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December
27

The holiday season sparkles with Christmas tree lights a glow inside and outside homes and various locations offering lighting displays – The Akron Zoo, Stan Hywet Hall and Canton's Stadium Park to mention a few.

The sparkling lights give families and businesses the opportunity to share and give back during this holiday season.

Pikus Real Estate and Property Management is giving back to the community in multiple ways helping the children of Stark County have a better and brighter holiday season.

Shirley Pikus, owner of Pikus Real Estate and Property Management, said the property management company was fortunate to be able to adopttwo families this year through Rivertree Christian Church. Both families have children being raised by single moms. Pikus Real Estate and Property Management purchased toys and clothing for the children and their mothers. Additionally, each family received gift cards to provide Christmas dinner.

The company also provided shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. This organization collects children's items such as pencils, pens, crayons and other small toys and personal care items to fill the shoe boxes. The boxes are then sent overseas to under privileged children.

"I have been blessed with my family, career and this growing property management company," said Pikus. "I believe I should give back to the community that has supported my business.  It's a blessing to be able to provide for those who are in need."

Finally, the brokerage was also able to provide stockings for teenagers filled with hats, gloves, candy, games and personal care items through Project Kare.  Project Kare supports children in the Stark County foster care system.   "These children need to know that they are thought of and loved, not just at Christmas, but throughout the year."

ay season sparkles with Christmas tree lights a glow inside and outside homes and various locations offering lighting displays – The Akron Zoo, Stan Hywet Hall and Canton's Stadium Park to mention a few.

The sparkling lights give families and businesses the opportunity to share and give back during this holiday season.

Pikus Real Estate and Property Management is giving back to the community in multiple ways helping the children of Stark County have a better and brighter holiday season.

Shirley Pikus, owner of Pikus Real Estate and Property Management, said the property management company was fortunate to be able to adopttwo families this year through Rivertree Christian Church. Both families have children being raised by single moms. Pikus Real Estate and Property Management purchased toys and clothing for the children and their mothers. Additionally, each family received gift cards to provide Christmas dinner.

The company also provided shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. This organization collects children's items such as pencils, pens, crayons and other small toys and personal care items to fill the shoe boxes. The boxes are then sent overseas to under privileged children.

"I have been blessed with my family, career and this growing property management company," said Pikus. "I believe I should give back to the community that has supported my business.  It's a blessing to be able to provide for those who are in need."

Finally, the brokerage was also able to provide stockings for teenagers filled with hats, gloves, candy, games and personal care items through Project Kare.  Project Kare supports children in the Stark County foster care system.   "These children need to know that they are thought of and loved, not just at Christmas, but throughout the year."

November
27

The Thanksgiving meal has been barely eaten and the leftovers put away into the refrigerator. The rivalry week football games have not even kicked off and some communities are hearing the jingling of bells; a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus; and the community tree is ready to be lit.

This year, communities are in a time crunch, as the Thanksgiving holiday is a week later than normal. While many communities may traditionally light their tree the first weekend of December, this year it appears more than ever one holiday has bumped head on into the next.

The city of Massillon has a head start on all Stark County communities as they held their holiday parade and tree lighting on Nov. 23 at Duncan Plaza. The rest of the county is scheduling their yuletide extravaganza after the turkey holiday.

Plain Township:
Plain Township gets the holiday festivities started the day after Thanksgiving. While some people continue to shop in the Black Friday Shopping frenzy, the township will light their tree at Diamond Park on Nov. 29 at 6 p.m.

The festivities will include food trucks, local merchants with tables set up and a few bon fires lit up around the park to keep families warm. Fun and games will be on tap to keep the whole family entertained.  By time the evening concludes, the lights in the park will be lit up for the holiday season.

Louisville:
The city of Louisville continues the weekend celebration. The city will light up their Christmas tree on Dec . 1 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 308 S. Mill St.  The light up event is sponsored by the Louisville Chamber of Commerce.

The fun, family-filled event will start in the daylight as the sun is starting to set and conclude in the dark evening night. Families who attend will be able to roast hot dogs and marsh mellows before the tree is lit up.

City of Canton:
The city of Canton's Lite Up Downtown will take place on Dec. 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The event runs for 12 city blocks with entertainment and the lighting of the Christmas tree at the town square. Of course, Santa and Mrs. Clause will make an appearance.

