RE/MAX Real Estate Insights

RE/MAX Real Estate Insights

RE/MAX of Southeastern Michigan presents RE/MAX Real Estate Insights, its audio program designed to keep you in the know about the housing market in metro Detroit. Show host Jeanette Schneider, VP of Management Services, along with expert Realtors and related industry insiders provide trends, tips, techniques that help you buy, sell or maintain your home. Whether you are a buyer, seller or simply enjoy the topic of real estate you will find new content weekly so subscribe today.

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September 24, 2021 20 min
The cost of room and board at college and universities continues to climb. Add to that the complications that Covid have brought to group living on a college campus and you may be considering buying a condo or home for your college student a possible solution. We discuss the timing of making a purchase (you should be looking at year out from when you need the property), location as it relates to where the student will be spendin...
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Whether it’s the result of a storm or burst pipe, when your basement floods you are left with a mess to clean up. Taking quick action can help minimize the amount of damage and prevent mold and mildew and we share 9 key things you need to do. Starting with making sure your basement is safe to enter by turning off any power to removing the water, drying things out and reviewing the exterior of your home to prevent future issues we...
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September 10, 2021 33 min
If you are buying a home and getting a mortgage, or refinancing an existing mortgage, you will need to have an appraisal completed. You know an appraisal is an important part of the home buying and selling process, but you may know exactly what is covered during an appraisal. We share what an appraiser is looking for when they come out to your home, how they determine the appraised value of a home, how long it take, who pays for...
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September 3, 2021 26 min
The home buying process is just that – a process! For some buyers it can feel like a long road to go down before you get success but knowing the steps involved and what to expect can make the process easier and more enjoyable. We share the 8 common steps that include finding the right agent and getting pre-approved to making and offer, negotiation and moving in.
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August 26, 2021 23 min
There are a lot of moving parts during the home buying and selling process that could lead to a deal falling apart not the least of which are inspections, appraisals and even one party getting cold feet. The good news is that 96% of home sales make it to the closing table so that means the odds are in your favor that your deal will be just fine but it also indicates that 4% of deals have issues that have the parties walk away. W...
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August 19, 2021 44 min
Summer storms knocking out power can be inconvenient, but what happens when the home you are buying or selling becomes damaged by storms? We discuss what sellers should do in the event their home is storm damaged while on the market and in a word it is: disclosure. Sellers want to be sure to disclose any damage that was done and what repairs and remediation was done to the home. We share the options available to buyers and that...
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We share 5 easy and proven upgrades you can make to help improve the aesthetics of your home and increase its value. From soft, neutral paint on the walls to resurfacing kitchen cabinet to shaping up your outdoor space, we give you idea to help you quickly update key areas in your home. We also discuss how to review your home as a buyer would to help you stage it more effectively.
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August 5, 2021 35 min
There are several things you should do when moving into your new home to help insure you have a safe and secure environment. We discuss the importance of changing or re-keying your doors and resetting passcodes for digital entry systems to your home as well as changing the batteries and checking that smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working. We share why you should check your hot water heater and dryer vent as we...
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July 30, 2021 48 min
Open houses have long been a method to market a home and keep sellers happy, but in today’s market and when done correctly, they can be an effective way to help buyers have a level playing field and sell a home quickly. We discuss what goes on to strategically market an open house home (it is more than directional signs and balloons), whether open houses on weekdays get results and what the future looks like for open houses.
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Some things get better with age, but if you are selling your home you should know that are things that can make your home look dated and out of style. Popcorn ceiling and vibrant wall-to-wall carpeting are two things that instantly age your home and we share what no to use for window coverings, what color light fixtures need to be updated and which one room can easily have multiple things making it look older than it is.
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July 8, 2021 28 min
Planning and organizing are important steps to help you have a smooth move. We talk about how you can use existing items around your home like suitcases, laundry tubs and even pots and pans to help transport items and using sheets, towels and blankets to wrap items to minimize the amount of purchased supplies you need. We also talk about the use of plastic wrap as a packing aid, the importance of labeling boxes (label the sides n...
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If you envision a career that doesn’t require a college degree, has the freedom and flexibility to create your own schedule and has unlimited income potential then a career in real estate could be a great fit for you. While 87% of new agents fail in the first five years in real estate, our guest went in the opposite direction becoming a top agent in his first 5 years and he shares what attracted him to real estate, how he got star...
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June 24, 2021 42 min
As we approach the halfway point of the year, we take a look at the impact that loosening of Covid restrictions and vaccines being widely available is having on the real estate market. We also discuss inflation and the Fed’s recent announcement of hold steading on interest rates until 2023 and what that means for buyers and whether to expect more listings coming on the market in the second half of the year.
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The shortage of lumber and microchips along with a shortage in skilled trades means there is plenty to talk about when it comes to the new construction segment of the residential real estate market. In our discussion with the CEO of the SE Michigan Homebuilders Association, we discuss what is behind the shortage of materials that has driven the cost of lumber up which has home prices up over $12,000-$24,000 on an average home. B...
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With more Realtors in the US than homes for sale it is safe to say you probably know someone with a real estate license, but that doesn’t mean that is who you should use to buy or sell your home. We discuss how the relationships agents have with other agents can make a big difference in getting offers looked at and how in this fast-paced market you can benefit from the calm experience an experienced agent provides. We also talk...
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June 3, 2021 27 min
We discuss some of the less common but important that buyers should be aware of before buying a home. Radon is a radioactive gas that can enter a home through foundation cracks drains, sump pumps and since it is odorless you don’t know if it is present unless you test for it. If detected, it can be remediated but you want to address this before you move in and live in your home We also discuss what you need to know about mold, e...
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May 27, 2021 35 min
You stare at their picture while waiting patiently for them to become available and perhaps you drive by to check things out. We could be talking about a romantic interest or searching for a home. In this episode we take a light-hearted look at the similarities of dating and house hunting that include the use of a matchmaker and online apps. We share how you can only tell so much from photos and a description, that you often ha...
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We cover buyers, sellers, appraisals, pop-taxes and much more during this free-flowing conversation. We take a look at the advice a recent first-time buyer was given to rent for now and wait to buy and compare that to current home prices and interest rates versus the same during the great recession to see if the math makes sense (it doesn’t!) and what sellers are finding that want to sell and buy their next home. We also talk abou...
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There is something about a home when it has that certain put-together look and that is what you want when selling your home. We talk to a professional about how they can make your home look larger, cleaner and warmer. We discuss what you can do to help keep buyers focus on the homes assets and not your personal furnishings, the different types of services home stagers can provide to you – everything from a “walk and talk” to a f...
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Current market conditions may make now the right time to buy a new construction home. We discuss the benefits of purchasing a new construction home the include not having to worry about immediate repairs and maintenance at a time when many buyers are stretching their budget to get their offer accepted on a existing home and what features are popular with new home buyers. And we share an often overlooked area in metro Detroit w...
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