Open House Schedules this weekend of September 22 and 23

OPEN HOUSE
📣 7605 Devins Ridge, Independence Twp 48348 on Sunday with Gayle
12 pm to 3 PM
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Bridge Valley Family Resort. All on 1.5 acre lot. Estate boasts 5 bedrooms, 2 owner suites with private baths, jetted jacuzzi and showers. Two story great room with surround sound, gorgeous built ins, fieldstone gas fireplace and large windows for beautiful views of nature. Open concept kitchen perfect for entertaining. Home has granite and tile baths throughout. Customized laundry and mudd room with granite sink, cabinet and cubbies. Lower level is a finished waikout with large family room surround sound, stone gas fireplace built-in cabinetry. Full bath, ample storrage. Exterior has an in ground heated 36×18 pool with diving board. Breathless landscaping and ample yard to play. . Much, much more.

 

OPEN HOUSE
📣 3798 Newport Way Drive, Waterford Twp 48329 on Sunday with Steve K
REDUCED PRICE ANNOUNCED
12 PM to 2 PM
218023288

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Come see this beautiful open floor plan Snug Harbour Ranch featuring 85′ on All Sports LOON LAKE. Enjoy privacy and security in this private gated community. This is a perfect home for entertaining with its huge kitchen and Great Room spaces. Relax in your Master Bedroom with beautiful lake views. Your ensuite features ceramic tile, a large soaking tub and glass walk-in shower. Enjoy awesome summer activities in your FINISHED 2000+ sqft walk out basement. This space will amaze you with it’s versatility and charm. Your glass block custom built bar will be enjoyed by everyone. The oversize lower level bedroom and full bath is perfect for your summer activities. Your garage is listed as a 3 car. You’ll find that and much more making this space perfect for a car enthusiast.

 

OPEN HOUSE
📣 102 E Hickory Grove, Bloomfield on Saturday with Chris
12 PM to 2 PM

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Totally renovated in the last few years. Gorgeous new kitchen with white wood cabinets with soft close doors, quartz countertops and patterned aluminum backsplash. New laminate floor that looks like ceramic tile! Refinished, original wood floors on first floor, new carpet upstairs and in lower level, new Theratru doors and Oxbow windows. Freshly painted in soft, neutral palate. Updated baths. Upstairs bath is a European “wet room” which makes it 100% waterproof! Barrier free shower and euro modern fixtures. Three spacious bedrooms. Lower level is partially finished with small bar area and large rec. room. One car shared garage. Private rear patio. Furnace has had major overhaul, only the body is old. Amazing location!! Close to downtown Birmingham and easy access to I-75 too. Award winning Bloomfield Hills schools.

 
OPEN HOUSE
📣 4021 COMMERCE Road, Orchard Lake 48324 on Saturday and Sunday with Chris
3 PM to 5 PM

218010679

 

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Seller will entertain offers between $2,000,000 – $2,350,000. The pictures are good but you need to see this house to experience it. Overlooking the most sought after lake in Michigan, is this Aspen inspired gem. Breathtaking views of the lake from every room, the entire back of the house is glass. Spectacular unconventional design, two grand staircases with wood/iron detailing, and an elevator that goes to all 3 levels. Soaring 2 story Great Room with detailed moldings, floor to ceiling windows. Barrel roof and wood trim detailing in family room and spacious library with gorgeous Brazilian hardwood floors and 3 walls of bay windows. Amazing kitchen with Cherry LaFata cabinets, enormous granite island with second sink, SS top-of-the-line appliances including Thermador 8 burner oven/stove. Grand master suite with his/hers closets, huge bath with euro shower, separate jetted tub, his/hers vanities with space left over for a couch! Two other En-suites with walk-in closets

OPEN HOUSE
📣 175 Wimbleton, Birmingham on Sunday with Chris
12 PM to 2 PM

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This 3 bedroom 2.5 bath spacious ranch overlooks the scenic Rouge River. You’re within easy walking distance to all of Birmingham’s amenities, Poppleton Park, the Farmer’s Market (every Sunday), and even a large grocery store. Great Poppleton Park neighborhood, easy commute to downtown Detroit, less than 30 minutes. Wood floors through out and open concept spacious kitchen, living and dining area with 2 fireplaces. The home is very well insulated, low utility costs, perfect condo alternative with maintenance free landscaping including sprinkler system. 2 car attached garage. All season back porch and decks so you can sip your morning coffee or have dinner with family and friends while surrounded by nature. Handicap accessible. Updated kitchen and baths in 2003.

