Sibcy Cline Employee Spotlight: Michelle McNeal

  • Title: Supervisor, DMM 
  • Hometown: Taylorsville, OH (near Hillsboro) 
  • Current home: Eastgate area 
  • Proudest life accomplishment: My kids, of course; but also being a “Nana” to 4 wonderful grandkids. 
  • Favorite local hangouts: Padrino’s, Scene 75 

Sometimes life presents you with moments when you have a unique opportunity to do something of extreme importance in service to someone else. That opportunity presented itself to Michelle McNeal and her family on Sunday, June 14, 2020.   

Returning home from a lake vacation, the McNeal family pulled into their subdivision and saw the police standing at the door of their neighbor’s house. Soon they found out there had been a horrific domestic violence incident resulting in the death of both parents. The three kids now had no mother or father and no family in the area, since they had moved to the U.S. from Cameroon, Africa nearly sixteen years ago.  

“I couldn’t help but think, ‘If that was my children, who would be there to help them?’” Michelle said. They offered to take the kids in and within two weeks had legal custody.   

It was this act of generosity during that moment of extreme need that earned Michelle the Pamela D. Sibcy Community Service Award for 2021. Michelle was presented the award on September 10 at Sibcy Cline’s annual “Celebrate” awards event.   

Michelle, who is the supervisor for direct mail marketing and has been with Sibcy Cline for 20 years this year, credits the flexibility of being able to work from home during COVID as one of the things that has made the transition to her new family life go smoothly. In addition, she values her co-workers who help create a supportive work environment that “overall, feels like my family.”   

The feeling of family is something that Michelle knows well—and has a gift for creating, not just at work but in her own home. Within a few months, the counselors the family worked with reported the kids were very comfortable at the McNeal home and had adjusted well to the change. “They are all happy to be under one roof together…they call it ‘home’,” Michelle said.   

In the video below, Michelle shares her story:  

“Michelle is so very deserving of this award. She has changed the lives for three young people! After working closely with her for many years, her kindness and generosity are very evident. I was honored to have the Community Service Award given to her in my name,” said Pam Sibcy.

This is the first year the community service award has been named for Pam Sibcy. Over her 40-year career with Sibcy Cline, Pam has been involved with numerous charitable organizations including the American Red Cross, American Diabetes Association, Kidney Foundation, Good Samaritan Hospital, Summit Country Day School, Cincinnati Zoo (Zoofari), Cincinnati Bicentennial Salute to Our Stars, Aronoff Center’s grand opening, Dress for Success, The Children’s Home of Cincinnati, and many others. Pam (and Rob Sibcy) endowed the Sibcy House at The Lindner Center of HOPE as well as co-chaired the capital campaign. 

Pam is the VP of Marketing for Sibcy Cline, married to Chairman of the Board Rob Sibcy, and is the mother of the company’s president, Robin Sheakley. She places a high value on giving back to the community and initiated the Sibcy Cline community service award many years ago to recognize agents and employees who are doing outstanding work to serve others. 

“Pam is the most compassionate and caring person and she makes working with her feel like family,” Michelle said.  “I’m incredibly honored to be recognized for this award, but the fact that Pam is so respected in the community for her commitment to service makes it even more special.” 

Michelle McNeal and Pam Sibcy pose together onstage after Michelle was awarded the Pamela D. Sibcy Community Service Award at September’s annual “Celebrate” event.
Pam Sibcy, Michelle McNeal, and her husband Jeff McNeal talk at the “Celebrate” awards event, held at Waypoint Aviation in Cincinnati.

Sibcy Cline Super Open House Weekend – March 17-18, 2018

FBAd_1200_628_March2018_Super.jpgSibcy Cline agents are holding a Sibcy Cline Super Open House Weekend on March 17-18, 2018. There will be lots of great homes to see throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana.

Look at homes for sale.

It’s a great time to sell and buy a home! Mortgage interest rates remain low. Home values are rising. Now may be the right time for you to sell your old home and find a new one to meet your needs.

Vote for Moving For Love, Please!


Moving For Love (a Sibcy Cline affiliated company) is in a small business contest and needs your vote.

