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Homes are selling fast in Cuyahoga and Geauga counties

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July recorded a spike in home sales despite the ongoing battle against the coronavirus pandemic. Real estate experts attribute this to the high demand for homes, the limited housing inventory, and more importantly, the low interest rates. And with much of the future uncertain, home buyers are snatching up whatever real estate opportunities they could… Read More

Why the Post-COVID 19 Cleveland Real Estate Market Looks Promising

Why the Post-COVID 19 Cleveland Real Estate Market Looks Promising

Is this a good time to buy or sell real estate in Cleveland, OH? If you’ve been losing sleep over real estate, you can put your fears to rest. Here’s why Cleveland real estate is well positioned to survive – and thrive – in a post-COVID housing market. Cleveland is a house-flipping hotspot For many… Read More

Enhance Your Interiors by Bringing the Outdoors into Your Home

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With almost everyone spending more time indoors these days, now is the perfect time to look for ways to brighten up your interiors. One of the best ways is to give your home a more natural feel by bringing in the outdoors. Introducing outdoor elements is a great way to add a calmer, more relaxing… Read More

The Effect of COVID-19 on the Cleveland Real Estate Market

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Despite strong market data at the start of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a decline in home buying interest in Ohio due to uncertainty. According to a survey conducted by the Ohio REALTORS, 75% of respondents say COVID-19 has decreased their interest in purchasing homes. This is NOT the case in 44022 and 44023… Read More

How to Do Spring Cleaning with Kids

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Spring cleaning with the whole family doesn’t have to be a chore. There are plenty of fun and creative ways to get your kids involved in the housework. Take a look at these helpful tips below: Assign tasks that are age-appropriate Before giving your kids a task to do, make sure that the task isn’t… Read More

Home Buying Tips for Spring

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It’s no secret that spring is one of the best times to buy a home. Most sellers choose to list their home in the spring and since it’s the busiest home buying season, it’s also the most competitive.  Keep these home buying tips in mind if you’re planning on going house hunting this spring: Know… Read More

Get That Modern Vibe in Your Home with These 7 Ideas

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No matter what your home’s style is, you can infuse it with a modern vibe with just a few simple changes. Check out these ideas on how you can update your home and give it a contemporary look. Change your lighting fixtures Lighting can significantly define the mood in your home. To give your home… Read More

How to Avoid Common Home Disasters in the Winter

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Winters in Cleveland can get quite lovely, with holiday lights brightening up the snowy landscape, and the brave ones daring the cold for a slew of winter activities. However, temperatures in the metro can get quite chilly, and with that, potential home disasters can’t be far behind. How can you avoid these common winter mishaps?… Read More

Cleveland, Ohio Real Estate Market for 2020

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The year 2019 is a challenging but robust one for the Cleveland, OH real estate market. At the end of October, 2019, Zillow has tagged the market as “Hot”, citing a 13.6% increase in home values over the past year. The National Association of Realtors’ Realtor.com has called it a seller’s market, meaning there are… Read More

Key questions to ask a home seller

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After you’ve done your initial research, browsed through a couple of listings, and thought about what features or type of location you’d like to have, it’s likely you will already have a good idea of the kind of home you want to buy. Once you find one that matches all of your requirements and preferences… Read More

Preparing Your Home for the Winter Months

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Chagrin Falls, Ohio homes for sale are a great investment, which is why they deserve proper maintenance year round. Much has been said about revitalizing your home after a brutal winter, and while it’s necessary to freshen up your property for the spring season, prevention is just as important. As a top Cleveland Realtor, these… Read More

5 value-boosting home improvement projects for the fall

Fall is more than just the season for apple-picking and taking colorful pictures. It’s also a great time for home improvements. Not only is the fall weather perfect for repairs or renovations, but building materials are also priced lower during this time due to lower demand. Here are 5 value-boosting fall home improvement projects to… Read More

Why fall is a great time to sell your home in Cleveland, OH

Summer is usually a popular time for buying a home but it’s not necessarily the best time to sell one. Real estate transactions eventually cool off by the time fall comes in. However, what many don’t know is that this season presents a fine opportunity to sell your home fast and for a great price…. Read More

Home inspection checklist for first-time Cleveland, OH home buyers

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Home inspection is something you have to take seriously if you want to buy the right home. Opting out of this final step in the home-buying process could mean the difference between moving into a piece of property with minor issues to one that could cost you a lot more than you bargained for. If… Read More

Stay ahead of the competition in the summer real estate market

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Although residential real estate trends change frequently, one thing that has remained constant in the past several years is the strong demand of communities in the Chagrin Valley. The focal point is of course, Chagrin Falls, which was recently named the most livable city in Ohio. The charming Cleveland east side suburb is home to… Read More

Is Cleveland’s housing market balancing out?

