Celebrate National Women’s Equality Day at a Special Pop-Up Auction with Second Story Auctions – August 26-29, 2016

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Second Story Auctions is hosting a “pop up” auction starting August 26, 2016. This day is designated as National Women’s Equality Day and commemorates women’s ability and right to vote with the 19th Amendment. The auction’s special sale will feature luxury goods that women enjoy for four days, ending on Monday, August 29th.

So, ladies, take your stand and right to bid. The vote is in and this is a really great sale! Find something special from this auction that makes you happy. (Men, think about getting your special lady a gift!)

There are 100 items in the pop-up sale, including fine jewelry, designer fashion and handbags, fine antiques, silver and more. Here are a few of the items in this sale:

1 k diamond plat ringDiamonds are a girl’s best friend and so is this diamond and platinum ring!

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Hermes scarf – oooh la la!

Burberry Shirt 2
A classic! Love this plaid! Burberry Women’s Shirt.

Tiffany Necklace 2“Wow” someone with a Tiffany necklace

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Louis Vuitton Cosmetic Bag. LV = classic style!

boardman sterling mint julip cupBoardman Sterling Silver Mint Julep Cup

DVF Pumps

Diane von Furstenberg Cork High Heel Shoes

And so many more items. Take a peek at a few more…

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A portion of the proceeds from this pop-up auction will be donated to Girls Who Code, an organization that empowers women with computer science education and skills to pursue tech opportunities and innovations.

Sibcy Cline Realtors is a partner of Second Story Auctions. The auction website features full and partial estates from Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana.

Northern Kentucky Has Five Percent Increase in Home Sales in March

Kentucky_sign.jpgNorthern Kentucky home sales are still going strong. The region had a 5.36% increase in sales for March as compared to March 2015. Here are the statistics:

March 2016 vs March 2015

  • 5.36% Increase in homes sold (550 homes vs 522 homes)
  • 1.10% Increase in average sale price ($163,381 vs $161,605)
  • 1.02% Increase in median sale price ($142,125 vs $140,687)
  • 6.52% Increase in sales volume

January – March 2016 vs January – March 2015

  • 9.86% Increase in homes sold (1,248 homes vs 1,136 homes)
  • 4.50% Increase in average sale price ($160,675 vs $153,750)
  • 4.14% Increase in median sale price ($139,900 vs $134,350)
  • 14.81% Increase in sales volume

Homes are selling quickly when they are priced correctly and in good condition. Look at homes for sale here.

Statistics courtesy of: Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors Home Sales Report – March 2016

 

 

Dayton Home Sales Rise in January

Dayton_Evening_BridgeHomes are selling in Dayton, Ohio. In January, the region saw a 12.95% increase in home sales as compared to January 2015. Here are the statistics:

January 2016 vs January 2015

  • 12.95% Increase in home sales (820 homes vs 726 homes)
  • 8.8% Increase in sales volume
  • .97% Increase in % sale/list price (.97% vs .95.67%)
  • -3.06% Decrease in median sale price ($104,700 vs $108,000)
  • -3.39% Decrease in average sale price ($124,943 vs $129,328)

It’s a great time to list and sell your home. Mortgage rates are still low and the inventory of homes for sale remains low.

Look at homes for sale here.

Statistics courtesy of: Dayton Area Board of Realtors Home Sales Report, January 2016

 

Cincinnati Home Sales in January – One of the Best Ever

Cincinnati Ohio Skyline at NightCincinnati home sales for January 2016 were strong and was one of the best Januarys ever with a 9.6% increase as compared to January 2015. Here are the statistics for the month:

January 2016 vs January 2015

  • 9.62% Increase in homes sold (1,367 homes vs 1,247 homes)
  • 11.79% Increase in gross sales volume
  • 1.97% Increase in average sale price ($166,178 vs $162,964)
  • 8.55% Increase in median sale price ($127,000 vs $117,000)

With a low inventory of homes for sale, the average price of properties has continued to climb.

Now is the time to list your home to sell. Demand for quality homes is high. Mortgage interest rates ares still low.

Look at homes for sale here.

Statistics courtesy of: Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors Home Sales Report, January 2016

Dayton Has Six Percent Increase in Home Sales in November

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The Dayton, Ohio region had an increase in sales in November with a 5.59% increase as compared to November 2014. Here are the statistics:

November 2015 vs November 2014

  • 5.59% Increase in unit home sales (994 vs 894)
  • 7.34% Increase in sales volume
  • 2.21% Increase in median home sale price ($115,000 vs $113,000)
  • 2.13% Increase in average home sale price ($136,543 vs $133,465)

January – November 2015 vs January – November 2014

  • 11.30% Increase in unit home sales (13,500 vs 12,129)
  • 16.19% Increase in sales volume
  • 4.35% Increase in median home sale price ($120,000 vs $115,000)
  • 5.05% Increase in average home sale price ($140,640 vs $133,882)

Look at homes for sale here.

Statistics courtesy of: Dayton Area Board of Realtors Home Sales Report, November 2015

 

Eight Tips for a First-Time Home Buyer

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You are thinking of purchasing your first home! It’s an exciting time. Here are eight tips to consider when taking that large step:

1. Stay on Budget 
A “starter” home is exactly that. Your first home will most probably not be your dream home and you will not live there forever. But, this starter home can help you build equity so down the road you can afford that dream home.

Before you begin your home search, talk to a mortgage loan officer to understand how much home you can afford. Besides the monthly mortgage payment, you will also need to consider property taxes, insurance, association fees, if any, as well as future maintenance costs.

2. House or Condominium
Depending upon your lifestyle, either a single-family house or condominium may be the best option. A condo gives you freedom from many outdoor maintenance chores. And you may also enjoy the benefit of a community pool, workout area or other amenities. On the other hand, that free-standing house is all yours to enjoy without the bother of a condominium association and its dues and rules.

3. New or Old
A newly built home will mean more modern conveniences and an open floor plan. However, older “existing” homes can offer charm as well as offer up-to-date features. If an older, fixer upper appeals to you, then expect some sweat equity (or an investment) to improve the home. Can you afford those costs or do the needed work yourself?

4. Location
You may need to be flexible about your location. A highly desirable area tends to have higher price tags for homes.

5. Must-Haves
When you make a list of the features you want in your first home, keep in mind that you probably will not get all of them. Make priorities for your list. Is a garage necessary? Do you really need a third bedroom? Does the kitchen need to be an open plan? Is the school district important?

6. Open Mind
You may need to see past the clutter and old home decor to see a home’s true potential. Look beyond a terrible paint selection and think of the possibilities of what the home has to offer.

7. Offers and Home Inspection
When making an offer on a home through your real estate agent, be prepared for a counter offer or rejection. If the real estate market is brisk, you may need to act fast with your offer in order not to lose out. If you do not ultimately get the home, do not stress. Remember, there will be another home for you.

If your offer for the home is accepted, the deal is not done. You will need to have a whole-house inspection on the property. If there are problems with the home, these issues will need to be addressed and negotiated. If the home shows serious defects, you may want to rescind your offer.

8. You’ve Bought the Home
Once you have purchased your first home, your work is not over. You will need to save for future home-maintenance expenses. And, speaking of home maintenance, it is important to keep your home in good shape on a seasonal basis. Fix small problems immediately so they do not grow into larger ones. Before doing any major renovations, think about how the changes will affect the resale value of your home. Over improving may not bring in more money when it is time to sell.

Start looking for homes here!