OPEN HOUSE! Stunning Canton Colonial!

519 Sylvan Drive

Canton, MI 48188

 Saturday, June 28 /1:00-4:00 PM

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Wow! Stunning 4 bedroom, 3 full bath, 2 half bath colonial. Beautiful entrance to home. Professionally landscaped. New roof. Neutral colors throughout. Completed updated kitchen with granite counter tops. Stainless steel appliances included. Laundry on upper level. Master bedroom with huge master bath. Basement in fully finished with daylight windows. Also includes a movie room! Perfect for parties and family nights. 3 car garage with lots of space for storage. Take a look, you won’t want to miss it.

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OPEN HOUSE! Remodeled Ranch in Taylor, MI!

14340 Gage

Taylor, MI 48180

 Saturday, May 3 /1:00-4:00 PM

14340 Gage
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Completely updated 3 bedroom, 1 bath ranch! Remodeled kitchen and bath. New window panes installed, new gutter and down spouts, new roof and shed, new trim and doors throughout (interior). New appliances, including fridge, stove, garburator, and new hot water tank. Completely repainted (interior and exterior), new lighting throughout. 1st floor laundry and spacious bedrooms. Great location near Lakes of Taylor Golf Club. You don’t want to miss out on this steal!

Bidding Wars on Residential Leases!?

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When It Comes to Bidding Wars, I’m Armed and Dangerous!

If you are participating in the real estate market right now as a buyer, it’s tough. Most likely, your Realtor has you set up with automatic emails so when a home is listed on the MLS, you are immediately notified. You notice a great property, so you call your Realtor to set up a showing appointment right away. You get to the home that same afternoon and already there are 10 other business cards scattered on the kitchen counter. You decide to have your Realtor put in an offer, but there are three other offers on the home. Here we go again. Another bidding war.

What if I told you we are having similar encounters with residential leases? It’s true! Last week I took clients to a home in Canton that was listed for lease at $1250.00/month. The lease was listed on the MLS the day before we scheduled our showing. We walked inside and the first thing we noticed were the 15 scattered business cards on the kitchen counter.

My clients LOVED the home! As we were discussing the lease application, we hear a knock at the front door. I open the door only to find a line of people outside waiting for their Realtors to arrive for their showing appointments. That’s when our discussion shifted from simply filling out an application to offering more money for the lease in case of other offers. We made the decision to go with a higher offer.

I prepared that offer and submitted all of the required information to the listing agent, including credit reports, paycheck stubs, employment letters, and a current landlord letter. I called the listing agent to verify our offer had been received, and because of the circumstances regarding the large number of showings on the property, I decided to ask if there were any other offers submitted. His reply: “As of today, we have received 12 other offers.”

What!? Seriously?

Here we go again.

This is the reality we are facing right now as Realtors in our market. There are many people looking to buy and lease, but there is little inventory. So little, in fact, that people are trying to outbid each other—even for leases. These situations are driving property values up as well as leasing prices.

Check out this article written by CNN Money: http://ow.ly/wdFWF

If you are in the market for a residential lease, you are going to want to stand out. Of course it is great if you have a credit score of 620 or higher, but realistically not everyone has a score that high. For those who have lower scores, a current landlord letter can distract from a lower score. That letter needs to state the amount you currently pay, the amount of time you have leased their property, and that you consistently pay on time. Any referral letter from a friend or co-worker who is a landlord can help as well. I have gone as far as submitting lease offers with a nice family picture on the cover page to put a face with the application, and it has worked.

In this market, creativity is key. I hate having to say no to my clients, so I try my very best to think outside the box. “What can I do that someone else’s Realtor isn’t doing?” That is the question!

 

For more information on home sales or leases, or to list your home, contact me a today!

 

Autumn Hicks

734-416-1292

Aut2List@gmail.com

www.AutumnHicks.com

 

 

OPEN HOUSE: Amazing Site Condo!

572 Filmore Street, Canton, MI 48188

Saturday April 19, 1-4PM! 

Beautiful 4 Bedroom/3.5 Bathroom Site Condo in Desirable Cherry Hill Village! 2315 square feet, 2 car attached garage, 10 foot ceilings, custom cherry cabinets, ceramic floors in kitchen, bath and foyer, high efficiency furnace, master suite with walk-in closet, custom finished lower level, fireplace raised with custom ceramic tile, epoxy floor in garage, lots of storage, exterior decorative fencing in backyard. Upgrades include: Water heater, Insulation, Lighting Fixtures, Door Knobs and Hinges, Windows, and Carpet. Association fee includes garbage pick up and plowing snow. Read more on REALTOR.com: http://ow.ly/vMrQ5

A Great Guide For First Time Home Buyers

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Being a first-time home buyer is exciting! There is also a lot of information to take in and digest all at once. Being a Realtor, the most valuable education I have received has come from home inspectors. I am able to spot common repairs and issues when I am showing homes to my clients. Thanks to Home Depot, now you can have an edge when viewing properties as the consumer.

Take a moment to check out this guide for first-time home buyers:

http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/the-ultimate-first-time-homebuyers-guide/

Dear Government, Do your job so that I can do mine!

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When the government shutdown was first looming in the distance, I received an email from one of my clients’ lenders. She explained in her email that “IF” the government was to shut down, my client’s Rural Development Mortgage, which was nearing the final stages of processing, would be delayed until the government was re-opened.

Soon after I received the message, I called my mother to complain. She is sort of my go-to girl when I feel the urge to let it all out. My poor mother. Anyway, she convincingly eased my worry and explained that the shutdown probably wouldn’t happen.

Well, it happened.

My clients were scheduled to close between October 7th and October 11th. Today is the 11th. No end in sight. Luckily, the sellers understand the setback and are willing to extend the closing date. My clients were able to make arrangements with their current landlord and at least we are in a situation where everything will, hopefully, work out in the end.

This isn’t the case for everyone. Check out this article posted by the National Association of Realtors:

http://speakingofrealestate.blogs.realtor.org/2013/10/09/showdown-with-the-shutdown-tales-of-how-the-government-closures-are-affecting-real-estate/

How is the government shutdown affecting you?

Business attire for the Michigan Realtor

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When I started working as a Realtor, I quickly learned that it isn’t as easy as slipping on my favorite pair of high heels…literally!

Being in Michigan I realized, the hard way, that heels aren’t the best for trekking through bad weather and backyards. I wanted to find outfits that made sense for showings and inspections and that still looked professional.

I love these ideas in Elle’s Business Essentials because you can switch the flats and tennis shoes with a pair of pumps if you have to run from an inspection to a closing!

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Should an undercover blow his cover?

Everyone is debating whether or not the undercover Police Officer who was riding along with the bikers during the SUV attack the other day should have blown his cover to help the driver.

More specifically, today on “The View”, Jenny McCarthy repeatedly insisted that the undercover should have blown his cover.

I like Jenny McCarthy but my response to that is, HELL NO!

I will add that my opinion is semi-biased as my father is a Police Officer. I think it is easy for people to say what “should have” happened when they didn’t spend their life waiting for a family member to come home safe from work safe every night growing up.

I think people forget sometimes that Police Officers are’t invincible super-humans. Police Officers who put their lives on the line every day, especially the ones who are undercover, have families waiting for them at home–worrying. On top of that, every undercover Officer knows that a blown cover is not only dangerous for themselves. It also puts their family in danger.

If that same Police Officer would have stepped in and ended up dead, do you think that his family would have felt better because people in the media such as Jenny McCarthy approve?

Like I said before…

HELL NO!

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