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Real Estate Update | December 2018

Posted by Matthew Hillier on December 18, 2018 in  Real Estate Update
The winter housing market around Michigan is showing several signs of slowing, providing a much-needed break for potential buyers who have been waiting to jump into the market. With a strong economy and low unemployment, the seasonal housing dip is more about a rebalancing act of the market than a sign of a downturn. According to a report published by the Grand Rapids Association of REALTORS® (GRAR), Grand Rapids continues to favor sellers in today’s real estate market, as they are receiving 96% of their ... read more
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Did You Know These Winter Solstice Facts?

Posted by Matthew Hillier on December 13, 2018 in  Fun Facts  Winter
The Winter Solstice, which is known as the shortest day of the year, happens this year at 11:28 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21. So now that winter is upon us, here are 8 facts about the December Solstice you might not know: 1. It happens at a specific time The winter solstice isn't the full day of Dec. 21, but rather occurs at a specific time. At that point, the sun is shining farthest to the south, directly over the Tropic of Capricorn. Of course, the sun isn't actually moving, the Earth is. At 12:11 p.m. ET, the North... read more
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Getting your home market-ready used to mean a fresh coat of paint, a decluttering of the closets and a careful rearranging of the furniture. For good measure, some sellers might even bake a batch of cookies the morning of the open house to make their home feels extra homey. However, with today's tech savvy consumers, these tactics have drastically changed and it is highly recommended that home-sellers should stage their properties with the latest smart-home technology to foster bids more qu... read more
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Ice & Snow Removal Tips

Posted by Matthew Hillier on December 13, 2018 in  Home Improvement  Winter
When it comes to winter ice around your home, the best defense against property damage and personal injury is a well-executed offense. Unfortunately, you can’t always be ahead of the weather, and if you’re facing the inevitable outcome of an ice storm or a blizzard, you need to know how to handle what’s been thrown at you. When ice forms over the eaves of your roof or along doors and windows, you are facing one of a number of potential problems. When water freezes, it expands. As I’ve told ... read more
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If you are planning to sell your home next spring, why not get a jumpstart during the fall /winter season so you have more time and less stress while preparing? An added plus is that your home could potentially be ready to list in time for the early spring selling season at the end of January when the market is less crowded. It’s a win-win! Here’s our go-to list of what sellers should be doing now to ensure for a successful sale next spring. 1. Assess Your Home’s Condition – Inside & Out... read more
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