Local Home Sales Report for June 2020

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

Although sales were down in all regions (except in Dayton), 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 June 2020:


June 2020 vs  June 2019

  • -7.00% Decrease in homes sold (2,524 homes vs 2,714 homes)
  • 3.44% Increase in average sale price ($253,686 vs $245,482)
  • 7.50% Increase in median sale price ($214,900 vs $199,900)
  • -3.89% Decrease in gross sales volume ($640,303,731 vs $666,238,556)

January–June 2020 vs January–June 2019

  • -8.94% Decrease in homes sold (11,371 homes vs 12,487 homes)
  • 4.81% Increase in average sale price ($234,569 vs $223,794)
  • 6.30% Increase in median sale price ($194,000 vs $182,500)
  • -4.55% Decrease in gross sales volume ($2,667,278,875 vs $2,794,520,911)

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



June 2020 vs June 2019

  • 6.21% Increase in homes sold (1,624 homes vs 1,529 homes)
  • 5.40% Increase in average sale price ($205,851 vs $195.303)
  • 5.00% Increase in median sale price ($178.500 vs $170,000)
  • 11.95% Increase in sales volume ($334,301,25 vs $298,618,817)

January–June 2020 vs January–June 2019

  • -5.12% Decrease in homes sold (7,378 homes vs 7,776 homes)
  • 7.83% Increase in average sale price ($187,003 vs $173,418)
  • 7.92% Increase in median sale price ($160,800 vs $149,000)
  • 2.31% Increase in sales volume ($1,379,708,002 vs $1,348,494,690)

Statistics courtesy of Dayton Realtors June 2020 Home Sales Report



June 2020 vs June 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–June 2020 vs January–June 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 June 2020 Home Sales Report

Sibcy Cline Realtors Makes the Business Courier’s Top Private Companies List for 2020

The Business Courier published its annual Greater Cincinnati’s Largest Private Companies list and Sibcy Cline was part of this ranking at #113 on the list. It was the only residential real estate company featured in these rankings.

Robin S. Sheakley, President of Sibcy Cline, was quoted in this issue of the Courier when asked about inspiring others in troubled times: “We are in the housing business and therefore, our professional life is everyone else’s personal life. Providing a sense of security has influenced every decision we make. While real estate was deemed an essential service at the onset of the Covid-19 stay-at-home orders, we quickly responded by March 17. While we had the technology in place to ensure business continuity, we needed to provide access, training and resources to ensure each agent and employee was equipped to leverage them. Safety, creativity and productivity continue to be our priorities. On April 2, we hosted a virtual continuing education class dedicated to fair housing, having no idea how salient and timely it would become. Sharing stories and supporting one another is as essential as providing the platform(s) with which to do it. We could not and cannot communicate enough to empower people during times of uncertainty.”

This 2020 list of the top 150 companies combined had sales of $50.6 billion and a workforce of 164,000 people.

Local Summer Outdoor Events to Enjoy in a Socially Distanced Way

If you are feeling cooped up at home and need to stretch your legs outside, here is a list of local outdoor events where you can be socially distanced and still have fun this summer! (Be sure to check out our Summer Outdoor Concerts list, too.) Whether you live in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Southeastern Indiana, Dayton or Springfield, Ohio – you can find something to do outside.

Please verify all events before attending and be safe with your activities.

All summer:

CMF Outdoor Museum
July 23– September 7, 2020 (various dates)
Washington Park at 1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Outdoor public art exhibition

Cowvins Corny Maze at Young’s Dairy
Weekends starting August 1. Daily starting September 21.
Young’s Jersey Dairy at 6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd., Yellow Springs, Ohio
3.5 acres of cornfields made into a one mile of maze paths.

Exercise in the Park
June 3– August 26, 2020 (Wednesdays and Saturdays)
Civic Park at 6:30pm, Lawrenceburg, Indiana

Florence Y’alls Baseball
Through September 13, 2020
7950 Freedom Way, Florence, Kentucky
Seats are spread between each party including each side, diagonally as well as rows below or above.