 

OPEN HOUSE
📣 8950 Morning Mist Dr, Independence Twp on Sunday with Paul
1:00 PM TO 3:00 PM

218049993

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Gorgeous, spacious, open floor plan, this stately home is an entertainers dream! The open first floor boasts cathedral ceilings in the Living room and Great room, formal dining room, cozy den and a spacious back hallway complete with a lav, and large laundry/mudroom. Upstairs has 3 spacious bedrooms and a master bedroom ensuite complete with huge walk-in closet and jetted tub. Finished lower level is right out of a 1950’s diner! Snack bar complete with a vintage chrome soda fountain dispenser, with commercial water carbonator and chiller. Huge TV/Movie home theatre area and a full bathroom, yet still tons of storage space too! Professionally landscaped yard with low voltage lighting, fountain and stone steps leading from the deck down to the lower level walk-out basement. Private, relaxing, quiet, treed backyard overlooks small pond at the end of the property. This home has been meticulously maintained. Natural gas generator. BATVAI

If You Are Thinking of Selling You Must Act NOW!

Blog -- sell act nowIf you thought about selling your house this year, now more than ever may be the time to do it! The inventory of homes for sale is well below historic norms and buyer demand is skyrocketing. We were still in high school when we learned about the concept of supply and demand, so we understand that the best time to sell something is when the supply of that item is low and demand for that item is high. That defines today’s real estate market.

Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at the National Association of Realtors, recently commented:

“Contract signings inched backward once again last month, as declines in the South and West weighed down on overall activity.”

Yun goes on to say:

“The reason sales are falling off last year’s pace is that multiple years of inadequate supply in markets with strong job growth have finally driven up home prices to a point where an increasing number of prospective buyers are unable to afford it.”

In this type of market, a seller may hold a major negotiating advantage when it comes to price and other aspects of the real estate transaction, including the inspection, appraisal and financing contingencies.

Bottom Line
As a potential seller, you are in the driver’s seat right now. It might be time to hit the gas.

Are You Covered? A Homeowner’s Insurance Guide

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No one likes to think about disasters. Severe weather, fire, theft—or even a seemingly small issue like a broken pipe—can wreak havoc on your home and result in thousands of dollars in damages. Fortunately, a good homeowners insurance policy can offer you peace of mind that you and your family will be financially protected if disaster strikes.

A homeowners insurance policy covers your home—as well as the belongings in it—in case of theft, accidental damage, or certain natural disasters. In fact, most financial institutions require that you purchase homeowners insurance before they issue a mortgage. While coverage varies, most policies also help to protect you from liability should someone outside your household become injured on your property. And that liability coverage is often extended to include damage you (or anyone living in your household) may do to someone else’s property.1

With all the protection offered, it’s equally important to understand what a home insurance policy does NOT cover. For example, homeowners insurance won’t pay to repair malfunctioning systems and appliances within your home. And terms vary, but standard policies typically exclude coverage related to floods, earthquakes, slow leaks, power failure, neglect, aging, faulty repairs or construction materials, and acts of war.2

Homeowners Insurance Covers Things Like:

  • Structure
  • Roof
  • Windows
  • Furniture/Personal Belongings
  • Liability for Non-Residents Injured on Property
  • Liability for Damage or Injury Caused by You or Your Pets
Most Standard Policies DON’T Cover:

  • Malfunctioning Systems & Appliances
  • Floods
  • Earthquakes
  • Slow Leaks
  • Power Failures
  • Neglect or Aging
  • Faulty Repairs
  • Acts of War

NARROWING THE COVERAGE GAP

So how do you minimize your risk when so many potential issues are excluded from a standard homeowners policy? Many insurers offer supplemental coverage options that can be tacked on to a basic policy. We explore this further in the section below on “7 Tips for Purchasing Homeowners Insurance.”

Some homeowners also choose to purchase a home warranty, which covers many of the systems and appliances in your home that are NOT covered by homeowners insurance. Home warranties are separate from homeowners insurance, so if interested you’ll need to seek out a policy through a dedicated provider.

While terms vary, a home warranty will often pay to repair or replace components of your HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and some appliances that fail due to age or typical wear and tear. Unlike homeowners insurance, home warranties aren’t required by mortgage companies. But many homeowners like the added financial protection and peace of mind that home warranties provide.3

Keep in mind, if you do purchase a home warranty, you will still be responsible for paying a service fee, or deductible, every time you use it. And you will be limited to using service providers who are contracted through your home warranty company.

7 TIPS FOR PURCHASING HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE

Whether you’re shopping for a new policy on your first home or you’re considering switching providers on an existing policy, it’s important to do your research beforehand. Not all insurance policies—or providers—are created equal. A little due diligence can save you time, money, and hassle in the long run.

