Cincinnati’s Homearama 2020 at Walworth Junction

Cincinnati’s Homearama is scheduled for October 10–25, 2020 and is located at the Walworth Junction community at the Historic East End of Cincinnati. This is the first home show hosted by the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati within city limits.

Seven new homes will be featured with home prices starting at $1,000,000.

Home Show Details
October 10–25, 2020
Monday–Thursday: 4pm–9pm
Friday–Sunday: 12pm–9pm

GPS address: 3107 Walworth Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226

Tickets cost $19 at the gate or online. Discount tickets are available from Kroger stores for $17. Children under 12 are admitted for free when accompanied with an adult. (No strollers, wagons or backpacks permitted.)

Parking is free. Visitors can walk or use a shuttle bus to the home show. Wear comfortable shoes as the parking area is a grass field.

Local food trucks will be on site.

About Walworth Junction
Walworth Junction has 30 single lots and is located on Walworth Avenue near theRiverside Drive and Delta Avenue intersection. (The site was formerly the Pennsylvania Rail Road’s Pendleton Yard.)

The community is close to the Columbia-Tusculum business district and the East End’s Riverside Drive businesses.

May 2020 Home Sales Report for Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana

花火8Very low interest rates, good weather as well as reasonable prices for homes have kept the real estate market strong even through there were COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.

Although sales were down, average and median sale prices rose  – encouraging news for those thinking about selling their homes.

Here is a report by region of homes sales throughout May 2020:

CINCINNATI / SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA

May 2020 vs May 2019

  • -26.88% Decrease in homes sold (1,950 homes vs 2,667 homes)
  • 3.24% Increase in average sale price ($238,994 vs $231,499)
  • 5.37% Increase in median sale price ($201,250 vs $191,000)
  • -24.52% Decrease in gross sales volume ($466,038,682 vs $617,407,053)

January–May 2020 vs January–May 2019

  • -9.78% Increase in homes sold (8,816 homes vs 9,772 homes)
  • 5.29% Increase in average sale price ($229,270 vs $217,757)
  • 6.09% Increase in median sale price ($189,900 vs $179,000)
  • -5.01% Decrease in gross sales volume ($2,021,243,057 vs $2,127,917,355)

Statistics courtesy of Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors May 2020 Home Sales Report

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DAYTON

May 2020 vs May 2019

  • -25.29% Decrease in homes sold (1,285 homes vs 2,106 homes)
  • 4.24% Increase in average sale price ($188,935 vs $181,258)
  • 7.02% Increase in median sale price ($166,900 vs $155,950)
  • -22.13% Decrease in sales volume ($242,781,843 vs $311,763,470)

January–May 2020 vs January–May 2019

  • -10.25% Decrease in homes sold (7,583 homes vs 8,449 homes)
  • 8.08% Increase in average sale price ($181,599 vs $168,020)
  • 9.45% Increase in median sale price ($157,000 vs $143,450)
  • -.08% Decrease in sales volume ($1,042,922,477 vs $1,043,742,673)

Statistics courtesy of Dayton Realtors May 2020 Home Sales Report

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NORTHERN KENTUCKY

May 2020 vs May 2019

  • -25.80% Decrease in homes sold (558 homes vs 752 homes)
  • 5.20% Increase in average sale price ($217,314 vs $206,571)
  • 6.42% Increase in median sale price ($193,685 vs $182,000)
  • -21.94% Decrease in sales volume ($121,261,268 vs $155,342,050)

January–May 2020 vs January–May 2019

  • -8.47% Decrease in homes sold (2,529 homes vs 2,763 homes)
  • 9.39% Increase in average sale price ($215,6 vs $196,761)
  • 7.87% Increase in median sale price ($185,000 vs $171,500)
  • .13% Increase in sales volume ($544,333,099 vs $543,652,032)

Statistics courtesy of Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors May 2020 Home Sales Report

Where to View 2020 Fourth of July Fireworks in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana

Fireworks_2020 copyCelebrate the Fourth of July 2020 by viewing fireworks! Wear your red, white and blue when you oooh and aaah at them. Here is our list of local Fourth of July  fireworks celebrations throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana.

Due to COVID-19, please be sure to verify your favorite local fireworks are not cancelled. There are still areas that are going to light up the sky. 

