Oakland County, MI Real Estate News

By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
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Big Lakes in West Bloomfield TownshipHere is a list of the best lakes in West Bloomfield Township.  Many lake home buyers consider big lakes to be the best.  I will not get into the argument whether a bigger lake is better.  I am going to list the 6 biggest lakes in the township.  Save thousands and thousands of dollars when selling your home.  I have some of the lowest home selling commissions.  Why pay full commission to a real estate agent and give away your hard earned money.  Are you willing  to over pay for selling your home?  Give me a text or call today 248-310-6239 to see how much your home is worth and how much you can keep in your pocket. Cass Lake in West Bloomfield MICass Lake is one of the largest lakes in South east Michigan.  It is Oakland County's largest lake at 1280 a...
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
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If you are considering a move to Metro Detroit Oakland County  is most likely going to be one of the counties you are going to consider.  Whether you are considering the city of Birmingham, or the City of Milford there are many great cities to choose from.  You need a really good real estate agent that knows the local communities and local real estate.  When you visit Oakland County, you'll quickly understand why it consistently ranks among the top counties in the United States for quality of life, business success, and educational advancement. As of the 2020 Census, its population was 1,253,185, making it the second-most populous county in Michigan, behind neighboring Wayne County. The county seat is Pontiac.There are more than 208,000 school-aged children (children aged 6-17) living i...
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
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5 top lakes in Commerce Township MIToday I am just going to touch on the bigger all sports lakes in Commerce.  Two of the lakes I am going to talk about are in two different cities.  Both Union Lake and Middle Straits Lake lie mostly in West Bloomfield Township but the western tips lie in Commerce Township.  Three of the lakes in Commerce Twp that we are going to talk about today are private lakes.  Again the two public lakes are Union Lake and Middle Straits Lake.   Why pay too much to some real estate agent?  When you sell your home..... keep more of your money and your homes profits by hiring a great realtor with a low commission rate.  Save thousands and thousands of dollars on your real estate commission.  Call Russ today to see how much you can save when listing your home  248-310...
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
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Crime and safety is a big issue for Michigan relocation buyers when they come to look at homes in Metro Detroit.  It does not matter if they live in Michigan already or if they are coming to metro Detroit because of a job offer.  Most home buyers want to live in a town that does not have a lot of crime.  Did you know if you live in a town that has higher crime rate you are going to pay more for car and home owners insurance.  Sometimes for the money you pay extra for insurance in a high crime area you can live in a lower crime area.Here are 6 safe cities in Oakland County MI.  Oakland County is northern suburb of Metro Detroit.  It lies directly north and northwest of downtown Detroit.6 safe cities in suburbs of Detroit Commerce MI West Bloomfield Michigan Royal Oak MI Wixom Michigan Mi...
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
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I am just going to talk about four really good cities in central Oakland County.  Are they the absolute best of the best....not really but they are very good cities to live in.  They are cities that have low crime, good schools, and overall are nice places to live.The 4 best cities I am going to touch on are  Clarkston Highland Milford White Lake   All of these towns are relatively close to each other.  Clarkston MI what is it likeClarkston is one of those communities that many home buyers would want to live in if they could afford it.  What I mean by that is the real estate values are strong.  It is not a run down community, or a community that will have bargain basement home prices.  I would call it one of Metro Detroit's stronger, more desirable communities.The charm of the downtown ...
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
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Waterford is located in Oakland County just west of the City of Pontiac.  Waterford Township is what I would call a middle class community that has both blue collar and white collar workers in it.  Waterford has many starter homes.  You will find hundreds of ranch homes and bungalows that are less than 1200 square feet.  The homes in Waterford Township are usually reasonably priced compared to the Clarkston or West Bloomfield.  The schools are better in Clarkston and West Bloomfield.  Crime is also just a little higher in Waterford.Waterford is in Oakland County, Michigan. It is a popular city that has a population of about 72,000 residents. This city is known as the Lakeland Paradise, because of the 34 lakes it has to offer its residents, businesses and visitors.  There are many beaut...
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
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Here is the latest installment of Russ Ravary's home selling tips on the pro's and con's of putting a lockbox on your home when you list it.  I have strong opinions on this because I believe you are making a huge mistake if you do not put a lockbox on the house.   When selling your home whether it is in Sylvan Lake home, Commerce, or Canton your real estate agent is going to ask you whether you we are going to put a lock box on your home.  My first reaction as your real estate agent is......Yes, you do have to use a lock box when selling your  home!A lock box makes the whole process of selling your Oakland or Wayne County home easier.  A lock box is a basically a padlock with a cavity inside where a key to your home can be placed. My office gives out the combination after they talk to y...
