Top Four Reasons a BHHSMI Realtor® is Good to Know™

We often say a Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate Agent is Good to Know™, but what does that really mean? Our company growth is dependent on every carefully chose member of our team, so when you choose a BHHSMI REALTOR® to help buy or sell your home, you’re choosing a leader in the industry.  Here’s our pick for the top four reasons a BHHSMI agent is the best option for your real estate transaction.

  1. We are part of a worldwide organization of trusted real estate experts. Not every real estate company has the name Berkshire Hathaway backing it. When you work with a Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network agent, you can trust in their strength, integrity, and universal integrity.
  2. We are one of the largest networks of REALTORS® in Michigan and Northern Indiana. Coming in second for number of agents in Michigan, BHHSMI has one of the largest networks of any real estate company. This means we have one of the largest referral networks, and cover the largest area – which is a good thing for you! A larger network means more offers on your home as a seller, and more potential homes for you to see as a buyer.
  3. We are real estate experts. When it comes to real estate knowledge, no one beats BHHSMI. Our agents spend countless hours each week learning how to serve you better. Whether finding new ways to market listings, researching local areas and communities or brushing up on their legal knowledge, you can count on our experts to get you the best results.
  4. We are marketing gurus. Our marketing services start on day one. We are there to help determine selling price, suggest minor or major repairs to help get top dollar, and we use the best tools in the market to get more eyes on your home. Our national marketing ensures that the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices name is in front of home buyers regularly, our listings are seen on over 100 real estate websites, and we advertise our properties on Facebook and in local information sources. And home buyers – this is good for you too! Knowing where to market a home means we also know where to go to find you that new home.

 

Ready to take the first step in selling your home or buying a new home?  Contact one of our REALTORS® today.


Last Minute Gifts for Homeowners

Rushing to find all of your last-minute gifts for this holiday season? Don’t worry, so are we! We’ve got great gifts for every homeowner in your life.  And BONUS: all of these can still get to you before the holiday!

For the Tech Savvy Homeowner:

Technology has the power to make every homeowner’s life easier. Give the tech savvy homeowner in your life one of these great gifts and you’ll be sure to get on their new favorite list!

  • Video Doorbell like Ring or Nest
  • Smart home assistants like the Google Home or Amazon Alexa
  • Wake Up Light alarm clock – we think this one is just so cool. Such a unique way to wake up if traditional alarm clocks fail you.
  • Smart TV like Amazon Fire Stick, Google Chromecast or Roku
  • For the pet lovers in your life, try this awesome dog camera (this is going straight into our Amazon carts!)
  • Autonomous vacuum cleaners like the Roomba keep your home clean even when you’re on the go. Perfect for those with little kiddos or pets and their fur.

REALTOR® Favorite: the perfect accessory for any home, an LED toilet bowl light. For when regular lighting just won’t do.

For the Entertainer:

You can absolutely expect to come across this type of homeowner on your gift list – chances are they are hosting you this holiday! For the entertainers in your life, you cannot go wrong with one of these.

REALTOR® Favorite: Dinosaur taco holders. Okay, not so gag, just fun and so functional!

For the New Homeowner:

New homeowners need all sorts of things, trust us! But these gift ideas are sure to be both practical and fun!

  • Nothing says “I’m a new homeowner” more than the mini tool kit you probably gave them when they moved out. Time for an upgrade! Get that new homeowner a multi-tool set so they’ll be covered, that way, they too can enjoy trying all of the sockets before finding the right size.
  • Quality linens, towels or blankets. Same here – time for an upgrade. Out with the old, and in with the new! Plus, old towels make great things to keep in a garage or basement, just in case.
  • New homeowners are likely going to be welcoming guests to their home quite a bit. Help them be the host or hostess with the mostess by gifting a Bluetooth speaker, like this one!
  • See above – new homeowners host guests a lot. Gift a cute serving tray, or charcuterie board for those impromptu get togethers!

REALTOR® Favorite: Bug vacuum. Like a normal vacuum, but for bugs. Because no one likes creepy crawlies in their new home!

Stocking Stuffers

Keeping gifts small this year, or looking for simple things to pop in a stocking? These are all inexpensive options for the homeowner in your life.

  • Batteries – because nothing derails Christmas morning like only having 2 batteries when you need 4.
  • Command Hooks – we retract our previous statement. Nothing derails Christmas morning like hammering a nail into the wall. Command strips and hooks are so much easier, trust us!
  • Home improvement gift cards. So easy to pick up (at multiple locations or online). Check out the big chain stores like Lowe’s, Home Depot or Menards, but don’t forget your local shops well. They likely have gift cards or certificates as well!
  • Save their coffee table and gift these fun state pride coaster sets from Uncommon Goods

REALTOR® Favorite: Silicone pot holders, but in the shape of lobster claws. Or alligator mouths. We can’t get enough of these fun animal options!


Tips for Homeowners in Winter

Winter is here!

As REALTORS®, we know that winter can be a lot of fun (snow forts and hot cocoa, anyone?), but it can also cause a lot of headaches for homeowners.  When the ground begins to freeze, and snow starts to stick, there are a few things homeowners can do to prepare! Have you checked these off your list yet?

Outside:
  • Clean your gutters and drainage pipes – clogged pipes could prevent water and snow from draining off your roof
  • Insure your roof is in good shape to avoid leaks or ice dams throughout the winter
  • Be sure to rake your leaves and mow that lawn one last time before the snow hits
  • If you celebrate the season with outdoor décor, get those lights or characters up before it becomes too cold
  • Disconnect and store any garden hoses or patio furniture
  • Cover or protect any plants for the season
Inside:
  • Have your heating system inspected or maintained and replace filters if needed
  • Insure furniture or other items are away from heating vents
  • Clean and test any fireplaces or chimneys
  • Check windows and doors for any air leaks – sealing, repairing or replacing these can save you lots of $$ in energy costs
  • Stock up on blankets, hot cocoa, and your favorite winter snacks
  • Get the jackets, gloves, snow pants and boots out of storage – when the snow hits, you don’t want to delay making that snow man!

 

What else do you do to prepare for winter? Share your tips in the comments below!