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This Listing of the Week is a custom-built home on nearly nine acres with a pond, spot court, in-ground pool and hot tub --and that's just the outside! Click for a sneak peek inside!

You don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to make this house your home! This is a true sanctuary located just north of Mason. It’s custom-built home on nearly 9 acres with a pond, spot court, and in-ground pool and hot tub. There is custom clay-glazed tiles in 3 stone hearth fireplaces, a 3-season room, custom raised panel cabinetry and solid wood 6-panel doors throughout the home. There’s also a den/TV room, and a lower-level. It boasts 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms in the Lebanon City School District.

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.





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Enjoy a peek inside this brand new home in Anderson Township for this week's Listing of the Week!

This Anderson Township home is perfect for any family who loves to entertain! This Zicka homes construction is a Custom Potomac III plan in the new Parkside Estates at Coldstream community. It features a gourmet kitchen, open family room, and stairs to a finished lower leve. There’s also a dining room with a fireplace!

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

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Take a peek inside this beautifully upgraded home, filled with charm and located just blocks from Hyde Park Square.

Soak up the sun in this Colonial home on one of the most premier streets in Hyde Park. Located just blocks from the Square, this home has been tastefully updated with granite counter tops, an eat-in kitchen with an adjoining family room, a fenced-in lawn, screened-in porch, sunroom, and master study. The location and condition of this home is a can’t miss!

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.


We got a sneak peek of a beautiful home that's being featured in the 2016 CiTiRAMA! Click to see our exclusive video and get all the details about what's new this year!

CiTiRAMA is coming up Sept. 10-18, 4P-9P Monday-Thursday and 12Noon-9P Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

This year’s show will be held in College Hill in a cul de sac community – Gershom Grove – and it features 4 Homes by Cincinnati’s Premiere Builders – DREES Homes, MARONDA Homes, Potterhill Homes and Bookstone Homes.

But just imagine Gershom Grove is a 36 lot community and you can have a home built your way, receive great special assessment incentives and live in the city close to downtown, shopping, parks, and the arts. So whether you are a young professional looking to build your first home or an empty nester that loves College Hill, CiTiRAMA is for you.

Prices of the Show Homes range from $200,000 – $350,000. And actually, the City of Cincinnati has adopted a special assessment policy for the Gershom Grove neighborhood that gives NEW CiTiRAMA homeowners the benefit of an equivalent of a 50% property tax abatement for 20 years.

What I love about going to CiTiRAMA is that it gives you a chance to tour the homes, meet the builders, see design trends live and in person (not just on your Pinterest board)

Admission to CiTiRAMA is just $10, and kids 12 and under FREE, You can get discounted tickets for $8 at area Kroger stores or at the gate for $8 with your AAA Membership. Parking is FREE!

This is the 13th CiTiRAMA over 20 years in Cincinnati and it’s produced by the City of Cincinnati and the Home Builder’s Association of Greater Cincinnati.

New this year is Family Fun Day on Sept. 11 from 12:30-3:30 where they’ll have a firetruck, animals from the Park district, sport demos, FC Cincinnati player meet-and-greets, and free Kona Ice for the first 200 people! Plus, for the Pokemon Go fans – College Hill is jam packed – you can pick up a Pokemon Go map at CiTiRAMA, tour CiTiRAMA first, then hit the Pokemon Go Tour after. There is no additional charge for Family Fun Day – it’s part of the CiTiRAMA admission, kids under 12 are free!

More details at!

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Mariachi Band, taco bar and margaritas... ole! Check out this sneak peek of the fiesta-themed event at a new community in Butler County you won't want to miss!

They say variety is the spice of life, and that’s exactly what you’ll get at the Turnbridge Grand Opening event!

It’s M/I Homes’ new homesite, Located in Liberty Township, and the grand opening festivities will have a fun Fiesta theme! So, mark your calendar for Thursday, June 2 from 5-8pm. Enjoy Mariachi Band, taco bar and margaritas. Plus, we’ll have an exciting ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:45 with the Chamber of Commerce. Its going to be SUCH a good time! Click here to learn more and RSVP!

