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Handling Multiple Offers for a seller in Real Estate

This is a great post written by Bill Gassett, a top producing real estate agent in Hopkinton, MA. Even though Bill is in another state, most principles discussed here still hold true to Ohio real estate transactions.

Via Bill Gassett Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty):

                                                                                                                                                   offer contract real estate in Massachusetts

The handling of multiple offers can be a tricky subject in Real Estate. Let’s just say they are every buyer’s agents nightmare and something that most listing agents look forward to. I say most because some Realtors try to avoid controversy at all costs and a multiple offer situation can sometimes get contentious.

Before getting into the art of handling multiple offers lets 1st discuss some basic parameters of an offer in general. In Massachusetts all offers whether verbal or written MUST be presented to the seller.

It is not at the listing brokers discretion to determine what is or isn’t worth the sellers time to listen to. No matter how ridiculous an offer sounds, it is not up to the listing agent to be the judge of the offer. It is a violation of the code of ethics to withhold any offers whether verbal or written.

According to the Real Estate code of ethics Realtors shall submit offers and counter offers objectively and as quick as possible.

There are a few different scenario’s in which a multiple offer situation could arise. You could have multiple offers come in around the same time in a given day in which case all of the offers should be presented to the seller at the same time or you could be in the middle of negotiations with a buyer and suddenly find out you are getting one or more additional offers.

In the 1st scenario the listing agent should be informing the buyers agents that there are multiple offers being presented to the seller. The buyer’s agents at this point should be instructing their buyer clients to think about what their best offer on the property could potentially be.

selling home in Massachusetts and getting multiple offersOne point that should be made clear is that a listing agent is not allowed to reveal the terms of a buyers offer to another buyer or their agent. The code of ethics requires that real estate agents treat prospective buyers honestly and fairly.

A Realtor who reveals the terms and conditions of a competing offer to one buyer gives that buyer an obvious advantage over the others which breaches the duty of fairness owed to the other buyers. 

In most circumstances it would be in the sellers best interest to instruct their listing agent to ask all parties to come back with their “best offer”.

The seller stands to benefit greatly as none of the buyers has any idea what the other offers are. If the buyers want the home they will be forced to step up to the plate and possibly pay more than they originally expected to.

Once the seller has received all the bids back, it is to them how they would like to proceed. It is possible that the seller could do one of the following:

  • Reject all of the offers. Maybe the price isn’t high enough or the closing date does not work. It is up to the sellers discretion on what is acceptable or not.
  • Reject one of the offers and work with the others. Maybe this buyers financing was too risky no matter how good all the other terms are. In this scenario the seller could make a counter-offer to one of the other offers.
  • Accept one of the offers and reject the others. This is the most common scenario because in most multiple offer situations the seller ends up getting the terms they desire.

The second scenario in which you have already been negotiating an offer and additional offer/offers come in needs a lot more care from the sellers/listing agent, as this is a scenario where emotions can create major problems.

Let me 1st state emphatically that there does NOT necessarily need to be any special treatment given to the 1st offer. After all, as a sellers agent it is your fiduciary responsibility to get your seller client the best terms and conditions.

man with multiple offer in Real EstateIs it possible that the buyers agent is going to have steam coming out of his or her ears when this scenario comes up?

It sure is and you better plan for it. There are plenty of Realtors that don’t know any better and will give a sellers agent an earful.You need to stand your ground and calmly remind the other agent what your job entails as a listing broker.

The code of ethics is very clear on this issue. “When acting as listing brokers, Realtors shall continue to submit to the seller all offers and counter offers until closing or until execution of the contract unless the seller has waived this obligation in writing.”

The goal as a listing agent should always be to get the sellers the best terms and conditions. Is it frustrating to be in this situation as a buyer’s agent…you bet it is!! Rules are rules though and this is how the Real Estate game is played.

Multiple offers are always a sellers best friend so to speak. In most circumstances a seller is going to walk away with more than if the multiple offer situation did not exist. The seller will most likely be in the drivers seat if minor issues come up with inspections as well. The buyer may fear the seller jumping to one of the other buyers who lost out if they raise too many issues.

