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More Reasons to Use a Realtor - 10/31/08 03:13 PM
Many consumers consider selling their home directly but eventually turn to REALTORS®. Smart home sellers realize they need the expertise in pricing their home, making connections with REALTORS® working with buyers, arranging and staffing open houses, and coordinating with other professionals in the sales process. Only about half of all real estate agents are REALTORS® -- the top half, in our not-so-humble opinion. REALTORS® work independently, for small agencies, or for large brokerages. They help people buy and sell residential or commercial properties, vacation homes, and land; they conduct appraisals; they operate in the United States and in other countries; some (0 comments)
Log Home Cottage w/ Lake & Park access $83,900 - 10/30/08 10:36 PM
Log Cottage/Home w/ Lake Access $89,900 Log Cottage / Home w/ Lake Access • 928 sq. ft., 1 bath, 2 bdrm single story - MLS® $89,900 - Compare Quality of Const. Arvid Johnson Subdivision, Lewiston - Welcome to your up north cottage retreat or year round log sided home with cultured stone fireplace and base accents. Interior featureas cathedral ceilings, pine tongue and groove, gas stone fireplace, whirlpool tub, 48" shower, large laundry/mud room and additonal 336 sq. ft. of partially finished living space that can be finished into 3rd bedroom or family /rec room or quickly and easily turned back (0 comments)
4 BR 2 Bath 2800 sq. ft. 1.29 acres REDUCED $12,000 - 10/30/08 10:35 PM
Want for elbow room to spread out in? Come on home to this 4 bedroom ( could be 5) 2 bath home with some wood floors, main floor master, formal dining room plus eat in kitchen, HUGE living room, family room, den, double staircases, french doors leading to back deck, paved drive and 2 car attached garage. Basement is 80% finished with additional non conforming bedroom, den, storage/craft/work room, laundry area and family room. Total is approx. 2815 sq. ft. all set on 1.29 partially wooded acres near state land and Duck & Green Lakes. 10 minutes to Traverse City, 3 (0 comments)
How to Prevent being Forelcosed On - 10/30/08 10:26 PM
Are you behind on your house payments? Think you will be foreclosed on and that you have no options? Think again.... In today's economic times there are more and more people who are unfortunately falling behind on their mortgage payments for a variety of reasons ( loss of job, illness, divorce, increased living costs etc.) You probably here about all the bank foreclosed homes all over the country and feel helpless. Please Don't! The first thing everyone should know is that the bank or mortgage company does NOT want your house back. They are in business to make money from lending money (0 comments)
Buying Bank Foreclosures - 10/30/08 10:24 PM
REO vs. Foreclosure An REO (Real Estate Owned) home is a property that goes back to the mortgage company after an unsuccessful foreclosure auction. You see, most foreclosure homes do not sell at auctions and most don't even generate bids. If there was enough equity in the property to satisfy the loan, the owner would have probably sold the property and paid off the bank. Foreclosure sales begin with a minimum bid that includes the loan balance, any accrued interest, plus attorney's fees and any costs associated with the foreclosure process. If you are the successful bidder, you receive the (0 comments)
11 WAYS TO INCREASE YOUR HOMES VALUE! - 10/30/08 09:14 PM
11 Ways to Increase Your Homes Value If you want to set your home apart AND get maximum price for your property, you need to take steps to make sure that when buyers see it, they're sold! 1. Spruce Up the Landscaping Not only does good landscaping give you the highest return on your money, but it also can literally transform the exterior look and feel of your home. Hire a landscaper to do the job, or do it yourself for some old-fashioned sweat equity. Either way, be sure to turn your front yard into a colorful, floral oasis. Great (0 comments)
Owner Built Residence Transfer Act - 10/18/08 03:26 PM
Public Act 6 of 2008 (Senate Bill 577) will become effective August 10, 2008. It attempts to curtail the practice by individuals who are not licensed builders, but who build new residences and immediately resell them. Supposedly, many individuals have essentially made a living by doing this without ever being licensed as residential builders. Unless there are "unforeseen circumstances," a non-builder owner who builds a new residence may not sell it for at least 365 days after receiving an occupancy permit. The "unforeseen circumstances" exception may be used only once per calendar year. A non-builder owner who sells the residence within (0 comments)
Affordable Homeowners Insurance Made Easy - 10/16/08 12:06 AM
Homeowners will shop around for appliances, furniture and other necessities to get the best price for the best product. But one necessity that often goes overlooked is home insurance. Unfortunately, events such as fire, natural disasters and burglary do happen. This is why it is so important to have insurance on your home. It will give you peace of mind that your financial security will remain intact if one of these unfortunate incidents occurs.Home insurance is a necessary investment, but many people are paying hundreds of dollars more than needed because they haven't shopped around. Cheap-Insurance-Rates.com is trying to change that. (0 comments)
Home Improvements that Actually Save You Money - 10/16/08 12:04 AM
Don't believe that spending money can actually save you money? When it comes to home improvement, investing in cost-effective upgrades can actually save you a bundle in the long-run.The average American household spends more than $1,600 a year on utility bills, according to the Department of Energy. With many homeowners facing escalating mortgage costs, and concerns growing over an impending recession, it's more important than ever to find ways to save on home-related costs. Spending a few extra dollars now on certain home improvements can save you more money later when a recession could be in full swing.Here are five areas (0 comments)
Take Preventive Measures to Ward Off Colds, Flu - 10/16/08 12:01 AM
It's hard to stay healthy during the winter months. Everyone from your kids to your co-workers seems to be sniffling, coughing and sneezing. Not only is being sick unpleasant, the cost adds up fast -- there's missed time from work or school, doctor's visits and medication. As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so take steps now to ward off winter illness. One of the easiest ways to avoid colds and flu is to be scrupulous about washing your hands. Use soap and water and scrub for at least 20 seconds. Use a (0 comments)
Stop Junk Mail Dead in Its Tracks - 10/15/08 11:46 PM
Ever stop and wonder how that mortgage broker from out of state managed to find your name and address? Or how the unfamiliar home improvement company that called you last night knew you were shopping around for windows? We often give out our name, address and phone number without a second thought -- to the salesman at the home improvement store, to the sweepstakes company promising the chance at a $1 million prize, to the marketers who promise to send free samples in exchange for completing a survey. In a perfect world, all companies would protect our personal information. Unfortunately, that (2 comments)
Cut Your Heating Bill this Winter - 10/15/08 11:43 PM
What's the best way to lower your heating bills this winter? Stop trying to squeeze a few more years out of that old, inefficient heating system you've been living with.In today's economy, where heating fuel prices are the highest they've ever been, sticking with an older, repair-prone, energy inefficient furnace is "penny-wise and pound foolish." From basic oil or gas-burning furnaces to high-tech geothermal heat, newer systems are more efficient, consuming less fuel to heat your house - and saving you real money in fuel and repair costs. The average household spends $1,900 a year on energy bills, according to the (0 comments)
The Grand Vision Decision is underway! The first of several presentations scheduled took place last night at a packed State Theatre. Senator Carl Levin, MDOT Director Kirk Steudel and other organizers including TART Trails' Bob Otwell as chair of TC-TALUS spoke and then the consultants presented findings from the year long visioning process.
Now is the time to decide what our region can look like fifty years from now. I urge you to visit www.thegrandvision.org and explore the resulting four scenarios. After reviewing and considering the information click on the "The Grand Vision Scorecard," answer the questions and send it (0 comments)
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