Thursday, January 29, 2009

FREE Home Search

Don't be lured to submit your personal information just to get information about active real estate listings. Check out to look at all active listings in the Cincinnati, Ohio area.

Then check out for contact information for one of the best Realtor's in the northern Cincinnati area.

When you're ready, contact Michelle Sloan, Sibcy Cline Realtor. You'll be glad you did!

Mason Foreclosures Available

Did you know there are at least 21 properties for sale in the Mason, Ohio area that are bank-owned foreclosures or subject to short sale.? Are you interested in purchasing a home for 10% below market value? Call Michelle Sloan at 513-600-5277 and tell her you want a private tour of Mason foreclosures.

Short Sale for Sellers

Many homeowners are struggling to make their mortgage payments or have stopped making payments altogether. What are you waiting for? Foreclosure? Bankruptcy?

Have you considered a short sale?

1. First, talk to your lender to see if refinancing is an option. Many lenders would rather work directly with homeowners rather than go through the short sale or foreclosure process.

2. Talk to a Realtor and get your home on the market as soon as possible. The sale can be contingent on a short sale, which means the lender accepts less than what is owed on the property.

3. The seller/homeowner will be required to provide a number of forms to the lender prior to accepting a short sale including: hardship letter explaining why a short sale is requested, income and bank statements.

How much is a short sale?

The bank will be paying out of pocket for the realtor's commission and the net loss. If someone approaches you promising a short sale service with an up front fee, do not sign with them. You shouldn't have to pay for those services. The commission is paid to the Realtor as part of the closing costs approved by the bank.

For more information about short sales contact a Realtor in your area or check out

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Great Resource

Sloan Sells Homes is a resource for many home-related issues. If you need carpets or tile and grout cleaned call Michelle Sloan for a great recommendation. If you need a home inspector, mortgage broker or home insurance quote, Michelle can help.

Another great resource is Sibcy Cline Home Services. It's a free referral program. It offers dozens of home-related products and services in the Cincinnati area. Call 1-888-969-9944 or click on this link and click on Home Services for more info.

When you sign up, make sure you tell the counselor you heard about this great service from Michelle Sloan, Realtor with Sibcy Cline's Northeast office.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Getting Ready to Sell

When is the best time to put your home on the market in the spring?

Timing is key. Sooner is always better to beat the competition. Right now buyers are starting to look. If your home is not on the market, they will never see it for consideration.

My best advice is to get your home on the market before the end of February. There may not be a flood of showings at first, but buyers who are looking now are usually serious.

Condition of the home is also critical.

Sloan Sells Homes top 5 - Getting Ready to Sell tips.

1. Call Michelle Sloan at 513-600-5277 for a FREE Competitive Market Analysis. This will give sellers a good idea what your home will sell for based on the current market conditions.


3. Clear Clutter.

4. Make Repairs.

5. Curb Appeal. Look at your home from the street. Trim bushes. Add fresh mulch. Paint front door.

There is much more a seller can do. Trust Michelle Sloan for personal advice to get the highest price for your home.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Mason Community Center

The Mason Community Center is one of the jewels of the community. It offers great programs for kids and adults alike. It even houses a Senior Center called The Bridge that offers classes and a relaxing environment for the 55+ crowd. For more information:

Monday Mason Stats

There are 530 active listings in the Mason/Deerfield twp area. The lowest priced property for sale is a condo listed at $61K. The highest priced property is on Maxwell Dr in Mason, listed for $2,690,000.

As a Realtor, I have the ability to research sales of each property and neighborhood in the Cincinnati market. I can show and sell any listing regardless of the agent/broker who has listed the property.

Call Michelle Sloan at 513-600-5277, for a personal viewing of any property currently on the market.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Company Props

Cincinnati Family Magazine readers voted Sibcy Cline Realtors "Best Real Estate Agency" for the 2nd year in a row in its Dec.'08 issue. There really IS a difference!


This blog is intended to be a resource for people living in the Mason, Ohio area. As a Realtor, I am a resource for residents. I will provide information about the community as well as important real estate advice. If you have any questions you would like answered on this blog, please send me an email at and I will respond asap.

Michelle Sloan, Realtor
Sales Vice President, Sibcy Cline