  1. Prioritize Service and Value

When choosing an insurance provider, ask around for recommendations. Check with neighbors, friends, and family members, particularly those who have filed an insurance claim in the past. Find out if they had a positive or negative experience. Read online reviews. Ask your real estate agent for a referral to a reputable insurance broker who can help you compare your options.

Don’t just choose the cheapest policy. Instead, search for one that offers excellent client service and provides the best coverage for the cost.

  1. Choose the Right Level of Coverage

Your policy limits should be high enough to cover the cost of rebuilding your home. Don’t make the common mistake of insuring your home for the price you paid for it. The cost to rebuild could be higher or lower, depending on the value of your land, your home’s unique features, market factors, new building codes, and local construction costs.4

Also, consider whether you need a higher level of liability insurance to protect your assets. If your investments and savings exceed the liability limits in your policy, you may need to purchase an excess liability or umbrella policy.

Ultimately, you should make sure your coverage is adequate to mitigate your losses—but don’t pay for excess insurance you don’t need.

  1. Inquire About Additional Coverage

Ask your insurance agent about additional coverage options that can help close any gaps you have in your policy.

For example, if you’re in a flood or earthquake-prone area, experts strongly recommend that you add those coverages to your policy. In fact, flooding is the most frequently occurring natural hazard, and a significant percentage of insurance payouts are for homes outside “flood zones,” or areas known to be at risk of flooding. So even if your home is not technically located in a flood zone, you may want to add flood coverage to your policy, just in case.5

Expensive jewelry, furs, collectibles, or artwork may not be fully insured by a standard policy. Ask about raising your limits for any items of particular value, or check with a specialty insurer about a separate policy for such items.

  1. Decide on “Replacement Cost” or “Actual Cash Value”

Insurers can use a variety of methods to determine how much they will pay to reimburse you for a loss, but the two most common are “replacement cost” or “actual cash value.”

If your seven-year-old sofa is damaged in a fire, replacement cost coverage will pay you the cost to purchase a new, comparable sofa at today’s prices. Actual cash value coverage will pay you for the depreciated value of the sofa you lost—so what you would pay to buy a seven-year-old sofa rather than a new one.6

While a replacement cost coverage policy will result in a bigger payoff if you suffer a loss, it will probably require a larger annual premium. Compare both options to find out which is the better fit for you.

  1. Consider a Higher Deductible

A deductible is the amount of money you are responsible for paying on a loss before your insurance company will pay a claim. Opting for a higher deductible can reduce your premiums.

Note that in some cases, your insurance policy may have a separate or higher deductible for certain kinds of claims, such as those caused by floods, windstorms, hail, or earthquakes.

While a higher deductible can save you money on your premiums, opt for one that is still affordable given your current financial situation.

  1. Try Bundling Your Coverage

Combining your home, automobile, and other policies under one insurer can often result in a significant discount. And some insurers offer additional benefits, such as a single deductible if property insured by multiple policies is damaged. For instance, if a fire destroys your home and your car, you may only have to pay the higher of the two deductibles. Bundling can also make payment and renewal of your policies more convenient.7
However, bundling isn’t always the best or least expensive option. In some cases, you may find better coverage options, service, and/or pricing if you split your policies between multiple insurers. So be sure to consider all of your options before making a final decision.

  1. Reassess Your Policy Each Year

Even if you’ve done all your due diligence before purchasing a homeowners insurance policy, don’t set your annual renewal on autopilot. Instead, when it comes time to renew, take some time to consider factors that have changed over the past year.

For example, have you made any home improvements that would require you to raise your coverage limits? Have you made any security or safety improvements that qualify you for a discount on your premiums?8

Has there been a shift in market conditions that would make it more or less expensive to rebuild your home now? If so, you may need to adjust your coverage levels accordingly.

If you’ve made any changes to how you use your home, you may need to adjust your policy, as well. For example, if you’ve started a home-based business or occasionally rent out your home on a home-sharing site, you may not be fully covered by your existing policy.9

Finally, consider any changes to your financial situation that may require increased liability coverage limits. If you’ve grown your investments or inherited property, it may be time to purchase additional coverage to protect your expanding asset base.

MINIMIZE RISK, MAXIMIZE VALUE

Now that you understand the basics of homeowners insurance, you should be ready to start shopping for a policy that best fits your needs and budget. Your goal should be to minimize your risk while maximizing the value your policy provides.

While you never want to leave yourself without a safety net should disaster strike, you also don’t want to overpay for insurance you don’t need (and will hopefully rarely use). Aim to strike a balance that will provide you with adequate protection at an affordable price.