Families heading downtown will have the opportunity to ice skate, patronize local restaurants, enjoy food, visit down merchants for gift ideas and enjoy walking around the city. This event has something for every member of the family. Bring the family, join the fun and enjoy. The evening is capped by a fireworks display.

Jackson Township:
Jackson Township rounds out the community celebrations and Christmas tree lightings. The residents of Jackson will usher in the holiday season on Dec. 8 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at North Park. In addition to lighting the Christmas tree, residents will be able to enjoy food, hot chocolate and light entertainment.

If you have the time and energy, mark your calendars and go out and view every community's holiday celebration. Take the spirit of the season with you around Stark County and enjoy.

Pikus Real Estate and Property Management enjoys being a part of each community. Pikus Real Estate and Property Management has rental properties available in each community. For more information, contact Owner Shirley Pikus at 330-417-7525. Shirley would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday to enjoy with family and friends.

 

November
25

Pikus Real Estate and Property Management is growing in the city of North Canton, which is ranked the 41st best city in America to live in. What are some of the best reasons to want to rent a property in North Canton?

The city of North Canton has the traditional feel of small town America with a quaint-square at the center of town; a terrific school system that is state- and nationally-ranked year in and year out; excellent indoor and outdoor recreational facilities with a YMCA and multiple miles of walking trails maintained by Stark Parks; two city owned golf courses; nearby shopping;  Walsh University; and easy access to the highway.

Pikus Real Estate and Property Management owner Shirley Pikus has three rental properties coming on the market in three distinct areas of North Canton.

8485 Deacon Avenue NW - St. James Place – North Canton
St. James Development is an upscale housing development located off Mount Pleasant Street on the outskirts of North Canton. The property, located at 8584 Deacon N.W., is renting for $2,775 per month. The home has many prominent features a renter is looking for – a big, modern kitchen, four bedrooms including a first-floor master bedroom suite, with a three-car garage and wrap around front deck. The property is 2970 square feet. https://pikusrealestate.vflyer.com/home/flyer/home/327784009

2640 State Street NW – Uniontown – North Canton School District
Coming Soon!
Charming and unique Farmhouse is currently listed for sale with The Allen / Albaugh Team of Cutler Real Estate.  The owners will consider a lease should the property not sell. The house sits on six acres. This spectacular threebedroom, three bathroom house is updated and professionally decorated. The farmhouse features a barn with four stalls and pastures for horses.  For Sales information for this property contact the Allen/Albaugh Team!  https://allenalbaughteam.cutlerhomes.com/property/387777272/2640-state-street-nw-uniontown-oh-44685/

1330 7th Street NE – North Canton
Just leased in North Canton was a property at 1330 Seventh Street just off Marquardt Court. The property, which rented for $1,500 per month.  The home is a four bedroom, two and half bath home sitting on a beautiful corner lot. The property is located close to a Hoover Trail, with sidewalks on both sides of the street leading to the trail.

Pikus said the market remains strong for owners looking to rent their property. The North Canton market continues to grow for a variety of reasons. Location plays a role in the strong property management market but the economy dictates homeowners are relocating for work; downsizing; and using their current property to make money.

"North Canton is the ideal setting for renters," said Pikus. "A nationally ranked city, wellness and a top notch school district make this the ideal situation for renters."

 

 

October
2

A small town, with paved brick roads, street lights adorned with banners and the center of town anchored by the former Hoover Co. on one corner and the YMCA across the street on the other corner. Old style, turn of the 20th Century buildings line Main Street. A modern looking city hall and library sit across the street.

The former town of New Berlin rebranded North Canton in the early 1900's now has a population of 17,400 residents. The quaint town was recently named the 42nd best city in America, which was compiled by the Wall Street Journal/USA Today.

The city of North Canton was praised for their affordability. According to the ranking, goods and services cost about 14 percent less than the nationwide average and the city's 2.2 percent unemployment rate is nearly half the national rate of 4.1 percent. It went on to say, North Canton is among the safest in the country, with 69 incidents of violent crime per 100,000 people compared to the U.S. crime rate of 383 incidents per 100,000.

Pikus Real Estate and Property Management owner Shirley Pikus manages several properties in the city. Pikus property management owns rental houses in Bob-O-Link Estates and the twin Hillcrest Apartment buildings.

