Homes for sale in West Bloomfield – real estate update

Whether you are buying or selling a home in West Bloomfield it really pays to know what is happening right now.  It will help you make a smart decision on your next real estate move.  That is what I want for my clients.   I want you to keep the most money possible in your pocket.  This first table is the average sales price in the West Bloomfield zip code.

The next chart is how many month supply we have in homes in West Bloomfield Twp.  It is still as sellers market, but some of these homes have been on the market to long.  If you only had a 1 or 2 month supply it would be a really strong sellers market but it is not!  Here are some West Bloomfield top home selling tips.


Here is the average price per square foot of the West Bloomfield homes that sold over the last 3 years.  This is for all price ranges.  If you have specific price range that you are in email me at yesmyrealtor@gmail.com and I will send you the stats for your price range and the comps for your home.  As you can see last year we did have a dip in the sales prices.  Over all it has been steadily rising but right now we are flat lining.  So you don’t want to be crazy when pricing your home.

Right now the average days on the market for the current West Bloomfield homes is 39 days which isn’t bad.  What that means is “IF” you price your home right it should sell under 39 days.  If your home is one the market much longer than that then you are either over priced or the home needs to be in better condition.

 

As you can see from the next graph on the number of sales is that they have been steadily going down over the years.  This will continue to help make it a sellers market.  The lower the inventory the higher the demand from buyers.

Currently there are 207 West Bloomfield homes for sale.  Here are the 3 highest price homes for sale in Bloomfield Township.

 

3222 MIDDLEBELT Road, West Bloomfield Twp 48323 Price: $3,499,000
MLS#: 218091392 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $30,586
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 09/18/18 Winter Tx: $28,887
School Dist: Bloomfield Hills Beds:
6 Baths: 7.4
Assoc Fee: $150/ANN
SubDiv: SUPRVR’S PLAT OF SCARBOROUGH BEACH Sqft Abv: 7,472 Yr Built: 1999
MLS Area: 02181 – West Bloomfield Twp Grg Size: 4 Car Basement: Yes
Architecture: 1 1/2 Story Water: Municipal Water
Style:  Other Heating: Forced Air, Radiant, Wall/Floor Furnace, Zoned
Acreage: 1.89 Sewer: Sewer-Sanitary
Water Fac: Lake Front
Lot Dimen: 197.48X478.03
Office: Max Broock, REALTORS®-Birmingham
Spectacular gated estate on the westerly sandy shores of all sports Pine Lake. This almost 2 acre sanctuary sits on a double lot with a circular drive leading to a stunning entrance with marble flooring and sweeping staircase with dazzling details. Designed for regal entertaining with two-story ceilings complete the elegant design. Formal living room, dining room and kitchen open to family room showcasing views of the waterfront and gardens. Judges style library and entry level master suite with dressing room, private entrance to exercise room and views of water complete the first floor. Bedrooms suites and sitting area on the upper level. Finished walkout lower level boasts wine cellar, full kitchen, sunken bar, guest suites, exercise studio and access to terraces and 3 stall boathouse for storage and dock. Quality and integrity throughout! 24 hour notice required
   
 

2898 WALNUT LAKE Road, West Bloomfield Twp 48323 Price: $3,650,000
MLS#: 218083577 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $19,197
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 09/19/18 Winter Tx: $15,010
School Dist: Birmingham Beds:
4 Baths: 5.1
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: Sqft Abv: 3,855 Yr Built: 1999
MLS Area: 02181 – West Bloomfield Twp Grg Size: 3 Car Basement: No
Architecture: 2 Story Water: Municipal Water
Style:  Ranch Heating: Forced Air, Zoned
Acreage: 1.03 Sewer: Sewer-Sanitary
Water Fac: Lake Front
Lot Dimen: IRREGULAR
Office: KW Domain
Experience the grandeur and elegance of this one of a kind Mediterranean villa located on prestigious All-Sports Walnut Lake. This estate quality home boasts nearly 7,700 square feet with a rare combination of incredible panoramic lake views and privacy. The attention to detail in every inch is meticulous featuring marble floors, custom cherry bar and built-ins, hand painted plaster molding, intricate woodwork, & curved wood staircase to name just a few. Gourmet chef style kitchen with expansive island, custom cabinetry, & state of the art appliances opens to breakfast room and large family room with spectacular waterfront views. Walk out lower level of your dreams boasts recreation area, full size fitness center. True outdoor retreat oasis features large covered terrace, pool, and sprawling lawn providing the perfect venue for indoor & outdoor entertaining. Incredible opportunity to own this exclusive private lakefront estate in the heart of it all w/ award winning Birmingham schools
   
 

3721 NORTHWOOD, West Bloomfield Twp 48324 Price: $3,670,000
MLS#: 218119577 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $6,323
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 12/21/18 Winter Tx: $2,139
School Dist: West Bloomfield Beds:
4 Baths: 4.2
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: UPPER STRAITS BEACH Sqft Abv: 6,000 Yr Built: 2019
MLS Area: 02181 – West Bloomfield Twp Grg Size: 3 Car Basement: Yes
Architecture: 2 Story Water: Well-Existing
Style:  Colonial Heating: Forced Air
Acreage: 3.89 Sewer: Septic-Existing, Sewer at Street
Water Fac: Lake/River Priv
Lot Dimen: 200X847.38
Office: DOBI, REALTORS®
**EXCLUSIVE DesRosiers Architects** This luxury modern mason is “To Be Custom Built” to the highest quality detail and standards that suits your most elegant tastes.Lake access to ALL SPORTS UPPER STRAITS LAKE In one of the most luxurious neighborhoods in West Bloomfield, this elegant custom estate will meet the highest expectations. Currently in the planning stage, call to schedule a visit to see the attention to detail to building a modern mansion -put in each step of the way. Chef’s kitchen includes all High end appliances,custom cabinets, large island, granite and pantry. This home will have an open two-story foyer, vaulted ceilings, large mudroom, custom stained hardwood floor, and your choice of second floor or First Floor Master Suite. Envision the home of your dreams that reflects your demand for detail and excellence in this one-of-a-kind, beyond upscale, subdivision of Upper Straits Beach. Home offers both beach and boat launch access.

