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Document Domination: Simplifying the Home Buying and Selling Paperwork Process

Image via PexelsBy Claire WentzThe homebuying and selling process can be an exciting yet daunting experience. One of the most challenging aspects is keeping up with the mountains of paperwork that

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The Small, Unexpected Features That Can Help You Sell Your Fenton Home

By Van BraunThere are a lot of major factors people consider when buying a particular home, like size, location, or, for buyers who have children, the school district. But sometimes, it’s

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Selling Your Brighton Home in 2024? Here’s What You Need to Know

By Van BraunThe real estate market is constantly changing; trying to sell your Brighton home in 2024 could be completely different from the selling experience in 2023.So, the question is, if&

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Thinking About Selling Your Brighton Home in 2024? Here’s Why Now Is a Great Time to Sell

By Van BraunHistorically, spring is the most popular time to sell a home. But 2023 was an extremely challenging year in real estate, and now that the market’s changing, it may be a better

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Why You May Want to Update (And Even Sell) Your Brighton House Now, if You’re a Baby Boomer

By Van BraunIf you’re a Baby Boomer, there’s a good chance you own a house that people in younger generations would love for you to sell, but there’s also a good chance that

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Tips for a Fresh Start in a New City After a Rough Patch

Image: PexelsBy Claire WentzStarting anew in a different city after facing a challenging period can be a transformative journey. It offers a unique opportunity to redefine who you are and rewrite

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Research Shows That Renting Makes People Age Faster Than Those Who Own a Home

By Van BraunAmerican Associates RealtorsIf you’ve ever heard real estate agents promoting the benefits of homeownership over renting, you may have thought they were doing it because they

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10 Things Most Home Sellers Overlook When it Comes to Keeping Their Home “Show Ready”

By Van BraunAccording to a recent study, the average person’s home is only completely clean 11 days per year! It also revealed that the definition of “completely” is a bit

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It’s Important to Get Your Mortgage Pre-approval Updated in Any Real Estate Market, but Especially This One

By Van BraunIf you’ve been searching for a house for any amount of time, you’re probably well aware of how important it is to get a mortgage pre-approval before you even start looking at

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Don’t Let These Misconceptions Prevent You From Buying a Fenton Home

By Van BraunIf you’d like to buy a Fenton home, but feel like it’s just not something you can actually do, there’s two things you should know. One — you’re not alone.

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Frustrated by High Home Prices? Here’s an Underused Solution if You Work From Home…

By Van BraunIf you’ve been hoping to buy a home, you’re probably well aware that prices (and competition) for places to live have both been steep for quite some time in many areas. And

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Choosing Your Home: Starter vs. Forever - What's Right for You?

Photo by UnsplashBy Claire WentzBuying a home is one of the most significant investments you will make in your lifetime. It's more than just purchasing a piece of property, it's about creating a

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Getting Ready to Buy a Fenton Home? These Money Mistakes Could Cost You Your Mortgage

By Van BraunYou were approved for a mortgage. You put in an offer on your dream home, and it was accepted. You’re just weeks (or days!) away from closing.You’re in the clear, right.

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Survey Results: Who You Hang Out with Could Make or Break Whether You Become a Homeowner

By Van BraunBuying a house is never easy for younger generations, no matter what decade it is. Home prices always seem too steep, mortgage rates too high, and their incomes too low to be able to

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The Green Thumb's Guide: Starting and Profiting from Your Small Farm

Image via PexelsBy Claire WentzThe allure of sustainable living and the desire for self-sufficiency have prompted many people to explore the path of small-scale farming. However, turning your farm

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Moving with Your Business: Tips for Starting a New Venture in a New Space

Image via PexelsBy Claire WentzAre you planning to move to a new space where you can run your business or start a new venture? Relocating can be an exciting experience, but it can also be

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Selling Your Home for Top Dollar Starts With a Clean and Organized House

Image via PixabayBy Claire WentzWhen it’s time to sell your home, it’s not enough to simply stick a sign in the front yard. Ask any realtor and they will tell you that it takes hard,

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Some Brighton Homeowners Will Benefit from Other Sellers Going on a So-Called “Strike” This Spring (Are You in a Position to Take Advantage?)