NEED MORE GUIDANCE? WE CAN HELP

If you’re in the market to purchase homeowners insurance or a home warranty, give us a call! We get a lot of feedback from clients on the best (and worst) providers and are happy to share what we know.

We can also put you in touch with a trusted insurance professional who can answer your questions and help you find the best policy to meet your needs.

The above references an opinion and is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be financial or insurance advice. Consult the appropriate professionals for advice regarding your individual needs.

Sources:

  1. Insurance Information Institute –
    https://www.iii.org/article/what-covered-standard-homeowners-policy
  2. Insure.com –
    https://www.insure.com/home-insurance/exclusions.html
  3. American Home Shield –
    https://www.ahs.com/home-matters/cost-savers/whats-the-difference-homeowners-insurance-vs-home-warranty
  4. Insurance Information Institute –
    https://www.iii.org/article/how-much-homeowners-insurance-do-you-need
  5. Realtor.com –
    https://www.realtor.com/advice/buy/buying-home-insurance
  6. Texas Department of Insurance –
    http://www.helpinsure.com/home/documents/acvvsreplace.pdf
  7. Insure.com –
    https://www.insure.com/home-insurance-faq/bundle-insurance-policies.html
  8. National Association of Insurance Commissioners –
    https://www.insureuonline.org/consumer_homeowners_ten_tips.htm
  9. HomeAway –
    https://help.homeaway.com/articles/Do-I-need-a-special-vacation-rental-insurance-policy-for-my-property

Open House Schedules for weekend of September 8 and 9

OPEN HOUSE
📣 7605 Devins Ridge, Independence Twp 48348 on Sunday with Gayle
12 pm to 3 PM

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Bridge Valley Family Resort. All on 1.5 acre lot. Estate boasts 5 bedrooms, 2 owner suites with private baths, jetted jacuzzi and showers. Two story great room with surround sound, gorgeous built ins, fieldstone gas fireplace and large windows for beautiful views of nature. Open concept kitchen perfect for entertaining. Home has granite and tile baths throughout. Customized laundry and mudd room with granite sink, cabinet and cubbies. Lower level is a finished waikout with large family room surround sound, stone gas fireplace built-in cabinetry. Full bath, ample storrage. Exterior has an in ground heated 36×18 pool with diving board. Breathless landscaping and ample yard to play. . Much, much more.

 

OPEN HOUSE
📣 3007 N. Vermont RO on Saturday with Leslie
3 PM to 5 PM

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Immaculate Royal Oak brick bungalow in popular Red Run Heights neighborhood just blocks away from Red Run Golf Club and Red Run Park. This move-in ready 3 bedrooms home has 2 full baths, all beautifully updated in 2015. Kitchen offers granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and ceramic floors. Beautiful hardwood floors on main level with a spacious family room that includes a gas fireplace and tons of natural light. Spacious Master bedroom has beautiful master bath and lots of closet space. Large finished basement for additional living space. Fully landscaped fenced in back yard with mature trees and large deck, perfect for outdoor entertaining. Welcome to your new home! Licensed agent must be present at all showings.

 

OPEN HOUSE
📣 3798 Newport Way Drive, Waterford Twp 48329 on Sunday with Steve K
12 PM to 2 PM

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Come see this beautiful open floor plan Snug Harbour Ranch featuring 85′ on All Sports LOON LAKE. Enjoy privacy and security in this private gated community. This is a perfect home for entertaining with its huge kitchen and Great Room spaces. Relax in your Master Bedroom with beautiful lake views. Your ensuite features ceramic tile, a large soaking tub and glass walk-in shower. Enjoy awesome summer activities in your FINISHED 2000+ sqft walk out basement. This space will amaze you with it’s versatility and charm. Your glass block custom built bar will be enjoyed by everyone. The oversize lower level bedroom and full bath is perfect for your summer activities. Your garage is listed as a 3 car. You’ll find that and much more making this space perfect for a car enthusiast.

OPEN HOUSE
📣 102 E Hickory Grove, Bloomfield on Saturday with Chris

12 PM to 2 PM
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Totally renovated in the last few years. Gorgeous new kitchen with white wood cabinets with soft close doors, quartz countertops and patterned aluminum backsplash. New laminate floor that looks like ceramic tile! Refinished, original wood floors on first floor, new carpet upstairs and in lower level, new Theratru doors and Oxbow windows. Freshly painted in soft, neutral palate. Updated baths. Upstairs bath is a European “wet room” which makes it 100% waterproof! Barrier free shower and euro modern fixtures. Three spacious bedrooms. Lower level is partially finished with small bar area and large rec. room. One car shared garage. Private rear patio. Furnace has had major overhaul, only the body is old. Amazing location!! Close to downtown Birmingham and easy access to I-75 too. Award winning Bloomfield Hills schools.

