7 Smart Reasons to Use Your Home Equity

Homeownership has cemented its role as part of the American Dream, providing families with a place that is their own and an avenue for building wealth over time. This ‘wealth’ is built, in large part, through the creation of equity…Building equity through your monthly principal payments and appreciation is a critical part of homeownership that can help you create financial stability.”

-Freddie Mac

The past year may have had its challenges, but there have been some silver linings. Home values, for example, have risen rapidly resulting in huge equity gains for homeowners. Why is this? Sibcy Cline Senior Loan Officer Damon DiBari explains how the market is balancing itself: “The housing market crisis in 2007 and uncertainty in the market in the 2010’s have kept market growth very low until 2019.  If you bought your home in 2019 or earlier, your equity has increased significantly due to this ‘catch up’ in price.”

This catch up in price has resulted in home values increasing rapidly. The average amount of equity that homeowners have gained in the last year is over $33,000 and the average homeowner has over $216,000 in equity (Source: CoreLogic).

These gains in equity are great news for homeowners. According to Jay Buten, VP of Production for Sibcy Cline Mortgage Services, “Now is a great time for homeowners to take advantage of the increased values and utilize the equity to improve their overall financial picture.”

There are many ways that homeowners can choose to use their equity to give themselves a leg up financially, from debt consolidation to college expenses. “It’s a great time for homeowners to evaluate their personal finances and look for opportunities to benefit from the increased equity they have gained.” said Buten.

Think you might be able to use your equity? Here are 7 smart ways to consider:

1. Move Up to Your Dream Home

One of the most common ways that homeowners use their equity is to sell their home in order to buy or build something more suitable to their needs. Sellers can use the cash they make at closing for their next down payment OR take out a bridge loan that allows them to borrow that cash before they close to make their down payment on a new home. 

2. Home Improvements

Improving your home can further increase its value and your equity, depending on the type of improvements you choose to do. 

3. College Costs

This can make sense when the interest rates are lower than other sources for borrowing money for education. 

4. Debt Consolidation

Homeowners can save money by using equity to pay off high-interest debt. 

5. Long-Term Investments

Some long-term investments, such as a second home or rental property, can be worth drawing on your equity. 

6. Wedding

Rather than using credit cards or other high-interest sources to fund a wedding, consider drawing on your home equity to celebrate this long-term commitment.

7. Start a business

Starting a business or investing in a current one can bring a huge return on the investment of your equity.

Ready to get started on buying or refinancing? Reach out to one of our Sibcy Cline loan officers!

April Home Sales Report for Cincinnati; Northern Kentucky; Southeast Indiana; and Dayton and Springfield, Ohio

April 2021 home sale report

Through April, Cincinnati’s median home sale prices increased by over 23, setting a record. Sales volume increased by 30%. In Dayton, the average sale price was up almost 20% from last year. Sales volume increased by 42%. In Northern Kentucky, home sales rose by 12% and sales volume increased by almost 33%.

Mortgage rates are low. Home values are high. It’s a great time to list your home for sale and for buyers to find their dream home.

Here is a report by region of homes sales throughout April 2021:

CINCINNATI OHIO / SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA

April 2021 vs April 2020

  • 7.3% Increase in homes sold (2,071 homes)
  • 23.7% Increase in median sale price ($235,069)
  • 30.1% Increase in sales volume ($588,125,103)
  • -46.4% Decrease in active homes for sale (1,571 units)
  • 21.5% Increase in new listings (2,884)

January–April 2021 vs January–April 2020

  • 6.0% Increase in homes sold (7,307 homes)
  • 15.9% Increase in median sale price ($218,000)
  • 23.2% Increase in sales volume ($1,921,714,806)

Statistics courtesy of Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors® April 2021 Home Sales Report

DAYTON AND SPRINGFIELD OHIO

April 2021 vs April 2020

  • 19.77% Increase in homes sold (1,357units)
  • 19.09% Increase in average sale price ($223,363)
  • 16.56% Increase in median sale price ($190,000)
  • 42.63% Increase in gross sales volume ($303,100,000)
  • 28.35% Increase in new listing units (1,761)

