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Monthly Archives: May 2015

    Add a Pleasant Touch to Your Open House

    By Natasha | May 29, 2015

    A Feng Shui Open House When staging your home for an open house, consider connecting to the season, holiday or local events to give your home that memorable “I see myself living here” quality. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, consider adding a vase of roses to the dining room. Even a single red... Read More

    Home Price Reductions in St. Clair Shores

    By Natasha | May 20, 2015

    Home Price Reductions in St. Clair Shores As the weather warms up in Saint Clair Shores, potential home purchasers are deciding it’s time to buy. Take a look at the above chart and you will see that as median prices increase for single family homes, the number of price reductions decrease. This is because as... Read More

    Current Color Trends — Sophisticated Gray

    By Natasha | May 19, 2015

    Out with the old … beige, cafe au lait, pale mocha, bone … favorite neutrals for the past decade, start painting with more sophisticated gray-based neutrals. So you might ask, isn’t gray just black and white mixed? Well, yes and no. Know Your Undertones Paint makers offer more than 50 different shades of gray, so... Read More

    DIY: Touch-up your home’s exterior paint

    By Natasha | May 18, 2015

    If you’re thinking of selling your home, you may seriously want to consider touching up the exterior paint. With just a few day’s work your home could look as good as the day it was freshly painted. Here are some tips if you decide a DIY touch up is in your future: * Note: If... Read More

    Why More Americans Do Not Own Homes

    By Natasha | May 14, 2015

    Even while home prices are on the rise—fueled by the low supply, low mortgage rates and investor buying—the number of Americans that own homes, as a percentage of the population, is decreasing. The reasons vary, since many current renters are former homeowners that lost their homes during the financial crisis and others simply do not... Read More

    Prepare for Emergencies in Your Home – Part 2

    By Natasha | May 12, 2015

    In a new home or neighborhood, preparing for emergencies in advance might just save you or your family member’s life. In Part 2, we cover the basics for inside your house. Know your home: Learn how to turn off gas, electrical and water lines in the event a disaster damages power lines near your home.... Read More

    Prepare for Emergencies in Your Home – Part 1

    By Natasha | May 12, 2015

    When you move into your new home, you may not think to revise and update your emergency plan, but natural disasters strike without warning. Avoid being caught without a plan in place at your new address. Here are ten steps to take to make sure you are ready the day you move in and continue... Read More

    Is a condo the right choice for you?

    By Natasha | May 11, 2015

    As you search for a home, your home, what matters most? Do you like a wide expanse or prefer less of an area to clean? Is your budget wide open or better suited to a condo or town home?  Is the ability to control your decor options paramount on your “Home Needs” list? Every real estate... Read More

    Do You Want to Buy With Cash?

    By Natasha | May 8, 2015

    According to Market Watch, 43% of homebuyers in 2014 so far have purchased with all cash. While some analysts believe that the cash-buying frenzy will not last, there is always more room for negotiation when the buyer brings cash to the table. When it comes to buying a home in a hot real estate market,... Read More

    Closing Costs Explained.

    By Natasha | May 4, 2015

    Closing costs include all of the fees and costs associated with completing the sale or purchase of a home using a mortgage, that are in addition to the actual cost of the property itself. These costs are due at the “close” of the deal, with the disbursal of loan monies, transfer of deed and completion... Read More