What is Plymouth Michigan like – moving to Plymouth MI

You will love Kellogg Park

First of all let me explain that the term “Plymouth Michigan” is actually used by Metro Detroiters to describe two different and separate communities.   The City of Plymouth and Plymouth Township are both referred to as Plymouth.  Let me tell me the major differences.  The City of Plymouth is the community center that is full of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, stores, and boutiques.  The City of Plymouth is 2.2 square miles in size and has about 9100 residents.  The downtown historic city center is about 3 or 4 long and a couple of blocks wide.  Kellogg Park sits at the center of town.  People from not only the community, but from other nearby communities come to downtown Plymouth for the festivals, the restaurants and stores.   Here are some of the festivals that draw thousands of people each year to Plymouth are:

  • Green Festival
  • Art in the Park
  • Fall Festival
  • Ice Festival

One of the amazing ice sculpture at the Plymouth Ice Festival

The festivals help bring business to the downtown stores and shops.  Keeping the downtown area lively.  You will find people strolling downtown most times of the day and in the evening.  The first settlers to the area came in 1825.  Plymouth Township surrounds the city of Plymouth.  The township is about 16 miles in size and has about 27,000 residents.  Both communities have different governing bodies.

So much to do in Downtown Plymouth

Plymouth Schools

The children of both communities go to Plymouth – Canton schools.  I would say that Plymouth – Canton schools are better than State average schools.  Good teachers, and administrators are striving to make the schools better each year.  You can check out the rankings on many different websites.  The schools prepare the kids for college well.  It is the type of school system where the teachers are in control of the classroom unlike many inner city schools.  You have a very high graduation rate, good state testing scores in the Plymouth – Canton school system.  You don’t have gangs, or knife, or gun violence in Plymouth’s schools.  It is a community where you can relax and feel that your kids are safe when they are at school.  I am sure like most schools that there is some bullying going on, or an occasional fight but over all the school system is a very good school system that your children will get a good education.

Real estate in Plymouth

This home is not for sale, but an example of the beautiful homes in Plymouth Township

Let’s talk about homes in Plymouth and Plymouth Township.  The homes near downtown Plymouth are highly desirable.  Buyers like the fact that they can walk downtown.  Many of the homes are older homes in the City of Plymouth.  You are not going to find new subdivisions or many homes that were built after 2000.  Some of the homes date back to the 1800’s in the downtown area.   You will find the majority of the homes were built from the 1900’s to 1960’s.  Plymouth homes in the downtown area are going to fetch a higher price per square foot than most of the homes in Plymouth Township.   One of the biggest differences between homes in the City of Plymouth and homes in Plymouth Township is the township’s property taxes are lower than the City of Plymouth’s property taxes.

Plymouth Township homes are going to be a mixed bag.  You will find many different subdivisions with different styles of homes and lots.  The majority of Plymouth Township has been built up.  You will find subdivisions of homes built in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980’s with brick colonials, ranches, and split level homes that have basements, attached garages, and brick exteriors.  I would say the majority of homes in the township fit that description of brick colonials, ranches, and split level homes that have basements, attached garages, and brick exteriors.  Sure there are some bungalows, and some estate homes in Plymouth Township.  You will find some homes have big lots ranging up to an acre in size.   So if you are looking to buy a home in Plymouth you will see that you have a wide choice of sizes, and styles of homes.

Crime in Plymouth

Plymouth Michigan is a safe community.  You are going to find gangs roaming the streets, or monthly muggings or carjackings.  It is a community with a low violent crime rate.  Plymouth is a place you can feel comfortable letting your kids play outside.  You don’t have to worry about walking around anytime of the day or evening.  You do not have a big criminal element.  I would call it random crime.  Occasional vandalism, or theft.  You will find that much of the violent crime actually is a family dispute.

Nearby Urgent cares

Plymouth is centrally located in Western Wayne County.  You are about a 30 minute ride to downtown Detroit or the airport.  20 minutes to Ann Arbor and about 35 minutes to Dearborn or Southfield.  There are many big shopping areas and malls within a 20 minute ride of Plymouth.  All the basic necessities such as doctors, dentists, banks, grocery stores are right in the community.  St. Marys Hospital is about 10 minutes away and Providence Hospital is less than 20 minutes away.  You also have urgent care offices nearby.   You don’t have to drive far to find what you need.

If you are looking for a community that is safe, has good schools you will find that Plymouth is a great place to call home.  If you are moving to Plymouth or the Southeastern Michigan area give me a call or text at (248) 310-6239.  I know the local communities well and I work with all the relocation companies of the major employers in the area.  Plus you get a great home buying bonus too.

Bottom line is…..Plymouth is a place that I would recommend you to look at if the home prices and features fit your budget.  If you have questions feel free to email me at yesmyrealtor@gmail.com

One of the many great restaurants in the area

Plymouth homes for sale

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Where ever you want to buy in SE Michigan Plymouth is one of good communities in Wayne County.  Here is a quick home buyers tip.  Can you buy – home buying tips for Plymouth Michigan

Over the years I have done some research on different subs in different communities.  Here are three that I have done in Plymouth Township:

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Lake Homes for sale in Holly Michigan

A great day on the lake

Holly Michigan is a tiny historic town in northern Oakland County near Fenton.  If you ever go there be sure to visit the historic Holly Hotel for dinner.  You will love the food and the history of the place.  But let’s get back on track and talk about the latest list of lakefront homes for sale in Holly.

There are only 6 Holly lake homes for sale currently for sale and one of them is a to be built home.  (New construction….not started)  If you would like to see any of these lake homes for sale feel free to reach out to me…………..call or text me at (248) 310-6239 to get a showing set up.

