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New builds in the Cleveland area

Construction Worker on Site with Plans

The Greater Cleveland area is booming with exciting new developments. In addition to the highly anticipated revivals of notable downtown areas such as The Flats, here are more emerging projects to keep an eye on in the Pepper Pike and Orange Village communities: 1. The Luxe at Pepper Pike Slated to be “the gateway to… Read More

Cleveland real estate market trends

Market Update Cleveland

With a notable downtown renaissance, a reemerging job market, and comparably affordable home prices, Cleveland’s housing market continues to grow, thanks to attention from younger property buyers. It remains a seller’s market, however, given the low inventory of existing homes. Let’s take a closer look at the prominent real estate trends in Cleveland and its… Read More

New construction in Moreland Hills

Home Construction

Moreland Hills is known for its exclusivity and its beautiful homes, which sit amid some of the best views the Midwest can offer. Populated by many of Cleveland’s best and brightest, this affluent village boasts a wonderful mix of features and amenities, including historical sites, picturesque nature trails and reservations, polo fields, golf courses, and… Read More

6 ways to green your home

Green Living

Greening your home offers numerous benefits. It will not only give you considerable cost and energy savings, it will also help enhance your home’s value. Sustainable homes are fast becoming the norm in the US, including in Cleveland. According to the National Association of Home Builders, by the year 2020, the majority of their projects… Read More

Reasons to buy a home this year

home buying - cleveland

For many people, figuring out the right time to buy a home can be a paralyzing decision. This does not have to be the case for you. Buying a home is a good, long-term investment, no matter when you buy. You can consider yourself ready as long as you have a stable income flow, good… Read More

How marriage can impact your home loan

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Getting married and buying a home often go hand in hand. The home is a major piece in building a new life with a partner, after all. In fact, your marital status has implications on your ability to buy the kind of home you and your spouse dream of. 1. Working spouses can qualify for… Read More

About Kenston Local Schools

One of the best and most trusted school districts in the Greater Cleveland area, Kenston Local School District is known for its comprehensive academics curriculum and after-school programs. The end result? A student population comprised of achievers ready to take the world by storm. Kenston Local Schools is based in Chagrin Falls and also serves… Read More

10 Interesting facts about Moreland Hills

The affluent suburb of Moreland Hills in Greater Cleveland might only occupy a total area of approximately 7 square miles, but this community is full of interesting tidbits that will entice you to check out the neighborhood. Here are 10 of our favorite Moreland Hills facts. 1. James A. Garfield, 20th president of the United… Read More

Why Shaker Heights is known for Quality Education

Shaker Heights has been, for years, a highly sought-after address for a number of reasons, and one of these is quality education. The city is home to the first school district in Greater Cleveland to offer International Baccalaureate (IB) programs. Students of the Shaker Heights City School District are also known to be globally competitive… Read More

Five exciting new developments to look forward to in Cleveland

Cleveland

Cleveland is bursting at the seams with new construction and development projects, as more and more people – particularly millennials – come to this dynamic metropolis to make it their home. Here are five of these exciting new developments. A mix of commercial and residential spaces, thoroughfares, and attractions, these projects are expected to go… Read More

What to look for in a Realtor?

It’s easy to think that you can buy or sell a home without the help of a professional. Indeed, the internet gives you fast access to listing sites where you can advertise or search for a property on your own. However, when you’re about to embark on what is perhaps the single biggest transaction you’ll… Read More

Great Outdoor Destinations and Events in Cleveland

Cleveland is a wonderful place to call home. It offers fantastic employment opportunities, tons of urban amenities and a diverse culture that’s reflected in the metro’s many facets. On top of all these, Cleveland offers something that can’t be found in most other bustling cosmopolitans – the great, unspoiled outdoors waiting just minutes away from… Read More

7 Websites to Use on Your Next House Hunt

There’s a lot you can do to prepare and research your house hunting process. While your Realtor has access to Realtor-only websites and databases to help them find you the perfect home, you can also do plenty of planning to ensure a productive search.   Zillow.com One of the most popular home-viewing websites out there,… Read More

