Metro Detroit real estate for under $300,000 homes Nov 2020

There have been many changes in real estate with the coronavirus.  The uncertainty of Covid has driven interest rates down.  However home prices have continued to trend up just like they have since 2010.  It’s still a good time to sell and I believe that there may be some changes in the next year for the higher price ranges.  This is my professional opinion of what is going to happen in the real estate market in the next year for the price range of $300,000 and below homes. This category is what I would call the first time home buyer market, down sizers market, or the lower range market.

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Here is my prediction…..THE LOWER RANGE HOMES ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO BE A SELLER’S MARKET.
 
Here are my reasons why it will continue to be so for many years.
 
1.) People are living longer in a home. The pre 2000 days are gone. People used to buy a new house every 7 years on the average back then . Since the mortgage meltdown that is no longer the case. People are buying a home and it is their forever home. It is not unusual to see people stay in their homes 15, 20, or more years. They are no longer willing to take a gamble by buying a bigger home and being able to cash out with a huge profit.
 
2.) Older people 50+ are more apt to buy in that price range when downsizing. There are many ranches in that price range so older people that want a one floor house are going to be in that $100-$300,000 price range. So there is more competition that is not going to let up with all the baby boomers retiring in the years to come.
 
3.) Foreclosures……yes there may be some foreclosures coming in the upcoming year but it is not going to be like 2007 -2011. There are going to be much fewer foreclosures because the banks were stricter writing the loan. People weren’t able to buy a house with no money down (unless it was a VA loan). Tougher guidelines, and the requirement to have a down payment will keep many home owners in their homes. So you are not going to see tons of homes going into foreclosure.
 
3.) They are no longer building new homes and selling them less than $300,000. Land is too expensive to build a small house and sell it for less than $300,000. Most new homes start in the $400,000 range. You are no longer going to see a builder build a sub of $200,000 ranch or bungalow homes. It is no longer profitable for builders to do so. The bottom line is that the number of low priced homes is not going to change.

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We have a limited number of homes in the under $300,000 price range and that is not going to change. The demand is always going to be high but there is no new supply. There will continue to be a sellers market for lower priced homes. The key is to not over pay. Be smart and don’t go crazy when bidding on a home. If you want a good full time experienced realtor that will give you honest answers and help guide you through the home buying process feel free to call or text me anytime.
 
Russ Ravary Your Metro Detroit realtor
 
(248)310-6239
 
Here are a couple of more selling tips for you to read over Home Selling 5 Tips – Redford Homes and Selling your Home – 4 Tips -West Bloomfield Property
Here is my positive thought for the day

Not to start on a morbid note, but you woke up this morning. Some people didn’t. Don’t think of it is as a depressing morality tale, just use it to remember that you’ve won the greatest gift life has to offer – you’re alive.

It’s so easy to dwell on the negative aspects of our lives, but we always seem to miss the most obvious positive thing we have – life itself. Take a deep breath, look outside your window, and marvel at the world around you.

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Explanation of Comparables

When you put in an offer on a house you should look at the comparables. What is an agent referring to when they talk about getting the comparables or comps? Here is an explanation as to what compables are for your next home:

What are “comps”? Comps is short for comparables. Your realtor should pull the latest homes that have sold in the last 6 months which are similar in size and condition to the home you are looking to purchase. The comparables should be close to the home you want to put an offer in on.. Homes that are in the same subdivision or on the same lake are the best comparables. The further you go away from the house the less reliable they are. Appraiser will use the sold house comparables that are closest to the subject house you are buying. Your agent should do the same thing.

Anybody can usually find a comp to support the price of the home. But that is not what you are trying to do. You are trying to compare the house you want to recent sold homes nearby that are similar in style and shape.

Read them over and see what they are sold for and what type of condition the home was in. This is to give you an idea of what the house you are looking at is worth. That way, you can decide for yourself how similar they really are.

Do you want a house with a pool?

Sometimes what you think the house is worth and what I think the house is worth are different. Sometimes buyers automatically go to the low side of the comps. Unfortunately in this hot sellers market, many homes are being priced on the high end of the scale and they are selling in the higher range.

The biggest issue I see with buyers looking at comps is that they discount the size of the house or the condition of the home. It is very important to compare apples to apples. Condition and updates of the house is very important. You can’t take a home that you are looking at in excellent condition and compare it to a home that needs a lot of work. Let’s say a house that needed a kitchen upgrade and new carpet sold for $300,000. You can’t bid $300,000 on the house that is listed at $335,000 and has an updated kitchen and flooring. You won’t get the house. You are not making a sound comparison. A new kitchen would cost you $30,000- $60,000 to put in. Plus carpeting is probably going to cost you $10,000. So just because the un-updated house sold for $300,000 and was the same size doesn’t make your house you like worth the same. It is worth $40,000 due to the upgrades. In this case the comparable supports the $335,000 price. Some buyers get blinded by the low price and think they can steal the other house. Unfortunately the buyer that bids low based on that information won’t get the house. You have to be realistic. You can’t take that home comparable and then compare to the excellent house you are buying and then decide only to pay the lower house price based on the house that needs a lot of work.

You are not going to win the house or bid if there are multiple offer situations. The seller is going to look at your offer as if you are crazy. Condition matters. Then the next biggest mistake buyers make is they don’t take into account the size.  Let’s say that $300,000 home is in the same condition as the $335,000 home but it is 300 square foot smaller. The $300,000 home is 2000 square foot which works out to a sales price of $150 a square foot. So if you multiple $150 a square foot sale price by 2300 square foot house you get a price of $245,000. That supports the list price of $235,000. If all other things were similar the price per square foot would support the purchase price. In fact you are getting it at a little deal.

Or like a home with a beautiful bathroom

Many times buyers don’t take the condition or price per square foot into account. You have to if you truly want the truth and right offer price. I want you to get the home you like at a good price but you have to be realistic. Over the years I have dealt with buyers that are unrealistic about comparables. They end up low balling the offer and the offer gets rejected. Many times the buyer loses house after house. Then they switch realtors because they blame it on the realtor instead taking the blame themselves for losing the houses. I have seen buyers never get a home because the housing prices rise and the buyer can no longer afford the size of the house they want. All because they ignored the comps and their realtors advice.

Comparables are important. Even if the comps say it should be lower, it may sell at the list price or higher. It all depends on the buyers and if they feel it is worth it. You may not think it is worth it, but the next buyer might pay the price. So the option of sitting back and waiting for the price to drop may not work.

Like all negotiations the more money you offer, the more likely the seller will accept. But the bottom line is you decide what to offer. I will put in any offer you want, but in this sellers market, if the house is in good condition to excellent condition you want to be within 5% of the list price. Sometime you have to offer higher than list price to get the home.

Comparables are the basis on what to offer on a home. I hope this explains what “comps” and “comparables” are and how you should use them. I hope your home buying experience goes smoothly.  Feel free to call me to get started finding your next home. My cell is 248.310.6239. Remember we offer a great home buyers bonus too!

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Milford real estate update

Milford real estate is still going but it shows signs of slowing down.  Currently there are 48 homes and condos for sale in Milford Michigan.

Here is the latest list of 3 homes that sold in Milford Michigan in the last 7 days.

