Visit a local farm and pumpkin patch in Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Southeastern Indiana, Dayton and Springfield, Ohio. It’s fall and time to make your way through a corn maze or enjoy a local fall festival.
Here’s our list of places to visit organized by region:
A & M Farms Usually Late September (weekends) 22141 SR 251, Midland, Ohio (north of Fayettesville) Pick your own apples and pumpkins.
Apple Butter Festival October 2–3, 2021 Hueston Woods State Park, Oxford, Ohio Experience 19th century farm life
Blooms and Berries Farm Market September 18 – October 31, 2021 9669 South SR 48, Loveland, Ohio Fall on the Farm Fall Festival: Hayrides, corn maze, farm animal and more. Online reservations required.
Brown’s Family Farm Market September 18 – October 30, 2021 (Weekends) 11620 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton, Ohio Hayrides to the pumpkin patch, pick a pre-picked pumpkin, corn maze, farm animals Facebook
Burger Farm Fall Festival September 25 – October 30, 2021 (weekends) Burger Farm and Garden Center at 7849 Main Street, Newtown, Ohio Animated pumpkin land, puppet show, farm animals, pony rides, carnival rides and more
Clinton County Corn Festival September 10–12, 2021 Clinton County Fair Grounds at 958 West Main Street in Wilmington, Ohio Corn and fun! Parade, games, antique farm machinery and more!
Country Applefest September 25–26, 2021 Warren County Fairgrounds at 665 N Broadway Street in Lebanon, Ohio Apples, fun and more! Facebook
Country Pumpkins Fall Festival September 11 – October 31, 2021 1835 Sherman Mt. Zion Rd., Dry Ridge, Kentucky Activities, pumpkins, petting zoo, hayrides and more (rides on Friday evenings through Sundays)
Fall Festival October 2, 2021 Along Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming, Ohio Crafts, food, art and more!
Fall Food Fest October 16–17, 2021 Findlay Market Between W. Elder Street, Elm Street and Essen Strasse in Over-the-Rhine Enjoy food, drink, music, a kid’s scavenger hunt and pumpkin painting
Forgotten Way Farm Weekends starting September 11, 2021 4675 Eckmansville Road, Winchester, Ohio (Adams County) Corn maze, hay rides, petting zoo, pumpkins
Garver Farm Saturdays/Sundays: mid September – October 31, 2021 6716 Hamilton Lebanon Road, Middletown, Ohio Pick your pumpkin; evening haunted hayrides Night walks with glow sticks in the evening Facebook
The Great Pumpkin Fest October 9, 2021 Keehner Park at 7211 Barret Road, West Chester, Ohio Puppet show, costume contest, not-so-scary haunted trail, wagon rides and more
Harvest Festival & Gathering October 16–17, 2021 Caesar’s Creek Pioneer Village at 3999 Pioneer Village Rd., Waynesville, Ohio Learn about pioneers and how they prepared for winter
Harvest Home Festival September 9–12, 2021 3961 North Bend Rd., Cheviot, Ohio Parade, games, exhibitions (no rides this year)
Harvest Moon Festival October 9, 2021 Swaim Park at 7650 Cooper Road, Montgomery, Ohio Hayrides, pumpkins and more!
Hidden Valley Orchards Festivals September 9–13, 2021: All About Apples Weekend September 11 2021: Apple Dipping Day September 16–20 2021: Cider Donut Week October 8–11, 2021: Pumpkin Palooza Week October 14, 2021: Harvest Fete October 24–25, 2020: Jack O’Lantern Jamboree 5474 North State Route 48, Lebanon, Ohio
Iron’s Fruit Farm September 25–October 31, 2021 (weekends) 1640 Stubbs Mill Road in Lebanon, Ohio Enjoy a corn maze, pumpkin patch and more!
Jack O’Lantern Junction September 18 – October 31, 2021 (Closed on Wednesdays) EnterTRAINment Junction at 7379 Squire Court in West Chester Trick or treat maze, kid-friendly ghosts and indoor pumpkin patch
Shaw’s Pumpkin Times Starting September 18 – October, 2021 (weekends) Shaw Farms at 1737 Ohio 131, Milford, Ohio Live music, hayrides and more! Find your perfect pumpkin. Corn maze! Facebook
Simmons Farms September 25 – October 31, 2021 (weekends) 3020 Schaller Road, Bethel, Ohio Pumpkins patch, pumpkins, hay and apples for sale Facebook
Waynesville Fall Fest September 18 – October 31, 2021 (weekends) 7392 E. State Route 73, Waynesville, Ohio Ghost town village, walking trails, games, maze
Weber Family Pumpkin Festival October 16–17, 2021 6007 Kilby Road in Harrison, Ohio Enjoy pumpkins, crafts, games, food, music, pony rides and a petting zoo!
