Real Estate Information Archive


Displaying blog entries 11-20 of 93

Solon Market Report - Half Year 2016

by The Schuman Team

Solon Sold homes

While it's hard to believe, we have just past the mid point of the year. The market has been better than predicted with the number of sales up across the board.

The following is a comparison between the first half of this year to the same time period from 2015. We will also give a specific breakdown of sales by price points and offer our commentary.


Year          # of Homes Sold        Ave. Sales Price   Sales Price/List Price

2016                      164                    $313,977                96.57%

2015                      128                    $307,677                97.44%

LUXURY HOMES ( sale price over $500,000 )

2016                       26                     $613,281

2015                       15                     $632,043


PRICE POINT BREAKDOWN OF ALL FIRST HALF 2016 SALES ( 2015 first half sales in parenthesis )

$100,000-199,999 = 40 ( 35 )

$200,000-299,999 = 61 ( 39 )

$300,000-399,999 = 21 ( 21 )

$400,000-499,999 = 16 ( 18 )

$500,000-599,999= 11 ( 7 )

$600,000-699,000 = 12 ( 3 )

$700,000-799,000 = 3 (4 )

$800,000-899,000 = 0 ( 1 )

$900,000-999,999 = 0 ( 0 )

$1,000,000 +   =  0 ( 0 )




While 2015 was a very good year, 2016 is shaping up to be even better.

Below is a list of 5 things to take away from the above statistics:

1.     More homes sales in 2016 vs. 2015.

2.     Average sales price is up slightly in 2016.

3.     The $200,000-299,999 price point is the "hot" market in 2016.

4.     A well priced home will receive approximately 96% of asking price.

5.     The luxury market is more active in 2016, especially in the $600,000-699,000 price range.


As predicted, this year stated off strong with the sub $300,000 price point leading the way.

In fact, here was our prediction from our 2015 year end report:

"The beginning of the year should be strong. There are fewer homes currently for sale now   ( 85 ) than at this time last year ( 94 ).  Low inventories increase demand, and there are a ton of buyers on the sidelines waiting for the right home.

When homes start to come on the market over the next 30-60 days, buyers will likely begin snatching up the good ones.

It's hard to believe the sub $300,000 market could be any better in 2016, but relatively low rates certainly makes things affordable for this segment of buyers."

The 2016 real estate market has been fantastic this year up to this point. Sales have been consistent throughout the last 6 months, even during the colder months.

The sub $300,000 market has been booming since 2014. In fact, during that year we saw 51 sales in that specific price point and have seen 61 already in just 6 months this year. The draw of Solon's top rated schools no doubt plays into demand in the more affordable price points.

In terms of the luxury market, while the upper end has been a tad slow, the $500,000-$750,000 price point has been extremely vibrant this year. Continued low rates certainly play a major role as well as available inventory. Relocation activity also factors in as executives and physicians are always moving in and out of the Cleveland area.


There is typically a lull in the market in the weeks leading up to the new school year. We expect things to pick up after mid August and continue through Thanksgiving.

Properly priced homes are consistently selling for, on average, approximately 96% of list price and we don't see that changing.

While there is always a rush for buyers to get under contract so they can move before school starts, there are plenty of buyers still on the sidelines.


Solon Market Report - First Quarter 2016

by The Schuman Team




Everyone always asks us "how's the market"?  Well, it's started off similar to last year, which was an overall good year for Solon real estate.

Here is our First quarter market review, including last months' figures and comparisons to last year.



Date                                     # of homes sold      Ave. Sales Price             

March  2016                             21                            $268,762

March  2015                             23                            $276,266


First Quarter 2016                    49                           $290,400

First Quarter 2015                    48                           $295,676



First Quarter  2016                     4                              $598,625

First Quarter  2015                     5                              $555,490


*source NEOHREX ( Regional MLS )



Overall, the first quarter is typically the quietest. Therefore, we don't put a ton of weight on the statistics. Most of the inventory during this quarter is left over from the end of the year and many winter buyers are simply looking for bargains.

