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Visions of environmentally-friendly homes can be daunting- especially if you're new to sustainable living. You may be picturing homes completely running off solar panels, or maybe those Instagram influencers who can fit all their trash in a thimble. We're here to tell you there are much simpler ways to keep our home planet healthy without breaking the bank or radically changing our lifestyle. Check out this list of inexpensive, simple ways to make a difference!


1. Get Smart in the Kitchen: We're all guilty here. We have the best intentions when we buy heaps of groceries- but then life happens. That huge salad slowly wilts in the fridge and what's left in your milk carton takes on a new form completely. A recent report found that

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When you renovate your home, you want to get the most bang for your buck. Not only do you want to make your home a better place for you and your family to live, but you also want your renovations to add to your home’s resale value.

But what, exactly, are the features that will help your home sell faster?

According to recent data from (which analyzed more than 1 million single-family listings), the top three renovations that will help you sell your home quickly and at a prime price point? A chef’s or gourmet kitchen, a theater room, and a home gym. These renovation projects were named the “most profitable home features for sellers banking on quick sales.”

Those three features were deemed the most profitable. But they weren’t the only

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2 bd,     1 ba,     898 sqft

320 Miles St, Ypsilanti, MI 48198

** COMING SOON ** Completely updated ranch steps from Depot Town! This 2 bedroom, 1 full bath home has been remodeled from corner to corner with fresh paint throughout, refinished hardwood floors, new fixtures and trim, brand new kitchen appliances, updated counters and backsplash, new pedestal sink in bath, and a full basement for additional storage. Location , location, location! Walking distance to all your favorite depot town restaurants, Frog Island Park, the Huron River, EMU and short distance to Ann Arbor for commuters. JOIN US THIS WEEKEND FOR AN OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY 4/20 FROM 12PM-2PM & SUNDAY 4/21 FROM 12PM-2PM. CONTACT SAM VAIL FOR ALL

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We’ve all been there.  You go to put the key in the lock and wham!  That smell. The sweet, delicious… I mean rancid (uh hum) smell of marijuana.  In the day and age of edibles, vape pens, cannabis oil, someone has found the stankiest bud imaginable to hot box their living room.  

As you slowly open the door you half expect to see Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson sharing a box of Captain Crunch on the couch.

You turn back to your buyers and gauge their sensitivity.  “You guys like the band Phish?” You ask hesitantly.

In this scenario, I can’t help but wonder what conversation the listing agent had, or more likely didn’t have, with the seller.  Did they have a contact buzz and didn’t mention it? Were they desperate to get the listing? The most likely

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4 bd,     3ba,      2,330 sqft

1442 Wedgewood Dr, Saline, MI 48176

Custom Built Warner Creek Home with Largest Floor Plan in Sub! This beautiful 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home was built with family in mind. The home features one of the largest floor plans available in the neighborhood thanks to the original owner who has taken great care ever since. Features include; hardwood entry, formal dining room with custom tile floor that leads to bright and sunny sitting room, prefect for reading or relaxing. The kitchen has been tastefully remodeled with stainless steel appliances, white cabinetry, white marble countertops, and a grey accent island. The family room is nice and cozy with plush carpeting and a brick hearth

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4 bd,  3 ba,  1,664 sqft

1615 E Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Burns Bark Two Story! This charming historic home is nestled in the heart of the city among Ann Arbor's most desirable homes. Surrounded by beautiful, mature trees this 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home features a cozy living room with fireplace, built-in shelving and storage, hardwood floors and classic arched doorways that lead into the formal dining area. The kitchen has plenty of cabinet space, including an island, updated stainless steel appliances and a lovely breakfast nook with built-in bench seating. Upstairs there are 4 bedrooms, all hardwood flooring and tons of natural lighting. The full bathroom is tiled. Downstairs you have a full…
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1517 E Stadium Blvd,Ann Arbor, MI 48104

3 beds 1.5 baths 1,700 sqft

** FOR RENT ** Available June 1st. Beautiful Two Story Near Burns Park. This 3 bedroom, 1.5 home features a living room with wood burning fireplace, kitchen with newer appliances, cozy family room with a wall of windows for an abundance of natural lighting, formal dining area with custom built-ins, full basement with new washer and dryer and plenty of room for storage, detached 2.5 car garage, and fenced in yard. You will appreciate the spectacular location which is walking distance to U of M Stadium, minutes away from Downtown Ann Arbor, close to U of M Campus, St. Joes, shopping, restaurants, and convenient access to HWY 94 for commuters. Burns Park Elementary.


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2 bd, 1 ba, 882 sqft

1521 Wingate Blvd, Ypsilanti, MI 48198

Immaculate Wingate Park Condo with Attached Garage! This 2 bedroom, 1 bath condo is absolutely spotless and ready for it's next owner. This second story unit has a private entry, spacious carpeted living room area, tons of natural lighting, dining nook, breakfast bar, in-unit washer/dryer, balcony, and attached 1 car garage. JOIN US THIS SATURDAY & SUNDAY APRIL 6TH & 7TH FROM 12PM-2PM. CONTACT SAM VAIL FOR ALL INQUIRIES AT 734-677-3500

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Siri, turn on the living room light.  Siri, play Metallica.  Siri, buy my house!

Sounds crazy, but it’s happening.  The real estate industry is in an upheaval & it’s affecting our local market.

From the cancellation of the Waterhill Music Festival to the Gelman plume conversation, we never have a shortage of local real estate news. I love talking about real estate.  My ears perk up when I hear someone talking about the value of their home, whether I’m enjoying a comfy chair at Sweetwaters or a corner stool at Jim Brady’s- I’m always up for a real estate conversation. Not just the typical, “Hey, can I sell your home?” either.  I am truly interested in what’s happening at the hyper-local level. 

On a national scale, the industry is undergoing

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