Home Improvements: What to Do and What to Avoid

Shopping cart in a hardware store

Planning on updating your home? Before you make changes, consider if the updates will bring value to your home when it’s time to sell. Here are some tips to consider:

Kitchen
If you have a kitchen that has seen better days an update may be the right thing to do. A total renovation can be expensive so consider cosmetic changes before committing to any major updating.

Budget Friendly Changes:
1. If cabinets are in good condition, paint them and add new hardware. (If the cabinet face needs updating, have them replaced and then painted.)
2. Update the hardware and/or sink.
3. Missing a backsplash? This is an easy update to make. See how to here.
4. New appliances can make a big change in a kitchen. Just do not go overboard with the brand.

Bathrooms
Bathrooms are one of the most popular home-improvement projects for home owners. And, it’s a project that can pay off! Keep your renovation simple with paint, new lighting and fresh caulk. If you keep your update under $5,000, you might turn a profit when selling.

If you need more extensive work in the bathroom, do not go overboard with the tub, shower and floor.

Lighting
Avoid fancy “to taste” lights and chandeliers. Trendy lighting can be “in” one day and “out” the next. New lights can be relatively inexpensive and make a large impact. Consider replacing light bulbs with brighter, more efficient ones. While you are at it, purchase new light switch covers.

Wallpaper
Although you may love your wallpaper selection, the next home buyer may not. Stick to paint – it’s safer.

Tiling
Over-personalized tile may be a mistake for a home renovation depending upon the taste of the next homeowner. Keep your tile installation neutral. Then add a colorful or quirky rug to place on top.

Bedrooms
The number of bedrooms is important when selling a home. If you have been considering converting a bedroom or widening a bedroom into another, think again. It might be better to put renovation dollars into another project.

Windows
If the windows are efficient and in good shape, consider adding trim to give that wow factor. Molding works wonders.

Interior Doors
Have your doors and their hardware seen better days? Think about replacing doors them. Having matching doors will make your interior spaces feel more cohesive and appealing. (Consider fire resistant materials for bedroom doors.) Watch this video and follow instructions from the Family Handyman if you enjoy DIY projects.

Carpet
Before installing wall-to-wall carpet, think about using hardwood or laminate flooring instead. People prefer these type of materials over carpeting. A new carpet will only remain “new” for a short period of time.

Front Door
New doors can be expensive. If your front door is in good condition, consider updating the hardware. Add a new welcome mat and you will be set.

Landscaping
Curb appeal is very important when selling your home, but there is a fine line of overdoing landscaping projects. High-maintenance gardens could be daunting to prospective buyers. Keep it simple: add new flowers and plants and be sure to pull weeds. Add walkway lights.

Sun Room Addition
This type of home addition can be expensive and you usually only recoup half of what you spend.

Hobby Rooms
Rooms converted for hobbies (ie: sewing rooms, man caves, home gyms, themed bedrooms, etc…) take a generic room and change its focus on that single hobby or interest. What you spend for your enjoyment may leave few interested buyers in the future.

If you do want to pursue having a hobby room, consider changes that are easy to remove when you sell.

Built-In High-Tech Installations
Customized electronics and built-in technology can quickly become outdated and bring down the value of your home. A home theater is a safe bet, but avoid adding a custom fish tank or expensive techie items.

New Deck
A new deck costs an average for $17,000 (per Remodeling’s Cost vs Value Report.) If your deck is in good condition, consider staining or painting it to freshen it up. Add lighting to your deck to create ambiance. This can be a DIY project.

Garage
Garage conversions will not work in your favor. People want garages for their cars and storage. If you make it into a bedroom, study, gym or other type of room, home buyers will want it converted back. Simply paint the garage floor to freshen it up and add storage shelves if needed.

Pool/Hot Tub
A luxury item such as a pool or hot tub are great to enjoy during hot summer days, but when selling your home, they might not pay off. In-ground pools are expensive, require maintenance and treatment. The same goes for a hot tub. Remember, not everyone wants to take care of a pool or hot tub.

Ultimately when making changes to your home, you need to ask: “Am I remodeling for my quality of life or to increase my home’s value or resale price?”

Need assistance with your home update project? Contact Sibcy Cline Home Services. They have vetted pros who can help!


February 2023 Local Events: Cincinnati, Ohio; N Kentucky; Dayton and Springfield, Ohio; and Southeastern Indiana

February 2023 local events

Looking for something fun to do in February? Check out our list of local events throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana. You are sure to find something to peak your interest. Events are in order by region and then by date.

Did we miss your event? Let us know at sknabe@sibcycline.com


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CINCINNATI, OHIO EVENTS

Grand Horizons (CENTRAL)
Through February 5, 2023
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati at 1127 Vine St., Cincinnati, Ohio
Comedy about marriage and family

The Rewards of Being Frank (CENTRAL)
Through February 18, 2023
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company at 1195 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Comedy by Oscar Wilde

Boeing Boeing (WEST)
Through February 19, 2023
Covedale Center for the Performing Arts at 4990 Glenway Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio

Fountain Square Ice Skating (CENTRAL)
Through February 20, 2023
Fountain Square at corner of Vine and 5th Streets, Cincinnati, Ohio


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Bunnies and Blooms (CENTRAL)
February 1 – March 12, 2023
Krohn Conservatory at 1501 Eden Park Dr., Cincinnati, Ohio
Bunnies, vegetable-themed gardens and a collection of classic bunny books

Dancing with the Stars: Live! (CENTRAL)
February 1, 2023
Taft Theatre at 317 E. Fifth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio

First Friday (NORTH)
February 3, 2023
Pendleton Art Center at 1105 Central Avenue, Middletown, Ohio
Art, music and food!

