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By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
(Re/Max Classic)
When you hear the term “squatters” you probably picture them in an abandoned, run down place with no heat, electricity, or furnishings, and most likely in a high crime or depressed area. As for the actual squatters, you probably envision homeless people or drug addicts who broke in through a backdoor or broken window, crashing on an old mattress and surrounded by trash. Those are certainly accurate assumptions in some cases, and most likely what you’d see depicted on TV or movies. But squatters — and the houses they choose to squat in — don’t always resemble that description. On the contrary, your house could become a squatter’s home without you (or your neighbors) even noticing it… until it’s too late. Squatters are Real For example, a recent realtor.com article gave an account of a G...
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By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
(Re/Max Classic)
Did you know that minimalist design can transform your home into a serene and clutter-free haven? With its focus on simplicity and sleek lines, minimalist style home decor is gaining popularity among homeowners looking for a peaceful and organized living space.However, achieving the perfect minimalist look can be tricky, as many people fall into common pitfalls that can disrupt the desired aesthetic. In this article, we will explore the mistakes to avoid when using minimalist style home decor, so you can create a beautiful and harmonious minimalist space that truly reflects your personal style.Key Takeaways: Select multifunctional furniture to save space and reduce clutter. Ensure proper lighting to add warmth and depth to your minimalist interior. Stick to a neutral color palette for a...
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By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
(Re/Max Classic)
When you’re looking at houses for sale, it’s nice to be able to take your time, look around, and speak freely with your agent about what you like and don’t like about the place. Which is why most listing agents will advise their sellers to get out of the house whenever there’s a showing scheduled.Unfortunately, some owners can’t resist the temptation to stay home and eavesdrop…Sure, they’ll promise to stay out of sight and out of mind, but they rarely accomplish either! So if you’re feeling like a homeowner is hovering around you (even from a room away) while you’re trying to size up their home, here are 7 creative ways to make it just as weird and uncomfortable for them, as they’re making it for you:1) Play Hide and Seek If they’re less-than-discreetly trying to move from room to room ...
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By Wendy & Greg Kime, Plymouth MI Real Estate Experts
(Kime Realty)
Prime Location! Rochester Hills with Rochester Schools. This exceptional opportunity presents a completely updated ranch-style home nestled on an enormous, peaceful 2-acre wooded property.867 Peach Tree Ranch Home For Sale 2 Acre LotTurn-key and immaculate. Recent home improvements include the installation of a new high-efficiency furnace and air conditioner, extending the forced air system to the former 3-season room, effectively expanding the home's square footage. In addition, enjoy brand-new carpeting/padding and freshly painted walls throughout.CLICK HERE TO VIEW PHOTOSThe remodeled gourmet kitchen boasts elegant cherry cabinets with crown molding, complemented by granite countertops, an island with a snack bar, a stylish tile backsplash, and stainless steel appliances. The bathroo...
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By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
(Re/Max Classic)
Did you know that many baby boomers are choosing not to downsize and are staying in their homes for 30 years or more? This surprising trend has significant implications for millennials and the housing market. As a millennial buyer, you may find yourself inheriting or purchasing a home that hasn’t seen renovations or major appliance replacements in decades.With the rising cost of homeownership and mortgage rates, the prospect of adding costly renovations to your budget can be daunting. In this article, we will explore the impact of baby boomers holding onto their homes, the coming downsizing boom, and the renting versus buying dilemma for baby boomers.It’s time to discover how this changing dynamic in the housing market could affect you and what steps you can take to navigate this situat...
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By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
(Re/Max Classic)
Obviously nobody wants to pay more for a house than they have to, but paying full price or even over the asking price doesn’t necessarily mean you paid too much.How much a home ultimately sells for is decided by the buyers in the market. Just because a seller lists their house for a certain amount, that doesn’t mean they’ll actually get it! In fact, plenty of sellers list their house for too high of a price and never end up selling their house for the amount they were asking, let alone over their asking price.On the other hand, when a house is priced appropriately within the market — regardless of whether it’s a sellers’ market or a buyers’ market — there’s a good chance they’ll not only get a full price offer, but they’ll get multiple offers from several buyers in the market, and end u...
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By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
(Re/Max Classic)
Did you know that the spring selling rush accounts for nearly 50% of all real estate transactions throughout the year? If you’re looking to sell your home, waiting until spring may seem like the logical choice. However, selling your home before the spring rush can offer significant advantages and help you maximize your profits. Timing is everything when it comes to selling a home, and understanding the dynamics of the real estate market can give you the edge you need. Key Takeaways: Listing your home early can lead to higher sale prices and less competition. Falling mortgage rates and low housing inventory create favorable market dynamics for early sellers. Understanding the seasonal cycles of the real estate market is crucial for optimizing your selling timeline. Pricing your home com...