 

4312 GRANGE HALL Road, Holly Vlg 48442 Price: $143,900
MLS#: 219029330 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $3,561
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 04/03/19 Winter Tx: $292
School Dist: Holly Beds:
1 Baths: 1.0
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: Sqft Abv: 608 Yr Built: 1920
MLS Area: 02012 – Holly Vlg Grg Size: 2 Car Basement: Yes
Architecture: 1 Story Water: Well-Existing
Style:  Other Heating: Forced Air
Acreage: 0.76 Sewer: Sewer-Sanitary
Water Fac: Lake Front
Lot Dimen: 96 X 244 X 248 X 101 X 172 X 127
Office: RE/MAX Select
OPEN HOUSE, Sunday, May 26th, 2-5pm. Stop by this adorable home and than maybe have dinner at one of Holly’s fabulous restaurants. Due to the owner’s job being relocated, this adorable, well maintained and beautifully decorated 1-bedroom home on all sports Bush Lake has become available. There is a 2 car garage completely insulated with a Franklin wood stove for heat, and wall to wall peg board. Horseshoe pits and over 100′ feet of lake frontage with dock. New kitchen cabinets and counter tops, toilet, water heater, sump pump, laundry room, and water softener. Living room, dining room and bedroom furniture, as well as all appliances stay. This property offers endless possibilities as the property is L-shaped with a cleared lake front lot offering over 100’ of frontage x 250’ deep. You can live in the home while you build your dream home on beautiful all sports Bush Lake. Hurry, boating season is upon us. Close to historic downtown Holly, shopping, parks, Mt. Holly, and more.
   
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708 HARTNER Drive, Holly Vlg 48442 Price: $227,900
MLS#: 218095436 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $2,135
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 02/01/19 Winter Tx: $331
School Dist: Holly Beds:
3 Baths: 1.1
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: LAKESIDE HOMESITES NO 2 Sqft Abv: 1,444 Yr Built: 1966
MLS Area: 02012 – Holly Vlg Grg Size: 2 Car Basement: No
Architecture: Tri-Level Water: Municipal Water
Style:  Other Heating: Forced Air
Acreage: 0.37 Sewer: Sewer-Sanitary
Water Fac: Lake Front
Lot Dimen: 57X263
Office: Legacy Realty Professionals
Very affordable Lake Front home on All Sports Bevins Lake! 57 ft of lake front with sandy beach! 3 bedrooms, family room, Kitchen Dining room with great views of the Lake. 2 Car detached garage. Nice large fenced in lot. Pontoon boat, paddle boats, wave runner and accessories all stay! Dock, and floating raft. Holly Schools! Enjoy lakefront living today!!
   
 

816 Holly Bush Drive, Holly Vlg 48442 Price: $274,000
MLS#: 219043929 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $3,599
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 05/13/19 Winter Tx: $304
School Dist: Holly Beds:
4 Baths: 2.1
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: HOLLY BUSH SHORES NO 2 Sqft Abv: 1,813 Yr Built: 1977
MLS Area: 02012 – Holly Vlg Grg Size: 2 Car Basement: No
Architecture: 1 Story Water: Municipal Water
Style:  Ranch Heating: Forced Air
Acreage: 0.43 Sewer: Sewer-Sanitary
Water Fac: Lake Front, Lake/River Priv
Lot Dimen: 55.00X325.00
Office: Keller Williams Premier
VACATION 365 ON PRISTINE ALL SPORTS LAKEFRONT! MOVE-IN READY HOME HAS EVERYTHING YOU ARE LOOKING FOR: ATTRACTIVE CUL-DE-SAC DRIVE ON THE QUIET SIDE OF THE LAKE. QUALITY CONSTRUCTION & WELL MAINTAINED: BUILT FOR FAMILY FUN AND FRIENDLY GATHERINGS. BUY THIS HOME AND START MAKING MEMORIES BEFORE SUMMER IS OVER! BEST BUY FOR WATERFRONT OPPORTUNITIES. BEAUTIFUL BRICK HOME WITH CHARACTER INSIDE & OUT: OPEN FLOOR BOASTS GREAT ROOM WITH 180 VIEW OF THE LAKE, GREAT ROOM AND MASTER BEDROOM WALK-OUT TO OVER-SIZED DECK FOR BBQS AND PRIVATE SUN BATHING. WALK TO SHOPS/DINING: HOLLY IS AN OAKLAND COUNTY MAIN STREET TOWN-SMALL TOWN LIVING HERE IS A BEST KEPT SECRET! BATVAI. More photos and comments to come.
   
 

15162 RIVIERA SHORES Drive, Holly Twp 48442 Price: $333,000
MLS#: 219052245 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $1,292
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 06/03/19 Winter Tx: $470
School Dist: Holly Beds:
4 Baths: 2.0
Assoc Fee: $25/ANN
SubDiv: RIVIERA SHORES Sqft Abv: 2,186 Yr Built: 1964
MLS Area: 02011 – Holly Twp Grg Size: 2 Car Basement: No
Architecture: Bi-Level Water: Well-Existing
Style:  Raised Ranch Heating: Baseboard, Hot Water, Zoned
Acreage: 0.45 Sewer: Septic-Existing
Water Fac: Lake Front
Lot Dimen: 180x191x142x172
Office: Legacy Realty Professionals
Gorgeous lake front views of sunsets, All Sports Bush Lake, Includes two lots for 140 feet of frontage. Wooded. Kitchen has granite counter tops, new dishwasher. Four bedrooms, large living room and family room which is currently being used as a dining room. Well maintained. New engineered septic field in 2015, new boiler in 2015, new electrical 2014. New well pump 2019. Roof is 9 years old. Parcel# for extra lot: 10127252003 included in sale of property.
   
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00 N Holly Road, Holly Twp 48442 Price: $438,600
MLS#: 218110529 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $1,376
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 11/13/18 Winter Tx: $209
School Dist: Holly Beds:
4 Baths: 2.1
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: Sqft Abv: 2,217 Yr Built: 2019
MLS Area: 02011 – Holly Twp Grg Size: 2 Car Basement: Yes
Architecture: 2 Story Water: Other/None
Style:  Colonial Heating: ENERGY STAR® Qualified Furnace Equipment
Acreage: 4.2 Sewer: 3rd Party Unknown
Water Fac: Lake Front
Lot Dimen: 670 x 505 x 308 x 121 x 330
Office: Keller Williams Premier
TO BE BUILT by Award Winning Clearview Homes “The Dover” a 2 story Colonial home with open floor plan, spacious kitchen featuring 42″ cabinets, granite, island, walk-in pantry and GE stainless steel appliances. ALL Open to your Great Room with gas fireplace is perfect for entertaining. Escape upstairs to your exquisite master suite with double step ceiling, Large walk-in closet and private master bath with walk-in shower, double granite vanities with Delta faucets. All this PLUS upstairs laundry, 96% high-efficiency furnace & AC and Anderson Windows. This home can be built on this beautiful 4+ acre Lakefront lot on Mitchell lake in Holly, boat, fish or swim on Mitchell Lake perfect place for the kids and pets with plenty of room for Pole Barn! All this just minutes from I-75 and historical downtown Holly.
   