In order by region and community:

CINCINNATI, OHIO REGION FIREWORKS

Blanchester
Red White & Blanchester Blue
July 4, 2020 – Fireworks at dusk (Festival is July 3-4, 2020)
Blanchester High School – 953 Cherry St.

California
July 3, 2020 at 10pm
Free drive-in fireworks show at Coney Island. Gates open at 8:30pm. Must reserve your spot!

College Corner
College Corner Old Fashion 4th of July Festival
July 4, 2020
College Corner Park Grove, College Corner, Indiana (Ohio)
Parade and fireworks

Fairfield
Red White and KaBoom

July 3, 2020 at 10pm
Fireworks to be viewed throughout the city! Just look up in the sky.
No festival – only the fireworks this year. Parks closed at dusk.

Hamilton
Hamilton July 4th Celebration

July 4, 2020 at dusk
No parade or festival. The city is testing launch locations. The fireworks will be shot higher into the sky. 

Harrison
Harrison 4th of July Celebration
July 4, 2020 at dusk

300 George Street at Harrison Community Center in Harrison, Ohio.
Celebration starts at 4pm with a parade. (No entertainment, food, drinks, activities for kids and live music this year.)

Indian Hill
Indian Hill Fourth of July Celebration
July 4, 2020 – Fireworks at 9:45pm at Stephan Field 

Parade and festival are cancelled.

Lebanon
July 3, 2020 at 10pm
Colonial Park West at 720 North Broadway, Lebanon
Festival is cancelled.  Fireworks at 10pm.

Loveland/Symmes Township
July 4, 2020
11660 Lebanon Road at Symmes Township Park
The Firecracker Festival is cancelled for this year, but there will be fireworks.

Mason
Red, Rhythm and Boom
July 3, 2020 – virtual event

Videos and virtual activities

Kings Island Fireworks
July 4, 2020 at dusk
6300 Kings Island Drive in Mason
Pass-holder event with reservations. Watch from Mason!

Middletown
The BOOM!
July 3, 2020 at 9:30pm
Berachach Church at 1900 Johns Road, Middletown, Ohio

Parade at 10am at Smith Park at 500 Tytus Avenue.

Montgomery
Montgomery Independence Day

July 3, 2020 – 7:00pm concert at Montgomery Park (streamed online)
July 4, 2020 – A Reverse Parade! Parade units are stationary at Sycamore High School and cars tour around them. 10am-12pm

South Lebanon
July 4th Fireworks

July 4, 2020 
Rogers Park at 60 S. High Street, South Lebanon, Ohio
Enjoy the fireworks (No festival)

Sycamore Township
July 4, 2020 at. 10pm
March First Brewing at 7885 E. Kemper Road, Sycamore Township
Live music; tailgating in the parking lot. Bring lawn chairs

Symmes Township
July 4, 2020
There will be fireworks. (The Firecracker Festival is cancelled this year.)

Wyoming
July 4, 2020
Oak Park in Wyoming.
Watch from home – the park will be closed. Or watch from Village Green, North Park, Spring Valley Bank parking lot and tennis courts, Wyoming High school turf field.

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DAYTON AND SPRINGFIELD, OHIO REGION FIREWORKS

Beavercreek
July 4, 2020 at 10pm
Mall at Fairfield Commons at 2727 Fairfield Commons Blvd., Beavercreek, Ohio
Before fireworks, there will be live entertainment. No parade this year.

Huber Heights
Star Spangled Huber Heights Fireworks
July 4, 2020 at 10pm
Thomas A. Cloud Park 4707 Brandt Pike in Huber Heights
Parade at 10; Food trucks 6pm–10pm

Lebanon
City of Lebanon Independence Day Celebration
July 3, 2020
Fireworks at 10pm. (No festival)

Springboro
July 4, 2020 at 9:45pm

Springboro Red, White & Boro Fireworks
Springboro High School at 1675 S Main Street, Springboro, Ohio

Troy
July 4, 2020 
1000 South Market St., Troy, Ohio
Fireworks along the Great Miami River

Yellow Springs
July 4, 2020
Fourth of July Parade at 2pm; Did not see mention of fireworks


 

NORTHERN KENTUCKY REGION FIREWORKS

Augusta
July 4, 2020 
Fireworks over the Ohio River

Bellevue
July 11, 2020 at 10pm
Thomas J. Wiethorn Memorial Beach Park

Edgewood
July 4, 2020
No fireworks.
Door and mailbox decorating contest Concert at 7pm in Presidents Park.

