The movie opens with images of suburban women walking their dogs, Mason High School and the Golf Center at Kings Island. Mellow techno-music sets the tone. From a comfortable chair on his porch, Mason resident Todd Margeson starts talking about how great it is to live there, as if he's chatting with a neighbor.
Soon the scene changes to a teen reminiscing about the Beach Waterpark, and to a West Chester mom touting Lakota schools.

 This is no home movie. It's a slick, 3.5-minute marketing device for Mason and West Chester to help relocating families get to know communities through the people who live there. You'll find links to it (and videos about Cincinnati, Kenwood/Madeira/Blue Ash areas and Mount Adams) on Real Living's web site, along with traditional snapshots of its real estate listings.

"Now buyers have another tool to explore potential neighborhoods for their next home,'' says Kaira Sturdivant Rouda, CEO of Real Living, which is based in Columbus.

The movies were produced by TurnHere Productions of California, which hires local filmmakers and musicians, and gives them full creative license. "It's all about capturing the authenticity of place," says Jesse Odell of TurnHere.
About one out of every four U.S. real estate firms offer relocation services, and marketing to a mobile work force is highly competitive. The more than 300 community and lifestyle videos on the TurnHere web site (inmanstories.com) can help you relocate from Vancouver to Tulsa to Phuket, Thailand.

Stu Hoffman, chief economist at PNC Bank, will give the keynote address Feb. 16 at the annual Economic Outlook Conference hosted by the University of Cincinnati Real Estate Center and PNC Bank. The event, at the Cincinnati Westin, includes panel discussions on health care-related real estate needs, economic incentives and credits, and midtown development trends.

Group Realtors opened a new "Agent Express" office in Mason that offers 24-hour access, conference rooms and offices for staff. Located at 4605 Duke Drive, Suite 105, it's managed by Kelly Jones. Group Realtors now has five offices across Greater Cincinnati: Anderson Township, Bridgetown, Blue Ash, Finneytown and Mason.

Barry Hand, a licensed real estate appraiser since 1992, opened BMH Appraisals in Greendale, Ind. Hand, who relocated from Terre Haute, Ind., primarily does single and multi-family residential appraisals. He is also a licensed independent broker.

Bob Fehrman, of Fehrman Real Estate in Lawrenceburg and Aurora, is the new president of the Southeastern Indiana Board of Realtors. The firm, which he co-owns with wife, Jan, began in 1976. Its 25 agents handle residential and commercial sales. President-elect of the board is Reggie Tarantino of Century 21 Home Team.

Dave Lotterer, former president of Prestige Packaging in Cincinnati, joined The Staubach Co.'s Great Lakes region as a senior sales associate on the Cincinnati industrial services team. He's assigned to corporate and industrial accounts.

Scott Yards and James Vondran of CB Richard Ellis represented Allegiance Realty Corp. in the recent deal that leased 22,530 square feet at Allegiance's SharonView Corporate Center to Educational Affiliates. Dan Silber of CRESA Partners represented Educational Affiliates.

Jay Biddle was promoted to senior vice president of national sales and training with Alliance Mortgage Group of Cincinnati. The Liberty Township resident is now responsible for eight mortgage branches nationwide. Biddle won the company's 2006 Leadership Award.

Mike Montgomery, a structural engineer with the Robert Becker Group, offers advice Feb. 14 on how to buyers and sellers can best handle issues about structural integrity. The class is sponsored by the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors. More information is at www.cabr.org

Team Chabris joined Keller Williams Realty as a sales and marketing group focused on the Tristate. Lead agent Peter Chabris previously was with Comey & Shepherd. Other team members are buyer agent Mary Aylward Lyon, business manager Melanie Pierce and financing consultant Dino Re of Countrywide Mortgage.

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