What you should know about home selling or buying contingencies

While not required in every transaction, home sale contingencies are very important in minimizing your home buying or selling risks. Contingencies can help protect you from any unexpected event that could put you at a financial disadvantage. Contingencies are typically included in a purchase contract, but should be presented to both the buyer and seller… Read More

Why spring is a good time to sell your home

Spring is traditionally a hot season for the real estate market, and 2017 is no exception. In fact, this year might prove to be even busier than usual, thanks to the highly dynamic events that are shaping the industry and the US today. In addition to nationwide real estate trends, a few local factors can… Read More

10 Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring cleaning has become a yearly ritual that you simply can’t skip. Not only does it help make your home feel and look fresh, it also gives you the perfect chance to get rid of old, outdated stuff and make room for brand new ones. While you’ve probably been doing it for years, there’s always… Read More

The Van Sweringen brothers’ influence over Shaker Heights’ architecture

Shaker Heights railway

The name “Van Sweringen” holds a certain prestige and power in Cleveland’s annals of history. Known as railroad barons during the turn of the century, the brothers Oris Paxton and Mantis James are most notable for the development of an affluent village, which later became known as the ideal suburban garden city of Shaker Heights…. Read More

The Most Romantic Places in Cleveland

Cleveland is for lovers, perfect for dates and dreamy getaways all year round. You and your significant other will definitely feel the love when you visit the following most romantic places in the city. 1. Lake Erie They say nothing can equal nature’s bounty, and locals will definitely say that nothing can compare to Lake… Read More

Take a historical tour of Cleveland

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Cleveland is a city steeped in history, with various cultures coming together to help create its fascinating identity. To better understand the city, Cleveland’s Center for Public History + Digital Humanities has created Cleveland Historical, a free mobile app featuring virtual historical tours of the city. Each tour is focused on a specific era and… Read More

Preparing and planning for a household move

Moving house can be very exciting – but also very stressful. You need to make the right preparations in order to avoid unpleasant surprises down the road. Here are some pointers to help you keep your chill. 1. Update your information You need to change your utility bill address to your new location and ensure… Read More

Revitalizing your Home after Winter

It’s a great time of the year when the gray of winter gives way to the subtle colors of spring. And as the weather starts to warm up around Cleveland, it’s also time to revitalize your home and capture the freshness of the new season. Here are some tips on how to get your home… Read More

5 Must-try Restaurants in Cleveland

Citizen Pie in Cleveland Ohio

If you’re looking for some of the finest dining venues in Cleveland, here are five restaurants you should definitely visit: Alley Cat Oyster Bar 1056 Old River, Rd, Cleveland 216-574-9999 AlleyCatOysterBar.com Owned by esteemed restaurateur Zack Bruell, Alley Cat Oyster Bar is an award-winning waterfront oyster bar offering a terrific seafood-focused menu featuring oysters, lobster,… Read More

Shopping in Cleveland

Shopping in Cleveland

Cleveland is home to a diverse array of shopping malls, local shops, and one-of-a-kind art stores and antique shops, making it a paradise for shoppers. With such a huge variety of shopping venues to choose from, it can be difficult to figure out where to start, so here are some of the city’s must-visit shopping… Read More

Public Schools in Bainbridge Township

Kenston High School in Chagrin Falls, OH

If you’re considering moving to Bainbridge Township or Auburn Township, you’ll have an amazing public school system available to you. The Kenston School District is a successful system of public schools including one high school, one middle school, and two elementary schools. The Kenston School District continuously ranks high in statewide testing, designated with an… Read More

Christmas Events in Cleveland

Wonderful lighting in Cleveland Botanical Garden

If you’re searching for fun events that can add more holiday cheer to your Christmas season, we’ve rounded up some family-friendly events and activities for you to check out. Here are several Christmas events happening in Cleveland this year: Glow at Cleveland Botanical Garden Select evenings from Nov 25 to Dec. 31, 2016 11030 East… Read More