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
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Maceday Lake Homes Waterford MIYou will find just about any type of home you want on Maceday Lake.  There are some small lake cottages/ lake homes that were built during the 1920 -1960's.  They are typical of so many Oakland County Lake homes that were built during that area.  Small bedrooms, small kitchen, one bathroom, and a  small living room.  Usually the kitchen is furthest away from the lake and the bedrooms on the side.  Back in those days most of them were built on crawl spaces or on a slab.  Many times they never built a garage because it was just a weekend getaway place.Ranch style homes on the lake range from 900 square feet to over 3200 square feet. Some of the older ranches and bungalows date back to the 1920's. Colonials and contemporary style homes range from 1800 square ...
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
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West Bloomfield Michigan relocation relocating to West Bloomfield Michigan because you want to be close to family?  Or you may be considering moving to West Bloomfield Township because of a job transfer?  In my websites I try to give you more information about the community than the average info on the internet.  I want to give you the local flavor of what West Bloomfield is like.  As a local Metro Detroit Realtor I hope to give you a little more about your West Bloomfield relocation.  West Bloomfield Township is a charter township in Oakland County, Michigan.  If you do not know yet Oakland County is metro Detroit's wealthiest county.  West Bloomfield is what I would call a prestigious city.  Home buyers want to live there.  West Bloomfield Township has a population of 64,690. It is lo...
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
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Are you looking for a Michigan realtor that is a lake specialist?  A real estate agent that really knows the local lakes and can tell you which lakes to look at?  Sometimes a lake has different sections with different homes on it.  A good real estate agent that specializes in lake homes and have a big knowledge of SE Michigan Lakes.A good real estate agent that knows about the local lakes in Oakland, Livingston, Wayne, Genessee, and Washtenaw Counties is worth their weight in gold.  You have come to the right place if you need information about the lake.  I have three indepth lake websites that explain all about the lakes and the waterfront homes on them.  The three lake websites are http://www.michiganlakerealestatehomes.com and http://www.oaklandcountylakefronthomesmi.com and http://w...
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
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Sometimes one of the biggest concerns for lake home buyers is the drive to work and the closeness of all the stores, doctors, banks, dentists that they need.  What is nice about Clarkston area lakes is that I-75 and M-24 are nearby.  So you have easy access to get about any where.  Clarkston Lakes are near to the I-75 corridor and make an easy ride to work whether you are going to downtown Detroit or to Auburn Hills or Troy.  When I talk about Clarkston Lake or Clarkston area lake you have to understand is that many people consider Independence Township Lakes and Springfield Township Lakes are sometimes spoken as "Clarkston".  They may not be in Clarkston proper but their mailing address may be Clarkston or people may just refer to the area as Clarkston. Clarkston Lakes Here are 19 of ...
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
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If you have thought about looking at Commerce homes for sale but you do not know what the community is really like?  Commerce Township has no large shopping area or centralized downtown area.  It has no historic two or three block area with little stores.  There are not a lot of stores right in Commerce except on it's eastern edge. There is lots of stores between M-5 and Haggerty Road which is the east edge of the community.  However Novi's large shopping area at 12 Oaks Mall and the surrounding shopping areas is just a short ride away.  In less than 10 minutes you will find everything you need there.  Of course Commerce MI has stores, banks, restaurants scattered throughout the city.  You will find restaurants, gyms, large chain stores along Haggerty Rd.  You will also find all the dif...
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
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I get the question of should I do a radon test when I am doing a home inspection quite often.  I believe that you should do the test for radon if you can afford it.  One in eight homes have radon.  You can get cancer from radon gas.  Would you expose your children or your family to something that would cause cancer?  Of course not.  That is why I recommend to get a radon test done.  It is like an insurance policy.  Costly but worth the cost if the house has radon.    More Michigan home buyer tipsI will explain what is radon and radon gas? Radon is a gas that is produced by the natural decay of radium. Radium is found in race amounts of places in areas around Metro Detroit, as well as in Oakland County, Livingston County, and Wayne County.  Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. You ...
