Here is the December 2021 local home sales report: Overall for 2021 in Cincinnati the number of homes sold, median sales price and sales volume increased as compared to 2020. December 2021 set a record with the highest sales volume ever recorded. In the Dayton region, this area saw records for the entire year in average price, median price, sold homes and sales volume. Northern Kentucky broke records for the year in sales and dollar volume of sold listings.
Here is a report by region of homes sales throughout December 2021 as well as the entire year:
CINCINNATI OHIO / SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA
December 2021 vs December 2020
-3.5% Decrease in homes sold (2,209 homes)
7.0% Increase in median sale price ($230,000)
2.7% Increase in sales volume ($604,179,377)
-3.8% Decrease in active homes for sale (2,209 units)
-9.7% Decrease in new listings (1,456 units)
January–December 2021 vs January–December 2020
3.7% Increase in homes sold (27,704 homes vs 26,726 homes)
13.5% Increase in median sale price ($235,000 vs $207,000)
17.6% Increase in sales volume ($7,785,568,512 vs $6,662,631,043)
Although February is the shortest month of the year, there are lots of fun events and things to do. Check out our list covering events throughout Cincinnati; Northern Kentucky; Southeastern Indiana; and Dayton and Springfield, Ohio. Events are in order by region and then by date.
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CINCINNATI OHIO AND NORTHERN KENTUCKY
August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Through February 12, 2022 Cincinnati Shakespeare Company at 1195 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio Complexities of racism and artistic exploitation (Tony Award nominated play)
Red Speedo Through February 12, 2022 (various dates) Falcon Theatre at 646 Monmouth St., Newport, Kentucky A play about swimming and dreaming
Fountain Square Ice Skating Through February 22, 2022 Fountain Square at corner of Vine and 5th Streets, Cincinnati, Ohio Book your dates!
Cincinnati Auto Expo February 3–6, 2022 Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio Cincinnati’s only annual automotive industry event showcases the latest new cars, trucks, SUVs, crossovers and hybrids available on the market today
Original Findlay Market Tour February 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2022 (weekly tours through Dec 3, 2022) Findlay Market at 1801 Race Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 90-minute tour includes meeting merchants. and samples from 5 shops
Beyond Market Tasting Tour February 6 and 20, 2022 (+Mar 13, Apr 10 & 24, May 22, June 12, July 10 & 24, Aug 21, Sept 11, Oct 2 & 23, Nov 6 & 20, Dec 11) Findlay Market at 1801 Race Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 3-hour experience with beer and wine tastings, appetizers and a dessert
Cin City Reptile Show February 7, 2022 (+Mar 14) Holiday Inn at Centre Park of West Chester at 5800 Mulhauser Road, West Chester Ohio Ssssssssnakes!
Boston Brass February 6, 2022 Hall Auditorium at 101 S. Campus Ave., Oxford, Ohio One-of-a-kind musical experience with a 5-piece brass band concert
My Fair Lady February 8–20, 2022 Aronoff Center for the Arts at 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati, Ohio A Broadway favorite
An Evening with Pete Rose February 10, 2022 Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum at 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, Ohio Fundraising event
Walk on Wilburn February 11, 2022 (+Mar 11) East Walnut Hills business district along Woodburn Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio Shop, eat and enjoy
Cupid’s Undie Run February 12, 2022 Galla Park at 175 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, Ohio Run in your long johns!
3rd Sunday at Front Street February 20, 2021 (+Mar 20, Apr 17, May 15, Jun 19, July 17, Aug 21, Sept 18, Oct 16, Nov 20 & Dec 18) 1001 East 2nd St., Dayton, Ohio Art galleries, market, food trucks and music
Every year colors are monitored for their use by entertainers, influencers, artists, fashion and home furnishings. For 2022, the most popular color palettes have ranges from shades of green and blue to tan. Take a look at what THE colors are for this year:
Very Peri by Pantone Pantone selected a purple blue shade (aka periwinkle) called Very Peri. This is a fairly strong color that might be best used as an accent wall or with accessories. This is a high-energy color and represents gratitude and hope.
Breezeway by Behr Paints This silvery green screams beach or sea glass! Breezeway denotes peace, tranquility and harmony. Behr says this color is one “where a breath of fresh air meets a fresh coat of paint.” It’s a great color for doors, cabinets or walls.
October Mist by Benjamin Moore A soothing green shade, October Mist is a quiet, meditative color. It would be perfect for a home’s walls or as accent pillows.
Evergreen Fog by Sherwin-Williams This Sherwin-Williams’ pros selected Evergreen Fog as their color for 2022. This grey-green color does have a foggy vibe. It looks great on walls or cabinets.
