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Wallpaper Painted Over?- Removing It Carefully Counts

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Finally found the house of your dreams? But wait… you rejected the offer just because the walls in the house were full of wallpaper covering and the homeowner had painted over it. Frustrating isn’t it? It’s like the homeowner wanted you to suffer after you bought the house. Sellers usually do this when they are not willing to spend more time and money on staging your Oakland County home. However, you still think to yourself, “Why would someone do this?” They found it a quick fix (saves a lot on staging, so they probably wanted to save time on peeling …

Winterizing Home Readiness - 6 Important Winterizing Tips Oakland County

Winterizing Home Readiness – 6 Important Winterizing Tips

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When it comes to your Oakland County Michigan home and its survival through our tough and blistering winter, you need to winterize your home. Hopefully you have already taken the steps to winterize your home and are one step ahead of this blog post and if not, this is sure to help you. Store patio furniture Winter isn’t the time for barbecues and dining alfresco, so it’s important that you protect your grill and patio furniture in the winter months along with winterizing your home — that way, they’ll be ready to roll when the weather starts to warm. Take …

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Winter Home Buying Is Great Timing In Farmington Hills

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Winter in Farmington Hills is the perfect time of year for plenty of things: making snow angels, going ice skating, and drinking hot cocoa by the fire are all things that come to mind. Do you know what else winter is the perfect time of year for winter home buying. There’s no better time to find your dream home than the winter months. Here are five reasons why winter is the perfect time to find a home: 1. There’s less competition for winter buying One of the best reasons to purchase a home during the winter is that there’s typically …

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Crowdfunding For Home Purchases – A Futuristic Reality

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When looking to purchase a home in Oakland County, Michigan for the first time can be a difficult proposition and for for many potential buyers, one of the biggest obstacles on the road to homeownership is saving for a down payment. But thanks to a new technology trend, some savvy buyers are turning to their friends, family, and social networks for help in their home purchase these days, and it seems to be a trend that is spreading across the country. It is clear that technology and social networking can be a great way to stay tuned socially and in …

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Paint Colors Determine The Bottom Line-Choose Wisely

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We all think that painting is a personal choice and that the paint color is a personal preference and this is true if your not planning on selling your home any time soon. But if you are planning to sell in Oakland County Michigan, then it is better to re-think this approach. So if you’re thinking about putting your Oakland County Michigan house on the market, obviously you want to do everything you can to increase the value before you sell. And if you want to add to that value without breaking the bank? Try a little paint, but choose wisely …

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Professional Real Estate Agent Talk Over Thanksgiving Dinner-The No Nos

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It’s probably just making small talk, but there are certain questions people seem to always ask professional real estate agent at holiday gatherings, cocktail parties, weddings, and even funerals. So, with Thanksgiving just days away, here are a few of the questions that seem to be commonly asked… and why you shouldn’t ask them. #1 “You still doin’  professional real estate agent thing?” I know it doesn’t sound like a horrible question for any real estate agent. It probably isn’t a question people think twice about asking… just making conversation. But it’s essentially saying you never expected the person to make …

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Great Home Buying Experience-How to Have One

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One of the biggest hurdles in the home buying experience is the approval of mortgage. However, many buyers set their heart on a house that does not fall under their budget. Today, while the inventory is quite stable, multiple offers are on the rise. You have to compete with other buyers to come out at the top. From loan programs to repairs, home inspection and other costs, you need to plan for everything in advance so that no surprises face you in the future. It’s important for you to take notice of everything the seller says in the first meeting …

17 Household Products You Can Make Yourself Saving You Money

17 Household Products You Can Make Yourself Saving You Money

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Having a well kept home requires maintenance and the occasional decor upgrade. Between cleaning supplies, Mod-Podge, and the ever important dog shampoo, a wallet can be strained to keep a place in tip top shape. Here are some handy DIYs for making a number of important household products that will take the pressure off of your finances while helping the environment and impressing your friends. Household Product #1. Create your own eco-friendly dish washing detergent. Use 1 cup borax, 1 cup washing soda (or baking soda will work, as well), 1/2 cup citric acid, and 1/2 cup of kosher salt …

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Oakland County Michigan Home “SOLD”- What 9 They Learned

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Once you sold your Oakland County Michigan home recently there was quite a learning curve. This was your first home, which you’ve lived in for more than a decade, so you expected to invest a lot of time cleaning, organizing and making some minor repairs that you had been putting off. Here’s what you didn’t see coming as told by the couple who got their Oakland County Michigan home “Sold”. 1.White and bold wall colors are no-nos We worked with a stager — a person who specializes in making homes more sellable. Walking through our house with her was humbling …

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Apps That Commonly Get It Wrong Zillow, Trulia, Redfin

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Listing sites like Zillow, Trulia, Redfin are Apps That Commonly Get It Wrong but have become the go-to source for many buyers and sellers (particularly people attempting to buy or sell property on their own) to get information about the market, view properties, and connect with property owners. But while most people believe these listing sites are a reliable source of information, there’s actually quite a bit of misinformation that can throw a wrench in your home search or sale. Here are the three things real estate apps commonly get it wrong (and how you can avoid them while selling …