April 2021: The Home Front Real Estate Market Report

Neighborhoods with the best percentage of sales to active listings (only neighborhoods with at least 20 combined actives and solds are included):

1. MT WASHINGTON  //  17sold with 3 active // 567%
or a ratio of 5.67 solds to each active listing

2.  WESTERN HILLS  //  33 sold with 7 active //  471%
or a ratio of 4.71 solds to each active listing

3. LIBERTY TOWNSHIP  //  40 sold with 10 active // 400%
or a ratio of 4 solds to each active listing

Compiled from information from the Multiple Listing Service of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky for the period 4/1/2021 through 4/30/2021.

Smart Cookies

A recent issue of RESIDE, Sotheby’s International magazine devoted to the finest in inspirational locales and lifestyles, included an article titled ‘Smart Cookies’, a guide to the best chocolate chip cookies in the US. We were delighted, but not surprised, to see that local newcomer Sweet Mae’s Cookies made the list.

You can tell simply from the mouth-watering photos of Sweet Mae’s Cookies that these are decadently divine. Tiffany Biddle, owner of Sweet Mae’s, proudly incorporates Southern-inspired flavors and textures into her signature stuffed cookies. Her love of baking has been passed down through five generations, but her “stuffed cookies with a thick Southern accent” are her own creation. “From a young age, I’d help my grandmother and mother bake different goodies and became a natural at it,” she says. “My ultimate goal with our cookie shop is to be an extension of my family’s legacy.”

As of now, Sweet Mae’s Cookies does not have a brick and mortar storefront, but cookies can be easily ordered online and shipped anywhere in the US.

Click here to read the article from RESIDE.

Q & A with Dr. K

Dr. Gene Kritsky, Dean of Behavioral and Natural Sciences and a professor in the Department of Biology at Mount St. Joseph, was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to tell us a little bit about how he came to be known as the ‘Cicada Guy.’

Photo by Don Denney Photography, used with permission from Mount St. Joseph University

By Jill Nicholson

If you’ve been following the emergence of the Brood X cicadas, you’ve likely heard of Dr. Gene Kritsky. He has written a book about them, been interviewed by countless news outlets all over the country, developed the Cicada Safari app to track them, and has produced a wonderful podcast with WVXU. Thanks in part to Dr. K, there are many great resources available for those who are interested to learn more about Brood X. That’s why we wanted to learn a little more about the ‘Cicada Guy’ and how he came to be the leading expert on periodical cicadas, particularly Brood X.

© Gene Kritsky, Mount St. Joseph University, used with permission

Q: You’ve been with Mount St. Joseph since 1983, almost 40 years. What initially attracted you to this area, and what has kept you here all these years?

A: Three things: Major League baseball, trilobite fossils, and cicadas.

Q: There are almost 1 million different kinds of insects in the world and over 90,000 in the United States. How did you come to focus your studies on the periodical cicada?

A: I love history, and periodical cicadas are bugs of history. They have attracted the attention of scientists like Linnaeus, Darwin, and people outside of biology including Thomas Jefferson, Ogden Nash, and Bob Dylan.

Q: Do you mind being called the Cicada Guy?

A: Not at all, after 44 years of University teaching I have been called a lot worse.

Q: Other than cicadas which are of course native to this area, are there any insects in the region that are of particular interest to you?

A: I also work on the history of beekeeping and have kept bees for years. I am also fond of tiger beetles as well.

Q: Here in Cincinnati we are all focused on Brood X, but there are other Broods of periodical cicadas that will be emerging in other parts of the world. When will the next one be and where will that take place?

A: The next brood to emerge will be a dual emergence of Broods XIII and XIX. That is something that only happens once every 221 years.

Q: Will you be traveling to experience the emergences of any other periodical cicadas in the future? If so, where will you go?

A: The above mentioned dual emergence will take place in 3 years, and will be in Illinois and Chicago.

Q: I imagine your work has taken you many places around the world? Do you have any favorite spots?

