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  If you are a homeowner in Michigan and you are facing foreclosure, you may want to read this.  I speak with Homeowners all the time who are confused about whether t let their home go to sheriff’ sale or try and do a short sale to avoid it.  Let me share with you something that I found out recen...
04/01/2012
All I can say is “Unbelievable!  I guess you can take that many ways but it sure sums up the year.  From a business perspective we saw a year of uncertainty with a fairly flat market.  We definitely saw a lot of buyers out looking for a great deal.  We saw a lot of Seller’s coming to grips with t...
12/31/2011
It seems like I get calls every week from a potential buyer trying to tell me how they are going to steal a bank owned home.  No disrespect to the internet savvy buyer who is led to believe that they can pay pennies on the dollar for bank owned homes.  That has NOT BEEN THE case in Northwestern L...
10/13/2011
Despite national news, I have seen a sudden influx of cash buyers in the past month or so.  With prices in the area at a record low many cash buyers are finding it simply too irresistible to pass up investing on real estate.  Many industry analysts have claimed that there are literally billions o...
08/01/2010
Despite what you may hear on the national news or the street, the real estate market in the Traverse City Area is great.  Wait... let me clarify.  The residential market in the Traverse City Area is great.  With record low interest rates and flexible sellers, you will never find a better time to ...
07/19/2010
If you are a first time home buyer than terms like PMI, title Insurance, escrow and Earnest Money are probably completely foreign to your vocabulary.  Well if they are I am here to help give you the basics. 1.       FINANCES - For starters you need to have (or get) your finances in order.  Learn ...
06/16/2010
As a 22 year veteran of the business I have seen a lot of changes in my time but the short sale craze is been the most interesting I've seen in my career.  I am a believer in doing short sales and I've done my fair share of them recently.  First and foremost please be sure that whomever you choos...
06/16/2010
Now I’ve been in this business for a long time (20+ years) but I don’t ever recall a time when it was so hard to give away a perfectly good house. What do I mean? I have a wonderful home located in LaMar Estates near Chums Corners in Traverse City and I can’t seem to give the home away. Could it ...
06/10/2010
As time goes on we in the industry are seeing more and more short sale listings popping up.  And as time goes on I continue to be amazed at the lack of consistency in how agents handle short sale buyers.  I for one take the straight forward approach.  Let state that I am not an attorney and my co...
03/14/2010
Having been in the business back in the day when newspaper ads were all the rage, it was popular to always list a property $100 less than the actual price to give the appearance of a lower price.  I'll have to say it worked wonderfully for real estate back then.   In fact it is widely in use toda...
03/14/2010
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This Blog contains a wealth of information about general real estate, my listings, short sales and even a few helpful tips. With over 20 years in the business I feel I can offer anyone some good advice.