The location of this gorgeous community offers you the feeling of being tucked away in a Butler County country setting, but still gives you quick and easy access to everyday amenities. It’s minutes from I-747, I-129 and I-75 — easy to get to Cincinnati or Dayton. Plus, it’s minutes from Kings Island, The Beach Waterpark and the new Liberty Center Mall (my new favorite place to shop!) Turnbridge is in the Lakota East School District, which received the state’s highest rating of “Excellent with Distinction.”

The community itself features a picturesque setting of winding roads, a backdrop of mature trees and beautiful park settings. In fact, there are 48 acres of green space designated for residents, walking trails, a large stocked pond with a large fountain and an awesome playground! Click here to learn more about the community!

The model that you’ll get to view at the Grand Opening event is the Keating floor plan. This 3,932 square foot, four-bedroom home is designed with luxury and function in mind. Everything from the magnificent two story foyer area with cascading staircase to the soaring two story great room with stunning windows… this model says “WOW!” The kitchen is the perfect blend of function and fashion with its open design concept. The first floor also offers a study and a den, perfect for the busy family who needs extra space. Enter the beautiful master retreat through double doors and enjoy the luxury spa-like master bath. With a huge walk-in shower and double vanities, this is the bathroom of your dreams! The master retreat also features a huge walk-in closet (no more storing half your clothes in the guest bedroom and basement!). The second floor laundry is conveniently located just outside the master retreat. Plus with three other bedrooms and two more bathrooms on the second floor, you have all the space you need… and then some! This home is beautifully decorated by Mary Cook & Associates and is a MUST see! Click here to learn more about the model!

I can’t wait to check out this gorgeous model home at the grand opening event…. and maaaaybe one of those yummy margaritas!

If you’re interested in talking with someone at M/I Homes, call Laura at (513) 268-8460 or email her at


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This Week’s Hot Real Estate Tip: How to Choose the Right Neighborhood
Choosing a neighborhood is a big decision, but it can be simpler than you think, as long as you look at the right things. You want to make sure you choose the right neighborhood for many reasons: if you currently have a family or are thinking of starting one down the line, you’ll want to pick a house located in a good school district. If you’re thinking of this as a huge investment – which you should – you’ll want to pick a neighborhood where the homes are continuing to increase in value.


Here are some important factors that you should look at while choosing your home:

· quality of the school district
· traffic in the nearby areas (think of your work commute, school commute, etc)
· value of the nearby properties: are they increasing or decreasing?
· proximity to important community buildings, such as: schools, offices, hospitals, malls, airports, etc
· proximity to things that aren’t ideal, including prisons
· noise around your area
· crime rate
What should your search strategy be like?


Obviously your primary focus should be choosing a house that meets your budget. But you can get the most out of your investment by picking a good area:


Your surroundings don’t necessarily have to include the biggest and best community in the moment – just look for an up-and-coming area so that the value of your home rises through the years. Have your realtor look into the demand around your neighborhood – they can find out if there are multiple offers being made at other houses throughout the neighborhood – that’s always a tell-tale sign of whether or not it’s a good investment.


Just remember that it’s not about rushing and putting money down on the first house you like. Buying a house is about doing your homework, doing the research, and looking into what will give you the best value!

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Going From Renting to Home Ownership: What to Think About
Making the decision to purchase a home instead of renting one involves a lot of weighing the pros and cons. Many people just think about the fact that once you purchase a house, you no longer have to pay a rent check every month, but there are some other costs involved as well – you need to think about several different aspects, including the following:


Homeowner Costs
Homeownership involves a monthly mortgage (to go along with the down payment), but remember there will also be property tax, as well as homeowners insurance. Make sure to do your research and talk to a real estate expert!


Consider Long-Term Value
There are plenty of long-term benefits that come with owning a house. If you make the right choice and purchase in the right area, your house can often be worth more – even much more – than it was when you purchased it. You will be paying a mortgage, but you’ll save on rent costs and you could end up making a profit form the house anyways. It just means you have to consult with a good real estate agent and do your research when it comes to figuring out the possible home value in the future.


Responsibility and Flexibility
There are plenty of good things about renting – your landlord is generally responsible for the upkeep, you can pick up and move at any time, etc. At the same time, you don’t really have the opportunity to make the place “your own.” Many renters have rules about decorating, painting, pets, outdoor care, and other requirements that don’t necessarily let you fully make you home truly yours. So if you want to take the reins, definitely consider buying your own home.