Looking at the mutiple offer situation from a buyer’s agents point of view should be to find out exactly what the seller is expecting for terms and conditions. It should not be assumed that PRICE is going to be the only deciding factor. Maybe the closing date or the amount of money the buyer is financing is just as important to the seller.

Over the years I have been involved with many multiple offers where the seller did not choose the highest bid. An example on a few occasions has been one of the parties being more flexible with extending a closing date so the kids could finish school. As a buyers agent you should never loose site of what could be important to the seller.

Besides increasing the price here are a few examples of what the buyer could do to make their offer more attractive.

  1. Shorten the time to get inspections done.
  2. Shorten the mortgage contingency date or remove it all together if the buyer is 100% certain they will get approved.
  3. Increase the escrow deposit over the normal standard for the area.

success in negotiating multiple offers in Real EstateA few other thoughts about multiple offer scenerios….Make sure you document everything! As a Massachusetts Realtor for the past twenty three years, I have learned that being involved in a multiple offer situation can be a highly emotional event.

Buyers and their agents can get really ticked off when they are not the winning bid. It is wise to have your basis covered in the event someone accuses you of a wrong doing!

One last rule and I don’t know why you would want to do this but it is not required that you inform other agents of the fact there is more than one offer on a property.

In fact it is at the SELLER’S sole discretion and choice whether this disclosure takes place. When the seller does give authorization, Realtors shall also disclose whether offers were obtained by the listing agent, another agent in the same company, or a cooperating broker.

Frankly I love getting multiple offers! I know when this occurs my seller clients are real happy and my list price to sale price ratio has gone up up up.

Thinking of selling your home in Massachusets? See….

Preparing your Massachusetts Home for the Spring selling season

Selling your home in a buyer’s market

Top ten mistakes to avoid when selling your Massachusetts home

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About the Author: The above Real Estate information on Handling multiple offer for a seller in Real EstateRE/MAX Executive Realty Hopkinton Mass was provided by Bill Gassett, a Nationally recognized leader in his field. Bill can be reached via email at billgassett@remaxexec.com or by phone at 508-435-5356. 

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Heritage Estates of Solon Ohio

Heritage Estate of Solon Ohio

The following describes Heritage Estates of Solon, compliments of the Schuman Team, Solon residents for over 10 years.

 

Heritage Estates of Solon

Heritage Estates of Solon is a relatively small subdivision located in Solon Ohio, off SOM Center Road ( Rt. 91 ). This development actually is connected to the larger subdivision, The Preserve, and is also very close in proximity to the Solon Recreation Center, Solon Community Park, and nearby shopping.

There are only 3 streets in Heritage Estates, Navajo Trail, Arapaho Ct., and Seminole Way. Arapaho is a cul-de-sac street. Overall, there are 50 homes in the Heritage Estate subdivision of Solon and most were built in the mid 1990’s.

Homes here are situated on nice semi-wooded .6 acre lots. The exteriors of homes in Heritage Estates are a mix of brick, stone, and vinyl, with professionally landscaped yards. There were a few different builders in this development, but most of the homes have a similar feel and all are colonial in style, with all bedrooms being on the second floor.Heritage Estates Solon OH

 

Homes in Heritage Estate of Solon typically have 4 bedrooms and have either 3 or 4 baths and are between 3000-3500 square feet.  Some homes have 3 full baths on the upper level while others have only 2. Features of these homes include 2 story foyers, great rooms open to the kitchen, master suites with large tubs, dual sinks and walk-in closets, 9′ ceilings, and open floor plans. 

 

 

 

Home in Heritage Estates Solon

 

 

Homes in Heritage Estates are usually in high demand mainly because they are newer and fairly affordable, ranging in price from $400,000-$500,000. Homes here  have a mix of 2 and 3 car garages. All have full basements, and most are finished.

