Homes are Selling! Local Home Sales Report for June
Throughout June, home sales increased for most of the region when compared to June 2020. Overall for the year to date, homes sales are exceeding last year’s figures. Mortgage rates are low. Home values are high. It’s a great time to list your home for sale and for buyers to find their dream home.
Here is a report by region of homes sales throughout June 2021:
CINCINNATI OHIO / SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA
June 2021 vs June 2020
2.5% Increase in homes sold (2,606 homes)
18% Increase in median sale price ($253,500 vs $194,000)
21.2% Increase in sales volume ($782,909,522)
-26% Decrease in active homes for sale (1,928 units)
1.8% Increase in new listings (3,158 units)
January–June 2021 vs January–June 2020
7.8% Increase in homes sold (12,295 homes vs 11,405)
18.5% Increase in median sale price ($229,900 vs $194,000)
26.7% Increase in sales volume ($3,392,446,173 vs $2,677,500,359)
-5.51% Decrease in homes sold (720 homes vs 762 homes)
21.84% Increase in average sale price ($281,751 vs $231,249)
19.90% Increase in median sale price ($255,000 vs $212,670)
15.12% Increase in sales volume ($202,861,070 vs $176,212,460)
January – June 2021vs January – June 2020
8.13% Increase in homes sold 3,632 homes vs 3,359 homes)
16.68% Increase in average sale price ($255,520 vs $218,762)
18.42% Increase in median sale price ($225,000 vs $190,000)
26.16% Increase in sales volume ($927,070,603 vs $734,823,385)
Statistics courtesy of Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors® June 2021 Home Sales Report
150+ Local Events, Festivals and Things to Do – the Ultimate Guide for August
August is a great month to enjoy all kinds of local activities. Think about attending a festival, community concert or county fair. There are some tried and true events this month such as Goettafest, Paddlefest, Western & Southern Tennis Open, Black Family Reunion and the Germanfest Picnic. Take a look at our list of fun things to do throughout Cincinnati, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; Southeastern Indiana; and Dayton and Springfield, Ohio.
Events are sorted by region and date. Did we miss your event? Let us know at [email protected]
CINCINNATI AND NORTHERN KENTUCKY
Glier’s Goettafest Through August 1, 2021 (+Aug 5–8) Newport on the Levee at 1 Levee Way, Newport, Kentucky Enjoy everything goetta!
Germantown Fair Through August 7, 2021 Germantown Fairgrounds at 4088 Ky Highway 10, Germantown, Kentucky No rides this year. Swine show, horse show.and fun Facebook
Space Celebration Through August 7, 2021 National Museum of the US Air Force at 1100 Spaatz St, Dayton, Ohio Space -themed exhibits, simulators rides, movies and more
Edgewood Summer Concerts August 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2021 Presidents Park at 283 Dudley Rd., Edgewood, Kentucky Madison shelter
Hump Day Concert Series August 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2021 Voice of America MetroPark Athletic Complex at 7850 VOA Park Dr., West Chester, Ohio Free concerts – General admission tickets required. Music begins at 7pm
Liberty Center Concert Series August 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2021 The Square at Liberty Center at 7100 Foundry Row, Liberty Township, Ohio Enjoy the free concerts
Music @BCM August 5,12 and 19, 2021 Devou Park at 1600 Montague Rd., Covington, Kentucky Behringer-Crawford Museum presents family-friendly music at a family-friendly price
Salsa on the Square August 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2021 (+Sept 2, 9,16, 23, 30) Fountain Square, downtown Cincinnati, Ohio Regional Latin bands will be playing; Latin food!
Summer Music on the Levee August 5, 12, 19 and 26 – September 2, 2021 (Thursday evenings from 7–10pm) Central Plaza at Newport on the Levee, Newport, Kentucky
Rockin’ the Roebling August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2021 (+Sept 2) Smale Riverfront Park at the Schmidlapp Event Lawn; Mehring Way and Main St., Cincinnati, Ohio Enjoy the music
The Takeover on the Square August 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2021 The Square at Union Centre at 9285 Centre Pointe Dr., West Chester Township Free concerts
Touch a Truck August 5, 2021 Weller Park at 8832 Weller Rd., Montgomery, Ohio Look at a firetruck, police car and more up close! World’s Longest Yard Sale August 5–8, 2021 Along 127 All kinds of treasures can be yours!
Asian Food Fest August 7–8, 2021 Second Street between Elm and Walnut, downtown Cincinnati, Ohio Asian cuisine, exhibits and more
Breakfast with the Animals August 7 and 28, 2021 Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden at 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio Enjoy early admission to the zoo as well as a full breakfast buffet. See the animals as they awake! Obtain tickets asap – this event sells out!
