Monthly Archives: November 2010

Future Stars Rock Out For Cancer Benefit

Local young rock stars will be performing a benefit concert this Thursday night, with proceeds going toward cancer research.

Cancer benefit club rock

Young Local Rock Stars To Perform For Charity

WHEN: Thursday, November 18th, 2010
WHERE: The Boneyard, 5900 Mayfield Rd, Mayfield Heights, Oh
TIME: 6:00 PM

Club Rock, a 10 week workshop for children ages 4-16, teaches kids techniques for singing and performing.  At the end of the 10 week session, the children get to perform live in front of an audience. This particular concert will feature Club Varsity, the more experienced members of club rock, along with local rock star, Avril Berg and her band Run Avril Run.  

Admission will be $2 at the door, and proceeds will go to Cycle For Survivor, a charity that raises money to fight rare cancers.

Cleveland will be holding Cycle For Survival for the first time on February 13, 2011 at the Solon Recreation Center.  Cycle for Survival is an indoor team cycling event that raises money to support research on rare cancers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). 

The Cleveland Cycle For Survival Event is being organized by Stacy Starkoff, a local resident who is currently being treated at MSKCC. Please view the brief video below on Stacy’s story:

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About The Authors

The above information is compliments of The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, of Howard Hanna, proud sponsors of Cycle For Survival.

They can be reached at 216-346-3235 or via email, danschuman@howardhanna.com or amyschuman@howardhanna.com.

The Schumans service the following Cleveland area suburbs: Bainbridge, Bay Village, Beachwood, Bentleyville, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland Heights, Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Hunting Valley, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Moreland Hills, Oakwood Village, Orange, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Euclid, University Heights, Westlake, Woodmere.

Future Stars Rock Out For Cancer Benefit is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©November,2010

Schuman Team Dominates Google Search

When a local home seller is looking to hire a real estate agent,  today’s market requires them to find someone who has a superior internet presence.

Since more than 84%* ( and rising ) of all home buyers begin their home search on line, it only makes sense that your want your home to be showcased there, and you need to hire an agent who is on the cutting edge when it comes to technology.

Prospective homes buyers use search engines to find homes. Therefore, your home needs to be easily seen here.  Our clients get maximum exposure because we dominate the search engines. While we can tell you that we do, we prefer to show you. Here is a video demonstrating how the Schuman Team dominates on Google.

HOW DO WE DOMINATE WHILE OTHER AGENTS ARE NOWHERE TO BE FOUND?

As real estate agents who pride themselves on the use of technology, we have specific knowledge and resources to give our clients a leg up on their competition. We use tools and techniques that most other agents don’t even know exist.

Did you know that photos, quality and quantity, has a huge effect on whether or not your home gets sold? Some agents just put in a few photos of a home, and they are often not great quality either. One way we help our clients is by making sure our listings contain the maximum number of professional quality photos ( which is what today’s buyer wants to see ). We also utilize a vast network of web sources to “get the word out” about our listings. Sure, the local MLS is great, and every agent uses it, but there are many other ways to promote our listings.

One of the best ways to promote a listing is by blogging. Our real estate blog ( the one you are reading ) , along with 2 other blogs that we also have, get a tremendous amount of visits every day. In fact, it is one of the most popular real estate blogs in the state of Ohio. Since very few real estate agents even own a blog, let alone use it on a regular basis, this is yet another way that The Schuman Team uses technology to help our clients.

The newest trend in real estate marketing is video. Here, similar to blogging, a very small percentage of real estate are using this powerful technology to promote their listings. We make personal videos for each one of our listings. Here is an example:

If you live in the Cleveland Ohio area and are looking to hire a real estate agent to help you sell your home, make sure they can be easily found on Google and other search engines. If an agent doesn’t show up on line, why would you expect them to help your home show up there?

*Source, NAR 2009 Guide

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About The Authors

The above information pertaining to Cleveland Real Estate News was provided by The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, of Howard Hanna. They can be reached at 216-346-3235 or via email, danschuman@howardhanna.com or amyschuman@howardhanna.com.

We service the following Cleveland area suburbs: Bainbridge, Bay Village, Beachwood, Bentleyville, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland Heights, Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Hunting Valley, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Moreland Hills, Oakwood Village, Orange, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Euclid, University Heights, Westlake, Woodmere.

Schuman Team Dominates Google Search is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©November,2010

Signature Of Solon

Signature of Solon

Signature Of Solon is Cleveland area’s premiere gated golf course community and is located in Solon, Ohio, an upscale suburb on the east side of town. Only 10 years old, the development is centered around an 18 hole professionally designed golf course and a state of the art clubhouse, one of the largest in the state. While Signature of Solon offers a great golf experience, you don’t have to be a golfer to enjoy living here. It offers an upscale and social lifestyle with some of the finest luxury homes in the area. Residents enjoy the numerous amenities such as tennis courts, a swimming pool, fitness center, and several dinning areas, both formal and casual, within the clubhouse.

