Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas. See you in the new year. Call Michelle Sloan to list and sell in Mason,Oh.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Mortgage Rates Up BUT Still Below 5 Percent

Freddie Mac released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey in which the 30 Year Fixed Rate Mortgage averaged 4.94% with an average of .7 points up from last week when it averaged 4.81%.

The 15 Year FRM averaged 4.38% up from 4.32%. Bottom line is rates have gone up slightly this week.

Now is still a great time to buy.  Take advantage of low rates and sellers who are ready to deal!!

Call Sibcy Cline Realtor Michelle Sloan for all your real estate needs in the northern Cincinnati area.

Monday, December 14, 2009

New Listing - Deerfield Twp

Check it out ---

5980 Deer Run Dr Deerfield-Twp. OH-45040

Charming 3BR home-much LARGER than it looks! $17K+ in updates: new roof, front door & French doors to walkout, updated bathrooms, AC unit, vinyl fence/landscaping/ex. lighting. 1900 sf. Close to shopping & I71/275. No HOA/Mason tax.  This is priced to SELL.  Mason Schools!

For a private showing --Serious Buyers call Sibcy Cline Realtor Michelle Sloan at 513-600-5277.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Do you know your credit score? Planning to buy a home in the next 3-6 months? Find out how to increase your score to get a better rate. Free mortgage referral.
Home Buyers -- Be realistic when negotiating with a seller if you want to make a deal. Please listen to your Realtor for good advice. Each city is unique.

Monday, November 30, 2009

New Listing - Liberty Twp - Lakota Schools

5562 Creekside Meadows

Beautiful 2yr old/4BR home in Creekside Meadows. Great open fl plan, huge kitchen w/island open to sunrm, 42 cabs, 9' ceilings, 1st fl stdy, $22K+ in upgrades-sprinkler sys, paver patio/fire pit, landscaping, humidifier, hunter douglas blinds. This home has it all!! PRICED TO SELL!  Super neighborhood with walking trails.

Call Sibcy Cline Realtor Michelle Sloan for a private tour.  Serious buyers only!

Busy Day in Real Estate..

Real estate is popping.. just in time for the holidays and end of the year! Anyone want to list now?? Mason City Schools.. Call Me!

Michelle Sloan, Sibcy Cline Realtor.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the season and be safe.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Home Sales UP in Cincy Area

Home Sales Up 5 Months in a Row -

October Strongest % Gain This Year

Local home sales -- for the fifth month in a row -- surpassed sales activity from a year ago.
Sales last month totaled 1,724 homes, up 15% from last October. It was the strongest
year-over- year return for any month this year.

Nationally, home sales increased 23% from a year ago.

The federal tax credit for first-time buyers continued to be the positive “shot in the arm” for
buying last month. That program was set to expire Nov. 30.

Other factors for the October gain included low mortgage rates and a favorable inventory of
homes from which a buyer could select. Mortgage rates for a 30-year fixed rate loan now average
5.07%. A year ago it was 6.31%. Lower mortgage interest costs a homeowner less each month in
housing payment.

Congress recently extended and expanded the tax credit program for home purchases made by
April 30, 2010 and close by June 30. The enhanced program continues with a tax credit up to $8,000 for
first-time buyers, but also $6,500 for current homeowners who buy between now and April 30.

Inventory of homes for sale currently is at 7.48 months compared to 10.28 months a year ago. A
balanced market – for buyers and sellers -- is from 5 to 6 months.

*Source: Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Mortgage Rate Update

30-Year Rates Near Record Breaking Levels

15-Year FRM Drops to Lowest Ever Recorded in Freddie Mac Survey History

The 30 Year FRM averaged 4.83% with an average .7 points down from last week’s average of 4.91%. Last year at this time the 30 Year FRM averaged 6.04%. The 15 Year FRM averaged 4.32% with an average of .6 points down from 4.36%. WOW these are some great rates!!!

Get qualified today and talk to Sibcy Cline Realtor Michelle Sloan to find a great home in the northern Cincinnati area before these rates go any higher!!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

My mortgage sources say rates went down today! Thinkin about buying? What r you waiting for? In northern Cincy call realtor Michelle Sloan.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Huge Price Reduction Today - Great Investment - Handyman Special

9501 Creekside Dr, Symmes twp.

2  Beautiful Lots, Ranch Home with 3 BR and 3 BA.  Loveland Schools.  End of private Cul-de-sac.

Call Sibcy Cline Realtor Michelle Sloan for a private showing today!!
513-600-5277  Serious/Qualified Buyers only!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

I'm excited to meet new buyers today. It's still a great time to buy and interest rates went down this am! Get started looking today

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Need a Vacation?

Enjoy a 20% discount at the Great Wolf Lodge – Mason, OH (discount good until Dec 17th). Spend time with your family and friends or pass along this corporate code (CINC452E) to a special customer or client to enjoy this benefit. Reservations are made online at

Have fun! It's like a mini vacation.

Compliments of your Mason, Ohio Realtor - Michelle Sloan

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Breaking news! Tax credit extension passes! Now all we need is a presidential signature!

Homebuyer Tax Credit - Extension Update

Good news from Washington. The House will vote today on a bill that would extend the first-time homebuyers tax credit. The Senate passed the legislation 98-0, yesterday.

The current $8,000 tax credit for first-time homebuyers set to expire at the end of the month, President Barack Obama is expected to quickly sign the measure into law to extend benefits through April 2010. The program would also allow a $6,500 credit for homebuyers who have lived in their current residences for five years.

Sibcy Cline Realtor Michelle Sloan says, "This is the incentive needed to help some buyers make a commitment and it gives them a little time to get their financial situation in order to buy a home."

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

If you have the oppprtunity, please VOTE today.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Waiting for Homebuyer Tax Credit Extension

The federal government's first-time homebuyer tax credit is scheduled to expire Nov. 30. The credit, part of the Obama administration-backed economic stimulus package, rewards Americans up to $8,000 for buying their first home.

Work is under way in the Senate to extend the credit.

Housing industry insiders fear the residential market's recovery will likely be hurt if the tax credit expires. The National Association of Realtors claims first-time buyers account for 50 percent of all sales.

Congress is moving toward extending, expanding or replacing the tax credit. The Senate is expected to vote soon on a bill co-sponsored by Georgia Republican Johnny Isakson that would extend the deadline five months to April 30, 2010, and make the credit available to all new home buyers, not just to first-timers.

The new legislation would extend the $8,000 credit for first-time buyers and create a $6,500 credit for others so long as they have owned a home for at least five consecutive years since 2001.

Cincinnati area Realtor Michelle Sloan says, "Extending the credit and expanding it to all homebuyers will have a positive effect on the local and national economy. The extension will give buyers time to save money for downpayment and find the perfect home for their needs."