A: I have been fortunate to have traveled extensively. I have lived for extended periods in Egypt and the United Kingdom and been able to return on numerous occasions. They certainly would be my favorite places, but I am also fond of Greece, France, and Slovenia.

Q: Your wife, Jessee Smith, is an artist and jewelry maker who has designed and created a lovely collection of cicada jewelry. Has she always been interested in cicadas or has your enthusiasm for cicadas inspired her?

A: She has loved cicadas since she first experienced them in 1987, and she has co-authored several research papers on cicadas as well. I could say that cicadas brought us together.

Q: I know I said this interview was going to be about getting to know you more, but I do have one question about the cicadas. Our Labrador retriever mix has been on a diet his whole life because there is nothing he doesn’t like to eat. What is the caloric content of a cicada?

A: It has not been scientifically measured, but based on other insects, I would think it would be in the range of 100 calories for a female cicada.

Thank you so much for taking time out of your extremely busy schedule to talk to us. We have learned so much from you these past several weeks about Brood X, so it was really a treat to get to learn a little more about you.

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Listen to the Brood X podcast on WVXU

Dr. Dene Kritsky’s new cicada book, Periodical Cicadas: The Brood X Edition, is available here

Download the Cicada Safari app from the Apple Store or Google Play Store

Jessee J. Smith’s silver cicada jewelry is available on her Etsy shop

Make a donation to Mount St. Joseph’s cicada research in the School of Behavioral and Natural Sciences

Jill Nicholson is a senior editor for Robinson Sotheby’s International Realty’s Home Front newsletter and a novice naturalist.

Turtle Bay Residence in Midtown Shines with Sophistication and Style

We partner with over 1000 Sotheby’s real estate offices in 75 countries. Each month we showcase a home from one of these partners. Our feature home this month is located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.

Centrally located Midtown Manhattan borders the southern edge of Central Park and is highly sought for its lively, active, urban vibe and proximity to all that NYC has to offer. The impressive and iconic Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Rockefeller Center, and United Nations headquarters call Midtown their home. Midtown Manhattan is also the world’s largest central business district with dozens or international corporations headquartered here: Ernst & Young, MetLife, Morgan Stanley, NBC Universal, JP Morgan Chase, and CBS Corporate, to name a few.

Turtle Bay, a neighborhood in Midtown’s east side which fronts the East River, was likely named after the many turtles originally found along its banks. In 1957 the Turtle Bay Association was founded and is credited for adding greenspaces, parks, and landscaping. These improvements helped create the neighborhood’s charming tree-lined streets and relatively quiet atmosphere, making it an extremely desirable place to live.

Turtle Bay Towers, at 310 East 46th Street, is in the heart of this vibrant neighborhood and just steps to the UN. This corner residence has been exquisitely renovated by renowned interior designer Jeffrey Bilhuber and featured in Architectural Digest.

Superbly stylish and filled with natural light, this one bedroom and two bath home offers soaring 12.5 foot ceilings which add a lofty, spacious feel. Oversized windows provide dynamic East River views from the bedroom and living room.

Enjoy cooking and entertaining with a  full, gourmet kitchen equipped with high end appliances and custom cabinetry for ample storage. Two full bathrooms, a large foyer, and a flexible floorplan offer lots of options and value.

Excellent amenities include a 24 hour doorman, laundry on your floor, planted roof terrace with breathtaking city and river views, including the famed Chrysler Building. Turtle Bay Towers is situated within close proximity to Grand Central Terminal and excellent shopping, dining, and fitness centers.

Yes, you can have it all in this glamorous, well-appointed loft residence, currently listed for $1,195,000. For additional information and to see all the property photographs, click here. You may also contact us by email at homes@robinsonsir.com or phone at 513.321.6000. We will be glad to guide you.

Reap the Rewards of Decluttering

Your Guide to Getting Your Home Organized for the Marketplace and Peace of Mind

With the popularity of Marie Kondo’s bestselling book about the art of decluttering your home and her Netflix televisions show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” it seems that ‘decluttering’ might just be a passing trend. But decluttering is much more than a fad. There are legitimate benefits to removing unused and unwanted items from your home, especially if you are thinking of selling anytime soon. To explain how you can declutter your home and start reaping the rewards, we’d like to introduce you to an expert on the subject. Gina Siegel, owner of Caring Transitions Cincinnati East, has helped more than a hundred clients with the process.