LOCATION OF SIGNATURE

Signature of Solon is conveniently located on the east side of Cleveland. Signature is a popular destination for those looking to relocate to Cleveland as it is about 25 minutes from both downtown and the airport and also boasts one of the top school systems in the State of Ohio. Solon is consistently written up in national magazines and was even recently ranked in Money Magazine as one of the best top places to live.

The main entrance is off Aurora Rd. ( Rt. 43 ) and there is another entrance off Pettibone and Liberty Rd. as well. The following map will give you a good idea of where Signature is located:


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SIGNATURE OF SOLON HOUSING

 

Luxury home in Signature of Solon

When people mention Signature of Solon, the focus quickly turns to the luxury housing that can be found here. Homes in Signature exude elegance and sophistication, yet are warm and inviting at the same time, making for enjoyable living and grand entertaining.

Overall, there are approximately 354 home sites divided into two separate areas, Signature I and Signature II, also known as Sycamore Estates. Signature is governed by an association which has very strict guidelines, ensuring that homes here are built to conform to strict architectural and aesthetic standards.

Homes in Signature I are located closer to the golf course and clubhouse, and have smaller lots. If you want a home with unbelievable golf course views, Signature I is the place to be.  Homes in Signature II have larger private lots and are located closer in proximity to the pool and tennis courts. The quality of homes in both areas of Signature is phenomenal.

The exteriors are breathtaking and complete with lush landscaping and finely manicured lawns. The interiors have open floor plans, dramatic entrances, and contain all the amenities that you would expect to find in a luxury home.

The interior finishes of homes in Signature are of the highest quality. Custom cabinetry, granite counter tops, top of the line appliances, and exquisite details will be found throughout homes in Signature of Solon.

Most homes in Signature have master bedrooms on the main level, with an additional 3-4 bedrooms on the upper level. They also contain home offices and either a deck or screened-in porch, so you can enjoy the outdoors.

Homes also typically have finished basements, many with exercise rooms, home theaters, full bathrooms, and plenty of space for recreation and storage. Many lower levels also have an additional bedroom, ideal for a nanny or in-law suite.

SIGNATURE OF SOLON IS A LIFESTYLE

 

Signature of Solon golf course community

Signature Of Solon Provides Residents With A Built In Social Life Of Golf, Tennis, Swimming, and More!

Living in Signature is more than just belonging to a golf club, it is a lifestyle. We have a ton of clients who live in Signature, many who relocated from out of state, and all of them have expressed the huge social benefits of living here.

Choosing to live in Signature immediately pays off with a built in social life. Having ourselves relocated to Cleveland, we know first-hand how difficult it can be to move to a new area. Living in Signature helps with the transition as it’s very easy to meet people, which is really helpful when starting life in a new city. There are a lot of social events throughout the year, and people are always out and about taking great advantage of the sidewalks and picturesque scenery.  As members of Signature, we can attest that it is fun to be part of such a vibrant club.

Below is a video of Signature of Solon:

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About The Authors

The above information pertaining to Cleveland Real Estate News was provided by The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, of Howard Hanna. They can be reached at 216-346-3235 or via email, danschuman@howardhanna.com or amyschuman@howardhanna.com.

We service the following Cleveland area suburbs: Bainbridge, Bay Village, Beachwood, Bentleyville, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland Heights, Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Hunting Valley, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Moreland Hills, Oakwood Village, Orange, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Euclid, University Heights, Westlake, Woodmere.

Signature Of Solon is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©November,2010

Horror Stories Of Buyers Not Using An Agent

 
 
 

 

Buying a home and not using an agent leads to problems and horror stories

Not Using An Agent Can Lead To Major Problems When Buying A Home

 

 

Buying a home in Cleveland is a complex transaction and involves a lot of money and risk. There is even more risk and frustration when someone buys a home and no real estate agents are involved. This post will show real life examples of problems that can occur when someone buys a home without using an agent and will hopefully help buyers understand why using one is so important.

To begin, we are not going to be negative towards those selling a home on their own. I understand that some sellers decide to sell without an agent for a variety of reasons, and that is certainly their right. However, I do feel strongly that a home buyer is doing themselves a huge disservice by working directly with a FSBO ( For Sale By Owner – those selling without an agent ) and have seen horror stories to back this up.

Here are real life examples that I have personally seen come up when a buyer decided to act alone when buying a home here in Cleveland and negotiate directly with the seller, without using an agent:

1.     One buyer found out, after it was too late, that the home they bought was not in the school district they wanted. The home was located on one of few streets in that particular suburb that did not fall into the main school district. The buyer’s children ended up having to change schools as a result. A local agent would have brought this issue to the buyer’s attention and saved a lot of unnecessary stress.

2.     Shortly after moving in, a buyer encountered serious roof problems. It turns out there were pre-existing issues that were not disclosed by the sellers. In fact, the sellers never filled out and gave the buyers the state mandated Residential Property Disclosure Form. The buyers had to hire an attorney and spend thousands of dollars taking the seller to court.

