Rob Sibcy – Named to Cincinnati Magazine’s 300 Most Powerful Business Leaders List

Rob Sibcy, Chairman of the Board for Sibcy Cline Realtors, was named as part of Cincinnati Magazine’s “300 – The Most Powerful Business Leaders.” The magazine studied the region’s largest public, private and nonprofit companies “…knowing that those leading the most powerful businesses are powerful themselves.”

Read a digital version of this magazine. (Rob is mentioned on page 88.)

The magazine asked all of the leaders to share personal stories. Here are the 11 questions from Cincinnati Magazine to Rob Sibcy:

1. Where did you grow up? Kenwood, then moved to Indian Hill when I was 14 years old.

2. Education? Started at Concord School on Montgomery Road and graduated to Indian Hill and was a graduate of Indian Hill High School. I attended Washington & Jefferson College and graduated with a business degree.

3. Why did you choose this field of work? I chose real estate because my father was a Realtor and I liked the idea of being my own boss and having my success depend on my effort.

4. First job? My first job out a of college was getting real estate license and selling real estate for my father’s company.

5. Toughest challenge faced or lesson learned? The toughest part about real estate sales was learning what to do and how to do it. It was a small company when I started selling and there was no training department, so I had to teach myself. I learned you could ask anyone a question and learn very fast.

6. Best advice received? The best advice I got was once, when I was complaining to my father how hard it was, he looked at me and said, “If it was easy everyone would do it and nobody would make any money.” I never complained again.

7. What you’d tell a recent college graduate about entering your field of business: We see new college graduates all the time and tell them if you go through our training and are willing to work, we can help you be a success. Our business is one that can last a lifetime if you are willing to work.

8. Favorite hobbies or leisure activities: Over the years my favorite sport is playing golf. My friends and I don’t take it too seriously and we have a lot of laughs as we play.

9. Favorite Greater Cincinnati attraction: Cincinnati has a lot of great attractions making it a great place to live and raise a family. One of the best family values for the whole family is the Cincinnati Zoo.

10. Favorite Greater Cincinnati charity: My wife and I have been on many boards and charities and all have been for great causes. The one that she is currently involved with is the Lindner Center of HOPE and the Sibcy House which we were able to be a part of from its founding and continue to be involved.

11. Favorite Greater Cincinnati restaurant: Cincinnati is fortunate to have some great restaurants. One of my favorites is from the past: The Maisonette – it was owned by friends and we loved going there. Currently two that we visit often are Embers and Trio’s.

Julie K. Back is Named the 2018 Top Agent for Residential Real Estate Sales by the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors


Photo: Robin Sibcy Sheakley, Julie Back, Pam Sibcy and Rob Sibcy

Julie K. Back, Executive Sales Vice President for the Sibcy Cline Hyde Park office, was named the 2018 top residential sales agent for the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors. She has held this honor for the past four years starting in 2015.

Julie is not only the top residential sales for Cincinnati, but also has been the top agent at Sibcy Cline since 2012. Additionally, she has been lauded as the top sales agent for Ohio in 2017 and 2018.

Says Robin S. Sheakley, President of Sibcy Cline Realtors, “Julie has a strong work ethic fueled by her passion for real estate.  She is well respected by her peers and sought after by her clients. This award and recognition is not only well deserved but hard earned. We are thrilled to have Julie on our Sibcy Cline team and look forward to another great year together”.

Rob Sibcy, Chairman of the Board for Sibcy Cline says, “Julie is amazing! Her hard work, knowledge of the market, and understanding of her clients’ need have led to her tremendous success. She has been our number one agent for seven years, number one for the state of Ohio for the past two years and for the fourth time for the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors, she has been their number one agent. What an impressive achievement!”

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Photo: David Hummel, Julie Back and Marie Simon

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Photo: Julie Back and the Sibcy Cline Hyde Park Office

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Always Keep a Winter Emergency Kit in the Car

Even though you may feel confident behind the wheel when driving in winter conditions, it’s strongly advised to keep an emergency kit in your car for “just in case.”

