Your Bigger Picture, and ‘Life Changes’

What does that tag line ‘Your Bigger Picture’ on our business card mean exactly? It includes taking a larger perspective on your home sale, first home purchase, vacation home or relocation, and your investment rentals & flips. You see, there is indeed a ‘bigger picture’. After this many years in the business I’ve accumulated many … More Your Bigger Picture, and ‘Life Changes’

Assisting with the sale of an Elderly / Retired Person’s home.

When is it time to sell? For everyone its different. Frequently we begin to consider relocating when: We become ’empty nesters’ We retire A major change in health of one or more homeowners Loss of spouse New opportunities Really, there is the possibility for great strife in moving, even for young and strong. So much … More Assisting with the sale of an Elderly / Retired Person’s home.

Real estate bubbles, strategies, and the current market

Are we in a bubble market ? Just read from one of my favorite bloggers who boasts: “15 flips currently in progress. 126 flips completed. 15 rentals properties. Follow me to see how I make money in any market cycle.” So here’s the excerpt & my ‘reply’: “…Low-money-down loans have been available for decades, and … More Real estate bubbles, strategies, and the current market

Married folks note: ‘The Demise of Dower – State Bar of Michigan’

Every year I give feedback to people AFTER there has been a life changing event in their family. I strongly recommend that everyone who buys/ sells/ marries/ has children, etc, seek a consultation asap with (at a minimum): Legal counselor Insurance agent Real estate/ tax consultant Estate planner ‘Dower rights’ have changed in MI. A … More Married folks note: ‘The Demise of Dower – State Bar of Michigan’

Great Car Enthusiast Garages – ‘with attached house’ !

Are you one of Michigan’s thousands of ‘car persons’ ? I’ve brokered for 3 decades and owned many classics myself. If you’re a local, you seen my office just down the street from Boomers Shark Club, home of the famous huge weekly car cruise-ins, or the Dream Cruise in Flint, or the Fenton Dream Cruise … More Great Car Enthusiast Garages – ‘with attached house’ !

Let Me Share A Secret. (aka: Realty Relocations & Referrals)

Let Me Share A Secret. Just read a post about ‘The secret life of Realtor Referrals’. It was something like: ‘oh let me “help” you…you’ll get nothing and I get $$!’ kind of an article. Phooey to that noise. It didn’t, so we shall, discuss ‘the better way‘. Here’s MY Secret: When using the referral … More Let Me Share A Secret. (aka: Realty Relocations & Referrals)

Fireplace Makeover With Details and Before and After Pictures

What these folks did with a large brick fireplace to make it look more modern is quite exceptional considering neither had carpentry experience (so they say). “Do you have a fireplace that is an outdated eyesore?  Here is how we updated ours without removing a single brick. More http://thepeartreecottage.blogspot.com/2011/04/fireplace-remodel-before-and-after-with.html

What is a Good Real Estate Market to Invest in ?

Finally, an article above Readers Digest but below Wall Street Journal – like as much as I do both periodicals. But as I’ve often said, ‘don’t get your financial advise from Woman’s Day and don’t get your cooking ideas from Forbes’. The approach to real estate investing is not about jumping in or jumping out. … More What is a Good Real Estate Market to Invest in ?

(Real Estate Investing) Wisdom in the counsel of many…

You already know from Solomon that there’s “Wisdom in the counsel of many…”, so don’t just take my word for it. Yes, even read the articles about why many think property is a terrible investment, but make sure you read the feedback postings at the bottom of those posts. So on to that excerpted wisdom: … More (Real Estate Investing) Wisdom in the counsel of many…

Going to work on houses ? Work on relationship first.

Many times I’ve actually discourage married couples from building new, buying a fixer upper, or ‘taking a shot’ and investing. Why? Because financial stress can devastate a home and I’ll not take a commission at the expense of a marriage. Yes, I’ve even studied family counseling for years because of the stress that comes with … More Going to work on houses ? Work on relationship first.