I’ll match your charitable contribution w/up to 10% of our commission. Simply choose your charity when initiating services. Currently Supported: Brightmoor Christian Missions Wells For The World * Youth Haven Ranch Flint’s Eastside Mission Flint’s Eastside Church of The Nazarene Flint City Church Grace Centers of Hope Beauty for Ashes Samaritan’s Purse Life Challenge Salvation … More CHARITY GIFTS & MATCHING
Selling a house ? Its about 1 buyer, not ‘hits’, not ‘showings’. Meet & Discuss Here’s some of the worst mistakes sellers make. Pricing too high: The big reason I use an in-depth approach model to a pricing range is because I feel is THE Most important aspect of the selling experience. Buyers have had … More Selling a house: Sellers do you hurt the process?
A significant part of any move, relocation, addition of 2nd home, or estate plan involves taxes; income taxes & property taxes for starters. Hence, below is a primer how to not accidentally double your property tax bill, or conversely, overpay if not need be. Definitions: Principle residence: Plan to return after ‘short absences’. Assessor will … More Michigan Principal Residence Exemption
Isn’t everything done best via the MLS? Lets look. Meet & Discuss Further <|> Share Your Buy Wish List Loves `em: Often seller(s) who want a highly controlled, minimally invasive, & best outcome approach to the selling process… a “rifle style”. The agent/broker who wants to take the time, target the marketing, minimize interference without … More ‘Pocket Listings’ Who loves `em/ who hates `em & why?
Selling a house ? Its about 1 buyer, not ‘# of hits’, not ‘# of showings’. Meet & Discuss Further 35 yrs as a Realtor/ Broker, always as an independent, not a franchise. Why? Those ‘online dating’ sites make you wonder what you are getting. Wow, lots of lookers! Are they potential/ qualified buyers or … More Selling a house? vs. Online dating.
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Per Inman News article Zillow, and other third-party real estate search sites like Trulia, have made a big push to get data feeds directly from brokers and MLSs because, without a direct feed, the portals face accuracy and timeliness issues with the listing data they get from a variety of sources. A recent study by … More Zillow, Trulia are not Realtors
Good article on selling the `ol family home. Other houses are selling, yours isn’t – but why ? At this point I’ll switch to a quote from the MI Assoc of Realtors magazine article: “….“See, it’s like this,” he says. “The house looks as if the Brady Bunch still lives here.” What he means is, … More Selling: Does the Brady Bunch still live there ?
You’ve heard about “disclosure”… well, I believe that a Guest at an Open House needs to disclose if: They are only being nosy – looking for decorating ideas They’re hungry and looking for a cookie They need to use the bathroom They’re casing the joint for goodies They have ever been, or intend to be, … More Why I’m against Open House Marketing:
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Homeowners who are selling their homes, but moved into another home elsewhere in the State, get to have two principal resident exemptions. …the St of MI Act provides that an owner may retain an exemption for up to 3 tax years on property previously exempt as principal residence if that property: • is not occupied; … More Two Simultaneous Principal Residence Exemptions
Four piles ! – that’s the bottom line. Toss it. Donate it. Sell it. Keep, organize and store it. If a seller wants to get the same prince the neighbors got for their property, then I have expectations for them too ! Read the entire list with a caveat, e.g., I’d put kitchen bath rehab … More DIY’s for profit ( but not necessarily fun )
I have my own pre-listing checklist I provide as part of your marketing package to use before putting you’re home live on the MLS or a sign in the yard. But here is a good related article from the “again, curb appeal brings intrigue, but people like clean homes, especially in eating and grooming areas”. … More Big Turnoffs When Touring a Home
I tend to look at properties from a “multi-use” perspective. I might say to a prospective buyer client “will you ever work from home ?…have customers stop by ?…. want rent out part for future/retirement income stream ?… have retired parent(s) live with you ?… have a business & residence at the same location ? … More Adaptive reuse / flexible use
Oh yeah ? Not so fast. I hear it over and over – “lets bandwagon, let the bank have it, let it go, walk away”…after all, Mr Fix It is in the white house and America cares for the little guy, not those ding nab fat rich bankers ! Try on a dose of reality: … More “I’ll just Short Sell it 😉 “
Today I learned something no so surprising. CEO of ForSalebyOwner.com, Colby Sambrotto sold his home using a Realtor! said the article title. He’d used his FSBO site for 6 months, then listed the property and sold it in weeks, …. for thousands more than he’d been asking no less. Why is this NOT surprising to … More For Sale By Owner com Founder used an agent
In case you wondered. I’m thinking I’ve counted well over 100 on most. more ps: 33 Steps REALTORs® do to complete a Purchase .
SEV DROP: Crazy but true. We’ve been filing for refunds when sellers have a: Lower SEV when they sold than when they bought Sell for less than or equal to: Actual Cash Value ( ACV is SEV X 2 in most locations – sell for more and no refund available) Home has always been homestead/main … More I smell REFUND ! ( for SEV drop or multiple residences )
Many more U.S. homeowners face the prospect of losing their homes this year as banks pick up the pace of foreclosures. “We are right back where we were two years ago. I would put money on 2012 being a bigger year for foreclosures than 2010,” said Mark Seifert, executive director of Empowering & Strengthening Ohio’s … More Americans brace for next foreclosure wave
When discussing list price adjustments I often get this question. My admirably successful broker-father oft said “when you overprice a property you take it off the market”. I give more value to the saying now that I’ve logged near 3 decades of experience and consider his economics Masters and PhD work. If I drive by … More If my home is overpriced, why did I get so many showings ?