 

The lot sizes also make this subdivision popular because they offer privacy and plenty of space for outdoor activities. There are also sidewalks located throughout Heritage, making it easy to walk, jog, and bike.

 

 

 

Heritage Estates is a more affordable option than buying in more expensive developments such as Signature of Solon, Thornbury of Solon, and Chagrin Highlands. Heritage Estate also connects to a subdivision of cluster homes called Heritage Landing. These homes are more popular for empty-nesters who desire lower maintenance homes with first floor master suites.

Solon Ohio is consistantly rated as one of the top suburbs in Cleveland and was recently ranked one of the top places to live in the US by Money Magazine. Solon also has one of the top-rated school districts in the nation, making it a popular destination for those relocating to Solon from out of state.

Children who live in Heritage Estates attend the following schools:

Parkside Elementary

Orchard Middle School

Solon Middle School

Solon High School

Here are a few other Solon OH developments that are comparable to Timber Trails:

Huntington Woods

Preserve

Timber Trails

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About The Authors:

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

For Ohio and Solon OH real estate and homes see Solon real estate

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Timber Trails of Solon Ohio

Timber Trails of Solon Ohio

In an effort to give our readers information not found anywhere else, we conduct extensive research on every neighborhood and subdivision in Solon OH, this includes personally touring hundreds of homes. This post features one of Solon’s truly beautiful yet affordable subdivisions, Timber Trails of Solon.

 

 

Timber Trails of Solon

Timber Trails of Solon is a smaller development that is tucked away and nestled in a nice pocket of wooded land, yet conveniently located off Liberty Road, just south of Pettibone Road ( Rt.43 ). The development is within close proximity to the new state of the art Solon Recreation Center, The Solon Center for The Arts, and nearby shopping. It also backs up to the Solon luxury home development of Forest Hills.

Overall, there are 39 homes in the Timber Trails subdivision of Solon and most were built in the mid to late 1990’s. There are only 2 streets in this neighborhood, Michael Drive and Joseph Drive. Both lead to cul-de-sacs.

Homes here are situated on roughly .5 acre, although there are a few homes on over an acre. The exteriors of homes in Timber Trails are a mix of brick, stone, and vinyl, and all are professionally landscaped. This neighborhood offers wooded lots with spacious and private back yards. There were several different builders who constructed here, so every home has a unique look, which many buyers find appealing.Timber Trails Solon OH

 

Homes in Timber Trails of Solon average 4 bedrooms and 4 baths, many with 3 full baths on the upper level, which is a very desirable feature not offered by homes in similarly priced developments.   Most homes here are colonial in style and feature outstanding architectural detail, high-end finishes, 2 story foyers, 9 foot ceilings, and custom mill work. 

 

 

 

wooded lot in Timber Trails of Solon

Timber Trails is a very popular subdivision because many of the homes are over 3500 square feet, have 3 car garages, and are loaded with upgrades found in a luxury home, yet are more affordable with prices typically under $500,000.

 

Timber Trails is a great alternative for those who like Solon luxury home developments such as Signature of Solon, Thornbury of Solon, and Chagrin Highlands, but don’t want to spend over $550,000.

 

 

Solon Ohio was recently ranked one of the top places to live in the US by Money Magazine and has one of the top-rated school districts in the nation. Children who live in Timber Trails attend the following schools:

Arthur Road Elementary

Orchard Middle School

Solon Middle School

Solon High School

Here are a few other Solon OH developments that are comparable to Timber Trails:

Huntington Woods

Preserve

 

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About The Authors:

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

For Ohio and Solon OH real estate and homes see Solon real estate

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

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Buying A Short Sale Or A Foreclosure | Buyers Should Consider The Advantages and Disadvantages

Here is a great post about buying a short sale or foreclosure written by John Jones, a top Dallas TX area real estate agent.

Via John Jones (JR Premier Properties):

Short Sales and Foreclosures Dallas, TXIn today’s market, almost half of the homes listed for sale are distressed sales – meaning they are either short sales or foreclosures.  The percentage varies depending on the city and region, but foreclosures and short sales generally make up a large part of the home inventory in many metropolitan areas in the United States, including the Dallas – Fort Worth area. This will likely remain the case for at least the next couple of years.