1.) Out of the three 2 sold at or above list price, but not by more than 1% higher than list price

2.) 1 of them sold within 98.1% of list price

 

759 SWEETBRIAR, Milford Vlg 48381 Price: $195,000
$/SF: $193.84
MLS#: 2200082987 Residential Status: SOLD Summer Tx: $2,434
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 11/16/20 Winter Tx: $687
School Dist: Huron Valley Beds:
3 Baths: 1.0
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: FAIRVIEW HILLS SUB Sqft Abv: 1,006 Yr Built: 1957
MLS Area: 02162 – Milford Vlg Grg Size: 2 Car Basement: Yes
Architecture: 1 Story Water: Municipal Water
Style:  Ranch Heating: Forced Air
Acreage: 0.19 Sewer: Sewer-Sanitary
Lot Dimen: 66.00X41.50
Office: Remerica United Realty
**MULTPLE OFFERS** PRESENTING ALL OFFERS AT 7PM MONDAY 10/12*** A wonderful marriage takes this happy groom to the next step of his journey, but he leaves memories to last a lifetime in his first home in Michigan! He chose this home due to its terrific, bright, and open floor plan with large windows and vaulted ceilings, situated on a lovely treed lot with a private yard–great for everyday living and entertaining—on a pretty, tree-lined street that it is barely more than a half mile—with sidewalks all the way—from the great restaurants, shops, parks, craft fairs, and fun that downtown Milford offers! The gleaming, newly refinished hardwood floors welcome you to this delightful ranch where the full basement provides abundant storage and is waiting for your finishing touches, while the garage accommodates two cars and plenty of room for the extras! This is a MUST SEE since nowhere in the Village can you find three bedrooms, a basement, and garage that is priced to sell yesterday!
   
Recent: 11/16/2020 : Sold : PEND->SOLD
 

299 CRYSTAL Street, Milford Vlg 48381 Price: $320,000
$/SF: $139.62
MLS#: 2200076848 Residential Status: SOLD Summer Tx: $3,707
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 11/12/20 Winter Tx: $1,060
School Dist: Huron Valley Beds:
3 Baths: 2.0
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: ORVIS SUB Sqft Abv: 2,292 Yr Built: 1975
MLS Area: 02162 – Milford Vlg Grg Size: 2 Car Basement: Yes
Architecture: 2 Story Water: Municipal Water
Style:  Contemporary Heating: Forced Air
Acreage: 0.2 Sewer: Sewer-Sanitary
Lot Dimen: 66.00X44.00
Office: KW Metro
Beautiful Milford Village. UPDATES GALORE. Walk in to the spacious living area leading to the dining room/breakfast area with a door wall to the NEW Trex multi level deck overlooking the vinyl fenced (2017) backyard oasis, main level boasts hardwood floors throughout. Interior offers 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1st floor laundry. Kitchen updated with Quartz counters in 2018. Second floor bath NEW in 2019, NEW windows including doorwall 2014, attic insulation 2017 and NEW electrical panel 2015. The exposed brick walled basement with a full wet bar & natural wood fireplace walks out to a lower level patio, enjoy the hot tub, installed 2015. Home has incredible storage. Enjoy all that downtown Milford has to offer and canoe the Huron river, all within walking distance. Bike to either Kensington Metro Park or Proud Lake Recreational area Motivated Seller
   
Recent: 11/12/2020 : Sold : PEND->SOLD
730 UNION Street, Milford Vlg 48381 Price: $510,000
$/SF: $236.55
MLS#: 2200079290 Residential Status: SOLD Summer Tx: $6,501
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 11/13/20 Winter Tx: $1,835
School Dist: Huron Valley Beds:
3 Baths: 2.1
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: UNION SQUARE OCCPN 2131 Sqft Abv: 2,156 Yr Built: 2017
MLS Area: 02162 – Milford Vlg Grg Size: 2 Car Basement: Yes
Architecture: 1 1/2 Story Water: Municipal Water
Style:  Cape Cod Heating: Forced Air
Acreage: 0.15 Sewer: Sewer-Sanitary
Lot Dimen: 48 X 133 X 48 X 133
Office: KW Showcase Realty
MILFORD VILLAGE NEWER CONSTRUCTION, 1ST FLOOR MASTER! HURON VALLEY SCHOOLS. Master en-suite is filled with natural light, spacious walk-in shower, separate water closet in a spa like master bath. Open concept throughout the rest of the first floor, Great Room has a gas fireplace to cozy up to and this amazing kitchen – Granite, white subway backsplash, stainless sink, convection electric oven, gas cooktop, vented range hood, upgraded solid cabinetry with soft close dovetail drawers, 42″ upper cabinets, bottom and top cabinets have slide out drawers. Central Cleaning System. Custom Shutters in the Living Room and Master Bedroom. The garage has TV hook up w/epoxy flooring. Extra long driveway & stamped concrete patio. Alarm system w/home control. Unfinished basement has 9′ ceilings, 3-piece bath rough-in, and extra below-grade moisture protection insulation. Entire home painted April, 2020. Walk to all Milford offers:dining, shopping, walk/bike trail and free summer concerts in the park.
Recent: 11/13/2020 : Sold : PEND->SOLD

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Whether you are thinking of buying or selling in Milford Michigan we can help make your move easier.  Plus you will like these 3 facts.

1.)  We offer lower commissions for home sellers

2.)  We support the Michigan Home Town Heroes program that helps first responders (police, fire, ems), veterans, active military, teachers, professors, doctors, dentists, and nurses.  Go to the website to learn more.

3.)  We have the best homebuyers gift around.  You get up to a $500 gift when you close with Russ as your buyers agent.  We have given away thousands of dollars of gifts.  Do you want to walk away from $500?

Not only are those 3 great reasons to hire Russ but there is more.   He is a full time experienced realtor that listens to his clients.  Call today at (248) 310-6239

 

 

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Metro Detroit real estate update

I wanted to show people that real estate in Metro Detroit is going strong.  The majority of homes sold in many cities are selling at or above list price.  Many of them 1-2% above list.  If you are thinking of selling it is a great time to sell because of the low interest rates and low inventory.  If you are smart and price it right you should get a price that is at the top of the market.  Of course I mean you will get top price if the home is updated and in move in ready condition.  Homes that are worn, need carpet, or touch up painting are not going to get top dollar.  Todays buyers want move in ready homes and will skip over average homes.

Penn Theatre Plymouth MI

PLYMOUTH REAL ESTATE UPDATE

Here are the 10 homes that sold in Plymouth in the last 7 days.
1.) Out of the ten 5 sold at or above list price, but not by more than 2 1/2% higher than list price
2.) 4 of them sold within 4% of list price
3.) The lowest price home sold for 9% below

 

 

 

WEST BLOOMFIELD REAL ESTATE UPDATE
Here are the 11 homes that sold in West Bloomfield in the last 7 days.

1.) Out of the ten 5 sold at or above list price, but not by more than 1 % higher than list price

2.) 5 of them sold within 5% of list price

3.) The lowest price home sold for 6% below list

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP REAL ESTATE UPDATE 

Here are the 12 homes that sold in Bloomfield Hills & Bloomfield Township in the last 7 days.

1.) Out of the twelve only 2 sold at or above list price, but not by more than 1% higher than list price

2.) 4 of them sold within 5% of list price

3.) The lowest price home sold for 11% below list. 4 of them sold close to 10% less than list price

WHITE LAKE REAL ESTATE UPDATE 

Here are the 8 homes that sold in White Lake in the last 7 days.

1.) Out of the eight homes 6 sold at or above list price, but not by more than 2 1/2% higher than list price.

2.) 1 of them sold within 6% of list price

3.) The lowest price home sold for 11% below list

 

So bottom line homes are still selling strong in Metro Detroit. If you are thinking of listing give me a call at 248-310-6239.  We get them sold!

