April 2017 Home Sales Report for Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana

HomeSales_April2017.jpgApril 2017 home sales were very strong in Dayton, Ohio with that region boasting its strongest month on record with 1,316 homes sold. Although sales were not at record pace in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky as in previous months, home sales were still strong, and average and median sale prices rose in these regions in April. In Southeastern Indiana, sales were behind April 2016, but sales are still strong for that region overall year-to-date.

It’s a great time to sell and buy a new home. Home values are rising and mortgage interest rates are low. Demand for homes for sale is high. Look at homes for sale.

Here are the statistics for April homes sale per region:

Cincinnati April Home Sales

April 2017 vs April 2016

  • 1.319% Decrease in home sales (2, 119 homes vs 2,362 homes)
  • 1.71% Decrease in sales volume ($432,814,944 vs $440,362,552)
  • 9.56% Increase in average sale price ($204,254 vs $186,436)
  • 8.49% Increase in median sale price ($163,000 vs $150,250)

January – April 2017 vs January – April 2016

  • .21% Decrease in home sales (7,173 homes vs 7,188 homes)
  • 7.96% Increase in sales volume ($1,374,836,574 vs $1,273,434,217)
  • 8.19% Increase in average sale price ($191,668 vs $177,161)
  • 8.51% Increase in median sale price ($153,000 vs $141,000)

Source: Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors Home Sales Report, April 2017

Dayton, Ohio April Home Sales

April 2017 vs April 2016

  • 1.31% Increase in home sales (1,316 homes vs 1,299 homes)
  • 8.55% Increase in sales volume ($206,823,500 vs $190,534,920)
  • 7.15% Increase in average sale price ($157,161 vs $146,678)
  • 2.36% Increase in median sale price ($130,000 vs $127,000)

January – April 2017 vs January – April 2016

  • 6.23% Decrease in home sales (6,769 homes vs 7,218 homes)
  • 14.43% Increase in sales volume ($647,220,075 vs $565,595,073)
  • 8.43% Increase in average sale price ($148,309 vs $136,782)
  • 8.14% Increase in median sale price ($127,600 vs $118,000)

Source: Dayton Area Board of Realtors Home Sales Report, April 2017

Northern Kentucky April Home Sales

April 2017 vs April 2016

  • 7.27% Decrease in home sales (574 homes vs 619 homes)
  • 4.50% Decrease in sales volume ($101,017,579 vs $105,780,751)
  • 8.04% Increase in average sale price ($175,988 vs $162,889)
  • 3.33% Increase in median sale price ($155,000 vs $150,000)

January – April 2017 vs January – April 2016

  • 5.47% Increase in home sales (2,007 homes vs 1,903 homes)
  • 8.94% Increase in sales volume ($340,830,880 vs $312,8450,006)
  • 3.30% Increase in average sale price ($169,821 vs $164,398)
  • 3.82% Increase in median sale price ($149,500 vs $144,000)

Source: Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors Home Sales Report, April 2017

Southeastern Indiana April Home Sales

April 2017 vs April 2016

  • 14.2% Decrease in home sales (91 homes vs 106 homes)
  • 28.7% Decrease in sales volume ($11,681,753 vs $16,373,704)
  • 16.9% Decrease in average sale price ($128.371 vs $154,469)
  • 9.4% Decrease in median sale price ($125,000 vs $138,001)

January – April 2017 vs January – April 2016

  • 9.2% Increase in home sales (332 homes vs 304 homes)
  • 12.1% Increase in sales volume ($48,332,161 vs $43,100,390)
  • 2.7% Increase in average sale price ($145,549 vs $141,778)
  • .9% Increase in median sale price ($133,700 vs $132,500)

Source: Rick McMillin VP/Sales Manager of Sibcy Cline Harrison, Southeastern Indiana Home Sales Report, April 2017

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Fourth of July Fireworks in Greater Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana

IOFireworks_2017.jpgThere are many things to do to celebrate the Fourth of July 2017 holiday throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana. Be sure to wear your red, white and blue and remember to oooh and aaah when you see your favorite fireworks! Here is our list of local places to enjoy fireworks. In order by region and neighborhood:

CINCINNATI, OHIO REGION

Blanchester
Red White & Blanchester Blue
July 4, 2017 – Fireworks at dusk
Blanchester High School – 953 Cherry St.

Blue Ash
Red, White and Blue Ash
Summit Park in Blue Ash, Ohio
July 4, 2017
All kinds of fun as well as live entertainment (The Steel Woods and REO Speedwagon) with the fireworks starting at 10pm.

California
LaRosa’s Balloon Glow
Coney Island, Cincinnati, Ohio
July 3, 2017
Enjoy the day at Coney Island including live music and stay until evening when the hot air balloons will fill sky.

