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    Thursday, January 25, 2018   /   by Paul Wolfert

    5 Inspections to Make Before You List Your Home

    By: Paul Wolfert - "The Move-Up Expert"

    When you're getting ready to sell your home, you want to make sure you can get top dollar for it. Because who wants to get "bottom dollar" for anything? Not me.

    You’ve probably cleaned everything multiple times, you’ve cleared out extra junk, and you may have even staged the place so that it looks "picture perfect".

    So are you ready? Not quite.

    Before you list your home, there are a couple of inspections that you need to make sure you do.

    Have the Roof Checked

    An inspection of the roof should also include an assessment of the attic. If repairs are necessary, you want to get that done before anyone comes to look at it. Having a newly repaired roof or attic can actually be a selling point for your home if you get it done beforehand. If you have to repair it while your home is listed or while you are under contract, that may do some damage to the amount of money that you can get on the sale.

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    Friday, December 8, 2017   /   by Paul Wolfert

    Someone's mad at me for not being "salesy" enough.

    Well, I did it. I’ve made someone mad because I’m not “salesy”.

    Recently, I sent out an email about a bunch of animals living alone in a Central Park apartment because I thought it was humorous & worth sharing. Who out there got it?

    Most people thought it was funny, one did not.

    This guy was MAD that I would send a non-sales related email and had to let me know.

    Check out the video and share your thoughts.

    If you'd like to read along, here's the email and response:

    Subject: Pet Apartment

    I just read that somewhere on Central Park West, three parrots, a feral cat, and a Russian tortoise are living it up in a 650-foot studio (on their own.) What would you say if you went to welcome your new neighbors and found these unusual roommates living it up instead?
    I hope you’re happy with your current neighbors! If not, I'm happy to help.



    Paul -
    Let m ...

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    Monday, June 5, 2017   /   by Paul Wolfert

    8 Ways to Boost your Michigan Home Resale Value

    By: Paul Wolfert - "The Move-Up Expert"

    From time to time it can be fun to scour the latest “Top Ten” lists of cost-conscious ways to increase the value of your Michigan home.
    Some make more sense than others. Upgrading bathroom vanity cabinets appears on some of the house value lists, for instance—but those lists were probably whipped together in a hurry since the return on investment is admitted to be 66%. When an investment returns two-thirds of its cost, it’s hardly competitive. For Michigan homeowners preparing to sell, vanity cabinets don’t belong on the action list.
    The best idea lists are the ones which show ROI: the return on investment. Here’s a new compilation, offered purely as food for thought (since the “return” number for any individual case can’t actually be verified)—

    Yard improvement, AKA Landscaping. Return on investment registers at a hefty 303% according to the NAR® (and even 400%, per Th ...

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    Wednesday, May 31, 2017   /   by Paul Wolfert

    Inertia & Clutter (and Selling Your Michigan House)

    By: Paul Wolfert

    Selling your Michigan house is a lot easier when you have an experienced professional relieving you of the lion’s share of the work. I spend full time dealing with the ins and outs of marketing, dealing with qualified prospective buyers, and making sure the Michigan technical requirements are met to the letter. That means that the lion’s share of what you need to deal with are the finishing touches of showings and open house presentations.
    But long before any marketing can get under way; before an eye-pleasing Michigan listing can be created—and even before a final choice the right Realtor® is made—two formidable opponents have to be met and conquered. Taken individually, neither is nearly as imposing as when they team up. But when they work together, they can stall the initiation of any Michigan house selling initiative for months—even years. Unfortunately, they’re always hanging around the house, waiting to cause trouble. ...

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    Monday, May 15, 2017   /   by Paul Wolfert

    SLAM Method for Comparing Houses for Sale in Michigan

    By: Paul Wolfert

    I call it SLAM: an easy to remember abbreviation that can help any of my Michigan house hunters quickly rip through listed houses for sale. Any house that scores high in each area is investigated on a deeper level (we go check it out with our eyeballs).
    The four parts of the SLAM list:
    Schools. The eventual resale value of a candidate property isn’t usually given much consideration early on—but should be. A major issue when it comes to resale is the neighborhood’s school district rating. Schools head the SLAM list because—especially for those who don’t have school-aged children—the quality of a property’s school district is easy to overlook. It can also be an indicator of other community quality issues.
    Location. It’s the key element that can’t be adjusted, improved upon, or glossed over—and it’s the reason why “location location location” is the cliché that won’t go away ...

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