Fountain Square
Through early September, 2020
Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Mondays: Trivia Night; Tuesdays:  Fountain Feud; Wednesdays–Saturdays: Live music; Sundays: Singing Bingo
Socially distanced fun every day on the Square!

Hawthorn Hill Tours
Wednesdays and Saturdays
Carillon Park at 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, Ohio
Advance reservations required.  Tour the Hawthorn Hill house – an historic landmark.

Mt. Adams Historic Guided Walking Tour
July 5 – October 26, 2020 (Sundays)
Mt. Adams Bar & Grill at 938 Hatch Street, Mt. Adams (Cincinnati), Ohio
Sunday tours from 1–3pm (mtadamsca@gmail.com)

Shakespeare in the Park
July 31 – August 26, 2020 (various dates)
Various parks throughout Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy Shakespeare outside! Bring your blanket or chair.

Washington Park – Free Yoga
July 1 – August 26, 2020 (Wednesdays at 7pm)
Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio
Space is limited due to social distancing – arrive early!


Events by date:

World’s Longest Yard Sale
August 6–9. 2020
Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky along US 127
Bargains galore

Movie in the Park
August 7, 2020
Montgomery Park, Montgomery (Cincinnati), Ohio.
Get tickets before you go!

Movie in the Park
August 8, 2020
Trenton Community Park at 440 Dell Dr., Trenton, Ohio

Pirates Treasure Hunt
August 8, 2020
5th and Vine Streets, downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Find the missing treasure map! You are going to find virtual pirates and scurvy dogs!

Rozzi’s Drive-In Fireworks Show
August 8, 2020
6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio
Drive-in fireworks show over Lake Como choreographed to a Cincinnati Pop’s soundtrack. Make a reservation!

August 8, 2020
Harmony Hills Winery at 2534 Sings Corner, Bethel, Ohio
Listen to jazz music while admiring the vineyard.

Wake the Lake
August 8–9, 2020
Campions Park Lake, Springfield, Ohio
Formula 1 Tunnel boat racing

Reds Baseball Camps
August 11–13, 2020 
Reds Youth Academy at 2026 E. Seymour Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio
Baseball training in COVID-19 safety  fashion.

Big Art Party Drive-Thru Edition
August 14, 2020
Evendale Village Complex on Reading Road
between 7pm–8:15pm.
Must RSVP first: 513-563-2247
Celebrate the arts in COVID-19 fashion.

Drive-Thru Pop Up Lobster Shop (in lieu of the Great Inland Seafood Festival)
August 14–15, 2020
Pre-orders taken by August 10 at 5pm. Select a live or cooked whole Maine lobster meal.

GermanFest Picnic LITE
August 14–16, 2020
1400 E. Fifth St. in St. Anne’s Hill, Dayton, Ohio
Smaller event with all kinds of German food. Pre-order your meal and it will be packaged up for you. Then enjoy your picnic in a socially-distanced fashion.

Meteor Shower Party
August 14, 2020
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum at 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Rd., Hamilton, Ohio
Watch the meteor from 11pm–2am.

Union Centre Food Truck Rally
August 14, 2020
The Square at Union Centre at 9285 Centre Pointe Drive, West Chester Twp., Ohio
40+ food trucks, craft beer and live music

Bacon Week
August 15–22, 2020
Dayton, Ohio
Participating Dayton restaurants will be serving bacon dishes

My Black Family Reunion
August 15, 2020
Sawyer Point at Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, Ohio
Food truck rally and more

Rock Piqua Drive-In Concert
August 15, 2020
Miami Valley Centre Mall at 987 E. Ash Street, Piqua, Ohio
Enjoy the modern-country music

Shriners Rummage Sale
August 15, 2020
9730 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
40+ vendors. Wear a mask and be COVID-19 compliant!

Springfield Antique Show
August 15–16, 2020  (+ Septemer 18–20′ NOvember 21–22, 2020)
Clark County Fairgrounds at 4401 S. Charleston Pike, Springfield, Ohio
Hundreds of vendors. Food, too.

Summer Ghostly History Walking Tour
August, 15, 2020
Museum at the Friends Home at 115 S. Fourth Street, Waynesville, Ohio
Tour guides will share scary stories and legends. Book online!