Patriotic Pops – The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Riverbend Music Center at 6295 Kellogg Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio
July 4, 2017 
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra will play some patriotic tunes at 8pm and Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks will be displayed at dusk.

Downtown Cincinnati
4th of July Bash at Fountain Square
July 3, 2017 at 520 Vine Street at Fountain Square
Fireworks will begin at 10:00pm.
Live music. Fireworks begin after the concert.

Cincinnati Reds Independence Day Fireworks Show
July 4-6, 2017 – See fireworks following the ball game on the 4th or go to Smale Riverfront Park or Newport on the Levee for great views!

Fairfield
Red White and KaBoom

William Harbin Park in Fairfield, Ohio
July 3, 2017
Festivities all day at various locations ending with fireworks.

Green Township
Green Township 4th of July Fireworks

July 3, 2017 at 10pm
6717 Bridgetown Road at Kuliga Parkin Green Township in Cincinnati, Ohio
Concert starts at 7:30p

Hamilton
Hamilton July 4th Celebration

July 4, 2017 at dusk
Downtown Hamilton near the courthouse (101 High St.) in Hamilton, Ohio
Parade at 10am at the Butler Co Fairgrounds. Live music.

Harrison
Harrison 4th of July Celebration

July 4, 2017 at dusk
300 George Street at Harrison Community Center in Harrison, Ohio.
Celebrate starts at 5pm at the community center with entertainment, food, activities and live music by Gen X! The parade starts at 4pm.

Hyde Park
Ault Park Independence Day Fireworks

July 4, 2017 at 10pm
3600 Observatory Avenue
Children’s parade at 11am. Concessions from 6-10pm. Live music starts at 8pm.

Indian Hill
Indian Hill Fourth of July Celebration

July 4, 2017 – Parade at 10am – Given Rd. to Shawnee Run Rd. followed by activities at Stephan Field
July 4, 2017 Fireworks at 9:45pm at Stephan Field

Liberty Township
Liberty Township Fourth of July

July 4, 2017
8am – 5K Run at Liberty Park.
10am – Annual parade (Lakota East High School to Liberty Park)

Light Up Liberty
6101 Princeton Glendale Road in Liberty Township, Ohio (Princeton Pike Church of God)
July 2, 2017
Music, food, rides and fireworks at dusk.

Loveland
Loveland Firecracker Festival

July 1, 2017 at dusk
11600 Lebanon Road at Symmes Township Park in Loveland, Ohio.
Festival in downtown Loveland starting at 3pm with food, live music, parade and lots to do!

Independence Day Celebration
Historic downtown Loveland, Ohio
July 4, 2017
Kid zone, food trucks, parade, live music, Jackson Street Market and fireworks at 10pm.

Madeira
Madeira Independence Day

July 3, 2017 – Fireworks at 10pm
Sellman Park – 6700 Marvin Ave
The parade starts at 7pm along Miami Avenue. Enjoy food and music, too at 8pm.

Mariemont
Mariemont Independence Celebration

July 3, 2017 at 9pm
Dogwood Park on Mariemont Avenue in Mariemont, Ohio.
Enjoy the fireworks along with patriotic music from the Carillon.

Mason
Red, Rhythm and Boom

Mason Municipal Campus in Mason, Ohio
July 3, 2017
Multi-platinum artist Phillip Phillips (American Idol) will be performing. Enjoy carnival rides, a zipline, lots of food. The Skydiving exhibit starts at 6pm. Fireworks at 10pm.

Kings Island Fireworks
6300 Kings Island Drive in Mason, Ohio
Fee to enter park. The fireworks start at 10pm.

Middletown
Middletown Broad Street Blast

July 3, 2017 at dusk
Smith Park in Middletown, Ohio
The park will open at 5:30pm with food/drinks, a KidsZone and live music

Mt. Healthy
Mt. Healthy Fourth of July Fireworks

July 3, 2017 – Fireworks at dusk
1541 Hill Avenue at City Park
Food, drinks and a live DJ starting at 5pm. Enjoy the kid’s parade, too. Opening of the time capsule

Montgomery
Montgomery Independence Day

July 3, 2017 – 7:30 pm concert at Montgomery Park
July 4, 2017 – 10am parade at Cooper and Montgomery Roads
July 4, 2017 – 11am -2pm Festival in Montgomery Park

Monroe
Light Up the Sky
550 South Main Street in Monroe, Ohio
July 4, 2017
Fireworks at 9:45pm.
Parade at 12pm and ends at Monroe Community Park. Enjoy games and fun.

Northside
Northside Rock N’ Roll Carnival

Jacob Hoffner Park at 1618 Blue Rock Street in Northside in Cincinnati, Ohio
July 3-4, 2017
Carnival, parade and fireworks on the 4th.

