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The Enormous Divide Between the Headline and the Truth

Great time to buy or sell a home in Greater Lansing, Michigan
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!

Great time to buy or sell a home in Greater Lansing, Michigan
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

Great time to buy or sell a home in Greater Lansing, Michigan
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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4 Reasons to Buy a Home in the Spring in Greater Lansing, Michigan

Great time to buy or sell a home in Greater Lansing, Michigan
Posted by Mike Bowler on March 11, 2019 in   Michigan  Buying a Home  Greater Lansing  Real Estate Update
Spring has sprung, and it’s a great time to buy a home! Here are four reasons to consider buying today instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest U.S. Home Price Insights reports that home prices have appreciated by 4.4% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 4.6% over the next year. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense. 2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Project... read more
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3 Tips for Making Your Dream of Buying A Home Come True [INFOGRAPHIC]

Great time to buy or sell a home in Greater Lansing, Michigan
Posted by Mike Bowler on February 22, 2019 in   Michigan  Buying a Home  Greater Lansing
3 Tips for Making Your Dream of Buying A Home Come True [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: Setting up an automatic savings plan that saves a small amount of every check is one of the best ways to save without thinking too much about it. Living within a budget right now will help you save money for down payments while also paying down other debts that might be holding you back. What are you willing to cut back on to make your dreams of homeownership a reality? ... read more
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