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By Dominic Picione | Agent in North Royalton, OH
  • Ohio Career Expo at the Cleveland Public Auditorium

    Posted Under: General Area in Cleveland, Quality of Life in Cleveland, In My Neighborhood in Cleveland  |  October 1, 2013 7:07 AM  |  379 views  |  1 comment

    Screencap taken from https://www.facebook.com/ohiocareerexpo

    For those who are looking for a new job or considering switching careers, the Ohio Career Expo will take place on Tuesday, October 8 at 10am at the Cleveland Public Auditorium, located at 500 Lakeside Avenue E in Cleveland.

    The Expo is an excellent opportunity for job seekers to apply at several different companies. For those looking to hire, it’s a good way to meet with hundreds of qualified candidates and possibly make several hires in just a few hours.

    Registration is free of charge, but required, as tickets are going fast. Over 100 top Northern Ohio companies looking to hire will be in attendance, with full-time and part-time jobs available in industries including (but not limited to) advertising, aeronautics, agriculture and fishing, automotive, construction, education, engineering, food services, healthcare, hospitality, insurance, manufacturing, marketing, real estate, retail, sales, security, technology, telecommunications, and transportation.

    According to the event’s official Facebook page, there are over 1,200 job openings in the Cleveland area healthcare sector alone. So don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity, register now. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/ohiocareerexpo.

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  • For Home Sellers: Understanding The Home Buyer

    Posted Under: General Area in Cleveland, Home Selling in Cleveland, In My Neighborhood in Cleveland  |  September 13, 2013 7:09 AM  |  346 views  |  No comments
    As the seller, you can control three factors that will affect the sale of your home:

    * The home's condition
    * Asking price
    * Marketing strategy

    However, it's important to note that there are numerous other factors that influence a buyer, and you need to understand these consumer trends when you enter the sellers' market. The more your home matches these qualifications, the more competitive it will be in the marketplace. Your real estate agent can advise you on how to best position and market your home to overcome any perceived downsides.

    Unfortunately, the most influential factor in determining your home's appeal to buyers is something you can't control: its location. According to the National Association of REALTORS(r), neighborhood quality is the No. 1 reason buyers choose certain homes. The second most influential factor is commute times to work and school.

    While some buyers want to simplify their lives and downsize to a smaller home, home sizes in general have continued to increase over the decades, nearly doubling in size since the 1950s. Smaller homes typically appeal to first-time home buyers and "empty nesters," or couples whose children have grown up and moved out.

    Preferences in floor plans and amenities go in and out of fashion, and your real estate agent can inform you of the "hot ticket" items that are selling homes in your market. If your home lacks certain features, you can renovate to increase its appeal, but be forewarned: That's not always the right move. Using market conditions and activity in your neighborhood as a gauge, your agent can help you determine whether the investment is likely to help or hinder your profit margin and time on the market.

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  • 2013 Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest This Weekend

    Posted Under: General Area in Cleveland, Entertainment & Nightlife in Cleveland, In My Neighborhood in Cleveland  |  August 30, 2013 7:45 AM  |  379 views  |  No comments

    Screencap taken from http://clevelandoktoberfest.com/

    The 2013 Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest, tagged as Northeast Ohio’s largest annual outdoor festival, will take place at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds from Friday, August 30 to Monday, September 2. For four exciting days, visitors can expect authentic German food, live entertainment from local and regional musicians, German dance groups and of course, gallons and gallons of ice-cold beer.

    A diverse and unique experience, the Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest will have something to offer everyone. For art lovers, there will be a dedicated Art Market, sidewalk chalk art and a demonstration by sand sculptor Carl Jara. A 5k race, corn hole boards and other sporty activities will cater to more athletic visitors. Shopaholics can visit the Bavarian Bazaar while car enthusiasts can check out the VW Show & Campout as well as the juried Car Show. Of course, the festival also has fun activities lined up for the kids, including the Frisch Marionette Show, inflatables, toy trains, a gingerbread house building competition, sandboxes, a stunning fireworks display and more.

    Admission costs $10 with a $2 discount if you purchase tickets online. Children under 12 get in free. Hours are from 5pm to midnight on Friday, noon to midnight on Saturday and Sunday and from noon to 9pm on Monday. The Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds are located at 164 Eastland Road in Berea. For more information, please visit clevelandoktoberfest.com.

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  • Consider Home Staging to Sell Your Home

    Posted Under: General Area in Cleveland, Home Selling in Cleveland, In My Neighborhood in Cleveland  |  August 7, 2013 5:54 AM  |  382 views  |  No comments
    So, you're selling your home, or at least considering it.  But how do you compete with the rest of the market around you?  Pricing? Condition? Listing with an agent that knows how to market your home properly?  YES!

    For the purposes of this post, we're going to concentrate on the condition of the home...

    Why to Consider Staging

    As a seller, you want to put yourself in the best position to get buyers' attention and have them perceive a value for your home, in comparison to other homes on the market in the area.  A buyer needs to see themselves living in your home.  Whether you're currently living in your home or have left it vacant, home staging may be what you need to set your home apart from the rest.

