Stephanie Sudbrack-Busam of Sibcy Cline – Tapped as President of the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors

Stephanie Sudbrack-Busam Sibcy Cline Kenwood

Stephanie Sudbrack-Busam, Vice President/Sales Manager of Sibcy Cline’s Kenwood office was recently installed as president of the board of directors for the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors® (CABR). For the first time at the CABR and for the state of Ohio, Stephanie leads this board as a third-generation family member (as well as the fourth Sudbrack family member).

About Stephanie and the Sudbrack Family
The Sudbrack family’s affiliation with real estate began with Stephanie’s grandfather, Chester. He served as president of the board in 1947. Her father, Chet, – who was president in 1966 – encouraged her to obtain her real estate license while she was in college. Serving as one of her mentors, Chet inspired Stephanie towards a successful career in real estate sales and management. Stephanie’s brother, Chip (aka Chester) Sudbrack served as president of CABR in 2000.

Throughout the years, Stephanie has served on numerous committees for the CABR. She has chaired MLS Operations, Budget and Finance, RPAC and Circle of Excellence committees. She has also served on committees for Budget and Finance, Realtor/Builder and Professional Standards. With such heavy involvement and experience at the board, she was more than ready to start serving her second term on the board of directors starting in 2017.

2021 Board President
As board president for 2021, Stephanie is looking forward to growing the organization and ensuring members conduct business cooperatively and professionally. With COVID-19 still on everyone’s mind, she says. “We are fortunate to be in a profession that has been such a needed service. People are looking at their homes differently now and we are there to help those who want to make a move! I hope my leadership on the board helps our membership to work effectively with their clients during these unprecedented times.” Stephanie is also looking forward to help shape the next generation of real estate pros in the Cincinnati region through her board involvement.










Anne Goss of Sibcy Cline Realtors Named Realtor of the Year by Dayton Realtors

Anne Goss Sibcy Cline Vandalia

Anne Goss, a Sales Vice President from the Sibcy Cline Vandalia office has been named Realtor of the Year by Dayton Realtors®. This honor recognizes an agent who has contributed their time with the board.

Anne has been part of the Dayton Realtors® since 1985. She is a 2013 graduate of the Dayton Realtors® Leadership Development Program. Her work with the board is extensive – she has chaired or participated on many committees including: Professional Standards, Grievance, Professional Development, Membership Services and Equal Opportunity.

On the state level, Anne has served as a director for Ohio Realtors® from 2017–2020. She has also participated with committees including: Communications, Professional Development, Business Technology Forum and YPN.

Anne’s commitment to the real estate profession has also included serving as president of the Ohio Women’s Council of Realtors® in 2018. She was honored with both the Dayton and Ohio Women’s Council of Realtors® of the Year award in 2020.

She was honored as part of the Top 25 Women To Watch (Better Business Bureau) Women in Business Networking in 2013.

Throughout the years, Anne has earned numerous real estate certifications, designations and sales honors. She has been part of Sibcy Cline’s Top Club sales club since 2013.

Says Anne, “It is an honor to receive this award from my fellow real estate professionals. I have always enjoyed working on the committees and helping make a difference at both the Dayton Realtors® and Ohio Realtors®. Getting to know the Realtors and affiliate partners in the real estate industry is a plus.”

The Sibcy Cline Vandalia office is thrilled for Anne. Says, Mike Pierson, Vice President/Sales Manager, “We are thrilled Anne received this honor. The entire office feels she is very worthy of it. She is a great person to work with. She works hard to make our profession the best it can be.”

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.  

Made for Service: Sibcy Cline Program Keeps the Heart in Military Moves

After a decade of service overseas, Donnie Lawrence became a homeowner through U.S. Military on the Move®.

Donnie Lawrence was still in high school when he enlisted in the army in 2007. “My parents had to sign the paperwork because I was 17,” he said.  

For the next decade, Lawrence’s entire life was spent in service to his country. He went through basic training and then various deployments to Iraq, Qatar, and Guantanamo Bay. But he also had a daughter that he had to leave behind and rarely saw. “For the first half of my daughter’s life, I was overseas,” he said. 

