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July
18

July Market Activity

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.

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July
11

Real Estate Agents

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. 

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June
20

Market Activity

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.

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April
18

April 2022

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.

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December
27

Real Estate Agent Tips

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?

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December
20

December 2021

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.

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November
29

Are you considering purchasing or selling a home in the Livingston County area? Achieving your goals starts with a solid understanding of the latest local real estate trends, and our team keeps a constant eye on the data to help you make informed decisions. Our real estate agents have the latest data in our November monthly market activity report for Livingston County.

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November
22

Market Cooling Down

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. 

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September
27

September Livingston County Market

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.

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September
7

Storage Unit TipsOur real estate agents know that moving creates exciting lifestyle changes, but it also presents challenges for relocation. Whether you're moving across town or across the country, planning and organizing your move will make things much easier.

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July
26

Outdoor Upgrades

Thinking of selling your home? If so, you should look into upgrading some of your outdoor spaces. While you may not be able to afford all the upgrades you'd like to do, you can choose a select few and increase your return on investment. Here are some expert suggestions from our real estate agents that will help you improve your home's value. 

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June
21

June 2021

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.

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May
17

May Market Activity

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.

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April
19

April Livingston County

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

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March
1

Brighton List Your HomeIt's natural to feel some stress as you think about getting ready to list your home. Fortunately, many have gone before you and have contributed their collective wisdom to a best practices playbook for home sellers. Organize your home and your sale according to the tips below. 

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December
21

December Market Activity

As the holiday season lights up our lives, you may think buying or selling a home is the last thing on someone's mind. While our real estate agents understand that most individuals are quite busy during this time of the year, we want all of our potential clients to know that we're working around the clock to make their real estate goals come true. In fact, we've helped many men and women add buying or selling a new home to their holiday checklist. Have you been wondering whether or not you should wait until 2021 to follow through on your real estate plans? 

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November
16

November Market Activity

As we inch closer to winter, families, professionals, and investors are warming up to the idea of purchasing or selling real estate. Our real estate agents at Griffith Realty understand that adapting to our new normal may involve buying or selling your home. If you're interested in moving forward with your real estate goals in Livingston County, you're not alone.

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October
26

October in Livingston County

As the leaves change, so too are the lifestyle needs of many families throughout Livingston County. The home has become a schoolhouse for students, an office for professionals, and so much more of the center of our everyday lives. It's no surprise that families, couples, and single individuals are all strongly considering buying or selling a home to meet their evolving lifestyle needs. Our real estate agents at Griffith Realty are aware that you may be more interested in buying or selling your home now that you know the full demands of your day-to-day lifestyle. If you're currently considering your real estate goals, it's important to know that many other buyers and sellers are debating the same thoughts.

Current Market Activity in Livingston County

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August
17

August Market Activity Livingston County

As the sun begins to set on summer, there are many women and men who have grappled with the question of whether or not now is the right time to buy or sell a home in Livingston County. For many families, traditional summer vacations were traded for backyard staycations and creative at-home summer camps. Our real estate agents at Griffith Realty understand that this summer has highlighted the need for specific features throughout your home, including dedicated office space, more exterior entertaining space, and separate transitional areas for your whole family to utilize. Thankfully, the market activity around Livingston County continues to be very accommodating to both buyers and sellers.

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August
3

Make Your Home Look Spacious

If you're planning to list your home for sale, you want it to look spacious and roomy, whether in a virtual or an in-person tour. But even when your rooms are of average size, they can look smaller if the home is dark, or if you have too many things crammed inside. Fortunately, our real estate agents can recommend several ways to stage your home, so it looks spacious and roomy!

Have a look at seven easy ways you can make your home appear more spacious.

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July
20

July Market Activity

As we continue to move towards our "new normal", one of the seemingly larger obstacles many homeowners face is whether or not now is the right time to buy or sell real estate in Livingston County. Our real estate agents at Griffith Realty understand that this life-changing decision is only made more difficult with the increasingly uncertain times we're living in. While we may not know when much of our normalcy will return in our day-to-day lives, we can assure you that the real estate industry has adapted to the "new normal" and is offering unique opportunities for buyers and sellers throughout Livingston County to achieve their real estate goals.

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July
13

Real Estate Myths

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.

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June
22

Home Improvement

Home improvement projects can make your home more attractive and livable while also increasing its value when you're ready to sell. 

Our real estate agents have helped many families sell their homes in the Livingston County area and know the value of a good home improvement project. The following home improvement projects can increase your home's value and increase your chances of appealing to buyers in a tough market. 

  1. Deck addition 
    Adding a deck to the exterior of your home increases your outdoor living space, which has become an increasingly popular home attribute. The right size depends on the size of your house and yard, and you can add as many or as few bells and whistles as you like. The price tag for a new deck can vary widely, with extras like built-in seating and multiple stairs raising the cost.

