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By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
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Before the pandemic hit this year, we were heading toward a busy spring season with strong economic indicators and buyers vying for a limited supply of homes. But with the pandemic sweeping across the country, we are now forced to reassess the year ahead.According to realtor.com’s Chief Economist...

By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
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To say the economic news coming out lately has been disconcerting would be an understatement. Statistics concerning job losses, furloughs, and unemployment figures have pointed to upheaval in the global economy as a result of social distancing measures, which were put in place by governments to c...

By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
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The coronavirus is completely changing the real estate industry, and stay-at-home orders have presented unique challenges for buyers. Not only are they unable to tour properties in person, but, in some areas, they also can’t walk around the neighborhood and get a feel for whether it’s the kind of...

By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
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First-time Homebuyers: Can I Still Buy a House in Oakland County MI During Covid-19? – If you are a first-time homebuyer and were in the market to buy a home in Oakland County prior to the COVID-19 crisis, the situation has more than likely affected your original gameplan.It’s one thing to have n...

By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
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With the COVID-19 pandemic causing uncertainty in the economy and housing market, some Farmington Hills home sellers are asking themselves: “should I sell my home right now or should I wait?”  Some sellers are choosing to wait it out in hopes that the situation will improve in the coming months.N...

By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
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Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac are extending help to millions of homeowners facing financial hardships as a result of COVID-19. Both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac help stabilize mortgage markets and protect housing during extraordinary periods when stress or turmoil in the broader financial system threate...

By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought much of the country to a screeching halt. But, just because people are stuck at home doesn’t mean your home sale has to come to a screeching halt, too. You can sell your home in the midst of this challenging time—as long as you’re safe.Now more than ever, it’s im...

By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
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Moving Safely During The Coronavirus Outbreak  – Moving can be stressful during the best of times, but when you add a global pandemic to the mix, the task can be even more of a challenge. While social distancing is the course of action to take until told otherwise, moves aren’t always something t...

By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
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The global COVID-19 pandemic has affected life across the globe. Strict social distancing measures, school closures, and, in many locales, a ban on all non-essential businesses have turned people’s lives upside down and thrust us into a surreal existence where we’re spending nearly all of our tim...

By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
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Now more than ever, it’s important for home sellers to be flexible with shifting market dynamics. While some sellers are deciding to pull their homes off the market during the COVID-19 crisis and try to sell at a later date, that may not be an option for everyone.If you are planning to move forwa...

By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
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A recent article from realtor.com outlined key strategies for keeping your home germ-free during the coronavirus pandemic, including: Kill germs before they enter your home. Leave cleaning supplies at your front door and disinfect everything before you bring it into the house. Immediately remove ...

By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
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The coronavirus pandemic is causing uncertainty across the nation—and for many, that includes financial uncertainty.Luckily, there are options for homeowners impacted by the coronavirus. In a recent statement, Mark Calabria, Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (which regulates Fannie M...

By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
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It’s a difficult time for everybody, especially those whose health has been affected by the pandemic. It’s difficult for the brave healthcare workers putting their lives at risk trying to heal the sick, and it’s difficult for the men and women spending their days and nights keeping people fed, ke...

By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
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We’ve all become a lot more sensitive to germs and being cautious about what we touch—even in our own homes. Try as you may, it can often feel impossible to keep your home clean and germ-free for long. If you’re someone who flinches at the very thought of bacteria-laden surfaces inhabiting your a...

By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
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How is The Coronavirus Shaking Up the Housing Market?  – Mortgage rates have plummeted since the beginning of the year as a result of market movements in response to the coronavirus. In the most drastic actions since the 2008 financial crisis, the Federal Reserve, a.k.a. the Fed, cut its benchmar...

By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
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As you can imagine, a lot of people looking to buy a new home in the Oakland County Michigan area have brought up putting their search on hold until the Coronovirus has passed, or is at least under control.For some people that’s totally fine to do. If they have no absolute need to buy a house, an...

By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
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Buying a Home in Novi MI with Little or No Money Down in 2020 – For many first-time homebuyers, coming up with the down payment can be one of the biggest hurdles to buying a home in Novi MI. Even in a modest market, a traditional 20% down payment can easily amount to tens of thousands of dollars....

By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
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This week the median list price for Farmington Hills, MI is $334,900 with the market action index hovering around 46. This is an increase over last month's market action index of 42. Inventory has held steady at or around 93.Market Action Index This answers “How’s the Market?” by comparing rate o...

By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
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Why Farmington Hills MI Home Sellers Need quality Real Estate Photos – There are many details to be handled when selling your Farmington Hills MI home from preparing your property for the market, pricing your home correctly, taking quality professional real estate photos, marketing your home, neg...

By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
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Is January the new April? When it comes to the real estate market, experts say yes.Regardless of whether that famous groundhog sees his shadow, a recent article on CNBC suggests spring will arrive early this year—at least when it comes to the housing market. In fact, some are speculating that Jan...

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