$85,353 Donated to United Way by Sibcy Cline’s Agents and Employees for 2017

UnitedWay_2017B.jpgSibcy Cline’s agents and employees pulled out their wallets and very generously donated $85,353 to United Way 2017 campaigns in greater Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio! In the past five years, $424,600 has been raised for United Way.

Many Sibcy Cline offices held raffles, lunches, breakfasts and other fun events to raise money in addition to personal donations.

JudyVickie_UWpeople2.jpgThe company’s campaign was lead by Judy Koehne and Vickie Capurro of the corporate office. Well done, Judy and Vickie!

Photo: Two United Way employees along with Judy Koehne and Vickie Capurro

Winterize Your Home Now So You Can Sell This Spring

Road in snowIt’s important  for homeowners to keep their homes in the best shape possible during the winter season and be prepared as potential listings for the spring. A little bit of work to winterize properties before colder weather really sets in can go a long way toward keeping a home in great shape.

There are plenty of ways to winterize a home and the simplest usually start indoors. For instance, by simply checking and swapping out old furnace filters (which are available at a relatively low cost) homeowners can both improve the quality of the air in their homes and make those furnaces run far more efficiently.

Don’t forget to drain the water pipes that run water outdoors. Whether it’s a spigot that comes out of the side of the house or an underground sprinkler system, flushing them out at this time of year is vital. Otherwise, they can burst, leading to lots of water damage and costly repairs.

Where Inside Meets Outside
Homeowners may not be aware, but a primary cause of high heating bills is cracked seals around doors and windows. These can be small, but across an entire house can add up to be equal to the size of leaving a window open. Going through the home and inspecting the frames around windows and doors for cracks or fissures, then closing them up with weather stripping or a sealant, will make a home heating more efficient.

Make sure the roof is in good shape before the first snowfall or cold rain. If there are damaged shingles, replace them, and if gutters are clogged with fallen leaves or other debris, clean them out. In a lot of cases, a small issue on the roof can lead to big problems if left unaddressed.

Owners of older homes should evaluate their insulation situation. If it hasn’t been changed out in a decade or more, now might be the right time to do it. Often, homeowners might not even notice the difference over the years, but putting in new insulation could really help them save on their heating (and cooling) costs for years to come.

Out in the Yard
This time of year is the right one to go around your yard and see if there are any hazards, such as rotting trees or big, overhanging branches. Weighted down with snow, they could fall and do damage to your house or other parts of the property. Taking some time now (before the first big snowfall of the year) to trim them back or have them removed altogether can help avoid what would otherwise be some rather costly damage.

It’s also important to have plenty of products on hand to keep walkways clear – with de-icers and shovels and perhaps even a snowblower – so guests and family members can keep their footing even when conditions aren’t ideal.

When Selling a Home
Many homeowners who plan to sell within the next few months may not think of all these aspects of winterizing as being particularly vital, but if something were to go wrong with their plumbing, roof, siding or any other part of the home, that could really hurt their sales prospects.

Following all the above steps is a great idea, and it’s also important to add protection with a home warranty on top of any and all winterizing efforts. A home warranty can protect both buyers and sellers – even before the real sales process formally begins –because it will add financial protections in case a major home system or appliances suffer a mechanical failure. That, in turn, can provide all parties involved in the sale with peace of mind, even long after it has been finalized.

Need help with winterizing your home? Contact Sibcy Cline Home Services who can recommend vetted service vendors to you!

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Update on the Cincinnati Region’s Economic Development – a Sibcy Cline Hosted CE Class

GreaterCincinnatiRegion.jpgOne hundred Sibcy Cline agents attended a special continuing education class on November 10, 2017 – Economic Development and Why It Matters. Sibcy Cline’s Professional Development Center organized speakers from REDI, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Cincinnati Redevelopment Authority to share initiatives happening now throughout the region and how they are impacting the real estate market. The class was held at the Cincinnati Children’s Theatre in Madisonville.

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Three hours (and ten minutes) sped by quickly with a line up top-notch professionals who shared their passion for making the Cincinnati region the best place to live and work.

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REDI (Regional Economic Development Initiative)

Tammy Riddle is one of 19 employees at REDI and holds the position of Director of Investor Relations. She shared how this organization is quite diligent in attracting businesses to invest in one of the 15 counties in the greater Cincinnati region (throughout Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana.) Newly created in 2014, REDI helps businesses navigate a move to our area, targeting businesses that offer employees high-paying jobs including advanced manufacturing, bio health, food and flavoring, info tech as well as shared service positions (marketing, finance and legal).

