DIGSpeak - January - 2016


real estate

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Featured Listing

17 Belsaw Place

Clifton | $993,000

Arguably on the finest street in the Clifton Gaslight District and on the finest lot and location in the sought-after private Belsaw Place enclave. Constructed in the 1920’s to exacting architectural standards replete with character and handsome details this 4 (or 5) bedroom, 3 full & 1 half bath home has a rich history and has been maintained and updated to a fare-thee-well using only the finest materials and sensitive craftsmanship. This home is “not too big” and “not too small” – perfect for family living and entertaining. The 1.2 acres grounds are mostly flat and the gardens are beautifully designed and perennial which can be enjoyed from multiple covered and open terraces. This home also has a partially finished basement with rec room, exercise room, laundry room and loads of storage space and an oversized built-in 2-car garage adjacent to the kitchen. 

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Making a condo feel like home

Many of our clients are opting for the turnkey lifestyle of condo living. The preponderance of these folks ask us “how do I make my condo feel like a home?” While many open floor plan and über neutralized condos present themselves as “blah” and sans character, our design and construction gurus are expert at eliminating the blasé and implementing modifications that create a true sense of home for our condo clients.  One of our favorites is hand-scraped hardwood that evokes a sense of timeworn richness. Window treatments (especially draperies and roman shades) can add visual interest and soften things to both the eyes and ears. We have renovated and decorated nearly a hundred condos throughout Greater Cincinnati – low rises, high rises and town home enclaves. Let us know if you’d like help making your condo fell like home.

Call DIGS for your  consultation today:
513-533-DIGS (3447)


2016 Real estate outlook = carpe diem


As we kick off the new year, following are insights you might like to keep in mind if you're thinking about buying or selling....

  • Interest rates will rise. For each 1% mortgage interest rate increase buying power decreases 11.22%. Rates are still under 4% for 30 year fixed loans. And after the mortgage interest tax deduction, that’s remarkably close to free money. We are ready to help you make a smart investment in a happy home.
  • Condominium inventory is evaporating. Baby Boomers are downsizing in droves to no-muss-no-fuss condos. Meanwhile, post-recession financing hangovers are prohibiting most developers from building more new condos. Consequently, demand is outpacing supply.  If you're dreaming of easy condo living, the time is now to make the move.  Note: we often know when diggable condos are coming available before they hit the market - just ask us.
  • Single-family housing inventory is anemic.  There are buyers aplenty in search of homes including: 1st-time buyers, up-sizers & incoming transferees. If you have been considering selling - don't wait 'til the tulips are up.  Buyer activity is robust now and spring will likely bring increased competition. Please let us know if you're game to sell and we'll supply the ready buyers.
  • Does your home have its prom dress on? Anemic inventory not withstanding, if our house isn't ship-shape -savvy/patient buyers will not ask you to the dance. We have all our the skills to help prep, style & stage your home to be the belle of the real estate ball. There is no obligation to tap our expertise in this regard.

It’s not what you know it’s who you know: Transacting real estate is complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether you’re a “1st timer” or a “rodeo regular” the DIGSGroup @ Comey & Shepherd has a full complement of in-house experts in every aspect of happy homemaking (real estate representation, mortgage lending, design & construction). Whether you wish to buy or sell, downsize or upsize, we are the only enterprise capable of making the process turnkey and satisfying. Thank you for considering us to help make your home dreams reality in 2016.

To Trend or not to trend?

We say trend not.

Our clients often ask “what’s the latest design trend?” We follow trends and are happy to answer this question. For instance, the “official” Patone color of the year for 2016 is Rose Quartz. It’s a pretty warm pink with which we have no qualms. However, trends come and trends go. Our favorite “trend” is that anything and everything goes when it comes to design & decorating and in selecting construction fits & finishes. The beauty of our not being infatuated with trends is we can listen to you, take the time to experience how you live and take inventory of what you already own that has meaning and purpose and then pour over custom-curated images with you to concoct a just-for-you/trend-free motif that is imminently livable, entirely “you” and devoid of trendiness so your design investment will stand the test of time. We are currently re-covering a couple of chairs for a client whose family room we decorated over 20 years ago. The room is as timeless and livable today as when we first designed it. A couple of chairs have had one too many naps by our clients’ favorite pets – so re-covering is in order. Otherwise, our clients wouldn’t change a thing (and neither would we). Thoughtful design choices will stand the test of time, keep your money in your wallet and afford you years (if not generations) of enjoyment.

DIGSpeak with the team

Would you like to sell, design or rework your home? Would you like Deuce at your door, or maybe you'd like to hear about new flooring options for all types of home projects?  Whatever it is please speak up! DIGSpeak is a way for us to connect, so please email Bridget at Bridget@DIGS-home.com with any topics that interest you.  We look forward to digspeaking with you soon.


DIGS one-stop-shop approach appeals to people seeking a firm that offers everything necessary to make a house a home. Find It. Buy It. Sell It. Plan It. Design It. Decorate It. Renovate It. Add-On To It. Landscape It. You Name IT. DIGS DOES IT. A proven success with thousands of satisfied clients, DIGS' services can be engaged ala carte or in any combination including: real estate buyer & seller representation, interior/exterior design/decorating and construction services for renovations, additions, kitchens, baths or a brand-new custom home. DIGS works hard (and smart) to ensure the process of selling, acquiring or reinventing one's digs is as enjoyable as the end result. Our motto speaks to our passion for performance: On Time. On Budget. On Account Of Nobody Else Was Doing It.