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July
20

Siding Tips - Homeowners - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Re-siding your home offers a great opportunity to not only improve the visual appeal of the exterior, but also to boost your home's energy efficiency. The key to gaining these benefits is choosing the right material. There are a number of distinctive and attractive materials available for re-siding, so how do you know what to choose?

Further, there are some caveats that go along with selecting siding contractors that every homeowner should know about.

And remember, our REALTORS® can help advise you on all the right moves to make when you're getting ready to place your home among Ann Arbor homes for sale.

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June
22

Cost-Effective Kitchen Updates - Remerica Hometown Realtors

If you're planning to sell your home, your kitchen can make or break a sale. Updating it can help you sell your home faster and for more money. But one thing to remember is that it's not about how much you use to create a big impact, it's about the feeling potential buyers get when they set foot in your kitchen. With the right combination of creativity, elbow grease, and patience, you can give your kitchen a dramatic facelift without the huge price tag. Here are quick and inexpensive refreshers to revive your kitchen and attract potential buyers looking at Ann Arbor homes for sale.

  • Update Your Kitchen Cabinets
    If your cabinets are in good shape, but they look old and outdated, you have options that don't involve replacing them. Sanding, painting, or staining them can give you a complete set of new-looking cabinets for a few hundred bucks. While you're freshening up your kitchen cabinets, it may be time to rethink the hardware. Metals going modern in kitchen design include stainless steel, matte aluminum, copper, and brushed gold. Try swapping out old handles, knobs, drawer pulls, and range hood to create a dramatically different look.

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April
20

New Landscaping Prep - Remerica Hometown Realtors

As temperatures get warmer, it's time to prep your yard for new landscaping and fix any damage that's been done by winter temperatures and snow. You may have to wait to start planting, but there's a lot you can do now or in the near future to get your spring yard and garden off to a good start.

Our REALTORS® recommend the following steps to help prep your yard for new landscaping:

  • Prep your tools
    Check your landscaping and gardening tools, including your mower, trimmer, and pruning shears to make sure they're in good repair and ready for the new season. At the same time, inspect your outdoor lighting, patio furniture, deck, and porch for anything that need fixing and take care of it.

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April
6

Deep Cleaning Tips - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Daily and weekly cleaning is necessary to keep your home clean, but occasionally, a deep cleaning is needed. Our REALTORS® suggest deep cleaning some of the following five things this weekend:

  1. Walls
    Cleaning your walls can make the entire room look brighter. The key is to deep clean them enough to be effective, but not so much that you'll damage the paint.

    Start by removing any objects hanging from the walls and dust the walls with a cheesecloth. Put towels or newspapers on the floor against the baseboards to help soak up any excess water. Fill a bucket with mild soapy water and have a second bucket of water for rinsing. Use a soft cleaning sponge to gently wash the walls, starting at the top and using a circular motion.

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March
16

Weekend Curb Appeal Projects - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Do you know how important curb appeal is? If you look at any of our Ann Arbor homes for sale, you'll notice that the best listings often have attractive, presentable exteriors that invite buyers in with their visual appeal. Regardless if you're planning on selling your home soon, or if you're going to enjoy the space for a few more years, our REALTORS® encourage you to make the most of your exterior. Here are five ways that you can boost your curb appeal over a single weekend.

  1. Lighten Up the Space
    Lighting can dramatically increase the aesthetic, visibility, and safety of your property. Simply changing your porch lighting fixtures and replacing old bulbs with LED lights can make your front door shine. You can also install simple ground-mounted lights along the driveway or walkways to the home's front door to provide an illuminated path that is inviting to visitors.

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March
2

Furniture Stores - Ann Arbor, MI - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Whether you're sprucing up your own home to sell it, or you're in the market for some tasteful new furnishings to stage a home you've bought for resale, how about going local? There are many charming galleries and shops in the Ann Arbor area. Think of them as a valuable resource for distinguishing your property from other Ann Arbor homes for sale.

The "shop local" movement is all the buzz in the food world, but it's also about encouraging production of arts and crafts in your region and promoting local markets for these goods. Shopping locally for home decor, artwork and home furnishings can help individual artists and craftsmen in your area, while boosting small business in general. 

Here are six unique home decor shops around Ann Arbor to check out.

  1. Found Gallery - Kerrytown Market and Shops, 415 N. 5th Ave., Ann Arbor
    Found Gallery
     offers a mix of gifts and home goods. Shop here for candles, home accents and some vintage collections of artistic items. If you're looking for creative accents that can make your home stand out in the marketplace, try this vintage modern store in the Kerrytown Market and Shops.

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January
27

Closet Organization- Sell a Home - Remerica Hometown Realtors

On average, the American home has over 300,000 items. Approximately 1 in 10 Americans have to rent off-site storage to accommodate their ever-growing number of possessions. One thing you can do to make your home attractive to a large variety of buyers is to ensure that it appears to have ample storage. 

For some potential buyers looking at Ann Arbor homes for sale, a lack of closet space is enough for them to move onto the next house. Here are a few things you can do to showcase your closet's storage areas and make them appear as efficient as possible.

