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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 …

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 …

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 …

Why Sell Your Farmington Hills Home Now?

Why Sell Your Farmington Hills Home Now?

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“Give me one good reason why selling now is better than waiting until next spring,” is a perfectly legitimate request. It’s a challenge to the traditional peak of Farmington Hills’s selling season. Why should right now, at the start of September, be the right time to sell your Farmington Hills home? Statistics show that more homes are sold in the spring and summer, that—plus sheer inertia—can be powerful arguments to the contrary. So here’s the “one good reason.” In fact, it could be the best reason. It’s the textbook Economics 101 basic rule about markets and pricing. The Economics 101 …