Real Estate

Brick Ranch w private yard in Fort Mitchell

20 Thompson Avenue, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017

2 Beds | 1 Full Bath | 1 Partial Bath | 0.1722 Acres | 1 Car Garage | $174,900

This all brick ranch home has a covered front porch, attached garage (with door opener) with hardwood floors, eat-in kitchen and more!

The first thing you notice when you walk up to 20 Thompson is the great yard and covered porch! Walk in and enjoy the hardwood floors and fireplace in the living area. Continue on into the charming dining room, then into the spacious, equipped eat-in kitchen.

The home boasts two bedrooms, with the possibility of a third bedroom or study in the finished lower level.

Walk to Beechwood school, restaurants, parks, and convenient access to the highway!

Give us a call at 513.533.8081 so we can introduce you to your new home!



(Plus ONE LAST opportunity to own a part of Vivian Lofts!)

Stop by for hot dogs, beer, and more!

For every person in attendance, The Finn Team will donate $5 to Hurricane Relief funds in Texas and Florida to benefit the victims of these recent storms, so to do your part, you just have to SHOW UP!  

(Vivian Lofts’ developer just agreed to MATCH these, and all other donations!)

Three Essential Things to Include in Your Comprehensive Life Plan

Jackie Waters, a client and friend, recently went through the probate process after her mother-in-law passed away, and quickly realized she and her husband hadn’t done enough to plan for the future.

Sure, we have a retirement plan and a will, but I realized I wasn’t clear on whether our home would be passed on to our children if something were to happen to us. I also wondered when my husband and I should think about selling our home. We love it, but it will be hard for us to manage as we age. So, I did tons of research, and the more I learned, the better I felt.

We invited her to share some of her insight after wading the rough waters of the probate process and life planning. We hope you enjoy!

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Guest Post By: Jackie Waters

It’s never too early to begin developing a comprehensive life plan that takes into account the safety (both financial and physical) of you and your family from the present to the future. Here are a few essential items that must be in any good life plan.

Financial considerations for your children

“Providing sufficient financial resources for your children’s care is your responsibility. And, as a responsible parent, you must take steps to protect what your children will receive … whether it’s through life insurance, savings or some other means,” says one CPA.

It’s vital to establish savings for the unfortunate event of your death and to make sure that your property is included in any sort of transfer. This can be done through trusts, regular savings or investment accounts, or through specific types of accounts like a 529 plan for college savings.

Disaster Preparations

Any good life plan won’t just think about financials, but will also cover some of the great curve balls life throws at you. One such curve ball some neglect to include in their life plan is the threat of a disaster, and how you must prepare your home for that unlikely (but often not too unlikely) event.

“Emergency preparedness is not only for Californians, Midwesterners and Gulf Coast residents. Most communities may be impacted by several types of hazards during a lifetime,” notes

You should research your geographic area and make preparations based on what sort of disaster is the most likely to affect you. Fire, of course, is a threat to anyone with a home. Check here for great tips of home fire preparedness. When it comes to natural disasters, you may need to devote more planning toward storms and tornadoes, as opposed to hurricanes, if you live in one particular area and vice versa for another location. If you or a member of your family suffers from a disability like a visual impairment, special preparations may need to be made.

Smart investments

It’s hard – often downright impossible – to build a nest egg for retirement without making smart, sound investments. Investing in a Roth IRA, taking advantage of your employer’s 401(k) matching program, and putting some savings in a conservative investment fund are ways to be smart about letting your funds make money for you in the future.

Investing in real estate is another smart way to build your nest egg, but be careful. Many think that investing in real estate is easier than playing the stock market, and often find themselves in for a rude awakening. Click here for more information on real estate investment opportunities in your area. (Editor Note: Make sure you have a good real estate agent to walk you through this  sometimes difficult process!)

“Real estate investing really can be as conceptually simple as playing monopoly when you understand the basic factors of the investment, economics, and risk … However, keep in mind that ‘simple’ doesn’t mean ‘easy’. If you make a mistake, consequences can range from minor inconveniences to major disasters,” notes The Balance.

If you’re looking to get into real estate, first you need to understand the more than half a dozen different types of real estate investment strategies. For more information on residential real estate, commercial real estate, real estate investment trusts, and more, check here. (Editor Note: Or ask us.)

Your comprehensive life plan will need to include more than investments, nest eggs, college funds, and disaster prep, but any respectable life plan will put a heavy focus on these. Before beginning any life plan, first take some time to really think about what you want in life – 5, 10, 20, and 50 years down the road. Without a clear idea of your dreams and desires, your life plan will be too generic.

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Taste of OTR Living featuring Vivian Lofts!

