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Monthly Archives: March 2017

    What does low inventory mean for home sellers?

    By Natasha | March 31, 2017

    If you’re thinking of buying or selling a home, you’ve probably heard all sorts of terminology thrown around, and some of it might seem a little confusing. Perhaps you’ve heard that it’s a “buyer’s market” or a “seller’s market.” But what do these terms actually mean and how can they influence your home sale? Low... Read More

    Considering living small?

    By Natasha | March 30, 2017

    No matter what our background, we all have an ideal dream home size in mind. When it comes down to the actual living in it, however, can smaller be better? If your dream is for an urban dwelling with access to cultural events, public trans, or a great walk score you might have to look... Read More

    10 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Look Bigger

    By Natasha | March 29, 2017

    1. Consider shallow cabinets. Here’s some outside-the-box thinking: Not all of your lower cabinets must be the standard 24-inch depth. Most cabinet lines (even stock cabinets from big box stores) also come in a 12- or 15-inch depth usually used for upper cabinets. Using slimmer lower cabinets for one area has its advantages. It opens... Read More

    Get the Most ROI When Adding a Sunroom

    By Natasha | March 28, 2017

    The one thing I love most about my home is the sun porch. When I did the first walk through, all of the updated features and flooring certainly made an impact, but that sunroom put it over the top for me. I imagined me sitting in our sunroom relaxing and gazing over my lush garden... Read More

    Where’s the inventory? Macomb & Oakland County experience a drop in inventory

    By Natasha | March 15, 2017

    2017 has started the way 2016 ended: inventory low and prices going higher. January residential home/condo on market inventory continued to drop. Macomb County’s on market inventory fell by more than 53 percent again, and Oakland County’s on market inventory fell by almost 41 percent. Median sales prices continued their upward climb. In Macomb County,... Read More

    Spring renovations on the to-do list? Be sure to plan appropriately!

    By Natasha | March 13, 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

    15 tips to keep comfortable during a power outage

    By Natasha | March 9, 2017

    After heavy winds yesterday, more than 620,000 people are currently without power, according to DTE Energy and Consumers Energy. Both the Macomb County Administration Building in Mount Clemens and the 38th District Court in Eastpointe are closed due to power outages. Warren District Court, 55th District Court in Mason, Grosse Pointe Woods City Offices and... Read More

    Want to sell for full price? Read these tips.

    By Natasha | March 8, 2017

    Often, homeowners try to “test the market” with a higher than fair-market price when first listing their home. That can be a poor marketing strategy. When your agent tries to talk you out of it: Listen! Setting “too high a price” will be too high a price for you to pay in the end. Results... Read More

    How is low inventory affecting the housing market?

    By Natasha | March 2, 2017

    Low inventory has been cited by many analysts as a concern for the housing market in 2016 as the market continues to heal from the foreclosure crisis which began nearly eight years ago. What effect will that lack of inventory have on housing? While the inventory has been declining, demand for housing has not; the... Read More