Monthly Archives: February 2010

Top 5 Vibes Given Off By Homes For Sale-Which One Brings in the Sale and Money?

Here’s a great post written by a top notch agent in Colorado Springs.

Via Kristi DeFazio Colorado Springs Real Estate 719-459-5468 (RE/MAX Advantage):

I have been a buyer’s agent in Colorado Springs for awhile now and each time I take a buyer into a home, they usually make a comment within the first 5 seconds of entering the home.

I have a theory that each home has a “Vibe” to it and that vibe is noticed immediately.

The questions is- If your home is for sale, which Vibe do you want to portray?

Here they are from the point of view of the buyer looking at your home.

Vibe #1- Home has been neglected and may be bank owned. This vibe shows through the curb appeal (or lack thereof) with the weeds and trashy yard. When you walk inside this home, you usually see immediate repairs that need to be tended to. Often times the heat and lights are off in this home and it gives off a really bad vibe. This home could also be a divorce situation where they just want OUT. This type of home has one hope for getting sold- PRICE. It must be lower than the comps in the area.

Vibe #2- I like to call this home vibe The Outdated Vibe. When you walk in this home, the first thing the buyer will comment about is the ugly color carpet or the old style fixtures. When you walk around this home, it may be clean, but it could have been built in 1970, 1980 or any other time that you FEEL when walking through the home. It may have window treatments that are nice, but in mauve and baby blue. Also, this home could have some really tacky wallpaper in the kitchen and bathrooms. There is really nothing WRONG with this home except the fact that it is living in a time warp. Some buyers can see past this and picture updates, but only if the PRICE is right. By RIGHT, I mean lower than the comps in the area.

Vibe #3- This home is what I call the “Weird Layout” Vibe. When you walk in this house you feel it immediately. It may even start from outside the home where you have to take a path to the door that is on the side of the house in a weird location. You may see a coat closet in the dining room or a weird shaped kitchen that doesn’t allow any space for standing- much less eating. This home could have a huge formal living room and teeny tiny bedrooms. You wonder what the person was thinking who designed this home. The layout  is not practical for most of the population. Unfortunately, the ONLY hope for selling this one is PRICE. Again, it must be lower than the comps in the area.

Vibe #4- “Old People” Vibe. Now, I am not being mean here, I promise!  I have older parents, and many elderly clients that I dearly love, but buyers have commented to me on this vibe more than some of the others. They say “You can tell that elderly people live here.”  When you walk around this home it is usually similar to the outdated vibe. Usually you see TONS of pictures on every inch of the walls and on every table imaginable. The grandkids are cute. However, the house smells a bit like Ponds Cream and usually is decorated with lace and doilies. There is some serious oldantique furniture throughout the home. I think this home is usually a very easy fix if you get a stager involved. It is sometimes hard to convince these sellers that you sell a house differently than you live in it. A stager will help these sellers appeal to all types and ages of buyers and possibly get them as much money as Vibe #5.

Vibe #5- “Smiley Face Vibe” When my buyers walk into this type of home I have seen a visceral reaction from them. They fall in love. They make comments like “OOOHHH, AHHHHH, This is SOOOO Nice.” Now, this vibe often comes from brand new homes, completely remodeled homes or a home that has been staged to perfection. It is spotless and clutter-free.  When I walk in a home and feel this vibe, usually my buyer does, too. This home is the one you see when it is sold that brought the higher price. If I take my buyer to look at 5 homes, guess which one they want to put an offer on usually?

If you are asking yourself, “How do I make sure I give off that special VIBE to buyers?” I have your answer. Hire a Realtor that can help you by either suggesting improvements or pointing you in the right direction with a great stager. If the home needs TLC, it is easier to do it as it needs it, but an experienced Realtor can help before you put it on the market.

It is all about making a great first impression and presenting a winning VIBE!