OPEN HOUSE
📣 4021 COMMERCE Road, Orchard Lake 48324 on Saturday and Sunday with Chris

3PM to 6PM

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Seller will entertain offers between $2,000,000 – $2,350,000. The pictures are good but you need to see this house to experience it. Overlooking the most sought after lake in Michigan, is this Aspen inspired gem. Breathtaking views of the lake from every room, the entire back of the house is glass. Spectacular unconventional design, two grand staircases with wood/iron detailing, and an elevator that goes to all 3 levels. Soaring 2 story Great Room with detailed moldings, floor to ceiling windows. Barrel roof and wood trim detailing in family room and spacious library with gorgeous Brazilian hardwood floors and 3 walls of bay windows. Amazing kitchen with Cherry LaFata cabinets, enormous granite island with second sink, SS top-of-the-line appliances including Thermador 8 burner oven/stove. Grand master suite with his/hers closets, huge bath with euro shower, separate jetted tub, his/hers vanities with space left over for a couch! Two other En-suites with walk-in closets

OPEN HOUSE
📣 175 Wimbleton, Birmingham on Sunday with Chris

12 PM to 2 PM

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This 3 bedroom 2.5 bath spacious ranch overlooks the scenic Rouge River. You’re within easy walking distance to all of Birmingham’s amenities, Poppleton Park, the Farmer’s Market (every Sunday), and even a large grocery store. Great Poppleton Park neighborhood, easy commute to downtown Detroit, less than 30 minutes. Wood floors through out and open concept spacious kitchen, living and dining area with 2 fireplaces. The home is very well insulated, low utility costs, perfect condo alternative with maintenance free landscaping including sprinkler system. 2 car attached garage. All season back porch and decks so you can sip your morning coffee or have dinner with family and friends while surrounded by nature. Handicap accessible. Updated kitchen and baths in 2003.

 

For more details and photos,  here.

Open house schedules this Labor day weekend

Choice properties to visit this weekend hosted by Chris

OH_4021_Commerce_041518 (1)4021 Commerce Road, Orchard Lake
on Friday 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Sunday 4:00 to 6:00 pm

Seller will entertain offers between $2,000,000 – $2,350,000. The pictures are good but you need to see this house to experience it. Overlooking the most sought after lake in Michigan, is this Aspen inspired gem. Breathtaking views of the lake from every room, the entire back of the house is glass. Spectacular unconventional design, two grand staircases with wood/iron detailing, and an elevator that goes to all 3 levels. Soaring 2 story Great Room with detailed moldings, floor to ceiling windows. Barrel roof and wood trim detailing in family room and spacious library with gorgeous Brazilian hardwood floors and 3 walls of bay windows. Amazing kitchen with Cherry LaFata cabinets, enormous granite island with second sink, SS top-of-the-line appliances including Thermador 8 burner oven/stove. Grand master suite with his/hers closets, huge bath with euro shower, separate jetted tub, his/hers vanities with space left over for a couch! Two other En-suites with walk-in closets

 

 

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102 E Hickory Grove, Bloomfield Hills
on
Saturday 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Sunday 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Totally renovated in the last few years. Gorgeous new kitchen with white wood cabinets with soft close doors, quartz countertops and patterned aluminum backsplash. New laminate floor that looks like ceramic tile! Refinished, original wood floors on first floor, new carpet upstairs and in lower level, new Theratru doors and Oxbow windows. Freshly painted in soft, neutral palate. Updated baths. Upstairs bath is a European “wet room” which makes it 100% waterproof! Barrier free shower and euro modern fixtures. Three spacious bedrooms. Lower level is partially finished with small bar area and large rec. room. One car shared garage. Private rear patio. Furnace has had major overhaul, only the body is old. Amazing location!! Close to downtown Birmingham and easy access to I-75 too. Award winning Bloomfield Hills schools.

 

 

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807 E Fourteen Mile, Birmingham
on
Saturday 3:45 to 5:30 pm
Sunday 1:30 to 3:00 pm

Charming Birmingham ranch with tons of potential! Open and spacious floor plan. Two generous bedrooms and a beautiful tiled bathroom. Kitchen boasts lovely blue tiled accents, and all appliances stay! Back door opens to small deck overlooking the large, grassy yard. Oversized one car garage with tons of storage. Ideal location close to downtown Birmingham with it’s shops, restaurants, markets and activities. Nearby Woodward and access to freeways make your commute quick and easy.

For all property details click here.