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For quite some time, Cleveland has been a competitive seller’s market. But is it slowly shifting, giving more wiggle room to home buyers? Let’s find out. What the experts are saying Real estate experts from Yes-MLS and Redfin predict that Cleveland’s housing market is easing towards a more balanced playing field. Most of the favor… Read More

Why millennials are moving to Cleveland, Ohio

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Cleveland, Ohio has been undergoing a transformation during the past several years, and the younger crowd is starting to take notice. According to Downtown Cleveland Alliance, the city center’s population increased by 79% since 2000, with the number of millennial residents increasing by 77%. In 2018, the downtown area’s estimated population swelled to over 16,000… Read More

Areas to target for spring cleaning

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Winter is gone, the temperature is rising, flowers are blooming, and it’s time to do the annual spring cleaning. I have tips on how you can tackle this ritual, but for this edition, let’s focus on areas that need extra care and attention. Put your gloves on and let’s get started! First Area: The Kitchen… Read More

Spring home buying: How to ace the process

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Spring is definitely one of the busiest seasons to buy a home. As the temperature rises, more home buyers come out of the woodwork to inspect what’s available in the housing markets they’re interested in. Purchasing a house during this period can lead you to face a daunting amount of competition, but don’t worry! With… Read More

Top amenities to look for in a Cleveland luxury home

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Many luxury homes in Cleveland boast timeless architecture, stunning craftsmanship, and an assortment of features designed to provide the ultimate luxurious lifestyle. If you’re in the market for a luxury home but are not quite sure which amenities and features to look out for, here are a few things that might catch your interest: Indoor… Read More

2019 Real Estate Trends in Cleveland, OH

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After weathering the housing crisis, Cleveland is finally seeing a turnaround in its real estate market. 2019’s real estate darling Despite lagging behind in recent years, Cleveland is projected to become one of 2019’s real estate darlings, along with other markets like Houston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Chicago. Jobs are expected to return to Ohio, as… Read More

5 Key factors that affect your mortgage rate

Getting your financing sorted is a must if you are aiming for a successful home buying experience. Keep the following factors in mind to secure a reasonable mortgage rate. Your credit rating Your credit score plays an important role in determining your mortgage’s interest rate. Most importantly, it can also affect the outcome of your… Read More

5 Tips for Millennial Buyers in a Seller’s Market

Millenials are increasingly joining the real estate market. According to this Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Report, 34 percent of sales last year were made by millennial buyers. A seller’s market, however, can be tough to navigate. Competition can get intense, and home prices might be higher than usual. If you are a millennial… Read More

How to save for a down payment

When preparing your finances to buy a home, having a good credit score can make you feel confident about your chances of securing a favorable mortgage. But what about coming up with the down payment? Usually 20% of the purchase price, the down payment is often the biggest hurdle that first-time homebuyers face. If you’re… Read More

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

The downside of selling your home by yourself

Quite a few homeowners in Cleveland and beyond are opting to sell their properties on their own, without the help of a Realtor. Homes for sale in this manner are tagged, “For Sale by Owner,” or FSBO, on listings and other advertising materials. FSBO home sellers often start out thinking they can get more money… 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

The right way to list and sell your home

When you’re a home seller, one of your main objectives is to sell your home fast (for a great price, of course). While there is no fail-proof recipe, there are plenty of ways you can list and sell your home to attract more offers from prospective buyers. Set the Best Price When it comes to… 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: Soaring home sales According to a report from the National Association of Realtors,… 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

Childproofing Your Home

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Is your home safe enough for your small child to roam around in? These simple home fixes will help you make sure: 1. Keep harmful items out of reach These are just some of the easiest ways to protect your children from accidents inside the home: Put away small choking hazards such as loose change,… 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

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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

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

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

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

This Year’s Biggest Design Trends

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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

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

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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

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

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

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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

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