Hubcaps & Trash

Agents and staff from The Athens Real Estate Company collected roadside litter along a stretch of highway just outside of town yesterday. We’re part of the “Adopt-A-Highway” program sponsored by the Ohio Division of Transportation and we picked up 15 bags of trash and recycling on our first outing and will head back out in the next couple of weeks to pick up more.

 It was a fulfilling day.

Nice weather, good people, and a sense of satisfaction to look back and see several miles of highway better than we found it!

As one might expect we found lots of odd and miscellaneous pieces of trash–the flotsam and jetsom of our automotive age.  Not surprisingly, we found lots of car parts too: chunks of fenders, taillights, a door handle, a tire and–predictably enough–a hubcap. When broker Russell Chamberlain saw the hubcap, he noticed that it looked a lot like the missing hubcap from our 17′ box truck, a free moving truck that we lend out to clients when they move. When we got back to the office at the end of the day we tried the hubcap on for size, and of all things, it fit like Cinderella’s shoe. It was the missing hubcap after all, now re-established to it rightful place after years “gone missing.”

We found several socks as well on Thursday, but none that matched. If by any chance you find that you are missing the match to a pair of socks in your dryer this week, you might try giving our office a call. We may be able to help you.

Or we could match you up with the house of your dreams. We specialize in that!

We’re 10 and We’re Gonna Have a Party!

Saturday, June 10,  5 – 9 pm
30 Utah Place

That’s right, The Athens Real Estate Company turns 10 years old this Spring and we’re throwing a party to thank our clientele and celebrate our growth and success.  We’re biggie boys and girls now!

So come and be our guest of honor for a fun-filled summer evening of great food, delectable drinks, and live music by the Wild Honeybees.

And because we love all things house, we’re throwing this bash at the Zenner House, that in-town architectural marvel that most folks simply know as “The Mansion.” If you’ve always wondered what’s on the other side of the hedgerows, now’s your chance to learn a little history and explore both the extensive grounds as well as the house itself.

Dress is summer casual and the party is open to any client who has bought or sold a property through our company over the past 10 years.  RSVPs required.   If you’d like to attend, email us at and we’ll get you squared away.  Just include your full name, the property address that you bought or sold, and your agent’s name.  Adults age 16 and over only, please.

Call the babysitter, pull out your dancing shoes, and get ready for a summer evening gala with Athens’ finest!

New Website Launch!

The Athens Real Estate Company has always been at the forefront of adopting new technologies that benefit our clients.  Ours was the first area company to include dedicated digital FAX services for each individual agent, the first larger company to join, the first to adopt Docusign digital signature services, the first company to provide a dedicated, cloud-based transaction platform to all of its agents and clients, the first to provide web-based property management software that allows tenant and owners just-in time access to critical information about properties, leases and payments.  Ours is also the company that, even in its infancy, built a new custom-designed, energy-efficient building to serve its growing roster of agents and clients.  We even included a coffee shop!

There are lots of other firsts that we are proud of as well, from the free moving truck that we lend to clients to our status as the top-selling real estate company in southeast Ohio.  And today brings a new first, the launch of our fully redesigned, custom-built website. This is the fourth iteration of our website in 10 years but this time we built it from the inside out and from the bottom up.  It’s not just the look that’s new–crisper, cleaner, and more contemporary–it’s the functionality that’s exponentially better.  There’s more horsepower under the hood here than meets the eye, so if you are considering selling your house, you’ll want to interview one of our agents to learn how our website is optimized to out-perform our competitors and bring more buyers to your door.

And speaking of buyers!  If you are looking for a one-stop real estate shop that’s as robust as Zillow but without those pesky “zestimates” and long irksome lists of agents who pay to appear next to listings, then you’ve come to the right website.  Our new site is monitored and managed by folks right here in our office, by agents and staff who live and work in this area and who are responsive to buyer inquiries. Our site is specifically designed with buyers in mind: it’s mobile friendly, has comprehensive search and sort capacities, employs sophisticated mapping technologies, and allows users to save and edit their own custom searches.

What’s not to love?

So welcome home to The Athens Real Estate Company.  Our home is your home and we trust you enjoy your stay.  Bookmark us,  like us on Facebook, share with your friends and family and help us spread the word.  And finally, new being new, if you have questions or notice things that are not working optimally, then please feel free to shoot me a personal email at and we’ll work to address it right away.

Happy housing,

Russell Chamberlain, broker/owner

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