Birmingham, MI Real Estate News

By Keith Stonehouse, Franklin Title Agency
(Franklin Title Agency, LLC)
Hello, Good Afternoon & Welcome to the 3rd week of January 2013, Starting off 2013 – I have only one question for you:   What do I have to do to get your next title order?   Here at Franklin Title Agency, we strive to help, support, and partner with our Realtor, Mortgage Loan Officer, and Investor clients & potential clients here in Michigan. My goal for myself, my business, and my clients is to Be the Change I Wish to See in My Business …and yours.   This week’s email again is focused on just that… Here are 3 topics I wanted to share with you that will not only support your business but, grow it as well as it has with Franklin Title Agency and some of our great clients today in terms of following up after the closing table, contact with your client/customer base, networking, marketing,...
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By Robert Pliska
(Sperry Van Ness)
  A tip from "Pliska's Social Media Tips" in the November 2012 Issue of  The Counselor - A newsletter of the Counselors of Real Estate of the National Association of Realtors   EVEN FACEBOOK CAN GENERATE BUSINESS   Many people use Facebook, thinking it's too   “social” for business purposes, or more for the   younger generation. But Facebook can be used to   obtain business. It is still the biggest social media   venue, with one billion users. One big plus for   Facebook is that it’s helpful in generating “warm” calls.   Many sales books and training advocate the premise   that you need to know your client extremely well—children,   vacations, relatives, likes, dislikes, sports, birthdays,   graduations, weddings, etc. Facebook provides   that opportunity. It is particularly effective f...
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The Birmingham housing market is getting stronger by the day.  The last 3 months of reports shows very healthy growth.  Do not be fooled by the Median Sold Price dip from October to November.  The Average sale price has continued to rise. Check out these links and if you would like to sell your home.  Call me! Mike Sher - Max Broock Realtors - Bloomfield/Birmingham  (248) 496-1572   Click for Report Birmingham MI 48009 11/15/2012 Average Days on Market days on market: 111   Selling vs Asking Price  selling below asking price: -5%   Asking and Sold Prices  median sold price: $707,500   Number of Homes for Sale homes for sale decreased :-32% Click for Report Birmingham MI 48009 10/18/2012 Average Days on Market days on market: 103   Selling vs Asking Price  selling below asking price: -6%...
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By Keith Stonehouse, Franklin Title Agency
(Franklin Title Agency, LLC)
As customers become more educated in the buying, selling, and refinancing process (which they should be) I've noticed that my potential clients are shopping my rates more and more over my service and products offered. Now either this is because they are trying to save their customers money in the deal or they are trying to make more on their end... I'm not entirely sure which one it is but, I am going to hope that it is the first theory. I guess in the end it benefits the customer either way which is a win win for all seeing that the name of the game is follow up and repeat business including a river of referrals so, I am not too worried about it but, I just wanted to bring to folks attention and ask: Is this the new norm? Is this our industry now? Are we a fee based, fee driven industr...
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By Keith Stonehouse, Franklin Title Agency
(Franklin Title Agency, LLC)
Have you thought about your ASK at a Networking Event? Wondered Why you don't get the referrals that you Deserve? Keith Stonehouse - Franklin Title Agency Tue, Oct 23, 2012 3:28 PM Have you thought about your "ask" today? You should have atleast one every week. So, as you know - I have done some networking to build my brand, my client base, my referral partners, and ultimately my company - As a Title Insurance Company my networking differs from that of a Realtor or Mortgage Loan Officer who market mostly direct to the end consumer (the buyer, the borrower, the seller, and the investor) So... here are some pointers today on simplifying your ASK at a networking event and or group in the future ...wait! You do network right? Assuming so, carry on...   Today at Motor City Connect live in Do...
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Realtors: Are you challenged everyday by working with the mortgage company you are currently providing your buyers to? Maybe they are not providing all the products and services needed? Maybe their response times are slowly fading? Maybe their approvals seem to be taking longer and longer? Well, if that's the case - Remember, my clients are NOT ONLY Realtors but, Mortgage Loan Officers & Mortgage Companies / Banks as well. I'd love to line you up with one of my Great Loan Officers to better your business today. If the Loan Officer makes the buyers / borrowers happy - You look like the All-Star = Future Referrals!   I'd love to be of assistance,   Keith Stonehouse Franklin Title Agency keith@franklintitleagency.com 248-894-4785
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By Cathy Tishhouse, Royal Oak Real Estate
(RE/MAX Showcase Homes)
Market Analysis & Statistics Birmingham MI September 2012 Sept. 2012 median sale prices decreased 12% from Aug. 2012 & # of homes sold decreased by 28%.   Sept. 2012 median sale price increased 06% from Sept. 2011. Yr ending Sept. 2012 median sale price compared to yr ending Sept. 2011 increased 15%.  Statistics rounded to nearest % -compiled from RealComp II data believed to be reliable.   Active & Solds September 2012 155 listings:   38 Sold listings:   Average List Price $686,303 Average Sold Price $417,146 Median List Price $525,000 Median Sold Price $335,000 Highest List Price $3,275,000 Highest Sold Price $1,414 ,000 Lowest List Price $ 84,900 Lowest Sold Price $ 100,250 DOM 120 DOM 77 Active & Solds August 2012 173 listings:   53 Sold listings:   Median List Price $549,000 Median...