Springfield Antique Show
August 15–16, 2020 (+September 18–20; October 17–18; and November 21–22)
Clark County Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ohio

Waynesville Street Faire
August 15, 2020 (+September 12)
Downtown Waynesville, Ohio
Arts and crafts along Main Street. Entertainment and food trucks.

Cincinnati Burger Week
August 17–23, 2020
Get out of the house and enjoy $6 burgers at 50+ restaurants.

Canines and Wine
August 21, 2020
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum at 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton, Ohio
Bring your pet!

Gorman Heritage Farm Row by Row TO GO
August 22, 2020
Gorman Heritage Farm at 10052 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy dinner-to-go with an in-car drive-thru pick up

Madcap Puppets
August 28, 2020
Memorial Park at 2003 Jack Woods Parkway, Independence, Kentucky

Cincinnati Celtic Festival
August 28–30, 2020
E. Freedom Way, Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy everything Irish

Shakespeare in the Park
August 29, 2020
Montgomery Park, Montgomery (Cincinnati), Ohio.
Get your tickets for this event!

Cincinnati Jazz & BBQ Festival
September 12, 2020
6111 Madison Road, Madisonville (Cincinnati), Ohio
Music and food!

Latest update: August 6, 2020


Summer Fun! Sandy Beaches within a 1- to 3-Hour Drive

Familie mit Kindern beim Baden am See im SommerThere’s nothing like the beach and the feel of soft sand. Although a destination trip to the oceanside may not be happening for you this summer, we have found some nearby sandy beaches within a one- to three-hour drive of Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; or Southeastern Indiana.

These public beaches offer a relaxing lakefront experience. (Just be sure to check they are open before heading out.)


Acton Lake
College Corner, Ohio (near Oxford)
Acton Lake in Hueston Woods has a public beach full of sand. A shower house, restrooms, sand volleyball court as well as a concession stand are available. Pack a picnic and you can grill out at a picnic table in the nearby woods.

Alum Creek
Delaware, Ohio (North Columbus)
With a 3,000-foot beachfront, Alum Creek in Alum Creek State Park is the largest inland Ohio park beach. You will find volleyball courts, picnic tables and snack vendors along with a bathhouse featuring showers and changing areas.

Buck Creek (aka Lagonda Creek) 
Springfield, Ohio
The 2,400-foot beach is found in Buck Creek State Park along a 2,120-acre lake. Picnic spots available. There are shower houses and restrooms available.

Caesar Creek State Park
Waynesville, Ohio
The 1,300-foot beach is along the lake. Changing booths are available. (There’s also a small beach for registered campers at the campgrounds.)

Cowan Lake 
Wilmington, Ohio
The 700-acre lake at Cowan Lake State Park has a 1,000-foot public beach to enjoy. A bathhouse offers showers and a snack bar. There are six picnic areas with tables and grills.

Dow Lake
Athens, Ohio
Located in Strouds Run State Park, you can go swimming in the lake and enjoy the 900-foot beach. Changing booths, water and restrooms available.

East Fork Lake
Batavia Township, Ohio
East Fork Lake offers a 1200-foot beach. There are changing booths, showers, restrooms and a vending area. The park has eight picnic areas with tables and grills.

Indian Lake 
Urbana, Ohio
There are two beaches at Indian Lake State Park (Old Field and Fox Island).

Lake Hope
McArthur, Ohio
This lake is located in Zaleski State Forest. The beach is near the dam. A bathhouse, restrooms and concession area are available.

Lake Logan
Logan, Ohio (southeastern Hocking Hills Valley)
The 527-foot public beach is along the 400-acre lake in Lake Logan State Park. There is a concession area, drinking water, restrooms and changing booths.

Mineral Springs Lake Resort
Peebles (Adams County), Ohio
The lake is fed by a natural spring and has 5.5 miles of shoreline.

Baylor Beach Park
Navarre, Ohio (3.25 hour drive)
The two-acre water park and all kinds of water “toys”. There are five picnic shelters as well as a concession stand.

