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DeLena Ciamacco is a well-known, respected Top Producing Realtor in Central Ohio. Her myriad of accomplishments, recognition, and professional credentials as they relate to Real Estate, make her a perfect individual to provide insight to the masses on all aspects of Real Estate sales. Her creativity and honest approach to marketing Real Estate has enabled her to succeed in her career. DeLena’s philosophy is “An educated and well prepared Buyer or Seller is a smart Buyer or Seller”. Her desire is to inform the public, by pulling from her 20+ years of Real Estate sales & Marketing, what is necessary to get to a successful closing in these challenging times.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

NEW LISTING IN REYNOLDSBURG!

JUST LISTED!
~13705 National Road SW~
AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY!  Nearly 19 acres of vacant ground zoned GB-1 on National Rd with over 1600 feet road frontage on I-70 between mile markers 114 & 115.  This property can be seen headed either East or West on I-70.  Scenic Woods, pond & creek.  Natural Gas, water & sewer available (Buyer must pay tap fees).  Owner financing available (call for details).  Additional contiguous property may be available. Southwest Licking schools. Only $474,900! Call DeLena today!


NEW LISTING IN POWELL!

JUST LISTED!
~4776 Scenic Creek Dr.~
EXTENSIVELY UPGRADED END UNIT CONDO! Located on a scenic & gently sloping lot backing to woods, ravines, & green space! Community boasts 4 ponds, tons of green spaces, & and an In-ground pool! Nearly 4,000 SF on 3 finished levels. Hardwood floors everywhere. Vaulted foyer opens to a Two-Story Great Room with corner fireplace, 4 Season Room with cathedral ceilings. Spacious Kitchen with wrap around 42” cabinets & granite counters. 1st Floor Master Suite with walk-in closet & garden tub. Loft & Den or 5th Bedroom in upper level. Finished, walk-out lower level with Rec Room, Media Area, 4th Bedroom, Full Bath, & Bar/Kitchenette (perfect In-Law Suite), walks out to expanded paver patio with firepit. 4-5 BRs & 3.5 Baths. Buckeye Valley Schools. Only $399,900! Call DeLena today!


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What lies beneath your dream home? New homeowners skip sewer line inspections



A sewer line inspection is not included in the standard home inspection and is regularly waived in the purchasing process. Additionally, many buyers do not know that responsibility for the condition of the lateral sewer line leading from the street to the home lies with the homeowner, not a municipality. Buyers should reconsider including this important step before they sign a deal.
If a problem occurs, a sewer line replacement costs at least $4,500, but prices vary widely and costs increase dramatically by region, depending on depth and length of the underground pipes and if street repairs become part of the issue.
Experts at Roto-Rooter, North America's largest provider of plumbing repair and drain cleaning services, encounter this scenario far too often. Consumers, who just signed the dotted line on their dream home, soon find that they're trapped in an expensive plumbing nightmare.
"Just a couple of years after purchasing our home, we had a $15,000 sewer line disaster in our lap," says Jennifer Schappacher of Cincinnati. "The sewer line clogs began not long after we moved in, but as they became more frequent we had Roto-Rooter inspect the line with a video camera and only then did we realize the pipe had offset sections and a partial collapse that was causing sewage to back up into our house."
The Schappachers looked at only a few houses before deciding on one in a quiet shady neighborhood. It was charming with large, mature trees that shaded the entire street. But since the house was built in 1959, its concrete and clay underground sewer pipes were vulnerable to heavy root intrusion from the big trees. As those roots entered the pipe joints in search of water, they pushed the pipes apart and allowed surrounding soil to spill into the pipe, narrowing a 6 inch diameter pipe to just 1 inch in some sections.
Generally, a plumber can complete a sewer line camera inspection for $250 to $550, depending on the region. While not cheap, it's a relatively small price to pay when buying a home, especially if it helps a buyer avoid thousands of dollars in unforeseen repair bills.
To avoid unexpected and costly plumbing problems, the experts at Roto-Rooter recommend having a plumber conduct a video camera sewer line inspection, in addition to a standard home inspection, before buyers purchase a home. The process involves passing a waterproof fiber optic video camera through the pipe. The specialized cameras are equipped with bright LED lights so the inspection will reveal any cracks, breaks, offset or collapsed sections of pipe. The plumber will often provide a DVD copy of the inspection as part of the service.
"Sewer inspection camera equipment is expensive and often is only utilized by well-equipped plumbing companies, but the video inspection service itself is easy to complete and well worth the extra step," says Roto-Rooter master plumber Larry Rothman.
Root growth is the most common cause of sewer line damage and is often responsible for blockages and separated pipe sections. Outdated and eroding pipe materials are also a common culprit in sewer line deterioration. Older pipes are much more susceptible to root intrusion than new plastic pipe.
Inspections are especially important if:
* The home is 20 years or older.
* There are mature trees around the property.
* The home has been vacant for a period of time.
* The concrete surrounding the home is cracked or raised.
* There is considerable visible root growth in the yard.
Many homeowners, especially new homeowners, do not know or think about their home plumbing. For seasonal maintenance tips and general information, visit Roto-Rooter's plumbing basics section online at www.rotorooter.com/plumbing-basics.



Tuesday, January 20, 2015

NEW LISTING IN DELAWARE!


