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February 26, 2008
"LEED-ND: A New Framework For Sustainable Development"

Anyone can throw in some energy saving appliances and call their home green. But don't be fooled by the green washing that's going on in the marketplace. The federal government created a program to help you tell the real green digs from the real green duds. This LEED program provide a benchmark for green building, a federal certification for the real deals. To read more about the LEED program and how it effects our sustainable community, Jeffrey Place, read LEED from a previous edition of the Jeffrey Journal.

While the original LEED program focused on individual homes, a new LEED-ND pilot program is program created for projects just like Jeffrey Place. The LEED-Neighborhood Development program doesn't just certify one home, it certifies a neighborhood. It recognizes the efforts of the innovative neighborhoods across the world, working hard to create sustainable homes, and promote sustainable lifestyles for its residents.

Jay Corbalis explains "LEED-ND goes beyond individual buildings to look at sustainable practices on a neighborhood level.

Projects are judged on clear and specific criteria in four categories: Smart Location and Linkage; Neighborhood Pattern and Design; Green Construction and Technology; and Innovation and Design Process."

Read more about the newest LEED-ND program in Corbalis' article in the Courier News in "LEED-ND: A New Framework For Sustainable Development."  See how the homes in the innovative North Block and Jeffrey Place are leaving their mark. Or, more appropriately, how they aren't.

February 26, 2008 in Green Design, In the News | Permalink
February 04, 2008
Mortgage Rates Too Good to Be True?

How to sort through the fine-print and know what you're really getting.

We've noticed a lot of unbelievable mortgage rates being advertised lately. Like anyone we were impressed with rates as low as 4.00% covering the pages of the Dispatch in full color. But, then we got our magnifying glass out and read the fine print on the ads. Clearly, the news of lower rates has lead some builders to create finance packages that offer super-low rates, but they are sure to cause you grief in the long run.

Many of these super-low, below-market rates are the result of tricky financing packages. Sure, you'll get a 4.00% rate on your mortgage for the first year, but then what? The new paint in your kitchen will barely have dried when your rate spikes, as much as three points, in the second year of your mortgage. It is exactly these types of lending products that have brought so many Americans to the brink of foreclosure.

Could you pay your mortgage if it jumped a thousand dollars or more a month?

If there is one thing we have all learned from the recent turmoil in the mortgage market, it's that we must look into the future before signing on the dotted line. Read the fine print. Are there hidden costs that render your great rate useless? How long is that rate locked in? Where will you be financially when it jumps?

At Jeffrey Place, we will honor these advertised financing plans. We will help you get an impossibly and temporary low rate with high PMI and interest rate jumps, because we want you to be happy. But we will strongly advise another route. We've created a product that doesn't need smokes and screens. And we did our homework to find the best financing options available. At Jeffrey Place, we want our residents to make money, and to save money.

Here are a few ways Jeffrey Place protects our buyers:

           - Jeffrey Place buyers will not pay inflated purchase prices- a popular way our competitor's have covered their initial costs.

           - Jeffrey Place buyers never pay closing costs. Never.

           - Jeffrey Place buyers are purchasing property in the highest appreciating neighborhood in Ohio. Value per square foot is crucial- we have the best in the city.

           - Jeffrey Place buyers can get 100% financing with amazing rates- rates that will last the term of their mortgage plan) and no private mortgage insurance.

          - Our lenders have programs specialized for teachers, physicians and more. - You can get the rates you deserve, even with student loans for med school!

          -Jeffrey Place buyers get amazing rates and often buy for less than renting in the same area.
But at Jeffrey Place we provide these benefits the honest way. With high quality product, and straight forward lending packages, rate buy down programs and loans that make sense today as well as five, seven or thirty years from now.

We know our buyers. You are smart, you do your research, and you aren't tricked by the fine print. There are great financing options available and now is an amazing time to buy your dream home. We encourage you to explore what other buyers have discovered- Jeffrey Place is the choice for the discerning consumer. 

