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5 Reasons Cincinnati is a Perfect Home for You

Guest Post by: Abigail Golder

Cincinnati, the 3rd largest city in Ohio is located directly across the river from Covington, Ky. and is known for its incredible chili, diehard baseball and basketball fans, huge Oktoberfest celebration and sloping riverfront skyline. As one of the lesser known cities in the United States, Cincinnati still espouses itself to be affordable and friendly to newcomers in ways that more established cities simply aren’t. This makes it a great choice for folks looking to put down roots in a new area without the financial headache or cold shoulder of the locals. It might not be the header of conversations like New York or Chicago, but still has plenty to offer for those looking for good beer, great architecture and amazing people.

Climate of Cincinnati

Cincinnati has four full seasons. During the summertime, heat swells to an average 87 degrees Fahrenheit, while the winter highs hover between the low 40s and mid 50s. Unlike many other places in the Midwest, Cincinnati is located inside of a valley, trapping weather inside. When it’s hot it feels hot for days and when it snows, it stays on the ground long enough to get out and enjoy it. Mild weather in between gives Cincinnatians plenty of options for outdoor activities.

Public Schools in Cincinnati

The Cincinnati Public School System allows for open enrollment. This means students are welcome to attend a school outside of their district if space is available. This is great for families moving to the area, and makes the difficult decision of enrolling your child into school easier because you don’t have to find housing within the same district line as your ideal school.  The public school system in Cincinnati also offers college prep courses, post-secondary enrollment options and offers scholarships to families with students who would benefit from one-on-one mentorship. There are also plenty of private school options, as Hamilton County ranks #2 in the country (among the 100 largest counties in the nation) in number of private school attendees.

Cost of Living in Cincinnati

The cost of living in Cincinnati is approximately 8% lower than the national average. Housing is especially cheap for residents, coming in at 25% below the national average. This said, home values are rising, which is a good thing for people thinking about buying a home here.  The median list price for a Cincinnati home is about $159,500, much less than the national median, which is about $253,500. It’s easy to see why people are considering buying in Cincinnati and with that market rising, there’s no better time to buy. Other living costs like groceries, health care and utilities are also below the national average.

Attractions in Cincinnati  

There’s no end to the list of things to do in Cincinnati. Residents would recommend an afternoon spent cheering on the Bengals at the Paul Brown stadium. The gigantic riverfront development has 65,535 seats on three levels, including 7,600 club seats and 114 private suites. If football isn’t your scene, we also boast the first all-professional baseball team. To live in Cincinnati is to live for baseball season and trips to the Great American Ballpark on The Banks of the Ohio River. Spending time in Cincinnati is easy and enjoyable, whether you decide to pet a shark at the Newport Aquarium, light something on fire at the Museum Center at Union Terminal, strap yourself in and fly over the crowd at King’s Island, or enjoy a night of dancing and a glass of wine at the Riverbend Music Center, you’ll never get bored exploring the city. If you’re looking for attractions more off-the-beaten-path, you can explore the city’s abandoned subway system, take a stroll around the gorgeous Spring Grove cemetery, or go check out the Capitoline Wolf statue, gifted to the city by an Italian dictator in the1930s. If you’re feeling even more courageous, go try one of the 41 local breweries, after taking a walk along the Brewing Heritage Trail.

Job Prospects

While it’s ideal to have a job before making a move, with Cincinnati having a slightly below average unemployment rate compared to the rest of the United States, Cincinnati has plenty to offer if you don’t. The city’s traditional strength lies in advanced manufacturing and engineering, but has recently expanded to include areas such energy, bio-health, consumer products, brand development and information technology. Known worldwide for Procter and Gamble soap products and the Kroger grocery chain, the city makes for an easier job search than some of its larger counterparts.

Outdoor Adventures near Cincinnati

Over the weekend, pack up the car and drive about an hour and a half east of Cincinnati for a breathe of fresh air. The magnificent, 16,000-acre wildlife reserve, known for its eleven unique preserves including: Ohio Brush Creek, Cedar Falls, The Wilderness, Buzzardroost Rock, Red Rock, Lynx Prairie, Cave Hollow, Hanging Prairie, Germany Hill Prairie, Abner Hollow and the Rieveschl Preserves, makes for a perfect weekend trip to get away from bustling city life. The area is speckled with hiking trails, nature walks, exhibits, and educational resources for people hoping to learn more about Appalachia near the ‘edge of Appalachia’ itself.

Whether you’re being transferred for work or just ready to move some place new, Cincinnati has plenty to offer for young professionals and families alike. The low cost of living will allow for a little extra money in your pocket to enjoy all of the activities and attractions the city has to offer. One thing is certain; Cincinnati has plenty to explore and you’re sure to find a hidden gem around every corner.

Abigail is a senior studying journalism at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. She plans to graduate in May 2018 from the Cronkite School and Barrett, The Honors College. Originally from Colorado, Abigail grew up in a small town called Montrose and she still spends much of her free time in the mountains, hiking and skiing.

Top Real Estate Agent Recognized at Circle of Excellence: Finn Team


Finn Team of Coldwell Banker West Shell, were recognized by the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors on Thursday, January 12, 2017 for their achievement in home sales.