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By Cathy Tishhouse, Royal Oak Real Estate
(RE/MAX Showcase Homes)
Market Analysis & Statistics For Birmingham MI August 2012 August 2012 median sale prices increased 09% from July 2012 & # of homes sold increased by 34%.   August 2012 median sale price increased 04% from August 2011. Yr ending August 2012 median sale price compared to yr ending August 2011 increased 16%.  Statistics rounded to nearest % -compiled from RealComp II data believed to be reliable.   Active & Solds August 2012 173 listings:   53 Sold listings:   Average List Price $668,162 Average Sold Price $497,796 Median List Price $549,000 Median Sold Price $385,000 Highest List Price $3,275,000 Highest Sold Price $1,310 ,000 Lowest List Price $ 98,900 Lowest Sold Price $ 120,000 DOM 123 DOM 99 Active & Solds July 2012 155 listings:   35 Sold listings:   Median List Price $525,000 Media...
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http://whotalking.com/facebook/SEO There it is. Check it out. These are real tweets for any subject matter. Just plug in what you are looking for and you can get tapped into a world of people who are looking for the very things you are selling at that moment in time. Its pretty ingenius if you use this properly. You can answer people's questions before anyone else can.... This is social marketing in real time
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Proof That Things Can Always Get Better - A Ten Year Span I am reporting on S.E. Michigan as I create new business from town to town. I own a few businesses and do a lot of online promotion. My focus is to find new and upcoming areas and neighborhoods. I write about restaurants and bars that cater to young people. Occasionally I assist these businesses to become even better. That is how I find myself in these depressed neighborhoods. Birmingham was always old but not nearly as trendy as it is today. It is a welcomed sigh of relief. The town itself was never junky until recently. As the city begins to attract the affluent we are met with several challenges. Old Woodward Avenue has had classic clothing stores, jewerly stores and has kept its charm. The smaller streets behind the main stre...
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By Keith Stonehouse, Franklin Title Agency
(Franklin Title Agency, LLC)
MRMM Broker Open Luncheon - All Invited http://www.michigiganrealtormasterminds.groupsite.com When:11am - 1:30pm EDT Thursday, September 27 2012Where:1328 Lake Park Drive, Birmingham MI 48009Submitted by:Keith Stonehouse The next MRMM Broker Open Luncheon will be held at 1328 Lake Park Drive, Birmingham MI 48009 Thursday, September 27th @ 11am - 1:30pm * Lunch & Refreshments will be provided from Sari Stefancin of Jim Hess & Associates & Keith Stonehouse of Franklin Title Agency ATTN REALTORS: Make sure to bring copies of your listings to share around the round table as we will be discussing how we can match up fellow agents attending buyers with your listings.   Price: $1,190,000   Est. payment: $5,332/mo Bedrooms: 5 29 days on Trulia Bathrooms: 4 136 views Property type: Single-Famil...
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  Birmingham, Michigan – All eyes are on the fall as the Labor Day holiday passes. That means that Michigan home owners are ready for the rapid succession of holidays heading in for the final quarter of 2012. With everything from football parties, thanksgiving, Christmas and everything in between the focus now is coming home for the holidays. That’s the message in the new feature of the Jewish News featuring local hard wood flooring expert Al Havner of Al Havner and Sons. The write up appears in the Open Door Magazine section of the popular Jewish News in S.E. Michigan. This creates real insight on how to spruce up the home for the holiday with classic American looks.   Havner and Sons has also been featured in a new collection called the, “Dream Home Showcase” on the web. This is a col...
