Wexford County, MI Real Estate News

By Ben Williams
(Lake Life Real Estate)
FLOREY'S RANCH IS AVAILABLE FOR YOUR FAMILY   Rolling hills - excellent subdivision. Short drive to many of the inland lakes and minutes from Traverse City Shopping, Hospitals, and entertainment. Buildable lot, will build to suit. Traverse City Homes for Sale Follow This Property! Search All Homes For Sale Free Home Values Homes Close to Where You Work Schedule a Showing/Request Info Presented By: Team Ben Williams The Trusted Real Estate Advisors For Veterans Coldwell Banker Schmidt REALTORS - Traverse City 522 E. Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49686 231-632-7888 Licensed In: MI License #: 6501387197  
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By Ben Williams
(Lake Life Real Estate)
  JUST SOLD! A Marine's 1st Home in 30 plus Years by Ben Williams Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure My Reviews Follow This Home! Traverse City Homes for Sale Search All Homes For Sale Free Home Values Homes Close to Where You Work Presented By: Ben Williams Realtor Coldwell Banker Schmidt REALTORS - Traverse City 522 E. Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49686 231-632-7888 Licensed In: MI License #: 6501387197   Schedule a Showing/Request Info $ Click for current price3 BEDROOMS | 1065 SQUARE FEET Adorable updated home, one-level living, with all the conveniences of today. A covered porch greets you as does the warm wood laminate floor in the living room which is open to the dining area complete with ceramic tile and slider to covered back porch.     The kitchen als...
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By Ben Williams
(Lake Life Real Estate)
  Va Buyers in Buckley, MI by Ben WIlliams  Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure My Reviews Follow This Home! Traverse City Homes for Sale Search All Homes For Sale Free Home Values Homes Close to Where You Work Presented By: Ben Williams Realtor Coldwell Banker Schmidt REALTORS - Traverse City 522 E. Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49686 231-632-7888 Licensed In: MI License #: 6501387197   Schedule a Showing/Request Info $ Click for current price3 BEDROOMS | 1065 SQUARE FEET Adorable updated home, one-level living, with all the conveniences of today. A covered porch greets you as does the warm wood laminate floor in the living room which is open to the dining area complete with ceramic tile and slider to covered back porch.     The kitchen also has ceramic tile flo...
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By Ben Williams
(Lake Life Real Estate)
A Marine and His Home by Ben Williams 150 Pheashant Run, Buckley, MI Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure My Reviews $ Click for current price 3 BEDROOMS | 1065 SQUARE FEET Adorable updated home, one-level living, with all the conveniences of today. A covered porch greets you as does the warm wood laminate floor in the living room which is open to the dining area complete with ceramic tile and slider to covered back porch.     The kitchen also has ceramic tile floor and sparkling white appliances. Room sizes are comfortable with natural light. There is a full bath off the hall plus private 3/4 bath for the master. A hall closet with French doors opens to a front load stackable washer and dryer. Garage is attached and the 1 acre lot has clos...
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By Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust!
(Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions")
Not all buyers who spin a great story and seem to be real are real.  What a shock!  The problem is sellers are the ones shocked.  Professional real estate agents take the time to qualify buyers.  It can be a huge waste of time and energy to have a "looker" someone who has no itention of buying.  This is completely different from the nosey neighbor that comes to your open house.  A looker is someone who can not buy but likes to look at other peoples homes to get ideas on how to decorate their home. They usually don't have an agent.  Why would they?  The "looker" doesn't intend on buying anything.  The unsuspecting agent that does not ask the right questions shows them home after home.  If the "looker" zeros in on a particular property they may want to see it a couple times to make sure t...
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By Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust!
(Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions")
Our mobile offices, as I call them, need to be safe and reliable. I want to keep up on current events at the same time.  My vehicles are seriously connected with "Sirius" radio.  I can catch talk shows, streaming news channels, music for any generation of listener and a but to push when you just want quiet! My mobile office is equipped with with charging outlets for my laptop and a 110 volt printed if and when I need to use it. The best thing I ever did for myself was get connected via satellite in my vehicles.  It has brought me hours of information that would have been only available if I dedicated time to catch-up. If you are active and show homes your territory can be a limited as you want or as large as your state!  Being able to relax and meet your appointment schedules is treat y...
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By Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust!
(Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions")
Michigan winter weather.... snow, ice, blowing, drifting... now raining, pouring, heavy rain overnight...tomorrow dropping temps and lots of snow.     We have change of seasons 24/7 with spring like driving one day and winter the next.  Ice hidden under the snow is now slippery and exposed.  Today dropping off an offer, I took a step and did the Watusi. My version of a ballet with the spinning splits on ice!  I did this at a busy intersection parking lot.  I did get a few honks and I took a bow!  They enjoyed my little unexpected dance.  It could have been very ugly just as easily with a fracture or head injury instead of some entertainment for passersby. I saw the ice and was prepared for a little slip and slide. Be safe and prepared both personally at home and in your car.  Weather ch...
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By Jilane Fenner
(EXIT Realty Greater Cadillac)
It may be time to look at real estate for its investment benefits.  NOW is a great time to buy! With so many properties to choose from, buyers have more strategies to choose from.  Here in Cadillac, MI there are more foreclosures availabe for sale than ever before, many single family homes, even multi-family homes & with interest rates still at an all time low housing is much more affordable.  In the last year I've been selling homes for $6,100, $12,500, $13,000, $14,500, $20,000 even $21,000 for a 3 bedroom with a pole barn & 10 acres!  Unbelievable prices!! A home can hedge against inflation & usually tends to appreciate over the years providing you paid the "right" price, not too much at the time of purchase.  Owning a house can help with wealth building, enhance your credit score & ...
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In today's wireless world it is more important than ever to stay connected. We all know to well that technology isn't slowing down. We are often left wondering how that computer we bought just 2 years ago isn't working so well anymore. Often the same is true for our pocket books. The money we made just a few years ago isn't doing as much for us. Top that with the fact many have lost a part of their income, the prospects of affording that technologically advanced computer may be slim. For most of us that means trying to find that bargain at "box stores" (WalMart, Best Buy, etc.). As a long time financial supporter of WalMart's low prices, I can honestly tell you shopping a box store for a computer may not always the best choice. Specialty computer stores are conscious of not only the fin...
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              There has been a lot of news coming out of Washington lately about the housing and foreclosure crisis. I get many questions from people who want to know if they "qualify" for help. That's why I am going to briefly explain the highlights of President Obama's plan to reduce foreclosures. It is estimated (by the government) that this plan will help up to 9 million homeowners. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, there are about 51 million first mortgages in the United States which means about 18% of the total might qualify. On March 4, 2009 we finally were given the "details" everyone has been waiting to hear. Please keep in mind that this is just a summary and that there are additional details. You can learn more about the plan by going to the US Government website...
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By Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust!
(Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions")
I thought you should think this over if you are a broker and recruiting agents. I have decided not to hire agents but select them!  This may sound like a non-issue but just like any other profession we have good and bad agents...we have good and bad brokers too! As a broker our business is only as good as our agents and the representation methods they use.  This past week I was interviewing an agent.  The nice part he was a referral from a broker leaving the business that I had know for some 10 years. The broker gave me a great recommendation and the agent seemed to have a clear background history.  I did my normal checks. I called the local MLS broad to see how long he has been a member.  I found he has been in good standing for over five years and no problems.  I did my other checks w...
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By Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust!
(Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions")
Healthier New Year--Alright, I've been saying the same thing every year at this time.  I'm going to lose the 20 pounds that have crept up on me, (the past 10 years!)  It's my lie I am going to stick too it!   I'm going to spend the extra time each day and exercise, I'm going to spend more time with my wife and family.   Now is the time and this is the year that I'm actually going to do it!  We can do everything for our clients, we can be the best agent and if you are gone tomorrow...will your family say....he was a "Good Agent" or a "Great Dad, Spouse and Friend?" That kind of put things in perspective for me.  I just had a friend...not all that close but known her for 20+ years...better than a hi-bye friend.  She was driving and had a stroke.  No warning...no clues...no exercise or die...
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By Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust!
(Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions")
Well the talk is the economy and rightfully so. The other issue is, when is the bailout going to start working?  The American tax payer is on the hook for what used to be our National debt now it is our International Debt! Did you know which banks and lending institutions received your bailout money?  Did you know who was given what amount? We also know General Motors and Chrysler received bailout money not on the list but you may be surprised with one entry that hasn't received much press time. Here is the bailout numbers according to the US Department of Treasury. Citigroup.......................$25  Billion JP Morgan.....................$25  Billion Well Fargo....................$25  Billion Bank of America............$15  BillionGoldman Sacks..............$10  BillionMorgan Stanley....
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By Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust!
(Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions")
Effective advertising is always a challenge unless you know where and how to generate buyer leads.  I see many agents using newspapers with small one line recurring ads.  This may help the agent generate a specific type of prospect but it may not help his overall business as effectively as other sources of media. Sellers love to see their home in print.  Is print media the right place.  This depends on your market area.  Many areas do not have a "Real Estate" channel dedicated to residential homes.  So print may be the only choice but the type of print media may be a wide open choice.  Direct mail inserts is an option to display space advertising.  More costly but more effective.  You certainly can hand over some big dollars if you make the wrong choices or use a status quo approach. If...
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By Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust!
(Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions")
I sing the praises of any formats that works and creates new business.  Active Rain has created some very good leads for me from a variety of clients and other brokers as referrals. Recently I have had two leads that have materialized into very positive experiences.  One was a referral by an Active Rain member...she doesn't know it...but I am sending Kris Wales a token of my appreciation because she gave me the name of another AR member to whom I referred a client.  It worked and I received a referral fee. The other was from across the nation and I referred out the lead to one of my agents who subsequently sold a property to the referral client and we sent a referral check back in appreciation. The third was a referral from another broken directly to me to help a relocating client.  All...
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By Jon Boyd, Ann Arbor Real Estate Buyers Agent
(Home Buyer's Agent of Ann Arbor)
 Since we are actively looking out for the buyer's best interest we often come across situations where we need more informatioin than an inspector is able to tell us. We need a structural engineer.We've now had excellent reviews from a number of clients on James Standen of Standen Engineering.http://standenengineering.com/He looked at a brick garage issue that had our regular inspector confused. After a couple minutes looking and measuring Jim was able to tell us exactly what was going on and why. And it all made perfect sense. In fact it made so much sense that I couldn't understand why I hadn't seen it the way he did. Helping Home Buyers Locate, Evaluate, and Negotiate great home deals!Jon Boyd, Broker/ManagerThe Home Buyer's Agent of Ann Arbor, Inc.http://buyersagentannarbor.com/734-...
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By Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust!
(Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions")
It doesn't really matter what type of service you need, finding a licensed competent provider is the hard part.  Today and everyday it gets easier with the Internet.Google or search under the name of the service and the area you need the service.Check under the State you live in, this case Michigan for active licensing.  Making sure your company or person of choice is licensed.Ask to see a copy of their insurance certificate....making sure you are covered by their insurance if they injure themselves while on your property.  Yes, if they get injured and you hired them and they do not have insurance you could be liable for the medical bills and other costs.  Most people do not know this problem could even happen to them.When checking the state see if they have any judgements against them,...
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By Jim Meier
(Premier Realty Co.,LLC)
So how is the market? Everybody wants to know. Buyers want to know if it's a good time to buy. Sellers want to know if it's a good time to sell. Here's something for you to consider. It's a comparison of the sales first 6 months of the last 5 years for single family residential homes. "Based on information, in whole or in part, taken from Paul Bunyan MLS, Inc., Paul Bunyan Board of REALTORS®, for the period January 1, 2003 through June 30, 2007 and may not represent all data available." Contact me and I'll be happy to to explain what the numbers mean for you.
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By Jim Meier
(Premier Realty Co.,LLC)
Here's the January through June numbers for Wexford and Missaukee Counties. As you can see, the price of homes has dropped from a year ago. If you are thinking about selling, this is just one more reason you need to get a good real estate agent. WEXFORD AND MISSAUKEE COUNTIES Cadillac, Lake City, Manton, Mesick, McBain and surrounding areas January 1 thru June 30 January 1 thru June 30 2007 2006 # OF RESIDENTIAL UNITS SOLD 324 322 AVERAGE SALE PRICE $100,651 $107,372 DAYS ON THE MARKET 155 152
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By Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
(Missy Caulk TEAM)
Here are some of the Guarantees that the Missy Caulk TEAM, in Ann Arbor, MI gives to leads that visit and register at one of our web-sites.Search All Listings In Ann Arbor                                    Buy Ann Arbor Real EstateMissy Caulk TEAMSaline-Houses For SaleWE Guarantee You a Quick Response By Email When You Use One Of our Web Sites to Search For Homes.We answer every email, personally and ASAP.We will call you to see how we can further help you, if you leave us your phone number.We will not distribute your email address to others, unless you request this. We will not set up any type of phone campaign, always asking, "When are you planning to buy/sell?" What we will do is respond to your emails quickly, answering your questions and offering information. If you sign up to rec...
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