Old Field Beach and Fox Island Beach
Lakeview, Ohio (northeast of Sidney, Ohio)
There are two beaches located in Indian Lake State Park. The lake is 5,800 acres. There are restrooms as well as picnic areas available with tables and grills.

Rocky Fork Lake
Hillsboro, Ohio
Rocky For State Park has 2,080-acre lake. Enjoy the beach there!

Salt Fork Lake
Lore City, Ohio (west of Columbus)
Salt Fork State Park has a 2,500-foot inland beach. A bathhouse with restrooms, showers and lockers are available. There is also a snack bar. Picnic tables and grills are located within the park.

Stonelick State Park
Pleasant Plain, Ohio (south of Lebanon and Wilmington)
The lake at Stonelick Lake State Park has a 500-foot beach. There are picnic areas with tables and grills around the park.

Turkey Creek Lake and Roosevelt Lake
Portsmouth, Ohio (southern Ohio)
The beaches are located within Shawnee State Park. Changing booths are available along with picnic tables and grills.



Barren River Lake
Lucas, Kentucky (south of Louisville)
Located within Barren River State Park, the beaches have on-site restrooms.

Buckhorn Lake
Buckhorn, Kentucky (southeast of Lexington
Within Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, the public beach has a bathhouse. There are several picnic areas with grills.

Green River Lake
Campbellsville, Kentucky (south of Louisville)
A part of Green River Lake State Park, this sandy beach is a fun place to visit. Picnics tables and grills are available in the park.

Nolin Lake
Mammoth Cave, Kentucky (south of Louisville)
Located at Nolin Lake State Park, this beach is a great place to cool off and relax. Picnic tables and grills are available.

Rough River Lake
Falls of Rough, Kentucky (southwest of Louisville)
At Rough River Dam State Resort Park, there is a breach along with
picnic areas



Brookville Lake
Brookville, Indiana
Brookville Lake is located in the Brookville-Lake Memorial State Park. There are two beaches to enjoy.  Bathhouses with dressing facilities and restrooms as well as a snack bar are available.

Lake Monroe
Bloomington, Indiana
Two public beaches are found within Monroe Reservoir State Recreation Area. Picnic areas are available.

Morse Park and Beach
Noblesville, Indiana (northeast of Indianapolis)
Picnic area, restrooms and a bathhouse are available.

Are we missing a beach? Let us know! sknabe@sibcycline.com



Parks and other Outdoor Spaces to Enjoy within a One- to Three-Hour Drive

Family On Hiking Adventure Through Woods By LakeIf a staycation is on the books for this summer, consider day trips to interesting places where you can enjoy being outdoors. To enjoy your outdoor adventure, we have lists of locations within a 3.5-hour drive (of Cincinnati, Ohio; Dayton and Springfield, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana) that will be fun and still mindful of being social distanced.

Be sure to check with your destination first before heading out. Many places have COVID-19 rules in place.



Cincinnati Art Museum Art Climb 
953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio (local)
Walk the steps up to the Cincinnati Art Museum. The “Art Climb” has 164 steps. At the top, enjoy a view of the city. (Steps are not ADA accessible.)

Downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine
Self-Guided ArtsWorks Mural Tour (local)
Take a walk through downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine via a self-guided tour. Here is a pdf of map. (If you prefer a guided tour, go here for information.)

Fairview Park
501 West McMillan Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45219 (local)
Incredible panoramic view of the Cincinnati skyline, Union Terminal and the Ohio River. Playground and picnic tables are available. Walk a 1.2 mile loop from Ravine Street to West McMillan.

Hocking Hills State Park
19852 OH-664, Logan, Ohio 43138 (2.5-hour drive)
9,000 acres with hiking and rock climbing.

John Bryan State Park
3790 OH-270, Yellow Springs, Ohio (local)
752-acre park with a limestone gorge.

Mt. Airy Forest
5083 Colerain Avenue, Cincinnati , Ohio 45223 (local)
Cincinnati’s largest park with almost 1,500 acres. Enjoy hiking and biking trails, bridle paths and picnic areas. There’s even a treehouse!