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Cass Lake homes for sale Fall 2020

Cass Lake is the biggest lake and Oakland County.  Many buyers love homes on Cass Lake.  Here is the latest list of waterfront homes for sale on Cass Lake in October 2020.

1400 BAMFORD Drive, Waterford Twp 48328 Price: $269,900
$/SF: $207.62
MLS#: 2200088777 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $3,028
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 10/26/20 Winter Tx: $1,227
School Dist: Waterford Beds:
2 Baths: 1.1
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: VENICE OF THE LAKES – WATERFORD TWP Sqft Abv: 1,300 Yr Built: 1940
MLS Area: 02131 – Waterford Twp Grg Size: 2.5 Car Basement: No
Architecture: 1 Story Water: Municipal Water
Style:  Ranch Heating: Forced Air
Acreage: 0.19 Sewer: Sewer-Sanitary
Water Fac: Canal Access, Canal Front, Lake Privileges, Private Water Frontage, Lake/River Priv
Lot Dimen: 40×100
Office: Brookstone, Realtors LLC
2 BEDROOMS UPDATED RANCH W/2 CAR ATTACHED GARAGE. FULLY FURNISHED, CURRENTLY RENTED AS AN AIRBNB. LRG CORNER LOT WITH ROOM TO EXPAND OR TEAR DOWN ON LRG WIDE CANAL THAT LEADS TO THE MAIN BODY OF CASS LAKE WITH JUST A 3 MINUTE BOAT RIDE. 88 FT OF FRONTAGE ON CANAL. LRG LIVING RM, CATHEDRAL CEILINGS W/SKYLIGHTS. HOME JUST NEEDS A PAINT JOB. LOTS OF UPDATES THROUGHOUT SUCH AS BRAND NEW JACUZZI JET TUB, NEW FURNACE,ELECTRIC UPGRADE TO 100 AMP SERVICE, NEW HOT H2O TANK AND PLUMBING. BOAT DOCK IN YARD THAT’S LONG ENOUGH TO HOLD A PONTOON, SPEED BOAT AND A COUPLE OF JET SKIES. ENJOY SUMMER FROM OWN BACKYARD ON THE DECK OR AT THE CASS LAKE SANDBAR. CASS LAKE FEATURES 1300 TOTAL ACRE ON ALL SPORTS LAKE. THERE IS PLENTY OF ROOM FOR EXPANSION. THE LOT SIZE IS AS FOLLOWS 88 FT. AT THE STREET, 64 FT. ON THE CANAL FRONT REAR, 96 FT. ON THE NEIGHBOR SIDE AND 100 FT. ON THE STREET CORNER WIDTH. PERFECT ALSO FOR A NEW CONSTRUCTION . THIS IS A LARGER LOT FOR A LAKE HOUSE. LAND ALONE IS WORTH THE MONEY
   
Recent: 10/26/2020 : New : ->ACTV

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3206 Bulwer Street, Keego Harbor 48320 Price: $519,000
$/SF: $261.46
MLS#: 2200056472 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $4,071
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 07/27/20 Winter Tx: $55
School Dist: West Bloomfield Beds:
3 Baths: 2.1
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: SAWYERS KEEGO HARBOR SUB Sqft Abv: 1,985 Yr Built: 1920
MLS Area: 02182 – Keego Harbor Grg Size: No Garage Basement: No
Architecture: 2 Story Water: Municipal Water
Style:  Cape Cod Heating: Forced Air
Acreage: 0.09 Sewer: Sewer-Sanitary
Water Fac: Canal Front
Lot Dimen: 102X70x102x55
Office: Max Broock, REALTORS®-Birmingham
Rare waterfront opportunity on Cass Lake w/100’+ of canal front! Story book charm w/rustic modern interior 2 homes from the main lake. Sale includes additional lot offering unlimited possibilities to expand. Open & bright floor plan featuring water views, hardwood floors throughout, custom light fixtures, whitewashed beams & timber. Updated island kitchen w/granite, marble, & concrete & new SS appliances. Dining room w/french doors opening to patio perfect for lakeside entertaining. Family room w/planked hardwood floors & large bay window overlooking canal. 1st floor powder room & laundry. 2nd story offers vaulted ceilings, water views & beautiful hardwood floors. Master suite w/ample closets & unique double doors leading to tile bath w/large walk-in shower. Oversized 2nd bedroom w/ dormers, separate sitting area & loads of closet space. 3rd bedroom w/lake views. Updated guest bath w/pedestal sink. Private oasis w/mature landscape, boardwalk, fire pit & fenced yard. New HVAC & roof.
   
 

1875 WINDSIDE Drive, West Bloomfield Twp 48324 Price: $539,000
$/SF: $196.86
MLS#: 2200068753 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $9,163
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 08/29/20 Winter Tx: $3,113
School Dist: West Bloomfield Beds:
4 Baths: 3.0
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: ZOX LAKESIDE PARK SUB Sqft Abv: 2,738 Yr Built: 1952
MLS Area: 02181 – West Bloomfield Twp Grg Size: 1 Car Basement: No
Architecture: 1 1/2 Story Water: Municipal Water
Style:  Colonial Heating: Forced Air
Acreage: 0.23 Sewer: Sewer-Sanitary
Water Fac: Across the Road Water Frontage, Canal Front, Direct Water Frontage, Lake Front, Private Water Frontage, Water Front
Lot Dimen: 74.00X131.00
Office: Level Plus Realty
Come and see the beautiful Views on this Cass Lake Front Home! Renovated in 2005, this home features over 2700 Square Feet of Living Space, 4 bedrooms, Hardwood floors, Screed Gazebo, and a 1 Car attached Garage. Wake up in the Large Master suite with cathedral ceilings as well as a balcony with wonderful lake views. The lot features water on both ends with 137 feet of direct lake access in the back and canal frontage from the front for additional boat docking! lot shares a coastline with other Multi-Million Dollar properties, move right in or build your dream lake home. West Bloomfield Schools!
   

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

 

3408 ERIE Drive, Orchard Lake Village 48324 Price: $1,375,000
$/SF: $514.79
MLS#: 2200068245 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $10,934
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 09/08/20 Winter Tx: $324
School Dist: West Bloomfield Beds:
3 Baths: 4.1
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: ASSR’S PLAT OF HARBOR HILLS Sqft Abv: 2,671 Yr Built: 1955
MLS Area: 02184 – Orchard Lake Grg Size: 3.5 Car Basement: Yes
Architecture: 1 Story Water: Municipal Water
Style:  Ranch Heating: Forced Air
Acreage: 0.53 Sewer: Sewer-Sanitary
Water Fac: Beach Access, Direct Water Frontage, Lake Front, Lake Privileges, Shared Water Frontage, Lake/River Priv
Lot Dimen: 97.00X236.00
Office: Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel-Commerce
Don’t miss the rare opportunity to own a custom designed Cass Lake ranch style home situated on over a half acre lot at the end of a private lagoon on the south shore and facing North/East. Step into the lifestyle of Harbor Hills Private lake community with access to a private bay(with a beach)and boat dock on the lake in front of your home. You won’t believe the expansive 32 foot back terrace(with retractable screen)spanning across the back of home offering a great place for outdoor enjoyment. Beautifully appointed cooks kitchen has tall ceilings and breakfast nook with built in cabinets. High ceiling great room has views over porch out to the expansive lawn and water. Wonderful first floor plan offers a first floor Master suite which faces the water and offers a beautiful luxury bath with oversized walk in shower. The first floor also offers an in-law suite addition(with spectacular view of the lake).All bedrooms have a access to private bath. Lower Level has pub/rec-room/office.
   