The current housing market has launched a flurry of activity inside homes.  Families are feverishly preparing to get their home on the market as soon as possible and are finding more than they bargained for in closets, cabinets, drawers, garages, basements and perhaps storage spaces they forgot they even had!  Whether you are decluttering your current home, or downsizing from your home of 40+ years, overwhelm can easily halt the process in its place and could affect how quickly you cross the goal line.  My hope is that I can provide some helpful hints and simple solutions to overcome a few of the frequent obstacles that can stall efforts.

Before you begin, think about why you are doing this. If you ever get discouraged or feel like you want to quit at any point during the decluttering process, just remember the whys. They will help keep you motivated.

Decluttered, organized homes sell faster and for a higher price
An organized home free of clutter gives buyers the impression that the home has been well-maintained and has abundant storage and closet space.

Save money
Parting with items you know you cannot use in your new home will save time and money from having to pack, store, move, and unpack those items later.

Even if you aren’t planning to sell your home anytime soon, you can still take advantage of these benefits:

Save time
If you’ve been living with overstuffed drawers, closets, and other storage spaces for many years, you probably don’t realize how much time you waste looking for things. It also takes longer to clean your home if there is excess clutter in and around your house.

Ease the burden of the loved ones you leave behind
If you are finding it hard to sort through the personal belongings you have accumulated for many years, just imagine what that experience would be like for your spouse or children.  If you’ve read my bio, you know that I inherited three, large storage bins which my mother had “saved” for over 30 years (even the storage facility didn’t know for sure).  It was a heartbreaking, exhausting, and expensive experience for our family and one which I encourage you to consider thoughtfully.

Good for your health (both mental and physical)
Living among clutter causes stress and anxiety for many people. It distracts our attention, it overwhelms our minds with excessive stimuli, creates feelings of guilt, and is a constant visually reminder of unfinished work that needs to be done.  Clutter also attracts allergens which can lead to all sorts of health issues.  We’ve had clients who felt “healthier” after having downsized, even if they didn’t fully understand why.

When you donate your unused items, you are helping those in need. It’s scientifically proven that the act of giving decreased blood pressure and reduces stress be decreasing cortisol levels while increasing oxytocin levels in your brain.

Ready to get started? First, set the mood.  Light a candle; put on some music to motivate you (or calm your nerves); and then start in one room armed with trash bags (black), donation bags (clear), post-it notes of different colors which discern where each item will go (stays with you, goes to other family members, donate, or temporary storage), and pen and paper to jot down notes or questions which will arise along the way.  Keep in mind that although your intentions are noble, family may not want the items you want them to have, no matter how special they are to you.  It’s important to respect others’ decisions and only save items for family if they agree that they’d like to have them.  This last part may prove to be an emotional task, but just keep working at it.

Next, give yourself a time allotment and try not to leave the room or get distracted during that time.  Start with the items which are visible, and then take on the adventure of what lies beneath the surface in drawers, cabinets, closets and boxes.

Now that you’re prepared, let’s talk about 4 of the top items with which you could encounter the most difficulty….

Paperwork.  My husband and I have 2 boys at home and we’ve had to battle against the age of technology from the beginning.  When it comes to decluttering however, technology is a friend.  We no longer have to keep bank checks, credit card statements, monthly invoices, and more.  Excited?  Let’s get to work.

Keep important documents such as Birth Certificates, Death Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Military Discharge Papers, Diplomas, etc., in a fireproof box or a safety deposit box.  These are typically more timely and costly to reorder, and items which you’ll need from time to time for important transactions.

As for the pile of “want to read” articles, the stress of a growing pile is easily overcome by pitching them and starting again when you are done decluttering (this article being the exception of course).   The same is true of recipes and old greeting cards.  Digitize them if you want to keep them, and respectfully discard the rest.