Norwood
Norwood Hometown Fireworks
Shea Stadium – 2603 Harris Avenue in Norwood in Cincinnati, Ohio
July 4, 2017 at 10pm
Bring your dancing shows and lawn chairs!

Oxford
Oxford Freedom Festival Parade

Oxford Community Park at 6801 Fairfield Road, Oxford, Ohio
July 3, 2017 – Fireworks at 10:00pm
Festival starts at 6:00pm with climbing wall, pie-backing contest and music.

Reading
Reading American Legion Fourth of July

Koenig Park (Columbia Avenue) in Reading, Ohio
July 2, 2017 at dusk

Ross
Stricker’s Grove 4th of July Fireworks

11490 Hamilton Cleves Road in Ross, Ohio
July 4, 2017
Fee to into park. Enjoy the rides and fireworks at 10pm.

South Lebanon
July 4th Fireworks Festival

South Lebanon
July 4, 2017
A fun festival ending in fireworks at dusk.

Wyoming
Wyoming July 4th Celebration

Oak Park (Oak Avenue) in Wyoming, Ohio.
July 4, 2017 at 10pm
Music of America Theme: 10am Parade, games from 6pm-9:30pm at the park.

DAYTON, OHIO REGION

Centerville
Centerville-Washington Township Americana Festival Fireworks

July 4, 2017 at 10pm
Centerville High School Football Stadium – 500 East Franklin Street
5k run, 10am parade, street fair at 9:30am-5:00pm. Fireworks at Centerville High School.

Downtown Dayton
Dayton Lights in Flight Fireworks

July 3, 2017 at 10pm
111 E. Monument Avenue in downtown Dayton, Ohio
A multi-cultural festival with food and live music!

Englewood
Englewood Fireworks Celebration

July 5, 2017 at 10pm
Centennial Park – 321 Union Boulevard in Englewood.
Enjoy the Englewood Civic Band at 7pm.

Fairborn
Fairborn 4th of July Parade and Fireworks

July 4, 2017 at 10pm
Fairborn Community Park at 691 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd in Fairborn, Ohio
Parade starts at 10am. Live entertainment and concessions!

Huber Heights
Star Spangled Huber Heights Fireworks Display

July 1, 2017 at 10pm
Cloud Park 4707 Brandt Pike in Huber Heights
Parade at 10 and festival begins at 12pm.

Kettering
Kettering Go Fourth Fireworks

July 4, 2017 at dusk
Delco Park – 1700 Delco Park Drive in Kettering, Ohio
6-11pm – Live music, food, Play Zone and fun!

Moraine
Star Spangles Boom in Moraine

July 4, 2014 at 10pm
Wax Park: 3800 Main St. in Moraine, Ohio
Food, refreshments and amusement rides. Love entertainment starts at 7pm.

Springfield
Springfield Old Fashioned Country Fireworks

July 3, 2017 at 10pm
Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ohio

Vandalia
Vandalia Star Spangled Celebration

July 3, 2017 at 10pm
Vandalia Sports Complex – 1101 Stonequarry Rd
Enjoy live music! 7-10 festival.

Xenia
Kevin Sonnycald Memorial Fireworks

July 7, 2017 at 9:45pm
Shawnee Park in Xenia, Ohio
Face painting, magic show, parade and live music

Yellow Springs
Yellow Springs 4th of July Parade and Fireworks

July 4, 2017
Fireworks at Gaunt Park at dusk.
Parade starts at 3pm – starts at Friends Care and ends at the Bryan Center.

NORTHERN KENTUCKY REGION

Augusta
Fireman’s Fourth of July
Augusta, Kentucky
July 3-4, 2017
Enjoy the fish fry and other foods as well as activities and games. And the grand finale are the fireworks over the Ohio River!

Edgewood
Edgewood Fourth of July Extravaganza

500 Freedom Park Drive at Freedom Park in Edgewood, Kentucky
July 4, 2017
Fireworks at dusk at Freedom Park. 5 k race, parade and a free concert at 7pm.

Florence
Florence Independence Day Celebration

UC Health Stadium in Florence, Kentucky
July 3, 2017  Fireworks at 10pm
4-11 with rides, food, music and fireworks!

Fort Thomas
Fort Thomas 150th Birthday Celebration
Fort Thomas, Kentucky
July 3-8, 2017 – Fireworks on July 4, 2017
A week of celebration with all kinds of activities and fireworks at 10pm on the 4th.

Ft. Thomas Independence Celebration
July 4, 2017 – Fireworks at 10pm
Parade begins at 10:30am at Highlands High School.
Tower Park – Community festival from 2-10pm. Hot dog eating contest.