Ohio Caverns
2210 OH-245, West Liberty, Ohio (2-hour drive)
Largest cave system in Ohio. Follow on Facebook.

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park
763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton, Ohio (local)
Outdoor (and indoor) exhibits with 60 sculptures on 300 acres.

Scioto Audubon Park
400 W. Whittier Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215 (1.5-hour drive)
120 acres of wildlife and green spaces along the Scioto River. Find  wetlands, an outdoor climbing wall and the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. Follow on Facebook.


Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
2075 Clermont Road, Clermont, Kentucky 40110 (2.5–3 hour drive)
This 16,000-acre area has lots of “forest giants”. These sculptures  combine art with nature and are large-than-life productions! There are also hiking trails and fields of flowers to enjoy. Follow on Facebook.

Big Bone Lick State Park
3380 Beaver Rd, Union, Kentucky 41091 (local)
Visit the bison, go hiking along 4.5 miles of trails and enjoy the museum. Picnic grounds and play areas available.

Castle & Key Distillery
4445 McCracken Pike, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601 (1.75-hour drive)
There are 114 acres on the property. Tour the distillery and grounds including the springhouse and gardens. Follow on Facebook.

Cove Spring Park
100 Cove Spring Road, Frankfort, Kentucky (2-hour drive)
Scenic trails, waterfalls and flowers are found at this 240-acre nature preserve. It’s a very scenic area to visit.

Daniel Boone National Forest
1700 Bypass Road, London, Kentucky 40744 (2.75-hour drive)
Hike, picnic, boat, fish and more!

Devou Park 
1201 Park Drive, Covington, Kentucky (local)
Devou Park has many scenic overlooks of Cincinnati and the Ohio River. This park has over 700 acres and features trails, fishing lake, a history museum as well as a golf course. Be sure to bring your best camera to capture images of the Big Mac and other iconic bridges, Great American building, stadiums as well as Covington and river overlooks.

Dinosaur World
711 Mammoth Cave Road, Cave City, Kentucky 42127 (3.5-hour drive)
150 dinosaurs roam the park! Dig for fossils and minerals. Follow on Facebook.

Kart Kountry
315 Joe B. Hall Ave, Shepherdsville, KY 40165 (3-hour drive)
This is the home to the world’s largest go-kart track with 1.5 miles. There’s also miniature golf, bumper boats, batting cages and an arcade.

Kentucky Horse Park
4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, Kentucky 40511 (1.5-hour drive)
(Trolley tours, barns and playground are currently closed.) Follow on Facebook

Louisville Mega Cavern
1841 Taylor Ave, Louisville, Kentucky 40213 (2.5-hour drive)
Underground zip lines and adventure tour; Indoor bike park

Mammoth Cave National Park
1 Mammoth Cave Parkway, Mammoth Cave, Kentucky 42259 (3.5-hour drive)
Largest cave system in the world! Descend and explore! The national Park has hiking, horseback riding and water activities.

Red River Gorge 
3451 Sky Bridge Road, Stanton, Kentucky 40380 (2.5-hour drive)
Waterfalls, trails and bridges to explore.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
6220 Old Lagrange Rd, Crestwood, Kentucky 40014 (1.5 hour drive)
There is a magical castle surround by a garden full of plants and paths.  Enjoy the English estate garden and wildflower field. Follow on Facebook.


Columbus People Trails 
506 Fifth Street, Columbus Indiana 47201 (1.75-hour drive)
See wildflower gardens, creeks, parks and more

Dearborn Trails
Aurora, Lawrenceburg and Greendale, Indiana (local)
Trails along the Ohio River through Aurora, Lawrenceburg and Greendale, Indiana

Hoosier National Forest
811 Constitution Avenue, Bedford, Indiana (2-hour drive)
A 203,000-acre forest! Hike, camp, fish and bike!

Indianapolis Cultural Trail
132 W Walnut St, Indianapolis, IN 46204 (2-hour drive)
Trail links significant sites.

