Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Ohio housing market experiences its busiest May in nearly two decades

The Cleveland real estate market is steaming hot. It reminds me of the Phoenix Real Estate market in the early 2000's without the super easy lending. Home buyers today have higher FICO scores and usually put more money done on homes. Especially $200k and up we see a lot of home buyers putting 20% down or even paying cash.. This article comes from http://realestate.cleveland.com/ by Michelle Jarboe.

" The Ohio Association of Realtors said the state's housing market experienced its best May since at least 1998, when the trade group started tracking data. Buyers snapped up 15,366 new and previously owned houses and condominiums, the organization said, at an average price of $176,804."

I have had a record month in June in Real Estate for Cleveland. We have 7 homes in escrow from buyers that needed a place to call home. The properties we have in escrow were hard to get, but we got some excellent deals and homes for our clients. We purchased all over Metro Cleveland Hudson, Chagrin Falls, North Olmsted, Broadview Heights, Westlake, and Kamms Corner.

When the housing market is hot you have to move on a home and make decisions a bit quicker than years past, The other nice benefit for home owners is their equity positions are growing nicely this year. You also need to have a Realtor that understands the areas and what homes are worth.

"Price also continued to climb across the state as buyers vied for a limited supply of properties. The average sale price was 5.2 percent higher in May than a year before."

With a $176,804 average price we still have a long way to go in Cleveland. Where are you going to find home prices like Cleveland? Almost no where in the states, especially with all the amenities we have in Cleveland. Where can you get PGA type golf course homes for around $400K? These are in excellent communities and very high standard of living.

" Homes purchased in May typically had been on the market for 27 days - the shortest window since the national Realtors started monitoring listing times six years ago"

If you want to sell your home and relocate there is no better time to do. We can save you money on listing your home and we get it sold! Selling a home is all about price and if it is market is will sell quickly. We have the extensive marketing campaigns that get your home shown.

Whether your a buyer, seller or investor we have the services that can handle all you real estate needs. Call Brett 216-703-5740 Century 21 Premiere and 602-363-6551 EXP Realty and Playa Azul   

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Monday, June 26, 2017

5 Sizzling Reasons to Buy a Home During Housing's Hottest Season

This article comes from http://www.realtor.com/ by Rena Behar and it is about why you should look at buying a home right now. I always go through the new articles and get you some excellent information that might assist you in making a housing decision. Let's look at this article:

"Prices aren't necessarily higher"
"A huge myth about the real estate market is that homes sell for more in the summer and less in the winter. This is simply not true," says Dippy Chhina of Dippy Real Estate."

There are more homes that are up for sale in the summer time than the winter. Let's face it families have kids in school and some do not want to put their home up for sale during school. That would mean that buyers would have a better selection of homes in the summer. Having a more of a selection of homes makes your home buying life much easier.

" Inventory is broader
You wouldn’t buy a car from a dealer with only two models for sale, so why limit your options when it comes to picking a house? The open-plan kitchen you’ve been yearning for or a home in a stellar school district is much more likely to pop up in a busier marketplace."

The other advantage to having more homes on the market is being able to sell your home and buy another home if you need to move. We just sold one of my listings yesterday and the seller is looking at new homes today. They decided that they wanted to live in a different area and put their home up for sale in the spring.

I also did that with a client in Lakewood he wanted to sale a 3 property deal and get a different location.We sold his property and put a home under contract that he loved. We got both deals closed and in less than 45 days. Summer is a great time to buy and sale.

Whether your buying or selling a home summer is a great time to do it. I sold 7 homes in the last 30 days and there are still some great deals to be had. The benefit you get with our company is the knowledge of the many Cities around Cleveland Call Brett 216-703-5740 Century 21 Premiere and 602-363-6551 EXP Realty and Playa Azul  

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday Brunch Review: Jekyll's in Chagrin Falls Ohio

This eatery is located on the Falls at Chagrin Falls ohio and the scenery is second to known. Their brunch menu is packed with delicious foods that get your Sunday afternoon going. You can watch the falls as you eat and enjoy your Brunch or dinner.

 The menu offers a Thai Chicken Salad that is second to known. It is one of my favorite entry's on the menu. They also have great oven baked pizzas to choose from or if it steak you want they do an excellent job preparing one up. 

