donald horne: How to Prepare For an Appraisal - 03/29/15 09:29 AM
This weeks client question, How to Prepare For an Appraisal ...
1. Curb Appeal Although many homeowners are familiar with the term “curb appeal” as it applies to prospective buyers, many don’t realize that the home’s first impression is important to the appraiser as well. Landscape maintenance chores, such as clearing away debris, trimming trees and shrubs, spreading fresh mulch in the beds and greening up the lawn will all help to bring your home close to market value.

Here’s a quick video walkthrough of how you can improve your house and yard’s curb appeal. It is by no means a complete … (3 comments)

donald horne: Get 3 Big Tax Breaks - If You Buy a Lake Orion MI Home in 2015 - 03/28/15 10:21 AM
This weeks article from Craig Donofrio in the current Housing Trends eNewsletter titled, You Could Get 3 Big Tax Breaks - If You Buy a Home in 2015 ...
So you didn’t buy a house last year. That’s OK—you haven’t missed the boat yet on low mortgage rates or a healthy inventory of homes. In many ways, 2015 is a great time to buy a home, not the least of which is for certain tax breaks.
Here’s how you could enjoy three significant tax benefits if you purchase a home this year.
1. Use points for even lower interest rates Deductible points are a standard … (0 comments)

donald horne: OPEN HOUSE THIS SUNDAY! ROYAL OAK MI, 610 SYMES AVE, 12 til 3 - 03/18/15 05:34 AM
This Sunday The 22nd, Open House in Royal Oak MI, 610 Symes Ave, From 12 til 3 ...

Can you believe this!  Brand new listing, one owner, three bedroom brick / aluminum ranch home in Royal Oak.  Just painted, wood floors, updated roof-windows-furnace-air-hot water heater-electrical-pool.  All appliances stay, full basement with waterproofing, wired for generator, 2.5 car garage with great yard and landscaping.  Do NOT wait on seeing this home!
Need more information or financing help?
Donald Horne / Shirley Grindle, Team Success ListingAssociate Broker for Coldwell Banker Shooltz RealtyOxford Office  248-969-8065Lapeer Office  810-338-0628donaldhorne.realtor@gmail.com
 
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donald horne: Home Buying Costs You Need to Know About in Lapeer - 03/12/15 03:34 AM
Story from Craig Donofrio, 10 Home Buying Costs You Need to Know About, talks about first time buyers and their fees ...
If you’re a first-time home buyer, you might get a little queasy when the last line of your good-faith estimate comes in at several thousand dollars. And after the color returns to your face, you might also be a little more than perplexed by some of those fees.
Knowing what you’re paying for—like these 10 common costs—can ease that check-writing pain.
1. Earnest money To prove you’re “earnest” in your purchase commitment, expect to plunk down 1% to 2% of the total … (1 comments)

donald horne: Tax Mistakes New Metamora Homeowners Make - 03/09/15 06:27 AM
Article in the current issue of Housing Trends eNewsletter from Angela Colley, 5 Tax Mistakes New Homeowners Make, discusses tax issues for new homeowners ...
Few people look forward to tax season, and when you’re a new homeowner in Metamora MI, filing can be even more daunting. Suddenly, you have new forms to fill out and more potential for making a mistake.
But taxes aren't all bad; homeowners get more tax benefits than renters. And if you can avoid these five common mistakes, you’ll survive tax season.
1. Not tracking your home improvement expenses If you bought a fixer-upper and you've put money into improving your home, … (0 comments)

donald horne: Metamora Michigan Home Values, How to Increase Yours, Part #2 - 03/07/15 05:06 AM
Metamora Michigan Home Values, How to Increase Yours! ...These tips are to help increase your homes value and get your home sold in the fastest time possible based on our experience working with home owners who have sold their homes and feedback from home buyers that buy homes.
This weeks tip: Declutter
If you are thinking about selling within the next year, start this now. I have seen buyers walk through homes that have too much stuff everywhere and comment to me that it just looks messy. When a buyer thinks a home is messy, they figure that there are other problems with … (0 comments)

donald horne: Coming Soon! Symes Ave, Royal Oak MI, 3 Bedroom Ranch with Basement, Garage - 03/05/15 09:01 AM
Coming Soon!  Brand New Listing in Royal Oak, 3 Bedroom Ranch Home with Full Basement and 2 Car Garage!

