Refinancing is popular again with latest drop in mortgage interest rates

February 9th, 2015

Can you $ave thousands of dollars by refinancing? 

Refinancing has soared in popularity — again — in part because rates have fallen by nearly a half-point since November. This means a monthly payment that is $50 lower each month on a $200,000 mortgage than it would have been in November. And it means $20,000 less in interest over 30 years. Read more…



Re-Shaping Shaker Hts Oh

February 7th, 2015

70 million dollar project would be one heck of a B-12 shot for Shaker Hts residents. Economic growth, increased property values and a lot FUN for all!






Flooded basements in Shaker Heights

July 28th, 2014

Email alert  from Mayor Leiken:

As you know, the City weathered a severe storm last night that overwhelmed our sewer system and caused serious flooding on roadways, lakes and in homes. A total of 2.78 inches of rain fell in Shaker Heights in a very short period of time. In one minute, the rain was pouring down at the rate of 7.20 inches per hour. Sewer systems are simply not designed to manage this volume of water all at once and as a result, the City experienced flooding unlike anything in recent memory. 

The City immediately opened its Emergency Operations Center and coordinated with Police, Fire Public Works and the Administration to insure the safety of residents and manage the situation by closing roads and opening overflow valves in our lakes. The team continued to monitor the situation through the night. As of this morning, flood waters have receded, sewers are managing additional rainfall and runoff, and the City is back to normal operations. 

We are aware that many residents experienced significant flooding in basements causing water damage to carpets, furniture and other items. The Public Works Department will pick up large water damaged items from tree lawns today through Thursday, July 31. If you leave items on your tree lawn, please call 491-1490 to let Public Works know that you have a pick up. 

The once-per-quarter large item drop off rule will be waived until October 1. If you have water damaged items that you need to dispose of after this Thursday, you may bring them to the Service Center at 15600 Chagrin Boulevard on Saturdays from 8 am-4 pm. Please visit the Public Works page on the City’s website for more information and details about identification required for drop off. 

If you experienced flooding in your basement and would like the City side of your sewer line (the portion from the T to the Main) checked for clogs, please call Public Works at 491-1490. This work will be scheduled after debris from the storm has been cleaned up. 

We know that some residents are still without power. Please check the First Energy website for the latest updates on the estimated time for power restoration. 

Public Works crews are working diligently today to clean up the City and to be sure that sewer grates are not blocked with debris from the flooding. If you have further questions or concerns, please call the Public Works Department at 491-1490. 

I hope that the extension of these City services will help residents manage the complications and aggravation caused by the storm and the subsequent damage due to flooding.

BANK OWNED Houses in Shaker Heights provide Opportunity!

July 22nd, 2014


The asking price on 18800 Shaker Blvd Shaker Heights Ohio was reduced by nearly $50,000. That makes this home a better buy for buyers who seek a renovation project.

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The front tree-lined walk leads you  from a historic boulevard neighborhood and rapid transit line that ends at a beautiful leaded glass foyer.



The listing Realtor describes this 3,200 sq ft home  this way:

“A classic Shaker Hts. center hall colonial is just waiting for its’ next owner. This full 3 story home has hardwood floors throughout, some built in cabinetry, additional rooms on all 3 floors, full of natural light, both front and back stairway to the 2nd floor, 2 full bath on the 2nd floor and 1 on the 3rd, plenty of space for entertaining, and loads of opportunity for renovations…”


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Well, the listing agent was right …the  kitchen with adjacent breakfast room screams sledge hammer…time to take out a wall!  

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This stately Italianate style home with cornice brackets that decorate the roof line has good bones and still possesses the all of the old world workmanship that provides a unique and whimsical touch that you can not find in today’s new construction.


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 Situated on a large tree line lot and on the Green Rapid Transit Line  is great if you’re a downtown commuter or one that loves the convenience and not having to pay 25 bucks when heading to  the many year round downtown events including Cleveland Browns, Indians and Cavaliers games. 18800 Shaker Blvd is waiting for it’s next owner.

CLICK HERE to view more photos I took of 18800 Shaker Blvd. This home is now offered at $355,900.  CLICK HERE  to view the mls datasheet and listing photos. Please call me, Bob Cugini, 216.905.6420 to schedule a showing. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Keller Williams Greater Cleveland Southeast.   Find current bank owned (REO’s) listings CLICK HERE .




The information on this site is for discussion purposes only. Under no circumstances does this information constitute a recommendation to buy or sell securities, assets, real estate, or otherwise.  Information has not been verified, is not guaranteed, and is subject to change.

2014 Shaker Hts Fireworks Display

June 30th, 2014



Another year without a fireworks display for Shaker residents. Follow the link for local fireworks events.

2014 Fireworks Schedule

Happy Independence Day!

Larchmere PorchFest 2014

June 29th, 2014

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Celebrating summer solstice down on Larchmere Road. Old porches hosting local talent!