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The MODERN Blogs

I wanted to reinvent my blogging ‘career' by introducing you to two of my much younger and more energetic blogging friends, Chris Magee and Stephanie Labbe.  Chris and Stephanie are both Cincinnati modern architects with interesting perspectives, and they are generously journaling their experiences for all to learn from – or commiserate with!  

Chris is renovating a 1957 Ben Dombar classic MCM with a lot of ‘baggage.’  You see, Chris and his wife Wendy bought one of the first MCM houses I sold after becoming an agent.  The house was not even on the market at the time, but I knew of the house because I used to live in the neighborhood and I knew the owner wanted to sell.  But the well meaning (I think) owner had done some dastardly things to the house and only someone young and with boundless energy and optimism – and a great eye for design -  could see the potential.  It also helped that the house was reasonably priced (at the height of the market) and could be lived in as is.  So Chris and Wendy jumped in with two feet and embarked on an incredible journey that has been part renovation, part restoration, and part reinvention.  Now they are a family of 4 living the modern dream, Cincinnati style, one roof leak at a time!  Check out Chris’ blog @ www.cincinnatimodernation.blogspot.com 

Stephanie and her husband Cliff are lucky enough to be living any architect’s ultimate dream – building their own modern house.  After successfully renovating a small starter home and pocketing the equity, Stephanie set forth drawing her dream – a new modern home on a budget.  They bought a piece of land that another builder had shelved in the economic downturn, and went at it.  Now a year and a half later, they have moved in to their dream, and Stephanie is hoping to use all the knowledge gained on her journey to build more modern homes for Cincinnati families.  Check out Stephanie’s blog @ www.thelabbehouseproject.wordpress.com

-Susan Rissover 


welcome to the NEW cincinnatimodern.com

Our first house purchased 6 months after we got married in 1985 - a 1949 Abe Dombar in Paddock Hills.  Little did we know it was just a step along the way on our lifelong modern adventure!  Vintage photo courtesy of Abe Dombar.

 A hearty THANK YOU to those who have stuck with me through this transition.  Change is good, right?  I have SO many changes going on right now.  First, as you may notice, I have changed brokers.  I am very happy to now be affiliated with Keller Williams Advisors, Cincinnati's fastest growing (and the nation's 3rd largest) real estate company!  Along with that change, I am very happy to announce the association of my partner in life, my husband Arlen, as my partner in business as well.  Arlen is now my licensed associate, and honestly knows my business as well as I do.  He shares my passion for modern architecture (we have been on a modern adventure together for the past 25 years!) and has 15 years experience in the mortgage industry.  It is a perfect marriage - in more ways than one!  Arlen will bring his strengths to the CincinnatiModern business as we continue to grow and spread the modern word.

I hope you enjoy this new website and find it easy to navigate.  I have a lot more content that I will be adding in the next few weeks - I was just anxious to get it back out there so buyers can find the modern properties they are looking for.  Please feel free to send us any feedback - you can always contact me at susan@cincinnatimodern.com or Arlen at arlen@cincinnatimodern.com.  My old website was built on the Huff website builder, so when I left the brokerage, I left the web builder.  This new website is built with an online resource called squarespace.com.  If anyone out there has experience working with squarespace, I would love to hear from you, too.   One of the interesting features of this new website is that the 'homepage' is now my journal, or blog, and will be updated frequently.  So please, check back frequently and see what is going on in the modern world.   

-Susan Rissover


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