Jackie Hawley's Real Estate Blog for Southeast MI

Real Estate Agent - Coldwell Banker Professionals
Oakland County MI Real Estate and Homes for Sale
Reasons Your Oakland County MI Appraisal May Come In Low Low appraisals are probably the biggest killer of sales of non distressed homes in the North Oakland County area. There are many reasons for a low appraised value that have absolutely nothing to do with the actual value of the house being a...
If the appraisal is low the seller should come down? So if the appraisal is high the buyer should come up in price? I recently had an appraisal come in low – way low- on a transaction where I represent the buyer. Way low translates into $74K low. The seller was asking $429,900. We negotiated a pr...
If Congress Can Mandate We Have to Buy Health Insurance Can They Mandate That Consumers Must Use a Licensed Agent when purchasing a home? Where is NAR? I was surprised when the Supreme Court determined the heal care bill that mandates (demands) we all purchase health insurance is constitutional. ...
There is so much more to writing an offer to purchase a home in Clarkston MI than in days of yore. At one time pretty much price ruled. Strength of buyer was important, but not as much as today. Today there are many more factors to consider in a Clarkston MI real estate transaction- is it a short...
Lake Oakland Lakefront Real Estate- Rising Prices- Low Inventory So far there have been 4 closed sales this year on Lake Oakland in Clarkston and Waterford MI with prices ranging from $245,000-$751,871 with an average sales price of $414,218. Last year the average sales price on Lake Oakland was ...
What Does BATVI Mean? Clarkston MI Real Estate Simply- Buyer Agent To Verify Information. This is also known as an ass covering, or in my opinion, a waste of precious space in the limited space allotted in the MLS. If you are buying a Clarkston MI short sale listing, beware of listings where the ...
What Exactly Are Lakefront Taxes? I'm in the middle of a home search for a buyer transferring to Oakland County Michigan. I came across a listing that states you can get lakefront home without the lakefront taxes. In reality it's an off the water house with a separate parcel on the water with a d...
Can A Seller REALLY Enforce That The Buyer Not Resell For A Specific Period Of Time? A lot of the bank and government owned listings specify owner occupied only for the first couple weeks or for the first month. They require the buyer to sign a document that the house will be their primary reside...
Clarkston MI Home Sales Up- AGAIN!! Can we stop calling this a declining market? I've been hearing on the news lately how foreclosure filings are up in the Detroit area. I wish the media would separate Oakland County from the Detroit area. What exactly is the "Detroit Area" anyway? When listening...
The Job of a Buyer's Agent in Southeast Michigan Many agents seem to have the idea that the primary job of a buyer's agent is to get the seller to come down on his asking price. The more you can get the seller down, the better you've done your job. NOT!! Here in the North Oakland County and surro...

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