    Year to Date:
    6.14% Increase in unit homes sold
    13.86% Increase in average sale price
    20.85% Increase in gross sales volume

Statistics courtesy of Dayton Realtors April 2021 Home Sales Report

NORTHERN KENTUCKY

April 2021 vs April 2020

  • 12.38% Increase in homes sold (581 homes vs 517 homes)
  • 18.18% Increase in average sale price ($257,306 vs $217,722)
  • 16.15% Increase in median sale price ($226,500 vs $195,000)
  • 32.81% Increase in sales volume ($149,495,355 vs $112,562,356)

Year To Date:
9.08% Increase in units sold
13.49% Increase in average sale price
16.53% Increase in median sale price
23.80% Increase in sales volume

Statistics courtesy of Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors® April 2021 Home Sales Report

February Local Home Sales Report

February Local Home Sales Report Sibcy Cline Realtors

February 2021 saw lots of snow and ice with winter in full force upon the region. With such fierce winter conditions, homes still sold! In Cincinnati, the median sales price increased (over the prior year) for the 22nd consecutive month. The median days on market was just three days – a 57% decrease from February 2020. In Northern Kentucky, home sales for February rose by 6% and sales prices increased by almost 14%. In the Dayton region, home sales units increased from last February by almost 2%. Sales volume increased by almost 13%.

Mortgage rates are low. Home values are high. It’s a great time to list your home for sale and for buyers to find their dream home.

Here is a report by region of homes sales throughout February 2021:

CINCINNATI OHIO / SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA

February 2021 vs February 2020

  • -1.4% Decrease in homes sold (1,570 homes)
  • 13.3% Increase in median sale price ($199,900)
  • -57.1% Decrease in median sales on market (3 days)
  • -52.6% Decrease in active homes for sale (1,376 units)
  • -20.7% Decrease in new listings (1,825)

Statistics courtesy of Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors® February 2021 Home Sales Report

DAYTON AND SPRINGFIELD OHIO

February 2021 vs February 2020

  • 1.8% Increase in homes sold (1,020 units vs 1,002)
  • 10.83 Increase in average sale price ($194,047 vs $175,085)
  • 7.14% Increase in median sale price ($159,900 vs $149,250)
  • 12.82% Increase in gross sales volume ($197,928,332 vs $175,434,750)
  • -26.10% Decrease in new listing units (1,056 vs 1,429)

January–February 2021 vs January–February 2020

  • 5,78% Increase in homes sold (2,050 vs 1,938)
  • 12.25% Increase in average sale price ($193,507 vs $172,389)
  • 10.34% Increase in median sales ($160,000 vs $145,000)
  • 18.74% Increase in sales volume ($396,689,451 vs $334,089,446)
  • -21.62% Decrease in new listing units (2,190 vs 2,794)

Statistics courtesy of Dayton Realtors February 2021 Home Sales Report

NORTHERN KENTUCKY

February 2021 vs February 2020

  • 6.21% Increase in homes sold (513 homes vs 483 homes)
  • 13.56% Increase in average sale price ($236,556 vs $208,307)
  • 21.04% Increase in median sale price ($210,000 vs $173,500)
  • 20.61% Increase in sales volume ($121,353,541 vs $100,612,415)

January–February 2021 vs January–February 2020

  • 5.84% Increase in homes sold (960 homes vs 907 homes)
  • 14.35% Increase in average sale price ($236,702 vs $206,991)
  • 17.14% Increase in median sale price ($205,000 vs $175,000)
  • 21.04% Increase in sales volume ($227,234,294 vs $187,741,312)

Statistics courtesy of Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors® February 2021 Home Sales Report

6 Tips Buyers Need to Know in a Seller’s Market

Happy African American Family In Front of Beautiful House.When selling and buying homes, there are three types of real estate markets: buyer’s market, seller’s market and a neutral market. When experiencing a seller’s market, there is a higher demand for homes than the supply has to offer. With not enough homes for sale, buyers tend to compete for the same available homes – which can drive prices up.