Most of the other statements and invoices mentioned above which you may need to reference can be quickly retrieved electronically or physically from your computer or directly from your financial institution or other professional group without you having to store a thing!  If you’re unsure, call your bank (or other applicable business) and confirm what they’re able to provide for you should you need it, and understand how far back they can access the documents.

Statements and other documents which include sensitive information should be shredded.  Start a box of “shreddables” and watch your file drawers shrink to a manageable size of frequently-referenced documents such as medical, auto, and insurance policies.  Even these downsized folders should be recycled every year to maintain only current information.  If the pile is big enough to make your personal shredder start smoking, take them to an office supply store such as Staples and pay by the pound.  We’ve had a room full of documents to be destroyed for our clients, and when we do, we schedule a house visit from Shred-It, or Document Destruction where the entire process is completed in minutes right in front of you. They usually have a minimum cost of around $150 for up to 250lbs, and the cost accrues for each additional pound.  Both companies often have “shredding events” around the city where you can take your documents to the event site to be destroyed.  Make it as simple as you can.  Your time is valuable too.

Photos and keepsakes.  This is another category where technology is our friend.  Before digital cameras gave us the gift of instant gratification, we stored our photos in photo albums or scrap books if we were quick on the draw or disciplined enough to get it done.  When all else failed, we put them in bins and boxes and then never saw them again…until we found ourselves having to declutter or downsize, or until a basement flood destroyed them!  Thanks to individuals who heard our cries for help, we now can ship photos by the box-full to companies who will scan them and put them into a digital photo book.  Matt Paxton, of “The Legacy List” and former host of the “Hoarders” show, now offers just such a service called Memories by Matt, where the first 100 photos are free!  Digital Memories is another example that can also transfer slides, videos, and more.  Search around and find the service which you feel will serve you best.  Most will return the photos or discard them for you and you’ve just reduced boxes of images to a nice coffee table sized book.  Order more than one and give them to family.

Keepsakes such as that priceless Murano glass clown playing guitar figurine (I’m speaking from personal experience now) which has been passed down for generations are our next consideration.  Take a nice photo of it to include it in your new coffee table book.  Large family portraits?  Antique child’s rocker from your great-great-grandparents?  Take a picture and include them in the book for you and others to look through as often as you like; then give yourself permission to let them go by donating, discarding, or selling them.  There’s another family out there who will treasure the décor and antiques and give them new memories.  As for you, you’ve just freed up space in your home, or space on your moving truck for the things which are truly important to you.

Kitchen items.  If you are planning to downsize, ask yourself how much cooking and entertaining you’ll be doing.  Be realistic and declutter accordingly.  If you have your new place selected, how many drawers and cabinets do you have in your new kitchen?  Start filling a comparable number of drawers and cabinets in your current home so that you know how much you’ll be able to take with you.  If the things you want to take won’t fit in your new kitchen and storage spaces, then make those decisions now – not after you move them.  There is still cache in some brand names such as Le Creuset, All-Clad, and cast iron, however more common manufacturers are better off left with the reward of donating them.

Furniture.  My husband and I realized after 20 years of marriage that out of the house full of furniture which decorated our home, we had hand selected less than 5 pieces.  The rest was a hodgepodge of mis-matched furniture styles and obscure décor (remember the glass clown) which were handed down to us by our parents and family members.  They were generously given to us with admonishing information about how valuable they were (and always will be) and how they need to remain in our family until the bitter end.  The ominous guilt and accountability for maintaining these heirlooms is no different than the feeling you get from being “watched” by a portrait of an ancient family sea Captain as you move throughout your life.  None of us really purchase furniture as an investment, and they shouldn’t be used to rob loved ones of their peace of mind.  There are always exceptions to the value question of course and art is one such category, however is it art which you and your family enjoy, or is it stored in a box in your basement?  Take a photo and include it in your new coffee table book of digital images.