  Jekyll's has the best Fresh Truffle Chips that I have ever tasted and I have tasted many. I usually have the Thai Chicken Salad after the Truffle Chips. The Truffle chip's are topped with Buttermilk blue, candied pecans, sage, balsamic drizzle. Let me tell you it is very tasty and a great starter! 

For desert they have a great Flourless Chocolate Cake that is great over coffee after you have your meal. It is delicious. 

Jekyll's is a great place to spend leisure time at. They have a great outside bar area that you can also enjoy adult beverages and a menu full of starters. Great way to end a work day.

 The prices are modest and the scenery and food is luxury. I have been there many times and have always had a great experience for myself and my guests. It is also an excellent place to take out of town guest and clients.  

You can leave and walk up to a Starbucks. Get a coffee and enjoy the postcard like city that is called Chagrin Falls. In the summer there are usually festivals going and on Sunday morning you can walk up to Farm Fresh Market.

Call Brett for all your real estate needs 216-703-5740 Century 21 Premiere and 602-363-6551 EXP Realty and Playa Azul.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Real Estate Videos that help you get real estate done!

Another very busy week that entailed a ton of real estate deals.

Had a client that flew in from Florida that needed a home in North Olmsted for one of their family members. With the inventory low and wanting to be specific areas I had to look at over 200 properties on line to find the a home that would fit this clients needs. We looked at 20+ properties and got the selection down to two properties. We are putting an offer on the one the family member liked and I hope we get it! Very nice family to work with and they knew exactly what they wanted.

Another client that I have been working with for the last 90 days decided on a home in Chagrin Falls Ohio and we will be putting an offer in today on that. I had to get my contractor in this property to see how much the upgrades my clients would be. the contractor got them a detailed quote on the upgrades. We have a plan all laid out to have this property complete before they get to Ohio.  Another super client and I appreciate them sharing their needs and wants for a home. Hope we get this one great property.

Great home we just added in escrow in Hudson Ohio. I met the buyers over at the home on Tuesday Morning to go over the new kitchen and bathroom they needed for their parents area in the home. This property allowed them to have privacy and their parents to have the same with the new upgrades. Great walkout basement and super nice area. Lakes, and a Golf course less than a mile in the subdivision. This neighborhood has 7 figure homes in it. A very exited client that cannot wait to move in to their new property. The clubhouse had some of the best coffee I have ever drank.

Finding hard to find homes is all I do and I really enjoy finding my clients their dream home. The difference is we have the services available for our clients to make a home into a perfect home. Call Brett 216-703-5740 Century 21 Premiere and 602-363-6551 EXP Realty and Playa Azul

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Unlimited Real Estate Magazine 6/23/17 Edition

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Sunday Brunch: Rosati's Frozen Custard in Northfield Ohio Great Custard


This walk up Ice Cream Parlor that has a very Delicious Menu. This week when I went there I had the Turtle they also have the Banana Foster and Cherry Cordial Yum Yum. This establishment has been opened since 2000, and it is a taste bud explosion desert factory.

They also have great Ice cream cone and their version of the blizzard called twisters. They carry my favorite milkshake Peanut butter, My first taste of that shake was in Minford Ohio at a place called the Dairy Bar, another walk up establishment. 
Me and Lori go there when we need to get a sugar fix. I really like the sign they have on top of their store.  That really attracted me to their ice cream parlor from the get go. Great Custard and great fun to walk around and look at the area while you chow down on a fabulous desert.
There address is 95 E Aurora Rd, Northfield, OH 44067....Take the family out and enjoy. If you need a home that is close to these type of amenities please call Brett 216-703-5740 Century 21 Premiere and 602-363-6551 EXP Realty and Playa Azul 


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Best Beach Front Villas to enjoy and create Income


You want your view to be like this one? You want to have a Ocean Villa you can enjoy when you want? Do you want to make income on your villa while your not there? Playa Azul has all the above!!  Their unique reservation system generates over $4 million dollars a year and keeps these properties creating income.


Playa Azul is building their 4th resort and it will be over 600 units complete with all the resort amenities any luxury resort can offer. The resort sets on En canto Beach which has pure white sand lapping up to the Sea of Cortez. There is not a better beach in the world.