By Van BraunThe spring real estate market isn’t necessarily the best time to sell your house; you can get your Brighton house sold quickly and for top dollar at almost any 

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Have Your Down Payment Saved? Make Sure to Set Some Money Aside for These Closing Costs

By Van BraunSaving for a down payment can be one of the biggest hurdles on the road to homeownership. And once you have that down payment set aside, you might think that you have all the cash you

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The Sneaky Way Renting a Place to Live Is Costing You More Lately

By Van BraunThe price for most basic needs inevitably goes up over time. For instance, a loaf of bread cost a mere nickel decades ago, but now it’s usually going to cost you a few bucks, but

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If You’re Self-Employed, Investing in Fenton Real Estate May Be the Lifeline You Need to Succeed

By Van BraunThere are a lot of reasons for being self-employed, but one of the biggest is to have control over how much money you earn, and ideally to make a lot of it. But there’s not always

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Will the 2023 Spring Real Estate Market Be Different from the Past Few? Buyers & Sellers: Here’s What You Need to Know

By Van BraunIt may not feel or look like spring in many areas yet, but as of Monday March 20th, it’s here! So does that mean the spring real estate market officially begins that day as well?

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3 Things Parents Should Encourage Their Teens & Twenty-Somethings to Do (If You Ever Want Them to Move Out of Your Brighton House)

By Van BraunYears ago it was common for children to move out and get a place of their own right after they turned 18, or maybe around 22 if they went to college. But times (and costs) have certainly

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The Government Just Made Buying Your First Fenton Home More Affordable (And a Few Tips to Make It Even More So)

By Van BraunNo matter how much buying a Fenton house makes sense for your long-term financial well-being, buying your first house can often just seem expensive and totally out of reach. That leads

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Thinking About Buying a Fenton Condo? Consider These Factors First

By Van BraunWhen it comes to buying a Fenton home, there are a variety of properties you could purchase. And that includes condominiums—more commonly known as condos.In the right situation, a

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How Seniors Can Launch Successful House Flipping Businesses

Image via PexelsBy Claire WentzFor help making your best move, contact American Associates REALTORS today!The housing market is booming. CNN reports that prices rose over 20% between 2021 and 2022.

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Home Warranty Guidance for New Homeowners

Photo via PexelsBy Claire WentzDuring the excitement of buying a house, you had to wade through a mountain of paperwork and consider multiple factors over weeks or months. You may have pushed aside

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Here’s How You Can Pull Off a Successful Home Renovation

Image via PexelsBy Claire WentzRenovating your home is a big undertaking. Whether you’re looking to spruce up an outdated kitchen or add an extra bedroom, it’s important to understand

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A Place to Thrive: Upsizing Your Home to Accommodate a Growing Business

By Claire WentzA growing business is a good thing, but when you manage your operations remotely, the home office can’t always keep up with progress. In this case, it can make sense to upsize

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Short Sale vs. Foreclosure: What’s the Difference?

By Van BraunThere are a few different scenarios for homeowners that are struggling to make their mortgage payments or are “underwater” on their homes (and owe more than what it’s

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Full Bath, Three-Quarter Bath, Half Bath: What’s the Difference?

By Van BraunWhen you list your Linden home, it’s important to describe the property accurately—and that includes accurately describing your bathrooms.But while you’ll have no

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Renovating Your Linden Kitchen? Skip These Money-Wasting Renovation Projects

By Van BraunKitchen renovations can be expensive. But while there are some kitchen renovation projects that are worth the money (and will allow you to recoup costs when you sell), other projects?

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If It’s Such a Bad Time to Buy Fenton Real Estate, Why Are the Wealthy Doing It?

By Van BraunAccording to this Housing Wire article, 75% of people recently polled by Fannie Mae felt pessimistic about the real estate market, and that it’s not a good time to buy a.

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Have a Howell Home Inspection Coming Up? Use These Tips to Ensure the Process Goes as Smoothly as Possible

By Van BraunIf you’re selling your Howell home, chances are, the Howell buyers are going to get your home inspected.So, the question is, as a homeowner, what steps can you take to ensure that

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Don’t Give Up on Buying a Brighton Home if You’re a Millennial Renter

By Van BraunAlmost 25% of Millennials (ages 26-41) claim they plan on renting forever according to this Apartment List article. That’s nearly double the amount since they started their

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Homebuyers Should Use This Guide for Negotiating Repairs

Article Written By: Claire WentzBuying a new home is an exciting time, but it can be a frustrating one as well. You might find what you believe is your dream home only to discover that it needs a

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7 Unusual (But Not Unreasonable) Reasons to Sell Your Brighton House

