Mike Bowler blog

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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Your Home’s Spring Maintenance Checklist [INFOGRAPHIC] for Greater Lansing, Michigan

Great time to buy or sell a home in Greater Lansing, Michigan
Posted by Mike Bowler on April 05, 2019 in  Home Improvement
Some Highlights: Every spring, your home needs some extra TLC! Whether you plan on selling your home this spring or not, conducting this maintenance will help ensure your home functions well for the rest of the year. 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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Why Pet-Friendly Homes Are in High Demand

Great time to buy or sell a home in Greater Lansing, Michigan
Posted by Mike Bowler on April 09, 2019 in  Homeownership  Selling a Home
One of the many benefits of owning your own home is the freedom to find your ‘furever’ friend. By pointing out the aspects of your home that make it ‘pet-friendly’in your listing, you’ll attract these buyers, rather than alienating the 68% of American households that have a pet! If you are one of the many homeowners looking to list your home for sale, how do you stand out to the millions of pet parents searching for their dream home? Whether a dog person, a cat person... read more
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Why Homeownership Matters Now More Than Ever in Greater Lansing, Michigan

Discover the difference in net worth between homeowners and renters
Posted by Mike Bowler on February 13, 2019 in  Buying a Home  Home-Selling Tips  Homeowner Tips  Real Estate Update
Study after study shows that no matter what generation Americans belong to, the vast majority believe that homeownership is an important part of their American Dream. The benefits of homeownership can be broken into two main categories: financial and non-financial (often referred to as emotional or social reasons.) For Americans approaching retirement age, one of the greatest benefits to homeownership is the added net worth they have been able to achieve simply by paying their mortgage! The Joint Center for... read more
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Why A Normal Market is Just What We Need in Greater Lansing, Michigan Area

The real elephant in the room here is housing supply.
Posted by Mike Bowler on February 20, 2019 in  Buying a Home  Real Estate Update  Selling a Home
The housing market has been hot for a while now. Homes have been flying off the shelves as fast as they have been listed. Buyers have been competing in bidding wars just to find a home to buy, let alone find their dream home. This ‘seller’s market’ has driven home prices to new heights. Home price appreciation averaged over 6% across the country. However, home price growth has recently started to cool down. The latest report from CoreLogic shows that home prices ha... read more
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