First let the Jeffrey Place staff help you find the perfect home to fit your lifestyle. Then let us you help you find the perfect financing that fits your budget. No fine print.

 

February 03, 2008
Perfect Timing; the Housing Market Triple Thread and You

Sometimes real estate is even more than just location, location, location.

So, here we are. Mortgage rates are low and housing prices are either low or declining in most U.S. markets. On top of that, rents are going up. These three factors create a "housing market triple thread" and it is this very triple thread that is making now an ideal time to buy.

Investments are all about timing. Read more about the Housing Market Triple Thread to see why!

It all began with a slow market which pushed home prices down. Although prices were dropped, many consumers (potential buyers) adopted a wait and see attitude and opted to rent. The wait and see renters drove a pitch into the rental market and landlords took the opportunity to ratchet up rental rates. Then, at the end of January the Federal government made two aggressive interest rate cuts within eight days of each other.

The first cut was an unprecedented three-quarter point cut and was quickly followed by another half a point slash. This explains why mortgage application volume increased nationally by three percent during the week ending February 1, 2008, according to the group Mortgage Bankers Association's weekly applications survey.

It's a perfect storm for truly savvy buyers. The triple thread of low interest rates, low sale prices, and an inflated rental market make it a more than perfect time to buy.

Investments are all about timing. And the time to buy your dream home is now. Come to Jeffrey Place and be moved.

February 3, 2008 in In the News, Urban Living | Permalink
February 02, 2008
Allow Me to Introduce... Julie Wood

The balancing of beauty, function, and sustainability drives everything we do, from developing better, more environmentally friendly condos to raising the bar for functional elegant designs. The team at Jeffrey Place works within the confines of this philosophy.

The team behind Jeffrey Place, the city's only holistically sustainable development in historic Italian Village, is committed to the power of business as a force for change. Defined by what we've learned, and how we work and play, we're looking to do more than just build more condos. We're seeking to redefine what it means to build a community.

This is our philosophy. This is what moves us.

We would like to introduce our team to you one person at a time. To know and understand what we have undertaken with the Jeffrey Place development it is vital that you meet the people who have given their hearts, minds, and time over to the project with the knowledge that we are truly helping to transform the city and create a new standard of living for our urban residents.

This month, Julie Wood, a Jeffrey Place sales team leader, will be introduced. Julie has been in the real estate business for over a decade. Julie's knowledge and endless enthusiasm inspire the rest of the team and serves her clients well. Julie has been at Jeffrey Place from the beginning. She has seen the enormous changes the development has made in Italian Village and her dedication to that continuing transformation is strong.

Julie has a bachelor's degree from the Ohio State University and has lived in Columbus most of her adult life. She remembers the concrete landscape that used to dominate the Jeffrey Place site and was there to see the 90,000 tons of concrete crushed and recycled on the site. Her commitment to the green building principles of Jeffrey Place transfer into her life and personal practices. Julie cares deeply about Columbus's urban neighborhoods and the environment- Jeffrey Place is more than a job for Julie it is an extension of her personal beliefs.

Julie is proud to be a part of the transformation of the former brownfield site which was once home to the Jeffrey Manufacturing Company and is now one of the largest mixed-use, urban redevelopment projects in Columbus history. The North Block condominiums at Jeffrey Place are the only project in Columbus chosen to participate in the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Neighborhood Rating System pilot program, an honor Julie sees as indicative of the innovation of Jeffrey Place.

As one of Jeffrey Place's first residents, Julie has enjoyed being a pioneer member of the city's largest urban renewal project. She has seen the rapid appreciation, and loves the convenience of her downtown location. "I really love living in the Short North," Julie said, "it's like being on vacation every day." Julie also appreciates the convenience of the major thoroughfares as she is able to avoid most heavy Columbus traffic when she frequently visits her family in Newark, Ohio. Julie is an active member in the downtown community and seizes every opportunity to have fun, and to help educate her neighbors and friends on the work she is a part of at Jeffrey Place.