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By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
(Re/Max Classic)
Should You Do Upgrades Before Sell?If you’re planning to sell your home, you may be wondering whether or not you should make upgrades before sell of your home. The answer is that it depends on your circumstances, the local real estate market, and the condition of your home. However, making upgrades before selling can significantly increase your home’s value and attract potential buyers more effectively.Key Takeaways For Upgrades Before You Sell Your House: Upgrades before selling can increase your home’s value and attract potential buyers. It’s important to make necessary improvements to increase the appeal of your home. Key upgrades include bathroom and kitchen remodels, enhancing curb appeal, and applying a fresh coat of paint. Repairing and maintaining your home can impact resale val...
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By Richard Stewart, REO Realtor-RDCpro, CDPE Free list of Foreclosures
(REO Specialists llc)
How to Deal with the Real Estate of a Loved One by Richard StewartThere are so many things you’re probably finding yourself having to deal with, beyond just the sadness of your loss. It’s hard to ever be entirely ready or prepared for everything that has to be thought about and addressed. One of the more obvious things people expect to have to handle is the “estate” of someone who has passed. However, it’s often more involved and complex than many people expect. “Estate” is a broad term that involves many different things. And one of the largest elements of one’s estate is typically the real estate they owned. I’ve created this booklet to touch upon a few of the more common, but unexpected, issues people find themselves dealing with when handling the real estate portion of the estate. T...
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By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
(Re/Max Classic)
Selling a luxury home in the Oakland County mi luxury homes market in Southeast Michigan requires a strategic approach to attract affluent buyers and maximize the property’s value. To successfully navigate this high-end market and achieve the best price for your property, it’s essential to understand the unique dynamics and preferences of luxury buyers in Oakland County.In this section, we will provide valuable insights and tips on how to effectively sell luxury properties in the Oakland County housing market. From understanding the luxury market to evaluating property values in affluent neighborhoods, we will equip you with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions and position your luxury home for a successful sale. Read on to uncover the secrets to selling high-end properties...
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By Wendy & Greg Kime, Plymouth MI Real Estate Experts
(Kime Realty)
Unbelievable opportunity in Northville's prestigious Steeplechase Subdivision! This executive Toll Brothers colonial offers an expansive 6600 sq ft of total living space, boasting 6 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, and an attached 4-car garage on a generous .57-acre lot.CLICK HERE TO VIEW PHOTO GALLERY & 3D TOURAs you enter, you'll be greeted by a dramatic 2-story foyer with gleaming hardwood floors. The family room, with its floor-to-ceiling gas log fireplace with a beautiful stone facade and woodland views, is simply breathtaking. The gourmet island kitchen features exquisitely glazed maple cabinets, quartzite (not quartz) countertops, and stainless steel appliances.A conveniently located mudroom ensures organization for coats and footwear with its custom built-in system. Upstairs, an enormous ow...
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By Wendy & Greg Kime, Plymouth MI Real Estate Experts
(Kime Realty)
Wow! Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Discover Livonia's finest residence! Seize this rare chance to own an immaculate, perfectly cared for cape cod style home, nestled within the top-notch Livonia school district, complete with a soothing inground pool oasis.CLICK HERE TO VIEW 3D VIRTUAL TOUREnter the home through a premium leaded glass front door with sidelights into the 2-story foyer with ¾” hardwood floors. The hardwood flooring extends into the adjacent library/study, which also features a dramatic cathedral ceiling.14803 Lyons St Home For Sale Inground Pool OasisThe great room is centered perfectly in the floor plan and boasts a breathtaking soaring ceiling, hardwood flooring, a cozy gas log fireplace, and views of the backyard and inground pool.The kitchen has been completely reno...
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By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
(Re/Max Classic)
When it comes to home improvement projects, many homeowners in Oakland County Michigan choose to take a do-it-yourself approach to save money. However, without the proper skills and experience, this could lead to costly mistakes  for a home owner that are more expensive to fix in the long run, learn how to Avoid DIY Mistakes in Oakland County Homes. It’s essential to avoid DIY mistakes in Oakland County homes by seeking professional help or following best practices. In this article, we’ll discuss the common DIY mistakes made by homeowners in the area, the importance of hiring reputable professionals for home projects, and provide expert tips on effectively managing your project. Key Takeaways: DIY mistakes in Oakland County homes can be costly to fix in the long run. Hiring a professio...
