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Stages of Buying a Home

Guest Post: Christian Montiel, Digital Media Manager for Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate.
Posted by Matthew Hillier on January 07, 2020 in  Buying a Home
It may be a goal you have had since childhood. Perhaps, you have rented for most of your adult life and now want to experience the joys and satisfaction of home ownership. Buying a home is a big step and requires a lot of important decisions along the way. With some advanced planning and research, you can be sure your home purchase is something you feel good about for many years ahead. Here are the basic steps that lead you to a successful transaction.Understanding What You Can AffordThis is different from qualifyi... read more
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Real Estate Update | January 2020

Posted by Matthew Hillier on January 16, 2020 in  Real Estate Update
The 2020 housing market looks to remain positive as strong economic growth and low mortgage rates contribute to upward movement, while rising demand and short supply will increase competition. Let’s take a closer look at the local real estate market here in the great state of Michigan.The average sales price of homes in mid-Michigan’s Greater Lansing area has risen 7.4% from $168,053 to $180,537 in December 2019. As of last month, the number of available homes for sale is in the Greater Lansing market c... read more
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Real Estate Update | December 2019

Posted by Matthew Hillier on January 08, 2020 in  Real Estate Update
With the New Year just around the corner, the winter housing market around Michigan is showing signs of slowing, which is providing a much-needed break for potential buyers who have been waiting to jump into the market. Due to a strong economy and low unemployment, the seasonal housing dip is more about a rebalancing act of the market than a sign of a downturn. So, let's take a closer look! In Greater Lansing, the housing market looks positive as we head into 2020. Strong economic growth and low mortgage rates cont... read more
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Make A Move to End Hunger

Guest post: Laura McHolm, Co-Founder of NorthStar
Posted by Matthew Hillier on January 07, 2020 in  Charity  Lifestyle  Local Community
Did you know...In the United States, 1 in 7 children goes to bed hungry? Shocking right!? What can just one person do to tackle such a big problem? A simple click of a button or making a move can help out quite a bit! First thing you can do is go online and donate to your local food bank. Every little bit helps! It only costs $1 to provide four meals to a hungry child. Next, bring non-perishable food directly to your local food bank’s door.If you are moving, it is the perfect opportunity to help fee... read more
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Is Winter or Summer the Best Season to Buy a Home?

Guest Post: Lindsay Listanski, Director of Media Engagement at Coldwell Banker
Posted by Matthew Hillier on January 09, 2020 in  Buying a Home  Winter
You hear it a lot – there are best and worst times to make any sort of purchase. Whether it’s a television, a car, or a home, statistics are available that may influence your decision on when would be the best time to make a purchase.Numerical data isn’t the only thing you should be taking into consideration, though. Each season has something different to offer in terms of making the home buying process easier or more challenging. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of buying during the w... read more
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