    The purpose to home staging is to give your home an updated look, and to give a buyer the ability to see what the home would look like in it's best possible condition.  It helps highlight the home's best features, with the goal of appealing to a broad range of buyers, selling faster and for a higher dollar amount.  According to statistics from the Accredited Staging Professional website, the success rate (see below) can be quite substantial.
    Home Staging Results Statistics

    Return on Investment

    Costs can vary, depending on the size of the home and how much staging work is done.  It can be a few hundred dollars to several thousand, but if it results in a quick sale for top dollar, it may prove to be well worth the investment. According to staging professionals, it can provide a 3-7% higher sales price.

    The following is a summary of the results of HomeGain's national survey, based on the ten areas of home improvement identified by real estate agents in HomeGain's survey. They are listed from the highest to lowest returns on investment:

    Home Staging Return on Investment Statistics

    Bottom Line

    As I always advise my sellers, if there is something that can place your home above all the rest, it should always be considered.  In regards to home staging, if the results and the return on investment can be achieved, it may be a way for a seller to "beat the market" in a time when the market heavily favors the buyer.

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  • Strongsville Rib Burn-Off 2013

    Posted Under: General Area in Strongsville, Entertainment & Nightlife in Strongsville, In My Neighborhood in Strongsville  |  June 21, 2013 12:16 PM  |  381 views  |  No comments

    The event, sponsored by the Strongsville City Club, features award-winning ribs and other fare, plus free live entertainment and inflatables for the kids.

    Here are the details:

    Hours: 3-11 on Friday, June 22; and noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 23.

    Entertainment: Funkology (6:30-10:30 p.m. Friday), United Force of Ohio Allstars (5-6 p.m. Saturday) and Second Time Around (6:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday).

    Cost: Admission is $2, although kids 10 and under are admitted free. Everyone gets in free between noon and 3 p.m. Saturday. All active-duty military personnel with proper credentials get in free at all times.

    Food: In addition to ribs, food will include roasted corn, blooming onions, onion rings, fries, sweet potato fries, fried veggies, elephant ears, funnel cakes, frozen cheesecake, fried candy bars, ice cream, fresh-squeezed lemonade, hand-dipped corn dogs and soft pretzels.

    Parking and shuttle: Parking is free. There will be a shuttle available from the , 18100 Royalton Rd., between 5 and 10:30 p.m. daily.

    Raffle: You'll be able to see the  by the Strongsville High School Athletic Boosters, and buy a chance to win it for $10.

    Awards: Awards will be given Saturday evening for Best Ribs, Best Sauce and People's Choice.

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  • I-X Indoor Amusement Park in Cleveland opens March 22

    Posted Under: General Area in Cleveland, Entertainment & Nightlife in Cleveland, In My Neighborhood in Cleveland  |  March 15, 2013 6:11 AM  |  329 views  |  No comments

    The I-X Indoor Amusement Park will be open once again, starting Friday, March 22 and running through Sunday, April 14. With over 20 acres of rides, fun activities, live entertainment, food and more, the amusement park is something families in Cleveland look forward to every spring.

    This year’s highlights include the new Soaring Eagle Zipline, which takes a pair of riders up almost 70 feet above the I-X Center floor; the new White Water Ride, which features 58,000 gallons of water; and all new family friendly shows such as Mutts Gone Nuts, featuring loveable canines performing hilarious stunts and tricks.

    The amusement park has also announced some great news: the price of admission has been lowered this year.

    Amy Girton, show manager and marketing director, said, “I am pleased to announce that we have lowered our individual ticket pricing this year to the I-X Indoor Amusement Park, while also adding new entertainment and two new rides. If you haven’t been to the park recently, or maybe you come every year, this is the year to visit and save money, while also enjoying two new rides and our new Mutts Gone Nuts dog show that is both cute and funny for the who family to enjoy!”

    The I-X Indoor Amusement Park is located at 6200 Riverside Drive in Cleveland. For more information, please visit www.ixamusementpark.com.

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  • 14th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Cleveland

    Posted Under: General Area in Cleveland, Entertainment & Nightlife in Cleveland, In My Neighborhood in Cleveland  |  March 12, 2013 5:05 AM  |  212 views  |  No comments

    It’s that time of year again when the streets of Cleveland turn green. The 14th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade will kick off at 2pm on Sunday, March 17 at Superior Avenue and East 18th Street. The sea of green will then march to Public Square and circle back to East 6th Street, spanning an approximately two mile route that will take about two hours and 15 minutes.

    Parade organizer Shannon Corcoran said, “We try to keep a steady pace, but if it’s cold, they tend to move faster.”

    Last year’s parade was fortunately held in sunny weather, which resulted in a crowd of about 400,000 joining in along the parade route.

    The Cleveland parade holds the distinction of being the oldest and largest in the state, and has stayed within the top ten largest in the whole United States. This year’s instalment will have about 13,000 marchers participating, as well as a couple of Irish wolfhounds and 208 units.

    Visitors can expect to see police officers dressed in sharp uniforms, high school marching bands in their glittering costumes and bagpipers in their Highland kilts. Kevin McGinty of Euclid will be the parade’s grand marshal, and Una Ellis of North Ridgeville will be the Irish Mother of the Year. Since this year will mark the 150th anniversary of the Cleveland Fire Department, the parade will see a lot of fire fighting gear as well.

    This year’s parade theme is Irish immigrants coming to America.

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