Sibcy Cline Realtors is Honored as a 2017 Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100 Recipient

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Sibcy Cline Realtors has been ranked on the Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100  list among the largest privately owned companies in the Cincinnati area. This is the 21st time Sibcy Cline has made the list and was the only local real estate broker among the top 100 for this year.

Says Frank Leggio, Partner and leader of Cincinnati’s Growth Enterprise Services practice, Deloitte & Touche LLP, “The companies ranked on the 2017 Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100 continue to serve as a strong foundation for our local economy. Thanks to their strong business practices and ability to drive and sustain performance, these innovative, entrepreneurial businesses continue to grow, strengthening an already thriving local business climate.”

Overall, 2017 Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100 companies generate more than $36 billion in sales and employ nearly 107,000 people.

About 2017 Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100
The Deloitte Cincinnati USA is an annual ranking and recognition of the largest, privately held companies in the greater Cincinnati area. The list rank the top 100 companies by sales, as determined by  voluntarily submitted questionnaire form. In order to be eligible for the Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100, companies must be privately held and headquartered in the 18-county tristate area.

Two Sibcy Cline Agents are Top Sales Agents in Ohio – Julie Back is ranked Number One and Sue Lewis is ranked Number Three!

Julie_Sue_SibcysRobin5_CroppedBest.jpgSibcy Cline Realtors now has two top-selling sales agents for the state of Ohio! Julie K. Back was ranked number one and Sue Lewis was ranked number three. The Ohio Association of Realtors honored both of these agents during their state convention held in Cincinnati, Ohio.

To be at the top in Ohio is no easy task – the Ohio Association of Realtors boasts over 27,000 members. But Julie and Sue are truly amazing at real estate sales and both of them have been at the top in sales for Ohio in previous years:

Julie – #1 agent in 2017; #2 agent in 2015 and 2016; #3 agent in 2013 and 2014; #4 agent in 2012; #5 agent in 2011
Sue – #3 in 2017; #5 agent in 2011; and among the top 10 agents in 2010 and 2012-2016

Everyone at Sibcy Cline is very proud of Julie and Sue. Applause! Applause!

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Pamela D. Sibcy is Honored by Dress for Success Cincinnati

Pam SibcyPamela D. Sibcy, Vice President of Marketing for Sibcy Cline Realtors, was honored by Dress for Success Cincinnati as the 2017 Honorary Chair of their annual fashion show. This honor noted Pam’s commitment to Dress for Success where she has volunteered her services and served on their board.

Says Pam, “Dress for Success has been the first step to a better life for so many women. In helping them we in turn help their families and our community. It has been a privilege to be involved with this amazing organization.”

Community Service
Pam has been involved in numerous local committees and boards throughout the years – all for the good of the community.  To name a few…

  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Heart Association (Cincinnati) – Chaired annual fundraising event. Honorary chair (with Rob Sibcy) at the Cincinnati Heart Ball
  • American Red Cross (Cincinnati Chapter) – Former board member. Co-chaired building capital campaign including fundraising, building concept and design of the Red Cross headquarters. Tiffany Circle founding member
  • Aronoff Center – Chaired the building’s grand opening
  • Children’s Museum – former board member
  • Children’s Theater – former board member
  • Cincinnati Bicentennial Salute to our Stars – Co-chaired the multi-day event celebrating the city
  • Cincinnati Zoo – Co-chaired Zoofari fundraising event
  • Dress for Success – former board member; co-chaired The Fashion Show benefit
  • Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation  – President of the board of trustees and board member since 2011
  • Kidney Foundation fundraiser
  • The Lindner Center of HOPE – Current board member. Co-chaired the capital campaign. Endowed the Sibcy House
  • Stepping Stones Center – former board member

In  2008, the American Red Cross recognized Pam’s contributions and honored her with the William Cooper Procter award. In 2013, she was honored once again by this organization with the Clara Barton award for her leadership roles.

About Dress for Success Cincinnati
Dress for Success is non-profit organization established in 1999 whose focus is to “…empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help them thrive in work and in life.”

The organization hosts an annual fundraising fashion show. In its 16th year, this year’s show featured the latest trends from Max Mara and Saks Fifth Avenue modeled by women who have benefitted from Dress for Success services. View photos and a video from this event on the Dress for Success Facebook page.