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Headed to BNI networking meeting. Great way to increase business. Want to join me? Next week is visitors day.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A few new listings this week on my site. Check it out. Also, a nice amount of traffic expected in the comings days.
If you have a house to sell list with ME!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Testimonial for Sibcy Cline Realtor Michelle Sloan

I wanted to send you a note and let you know what a wonderful job Michelle did to sell my house. Michelle persevered through a very difficult situation initially, and handled it both professionally and with great patience. Since then, she has been excellent in her marketing strategy. She made sure all the new photos of the house made a good impression for the brochure and web advertising, put together a wonderful presentation in the subsequent brochure, hosted Open Houses, posted advertisements on all available media, and suggested price changes at the most appropriate intervals to “freshen” the placement of the listing.

I thank Michelle for all her efforts and Sibcy Cline as well for its role in the sale of the house.

Thank you so much!

Marsha T.

When you are ready to sell your home in Mason, call Sibcy Cline Realtor Michelle Sloan at 513-600-5277 or

Join Michelle's growing list of satisfied clients. You'll be glad you did!!

New Technology - Sibcy Cline

Check out listings on and share the good ones with family and friends on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, MySpace.
Another tool that makes Sibcy Cline the best listing company in the tri-state.
If you are planning to list your home in the Mason, OH area, contact one of the best - Sibcy Cline Realtor Michelle Sloan. Currently ranked #35 in the company!!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

One one week left to take advantage of the current first time homebuyer tax credit! Contact Sibcy Cline Realtor Michelle Sloan for details and info.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Fall "To Do" Checklist

Your Home Fall Checklist:

Air Duct Cleaning

Carpet Cleaning

Chimney Cleaning

Furnace Clean and Check

Gutter Cleaning

Window Cleaning


Yard and Landscaping Cleanup

Let Sibcy Cline Home Services help take care of your “To Do” list.

Call SIBCY CLINE HOME SERVICES @ 513-985-5565 to beat the fall rush.
Tell them Sibcy Cline Realtor Michelle Sloan referred you!

More info:

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

New Condo in Mason

Are you looking for a brand new condo in Mason, Ohio?? Located minutes from I-71.

The Landing at Oakwood Lakes of Mason a Fischer Homes Lifestyle community offers brand new condominiums from the 160's.

At the moment a Top Floor Baypoint plan , 2 bedroom with study and 1 car garage available for immediate occupancy... Priced at only $168,965 (formerly $176,965 )and offers a bonus $5,000 off thru October 15th. Perfect for a buyer who needs to qualify for the $8,000 tax credit.

Special interest rates are as low as 4.5% with Victory mortgage as Fischer Homes will pay 3 points to get you the unbelievable rate for a limited time.

Contact Sibcy Cline Realtor, Michelle Sloan to schedule an appointment.
513-600-5277 or
Do you know the value of networking to grow your small business? In northern Cincy call Michelle Sloan for details for an upcoming event.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Extend the Tax Credit

Extending the First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit, due to expire at the end of November, is high on the Democratic Congressional to-do list, legislative aides said.

After last Wednesday's meeting with President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) released a statement that the government should, "continue efforts to strengthen the housing market by extending the home buyer tax credit."

Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's, who is a consultant to Democrats in the administration and Congress, is advocating extending the credit through August and making it available to all home buyers. He said failure to extend the credit just as more foreclosures enter the market will push housing prices down.

Also, the House is expected to pass legislation to extend the credit through 2010 for people who have been out of the country in the military, intelligence, or foreign services.

Source: The New York Times

"Let's hope this is true," says Realtor Michelle Sloan. "There are too many buyers out there who want to take advantage of this tax credit but can't for a number of reasons. They may not have enough money for down payment and closing costs or they could be waiting for the acceptance of a short sale offer from a lender - which takes up to six months to close".

Ask your congressman to extend the home buyer tax credit and make it available to all home buyers!!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Home for Sale - Mason Schools

BEST Location in Mason!!!
This home is centrally located in the heart of Mason in Lexington Park. Minutes from schools, shopping and expressways. 1st floor master. Great finished lower level for entertaining. Priced to Sell!!
To schedule a private showing of this home or any other in the Mason area contact Sibcy Cline Realtor, Michelle Sloan.

Condo for Sale - Mason, OH

Less than $90K!!!

Great for 1st time homebuyer. Lowest priced condo in Sherwood Green. Separate entrance, newer french doors to private patio, new water heater '08. Wood burning FP, wet bar in living rm. Lots of storage.

Make an offer and close before November 30th to be eligible for tax credit!!

For more details:

Contact Sibcy Cline Realtor Michelle Sloan for a private showing to this condo or any other in Mason, OH. 513-600-5277

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Mason City Schools - Excellent Rating

Mason City Schools Earn Highest State Ranking for 10 years in a Row

The Mason City School District is celebrating its "Excellent with Distinction" ranking from the state of Ohio. The district earned the state’s highest ranking for the tenth year in a row—a high honor it attributes to its students, staff and families.

Full Story -

If you are looking for a home in the Mason City School District -- Contact your Mason, OH Realtor, Michelle Sloan, Sibcy Cline. A Mason resident. A full time Realtor.
Sloan Sells Homes!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Sept. Mason Stats - 45040

Active Listings - 416 Properties for sale in the 45040 zip code.

Pending - 87 Properties currently under contract.

Closed - 71 properties closed since 9/1/09.

*Based on search of Cincinnati MLS.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Buyer Beware

Are you interested in purchasing a foreclosure home? You may be able to get a jump on those properties if you take a look at homes that are being sold at a sheriff's sale.

In Warren County, Ohio you can see the latest homes on the sale block on this web site:

A few things to consider.

1. A deposit of 10% of the purchase price is required the day of the sale.
2. The balance must be paid within 30 days of the confirmation of sale. All purchasers must complete a Purchaser Information Form at the time of the sale.
3. The purchaser or purchaser's representative has no right or access to the property until it is paid in full and the deed is recorded.
4. The Sheriff's Office does not guarantee a free and clear deed.
5. Sheriff sales are "Buyer Beware" and it is recommended that you seek legal advise.
6. The appraisal conducted for purposes of this sale did not include an interior examination of the premises.

Most often the bank or lender, who is selling the property because the owner is behind on payments, will buy the house back at the sheriff's sale and then put it on the market as a foreclosure home.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Food & Fun for a Good Cause

Help raise money for United Way and get a great meal too.

Stop by BD's Mongolian Barbeque in Mason, OH on Tuesday Sept. 29th from 6-9pm.

Portion of proceeds to benefit United Way.

Celebrity griller 700WLW's Scott Sloan on the grill from 6-7pm..
WCPO Sports Anchor Tara Pachmayer will be there too.

Reservations Recommended: 513-770-4330
8655 S. Mason Montgomery Rd.