Independence
4th of July Parade and Celebration – Independence, Ky
July 1, 2017 – 5-11pm – Rides, food and games at Memorial Park, plus a concert at 7pm at the Donna Yeager Amphitheater
July 2, 2017 – 3pm Annual 4th of July Parade
10pm – Fireworks

Newport
America’s Celebration Newport Motorcycle Rally
July 3, 2017
Entertainment, food and cycles. Fireworks along the riverfront at 10pm.

SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA REGION
Aurora
AuroraS Red, White and Boom
Lesko Park – Indiana 56
June 30-July 1, 2017
Live music, boat parade on Friday. Fireworks at dusk on July 1, 2017.

Brookville
Brookville Canoefest (Indiana)
June 24, 2017
Brookville Township Park on Mill Street
Indiana’s largest canoe race. Fireworks at 10:15pm

Greendale
Greendale Independence Day Fireworks
827 Nowlin Avenue at Greendale Park in Greendale, Indiana
July 4, 2017 at 9:30pm
5k race at 7:30am. Fishing derby at 9am. Bike parade at 3pm.

Greensburg
323 S Montfort Street in at the Riverside Center in Greensburg, Indiana
Decatur County Fireworks
July 4, 2017 at dusk

Lake Santee Fireworks
July 1, 2017 at dusk
Lake Santee (13 SW Wren Parkway) in Greensburg, Indiana

Madison
Madison Regatta Fireworks
July 2, 2016 at 10pm
4th of July parade on June 30, 2017. along MainStreet.
Riverfront in Madison, Indiana

Metamora
Fireman’s Festival and Fireworks
Metamora, Indiana
July 1, 2017
The fire department raise funds with this fun festival

Rising Sun
Rising Sun Fireworks on the River
Front Street, Rising Sun, Indiana
July 3, 2017 at dusk
Live music at the Rising Sun Riverfront Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 2017 Festivals in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana

JuneFestivals_2017.jpgJune is a perfect time to enjoy a local festival or event. Here’s our list of regional festivals and other fun events throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana. Events are listed in order of date:

June 2017 Local Festivals and Events…

Cincy Fringe Festival
Over-the-Rhine in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
May 30-June 11, 2017
Enjoy performances – theater, music, film, dance, art and poetry – at various locations in Over-the-Rhine.

The Take Over on the Square
The Square at Union Centre at 9285 Centre Point Drive in West Chester, Ohio
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2017 (and Thursdays through August 31)
Live music from 6-9pm.

Groovin’ on the Green Summer Concerts
310 Wessel Drive at the Village Green Park Amphitheater in Fairfield, Ohio
Live music!
June 1, 15, 22, 29; (July 6, 13,20, 27; August 3, 10,17, 24 and 31)

Dayton Gay Pride Festival
Downtown Dayton, Ohio
June 2-3, 2017
A food truck rally on Friday, along with a parade and community festival on Saturday.

St. Catherine Summerfest (Church Festival)
St. Catherine of Siena at 1803 N. Thomas Avenue in Fort Thomas, Kentucky
June 2-3, 2017
Italian sausages and sandwiches, Mexican and French foods, games and live music!

SummerFair Cincinnati
Coney Island at 6201 Kellogg Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio
June 2-4, 2017
Eye candy for those who appreciate art! Enjoy and purchase art from many talented artisans.

All Saints Church Festival
8939 Montgomery Road in Montgomery in Cincinnati, Ohio
June 2-4, 2017
Rides, foods and more!

Olde Willamsburg Festival
Main Street in Williamsburg, Ohio
June 2-4, 2017
Rides, food, live music and more! This event starts with a parade and on Sunday there will be a car show.

Bunbury Music Festival
Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove along the Ohio River in Cincinnati, Ohio
June 2-4, 2017
Listen to many top alternative bands.

Queen of Peace Church Festival
2550 Millville Avenue in Hamilton, Ohio
June 2-4, 2017
All of the expected festival-style festivities will be found here!

Cincitalia
Harvest Home Park at 3961 North Bend Road in Cincinnati, Ohio
June 2-4, 2017
Live music, wine tasting, homemade Italian lasagna, sausage and desserts.

Our Lord Christ the King Junefest 
927 Ellison Avenue (Mt. Lookout) in Cincinnati, Ohio
June 2-4, 2017
Live entertainment, rides and a gambling tent.

St. Michael the Archangel Church Festival
Corner of Creek Road and Spinner Avenue in Sharonville (Cincinnati, Ohio)
June 2-4, 2017
Live entertainment, burgers, metts, and their famous jambalaya and other festival wonderfulness.

St. Jude Church Festival
5924 Bridgetown Road in Bridgetown (Cincinnati, Ohio)
June 2-4, 2017
Live music, rides, Sunday chicken dinner and more.

St. Mary Family Festival
528 Broadway in Piqua, Ohio
June 2-4, 2017
Rides, bingo, cornhole, chicken dinner on Saturday and more.