By Van BraunThere are a lot of reasons why you might want to sell your Brighton house. Maybe you want a bigger one. Or perhaps you’d rather downsize to something smaller. Moving closer to work

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Need Help With Your Howell Down Payment? Consider These Unconventional Strategies

By Van BraunHaving a large down payment can make it easier to buy a home. But if your savings account isn’t where you’d like it to be, that doesn’t mean you can’t come up

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Timeless Tips to Sell Your Fenton Condo in Any Market

By Van BraunWhen it comes to real estate, not all sales are created equal—and if you’re planning to sell a Fenton condo, there are tips and tricks you’ll want to use to make the

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7 Things to Avoid When Selling Your Howell House Due to Divorce

By Van BraunConsidering everything you’re thinking, feeling, and dealing with when going through a divorce, one of the last things you want to think about is selling your house. It’s a

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What You Need to Know About Today’s Linden Real Estate Market, According to an Economist

By Van BraunIf you’re planning on buying Linden a home, it’s important to understand what’s going on in the real estate market. But with so much happening, it can be challenging to

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Tips to Spruce Up Your Brighton Backyard on a Budget

By Van BraunSummer is in full swing and that means many people are spending more time enjoying their outdoor space.But if you feel like your Brighton backyard, patio, or deck is lacking, we have

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The Biggest Mistakes Brighton Buyers Make During the Home Buying Process, According to Real Estate Agents

By Van BraunWhen you’re buying a Brighton home, you want to avoid any mistakes—particularly mistakes that could prevent you from successfully purchasing your dream home. And if

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Does the Cooling Market Mean You Can’t Still Get a Historically High Price for Your Fenton House?

By Van BraunIf you’ve been thinking about selling your Fenton house, you’ve probably heard that the market’s cooling off, or “resetting” (as Federal Reserve Chairman,

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Thinking About Buying a Fenton Home but Have Less Than Perfect Credit? Use These Tips to Boost Your Credit Score

By Van BraunThinking about buying a Fenton home, but concerned that your credit score isn’t where it needs to be? Not to worry; there are steps you can take to increase your credit score prior

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The Pros and Cons of Using an Escalation Clause in a Bidding War on a Fenton House

By Van BraunIt doesn’t matter if it’s a sellers’ market or one that’s more in favor of buyers; if a Fenton house is desirable and priced appropriately, the chances are you

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What an Economist Wants You to Know About Today’s Housing Market

By Van BraunThere’s a lot going on in the United States economy, and that can directly influence the housing market.So, what does the current economic climate in the US mean for the Brighton

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Tips for Painting Over Dark Walls

By Van BraunPainting is a project that many homeowners feel comfortable doing themselves. But that sentiment often changes when the project involves getting rid of dark walls and covering them with

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Some of the Scariest—and Most Expensive—Things a Linden Home Inspection Might Uncover

By Van BraunGetting an offer accepted can be an exciting experience. But, in most cases, your Linden home purchase isn’t a done deal just yet; before you close, you’ll need to get

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More Than Half of Homes Sold in April Sold for Above the Listing Price

By Van BraunWe’re in the midst of a huge demand for homes—and that demand translates to sellers fetching higher prices for their Fenton and Linden homes.According to data from real

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Unexpected Expenses to Prepare for When Selling Your House in Howell

By Van BraunAre you preparing to sell your Howell house? Well, hold on a second before counting all that money you intend to make from the sale. It may in fact cost you much more to sell your house

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Selling a Hartland Home in Today’s Market? Don’t Believe Everything You Hear

By Van BraunPeople say a lot of things about selling a home in today’s market. But unfortunately, some of it isn’t true—and buying into those myths can have a negative impact on

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5 Inexpensive Fixes You Should Make Before Selling Your House in Brighton

By Van BraunYou know that before listing and trying to sell your Brighton house, you’ll have to make some fixes and possibly some upgrades. But where do you start and what, exactly should you

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The Ultimate Fenton Home Seller’s Guide. What To Expect, From Start To Finish!

Download Your Copy Of “The Ultimate Home Seller’s Guide” https://van.bestrealestateblog.com/pdf/ultimate-home-sellers-guide/382First and foremost, I’m really looking

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Milford Homeowners Should Have Some “Fear of Missing Out” on This Market

By Van BraunIf you’ve been thinking about selling your Milford house and have been hesitating or simply waiting, you may want to start thinking about how you’ll feel if you miss out on

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