The heat of the market begins when homes start to come onto the market in March and will continue through July 1st. This date is significant as Solon Schools start in mid August this year, so getting under contract AFTER this date will not allow enough time to obtain financing and move.

Obviously, this is more relevant to relocation buyers and those moving to Solon for the first time as they need the Solon address to register kids for school. Local buyers can move at any point during the year without the logistical issues that the other buyers have.

As is always the case, updated homes in any price point will sell quickly. The challenge for move up buyers is actually finding their next home.

With continued low interest rates and a steady supply of motivated buyers, the housing market should be in line with last year.


Not Using A Buyer's Agent Is A Bad Idea

by The Schuman Team

When buying a home, a real estate agent’s role is critical to your success. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or  first time buyer, not using an agent to buy a home will cost you more money.

Today, I’m going to shed some light on the important things a buyer’s agent does and why you’d be making a mistake if you didn’t use one to buy. ( and note, using a buyer’s agent is FREE ).


There are rules regarding who represents whom during a real estate transaction. Here in Ohio, an agent can represent a seller, a buyer, or in theory, both, although to that I say neither.

I’m not going to get into the legalities here, but whether you are going it alone or not, it is critical that you understand state agency laws before you enter into any agreements.


A real estate transaction can be very complicated.  An experienced agent has seen it all and has the knowledge and resources to navigate a buyer through the myriad of problems that can arise.

While some transactions go smoothly, most do not. There are problems that come up on every transaction that you cannot always prepare for. With negotiations, inspections, financing, and the tremendous amount of paperwork, something always seems to come up during every transaction that can cause it to fall apart.

When you use an agent, you also get the backing of their company, which includes a seasoned manager and legal department. When problems occur, even minor ones, having a team behind you every step of the way makes a world of difference.


Anyone who thinks that working directly though the listing agent will get you a better deal is kidding themselves.  Are you really naïve enough to think the seller will provide you, some stranger off the street, a discount of thousands of dollars out of the kindness of their heart simply because you don’t have your own agent?  I’ll dispel that myth with the following example:

Let’s say I am selling my personal house ( and pretend that I am not a licensed agent )and have hired an experienced listing agent to help me sell it. The real estate commission has already been agreed to in advance before the sign ever goes into the ground. That is a fixed cost of doing business.

So, you come to the picture without an agent and want to buy my home. I couldn’t think of a better scenario because my agent will take you to school. Instead of getting some perceived discount, they will likely get you to overpay, or at least pay more than a buyer who has an agent representing their best interest.

This is nothing against you, but my skilled experienced agent knows a heck of a lot more about negotiating a home than you do. Advantage me!

Remember, my agent represents me, the seller, and their job is to me the highest price possible. That is their fiduciary responsibility. Your goals and needs simply don’t matter.


Many buyers end up doing this, and again, pay the price. I’ve heard things like “I met the agent at the open house and she was so nice and helpful…..”

Of course she was. If you don’t have an agent, the listing agent makes twice as much money. Many listing agents will actually tell an unrepresented buyer that they’ll get a better deal working directly with them just so they’ll forego using an agent. A better deal? For whom? The listing agent, yes, but you, I think not.


One of the best things an agent does for a buyer is to help them with the emotional aspect of the buying process. Don’t discount this skill because many of my clients have referred to me as their personal therapist.

Buying a home means packing, moving, spending a lot of money, one of the most emotional times in a person’s life.  Add to that having to deal with different personalities on the other end ( the seller ) that you cannot control and you get a recipe for an emotional cocktail that will explode if not managed properly. Even the most mild mannered people tend to get highly emotional during a purchase transaction.

Here are things that some of my clients, the nicest people in the world, have said while negotiating their home:

“These sellers are jerks, I can’t believe they won’t accept our price.”

“They are being ridiculous , what a bunch of a—holes. I don’t even want to buy their home now.”

“If they don’t accept our latest counter, they can take their home and shove it up their ….”

Ok, you get the point. In reality, most buyers and sellers are perfectly good people. During a transaction however, emotions will overpower logic and reasoning and get the best of everyone if you let it.