 A Taste of Lebanon: Mediterranean Food Festival (Church Festival)
St. Anthony of Padua  at 2530 Victory Parkway in Cincinnati, Ohio
June 2-4, 2017
Enjoy authentic Lebanese and Mediterranean food and pastries!

Bacon and Cheese Festival
Jungle Jim’s International Market – Paradise Pavilion in Eastgate in Cincinnati, Ohio
June 3, 2017
Taste all kinds of bacon and cheese paired with great wines. Tickets required.

Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum Festival
Bradford Railroad Museum at 200 North Miami Ave. in Bradford, Ohio
June 3, 2017
It’s all about the trains with train-related movies, rides and activities.

Charm at the Farm Vintage Market
48953 Bunnell Hill Road in Lebanon, Ohio
June 3-4, 2017
Open-air vintage market with 70+ vendors and food.

Troy Strawberry Festival
Troy, Ohio
June 3-4, 2017
Enjoy a strawberry parade, run, food, activities and pie-eating contests.

Lebanese Festival Mahrajan
2530 Victory Parkway at St. Anthony of Padua Maronite Church
June 3-4, 2017
Traditional Middle Eastern dancing, music and Lebanese food.

Strawberry Days in Metamora
Metamora, Indiana
June 3-4, 2017
It’s everything… strawberry.

Taste of Newport
Monmouth Street in Newport, Kentucky
June 4, 2017
Enjoy tastes of local restaurants along with music and shopping opportunities.

St. Mary’s Dayton Church Festival
310 Allen Street in Dayton, Ohio
June 4, 2017
Mexican music, dancing, food and games!

Twilight Tuesdays at White’s Farm
White’s Farm in Brookville, Indiana
June 6 and every Tuesday through October 10, 2017
Live music and flea market.

Miamisburg’s Taste of Summer
Riverfront Park at 3 N. Miami Avenue in Miamisburg, Ohio
June 7, 2017
Celebrate the coming of summer with music, activities, food and more.

Hump Day Concert Series
Gazebo on the Lake at 7850 VOA Park Drive at Voice of America MetroPark in West Chester, Ohio
June 7, 14, 21, 28 (and Wednesdays through August 16, 2017)
Live music, lake activities, yard games and food!

Glier’s Goetta Party on the Purple
Access the Newport Southbank Bridge (Purple Bridge) from either Newport, Kentucky or downtown, Cincinnati, Ohio
June 7, 15, 21 and 28, 2017 (and every Wednesday through August 2, 2017)
Live music on a stage at the middle of the bridge and enjoy food-trucks fair and drinks

26th Newport Italianfest
Festival Park along Riverboat Row in Newport, Kentucky
June 8-11, 2017
It’s all Italian at this festival – from the food to the entertainment.

Sunman Fire Festival
Downtown at 604 N. Meridian Street in Sunman, Indiana
June 9, 2017
This fun festival raises funds for the local fire department.

Schwabenfest
Donauschwaben Haus  at 4290 Dry Ridge Road in Colerain Township, Ohio
June 9-10, 2017
Enjoy German food, drink and festivities! (Chicken dinner on Friday night.)

Banana Split Festival
1326 Fife Avenue in Wilmington, Ohio
June 9-10, 2017
Enjoy games, rides, music, a classic car cruise-in and show, banana-split eating contest and a make-your-own banana split booth.

St. Christopher Parish Summer (Church) Festival
Vandalia, Ohio
June 9-11, 2017
Rides and games. Food including some famous pork tenderloin sandwiches.

Holy Family Church Festival
3006 W. Eight Street in Price Hill (Cincinnati, Ohio)
June 9-11, 2017
Enjoy festival favorites.

St. Antoninus Church Festival
1500 Linneman Road in Cincinnati, Ohio
June 9-11, 2017
Live music, rides for the kids and chicken dinner on Sunday.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church Festival
7130 Harrison Avenue (Taylor Creek)  in Cincinnati, Ohio
June 9-11, 2017
All of the festival favorites and a chicken dinner on Sunday.

St. Christopher Summer Church Festival
435 E. National Road in Vandalia, Ohio
June 9-11, 2017
Cabbage rolls, Italian sausage, and lots more food including fried Oreos!

St. Gertrude Funfest Church Festival
6543 Miami Avenue in Madeira (Cincinnati, Ohio)
June 9-11, 2017
Lots of festival favorites plus Goetta links and burgers.

Mediterranean Food Fest (Church Festival)
St. James Orthodox Church at 6577 Branch Hill Miamiville Road in Loveland, Ohio
June 9-11, 2017
Live entertainment plus lots of delicious Mediterranean food!

