Metropolitan Detroit Real Estate Blog

Save the DateThe Pink & Black Gala 2014 is coming to Detroit this October. This fall party is one you can’t miss. For those 21 and older, head over to the New Detroit Science Center on October 18th to enjoy live performances, DJs, fashion shows, and giveaways. Here’s what you can expect.

What is the Pink & Black Gala 2014?

The Pink & Black Gala 2014 is a huge party that will include:

  • 3 DJ’s including DJ Fingers
  • Live performance by Keely Ferguson & Megyn Hermez
  • Official After Glow for Curvy Magazine fashion show
  • Vendors and Giveaways

The event will be hosted by Rj Blazer all night.

Where and When?

It’ll be held in the heart of Detroit at the Michigan Science Center located at 5020 John R Street in Detroit. The party starts at 9pm on

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Home Security SystemIf you’re trying to sell your home and you have a security system, you may be wondering if you should keep the security system on during the selling process. This is especially useful when you plan to leave the house vacant.

When you’re not living there any longer, you may want to protect the home, since you can’t keep an eye on it all the time. Something to consider, would it be easier to deal with a security alarm or a potential theft? Here is a look at the pros and cons of using a security system.

Why it’s a good idea to use the security system

Deciding to keep your security system in use is helpful if you think the area you live in is a bad area. If it will keep you feeling at ease from your new home, it may give you peace of mind to keep it

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It’s no secret that mortgage rates are constantly fluctuating.  This can be tricky for home buyers who are waiting to buy until they can secure the lowest possible rates. You may be watching the numbers go up and down by a few hundredths of a percentage point here and there, but this does little good for borrowers and instead usually invites headache and indecision. The best way to move ahead with the buying process is to simply lock in a rate - just go for it! 

lock rateThe easiest way to enhance your rate-lock confidence is to focus on the date on which you will be closing.  If you’re closing in 30 days, you will want to lock in your rate for 45 days.  The longer your rate is locked, the more expensive the loan will end up being due to lender risk.  Many

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Detroit is excited to welcome back the Feet on the Streets for the fall season. This is a calendar of tours throughout Detroit where you can experience and enjoy the city. The tours offer a chance to sample and purchase seasonal treats, flowers and produce.

The first tour is the Eastern Market tour, a chance to stroll and taste local food. The tour is back for its 13th year in a row. The Eastern Market Tour’s theme is to “Come Hungry, Leave Happy, Learn Healthier.” The event is taking place on Saturday, October 18th and Tuesday, October 21st.

What to Expect

Eastern Market District, Shed 2


The Eastern Market is going to be a chance to walk through different specialty stores and learn all about various foods. You’ll get to experience unique products, learn about history of the

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for-sale-by-owner-mark-zIn a recovering market, some sellers might be tempted to try and sell their home on their own (FSBO) without using the services of a real estate professional. The real estate agent is a trained and experienced negotiator. In most cases, the seller is not. The seller must realize the ability to negotiate will determine whether they get the best deal for themselves and their family. Here is a list of some of the people with whom the seller must be prepared to negotiate if they decide to FSBO:

  • The buyer who wants the best deal possible
  • The buyer’s agent who solely represents the best interest of the buyer
  • The buyer’s attorney (in some parts of the country)
  • The home inspection companies which work for the buyer and will almost always find some
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Searching for Real Estate OnlineWith the rise of technology and the ease of its use, many people are starting to transfer this to all areas of their lives. Some people are doing their taxes online rather than work with a professional tax preparer or a CPA. Another new trend the real estate market is encountering, people are looking at homes online rather than using a real estate agent.

While some people can get away with doing it this way, many times there are complications that would warrant the use of a real estate agent. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of looking online vs. hiring a real estate agent.

The Disadvantages of Online House Hunting

The cons to online house hunting include factors, such as:

  • The internet won’t have all of the information about the home
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This is the first of it's kind here in Metro Detroit.  It's a 3D virtual tour of our newest listing. You can literally walk the entire home, zooming in and out of any room or any wall. It's simply amazing to the say the least. You literally feel like you are walking through the home. Navigate through a room, turn a corner, explore different angles or see it all with a birds eye view. This is a prime example of our pro-active marketing efforts utilizing cutting edge technology to market our clients properties to the extreme. Try it for yourself. For more information on this listing click on the address here 4606 Victoria Drive In West Bloomfield, MI 48322
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Handing over Home KeysMarried couples may be ready to buy their first home. They are tired of renting or perhaps living with their parents, and it’s time for them to start their lives together in their first home. The problem is they may not be able to come up with the cash for the down payment on their own.

Sometimes you have to put down a certain percentage, so coming up with thousands of dollars is difficult. Many couples ask, should we ask mom and dad for help on the down payment of that house we want, and if so, what will the effect have on the family dynamic?

Not All Parents Will Help

Some parents may not be welcome to your request. They may say that they never had help so why would they help you. Some parents may help in desperate times, but it all depends on

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Selling a home is always challenging, but the process becomes even more challenging when it’s a down housing market.  No matter what the state of the housing market is, you can always improve your home’s appeal in order to help it sell quicker.  Here are our top 7 tips regarding how to sell your home in a down market:

Get Your Home Inspected.

Your potential buyers will want to know your home has been well maintained throughout your stay.  If you hire a home inspector, you will be able to find and fix any major maintenance problems before potential home buyers buy the house.  While your buyers will likely perform their own home inspection on your home, it will help the process move quicker if you can show that you already had your home inspected.

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Big EventBridal shows are a great way to gather information and have a good time with your friends or family. Here Comes the Brides Bridal Show is the biggest bridal show in the state and will be around Michigan from November 2nd all the way until February 15th. They are giving away prizes, playing a game with the crowd, and having vendors there to answer your questions for the big day.

Where will the bridal show take place?

The bridal show is scheduled for the following locations:

  • November 2nd from 1-5 at the Hellenic Center in Westland, MI
  • November 9th from 1-5 at the Kings Court in Lake Orion, MI
  • November 16th from 12-4 at the Bucks Run in Mount Pleasant, MI
  • January 4th from 1-5 at Brighton High School in Brighton, MI
  • January 11th from
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