Join us for an egg themed scavenger hunt throughout Centerville and Washington Twp!
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.
It’s time to take some myths and make them go Kaboom.💣
MYTH: I know that my home is worth $X 💰💰 because Zillow says so, and they just, like…get it, man.🤷♂️🥴
TRUTH: Ah, the Zestimate. The longest 4 letter word in a realtor’s vocabulary. The reality is that Zillow doesn’t, in fact, actually really get it (or you) at all, man. Zillow’s 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 you’ll quickly realize that $20k on your $200k house 🏠 isn’t exactly all that close, and that’s just the STANDARD margin of error. It gets worse. The former CEO, someone who you’d certainly think would be invested in the accuracy of his product, famously had one of his own properties sell for ‼️40% below its Zestimate‼️a 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 can’t be quantified by an algorithm can skew the Zestimate results.📈
Still don’t believe me? Well, try remodeling your kitchen tomorrow and see if your Zestimate changes.🤷♂️
It’s no secret that Dayton is thriving with good local eats and fun things to do around town, but it’s easy to fall into the same old date night rut. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you’ll score big points with one of these well executed plans (don’t worry, we’ll let you take the credit!). Without further ado, here are JPG’s 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 Dayton’s 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 Bob’s 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 Dayton’s 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 it’s BYOB just down the road at Black Box Improv Theater, where you’ll laugh until you cry listening to the area’s 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 Cozy’s 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.
We’re assuming that everyone’s 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 ♦
♦ Sweet Potato Souffle with Pecan Crumble ♦
♦ Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Almonds ♦
♦ Pear Cranberry Sauce ♦
♦ Bourbon Pecan Pie Cheesecake Bars ♦
As you may or may not know, we the folks here at JPG don’t typically tend to run short of opinions on things. Whether it’s food, movies, music, business, or how many spaces there should be after a period (it’s two, obviously, but I’ve been out voted), if there’s a subject, we’ll 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…
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, it’s 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 haven’t been, check out the original downtown by MV Hospital, or hold out for the new location coming soon to Centerville!
If there’s one thing that’s true about hipsters, it’s 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. They’re all good, but Tarte Flambe and Tomasso FTW.
Okay, so yeah, this isn’t local, it’s a chain. It IS however just utterly delicious and worth the trip. If you’ve somehow never been before, or if you’re just otherwise indecisive, I’ve got two words for you. Porky. Fig.
One of our favorite local spots, they’ve 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 haven’t been, and as a bonus, it’s right down the street from Tank’s, so you can make a pit stop on the way home for french onion dip and an omelet the size of a Volkswagen.
EASILY the most polarizing entry on the list, the extreme reactions/opinions that people have to Marion’s is something that has undoubtedly torn families apart at the seams. Real Hatfield/McCoy stuff here. Love it or hate it though, Marion’s is a Dayton tradition that just can’t 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, Troni’s, and Milano’s.
It’s been a while since we’ve taken a trip on the education express to architecture town, so saddle up and get ready to learn everything you’ve 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! They’re 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 1910’s to 1940’s 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 that’s when a lot of those areas were developed.
-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
-Cantilevered second floors (second floor overhangs)
-Lots of blacks, browns, and creams
-If a house has a slate roof, there’s a good chance that it’s a Tudor. *There’s 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.
-Dark wood trim and paneling
-Central (usually stone) fireplace
-Plaster, plaster, and more plaster everywhere
-Faux beam ceilings
-Lots of smaller, cozy rooms
If I’m being honest, I’ve 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
First step, get a degree in exercise physiology. It’s 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 it’s come to be something great that I love, it’s certainly not for everyone.
Well, since I have a little bit of experience in the industry (10 years this year!) and since I’m 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 you’re thinking about clicking the “enroll” button on your real estate classes.
#1 – You call the shots
Pro: Being in charge is great, if you’re 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, that’s an option. Whatever you want. The real estate world is your proverbial oyster.
Con: You’re. Your. Own. Boss. There’s a flip side to that coin too though, because guess who’s responsible when the $%#@ hits the fan?
#2 – Say goodbye to clocking in
Pro: There’s no one that’s going to track you down if you don’t show up for work, and no one’s going to complain if you roll in a little late.
Con: Say goodbye to paychecks. Again, there’s a downside to breaking free from the traditional business model. You’ll get out however much you put in, so be prepared to work at times when other people aren’t. For instance, it’s currently midnight as I’m writing this. Also, health insurance. That’s a much longer (and depressing) conversation though.
#3 – Each day is different
Pro: Often times you don’t know what you’ll be doing in 15 minutes, or what challenges you’re going to tackle next. It’s great if you’re 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 it’s confusing and sometimes it’s 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 you’re doing this job well (ie: a lot of agents aren’t) 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. You’ve got to learn to—or try to—roll with the punches.
So there you have it. Real estate provides truly endless opportunities in a way that most careers can’t, but it’s also a volatile, chaotic, and stressful work environment that not everyone is best suited for. If that doesn’t scare you off though and you’re still interested in testing the waters, give me a call. I’d 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 if tragedy strikes. Another important step in protecting your family is having your insurance agent perform an annual protection review to ensure your policy is adequately covering you and your property.
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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⚾️, sunshine☀️ and great company?, what’s better than that? Thanks to all who came out, we really appreciate your support and friendship!
*Shout out to Mike Kamper of Happy Kamper Films for capturing the night for us and the awesome video and also to the Dayton Dragons Professional Baseball Team for having us!