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I am a full time real estate agent with 19 years of experience helping my clients buy and sell real estate.  I am in the top 1% of the nations realtors.  My knowledge and experience can make your next real estate move less stressful and easier.  So give me a call today to get started.

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Homes for sale Commerce MI – Real estate update 2/2019

Whether you are buying or selling a home in Commerce Township you should know what the real estate market is like.  This will help you set your price if you are selling, and know what your competition is.  If you know what is going on then it will help you be realistic in your expectations of sales time and sales price.

This first table is the average sales price in the 48382 zip code.

The next chart is how many month supply we have in homes.  It is still as sellers market, but some of these homes have been on the market to long.  If you only had a 1 or 2 month supply it would be a really strong sellers market but it is not!  Here are some Michigan home selling tips.

It is a great community to live in

Here is the average price per square foot of the homes that sold.  This is for all price ranges.  If you have specific price range that you are in email me at yesmyrealtor@gmail.com and I will send you the stats for your price range and the comps for your home.  As you can see last year we did have a dip in the sales prices.  Over all it has been steadily rising but right now we are flat lining.  So you don’t want to be crazy when pricing your home.


Right now the average Days on the market is 36 days which isn’t bad.  What that means is “IF” you price your home right it should sell under 36 days.  If your home is one the market much longer than that then you are either over priced or the home needs to be in better condition.

 

As you can see from the next graph on the number of sales is that they have been steadily going down over the years.  This will continue to help make it a sellers market.  The lower the inventory the higher the demand from buyers.

 

Here are the three highest price homes currently for sale in Commerce Township.  Whether you are looking too sell a home in Commerce or any home in Southeastern Michigan feel free to call or text me anytime.  I get results for my clients.

 

4803 WALDON WOODS Drive, Commerce Twp 48382 Price: $325,000
MLS#: 219003795 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $2,379
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 01/14/19 Winter Tx: $1,053
School Dist: Huron Valley Beds:
4 Baths: 2.1
Assoc Fee: $240/ANN
SubDiv: THE PRESERVE OCCPN 898 Sqft Abv: 2,304 Yr Built: 1996
MLS Area: 02171 – Commerce Twp Grg Size: 2 Car Basement: Yes
Architecture: 2 Story Water: Municipal Water
Style:  Colonial Heating: Forced Air
Acreage: 0.49 Sewer: Sewer-Sanitary
Lot Dimen: 105X202X105X202
Office: Luke Investments R E
GREAT HOME LOCATED ON A DOUBLE WOODEN LOT! SITTING ON THE BIG BACK DECK YOU CAN ENJOY A PRIVATE BEAUTIFUL WOODED VIEW WHILE RELAXING IN YOUR JACUZZI! LOADED WITH AMENITIES WHICH INCLUDE MASTER BATH WITH JACUZZI TUB, FIREPLACE IN THE MASTER BEDROOM AS WELL AS THE FAMILY ROOM, AND INCREDIBLE LIGHT FIXTURES IN EVERY ROOM.
   
 

8474 ARLIS Street, Commerce Twp 48382 Price: $329,900
MLS#: 219003560 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $1,830
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 01/12/19 Winter Tx: $527
School Dist: Walled Lake Beds:
4 Baths: 2.1
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: LAKESIDE SUB Sqft Abv: 2,200 Yr Built: 2018
MLS Area: 02171 – Commerce Twp Grg Size: 2 Car Basement: No
Architecture: 2 Story Water: Well-Existing
Style:  Colonial Heating: Forced Air
Acreage: 0.5 Sewer: Sewer at Street
Water Fac: Lake/River Priv
Lot Dimen: 60.00X266.00
Office: National Realty Centers-Northville
Finish building your dream house , brand new construction , with lake access to lower straits lake, builder welcomes the buyer to customize the finishing touches , pick out your own granite ,carpet ,paint ,cabinets ,color scheme,in order to complete this home. Enjoy gorgeous sunsets off the master bedrooms deck over looking the lake ,with beautiful scenic views , large 2.5 car garage for additional storage ,on close to 1/2 acre lot perfect for entertaining, this home will not last long , if your truly looking for place to call home and customize look no further , backing up to Edge-wood Country Club Please be aware home is not finished, enter with caution home to be completed end of MARCH
   
 

1691 TRACE HOLLOW Drive, Commerce Twp 48382 Price: $334,900
MLS#: 219000158 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $2,879
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 01/02/19 Winter Tx: $1,301
School Dist: Walled Lake Beds:
4 Baths: 2.2
Assoc Fee: $300/ANN
SubDiv: TIMBER TRACE ESTATES CONDO OCCPN 2027 Sqft Abv: 2,042 Yr Built: 2013
MLS Area: 02171 – Commerce Twp Grg Size: 2 Car Basement: Yes
Architecture: 2 Story Water: Well-Existing
Style:  Colonial Heating: Forced Air
Acreage: 0 Sewer: Sewer-Sanitary
Lot Dimen: 83 x 168 x 83 x 128
Office: KW Showcase Realty
ACT NOW-THIS HOUSE IS PRICED FOR IMMEDIATE SALE! Gorgeous, 2013 built customized colonial. Features include: Stunning 2 story foyer w/ exquisite chandelier. Bright & cheerful formal living rm vaulted ceilings, French doors leading to intimate study/formal dining room. Immaculate white eat in kitchen w/ gourmet appliances, granite counter tops & island, open to family room w/ a lovely gas fireplace & a doorwall leading to fabulous custom composite deck – perfect for entertaining large crowd. 4 bedrooms total. Beautiful master suite w/ oversized tub, sep. shower, dual sinks, & private commode. Plenty of space & large windows in each of the additional bedrooms. Impressive finished day light lower level w/ sensational 29 X 14 rec room & yet another beautiful 1/2 bath. You’ll never miss a beat w/ the interior & exterior sound system. Located on a wonderful lot which abuts the development’s nature preserve. + Award Winning Walled Lake Schools!!