One of the reasons the city of North Canton ranks so high is its accessibility to the highway, two public golf courses, hiking trails, education, retail, restaurants and excellent medical facilities in the city limits.

Access to interstate
Interstate 77 is a five minute drive for most residents within the city limits. Interstate 77 is easily accessible off of Everhard Road, Whipple Avenue, Portage Street and Shuffle Drive.  North Canton is located 15 minutes from Akron and 50 minutes from Cleveland, with access to the arts and minor and professional sports teams.

Recreation
The city of North Canton offers multiple recreational facilities for residents. Within the city limits are two 18-hole public golf courses – the Fairways at Arrowhead and The Sanctuary. The Fairways offers public swimming and banquet facilities.

Residents who enjoy walking, running or riding their bike have access to the Stark Park Trails that run through much of the city. Additionally, residents can walk, play tennis and have a picnic at Price Park or sit and relax by the man-made lake.

Education
North Canton City Schools consistently ranks in the Top 50 in the state of Ohio for providing an excellent education for students in grades kindergarten through 12 grade. The school system performs extremely well on state testing and offers a variety of programs including AP classes.

Walsh University, which started with one building in 1960, sits within the city limits. The university has grown to 2,200 students and offers bachelor and master's degrees. The university is located at Market and East Maple Street.

Retail and Restaurants

The city offers multiple family-owned retail and restaurants selection from Washington Square to Main Street. Within a five minute drive, residents can access retail stores at Belden Village Mall and The Strip. Each offers multiple restaurant opportunities as well.

Medical Facilities

Residents have access to multiple medical facilities within the city limits. Aultman and Mercy Medical offer Stat Care facilities for families. Akron Children's Hospital recently opened a facility on the campus of the Aultman North facility for internal medicine. Within a short drive, residents have access to Aultman and Mercy Medical hospitals. For residents who need to see an orthopedic doctor, Spectrum and Omni are within 10 minutes.

All the conveniences of modern, metro city with old town charm, the city of North Canton is ideal for raising a family. To learn more about available rental properties from Pikus Real Estate and Property Management in North Canton, please contact Shirley Pikus 

September
4

Is there an advantage to a month-to-month lease?

You found a new job and are relocating to Canton. You need a place to stay. Ultimately, you are looking to land in a home, but in trying to sell your old house; a specific starting date on a new job; and virtually no time to search for a new home, clients may look to opt for a month-to-month house or apartment leasesuntil the perfect house comes up.

A month-to-month lease is ideal for the client who does not want tied to a typical year long contact. In a month-to-month lease, a 30- to 60-day notice is standard when vacating the property. A month-to-month lease allows the client the ability to continue their search for an apartment, loft or house.

Typically, there are no fees involved in breaking a month-to-month lease.

Shirley Pikus, owner of Pikus Real Estate and Property Management, rarely will sign clients to a month-to-month lease. "In some cases, we will rent month to month to clients if we feel there could be a credit or stability issue or we are dealing with a hard to lease unit. 

For a property management company, a twelve-month contract is most common.  The goal is to keep all units filled and avoid turnover whenever possible. 

Some of the disadvantages of a month-to-month lease for the tenant is the freedom of the property management company to raise the rent at the end of any month. Property management companies may charge premium rent because the situation is temporary. The other disadvantage is the landlord can post a 30 day notice of non renewal to the tenant at any time as the owners' situation changes.

To learn more about month-to-month leases and what are the best situation for you and your family, contact Pikus at Pikus Real Estate and Property Management call 330-417-7525.

 

July
26

Located just outside the city of Canton limits in Plain Township, Pikus Real Estate and Property Management has a fantastic rental property available at 5331 Johnnycake Ridge Road N.E., Canton.

Perfectly located right next to the Stark Parks Middlebranch Trail, residents will have ample opportunities for a walk or bike ride around the picturesque Gervasi  Vineyard. Residents can walk over to the many restaurants on the property. The trail enables the health-conscience outdoor enthusiast to walk to Schneider Park, GlenOak High School and end at Washington Square.

 The duplex at Johnnycake Ridge is within easy driving distance of Interstate 77 and State Route 62. The duplex is in close proximity to restaurants and shopping and multiple higher education opportunities within five to 10 minute drives. Potential residents with children will attend the Plain Local School District.