St. Helen Church Festival 
5086 Burkhardt Road in Dayton, Ohio
June 9-11, 2017
Live entertainment on two stages. Cabbage rolls, pulled pork and corn on the cob can be enjoyed at this festival.

St. John the Evangelist Church Festival
7121 Plainfield Road in Deer Park (Cincinnati, Ohio)
June 9-11, 2017
Rides, games and all kinds of good food. Sunday night dinner.

St. Maximilian Kolbe Church Festival
5720 Hamilton-Mason Road in Liberty Township (Ohio)
June 9-11, 2017
Games, rides and all kinds of food.

Church of the Assumption Festival
7711 Joseph Street in Mt. Healthy in Cincinnati, Ohio
June 9-11, 2017
Live bans, funnel cakes, turtle soup, chicken dinner on Sunday as well as rides and games.

Angelsfest (Church Festival)
Guardian Angels Church at 6531 Beechmont Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio
June 9-11, 2017
Live music, great food, rides and games!

Summer Arts Festival
Veterans Park at 250 Cliff Park Rd. in Springfield, Ohio.
June 9 – July 15, 2017 (Various dates)
Enjoy music and theater from the comfort of your lawn chair.

Yellow Springs Street Fair
Yellow Springs, Ohio
June 10, 2017
Food, drink, entertainment, crafts, jewelry and artisans’ goods. 250 vendor booths.

Lebanon Country Music Festival
Downtown Lebanon, Ohio
June 10, 2017
Enjoy country music, food and crafts.

Shandon Strawberry Festival
Historic Shandon business district at Ohio 126 between Ross and Brookville in Morgan Township, Ohio
June 10, 2017
Enjoy an antique tractor show, artists and a picnic-style supper with fresh strawberries, shortcakes and ice cream.

World Culture Celebration Festival
St. Leonard Franciscan Living Community at 8100 Clyo Rd. in in Centerville, Ohio.
June 10, 2017
Enjoy music, cultural demonstrations food and activities from many world cultures.

Liberty Center Arts Festival
Liberty Center at 7100 Foundry Row in Liberty Township, Ohio
June 10, 2017
View work of regional artists along with live music and kid activities.

St. Joseph Church Summer Festival
St. Joseph Church – Camp Springs at 6822 Four Mile Road in Camp Springs, Kentucky
June 10, 2017
Traditional festival!

Dive Into Summer – High-Diving Pirates
Coney Island, Cincinnati, Ohio
June 10-18, 2017
High-diving pirate show.

Jewish Cultural Festival
Temple Israel at 130 Riverside Drive in Dayton, Ohio.
June 11, 2017
Music, food, games and more!

Concours D’Elegance
Ault Park in Hyde Park in Cincinnati, Ohio
June 11, 2017
View spectacular cars displayed in the formal gardens of Ault Park.

18th Annual Village Green Fine Art Fair
Fairfield Arts Center in Fairfield, Ohio
June 11, 2017
Enjoy local artists, musicians, good food and kids activities.

CFTA Street Food Festival
4335 Glendale-Milford Road at Summit Park in Blue Ash, Ohio
June 16, 2017
Enjoy local food – from a truck!

PigFest (Church Festival)
St. Joseph Academy at 48 Weed more Street in Walton, Kentucky.
June 16-17, 2017
Food including pulled pork, rides, games and country store

International Beer Festival
Jungle Jim’s International Market at 5440 Dixie Highway in Fairfield, Ohio
June 16-17, 2017
Tickets required for this event. Enjoy previewing over 400 beers from 100 breweries.

Celtic Fest Ohio
Ohio Renaissance Festival grounds at 10542 E. State Route 73 in Waynesville, Ohio.
June 16-18, 2017
Entry fee. Enjoy all things Celtic – food, traditional music and crafts.

Goettafest
Covington, Kentucky
June 16-18, 2017
Enjoy goetta…everything – from pizza to jambalaya and more!

Mayberry Day
Courthouse Square in Owenton, Kentucky
June 16-18, 2017
Classic show, art show, music, contests, food and lots of activities.

Holy Rosary Saint Marys Church Festival
511 E. Spring Street in St. Marys, Ohio
June 16-18, 2017
Live music, kiddie tractor pull, chicken dinners on Saturday/Sunday.

St. Vivian Family Fun Church Festival
7600 Winton Road in Cincinnati, Ohio
June 16-18, 2017
Live entertainment, Father’s Day fireworks and lots of great food.

The Great Warren County Tractor Ride
Warren County Administration Building at 406 Justice Drive in Lebanon, Ohio
June 17, 2017
40-mile ride through rural Warren County

St. Margaret – St. John Summer Celebration
6000 Murray Road in Madisonville in Cincinnati, Ohio
June 17, 2017
Live band, duck regatta, games and food!