Going from renting a home to owning one is a big step, but transitioning into homeownership is a wonderful thing, as long as you do the research!

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Homeowners insurance is inevitable. But you could be paying a much higher price than you actually have to. There are plenty of small ways to reduce your homeowners insurance, as long as you do the work ahead of time. Be sure to consult your real estate agent if you have any questions, and in the meantime, consider starting with these 3 tips:


#1: Shop Around
You never want to just settle for the first quote you find. Make sure to look around, and get at least 3-4 quotes, so that you know you’re not being taken advantage of. You can even leverage one quote to get someone else to lower theirs. And remember – it’s not just about price. Some companies have lower pricers, but others have better customer service, better deals, better regulations, etc. So shopping around doesn’t just mean considering price, it means doing your research so you know that you’re getting the best all-around deal.


#2: Be a Loyal Customer
Many companies will give you a better deal if you have been a loyal customer. Companies are competing against each other all the time, so they have to think of ways to keep their customers loyal and happy – a lot of times they do this through offering potential discounts to customers that have stuck by them. Some companies will offer discounts as high as 10% if you’ve been there around 5 years or longer!


#3: Inquire About Any and All Discounts
Just because a company doesn’t advertise it, doesn’t mean they don’t have plenty of discounts. There are plenty of special discounts they have, such as senior discounts for customers that are 55 or older. So be sure to mention (while you’re shopping around) that you’ve been looking around for what kind of discounts each company has and make sure they know that they have some competition.

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It’s important to find a responsible and trustworthy moving company so that you can ensure you’re not taken advantage of. Sometimes the “final” quote a company gives you is not final at all, and may include other charges. You need to ask a few different questions to make sure your belongings will be safe and you will not end up paying more than you thought you agreed to. Here are some questions to ask a moving company to ensure you get a good deal:


Question 1: Is This the FINAL Quote or Will There Be Other Charges?


The final quote is not always the final quote. Oftentimes a moving company will give you the general charge just for “moving” everything but they don’t include all the extra charges. Additional charges may include longer routes, charges for appliances, fuel, fragile objects, etc. Keep in mind that you should also let them know up front about any items you own that may be difficult to move, such as chandeliers or pianos.


Question 2: What Is the Insurance Policy?


Make sure to ask what type of insurance is automatically included in the quote, and find out if there are any additional policies that are available to you. Typical coverage is around 50-60 cents per pound, but sometimes companies will give you a special deal or a special upgrade if you ask for it. You may also want to look into 3rd party insurance coverage for the move – just to make sure everything is 100% safe and covered.


Question 3: Who Is Responsible for Damages?


You’ll want to immediately discuss the process for what happens if something is damaged or broken or if something goes missing. Sometimes companies fully cover that type of issue, but if it’s a self-service move, you’re oftentimes responsible for your own packaging.


Moving your entire life from one place to another is already a stressful process – whether you’re moving down the street or across the country. So make sure you know the ins and outs of your agreement before you sign any contracts or hire any movers!

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Believe it or not, different housing markets behave differently during the fall. According to the real estate website Zillow, national home values rose 0.4% from July, although this is the 3rd month in a row that home values rose more slowly than the previous month.


However, markets in California, Nevada, and Minnesota are still seeing fast home value appreciation growth (at least 2% or higher). This means it’s important to know your market – if you’re buying a home in one of these areas, be prepared to pay a little more, and if you’re not purchasing a home in one of these areas, be aware of the growth in your market.


Keep in mind that as the fall season comes to a close and we enter winter, selections may be limited. Many homeowners who weren’t able to sell their homes during the busy spring and summer season have become frustrated and have taken their homes off the market, especially with the holidays coming up. So, be prepared for a smaller selection than you expected.


With that in mind, remember that you may now have the option to negotiate a previous dream home. Did you see anything you saw a few months ago but chose not to proceed because of the price? Be sure to check back and see if it’s still on the market – if it is, you probably have some room to negotiate a lower price – at this point, a lot of homeowners just want to sell their home before the holidays.


There are clearly positive and negative aspects to buying a home in the fall – you may have a smaller selection, but there also maybe be more room for price negotiations. Either way, it’s always good to get as much home-buying information as you can! Remember to check back next week for another weekly real estate tip!