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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 …

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Mortgage Rates Increasing-Get Off The Fence!

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Mortgage Rates Increasing Can Effect What You Can Afford When you’re buying a home in Oakland County, Michigan, you might think the price you offer is ultimately the price you’ll pay, but if you’re buying a home with a mortgage, that’s not the case. With a mortgage, in addition to paying your principal (the amount of money the bank loans you to purchase your home), you’ll also pay the interest rate on that principal—which is why the mortgage rates increasing on a mortgage loan is so important to you as a home buyer or potential home buyers. Interest rates on mortgages …

Hosting Your First Open House In Farmington Hills-How to Impress

Hosting your first open house in Farmington Hills is all about impressing potential buyers. Here’s how you can nail it. The words “open house” gets buyers excited like you wouldn’t believe. It’s the perfect opportunity for them to not just see the house up close and personal but also find out what others think about the house. This is the time for them to scope out the competition and see if the house is worth the price or not. As the seller for your first open house in Farmington Hills, you need to make sure everything in the house is shape. …

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9 Scary Things Real Estate Agents Fear Hearing

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When you’re in the business of helping people buy and sell homes — arguably the largest investment of their lives — it goes without saying that there’s a lot at stake. While real estate agents are typically unflappable pros who, in many cases, have experienced just about every scenario you can imagine, there are still some things that strike fear into their hearts. In the spirit of Halloween, let’s take a look at some of the most terrifying statements clients make that leave agents trembling. 1. “We’re having second thoughts…” Of course, it’s not uncommon to have a home buyer …

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Face Palm Moments – The Friendly House Hunter Tips You Should Avoid

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Being a house hunter is a tricky business. You need to be very careful before taking any major step. One of the things that you should avoid at all time is taking advice from your family members. You will come across various opportunities during your search and those words of advice will keep you from acting on them. It’s ok to doubt yourself because as a first time homebuyer, you will make some mistakes while being a house hunter. You might pay a few extra dollars on the home inspection or forget to look over some of the contingencies but …

Home for Sale in Northville, Michigan-Home-Buying Fees Myths That Most People Fall For

Home-Buying Fees Myths That Most People Fall For

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Before you even think about buying a home for sale in Northville, Michigan, why not have a look at your financials. Most people believe that the mortgage loan they will apply for will cover all the costs but there are few fees that you will have to pay out of your own pocket. For this reason, you need to have enough savings, so that you can cover the service charges and the real estate agent’s fees. We like to call these extra costs as fee myths, which buyers think are not real. So, what is the first payment that you …

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Home Inspection – Preparing Yourself for the Surprises

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When you hire a home inspector for your home for sale in West Bloomfield, Michigan, you are often afraid of losing the house because this is the time when the house reveals its secrets. When the home inspection goes on for long, you become disappointed that you have to let go of your dream house. However, why retract the offer when you can come up with a counteroffer? Yes, there might be a few repairs but those can be easily dealt with if the seller agrees to offer you a few warranties or other incentives. Let’s have a look at …

5 Deadly Pitfalls

5 Deadly Pitfalls that Every Buyer Needs to Avoid

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Research, research and research… this is the only thing you need to focus on when you are thinking about buying a home for sale in Oakland County, Michigan. There are many pitfalls that buyers are not aware of. Not only do these pitfalls waste your time and energy you put into the process but also put you under mounds of debt. Of course, with a real estate agent by your side, you can go through this process a little stress-free but at the end, you need to understand the responsibilities of becoming a homeowner. Don’t get caught up in the moment …

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May 2018 Home Sales Hit Historic Record

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If your a Home Buyer and Home Seller you know the real estate market is HOT!, In fact May 2018 home sales hit an all time record in Oakland County and across the country. Most homes have had multiple offers and are flying off the market like nothing we have ever seen before, especially here in places like Farmington Hills, Novi and Northville. Low inventories have made it a challenge for many home buyers and on the other hand have made it a dream come true to home sellers which are happy to have their homes even selling for over …

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Home Prices Still A Concern For Home Buyers And Sellers

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Home prices in Oakland County are the top concern for both home buyers and sellers. After all, a lot of the calculus that goes into determining whether or not it’s a good time to sell or buy a house is based on where home values are and where they are expected to be in the future. For that reason, it’s good to follow the S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, as they are considered the leading measure of U.S. home prices. According to the latest data, prices have continued to rise at around the same pace they’ve been increasing, with both …