Tag Archives: Michigan

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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Images of December, 2013

By Evelyn WeliverBeautiful December snow of northern Michigan wraps around the trees, sticks to the rough trunks, lies along the oak branches, blows in our faces, makes us laugh, makes us swear.  We freeze, we exercise, blow our noses, crave sunshine, drink hot chocolate, coffee and tea, bake cookies, eat cookies, gain weight and exercise some more.  The world here is a set of live wood block prints. We give thanks for the winter solstice and the sun starting its way north. (You can click on the pictures to enlarge, then use back arrow, upper right corner.) More »

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Walking – Part II

By Evelyn WeliverLiquid gold spills across the calm lake as the sun rises. Yesterday the wind was shaking trees, pelting the deck with beech nuts, breaking their bristly shells and scattering nuts. The driveway and lanes are covered with rich brown acorns, rolling and crunching as we walk on them. It is October and fall is here. I find it a time to reflect, to enjoy the harvest of apples and grapes and to walk in the woods whether they be calm or in windy turmoil. More »

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Walking (part I)

By Evelyn Weliverand soaking up the last bits of summer has been my goal the last few weeks.  I’m storing up inside me images of sunflowers, summer harvest, green shaded paths, birds on crystal clear lakes, deep blue skies; the smells of sun-dried grasses and warm pine wood; the sounds of grass hoppers, crickets and cicadas. Through the summer the roadsides have been graced with white daises that are replaced by Queen Anne’s lace,  dainty yellow, star-shaped flowers are replaced by golden rod; fresh green and brown cattails now have the green turning ochre. The purple has faded from the meadows,  maples in swampy areas are turning red, the sun is riding lower in the sky and shadows are lengthening —September has arrived. (Click on the pictures to enlarge them.) More »

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Waiting for Spring

By Evelyn WeliverSnowmobiles are zipping past our house on the frozen lake, icicles are hanging from the roof, the barometer says “sunny,” but it’s not! It is the first week of March when a cold snap usually hits. This year it is just continuing. I am sure the skiers are happy.

Wildlife is moving about. A mostly black skunk, fur fluffed out, hurried across our snowy yard at 7 a.m. this week. Later in the day we drove into Traverse City. Cresting a hill we had to stop for 30 big, brown wild turkeys sauntering across the road. They were leaving a patch of scraggly sunflowers for a field of weeds and seeds. This is the level of our excitement these days. More »

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