7 Reasons to Love Chagrin Falls, OH

Popcorn Shop Chagrin Falls

Chagrin Falls is a village in the northeastern quarter of Ohio, located approximately 40 minutes east of Cleveland. This community has a lot to offer, including a low crime rate, great schools, a rich history, and a friendly, small town community feeling. Read on to learn more about why Chagrin Falls is so great! #1…. Read More

7 Ways to Pick a Great Neighborhood

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When you first start looking for homes in a new city, it can be overwhelming to try to choose a neighborhood. There are tons of factors to consider: property values, what school zone your home is in, commute time to and from work, desired level of community involvement, and more. It is just as important… Read More

4 Great Public Schools in Solon, OH

Solon Public School Bus

If you are relocating with young children, moving into a good school district is probably at the top of your priority list. One of the top ranked school systems in the state can be found in Solon, OH. From preschool to high school, you can be sure your student is receiving the best possible education… Read More

Top 5 Things to do in Hunting Valley

The Village of Hunting Valley

An affluent community steep in history and unspoiled beauty, Hunting Valley is prime ground for a variety of activities that will nourish both body and soul. Whether it’s a simple excursion exploring one of the village’s hiking paths or a fine and exciting game of polo, Hunting Valley truly has something for everyone. 1. Explore… Read More

Top 5 Things to Do in Solon, OH

Solon, Ohio

You’re never going to run out of things to do in Solon. Here, in no particular order, are some of many people’s favorite things to do in the city: Head to the Golf Course Golfing enthusiasts will truly enjoy teeing off at the many golf courses found in Solon. There’s the Grantwood Golf Club with… Read More

This Year’s Biggest Design Trends

Modern bathroom design

In architecture and home design, a trend is no fleeting, transitory thing. It represents a shift in mindset, a response to changing needs and realities. This year, we’ve been seeing a number of trends take hold and we’ll probably see more iterations of these in the years to come. Reclaimed Materials Once an emerging trend,… Read More

Chagrin Falls, OH’s Art and Culture Scene

Chagrin Falls has a vibrant arts and culture scene that proudly reflects the town’s rich history and heritage. Music, artwork, live performances and film are all integrated into the community’s lifestyle, thanks in part to the many artists, writers, and art and culture lovers who have made Chagrin Falls their home. Here are some of… Read More

University School in Hunting Valley

University School in Hunting Valley

One of the many perks of living in Greater Cleveland is proximity to some of the most prestigious schools in the country. Among these schools is University School, an all-boys college preparatory institution, with a Lower School and Middle School (grades K-8) campus in Shaker Heights, and an Upper School campus (grades 9-12) in Hunting… Read More

10 Reasons Why You Will Love Cleveland, OH

The Flats in Cleveland

Cleveland, OH is known for many things, like rock and roll, Cedar Point and LeBron James. But there’s so much more to The Forest City and the scenic villages that surround it. Here are ten reasons why you will love Cleveland, OH: Affordable housing – Cleveland, Ohio Homes for Sale Housing costs in Greater Cleveland… Read More

The Best Restaurants in Solon, OH

Whether it’s a casual lunch with friends or a fancy dinner with a loved one, Solon has something to offer for every kind of food lover. Here are our top picks for the best restaurants in town. Swirl Wine Bar 33325 Bainbridge Rd Located in a 19th century home complete with gardens and cozy fireplaces,… Read More

Things to do in Cleveland, OH

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

One of the major urban centers in the country, there is never a dull moment in Cleveland. If you ever find yourself without any idea of what to do in the city, consult this list and prepare for a Cleveland adventure. 1. Rock out at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – A mecca… Read More

The Moving Checklist: A Relocation Guide

Checklist for Home Relocation

Moving homes can be a real chore that may even take a few months to complete. Some cram during the last minute and attempt to prepare a few days before the big move, while some take their time and start early to make sure everything is covered. If you’re unsure of what to do, take… Read More

