Thanks Juergen Schweder for sharing this great shot you caught in Ann Arbor.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Check out this 300 square foot, 1 bedroom house that was recently on the market in Toronto.
Built in 1912 by a contractor who lived in the home for 26 years, it was totally renovated from top to bottom last year.
The house even captured the attention of Ellen Degeneres in January, who called the listing agent live from her show for more information!
At a little more than seven feet wide, it looks more like a 'house for hobbits' as reported on the CTV National News.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Announcing the MichiganMoves Marketplace, the perfect place to post all your items, letting everyone in the MichiganMoves network know. Your castoff is sure to be someone else's treasure. Kinda of like a virtual garage sale.
Start Spring cleaning, declutter, and shed a few unwanted possessions, just in time to enjoy a more carefree Summer. Don't delay...visit the MichiganMoves Marketplace today!
Monday, March 17, 2008
Once I showed a small ranch home with a 14" x 12" Living Room that had a stuffed 10 point buck on one wall and a huge stuffed wild boar on another. It absolutely gave us the willies and we couldn't get out of there fast enough.
Now I know you hunters out there are very proud of yourselves, but take down and store any dead heads before putting your home up for sale. The market is challenging enough without you offending the buyers right after they step in the door.aWackyWorld.com.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
When I met Gary and his wife the following Saturday, I casually mentioned "Oh, you're from St. Joseph. I have a cousin who lives in St. Joseph."
"What is his name?" they asked.
"Jon Bendewald," I replied, thinking they might know him since he is a pastor at a local church in their area.
To my shock, they not only knew him, but the wife was a teacher and currently had Jon's daughter in her class, and had taught his two other children!
What makes this even more amazing, is that we don't have a huge family here in Michigan. In fact, Jon and I are the ONLY Michiganders with the rest of the family out west in Washington, Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota! And yes, he is as much fun as this picture makes him look.
What was the likelihood of Gary going to the internet, searching for condos in the Detroit Metro area, reading through the entries, and choosing me of all the agents in the search results?
It truly is a small world...and maybe I should buy a lotto ticket.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Prop A passed in 1994 limiting tax increases to the rate of inflation based on the taxable value (homeowners who used their property as their primary residence). It wasn't a problem when property values were continuing to rise, but starting in 2005 when values stalled to today when they are declining, it's a big problem for many homeowners.
For folks like us, who bought in 2004, both our SEV and Taxable Value declined $11,650 which should hopefully result in a decrease in taxes. But for homeowners who have owned their property since 1994, there is a big gap between the SEV (State Equalized Value--the 'value' the municipality perceives the value to be) and the Taxable Value (the amount your taxes are based on because it is your primary residence).
This morning's Detroit Free Press contained an excellent article including definititions, resources, and describes how to read your assessment notice.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
On the local front, according to my rough estimates, sales of homes & condos in Northville were up 26% to 24 from 19 over February 2007 while in Plymouth they were up 12% to 19 from 17. This is in addition to the strong leasing market out there right now. Definitely a trend in the right direction.
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Likewise, Real Estate 2.0 brings the ability to actively connect consumers to agents online.
For agents, gone are the days where putting up a website for exposure in the hopes of passively attracting buyers for their listed properties is adequate. Real Estate 2.0 is all about blogs, social networking, wikis, mashups, posting videos on YouTube, and connecting with consumers.
I'm happy to say that we're positioned well for the transition. Besides this blog in which I syndicate articles I've written in my MichiganMoves "Bringing You Home" and A Wacky World of Real Estate blogs, I'm active on social networking sites such as ActiveRain, Trulia, and Zolve. Additionally, I'm creating neighborhood mashups, starting with All About Plymouth and All About Michigan.
Real Estate 2.0 is about being visible on the web and marketing our listings to the broadest possible audience.