Monon Trail
9100 Westfield Blvd, Indianapolis, Indiana 45240 (2-hour drive)
This trail stretches across Indiana. (In Indianapolis, you can follow the trail by the Indiana State Fairgrounds before it intersects with the Indianapolis Cultural Trail on the east end of Massachusetts Avenue). There are several major access points with free parking: 91st St., 86th St., 75th St., 67th St., 65th St., 62nd St., 56th St., 54th St., 49th St., Westfield Blvd., Broad Ripple Ave., State Fairgrounds.)
Walk or bike along the trail!

White River State Park
801 W Washington St, Indianapolis, Indianapolis 46204 (3-hour drive)
Enjoy the trails, and canal. This park is also home to the Indianapolis Zoo, Indiana State Museum, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and more.



Seven Signs Why You Should Sell Your Home Right Now

With a shortage of homes for sale and bidding wars happening on many listed properties, now could be the perfect time to sell. Is the time right for you? Here are seven signs of why you should sell your home:

  1. You’ve outgrown your home. If there are not enough bedrooms or living spaces inside your current home for you and your belongings, now is a good time to think about “buying up” to a larger home.
  2. Where you live is “booming”. Do you live in one of those “hot” neighborhoods where houses are selling quickly and for a high price? This could be your sign to take advantage of the current market.
  3. You are tired to maintaining your current home. If mowing the lawn, gardening, painting and other chores are no longer fun to do, consider selling now and moving to a less maintenance-intensive type of home that better fits your lifestyle.
  4. You have equity in your home. During the housing crash of 2007, equity fell for most homes – but for many homeowners it is now back – and your home could be worth more than you owe on it. Do you know your home’s value in today’s market? You may be surprised and this could be the big sign to sell. Selling while you have high equity is a great way for you to buy that next dream home.
  5. Life changes. Life’s markers can affect housing needs. Perhaps you need a smaller home now or want to move to be closer to family. Changes in family dynamics and work commutes are a few  more reasons that may be pointing you in the direction of selling your old home and getting a new one.
  6. Low mortgage rates. Mortgage interest rates are at historic lows. When you sell your current home, you will be able to afford even more home with these rates. Take advantage of this market.
  7. You are emotionally ready to move on. Moving is not an easy thing to do. Let the guilt of staying in your old home go. Once you have made your mind up to sell, stay the course. Remember, in many areas, homes are selling quickly – that means less people touring your home, less open houses to host and a fast closing. That sold sign in your yard will be your “sign” to move onward.

Ready to sell? Contact your favorite Sibcy Cline agent

Ideas for Summer DIY Jobs Around the House

Landcaping.jpgNow that summer is here, you can put the finishing touches on your home and yard with some DIY projects. 

Repairs from Winter and Spring
One of the first things you might want to do is look at what may have changed about your property during winter and spring. A careful inspection will determine whether there are any cracks in your home’s siding, dead spots on the lawn or clogged gutters. This is a good jumping-off point to start work (and perhaps save some of the more aspirational “nice-to-have” changes for later in the summer).

Save Money with Electric Bills
For homeowners who are worried about the cost of electricity for keeping their home nice and cool all summer long, think about DIY projects that increase efficiency. For instance, resealing doors and windows, or adding new insulation for older homes is something that can end up being worth the investment of time and money. You might be surprised to learn how much cooled air – and, in colder months, heated air – seeps out through even the smallest cracks. Some home improvement experts estimate that there are enough bad seals in a home to be equivalent to leaving a window open 24/7 all year long.

Ceiling fan

Basic indoor tasks to keep costs down might include installing ceiling fans that can spin in both directions. These simple devices can help to raise or lower a room’s temperature by as much as 10 degrees and use far less energy than air conditioners.

Outdoor DIY Ideas
Pressure wash the outside areas of your home (driveway, siding, patio, deck, etc.) This is a quick way to create instant improvement by removing dirt, mud, mildew and mold.

Gutter cleaning and repairs will protect your foundation and siding. Be sure to check for cracks and leaks.

Summer is also a great time to touch up paint on the exterior of your home as well as work on any deck maintenance that needs attention.

