Monthly Archives: March 2011

Special Paint Could Help Your Home Sell

Spring paint by Benjamin Moore

As a real estate agent who specializes in home Staging, I need to stay on top of current trends.  My listings need to look fresh and current in order to appeal to today’s buyers.  Paint is one of the easiest and least expensive options to make a huge impression, but where does one go to begin their search?

I’m now going to share a big Staging and Decorating SECRETBenjamin Moore has a line of Pottery Barn Colors.  They come out with a new palette each season and are always the latest colors that are also safe choices.  This is such a great place to start and you can find this on their website.  Here you can not only see the latest color palette, but also see it in decorated rooms to better help you envision it in your home.

Ask any decorator and they will tell you to use Benjamin Moore paints.  “The colors are more saturated and always look better,” they’ll say.  While I do prefer Benjamin Moore myself, there is no reason you can’t use those Pottery Barn color swatches to choose a comparable color in a less expensive brand of paint.  My only warning is to be sure the similar color has the same undertones or you may be sorry when it is all over your walls.

So, check out the Spring Pottery Barn colors at Benjamin Moore, add a fresh coat of paint, and your home will look its best. __________________________________________________________

About The Author

The above information pertaining to Cleveland Real Estate News was provided by Amy Schuman of The Schuman Team Howard Hanna.  She can be reached at 216-403-9189 or via email,  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.

Special Paint Could Help Your Home Sell is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©March,2011

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Spring Break Staycation Guide – Cleveland Ohio

Things to do during your Cleveland staycation

While many folks are packing their bags and heading south for spring break, many of us will be stuck at home.  That doesn’t mean that the kids still can’t have a great time.  All you need is a positive attitude and a few simple ideas to make it fun and exciting for the kids.

Seeing that the weather is not going to cooperate, we are focusing on indoor activities.  Here are a few ideas to help make this a memorable week:

1.     Museums –  We have a ton of great museums here in town.  The Great Lakes Science Center has a cool “Facing Mars” exhibit that my daughter has been begging to see.  The Natural History Museum is always fun and even if it’s too cold for the zoo, don’t forget about the Rainforest.

2.       Try A One Tank Trip – If you are feeling adventurous and have the time, take a day trip to one of many attractions that are nearby. There are a lot of cool things to do that are only 1-2 hours away like: COSI in Columbus, Kalahari Water Park, and there are some fun things to do in Pittsburgh as well.  You always have the option of staying overnight in a new city ( which the kids sometimes really love ) or simply make it a pure day trip.

3.     Movies –  While certainly not an original idea, there are always appropriate kids movies out this time of year. “Diary of a Whimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules”  comes out March 25th and “Hop” is out April 1st.

4.     IX Indoor Amusement Park – This is always a kid favorite and starts on March 30th.

5.     Kids Choice – While parents often try to come up with ideas, sometimes it’s best to simply ask them to list some things they want to do.  You’d be surprised what they come up with, and sometimes it’s not overly expensive.  They may enjoy an afternoon of bowling or roller skating, or maybe even a play date with a special classmate will make them happy.

Bonus – For a special treat, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Lake Erie Monsters will be in town during spring break.  Great seats can usually be had for cheap during this time of year as many ticket holders will be away and looking to dump their seats.

SUMMARY

The most important thing about staying at home for vacation is to be organized.  We try to plan in advance at least 1 activity a day, even if it’s something minor, just to get the kids moving and out of the house.

We also identify other families who will be home all week and try to partner up with them.  This is especially helpful is you’re stuck working all week as you may be able to pawn your kids off on someone who is not ( and I don’t mean this in a bad way ).  I know from experience that having other kids around is a great distraction for my kids and keeps them from killing each other.

So whatever you decide to do while home during spring break, remember one thing:  you’re kids are only young once, so try to have some fun with them.  With a good attitude and a little bit of effort, you can make this a memorable week for them and you as well.

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About The Authors

The above information is compliments of  The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, Howard Hanna. They are Solon residents and 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.

Spring Break Staycation Guide – Cleveland, Ohio is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©March,2011

Please Hire Me, Don’t Just USE me

You Can Hire Me, But Don't USE me

Ok, consumers, I don’t do this very often, but it’s time for a mini rant and some lessons on etiquette.

