Technology has made it possible to buy and sell property with very little in-person contact. In fact, you can be an entirely different city during your real estate transaction. Our real estate agents have helped many buyers find new homes using video conferencing and other online tools. Here are their top 5 tips for anyone who is interested in buying a home remotely
As the summer heats up, Livingston County's real estate market continues to move at a brisk pace. The most recent market data is highlighted by inventory growth, a substantial decrease in the number of days homes are spending on the market before being sold, and a slight decrease in median sales price compared to the spring. Our real estate agents are here to keep you informed with all of the latest data on Livingston County Market Activity for July 2022.
You're ready to sell your home, but you aren't sure if you can handle the task on your own or if you should hire one of our real estate agents. We think it's important for potential home sellers to understand what a real estate agent does so that they better understand the value and convenience provided by an agent. Here's what you need to know.
As spring turns to summer, the Livingston County real estate market continues to heat up along with the weather. The latest trends show increases in inventory in Livingston County and decreases in the number of days that properties are spending on the market before being sold. Our real estate agents have all of the latest details in our report on June 2022 Market Activity in Livingston County.
When the weather gets warm, the flowers start blooming, and the days grow longer, you can be sure that we're entering one of the busiest times of year for real estate transactions. Staying up to date on the latest real estate trends in Livingston County is key to achieving your goals, whether you're planning to buy or sell a home this spring. Our real estate agents are here to help you make informed decisions with the latest market activity data for Livingston County.
Keeping up with the latest real estate trends is part of the job for a real estate agent, but it can also be very beneficial to you as a buyer or seller. As always, there is plenty of data to evaluate on Livingston County real estate this month. Our real estate agents have all of the latest details in our report on February Market Activity for Livingston County.
Are you ready to start the new year off with all of the latest Livingston County real estate market data and trends? The more you know about the real estate market, the easier it is to accomplish your goals when buying or selling a home. If you're planning on a move in 2022, it's important to stay up to date with the latest local trends. Our real estate agents are here to keep you up to date on all of the latest Livingston County real estate trends, and we've got the details in our January Market Activity Report.
There are a thousand little details to take care of as you go from one house to another. It can easily get overwhelming. However, it's not so bad with a little bit of planning. Here are a few tips to make your move in 2022 as seamless as possible.
Utilizing the services of a real estate agent to help you sell your home in 2022 is a wise decision. A real estate agent can save you time when it comes to navigating paperwork and can get you a much better price for your home. But once you've said yes to using an agent, how do you find the right one?
Information is power when you're making a real estate decision, and understanding the latest market trends can help you achieve your goals. We keep a constant eye on the most up-to-date data on the real estate market in Livingston County to help you make informed decisions when buying or selling a home. Our real estate agents have all of the latest details in our December Market Activity report for Livingston County.
It's no secret that the housing market has been HOT for the past several years. However, all market trends eventually come to an end. Buyers have started asking our real estate agents whether things are finally cooling down and what they should expect going forward.
While no one has a crystal ball, the latest data shows that inventory is creeping up, some homes are staying on the market for longer, and some home sellers are cutting prices. What does this mean for you and your home buying or selling prospects? Here are a few of our predictions.
Thinking of buying or selling a home in Livingston County? The more you know about the latest trends in the local real estate market, the easier it is to accomplish your goals. We keep a constant eye on the real estate trends in our area so that you can make informed decisions based on the latest data. Our real estate agents have all of the details in our report on October Market Activity for Livingston County.
Moving into a new home is always exciting. But moving involves more than just adapting to a new house. You'll also be in a new neighborhood, and it's important to take the time and get to know that community. The following are fun and easy ways to familiarize yourself with your new surroundings.
Shopping for a home is so much easier when you can base your decisions on real, proven data, and our real estate agents keep a watchful eye on the Livingston County real estate market in order to keep you up to date on the latest trends. Staying up to date on the trends makes it simpler to choose between comparable homes, make competitive offers, and plan out your budget for a home purchase in advance. Discover all of the latest trends in our report on September Market Activity for Livingston County real estate.
