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What are comps? Metro Detroit home buying tips

If you are a Metro Detroit first time home buyer you may not know some of the terminology, the jargon that real estate agents use.  One of the word that you will hear me use a lot is “comps”.  Comps are short for comparables.  Comparables is how we determine value.  A comparable is a home that has recently sold in

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Which Rochester Hills home do you chose – Michigan home buyer tips

I have been out showing some Michigan home buyers properties in Rochester Hills.  They had narrowed it down to three different home in Rochester Hills MI.  They asked me which house should they buy.  I told them that I could not make that decision for them.  It was going to be their home, a home that they were going to live

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Michigan real estate talk – home buyer worries

When buying a Michigan home many home buyer’s worry about unpaid taxes and unpaid water bills.  Yes they are a lien on the home and could be costly.    Water bills in Michigan will be added into the taxes if not paid.  But when buying a piece of Michigan real estate you should always hire a title company to do the

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Michigan property taxes

If you are moving to the Metro Detroit area, it does not matter if it is a Brighton home in Livingston County, or Bloomfield Hills in Oakland County or a Lake house on Cass Lake in Keego Harbor MI Michigan property taxes work the same in most Detroit suburbs.  To many home buyers Michigan property taxes can be confusing if they are new

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After the closing – White Lake home buyer tips

So the closing is done.  Congratulations the White Lake home is yours.  So what now? One of the first things I recommend to do is change the locks and any codes to get into the house.  Sure the seller gave you all the keys they had, but what about their baby sitter’s key, the house cleaners key, the key they

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Decide yourself – Metro Detroit Home buyer tips

One of the biggest Metro Detroit home buyer tips I can give any first time home buyer or even an experienced home buyer is to decide yourself how big of a mortgage payment.  I knew a bar owner that lived in Plymouth Michigan.  He had a big beautiful new construction home with great landscaping.  He seemed to have it all,

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Michigan top realtors – Commerce real estate

I opened this email about Michigan top realtors and I was proud that I was a top realtor in Commerce real estate and all of Metro Detroit.  I was told by my office manager that I was in the top 2% of Michigan realtors outselling the average agent 5 to 1. I just got this email today from a high end

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Metro Detroit real estate update

I wanted to give you an update on Metro Detroit real estate in February 2014.  We have not had many days that have gone over thirty degrees since Christmas.  It has driven both buyers and sellers of Metro Detroit homes inside.  They are waiting for the spring weather or any warmer weather.  Many sellers do not want to list their

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Keep it clean – How to buy a Commerce home

How do you buy a Commerce home when it is such a strong buyers market.  In February of 2014 the Commerce MI real estate market has cooled off.  It is like most of Metro Detroit.  Homes are taking longer to sell.  The snow and cold has made some of the home buyers hibernate.  So what will the spring be like? 

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Foreclosures Independence Township Michigan

Foreclosures Independence Township Michigan Here are 5 tips for buying foreclosures in Independence Township Michigan or any other city in the United States: Get preapproved for a mortgage. (Call me, I can help you find a reputable lender.) Find an agent specializing in foreclosures. (That would be me, Russ Ravary.) Know how long it takes to sell a home in

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