Podcasts

Home Inspections Explained

Home Inspections Explained

Private home inspections are often a part of the process of buying a home.   Guest Bob Bowling from Buyers Protection Group Inspections shares that the number one goal of a home inspection is education; to educate buyers about the condition of the home they are about...

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Housing Update from Lansing

Housing Update from Lansing

Special Guest Brad Ward, Vice President of Public Policy and Legal Affairs shares what has been happening behind the scenes in Lansing to help protect private property and homeowner rights this year.   He talks about the importance of electronic notary to help real...

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How Home Warranties Work

How Home Warranties Work

If you are a buyer or seller your agent may be recommending you purchase a home warranty to protect yourself.   But what does a home warranty cover and is purchasing a warranty right for you?  We cover the differences between home insurance and a home warranty and...

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What to Look For During a Showing

What to Look For During a Showing

When you walk through the door of a home you are considering buying it is easy to get caught up by the colors currently in the home or the floor plan but those aren’t the only things you should be looking for.  We share how to look for signs of previous water damage...

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Marketing Your Home Today

Marketing Your Home Today

Photos, videos, social media, yard signs, websites, apps!  All of these options and even more can be used to effectively market a home today so we break down what is working now when so many buyers are doing even more research online.    When it comes to photos, we...

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You Can Buy or Sell in Q4

You Can Buy or Sell in Q4

We are well into Q4 and calendar starts to get a little tricky when you are looking to buy or sell a home around the upcoming holidays.  In this episode, we discuss why the market is staying busier than normal this fall and how has buyers our looking.  For sellers we...

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DIY Home Improvements

DIY Home Improvements

Special guest Shannon, co-host of the Mojo in the Morning show, joins us for a casual conversation about her passion for home improvement and design.  We talk about her passion for homes, décor, real estate and home improvement.   Topics we cover include wallpaper,...

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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall is in the air it is the perfect time to prepare your home for the harsher and colder months to come.  Grab you favorite pumpkin spice drink or some apple cider and join us as we discuss the important home maintenance checklist you should do on your home right...

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Buying Power in Today’s Market

Buying Power in Today’s Market

What has buyers flooding back into the market?  Favorable interest rates and rising rents are making home ownership more attractive to buyers.   Even though home values are rising, the current low interest rates are giving buyers across all price points more buying...

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What to Expect When Buying or Selling

What to Expect When Buying or Selling

When it comes time to buy or sell a home, it is natural to have questions about what to expect.   How much time will it take to sell, how do I make my offer stand out and can I get a loan if I was furloughed earlier this year are some of the common questions folks...

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What’s Behind Resource Efficient Homes

What’s Behind Resource Efficient Homes

In this podcast we talk about what is driving the interest in resource efficient homes and how you can incorporate environment friendly changes in your home.   From small things like a low flow shower heads to more extensive projects like a new furnace or window...

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What Has Buyers Out in Full Force?

What Has Buyers Out in Full Force?

What has buyers flooding back into the market?  Favorable interest rates and rising rents are making home ownership more attractive to buyers.   Even though home values are rising, the current low interest rates are giving buyers across all price points more buying...

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Your Unwanted Furniture Can Help Others

Your Unwanted Furniture Can Help Others

If you have decluttered your home in advance of selling or making a move you may find you have extra furniture you no longer need use and you are wondering what do with all this stuff.  The good news is there is a great solution that helps you and helps others at the...

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Unpacking Hacks

Unpacking Hacks

 The moving truck has pulled away and now comes the task unpacking and settling into your new home.  Before you even start to unpack, taking the time to clean is a good first step and we share some items that are often overlooked like washer/dryers, light switches and...

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Packing Tips with a Covid Twist

Packing Tips with a Covid Twist

The act of packing up your belongings to move them to your new home may not be what many look to as the fun part of the moving process but with some planning and organization there are some things you can do to have a smoother move.  In this episode we talk about how...

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How to Choose a Moving Company

How to Choose a Moving Company

When it comes time to move should you try to DIY or hire professionals to help you?  In this episode we talk with Gary Miller from Premier Relocations/Mayflower Moving about how to find a good moving company, what to look for in estimates and how the cost of a move is...

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Does It Stay or Does It Go?

Does It Stay or Does It Go?

You are packing up your home when you look around and wonder - can or should I take the special mirror in the half bath?  In this podcast we talk about the things sellers are free to take and things that sellers should leave for  buyers when it comes time to move.  We...

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Buying a Flipped Home

Buying a Flipped Home

In this podcast we share what you need to know and questions to ask when you are buying a home that has been flipped when Scott Zemens from RE/MAX First joins us for this second part of our flipping series.  We discuss some of the common items that those flipping...

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Home Flipping Tips

Home Flipping Tips

Flipping homes is a popular topic as is verified by all the cable tv shows dedicated to this concept.  In this podcast we share tips and techniques to help you know how to approach the home flipping process.  Scott Zemens from RE/MAX First shares his experience on the...

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DIY Do’s and Don’ts

DIY Do’s and Don’ts

Whether getting ready to sell or simply updating your home, DIY projects can be a more economical, fun and rewarding way to refresh and update your home.   In this podcast, we discuss what projects matter most to buyers and tend to get you the biggest ROI when guest...

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Real Estate is Back Update

Real Estate is Back Update

After a month of real estate being reopened we take a look at how buyers have responded and what home prices are doing.  Special guest Paul Murk, of RE/MAX Classic, is back with his observations on the local SE Michigan real estate market and our economy.  He explains...

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Mortgage Update

Mortgage Update

Many buyers are actively looking at homes and that means getting a lender and a mortgage in place to buy a home.  Of course, this year there are additional questions like has Covid changed the lending landscape?  Special guest Ruth Young, from Main Street Bank, joins...

