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Home Buying

The hidden costs of home buying

Are you buying a home for the first time? Congratulations! Without a doubt, this is one of the most exciting moments in life. To help you get ready for the process, check out our home buying guides. Through all the thrill of home shopping, it’s important to keep in mind that the cost of homeownership… Read More

Five mistakes that hurt first-time homebuyers

Planning on buying your first home? While it may seem tedious and daunting, house hunting can also be an exciting experience. As a buyer, your primary goal is to find a home you love at a price you’ll be able to afford. Unfortunately, there are many first-time buyers who tend to commit mistakes, making it… Read More

Five ways to make your offer stand out

Making your offer stand out may seem like a tough task, especially if you’re competing with cash buyers in a highly competitive market. As a buyer however, you need more than just cash if you want to successfully land the home of your dreams – you need to give sellers more reasons to choose your… Read More

How to buy a home in your 20s

Most millennials think homeownership is something that’s unattainable at a young age. Twenty-somethings are likely foregoing homeownership for two simple reasons. The first one is they’re staying put until marriage, since they believe that at that point, they’ll have a much better idea of where they want to settle down, what type of career they… Read More

Five housing and mortgage trends to watch out for in 2018

Thinking about buying or selling a home this year? One of the best ways for you to prepare is to gather information on some emerging trends in today’s real estate market. Here are five significant real estate trends you should know about: 1. Soaring home sales According to a report from the National Association of… Read More

Furnish your New Home with these Essentials

Moving to a new home, especially if it’s your first, is always an exciting event. To help you make the process easier, I’ve collated the essentials you need that will truly make your house feel like home. To get you started, I’ve divided the items into segments, based on their specific use and the room… Read More

Buying and Selling Guide: Signs You Should Change Your Realtor

Is your Realtor looking out for your best interests? You should consider changing Realtors if you notice the following: 1. You don’t see eye to eye You find yourself in constant disagreement with your Realtor. Your viewpoints are on opposite ends of the spectrum and it’s impossible to meet halfway. If you and your Realtor… 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

Reasons to buy a home this year

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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

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

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

The Van Sweringen brothers’ influence over Shaker Heights’ architecture

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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 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

10 helpful tips for choosing the perfect luxury home

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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

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