 

And while it is true that many foreclosures and short sales are great homes, buyers should know the possible advantages and disadvantages of entering into these types of transactions. 

 

 

Foreclosures and short sales are not the same thing.  A foreclosure occurs when a home owner is unable to make their mortgage payments to the point that they default per the terms of their note.  At that point, the trustee forces the property to be sold at auction on the courthouse steps and the lender places a minimum bid equal to the amount of the delinquent mortgage.  If the lender happens to be the highest bidder, then they end up owning the property (called an REO or “Real Estate Owned” property).  Sometimes the lender will negotiate with the guarantor, such as Fannie Mae or FHA, to take over the task of selling the asset.  Other times, they will keep it on their books and sell it themselves.  A HUD home is a property where the previous owner had an FHA loan, the property was foreclosed and the lender negotiated with HUD to take over and sell the home.  And likewise, a Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or VA foreclosure is essentially the same situation.    

A short sale occurs when when a home is still owned by the home owner, but the amount of money they owe on their mortgage plus the costs to sell the home exceed the total market value.  When this happens, the home owner usually either has to come up with the deficiency balance in cash or they must negotiate with their lender to accept a payoff that’s “short” of the amount they owe.  So a short sale is exactly what it sounds like-a home owner is selling the property short of the total cost to liquidate the home. 

In a non-distressed sale, a home buyer usually just has to deal with negotiating the offer with an individual seller.  For example, if I wanted to sell my house right now, I would hire an agent to market my home and obtain an offer.  Once a buyer came along with an offer, I would instruct my agent to negotiate per the terms I was willing to accept.  I do not have an asset manager or a department of people in my living room tasked with making this decision – it’s a somewhat simple decision that I would make quickly and efficiently because it’s the only home I have to sell.

In the case of a foreclosure, the seller is usually a bank or asset manager, so the process is often somewhat different.  Some foreclosures do not take much longer, sometimes no longer, to close than a transaction with an individual seller.  It ultimately depends on several factors, mainly the bidding and paperwork process required by the lender.  Often times, the bidding process is very straightforward and efficient (as in the case of HUD Homes).  Other times, it can be a complete beaurocatic nightmare.

In the the case of a short sale, the seller is still the individual who owns the home, but they must negotiate with the lender to allow a portion of their loan balance to be forgiven (written off).  This is the main drawback to short sales – they can take an extraordinary amount of time to close in some cases because it may take the lender weeks or even months to perform all of the internal steps they must complete in order to make their decision.  I’ve heard stories of extreme cases, some here on Active Rain, about short sales taking upwards of six to nine months to close.  In my experience this is not typical, but they almost always take significantly longer than sales involving individual sellers and even most foreclosures.

For home buyers looking to take advantage of the tax credits and the low interest rates, time is of the essence and this may not be the route they should choose if trying to close as quickly as possible.  Having said that, there are instances where short sales may only take 30-60 days to close.  It all depends on the lender and also whether or not the process of negotiating the reduction in payoff was started prior to the buyer entering into the transaction.

BUYING A FORECLOSURE – ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES

Possible Advantages:

  • Some lenders offer incentives to home buyers purchasing their foreclosures, such as the HUD $100 Down program.  Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac also offer incentives to owner-occupant purchasers, such as reduced down payments and extended home warranties. 
  • In the case of a HUD Home, HUD may allow certain repairs to be escrowed (rolled into the loan).
  • Homes are sometimes sold below market value.  In some cases, they may require few, if any, repairs or upgrades.  This is not typical but it does happen in some cases.  It is a myth that all foreclosures are in an advanced state of disrepair. 