 

13280 FRANCES Way, Holly Twp 48442 Price: $699,999
MLS#: 219049456 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $4,018
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 05/30/19 Winter Tx: $1,145
School Dist: Holly Beds:
4 Baths: 3.0
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: Sqft Abv: 2,515 Yr Built: 1999
MLS Area: 02011 – Holly Twp Grg Size: 2 Car Basement: Yes
Architecture: 1 Story Water: Well-Existing
Style:  Ranch Heating: Forced Air
Acreage: 6.37 Sewer: Septic-Existing
Water Fac: Lake Front
Lot Dimen: 100x100x100x100
Office: Wentworth Real Estate Group
This private & stunning estate awaits you… situated on 6 acres with 1500′ of water frontage on a private peninsula on All Sports Pine Lake, this home is one-of-a-kind! Spacious 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom ranch features 4717 finished sq. ft. including the lower level walkout. You are greeted by soaring ceilings & a wall of windows in the firelit great room & granite kitchen with breakfast bar with a great open floor plan that’s perfect for entertaining guests! Master suite that’s fit for a king & queen with gorgeous water views, fireplace, large walk-in closet & full bathroom with tub & dual head shower. 1st floor laundry, office, full bathroom & 2 additional bedrooms. The finished LL walkout is just like a 2nd home with a full kitchen, living room, rec room, bedroom & full bath that all walk out to the large patio & down to the water on all 3 sides. The setting of this home is something you just have to experience! Enjoy fishing, dining in the gazebo at the lake or just enjoying nature.
   
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Bush Lake homes in Holly Michigan. These homes are not for sale but examples of the beautiful homes on the lake

I have helped people both buy and sell homes on Bush Lake in Holly.  It has a park on the lake and isn’t too far from the center of town.  Plus 23 expressway is just a short ride away.  There are several other lakes in the area that you may like Pine Lake or Lake Iroquis.

If you would like a good real estate agent to help you find the best lake for you and your family…..one that knows the lakes depths, sizes, and potential issues about buying a lake home….give me a call or text at (248) 310-6239.  I have helped so many people find their dream lake home.  Let me tell you….lake living is a great way of life.  You will love it!

Russ Ravary your Metro Detroit Realtor

(248) 310-6239

yesmyrealtor@gmail.com

Genesse County lake homes for sale

Looking for more great information about our local real estate market.  Here are some past articles I have written that may help you.

Here are three home selling tips to make your sale go easier.

  1. How to sell your home – Livonia 5 home selling tips 
  2. Explanation of clear to close – Novi  home sellers tips
  3. Wixom home selling tip – How to Order the final water bill

If you are not selling but looking to buy this home buying tip will work in any city you are looking to move to.  Commerce home buyer tip – we’re looking but confused      How to make your next home purchase easier.  Last I am giving you a little insight on what to expect when buying a lake home here in SE Michigan.  Usually The bigger the all sports lake the more the lake house will cost you

I hope one of these tidbits help you when you make your next move.

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5 things you may not know when moving to Michigan

Welcome to Michigan

Do you have a job relocation to Michigan?  Maybe you are just moving to Michigan to be near grand children or your kids?  Michigan is a great place to live and south eastern Michigan is a wonderful place to call home.  Michigan’s economy was once solely based on the automotive industry, but we are becoming more diversified as the years go on.  So yes we do have some economic ups and downs, but more people are moving to Michigan than leaving now days.  Check out my list of things you may not know when moving to Michigan.  You may be surprised to learn about some of these things.   I am a metro Detroit realtor and know the area well.  In my youth I lived in other states and I can tell you that Michigan has so many wonderful communities and lots to do no matter what you like.

Water

Let’s go sailing on Walnut Lake in West Bloomfield MI

Michigan is home to one fifth of the world’s fresh water supply.  They say that you are never more than 6 miles from water any where in Michigan or 85 miles from one of the great lakes.  I always say that if global warming keeps going we are going to be the new Florida.  Everybody will want to come here to Michigan because it is too hot and dry every where else.  Michigan has 26,266 lakes that over an acre in size and 10 lakes over 10,000 acres in size.  Then we have another 36,532 ponds that are less than an acre.  Add in 120 rivers and 200 named waterfalls.  All but one of the waterfalls are located in the Upper Peninsula. However most of those falls are quite small.

Add in the 5 great lakes and you have lots of places to boat to your hearts content.  Whether you want to kayak, or canoe quietly down one of Michigan’s rivers.  You can enjoying paddling through forest and seeing the wildlife on the banks of the river.  There are many places in Michigan that you can rent canoes to enjoy the rivers.  Some of Michigan’s rivers are good trout fishing rivers.

Let’s go boating on a Michigan inland lake

There is a divide on boaters.  Some are big water boaters that want a 25′ or larger boat.  Other prefer the inland lakes to tube, water ski, and wake board on.  You may want to float around on your pontoon Just depends on what your family wants to do on the water.  Or maybe you want to sail on one of the great lakes on your sail boat.

Colleges

Some couples went to different schools and root for different teams

The main college rivalry in Michigan is University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (go blue) and Michigan State University in East Lansing (go green).  This an old fashioned nice college rivalry.  No destruction of the other teams cars or fights leaving the stadium.   The fans are very proud of their schools, and want bragging rights.  Now if you mention Ohio State to a Michigan resident then there is bad blood.  Still no violence, or destruction but Michganders do not have a soft spot for a Buckeye fan.

University of Michigan is the harder school to get accepted into.   You have to have a higher grade point to get in there.  Though the minimum grade point requirement at MSU is very high too.  U of M has an excellent medical and engineering school.  Michigan State has a veterinary school and also has a agricultural school.  It was nicknamed Moo U in the past.  As agriculture as a career diminished so has the curriculum.

If you are moving to SE Michigan you will be glad to note that there are many local colleges, and community colleges to chose from in the suburbs of Detroit.  You have Wayne State in Detroit, Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Lawrence Tech in Farmington Hills, Oakland Community College, Walsh College, Washtenaw College, Madonna University, University of Detroit Mercy, Baker College, and Eastern Michigan University.  Some of these local colleges specialize in nursing, engineering, or accounting.  One has a medical program and a law program.  So whatever your children are looking to specialize in you are sure to find a college that has their career choice.  You never have to leave home and can save a lot of money on housing expenses with all of these local colleges.

 

Coney Dogs

What a dog!