Cincy Beerfest (CENTRAL)
February 3–4, 2023
Duke Energy Convention Center at 525 Elm St., Cincinnati, Ohio
Sip brews

Share the Love Tour: Stephen Sharer (CENTRAL)
February 3, 2023
Taft Theatre at 317 E.Fifth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
YouTuber

38 Special Concert (CENTRAL)
February 3, 2023
Hard Rock Casino at 1000 Broadway St., Cincinnati, Ohio

Bridalrama (CENTRAL)
February 4–5, 2023
Duke Energy Convention at 524 Elm St., Cincinnati, Ohio
Here comes the bride!

Fitton Showstoppers – Super Sounds of the 70s (NORTH)
February 4, 2023
Fitton Center for Creative Arts at 101 S. Monument St., Hamilton, Ohio

John Crist: The Emotional Support Tour (CENTRAL)
February 4, 2023
Taft Theatre at 317 E.Fifth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
YouTuber and comedian

Original Findlay Market Tour (CENTRAL)
February 4, 11, 18 and 24, 2023 (weekly tours )
Findlay Market at 1801 Race Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
90-minute tour includes meeting merchants. and samples from 5 shops

Chocolate in the Chapel (WEST)
February 5, 2023
Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum at 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio
Sample and purchase sweet treats

Dr. Jorgan Peterson (CENTRAL)
February 5, 2023
Taft Theatre at 317 E.Fifth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Psychology of religions

Adam Sandler LIVE (CENTRAL)
February 6, 2023
Heritage Bank Center at 100 Broadway, Cincinnati, Ohio

Winter Moonlight Stroll (WEST)
February 6, 2023
Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum at 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio
Walking tour

Jolly’Drive_In s Rootbeer Stand Opens (North)
February 9, 2023
210 N. Erie Blvd., Hamilton, Ohio
86 years in business!

Crushin’ It! Variety Show
February 10–11, 2023
Loveland Stage Company at 111 South 2nd St., Loveland, Ohio

Heather McMahan (CENTRAL)
February 10, 2023
Taft Theatre at 317 E.Fifth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Comedian

Hearts Afire Weekend (EAST)
February 10–12, 2023
Downtown Loveland, Ohio
Carriage rides, performers, ice sculptures and more

Walk on Wilburn (EAST)
February 10, 2023 (+Mar 10, Apr 14, May 12, Jun 9, Jul 14, Aug 11, Sep 8, Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 9)
East Walnut Hills business district along Woodburn Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio
Shop, eat and enjoy

Cupid’s Undie Run (CENTRAL)
February 11, 2023
Galla Park at 175 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, Ohio
Run in your long johns!

3D Paper Collage Valentine Workshop (CENTRAL)
February 11, 2023
Clifton Cultural Arts Center at 2827 Short Vine St, Clifton (Cincinnati), Ohio
Ages 16+ will enjoy this activity

Legendz of the Street Tour – Reloaded (CENTRAL)
February 11, 2023
Heritage Bank Center at 100 Broadway, Cincinnati, Ohio

Michael Bolton Concert (CENTRAL)
February 11, 2023
Hard Rock Casino at 1000 Broadway St., Cincinnati, Ohio

Art on Vine LOCAL LOVE (CENTRAL)
February 12, 2023
Rhinegeist at 1910 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio (Over-the-Rhine)
Local markets at the brewery

Halfway to Burger Week
Thoughout Cincinnati, Ohio and Northern Kentucky
February 13–16, 2023
Download the app!

Wine Tasting and Story Telling
February 16, 2023
Loveland Museum Center at 201 Riverside Ave., Loveland, Ohio
Learn all about Loveland

Mittenfest (CENTRAL)
February 18–19, 2023
Washington Park at 1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio

My Furry Valentine (WEST)
February 18–19, 2023
Sharonville Convention Center at 11355 Chester Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio
Adoption event

Princess & Frog (Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati) (CENTRAL)
February 18–19 and 25–26, 2023
Taft Theatre at 317 E.Fifth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio

Presidential Presentation (WEST)
February 20, 2023
Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum at 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio
Learn about the presidential connections found throughout Spring Grove

Gaelic Storm (CENTRAL)
February 21, 2023
Taft Theatre at 317 E.Fifth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Country music and Celtic

Breakfast for Dinner (CENTRAL)
February 23, 2023
The Cincinnati Club at 30 Garfield Place, Cincinnati, Ohio
Sweet and savory food; live music; tickets required

Proper Pruning Techniques (WEST)
February 23, 2023
Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum at 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio

Cold Nights and Warm Spirits at Ault Park (EAST)
February 24, 2023
Ault Park at 5090 Observatory Circle, Cincinnati, Ohio (Hyde Park)
Whiskey tastings, snack and music; tickets required

Love Sick (NORTH)
February 24–26, 2023
Fairfield Community Arts Center at 411 Wessel Dr., Fairfield, Ohio 45014
Hilarious play about suburban reality

Hamlet (CENTRAL)
February 25 – March 20, 2023
The Otto M. Budig Theater at 1195 Elm St., Cincinnati, Ohio
A classic!

