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July
27

Listing Price - Sell a Home - Remerica Hometown Realtors

When most homeowners list their homes, they're hoping to secure the best selling price possible. Our REALTORS® know that each of our clients listing Ann Arbor homes for sale are relying on a financially successful home sale to fund the next chapter of their lives. While we will always act in the best interest of our clients, we believe that all home sellers should be aware that certain situations may warrant a price reduction on the property. When is it appropriate for a seller to reduce the asking price on their home? Here are a few common reasons.

  • Comps are Lower
    Before you list your home, your agent will evaluate the comparable properties to identify a reasonable price for your home. If after you've listed your property you notice that many comps are now significantly lower — or worse, they're selling when yours isn't — you should lower the price to stay competitive.

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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    If your cabinets are in good shape, but they look old and outdated, you have options that don't involve replacing them.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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June
15

Landscape Edging - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Everyone wants an edge over the competition. When it comes to home sales, that edge can be razor-thin or as wide as the sidewalk. As you prepare your Ann Arbor homes for sale, the following are some edging ideas that could close the deal when you put your home on the market. 

Creating Your Edge

Start by creating a defined path for the edge. You can do this using a rope, garden hose, or chalk line. You can make your line straight or give it a curvy twist, but whatever you do, you want the line to be smooth and even. Once the line is where you want it, it's time to make your cuts.

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May
4

Online Listing Importance - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Our REALTORS® have been working hard over the last several weeks helping our clients stay safe and move forward on their real estate goals. Ann Arbor homes for sale are still being listed, bought, and sold. However, the focus is shifting away from the traditional open house or showing.

Conventional showings are still happening in some areas. Still, many sellers are finding it's hard to attract would-be buyers through face to face events. Buyers have moved online like never before, and motivated sellers should follow their lead.

The solution: A beautiful and compelling online listing. The best online listings consist of three parts that all work together:

  • A well-written property description that captures and holds a buyer's attention

  • Eye-catching exterior and interior photos, ideally in several lighting conditions

  • Property videos or an interactive virtual tour to provide a sense of "being there"

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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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February
24

Open Houses - Sell a Home - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Ann Arbor homes for sale are some of the most popular in Michigan, but even the best homes won't sell themselves. Real estate agents who want to maximize their effectiveness need to be comfortable with many different methods of promoting their listings. One of the most powerful techniques to help almost any seller is the open house.

At Remerica Hometown, our REALTORS® recognize the value of a memorable open house. In fact, an open house is the most effective face-to-face method for promoting Ann Arbor properties

Sure, some people will visit an open house just to look around. And it's important to make sure you practice basic safety precautions to protect the home. But in many cases, a well-planned open house will yield motivated buyers who may make selling much easier.

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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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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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August
5

Sell Vacant Home in Ann Arbor - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

Selling a vacant home presents unique challenges. There are advantages and disadvantages that you should go over with Our REALTORS® before listing your property. The more you understand the pros and cons of selling your vacant property in Michigan, the easier and more efficient the process will become.

Advantages of Selling a Vacant Home

  • Staging is simple in a vacant home. Remember, vacant doesn't have to mean barren. In fact, it shouldn't be empty because many prospective buyers will have difficulty visualizing furniture, pictures, and curtains in a completely empty home. You can choose to leave some furniture behind, or even rent furniture to put in some rooms. Once you set everything in position, you can forget it and rest easy knowing that kids, pets, and daily life won't mess up the scene you have carefully crafted. 

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July
22

Add On or Move On - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

Is your home starting to feel a bit crowded? Perhaps your family has grown, and you need more bedrooms or another bathroom to accommodate everyone comfortably. Maybe you need extra space for an aging or ailing loved one, or office space to accommodate a new or growing home-based business. If your home no longer meets your needs, you have two basic choices in resolving this problem: Adding on or moving on to a new home.

So how do you know which option is best for you? Are you better off looking into local builders, or is shopping Ann Arbor homes for sale your best bet? The answer to that question depends on your particular circumstances, and here we'll outline some important considerations that can help you make a solid decision on whether to add on or move on.

  1. Do you love your home?
    Does your home have unique features that would be difficult to find in a new one? Perhaps your neighborhood is perfect for your family, with an awesome community, great local schools, and wonderful neighbors. If so, adding on and settling in for the long haul may be the right choice for you. If, on the other hand, you're not emotionally attached to your home or neighborhood, moving on might be a more practical route for getting into a home that has enough elbow room to meet your needs.

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May
27

Exterior Home Features-Remerica Hometown REALTORS

If you are preparing to sell your home, you probably already know that a home that makes potential buyers say "wow" when they turn up for a showing typically sells faster and at a better price than one that gives them a "meh" feeling.

