beans in to the cook top over medium heat. Add the almonds and toast stirring every now and then until golden, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the almonds from the skillet and reserve. Return the skillet to the heat and add the butter and olive oil and heat until the butter has melted. Add the onions, season with salt and pepper, and cook stirring frequently until the onions caramelize, 20 to 25 minutes. Add the thyme, and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the cooked cooled green beans and almonds, and stir well to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

 

Pear Cranberry Sauce

2-1/2 cups cubed peeled ripe pears (about 3 medium)
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cinnamon stick (3 inches), broken in half
1 package (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
1 to 1-1/4 cups sugar

 

In a large saucepan, combine the pears, water, ginger and cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Stir in cranberries and sugar. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10-12 minutes or until the cranberries have popped and sauce is slightly thickened, stirring several items.
Discard cinnamon sticks. Mash sauce if desired. Cool. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

 

Bourbon Pecan Pie Cheesecake Bars

For the Crust
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar granulated
1/2 cup butter unsalted, melted

 

For the Cheesecake
16 oz cream cheese at room temperature (2 pkg, 8 oz each)
3/4 cup sugar granulated
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt

 

For the Pecan Pie Layer
1 cup light brown sugar packed
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup butter unsalted
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup bourbon, give or take depending on your preference.
2 cups pecans chopped

 

Preheat your oven to 350 F degrees. Line a 9×9 inch baking dish with parchment paper, spray it first with some cooking spray so that the parchment paper will stick to it. Set aside.
For the Crust
In a food processor, pulse the graham crackers with the sugar until fine crumbs form. Add in melted butter and pulse until well combined. Press this mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. You can use your fingers, but I find it easier to just use the back of a spoon to make sure it’s pressed evenly. Set aside.
For the Cheesecake
Add the cream cheese, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and salt to the bowl of your mixer. Mix on medium using the whisk attachment until smooth, should take about 5 minutes. Pour this over graham crust and smooth it out as much as possible with a spatula. Set aside.
For the Pecan Pie Layer
Add the brown sugar, corn syrup, heavy cream, butter, salt and vanilla extract to a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Continue cooking for 1 more minute the remove from heat. Stir in the chopped pecans. Pour over the cheesecake layer, and smooth it out with a spatula if necessary.
Transfer the pan to the oven and bake for 40 minutes, the pecan layer should start to get golden. Cool completely then cover with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Cut the cheesecake into slices before serving.

As you may or may not know, we the folks here at JPG dont typically tend to run short of opinions on things. Whether its food, movies, music, business, or how many spaces there should be after a period (its two, obviously, but Ive been out voted), if theres a subject, well find a way to debate it. Apparently we should have been attorneys.

Nevertheless, one of the few things that tops our penchant for debate is our love for our LOCAL businesses and some of the hidden gems that the Gem City has to offer. In that vein, we thought that it might be a good two birds, one stone kind of deal for us to pick a category every few months and put together our TOP FIVE Dayton hotspots that fit the topic (after a healthy debate, of course). Gives us a chance to pump up the local Dayton scene even more, and maybe give you some new things to try along the way. So, without further ado, here we go with the first edition of our newest feature, for our favorite people…

PIZZA We love it. You love it. Nuff said.

  1. Old Scratch

This one was a pretty easy choice for us, and one that we actually all agreed on. Probably because good Neapolitan Pizza is as close to culinary perfection as it gets (in our opinion…but seriously, its also a fact), and this is the best Neopolitan in Dayton. The toppings are creative but still make sense, the dough is the perfect blend of both crispy and chewy, the beers cold, and the lines are usually long. If you havent been, check out the original downtown by MV Hospital, or hold out for the new location coming soon to Centerville!

  1. Wheat Penny

If theres one thing thats true about hipsters, its that they typically have high culinary standards. That holds true in this case too, on both accounts. The food is amazing and runs a wide gambit of styles and tastes, the cocktails are unique and well crafted, but the pizza is pretty much the runaway star in our book. Oh man the pizza. Theyre all good, but Tarte Flambe and Tomasso FTW.

