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If you have ever wanted to buy vacant land in the Grand Traverse Region you could not pick a better time than right now.  With banks tightening up lending guidelines for new construction over the past year, few builders willing or able to secure financing for spec homes and few buyers willing to ...
02/28/2010
While many people are aware that the deadline for the Federal House Tax Credit is April 30 but it (May 1st) is also the deadline in for claiming a homestead exemption.  Why is this important?  If the property you are buying is bank owned and it is currently showing 100% homestead exemption, on Ma...
02/28/2010
If you or someone you know is thinking of taking advantage of the Federal House Tax Credit do not forget about the April 30th deadline to have a home under contract and close by June 30th.  If you should find yourself running out of time, you might consider putting in offers on multiple propertie...
02/28/2010
If you thought about waiting to list your home to fix up a few things, paint or get new carpets, etc., don't bother.   Why?  Many buyers are coming out of the woodwork to take advantage of the $8,000 tax credit (Visit www.FederalHousingTaxCredit.com for details).  To a buyer your home may be wort...
02/04/2010
I received a call this evening from a woman who unfortunately had lost her home to foreclosure over a year ago.  She was referred to me and emailed me to ask if there was any way she could put in an offer to buy her home back.  She said her daughter was willing to buy the home and rent it back to...
01/18/2010
Visit these sites for mostly free online services to save you a lot of time and make you look more professional. 1. ONLINE PHOTO STORAGE (Free) - Posting Online Photos that are too large to email. Upload to Picassa and email the link. http://picasa.google.com 2. VISUAL VOICEMAIL (Free) - If you w...
10/14/2009
As temperatures drop in the area it reminds me of shopping for foreclosures homes last winter with buyers. We would see these bright orange and green stickers in the kitchen and bathroom stating the home had been winterized.  Often times it was done in late fall or occasionally in the middle of w...
10/13/2009
Finally...here is some great news for the Michigan Real Estate market.  3 cities in Michigan were ranked in the top 10 in the nation for House Hunting.  You can get your best bang for the buck in these cities according to the Today Show.  The criteria were cities where home prices have dropped th...
10/13/2009
I'll spare you and get right to the tip - Create an additional user (Call it Buyer Presentation, Seller Presentation, etc).  Why go to the trouble?  I'll tell you. I had the pleasure of attending the Michigan Association of Realtors Conference here in my home town of Traverse City last week and d...
10/11/2009
This has been by far the strangest summer and fall I can recall since moving to Northern Michigan in 2001. This summer was cooler than normal but mainly dry which was a good thing in my mind.  September was wonderfully summer and warm and here we are in October and it has been less than pleasant...
10/11/2009
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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.