$1.00 pints!!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Home Sales Increase

Homes sales are up in August in the Cincinnati area and around the country. One reason is the $8,000 tax credit opportunity for first time home buyers.

The tax credit program is about to expire. Buyers who still want to take advantage don't have much time. Deadline to close is November 30, 2009. At this point, buyers should be under contract in the next couple weeks in order to close on time.

First time homebuyers in the Cincinnati area must be pre-approved for a mortgage and have a minimum of 3.5% down payment.

Call Sibcy Cline Realtor Michelle Sloan for expert advice about buying or selling a home. "There is no guarantee that the tax credit will be extended. There are still some great homes available in the Mason, West Chester, Loveland area."

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sloan Sells Homes is seeking new listings in the Mason, West Chester and Loveland area. Call Sibcy Cline Realtor Michelle Sloan for a free market analysis.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Sibcy Cline Top 100

Congratulations to Realtor Michelle Sloan --

#21 of Sibcy Cline's 3500 agents!!

August 2009
Thinking about making a move to the Cincinnati area? Request a FREE home search from Realtor Michelle Sloan to see what kind of home you get for your money.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Fall is a great time to add to the value of your home. Plant trees and shrubs and flowering bulbs to pop up in the spring. Curb appeal does help sell a home!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

14K homes for sale in Cincy area right now. Lower inventory than the past 2 years. What does that mean? A stabilizing market and higher selling prices possible

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Tax Credit Countdown - It's Not Too Late

Home buyer tax credit countdown is underway.

The first-time home buyers tax credit ends Nov. 30. That means a buyer must close on a property on or before that date in order to qualify for the $8,000 credit. Is it possible to buy in the next two weeks and still close in time to collect it? Some professionals say yes.

"It still can be done in six weeks," says Sibcy Cline Realtor Michelle Sloan. "I suggest buyers have an accepted contract in place with a seller before October 15th, to be sure they will close in time."

Economist Kevin Gillen of Econsult predicts a mad rush to close as the deadline nears.

Bruce Hahn, president of the American Homeowners Grassroots Alliance in Arlington, Va., is pushing for an extension and an expansion of the credit. Legislation to do that is critical, he says, because the recovery has so far been mostly jobless and people need more time to get their feet on the ground in order to buy.

Friday, September 11, 2009

St. Susanna Family Festival Weekend - Mason, OH

Support one of the largest Catholic parishes in Cincinnati.

Sept. 11-13

Click here for more details.

Fun for the entire family!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Are you Ready Yet??

Often buyers are out there waiting for the right moment to jump in and purchase a home. I'm not sure there is ever a right moment. You do have to be prepared, though.

1. Do you have a steady job?
2. Do you have money set aside for a down payment and closing costs?
3. Have you talked to a lender about how much you can afford to spend on a home?
4. Do you know where you want to live?
5. What kind of home do you want to purchase?

First time homebuyers might feel a little pressure right now to purchase a home in order to take advantage of the $8,000 tax credit. In order to get the money, you must find and close on a home before November 30, 2009. That deadline is fast approaching. Truely you should find a home and have a negotiated contract on it by Oct. 15th in order to insure that you will close by Nov. 30th.

Think about it. Are you ready? If you can answer yes to all 5 questions above, and you want to purchase a home in the northern Cincinnati, OH area, call Sibcy Cline Realtor, Michelle Sloan to get started right away. Time and availability is limited. Don't miss this opportunity.

Monday, August 31, 2009

End of Aug Stats - Mason/Deerfield twp

It's the end of the month... where has the summer gone??

427 Active listings in the 45050 zip code.. 15 under $100K and plenty more for sale under $200K for the first time homebuyer.

99 Pending Listings - homes that are under contract.

66 Properties Sold since 8/1/09.

Sloan Sells Homes closed 4 properties this month! Michelle Sloan is ranked #57 in Sibcy Cline in July 2009. That's out of about 1400 agents in the company.

List and sell with a winner. Call Michelle Sloan for all your real estate needs in northern Cincinnati!

Fall Football Season

Hello Friends,

I have several extra Bengals magnets to give away. Just send me a quick email with your address and I'll send it along. It also has the schedule for OSU, Miami and UC football.


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Renters - It's not too late to buy a home in Cincinnati. Start building equity. Minimum down payment 3.5%. Call Michelle Sloan right away to make it happen!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Relocating to Cincinnati? Tell your company you want to work with Sibcy Cline Realtor Michelle Sloan. A buyers agent with knowledge about northern suburbs.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Are you planning a fall project, but want to know how much value it will add to your home? In northern Cincy call Realtor Michelle Sloan for a free home check.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sloan Sells Homes Award Winner

OAR President’s Sales Club Award Winner - Michelle Sloan

Despite the unprecedented challenges of a difficult economic environment Michelle Sloan has achieved a level of accomplishment that only five percent of Ohio’s real estate professionals have attained.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Mortgage Rates on the Rise - Buy Now

Freddie Mac confirms that average interest on 30-year fixed mortgages rose this week to 5.29 percent from 5.22 percent a week earlier.
Meanwhile, the average rate on a 15-year fixed loan climbed to 4.68 percent from 4.63 percent. Five-year adjustable-rate mortgages ticked up to 4.75 percent from 4.73 percent, but one-year ARMs slipped to 4.72 percent from 4.78 percent.

Housing officials remain concerned that higher rates could cause some prospective home buyers to delay purchases if they are unable to qualify for larger amounts, thus slowing down recovery efforts.

Source: Ventura County Star (08/14/09)

Updated Rate info:

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

1st time homebuyers... time is running out to take advantage of $8000 tax credit. Buy a home - close by Nov. 30 to be eligible. In Cincy call Michelle Sloan!!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Hot deals in the housing market! Don't search without a Realtor. In the northern Cincinnati area call Sibcy Cline Realtor Michelle Sloan at 513.600.5277

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Are you 55+ and Ready to Downsize??

Think about building a new Towne Home or Patio Home in Maineville. It's not too far from all the conveniences you are used to in a great adult community. Prices start in the $160's for Towne Homes and from the $240's for beautiful Patio Homes.

Check out to see all the options. The builder is offering some incredible incentives like 1/2 off upgrades. You can afford those granite countertops! You deserve it to yourself to take a look. Here's the catch, you must act before August 31, 2009!

***Important note -- don't schedule an appointment with the builder's rep directly, contact your Sibcy Cline Realtor, Michelle Sloan to set up a meeting. Get all the incentives, plus great representation from Michelle. She will work hard for YOU!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Landscaping Tips

Landscaping is an important part of selling your home. It's commonly known as "curb appeal" on the HGTV shows.

There are also some important tips to know about the shrubs and trees around your home. If trees, shrubs or vines are actually touching your home they need to be trimmed. When these plants touch your home, it can reduce the life of the exterior of your home. And those vines on your brick, may look pretty in summer, but they are actually eating away at your mortar and may compromise the brick itself and cause damage.