That’s why it was a particularly emotional time for Lawrence when his time of service concluded, and it came time to settle down and buy a home. “It was like closing a chapter of my life, of being overseas. Now I’m becoming a homeowner,” he said.  

Lawrence had never bought a home before and he was uncertain about the process. He was looking at different options when his cousin, Tammy Young, relocation director at Sibcy Cline, informed him of the U.S. Military on the Move® program that the brokerage offers to veterans and active duty service members. The program gives participants who qualify a rebate or credit at closing based on the sale value of the home.  

“Other programs I looked into claimed to serve veterans, but the rate I got with Sibcy Cline was actually lower, and the military rebate was more,” he said. “And not just that, but it was more personal. I had an all-star team,” Lawrence said, who was matched up through Sibcy Cline with agents Karen Bevins and Pete Marx. In addition to Bevins and Marx, Lawrence noted that Jason Shoe of Sibcy Cline Mortgage was instrumental in helping to close the deal and get him into his first home.  

“Other programs I looked into claimed to serve veterans, but the rate I got with Sibcy Cline was actually lower, and the military rebate was more. And not just that, but it was more personal.”

Donnie Lawrence

Calling out Bevins as a strong support in the process, Lawrence noted that when things got emotional for him and he just wanted to buy a house, any house, she was there as a voice of reason to remind him of the things that he had defined as “must-haves” in his new home. “She really kept working to find me the right home,” Lawrence said. “And she did. I still can’t believe it’s mine.”  

Donnie Lawrence worked with Sibcy Cline agents Karen Bevins and Pete Marx to purchase his first home through the U.S. Military on the Move®  program.

Lawrence, who serves as master fitness trainer at the 1-174 Air Defense for the Ohio Air National Guard in Woodlawn, OH and also works full-time for Mobilcomm on the tower crew, chose to buy a home in the region where he grew up, Clermont County. “Clermont County really honors veterans. They’ve done so much for me.” 

Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud is a longtime friend and supporter of Lawrence. “Bob always sent me turkey jerky when I was overseas,” he said, laughing, “and he still sends me turkey jerky!” Lawrence also mentioned the support of fellow Clermont County resident Keith Maupin, who runs the Yellow Ribbon Support Center in Clermont County. Maupin’s son Matt was taken prisoner in Iraq in 2004 and his remains were later discovered near Baghdad.  

One of the first things Lawrence did when he moved into his new home was to put a POW flag in front of the front door, partly to honor Matt Maupin, but also as a reminder of the service of all veterans, particularly those who served in Vietnam. “They didn’t get the parades and ceremonies and all the assistance that we get now,” he said, “but they served with honor. And because they wore the uniform, I can wear the uniform.”  

Donnie Lawrence stands in front of his new home in Clermont County, where he has placed a POW flag to honor fellow soldiers who served the U.S.

For more information on how you can get a military rebate, view our video here.

Local Home Sales Report for July 2020

Home sales increased for all local regions in July. Home sales for the Cincinnati region set a record with the best sales record for that month ever: 2,825 homes were sold – up almost 11% from 2019. The dollar volume for the month increased by almost 22%. In the Dayton area, July also saw gains for home sales with all-time highs in average sale and median sales prices. With 1,773 homes sold in the area, the region had an over 6% increase in the number of homes sold as well as over 16% in sales volume. In Northern Kentucky, home sales increased by over 2%. Average and median sale prices also increased for the month.

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

CINCINNATI / SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA

July 2020 vs  July 2019

  • +10.91% Increase in homes sold (2,825 homes vs 2,547 homes)
  • 9.93% Increase in average sale price ($264,286 vs $240,410)
  • 12.95% Increase in median sale price ($218,000 vs $193,000)
  • 21.93% Increase in gross sales volume ($746,607,822 vs $612,324,260)

January–July 2020 vs January–July 2019

  • -5.50% Decrease in homes sold (14,205 homes vs 15,032 homes)
  • 6.12% Increase in average sale price ($240,475 vs $226,617)
  • 7.08% Increase in median sale price ($198,000 vs $184,900)
  • .28% Increase in gross sales volume ($3,15,959,636 vs $3,406,513,171)