We have 2 units that are 80% done and are Luxury Studios 1 bath units that have a spectacular ocean view off the balcony. These units create approx $16,000-$18,000 a year in income. you will still have plenty of time to enjoy them yourself! These units are $110,000 each at this special offer.  These units retail for $139,900 and will be able to be rented around June of this year.

Wholesale Lakewood Duplex $89,900 first come first Serve

$89,900 Lakewood Duplex
Great investment opportunity in two family. close to transportation and shopping. Pleasant front porch in popular Lakewood neighborhood. Already has great tenants paying $1250 a month.

This Property is being sold as is $89,900 and is between Lake and Madison. This is a great opportunity to get a great deal on a excellent income property.

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Rent________$1250 (Should be $1400)

Tax_________$ 219
Insurance____$  100
P/M________$  125

Approx net___$806


Why the wealthy are heavily focused on real estate

 Whether your a Real Estate investor or just buying a home it is very important to understand that most wealth is created through real estate. Buying any type of home you should know some important factors about the neighborhood. I found a story at http://thecollegeinvestor.com/ a college paper that says 90% of all millionaires do it through Real Estate.

I also found a story at https://www.forbes.com/ that talks about what the experts are predicting this year for real estate appreciation. This story show the averages around 5%-6%, that seems low except when you think about your making money on money you borrowed through a Mortgage, Bascically OPM (other peoples Money).

The expected growth from the experts is also just an average. I have a home listed that my client purchased 2 years ago and will make 66% profit over 2 years. That is 33% per year. That is because this client is in an area that is in high demand and is loaded with amenities. Again they did this with a mortgage or OPM. That is like going to a bank and asking them to deposit 95% of the funds in a CD that they would pay you a 33% interest rate on. You would be ask to leave and they wouldn't even throw in a toaster.

Cleveland Ohio is one of the hottest places in America according to https://www.forbes.com/. The downtown is thriving and so are our sports teams. Here is a quote from this Story

" Unbeknownst to most outsiders, Cleveland’s rebirth has been happening at street level for years. This gritty, “underdog” city is now home to six James Beard award-winning chef-inspired restaurants, a thriving bar, arts, and music scene, and biomedical and “smart” manufacturing start-ups that are quickly luring America’s youngest and brightest away from Boston, Austin, and Silicon Valley. All of which makes every Saturday night along East Fourth Street just north of Quicken Loans arena look more like SoHo or South Beach than the “Rust Belt” strip one might conjure up in their mind when someone says “Cleveland”. So just who sprinkled the fairy dust on Cleveland this year?"

Knowing each city and what is being built and sold makes a huge difference in your equity growth. This month I will sale 5-6 homes all in different areas. The key is knowing the areas and what they have to offer to my clients in living and future equity growth.

Buying a home is not only a place to live, but can generate a lot of money when you sale if purchased in the right area, with the right updates. Call Brett 216-703-5740 Century 21 Premiere and 602-363-6551 EXP Realty and Playa Azul

Selling your home in a seller’s market isn’t as easy as you think


This article comes from https://www.washingtonpost.com/ by Marshall Park that talks a lot about selling homes in the DC area. he makes some great points that apply pretty much everywhere in this market.

Selling a home is not as easy as the Million Dollar listing show, not everyone has millions to spend on a home. There are some homes that are in very hot areas, but need updates.

Selling homes in a sellers market requires that you sale the home fairly quickly or in at least the Northern Ohio market it stays on the market a while. I have a home listed in an area that has a 100 days or more to sale. The family is relocating and needs to sell their home. I am working very hard to get that done. The issue in the area is that the HOA fee is high and you need buyers that want all their outside maintenance issues to go away. You also have a lake and other very nice amenities.

In other parts of this area basements play a huge factor on what a home will sell for. The price can vary as much as $20,000-$50,000 more with a basement. As a listing agent that is super important to know when you are comping a property to sale.

Sellers are also an important factor if they live in the home you are selling. They have some work keeping the home clean and prepared to show. Sellers also have to be prepared to have people coming through their home a lot. That is why it is super important to price the home correctly in this market. Just because a home is going up for sale does not mean it is a hot area, Pricing a home correctly can get it sold a lot faster and less hassle.