Here are some tips home buyers need to know when buying a home in a seller’s market:

One – Get Mortgage Pre-Approval
You need to know how much home you can afford in order to make an offer on a home, especially in a seller’s market. It is a good idea to become pre-qualified for a mortgage loan to figure out that budget. Once pre-qualified, you can provide a pre-approval letter when making an offer which lets the seller know you are a serious buyer.

Two – Work with a Real Estate Agent
Working with a real estate agent is vital in a seller’s market. Homes that come onto market may sell in a matter of hours. Your real estate agent will be in tune with the availability of new homes for sale so you can act quickly. If there are no homes on the market in the area you desire to live, your agent can reach out to that area’s homeowners to see if they would be willing to sell.

Try to be one of the first showings with your agent. If you delay until the weekend, the home may be sold.

Three – Do Your Research
Knowing where you want to live and what your housing requirements are is important in a seller’s market. Communicate to your agent what home features are a must and those you would like to have but could do without. In this type of market, finding a home with everything on your list probably will not happen. It is best to look for potential in a home to make it work for you. But, do not buy a home you do not love. Remember, you will be living there for at least five years if not longer.

Four – Fast Offer
You may need to act fast with your offer on a home in a seller’s market. A low-ball offer will not work in this type of market. Be prepared to offer full price or over-the-asking price.

When you make an offer, it may work in your favor to find out why the seller is moving so you can figure out what kind of closing date to offer. Making things easier for the seller could work to your advantage. Make your best offer first and be prepared for a bidding war.

Five – Cash Offer
Cash offers and strong earnest money deposits indicate a serious buyer.

Six – Fewer Contingencies (A Clean Offer)
There are usually a few contingencies (such as the home inspection) in a purchase contract. In a seller’s market, the fewer contingencies, the more attractive your contract will look to the seller.

Counter offers are not always advisable in a seller’s market.  The seller does not need to write a counter and can move on to the next offer.

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Rejection :<
A seller can accept only one offer. If your offer is rejected, remember the home seller wants to make the most money with the least inconvenience. In addition to price, the seller may have accepted another offer that offered better terms (larger cash up front, fewer or no contingencies, already pre-approved for a mortgage, etc…)

If your offer is not accepted, keep your spirits up. There will be another home that meets your needs and soon become your dream home.

Breaking Records! December 2020 Local Home Sales Report

Local home sales report Dec 2020

Home sales increased for all regions in December. In Greater Cincinnati, the area set a record for the most home sales of any December. In Northern Kentucky, sales records for 2020 broke previous records for homes sales and volume. In the Dayton region, homes ended the year increasing 12% in December with sale volume improving by over 28% for the month.

Mortgage rates are low. Home values are high. It’s a great time to list your home for sale and for buyers to find their dream home.

Here is a report by region of homes sales throughout December 2020:

CINCINNATI / SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA

December 2020 vs December 2019

  • 21.04% Increase in homes sold (2,267 homes vs 1,873 homes)
  • 12% Increase in average sale price ($254,705 vs $227,242)
  • 19.44% Increase in median sale price ($215,000 vs $180,000)
  • 35.66% Increase in gross sales volume ($577,416,950 vs $425,623,937)

January–December 2020 vs January–December 2019

  • 3.55% Increase in homes sold (26,687 homes vs 25,772 homes)
  • 9.51% Increase in average sale price ($247,626 vs $226,124)
  • 12.5% Increase in median sale price ($207,000 vs $184,000)
  • 13.4% Increase in gross sales volume ($6,608,397,521 vs $5,827,659,825)

Statistics courtesy of Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors December 2020 Home Sales Report

