Improvements Add Value Remodeling Your Home

Improvements Add Value Remodeling Your Home

Thomas Gilliam Blog , Oakland County , Uncategorized Leave a Comment

If you’re looking for improvements your home, of course you have to consider several things. First of all, will these improvements satisfy and fulfill a need? It’s important that you answer it truthfully because home improvements are generally expensive so at least make sure you are aware of your needs. In addition, will you be able to afford it? There are a lot of home improvement ideas, some affordable and some are expensive. The good thing is depending on your need, there’s usually an affordable and more expensive option. The factors listed above are for the present. As a homeowner, …

farmington hills real estate and amazon

Amazon Invades Farmington Hills Real Estate!!!

Thomas Gilliam Uncategorized Leave a Comment

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 …

First Farmington Hills House

NAR® List Sparks First Farmington Hills House Quiz

Thomas Gilliam Uncategorized Leave a Comment

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 …

home hacks

Top 9 Home Hacks Conquer Daily Novi Snags

Thomas Gilliam Uncategorized Leave a Comment

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 …

real estate inspection

Rx for Farmington Hills Real Estate Inspection Jitters

Thomas Gilliam Uncategorized Leave a Comment

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 …

Have Roommates Pay Rent

Northville House Design Idea Summed Up

Thomas Gilliam Uncategorized Leave a Comment

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 …

real estate negotiations

Novi Real Estate Negotiations: Game Theory

Thomas Gilliam Uncategorized Leave a Comment

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

Thomas Gilliam Uncategorized Leave a Comment

“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

Thomas Gilliam Uncategorized Leave a Comment

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

Thomas Gilliam Uncategorized Leave a Comment

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

Thomas Gilliam Uncategorized Leave a Comment

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 …