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Feb
25

Nix the neutrals: Decor to make a new home your own

(BPT) – When selling a house, the mantra for most is neutral, neutral, neutral. To help potential new owners envision themselves moving in, real estate experts remind sellers to de-personalize their homes. That means removing family photos and mementos and replacing favorite color schemes with more vanilla shades and hues. So as a new homeowner, how do you begin to de-neutralize your new house to make it your new home?

Color your world

Choose colors that reflect your personality

Choose colors that reflect your personality

It’s a pretty safe bet that as the previous homeowners were preparing to sell, they went through the house and repainted with shades of beige or gray. While nice for an open house, these colors can be a little impersonal. It’s also likely the homeowners didn’t invest in the highest quality paint, saving that money for their new home. Therefore, one of the best ways to make your mark is by giving rooms a fresh coat of paint.

Choose colors that reflect your personality and style, and don’t be afraid to select bolder hues. Darker, more vibrant colors work well, especially for accent walls or rooms that could use some drama, like your guest bath.

Spend the money on a premium paint to ensure you see excellent hide (the paint’s ability to conceal the color under it) and coverage (how far you can paint with a gallon). Accolade Interior Paint + Primer from Pratt & Lambert is a good option. Not only can Accolade be tinted to any one of Pratt & Lambert’s lush colors, but the paint is also washable, durable and easy to maintain so it lasts until you’re ready to change colors.

Treat your windows well

When it comes to the floors, most real estate agents advise their clients to replace carpeting before the house goes on the market, particularly if it’s worn or on the more colorful side. As a result, you can hold off on the expense of putting in new carpet and instead look at window treatments.

Once you paint, the blinds, curtains or cornice boards that were part of the open house staging efforts may not fit in with your decor. Consider the function you need from window treatments. Do you need to create privacy as well as style? Is blocking light essential, like in a bedroom, or would sheer drapes be an option? Will the treatments be used in a child’s room, making cordless blinds important? Read more…

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May
14

On the move? Use these packing tips and tricks

(BPT) – Let’s face it – moving is hard. Along with the stress of leaving a familiar place and adapting to new surroundings, moving means packing, loading, transporting, unloading and unpacking everything you own – as well as everything you forgot you owned.

While relocation may never be completely carefree, there are ways to ease the anxiety. A well-thought-out approach to boxing up belongings can help simplify the moving process and bring you one step closer to making your new house a home.

* Box it up. To be prepared for packing, seek out a large quantity of clean, sturdy containers in a variety of shapes and sizes. When selecting boxes, you may choose to purchase new ones, helping to ensure they can withstand the rigors of moving. You can also purchase dividers, which come in handy for packing glasses and other small, fragile items. No matter what you are using, remember not to over-pack. As a general rule, heavier items should be placed into smaller

boxes to avoid too much strain on the box (and your back).

* Leave it. The easiest packing is no packing at all. Moving is the perfect time to clear the clutter out of your life. Before boxing up your belongings, decide what to keep. Clothing and housewares in good shape can be donated, and broken or unused old items can be tossed or given to someone who can repurpose them.

Pack a survival kit or an "Open Me First" box with needed essentials

Don’t forget to pack a survival kit or an “Open Me First” box with needed essentials

* Mind the supplies. The right tools can go a long way toward easing the moving process. Pick up plenty of quality wrapping material, like Bubble Wrap Brand cushioning, as well as strong packaging tape to help make boxing up your belongings a painless process. Don’t get caught up in common frustrations that cause stress and waste time, such as tape that constantly tear or splits or struggling to find the tape end. Choose a quality tape, like Duck brand EZ Start packaging tape (packagingtape.com), for your moving needs; the brand’s Frustration Free special release technology ensures that you never lose the tape end. And EZ Start unrolls smoothly and easily, without splitting or tearing.

* Organize and prioritize. Pack from room to room and label boxes based on box contents, where boxes will be unpacked in the new location and priority. EZ Start packaging tape provides a solution here, too – with different prints to choose from, boxes can be organized and prioritized according to the particular design used.

