Thanks to Everyone for a Great Ribbon Cutting

We were so overwhelmed with the wonderful response from the community with more than 40 folks joining us on Friday for our ribbon cutting with the Delaware Area Chamber and Main Street Delaware.

“We have always loved being part of the Delaware community, but this event made us feel like you might actually like us.”

President & Broker Toby E. Boyce

The new location is great to enjoy visiting and features a 1960s bowling alley as the conference room table among other things that C.G. Boyce Real Estate Co. tried to add its personal touch to the downtown Delaware scene.

C.G. Boyce Real Estate co. new location.
Welcome to C.G. Boyce Real Estate Co. new location at 11 1/2 West Winter Street in historic downtown Delaware, Ohio.

In addition, we offered a “swag bag” with some great giveaway items from Cassandra Converse Insurance Agency, Monarch Title Services, Richwood Banking Company, Peacock Water Services, C.G. Boyce Real Estate Co., Universal Mobile Bears of Central Ohio, Covey Rise Farms, and Cruise Planners’ Nicole Lamar.

Lamar from Universal Mobile Bears of Central Ohio gave away a free party which went to Meghann Dunning of Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal. Charlie and Kerissa from Covey Rise Farms donated a gift card for some of their amazing pasture-raised meat and Alyssa Howard with Howard Auctions won that prize.

From right to left, Eric Moulton, Holly Quaine, Toby Boyce, Olivia Boyce, Gretchen Boyce, Susie Biebler, and Kelsey Scott took part in the ribbon-cutting on Friday at C.G. Boyce Real Estate Co. Thanks to Matthew Tway for sharing the image on Facebook.

Didn’t have a chance to check us out? Please don’t hesitate to stop by or drop us a line and we’ll grab a cub of coffee.

Thank you Delaware for your love and support.

No you’re crying.

Memorial Day Memories

I still remember the day like yesterday, sitting at my desk in the Mowery Alumni Center at Ohio Wesleyan University when the phone rang.

“Hi Toby, this is blank blank with the Dispatch.”

Army Staff Sgt. Shamus Goare
Staff Sgt. Shamus Goare

I worked in public relations, the media calling was not a total shock. But the next words out her mouth put my jaw on the floor. “Do you know Shamus Goare? I’d like to talk to you about his life.”

That’s how I found out that one of my best friends from high school had been killed in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005. I could learn a lot more, but I haven’t been able to do it. You see, Staff Sgt. Goare was part of the ill-fated mission that became a best-selling book and movie Lone Survivor. I even have an autographed copy on the book shelf. My dad read it, several friends have read it, but I haven’t been able to read it or watch the movie.

And I don’t pretend that the loss of my friend can in anyway be compared to the losses felt by spouses, children and parents all over the nation. But 25-years after graduation I’d love to have a cold brew and talk aviation with him like we did so often in high school … well except the cold brew part.

But Staff Sgt. Goare had bigger plans and I’m beyond honored to have called this “”Nighstalker” a friend.

God bless all our fallen heroes and may their families be remembered every day of the year not just on Memorial Day.

Click here to read the Military Times article following the funeral.

Delaware County General Health District Moving

Delaware County General Health District announces that it has purchased land in southern Delaware to build a new facility.

“As Delaware County continues to increase in population, we too have had to grow in order to provide important public health services to our communities. As much as we have loved being located in downtown Delaware, we have simply outgrown our current location.”

Health Commissioner Shelia Hissleson
Image from Delaware County Auditor’s web site showcases the three parcels of land that were purchased by the Delaware County General Health District for its new facilities.

The new location on South Sandusky Street is the former Leroy Jenkins building and land. The new building will be 30,000 square feet with more than 200 parking spaces. They are expected to break ground in 2020.

There will be a public hearing on the project on June 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Terra Nova Community Church at 425 South Sandusky Street.

With several years before the building will be complete, it is going to be interesting to see the effect this has on the downtown real-estate market. The Health District has one of the largest footprints downtown. They will vacate three or four additional first-floor store fronts along West Winter to go with two complete stories of office space on the upper levels.

However, with occupancy on first-floor at nearly 100% it is hard to believe those units won’t be spoken for before the paint is even dry on the new facility. There has been a struggle to fill second-floor office space across the street — above Coffeeology, Jimmy Johns and the like — that this could exasperate with a large amount of downtown office space suddenly coming available.

