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Island Private Frontage with Cabins – Incredible!

1943 S Duck Bay Trl, Cedarville, MI 49719

MOTIVATED SELLER – NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT – 8.4 Acres on Marquette Island with over 896 feet of private waterfront on Duck Bay in the Les Cheneaux Islands of Lake Huron. Land Contact Option Available. Seller will divide. This one-of-a-kind site has kept its natural beauty while offering on-site electric, water, 2 log cabins, cook shelter and more. NOTE: Seller will divide. Land Contract Terms Available.


Gorgeous Thornapple River Private Frontage – Forest Hills Schools 5 Bedrooms

Forest Hill Schools – Private Thornapple River frontage. This gorgeous Town & Country cedar home is surrounded by the natural beauty of hardwoods. Located on the open 6 mile stretch of the Thornapple River (all sports.) This home offers the best of rustic-lux. With soaring vaulted plank ceilings, stone fireplace, majestic views out every window, and quality finishes throughout every inch breathes the essence of home. The main floor master with luxuriously appointed on-suite, the additional bedrooms, finished garage loft space, and walk-out lower level each offer custom touches combining form, function and fun. Experience the peace of this location while appreciating its easy proximity to everyday amenities such as shopping, dining, entertainment, and more.

Forest Hills Central – Popular Beard Farm Location 5 Bed 3.5 Bath 3 stall

This beautifully designed 2 story home located in the popular Beard Farm development within the Forest Hills Central school district is perfectly located on a deep wooded lot; offering superb location and excellent floor plan. Featuring 5 spacious bedrooms, 3.5 baths, attached 3 stall garage and nearly an acre wooded lot. Several upgrades can be found throughout the house including new roof, newer furnace, freshly painted neutral color palette, upgraded R-34 insulation. Offering move-in ready living or an excellent opportunity to build upon the existing floor plan in a development surrounded by several larger homes that have recently been renovated. Well designed and quality constructed this home will not disappoint! Enjoy all the area has to offer including the Forest Hills Trails system offering miles of trails connected to the development, excellent access to major highways, shopping, entertainment, and more.

Move In Ready! 900 Goodsell Otsego

900 Goodsell Street, Otsego, MI 49078

You will love this location and great floor plan set on a perfectly sized lot with fenced in back yard. With a total of 3 bedrooms, main floor laundry, main floor master suite with private bath, walk-in closet and cathedral ceiling, large living room, kitchen with center island and an attached 2 stall garage this home is sure to please! Outside offers a great storage shed, fenced in backyard, garden area, wonderful deck and brick paver patio, with LED color changing lights, and hot tub – perfect for entertaining. Offering many upgrades including whole home surge protector, new carpeting, new water heater, and more. With easy access to the highway (Kalamazoo, Allegan and Grand Rapids commutes are made easier) nearby, parks, schools, shopping and entertaining this house is ready for you!

851 Pinnacle Run – Forest Hills Condo

851 Pinnacle Run

This beautifully updated townhouse offers everything you need to enjoy maintenance free living. Gorgeous kitchen featuring quartz counter tops, eating area, open to the vaulted ceiling great room with fireplace, sliders to both and upper and lower deck – the views here are incredible. The 1/2 bath, pantry, laundry area and 2 stall attached garage all add to this convenient floor plan. The upper level features private master suite with walk-in closet, private bath with walk-in shower, double vanity and tile floors, and a 2nd bedroom and 2nd full bath on this level. The walkout level features 3rd bedroom 3rd full bath, living room and storage area. The Pinnacle offers an excellent location close to everyday amenities and within walking distance of the Reeds Lake and Forest Hills trails.

The Enormous Divide Between the Headline and the Truth

The Enormous Divide Between the Headline and the Truth

The Enormous Divide Between the Headline and the Truth | Simplifying The Market

“I have observed that not the man who hopes when others despair, but the man who despairs when others hope, is admired by a large class of persons as a sage.” – John Stuart Mill (1840s)

Even back in the mid-1800s, people knew that negative news sells. That is still true today. All forms of media realize that they will get more eyeballs, clicks, likes, and engagement by posting something negative. However, they must realize that negative headlines impact markets.

Just last week, the National Association of Home Builders released a survey revealing:

“Negative media reports making buyers cautious was a significant problem for 48% of builders in 2018, but 62% expect it to be a problem in 2019.”

Even today, good news is headlined with a negative spin in order to get attention. Here are two recent examples from mainstream media:

Actual Headline #1: Cash-out refis are back – will homes become ATMs again?

The real story: The headline is accurate – to a point. It is true that the percentage of refinances in which the homeowner received cash at the closing has increased to levels that existed in 2006. However, the actual amount of equity homeowners “cashed-out” compared to a decade ago isn’t close.

The dollar amount cashed-out last year was $63 billion. That seems like a really large number until we compare it to 2006, when homeowners cashed-out $321 billion. That is more than five times the current amount.

In 2006, people did use their homes as ATMs. They purchased new cars, boats, and lavish vacations. Today, the cashed-out equity is being used to consolidate debt, as seed capital for a new business, or to help a child with their college tuition.

Actual Headline: Consumer Debt hits $4 Trillion. Americans are diving deeper and deeper into debt.

The real story: The first sentence of the headline is accurate. The second sentence couldn’t be further from the truth. Total consumer debt is the highest it has ever been. That’s because the population continues to grow, and so does the economy (prices and wages).

The important number is how that total debt ranks as a percentage of disposable personal income. That percentage is the lowest ever recorded!! People are not “diving deeper and deeper into debt”. The exact opposite is true. They have less debt now than ever before.

Bottom Line

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, it is important that you have a true professional handling your real estate needs. Someone who knows the truth about the current economy and its potential impact on the housing market.

Source: Michigan Real Estate Updates

When Selling This 1 Improvement Can Net You An Incredible Response

Spring is a time for action. Time to shake off winter and put it behind us.

This is time of year when you and your neighbors will be placing your homes on the market. So how do you win? How do you capture the buyers interest?

Time and again the #1 most important improvement you can make to add WOW factor to your house and place it right in the HOME section of the buyers brain is to PAINT.

Today’s buyer is searching the internet and while doing so they are constantly being shown what the hottest design trends are in today’s home. From closets to kitchens, from bathrooms to garages, sheds to fascias – paint makes the difference.

Two key points to winning buyers and converting them to be the new owner:

  1. Color choice: Choosing a color that is appealing and current is key. Most paint stores work with design professionals and for a small fee they will have the design professional run a consultation with you and help you select the right color to really maximize impact and appeal.
  2. Professionals: Nothing turns a buyer off faster than drips on the walls color splash on the ceiling and messy trim…As a result hire a professional to do the painting. By hiring professionals you giving the buyer what they need to see: clean, fresh, move-in ready home(joy) vs a bad paint job they now have to paint over (pain)….

Need Inspiration? Many great sites offer wonderful examples for inspiration one of the best out there today is Sherwin Williams.

Consider these links for fun inspiration:

Sherwin Williams Inspiration Gallery

west elm Collection

Pottery Barn Collection

Not sure what else might have impact on buyers? That’s what we are here for!