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First-Time Buyer Advice

First-Time Buyer Advice

If you are a first-time buyer it is common to have questions about where to start when it comes to buying a home.   Guest Matthew Bush specializes in helping first-time buyers through the process and shares why this is a passion of his.  We discuss the difference...

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Real Estate and Lending Update

Real Estate and Lending Update

As real estate gets ready to return we talk about what to be looking for when it comes to lending.   Guest Michelle Davis discusses interest rates and encourages buyers to understand when and how they can lock in their rate.  We also talk about the pros and cons of...

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New Home Construction Update

New Home Construction Update

Residential construction is back in business and we take a look at what that means for new homes.   Guest Nathan Boji discusses how permit approval and on-site inspections may take more time adding to the delays that may occur in getting homes built.  We discuss the...

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Covid Real Estate Market Update

Covid Real Estate Market Update

In this episode we talk about how Covid-19 is impacting the real estate market as we are several weeks into the Michigan stay-at-home order.   If you think real estate has come to a halt, you may be surprised to learn deals are still closing.  Guest Ron Rocz from...

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How to Pick an Agent For You

How to Pick an Agent For You

Choosing the right agent to work for you is important.  In the episode we discuss some of the proven ways to get agent referrals as well as the importance of finding an agent that is familiar and experienced in your local area.   We also chat about the importance...

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Schools and Property Values

Schools and Property Values

In this week's podcast we take a look at the  close relationship between local school districts and home values.   Buyers often cite school districts or boundaries as one of the most important factors in determining where they want to buy a home and 20% of buyers are...

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Landlord Advice

Landlord Advice

Does market volatility has you considering real estate as an investment and being a landlord?  We discuss where to find tenants and how to handle important aspects like eviction and whether you should use a property management company or manage properties yourself. ...

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Covid 19 and the Real Estate Market

Covid 19 and the Real Estate Market

We were on our way to a spring market when the Coronavirus Pandemic changed everything in what seemed like a few days.   What started out as a call to use hand sanitizer and social distancing became an Executive Order to stay-at-home in Michigan.  We take a look at...

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Spring Market Tips

Spring Market Tips

Spring has arrived and we have tips for buyers and sellers for this typically busy season.  On the selling side we share some easy and cost effective ways to freshen up the look of your home and we talk about the importance of setting the right price. Then we focus on...

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Buying Luxury and Lake Homes

Buying Luxury and Lake Homes

Dreaming about buying a luxury or lake home?  There are some nuances that come with buying these specific types of homes that you want to know.   We will talk about  exactly what is meant when we use the phrase luxury home, why you may not want to rely on the photos...

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Real Estate as a Career

Real Estate as a Career

Ever wonder what it takes to get started in a real estate career?  In today's episode we discuss how getting a real estate license is just the beginning.  We share how much it costs in  start up fees, what to look for in a broker and some of things you need to be...

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Financial Path to Home Ownership

Financial Path to Home Ownership

To buy a home you need money and we share some solid advice on steps you can take to get you financially and more important responsibly ready to buy a home.   We talk about putting a good team around you that includes a financial planner, a lender and a Realtor and we...

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Get Out of the Renting Rut

Get Out of the Renting Rut

Whether it is credit challenges or your personal belief that buying a home is beyond your reach, we discuss ways you can get out of the renting rut and into owning your own home.  Our guest Rebecca Rowan from RE/MAX Encore shares some of her personal story of how she...

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Debunking Appraisal Myths

Debunking Appraisal Myths

Whether you are buying or selling a home, if a mortgage is involved an appraisal will be required. There are many myths about appraisals that include every home improvement makes you money or the appraiser is there to get a lower price for the buyer.   We debunk these...

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What To Know Before Buying

What To Know Before Buying

The fun part of buying a home is looking a homes online but the step you need to address is getting your financial situation in order.  Special guest Nancy Feldmann from RE/MAX First joins us and shares how credit scores impacts your situation and other financial tips...

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Prepare Your Home to Sell

Prepare Your Home to Sell

Are you thinking of selling your home this year?   Join us as we discuss staging, decluttering and which home improvement projects are worth your time and money with Susan Vogel and JR Helguera from RE/MAX First.  We also explain how and why talking to a Realtor early...

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Donating Furniture Helps You Declutter

Donating Furniture Helps You Declutter

If you have furniture you no longer use or need but don't know what to do with it we have the answer.  The Furniture Bank of SE Michigan is a local non-profit helping more than 2000 families every year through your furniture donations.  We share how your donations...

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How to Reduce Stress When Buying or Selling

How to Reduce Stress When Buying or Selling

Buying or selling a home can be stressful.  And it's not just first-time buyers and sellers that are impacted, anyone buying or selling can feel the stress at some point during the process.  We discuss the loss of control, the what-ifs you mind plays on you and other...

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Understanding iBuyers and Their Offer to Buy Your Home

Understanding iBuyers and Their Offer to Buy Your Home

We discuss what we need to know about iBuyers, those companies that work directly with consumers and offer to purchase their home outright for cash.  While these companies promise to make the process of selling your home easy you need to do your homework.  Many charge...

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Tips to Invest in Real Estate & What to Know about iBuyers

Tips to Invest in Real Estate & What to Know about iBuyers

Real estate investing has helped to create some of the world's wealthiest people and can be a critical part of your investment portfolio.  We discuss some of the reasons why real estate can be a good investment and  what you should know about location.  We also share...

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Hispanic Homeownership & Home Warranties

Hispanic Homeownership & Home Warranties

Hispanic home ownership is on the rise.   We discuss what is behind the increase in Hispanic home ownership  and what some of the unique opportunities and challenges faced by Hispanics on their path to owning a home.   Then we chat with a Michigan CEO about his view...

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