Seven Home Improvement Ideas to Help Sell Your Home

If you are considering making improvements to your home, think towards the future with changes that will appeal to buyers. Projects to focus on are the kitchen, bathrooms, floors and paint. Here are seven improvement ideas to consider:

One – Lighting
Make rooms light and bright. Add lighting under cabinets in your kitchen to make the room look more inviting. Consider recessed lighting.

Two – Kitchen
If you are not up to a large renovation, one improvement to consider is replacing older appliances such as the dishwasher and refrigerator. If the cabinets are not appealing, consider sanding and painting them.

Three – Closets
Buyers want walk-in closets. If you cannot make your closet larger be sure to make it look as spacious as possible when selling.

Four – Bathroom
Recaulk the tub. (Use caulk-be-gone to get rid of the old caulk. Fill the bathtub with water after you have caulked to stretch it while it dries.) If you have old wallpaper in the bathroom, remove it and paint the walls. Old shower doors should be removed or replaced.

Five – Paint
Fresh paint makes a big difference in rooms. Use neutral colors if you plan to sell. Paint the trim with high-gloss white paint.

Six – Moldings
Details, like moldings, add charm and character to rooms.

Seven – Floors
Hardwood floors are very popular with costs ranging from $3-$8 per square foot. (Add another $3 per square foot for professional installation.) If you have carpet, have it professionally cleaned.

Need help with your improvements? Contact Sibcy Cline Home Services. They can put you in touch with vetted, professional home-service vendors.

8 Homes for Sale Now with Fabulous Fireplaces

Cozying up to the hearth this winter is just one reason to buy these beauties now.

Is a fireplace on your list of “must haves” in a new home? If so, you are in luck this fall! There are homes for sale now from Sibcy Cline that make it easy to imagine yourself curled up and ready for a long winter’s nap.

Riverside Warmth in Terrace Park, OH

This home for sale now at 307 Wanoka Woods Terrace in Terrace Park is listed by Shelley Miller Reed with Amy Roe of Sibcy Cline.

There is no better place for a fire than next to the water, and this home for sale in Terrace Park, OH on the Little Miami has it. You can go for a walk down to the river and then come home to the comfort of your home and start up the fire to get your frosty toes toasty again.

This home is the perfect place to “self-isolate among the treetops,” according to Cincinnati Magazine, and we couldn’t agree more.

Winter Wonderland in Liberty Township, OH

8318 Poppy Lane in Liberty Township, OH is listed by Tom Letzler of Sibcy Cline.

The pops of bright color next the white background of this hearth in Liberty Township, OH could put even the Grinch in the holiday spirit. Everything about this room makes you want to start decking the halls for the season of merry, when the days are dark but our hearts burn bright.

You’ll not only have the physical warmth of the fire, but that priceless heart-warming joy of settling into a home that feels just right.

A Homey Haven in Union, KY

This Union, KY home at 2416 Royal Castle Way is listed by the McMahan Team of Sibcy Cline.

With two roomy acres to roam in Union, KY, this home for sale now provides the perfect place to gather in and relax next to the fire. You can sink deep into the sofa for a nap or sit by the fire to read your book.

Take off your shoes, wrap up in a soft throw, and forget the rest of the world. There just isn’t anything that can go wrong here in this room.

Sofas for Days in Guilford, IN

21563 Fox Rd. in Guilford, IN is listed by Team Hamilton of Sibcy Cline.

Have you ever dreamed of lounging on the world’s longest sofa next to a warm fire? This home for sale in Guilford, IN may just be your dream home. The best part? There is not just one, but two of the longest sofas we’ve ever seen to rest your weary bones after a long day.

If enough space for two very long comfortable sofas isn’t enough to convince that you should buy this home today, then make sure to notice the stunning architecture of the wood and stone hearth. That, together with the porthole windows on either side, creates an aesthetic that will elevate your everyday to something truly extraordinary.

Condo Comfort in Mariemont, OH

This second-floor condo is available at 3818 Miami Rd. in Mariemont, OH and is listed by Patti Sibcy and Elaine Greiwe with Sibcy Cline.

If you’re looking for a home for sale that’s more compact than a sprawling estate and a better fit for your active urban lifestyle, but still ranks high on the homey scale, you can find it at 3818 Miami Rd. in Mariemont, OH. There’s no shortage of comfy or cozy in this home! Here, condo living steers clear of lacking character and warms things up with an inviting hearth.

The bonus here is that homey doesn’t feel cramped. The large windows and high ceilings give the space an airy feel that will save you from feeling like the walls are closing in this winter. No cabin fever in this expansive space!

A Spacious Respite in Hamilton Township, OH

This listing at 7470 Stillwater Dr. in Hamilton Township is listed by Julie K. Back of Sibcy Cline.

Ready to cast your worries aside and sink into deep relax mode in front of a roaring fire? Look no further than 7470 Stillwater Dr. in Hamilton Township, OH. And, in a world that requires social distancing, you’ll have space in this room to invite some companions.

In this home for sale there is a generosity of space to spread out and plenty of windows to take in the beauty of nature while enjoying the much-needed company of others.

Cozy Comfort in Wyoming, OH

This home at 35 B Vale Ave in Wyoming is listed by Steven Wolber of Sibcy Cline.

There are some houses for sale that just exude the feeling of “home”. As soon as you walk in, you want to kick off your shoes and get comfortable. 35 B Vale Ave in Wyoming, OH is one of those houses.

