Monthly Archives: November 2011

What Are The Best Streets In Solon Ohio

Recently, a buyer who was relocating from the East coast called me to learn more about Solon. You see, her family was being relocated here and she didn’t have a lot of time.

She asked a lot of basic questions, and then hit me with a bombshell: “so Dan, what is the best street in Solon?”

As an agent, this is where is gets tough because legally we aren’t allowed to give our opinion, or “steer” buyers to one area over another. Even if this wasn’t the case, it would still be a difficult question to answer. After all, there are a ton of great streets in Solon and in the end, it all depends on what a buyer wants.

SO, WHAT IS THE BEST STREET?

If you asked 20 people to name their favorite street in town, you’d probably get 20 different answers. Best is a relative term. Some people like a particular street because it is esthetically pretty, and some like a street because it offers a great location for them. However,  does that mean the homes and neighborhood are a good fit for you? Maybe, maybe not.

The best thing to do as a buyer is to define specifically what you want, regardless of what others say they like or don’t like.

What kind of lot do you want? Do you prefer a specific location, such as north vs. south? What is your preferred price range? The answers to these questions will automatically eliminate certain areas and make your personal search that much easier.

WE WILL FIND THE BEST STREET FOR YOU

After a lengthy conversation with the woman who was relocating, she realized that knowing street names wasn’t all that important anymore. She quickly understood that she simply wanted to find the best street and neighborhood that fits her lifestyle, and budget.

Even though we personally must be unbiased, we still have a lot of knowledge and guidance that we can offer. My wife and I personally relocated to the area and have lived in Solon for over 11 years. Additionally, we have 2 children in the Solon school system, and have clients in every main development in the area.

We can tell you almost everything you want to know about certain areas of the city.

We can also tell you about special places of interest, show you where the schools are located, and even introduce you to other clients of ours who have relocated to the area. Our new clients find this to be extremely helpful.

When all is said and done, we understand what you are going through and will find you the best street in Solon, for you. At the end of the day, that’s really all that matters.

 

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About The Authors

The above information is compliments of The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. The Schumans are proud residents of Solon, Ohio.

They can be reached at 216-346-3235 or 216-403-9189 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.

What Are The Best Streets In Solon Ohio is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©Nov,2011

A Secret LinkedIn Tip You Must Start Using

Although we tend to write quite a bit about real estate in our posts, we occasionally offer business tips to our corporate contacts and sphere.

Here’s one that could have a huge impact on your business:

 

***  RECOMMEND SOMEONE ***


Sure, it’s rather simple, but could be beneficial for both you and your contacts.

Why Recommend Someone?

  • It may help them obtain business or get a job.
  • It helps build their profile.
  • The recommendation gets announced to their contacts.
  • A way to show appreciation to someone that has been good to you.
  • It will make their day and they will remember you for it.

Who should You Recommend?

  • Former Colleagues or Co-workers.
  • Affiliates, in our case inspectors, lenders and title companies.
  • Current or past clients.
  • Fellow board members or people that network with you.
  • Someone with less than 3 recommendations, as this may significantly build their LI profile.

How Do You Do This?

On Linked In, there is a function that allows you to recommend one of your contacts. It is on the right hand side of your contact’s main page. Here’s a snapshot of Amy’s personal page to show you:

All you have to do is click on the “recommend” link as shown above and you can write a recommendation for someone in about 2 minutes, it’s that easy and the impact can be huge.

So, go log into your LinkedIn account, look through your contacts, and recommend a few of them. They will be notified that you did this as well, so don’t be surprised if you get a thank you phone call or lunch invitation from a very grateful contact.

We hope you find this little tip to be helpful, and look forward to sharing more tips with you in the future.

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About The Authors

The above information is compliments of The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.

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

Visit our official team website at www.schumanteam.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.

A Secret LinkedIn Tip You Must Start Using is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©November,2011

Buying A Home – The Quick Guide

Buying a home can be a fairly complicated transaction, not to mention stressful. So, if you are thinking of buying a home, this quick guide should be very helpful to you. If you want the much more detailed version of this guide, feel free to read the complete guide to buying a home.

 

complete guide to buying a home in cleveland

7  Step Quick Guide To Buying A Home

1. Initial Consultation – The first step to buying a home is to meet with a real estate agent. We realize it’s much more fun to just go look at houses, but without a plan you will have limited success. This is a great way for you to ask questions and learn about the process. The more you understand, the easier it will be.

2.  Getting Pre-Approved – Many people overlook this very important process, but without having your finances in order, there’s no use even looking at homes. I have personally seen buyers find a home they love first and then try to get their approval, only to find out that they can’t qualify for a loan on the home.  The pre-approval process is fairly simple and free, so do it up front and save yourself a lot of aggravation.

3.  Looking At Homes – Now comes the fun part.  While there are a lot of different sites out there to view homes, the multiple listing service offers the most up to date information. Therefore, it is best to have your agent create a home search for you. Then, you will receive emails on all current listings as they come on the market.

When going out to actually view the homes, we recommend seeing no more than 5-7 at a time.  The easiest thing to do is to eliminate homes from your list. When you do find a home you like, put it on your “like” list and plan to see it again. Overall, it shouldn’t take more than 60-90 days to find a home.

4.    Writing An Offer – Once you find that one special home, it is time to get serious and put together an official offer in writing.  Your agent will assist you with all the paperwork. We recommend reviewing all the documentation in advance as this will make the process run smoother.

purchase agreement

 

5.  Negotiating – This can be the most stressful part of the home buying process. There are many different strategies used to negotiate on a home. Do you go in strong or do you start real low? A good agent will help navigate you through the entire process and give you tips and advice. One thing we recommend is not letting yourself get too emotional. Focus on what is important here, getting the home you want at the right price, and don’t get wrapped up in the emotionally aspect.

6. After Acceptance – Once your offer has been accepted, the inspection period officially begins. You will have a specific number of days to have all of your inspections performed. Your agent can give suggestions on which type of inspections you should get.  If the inspections are clean, you will be in good shape and ready to move forward. If there are problems, specifically health or safety related issues, than you may have to begin another round of negotiations to have them addressed. Once again, your agent can guide you through this process.

7. Closing and Possession – At this point, your loan has been approved and you are just waiting to get the keys and move in. You should make sure that you have the moving company scheduled way in advance. You will also want to contact the utilities such as gas, electric, and the water company and make sure they are put into your name.

We recommend that you stay in constant communication with your lender, title company and real estate agent as the closing date approaches. Title companies can become very busy so being proactive will eliminate a lot of stress.

There is a lot more to buying a home than we have mentioned here. However, use this as a guideline and with the help of your agent you will have a successful transaction.

 

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About The Authors

The above information is compliments of The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.

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.

Buying A Home – The Quick Guide is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©November,2011