Falmouth
Pendleton County Fairgrounds at 320 Fairgrounds Road, Falmouth, Kentucky
No fireworks. Parade at 2pm.

Florence
Florence Independence Day Celebration

Florence Dept. of Public Health Stadium at 7850 Tanners Lane, Florence, Kentucky
July 3, 2020  Fireworks at 10pm  (rain date: July 4)
Fireworks  – not festival for 2020; enjoy the fireworks from your car or yard if you live nearby; limited parking at the Florence Government Center. You can view the fireworks within a 2-mile radius of the Government Center.

Ft. Thomas
July 4, 2020 at 10pm
Fireworks shot from Rossford, Tower and Highland Parks. Watch from home – no entry to the parks.

Independence
July 4, 2020 Fireworks at 10pm

Donna Yeager Amphitheater in Memorial Park at 2003 Jack Woods Parkway in Independence, Kentucky
Parade at 11am starting at Summit View on Madison Pike and leads to Simon Kenton High School (2.5 mile wide parade for social distancing!)

Union
Union Celebrates America
June 26, 2020 
Union, Kentucky
Only fireworks this year at dusk. No parade or street party. Fireworks will be shot high – you should be able to enjoy from where you live in Union.

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SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA REGION FIREWORKS

Aurora
Aurora Red, White and Boom
July 5, 2020
Lesko Park – Indiana 56, Aurora, Indiana

Fireworks at 10pm (Festival is cancelled)

College Corner
College Corner Old Fashion 4th of July Festival

July 4, 2020
College Corner Park Grove, College Corner, Indiana (Ohio)
Parade at 4pm and fireworks 

Greendale
Greendale Independence Day Fireworks
July 4, 2020 at dusk (9:30pm) 
827 Nowlin Avenue at Greendale Park in Greendale, Indiana
Virtual 5k run/walk and fireworks

Greensburg
Lake Santee Fireworks
July 4, 2020 at dusk  – residents and guests only

Lake Santee (13 SW Wren Parkway) in Greensburg, Indiana
Beach Bash, Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Department lunch, entertainment at the amphitheater

Liberty Indiana
Liberty 4th of July Festival

July 3–4, 2020  – unconfirmed 765-458-5976 
Live music, beer garden, food and crafts – no mention of fireworks

Madison
Madison Regatta Fireworks and Parade
July 4, 2020 
Riverfront in Madison, Indiana
Fireworks  at the Bicentennial Park (No parade or festival)

Metamora
Fireman’s Festival and Fireworks
July 4, 2020 at dusk
Metamora, Indiana

The fire department raise funds with this fun festival. Enjoy the beer garden and live music. Parade at 6pm and fireworks at dusk.

Rising Sun
Rising Sun Fireworks on the River
July 11, 2020 at dusk 
Riverfront Park at 200 S. Front Street, Rising Sun, Indiana

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Virtual
Live from Music Hall: A Virtual July 4th Celebration
July 4, 2020 (7–8pm)
Patriotic music from the Cincinnati Pops at Music Hall streamed live!

 

Updated: July 1, 2020

Celebrate the Fourth of July without Leaving your Home

Independence Day is the perfect holiday to celebrate at your home. Whether you are having a barbecue, picnic or party, here are some ideas to make your Fourth of July celebration even more patriotic:

Beverages
Keep red and blue soda and juices cool on ice in a white tub. And, serve them in Mason jars with a red and white straw. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, make a layered red, white and blue beverage. Go here or here to learn how.

Bake a Pie
There is nothing more American than pie. Think cherry or blueberry for this holiday. Or make this berry tart here.

Cherry Bombs
Freeze fresh cherries into ice cubes. See this idea here.

Ice Cream
Be patriotic and eat red, white and blue ice cream! (Or top your ice cream with patriotic-colored sprinkles.) Firecracker Popsicles are popular, too.

Decorate!
Display the American flag. String up red, white and blue lights. Make sure your plates and cups look patriotic, too.

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For even more ideas, look at Sibcy Cline’s 4th of July Pinterest board. 

