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Off the Hill - Cincinnati's Playhouse goes to the Burbs

by The Cincinnati Team

Dis/Troy is the latest of the shows that the Playhouse interns are taking to community centers and schools throughout the region.  This particular program is recommended for youth ages 10 and up.

Homer's Iliad comes to life for the audience with dramatic fight scenes and comedy from the Greek Gods.  Even you may understand the Iliad on a level you missed in high school.  I certainly did!

Saturday night I went to the Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church for the first District A presentation of the show (District A will be sponsoring it again on February 19th at Kennedy Heights Presbyterian Church).  It was standing room only! The actors were indeed full of life.  They made the Iliad come to life, with each actor playing multiple parts. You'll love it.

If you have younger children, plan on attending for this Spring's show, Lily's Purple Plastic Purse. 

You can catch the show everywhere from Ft. Thomas to Amberley, Fairfield to Anderson Township, Clifton to Covington, Silverton to Wyoming, or Mariemont to Pleasant Ridge.  In other words, it is all over town!  Check out the Playhouse website for dates and times and location closest to you.  The show runs from through February 19th.

Cincinnati Housing Affordablility Rankings Released

by The Cincinnati Team

Home Affordability Rankings Released                             
Good News Cincinnati Buyers...more that 72 percent of homes sold between April-June, 2010 were affordable to families earning the national median income.  This data tracked by the National Association of Home Builders indicates that this is the second highest reading in the survey's history.

Be glad you don't live in the highest priced areas...10 out of 13 of which are located in California.  The highest markets are in New York City, White Plains, NY and Wayne, NJ. There, only 20% of homes are affordable to families eaning the local median income. The lowest priced markets are Monroe, MI; Bay City,MI; Mansfield, OH; Springfield, OH and Syracruse, NY.

You may be wondering how they determine these numbers.  The home affordability index is calculated based on the combination of home prices and mortgage rates.  And, of course, it makes your home more affordable.

Cincinnati is especially affordable as well.  We currently rank 46th nationally.  88.4% of our homes are considered "affordable"...meaning that the family earning the median income can afford to buy a home.

Cincinnati Golf Show - Jan 14-16

by The Cincinnati Team

You probably won't be yelling "Fore!" on the golf course this month, but you can get your golfing fix at Duke Energy Cincinnati Convention Center, 535 Elm Street downtown.  Billed as a "golfing extravaganza," the event features golf experts, deals on equipment and clothing (does that mean if you dress the part you will be a better golfer?), and teaching classes/golf swing evaluations. 

Purchase your ticket at Krogers with your Krogers Plus card and save $3 on the $11 admission price.  Have fun!

Home Maintenance Checklist for Cincinnati's Winter

by The Cincinnati Team
Winter is one of our favorite times of the year! It's often easy to overlook your home's needs with so much going on. Here is a simple checklist of items that can save you money through the winter.Cincinnati Home Maintenance in Winter
  • Clean gutters and downspouts to prevent ice dams.
  • Check for leaks and drafts around the house. Replace weather stripping and re-caulk around doors and windows. Drafty doors and windows will cool off the house and cost you money in heating bills.
  • Inspect your attic's insulation. Heat rises so adding good insulation can keep the heat from escaping.
  • Check your heating system. Sometimes something as easy as replacing your filter or having simple maintenance done can save on heating costs.
  • Consider changing from standard light bulbs to energy saving bulbs. Winter uses a lot of your electricity, so even saving a little here and there will help.

When you live in a cold climate, take this opportunity to inspect your home systems. You'll be money ahead in the long run!

Cincinnati Named one of 10 Real Estate Markets with Greatest Potential for Price Appreciation
A North Carolina firm, Local Market Monitor, recently evaluated real estate markets with over 200,000 residents.  They were measuring the potential for price appreciation for conservative investors. It looked to identify the best metros where prices are stabilizing.  It also looked at markets that are still falling and that were dangerous for conservative investors.

Covering over 300 housing markets throughout the U.S., Local Market Monitor provides the complete home price forecast you need to evaluate risk for your real estate portfolio. Whether you are looking to invest, sell or just manage your current portfolio, Local Market Monitor makes it easy to identify which housing markets are over or under valued and what is projected to happen to home prices over the next 12 months to 3 years.

Cincinnati was named number 8 in their evaluations of Most Promising Areas for Conservative Investors.  The top city was Tulsa, Oklahoma, followed by Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, California. Of the top 10 most dangerous areas for investment, 6 cities were in Florida.Cincinnati, Ohio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Already Knew that Hyde Park was GREAT!

by The Cincinnati Team

The American Planning Association named Hyde Park one of its 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2010 as part of its Great Places in America Program. The organization is dedicated to promoting good community planning.  Hyde Park is recognized for its suburbanesque urban area with a great balance of residential and commercial. 

"The historic architecture makes it unique and allows it to stand out from other areas in the city," according to Tre Jordan, a research associate with the organization. Other factors that helped Hyde Park receive the honor were the value its residents place on education, the planning by the city that helped shape the area and the active nature of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Council.
Residents love the atmosphere created by living in the neighborhood.  Just drive through the area and you see bikers, joggers, walkers, dogs, a picturesque and vibrant Square, stately  homes, multiple restaurants and great shopping.Hyde Park, Ohio

Since the inception of the Great Places in America program, the Association has honored 40 neighborhoods, 40 streets and 30 public spaces.   Great job, Hyde Park!

 

 

 

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