What you may have overlooked is that giving your home the "wow factor" isn't all about what buyers see when they come through your front door. Your home's exterior and grounds are also important in today's market, so here we'll look into the exterior home features buyers want to see when they're shopping Ann Arbor homes for sale.

  • Exterior Lighting – Outdoor lighting is a must-have for homes going on the market, since it tops the list of exterior features that buyers want. Exterior lighting offers a warm, inviting look to the home and enhances security for its residents. If outdoor lighting is lacking around your home, consider adding features like walkway lights along paths and driveways, soft lighting for patios and porches, small accent lights near attractive landscaping features, and perhaps some motion-activated lighting in the yard and near home and garage entryways.

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May
13

Determining Home Value-Remerica Hometown REALTORS

Ann Arbor homes for sale have a wide range of prices, and many factors play into pricing. You've probably heard the old adage location, location, location when it comes to real estate. Location is a high priority—but it's far from the only one.

Our REALTORS® spend many years refining their understanding of the real estate market and how to price a home correctly. By relying on an expert for your home sale, you can save months on the process. You'll often get thousands more on your sale than you would otherwise, too.

Why Do Homeowners Have Trouble Pricing Their Own Properties?

If you price your own property, you can very easily price yourself out of the market. That's one of the many reasons "For Sale, By Owner" listings are rarely successful.

The trouble with pricing your own property is simple: It comes down to emotion.

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April
8

 

Paint to Sell-Remerica Hometown REALTORS

A fresh coat of paint is one of the most affordable ways to attract buyers' interested in Ann Arbor homes for sale. In addition to allowing for appealing photos, popular neutral colors let people imagine themselves living in your house more easily. With a few hours of work, or some help from professional painters, you can add value to your property. Here are some of the ways that paint can help you sell your home.

  • A Perfect First Impression
    Without a beautiful exterior, buyers won't want to spend time checking out your home's interior. Before you take pictures for your listing or have an open house, you should trim your hedges, powerwash your driveway and sidewalks, and touch up any parts of your exterior with faded or peeling paint. While trendy, "greige," a blend of beige and gray, goes with most other colors and looks more appealing than beige or gray alone.

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March
25

Spring Home Maintenance-Remerica Hometown Realtors

The springtime selling season isn't too far off which means it's time to get your home in top shape for the busiest part of the real estate sales year. Our REALTORS® know a thing or two about getting homes ready for the sales season, and with so many Ann Arbor homes for sale this year, we can help you get ready by offering some useful spring home maintenance tips.  

  • Inspect Your Home's Exterior
    For most of us, colder months mean more time indoors staying warm and less time outside doing routine maintenance and outdoor home projects. While it's easy during the spring and summer to make quick visual inspections of your home while you're already out and about, the wintertime means more of that routine inspection goes unnoticed.

    Start your spring by giving your home's exterior a thorough visual inspection. Take note of places where caulk or seals have weathered, look for places where critters may have made winter homes, and be mindful of places that need cleaning or additional attention. Keep your thoughts written down and make a to-do list for when the weather warms up sufficiently.

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February
25

Staging Your Home - Remerica Hometown Realtors

If you're looking to sell your Ann Arbor home this year, you've probably already started to consider how to make your home look more inviting. Maybe you've already spruced up the living room with a fresh coat of paint or updated the backsplash in the kitchen.

But don't forget things such as furniture layout, maximizing available space, and adding finishing touches. Staging your home for others to see how wonderful it can be is an art, one that Our REALTORS® can help you master.

Get Professional Help

When you at Remerica Hometown REALTORS® for assistance in selling your home, realize you have tapped into an experienced team. We know how to stage a house so it will sell. We know what buyers want to see (and believe us, it's not your laundry) and what they're imagining in your space.

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February
11

Home-Selling Anxiety-Remerica Hometown Realtors

Even though the real estate market is strong, the process of selling your home can be stressful. Take a deep breath and keep the end goal in sight as you sell your Ann Arbor home. To help you stay focused, our REALTORS® put together these seven tips help you remain less stressed throughout the process.

  1. Determine Your Motivation
    What is the main reason you're selling your home? It may be because you're expecting a child, and you need a bigger house. Or perhaps you got another job, and you need to transfer to a city. Whatever the reason, keep sight of your goals when the process becomes stressful.

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January
21

Listing Presentation - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Selling a home can be tough enough, but selecting the right real estate agent to take care of the nitty-gritty details of selling a home can be tough in and of itself. Plus, getting your property listed in a way that will distinguish it from the rest of the Ann Arbor homes for sale is a challenge in today's market.  

In order to help you move the proceedings along, we've put together this list of five things you should ask during a listing presentation.

  1. Listing and Sale Price
    Naturally, the most logical place to start is by asking about price. Real estate agents, generally speaking, have access to the same data, metrics, and sales information, so asking your realtor what their realistic expectation of both sales and listing prices can show a realtor's experience. Ideally, you'll talk to a few agents and have a good idea of where your home should list and where it may sell.

