When you're trying to sell your house, one of the first bits of advice an agent will give is to unclutter everything"”even the basement (cringe).

Easier said than done, right? Especially if you've lived in that house for years or are downsizing.

That's why clutter experts Jacquie Denny and Teresa Newberry are a valued concierge service for Greater Cincinnati real estate firms. Their 15-year-old business, Sorting It Out, works with agents' clients before the first open house. They get rid of household detritus in an environmentally friendly way, including estate sales or donations to charities.

"Eighty percent of stuff could be used by someone else," Denny says. "One couple I know paid $500 for a dumpster, but could have just called us and instead generated some cash."

Sorting It Out appraises regular household items such as furniture, pictures, dishes, collectibles and even antiques, then organizes an estate sale that can glean thousands of dollars for the client. Its fees are mainly commission-based, but some hourly services are available for work such as cleaning out an attic or basement. Norma Palazzolo, a Coldwell Banker West Shell agent, has used Sorting It Out for three years.

"I had an elderly gentleman client who had moved to a nursing home and was never coming back,'' Palazzolo says. "(Sorting It Out) gave away a bunch of his stuff, but he came away from the estate sale with over $4,000."

More information: www.sortingitout.com.

Jodi Gregory-Funke and Keith Messmer have entered the Tristate market with the opening of an Assist-2-Sell office in Florence that offers real estate services in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and Southeast Indiana. Assist-2-Sell is a rapidly growing discount real estate firm, with more than 630 offices nationwide.

Franz Stansbury has been named director of real estate development for the Uptown Consortium, the community development group focused around UC, the Cincinnati Zoo and hospital district. Stansbury has three decades of local and national experience in real estate development, construction, urban planning and design.

The Staubach Co., a global commercial real estate advisory firm, has named Josh Gerth vice president for its Great Lakes region. Gerth previously was a senior leasing specialist for Corporex, and he's a founder of the Cincinnati Real Estate Club.

When Keystone Parke office tenants get bored, they can step outside for quick game of basketball, baseball or even football. Neyer Properties has broken ground on the 460,000-square-foot development at I-71 and Dana Avenue, Cincinnati. It includes a public park with sports fields, walking trail and aquatic facility. Leasing agents are CB Richard Ellis.

Troy Benne was named director of finance for Huff Realty. He has worked as an Internal Revenue Service agent, and as a controller at Cincinnati Color Press and, most recently, at Grand Victoria Casino & Resort.

Bone up on changes in Ohio and Kentucky real estate laws at December seminars sponsored by the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors and Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors. CABR is offering classes Dec. 14 or Dec. 21 that cover new legal aspects of listing and sales contracts, property disclosure, advertising and even personal assistants in both states. More information at cabr.org or nkar.com.

Brian Bauman was named principal broker for RE/MAX Preferred Group's Dearborn County, Ind., operations.

In Covington, the Louis & Henry Group's Pulse Condominium project now under construction is all about art. The 64 loft-style condos at 8th Street and Banklick are a key part of that city's arts district makeover. Pulse will incorporate public art such as mosaic walks, sculptures and murals. Huff Realty is handling sales.

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