 

2690 Lari Court, West Bloomfield Twp 48324 Price: $1,500,000
$/SF: $422.18
MLS#: 2200075710 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $9,366
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 09/28/20 Winter Tx: $5,007
School Dist: West Bloomfield Beds:
3 Baths: 3.0
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: Cass Lake Woods Sub Sqft Abv: 3,553 Yr Built: 1975
MLS Area: 02193 – Bloomfield Twp Grg Size: 3 Car Basement: No
Architecture: 2 Story Water: Municipal Water
Style:  Contemporary Heating: Forced Air
Acreage: 0.92 Sewer: Sewer-Sanitary
Water Fac: Direct Water Frontage, Lake Front, Water Front
Lot Dimen: 133x420x75x376
Office: Century 21 Town& Country Clar
This unique West Bloomfield lakefront retreat offers serenity with spectacular sunset views. Almost 1 acre with 133 feet of sandy Cass Lake shoreline, the property is surrounded by mature trees and landscaping. It is situated in Cass Lake Woods, a great lakeside neighborhood, where multimillion-dollars homes line the shores. The 3500sf home is custom designed with an open floor plan with great vistas from every room. The spacious master bath includes a 4-person sauna. The view from the massive deck looks out to a lakeside gazebo and permanent year-round dock. The roof is guaranteed for life, and both furnaces are new. The entire property was designed with a balance of nature, seclusion, and a lakeside retreat in mind. Make your appointment today, to experience this unique lakefront property for yourself.
   

Cass Lake properties Waterford MI

 

4659 LINWOOD Street, West Bloomfield Twp 48324 Price: $1,500,000
$/SF: $306.56
MLS#: 2200044822 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $16,940
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 06/22/20 Winter Tx: $5,855
School Dist: West Bloomfield Beds:
4 Baths: 6.1
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: ZOX LAKESIDE PARK SUB Sqft Abv: 4,893 Yr Built: 1999
MLS Area: 02181 – West Bloomfield Twp Grg Size: 3 Car Basement: No
Architecture: 3 Story Water: Community
Style:  Colonial Heating: Forced Air
Acreage: 0.32 Sewer: Sewer-Sanitary
Water Fac: Direct Water Frontage, Lake Front, Lake Privileges, Water Front, Lake/River Priv
Lot Dimen: 101.00X166.00
Office: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices HWWB
Enjoy your Michigan summer on this beautiful Cass Lake frontage! Convenient elevator for anyone looking for a first floor master. Great kitchen with breakfast nook, 4 ovens, stainless steel appliances, pantry, and two islands. Dining room & great room have hardwood flooring throughout and many windows with great views of the lake. Library/Bar is perfect for entertaining. HUGE master bedroom with TWO full baths (one with accessible bathtub) & walk-in closet. 3 additional bedrooms each have their own full bath, one with kitchenette. Large third level is perfect for a second living space, complete with wet bar & full bath. 3 car attached garage, elevator, stairs or ramp to front door, & mudroom. Don’t miss lake living at its best! Enjoy grilling on the brick paver patio, relaxing in the gazebo, or taking your boat out on this all sports lake!
   
 

2493 DOLEMAN Drive, West Bloomfield Twp 48324 Price: $1,650,000
$/SF: $358.62
MLS#: 2200056159 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $14,832
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 08/24/20 Winter Tx: $7,897
School Dist: West Bloomfield Beds:
4 Baths: 5.1
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: HERNDON’S CASS LAKE ESTATES Sqft Abv: 4,601 Yr Built: 1994
MLS Area: 02181 – West Bloomfield Twp Grg Size: 6 or More Basement: Yes
Architecture: 2 Story Water: Well-Existing
Style:  Colonial Heating: Forced Air
Acreage: 0.39 Sewer: Sewer-Sanitary
Water Fac: Lake Front, Water Front
Lot Dimen: 83x127x119x143
Office: Sterling Realty Solutions
Cass lakefront mansion with impeccable quality of construction and room for the whole family.one of a kind quality and attention to detail with extensive ornamentation and moldings.2 kitchens,2 great rooms,!st floor master suite. 4 bedrooms , 3 of which are master suites….5 full baths …a gym the size of planet fitness !all rooms have view of the lake but most importantly a park view across the lake.3 car attached garage and the equal of the 3 car below! whole house generator…this house is one in a million!
   
 

1800 CASS LAKE FRONT Road, Keego Harbor 48320 Price: $1,699,000
$/SF: $387.99
MLS#: 2200019633 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx:
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 03/11/20 Winter Tx:
School Dist: West Bloomfield Beds:
5 Baths: 5.1
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: CASS LAKE CAMP GROUNDS Sqft Abv: 4,379 Yr Built: 2021
MLS Area: 02182 – Keego Harbor Grg Size: 2.5 Car Basement: Yes
Architecture: 3 Story Water: Municipal Water
Style:  Colonial Heating: Forced Air, Zoned
Acreage: 0.22 Sewer: Sewer-Sanitary
Water Fac: Lake Front, Water Front
Lot Dimen: 40 X 230
Office: Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel-Bir
***TO BE BUILT*** GORGEOUS THREE STORY LUXURY LAKEFRONT HOME WITH FINISHED WALK OUT BASEMENT – 5 1/2 BATHS – OVERSIZED ATTACHED GARAGE – TWO FIREPLACES – LIBRARY – GREAT ROOM – LUXURY APPOINTMENTS: WIDE PLANK WOOD FLOORING ON FIRST FLOOR, GRANITE & QUARTZITE COUNTERS IN ALL BATHS & KITCHEN – SUPERIOR LOCATION ON THE CASS LAKE SANDBAR W/GORGEOUS SUNSET VIEWS – WEST BLOOMFIELD SCHOOLS – STONE & HARDY PLANK EXTERIOR – FINISHED WALKOUT W/BAR, REC ROOM, FULL BATH, EXERCISE ROOM, FIREPLACE AND STORAGE ROOM – THIS IS A CASS LAKE DREAM HOME – COMPLETION IS EXPECTED IN LATE 2021 – THERE ARE TWO LOTS SIDE BY SIDE, PROPERTY SPLIT JUST APPROVED, THIS LOT IS EXTRA DEEP – LOT 5 (BESIDE THIS ONE) IS ALREADY PRE-SOLD – BLUEPRINTS AND SURVEY OF HOME (LOT 4) ARE AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW, ALSO ATTACHED IN ONLINE DOCUMENTS IN REALCOMP – BEAUTIFUL LOT AND LAYOUT – ANOTHER QUALITY HOME BEING BUILT BY: BABI CONSTRUCTION, INC.
   
