Everyone has that one item that is non-negotiable and if the house they are considering lacks it, they will not budge. The sellers could be practically giving the house away but if it doesn’t come with that one special feature, they can forget about landing that particular buyer. For some it could be a swimming [...]

When preparing to sell a home, it is necessary to assess the house’s main selling points. A house’s best features don’t always speak for themselves to buyers and they might require some highlighting on the part of the sellers. This article discusses ways to make the most of your homes best features. The assessment process [...]

My colleague, Maureen Francis, sums up why you shouldn’t use Trulia or Zillow for your home search: I know what you are thinking… Your Realtor is hiding the really good homes from you.  Or you can find things that your Realtor can’t because you are more motivated.  Certainly there has to be more for sale [...]

By Christopher S. Rugaber, Detroit Free Press  U.S. home prices accelerated in November compared with a year ago, pushed higher by rising sales and a tighter supply of available homes. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.5% in November compared with the same month a year ago. That’s the largest year-over-year gain [...]

Are you about to make an offer on your dream home? This article examines three things that potential homebuyers should take into consideration before they make an offer on a home. Choose The Right Realtor – Your first consideration is to hire a licensed Realtor. Your Realtor can advise you during each step in the [...]

The terrain of homeowner tax credits is shifting slightly this year, and it is still unclear how it will all settle. Several credits homeowners have enjoyed the past few years have already expired. Which credits still exist in spite of the looming fiscal cliff, and which credits are on the probable chopping block? Already Axed, [...]

By JC Reindl, Detroit Free Press The Metro Detroit home sales market experienced a considerable rebound  at the end of 2012, with December sales prices increasing 26% from a year earlier, according to new data released Monday. The median sales price of condos and houses in the region comprised of Wayne, Oakland, Livingston and Macomb [...]

Despite its negative reputation, the number 13 doesn’t always have to be unlucky. Take these top decor trends for 2013 from design experts, manufacturers and trend forecasters across the country. They’re fresh, fun and sure to bring good fortune to any home. Color: Emerald Green for 2013 Industry leader Pantone’s annual fashion color report sets [...]

December ended the year with strong momentum (our strongest month of the year seasonally adjusted), carrying about 20% more buyer interest into 2013 than we had going into 2012.  Buyer demand will build as those who were forced to sell and rent are now coming back into the market to buy, along with stronger economic [...]