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Timing Your Farmington Hills Home Sale

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Hardly anyone decides to put their own Farmington Hills house up for sale without wondering whether there wouldn’t be a better time to do so. There are a couple of different ways to look at the timing your Farmington Hills home sale—but only one of them is controversial. Timing your Farmington Hills home sale is very important in this tight market when inventory is low and prices are soaring, the process should begin as soon as your ready. Timing Your Farmington Hills Home Sale Can Be Controversial Controversial: timing by the calendar. A good number of real estate commentators think …

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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 …

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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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 …

Farmington Hills Pet-Friendly Homes Advantage

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“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 …

Farmington Hills Mortgage Rates: Perception and Reality

Mortgage Rates: Perception vs Reality

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Farmington Hills mortgage rates have been so low for such a long time that it would be surprising if area buyers didn’t begin to take them for granted. It’s only human nature. Addressing would-be home buyers who, though qualified, remain on the sidelines, government-sponsored Freddie Mac headlined the question, “If Housing Is So Affordable, Why Doesn’t It Feel That Way?” The article appeared in Freddie Mac’s Insight publication which noted that right now housing isn’t just affordable—it’s “near record” affordable! HUD’s Housing Affordability Index has been rising for over 35 years, interrupted only briefly by the housing crisis of the …

For Farmington Hills Renters: The 5-Year Tesla Plan

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, …

Half a Dozen Vacation Safety Tips for Farmington Hills Homeowners

Half a Dozen Vacation Safety Tips for Farmington Hills Homeowners

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Your Next Vacation Safety Time An overstuffed curbside mailbox, blazing porch light at noon, or a pile of newspapers out there by your front door all indicate a couple of things Farmington Hills homeowners would do well to avoid to have a vacation safety time. For burglars and housebreakers of all stripes, these are like lighted billboards announcing: This Farmington Hills homeowner is off somewhere enjoying a nice summer vacation; and This afternoon and/or evening, there’s nobody home! Every Farmington Hills homeowner deserves an extended break now and then—and the July/August weather makes now the ideal time for many—but it’s …

Farmington Hills Homes with "Empty Nest Syndrome"

Farmington Hills Homes with “Empty Nest Syndrome”

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“We’re not getting any younger honey!” Have you heard this one before? You may be getting to that age now where the kids are either close to finishing college, finding full time jobs and picking up a sweet rental, or finally tying the knot. There may still be one 20 something year old lingering around for longer than expected, and you haven’t fully achieved “empty nest” syndrome yet, but the time is coming soon.       So what do you intend on doing with all this new found time, space and energy? Chances are you don’t plan on just …