Granted, I’m assuming they’ll leave it as office. Which it is very possible that it could be converted to mixed-use with residential on the upper levels and retail on the first floor. Very similar to what is being seen in several of the other downtown storefronts.

Only time will tell.

Main Street Delaware Earns Accreditation

 In 2018, Main Street Delaware organized 5,617 volunteer hours with a monetary value of $138,683 to help preserve, protect, and promote the historic downtown.

main street delaware logo

Together, these people helped to create monthly First Friday celebrations, twice-weekly farmers’ markets from May through October, a three-day Home for the Holidays weekend, and more. They worked through design, organization, and promotion committees and in collaboration with city and county economic development offices to help support new businesses with mentoring advice, to organize community cleanups, and to bring the community together in a vibrant and welcoming downtown.

In recognition of its success, Main Street Delaware this month earned its 2019 accreditation as a National Main Street Community. The accreditation followed a half-day evaluation by Columbus-based Heritage Ohio, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify local programs that meet 10 performance standards such as developing a mission, fostering strong public-private partnerships, tracking a city’s economic progress, and preserving historic buildings. The National Main Street Center is a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

In addition to earning renewal of its national accreditation, Main Street Delaware was honored in October with a statewide Heritage Ohio award for2017’s Best Main Street Committee Project or Event. Main Street Delaware was recognized for its inaugural three-day Home for the Holidays weekend, which incorporated the downtown tree lighting, Christmas parade, Dash for Dasher scavenger hunt, and business open house into one unforgettable weekend.

“Main Street Delaware is honored to be recognized for making a positive difference in the life of downtown Delaware and the local community,” said Susie Bibler, executive director. “On behalf of our Board of Directors, I would like to thank everyone who supports us by making financial gifts, volunteering their time, and attending our events. We are grateful, too, for strong partnerships with the city and county, and we look forward to an even bigger and brighter future.”

Boyce Among First 300 To Earn NAR Commitment to Excellence Honor

C.G. Boyce Real Estate Co.’s President and Broker Toby Boyce, MBA, GRI, CREM, SFR, is among the initial 300 members – out of National Association of Realtors® 1.3 million members – to earn the Commitment to Excellence endorsement.

C.G. Boyce Real Estate Co named one of first 300 Commitment to Excellence Award Winners from National Association of Realtors.
Toby Boyce has been named a Commitment to Excellence honoree and is one of the first 300 in the nation.

The endorsement goes to Realtors® who have demonstrated knowledge and competency in ten core areas of real estate practice.

  1. Client service
  2. Professional reputation
  3. Real estate law
  4. Realtor® Code of Ethics
  5. Equal service to all (Article 10 of the Code)
  6. Advocacy of real property ownership
  7. Trust and integrity
  8. Use of technology
  9. Data privacy
  10. Areas of practice

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

The C2EX endorsement is available only to Realtors®. It is earned through a self-directed program that enables real estate professionals to assess and build on their competency in each of the core areas. As a broker, in addition to demonstrating competency in all 10 areas, Boyce was required to show a commitment to creating and maintaining an environment that promotes excellent customer service consistent with these standards.

Earning the Commitment to Excellence endorsement is a true accomplishment and an affirmation to consumers that you stand for ethics and professionalism in your work

2019 NAR President John Smaby

“Earning the Commitment to Excellence endorsement is a true accomplishment and an affirmation to consumers that you stand for ethics and professionalism in your work,” says 2019 NAR President John Smaby. “Advances in technology and online user experience are making our business more and more seamless, and that’s fantastic,” Smaby says, “But with new technology can come vulnerabilities. A C2EX endorsement offers consumers the ease of mind that they have a skilled adviser, committed to conducting business at the highest standards, helping them through what may be the largest purchase or sale in their life.”

The National Association of Realtors® is America’s largest trade association, representing over 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

Founded in 2015, C.G. Boyce Real Estate Co. is an independent real-estate brokerage serving the needs of buyers and sellers throughout the central and north-central Ohio region. Based in Delaware, C.G. Boyce Real Estate Co. has operations in Mansfield and Mt. Vernon.

Boyce is a native of Danville, Ohio, and earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Union of Mount Union and his Master’s in Business Administration from Heidelberg University. He has been in real estate since 2006. Boyce has resided in Delaware since 2002 with his wife, Gretchen, and daughter.