Whether you are buying or selling in Commerce Township email me, call me, or text me at yesmyrealtor@gmail.com or at (248) 310-6239

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Do you have a relocation to Michigan specifically the metro Detroit area.  You may be pleased to know that we have several lake areas in the metro Detroit area.  They are a little farther out with a longer commute but you may want to know about the best All- Sports Lakes in White Lake Township.  If you don’t know what an all sports lake is….it is a lake that you can have any type of boat on. (including speed boats and jet skis).  An all sports lake you can ski, wakeboard, or surf if you want.  One of the many nice lakes in the area is Pine Lake in W Bloomfield.

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What is the size of Cass Lake in West Bloomfield?

Let’s pack up the boat and get out on the lake!

Knowing which Oakland County lakes are the biggest is one of the major concerns to many lake home buyers.  It because some people do not a small lake because they get bored on a small lake.  They do not want to be able to see the whole lake in 20 minutes.  Other people are big water skiers, or wake boarders.  They like towing people behind their boat.  They want room and space between them and other boats.  They may want to rip around on their speed boat or jet ski.  The bigger the better for some lake home buyers.  This article is to explain how Cass Lake compares to other inland lakes in Michigan and to other local Lakes.

How big is Cass Lake in Keego Harbor?”  Cass Lake is Oakland County’s largest lake at 1280 acres.  It does connect to one other lake that adds a few acres to your fun.  Here is a short video on the lake that tell you a little bit about the lake, the homes,  and gives you a lot of visual information too.    Every once in a while I will hear somebody say it is too busy of a lake, but I don’t believe it is any busier per acre than any other public lake on holidays or weekends during the summer.  All the local big all sports lakes in Metro Detroit are busy on the weekend and on the holidays.  It is a common theme.

Sail, jet ski, or paddle board are all great options today!

Even though Cass Lake is one of metro Detroit’s largest lakes it is small compared to the bigger inland lakes up north.  Cass Lake does not even fall into the top 20 of the largest lakes in Michigan.  What makes Cass Lake great for many metro Detroit lake home buyers is that it is not too far from Orchard Lake Rd, or from Telegraph Rd.  Both of those main thorough fares makes it much easier to get back and forth to work.  Commute time to and from work eliminates some lakes in Oakland County.  If you do not know many of the roads in the lakes area are just two lane roads that wind around the lakes.  It makes the commute tough sometimes when your are further north or west of Telegraph or I-96.

 

 

Just when you thought Cass Lake was big enough you get a little bonus too.  Did you know that Dow Lake in Orchard Lake is a little lake that connects to Cass Lake?  Dow Lake is a no wake lake that only has a few homes on it.  Some of them are big luxury custom built estate style homes .  So you can live on a quiet little lake with a nice lake view yet have the access to a huge all sports lake.

Information about Cass Lake in Orchard Lake Mi

  • Cass Lake size                                 1280 acres
  • All sports lake                                      Yes
  • Wake restrictions                                Yes in some areas
  • Deepest spot                                         123 ft deep
  • Average Depth                                     26 feet
  • Let’s go pickup some friends

    Approx size                                          .3 mile wide X 1 mile long

  • Public access                                       Yes through Dodge Park
  • No# of parking spots                         over 80 at public access
  • Public Beach                                        unknown ( if you know email me)
  • Marina on lake                                    Yes
  • Shoreline                                              Approx. 25 miles
  • Named                                                  After early Michigan Governor Lewis Cass
  • Water Source                                      Orchard Lake drains into Cass Lake
  • Cities the lake lies in                          Waterford, West Bloomfield, Keego Harbor, Orchard Lake
  • School district for the lake                Waterford, West Bloomfield
  • Streets around the lake are               paved , private
  • City water                                             well, community, municipal
  • City sewer                                             sewer sanitary, sewer at street
  • Canals on Lake                                    yes
  • Lots over an acre on lake                  yes
  • Water-ski course                                n/a
  • Condominiums                                  yes

Cass Lake Waterford MI

When looking for a lake condo Oakland County Cass Lake has two condo complexes that I know of.  Port Cove Condos and The Reserves.  Port Cove condominiums are across the street from the lake and some of them do not face the lake.  Cass Lake waterfront condos range from 700 square feet to just a little over 2000 square foot.  So if you do not want the trouble of doing yard work or maintaining the outside of your home then a waterfront condo may be the way to go.  More time on the lake and less time working!

Let’s go fishing on the public pier on Cass Lake in Marshbank Park

There is a State Park on the lake that has a big parking lot for boats and trailers.  The public can put their boat in the lake anytime they want.  There are also canals and canal front homes that add to the number of boats on the lake.   I myself would buy on the lake because I really believe that it is no busier than other lakes. If you did not know there are a couple of shallow areas that people congregate at.  There is a sandbar on the Keego Harbor side of the lake.

Feel free to call or text me if you are looking to buy or sell a lake home on Cass Lake or anywhere in SE text or call me on my cell at (248)310-6239.

If you didn’t know I have been in the top 1% of the nations realtors, a Zillow premier agent, and have over 75 Five Star reviews.  Plus I am a full time realtor that will not push you off on some buyers agent or assistant.  Feel free to  email me too.  Yesmyrealtor@gmail.com

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Lake homes for sale near West Bloomfield

Are you thinking of Moving to Southeastern Michigan?  South east Michigan is a great place to live.  There is so much to do.  We have music venues, theatres, sports stadiums, universities, and lots of recreation areas.  We have all the conveniences you need right here in Metro Detroit.  Check out the best All- Sports Lakes in White Lake Township.  They will include Pontiac Lake, Oxbow Lake, and White Lake.  All three of them are very nice lakes.  All of them are big enough to do any water sports activities that you want to do.  If you do not want to move that far west then maybe a Pine Lake home in West Bloomfield would be a better choice for you.  Feel free to reach out and call me with any questions.

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Should you buy a Michigan home with a high radon reading?

Will it still be a sellers market this spring

I thought I would address whether you should you buy a Michigan home with a high radon reading?  That is a question that I hear quite often from my buyers here in SE Michigan.  Radon is sometimes quite common.  1 in 8 homes nationwide have radon.  What is different about radon gas is that sometimes one area has it and other areas are radon free.  Even from one house to another in a subdivision it may change.  So it always pays to have your home checked.  So here is information about radon and it’s effects.