The two bedroom duplex with one and half baths is spacious with plenty of storage. The kitchen comes with dark wood cabinetry and all appliances furnished. Appliances include new range/oven, dishwasher, disposal and microwave. The duplex has a formal dining room with a bay window and cherry hardwood floors. The sunken family room has beamed ceilings and stone and newly updated granite gas fireplace.  

The duplex features a first floor laundry room, two large bedrooms with all new carpet. The master bedroom is big with a private entrance to full bath with dual sinks and new ceramic flooring. The duplex has his and hers closets.

The duplex has a full basement with tons of storage room, all dry. The furnace is 90 percent efficiency, has a new water heater and a Vacuflo system built in. The duplex has a two car attached garage. Additionally, the duplex has all new flooring and paint throughout.

The three season porch opens up to a private, fenced in back yard, where they can listen to music from the Gervasi piazza.  

For more information on this property, call Shirley Pikus 330-417-7525.

 

June
24

Pikus Real Estate and Property Management opened its doors three years ago on June 1, 2016. In its infancy, the business was run out of owner Shirley Pikus' home.  ,As the business grew and team members were added the business moved to a small rental property in Lake Township.  Three years to the day, Pikus Real Estate has a business location!

The new office is located at 1375 S. Main St., North Canton.Pikus explained the reason for the move.

"The demand was getting higher for people to see us," said Pikus. "We didn't really have a place for clients to meet and we wasted a lot of time on the road.   I just couldn't be everywhere at once. Now clients can come to our office allowing us to better manage our time and our client's expectations.  We have a nice conference room to meet with our clients.

"This office is comfortable and welcoming. I wantedthe first impression to be one of professionalism.   We wanted clients to understand that we are the professionals that they want to handle their real estate needs.

A one-person operation when the doors opened has expanded to a team of four. The three other offices are occupied by Aaron Schrecks, Sean Wagler and her son Sean Pikus. On June 1, 2016, she managed two properties. Today, her team manages 110 properties. "By design, we have been growing the business intentionally. The location of our properties and our owners that we manage for allow us the ability to provide exceptional customer service.

The North Canton location is central to her business with rental properties in the cities of Green, Louisville and North Canton and Plain Township to name a few.

Pikus said we've had potential clients look us up and walk in.  It's nice to have client closings at our office too.

To contact Pikus Real Estate, call Shirley at 330-417-7525 or visit www.pikusrealestate.com.

May
10

The report card is in and Pikus Real Estate and Property Management received straight A's. But more importantly, owner Shirley Pikus, who manages rental properties all across Stark County in a multitude of school districts – received passing grades as well.

The U.S. News & World Report recently released its annual list of the "Best High Schools" in the country. The rankings show where Stark County Schools ranked in the state of Ohio as well as nationally.

"Our mission with the Best High School rankings has always been to educate families about schools in their district," Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. "By evaluating more schools than ever before, the new edition expands that focus so all communities can see which schools in their area are successfully serving their students – including historically underserved populations."

U.S. News evaluated schools on six factors – college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rates.

By law, Pikus Real Estate and Property Management cannot sway a client about a school district. Each client can evaluate a district's performance. So, how do Stark County's school district's stack up?

Jackson High School ranked the highest in Stark County at 32nd in the state and 925th nationally out of 17,000 schools. The high school ranked second in the county was North Canton Hoover ranked 49th and 1,514 nationally. Louisville High came in third at 68th in the state and 2,015 nationally. Just over the border in Summit County, Green High School came in fourth at 70th in the state and 2,051 nationally.

The next four school districts are Lake High School, who is ranked 91st in the state and 2,670th nationally. Northwest High School was next at 136th in the state and 3,701 nationally. GlenOak High School was seventh at 177 in the state and 4,572 nationally. Rounding out the top 8 in the county is Perry at 199th and 5,231 nationally.

No matter where you choose to put down roots, Stark County offers plenty of activities to do – hiking the Stark County Park Trail, canoeing in Canal Fulton, shopping in Belden Village and easily accessible to Interstate 77.

Each school district offers unique specialties that make each district special. Each school district offers AP classes and College Credit Plus classes. Plain Local also offers an International Baccalaureate degree.

Call Shirley Pikus of Pikus Real Estate and Property Management at 330-417-7525 to help you find the perfect rental property or she can help you manage your property.