real estate: Electronic Lock Boxes on Short Sales, a Cautionary Tale… - 11/27/12 08:50 PM
A lot of associations around the country use electronic lock boxes.  Some of the national brand names are Supra or Sentry Lock.  They are keyless entry systems which add a measure of security, and control access to Realtors and Appraisers only.  Although in some associations, certain types of licensed home inspectors are also permitted access via electronic lock boxes.
I am not writing about the merits of these boxes, because there are many.  Nor am I writing to discourage anyone from their use.  However, wisdom has taught me over the years about certain types of home to put electronic lockboxes on … (1 comments)

real estate: How Do Drugs Effect Real Estate? - 02/05/12 01:21 AM
I have been taking a strong look at how drugs effect real estate lately.  Of recent, I have made a career change in November and I underwent training as an addiction counselor for a rehabilitation referral company.  I now answer the calls on shifts with the company as sort of part time work around my real estate career.  My role is to help people find treatment centers all over the country, and help them and their families to overcome any obstacle needed to get themselves or a family member into a rehab somewhere.
I think I was looking for some more … (8 comments)

real estate: Vandalism During the Foreclosure Redemption Period - 12/01/11 06:55 PM
One of the topics of debate in Michigan is the ever present problem with vandalism during the six month redemption period.  Legislators at state level, including the Governor have been proposing a shortening of the 6 month redemption period, to speed up the foreclosure process.  Currently the entirety of the foreclosure process can run from between 7 to 12 months, depending on how fast the creditor moves on initiating the process to begin with. 
Some homes have been left vacant for as much as 2 or 3 years with voluminous companies like Bank of America and Chase bank as they process … (4 comments)

real estate: Buying a Home in Today's Market - 10/25/11 09:56 PM
If you are looking at trying to buy a home for the first time, and do not know where to start, I created this video below a few months ago to cover a lot of the basics of getting started. 
If you have poor credit, do not dispair, there are ways to repair it.  It helps to understand the process, and what is expected from lenders, and what you might run into in the home buying process. 
In this video I cover three basic areas that you need to focus on to become qualified for a loan to purchase a home.  … (0 comments)

real estate: Selling on the Sly: The Rise of Video Marketing - 10/17/11 10:47 AM
Selling on the sly could best be described as ‘That method of selling where the prospect does not know he or she is being marketed to, and gets exposed to the product, and perhaps even interested in the product’.  This is perhaps the best concept behind video marketing. 
 
The new rage on the internet is video blogging and the rise of YouTube.  Here is a domain where you can become entertained, see shocking things, and even become educated on subjects you always wanted to know about. 
 
Advertisements pop up and the viewer may or may not respond … (0 comments)

real estate: Lakeside Properties in Battle Creek, Michigan - 10/17/11 10:08 AM
Southwest Michigan has a great deal of beautiful lakes of all sizes.  Lakeside properties in Battle Creek, Michigan offer accessibility to the city along with quiet living.  As an example of two very beautiful lakes, on the Southern end of the Battle Creek area is Sonoma Lake, and on the Northern end in Pennfield is Saint Mary’s lake. 
 
These two lake neighborhoods are good examples of special homes comprising Lakeside properties in Battle Creek, Michigan.  Some homes offer a better view than others, but all tend to focus on living around a lake.  Many have docks, boat houses and … (0 comments)

real estate: Autumn Returns to Michigan - 10/16/11 10:26 PM
It is that time of year again when autumn returns to Michigan.  The crisp cool evenings, and the frequent winds loosen the leaves from the summer hold on the branches simultaneously turning them bright colors of yellow, gold, orange and red in a spectacular display. 
 
Autumn returns to Michigan.  Apple picking time is here, and pumpkins abound in all the stores.  Children ready their costumes for Halloween, and ‘trick or treating’ hoping for a rainless night of candy gathering and fun.  Autumn returns to Michigan. 
 
The neighborhood where my wife and I reside is a popular Halloween … (7 comments)

real estate: A Little Touch of Red as Autumn Eases In - 10/04/11 09:44 AM
All around Southwest Michigan where I live the trees are slowly beginning to turn color, and the other day I was looking out my back window at my greenhouse and took this photo of the beginnings of red on the tree out there.  The color red is just the beginning, and in the coming weeks, autumn will be in spectacular display again with gold, orange and red and all shades in between.  This is a great time of year to take photos if you love outdoor colors. 

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real estate: What a buyer needs to know before they go looking at houses - 09/13/11 10:03 AM
What does a buyer need to know before they go looking at houses?  Being an active Realtor who works with prospective buyers daily, it is a common misunderstanding to mix up the process of buying a house with some other purchase on the marketplace. 
This happens a lot simply because that is the experiencial track that the new homebuyer usually has.  They align the process to what they know: 'buying a car' or 'buying a television', etc.  They often take advice from others in their circle of family or friends that may or may not be accurate. 
The best way to … (2 comments)

real estate: 'Be Scene' On Air - My First Cable TV Appearance in Battle Creek, Michigan - 07/06/11 09:16 AM
Last month I was invited to do a panel interview on a local Cable TV show called 'Be Scene on Air'.  The show is a weekly show on Community Accessvision TV in Battle Creek, Michigan.  The CEO of the Battle Creek Area Association of REALTORS® Kathy Perritt, Bill Hanner, the President-Elect for 2012, and myself as President of the Board in 2011 were invited to the show to talk about the local Real Estate market. 
It was a fun experience, and the first time I had ever done a show of this sort with a panel discussion.  I can tell you it … (8 comments)

