OPEN HOUSE THIS APRIL 21 & 22 – MACOMB

18190 Hogan Drive, Macomb Township, MI 48042

Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 1:00 PM — 3:00 PM , and on  Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 3:00 PM — 5:00 PM

Incredible home, Must See! Over $60,000 in pre construction builder upgrades inside the home. Over $42,000 in exterior landscaping which include stamped concrete patios and walkway with built in fire pit and LED lighting outside.

Owner also contributed over $11,000 (+labor) in interior upgrades that include crown molding, wainscoting, and custom stone work throughout the home. Open loft upstairs for additional living space. Vaulted ceiling in the master bedroom with walk-in closet and ensuite. Main floor bedroom and full bath. This home has incredible finishes and is move in ready!

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HOUSE CARE CALENDAR: A Seasonal Guide to Maintaining Your Home

From summer vacations to winter holidays, it seems each season offers the perfect excuse to put off our to-do list. But be careful, homeowners: neglecting your home’s maintenance could put your personal safety—and one of your largest financial investments—at serious risk.

 

In no time at all, small problems can lead to extensive and expensive repairs. And even if you avoid a catastrophe, those minor issues can still have a big impact. Properties that are not well maintained can lose 10 percent (or more) of their appraised value.1


The good news is, by dedicating a few hours each season to properly maintaining your home, you can ensure a safe living environment for you and your family … and actually increase the value of your home by one percent annually!1 You just need to know where and how to spend your time.

Use the following checklist as a guide to maintaining your home and lawn throughout the year. It’s applicable for all climates, so please share it with friends and family members who you think could benefit, no matter where their home is located.

 

Spring

 

After a long, cold winter, many of us look forward to a fresh start in the spring. Wash away the winter grime, open the windows, and prepare your home for warmer weather and backyard barbecues.

 

Inside

 

  • Conduct Annual Spring Cleaning
    Be sure to tackle those areas that may have gone neglected—such as your blinds, baseboards and fan blades—as well as appliances, including your refrigerator, dishwasher, oven and range hood. Clear out clutter and clothes you no longer wear, and toss old and expired food and medications.

 

  • Shut Down Heating System
    Depending on the type of heating system you have, you may need to shut your system down when not in use. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for proper procedures.

 

  • Tune Up A/C
    If your home has central air conditioning, schedule an annual tune-up with your HVAC technician. If you have a portable or window unit, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper maintenance.2

 

  • Check Plumbing
    It’s a good idea to periodically check your plumbing to spot any leaks or maintenance issues. Look for evidence of leaks—such as water stains on the ceiling—and check for dripping faucets or running toilets that need to be addressed. Inspect your hot water heater for sediment build up. Check your sump pump (if you have one) to ensure it’s working properly.3

 

  • Inspect Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
    Check that your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning properly. Batteries should be replaced every six months, so change them now and again in the fall. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to test your individual devices. And even properly functioning devices should be replaced at least every 10 years, or per the manufacturer’s recommendation.4

 

Outside

 

  • Inspect Perimeter of Home
    Walk around your house and look for any signs of damage or wear and tear that should be addressed. Are there cracks in the foundation? Peeling paint? Loose or missing roof shingles? Make a plan to make needed repairs yourself or hire a contractor.

 

  • Clean Home’s Exterior
    Wash windows and clean and replace screens if they were removed during the winter months. For the home’s facade, it’s generally advisable to use the gentlest method that is effective. A simple garden hose will work in most cases.5

 

  • Clean Gutters and Downspouts
    Gutters and downspouts should be cleaned at least twice a year. Neglected gutters can cause water damage to a home, so make sure yours are clean and free of debris. If your gutters have screens, you may be able to decrease the frequency of cleanings, but they should still be checked periodically.6

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OPEN HOUSES THIS APRIL 6th to 8th – MACOMB AND OAKLAND

 

18190 Hogan Drive, Macomb Township, MI 48042
$423900
5 Beds 3 Full Baths 3,210 sq ft
Residential Listing #218023365

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OPEN HOUSE Schedules:

Friday, April 6, 2018
5:00 PM — 7:00 PM
Saturday, April 7, 2018
12:00 PM — 3:00 PM
Sunday, April 8, 2018
12:00 PM — 3:00 PM

Incredible home, Must See! Over $60,000 in pre construction builder upgrades inside the home. Over $42,000 in exterior landscaping which include stamped concrete patios and walkway with built in fire pit and LED lighting outside. Owner also contributed over $11,000 (+labor) in interior upgrades that include crown molding, wainscoting, and custom stone work throughout the home. Open loft upstairs for additional living space. Vaulted ceiling in the master bedroom with walk-in closet and ensuite. Main floor bedroom and full bath. This home has incredible finishes and is move in ready!