Away from your home, trees create wonderful natural privacy from your neighbors. A private and well landscaped yard will help sell your home.

If you are planning to sell your home in the Cincinnati area and want advice about landscaping, contact Sibcy Cline Realtor Michelle Sloan for a free analysis.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Busy open house day. 5 buyers through and counting. Uncle Sam's cash for first time homebuyers is working. Now ALL homebuyers should get a chance to cash in!!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Mason/Deerfield Stats - 45040

Well it's the end of the month.. Let's see what's happening today in the market.

309 Active Listings .. from $60K to $2.7M

90 Properties are Pending/Under Contract

69 Properties Sold/Closed since 7/1/09

Sales to List Price Ratio - 96%

Call Sibcy Cline Realtor Michelle Sloan if you are in the market to buy or sell in home in the Mason area. 513-600-5277

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sloan Sells Homes..

Showing Cincinnati area condos to a 1st time homebuyer.. If you know anyone who is a 1st time homebuyer have them call me... time is ticking to get the $8,000 tax credit. Also, these low rates won't last until the end of the year!

Featured Home of the Day!!

Check out this beautiful home in the heart of Mason, OH in desirable Lexington Park. 1st floor master. Finished Lower Level. Open Floor Plan. $359,900.
Priced to sell!
Call Sibcy Cline Realtor Michelle Sloan for details and a private showing.
Open House This Sunday! 2-3pm

Monday, July 20, 2009

Featured Home of the Day!!

Mason Schools -- Ready to Move In Before School Starts.

Beautiful home with open floor plan.

For more info and to schedule a private showing:

Thursday, July 16, 2009

On track for 4 closings 1st week in August. Still some great buys out there. If you want to buy before school starts, call Michelle Sloan today!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

New Mason Listing

Check this out -- Close to MECC!!

Beautiful 4BR, 3.5 BA in Hickory Woods. $70K in upgrades: finished LL, granite in kit, updated granite shower/tub surround in mstr ba, hardwood entire 1st fl., trex deck/paver patio, walk to MECC. Culdesac. 18 X 9 morning room.

3000 sq. ft. of living space. Great yard/neighborhood.

For details check out

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Did you see my new listing at 4950 Shagbark in Mason? It's a good one! Should sell fast. Check out the website for details. I'll post more here soon.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Great day for open houses today. 9 buyers through and one hour to go!

Busy Open House Sunday

325 Forest Edge
S. Lebanon
(Kings Schools)

7865 Eagle Crest
(Mason Schools)

6915 Lexington Park
(Mason Schools)

More info at

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Open House Sunday - Mason Schools

Open House Sunday


This is a beautiful home located in highly desireable Lexington Park neighborhood. 1st Floor master, finished lower level with wet bar and entertainment area.

Move in before the kids start school!!

Call Sibcy Cline Realtor Michelle Sloan to schedule a private showing today!!

Check this link for more info:

Open House Sunday - Kings Schools

Noon - 1pm
South Lebanon
Kings Schools

Price Reduction - Ready to Move In

If you are searching for a great home in a great neighborhood in Mason schools/Deerfield township, you will want to see this one. Located in a cul-de-sac and close to shopping and I-71. 4 BR's, neutral, clean and only 7 years old!!
Call Sibcy Cline Realtor Michelle Sloan to schedule a private tour today!!
Check this link for more details.
Open House Sunday 2-3pm
Mason Schools

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

June Sales -- Sloan Sells Homes

$1.6 Million in Sales for the month of June.

Sloan Sells Homes!!

Choose an agent who is hard working and successful!
Sibcy Cline Realtor Michelle Sloan is one of the best in the Mason!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Lowball or reasonable?... Does your agent know the difference. A successful strategy is key to getting the home you want.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Life is about balance. Making "me" time a priority starts now! Join me and do something good for yourself today.
Thank the people around you for their support.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Happy 4th of July!!! Be safe.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Mason Deerfield Stats - 45040

479 Active Residential Properties

87 Pending/Under Contract since 6/1/09

81 Closed since 6/1/09

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Great Condo - Priced to Sell

Loveland, OH

Perfect condo to take advantage of $8,000 first time homebuyer tax credit. Priced to sell.

Great 2BR/2BA condo in quiet Hidden Creek. Open Fl plan, Stdy w/built in shelves, skylt, wbfp, priv deck, garage. Priced to sell! HOA incl water, trash, pool, tennis. $1,000 seller pd Closing Costs. FHA approved. Seller will consider lease.

Check out the link below for more details.

Home for Sale - Mason Schools

This is a beautiful home! Brick and Stone with an open floor plan. 4 Bedrooms. It's ready for you to move in and call home. Hurry! Great neighborhood!

Click the link below for details.

Check out this Home!

This 4 bedroom home in Deerfield twp. had got it all. It's neutral and like new! Located minutes from I-71. Close to shopping. Quiet Cul-de-sac. Pool Community. Great Neighborhood. Mason City Schools.

Priced to Sell!!
Watching radon mitigation install... One more step toward closing! Has your home been tested?
End of the month stats coming tomorrow. Its been a big month for Mason and Deerfield twp. For buyers and sellers.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Open house mania today! 12-1 on Parkview. 2-3 on Stratford. 4-5 on Lexington Park. Come see me and make an offer.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Houses in Mason, Oh are selling fast in the $250K and lower price range. If you want one, you have to be ready to make a decision. There are only a few left!

Monday, June 22, 2009

New Listing Mason - Lexington Park

Wow! Convenient Location! Mint Condition!

Mint Condition 4 BR/ 3.5 BA home in Lexington Park. 1st fl mstr. Open Fl plan. Many Custom Upgrades. Cambria counters. Built-ins in stdy/LL. Wet bar/entertainment area in LL. Lots of storage/cedar closet. Private Lndscpd patio. 2.5 car gar.

Close to schools!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Vacation Home 60 Minutes from Cincy

Have you ever dreamed of owning a vacation home but don't want to drive a long time to get there? I've discovered a great place in Brown County, OH.

Check out Lake Waynoka.

Properties range in price from $150K and up. There are even some lots available, so you can build your dream vacation home.

Call or email Sibcy Cline Realtor, Michelle Sloan for a list of properties for sale now!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Mason/Deerfield Stats - 45040

Single Family Homes

335 Active Listings
112 Pending/Under contract
125 Sold in the last 3 months

There is still more homes for sale in Mason, OH than there are buyers but the gap is closing. The market has really picked up for single family homes in the 45040 zip code. Several new listings are under contract within 30 days. The price has to be just right and the condition must be perfect.

Advice if you want to sell -- Do it now! Get your house on the market ASAP. Don't wait! If history is any indication, the number of buyers will slow as the summer heat rises.

