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2010 

CITY OF BEACHWOOD OH PLASTIC BOTTLE ART PROJECT NEWS. The City of Beachwood OH. needs your help in putting together this eco-friendly art project and is asking residents and friends of the City to save-up and drop-off color, plastic water bottles. These bottles can be from soda, water, sports dri...
01/14/2010
"I DON'T CARE, I'M SELLING MY HOUSE "AS IS" Unless your target buyer is Austin Powers you probably need to get rid of that psychedelic purple mylar wallpaper and that green shag carpeting you installed thirty years ago. Remember, it was new when you bought the house but it's 30 years later! Your ...
01/12/2010
 QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN INTERVIEWING A LISTING AGENT     •1)     How many years have you been in the business? Are you full-time? •2)     How much business do you do a year? How many of your listings           wind-up expired vs. sold? What is your list to sales price ratio? •3)     Do you have a ...
01/11/2010
Real estate research firm Reis, Inc. reports that apartment vacancies rose to 8-percent in the last quarter of 2009. As a result many large apartment complex owners have been forced to reduce rents. One year ago the vacancy rate was 6.7%. The blame for the recent downturn goes to the recession an...
01/11/2010
We often have clients ask about how to stage their home. Fortunately, Elly has a background in display having worked in the display department for a major department store chain. Here's a link to a Cleveland Plain Dealer article in which we were interviewed to provide home staging tips. http://ww...
01/10/2010
"I'm no expert but I'm not paying a full commission when I can pay a discount broker a low flat fee and then pay only the selling agent's side of the commission. I negotiate for a living. Surely I can negotiate something as easy as a home sale." Yeah, right! And because every real estate agent al...
01/09/2010
"My house appraised at an amount higher than my real estate agent claims it's worth. Do I go with the Realtor's price opinion or the appraiser's?" Perhaps we're conditioned to believe that there's no better answer than one that's scientific. But don't be blinded by science!  Real estate appraisal...
01/09/2010
We don't know if it's just us but it feels like there's more than a little populist rage in the air? More than a year after the largest corporate bailout in history many see the writing on the wall ... some banks and insurance companies are too big to fail ... the rest of us not even appearing to...
01/08/2010
Just like politics, all real estate is local. Unfortunately many buyers run with what they hear in the mainstream media and may miss out on getting the exact house that they want. Does the following sound familiar? "The real estate agent says this house is priced well below market, and it's exact...
01/08/2010
Pretty much all of us have clients, who through little or no fault of their own, find themselves unable to pay their mortgages. This of course is a fact of life these days. What surprised us, however, is learning that their is an increasing number of homeowners who are simply choosing not to pay ...
01/08/2010
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