DAYTON

December 2020 vs December 2019

  • 12.16% Increase in homes sold (1,448 homes vs 1,291 homes)
  • 14.87% Increase in average sale price ($199,665 vs $173,816)
  • 19.11% Increase in median sale price ($172,0000 vs $144,400)
  • 28.84% Increase in gross sales volume ($289,114,444 vs $224,396,006)

January–December 2020 vs January–December 2019

  • 3.96% Increase in homes sold (17,283 homes vs 16,625 homes)
  • 11.19% Increase in average sale price ($196,897 vs $177,087)
  • 11.84% Increase in median sale price ($170,000 vs $152,000)
  • 15.59% Increase in sales volume ($3,402,979,256 vs $2,944,065,136)

Statistics courtesy of Dayton Realtors December 2020 Home Sales Report

NORTHERN KENTUCKY

December 2020 vs December 2019

  • 19.2% Increase in homes sold (658 homes vs 552 homes)
  • 10.80% Increase in average sale price ($238,213 vs $214,985)
  • 9.74% Increase in median sale price ($209,000 vs $190,450)
  • 32.08% Increase in sales volume ($156,774,336 vs $118,671,931)

January–December 2020 vs January–December 2019

  • 7.58% Increase in homes sold (7,849 homes vs 7,296 homes)
  • 10.49% Increase in average sale price ($229.263 vs $207,503)
  • 12.85% Increase in median sale price ($202,000 vs $179,000)
  • 18.86% Increase in sales volume (1,799,490,427 vs $1,513,944,214)

Statistics courtesy of Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors December 2020 Home Sales Report

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November Home Sales Report

November home sales report

Home sales increased for all regions in November. In Greater Cincinnati, the area had the most home sales of any November on record. In Northern Kentucky, sales rose by 20% and in Dayton they increased by almost 19%.

Mortgage rates are low. Home values are high. It’s a great time to list your home for sale and for buyers to find their dream home.

Here is a report by region of homes sales throughout November 2020:

CINCINNATI / SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA

November 2020 vs November 2019

  • 13.22% Increase in homes sold (2,167 homes vs 1,914 homes)
  • 11.02% Increase in average sale price ($251,501 vs $226,546)
  • 17.84% Increase in median sale price ($215,000 vs $182,450
  • 25.69% Increase in gross sales volume ($545,002,032 vs $443,609,220)

January–November 2020 vs January–November 2019

  • 1.88% Increase in homes sold (24,348 homes vs 23,898 homes)
  • 9.24% Increase in average sale price ($246,927 vs $226,041)
  • 11.93% Increase in median sale price ($205,950 vs $184,000)
  • 11.30% Increase in gross sales volume ($6,012,183,077 vs $5,401,928,888)

Statistics courtesy of Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors November 2020 Home Sales Report

DAYTON

November 2020 vs November 2019

  • 18.97% Increase in homes sold (1,405 homes vs 1,181 homes)
  • 10% Increase in average sale price ($198,977 vs $180,881)
  • 12.90% Increase in median sale price ($198,977 vs $180,881)
  • 30.87% Increase in gross sales volume ($279,562,150 vs $213,619,991)

January–November 2020 vs January–November 2019

  • 3.42% Increase in homes sold 15,787 homes vs 15,265 homes)
  • 10.91% Increase in average sale price ($196,644 vs $177,296)
  • 11.05% Increase in median sale price ($169,900 vs $153,000)
  • 14.71% Increase in sales volume ($3,104,416,420 vs $2,706,425,382)

Statistics courtesy of Dayton Realtors November 2020 Home Sales Report

NORTHERN KENTUCKY

November 2020 vs November 2019

  • 20.70% Increase in homes sold (659 homes vs 546 homes)
  • 18.06% Increase in average sale price ($241,216 vs $204,323)
  • 23.61% Increase in median sale price ($216,309 vs $175,000)
  • 42.49% Increase in sales volume ($158,961,420 vs $111,560,662)

January–November 2020 vs January–November 2019

  • 5.26% Increase in homes sold (7,098 homes vs 6,743 homes)
  • 10.39% Increase in average sale price ($228,376 vs $206,886)
  • 13.07% Increase in median sale price ($201,257 vs $178,000)
  • 16.20% Increase in sales volume ($1,621,016,065 vs $1,295,035,283)

Statistics courtesy of Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors November 2020 Home Sales Report

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Pandemic-Triggered Home Trends

The pandemic of 2020 has changed a lot of things and the housing market is no exception. Perhaps no one predicted that lockdowns, stay-at-home orders and a record number of employees working from home would cause a surge in buying and selling homes, but it has.