JUST LISTED!
~ 5590 Elmgee Dr. ~

AMAZING “DEEP WATER” SCIOTO RIVERFRONT SETTING!!  2.5 acre wooded & private lot perfect for the car enthusiast or hobbyist!  2 detached buildings/garages (easily accommodate 15+ cars) plus a 3 car attached garage! Nearly 8,400 SF on 3 levels!  Very open floor plan with tall ceilings and extra wide walkways. 1st floor Master Suite with walk-in closet, whirlpool bath & doors to deck.  Huge, fully applianced island Kitchen with 2 sitting areas walks out to screened porch.  1st floor Den & 2 Lofts.  Full, finished walk-out lower level (possible In-Law/Teen Suite) with 5th Bedroom, Full Bath, fireplace & living areas. Too much more to describe! 4-5 BRs & 4.5 Baths. Buckeye Valley Schools. Only $724,900! Call DeLena today!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

OPEN HOUSE IN STONEWYCK MANOR (COLUMBUS)!!

OPEN HOUSE!
by Rich Johnson
Sunday, January 18th, 1-4 pm
3394 Stonevista Ln, Columbus, OH 43221


FABULOUS HOME IN THE PERFECT LOCATION! 
Upgraded, Two-Story home with ~4,200 SF on 3 finished levels! ~1/2 acre scenic & wooded lot. Two-Story Foyer opens to a Two-Story Great Room with wall of windows & doors to a huge Four Season Room addition with hot tub. Fully applianced Kitchen with cherry cabinets. 1st floor Den & Laundry. Expansive & vaulted Master Suite has walk-in closet & private Bath with garden tub. Finished Basement has 2 Recreation Rooms, Exercise Room & Full Bath! Many extras. 4 BRs & 3.5 Baths. Hilliard schools. Only $494,900! Call DeLena today!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New resource helps moms overcome dinnertime challenges



As every parent knows, the dinner hour can be fraught with friction and frustration - how can you get your picky eater to abandon his "no green foods" rule or make your chatterbox stop talking long enough to take a bite?



Relax, says mother of three, parenting expert and author of "The Big Book of Parenting Solutions," Dr. Michele Borba, who notes that all parents want to feed their kids well and enjoy the time together at the table. "Sometimes, the littlest members of the family establish patterns at mealtime that are difficult to break," Borba says. "Thankfully, there are scores of parents out there who have gone or are going through the same challenges; communities where moms can discuss and, hopefully, provide solutions to the everyday dinner time challenges from picky eaters to table manners."



Other tips for dealing with picky eaters, provided by Borba and registered dietician, Dr. Felicia Stoler include:

  • Don't make it a big deal. "Research shows that picky eaters can become even pickier depending on how we respond," Borba says. "It's best to be neutral and calm and hold off on lectures. In fact, the less said about the food, the better."
  • Branch out. "The best way to get the pickiest eaters to discover new foods is to send them to a friend or family member's house," Stoler says. "I am amazed at what picky kids will eat at my house and what my kids have tried at other people's homes."
  • Turn your kid onto cooking shows. "One mom swore her kid was the world's pickiest eater," Borba says. "One day she caught her daughter watching a cooking show and it was the 'moment' she'd been waiting for. She bought her a small recipe box and showed her daughter how to find recipes on the internet. Each week her daughter found a recipe and encouraged her mom to make it. The best part: she ate it."
  • Mix favorites with new tastes. "Children will refuse to try new foods without anything familiar on their plate," Stoler says. "Try filling their plate with their favorite foods and add a small amount of the new food to inch them toward exploring new flavors. My son loves pasta so I just make sure to mix in different vegetables each week to have him try something different. On top of that, traditional pasta sauce has two servings of veggies in every half cup so I always feel confident that he's receiving a wholesome meal."


Finally, trying a family-friendly recipe like Veggie Pizza Cupcakes that's fun to make and eat with the kids will get everyone around the table and asking for seconds.



Veggie Pizza Cupcakes



For meat-lover's cupcakes, substitute cooked ground beef for the veggies. Simply mix it in with the sauce and continue as in recipe.



Ingredients

1 package (12 oz.) refrigerated biscuits (10 biscuits)

1 teaspoon olive oil

1-1/2 cups assorted diced fresh vegetables (red bell pepper, zucchini, summer squash, onion)

1-1/2 cups Traditional Pasta Sauce

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (about 2 oz.)



Directions



1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Unroll biscuits and press each into a 3-inch round. Evenly press each biscuit in bottom and up sides of each cup in 12-cup muffin pan; chill until ready to fill.



2. Heat olive oil over medium heat in 10-inch skillet and cook vegetables, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in pasta sauce and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer 2 minutes or until slightly reduced.



3. Evenly spoon vegetable mixture into prepared muffin cups. Bake 15 minutes. Evenly sprinkle tops with cheese and bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and biscuits are golden. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Gently remove pizza cups from muffin pan and serve.



Preparation time: 15 Minutes



Cook time: 20 Minutes





Yield: 10 pizza cups



Nutrition Information per serving



Calories 140, Calories From Fat 45, Total Fat 5g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 5mg, Sodium 460mg, Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 5g, Protein 4g, Vitamin A 6 percent, Vitamin C 25 percent, Calcium 4 percent, Iron 6 percent.



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