The brick and tile on this hearth go a long way in creating that kind of inviting space we all love. The earthy tones warm up all the surrounding white without sacrificing the open, airy quality of the room. With the window view to the trees in the backyard, you have all the elements for this being your favorite space in the house.

Snuggle Up in Deerfield Township, OH

This home at 8756 South Shore Place in Deerfield Township is listed by Meghan Homan-Welage of Sibcy Cline.

There just isn’t anything that makes a fireplace more fabulous than a stone hearth. In this home for sale at 8756 South Shore Place in Deerfield Township, OH, you get a rock solid invitation to take a Sunday snooze and warm the chill out of your bones.

If you’re looking for a home for sale to make your own, you won’t find many with a hearth worth staring into during all the long hours of a lazy winter day. Bring your own blankets and find your way home to this relaxing fireside.

Love looking at beautiful spaces in homes for sale now? Check out our recent features with beauteous bathrooms and heavenly backyards!

Six Tips for Fall Home Maintenance

Leaves in guttersDuring the fall season it’s important to make sure you’re doing all you can to keep your home in good shape before colder weather arrives. Winter weather can inflict some damage on a home and so making sure everything is in good shape now – while the weather is still mild – is always a good idea. Here are six fall home-maintenance tips:

One (1) – Water and Sprinklers
Perhaps the most important place to start with fall home maintenance is outside, especially around driveways, front steps and other parts of the home where people are going to be walking and where ice, snow and slush can make their unwelcome presence felt. Identifying areas where stairs may need to be repaired, cracks and holes patched or smoothed, will help keep you safe from dangerous slip-and-falls. Also, be sure there are lights to illuminate pathways and sidewalks.

Make sure sprinkler systems are flushed out and exterior water connections are shut off to sprinkler systems and outdoor spigots. This will prevents the possibility of having pipes freeze and later bursting. Store all water hoses inside the garage.

If you know there has been water buildup in certain parts of your lawn – especially around the home’s foundation – think about ways to redirecting it. Experts recommend ensuring a six-inch vertical slope over 10 feet of space to usher water away from a home.

Two (2) – Leaves
Be sure the lawn is in good shape as fall arrives. Stay on top of raking when foliage starts to fall. Letting all those fallen leaves sit on a lawn over the winter, especially when compacted by snow, can create dead spots in the grass next spring, so clearing leaves before serious snowfall arrives is a must.

Three (3) – Gutters and Roof 
In addition to clearing leaves, it’s also important to clear out the gutters. Clogged gutters can lead to ice dams, which then result in water building up as snow melts – and potentially leads to a leaky roof.

And while you’re up on the ladder, you should also make sure everything is in good shape on the roof. If any shingles appear to be damaged or missing, they need to be replaced before harsh weather arrives. (Depending upon the scope of any roof issues, these might not be tasks you personally tackle.)

Four (4) – No Air Leaks
Don’t let warm air escape your home this winter. Use exterior caulk around your home’s exterior to seal any cracks between the trim and siding, windows and door frames.

Five (5) – Furnace
It’s always a good idea to schedule a professional maintenance check-up for your heating system to make sure it is in tip-top shape for colder days. Be sure to change your furnace filters regularly.

Six (6) – Fireplace
Make sure the damper opens and closes. Look up into the flue to make sure it is not obstructed with leaves or bird nests. Consider a fireplace and chimney inspection to fix any damaged bricks and mortar.

Need help with your list of things to do this fall? Be sure to contact Sibcy Cline Home Services. They can recommend vetted, home-related services and vendors to you.

 

8 Homes for Sale Now with Beauteous Bathrooms

You’ll never want to leave the tub in these spa-like bathroom retreats.

There are two rooms that really sell a house: the kitchen and the master bath. And when it comes to the homes for sale now, there are plenty of impressive master bathrooms to entice buyers to make their move. We rounded up a few of our favorites listed on the market now by Sibcy Cline agents.

The Royal Treatment in Hamilton Township

This home is located at 7470 Stillwater Dr. in Hamilton Twp. and is listed by Julie K. Back of Sibcy Cline.

Why feel like a queen for one day when there is a home for sale now that can make you a queen every day? Every time you escape to your powder room you’ll cross the threshold to your own space that takes pampering to an entirely new level.

Whatever stress the world throws at you is no competition for the reviving power of this master bathroom. If you make 7470 Stillwater in fast-growing Hamilton Township your new home, you will have bought yourself a ticket to unlimited rejuvenation.

Light-filled Luxury in Guilford, Indiana

This home is located at 21563 Fox Rd. in Guilford, IN and is listed by Sibcy Cline agents Team Hamilton.

If there is one quality that really makes a master bath shine, it’s plenty of light. This home for sale now in Southeast Indiana really makes use of outdoor light sources as well as well-placed fixtures.

Another quality that gives this master bathroom at 21563 Fox Rd. its luminescent and sparkling clean appearance is the use of white everywhere: on walls, cabinets, tile, rugs. If you want to feel like you have died and gone to heaven, you might want to consider buying this home for sale now where you can transcend the world while you relax in your soaking tub.

Modern Rustic in Mt. Lookout

This historic Mt. Lookout home at 1233 Grace Ave. is listed by Sibcy Cline agent Alison Mahoney with Tim Mahoney II.

A bathroom doesn’t have to ALL white to make it feel like a retreat. This home for sale now in Mt. Lookout successfully combines both white and natural tile to give it a welcoming spa-vibe.

