There are pros and cons to buying a home in any season, and springtime is no different! If you plan on buying a home this spring, make sure you are prepared for the home buying process before you ever view your first property. When you are ready to begin the home search process, give our team of talented Buyers Specialists a call.
Before you purchase a home this spring, consider the following tips:
Plan Your Needs and Wants: No matter what time of year you are buying a home, it is important to know what you are looking for. Set aside time to write down what you need in a property, and what you want (but are willing to go without). It is important to stay focused when touring multiple properties, and having a list ensures you have something
In 2018, we saw some significant changes in the market. One of the biggest changes taking place was the “For Sale” inventory being down significantly from last year (again). On average the Michigan on-market inventory is down 12% and down over 50% in the last 3 years! Sales have started off slow this year as both January and February were down almost 10% compared to last year, but as I am writing this, it is starting to pick up! We anticipate a balanced market this year with little to no appreciation in home values. Given the slowdown in appreciation, we anticipate an INCREASE in homes available for sale compared to last year. The advantage of the shifting market? More options to purchase and more attractive prices to buyers!
Here are some milestones…
Every seller wants their home to sell fast and bring top dollar, but it takes more than luck to make this happen! When you partner our proactive marketing approach with a home ready to show- you increase your chances of earning your desired "gold" for the home! Preparing your home for sale takes careful planning and knowing how to professionally spruce up your home so you will convince home buyers that your home is the lucky one! Here are some spring cleaning tips our clients have found most successful:
Disassociate yourself with the home: Remove all personal photos, mail, medication, etc. Buyers should not be able to learn about your lifestyle from touring your home. If you remove personal items, you are able to allow the buyer to picture their…
Michigan is a fantastic state to live in for a number of reasons. The proximity to beautiful lakes and streams, fantastic education opportunities, and a robust economy make Michigan a real stand-out in the Midwest, and throughout the nation as a whole.
Throw in the lower cost of living and affordable housing, and you have all the right ingredients for young-families to fall in love with Michigan real estate. So, if you're a first-time buyer, or are looking for a great place to raise kids, you can't go wrong with a home in Michigan.
There is however a wide variety of communities spread across this great state, so choosing the best one might seem a bit daunting. After all, every single one is good in its own way, so how are you supposed to…
Wether moving into a new space or needing to refresh your current one, these tips will help you fall in LOVE with your home. This process doesn’t have to be overwhelming, just have fun with it!
1. First define your style. Modern, Contemporary, Eclectic, Farmhouse, Traditional, Transitional. Find inspiration photos,start a Pinterest boards. Once you can pinpoint what your attracted to, you’ve done half the work.
2. Break your design down room by room. Prioritize what rooms are most important to you and start with those. Remember not everything needs to be done immediately.
3. Break out the brushes! Paint is hands down the easiest way to may an impact. Softer, lighter colors are great for small rooms. Bold, vibrant colors are great for offices,
1. Interest rates are volatile and saw an increase and decrease of 20-25% in the last 12 months, something that…
If the time has come to sell your home, you may be considering listing the home as “for sale by owner” (FSBO) in an attempt to save the approximate 6% commission you would pay a realtor. But while some savvy homeowners can successfully navigate an FSBO situation, the vast majority come out ahead when they hire an agent. Before you make any hard and fast decisions, consider these four reasons why hiring a realtor to orchestrate your sale is almost always worth the cost.
You’ll Get More for Your Home
Experienced realtors have an in-depth knowledge of the housing market in your area and can reliably predict how much your home is worth. While you can do some quick comparisons and come up with an asking price, there’s a good chance you’ll either…
Buying a home strictly so you can rent it out is a great way to invest in the real estate market and begin getting a return quickly. While rent varies in each state and even county, the average national cost of rent is still over $900, which is why buying a home for this purpose is so appealing.
In many cases, you can buy a home and have a mortgage that is even less than your future renters will pay, which can put a profit in your pocket even as you pay off the house. Before you buy any house and convert it into a rental, make sure you talk to your realtor about these four things.
A rental does you little good if it’s already a renter’s market. If there are many rental homes listed, then other landlords will be competing…
Whether you plan to embrace the minimalist lifestyle by looking for a smaller home or will move because the kids have all grown up and moved out, downsizing can be a challenge for many families, especially those used to a certain amount of space. You might have a hard time knowing what to look for when you need to find a home.
Less square footage should not be your only goal. If you’re looking for the smaller home that will still meet your needs, here are some things to consider.
Remember All Your Stuff Will Not Come With You
People’s belongings typically grow to fill the space they live in. When looking for a new home, you can’t judge it by what will not fit. Instead, take an inventory before you begin your search. What things must be able…