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Open House this Saturday and Sunday! Join us from Noon to 2 PM at 8349 Crab Apple Trl, Dexter, MI.

All this home wants for the holidays is a new family to call it's own! There's still time to get settled in before the holidays! Located in popular Thornton Farms, this 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths NEWER home is 100% TURN-KEY ready, all you have to do is add your furniture and family photos. Kitchen features stainless steel appliances, and everyone's favorite- an island! There's space for the dining area off the kitchen which is followed by the cozy carpeted living room. The main level also includes a very convenient designated laundry room and 1/2 bath for your guests. Upstairs you have your master suite with attached full bath and walk-in closet - perfect for

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Open House Alert! 
Join us this Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 2 p.m. at 839 Friar Dr in Milford- a turn-key ready brick ranch with full basement! This 3 bedroom, 1 full bath home is a great opportunity for first time home buyer, or those looking to downsize. The layout is open and features hardwood floors throughout, a bright and sunny living room, kitchen with tons of cabinetry, dining nook, tiled bathroom, full basement for additional storage and rec room plus the potential for 2 additional bedrooms! Detached garage with extra wide driveway, spacious yard, and concrete patio perfect for grilling next summer! The roof is from 2016, the furnace is newer. Location is close to downtown and parks! 

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A good Buyers Agent is like a well-trained Sherpa that will guide you through the rocky terrain and to the peak of home ownership. In most real estate transactions, there are typically two Realtors, one representing each party. The “Listing Agent” represents the seller and their interests and the “Buyers Agent” represents you as the buyer.

A  few ways a Buyer’s Agent can have your back:

 

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1. Help you find the right lender and introduce you to loans and programs you may never have heard of otherwise.

 

 

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2. Protect ALL of your interests as a buyer. From your financial interests to your family interests and future resale.

 

 

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3. Negotiating the best price

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Thornton Farms is the place to be right now! These homes are at a great location for the right price- and we can hardly keep them on the market! Join us this Saturday or Sunday to check it out for yourself! 

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Ready to sell? Here are a few tips brought to you by Buddy. 

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Give your realtor (Us!) a call at least 3 months before you want to sell. We can help you find the best contractors who can make tiny improvements that will help you get the highest dollar.

 

 

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Monitor market conditions. Timing is everything. You may want to wait for inventory to clear out before listing your house.

 

 

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Chat with us about your goals in selling your house. Do you want it gone quickly? Do you need the most money out of it? We can help! We will sit down with you to come up with the best strategy to get you the most money with the least amount of work.

 

 

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Don’t be hesitant to

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When your home is on the market, your goal is to get the best value in the shortest time. Avoid these common mistakes to make the most of your home's time on the market. 

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1. Using Phone Photos. The portrait-mode on your iPhone might be good, but it won't capture your home the way a professional can.  The Spotlight team always uses a professional photographer. You only get one shot for your house to look its BEST. Prove to buyers why they should “swipe right” on your listing.

 

 

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2. Taking an offer from the listing agent. When an agent sells their own listing it’s usually for several percents less.  You need someone who represents YOUR interests only. It may seem like a shortcut to use one agent, but you

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Doing anything for the first time can be confusing. Make sure to avoid these bloops, and you'll have a smooth process!

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1. Using the wrong loan type and not taking advantage of local grants and programs. Make sure you talk to an experienced REALTOR® that will set you in the right direction. Not all lenders are licensed or qualified to take advantage of local programs, of course, they will not tell you there is a better product out there so do your research. 

 

 

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2. Waiting too late to start their home search. You need to give yourself 3-4 months before the end of your lease or start of a new job to make sure that you have enough time to find the right home at the right price.

 

 

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1. You have the right to a private inspector. The inspection usually takes place in the first 7 days after you sign the purchase agreement and can range in price from $300 to $500 depending on the size of the home. Inspectors will give you a report listing everything from critical items to minor issues in the home. After the inspection, you have a few options:

  • Renegotiate the price
  • Ask the seller to make repairs
  • Terminate the contract
  • Extend the inspection contingency to get further estimates or other professional opinions

2. You may also want to test for things outside the normal inspection, such as radon, mold, well &  septic systems, and sewer lines.

3. Remember anything can be repaired and most deals do not fall apart after

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Even with interest rates at historic lows, it seems to be getting harder and harder for first-time homebuyers or people with credit blemishes to get a home loan. Higher student loan payments, rents and overall cost of living are keeping people in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and all over the country from buying their first home.

When I get a call from a first-time home buyer, sometimes they have a pre-approval and other times they do not. Even though I am not a lender myself, I have a network of lenders that provide an assortment of products. Often times I will tell them about a program and their response is, “Why didn’t my lender tell me about that?” There is a good chance that their lender did not go through the training necessary to implement the

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