Possible Disadvantages:

  • Depending on the lender, the transaction may take longer to close.  Lenders often require loan documents to be at the title company far in advance of closing.  Furthermore, inspections may take longer becuase utilities must be turned on in many cases.  Other circumstances may arise that can cause delays. 
  • Lenders are not required to complete a seller’s disclosure on foreclosures, so the buyer must rely on their home inspection, agent advice and intuition to assess the condition of the property. 
  • Lenders may require the buyer to sign certain addenda which may supercede some of a buyer’s rights contained within the state promulgated real estate contract. 
  • Buyers who close late may have to pay per diem penalties, or worse yet, may lose their earnest money and forfeit the contract if they do not close on time.  Of course, this may be the case in any transaction but per diem fines seem to be very common on foreclosures.  Buyers purchasing foreclosures should make sure their lender has the capability to close their transaction in the time required by the seller. 
  • The lender will often refuse to make any repairs to the property.  In some cases, such as in the case of FHA loans, the buyer’s lender may refuse to complete the loan if certain deficiancies exist, such as foundation problems or other issues that may jeopardize the home owner’s safety. 
  • In cases where a home is in a severe state of disrepair, it may be hard or impossible to obtain traditional financing. 

 

BUYING A SHORT SALE – ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES

Possible Advantages:

  • As is the case with some foreclosures, short sales may also be priced below market.  This depends on a bank’s final judgment as to whether or not a short sale would be more of an advantage to them over proceeding with a foreclosure.  Banks do not negotiate short sales for the benefit of home buyers or home sellers – it is strictly a business decision from their standpoint. 
  • Buyers who are willing to tolerate a long approval process may find they have less competition since many buyers do not have the stomach nor the time to deal with a short sale transaction.  

Possible Disadvantages:

  • The seller may not be able to make any repairs, especially since they may already be in a distressed financial state.  The lender will usually not agree to make any repairs either, and may also refuse to pay a portion of the buyer’s closing costs.
  • Not only do many short sales take a long time to close, many lenders also take a long time to physically accept or reject a buyer’s offer.  So in the above cases where I mentioned some short sales may take months to close, most buyers do not know whether the bank has accepted their offer until the last minute.  And furthermore, many banks will demand a quick closing after they have let the buyer and seller languish in limbo for months. 
  • Buyers stuck in limbo waiting for an answer may miss out on low interest rates and/or the home buyer tax credit.  Banks will typically not lock loans for longer than 60-90 days, and even ones that do will require a premium to lock in a rate for this long.  Add that to the risk of missing out on the tax credit and it may not be worth it to some home buyers.  
  • Banks may refuse to honor an agreement if the buyer fails to close within the time required by the agreement. 
  • Imagine waiting 30, 60 or even 90 days for an answer….and the answer is “NO”.  Buyers in this position must now start from square one and they’ve lost all of that valuable time. 
  • In some rare cases, banks have foreclosed on properties while in the middle of negotiating a short sale.  Sounds crazy, but some banks’ left hands don’t know what their right hands are doing if you can believe that….

 

As with anything else in real estate, every transaction is different.  This is not meant to discourage home buyers from attempting to purchase foreclosures or short sales, it is merely meant to show the possible advantages and disadvantages.  I have worked with foreclosure and short sale transactions on both the loan and real estate side, and each one had its ups and downs.  In every case where the buyer was prepared, they were typically pleased with the outcome.  But buyers should be aware of the drawbacks, especially the long waiting periods associated with some of these transactions, mainly short sales.  Buyers who need to close within a certain time frame should always evaluate the risks before beginning negotiations.

 

John Jones, Realtor(R)

JR Premier Properties

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Solon OH Real Estate – North Vs. South Solon, Which Is Better?

Solon OH Real Estate – North Vs. South Solon, Which Is Better

As real estate agents who live here in Solon OH, we are often asked this question by buyers who are not familiar with the area. It is a tough question to answer because each specific area within Solon has its advantages, and every buyer has their own personal preference depending on various factors.

First, let’s clarify what most people mean when we say “North” or “South” Solon. Officially, North Solon and South Solon are not actual cities, they are merely popular terms used by us locals to describe where something is located within the city.