About the Contest
If Moving For Love wins this contest, they will enjoy having a commercial aired in the third quarter of the 2014 Super Bowl Game. Let’s help support them by voting! 

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About Moving For Love
Helping individuals who are following their heart by relocating to a new destination, Moving For Love has been in operation for 14 months.

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Sibcy Cline Luxury Homes Ad in the Wall Street Journal

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Be sure to pick up a Wall Street Journal on Friday, May 24, 2013. Sibcy Cline has a full-page ad in the mansions section of the Ohio regional version of this newspaper. This advertisement promotes 30 of Sibcy Cline’s higher-end, Luxury Portfolio International properties.

Luxury Portfolio International is the luxury face of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, the largest global network of independent real estate companies. Sibcy Cline is a long-time member of this organization and a selected partner with Luxury Portfolio.

Sibcy Cline’s high-end, luxury listings are promoted on the Luxury Portfolio website which is marketed to high-end consumers worldwide. Sibcy Cline’s listings average 50,000 property impressions monthly on this website. View all of Sibcy Cline’s Luxury Portfolio listings here.

Luxury Portfolio International markets over 25,000 homes annually with an average price over $2.5 million. Properties viewed on the website can be converted into multiple foreign languages and currencies. The site has visits from over 200 countries monthly.

Sibcy Cline Leads the Way as a Top Real Estate Company in Lead Cincinnati Magazine


The first issue of Lead Cincinnati magazine was printed this spring and Sibcy Cline and its affiliate companies were featured on several top-company lists:

  • Leading Residential Real Estate Agencies – Sibcy Cline Realtors #1
  • Leading Mortgage Lenders  – Sibcy Cline Mortgage Services #6
  • Leading Property and Casualty Insurance Agencies – Sibcy Cline Insurance Services #4

Lead Cincinnati is presented by the publishers of Venue magazine and was mailed to top greater Cincinnati CEOs/COOs. The magazine is definitely a tome with 318 pages. A top-notch publication, it features interesting feature articles about area businesses.

Interested in viewing a digital copy of the magazine? Click here. (You will find Sibcy Cline mentioned on page 294, 302 and 308.)




Photos Count When Selling Your Home


Per a recent Wall Street Journal article, Old Dominion University researchers tracked eye movement of people while viewing listed homes online. Their research found that the main exterior photo of a listed home is very important: “…Subjects who looked at online home listings found that more than 95% of users viewed the first photo – the one that shows the exterior of the home – for a total of 20 seconds. After that, their eyes tended to flit all over the screen…”

Continues the article, “Without an eye-catching photo, the battle is lost before it begins…You have to grab people’s attention within two seconds…”

What do potential home-buyers look at following a home’s exterior?

  • 76% of viewers looked at the listing’s details such as room sizes and number of bedrooms and baths, per this report.
  • 45% of viewers did not look at the remarks at all. Agent remarks about the home (its description) were ignored when written in ALL CAPS or had too many adjectives. 

How do online viewers spend their time looking at homes?

  • 60% – Viewing photos
  • 20% – Property details (room sizes) 
  • 20% – Agent remarks about the home 

Viewing a Listing Detail Page
Viewers look at a listing detail page in a “Z” pattern: top left to top right and then down in small “z” patterns. After reaching the bottom of the page, the viewer then scans up the right side.

Sibcy Cline’s listing detail page features its listings’ photos prominently on the top left side of the page. Details and remarks are easy to scan. An average viewer on spends 10 minutes looking at homes. For many of Sibcy Cline’s listings, photographs can be “super sized” so rooms can be studied in detail on a monitor.

Read the report: “Toward an Understanding of Real Estate Homebuyer Internet Search Behavior: An Application of Ocular Tracking Technology” by Old Dominion University here.

Sibcy Cline Realtors Makes the List for the Nation’s Largest Real Estate Firms


According to a recent research report produced by REAL Trends, the 500 largest residential real estate brokerage firms in the national controlled over 2 million residential sales transactions in 2012. The transactions represent close to 29.8 percent of all new and resale transactions completed by brokers during the year, yet the REAL Trends 500 represented less than three-fifths of one percent of all brokerage firms. The 500 mega-brokers closed 2,290,269 home transactions with a value of over $264 billion during 2012.