Dayton and Springfield, Ohio
Aullwood Fall Festival September 18–19, 2021 Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm at 9101 Frederick Pike, Dayton, Ohio Celebrate the harvest and apples! Apple…pie, cider, dumplings, butter, fries and more Facebook
McMonigle Farms Pumpkin Fest: September 26 – October 31, 2021 (weekends) 7441 Franklin Madison Road, Franklin, Ohio Pumpkins, corn maze, hayrides, etc…
Oakwood Family Fall Festival TBD Shafor Park along Patterson Road in Oakwood, Ohio Games, food, hayrides, pumpkin painting and more! Kids encouraged to dress up in costumes.
Ohio Sauerkraut Festival October 9–10, 2021 Waynesville, Ohio Enjoy sauerkraut pizza, fudge, cookies, pies, donuts, egg rolls, and more! (Not into sauerkraut – do not worry, there will be many non-sour items to enjoy.)
Piefer Orchards Mid September 2021 (open daily) 4590 US 68, N Yellow Springs, Ohio Pumpkin patch
Schaefers Farm Market Mid to late September – late October 2021 5024 Jacksonburg Road, Trenton, Ohio Organic 15-acre pumpkin patch and more Facebook
Sizemore Farm Pumpkin Patch Mid September – end of October, 2021 7603 Upper Miamisburg Road in Miamisburg, Ohio Pick your own pumpkins at the pumpkin patch. Kids can enjoy the Dragon Wagon ride, a hay ride and sip some apple cider!
Toms Maze and Pumpkin Farm September 10 – October 30, 2021 4881 Germantown-Liberty Road, Germantown, OH 45327 8-acre maze to get lost in and enjoy the farm animal display. If you come in the evening, be sure to bring a flash light
Tuken’s Orchard and Farm Market TBD 15725 Eaton Pike, West Alexandria, Ohio Hayrides to the 15-acre pumpkin patch; petting zoo; lots of gourds and squash; apple picking, too, in September Facebook
Windmill Farm Market September 25 – October 31, 2021 (weekends) 1454 East State Route 73, Springboro, Ohio Hayrides to the pumpkin patch
Yellow Springs Street Fair October 9, 2021 Yellow Springs, Ohio Enjoy viewing over 200 art and craft booths along with some great food and entertainment in the artsy town!
Young’s Jersey Dairy – Pick Your Pumpkin September 18 – October 31, 2021 6880 Springfield-Xenia Road, Yellow Springs, Ohio Enjoy selecting your pumpkin from the field (or pick on from out store), wagon rides
Country Pumpkins – Fall Festival September 11 – October 31, 2021 Alpine Hills Dairy Farm at 1835 Sherman Mt. Zion Road in Dry Ridge, Kentucky Pumpkins, gourds, corn maze, petting zoo, pony rides, music and more!
Kinman Farm Fall Fest September 17 – October 31, 2021 (Fridays – Sundays) 4175 Burlington Pike, Burlington, Kentucky Corn maze, hayrides, pony rides, pumpkin patch, food, pumpkins and more! Facebook
Kentucky Wool Festival October 1–3, 2021 48 Concord Caddo Road in Falmouth, Kentucky 41040 There will be lots of music and dance entertainment from two stages along with many food and drink options. Enjoy seeing live sheep shearing, sheep herding along with lots crafts of look at and purchase
Kinman Fams September 17 – October 31, 2021 (Friday – Sunday) 4175 Burlington Pike, Burlington, Kentucky Hayrides, corn maze, live bans, pony rides and more
McGlasson Farms Mid September – November 2021) (open daily) 5832 River Road, (Route 8) Hebron, Kentucky Pick your own pumpkins Facebook
Neltner’s Farm Fall Festival September 25 – October 31, 2021 6922 Four Mile Road, Camp Springs, Kentucky 41059 Enjoy live music along with wagon rides, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, model train display and more! Weekends with more to do.
Turning of the Leaves October 9, 2021 Augusta, Kentucky Entertainment, vendors and a great way to welcome the fall season
Fall Old Court Days September 24–25, 2021 Jefferson County Courthouse at 300 East Main Street, Madison, IndianaCrafts, antiques and food! Facebook
One of the best parts about living in our region is the robust and diverse arts scene. In addition to a healthy roster of music venues and art museums, it is full of both professional and community theater. Below is a sampling of what some of our community theaters are offering this season.