Finally, to discard, donate, or sell is the constant question.  And it always receives the same response: “it depends.”  At Caring Transitions, we strive to do all that we can to honor families.  We donate most clothing and shoes to worthy organizations like Matthew 25 Ministries, Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul, BLOC Ministries, and a whole host of other reputable and deserving organizations who serve the local and worldwide communities.  When we disburse furniture and miscellaneous household items because a sale is not appropriate for one reason or another, we like to support People Building People, New Life Furniture, Habitat for Humanity’s Restore, as well as consignment shops like Legacies in Hyde Park Plaza, and Pizzazz Interiors.

When a sale is in your favor, then consider online auctions.  They are a safe, and relatively quick way to liquidate your household items in one fell swoop, while minimizing foot traffic in your home.  The sale may wind up paying for your entire moving project which may inspire you to rethink the ultimate objective of hosting a sale.

Most of us will not be able to retire on the sale of our household items, but the sale of our home will provide more hope.  We all know that our home is typically our most valuable asset.  The things inside them are really just obstacles to getting to the house.  It’s easy to get caught up in the perceived value of things which in reality are usually quite less than we imagine or even what we paid for them.  Auctions are a great method for determining what the true market value really is.  Our national platform for online estate sales is CTBids.com and we use it to help our clients achieve their objectives of emptying or decluttering their home in a relatively quick way by finding the perfect new owner who will treasure their heirlooms in a way in which the sea Captains in our life would be proud.  Spoiler alert: the Murano clown playing guitar was not priceless.

I hope that these insights have helped in some ways to help muster up the energy to attack and tame the beast of decluttering.  Use technology and sound decision-making to harness some of the toughest categories, and call your local Caring Transitions office if you need help with reaching and crossing the finish line.  And don’t forget to celebrate when you’re done.  You’ll feel freer and more limber with fewer things to manage and dust.

Gina Siegel is a native of Cincinnati, and the owner of Caring Transitions Cincinnati East – a franchised business with almost 200 offices nationwide.  They are the nation’s largest and most trusted solution for senior relocation, downsizing, and the liquidation of household goods.  Visit CaringTransitions.com, or call (844) 220-5427 to find an office near you.

 

 

 

Fine Art Happenings: April through May

Walk This Way | Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes

Fenton Footwear, maker, T-strap Pumps, about 1937, velveteen and leather, Stuart Weitzman Collection, no. 249. Photo credit: Glenn Castellano, New-York Historical Society

Taft Museum of Art through June 6, 2021
From silk boudoir shoes created for the 1867 Paris Exposition to leather spectator pumps signed by the 1941 New York Yankees, Walk This Way features more than 100 striking pairs of shoes and spans nearly 200 years—from the collection of high-fashion shoe designer Stuart Weitzman.


Toulouse-Lautrec and the Celebrity Culture of Paris

Equestrienne (At the Cirque Fernando) by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Date: 1887/88

Art Institute of Chicago through June 28, 2021
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec made a career depicting the most colorful personalities of Montmarte – a Parisian neighborhood known for its cabarets and dance halls.  This exhibit features a splendid collection of Toulouse-Lautrec’s posters and paintings that beautifully capture his dynamic, influential artistic style.


Steffani Jemison, End Over End

Toss, 2021 (still) – Steffani Jemison Steffani Jemison (b. 1981, Berkeley, CA), Toss, 2021 (still). HD color video, with sound, 42 min., 20. sec. Courtesy of the artist and Kai Matsumiya, New York

Contemporary Arts Center through August 8, 2021
This exhibition of works by Steffani Jemison, Cincinnati-raised, Brooklyn-based artist, brings together two videos, alongside a new suite of kinetic sculptural objects and conceptual drawings on glass that unfold as a series of experiments, reflecting Jemison’s interest in performance and the politics of embodiment. Together, the objects, drawings, and videos explore the symbolic, expressive, and material implications of the act of “agitation” and “turning.”


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April 2021: The Home Front Real Estate Market Report

Neighborhoods with the best percentage of sales to active listings (only neighborhoods with at least 25 combined actives and solds are included):
  1. MT WASHINGTON  //  23 sold with 4 active // 575%
  2. LEBANON  //  34 sold with 8 active //  425%
  3. NORWOOD  //  31 sold with 8 active //  387%

Compiled from information from the Multiple Listing Service of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky for the period 3/1/2021 through 3/31/2021.