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January
27

Selling a Vacant House

When you have to move quickly, your home may be vacant when you put it up for sale. Like anything else, there are pros and cons to selling a home that isn't occupied. Although you don't have to deal with the hassle of prospective buyers coming in and out while you're still living there, vacant Brighton homes for sale can be harder to unload because buyers may wonder why they're empty and if there's something wrong. Whether you're still in your home or need to move and sell it while it's vacant, our real estate agents can help you understand how to make it more appealing.

  1. Make a Good Impression Online
    If you're going to be moving soon, clean up, stage your home and take photos of it before you move the furniture out. Send the photos to your real estate agent to add before it's listed online. An empty house may not seem like a big deal, but buyers who are looking for homes online often skip the vacant ones because it's hard for them to envision their furniture and possessions in the space. Some companies do virtual staging, which adds computer-generated furnishing to photos of the rooms.

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January
13

Choosing a Real Estate Agent

With so many real estate agents to choose from, it might feel overwhelming deciding what agent you want to help you sell your property. Before you put your home on the market, you need to know what you're looking for in a prospective agent. Here are the questions you should be asking when choosing a real estate agent for selling your home.

  1. What kind of real estate experience do you have?
    When asking an agent about their experience selling homes, don't focus only on the number of years they've worked as an agent. This isn't always indicative of an experienced, well-informed agent. An individual may have worked as an agent part-time for numerous years, but only have experience dealing with a limited number of real estate scenarios.

    Instead, look for an agent who has handled an assortment of properties and scenarios. Should something go awry when you're selling your home, this will ensure your agent has the knowledge to handle the situation effectively. You also want an agent experienced with selling properties similar to your home in terms of location, price, and features.

  2. How will you market my home?
    You want your agent to have a plan for marketing your home, and it should be a plan that you're comfortable with. Will the agent stick with traditional real estate marketing techniques, like open houses and listing your home in the local paper? Or, will they use more contemporary techniques, like sharing your home via social media and offering potential incentives to individuals who share your home with their friends and family? Ideally, the agent's marketing plan should give your home some internet presence (one that satisfies your comfort level regarding privacy about your private affairs).

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December
9

 

Winter Home ImprovementAre you looking for some activities to get you through the long winter months? Winter is the perfect time to spruce up your home with improvements that add efficiency and value. Get started with this to-do list, including features most sought-after in Brighton homes for sale.

  1. Prep the Yard
    A well-maintained yard draws more attention from buyers, but healthy greenery doesn't just magically appear in the spring. Put down a layer of fertilizer on grass, trees, and shrubs to keep them nourished during the winter until warm temperatures return.

  2. Retrofit Fireplace Doors
    A crackling fire looks beautiful, but an open fireplace is a heat drain. Folding glass doors keep heat from escaping up the chimney when the fireplace is not in use while adding a clean, contemporary look.

  3. Add "Smart" Technology
    High-tech innovations make it easier than ever to manage your home cost-effectively. Programmable thermostats can cut energy costs by approximately $180 a year per Energy Star, while smart water meters help conserve water usage and detect problems.

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November
4

Staging Tips During the Holidays

Selling your home during the holidays presents the opportunity to add a splash of festivity to your home staging. But there are some popular decorations you may want to leave in storage until next year. Decorations that complement the existing look of your home can be a great way to make your home feel warm, cozy, and inviting to buyers. Our REALTORS® know what it takes to stage a home during any season, and we've got some tips to help you stage your home for sale during the holidays.

  1. Less Is More
    Whether you normally go all-out with holiday decorating or opt for simple decorations, less is more when staging your home for sale during the holidays. Large lawn decorations and extensive outdoor lighting may be fun, but they're not the best choice when competing with other Brighton homes for sale. Instead, opt for simple outdoor lighting that highlights the best features of the home, and small, tasteful touches indoors.

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October
7

Painting to Sell Your HomeAre you looking forward to listing your home in the spring? Take advantage of the time off during the holidays and enhance your home before you sell. Our real estate agents believe snowy weather is the best time to tackle painting projects. Did you know that something as simple as painting can increase the value of Brighton homes for sale? Here are four ways painting can help:

  1. Exterior paint can boost your curb appeal and increase the price of your home.
  2. Neutral colors throughout the home like white, beige, tan, and brown are the most popular colors for prospective buyers.
  3. Similarly, contrasting and complementary colors used in moderation can transform its appearance.
  4. Painting, whether indoor or outdoor, is a low-cost improvement that yields high-impact results, a perfect enhancement for sellers on a tight budget.

Here are a few painting projects you can complete to improve the look and value of your home.