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If you are looking for Real Estate in Colorado Springs call Kristi DeFazio at 719-459-5468

Kristi helps buyers find their dream home in Colorado Springs with that winning VIBE!

Kristi DeFazio

Realtor

RE/MAX Advantage

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Taste of Solon 2010

Taste of Solon 2010

The annual taste of Solon is just weeks away. Specifically, it will be held Sunday, March 14th, 2010 from 4-7PM at Signature Country Club.

For those who have never attended, it is a great way to taste food from many different Solon and surrounding area restaurants and socialize with your local friends and business associates. Food will be available from popular local and national restaurants such as:taste of solon 2010

Glenwillow Grille

Hilton Garden Inn

Jekyll’s Kitchen                                  

Panera Bread

Rusty Bucket

Station 43 

 

and many others….

The event will also feature a silent auction, live music, and prizes. Tickets are only $25. Call 440-248-5080 today to make your reservations to attend this fantastic event.

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This information is provided compliments of Dan and Amy Schuman of The Schuman Team, Keller Williams Realty Greater Cleveland. The Schumans are Solon residents and specialize in Solon luxury homes, working with buyers relocating to Solon, and first-time buyers.

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Solon or the surrounding Eastern suburbs, please contact the Schuman Team at 216-346-3235.

CHECK OUT THE SCHUMAN TEAM’S AWARD-WINNING WEBSITE

Taste of Solon 2010  is the property of The Schuman Team and may be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©Feb,2010

Solon Community Park and Playground

Solon Community Park and Playground

While most local residents are familiar with all the great amenities our city has to offer, we would like to highlight one of the real gems of Solon, the Solon Community Park.

 

Solon playground

 

People relocating to Solon, especially those that have children, are always curious to learn if we have any  local playgrounds, so we wanted to highlight the one that is most well-known.  

The Solon playground is located in the heart of the city, across the street from the Solon Public Library. The playground area is actually part of the larger Solon Community Park. The official address is 6679 SOM Center Road, although in addition to the main entrance off SOM, there is another entrance off Portz Parkway. There is plenty of free parking available.solon playground

The playground offers 2 updated playground areas, one for toddlers and young children, and a separate area for older children. There is seating along the perimeter so adults can relax while watching their children play. There is also plenty of open grassy area available surrounding the playground. Restrooms and a water fountain are located in close proximity to the playground as well.

The Solon playground, as previously mentioned, is part of the Solon Community Park. In addition to the playground, the park consists of baseball diamonds, a volley ball court, basketball court, skateboard park, and pavilion.

 

The covered pavilion offers a grilling area and enough seating to host large parties. It is a very popular destination for family reunions and other large social gatherings, especially in the spring and summer, so reservations are a must. We have seen many instances where large parties just show up, and are disappointed to find out they cannot use the pavilion because it was already reserved by another party. To make reservations, we recommend calling the Solon Recreation Department at 440-248-5747 well in advance of your function. 

Solon Community Pavillion

Solon Community ParkVolley Ball Courts

Below are other articles of interest pertaining to Solon:

Money Magazine Ranks Solon Top Places To Live

Newsweek Ranks Solon On Top Schools List

Solon – A Special Community

 Solon Schools

 

Solon Luxury Home Neighborhoods:

Chagrin Highlands of Solon

Forest Hills

Huntington Woods

North Hill

North Park

Preserve

Rollingbrook

Signature of Solon

Thornbury of Solon

 

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About The Authors:

Dan and Amy Schuman are Solon residents. They specialize in Solon luxury homes, working with buyers relocating to Solon, and first-time buyers.

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Solon or the surrounding Eastern suburbs, please contact the Schuman Team.

For a personal consultation or to speak directly to The Schuman Team, call 216-346-3235.