Contact Sibcy Cline Realtor Michelle Sloan.

Mason Condo Market

Let's take a moment to update the condo market in Mason, OH.

Currently there are 157 condos on the market in the 45040 zip code.
They range in price from $69,900 to $499,000.

33 units are Pending/Under Contract.

54 have sold/closed in the last 3 months.

It is definitely a tough market for condo sellers right now. There is a lot more units for sale than there are buyers.

Advice for sellers - Price competitively. Condo must be in excellent condition. Be prepared to take a loss if the home was purchased in the last 4 years.

Advice for buyers - You have a lot to chose from. Make an offer. Don't be afraid to make an offer on the one you really like. Some sellers only have so much to bring to closing. If they are taking a loss, they may not be able to negotiate low enough for the current market. Work with a Realtor who is experienced.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

First time homebuyers.... HURRY... Only a few months left to take advantage of $8K tax credit.
Must be closed by end of November.
Pocket Listing coming soon in Mason! Lexington Park. $375K. Really nice. Call Sibcy Cline Realtor Michelle Sloan for details.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Appraisal Issues

"Your home is worth what a buyer is willing to pay." That is true but watch out for the appraisal.

Sellers have 3 things to be concerned about these days.

1. Waiting for the right buyer to enter your home and make an acceptable offer.
2. Negotiating repairs following inspections.
3. Getting an acceptable appraisal.

Today a seller was told the appraisal was $15K less than the negotiated sales price. How can that be?? We have a willing and able buyer. The buyer sets the market, right? NO! Beware, the appraiser now can set the price that the lender will accept for the property.

What are a seller's options. Accept the reduced price. Fight the appraisal and request another one. Or put the house back on the market and hope for a better appraisal next time.

The best option is likely to accept the reduced price because there is no guarantee waiting for a new offer will give you a better outcome. Also, a buyer may walk if another appraisal is requested and provides a higher price.

Something else to think about.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Sloan Sells Homes Online Marketing Extras

When you list your home with Sibcy Cline Realtor Michelle Sloan you get more online marketing than other Realtors.

Did you know, 87% of buyers use the Internet to search for a home?

Hire a Realtor who will get maximum Internet exposure for YOUR home!

Michelle Sloan - Award of Excellence for Online Marketing -
Featured Listings on Sibcy Cline, Trulia, Craigslist, Zillow, and dozens of other websites.

Check out and list your home with the best Realtor in Mason and Deerfield twp.

Call today for a FREE Competitive Market Analysis to see what your home is worth in today's market. You may be surprised!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

End of May Stats - Mason/Deerfield twp

Current Active Listings for 45040 --- 499 single fam homes and condos

Pending Properties since 5/1/09 --- 85

Closed Properties since 5/1/09 --- 57

Contact Sibcy Cline Realtor Michelle Sloan for all your real estate needs in the northern Cincinnati area.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Short Sale Opportunity

This home is back on the market after an unfortunate chain of events. After waiting 6 months for bank approval of a short sale, the new buyers scheduled a routine inspection. Prior to the inspection, the water was turned on to the property and several leaks were found in the pipes inside the home.

The company that performed the winterization of the pipes refuses to take responsibility for the breaks in the system. What do you think? Prior to winterization, the plumbing in the home was in good working order. The Geiler Company sent a technician to winterize at an expense of $180. to the seller. The seller vacated the home and turned the utilities off during the winter months. When the water was turned on in May for the first time since the winterization, the pipes were broken.

This home would be an excellent opportunity for an investor or handy buyer who is looking for a deal. Check out this listing on Meadow Grove in Mason, OH at

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

New Listing - Loveland/Symmes twp.

Great opportunity! 3 BR Ranch in quiet culdesac, beautiful park-like setting. Newer furnace & wndws, hardwd under carpet. Cedar closet/wlk out lower level.
2 lots-45X232 & 31X256, more than 1 acre. Close to shopping.
Some cosmetic updates needed.

Mason/Deerfield Stats - 45040

What a tremendous month for the Mason area. Some Mason neighborhoods are starting to turn from a buyer's market to a seller's market. New listings in the $200-$300K price range are seeing good activity and showings. Properties on sale above $450K are still seeing limited activity.

Here's the stats to prove it.

Active Listings ... 508
Pending Listings since 5/1/09... 71
Closed Properties so far this month.. 34

We still have 3 business days left this month...

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

New listing today in Loveland, Symmes twp. Check out
This one needs updating but the property is a gem.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The real estate market is very local. Some areas of Cincinnati are slow while others are starting to get hot again. The best homes on the market are selling.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Two new listings today in Mason. Check them out at

Good activity from buyers in the area. May listings make June sales!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Vacation Home or Investment?

Planning a vacation in the same place as last year?

Buying a 2nd home might be a better investment over time. If you're interested, I can introduce you to an agent anywhere in the country who can show you what's available.

All I need is your name, phone number and location where you want to buy your 2nd home.

Michelle Sloan
Sloan Sells Homes

Sibcy Cline and Realtor Michelle Sloan... your direct link to the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World

FHA Approved -- Not Always

Important information for buyers and sellers of condos.

If a buyer is FHA approved, a buyer only has to bring 3.5% downpayment to the closing table but they may not get to the closing because not all properties are FHA approved.

A lender can get a "spot approval" on a property that is not on "the list" but it has to meet several different criteria.

Buyers make sure you talk to your Realtor and Mortgage Lender about this. If you can't get a loan on a specific property, then you are wasting your time and the sellers.

Sellers beware. Ask your Realtor or Mortgage Lender if your subdivision is on the FHA list.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Price Reduction - Custom Home

New Amazing Price - $699,900.

You cannot build this home for this price!! Take advantage of this awesome opportunity. Beautiful custom home in Deerfield twp. features 4 bedrooms, 4 full and 1 - 1/2 bath, gourmet kitchen with granite, custom built-ins in office, master BR and family room, Finished LL with wet bar, theatre room, exercise room and much more.

Check out details at

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Open House - 1-2pm

Serious Buyers - This one really won't last long!!
7826 Deer Crossing
Mason, OH 45040

Write an offer today!!

Directions and info at

Great New Listing - Mason/Deerfield twp.

Check this out!

4 BR 2.5 BA Stone & Brick Beauty on Culdesac in Deerfield Twp. Neutral. 1st floor study, built in bookshelves in Fam Rm. 9' ceilings. 42 cab and Corian in Kit., Pool Comm. Close to shopping/I71. No Mason City Tax.

More Details at

Happy Mother's Day!!

It's a beautiful day in Mason, OH. Enjoy it!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Mason/Deerfield Stats - 45040

The Market is Popping...

508 Active Listings
90 Pending/Under Contract since 4/1/09
59 Properties Sold since 4/1/09

Now is a GREAT time to SELL..
And it's a GREAT time to BUY..