Royal Oak MI Real Estate, this is a great starter or retirement home, 1015 square feet, brick/aluminum, 50 x 130 lot, 3 bedrooms, 1 full bath, 2 car detached garage and full basement. Home has had many updates, wood floors, just painted, gas fireplace in dining room and all appliances stay.
If you want to be the first to view this home, please contact us direct and if you need financing, we have the person for that!
Donald Horne / Shirley … (0 comments)

donald horne: Homes Sold in Oakland / Lapeer Counties, February 2015 - 03/02/15 04:55 AM
Through February 28th 2015, Homes Sold in Oakland and Lapeer Counties. 

Donald Horne, Team Success ListingAssociate Broker for Coldwell Banker Shooltz RealtyOxford Office  248-969-8065Lapeer Office  810-338-0628donaldhorne.realtor@gmail.com

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donald horne: What is a Home Inspection? - 02/25/15 03:58 AM
What is a Home Inspection in Michigan? This is a part of our "What Is" series that discusses home inspections ... Did you know, supposedly, the first known home inspection company, Home Equity Loss Protection Services, was originally founded by Christopher P. Nolan and Loyola Professor, Mark Goodfriend. Mr. Nolan was initially inspired by Coldwell Banker Realtor, Carole Kellby, a top producer from Wheaton, IL.
A home inspection is a examination of the condition of a home, often in connection with the sale of that home. Home inspections are usually conducted by a home inspector. The inspector prepares and delivers to the client a written … (1 comments)

donald horne: Local Homes For Sale This Week, February 26th 2015 - 02/25/15 12:46 AM
Local Homes For Sale This Week, February 26th 2015 ... Open House Sunday, March 1st at 3037 W. Newark Rd. at Noon ... Donald Horne, Team Success ListingAssociate Broker for Coldwell Banker Shooltz RealtyOxford Office  248-969-8065Lapeer Office  810-338-0628donaldhorne.realtor@gmail.com 
 
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donald horne: The Mortgage Mistake Nearly Half of Lapeer MI Borrowers Make - 02/20/15 10:02 AM
This story from Catey Hill, The $25,000 Mortgage Mistake Nearly Half of Borrowers Make, talks about how many people pay to much for their mortgage ...
Did you pay too much for your mortgage? If you’re like millions of Americans, the answer is probably yes — and that means you may be throwing tens of thousands of dollars of your hard-earned money at the bank, when you might not need to.
A report released Tuesday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finds that almost half (47%) of Americans don’t shop around for a mortgage when they purchase a home. “Consumers put great thought … (0 comments)

donald horne: Local Homes For Sale, as of February 19th. - 02/20/15 02:40 AM
Local homes for sale, as of February 19th. We have properties for sale all over Oakland and Lapeer Counties, nearby parts of Macomb, Genesee, St. Clair, Tuscola and Sanilac Counties. This weeks featured listings ...

Donald Horne, Team Success ListingAssociate Broker for Coldwell Banker Shooltz Realtydonaldhorne.realtor@gmail.com 810-338-0628
 
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donald horne: In Oxford MI, Getting a Grip on Homeowner Maintenance Costs - 02/20/15 01:30 AM
Getting a Grip on Homeowner Maintenance Costs, an article I found in the current Housing Trends eNewsletter by Anne Miller, discusses routine maintenance costs with home ownership ...
So you've braced yourself for a hefty down payment and maybe some new furniture. But homeownership expenses don’t end there—routine maintenance costs can really add up. Imagine getting socked with a $10,000 bill for roof repair. Are you prepared for that?
It’s important to have a handle on some of the day-to-day expenses you may incur to keep a home in good repair. Keep these costs in mind as you tour prospective homes, too, so you don’t fall … (0 comments)