VIEW ALL SOLON HOMES FOR SALE BY CLICKING BELOW

 

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Solon Community Park and Playgrounds  is the property of The Schuman Team and may be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©Feb,2010

Twinsburg Real Estate – 2009 Year End Home Statistics

Twinsburg Real Estate – 2009 Year End Home Statistics

 

 twinsburg market report                twinsburg home statistics

 

Here is our official 2009 Twinsburg Real Estate year in review. We have added statistics from 2008, so that you can see how we did compared to the previous year.  A summary will be provided with commentary about the 2009 year in real estate and our thoughts moving forward to 2010.

All Sales           # of homes sold         Ave. Sales Price              Ave. Days on Market 

2009                       232                           $196,571                             104  

2008                       237                           $206,556                              93

Highest Sale = $460,000

Lowest Sale = $20,000

 

SUMMARY

Actual sales of Twinsburg real estate in 2009 were very similar to those of 2008.

While the general real estate market in the Cleveland area has been extremely slow compared to other areas of the country, Twinsburg has responded fairly well despite a sluggish economy. It is impossible to tell when the actual bottom of the market occurs until it has already passed, but it appears we are close based on the numbers.

The main difference in average sales price from 2009 to 2008 can be attributed to sellers having to accept less for their home than anticipated. While there were a similar number of homes that sold in the higher and lower priced points, 2009 saw more sales in the $100,000-$199,999 price point than in 2008.

To put in bluntly, selling a home is a beauty contest and a price war. Nice homes that are priced well will sell, and homes that are dated and need work are being punished in terms of price. The law of supply and demand still favor the buyers at this point, although there are a few price points in the Twinsburg real esate market that are more balanced.

So far this year, we have already had 13 sales and another 25 homes are under contract. The home buyer tax credit should help stimulate the market over the next 90 days. Those considering selling their home in Twinsburg should highly considering taking advantage of the temporary influx of buyers and put their home on the market as soon as possible.

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About The Authors:

This information is provided compliments of Amy and Dan Schuman, The Schuman Team Keller Williams Realty. The Schumans service the Eastern suburbs of Cleveland and have worked with numerous professional athletes, business owners, and executives who are relocating to Cleveland. They specialize in the Cleveland Ohio luxury home market and also enjoy working with first-time buyers as well.

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Twinsburg or surrounding suburbs, please contact the Schuman Team at 216-346-3235. 

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Twinsburg Real Estate – 2009 Year End Home Statistics is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©Feb2010   

Rotary International Forming Solon Chapter

Rotary International Forming Solon Chapter

 

Solon Rotary forming

The local Rotary district is looking to expand by opening a Solon club. This is an exciting opporunity to become a charter member and part of one of the most well respected organizations in the world.

 

What Is Rotary?

Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization, and has over 1,000,000 members. There are clubs located not only throughout the US but actually 33,000 clubs throughout the world. Rotary club members are those who are willing to give of themselves to help better their local and international community.

Rotary is most famous for being the driving factor for helping to eradicate polio worldwide. Their immunization efforts have been an effective force in reaching out to third world countrys and making sure children are imminized against this horrible disease. Even though Rotary has had much success, help is still needed at all levels of the organization.

 

Who Should Join?

Rotary is looking for business, professional, and local leaders who are looking to give back to the local Solon community. If you live or work in or near Solon and would like to get involved with this prestigious world-wide  organization, becoming a charter member of the Solon club is a great opportunity.

While Rotary is not a networking organization, members do receive numerous benefits. Being able to work with your local peers to help better the local community is rewarding in and of itself. However, members do have a chance to work together both personally and professionally, and also make lifelong friendships. Becoming part of Rotary will ehhance your life.

 

What Is Expected Of Memebers

The time commitment to be a member of the Solon Rotary Club are minimal, but the rewards are great. The club will meet weekly, at a time and place yet to be determined. Yearly dues are minimal, at approximately $250 a year. There will be other events that occur thoughout the calander year as well. Like any other organization, members will get out what they put into it.

