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By Tari Torch Sweeney | Agent in Beachwood, OH
  • Highlight - Rocky River, Ohio

    Posted Under: General Area in Rocky River, Shopping & Local Amenities in Rocky River, In My Neighborhood in Rocky River  |  July 19, 2013 2:06 PM  |  501 views  |  No comments

    Located in a beautiful western suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, is the cozy town of Rocky River. From the time the town was permanently settled in 1810 to the present, Rocky River has been ever-growing and changing throughout time. With a population of more than 20,000 people, the nearly 6 square miles of Rocky River is full of beautiful homes as well as scenery that you just can’t find anywhere else. The city is named for the flowing river that forms its eastern border and takes up almost a square mile.

    The Rocky River City School District serves the entire city as well as a portion of Fairview Park. There are four public schools, five non-public and six nursery/educational schools. The district has earned the “Excellent with Distinction” rating and was ranked number five out of 611 school districts in Ohio. The district prides itself on providing students with state-of-the-art classrooms and the individual attention that they need to learn successfully.

    A very notable landmark in the city of Rocky River is the Rocky River Public Library. The 79-year-old library is home to the Cowan Pottery Museum and features over 1,200 pieces of a distinctive form of American art pottery among the larger collection of more than 160,000 items. The library is also home to an auditorium as well as a number of meeting rooms for local non profit organizations to hold their meetings and events.

    Throughout the year, there are countless activities for members of the community to participate in on a daily basis. Rocky River is home to a large variety of retail businesses for shopping, theaters, restaurants and two private clubs (Westwood Country Club and Cleveland Yachting Club). There are also several corporate facilities in the community that make it easier for some residents to work closer to home. Rocky River offers its residents the resources they need to live a great quality of life.

    Rocky River is located in the perfect area and it is convenient for those who need to commute to many of Cleveland’s most popular attractions. It is a wonderful place to live and to raise a family. Rocky River not only has affordable homes and an overall affordable lifestyle, but it offers a great sense of community for its residents as well as many other wonderful benefits. For more information on Rocky River, visit here.

  • 3 Tips to Buying a Home in 2013

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Rocky River, Foreclosure in Rocky River, Investment Properties in Rocky River  |  April 22, 2013 7:09 AM  |  442 views  |  No comments

    The real estate market is constantly changing. Over the past few years we have see a lot of ups and downs here in Northeast Ohio...

    • An abundance of Short Sales and Foreclosure

    • Investors coming out of the woodwork to flip homes to sell or rent

    • Depreciation of home values in some areas

    • First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit Incentives

    • Great deals for Buyers

    • Low Interest Rates

    • and more...

    This year we are seeing a completely different real estate market. The inventory is a little lower, home prices are a little higher, and interest rates are changing. It looks like we are headed into a more stable market.

    So what do you need to do to be ready to buy a home in 2013? Here are 3 easy tips...

    1. Find a Lender

    Having an experienced, reliable lender is one of the key factors to a smooth and successful home buying experience. Here are a few things to look for in a lender...

    • Help you choose the right loan for you

    • Educate you on what your options are

    • Help to prepare you for what you need to do and know along the way

    • Communication is key!

    2. Find a Real Estate Agent

    Some buyers do research and ask around to find their real estate agent, some do not and just start working with the first agent that comes along. You might get lucky, but the better option would be to find an experienced real estate agent. Don’t be afraid to interview several agents before choosing one that is right for you. Afterall, this is one of the biggest purchases you will ever make! Here are a few things to look out for in a real estate agent...

    • Know the area

    • Testimonials

    • Communication

    • Buy incentive and options

    • Prepare you for what to expect along the way

    3. Educate Yourself

    It is important to do a little research and educate yourself before diving into the housing market this year. So start “googling”, interviewing lenders and real estate agents and get the info you need up front before settling down. Here are a few tips...

    • Where do you want to live?

    • What down payment do you need?

    • What are the costs involved in buying a home?

    • Make a list of things you HAVE to have, WANT, and DO NOT WANT in your next home.

    • Who is involved in the final decision? Get them on board.

    • Interview Lenders

    • Interview Real Estate Agents

    • Check your credit score

    There are a lot of questions you might have about the home buying process. Make sure to ask the professionals and choose people who will support you along the way.

  • 6 Reasons Your Home is Not Selling

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Rocky River  |  April 22, 2013 7:09 AM  |  273 views  |  No comments

    Are you having trouble selling your home? There are many reasons why your home might not be selling. According to an article from RIS Media and many years of experience in the industry, here are some issues that may not be as obvious, but are still preventing the sale of your home...

