Our Inspiration

Our business was inspired by an accomplished writer, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, who loved bringing people together in remarkable, yet simple ways, time and again to make a difference in each other’s lives and the lives of strangers. Her trademark was a yellow umbrella, a bright and cheery way to know you were in the right place, at the right time. After her passing in 2017, I wanted her spirit and desire to connect humanity to carry on. After spending many weeks learning about her and how she impacted the world, I proceeded to purchase a yellow umbrella (the absolute best item I have ever bought!), and “Westerville Social Networking Group” was created in Amy’s memory. The yellow umbrella I purchased was placed on a table during an event, and if you were new to the group, you would know you were in the right place when you spotted that bright object. The group has since grown to over 250 local members who gather socially more than 30 times a year to enjoy each other’s company, meet new friends and explore all that our great city and surrounding areas have to offer. 


Now, seven years later, our local network is still growing daily, and I couldn’t be more proud of the positive individuals who share their time getting to know one another and forming meaningful and enduring friendships.  


In 2021, I decided to bring the yellow umbrella - the symbol of community, quality and relationships - into my chosen career field, real estate.  In May, 2021, Yellow Umbrella Homes at Home Central Realty began in Westerville, OH.  It was truly the culmination of inspiration, years of hard work, and a desire to build a community of clients, neighbors and friends.  Our business has exploded on the local scene, and words cannot begin to describe how enjoyable building our business has been. We are just getting started, and the outpouring of support we have received has been phenomenal.  As a team we are so grateful, and we are excited to give back to our community in the months and years ahead. 


We are very glad you are here, and we hope you find many topics that interest you!  It’s truly an honor to be of service, and we look forward to meeting you very soon! 


Most Sincerely, 


Andrea Philipsen 

Founder, Team Lead and REALTOR® 

Yellow Umbrella Homes at Home Central Realty