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I really love this house but I want to keep looking!

As strange as the title of this column may appear, it is a familiar refrain these days. Buyers are shown a house that is just perfect for them, and after seeing it, they ask their Realtor® to show them more homes. This is a recent phenomenon. In the past, when the buyers found the right house for them, they sat down and made an offer. From my conversations with other local Dearborn area Realtors, I have concluded that home buyers are acting this way for one of two reasons:

Some buyers today feel that they should continue looking at other properties because there may be a better deal around and they don’t want to miss it. Although this is a possibility, this philosophy could be taken to an extreme. Theoretically, the best decision is not to buy at all. This would allow you to always be available to look at more homes. While continuing your search, it is possible that someone else could purchase the home that was right for you.

The decision to buy a certain home is a big one. Sometimes, wanting to see more homes is a way to avoid making a decision. It is possible to feel confident when buying. Here are some of the steps that can improve confidence:

1. Be sure that this property has the basic features that you need.

2. Ask your Realtor to provide examples of similar Dearborn area homes that have recently sold and their selling prices.

3. Make an offer on the property conditional on a satisfactory home inspection by a qualified home inspector.

4. After taking the logical steps listed above, buy with your heart.

If you are going to invest your hard-earned money on this house, it should be a place that you want to come home to.

ADVICE: When you find the right property, you will feel it. Listen to your instincts. You know yourself and your tastes better than anyone else.

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 or any one of the other Detroit Michigan west side suburb, Contact Steve Hatfield today.

Visit my web site at: 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.Visit

Original article written by: Tom Ervin
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Is it time to reduce the asking price of your Dearborn home


Everyone who sells a Dearborn area home wants the highest possible price. Sometimes, the only way to get the highest price is to reduce your present asking price. Most Dearborn area homeowners who have placed their homes on the market are hesitant to reduce the asking price prior to receiving an offer. This is understandable. There are, however, certain circumstances that dictate a price reduction may be necessary to get the house sold. Let’s look at some of the important considerations:


THE ORIGINAL PRICE: Was the original asking price for your home correct? Who set the original asking price? If you, the owner, set the price, were you realistic in your expectations? If the Realtor® set the price, was it based on a careful study of comparable properties? It has been my experience that the homeowner usually plays a major role in setting the price. Once the asking price is set,

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Is it time to reduce your asking price?

the owner may become very rigid when asked to consider a price reduction in order to make the home more competitive with surrounding homes. In order to sell your home at the highest possible price, it may be necessary for you to reevaluate your asking price from time to time.

SHOWINGS: If there are not many showings on your home, pricing may be the problem. When buyers are considering which homes to see, they may feel that your home does not offer enough features when compared with other homes in your price range. If there are many showings but no offers, price may be the problem. Your home may include the features and location that attract showings, but, upon closer inspection, buyers may feel the price is not justified.

MARKETPLACE: Perhaps the local Dearborn Michigan market has changed since your home was first put on the market. Although the original asking price may have been correct at the time of listing, it may no longer be adequate to attract buyers away from competing homes that have been priced to reflect the currant market. Real estate values do fluctuate. They respond to changes in the economy, interest rates, local taxing and zoning decisions etc.

ADVICE: Consider your Realtor’s advice regarding a possible price reduction.


If you are in the market to Buy a home or if you are in the market to Sell a home or real estate in Dearborn Michigan, 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.

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, visit my web site at:


Original article written by: Tom Ervin
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24808 Ross – Home For Sale Dearborn MI Real Estate


Home For Sale

24808 Ross, Dearborn

Price: $49,900

“Take a Virtual Tour”

Features and Amenities:

  • Clean, move-in condition! Neutral decor!
  • Oversized lot is a bit wider and deeper than many in the area…nice!
  • Short walk to beautiful Crowley Park!
  • New vinyl replacement windows (apprx 1 yr old – all but 2 windows)
  • New storm and steel entry doors (apprx 1 yr old)
  • Lovely living room with large slider picture window
  • Wet plaster walls with coved plaster ceiling in the living room
  • Read more…

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Hickory Smoked Barbecue Ribs… A Summertime Favorite!