real estate: 115 Year Old Grand Opening Flyer Found in Basement - Athens, MI - 06/02/11 09:45 AM
I have been working on a commercial sale of an old bank building in Athens, Michigan for the past few weeks now.  When the buyers and I were examining the building, we went into the basement and I discovered an old flyer pasted to one of the original door frames. 
It promotes a grand opening for the 'Graham & Palmers Store' featuring 'Hardware & Groceries' but the facinating thing is the date of the grand opening: March 10, 1896.  I just had to take a photo of this, as it has probably been down there since someone originally posted it, and … (9 comments)

real estate: Video Contest: My Entry - 'The Best of Both Worlds' - What do you think? - 05/20/11 11:10 AM
My board of Realtors asked me to compete in a video contest put on by one of the Continuing Education companies our board has an account with.  The contest was for a Realtor to put together a promotional video on themselves, and have it be unique and original. 
Three finalists will be chosen on May 31st, and if I am selected, voting will occur through the month of June and the winner chosen.  If I win, I win a cruise plus a Kodak Camera package and my Board of Realtors, having referred me, wins $1000 and a Kodak camera package.
Here is … (12 comments)

real estate: New Changes in HUD Home Sales in Michigan - 05/14/11 11:40 AM
There have been some new changes in HUD home sales in Michigan.  Last October Michaelson, Conner and Boul, commonly referred to as ‘MCB' did not have their contract with HUD renewed.  Instead, two new companies are now managing HUD properties statewide. 
One is BLB Resources, and the other is City Side Corp.  There are differences on how HUD homes are found on the internet now, which make for a much improved change for buyers interested in them. 
All HUD homes for the State of Michigan can be viewed in one central location: www.HUDHomeStore.com.   In fact, you can now search for HUD … (3 comments)

real estate: Intention is What Makes Things Happen. - 05/05/11 10:39 AM
Intention is what makes things happen. There is a huge difference between just ‘doing something’ and intending something to happen. Intention is the driving energy that makes it possible to do the impossible.
As a Realtor, I have to continue to remind myself of this. If I do not intend something to completion, it does not happen, even though I may be doing some of it.
The best arena to see the outcome of intention that I know of is sports. It is easily apparent in the game of contest whether one team or player has intention, and the other doesn’t.
The … (4 comments)

real estate: The Unflinching Stare of Wonderment from... a Cow? - 05/04/11 12:59 PM

Have you ever stopped along side a road where there are cows, and noticed that no matter what they are doing they will stop and look back at you?  Ever marvel at the unflinching stare of wonderment from... a cow? This has been something I have noticed a lot more than with any other domestic animal. 
Recently in my driving around and my desire to collect photos for my future blogs, I pull over on a rural road somewhere and take a photo of cows. 
It occured to me after I had done this a few times that no matter the … (9 comments)

real estate: Battle Creek Area Market Report - 02/03/11 11:31 AM
In an attempt to assist my clients with information on what the state of the current real estate market it in my area; I started a project to create a video series on Battle Creek Area Real Estate market reports. 
Yesterday, I found myself with some unexpected time on my hands due to a snowstorm that came through Michigan, that I created the first chapter in my series. 
This one was kind of informal, and does not go into too much detail on specific aspects of the real estate market, but I intend for future ones to be more subject specific. 
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real estate: How do I find out if I am qualified to buy a home in Battle Creek, Michigan? - 11/13/10 12:44 PM
Many new homebuyers find themselves asking the question "How do I find out if I am qualified to buy a home in Battle Creek?"  Their first impulse is usually cautious one, and they start looking online.  They find a website heavily advertised that presents itself as helping someone get pre-qualified for a loan online.
  As a Realtor in Battle Creek, I would caution any buyer from placing their faith or financial information in the hands of an internet site for the purpose of getting qualified for the largest purchase in their life.  So how do you find out if you … (0 comments)

real estate: Galesburg-Augusta Market Report for 2010 - 11/01/10 11:39 AM
The Galesburg-Augusta area is a school district between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.  Buyers who buy in this school district most often commute to Kalamazoo, Portage or Battle Creek for work.  I thought it might be interesting to look at a Galesburg-Augusta Market Report for 2010, and see how the area home values are doing. 
The first graph I will present here in this Galesburg-Augusta Market Report for 2010 is the average days on the market compared to the average home sale final value versus the listing price.  With the listing price versus final sale value, you can see that the percentage has … (0 comments)

real estate: Michael Delaware, Realtor - 10/10/10 12:02 PM
Michael Delaware, Realtor is my new business page on Facebook.  I recently attended a class held at the Michigan Association of Realtors annual convention and expo that covered starting a business page on Facebook.  My new page can be found at: Facebook.com/MichaelDelawareRealtor.
‘Michael Delaware Realtor' allows me another dimension in social networking and enables me to reach more local clients who know me through Facebook.  I can separate my personal FB page from my business page, where it is okay to post things about Real Estate, trends, recent blog entries, listings, etc.  I like this. 
I have learned a lot of … (2 comments)

real estate: Rural Real Estate in Southwest Michigan - 09/02/10 12:51 PM
Rural Real Estate in Southwest Michigan is perhaps the highest type of property in demand in Barry, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Branch and St. Joseph Counties.  These are all areas that I cover as a Realtor in the area of this part of Michigan. 
What is the appeal you might ask of Rural Real Estate in Southwest Michigan?  Well I think there is a universal appeal for many buyers to get away from the city, in general.  Most of the calls from people looking that I receive along this line are explaining to me they long for quiet and privacy that comes with … (12 comments)

 
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Battle Creek, MI

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