Your home is one of your largest assets. When it comes time to sell it, maximizing your return is essential to your financial well-being. One of the most important decisions sellers must make is where to set the asking price. When homes are priced too high, they can sit on the market, which can impact a buyer's perceived value. When a home is priced too low, sellers can leave money on the table. The key is to find the sweet spot.
Our real estate agents are experts at helping sellers find the right asking price. Here are some tips we often offer to our clients:
Considering a move to Cleveland? Northeast Ohio has a lot to offer, and the area is reemerging as a popular place to start a new career or build a family. Located on the shore of Lake Erie, Cleveland became a significant manufacturing hub over the past century. Today it's known for its world-class healthcare system, recreational activities, and diversity. Our real estate agents are always bragging about the great things Cleveland has to offer. Here are some of the top reasons why people love living here:
Buying your first home can be a learning experience. From choosing a real estate agent to signing the closing documents, brace yourself for an on-the-fly education on the real estate market. Our real estate agents know buying your first home can be challenging at times, but we help clients through it every day. Here is a list of tips to help you survive the process:
As discussed in our past blog posts, one of the main players in Cleveland's sustainability mission is the local organization, Sustainable Cleveland. They have put together 9 areas of sustainability with each of the individual topics featuring checklists of ways residents can make a difference at home. In this week's blog post, we will take a closer look at Sustainable Cleveland's detailed breakdown of encouraging an energy efficient lifestyle at home.
Sustainable Cleveland describes Energy efficiency as using less energy to provide the same level of energy service. Our homes represent a huge opportunity for us to take small steps to reduce our impacts on the environment. The following tips will help you become more energy efficient and also save you money.
But why stop there? Here are some additional ways we found to incorporate energy efficiency practices in your home and day-to-day life:
Pro-tip: create space in your freezer and place a medium size bowl or container for collecting food waste. Line the container with small compostable bags for easy collection. Once the container is full, remove the bag, tie off and either take it to your nearest drop-off location or place it in Rust Belt Riders' designated collection container for pickup. This will prevent any unpleasant smells that can sometimes result from saving your food waste.
As we discussed in our last blog post, Cleveland has been making waves in several industries over the past several decades with accolades in medicine and tech. With Cleveland making an impact in sustainability, a lot of those efforts are being implemented in the real estate and development sector.
In addition, we also highlighted the impact and efforts that Sustainable Cleveland is making to support the city's sustainability mission. The local organization put together nine areas of sustainability topics with each of the individual topics featuring checklists on ways residents can make a difference at home. Click here to access the individual checklists for each of the 9 sustainability topics determined above. In addition to the extensive discussion on sustainability, the organization has partnered with a number of local programs for residents to promote sustainability practices in their everyday life. Here are some local programs to look into if you are interested in increasing sustainability practices:
1. City Recycling Program. FREE
Program enrollment is available online for residents of the City of Cleveland. To enroll, complete the online form by clicking here.
2. Summer Rain Barrel Program. FREE
This program is currently temporarily on hold but if you would like to be notified of when the program will resume, click here.
3. Composting Program. Membership Fee
Started in 2014 right here in Cleveland, Rust Belt Riders has been working with people and organizations across Northeast Ohio to provide them with a clean and timely alternative to landfills for their food waste. Click here to learn more or join the program.
4. Tree Canopy Revitalization Program. FREE
Did you enjoy last week's blog post about how the presence of one healthy tree can increase your property value by 30% or more? The City of Cleveland started the initiative in an effort to replenish the city's tree canopy. Click here to request your tree installation.
5. City Fresh CSA Program. Membership Fee
City Fresh creates and promotes a more healthy, vibrant, and equitable local foods system. Pickups available at several locations across Cuyahoga and Lorain county. Click here to join!
Have we missed any local sustainability programs? Let us know!
Cleveland has been making waves in several industries over the past several decades with accolades in medicine and tech. Another industry Cleveland is making an impact in? Sustainability. And a lot of those efforts are happening in the real estate and development sector. In fact, in 2021 Cleveland became a Leed Silver Certified city which indicates leadership in energy and environmental design. One of the main players in Cleveland's sustainability mission is the local organization, Sustainable Cleveland. They have put together 9 areas of sustainability with each of the individual topics featuring checklists of ways residents can make a difference at home. Click here to access the individual checklists for each of the 9 sustainability topics determined above. Below is a breakdown of each topic with a short description. In following weeks, we will take a closer look at each topic and provide additional helpful resources.
It is no secret in the real estate industry that curb appeal is a leading factor in attracting potential buyers to a specific listing. So much so that when you research "benefits of curb appeal when selling a home", the search produces millions of blog posts and articles written by experts as well as reputable home websites about the topic. Alternatively, when looking for tips on increasing the chances of selling a home quickly, improving the listing's curb appeal is most often included as a bullet point.
"Adding one healthy tree can increase property values by 30% or more, according to 1 in 5 real estate agents." (trees.com)
The team at Trees.com took it one step further and gathered data to back up the common belief by conducting a study where they surveyed 1,250 real estate agents across the country. We pulled some additional important data from the study and organized it into an infographic for easy reading. Let us know what you think! Do you believe that landscaping is an important step in preparing a home for sale? Click here to read the full article!
Summer in Cleveland is off to a great start! What better way to enjoy the city than to get out and check out all that it has to offer. Here is a list of our top 5 ways to enjoy Cleveland this summer. Let us know what you try out!