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January
13

Smart Home Upgrades - Sell a Home - Remerica Hometown Realtors

If you're thinking about selling your home in 2020, it's worth bearing in mind how incorporating smart home upgrades could impact the value and sale of your home. And as millennials hold significant buying power in the market today, it's important to bear in mind that they expect a little more. Adding the right smart home devices can increase your home's value, attract more interested buyers, and result in a quicker sale. The good news? These upgrades won't cost much more than $1,000, and you can install them yourself over a weekend.

Following are 5 smart home upgrades that home buyers are looking for in Ann Arbor homes for sale.

  1. Smart Thermostat
    There are so many benefits to installing smart thermostats, including saving energy and money on bills. You can control temperatures with your voice or using a remote. Unlike regular programmable thermostats, smart thermostats can provide you with a breakdown of your energy usage, learn your preference and living patterns, and can be accessed from anywhere through an internet-connected device. Smart thermostats improve the home's interior design so buyers will definitely see them as they walk around.

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December
9

Winter Listing Photography - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

It may be easier to make a house look amazing with spring sunshine and flowers, but listing your property in the winter doesn't mean your photos have to be drab, boring, or unflattering. Gray or cloudy skies, snow, ice, mud, wet conditions, and lifeless landscaping can all be a challenge. But you can still bring out the best features of Ann Arbor homes for sale inside and out. These tips can help make sure you're getting the photos that get buyers through the door to view your home.

Tips for Outdoor Photos

  • Clean the gutters. Gutters overflowing with leaves or debris will be noticeable in photos. And it will give buyers the impression that you don't keep up with maintenance on the property. It can also cause water damage to the house, so making sure they're cleaned out can mean avoiding costly repairs.

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November
25

Selling to Millennials Buyers - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

From their attitude towards technology, work, and social issues, there's no question millennials have a great influence on society today. And when it comes to the housing market, they hold significant buying power, accounting for 34 percent of real estate buyers. So if you want to add your home to the list of Ann Arbor homes for sale, they're a market segment that you can't afford to ignore.

Millennial homebuyers have a unique set of preferences and demands that are very different from what boomers want. To expand buyer interest and sell your home competitively, you need to follow millennial homebuying trends and make your house fit their criteria. Here are the features that appeal to today's youthful buyers:

  • A Nice-Sized Lawn
    While we may assume that a lawn may be the last home feature that younger Americans would be interested in, recent research shows that many appreciate the value of a healthy lawn. According to the research, a nice-sized lawn is the highest priority feature among millennials, even beating out a smart home and updated kitchen. But with their busy and social lifestyle, millennials prefer lawns that look nice, are easy to maintain, and safe for their pets. So, if you want to lure millennial buyers, you better boost your home's curb appeal and yard before selling.

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October
15

Historic Homes - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

Some people love the blank slate offered by a brand new home. Others prefer the quirky charm and lived-in ambiance of an older home in a historic neighborhood. After many years in the business, our REALTORS® have sold just about every kind of home there is.

If you're out looking for Ann Arbor homes for sale, you have a wide range of options to choose from. Some of those options will be historic homes that come with plenty of charm and, in a lot of cases, may need a lot of work. Here's what you need to know about buying that historic home. 

Pros of buying a historic home

  • Historic homes are unique. 
    Older homes often have unique features that range from charming to downright odd, but one thing's for sure: You won't find them in a newer house. From intricate crown molding and hand-carved railings to antique fireplaces and quirky fixtures, historic homes are often packed with one-of-a-kind features. You're not likely to find them anywhere else. 

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September
16

Countertop Material Choices for Sellers - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

Countertops carry a heavy burden due to exposure to heat, water, sharp knives, and more. Go shopping for countertops, and you may be daunted by the number of choices on the market. There's certainly a lot of material choice based on colors, textures, and patterns. The right type of counter surface for your kitchen or bathroom will depend on your tastes, your needs, habits in the room, the overall style of your home, and your budget. Our REALTORS® have put together a list of these basic countertop types to help you make the right choice.

  1. Natural Stone
    Granite is one of the most popular countertop materials. It's available in a variety of shades such as whites, blacks, blues, browns, beiges, and corals, and no two pieces are exactly alike. Granite is available in polished and honed finishes. The cost depends on many variables, including origin, finish, and color of the stone. Natural stone materials are durable, long-lasting, and heat-resistant with no (or low) visible seams.

    Other natural stone materials, such as limestone, soapstone, marble are softer and require greater care and delicate use. They may show scars and need repeated sealing to resist stain. Natural stone is the most expensive countertop material.

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August
26

Smart Home Updates for Sellers - Remerica Hometown REALTORS®

If you're planning to sell your home in the near future, you're probably in fix-it-up mode to help ensure that you can sell your home quickly and at the best possible price. If so, chances are good that you have already been given all the standard advice on making your home as appealing as possible to potential buyers, such as cleaning, painting, and staging.

However, while these things are still very important in making your best sale, today's homebuyers are looking for more. They tend to be very technology-oriented, and for these buyers, smart home features are a big selling point as they peruse Ann Arbor homes for sale. So what upgrades should you consider to ensure your home makes the smart home grade?

Smart Security

Smart security features are a great way to make your home more appealing to today's tech-savvy homebuyers. Features that can make your home stand out from the crowd of other homes on the market include:

  • Video doorbells – These handy gadgets offer a bird's eye view of any activity around your front door. Most have sensors that detect movement, which trigger them to record video of that activity. Alerts can be sent to your phone, which allows you to view the video, enabling remote monitoring of your home.

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