 

4810 MANDALE Court, West Bloomfield Twp 48324 Price: $1,899,000
$/SF: $470.05
MLS#: 2200064371 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $10,614
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 08/11/20 Winter Tx: $5,563
School Dist: West Bloomfield Beds:
4 Baths: 3.1
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: MANDALE TERRACE Sqft Abv: 4,040 Yr Built: 1979
MLS Area: 02181 – West Bloomfield Twp Grg Size: 2 Car Basement: Yes
Architecture: 3 Story Water: Municipal Water
Style:  Other Heating: Forced Air, Zoned
Acreage: 0.67 Sewer: Sewer-Sanitary
Water Fac: Direct Water Frontage, Lake Front, Water Front
Lot Dimen: 85x316x98x321
Office: KW Domain
LUXURIOUS CASS LAKE FRONT ESTATE SITUATED ON 3/4 ACRES WITH ~80 FT OF LAKE FRONTAGE. THIS RECENTLY RENOVATED HOME FEATURES A BRIGHT OPEN FLOOR PLAN WITH ~OVER 4000 SQFT OF LIVING SPACE INCLUDING 4 BEDROOMS & 4 BATHS. A GRAND FOYER LEADING TO THE GREAT ROOM W/FLOOR TO CEILING GLASS OVERLOOKING THE LAKE. A DESIGNER KITCHEN WITH DOWNSVIEW CABINETRY & WOLF APPLIANCES. 1ST FLOOR MASTER SUITE W/SPA LIKE BATH & WIC. A CUSTOM STAIRCASE LEADING TO 3 UPPER LEVEL BEDROOMS & BATHS. WALK OUT LOWER LEVEL W/ GUEST QUARTERS, FULL KITCHEN, ENTERTAINMENT AREA, & FULL BATH. SMART HOME TECHNOLOGY INCLUDING HIGH TECH SECURITY SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM, SURROUND SOUND SYSTEM W/INDOOR & OUTDOOR SPEAKERS, ALL ON & ALL OFF LIGHTING SYSTEM, HEATED FLOORS & MORE. PROFESSIONALLY MANICURED GROUNDS W/BRICK PAVER DRIVEWAY, PRIVATE CABANA, MAINTENANCE FREE DECKING W/GLASS RAILINGS & PRIVATE DOCK. NEW ROOF (’19) AND NEW HVAC (’19). ALL MEASUREMENTS APPROX. I.D.R.B.N.G. M&D APPROX.
   
 

4781 LINWOOD Street, West Bloomfield Twp 48324 Price: $2,240,000
$/SF: $290.61
MLS#: 2200042358 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $14,474
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 06/12/20 Winter Tx: $7,651
School Dist: West Bloomfield Beds:
4 Baths: 4.1
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: ZOX LAKESIDE PARK SUB Sqft Abv: 7,708 Yr Built: 1992
MLS Area: 02181 – West Bloomfield Twp Grg Size: 3 Car Basement: No
Architecture: 3 Story Water: Well-Existing
Style:  Contemporary, Traditional Heating: Forced Air
Acreage: 0.46 Sewer: Sewer-Sanitary
Water Fac: Lake Front
Lot Dimen: 161X120X160X120
Office: Max Broock, REALTORS®-Birmingham
Prime location! Completely remodeled & architecturally designed to capture the beauty of lakefront living on all sports Cass Lake w/canal access. Enjoy seamless indoor/outdoor living with hurricane resistant “Nana Wall Systems” folding glass walls in the living room, great room, & Florida room. Marble dining room w/2-way fireplace opens to spacious living room w/vaulted ceiling & hardwood flooring. Gourmet kitchen w/premium appliances, granite counters, 2 seated islands, 2-way salt-water fish tank & breakfast area. Great room w/fireplace offers both lake & canal views. Florida room w/12 person hot tub. Large mudroom. 2nd floor theater/family room w/private staircase. Separate 2nd floor w/laundry room, 4 bedrooms, & 3 full baths to include oversized master suite w/fireplace, sitting area, workout/office space, & marble bath w/aromatherapy steam shower. 3rd floor offers additional multi-use space & storage. 2 separate attached garages. ¾ house generator. Sound system. Motorized blinds.
   
 

3955 LAKE FRONT Street, Waterford Twp 48328 Price: $2,750,000
$/SF: $407.41
MLS#: 2200047761 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $8,405
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 06/30/20 Winter Tx: $5,529
School Dist: Waterford Beds:
6 Baths: 6.1
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: CASS LAKE HIGHLANDS SUB Sqft Abv: 6,750 Yr Built: 1990
MLS Area: 02131 – Waterford Twp Grg Size: 3 Car Basement: Yes
Architecture: 2 Story Water: Municipal Water
Style:  Other Heating: Forced Air
Acreage: 0.7 Sewer: Sewer-Sanitary
Water Fac: Direct Water Frontage, Lake Front, Lake Privileges, Lake/River Priv
Lot Dimen: 100X133
Office: KW Domain
RESORT STYLE LIVING ON ALL-SPORTS CASS LAKE! THIS MODERN MASTERPIECE FEATURES A BRIGHT OPEN FLOOR PLAN WITH ~10,000 SQFT OF LUXURIOUS LIVING SPACE & PANORAMIC LAKE VIEWS FROM ALMOST EVERY ROOM. A TWO STORY FOYER W/WROUGHT IRON STAIRCASE & OVERHEAD BRIDGE. ENORMOUS GREAT ROOM W/FLOOR TO CEILING GLASS, VAULTED CEILINGS & FIREPLACE. CHEF’S KITCHEN W/DOUBLE ISLAND, STATE OF THE ART APPLIANCES, & ADD. PREP KITCHEN. LARGE FAMILY RM OFF KITCHEN W/DOOR LEADING TO ROOF TOP DECK. PRIVATE 1ST FLOOR LIBRARY. MASTER SUITE W/SPA LIKE BATH, STEAM SHOWER & CUSTOM WALK IN CLOSET. 3 UPPER LEVEL BDRMS & LAUNDRY. WALK OUT LL FEATURES A REC AREA, KITCHEN, BAR, & ADD. RM & FULL BATH. COVERED OUTDOOR POOL & JACUZZI. 2019 UPDATES ALSO INCLUDE A NEW ROOF, WINDOWS, WATER HEATERS, A/C, POOL, JACUZZI & MORE! PROFESSIONALLY MANICURED GROUNDS W/FIRE PIT, BUILT IN GRILL, GAS HEATING & FIRE GLASS ROCKS. M&D APPROXIMATE. I.D.R.B.N.G.
   
 

4764 DOW RIDGE Road, Orchard Lake Village 48324 Price: $2,899,000
$/SF: $573.38
MLS#: 2200064743 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $29,159
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 08/12/20 Winter Tx: $905
School Dist: West Bloomfield Beds:
4 Baths: 6.2
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: ASSR’S PLAT OF DOW RIDGE Sqft Abv: 5,056 Yr Built: 2012
MLS Area: 02184 – Orchard Lake Grg Size: 4 Car Basement: Yes
Architecture: 2 Story Water: Municipal Water
Style:  Colonial Heating: Forced Air, Zoned
Acreage: 0.79 Sewer: Sewer-Sanitary
Water Fac: Lake Front
Lot Dimen: 82x409x108x417
Office: Max Broock, REALTORS®-Birmingham
Enjoy lakefront living on over an acre situated on one of Oakland Counties finest streets. Surrounded by estate properties, this newer construction blends elegant living with a casual yet comfortable lifestyle. The kitchen, designed for function, opens to a family room, ideal for large gatherings. The dining room is conveniently located off the kitchen. The 2 story Living Room captures unprecedented views of the water. A first floor master with dual closets and euro bath also embraces the views of the grounds and waterfront. The second floor enjoys 3 additional en-suites and loft area. Dual staircases lead you to a finished walk out lower level with full kitchen, guest suite with full bath and another half bath for company. Move in this summer to enjoy the water amenities that an all sports lake can offer.
   
