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Finding a New Home for Your Next Stage of Life

Imagine the first place you lived as a young adult. Now imagine trying to fit your life today into that space. Not pretty, right?

For most of us, our housing needs are cyclical.1 A newly independent adult can find freedom and flexibility in even a tiny apartment. That same space, to a growing family, would feel stifling. For empty nesters, a large home with several unused bedrooms can become impractical to heat and clean. It’s no surprise that life transitions often trigger a home purchase.

While your home-buying journey may not look like your neighbor’s or friend’s, broad trends can help you understand what to keep in mind as you house hunt. No one wants to regret their home purchase, and taking…

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There’s one thing I’ve learned from my decade listing homes in Ypsilanti, dogs love me.  I mean they really love me.  Every breed of dog, Labradoodle, Pitadoodle, Snickerdoodle.  Okay, maybe not Snickerdoodles. That’s a little nutty.  Did you catch that? That’s a bad cookie joke and a terrible pun...BAM!  Are you still reading this? Great!  Because I have some excellent information and relevant data that could make you some big time cash (or bitcoin) on your home sale.  It all has to do with man’s best friend, but more about that later...

So we’ve established dogs love me, Ypsi loves dogs and YOU love cash.  The number one question Ypsilanti sellers ask me is “Hey, can you stop petting my dog?”  The second question they ask me is “What improvements can…

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Highest Sale Ever Recorded in Harbour Cove!

New Financing Rules Net Ypsilanti Condo Seller Nearly $100,000

Looking out from the second story balcony over the calm, crystal clear waters of Ford Lake I knew it was a longshot.  Despite the beautiful views and renovations the owner put into their condo, archaic financing rules have hampered values in condominium developments like Harbour Cove, which sits at the southern tip of Ford Lake in Ypsilanti Township.

Fortunately, for the new purchaser and owner, the financing rules for condominiums have changed over the past several months opening up new opportunities for buyers and sellers alike.

To get a better understanding of what has changed it’s important to understand what FHA (Federal…

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4 BD          3.5 BA       3,021 SQFT


Completely updated Farmington Hills gem! This 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom colonial has over 3,000 square feet PLUS a finished walkout basement! A grand 2-room entryway welcomes you into this incredible home. Off the entryway is a large study, as well as a formal living room with floor to ceiling windows. The formal dining room features a bay window and chair rail, creating an elegant space for hosting large dinner parties. Off the dining room, your dream kitchen awaits you. Features include cherry shaker style cabinets with crown molding and brushed nickel hardware, quartz countertops, stainless steel undermount farm sink, white subway…

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1514 S Walton


5 beD      2 Bath      2,160 sqft

1514 S Walton St, Westland, MI 48186

A Spotlight Houses Team Exclusive Listing. Five bedrooms and two full baths give you an enormous amount of room to stretch out. The home has been recently painted and has brand new carpet. You enter into a large family room which leads into a generous sized kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Behind the kitchen is a great den that has a slider outside to the back yard with a detached 1.5 car garage. With five bedrooms you have the option for an office space or to entertain guests overnight. The location gives you easy access to freeways, eateries and entertainment choices. Schedule your showing today!

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1272 S Harris Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48198

**COMING SOON** A Spotlight Houses Team Exclusive Listing- This adorable 4 bedroom bungalow home has a great layout and features wonderful natural lighting! The welcoming sitting area leads to the main hall with two spacious bedrooms in one direction and the cheery kitchen in the other. Enjoy the kitchen's breakfast nook, complete with convenient corner booth seating overlooking the main living area. Stay cozy in the winter next to the stone fireplace, or open the sliding glass doors in the summer to enjoy the breeze coming off to the 3-season porch. The large master bedroom features great closet storage and lots of character. Upstairs, an extra bedroom/office area offers privacy…

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4 bd     3 ba    2,028 sqft

7558 Greene Farm Dr, Ypsilanti, MI 

Greene Farms 2-story with 4 Bedrooms. Features include; Hardwood floors throughout, formal living room with connected formal dining room, modern white Kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and tiled backsplash, breakfast nook, 1st floor laundry, carpeted family room with gas fireplace and crown molding mantle, spacious 2nd story bedrooms inlcuding master suite with 2 closets and attached bath. Full basement for storage and a beautiful backyard for entertaining this summer on the custom cement patio surrounded by mature landscaping for privacy. JOIN US FOR AN OPEN HOUSE THIS SATURDAY 5/18 FROM 12PM-2PM AND SUNDAY 5/19 FROM…

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5 bd,      4 ba,     1,849 sqft

1419 N Bay Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Newer Hometown Village Build with 5 Bedrooms! With nearly 3,000 SQ of finished living space, this beautiful home features; bight and sunny living room with gas fireplace and crown molding mantle with built-in shelving, space for dining area, and recessed lighting. The kitchen has dark cherry cabinetry with stainless steel appliances and breakfast bar. Master has cathedral ceilings and attached master bath with walk-in closet. Upstairs you have 3 spacious bedrooms with a full bathroom in the basement you will find the 5th bedroom and additional full bath. The basement is carpeted with additional family room space and walk-out access to the…

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2 bd,     1 ba,     898 sqft

320 Miles St, Ypsilanti, MI 48198

** COMING SOON ** Completely updated ranch steps from Depot Town! This 2 bedroom, 1 full bath home has been remodeled from corner to corner with fresh paint throughout, refinished hardwood floors, new fixtures and trim, brand new kitchen appliances, updated counters and backsplash, new pedestal sink in bath, and a full basement for additional storage. Location , location, location! Walking distance to all your favorite depot town restaurants, Frog Island Park, the Huron River, EMU and short distance to Ann Arbor for commuters. JOIN US THIS WEEKEND FOR AN OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY 4/20 FROM 12PM-2PM & SUNDAY 4/21 FROM 12PM-2PM. CONTACT SAM VAIL FOR ALL…

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Siri, turn on the living room light.  Siri, play Metallica.  Siri, buy my house!

Sounds crazy, but it’s happening.  The real estate industry is in an upheaval & it’s affecting our local market.

From the cancellation of the Waterhill Music Festival to the Gelman plume conversation, we never have a shortage of local real estate news. I love talking about real estate.  My ears perk up when I hear someone talking about the value of their home, whether I’m enjoying a comfy chair at Sweetwaters or a corner stool at Jim Brady’s- I’m always up for a real estate conversation. Not just the typical, “Hey, can I sell your home?” either.  I am truly interested in what’s happening at the hyper-local level. 

On a national scale, the industry is undergoing…

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