Along with this surge has come a change in the reasons why sellers list their homes as well as new trends for what buyers want in a home. Recently, Sibcy Cline President Robin S. Sheakley spoke to the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s journal REALM to share some of her insights into the changes happening across the region. Here are some of her observations.

Staying at home forced people to take a good look at the space they live in.

“When the governor issued stay-at-home orders, you saw people really taking stock of their housing and understanding that if they’re going to be locked inside they want different things for their homes,” Robin told REALM, “People were realizing their houses were too big, too small, too urban, too rural, perhaps too open, perhaps too choppy.”

Home improvement efforts triggered a desire for something new.

“We saw a huge trend in home repair and home improvement, and then a lot of people started realizing I’m ready for something different,” Robin said.

The way people shop for homes has shifted drastically.

“There are plenty of stories of homes that were bought without people ever physically going in them, but purchased virtually,” she said. “With the amount of drone photography and videography now, there are all sorts of ways to get a really great sense of a property without standing there yourself.”

In addition to why people move and how they shop for homes, Robin noted a few trends in what buyers are looking for in homes. Here are the top trends she’s noticed:

Spa-like Bathrooms

The need for stress relief is greater than ever, so people are shopping for bathrooms that offer some space for retreat and relaxation.

Home Offices

In the era of working from home and online schooling, homeowners are in need of more space to separate and focus. “We’ve seen people converting bedrooms to offices a lot,” she said.

Outdoor Entertaining Space

The need for social distancing in well-ventilated spaces has increased the desire for more space to gather outside. “People want to be outside. They’re looking to be able to cook, serve, and entertain outdoors,” Robin said.

Downsizing

Some homeowners spent time during the pandemic assessing their space needs and concluded that they need less space, not more. Some want to reduce the time and money they spend maintaining a large home. “There are many people who spent the past nine months looking around asking, Why do I have so much space?” she said.

Ready to make the move? Visit sibcycline.com to browse homes for sale or find an agent.

Local Home Sales Report: October 2020 – a Strong Sales Month!

October 2020 Home Sales Report

Home sales increased for all regions in October. In Greater Cincinnati, the area had the most home sales of any October on record. In Northern Kentucky, sales rose by almost 19% and in Dayton they increased by 14%.

Mortgage rates are low. Home values are high. It’s a great time to list your home for sale and for buyers to find their dream home.

Here is a report by region of homes sales throughout October 2020:

CINCINNATI / SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA

October 2020 vs  October 2019

  • 13.14% Increase in homes sold (2,558 homes vs 2,261 homes)
  • 15.96% Increase in average sale price ($257,109 vs $221,720)
  • 18.99% Increase in median sale price ($213,000 vs $179,000)
  • 31.19% Increase in gross sales volume ($657,684,046 vs $501,309,010)

January–October 2020 vs January–October 2019

  • .78% Increase in homes sold (22,155 homes vs 21,984 homes)
  • 9.07% Increase in average sale price ($246,490 vs $225,997)
  • 11.41% Increase in median sale price ($205,000 vs $184,000)
  • 9.92% Increase in gross sales volume ($5,460,996,226 vs $4,968,319,668)

Statistics courtesy of Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors October 2020 Home Sales Report