No matter the experience a person may have when exposed to snowy, icy or otherwise difficult winter conditions, one can never be too cautious. An inexperienced driver, wildlife and other hazards could easy lead to losing control behind the wheel, potentially leaving you stranded  or requiring help and supplies.

Apart from following the basic winter road rules – driving slow, leaving plenty of space between one vehicle and another, staying home when snow is falling fast or temperatures plummet, etc. – having an emergency kit handy is vital to ensuring everyone stays as safe as possible when conditions get tricky.

Here is a list of items that should be included in every vehicle emergency kit:

(1) Thick Blanket
This may seem like an odd requirement, but heavy, warm blankets are essential if your car can’t be left running and you and your passengers need to bundle up for an extended period of time. A wool blanket can do the trick – one that’s big enough to cover multiple people at once.

(2) Waterproof or Warm Clothing
Since car mishaps can happen at any time without warning you might not be bundled up for the drive. Having extra warm clothing – as well as waterproof items to keep you warm and dry if you need to venture outside the vehicle – is smart. This will include gloves, sweatshirts and winter hats. And, don’t forget to have an extra pair of boots on hand to better navigate snow and ice around your vehicle.

(3) Lamp or Flashlight
Many auto accidents that happen in winter occur at night when temperatures dip and visibility is reduced. If you have a problem, you may need light to see inside or outside the vehicle. Having a light source, as well as extra batteries, is a necessity.

(4) First-Aid Kit
If it might take a while for emergency workers to arrive if you have an accident and someone needs basic medical attention. Having a first-aid kit on hand is a must.

(5) Shovel
Your car or truck may become stuck in the snow. Having a small shovel to clear the area around the vehicle – especially near the tires – is a great idea.

(6) Sand or Kitty Litter
In addition to having a shovel, when cars get stuck on snow or ice, putting something gritty under the tires helps a vehicle gain traction and work their way out of otherwise tough situations.

(7) Road Flares
Cars stuck on the side of dimly lit roads can be hazardous. Having a few road flares on hand will help ensure everyone can see your vehicle and greatly reduce the chances of another accident.

(8) Reflective Clothing or Items
Related to increasing visibility, if anyone has to leave a vehicle at night it’s wise to have a reflective vest packed, according to the National Safety Council. (Companies now also make reflective wrist and ankle wraps.)

(9) Tools
While it’s not usually necessary for someone to pack an entire toolkit, having a few tools in your, emergency kit is a great idea. This will allow you to tighten screws, loosen nuts or bolts, and make simple fixes as needed.

(10) Extra Phone Battery and Charger
Most people have a phone charger in their vehicle as a standard practice. In addition, because some car-charging ports don’t work unless the vehicle is running, have a spare battery pack fully charged and ready to go just in case. You do not want to be in a situation in which you need to make an emergency call but cannot use your mobile phone.

(11) Water
It should go without saying, but going too long without hydration isn’t the best move, so having a few extra bottles of water in an emergency kit is a must. This is especially true if you are putting in some effort shoveling or clearing a path.

(12) Non-Perishable Snacks
Keep a few non-perishable energy bars in your kit. This will be handy if you end up being stuck on the side of the road for three or more hours.

(13) Windshield Scraper and Brush
When your car is at a standstill or while driving through a snow storm, frost and snow can quickly build up. Keep a scraper and brush handy to clear windows.

(14) Jumper Cables
If your car’s battery dies, you can’t count on other drivers to have jumper cables to get you out of a jam. Having a pair of your own is a very good item to have on hand.
While these items certainly aren’t the only things that should be included in a winter road emergency kit, this is at the very least a good start for what drivers should pack.

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October 2018 Home Sales Report: Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana

October 2018 Home Sales ReportHere is the October home sales report for Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana. Most areas had an increase in the the number of homes sold.

Cincinnati

Momentum was held for October 2018 sales  with a slight increase in the number of homes sold as compared to the same time period as last year. The Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors reports that 2018 home sales remain on one of the top three strongest in 10 years.

