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Posted on 09/28/2020
Marketing a Home as the Ideal Retirement Property
Photo by Designecologist from Pexels You love your home, but you want to make a change. In many cases, you’ll work with a real estate agent who can help you to market your home professionally to your ideal home buyer. Yet, for some properties, having a very specific target buyer in mind can work well. If you live...
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Posted on 09/21/2020
Have You Set a Competitive Price for Your Home?
If you want to enjoy a successful home selling experience, it generally is helpful to establish a competitive initial asking price for your residence. With an aggressive price, you can stir up lots of interest in your home. As a result, you can increase the likelihood of a fast home sale. Now, let's take a look at three tips...
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Posted on 09/14/2020
Why Should a Buyer View Your Home?
If you plan to sell your home, you should consider how you can stir up interest in your residence. Because if you know how to promote your house to buyers, there may be no shortage of home showing requests as soon as your residence becomes available. Ultimately, it is important to give buyers lots of reasons to view your...
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Posted on 09/12/2020
Another Property Sold - 3294 Wendover Road, Troy, MI 48084
You must see this lovely 4 bedroom Troy ranch in the award winning Birmingham School District. This house has two full baths, a basement, side entry garage, nestled on a beautiful corner lot. The kitchen has been updated with granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and ceramic flooring. The bathrooms also have granite counters and ceramic flooring. The great room is expansive with lots of windows and provides beautiful views of the treed property. All of the flooring has been replaced with either high end laminate or ceramic flooring. A small laundry room for a stackable washer & dryer is located off the kitchen and a...
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Posted on 09/07/2020
Real Estate Investment Basics
Image by 3D Animation Production Company from Pixabay You may hear someone say that you should get into real estate, but truthfully, it isn’t for everyone. While real estate investing can be a lucrative opportunity, if you don’t know what you’re facing, things can quickly get out of hand. Why Real Estate Investing? Ultimately, the goal is to...
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Posted on 08/31/2020
Real Estate Investments: REITs & REMF - Which One Fits Your Needs
Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay For anyone interested in investment diversification, real estate is one of the preferred holdings in addition to stock and bonds. However, many investors possess neither the cash nor the knowledge and interest to actually buy, sell, rent or manage real property. Such investment involves more than cash; it also requires in-depth market...
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Posted on 08/28/2020
Another Property Sold - 18136 Dunblaine Avenue, Beverly Hills vlg, MI 48025
***MULTIPLE OFFERS* HIGHEST AND BEST DUE BY 3 PM SATURDAY AUG 8TH 111*137 foot BEAUTIFUL lot! Bring your architect, your contractor and your ideas! Plenty of options here! BUILD UP, BUILD BACK, or BUILD DREAM home. ASSUME YOU HAVE TO REPLACE IT ALL. Fenced, LARGE LOT (.34 acre) Very desirable WEST Beverly Sub... Nice room sizes, too! BIRMINGHAM schools. Hardwood floors except family room. 3 fireplaces: in family room/gas, living room & basement/wood burning). Cathedral ceilings in family room w/skylights. Covered deck w/custom wood inlay on ceiling. 2 car garage w/workshop. Walk to park & market....
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Posted on 08/24/2020
How to Save on a Mortgage
Image by Andreas Breitling from Pixabay The vast majority of homebuyers need a mortgage in order to purchase a house, and mortgages come with significant costs because they’re such sizeable loans. While there’s no way to avoid all of the costs associated with a mortgage, there are ways to save on your home mortgage. Here are three things...
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Posted on 08/17/2020
Floating Shelves - How to Optimize Floor Space while Saving Money
Photo by U.U. via Pixabay Floating shelves offer your space a more streamlined look. Your walls seem less cluttered, which allows your focus pieces to take center stage. Because floating shelves require less space than traditional shelves, you can put them anywhere all while maintaining your floor space below. They can be any length you choose -- within...
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Posted on 08/10/2020
Home Features for Aging in Place
Photo by CDC on Unsplash Anyone purchasing a home should buy not just for today, but for the future as well; this forward-thinking approach may be more important to seniors than to any other group. The home you buy today should delight you and suit your needs; it should also be adaptable and comfortable to live in as...
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Posted on 08/05/2020
Another Property Sold - 39342 Millington Drive, Sterling Heights, MI 48313
Great starter home with this three bedroom 1 bath brick ranch with finished basement. Open concept family room to kitchen that you won’t find in any other houses in the area. Brand New carpet upstairs and in the basement. Original hardwood floors underneath carpet. Freshly painted. Oversized attached garage with storage. All appliances stay. New roof and gutters in 2017. New garage opener in 2016. New furnace, water heater, and central air in 2014. Sprinkler system. Basement has a great bar and a gas fireplace. Plus there is a plumbed toilet and sink in the utility room for your convenience. Gas grill in backyard next to cement patio and...
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Posted on 08/03/2020
Mortgage Penalties: Prepayment
Photo by Steve Buissinne via Pixabay Most are familiar with the key components of a mortgage: how much you're borrowing, what your interest rate is, how many years you'll be paying your mortgage back. There are many, however, who do not understand some of the finer details, including what prepayment penalties are and how they may affect you...
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