* Get help. Be organized to help the entire moving day run smoothly, so that

your volunteers aren’t waiting around for a job to do. Providing tasty snacks and drinks is a thoughtful way to say thank you, as are gift cards for coffee, movie theaters or their favorite stores.

* Pack a survival kit. Moving can be exhausting, and an all-day move may not wrap up until late in the evening. Don’t spend your first night in your new home unpacking. Instead, pack a survival kit or an “Open Me First” box with essentials to get you through that first night. Make sure to include some fun items, such as your favorite movie or a batch of brownies, to reward yourself for a hard day’s work.

Moving day may never rival a beach vacation, but these simple tips can make it a lot less stressful and help you enjoy your new home faster and easier.

If you are planing to sell your Dearborn Michigan area home or if you are in the market to Buy a home or real estate in Dearborn MI, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, Westland, Redford, Livonia, Plymouth, Canton, Northville, Novi, Farmington, Allen Park, Taylor, Southgate or any one of the other Detroit Michigan west side suburb, Contact Steve Hatfield today.

Visit my web site at: www.HomeMoves.com for complete and in-depth information about Buying or Selling a home or real estate in the Dearborn Michigan area or any one of the other Detroit Michigan west side suburbs.

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May
07

Dangerous home buying pitfalls…Myths Revealed!

Having been a full-time professional Realtor® for over 25 years,  I have seen many home buyers get wrong advice and basically end up completely stressed out, disappointed and upset because they didn’t make the right decisions.

I hope that by outlining some key points below, you will benefit from my many years of experience and as a result, end up  having a smooth and rewarding home buying experience!

Selecting a buyer’s agent:
Unless you completely luck out when you call on a home and get that 1 great agent out of hundreds…you better do your homework!

Buying a home should be a happy time not a stressful one.

Buying a home should be a happy time not a be a stressful experience!

The complexities of today’s home buying processes should not be taken lightly and quite frankly, the captain at the helm of your ship needs to have many years of experience and be HIGHLY QUALIFIED. Anything less than that and your ship may just sink before you pull into port.

So, select your agent wisely! I have been selling homes for many years in communities from Dearborn, Canton, Plymouth, Northville and Novi to downriver communities like Allen Park, Southgate and Taylor Michigan (and many communities in-between). I feel that I’am “highly qualified” and have the knowledge and expertise you’ll need throughout your home buying process.

My friend/relative is a real estate agent:
Honestly, I have never seen people taken advantage of more or get the worst deals more than when I have seen someone work with a real estate agent just because they are a friend or family member. Not to mention some of the strains on relationships I have seen unfold! Read more…

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Apr
05

Hot new home listing in Dearborn MI

Hot New Home Listing

7727 Orchard Street, Dearborn

Price: $59,900

“Take a Virtual Tour”

If you are planing to sell your Dearborn or Dearborn Heights Michigan area home or if you are in the market to Buy a home or real estate in Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, Westland, Redford, Livonia, Plymouth, Canton, Northville, Novi, Farmington, Allen Park, Taylor or any one of the other Detroit Michigan west side suburb, Contact Steve Hatfield today.

For more information about this home visit my web site at: www.HomeMoves.com There you will also find complete and in-depth information about Buying or Selling real estate in the Dearborn Michigan area or any one of the other Detroit Michigan west side suburbs.

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Feb
19

Free Money For Qualified Michigan Homebuyers

Can you think of anyone that would like to receive $3,000 or $5,000 FREE Money from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) to use towards the purchase of a home? If you do, please forward this blog post to them so they can learn about and benefit from this limited time program.

In a nutshell, Michigan has received several million dollars for the purpose of creating a Homeowner Protection Fund. A portion of these funds were appropriated by the Legislature to MSHDA for what equates to a FREE Money situation for qualified home buyers…

  • Qualified homebuyers are eligible for grants up to $3,000 to use towards a purchase of a single family, owner occupied home.
  • Qualified active military members and veterans are eligible for grants up to $5,000.