A great breakfast from Leo’s coney island

Well I have to say the most common restaurant in Michigan is going to be our coney islands.  You will find at least one or more coney islands in any community in SE Michigan.  They are usually very reasonable breakfast places and usually will serve you breakfast anytime of the day or night.  Our coney island restaurants have a Greek influence to them.  Many of them will have Gyros, and Greek salads as part of their menus.

But the main dish in any coney island restaurant is a coney itself.  It is a hot dog in a bun smothered in chili with a squiggle of mustard and onions on top.  It’s a little messy but sooooooo good.  The chili is a loose, almost soupy concoction that traditionally gets an extra-meaty punch from ground beef and a variety of spices.   A slight variation is the loose coney which is non hot dog, just loose beef in sauce in the bun.  You have to eat that one with a fork.  There are several chains of coney islands in the Detroit area.  It’s not a high class hot dog, but if you have a craving for a coney nothing will satisfy it.

The two famous coney island restaurants in Detroit are American Coney Island, and Lafeyette Coney Island.  They are side by side on W Lafayette in Detroit and started back in 1919.  They are as much Detroit as Joe Louis.

Low Crime

If you took the City of Detroit crime stats out of the state Michigan would have a low crime rate.  Like many major cities across the country Detroit has a high murder and violent crime rate by a few of the residents of Detroit.  The majority of the people are good, but like every major city with low income and education levels the crime tends to be higher.   It is no different than Chicago or Baltimore where a certain element or population of the city cause the biggest problems.  However, once you get out into the suburbs of Detroit the crime rate drops dramatically.  The majority of the suburbs have very little crime.   The safest Michigan cities buck that trend—75% of them kept violent crime below 10 total incidents. Many of them are domestic violence issues.  Michigan’s property crime numbers are on the lower end. Michigan came out with 5.53 violent crimes per 1,000 people, while the national rate is 4.49.

Another great police force

In the suburbs I would call it random crime.  Vandalism by a local kid, somebody breaking into a car.  You do not have gangs, or drug houses, or car jackings out in the suburbs.  Whether you live in Allen Park, Royal Oak, or Brighton you will find safe communities with a good police force.  Crime is basically a non issue that you don’t have to worry about in most communities in Michigan.  Yes, in Detroit, and a few other select cities you do have issues but the majority of Michigan is very safe.  In 95% of the communities you can feel comfortable walking around your neighborhood almost any time.   You can park your car and it will be there in the morning.  You can leave your house and it is not going to get broken into.  That’s the norm in most of Michigan.  Michigan was lower than the national rate for property crime, boasting just 21.47 incidents per 1,000, versus 27.11 nationwide. Among the safest cities in the state, 90% saw fewer than 10 property crimes per 1,000 people, with no city exceeding more than 21.

Golf courses

Par 3 hole on a golf course with sunlight in trees

If you are a golfer you are moving to the right state.  Whether you want to golf up north in the woods, or over looking Lake Michigan our state still ranks in the top 5 nationwide for number of golf courses and is the top state for public courses.  There are over 650 public golf courses in Michigan that you can enjoy and a total of about 770 golf courses to enjoy during our beautiful spring, summer, and fall months.  Then you could always join one of the private golf clubs, or country clubs if you want.  There are fifty private golf clubs right in the metro Detroit area that you could join. each year more course owners are selling to real estate developers or are forced to close for financial reasons. Very few new courses are getting built because of the glut of golf course.  If you are looking to live in the suburbs of Metro Detroit you will be able to get to a golf course in a manner of minutes no matter where you live.  You could be teeing up the ball after work or be part of a golf league on one of the beautiful golf courses in Michigan.

If you are moving to Michigan and need a good real estate agent I will be glad to apply for the job.  I work with all the relocation companies and will sign the paperwork they require.  So give me a call or text today to find the right community for you and your family.  I am a full time, 19 year experienced real estate agent that knows the SE Michigan area very well.

Wondering what the past history of Homes for sale on Orchard Lake in Orchard Lake MI has been like in the past 5 years?  Check out the post if you wonder how much homes have gone up in the last few years.  If you don’t know what all sports lake means……it means that you can have any type of boat or water craft on the lake.  You can pull tubers, wake boarders, or even surf behind the boat on an all sports lake.  Here is a list of the Top All- Sports Lakes in Highland MI.

Thinking of selling soon?  Here at 5 top curb appeal tips to get buyers in the door

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Lake homes for sale in Oakland County under $250,000 May 22, 2019

Here is a complete list of lake homes for sale in White Lake and in all of Oakland County as of May 22, 2019 under $250,000.  This is a highly, highly desirable price point for lake home buyers.  It is very hard to find a lakefront home on an big all sports lake under $250,000.  There are only a few homes on this list that are on all sports lakes.  If you would like to see any of these homes below

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Call me at (248)310-6239 to set up an appointment to see them.

 

 

 

416 OAK DR, Oakland Twp 48363 Price: $90,000
MLS#: 219038299 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $921
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 04/28/19 Winter Tx: $323
School Dist: Romeo Beds:
2 Baths: 1.0
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: LOG CABIN CLUB SUB Sqft Abv: 1,100 Yr Built: 1949
MLS Area: 02101 – Oakland Twp Grg Size: 2 Car Basement: No
Architecture: 1 Story Water: Well-Existing
Style:  Ranch Heating: Hot Water
Acreage: 0.63 Sewer: Septic-Existing
Water Fac: Lake Front
Lot Dimen: 83x58x502x442
Office: Signature Sotheby’s International Realty BH
DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH SOLD AS IS WHERE IS .BATVIA LAKE FRONT PROPERTY WITH LOADS OF POTENTIAL.MORE THEN HALF AN ACRE ON cRANBERRY LAKE LARGE LIVING ROOM WITH CATHEDRAL CEILINGS. ATTACHED 2 CAR GARAGE WITH EXTRA STORAGE ABOVE. ALL SHOWINGS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY REAL ESTATE AGENT.
   

