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9 02, 2016

10251 Hartland Rd, Fenton, MI 48430

2017-12-22T01:18:15+00:00 February 9th, 2016|

Move in ready dream home with a total of 4882 sq ft & 900 sq ft in-law apartment on 10 acres!

– New roof
– Detached 3 car garage
– In ground pool with new liner, salt generator, solar cover & winter cover
– Remodeled master suite
– New carpet & padding
– New light fixtures throughout home
– Updated landscaping
– New furnace, AC & water heater
– New Anderson windows & doors along backside of home
– Newly finished lower level with it all!

http://www.zillow.com/…/10251-Hartland-Rd-Fe…/23903570_zpid/

– 4 beds
– 4 baths
– 4882 sq ft
– 10 acres
– $749,900

5 01, 2016

Andy Alger Inducted Into RE/MAX Hall of Fame

2017-12-22T01:18:15+00:00 January 5th, 2016|

Congratulations to Andy Alger! Andy’s hard work and dedication to his clients, year after year, has given him a spot in one of RE/MAX’s most prestigious groups, The RE/MAX Hall of Fame! Congratulations Andy!

Andy Alger RE/MAX Michigan

12 12, 2015

The benefits of selling your house this winter

2017-12-22T01:18:15+00:00 December 12th, 2015|

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The first snowflakes have hit the ground and your house hasn’t sold yet, word on the street is that homes sell best in the spring, so you might as well remove your home from the market and hunker down until spring when home buying picks up again.  Hold on!  Not so fast!  There are plenty of reasons why keeping your house on the market may work in your favor.

Winter buyers are serious buyers

Spring time brings out the “lookers” or window shoppers.  The weather is getting warmer, it is a good time to get out of the house, why not go check out a house or two.  They have time to make their decision because school will not be starting for months, and they know that there are a lot of houses out there and more will be coming, so they don’t mind taking their time making a decision.  So you may get a lot of traffic, but not as much serious interest.  Winter buyers tend to be more “serious” buyers.  For whatever reason, they need to get a house soon.  Why else would they fight the weather, uproot their children from school, and take time during the busy holiday seasons to find a house?  They mean business.  This is why winter house hunting traffic is more likely to turn into solid offers.

Less inventory in winter keeps prices higher

Economics 101.  Supply and Demand.  Smaller supply of homes, leads to home prices staying higher because buyers have less houses to choose from and the competition between buyers becomes stiff.  In order for buyers to get the house they want (hopefully yours!) they  will need to offer the highest price to win the bidding competition, which means that the seller makes more money selling their house (hopefully yours, too!)  On the flip side, in the spring, the market is flooded with homes for the buyers to choose from.  The competition is not with the buyers now, but the sellers.  Buyers will be more apt to try talking sellers down off their price.  Why not?  If these sellers won’t take what the buyers offer, maybe the multiple other houses listed in the neighborhood will.

 

So if you are ready to sell, don’t let a little snow scare you from selling your home for top dollar!  Take advantage of the holiday season to have your house looking festive and inviting.  As the song goes…It’s the most wonderful time of the year…even for home sellers!

Here are some tips for selling your house this winter

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4 12, 2015

Pets Need A Healthy Home for the Holidays

2015-12-04T12:07:55+00:00 December 4th, 2015|

The holidays are a time for family – and that includes the four-legged members! Here are some tips to keep animals safe during seasonal celebrations.

22 11, 2015

8 Tips for Quick Cleaning Before Guests Arrive

2017-12-22T01:18:15+00:00 November 22nd, 2015|

 

No doubt you’ll want your home to look its best for visiting family and friends during the holidays. Here are a few cleaning tips to minimize the time you have to spend making things sparkle.

1. Grout and tight corners
Cleaning nooks and crannies doesn’t require elbow grease. A toothbrush is much more effective.

2. Showerhead residue
Fill a plastic bag with vinegar, tie it around the head and leave it overnight to dissolve mineral deposits. A vinegar-soaked rag held in place by a rubber band works, too.

3.  Microwave build-up
Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a small bowl of water and microwave for about five minutes. The lemon scent eliminates old food smells and condensation from the lemon water loosens caked-on grime, making it much easier to clean.

4. Garage floor
Don’t bother sweeping – a leaf blower is much quicker.

5. Pet hair on furniture
Wet rubber dishwashing gloves are magnets for pet hair. Put on a pair, rub your furniture, and leave the vacuum extension tool in the closet.

6. Ceiling fan
To avoid a shower of dust and dead bugs, use an old pillowcase to clean the fan one blade at a time. Slide the case over the blade and pull it back slowly and the case will capture the dirt.

7. Toilets
Dump a spoonful of Tang into the bowl and let it sit for a few minutes. The citric acid scrubs so you don’t have to.

8. Garbage disposal
Run baking soda and lemon juice, or ice cubes and lemon peels, through your garbage disposal to eliminate odors. White vinegar will do the same for your dishwasher.

Looking for a home that could fit the whole family for the holidays? Contact us today!

