DOES YOUR HOME HAVE A LURID PAST?

You may not have considered this aspect of home-buying, but it is one that has an impact worth taking note of! Melissa Dittman Tracey published an article in Realtor Magazine (September/October 2014), exposing an aspect of home-buying that many don’t consider: Who lived there before you, and What’s Lurking Behind Those Walls? No, we’re not talking a CSI-like stash of money or – – dead bodies – but we are talking about residue that can be left by drug production. Yes, meth production. Surprised? That’s not surprising! Who thinks about such things when you go to buy a house? Your realtor does! And you have a right to ask – and you realtor has a responsibility to reveal – information of that sort about the home in which you want to live. Why? Because, it seems, meth contamination can affect those who are particularly sensitive to remnants of the drug: “from respiratory…

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CINCINNATI – SURPRISINGLY FAR FROM “SLEEPY”

You probably have no idea how many firsts Cincinnati has birthed. Cincinnati can conjure up images of sleepy little towns, Midwestern backwoods mentalities… Nothing could be further from the truth! For one thing, there are so many artists/actors that come from this area, it merits its own Hollywood movie. Doris Day Julie Hagerty Sarah Jessica Parker Steven Spielberg Roy Rogers Jerry Springer Rosemary Clooney George Clooney That’s a short list! And social firsts? We gotcha covered there too: First professional baseball team. (1869) First team to play games under lights. (5/24/35) First time President throws out opening day baseball. (William Howard Taft, April 14, 1910) First woman to own a Major League Baseball team. (Margaret “Marge” Schott, 1984) First city to establish a weather bureau, also first to issue a weather bulletin. (1869) The first & only city to own a Railroad. (Cincinnati Southern in 1880) The first municipal university. (1870) The…

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UNION TERMINAL GOOD NEWS!

We did it! Cincinnati voted to save Union Terminal! This is important for so many reasons, and our favorite one is that in a culture that increasingly leaves history in the dust, we get to keep a “through-line” from the early 20th Century, on into the 21st – preserving that history, meaning, artistry, a culture that defines our city and reminds us of our origins. In moving into the 21st Century, we think that knowing our history helps us grow and change by giving us a solid historical footing. Once upon a time, another Cincinnati icon – Music Hall – had to be approached by boat! On the side that is now Central Parkway was a body of water called the Miami Canal. Across the water from Music Hall was the Children’s Hospital, as you can see in this image:   We heard today that for one of the large…

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WHY I GIVE: CINCYLAND’S UNIFY CINCINNATI

My father was an exceptional businessman, and he passed that ability along to me. He also passed along a sense of responsibility to the community in which I grew up: the Cincinnati community. Becoming a Realtor brought to me a powerful mode of giving back in ways that I could never have done otherwise. I decided to create Unify Cincinnati, in 1998, so that I could get CincyLand involved in others’ service-oriented projects, and create some of my own. As a result, I am proud to say that CincyLand helped a local church repurpose property in order to start a Women’s Shelter, sponsored Marines stationed at T.Q. airbase in Iraq, provided support for the Children’s Home of Cincinnati, and continues to be involved with land and building donations for distressed properties that can be repurposed and put to great use for our community needs. Why do I do it? Because I…

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THE IMPORTANCE OF LISTENING

I don’t believe in selling. I believe in listening. Because it’s all about comfort level – yours. Whether you are buying or selling, you have concerns about your property that are far more compelling even than money, and I want to address and support your comfort level. To do that requires listening. Closely. You may be selling a family home because you have to do so, rather than out of a desire. And that makes it difficult to let go. You may be buying a new home for reasons that are out of your control and that make you feel even more passionate about what that new home needs to be for you and your family. That is what I listen to first: Why you are selling or buying, how you feel about it, what you need in order to feel good – or at least better – about it,…

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THE EARLY GREENING OF INDIAN HILL, OHIO

Indian Hill is the wealthiest, and certainly one of Cincinnati’s most beautiful areas in which to live. It is also, it turns out, way ahead of its time in terms of the greening of its land. In 1941, in order to preserve the rural nature of Indian Hill, community leaders chose to set aside land for permanent preservation. “The first green area concept was envisioned as a ring of green surrounding the ‘hill’ from which the Village derived its name.”* The commitment to the continued “greening” of Indian Hill was formalized by the Forest Preserve and Greenbelt Areas Committee’s 1954 and over the years residents have donated land to this green area that is Indian Hill, maintaining its beauty and its sense of quiet nature. Though the village’s size is a mere 19.5 square miles, fully ¼ of that mileage is protected by the Green Areas Trust and the Greenacres…

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THE CHAIR

How’d I get into land? Dad was a builder and an architect so I grew up on job sites. Later when we got to build together I became the scout for the next building project/site/opportunity Site analysis – business foresight.   So, completely understanding a land location and it’s potentials to create commerce became my forte. He was an artist. I am a business man.  He handcrafted homes to chairs.  I create money. Years ago he built an ornamental Latin style chair from scratch. Creating all the details with his own hands.  He used to get impatient with me for the hurried carefree sloppy way I would build things.  He was a perfectionist and had results to honor it.  Somehow since he’s gone my hurried building techniques now seem to miraculously create similar perfection – Thanks Dad! The chair sat cold and unfinished looking for years as no one ever properly…

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WHY ON EARTH WOULD I BUY LAND? WELL, LEMME TELL YOU…

Why on earth…??? What do I know about land? Scarlett O’Hara was one of the first film heroines to be passionately in love with her land. And although tomorrow may be “another day”, as she so famously uttered, today is a good day too. A good day to talk about why on earth you would want to buy land, anyway! There are lots of good reasons. 1) Investment. Of course, to get the kind of land that will maintain its value, you need to do the research (or ask someone to advise you, which is one of the ways we can help you) about the land, its location, etc. 2) Giving Back. If you are a religious institution, or simply someone who wants to give back, buying land gives you the opportunity to build a place for others to get the help they need. Women’s Shelters, Homeless Shelters, Food Donations, Homes for the Homeless…

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IN OUR BACKYARD: THE AMERICAN INDIAN – LAND STEWARDSHIP & UNCONSCIONABLE SUFFERING

Artist: Stan Natchez https://www.stanleynatchez.com/ My recent journey back to the most cultural city in America – the land of my ancestral roots and the hub of the Native American craft markets – Santa Fe, New Mexico, reminded me of the plight of our natives. In one painting in one gallery, a portrait of a downtrodden native in front of a monopoly board. Cincyland.com has historical land record links, but let’s be honest about the keepers of the land before us.  They had no concept of divide and own. Our national fabric still bleeds today. A tribute to the local tribes – we steal their names – remember theirs. ~ Mark Miller, Cincyland owner The Plight of Indian Children The Washington Post reports: “The circumstances are absolutely dire for Indian children,” said Theresa M. Pouley, the chief judge of the Tulalip Tribal Court in Washington state and a member of the Indian…

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