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Monthly Archives: January 2017

    Michigan First Home Down Payment Assistance

    By Natasha | January 31, 2017

    The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) offers Down Payment Assistance (DPA) to help homebuyers purchase a home. It is a second mortgage that must be used in conjunction with MSHDA’s MI First Home or MSHDA’s MI Next Home first mortgage. Designed for low- to moderate-income homebuyers, depending on the home location and family size,... Read More

    Planning appropriately for renovations

    By Natasha | January 30, 2017

    You walk into a home that potentially has the perfect layout, although the kitchen is dated, the floors need upgrading, the bathrooms are awkward … but the price is right and you’ve always wanted to customize a home … so you buy it with renovation in mind. How hard could it be? After all, those... Read More

    Open house pitfalls, tips, and etiquette for buyers

    By Natasha | January 27, 2017

    How To Start So, you’re thinking of buying a home … where do you begin? Potential buyers new to the real estate market may not know exactly what they want in a home, or where they want to live. The dream homes in magazines are a great way to get ideas, and looking at pictures... Read More

    Is it time to stop renting?

    By Natasha | January 26, 2017

    Is it time to stop renting? We will help you decide! Calculating the cost There are different costs and benefits associated with owning versus renting, so a simple comparison of monthly payments might lead you to believe one is better over the other. To calculate the real differences, and therefore the real cost or benefit,... Read More

    Loving your home doesn’t have to be expensive

    By Natasha | January 25, 2017

    “What can I do to get my home ready?” This question is often posed when someone is ready to sell a home, but it doesn’t have to be. Making your home repairs and upgrades as needed can actually lead to a happier home owning lifestyle and will also mean that you are ready to go,... Read More

    What it takes to get your home sold

    By Natasha | January 24, 2017

    Trying to sell your home but not getting the foot traffic and interest you expected? Chances are your home is not priced correctly or not available at the right hours. Pricing to sell is a very individual process and may not always be about current market rates and comparable properties. However some simple principles listed... Read More

    Tips for handicap accessible living

    By Natasha | January 23, 2017

    Accessibility Extended families living in one home are more the norm these days. When looking for a home to share with your older parents, consider that while they may be completely mobile now, in the future they may need assistance to maintain balance, negotiate stairs, utilize a wheelchair or walker, or enter or exit the... Read More

    How to make your living room flow

    By Natasha | January 20, 2017

    One of the first decisions you make in your new house is where to place your furniture. In the living areas, furniture placement can make or break your home’s “flow” or ease of movement. A sofa placed just two feet one way or the other, a side table too far out of reach or a... Read More

    FHA loans vs. Conventional loans

    By Natasha | January 19, 2017

    FHA Loans Are a Great Low Down Payment Option These government-backed home loans have become insanely popular. The main selling point of an FHA loan is the 3.5% minimum down payment requirement. However, in order to qualify for the flagship low down payment option, you need a minimum credit score of 580. And 580 is just... Read More

    Considering a new roof for your home?

    By Natasha | January 18, 2017

    Choosing a new roof for your home can seem like a daunting task, but the process can proceed quicker than you might expect. Keeping a few key points in mind can really aid in your decision! First, realize that not every material will work for every roof. A flat roof would require a different material... Read More