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How Staging Made All the Difference

January 29, 2015

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A Hand During a Hard Time

After Carol Dimmick’s mother suffered a stroke, the home the two shared became virtually unlivable for the elderly woman. All four bedrooms in the two-story house were on the second floor, and Dimmick’s mother couldn’t climb the stairs. “I needed the home to sell fast so that I could get my mother into a more comfortable situation,” Dimmick says.

That’s when Jeri Jo Meyer, broker-owner of Inspired Home Real Estate in DeWitt, Mich., stepped in to bring some pizzazz to the home. “The house needed updates and staging,” Meyer says. “Carol did some painting and cleaning, and then I came in to stage.”

Meyer added more lighting, pictures, floral arrangements, baskets, and table settings—and she rearranged furniture. “She turned a storage space into a workout room; my basement became a play area for kids,” Dimmick says.

The effort was well worth it: Three couples came to look at the house the first weekend it was on the market, and the first of them ended up buying it.

“Without [Meyer’s] staging, I know it wouldn’t have sold as quickly, and I would not have been able to get so close to my asking price,” Dimmick says.

From Dud to Dynamite

Michelle Martin and her husband bought an investment property that they sought to flip soon after renovating it. But the empty home sat on the market for six months—22 showings and not a single offer. Martin says the most common feedback she got from the showings were that the bedrooms were too small. “My husband and I were going back and forth on whether we should lower the price,” Martin says.

But Joan Inglis, a practitioner with CD Realty in Charlotte, N.C., and owner of Carolina Spaces LLC, suggested that Martin try to bring life to the house before reducing the price. “I devised a staging plan to furnish key rooms and areas,” Inglis says. ”I used king- and queen-sized beds, nightstands, chairs, chests, and accessories to show the ample space truly available in the bedrooms.”

Inglis brought in the staging items first thing on a Saturday morning just ahead of a scheduled 10 a.m. showing. By that evening, the people who had toured the home made an offer, and 30 days later, the sale closed.

“We couldn’t believe it,” Martin says. “That was the day we knew staging was worth every penny.”

 

Staging Graphic, Dressed For Success

 

Article courtesy of Realtor Magazine

Reprinted with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS

 

Disney’s Frozen Princesses Coming to Bellevue for Winter Carnival

January 26, 2015

Bellevue Winter CarnivalBellevue is hosting its first-ever Winter Carnival and the city snagged some high profile guests for the inaugural event: Anna and Elsa from Disney’s smash hit Frozen!

The princesses are part of the family-friendly entertainment during the carnival, set for Saturday February 21, which will include photo opportunities for kids with the Frozen characters at Witt’s End Candy Emporium, one of the many locally-owned shops on Fairfield Avenue.

Magician “Presto” Paul Dalholt will perform table-side magic tricks at Bellevue restaurants including Avenue Brew, Twisted Sisters, and Siam Orchid. Balloon artist Greg Wilson will also be on hand. There will be several face painters at the carnival, too.

Expect to find the shops along Historic Fairfield Avenue decorated for the Winter Carnival theme and offering Winter Carnival and/or Frozen-related merchandise and menu items. In-store fun and games include decorating Frozen cookies at Circle of Hope Artisans, a snow ball toss at Le Sorelle Women’s Clothing, a Snowman Poke for a prize at Interior Visions and a 2:15 p.m. showing of Disney’s Frozen in the party room at Witt’s End Candy Emporium!

Winter Carnival is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Citizens Bank of Northern Kentucky and Cleves & Lonneman Jewelers. Pick up a map and schedule of events from Fairfield Avenue shops and restaurants. Check out the Shop Bellevue website for more details and updates about Winter Carnival 2015.

SCHEDULE:

Bellevue’s first-ever Winter Carnival takes place from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 21, in the 200 to 700 blocks of Fairfield Avenue.

12:00-2:00 p.m. Anna and Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen” will stroll the Avenue from the 700 block to Witt’s End Candy Emporium for photo ops with the characters.

1:00-2:15 p.m. Presto Paul will do table-side magic tricks at participating restaurants including Avenue Brew, Twisted Sisters, and Siam Orchid.

