Now Might Be a Great Time to Sell Your Home


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Our market is definitely a seller’s market—it’s been unbelievable.

On the selling side, I normally keep 80 to 100 listings at any given time. This past year, if I got 50, that was a lot. I was scared to death that I was losing my inventory.

Looking at the statistics, the average days on market went from 36 days in 2016 to 24 days in 2017, and from there, it’s gone down to 18 days this year. The homes we list often receive offers the very afternoon they’re listed—they’re flying off the market. Some clients are frustrated because they can’t get to the homes fast enough.

Additionally, the average sales price has gone up by almost $20,000 from 2017 to 2018, which is a considerable increase.




Though many think that this time of year is slow for real estate, that’s not the case in our office.


Because of all this, if you’ve ever thought about selling your home, now is the time to do so.

Though many think that this time of year is slow for real estate, that’s not the case in our office; some of my best months have been November and December.

If you have any questions or are looking to sell your home, reach out to us. Our team offers great customer service and communication, which is critical in a transaction. We’re going at it 24/7, with four full-time assistants to help on the listing side. We’d be happy to speak with you and form a plan of how you can take advantage of this opportune seller’s market.

Read Up on How to Get More Money for Your Home



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If you haven’t sold a home in the last five to 10 years, a lot of things have changed about our real estate market.

In fact, our market is changing constantly, so if you’re thinking of selling your home soon,
I recommend that you read my book “How to Get More Money for Your Home.”




If you’d like a free copy, just call us at (517) 999-2675 and we’d be glad to send you one.


It’s a simple read, but it contains a lot of great, helpful points that explain how to sell your home for the highest possible price. If you’d like a free copy, just call us at (517) 999-2675 and we’d be glad to send you one.

If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me as well. I’d be happy to help you.

Tips For Preparing Your Landscaping for the Fall



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It’s that time of year when there seems to be a 30-degree difference between the night and day. It’s not quite fall—the leaves haven’t changed yet—but the season is coming upon us. With that, I wanted to take some time to talk about the fall season, at least with respect to real estate. Are you ready for it?

I’ve been into landscaping since birth, and I’ve been spending a lot of time getting the exterior of my home ready for the springtime. By that, I mean things like clearing out the gutters, which ought to be checked every four or five years, regardless of whether you have a service that comes out to take care of it. It’s also a good time to take care of your trees; make sure you don’t have any overhanging branches that are liable to fall if they’re laden with ice and snow.




If you start taking care of your lawn now, it will be much easier to maintain in the spring.


If you start taking care of your lawn now, it will be much easier to maintain in the spring. Many people take it for granted, but from personal experience, I know how frustrating it can be to clear up snow and leaves when it comes time.

It’s a good idea to create and follow through with a checklist of the items you need to take care of in your yard before fall hits. If you need any advice about what should be on that checklist, fall yard maintenance in general, or anything real estate-related, please feel free to reach out to us. We have a knowledgeable staff who can provide great tips and tricks to getting your home in shape.

Sellers: Right Now Is a Fantastic Time to List



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There are many, many buyers out there today in our local market. However, there simply aren’t enough homes out there to match this high level of buyer demand.


If you’ve been thinking of selling your home, now may be the ideal time to do so. I myself sold my home this past year, and I was very successful in that transaction.


If you want to sell your home quickly and for top dollar, don’t hesitate to seize this opportunity.

So, if you want to sell your home quickly and for top dollar, don’t hesitate to seize this opportunity. Listings these days are commonly seeing multiple offers and are often selling for thousands above list price. 

If you have any other questions, would like more information, or want to know how my team can help you list, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

“Mac Facts”: What Real Estate Investors Need to Know



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Today on “Mac Facts,” I’m here with buyer’s agent Michele Hrusovsky to discuss what people ought to know before investing in real estate and how a buyer’s agent can help.

Michele worked in the hotel business for 18 years. She loved the customer service aspect, but was ready for a change. That was when she and her husband began flipping houses on the side. They had a lot of interactions with agents when finding the right house to buy, flip, and sell. Eventually, she had the bright idea to try becoming an agent.

