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Short-Term Rentals


Short-term rentals have become controversial to the point that several  communities are actively looking to pass regulations or ordinances to prevent the ability of homeowners to engage in short term rentals.  Brad Ward, Vice President of Public Policy and Legal Affairs for Michigan Realtors joins us for discussion of the pros and cons of short term rentals on homeowners, potential renters  – even on those who sell their home and plan to stay in it for 30 to 60 days as a renting occupant post sale.

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Helpful Things to Know About Homeowners Insurance


Wind and hail damage are the top reasons for homeowners insurance claims in Michigan.  Winter weather increases the chances for these claims along with claims for home fires, fallen trees, burst pipes and slip and fall accidents.  When you need to file a claim is not the time to realize you aren’t property covered.  We discuss what you need to know about homeowners insurance in general such as deductibles and replacement costs with a focus on the specific seasonal issues to be prepared for and how to be sure you have the coverage you need. 

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It’s Fall Home Maintenance TIme


Taking care of your home helps to protect your investment and we share the top fall home maintenance tips to keep your home in top shape.  From the roof and gutters to furnace filters and fireplace inspections, we share tips on what to inspect on the interior and exterior of your home including places you may not think of like the attic. 

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What Changing Interest Rates Mean for Buyers and the Market


Just when we thought interest rates had stabilized, they shot up quickly the beginning of August 2023.  It has some buyers wondering if now is still the right time to buy or should they wait.  Michael Koorman from Eagle Financial joins us to discuss how interest rates and low inventory is impacting the market and why waiting doesn’t guarantee a lower mortgage payment.  We also discuss next year’s election, inflation and how over 1 million existing home owners have re-financed as part of a plan to blended mortgage plan. 

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Buying a Home with a Friend


With current interest rates and inflation pressures, some first-time buyers are pooling resources with a friend to buy a home.  We discuss the financial benefits of splitting the costs of the home purchase as well as subsequent upkeep and repair of the home as well as the need to determine up front what happens when one party is ready to move out and the tough questions you need to address to be sure you and your friend are a good fit for co-home ownership. 

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What’s Happening in New Construction


June is Parade of Homes month and we share how to take advantage of the opportunities that are part of this popular event. Supply chain, labor force, zoning, and interest rates are all items that home builders are navigating today and we discuss all these with Forrest Wall, CEO of the Homebuilders Association of SE Michigan and what this means for those looking to purchase a new construction home. 

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Spring Home Maintenance Tips


Maintaining your home is an important part of home ownership and key to the value of your home.  Winter winds, snow and ice can take a toll on the exterior of your home so spring is the time to review your roof, gutters, downspouts, foundation, windows, doors and more for any damage and needed repairs.  We share things to do on both the exterior and interior of your home so your home can transition for the warmer weather to come.

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Spring Cleaning Tips


A thorough spring cleaning of your home is important to keep your home fresh and in good condition, and if you are planning to sell your home soon this is a great first step to prepare your home for showings.  We share tips for things to do in each major room in your home as well as list of items to have handy for this process. 

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Donate Furniture to Help Local Families


A local non-profit wants your no longer needed and gently used mattress, box springs, sofa, dining room table and other essential items.  We talk to Robert Boyle, Executive Director of the Furniture Bank of Southeastern Michigan, about the high demand for furniture donations to help local families in need.  He shares how your tax-deductible donation helps others have a stable and comfortable home and how your furniture can be picked up for free or for a small fee professional movers can remove donated items for you.

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Spring Market Outlook


Spring marks the unofficial start of the busy real estate season and we take a look at what to expect in 2023.  We discuss if the market favors buyer or sellers and what inventory looks like now and how that is impacting open house attendance and offers being received.  We also share advice for buyer and sellers in the spring market and the importance of working with the right agent.