The City Flea August 7, 2012 (+Sept 11, Oct 9 and Dec 11) Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio See what treasures you can find from 100+ vendors! Food trucks, too
Ohio River Paddlefest August 7, 2021 Schmidt Recreation Complex at 2944 Humbert Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio Nine-mile float trip from the East End to Gilday Riverside Park in Riverside; Stay for the Finish Line Festival
RiversEDGE 2021 Concerts August 7, 13, 2, 27, 2021 (+Sept 3, 11, 18) 116 Dayton Street, Hamilton, Ohio Live music along the river
St. John the Baptist August 7, 2021 5361 Dry Ridge Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio Family picnic, raffles and festival food
Dino Roar August 28, 2021 Boys and Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty at 8749 Cincinnati Dayton Rd., West Chester, Ohio Three show times. Activities, dig for bones, balloon twister. Tickets ordered in advance only
Hamilpolooza August 28, 2021 Downtown Hamilton, Ohio (streets near Marcum Park) Food, entertainment, shopping
Maroon 5 Concert August 28, 2021 Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio Live concert!
Loveland Concerts in the Park August 29, 2021 (+Sept 12) Nisbet Park and Amphitheater at 126 Karl Brown Way, Loveland, Ohio Bring your chairs and blankets for this free concert
Not Your Average Paint and Sip Class August 29, 2021 ( +Sep 19) Fountain Square at downtown Cincinnati, Ohio Follow along style; $25 voucher includes a 12×12 canvas, materials and drink voucher; Look for the Bob Ross wig!
Zac Brown Band Concert August 29, 2021 Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio Live concert!
DAYTON AND SPRINGFIELD, OHIO
Dayton Celtic Festival Through August 1, 2021 Riverscape Metropark at 111 E. Monument Ave., Dayton, Ohio It’s all Irish! Enjoy music, entertainment, food and more Facebook
Preble County Fair Through August 7, 2021 722 South Franklin Street at the Preble County Fairgrounds in Eaton, Ohio
Space Celebration Through August 7, 2021 National Museum of the US Air Force at 1100 Spaatz St, Dayton, Ohio Space-themed exhibits, simulators rides, movies and more
The Little Mermaid Through August 15, 2021 La Comedia Dinner Theatre at765 W Central Ave, Springboro, Ohio A Disney classic
Oktoberfest in July and August? Yes! A few local Oktoberfests start early in the summer, while most have dates from August through October. Put on your lederhosen and plan on enjoying German music, food and entertainment at one of them.
Here is our list of local Oktoberfests throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Southeastern Indiana and Northern Kentucky in order by date:
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati September 17–19, 2021 In Za Haus – a do-it-yourself party! Order Oktoberfest packs and celebrate at home. There will also be polka pop-ups in various Cincinnati neighborhoods. Various restaurants will also be celebrating Oktoberfest Zinzinnati at their locations
St. Leon Oktoberfest October 1–2, 2021 St. Joseph American Legion Post 464, 28866 Post 464 Road, Brookville (St. Leon), Indiana German food, beer games and a pie auction! Pork chop dinner on Saturday evening.
Thinking of selling your home? Read about some current decor trends for staging your home:
(1) OUTDOOR SPACES Do you have an attractive “outdoor room” that needs to be highlighted? Show off how this space can be used for entertaining purposes. Set out a few dishes to set the table for an outdoor meal or barbecue. Add a hammock with a book and a comfy blanket.
Look at some of our outdoor rooms on Pinterest here. Go here for porch ideas.
(2) KITCHENS: BRIGHT AND WHITE A new trend for kitchens is white and bright. If you are not willing to paint your cabinets, perhaps consider showing off spare, white accessories that will make your kitchen seem brighter.
(3) GOLD/BRASS Gold and brass are back in style! Think framed mirrors and brass bar carts. Use these types of accents sparingly. Get some inspiration here.
(4) NAVY BLUE Navy blue is an easy color to work with and is popular. This is a strong, neutral hue to use as an accent wall. Navy blue looks great with yellow, tan and chartreuse.
(5) BLACK Black elements can be found in lighting, framing or a statement piece of furniture. It’s good to use as a focal point. See ideas using black here.
(6) DINING ROOM – NO MATCHY MATCHY Is your dining room an empty space? Do not worry about staging this room with a full suite of matching furniture. People are using unique pieces in their dining rooms. Chairs do not have to match the table. The side board can be an old dresser. Get some ideas here.