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

DAYTON

July 2020 vs July 2019

  • 6.29% Increase in homes sold (1,773 homes vs 1,668 homes)
  • 9.42% Increase in average sale price ($206,750 vs $188,950)
  • 9.09% Increase in median sale price ($180,000 vs $165,000)
  • 16.31% Increase in sales volume ($366,566,948 vs $315,168,484)

January–July 2020 vs January–July 2019

  • -3.19% Decrease in homes sold (9,172 homes vs 9,474 homes)
  • 8.26% Increase in average sale price ($190,812 vs $176,260)
  • 9.63% Increase in median sale price ($165,000 vs $150,500)
  • 4.81% Increase in sales volume ($1,750,126,850 vs $1,669,882,543)

Statistics courtesy of Dayton Realtors July 2020 Home Sales Report

NORTHERN KENTUCKY

July 2020 vs July 2019

  • 2.07% Increase in homes sold (789 homes vs 773 homes)
  • 10.52% Increase in average sale price ($233,078 vs $210,900)
  • 17.76% Increase in median sale price ($214,918 vs $182,500)
  • 12.80% Increase in sales volume ($183,898,800 vs $163,026,380)

January–July 2020 vs January–July 2019

  • -2.98% Decrease in homes sold (4,076 homes vs 4,201 homes)
  • 8.86% Increase in average sale price (221,142 vs $203,149)
  • 11.43% Increase in median sale price ($195,000 vs $175,000)
  • 5.62% Increase in sales volume ($853,433,062 vs $901,376,338)

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

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Sibcy Cline Realtors Makes the Business Courier’s Top Private Companies List for 2020


The Business Courier published its annual Greater Cincinnati’s Largest Private Companies list and Sibcy Cline was part of this ranking at #113 on the list. It was the only residential real estate company featured in these rankings.

Robin S. Sheakley, President of Sibcy Cline, was quoted in this issue of the Courier when asked about inspiring others in troubled times: “We are in the housing business and therefore, our professional life is everyone else’s personal life. Providing a sense of security has influenced every decision we make. While real estate was deemed an essential service at the onset of the Covid-19 stay-at-home orders, we quickly responded by March 17. While we had the technology in place to ensure business continuity, we needed to provide access, training and resources to ensure each agent and employee was equipped to leverage them. Safety, creativity and productivity continue to be our priorities. On April 2, we hosted a virtual continuing education class dedicated to fair housing, having no idea how salient and timely it would become. Sharing stories and supporting one another is as essential as providing the platform(s) with which to do it. We could not and cannot communicate enough to empower people during times of uncertainty.”

This 2020 list of the top 150 companies combined had sales of $50.6 billion and a workforce of 164,000 people.

Seven Signs Why You Should Sell Your Home Right Now

With a shortage of homes for sale and bidding wars happening on many listed properties, now could be the perfect time to sell. Is the time right for you? Here are seven signs of why you should sell your home:

  1. You’ve outgrown your home. If there are not enough bedrooms or living spaces inside your current home for you and your belongings, now is a good time to think about “buying up” to a larger home.
  2. Where you live is “booming”. Do you live in one of those “hot” neighborhoods where houses are selling quickly and for a high price? This could be your sign to take advantage of the current market.
  3. You are tired to maintaining your current home. If mowing the lawn, gardening, painting and other chores are no longer fun to do, consider selling now and moving to a less maintenance-intensive type of home that better fits your lifestyle.
  4. You have equity in your home. During the housing crash of 2007, equity fell for most homes – but for many homeowners it is now back – and your home could be worth more than you owe on it. Do you know your home’s value in today’s market? You may be surprised and this could be the big sign to sell. Selling while you have high equity is a great way for you to buy that next dream home.
  5. Life changes. Life’s markers can affect housing needs. Perhaps you need a smaller home now or want to move to be closer to family. Changes in family dynamics and work commutes are a few  more reasons that may be pointing you in the direction of selling your old home and getting a new one.
  6. Low mortgage rates. Mortgage interest rates are at historic lows. When you sell your current home, you will be able to afford even more home with these rates. Take advantage of this market.
  7. You are emotionally ready to move on. Moving is not an easy thing to do. Let the guilt of staying in your old home go. Once you have made your mind up to sell, stay the course. Remember, in many areas, homes are selling quickly – that means less people touring your home, less open houses to host and a fast closing. That sold sign in your yard will be your “sign” to move onward.

