Saline, MI Real Estate News

By Mark Druckmiller, Customer Care coordinator - Real Estate One headqu
(Real Estate One - Saline, Michigan)
(Day 11 of the 30 in 30 challenge.) Part 3 of The Builder from Hell After August, we did our PROPER research in locating a GOOD building contractor, to finish our house to get the PERMANENT certificate of occupancy, get the basement finished, and get the permanent stairway.  Not very exciting, except that indeed, referrals matter. We didn't hear from Fred directly from then on.  However, we got more involved with learning about Fred's travails through his current lawsuits, namely those involving our neighbors to the west, Biff and Miffy (not their real names).  They were suing him for not completing their home, and they were at least $80,000 in the hole for work paid for, but not complete....and that didn't even include legal fees on top of that.  That is, they were in for at least six-...
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By Mark Druckmiller, Customer Care coordinator - Real Estate One headqu
(Real Estate One - Saline, Michigan)
(Day 10 of the 30 in 30 challenge) Part 2 of The Builder from Hell Then the builder, we'll call him "Fred" (not his real name, or anything close), started to not show up.  When he DID show up, he came up with all sorts of excuses and reasons, all of them pretty bad.  Problems with his ex-wife.... (By the way...) LESSON #5: If you have to remove 12 mechanic's liens and a lien, placed by the wife of the builder, YOU ARE FREAKING DOOMED! ...problems with his brother regarding police, drugs, tear gas, and a S.W.A.T. team, illnesses, injuries, and so on.  We had a list of things that needed to be completed and where we were starting to get things knocked off the list, the rate of completion of the tasks started to drop.  He even claimed he retained Geoffrey Fieger to help his brother out.......
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By Mark Druckmiller, Customer Care coordinator - Real Estate One headqu
(Real Estate One - Saline, Michigan)
(Day 9 of the 30 in 30 challenge.) Part 1 of The Builder from Hell Going off on a tangent today.  I thought I'd share a horror story as a home buyer on my last house.  Why?  One reason is to get it all recorded here for posterity and perhaps link it so that I can refer to it over and over again (as I've told the story verbally several zillion times) and also perhaps to teach a few lessons.  Years ago, The Wife and I relocated back to Michigan (she was born here, I had lived here back in the 1980's after college), she had just started a new job.  We were moving out of a four-bedroom, 2100 square foot house in Illinois, recently built, but we had JUST gotten the basement finished for another 1000 square feet.  Anyway, I had dragged my Realtor through a month of weekends, looking at suitab...
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By Mark Druckmiller, Customer Care coordinator - Real Estate One headqu
(Real Estate One - Saline, Michigan)
(Day 8 of 30 in 30 challenge!) Okay, yesterday wasn't such a hot day for me.  However, I did get a comment perhaps about how applicable the topic of proximity to health care is for certain buyers.  I just happened to remember that I had a friend of my mother-in-law comment that she'd like to live down here near Ann Arbor, just so she "could be close to U of M hospitals" just in case.  We DID however, in my immediate area, see that our hometown hospital here in Saline no longer performs in-patient care.  But that doesn't mean the world has gone to heck in a handbasket.  It just means if they have to stay overnight and get further specialized treatment, it's just an ambulance ride away, usually less than an hour, to be in a hospital such as the University of Michigan hospitals or St. Jose...
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By Mark Druckmiller, Customer Care coordinator - Real Estate One headqu
(Real Estate One - Saline, Michigan)
(Day 3 of the 30-day-blog challenge...) This isn't so much of a blog post as it is more of a RANT. I just gained another client today....due to SOME of you resisting, or maybe outright REFUSING to work weekends.  Huh?  This is real estate, people are buying, selling, looking, searching at all hours of the day and night.  Not that I expect 2AM phone calls, but one of my clients was no longer in the search for a new home, a co-worker of hers overheard my conversation.  She turned around and asked, "Are you a real estate agent?" "Why yes, I am..." "I LOVE YOU!", she exclaims. Wow.  Turns out that she had tried to work with agents with two other companies in town and that they either resisted doing showings or just flat-out refused to work with her on a saturday. Huh?  What is this?  This i...
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By Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
(Missy Caulk TEAM)
9056 Emerson in Saline Michigan a short sale closes today. The offer was submitted on March 30th. It has two loans both with Sun Trust.  The buyers hung in there. Most of my short sales that fail to close are due to buyers getting tired of waiting and having to start the process over. I have had 5 offers on one of my Short Sales and each time the buyers walked. I think the negotiator is sick of it. I know my sellers are. Of course being the eternal optimist I am still believing it will close. I will post more details later. But, today am just happy for the closing on Emerson. One of the most valuable sites I have found is Short Sale Superstars. The very minute I get a short sale listing I go there to see how other Realtors have dealt with the bank in question. It is such a supportive ne...
