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Top 10 Wierd Houses - 04/29/10 09:47 PM
HI Everyone, I found this video on Bing and thought everyone would enjoy it. My fav is the upside down house. What do you think? Enjoy. http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/top-10-weird-houses/uf7nq4ne
Jon Becker - Century 21 Northland Traverse City Home Listings
How much Mortgage payment can I afford? - 04/25/10 01:28 PM
Not only does owning a home give you a haven for yourself and your family, it also makes great financial sense because of the tax benefits - which you can't take advantage of when paying rent.The following calculation assumes a 28 percent income tax bracket. If your bracket is higher, your savings will be, too. Based on your current rent, use this calculation to figure out how much mortgage you can afford.Rent: _________________________Multiplier: x 1.32Mortgage payment: _________________________Because of tax deductions, you can make a mortgage payment - including taxes and insurance - that is approximately one-third larger than your current rent (0 comments)
5 factors that affect your credit score - 04/25/10 01:24 PM
Credit scores range between 200 and 800, with scores above 620 considered desirable for obtaining a mortgage. The following factors affect your score:1. Your payment history. Did you pay your credit card obligations on time? If they were late, then how late? Bankruptcy filing, liens, and collection activity also impact your history.2. How much you owe. If youowe a great deal of money on numerous accounts, it can indicate that you are overextended. However, it's a good thing if you have a good proportion of balances to total credit limits.3. The length of your credit history. In general, the longer you (0 comments)
What is appraised value? - 04/19/10 08:07 PM
Appraisals provide an objective opinion of value, but it's not an exact science so appraisals may differ. For buying and selling purposes, appraisals are usually based on market value - what the property could probably be sold for. Other types of value include insurance value, replacement value, and assessed value for property tax purposes. Appraised value is not a constant number. Changes in market conditions can dramatically alter appraised value. Appraised value doesn't take into account special considerations, like the need to sell rapidly. Lenders usually use either the appraised value or the sale price, whichever is less, to determine the (0 comments)
Traverse City tops another National chart - 04/09/10 08:20 PM
Foodie Finds: 10 Surprising Food Cities Foodies worth their sea salt know metropolitan cities like Paris, New York City and San Francisco are considered food meccas. But diverse dining offerings and a deep-rooted food culture can be uncovered in smaller towns and cities, too. Livability.com has searched 200 of the most livable cities in America to find the 10 most surprisingly vibrant cities for foodies to flex their taste buds. These are cities and towns where gourmands can find some undiscovered gems. From farmers markets and independent restaurants to quality of life and cost of living, these aren't just some of (2 comments)
2040 sq. ft. 3 BR 2 Bath - Edge of town, Near River & Nature Trails - 04/08/10 03:02 PM
Edge of town - Close to River & Nature Trails $99,900 Near River & Natural Area - Edge of Town • 2,040 sq. ft., 2 bath, 3 bdrm manufactured home - MLS® $99,900 - 2000+ sq. ft. Under $100k Garfield Township, Grand Traverse County - Best of both worlds - country setting but "just" out of town! This 7 yr. young home features over 2000 sq. ft. w/ large rooms, island kitchen w/ breakfast nook + formal dining room, private master suite w/ garden tub,shower & walk in closet, laundry/mud room & all appliances induded. Set on large corner lot w/ fenced (0 comments)
3800+ sq. ft home on Jack Nicklaus golf course - 04/07/10 03:44 PM
New Listing-"The Bear" golf course, 3800+ sq. ft $275,000 Golf & Resort LifeStyle • 3,821 sq. ft., 3 bath, 3 bdrm single story "Contemporary" - MLS® $275,000 - 3800+ sq.ft.-Golf Course Acme Township, Grand Traverse County - Not just a home...it's a lifestyle! Part of the 900 acre Grand Traverse resort spa & set on world famous Jack Nicklaus golf course "The Bear". 3800+ finished sq. ft. features large kitchen w/ solid surface counters & breakfast nook, Master suite w/ his&hers walkin closets, large bath w/ shower & whirlpool tub, 2+ car finished garage w/ work bench & back mower door, double (0 comments)
Improve your odds for getting an offer on Your Home! - 04/01/10 12:56 PM
1. Price it right. Set a price at the lower end of your property's realistic price range. With the current market being very competitive for sellers given high inventory numbers, foreclosures and short sales you must be ready to " aggressively compete" with other homes for sale in your area. Buyers know it's a buyers market and are looking for a "great deal". Even though it may not be the price you " want" you must be realistic for current market conditions if you want your home to sell. 2. Prepare for visitors. Get your house market ready at least two (0 comments)
Tips to make Your Home appeal to Buyers - 04/01/10 12:53 PM
1. Remove clutter and clear off counters. Throw out stacks of newspapers and magazines and stow away most of your small decorative items. Put excess furniture in storage, and remove out-of-season clothing items that are cramping closet space. Don't forget to clean out the garage, too.2. Wash your windows and screens. This will help get more light into the interior of the home.3. Keep everything extra clean. A clean house will make a strong first impression and send a message to buyers that the home has been well-cared for. Wash fingerprints from light switch plates, mop and wax floors, and clean (3 comments)
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