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Time Change and Real Estate Commonality

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Millions of people adjust the time on their clock now that daylight savings is ending this weekend. But what’s weird is that it’s not done everywhere; also, the actual date of when the time change occurs is different in some areas of the world. It isn’t universal. Adjusting to the time change is confusing enough for people on a local level. So, forget about trying to make sense of it nationally, or globally. Why does it exist? Is it still useful? Why doesn’t it get observed everywhere? All questions people may ask, but none of them really matter. It isn’t worth debating… …

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First Home-Buyers 3 Common Fears

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Buying your first home can be one of the most exciting experiences of your life. But it can also be one of the scariest. Buying real estate is a complicated process. And if you’ve never purchased a home before, the fear of all those unknown variables can make the experience stressful, frustrating, and downright terrifying. If you’re thinking about purchasing a home but are dealing with the fear that comes along with it, don’t worry! You’re not alone. Most first time home-buyers deal with a certain level of fear as they get ready to buy their first home. But that …

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Farmington Hills Halloween: Controlled (but Safe) Disruption

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Halloween in Farmington Hills is the one day in every year when the regular order of things gets a thorough shaking up. For one thing, it’s the single day of the year when we expect our doorbell to be ringing non-stop for hours on end. It’s certainly the only time when prudence dictates that we stockpile bowls full of treats to serve as ransom payments against demands for booty from an onslaught of pint-sized masked neighbors. For Farmington Hills’s small fry, if all goes well, Farmington Hills’s Halloween ranks right up there with birthdays in terms of fun and excitement—possibly …

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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

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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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Home Values-Owners Gain In Market-Realtor Tom Gilliam

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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 …