Community theaters are listed alphabetically for Cincinnati, Dayton and Springfield, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana:
Favorite local hang-outs: Madtree Taproom and Mt. Carmel Brewery
At the heart of real estate are the ideas of home, family, and community, so when Jason Kitzmller says “real estate runs in my blood,” it’s no surprise that people are the motivating force behind everything he does. As a relocation coordinator, Jason assists clients with “one of the most important moves of their lives,” and he’s serious about making it the best possible experience for them. His goal is to “set the bar high and exceed expectations.”
Holding to a standard and taking pride in his work is something that Jason learned from his father and grandfather, who both worked in real estate development. “My dad used to say ‘approach your work with an ownership mentality,’” he says. Having worked closely with his father for several years, Jason made the transition to the residential side of real estate after his dad scaled back his business a few years ago. “I admired watching my dad’s projects come to life, knowing he was part of improving the community, especially our hometown of Anderson.”
When it came time for his dad to step back from his business and for Jason to move on to something else, it was the Sibcy Cline brand that initially interested him in the job listing for a relocation coordinator. “I had absolutely no idea what a relocation coordinator was, or much at all about the relocation business, but I was familiar with the brand. Sibcy Cline has a large presence in Anderson, so I decided to take a chance and apply for the job.”
It wasn’t just the prominence of the brand that attracted Jason, but the fact that it was family-owned. Because he worked for his dad’s business for many years, it was “something I held near and dear to my heart,” he says. “Seeing Rob Sibcy in the office every day, and his wife Pam very involved, and watching him pass the torch to Robin [Sheakley]….that meant a lot to me because a family business was what I knew and loved.”
Valuing family is something that Jason continues to bring to his work every day. He works with clients who are moving out of the area because of a job transfer, so that transition period often involves the client’s family, who is also affected by the move. He appreciates the opportunity to learn about each client and their family throughout the process of relocation. “I try to connect with each customer to understand their own set of circumstances. It’s interesting to hear each customer’s story and background. I learn something new with each transaction.”
As a people-person, one of the things Jason finds most rewarding is “realizing their excitement when they close on their home and begin a new chapter in their career.” Along the way, Jason feels that a lot of trust is placed in both him and the agent to get things done and make that transition happen for their client and their family. Providing the best possible experience and outcome is what motivates him daily.
In addition to his work, Jason has a new daily motivator in his life—his newborn son, Jett. Jason and his wife Lydia welcomed Jett to the world on August 11, 2021. Jason is already planning to share the things he enjoys with his son—hiking, camping, playing basketball, and golf. But he’s most excited to share his favorite hobby: spending time boating at his family home on Lake Lorelei. “I’m a third-generation captain in our family and I’m looking forward to teaching my son how to captain the boat and continue the Kitzmiller tradition!”
Throughout July, home sales decreased in all local regions. But, year to date, homes sales have exceeded last year’s figures. Mortgage rates remain low. Home values are still high. It’s a great time to list your home for sale and for buyers to find their dream home.
Here is a report by region of homes sales throughout July 2021:
CINCINNATI OHIO / SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA
June 2021 vs July 2020
-26.2% Decrease in homes sold (2,101 homes)
12.5% Increase in median sale price ($247,000)
-16.4% Decrease in sales volume ($630,294,910)
-13.5% Decrease in active homes for sale (2,236 units)
-4% Increase in new listings (3,062 units)
January–July 2021 vs January–July 2020
1.7% Increase in homes sold (14,496 homes )
15.9% Increase in median sale price ($230,000 vs $198,505)
18.1% Increase in sales volume ($4,052,216,284 vs $3,431,394,871)
September is the perfect month for festivals and other outdoor events. It’s still warm out to enjoy outdoor venues. The month begins with Labor Day festivities and continues on with concerts, festivals and other fun things to do. Our list is in order by region and date.
