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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.


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


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.


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


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.


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

Cincinnati Interactive Online Services

September 4, 2014

Cincinnati Ohio city silhouette

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
7am – 5pm Monday- Friday

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

Cincinnati Farmers’ Markets

August 30, 2014


There are so many great reasons to live in this area and local farmers’ markets are one of them. Most markets are open through October, so be sure to check them out. Here’s a list of some of the area farmers’ markets and the days/times they are open. If you know of any local markets that aren’t on this list, please let me know and we’ll add it! 

Columbia Tusculum Farmers’ Market
260 Wilmer Avenue, Cincinnati, OH
7 days a week: M-F: 2-6p; S-S: 9-Noon

Newtown Farmers’ Market
3950 Round Bottom Road, Cincinnati, OH
7 days a week: M-Sat: 9a-7p; Sun: 10a-6p

Findlay Market (Farmers’ Market)
1801 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Hyde Park Farmers’ Market
2700 Erie Avenue, Cincinnati, OH – 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Nativity Church Tailgate Market
5935 Pandora Avenue, Cincinnati, OH – 3:30 – 6:15 pm

Loveland Farmers’ Market
Downtown Historic Loveland, OH – 3:00 – 7:00 pm

Sayler Park Farmers’ Market
Sayler Park Town Square, 6610 Parkland Avenue, Sayler Park, OH – 3:00 – 7:00 pm

Strauss Troy Market on Fountain Square
Fountain Square, Downtown Cincinnati, OH – 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Wyoming Ave. Farmers’ Market
Wyoming and Oak Avenues, Wyoming, OH – 3:00 – 7:00 pm

Clinton County Farmers’ Market
81 W. Main Street, Wilmington, OH – 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Milford Farmers’ Market
1025 Lila Avenue, Milford, OH – 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Northside Farmers’ Market
Jacob Hoffner Park, 4101 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH – 4:00 – 7:00 pm

World Market in the Park
Washington Park, Downtown Cincinnati, OH – 5:00 – 9:00 pm

College Hill Farmers’ Market
5742 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH – 3:00-6:30pm

Gabriel’s Place Marketplace
3618 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH – 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Lebanon Farmers’ Market
W. Main Street and Sycamore Street, Lebanon, OH – 3:00 – 7:00 pm

Madeira Farmers’ Market
7001 Miami Avenue, Madeira, OH – 3:30 – 7:00 pm

Springdale Farmers’ Market
11494 Walnut Street, Springdale, OH – 3:00 – 7:00 pm

Lettuce Eat Well Farmers’ Market
3820 Westwood Northern Boulevard, Cincinnati, OH – 3:00 – 7:00 pm

Anderson Farmers’ Market
7832 Five Mile Road, Cincinnati, OH – 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Clinton County Farmers’ Market
Mulberry Street, Wilmington, OH – 8:30 am – Noon

Deerfield Farmers’ Market
4188 Irwin Simpson Road, Mason, OH – 9:00 am – Noon

Findlay Market (Farmers’ Market)
1801 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH – 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Mason Area Farmers’ Market
370 Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason, OH – 8:00 am – Noon

Montgomery Farmers’ Market
9609 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, OH – 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Oxford Farmers’ Market
Main and High Street, Oxford, OH – 9:00 am – Noon

West Chester Art & Farmers’ Market
9282 Centre Pointe Drive, West Chester, OH – 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Want Farmers’ Markets in NKY? Check out my complete list here!

Farmer’s Markets in NKY

August 29, 2014


There are so many great reasons to live in this area and local farmers’ markets are one of them. Most markets are open through October, so be sure to check them out. Here’s a list of some of the area farmers’ markets and the days/times they are open. If you know of any local markets that aren’t on this list, please let us know and we’ll add it! 

Boone County Farmers’ Market
6028 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington, KY
7 days a week: 10a–8p

Friendly Market
10050 Norbotten Drive, Florence, KY – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Campbell County Farmers’ Market
3054 Alexandria Pike, Highland Heights, KY – 3:00 – 6:00 pm

Friendly Market
10050 Norbotten Drive, Florence, KY
Tues-Fri: 10a-3p

Fort Thomas Farmers’ Market
S. Ft. Thomas Avenue and River Road, Ft. Thomas, KY – 3:00 – 7:00 pm

Dixie Farmers’ Market
116 Commonwealth Avenue, Erlanger, KY – 2:00 – 6:00 pm

Campbell County Farmers’ Market
7634 Alexandria Pike, Alexandria, KY – 3:00 – 6:00 pm