For more details/photos: HERE

 

175 Wimbleton Drive, Birmingham, MI 48009
$584,900
3 Beds 2.1 Full Baths 1,936 sq ft
Residential Listing #218011832

OPEN HOUSE Schedule:

Sunday, April 8, 2018
1:00 PM — 3:00 PM

You couldn’t ask for a better location! Close to the shops and restaurants of downtown Birmingham yet far enough so you can hear the gurgle of the creek behind the house. Fabulous ranch on pristine riverfront land. Huge living room with bay window and natural fireplace, and spacious dining room. Updated kitchen with granite countertops and snack bar. Original hardwood floors throughout. Updated baths with granite countertops and detailed tile walls, one with a roll-in shower with euro glass. Three spacious bedrooms and bonus Florida room overlooking the river and ravine. Newer deck with stairs to a lower deck and fire pit next to the water. Award winning Birmingham Schools.

For more details/photos: HERE

 

OPEN HOUSES THIS SATURDAY-SUNDAY, MARCH 24TH & 25TH – MACOMB AND OAKLAND

41645 Little Road, Clinton Township, MI 48036
$369,900
4 Beds 3 Full Baths 2,900 sq ft
Residential Listing #218016041
OPEN HOUSE Sunday, March 25, 2018
10:30 AM — 12:30 PM

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What an amazing setting; private, gated, and overlooking the North branch of the Clinton River. Fabulous home on over 2 acres with beautiful gates, and a long, winding, treed driveway that circles around a magnificent fountain in front of your new home.

 

 

For more details/photos: CLICK HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 
18190 Hogan Drive, Macomb Township, MI 48042
$424,900
5 Beds 3 Full Baths 3,210 sq ft
Residential Listing #218023365
OPEN HOUSE:
Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 3:00 PM — 5:00 PM
Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 3:00 PM — 6:00 PM

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Incredible home, Must See! Over $60,000 in pre construction builder upgrades inside the home. Over $42,000 in exterior landscaping which include stamped concrete patios and walkway with built in fire pit and LED lighting outside. Owner also contributed over $11,000 (+labor) in interior upgrades that include crown molding, wainscoting, and custom stone work throughout the home. Open loft upstairs for additional living space. Vaulted ceiling in the master bedroom with walk-in closet and ensuite. Main floor bedroom and full bath. This home has incredible finishes and is move in ready!

For more details/photos: HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Home Buyer’s Guide to Getting Mortgage Ready

Don’t wait until you’re ready to move to start preparing financially to buy a home.

If you’re like the vast majority of home buyers, you will choose to finance your purchase with a mortgage loan. By preparing in advance, you can avoid the common delays and roadblocks many buyers face when applying for a mortgage.

The requirements to secure a mortgage may seem overwhelming, especially if you’re a first-time buyer. But we’ve outlined three simple steps to get you started on your path to homeownership.

Even if you’re a current homeowner, it’s a good idea to prepare in advance so you don’t encounter any surprises along the way. Lending requirements have become more rigorous in recent years, and changes to your credit history, debt levels, job type and other factors could impact your chances of approval.

It’s never too early to start preparing to buy a home. Follow these three steps to begin laying the foundation for your future home purchase today!

 

STEP 1: CHECK YOUR CREDIT SCORE

Your credit score is one of the first things a lender will check to see if you qualify for a loan. It’s a good idea to review your credit report and score yourself before you’re ready to apply for a mortgage. If you have a low score, you will need time to raise it. And sometimes fraudulent activity or erroneous information will appear on your report, which can take months to correct.

The credit score most lenders use is your FICO score, a weighted score developed by the Fair Isaac Corporation that takes into account your payment history (35%), amounts owed (30%), length of credit history (15%), new credit (10%), and credit mix (10%).1

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Source: myFico.com

Base FICO scores range from 300 to 850. A higher FICO score will help you qualify for a lower mortgage interest rate, which will save you money.2

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Home Design Trends to Watch in 2018

We frequently get questions from clients who are taking on decorating and remodeling projects and want to ensure their dollars are invested wisely.

Which looks will last for years to come, and which ones will feel dated quickly? What colors and styles are most popular among buyers in our area? How can I add the most value to my home?

So we’ve rounded up some of the hottest trends in home design to help guide you through the process. Whether you’ve planned a simple refresh or a full-scale renovation, making smart and informed design choices will help you maximize your return on investment … and minimize the chance of “remodeler’s remorse” down the road.

 

WHAT’S HOT NOW

While 2017 was all about millennial pink, brass fixtures and bright white kitchens, this year we expect to see a move toward warmer, cozier elements throughout the home.

  1. Warm Colors

A cool color scheme has dominated home design in recent years, but this year warm neutrals like brown and tan are back, along with rich jewel tones. While the pastel craze of last year is still hanging on, expect to see alternative color palettes featuring deep, saturated shades of red, yellow, green and navy. Grey will remain popular, but in warmer tones, often referred to as “greige.”

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  1. Cozy Elements

Along with warmer colors, we can expect to see a shift from stark, modern design to cozier looks. Velvet upholstery, woven textures and natural elements, like wood and stone, will heat things up this year.

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