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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.


OPEN HOUSE! Charming Updated Westland Ranch with Finished Basement!

610 Barbara

Westland, MI 48185

 Sunday, May 18 /1:00-4:00 PM

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Wow! What a home! 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath ranch. Completely updated throughout. Move right in! Kitchen is spacious with lots of room and storage space. Tile floors, island for extra seating. Kitchen opens up to dining room with stone fireplace. Very open layout. Hardwood floors throughout. 3 car attached garage. Finished basement with living area, bar, bath and egress window. Bathrooms beautifully updated. Brick paver patio and porch. Appliances are negotiable. This cozy ranch will not last long! Showings start 05/05. excludes Fireplace in basement, garage heaters, kitchen island. Appliances negotiable

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OPEN HOUSE! Beautiful Plymouth Colonial with Finished Walk-out Basement!

12072 Beacon Hill Drive

Plymouth, MI 48170

 Sunday, May 4 /1:00-4:00 PM

12072 Beacon Hill Drive
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Beautiful and charming 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath colonial in desirable Plymouth subdivision. Home is clean and move in ready. Great condition. Immediate occupancy, no association fees. Awesome finished walk out basement is plumbed for a bathroom and includes a bar-fully carpeted pool table. Spacious bedrooms and bathrooms. Hardwood floors in foyer, oak cabinets in kitchen. Newer furnace and hot water tank. 1st floor laundry. Great lot with deck off back, perfect for entertaining guests. Hot tub included. Furniture negotiable. Don’t wait to see this one! No showings until 05/04/2014 at Open House (1:00-4:00).

Bidding Wars on Residential Leases!?

Residential lease agreement

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:

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




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

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…


My Adolescent Inspiration

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Most kids idolize sports athletes or musicians. I was no different. The one thing that inspired me more than anything was fashion. The ritual started when I was in middle school, which would have been around 1995. I would flip through fashion magazines, tear out my favorite adds and editorials, and tape them to my bedroom wall.

By the time I was ready to move out and head to college I had collaged my entire bedroom with Versace, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, and so many more. You can imagine my surprise when I came home for Christmas break to find that my brother had moved in to my old room. He had replaced my seven year masterpiece with fourteen skateboards and the standard swim suit model soft porn. He tried to salvage and steal my Bob Marley poster but I quickly ripped it down, packed it up, and planned how I would use it in my dorm room second semester.

I think back to the days when I would lay in my bed and gaze at the beautiful artwork surrounding me. I would day dream about being a fashion designer or a stylist. It was a sort of meditation for me. There was nothing more soothing than putting outfits together in my head. Back in those days, I was always sketching, sewing, and creating.

It seems as though my childhood dreams were destroyed when the adds were torn down. It’s a non-issue now that I am a Realtor and I love what I do for a living but part of me will always miss the pictures on the wall.