Redi_JobsOhioNetwork.jpgREDI works closely with the JobsOhio Network as a partner. JobsOhio presents incentives to draw businesses into the state. REDI has had the most success of any partner with JobsOhio in job creation (even though geographically is the smallest region in Ohio.)

REDI also handles research and data collection to help businesses make their relocation decisions. The organization seeks out businesses throughout the U.S. and worldwide. There are currently 450 foreign-owner companies in greater Cincinnati with most from Japan and Germany. REDI is currently looking to bring in foreign technology businesses from Israel and India, and is assisting 20 Brazilian companies with their move to the Cincinnati region.

The results for REDI? Since 2014…

  • 17,000 new jobs have been created
  • $1.89 billion in capital investments
  • $947.52 million in new payroll

Why Businesses Move to New City? Site and Acreage is Important
Site location is top on the list of businesses looking to move. REDI is focused on having 20-30 acre development sites that are “dig” ready with utilities and other infrastructure in place.

Why Businesses Move to New City? S Resources, Clients and Labor Talent
Another factor is making a decision to move to a city is the ease of the supply chain to needed resources and clients. Businesses also take into account the availability of talent labor and labor costs.

How does REDI figure into real estate?
New companies coming to our region means new people coming to the area who will need places to live! These people contribute with taxes and spending their money locally, resulting in a strong local economy.

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Greater Cincinnati Development Authority (Formerly the Port Authority)

Darin Hall, Executive Vice President, over sees all of the real estate development and neighborhood revitalization for the Greater Cincinnati Redevelopment Authority. This organization to charged to provide financing for redevelopment projects for neighborhoods and businesses:

  • Re-establish housing opportunities
  • Provided public finance and development finance for infrastructure

Since 2012, the Greater Cincinnati Development Authority has issued $700 million in bonds and $1.2 billion in capital investment.  The organization has some high goals to reach by 2022:

  • 8,000 new jobs
  • $580 million business payroll
  • $14 million in real estate taxes

To date, 90 acres of land development has been in the works with $10.8 million in capital investment raised.

Former Gibson Greeting Card Plant  – Amberley Village
This 60-acre site was purchased by the Greater Cincinnati Development Authority and has been remediated for a to-be-determined advanced manufacturing business.

Neighborhood Revitalization
The organization is involved is several Cincinnati area neighborhoods and is looking to helping those neighborhoods that are actively seeking assistance in making positive changes with housing and business districts. There is a goal to be involved in 10 Cincinnati neighborhoods by 2022.

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REACH Home Rehab
REACH (Rehab Across Cincinnati and Hamilton County) is a partnership between the Redevelopment Authority and the Hamilton County Landbank. Their focus is on rehabilitating homes in targeted areas. Their projects have positively affected housing in Evanston, Walnut Hills and the business districts of Bond Hill and Roselawn.

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Hamilton County Land Reutilization Corporation (Landbank)

Jessica Powell of the Redevelopment Authority focuses on “Landbank” work to acquire blighted, unsellable properties and either have them rehabbed or torn down. The organization is tasked to remove property tax liens and expedite foreclosures. This intervention makes surrounding properties of higher value and bringing a quality of life back to older neighborhoods.

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Communities First Grant Program
Rick Hudson, Director of Accounting and Financial Management for the Greater Cincinnati Development Authority, presented the Communities First Ohio Grant Program to Sibcy Cline agents.

Grants are bestowed upon Ohio home buyers with no repayment, no second mortgage and no restrictions on re-selling the home. The program creates instant home equity for the home buyer. The grants are offered up to 5% for those with at least a 641 FICO score and a limit on personal income. The grant can be used for refinancing purposes.

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Cincinnati USA Region Chamber of Commerce

Jordan Vogel, Vice President of Talent Initiatives,  presented what the chamber is doing to make ensure the job talent market is attracted to the Cincinnati region. He mentioned the chamber partnering with several organizations including Source Cincinnati to spread the word about Cincinnati and was also a major sponsor of Blink (which brought in national attention) as well as a million people into downtown Cincinnati.

To attract (and keep young professional talent), the chamber is active with Start Up Cincinnati – which appeals to those who are entrepreneurial; Cincy Code It (a bootcamp for techies); Cincinnati Tour Ambassadors and other young professional groups. There are four summer events for the Cincinnati Intern Network Connection and a new Cincy Fair  was held in October 2017 that targeted first- and second-year college students. The goal was to “wow” those students with all that Cincinnati has to offer. (Sibcy Cline had a booth at this event!)