The balance of earth tones and white gives this master bath a soothing feel that makes you want to bring your sea salt body scrub and move in permanently. And who wouldn’t want the low maintenance and durability of a completely tiled bathroom? This is a room that can handle a lot of water, wear and tear. If you are a home buyer looking at homes for sale now, 1233 Grace Ave. definitely has potential to be a “forever home.”

Exotic Shapes and Unique Textures in Liberty Township

This home at 6316 Stonehenge Blvd.in Liberty Township is listed by Sibcy Cline agent Lori Hall Pollard.

Perhaps shapes and textures aren’t the first things that are on your mind when you check out master bathrooms in homes for sale, but somewhere in your mind your aesthetic sense is taking note. If you get a chance to tour this home for sale in Liberty Township, you won’t be able to resist how soothing and homey it feels to be surrounded by so much texture and shape.

Pair the exotic, organic feel with a window view of a tree-filled yard, and you have a recipe for relaxation. If you are looking for a home for sale now with large amount of “ah-factor”, you’ve found it here at 6316 Stonehenge.

Farmhouse Chic at Shawnee Lake in New Jasper, Ohio

This Shawnee Lake home at 4156 Shawnee Lake Trail is listed by Sibcy Cline agent Mary Rife.

Sliding barn doors and a generous amount of white paired with a furniture-style vanity and a wood-textured tile bring this New Jasper home-for-sale up to a trendy, modern-farmhouse vibe.

Throw in an abundance of super-soft white towels and you’ll definitely see buyers fighting to be the lucky owner who gets to make this space their permanent place to prep for the day. If you love farmhouse style, don’t delay checking out 4156 Shawnee Lake Trail.

A Spa-like Retreat in Hebron, KY

This home is located at 2208 Lumberjack in Hebron, KY and is listed by the Brosey Group of Sibcy Cline.

Take note when you are touring homes for sale now: the best master baths look like your favorite hotel spas. This one at 2208 Lumberjack is no exception – it has all the elements to bring optimal relaxation.

This is the kind of master bathroom that will make you want to leave the party early so you can get home and get straight to chilling out in the tub. Just 13 minutes from CVG airport and a short drive to the Ohio river, this Hebron, KY home could be your new retreat.

Space to Spread Out in Deerfield Township

This home is located at 8756 South Shore Place in Deerfield Twp. and is listed by Meghan Homan-Welage of Sibcy Cline.

If you are looking for a home for sale now in Deerfield Township that has all the space you need to pamper and prep, look no further than 8756 South Shore Place. This bathroom has plenty of surface space for all your getting-ready necessities, plus cabinets, shelves, and drawers to keep everything tidy and tucked away.

In spite of having more than enough space to accommodate all of your needs, this bathroom is not lacking in warmth and coziness. The texture and variation of the tile in the space helps to create interest while tying the space together so it doesn’t feel institutional. You’ll feel right at home while stretched out in the large soaking tub.

Refined Simplicity in Mason

This home is located at 2826 Ivy Farm Ct and is listed by Sibcy Cline agent Jean Raga.

The last thing you need when you’re trying to chill down is too much going on around you, which is why 2826 Ivy Farm Court is the place you want to be to take a long exhale and let go of the day.

The simplicity of the master bathroom in this home for sale now is the only thing you need in your new space to bring serenity to your life this year. Here is the place for you to go to cleanse all the negativity from your life, so hurry out to Mason, Ohio and look at this home for sale now. You’ll be on your way to bright new future in this beauteous bathroom.

Ready to see some more fabulous homes for sale now? Look at these 7 heavenly backyards that could be yours!

Curb Appeal When Selling Your Home in Autumn

It’s autumn – a beautiful time of year to enjoy, especially when the leaves are bursting with color. If you are selling your home at this time of year, use the season to your advantage when staging it and add curb appeal:

Fall Debris
With the fall season comes falling leaves. Make sure your gutters are free of debris. You will also need to be diligent about keeping the lawn and sidewalk free of leaves. You may want to invest in a leaf blower to make this chore go more quickly.

Flowers
Your summer flowers should be pulled or trimmed. If the weather is still warm, consider planting some fall plants such as mums, asters or marigolds.

Decor
Tasteful fall decor can add appeal to your home’s exterior. Things look best placed in three’s. These little touches will make your home look warmer and more inviting.

Lighting
When daylight hours are shorter, be sure to have adequate lighting for evening showings.

Maintenance
Be sure to keep up on your fall exterior home maintenance list: Touch up paint. Cover up and fill and holes. Store your lawn equipment. Turn off exterior water faucets.


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Fall 2020 – Local Community Events to Enjoy in a Socially Distanced Way

Fall pumpkins gourds Sibcy Cline

Although many community events are cancelled this fall due to COVID–19, there are some activities still on track. See our list by region in Northern Kentucky; Cincinnati, Dayton and Springfield, Ohio; and Southeastern Indiana. Be sure to bring your mask and follow social distancing rules. Here is the best-practice guideline for Halloween events from the state of Ohio.

(See our list of local pumpkin patches and festivals here.)

