Five Curb-Appeal Ideas to Consider When Selling Your Home

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Curb appeal plays an important role in luring potential buyers to want to see what’s inside the home for sale, too.

An alluring walkway, an array of colorful flowers, an inviting nighttime glow and other visually pleasing characteristics can draw more people, and subsequently increase competition for the property and raise its overall value.

Here are a few of the curb-appeal projects buyers will be drawn to:

1 – Stick with Sustainability
Sustainability is popular among homeowners and buyers. Luckily it isn’t difficult to boost curb appeal in a sustainable way. One perpetually popular curb appeal project is a well-lit walkway. When potential buyers drive by the property at night they will be enamored with all of the lights. Solar-powered path lights can kick up your curb appeal in this sustainable and affordable way. Look here  and here for ideas.

Additionally, home sellers may want to try using sustainable materials. Walkways made of reclaimed stone or siding composed of recycled materials will appeal to buyers with sustainability on the mind. (See more about stone walk ways with tip #4.)

2 – Enhance the Front Door
Make your front door a statement piece and focus! Paint it to stand out. Replace door fixtures and hardware. Perhaps consider adding wood moldings around the door. Look for ideas here and here.

3 – Instant Garden
Container gardens add color and are appealing. Place them in a staggered,  asymmetric arrangement. Find ideas here and here.

4 – Buyers Love Low Maintenance
A front yard should look lovely, but require little work. This means choosing flowers and other plants that are hardy enough to survive with minimal attention; and products that rarely, if ever, need repairs or touch ups. From gutters to gardens, there should be minimal upkeep required. Yards that look like they need to be completely renovated are more likely to turn potential buyers off before they ever step foot inside the house.

5 – Steal the Hearts of Buyers with Stone and Brick
Natural stone and brick have an affluent appearance that can improve the value of a home. Homeowners can mix the two together for a unique and attractive combination. Look for ideas here and here.

Need assistance with your curb appeal? Contact Sibcy Cline Home Services. They can recommend a service vendor to meet your needs.

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

花火8There is still strong interest for homes for sale through this challenging time of COVID-19. Low interest rates and a low inventory of available homes for sale have continued the fast-paced home-buying market.

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

CINCINNATI / SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA

Home sales did well with the circumstances of COVID-19 restrictions. The average home price rose 4.9%. Although showings decreased in the first half of the month due to stay-at-home orders, the latter half of April saw an increase of showings to pre-pandemic levels.

April 2020 vs April 2019

  • -20.21% Decrease in homes sold (1,907 homes vs 2,390 homes)
  • 4.90% Increase in average sale price ($233,430 vs $222,251)
  • 3.26% Increase in median sale price ($190,000 vs $184,000)
  • -16.40% Decrease in gross sales volume ($445,150,327 vs $531,824,239)

January–April 2020 vs January–April 2019

  • -3.66% Increase in homes sold (6,845 homes vs 7,105 homes)
  • 6.40% Increase in average sale price ($226,209 vs $222,521)
  • 4.90% Increase in median sale price ($190,000 vs $184,000)
  • 2.51% Increase in gross sales volume ($1,548,402,985 vs $1,510,510,302)

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

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DAYTON

With the COVID-19 pandemic home sales decrease din April. However, the Dayton region did see an increase in average and median home sale prices – encouraging news for those thinking about selling their homes.

April 2020 vs April 2019

  • -22.24% Decrease in homes sold (1,372 homes vs 2,042 homes)
  • 6.27% Increase in average sale price ($187,564 vs $176,501)
  • 8.67% Increase in median sale price ($163,000 vs $150,000)
  • -17.36% Decrease in sales volume ($212,509,712 vs $257,162,074)

January–April 2020 vs January–April 2019

  • -.94% Decrease in homes sold (5,840 homes vs 6,336 homes)
  • 10.15% Increase in average sale price ($179,691 vs $163,127)
  • 11.44% Increase in median sale price ($154,900 vs $139,000)
  • 9.12% Increase in sales volume ($796,208,924 vs $729,666,487)

Statistics courtesy of Dayton Realtors April 2020 Home Sales Report

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NORTHERN KENTUCKY

Although home sales decreased for the month (due to COVID-19), average and median sale prices rose. This is encouraging news to people thinking of selling their homes.