DAYTON

October 2020 vs October 2019

  • 14.26% Increase in homes sold (1,651 homes vs 1,445 homes)
  • 15.47% Increase in average sale price ($206,007 vs $178,412)
  • 19.93% Increase in median sale price ($179,900 vs $150,000)
  • 31.93% Increase in gross sales volume ($340,117,884 vs $257,805,736)

January–October 2020 vs January–October 2019

  • 2.14% Increase in homes sold (14,349 homes vs 14,048 homes)
  • 10.92% Increase in average sale price ($196,415 vs $177,081)
  • 11.12% Increase in median sale price ($169,900 vs $152,900)
  • 13.29% Increase in sales volume ($2,818,351,913 vs $2,487,636,851)

Statistics courtesy of Dayton Realtors October 2020 Home Sales Report

NORTHERN KENTUCKY

October 2020 vs October 2019

  • 18.91% Increase in homes sold (761 homes vs 640 homes)
  • 9.90% Increase in average sale price ($235,200 vs $214,016)
  • 13.57% Increase in median sale price ($210,000 vs $184,900)
  • 30.68% Increase in sales volume ($178,987,272 vs $136,970,453)

January–October 2020 vs January–October 2019

  • 3.32% Increase in homes sold (6,403 homes vs 6,196 homes)
  • 9.58% Increase in average sale price ($226,957 vs $207,112)
  • 12.36% Increase in median sale price ($200,000 vs $178,000)
  • 13.22% Increase in sales volume ($1,453,208,585 vs $1,283,474,621)

Statistics courtesy of Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors October 2020 Home Sales Report

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Robin S. Sheakley: Women Who Mean Business, Cincinnati Magazine’s 300 Most Powerful Business Leaders and Deloitte’s Cincinnati 100

Robin Sibcy Sheakley Sibcy Cline Realtors

Robin S. Sheakley, President of Sibcy Cline Realtors®, has had a very busy year in 2020 with the promotion of new company initiatives as well as dealing with the Pandemic that began mid-March. Her quick response, motivating guidance, and willingness to adopt creative solutions to Pandemic challenges have given agents and employees a strong trust in her leadership abilities. With a strong year and record-high home sales, Robin has secured the company a spot among companies that are thriving during difficult economic times. 

This fall, others in the region have begun to take notice. Robin received three business honors in recognition of her abilities and hard work: 

Cincinnati Magazine’s 300 Most Powerful Business Leaders
This annual list showcases top, local business leaders. Robin was recognized as the fourth generation to lead the family-owned business at Sibcy Cline. She was one of 36 real estate professionals honored and one of only five women in that category.

Deloitte Cincinnati 100
Honors are bestowed annually to private, local businesses that portray leadership in making Cincinnati a great place to live and work. Robin was one of four women to make this list for 2020. This is the 24th year that Sibcy Cline has been part of this list.

Women Who Mean Business
The 12 honorees for this top-professional list from the Cincinnati Business Courier were recognized for professional achievements. Robin was cited for her tenure with the company along with her leadership in rolling out new relationship management programs as well as making a swift change during the start of the Pandemic in March to a digital and virtual work environment.  

8 Homes for Sale Now with Fabulous Fireplaces

Cozying up to the hearth this winter is just one reason to buy these beauties now.

Is a fireplace on your list of “must haves” in a new home? If so, you are in luck this fall! There are homes for sale now from Sibcy Cline that make it easy to imagine yourself curled up and ready for a long winter’s nap.

Riverside Warmth in Terrace Park, OH

This home for sale now at 307 Wanoka Woods Terrace in Terrace Park is listed by Shelley Miller Reed with Amy Roe of Sibcy Cline.

There is no better place for a fire than next to the water, and this home for sale in Terrace Park, OH on the Little Miami has it. You can go for a walk down to the river and then come home to the comfort of your home and start up the fire to get your frosty toes toasty again.

This home is the perfect place to “self-isolate among the treetops,” according to Cincinnati Magazine, and we couldn’t agree more.

