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The Enormous Divide Between the Headline and the Truth

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Posted by Mike Bowler on March 26, 2019 in  Greater Lansing  Real Estate Update
“I have observed that not the man who hopes when others despair, but the man who despairs when others hope, is admired by a large class of persons as a sage.” - John Stuart Mill (1840s) Even back in the mid-1800s, people knew that negative news sells. That is still true today. All forms of media realize that they will get more eyeballs, clicks, likes, and engagement by posting something negative. However, they must realize that negative headlines impact markets. Just last week, the Nation... read more
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Your Tax Refund Is The Key To Homeownership!

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Posted by Mike Bowler on March 25, 2019 in  Buying a Home  Greater Lansing  Homeownership
According to data released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Americans can expect an estimated average refund of $3,143 this year when filing their taxes. This is down slightly from the average refund of $3,436 last year. Tax refunds are often thought of as ‘extra money’ that can be used toward larger goals. For anyone looking to buy a home in 2019, this can be a great jump start toward a down payment! The map below shows the average tax refund Americans r... read more
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Preparing Your Home to Sell This Spring in Greater Lansing, Michigan

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Posted by Mike Bowler on March 22, 2019 in  Greater Lansing  Selling a Home
Some Highlights: When listing your house for sale, your top goal will be to get the home sold for the best price possible! There are many small projects that you can do to ensure this happens! Your real estate agent will have a list of specific suggestions for getting your house ready for market and is a great resource for finding local contractors who can help! ... read more
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Is Your House Priced To Sell Immediately (PTSI)?

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Posted by Mike Bowler on March 21, 2019 in  Home-Selling Tips  Homeowner Tips  Selling a Home
In today’s real estate market, with more houses coming to market every day and eager buyers searching for their dream home, setting the right price for your house is one of the most important things you can do. According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index, home values have risen at over 6% a year over the past two years, but have started to slow to 4.4% over the last 12 months. By this time next year, CoreLogic predicts that home values will be 4.6% higher. With pric... read more
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Do 46 Million Millennials Know They Are Mortgage Ready?

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Posted by Mike Bowler on March 20, 2019 in  Buying a Home  Mortgages
Many have written about the millennial generation and whether or not they, as a whole, believe in homeownership as part of attaining the American Dream. Millennials have taken longer to obtain traditional milestones than the generations before them, such as getting married, having kids, and buying a home. However, that does not mean that they do not still aspire to achieve those things. History shows that people tend to buy their first home around age 30. Nearly 5 million millennials will turn 30 in th... read more
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