Livonia, MI Real Estate News

By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
(Real Estate One)
Are you a first time homebuyer?  Have you ever done any repairs on a home?  Are you handy?  How much extra money will you have after the closing? Those questions should determine what time of home you should buy.  If you have no skills and little money you should not be looking at those bargain basement Metro Detroit foreclosures that need a ton of work.  If those Metro Detroit foreclosures need all new carpeting, major drywall work, a kitchen redone, new windows, or a new roof you should be crossing those homes off your list. You should be concentrating on homes that are more move in ready.  Homes that you can move into and you can live in.  Yes there may be Metro Detroit foreclosures that need very little work and still be a bargain. Yes there may be even bargains in homes that are mo...
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By Mark Maupin See Blog Free Investors Training, National Real Estate Investors Network Host
(National Real Estate Network, LLC)
You see them everyday; they are incredibly valuable!  So why are you passing them up?   Troy, MI - Speckled Sheep are houses, large or small; all with something wrong with them.  They're ugly, stinky or financially upside down; no one wants speckled sheep...or do they?   Speckled sheep can be found everywhere, in enormous herds and their population is growing.  Chris Allred is an expert at herding speckled sheep; he will show real estate investors the huge opportunities available at a weekend conference in February.  Chris will join a panel of real estate and business experts who will address the concerns of today's troubled economy and show how to make money in a depressed market.   Chris Allred is a serial entrepreneur, real estate investor, consultant, and an agent of change.  He wil...
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
(Real Estate One)
 Livonia MI St. Mary Mercy Hospital St Mary's is located in western Wayne County in Livonia at 5 Mile Rd and Levan.    So many Livonia residents and Wayne County residents depend on St Mary Mercy Hospital for quality health care and emergency services. St. Mary Mercy Hospital(SMMH) in Livonia joined Saint Joseph Mercy Health System in February 2008. It is a 304-bed acute-care hospital providing the highest quality services with leading-edge technology. St. Mary Mercy has been named a Top 100 Hospital by Thomson Reuters; a Bariatric Surgery Center of   the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS); is a member of the Michigan Stroke Network as well as the Clinical Community Oncology Program (CCOP) for clinical research trials. St. Mary's also earned the 2008 and 2009 H...
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
(Real Estate One)
Livonia hospitalsSt. Mary's Hospital is located right in Livonia MI on 5 mile Rd.  If you don't want to use St. Mary's there are several hospitals within 20 minutes, Providence Hospital in Novi, Garden City hospital in Garden City, and Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn.  Many doctors, and dentist make Livonia home making it easy for you to locate a family practitioner close by.The city has good police force and good firemen that have worked hard to keep Livonia ranked in the top of the nation's safest cities. As the City´s motto proclaims, "People Come First" in Livonia.  With a population of over 100,000, Livonia is the:  2nd Largest City in Wayne County   the 8th Largest City in Michigan the 242nd Largest City in the United States. Livonia is recognized as the 7th Safest City in the countr...
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
(Real Estate One)
Real estate term explanation "Chasing the market down" If you price your Wayne County home high you will be chasing the market down.  What I mean by that is by the time you realize that you are overpriced you will lower it a little bit.  But by then the Metro Detroit real estate market value will have dropped.  So then even though you dropped your price you will be over priced for the Metro Detroit real estate market again.  This will happen over and over as you chase the market down.  You will finally get tired of chasing the market down.  You will either pull the house off the market or you will end up letting your Michigan home go for much less than what you originally listed it at. Let's do a general example with a Livonia home.  Currently most Livonia colonials are selling for abou...
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By Bob Jakowinicz, Michigan Real Estate Agent-- MI Real Adventures
(National Realty Centers Livonia--Bob Jakowinicz)
The cold winter months are quickly approaching here in Livonia and Northville Michigan.  With all the shake up with our big businesses lately it's hard to imagine much real estate relocation happening at all.  I would like to say that for me and my team we generally experience a bit of an upswing with corporate relocation buyers and sellers during the months of January through March.  It is still early December and we have two buyer's relocating here from other area's.  One found the home they love and are writing an offer this weekend and the other has their home search narrowed down but not in as big of a hurry.  We are just one small group of Livonia/Northville real estate agents so I imagine there are others experiencing the same thing.  If you are going to be selling your Northvill...
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By Debra Drummond, MichiganMoves Real Estate in SE Michigan
(RE/MAX Gallery)
There has never been a better time to buy your first home than right now. Given the current economy, you probably think I'm crazy, but hear me out. First of all, interest rates are still really great and there are rumbles about them getting better. Second is the first time homebuyer tax credit passed this year. And third, the mortgage is likely to be cheaper than paying rent. Case in point, my daughter. After she graduated from college in May, we started running some numbers in preparation for her leaving the nest. She was looking at between $600-750 per month for a small apartment. Based on what I was seeing on the market, I suggested we investigate foreclosed & HUD homes. Long story short...we found a really great 3 bedroom, 2 bath brick ranch with finished basement, fenced yard and 2...
