Monthly Archives: May 2011

Signature of Solon Home For Sale


 

37365 CHERRYBANK DRIVE, SOLON OH 44139

A SHOWPIECE OF STYLE AND SUBSTANCE!

OFFERED AT $739,000

 

Upon entering the gated luxury home community of  Signature of Solon, you will be immediately impressed with the beautiful landscaping and magnificent homes.

This custom built beauty is like no other you will find.  As you pull up to the home, you will notice that it is situated on a picturesque cul-de-sac lot. This specific location was hand picked by the sellers to allow for privacy and a two level patio.

Upon entering, you will be hit with an immediate “WOW!”.  It is an impressive yet warm and inviting home, ideal for entertaining. The floor plan is extremely open with great natural light and spectacular views from almost every room. The details found throughout will be appreciated by even the most particular buyer.

Style meets function in the fabulous kitchen featuring quartz counters by Zodiaq, custom European style cabinets, and GE Profile stainless steel appliances. Don’t forget to look up and admire the unique ceilings and gorgeous light fixtures throughout the home. The one-of-a-kind walk out basement (2326 additional sq ft of living space!) offers a great area to play and also has a private home theater.

This home is located in the award winning Solon School district and is in close proximity to the airport and downtown Cleveland.  Below, are some photos of this magnificent home. To see additional pictures, check out this video.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE AREA

Solon Schools had the State’s top rated report card in 2010 and is considered one of the top schools in the country. Solon is also consistently rated among the most popular suburbs in Cleveland and has been featured in many national and local publications. Solon was recently ranked by Money Magazine as one of the best places to live.

Children who live in Signature of Solon attend the following Solon Schools:

Arthur Road Elementary

Orchard Middle School

Solon Middle School

Solon High School

Below is a video of Signature of Solon, one of the only gated golf club communities in the entire Cleveland Metropolitan area.  Signature of Solon offers several dining areas, an exercise room, swimming pool, tennis courts, and one of the largest clubhouses in Ohio.

 

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About The Author

The above information pertaining to Solon Ohio homes was provided by Dan Schuman of The Schuman Team.  Dan is an Accredited Luxury Home Specialist. He can be reached at 216-346-3235 or via email,  danschuman@howardhanna.com.

Signature of Solon Home For Sale is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©May,2011

Home Sellers – Don’t Let This Happen To You

home sellers take a huge loss

If you are selling or thinking of selling your home, please don’t make this common mistake as it could cost you a lot of money.

Here’s the deal, your home is only worth what someone will pay for it.  No mater how much you bought it for, how much you owe, or how much you truly love your home, it is only worth what the market will bear.

SAD BUT TRUE

Here’s a true story, although we changed some numbers for confidentiality reasons.

A home was listed for $400,000.  After 500 days on the market, and dozens of showings, it never sold.  The sellers were fixated on getting a specific price for their home and were willing to wait for “the right buyer”.  The listing agent advised them to lower their price, but the sellers chose to ride out the market.

The sellers then felt like they needed a change, and re-listed the home with another agent for $375,000.  Buyer clients of mine saw the home and liked it, but thought it was overpriced based on the other homes they saw on the market.  They made an offer for $330,000, what they thought was fair and reasonable.

The sellers were a little put off by our offer and chose not to negotiate until we came up higher.  My buyers were afraid of overpaying for this home and ended up buying something else.  This home was then re-listed 5 months later with yet another agent for $349,000 and ended up selling for $300,000!!!

This scenario happens all the time everywhere throughout the country.  We understand that losing money is extremely painful, but holding on to a depreciating asset is a losing proposition. You will lose money every day.

MORAL OF THE STORY:  Buyers will purchase the nicest home in their price range. If your home is overpriced, buyers will buy something else.  Period, end of story.

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About The Author

The above information pertaining to Cleveland Real Estate News was provided by Dan Schuman of The Schuman Team Howard Hanna.  Dan is an Accredited Luxury Home Specialist and can be reached at 216-346-3235 or via email,  danschuman@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.

