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Delaware Completes Purchase of New Fire Station

New Fire Station Delaware Ohio

The city of Delaware completed the purchase of the former American Freight retail and corporate headquarters at 680 Sunbury Road in Delaware, Ohio, this past week according to the Delaware County Auditor’s office.

The city paid $3,995,000 for the parcel which is expected to become the city’s fifth fire station. The city will repurpose and renovate the current space rather than having to build an entirely new station. According to the Delaware Gazette story from about a month ago, that is estimated to save the city $13,000,000.

The station is expected to be completed in late 2023.

Toby’s Tip: When To Talk To the Bank

It is always one of the first conversations any real estate agent will ask: “Are you pre-approved?”

“Getting pre-approved by the bank is like eating breakfast. It just makes the rest of the day better.”

Toby Boyce

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day according to years of experts. And for many reasons the pre-approval or initial discussion with the bank is the most important part of your real estate transaction.

Are you looking to learn about a commercial loan or a residential loan?

Your Banker, Your Fighter on a Commercial Loan

Anyone that has applied for a commercial loan, knows that the “pre-approval letter” is a myth in this world. However, a good commercial lender – like the ones listed below – can take your financial documents and in a personal interview figure out your goals and aspirations and determine the bank’s comfort level with your project. That comfort level will directly corelate with how much they are willing to commit.

It is important to have them on board long before we find that property — usually happening at the same time you begin meeting and interviewing real estate counselors. Talk to several different banks and find a lender that you are comfortable with.

At community-minded banks, there is still a loan committee that meets once a week and discusses the majority of the loans that the bank is considering. So your lender is more than just a face, but becomes the face of your dreams. She is the one standing in the committee room as your ambassador and the stronger the information she is armed with the more likely you are to get the loan.

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For Those Looking to Buy a House or Condominium

While the commercial world is focused more on the property and what you can do with it — the residential process is a lot more focused on you. You’re going to want to have a solid credit score, at least 3% down payment, and documentation for your income when you reach out to the residential lenders – like the featured ones below. Or be prepared to have a plan to achieve these items.

You’ll provide your tax returns, 1099 or W-2, and some other information to the lender and they’ll generate what is called a pre-approval letter which carries a lot more weight than a pre-qualification. The biggest difference is that in the pre-approval they’ve received some documentation and pulled your credit to verify your ability to purchase the property. While a pre-qualification they just take the numbers you provide and say “you can qualify for $x.”

But if you exagerated your numbers it can change the interest rate, or the ratios they use to come up with a maximum number and it will change how much you can afford.

The pre-approval process should begin early in the process. A lot of times it starts about the same time as you select a real estate counselor, but can be done — or even switched if needed — later if the need arises. If you are a 1099 employee, I would suggest starting very early … like maybe now if you want to buy in the spring. They need a lot of information and sometimes it requires you to go back not only in your files but to previous clients to get verfication.

But it is worth it in the end when you have a strong pre-approval letter that the lender can say has been already cleared a lot of the hurdles that can come up in the financing stage.

Featured Residential Lenders +

Local, Local, Local

We always recommend going with a local lender that serves your community for your project. Their commitment to you is also a commitment to the community in which they serve.

I’ll beat this horse until it is good and dead. Choose vendors that are committed to your neighborhood because they are the ones that are sponsoring your kids baseball team — but also are the backbone of the local economy. I’ll get off my soap box for a bit, but you’ll read a lot about being local, local, local.


+ – Featured providers are a service to our clients and we provide referrals to outside companies. Recommendations are from Toby’s experience meeting and networking – or in some cases personally working with them on his own home. A few of these affiliates may have an association with Coldwell Banker Realty, however Toby receives no compensation for them for transactions. Though he believes you’ll have a good experience with all the vendors, that cannot be guaranteed.

Don’t Let Your 1031 Become a Turkey

It is that time of year, turkey is on your mind. But, follow the advice of Greg Smith and IPX 1031 and keep those turkeys on the table and out of your 1031 exchange.

Don’t let your 1031 become dinner. Choose the right exchange partner.

Recently, Greg provided a list of five ways to keep your 1031 exchange on track.

  1. Forgetting to set up your exchange before closing
  2. Looking for a full tax deferral but not buying equal or greater than
  3. Not identifying on time
  4. Waiting to look for Replacement Property
  5. Making sure your exchange funds are safe

Go more in depth by reading the article and if you need a 1031 Exchange contact Toby Boyce and Greg Smith today.

Coldwell Banker Agent Makes Commitment to Excellence

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DELAWARE, OHIO, November 16, 2021 – Toby E. Boyce, MBA, CREM, SFR, GRI, a real estate agent with Delaware County Board of Realtors® has earned the REALTORS® Commitment to Excellence Endorsement from the National Association of Realtors®. The Endorsement goes to Realtors® who have demonstrated knowledge and competency in ten core areas of real estate practice:

Toby Boyce
Coldwell Banker Realty’s Toby Boyce has renewed his “Commitment to Excellence” after being one of the first REALTORS (R) in the nation to earn the honor in 2018. (photo by Missy Seslar, Periwinkle Photography)
  • Client service
  • Professional reputation
  • Real estate law
  • Realtor® Code of Ethics
  • Equal service to all (Article 10 of the Code)
  • Advocacy of real property ownership
  • Trust and integrity
  • Use of technology
  • Data privacy
  • Areas of practice

The C2EX Endorsement, available only to Realtors®, is earned through a self-directed program that enables users to assess and build on their competency in each of the core areas. Boyce was one of the first to earn the award in 2018 when the program rolled out and renewed his commitment to excellence this summer as required by the program.

Launched in November 2018, this innovative program sets the standard for what it means to be a professional in the real estate brokerage business.

“Since it was launched in 2018, NAR’s REALTORS® Commitment to Excellence program has transformed our field, spotlighting Realtor® professionalism and helping our members gain a critical competitive edge over the industry,” said NAR President Charlie Oppler, a Realtor® from Franklin Lakes, N.J., and the CEO of Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty. “Available only to Realtors®, the C2EX endorsement offers a completely customized path toward success based on each individuals’ pre-existing knowledge, and it’s clear why thousands of NAR members have already signed up to pursue their endorsement. Today, we are proud of Toby Boyce for making this commitment and distinguishing himself in Columbus’s real estate market.”

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Commitment to Excellence requires showing proficiency in ten key areas of real estate.

Boyce, a Delaware, Ohio, resident, is a real estate counselor with Coldwell Banker Realty after partnering with the brokerage this past summer to launch a local office in the community about 30 miles north of Columbus. Boyce earned his bachelor’s degree from Mount Union College and his Master’s in Business Administration from Heidelberg College. Boyce is married to Gretchen and the couple has a five-year-old daughter, Olivia, and a boxer.

The National Association of Realtors® is America’s largest trade association, representing over 1.4 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.