Suburb# Sold# ActiveAvg $ ListAvg $ SaleDays on Mkt.
Amberly Village55658,380692,40030
Anderson5631559,042383,85755
Avondale75220,624172,18657
Bellevue108463,037182,2505
Blue Ash1625529,334321,404153
Clifton109351,741291,07547
Columbia Tusculum1514581,831398,22077
Covington3734481,041141,27428
Crestview Hills49428,255222,47528
Dayton, KY729553,514141,34267
Deer Park146178,194202,6017
Deerfield Twp4243610,092405,20256
Dntn/OTR2363355,765311,73968
East End430778,326483,500201
Edgewood78823,712298,50027
Fort Mitchell124750,975390,95832
Fort Thomas1826641,817307,293320
Fort Wright94312,819268,14453
Glendale43377,186240,00062
Hyde Park2418711,332443,76545
Indian Hill11161,783,2221,250,04579
Kennedy Heights91275,210262,16733
Kenwood42226,417188,8755
Lakeside Park55609,780350,60070
Lebanon348254,844252,53122
Liberty Township5941457,531404,02658
Linwood38311,764198,833138
Loveland164318,525290,0108
Madeira1715522,981437,13051
Madison Place20204,950217,5000
Madisonville1813261,455274,22273
Maineville30235,300237,9673
Mariemont511708,494540,74019
Mason4320567,734444,85436
Miami Township4828508,485355,963103
Milford52243,117255,7808
Montgomery1038869,356503,080209
Mt. Adams413673,612271,85089
Mt. Auburn68402,814285,75062
Mt. Lookout2013723,533565,99051
Mt. Washington234251,174226,73914
Newport2824365,598179,11927
Newtown30240,000244,0004
Northside1910217,713224,52644
Norwood318241,054238,96413
Oakley1921428,169318,39340
Park Hills54454,900291,10016
Pierce Township128315,653289,94722
Pleasant Ridge113234,364240,5116
Sharonville112210,769192,98215
Silverton72247,694242,163100
South Lebanon167335,426270,16117
Sycamore Twshp.188433,577286,06926
Symmes Twshp.156645,703505,79357
Terrace Park101783,609787,40027
Villa Hills411928,926429,59476
Walnut Hills1826458,329343,54450
West Chester7224357,257305,35022
Western Hills2810252,403212,45433
Wyoming714423,179295,143357

How the Pandemic Changed the Real Estate Market in 2020

And What’s on the Horizon for 2021?

Shoppers line up, socially distanced, in front of a Costco in the early days of the pandemic.

It’s been just a little over a year since the United States was blindsided by the coronavirus pandemic. The stock market crashed. Everything appeared to come to a grinding halt. Social distancing, mask-wearing, and stay-a-home orders quickly became the new norm. Then the unexpected happened. Suddenly, buyers appeared en masse, eager to find themselves in a new home. Many were first time home buyers, millennials who had previously been reluctant to enter the real estate market. Spurred on by unbelievably low mortgage interest rates and a strong urge to leave communal living spaces behind (whether it be an apartment with roommates or a parent’s home with additional family members), they took the real estate market by storm.

The pandemic also changed the way we think of home and how we use our homes. At the start of the pandemic, the amount of time we spent at home increased drastically. Almost overnight our homes became classrooms, offices, gyms, cafes, restaurants, and entertainment venues. We relied on our homes to support far more activities than ever before. Of course, not every home was well suited for its new role. Many homeowners discovered their properties lacked the space and functionality to meet these covid-era demands and found themselves desperate to find a property that was more accommodating.

Even now that it appears we are entering a pandemic recovery phase, home owners aren’t willing to totally give up this new lifestyle. Lots of organizations have encouraged their employees to continue working remotely for an indefinite period of time, or even permanently. Many people have realized they can get adequate workouts in their basements or a spare bedroom. Some have discovered the joy of cooking and are eating out much less, but spending more time in the kitchen with other family members. All of these behaviors help save money, thereby affording a larger budget for a new home. That’s a good thing considering the U.S. median home price increased 12.8 % in 2020, hitting an all-time high of $266,250, according to ATTOM Data Solutions.

