3 Ways Real Estate Agent (s) SAVE You Money

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A Real Estate Agent Can Actually SAVE You Money During Your Home Sale One of the main gripes that people have with a real estate agent is their commission. Many homeowners in Farmington Hills (mistakenly) think, “Why should I pay a real estate agent to do something I’m perfectly capable of doing myself?” The reason people avoid working with agents is because they think it’s going to cost them money. But in reality, working with a qualified real estate agent is worth far more than what you’ll pay in commission. In fact, working with a real estate agent can actually …

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Advice Eases Novi Real Estate Site Visits

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Last week came a piece of advice that’s directly applicable to Novi real estate matters. To a greater or lesser degree, it also impinges on every one of your online accounts that attempt to safeguard your privacy—for instance, when you log into your account here on my Novi real estate site. The news is about web passwords and security. For more than a decade we have been offered a choice: If we care about our security—that is, the possibility of being hacked by internet bad guys—we’ve been cautioned to create passwords with long combinations of obscure characters (like ^,@, !, …

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Pricing Farmington Hills Home: in Search of Perfection

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Figuring out the perfect sweet-spot pricing Farmington Hills home to sell would be easier if there were a way to confirm past instances that hit that mark precisely. But that can’t be done. It’s the nature of the beast: it’s simply not possible. Even if a comparable Farmington Hills home’s asking price resulted in being sold immediately at that exact amount, it only could have been priced perfectly. We can’t know that it wasn’t priced too low. Even if the decisions on pricing  Farmington Hills home meant it was quickly met and even exceeded—IOW, it resulted in a bidding —that …


4 Reasons NOW Is The Time for Buying

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Buying a Home is Now! If you’re considering buying a home, ask any real estate agent worth their salt and they’ll tell you: NOW is the time to do it.  The real estate market is seemingly changing by the day, and if you want to get a great home for a great price, making a move now is in your best interest; conditions a year from now (or even six months from now) aren’t likely to be as hospitable. And why is that? Why shouldn’t you, if you’re interested in buying a home, wait? Why is NOW the time to …

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Best Farmington Hills Real Estate Agent Top 5 Qualities

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Top 5 Qualities of the Best Farmington Hills Real Estate Agent for You If you are just about to commit to buying or selling a home in Farmington Hills, the first important task before you comes with identifying the best Farmington Hills real estate agent to assist your effort. That comes first because although you might begin by combing through the current Farmington Hills listings or driving through the neighborhood to spot what’s going on, there is always a possibility that acting without delay will be important. If that happens to be the case, zeroing in on the best Farmington …

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Selling Your Farmington Hills Home: Strategic Planning Helps

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Selling your Farmington Hills home is never something you do on a whim. There can be rare situations when the decision to sell is a sudden one that’s forced by unexpected life circumstances (favorable or not)—but selling your Farmington Hills home is not likely to be the result of some sudden impulse. Since that’s the case, it follows that most of us will have been aware for some time that we will be selling sooner or later. That gives us some leeway for improving the ultimate results we can expect when an eventual sale takes place. Thinking about that, and acting …

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7 Ways Neighbors Can Sabotage Your Home Sale

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You’ve decided to put your home on the market and have done everything in your power to make it as attractive as possible. But there’s one thing that’s beyond your control: the neighbors. Whether they’re messy, loud, or just plain ruthless, their behavior can work against you when it comes time to sell. In fact, Appraisal Institute President Richard L. Borges II said he’s seen external factors, such as living beside bad neighbors, decrease home values by more than 5 to 10 percent. So, not only do they have the power to ruin your chances of making a sale, they …

Top 3 Ways Homes in Novi Can Save on Insurance

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For most area homeowners, the 110-decibel wail of nearby fire engines may not be a sought-after feature when selecting the ideal neighborhood when selecting homes in Novi. Nonetheless, according to The Wall Street Journal, living close to firehouse has its advantages. Safety is one. A reduction in your homeowner’s insurance bill, another. Not all homes in Novi can have the advantage of being next door to a firehouse, but just about everybody knows that having the proper insurance is important to protect not only the structure itself but also the valuables within. Here are three possible actions you could take …

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As Farmington Hills Mortgage Rates Hold Steady, Diligence Pays

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Mortgage rates in Farmington Hills remained mostly steady this past month, at least partially due to the predictable July-August doldrum effect. When the summertime vacation schedules of Washington and Manhattan movers and shakers presages a slowdown in activity and economic reports, there is simply less going on that might affect the rate meter—in either direction. Summertime can also mark the beginning of a nationwide tapering off of real estate’s peak selling season. With the added factor of mortgage rates in (town) looking as if they will remain invitingly low for the near future, fear of a sudden rate rise is …

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For Farmington Hills Renters: The 5-Year Tesla Plan

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My 5-year Tesla Plan is fanciful, but based on what could be the situation some Farmington Hills renters can probably relate to. The imaginary 5-year Tesla Plan participant could be any gainfully employed Farmington Hills renters who have been living comfortably in a nice rental for the past few years. It’s  either a comfortable home or a nice apartment: that doesn’t matter. What’s important is that the monthly rent has been rising. It’s now $1,570. This is now gobbling up just about every spare dollar of the Farmington Hills renters income, perhaps leaving only an annual $6,000 bonus for savings, …