Ann Arbor, MI Real Estate News

By Kathy Toth, Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team
(Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams)
Are you wondering what the value of your Ann Arbor area home is? This will determine how much equity you've gained and what you can sell your home for in the Ann Arbor real estate market. From professional appraisals, to avoiding the asking vs. selling price trap, we have many tips for you. To read our full blog post, click here.
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By Kathy Toth, Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team
(Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams)
We are so proud to share that our Ann Arbor Real Estate team has been named one of America's top real estate professional teams by REAL Trends and as advertised in The Wall Street Journal. We are now ranked in the top one half of 1 percent of more than 963,000 REALTORS nationwide. For more details on this, please read our full blog post by clicking here.  
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By Kathy Toth, Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team
(Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams)
Ann Arbor homebuyers usually focus on home features and home size when choosing a new place to live in the Ann Arbor real estate market. However, with a new home comes a new lifestyle, too. There are features you should consider outside of the home, such as location, community amenities, schools, commute times and more. Fore more information on this, read our full blog post by clicking here.
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By Kathy Toth, Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team
(Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams)
The Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) is a method used by real estate agents to establish the market value of a home or commercial property. The CMA consists of an evaluation of market and other economic variables to determine a listing price. Find out how the CMA is different from other reports, how it is prepared, the benefits of the CMA and more by reading our full blog post! Click here.
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By Kathy Toth, Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team
(Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams)
Now is an excellent time to sell your Ann Arbor home! Buyers are eager to buy this summer, home prices are up and inventory is low, so this makes conditions ideal for home sellers. Most sellers are able to successfully sell their homes within a 30-day period. However, if you've been trying to sell without success, there are some steps you can take to help the process along. To view our full blog post, click here.
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By Kathy Toth, Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team
(Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams)
Is your Ann Arbor home ready to be put on the Ann Arbor real estate market? Are you looking for a quick sale? Want to have it sold by summer's end? As your Ann Arbor real estate agent, We're here to tell you that it can be done! Summer is the perfect season for selling a home. Follow this guide and you'll have an edge over other Ann Arbor sellers. To read our full blog post and guide, click here.
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By Kathy Toth, Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team
(Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams)
A large number of homebuyers in Ann Arbor are interested in the latest and greatest technologies in the home. Some are millennials, others are current college students, while others are tech-savvy consumers relocating for tech-based positions in the innovative technology companies that call Ann Arbor home. To find out how to appeal to these buyers as an Ann Arbor home seller, read our full blog post by clicking here.
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By Kathy Toth, Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team
(Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams)
If you live in the Ann Arbor area, consider particiapting in the upcoming 2014 Country Idol Auditions! These take place through June 27 in the Ann Arbor area and are hosted by W4 Country, 102.9 FM. My team and I are among the judges for the contest!  Get the full details by clicking here.
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By Kathy Toth, Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team
(Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams)
I recently brought my entire real estate team to Michigan Stadium for a tour and team-building activities. What do college football and real estate have in common? Turns out, the two have a lot in common! Read my our blog post for details by clicking here.
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By Kathy Toth, Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team
(Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams)
Did you know that an increasing number of retirees are choosing to buy homes in college towns? Therefore, as Ann Arbor home sellers, including this group of buyers in your marketing efforts is a smart move. As your Ann Arbor real estate agents, we can help! To read our blog post about this subject in its entirety, click here. 
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By Kathy Toth, Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team
(Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams)
As the weather warms up here in Ann Arbor, home sellers reappear on the market! This is a smart idea, since so many people are out and about this time of year. Foot traffic and market conditions together make this an ideal time to sell your Ann Arbor home. Use this time of year to your advantage! Check out my summer home-selling tips. Read our blog post in its entirety by clicking here.
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By Kathy Toth, Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team
(Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams)
If you have a fixer-upper home in Ann Arbor that you'd like to sell, you're in luck! The Ann Arbor real estate market is strong enough to include fixer-upper listings as part of a healthy selection of inventory. It's just important that you know some basics: how to price a fixer-upper, how to market to buyers, and a few other things to remember. To read further into these, check out our blog post in its entirety by clicking here.
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By Kathy Toth, Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team
(Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams)
Did you hear the news? The majority of Americans chose real estate as the top long-term investment option. They chose real estate over gold, stocks, bonds, savings accounts and more. This is a sign that if you've been wanting to buy an Ann Arbor home, now is the time to do it! To read the full report, read our blog post by clicking here.
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By Kathy Toth, Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team
(Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams)
As Ann Arbor real estate agents, we want to help our homebuyer clients avoid any surprises before closing on an Ann Arbor home. Therefore, we've compiled a list of costs to be aware of, aside from the purchase price! To read this blog post in its entirety, click here. 
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By Kathy Toth, Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team
(Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams)
As your Ann Arbor real estate agents, we've got four reasons why this spring is the ideal time for home sellers: rising home prices, low inventory, new mortgage rules for borrowers, and the fact that home buyers are eager to purchase now! To learn more, read our blog post in its entirety by clicking here.
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By Kathy Toth, Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team
(Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams)
Every Ann Arbor Home Seller is interested in getting the highest possible amount for the sale of their home. When the price is right, everyone is a winner.  To continue reading this blog post, click here.   
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By Kathy Toth, Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team
(Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams)
As Ann Arbor real estate agents, we love to help local residents get to know local businesses. After all, they are what keep our community going! Cafe Zola is one of those places that everyone should get to know. They serve brunch and dinner seven days a week, and the food is fantastic. Read our full blog post by clicking here.
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By Kathy Toth, Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team
(Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams)
We recently shared market insights with Real Estate Investor’s Beat, an online publication serving residential and commercial property investors. In the article, we describe the direction of the Michigan real estate market for Ann Arbor investors. Here's a snippet:  “Ann Arbor experienced a 32% decline in home values since 2005,” Toth reported. “But the decline is being reversed by improving trends in employment, as well as limited home inventories and low mortgage interest rates. With these drivers in place, Michigan as a whole will see a gradual rise in property values during 2014.” To view this blog in its entirety, click here. 
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By Rachel Massey, SRA, AI-RRS, Proudly appraising Washtenaw County since 1989
So many ways to measure (part 2) Yesterday I wrote about two different parts of the analysis of market conditions and today I will finish my story. There are a number of different ways to measure the market, but what I am doing now (and I do change things up as I learn of new techniques) is taking one years’ worth of data at a time, run on a monthly basis and compare and measure how markets change. The data is run as one year periods because it neutralizes the seasonality that you see happening in this area. It is almost clock-work to see our local market start to slow after Labor Day, and to start to pick up in February or March, depending on the weather. In addition to measuring year to year, I have also eliminated from the data below distress sales and “to-be-built” properties becaus...
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By Rachel Massey, SRA, AI-RRS, Proudly appraising Washtenaw County since 1989
So many ways to measure Markets are rarely identical and what happens as a nation isn’t necessarily what happens in a county, or what happens in an area, or even a submarket. We hear a lot about the improving market conditions that are occurring nationally, but as in all things real estate, the market really is fundamentally local. I live and work in the Ann Arbor market. Not all markets within this area are moving in the same direction, or at the same pace. Even within Ann Arbor there are differences, and the data below represents current information comparing the Ann Arbor school district as a whole to one area within Ann Arbor, area 82, which encompasses a wide market but is the west side of town as well as into the western suburbs and rural area within the Ann Arbor school district....
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