Home Sales Increase by Seven Percent in Dayton for February 2017!

Dayton_Dusk_River.jpgThe Dayton, Ohio region had a 6.74% increase in home sales during February. A mild winter and low mortgage interest rates have lured home buyers to look and purchase homes. Here are the statistics for the region:

February 2017 vs February 2016

  • 66.74% Increase in home sales (855 homes vs 801 homes)
  • 24.44% Increase in sales volume ($121,789,011 vs $97,954,341)
  • 17.13% Increase in median sale price ($126,500 vs $108,000)
  • 15.03% Increase in average sale price ($142,443 vs $124,836)

January-February 2017 vs January-February 2016

  • 3.77% Increase in home sales (1,705 homes vs 1,643 homes)
  • 18.95% Increase in sales volume ($240,748,221 vs $202,397,531)
  • 17.54% Increase in median sale price ($124,000 vs $105,500)
  • 13.51% Increase in average sale price ($141,201 vs $124,399)

Mortgage interest are still low. Many homes on the market are selling quickly. Is it time to sell your home? Look at homes for sale.

Statistics courtesy of: Dayton Association of Realtors Home Sales Report, February 2017

 

 

Homes are Selling in Northern Kentucky with a Thirteen Percent Increase for February 2017!

NKY_River_Barge.jpgWith a mild winter, home buyers have been out looking and buying homes in Northern Kentucky. The region had a 12.54% increase in home sales for February 2017 as compared to February 2016.  Here are the statistics:

February 2017 vs February 2016

  • 12.54% Increase in homes sold (395 homes vs 351 homes)
  • 12.13% Increase in average sale price ($170,004 vs $151,613)
  • 15.95% Increase in median sale price ($149,000 vs $128,500)
  • 26.19% Increase in sales volume ($67,151,879 vs $53,216,272)

January – February 2017 vs January – February 2016

  • 18.09% Increase in homes sold (777 homes vs 658 homes)
  • 1.96% Increase in average sale price ($161,914 vs $158,797)
  • 5.15% Increase in median sale price ($142,000 vs $135,050)
  • 20.40% Increase in sales volume ($125,807,779 vs $104,488,510)

Although mortgage interest rates have risen, they are still low. With a low inventory of homes for sale, many homes for sale are selling quickly.  Perhaps it is time for your to sell your home!

Look at homes for sale.

Statistics courtesy of: Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors Home Sales Report, February 2017

 

Cincinnati Sets a Record for Average Sale Price in February 2017

Map of Cincinnati OhioWith strong home sales, the Cincinnati, Ohio region set a February record for its average home sale price at $180,372. Here are the statistics:

February 2017 vs February 2016

  • 12.14% Increase in average sale price ($180,372 vs $160,839)
  • 6.33% Increase in median sale price ($138,500 vs $130,250)
  • -3.73 Decrease in home sales (1,407 homes vs 1,462 homes)
  • 7.93% Increase in sales volume ($254,783,557 vs $235,147,121)

January – February 2017 vs January – February 2016

  • 10.53% Increase in average sale price ($180,626 vs $163,415)
  • 10.04% Increase in median sale price ($141,950 vs $129,000)
  • .32 Increase in home sales (2,858 homes vs 2,849 homes)
  • 10.88% Increase in sales volume ($516,227,932 vs $465,569,061)

Although mortgage interest rates have increased, they are still low. There is still a shortage of available homes for sale and many homes for sale are selling quickly.

Look at homes for sale.

Statistics courtesy of: Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors Home Sales Report, February 2017

 

Taste of Cincinnati – May 27-29, 2017

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The Taste of Cincinnati is a long-standing Memorial Day tradition in Cincinnati since 1979. The nation’s longest-running culinary festival will be held along Fifth Street in downtown Cincinnati on May 27-29, 2017.  This year the food festival has been moved eastward two blocks along Fifth Street to accommodate the Cincinnati Bell Streetcar.

Kicking off the event is the Vibrant Veggies Races held May 26, 2017 at noon at Fountain Square. Contestants will be given vegetables to build and race as a motorized vehicle.

Food Truck Alley
Local food trucks will be serving their culinary delights at the festival right from their vehicles along West Sixth Street.

About the Taste of Cincinnati
The Taste of Cincinnati has been held every Memorial Day weekend since 1979. It started as a one-day event in Piatt Park (aka Garfield Park) and was expanded to two days in 1981. In 1988, it was held for three days on Central Parkway. In 2007, the event moved to Fifth Street. From 2013-2016, 2.15 million people attended this event.