And, of course, landscaping DIY projects are perfect for summer.  Manage your lawn, trees, shrubs and flowers. Keep up with weed removal and be sure to water.

If DIY is not your thing, remember Sibcy Cline Home Services can recommend many home-related service vendors to you.


Local Outdoor Summer Concerts for 2020

Looking for something to do that can be socially distanced? Head out to a local outdoor concert. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and snacks and be sure to enjoy the music!

Here is our list of outdoor concerts throughout Cincinnati, Ohio; Dayton and Springfield, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana:


Outdoor series (concerts are pending as of July 25, 2020)
The city is deciding about hosting their two outdoor concert series for July and August.

June 27; July 3, 11, 19; August 22, 30; and September 19, 2020

Music in the Park
Upper Shelter near the city building at Deer Park, (Cincinnati), Ohio
Bring coolers and lawn chairs. Concessions available.

August 20 and September 10, 2020
Concerts in the Park at Delhi Park Pavilion at 5125 Foley Road, Delhi Township (Cincinnati), Ohio

Wednesdays –Saturdays
Live music in the Grove on Fountain Square 5–8pm

July 9, 16, 23 and 30. August 6, 13 and 20 September 3 and 10, 2020

Groovin’ on the Green
Village Green Amphitheater at 301 Wessel Dr, Fairfield, Ohio

July 10 and 24; August 7, 21 and 28, 2020
Fridays on the Green
Village Green Amphitheater at 301 Wessel Dr, Fairfield, Ohio

July 15, and 29, 2020

Summer Concerts in the Villages at Bridgewater
3385 Princeton Road, Fairfield Township, Ohio

July 4, 9, 16, 23 and 30; August 6 and 27; September 4, 11 and 19; October 1, 8 and 17, 2020
RiversEdge Summer Concert Series
RiversEdge Amphitheater in downtown Hamilton, Ohio
Enjoy music along the Great Miami River (tickets must be purchased)

July 21, 2020

Ryan Broshear Concert

Behind the Harrison Community Center at 300 George Street, Harrison, Ohio

July 16, August20 and September 17, 2020
Summer Music Festival
Ault Park at 3600 Observatory Avenue in Hyde Park (Cincinnati), Ohio
Dance to live music! Food, wine and water will be available

July 10, 24 and 31; August 7, 14, 21 and 28; and September 4, 2020
Friday Nights in Mt. Healthy
City Park Stage, Mt. Healthy, Ohio
Facebook link

July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; August 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2020
Evenings at Liberty Center
7100 Foundry Row, Liberty Township, Ohio
Live entertainment in The Square

August 30, 2020
Concert in the park
Nisbet Park & Amphitheater at 126 Karl Brown Way, Loveland, Ohio
Free Jazz/Swing band concert

Sundays at 7pm
Carillon Concert Series at Dogwood Park, Mariemont (Cincinnati), Ohio
Bring a blanket or chair.

August 5, 13, 20 and 27; September 3 and 10, 2020
Take Over the Square
9285 Centre Pointe Drive, West Chester, Ohio
Tentatively scheduled. Check the website.


Music on the River

July 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2020 (+August 6, 13, 20 and 27)
Civic Park at Downtown Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Free concerts with local food vendors and a beer garden

Whiskey City Summer Fest 
August 22, 2020
Lawrenceburg Civic Park, Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Live music at this free concert

July 10, August 14 and September 11, 2020
Music in the Park
Broadway Fountain on N. Broadway Street, Madison, Indiana
Food vendors available; bring your lawn chair

July 18, 2020
Music at the Mansion
Lanier Mansion at 601 West 1st Street, Madison, Indiana
Bring your lawn chair and picnic baskets

July 14, August 11 and September 8, 2020
Music on the Bricks
Downtown Osgood, Indiana
Bring lawn chairs and coolers

Music on Main & Cruise-In

July and August  2020 (Third Fridays)
Main Streets in Rising Sun, Indiana


Sundays through October 18, 2020
Carillon Park at 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, Ohio
Free concert! Listen to the 57 bells.

