5 Myths About Real Estate

Whether looking to buy or sell a house, entering the real estate market can be intimidating and riddled with misconceptions that can range from how real estate agents work, to how the entire process works whether buying or selling.  What we want to do is help you navigate through the weeds and break down the myths of real estate so you can navigate the process confidently and easily.

How Real Estate Agents Are Paid

This topic seems to be the biggest misconception the public is confused on and the reason being is most people assume that their agent is getting the entire commission, or that they have a salary to fall back on and yes while that would be nice that is very far from the truth.  The agents time and expenses are 100 percent on them, there is no reimbursement for the time and money they have expended, and as far as commission goes the seller is the one who pays their commission and then they split it between the two brokerages and the two agents.

All Agents Are Alike

All agents are not cut from the same cloth, so it is important to do your research and find someone who aligns with what you want, not only in a home price but in a community. Some agents specialize in a certain home price, community, or both and by narrowing down where you want to live and really doing your research on the type of community you’re looking for it will help you align with the right agent who will give you that personal touch that you wouldn’t get from just any agent.

It’s Better to Price a Home on The Higher Side

This is one of the most common misconceptions in real estate. As a seller you want to protect your asking price, so overpricing seems like a good way to protect against your house selling for too low right? Wrong, overpricing your home often leads to the home sitting on the market for a while, yes a buyer can always make an offer on an overpriced home but the problem with that is a buyer may not even look at a home in the first place if it is overpriced, let alone put an in an offer. If a home is priced competitively right from the start, your chances of optimal traffic and selling your home quickly increases.

Multiple Price Reductions Mean the Seller is Desperate to Sell

Just because a price is dropped does not mean that the seller is desperate to sell. Price reductions happen and happen often mostly to keep in line with other current listings and to be competitive. It can also help generate more traffic and interest but also sellers who have done multiple price reductions means they are through with negotiation.

Start Low When Making an Offer on a Home

Just as sellers want to overprice a house, buyers tend to want to start with a low offer in fear of not getting the best deal. There is nothing wrong with negotiating but an offer that is too low may turn the seller off and you run the risk of losing the house all together before the bidding war even begins. Take your time, talk to your agent, and above all else don’t react out of fear of losing the house because that’s when mistakes are made!


Best Ski Hills in the Mitten

It looks like we have snow heading our way this weekend so that means it’s time to strap on your skis and boards and head to some of the best hills that the mitten has to offer. No matter where you are in the mitten, you’re always within two hours of a ski resort which is pretty cool so why not take advantage of that?

Big Snow Resort: www.bigsnow.com

They didn’t exaggerate on the name, with their mountains Indianhead and blackjack getting more than 17 feet of snow per year at Big Snow Resort you never have to worry about not having enough powder! Both mountains can handle any level of skier or boarder with their wide range of beginner and intermediate runs. Big mountain also likes to pride itself on the fact that it isn’t just about skiing and boarding. They feature live music every weekend, feature numerous events like yoga, have a tubing slide, and yeti fort!

Boyne Resorts: www.boyne.com

Consisting of two mountains, and two of the largest resorts in lower Michigan spanning over 400 acres, there is no question why Boyne is Michigan’s best-known resort! Whether you enjoy skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing there is something there for you. Not into winter sports? That’s ok too because they have at 88,000 square foot waterpark an award-winning spa and are close to downtown Boyne which is filled with shopping and breweries. They really have fun for the whole family!

Crystal Mountain  www.crystalmountain.com

This is Michigan’s heavy hitting resort making lists of the best ski resorts in the United States and Canada. There is no question why Crystal can compete with the heavy hitter resorts out West with their 102 acres of terrain, luxury cottages, fat tire biking, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and their LEED certified spa.

Pine Mountain Resort: www.pinemountainresort.com/

We can’t forget the Upper Peninsula and their hidden gem of a ski resort. Pine Mountain claims to have the best-groomed slopes in the Midwest. They have over 30 trails, a terrain park, and night skiing, but what really sets them apart for the diehard downhill lovers is their ski jump which is revered as one of the best in the world. Big changes are also coming to the resort, due to new management they have been in the process since 2018 of doing a multimillion-dollar upgrade to the resort which will include renovated rooms, décor, and easy skiing access.


New Year’s Resolution for Your Home

We did it! 2020 is here and we have made it to a new decade which means we all are thinking about ways to better our lives for the new year. I mean the saying is new year new you right? Well how about new year fresh home! The best way to start a new year is to start with the home, it will help you get into the right mind set to hit your other new year’s goals if the place you spend most of your time is updated and fresh for 2020 too!

Revamp

You don’t need to go out and drop a ton of money buying all new furniture, or re painting your whole house because let’s be honest, most of us after the holidays are aiming to save money not spend more. There are little things you can do to make your space feel fresh and new without breaking the bank, like new light fixtures! This is a simple way to freshen up a room and going to places like Home Depot and Lowes will help you save money but still get the stylish light fixtures you’re looking for.

Wallpaper

No, we haven’t lost our minds! Wallpaper no longer needs to look like your grandmothers living room. There are plenty of modern wallpaper options available and will instantly add character to a what was once dull room!

Add Some Life

Adding some greenery to your home can really change a space and make it feel brand new. Hanging some small vine potted plants adds great aesthetic while placing a larger plant or tree to a corner of your room that was once bare helps tie everything together. Bonus is the health benefits of having live plants in your home!

Clean that Tile

You may look at your kitchen or bathroom and think that you need a whole overhaul but that’s not always the case! You can bring in the professionals or to save some money by doing it yourself with some heavy scrubbing and grout cleaning. This can really make a huge difference and have your kitchen or bathroom feeling and looking brand new.