Did you know that January is Radon Action month?.  If you have a basement in the Metro Detroit home you are buying and you should be concerned about exposure to cancer causing gas.    It does not matter whether it is a home for sale in Royal Oak or a lake home in Waterford  I would recommend to do a radon test when you buy a home.  Quite a few homes do not even have basements as they were built on slabs or crawl spaces.  That is one part that I do not know about.  I don’t know if you should get a radon test for a house without a basement?  It is a question you should ask your home inspector when scheduling a home inspection.

The knowledge of radon and the link to cancer has become more publicly know in the last few years.  For years nobody understood the dangers of radon.  I myself believe part of the rise in the number of cancer patients is due to radon.  We didn’t know anything about it in the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s, 1980’s.  Here in Michigan we started building basements as usable space for kids to play and to have family gatherings without realizing the dangers of radon.  So some people were exposed to radon gas and never knew it.  Simple because of the trend of building usable basement space.

I recently had a client that moved from Chicago.  They lived in a million dollar home.  The wife told me that the new home owners did a radon test and it was very high.  My client felt really bad because their kids played in the basement their whole life and were exposed to the radon gas.  That is why it is so important to have it checked.  The welfare of you and your family may be at stake.

Protect your family from radon gas

Did you know that one in eight homes in the US have radon gas in them?  Could your home have it?  The only way to know is to have it tested.  Of course there is a greater chance that you do not, but is it worth the chance?  There are home test kits sold on line or at stores like Lowes, Menards, and Home Depot.  I would spend the money to have it checked out.

Here is a quick question and answer section about radon.

Just what exactly is Radon?
Radon is an odorless and colorless gas produced by decaying uranium in soil, rock and groundwater. Radon causes thousands of preventable lung cancer deaths each year and the U.S. Surgeon General and leading health organizations recommend that all homes be tested.

Get your home checked for radon gas

How would radon gas get into a home?

Radon gets into the indoor air through various means, including cracks in the foundation, basement floors or concrete slabs and openings around floor drains and sump pumps. Sump pumps are one of the major ways it enters Michigan lake homes.  Radon levels can change considerably from home to home in the same neighborhood and can even vary over time.
How can I tell if my Michigan Lake home has radon?
A simple and inexpensive radon test can be performed by a home inspector to determine if you have an elevated radon level in your home and if a relatively simple mitigation procedure is in order.
What can I do if I have radon in my lake house?
If high levels of radon are confirmed, they should be reduced. Often this can be done with simple, inexpensive techniques, like sealing cracks and venting. In some cases, mitigation may be more extensive. You should contact a qualified radon mitigation company to find the best solution for your situation

Here is a picture of a radon mitigation system

If you are buying a home in Michigan it is wise to have it tested.  Then at least the seller will pay for the mitigation system.  Radon Mitigation systems are relatively cheap to put in.  They range from $800 to $1500 to install.  It is well worth the price to protect your family from radon gas.  I hope this explains radon gas and why you should test and take care of it.  It is really a pipe with a fan on it to pull the gas out of your home.

Bottom line is would I or should you buy a home that has radon gas in it?  Yes it is safe to buy a home with a high radon gas reading if the seller or you put in a radon mitigation system.  The mitigation system will reduce the levels of radon gas to a safe level.  If you have questions about buying a home here in metro Detroit give me a call or text at (248) 310-6239.  I can help point out some of the issues you may run into when buying a home and advise you whether you should pass on the house.  My goal is to help you find you a good home not a money pit.

 

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Radon is in lake home too.  So whether you are buying a Bogie Lake waterfront property in White Lake Michigan or any home in Oakland County you want to have it inspected and tested for Radon.   Buying a home can be confusing, but I believe a knowledgeable buyer is better prepared to make smart decisions because they know what to do.  Here are some more Home Buyer tips – West Bloomfield houses for sale.  If you have never been to Michigan but just found out you have a job transfer to SE Michigan you may want to learn about the best cities and where to move to.  Here is some information on relocating to Michigan – Moving to Livonia

If you are not buying but selling your Metro Detroit home things may have changes since you last sold.  Here are some ways to negotiate when the buyer finds things wrong with your home.  Negotiating the home inspection – Home selling tips

I have lots of home buyer and home seller tips on this website.  So feel free to click on the links on the side page to learn more about real estate, home buying or home selling.

 

 

 

 

 

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Goals of a home buyer – Metro Detroit real estate talk

Whether you are buying a home for the first time or are an experienced home buyer.   I thought I would share some of the goals you should have when buying a home.

Would you like a kitchen like this?

1.)   Buy a home that fits the goals and needs of you and your family.   This seems straight forward, but over the years I have seen people buy homes that make no sense.  Sometimes home buyers look for a long time and get tired of the process.  They get so tired of looking for that perfect house in their mind that they just buy anything at the end.  Sometime totally different that what they were looking for over the last few months.  Just because they got tired and just bought.

Write down your must have in a home.  The write down what you would like to have.  Sure you wants and must haves might change over the time you start and when you finish but that is normal.  Sometimes it is finding out what you want is not in your price range.  Budget is many times a big priority.  One piece of advice is you want to listen to your real estate agent.  We have been in the trenches a long time.  If you hire an experienced, successful real estate agent we will have worked with hundreds of buyers and will understand our local markets.  Sometimes we get clients that know it all.  They will not listen to us.  Sure we help them find a home, but sometimes they make a major mistake in their choice.

As a realtor we are not going to get in a fight with you if you think you know more than us.  Many years ago I had a client that knew so much more than me.  They would ask questions and then do something different. Well they had a budget of $500,000 for a lake home.  Well they flipped and bought a lake lot at $289,000.   My client knew more than me and felt he could build the house cheap.  Well they ended up spending over $700,000 on a 1900 square foot home.  So now they are upside down in their lake home on a mediocre lake.  So it pays to listen to your realtor it will pay off.

2.)  The goal of buying a home is too be debt free when you retire.  Sure some financial planners that make money off you investing with them will say I am wrong with this.  However having your home paid off when you retire and have less income will make your golden years a little easier.  You will not have a mortgage payment and will have more money to enjoy life.