Ready to sell? Contact your favorite Sibcy Cline agent

Sibcy Cline’s Listing at 3458 Observatory Place is a Finalist in HGTV’s “Ultimate House Hunt” Contest!

HGTV_House_hunt (3458 Observatory Pl)Sibcy Cline has a listing entered as a finalist for the HGTV Ultimate House Hunt Contest. This annual online promotion held on HGTV.com showcases extraordinary homes for sale in eight categories. HGTV editors have already viewed numerous properties worldwide and made their finalist selections. The public now gets to vote for their favorites.

We Need Your Vote for this Home!

Go to HGTV.com/househunt and scroll down the page to the “Homes With a History” graphic. Click on it, scroll through the finalists (at the top) and look for the home – it’s called “Restored Victorian Home Exterior”. Then cast your vote!

Voting is open to the public and takes place June 30–August 4, 2020. You can vote once a day.

About This HGTV Finalist Property
This beautiful home – located at 3458 Observatory Place – is  listed by John Gillespie and Maria McLaughlin from Sibcy Cline’s Hyde Park office. It’s a Victorian Italianate located in the Observatory Historic District in Hyde Park and has been meticulously renovated, features today’s comforts and has an incomparable view of the Observatory

Thanks for voting for this home – every day!

 

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

花火8Very low interest rates, good weather as well as reasonable prices for homes have kept the real estate market strong even through there were COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.

Although sales were down, average and median sale prices rose  – encouraging news for those thinking about selling their homes.

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

CINCINNATI / SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA

May 2020 vs May 2019

  • -26.88% Decrease in homes sold (1,950 homes vs 2,667 homes)
  • 3.24% Increase in average sale price ($238,994 vs $231,499)
  • 5.37% Increase in median sale price ($201,250 vs $191,000)
  • -24.52% Decrease in gross sales volume ($466,038,682 vs $617,407,053)

January–May 2020 vs January–May 2019

  • -9.78% Increase in homes sold (8,816 homes vs 9,772 homes)
  • 5.29% Increase in average sale price ($229,270 vs $217,757)
  • 6.09% Increase in median sale price ($189,900 vs $179,000)
  • -5.01% Decrease in gross sales volume ($2,021,243,057 vs $2,127,917,355)

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

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DAYTON

May 2020 vs May 2019

  • -25.29% Decrease in homes sold (1,285 homes vs 2,106 homes)
  • 4.24% Increase in average sale price ($188,935 vs $181,258)
  • 7.02% Increase in median sale price ($166,900 vs $155,950)
  • -22.13% Decrease in sales volume ($242,781,843 vs $311,763,470)

January–May 2020 vs January–May 2019

  • -10.25% Decrease in homes sold (7,583 homes vs 8,449 homes)
  • 8.08% Increase in average sale price ($181,599 vs $168,020)
  • 9.45% Increase in median sale price ($157,000 vs $143,450)
  • -.08% Decrease in sales volume ($1,042,922,477 vs $1,043,742,673)

Statistics courtesy of Dayton Realtors May 2020 Home Sales Report

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NORTHERN KENTUCKY

May 2020 vs May 2019

  • -25.80% Decrease in homes sold (558 homes vs 752 homes)
  • 5.20% Increase in average sale price ($217,314 vs $206,571)
  • 6.42% Increase in median sale price ($193,685 vs $182,000)
  • -21.94% Decrease in sales volume ($121,261,268 vs $155,342,050)

January–May 2020 vs January–May 2019

  • -8.47% Decrease in homes sold (2,529 homes vs 2,763 homes)
  • 9.39% Increase in average sale price ($215,6 vs $196,761)
  • 7.87% Increase in median sale price ($185,000 vs $171,500)
  • .13% Increase in sales volume ($544,333,099 vs $543,652,032)

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