NORTHERN KENTUCKY

Burlington Antique Show
September 20 and October 18, 2020
Boone County Fairgrounds at 5819 Idlewood Rd., Burlington, Kentucky
Find a treasure

Jack O Lantern Walk
October 29, 2020
130 N. Ft. Thomas Avenue, Ft. Thomas, Kentucky

Veteran’s Day Celebration
November 7, 2020
Tower Park at 900 S. Ft. Thomas Ave, Ft. Thomas, Kentucky
Honor our veterans at 12pm

Light Up the Fair
November 13, 2020 – Early January 2021
Boone County Fairgrounds at 5819 Idlewild Road in Burlington, Kentucky
Mile-long drive of twinkling lights that sync up to music

Christmas Town
November 27 – December 20, 2020
Creation Museum at 2800 Bullittsburg Church Road, Petersburg, Kentucky
Live nativity and light display

Christmas Time at the Ark
November 27 – December 20, 2020
Art Encounter at Ark Encounter Drive, Williamstown, Kentucky
Projection show and other activities


CINCINNATI OHIO

Plum Gorgeous
September 5 – October 25, 2020 (closed on Mondays)
Krohn Conservatory at 1501 Eden Park Dr., Cincinnati, OH
Admire autumn plants in shades of purple

Cincinnati Reptile Show
September 13, October 4, November 1 and December 13, 2020
Holiday Inn Centre Park of West Chester at 5800 Mulhuser, West Chester, Ohio
See 1000s of spiders, inserts, snakes and more

The City Flea at Washington Park
September 19, October 17 and December 12, 2020
1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Support local businesses

Fall Fest at Pot-Luck Greenhouse 2020
September 26 – November1, 2020
6555 West SR 73, Wilmington, Ohio
5-acre corn maze and more

Figtoberfest
September 26, 2020
FigLeaf Brewing Company at 3387 Cincinnati Dayton Rd., Middletown, Ohio
Beer, food and music

Kings Island Tricks and Treats Fall Fest
September 26– November 2, 2020 (Saturdays and Sundays)
Kings Island, Mason, Ohio
Food, activities and entertainment

Ruffles and Rust Expo
September 26–27, 2020
Butler County Fairgrounds at 1715 Fairgrove Ave., Hamilton, Ohio
Shop for all kinds of home decor and fashion. Wider aisles and spacing between booths.

Fright Night Weekend
October 1–4, 2020
Washington Park, Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio
See movies outside: Hocus Pocus, Beetlejuice and Frankenstein. Bring your mask and social distance.

First Friday – Middletown
1105 Central Avenue, Middletown, Ohio
October 2, November 6 and December 4, 2020
Enjoy meeting the artists.

Saturdays at the BOO!seum
October 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2020
Cincinnati Museum Center at 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio
Reservations required. All kinds of distanced Halloween fun.

Operation Pumpkin
October 8–10, 2020
101 High St., #1, Hamilton, Ohio 45011
There will be a lot of food and drink booths for this event along with live music, activities and crafts and a pet parade

Downtown Living Tour
October 9–10, 2020
Tour various homes in downtown Cincinnati
Limited admission and staggered start times. Tour begins t Encore at 716 Sycamore Street.

Summit Park Drive-In Movie
October 9, 2020
Hocus Pocus! Registration required! First come, first served!

Wyoming Virtual Fall Festival
October 17–18, 2020
Featuring Wyoming retailers and vendors. Support local!

Family Festival
October 24, 2020
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum at 1763 Hamilton Cleves Rd., Hamilton, Ohio
Local artists, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and hands-on art marking

Fall Fest Weekend
October 24–25, 2020
Washington Park, Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio
Entertainment, vendors and more

Spooktacular Drive-In Movie for Halloween
October 30, 2020
Wyoming Rec Center at 9940 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio (Wyoming)
Featuring The Addams Family (6pm) and Hocus Pocus (8:30pm)! Reservations required.

Final Fridays
October 30 and November 27, 2020
Pendleton Art Center at 1310 Pendleton Street, CIncinnati, Ohio
Enjoy looking at the art.

Hearth Warming Holidays in Waynesville
November 6–8, 2020
Downtown Waynesville, Ohio
Start your holiday shopping

Holiday Junction Featuring Duke Energy Holiday Trains
November 6 – December 31, 2020 (Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays) –TBD
Cincinnati Museum Center at 1301 Western Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio
9,000sf of trains with displays from the 1900s and 1930s.

Blue Ash Veterans’ Day Ceremony
November 11, 2020
Blue Ash Bicentennial Veterans Memorial, Blue Ash, Ohio
Lunch at the Rec Center follows

Holiday in Lights
November 13, 2020 – January 2, 2021
Sharon Woods at 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, Ohio
Outdoor light display with music!

Cincinnati Dessert Festival
November 15, 2020
Liberty Center at 7100 Foundry Row, Liberty Twp., Ohio
Sample desserts from 20+ Cincinnati “treat makers” — this is a drive-thru event

Borealis (formerly Holiday Lights on the Hill)
November 20, 2020 – January 3, 2021
1763 Ohio 128 (Hamilton-Cleves Road) at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park in Hamilton, Ohio
Two-mile round trip drive-through light display

Christkindlmarkt
November 20–22, 2020
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 20 – December 23, 2020
Morrow, Ohio
One million holiday lights that are synced to music.

PNC Festival of Lights
November 21, 2020 – January 3, 2020 (+ Jan 8,9, 10,15,16 and 17)
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden at 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Come and see the magical lights!

Thanksgiving Day 10k Run and Walk
November 23–29, 2020
The 111th year for this annual event. Virtual run/walk and then go home to gobble down

Light Up Middletown
November 26 – December 31, 2020
500 Tytus Avenue at Smith Park in Middletown, Ohio
Drive-through light display!

