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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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Feb
05

Start planning for your Dearborn home’s spring makeover

(BPT) –If April showers bring May flowers, what do winter’s snowflakes bring? Perhaps it’s an excuse to curl up with your

Merillat’s white cotton finish creates a timeless look while serving as a clean backdrop for trendy statement pieces.

favorite magazines and imagine the kitchen makeover of your dreams. When the cold winter months keep you indoors, use the time to take care of things that will make your remodeling plans much easier to tackle in the spring.-

Determine the scope of your project:

Do you need just a few coats of paint or a whole new kitchen? Take this time to evaluate what you want to accomplish. If you need to work with a designer or contractor, now is the time to do your research and engage professional help to plan. Look to online resources like the National Association of the Remodeling Industry or ask friends and family for recommendations. Meet with a few prospects and see whose work and costs fit your needs. You should also determine your budget and use that to guide the rest of your planning decisions.

Look for trends that last:

Once you have a good sense for what your project will involve, have fun dreaming up all the details. Are you looking to make a bold statement or create a timeless look? No matter how large or small your project, there are many current trends that can make a big impact in your home, yet will stand the test of time. In the kitchen, white cabinetry has had a resurgence of popularity and can create a classic look or serve as the perfect complement to colorful statement pieces that can be easily swapped out as trends change. For example, Merillat Cabinetry’s new Cotton finish creates a clean and bright look that can transition with you as your tastes evolve.

Roll-out trays provide easy access to stored items without having to bend or reach

Throughout the home, universal design is also becoming an increasingly important trend to consider. Planning your remodel so the space is comfortable to use for all ages and abilities will not only ensure your long-term enjoyment of the space, but can also help with resale value down the road. “As more and more homeowners are looking to age in place, they’re demanding designs that accommodate their changing needs without compromising on style,” says Sarah Reep, Merillat Cabinetry’s design lead. –

Clean house:

When you’re ready to get started on your remodel, you won’t want to worry about cleaning. Take time now to look at everything stored in your kitchen and pantry and determine what stays and what can go. It’ll make prepping for renovation projects that much easier. How old are those spices? What about that stack of lids with no container to match? Have lots of totes and bags hanging around? Donate the ones you don’t use and organize the rest. If you have kitchen items you can’t part with but you rarely use, pack them up now and store them until the remodel is complete. You’ll want as much free space to keep things out of the way during your remodel as possible.

If you take time now to get prepared for your kitchen remodel, you’ll thank yourself in a few months when the kitchen of your dreams is coming to life.

If you are planing to sell your Dearborn Michigan or West Wide Detroit 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 westside suburb, Contact Steve Hatfield today.
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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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Jul
02

Dearborn MI Area Real Estate Update For July 2012

Below you will find a brief summary of the current Dearborn and Dearborn Heights Michigan real estate market as of July 1, 2012.

If you would like a more in-depth and detailed report on the local Dearborn area real estate market please contact me by using the “Contact” Steve Hatfield link below or visit my web site at: DearbornHomes.com

 

Dearborn Real Estate Market Update

Active Real Estate Listings – Currently on the market and for sale

  • 222- Single Family Homes
  • 39 – Condominiums / Town Homes
  • 25 – Multi-Family Homes

Pending Real Estate Sales – Sold but not yet closed

  • 267 – Single Family Homes
  • 7 – Condominiums / Town Homes
  • 18 – Multi-Family Homes

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Jun
01

Dearborn MI Area Real Estate Update For June 2012

Below you will find a brief summary of the current Dearborn and Dearborn Heights Michigan real estate market as of June 1, 2012.

If you would like a more in-depth and detailed report on the local Dearborn area real estate market please contact me by using the “Contact” Steve Hatfield link below or visit my web site at: DearbornHomes.com

 

Dearborn Real Estate Market Update

Active Real Estate Listings – Currently on the market and for sale

  • 220- Single Family Homes
  • 32 – Condominiums / Town Homes
  • 29 – Multi-Family Homes

Pending Real Estate Sales – Sold but not yet closed

  • 275 – Single Family Homes
  • 9 – Condominiums / Town Homes
  • 15 – Multi-Family Homes

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Mar
15

Bank Foreclosures / Short Sales: Bargains or Moneypits?

Every Dearborn MI area home and real estate buyer looking to purchase in today’s real estate market will need to decide if they would consider buying a bank foreclosed home, or a home that is being sold as a short sale. Both of those options can have advantages and disadvantages. For many home buyers, the disadvantages greatly outweigh any advantages and they end up purchasing a home offered as a traditional sale.

In addition, you need to keep in mind that bank owned properties (foreclosed homes) and short sales are not the only good deals out there. In fact, when all is said and done, sometimes the bank owned homes will cost you more than a buying a home that is already in move-in condition.real estate dearborn mi

Bank Owned Homes / REO / Foreclosures / Foreclosed Homes
These are homes that someone purchased, defaulted on the mortgage meaning they didn’t make their payments and now a bank owns the property.

Advantage: Price may be less than other homes in the area
Disadvantages: Might become a “money pit” due to the following…

  • No utilities on: Foreclosed homes usually do not have gas, electric, and/or water services on – sometimes this has lead to dangerous mold growth. You may be required to turn the utilities on and put them in your name before you close on a bank owned / foreclosed home.
  • Stripped out: You’ll often find that these homes do not have a furnace, central air unit, plumbing, fixtures, ductwork, kitchen cabinets, electric service, toilets, hot water heater, siding, etc. have often been stripped from the house
  • Poor condition: Many foreclosures are extremely dirty, have holes in walls / trash strewn about, broken/missing windows and doors
    Water damage due to leaks, water left running, sump pumps not operational
  • Other damage: Structural issues and/or other damage to property due to neglect and exposure to elements
    The old adage of you get what you pay for is most often true with bank owned homes / foreclosures. Those that need a great deal of work Read more…

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Feb
02

Dearborn MI Area Real Estate Update February 2012

 

Below you will find a brief summary of the current Dearborn and Dearborn Heights Michigan area real estate market as of February 1, 2012.

If you would like a more in-depth and detailed report on the local Dearborn area real estate market please contact me by using the “Contact” Steve Hatfield link below or visit my web site at: DearbornHomes.com

 

Dearborn Real Estate Market Update

Active Real Estate Listings – Currently on the market and listed for sale

  • 238 – Single Family Homes
  • 25 – Condominiums / Town Homes
  • 24 – Multi-Family Homes

Pending Real Estate Sales – Sold but not yet closed

  • 268 – Single Family Homes
  • 9 – Condominiums / Town Homes
  • 16 – Multi-Family Homes

Read more…

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