 

 

 

2267 NORTH ST Street, Highland Twp 48380 Price: $110,000
MLS#: 219045056 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $1,955
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 05/15/19 Winter Tx: $587
School Dist: Huron Valley Beds:
3 Baths: 1.0
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: NEW VENICE Sqft Abv: 1,148 Yr Built: 1948
MLS Area: 02111 – Highland Twp Grg Size: No Garage Basement: No
Architecture: 2 Story Water: Well-Existing
Style:  Contemporary Heating: Forced Air
Acreage: 0.17 Sewer: Septic-Existing
Water Fac: Lake Front, Lake/River Priv
Lot Dimen: 39×194
Office: EXP Realty LLC
Investors opportunity! Great starter home or rental property. Enjoy the No Motor lakeview while making this home your desire. Needs TLC and outside repairs. Open kitchen and living room, additional storage in attic. New furnace (date? about 2012+/-), new carpet in 2nd br. Seller is selling ‘AS IS’ so bring a reasonable offer. BATVAI! No showing without Michigan Licensed Realtor to accompany buyers. Seller will not pay for buyers closing costs or any repairs. Previously a rental home.
   
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4312 GRANGE HALL Road, Holly Vlg 48442 Price: $144,900
MLS#: 219029330 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $3,561
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 04/03/19 Winter Tx: $292
School Dist: Holly Beds:
1 Baths: 1.0
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: Sqft Abv: 608 Yr Built: 1920
MLS Area: 02012 – Holly Vlg Grg Size: 2 Car Basement: Yes
Architecture: 1 Story Water: Well-Existing
Style:  Other Heating: Forced Air
Acreage: 0.76 Sewer: Sewer-Sanitary
Water Fac: Lake Front
Lot Dimen: 96 X 244 X 248 X 101 X 172 X 127
Office: RE/MAX Select
Stop by and see this adorable home and than maybe have dinner at one of Holly’s fabulous restaurants. Due to the owner’s job being relocated, this adorable, well maintained and beautifully decorated 1-bedroom home on all sports Bush Lake has become available. There is a 2 car garage completely insulated with a Franklin wood stove for heat, and wall to wall peg board. Horseshoe pits and over 100′ feet of lake frontage with dock. New kitchen cabinets and counter tops, toilet, water heater, sump pump, laundry room, and water softener. Living room, dining room and bedroom furniture, as well as all appliances stay. This property offers endless possibilities as the property is L-shaped with a cleared lake front lot offering over 100’ of frontage x 250’ deep. You can live in the home while you build your dream home on beautiful all sports Bush Lake. Hurry, boating season is upon us. Close to historic downtown Holly, shopping, parks, Mt. Holly, and more.
   
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6615 Windiate Road, Waterford Twp 48329 Price: $184,900
MLS#: 219044631 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $833
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 05/14/19 Winter Tx: $546
School Dist: Waterford Beds:
3 Baths: 1.1
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: HARRIS PARK Sqft Abv: 1,188 Yr Built: 1928
MLS Area: 02131 – Waterford Twp Grg Size: No Garage Basement: No
Architecture: 1 Story Water: Municipal Water
Style:  Ranch Heating: Forced Air
Acreage: 0.17 Sewer: Sewer-Sanitary
Water Fac: Lake Front, Lake/River Priv
Lot Dimen: 50 X 150 X 50 X 150
Office: Morgan & Milzow, REALTORS®
Lake life trifecta! COMPLETELY REMODELED/ RANCH/ LAKE LOT with out the hightaxes. Updated from top to bottom with lake lot on all sport Lester Lake. Access to 5 lakes is just another bonus. Dazzling remodeled kitchen(2016) with a contemporary flair has upper end GE slate finish appliances, Moet tap, granite counter tops, Kitchencraft cabinets, ceramic backspash and luxury flooring. Updated baths with marble counter tops(2017). Roomy master bedroom with custom closet organizer, new windows and ensuite. Revived exterior, gutter/gutter guards and soffits freshly painted(2019). 2 sets of double doors lead to separate newly stained decks with view of the lake. Large concrete drive(2015) has ample parking. Newer roof(2011) and water heater and furnace(2014). Nothing left to do but move in and enjoy the beach. Close to DT Clarkston and I-75. Parcel 1305126015 included in sale.BATVAI
   
Recent: 05/14/2019 : New : ->ACTV

 

 

 

9590 ROUNDLAKE Boulevard, White Lake Twp 48386 Price: $219,000
MLS#: 219045036 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $2,946
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 05/15/19 Winter Tx: $1,636
School Dist: Walled Lake Beds:
4 Baths: 1.0
Assoc Fee: $25/ANN
SubDiv: ROUND LAKE OVERLOOK NO 3 Sqft Abv: 1,312 Yr Built: 1957
MLS Area: 02121 – White Lake Twp Grg Size: No Garage Basement: No
Architecture: 1 1/2 Story Water: Well-Existing
Style:  Bungalow Heating: Forced Air
Acreage: 0.12 Sewer: Septic-Existing
Water Fac: Lake Front
Lot Dimen: 40.00X44.50
Office: Keller Williams Professionals
Roundlake Boulevard is your vacation up north without the drive! This All sports lake gem sits on charming Round Lake close to dining, shopping and commutes yet feels like it’s secluded in the Northern regions of our Great State. Come relax at the water’s edge and you will start to feel like you are hundreds of miles away at a timeless Northern Michigan vacation getaway. The home has been updated with a newer roof, windows, siding, paint, flooring, SS appliances, and more. The open floor plan is perfect for entertaining. The wall of lakeside windows and French doors open to a panoramic view of the water, a huge deck and fire pit. Plenty of space for your guests in this 4 bedroom home, ample parking and coveted Walled Lake Schools round out the overwhelming value of this home. Home can be purchased with furniture contents, boats, etc. BATVAI.
   
Recent: 05/15/2019 : New : ->ACTV

 

 

 

65 MILL Street, White Lake Twp 48386 Price: $224,900
MLS#: 219012729 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $1,645
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 02/27/19 Winter Tx: $581
School Dist: Huron Valley Beds:
2 Baths: 1.0
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: Sqft Abv: 783 Yr Built: 1904
MLS Area: 02121 – White Lake Twp Grg Size: No Garage Basement: No
Architecture: 1 1/2 Story Water: Well-Existing
Style:  Bungalow Heating: Forced Air
Acreage: 0.5 Sewer: Septic-Existing
Water Fac: Lake Front
Lot Dimen: 160×86
Office: Berkshire Hathaway Michigan
Property is sold “as is”, “where is” & “with all faults” without any warranties, representations or guarantees, either expressed or implied, of any kind, nature, or type whatsoever. Beautiful Lake Oxbow. During the winter you can ice skate, during the summer enjoy this all sports lake. Awesome Oxbow Lake opportunity. Submit your offer immediately to be a part of this amazing Oxbow Lake community.
   

