real estate: Call 811 Before you Dig! - 04/30/09 12:29 AM
Our mayor's secretary in Broadview Heights, Ohio sends us regular e-mail messages from the mayor's office to keep us informed about the city. Yesterday we received a brief reminder to remember to call 811 before we or our contractor do any digging on our property. I had not heard of this before so I did a little research. In the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002, Congress mandated the establishment of a national 3 digit number. In 2005 the FCC established 811 as the "National Call Before You Dig" phone number and all states were required to implement it by April 13, … (7 comments)

real estate: Some Important Tips if You Are Building a New Home in Cleveland Ohio - 04/15/09 01:22 AM

Building a new home can be  very exciting, but also scary. Having sold new construction in Brecksville, Broadview Heights, and Independence Ohio for 10 years, I can offer some tips if you think a brand new home is in your future.
A new construction contract is vastly different from a contract for an existing home. Read it, read it again and then read it one more time. Here are some clauses you might encounter If the builder is unable to obtain the exact materials as specified on the plan, he may substitute materials of a similar design and quality. … (6 comments)

real estate: I Don't Mind Showing a Large Number of Homes, But I So Appreciate Buyers Giving Me Enough Notice. - 04/07/09 03:38 AM
I believe that most agents want to make the home buying experience, not just a good one but a great one for their buyer clients. It is definitely my goal. To that end, it's important that buyers understand what must happen every time they ask me to show them some properties, and that I so appreciate being given sufficient notice.It is not uncommon for a buyer to choose 10 homes to view in one afternoon. This is what I will do to prepare.1.Pull up the mls records for the homes you'd like to see. Here I might find that 3 out … (8 comments)

real estate: Parma Heights Ohio First Quarter Market Report 2009 - 04/01/09 03:44 AM
Below you will find a comparison of closed sales between first qarter 2008 and first quarter 2009.  All information is obtained from NEOHREX and is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.
If you would like to buy or sell a home in Parma Heights Ohio or in the surrounding communities, please call me at 440-263-7496, or you may want to visit my website for more specific information on the communities I service: Brecksville Ohio Real Estate, Broadview Heights Ohio Real Estate, North Royalton Ohio Real Estate Independence Ohio Real Estate, Seven Hills Ohio Real Estate, Parma Ohio Real Estate, Parma Heights … (0 comments)

real estate: Safety While Driving Should be Our First Priority...Not Closing the Deal. - 03/30/09 11:18 PM
We've all heard some horrific stories of people dying in car accidents due to using their cell phones while driving. I recall one such accident involving 5 teen aged girls who had just graduated from high school, looking forward, no doubt, to the the wonderful future that lay ahead. I remember thinking when I saw their pictures that one was more beautiful than the next.The details of the accident indicated that the girls were going to their parent's summer home to celebrate their graduation.  Behind them were the boys that were going to join them.  Cell phone records showed that 2 minutes … (10 comments)

real estate: Loan Officers... A Good One Is Worth His or Her Weight in GOLD! - 03/23/09 01:05 AM
Recently I received an internet lead through my company. The potential buyer and I exchanged a few e-mails and then had a very nice conversation about her wants and needs in house. She is a single Mom with a grade school age child. She wants a home near her son's school and day careShe does not want to overextend herselfShe is aware of a special down payment assistance program in a particular city city for which she has already applied and been approved .So then I asked her if she was pre-approved and she said yes and offered to e-mail me the … (6 comments)

real estate: The Gas Man Cometh....To Drill For Oil/Gas On Your Land! - 03/20/09 03:51 AM
There's a knock at your door and when you open it the gas man is there. But it's not the gas man from your local gas company who has come to check out your home because you smelled an odor of gas or to put in a new meter.No, this is the gas man from a company that wants to DRILL for oil/gas on or very near to your property.He explains to you that:
the project will require X number of acres and that all the homeowners involved will "throw in" a certain portion of their land (no title transfer of any … (4 comments)

real estate: ReMax Introduces "Live" Nationwide Search Site - 03/14/09 04:06 AM

Some of you may have seen this already but I thought it was worth posting. This "live" nationwide search site shows the power behind the REMAX name and how many consumers are searching the REMAX site to find about everything from homes for sale to home values, neighborhood information, schools, mortgage information, foreclosures and so much more. As you can see from the link it's in the beta stage but should be ready soon!
If you would like to buy or sell a home in Broadview Heights Ohio or in the surrounding communities, please call me … (6 comments)

real estate: Open House Sunday March 15th from 2-4 at 805 Bittersweet Dr. Seven Hills Ohio - 03/14/09 03:08 AM
Be sure to put this beautifully remodeled home on your list for tomorrow! 4BR, 2.5 Baths (remodeled) updated kitchen with ceramic floor and newer countertops, master bedroom with private bath, newer windows and all new carpeting, finished walk out basement with FP. Take Broadview Rd. and go east on Ridgewood to Bayberry. Bittersweet is off Bayberry. See you there!


real estate: New Hampton and MacIntosh Farms Broadview Heights Ohio Real Estate...the last 3 years. - 03/09/09 01:15 AM
One can see from the chart below that there has been a decline in sold homes in both MacIntosh Farms and New Hampton, though it has not been severe and in the case of single family homes in New Hampton, there was a slight increase from 2008-2009.  All information is obtained from Neohrex and is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. For more information on either of these communities or other communities where you would like to buy or sell a home, please contact Barb Szabo at 440-263-7496 or visit my website.

real estate: Parma Ohio Grant Program is Back...But For a Limited Time - 03/07/09 01:59 AM
Great news! Parma Ohio Grant Money is Back!!!!!!Here are some important points of this program.
The buyer must have a pre-qualification/pre-approval letter for a mortgage in the amount of $70,000 or greater from a bank/lending institution Purchasers will receive a down payment assistance LOAN of 10% of the purchase price up to a maximum of $10,000.00 The loan will be at zero percent interest for a period of 5 years to be reduced at a rate of 1/60th per month of ownership and occupancy, and secured by a second mortgage lien on the house. Lien shall be released by the city … (12 comments)

real estate: 805 Bittersweet Dr. Seven Hills Ohio 44131 - 03/06/09 10:18 AM
Remodeled 4 BR 2.5 Bath home with a finished walk out basement.