For those that would like more information, feel free to contact me

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About The Authors:

This information is provided compliments of Amy and Dan Schuman, The Schuman Team Keller Williams Realty. Dan is a former Rotarian, having been a member of the Chagrin Highlands Rotary Club for 5 years.

The Schumans live in Solon and have worked with numerous professional athletes, business owners, and executives who are relocating to Cleveland. They specialize in the Cleveland Ohio luxury home market and also enjoy working with first-time buyers as well.

If you are looking to buy or sell Cleveland real estate, including the surrounding suburbs, please contact the Schuman Team at 216-346-3235.

Video Blog- “Is The FDIC Killing Short Sales?”- A MUST WATCH

This is a must watch video compliments of Bob Hertzog, a real estate broker from Phoenix, AZ.

Via Robert G Hertzog (Summit Home Consultants):

Video Blog- “Is The FDIC Killing Short Sales?”- A MUST WATCH

Many of you read the blog I wrote in September/2009, entitled “Is The FDIC Killing Short Sales?”  In the blog, I explained how OneWest Bank, who had received a sweetheart deal from the FDIC called a “shared-loss agreement”, was holding my client hostage for a $75,000 promissory note demand.

In the end, once I reminded them of how much money they were getting from the FDIC, they agreed to drop their demand for the promissory note, and the short sale closed 3 weeks later.

Today, they guys at “Think Big Work Small” did a great video blog, describing my case.  If this doesn’t get your blood boiling, I don’t know what will!  Take 5 minutes out of your busy day to watch this video.  It does a great job of what could be causing your short sales to stall.

Video Blog-“Is The FDIC Killing Short Sales?”- A MUST WATCH

Please Please Please do your part and re-post this blog to everyone you know.  The “Think Big Work Small” website gets several thousand hits per day, and this story needs to get out!

Bob Hertzog

Designated Broker-Summit Home Consultants

www.phxshortsalehelp.com

P.S.-  “Think Big, Work Small” did a follow-up to the story yesterday.  Fast-Forward to the 1:50 mark to view it.

Video Blog-Follow Up

Cleveland Ohio Private Schools

Cleveland Ohio Private Schools 

Cleveland Private Schools

 

Working with a great number of people relocating to Cleveland, we are often asked about schools. While most are extremely impressed with our area public schools, some still have an interest in learning more about private schools in the Cleveland area. So, with that in mind, we have decided to compile a fairly comprehensive list of Cleveland area private schools, with links to each one.

The nice thing about this list is that unlike most lists of schools you may find while searching on line, you will not find ads or pop-ups, simply direct links to these schools. 

We have divided the list geographically, for your convenience.

 

East Side Cleveland Private Schools:

Agnon – early childhood, K-8

Beaumont School – Girls only 

Benedictine High School

Gilmour Academy – K-12

Hathaway Brown – Girls only K-12, co-ed early childhood

Hawken School – preschool-12, co-ed

Laurel School – Girls only

Ratner School – 20mos.-K, 1-8

Regina High School – Girls only

Ruffing Montessori – toddler-8

St Peter Chanel High School

University School – Boys only, 2 locations, K-8 in Shaker, 9-12 in Hunting Valley 

 

West Side Cleveland Private Schools:

Cleveland Central Catholic – 9-12

Holy Name High School

Lake Ridge Academy – K-12

Lawrence School – co-ed 1-12, for students with learning differences and attention deficits

Magnificat High School – Girls only

Padua Franciscan High School 

Saint Ignatius High School

St. Edward High School 

Trinity High School

Urban Community School – Elementary

Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School

 

South Side Cleveland Private Schools:

Walsh Jesuit High School

Western Reserve Academy – boarding and day school, 9-12 in Hudson

 

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About The Authors:

This information is provided compliments of Amy and Dan Schuman, The Schuman Team Keller Williams Realty. The Schumans service primarily the Eastern suburbs of Cleveland have worked with numerous professional athletes, business owners, and executives who are relocating to Cleveland. They specialize in the Cleveland Ohio luxury home market and also enjoy working with first-time buyers as well.