October 2018 vs October 2017

  • .10% Increase in homes sold (2,070 homes vs 2,068 homes)
  • 6.86% Increase in average sale price ($213,358 vs $199,664)
  • 7.80% Increase in median sale price ($169,250 vs $157,000)
  • 6.96% Increase in gross sales volume ($441,652,005 vs $412,905,772)

January – October 2018 vs January – October 2017

  • -.83% Decrease in homes sold (21,963 homes vs 22,146 homes)
  • 6.15% Increase in average sale price ($214,684 vs $202,240)
  • 7.41% Increase in median sale price ($174,000 vs $162,000)
  • 5.28% Increase in gross sales volume ($4,715,009,376 vs $4,478,801,593)

Statistics courtesy of Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors October 2018 Home Sales Report

Dayton

The Dayton region had positive increases in all categories: homes sold, average and median sales prices as well as sales volume as compared to 2017.

November 2018 vs November 2017

  • .88% Increase in homes sold (1,812 homes vs 1,533 homes)
  • 6.88% Increase in average sale price ($165,344 vs $154,695)
  • 9.62% Increase in median sale price ($142,500 vs $130,000)
  • 7.82% Increase in sales volume ($228,009,113 vs $211,468,609)

January – November 2018 vs January – November 2017

  • .92% Increase in homes sold (13,902 homes vs 13,775 homes)
  • 6.20% Increase in average sale price ($165,766 vs $156,088)
  • 6.38% Increase in median sale price ($143,550 vs $134,000)
  • 7.18% Increase in sales volume ($2,304,484,496 vs $1,150,112,912)

Statistics courtesy of Dayton Realtors November 2018 Home Sales Report

Northern Kentucky

Average sales price, median sales price and sale volume were up from October 2018.

October 2018 vs October 2017

  • -6.04% Decrease in homes sold (576 homes vs 613 homes)
  • 6.04% Increase in average sale price ($191,157 vs $180,261)
  • 6.59% Increase in median sale price ($165,209 vs $155,000)
  • -.055% Decrease in sales volume ($110,106,840 vs $110,721,270)

January – October 2018 vs January –October 2017

  • -1.49% Decrease in homes sold (6,082 homes vs 6,174 homes)
  • 7.32% Increase in average sale price ($193,458 vs $180,264)
  • 6.53% Increase in median sale price ($167,250 vs $157,000)
  • 5.72% Increase in sales volume ($1,176,614,567 vs $1,112,950,426)

Statistics courtesy of Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors October 2018 Home Sales Report

Southeastern Indiana

The Southeastern Indiana region had increases in all categories: average and median sale prices, number of homes sold as well as sales volume in October.

October 2018 vs October 2017

  • 14.0% Increase in homes sold (130 homes vs 114 homes)
  • 1.3% Increase in average sale price ($162,633 vs $160,578)
  • 1.0% Increase in median sale price ($153,950 vs $152,500)
  • 15.5% Increase in sales volume ($21,142,229 vs $18,305,870)

January – October 2018 vs January – October 2017

  • 3.8% Increase in homes sold 1,078 homes vs 1,039 homes)
  • 2.2% Increase in average sale price ($168,130 vs $164,583)
  • 6.2% Increase in median sale price ($152,950 vs $144,000)
  • 10.1% Increase in sales volume ($181,243,715 vs $164,583,438)

Statistics courtesy of Rick McMillin – Southeastern Indiana Board of Realtors MLS Homes Sold Report dated November 26, 2018.

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July Real Estate Sales Report for Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana

July Home Sales ReportHome sales as well as average sale and median prices all increased during July in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana  Here is our report for the month:

Cincinnati
July 2018  was the third-highest sales month July since 2005.

July 2018 vs July 2017

  • 4.13% Increase in homes sold (2,545 homes vs 2,444 homes)
  • 7.34% Increase in average sale price ($224,481 vs $209,130)
  • 5.88% Increase in median sale price ($180,000 vs $170,000)
  • 11.78% Increase in gross sales volume ($571,303,051 vs $511,112,955)

January – July 2018 vs January – July 2017

  • -.32% Decrease in homes sold 15,127 (homes vs 15,175 homes)
  • 6.61% Increase in average sale price ($215,054 vs $201,720)
  • 8.63% Increase in median sale price ($174,900 vs $161,000)
  • 6.27% Increase in gross sales volume ($3,253,117,610 vs $3,061,097,271)

Statistics courtesy of Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors July 2018 Home Sales Report

Dayton
Dayton had a 10 percent increased in sales for July as compared to July 2017!