Olive Sprig by PPG This gray-green color is a warm neutral to try. Olive Sprig has an organic feel to it.
Bright Skies by Dulux This light blue color is neutral while adding color. Bright Skies is a U.K. pick because it offers “fresh air” to spaces where it is used. Watch a video about this color.
Art and Craft by Dunn-Edwards Looking for a classic brown tone to decorate with? Art and Craft has an earthy feel. Use this color on walls and your lighter-toned furniture and accessories will “pop”. This color continues a 1970s trend for interior design.
Guacamole by Glidden Avacados rule! This is another color with a nod to the 1970s. Guacamole is an energetic color with a blend of boldness and calmness to it. Although we do not suggest using this for a stove or refrigerator color as experienced in the 70s, it is a wonderful color to use on walls and home accessories.
Breathe by Graham & Brown The pale and powdery blue hue has inspiration from the sky. Breathe would be a perfect color for a bedroom with its soothing tone.
It’s winter and you are spending time inside. Now can be a great time to make some improvements, especially if you’ve been thinking about selling your home this spring or summer. Here’s our list of ideas to consider:
Paint Rooms A fresh coat of paint does a world of wonder. Walls can have wear and tear and painting them will make them look like new again. Consider painting neutral, relatable colors that buyers would prefer.
Wash Windows Scrub your windows inside (and outside when it’s spring). Gleaming windows will let in the light.
Deep Clean Clean everything. Dust collects on ceiling fan blades, light fixtures, picture frames and baseboards. Scrub the kitchen top to bottom including the oven and refrigerator.
Declutter If you are thinking of moving, you will need to pack at some point. Why not get rid of unused items now? This activity should be done room by room. Little by little, your home will be clutter free!
Consider thinning out the amount of furniture you have to make rooms appear larger. Box up extra picture frames and decorations. Either keep or donate them. Be ruthless with getting rid of coats and jackets and other clothing.
Cabinet Upgrade Kitchen cabinets are a huge selling factor for homes. If yours could use some TLC, you could stain or paint them to give them a refreshed look. Or, just give them a good scrub! Think about replacing knobs and door fronts.
Backsplash Does your kitchen lack a backsplash? This is a relatively easy way to make an impactful update. Neutral subway tile always looks great.
Faucets If bathroom or kitchen faucets look dated, replace them. This is an easy weekend project.
Lighting Replacing light fixtures is another easy project to refresh a room’s look.
Carpeting Cleaning Well-used carpets might be screaming for a deep clean!
Make Essential Repairs You could go ahead and hire a home inspector to check out your home to preempt potential snags when selling. The repairs have to be made – may as well cross them off your list.
Curb Appeal When selling having curb appeal is important. During winter, you will not be able to tend to the landscaping, but perhaps repaint the front door or add a new outside light fixture.
Home Upgrades – Think First! Upgrading your home before selling needs to be thoughtfully considered. Your upgrade could lead to a small return value with little enjoyment on your part. It’s always a good idea to consult with your real estate agent before starting a large upgrade project.
Take a look at Remodeling Magazine’s report on investment vs recouping values. You can drill down to a regional or city analysis of 22 home projects. For example, replacing a garage door brings an average of 93% recouped value when selling. On the other hand, a bath remodel adds about 69% for recouped value.
Need help with your home improvement project? Contact Sibcy Cline Home Services. They can recommend vetted pros to help you!.
November had increases in sale prices across the region. Mortgage rates remain low. Home values are still high. With a low inventory of homes for sales, it’s a great time to list your home to sale and then purchase that dream home.
Here is a report by region of homes sales throughout November 2021:
CINCINNATI OHIO / SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA
November 2021 vs November 2020
-1.7% Decrease in homes sold (2,155 homes)
11.6% Increase in median sale price ($240,000)
10.3% Increase in sales volume ($609,289,746)
-71.7% Decrease in active homes for sale (2,155 units)
3.1% Increase in new listings (2,135 units)
January–November 2021 vs January–November 2020
3.4% Increase in homes sold (25,257 homes vs 24,429 homes)
14.1% Increase in median sale price ($235,000 vs $206,000)
17.0% Increase in sales volume ($7,111,569,923 vs $6,034,274,619)
Looking for something fun to do in January? Check out our list of local events throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana. You are sure to find something to peak your interest. Events are in order by region and then by date.
