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Mike Gaines from Re/Max Bayshore Properties answers your questions and blogs about the local real estate market. Have a question? Leave a comment on any blog, or email Mike directly at Mike@allTChomes.com.

Abandoned TC beach still waiting – Part 3a

Team Mike, Ask The RealtorsHello again Record-Eagle readers,

Three years ago, I wrote 2/3 of a blog “trilogy” about area residents’ efforts to restore some of the beachfront park land along Traverse City’s westernmost shoreline. Strong community support, coupled with near unanimous city government approval for the project, appeared to bode well for reclamation of this beautiful, but abandoned, beach. More »

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Are brokerage fees worth it?

Team Mike, Ask The RealtorsHello again Record-Eagle readers,

Are real estate brokerage fees really worth it?  What kind of data exists to help us answer this question with confidence? More »

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Bobdisqus questions whether brokerage fees are worth it

Team Mike, Ask The RealtorsHello again Record-Eagle readers,

Bobdisqus commented on last week’s blog about real estate agency, and the questions he poses, along with the online papers/studies he listed for reference, are keen enough that we need to explore them and carefully consider what they propose. More »

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Don’t be a Dolt – Part 2

Team Mike, Ask The RealtorsHello again Record-Eagle readers,

Last time I talked about avoiding the biggest mistake with your biggest asset, how to avoid being known as a “dolt,” the nature of Agency in Michigan and how it operates on the seller’s side of a real estate transaction. More »

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Don’t be a Dolt – Realtor Agency in Michigan

Team Mike, Ask The RealtorsHello Record-Eagle readers,

For most of us, our real estate is the most valuable asset we own (by far).  As an Ask the Realtor reader, you obviously care about your assets keenly, and you don’t want to be known as a dolt for working at a major disadvantage. More »

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State of the Traverse City real estate Markets – 2013 Part 2

Team Mike, Ask The RealtorsHello again Record-Eagle Readers,

Looking back at 2013, much of the market data suggest that the Grand Traverse area real estate markets have grown healthier, more stable, and property values are improving in most neighborhoods. In the broader picture, home foreclosure and unemployment figures are both lower, while fewer U.S. households are “underwater” with their home’s equity. More »

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State of the Traverse City real estate markets – 2013

Team Mike, Ask The RealtorsHappy New Year Record-Eagle readers!

Looking back at 2013, with all of the disorganized bickering going on in Washington, D.C., who would have thought that it would be such a strong year for Traverse City real estate?  In some ways our best year ever, 2013 showed continued growth and improved health in many of our local real estate market segments, and the prospects for 2014 continue to look good. More »

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President Obama is the best thing for the U.S. stock market in history

Team Mike, Ask The RealtorsHello again Record-Eagle readers,

If you believe the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) to be a credible gauge of our nation’s economic performance, the United States stock market has performed better during President Barack Obama’s administration than at any other time in our history. More »

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Energy Efficiency in our Homes – What is the real value?

Team Mike, Ask The RealtorsHello again Record-Eagle readers,

The Traverse City real estate markets are humming again, and that means the building industry in the Grand Traverse area is gaining strength again, too.  Both new construction and remodeling project activity is rising sharply, and plenty of eager and capable local contractors are hard at work. More »

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2012 a Record Year for Traverse City real estate

Team Mike, Ask The RealtorsHappy New Year Record-Eagle readers,

2012 was the third best year in Traverse City real estate history.

Isn’t that crazy? More »

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