(7) HOME OFFICES Home offices are coveted rooms. If you have a home office, be sure to showcase it. If not, think about converting a rarely used corner of a spare bedroom into a mini office. Many people have used their dining room tables staged as desks when selling their homes.
(8) NATURAL ELEMENTS Live, indoor plants, macrame and Scandinavian-style furniture are current design trends that reflect natural elements. Plants add energy to rooms and a neutral look is calming and appealing to home buyers. (Think IKEA designs.)
Need help staging your home to sell? Contact Sibcy Cline Home Services. They can put your in touch with professional stagers who can provide consultations or temporary use of furniture.
Sibcy Cline Employee Spotlight: Courtney Bruser
Title: Graphic Designer & Marketing Advisor
Hometown: The West Side of Cincinnati, OH
Current home: Northside, Cincinnati, OH
Proudest career accomplishment: Designed a winning campaign for LeadingRE- Interactive Media in 2020
Favorite local hangouts: Northside Yacht Club, Flamingo Haven Antique Mall
As part of the creative engine that fuels the Sibcy Cline brand, Courtney Bruser brings a fierce dedication to finding creative ways to express the brand through her graphic design work. But it’s not just the opportunity to express creativity that inspires Courtney in her work—her competitive spirit gets fired up as well. She made the move to Sibcy Cline in 2019 from a competing brokerage because, “the truth is, I wanted something bigger and better than my previous company offered.”
Courtney found the fit she was looking for in the Creative Services department of Sibcy Cline, the team that provides full-service marketing to our licensed agents—a differentiator that attracts many agents to the brokerage because they feel it gives them a jump ahead of agents from other brokerages. And it’s not just agents that benefit. As an employee, Courtney feels that the move she made to a well-recognized brand like Sibcy Cline has given her a competitive edge in her graphic design career. Courtney graduated from UC’s competitive College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning (DAAP) in 2014 and joined Sibcy Cline in October of 2019. So far, she feels satisfied that she has found a space where she can use and grow her skillset while forwarding the brand—and her career at the same time.
Because marketing innovation is and has always been a primary driver of business goals for Sibcy Cline, working as part of the Creative Services team gives Courtney the opportunity to feed her desire to “stand out from the competition” by trying new ideas that pull from all types of media and trends. “What’s amazing about the real estate industry is how diverse the audience is,” she said, adding that this is also a challenge because “you can’t serve the same message to everyone.”
Another challenge that Courtney willingly accepts about the real estate industry is the impact that social and economic events have. “Fair housing rules are important. I’m a big advocate for this because I’m pro-social activism. [In designing marketing pieces], it’s not what you say, but how you say it.” COVID was another big influencer on marketing in real estate, pushing the shift to digital and increasing the need to focus on tech solutions to increase efficiency. For Courtney, this is a huge positive change because it frees up time to get creative while looking at the big picture.
The big picture in Courtney’s role at Sibcy Cline involves seeing branding come to life across multiple channels, both digital and print, which she finds to be the most rewarding part of her job. “I love when we get the chance to make a mark together,” she said, citing two recent projects where she felt her design work and collaboration with others worked successfully.
One such successful project was creating the branding concept for 3CDC’s project at Academy Lofts, a condo development that involved renovating the old Art Academy dorms. “Who would have known that I’d spend some of my college years in the dorms and then work on selling them as condos in the future? It was serendipity,” said Courtney.
Another project that Courtney counts as her proudest career accomplishment is designing a campaign of social media graphics for Sibcy Cline’s Relocation division which won first place from LeadingRE for interactive media. The campaign was in competition with other independent brokerages around the world—in a category that Sibcy Cline falls at the lower end of the size category. That means that Courtney’s work was judged against brokerages with marketing teams much larger than Sibcy Cline—and won. “I’ve been involved in marketing entries to their competition for 6 years and finally won something. It’s a global prize!” she said.
When it comes to designing social media graphics, Courtney feels like she’s in her zone. “I’m comfortable with it because I grew up on the internet. Now, scrolling on a phone is just a reflex. I think about ways to make people stop—something unexpected to catch their eye.”
Along with branding building projects and winning marketing competitions, Courtney’s 2020 was a huge personal success. She took advantage of the low mortgage rates and her connections with Sibcy Cline and bought her first home—a rehabbed 120-year-old house in Northside. With the pandemic going on “I’ve had plenty of time to organize my knick-knacks and vinyl collection, take care of houseplants and my garden, and plan for future projects,” she says. What kind of future projects? For a designer with a creative fire that burns non-stop, her love of art touches her work, her home, and her body: “I’ll be working on my tattoo sleeve!” she said.