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By Mark Druckmiller, Customer Care coordinator - Real Estate One headqu
(Real Estate One - Saline, Michigan)
(....strange, these humans are...) I gained another client yesterday.  Actually, it was about 11:30 the previous night when I got an emailed inquiry about one of my listings for sale.  She wanted to know if it was available for rent.  Sadly, I had to let her know that the seller wants ONLY to sell, not rent.  HOWEVER, I asked her if I can help her find a rental for her.  She said yes.  (w00t!) But she then told me that "other agents said there were really no other rentals in the area" for that price range and location (or the whole town for that matter).  I told her, "I don't give up that easily, I'll be back in a few minutes with something for you." I located SEVEN rental homes, all in the MLS, fer Pete's sake, and forwarded the specifications to my new client.  We chose two to look at...
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By Mark Druckmiller, Customer Care coordinator - Real Estate One headqu
(Real Estate One - Saline, Michigan)
It was a beautiful day, and with great timing, the Saline Summerfest was in full swing.  I had attended in past years of course, but it seems like this year the car show really got going.  It had extended two blocks north of the center of town, wrapped itself around the corner of one other street and took over another parking lot this time.    Just for fun, they had live music in the middle of this strip as well over in the south section of the festival behind the vendors.  Plenty of food and plenty of things to see and do! I'll have more on Summerfest later today, as I am encountering a few technical difficulties.
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By Kathy Toth, Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team
(Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams)
What is happening in the Saline Real Estate market? How much are homes selling for with regard to average Sales Price per Square Feet? The average sold price per square foot is about $110.35. The chart provided by Affinity Valuations, appraisal company, shows the trend line of average sale price per square feet sold in Saline schools over the last 12 months. As you can see the trend line shows prices around $110 per square feet over the last 12 months. There is a 23 month supply of Saline homes. If no other Saline residential homes were put on the market, it would take about 2 years to sell these homes. Anything over 6 months is a buyers market. Shown in chart below, Saline asking prices were up 6.6 percent from July 09′ to July 10′ and median sold prices are up 22 percent for this time...
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By Mark Druckmiller, Customer Care coordinator - Real Estate One headqu
(Real Estate One - Saline, Michigan)
What is your opinion?  It could be due to heavy competition or not, but I've seen how many agents work and many seem to stick to a certain area to "micro-specialize" and others have gone in the opposite direction and spread out to a wide area to gain a bigger share of the market.  I'm personally curious because I do about half of the former and half of the latter. I don't know if that's perhaps it's a comfort thing, where I've met an agent who specialized in land, and another that specializes "in the northern subdivisions" (their words, not mine).  Both were seasoned veterans and, it may not be politically correct to say, OLDER than myself.  It could be they're getting all the business they can handle, even with the current economy and housing markets, which is a good thing, or they're ...
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By Kathy Toth, Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team
(Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams)
Over the last 12 months 265 homes have sold ranging in bedrooms 2 to 6 and baths from 1 to 5.  The home sizes sold ranged from 815 square feet to 11,237 sf. The list prices were from $37,900 to $2,500,000. The highest sale price was $2,100,000; average sold price for the last 12 months was $270,101. Sellers received an average sold price compared to list price of 96%. There are 265 (vs. 252 last month) active Saline homes for sale ranging from 1 bedroom to 6 and 1 baths to 6. The homes range in size from 768 square foot to 7,704 square foot. The list prices are from $29,900 to $2,169,200. All in all it remains a buyers market regarding Saline Real Estate with a buffett of opportunity, low interest rates and affordable homes. There are at least 10 non private owned homes with many short ...
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By Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
(Missy Caulk TEAM)
I need your help. The Pepsi Refresh Project Pepsi has been offering an opportunity for schools and non-profits to earn money through their Refresh Project.  You can go to the site and see if any non-profits have submitted a project and vote there. Saline Area Schools Saline is currently number 15 in line for the $25,000.00 award. Only the top 10 in each price will be award a portion of the 1.3 Million, Pepsi is offering. Prices will be offered to the Top 10 in the 5K, 25K, 50K and 250K price ranges. Stephen Laatsch, Assistant Superintendent for Saline Area Schools, is the program administrator. The Saline Goal Project Lead The Way is the most innovative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program that I have ever seen. It uses a powerful combination of computer based techn...
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By Kathy Toth, Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team
(Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams)
Saline MI Real Estate Statistics: Price Per Square Foot Trend is Flat Over the Last Year The sold price per square feet is hovering above $110.  The chart provided by Affinity Valuations, appraisal company, shows the trend line of average sale price per square feet sold in Saline schools over the last 12 months. As you can see the trend line shows prices are flat over the last 12 months. Shown in chart below, Saline asking prices were up 11 percent from April 09′ to April 10′ and median sold prices are up 17 percent for this time frame. The chart below shows that the number of homes for sale from April 09′ vs. April 10′ is down 9 percent and number of homes sold during this time frame is down 62 percent. The trend lines both show a slight downward course.  The supply is shrinking, due ...
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By Kathy Toth, Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team
(Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams)
What is happening in the Saline Real Estate market? How much are homes selling for with regard to average Sales Price per Square Feet? In 2009, the average sold price per square foot is about $110.35. The chart provided by Affinity Valuations, appraisal company, shows the trend line of average sale price per square feet sold in Saline schools over the last 12 months. As you can see the trend line shows prices around $110 per square feet over the last 12 months. There is a 25 month supply of Saline homes. If no other Saline residential homes were put on the market, it would take about 2 years to sell these homes. Anything over 6 months is a buyers market. Shown in chart below, Saline asking prices were up 13 percent from March 09′ to March 10′ and median sold prices are down 26 percent f...
