March 8, 2024

Why Macomb County's Waterfront Properties Are Michigan's Best-Kept Secret

Nestled along the shores of the vibrant and expansive Lake St. Clair, Macomb County is home to some of Michigan's most exquisite and undervalued waterfront properties. Often overshadowed by more renowned luxury markets, this hidden gem offers an unparalleled blend of scenic beauty, recreational abundance, and a serene lifestyle that makes it a paradise for those in the know. Here's why Macomb County's waterfront properties are considered Michigan's best-kept secret.

A Serene Escape Close to Urban Convenience

Macomb County strikes the perfect balance between tranquil waterfront living and accessibility to urban amenities. Just a short drive from Detroit's bustling city center, residents enjoy the best of both worlds: peaceful mornings by the water and easy access to the metropolitan culture, entertainment, and dining. This unique positioning makes Macomb County an ideal location for those seeking a quiet retreat without sacrificing the convenience of city life.

Unmatched Recreational Opportunities

Life in Macomb County is a dream come true for outdoor enthusiasts and water lovers. The county's extensive shoreline along Lake St. Clair provides ample opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming, and water sports. The lake is renowned for its high-quality smallmouth bass fishing, making it a favorite destination for anglers. Beyond the water, the county offers beautiful parks, walking trails, and golf courses, ensuring that residents have a myriad of ways to enjoy the great outdoors.

A Thriving Community Spirit

Macomb County is more than just a place to live; it's a community where neighbors become friends and every face is familiar. The area hosts a variety of events and festivals throughout the year, fostering a strong sense of community and belonging among residents. From summer concerts by the lake to winter ice festivals, there's always something happening that brings the community together.

Surprising Affordability

One of the most compelling reasons Macomb County's waterfront properties remain a secret is their surprising affordability. Compared to other luxury markets, the area offers exceptional value, allowing buyers to secure prime waterfront real estate at a fraction of the cost. This affordability makes luxury living accessible to a broader audience and represents a significant investment opportunity for savvy buyers looking to capitalize on this undervalued market.

Diverse Real Estate Options

Macomb County's waterfront properties cater to a wide range of tastes and preferences, from contemporary condos and townhomes to sprawling estates and historic cottages. Whether you're searching for a modern abode with high-end amenities or a charming home with timeless character, Macomb County has a property to match your dream lifestyle.

Conclusion

Macomb County's waterfront properties are truly Michigan's best-kept secret, offering a unique combination of serene lakeside living, recreational abundance, community warmth, affordability, and real estate diversity. For those in search of a peaceful retreat that doesn't compromise on convenience or lifestyle, look no further than the shores of Lake St. Clair in Macomb County. Discover the secret for yourself and explore the possibilities that await in this hidden gem of Michigan's real estate market.

Posted in Market Update
Oct. 10, 2023

Lakefront Paradise in Harrison Township, Michigan! Your Dream Home Awaits

Are you in search of the perfect lakefront retreat in the heart of Michigan? Look no further! We have an incredible opportunity for you to own a stunning lakefront property in Harrison Township that will take your breath away.

Nestled on the serene shores of Lake St. Clair, this exquisite home is a true masterpiece. As you step inside, you'll be greeted by the warmth of hardwood flooring that spans the main floor. With tall ceilings and an abundance of windows, natural light dances throughout, making every day feel like a vacation.

The heart of this home is undoubtedly the spacious kitchen, which has undergone a complete transformation. It now boasts top-of-the-line Lafata cabinets and high-end stainless-steel appliances, providing the perfect space for culinary creations. The kitchen seamlessly flows into a dining area, offering panoramic views of the expansive deck in the backyard.

Speaking of the backyard, outdoor enthusiasts will be delighted to discover a deck that's perfect for entertaining. Imagine hosting gatherings with friends and family while soaking in the picturesque lakefront views. And for those who love boating, there's a 25,000-pound hoist (installed in 2020) and a 3,000-pound motorized davit on a newly constructed Trex deck and dock, allowing you to conveniently dock your boat and water toys right in your own backyard.