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CINCINNATI AND NORTHERN KENTUCKY
Summer Music on the Levee Through September 2, 2021 (Thursday evenings from 7–10pm) Central Plaza at Newport on the Levee, Newport, Kentucky
Walk on Wilburn September 10, 2021 (+Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec 10, Jan 14) East Walnut Hills business district along Woodburn Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio Shop, eat and enjoy
9-11 Memorial Dedication September 11, 2021 Deer Park Municipal Building at 7777 Blue Ash Rd., Deer Park, (Cincinnati) Ohio Honor Guard, Air Force military fly over and reception
9/11 Memorial 5k September 11, 2021 Voice of America Learning Center at 7847 VOA Park Dr., West Chester, Ohio Run or walk for the 20th anniversary
Art in the Park September 11, 2021 Thomas J. Wiethorn Park at 100 Ward Ave., Bellevue, Kentucky
Bloom Gala September 11, 2021 Green Acres Art Center at 8400 Blome Road, Indian Hill (Cincinnati), Ohio Gala to support the Stepping Stones’ programs
The City Flea September 11, 2021 (+October 9 and December 11) Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio See what treasures you can find from 100+ vendors! Food trucks, too
Concert in the Park September 11, 2021 Bicentennial Park at the amphitheater, Dayton Road and Old Rt 73, Waynesville, Ohio Free concert
Country Pumpkins Fall Festival September 11 – October 31, 2021 1835 Sherman Mt. Zion Rd., Dry Ridge, Kentucky Activities, pumpkins, petting zoo, hayrides and more (rides on Friday evenings through Sundays)
Crazy Cardboard Boat Regatta September 11, 2021 Voice of America Metropark at 7850 VOA Park Dr., West Chester, Ohio Teams build their boats and race! Vendors, entertainment, activities
Dead and Co. Concert September 11, 2021 Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio Live concert!
Not Your Average Paint and Sip Class September 19, 2021 Fountain Square at downtown Cincinnati, Ohio Follow along style; $25 voucher includes a 12×12 canvas, materials and drink voucher; Look for the Bob Ross wig!
Zoofari September 24, 2021 Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden at 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, Ohio Dinner-by-the-bite while viewing the animals
Art & Music Festival September 25–26, 2021 Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum at 1763 Hamilton Cleves Rd., Hamilton, Ohio 70+ artists showcase their skill and will be selling their creations, food trucks, activities
Burger Farm Fall Festival September 25 – October 30, 2021 (Weekends) Burger Farm and Garden Center at 7849 Main Street, Newtown, Ohio Animated pumpkin land, puppet show, farm animals, pony rides, carnival rides and more
U.S. Civil War Monument Dedication September 3, 2021 Ferncliff’s Cemetery’s Civil War Veteran’s Mound at 510 W. McCreght Ave., Springfield, Ohio Dedicating a monument for African American GIs who fought in the Civi War
Kettering Holiday@Home September 4–6, 2021 Fraze Pavilion at 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Dayton, Ohio Labor Day celebration with music, games, parade, arts/crafts exhibit, food trucks
Dayton Greek Festival September 10–12, 2021 Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church at 500 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, Ohio Greek food available through the drive through only
Italian Fall Festa September 10–12, 2021 Bella Villa Hall at 2625 County Line Rd., Dayton, Ohio Authentic homemade Italian dishes and fun
Midwest Ceramics Show September 10-11, 2021 Butler Country Fairgrounds at 1715 Fairgrove Ave., Hamilton, Ohio Enjoy the ceramics
Springboro Oktoberfest September 10–11, 2021 Springboro United Church of Christ, 5 West Mill Street, Springboro, Ohio Bratwurst to schnitzel! Live music, kids zone and more!
Beavercreek Popcorn Festival September 11–12, 2021 Dayton-Xenia Road in Beavercreek, Ohio There will be over 200 booths with food, treats and amazing popcorn specialties!
Deeds Carillon Concert September 11, 19 and 27, 2021 (+Oct 3, 10,17, 24, Nov 20, 23, Dec 7) Carillon Park at 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, Ohio Listen to carillonneur Larry Weinstein
Greenville Feast & Fest September 11, 2021 Darke County Fairgrounds at 800 Sweitzer St., Greenville, Ohio Food trucks, music, crafts and food
Ohio Fish & Shrimp Festival September 11, 18 and 25, 2021 Freshwater Farms of Ohio at2624 US 68 in Urbana, Ohio Enjoy seafood while listening to live music and enjoying games and other activities.
Open Aircraft Days at the Air Force Museum September 11, 2021 (+ Oct 16, Nov 13 and Dec 18) National Museum of the US Air Force at 1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio Up-close look at different aircraft
“Homeownership has cemented its role as part of the American Dream, providing families with a place that is their own and an avenue for building wealth over time. This ‘wealth’ is built, in large part, through the creation of equity…Building equity through your monthly principal payments and appreciation is a critical part of homeownership that can help you create financial stability.”