Here is some detailed information on both areas of town.

North Solon – Refers to the area North of highway 422 and is characterized in terms of Solon real estate by typically older homes on larger, wooded lots. The developments in North Solon are popular for those looking for more privacy and land. Geographically, this area also allows for quicker access to the highway either off Harper Rd or SOM Center Road, which is viewed as a plus for those working downtown or who want to be a little closer to the airport.

 North Solon OH Home

Here is an example of what a home in North Solon may look like:

Since many of these neighborhoods have homes built in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s, they don’t have all of the modern amenities that today’s newer homes have. However, they do offer charm and nicer lot sizes, often with mature trees and landscaping. Some areas of North Solon could even be categorized as “peaceful, quiet, and nature-like.”

Homes in the North part of town are also closer to other popular suburbs such as Moreland Hills OH, Orange OH, Pepper Pike OH, and Beachwood OH.  

 

 

Home in the South part of Solon OH

South Solon – Refers to the area of town South of Route 43, Aurora Road. The housing here is newer for the most part, although there are older homes on land in South Solon as well. In Addition, for those looking to buy a luxury home in Solon, the area South of 422 offers many more choices. Therefore, you may end up paying a premium for buying in the North part of town merely based on supply.

 

Here is what a typical home in the South part of Solon may look like:

 

 

  

There is very little located in North Solon besides housing, with the exception of one shopping center and 1 of the schools, Lewis Elementary. Everything else is located to the South, including the other 3 elementary schools, Middle School, JR High and High School, numerous shopping centers, including grocery stores, the Solon Recreation Center, Solon Center for The Arts, and Solon Public Library.

So, is one area of town really better than the other? It really depends on who you ask. For those looking to buy a home in Solon OH, we recommend keeping an open mind and looking at homes in all areas of the city. Then, you will get a feel for what is better for your personal needs.

Then of course, there is the area in between North and South Solon, which contains newer and older homes. We really don’t have an unofficial nickname for this area other than Central Solon, but we’ll write about that part of Solon OH in another post, so you’ll have to keep reading our blog.

Here are a few popular neighborhoods in North Solon OH:

North Hill

North Park

Here are some popular neighborhoods South of 422:

Chagrin Highlands of Solon

Forest Hills

Huntington Woods

Preserve

Rollingbrook

Signature of Solon

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

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About The Authors:

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

For Ohio and Solon OH real estate and homes see Solon real estate

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

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Solon OH Real Estate – Local Vegetarian Dining

Solon OH Real Estate – Local Vegetarian Dining

As self-proclaimed “foodies”, we are always on the lookout for “good eats”.  Our lifestyle choices have progressed toward meatless dining so we’re always delighted to find restaurants serving great vegetarian and vegan dishes.   Here are just a few of our favorites places to go that are located in or near our home in Solon OH:

Mustard Seed Market and Cafe

 

Mustard Seed Market and Cafe – Located in the Uptown Solon OH Shopping Center on Kruse Drive,  Mustard Seed offers a lot. While it is a major area market, there is also a Bistro here with both indoor and outdoor seating.  They have a very extensive menu with all types of healthy offerings for vegetarians, vegans, and those just looking for a healthy meal. They also have a smoothie and juice bar, and soup and salad bar. Mustard Seed is also a great place to pick up a quick dinner as they have a huge selection of prepared foods.

 

  Organic Energy Cafe

 

Organic Energy Café  – Has locations in Solon OH , the Shoppes of North Solon on Miles Road, and Chagrin Falls Village. Organic Energy offers smoothies, salads, rice and noodle bowls, sandwiches and wraps.  There are a ton of veggie friendly things on the menu as well as delicious options for your meat eating friends.   

 

 

 

Peppermint Thai Cuisine – Located at Lander Circle in Pepper Pike.  Great food and a wide selection of vegetarian options.  I think we carry out from here at least twice a month.

