Relocating to Central Ohio

Central Ohio offers its residents a world of wonderful experiences, plus plenty of communities to call home. Just as its name implies, Central Ohio is situated in the middle of it all—from charming homes and historical landmarks to a spirited sports scene and a suite of urban amenities, Central Ohio truly has something special for everyone! 

When you make a move, you want to have trusted real estate agents by your side from start to finish—and as longtime Central Ohio locals, we know the area better than anyone else. Check out our resources below for some relocation tips, and we'll be hand-picking your perfect neighborhood in the meantime! 

Central Ohio's Hottest Deals


Welcome to Central Ohio

Say Hello to Central Ohio

Want to see the spotlights of Central Ohio? Our in-depth area guides give you a rare glimpse of our communities from the firsthand perspective of our hyper-local team, from featured homes for sale to our favorite local picks. Take some time to explore our area guides—and if you have any questions, we'd love to give you a personal tour!

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Our Brilliant Home-Buying Strategies 

Any successful home purchase starts with the detailed strategy of a real estate professional. Much of our business at the Raines Group stems from repeat clientele and referrals—our success stories literally speak for themselves. As a top-producing real estate team, we utilize our local area expertise to select the perfect communities for our buyers—and we'll always go the extra mile to hunt down your dream home.  

Financing Your Home

Need help finding the right financing option for you? Not sure how much you can actually afford to spend on a house? The Raines Group helps buyers pre-qualify for mortgages every day, plus we're always here with personalized advice to help you navigate the financial aspect of home-buying.

Commuting & Getting Around

Want to cut down your commute time or plan out your route? We've got you covered with the best ways around the area!

Major highways

The Central Ohio area is connected by a network of major highways, including I-70, I-71, I-270, I-670, and several other state routes.

Public transit

The Central Ohio Transit Authority is the area's primary public transit provider. This public transit provider offers a frequent service, which operates every 15 minutes throughout the day. 


The John Glenn Columbus International Airport is Central Ohio's personal runway to the rest of the world, with tens of thousands of people flying out of this airport every month.

Map of Columbus

map of Columbus

Our Top 5 Picks

Our Preferred Vendors

Throughout our years of working in the Central Ohio real estate market, we’ve formed deep relationships with many local trusted businesses. And now, we’ve vetted these vendors so that you don’t have to play the costly game of trial and error. Check out our business directory to utilize our professional recommendations.

Our Business Directory

Local Utility Providers

For more utility providers in the specific area you plan on relocating to, please contact us for additional information!


The majority of Central Ohio is served by American Electric Power, Buckeye Power, and Ohio Edison. Provider coverage and availability can vary depending on where you live.


Water service is provided by Columbus City Water and Del-Co Water Company.

Natural Gas

Natural gas is mainly provided by Columbus Gas of Ohio. Suburban Natural Gas Company also has more than 448 miles of natural gas distribution facilities across multiple counties in the area. 

Live Like a Central Ohio Local

Arts & Culture

Take a step back in time at Ohio History Connection, where you can find an interactive exhibit that recreates local towns from the 1860s. Located on the campus of The Ohio State University, Wexner Center for the Arts hosts film screenings and theater performances. And if you consider yourself crafty, then you'll love the events at Ohio Craft Museum. 


Want to savor the best dishes of Central Ohio? Start simple at The Thurman Cafe, a locally famous American-style restaurant—we've heard their wings are worth a million bucks. For more of a fine dining experience, you can reserve a table at Hudson 29. This restaurant's unique menu and upscale atmosphere make it the perfect place to enjoy dinner for two.


Want to cheer on the winning team? Central Ohio is most notably home to The Ohio State University, the flagship of the University System of Ohio. In addition to its world-class academic programs, the university is nationally recognized for its all-star athletics. If you live near Columbus, you'll quickly get accustomed to hearing fans clad in scarlet and gray rave about the Buckeyes. 

Government Services

Central Ohio and the surrounding areas have several BMVs, where residents can renew their registrations, review their driving records, and become organ donors. Within 30 days of relocating to Ohio, you'll need to obtain your very own Ohio driver license, plus Ohio license plates for your vehicles. 


Central Ohio is home to several advanced hospitals, including the family of hospitals and healthcare facilities that are part of OhioHealth. Recognized as one of the top five large health systems in the country, OhioHealth facilities stretch across more than 45 Ohio counties. Another dominating healthcare provider in the area, Central Ohio Primary Care is the largest physician-owned primary care group in America. 


Want to read into Central Ohio's public schools? The Ohio Department of Education creates a report card for every public school district and each specific school within each district. Columbus City Schools is the largest district in all of Ohio, serving about 50,000 students throughout more than 100 schools. 

Start Your Next Chapter in Central Ohio

Does Central Ohio sound like the perfect fit for you? Whether you're already looking at homes or still considering a relocation, you can trust The Raines Group to guide you through the entire process. We encourage you to take a look at our exclusive resources below—and we look forward to welcoming you home!

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