Want to Help Dress for Success?
The organization is looking for volunteers for their front desk, sorting clothing as well as to help with upcoming events. They are also in need of donations of work-appropriate jewelry, handbags, shoes and women’s clothing (especially plus sizes). Designer, dressy and casual donations are sold in their boutiques. Learn more here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

First-Time Home Buyer Tips

花火8Thinking of buying a home for the first time? This is sure to be a thrilling time for you! Purchasing a home will be one of the largest investments you will have and therefore making knowledgeable decisions is important. Here are six first-time home buyer tips to help you make your purchase:

Tip #1 – Is the Time Right for You to Buy a Home?
Buying a home is a long-term investment. Make sure you are prepared to stay in the home for at least five years. You will also need to determine if you have a stable income with money saved for a down payment as well as money set aside for moving expenses, insurance and home repairs.

Tip #2 – Work with a Real Estate Agent
Your real estate agent will be your professional guide throughout the home-buying process. Your Realtor’s experience will save you time and be of upmost importance when it is time to negotiate a sales contact. Your agent’s knowledge of current market values in areas of interest will help you find the home that meet your needs and from overpaying.

Tip #3 – Get Pre-Approval for a Mortgage
Looking for a home before you know how much you can afford can lead to frustration. By getting pre-approved for a mortgage loan, you will not only know how much you can really afford, but when it is time to make an offer on a home, that pre-approval indicates you are a serious buyer.

Tip #4 – Determine What Type of Home You Need
Figuring out what your home needs are is not as easy as it sounds. You may have a list that is unrealistic for your budget. It is best to write down what you need and what you would like to have.

For example, you may want four bedrooms, but could make do with three. A finished lower level might be nice, but is not absolutely necessary. Is an updated kitchen a requirement? Do you need lots of storage room? Is a large yard important to you? Do you need a home office?

Once you have determined your list of non-negotiable “must haves”, your real estate agent will then be better able to find homes that match those needs. Be willing to compromise. Your entire wish list will probably not be found all in one home.

Tip #5 – Location of Your Home
Where you live is an important factor in your home search. Do you want to reside near where you work? Do you need to be near a highway because you often travel? Does living near friends and family appeal to you? Do you prefer to live in an urban, suburban or rural area?

If you are open to location, you will have many more housing options than if you narrow possible locations. If you do have your heart set on a particular area, it might be best to be open minded to view homes for sale in nearby neighborhoods.

Once you have determined the area in which you prefer to live, it is always a good idea to drive around that area at different times of day to get a good feel for the neighborhood and its traffic patterns.

Tip #6 – Strategize Your Offer on a Home
Once you have found a home on which you want to make an offer, you will need to strategize with your real estate agent about your offer. Current market values, a home’s past sales history and the home’s key features are factors to consider when making an offer. In a seller’s market, your offer to purchase may not be the only one coming in to that home seller. A strong and fair offer may be the best strategy.

Look at homes for sale.

 

 

Home Sales Rose in May in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana!

HomeSales_May2017.jpgMay 2017 was a strong month for home sales throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana with increases in the number of home sales from four to almost seven percent.

May 2017 was also a record-setting month in Cincinnati with the average sale price reaching $199,421. In Northern Kentucky, the average home sale price was $182,783 – the highest since September 2016. In Dayton, Ohio, the May 2017 average sale price was 4% better than last May. Southeast Indiana had a 4.0% increase in average sale price at $161,340.

Not increasing in all regions are the number of homes for sale – which still remain low. In Cincinnati the number of homes for sale is down 24.98% as compared to inventory from May 2016. In Northern Kentucky the inventory of new listings for sale in May 2017 was the highest since June 2016 – 950 homes. However, in that region the total number of homes for sale still remains low with only 1,726 properties. In Dayton, Ohio, there were 2,172 new listings added for sale in that region in May 2017 – which was up from 2,108 new listings in May 2016.

The real estate market remains strong – homes in good condition many times are selling quickly – some with multiple offers. Mortgage interest rates are still low. Look at homes for sale.

