Sibcy Cline Real Estate Review: Is it Worth It?

Jamie Ayers

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Jamie Ayers

November 23rd, 2022
Updated November 23rd, 2022

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Sibcy Cline Real Estate Review

Overall rating | Customer experience | Agent quality | Brand visibility and reach | Service value | Locations | Methodology

✍️ Why trust us: We strive to provide objective recommendations and advice. Learn more about how we research.

Sibcy Cline is a family-owned real estate brokerage with 20 offices across the Greater Cincinnati and Dayton areas in Ohio, as well as parts of Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana. First founded back in 1930, it’s one of the most well-established real estate brokerages in the region.

But how does Sibcy Cline stack up against other brands? We did a deep dive and evaluated Sibcy Cline in four key areas to help you decide whether it's the right option for you.

Bottom line: Do we recommend Sibcy Cline?

⭐️ Sibcy Cline: Overall score
4.25
4.5
4
4.5
4
Ratings based on 1–5 scale, with 5 being the best

Based on our assessment, Sibcy Cline is a reliable brokerage. It offers all the baseline services we’d expect of a conventional brokerage. Plus, it has a few bonus services, like an intuitive customer portal for managing your sale or purchase and an in-house creative marketing team to make your listing shine.

Sibcy Cline has a large team of 800+ agents across its 20 offices, which means you’ll have plenty to choose from. And its average agent experience is 17 years — more than double the median average among U.S. realtors. According to its customer reviews, the brokerage has a solid reputation.

The most important thing is the agent — not the brand. Whether you’re selling or buying, we recommend interviewing at least two or three agents to find the best fit.

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Sibcy Cline: Our in-depth breakdown

Reputation and customer experience

📊 Our rating: 4.5

  • No major red flags
  • Solid ratings from reviews for all offices
  • Some complaints about communication, paperwork, and closing

We dug into Sibcy Cline’s overall reputation and customer ratings, and we liked what we saw. After compiling 240 total reviews for its 20 local offices, we found it has an average 4.3 customer rating. That’s pretty solid compared to other similar brokerages we’ve researched.

We also ran 96 of Sibcy Cline’s written reviews through a program that identifies emotional language. Here are some key themes from the report:

🟢 Top positive themes
🔴 Top negative themes
  • Guidance
  • Experience
  • Responsiveness
  • Lack of clear communication
  • Paperwork
  • Poor closing coordination

Overall, the reviews’ negative, neutral, and positive sentiment scores were pretty balanced, which is normal. People usually use third-party review sites to complain rather than to praise. No one registered complaints with the Better Business Bureau, but there were no positive reviews either.

Agent quality

📊 Our rating: 4/5

  • Solid agent quality overall
  • Hard to find individual agent reviews
  • Stellar 17 years avg. experience per agent
  • Decent avg. annual sales volume per agent

Compared to other similarly sized brokerages, Sibcy Cline’s average agent quality seems high. We found that the average Sibcy Cline agent has over 17 years of experience, much more than the industry median of 8 years.

Sibcy Cline’s average transaction volume per agent in 2022 was 9.5. That number is fair compared to other brands, but it’s still solid enough to show that the team is good overall.

We had a hard time tracking down customer reviews for individual Sibcy Cline agents. That’s not a dealbreaker, but it does make it harder to vet the brokerage upfront.

Sibcy Cline is a legit, top-producing regional brokerage with a stellar reputation, but you’ll need to dig around to evaluate individual agents. Be thorough during the interviews: ask for sales numbers and even references from past clients.

Brand reach and visibility

📊 Our rating: 4.5/5

  • Strong brand reach and visibility
  • Huge volume of Google searches and website visits for a regional brokerage
  • Large social media following and active presence on all major platforms
  • Strong network with many local agents

Sibcy Cline has exceptional brand reach and visibility compared to other comparable brokerages, in terms of size and market coverage. More than 119,000 people search “Sibcy Cline” and other branded terms on Google each month. And Sibcy Cline says its website gets more than 35,000 visitors every day.

Both metrics signal a high degree of brand visibility and are pretty impressive for a regional brokerage of Sibcy Cline’s size. And because Sibcy Cline has a lot of agents in a relatively small area (831 active agents across 20 locations), its local network is strong.

Brokerages with strong local networks can help you find buyers or listings that fit your needs, making your sale or purchase go much faster and smoother.

Service value

📊 Our rating: 4/5

  • Quality service for the cost
  • Standard services from a conventional brokerage
  • Valuable extra services

Sibcy Cline has relatively good value. You get all the standard services you’d expect from a "full-service brokerage" (professional photography, pricing assistance, MLS listings), plus a little extra.