Don't wait.

1st Time Homebuyers.. you need to buy and close before 12/1/09 to take advantage of $8,000. tax credit.
Check out new listings at or a complete list at

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Sellers when your list price is higher than the competition, you actually help sell their home, not yours. Want to know more, call Realtor Michelle Sloan.
Downsizing or rightsizing? Now is the best time to sell your home. Call Michelle Sloan to help find a perfect fit in northern Cincy.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Attention to Detail - Amazing Price

The deal of the day! Asking $419,000 for this beautiful 4 BR 4-1 BA home on half-acre lot in South Lebanon. Spacious kitchen with granite countertops, morning room, study on 1st floor,huge master with luxury bath, finished lower level with wet bar. You have to see this one!

For a private tour, contact Realtor Michelle Sloan at 513-600-5277. Qualified buyers only.

Wow - Spacious 5 BR

Take a look at this beauty! 5 BR 3-1 BA home in South Lebanon in the Stonebrook Subdivision. Large covered front porch. Over 4000 sq ft. Huge master with 2 walk in closets. Large family room. Finished lower level with walkout. This is the Drees Anniversary.

Listing price: $425,000.

Serious buyers interested in a private tour, contact Sibcy Cline Realtor Michelle Sloan at 513-600-5277.

New Mason Listing - Deerfiled Twp

This 4 BR 2-2 BA home is amazing. It has more than $75K worth of updates. Kitchen has hard surface countertops, stainless appliances. Awesome screened porch overlooks landscaped and lush backyard. Lower level is a haven, with full bar which includes dishwasher/sink/wine closet. Great attention to detail.

Listed at $305,000. Call Michelle Sloan at 513-600-5277 for a private tour. Serious buyers only.

Friday, May 1, 2009

New Listings...
Check out

May is going to be BIG for home sales in northern Cincinnati area.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Keys To Good Realtor...
Open, honest and quick communication.
Knowledge - a source for information.
A passion for real estate.

Want more? Michelle Sloan

Monday, April 27, 2009

Monday Mason Stats - 45040

501 Active Listings
WOW -- 72 Pending/Under contract since 4/1/09
38 closed since 4/1/09

New Listings on the market daily. Looking for a qualified buyer or seller's agent in the northern Cincinnati area? Contact Sibcy Cline Realtor Michelle Sloan.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

1st time homebuyers who want to build a new home and take advantage of the $8000 tax credit better act fast. Your new home must be built and closed before 12/1.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Super Sunday open house -- take a look at what's available in the Cincinnati area.
If you are not working with a Realtor, call Michelle!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

If you haven't owned a home in 3 years you are considered a "1st time homebuyer". You may be eligible for $8,000 tax credit! Contact Michelle Sloan for details.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

3 Zaring Premier Market Homes available in Cherrybrook subdivision in Mason. Amazing mark down prices to get them sold. Contact Michelle Sloan at 513.600.5277
Now I can update the blog with my BlackBerry. Call or text me anytime!

Mason/Deerfield Stats - 45040

503 Active Listings
60 Pending/Under contact since 4/1/09

The number of pending properties has increased dramatically this month over March. Buyers are out there and they are serious!

3 Reasons to Buy a Home

1. Great Inventory — More Choices
Anyone looking for a home today will find a tremendous selection—nearly 14,000 properties are listed in the Cincinnati MLS. Whether you’re looking for a starter home, a high-end custom home or something in between, you’ll find just the home you’re looking for.
2. Low Interest Rates — More Buying Power
Mortgage rates determine how much you can afford. With the current low rates, you have
significantly more buying power. How low are rates today? Those who bought a home in 1963 were paying roughly the same rate as you’ll pay today. The rates won’t stay this low forever. Buying a home now can save you thousands of dollars in interest.
3. Homeownership Will Always be a Good Investment
Even if you are on the fence for now, that’s OK. There will be plenty of opportunities to buy a home when you’re ready. Homeownership is a vital engine in the American economy. It creates strong communities and builds wealth for families who buy homes. Homeownership won’t go out of style. Homeowners are invested in our communities. They are the joiners, fixer-uppers, and watchdogs that make our nation strong. Nine out of 10 consumers consider homeownership to be a sound financial decision. Purchasing a home is a great way to invest your money. In the past 40 years, real estate has delivered the most consistent positive return over any investment. When you are buying a home, you are building equity and adding to your assets.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Take Pictures Now to Sell House Later

A picture is worth a thousand words. That is true, especially when selling your home.

Often times moving is not by choice, but because of a job transfer or dramatic change in a family's life. Here's a little tip to help during those times when you have to sell your home unexpectedly.

Take digital photos of your home all year round. Especially in spring, summer and fall when the yard is looking it's best. Remember, no people in these shots. You want to show off the property. If you have a flower garden or tree that looks great, take a picture. Then, make a computer file of these photos to forward to your Realtor.

If you then have to sell in the dead of winter you can bring out the photos of what your home looks like in all seasons. These photos can be uploaded to MLS or you can create a scrapbook to place on the counter when potential buyers stop by. It will show how great your house looks and how proud you are of it.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Buyer/Seller Seminar

Come meet Realtor Michelle Sloan and other professionals..

Saturday April 25th
Open House - Come anytime
The Clubhouse at Oakwood Lakes
7050 White Oak Ct.
Mason, OH 45040

(off Western Row Rd.)

Fischer Homes/New Condos, Dannette Rosner
Working with a Realtor, Michelle Sloan
Home Staging, Cheri Pogue
Become Debt Free, Steve Ware

Join us for great advice and information.

Renovating Creates Better Resale Value

If you are planning any projects to update or renovate your home this spring, plan to keep records of the amount you spend. This information can be used to justify a higher listing or sales price of your home.

When listing a home, as a Realtor, I ask my clients if they have made any changes to the home in the last 5 years. Certainly, the best updates include.. finishing a lower level of a home. Adding a bathroom in a lower level. Updating kitchen countertops. Flooring upgrades.

You may not get all the money back from your renovation but it will help to get a higher price for your home when it comes to sell.

If you want advice on remodeling projects, contact your Sibcy Cline Realtor, Michelle Sloan.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Mason Stats - 45040

The stats are growing in the Mason and Deerfield twp area.

508 Residential Listings

28 properties are under contract/pending since 3/30/09

This is a real spring fling!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Incredible Deals on New Homes

News Alert -- Home Builders are offering amazing deals on market homes!

Fischer Homes in the Cincinnati area are offering reduced prices and special fixed financing of 3.99% on Market homes. A Market home is a new home that is already built and owned by the builder. Fischer is offering these deals in their communities in Butler, Clermont and Hamilton Counties. Prices range from $200K+ to $400K+.