Over the last 20 years, I have worked with a lot of you and like to think I understand how you think and act.  Sometimes though a small percentage of you lack  manners.  Today, I want to share some things about those of us in sales so we can have a better understanding of each other.

Here is a typical email I get on a regular basis:

Dan, I was checking out homes in the area and noticed your website/and or blog. You seem to be very knowledgeable about your area and I wanted to get your help.

So far, so good, right?  People read our information, liked what they saw and  contacted us.  While a majority of these people end up working with us,  a few are looking for a free ride.  They are already committed to another agent, but  want a second opinion or market information. They have no intention of hiring us.

Now, do I think these folks are users, that they are bad malicious people, of course not.  I think they simply don’t “get it”.  Most of them have probably never been in sales or in the business world and don’t understand how things work.  When they say time is money, it not only applies to our clients, but to people like me who only get compensated when they actually sell something.

( On a side note,  if these people are contacting me for help, they obviously aren’t being properly serviced by their current agent.  But that’s a topic for another day. )

We are aware that in a service profession, it’s our job to get you what you want, and make you happy.  But in order for us to do this, and utilize our time and full array of resources, there needs to be a commitment on your end.   Otherwise, it’s a one-way relationship, and that won’t work, at least not for me.

Summary—if you find my website or blog to be helpful in some way, great, that’s the point.  We are happy to help educate you and make you comfortable with the major decisions you will be making. However, if you have no intention of ever hiring us, don’t call or email and expect to get advice and my insider information.  It’s not fair to our actual clients, and it’s certainly not fair to our team.

Rant over, have a nice 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 Real Estate Services. They are Solon residents and 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.

Please Hire Me, Don’t Just USE me is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©March,2011

The Preserve Of Solon Ohio Including Video

The Preserve Solon Ohio

The Preserve is a large and very popular development in Solon, Ohio.  It offers spacious homes, great location, and a wonderful neighborhood environment.  Here is a video tour of The Preserve that will give you an idea of what it has to offer.

The following information will tell you everything you need to know about The Preserve.

LOCATION OF THE PRESERVE

The Preserve is located in the heart of Solon, Ohio, one of Cleveland’s most popular upscale suburbs.  This is one of Solon’s largest developments of newer homes and is located in close proximity to many popular local destinations such as Solon Center For the Arts, Solon Community Center, Solon Public Library, and Solon Schools.

The Preserve officially has 2 entrances off Liberty Road and another entrance off Pettibone Road.

The following map will show you exactly where The Preserve is located:

View The Preserve in a larger map

HOUSING IN THE PRESERVE

Home in the Preserve of Solon

The Preserve offers a wide variety of housing.  All homes here are single family in nature and mainly two story colonials.   Most were built in the 1990’s and offer a wide array of lot sizes.

Homes in The Preserve have open floor plans and modern amenities.  Many homes here were custom built, so the development does not give you a cookie-cutter feeling.  Most homes have 2 story foyers, high ceilings, at least 4 bedrooms and 3 baths, and finished basements.  Additionally, many have home offices, decks, and finished basements.

While lots sizes are typically .5 acres, there are many that are bigger, especially on one of the many cul-de-sacs located here.

Since there are so many homes located here, the price range varies quite a bit.  Homes in the Preserve typically sell for between $300,000-$450,000.

WHY PEOPLE ENJOY LIVING IN THE PRESERVE

The Preserve Solon Ohio entrance

We have sold many homes here and our clients feel that it is has a great neighborhood feeling.  They say it’s like a little community as kids are often playing with each other and neighbors are  extending themselves to one another.

With over 200 homes here The Preserve offers a great inventory of homes to local move-up buyers as well as those relocating to the area.  There are almost always homes for sale here, once again, because of it’s vast size.

It is also a more affordable option than buying in some of the more expensive neighborhoods such as Chagrin Highlands, Signature, and Thornbury.

Children who live in North Park attend the following Solon Schools:

Parkside Elementary

Orchard Middle School

Solon Middle School

Solon High School

Below is a video tour of The Preserve that highlights the homes and the neighborhood:

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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. They are Solon residents and 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.

