real estate: Greater Lansing Real Estate Buyers and Seller's Seem to Be Getting Mixed Messages These Days About the Real Estate Market From Disaster to Recovery. - 08/06/10 08:56 AM
Greater Lansing Real Estate Buyers and Seller's seem to be getting mixed messages these days about the real estate market from disaster to recovery. An example sprang up yesterday as one of our leading news sources for real estate news, Inman News had two separate articles with headlines titled: Real Estate Market: Worse Than Expected? And the other titled, Another Record Week for Mortgage Rates.
Sometimes headlines are what confuse the buyers and sellers on market conditions because the headline might be all they read. Both of these articles are great and have some valuable information that would be a benefit to read.
My point is, the … (2 comments)

real estate: Four Grand Rapids REALTORS I Met at REBarCamp - Get To Know Them Agents! - 06/17/10 02:01 PM
Back in May, 2010 I had the opportunity and pleasure of participating in the Grand Rapids Association of REALTORS Real Estate Bar Camp. The concept for RE BarCamp came from a technology BarCamp event held in San Francisco. Wikipedia defines a barcamp as: an international network of user generated conferences — open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants.
RE BarCamp is a BarCamp for Real Estate (R.E. BarCamp). What that means- the event is not structured like a typical planned conference. Every session is not planned out in advance. Nobody is paid to deliver a session. Anybody can deliver a … (1 comments)

real estate: Active Rain is Active --Keep the Faith REALTORS - 05/02/10 10:06 AM
I've been following the social media ranting about ActiveRain servers being down and thought, wow, I should have backed up my posts for the past 4 years. Fortunately I use more than one Blog and sometimes do duplicates, however, it's not the same each time. Anyway we're back for now and I just did a backup. (About time)
ActiveRain is one of the best places for a real estate agent, company, and ancillary related business to get started. It is also the best place for anyone to learn, by reading other posts, comments and groups. So, regardless of the current server … (0 comments)

real estate: Delta Township, Grand Ledge: Pricing Your Home for Success - 03/03/10 03:27 AM
When you’re selling your home in the Greater Lansing real estate market, the price you set is a critical factor in the return you’ll receive.
“Expect the Best” Mike
Mike Bowler Sr. ePRO, CRB, GRI, SRES Coldwell Banker Hubbell Briarwood 1020 S. Creyts Road, Lansing, MI 48917 Phone: 517-492-3400 Fax: 888-832-6203 email:  Website for Clients: Search Listings

real estate: Newspaper Ads vs. Internet Marketing -Who's Really the Boss - 11/26/09 11:23 AM
It's Thanksgiving night and I am finally getting around to look at this humongous newspaper that was hanging out of my paper-box this morning. Maybe you experienced the same reaction I did, by saying what a waste of paper. In doing some quick investigating, I came across this report by MORI Research, that has some interesting stats.
According to a new report from the MORI Research nearly two thirds (69%) of Americans make shopping plans based on newspaper ads.
Here are some stats from the research: 
• 82% of consumers clip coupons, buy a product, visit a website or try a product … (5 comments)

real estate: Twitter for Real Estate Drives Traffic - 11/21/09 07:43 AM
A Little spoof on Twitter may give you an idea on how popular it is around the country right now. I might suggest you watch this to get your chuckle out of it, and then go join, set up a easy name to have your contacts, friends, clients and customers remember. Twitter will drive traffic to your Blog, Website and listings, if done properly. It Works. "Expect the Best" Mike … (0 comments)

real estate: Things to Do In Grand Ledge, Waverly, Delta Township & Lansing for The Entire Family - 11/14/09 10:26 AM
There are plenty of events and activities coming up over the next 6 weeks in Grand Ledge, Waverly, Delta Township and Lansing, Michigan for the entire family to enjoy. The Greater Lansing area is a great place to live, work, and play. Check these out and note that we also have Broadway talent at Waverly and Grand Ledge High School. I Hope you enjoy. 
November 19th-22nd Grand Ledge High School presents the Christmas Carol
The 25th Annual Silver Bells in the City will take place on Friday, November 20, 2009 from 5-9 p.m. in downtown Lansing.
Nov 21, 2009 Waverly High School Musical - Fiddler on the RoofDecember … (2 comments)