 

 

6049 N Bay Road, Springfield Twp 48346 Price: $225,000
MLS#: 219038571 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $1,349
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 05/15/19 Winter Tx: $534
School Dist: Clarkston Beds:
3 Baths: 2.1
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: Robert-Bruce Sub No 2 Sqft Abv: 1,175 Yr Built: 2001
MLS Area: 02071 – Springfield Twp Grg Size: 2 Car Basement: Yes
Architecture: 1 Story Water: Well-Existing
Style:  Ranch Heating: Forced Air
Acreage: 0.46 Sewer: Septic-Existing
Water Fac: Lake Front
Lot Dimen: irregular
Office: RE/MAX Prime Properties
This LAKEFRONT 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath ranch sits on just under half an acre with over 2,000 sq ft of living space, not to mention under the garage is an additional 22X24 storm shelter/storage room with all cement walls and ceiling. You will love sitting on the raised deck watching the sunrise/sunset enjoying the beauty of nature all around! This home has all the “feels” of up-north living and yet remains close to downtown Clarkston. Additional features are custom home water filtration system, walk-out basement, 2+ car garage plus additional 4+ parking spots at road, shed, central air, finished walk-out basement with FULL Bath, office, and SO MUCH MORE! This home is a MUST SEE schedule your personal tour TODAY! Home warranty included.
   
Recent: 05/15/2019 : Back On Market : PEND->ACTV
 

708 HARTNER STREET, HOLLY 48442 Price: $227,900
MLS#: 5021513843 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $331
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 02/01/19 Winter Tx: $2,135
School Dist: Holly Beds:
3 Baths: 1.1
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: LAKESIDE HOMESITES NO 2 Sqft Abv: 1,444 Yr Built: 1966
MLS Area: 02011 – Holly Twp Grg Size: 2 Car Basement: No
Architecture: 2 Story, Split Level Water: Municipal Water
Style:  Heating: Forced Air
Acreage: 0.37 Sewer: Sewer-Sanitary
Water Fac: Lake Front
Lot Dimen: 57×263
Office: Legacy Realty Professionals, Inc.
Be in before Summer! Enjoy Lake Front living on All Sports Bevins Lake! 57ft lake front with sandy beach! Property has 3 bedrooms, family room, Kitchen, Dining room with great views of the Lake. 2 Car detached garage. Nice large fenced in lot. Pontoon boat, paddle boats, wave runner and accessories all stay! Dock, and floating raft. Holly Schools. Enjoy Lake Front living today!
   
 

708 HARTNER Drive, Holly Vlg 48442 Price: $227,900
MLS#: 218095436 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $2,135
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 02/01/19 Winter Tx: $331
School Dist: Holly Beds:
3 Baths: 1.1
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: LAKESIDE HOMESITES NO 2 Sqft Abv: 1,444 Yr Built: 1966
MLS Area: 02012 – Holly Vlg Grg Size: 2 Car Basement: No
Architecture: Tri-Level Water: Municipal Water
Style:  Other Heating: Forced Air
Acreage: 0.37 Sewer: Sewer-Sanitary
Water Fac: Lake Front
Lot Dimen: 57X263
Office: Legacy Realty Professionals
Enjoy lake front living this summer!!! All Sports Bevins Lake! 57 ft of lake front with sandy beach! 3 bedrooms, family room, Kitchen Dining room with great views of the Lake. 2 Car detached garage. Nice large fenced in lot. Pontoon boat, paddle boats, wave runner and accessories all stay! Dock, and floating raft. Holly Schools! Enjoy lakefront living today!!
   
 

140 INDIANSIDE Road, Oakland Twp 48363 Price: $229,000
MLS#: 219029972 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $2,000
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 05/13/19 Winter Tx: $680
School Dist: Lake Orion Beds:
3 Baths: 1.1
Assoc Fee: $75/ANN
SubDiv: INDIAN SHORES Sqft Abv: 1,275 Yr Built: 1953
MLS Area: 02101 – Oakland Twp Grg Size: 2 Car Basement: Yes
Architecture: 2 Story Water: Well-Existing
Style:  Raised Ranch Heating: Forced Air
Acreage: 0.64 Sewer: Septic-Existing
Water Fac: Lake Front
Lot Dimen: 90 x 310
Office: Real Living Kee Realty-Rochester
Year-round lake life! Cozy, charming 3 bedroom, 2 bath home w/aprx 75′ Lake frontage on ALL SPORTS Indian Lake. If you like to HUNT, FISH, or enjoy WATER SPORTS, this is for you. Located on deadend, tree-lined street with major updates including BRAND NEW SEPTIC SYSTEM and ROOF TEAR OFF in 2014 (30 year dimensional shingles), and newer plumbing & water soft/cond syst (2006). Newer windows throughout. Beautiful views, expansive deck and patio, large lot, Fire-pit, Walking distance to Bald Mountain trails, Blue Ribbon Award Winning LAKE ORION SCHOOLS!! It’s time to enjoy nature, outdoor activities and lake living!!
   
Recent: 05/13/2019 : New : ->ACTV
 

966 ROUND LAKE road Road, White Lake Twp 48386 Price: $234,000
MLS#: 219046757 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $1,045
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 05/19/19 Winter Tx: $784
School Dist: Walled Lake Beds:
2 Baths: 1.0
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: HAMBLY & BOWLES OAK PARK SUB Sqft Abv: 978 Yr Built: 1920
MLS Area: 02121 – White Lake Twp Grg Size: 4 Car Basement: Yes
Architecture: 1 Story Water: Well-Existing
Style:  Ranch Heating: Forced Air
Acreage: 0.18 Sewer: Septic-Existing
Water Fac: Lake Front
Lot Dimen: 40X170
Office: Image Realty LLC
Enjoy lakefront living this Summer! All sports Mandon lake offers it all. Award winning Walled Lake schools, great location for shopping, dining and more…. Oversized garage can park four cars and provides a great area for a workshop and water toys! Additional 800 square foot finished basement for additional entertaining and office. Plenty of parking and amazing lakefront views. This won’t last long.
   
