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Shaun Simpson

Shaun Simpson is a sales associate with Keller Williams Capital Partners and is the Team Lead for the Make It Home Group...

Shaun Simpson is a sales associate with Keller Williams Capital Partners and is the Team Lead for the Make It Home Group...

Feb 12 6 minutes read

Are you Being Held Back? 

There are many misconceptions when it comes to buying a home. Whether you are doing it alone or with a partner, the first step is to get the facts. From finding out your credit score to choosing the right loan program, it can't be denied -- this is one big decision. There are many things to fret about but these 3 myths shouldn't be on the list.

Ill Mannered Brewing Company 

Ill Mannered is not a newcomer to Powell, but in August of 2018 this Powell favorite opened a new brewery and taproom just east of its existing location at 38 Grace Dr. The 3,000 square feet of space includes a 1,500 square foot taproom, a 1,500 square foot brewing space and a 1,000 square foot patio featuring a fire pit and food truck access.

Ill Mannered's beer list has grown to 20 taps mainly of Ill Mannered Beer, but also offers Guest Drafts, Ciders, Wine, Spirits, and Cold Brew Coffee.  Many times during the week Ill Manerred offers some of the cities most desirable Food Trucks as well as an in-house Kitchen for small plate bites and an offering of local snacks.  

Making their beer 93 gallons at a time allows Powell's first brewery the ability to experiment at a small scale and rotate in new beers all the time. Ill Mannered has a rotating group of regular beers such as POWELL! Right In the Kisser IPA, Ill Manna Slamma Blonde Ale, Big Donkey Porter and Effe Off Hefeweizen, but be on the lookout for their collection of specialty beers and rare releases including Audible Groan Barleywine, Subterfuge Russian Imperial Stout and Oldmanski Old Ale and Pandora's Juice Box Pale Ale that are worth consistently checking their beer menu for.

We Recommend:  Start off with the POWELL! Right In the Kisser IPA, but make sure you look for one of their seasonal or rare offerings.  

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Myth #2: "I Need a 20% Down Payment"

Most buyers overestimate how much is needed for a down payment. That is probably why this is the biggest myth amongst first-time home-buyers. While it's better to have a larger down payment, it is not necessary.  The time you spend saving for the down payment is also the time you’re not building equity and putting your money to work in a home. And if your home value increases over the years, you’re building equity even faster. So in some circumstances, it can actually be a better move financially to buy as soon you are able, without waiting to have the 20% of your purchase value.

There are plenty of programs available that allow for a lower down payment budget. For example, those who qualify for an FHA loan can pay as little as 3.5% down, while VA loans allow as little as 0% down for a mortgage.


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As you can see, 52.7% of approved mortgages had a credit score of 600-749.


Whether buying your first home or moving up to your dream home, understanding your options will make the mortgage process easier. Your dream home may already be within your reach. Ask the questions you need to know, now. 

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Nocterra Brewing Company

Tucked against the railroad tracks at 41 Depot Street in historic downtown Powell comes northern Columbus' newest brewery.  Nocterra hit the ground running at the beginning of February in it's newly renovated 100-year-old freight depot building that has already become a gathering spot of not only beer lovers, but those who love the outdoor lifestyle that is featured throughout it's large home.  

Nocterra started with an impressive list of their own beers with a full lineup of ale's and lagers, but a focus on bold IPA's and sours.  The crowded openings saw pint after pint of the Scioto Coast Double IPA, Beta Flash New England IPA, Terra Noire Baltic Porter, Trail Break Helles Lager and others, but also a Gose line of kettle sour's including two fruited sours, the California Swell line and Hawaiian Swell Line with the latter being the talk of the Columbus Winter Beerfest.  Many of these beers will find their way to the only canning line in Delaware County and we will soon see some of their beers on shelves

Nocterra's venue if full of symbolism and history including the active bell located in the rafters behind the bar, the train rails under the bar, family heirlooms and hand-painted murals of their creation of the night logo, the moth.  The taproom is large and family friendly and will feature food trucks and handcrafted sodas.  A successful Kickstarter campaign almost tripled it's goal and lead to one of the largest beer gardens in the area with a quarter acre of firepits, porch, patio, seating and outdoor games.  

We recommend:  Although the Beta Flash is the most popular the Hawaiian Swell Line is a frooted sour that you must try.  

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