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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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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 …

For Sale By Owner Sellers- Some Points to Ponder

It’s illuminating to visit For Sale by Owner websites from time to time to see if there are any new insights to be gleaned. True, as a licensed Farmington Hills Realtor®, I’m not likely to learn much new when it comes to selling Farmington Hills homes—but that’s not the motivation. Call it ‘opposition research:’ the reason is to uncover any areas where the services I provide aren’t superior to what a do-it-yourselfer can come up with on their own. Here are some takeaways from the For Sale By Owner sites Google recently presented as the most frequently consulted sites. I’ve …

SOLD! Checklist For Selling Your Farmington Hills Home

As a Farmington Hills homeowner, the selling process can be an overwhelming experience – especially for first timers. Since they’ve never been through the experience of selling a home, many homeowners feel a bit lost as to what they need to do before they can pass their keys over to the next owners. But not to worry! Here’s a checklist for selling your Farmington hills home that covers all the essentials for homeowners getting ready to sell their first property: Sprucing Things Up Before homeowners list their home, they will want to handle any minor fixes that might keep them …

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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 …

Buying A Home In The Fall

Buying A Home In The Fall

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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

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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 …

Oakland County Rentals Could Be Homes

Oakland County Rentals Could Be Homes

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Oakland County Rentals Could Be Homes It’s been a long, long debate: Should you rent or buy in Oakland County, MI? That truly is up to the individual to decide, but understandably there are many who cannot get qualified or think they cant and are throwing away money and paying their landlords mortgage every month. I have many friends in Oakland County that spend an incredible amounts of money each month for renting their homes and apartments. For comparison reasons, the Muirwood Apartments boast a  700 Sq Ft Apartment for a whopping $1,035 a month! As a Realtor in Oakland County …