the mod squad

cincinnatimodern has spent the past 17 years educating buyers, homeowners and real estate industry professionals about the midcentury and modern homes that are part of the cincinnati landscape, the architects who designed them and the ways to care for these homes as they age. Matching modern home buyers with modern home sellers is our passion, because only through understanding and appreciation comes the knowledge needed to preserve and sustain our treasured architecture.

If you are one of us, we want to know you! We want to work with you!
We are your one stop shop for all topics related to the midcentury modern homeowner and those who want to become MCM homeowners. While we specialize in unique properties, we use the same care and professionalism to help you buy and sell any property.

Susan is the founder of cincinnatimodern. Susan’s lifelong passion for modern design led her to get her real estate license in 2003 “to give Cincinnati’s modern homes a voice.” Little did she know how giving the homes a voice would create such a robust market!

She is co-founder and past president of Cincinnati Form Follows Function (cf3), Cincinnati’s modern advocacy group and co authored the book “50 from the 50’s: Modern Architecture and Interiors in Cincinnati.”

She is now a nationally recognized expert on midcentury modern architecture and has appeared on NBC News and HGTV, and in Dwell Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Atomic Ranch Magazine among others.

Arlen and Susan have been married since 1985 and he joined her as part of the cincinnatimodern team in 2009. His 20 years of experience working in the mortgage industry gives him a unique perspective on what it takes to get a deal done.

He shares Susan’s passion for modern design, and they have owned, restored and lived in 3 midcentury modern homes in Cincinnati and he has renovated and sold several others. Together they raised 3 children who appreciate nature, music, art and good design.

Arlen works closely with buyers and shares his expertise in what to expect when buying and inspecting a midcentury home.

David joined the cincinnatimodern team in 2016. His background in interior design and buying and selling modern furniture and art are a perfect fit for the team. He is an expert in design and can counsel clients who are downsizing how to best disburse contents for greatest return, as well as assisting with staging properties for sale.

He is also a founding member of Cincinnati Form Follows Function (cf3) and is current board Vice President. David has a National Association of Realtors “Green” designation for selling high performance homes and specializes City Living.

He is a former trustee of the Over the Rhine Chamber of Commerce and has lived in OTR for the the past 20+ years.

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