15 08, 2015

5 Wrong Turns to Avoid When Selling Your Home

2017-12-22T01:18:16+00:00 August 15th, 2015|

Sometimes, it’s helpful to learn from your mistakes. Usually, it’s much better to learn from someone else’s, especially when it comes to something as important as selling your home. Here are some common mistakes you really don’t want to make:

1. Trying to sell your home yourself
In this DIY era, the urge to try to sell your home yourself to save money can beckon like the smell of oven-fresh cookies at an open house. Resist. Working with a licensed agent helps ensure you’re not leaving money on the table as a result of an off-target listing price or a mistake in the many steps that lead to a final sale. Sell your sofa yourself online. List your home with a professional.

2. Picking the wrong Realtor
Not all agents are equal. Just because your college buddy dabbles in the industry doesn’t mean he’s the best guy to sell your home. You want experience. You want to work with an agent who has a depth of knowledge. Invite your buddy to the housewarming party.

3. Pricing your home too high
Sometimes it’s good to aim high. But when you’re setting a price for your home, it’s better to be smart than overly eager. Listing your home at a price beyond the true market value and then letting it drop several times can lead to a lower sale price than you’re hoping for. A savvy agent can help you set the best, most competitive price for your home based on other recent sales and local market trends.

4. Sweating the small stuff
Keep things in perspective. You’re in the process of one of the largest business transactions you’ll ever make. It’s easy to get distracted by dollars adding up from pre-sale repairs or post-inspection demands, but don’t let the cost of replacing a closet door, servicing the furnace or fixing a stairway banister derail you. After you reach the finish line on your home sale, you’ll focus more on the rewarding outcome and quickly forget about the smaller frustrations.

5. Getting emotional
Yes, your children may have learned to walk on that carpet, but a heartfelt story isn’t going to win the hearts of buyers. With so much personal history tied to your home, emotions can cloud judgment. An agent can help you make smart, strategic decisions.

23 07, 2015

Blooper Reel

2017-12-22T01:18:16+00:00 July 23rd, 2015|

Warning: May cause strong laughter and belly aches.

We saved the best for last. Here’s a little glimpse at some behind the scenes footage during the filming of the website videos. A big thank you to Kendall Video Marketing for all your hard work!

16 07, 2015

9 Reasons a Great Agent is Vital to a Seller

2017-12-22T01:18:16+00:00 July 16th, 2015|

Selling your home without hiring a real estate agent might be tempting, especially if you’re in an area where buyers are clamoring for properties. It’s not uncommon for sellers to think (even for a split-second) “How hard can it be to sell on my own?” But there are probably some challenges they’re not considering.

Here are some key ways a real estate agent – more specifically a licensed Realtor – proves to be indispensable during the selling process.

1. They offer wide exposure. Find an agent with the education, experience and know-how – along with the backing from a brokerage and powerful brand – to increase exposure of your house to potential buyers. Your agent can devise a marketing plan that stresses showing your property to other agents as well as to the public.

2. They bring objectivity. You probably love your home even with all its faults, but a prospective buyer might not be so dazzled. A solid real estate agent can give you helpful tips on things that need to be fixed and ways to improve your home’s appearance and curb appeal. Your agent can also evaluate and focus on features that might set your house apart from the competition.

3. They know the market. Agents can access current market data about pending and recent sales, and they can use that information to help you establish an appropriate asking price for your home. Homeowners often expect unrealistically high prices for their homes, which can turn off buyers who are seeing homes with more competitive prices. A house that is priced accurately from the get-go will sell more quickly and for a higher price than those that are priced too high right out of the gate.

4. They take care of all showings. You may not be available to show your home to prospective buyers, or you may have already moved out, but your agent can show your house even when you aren’t there. Agents can answer visitors’ questions and take note of their feedback. Further, prospective buyers usually feel more comfortable touring a house when the owner isn’t present. They might want to comment on a house’s drawbacks.

5. They take security seriously. Real estate agents can vet all potential buyers, including verifying they’re preapproved for a home loan and weeding out the “looky-loos” who aren’t serious buyers. They also can provide security by pre-screening visitors and accompanying them while they’re in the house.

6. They’re prepared to negotiate. Agents will negotiate contracts on your behalf. FSBO sellers generally negotiate with a professional representing the buyer’s interests. Your agent, on the other hand, can help you negotiate with the buyer’s agent to secure a contract that gets you the best price for your house.

7. They help you avoid legal trouble. Your agent knows the requirements for disclosures in your state. The seller is required to disclose any problems that could affect the value of the property. In most states, it’s against the law to hide physical problems such as flood hazards and prior damage. Some states require a seller to search for such problems even if they aren’t obvious. An agent helps prepare necessary disclosure documents.

8. They’re with you to the end – and beyond. Getting to the closing table is a complicated process, filled with paperwork, and mistakes can sidetrack the deal. Good real estate agents have safeguards in place to avoid them. Your real estate agent will work with you every step of the way to closing, and can even be a resource for you as you consider your next move.

9. They follow a strict Code of Ethics. Realtors are members of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), and they are required to complete a two-and-a-half hour Code of Ethics course every four years. The repeat training ensures that agents are familiar with the code’s newest provisions and that its key guidelines are reinforced: protecting clients, protecting communities and protecting the industry.