3.     The buyers knew up front that the roof of a home they were buying was nearing the end of it’s life. After closing and moving in to their new home, the buyers got an unpleasant surprise. They found out that the local association governing their neighborhood dictated that all roofs needed to be a certain type, one that cost 3-4 times as much as a standard roof. Knowing this up front may have changed their approach during negotiations.

4.     Buyers who relocated from out of state bought a home in an area they were not familiar with. After moving in, they found out that a commercial building was going to be built nearby, visible from their new home and likely to increase nearby traffic. A local agent would have been able to notify the buyers of this pending construction project, something the sellers didn’t disclose to the buyers.

5.     Buyers overpaid by tens of thousands of dollars. A direct quote said to me “yeah, we probably overpaid, but we really liked the home.” It is very difficult to remove yourself emotionally and make wise business decisions when you represent yourself.

There are plenty of things that you can do by yourself, but buying a home should not be one of them. If negotiating on a home is not something you do on a daily basis, why would you think you can do it better than an agent who does this for a living, especially given all the risks involved?

Keep in mind that the odds of someone selling by owner are very low, so in most cases, they will honor an agent working on your behalf.

With that being said, some sellers may discourage you from having your own agent. They will tell you that the home will cost more if you do and encourage you to represent yourself, but this is simply posturing. In fact, this is what happened in example #1 above and it didn’t exactly turn out so well, at least for the buyer. You need to look out for your best interests, because the seller certainly won’t.

Based on the examples given above, buying a home is a complex transaction and comes with risk. Buying without an agent increases your risk and puts you at a huge disadvantage, so do yourself a favor and hire a knowledgeable real estate agent, or you may end up on this list some day.

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About The Authors

The above information pertaining to Cleveland Real Estate News was provided by The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, of Howard Hanna.  They can be reached at 216-346-3235 or via email, danschuman@howardhanna or amyschuman@howardhanna.

We service the following Cleveland area suburbs: Bainbridge, Bay Village, Beachwood, Bentleyville, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland Heights, Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Hunting Valley, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Moreland Hills, Oakwood Village, Orange, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Euclid, University Heights, Westlake, Woodmere.

Horror Stories Of Buyers Not Using An Agent  is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©November,2010

SOM Hills Solon Ohio

Som Hills is a very popular neighborhood located in Solon Ohio. Specifically, it offers an ideal North Solon location, a variety of housing choices, and a great neighborhood feel.

LOCATION

When people mention SOM Hills, one of the first things that comes to mind is the location. It is situated off Rt 91 ( SOM Center Road ), just South of Miles Road. Because it is one of very few traditional moderately priced neighborhoods in North Solon, it is very popular among Solon home buyers, especially those relocating to Solon from out of the area.  SOM Hills is also in close proximity to the South Chagrin Metropark and neighboring suburbs such as Orange, Moreland Hills, and Chagrin Falls. It also offers easy highway access.
 

 

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HOUSING

Solon Ohio home SOM Hills development

Home In SOM Hills

The development was built in the mid to late 1980’s and consists of approximately 101 homes, mainly two story colonials. The homes are a mix in style of contemporary, Tudor, and transitional with cedar, stone, wood, brick, and stucco exteriors. The interiors have typically open floors plans, vaulted ceilings, great rooms, fireplaces, and many have finished basements. The streets located in SOM Hills are Ramble Wood Ct, Shadowbrook Drive, and Wintergreen Drive.

Tudor style home in SOM Hills Solon Ohio

Tudor style home in SOM Hills Solon Ohio

Other amenities found in homes in SOM Hills are sprinkler systems, security systems, decks, and mature landscaping with private yards. A typical home in SOM Hills has 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, is about 3500 square feet and is situated on about .4 acres. Most of the homes here have a 2 car garage, although there are some that do have a 3 car garage. The price range of homes in SOM Hills is $350,000-$450,00. 

 

 

 

WHY PEOPLE LIKE SOM HILLS

SOM Hills offers a lot for those who want to live in a traditional neighborhood and also want to be in the North part of Solon. It is also more affordable than newer developments located in the North part of town such as North Park and Stillwater.  We have a lot of friends who live here and they simply love living in SOM Hills. They enjoy their yards, being able to jog or walk on the sidewalks and like the fact that there are a lot of children in the neighborhood for their kids to play with as well.

Children in SOM Hills attend the following schools:

Lewis Elementary School

Orchard Middle School

Solon Middle School

Solon High School

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About The Authors

The above information pertaining to Cleveland Real Estate News was provided by The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, of Howard Hanna.  They can be reached at 216-346-3235 or via email, danschuman@howardhanna or amyschuman@howardhanna.

We service the following Cleveland area suburbs: Bainbridge, Bay Village, Beachwood, Bentleyville, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland Heights, Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Hunting Valley, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Moreland Hills, Oakwood Village, Orange, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Euclid, University Heights, Westlake, Woodmere.

SOM Hills Solon Ohio  is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©November,2010