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I am looking for a downriver Buyer’s Agent to join the Liparoto Group. Thankfully, we are SWAMPED with loyal clients current and past.

I still will be negotiating the contracts, but you will open the doors.

Requirements: Licensed, hardworking, honest, and the other core Liparoto Group values.

Let’s talk!
Marygrace Liparoto

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Want to sell your house? With the Spring market approaching, this is a great time to put your house on the market.

Here’s why:

* Inventories are low. In many markets, there simply are not enough homes for potential buyers to see. While we all have heard stories of houses languishing on the market, usually there are good reasons why those houses have not sold. Either prices are unreasonably high, foreclosures have caused damage to the homes, or they are obsolete. Quality homes in good neighborhoods are selling FAST.

* Interest rates are low. You still will be able to get a good deal on your next home — with a low interest rate to finance it. Lower rates also will make your home more appealing to potential buyers.

Home sales in Michigan last year outpaced those of the previous six years – and prices are rising.

Meanwhile, foreclosures were down 23.5 percent in 2012 from 2011.

Forecasts are for continued growth in the Michigan housing market.

Read more about it from mlive.com

Cleaning out more than just the cobwebs can help you sell your house faster – and make your move much easier. February is the perfect month to organize your basement, sort through your attic, and get ready to make your spring move.

Here are a few articles that will help get you started:
Staging a home? Declutter it first
Prepare to sell your home – Declutter
Guide to decluttering your home before a sale
10 creative ways to declutter your home

 

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Happy New Year!

All signs are that 2013 will be a very happy one for home buyers and sellers. Several experts are predicting that young people — ages 18-30 — will help push the recovery. There is a great deal of pent-up demand among young families looking for homes. Also, as the market continues to rebound, many baby boomers are taking the opportunity to downsize or move to retirement areas.

Read more:

Top 5 Predictions for 2013 Housing Market 

2012-2013 Housing Market Forecast

Mortgage Giants Predicting Growth in 2013 Home Sales

Another great sign of recovery in the housing industry:

Sales of mortgage-backed securities rose in November to the highest level in nearly 3 1/2 years.

Read more here from the Dec. 3, 2012, Los Angeles Times.

In an effort to avoid a bailout, the Federal Housing Administration plans to raise its mortgage fees in 2013, the Obama Administration has announced.

What does this mean to you? About $13 more a month if you are financing your home through the FHA.

Also, the FHA plans to approve more short sales on loans it has guaranteed, in an effort to avoid foreclosures.

Read more here.