Cincinnati Citirama 2018 to be Located in the West End near Music Hall

ClarkStreetMapThe Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati announced its site selection for Citirama 2018 – in the West End on Clark Street (near Music Hall). Fifty four single-family detached homes are slated to be constructed. Fifteen lots will be part of the home show with home prices ranging from $250,000-$400,000. Citirama is scheduled to run from September 8-16, 2018.

Homes will qualify for the City of Cincinnati Tax Abatement program (10-year, 100% abatement on the improvements and longer for LEED Certified and “visitable” homes.)

Home Buyers Could Find Their Dream Home in the Fall

House_Scarf_FallBackground.jpgThough some home buyers may be frustrated they didn’t find the perfect home this summer thanks to the intense competition for purchasing homes – they shouldn’t be discouraged. As some home shoppers leave the market in the fall, the odds that those who remain will find a dream home increases.

The least expensive months to buy a home are actually in the fall, according to the National Association of Realtors. In October buyers could pay about 2.7 percent below the market value of a property often because of how many would-be buyers have dropped out of the market by then. Likewise, people who are looking to sell and whose homes have been on the market a bit longer than expected, are more willing to get a deal done once autumn arrives.

Buy That Home!
Just like the summer market, it’s vital home buyers make sure they’re ready to make an offer as soon as they find a home they like. While the market is generally less busy in fall, today’s market conditions mean shoppers can still expect busy open houses and multiple bids. Having the ability to spring into action as soon as possible remains vital to finding a home before winter arrives.

Home shoppers need to stay in contact with their real estate agents throughout the home-buying process so they can make the most informed decisions based on how local markets are moving as the fall stretches on.

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Sibcy Cline Super Open House is October 14 and 15, 2017

SibcyClineSuperOpenHouseSibcy Cline’s agents are hosting a company-wide Super Open House Weekend on October 14-15, 2017. There will be many open houses throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana.

Bye/Buy Weekend!
Are you glued to the television watching football on Sundays? No worries – it’s a “bye” for Bengals football  that weekend – and a will be a great time to look at homes and possibly buy one.

Mortgage rates are still low and home values are on the rise.

Look at open houses.

 

Current Home Owners have Plenty to Gain from Selling Now

red home sign on hundred dollar bills. Real Estate business ConcWith the current real estate situation, prices have reached record highs in many markets. Despite this trend many homeowners are still on the sidelines of the housing market and are hesitant to put their properties up for sale regardless of the incentives to do so. This might be particularly true for owners who bought in the past 10 years, when prices were above the pre-recession and historical norms. However, today’s market conditions could make now the perfect time to sell.

Housing Market 2017
Perhaps the biggest story in the housing market in 2017 has been the massive demand to buy homes and the relatively limited inventory of properties they can actually purchase. In comparison to the market five years ago, there are now 20 percent fewer homes up for sale nationwide4.

Digging into the Numbers
The reason for this trend is clear enough to industry observers: Buyer demand is so great that when any home is put up for sale, owners are likely to find significant enough interest – typically from multiple bidders – that they can get through the real estate sales process quickly and easily. Today fewer than half of all homes for sale are still available within two months of being listed.

Different Situations
Why aren’t more homeowners eager to get into the market and earn a significant return on their home investments thanks to today’s high prices?

Some people may be worried about how much they would have to pay for a new home after selling their own. Others may be waiting for competition to ease so they don’t have to go through the bidding process to get a new home once their old home has sold. Others are just afraid to list before they find something they like.

Further compounding the inventory issue is the fact that home builders aren’t able to put up new houses quickly enough to meet demand in most parts of the country.

When Sellers become Buyers
The good news for prospective sellers is in the busier markets, the selling process has been so accelerated, everything happens in less than a week. For example, a listing can go up on a Thursday or Friday, with an open house scheduled for that weekend, and multiple bids may come in by Monday. That’s a four-day turnaround, and a lot of homes go from not even being listed to under contract within five.

That could encourage current owners on the fence about getting into the market themselves, though that means if they do shop around, they will need to have contingency plans in place for getting their own homes listed and under contract quickly.

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Copper Creek Meadows – A New Place To Call Home in Miami Township, Ohio

CCH_A01_Copper Creek Meadows Logo-10Copper Creek Meadows – an eight-lot, new-home subdivision located in Miami Township is underway with two homes already sold. The remaining six lots are approximately a half acre and can accommodate a ranch lifestyle or two-story open floor plan. This small community of homes features sidewalks, green space and a pond all along a private cul-de-sac avenue.