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By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
(Re/Max Classic)
Federal Reserve Predicted to Cut Rates Next Year 6 TimesAs we approach 2024, there's renewed speculation that the Federal Reserve will implement six rate cuts in the coming year. This prediction is based on a range of economic indicators and signals from Fed officials, which suggest that a shift in monetary policy may be on the horizon.For many, this has spurred questions about how these cuts might impact mortgage rates, the housing market, and borrowing costs. In this article, I'll explore these topics in detail and offer guidance for navigating the rate environment in 2024 and how this affects home buying.Key Takeaways: Experts predict that the Federal Reserve will implement six rate cuts in 2024. These cuts could impact mortgage rates, home prices, and borrowing costs for many indivi...
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By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
(Re/Max Classic)
Introduction The year 2024 is just around the corner, and with it comes a heightened focus on creating healthier living environments. Healthy Home Upgrades are more than just a trend; they are becoming essential for those looking to improve their overall health and well-being. This guide delves into a variety of upgrades that can transform any home into a sanctuary of health, comfort, and sustainability. Best Healthy Home Upgrades for 2024 Understanding the importance and impact of Healthy Home Upgrades is key to enhancing your home for the better. From air quality improvements to smart technology, each upgrade we’ll discuss is designed to create a healthier, more sustainable living space. Indoor Air Quality Upgrades Advanced Air Purification Systems The quality of the air inside our h...
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By Wendy & Greg Kime, Plymouth MI Real Estate Experts
(Kime Realty)
Discover the perfect blend of tranquility and elegance with this ranch-style end unit, nestled in a premium courtyard cul-de-sac location in Greenfield Villas of Livonia. Boasting minimal traffic, this home impresses with its striking curb appeal and an open, thoughtfully designed floor plan. Step inside to find an immaculate interior with brand new carpeting, adding to its spacious and welcoming ambiance.Highly sought-after Greenfield Villas is a serene and welcoming condo community, known for its quality construction and large, open common areas. Greenfield Villas offers paved roads, maintenance-free living, and proximity to restaurants, shopping, and health care.  The heart of the home is the expansive 24’ x 16’ great room, featuring a cozy gas log fireplace and plentiful natural lig...
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By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
(Re/Max Classic)
Are you thinking about Holiday Home Selling in Oakland County? It’s a fantastic choice, and here’s why. I’m Tom Gilliam, a seasoned real estate professional with RE/MAX Classic, and I’ve guided many homeowners through successful holiday sales. The holidays are often seen as a time for family and celebration, not for real estate. But this common belief hides an unexpected truth: it can be the ideal period to sell your home. Fewer listings mean less competition, and the festive atmosphere creates an emotional appeal that resonates with buyers. Moreover, people looking to buy during the holidays are often serious about making a decision. They might be relocating for a new job in the new year or looking to make a fresh start. This urgency can work in your favor. Over the years, I’ve develop...
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By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
(Re/Max Classic)
The real estate market, in Oakland County provides a range of options to suit types of home buyers. Whether you’re a first time homeowner or looking for luxury properties there’s something for everyone. It’s important to understand the needs and preferences of each group when considering a home purchase in this area.Areas such, as Farmington Hills, Novi, Northville, West Bloomfield, Wixom, Commerce and Royal Oak each have their charm and appeal. They offer a variety of lifestyles ranging from communities to tranquil and upscale neighborhoods. Whether you’re in search of a starter home, a property with plenty of room to grow or an elegant residence that exudes luxury my goal is to connect you with the place to call home.If you’re considering selling your property in Oakland County this i...
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By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
(Re/Max Classic)
Welcome to the dynamic world of house hacking in Oakland County, Michigan!  Being a seasoned realtor with extensive experience in areas like Farmington Hills, Novi, Northville, and others. This comprehensive guide dives deep into the profitable strategy of house hacking, a method revolutionizing the real estate landscape. Discover more about Oakland County on the official county website.Understanding House HackingHome hacking is an innovative real estate strategy involving purchasing a property, residing in one unit, and renting out the others. This method can drastically reduce your living expenses and build substantial equity. It’s essential to grasp the legal framework in Michigan, so check out the state’s real estate laws and regulations.Why Home Hacking in Oakland County?Oakland Co...
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By David Elya, ABR, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR - Associate Broker
(BROOKVIEW REALTY)
Good news for sellers! The median sales price of homes in Macomb County Michigan increased 2.7% to $266,322 from October 2022 totals.Data per Realcomp II Ltd., Michigan's largest REALTOR®-owned Multiple Listing Service (MLS). If you would like more detailed information about the current market value of your property, in Metro Detroit Michigan, feel free to call or contact David Elya with 32+ years of full time experience.Thanks!David Elya ABR, CRS, GRI, e-PRO, SFRAssociate BrokerTWO DOORS REALTYBROOKVIEW TEAM248-652-7000 Office586-286-3283 Direct Line Like us on Facebook
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