New Full Service Hospital Planned for Greater Cincinnati Area

The West Chester Medical Center at University Pointe is the first full service hospital built from the ground up in over 25 years in Cincinnati

The Cincinnati Health Alliance recently broke ground on a 370,000 square foot new community hospital at the University Pointe Medical Campus.  The 29-acre site is located just off Cox Road in West Chester.  The new hospital is slated for completion in late 2008 and will offer surgical, outpatient and imaging services as well as a state-of-the-art emergency medical department.  This high-tech health care facility is expected to bring 800 new jobs to the community.  Current plans target 160 hospital beds, with future expansion capabilites allowing 300 beds.  The $207 million dollar project is a highlight in West Chester development news.

Guest blogger Linda Davis samples Graeter's Ice Cream

Kevin Duffy was kind enough to send me 6 pints of Graeter’s Ice Cream.  Ironically, the ice cream arrived today, one of the hottest days ever in Eastern, Connecticut with temperatures in the upper 90’s and heat indexes well above 100 – very unusual for the shoreline of Connecticut.  While the Chocolate Mint Chips was my personal favorite, my husband was wildly enthusiastic about the Black Raspberry Chip.  I took some time to visit the Graeter’s Website and read about the history of the Graeter family and their deep roots in Cincinnati.  The family has been making ice cream since 1870 using the French Pot process which accounts for the irresistible creaminess.  Additionally, I discovered that the Graeter’s made dandy candy!  Perhaps I can convince Kevin to send me some!

Real Estate Tax Questions

I’m often asked tax questions about real estate from Cincinnati homeowners. Although I can’t offer tax advice, I have found some very good resources on the internet. So, although I can’t make paying taxes any easier, I can offer you a few places to look for helpful information. One of the best sites is the official web site of the Internal Revenue Service at  Be sure to visit the section on frequently asked questions about home owner deductions.  Another great site is Their Property and Money section is an excellent resource center for any homebuyer or homeseller.  Be sure to check out their "Top Ten Tax Deductions for Owning Your Home". 

Home Staging Tips to Get Your Cincinnati Home Sold

If you plan to sell your home in Cincinnati anytime in 2006, now would be an excellent time to consider "staging" your home for sale.  My friend and fellow RE/MAX agent in the Eastern CT area, Linda Davis, has been offering home staging tips in her Eastern CT Real Estate Blog.  Whether it is Cincinnati, OH or Ledyard, CT, before your home is listed for sale, it needs to be de-cluttered, cleaned, brightened and neutralized.  I think you will find Linda’s Tips helpful as you plan for your home sale.  

Homes for sale in Cincinnati

In 1996 I purchased the domain  I have sold real estate since 1983 and when the internet began to get popular, I wanted to be ahead of the curve. If you would like to search for homes for sale in Cincinnati through the IDX exchange The data relating to the real estate for sale on this web site comes in part from the Broker Reciprocity program of the MLS of Greater Cincinnati, Inc. Real estate listings held by brokerage firms other than RE/MAX Unlimited Realtors® are marked with the Broker Reciprocity logo or Broker Reciprocity house icon. The properties displayed may not be all the properties available through Broker Reciprocity.

How to find the best mortgage rate in Cincinnati

The best rate is going to be found by your Realtor. Everyday I have calls and emails from good experienced loan origination officers. You may find out about rates on the web, but you will not find all the cost untll you talk to a reputable mortgage person. I (Kevin Duffy ReMax Realtor) have been a fulltime Realtor since 1987. Send me an email to find the best lender and rate. For a benchmark, if you have excellent credit try,  Third Federal. The average 5/1 adjustable rate mortgage fell to 6.55 percent. This is something I may consider this year.

Cincinnati MLS listing activity, May 2006

May sales in Cincinnati are down as expected. What is unexpected is the inventory. Last year in May 2005 there were 15,823 homes for sale. In May 2006 there were 20,135 homes for sale. That is an increase of 27%. Here is a link to more Cincinnati Sales information. To search for HOMES FOR SALE IN CINCINNATI, go to