 

4680 DOW RIDGE RD, Orchard Lake Village 48324 Price: $3,100,000
$/SF: $1,464.34
MLS#: 58050023664 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $653
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 09/15/20 Winter Tx: $20,512
School Dist: West Bloomfield Beds:
3 Baths: 2.0
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: ASSESSOR’S PLAT OF DOW RIDGE Sqft Abv: 2,117 Yr Built: 1951
MLS Area: 02184 – Orchard Lake Grg Size: 2 Car Basement: Yes
Architecture: 1 Story Water: Municipal Water
Style:  Ranch Heating:
Acreage: 1.34 Sewer: Sewer-Sanitary
Water Fac: Lake Front, Water Front
Lot Dimen: 138×420
Office: Keller Williams Realty Lakeside
This opportunity comes but once in a lifetime! 150 feet of lake frontage perched on the highest point on Cass Lake, a prime 1.34 acres is nestled among multi-million dollar homes on Oakland County?s most exclusive street. The view is absolutely breathtaking! Walk out to a nice sandy bottom lake front. Renovate the currently existing residence or start with a blank slate and custom build your forever home that will surely be the envy of the entire lake! This all sports lake is Oakland County’s premier lake and the property is serviced by award winning West Bloomfield Schools. This property has commercial 3 phase electrical. You can use commercial a/c, sprinkler pump and other appliances. This provides about 35-40% savings in your electrical bills every month. You will not find this anywhere in residential area!
   
 

2690 LARI, West Bloomfield Twp 48324 Price: $3,499,900
$/SF: $636.35
MLS#: 2200076137 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $9,436
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 09/18/20 Winter Tx: $5,007
School Dist: West Bloomfield Beds:
5 Baths: 5.2
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: CASS LAKE WOODS SUB Sqft Abv: 5,500 Yr Built: 2021
MLS Area: 02181 – West Bloomfield Twp Grg Size: 3 Car, 4 Car Basement: Yes
Architecture: 2 Story Water: Municipal Water
Style:  Colonial, Contemporary Heating: Forced Air
Acreage: 1 Sewer: Sewer-Sanitary
Water Fac: Lake Front
Lot Dimen: 132X420
Office: Realty Solutions of Michigan Inc
Open house at builders model 3755 W Maple, Bloomfield hills on 11/1 at 1-4 Build your dream home on an Acre property on Cass Lake w/amazing sunset views! We can customize many of our amazing plans or create a brand new custom design for you! Presenting “The Savannah” by award winning Sapphire Luxury Homes. Gorgeous new modern elevation leads you to 5,500 SF, 5 bedroom & 7 baths. Breathtaking 2 story foyer entrance w/grand staircase & immediate lake views. The kitchen features SubZero/Wolf 48″ Appliance package, EuroCraft custom cabinets, Level 4 quartz countertops & oversized island plus extra large prep kitchen. Owners en-suite w/huge walk-in closet and lG spa-like master bath, 4 bdrm suites upstairs & Laundry Rm on 2nd FL. All bdrms w/walk-in closets. Hard surface flooring choices T/O 1st floor & Porcelain floors in baths. A true walkout lower level on Cass Lake w/132′ frontage! Pics give examples of what could be built. Existing home on the property is occupied view by appt only!
   
 

4200 COMMERCE Road, Orchard Lake Village 48324 Price: $4,490,000
$/SF: $611.30
MLS#: 2200080230 Residential Status: ACTV Summer Tx: $44,545
County: Oakland Stat Dt: 09/28/20 Winter Tx: $1,368
School Dist: West Bloomfield Beds:
3 Baths: 4.1
Assoc Fee:
SubDiv: Sqft Abv: 7,345 Yr Built: 1977
MLS Area: 02184 – Orchard Lake Grg Size: 3.5 Car Basement: Yes
Architecture: 1 Story Water: Well-Existing
Style:  Contemporary, Ranch Heating: Forced Air, Radiant, Zoned
Acreage: 5.34 Sewer: Sewer-Sanitary
Water Fac: Direct Water Frontage, Lake Front, Private Water Frontage
Lot Dimen: 348x971x236x744
Office: Hall & Hunter-Birmingham
Mid-Century Modern Masterpiece on one of the largest parcels on Cass Lake. This Architecturally significant home designed by Charles D. Singer has 5+ acres and 236’ of frontage offering the utmost in privacy and seclusion. Foyer entry to skylit Rotunda Living Rm w/panoramic Lake views. Custom kitchen opens to Dining area w/glass doors to rear balcony. Expansive Master suite addition includes staircase to workout room, ready for new owners to select finishes. Lower level w/home office, two full baths, sauna and wet bar opening to Game Rm and Family Rm w/fireplace. Newer Indoor/Outdoor stainless/granite kitchen boasts sitting area w/fireplace, heated floors, Nano folding doors open to pool, year-round spa and stairs to huge upper terrace overlooking Lake. Countless amenities include: Oversized 3 car garage w/heated floors, 29X15 Workshop, Dock w/Boat lift and canopy, 2-jet ski lifts, lakeside deck, 5 furnaces, 3 A/C units, elevator and generator. Make this resort style home your own!
   

There are a couple other big lakes near Cass Lake.  If you don’t like any home on Cass Lake then you may find a great lake home on Orchard Lake or a waterfront property on Upper Straits Lake.  Lake living is a wonderful way of life.  You will love it once you find your dream lake home.

Russ Ravary your local “lakes area” realtor

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Novi real estate Fall 2020 – Coronavirus update

I wanted to give you a quick update on homes for sale in Novi and the local real estate market.  At the beginning of the year when the coronavirus hit I don’t think anybody knew what the coronavirus was going to do to the Novi real estate market.  When they did the shutdown it did affect the community and the real estate market hard.  Many realtors had nothing to do but collect unemployment as many people did not wish to list their homes or go look at homes.

This is how long homes have been on the market Time frame is from Jan 2018 to Sep 2020
County is ‘OAK – Oakland County’
MLS Area Major is one of ‘02221 – Novi Twp’, ‘02223 – Novi’
Results calculated from approximately 4,600 listings

 

Most people did not want to make a real estate move because they were unsure of how Covid would affect their jobs, their income, and their lifestyle.  Luckily Governor Whitmer came back around and opened up the real estate industry.   The pent up demand by buyers drove a very strong Novi real estate market.  Between the low inventory (some sellers did not want people in their homes during Covid) and the low interest rates it made a strong real estate market.

I believe that the lower priced homes will be a strong market for years to come.  It doesn’t matter whether it is a Novi home for sale or any home in Metro Detroit under $300,000 I believe the market will be strong.  My reasoning is…they are no longer building many homes in the under $300,000 range.  Yes there are condos being built that inexpensively but no single family residential homes.  The cost of acquiring and developing land is much higher than years ago.  Add in the higher cost of materials and most of the homes being built have a starting price of $350,000 or higher.  Then you have to put in decks, patios, sod, sprinklers, and shrubs.  It is hard for a builder to build a low priced home.  The market would be there but there is no profit margin for the builders.  So I believe that for the next few years we will continue to see a strong market for lower priced homes in Novi.

Call Russ Ravary your Novi realtor at (248)310-6239

Here is a chart you should look at.   Novi home prices are at almost at $160 a square foot.  Time frame is from Jan 2018 to Sep 2020
County is ‘OAK – Oakland County’
MLS Area Major is one of ‘02221 – Novi Twp’, ‘02223 – Novi’
Results calculated from 4,778 listings

This year when Governor Whitmer opened real estate on May 7th we got off to a slow start.  By the second and third week buyers came out of the woodwork ready to buy.  We saw many multiple offer situations.  We saw many homes that went from $5,000 to over $20,000 the list price.  I recently was trying to help a buyer find a home.  We were out bid by $60,000 on a house that was listed at $180,000.  It sold for $240,000.  That was unusual for anything to go that high.  But it was very common for homes to sell in the first few days and well over list.  It was a good year to be a seller.