Tommy’s  – Although located in the Coventry neighborhood in Cleveland Heights, Tommy’s is worth the trip.  They offer more varieties of spinach pies than you can imagine, great humus, felafel, and just maybe the best milkshakes in Greater Cleveland.  They really go the extra mile here and included on the menu are Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, and Macrobiotic options as well as traditional burgers and fries. We used to make weekly visits to Tommy’s when living in Cleveland Heights, but still make a point to go whenever we can. 

Stir Crazy – Located in Legacy Village in Mayfield Heights, this is another easy place to find meatless meals and please the carnivores you socialize with too.  Check out the Noodles and Bowls section of the menu.  Bonus outdoor seating in the warm weather makes this place even more fun.

And finally, not quite a restaurant, but local, fabulous vegan chef Amy Cramer creates the most delicious vegan dinners in town.  Her company Dinners Done Now offers weekly gourmet take out meals, personal vegan coaching and catering.   She also offers group cooking classes that are fun and informative. Her food is wholesome, homemade, and so tasty, you won’t miss what’s not in it.

Look for a follow up article on more great meatless food finds in the Cleveland and Solon OH area and please feel free to share your favorites with us!

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About The Authors:

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

For Ohio and Solon OH real estate and homes see Solon real estate

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

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Safety Tips When Selling Your Cleveland OH Home

Safety Tips When Selling Your Cleveland OH Home

 

home seller safety tips

While recently preparing for a class I was presenting to other real estate agents on Realtor® safety, I thought about the importance of reviewing safety tip with clients as well.  Here are some tips that you should keep in mind when putting your home on the market.

Tip 1 – Unfortunately, during the process of selling, you will have a stream of strangers walking through your home – both with agents and during any open houses.  Most sellers know to put away any of the obvious valuables – jewelry and money – but don’t forget about prescription medicines and any personal information or documents that could be used for identity theft.  Also, you may want to put away anything precious to you that could accidentally be broken. 

Tip 2 – Be careful who you let in.  All of your showings should be scheduled in advanced through your agent, their office, or their showing service.   Do not let in anyone who stops by unannounced – even if they tell you that your agent sent them.  Instruct them to set an appointment and point them to the phone number on your For Sale sign.  Never allow a buyer inside your home without their agent present.

Tip 3 – Protect yourself from liability.  Shovel walks in the winter, secure your pets, and just be aware of anything that could put a prospective buyer in danger of an injury.

Tip 4 – Talk to your agent about their policies on safeguarding your home.  This may include how they conduct an open house, lockbox security, and anything else that is of concern to you.  Make sure that your home is never listed or advertised as “Vacant” as this is an open invitation for trouble.

Tip 5 – Always trust your instincts.  If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. 

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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 are residents of Solon OH 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 OH real estate, including the surrounding suburbs, please contact the Schuman Team at 216-346-3235. 

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Career Day Allows Us A Chance To Recruit Some Very Young Agents

Career Day Allows Us A Chance To Recruit Some Very Young Agents

Last Friday, we spent the morning at Parkside Elementary School in Solon participating in Career Day for the 4th grade students. There were a total of 18 different stations, many consisting of local parents, for the kids to visit. The presentations were 15 minutes, and the students got a chance to pick 9 stations that were of interest to them.

Career Day at Parkside Elementary in Solon

We thoroughly enjoyed teaching the children all about the wonderful world of real estate. We shared with them the basics of what a real estate agent does, and what skills are necessary to be successful. We made our presentation very interactive, asking the students a lot of questions and encouraging their participation. Our focus was on one of our specialties, home staging.

Parkside Career Day 2010

 

Amy shared with the children how she prepares a home for sale, and showed them “before and after” photos. Using boxes, doll house furniture and accessories, the children got to use their newfound skills to Stage their own home. They were all very energetic and did a great job. 

After being on our feet and giving 2 straight hours of presentations, we gained even more respect for our local teachers because it was exhausting.

 

 

We would like to thank the local PTA for putting on this great event, which also consisted of a catered breakfast and lunch for the parents who volunteered. Amy and I thoroughly enjoyed this event and look forward to doing it again in the future.