Drees Homes is also offering similar deals on their market homes throughout the Cincinnati area. 3.99% financing on 30 year fixed. Amazing!

Honestly, builders are making it difficult for sellers to compete. If you are a buyer and want to take advantage of these Market home deals, contact your Sibcy Cline Realtor, Michelle Sloan.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Long Cove - Dream Homes

Have you ever dreamed about living in a beautiful custom home in the exclusive Long Cove neighborhood in Mason, OH? Now may be the time.

In this market, many custom builders are working hard to get your business. Long Cove is no exception. Whether you want to build from the ground up or find a resale, there are deals available.

The home prices on homes that are already built are being reduced daily. A home that was once listed for $850K is now listed for $790K. This one year old home is beautiful.

If you want to dream big and you have the cash, you will want to check out this beauty listed for $2,690.000. It features 11,000+ sf of elegance & luxury! Custom kitchen, exquisite master suite, solarium. Incredible walk-out LL w/rec, game, billiards, bar, media, 5th bdrm, full bath, wine grotto.

If you are in the luxury home market, contact Sibcy Cline Realtor Michelle Sloan to represent you in this transaction of a lifetime.

March Mason Stats

Check it out!

In the 45040 zip code...

495 Active Listings.. from $60K to $2,960,000.

54 Properties Pending.. still to close.. since 3/1/09.

41 Properties Closed/Sold since 3/1/09.

There are more active listings as we march into spring season. There are also more buyers out there actively searching for a new home.

Check out my website at

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Did you Know??

More buyers find their home on the Internet.. than print or yard signs.*

87% of Buyers are using the Internet to look for homes.

While its beneficial for buyers to look online, buyers still need a Realtor to represent them in the transaction. A good Realtor knows the market and can research comparable sales so a buyer makes the best decision possible.

Did you know, buyers benefit from a buyer's agent, but often pays nothing for their agents services? That's because most often the seller pays the buyer and sellers agent's commission.

If you are a buyer looking for a home in the Mason, Ohio area, contact Michelle Sloan, Sibcy Cline Realtor at 513-600-5277.

*source: National Association of Realtors

Monday, March 23, 2009

Monday Mason Stats - 45040

The numbers are increasing...

Active Properties on the Market --- 497
Pending since 3/1/09 --- 39

Closed Properties since 3/1/09 --- 27

These numbers are growing each week.. take a look back and see.

Spring is here.. NOW is the time to buy and sell real estate in the Mason area.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Family Expo - Next Weekend

Check this out!

Cincinnati's Growing Family Expo
March 28 10a-5p
March 29 11a-4p
Sharonville Convention Center
Adults $7
55+ $5
Children 12 and under - FREE

Are you expecting a baby, chasing a toddler, raising a young child or having fun being a grandparent?

Bring your growing family to the Sharonville Convention Center for an exciting weekend! Enjoy a variety of entertainment while meeting with companies showcasing their family-related products and services. Join us for some quality family fun!

Check out the full schedule of events at

Award for Your Mason Realtor

Michelle Sloan was presented with an Award of Excellence from on Thursday. This award recognizes Michelle's excellence in Online Marketing.

Congrats Michelle!!

New Towne Homes In Mason

If you are in the market for a different kind of home, you may want to check out Beacon Hill Townehomes in Mason. This a Boston-style community, located within a short walk of the Deerfield Town Center.

The beautiful brick buildings feature two or three bedroom townehome units with two car garages and courtyards. Prices start in the $350K's. These units are spacious with terrific features and 3,000 sq ft, which includes a partially finished lower level.

There are also two-bedroom condos available. These units start at $217K.

Beacon Hill also offers a clubhouse, workout facility and pool right in the neighborhood.

If this sounds like a place you want to call home, call your Mason, Ohio Sibcy Cline Realtor, Michelle Sloan for more details and to schedule a personal tour.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Spring is in the Air

Wow, what a beautiful day. It's also a perfect time to put your home on the market. Today on Cincinnati MLS there are 167 new listings on the market in the last 24 hours. If you are waiting to put your home on the market, the market will once again be flooded and your home won't get the attention it needs to get sold.

If you live in the northern Cincinnati area, Contact Sibcy Cline Realtor Michelle Sloan for a FREE Competitive Market Analysis. Find out what your home is worth in today's market.

If you live anywhere else in the country and you need a qualified Realtor, Contact Michelle Sloan for a FREE referral anywhere in the United States. Don't take a chance, find a Realtor with experience to get the job done.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Monday Mason Stats - 45040

Wow, great activity this week in the Mason area.

As of Noon - Monday..
485 Active Listings
23 Pending properties since 3/1/09

There have been some healthy price reductions on a few listings. Some home sellers are extremely motivated and are able to bring money to the table in order to close.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Mason Area Buyer Needs Home


If you are interested in selling a ranch style, 1st floor condo in the Mason, OH area, please contact Michelle Sloan, ASAP. I have a cash buyer looking for a 2BR unit, under $100K.

Thank you.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Rule #1

When selling a home -- you must ACCEPT all showings!

If it's a little dirty.. you must show. If you want to sell.. don't make excuses. You must be ready at all times!

You may only get one chance -- don't blow it! There is a good chance, those buyer's won't come back.

Commercial Opportunities - 45040

There are 31 commercial properties for sale in the Mason/Deerfield area. Everything from office space to 20,000 SF warehouse. Many of the properties are available for lease. Some are still in the development stages so you can create a space to fit your needs.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Monday Mason Stats

It's Monday and there is a lot of activity in the Mason/Deerfield real estate market.

469 Active Listings
10 Pending since 3/1/09 (that's great!)

The market is bouncing back. If you are planning to list your home "in the spring"... the time is NOW. Buyers are actively looking. Don't miss out!

Call Sibcy Cline Realtor Michelle Sloan for a FREE Home Selling Analysis.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Friday Fish Fry - Mason

If you are looking for a Friday Fish Fry in Mason check out the one at St. Susanna during the lenten season.

5-8pm - St. Susanna School Cafeteria

Fish, Shrimp, Mac N Cheese and much more.

500 Reading Rd
Mason, OH 45040

more info at

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

What a Compliment!

Checking in with a former client -- I sold her Mason home in Lexington Park in 2007. Here's how my friend ended her update:

You are by far the best realtor we have ever known!!
God Bless.

Thanks Anne!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Only 16 New Condos Left -- Under $200K

The Landings at Oakwood Lakes -- A Fischer Home Community

Fischer Homes is in the final phase of this community located just off Western Row in Mason. If you are a first time homebuyer or looking to downsize this may be the perfect investment. These condos start at $169,900.

There are 5 different models to choose from. All one floor living. One and two car garages available. The final construction will be complete in September. 8 units will be available in 60 days.