The other key to selling your home is an agent that is available almost all the time. I have an inspection on a home at 7pm tonight ( my golf night) that I will be there for. It is very important for an agent to be at an inspection to represent the seller. Also I will be bringing all the work receipts that have been done on the home.

Lastly marketing your home is also key. Most all Real Estate companies have similar marketing features on a home. The difference is having an agent that is well trained on the internet is your real estate agent? Super important when your advertising your home. I personally run all my listings advertising through all the social sites and email agents that sale in that area.

Need your home sold? Want to save money doing it? Want it done professionally? I have sold over 1000 properties and saved my clients a ton of money doing it. Call Brett 216-703-5740 Century 21 Premiere and 602-363-6551 EXP Realty and Play Azul.

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Getting real estate under contract can really be challenging in today's real estate market.  With low inventory and low days on the market buyers need to be ready to pull the trigger to buy a home.


This week we had two buyers that we took out and one got a great home and the other is still looking.


The successful buyer had been looking at homes for a few months and we found an awesome property in Hudson Ohio that fit their needs. They had some special needs with their parents probably moving in with their family soon. They made a great offer and got the home. to say their excited is an under statement!


Hudson is a lovely city that really is a postcard in every aspect of the area. Main Street looks like a quaint little town that has a row of stores and eateries. Behind those stores is a outdoor shopping center that is lined with more stores and eateries. In the summer the locals come out at night to see what act is playing in the park area located in the middle of the outdoor mall. 3 Ice cream parlors are close by to choose from. Starbucks is about a 1/3 of a mile down the road to get a cup of Joe.


My other buyer has just started looking and feels that he market is a buyers market still and lost his deal. The sellers countered, and he was shocked. It is a sellers market and if you want a great deal you need to be ready to some updating on the home. He is a great client and we will find him and his family the perfect home.


Brad also came up with a nice income package for investors that want to purchase Mexico Resort Villas. You never have to rent them our reservation system takes care of all that for you. We have a 24/7 staff that maintains your unit year around and when you come to visit it all you have to do is relax an enjoy. Making money with your vacation home just got simple. Call Brett 602-363-6551 for more information.


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Real Estate Marking Strategies that sell your home for top dollar

Having a Strategies for marketing a home through renting it or selling it requires a lot of time and knowledge. Most Realtors and sellers look to sale their home through the MLS, Realtor.com,Trulia and of course Zillow. These are some of the areas most Agents use to get the word out on a home.

I of course use all those sites, but I also have the #1 rated Real Estate Blog on Blogger.com (over 400,000 hits), and over 20 other websites that collect over 40,000 hits a month. One of my sites are listingyourhomeonmls.com that has all the information on my listings and sold real estate.

Open houses and Brokers Opens are also a great way to get potential buyers through listings. Having a lunch for brokers is a good way to chat with the local Realtor talent and get valuable feedback. 

Century 21 Premiere also has software that creates a website for every listing. Here is a website I currently have on a lovely home in Chagrin Falls Ohio http://604magnolialn.c21.com/ . It is very convenient for the seller to print flyers and email information on the property to anyone. Potential buyers can also set up an appointment to see the home.

My Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and Google + have over 6,000 followers that see every property I have listed. Social Media is a very important new way to get the word out on Real Estate Listings.

Lets not forget about YouTube which I have over 2200 videos on my clients properties and add new ones weekly. There are two homes that I sold directly from YouTube. It is a great tool to send to agents and potential buyers so that they can see the property they are interested in close up. Below is a video of a home I sold in 32 Days.
I also have some other marking methods that I have in my bag to sell homes. Currently we are working on a home I am listing at the end of this month. We have a potential buyer looking at it today before it goes on the market. I also have another home that I am buying that will be sold before it closes. 
Getting your home sold requires a lot of work and knowledge. Call Brett 216-703-5740 Century 21 Premiere and 602-363-6551 EXP Realty and Playa Azul



Ohio housing market experiences its busiest May in nearly two decades

The Cleveland real estate market is steaming hot. It reminds me of the Phoenix Real Estate market in the early 2000's without the ...