If you are looking to buy or sell Cleveland real estate, including the surrounding suburbs, please contact the Schuman Team at 216-346-3235. 

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Solon Real Estate – Monthly Home Statistics January 2010

 Solon Real Estate – Monthly Home Statistics January 2010

solon winter home

As most people know, January is typically a slow month in real estate in terms of sales. However, we did see the same number of transfers last month as we did in January 2009.

Here is an unofficial list of homes that sold in Solon last month:

38510 Aurora Rd $110,000
34955 Solon $155,500
33342 Warwickshire $174,900
32852 Brackenbury Dr $265,000
35925 Pettibone Rd $319,000
35865 Spatterdock Ln $339,000
39250 Lochmoor Dr $395,000
6842 Teasel Ct $440,000
37655 Windy Hill Ln $460,250

Summary:

While the winter months traditionally bring out the bargain hunters looking for distressed properties, only one of these homes would be considered in that category as it was a short sale. Otherwise, all the homes that sold last month were normal transactions, a possible good sign that the huge run of Solon bank owned homes is over.

The good news is that there are 31 homes currently under contract, most likely to transfer over the next 60 days. Even better news is that 4 of them are luxury homes, those priced over $500,000. Last year the Solon luxury home market was unusually slow, so perhaps this is in indication of a turnaround.

Moving forward, the home buyer tax credit will be expiring on April 30th. This should mean an increase in activity over the next 90 days. There are a lot of buyers out there sitting and waiting for the perfect house, and still a relatively small inventory of available homes, as is typical this time of the year.

Any Solon home owner considering selling their home should do so now, provided they have a very nice home and price it competitively. This spring will bring a flood of buyers to the market, with unusual demand created by the home buyer tax credit. While there has never been a better time to buy, now is also a great time to sell.

Below Are Other Articles Of Interest Relating To the Solon real estate:

Solon Luxury Homes – Year In Review 2009

Solon real estate – year in review 2009

Is the tax credit deadline really April 30th?

Tips when selling your home in the winter 

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About The Authors:

Dan and Amy Schuman are Solon residents. They specialize in Solon luxury homes, working with buyers relocating to Solon, and first-time buyers.

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Solon or the surrounding Eastern suburbs, please contact the Schuman Team.

For a personal consultation or to speak directly to The Schuman Team, call 216-346-3235.

VIEW ALL SOLON HOMES FOR SALE BY CLICKING BELOW

 

search all solon homes for sale

 

CHECK OUT THE SCHUMAN TEAM’S AWARD-WINNING WEBSITE

  

Solon Real Estate – Monthly Home Statistics January 2010 is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©Feb,2010

Buyers- Open Your Mind And You May Be Surprised What You Find

home buyers need to keep an open mind

 

Whenever we have our initial meeting with our buyers, we always ask them detailed questions about what they are looking for in a home. Included in our list of questions is “what 3-5 things must your next home have?” We then go on to formulate a list of “must haves” and “wants” in an effort to find them the right match.

In our experience, however, at least 50% of buyers end up buying something that did not fit their original parameters. Although buyers may say they absolutely positively need something, they will often fall in love with a home that may not have everything they initially said they wanted.

Here are some examples of what some of our buyers initially said they wanted, and what they ended up buying:

WANTED                                              BOUGHT

4 BR home                                           3BR home, with an additional office/den

3 car garage                                        perfect home, but had a 2 car garage

older home with charm                        new construction

home on 1 acre                                    townhouse

home in city X                                      home in city Y

brick colonial                                        vinyl sided ranch

  

Think about this another way. If you are married or have a significant other, is your spouse exactly like you had imagined he or she would be? In our case, my wife wanted tall, dark, and handsome, and got me instead. In fact, she was hesitant to even go on a date with me when we first met because she didn’t think I was “her type.”  By keeping an open mind, Amy found the man of her dreams ( me ) and 13 years later, we’ve never been happier.

