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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

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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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Mar
25

Expanding outdoor living space adds value to your home

(BPT) Even during a challenging economy, the outdoor living trend remains popular as homeowners seek to add lasting value and functional living space under the sky and stars. Whether it’s a do-it-yourself patio or a professionally installed outdoor kitchen, the beauty, usefulness, value and ease of maintenance in outdoor living space is limitless.

Extending living space outdoors is as old as time itself. “Creating an outdoor room is a natural extension of your indoor living space,” says landscape architect John Johnson of Burnsville, Minn. “By creating a space in the open air and adding elements like fireplaces, pergolas, water features and greenery, you get a very different feel. People want and need that connection to the outdoors.”

Adding value

Without erecting the traditional four walls and roof, outdoor living space can be easily added to large, small, twin or town homes. Enhancing an outdoor space with hardscapes adds value and can be adapted for multiple uses.

“Homeowners continue to embrace the trend of maximizing outdoor living space, whether it’s an outdoor kitchen or patio living room with a fire pit,” says Lonny Sekeres, a landscape designer with Villa Landscapes in Oakdale, Minn. “Real estate experts say that for every dollar you invest in landscaping projects, you could see up to a $2 return when you sell your home.”

Do-it-yourselfers will find easy-to-install, maintenance-free pavers and segmental retaining wall systems are budget-friendly for patios, walkways, courtyards,

Says a homeowner in Minnesota whose project is pictured: “We used pillars, different colors and patterns to define the various spaces in our outdoor living area. It really adds a ‘wow’ factor, and definitely adds value.”

Says a homeowner in Minnesota whose project is pictured: “We used pillars, different colors and patterns to define the various spaces in our outdoor living area. It really adds a ‘wow’ factor, and definitely adds value.”

raised gardens, fire features and wall projects. New construction should include plans for exterior hardscapes, and remodels can benefit from the advice of design-build professionals or experts from a landscape supplies retailer, says Sekeres.-

“There are so many solutions to fit any budget and need,” says Sekeres. “Products like Willow Creek permeable pavers allow rainwater drainage if needed, and retaining walls come in colors that complement any environment.”

Al fresco living

As a natural extension of the home’s ground floor, a patio expands a family’s living and entertaining space significantly. It provides a perfect gathering spot for guests and family who will be drawn from indoor dining areas to this enticing space.
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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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Sep
29

10 Tips for Getting Your Home Ready for an Open House

A great open house can often make the difference between many interested buyers and no interest at all. The house must impress prospective buyers as soon as they set their sights on it. Good first impressions are everything in the real estate industry, and homes sell based on their aesthetic appeal, which starts as soon as someone sees the house for the very first time. If you want to sell your house quickly and receive close to your asking price, keep the following tips in mind when preparing your home for the open house:

1. Remove clutter from your home.People enjoy houses that contain plenty of space. Selling your home also

Getting Your Home Ready for an Open House

becomes easier when you have less of your belongings to move out. Spacious houses with lots of room attract buyers that need a lot of storage for their own belongings. If your house seems too small to contain the things in it, they will probably look elsewhere.

2. Remove personal touches. Family photos should be kept in a location where guests in your home won’t see them. When people consider buying a home, they want to know if their own personal touches will fit in with the structure of it. Let their imagination run wild without your own personal belongings.

3. Replace carpets with hardwood flooring. Carpets attract nothing but messes, hair, and odors. Hardwood floors are easier to clean, and they look great no matter what else is going on. Hardwood flooring costs a bit of money, but the potential return on investment entices many people to do it. Kitchen flooringalso makes a big difference in the sale of your home, as more and more homebuyers are placing greater emphasis on hardwood flooring throughout the home to close a sale. If you have the time, energy, and necessary funds, this could be the “wow” factor your home needs.

4. Use a fresh coat of paint. Nothing improves a home’s appearance more than fresh coats of paint. To find out what color schemes are most popular, consult a paint specialist at your local hardware store. For small spaces, make sure to select paint that makes the room appear larger. Though it sounds like a daunting task, often all you need is a little elbow grease and a quick sweep of paint to freshen things up.

5. Create great curb appeal. If you know you have an open house coming up, mow the lawn the day before the visitors arrive. Make sure to rake up the loose grass. Try to plant flowers and cut down the weeds as well. Visuallyappealing homes can grab the attention of buyers even before they step foot on your property.

6. Decorate the interior of your home the day before the open house. Place flowers in vases and hang simple decorations on the walls. Look through design magazines for more ideas on how to make your home’s interior more interesting.

7. Clean the house top to bottom the day before your open house. Ask someone to help you because you will need it. Make sure to wipe down windows, windowsills, wax the floors, scrub the walls, run the vacuum, and more. Remove all pets from the house and clean up their messes as soon as possible.

8. Make your own treats or buy some for the guests. They will appreciate having something to eat while they get a feel for the nuances of your home. You can help them to feel more at home with some old-fashioned treats like chocolate chip cookies, brownies or fudge.

9. Make small cards that showcase your home. Use specific, concrete details such as location in relation to amenities, house size, yard size, and more. The more information that people have about your home, the more interested they might become later.

10. Get your hospitality on. Treat the guests as friends, and show them that your home can open up to them just as it has to you and the people you care about.

Erin Devine is a contributing author on behalf of Floor & Décor Outlets, a wholesale flooring company based in Atlanta, GA. Her articles can be found on various interior design, home renovation, and real estate sites around the web.

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

Visit my web site at: www.HomeMoves.com for more information about buying or selling a home in the Dearborn area or one of the west side Detroit 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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