Call Sibcy Cline Realtor Michelle Sloan for details and more information. If you stop by the model, tell Dannette, your Fischer Sales Counselor, that you heard about this community on the Sloan Sells Homes Blog.

Monday Mason Stats - 45040

455 Active Listings
49 Pending - Under contract since 2/1/09
19 Closed since 2/1/09

New Deerfield Twp Listing- WOW

You Can't Build For This Price -- $725,000

Spectacular Custom home features 4BR, 4.5BA, Gourmet kitchen, cust built-ins, stone hearth FP, fin LL w/bar, theatre rm, exercise rm, huge MSTR w/fireplace and sitting area. Min from schools, shopping, I75.

50K of upgrades.
Upgrades include professional landscaping, exterior lighting, irrigation, built in bookshelves in study, fam rm, master br, full bath in LL, Hunter Douglas blinds, pro faux painting, hardwood flooring entire 1st floor. Must see!

For a personal tour of this gorgeous home contact Michelle Sloan, Sibcy Cline Realtor at 513-600-5277. All buyers must be pre-approved in advance of showing.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Mason Condo Market

There is an overabundance of condos on the market in Mason right now. There are 146 units for sale. The price range is $54,000 to $435,000. It is definitely a buyers market for condos.

One benefit to owning a condo is lower maintenance and no yard work!

But one drawback is the HOA or Homeowners Association monthly fees. These fees can be as little as $100 a month to $300 a month. That's in addition to your mortgage. These monthly fees usually cover outside maintenance of the unit and sometimes utilities are included. Each community is different.

A higher down payment may also be required from a lender if you plan to purchase a condo. New guidelines require a minimum of 10% down for a conventional loan. Talk to a qualified mortgage officer for details.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Monday Mason Stats

There are 460 active listings in the Mason 45040 zip today.
The bigger story is the 38 listings that are now listed as "pending" in the Cincinnati area MLS since Feb. 1st. The market is starting to heat up!

Great deals.. Great rates.. Is it time for you to make a move?

Saturday, February 21, 2009

More Details - $8,000 Tax Credit

Many buyers are getting excited about the new 2009 Tax Credit. Check out this link for more details on how you can cash in!

Now call Michelle Sloan, Sibcy Cline Realtor for a FREE Cincinnati Area Home Search. After a brief interview, Michelle will set you up to receive a personalized list of homes in your price range and area of interest.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Planning to Buy? - Things to Do

Many wanna-be buyers are being turned down for loans because of low credit scores or lack of down payment money. There are a few things you can do to gear up to get qualified for a mortgage.

1. Check out your credit history at What you don't know may hurt you.

2. Pay down debt and clean up any questionable accounts.

3. Start saving. A minimum of 3.5% will be required for a down payment on a loan.

Also, it is important to talk to a mortgage loan officer for some great advice. Often, a qualified mortgage officer can offer free advice about what accounts are dragging down your credit and explain how to raise your score.

If you need a referral for loan advice, contact Realtor Michelle Sloan.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Check This Out!

Top Mason OH Real Estate Agent

Home Sellers in $150K Price Range Get Ready

Some home sellers are seeing increased activity on their active listings as a result of the new taxpayers credit for first time homebuyers.

Most first time homebuyers are looking at homes priced below $150K.

This home in Deerfield twp is listed at $159,900. This charming 3BR - 2BA home w/private cul-de-sac setting is move in ready! Fresh paint & carpet; finished lower level; oversized garage; all in desirable Landen!

When homes in this price range start selling, that will soon provide some relief for the sellers in the $150-$200K price range. And so it goes...

Contact Sibcy Cline Realtor, Michelle Sloan if you are looking for a first time home in the $150's or a move up property in the $500's. Her years of experience will guide you to a great purchase.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 includes a Homebuyer Tax Credit.

The $8,000 tax credit is only available to first-time home buyers for the purchase of a principal residence on or after January 1, 2009 and before December 1, 2009. The credit does not require repayment. The tax credit will reduce the purchaser's income tax liability. If any credit amount remains unused, then the unused amount will be refunded as a check to the purchaser.

An individual purchaser cannot make more than $75,000 in 2009 and a couple cannot make more than $125,000 to be eligible for the credit.

Contact a certified tax accountant for more details.

Contact Michelle Sloan, Sibcy Cline Realtor to find the perfect first home!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Monday Mason Stats

Here are the numbers for today in the 45040.

Active Listings - 465
Pending Properties since 2/1 - 24
Closed Properties since 2/1 - 9

Stimulus news on the way.. a tax credit will be available for new home buyers.. but not everyone will be able to cash in. Watch for details in the coming days.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

How Much Can You Afford?

That's a great question and one a buyer should not take lightly. I recommend each buyer talk to a lender/loan officer before actually looking at homes. This way you won't find a home you love but you can't afford.

I can give you a list of reliable lenders who will meet with you personally and show you the latest programs available. Buyers should determine the amount you can afford each month and the amount of cash you will need at closing.

2009 is the year of change, especially in mortgage lending. The biggest change for buyers is the amount of money needed to put down on a loan. The minimum is 3.5% of the purchase price for FHA loans. Most conventional loans will require a minimum of 5% down payment. That does not include closing costs.

Talk to a lender/mortgage officer for details and get pre-qualified or pre-approved before looking at properties. This is very important.

Pre-qualified - A short conversation over the phone with a mortgage officer about your qualifications, income and debts. This is not a guarantee that you are truly qualified.

Pre-approved - The mortgage officer will actually check your credit and verify your income and debts. This is the best way to start the home buying process. The lender will also be able to give you a pre-approval letter, which will be important to have when you are ready to make an offer.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Gearing up for Open House Sunday

If you love going to Open Houses, just to browse. That's great. As a Realtor, I love visitors, even if they are "just looking".

A great resource to search for open houses across the Cincinnati area is Just click on the open house tab and you can search for open houses by location. Even other brokers open houses are listed. That's one stop shopping!

If you want to visit me, tomorrow I'll be at an open house at my listing 3873 Thorngate in Mason. Cute 2 BR 2 BA condo. Sellers are motivated. There are 32 other open houses in Mason on Sunday. Please let me know if you came because you saw it on this blog!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Looking for the Perfect Home

What a beautiful day to show homes in the Mason and Kings Mills area. I showed 8 homes in the area today in the $300K-$400K price range.

When looking at homes with a Realtor, it's important to take good notes because after about 3 or 4 homes the details start to get fuzzy.

A Realtor can show any property, listed by any broker. It's also important to only work with one Realtor instead of hopping from one listing agent to another.

The advantages of working with one Realtor:

1. The Realtor gets to know a buyer's wants and needs

2. Saves time - Realtor can schedule several showings in one day

3. Realtors work on commission only. A good Realtor will work hard for their client because their commission depends on it!
Michelle Sloan, Sibcy Cline Realtor will help you find the perfect home.