April 2020 vs April 2019

  • -18.60% Decrease in homes sold (499 homes vs 613 homes)
  • 11.16% Increase in average sale price ($217,501 vs $195,672)
  • 12.39% Increase in median sale price ($ 195,000 vs $173,500)
  • -9.52% Decrease in sales volume ($108,533,417 vs $119,946,953)

January–April 2020 vs January–April 2019

  • -2.44% Decrease in homes sold (1,961 homes vs 2,010 homes)
  • 11.25% Increase in average sale price ($214,837 vs $193,115)
  • 9.85% Increase in median sale price ($184,000 vs $167,500)
  • 8.54% Increase in sales volume ($421,296,602 vs $388,162,982)

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

 

Nine Ideas to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home

American craftsman house exterior. View of entry door and porchHomes with curb appeal draw in buyers and make them want to see what is inside. Here are nine tips to make your home’s curb appeal irresistible to them:

1 – Lots of Mulch
During warmer months, mulch makes garden beds look pleasing. Heavy mulching looks even better.

2 – Add Trim
Add more trim to windows and doors. Trim elevates something very basic and makes the home more special. Consider adding trim around your front door to make a grand entrance. Depending upon your home style, you may also want to add shutters to windows as a decorative element.

3 – Add Color
During warmer months, be sure to have a splash of color in your year. Seasonal flowers will look wonderful. Think about adding a colorful bench or chair on the front porch.

4 – Mailbox
Upscale your mailbox, house numbers or address plaque.

5 – Camouflage an Eyesore
If you have a large electrical box, piping or wires, paint them the same color as your home and they will be less noticeable. Add a small fence around your air conditioner or garbage area.

6 – Window Boxes
A window box filled with flowers can transform a so-so window into a showstopper.

7 – Create a Walkway
A simple stone pathway adds character to your yard.

8 – Update the Garage
It you have a plain garage door, consider purchasing ahardware kit to make your doors look like carriage-style garage doors.

9 – Lighting
Landscape lighting sets an ambiance for your yard in the evening.

Need assistance with your home curb appeal project? Contact Sibcy Cline Home Services for recommendations of vetted professionals.

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February 2020 Home Sales Report for Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana

花火8Take a look at our regional home sales report for February 2020. Home sales increased in all areas. Home values are still on the rise. See regional home-sale reports below.

During this concerning time of Coronavirus, please take advantage of Sibcy Cline’s weekly Virtual Open House Weekend tours on Facebook.

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

CINCINNATI / SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA

Average home prices increased for the 11th straight month. February home sales were the second best on  record since 2006.

February 2020 vs February 2019

  • 6.65% Increase in homes sold (1,571 homes vs 1,473 homes)
  • .24% Increase in average sale price ($216,378 vs $215,861)
  • .06% Increase in median sale price ($176,600 vs $176,500)
  • 6.91% Increase in gross sales volume ($339,929,751 vs $317,963,445)

January–February 2020 vs January–February 2019

  • 7.58% Increase in homes sold (2,925 homes vs 2,719 homes)
  • 4.03% Increase in average sale price ($217,846 vs $209,399)
  • 3.88% Increase in median sale price ($176,500 vs $169,900)
  • 11.92% Increase in gross sales volume ($637,198,842 vs $569,355,886)

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

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DAYTON

In February, the Dayton area saw a gain in home sales as well as average and median sale prices.

February 2020 vs February 2019

  • 9.51% Increase in homes sold (1,002 homes vs 915 homes)
  • 9.22% Increase in average sale price ($175,085 vs $160,308)
  • 8.15% Increase in median sale price ($149,250 vs $138,000)
  • 19.60% Increase in sales volume ($175,434,750 vs $146,682,119)

January–February 2020 vs January–February 2019

  • 7.07% Increase in homes sold (2,794 homes vs 2,581 homes)
  • 12.81% Increase in average sale price ($172,389 vs $152,819)
  • 11.58% Increase in median sale price ($145,000 vs $129,950)
  • 20.78% Increase in sales volume ($334,089,446 vs $276,601,986)

Statistics courtesy of Dayton Realtors February 2020 Home Sales Report

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NORTHERN KENTUCKY

Home sales increased by over six percent in February. Average and median sale prices also increased.

February 2020 vs February 2019

  • 6.47% Increase in homes sold (461 homes vs 433 homes)
  • 8.99% Increase in average sale price ($207,561 vs $190,449)
  • 6.13% Increase in median sale price ($173,000 vs $163,000)
  • 16.03% Increase in sales volume ($95,686,062 vs $82,464,652)

January–February 2020 vs January–February 2019

  • 9.80% Increase in homes sold (874 homes vs 796 homes)
  • 8.15% Increase in average sale price ($207,250 vs $191,637)
  • 7.58% Increase in median sale price ($175,000 vs $162,665)
  • 18.74% Increase in sales volume ($181,136,828 vs $152,543,137)

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

 

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January Home Sales Report: Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana

January Home Sales Report 2020Take a look at our regional home sales report for January 2020. The year began with home sales increasing for all areas. Home values are still on the rise and there remains a low inventory of homes for sale. It is a great time to sell your home.