The prestigious “Circle of Excellence” Award was earned for their 2016 home sales volume.  They reached the elite 13th Level, according to Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors, which puts them in the top 5 out of over 5,000 agents. They are passionate about what they do, and have been successfully selling homes in Cincinnati for over 23 years.  Rick and Holly are honored to be associated with Coldwell Banker which is the leading real estate organization in North America, and is know for the excellence and professionalism in the industry.

Coldwell Banker West Shell provides them with the powerful global resources of an international organization, which they combine with their focus and expertise serving the needs of our local communities.  They are dedicated and passionate about Cincinnati Real Estate, and are also licensed in Northern Kentucky.  Their market knowledge and enthusiasm allow them to excel in today’s evolving real estate market.

To find out more, visit or you can find their business page on Facebook.


Open House

Sunday, September 11, 2-3:30pm
1007 Omar Place, Cincinnati, OH 45208


Location and style highlight this English Tudor, nested in sought-out Mt. Lookout neighborhood, walking distance from Kilgour Schools. Location and style define this one!

Sit and enjoy a Sunday morning coffee on the cozy, covered front porch and paver stone patio, or walk down to Mt. Lookout Square and enjoy the square’s scene and sights!

Enjoy hardwood floors, natural woodwork, arched doorways, tall ceilings and a Rookwood wood burning fireplace. The sleek eat-in kitchen offers expansive granite counters, stainless steel appliances and tile floor. Hi-efficiency Lennox furnace and A/C ’13 with a two-car garage.

Conveniently located close to Hyde Park Square, Ault Park, and Alms Park, and just a hop, skip and jump from downtown. Don’t pass this one up!

Come see us Sunday for more information and to see this beauty firsthand!

As always, call or email us with any questions or for showings for this (or any other) home!

Finn Team, Coldwell Banker West Shell

513-533-8081   |   |

Coming on the Market Soon in Oakley!

Join us for an open house this Thursday, February 18th from 4:00-6:00pm.  Everyone is welcome!  We will be serving coffee/hot chocolate from Redtree Art Gallery and Coffee Shop and sweets from Aglamesis.

The home is located at 3807 Drake Avenue in Oakley will hit the Multiple Listing Service on Wednesday, February 17th.  It will be available for showings starting on the February 18th.


3807 Drake Avenue  Cincinnati, OH 45209

3 Bedroom  |  1 Full/1 Half Bath


Prime location in Oakley!  Ideal open floor plan offers space and style.  Move right into this renovated home, and enjoy your walkable lifestyle!  The kitchen is open with exposed brick, peninsula seating, hardwood floors, wood cabinetry, quartz counters, stainless steel appliances, and walkout to patio.  Very deep lot for the area!  Custom paver patio, professional landscaping, flat yard, two storage sheds, privacy fence, and plenty of driveway parking.  Powder room on first floor, remodeled full bath on second floor.  Three bedrooms on second floor, plus family room on third floor.  Master Bedroom with large walk-in closet!  Great curb appeal with the paver stone walkway, professional landscaping, and large covered front porch with porch swing.  Great spot to relax this Spring!  Step into the welcoming foyer, and notice some of the many features…crown molding, replacement windows, custom wood blinds, high ceilings, hardwood floors, high efficiency heating/central air.  New roof 2015, New hot water heater 2015, Exterior painted 2015.  Move right in!

View more information here

Contact us if you are searching for a Cincinnati realtor that specializes in Oakley, Hyde Park, Mount Lookout:   |   513-560-6513


Businesses Support Cincinnati Public School Silent Auction

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The amazing success of Kilgour School’s annual Silent Auction event over the years inspired organizers to find a larger venue this year.  Kilgour PTA hosted its annual fundraiser at The Center, formerly the Contemporary Arts Center, 115 E. Fifth St. on Nov. 13 with Village Pantry Catering.

The 2015 Kilgour Silent Auction was a huge success with hundreds of people in attendance and over 400 silent auction items!  Thank you to all of the businesses that donated items to the event.  Your donation is making a difference in the education of many children!  Also, thank you to the major sponsors for the year which include:  Lifetime Financial Growth, Sea of Smiles, Zimmer Heating and Cooling, Redtree Art Gallery & Coffee Shop, Sterling Homes, Camp Kooch-I-Ching, Finn Team with Coldwell Banker, and Barron Peck Bennie & Schlemmer.

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Rick and Holly Finn, with the Finn Team at Coldwell Banker, understand that having great public school options is an important factor for real estate values in a neighborhood.  The Finn Team is happy to support Kilgour, which provides an excellent education for children in the City of Cincinnati.

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Contact us if you would like to donate anything to the event in 2016, or if you have a public school fundraiser in need of sponsorships for the 2016 year.

Finn Team   |   513.560.6513   |


Finn Team says “Thank You” to our Fourth of July Sponsors!

We have wonderful mortgage and inspection partners who not only provide great service to our clients, but also became sponsors for the 2014 Ault Park Fireworks!  This is a wonderful community event in Cincinnati that is free to the public and could only happen with the help of generous sponsors which include:

Mike Zipfel:  Zipfel Mortgage Group
Tony Autullo:  Annie Mac Home Mortgage
Rob Wetterstroem:  American Verified Home Inspections
Joe Bianco:  Eagle Savings Bank
Dino Re:  First Financial Bank

The Fourth of July Fireworks event at Ault Park starts at 6pm with food and drinks.  Live Music at 7:30pm, and Rozzi’s fireworks begin at 10pm.  Join us on the 4th!

For more information, contact:
Holly Finn