Recent: 05/19/2019 : New : ->ACTV
 

9380 BEECHCREST Street, White Lake Twp 48386 Price: $236,900
MLS#: 219014147 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $3,223
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 02/19/19 Winter Tx: $1,049
School Dist: Walled Lake Beds:
2 Baths: 2.0
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: CEDAR LAKE PARK NO 1 Sqft Abv: 1,000 Yr Built: 1969
MLS Area: 02121 – White Lake Twp Grg Size: No Garage Basement: No
Architecture: 1 Story Water: Well-Existing
Style:  Ranch Heating: Forced Air
Acreage: 0.55 Sewer: Septic-Existing
Water Fac: Lake Front
Lot Dimen: 65x500x20x516
Office: EXP Realty LLC
PRICED TO MOVE! Cozy home on Cedar Island Lake. Home is nestled on just over a half acre, set back to enjoy the large lot and deck. 20 feet of water frontage with a dock for your boat. Home features 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths. Open concept kitchen and living room great for entertaining. Master bedroom includes en suite with jetted tub and walk in closet. Fresh neutral paint throughout, new cabinets and hardwood flooring. Make this your year round home or your getaway cabin.
   
Recent: 05/13/2019 : DOWN : <spantitle=$249,900-&gt$236,900>$249,900->$236,900</spantitle=$249,900-&gt$236,900>
 

217 REYMONT Road, Waterford Twp 48327 Price: $244,900
MLS#: 218055521 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $1,530
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 07/14/18 Winter Tx: $1,161
School Dist: Waterford Beds:
3 Baths: 2.0
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: SUPRVR’S REPLAT OF ELIZABETH-DALE Sqft Abv: 1,192 Yr Built: 1950
MLS Area: 02131 – Waterford Twp Grg Size: 2 Car Basement: No
Architecture: 1 Story Water: Municipal Water
Style:  Ranch Heating: Radiant
Acreage: 0.24 Sewer: Sewer-Sanitary
Water Fac: Lake Front
Lot Dimen: 37x159x89x139
Office: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Esta
Cottage Style Home on All Sports Crescent Lake! 89 Feet of Lake Frontage & a Fantastic View of Crescent Lake & the island. Up North Feel in the City. Kitchen is Spacious & Clean with Solid Oak Cabinets. Home has 3 BR, 2 Full Baths. Radiant heat & Tankless Bosch water heating system keeps utility expenses down. High quality Kinetico water softener is also included. Nostalgic Knotty Pine is present throughout the home & adds to the Charming Cottage Ambiance. Enjoy the Lake Views in the Huge Sunroom, with access from outside & through the Dining Room. This area is Perfect for Expanding your Entertaining Space for all your Gatherings. The 2 Car Garage has one of the bays as a Man Cave/Workshop but can easily be converted back to a garage bay. There is Plenty of Parking on this property & Place to Park Your Boat & Travel Trailer, 33′ cement pad & 20′ of asphalt. Take the Family to Neighboring Elizabeth Lake, within walking distance, the Sandy Beach is a Favorite for the neighborhood.

If you would like to see any of these lakefront homes give me a call or text at (248) 310-6239.  Remember we have two great home buyer programs.  Check out our Michigan Hometown Heroes program at http://www.Michiganhometownheroes.com that gives closing cost savings to:

  • Veterans
  • First responders…..EMT, Fire, Police personel
  • Medical professionals and staff
  • Educators and staff
  • City, County, and Government workers

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Best School Systems in Michigan

What are the best school systems in Michigan?

First of all this article is going to concentrate on the top school districts around the Detroit area that includes Wayne County, Oakland County, Livingston County, Macomb County, and Washtenaw County.  If you are moving to Michigan you may not know that these are the five major areas around metro Detroit.   Metro Detroit is a great place to live.  There are so many great things about the Detroit area that you may not know about.  So let’s begin by talking about the top schools and school districts in the suburbs of Detroit and in the South Eastern Michigan.   Each year in the spring students are tested by the state.  I believe it is called M STEP….it used to be called the MEAP.  It is standardized testing for all the students.  You can look up more information about it at https://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-22709—,00.html

Move to Michigan and light up your life

First I want to say that many of the rankings that you see on the internet are going to be different especially from year to year.    Some of the rankings are subjective and most of them have their own ranking systems.  So how do you figure out which schools will be the best for your children?  Which community and school district will be the best fit for your children may be some of the questions.  Below I have listed three different rankings by different websites from different years.  What you have to take out of this article is if the school system you are looking at is in one or more of these top of schools around metro Detroit.

When you are moving to the South East Michigan area and have school age children finding the best schools in Michigan is going to one of the top factors in choosing a community for you.  I am going to give you a list of some of the top schools systems in SE Michigan.  If you do not know this you will want to remember this as you look for homes in South eastern Michigan.  Many cities have multiple school systems that serve the city.  If you find a school system that you like it may encompass several cities.  You may love a particular city and a particular schools system, but the home you choose in the city may actually fall into a different schools system.  So do your research and double check with your Michigan relocation real estate agent to make sure the home you have chosen falls into the school system that you want.

Here is a list of some of the top ranked school systems in Michigan according to Niche.com.  This is how Niche.com came to rank these schools.

Factor Description Weight
Academics Grade Based on state assessment proficiency, SAT/ACT scores, and survey responses on academics from students and parents. 50.0%
Teachers Grade Based on teacher salary, teacher absenteeism, state test results, and survey responses on teachers from students and parents. 15.0%
Culture & Diversity Grade Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents. 10.0%
Parent/Student Surveys on Overall Experience Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the overall experience of students and parents in the district. 10.0%
Health & Safety Grade Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents. 5.0%
Resources & Facilities Grade Based on expenses per student, staffing, and survey responses on facilities from students and parents. 5.0%
Clubs & Activities Grade Based on expenses per student and survey responses on clubs and activities from students and parents. 2.5%
Sports Grade Based on the number of sports, participation, and survey responses on athletics and athletic facilities from students and parents. 2.5

 

Young children working together on a laptop, trying to solve programming question with their teacher

One caveat that I have to say is that these are three different website’s rankings.  I myself would rank some other school districts in here. I would also rank some of them differently.  You should use these lists as just one of the ways to rank school districts in the suburbs of Detroit.  It is not an absolute list.

I have to tell you a story that impacted me.  I once dated a women that used to get mad at me when I would mention that my real estate clients thought Waterford Schools were a bad school district based on website rankings.  Her comment back to me has stuck with me and makes sense.  She said “It also boils down to parental involvement.  My son and many others from Waterford schools went on to college, graduated, and have good jobs.  In fact one kid down the street went to University of Michigan which is the top ranked University in Michigan.  You have to have a very high grade point and good ACT/SAT scores to get in.  Yet he went to Waterford schools.”  She was right in some aspects.  If you are involved and push your kids to do well in school then many times it’s not just about the school district.