Winter Wonderland in Liberty Township, OH

8318 Poppy Lane in Liberty Township, OH is listed by Tom Letzler of Sibcy Cline.

The pops of bright color next the white background of this hearth in Liberty Township, OH could put even the Grinch in the holiday spirit. Everything about this room makes you want to start decking the halls for the season of merry, when the days are dark but our hearts burn bright.

You’ll not only have the physical warmth of the fire, but that priceless heart-warming joy of settling into a home that feels just right.

A Homey Haven in Union, KY

This Union, KY home at 2416 Royal Castle Way is listed by the McMahan Team of Sibcy Cline.

With two roomy acres to roam in Union, KY, this home for sale now provides the perfect place to gather in and relax next to the fire. You can sink deep into the sofa for a nap or sit by the fire to read your book.

Take off your shoes, wrap up in a soft throw, and forget the rest of the world. There just isn’t anything that can go wrong here in this room.

Sofas for Days in Guilford, IN

21563 Fox Rd. in Guilford, IN is listed by Team Hamilton of Sibcy Cline.

Have you ever dreamed of lounging on the world’s longest sofa next to a warm fire? This home for sale in Guilford, IN may just be your dream home. The best part? There is not just one, but two of the longest sofas we’ve ever seen to rest your weary bones after a long day.

If enough space for two very long comfortable sofas isn’t enough to convince that you should buy this home today, then make sure to notice the stunning architecture of the wood and stone hearth. That, together with the porthole windows on either side, creates an aesthetic that will elevate your everyday to something truly extraordinary.

Condo Comfort in Mariemont, OH

This second-floor condo is available at 3818 Miami Rd. in Mariemont, OH and is listed by Patti Sibcy and Elaine Greiwe with Sibcy Cline.

If you’re looking for a home for sale that’s more compact than a sprawling estate and a better fit for your active urban lifestyle, but still ranks high on the homey scale, you can find it at 3818 Miami Rd. in Mariemont, OH. There’s no shortage of comfy or cozy in this home! Here, condo living steers clear of lacking character and warms things up with an inviting hearth.

The bonus here is that homey doesn’t feel cramped. The large windows and high ceilings give the space an airy feel that will save you from feeling like the walls are closing in this winter. No cabin fever in this expansive space!

A Spacious Respite in Hamilton Township, OH

This listing at 7470 Stillwater Dr. in Hamilton Township is listed by Julie K. Back of Sibcy Cline.

Ready to cast your worries aside and sink into deep relax mode in front of a roaring fire? Look no further than 7470 Stillwater Dr. in Hamilton Township, OH. And, in a world that requires social distancing, you’ll have space in this room to invite some companions.

In this home for sale there is a generosity of space to spread out and plenty of windows to take in the beauty of nature while enjoying the much-needed company of others.

Cozy Comfort in Wyoming, OH

This home at 35 B Vale Ave in Wyoming is listed by Steven Wolber of Sibcy Cline.

There are some houses for sale that just exude the feeling of “home”. As soon as you walk in, you want to kick off your shoes and get comfortable. 35 B Vale Ave in Wyoming, OH is one of those houses.

The brick and tile on this hearth go a long way in creating that kind of inviting space we all love. The earthy tones warm up all the surrounding white without sacrificing the open, airy quality of the room. With the window view to the trees in the backyard, you have all the elements for this being your favorite space in the house.

Snuggle Up in Deerfield Township, OH

This home at 8756 South Shore Place in Deerfield Township is listed by Meghan Homan-Welage of Sibcy Cline.

There just isn’t anything that makes a fireplace more fabulous than a stone hearth. In this home for sale at 8756 South Shore Place in Deerfield Township, OH, you get a rock solid invitation to take a Sunday snooze and warm the chill out of your bones.

If you’re looking for a home for sale to make your own, you won’t find many with a hearth worth staring into during all the long hours of a lazy winter day. Bring your own blankets and find your way home to this relaxing fireside.

Love looking at beautiful spaces in homes for sale now? Check out our recent features with beauteous bathrooms and heavenly backyards!