So, although buyers think they know exactly what they want, we think it’s best to communicate with your agent regarding what you want and why and be open to some suggestions from us on homes that you may not have originally considered.

If you keep an open mind to looking at homes that may not fit your exact parameters,  you may be surprised at what you end up falling in love with and buying.

 

Here are some other articles of interest for buyers:

Moving Up In A Down Market Can Make Sense 

How Much Can I Get That Home For?

Why Using A Buyer’s Agent Is Important

How Long Home Components Should Last

 

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About The Authors:

This information is provided compliments of Amy and Dan Schuman, The Schuman Team Keller Williams Realty. The Schumans service primarily the Eastern suburbs of Cleveland have worked with numerous professional athletes, business owners, and executives who are relocating to Cleveland. They specialize in the Cleveland Ohio luxury home market and also enjoy working with first-time buyers as well.

If you are looking to buy or sell Cleveland real estate, including the surrounding suburbs, please contact the Schuman Team at 216-346-3235. 

SEE ALL CLEVELAND AREA HOMES FOR SALE BY CLICKING BELOW:

view all Cleveland luxury homes

 CHECK OUT THE SCHUMAN TEAM’S AWARD-WINNING WEBSITE

 

Buyers- Open Your Mind And You May Be Surprised What You Find is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©Feb2010  

Thinking of Selling Your Home – Why Wait, The Buyers Are Out There Now

Thinking of Selling Your Home – Why Wait, The Buyers Are Out There Now

First time and move up buyer tax credits set to expire April 30th and buyers are out in full force looking to take advantage of the $8000 or $6500, courtesy of Uncle Sam. The problem is that much of the current inventory here in Greater Cleveland has been on the market since the fall and there is nothing new or exciting for the buyers to see. Today’s buyers are demanding a totally finished product.   Most of the homes sitting on the market haven’t sold because they either need too much work or are outdated. However, if you offer them what they want, they will buy.

Have you been thinking about selling your home, but were afraid that there may not be interest?  Concerned you may not get the price you want because of the slow market?  Now may be your golden opportunity, especially if you a have an updated home.

While many sellers like to wait until the spring, this may be a bad move this year. Buyers are out there now, and the longer you wait, the more competition you will face.

This is especially true in some of the areas that we service, such as Solon, Orange, Moreland Hills, Pepper Pike and Beachwood. We recently had over 50 different buyers see one of our listings. Many of them are still out there looking and waiting for something new to come on the market. 

If your home is a nice, finished product and you are thinking about a move, you should seriously consider putting it on the market now while demand is high. In fact, many experts predict a temporary sellers market during the month of April, as the tax credit deadline quickly approaches.

You have nothing to lose, so get your home ready and sell it now. The buyers are waiting.

See Other Articles Of Interest

Tips When Selling A Home In The Winter

Solon Luxury Homes – 2009 Year In Review

Solon Real Estate – 2009 Year End Home Statistics 

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About The Authors:

This information is provided compliments of Amy and Dan Schuman, The Schuman Team Keller Williams Realty. The Schumans service primarily the Eastern suburbs of Cleveland have worked with numerous professional athletes, business owners, and executives who are relocating to Cleveland. They specialize in the Cleveland Ohio luxury home market and also enjoy working with first-time buyers as well.

If you are looking to buy or sell Cleveland real estate, including the surrounding suburbs, please contact the Schuman Team at 216-346-3235. 

SEE ALL CLEVELAND AREA HOMES FOR SALE BY CLICKING BELOW:

view all Cleveland luxury homes

 CHECK OUT THE SCHUMAN TEAM’S AWARD-WINNING WEBSITE

 

Thinking of Selling Your Home – Why Wait, The Buyers Are Out There Now is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©Feb2010