Santa’s Workshop
November 28, 2020 (+December 5, 12 and 19, 2020)
Washington Park, Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio
Visit Santa and his elves, make an ornament

Symmes Township Operation Santa
December 5, 2020
Throughout the township


DAYTON AND SPRINGFIELD OHIO

Centerville Try a Truck Drive-Through
October 3, 2020
Municipal Maintenance Facility at 789 Orchard Lane, Centerville, Ohio
Trucks on display. Receive a goody bag. Stay in your car and look!

Springboro 3rd Annual BBQFest
October 3, 2020
North Park at 195 Tamarack trail, Springboro, Ohio
COVID-19 restrictions apply with masks and distancing. Live music and food trucks

Spooky Search
October 10, 2020
Kettering Recreation Complex at 2900 Glengarry Dr., Kettering, Ohio
The hunt begins at dusk for eggs filled with toys, candy or coupons. Must register.

Springfield Symphony Orchestra
October 16, 2020
Clark State Performing Arts Center at 300 S. Fountain Avenue, Springfield, Ohio
Enjoy the music

Vintage Market Days of Dayton-Cincinnati – Home for the Holidays
October 30 – November 1, 2020
120 Fairgrounds Rd. at Greene County Expo Center, Xenia Ohio
Start your holiday shopping early.

Wag-O-Ween
October 31, 2020
Kettering Recreation Complex at 2900 Glengarry Dr., Kettering, Ohio
Trick or treating for the dogs. photo booth and pet costume contest.

NMRA Annual Dayton Train Show

November 7–8, 2020
Montgomery County Fairgrounds at 645 Infirmary Rd., Dayton, Ohio
Vendors, exhibitors, food trucks and more. Facebook

Centerville Veterans Day Ceremony
November 9–11, 2020
Stubbs Park at 255 W. Spring Valley Rd., Centerville, Ohio
Color Guard presentation and music. Facebook

Sugarplum Festival Of Trees
November 14, 2020
Dayton Masonic Center at 525 W. Riverview Ave., Dayton, Ohio
View the trees! Boutique and raffles.

Jeff Dunham: Seriously!
November 19, 2020
Wright State University at 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton, Ohio
Comedy!

A Carillon Christmas
November 20– December 30, 2020
Carillon Park at 1000 Carillon Boulevard, Dayton, Ohio
Enjoy the Carillon Tree of Light, candy cane slopes, train rides and more!

Ringing in the Holidays
November 21, 2020
Carillon Historical Park at 1000 Carillon Boulevard, Dayton, Ohio
Music and festivities

Springfield Antique Show
November 21, 2020
Clark County Fairgrounds at 4401 S. Charleston Pike, Springfield, Ohio
Enjoy the hunt for a treasure!

Woodland Lights
November 22 – December 1, 2020 (various nights) + Dec 6–23, 2020 (nightly)
Countryside Park at 895 Miamisburg Centerville Rd., Washington Township, Ohio
Walk the half-mile path of holiday lights and displays

Clifton Mill Christmas Lights
November 27 – December 30, 2020
Clifton Mill at 75 Water Street in Clifton, Ohio
3.5 million Christmas lights throughout the mill, riverbanks and bridges

Dayton Holiday Festival
November 27, 2020
Downtown Dayton, Ohio
Children’s parade, tree lighting on Courthouse Square and more.

Grand Illumination
November 27, 2010
100 South Market Street, Downtown Troy, Ohio
Light the night in downtown Troy with carriage rides, Kris Kringle Market and the tree lighting

Holiday Lights at Lost Creek Reserve
November 27– December 27, 2020
Lost Creek Reserve at 2645 E. St. Rt. 41 in Troy, Ohio
Drive-through light tour!


SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA

Tri-State Antique Market
September 6, October 4 and November 1, 2020
Lawrencebrug Fairgrounds, US 50, Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Find a treasure

Indiana Wine Trail Fall Haul
November 7–8, 2020
Ertel Cellars Winery at 3794 East County Rd.,Batesville, Indiana
5 wineries are participating

Whiskey City Festival
November 7, 2020
91 Walnut Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Whiskey tastings, music and food

A Victorian Christmas Exhibit at Hillforest
November 20 – December 30, 2020 (Tuesdays – Sundays. Closed on Thanksgiving)
213 Fifth Street, Aurora, Indiana
Go back in time to experience a Victorian Christmas

Festival of Trees & Host of Angels
November 27 – December 31, 2020
Lanthier Winery ay 123 Mill Street, Madison, Indiana
Midwest’s largest collection of holiday angels


Are we missing an event? Let us know: sknabe@sibcycline.com

7 Homes for Sale Now with Heavenly Backyards

These to-die-for Cincinnati area homes take outdoor living to a whole new level.

Whether you’re a voyeur or a buyer, there is no shortage of “wow factor” with the luxury homes for sale now in the Southwest Ohio region. When it comes to backyards, these local homes have it all–no exotic location necessary.

Into the Wild in Mason

If you are a fan of organic spaces, you will especially love this backyard pool at 6646 Ross Lane, one of the homes for sale now by The Cameron Group in Mason, Ohio. Rocks, trees, a waterfall…it has all the elements of being out in the wild. Except, it’s not.

The Cameron Group with Sibcy Cline is seeking a discerning luxury buyer for 6646 Ross Lane in Mason, Ohio.

There’s nothing quite like enjoying the wilderness of your own backyard. But here you can be close to your kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom (none of which disappoint in this house). You can pretend like you’re on your own island, minus the stranded and deserted parts.