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3.)  The third goal of buying a home is to make money when you sell the home in the future.  It is all about buying a home that will be worth more later on.  So what are some of the reason why a home is worth less or more?  What negatively affects a home price and makes a home sell for less.

a.)  Odd layout.  Most homes have a conventional layout.  When it is an odd layout, or a layout that people get confused in….it hurts the sale price and takes longer to sell.  When you have to go around in a circle to get to all the rooms is a confusing layout to people.  Most people like a center hallway, not one that circles around the house.

b.)  External influences.  What I mean by that is buying a home that is by a busy road, or a high tension electrical tower, or by a commercial business.  All of these items discount the price of the house.  You may buy a house for less, but you are going to sell it for less later on.  One of the biggest mistakes of new construction buyers is buying a new house with those issues.   Their home is not going to be worth as much when they go to sell it.

c.)  Schools.  A poor or below average school system is not the best place to buy a home.  Home buyers like to buy homes in good school district.  Usually you can say better school districts will have higher demand for the homes.  So do not buy a home in a declining school district or declining city.

These are the goals you should have when buying a home.  If you are looking for a real estate agent that will watch out for your needs and wants give me a call or text.  My cell is (248) 310-6239  I will work hard for you and your family.

 

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The Largest All Sports Lake in Commerce Township

So what is the biggest all sports lake in Commerce Michigan?  It all depends on who you believe on the size of Commerce Lake.  I have found two different sizes of the lake.  One source says 236 acres and another source puts North Commerce Lake at 173 acres and South Commerce Lake at 119 acres.  If you add up 173 acres and 119 acres you get the total for Commerce Lake 292 acres.  So it depends on who you believe.  So it makes a difference when deciding which is Commerce Twp’s largest lake.  So instead of worry about which one is I decided I would give you information on both of them.

Would you like a view like this from your next home?

Let’s go skiing

Lake Sherwood   The lake is about 258 acres in size including the canals.  It’s not a very deep lake, it is only about 20 foot deep in the deepest spot.  There are two islands on the lake that are about 2 acres total in size.  One is on the north end of the lake by the boat launch and the other is on the southwest corner of the lake down by Sleeth Road.

Here is some information on the shoreline

  •  Main Lake: 2.4 miles – 147.3 acres
  • Canals: North Side across Commerce Road – 18.1 acres
  •               South Side of Commerce Road (East of Main Lake)- 94.6 acres
  • The total shoreline for the lake including the canals is 9.2 miles

Many lake home owners just love Lake Sherwood in Commerce because not only is it close to the expressways via Duck Lake Road and Wixom Road.  It is what I call a subdivision lake.  Lake Sherwood is a man made lake and a planned community.  Basically it is a subdivision with a lake in the middle of it.  The majority of the homes were built in the same time.  Most of the homes are brick homes with attached garages.  Yes, some are colonials, some are ranches, and some are split level homes.  But there are no really odd homes in the subdivision.  Like an old lake cottage would stand out.

 

Another great view of the lake

One Swan a swimming on Commerce Lake in Oakland County

One of the lake residents enjoying the lake!

Commerce Lake   Commerce Lake is located just north of Oakley Park Road and east of Benstein Road.  Many people call it Commerce Lake but it is actually two lakes.  One is North Commerce Lake and the other is South Commerce Lake.  Depending on who you talk to the lake is either 235 acres or 293 acres.  It is a good size private all sports lake.  Only the lake residents can put a boat on the lake and there is no DNR Launch.  Commerce Lake is desirable to many Oakland County Lake home owners because it is relatively close to the highways.  If you don’t know about the lakes area in Oakland County rush hour can be trying.  Many of the roads around the lakes are only two lane and curve around the lakes.  So at 5 o’clock it can be very busy.  It can add an half an hour to your commute if you pick a lake in mid to north Oakland County.

The homes are either custom built luxury homes or waterfront homes and cottages on Commerce Lake.  Many of them have been remodeled over the years, or are being remodeled.  You will still find small cottages on the lake, but you will also find bigger homes on the lake.  There are some homes on the lake that are valued at over a million dollars.  So when searching for a lake home you will find all types of lake homes in Commerce.

 

Russ Ravary Your Lakes area realtor.

 

There are so many reasons lake home buyers want big lakes in Oakland County. Here are a few of them the reasons I have heard.

  1. My family wants to be on a big lake because my husband gets bored on little lakes.  We want to go around the lake on our pontoon and not be home in 10 minutes.
  2. The guy in the family wants to by a speed boat and go fast.
  3. We are  water sports enthusiast that love water skiing and wake boarding
  4. We want to take our grand kids tubing

These past home buyers wanted to be on a bigger all sports lake in Commerce Township that is closer to the expressways or M-5.  That way they are spending more time with family than spending it on the road.

There are some very nice all sports lake in the township.  Below I have listed the 5 biggest all sports lakes in Commerce Township so you can understand more about them.  The lakes range in size from 455 acres down to    Two of them are only partially in the township.  Actually the 2 lakes (Union Lake and Middle Straits Lake) are barely in Commerce.  The lakes just have a small corner in the township.  If I had to pick out one lake as the most prestigious or most desirable I would say it is Union Lake.  There are many elegant luxury homes on the lake and even the small cottages are getting a very high price per square foot.

 

 

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January 2019 real estate update

Are you thinking of moving in 2019 this article may help you.  Whether you are selling or buying in Oakland County you may want to know what is happening.  The metro Detroit real estate market has changed.  Every since September real estate agents have notice that the market has slowed down.  The average metro Detroit consumer many of them would say that is normal for this time of year.  They know that our real estate market picks up each spring and slows down in the winter.  Some people just do not like to go out in the cold.  It is true that our market does slow down in the fall and winter in SE Michigan.  But it is slower than normal this winter.  The metro Detroit real estate market has shifted.  It is changing….. the question how much is it changing.

Will it still be a sellers market this spring?