July 2018 vs July 2017

  • 10.64% Increase in homes sold (1,612 homes vs 1,457 homes)
  • 9.26% Increase in average sale price ($171,683 vs $157,132)
  • 7.38% Increase in median sale price ($147,000 vs $136,900)
  • 20.88% Increase in sales volume ($276,752,628 vs $228,940,893)

January – July 2018 vs January – July 2017

  • 3.06% Increase in homes sold (9,444 homes vs 9,253 homes)
  • 6,72% Increase in average sale price ($165,253 vs $154,853)
  • 5.64% Increase in median sale price ($140,500 vs $133,000)
  • 8.92% Increase in sales volume ($1,560,648,125 vs $1,432,851,217)

Statistics courtesy of Dayton Realtors July 2018 Home Sales Report

Northern Kentucky
Home sales were up almost six percent for July as compared to July 2017.

July 2018 vs July 2017

  • 5.66% Increase in homes sold (691 homes vs 654 homes)
  • 4.13% Increase in average sale price ($200,737 vs $192,770)
  • 3.03% Increase in median sale price ($170,000 vs $165,000)
  • 10.02% Increase in sales volume ($126,071,908 vs $138,709,887)

January – July 2018 vs January – July 2017

  • -3.30% Decrease in homes sold (4,099 homes vs 4,239 homes)
  • 8.00% Increase in average sale price ($194,347 vs $179,943)
  • 7.05% Increase in median sale price ($167,000 vs $156,000)
  • 4.44% Increase in sales volume ($796,631,090 vs $762,779,295)

Statistics courtesy of Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors July 2018 Home Sales Report

Southeastern Indiana
The Southeastern Indiana region had increases in units, average/median sale prices as well as sales volume in July.

July 2018 vs July 2017

  • 3.7% Increase in homes sold (112 homes vs 108 homes)
  • .3% Increase in average sale price ($163,314 vs $162,763)
  • 1.3% Increase in median sale price ($152,400 vs $150,500)
  • 4.0% Increase in sales volume ($18,291,190 vs $17,580,000)

January – July 2018 vs January – July 2017

  • 5.5% Increase in homes sold (727 homes vs 689 homes)
  • 8.3% Increase in average sale price ($166,425 vs $153,732)
  • 9.3% Increase in median sale price ($149,800 vs $137,000)
  • 14.5% Increase in sales volume ($120,990,808 vs $105,708,000)

Statistics courtesy of Rick McMillin – Southeastern Indiana Board of Realtors MLS Homes Sold Report dated August 22 2018.

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Sibcy Cline is Going Paperless in October 2018 with an Electronic Transaction Payment System from Fifth Third Bank

Sibcy Cline is paperlessThe future of accounting is electronic – and Sibcy Cline is doing just that! Partnering with Fifth Third Bank, Sibcy Cline is working now on eliminating the creation of paper checks and is converting to an electronic-transaction system. This is not only a “green” thing to do, but lessens the risk of fraud and speeds up payment. Says Lisa Lakeman, CFO for Sibcy Cline, “This new system will save us time and money in the processing and mailing costs associated with paying bills by paper check.” The new system is slated to be in place in October 2018.

Read more about the partnership with Fifth Third Bank.

Photo:  Sibcy Cline Accounting – Corey Asman, Controller; Lisa Lakeman, CFO; and Paula Wilton, Accounts Payable Processor

Sibcy Cline Realtors Ranked as the Largest Residential Estate Company by the Business Courier for the 25th year in a Row

Sibcy Cline Ranked Largest Real Estate Company

For the 25th year in a row, Sibcy Cline Realtors has been ranked as the largest residential real estate company by the Business Courier. Rankings were based on 2017 sales volume.

Sibcy Cline has almost 1,200 real estate agents and over 200 employees. Founded in the 1930s, the company has been a family-run firm since that time. Sibcy Cline is a full-service company with real estate, mortgage, relocation, insurance, title and home services divisions.

Sibcy Cline Ranked by Business Courier