As you move into your new home, your focus is often on unpacking and decorating and what you may be missing is home security. We discuss everything from re-keying locks and adding deadbolts to changing batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. We share what to look for when it comes to your landscaping and lighting so that your home isn’t an attractive target, why you want to be sure your house numbers are visible and why you want to meet the neighbors.
New construction is a different process than buying an existing home, both for the buyers and the agent they are working with. We discuss what to look for in an agent if you are looking at new construction homes and areas around metro Detroit that are prime for new construction opportunities now and in the future.
You only get one chance to make a great first impression and we share the easy props you can use to freshen the look of your kitchen and bath along with why you don’t want to put your home on the market to “see what happens” before the home is ready.
Mortgage rates are getting a lot of press coverage and we discuss how the Fed indirectly impacts the rate we pay for a mortgage and what is anticipated for the balance of the year. We also talk about why in today’s market you are smart to “marry the house but date the rate”, how a using a local lender can save you thousands of dollars when financing your home and the one thing you can do to positively impact your credit score.
We discuss what first-time homebuyers need to know to navigate the current market that has them facing rising home values, rising interest rates, low inventory and competition among other buyers. We share what type and price point of homes may be easier to find and why fall may be an especially good time for buyers. We also talk about how empty nesters are influencing the market impacting first-time buyers.
Properly staging your home helps to sell your home faster and for the most money. We discuss why every seller should pay for a full home cleaning and why landscaping is an important and potentially overlooked staging item. We also discuss what today’s buyers expect from a home and the timing of getting your home sold in today’s market.
Guest Forrest Wall, CEO of Homebuilders Association of Michigan, joins us to discuss the Parade of Homes happening in SE Michigan showcasing 41 model and pre-construction homes. We also talk about the popular trends buyers want in homes, what has new permits down over last year, what state and local government can do to entice more new construction and other factors impacting the building industry.
When a couple decides to divorce, the home becomes an important asset to be addressed. We discuss the importance of all parties working together to yield as much financial value as possible, how the courts may get involved if things stagnate, and the potential financial impact to the parties if they stop paying the mortgage.
The Great Recession impacted the housing market greatly and our current market has an interested mix of rising interest rates, high buyer demand, low inventory and rising home prices. All this has some questioning do we have a housing bubble and if so is it going to burst. We discuss how past markets and conditions led us where we are today and what is on the horizon.
Saving for the down payment on a home is one of the most challenging parts to home ownership, especially for first-time buyers. We discuss some of the down payment assistance programs available and why it is important that you be open with your agent about situation so they can help recommend lenders and sources right for you. We also discuss tips to help buyers get their offer accepted in our current competitive market conditions.