2020 County Summer Fairs near Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana

Fairs_2020Summertime definitely means attending a county or state fair. Steeped with tradition, fairs are full of the sights and sounds of farm livestock, fast rides and carnival-style food and games. And we cannot forget entertainment like the demolition derby, monster truck shows and tractor pulls. Gardeners and cooks show off their best items at fairs, too, seeking a coveted blue ribbon from judges.

Be sure to have fun at one of these local county throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana.

Due to the coronavirus, please check with your favorite fair before heading out to make sure it has not been cancelled or postponed.

Fairs are listed by state and alphabetically by state and then county:

States Fairs

Indiana State Fair
Cancelled for 2020
Indianapolis, Indiana
Plans in place for a 4-H Livestock Show August 7–September 5, 2020

Kentucky State Fair
August 20–30, 2020
Louisville, Kentucky

Ohio State Fair
Cancelled for 2020
Columbus, Ohio

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Kentucky Local County Fairs
Look at this PDF for information about how fairs are to operate in Kentucky.

Alexandria Fair and Horse Show
September 2–7, 2020
Alexandria, Kentucky

Boone County Fair and Horse Show
August 3–8, 2020 (decision to have fair by July 1, 2020)
Burlington, Kentucky

Carroll County Fair
Cancelled for 2020
Carroll County Fairgrounds in Carroll County, Kentucky

Gallatin County Fair
July 21–25, 2021 (No 2020 event)
Warsaw, Kentucky

Grant County Fair and Horse Show
Cancelled for 2020
Grant County Fairgrounds at 115 Baton Rouge Road in Williamstown, Kentucky

Kenton County Fair
July 13–18, 2020
Independence, Kentucky
Abbreviated event for 2020. (No track events, rides…) See the 4-H kids livestock and horse show.

Pendleton County Youth Fair
July 26–August 1, 2020
320 Fairgrounds Road at the Pendleton County Youth Fairgrounds in Falmouth, Kentucky

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Ohio Local County Fairs
Look at this PDF for information about how fairs are to operate in Ohio.

Adams County Fair
July 15–18, 2020 
836 Boyd Avenue in West Union, Ohio
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Allen County Fair
August 21–29, 2020
Allen County Fairgrounds at 2750 Harding Hwy., Lima, Ohio

Brown County Fair
September 28–October 3, 2020
Georgetown, Ohio

Butler County Fair
July 26–31, 2020
1715 Fairgrove Avenue in Hamilton, Ohio
(Was cancelled — but is now scheduled! Limited livestock showings. No amusement rides.)

Champaign County Fair
August 7–14, 2020
Champaign County Fairgrounds at 384 Park Avenue, Urbana, Ohio

Clark County Fair
July 24–29, 2020
Springfield, Ohio

Clermont County Fair
July 26–August 1, 2020
1000 Locust Street in Owensville, Ohio

Clinton County Fair
July 11–18, 2020
Clinton County Fairgrounds
958 W. Main Street in Wilmington, Ohio

Darke County Fair
August 21–29, 2020
Darke County Fairgrounds at 800 Sweitzer Street, Greenville, Ohio

Green County Fair
August 2–8, 2020
120 Fairground Road at the Green County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio

Hamilton County Fair
Cancelled 2020
7801 Anthony Wayne Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio

Highland County Fair
September 6–12, 2020
Hillsboro, Ohio

Logan County Fair
July 12–17, 2020
301 East Lake Avenue at the Logan County Fairgrounds in Bellefontaine, Ohio

Miami County Fair
August 14–20, 2020
650 N. County Road in Troy, Ohio

Montgomery County Fair
Cancelled for 2020
645 Infirmary Road, Dayton, Ohio at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds

Preble County Fair
August 1–8, 2020
722 South Franklin Street at the Preble County Fairgrounds in Eaton, Ohio

Shelby County Fair
Cancelled for 2020
655 South Highland Avenue at the Shelby County Fairgrounds in Sidney, Ohio

Warren County Fair
July 20–25, 2020
Warren County Fairgrounds at 665 N. Broadway in Lebanon, Ohio
Enjoy the tractor pull, Great Cowboy competition, a rodeo, fun rides and food!

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Indiana  Local County Fairs
Look at this
PDF for information about how fairs are to operate in Indiana.