That’s why having an agent, someone who is not emotionally attached to the transaction, to guide you is invaluable.


Ok, here’s one last try. Ask yourself this question: If you had to go to court, would you hire your own attorney?

That’s an analogy we use a lot because a successful real estate transaction occurs with two different agents, each representing their own client.

Would you want the other person’s attorney representing you as well, knowing their loyalty and fidiciuary duty lies with the other party?

Or would you prefer to represent yourself, thinking that you can possibly out duel someone who has more experience and knowledge that you do?

How about if you could get a great attorney to represent you and the other party had to pay for it? If that sounds like the best option, then you should hire your own buyer’s agent. If not…

I get it, some folks are narrow minded and simply need to do things on their own. To those people I say “good luck”, as a fool and their money are soon parted.

Solon Ohio Year End Report - 2015

by The Schuman Team

Solon Sold homes

The following is our 7th annual year in review for Solon Ohio real estate.

Here, we will provide a comparison between this past year and 2014 and offer commentary. As an added bonus, we will be adding a new statistic this year, a breakdown of specific price points.


Year          # of Homes Sold        Ave. Sales Price   Sales Price/List Price

2015                      302                    $310,027                96.24%

2014                      269                    $327,567                96.55%

LUXURY HOMES ( sale price over $500,000 )

2015                       36                     $672,009               95.97%

2014                       38                     $712,285               95.21%


FIRST HALF              128              $307,677

SECOND HALF           180              $309,176


$0-99,999 = 6

$100,000-199,999 = 82

$200,000-299,999 = 89 ( 2014 saw only 51 in this price point )

$300,000-399,999 = 51

$400,000-499,999 = 38

$500,000-599,999= 12

$600,000-699,000 = 12

$700,000-799,000 = 9

$800,000-899,000 = 0

$900,000-999,999 = 1

$1,000,000 +   = 2





2015 was a very good year for the Solon real estate market. The numbers were very similar to those of 2013.

Below is a list of 5 important things that the above statistics tell us:

1.     More homes sold in 2015 vs. 2014.

2.     Average sales price was lower in 2015 than 2014 due to an increase in sales in the $200,000-299,999 price point.

3.     The second half of 2015 saw a tremendous number of sales.

4.     A well priced home will receive approximately 96% of asking price.

5.     The luxury home market is fairly stable.



While total sales last year far exceeded sales from 2014, the numbers are a little misleading. The only reason for the large increase is due to the unusually high number of sales that occurred during the 3rd quarter in the sub $300,000 price points.

Basically, there were about 30 more sales in the $100,000-$300,000 price points just during this past summer. This was due to an influx of buyers likely moving to Solon for the start of the school year. Many were first-time buyers and move up buyers coming in from other cities.

Besides for this, the numbers for 2015 and 2014 were almost identical.


The beginning of the year should be strong. There are fewer homes currently for sale now   ( 85 ) than at this time last year ( 94 ).  Low inventories increase demand, and there are a ton of buyers on the sidelines waiting for the right home.

When homes start to come on the market over the next 30-60 days, buyers will likely begin snatching up the good ones.

It's hard to believe the sub $300,000 market could be any better in 2016, but relatively low rates certainly makes things affordable for this segment of buyers.

Over the years, homes have sold for,  on average, approximately 95-96% of the list price and we don't see that changing. Homes that are properly staged and priced correctly up front will sell quicker and for more money.

Buyers would be wise to get pre-approved well in advance so they can jump on the right home when it comes on the market. With limited inventory, especially early in the year, you can't afford to hesitate.

5 Winter Projects That Will Increase Your Home's Value

by The Schuman Team

Winter is the best time to do home improvement projects.

Why? Contractors are more available, material prices come down before the spring market, and you may personally have more free time on your hands, especially during winter vacation.

So with that in mind, here are 5 projects you should consider this winter to add value to your home.

1.Wow Your Walls - Adding trim, crown molding, accent walls or a sharp new paint color can provide an instant upgrade to any room.

2. Bring On The Backsplash - For a relatively small amount of money, a backsplash is an easy way to completely change the look of a kitchen.