If you've dreamed of owning a vacation home your whole life, you're certainly not alone. Vacation home purchases were up 16% in 2020, an increase that was driven by the pandemic and the flexibility of remote work. Whether you need a new place to rest and relax, or you're looking to supplement your income with a rental property, it's easy to see the appeal behind investing in a second home.
Especially here in Livingston County, with our close proximity to relaxing lake living.
Whether you're planning to buy, sell, or simply gathering information to decide what to do next, a thorough understanding of the latest trends in your local real estate market is key to achieving your goals. The latest trends in Livingston County show that buyers and sellers have been busy this spring, with significant year-over-year and month-over-month increases in market activity. Our real estate agents are here to help you make informed decisions, and we've got all of the latest details on Livingston County real estate in our June 2021 Market Activity report.
When the real estate market favors sellers, our real estate agents know that it's common for homebuyers to get into a bidding war. A bidding war occurs when two (or more) potential buyers put in offers on a home at the same time.
If one offer includes terms or conditions that are more favorable, the seller can select that offer. However, it's also possible that the buyers will need to revise their offers one or more times until one offers a higher price. Here are some guidelines to follow when you're in a bidding war.
Our real estate agents spend every day immersed in the Livingston County real estate market, and we are happy to share the key details with you to help you make informed real estate decisions. Catch up on all of the latest data for Livingston County real estate with our May Market Activity data.
A deep understanding of the local real estate market is critical to success, whether you're ready to buy, sell, or simply gathering information to help you decide what to do next. The Livingston County real estate market has seen increased activity this spring, and our team is keeping an eye on every detail to help you stay informed as you plan your next real estate transaction. Our real estate agents have all the key information, in our April Market Activity report for Livingston County real estate.
April Market Activity for Livingston County
Our real estate agents work with many military veterans interested in buying a home. Servicemembers have unique access to a special mortgage loan program sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Known as the VA home loan, it provides mortgage loan options with favorable terms and few upfront costs.
What can we expect from the real estate market in 2021, after the unprecedented year we have just experienced? The good news is that the real estate market has remained strong this year, and the strong demand for homes is likely to continue into 2021. Our real estate agents have more information on what to expect from real estate in 2021 and how the trends may impact your own decisions.
So you made an offer on the home of your dreams, and the seller accepted. The last thing you want to do is prolong the closing. Your mortgage is contingent on you maintaining the same financial profile throughout the closing period, and any abrupt changes may lead to problems or delays. Our real estate agents made a list of the five things you shouldn't do during the closing process.
Everyone who has ever bought or sold a home has opinions about the real estate market, which can make it hard to separate fact from fiction. Some of the most common tips that you'll hear about the real estate market are based on myths, and some of those myths have had impressive staying power across generations. Our real estate agents are here to set the record straight, with 5 myths that you shouldn't believe about the real estate market.
We sure do love our pets! More than 85 million American families own dogs, and many communities are tailored to our furry friends. If you're looking for a neighborhood that will easily accommodate your pup, our REALTORS® have pieced together these tips to make your search easier.
Searching for your dream home is exciting, but it can be a burdensome task as well, especially if you've looked at a lot of houses and still haven't found "the one." One of the most rewarding parts of showing Brighton homes for sale is helping house-hunters realize their dreams and find a home they love. Trusting your gut while being practical can be challenging. Our real estate agents provide some tips for how to know when you've found what you're looking for.
For a variety of reasons, many people consider moving away from their hometown. Whether it's for a new job or just a new start, here are some helpful money-saving tips before you relocate to one of the great Brighton homes for sale.
Buying a home is a big decision. For buyers ready to make an offer on any of the Livingston County homes for sale, it is a decision that involves finding the perfect fit for their family and financial future. For sellers, it means choosing the right buyer who will take care of the property and safeguard the memories they made in the home. As a buyer, writing a personalized offer letter can help seal the deal. A well-crafted letter assures the seller you are the right person to entrust their home to.
If you're in the market to buy one of our Brighton homes for sale, one of the area's gorgeous waterfront properties might top your list of possibilities. While there are many things to love about living on the lake, it's not for everyone. Here are things to consider before making your decision.