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About the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is the oldest of its kind in the U.S. Four major productions are viewed live on stage in downtown Cincinnati at the Taft Theatre. The Madisonville site houses a 152-seat theater, studios and costume shop. Children can enjoy classes there as well as enjoy smaller productions.

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Tips for Homeowners This Thanksgiving

Piece of Pumpkin PieWith Thanksgiving just weeks away, homeowners can never be short of tips and helpful suggestions for those little set backs that come with travel or hosting for the holiday. One of the easiest ways to make sure all cheerful efforts go according to plan is to sit down and make up a schedule for the event. Ensuring all relatives know when to get there is one thing, but hosts also need to ensure they know when to start their food preparation, put out the dishes, and so on, to make sure nothing gets derailed.

Simple Tips
The process of shopping for a feast can be difficult. It’s not easy to balance catering to various dietary needs and remain within budget. Sitting down and figuring out exactly what to buy in advance for your menu will help avoid overspending and purchasing unnecessary traditional Thanksgiving food staples.

Hosts should also be open to the idea of not having to go it alone. Asking friends or family to bring a dish or two – even something as simple as snacks for before or after the main course can reduce stress and shopping time.

In addition, it’s okay to ask for help when it comes to setting up the dining room table and washing dishes. Guests are usually more than happy to lend a helping hand.

Take it Easy When Traveling
No matter what time of year, taking a long road trip or heading to the airport can be trying. With millions of Americans
doing the same thing at this time of year amps up that stress factor. Perhaps consider traveling during off peak times. Taking an extra day to make the trip out or back is a great way to avoid traffic jams, long lines at airport security, and the general ups and downs of travel. 

The more preparation anyone puts into the holiday season, the better off they will be allowing them to remain calm, cool and collected when issues inevitably arise. A big part of enjoying Thanksgiving is to accept that issues will arise, have a plan in place and remember what this holiday is truly all about – a time to connect with the ones that matter the most.

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Local Fun Things to Do throughout November!


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Looking for funs things to during November? There are still fun fall events happening as well as some festive winter holiday things to do towards the end of the month. Here is our list of November festivals and events for Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana. Events are listed by date.

Timeless Memories of Christmas
November 1 – December 31, 2017
La Comedia Dinner Theatre at 765 W. Central Avenue in Springboro, Ohio
Enjoy dinner and live theater with Christmas carols and more!

Antique Christmas
November 3, 2017 – January 7, 2018
316 Pike Street at the Taft Museum of Art in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
See antique ornaments and toys at this festive display.

Hearth Warming Holidays
November 3-5, 2017
Downtown Waynesville, Ohio
Shop and collect recipes to make a cookbook.

Pumpkin Chuck
November 4, 2017
221 Oxford Avenue at Stanbery Park in Mt. Washington, Cincinnati, Ohio
Bring your pumpkins and watch them fly!  Music and food.

Lawrenceburg Whiskey City Festival
November 4, 2017
91 Walnut St. at the Lawrenceburg Event Center in Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Enjoy whiskey, music and food! Admission fee.

The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection
November 4, 2017 – February 3, 2018
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center at 50 East Freedom Way in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Views artifacts and artwork that spans 400 years of history

St. Aloysius Shandon Fall Festival and Turkey Shoot
November 5, 2017
3350 Chapel Road in Shandon, Ohio
All-you-can-eat turkey dinner.

Timeless Memories of Christmas at La Comedia
November 8 – December 30, 2017
La Comedia Dinner Theatre at 765 W. Central Ave., Springboro, Ohio
Christmas carols, costumers and holiday fare!

Elf the Musical
November 9, 2017
Clark State Performing Arts Center in Springfield, Ohio
Watch Buddy find his birth father.

Springfield Car Show and Swap Meet
November 10, 2017
Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ohio
Find the part you need!

Kettering National A Cappella Fest
November 10-11, 2017
3301 Shroyer Road in Ketting, Ohio
(singing): Listing to people singing with no instruments!

Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival
November 10-11, 2017
Roberts Centre in Wilmington, Ohio
Enjoy acoustic and bluegrass music.

Jungle Jim’s International Wine Festival
November 10-11, 2017
Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim’s in Fairfield, Ohio
Over 90 wineries will be sharing over 400 wines. Enjoy live music, too.

Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival
November 10-11, 2017
Roberts Centre in Wilmington, Ohio
Enjoy acoustic musical groups.

Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market
November 10-12, 2017
Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
350 boutiques will be tempting your pocketbook!

47th Annual Dayton Book Fair
November 10-13, 2017
Montgomery County Fairgrounds at 1043 South Main Street in Dayton, Ohio
100,000 books (records, magazines, movies and games) will be available for purchase!

Holiday Junction  featuring Brickopolis
November 10, 2017 – January 1, 2018
1301 Western Avenue at the Cincinnati Museum Center in Cincinnati, Ohio
Celebrate the holiday with motorized trains, LEGO landscaped and whimsical scenes

Christmas Night of Lights
November 10, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Coney Island at 6201 Kellogg Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio
Two-mile car ride through Cincinnati displays and light shows

Big Beers Barley Wines Beer Fest
November 11, 2017
500 Belmont Park North at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Dayton, Ohio
Premium boutique beer festival.

St. Martin of Tours Martinfest
November 11, 2017
3720 St. Martin Place in Cheviot in Cincinnati,  Ohio
Raffles, catered dinner and more.

Miss Ohio USA Pageant
November 11-12, 2017
Hollenbeck Bayley Creative Art Center in Springfield, Ohio
Witness the Miss Ohio USA and Miss Ohio Teen USA pageants.

Dayton Cat Fanciers Show
November 11-12, 2017
McAfee Sports Center at 1321 Research Park Drive in Beavercreek, Ohio
View all kinds of breeds. Meow.

Cincinnati Coffee Festival
November 11-12, 2017
1241 Elm Street at Music Hall in Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy samplings, music and elegant pastrics. Admission fee.

Christmas at EnterTRAINment Junction
November 11 – December 31, 2017
7379 Squire Court in West Chester, Ohio
Enjoy holiday trains! Entrance fee.

Holiday Toy Trains
November 11, 2017 January 14, 2018
Behringer-Crawford Museum in Covington, Kentucky
Enjoy all of the choo choos!

5th Annual Sunman Celebrates the Season
November 17, 2017
Sunman Legion Post 337 at 412 Eastern Avenue in Sunman, Indiana
Parade, hot chocolate and Santa! Craft fair at the Legion Post.

Sugarplum Festival of Trees
November 17-19, 2017
Dayton Masonic Center at 525 Riverview Drive in Dayton, Ohio
Browse and bid on amazingly decorated trees.

Christmas in Historic Springboro Festival
November 17-19, 2017
Springboro, Ohio
Enjoy a parade, entertainment, 5k run, crafts and more!

Christmas in Historic Springboro
November 17-19, 2017
Downtown Springboro, Ohio
Music, artisans, food and more!

Christkindlmarkt
November 17-19, 2017
Germania Society of Cincinnati at 3529 W. Kemper Road in Cincinnati, Ohio
Heated tents with German music, children’s lantern parade, petting zoo, German food and drinks as well as German ornaments available for purchase.

The Christmas Ranch
November 17 – December 23, 2017
Morrow, Ohio
One million holiday lights that are synced to music.

Holiday Lights at Sharon Woods
November 17- December 31, 2017
Route 42 Sharon Woods in Sharonville, Ohio (Cincinnati)
Outdoor Christmas lights display to enjoy while driving through Sharon Woods

Holiday Lights on the Hill
November 17, 2017 – December 31, 2017
1763 Ohio 128 (Hamilton-Cleves Road) at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park in Hamilton, Ohio
Two-mile round trip drive-through light display

Kindervelt’s North Pole Express
November 18, 2017
Lebanon Mason Monore Railroad in Lebanon, Ohio
45-minute ride with a narration of The Polar Express, Santa, caroling and more! Get your tickets early!

Light Up Goshen
November 18, 2017
Goshen, Ohio
14th annual parade and tree-lighting ceremony!

Harvest Day
November 18, 2017
1976 Timberman Road at Forest Run MetroPark in Hamilton, Ohio
Hayrides, face painting, pumpkin painting contest and more.

Batesville Chamber Holiday Parade and Market
November 18, 2017
Rom Weber Marketplace at 7 South Eastern Avenue in Batesville, Indiana
Enjoy the parade through downtown Batesville, a holiday market and a visit from Santa and his reindeer.