3. Let There Be Light - Changing out dated light fixtures, ceiling fans, and adding lamps can make a room look more current and brighter.

4. Closet Organizers - Wire shelves scream "builder grade" to buyers. Spending a little money can add much needed space and organization to a closet and add resale value down the road.

5.  Hardware - Get off your ass and replace that brass! Most people have outdated hardware, including doorknobs and handles. Replacing all of your hardware is a project that will change the look of your entire home and can be easily done yourself.

These projects will help you fall in love with your home again and offer value down the road when you go to sell.

Solon Luxury Homes - The Ultimate Guide

by The Schuman Team





Welcome to our ultimate guide on Solon Ohio luxury homes, the only one of its kind.  Whether you are relocating to Solon from out of state or making a move from across town, this guide is a perfect place to start.

Here, we will list and describe all major luxury home subdivisions in Solon and even include videos and maps.

Please note, a luxury home in the Cleveland metropolitan area is defined as anything over $500,000.



Signature of Solon Entrance


Signature of Solon is one of few gated golf course communities in the Cleveland area and a popular destination for those looking to relocate to Cleveland. It offers excellent location, about 25 minutes from both downtown and the airport.

It is one of Solon's most prestigious developments and consists of two phases, Signature I and Signature II. Homes in Signature range in price from $600,000 - $1,000,000 + and have all been built within the last 15 years.

The primary differences between Signature I and II are lot sizes and proximity to the golf course. Homes in Signature I have smaller lots, and are located within walking distance of the golf course and club house. Many of these homes have golf course views.

Homes in Signature II are located closer to the tennis courts and pool and and have larger wooded lots.

Homes in Signature of Solon are well laid out for today's life style. The exteriors are breathtaking and complete with lush landscaping and finely manicured lawns. The back yard spaces are also well laid out with over-sized decks and patios.

Many homes in Signature are colonials in style, but are mixed as to whether the master bedroom is on the main level or the second floor.

Homes here typically have finished basements, many with exercise rooms, home theaters, full bathrooms, and plenty of space for recreation and storage. Many lower levels also have an additional bedroom, ideal for a nanny or in-law suite.

In 2014, the average price of a home in Signature of Solon was $656,339 and the average square footage was 4396.

The Signature housing development was designed around prestigious Signature Country Club, which is a major draw in the area for those that enjoy golf. Signature offers a prGolf Course Communityofessionally designed 18 hole golf course, a swimming pool, tennis courts, and a fitness area. Membership to Signature Country Club is a requirement for anyone buying a home in Signature of Solon. Membership is also available to those who live outside of Signature.

The clubhouse is one of the largest in Ohio and offers casual and formal dining as well as a lounge with a pool table, fitness area, and an Atrium. The family room allows members to wear jeans and shorts and provides a great atmosphere for kids as it is surrounded by numerous TV's. There are also private rooms available for small parties and well as large ballrooms that are used for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs.

Signature is a fairly transient development, which is perfect for families relocating to Solon as many of the residents are transplants as well. People living in Signature are open to meeting new people and the many activities offered throughout the year offers newcomers a built in social life.

There are a ton of kid friendly events as well as functions for just adults. We have a ton of clients who live in Signature, many who relocated from out of state, and they simply love it. Living in Signature is more than just belonging to a golf club, it is a lifestyle.


Children who live in Signature attend the following Solon Schools:


Orchard Middle School

Solon Middle School

Solon High School

Please note that one of the four elementary schools in Solon ( Arthur Road ) will be closing within the next few years. While our information is up to date, we recommend contacting the schools directly to get any information that you need.


The main entrance is off Aurora Rd. ( Rt. 43 ) and there is another entrance off Pettibone and Liberty Rd. as well. The following map will give you a good idea of where Signature is located:

View Untitled in a larger map






















Thornbury Home


Thornbury is another popular Solon luxury home subdivision. Although nestled inside a fairly large development, it has a small neighborhood feel, complete with its own walking path and playground.

