Cincinnati October Home Sales Are Up

Houses and graph
Home sales in the Cincinnati region have remained steady with a 2.15% increase in home sales for October 2015 as compared to last year. Here are the statistics:

October 2015 vs October 2014

  • 2.15% Increase in home sale units (2,044 homes vs 2,001 homes)
  • .76% Increase in sales volume
  • -2.85% Decrease in average sale price ($171,476 vs $176,500)
  • -.37% Decrease in median sale price ($135,500 vs $136,000)

January – October 2015 vs January – October 2014

  • 7.48% Increase in home sale units (20,899 homes vs 19,445 homes)
  • 10.5% Increase in sales volume
  • -2.81% Increase in average sale price ($181,217 vs $176,257)
  • 4.38% Increase in median sale price ($143,000 vs $137,000)

Mortgage interest rates remain low and are lower than October 2014.

Look at homes for sale here.

Statistics courtesy of: Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors, Home Sales Report, October 2015

Sibcy Cline Twilight Open House Tour Tonight – Thursday, October 22, 2015

Welcome to the twilight zone! Sibcy Cline Realtors is hosting a Twilight Open House Tour tonight on Thursday, October 22, 2015. Buyers can tour open homes from 5pm-7pm. We have over 70 homes open!

Homes in the early evening have that magical appeal with gentle, twinkling lights shimmering from windows. It’s a perfect time for buyers to see a home for sale with all of its features. And, a Thursday evening is a perfect time for those who typically have hectic, time-filled weekends.

Look at open houses here.

Super Open House Weekend, Too!
Sibcy Cline’s agents are also going to host a Super Open House weekend on October 24 and 25, 2015. This is a Bengals “bye” weekend. See more here.



Sibcy Cline Super Open House Weekend Is October 24 and 25, 2015

Sibcy Cline’s agents will be hosting a company-wide open house for the weekend of October 24 and 25, 2015. 350 Sibcy Cline open houses are planned throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana.

It’s a Bye/Buy Weekend!
No worries, football fans. This is a Bengals “bye” weekend. And, it’s a great time to buy a home: mortgage rates are till low and home values have started to rise.

Take time on October 24-25, 2015 and visit some great houses available for sale.

See open houses here.

Cincy Summer Streets Coming to Walnut Hills, Northside and Over-the-Rhine

Cincy Summer Streets
opens up local streets for everyone to play, walk, bike, dance and connect with neighbors. The idea is to open streets for play during the day! Lots of activities will be offered including: art making, dancing, children’s activities and exercise classes.

Walnut Hills
July 18, 2015
11am – 3pm
Part of McMillan Street (between Chatham Street and Victory Parkway) will be closed.

August 23, 2015
11am – 3pm
The section of Hamilton Avenue (between Pullan Avenue and Hoffner Street/Spring Grove Avenue) will be closed.

September 26, 2015
11am -3pm
Part of Pleasant Street will be closed (from West 14th Street to West Elder Street)

Follow Cincy Summer Streets on Facebook and Twitter!

Watch a video from 2014 :

Super Open House Weekend on May 16 and 17, 2015

Sibcy Cline Realtors is hosting a Super Open House weekend on May 16 and 17, 2015. Agents will be holding hundreds of open houses for the public to view. Don’t knock or ring the bell – come on in and see homes this coming weekend!

Look at open houses here.

Open House Tips
Viewing homes online can give you a good feel for a home’s interior and exterior with the photos shared, but you need to see a home in person to appreciate its location, the neighborhood and other qualities:

1. Location –  Is the home on a cul-de-sac or is it situated at a busier location? Does the home offer privacy on its lot?

2.  Neighborhood – When you buy a home, you want to make sure you will enjoy the neighborhood as well. Does the community have amenities such as a pool, club house or walking paths? Is the location near places that are important to you such as a highway or the grocery store. Will this location offer you a short work commute?

3. Floor Plan Layout – Does the home have a flowing floor plan that works for your needs? Do you prefer a first-floor or second-floor master suite? Is the lower finished or unfinished?

4.  Light and Air – Is there plenty of natural light in the home to enjoy?

5. Closets – Does the home provide adequate closet space and storage?

Cincinnati’s Flying Pig Marathon – May 3, 2015

Small pig
It’s hard to believe that May 3, 2015 will be the 17th Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati, Ohio.  In 2014, over 36,000 runners from all 50 U.S. states and 19 countries participated.

Here are some fun FAQs about this race:

  • 4,000 pounds of ice will be on site
  • 30 cases of Vaseline will be available
  • 16,000 pieces of string cheese will be devoured
  • 49,500 bottles of water will be available
  • 16,500 Ho-Hos will be available as a snack
  • 37,000 safety pins are used at this event
  • 500,000 water and Gatorade cups are used
  • 549 portable restrooms are available
  • 125+ bands and entertainment zones

See the course in five minutes in this video:

Are you participating in this Pig race?

Sibcy Cline Super Open House Weekend – April 18 and 19, 2015!

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Sibcy Cline’s Super Open House Weekend! Get ready, because Sibcy Cline’s agents are going to be holding lots of open houses on April 18 and 19, 2015.

The forecast is predicting temperatures in the low 70s. It will be perfect weather to go out and look at homes for sale.

Look at open houses here.

Tips for Visiting an Open House

  • Dress comfortably. You’ll be climbing stairs and touring homes inside and out.
  • Think about your check list. What are you must haves in a home?
  • Do sign in at the open house. You are entering someone’s private home and need to identify yourself.
  • Ask questions about the house! The host agent is there to help you.
  • Look past paint color, wallpaper and furnishings. Those items can be changed to your taste.


2015 Home Trends

TrendsA new year means new trends. New home trends. The calendar might be moving forward, but it appears many trendy choices are sticking with a classic touch from the past.

Green Is Still ‘Fresh’
You might want to stop short of painting all your walls green, but as a concept ‘green’ will still have plenty of applications. Updating appliances, windows and HVAC to more efficient and environmentally-friendly options is still a wise move. Also, gardening is a green choice that continues to grow in popularity. Herb gardens, container gardening and indoor gardens all seem to have momentum in 2015.

Rustic Will Mix with Modern
Bring the outdoors inside. Recycling and repurposing offers cost-savings and a creative outlet. Mixing contemporary and classic acknowledges the past while staying on the cutting edge of design.

Stay Open to Being Open
Open floor plans are still popular in new construction and for remodels. Structuring your space so that it stays open to the outdoors as well as mixing design elements will keep your home at the forefront of home style.

For more 2015 trends inside and outside the home, check out The Pinterest 100.