The Jeffrey Place team is grateful to have Julie as an advocate and leader. If you would like to talk to Julie about Jeffrey Place, or learn a little more about what it's like to live in this fantastic neighborhood, feel free to contact her at julie@jeffreyplace.com.

February 2, 2008 in Spotlights | Permalink
February 01, 2008
What To Do In Our Neighborhood: February

Spotlight Events for February

When the Levees Broke, A Requiem in Four Acts. Directed by Spike Lee: February 1-29th, 2008
Wexner Center for the Arts; 1871 N. High St.; Free
Tauted as the "most thorough account of the disaster in Katrina" Spike Lee looks at the aftermath in New Orleans of the devastating Hurricane Katrina. This Emmy award winning documentary portrays the grief, loss and inspiring hope our fellow Americans have suffered and endured. Lee portrays a piece of American history that everybody should know about.
For more information, movie times, etc. visit www.wexarts.org or call 614-292-3535

Fiery Foods Festival: February 16th, 2008
The North Market; Vine Street; Hot Food, Hot Music. Hot Fun!
From 8am- 4pm join the North Market for this hot and spicy fiesta! With cooking demonstrations, chili cook offs, live music and free give aways, this is the perfect way to stave off the February chills. Have a family? Bring them down to enjoy the live Caribbean music and free maracas, sombreros and chili-pepper shaped cookies! Single? Join Columbus Alive and the North Market for a spicy cooking class for singles from 2:00-4:00! Learn how to really heat up the kitchen this year!
For more information about this hot and spicy event visit www.northmarket.com.

100 Years of Jazz: From Ragtime to BeBop and Beyond. Performed by the Columbus Jazz Orchestra: February 13-17th, 2008
Southern Theatre; 21 E. Main St; $35- $48.00
Called a "tour de force" of a concert, this CJO program will take you on a trip from ragtime to the blues, through the swing age and right through BeBop. Ragtime legend Terry Waldo and the "young lion" Roy Hargrove, join the CJO as they capture the majesty, mood and legacy of this truly American music; Jazz.
Visit www.jazzartsgroup.org or call 614-294-5200 to get your tickets or to find out more about this musical journey through history!

Images of New York Art Exhibition- February 1st, 2008
Substance for Fashion Conscious People; 783 N. High St.
Looking for an insight into people and their natural urban environments? Join us at this art exhibit featuring the photography of Mark Bair, "Images of New York." While growing up in San Fransisco and the Sierra Nevada mountains, Bair gained a true appreciation for the beauty of the natural landscape. He has taken that appreciation and turned it into a truly inspiring exhibit showcasing the beauty of the man made landscape of New York City.
For more information about this fantastic exhibit visit www.shopsubstance.com

Spike Lee: 25th Hour- February 16, 2008
Wexner Center for the Arts; 1871 N. High St.; 7:00-9:00pm; Admission $5.00-$7.00
Watch one of Spike Lee's most celebrated films as Edward Norton portrays a convicted drug dealer spending his last day of freedom before serving a seven year sentence. The film was one of the first to acknowledge the aftermath of 9/11. Enjoy the film as it examines the complex relationship between New York city and its inhabitants.
For more information and to get your tickets today call 614-292-3535 or visit www.wexarts.org.

The Labyrinth of Desire- Ohio State University: February 14- March 1, 2008
Roy Bowen Theatre; 1849 Cannon Dr.; $10-$15
Come see the OSU thespians put on the high energy romantic comedy that examines desire, friendship and identity. Watch as this tale of intrigue and the mysteries of life unravel in the Labyrinth of Desire.
For show times and more information visit www.theatre.osu.edu or call 614-292-2295

Arnold Sports Festival: February 29- March 2nd, 2008
He promised. And he did not disappoint. Arnold is back. The world's largest multi-sport fitness weekend will feature thirty seven events including twelve Olympic sports! More than 17,000 athletes will participate as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Lorimer celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Arnold Classic. The Arnold Fitness EXPO boasts 650 booths providing everything the sports enthusiast could ever want. Don't miss on this event you won't get another opportunity for another year!