Searching for Brighton homes for sale is an exciting experience. Our REALTORS® want to ensure that you're fully prepared to make an offer that puts the deed in your hand and the keys in your pocket. Unfortunately, many homebuyers don't realize that there are a few elements within a real estate transaction that may prevent you from owning your dream home — especially your credit score.
Credit scores change over time, and although you may be diligent and responsible with your debt, a mistake can drop your credit score to a level that's not attractive to mortgage lenders. A fraudulent or incorrect transaction that you're unaware of can also harm your score. Credit scores range from 300 to 800; the higher the score, the better it looks in the eyes of lenders. Thankfully, even a really low credit score can be raised to an acceptable level with a little planning and discipline. Here are five ways home buyers can increase their credit score while house hunting.
Brighton homes for sale are part of an important real estate trend that's playing out all across the nation: More and more home buyers are looking for properties for their blended family.
Blended family describes any family where at least one partner has children from a previous relationship. Foster families are thought of as blended, too. About two-thirds of active homebuyers in the United States today are buying for a blended family. They need real estate agents who understand their needs!
Our REALTORS® recognize that blended families have their own unique considerations when buying a home. Each blended family is unique, but every family member should enjoy enough space, respect, belonging, and privacy.
Here are a few things to consider when you're house hunting for a blended family home:
Our REALTORS® are looking ahead to another "bright," beautiful summer here in Brighton. Summer is an active time for Brighton homes for sale, and it's also the season for big family fun! It's not hard to see why more and more families are attracted to the charm and lush natural treasures of Brighton.
It's close enough to savor the amenities of metro Detroit, yet you'll feel like you're in a world apart.
There's plenty of things to do in and around Brighton, no matter if you're a years-long local or visiting here for the first time. July is an especially exciting month. Phenomenal 4th of July celebrations combine with stellar attractions for families. There's something new around every corner.
Let's look at seven ways to enjoy Brighton this summer:
Many buyers seeking out Brighton homes for sale dream of spending the rest of their lives in the home they choose. This dream often includes paying off the mortgage as soon as possible and living a debt-free life. While it's a noble goal, you might be surprised to learn that paying off your home early isn't always the best financial move.
Our REALTORS® offer a few important things to consider as you weigh the pros and cons of paying off your mortgage ahead of schedule.
The popularity of multigenerational households, where parents, children, and grandparents all live together under one roof, is a growing trend in the United States. It's known as "Multigenerational Living," and it's not going away anytime soon. A study by PEW Research found that in 2018, 20 percent of the U.S. population (64 million people!) were living in multigenerational homes. This is a significant increase from the 26.8 million people who lived this way in the 1960s.
When Our REALTORS® speak to families looking for multigenerational homes for sale in Brighton, they cite a variety of reasons including the rising cost of healthcare, family finances, and children who have moved back home after college. No matter what the reason, multigenerational living can and does work, as long as you have the right attitude and the right type of house.
So how do you find a home that's suitable for a larger number of people and designed to make everyone happy? Start with these tips.
Are you moving to Brighton? Perhaps you have just bought a home in our area, or maybe you're still looking through Brighton homes for sale to find the right house to make into your new home. Whichever the case may be, you will be moving into a new neighborhood, and becoming part of your new community will mean getting to know your new neighbors. Taking that first step can be rather uncomfortable, but to help you break the ice, here are six ways to meet your new neighbors.
Buying a home is a significant investment that requires you to dig deep into your pockets. At first, it may feel like an impossible challenge. However, it is not as impossible as it seems. With a little planning and the application of a smart financial strategy, you can move into your new home sooner than you may think.
There is something special about a walk around the neighborhood. More than a little bit of exercise, it is the perfect way to meet your neighbors which strengthens the sense of community. When you're ready to begin your search for Brighton homes for sale, our REALTORS® will be prepared--with walking shoes on--to help you find the perfect neighborhood.
Walkability is a broad term that encompasses a neighborhood's walking trails, sidewalks, and pathways, as well as its proximity to schools, shopping, and recreation. Communities with high walkability scores are those that are pedestrian friendly and are well-connected to nearby attractions and amenities.