Kathy Bryant of Sibcy Cline is Named “Top Sales Associate for 2016” by the Southern Ohio Association of Realtors

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Kathy Bryant, Executive Sales Vice President with Sibcy Cline’s Anderson office, has been honored as the “Top Sales Associate for 2016” by the Southern Ohio Association of Realtors®.

Says Rob Sibcy, President of Sibcy Cline Realtors, “We are very proud of Kathy and her sales accomplishments. Her clients are always a top priority and it is wonderful to see her hard work has been recognized!”

About Kathy
Kathy has been a real estate professional for 27 years. She has earned numerous sales honors throughout her career locally as well as statewide. She specializes in luxury home sales for eastern Cincinnati. As a service to her clients, Kathy has earned the ASP (Accredited Staging Professional) designation.

Get a Head Start on Spring Cleaning

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Spring is just around the corner and for many homeowners this is the time of year when they turn their attentions to tidying up around the home as well as their front and back yards. By getting a head start now, while winter weather is still in the air, you can help to free up some time later. This might be especially important for homeowners who are thinking of selling their homes in spring.

During colder months, most people are spending long hours in their homes and while it may be tempting to just binge through a few shows on Netflix, getting off the couch with a mop or scrubbing brush in hand might be a better use of time, according to Dig This Design. While spring cleaning often involves putting away winter clothing like coats, sweaters and boots, there are other aspects of it that can be addressed first.

Stay on top of things
Getting a head start doesn’t require a lot of work, and over the next few weeks it can be wiser to tend to small tasks instead of trying to tackle bigger projects all at once. For instance, setting a simple schedule to, say, clean the bathroom one Saturday then help the kids tidy up their rooms the next week can keep these efforts low-stress but impactful overall. Spreading out the work over a month or more will help keep everyone in the home from grumbling too much about the tasks they might have wanted to put off. There are many great resources from DIY websites to blogs that help with planning a daily, weekly or monthly cleaning schedule that breaks the chores down into smaller, doable pieces.

Areas to focus on
There are a few parts of the home where issues can really build up over the course of a winter, and that might be a good place for homeowners to start their cleaning efforts first, according to U.S. News and World Report. While some homeowners may have the expertise to clean their furnaces successfully, others might simply start by deep cleaning carpets and floors, which can take a beating in the winter when family members track in dirt from the streets.

It may also be a good time to dust and clean windows, because there can be sizable build-ups over the course of the winter that many owners don’t always notice. By starting here, that’s less elbow grease that needs to be applied throughout the home later on.

A big final task here might be cleaning the kitchen, because there are just so many surfaces to deal with, and because the room is so well-trafficked. As such, saving the kitchen for last – and getting everyone to pitch in – can go a long way.

And when all these tasks are completed, it might be just a little easier for homeowners to avoid feeling guilty about wanting to go have a little more fun when the nicer weather arrives.

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Sibcy Cline Super Open House Weekend is March 11 and 12, 2017!

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Sibcy Cline agents are planning on a company-wide Super Open House Weekend on March 11 and 12, 2017. Plan on personally seeing some great homes for sale throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana.

Find open house information on Sibcy Cline’s website.

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If you are driving by an open house or see a home of interest online, an open house gives you a chance to see the home in person without making an appointment. Here are some tips to follow:

  • Do I Need to Knock?
    You can enter the home without knocking or ringing the door bell (unless there is a note that says to do so.) It is courteous to first say hello to the real estate agent before touring. If that agent is busy talking to other people, feel free to start touring.
  • Registration Form
    Most agents will have an open house registration form for you to sign. This helps the agent know who has been to the home so an accurate report can be made to the home seller.
  • What Can I Look At?
    The home is yours to tour and you are permitted to open closets unless there is a note indicating otherwise. You do not have permission to look through personal belongings of the home seller. Therefore, the medicine cabinet is considered off limits. If a door is closed, it is best to check with the real estate agent before opening it.
  • Etiquette
    If there are others touring the home, be courteous by not entering a room until the other party leaves.
  • I Am Already Working with an Agent
    When you sign the registration, be sure to add your agent’s name. That way, the listing agent will follow up with your agent and not you.
  • Take a Flyer
    Usually the real estate agent will provide a flyer or a brochure that has more information about the home. You can use this piece to make your own notes.