The Luxury Home Experts at Platinum Real Estate has buyers ready to live on the shores of Lake Erie

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With spectacular sunset views and amazing private beaches, demand for these luxury properties has never been higher.

By Patricia Nugent

To describe the current home-selling market along Lake County’s ultra-desirable lakefront, Denise Zervos has one not-too-technical term: “bananas.”

She and husband Mark command the powerhouse selling team at Platinum Real Estate the Luxury Home Experts. Over the past year, they’ve grown to become local leaders in this high-end market.

“With spectacular sunset views and amazing private beaches, demand for these luxury properties has never been higher,” she explains. “We’ve put together a long list of buyers lined up coming from states such as New York and California who are looking to make these properties their second homes to enjoy summer and be closer to extended family. So many folks have roots here, and after having moved away decades ago, are retiring and finding out what an amazing value our lakefront is versus other coastlines.”

Along with Mark and Denise, Platinum luxury specialists Erin Paglio and Lee Jarocki really have a handle on strategies for marketing, staging and selling these homes.

“When it comes to lakefront living, we have every potential detail covered and know why they are worth more” says Denise, pointing out that of the last 11 lakefront homes sold in Lake County, they will have sold nine of them. “For instance, a common concern home buyers often have about living along the lake is erosion. We pull the reports from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to help buyers understand our lake for what it is and the property they are considering. Our Lake Erie water levels have actually dropped the past few years. Also, most of the current homeowners have already fortified their breakwalls.”

Another factor boosting this luxury market is how the City of Cleveland will be investing millions in developing its eastern shoreline.

“The bottom line is we strongly encourage anyone already living along the lakefront who may be thinking of putting their home on the market to call us and do so,” she says.

Headquartered within The Platinum Center, at 7200 Mentor Street in Mentor, Platinum Real Estate has offices in Ohio, Florida and South Carolina. To get more information, call 844-LUX-PROS or visit

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