real estate: Home Buyers & Sellers in Greater Lansing Area Get More Positive News on Housing - 11/05/09 08:51 AM
Congress Votes for Home Buyer Tax Credit Expansion. The National Association of Realtors today commended the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives for passing a bill that includes an extension and expansion of the current home buyer tax credit as an important step in ensuring a real estate and economic recovery.This is great news for home buyers and sellers in the Greater Lansing area and more positive news for the housing market throughout the nation. Below, you will find a chart that gives detailed guidelines on amounts and dates. One major addition this Buyer Tax Credit includes is a $6500.00 credit to buyers moving … (0 comments)

real estate: Hot Real Estate News for the Greater Lansing, Michigan Real Estate market on the Proposed New Home Buyer Tax Credit - 10/28/09 06:25 AM
Here's some hot real estate news for the Greater Lansing, Michigan Real Estate market on the proposed new Home buyer Tax Credit. According to an article written by Bloomberg the U.S. Senate leaders moved closer to an agreement replacing an expiring $8,000 tax credit for first- time home buyers with a smaller one that would expand access to so-called step-up purchasers.The Senate deal would reduce the size of the tax credit to 10 percent of the sale’s price, capped at $7,290. The credit would be available on home purchases that are under contract by April 30, 2010 and borrowers would have … (0 comments)

real estate: DropBox: Wonderful Advancement for the Real Estate Industry - 10/24/09 09:01 AM
Dropbox, a cross-platform file-syncing tool, has now made it’s way to the iPhone and iPod touch, complete with offline file viewing for professionals who need access to files on the run. This will be a wonderful advancement for the real estate industry to use for documents and listing information.
Once installed on your device, Dropbox for iPhone provides access to all your Dropbox files, allows you to view any file supported by your iPhone (including documents, photos, music, and video), uploads any photo or video you’ve taken on your device to your Dropbox account, and lets you save any file as … (2 comments)

real estate: REALTORS: What's Wrong With This Picture, Who's Responsible for YOUR Education - 10/11/09 12:01 PM
As I look at this chart from a recent survey taken by NAR that was sent to 47,000 Realtors, and received 1,189 completed surveys back, I am shocked, yet not surprised. This number is large enough for overall responses to be considered statistically valid. I see some odd responses that tell me things could be out of whack when it comes to where we learn about Technology for real estate. Look it over and tell me your thoughts. I have made 6 observations below the chart.

1. First and foremost is it disappointing that only 1189 Realtors responded, however apathy and lack of getting with the program could … (3 comments)

real estate: Buying a Home Can be an Emotional, Time-Consuming, and Complex Process - 10/04/09 10:56 AM

Buying a home can be an emotional, time-consuming, and complex process. There are a few things that you can do to help make the process go as smooth as possible:
1. Check your credit.Before you apply for a home loan, regardless of your credit, it’s a smart idea to obtain a copy of your credit report from the three major credit bureaus and review the information. If there are errors or things that need to be addressed, it’s easier to address them before you have found a house, than after you have found a house and are trying to close your loan.
If … (0 comments)

real estate: The Greater Lansing Area is a Great Place to Live, Work, and Play - 09/10/09 02:01 AM
The Greater Lansing area is a great place to live, work, and play. Here's some events taking place you and your family may be interested in attending in September and October. It's a great way to get involved in our community and your neighborhoods. The real estate market is showing signs of increased sales over the past 2 months and will bring new neighbors into our community. Be sure to welcome your new neighbors, they will appreciate your kindness. Have a great week.
Lansing Riverfest - Riverbanks near Impressions 5 9/19/2009 3:00 PM - 12:00 AM Michigan State University vs. Notre … (0 comments)