Offered at $214,900  Built in 1972 with ~2116 square feet
Beautifully remodeled 4BR 2.5 bath bi-level offers newer windows, furnace, trim work,light fixtures plus brand new carpeting throughout. Lovely eat in kitchen w/newer ceramic floor and corian counter tops, dining room w/sliders leading to deck, remodeled baths with ceramic floors and gorgeous new vanities. The finished walk out basement includes a fireplace, wet bar, new carpeting and sliders to nature stone patio. The utility room has plenty of storage and a door to the backyard. The … (5 comments)

real estate: Olde Salem Chocolates in Broadview Heights Ohio...Not Just Chocolate - 03/03/09 12:12 PM
If you have never been to Olde Salem Chocolates and Fine Gifts in Broadview Heights, do yourself a favor and stop in there. You will not be disappointed.
Owner P.J. Salem offers not only the finest Amish made chocolates but also a wide assortment of gifts, including great jewelry and beautiful decorative pieces for your home.
P.J says her goal when designing her shop was to give it an old world feel and I think she succeeded beautifully. From the moment you step in you feel welcomed and the aroma from the chocolates is tantalizing to … (11 comments)

real estate: MacIntosh Farms and New Hampton, Broadview Heights Ohio Real Estate Market Report 1/1/09-2/28/09 - 03/02/09 08:31 AM
Below are the statistics for ACTIVE, PENDING, and SOLD homes in MacIntosh Farms and New Hampton,  Broadview Heights Ohio. All information is obtained from neohrex and is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Please note that the contracts for the pending and closed homes may have been written in December or January.
For more information on the above areas or the area where you live or would like to live, please contact Barb Szabo. I'd be happy to help you. Below you will find a sampling of where I will market your home through


real estate: Open House Sunday at 4102 Wood Ave. Parma Ohio March 1st from 2-4 Don't miss this one! - 02/28/09 08:07 AM
Make sure you put this open house on your list. Includes ~2000 square feet and the lot next door! I will have a loan officer there to answer questions about today's sometimes challenging mortgage market, along with information on both the $8000 tax credit and Parma grant money. A great value at $129,900..See you there!


real estate: Interested in Living in a Community for Seniors in North Royalton or Seven Hills Ohio? - 02/28/09 06:27 AM
Below you will find information on 3 communities for seniors. Each has unique amenites from hiking trails and pools to shopping that is right across the street to easy access to the freeway.
The lovely subdivision of Greenbriar offers a variety of cluster homes for those 55 and older. Among the many amenities to be enjoyed are a beautiful pool, clubhouse, and tennis courts, acres of nature conservancy, and miles of walking trails. The monthly maintenance fee includes landscaping and snow removal.

The Village condos in Seven Hills are conveniently located off Broadview Rd. on Village Dr. just … (0 comments)

real estate: My Client Met With a Builder's Rep Without Me.. - 02/26/09 02:12 PM
You guessed it . It happened to me today. I  have a lovely client that is kind, respectful of my family, respectful of my time, grateful for everything I have done for her,  so appreciates my honesty and thinks me to be a sincere person.  The perfect client.But today she e-mailed me about a new home she had seen.  It was not clear in her e-mail if she had seen it on line or had actually been inside.
But, she had actually been inside and met with the rep and talked about lots, extras, etc... She all but signed on the dotted … (24 comments)

real estate: Broadview Heights Youth..Are You ready for Some Baseball??? - 02/25/09 11:36 PM

I have watched my daughter who is 14, play softball, since she was about 5 years and it is without a doubt my favorite pastime. She's become quite the pitcher and hitter over the years, often getting doubles and triples, and being the pitcher in the last inning of the championship game 2 years ago, which they won! I look forward to it every year and this year will be no different, though much more challenging as she is now in the 14-18 league and the competition is pretty stiff. But just like all city sports there are deadlines and … (4 comments)

real estate: You've Purchased a Home Well Under the County Valuation...Can You Get Your Property Taxes Reduced? - 02/25/09 12:17 AM
With so many homes selling below the county valuation, many buyers are wondering if they can get their property taxes reduced.
While I may not be able to answer that with a resounding yes, I can point you  in the right direction to get the process started. If  you do not agree with the assessment of your property taxes you do have the right to appeal that valuation with the Cuyahoga County Board of Revision. In Cuyahoga County,  the auditor, the treasurer, and the president of the board of county commissioners each appoint members to the board of revision. There are … (8 comments)

real estate: Welcome to Central Bark Doggy Day Care-One of Broadview Heights's Newest Businesses - 02/23/09 09:59 PM
Today I had the pleasure of meeting Peggy Farrell-Kidd, the owner, together with her husband Bruce, of one of Broadview Heights Ohio's newest businesses:Central Bark Doggy Day CareConveniently located at 3001 Towpath Rd, off Broadview Rd. just south of Edgerton, I think it will be THE place to take your four legged best friends.  Peggy will officially open her doors on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009 and I wish her every success. It would appear that she has left no stone unturned when comes to the very best care for your beloved pet.Here's a typical day at Central  Bark (may vary slightly)

Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Above & Beyond)

Barb Szabo, CRS

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Cleveland, OH

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