Sibcy Cline Wins First Place with Interactive Media at Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Conference


Sibcy Cline Realtors earned first place in a global competition for Interactive Media at the 2018 Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Conference. Sibcy Cline won first place for the category of firms with 501+ associates. The submission was made by Amanda Duncan, Sibcy Cline’s Social Media and PR Specialist along with Sibcy Cline User Interface Designer, Kris Rost.

Do you follow Sibcy Cline socially?

Facebook – Sibcy Cline’s Facebook page has over 9,000 followers! If you do not already follow this important social page, please do now.

Twitter –  If you prefer to get your updates on Twitter, follow Sibcy Cline: @sibcyrealestate!

Instagram –  Like to look at pictures? Instagram is for you! See what 710 followers are seeing.

Amanda Duncan leads a three-hour continuing education class: Media Marketing Using Social Networks. Learn more about real estate social media by signing up for the next class.

Six Tips to Help Sell Your Home

花火8Looking to sell your home soon? Here are some tips to follow to make that home sale happen:

One – Don’t Hang Around
When it comes time for an open house or a showing, one of the worst things you can do is to linger in your home. The last thing would-be buyers want to do is interact with you when they are viewing your home. It can be awkward and uncomfortable for you and them. (That’s why you hire a real estate agent who can answer questions, get a feel for interest, and candidly address issues.)

Two – Keep It Simple and Free of Clutter
You want potential home buyers to imagine there is plenty of space throughout your home  – from the cupboards, cabinets, closets and garage. Keeping your home free of clutter while it is for sale is a key step. It can be exhausting to keep a home tidy for every showing, but it’s important to do so.

Three – Be Realistic with Pricing
Real estate agents utilize comparative market analyses for a reason: this information helps set the expectations that the price of your home is in range to homes of similar age and size. Sellers sometimes feel as though they can get a hefty price for their beloved home. Setting prices realistically allows you to sell the home quickly at a market-determined price. 

Four – Don’t Over-Improve
When it’s about time to put your home on the market, sellers may be tempted to scramble to make many home improvements they’ve been putting off.  In many cases, discretion is the key.  Some improvements may not result in the financial gains you’re hoping for and other changes may not be necessary if the buyers like things the way they are. Talk to your real estate agent first before making any updates.

Five – Make a Plan and Stick to It
Working with your real estate agent is important when developing a strategy for selling your home. What features should be highlighted? What sales price is reasonable? If the home doesn’t sell within a particular period of time, what will be the next step? While some things may need to be adjusted on the fly, it’s better to have a comprehensive selling plan that is decided well before the listing hits the market.

Six – Don’t Try To Hide It
If you think you can conceal major issues, you’re wrong. It’s likely that a home inspector will find both the underlying issue – and the cover-up. Nothing turns off a potential buyer more quickly than a sense of deception.

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Sibcy Cline Title Agency Received Circle of Excellence Award for the Seventh Consecutive Year

Title_Award.jpgSibcy Cline Title Agency was presented with the Circle of Excellence award for a seventh consecutive year in March 2018. This honor was given by Sibcy Cline Title’s underwriter, Fidelity National Title Group Ohio Agency.

This award was given to Ohio title insurance agencies ranking the highest in dollar volume of insurance policy remittance, least amount of claims filed and the turn around time of issuing lender and owner policies for transactions closed in 2017.

Sibcy Cline Title Agency (along with Lawyers Title of Cincinnati) ranked number one out of 123 relationships that Fidelity has statewide.

Sibcy Cline Mortgage Services joined in the celebration due to their support of providing a large portion of the transactions that Sibcy Cline Title Agency and Lawyers Title of Cincinnati closed in 2017.

Photograph: Bill Borek, CFO of Sibcy Cline; Mike Fletcher, Lawyers Title); Jim Stofko, General Manager of Sibcy Cline; Jessica Overlay, VP Production Manager for Sibcy Cline Mortgage Services;Vicki Hathorn, Operations Manager for Sibcy Cline Title; Stan Hunter, VP Fidelity Ohio Manager; Jodi Diamond, Fidelity Account Manager; Rich  Lauber, VP and Legal Counsel for Fidelity National Title; and Bob Mahoney (General Sales Manager for Sibcy Cline.

Sibcy Cline Super Open House Weekend – March 17-18, 2018

FBAd_1200_628_March2018_Super.jpgSibcy Cline agents are holding a Sibcy Cline Super Open House Weekend on March 17-18, 2018. There will be lots of great homes to see throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana.

Look at homes for sale.

It’s a great time to sell and buy a home! Mortgage interest rates remain low. Home values are rising. Now may be the right time for you to sell your old home and find a new one to meet your needs.

Sibcy Cline Relocation Services Earns RELO Quality Certification

花火8Sibcy Cline Relocation Services has earned the prestigious RELO Quality Certification (RQC) for the fifth time by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. This certification was the first program in the relocation industry to quantify and qualify what relocation service excellence.

Under the guidance of Blair Schroeder, President of Sibcy Cline Relocation Services, this division of Sibcy Cline has maintained certification by meeting RQC’s stringent standards. Virtually every aspect of the company’s relocation operation is reviewed thoroughly, using specific criteria to evaluate performance and production, staffing, training and continuing education, quality and scope of relocation service, program marketing, customer satisfaction, technology resources and office facilities.

After earning the certification, a company must complete a re-certification process every five years to ensure it continues to meet the program’s rigorous standards and remains current in terms of technology, relocation trends and other relevant areas.

“We are very proud of maintaining high standards at Sibcy Cline Relocation Services. Our clients expect a personalized and superior level of service and we deliver that to them,” says Schroeder.