Even good SE Michigan realtors are feeling it this year.  It is making them nervous.  Many of them are slower than ever before.  Is it slower than ever before?  Is it slower than 2008?  That I don’t know.  I just know it is slower.  Here are some of the statistics of how many homes are on the market.  You can  see that over the last few years the number of homes in Oakland County have gone down.  So if you look at the 2nd column (that’s the number of homes for sale in Oakland County) you will notice that we have over 2000 less homes on the market.  That is a 33% drop from just a couple of years ago.    The first column is all the homes in our metro Detroit MLS.  In three years you will notice that there are 14000 less homes on the market. The overall drop for the whole MLS is even bigger.  There is a 38% drop in the number of homes for sale.  It does not matter if it is lake houses in West Bloomfield or Wayne County homes for sale.   I believe this is helping new home builders.  But I have even heard that they are slowing down too.  So what will our Michigan real estate market be like this spring?  What will the Metro Detroit real estate market be like?  Will buyers still be scrambling to find a home?

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This is squeezing buyers.  There are just so few homes to chose from.  What is causing this change?  One of the factors is that home owners are staying in their homes longer.  Back in 2005 to 2007 they said the average home owner moved every 7 years.  Now I am betting the average is 20 years.  Less homes turning over.

Now if you look at the chart below for Oakland County homes you will see that the average days on the market has dropped too.  So the homes on the market are selling.

 

I was out with two young home buyers this weekend and they were repeating what their parents were saying.  The parents were saying that the real estate market was slowing down and that the home prices were going to fall.  I don’t believe that will be the case.  In order for that to happen we need more inventory.  I don’t see many people moving.  I just don’t see the numbers changing.  What will have to happen is that we have more homes on the market than buyers.

Metro Detroit home inventory has to go up.  Or the economy has to take such a drastic change that it scares the buyers out of the market. More home owners have to become sellers.  So what will cause that?  I myself don’t know.  I do not have that crystal ball.  Even the number of months supply is down.  All of this shows Oakland County is still a buyers market.  So if you are a buyer you will still have to get out there and see the home as soon as it hits the market.  You will need to make decisions quickly and put your best offer in the first time.

Metro Detroit home sellers still can price their homes near the top of the market.  The key is not to over price your home.  You don’t want to be sitting on the market because then home buyers will low ball you.  It is smarter to price it right from the beginning and get it sold.  I hope this January 2019 real estate update helps you.  Click here to search lake homes for sale or click here for all SE Michigan homes for sale.

 

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6 biggest all sports lakes in West Bloomfield Michigan

Aerial view of Union Lake in West Bloomfield Michigan

Here is a list of large all sports lakes in West Bloomfield.  If you don’t know what an all sports lake in W Bloomfield is here is an explanation.  On an all sports lake you can have any type of boat, or personal watercraft.   You can have a speed boat, a jet ski, a fishing boat.  Any boat with a motor of any size.  You can have basically have anything on the lake so long as you stay within the laws on the lake.  You can also pull water skiers, wakeboarders, surfers, or tubers.  Living on an all sports lake allows many options for a lake home owner.

My goal as your real estate agent is helping you find which lake is the best lake in Oakland County for you and your family.  You may want to know how clean the lake is?  How busy is the lake?   How deep is the lake?  Is it a party lake?  So many times Oakland County lake home buyers get bad information or information from friends that is skewed toward that one person’s opinion.  It really pays to hear from a real estate agent that knows all the lakes.  That understands the pros and cons of each lake.  Having a lake real estate agent that will give you the information to make a smart decision.  That’s what my job is.

So here are some of my questions to you.  Do you get bored on a small lake?  Many people would love to live on a chain of lakes, but there is not a chain of lakes in West Bloomfield.  So your alternative is to look for some of the best lakes in West Bloomfield Michigan.  That way you have the room to zoom around in a power boat, or have room to sail.  Maybe for you it is all about being able to water ski, surf, or wake board without being on top of other boats.  Or maybe you want a longer pontoon ride…..you don’t want to be around the lake in fifteen minutes.   These may be all big concerns for you when buying a lake house in West Bloomfield.

Aerial view of Middle Straits Lake

I put these all sports lakes in order of size for your ease.  My goal here today is to give you a list of the best of  the large all sports lakes in West Bloomfield in Oakland County Michigan.  They are all beautiful lakes and have various sizes of waterfront homes.  You will see all ages, styles, elevations, and types of exteriors on the homes.  Below I have listed basic information about the 8 largest lakes in West Bloomfield.  Many home buyers love West Bloomfield homes because the township is centrally located, has good schools, shopping, low crime, and prestige.  If you have questions and looking for your dream lake home give me a call at (248) 310-6239.

1.) Cass Lake homes for sale in West Bloomfield

Cass Lake in Oakland County’s largest lake  at 1280 acres.  There is a state park on the lake.  You will find many luxury estate homes on the lake.  The lake lies in Waterford, Keego Harbor, and West Bloomfield.

Aerial view of Cass Lake in Oakland County MI

      • Cass Lake size                       1280 acres
      • All sports lake                        Yes
      • Wake restrictions                   Yes in some areas 
      • Deepest spot                          123 ft deep
      • Average Depth                       26 feet
      • Approx size                           .3 mile wide X 1 mile long
      • Public access                         Yes through Dodge Park
      • No# of parking spots              over 80 at public access
      • Public Beach                          unknown ( if you know email me
      • Marina on lake                       Ye
      • Shoreline                                Approx. 25 miles
      • Named                                   After early Michigan Governor Lewis Cass
      • Water Source                         Orchard Lake drains into Cass Lake
      • Cities the lake lies in                          Waterford, West Bloomfield, Keego Harbor, Orchard Lake
      • School district for the lake                  Waterford, West Bloomfield
      • Streets around the lake are                  paved , private
      • City water                                            well, community, municipal
      • City sewer                                           sewer sanitary, sewer at street
      • Canals on Lake                                    yes
      • Lots over an acre on lake                     yes
      • Water-ski course                                   n/a
      • Condominiums                                     yes

Cass Lake in West Bloomfield

2.) Lake homes Union Lake

Union Lake Road lies to the east of Union Lake Road and about 4 miles north of M-5 express way.  Union Lake is a public all sports lake.  It has a sand bar where many people gather to talk and hang out.  There is also a restaurant on the lake called Matter of Taste.

