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Real Estate Buys Follow Farmington Hills Halloween

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For Farmington Hills Real Estate, Halloween Marks a Turning Point  …Fa la la la la, la la la la: it’s carol time again! Not quite? You can’t almost hear those sleigh bells ringing? Well, brace yourself. Halloween is next Tuesday—and nowadays, that means that by Wednesday, holiday advertising will be with us for the duration. Whether we admit it or not, the Thanksgiving start of holiday season is a thing of the past. Hallmark has already launched its “Countdown to Christmas;” Farmington Hills mailboxes are filling with gift catalogs; store windows are only weeks away from being transformed into snow-sprayed …

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Landscaping Tweaks Now’s the Time for Novi

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Novi gardening enthusiasts already know this—but for those whose thumbs are anything but green, right now is a special time of year where landscaping is concerned. It’s Novi’s high season for planting and transplanting! You don’t have to intend on listing your Novi home anytime soon to have a vested interest in maximizing your home’s curb appeal. After all, year in and year out the plantings in front and back yards can make all the difference in the kind of impact your property makes—it’s a pride of ownership fundamental. Neighbors and casual passers-by may not realize how much of a …

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Farmington Hills Homeowners Gain from Home Values

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Poll Finds Surge in U.S. Home Values Optimism More than half of U.S. homeowners expect their home values to rise in the coming year. For Farmington Hills real estate watchers who track public sentiment as a market indicator, the news comes as a welcome addition to other reports of rising consumer optimism regarding the economy as a whole. The finding comes from a national telephone and online survey conducted earlier this month by the Rasmussen Reports organization. It signals an acceleration in a year-long trend of rising expectations among U.S. homeowners. A year earlier, fewer than 40% had predicted that …

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Sellers Should Never Reveal (Except To Their Realtor)

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Sellers Loose Lips Can Lose Leverage When sellers decide to sell their home, they may find themselves justifying their choice to anyone who’ll listen. But, as the old saying goes, “Loose lips sink ships.” In today’s world where sharing is the norm, sometimes keeping your rationale for making a move all to yourself is the right move. Though sellers would never intentionally want to harm their chances of securing the best deal possible, by being a little too honest, they can ultimately lose leverage when it comes to negotiating. The following are 8 things home sellers should never reveal (except …

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Novi Investment Property Owners Top 6 Repairs

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What’s not to like? But there is one area that may hover as a wildcard: the maintenance issue. Because tenants are part of the picture, your Novi investment property undergo varying amounts of wear and tear, so keeping them in top shape does require at least some degree of attention. Veteran landlords learn how to handle maintenance and repairs with a minimum of turmoil—sometimes by simply farming them out to professional property managers. In that, we are fortunate—Novi has some great ones! Novi Investment Property Owners Eye Top Repair Calls However you choose to address the issue, it’s useful to …

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Amazon Invades Farmington Hills Real Estate!!!

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Amazon has invaded the realm of Farmington Hills real estate—but you couldn’t say it’s happening in a big way. It’s happening in a tiny way. Last week the improbable news arrived that the web’s 400-pound gorilla had made its first foray into the realm of real estate. Since Farmington Hills real estate (like all real estate) is by definition local, its very nature would seem to preclude the buying and selling of homes as a mail order enterprise. But since Amazon.com has succeeded in other industries where failure had been assumed (high-end fashion, for instance), could local Farmington Hills real …

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NAR® List Sparks First Farmington Hills House Quiz

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My organization—the National Association of Realtors®—offers a wide range of guidance for first Farmington Hills house and families who have decided it’s time to land their first house. With more than a century’s worth of experience, you’d expect nothing less. Thank the NAR®: A Quiz for First Farmington Hills House Last week I happened across an article the NAR had distilled that looked like a must-read for anyone who is just starting out on the path to buying their first Farmington Hills house. Its title was “8 Critical Things to Do Before Buying a Home”—but it could just as well …

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Top 9 Home Hacks Conquer Daily Novi Snags

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You don’t have to be holding a showing or Novi open house to appreciate time-saving maintenance and organizational tips. Nowadays, many of these are being called home hacks,but no matter what you call them, when you find yourself repeatedly dealing with recurring cleaning and household organizational problems, simple shortcuts are what is called for. 9 Home Hacks to Ease Daily Novi Homeowner Hassles Without further ado, here are 9 home hacks for Novi householders. I’ve noted them as briefly as possible so you can quickly spot familiar situations in your own household: Oil-stained garage floor? Some recommend sprinkling with cat …

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Rx for Farmington Hills Real Estate Inspection Jitters

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Real Estate Inspection Jitters? Rx: Don’t Freak Out! As worrisome physical symptoms go, real estate inspection jitters should not be worrisome in the least. Neither Farmington Hills home buyers or their counterparts (Farmington Hills home sellers) need be troubled if they find themselves awaiting the house inspector with mounting anxiety: these are perfectly normal symptoms. My advice echoes HGTV’s prescription for a “Drama-Free Real Estate Rx”—in their words, “Don’t Freak Out.” The utter normalcy for pre-inspection jitters is indisputable—as is their cause. If you are the seller, you can be perfectly satisfied that you have done everything possible to ensure …

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Northville House Design Idea Summed Up

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There’s news in the world of house design—for a change! Those who keep in touch with the house design innovations that Northville buyers are currently favoring know one thing is for certain: they don’t change overnight. True innovations are rare. Fads occasionally come and go (remember “industrial décor” and barn door sliders?)—but by definition, fads don’t wind up making much of a dent in how most Northville homes are built or remodeled. That’s a good thing: overexuberant style-chasing can be expensive to correct once a clever style has come and gone. I bring this up because it looks as if …