Most of the schools systems in Metro Detroit are good.  Yes there are some bad schools systems or low ranked school systems that you want to avoid but we will get into that later.

One highly rated school

I am only going to include the top school districts in South eastern Michigan on how they ranked.

  1. Bloomfield Hills Schools              Oakland County
  2. Troy Schools                                  Oakland County
  3. Birmingham Schools                   Oakland County
  4. Grosse Pointe Schools                 Wayne County
  5. Novi Schools                                  Oakland County
  6. Saline Schools                              Washtenaw County
  7. Northville Schools                       Wayne Count
  8. Rochester Schools                       Oakland County
  9. Ann Arbor Schools                       Washtenaw County
  10. Oakland Schools                          Oakland County
  11. Berkley Schools                           Oakland County
  12. Brighton Schools                          Livingston County
  13. Grosse Ilse Schools                     Wayne County
  14. Walled Lake Schools                   Oakland County
  15. Plymouth – Canton Schools       Wayne County
  16. Dexter Schools                             Washtenaw County
  17. Lake Orion Schools                      Oakland County
  18. West Bloomfield Schools            Oakland County
  19. Hartland Schools                          Livingston County
  20. Trenton Schools                           Wayne County
  21. Fraser Schools                              Oakland County
  22. Livonia Schools                            Wayne County
  23. Utica Schools                                Macomb County
  24. Farmington Schools                     Oakland County
  25. Clarkston Schools                         Oakland County

 

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Here is a third list from background checks

Top School Districts in Michigan, 2018

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Buying a home with asbestos

Should you buy a home that has asbestos issues?   The key is your comfort level after you read about asbestos.  I would research it on line before you buy.  It is not something you should mess with by yourself.  It should always be remediated by professionals in my opinion.  Sure it is much cheaper to do it yourself, but your first course of action is to have the seller pay for it if you are buying the home.  You should not pay for it if you are buying the house unless you are getting the house dirt cheap.  Yesterday I went into Redford home  and for the first time in 9 years I saw an old furnace.  It was the type of 1950’s furnace that had individual heat ducts running out of it.  I nickname this an elephant furnace.  Wrapped around the ducts is the old asbestos insulation.  This home had about 90 feet of this asbestos duct work.  It is all about getting it removed safely without releasing the asbestos fibers into the air.

Asbestos on furnace ducts

All the white is asbestos insulation. I call this an elephant furnace as there are many trunks to the furnace.  Here is some basic information on asbestos.

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral substance that can be pulled into a fluffy consistency. Asbestos fibers are soft and flexible yet resistant to heat, electricity and chemical corrosion. Pure asbestos is an effective insulator, and it can also be mixed into cloth, paper, cement, plastic and other materials to make them stronger. These qualities once made asbestos very profitable for business, but unfortunately, they also make asbestos highly toxic.  It does not matter whether is an all sports lake houses in Oakland County or any house for sale in Metro Detroit asbestos is not something to fool with.

Asbestos has been linked to mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases since at least the 1920s, though that didn’t slow down use of the mineral. From the 1930s through the late 1970s, asbestos use skyrocketed throughout the United States and the world, putting millions of people at risk of exposure. Throughout this same time period, the connection between asbestos exposure and cancer risk became more clear, as more reports of mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases flooded in. Any amount of asbestos exposure, even limited, is considered dangerous and can later lead to a mesothelioma diagnosis. When inhaled or ingested, the microscopic asbestos fibers work their way into the lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart. Over a period of 10 to upwards of 50 years, the fibers can cause inflammation and scarring, which can eventually develop into mesothelioma tumors or other related conditions.

Because asbestos is cancer causing you have to have the furnace removed by a remediation company.  Those ducts have to be taken to a hazardous waste site. They have to be disposed of properly. Then you have to install a new furnace.  But there is one more cost that you have to think about.  You have to run new duct work for the new furnace.  Most likely the old 1950’s furnace did not have a air conditioner hooked up.  So there is another cost.

Here is a costly furnace replacement.  This picture is turned sideways.

You can’t be stupid and try to remove the ducts yourself.  You can’t just dump those ducts anywhere.  You would be endangering anybody that would come into contact with the old ducts.  I have heard of people doing that but it is dangerous not only to the people removing them but to where ever they end up if they are not properly disposed of.

Asbestos is well recognized as a health hazard and its use is now highly regulated by both OSHA and EPA. Asbestos fibers associated with these health risks are too small to be seen with the naked eye. Breathing asbestos fibers can cause a buildup of scar-like tissue in the lungs called asbestosis and result in loss of lung function that often progresses to disability and death. Asbestos also causes cancer of the lung and other diseases such as mesothelioma of the pleura which is a fatal malignant tumor of the membrane lining the cavity of the lung or stomach.

There is no “safe” level of asbestos exposure for any type of asbestos fiber. Asbestos exposures as short in duration as a few days have caused mesothelioma in humans. Every occupational exposure to asbestos can cause injury of disease; every occupational exposure to asbestos contributes to the risk of getting an asbestos related disease.

If you are looking at a home with asbestos insulation you can get it re-mediated where it is safe to live it.  It may be costly and you want the seller to pay for it if you can.  If you need a real estate agent that will look out for you and help point out issues if I notice them……call me at (248) 310-6239.  I work hard for my clients and try to protect them every way I can.

Get something extra when you buy a home with Russ

Remember I have two great home buyer programs

Michigan home town heroes program that is open to police, &  fire, first responders, medical staff, veterans, active duty military, city, and government workers.  Or if you do not work in those occupations I still give a great home buyer bonus to my other buyers.  You cannot get both bonuses.  Only one or the other but either is a big bonus over a small gift basket that some other agents give.

Green Lake waterfront homes for sale in West Bloomfield Michigan is one way of buying on a lake but without all the noise of loud motor boats or jet skis.  Green lake is a electric motor only lake that is very peaceful and quiet.  Plymouth home buying tips for first time home buyers…..lots of great information on whether you are truly ready to buy and what to look out for when buying a home .  I feel that my clients should know that I am looking out for them.  I am not a home inspector, but if I see something that raises a red flag I let my clients know.  Here are some Top Home Selling Tips for Metro Detroit Homes.