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
(Real Estate One)
I spent time in the Military and being away from the family during the holidays is always a lonely time.  Instead of a real turkey being carved you usually got a slice of white turkey meat.  One thing I can say the military cooks were good.  I had quite a few good meals in the military.  Sure they were not gourmet but they were good. I give thanks to all those men and women protecting us around the world far from there families and friends.  To them I raise a drumstick salute.  May you stay safe and return to your family.  May you return soon so you can spend next Thanksgiving with your family. As a Realtor you know we are an independent group.  We don't like a nine to five cubicle.  We don't like being told when to be there or what to do.  But that is what the military is.  The militar...
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By Debra Drummond, MichiganMoves Real Estate in SE Michigan
(RE/MAX Gallery)
Bush, Bridge Loan, Bailout...lots of "B" words are being bantered about the cause of our current financial crisis and possible solutions. We here in Michigan never really enjoyed the recovery after 9/11 the way the rest of the country did. Now with the meltdown of the economy, the auto industry has taken a huge hit. Unfortunately, Congress adjourned for the Thanksgiving holiday without making a decision on assistance for the automakers. Mixed feelings aside about what the best course of action should be, I thought Rep. Thaddeus McCotter stated Michigan's case pretty well.
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By Mark Maupin See Blog Free Investors Training, National Real Estate Investors Network Host
(National Real Estate Network, LLC)
  Re: For Attendees and Activerain members who attended the Monthly Internet Roundtable at College   To all Our Friends from the Internet Marketing Roundtable,   I was just speaking with Mark Maupin when we realize it’s already been a very busy week since the Internet Marketing Roundtable Monthly last Thursday.  And we were wondering how much action is being taken out there, how much is actually getting done.  Then I thought we’d better send out a reminder, something to keep all the generously shared Internet Marketing Secrets used by Mark, Kevin, Al, Brother Bedford, and Myself alive in your head and help move you into action.  Specifically, let me recap for you 4 Key Strategies to Implement for Your Internet / Web / Online Business Marketing Program.   While each of the following Sear...
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
(Real Estate One)
One of the questions I always like my clients to ask themselves is can you really afford this.  In this market we are seeing thousands of Michigan foreclosures.  People that took chances, people that did questionable mortgages.  Most of these home buyers never could have predicted the events that caused some of these foreclosures. Some lost jobs, got divorced and could sell their Michigan home. But there was a percentage of Metro Detroit home buyers that never thought beyond buying that new home.  Some buyers stretched themselves into the home. That is what I don't want you to do.  I don't want to ask you " can you really afford this"  That is not my place.  You are old enough and responsible enough to make that decision.  It is none of my business.  I just want to keep the Livonia Home...
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By Mark Maupin See Blog Free Investors Training, National Real Estate Investors Network Host
(National Real Estate Network, LLC)
A lot of online marketers like to write articles to generate credibility for themselves or to market themselves as experts in their field.  A good article is one that grabs your attention and keeps you interested while you read it.  No one likes to read an article that drones on and on about how great and knowledgeable the writer is.  Short paragraphs with lots of good information will hold a reader's attention.  Adding some humor helps too, if it is appropriate for the subject in which you are writing about.  Here are some tips about writing each of the essential parts of an article.   The Title   The heading is important.  It should be something that catches a reader's attention and clearly describes what the article will be about.  The title should contain 25 to 65 characters; not to...
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
(Real Estate One)
LIVONIA MICHIGAN HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE/ELECTRONIC WASTE COLLECTION Wayne County will be conducting a Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day on Saturday, November 8th from 8:00am to 2:00pm at the Westland DPW Yard.  (37137 Marquette - East of Newburgh Rd, 1/2 mile south of Ford Rd).The November 8th drop-off event is your final opportunity in 2008 to rid your garage, basement and shed of unwanted and potentially hazardous waste; including paints, stains, dyes, lawn & garden chemicals, antifreeze, motor oil, gasoline, etc.  Electronic waste will also be collected including computers, monitors, keyboards, printers, scanners, cell phones, fax machines, copiers, televisions, etc.This event is open only to the residents of Wayne County, Michigan.  For questions regarding household hazardou...