Aurora Farmer’s Fair
September 30–October 3, 2020
Aurora, Indiana
Parade, rides, exhibits and food!

Dearborn County 4-H and Community Fair
June 22–27, 2020
Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds in Lawrenceburg, Indiana
(No entertainment – 4-H only)

Decatur County Fair
Cancelled for 2020

545 S Co. Road (200 W) in Greensburg, Indiana
Decatur Fairgrounds
4-H projects are still being turned in. Animals are being shown on an in-out basis.

Fayette County Fair
July 30–August 8, 2020
Connersville, Indiana

Franklin County Fair
July 13–18, 2020
Brookville, Indiana
Virtual 4-H events only for 2020

Jefferson County Fair
Cancelled for 2020
3852 Indiana 256 in Madison, Indiana

Ohio County 4-H Fair
Virtual for 2020 (as of 05/30/2020)
Rising Sun, Indiana

Ripley County 4-H Fair
Cancelled for 2020
Walhill Farm at 857 Six Pine Ranch Road in Batesville, Indiana
Fair will be closed to the public. 4-H members and their families can view animals which are being shown on a show-and-go basis.

Switzerland County Fair
July 5–11, 2020 (Please check before going. Read more here.)
Switzerland County Fairgrounds 507 Vineyard Street, Vevay, Indiana

Union County Fair
July 18–23, 2020
411 Patriot Blvd., Liberty, Indiana

 

Updated June 24, 2020

Five Curb-Appeal Ideas to Consider When Selling Your Home

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Curb appeal plays an important role in luring potential buyers to want to see what’s inside the home for sale, too.

An alluring walkway, an array of colorful flowers, an inviting nighttime glow and other visually pleasing characteristics can draw more people, and subsequently increase competition for the property and raise its overall value.

Here are a few of the curb-appeal projects buyers will be drawn to:

1 – Stick with Sustainability
Sustainability is popular among homeowners and buyers. Luckily it isn’t difficult to boost curb appeal in a sustainable way. One perpetually popular curb appeal project is a well-lit walkway. When potential buyers drive by the property at night they will be enamored with all of the lights. Solar-powered path lights can kick up your curb appeal in this sustainable and affordable way. Look here  and here for ideas.

Additionally, home sellers may want to try using sustainable materials. Walkways made of reclaimed stone or siding composed of recycled materials will appeal to buyers with sustainability on the mind. (See more about stone walk ways with tip #4.)

2 – Enhance the Front Door
Make your front door a statement piece and focus! Paint it to stand out. Replace door fixtures and hardware. Perhaps consider adding wood moldings around the door. Look for ideas here and here.

3 – Instant Garden
Container gardens add color and are appealing. Place them in a staggered,  asymmetric arrangement. Find ideas here and here.

4 – Buyers Love Low Maintenance
A front yard should look lovely, but require little work. This means choosing flowers and other plants that are hardy enough to survive with minimal attention; and products that rarely, if ever, need repairs or touch ups. From gutters to gardens, there should be minimal upkeep required. Yards that look like they need to be completely renovated are more likely to turn potential buyers off before they ever step foot inside the house.

5 – Steal the Hearts of Buyers with Stone and Brick
Natural stone and brick have an affluent appearance that can improve the value of a home. Homeowners can mix the two together for a unique and attractive combination. Look for ideas here and here.

Need assistance with your curb appeal? Contact Sibcy Cline Home Services. They can recommend a service vendor to meet your needs.

11 Tips to Enjoy a Vacation while Staying at Home

Portrait of cute boy inside tent at backyardYou’re staying at home because that beach vacation is just not going to happen this year due to COVID-19. What are you going to do when taking time off but have no where to go? Here are 11 ideas to still feel like you’re on vacation while at home:

1 – Pretend You’re Away From Home
When you go on a real vacation, most people tune out email and other digital distractions. With a “staycation” you need to do the same. Limit time on texts, email and the TV. Just unplug.

2 – No Routine
You’re on vacation – sleep in and wear your PJs all day. Have breakfast food for dinner.  Take an afternoon nap.

3 – No Cooking
Be sure to order in or take away your main meal – just like you would do on vacation.