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Winter Moonlight Stroll January 17, 2022 Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum at 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio Registration required
Cirque Goes Broadway January 21–23, 2022 Music Hall at 1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio The Cincinnati Pops comes together with Cirque acrobats
August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom January 21– February 12, 2022 Cincinnati Shakespeare Company at 1195 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio Complexities of racism and artistic exploitation (a Tony Award nominated play)
Greater Cincinnati Remodeling Expo January 21–23 and 28–30 2022 Sharonville Convention Center at 11355 Chester Road, Sharonville (Cincinnati), OhioLearn about all kinds of home projects
Philadanco January 21–22, 2022 Aronoff Theatre at 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati, Ohio Mutual Dance Theatre performs their athletic skills as a dance company
Bridalrama January 22–23, 2022 Duke Energy Convention at 524 Elm St., Cincinnati, Ohio Here comes the bride!
An Evening with Holocaust Survivor Eva Schloss January 26, 2022 Cincinnati Museum Center Stepsister of Anne Frank shares a personal story about fleeing to the Netherlands, hiding from Nazis and ultimately being sent to Westerbrook Concentration Camp and Auschwitz
Queen January 26 – February 26, 2022 Ensemble Theatre at 1127 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio A play about bee research
Umphrey’s McGree Concert January 27, 2022 PromoWest Pavilion at OVATION, Newport, Kentucky at 101 W. 4th Street, Newport, Kentucky Enjoy the concert
Alice Cooper January 28, 2022 The Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center at 25 Race Street, Cincinnati, Ohio An icon at the ICON!
Red Speedo January 28 – February 12, 2022 (various dates) Falcon Theatre at 646 Monmouth St., Newport, Kentucky A play about swimming and dreaming Fiber Art Market January 29, 2022 Washington Park at 1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio Local crafters present their art for sale
Garage Brewed Moto Show January 29, 2022 Rhinegeist Brewery at 1910 Elm St., Cincinnati, Ohio Very cool motorcycles!
3rd Sunday at Front Street January 16, 2022 (+Feb 20, Mar 20, Apr 17, May 15, Jun 19, July 17, Aug 21, Sept 18, Oct 16, Nov 20 & Dec 18) 1001 East 2nd St., Dayton, Ohio Art galleries, market, food trucks and music
Open Aircraft Days at the Air Force Museum January 15, 2022 (+Feb 12, Mar 12 and Apr 23) National Museum of the US Air Force at 1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio An aircraft is available for an up-close look
Homes sell all year long and some are on the market during the winter holiday season. There is an art to selling during this time of year. It’s a busy time and people who are looking for homes will probably not be “tire kickers”. Here are some tips to help you sell during the holidays:
Stage It Accordingly
One unique benefit of selling a home during the holidays is that you can actually use it to your advantage when it comes to staging. You can warm up a space during the holidays and that might make it easier for potential buyers to picture themselves there.
Add tasteful but simple holiday decorations. Don’t go overboard and block the home’s features.
Focus on the cozy features like the fireplace, and of course, it’s a great time to use the classic real estate trick of baking cookies when someone comes for a showing. Make sure your home is warm temperature-wise too.
Clean-Up the Curb Appeal
While the winter makes it tougher to sell your home because people can’t see the landscaping, that doesn’t mean you should neglect the curb appeal altogether.
Shovel the walkways, illuminate pathways, and make sure that there’s a mat at the door so people coming to see your house can wipe their feet.
Price It Accordingly
Your listing agent will work with you to develop the right pricing strategy based on their assessment of the local housing data. Many variables go into pricing, but you may need to go a little lower than you’d like if you are selling this time of year with less demand from home buyers.
It’s not the time to haggle. During this time of year, it’s often better to price it right from the start instead of making price reductions later.
Be Flexible About Showings
During the holiday season, everyone is busy and may have more plans than usual, but if you’re selling your home, you need to be flexible and accessible when it comes to showings. It’s a challenging time so if someone wants to see your home, you need to do everything you can to facilitate that.
Focus on Outdoor Features
If you live somewhere with harsh winters, selling your home around the holidays can give you the chance to show off some of the exterior features that make it well-equipped for winter weather. For example, maybe potential buyers go outside to take a look at your home’s new roof. You could also show off convenient winter features like updated heating and attached garages.
If you can manage your expectations before you put a home on the marketing during the holidays, it’s going to help you stay more relaxed and also hopefully help you sell your house faster.
The “summer buying season” got its name for a reason: it is by far the busiest time for real estate sales in the calendar year. However, this fact seems to have also created something of an unfair negative view of other times to both sell and buy properties. In fact, some experts say there are actual benefits to putting a property up for sale over the course of the winter.