The allotted time to take advantage of this program is limited as grant money may run out at any time. (available on a first come, first serve basis)

For more information about this great money saving opportunity Contact Steve Hatfield or Vicki Maule today.

If you are in the market to Buy a home or if you are planning to Sell a home or real estate in Dearborn MI, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, Westland, Redford, Livonia, Plymouth, Canton, Northville, Novi, Farmington, Allen Park, Taylor or any one of the other Detroit Michigan west side suburbs, Contact Steve Hatfield or Vicki Maule today.

Visit my web site at: www.DearbornHomes.com for complete and in-depth information about Buying or Selling a home or real estate in the Dearborn Michigan area or any one of the other Detroit Michigan west side suburbs.

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Jun
09

5 rules to buy a foreclosure or short sale with confidence

(ARA) – Buyers are still clamoring for Dearborn Michigan area real estate deals in this turbulent market. Foreclosures and short sales offer some of the best bargains, but also have a higher risk level. Still, more than four in five adults think foreclosures and short sales can be good deals, according to a recent American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) survey.

Some analysts say the rebound has begun and home prices may rise by the end of 2012. This means now may be buyers’ last chance to take advantage of affordable properties and low interest rates. If you want to score a bargain before the housing market recovers, you’ll need to follow a few rules to invest with certainty.

Make a wise investment by adhering to these five rules while shopping distressed properties:

Rule 1: Position yourself for success
Before starting your search, get preapproved for a mortgage so when a good deal presents itself, you’re positioned to submit a bid right away to be the first offer on the bank’s desk. Work with an experienced real estate agent who can help guide you through the daunting sea of foreclosures and short sales. Bidding can be complicated and time-consuming, especially when working with a home sale needing bank approval. A good agent will know how to navigate through the paperwork and red tape.

Rule 2: Do your research
A real estate agent can help you with research, but it’s wise to do some on your own. Are there any undisclosed liens on the property? Is the seller behind on his property taxes? What permit records does the city have on file? This information will be critical during decision-making. Work with your agent to ensure the contract requires any delinquent taxes, liens or assessments will be paid prior to you taking ownership of the property.

Rule 3: Always get a home inspection
Eighty-four percent of adults surveyed by ASHI said they would be more likely to purchase a distressed property after a home inspection has determined its condition.

A home inspection gives you the confidence to move forward with your purchase because you’ll have as much knowledge as possible about the condition of the property. An inspector will visually examine the condition of the home’s roof, attic and insulation, foundation, basement and structural components, as well as interior plumbing and electrical systems. Be sure to find an ASHI-Certified Inspector (ACI) to ensure your inspector is experienced, as many states have minimal licensing requirements. To find a local ACI, use ASHI’s “Find an Inspector” tool on www.ASHI.org.

Rule 4: Budget for repairs
When looking at short sales and foreclosures, remember price is only one aspect to consider. A home will almost always require some type of repair. After receiving your inspection report, you can estimate costs associated with necessary repairs, maintenance or energy-efficient improvements.

Rule 5: Assess the neighborhood
Location should be a top consideration when purchasing real estate, and in a tough housing market, it’s even more important. A home has limited worth if it’s located in a less desirable neighborhood. High foreclosure rates can turn a once-desirable neighborhood into one many might likely avoid. These locations are likely to see a slower recovery than more populated or favorable areas less affected by the economy. Make location as important as price when making a purchase decision.

Protect yourself with knowledge and expert advice to make a confident, smart decision about your largest investment.

If you are in the market to Buy a home or if you are planning to Sell a home or real estate in Dearborn MI, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, Westland, Redford, Livonia, Plymouth, Canton, Northville, Novi, Farmington, Allen Park, Taylor or any one of the other Detroit Michigan west side suburbs, Contact Steve Hatfield today.

Visit my web site at: www.DearbornHomes.com for complete and in-depth information about Buying or Selling a home or real estate in the Dearborn Michigan area or any one of the other Detroit Michigan west side suburbs.

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