LeCarnivale
February 25, 2023
Sharonville Convention Center at 11355 Chester Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
Celebrate Mardi Gras

Maple Sugarin’ Time at Caldwell Nature Preserve (EAST)
February 25, 2023
430 W. North Bend Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio (Carthage)
Tap trees and learn about maple sugaring

Morning Sun (CENTRAL)
February 25 – March 19, 2023
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati at 1127 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Drama about mothers and daughters

Pom Poms and Tassels: Family Workshop (CENTRAL)
February 25, 2023
Clifton Cultural Arts Center at 2827 Short Vine St, Clifton (Cincinnati), Ohio
Learn how to make these decorations

20th Century Cincinnati 28th Annual Modernism Show (EAST)
February 25–26, 2023
Sharonville Convention Center at 11355 Chester Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio

Welcome to Night Vale (CENTRAL)
February 25, 2023
Taft Theatre at 317 E.Fifth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Spooky


NORTHERN KENTUCKY EVENTS


Singing in the Rain
Through February 12, 2023 (various dates)
The Carnegie at 144 Madison Ave., Covington, Kentucky

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Love on the Levee
February 11, 2023
Newport on the Levee at 1 Levee Way, Newport, Kentucky
Live music, snackss and more

Twelfth Night
February 16–23, 2023
Stauss Theater, NKU at 100 Nunn Dr., Highland Heights, Kentucky

Mardi Gras Parade
February 18, 2023
MainStrasse, Covington, Kentucky

Shop Bellevue Winter Carnival
February 25, 2023
Washington Ave (near Fairfield), Bellevue, Kentucky
Chili cook off, food, games


DAYTON AND SPRINGFIELD, OHIO EVENTS

The Wolves
Through February 5, 2023
Beavercreek Community Theater at 3868 Dayton-Xenia Rd., Beavercreek, Ohio

Steeple People
Through February 12, 2023
LaComedia Dinner Theatre at 765 W. Central Ave., Springboro, Ohio
Southern Gospel comedy

Riverscape Ice Skating
Through February 28, 2023
Riverscape MetroPark at 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton, Ohio
The region’s largest outdoor ice rink!

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Black Tour World Premier
February 4–5, 2023
Victoria Theatre at 138 N. Main St., Dayton, Ohio
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company performs

Rewind: Celebrating The Music of the 80s
February 4, 2023
The Schuster Center at 1 W. 2nd St., Dayton, Ohio
Tony award-winning musical

Art Hops at Front Street
February 5 and 19, 2023
1001 E. 2nd St., Dayton, Ohio
Live music, art demos, food trucks and art exhibitions

Chilly Weather Chili Cook-Off
February 5, 2023
2751 Washington Mill Rd., Bellbrook, Ohio
Win the Cheesy Chili Trophy!

Maria Callas – A Centennial Celebration
February 5, 2023
The Schuster Center at 1 W. 2nd St., Dayton, Ohio
Dayton Opera

Valentine Pet Portraits
February 5, 2023
Fur the Luv of Dogs Bakery
317 W. Garland Ave., Fairborn, Ohio
(fee for the photo session)

Dayton Ballet 85th Diamond Anniversary
February 10–12, 2023
Victoria Theatre at 138 N. Main St., Dayton, Ohio
Enjoy the ballet!

Our Lady of the Rosary Fish Fry
February 10, 2023
22 Notre Dame Ave., Dayton, Ohio
Fresh fried fish!

The Judds: The Final Tour
February 11, 2023
Wright State University Nutter Center at 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton, Ohio

Mike Super: Magician and Illusionist 2.OH!
February 11, 2023
Arbogast Performing Arts Center at 500 S. Dorset Rd., Troy, Ohio
Enjoy the magic

Chardon Band Valentine’s Day Dance
February 12, 2023
American Czechoslovakian Club at 922 Valley St., Dayton, Ohio

Dayton Dinner Theater: Grease
February 12, 2023
The Brightside Event & Music Venue at 905 E. Third St., Dayton, Ohio

A Soldier’s Play
February 14–19, 2023
Victoria Theatre at 138 N. Main St., Dayton, Ohio
Human Race Theatre Company

Little Women: The Broadway Musical
February 16 – March 26, 2023
La Comedia Dinner Theatre at 765 W. Central Ave., Springboro, Ohio

Miami County Home & Garden Show
February 17–19, 2023
Hobart Arena at 255 Adams St., Troy, Ohio

Annual Fish Fry and Monte Carlo
February 18, 2023
VFW Veterans of Foreign Wars at 1123 S. Brown School Rd., Vandalia, Ohio

Plane Talks: In Honor of Presidents Day
February 18, 2023
National Museum of the US Air Force at 1100 Spaatz St., Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio

SportsCard Spectacular
February 18–19, 2023
Miami County Fairgrounds at 650 N. County Rd., Troy, Ohio

3rd Sunday at Front Street
February 19, 2023 (+Mar 19, Apr 16, May 14, Jun 18, July 16, Aug 20, Sept 17, Oct 15, Nov 19 & Dec 17)
1001 East 2nd St., Dayton, Ohio
Art galleries, market, food trucks and music

Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday Party
February 21, 2023
Watermark Restaurant and Backwater Voodoo at 20 S. 1st St., Miamisburg, Ohio
Entertainment, food and more