One drive through Thornbury will leave no doubt as to why it is viewed as one of the most desirable neighborhoods in town. The lush well-manicured lawns, attractive exteriors, and large lots make it very picturesque and there is always someone riding a bike, jogging, walking their dog, or just out being friendly.

thornbury lake


All homes in Thornbury have been built within the last 15 years and consist mainly of single-family residences. They range in value from $550,000-$1,000,000.

Thornbury of Solon Playground

Characteristics of a typical Thornbury home are an open floor plan, impressive 2-story entryway, first floor office, standard living room and dining rooms, gourmet kitchen with top of the line appliances,  2-story great room and a luxurious master suite located on either the first or second floor.

High-end finishes and attention to detail help make the housing stock here special. Many homes also have large finished basements with exercise rooms, home theaters, play rooms, and a full bathroom. Some also have additional bedrooms perfect for a nanny or in-law area.

In terms of exterior living space, many residents here have invested a lot of money into decks, stone patios, fire pits and more. It is safe to say that there are some pretty tricked out backyards in Thornbury which are ideal for both family and adult entertaining.

The major difference between Thornbury and Signature is that Thornbury does not have the additional costs that are required by living in Signature. While you can still join Signature as a social or golf member while living in Thornbury, it is not mandatory. Those that either don't golf and wouldn't see themselves using the many Signature amenities view Thornbury as a great option.

Children who live in Thornbury attend the following Solon Schools:


Orchard Middle School

Solon Middle School

Solon High School


View Thornbury of Solon in a larger map






  north park home 5 small


Why do people love North Park of Solon?  Location, location, location.   North Park is the only luxury home development of newer homes in the north part of town.

While Solon in general offers a manageable commute to downtown, the airport, or the local hospitals, North Park is especially sought out because it is the closest luxury neighborhood to the highway.


The North Park development  consists of relatively newer housing, with all homes having been built within the last 15 years.

One distinguishing feature of North Park is that the topography is a bit more hilly than most neighborhoods.

Like Signature and Thornbury, homes in North Park have modern open floor plans and are mainly colonial in style.

The homes here have luxury amenities throughout such as high-ceilings with crown molding, upgraded finishes and top of the line appliances.

The landscaping in North Park is spectacular, which gives the neighborhood a very elegant and impressive feel as you drive through.

The price range for homes in North Park is $550,000-$900,000.


Our clients who live in North Park love the location, but also enjoy the neighborhood feel. They have been able to meet other families very easily and are happy with their choice of buying here.

The main challenge is actually finding a home in North Park. Homes here rarely turn over, with approximately 1 home selling per year, so supply is very limited to say the least.

On the flip side, home values here are very strong, so if you buy in North Park, you should have a solid investment.

Children who live in North Park attend the following Solon Schools:

Lewis Elementary

Orchard Middle School

Solon Middle School

Solon High School





The following map will give you an good idea of specifically where North Park is situated:

View North Park of Solon in a larger map



Chagrin highlands Solon Ohio


Chagrin Highlands was THE premiere luxury home development in Solon during the 1990's, when Solon's overall popularity was just starting to soar. Chagrin Highlands is a massive development with homes situated on beautiful 1 acre wooded lots.

Chagrin Highlands is located in the center of Solon, in close proximity to the highway. While Signature and Thornbury get a lot of attention, Chagrin Highlands is worth a look.

The lot sizes are big and private and affordability is a little better. Lower end homes sell for in the 400's but most homes in Chagrin Highlands sell from between $500,000-700,000.


Chagrin Highlands Solon Ohio

The Chagrin Highlands development consists of approximately 175 homes. While most homes here are single-family in nature, there is a street of stand-alone cluster homes that is very popular for those who are downsizing and looking for a home with less maintenance.

Homes here sit back on the lots, making them look estate-like and quite impressive. The landscaping and exterior lighting make Chagrin Highlands a pretty neighborhood to drive through both during the day as well as at night.

The homes themselves are a big mix in style, amenities and pricing. Most homes here are 2 story colonials and typically have  4-5 bedrooms, 4 full baths and finished basements with at least a half bath, and a 3 car garage.