Olde West Chester Christmas Walk Parade and Community Tree Lighting
November 18, 2017
9113 Cincinnati-Dayton Road at West Chester Township Hall in West Chester, Ohio
Enjoy the parade, community tree lighting ceremony.

Cincinnati Choo Choo Holiday Show
November 18, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati, Ohio
Train runs through a scenic wonderland of lowers and recreation of iconic Cincinnati landmarks

PNC Festival of Lights
November 18, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in Cincinnati, Ohio
Stroll through themed areas of holiday lights while visiting Fiona and the other zoo animals

St. Anthony of Padua Maronite Church Taste of Lebanon
November 19, 2017
2530 Victory Parkway in Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy all kinds of Lebanese culture: kibbee, spinach pies. tabouli. falafel and  pastries!

St. Boniface Thanksgiving Festival
November 19, 2017
4305 Pitts Street in Northside in Cincinnati, Ohio
Turkey and roast beef dinner with all of the side dishes.

Turkey Bowl at Fountain Square
November 21, 2017
Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Bowlers have 3 opportunities to strike down the pins.

Light up the Levee Grand Illumination
November 21, 2017
Newport at the Levee in Newport, Kentucky
Holiday music, treats, Santa, ice sculpting and more. 1.4 million lights to enjoy.

Victorian Christmas
November 21 – December 30, 2017
Hillforest Victorian House Museum at 213 Fifth Street in Aurora, Indiana
Step back into time and see Christmas as it was celebrated years ago.

A Christmas Carol
November 22, 2017 – December 30, 2017
926 Mount Adams Circle at Playhouse in the Park in Cincinnati, Ohio
Bah! Humbug!

Thanksgiving Day 10k Run and Walk
November 23, 2017
Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
The 108th year for this annual event. Run/walk and then go home to gobble down!

Price Hill Thanksgiving Parade
November 23, 2017
Ferguson Road/Glenway Avenue to Warsaw Avenue to St. Lawrence Parish Center in Price Hill, Cincinnati, Ohio
Two-mile parade with a grand marshall, king and queen!

Light Up Middletown
November 23 – December 31, 2017
500 Tytus Avenue at Smith Park in Middletown, Ohio
Drive-through light display!

Dayton Holiday Festival
November 24, 2017
Downtown Dayton, Ohio
Children’s parade, tree lighting on Courthouse Square and more.

Macy’s Light Up the Square
November 24, 2017
Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy music and seeing the Christmas tree lights!

Winterfair
November 24-26, 2017
Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky
Enjoy viewing the work of over 250 artisans.

Cincideutsch Christmaskindmarkt
November 24 – December 16, 2017 (Weekends)
Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy a German-style Christmas market with artisans, food and more!

Festival of Trees
November 24 – December 24, 2017
123 Mill Street in Madison, Indiana
More than 100 trees are decorated for viewing!

Winterfest
November 24, 2017 – December 30, 2017
Kings Island in Mason, Ohio
Nine winter wonderlands featuring holiday lights, ice skating, rides and seasonal costumed characters

Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa
November 24 – December 31, 2017
1 Aquarium Way at Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky
Visit underwater Santa!

Shillito’s Elves
November 24 – December 31, 2017
6940 Madisonville Road in Mariemont, Ohio (Cincinnati)
Remember going downtown to see all of the stores’ window displays? Shillito’s elves and Santa’s workshop are on display – now in Mariemont!

Whispering Christmas
November 24 – December 31, 2017
Fort Saint Clair Park at 135 Camden Road in Eaton, Ohio
View 2 million Christmas lights while driving through.

Clifton Mill Christmas Lights
November 24, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Clifton Mill at 75 Water Street in Clifton, Ohio
3.5 million Christmas lights throughout the mill, riverbanks and bridges

Riverscape Ice Skating
November 24, 2017 – February 28, 2017
Downtown Dayton, Ohio
Outdoor ice rank at Riverscape MetroPark.

Hometown HoliDazzle Illuminated Parade and Festival
November 25, 2017
Wilmington, Ohio
Enjoy the parade, crafts, train ride, carnival and more!

Holiday Artisan Market
November 25, 2017
The Carnegie in Covington, Kentucky
Enjoy holiday shopping while browsing the work of artisans. Crafts and games for the kids. Entry fee.

Holiday in the City
November 25, 2017
Downtown Springfield, Ohio
Live music, food trucks, lighting of the tree, Santa will arrive and fireworks!