Fort Thomas Farmers’ Market
Highland and S. Ft. Thomas Avenue, Ft. Thomas, KY – 3:00 – 7:00 pm

Campbell County Farmers’ Market
709 Monmouth Street, Newport, KY – 9:00 am – Noon

Covington Farmers’ Market
Third Street and Park Place, Covington, KY – 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

(Ft. Mitchell) Market Day at Kocanut Joe’s
2479 Dixie Highway, Ft. Mitchell, KY – 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

 Friendly Market
10050 Norbotten Drive, Florence, KY – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Independence Farmers’ Market
5272 Madison Pike, Independence, KY – 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Newport Farmers’ Market
709 Monmouth Street, Newport, KY – 9:00 am – Noon


Check back tomorrow for a list of Farmers’ Markets in Cincinnati! 

January 2014 market update

February 21, 2014

A total of 1,209 homes were sold (closed) last month – – a 7.2% decrease from a year ago. My office is up from last year 30% but overall I think we are feeling the effects of the winter “vortex” and all the snow and ice has kept buyers at home and sellers from putting up a For Sale sign.  Who really wants to slip and slide all over the place?!?!

That being said, now if the time to dust off your snow shoes, bundle up, and start house shopping! Great homes are coming available every day- like this one, and this one and this one (shameless plug alert). Plus dozens more each day, the sooner you start your search, the sooner you will be moving in to your perfect home.  The real problem in the market has been a lack of good inventory.  And I think this spring market is going to be HOT and QUICK. Meaning a new listing, in good condition and priced well is going to sell in a matter of days.  I’ve already been seeing that scenario all over town in the last week or so.

As a seller, now is a great time to sell! The January average home selling price maintained its upward movement to $150,908 vs. $138,592 a year earlier, an 8.9% increase. The average price has increased year-over-year for 23 consecutive months. Mortgage rates are starting to slowly climb, giving buyers at least some sense of urgency. And our regional Open House Weekend will be March 22-23. So mark your calendar!


For all you stat people, here you go:

January Home Sales

                                       Closings               Gross Volume               Average Price

January 2014             1,209                         $182,447,681               $150,908

January 2013             1,303                        $180,585,690               $138,592

Variance                       – 7.21%                          + 1.03%                    + 8.89%

30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage (local)

January 2013 (average) 3.60%

January 2014 (average) 4.25%

Most recent (Feb. 20, 2014) 4.31%

A year ago (February 20, 2013) 3.65%

Home Prices Up Over 9 percent

January 21, 2014

For you “number” folks like me here are the details on the 2013 sales from the National Association of realtors:

Nationally, the number of homes sold is down 1.2%, the median home sale price rose 9.4% and the inventory of homes on the market rose 5%. Distressed homes were 14% of all sales, down from 22% in 2012.

And for those of you that like pictures:


November 8, 2013

A potential home buyer is on your street taking a casual look at homes. It is a Sunday and your home has an open house. Will this person stop to look inside your home?

Does your home have curb appeal? When you have you home listed to sell, it is very important to make it look appealing from the outside to draw and lure potential buyers into your home. Here are some tips:

The Lawn Keep the grass mowed and free of leaves. Be sure to trim edges to make it fabulous.

Sidewalks During winter months when it is snowing, keep all walkways, steps and the driveway clear.

Lighting Exterior lighting can make your home look more dramatic! During the winter months, there is less sunlight. Lighting can help make your home stand out during this dreary time.

Outside Decor Tasteful outside decor can add some interest to your home’s exterior. In the fall, colorful potted or planted mums look very nice. When it is a colder, minimal winter decor can also look inviting. Remember, symmetry looks most pleasing to the eye and makes it easier when creating arrangements.

Front Door The front door is usually the focal point of the front of the home. Curb appeal can be added by painting the door with a statement color to contrast from the rest of the home.

Shutters, Trim and Moldings Your home will look more “complete” and appealing with shutters around window frames. And you might want to think about adding some decorative moldings to freshen up your home’s exterior look.

Paint Yeah, we know, you hate to paint. We all do. But, paint is one of the most economic ways to freshen up your home on the outside!

Need more inspiration?

  • Go here to see HGTV’s television show’s Curb Appeal to see some transformation photos
  • The KCM Blog has a great infographic with curb appeal do’s and don’ts as well as gardening tips here.
  • See Sibcy Cline’s Beautiful Home Exteriors Pinterest board here

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