Sibcy Cline Realtors – a Megabroker Ranking #38
Included in the REAL Trends 500 is Sibcy Cline Realtors which services Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana. Sibcy Cline ranked number 38 with 9,213 residential transaction sides closed last year.

  • This number was an increase of 11% from 2011
  • Sibcy Cline had $1,729,300 in sales volume, representing an increase of 8.8% from 2011

Other Sibcy Cline REAL Trends Rankings

#17 Among Brokers in Leading Real Estate Companies of the World

  • Sibcy Cline Realtors ranked number 17 among the top Leading Real Estate Companies of the World affiliates. (Leading Real Estate Companies of the World is a global network of over 500 independent real estate firms with 4,600 offices and 140,000 sales associates in 30 countries. Its membership dominates the U.S. list of top 500 real estate firms.)

#11 Among Top Core Services Providers

  • Sibcy Cline ranked number 11 when compared with other real estate companies that offered affiliate services such as mortgage, title, home warranties, and insurance.  The company had a total of 8,231 core-service transactions in 2012.

U.S. Sales Trend for Real Estate in 2012
Says REAL Trends editor Steve Murray, “Unit sales were up 15.3 percent overall and total sales volume was up 20.7 percent…”

The 2013 Real Trends 500 is a compilation of a nationwide study of leading real estate companies conducted by REAL Trends, research, publishing and communciation company located in Denver, Colorado, serving the information needs of the residential real estate company. Numbers are documented by outside accounting firms.

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Sibcy Cline’s Website is Breaking Records with Views to Listings!

The real estate market in exploding. People are quickly buying homes and taking advantage of record-low mortgage rates and great values in home prices. Where does the home search begin? At, of course!

Sibcy Cline’s website received record-breaking traffic in April. Here are some statistics for the month:

  • 37,125 – Average daily visits – Record Breaking!
  • 200,076 – Average daily view to Listing Detail Pages  – Record Breaking!
  • 6,002,288 – Views to Listing Detail Pages for the month of April – Record Breaking!
  • 150,512 – Views to Open House information
  • 1,003 – Daily email notifications from HomeWatch for real estate updates
  • 51.27% Increase in use of the Sibcy Cline App for the iPhone



Sibcy Cline’s Appointment Center and Home Services Broke Records in April


Sibcy Cline’s business is rebounding with agents busy working with buyers and sellers. And the swift sales seen in the real estate market for Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana can also be seen with the company’s support services.

In April 2013, Sibcy Cline’s Appointment Center – a service that schedules all of the company’s showing appointments – had a record month with over 14,000 appointments set.

Sibcy Cline’s Home Services division also set a record in April. This support service coordinates a variety of home-related services for buyers, sellers as well as friends and family of Sibcy Cline’s agent and employees. On April 29, 2013, the department set a record with the number of services provided for that day:

  • 83 New clients were signed up for Home Services
  • 173 Vendor leads were placed
  • 30 Home inspections were set

Sibcy Cline Realtors Is Re-Certified for RELO Quality Certification (RQC)


Sibcy Cline Realtors has successfully completed the re-certification process for the prestigious RELO Quality Certification (RQC). This program quantifies and qualifies excellence in relocation service.

Under the guidance of Lisa Fix, Vice President of Operations of Sibcy Cline Relocation Services, Sibcy Cline has demonstrated that it continues to meet the specific criteria used to evaluate performance and production, staffing, training and continuing education, quality and scope of relocation service, program marketing, customer satisfaction and technology resources.

After earning the certification, a company must complete a re-certification process every five years to ensure it continues to meet the program’s rigorous standards and remains current in terms of technology and relocation trends. The certification process is through Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.

“We are very pleased to be presented with re-certification,” says Lisa. “We work very hard to stay ahead of relocation trends and processes. Being re-certified for the RQC reflects Sibcy Cline’s ongoing commitment to delivering a superior level of service to our relocation clients.”