August 14, 2020
Dayton Mall Summer Drive-In Concert 
2700 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd, Dayton, Ohio
Stay in your car or bring a lawn chair. Free, but must have a ticket.

June 7, 14, 21 and 28; July 13, 10 and 26, 2020

Fairborn Summer Concert Series

Atherton Amphitheater (and Main St. Commons), Fairborn, Ohio
Free concerts

The Heights Summer Music Series
July 31, August 22 and 30, September 6 and 26, 2020
Eichelberger Amphitheater at 8625 Brandt Pike, Huber Heights, Ohio
Free concerts

August 15, 2020
Rock Piqua – Riverfront Concert Series in Piqua
Concerts on High Street (near Winans Chocolate and Coffee) Piqua, Ohio
Bring your lawn chair and enjoy food vendor fare

Rock Piqua Drive-In Concert
August 15, 2020
Miami Valley Centre Mall at 987 E. Ash Street, Piqua, Ohio
Enjoy the modern-country music

July 8 and August 5, 2020
Close to Home Series
300 S. Fountain Avenue, Springfield, Ohio
Free concert. Bring your chairs and blankets.

July 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28 and 31, 2020

Summer Concert Series
North Park Amphitheater at 195 Tamarack Trail, Springboro, Ohio
Seating is open one hour prior to the concert time. Food trucks will be on hand.

September 5, 2020
Tipp City Eagles Park at 3853 Hyattsville Road, Tipp City, Ohio
Music festival!

Troy Fridays on Prouty Concert

July 24 and 31; August 14, 2020
Troy-Hayner Cultural Center 301 W. Main Street, Troy, Ohio
Free concerts


July 11, August 8 and September 12, 2020
2nd Saturday Concert Series
Thomas J. Wiethorn Memorial Beach Park, Bellevue, Kentucky

July 30 and August 6, 2020
Behringer-Crawford Museum’s Outdoor Amphitheater at 1600 Montague Road in Devou Park, Covington, Kentucky
Live music from 7–9pm. Limited to 50 people – purchase $5 tickets in advance at 859-727-3935.

June 23; July 7, 14, 21 and 28; August 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2020
Edgewood Tuesday Evening Summer Concert Series
Presidents Park in Edgewood, Kentucky
Free concerts start at 7pm. Bring chairs and blankets.

July 21, August 7 and 18; September 1 and 26, 2020

Summer Amphitheater Concerts at Tower Park, Cochran Ave, Fort Thomas, Kentucky

July 11,  August 8 and September 5, 2020
The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra
Tower Park Amphitheater in Fort Thomas, Kentucky

August 13, 2020
Memorial Park at 2003 Jack Woods Parkway, Independence, Kentucky
Concert with Twentyfour7Band at 7pm

Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 6–8pm (Until August 29, 2020)
Newport Nights
Newport on the Levee – Local performances



Did we miss a concert? Let us know! sknabe@sibcycline.com

Updated: July 9, 2020




Sibcy Cline’s Listing at 3458 Observatory Place is a Finalist in HGTV’s “Ultimate House Hunt” Contest!

HGTV_House_hunt (3458 Observatory Pl)Sibcy Cline has a listing entered as a finalist for the HGTV Ultimate House Hunt Contest. This annual online promotion held on HGTV.com showcases extraordinary homes for sale in eight categories. HGTV editors have already viewed numerous properties worldwide and made their finalist selections. The public now gets to vote for their favorites.

We Need Your Vote for this Home!

Go to HGTV.com/househunt and scroll down the page to the “Homes With a History” graphic. Click on it, scroll through the finalists (at the top) and look for the home – it’s called “Restored Victorian Home Exterior”. Then cast your vote!

Voting is open to the public and takes place June 30–August 4, 2020. You can vote once a day.

About This HGTV Finalist Property
This beautiful home – located at 3458 Observatory Place – is  listed by John Gillespie and Maria McLaughlin from Sibcy Cline’s Hyde Park office. It’s a Victorian Italianate located in the Observatory Historic District in Hyde Park and has been meticulously renovated, features today’s comforts and has an incomparable view of the Observatory

Thanks for voting for this home – every day!


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.