Dayton Auto Show
February 23–26, 2023
Dayton Convention Center at 22 E. Fifth Street, Dayton, Ohio

Beavercreek Weekend of Jazz
February 24–26, 2023
Beavercreek High School at 2660 Dayton-Xenia Rd., Beavercreek, Ohio

Micro Drone Race at the Air Force Museum
February 24–25, 2023
National Museum of the US Air Force
1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

Neal Gittleman – Tchaikovsky’s Polish Symphony
February 24–25, 2023
The Schuster Center at 1 W. 2nd St., Dayton, Ohio
Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. – Celebration of the Music of Aretha Franklin
February 24–25, 2023
Victoria Theatre at 138 N. Main St., Dayton, Ohio

Tchaikovsky’s Polish Symphony
February 24–25, 2023
Schuster Center at 1 W. 2nd St., Dayton, Ohio
Dayton Philharmonic Symphony performs

Dayton Off Road Expo & Show
February 25–26, 2023
Roberts Centre at 123 Gano Rd., Wilmington, Ohio
Monster trucks and jeeps!

The Oak Ridge Boys: Front Porch Singin’
February 25, 2023
Arbogast Performing Arts Center at 500 S. Dorset Rd., Troy, Ohio

St. Anthony Fish Fry
February 25, 2023
830 Bowen St., Dayton, Ohio
Fish, games and more

Dayton Dinner Theater: Dazed and Confused
February 26, 2023
Brightside Event & Music Venue at 905 E. Third St., Dayton, Ohio

Heart to Heart Featuring Amy Grant
February 28, 2023
The Schuster Center at 1 W. 2nd St., Dayton, Ohio


SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA EVENTS

Winter Wonder – Batesville Sky
Through February 28, 2023
Downtown Batesville, Indiana
200-foot lighted tunnel with lit snowflakes

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Annual Cherry Thing-A-Ling Days
February 16–20, 2023
Schmidt’s Bakery at 125 Batesville Shopping Village, Batesville, Indiana
Delicious baked treats only available for a short time

Party Place Bridal Expo
February 18, 2023
RomWeber Marketplace at 7 South Eastern Ave., Batesville, Indiana

Special Olympics Polar Plunge 2023
February 18, 2023
Versailles State Park at 1004 US 50, Versailles, Indiana

Fourth Friday in Downtown Madison
February 24, 2023 (+Mar 24, Apr 28, May 26, Jun 23, Jul 28, Aug 25, Sep 22, Oct 27, Nov 24 and Dec 22)
Downtown Madison, Indiana
Live music and local shopping

Updated February 1, 2023



December 2022 Home Sales Report: Cincinnati; Northern Kentucky; Southeastern Indiana; and Dayton and Springfield, Ohio

December 2022 home sales report

Inventory of homes for sale remains low. It may be a great time for you to sell now and take advantage high home values. Here is a report by region of homes sales throughout November 2022:

CINCINNATI OHIO / SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA

December 2022 vs December 2021

-28.9% Decrease in homes sold (1,206 homes)
3.6% Increase in median sale price ($247,500)
-25.8% Decrease in sales volume ($361,824,212)
22.6% Increase in active homes for sale (1,326 units)
-18.1% Decrease in new listings (9`1 units)
Median days on market: 9

Year To Date 2022 vs Year To Date 2021

-13.5% Decrease in homes sold (18,601 homes vs 21,496 homes)
7.1% Increase in median sale price ($258.000 vs $241,000 )
-7.1% Decrease in sales volume ($5,846,236,866 vs $6,292,762,778)

Statistics courtesy of Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors December 2022 Home Sales Report


DAYTON AND SPRINGFIELD OHIO

December 2022 vs December 2021

-25.22% Decrease in homes sold (847 homes vs 944 homes)
5.81% Increase in average sale price ($231,423 vs $218,706)
3.78% Increase in median sale price ($192,000 vs $185,000)
-20.87% Decrease in sales volume ($254,565,594 vs $321,716,537)

Year To Date 2022 vs Year To Date 2021
-8.46% Decrease in homes sold (16,128 homes vs 17,618 homes)
9.32% Increase in average sale price ($239,754 vs $219,308)
10% Increase in median sale price ($203,500 vs $185,000)
.08% Increase in gross sales volume ($3,866,754,729 vs $3,863,776,025)

Statistics courtesy of Dayton Realtors December 2022 Home Sales Report


NORTHERN KENTUCKY

December 2022 vs December 2021

-35.96% Decrease in homes sold (463 homes vs 723 homes)
0.07% Decrease in average sale price ($288,536 vs $288,742)
0.00% Increase in median sale price ($250,000 vs $250,000)
36.01% Decrease in sales volume ($133,592,591 vs $208,761,074)

Year-To-Date 2022 vs Year-To-Date 2021

-12.66% Decrease in homes sold (6,936 homes vs 7,941 homes)
10.68% Increase in average sale price ($292,575 vs $264,337)
7.76% Increase in median sale price ($250,000 vs $232,000)
-3.33% Decrease in sales volume ($2,029,301,312 vs $2,099,682)

Statistics courtesy of N Kentucky Association of Realtors®

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Great Lighting – Increase Your Home’s Value!

Lighting ideas for your home

If you are getting your home ready to sell, think about how the use of lighting can help make it more appealing and increase in value. Here are some things to think about when staging your home:

Living area with large windows

Take Advantage of Natural Sunlight
If your home has rooms with large windows, open up the blinds and curtains to take advantage of the light that can pour into your home. Swap out heavier drapes for lighter-weight fabric so light can shine through them. Use sheers to diffuse light it the room is too sunny.

