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What to REALLY look for when you look at your potential dream home

You’re at an amazing home that you have looked at online dozens of times and driven by even more. As you go through the home, it looks exactly like the pictures, and you become smitten in no time! Now that the house has passed the “first impressions” test, you have to put your potential dream home through the Sherlock Holmes magnifying glass assessment!
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Location is everything: Finding the right location for you!

Location is everything

Everyone says the key to real estate is location, location, location. Often times THAT location (the one with beach access or a mountain view) is too expensive for us average Joes. Still, you want to find a location that meets your needs and your budget. So, how do you determine the best location? Here is a list of criteria for choosing a home that is just right for you.
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Selling Your First Home

Selling Your First Home

Before you decide to sell your first home, get the 4-1-1

If you are considering selling your home, it is best to do some serious homework before putting your home on the market. Here’s the 4-1-1 of
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Prep Your Home For Sale With These Landscaping Trends

It isn’t quite time for spring fever yet, but it is never too early to be thinking about what you want to do to with your landscaping. Likewise, if you are thinking about selling your home this spring or summer then curb appeal and outdoor spaces are where it is at! This year there are plenty of trends for all aesthetics and sensibilities for your home to give a great first impression to potential home buyers, or who knows, maybe these projects will be just for your enjoyment! According to the National Association of Landscape Professionals, 2020’s landscaping trends veer on the side of functional, cool, and contemporary.
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2020 Real Estate Trends for Buyers and Sellers

2020 Real Estate Trends for Buyers and Sellers

Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that the year is 2020. Just as “time waits for no man,” neither does the real estate market. Fortunately for homeowners in Michigan, we continue to be in one of the best markets in the Midwest, prices continue to climb, appreciation continues to go up, and we live in the Midwest, which is currently one of the most affordable regions in the nation.
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Finding the Right Real Estate Agent

Finding the Right Real Estate Agent

Not enough can be said about finding the right real estate agent, so we’ll help you find the right one!

Selling or buying a home are big deals!  Buying a home is likely to be the most expensive decision you are likely to make, and selling your home is sure to impact your financial not to mention lifestyle future. Because the process of buying or selling is such a big deal, it’s extremely important that the person you entrust to help with these decisions, your real estate agent, is someone who will help you get it right! Here are a few tips to help you decide who is right for you.


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7 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Winter

Just bought a home?  Thinking of selling your home this winter?  Either way, winterizing your home is a must!

Winterizing your home is important whether you just moved into your new home or you are looking to sell. Here in Michigan and all over, winter is here to stay. By winterizing your home, you can save yourself lots of cash! Winterizing will lower your heating costs. It will also save you from frozen pipes and plumbers, and therefore, your home won’t be damaged unnecessarily. And, if you do decide to sell, a tight home will be a huge positive for potential buyers.
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It may be cold, but selling your home in the winter is a hot idea!

It’s here, the cold temperatures have rolled in and are likely to stay. The snow is coming down more frequently and turning Michigan into a winter wonderland. These aren’t images that invoke thoughts of house sales and open houses. Most people don’t think to sell their home during the winter unless it is absolutely necessary. But, contrary to what many believe, selling your home in the cold winter months can work in your favor.
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Understanding Closing Costs

Understanding Closing Costs

Closing costs are often daunting and undefined for home buyers and sellers. And when I say undefined, I just mean very little explanation is given and they are difficult to comprehend when you are in the middle of closing and signing papers so quickly that your head about spins off. Because not knowing something is often the greatest source of fear and stress, it is a great idea to know what the costs are so that you can relax and get excited about buying your home.
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