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By Carol Meadows | Agent in Cincinnati, OH
  • Cincinnati Real Estate Stats

    Posted Under: General Area in Cincinnati, Market Conditions in Cincinnati  |  November 2, 2010 12:10 PM  |  1,915 views  |  1 comment

    Here are the latest real estate statistics for Hamilton, Butler, Warren, and Clermont counties. The information is current and through October 31st, 2010. Cincinnati Real Estate Statistics for the month of November will be available on December 1st.

    • The Median price data set shows the monthly median sales price dating back two years, which makes spotting a trend very simple. Remember, the median price is the middle figure in a set of numbers, not the average (mean) price.  Also, the number of units is labeled on top of each bar for a better representation.
    • The second data set reveals the current supply and demand curve.
    • The last data set shows the Months Supply of Inventory currently available on the market.  The Months Supply figure is derived using the average sales per month over the last year and dividing the total inventory by this figure.

    November 2010 Median Price

    November 2010 Supply & Demand

    November 2010 Months Supply of Inventory

     

    If you're really interested in understanding the current status of the Cincinnati neighborhoods markets, using the features of the Neighborhood Market Snapshot, you can see exactly what's going on in your neighborhood.

    The easy-to-read map and charts help you gauge market trends, find out what sold most recently and for how much, and understand how homes compete on price with other properties selling in the area. You can also view homes for sale with photos to better assess the market conditions!

    We know this is hard to visualize. That's why we've created Hyde Park's Market Snapshot for you to view as a sample. This is current market data for Hyde Park.

    You'll notice only 10 properties appear on the map at first. However, if you click on any of the properties in the list below the map, every property will appear in its proper location on the map!

    Don't hesitate to call us with any questions about either the Cincinnati Market Statistics or specific questions about the Market Snapshot.  Carol Meadows 513.766.3878.

  • 13 Things Your Burglar Won't Tell You

    Posted Under: Crime & Safety in Cincinnati  |  October 19, 2010 8:57 AM  |  1,786 views  |  No comments
    Here are some tips about things a burglar definitely won't tell you.  Be sure to read this.  It could save you thousands of dollars.  13 Things Your Burglar Won't Tell You
  • Just Listed: 1818 Wheatfield Way, Loveland, Ohio

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Cincinnati  |  February 2, 2010 9:30 AM  |  1,851 views  |  No comments
    Check out our new Property Detail page on our blog about 1818 Wheatfield Way in Loveland, Ohio.  It's a wonderful house!

    Also check out our full blog at www.MeadowsTeam.com
  • Extend the Life of Appliances

    Posted Under: Going Green in Cincinnati  |  February 1, 2010 8:29 AM  |  1,884 views  |  No comments

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    Courtesy of Tom & Tracey Capuano with Pillar to Post Home Inspections: 

    These tips reveal how you can get more years out of your oven and delay the need to replace a little longer.

    Average Life Span: Gas -17 Years, Electric - 15 years

    Protect the control panel

    • Most stoves made in the last 15 years break down too soon due to the control panel. Why? Because the panel is behind the back burners which causes it to overheat. To nix this problem heat large pots on the front burners only. Extend stove life: 3 years

    Prevent cracks

    • If your stove has radiant or halogen burners, always place a pot on the burner before you turn it on. A cold pot coming in contact with a hot burner can crack the stove top, requiring a costly repair.

    Wipe up spills fast

    • Leaving splattered food or grease inside an oven significantly boosts the heat level, adding extra stress to the unit's mechanical and electronic components, which shortens its life span. Extend stove life: 3 -5 years.

    Tom & Tracey Capuano and Our Entire Service Team of Certified Inspectors, State Licensed Radon Tester and Office Staff Proudly Serving You and Your Clients For Over 10 years. 513.771.6689

    Home Inspections * Termite Inspections * Radon Tests * Mold Screen Testing

  • Insulating Your Basement

    Posted Under: Remodel & Renovate in Cincinnati  |  February 1, 2010 8:26 AM  |  1,904 views  |  1 comment

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    Courtesy of Tom & Tracey Capuano with Pillar to Post Home Inspections:

    The basement is usually the last place people think to insulate, yet the basement can account for up to 1/3 of heat loss in a home. Upgrading basement insulation can significantly cut down on energy use. It also creates a comfortable space - a boon to people who wish to extend their recreation and living space into the basement. The perfect time to consider insulating the basement is during a renovation.

    Deal with dampness first - Most experts agree that you should deal with any dampness issues before insulating the basement from the interior.

    Seek out knowledgeable contractors - Do not simply follow traditional conventions. Significant advances in the best techniques for insulating basements mean better results.

    Fix basement windows - One of the most effective strategies for improving the thermal efficiency of your home is to seal air leaks. Seal and weather strip basement windows, which are often neglected.