Large mirror in a hallway

Use Mirrors
Carefully positioned mirrors can help to redirect sunlight into rooms without sunny windows.

Highlight Positive Features 
Accent or targeted lighting can draw attention to your home’s best features. Have an accent niche and highlight it!

Lighting ideas for your home

Update Lighting
Consider updating the lighting in your kitchen and include under-cabinet recessed lighting – a very popular trend in kitchen design. Use an up-to-date chandelier in your dining room to give it a fresh look. Remove the tired (or ugly) shades from your lamps and replace with new ones. Target has great deals on shades. Add unexpected lighting – like a table lamp on a kitchen countertop. This addition can add warmth to the space.

Adequate Lighting
When staging a home to sell, usually “less is more”, but with lighting, more is best. Try using multiple light sources in a room with overhead lights, sconces as well as lamps or can lighting focused on wall art.

Need help hanging your lights? We can recommend local electricians through Sibcy Cline Home Services.

November Home Sales Report: Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Southeastern Indiana and Dayont and Springfield, Ohio

Home sales report November 2022

Inventory of homes for sale remains low. It may be a great time for you to sell now and take advantage high home values. Here is a report by region of homes sales throughout November 2022:

CINCINNATI OHIO / SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA

November 2022 vs November 2021

-12.1% Decrease in homes sold (1,251 homes)
2% Increase in median sale price ($250,000)
-26.3% Decrease in sales volume ($378,035,240)
20.2% Increase in active homes for sale (1,556 units)
-25.9 Decrease in new listings (1,193 units)
Median days on market: 8

Year To Date 2022 vs Year To Date 2021

-12.1% Decrease in homes sold (17,395 homes vs 19,799 homes)
7.9% Increase in median sale price ($259,900 vs $241,800 )
-5.5% Decrease in sales volume ($5,484,412,654 vs $5,804,896,279)

Statistics courtesy of Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors November 2022 Home Sales Report


DAYTON AND SPRINGFIELD OHIO

November 2022 vs November 2021

-13.13% Decrease in homes sold (1,158 homes vs 1,333 homes)
-.65% Decrease in average sale price ($223,178 vs $224,639)
0.00% Increase in median sale price ($190,000 vs $190,000)
-24.75% Decrease in sales volume ($249,512,868 vs $331,567,138)

Year To Date 2022 vs Year To Date 2021
-6.94% Decrease in homes sold (15,006 homes vs 16,125 homes)
9.55% Increase in average sale price ($240,310 vs $219,363)
10.81% Increase in median sale price ($205,000 vs $185,000)
1.95% Increase in gross sales volume ($3,606,087,817 vs $3,537,222,288)

Statistics courtesy of Dayton Realtors November 2022 Home Sales Report


NORTHERN KENTUCKY

November 2022 vs November 2021

-26.16% Decrease in homes sold (477 homes vs 646 homes)
8.57% Increase in average sale price ($307,403 vs $283,132)
8.75% Increase in median sale price ($267,000 vs $245,523)
-19.83% Decrease in sales volume ($146,631,692 vs $182,903,876)

Year-To-Date 2022 vs Year-To-Date 2021

-10.82% Decrease in homes sold (6,437 homes vs 7,218 homes)
11.58% Increase in average sale price ($292,211 vs $261,892)
8.70% Increase in median sale price ($250,000 vs $230,000)
-.50% Decrease in sales volume ($1,880,962 vs $1,890,341,608)

Statistics courtesy of N Kentucky Association of Realtors®

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January 2023 Local Events: Cincinnati; Northern Kentucky; Dayton and Springfield, Ohio; and Southeastern Indiana

January local events 2023

Looking for something fun to do in January? Check out our list of local events throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana. You are sure to find something to peak your interest. Events are in order by region and then by date.

Did we miss your event? Let us know at sknabe@sibcycline.com


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CINCINNATI, OHIO EVENTS

Christmas at EnterTRAINment Junction (NORTH)
Through January 1, 2023
7379 Squire Court, West Chester, Ohio
A holiday tradition with the magic of trains!

Christmas Night of Lights (EAST)
Through January 2, 2023
Coney Island at 6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio
Light show synchronized to holiday music

Holiday Junction: Duke Energy Holiday Trains (WEST)
Through January 2, 2023
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal at 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio

Middletown Holiday Whopla (NORTH)
Through January 3, 2023
Downtown: Central Ave. and S. Broad St., Middletown, Ohio
Lights, ice skating, music, vendors and more

Shillito Elves (CENTRAL)
Through January 3, 2023
The Foundry along 5th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio (across from Fountain Square)
Get your nostalgia fill be peering into the windows and enjoy the displays from years’ past

PNC Festival of Lights (CENTRAL)
Through January 8, 2023
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden at 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Come and see the magical lights!

Summit Park Ice Rink (EAST)
Through January 8, 2023
4335 Glendale Milford Rd., Blue Ash, Ohio
Various hours. Closed: 11/24, 12/25, 1/1

Dinosaurs of Antarctica: The Exhibition (CENTRAL)
Through January 15, 2023
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal at 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio
Take a journey back 200 million years!