Here are the May 2017 home sales statistics:

Cincinnati May 2017 Home Sales

May 2017 vs May 2016

  • 4.05% Increase in home sales (2,695 homes vs 2,590 homes)
  • 7.05% Increase in sales volume ($537,439,239 vs $502,052,134)
  • 2.88% Increase in average sale price ($199,421 vs $193,843)
  • 1.19% Increase in median sale price ($160,000 vs $157,000)

January – May 2017 vs January – May 2016

  • .96% Increase in home sales (9,872 homes vs 9,778 homes)
  • 7.74% Increase in sales volume ($1,912,894,430 vs $1,775,446,351)
  • 6.71% Increase in average sale price ($193,770 vs $181,580)
  • 6.90% Increase in median sale price ($155,000 vs $145,000)

Source: Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors, Home Sales Report, May 2017

Dayton, Ohio May 2017 Home Sales

May 2017 vs May 2016

  • 4.03% Increase in home sales (1,626 homes vs 1,563 homes)
  • 8.07% Increase in sales volume ($256,075,029 vs $236,944,693)
  • 3.89% Increase in average sale price ($157,488 vs $151,595)
  • .71% Increase in median sale price ($133,950 vs $133,000)

January – May 2017 vs January – May 2016

  • 4.48% Increase in home sales (6,023 homes vs 5,765 homes)
  • 12.32% Increase in sales volume ($907,874,053 vs $808,282,267)
  • 7.51% Increase in average sale price ($150,735 vs $140,205)
  • 6.61% Increase in median sale price ($129,000 vs $121,000)

Source: Dayton Area Board of Realtors, Home Sales Report, May 2017

Northern Kentucky May 2017 Home Sales

May 2017 vs May 2016

  • 6.61% Increase in home sales (742 homes vs 696 homes)
  • 11.38% Increase in sales volume ($135,625,702 vs $121,771,783)
  • 4.47% Increase in average sale price ($182,783 vs $174,959)
  • 2.81% Increase in median sale price ($155,500 vs $151,250)

January – May 2017 vs January – May 2016

  • 6.62% Increase in home sales (2,771 homes vs 2,599 homes)
  • 10.35% Increase in sales volume ($479,594,468 vs $434,621,789)
  • 3.50% Increase in average sale price ($173,076 vs $167,226)
  • 2.74% Increase in median sale price ($150,000 vs $146,000)

Source: Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors, Home Sales Report, May 2017

 

Southeastern Indiana May 2017 Home Sales

May 2017 vs May 2016

  • 6.5% Increase in home sales (132 homes vs 124 homes)
  • 10.7% Increase in sales volume ($21,296,838 vs $19,238,573)
  • 4.0% Increase in average sale price ($161,340 vs $155,150)
  • 2.0% Decrease in median sale price ($136,500 vs $139,347)

January – May 2017 vs January – May 2016

  • 6.4% Increase in home sales (456 homes vs 429 homes)
  • 10.3% Increase in sales volume ($68,570,499 vs $62,159,900)
  • 3.8% Increase in average sale price ($150,374 vs $144,895)
  • 0% Increase in median sale price ($135,000 vs $135,000)

Source: Rick McMillin VP/Sales Manager of Sibcy Cline Harrison, Southeastern Indiana Home Sales Report, May 2017

Cincinnati’s Homearama 2017 to be held at Rivercrest in Hamilton Township

CommunitySign6.JPGThe 2017 Cincinnati Homearama home show will be hosted at Rivercrest located in Hamilton Township in Warren County and overlooking the scenic Little Miami River. The show is scheduled for July 8-23, 2017.

Show hours:
Monday – Thursday: 4pm – 10pm
Friday – Sunday: 12pm – 10pm

Tickets are $16 at the gate. AAA members who show their card get a $2 discount. Or order discounted $14 tickets here.

There will be eight show lots with homes expected to be priced from $800,000. Five builders have committed to the show.

Rivercrest has 132 acres of land with 211 single-family lots. The community will offer many amenities including:

  • State-of-the-art clubhouse with meeting rooms
  • Community pool
  • Stocked pond
  • Sidewalks and street lamps
  • 50 acres of green space

 

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Rivercrest is conveniently located at 1295 US 22 in Maineville, Ohio 45039.

Nearby Deerfield Township Town Center offers many stores and restaurant options. Kings lsland and The Beach area popular entertainment spots during the warmer months that are located in Warren County.

Interested in building a new home? Contact your Sibcy Cline agent.