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By Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
(Missy Caulk TEAM)
AAI is the American Athletic Institute is a Sports Consulting Firm dedicated to helping people both in and out of sports.The AAI primary focus is on  the education of student athletics on the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Recently AAI staff made a trip to Saline High School and as they posted on their web-site:"What an incredible school", said John Underwood (Director of AAI).  Underwood stated he was absolutely impressed by the commitment to excellence in athletics. Coming off winning several State Championships from winter sports, the timing for this program was fantastic... The coaches and school administrators spent most of the day observing programming from AAI. When we had a break for dinner, the Superintendent (Scott Graden) asked to join us. "That is a rarety" said Underwood. Th...
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By Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
(Missy Caulk TEAM)
Torwood Subdivision is located in the City of Saline, just across Mill Pond.   View Larger Map Just across Mill Pond Dam off Austin Drive. Next to St. Andrews Catholic Church Developed by Bob Thurman Different semi-custom builders were invited to build in Torwood when it opened in 1996. Torwood was built in 4 phases, currently there are still vacant lots of sale in Phase 4, which backs to a Ravine and all the lots are wooded. City of Saline taxes, fire and police Walk to down-town, Mickeys Dairy, Dance Alliance and shopping. Lot sizes are a minimum of 60 X 120. See the styles of homes in Torwood. The majority of homes are in the 3 to 400,000's. Minutes to St. Joseph Hospital (award winning) Top 100 Styles of homes in Torwood My first year in Real Estate I represented Heartland Home Buil...
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By Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
(Missy Caulk TEAM)
  Hunters Ridge Subdivision Saline MI   Hunters Ridge Subdivision in Saline, MI 48176 Pittsfield Township Saline Schools Hunters Ridge Subdivision is located only minutes to the new Saline High School. Children attend Pleasant Ridge Elementary School Low association fees, only 35.00 per year Built in 1990 to present Bayberry Construction is the primary builder and there are numerous custom homes. All lots are a minimum of 1 Ac and have well and septic. Very little turn over, very quiet and peaceful Only minutes to Pittsfield Township Hall and Fire and Police Stations Easy access to U.S. 23 and I 94. There are 72 homes in Hunters Ridge.   Click here to find Homes for sale in Saline   Beautiful Hunters Ridge Homes   Guess which is my house?  These are all photos of my surrounding neighbor...
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By Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
(Missy Caulk TEAM)
Lohr Lake Village, located on the south side of Ann Arbor in Pittsfield Township. Children attend Saline Area Schools. Lohr Lake was started in 1992 and most home completed by 1995. Althought there are a few lots still available to purchase and build on.   Lohr Lake is a quaint neighborhood with walking trails, fountains, ponds, and a pedestrian bridge. Most of the homes are 2 story colonials , 4 bedrooms, 2.1 baths and average between 2500-3500 SF Pittsfield Township taxes, Saline Schools. K-1 (Houghton), 2-4 (Harvest),  5-6 (Heritage), 7-8 (Saline Middle School), 9-12 (Saline High School) Built by Bayberry Construction and Harris Homes. Many people moving to the Ann Arbor Area, like having an Ann Arbor mailing address and Lohr Lake Village affords you to that but then the children att...
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By Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
(Missy Caulk TEAM)
Saline, Michigan Market Reports for Single Family Residence and Condo's. You can sign up to receive these market reports on a monthly basis on Ann Arbor Real Estate Market Reports. 42 Homes were listed in Saline from March 1st to March 31st, 2010. 24 Homes sold in Saline between March 1st and March 31st, 2010. Condos 8 Condo's were listed in Saline from March 1st to March 31st, 2010 4 Condos were sold in Saline between March 1st and March 31st, 2010. ******************************************* Missy Caulk & Team can be reached at 734-216-2822 or email: Missy@MissyCaulk.com Our TEAM of 6 buyer associates are available to help you relocate to Ann Arbor, Saline, Dexter, Chelsea, Milan, Ypsilanti Township, Clinton, Manchester, Whitmore Lake, or throughout Washtenaw County, MI. Free Home Eva...
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By Kathy Toth, Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team
(Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams)
Ann Arbor Michigan Real Estate: Warner Creek Subdivison Saline MI   View Larger Map Beautiful Warner Creek subdivions in Saline, Michigan is a gorgeous development of 251 homes offering a great lifestyle for residents in Saline, Michigan.  The subdivision is located a short distance from the City of Saline itself. Being a short drive from all that Ann Arbor has to offer this really is a community ideal for a growing family looking to get the best of rural and urban living. Don't forget that CNN Money once named Saline in the top 100 best places to live! The properties in Warner Creek were constructed in the 1980's mostly in the two story colonial style or occasionally some ranches. Units range in size from 1600 to 2400 square feet. Prices for properties are in the mid $200,000's. Childr...
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