The Preserve Of Solon Ohio Including Video is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©March,2011

Forest Hills Of Solon Ohio with Video

forest hills Solon ohio

Forest Hills is a fabulous development of luxury homes in Solon, Ohio.  One look at this wonderful video tour of Forest Hills will show you why people often fall in love with it.

Here is everything you need to know about Forest Hills.

LOCATION OF FOREST HILLS

Forest Hills is located in Solon, Ohio, one of Cleveland area’s most upscale suburbs.  This particular development is fairly small and tucked away,  so many people not familiar with it don’t even know it’s there.

Forest Hills is officially located off Pettibone Road, between Liberty Road and SOM Center Road ( Route 91 ).  Overall, it is fairly close to downtown and the airport, making it a very popular destination for executives who are relocating to the Cleveland area.

The following map will show you exactly where Forest Hills is located:


View Forest Hills Of Solon in a larger map

HOUSING IN FOREST HILLS

forest hills home Solon Ohio

The Forest Hills development is very private and the homes are quite impressive, both inside and out.  Those looking for a fine luxury home on a nice private wooded lot usually have to sacrifice one or the other, but Forest Hills offers the  best of both worlds. The homes are stately and luxurious and the lots are large and private.

The detailed exteriors and well-manicured landscaping gives Forest Hills a very luxurious feeling.  A lot of the homes are all brick or stone, yet they all have a different look and feel, making them unique. There are even a few Tudor style homes sprinkled in as well.

Inside, the homes are spacious, averaging just under 4500 square feet.  The homes were all built in the 1990’s, so the floor plans are open and modern.  There are a lot of custom details in these homes with upgrades found throughout.  Most have finished basements and a few have extensive backyard areas, complete with in ground swimming pools.

The price range for homes in Forest Hills is $650,000-$1,000,000.

WHY PEOPLE ENJOY LIVING IN FOREST HILLS

One drive through Forest Hills will answer this question.  It is simply one of Solon’s prettiest neighborhoods.   We have many friends who live here and they all just love it.  Most enjoy the privacy of a smaller neighborhood and it is located in close proximity to so many things such as the top rated Solon Schools, Solon Community Center, Solon Public Library, and Solon Center for The Arts.

People love living in Forest Hills so much that they often stay there for a long time.  This means that homes here don’t often come on the market.  When they do though, there is usually very high demand.

Solon is consistently rated among the most popular suburbs in Cleveland and has been featured in many national and local publications. It was recently ranked by Money Magazine as one of the best places to live.

Below is a video tour of Forest Hills that highlights the homes and the neighborhood:


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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. They are Solon residents and 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.

Forest Hills Of Solon Ohio with Video is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©March,2011

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5 Simple Blog Topics For Those With Writer’s Block

5 Blog Topics

I always read about bloggers who complain that they have nothing to write about.  So, I wanted to share some ideas that will hopefully get your creative juices flowing.

1.     Write About Your Hometown –  You don’t have to live in New York City or LA to brag about your town.  Every city, even small towns,  has special places to visit and restaurants to check out.  Here’s one we wrote about 10 Things We Love About Cleveland, and it was simple to write.

2.     Write About A Local Business –  This is a great way to show some love to a local business owner, who would no doubt appreciate the free press.  We actually did a post on a client of ours who manufactures paraben free cosmetics, and it has been one of our most popular posts.

3.     Share Something About Yourself –  Readers love to learn more about the writer.  It is always refreshing to learn about the hobbies or background of a fellow blogger.  Don’t be afraid to reveal your personal side every once in a while.

4.     Write About A Niche – Everyone has a unique aspect of their business that others would find interesting.  What makes you different than your competition?

5.     Share Social Media or Technology Tips –  If you just picked up a great tip, odds are that others would like to learn about it as well.  So go ahead and share away.  We just wrote about an easy way to capture your screen and many of our readers were very appreciative of our efforts.

Hopefully, these ideas will help you out in a pinch.

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We would also love to hear your comments!

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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 Keller Williams Realty Greater Cleveland. They are Solon residents and 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.

5 Simple Blog Topics For Those With Writer’s Block is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©March, 2011