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Winter Home Buying. by Kathleen Adams, Canadian Lakes Homes Blog

Winter home buying can be perplexing for both buyer and seller, especially in the north.  When the weather turns and temperatures are freezing the ground, the snow is up to your knees, and it is not fun to tramp through the elements to shop for homes, it can be trying.

Working in a climate that brings snow, cold temperatures and homes that are seasonal, it has many challenges for the Realtor, the buyer and the seller.  But, working through the challenges can be rewarding.

Sellers often think that there are no buyers in the winter and take their homes off the market.  This is simply not true, there is always someone looking for a home.   Seller on the market through winter may just be rewarded with a buyer.

When we had little kids and took them to the mountains to ski, we always advised them to dress in layers and take extra gloves.  You can always strip down if you get too hot, we would tell them.  This is the same advice I have for buyers looking in snowy northern Michigan for homes.  Buyers are often coming from climates that are not as severe and are met with a surprise when they have to trudge through snow knee deep and look at a home with little to no heat.  Be prepared for all things when looking at homes in the winter months.  Bring boots, hats, gloves, etc.

Sellers find another challenge when they actually have an offer presented to them in the winter.  If it is a summer home, they are often out of town during the winter months and need to deal with things from a distance.  Their home may be winterized and they will now need to deal with opening it up for inspections and then re-winterizing it until closing.  They may not want people coming through the home with snow.  They may not want to have the driveway plowed and add an additional expense.

Seller can work with their Realtor to handle snow plowing and to protect their homes.

I find that buyers generally flexible when it comes to inspections.  Trying to coordinate things to avoid de-winterizing more than once, etc. can be done.  Depend on the Realtor to make sure things get done to eliminate extra costs.

Buyers sometime take a risk buying in the winter.  For instance, a waterfront home be a risky buy because you really cannot see what the waterfront is like.  The Realtor should be able to come up with photos from the seller to rest assure the buyer as to the condition of the waterfront.  Another challenge is inspections of the well and septic systems.  This can not always be done in the winter.  If the septic inspector cannot break ground to access the system, inspection has to be postponed or waived.  A seller that has records of all septic inspections can be helpful.  These records sometimes serve the purpose for the buyer.  Keep those systems in good condition with regular checkups and keep the records handy.

These are just a few examples of winter challenges when buying or selling a home.  They are not monumental, but a bit more work versus summer season selling.  It can be done if the seller, buyer and Realtor all work as a team to – get it sold!

 

 

Shopping for a New Home? by Kathleen Adams, Canadian Lakes Homes

While many our out doing their holiday shopping – you just might be shopping for a new home.  What a great time of year to find a good deal on a home.

We have a great selection of beautiful homes in Canadian Lakes to choose from.  This community,  located in the west central area of Michigan, offers a wide range of activities and amenities.  There is something for everyone at Canadian Lakes.  Some of the amenities include, golf, tennis, pickle ball, clubs – every type of club from cards to book clubs and more – swimming and fitness, restaurants, and of course our beautiful lakes.  We have lakes that are all-sports, lakes that are no-wake that offer quiet living and beaches that are perfect for swimming.

Come and see what we are all about in Canadian Lakes, Michigan.  I give tours of the area when you visit.  And, if you are looking for information – I can get that to you as well.  Be sure to shop around my website to find homes that are available in Canadian Lakes.  You will love it here!

How to Insulate a Garage Door

This great article will help you get that garage ready for winter.  An easy project to help keep the cold from getting into the indoor spaces.

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Open House Anyone? by Kathleen Adams, Canadian Lakes Homes

OPEN HOUSE…Houle from water2OR NO OPEN HOUSE?

A lot of clients ask about hosting an open house.  Actually, it is what we do every day.  Once your home is on the market – we are hosting an open house for anyone interested in seeing the home – anytime.

There was a time when an open house drove traffic to the area and more people came to see a home.  Today, unless you are in a highly populated area, an open house may not work the same.

Today’s buyer is using a Real Estate Agent most of the time in their home search.  The second most popular tool the buyer is using is yard signs – believe it or not!  People still like to drive around neighborhoods and look for homes for sale.  The mobile marketing tools and open house statistics for 2013 were real near the same – which was a surprise to me.    Most of the buyers I work with have used either a Realtor or Internet Searches to find homes.

Home Buyer Statistics:*

  • First time home buyers:  38%
  • Repeat buyers median age: 52
  • Median Age of first-time home buyers: 31
  • Information sources used in home search:
    • Real Estate Agent 89%
    • Yard Sign 51%
    • Mobile or Tablet Website Application 45%
    • Open House 45%
    • Mobile or Tablet Search Engine
    • Print Newspaper Advertisement 23%

*Source:  National Association of Realtors Guide to Quick Real Estate Statistics for REALTORS®

The great debate continues – open house or not?  My experience – even when heavy advertising has been done – is that they have been poorly received.  Most of the time if we get one person at an open house we celebrate.

If you really want to sell it – drive more traffic to your home by having a quality product in a great location with a fair price.  That’s it!  If you are missing one of the main elements, make up for it with one of the other.  For instance, if your home is not in a great neighborhood, perhaps a lower price would do the trick.  In the National Association of Realtor’s 2013 Community Preference Survey, 78% of home buyers responded that neighborhood quality is more important than size of home.  If you are in a great neighborhood, make sure the home shows well by keeping it maintained in and out.  And do not overlook the pricing – overpricing can be deadly.  Check out the neighborhood and what the sales have been.  Make sure you are not pricing yourself too high and missing a buyer.

For more information and tips on buying or selling a home visit my website or contact me!  Happy shopping and selling

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Summer is Here! by Kathleen Adams, Canadian Lakes Homes Blog

Summer is here!  People are starting to come to the area for the summer lake season and golf season.  It is good to see the town all abuzz!  Don’t forget to visit me at Coldwell Banker Lakes and get a map of the area while you are here.  I have other information on homes available, our new summer brochure and information on what is going on in Canadian Lakes and the surrounding area.  Many great homes are available on all-sports lakes around the area as well as great deals in Canadian Lakes.  Let me know what you are looking for and I will do all I can to help you out!

See our homes here:

Canadian Lakes Homes For Sale – Area Homes for Sale

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ISLAND COUT HOME FOR SALE!  SEE ME FOR MORE INFORMATION AT WWW.CANADIANLAKESHOMES.COM

HAPPY SUMMER EVERYONE!

Homeowner News for a New Year 2014 – by Kathleen Adams, Canadian Lakes Homes Blog

It’s a new year – 2014 – and many changes are taking place in the Real Estate Industry.  Mortgage changes, tax changes, etc. are upon us as the new year starts.  Keep up with the latest and greatest information with your local real estate professional.  They can help guide you through the process of purchasing or selling a home.

Look forward to a fresh new year with a new home!  Come and see what we have to offer in Canadian Lakes, Michigan.  G

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‘Tis the Season

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‘Tis the season for buyers looking for a new home!

Contrary to popular belief, there are buyers looking for homes during the winter months.  This is the time of year that many sellers either lower their price or take the home off the market for the winter.  This leads to low inventory.  That make it nice for sellers who are sticking with it for the winter.  They have a better chance of selling their home.  So if you are looking for a home this winter, you know you have a motivated seller – get out there and make a deal!

Buyers look here for current home deals!