4 – Make Your Home into a Hotel
Convert your home into a hotel-style atmosphere. Take turns waiting on each other every day. The person on “vacation for the day” doesn’t need to make a bed, cook or clean – and will have drinks and meals served. Think about offering hotel-style treats such as a massage or manicure. Be sure to remember to have turn-down service that includes a chocolate on the pillow. Set up an amenity bar with water, soda and snacks.

5 – Decorate
If you have vacation-themed items in your home, decorate with them. Think tropical table settings with string lights. Pull out beach balls, too. Be sure to wear your beach-style clothes, too.

6 – Playlist
Use Spotify to play beach-style music or watch a YouTube video of waves along a beach. (Go here or here.)

7 – Have Fun in the Backyard
Grab a beach towel and head outside for some R&R. No pool? Buy a plastic baby pool or fill up a large bucket and stick your feet in to get that pool vibe.

Have a campout in the backyard. Set up a tent or use blankets as shelter. (Get some inspiration here and here.) Roast s’mores. Share scary stories. If sleeping in a tent is not appealing, have a “game day” in the yard instead. (Look for game ideas here, here and here.) Be sure to grill hamburgers and hot dogs.

Create a mini golf course. Have fun putting!

8 – Staying Inside?
Consider having inside fun, too. Play board games. Set up camp in the living room. Host a movie marathon. Have a treasure hunt. Make the kitchen table into craft central and get creative!

9 – Explore 
Enjoy the nearby outdoors by going for a bike ride, hike or walk – either in your neighborhood or park. Find a new street or trail to explore. Want to investigate a new park or trail? Use the AllTrails app.

10 – Go to a Foreign Country – Sort Of
Select a country and then “travel” remotely. Learn about that country and then cook food from the region. For example: If “visiting” Mexico, you could play Hispanic music, have a taco bar and have a fiesta. If you are heading to Paris, eat a croissant, sip cafe au lait or enjoy a glass of wine. Wear stripes and a beret. Ooh la la.

11 – Want to Learn?
Use the time at home to learn something fun. It might be a good time to brush up on chess strategies, learn how to create a special meal or take up a new hobby. There are so many ways to learn – just “google” your topic of interest. SkillShare offers some free classes.

Most of all – treat your time off as a vacation. Don’t tackle chores. They will always be there upon your return “home”! 

April Home Sales Report for Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana

花火8There is still strong interest for homes for sale through this challenging time of COVID-19. Low interest rates and a low inventory of available homes for sale have continued the fast-paced home-buying market.

Here is a report by region of homes sales throughout April 2020:

CINCINNATI / SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA

Home sales did well with the circumstances of COVID-19 restrictions. The average home price rose 4.9%. Although showings decreased in the first half of the month due to stay-at-home orders, the latter half of April saw an increase of showings to pre-pandemic levels.

April 2020 vs April 2019

  • -20.21% Decrease in homes sold (1,907 homes vs 2,390 homes)
  • 4.90% Increase in average sale price ($233,430 vs $222,251)
  • 3.26% Increase in median sale price ($190,000 vs $184,000)
  • -16.40% Decrease in gross sales volume ($445,150,327 vs $531,824,239)

January–April 2020 vs January–April 2019

  • -3.66% Increase in homes sold (6,845 homes vs 7,105 homes)
  • 6.40% Increase in average sale price ($226,209 vs $222,521)
  • 4.90% Increase in median sale price ($190,000 vs $184,000)
  • 2.51% Increase in gross sales volume ($1,548,402,985 vs $1,510,510,302)

Statistics courtesy of Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors April 2020 Home Sales Report

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DAYTON

With the COVID-19 pandemic home sales decrease din April. However, the Dayton region did see an increase in average and median home sale prices – encouraging news for those thinking about selling their homes.

April 2020 vs April 2019

  • -22.24% Decrease in homes sold (1,372 homes vs 2,042 homes)
  • 6.27% Increase in average sale price ($187,564 vs $176,501)
  • 8.67% Increase in median sale price ($163,000 vs $150,000)
  • -17.36% Decrease in sales volume ($212,509,712 vs $257,162,074)

January–April 2020 vs January–April 2019

  • -.94% Decrease in homes sold (5,840 homes vs 6,336 homes)
  • 10.15% Increase in average sale price ($179,691 vs $163,127)
  • 11.44% Increase in median sale price ($154,900 vs $139,000)
  • 9.12% Increase in sales volume ($796,208,924 vs $729,666,487)

Statistics courtesy of Dayton Realtors April 2020 Home Sales Report

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NORTHERN KENTUCKY

Although home sales decreased for the month (due to COVID-19), average and median sale prices rose. This is encouraging news to people thinking of selling their homes.