Barbecued ribs have long been a back yard cookout favorite.

Here are a couple of ways to prepare succulent hickory smoked barbecue ribs that your whole family will enjoy.

Use 3/4 to 1 pound of pork or beef ribs per person (I prefer baby back pork ribs). Cut ribs into serving pieces – 3 to 5 ribs per piece; remove any excess fat. Place ribs in a large roasting pan or Dutch oven; add enough water to cover ribs; pour in 1 (3 1/2 oz.) bottle of liquid smoke. Cover and simmer over moderate heat 20 – 25 minutes. Drain well.

To Grill:

Grill (well drained and unbasted) ribs 3 to 4 inches from moderate coals for 20 to 30 minutes per side. Start basting with barbecue sauce (both sides). Continue to cook ribs (re-basting often) until done, about 1 hour.

Note: I prefer the indirect method of cooking on a grill. Stack your hot charcoal along two sides of the grill with the ribs in the middle. If you are using a gas grill to barbecue your ribs place your ribs on one side of the grill with the flame turned off. Turn on the flame on the other side of the grill. This will prevent your ribs from cooking to fast and possibly drying out.

NOTE: If you use the indirect method to barbecue, it is important that you keep the grill covered and well vented.

To Cook Ribs Rotisserie Style:

Lace or weave well drained ribs onto rotisserie rod, balancing ribs for even cooking and turning; secure ends with holding forks. Arrange medium hot coals at back of firebox; place drip pan under ribs. Cook ribs until done, about 1 hour, basting frequently with barbecue sauce

Steve’s Homemade Barbecue Sauce

  • 1 Bottle (28 oz.) Open Pit Barbecue Sauce (original flavor)
  • 1 Bottle (20 oz.) Heinz Catsup
  • 1 Bottle (6 oz.) Heinz 57 Steak Sauce
  • 1 Bottle (6oz.) A 1 Steak Sauce
  • 1 Cup Dry Red Wine
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Lee & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Liquid Smoke

Mix well and bring to a boil, turn down heat and let simmer for 10 minutes. Refrigerate unused barbecue sauce. Makes 2 quarts. Great with ribs, chicken, or beef. Enjoy!

Try This Tip: When it’s time to put the barbecue sauce on your ribs, take the ribs off the grill and simmer them in a large pot on the stove in the hot barbecue sauce for 5 to 10 minutes. Return the ribs to the grill and continue to turn and baste until done.

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Where to Begin When Buying a Dearborn MI area Home

Beginning your Dearborn Michigan real estate and home search can be a somewhat disconcerting task. Perhaps the biggest question many first time Dearborn area homebuyers have is where to begin the process. Some people begin by looking at real estate magazines or websites, while others call real estate agents right off the bat. The process varies.

So, what is the best way to begin your quest for a new Dearborn area home? In truth, any way you begin the process is a good way, because the most important thing is to get started. After all, you will learn a lot as you go. But there are some things to keep in mind:

Do the Proper Research

Planning to buy dearborn michigan real estate homeBuying real estate in the Dearborn Michigan area can be an overwhelming experience for the first-time buyer. But you can make the process much easier simply by understanding it. Start with the lingo. By learning the terminology associated with home buying and mortgage, you will make smarter decisions along the way.

Set Your Budget

The best way to begin looking for a home is to first sit down with an experienced mortgage lender like Sam Reda at Shore Mortgage (313-522-4900) to determine how a high a mortgage you can afford and be approved for. Remember, there is a difference between the loan amount you can be approved for and the amount you can actually afford. So in the end, only you can determine your home buying budget — not a mortgage lender.

When dealing with your mortgage lender you will want to provide him or her with an understanding of what mortgage payment you are comfortable making so they can give you a sense of the size of the mortgage that equates to, based on your credit, income and other factors.

Taking this step first will help “frame” your home search so you are only looking at homes within your budget range. Many first time homebuyers fail to take this step and therefore waste time and energy looking at homes that are well above their budget.

You can find plenty of websites that offer mortgage calculators, and these tools are a good place to start when determining your budget. Just keep in mind that the one variable you can never predict in advance is the interest rate. Only by speaking to a lender can you get a full mortgage quote that includes the interest rate (based on your credit history).

Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

Another reason you may wish to start with speaking to a mortgage lender like Sam Reda at Shore Mortgage is so your real estate agent can be prepared to show a pre-approval letter to the seller when it’s time to make an offer. This gives them the confidence that you can buy their home, which is especially important for homes where more than one buyer makes dearborn homes and real estatean offer (i.e. a seller’s market). Do not confuse pre-qualification with pre-approval. Pre-qual is an informal process in which the lender tells you how much of a mortgage you might qualify for. Pre-approval, on the other hand, is a more formal review of your finances and is likely to reflect the actual loan amount the lenders extends to you. In other words, the person selling the home will pay more attention to the pre-approval letter.

Though there is no wrong way to begin a search for a new home, meeting with a mortgage lender first may be the best way to begin your search and find your dream home. Just remember to always keep an open mind when visiting each property and envision the possibilities. You must also stay realistic about your finances and do your best not to over-extend yourself by purchasing a home beyond your means.

Citation Note: The original version of this article was written by Brandon Cornett. Brandon is the publisher of the Home Buying Institute, which includes one of the largest libraries of credit advice for home buyers.

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Welcome spring, hello winter clean up…

It’s time to get your Dearborn Michigan area home and real estate ready for summer!

(ARA) –Spring not only ushers in a welcome relief from the cold temperatures, but a slew of winter clean-up projects, begging the question, “Are you ready to host all of those summer barbecues that are just around the corner?” And the bigger question, “Is your house ready?”

Whether it’s a broken bird bath, a loose stone on a walkway, or a broken patio chair, there are some things you need to take care of before the warm weather and, more importantly, before your guests arrive.

The best way to prepare for these upcoming household fixes is to assemble a first-aid repair kit for your house. Keeping some of the most common tools together makes it easier and more efficient. Below is a list of items that are invaluable for common household repairs:

Simple tools – Why is it that you can never find a hammer, screwdriver, utility knife, tape measure and pencil when you need one? Keep duplicates of these tools in your first aid repair kit, and you won’t have to run around your house or shop looking for them. Also, consider stocking a couple of tongue depressors or craft sticks. These are great for spreading glue and can be used to hold small nails instead of hammering your thumbs.

Gorilla Glue – This product is 100 percent waterproof and perfect for fixing anything from a broken chair leg to a broken flower pot. You could even use this strong glue to fix a loose stone on a walkway. If you’ve never used polyurethane glue before, be careful because it will expand as it cures – you will only need a very small amount for an indestructible bond. Visit for more information.

Sandpaper and a two-part, epoxy-based wood filler – For outdoor wood repair needs, this is really the way to go. All exterior door and window trim work should be checked every spring because gaps and cracks not only reduce your home’s efficiency, but can also provide an entry location for unwanted insects and rodents. Most of these repairs can easily be taken care of and will prevent damage to the integrity of the wood.

Gorilla Tape – Gorilla Tape is the toughest duct tape that you’ll ever meet. It has a strong fabric backing and three times the adhesive of other duct tapes and will even stick to impossible surfaces like brick and stucco. (It also is a quick fix for a torn grill cover or split garden hose.) Visit for more information.

Cordless drill and variety of high quality screws – Due to expansion and contraction during the winter, screws are likely to loosen. Tighten up exposed screws on things like your deck, wood railings, etc., before they become a safety hazard.

Touch-up paint and foam applicators – Avoid having to search the garage for a can of paint by putting a small amount of paint in a disposable airtight container and adding it to your kit.  As you make your outdoor repairs you will have the paint on hand for a quick fix. Foam applicators, which you can get inexpensively from any craft and hobby store, are great for quick touch-ups, and are disposable.

With your first-aid repair kit assembled, you are ready to tackle all of your winter repair projects.

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, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, Westland, Redford, Livonia, Plymouth, Canton, Northville, Novi, Farmington, Allen Park, Taylor or any other Detroit Michigan west side suburb, Contact Steve Hatfield today.

Visit my web site at: for in-depth information about Buying or Selling a home or Real Estate in the Dearborn area or the west side Detroit suburbs.

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