So what can we expect for the rest of 2021?

Mortgage rates are expected to remain low for the rest of the year

Yes, interest rates have ticked up slightly since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, but still remain incredibly low, even compared to recent years. According to Rocket Mortgage, in 2016, rates began rising after the presidential election. By the end of 2018/beginning of 2019, they had reached their peak around 4.65% for a 30-year FRM. The average rate for a 30-year FRM in March, 2021 was 3.32%.

Extremely competitive market conditions will continue for buyers

The news of historic-low inventory has been received and has many homeowners who might be thinking of selling their homes worried about where they will go if they sell their current home. Most sellers who are entering the market now are doing so because they have to; they are relocating to another area or combining households. Some are selling because they feel they need to make a major change in their housing. Homeowners seeking less change are choosing to stay put for now.

When will it change?

Spring and early summer could yield slightly more inventory. Some buyers, frustrated after months of losing out, may walk away for a while. This will certainly help alleviate some of the pressure, but just how much remains to be seen. The housing market is well known for its unpredictable nature. That’s one of the best reasons to have a knowledgeable, experienced real estate professional represent you and your interests. Our agents have weathered the storm and found new ways to serve their clients. By adapting to change, setting higher standards, and looking beyond the needs of today, we continue to work tirelessly to uphold your valued trust and make you feel at home.

Residential Real Estate Roundtable

To watch a recording of this live event, click on the video play button above or click here.

The Cincinnati housing market was hot before Covid-19 hit. After a brief slow down last spring caused by the pandemic and lock downs, 2020 ended up being a record year for home sales. That momentum has carried into 2021 and inventory has continued to decline.

On April 8, a panel of residential real estate experts, including our own Lee Robinson, sat down with Tom Demeropolis, Senior staff reporter at the Cincinnati Business Courier to discuss today’s most important issues surrounded our local market.

Diminished inventory, historic low interest rates, how to buy and sell a home in this market, and how the pandemic has impacted the housing market are included in this highly informative seminar. The experts also examined where the local housing market is headed into what is typically the busy spring and summer season and shared tips for buyers and sellers to help them navigate the competitive waters.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE RECORDING

Industry Leaders
REALTOR
Lee Robinson, Broker/Owner, Robinson Sotheby’s International Realty

BUILDER
Brad Olinger, President, Sterling Homes

LENDER
Ryan Kiefer, Market Manager, Prime Lending

Soak in the Tuscan Sun, Soothing Views, and Warm Springs in Saturnia

Saturnia is a small Tuscan village in Italy that has been inhabited since ancient times. Its name comes from the Roman god, Saturn, who is said to have formed the nearby warm springs with a bolt of lightening. Saturnia is also known for its luxurious, 5-star Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort. Centrally located near the Tyrrhenian coast, Saturnia is less than 3 hours from Rome and Florence. Our destination listing can be found just outside of the village, situated on a hilltop with splendid, iconic Tuscan views.

The farmhouse estate offers a total of 5,381 sq. ft. of living space divided among three different residences beautifully positioned on 24 sprawling acres.

With a total of 10 bedrooms and 7 full baths, there is plenty of room for friends, family, and both short and long-term guests.

The homes have been impeccably restored, respecting the tradition and culture of this magnificent region.

The main farmhouse welcomes you with a spacious, sunny open living area, a modern kitchen, and two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Upstairs are four more bedrooms and three bathrooms.

The first guesthouse includes a small living room with kitchenette, two bedrooms, study and bathroom. The second guest house offers a living room / kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom.

With so many wonderful spaces for entertaining, this exquisite property makes an ideal family vacation home.

The land, most of which is arable, includes an olive grove and a small vineyard, both productive. This is truly an extraordinary estate with incredible opportunity currently listed for $1,203,940.

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