This Saturday, August 26th, from 11am until 9pm, Tender Mercies is continuing its newest tradition, with the 5th Annual Taste of OTR, featuring tastings every 60  minutes, along with local brews and local bands! The event will benefit over 150 adults with mental illness, who are recovering from the trauma of homelessness.

The Taste of OTR features restaurants, food trucks and retailers, all of whom contribute to making OTR the rich cultural center of the Queen City. The event will also include a variety of local breweries, including MadTree, Fifty West, Braxton, Moerlein, Rhinegeist, Taft’s Ale House and more.

In conjunction with the Taste of OTR, Coldwell Banker West Shell’s Metro Office, along with the Finn Team, will host Taste of OTR Living from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the day of the event. With over 30 units open to tour, visitors will get a fresh insight into the newest “City Living” homes on the market in the neighborhood.

Along this tour, just a block down from the Coldwell Banker offices, you’ll find Rick Finn and the Finn Team, providing tours of Vivian Lofts, some of OTR’s most interesting condos for sale. With local touches, and vintage pieces, with all the luxury you’ve come to expect, Vivian Lofts can provide anything from a downtown way-of-life, a weekend home or side income as a rental or Air BnB. Tourgoers are encouraged to stop by 1420 Elm Street and visit Rick at Vivian Lofts. Also, make sure you stop by the Coldwell Banker Metro Office at 1400 Elm (across from Washington Park) to receive a map of all homes on the tour.

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August Home Checklist

Monthly home checklists are updated every year

With the transition from summer travels to the beginning of a new school year (and maybe some back-to-work blues), August can feel like a sudden downshift from the fun of vacation. Stretch out these last days of summer by squeezing in a few more home projects, savoring simple pleasures and, when the time comes, cleaning up the beach toys and preparing the house for a busy fall. Pick from these 13 to-dos to create your perfect August plan.


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PRICE REDUCTION on contemporary Mount Lookout home!

2897 Alpine Terrace, Cincinnati, OH 45208

5 Bedrooms  |  4.5 Baths  |  2 Car Garage


An inspiring contemporary home built in 1969, combining architectural details with modern updates.  Located in one of Cincinnati’s most coveted neighborhoods; this luxury home that has it all! Featuring four levels, with elevator access to each.  Truly a unique property with numerous indoor and outdoor living areas.  The original owner spent over a million dollars to completely renovate the home in 2008.  Generous lot size offers plenty of options for outdoor activities.  Situated in a vibrant and highly desirable community, just 10 minutes to downtown Cincinnati.


  • Complete $1 million renovation in 2008.
  • 5,500 square feet of living space.
  • Contemporary home designed by local architect, Robert H. Springer in 1969.
  • Elevator
  • Over half acre lot (0.6 acres).
  • 2 Wood burning fireplaces.
  • Zoned HVAC system for high efficiency (2 furnaces/2 central air).
  • First Floor Master Suite.
  • 5 Bedrooms plus Study.
  • Hardwood floors, closet organizers, built-ins, surround sound, plenty of storage.
  • Screened in patio with built-in gas grill.
  • Gourmet kitchen includes: vaulted ceilings, skylight, huge island with Wolf cooktop & electronic downdraft system, Double oven, built-in refrigerator, secondary sink, bar.
  • First Floor Master Suite has walk-in closet, luxury master bath with double shower head, large vanity area.

Call us today so we can schedule a private showing!


Move-in Ready Bridgetown Ranch

3316 Starhaven Trail
3 Beds | 2.5 Baths | 2-Car Garage

This updated brick ranch with no HOA fees boasts an open floor plan with vaulted ceilings, skylights, imported Italian tile, hardwood floors, built-ins, first floor master suite and a new roof (2016)! The completely finished lower level was updated with new carpet in 2016 and has a gas fireplace and walk-out to a wooded, level rear yard.

Enjoy the summer on the tiered deck and rear patio in this Bridgetown beauty! Call us today for a private showing! 513-533-8081

Urban lofts in OTR; one block from Washington Park!

All units are one bedroom, 1.5 bath.

1A $264,900 650 sq ft  $130/month  Available
1B $309,900 800 sq ft  $154/month  Available
2A $264,900 650 sq ft  $130/month  Available
2B $309,900 800 sq ft  $154/month  Available
3A $264,900  650 sq ft   $130/month  Available
3B $309,900  800 sq ft   $154/month  PENDING
4A $274,900  650 sq ft   $130/month  Available
4B $309,900  900 sq ft   $154/month  Available

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Originally built in 1890, Vivian Lofts has just been revamped by 1422 Elm, LLC into chic loft space. This 4-story stone building is a contributing structure in the OTR landscape. The developer had the vision and passion to maintain historic elements, while adding all of the modern features buyers are looking for. He wanted to create a product that stood out from the rest of the condos downtown by integrating elements from Cincinnati’s history into each nook and cranny. The design intent for this building was to save the important architectural features, such as plaster walls, winding wood staircase, exposed masonry, stone facade, bay windows, and decorative detailing. The developer went above and beyond to reclaim bits of Cincinnati history to add to the already unique character of Vivian Lofts. To accomplish this, the developer brought in barrister cabinets, wooden mantles, newel posts in kitchen, and more.



