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July
10

Buy a House Fixer Upper

Buying a house? Choosing a fixer-upper can be an amazing idea. There's perhaps no other investment out there that has the potential to pay off as consistently or as handsomely as an older home that's been properly renovated. Plus, it gives the handy among us a treasure trove of fascinating projects to work on.

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May
15

Things to Know If You're Making an As-Is Offer on a Home

Buying a Home As Is
Buying a house means making all kinds of decisions--and most of them are tough. What should you do if there's a property you love, but it's offered as-is? For many people, alarm bells sound when they hear this stipulation – and that's not unreasonable.

Before you make your choice, be sure you know what you're getting into.

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April
26

First-time home buyer's guide


Buying your first home is one of life's biggest joys; however, it can be filled with its share of anxieties too.  Not to worry, our team of real estate agents at Remerica Hometown III have compiled this list of tips to answer any home-buying questions you might have. 

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April
11

Tips for Buying a Home You Will Love for the Long Haul

How to find a home you'll love


Relocating isn't something anyone wants to do any more than they absolutely necessary. The best way to ensure you don't find yourself packing up your life and moving into a new home just a short time after your first home purchase is to follow these simple steps our team of REALTORS® has created for you.

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March
27

When you are buying a new home, finding the right neighborhood is just as important as your choice of home.


When you are buying a house, in many ways you are also "buying" a neighborhood. From the neighborhood schools to local amenities and commute times, your neighborhood's locale is a major factor in how well a home fills your needs. Yet when you're moving to a new area for the first time, determining what makes a neighborhood a good one is not easy. Here are some tips to help you choose the right neighborhood when you are in the process of buying a home.

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March
13

Home Loan Basics

When it comes to buying a home, it's easy to become overwhelmed especially if you're a first-time home buyer. There are so many steps along the way, but today let's focus on one of the most important steps—getting a home loan. For the overwhelming majority of home buyers, securing a mortgage loan is absolutely essential. Here are some home loan basics from our REALTORS® at Remerica Hometown III to get you started:

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February
2

Consider Your Commute Time When You're Buying a Home

Buying a Home Commute Time

 

When considering a move to the burbs, what tops your list of must-haves for your new home?  For some, it's good schools … others say more green space for the kids or a bigger home.  If you're considering a move farther away from your employer, think about the pros and cons of a longer commute time in your daily schedule.


A short amount of time traveling between home and work can be a good thing.  You have time to collect your thoughts for the day ahead and wind down a bit before arriving home in the evening. However, with a longer drive time, you might face a number of negative consequences you hadn't considered.

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November
15

Home buyers settling into new neighborhood
Anytime you move, it might be a while before your new house starts to really feel like your "home." It takes time to get settled in and adjusted to your new surroundings. But when you have relocated to a different zip code, gaining a sense of familiarity in a completely different place might take even longer. Our Realtors at Remerica Hometown III have compiled this list of 6 tips that will help you get settled in when you have moved to a new area. 

  1. Personalize Your House
    One of the easiest ways to feel at "home" in your new house is to make it your own. Pick out a new tablecloth or curtains. Paint the walls a fresh color you love. Set out some decorations on the mantle and end tables. Hang up pictures of your loved ones on the wall. These personalized touches will help transform your house into a home.
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November
8

Living with less, and loving it

7 Reasons to Downsize Your Home

There seems to be a new push for downsizing our lives.  Homeowners are now realizing that bigger isn't always better.  No matter what a person's station in life might be, there's a definite benefit to decreasing the size of your home.

 

Moving into a smaller home frees you from the cost and time commitment of a house you no longer need. There will be fewer rooms to clean and potentially smaller household expenses too.  Any additional money you might have can be used as a welcome cash injection to improve your quality of life.


Downsizing was once considered only for retirees and empty-nesters.  Now, it is a sensible housing option for a wider cross-section of Americans.  If you are skittish about downsizing your home, our team of REALTORS® at Remerica Hometown III has created this list of 7 Reasons Why Downsizing Your Home Might Be for You.

  1. Less Maintenance & Upkeep
    Owning a home requires a great of time, energy, and effort to maintain it.  It only stands to reason that buying a smaller home requires less of your time, energy and effort for maintenance and upkeep.
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July
6

Buying a House in Garden City


Buy a House in Garden City MI
Buying a home in one of Detroit's suburbs is the perfect way to experience the hustle and bustle of a city while enjoying the peace and quiet of a smaller community. Located just 16 short miles down Ford Road, homes in Garden City are an easy commute to any point in the city.

Garden City has a healthy mix of cottages, bungalows, and ranch style homes. It also features some of the area's most beautiful craftsman homes whose exterior features are some of the most appealing eye candy you will ever see. From north to south, the city is full of comfortably sized properties that are ideal for first time homebuyers, single parents, young professionals, and retirees.

Homeowners in Garden City take great pride in their properties and spend a considerable amount of time making sure their homes and yards look their very best. This dedication is having a considerable impact on property values. In September 2015, the average home sales price rose 22.7 percent and had a listing price of just under $85,000. Today, the median listing price is $100,000 with a median closing price of $81,000. So, it's clear that the market is ready for growth and it's only a matter of time before sales prices catch up with the perceived value of homes within the area. With property values increasing and interest rates still low, there's no question that now is the ideal time to get into a home that will put a solid foundation beneath your financial future.

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