Monthly Archives: August 2011

Orange Hill Estates – Orange Ohio

Orange Hill Estates is located in the small but well situated city of Orange, Ohio, a popular East side suburb.  This particular development is very sought out as it contains relatively newer housing, most having been built with the last 15 years.  It is a very desirable neighborhood for local move-up buyers as well as those relocating to the Cleveland area.

LOCATION OF ORANGE HILL ESTATES

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orange Hill Estates  is conveniently located right off Miles Road, just north of Solon. It offers easy highway access, making it a very manageable drive to both downtown and the airport. It is also close to most other East side suburbs. Orange is part of the excellent rated Orange School System, making it a very popular destination for those with school aged children

The following map will give you an idea of where Orange Hill Estates is located.

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HOMES IN ORANGE HILL ESTATES

Sample Home in Orange Hill Estates

The Orange Hill development consists of single-family homes, mainly colonials with all bedrooms on the second level.  The homes themselves are a big mix in style and amenities with modern open floor plans. Most have finished basements and home offices.

Many of the homes were built in the mid 90’s with some being built as late as 2002. The homes themselves average about 3600 square feet, with between 4 and 5 bedrooms and 4 -5 baths. The lots are typically .35-.5 acres.

 

 

Special features include a walking path, playground, and pond. There is a yearly association fee of $680.

WHY PEOPLE LOVE LIVING IN ORANGE HILL ESTATES

To begin, since a majority of homes on the East side are older, Orange Hill offers buyers a rare opportunity at newer housing. Also, the location is ideal, offering easy access to downtown, the airport, and local shopping.

Orange Hill is also a “community”, offering a special lifestyle to those who live there. Having sidewalks and a playground helps bring people together as neighbors are often seen walking their dogs, jogging, or simply congregating with one another.  Since the children living here all go to school with each other, there is naturally a lot of interaction within the neighborhood, making Orange Hill very popular for those with school aged children.

Children who live in Orange Hill Estates  attend the following Orange Schools:

Moreland Hills Elementary

Brady Middle School

Orange 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 are East side 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.

Orange Hill Estates is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©August,2011

Keep Emotions In Check When Negotiating On A Home

Buying and selling a home is emotional.  It is a large financial decision involving one of your largest assets and things can get pretty testy if you let it.

In this post, we are going to discuss the emotional aspects of the real estate process and offer a few tips  so you can have a successful transaction.

BUYERS AND SELLERS FACE TEMPORARY INSANITY

Anyone who has ever bought or sold a home knows that the process can be an emotional roller coaster,  especially when it comes to the toughest part of the process, negotiations.

We tell all of our clients during the initial consultation that the buying and selling process will at some point make them temporarily insane. While this makes them laugh and nod their heads, they get the point.

It is common and natural that  emotions will be heightened and intensified during a real estate transaction. Even the most laid back people can be affected.

EMOTIONS EFFECT EVERYONE

There are a lot of people involved in a real estate transaction and they can all feel stress at one point or another. Naturally, you have the buyers and sellers, who definitely feel the bulk of the stress. Then, there are the real estate agents, who certainly will feel your pain.  Friends and relatives of the participants often get sucked into all the drama ( sometimes they are the ones that cause a lot of the problems ) that takes place as well.

Even people who claim to be calm and purely business-like can be dragged down by those around them who are emotional.  So what can you do about it?

FOCUS ON THE BIG PICTURE

The most important thing is to remain calm and focus on the big picture.  Being educated about the  steps that occur during a transaction and what to expect during each one can certainly help ease tension and anxiety.

It is also important not to get too wrapped up in the little things. Sometimes people spend too much time trying to fight with each other over petty items that they lose focus on the big picture and what they really want.

THE VALUE OF AN AGENT

Bringing buyers and sellers together has never been more difficult than it is today. Sellers feel like they are giving their homes away and buyers want the deal of a lifetime.  It takes a skilled negotiator to bring parties together, especially in a tough market.

Having a great agent by your side may be the most important part of entering into a real estate transaction.  This is why consumers should get a feel for an agent’s personality and style before choosing one.  Experience is certainly important as well.

Personally, we believe that emotionally detaching ourselves from the transaction helps us to be the calm during the storm. We like to be the voice of reason throughout the entire process.  Agents who allow themselves to get too emotional usually end up making things worse.

Buying or selling a home can at times be quite emotional.  However, if you are educated, have the right attitude and a great agent by your side, the entire process can be made a whole lot easier.

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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 Real Estate Services.  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.

Keep Emotions In Check When Negotiating On A Home is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©August,2011

 

When In Doubt, Refer It Out

 

Tough Business Decisions

When Should You Refer Out Business?

 

While we often write  about buying or selling a home, we also enjoy sharing information pertaining to business practices. Today, we are going to discuss the idea of not working with a client.

The idea of not working with someone seems to go against conventional wisdom.  After all, if a business doesn’t make a profit, they won’t be in business. However, there are times when a professional is faced with a major dilemma: do they work with a client who they can’t properly service, or refer it to another professional?

Sometimes it’s very cut and dry, while other times it can be a tough decision, especially for real estate agents.

KNOWING YOUR LIMITATIONS

The key thing here is to know what your strengths are, and understand what you cannot do.  After all, no one can do everything.  For example, a foot doctor won’t do open heart surgery, a real estate attorney is not going to represent someone in a criminal case, and a real estate agent shouldn’t take on a client who wants to buy or sell in areas they do not service.

In the case of an agent, we realize it can be tough because it means turning down a commission, which is how we get compensated.  However,  a good agent will do it because they know it’s best for the client.

A RECENT STORY

A friend of ours referred someone to us who wanted to buy in an area that we didn’t service. So what did we do?

With the buyer’s permission, we referred them to a great agent who knew that area like the back of her hand. They ended up finding a home in just a few weeks and are thrilled. The person who referred the buyer to us was happy too, because we took care of her friend.  Although we didn’t personally work with the buyers, we did put them in very good hands, and everyone ended up winning.

IT’S NOT ALWAYS CUT AND DRY

When posed with the above scenario, many agents struggle.  Some agents  will take any business, for a variety of reasons.  Some are simply very competitive and want all the business they can get their hands on.  Others really need the business, especially in today’s tough economy,  and then there are those that feel obligated and don’t like to say “no”.

At the end of the day, each agent has to make that business decision.

As for us, we believe in a simple principal—look out for what is best for the client. By doing that, the decisions made on a day to day basis really aren’t that difficult.

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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 Real Estate Services.  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.

When In Doubt, Refer It Out is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©August,2011