Home Sellers – Don’t Let This Happen To You is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©May,2011

Exterior Lighting May Help A Home Sell

outdoor lighting can help a home sell

Have you ever given thought to how your home looks after the sun goes down? When people sell their home, most of the attention focuses on how it will look during the day.  Curb appeal and overall presentation are obviously important to making a positive impression on potential buyers.  However, some buyers really care how a home looks at night and appealing to these folks may help sell your home.

IS YOUR  HOME BRIGHT AT NIGHT?

In the past, I never really gave much thought to how a home looks at night.   Recently though, one of our luxury home buyers changed the way we now think about the subject. This particular buyer mentioned that having a well lit home was very important to him and was a key criteria for choosing a home. He mentioned several reasons:

First, he worked long hours and wanted his new home to look beautiful when he pulled into his driveway at night.  Second, he and his wife  entertained a lot and wanted the home to give a positive impression when guests came over in the evening.  Finally, he wanted the home to provide an additional layer of security for his family. Even though they were looking to purchase in an upscale neighborhood, the buyer didn’t want his wife and young children  coming home to a dark home.

WHAT CAN A SELLER DO?

Here are a few tips for home sellers to add to their home’s “night appeal”:

1.     Keep The Lights On – Make sure all bulbs are working and keep the outside lights on during the evening hours while the home is on the market. You never know if a potential buyer will be driving around the area at night checking things out, so be prepared.

2.     Make Sure Street Lights Are Operable – In most cases, there will be street lights located strategically throughout a neighborhood. Drive around at night and make sure they are all working properly. If not, have your local city fix them.

3.     Add Exterior Lighting –  If you don’t have anything more than the standard outdoor lighting that came with the home, adding flood lights, pathway lights, accent lights, and other specialty lighting isn’t overly expensive, but could have a big effect. There are actually some great “green” options available like LED lighting, and the monthly electric bill for these is minimal.

Getting a home sold is not always an easy task, so looking at every angle to help your home stand out is important. Who knows, you may be just a few lights away from selling your home.

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About The Author

The above information pertaining to Cleveland Real Estate News was provided by Amy Schuman of The Schuman Team Howard Hanna.  Amy is a real estate agent and an Accredited Staging Professional.  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.

Exterior Lighting May Help A Home Sell is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©May,2011

Home Selling Tips – Little Things Mean A Lot

When we consult our home sellers, we tell them that they don’t have to spend a lot of money to get big results. It’s the little things that count, and many are very inexpensive.

Buyers respond to certain things in their subconscious mind that makes a home attractive to them.  If you want your home to sell, it must say things to a buyer that make them excited enough to want to purchase it.   And what do we want the house to say?  “I’m the one!”  “I’m updated and well cared for.”  “You can move right in and not have to spend any more money!”

LITTLE CHANGES BIG IMPACT

light switch covers - cheap tip

Let’s look at something minor like light switch covers.  While certainly not a focal point of a home, if they are cracked, crooked or dirty, a buyer will be turned off. At less than $1 a piece it’s as cheap a quick fix as you are going to get, and the impact is huge.

A home with new covers will be viewed as cleaner, crisper, and believe it or not – more updated!  Just be sure to match the cover to the color of the actual switch.  For some homes, you may want to spend just a few more dollars and change out the whole switch just to make sure they both match.

On that same note, here are a few other tips to help give the impression of an updated and well maintained home:

  • Replace your old thermostat with a digital, programmable one.  This not only makes your home more energy efficient, but gives the impression of updated systems.
  • Replace vent covers that aren’t at their best.  Subtle signs of neglect  leave a bad impression in a buyer’s mind.Home Staging
  • Put away room fans or space heaters for showings – they only send a message that your HVAC system and/or insulation is ineffective.
  • Replace your front door handle and/or lock.  The front door impression sets the tone for the whole showing.  A door that is difficult to unlock or open and a peeling, old handle do not bode well for what’s to follow.
  • Have your HVAC system serviced if you don’t already do it annually.  The fresh service sticker tells buyers that you take care of your home.  At a minimum, change the filters.  Dirty filters = neglect.
  • I’ve said it before – but wash your windows inside and out.  It makes everything in your home look better!