April 2020 vs April 2019

  • -18.60% Decrease in homes sold (499 homes vs 613 homes)
  • 11.16% Increase in average sale price ($217,501 vs $195,672)
  • 12.39% Increase in median sale price ($ 195,000 vs $173,500)
  • -9.52% Decrease in sales volume ($108,533,417 vs $119,946,953)

January–April 2020 vs January–April 2019

  • -2.44% Decrease in homes sold (1,961 homes vs 2,010 homes)
  • 11.25% Increase in average sale price ($214,837 vs $193,115)
  • 9.85% Increase in median sale price ($184,000 vs $167,500)
  • 8.54% Increase in sales volume ($421,296,602 vs $388,162,982)

Statistics courtesy of Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors April 2020 Home Sales Report

 

Nine Ideas to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home

American craftsman house exterior. View of entry door and porchHomes with curb appeal draw in buyers and make them want to see what is inside. Here are nine tips to make your home’s curb appeal irresistible to them:

1 – Lots of Mulch
During warmer months, mulch makes garden beds look pleasing. Heavy mulching looks even better.

2 – Add Trim
Add more trim to windows and doors. Trim elevates something very basic and makes the home more special. Consider adding trim around your front door to make a grand entrance. Depending upon your home style, you may also want to add shutters to windows as a decorative element.

3 – Add Color
During warmer months, be sure to have a splash of color in your year. Seasonal flowers will look wonderful. Think about adding a colorful bench or chair on the front porch.

4 – Mailbox
Upscale your mailbox, house numbers or address plaque.

5 – Camouflage an Eyesore
If you have a large electrical box, piping or wires, paint them the same color as your home and they will be less noticeable. Add a small fence around your air conditioner or garbage area.

6 – Window Boxes
A window box filled with flowers can transform a so-so window into a showstopper.

7 – Create a Walkway
A simple stone pathway adds character to your yard.

8 – Update the Garage
It you have a plain garage door, consider purchasing ahardware kit to make your doors look like carriage-style garage doors.

9 – Lighting
Landscape lighting sets an ambiance for your yard in the evening.

Need assistance with your home curb appeal project? Contact Sibcy Cline Home Services for recommendations of vetted professionals.

Look for homes for sale here.

 

 

A Buyer’s Guide to Virtual Open Houses on SibcyCline.com 

Virtual open houses are not brand new in real estate – but during the current COVID-19 situation they have become very popular. With record low inventory and many homes selling before multiple buyers get a chance to peek inside, we suspect they are here to stay.

A virtual open house gives buyers access to many of the benefits of a physical open house without having to get off the couch on Sunday afternoon or manage the schedules of a busy household. No hand sanitizer or mask necessary, this type of tour is as close as you can come to an in-person open house. They are a perfect opportunity to get details on the special features of a home, context on the floor plan and information on the community in an interactive way with the listing agent.

At every Sibcy Cline Virtual Open House, you can interact with the agent via chat, but you don’t have to be on camera. In most cases agents will automatically turn off video for all participants, but in all cases you have the option to keep your camera off. You can expect to see photos or live/pre-recorded walk-throughs of the home or neighborhood, statistics for the area, and other relevant information regarding the property.

Sibcy Cline Virtual Open Houses are held live at a scheduled time, but many of our agents can provide a recording of their Virtual Open House if you were unable to attend at the scheduled time. Just ask!

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How To Attend a Sibcy Cline Virtual Open House
On sibcycline.com, click on the Open House button in the navigation bar and select an area of interest. All available Sibcy Cline virtual open houses will be highlighted by city/suburb. From there, select a listing of interest and you can look all of the photographs and details on that page. Click on “Virtual Open” (highlighted in gold). You will then complete a form to register for the event and receive an email with the event details like the time and date of the virtual open house, the platform it will be hosted on (most often Facebook or Zoom) along with the link and password to access (if applicable).

Of course, you can always schedule a personal home showing with your agent. (Real estate is deemed an essential business.)

Happy house hunting – online, virtually, and in person!