For a buyer it was tough.  Especially if you were a buyer that was trying to be smart and not way over bid.  Buyers that were looking at shorter term occupancies of 5 to 7 years were especially hard hit.  They didn’t want to over pay and then be upside down when it came to selling.  Many people believe we are going to have a down turn in real estate sometime in the future because we have had a strong bull real estate market for so long.

Zillow says The typical home value of homes in Novi is $349,391. This value is seasonally adjusted and only includes the middle price tier of homes. Novi home values have gone up 4.4% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 6.7% in the next year.

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So over all the Novi real estate market is very strong even into the late fall which is unusual for Metro Detroit.  Usually we slow down about this time and home prices tend to drop in the late fall and winter.  So far we have not seen that.   There are some lakefront homes for sale in Novi once in a while in Island Lake subdivision.  Feel free to call me anytime about Novi homes for sale.  (248)310-6239  Russ Ravary your metro Detroit realtor.

 

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Crime statistics Commerce Twp MI

If you are looking for a reliable source of crime statistics of Commerce MI then the webpages of FBI crime statistics.  Click here to go to Commerce Twp’s page on the FBI site.  You can also search many other local cities in Wayne and Oakland County.  Commerce Township crime statistics should be important to you.  Google “how safe is Commerce MI”  to find more information about crime in our community.  You will be pleasantly surprised that Commerce Michigan is very safe.

So how safe is Commerce Michigan?  Commerce Township is in south central Oakland County.  There are 16 lakes in the township.   It is about 35 miles from Downtown Detroit.  Depending on where you live in Commerce it is either a 40 to 60 minute ride to downtown Detroit.   It’s not a short or easy ride to the City of Detroit.  Much of our crime in Metro Detroit comes from the poor areas.  It is no different than many other urban areas in the USA.   Unfortunately much of the nation’s crime and violent crime comes from low income areas that have higher unemployment.  Why I am mentioning this is that much of our crime comes from our poor areas also including the City of Detroit.

You will learn that the cities of Detroit, Pontiac, Highland Park, Ecorse, River Rouge, and Inkster will have higher crime rates, and poorer schools.  Home values are lower in these areas.  You will be able to differentiate what are good cities to live in by talking to a local insurance agent.  Insurance rates are higher in cities with higher crime rates.  You can also check the local school rankings.  Better areas usually have better schools.  What you will also learn is that cities that border these higher crime areas have higher crime rates because some of the residents of these high crime cities branch out to close cities.  What I mean by this is they will jump on the highway to a nearby city, commit a crime close to the expressway.  Then they jump back on the expressway or main road to go back to their high crime city.

You won’t see this very often in Commerce MI

This doesn’t happen in Commerce mainly because the community is a long drive from the City of Detroit.  It’s not easy to commit a crime of opportunity and then drive 35 miles home.  Many of the criminals are looking for easy targets close to home and in areas they know.  They are not going to drive an hour and waste the gas when they can commit the same crime within 15 minutes of home.  So Commerce Twp is going to be much safer than the border towns of Detroit, or Detroit itself.

Commerce Charter Township is a suburb of Detroit with a population of 42,258 (2010).  It is still a growing community with many new subdivisions being built.  They are also building a city centre near the junction of M-5 and Pontiac Trail.  Commerce was ranked the 20th safest city (2019) in Michigan according to Safewise dot com.

There is very, very little violent gun crime in Commerce Township

Crime Statistics Commerce MI

Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000)0.55
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000)7.35
In 2018 they had 10 assualts, 1 rape, 4 armed robberies, and no murders.  Low numbers compared many other cities.  I would call most of the crime in Commerce random crime, or crime related to family disputes.  Of course I don’t mean the rape or armed robbery.  Yes you will find random crime like vandalism, and fights.  However you aren’t going find gangs roaming the street.  You are going to find yourself a target of car jacking, armed robbery in Commerce.  The Oakland County sheriff patrols the community as Commerce Township does not have it’s own community police force. 

Commerce Township is safer than the majority of cities, towns, and villages in America (84%) and also has a lower crime rate than 87% of the communities in Michigan according to FBI statistics.

The bottom line of whether Is Commerce Michigan safe? Is yes, very safe.  A nice quiet town to live whether you are young or old, or whether you are living there by yourself or raising a family.  Commerce MI is a town that has good schools, low crime and a family atmosphere.  You will love calling it home!  If you are looking to move to Commerce or anywhere in Metro Detroit text me or call me.  I care about my clients safety and help you find the answers to your questions about our local area.

Russ Ravary your metro Detroit realtor

 

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How safe is Milford Michigan?

If Milford Michigan is one of the communities you are thinking about moving to, you are probably wondering How safe is Milford Michigan.  Many Michigan relocation buyers do not know a lot about Detroit and it’s surrounding communities.  Years ago Milford was what I call a border community.  It was semi rural with homes on larger lots.  Buyers that wanted homes with “space” yet not too far out looked toward Milford.  Many of Milford subdivisions and homes sit on 1/2 acre or more lots.

Welcome to Michigan

Milford does not sit too far from I-96 which makes commuting to Farmington Hills, Southfield, and Novi relatively easy.  To get to downtown Detroit is going to take a good hour.  Milford is also home to General Motor’s proving ground.  The auto complex has grown over the years so living in Milford makes for a short drive to work.  Add in Milford’s quaint downtown and abundance of Victorian homes, Milford is high on many home buyers list.

Is the crime low in Milford MI?  One of the quotes from another website is the overall crime rate for the city of Milford and Milford Township is 82% lower than the national average.  You have to remember that the majority of our nation’s crime occurs in poor, and highly urbanized areas.  Major cities like Chicago, downtown areas like LA, and Philadelphia are always going to have much higher crime rates than Milford Michigan.  Like so many other metro Detroit area communities Milford has better demographics than say the City of Inkster, or the City of Detroit.

This is an example of one of Milford’s beautiful homes

Milford is a quaint little town.  96.1% of the residents are high school graduates, and 47.7% are college graduates.  The poverty rate in the community (people living below poverty level is 5.7%.  The median income per family in Milford is $74,779 where as the median income in the US is only $57,6520.  That basically tells you that Milford is not a uneducated or poor town.  People have jobs and go to work.  Unlike some poor urban areas you are not going to be a target of opportunity.

One of the historical markers in Milford MI

The crime rate in Milford Mi is very low.

  • There are no gangs running the street
  • No drug houses operating in the city
  • No drive by shootings
  • Muggings and carjackings are not something you will be afraid of when living in Milford
  • Rape and robberies because you are walking the street late at night are basically non existent

The community of Milford MI is safer than 94% of the cities in the United States.  In Milford you have what I call random crime.  By no means is Milford crime free.  The types of crime you have in the community is going to be an occasional home break in or car theft.  You are more likely to have some kid vandalize your car than having your car stolen out of your driveway.  There are no criminal gangs that operate in the city.  What I mean by random crime is that if there is a murder, or physical assault it more likely to be from a family dispute or from a friend than from a criminal.  As they say “stuff like this just doesn’t happen here”.  Violent crime and a murder is rare.  It may be years between murders in the community.

Welcome to Milford

If you have never been to Milford, it has about a 4 block long downtown area that is full of boutique stores, restaurants, coffee houses, and bars.  You are not going to encounter out of control young adults leaving the bars.  There won’t be fighting, or property destruction.  Milford’s small but effective police force usually has a presence that keeps things under control.  Milford is not the place to drive drunk as you will be getting a DUI and spending the night in jail.