Private Retreat in the Heart of Mt Lookout!

1254 Herschel Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208
4 Beds | 3 Full Baths | 2-Car Garage

What does a professionally landscaped yard, which includes a fish pond and a fountain, an in-ground pool, a highly desirable neighborhood, vegetable gardens, and a home theater all have in common? 1254 Herschel Avenue!

This brick ranch has been meticulously maintained and upgraded to offer an easy lifestyle right in the heart of Mount Lookout. Imagine having 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, finished lower level, two-car garage, plus a pool that offers your very own private retreat! Over 3,000 square feet of space, which includes a desirable open concept kitchen and family room area with vaulted ceilings and an impressive stone fireplace. Bright, white kitchen with stainless appliances, island, glass front cabinets, large pantry, bev/wine frig, double oven, granite counters, tile back-splash, recessed and pendant lighting. All bedrooms have nice sized closets, crown molding, and hardwood floors.  Finished lower level offers space for home theater, rec room, exercise room, pool table, guest suite…all with large windows, recessed lighting, and cork flooring.  Professionally landscaped including fish pond and fountain!  Pella doors and windows showcase the natural stone patio, Trex deck, wooded view, and beautiful pool.  Short walk to Ault Park, Mount Lookout AND Hyde Park Squares, Kilgour Elementary School, and more. Great opportunity to have all of these amenities in a prime location!

• Pella windows throughout home.
• New Hot water heater 2016.
• High efficiency furnace and central air.
• 2 Car garage with newer insulated doors, 2 openers, entrance into lower level or exit rear door.
• Vegetable garden with 6 planting beds and fencing, apple tree, small green house, and sprinkler system.
• Remodeled Kitchen includes:  white cabinetry with some glass fronts, double oven, hardwood floors, granite counters, tile back-splash, new stainless refrigerator, wine cooler, step-in pantry, and walkout to patio.
• Family room with cathedral ceilings, stone wood burning fireplace with gas starter, wooded view, ceiling fan, walkout, and 70 inch flat panel TV with surround sound to stay.
• Rear stone patio (Arizona sand stone) and Trex decking.
• Kidney shaped pool with newer filter 2012, pebble finish/cement, 3 ft to 5 ft 9 in depth.
• Blinds on all windows.
★ Over 3,000 square feet of finished space.
★ Beautifully maintained, with addition that offers fantastic floor plan!
★ Private retreat with wooded views, and kidney shaped pool.
★ Spacious finished lower level for guests and all of your hobbies.
★ First floor Master suite with soaking tub, large vanity, and two closets.
★ Professional landscaping with fish pond and water fall feature.
★ Fantastic location near Ault Park!

Great updates and fantastic yard in Bridgetown!

3111 Parkill Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45248
4 Bed | 3 Full Bath | 1 Half Baths | 2 Car Garage

Completely updated home on cul-de-sac lot in Bridgetown! Fantastic fenced yard with deck, patio, swing set and storage shed. Updated kitchen includes granite counter tops, island with seating, stainless steel appliances, eat-in area, pantry, crown molding, and buffet area. Impressive family room where ceilings have been vaulted with built-ins added, on sides of wood burning fireplace. Lots of fun to be had in this finished lower level! Featuring a wet bar, counter seating, solid surface counters, theater area and full bath.

• New hardwood floors 2016.
• Complete kitchen remodel 2006.
• New furnace and central air 2013.
• New sump pump 2012.
• New siding and gutter guards 2013 and new roof 2012.
• New hot water heater 2010.
• New carpet 2014.
• Lower level finished 2009.
• Master bath remodel 2013.

★ Fantastic updates!
★ Park-like yard on cul-de-sac street.
★ Highly desirable neighborhood in Bridgetown.
★ Beautiful kitchen granite island with seating, crown molding, glass tile back splash, breakfast room, pantry, and buffet area.
★ This owner raised the ceilings in the family room to create a stunning vaulted great room with built-ins.
★ New hardwood floors, new carpet, new mechanics.
★ Fabulous lower level!  Wet bar with seating, beverage refrigerator, solid surface counters, recessed lighting, theater area, rec room, and full bath.
★ Nice deck and patio, plus fenced flat lawn complete with swing set and storage shed!

 This Bridgetown beauty won’t last long. Schedule your showing today!

Give the Finn Team a call at 513.702.4090 to schedule your private showing so we can introduce you to your new home!