    Where Should the Insulation Go?

    From a building-science point-of-view, it is better to insulate the outside of the foundation. From a practicality point-of-view, however, insulation is easier to apply from the inside, especially if done while renovating.

    Here are the pros and cons of exterior versus interior insulation:

    Exterior Pros

    • You can address any foundation water issues at the same time.
    • Insulation will not take up interior basement space.
    • The foundation itself will be warm (at the interior temperature), reducing condensation issues.
    • The foundation stays dry inside, reducing or eliminating mold and mildew.
    Exterior Cons
    • Disruptive and expensive: you have to dig soil to get at the foundation.
    • The above-grade portion of the foundation insulation is difficult to finish and protect. Rigid-foam insulation is the most common exterior insulation material, most often finished with stucco, a fragile finish that gets damaged from impact of lawn tools, etc. Possible fix: use exterior insulation for the below-grade part of the exterior and then insulate the above-grade part from the inside.
    Interior Pros
    • Much easier to install and less expensive than exterior insulation.
    • Does not disrupt landscaping.
    • Can be done while renovating the basement.
    Interior Cons
    • Foundation wall will be at exterior temperature (cold), making it prone to condensation. Possible fix: foam-based insulation that is tightly sealed to the foundation wall is a good way to control air leakage from the house to the foundation wall surface.
    • Likely migration of moisture into the finished wall due to seepage from outside and from capillary action that draws moisture up from the ground through the footing.
    • Any moisture that gets into the wall system from the two mechanisms above does not dry readily, making the wall prone to mold.

    Tom & Tracey Capuano and Our Entire Service Team of Certified Inspectors, State Licensed Radon Tester and Office Staff Proudly Serving You and Your Clients For Over 10 years. 513.771.6689

    Home Inspections * Termite Inspections * Radon Tests * Mold Screen Testing

  • Finding & Fixing Drafts & Leaks in Your Home

    Posted Under: Remodel & Renovate in Cincinnati  |  February 1, 2010 8:23 AM  |  2,136 views  |  1 comment

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    Courtesy of Tom & Tracey Capuano with Pillar to Post Home Inspections:  

    Here are some simple fixes that can cut your energy usage - and bills - by up to 40%!

    Electrical Outlets

    • Look at all exterior wall outlets by unscrewing the plates and peaking underneath. If there's no insulation, they're likely letting in cold air. Head to the hardware store. Pick up foam insulation specially made for outlets. Just cut to size, insert in the outlet and re-cover. 
    1. Windows
      • Pull back any curtains or blinds, then hold a lit candle near the window frame. Any flickering of the flame is a sign of draft. Calk away any leaks. There's no need to be an expert handyman or buy tools you'll hardly use. Instead use rope caulk (available in hardware stores). It comes in cords, and all you need to do is unroll and press in place around window edges.
    2. Doors
      • Wait until nighttime, shut off your interior lights, head outside and have a helper inside shine a flashlight around the door frame. See a lot of light? You've got a leak. To cut down on drafts simply fill old tube socks with uncooked rice, tie the end off with some string and rest against the bottom of the door. 
    3. Have a wider entrance or sliding door?
      • Cut off one leg from an old pair of pants, stuff with the remaining fabric, tie both ends shut and place it at the bottom of the door. For the sides, buy some inexpensive foam tape weather-stripping: simply apply the adhesive backing to the inside of the doorjamb and put a stop to leaks in seconds.
    4. Tom & Tracey Capuano and Our Entire Service Team of Certified Inspectors, State Licensed Radon Tester and Office Staff Proudly Serving You and Your Clients For Over 10 years. 513.771.6689

      Home Inspections * Termite Inspections * Radon Tests * Mold Screen Testing

  • March is coming! It's nearly time for the Residents to come looking for housing!

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Cincinnati  |  January 19, 2010 8:26 PM  |  1,863 views  |  No comments
    Clifton is the in place for Residents who are coming to the hospitals at the University for their Residency or Fellowship!  They can be close, find something with charm within walking distance
    of a business district with cafes and a great movie theatre. Not that they will have any time for that. Most Residents move into their home and never again see it in daylight. Landlords love residents and fellows because they are hardly ever home and when they are, they are asleep!

    But we want these highly trained young people to stay in Cincinnati, to bring expertise to our city and to enjoy the affordable housing and lifestyle. Where else can to see Ballet, and hear our great Opera company and top ten Symphony Orchestra for such affordable prices, and easy parking for next to nothing.

    It is easy to sell Cincinnati! We're looking forward to a new crop of budding Doctors. Call us, we'll help you with a great place to lease or to buy!
    The Carol Meadows Team
    www.MeadowsTeam.com
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