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
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Moving to Milford MI Are you looking to move to Milford for a job and wondering what Milford Michigan is like? (maybe you are getting a job at GM's proving ground).  Milford is a great community to live in.  Milford is in southwestern Oakland County and is one of the best places to live in Michigan. Niche gives it an A grade and ranks Milford as the 43rd best city in Michigan to live.  Living in Milford offers residents a great downtown area.  Milford has a quaint, friendly feel. You can spend an afternoon just walking through town and visiting the various shops.  Or you spend time with your family in Central Park which has a great playscape for young kids and some beautiful views of the Huron River which meanders through town.  Many families, retirees, and young professionals live in M...
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
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FHA LoansDid somebody tell you should look into getting a FHA loan when buying a Metro Detroit home.  FHA loans are a great way to go if you have mediocre credit, or do not have much money, or have a little too much debt.  You may have too much debt because of student loans, or car payments.  A FHA loan has a higher debt limit. So how does a FHA loan work? Here is an quick explanation of what an FHA loan is for when you buy your first  home whether it is a Milford home, Royal Oak home, or a home in Livonia. As a metro Detroit realtor I like to explain things and write about things about Metro Detroit real estate, our local lakes, and mortgages to help people out.  I am one of those people that believe we should make the world a little better place one small step at a time.  Many people ...
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
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Bald Eagle Lake homes are mainly in the 700 square foot range to 2500 square foot range.  Like so many of Oakland County Lakes.  There are two homes on the lake that are 3100 and 3200 square foot in size.  There are still homes that are converted over cottages for years gone by.  Many of the smaller ranch homes were built during the years of 1920 to the 1960.  The bigger homes were built from the 1950's to the current times.  Of course some of these lake houses have been added onto, and remodeled over the years. If you are looking to sell a home give me a call because you will save thousands and thousands of dollars with my low, low real estate commissions.  Not only will you keep more money in your pocket but you will get one of the best lake realtors that gets homes sold with his agre...
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
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Pine Lake homes for sale West Bloomfield Michigan If you are looking for a great waterfront home on a lake in a nice community with low crime and good schools the you may want to consider Pine Lake in West Bloomfield MI.  It is right off Orchard Lake Road close to Telegraph Road.  From Telegraph you can get to I-75 or I-696.  It is what many lake home buyers would consider a "prestigious lakes".  Lake homes are going to be more expensive because Pine Lake and West Bloomfield are a desirable lake in a high demographic city with good schools.  Note: there is one section of the lake which is Pontiac schools and homes on that side go for a little less.Pine Lake has a marina on the lake and they even have a ski/wake board school that teaches on the lake.  Pine Lake West Bloomfield All sports...
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By Robert Harrell - Realtor®
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A significant number of people are choosing condo living, but is condo living worth it for empty nesters? When the kids leave the nest, many parents contemplate downsizing their living space or carrying on with the burden of maintaining their large house.Living in a condo is worth it for empty nesters as it provides them many advantages for an empty nester. Condo living means new opportunities for empty nesters as they move forward to their next stage in life. It can mean renewed independence, less home maintenance, and more personal time.There are certainly pros to choosing a condominium over other types of residential properties. While a change in living conditions scares most people, this may open the possibilities to new experiences. If you still need convincing, then read on for th...
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
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How To Stage Your Michigan home for top dollar Knowing how to Stage your Michigan home to sell is easy if you follow these steps.   First thing I have to say that these staging tips are good for any city, any home.  It doesn't matter whether it is a Commerce Twp home for sale, or a Royal Oak home for sale, or a lake house for sale.  Staging your home is a smart thing to do.  Staging a home isn’t that hard or that costly if you are smart.   Sometimes little items that are inexpensive make a big difference The money you invest in staging your Michigan home will bring you a better return when you sell your home.  It will also help you sell your Michigan home quicker.  Your home is better than a West Bloomfield foreclosure and we are going to get a better price for your home if we stage it....
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
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Who are the best West Bloomfield real estate agents?  You want a realtor that is full time.  Nothing worse than trying to reach your agent and they can't answer because they aren't allowed to answer the phone at work.  Or they do it so little that they don't keep up with the paperwork or answer the phone all the time.  Having a West Bloomfield real estate agent that is full time will help you because they are going to be focused on your home purchase or sale.  They will at least will be responding to you, watching your file, and your home.  If you are moving to West Bloomfield then you want a top West Bloomfield real estate agent. How do you tell a which real estate agent in West Bloomfield is a good agent from a bad one?  There are many factors that determines what is a good agent.  It...
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