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4 Ways to Avoid Overextending Yourself When Buying a Home

Amanda Oboza, Greater Lansing Association of REALTORS®
Posted by Matthew Hillier on April 26, 2021 in  uncategorized
In March 2021 the median sold price was $172,000 in the Greater Lansing market, up 7.5 percent compared to last year, and on average sellers got about 101.1% of what they were asking.With limited inventory, stiff competition, and rising prices, it’s easy to get caught up in the chaos and start pushing the limits of your budget. But the last thing you want is to let excitement cloud your judgment and cause you to make an unwise decision.Here are a few tips to avoid overextending yourself in today’s high-... read more
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Stages of Buying a Home

Posted by Matthew Hillier on April 02, 2021 in  uncategorized
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 Afford This is different from qualify... read more
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The Art of Mindful Living & Conquering Your Calendar

Guest Post: Laura McHolm, NorthStar Moving Co-Founder & Chief of Organized Living
Posted by Matthew Hillier on April 02, 2021 in  uncategorized
I frequently hear people say: “I don’t know how to be mindful.” “I don’t have time to meditate.” “How do you find the time?” “I don’t even have time to keep up with my errands.” “I would love to be more mindful but ….”  And, usually, the “but” contains a reason relating to time, energy, or scheduling conflicts.How do you manage time? Do you say: “I am too busy,” “I have too much to do,” &ldq... read more
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Coldwell Banker Looks at the Spring Selling Season

Guest Post: Ellen Paris, Contributor at Frobes
Posted by Matthew Hillier on March 30, 2021 in  uncategorized
Coldwell Banker looks at the Spring selling season recently releasing its “Home Seller Survey Key Findings.” Coldwell Banker commissioned The Harris Poll to survey homeowners about upcoming plans to list their homes. From Massachusetts to California, it continues to be a seller’s market. According to’s Weekly Housing Trends for the week ended March 20 year-over-year median listing prices were up more than 15%. Strong buyer activity combined with low inventory is partially respons... read more
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Real Estate Update | March 2021

Posted by Matthew Hillier on March 19, 2021 in  Real Estate Update
To begin this month's real estate update, we will look at Greater Lansing’s tri-county region, which is composed of Clinton, Eaton, Ingham. Experiencing similar trends seen across East and West Michigan, year-over-year new listings in the tri-county region have decreased across the board with Eaton County experiencing the least significant loss of -9.4% totaling 164. On the other hand, Ingham County saw the most significant loss in year-over-year new listings, down -23.9% totaling 467. Only one out of the thr... read more
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