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By Keith Stonehouse, Franklin Title Agency
(Franklin Title Agency, LLC)
Hello Affiliate Members (ie. mortgage, appraisers, inspectors, home stagers, title companies, home remodelers, credit repair, short sale negotiators, etc) & Congrats - You've made it half way through the week but, not yet to month's end... the real accomplishment! With that aside - I have been speaking to a lot of affilate members & hearing about what makes them different from their competiton out there. Realtors, home buyers, sellers, and borrowers are always looking for the next best thing, the best deal, and or the best person or company to partner with... My Question for the Month is: Affiliates - What makes you and your business different from your competition?   ***this question was originally generated for the group: Michigan Realtor & Mortgage Masterminds @ http://www.michigigan...
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By National Realty Centers
(National Realty Centers)
For 24 Hour Information: 888-866-9430 x 1351 Schedule a Showing Birmingham Homes for Sale Oakland County Homes for Sale What Is Your Home Worth? See Property Details Call 248-321-1238 for more information on this or any other property. Visit Property Website Courtesy: LEE SPEAGLEEmail Me Now248-321-1238 1351 CHAPIN AVEBIRMINGHAM, MI 48009Bedrooms: 3Bathrooms: 1 fullList Price: $Contact for PriceLiving Area Approx: 1219   Everything is Brand New! Custom kitchen with vaulted ceiling, granite, and new stainless steel appliances. Open concept kitchen allows for seating in the middle for great entertaining. The bathroom is completely remodeled with ceramic tile and custom vanity. Family room with efficient washer dryer for extra storage or living space. Brand new roof, furnace, electrical, ...
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By Cathy Tishhouse, Royal Oak Real Estate
(RE/MAX Showcase Homes)
Starting as a small fundraiser to raise money for a soccer field in Ferndale, Michigan, the Woodward Dream Cruise is in it’s 18th year. Just south of downtown Birmingham, the Woodward Dream Cruise 2012 is getting getting ready for the main event on Saturday. Here are a few of the vintage cars showing off their uniqueness – with as escort of many local cars daring the traffic.
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Interview on the Detroit Commercial, Investment and Residential Market on National Real Estate Auction Radio A discussion of government surplus properties and the Detroit Commercial, Investment and Residential market. See  http://bit.ly/MrT7R9  
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 The Mike Sher Team, Max Broock Realtors, (248) 496-1572 is proud to be a Bank of America Equator Approved Realtor.   Having a Real Estate Licenses is not enough to be a Short Sale professional. What elevates a Realtor to a Short Sale professional?: 1.      How man of short sales that have closed? 2.      Do they negotiate the short sale or pass the file to another company to do it? 3.      Are they educated in short sales? 4.      Do they teach short sales to other realtors, CPA’s or Financial Planners? 5.      Do they keep up to date on the ever changing laws, rules and policies with regards to short sales? 6.      Can they explain the difference between a HAFA NON-GSA Short Sale, HUD-PFS, CO-OP, HAFA-FNMA Short Sale, HAFA-FHLMC Short Sale, RASS form, A-RASS form and a SSA form? 7.   ...
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April 2012 - Birmingham (48009) Michigan Residential Home Sales newsletter - Mike Sher, (248) 496-1572, Max Broock Realtors   Welcome to the latest issue of my newsletter! As a real estate professional, I strive to keep in touch with my clients and provide them with information that I hope they will find useful. This newsletter is an opportunity to let you know about the state of the market and current trends. It may even touch on ways that you could enhance your home's value. I hope the market data and articles will help you with understanding real estate today and help you with your real estate decisions. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Mike Sher 2011 Results, 22 Short Sales, 40 Closed Units & 365 days of Focus Tel: 248 644-4700 Cell: 248-496-1572 mike...
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It can happen quickly.   An expensive car repair, an unexpected hospital visit, a missed week of work – just a few little things and the life you’ve worked so hard to build can feel like it’s tipping dangerously out of balance.  Once the scales turn against you, it can feel like it is impossible to ever tip them back in your favor again. When your financial problems reach the point where they threaten your home, it is difficult to manage the stress. Sometimes it is even difficult to force yourself to seek help. As a real estate professional who has earned the Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) designation, my mission is to provide financially-challenged homeowners with options to foreclosure, ensure that they steer clear of scams, and help navigate them through the solution th...
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  Using Quotes to Achieve Success in Business, Investment, Residential and Commercial Real Estate – Part V   By: Robert J. Pliska, CRE, CPA   Investment, residential and commercial real estate and business in general has been trying in the last few years. An area that may help you as a real estate owner, investor and/or broker/advisor is to improve your attitude and your mental psych as we progress to the road to recovery.  A way to do this is to latch on to a few quotes that you feel appropriate to keep your enthusiasm up, provide momentum to get through a crisis, add a little humor to a difficult situation, use to close the next deal, provide impetus for a good return on your investment and any other way you see appropriate.  This has helped many as investment and commercial real esta...
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