1:30-3:00 p.m. Balloon artist Greg Wilson performs. Look for him in the 300-400 block.

2:15 p.m. Disney’s Frozen will be shown in the party room at Witt’s End Candy Emporium.

 

Want to see more of what Bellevue has to offer? Check out this awesome 3 bed home with finished lower level and off-street parking!

Call or email me to schedule a viewing at 513.377.1070 or sfoltz@sibcycline.com.

 

 

Article via of The River City News

Photo courtesy of Shop Bellevue

Sibcy Cline Realtors Rated “Best in Real Estate” by Cincinnati Family Magazine

December 18, 2014

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The readers of Cincinnati Family Magazine voted on their favorite local businesses and Sibcy Cline Realtors was named Best in Real Estate.

The winners were announced in the December 2014 issue.

Read the magazine digitally here!

Madeira Ranks Number 3 of the Best Suburbs in America!

November 3, 2014

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The city of Madeira was been ranked as #3 of the 50 Best Suburbs in America by Business Insider!

The website looked at data from 300 suburbs with populations between 5,000 and 100,000 that are located near a metro area. Factors included: commute times, household income, poverty, crime rates, school ratings and housing affordability. See the article here.

The accolades do not stop here for Madeira. Ohio Magazine has also recognized the city as one of the state’s Best Hometowns for 2014-2015! See more news about this honor in the November 2014 issue of the magazine.

About Madeira
Madeira is a vibrant neighborhood with a walkable central business district that includes many local shops, restaurants and businesses. Thursday afternoons are filled with shoppers who enjoy seeing what the farmer’s market has to offer. The community has many events throughout the year including parades, art shows and festivals.

Design Trade Show at Music Hall

October 27, 2014

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There will be a new interior and exterior home design show held at Music Hall November 1-2.

DesignBuildCincy will feature over 125 vendors including designers, architects, remodelers, furniture and cabinet makers, fabricators and retailers. The developers of this new trade show are hoping to make this an annual event and wanted to showcase the latest in architecture and all things home design in one of Cincinnati’s most iconic examples of architecture.

Current vendors include Studio Vertu, Karen Heyl Sculpture and Ceramics, Riverside Architectural Millwork, Marta Hewett Gallery and many others.

DesignBuild Cincy is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 1-2. Admission is $10 and free for children under 13.

Curb Appeal When Selling Your Home in Autumn

October 21, 2014

Tasteful Fall Decorations

It’s autumn – a beautiful time of year to enjoy, especially when the leaves are bursting with color. If you are selling your home at this time of year, use the season to your advantage when staging it and add curb appeal:

Fall Debris

With the fall season, comes falling leaves. Make sure your gutters are free of debris. You will also need to be diligent about keeping the lawn and sidewalk free of leaves. You may want to invest in a leaf blower to make this chore go more quickly.

Flowers

Your summer flowers should be pulled or trimmed. If the weather is still warm, consider planting some fall plants such as mums or marigolds.

Decor

Tasteful fall decor can add appeal to your home’s exterior. Things look best placed in three’s. These little touches will make your home look warmer and more inviting.

Lighting

When daylight hours are shorter, be sure to have adequate lighting for evening showings.

Maintenance

Be sure to keep up on your fall exterior home maintenance list: Touch up paint. Cover up and fill and holes. Store your lawn equipment. Turn off exterior water faucets.

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Need Inspiration? Check out Sibcy Cline’s Fall Decorating Ideas Pinterest board.

Cincinnati Interactive Online Services

September 4, 2014

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Cincinnati residents have a website where they can connect with the city for public services.

Besides providing information about the city’s various service programs, visitors to the site have the ability to enter a service request (pot hole, trash and recycling, yard waste collection, etc…) as well as view FAQs.

Check out the site’s new app which you can use to look up your trash dates & set reminders!

Click on the link below for more details. Note: the site is optimized for PCs, but just click OK to continue if you’re accessing from your mobile device.

Cincinnati’s Customer Service
513-591-6000
7am – 5pm Monday- Friday

Interested in seeing Cincinnati neighborhood Community Council information? Click here for an excel doc directory.

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