When the Levees Broke, A Requiem in Four Acts. Directed by Spike Lee: February 1-29th, 2008
Wexner Center for the Arts; 1871 N. High St.; Free
Tauted as the "most thorough account of the disaster in Katrina" Spike Lee looks at the aftermath in New Orleans of the devastating Hurricane Katrina. This Emmy award winning documentary portrays the grief, loss and inspiring hope our fellow Americans have suffered and endured. Lee portrays a piece of American history that everybody should know about.
For more information, movie times, etc. visit www.wexarts.org or call 614-292-3535

Lovestruck- Ravel to Sinatra performed by BalletMet: February 8-16th, 2008
Capitol Theatre, Riffe Center; $25-$44
This romantic program is just in time for Valentine's Day. With pieces choreographed by world renowned choreographer Twila Tharp like the "Sinatra Suite" and others created by Heinz Poll like the Bolero set to the inspiring music of Ravel, this show is a sure hit. BalletMet has even included selections from their own groundbreaking 30x30! Don't miss this fantastic program performed by this fabulous ballet company. Bring your significant other for a romantic date, or grab some friends for a night on the town. Either way you are guaranteed a fabulous experience.
To get your tickets, or for more information visit www.balletmet.org or call 614-229-4848

Edna Boies Hopkins: Now until March 2nd, 2008
Columbus Museum of Art; 480 E. Broad St.
This fantastic exhibit will only be on display for the rest of February. So don't miss this limited time event. The wife of Ohio artist James Roy Hopkins, Edna developed her own unique talent and had a stunning career with woodblock prints. Her brilliant career was cut short arthritis, but her legend lives on. Come see this exhibition showcasing fifty of Hopkins' best woodblock prints. These beautiful pieces range from floral compositions to figural works that depict scenes from Appalachia to Paris.
Visit www.columbusmueseum.org or call 614-221-6801 to start planning your visit!

Footloose the Musical performed by the Center Stage Players: February 22- March 2, 2008
Axis Nightclub and Theatre; 775 N. High St.; $12.50-$15.00
You watched Kevin Bacon shake it in the blockbuster hit movie. Now see the Center Stage Players perform the musical based on the hit movie. Join Ren as he faces the challenges a new town, new friends and new enemies. And take away some fantastic dance moves while you're at it!
Get your tickets today by visiting www.csp5.com or call 614-306-0447.

Murfaro's Beautiful Daughters performed by the Columbus Children's Theatre: February 14-24th, 2008
Park Street Theatre; 512 N. Park St; $9-$13.00
Bring your family to see the Columbus Children's Theatre weave the African tale of Mufaro and his two daughters. Let these fabulous storytellers take you on a journey as two polar opposites vie for the title of queen. A true battle of good vs. evil, this story will take you on a journey of adventure, betrayal, honor and the meaning of self worth.
For more information or to purchase your families tickets today call 614-224-6672 or visit www.colschildrenstheatre.org.

Harlem Gospel Choir- CAPA: February 21-22nd, 2008
Southern Theatre; 21 E. Main St; $25-$29.50
Spend an evening with definitive gospel choir in America. This collaboration of the very best Harlem choirs have to offer, will entertain you and inspire you with foot stomping and hand clapping beats. Join them for an evening of the blues, jazz and gospel. Plan on a truly unforgettable evening.
To start your plans, visit www.capa.com or call CAPA at 614-469-0939

Kiss and Tell a Vox Concert. performed by the Columbus Gay Men's Choir: February 15-16th, 2008
Columbus Performing Arts Center; 549 Franklin Ave; $20
Check out this groundbreaking musical collaboration between the Columbus Gay Men's Choir and the ProMuscia Orchestra. What's better than one fabulous musical group? Two, naturally!
Wondering how you can attend? Wonder no more. Visit www.cgmc.com or call 614-228-2462 today!

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