Livingston County Real Estate by Bob Smith

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Back in August I did a short market report on the Lakeshore Pointe community in Howell.  This is a great community of about 248 homes in a fantastic location.   There are some lakefront homes, most are not, but all have lake access. The community has resident-only waterfront parks, picnic areas, ...
Each month that National Association of Realtors (NAR) surveys real estate professionals nationwide to get their impression of the housing market.  This report had 2,969 Realtors reply.  As a survey participant, I get a ‘sneak peek’ at the results which will be released soon.Overall, real estate ...
Last evening, I stopped at the Northfield Township Hall in Whitmore Lake to visit the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) open house regarding the US-23 Active Traffic Management (ATM) plan.If you've ever driven the US-23 expressway to Ann Arbor in the morning rush hour, or tried to get ...
Real estate is local.  That being said, there are things that happen nationally to affect all markets.  One of them is interest rates.USA Today ran an article today that quoted San Franciso Federal Reserve President John Williams as saying there is a “very strong case” (their quotes) for rates to...
There were a number of changes that went into effect October 3rd, as part of the CFPB’s efforts to make sure we never have another meltdown like we had a few years back.Some of these are great.  Sellers MUST get their closing statements for review 3 days before closing.  What?  No more statements...
The first governmental ‘dashboard’ I saw was that for the State of Michigan.  When Governor Rick Snyder took office in 2011, he was a businessman with no prior political experience, but a lot of leadership skills and business sense.  He referred to himself, and is still known as “one tough nerd.”...
Don't forget to vote today. I know this election doesn't have the visibility of a Presidential Election, but there are still ballot proposals to be decided. In Livingston County, there is one County-wide ballot, which means your vote will count.Not sure what's on the ballot?  Michigan residents, ...
The old Brighton Donuts has undergone extensive remodeling and is likely to host a Potbelly Sandwich Shop and perhaps a T-Mobile cellular store, too.  Potbelly began in Chicago in 1977 and there are some stores in the west Detroit suburbs, as well as Ann Arbor. The new building looks fantastic.If...
Before you retire on Halloween, be sure to set your clocks back an hour.  We have to do this less and less it seems.  My mobile phone and cable box do it automatically.  I have a counter top radio that gets the time signal via a local NPR station and it adjusts on its own, too. Likewise for the l...
What could be worse than losing your tablet or smartphone and having somebody access your social media accounts, business information, and contacts?  Well, OK, identity theft.  And that could happen, too.  But not if you’re a bit proactive.  Here are just a few basic defenses for you.My first lin...

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