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Effective Open Houses

Effective Open Houses

Open houses have long been a method to market a home and keep sellers happy, but  in today’s market and when done correctly, they can be an effective way to help buyers have a level playing field and sell a home quickly.  We discuss what goes on to strategically...

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Moving and Packing Tips

Moving and Packing Tips

Planning and organizing are important steps to help you have a smooth move.  We talk about how you can use existing items around your home like suitcases, laundry tubs and even pots and pans to help transport items and using sheets, towels and blankets to wrap items...

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Tips for a Successful Real Estate Career

Tips for a Successful Real Estate Career

If you envision a career that doesn’t require a college degree, has the freedom and flexibility to create your own schedule and has unlimited income potential then a career in real estate could be a great fit for you.  While 87% of new agents fail in the first five...

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Mid-Year Market Update

Mid-Year Market Update

As we approach the halfway point of the year, we take a look at the impact that loosening of Covid restrictions and vaccines being widely available is having on the real estate market.   We also discuss inflation and the Fed’s recent announcement of hold steading on...

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What’s Happening in New Construction

What’s Happening in New Construction

. The shortage of lumber and micro chips along with a shortage in skilled trades means there is plenty to talk about when it comes to the new construction segment of the residential real estate market.  In our discussion with the CEO of the SE Michigan Homebuilders...

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Radon, Mold, Flood Zones and More

Radon, Mold, Flood Zones and More

We discuss some of the less common but important that buyers should be aware of before buying a home.   Radon is a radioactive gas that can enter a home through foundation cracks drains, sump pumps and since it is odorless you don’t know if it is present unless you...

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How House-Hunting is Like Dating

How House-Hunting is Like Dating

You stare at their picture while waiting patiently for them to become available and perhaps you drive by to check things out.  We could be talking about a romantic interest or searching for a home.  In this episode we take a light-hearted look at the similarities of...

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Open Discussion About the Current Market

Open Discussion About the Current Market

We cover buyers, sellers, appraisals, pop-taxes and much more during this free-flowing conversation.  We take a look at the advice a recent first-time buyer was given to rent for now and wait to buy and compare that to current home prices and interest rates versus the...

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Why You Should Use a Professional to Stage Your Home

Why You Should Use a Professional to Stage Your Home

There is something about a home when it has that certain put-together look and that is what you want when selling your home.  We talk to a professional about how they can make your home look larger, cleaner and warmer.   We discuss what you can do to help keep buyers...

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Boost Your Curb Appeal

Boost Your Curb Appeal

When folks come to your home you want to roll out the proverbial red carpet for them.  A great way to do that is to pay attention to the first impression your home makes and that is the view from the street.  We share several easy and economical ways to add some color...

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Detroit Real Estate Market

Detroit Real Estate Market

  Whether it is investors, flippers or traditional buyers there is a lot going on in Detroit when it comes to residential real estate.   We discuss the recent announcement by Dan Gilbert to provide some property tax relief and who it will and won’t help, who is...

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Signs that Confirm You are Ready to Buy A Home

Signs that Confirm You are Ready to Buy A Home

If you are tired of making rent payments that help pay someone else’s mortgage or you day-dream about decorating your own home, you may be ready to buy a home.   We share six signs that you are ready for home ownership including things like you are ready to make an...

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10 Spring Home Maintenance Tips

10 Spring Home Maintenance Tips

Winter weather can reek havoc your home’s exterior so come spring your home can use a little TLC.    We share 10 spring home maintenance tips focusing on everything from the foundation to the roof.   We focus on the exterior first to address any serious issues before...

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How To Live in Your Home During a Remodel

How To Live in Your Home During a Remodel

Your excitement over a major home renovation project can take a turn once the contractor and crew starts shows up and your daily routine is disrupted.  We share tips to help you prepare and plan for a kitchen or bathroom remodel so that you can minimize the...

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Final Walkthrough Tips

Final Walkthrough Tips

Before you get to the closing table, the final walkthrough is an important step in the home buying process that give the buyer one last opportunity to view the home before officially buying it.  Chances are it has been a few weeks since you were last in the home and a...

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Yes, It’s a Crazy Market

Yes, It’s a Crazy Market

The real estate market is experiencing record low inventory and record low interest rates.  Either one could make the market a little crazy, but when you have both of these dynamics together it has created a market unlike anything we have seen before.   We talk about...

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Matchmaking in Real Estate

Matchmaking in Real Estate

It is no secret that homes for sale are in short supply right now and this is driving many “Coming Soon” teasers for listings about to hit the market.   We discuss pros and cons of this type of marketing and what it means for buyers and sellers.  We also talk about...

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Hiring a Contractor

Hiring a Contractor

Before the hammers and saw get going, you need to find the right contractor.   We identify and explain the three different types of contractors – specialty, general an design-build  - so you can use the right type for your project.   We share tips on what to ask...

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5 Tips to Make Small Bathrooms Look Larger

5 Tips to Make Small Bathrooms Look Larger

If your small bathroom has you feeling cramped, there are strategies that you can use to make this small space look and feel bigger.  We share how to use natural light, paint colors and lighting to work together to make the room airy and bright.  We also share tips...

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5 Tips to Make Small Kitchens Look Larger

5 Tips to Make Small Kitchens Look Larger

There are some easy and economical things you can do to make a small kitchen look larger.  In this episode we talk about simplifying the color scheme, lighting up, opening up, clearing up and using optical illusions to give your small kitchen a larger look and feel. ...

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VA Loan Myths

VA Loan Myths

VA loans are a benefit to those who have served in the military but many buyers and sellers don’t understand them and there are many myths surrounding them.  We dispel some of the common myths sellers may have like it takes longer to close VA loan or that you will...

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2021 Housing Outlook

2021 Housing Outlook

Interest rates, housing supply, consumer confidence, vaccines, the stock market and a new administration in Washington…all of these factors will impact the housing market this year.  We discuss all of these issues and what we are seeing now (an interest in higher...

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Selling a Unique Property

Selling a Unique Property

Special guest Paul Corvino, iHeart President Detroit Region shares his experiences as a current seller and some lessons he has learned about marketing and selling a home that is unique.   We chat about his history of condo living and how that compares to owning a home...

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Which Home Improvement Projects Pay Off?

Which Home Improvement Projects Pay Off?

Americans spent $332 billion in home improvements projects during Q3 of 2020 and much of this spending was done with the goal of improving the value of their home.  But all home improvement projects are not created equal when it comes to a return on investment.  Bart...

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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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