What a view of Union Lake in West Bloomfield MI

  • All sports lake                      Yes
  • Private                                 No
  • Size                                      465 acres
  • Maximum Depth                   110 feet
  • Public Access                       Yes Off Union Lake Road
  • Public Beach                        No
  • Wake restrictions                 Unknown
  • Water Source                      Unknown
  • Cities the lake lies in                        Commerce, West Blommfield
  • School district for the lake               Walled lake , waterford
  • Streets around the lake are               Paved
  • City water                                         Municipal, well
  • City sewer                                         Sewer sanitary
  • Canals on Lake                                  no
  • Lots over an acre on lake                   no
  • Water-ski course                                 n/a
  • Condominiums                                   no
Union Lake West Bloomfield

Ice Fishing on Union Lake West Bloomfield Michigan

3.) Homes for sale on Pine Lake West Bloomfield

Pine Lake homes are not too far from Orchard Lake Rd.  Orchard Lake Road runs along one side of the lake.  You will find condos, and a good selection of luxury lake estate homes on this lake.

Pine Lake Oakland County Michigan

Pine Lake properties West Bloomfield

  • All sports lake                      Yes
  • Private                                  Yes
  • Size                                      395 acres
  • Maximum Depth                  90 feet
  • Public Access                       No
  • Public Beach                        No
  • Wake restrictions                 Unknown
  • Water Source                      Unknown
  • Cities the lake lies in                        West Bloomfield
  • School district for the lake               Bloomfield Hills
  • Streets around the lake are                Paved, 
  • City water                                          Well, municipal
  • City sewer                                         Septic, sewer sanitary
  • Canals on Lake                                  yes
  • Lots over an acre on lake                   yes
  • Water-ski course                                 n/a
  • Condominiums                                   yes

Another great view from a home on Pine Lake

4.) Upper Straits Lake Homes W Bloomfield

Upper Straits Lake is long lake that lies in both Orchard Lake and West Bloomfield.  You will find if you are shopping for lake homes that the prices per square foot will be higher than some of the surrounding lakes because of the prestige of the lake & the communities it lies in, good schools,  closeness to Telegraph & Orchard Lake Road, and because it is a private lake.

Homes for sale on Upper Straits Lake in West Bloomfield MI

  • All sports lake           Yes
  • Private Lake              Yes
  • Size                           323 Acres
  • Max Depth                96 ft
  • Public Access            No
  • Public beach              No
  • Wake restrictions      The speed limit is 55 mph though they prefer 40 mph.
  • Lake Association       Yes (see below) 
  • Water source             Spring fed and water runoff  
  • Cities the lake lies in                        West Bloomfield, Orchard Lake, 
  • School district for the lake               West Bloomfield, Walled Lake
  • Streets around the lake are               Gravel, paved
  • City water                                         municipal,  well
  • City sewer                                         Sewer sanitary, septic
  • Canals on Lake                                  yes
  • Lots over an acre on lake                   yes
  • Water-ski course                                 n/a
  • Condominiums                                 no
Upper Straits Lake West Bloomfield Michigan

Houses on Upper Straits Lake West Bloomfield Michigan

5.) Homes on Walnut Lake in Oakland County 

Walnut Lake is one of West Bloomfield more exclusive lakes.  You will probably find more luxury lake estates on this lake, Cass Lake, and Upper Straits lake than any other lake in the township.  Some of this custom built luxury homes sit on larger parcels.  Some up to 2 or 3 acres.

Walnut Lake homes West Bloomfield MI

  • All sports lake                      Yes
  • Private                                 Yes
  • Size                                      232 acres
  • Maximum Depth                  101 ft 
  • Public Access                       No
  • Public Beach                        Association beachs
  • Wake restrictions                 Unknown but there are some 
  • Water Source                      Unknown
  • High-speed boating and water skiing hours.
  • Cities the lake lies in                        West Bloomfield
  • School district for the lake               Birmingham Bloomfield hills
  • Streets around the lake are               Paved
  • City water                                         Municipal 
  • City sewer                                         Sewer sanitary
  • Canals on Lake                                  yes
  • Lots over an acre on lake                   yes
  • Water-ski course                                 n/a
  • Condominiums                                   no

Everybody is enjoying the lake today

6.) Middle Straits Lake homes West Bloomfield

Why Middle Straits Lake?  Because it is not as expensive as some of the other West Bloomfield lakes yet it is still relatively close to freeways because it is not too far from M-5.  Upper Straits Lake and Union Lake homes usually have higher price per square foot than homes here.

Sunrise on Middle Straits Lake West Bloomfield MI

    • All sports lake                      Yes
    • Semi – Private                      Yes
    • Size                                    172 acres
    • Maximum Depth                   51 feet
    • Public Access                       Yes
    • Public Beach                        No
    • Wake restrictions                 Unknown
    • Lake Restrictions                  Unknown
    • Water Source                      Upper Straits Lake             

            

    Let’s go boating on Middle Straits Lake in West Bloomfield

    • Cities the lake lies in                       Commerce, West Bloomfield
    • School district for the lake               Walled lake
    • Streets around the lake are              Paved
    • City water                                       Well, municipal
    • City sewer                                       Sewer sanitary, septic
    • Canals on Lake                                yes
    • Lots over an acre on lake                 no
    • Water-ski course                             n/a
    • Condominiums                                no

This should give you a basic understanding of the eight big lakes in W Bloomfield.  There are many more lakes in West Bloomfield.  A large number of them are really just ponds.  If you just like the view of water and like the calming effect of water then you have a lot of options.  There are condos, cottages, and luxury estate homes to chose from.  I hope you enjoyed this article about the biggest and best lakes in W Bloomfield.  Sometimes buying a lake home in West Bloomfield can be very confusing.  Using a good lake real estate agent can take the stress and confusion about which lakes are the best.  So give me a call at 248-310-6239 or email me at yesmyrealtor@gmail.com    I will make your next move easier!  Russ Ravary your lakes area realtor  For more info on all the lakes in West Bloomfield visit any of my lake websites.