Before investing in a property, potential real estate investors need to know their money. They need to understand what they’re going to be putting into the house. If they’re flipping the house, for instance, they’ll need to get bids and understand what the costs are going to be and determine whether or not the return is worth the investment. 




Even experienced investors should use the services of a buyer’s agent.


Even experienced investors should use the services of a buyer’s agent. They’re extremely helpful in that they’ll not only negotiate on your behalf and have your best interests at heart, but they can also do comparative analyses before and after the flip to ensure that you’re investing in the right property, that you’re not over-investing in an area, and that you have realistic expectations for what you can sell the property for.

If you have any questions about buying, selling, or investing in real estate, please feel free to reach out to us. We'd be happy to help you.

What to Look for in a Good Lender




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In the search for a good lender, it is important to first identify some of the reasons to avoid a bad lender.

Recently, we had a couple of clients who didn’t use the lenders we recommended. They wanted to save a couple hundred dollars and decided to use big-box lenders. As a result, we ran into situations where they had not requested the items that were needed to complete the file in a timely fashion.

When we got to underwriting, we had to seek extensions from the seller in order to get these materials and complete the transaction. Big-box lenders often lack a sense of urgency that smaller, local lenders have. Good lenders want you to complete your paperwork as quickly as possible.

Another problem is that big-box lenders are not always available. The real estate market can be volatile, and changes require an immediate response. That means you might need to get a hold of your lender on a weekend. Big-box lenders are often unavailable from Friday at 3 o’clock until Monday morning. The lenders we work with are always available.

So, what are some other things that make a good lender? 




A good lender will be available to answer any questions and help you meet your timelines.


First and foremost, they are easy to get along with. You should have a good relationship with your lender. They’re going to be asking you a lot of personal questions about you and your family and your financial situation. With this in mind, you want to work with someone who is kind, courteous, and professional. The lenders we generally recommend are very timely in their response.

A good lender is also proactive. A good lender has the experience to know what you’re going to need to make your transaction happen, takes the initiative to prepare documents, and has them ready to go, when possible before you’ve specifically asked for them.

Finally, they have a good sense of timeliness and urgency. A good lender knows that you want to get into your new home as soon as possible, and will put forth considerable effort to meet your timelines. If you only have five weeks to close on a home, they will make sure that you meet that deadline.

If you have any other questions about buying a home or need a referral to a lender, just give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!

Meet Erin Munich: Buyer’s Agent



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Today, I’m here with our buyer’s agent, Erin Munich, to discuss her role on our team.

Erin has been a buyer’s agent for almost three years but has aspired to become one since her early 20s. She was finally able to make the jump, and now she loves it.


She is motivated by the fact that buying a house is probably the biggest investment that most people will make, so she really wants to help clients make the right decision. Her goal is to make sure that they’re looking at the right details when buying a house, instead of just glossing over the superficial details like paint color and decoration. More important details to pay attention to are the price point, location, and structure, since it will be where they spend the rest of their lives.



Buying and selling a home is a very emotional transaction, which is why Realtors are there.


According to Erin, buyers should be aware that the market right now is quite competitive, so it’s really important that people know what their top budget is. Ask your lender about your budget and monthly payments because the worst thing that could happen would be to find a home that you love and have it get swept out from under you by another buyer. Get pre-approved to know what price point they should be looking in and to know what potential roadblocks can get in the way during the buying process.


The process can be fun, and it can also be frustrating. Depending on the financing you qualify for, there are certain conditions that the home must satisfy. This is why we do an inspection to make sure that the home can satisfy all those qualifications for the loan. This may involve some negotiations to remedy those issues.


Buying and selling a home is a very emotional transaction, which is why Realtors are there. A listing agent’s first priority is to care of the seller’s needs. A buying agent’s sole purpose is to make sure their clients know exactly what it is they’re buying and that they’re getting it for the right price. They’re not there to talk you into buying a house; they could care less if you buy this or that house. Buyer’s agents don’t get paid until they’ve fulfilled their duties, which won’t happen until the client is happy with their purchase. When that happens, it’s the best.


If you have any questions about the services buyer’s agents provide or about real estate in general, please feel free to give us a call. Remember, it’s our job to make sure that you’re informed and satisfied.