Are you caught in the rental trap? If you are dreaming of buying your own home instead of renting, you might be unable to see a clear way to get there with the ever-rising cost of rental payments.
So how does one escape this trap to begin paying off their own mortgage instead of your landlord's current mortgage? It might not be as hard as you think. Our REALTORS® offer these four ways to start saving to buy one of our Brighton homes for sale.
Every now and then when you are searching for a home, you will see the term "contingent," which can be confusing for anyone new in the real estate industry. A contingency simply means that a certain condition needs to be met before a buyer can finalize the purchase of a home. If the contingency isn't met, the house will still be available for sale on the open market. Here are just a few of the most common contingencies and how our REALTORS® can help guide you throughout the entire home buying process.
If you've been searching for your dream home among Brighton homes for sale, you're probably tired of hearing about the seller's market. Unfortunately, you can't avoid the seller's market dynamic. Inventories are low. Home prices are high. To further complicate your quest, mortgage rates keep fluctuating.
Our REALTORS® understand your concerns about the current home buying climate. We've put our best advice into our quick-read guide: "How to Survive in a Seller's Market."
Buying your first house is hard work. You crunched the numbers, saved your downpayment, and are ready to start touring Brighton homes for sale. But are you ready? Have you thought about homeowners insurance? Homeowners insurance ranks at the top of the home-buying checklist along with mortgage pre-approval and deciding between a lakefront home or downtown condo. Consider these things about homeowners insurance coverage to avoid unpleasant surprises down the road.
Saving for a down payment isn't an easy task. Many first-time home buyers feel overwhelmed paying such a large sum of money in addition to the various closing costs involved in buying a home. However, you can save enough money for a down payment by following these simple tips and taking advantage of special financing programs. Our REALTORS® have compiled this list of helpful hints so you can save your money for a down payment and purchase your dream home.
When you find the perfect home, you envision your future as a homeowner. You see interior spaces transformed by your unique style. You imagine backyard cookouts and holiday gatherings.
Armed with your mortgage approval letter, a shiny credit rating, and a strong employment history, you proudly stake your claim on one of our beautiful Brighton homes for sale . It's a time for celebrati on indeed, but the journey isn't over yet.
If you've worked with our REALTORS® during your house-hunting quest, they've kept you apprised of the final steps to homeownership. For those who need more information, we've prepared this brief guide: After You Find The Perfect Home, What's Next?
Once you seal the deal on your choice of Brighton homes for sale, you'll depend on a home inspector to advise you of any conditions you need to know about. The inspection report can give you the confidence to move forward with your purchase. Home inspections can also leave you confused by unanswered questions.
Our REALTORS® understand that no home inspection covers everything and some inspectors are more diligent than others. While one might give you a detailed narrative, another may provide a simple checklist inspection. It can seem unnecessarily complicated. To help you plan ahead for the alternate or supplemental inspections you might need, we offer our list of six items your home inspector might not check.
You've scoured the local real estate market searching for Brighton homes for sale and found the perfect home: The one that makes you excited to envision your future life. But wait! It's not quite over yet. You still have to close on your new home to make it official, and there are a few things that can jeopardize that event. Make sure to avoid these five things:
When you're searching for your first home, the process can seem overwhelming. The thrill of finding the right place and making an offer. The anxiety of the home inspection process. The stress of waiting to see if your loan goes through. These emotions and other factors may result in you paying more for your home than you should.
Our REALTORS® believe that buying a home is a big part of the American dream but you shouldn't pay more than your dream is worth. Our advice to you: Don't Overpay for Your First home. We offer these important tips to help you avoid the overpayment dilemma.
Going on a house hunt can be a lot of fun, but once you've found that perfect home, it's time to get serious. Just as importantly, it's time to let the seller know you're serious about buying their home. Our REALTORS® want to make sure you don't miss out on your dream home, so are five tips on how to make an offer that the seller can't ignore.