You won’t have problems finding friends to join you in this magical place once you make it your home. Mason, Ohio is a friendly suburban community close to Cincinnati with many wonderful down-to-earth people.

With a backyard like this one, 6646 Ross Lane in Mason could be your permanent happy place. Bonus: nearby Adesso Coffee will have your caffeine fix covered with gourmet lattes.

Rain or Shine on the River in Anderson Township

If you’re looking for homes for sale now, you might notice that the ones with pools are hot tickets. In fact, pools are on the list of “must-haves” for luxury home buyers, especially in 2020 when most of the world is re-discovering the art of staying home.

And when you have to stay home, you might as well enjoy some pool time along with fantastic river views at the same time, right? We think so!

Contact Sibcy Cline agent Debbie Tully to hear more about 322 Bishopsbridge Drive in Anderson Township.

This Anderson Township home delivers on both the pool and the river views. Check. And check. All you need to do is move in and get straight to relaxing.

Among the other homes for sale right now, this home stands out for having a large amount of covered porch space, so rainy days are, well, covered. You can work, learn, lounge, and enjoy an evening cocktail in whatever weather Ohio decides to serve up at the moment.

A Mid-Century Dream in Terrace Park

If you like the idea of your own estate farm, but prefer a house with a more modern look than your typical farmhouse, take a look at Sibcy Cline agent Steve Early’s listing at 742 Indian Hill Rd. in Terrace Park. This owner has taken the farm out of the house and updated to a sleek Mid-century decor with a sophisticated vibe on the back deck that will make your city friends feel right at home for outdoor parties.

Steve Early with Sibcy Cline is the listing agent on this property at 742 Indian Hill Rd. in Terrace Park.

No need to worry about being too far out in the country, your friends won’t have a long drive home from Terrace Park. Driving time to downtown is approximately 20 minutes with I-275 just 10 minutes away, giving easy access to all the major highways.

Of course, you’ll have plenty of room for guests to stay at 742 Indian Hill Rd. and all the amenities to entertain such as a pool, game room/theatre, a barn, and 4 acres to roam!

A Light-filled Country Estate in Anderson Township

Like a more classic vibe to your country estate dream home? 580 Chaswil Dr. in Anderson Township may be one of the homes for sale now that strikes your fancy. Much care has been taken in updating this 32-year-old estate to give it the modern touches that will allow you to move in and start enjoying the home right away, including the inviting outdoor spaces.

Julie K. Back with Sibcy Cline is the listing agent for this property at 580 Chaswil Dr. in Anderson Township.

Imagine the summers in your own outdoor oasis in this Anderson Township home, conveniently located close to Cincinnati. It’s one of the Sibcy Cline homes for sale now that includes a pool, a must-have these days when we are all keeping close to home more often. One bonus in this home is the meticulously kept gardens. You’ll feel like you’re walking the English countryside right here in Southwest Ohio.

Sweeping Views in Indian Hill

Speaking of English countrysides, this home for sale now at 6250- Redbird Hollow Ln. in Indian Hill provides a view that rivals any we’ve seen near or far.

This view from 6250 Redbird Hollow Ln. is available through Maureen Pippin and Jessica Jones of Sibcy Cline.

And you have plenty of room on this expansive brick patio to fit all your family, friends, food, and cocktails for an evening of watching the sun set over Cincinnati.

This home for sale at 6250 Redbird Ln. is available through Maureen Pippin and Jessica Jones of Sibcy Cline.

Originally a farming community that evolved into a rural weekend destination for city-dwellers, the Village of Indian Hill is now a short 5-minute drive from Kenwood Towne Centre, a bustling shopping destination in the area. This home for sale now offers both a retreat lifestyle along with the local amenities of shops and restaurants so you can have the best of both worlds at 6250 Redbird Hollow Ln.

Three-Season Living in Montgomery

If you are the type that likes the fresh air, but can do without the bugs, wind, sun, and rain, this back porch screen room at 7445 Stonemeadow Ln. is perfect for your tastes.

Celia Carroll with Angel Munafo Apking will be hosting an open house this Sunday, Oct. 4 at this Sibcy Cline listing on 7445 Stonemeadow Ln. in Montgomery.

Much like this charming porch, the city of Montgomery where this listing is located still retains much of the country charm of its bygone days. The popular cluster of shops and businesses is just a few short minutes from your comfortable seat relaxing here with your book and coffee.

High on the Hillside in Indian Hill

Maybe instead of cozy back porches you prefer to have a birds-eye view of the land. Look no further than this balcony above Indian Hill at 7735 Rock Hill Ln. This listing perches you well above the tree tops for an unrivaled view.

Kim Vincent with Sibcy Cline is the listing agent for this property at 7735 Rock Hill Ln. in Indian Hill.

With its location on a hillside, this home offers a variety of landscaping features, including both an upper balcony and a lower patio. The lower porch features a wading porch for you to relax and enjoy the view.

Kim Vincent with Sibcy Cline is the listing agent for this property at 7735 Rock Hill Ln. in Indian Hill.

Check out more photos of this listing’s interesting features as well as many more local homes for sale at sibcycline.com.

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2020 Local Haunted Houses in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Southeastern Indiana and Dayton – in a Socially Distanced Way

Haunted houseRegional haunted houses will be different this year in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Southeastern Indiana, Dayton and Springfield, Ohio for 2020. Due to COVID-19, social distancing and outside events are encouraged. Here is the best-practice guideline for Halloween events from Ohio and another guideline from the CDC.