Milford Charter Township Crime Rates

Milford Crime rates according to the FBI for 2016

Milford Population

16,707

Violent

Crime

11

Murder

0

Rape

7

Rape

1

Aggravated

Assualt

3

Property

Crime

85

Burglary

18

 Larceny

Theft

64

Car

Theft

3

Arson

1

Main street downtown Milford

Violent Crime Statistics (Calculated annually per 100,000 residents)  What I don’t know is how they figured out this information below.  It is based on an average of 100,000 people but Milford and Milford Townships population together only have about 23,000 people.
Assault
12                        National Average 282.7
Murder
0                         National Average  6.1
Rape
12                       National Average 40.7
Robbery
0                         National Average 135.5
Property Crime Statistics (Calculated annually per 100,000 residents)
Burglary
47.8                 National Average 500.1
Theft
412.5               National average 2,042.8
Motor Vehicle Theft
12                     National average 284

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So if you are worried about crime in Milford, Don’t worry!  If you are moving to the area Milford Michigan is a great place to call home and to raise a family.  Whether you are a single woman, or a retiree the crime rate in Milford is very, very low.  You will be able to walk around anytime day or night and not have a worry.  Of course like any city you have to be aware of your surroundings.

If you are thinking of buying a home in Milford and need a good real estate agent to help you give me a call.  I have helped so many buyers that have relocated to Michigan.  I most likely will be able to get the answers to the questions you have.  Call or text me at (248)310-6239 to get started.

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What is Livonia Like?

If you are moving to Metro Detroit and would like to be in Wayne County the City of Livonia is a good place to check out.  Livonia is  located in the Northwest part of Wayne County.  I myself believe it is centrally located to many places in Metro Detroit.   A move to Livonia, Mi is a great choice.

You are only about 20 minutes to Downtown Detroit, the airport, Southfield, or Ann Arbor.  This usually makes it easier for work commutes.  Whether you work at Ford Motor Company, or one of the auto suppliers in Novi, Farmington Hills, or Southfield you should have a reasonable work drive.  If you fly a lot for work then the short 20 minute ride to the airport is nice.

Not only is the police department good, but you will love the response time of the fire department.

Livonia is a good sized community of 96,942  people.  It is a culturally, ethnically, and racially diverse community like so many other communities in the suburbs of Detroit.  The city  that has an excellent police force with about 152 police officers.  Low crime rates make moving to Livonia an ideal choice.  You will learn that Livonia does not have gangs, or rampant crime.  You will be able to leave your home without worry about it being robbed, or drive in the community without fear of car jackings.  Your family and you will be safe walking around.  There are not drive by shootings, or drug houses,  or boarded up homes or buildings in Livonia.   The City of Livonia is like so many communities in metro Detroit.  It may be like the town you are coming from.  The police force is equipped to handle any emergency even though a few years back it was named the speed trap capital of the world.

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The city of Livonia homes range from 1000 square feet to over 3000 square feet.  Livonia is what I would call a community of blue collar and white collar workers.   It is not a prestigious, snobby type of town.  You are not going to find mega mansions, or country clubs here.  It is just a normal middle to upper class neighborhood.  You will find Livonia has a fair amount of starter homes.  The majority of these starter homes are 3 bedroom, 1+ bathroom ranch homes that have basements, brick exteriors, 2 car garages, and fenced backyards.  Well laid out subdivisions are the norm for the City of Livonia real estate. Like I had mentioned earlier Livonia homes range from the 1000 square foot ranch to 3000 +square foot colonial and contemporary homes.  You will find the majority of the homes in Livonia are under 2400 square foot.

One of the typical ranch homes in Livonia

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Most of the homes were built in the 1950’s – 1970’s. Livonia is one of the communities that met the demand of the post war home building surge.  Many of the subdivisions will have lights, and sidewalks.  Though there are subdivisions of homes that were built in the 1980’s, 1990’s, and 2000’s.  Most of the vacant land in Livonia has been built on.  Livonia has a light industrial and office base too.  Which helps the local economy.  You won’t find many high rises in the city.  Most of the buildings are under 2 stories though there are some bigger hotels, and office buildings.  There is one 9 story building, and three 8 story buildings.  There are about 16 hotels and office buildings that range from 4 to 6 stories tall.

Laurel Park Place Mall is at 6 Mile Rd & Newburg

Most of the land is flat.  No rolling hills.  The city is laid out and dissected by mile roads.  The major roads run about a mile apart so you will have 1 mile squares with a major road on each side.  It makes it easy to get around even when there is an accident or construction.   Starting from the north you have:

  • 8 Mile Rd
  • 7 Mile Rd
  • 6 Mile Rd
  • 5 Mile Rd
  • I-96
  • Plymouth Rd
  • Joy Rd

Starting from the west you have

  • Haggerty Rd
  • Newburgh Rd
  • Wayne Rd
  • Farmington Rd
  • Merriman Rd
  • Middlebelt Rd
  • Inkster Road

But the best part of the Livonia road and transportation structure is that I-96  ( also called Jeffries Freeway) cuts through the city connecting you to downtown Detroit, I-75 and Ann Arbor.  I-275 freeway connects you to I-696 and the cities of Lansing, Novi, Southfield, and the east side of Metro Detroit.  To the south I-275 expressway connects you to I-94 that goes east west across the state.  Metro Detroit does have rush hour traffic  But it is not as bad as New York, Chicago, LA, or Atlanta’s rush hours.   The comment I have to make about traffic and commute times in Metro Detroit is that weather conditions of rain, or snow will add 30% to double your drive time.

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Lots of Health care choicesSo to recap what I have said about Livonia is that it has a tremendous road and highway system that makes the city a great place to live because it does not take too long to get to anywhere.   The City of Livonia is a safe community with a strong police force.  You should have no worries about gangs, being robbed, or major drug violence.

Whatever you need you find Livonia is like your own current town

Livonia has all the stores, and conveniences that you are most likely used too.  We have a 2 small to medium size shopping malls in the city and most of the national big box stores.  There are plenty of banks, dentists, doctors, gas stations, and pharmacy.  On most of the major roads you will find the corners have stores, restaurants, pharmacies, or gas stations on.  You will find lots of strip malls in the city too.  What ever type of food that you want you will find a restaurant for you.  Within Livonia and 5 Miles of Livonia you will find hundreds of restaurants to satisfy any palate.  Both unique mom and pop restaurants, coney islands, or fancy restaurants are all within a short drive.

Ace Hardware, CVS and Walgreen pharmacies, JC Penny’s, Sears, Home Depot, Krogers, Best Buy are just some of the many nationally known places to shop.

I hope this explains a little of what Livonia is like.  If you are looking for a nice community to call home then be sure to CALL, TEXT, OR EMAIL ME AT (248) 310-6239 or YesMyRealtor@gmail.com

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Farmington Hills home for lease

Are you looking for a big spacious home to rent in Farmington Hills?  This beautiful 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home is about 2400 square feet in size.  Plus it has a full basement that is not counted in the square footage.   2 car attached garage.  Great neighborhood with a nice back yard too.

28696 ROXBURY, FH

Kitchen opens to family room where you may be cozing up to a fire this winter.  This home boast spacious bedrooms and lots of family space.   Check it out and call or text me to see this great Farmington Hills rental homes.  Listed at $2400 a month.

Looking for a good home in a good community?

My cell is (248) 310-6239 or email me at yesmyrealtor@gmail.com.     Russ Ravary your local realtor.

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