Although the homes are a little more spread out than most neighborhoods, there is still a sense of community felt by those living here.

Having sidewalks throughout the development brings people together as neighbors are often seen jogging, biking, and walking their dogs. Kids also interact freely with one another here, making Chagrin Highlands very popular for those with school aged children.

Children who live in Chagrin Highlands attend the following Solon Schools:

Parkside Elementary

Orchard Middle School

Solon Middle School

Solon High School



View Chagrin Highlands in a larger map





forest hills Solon ohio

While not an overly large subdivision, Forest Hills is a fabulous development of luxury homes tucked away in a very pretty setting. Many people don't even know this subdivision exists but those looking to buy a higher end home in Solon should put it on their list.

Here is everything you need to know about Forest Hills.


forest hills home Solon OhioThe Forest Hills development offers a great combination of luxury homes on private wooded lots.

The detailed exteriors and well-manicured landscaping gives Forest Hills a stately feel.  A lot of the homes are all brick or stone, yet they all have a different look and feel, making them unique.

Inside, the homes are spacious, averaging just under 4500 square feet.  The floor plans are open and modern. Since the homes here were built in the 1990's, some may be a little dated at this point. However, an updated home in Forest Hills is hard to come by and will often fly off the market.

The price range for homes in Forest Hills is approximately $600,000-$900,000.


One drive through Forest Hills will answer this question.  It is one of Solon's prettiest neighborhoods.   We have a lot of friends who live here and they love the privacy of the development and the great neighborhood feel.

The location is fairly central as well being in close proximity to so many local hot spots such as the top rated Solon Schools, Solon Community Center, Solon Public Library, and Solon Center for The Arts.

Children who live in Forest Hills attend the following Solon Schools:

Parkside Elementary

Orchard Middle School

Solon Middle School

Solon High School


As mentioned, Forest Hills is so tucked away that many residents don't even know it exists. So here is a map to give you an idea of exactly where it is located:


View Forest Hills Of Solon in a larger map




rollingbrook home 2

For those seeking a home on land in Solon, Rollingbrook offers a unique opportunity. All homes here were built on secluded 5 acre wooded lots. In fact, many of the homes here are difficult to see from the road.

Rollingbrook consists of just one street and is located near Signature of Solon. It is so tucked that many people who live in Solon don't even know it exits.

Rollingbrook of Solon

This one of a kind neighborhood consists of approximately 35 homes that were built primary in the 1980's and early 90's.

One drive through Rollingbrook is all it will take to appreciate this picturesque neighborhood.  A handful of homes in Rollingbrook even have ponds in front of the home,  offering a look of elegance and beauty usually seen only on the cover of a magazine.


The average home in Rollingbrook is about 4800 square feet, has 4 or 5 bedrooms and 5 baths. Most are colonial in style and offer a mix of exteriors with brick, stone, or cedar being the most prominent.  The interiors are a little more traditional overall then those you will find in newer developments like Signature and Thornbury, a function of the time period in which they were built.

Rollingbrook residents attend the following schools:


Orchard Middle School

Solon Middle School

Solon High School

Overall, Rollingbrook is one of Solon's most exclusive streets and until recently, homes here rarely came on the market. Now, we are starting to see a lot more turnover, offering buyers a great opportunity to buy in this special neighborhood.



Here is a list of some other luxury home developments in Solon. Most of these are just single streets containing 15-20 homes. Because of their size, inventory in these neighborhoods is often limited but they should still be considered in your search.


High Point - Conveniently located just off Cannon Road in the northern part of Solon. Close in proximity to the highway, homes built in the 90's.

Horseshoe Farms - Small street of homes located off Cannon Road in the western part of Solon.

North Woods - Small development off Cannon Road, in the western part of town featuring some of the most spectacular newer homes in Solon. Built in the early 2000's.

Stillwater - Luxury home street in the north part of Solon located across from North Park.  Homes sit on pretty wooded lots and were built mainly in the 1990's.

The Woodlands -  Small development of about 15 homes off Aurora Road. Homes here were built in the 1990's and early 2000's.  Homes sit on nice wooded lots and are fairly desirable for those relocating to the area.




