Thursday, February 22, 2018 / by Paul Wolfert
By: Paul Wolfert - "The Move-Up Expert"
Many older homes have lower values when they go up for sale because they have outdated materials and a design that is no longer contemporary.
Fortunately, there are many different ways to boost the resale value of any property and attract buyers. If you want to improve the quality and the appeal of your house, here are a few tips to follow.
Allow for More Light
Dim and dark interior settings can feel depressing and can reduce the value of older homes. Allow more light in by installing a skylight or a sun tube, which will use less energy and will create a well-lit environment. Sun tubes are popular options because they're affordable to install and can be used in smaller areas of the building.
You can also install sheer curtains on the window and remove blackout curtains to prevent natural light from being blocked during the day.
Install New Cabinetry
The cabinets are one of the most important features throughout the home an. ...
Monday, May 15, 2017 / by Paul Wolfert
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. ...
Monday, March 13, 2017 / by Paul Wolfert
By: Paul Wolfert
SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY! marked the annual “spring forward” sleep-robbing occasion: the switch to this year’s Daylight Savings Time.
“Springing forward” may sound like a spirited, energetic exercise, but for Michiganders like me who do our best to keep regular hours, this week it will probably produce, at a minimum, an extra yawn or two. Especially from my kids.
If it sounds as if I’m a bit grouchy about the whole thing, it’s only partially true. I hardly missed the hour between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Sunday.
Intellectually, I know that the hour is actually in the bank: come fall, everyone in Michigan will get the hour back. Without interest, though.
Despite the Daylight Savings enthusiasts’ objections, the way the Earth and Sun naturally cooperate with each other seems perfectly satisfactory. The gradual lengthening of daylight proceeds slowly enough to give everyone in Michigan ample time to adapt without ...
Monday, March 6, 2017 / by Paul Wolfert
By: Paul Wolfert
Checking the calendar, spring won’t officially kick off until March 20 when the celestial equinox happens. Whatever that means.
That same Monday will also officially signal the start of Oakland and Wayne County’s annual real estate “hot” selling season. I DO know what that means.
And although the Tigers first pitch won’t be hurled until a few more weeks have passed, March 20 will also line up with what starts now—which I designate as the kickoff to Michigan’s Deck-Ponder Season (DPS).
Deck-Ponder Season is that time when Michigan homeowners (and even some renters) take a look outside and begin weighing alternative strategies for dealing with the backyard deck.
This is a period every year that is universally observed by Michigan homeowners with only TWO exceptions—
Exception One: No deck. This is for those who skip the whole DPS because they don’t have a deck to ponder at all.
Exception Two: F ...
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 / by Paul Wolfert
By: Paul Wolfert
Without even knowing it... many buyers nearly develop a split personality when it comes to purchasing a home. Totally Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde style.
In the beginning, as they hunt for their ideal place, buyers usually take on a super active role.
And you should.
You are the customer, you should expect to be in total command of the house hunting process….Crafting your unique wish list “must haves” filled with whatever your imagination comes up with.
You want trap doors and a slide to the kitchen from your closet? You got it. I’m on it.
But then a split can develop.
The active, in-charge commander often does an about-face when it comes to the nuts and bolts of the next step: securing the mortgage.
Upon entering the weird and mysterious realm home loans, the formerly active, energetic house hunter turns passive, hoping for approval with fingers crossed.
It’s like venturing into Oz. Who know’s what&r; ...