donald horne: Oxford Michigan Home Values, How to Increase Yours, Part #2 - 02/17/15 09:06 AM
Oxford Michigan home values, how to increase yours! ... These tips are to help increase your homes value and get your home sold in the fastest time possible based on our experience working with home owners who have sold their homes and feedback from home buyers that buy homes.
This weeks tip: Curb Appeal
First impressions count. Similar to a fresh coat of paint for a room, a yard that has the grass cut nicely goes a long way. Walk outside and look at your front yard and the front of the home. Does the front of the house need paint or residing? … (0 comments)

donald horne: Metamora Michigan Home Values - 02/16/15 12:43 AM
Metamora Michigan Home Values
Current market overview: Sold properties was at 3, priced between $185,000 and $355,000 / Average sold price was $271,000 / The average days on market until sold was 66 days / Homes for sale on market as of 02/13/15 is 12, priced between $124,000 and $495,000 / Pending sales expected to close is 2 / There is a 6 month supply of homes for sale in the 48455 zip code area. With days on market at 66 and a 6 month supply of homes, this Metamora area is borderline sellers-buyers market.

WHAT IS THE VALUE OF MY HOME
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donald horne: Metamora MI, Current Real Estate Market, Market Report February 2015 - 02/14/15 09:42 AM
Metamora MI, Current Real Estate Market, Market Report February 2015
Current market overview: Sold properties was at 3, priced between $185,000 and $355,000 / Average sold price was $271,000 / The average days on market until sold was 66 days / Homes for sale on market as of 02/13/15 is 12, priced between $124,000 and $495,000 / Pending sales expected to close is 2 / There is a 6 month supply of homes for sale in the 48455 zip code area. With days on market at 66 and a 6 month supply of homes, this Metamora area is borderline sellers-buyers market.
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donald horne: Local Homes For Sale, This Weeks Featured Homes, 02/09/2015 - 02/12/15 11:15 AM
This Weeks Featured Homes ... Local Homes For Sale ... Many Reduced
 
This weeks featured homes have been selected to show you the different values in various properties. To schedule your private showing, please contact us at the numbers below.
Donald Horne, Team Success ListingAssociate Broker for Coldwell Banker Shooltz Realtydonaldhorne.realtor@gmail.com810-338-0628

 
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donald horne: Lake Orion Home Values, How To Increase Yours - 02/08/15 03:44 AM
Lake Orion Home Values, How To Increase Yours! ... These tips are to help increase your homes value and get your home sold in the fastest time possible based on our experience working with home owners who have sold their homes and feedback from home buyers that buy homes.
This Weeks Tip: The Bathrooms
Your bathrooms will also get the drill sergeant review from buyers, in particular any master bathrooms. Similar to the kitchen, make sure that any old fixtures are replaced and that the floors, bathtub & shower and walls are CLEAN. You can replace bathroom fixtures easily these days without spending … (0 comments)

donald horne: What Is a Michigan Basement? - 02/07/15 06:07 AM
Continuing with our "what is" series, our next client question is "What Is a Michigan Basement"? A partially dug out basement with dirt walls and floor, partially finished with cement or concrete blocks, very damp, unique odor and sometimes a musty mildewey smell, is referred to as a "Michigan basement".
This video I've included discusses more about this subject. If you have any other questions or concerns about this topic or other real estate / mortgage subjects, please contact us at the numbers listed below.
 
Donald Horne, Team Success ListingAssociate Broker for Coldwell Banker Shooltz Realtydonaldhorne.realtor@gmail.com810-338-0628
see the complete series here
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donald horne: What Is Steering In Real Estate? - 02/05/15 11:14 AM
This weeks question, "What is Steering in Real Estate"? Steering refers to the practice and includes any words or actions, by a real estate representative or broker, that guides a prospective home buyer towards or away from certain neighborhoods.
Steering violates federal fair housing provisions in the sale or rental of housing. If you have any questions or concerns about this subject or any other real estate / mortgage topics, please contact us at the numbers listed below.
 
Donald Horne, Team Success ListingAssociate Broker for Coldwell Banker Shooltz Realtydonaldhorne.realtor@gmail.com810-338-0628
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