There's a good chance that your home is the most expensive thing you will ever buy; however, it doesn't have to be so expensive that it goes too far over your budget. One of the most common mistakes first-time homeowners make is buying a house that completely wipes out their savings, putting them in a very dangerous financial situation. Our REALTORS® want to make sure you avoid that. Here's how:
Livingston County is known far and wide for its dozens of beautiful lakes.
Many of the lakes are medium to large, making them perfect for a wide range of water sports. Each one is unique in terms of what it offers: Amenities, weather, the local fish stock, and more combine to create fun and exciting experiences for visitors. These all-sports lakes attract sightseers – and home buyers – from far and wide.
If you're dreaming of a waterfront property all your own, our REALTORS® are ready to lend a hand with five tips for buying a lakefront home:
How much does it cost to buy a home? While buyers are typically well aware of the price tag in terms of the down payment and the overall cost of the mortgage, they frequently forget to take closing costs into account. These costs, which range from lender's fees to property taxes, are easy to forget about since they aren't assessed until the day of closing. But even though they represent a small portion of the overall price of the home, it's important to know how much they'll be, how you're going to pay them, and whether you can reduce them at all.
It's no surprise that many home buyers rely on technology to power their home search, from connecting with real estate agents through social media to taking virtual tours of homes that catch their eye. But did you know you can now start the search for Brighton homes for sale, simply by using your voice? At Griffith Realty, we love using technology to make your life easier while shopping for a home, which is why we're excited to be one of the first real estate businesses in Michigan to offer Voiceter Pro. Our REALTORS® have all of the details on this exciting tool, and on why we find it so important to offer you the latest real estate technology.
When you're searching for a home in the mid-Michigan area, living in the "big city" may not be what you're looking for. Metro areas like Flint, Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Lansing might appeal to some buyers, but if your heart is drawn to small-town living, then one of our homes for sale in Fenton could be for you.
Fenton's tagline, "Be Closer in Fenton" initially confused many locals and visitors when it was unveiled in 2010. The meaning of Fenton's slogan is two-fold: 1) Be Closer to those things in your life that matter--family, values, roots, community and 2) Be Closer to larger cities without ever leaving your own close-knit community.
Our REALTORS® live and work in this community and know you'll love our city as much as we do when you move here.
Sometimes the housing market favors buyers, and sometimes if favors sellers. The only certainty is that no matter who the market is leaning toward today, it's bound to change.
But that's not much comfort if you're ready to buy a home, and it's currently a seller's market. Our REALTORS® are here to help with your home search no matter what the market says, and these tips will give you a leg up if you're buying a home in a seller's market.
Th real estate market is a fickle thing. While news programs often make us feel the same thing is happening across all real estate markets in the US, that's just not the case. In fact, our country is filled with thousands of real estate markets sitting shoulder to shoulder across the US. Each offering unique opportunities and pitfalls that can be radically different at any given time.
In addition, conditions often change quickly. An entire market can shift overnight thanks to changes in mortgage interest rates, the amount lenders charge borrowers over time. Those adjustments, in turn, can be caused by anything from bank fluctuations to Washington politics.
In the long run, buyers hoping to get the best deal need one thing on their side: Speed.
The faster you get through your transaction, the easier it is to "seize the day" and get the best bargain in any market. This is especially true because a mortgage loan agreement only lasts for a short period of time--if you don't act on it within that window, your rates can go up.
What's the key to moving faster in the market? Getting pre-approval.
The digital age has helped make self-employment a reality for more people than ever before. While self-employment has many benefits, it also poses some unique challenges when it's time to secure a mortgage and buy a house. Mortgage lenders want to see proof that your income and business are stable, so it's important to plan ahead for the process.
Our REALTORS® are here to help with a guide to buying a house as a self-employed shopper.
It's been a little on the cold side lately in Brighton, Michigan--to say the least. One good thing about chilly weather is that it gives us a chance to get out and enjoy all the great winter sports opportunities in the area.
Many of our Brighton homes for sale are just a short drive from the area's best skiing and snowboard slopes. Mt. Brighton Ski Resort located just 5 minutes from downtown Brighton tops the list of favorite things to do in Brighton for many local families.