Here is a map showing the location of all Solon Ohio luxury homes:

View Solon Luxury Home Developments in a larger map





As a summary, here is a "cheat sheet" to make your search a little easier.

Chagrin Highlands - Large development of luxury homes built in the 1990's on 1 acre lots.

Forest Hills - A tucked away neighborhood of highly sought out luxury homes built in the1990's. Pretty neighborhood on private lots.

High Point - Conveniently located just off Cannon Road in the northern part of Solon. Close in proximity to the highway.

Horseshoe Farms - Small street of homes located off Cannon Road in the western part of Solon.

North Park Estates - The only development of newer luxury homes located in north Solon.  Convenient highway access makes this very popular.

North Woods - Small development of newer homes off Cannon Road, in the western part of town. Some of Solon's nicest homes are located here.

Rollingbrook - One of Solon's most picturesque and exclusive areas.  All homes here sit on at least 5 acres of land. Homes built in the 80's and early 90's.

Signature - One of Northeast Ohio's only gated golf course communities.  Homes were all built after 2000. Signature I is closer in proximity to the clubhouse and golf course while Signature II is closer to the pool and has larger lot sizes.

Stillwater - Luxury home street located across from North Park.  Homes sit on nice wooded lots and were built mainly in the 90's.

Thornbury -  One of Solon's newest and largest developments of luxury homes.  This subdivision is known for it's neighborhood feel complete with its own playground and walking path.

The Woodlands -  Small development on one street located off Aurora Road.  Homes sit on nice wooded lots.

Solon Ohio 3rd Quarter Market Report - 2015

by The Schuman Team

Here is our Solon Ohio Third Quarter Market Report.

First, we will provide market statistics for the past month of September. Then we will offer a look at the statistics for the third quarter and compare them to how we fared at the same time last year.

We will also provide year to date statistics and break down the luxury market, which is defined as homes that sell for $500,000 or more.



Date                                         # of homes sold         Ave. Sales Price             

September 2015                                33                           $291,909

September 2014                                19                           $371,037


Third Quarter  2015                           120                          $302,851

Third Quarter 2014                             96                           $353,864


YTD 2015                                         248                         $305,343

YTD 2014                                         223                         $330,866



Third Quarter  2015                           12                            $651,792

Third Quarter 2014                            17                            $691,957


YTD     2015                                    27                             $640,820

YTD     2014                                    34                             $711,097

*source NEOHREX ( Regional MLS )



While the first quarter started out on pace with 2014, the last two quarters saw an increase in sales compared to last year. Overall, sales are up in 2015 while the average sales price is down.

From the highlighted figures above, one could interpret this to mean that values in Solon have come down close to 10% this year.  However, the reason for the difference in both increased sales and lower average price is a direct result of 28 additional homes being sold in the $100,000-$300,000 price point this year.

The decrease in demand for luxury homes has also had a negative effect on overall average purchase price.


We currently have 141 active listings, about 15% more than we had at this time last year.  While we had been screaming for more inventory over the last few years, things have gotten a little bit better, especially in specific price points.

Fall is a popular time for sellers to put their homes on the market, evidenced by over 20 homes that have come on in the last 30 days.


The fourth quarter can be fairly hectic. Many buyers and sellers would like to avoid moving during the cold winter months, and are thus motivated to get something done during the fall.

Fall can be an ideal time for buyers. Homes that didn't sell over the summer are now seeing price reductions as these sellers realize their window of opportunity is limited with winter coming. This is where deals can be had.

For sellers, a nice home priced right in any market will sell, especially in the fall. We have seen bidding wars and homes fly off the market recently so a seller with an updated home can expect to sell quickly and for top dollar.

The luxury market is the one area of concern based on the numbers. There are a lot of homes in this segment of the market that have been lingering for 150-200 days or more.

With the average time on market for luxury homes being around 100, these particular sellers may need to do re-evaluate their strategies because whatever they are doing is obviously not working.