Be sure to check first to make sure your favorite haunted house is operating for 2020 before heading out the door:

NORTHERN KENTUCKY

The Mayhem Mansion
13966 DeCoursey Pike, Morning View, Kentucky 41063
A very spooky home. Come if you dare.

Sandylandacres Haunted Hayride and Farmers Revenge
4172 Belleview Road, Petersburg
Voted best haunted hayride! Masks to be worn at all times.

Haunted Trails of Whispering Woods
Georgetown
Hayrides take you deep into the back woods

USS Nightmare – cancelled for 2020
101 Riverboat Row in Newport
The 30-minute tour on a steamboat has two very scary levels

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SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA

Fear Factory Haunted House – cancelled 
7  S. Eastern Ave in Batesville, Indiana
This house was rated #5 in Indiana! Their website has lots of scary pics so be prepared to be frightened! This house benefits the Cierra’s Club.

Haunted House Lost Soul Asylum
Aurora Fireplace at 5950 Dutch Hollow Road in Aurora, Indiana

Haunted Tour of Metamora
September 12 – October 31, 2020 (Saturdays)
19042 Main Street, Metamora, Indiana
1.5 hour walking haunted tour — learn about the history of Metamora

Horror Hike Haunted Trail
1415 E. Eads Parkway, Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Half-mile hike that will make you scream!


CINCINNATI, OHIO

All Hallow’s Eve Terror Town
1449 Greenbush Cobb Road in Williamsburg, Ohio
Haunted trail, food, drinks, live music and horror games. Masks/social distancing required.

Brimstone Haunt 
472 Brimstone Rd., Wilmington, Ohio
Located at the grounds of the Ohio Renaissance Festival. Three scare options: hayride, forest trail and an indoor haunt. Masks required.

Dent Schoolhouse
5963 Harrison Avenue, Dent, Ohio (45248)
Promoted as Cincinnati’s scariest haunted house! The site has been known to be haunted. (Their website is pretty scary!) Monsters will be socially distanced. Guest need to wear masks (as will monsters.)

Halloween Haunt – cancelled for 2020
Kings Island in Mason
6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason, Ohio
Scare zones include a backwoods bayou, cemetery drive, freak street and nightmare alley.

Haunted Village
October 9, 10, 16,17, 23 and 24, 2020
Heritage Village Museum at Sharon Woods, Cincinnati, Ohio
Family-friendly, slight-fright event! Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Highway 50 Fright Field – cancelled for 2020
October 4–27, 2019 (Fridays and Saturdays)
11294 Highway 50, North Bend, Ohio
Travel a haunted trail into haunted woods and back…

Land of Illusion Scream Park
8762 Thomas Road in Middletown, Ohio
This haunted scream park has 4 haunted houses and 1 trail.

Madisonville Haunted Trail
October 31, 2020
Trail entrance behind the school off Bramble and Homer (4324 Home Ave), Madisonville, Cincinnati, Ohio
Less-spooky version at 6pm. Haunted version at 7pm. Social distancing and number of people on the trail to be monitored.

Mt. Healthy Haunted Hall – cancelled for 2020
7700 Seward Avenue (45231), Cincinnati, Ohio
House, 5 tents, a back yard and a giant vortex. This is the oldest continuously running haunted attraction in the area! Facebook

Queen City Is Haunted
October through October 24, 2020 (Fridays – Sundays)
American Legacy Tours presents an outside 3/4-mile walking tour about murder, death and other scary tales. Limited tickets for each tour.

Zipping from Zombies
Camp Kern at 5291 State Route 360, Oregonia, Ohio
Escape the undead below!

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DAYTON, OHIO

Brimstone Haunted Hayride
September 28 – October 27, 2018
472 Brimstone Rd, Wilmington, Ohio
Hayride and forgotten forest

Dayton History, Mystery, Mayhem and Murder Tour – cancelled for 2020
Various dates October 2020
Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum at 118 Woodland Ave., Dayton, Ohio
Tales of bank robbers and murderers

Dayton Scream Park
5117 Valley Street, Dayton, Ohio
Haunted trails, 40 live monsters, hay ride

Face Your Fears Hotel of Terror
1291 Cold Springs Road, Springfield, Ohio
1858 Haunted house with four stories of terror

Haunted Wagon Rides at Young’s Dairy – cancelled for 2020
September 25–26, 2020 (+Friday and Saturday evenings in October)
6880 Springfield-Xenia Road, Yellow Springs, Ohio
Scary stories while on the wagon – stories designed for families with kids

Horror Acres
6995 Springfield Jamestown Rd in Springfield, Ohio
This haunted attraction has won a lot of “best of’s”…Best Queue Line Entertainer, Best Freddy Krueger, etc…

Jaycees Haunted Castle of Carnage Trail & Maze
September 25 – October 21, 2020  (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays)
1213 Harshman Rd., Riverside, Ohio
Masks required. Facebook

Lewisburg Haunted Cave – cancelled for 2020
4392 Swishers Mill Road, Lewisburg, Ohio
Be prepared to get scared 80 feet below the ground in a limestone cave!

Sidney Haunted Woods
September 19 – October 31, 2020
2232 W. Russell Rd., Sidney, Ohio
Half-mile trail of terror.

Wilmington Haunted Hollow Ride – cancelled for 2020
1261 W. Dalton Road in Wilmington
Enjoy (??) a haunted bus ride through a forest of monsters and more. And there’s more: nightmare penitentiary, slaughter hotel and terror in the corn!