Fountain Square Ice Skating (CENTRAL)
Through February 20, 2023
Fountain Square at corner of Vine and 5th Streets, Cincinnati, Ohio

Dinosaurs of Antarctica (WEST)
Through January 22, 2023
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal at 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio
Exhibit and Omnimax film


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Bengals Home Games (CENTRAL)
January 2, 2023
1 Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Anastasia – The New Broadway Musical (CENTRAL)
January 3–15, 2023
Aronoff Center at 650 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, Ohio

First Friday (NORTH)
January 6, 2023
Pendleton Art Center at 1105 Central Avenue, Middletown, Ohio
Art, music and food!

Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 (CENTRAL)
January 6–7, 2023
Music Hall at 1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati Symphony Orchetra

Wendy’s Bridal Show (CENTRAL)
January 7–8, 2023
Duke Energy Convention Center at 525 Elm St., Cincinnati, Ohio
Look at aisle after aisle for everything you need for a wedding

Cavalcade of Customs (CENTRAL)
January 13–15, 2023
Duke Energy Convention Center at 525 Elm St., Cincinnati, Ohio
Car show

Greig: Peer Gynt in Concert (CENTRAL)
January 13–14, 2023
Music Hall at 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Grand Horizons (CENTRAL)
January 14 – February 5, 2023
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati at 1127 Vine St., Cincinnati, Ohio
Comedy about marriage and family

Original Findlay Market Tour (CENTRAL)
January 13, 21 and 28, 2023
Findlay Market at 1801 Race Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
90-minute tour includes meeting merchants. and samples from 5 shops

Walk on Wilburn (EAST)
January 13, 2023 (+Feb 10, Mar 10, Apr 14, May 12, Jun 9, Jul 14, Aug 11, Sep 8, Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 9)
East Walnut Hills business district along Woodburn Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio
Shop, eat and enjoy

Winter Tree Identification
January 14, 2023
Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum at 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio
Walking tour

Art on Vine (CENTRAL)
January 15, 2023
Rhinegeist Brewery at 1910 Elm St., Cincinnati, Ohio
80 artists showcase their work

Findlay Market’s Annual Chili Festival (CENTRAL)
January 15, 2023
1801 Race St., Cincinnati, Ohio
Sample chili

Chocolate Meltdown (NORTH)
January 14, 2023
Downtown Oxford, Ohio
Fun runs. Uptown Parks have yard games. Tastings of chocolatiers.

Cincinnati Boat, Sport and Travel Show (CENTRAL)
January 20–22 and 25–29, 2023
Duke Energy Convention Center at 525 Elm St., Cincinnati, Ohio
Look at fun toys!

Greater Cincinnati Remodeling Expo (CENTRAL)
January 20–22 and 27–29, 2023
Sharonville Convention Center at 11355 Chester Road, Sharonville (Cincinnati), OhioLearn about all kinds of home projects

Winter Jam (CENTRAL)
January 20, 2023
Heritage Bank Center at 100 Broadway, Cincinnati, Ohio
Christian music tour

Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular (CENTRAL)
January 21, 2023
Aronoff Center at 650 Walnut St.,Cincinnati, Ohio
Celebrating the music of Elvis Presley

Tchaikovsky & Prokofiev (CENTRAL)
January 21–22, 2023
Music Hall at 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Mendelssohn at the SORG (NORTH)
January 22, 2023
Sorg Opera House at 64 S. Main St., Middletown, Ohio
Butler Philharmonic Orchestra performs

CSO Proof: The Right to Be Forgotten (CENTRAL)
January 25, 2023
Music Hall at 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, Ohio

Boeing Boeing (WEST)
January 26 – February 19, 2023
Covedale Center for the Performing Arts at 4990 Glenway Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio

The Rewards of Being Frank (CENTRAL)
January 27– February 18, 2023
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company at 1195 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
Comedy by Oscar Wilde

Tchaikovsky Spectacular: 1812 Overture (CENTRAL)
January 27–29, 2023
Music Hall at 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Shen Yun (CENTRAL)
January 28–29, 2023
Aronoff Center at 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati, Ohio
Learn about Chinese culture visually


NORTHERN KENTUCKY EVENTS

Deck the Y’alls Lightfest
Through January 1, 2023
Thomas More Stadium at 7950 Freedom Way, Florence, Kentucky
Lights, rides, games and ice rink

Light Up the Fair
Through January 1, 2023
Boone County Fairgrounds at 5819 Idlewild Road in Burlington, Kentucky
Mile-long drive of twinkling lights that sync up to music
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Behringer-Crawford Museum Holiday Trains
Through January 8, 2023 (various dates)
Behringer-Crawford Museum at 1600 Montague Rd., Devou Park, Covington, Kentucky
Enjoy the trains! 

Holly Jolly Days
Through January 8, 2023 (various dates)
Behringer-Crawford Museum at 1600 Montague Rd., Devou Park, Covington, Kentucky
Winter wonderland

White Christmas Exhibit
Through January 8, 2023
Behringer-Crawford Museum at 1600 Montague Rd., Devou Park, Covington, Kentucky
Exhibit from the 1954 movie White Christmas

Winter Nights, River Lights
Through January 8, 2023
Newport on the Levee at One Levee Way, Newport, Kentucky
Holiday walk across the Purple People Bridge


Singing in the Rain
January 28 – February 12, 2023 (various dates)
The Carnegie at 144 Madison Ave., Covington, Kentucky


DAYTON AND SPRINGFIELD, OHIO EVENT

Holiday Lights Display & Grand Illumination
Through January 2, 2023
Armstrong Air & Space Museum
Thousands of lights on display

Riverscape Ice Skating
Through February 28, 2023
Riverscape MetroPark at 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton, Ohio
The region’s largest outdoor ice rink!