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

CINCINNATI / SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA

Home sales started the year strong for Cincinnati and Southeastern Indiana.

January 2020 vs January 2019

  • 8.03% Increase in homes sold (1,346 homes vs 1,246 homes)
  • 8.79% Increase in average sale price ($219,497 vs $201,760)
  • 10.31% Increase in median sale price ($176,500 vs $160,000)
  • 17.52% Increase in gross sales volume ($295,442,403 vs $251,392,441)

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

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DAYTON

In January, the Dayton area saw a gain in home sales as well as average and median sale prices.

January 2020 vs January 2019

  • 5.22% Increase in homes sold (1,363 homes vs 1,238 homes)
  • 16.96% Increase in average sale price ($169,769 vs $145,146)
  • 16.90% Increase in median sale price ($142,750 vs $122,111)
  • 23.06% Increase in sales volume ($157,545,696 vs $128,018,659)

Statistics courtesy of Dayton Realtors January 2020 Home Sales Report

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NORTHERN KENTUCKY

Home sales increased in January as well as average and median sale prices.

January 2020 vs January 2019

  • 11.02% Increase in homes sold (403 homes vs 363 homes)
  • 6.69% Increase in average sale price ($205,973 vs $193,053)
  • 10.90% Increase in median sale price ($178,000 vs $160,500)
  • 18.45% Increase in sales volume ($83,007,389 vs $70,078,485)

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

 

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December Home Sales Report – Strong Sales in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana

December home salesTake a look at our regional home sales report for December 2019. The year ended with home sales increasing for all areas. Home values are still on the rise and there remains a low inventory of homes for sale. It is a great time to sell your home.

Here is a report by region of homes sales throughout December 2019:

Cincinnati / Southeastern Indiana

Home sales had a huge uptick for December for Cincinnati and Southeastern Indiana.

December 2019 vs December 2018

  • 11.44% Increase in homes sold (1,861 homes vs 1,670 homes)
  • 8.78% Increase in average sale price ($227,948 vs $209,545)
  • 10.40% Increase in median sale price ($181,000 vs $163,950)
  • 21.22% Increase in gross sales volume ($424,211,260 vs $349,939,755)

January–December 2019 vs January–December 2018

  • .43% Increase in homes sold (25,751 homes vs 25,641 homes)
  • 5.64% Increase in average sale price ($226,143 vs $214,065)
  • 6.36% Increase in median sale price ($184,000 vs $173,000)
  • 6.10% Increase in gross sales volume ($5,823,396,579 vs $5,488,849,495)

Statistics courtesy of Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors December 2019 Home Sales Report

Dayton

In December, the Dayton area saw large gain in home sales as well as average and median sale prices.

December 2019 vs December 2018

  • 25.46% Increase in homes sold (1,291 homes vs 1,029 homes)
  • 4.81% Increase in average sale price ($173,816 vs $165,838)
  • 3.14% Increase in median sale price ($144,400 vs $140,000)
  • 31.50% Increase in sales volume ($224,396,006 vs $170,647,178)

January–December 2019 vs January–December 2018

  • 2.21% Increase in homes sold (16,625 homes vs 16,266 homes)
  • 6.95% Increase in average sale price ($177,087 vs $165,586)
  • 7.04% Increase in median sale price ($152,000 vs $142,000)
  • 9.31% Increase in sales volume ($2,944,065,136 vs $2,693,417,846)

Statistics courtesy of Dayton Realtors December 2019 Home Sales Report

Northern Kentucky

Home sales increased in December as well as average and median sale price.

December 2019 vs December 2018

  • 4.21% Increase in homes sold (544 homes vs 522 homes)
  • 13.36% Increase in average sale price ($214,077 vs $188,853)
  • 17.28% Increase in median sale price ($190,000 vs $162,000)
  • 18.13% Increase in sales volume ($116,458,353 vs $98,581,607)

January–December 2019 vs January–December 2018

  • -.99% Decrease in homes sold (7,266 homes vs 7,339 homes)
  • 7.12% Increase in average sale price ($207,568 vs $193,763)
  • 7.19% Increase in median sale price ($179,000 vs $167,000)
  • 6.06% Increase in sales volume ($1,508,194,485 vs $1,422,029,073)

Statistics courtesy of Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors December 2019 Home Sales Report

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The Benefits of Selling Your Home During Winter

Selling your home during winterAlthough winter is not a time usually associated with a lot of home sales, real estate experts advise that homeowners can actually tap this unique market to sell their homes. All it takes is a different type of prep work and a positive attitude.