The past year may have had its challenges, but there have been some silver linings. Home values, for example, have risen rapidly resulting in huge equity gains for homeowners. Why is this? Sibcy Cline Senior Loan Officer Damon DiBari explains how the market is balancing itself: “The housing market crisis in 2007 and uncertainty in the market in the 2010’s have kept market growth very low until 2019. If you bought your home in 2019 or earlier, your equity has increased significantly due to this ‘catch up’ in price.”
This catch up in price has resulted in home values increasing rapidly. The average amount of equity that homeowners have gained in the last year is over $33,000 and the average homeowner has over $216,000 in equity (Source: CoreLogic).
These gains in equity are great news for homeowners. According to Jay Buten, VP of Production for Sibcy Cline Mortgage Services, “Now is a great time for homeowners to take advantage of the increased values and utilize the equity to improve their overall financial picture.”
There are many ways that homeowners can choose to use their equity to give themselves a leg up financially, from debt consolidation to college expenses. “It’s a great time for homeowners to evaluate their personal finances and look for opportunities to benefit from the increased equity they have gained.” said Buten.
Think you might be able to use your equity? Here are 7 smart ways to consider:
1. Move Up to Your Dream Home
One of the most common ways that homeowners use their equity is to sell their home in order to buy or build something more suitable to their needs. Sellers can use the cash they make at closing for their next down payment OR take out a bridge loan that allows them to borrow that cash before they close to make their down payment on a new home.
2. Home Improvements
Improving your home can further increase its value and your equity, depending on the type of improvements you choose to do.
3. College Costs
This can make sense when the interest rates are lower than other sources for borrowing money for education.
4. Debt Consolidation
Homeowners can save money by using equity to pay off high-interest debt.
5. Long-Term Investments
Some long-term investments, such as a second home or rental property, can be worth drawing on your equity.
Rather than using credit cards or other high-interest sources to fund a wedding, consider drawing on your home equity to celebrate this long-term commitment.
7. Start a business
Starting a business or investing in a current one can bring a huge return on the investment of your equity.
The Business Courier published its annual Greater Cincinnati’s Largest Private Companies list and Sibcy Cline was part of this ranking at #107 on the list. (Sibcy Cline’s ranking rose from #113 in 2020.)
This 2021 list (of the top 150 local companies) had $49 billion in combined sales and a workforce of 149,000 people.
Sibcy Cline has been in the real estate business since the 1930s assisting people with their home-related needs. Starting in Cincinnati, Ohio, the company now also serves Northern Kentucky; Southeastern Indiana; as well as Dayton and Springfield, Ohio.
The sunflower – such a beautiful thing from Mother Nature. When you view a field of them, it is simply magical to see a sea of yellow. This summer be sure to grab your camera and head to a local field to capture their wonderfulness.
Sunflower fun facts:Each sunflower can contain anywhere from 1000 to 2000 seeds. Sunflowers turn with the sun when in the budding stage. And, the tallest sunflower on record was 30-feet tall!
Here’s our list of nearby sunflower fields to visit:
Kalon’s Korner 3220 Clear Creek Rd.. Nicholasville, Kentucky (2-hour drive just south of Lexington) This farm is worth the drive! Loads of sunflowers! You need to attend a public event – the farm is private otherwise.
McGlasson Farms 5832 River Rd., Hebron, Kentucky Mid September Facebook
Red Sunflower Farm 5043 Webster Road, Independence, Kentucky Sunflowers are blooming the first two weeks in August.
Vogel Farm 5380 Four Mile Rd., Melbourne, Kentucky They grow sunflowers during the summer. July flowers. Follow the farm on Facebook.
JK Orchard and Farm 1345 Lutz Road, Lima, Ohio Flowers in bloom late July through late September.
Morris Reserve 3151 Lower Bellbrook Rd., Bellbrook, Ohio Prairie field includes some sunflowers and other wild flowers. This is a self-sustained area – sunflowers are not planted.
Possum Creek Metro Park 4790 Frytown Rd., Dayton, Ohio A pathway is cut through the flower field – it’s very scenic!
Wenger’s Produce 3836 County Road 29, West Liberty, Ohio The field is located on Township Road 166 near a raspberry field. Blooms usually in September.
Yellow Springs White Hall Farm – a Tecumseh Land Trust. Field is along US 68 between the Yellow Springs and Young’s Hersey Dairy. Note: this is private property. Usually 400,000 sunflowers are found in the field.