Sibcy Cline clients also get a customer portal to streamline communications, an in-house photo team, and staging.

Agents will also be there for open houses and showings, which is great news for sellers (and not always the case with other brokerages).

If you hire a Sibcy Cline agent to help you sell on your own, you can expect to pay full commission — whatever the local competitive rates are. Here are the state averages for the markets Sibcy Cline operates in, to give you a frame of reference:

State
Avg. listing fee
Avg. total commission
Avg. cost*
Ohio
3.19%
5.81%
$12,600
Kentucky
2.72%
5.44%
$11,200
Indiana
2.96%
5.66%
$12,900
* Based on each state's median home price from Zillow

» MORE: Average Commission Rates Across the U.S. 2022

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Additional info about Sibcy Cline

General contact info (corporate office)

📍Address
8044 Montgomery Road Suite 300
Cincinnati, OH 45236-2922
☎️ Phone
(513) 985-9565
📱Social media

Sibcy Cline local offices and contact information

Office location
Phone number
Anderson
8145 Beechmont Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45255
(513) 474–4800
Campbell County
34 Martha Layne Collins Blvd.
Cold Spring, KY 41076
(859) 781–4400
Fairfield
600 Wessel Drive
Fairfield, OH 45014
(513) 829–0044
Florence
4885 Houston Rd.
Florence, KY 41042
(859) 525–8888
Harrison
10545 Harrison Ave.
Harrison, OH 45030
(513) 367–1900
Hyde Park
2650 Erie Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45208
(513) 321–9922
Kenwood
8040 Montgomery Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45236
(513) 793–2121
Lebanon
103 Oregonia Rd.
Lebanon, OH 45036
(513) 932–6334
Milford
1077 St. Rt. 28, Suite 111
Milford, OH 45150
(513) 236–1254
Montgomery
9979 Montgomery Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45242
(513) 793–2700
Northern Hills
9250 Winton Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45231
(513) 931–7700
Northwest
3825 Kraus Lane, Suite E
Fairfield, OH 45014
(513) 385–3330
Voice of America
7677 Voice of America Centre Dr
West Chester, OH 45069
(513) 777–8100
Western Hills
5500 Harrison Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45248
(513) 574–9100
Dayton Regional
8353 Yankee Street
Centerville, OH 45458
(937) 432–3700
Monroe/Middletown
30 Overbrook Drive, Suite F
Monroe, OH 45050
(513) 360–0110
Metropolitan
30 E. Central Parkway, Suite 101
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 381–3338
Vandalia
422 W. National Road
Vandalia, OH 45377
(937) 898–1234
Springfield
137 E. Main Street, Suite 125B
Springfield, OH 45502
(937) 323–2200

Other Sibcy Cline services

This review is focused on Sibcy Cline's core real estate agent service. We’ve listed its other services (mortgage, title, insurance, etc.) and links to their respective websites below.

Make sure you shop around to get the best fit and value. Don’t go with a Sibcy service just because of the convenience!

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Rating methodology

We evaluate brokerages based on four core criteria we think will help readers make informed decisions. We broke those criteria down into discrete metrics so we could make the score as objective as possible. Here’s a quick breakdown of that criteria and methodology:

Do most people who work with this brokerage have a generally positive experience? Are there any red flags?

What we looked at:

  • Average customer ratings across various third-party review sites, like Zillow, Realtor.com, Google, and more
  • The content of those reviews, via sentiment analysis tools and manual reading, to pull out key positive and negative themes and summarize key risks and benefits
  • Better Business Bureau profile for formal complaints

How strong is the agent team? What are the chances of ending up with a solid realtor that will meet different needs, preferences, and availability?

What we looked at:

  • Total number of agents vs. offices to gauge how wide the selection is
  • Average experience of the entire team, based on public agent data on sites like Realtor.com and Zillow
  • Average annual transactions per agent, sourced from RealTrends or brokerage-provided data, compared to the industry average

How much “brand power” does this brokerage have? Does it increase awareness and get more eyes on your listings, more showings, and quicker offers?

What we looked at:

  • Social media presence and following across all major consumer-facing social platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram)
  • Website traffic/audience size through web traffic volume and monthly Google searches for the brand name
  • Marketing reach, like listings on all major MLSs and populator listing sites like Zillow and Realtor.com

How does the brokerage compare to other conventional brokerages? How does it compare to the market rates for commission (~3% listing fees)? Are you getting too little, the right amount, or more service for the tentative fee?

What we looked at:

What we consider “full-service” for a real estate brokerage:

  • Professional home valuation
  • Advice on how to stage your home
  • High-quality professional photographs
  • Listing on a multiple listing service (MLS) and home-buying websites
  • Open house management
  • Negotiation
  • Assistance with paperwork

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