Below are other articles of interest pertaining to Solon, Solon Schools and a few Solon neighborhoods that fall under the Parkside school district:

Money Magazine Ranks Solon Top Places To Live

Newsweek Ranks Solon On Top Schools List

Solon – A Special Community

 Solon Schools

Neighborhoods Located Within The Parkside School District:

Chagrin Highlands of Solon

Huntington Woods

Preserve

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About The Authors:

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

For Ohio and Solon OH real estate and homes see Solon real estate

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

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Twinsburg Real Estate – Monthly Home Statistics February 2010

Twinsburg Real Estate – Monthly Home Statistics February 2010

 

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Here is a list of all homes that sold in Twinsburg last month, with commentary to follow:

 

9264 Gettysburg Dr $78,101
9065 Gettysburg Dr $143,500
10214 Brighton $150,000
1310 Waldo Way $171,000
2454 Glenwood Dr $175,000
10179 Luman Ln $185,000
1680 Jennifer Dr $202,500
2361 Champion Trl $237,000

SUMMARY

While there were only 8 sales last month, the market is definitely picking up. January and February sales are an indication of market activity for November and December, which is typically the slowest time of the year. Current activity is best reflected by the number of homes currently under contract, which is 27. Furthermore, of these homes, 6 are priced over $200,000 and 4 over $300,000, so all price points are seeing activity at this point.

Moving forward, the home buyer tax credit ends on April 30th, and with the weather getting warmer, buyers will be out in droves over the next 6 weeks. We personally are working with many people looking to buy a home in Twinsburg and have noticed a surge in activity over the last several weeks.

Below are other articles of interest pertaining to Twinsburg Real Estate:

Twinsburg Real Estate – Year End Marketing Report 2009

 

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About The Authors:

This Twinsburg Ohio Real Estate Market Report 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.

For Ohio and Twinsburg OH real estate and homes see Twinsburg real estate

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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Child Obesity, What Can We Do?

Child Obesity, What Can We Do?

Keeping in mind the name of our blog is “Cleveland Real Estate and More“, today’s post has nothing to do with real estate and to me, is “more” important.

It amazes me that the rate of childhood obesity continues to increase. I have seen staggering figures that upwards of 35% of children in America are obese, and it makes me sad.

 

childhood obesity

 

One of my serious passions in life is health and fitness.  I work out 1-2 hours a day doing weights, Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai and anything else I can, just to push myself. I realize that many adults don’t like to exercise or eat healthy, and that’s certainly their choice. However, when it comes to children, kids only know what they are taught.  Therefore, we must do a better job when it comes to teaching them healthy habits, and leading by example.  Here is one simple thing we have done that has been successful.

Basically, we require our kids to exercise at least 20 minutes plus eat a certain amount of fruits and vegetables every day in order to earn dessert, no exceptions.  I call it a reward for positive behavior rather than taking something away for bad behavior. In my mind, it is pretty minimal, but a good foundation on which to build. This is purely my rule because Amy has a hard time with discipline. The kids think I am mean but I would rather be viewed as a mean parent with healthy kids than a well liked parent with unhealthy children.

While we certainly don’t claim to know everything about parenting, we have shared this with some of our friends and they seem to love the idea. The most important thing is to teach kids the concept of moderation, so they can form good habits now and grow up to be healthy productive adults.

We actually go so far as to follow this model ourselves as parents, so we can lead by example. Personally, I have no problem with this as I rarely eat dessert, but I have to watch Amy like a hawk as she has a tendency to want to cheat after putting the kids to bed.

I suppose that we can discuss putting a tax on soft drinks, limit how much TV our kids watch, or attempt to get schools to have gym more than once a week. But in the end, as parents, it is our job to teach our kids how to live a healthy lifestyle and if we don’t, they may grow up with health problems that could have been prevented with just a little bit of education and some tough love. 

 

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About The Authors

This information is provided compliments of Dan and Amy Schuman of The Schuman Team, Keller Williams Realty Greater Cleveland.

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

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