  1. Deweys

Okay, so yeah, this isnt local, its a chain. It IS however just utterly delicious and worth the trip. If youve somehow never been before, or if youre just otherwise indecisive, Ive got two words for you. Porky. Fig.

  1. South Park Tavern

One of our favorite local spots, theyve got a great mix of everything with great atmosphere, a killer beer selection, local music, good food, and a unique selection of outside the box pizzas. Not in the mood for open face? They can also turn any of the pizzas into calzones! Definitely worth the trip if you havent been, and as a bonus, its right down the street from Tanks, so you can make a pit stop on the way home for french onion dip and an omelet the size of a Volkswagen.

  1. Marions

EASILY the most polarizing entry on the list, the extreme reactions/opinions that people have to Marions is something that has undoubtedly torn families apart at the seams. Real Hatfield/McCoy stuff here. Love it or hate it though, Marions is a Dayton tradition that just cant be ignored. It may not be traditional pizza to some, but you have to try it at least once. Sometimes being unconventional can be a good thing.

Just missed the cut (but you should still try, because pizza is delicious): Beavercreek Pizza Dive, Tronis, and Milanos.

Its been a while since weve taken a trip on the education express to architecture town, so saddle up and get ready to learn everything youve ever wanted to know about TUDORS!

Part Medieval cottage, part fairytale palatial estate, the Tudors that we mostly think of today are actually (fun fact) not really Tudors at all! Theyre mock Tudors that are really just throwback versions of the English cottage style built during the Tudor dynasty in the 15th and 16th centuries. I know, impressive branding by those Tudors.

Anyway, this style was largely popularized from the 1910s to 1940s with all that prohibition era money being tossed around, because having a Tudor was apparently kind of a status symbol back in the day. They were unique, asymmetrical (which always adds to construction cost), and often times extremely large. Although you can still find Tudor elements into construction much later, Tudors lost a lot of their popularity after World War 2, when affordable housing became more important than blowing the budget just to show off to your friends.

For reference, there are looots of Tudors in Oakwood and west Kettering, largely because thats when a lot of those areas were developed.

Exterior features:
-Asymmetrical facades
-Steeply pitched roofs with strong lines
-Usually at least brick or stone first floors
-Lots of gables and dormers
-Half-timbering (this is probably what you immediately visualize when you hear Tudor, and refers to the exterior horizontal and vertical mock frame boards with stucco or stone in between, see the picture above)
-Tall, narrow, multi-paned windows
-Often times have arched doorways and heavy wood doors
-Elaborate chimneys
-Cantilevered second floors (second floor overhangs)
-Lots of blacks, browns, and creams
-If a house has a slate roof, theres a good chance that its a Tudor. *Theres also a good chance that you should ask the owner of said slate roof to borrow some cash, because those puppies are not exactly cheap.

Interior features:
-Dark wood trim and paneling
-Central (usually stone) fireplace
-Plaster, plaster, and more plaster everywhere
-Faux beam ceilings
-Arched doorways
-Lots of smaller, cozy rooms

If Im being honest, Ive never been a huge fan of Tudors, but I can certainly appreciate the style and craftsmanship. What say you?

We’ve partnered with Centerville-Washington Park District for an evening of entertainment! The evening will start with bounce houses, games, crafts and fun on the playground. Claim a spot in the grass with a picnic blanket dinner, or have the professionals from a local food truck cook for you. Then as the sun sets over the park, settle in for a movie under the stars with popcorn & snow cones. More info here

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019
Time: 6:30 10:00 p.m.
Place: Forest Field Park, 2100 E. Centerville Station Rd.

First step, get a degree in exercise physiology. Its a seamless transition, believe me, and the overlap is just about perfect…or not. Truth is I kind of fell into real estate halfway by accident, and halfway because it provided the quickest path to something that I had always wanted to do, own a business. While over time its come to be something great that I love, its certainly not for everyone.