    1. Your Home Is Not Easily Accessible For Showings

    Are you getting a lot of showing requests that you are turning down? Many sellers make the mistake of not accommodating a buyer’s request for showings because requested showing times are inconvenience to the seller. Try and remember that your home is a product for sale. Do whatever you can to cooperate with showing requests, even if they are last minute or on off hours.

    2. Pets

    Pet problems can go beyond unfriendly pet barking or jumping on a potential buyer. Pet owners need to go to extra lengths to make sure to remove pet hair and keep odor to a minimum. Take your pets out of the house during showings or make sure they are crated. A potential buyer is there to view the home that is for sale and should not have to worry what your pet is going to do.

    3. Not Aggressively Marketing Your Home

    Is your home listed on MLS and public websites? Most buyers are shopping for a home online these days, so having an online presence is highly important. If you are dissatisfied with how your home is being marketed, you may need to sit down for a brainstorming session with your agent.

    4. Your Agent is Not Familiar With Your Area

    Did you list your home with an agent from outside of your area? Do they know much about your market? If your agent knows little about the market how can they properly position your property for sale? They may be missing the important selling features of your home.

    5. Pictures

    89% of homes buyers start their search online before calling an agent. Even when they have an agent, they are still viewing your home online before setting up a showing. So their first impression of your home is through the pictures that are displayed on the MLS and other real estate websites. Make sure the pictures of your home make a good impression and invite buyers to want to set up a showing.

    6. Price

    Before listing your home, your real estate agent most likely showed you the comparables and market statistics for what others homes are selling for in your area. If your home is not priced properly, you could be missing out on potential buyers. The market stats don’t lie, make sure you pay attention to them and the advice of your agent to price your home properly for today’s market. No matter what you paid for it or how much money you spent fixing it up over the years, make sure to pay attention to the statistics.

  • Your Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

    Posted Under: Home Ownership in Rocky River  |  April 19, 2013 9:42 AM  |  272 views  |  No comments

    As you go about your annual spring cleaning rituals, take a few additional steps to save money on energy bills, improve your home’s appearance and ward off big-ticket repairs later.

    Here are 10 things for you to help prepare your home for warmer months and keep it in top shape...

    1. Inspect the AC: For about $75 to $200, a technician will tune up your cooling system and make sure you don’t spend the first hot weekend of the year with an out-of-commission air conditioner. Dirty filters make your air conditioner work harder, increasing energy costs and possibly damaging your equipment. Check them monthly and replace them as needed!

    2. Clean Out The Gutters: Gutter cleaning generally costs $90 to $225 for a 2,000 square-foot home.

    3. Repair Your Roof: An easy way to inspect the roof to find damage is to use a pair of binoculars. If need be, hire a handyman or a roofer to repair any missing shingles or other damages. Make sure to clean out roof drains to avoid damaging the roof and causing leaks.

    4. Pressure Wash Your Home: Clean your home’s exterior to remove accumulated dirt, mold and stains from the siding, deck, sidewalks, driveway, garage floor, fences, and lawn furniture. You can rent a pressure washer or hire someone to help.

    5. Wash The Windows

    6. Prepare To Mow: A dull lawn mower blade doesn’t slice, but instead tears grass leaving it vulnerable to disease, sun damage, and insects. A blade typically needs sharpening once or twice a year, or more often depending on how big your yard is.

    7. Lose The Lint: Make sure to clean your clothes dryer’s lint trap before every use. A clogged vent can reduce your dryer’s efficiency and create a fire hazard.

    8. Put The Temperature on Autopilot: For an initial investment of $50 to $150 dollars for a programmable thermostat, you can save about $180 annually on cooling and heating bills. Set the hold feature for a constant, efficient temperature when you're away for the weekend or on vacation.

    9. Caulk The Cracks: If the gap around a door or a window is wider than a nickel, you need to reapply exterior caulk. Add weatherstripping around doors, making sure that you cant see any daylight from the inside of your home.

    10. Repair Sidewalks and Driveways: Fix any breakdown in concrete or asphalt before it worsens. You can patch or fill surface cracks, chips or flaking concrete yourself using cement repair products. For deeper cracks, call a professional. To increase the longevity of your driveway, have asphalt resealed every two to five years, depending on climate and wear patterns. Have concrete resealed every one to three years.

    For more tips to prepare your home for spring click here.