Roeblingfest
Court Avenue and E. Third Street in Covington, Kentucky
June 17, 2017
Enjoy food from local restaurants, music, an art show and sale.

Juneteenth Festival
Eden Park at 950 Eden Park Drive in Cincinnati, Ohio
June 17-18, 2017
This festival celebrates the end of American slavery. Enjoy entertainment, food, a parade of flags and music.

Summer Solstice Lavender Festival
2387 Martinsville Road in Martinsville, Ohio
June 17-18, 2017
Experience everything…. lavender! Kids activities, music…

Backyard Concert Series
General Butler State Resort Park at the Butler-Turpin State Historical House in Carrollton, Kentucky
June 17, 2017
Bring your lawn chair and listen to music while enjoying nature!

44th Annual Batesville Music & Arts Festival
Batesville, Indiana
June 21-23, 2017
Bring a blanket or sports chair and enjoy listening to the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra and other music artists.

Party on the Plaza
7850 Five Mile Road at the Anderson Center in Anderson Township in Cincinnati, Ohio
June 25 (July 20, August 10 and 24), 2017
Live band concert and lots of great food.

Hamilton Badin Festival
New Marcum Park on the Rivers Edge (2nd and Dayton Streets) in Hamilton, Ohio
June 23-24, 2017
Traditional festival favorites  – from rides to food!

Our Lady of the Rosary Church Festival
17 Farragut Road in Green Hills in Cincinnati, Ohio
June 23-24, 2017
Live entertainment and games. Food Trucks including Venezuelan street food.

Bishop Fenwick Church Festival
Bishop Fenwick High School at 4855 Ohio 122 in Franklin, Ohio.
June 23-24, 2017
Rides, live entertainment, spaghetti dinner on Sunday and more!

St. Aloysius on the Ohio Rapid Run Fest (Church Festival)
825 Pontius Road in Delhi Township in Cincinnati, Ohio
June 23-25, 2017
Live music, games, All-American Dinner on Sunday.

St. Columban Church Festival
894 Oakland Road in Loveland, Ohio
June 23-25, 2017
Love music, chicken and fish dinners as well as lots more food selections.

Bishop Fenwick High School (Church) Festival
4855 State Route 122 in Franklin, Ohio
June 23-25, 2017
Live bands, rides, games and Sons of Italy Spaghetti Dinner on Sunday

Parish Funfest Church Festival
Mary, Queen of Heaven at 1150 Donaldson Highway in Erlanger, Kentucky
June 23-25, 2017
Fish and chips on Friday night. Traditional festival!

Cincinnati Panegyri Greek Festival
June 23-25, 2017
Holy Trinity/Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at 7000 Winton Road in Cincinnati, Ohio
It’s Greek to me! Enjoy everything Greek with authentic dishes, dancing and more.

St. John the Baptist Church Festival
509 Harrison Avenue in Harrison, Ohio
June 23-25, 2017
Traditional festival. Enjoy deep-fried Oreos and fried pickles on Sunday. Fried chicken dinner.

St. Veronica Church Festival
4473 Mt. Carmel-Tobasco Road in Mt. Carmel in Cincinnati, Ohio
June 23-25, 2017
Live music, games, poker tent, and lots of food including BBQ on Sunday.

Cincinnati Pride Festival
Sawyer Point Park at 705 E. Pete Rose Way in Cincinnati, Ohio
June 24, 2017
This event starts with a downtown parade and then offers a fun festival to enjoy. The LGBTQ community comes together to celebrate!

Bark in the Burg at Community Park
550 S. First Street at Community Park in downtown Miamisburg, Ohio
June 24, 2017
A festival for dogs and their people!

Sliders, Sides & Suds Festival
695 Lincoln Park Boulevard at Fraze Pavilion in Dayton, Ohio
June 24, 2017
Sample food from local restaurants while listening to live music.

Lantern Fest
Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky
June 24, 2017
Imagine seeing 1000s of glowing lanterns – all at once!

Vectren Dayton Air Show
3800 Wright Drive in Vandalia, Ohio
June 24-25, 2017
Experience the US Air Force Thunderbirds!

10th Annual Dog Day of Summer
4389 Spring Grove Avenue at Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum, Cincinnati, Ohio
June 25, 2017
Remembrance service for lost four-legged loved ones and explore the 400+ acres. Pet adoptions, contests and concessions or bring your own lunch.

Tails of Two Cities: A Dog Day Afternoon
Eastwood MetroPark at 1385 Harshman Road in Dayton, Ohio
June 25, 2017
Enjoy something to eat from a food truck, make your own bone bar and see adoptable dogs. Bring your leashed dog.

Paradise on the Point
Sawyer’s Point and Yeatman’s Cove at 907 Riverside Drive in Cincinnati, Ohio
June 30-July 1, 2017
Enjoy live music, food and crafts.