On the bright side, a 1.3 million dollar home sold in a matter of days recently, so the high-end buyers certainly do exist.

Overall, we expect to finish out the year on a good note and can say with confidence that Solon remains one of the highest demand areas in the state.

Please note, the above statistics are merely on overview of the market, not to be used to determine if a home's value is increasing or decreasing. If you are looking to sell or buy a home in Solon and want help determining what a home is worth, we recommend contacting an agent who specializes in the Solon market to assist you.

Real estate can be neighborhood specific, requiring an in depth look at sales pertaining to a certain development or geographical area.

Why Fall Is A Great Time To Buy

by The Schuman Team


Many people think that homes mainly sell in the summer, but the truth is that houses sell all year round. While the summer is the busiest time, the fall market can actually be the best time for a buyer.



1. Less Competition Equals Better Deals

2. More Time To Look

3. New Inventory

Let's elaborate on the items above.

1. Most families want to move during the summer and this creates competition for housing ( translation = higher prices ). Less buyers in the fall can sway the pendulum back in the favor of the buyer.

Also, sellers whose homes got passed over during the summer suddenly feel pressure with winter approaching. Therefore, many sellers become more reasonable on price during the fall.

2. Some buyers are too busy during the summer and simply don't want to spend every weekend looking at homes. These buyers prefer to shop for homes during the fall and can end up benefiting because of it.

3. New homes often come on the market after Labor Day as many sellers also want to enjoy their summer and prefer to wait until fall to sell. These sellers, however, have winter looming over their heads and realize they have a limited time to sell, making them more realistic.

There are plenty of buyers who missed out on the summer market, yet are serious to buy. Fall is the ideal time for them to shop for a home and even move in before winter hits.

The Most Important Question You Can Ask Someone

by The Schuman Team

question to ask clients


Communication is key, whether it's a business or personal relationship.  If you have something to say, you certainly want your message to be received, don't you?

So it is important to ask people this one simple yet specific question, a question that could make or break you.

Want to know what it is?  Here you go:




Let's face it, what you say, and when you say it are important, but nothing is more critical than how you say it.  As the old saying goes, if you give the people what they want, they'll keep coming back for more.


Remember, this isn't about me or you, it's about those around us. Some people love email, while others rather text. There are also many folks that still prefer speaking by phone or face to face.  

While many of us don't give it much thought, it is important to recognize how other people prefer to get their information, otherwise the message can get lost.

My parents learned the hard way as they continued for years to try to call my kids by phone. They grew frustrated at the lack of response until I suggested they start texting instead. Now, communication between the two generations has never been better.

Even if you have a preferred method to communicate, the people around you may prefer a different way.  By asking this one simple question, it could make a huge impact and lead to better relationships with those around you.



The above information is compliments of The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. They specialize in relocation, Solon luxury homes, and move-up buyers.

They can be reached at 216-346-3235 or 216-403-9189 or via email, or

The Most Important Question You Can Ask Someone is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent.©September, 2015

7 Apps You Can't Live Without

by The Schuman Team

We all rely on apps to make business and personal life more efficient.

In an effort to help make all of your lives easier, we reached out to our past clients and asked what apps they cannot live without. Here's what they come up with:


Cozi - Helps families stay organized. Allows multiple family members to manage appointments and schedules with one account, as well as organize and update shopping and to-do lists. We personally use this and it rocks.

DarkSky - Predicts down to the minute weather conditions at your exact location.

Dropbox - Keeps your files safe and allows you to easily share photos, docs and videos.

Lastpass - Password manager. Saves your passwords and gives you secure access from every computer and mobile device.

TripAdvisor - Read reviews on hotels, restaurants, a must have when traveling.

True Caller - Identify missed calls, avoid telemarketers,  and keep current contact’s information up-to-date.

Waze - Nothing is worse than getting stuck in traffic. This app gets information from real drivers and will track real time traffic.

Displaying blog entries 11-20 of 93

Contact Information

The Schuman Team
3550 Lander Road
Pepper Pike OH 44122
Dan: 216-346-3235
Amy: 216-403-9189
Fax: 216-456-2333