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If you have a job transfer and are Relocating to Michigan  you can visit my relocation site or click on one of the communities on the side to learn more about the area.   Maybe you would like a lake home in Oakland County?  Long Lake homes in Commerce could be an option for you.  Or maybe Williams Lake homes in Waterford MI may be good for you.    If you are not a boater or fishermen then the extra cost of a lake home may not be worth it.  You may not want the long drive if you work in Dearborn, downtown Detroit, or in Ann Arbor.  A home in Greenwood Oaks Sub in Novi MI may be a better option and less expensive for you.

Do you know What does owner occupant buyers mean – Northville homes for sale   My goal as your real estate agent is to help you find the best deal possible when buying a home or to help you sell your home at the highest price possible.  Bottom line is whether you are buying or selling I want you to keep as much money as possible in your pocket.  If you need a good realtor give me a call at (248) 310-6239

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lake homes on all sports Upper Straits Lakes in West Bloomfield MI

Knowing what type of lakefront home and lake you are looking for is important when looking for your dream lake home.  That is why as a lake realtor I ask so many questions when I meet lake home buyers.  If I understand what you want to do on the lake, how much entertaining you are going to do, whether you have kids or grandkids is all important in determining which lake is right for you and your family.  I once had a client that had a 34′ boat.  I had to explain that there really was no lake in Oakland County that a 34′ boat be right on.  The lakes in OC are just too small.

If a more prestigious lake in West Bloomfield with bigger homes is what you are looking for then maybe this could be one of the lakes you should be looking at in W Bloomfield.  You may want a lake that there are going to be more luxury estate homes than old shoddy cottages.  A lake that you are going to find that the norm is nicer, well kept, updated homes rather than beat up junky homes.  Then Upper Straits Lake in W Bloomfield may be for you.  You are going to find luxurious custom built homes all over the lake.  There are a few CEO’s of companies, and a rock musician that live on the lake.  It is a great lake where the home owners take care of their properties.

Upper Straits Lake

Upper Straits Lake aerial view

One of the many beautiful estate style luxury lake homes – not for sale

It is still a lake with mixed bag home styles….. where there is no uniformity to homes.  You may have a 1500 square foot brick ranch home next to a 3000 square foot colonial.  There will be all types and styles of homes next to you.  It’s not going to be like a subdivision in Northville or Rochester.  Oakland County Lakes are not like subdivisions.  They are a mixed bag of homes. Different home styles, ages, sizes, exteriors side by side. Each home has it’s own character.

Another beautiful view of the lake

Private or public?  All sports lake or quiet electric motor lake?  Big or small?  Upper Straits Lake in Oakland County is a private all sports lake.  It is about 323 acres in size which is a decent sized lake for SE Michigan.  It is a glacial formed lake with the deepest spot of 98 feet.  Some of the lake lies in West Bloomfield, and some in Orchard Lake Village.  Most of the roads around the lake are paved though some are gravel.   The children on the school go to either Walled Lake schools, or West Bloomfield schools.  A large portion of Upper Straits Lake lies in Orchard Lake Village.  So the lake lies in both communities.

Let’s go boating

The lake lies in both Orchard Lake Village and in West Bloomfield Township.  It is about 1.7 miles in length, and the perimeter is 6.24 miles.  It is the headwaters for the Huron River System.  It is spring fed and fed from run off.  Private associations control 4 boat ramps.  There is one slalom ski course.  There is no central lake associations.  There are several large subdivisions with associations that cover their little area of the lake.  It is one of the big all sports lakes in West Bloomfield.  It is also one of the large private lakes in West Bloomfield.  That is why so many people love Upper Straits Lake.

Ready to catch a big bass

Another aerial view of the lake

There are going to be some wild variances in the characteristics of the lake homes because there are some very, very large custom built luxury estate homes on the lake.  Here are some of the characteristics of the homes on Upper Straits Lake in West Bloomfield

  • some are on wells and some are on municipal water (depends on where you live on the lake)
  • some homes are on septic and others are on sewers
  • number of bedrooms range from 1 to 6
  • 1-9 bathrooms
  • 0-5 car garages
  • built from 1920 to 2018
  • 850 square feet to over 9000+ square feet

Would you like this view this year

You will find homes that sit on small 40′ wide lots on the lake to homes that sit on several acres on the lake.  You are not going to find any home with acreage for a small price.  You are going to pay dearly for a large lot on Upper Straits Lake.  That is one of the biggest misconceptions of first time lake home buyers.  Lake homes have a large premium for being on a lake.  A regular 1980’s built 2500 square foot colonial in the suburbs may have a $250,000 to $300,000 price difference to a home on the lake.  If it is a premium all sports lake it could be double what a home is worth in a city sub.  Then if you have a large lot add in even more money.

Find your dream lake home this year

Finding a lake home is not always easy.  There are so many more variables when looking at lake homes.  Plus there is a significant price difference between a lake home and a home off the lake.  Feel free to reach out with any questions anytime.  If you would like to know what lake homes are for sale on Upper Straits Lake in West Bloomfield or on any lake in Oakland County give me a call, text, or email.  My cell is (248) 310-6239 or yesmyrealtor@gmail.com

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Homes for sale on lakes in West Bloomfield MI

Here is a list of Northville rental homes if you are looking.  When buying a home sometimes the real estate lingo and mortgage lingo is confusing.  To save you a little trouble of learning a few new words.  If you are getting a mortgage here is what escrows mean.  When looking for a lake home you may want a lake that has more of a subdivision feel.  Hidden Lake in Green Oak Township is a beautiful planned community.  The lake was once a quarry that has been transformed into one of the prettiest lake communities along the 23 corridor.  You are not too far from Brighton or Ann Arbor when you life there.  Here is one more quick tip to SE Michigan foreclosure buyers

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Why schools systems matter when buying a home – Michigan relocation tips

Most of the time when I have Michigan relocation buyers schools systems are high on their priority if they have children.  Smart Michigan transferees check out the local schools systems before they start or they cross check what schools their children will go to when they look at specific homes.  How are the schools for 123 Main street in Canton, or 32934 Bobrich in Livonia?  That is what they check out.