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By Ben Williams
(Lake Life Real Estate)
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Prior to purchasing a home for the first time, many buyers often will rent a home. And in doing so, the common household and some not so common issues, are the responsibility of the landlord – homeowner of the rental property. A landlord traditionally handles anything from a leak with the shower ...

By Ben Williams
(Lake Life Real Estate)
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 There is a lot of misinformation surrounding a Veterans Affairs (VA) home loan. Often times, Veterans are unnecessarily convinced to use another loan option, primarily due to lack of new information surrounding VA Guaranty Loans. One of the largest VA Myths is the unusually long processing time ...

By Ben Williams
(Lake Life Real Estate)
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Many times, a seller or their agent may cringe when they receive a VA-Backed Offer. Immediate fears of an intense inspection and overly scrutinized appraisal process. A lot of people have experienced nightmares with a VA loan or know someone who had to deal with the excruciating pain of aa apprai...

By Ben Williams
(Lake Life Real Estate)
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 Regularly, veterans are told or come to understand, the VA has the toughest requirements when it comes to buying a home. More often than not, these are myths. In fact, these “myths” are often disguised as Lender Overlays.  Lender Overlays are additional guidelines placed on a loan by the lender....

By Ben Williams
(Lake Life Real Estate)
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When sellers are considering an offer from a buyer, understanding the effects contingencies often are under estimated. Contingencies are considered to be the ability to obtain financing, inspections, septic inspection, pest inspections, appraisal, early occupancy, but for the sake of discussion l...

By Ben Williams
(Lake Life Real Estate)
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When you have an accepted offer on a home you are interested in, it is very important to know all the facts. Reasonable expectation could be placed on the home inspector’s report and an appraisal, if you are using a federally backed loan (FHA, VA, etc.). However, you do have the right to conduct ...

By Ben Williams
(Lake Life Real Estate)
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In Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Kalkaska, Benzie & Antrim Counties of Michigan, military veterans are utilizing their earned VA Home Loan entitlements. In the last 5-years, the use of VA guaranteed loans has steadily increased. According to the US Census Report of 2016, over 13,000 veterans living i...

By Ben Williams
(Lake Life Real Estate)
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The Grand Traverse region is primarily Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie and Antrim Counties. Home to many wonderful lake front homes; buyers looking to purchase will find it’s an investment worth making. This region offers year-round activities for families as well as vacation get-a-ways. Lake fr...

By Ben Williams
(Lake Life Real Estate)
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The Grand Traverse region is primarily Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie and Antrim Counties. Home to many wonderful lake front homes; buyers looking to purchase will find it’s an investment worth making. This region offers year-round activities for families as well as vacation get-a-ways. Lake fr...

By Ben Williams
(Lake Life Real Estate)
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An appraisal report is used by the lenders to determine if the agreed upon price to purchase a home (between buyer and seller) is in-line with the current market value of homes in the area. The lender will need to assure the best possible value of the home. A lender has to feel comfortable – in l...

By Ben Williams
(Lake Life Real Estate)
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U.S. Coast Guard, aka “Coasties”, have been an integral part of Traverse City, MI since 1946. Their community involvement, providing life-saving support and vital protection on the Great Lakes makes them superior stewards of our community. The Coasties have a broad reach within the US Coast Guard...

By Ben Williams
(Lake Life Real Estate)
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U.S. Coast Guard, aka “Coasties”, have been an integral part of Traverse City, MI since 1946. Their community involvement, providing life-saving support and vital protection on the Great Lakes makes them superior stewards of our community. The Coasties have a broad reach within the US Coast Guard...

By Ben Williams
(Lake Life Real Estate)
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Generalization of facts do not often fit in Real Estate. If you are looking for the answer to “when is the right time to buy or sell a home?” stop and consider contributing factors in the area you are buying into or selling. Understanding trends will provide you a clearer understanding of how muc...

By Ben Williams
(Lake Life Real Estate)
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 The inspection period is a great opportunity to completely understand what your future home has and may need prior to purchasing. Once the inspection is complete, sitting down with your Realtor to better understand the home inspection report and how to move forward. In the event your inspection ...

By Ben Williams
(Lake Life Real Estate)
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 Everyone wants to save money and For Sale by Owners (FSBO) are no different. And most Do It Yourself (DIY) home sellers, a.k.a. FSBO, are confident they will be able to maximize their profits by selling without a Realtor. Many obstacles, market conditions or trends in the local market are often ...

By Ben Williams
(Lake Life Real Estate)
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A collection of local VA Home Buying industry experts recently gathered at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Cherryland in Traverse City, MI. The experts were a local Loan Officer, Realtor, Home Inspector Appraiser, and Title Officer. Each provided great informative information and advice for mi...

By Ben Williams
(Lake Life Real Estate)
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Michigan has a unique home development association to accommodate new home construction without the restriction of the State of Michigan Land Division requirements; splitting a larger acreage no more than ten times in ten years. The Site Condominium, also known as Site Condo, is an association wi...

By Ben Williams
(Lake Life Real Estate)
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There is a lot going one during a move and closing on a home. For many people, a move is one of the most stressful events in their lives. Coordinating with lender, title, real estate agent, ordering a home inspection, paying for an appraisal, shopping around for a homeowner’s insurance, transferr...

By Ben Williams
(Lake Life Real Estate)
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  Congrats, you have made it through the closing process and your move-in day is right around the corner. Now you will get to see your future home before you move-in. During your walk-thru keep in mind you will want to make sure your future home is in the same condition as when you made the offer...

By Ben Williams
(Lake Life Real Estate)
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Open houses are a great way to have potential buyers walk-thru your lovely home without feeling pressure or a need to make a decision right away. There are a few pointers you could use to make your next Open House a great success.   Advertise, advertise, advertise…the more exposure you have for y...

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