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Art Hops at Front Street
January 6 and 15, 2023
1001 E. 2nd St., Dayton, Ohio
Live music, art demos, food trucks and art exhibitions

First Friday and Third Sunday at Front Street
January 6 and 15, 2023 (+Feb 3 and 19, Mar 3 and 19, Apr 7 and 17, May 6 and 15, Jun 2 and 18, July 7 and 16, Aug 4 and 20, Sept 1 and 17, Oct 6 and 15, Nov 3 and 19, Dec 2 and 18)
1001 East 2nd St., Dayton, Ohio
Art galleries, market, food trucks and music

Disney’s The Little Mermaid
January 12–15, 2023
Victoria Theatre at 138 N. Main St., Dayton, Ohio
Under the sea!

Blue Man Group
January 13–15, 2023
The Schuster Center at 1 W. 2nd St., Dayton, Ohio
Signature drumming

For the Loyal by Lee Blessing
January 13–28, 2023 (various dates)
Dayton Theatre Guild at 430 Wayne Ave., Dayton, Ohio
Play about doing the right thing

Once On This Island
January 13–29, 2023
Dayton Playhouse at 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton, Ohio
Journey of an island peasant girl

Our Lady of the Rosary Fish Fry
January 13, 2023 (+Feb 10)
22 Notre Dame Ave., Dayton, Ohio
Fresh fried fish!

Roberts Centre RV Show
January 13–15, 2023
123 Gano Rd., Wilmington, Ohio
See the latest rec vehicles

Dayton Wedding Pros at the Nutter Center
January 14–15, 2023
Wright State University Nutter Center at 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Dayton, Ohio
Get ideas for your wedding!

Dayton Dinner Theater: Raiders of the Lost Arc Movie
January 15, 2023
The Brightside Event & Music Venue at 905 E. Third St., Dayton, Ohio

Llama Llama – Live!
January 15, 2023
Arbogast Performing Arts Center at 500 S. Dorset Rd., Troy, Ohio
Musical based on the books by Anna Dewdney

Of Men and Cars
January 19–22, 2023
INNOVAThreatre at Sorg Opera House at 63 S. Main St., Middletown, Ohio
Father-son relationship from a family car.

Steeple People
January 19–26, 2023
LaComedia Dinner Theatrey at 765 W. Central Ave., Springboro, Ohio
Southern Gospel comedy

An Evening of Sondheim
January 20–21, 2023
The Schuster Center at 1 W. 2nd St., Dayton, Ohio
Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

Antique Show and Flea Market
January 21–22, 2023
Clark County Fairgrounds at 4401 S. Charleston Pike, Springfield, Ohio
Find a treasure!

Les Miserables
January 24–29, 2023
The Schuster Center at 1 W. 2nd St., Dayton, Ohio
Tony award-winning musical

The Wolves
January 27 – February 5, 2023
Beavercreek Community Theater at 3868 Dayton-Xenia Rd., Beavercreek, Ohio

Dayton Dinner Theater Picture Show
January 29, 2023
Brightside Event & Music Venue at 905 E. Third St., Dayton, Ohio
Interactive classic movie experience: The Princess Bride

Valentine Pet Portraits
January 29, 2023 (+February 5)
Fur the Luv of Dogs Bakery
317 W. Garland Ave., Fairborn, Ohio
(fee for the photo session)


SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA EVENTS

Inflatable Wonderland
Through January 1, 2023 (Weather permitting)
2026 N. Old Michigan Rd., Osgood, Indiana
400 inflatables to enjoy

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Winter Wonder – Batesville Sky
January 8 – February 28, 2023
Downtown Batesville, Indiana
200-foot lighted tunnel with lit snowflakes

Fourth Friday in Downtown Madison
January 27, 2023 (+Feb 24, Mar 24, Apr 28, May 26, Jun 23, Jul 28, Aug 25, Sep 22, Oct 27, Nov 24 and Dec 22)
Downtown Madison, Indiana
Live music and local shopping


Updated: December 2, 2022

Winterize Your Home Now So You Can Sell This Spring

Tips to winterize your home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Benefits of Selling Your Home During Winter

Sell your home during winter

Winter is not a time of year typically associated with a lot of home sales, but real estate experts advise that owners can actually tap this unique market. All it takes is a different type of prep work and a positive attitude.

While bright, sunny days coupled with warm weather and green grass can seem like the best way to market a home, some industry insiders actually prefer to market a home in winter. Homes tend to be more brightly lit and festively decorated in a way that makes a listing look a lot more “homey”.

Everyone is Motivated in the Winter
Another huge benefit that comes with putting a home up for sale in the winter is interest of getting a deal done as quickly and easily as possible. Sellers who decide to sell in the winter are typically those who either have to get their homes on and off the market quickly or have had the property up for sale for a few months and want to strike a deal as soon as possible.

In either case, real estate professionals will often advise that buyers at this time of year are likewise motivated to move in quickly. They might need to move for job-related reasons and want to do so when there’s less competition from other buyers or hope to relocate while prices are still below what they might expect to see a few months down the line.