  • 5 Tips To

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Rocky River, Remodel & Renovate in Rocky River, Home Ownership in Rocky River  |  April 18, 2013 1:53 PM  |  365 views  |  No comments

    In a tight market, the little things can make all the difference to potential buyers. The more appealing your home is to them, the more likely they are to buy it. Your home is special to you, so you want it to be a reflection of the memories that you have made; however, you also want it to reflect how someone else can begin making memories in it, too. Here are five ways to “luxurize” your home to make it more attractive to potential buyers.

    1. Deep Clean

    This should go without saying, but you would be surprised how many people don’t even think about it. Before a showing, or maybe once a week, give your home a serious deep clean. Clean windows, vacuum and mop floors, and wash bedding and blankets. Cleaning is the easiest way to communicate to potential buyers that your home is a great home.

    2. Use Air Fresheners

    Believe it or not, one of the first things people notice in a home is the smell. You don’t want potential buyers to remember the stale smell of dirty laundry or strange smells coming from the kitchen trash, you want them to remember how beautiful your house is. Use plug-in or automatic air fresheners throughout the house to give a fresh, clean smell in every room.

    3. De-Clutter

    Along with the cleaning factor, comes the de-cluttering. There is nothing worse than opening the door to the master closet and seeing it packed full of stuff, giving the impression that the closet is too small to begin with. Use baskets and bins to organize folded garments and knick-knacks on the shelves, and use shoe racks on the ground to your shoes in order. If everything has an organized space, it gives the illusion that the closet is just fine no matter the size.

    4. Use Comfy Throws & Blankets in Common Areas

    Adding things like throw pillows and blankets to furniture in the family room is a great way to add a colorful touch to plain furniture. Try to match additions to the color scheme of the room so that everything ties together nicely.

    5. Use Fresh, Clean Bedding

    The first thing people see when they walk into a bedroom is the bed. Make a great first impression by using clean bedding in every room; additionally, make sure that each bed is made properly. Something as simple as that can add that extra luxurious touch.

    Luxurizing your home is the easiest way to attract more buyers. Make your home so appealing that they will be able to see themselves living in it.

    For more tips on making your home stand out to anyone, no matter what your motive may be, visit here.

  • Things To Do Near Rocky River, Ohio

    Posted Under: General Area in Rocky River, Parks & Recreation in Rocky River, In My Neighborhood in Rocky River  |  March 6, 2013 1:10 PM  |  413 views  |  No comments

    Do you live near Rocky River, Ohio or are you looking to relocate? Check out some things to do near Rocky River, Ohio...


    Location
    Only 20 minutes from downtown Cleveland via I-90, approximately nine miles from Public Square, Rocky River’s location is convenient. Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is only a 15-minute drive, and both I-71 and the Ohio Turnpike can be reached in 20 minutes.  Bordered by Lake Erie on the north and the Rocky River and Cleveland Metroparks on the east, the City’s location is unique.  Residents can boat, fish and swim on Lake Erie and take advantage of nine City parks and the Metroparks for woods, playground equipment, picnicking, fishing and countless other activities.

    Background
    Rocky River has beautiful residential homes, some along the Lake; new residential developments including clusters homes and townhouses; a wide variety of retail businesses for shopping; corporate facilities as well as other commercial developments; two theaters; many restaurants; and two private clubs (Westwood Country Club and Cleveland Yachting Club).

    Things To Do:

    Cleveland Metroparks
    Fishing, Hiking, Biking, Skiing, Golf and Horseback Riding are just some of the many activities that the Cleveland Metroparks offer to the public. Cleveland Metroparks offer activities all year round for every season.


    For more information visit the Cleveland Metroparks website.

    Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
    The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is a 165-acre zoo in Cleveland, Ohio. The zoo is divided into several areas: the RainForest, the African Savanna, Northern Trek, the Australian Adventure, and the Primates, Cats, and Aquatics House. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo & The RainForest is open all year and home to more than 3000 animals representing 600 species.



    For information on prices, hours, and upcoming events visit their website.


    Upcoming Events

    “The New Barleycorn” Irish Folk Singers
    Friday, March 15
    1:30 Program
    Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at RRSC with The New Barleycorn Irish Folk
    Singers. Enjoy Irish music, storytelling and a lively sing-a-long with
    Alec DeGabriele and John Delaney.

    12 Noon Lunch
    Please note entrée choice when registering
    Corned beef & cabbage OR baked scrod, boiled red skin potatoes, baby
    carrots, Jello salad, rolls, apple pie, coffee/tea. Catered by Novotny’s.

    Tickets:
    Lunch & program $23; program only $8. Non-residents add $1.
    Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for ticket return.

    For more information about upcoming events in Rocky River, click here.

 
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