real estate: Events for the Entire Family in the Greater Lansing, Michigan Area This September! - 08/21/09 10:58 PM
Wow, we are heading for the autumn season already here in the greater Lansing, Michigan area and have had some great events taking place in our towns and suburban communities all summer. Here's a run down on what's coming up in September for you and your family to take part in. Hope to see you there.
September 9-13 Frontier Days Charlotte  Pioneer-spirited guests will enjoy this annual event featuring one of mid-Michigan's largest parades, a championship rodeo, flea market, more than 250 arts and crafts exhibits, an old-fashioned saloon and more!
September 17-20 Down Home Days Mason Check out fall colors … (0 comments)

real estate: Greater Lansing Michigan Home Sellers Have an Additional Tool Available - 08/20/09 08:31 AM
Greater Lansing home sellers have an additional tool available that helps expose their property to more buyers using the iPhone on the go for searching properties. Here's an example of how the application works. In addition to having a Realtor who understands real estate syndication, Internet marketing, and search engine optimization, this should be a requirement sellers should add to their list of expectations when listing their house with an agent. 
A Real Estate Professional must meet the needs and expectations of the Connected Consumer. The rules of business are changing in our industry, with nearly 90% of all buyers searching the … (0 comments)

real estate: Classic Music, Real Estate and Twitter - Say What? - 07/30/09 02:25 AM
Chopin, Nocturne, opus 27 #2, solo piano is a wonderful piece to listen to with my headphones on, as I write this post this morning. I like great music and this is very relaxing. You might be asking yourself, what all this has to do with real estate, Blogs, social networking for business, or anything else for that matter.
I would have never discovered this masterpiece without Twitter. You see, one of my tweets recommended listening to it, so I took a look and now, I have something I can bookmark to listen to again. (It's a small gift for someone … (0 comments)

real estate: Ingham, Eaton, & Clinton Counties Events & Real Estate Highlight Central Michigan - 07/03/09 10:32 AM
Grand Ledge, Lansing Old Town, East Lansing, Dewitt, and St. Johns all have some wonderful family events coming up in August for you to mark on your calendar to attend.  July events can be obtained on which has a complete lineup for the entire year.
August 1 Island Art Fair Grand Ledge The 36th annual Island Art Fair features 130 artists selling their works, food and live music on the Second Island in downtown Grand Ledge.
August 7-8 Lansing JazzFest Old Town Lansing Lansing JazzFest is a two-day free festival bringing regional and national jazz acts to an audience of … (0 comments)

real estate: Buying & Selling Real Estate in the Greater Lansing Market, Contribute to Economy!! - 06/06/09 10:25 AM
You have decided to purchase a home, or are thinking about buying one, in the Greater Lansing real estate market. You'll be joining the ranks of hundreds of families who realize that home ownership offers a number of benefits including building equity as a long tern investment, saving for the future, and creating an environment for your family.  When you own your own home, your hard-earned dollars contribute to your mortgage. The equity you earn is yours.  Over time, your home will increase in value. Although real estate values shot up about 89% from 2000-2006, they have declined in excess of 30% in … (0 comments)

real estate: Golf & Real Estate, Lansing, Michigan Has Both & They Compare Sometimes - 06/03/09 11:48 PM
I posted this a few years back, however it's worth another look in today's challenging real estate market. Golf and Real Estate are so much alike.  Sometimes you just have to go golfing to clear your mind.
In golf, weather conditions change your game; in real estate market conditions change your approach to business.
In golf, if you want score well you have to have the right equipment.  In real estate today the right equipment means being on top of the best technology to provide great pictures, websites, syndication, and communication.
In golf, if a golfer wants to score well, he … (0 comments)

real estate: Real Estate Consumers in Greater Lansing Are Seeing Some Light - 05/29/09 01:35 PM
Real estate consumers in the greater Lansing area and across the country can now take advantage of a Federal Housing Administration program to allow qualified home buyers to apply the $8,000 tax credit when purchasing a home, reported by NAR in a press release. FHA will now permit its lenders to provide a short-term bridge loan that will let qualified home buyers use the tax credit to either make a larger down payment above the FHA required 3.5 percent, cover closing costs, or buy down their interest rate.Lansing has shown an increase in sales of 9.8% over last year compared to Michigan 8.55 … (0 comments)