Heading to the second level, you'll find a spacious master suite that's truly a retreat within itself. It features a lavishly renovated, custom, spa-like marble master bathroom that leaves no detail overlooked. The walk-in California closet with heated floors is a luxurious touch that will make every morning a pleasure. French doors off the master bedroom lead to a Trex balcony, where you can savor your morning coffee while taking in the breathtaking lake views.

For added convenience, there's an upstairs laundry area, making daily chores a breeze. Plus, the home boasts new A/C units installed in 2018 and 2020, ensuring your comfort all year round.

This extraordinary lakefront property is currently available for purchase and is listed by an agent who knows the ins and outs of this beautiful region. Don't miss out on the opportunity to experience the finest in lakefront living in Harrison Township, Michigan. Act quickly, as homes like this don't stay on the market for long.

Ready to make this dream home yours? For more details and to schedule a viewing, visit homesonlakesaintclair.com. Lake living at its finest awaits you!

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Posted in New Listings
Dec. 23, 2022

Looking At The Housing Market in 2023

What to Expect From The Housing Market in 2023

The 2022 housing market has been defined by two key things: inflation and rapidly rising mortgage rates. And in many ways, it’s put the market into a reset position.

As the Federal Reserve (the Fed) made moves this year to try to lower inflation, mortgage rates more than doubled – something that’s never happened before in a calendar year. This had a cascading impact on buyer activity, the balance between supply and demand, and ultimately home prices. And as all those things changed, some buyers and sellers put their plans on hold and decided to wait until the market felt a bit more predictable.

But what does that mean for next year? What everyone really wants is more stability in the market in 2023. For that to happen we’ll need to see the Fed bring inflation down even more and keep it there. Here’s what housing market experts say we can expect next year.

What’s Ahead for Mortgage Rates in 2023?

Moving forward, experts agree it’s still going to be all about inflation. If inflation is high, mortgage rates will be as well. But if inflation continues to fall, mortgage rates will likely respond. While there may be early signs inflation is easing as we round out this year, we’re not out of the woods just yet. Inflation is still something to watch in 2023.

Right now, experts are factoring all of this into their mortgage rate forecasts for next year. And if we average those forecasts together, experts say we can expect rates to stabilize a bit more in 2023. Whether that’s between 5.5% and 6.5%, it’s hard for experts to say exactly where they’ll land. But based on the average of their projections, a more predictable rate is likely ahead (see chart below):

That means, we’ll start the year out about where we are right now. But we could see rates tick down if inflation continues to drop. As Greg McBride, Chief Financial Analyst at Bankrate, explains:

. . . mortgage rates could pull back meaningfully next year if inflation pressures ease.

In the meantime, expect some volatility as rates will likely fluctuate in the weeks ahead. If we see inflation come back under control, that would be good news for the housing market.

What Will Happen to Home Prices Next Year?

Homes prices will always be defined by supply and demand. The more buyers and fewer homes there are on the market, the more home prices will rise. And that’s exactly what we saw during the pandemic.

But this year, things changed. We’ve seen home prices moderate and housing supply grow as buyer demand pulled back due to higher mortgage rates. The level of moderation has varied by local area – with the biggest changes happening in overheated markets. But do experts think that will continue?

The graph below shows the latest home price forecasts for 2023. As the different colored bars indicate, some experts are saying home prices will appreciate next year, and others are saying home prices will come down. But again, if we take the average of all the forecasts (shown in green), we can get a feel for what 2023 may hold.

The truth is probably somewhere in the middle. That means nationally, we’ll likely see relatively flat or neutral appreciation in 2023. As Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at the National Association of Realtors (NAR), says:

After a big boom over the past two years, there will essentially be no change nationally . . . Half of the country may experience small price gains, while the other half may see slight price declines.

Bottom Line

The 2023 housing market is going to be defined by mortgage rates, and rates will be determined by what happens with inflation. The best way to keep a pulse on what experts are projecting for next year is to lean on a trusted real estate advisor.

Posted in Market Update
March 14, 2022

Closing Costs

How Much Are Closing Costs For Sellers?