Shandon Christmas in the City
November 25-26, 2017
Shandon, Ohio
Old-fashioned Christmas event with Welsh cakes, crates and more. Meet Santa at the Old Fire House.

Woodland Lights at Countryside Park
November 25 – December 3, 2017 (Weekends)
December 8 – 30, 2017 (Nightly)
Washington Township, Ohio
Walk through a half-mile wonderland of Christmas lights.

Santa’s Workshop
November 25 – December 23, 2017 (Saturdays 1-3 pm)
Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohio

Rikes Wonderland Windows
November 25 – December 30, 2017
The Schuster Center at 1W. 2nd Street in downtown Dayton, Ohio
View the Rike’s department store’s holiday window displays with animated elves and lights!

Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa
November 25 – December 31, 2017
1 Aquarium Way at Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky
Visit underwater Santa!

Holiday in the City
November 26, 2017
Downtown Springfield, Ohio
Santa arrives at Santa Land. Holiday lights, fireworks, carousel rides, food and more.

LM&M Railroad North Pole Express
November 25 – December 24, 2017
127 S. Mechanic St. at the Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad in Lebanon, Ohio
Nine-mile round-trip train ride with Santa and cocoa

CCM Jazz Series:Holiday Extravaganza
November 29, 2017
Corbett Auditorium University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio
CCM Students will play and sing all kinds of holiday music!

A Carillon Christmas
November 29 – December 30, 2017
1000 Carillon Boulevard in Dayton, Ohio
Thousands of lights, live music and more!

Christmas Tree Festival
November 29 – December 3, 2017
Lima, Ohio
Enjoy viewing 85 themed Christmas trees.

The Nutcracker
November 30 – December 2, 2017
18 W. Central Parkway at the School for Creative Performing Arts in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
A holiday tradition!

A Carillon Christmas
November 30 – December 30, 2017
Carillon Park at 1000 Carillon Boulevard in Dayton, Ohio
Enjoy Christmas lights, Santa, live music and more!

 

Save Money on Your Electric Bill at Home

Are you looking to save money (and energy) with electric consumption in your home?Here are some tips to consider:

Filters and Cracks
Be sure to clean out air filters to allow the filtration into your home to run smoothly and not overwork the air or heating systems. Check your home for window and doorway cracks or leaks.

Appliances
Old appliances are energy hogs. Think about upgrading to new, more energy-efficient appliances that are Energy Star rated.

Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans help keep air circulating in your home which means less work on your heating and air systems.

Unplug 
Keep appliances unplugged while you are not at home including the coffee maker, toaster and stand mixer. Consider also unplugging the television, computer and printer. If this becomes a time-consuming task, think about using surge protectors that automatically cut power when not being used.

Insulation
A well-insulated home allows you to preserve air filtration and prevents your home from leaking cool or warm air.

Energy Audit
Have a professional audit conducted on your home to check out inefficiencies.

Freezer and Refrigerator
A full freezer and refrigerator acts as insulation and lessens the time this appliance has
to run to stay cool inside.

Curtains and Blinds
Close curtains and blinds when it is dark out (during cooler months) to keep heat in.

Need help with your home’s efficiencies? Contact Sibcy Cline Home Services. They can recommended vetted service vendors!

 

 

 

 

Home Buyers Could Find Their Dream Home in the Fall

House_Scarf_FallBackground.jpgThough some home buyers may be frustrated they didn’t find the perfect home this summer thanks to the intense competition for purchasing homes – they shouldn’t be discouraged. As some home shoppers leave the market in the fall, the odds that those who remain will find a dream home increases.

The least expensive months to buy a home are actually in the fall, according to the National Association of Realtors. In October buyers could pay about 2.7 percent below the market value of a property often because of how many would-be buyers have dropped out of the market by then. Likewise, people who are looking to sell and whose homes have been on the market a bit longer than expected, are more willing to get a deal done once autumn arrives.

Buy That Home!
Just like the summer market, it’s vital home buyers make sure they’re ready to make an offer as soon as they find a home they like. While the market is generally less busy in fall, today’s market conditions mean shoppers can still expect busy open houses and multiple bids. Having the ability to spring into action as soon as possible remains vital to finding a home before winter arrives.

Home shoppers need to stay in contact with their real estate agents throughout the home-buying process so they can make the most informed decisions based on how local markets are moving as the fall stretches on.

Brought to you by HMS Home Warranty. HMS is an industry leader with over 30 years of creating success for clients and providing peace of mind for customers.  To learn more click www.hmsnational.com.