Architecture Guide for First-Time Homebuyers

Home Inspection

When you’re searching for a new home, you may start to notice different architectural details: dormer roofs versus gable roofs, round columns is some houses and square columns in others, wood or composite siding, and so on. Having some basic knowledge of architectural styles can often make the home search easier for many buyers. Having… Read More

Historical Homes You Should Check Out in Chagrin Falls

Chagrin Falls in Chagrin Falls

Chagrin Falls’ history is reflected in the many historical homes around the village. As in the city of Cleveland, these 19th century homes were built in the prominent architectural styles of the era. You can also learn more about Cleveland’s historical homes here. A brief history The village of Chagrin Falls originated in 1833 as… Read More

Shopping in Chagrin Falls, OH

Women shopping in Chagrin Falls

Chagrin Falls residents who love shopping can enjoy visiting many great local shopping centers in the area, as well as several shopping venues located a few minutes away. These family-friendly shopping destinations feature a great selection of specialty stores, fashion brands, antique shops, cafés and restaurants, and more. In case you’re planning your next shopping… Read More

10 helpful tips for choosing the perfect luxury home

Real estate online

Buying a high-end property is certainly no easy task. There are many things to consider, and tons of different options to choose from. How do you find a luxury property that meets all your needs and preferences? Below are 10 helpful tips to keep in mind: 1. Narrow down your options Considering specific amenities or… Read More

Seller’s Checklist: Things to Do Before Selling Your Home

Home Selling photo

Selling your home is not an easy decision to make, but once you’ve made up your mind then you’ve actually overcome the hardest part of the process. The road ahead can be an emotional rollercoaster, so it’s best to be prepared. For starters, check out our seller’s guide for more advice on the home selling process…. Read More

How to Make Your Home Safe for Pets

Make Your Home Safe for Pets

I have four adorable pooches, so I know that keeping a home safe for pets is no easy task. I’m also involved with Rescue Village and I’m very passionate about helping orphan dogs find a loving home. My work with Rescue Village has made me realize even more how important it is to educate owners… Read More

Private Golf Clubs in Metro Cleveland

Private Golf Courses

Many of the most desirable communities in the country offer access to a championship-level golf course, and Metro Cleveland suburbs are no exception. In the exclusive villages and townships on the outskirts of Cleveland, golf is a favorite activity, along with equestrian and polo. Set amid some of the most beautiful scenery the Midwest has… Read More

Looking Forward to an Ohio Summer: A Calendar of Things to Do

Dog with green bow tie

Ohioans love to celebrate just about everything – from fruits and vegetables to rock-and-roll to pro football. With a fun-loving culture infused with influences and traditions from all over the world, Ohioans gather and party like no one else can. Summer is a busy festival season all over the Buckeye State, as locals and visitors… Read More

New real estate developments in Chagrin Falls and Greater Cleveland

Apartments in Cleveland Ohio

Cleveland’s frenzy of development is taking the city to even greater heights.  New businesses, major attractions, and massive residential developments have mushroomed in the span of five years. Big-budget tourism projects are the pride of the city, and Cleveland earned the privilege of hosting the historic 2016 Republican National Convention and the 2017 American Bus… Read More

My Passions

Dogs

The LOVE for ALL canines… including my five furry ones.. fills my heart with much joy! Finding a forever home by connecting human parents with orphan pooches is so important! Whether it’s showing up on a neighbor’s door step or supporting our amazing Rescue Village… please help us in this huge endeavor to make sure… Read More

About Me

Michelle McQuade Realtor in Cleveland Ohio

As a Real Estate professional with Howard Hanna I believe in customer service above all else! Every Seller an Buyer client deserves my full attention and commitment. 2014 & 2015 Mega Million Dollar Producer 2014 & 2015 Champions Club Member 2014 & 2015 Quality Service Award Recipient Homes of Distinction Specialist ~ Homes $750,000 and… Read More

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