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Friday, July 15, 2011

Open Sunday, July 17th 2:00-5:00 - 8407 Barton Dr, Strongsville, OH 44149

MLS Listing #3243943

Beautifully appointed, bright and airy split on meticulously manicured lot features private spaces for family to spread out. 

Kitchen boasts luxurious upgrades such as cherry cabinets, granite countertops and ceramic floors.

Dining walks out to a covered patio with views of a landscaped courtyard and generous privacy fenced yard. 

Relax and entertain friends and family in front of the gorgeous living room fireplace, or snuggle in for movies and popcorn in the sunken family room. 

Master bedroom features TRIPLE closets and a sitting area. 

Other features include an attached 2+ car garage, newer roof and windows, utility shed, a kitchen pantry, first floor half bathroom, and a first floor utility room to make laundry day a breeze.  

For more information, visit my website at

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Fax the Offer? Are You Afraid of Me?

I am frustrated recently with the way many agents are doing business. I don't want to fax my offer over. I represent the buyer and I have a story to tell. I am representing real live people, families. I want to be able to paint a picture about my client, how their children are dying to climb that big tree in the back yard and about how the wife is a home economics teacher and can't wait to create beautiful things in the wonderful kitchen with the built-in double convection oven you are selling.

People want to know that someone who loves the house as much as they did will be living in their home after they go. So much of selling homes is emotional.
I find that it really helps when the seller has lived there many years, raised a family there, watched children come and then go off and begin their own lives, and are emotionally attached to the home where they provided and made good lives for those they love to imagine that they are handing off the torch to a new young family so that they may do the same.

Don't you and your seller have questions about my buyers or the offer? How are they going to get the answers if I fax the offer?

I am paid well in the transaction for my expertise in building relationships, evaluating the market and NEGOTIATING skills. How can I negotiate with a fax machine? Agency laws
changed specifically to provide for buyers to have their own representation, if they so choose. I think this was an excellent idea. After all, they are paying for our services every bit as much as the sellers. Isn't it they who take out the loan to cover the costs buying the home? Doesn't the loan cover the commission as well? Why have agency laws that allow the buyer to have representation and then not allow their representative to show up to present the offer on their behalf?

Why do you want me to fax the offer? Please tell me you aren't too lazy to get in the car and meet with me and the seller. Are you planning to just read the offer to him over the phone or email it to him? Are you unsure of your own ability to negotiate an offer or afraid that I am better prepared than you and don't want to look foolish? Do you not enjoy what we do as I do?

Don't be afraid of me. I can help. You know that overpriced listing you took because you were unable to negotiate a reasonable listing price with the seller? I show these properties. I know it's overpriced and my buyer can afford it. I am confident in my ability to bring common sense and reason to the table when we negotiate the offer and help your seller see that you were right when you told him that the comps in the neighborhood indicated what a likely buyer would be willing to pay. I am not there to hurt the seller or insult and rip them off. I amthere to present the truth as tactfully as possible, protect my buyer from overpaying in a shaky market, help you sell the house and be a hero to your seller, and EARN my paycheck. Any trained monkey can fax. I am a skilled negotiator. Let me do my job.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Help Berea Animal Rescue Win A Million Dollars

Gain Laundry Detergent is having a video contest on Facebook.  Berea Animal Rescue, a no kill shelter, has an entry and the winner with the most full views will recieve $1,000,000.

Berea Animal Rescue Flooded by Heavy Rains

The shelter has plans to relocate and expand.  It is currently located at 390 Barrett Rd, Berea, OH  44017.  The shelter is situated in a low lying area of the MetroParks and, as the pictures show, has had problems with flooding from heavy rains.  Please vist their website to learn more about them or how you can help in other ways.  

Here is the link to the video contest.  You must watch the FULL video in order that they get credit for the view.  If you don't "do" Facebook but you still want to help, please go to their Donate page and give generously to the cause.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Open house Sunday, July 10 from 2-5 at 8545 Metropolitan Blvd, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138

Front view of 8545 Metropolitan Blvd in Olmsted Falls

Gorgeous 4 bedroom 3 1/2 bath brick ranch with spectacular views of the river from the back deck. Home features walk-out basement with nanny’s suite, tennis/basket ball courts and above ground pool.

This updated home features many luxurious amenities.  Picture waking up each morning to spectacular views of the MetroParks and the soothing sounds of a river flowing along the back of the property.  Home sits on nearly an acre and a half, situated near the end of a quiet cul-de-sac street. 

Window seat in owner's suite
View from window seat

Master bedroom features walk-in closet, private bath and built-in window seats overlooking the MetroParks and river.

A River Runs Through It
Entertain guests and enjoy incredible views from the back deck and swim in the generously sized above ground pool.  Avoid high club & court fees.  Play tennis (or basketball) on your own private court. 

Kitchen includes stainless and granite.

Built-in writing desk w/locking cabinets

Eat-in kitchen w/birch cabinets and floors

Bring out your inner chef in this kitchen which features birch floors and cabinets stained a rich honey brown, granite countertops, stainless appliances including a professional line convection oven and built in microwave, and an abundance of cabinet space plus a pantry.

Kitchen also features a built in writing desk with locking cabinets, perfect for organizing recipes, paying bills, or doing homework.

Additionally, this home boasts a lower level that walks out to the stone patio on the back of the property.  An extra bedroom and full bath on this level make it a perfect Nanny’s quarters, guest bedroom, or in-law suite.  Both the upstairs living room and lower level family rooms spotlight beautiful wood burning fireplaces. 

Hardwood floors grace the main floor office.  The walk in closet in the owner’s suite would please any fashion collector.  The open layout on the main floor including the screened sunroom lends itself perfectly to entertaining.  This home is completely updated throughout.  Bring your landscaping ideas and enjoy park living at its finest.