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
(Real Estate One)
I had a prospective client email about putting an offer in on a Livonia Home for sale based on State Equalized property.  I emailed them back and told them to put Michigan's property tax assesment out of their head.  The reason I said this is that all Michigan homes most likely have SEV's (state equalized values) that are higher than what the Michigan home is worth.  Whether it s a Canton home, Livonia home, or Farmington Hills home for sale their actual current market value is lower than the SEV. It doesn't matter what the house was worth 3 years ago or what the State Equalized Value (SEV) was.  What you have to do is realize the current market is totally different.  Home values are dramatically lower! You have to look at the recent homes that have sold for.  They have to be close in s...
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By Debra Drummond, MichiganMoves Real Estate in SE Michigan
(RE/MAX Gallery)
The historic Wilson Barn is the site of Livonia's Pumpkin Fest being held Fridays through Sundays, October 17-19 and 24-26, and Wednesday and Thursday, October 29-30. Decked out in Halloween haunting style, the barn has been transformed and children aged 12 and under are invited to journey through the spooky historical horse stalls for lots of chills and thrills. Other activites include a pony ride, bounce house, and pumpkin patch. Cider & donuts are available in the Barn to get you in the seasonal spirit. Held 5:30 - 8:00 PM on the above dates, admission is $.50/person/trip through the haunted barn.
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
(Real Estate One)
What are the homes like in this Livonia subdivision?  How many homes are in the sub?  What are the home styles like.  See the latest Livonia homes for sale, and the recent sold Livonia homes in the subdivision. Here are some Livonia subdivisions.  If you have a Michigan relocation in your future and Livonia Michigan is on your short list this information may help you.  Click on the Livinia subdivision below:Blue Grass Farms SubdivisionBurton Hollow Estates SubdivisionBurton Hollow Woods SubdivisionCaliburn Estates SubdivisionCaliburn Manor SubdivisionCastle GardensSubdivision Compton Village SubdivisionCountry Homes Estates SubdivisionCoventry Gardens SubdivisionDeer Creek SubdivisionDenmar Estates SubdivisionFairway Farms SubdivisionFrancavilla SubdivisionGolf View Meadows SubdivisionG...
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
(Real Estate One)
 They are doing the Susan G Komen 3 day cancer walk in Metro Detroit yesterday, today and ending tomorrow. The Campsite is at Rotary Park in Livonia MI. Thousands of Metro Detroit women and men come together, each raising money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund. Then they take their commitment to end breast cancer one step further and walk 60 miles over the course of three days. My wife has had three bouts with cancer over the last 18 years.  She is always happy to see this walk go on.  She can barely walk a mile let alone the 60 miles.  In order to participate each walker has to raise $2200 in order to walk.  A tremendous committment for each walker both phsically and financially.  Three cheers for these women.                      ...
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
(Real Estate One)
Livonia MI real estate Laurel Park South subdivision is actually 2 subdivisions with one homeowners association.  Laurel Park South has approximately 336 homes in it.  The homes were built during the years of 1979 - 1985.  The homes are mostly Colonial, ranch, and Cape Cod style.  Most of the homes have brick exteriors, 2 car garages, 3-4 bedrooms, 2 + bathrooms, basements.Here is the Square footage of the colonial homes range from 1800 - 2400 square ft. ranch homes range from 1300 - 2200 square ft. The school district is Livonia Public SchoolsThe location of the subdivision is between 5 and 6 mile roads and between Newburgh and I-275 Roads.The streets that are in the Laurel Park South subdivision are:Mallory DrBloomfield DrS. Laurel Park DrBlue Skies DrMunger StBristol StBristol CtNola...
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
(Real Estate One)
Livonia Michigan real estate Blue Grass Farms subdivision.  Blue Grass Farms has approximately 214 homes in it.  The homes were built during the years of 1964 - 1969.  The homes are mostly Colonial, split level, and ranch style.  Most of the homes have brick exteriors, 2 car garages, 3-4 bedrooms, 1 & 2 + bathrooms, basements.Square footage of the colonial homes range from 1800 - 2500 square ft.Square footage of the ranch homes range from 1400 - 1800 square ftSquare footage of the split level homes range from 1600 - 2100 square ftAll of the above information is general information.  We do not guarantee the information.  This is to give a guide to the subdivision. The school district is Livonia Public SchoolsThe location of the subdivision is between 5 Mile rd and 6 mile roads and betwee...
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
(Real Estate One)
This blog post came about from a client.  I recently sold her house.  It wasn't a big house so she knew I didn't make a lot of money.  My client was nervous through the whole process.  She called me a lot.  She might have even called me every other day for 3 months.  A lot of calls but I understood that she was nervous. She and her husband were selling their Livonia colonial home to down size into a Metro Detroit condo.  They weren't sure where they wanted to live.  They just knew that the Livonia colonial home was too big.  She was nervous about the lifestyle change.  So she called. Sometimes that's what we do as realtors.  We explain the process.  We explain why the other realtor didn't give feedback.  It wasn't because they hated the house.   We explain the negotiation process why th...
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