Industry data suggests homes put up for sale in winter sell more quickly than those in the summer, according to several reports. This outcome is also true when it comes to buyers meeting sellers’ initial asking prices. And while these sales conditions may seem counterintuitive to some homeowners, it’s important to remember one thing: More people put their homes up for sale in the summer, so there’s more competition on both the buying and selling sides of the market.
Why winter is a great time for sellers While most would-be sellers think it’s wise to put their properties up for sale in May or June, those who do so in January, February, and March are more likely to find a captive audience of hopeful buyers, the report said. Moreover, because there’s so much competition in the summer and even fall months, homes can sometimes stay on the market for a few extra months.
But those who decide to put their homes on the market in the winter months initially may find that while there are fewer buyers actively looking to make a purchase at that time of year, those who are in the market could be more motivated to get the deal done. A smaller market doesn’t necessarily mean one that is less likely to be conducive to making deals, and there can be a significant benefit that comes from listing in winter for those looking to close quickly.
Beneficial for buyers as well Meanwhile, because of all the people in the market in summer, bidding wars can get heated quickly, resulting in higher sales prices overall, according to new NerdWallet data. That might be good for many sellers, but buyers looking to find a bargain on a home will likely do better to wait out the competition and seek to purchase in fall and winter instead.
“If your circumstances give you the freedom to be able to choose the best time to look to sign a contract on a new home, there’s no question that the market dynamics favor you the most to do that in the dead of winter, ideally in January or February, right before the activity starts to heat up,” Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for Realtor.com, told the news source.
With all this in mind, sellers will have to weigh what is more important to them as part of their home sales goals: maximizing their sale prices or getting through the process as quickly as possible. Each objective has its own merits, so how those realities apply to individual owners may vary significantly. Working with a real estate professional can help owners make the decision that works best for them.
Proudest life accomplishment: Opening and running Stone Creek Farms in Waynesville
Favorite local hang-outs: Any vintage, antique, or salvage store
Being charged with the important tasks of keeping up with two of Sibcy Cline’s top executives is not for someone who is easily daunted. As executive assistant to President Robin Sheakley and General Sales Manager Bob Mahoney for going on three years, Cindy Menth is a powerhouse on her own: committed to excellence, a high performer with a strong business sense, she communicates confidence and positivity.
The key to her job happiness, Cindy admits, is the ability to remain flexible, along with what she calls her “mom qualities”, or the emotional intelligence to be tuned into and anticipate the needs of others. These strengths are what allow her to daily juggle the schedules, demands, and priorities of two busy people. “What makes it easier is that even though they have different personalities and business styles, they have learned to blend their leadership styles to create balance in the organization. At times my job is hectic, but Sibcy Cline is a great environment.”
You might think that keeping up with two executives would be enough, but Cindy continues living life at a fast pace outside of her job at Sibcy Cline. She and her husband Bill Menth own a furniture and home décor store, Stone Creek Farms, in Waynesville. Both Cindy and Bill work full time during the week and then open the store on weekends. “I’m excited for the upcoming Christmas in the Village in downtown Waynesville. It will be adorned with traditional décor and takes on a nostalgic feeling…. over 1300 luminaries, strolling Dickens’ characters, carriage rides, Santa, and more. I’m sure the store will be busy!”
Admitting that she “thrives on chaos”, Cindy has no plans to scale things back anytime soon. She loves variety and the fast pace, while finding the most reward in helping others. “I love the fact that people trust me to work hard to get answers for them,” she says. “I love being a resource people count on.”
One of many at Sibcy Cline who lost loved ones during the pandemic, Cindy lost her dad this past year to COVID, but feels a strong sense of gratitude for where she is in life and everything she has. “I’m watching my children become adults, living my best life with my best friend and husband, and working with some of the greatest people I’ve ever met while having a small business doing what we love. I feel like I have been looking forward to everything I have now for my entire life.”
Most local regions have seen an increase year-to-date for homes from January through October 2021. Mortgage rates remain low. Home values are still high. With a low inventory of homes for sales, it’s a great time to list your home to sale and then purchase that dream home.
Here is a report by region of homes sales throughout October 2021:
CINCINNATI OHIO / SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA
October 2021 vs October 2020
-8.1% Decrease in homes sold (2,386 homes)
10.3% Increase in median sale price ($235,000)
.2% Decrease in sales volume ($665,980,902)
-7.3% Decrease in active homes for sale (2,287 units)
-5.6% Increase in new listings (2,744 units)
January–October 2021 vs January–October 2020
3.5% Increase in homes sold (23,017 homes vs 22,236 homes)
14.6% Increase in median sale price ($235,000 vs $205,000)
18.2% Increase in sales volume ($6,478,339,611 vs $5,482,065,055)