Seller closing costs are a combination of taxes, fees, prepayments, and services that vary depending on your location. Closing costs can differ due to variations in local tax laws, lender costs, and title and settlement company fees. In some cities, you might pay thousands just to transfer the title of the home to the new owner, while in other areas it’s free. It’s important to understand your regional burden, as well as who usually pays closing costs in the transaction and when they’re due.

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Feb. 26, 2022

5 Buyer Tips

Posted in Home Buying Tips
Feb. 23, 2022

What Is A CMA?

Why A CMA is so important

A CMA is the most important factor in establishing the "Right" price when listing your home on the market. Positioning your home to attract the most active buyers is the job of your skilled agent. The right price and marketing plan will ensure the best opportunity for a possible multiple offer situation.

Posted in Home Selling Tips
Feb. 17, 2022

Do you need to renovate?

Home Selling Tips For 2022

If you’re planning to sell this year, you’re probably thinking about what you’ll need to do to get your house ready to appeal to the most buyers. It’s crucial to work with a trusted real estate professional who knows your local market to get your home ready to sell. But there are a few things you should consider when deciding what to renovate and update before listing this season. Here are three things to keep top of mind as you’re making your list of projects to tackle this year.

Posted in Home Selling Tips
Feb. 10, 2022

Market Update January 2022

Market Update - January 2022

So far at the beginning of 2022, there has been very little change in the market from 2021. 

We simply have more buyers than we do sellers, do you remember the old saying "Supply & Demand"? Stay tuned each week for a new video regarding updates, home tours, buyer & seller tips!

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Posted in Market Update
Feb. 10, 2022

#1 Question Sellers Ask?

#1 Question that sellers ask

The most common question I get asked when speaking with potential sellers is "What are you going to do differently than other agents do?"

There are a number of different strategies and techniques that I practice daily, however, one of the most powerful differences that differentiate me from other agents is my marketing strategy. I go above and beyond the typical MLS listing syndication and create additional marketing campaign(s) that rank on the first page of Google. Attracting the highest level of buyers and driving them directly to our exclusive home listings.

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Posted in Home Selling Tips
April 27, 2021

Navigating Multiple Offers As A Seller

Make a game plan

Go through each offer with your agent and discuss your negotiation strategy. Will you inform all buyers that there are multiple offers and invite them to present their ‘best and final terms within a set time frame? This strategy allows you to compare all terms at once and make your decision. Or will you counter one offer before making a decision on the others?

There are a number of different strategies so be sure to consult your agent to make sure you are getting all of the details from each buyer and making the best decision for your own situation.

Think more than price

Sure, it’s tempting to accept the highest bid, but the highest-priced offer isn’t always the best offer. Remember that once an offer is accepted, there are many more steps to complete in order to successfully close the transaction.

Every seller has unique goals, so factors like finance contingencies and closing date may be as important as the offer price. In addition, you should take the appraisal of your home into consideration if you choose the highest-priced offer. Some buyers will bid above list price and possibly above market value just to “win”, but if the appraisal comes in at a price lower than the offer, the buyer may have no choice but to cancel the contract or ask you to reduce the purchase price.

Act quickly

Respond to offers in a timely manner, and once the terms are to your liking, be sure to sign the contract as soon as possible. The longer a negotiation drags on, the more tenuous it becomes as buyers may become suspicious or concerned and rescind their offers.

Maintain your goals

Multiple offers can be stressful for all parties in the transaction so it’s important to be clear-headed and stick to your objectives. For example, if you want a quick closing, keep that in mind when evaluating every bid that you’ve received. There are often elevated levels of emotion during the negotiation of multiple offers so try not to get caught up in those emotions.

Tread lightly

While you likely have the leverage in negotiations, you always want to keep a buyer engaged and avoid ultimatums. Buyers are generally more likely to walk away from a negotiation when they feel as though they’ve lost control or they suspect unethical behavior (whether it is happening or not – perception is reality).

While the goal is to get you the best possible price and terms for your home, not losing your buyer(s) and successfully closing should be just as important.

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