Fourth-Generation Agent Ashton Gustafson Speaks to Sibcy Cline Agents

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Two fourth-generation real estate professionals: Robin Sheakley and Ashton Gustafson!

Ashton Gustafson, a Texas-based real estate professional, spoke to a group of Sibcy Cline Top 100 agents to share his thoughts on real estate – how to have music among all of the noise. His two-hour presentation sped by as he shared his stories of working with buyers and sellers. Here are some of the points taken from his presentation:

Faster than Expected is Greater than On Time
To deliver “happiness” and be memorable to clients, agents have to have be on top of their game. Service that is faster and better will be definitely be remembered and appreciated. Ashton cited an example of ordering boots online with free, three-day shipping. Instead, the boots arrived in under 24 hours with a note from the company that they realized he was ordering for the first time and wanted to do something special for this buying experience. That action led to lots of praise from Ashton for that shoe company – which was Zappo’s.

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Building Your Brand
An agent’s brand is not a logo – but how that professional conducts business. Ashton feels it is important to “get in the path of people’s stories long enough to eventually be in the past of their business.” In other words – call, write and see your sphere of influence. Offer people good information and stay connected often. He said people prefer to work with real estate agents who are also friends. In order to qualify as a friend, an agent needs to make that personal connection first.

Ashton shared an example of an agent who heard a buyer who casually mentioned that if he bought a certain home he would want to camp out in the backyard on the first night at that home. That agent leased a large star-gazing tent and to make that wish happen when the client purchased the home – and created a memorable real estate experience.

Ashton offered several useful apps to maintain agent brand building:

Slydial – This direct-to-voice-mail messaging app lets you easily leave a message. In minutes agents can make “just-thinking-about-you calls”.

Snip.ly – This app has the ability to add a personal touch to a digitally shared article. When a reader clicks through on the Sniply link, that agent’s contact information appears at the bottom of that piece – making it a much more personalized connection for the reader.

Search.Twitter.com – Twitter is great place to find out what is happening locally. By connecting to “search dot twitter dot com” – one can type in a search term and find out local news in just seconds. (Much easier than scrolling through Twitter news feeds!)

Evernote – This app is effective for note taking and lists.

Listening is Greater than Shouting
Paying attention to what people are saying, an agent can be even more connected. When house hunting, don’t see just one home, but plan tours for several homes so you can have the time to talk and figure out what that buyer really desires.

Ashton feels that having a “human” thumbprint is much more important than a mere digital one. The more personally connected agents are to their sphere, he feels will result in  more business in the future.

Your Music is Greater than the Noise
There are 1,440 minutes in a day. Ashton suggests spending those minutes wisely and not waste time on meaningless activities. He feels connecting to email all of the time is not productive – nor is immediately answering a phone call. He utilizes a “60 Daily Points of Rhythm” (or here), a system that includes 25 relationship-building calls, 25 personal prospecting emails and 5 handwritten notes of gratitude.  By concentrating on getting his points, he is accomplishing his job so he then has time for his interests and family.

Ashton consistently provides his sphere with hyper-local CMAs every 6 months, offers of home evaluations and post-buyer transaction neighborhood updates of real estate activity. Consistently providing information has resulted in recognition of Ashton as a market expert.

Want to learn more about Ashton Gufstason?
Ashton is a native of Wichita Falls, Texas. He is a fourth-generation real estate professional who was named by Realtor Magazine as part of the “30 Under 30” class in 2010.  Here is how to follow Ashton:

Sibcy Cline is Ranked on REAL Trends Top 500 List

Sibcy Cline Realtors is on the REAL Trends Top 500 list for 2017 with a ranking of number 38.  The list ranked the number of transactions of U.S. independent real estate brokers.

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View all of the brokers on this ranking list.

REAL Trends is a real estate publishing and consulting company that conducts an annual ranking of independent U.S. residential real estate brokers.

Sibcy Cline Super Open House is May 20 and 21, 2017!

Superman_WebArt.jpgThinking of buying a new home? Plan on seeing some great homes at the Sibcy Cline Super Open House Weekend on May 20 and 21, 2017! View all area open houses on Sibcy Cline’s website.

Why Sell your Home and Buy a New One?
Home values are rising and you could get top dollar for your home during this “seller’s market”.  And, mortgage interest rates are still low – which is really good new for home buyers.  Perhaps now is a good time for you to sell your old home and purchase a new one!

Sibcy Cline Realtors Ranks Among the Top 500 U.S. Power Brokers

RISMediaRanking.pngRISMedia has published its annual U.S. Power Broker rankings and Sibcy Cline Realtors was on that list at number 37 for transactions and number 65 in sales.

See a digital version of the magazine.

RISMedia is a residential real estate information resource company founded in 1980.