Well, since I have a little bit of experience in the industry (10 years this year!) and since Im also rarely short on opinions, I figured this might be as good a place as any to share just a few points to consider if youre thinking about clicking the enroll button on your real estate classes.

#1 You call the shots
Pro: Being in charge is great, if youre into that kind of thing. Although you work at, or with, a brokerage, you really get to call all of the shots on how you want your business to operate. Want to only work weekdays? Good luck with that, but sure, you can. Want to focus on working with part-time yoga teachers that have a super grounded chi and a $900k budget (thanks for the realism, HGTV)? Also good luck, but yep, thats an option. Whatever you want. The real estate world is your proverbial oyster.
Con: Youre. Your. Own. Boss. Theres a flip side to that coin too though, because guess whos responsible when the $%#@ hits the fan?

#2 Say goodbye to clocking in
Pro: Theres no one thats going to track you down if you dont show up for work, and no ones going to complain if you roll in a little late.
Con: Say goodbye to paychecks. Again, theres a downside to breaking free from the traditional business model. Youll get out however much you put in, so be prepared to work at times when other people arent. For instance, its currently midnight as Im writing this. Also, health insurance. Thats a much longer (and depressing) conversation though.

#3 Each day is different
Pro: Often times you dont know what youll be doing in 15 minutes, or what challenges youre going to tackle next. Its great if youre high energy or easily distracted…SQUIRREL!
Con: Depending on the day, hour, or minute, you could be anything from a financial advisor, mathematician, marriage counselor, marketing consultant, cheerleader, or shoulder to cry on. Sometimes its confusing and sometimes its exhausting.

#4 It can be an emotional rollercoaster
Pro: *Pardon the sappiness* Buying or selling a house often times really is the biggest transaction that people will have in their lifetimes, and walking clients through that process in a way that truly makes a difference is undeniably satisfying. Can people buy/sell property without agents? Yes, of course, but if youre doing this job well (ie: a lot of agents arent) I genuinely feel like what we add to the experience is irreplaceable. It can also be a great spike of adrenaline getting a tough deal put together.
Con: A real estate transaction is an inherently fragile thing, and sometimes a ton of work and energy ends up falling apart because Sally Seller looked at Billy Buyer the wrong way (names have been changed to protect the innocent), or because an inspector decided that one blade of grass was too long, obviously indicating major structural damage that could cause the house to collapse aaany minute, or because the wind blew the wrong direction one day, or any number of other scenarios that get overblown because tensions and the perceived stakes are elevated. Youve got to learn toor try toroll with the punches.

So there you have it. Real estate provides truly endless opportunities in a way that most careers cant, but its also a volatile, chaotic, and stressful work environment that not everyone is best suited for. If that doesnt scare you off though and youre still interested in testing the waters, give me a call. Id love to discuss more!

How would you determine the value of your personal possessions if disaster strikes? The losses of the recent storms in the Miami Valley is estimated to reach $900 million to $1.1 billion. Of those affected, the National Institute of Insurance Commissioners estimates that greater than 60% will not have adequate inventory of their personal belongings and many will be under insured. All homeowners should conduct an annual home inventory. An easy way to get started is by taking photos of each room and the contents of cabinets and closets. In addition, creating an inventory checklist of your personal property can assist in determining quickly what is missing or destroyed. Save your pictures and inventory to a digital cloud service so it won’t be lost iftragedy strikes. Another important step in protecting your family is havingyour insurance agent perform anannual protection review to ensure your policy isadequately coveringyou and your property.

Info Provided by: Rob Riddell,Shelter Insurancerriddell@shelterinsurance.com

It was hot, it was humid, but that didn’t stop the good times at our client appreciation “night at the ballpark”. Food??, drinks??, baseball, sunshineand great company?, what’s better than that? Thanks to all who came out, we really appreciate your support and friendship!

*Shout out to Mike KamperofHappy Kamper Filmsfor capturing the night for us and the awesome video and also to theDayton Dragons Professional Baseball Teamfor having us!