You don’t necessarily have to put a lot of money into your home to make it look its best.  Focusing on the little things will help get your home sold, and for more money.

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About The Author

The above information pertaining to Cleveland Real Estate News was provided by Amy Schuman of The Schuman Team Howard Hanna.  Amy is a real estate agent and an Accredited Staging Professional.  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.

Home Selling Tips – Little Things Mean A Lot is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©May,2011

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Solon Ohio Homes For Sale

SEARCH LIKE AN AGENT

Search for Homes

Click on the Photo To Search Like An Agent

Have you ever wanted to search for homes just like a real estate agent?  Our database of Solon homes for sale will enable you to see all current listings in real time.

Many databases that consumers use to search for homes are outdated, showing homes that are either no longer on the market or are currently under contract.  Our search is the most up to date database around, as it feeds directly from the Northeast Ohio Real Estate Exchange.

SEARCH ALL SOLON HOMES FOR SALE

SEARCH ALL SOLON LUXURY HOMES FOR SALE

Please keep in mind that certain information about the home may only be available to a real estate agent and will not appear on any public search. Sometimes only an agent will be able to tell you if a certain home is bank owned, or if a seller is highly motivated.

Additionally, while looking at homes on line is very helpful, nothing will ever replace seeing a home in person.  The homes you see on line show the home in the best possible light, after all, that’s the listing agents job.

A good local agent will be aware of any major flaws in a home. For example, if a particular home backs up to a commercial building,  is in close proximity to power lines, or smells strongly of pets,  you would never know by just seeing it on line. However, an agent that really knows the local inventory will be able to point these thing out to you in advance, so you don’t waste your time if these things are a concern to you.

As Solon residents for over 10 years, we have intimate knowledge of every neighborhood, and have seen many of the homes on the market.  We would be glad to share our knowledge with you.

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About The Author

The above information pertaining to Solon Ohio homes was provided by Dan Schuman of The Schuman Team Howard Hanna.  Dan is an Accredited Luxury Home Specialist. He can be reached at 216-346-3235 or via email,  danschuman@howardhanna.com.

Solon Ohio Homes For Sale is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©May,2011

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Cleveland Home Selling – Pictures Are Worth 1000 Words

According to the National Association of Realtors®, close to 90% of all buyers are using the internet for their home search.  Therefore, on line marketing, specifically pictures, are critical to help a home sell.  If a buyer doesn’t like what they see on line, they will simply cross it off their list.

So why then do so many agents fail to take good pictures of their listings?  I am certainly not trying to be negative towards my fellow agents, but as a photo buff, I am one of those people who is very critical of pictures.  Here is what I’m talking about:

If you were looking to buy a home, would you be more compelled to see this:

foyer Solon Ohio luxury home

Or this:

bad quality photos hurt home sellers

These are both very nice homes and in a similar price range, but the second home will surely get passed over.

BUYERS WILL JUDGE A HOME BY HOW IT LOOKS ON LINE

Fair or not, your home will be judged by how it looks on line.   I can’t tell you how many times my buyer clients mention how turned off they are when they see bad quality photos on line.  Many assume the home must look awful inside when in reality it could really be nice.

What’s even more amazing than agents who use poor quality photos  is sellers who allow it to happen.  I’m convinced that many sellers don’t even look on line to see how their home appears on different websites.  If they did, they’d be horrified.

ADVICE FOR CLEVELAND AREA HOME SELLERS

If you are thinking about selling your home here in Cleveland, check out an agent’s work prior to hiring them.  Ask to see samples of their listings to get an idea of how your home would be marketed.  Pictures are indeed worth a thousand words, and using great quality photos on line could mean the only word you want to hear: SOLD!

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About The Author

The above information pertaining to Cleveland Real Estate News was provided by Dan Schuman of The Schuman Team Howard Hanna.  Dan is an Accredited Luxury Home Specialist and can be reached at 216-346-3235 or via email,  danschuman@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.

Cleveland Home Selling – Pictures Are Worth 1000 Words is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©May,2011