Read an Enquirer story about this certification.

Sibcy Cline Relocation Services the area’s largest relocation division with comprehensive corporate, government and referral services throughout the United States and across the globe. The referral team has facilitated over 13,000 transactions during the last five years.

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Executive Vice President, Member Services Elizabeth D. Nunan praises Sibcy Cline for its ongoing focus on excellence in relocation. “To maintain the RQC, a company must continue to demonstrate true expertise and proficiency in meeting the relocation needs of corporations and their transferring employees. We are delighted to extend the certification to Sibcy Cline for achieving all of the program’s demanding standards and commend them for maintaining their position as a leader in the industry.”

Sibcy Cline Realtors is the Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana representative of LeadingRE. With a global membership that spans six continents, LeadingRE connects more than 565 firms and 130,000 sales associates who produce over 1.1 million real estate transactions each year. As a member of LeadingRE, Sibcy Cline Realtors provides a quality real estate experience, global marketing reach and access to top real estate professionals in virtually any market worldwide. Sibcy Cline Relocation Services conducted over $242,000,000 in referral sales volume in 2017.


Sweet Sweats For Love Results in Over 1,200 Pieces of Clothing Donated!

Sweats_Jan16The Sweet Sweats for Love clothing campaign was a success! From January 1st through February 14, 2018, all Sibcy Cline branch offices collected new sweat clothes for area foster children. Clothing poured into the offices and the result was the donation of over 1,200 sweat shirts and pants.

This is the fourth year Sibcy Cline Realtors has partnered with Julie Phillippi-Whitney of Phillippi-Whitney Communications to provide needed items for area foster children.

The sweatpants and sweatshirts were given to Hamilton County Job & Family Services, who then distributed to foster children throughout the tristate region. Clothing was also donated to the Dayton Artemis Center, a Domestic Violence Resource Agency that serves Montgomery and Greene counties.

Read more about the clothing collection campaign here or here.


Florence, Kentucky – A Great Place to Live and Call Home!

Florence_YAllFlorence, Kentucky was first called “Crossroads” since it was the location where roads from Burlington and Union merged at what is now U.S. 25.  In the early 1800s, the area became known as Maddentown (named after local attorney Thomas Madden.) After he moved away the area switched names once more to Connersville (named after settler Jacob Conner.) And, finally – Florence became the city’s name. It is assumed to be named after Florence, Italy – but the origin is not clear.

Florence, Y’All
The icon for the city is its water tower. When the Florence Mall was under construction, its developers negotiated with the city about its creation. In 1974, the water tower said: Florence Mall even though the mall was not yet constructed. Due to legal issues over the size of this large advertisement, the Kentucky Bureau of Highways informed the city that the tower sign was too tall per state law. First a tarp was considered to be placed over the word “Mall” – which would have been expensive for a short-term need. Instead, a painting company was hired to change the “m” into a ”y” with this cost-effective solution. Voila – the slogan was born and has remained.



Florence Parks
Florence has seven community parks offering walking trails, landscaped gardens, play fields and equipment as well as basketball and volleyball courts.

  • Florence Nature Park – Walking trails, Kalb Gathering House available for rent, gazebo and granite animals to enjoy.
  • Lincoln Woods Park –  Tennis courts, basketball court, playground, dirt trails, and ball fields.
  • Orleans Park –  Picnic shelter, playground, sled hill, volleyball court, stocked lake and paved walking trail
  • South Fork Park – With a nautical theme, this park is the largest Florence park. Picnic shelter, playground, volleyball and basketball courts, bike path, log dam habitat, meadow and wooded areas and earthen sculptures for play.
  • Stringtown Park – This park has a Camelot theme. Enjoy a playground, basketball  and volleyball court, four fitness stations, paved trail and picnic shelter.
  • Niblack Memorial Park – This park is formerly the old city building that is now the home for the Florence Senior Activity Center.
  • Walnut Creek Park – This 2.5 acre park is located in the Walnut Creek subdivision and has a ball field and play area.

The active city of Florence has numerous annual events including a Memorial Day Parade and Independence Day celebration. There are also many local events hosted at the city parks such as movie nights and sports camps.


Florence Aquatic Center
This aquatic center has everything one would desire to enjoy the water. The facility offers a lazy river, competition pool, two spray areas, zero depth area, slides, shelters and bathhouse. There are fun events to enjoy such as Dive-In Movie and Christmas in July.  There is an annual fee to join this center. The Florence Hammerheads are an award-winning swim team based at the center.

Florence_SkatePark.JPGFlorence Skate Park
This park is heaven to those who enjoy skating. Over 20,000 square feet has been designed for all levels of skating. There is no charge to enjoy this park.

FlorenceFreedomStadium4.JPGFlorence Freedom Ball Field
The community enjoys rallying about the Florence Freedom minor ball team which is part of the Frontier League since 2004. The venue is a lot of fun with many special events held throughout the season.



Turfway Park
For all of those horse lovers, Turfway Park is the place to be. Enjoy live horse racing from January through March on Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays. There is also a holiday meet from late November through the end of December on Wednesdays through Saturdays. General admission is free (except on Spiral Stakes Day.)

The park was originally called Latonia Race Course and opened in 1959. The park changed to its current name in 1986. In 2005, Turfway Park was the first track in North America to have a polytrack  – an all-weather surface. The park stables about 1,000 horses.

Florence Homes
With 30,000 residents, Florence has a wide variety of home values and styles to offer. You can find single-family homes ranging from modest to luxury. For those who prefer the condominium or lifestyle patio homes, Florence has those type of residences, too. From old to new, small to large, Florence has it all with housing. Look at Florence homes for sale.