battle creek: What Type of Battle Creek Home Do You Want to buy? - 03/20/11 06:19 PM
Living in Battle Creek, Michigan and working in the community as a Realtor has me in a position to help many people become homeowners right here in town.  When one begins to look for a home, it is important to narrow down the details of what they want to look at.  Otherwise, one could spend their time looking at homes that do not appeal to needs or interests. 
"What type of Battle Creek home do you want to buy?" is usually one of my early questions to new clients.  Narrowing down the criteria they want is important to narrowing the search. 
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battle creek: Common Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Home - 03/12/11 10:42 AM
When buying a home there are some common mistakes to avoid.  I put together a video on this the other day to help prospective buyers on this. 
The first ‘common mistake to avoid when buying a home' that I cover is the mistake I see new first time home buyers make once they are pre-approved for a loan.  They get pre-approved for up to a certain dollar amount by a lender for an FHA program for example.  Let's assume they are approved for up to $75,000, which is a moderate priced home in the Battle Creek market where I am a … (1 comments)

battle creek: Fresh Brown Eggs - 02/28/11 08:05 AM
I came across this sign while looking at a house for a client.  The homeowners have seven acres close just a little North of downtown Battle Creek, and they of course have a hen house where they sell eggs.  I unfortunately did not have time to inquire if I could buy some eggs when I visited, as I was pressed for time. 
However, my wife has her connections locally with another chicken farmer and we have fresh eggs all the time.  There is a distinctive difference between the fresh organic eggs from a local farm, and the processed ones you buy … (8 comments)

battle creek: Buying a Foreclosed Home in the Battle Creek Market Area - 02/27/11 10:54 PM
If you are interested in buying a foreclosed home in the Battle Creek area, there are certain points about the negotiating process you should become familiar with.  Despite the importance of being organized, as I have stressed in my other blog posts, such as this one on 'Basic Steps to Buying a Foreclosure'.
It is also vital to understand the behind the scenes process that a bank or mortgage company goes through before the house is listed for sale. 
Banks and mortgage companies, the large ones like Bank of America, Chase and Wells Fargo typically hire a third party Service Company … (0 comments)

battle creek: Donkey following in the snow... - 02/18/11 03:57 PM
I took this photo last week before the weather warmed up and finally melted all the snow.  I kind of thought this was an interesting set of monuments on this ladies front yard.  It kind of reminded me of Sancho Panza in the story of Don Quixote.  I thought I would pass this along to share with my friends on Active Rain.  Nothing stops a donkey from following in the snow, even in deep snow!

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battle creek: Buy a Home in Battle Creek, Michigan - 02/14/11 11:18 AM
If you are looking to buy a home in Battle Creek, Michigan or anywhere in Southwest Michigan there is a lot of great opportunity right now for first time home buyers.  Despite what you hear in the media about the ‘housing crisis' there is still a lot of good news that seldom gets the spot light shined on it. 
If you made it your New Year's goal to buy a home in Battle Creek, Michigan or elsewhere, then you should be excited about the times we live in.  Home values have not been this low in many decades, and interest rates … (1 comments)

battle creek: Snowy Winter Creek in Battle Creek, Michigan - 02/08/11 10:03 AM
I was showing a house back in December, and my clients were late in arriving.  The house was quite special, and although it was close to the city, it had a unique private setting.  The owners had built a new deck in the back which overlooked a private creek that has this wonderful winding effect through the woods.  I thought the snow on the ground and leaves off the trees gave it a great highlight, so I took several photos.  This one is my favorite.  I hope you enjoy it.

If you are looking for Southwest Michigan Real Estate, give … (5 comments)

battle creek: Winter picture window... - 02/05/11 10:19 AM
I was at a house a few weeks ago that I have under contract for some buyers.  I was meeting with the home inspector and pest inspector for my clients, who were at work.  I had some time to sit down and catch up on some work while I waited for them to get done with their inspections. 
It was a wintery and snowing day, and I took this photo from the dining room table as I thought it just looked so compelling.  This house seemed to almost be designed for showcasing the beauty of nature outside.  I hope you enjoy … (10 comments)

battle creek: Have a Giraffey Day, Even if it is Cold and Snowy! - 01/31/11 10:46 AM
As we are in the middle of winter here in Michigan, I along with many others find us at this point at the end of January longing for spring.  In Battle Creek we have the Binder Park Zoo, where it has a wonderful Giraffe exhibition. 
During the cold winter months, the Giraffes are moved indoors, and are well cared for.  I thought that today I would share a few photos here of the Giraffes, as a reminder of warmer weather to come.  These were photos I took last year when visiting the Binder Park Zoo. 
Right now I have a listing in the … (4 comments)

battle creek: Battle Creek Revolution Hockey - 01/30/11 08:32 PM
The Battle Creek Revolution hockey team offers some exciting entertainment for an evening, if you enjoy watching fast action sports.  They play in downtown at the ice rink, also known as ‘Revolution Arena'.  They draw a regular following of fans from around the area, and one learns that if you are going to go that you arrive early to enjoy the pre-game warm-up. 
The Battle Creek Revolution hockey team is part of the All-American Hockey League, which is single ‘A' professional hockey.  The league is a small one, consisting of a total of six teams right now.  The Battle Creek Revolution's … (2 comments)