What to Keep in Mind
It’s worth noting that homeowners have a serious part to play in making sure their properties are fully up to code and ready for the sales process. Any issues that arise could hold up what would otherwise be a quick and easy sales process. That point goes beyond simply making sure a home is ready for a photo or video shoot and involves ensure all home systems (heating and cooling, hot water heaters, etc…) are in good working order.

When mishaps arise with those home systems, they can lead to backups because of how busy the associated repair professionals are at this time of year. Therefore, getting systems tested before the home is put up for sale is usually a great idea.

Likewise, it’s usually smart for owners to invest in a home warranty ahead of a sale to make sure that if something does go wrong for those systems, they’ll have some financial protection and added peace of mind. That can be a huge benefit for buyers as well, and highlighting that protection might be an extra selling point at this time of year.

It’s also important for owners to remember that the more limited number of shoppers seen on the market at this time of year means that they might need to be a little more flexible in how they conceive of the sales process. Some home buyers may be perfectly willing to buy, but then the holiday season gets in the way, delaying the sale. Other buyers might want to get the sales process wrapped up as quickly as possible. Home sellers should be prepared for all scenarios.

Hosting an Open House
Because of how tight anyone’s schedule can be at this time of year, there are not as many open houses. This can actually present a significant opportunity for you to show off your home with an open house and putting your best foot forward.

Make sure your home is 100 percent ready for that open house. At this time of year, that effort usually starts with two different types of curb appeal. First, it’s important to keep a yard in the best shape possible, even if there’s a blanket of snow on it. Clearing out sticks and dead leaves can go a long way here, as can tasteful holiday decoration, where it’s appropriate.

The other aspect of curb appeal is making sure all paths are safe for people to walk on. Clearing snow, ice and puddles from driveways and walkways, as well as the sidewalks will help sellers and their guests avoid any potential accidents and also show that you are conscientious about attending to your property.

Issues to Avoid
Once open houses have been held and bids are starting to come in, keep a positive mental attitude. It can be easy to worry about getting a sale done in short order or a good price for a home, but at especially at this time of year, sellers’ agents will have more time to devote to the sale of their listings and make sure everything goes smoothly.

Remember, at some point the finer details of a sale are out of the sellers’ hands. Rather than getting worked up about things you can’t control, it’s usually a better idea to let you agent do his/her job. Relax and enjoy the season for what it is – an opportunity to spend time with family and friends.

October 2022 Local Home Sales Report: Cincinnati; Northern Kentucky; Dayton and Springfield, Ohio; and Southeastern Indiana

October local home sales report 2022

Inventory of homes for sale remains low. It may be a great time for you to sell now and take advantage high home values. Here is a report by region of homes sales throughout October 2022:

CINCINNATI OHIO / SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA

October 2022 vs October 2021

-30.8% Decrease in homes sold (1,343 homes)
4.1% Increase in median sale price ($250,000)
-26.7 Decrease in sales volume ($413,102,888)
19.1% Increase in active homes for sale (1,728 units)
-15.5 Decrease in new listings (1,672 units)
Median days on market: 5

Year To Date 2022 vs Year To Date 2021

-10.5% Decrease in homes sold (16,127 homes vs 18,029 homes)
7.9% Increase in median sale price ($260,000 vs $241,000 )
-3.6% Decrease in sales volume ($5,102,175,524 vs $5,291,611,066)

Statistics courtesy of Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors October 2022 Home Sales Report


DAYTON AND SPRINGFIELD OHIO

October 2022 vs October 2021

-18.64% Decrease in homes sold 1,270 homes vs 1,561 homes)
8.76% Increase in average sale price ($241,436 vs $221,990)
5.26% Increase in median sale price ($200,000 vs $190,000)
-11.51% Decrease in sales volume ($306,624,125 vs $346,526,556)

Year To Date 2022 vs Year To Date 2021
-5.17% Decrease in homes sold (13,855 homes vs 14,610 homes)
10.43% Increase in average sale price ($241,763 vs $218,927)
10.81% Increase in median sale price ($205,000 vs $185,000)
4.72% Increase in gross sales volume ($3,349,624,926 vs $3,198,520,456)

Statistics courtesy of Dayton Realtors October 2022 Home Sales Report


NORTHERN KENTUCKY

October 2022 vs October 2021

-22.87% Decrease in homes sold (516 homes vs 669 homes)
11.98% Increase in average sale price ($298,095 vs $266,211)
12.83% Increase in median sale price ($257,250 vs $228,000)
-13.63% Decrease in sales volume ($153,817,396 vs $178,095,406)

Year-To-Date 2022 vs Year-To-Date 2021

-9.57% Decrease in homes sold (5,943 homes vs 6,572 homes)
11.97% Increase in average sale price ($290,893 vs $259,804)
8.84% Increase in median sale price ($250,000 vs $229,700)
1.25% Increase in sales volume ($1,728,777,529 vs $1,707,437,732)

Statistics courtesy of N Kentucky Association of Realtors®

Look at local homes for sale.

Sibcy Cline Voted Best of the Best in Real Estate by Enquirer Readers

Enquirer Best of the Best 2022

Cincinnati Enquirer readers voted late summer and again in early fall for their local favorite businesses. Sibcy Cline Realtors was among the initial nominees. And, with the final tallies in, the public voted Sibcy Cline as their choice for Cincinnati’s Best of the Best in Real Estate for 2022!