Everyone is Motivated
A huge benefit that comes with putting a home up for sale in the winter is that there is usually an interest in getting a deal done as quickly and easily as possible. Owners who decide to sell in the winter are typically those who either have to get their homes on and off the market quickly (for instance, if they have to move for work) or have had the property up for sale for a few months and want to strike a deal as soon as possible. Another possibility is that they want to get a head start on the spring market to get their home sold first.

In either case, veteran real estate professionals will often advise that buyers at this time of year are likewise motivated to move in quickly. They, too, might need to move for job-related reasons, and want to do so when there’s less competition from other buyers.

What to Keep in Mind
It’s worth noting that homeowners have a serious part to play in making sure their properties are fully up to code and ready for the sales process. Any issues that arise could hold up what would otherwise be a quick and easy sales process. That point goes beyond simply making sure a home is ready for a photo or video shoot and involves ensuring all home systems (heating and cooling, hot water heaters, etc.) are in good working order.

When mishaps arise with those home systems, they can lead to delays because of how busy the associated repair professionals are at this time of year. Therefore, getting systems tested before the home is put up for sale is usually a great idea.

Likewise, it’s usually smart for owners to invest in a home warranty ahead of a sale to make sure that if something does go wrong for those systems, they’ll have some financial protection and added peace of mind. That can be a huge benefit for buyers as well, and highlighting that protection might be an extra selling point at this time of year.

Hosting a Successful Open House in Winter
At this time of year it’s important to keep your yard in the best shape possible, even if there’s a blanket of snow on it. Clearing out sticks and dead leaves can go a long way.

Make sure all paths are safe for people to walk on. Clearing snow, ice and puddles from driveways and walkways, as well as the front sidewalks will help sellers avoid any potential accidents and also show that you are conscientious about attending to your property.

Issues to Avoid and Keep a Positive Attitude
Once open houses have been held and bids are starting to come in, keep a positive mental attitude. It can be easy to worry about getting a sale done in short order, but at this time of year, sellers’ agents will have more time to devote to their sale in particular and make sure everything goes as well as it possibly can.

At some point, the finer details of a sale are out of owners’ hands, and rather than getting worked up about uncontrollable things, it’s a better idea to let agents do their jobs.

Need help with getting your home ready to sell? Contact Sibcy Cline Home Services. They can share vetted vendors with you including snow-removal vendors!

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Sibcy Cline Open House Weekend – November 2 and 3, 2019

Sibcy Cline Open HouseSibcy Cline agents are hosting a Sibcy Cline Open House Weekend on November 2 and 3, 2019. There will be lots of great homes to see throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana.

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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. Talk to your Sibcy Cline agent!

Sibcy Cline Super Open House Weekend: March 16–17, 2019

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Sibcy Cline agents are holding a Sibcy Cline Super Open House Weekend on March 16–17, 2019. There will be lots of great homes to see throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana.

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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. Talk to your Sibcy Cline agent!

Prepare Your Home to Sell Now for the Spring Market!

Many people wait to place their home on the market for sale once spring rolls around. Selling your home isn’t a decision to be taken lightly and requires preparation that should begin as early as possible. Here are some tips to get your home “market ready” just in time for spring:

The Basics
The first thing for home-sale prep work is a careful assessment. Is there any chipped paint, worn-out carpet, or other things you might choose to live with but could be a potential turnoff to a would-be buyer? Rooms should be cleaned thoroughly and repairs made. For the exterior of your house it is extremely important to boost curbside appeal.

De-cluttering every room of your home is a key point of action. Remove family mementos and repaint rooms to more neutral colors. Your goal is to have your home appeal to wide variety of home buyers. When they visit your spring open house you want them to picture themselves living there.

Getting it Right
It’s important for homeowners to make sure everything in the house works as it should. For example, if there has been an issue with the stove’s pilot light malfunctioning it’s important to get that fixed. The same is true of testing garage door openers, sinks, toilets, garbage disposals, exhaust fans and other home appliances.

Open and close every window and door and make sure they don’t stick, creak or otherwise present a troublesome function that might frustrate a potential buyer.
Make sure any aspect of the heating and cooling system – regardless of season – is in good working order to help expedite the real estate sales process.

With today’s high-demand seller’s market, there’s a perception that homes “sell themselves.” However, if you want to get through the sales process (with hopefully multiple bids and a quick turnaround), doing all the little things can help ensure your home is in top-tip shape and will help make things go more smoothly. Work with your real estate professional to help identify the areas that could pose the biggest issues and address them in the best way possible.

Need more ideas? Look at some of our past blog articles for home staging and  selling quickly.

If you need assistance with home-related tasks to get your home ready to sell, contact Sibcy Cline Home Services. They can assist by putting you in contact with vetted home-related vendors.

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