Says Sue S. Lewis, (Executive Sales Vice President for Sibcy Cline Realtors) and sales representative of Cooper Creek Homes, “We’re very excited about our new homes at Cooper Creek Meadows. The two homes already built and sold look amazing. Home prices are starting from $575,000 and have really nice appointments with a great value.”

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Homes are customized to a buyer’s dreams and desires and feature hardwood, carpet and tiled flooring, as well as details such as moldings and built ins. Those who have preferences for a green home using sustainable and energy-efficient materials and appliances can be accommodated.

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Location Location Location
Copper Creek Meadows is located in Miami Township and is just eight minutes from downtown Montgomery or a short drive to historic downtown Loveland. If you love to bike, walk or jog, the Loveland Bike Trail is a short drive away.

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Since the homes are located in Miami Township, there are no city taxes – a nice bonus to homeowners.

Go here  find Copper Creek Meadows. Go here to see Copper Creek listed properties.

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About Copper Creek Homes
Ranjit K Sharma is President and Owner of Copper Creek Homes, and has been constructing homes for over 20 years. His company philosophy is taking pride in creating attractive and comfortable homes. Copper Creek Homes staff constantly monitor quality and workmanship throughout the building process. Firm guidelines are maintained with a hands-on approach throughout construction.

Interested in Building at Copper Creek Meadows?
Contact Sue Lewis, Executive Sales Vice President, at 513-324-8095 or suelewis@sibcycline.com.

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Citirama is Happening at the Woodland Meadows in Woodlawn September 23 – October 1, 2017!

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Cincinnati’s 14th Citirama site is located at the Woodland Meadows in Woodlawn. This home show will take place from September 23 – October 1, 2017.  There are six single-family homes being featured in the show. This new subdivision has 43 home sites.

The new homes in the show are priced from $200,000 – $375,000. A 15-year property tax abatement is available to all home buyers. (Lots will have a special yearly assessment for 15 years at about $3,000 per lot.)

Citirama Dates and Times
Open daily from September 23 – October 1, 2017
Monday – Thursday: 4pm – 9pm
Friday-Sunday: 12pm – 9pm

Tickets
Tickets are $10.00 for adults. Discount tickets will be available at Kroger for $8.00 AAA Members can also purchase $8.00 tickets at the home show’s gate by showing their membership card.

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Read more about Citirama here and here.  Read more about Woodlawn here.

First-Timers Should Look for the Best Ways to Save When Buying a Home

FirstTime_Flags.jpgThere are plenty of ways for first-time home shoppers to lock in a great deal on the starter home of their dreams. They may not know about them due to the fact that they’re relatively inexperienced when it comes to shopping for a property or not very knowledgeable of current conditions in the housing market. Working with an experienced real estate professional can help quite a bit in this regard, but it’s also important  for potential home buyers to do as much research as possible on how to effectively cut costs.

Mortgage Rates
One of the biggest issues in the current housing market – which has a huge impact on affordability over the life of a mortgage – is the rate homeowners pay on their home loans, according to U.S. News & World Report. Rates are currently hovering in the low 4 percent range, and even though that’s considered high in comparison with some of the levels seen in the past few years, it’s still extremely low on a historical basis.

Talking with an agent or a loan officer about what constitutes an affordable rate in the current market, and what that means for ongoing costs over the decades it takes to pay off the loan, gives first-time buyers a good starting point for finding an affordable mortgage.

Other Costs to Examine
The price of the home and the mortgage rate aren’t the only cost considerations new buyers face. In addition to maintenance and upgrades and property taxes, homeowner’s insurance will also be an ongoing cost of actually owning the home. Insurance costs can vary considerably depending upon the features of the property and any geographical or climactic risk factors. As with a mortgage rate and associated costs, the smart move for any homebuyer is to shop around and find the best deal possible, ultimately saving hundreds of dollars per year in a lot of cases.

More Ways To Save Money
In some cases, it may be difficult to avoid certain issues that will impact the price of a home loan. One of the best ways to save (what could be thousands of dollars) is to research, study  and  properly prepare before entering the market, according to the Columbus Dispatch. That means putting as much money as possible toward a down payment, as well as working to improve credit standings before applying for a mortgage, both of which reduce ongoing expenses significantly.

Other ways prospective homeowners can save money when buying a home is by using a home warranty to help provide a little more financial certainty. These products can help cover repair or replacement costs for appliances and home systems after a sale, potentially saving the home buyer thousands of dollars in expenses in some situations.

It is important to know the difference between homeowners’ insurance and a home warranty, and the value both provide. Put simply: home insurance will typically cover structural problems such as repairs for roof or fire damage, while home warranties protect things like HVAC or plumbing systems and major appliances, and can connect homeowners with experienced professionals who will help them get back to full function as soon as possible.

Start your home search here!

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