If haunted houses are not your thing, take a look at homes in the area for sale!

Local Home Sales Report for August 2020

August Home Sales Report Sibcy Cline Realtors

Home sales increased for most local regions in August. For the 17th consecutive month, the average home price rose over the prior year for the Cincinnati region. The dollar volume for the month increased by 22%. In the Dayton area, August also saw gains for home sales with increases in the number of homes sold (7%) as well as average and median price increases. In Northern Kentucky, the average home price increased by over 8%.

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

CINCINNATI / SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA

August 2020 vs  August 2019

  • +7.19% Increase in homes sold (2,742 homes vs 2,558 homes)
  • 14.30% Increase in average sale price ($258,269 vs $225,955)
  • 17.94% Increase in median sale price ($222,250 vs $188,450)
  • 22.52% Increase in gross sales volume ($708,172,943 vs $577,992,493)

January–August 2020 vs January–August 2019

  • -3.51% Decrease in homes sold (16,973 homes vs 17,590 homes)
  • 7.51% Increase in average sale price ($243.541 vs $226,521)
  • 8.92% Increase in median sale price ($201,500 vs $185,000)
  • 3.74% Increase in gross sales volume ($4,133,629,273 vs $3,984,505,664)

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

DAYTON

August 2020 vs August 2019

  • 7.02% Increase in homes sold (1,707 homes vs 1,595 homes)
  • 14.27% Increase in average sale price ($203,934 vs $178,464)
  • 12.90% Increase in median sale price ($175,000 vs $155,000)
  • 22.30% Increase in sales volume ($348,114,929 vs $284,650,861)

January–August 2020 vs January–August 2019

  • -1.57 Decrease in homes sold (10,925 homes vs 11,099 homes)
  • 9.17% Increase in average sale price ($192,743 vs $176,554)
  • 8.88% Increase in median sale price ($165,500 vs $152,000)
  • 7.46% Increase in sales volume ($2,105,719,680 vs $1,959,571,932)

Statistics courtesy of Dayton Realtors August 2020 Home Sales Report

NORTHERN KENTUCKY

August 2020 vs August 2019

  • -.94% Decrease in homes sold (736 homes vs 743 homes)
  • 8.76% Increase in average sale price ($242,470 vs $222,931)
  • 22.19% Increase in median sale price ($223,000 vs $182,500)
  • 7.74% Increase in sales volume ($178,458,290 vs $165,637,773)

January–August 2020 vs January–August 2019

  • -2.08% Decrease in homes sold (4,841 homes vs 4,944 homes)
  • 8.89% Increase in average sale price ($224,437 vs $206,122)
  • 12.21% Increase in median sale price ($198,142 vs $176,575)
  • 6.26% Increase in sales volume ($1,086,503,417 vs $1,019,070,835)

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

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Julie K. Back is Named the Number One Agent in Ohio and Sibcy Cline’s Number One Agent

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Julie K. Back of Sibcy Cline’s Hyde Park office, was named the top sales agent for the state of Ohio for 2020 (Pinnacle Individual Top Dollar Volume Award) for the fourth consecutive year! The announcement was made on September 22, 2020 at the Ohio REALTORS® convention held online.

In previous years, Julie has been honored as the #1 agent for the Ohio REALTORS® organization in 2017, 2018 and 2019; #2 sales agent in 2016 and 2015; #4 agent in 2012; and #5 agent in 2011.

Says Robin Sibcy Sheakley, President of Sibcy Cline Realtors, “To be the number one agent in Ohio for four consecutive years is simply incredible. Julie is very dedicated to her clients and has an exceptional work ethic. We are very proud of Julie’s achievements and are thrilled she is part of the Sibcy Cline team!”

Julie was also named Sibcy Cline’s top agent in September. She has held this honor for the past nine years. In addition, she has been named the top agent in the city as part of the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors® Circle of Excellence in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Julie was featured on the cover of Cincinnati Real Producers Magazine in 2019. She has been honored as one of the Women of Influence by Venue Magazine in 2018 and was among the “10 Women Who Mean Business” by the Business Courier in 2017.

Says Rob Sibcy, Chairman of the Board at Sibcy Cline, “We have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Julie for many years. She is amazing and is a self-driven and highly focused salesperson. Julie is also very kind and positive. We are simply in awe of her success and delighted that her hard work has paid off. To be the very best in sales for the entire state of Ohio four times in a row is just incredible.”

About Julie K. Back
Julie has lived in both Hyde Park and Indian Hill with deep local ties as a Cincinnati native. She is a graduate of Summit Country Day and the University of Cincinnati. She began her real estate career in 1994 with Sibcy Cline. Her sales focus has been on eastern Cincinnati including downtown, Hyde Park, Montgomery,  Mt. Adams, Mt. Lookout, Columbia-Tusculum, Madeira as well as her own neighborhood in Indian Hill.

Over the years Julie has made many friends and connections locally. These friendships coupled with her passion and dedication for real estate have helped her succeed. Her caring spirit added to her knowledge of her marketplace and has earned her glowing referrals from clients and respect of her fellow sale agents.

Julie is based out of the Sibcy Cline Hyde Park office located on Erie Avenue. Says David Hummel, Vice President/Sales Manager of the office, “We are so very proud of Julie! To be the top agent in Ohio for four consecutive years is amazing. Everyone at the Hyde Park office is cheering for her. It takes much dedication to be at the top of sales for not only Sibcy Cline, but our city and now again for our state.”