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December
10

Sell Ann Arbor Home Curb Appeal
Gray skies, snowy weather, and stark, leafless trees can create a rather bleak look during the winter months – a look you'll want to overcome if you're working on selling your home. So what do you need to know about creating curb appeal against such a dreary backdrop? Here are some tips that can help ensure that your home looks warm and inviting this winter, creating a great first impression for potential buyers as they shop Ann Arbor homes for sale

  • Check Your Exterior
    The exterior of your home is in full display once the leaves have fallen from the trees. Step back and take a look at your home with this in mind. Is the siding dirty and dingy? A power-washer can take care of that. Are there areas of fading or peeling paint? Touch them up. Loose or missing shingles? Get them repaired. Clogged, damaged or loose gutters? Get them cleaned and fixed. These small things can make a big difference regarding that all-important first impression, making it clear that you invest in proper home maintenance.

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August
17

Hire a Realtor to Sell Your Home
There's something appealing about being self-sufficient. Going it alone. Blazing your own trail. But there are a few things in life that you really ought to have some help with. Selling your home is one of them.

If you're thinking about listing your Plymouth home for sale, it's wise to consider hiring a professional. Read on to learn how to find a real estate agent, and how it will benefit you.

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July
19

Sell Home - Professional Photos
Chances are, if you're trying to sell your home, you already know that you need to take every advantage you can get. Professional photos offer you a serious leg up on the competition, but our REALTORS® still get asked all the time – "Are professional photos really necessary?" and "Do professional photos really help sell my property?" 

The simple answer is that yes, they do. And in the increasingly fast-paced and competitive real estate market, they can make all the difference in the world. Here's why:

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June
20

Staging Solutions
Setting the Stage for a Successful Sale

When it's time for an open house, putting your best foot forward is a must. You've probably already made repairs, deep cleaned, and worked on your curb appeal. But there are lots of other details that can make your home more inviting and appealing. That's where staging comes in. It's preparing your home for viewing by removing clutter, removing your personal touches, and giving it a more neutral look for wide appeal. Good staging will set your home apart from other Plymouth homes for sale .

Our REALTORS® can always offer some specific advice after they've seen your home. But making sure you pay attention to these general tips is a great place to start.

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May
14

Update Don't Renovate to Sell Your Plymouth Home
If you're planning to sell your home, you'll want to get started on getting it ready to list. While your home will be competing with other Plymouth homes for sale, take a minute to evaluate changes that need to be made. Don't commit to expensive home remodeling projects when a simple update will do.

Our REALTORS® understand that when you're preparing your home for the market it's easy to go overboard. When you're ready, we can help you through the process. In the meantime, our best advice is Update, Don't Renovate.

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April
13

Here's How to Create Maximum Curb Appeal

Plymouth Create Curb Appeal

Our real estate agents often get asked the question "Is my yard really that important when I'm selling my home?"  Our answer is "yes."  A  survey conducted by the National Association of REALTORS® found 71 percent of home buyers said curb appeal was important when deciding on a home.

Curb appeal is that certain look or feel that encourages buyers to stop, get out of their cars, and come inside to see your home.  If your home's exterior matches the snapshot they've formed in their minds of what their dream home looks like, you're well on your way to selling your home.

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March
26

Warm Up Seller Cold Feet

If you've decided to add your home to the roster of Plymouth homes for sale, you probably believe it's the right idea at the right time. But what if you change your mind?

When you leave a home you love, it's a major life event. Just like a nervous bride on her wedding day or an anxious child going away to college, cold feet may set in at any time. The emotional upheaval can make you doubt your judgment and question your intent. It's important to recognize the potential for seller's cold feet and deal with it ahead of time.

Dealing with Seller's Remorse

Our REALTORS® work with home sellers throughout the Plymouth, Michigan area. We understand the apprehensions that can accompany the home-selling process. We believe that if you take the right steps ahead of time, you can warm up your home seller's cold feet and make the process easier from listing through closing.

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February
26

Plymouth Home Spring Sale
If you've been waiting for spring to add your home to the list of Plymouth, MI homes for sale, you don't have to wait much longer. Spring officially arrives on March 20. When buyers are searching our local real estate market, you must be ready to open your door when they are. That means you should start preparing right now. 

Our REALTORS® work with local buyers from pre-listing to closing. We understand what it takes to undo the effects a cold winter wreaks on your home. To get you started, we recommend these three things to get your Plymouth home ready for a quick spring sale.

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January
31

Loan Pre-approval
You wouldn't go shoe shopping without knowing your size, or set up a date without having considered what you're looking for in another person. So why would you go house shopping without knowing how much house you can afford? You might have a general idea of your budget, but there's only one way to know your price range for sure, and that's by getting pre-approved.

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