battle creek: Addington Hills Cafe' in Battle Creek, Michigan is a Wonderful Dining Experience - 01/16/11 10:00 PM
Addington Hills Cafe' in Battle Creek, Michigan is a wonderful dining experience.  This regionally popular restaurant located right here in Battle Creek, Michigan opened in 1999 offering breakfast and luncheon in a warm Mediterranean setting, with catering services also available. 
In 2008, as Addington Hills grew in popularity, coupled with customer requests, they expanded hours and opened for dinner Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. 
Addington Hills Cafe' has evolved with the same private owners to become a popular destination spot for diners all over the region.  It combines the concept of bringing flowers, food, and wine together in one venue. Along … (2 comments)

battle creek: Winter Gatherers... - 01/10/11 03:50 PM
Last week we experienced several days in a row of steady snowfall here in Southwest Michigan.  I have a window at the top of the stairs at home that overlooks the backyard, and I occasionally look outside and look at the weather conditions. 
Last week, I grabbed my camera and began taking photos of all the activity in my yard from the winter gatherers.  Squirrels and birds were bounding all over the yard, apparently gathering last minute provisions.  Within a few moments I spotted blue jays, cardinals, a red-headed wood pecker, and several other birds all over the yard and in … (9 comments)

battle creek: 2011 President of the Battle Creek Area Association of REALTORS® - 01/04/11 03:01 PM
Well the New Year is here, and thus begins my terms as the 2011 President of the Battle Creek Area Association of REALTORS®. 
I have searched the Association of Realtors as a volunteer since 2006, working the time in around my business as a full time Realtor in Battle Creek.  I have been the chairman of the Professional Development Committee for the past four years, which directs the education programs offered by the board for the membership. 
In this role, I was able to expand the continuing education benefits for our membership, and encourage members to further their education as professionals. I … (2 comments)

battle creek: Horrocks Market in Battle Creek - 12/12/10 11:02 PM
Horrocks Market in Battle Creek is a unique and original privately owned grocery store near downtown.  It is really more of a Farmers Market with an urban eclectic twist.  The store has grown over the years, and the owners are constantly experimenting with new ideas to make it a consumer buying destination in the area. 
Horrocks Market in Battle Creek is more than just a grocery store where you can get freshly made bread, fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese, and many other items in their fantastic stock of fresh foods.  Nor is it about their fabulous collection of wine, candy and … (3 comments)

battle creek: Snow Falling in Battle Creek, Michigan - 12/08/10 05:30 PM
Snow falling in Battle Creek, Michigan is something that we who live here come to expect.  It is now December 2010, and although we have been somewhat pardoned this season from having snow until now, it is kind of hard to get into the holiday spirit when there is none of the white stuff coming down or on the ground.
Snow falling in Battle Creek, Michigan brings about a natural cleanliness to the landscape, and an ambience that is peaceful to behold.  Sure, it is a time that we dig out winter coats from the back of the closet, and scramble … (0 comments)

battle creek: Buying Your First Home in Battle Creek, Michigan - 12/05/10 02:40 PM
If you live in the Calhoun County area, you may be considering buying your first home in Battle Creek, Michigan.  The times we are in offer a great opportunity for first time home buyers and the opportunities for buying your first home in Battle Creek could never be better. 
Today, few home buyers have the cash savings to buy a home outright, so most need to explore getting approved for a loan to purchase a home.  There are three basic first time home buyer loan programs that I usually recommend for buying your first home in Battle Creek. 
First, if you … (0 comments)

battle creek: Interesting Statistics on International Investors - 12/02/10 12:14 PM
Foreign buyers who understand the value of U.S. homeownership are taking advantage of the opportunities in today's housing market. The National Association of REALTORS® 2010 Profile of International Home Buying Activity survey revealed that international interest in U.S. real estate is currently driven by the strength of the dollar, the value and desirability of U.S. real estate and the emerging economic recovery.
Foreign buyers are estimated to have purchased $66 billion in U.S. property over the past year, which represents 7 percent of the total residential market. Twenty-eight percent of Realtors® reported working with at least one international client in the … (2 comments)

battle creek: The Real Value of Home Ownership - 11/30/10 09:25 PM
The real value of homeownership is sometimes lost in all the media these days. The truth is that homeownership isn’t for everyone. However, for those ready to take on the responsibility, the desire to purchase a house goes much deeper than a dollars-and-cents analysis.
Understandably, job security is in the forefront of concerns for many Americans and renting provides relocation flexibility, but most people don’t want to uproot their families and disrupt established friendships by leaving the community they call home.
In fact, the typical recent home buyer moved only 19 miles from his or her previous home. According to the … (1 comments)

battle creek: A Home for the Holidays - 11/28/10 11:59 AM
While the winter months are often considered perfect for spending time with loved ones, they could also be an excellent time to buy a home. You can get yourself a home for the holidays.
There is a general perception that real estate activity typically slows down a bit during colder months. Many people don't find the idea of house hunting in the cold very appealing. Also, many families are focused on the school year and their holiday shopping - which tends not to include shopping for a house. This reduced competition can work to a buyer's advantage.
With fewer people searching … (6 comments)

battle creek: A Qualified Buyer in Winter is Generally a Very Serious Buyer - 11/25/10 04:24 PM
A qualified buyer in winter is generally a very serious buyer.  If you live in Michigan, and are considering placing your home on the market, do not buy into the old saw that you should wait until spring to place your home on the market.  Too many sellers hold off for this, thinking that there are fewer buyers, and they might have more ‘luck' when the weather gets warmer. 
I have found the opposite philosophy to be true.  The reason you should consider placing your home on the market during the heavy winter months of December, January, February and March is … (50 comments)

 
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