Wow! Beautiful color is everywhere in Canadian Lakes. The colors are vivid this year. We expect the color will last a couple of weeks yet. Take a drive to see Canadian Lakes and the beautiful colors. While you are at it, stop by and see me at Coldwell Banker to get our latest deals. It’s a great time to buy a home! Click the photo for more information on homes at Canadian Lakes:
Hot deals on lake front property will be out there. Just look around and see what is still on the market and if they are willing to make a deal. Now is the time, Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer for many lakefront homeowners. Most people are done using their cottage this weekend. They are getting the kids back to school. The retirees are getting ready to go back to their winter homes. Generally if the home has not sold by now, they are reducing prices. If they haven’t reduced prices, they will be ready to negotiate something to get it sold. So, check out the hot deals, summer may not be over just yet!
VISIT www.canadianlakeshomes.com to see homes for sale.
Let’s go to the cottage! These words bring sweet memories as I think back about our cottage years. In fact, they are never ending times. The cottage was a place we went to year-round and spent quality time together with family, extended family and friends. Memories abound when you have a cottage and they are years that you will always cherish and want to continue with each generation. We visited friends last night that are here from Lake Tahoe. And when I say here, I mean they are at the cottage on Horsehead Lake. They, like our kids, grew up at the cottage. They are now married and having children and have come to spend two weeks at the cottage. This is home away from home, a haven, a place to go to recharge. And we recharged each weekend in the summer, and many of them spring, fall and winter.
When our kids were in college and had time to come home, it was to the cottage they roamed. The cottage was home because that is were their fondest memories were made. There is nothing like a cottage; and what a time to invest in a cottage. We have a good inventory of cottages around the lakes in the area. A changing of times for many families that have to sell for some reason. But what a great time for someone to start their cottage memories by investing in this vacation market. I can remember a time when you could not find a cottage on our lake to buy. If someone did want to sell, there was someone in the neighborhood that knew someone who wanted to buy it. They never hit the market!
I think this is one purchase you will never regret. A cottage is so much more than a vacation property. It permeates the very people it houses with sights, sounds, smells, and great times! Our first cottage was 700 square feet, had three bedrooms and a pull out sofa – one bath. We had the best times there and still recall all the fun things we did when we are all together. Our second cottage was 5 bedrooms and baths, and I remember having 50 people for my 50th birthday and what a celebration weekend it was! Big or small and cottage does it all.
Thinking about a cottage? Come and see what our area has for you! There is a nice selection to choose from with prices all around good!
Summer is here! Finally the season we all long for has arrived. Thankfully it has brought along some warm weather. The weekends have not been the best weather so far this June so we welcome the warmth and the sun! Boating season has begun as has the golf season. At Canadian Lakes we have many clubs and activities that have started as well. It is a great time to look at homes and we have a great selection of water front properties to choose from as well. Join the fun at Canadian Lakes and the surrounding area lakes with vacation home ownership. Check out all the great homes here:
The mighty Muskegon is how people refer to it around here. We took our boat on a cruise of the Muskegon River on Sunday. We put it in at the River Landings Resort and had a four hour cruise on the Hardy Dam Pond. Beautiful water, beautiful scenery and just a beautiful day all around. It was such a relaxing day and the sights were amazing. There were so many carp jumping, it was as though the water was boiling. The swans were beautiful swimming and splashing about. There were about ten turtles perched on a log. And, although the water is still cold, we saw one wakeboarder – a diehard to be sure. What a beautiful place to consider living or a vacation property. I will have to explore more on the Mighty Muskegon!
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Hopefully when you sign that purchase agreement, you don’t go away feeling “oops what did I buy?” That would be a dreadful feeling. If this is the feeling you have after your first purchase agreement signing – maybe your gut is telling you something. Yes you have a chance to get out of the deal if the inspections fail, or financing fails, but that can all take you down a road that costs money. To avoid overspending to buy that home, take a little time to think it through thoroughly. Take someone along to help your sort everything out. Another set of eyes can’t hurt. Be objective, let your excitement get put aside for a moment and think logically through all that you are looking for and whether that home will do it. Remember a wish list is always packed with more than is usually reasonable, so compromise on the little things, not the big things.
Last week I had a new buyer get excited about a home for the wrong reasons. The feature they liked was not expensive, but the rest of the house was a mess. It would have been more cost-effective to buy a home more move in ready and add the feature they wanted.
Before moving on to inspections, appraisals, and other things that cost money, make sure your eyes are not deceiving you – it can be costly. It’s like painting – preparation, preparation, preparation – then paint. This will save you money!
Happy home shopping!
Up, up and away is something my first time home buyers are now crying. After doing pre-qualification work, then shopping for their first home, it all comes down to offers. Some of what they see, and like, while shopping is beginning to get “scooped-up” quickly. They are starting to see the trends of upward prices and limited inventory. That’s good news for sellers, but not especially for first time home buyers on a tight budget. How you can get ahead of the rest of the buyers is to be prepared. Here are a few tips to keep it straight and get it done:
- Have your pre-qualification letter ready, printed and in the hands of your Realtor.
- Have your good faith deposit ready to go. Not, I will have it when I get paid next week. Set it aside and be ready when you find that perfect home. In today’s market of “bank owned” properties, the typical deposit requirement is $1,000.00. That is CASH. Not money they will “take out” at closing. You need CASH, today, to write the offer.
- Probably the most important tip, do not shop out of your budgeted amount. Last year this would have been different. Everyone was shopping in a bit higher price range because you could get deals. Today, the prices have corrected to the point that banks are marketing the property at prices that are bringing in multiple offers. So, if your budget will not allow a full price, or sometimes, an over full price offer, expect to be disappointed when the offer is rejected or outbid by another buyer. This disappointment can lead to a deflation in spirit and sometimes can turn a buyer to renting longer.
- Roll off disappointment and start over. The best thing to remember is the ultimate goal – owning your home and not paying rent. We all know the foreclosure market has led to more renters and higher rent prices. Don’t get caught in the disappointment of losing a bid on a home. It’s a lot of work to shop, and write offers, etc. for all parties involved; but so worth the reward when you finally accomplish your goal.
Get it done should be your mindset when shopping for a home. With the proper planning it should not be hard to accomplish your goal of buying a home. So don’t let that perfect home go up in price, up in a bidding war, and away from your hands! Get it done!