Near Southeastern Indiana
Barn at Helm 5544 Helm Road, Williamsburg, Indiana (near Richmond) Sunflower Saturdays. Facebook Cornucopia Farm 5444 N. Rutherford Hollow Rd., Scottsburg, Indiana (2.5-hour drive.) Sunflower Experience – September 2021. Three acres of sunflowers to enjoy. Follow updates on Facebook.
Golliher Farms 17474 W. Hunnicut Road, Cambridge City, Indiana (2.5-hour drive.) 75,000 sunflowers planted. Blooms in July 2021. Facebook
P&D Flower Farm 7749 E. 1000 N., Indianapolis, Indiana (2-hour drive.) Enjoy the field. Pick flowers at the farm, too. Follow on Facebook.
Spencer’s Farm 7177 E. 161st Street, Noblesville, Indiana (2.5-hour drive.) Large sunflower field and you-pick sunflower area, too. Usually available starting in mid July.
Favorite local hang-outs: Bluebird Bakery and Piccolo Wine Room in Glendale
As a home services coordinator with Sibcy Cline, Linda Damato is part matchmaker, part problem solver. When homeowners call Linda with a need—a renovation or repair—she knows exactly the right vendor to connect them with. And with 17 years of experience in matching homeowners to vendors, she has more success stories than she can count.
“We look at the service needed and the time frame, along with other factors, and provide a match with a vendor. Then we follow up to make sure the client is pleased,” Linda said, explaining the process of coordinating services for Sibcy Cline clients. The goal is to gain “clients for life” by giving buyers and sellers of homes support through every stage of their homeownership journey.
Sometimes that support can come in the smallest of ways, like recently when Linda assisted a seller whose home was vacant and being prepared for showings. “The basement light was out and the agent called us,“ She said, “And I knew a handyman who was painting in a home near there who could run over and fix it quickly. Within an hour, the basement light was working. That’s the beauty of it—we knew who was nearby and could help.”
Another success that Linda enjoys is seeing clients who remain with Sibcy Cline for years, even when their original agent is no longer with the brokerage. “They stay with us because they love the brand. That makes me so happy.”
Although Linda admits that she didn’t know what a “home services coordinator” was when she applied for the job, she now loves what she does. “The very best part of my job is helping buyers and sellers through their adventure. I love the excitement of a first-time buyer telling me their ideas for making this house their home. It’s rewarding to be a small part of making the client feel comfortable with their choices.”
Being involved with helping buyers and sellers is something that isn’t new to Linda—she was a REALTOR for 8 years in Chicago (her hometown) before moving to Cincinnati with her husband Joe for a job transfer. “It was between St. Louis and Cincinnati,” she said, “and we chose here.”
Linda now lives in Glendale in a 100-year-old home. “I’ve done a lot in the last year—painted every room, [renovated] the bathroom—and used Sibcy Cline vendor partners for all of it,” she says. “I was like most people during COVID, who were home all the time, looking around, thinking: what can I do to make my home better?”
One of Linda’s favorite “hangouts” is in her garden. “Whether pulling pesky weeds or making lovely flower arrangements for friends, I find it therapeutic,” she said. She also enjoys cooking for family and friends, a pursuit she once channeled into teaching cooking classes at the Glendale Lyceum and owning a deli/wine bar business called Taste of Tuscany. “It was everything I love—cooking, eating, wine—but it wasn’t the same as doing it for friends and family.”
With her strong appreciation for making a house a home, Linda is not surprised that there has been such high demand for home renovations in the past year. “When your home looks good to you and feels comfortable, it just makes you feel better,” she said.
If you are looking for help in renovating your home, you can reach out to Linda or any of our coordinators through our Home Services website.
Throughout June, home sales increased for most of the region when compared to June 2020. Overall for the year to date, homes sales are exceeding last year’s figures. Mortgage rates are low. Home values are high. It’s a great time to list your home for sale and for buyers to find their dream home.
Here is a report by region of homes sales throughout June 2021:
CINCINNATI OHIO / SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA
June 2021 vs June 2020
2.5% Increase in homes sold (2,606 homes)
18% Increase in median sale price ($253,500 vs $194,000)
21.2% Increase in sales volume ($782,909,522)
-26% Decrease in active homes for sale (1,928 units)
1.8% Increase in new listings (3,158 units)
January–June 2021 vs January–June 2020
7.8% Increase in homes sold (12,295 homes vs 11,405)
18.5% Increase in median sale price ($229,900 vs $194,000)
26.7% Increase in sales volume ($3,392,446,173 vs $2,677,500,359)