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Novi Real Estate Negotiations: Game Theory

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Game theory only sounds like it has something to do with how to win in some weekend sports outing or family board game. It’s a seriously studied logical field that mathematicians delve into. Interestingly, when you study how to develop successful negotiation tactics—Novi real estate negotiations included—you can look at them via game theory.  There is a problem, though. The further you get into the subject, the more it tends to become more and more abstract. Unless you are someone who looks forward to curling up by a roaring fire with a favorite math textbook, you won’t get very far …

Farmington Hills Pet-Friendly Homes Advantage

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“Pet-Friendly” is a term that used to be confined to the Farmington Hills Homes for Rent ads and a few open-minded hotel chains. Given the 84+ million American households which now include pets as family members, Farmington Hills homeowners who plan on listing their property anytime soon might include those animal census numbers in their thinking. There may not yet be an official “Pet-Friendly Home” seal with stringent qualifying requirements, but it might not be such a bad idea. What research there is indicates that most prospective home buyers don’t at first concentrate on their animals’ needs—yet when you add …

Buying A Home In The Fall

Buying A Home In The Fall

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A lot of people think the best time to buy a house is during the Spring market. And, it is……in the sense that more houses are listed for sale in the Spring. But, there’s also a heck of a lot more buyers trying to buy those listings. Buying a home in the fall has it’s advantages the the spring listings. The thing is, some of the houses listed back in the Spring don’t end up selling. (Usually just because they were overpriced.) Now, it isn’t like new listings don’t happen in the Fall. There’s always new listings coming on the market. But …

Don’t Fall for this real estate myth

Don’t Fall for this real estate myth

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Fall is here. Which means the “holiday season” is creeping up on us. Which, when you’re a real estate agent, inevitably brings questions about whether it makes sense to even list a house for sale, or start looking to buy a house at this point, or… “Should we wait ‘til Spring?” If that’s ever crossed your mind, you’re not alone. Lots of people think that way. But why? The most common reasons sellers give: there are less buyers looking. The most common reason buyers give: there aren’t as many houses for sale. Kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy…but, also kind of …

Farmington Hills Mortgage Rates Another 2017 Low

Farmington Hills Mortgage Rates Another 2017 Low

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A couple of weeks back, the ultimate authority on Farmington Hills mortgage rates hadn’t minced words. That was Freddie Mac, whose opinion about mortgage rates constitutes the final say in the matter. Freddie isn’t modest about its preeminence (Freddie’s trademarked corporate slogan is “We make home possible”). Together with sibling Fannie Mae, the quasi-governmental entities stand behind 60% of U.S. mortgages. Farmington Hills Mortgage Rates Register the Third Possibility Each week their PMMS survey collects data snapshots from thrifts, credit unions, banks, and mortgage lenders to gauge of the direction of the home loan market. Future Farmington Hills home hunters …

Farmington Hills Residents Encounter Equifax Hack

Farmington Hills Residents Encounter Equifax Hack

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When news of the Equifax hack first broke, the credit ratings giant scrambled to minimize fallout from this massive personal information breach. After an initial embarrassing misstep (they tried to have affected consumers sign off on Equifax’s liability), the company moved to ameliorate the hack by offering free ID protection to consumers. Equifax Hack Could Affect Farmington Hills Mortgage Applicants Farmington Hills homeowners and potential home buyers had reason to do more than shake their heads at yet another electronic pratfall. In one way or another, most Farmington Hills real estate transactions involve creditworthiness appraisals that are managed by the …

Have Roommates Pay Rent

Have Roommates Pay Rent

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Rent isn’t cheap. It’s tough to afford a place on your own. So, you have roommates. Maybe it’s a friend or two. Maybe more. But it certainly beats living “alone”…in your parent’s basement. But you’re still not banking money…Roommates can help! You’re saving some money by renting with others. But not tons. It certainly makes your housing costs more affordable, but it isn’t like you have so much extra every month to just go out and spend on whatever you want. So, it’s probably hard to even imagine saving enough to eventually buy a house. You figure that day will …

Should You Buy A Home In Your 20s?

Should You Buy A Home In Your 20s?

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Should you buy a home in your 20s? Good question. There’s no single, sure-fire answer to it. Okay, there is…if you consider “it depends” to be a solid answer.  You can search the Internet and find as many reasons to buy a house in your 20s, as you can find to not buy a house in your 20s. But you have to consider the source of every article. (As I’m sure you do.) What’s the author’s motivation? All you’re really doing is confusing yourself, or convincing yourself what you already want to believe. So, the better question is… Do you …

Selling Your Farmington Hills Tenant-Occupied House

Selling Your Farmington Hills Tenant-Occupied House

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With a tenant-occupied house can be a daunting task to sell but even investors whose Farmington Hills rental homes have served long and well as income-producers can eventually decide it’s time. Given today’s tight housing inventories, the current market does stack up as one where selling your tenant-occupied house can be a timely financial move. But if that is under consideration, what should you do about the current tenant? Is it better to wait until the current lease expires—so that the vacated property can be shown without having to deal with an inconvenienced (and possibly miffed) tenant? Or will it …

Amid Hurricane News Blanketing Farmington Hills Media…

Amid Hurricane News Blanketing Farmington Hills Media…

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Last weekend’s regular Michigan news should have been promoting all the usual upbeat feature stories about the onset of football season, the start of a brand new school year, the finals of tennis’ last grand slam tournament and the like—but Farmington Hills readers would have gotten eye strain trying to find any of them. Instead, the dark clouds brought by Hurricane Irma and Harvey cast dense shadows across the region and the nation’s news. It was certain, too, that even after the terror of their actual passages had subsided, the fallout would continue to reverberate—expensively—for a very long time. A …