  • Freshen Up the Space With Fresh Paint
    At a minimum, you should consider putting a fresh coat of paint throughout the rooms your home. Even if you choose not to change the color, a fresh coat will breathe new life into the space. This will touch-up and conceal any nicks, scratches, or blemishes and make the entire room feel cleaner.

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September
23

First Right of Refusal - Griffith Realty

Buying and selling real estate often involves walking a tightrope of good timing. Can you sell your current home in time to avoid double mortgage payments? Will you have enough money for a down payment when your landlord is ready to sell?

Contingent offers and first right of refusal are tools designed to help level the playing field, but they have different implications. Our real estate agents demystify contingent offers and how they can affect your negotiations on Brighton homes for sale.

What Is a Contingent Offer?

"Contingent" refers to a condition fulfilled only upon the occurrence of another condition. In real estate, contingent offers attach a specific condition or conditions required before the sale is finalized. Typical contingencies include passing inspection, loan approval, and sale of the buyer's home. These often involve first right of refusal.

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September
16

You know your home's perks and issues better than anyone. Buyers want to know about any known issues so they can factor repair costs into their offer. Know what you need to disclose during the sale process. Our real estate agents are here to help you with every step of selling a home, including our guide to what sellers need to know about disclosure.

Why Disclosure Is Required in Real Estate Sales

Let's say you're shopping for Livingston homes for sale. Wouldn't you want to learn everything about the potential investment? As a seller, you have a responsibility to disclose certain known issues to buyers. Not only is disclosure the right thing to do, but it's required by law. Exact disclosure laws vary by state, but most require known, significant issues with the home to be disclosed.

Failing to disclose issues with the home can lead to a canceled sale, or potential fraud litigation if the buyer discovers issues that should have been disclosed after closing. By disclosing issues truthfully, you can avoid these potential snags.

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September
9

Reasons House Doesn't Sell - Griffith Realty

No matter how many people attend showings or open houses of Brighton homes for sale, the only ones that matter are the ones who make an offer. Is a lack of solid offers making you nervous? Here are some common reasons why your home may not be selling.

  1. Unrealistic Expectations
    Sometimes people hear the term "seller's market" and sit back waiting for offers to pour in. No matter how advantageous current market conditions are, put forth the effort to display your home most appealingly. 

  2. Narrow Perspective
    Sellers often come up with an asking price by simply pulling data and settling on the average amounts. This method fails to incorporate market fluctuations, trends, and other intangibles. Do some research into the factors that are consistently generating solid offers.

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June
10

Sell Your Home in BrightonBeing able to move into your new place before selling your old house may seem like a big advantage. But while it might make the process easier for your family, selling a vacant house often comes with some unique challenges. Empty houses tend to take longer to sell and go for a lower price than occupied Brighton homes for sale. Our REALTORS® have compiled these six tips that will help you sell your vacant home.

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October
23

5 Reasons to List Your Home This Fall
A lot of people think of spring and summer as the prime selling season for real estate.  While these seasons are a great time to sell, fall can be an even better time to add your home to the list of Brighton homes for sale. During the fall, the weather cools, summer vacations are over, and the kids are back in school, creating a much more relaxed atmosphere for all. Our REALTORS® are passionate about helping clients sell their homes.  Here are five reasons to consider listing your home for sale this fall: 

  1. Demand is High
    Market conditions are in your favor as a seller. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), buyer traffic is high amid healthy job growth, driving home buying demand. Meanwhile, inventory – (homes listed for sale) – remains low. That means that demand is outpacing supply, which is good for home sellers, increasing the odds that their homes will sell quickly and at their listing prices.

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September
26

Making a Counteroffer
As a home seller, you're anxious to receive an offer to purchase your house, and getting an offer may or may not be all that you had hoped it would be. While getting an offer below your asking price isn't uncommon in the real estate market, it indeed isn't ideal. Rest assured, however, that there are proven strategies for dealing with an offer that doesn't satisfy your terms. Our REALTORS® at Griffith Realty are here to guide you through the art of making a counteroffer with these three tips. 

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September
18

Tips for Selling Your Home
Selling your home is an exciting time, although it can be an overwhelming task to accomplish on your own. Our REALTORS® are here to help guide you through the entire process to make your experience both productive and positive. We'll take the lead in getting your home sold, but there are a few steps you can take as a seller to make your home more appealing to prospective buyers. 

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June
19

Staging Your Home

Successful Staging Can Be Key to Selling Quickly

When you finish your pre-listing fix-ups, it's time to consider staging for your first open house. Staging is the process of presenting a neutral look that allows buyers to envision your home as their home. That can't happen if your home reminds them that someone else still lives there. 

Our REALTORS® work with buyers and sellers. We understand that staging is an important factor in selling your home for the best price. We offer these ideas to help you understand what it takes to stage your home for an open house.

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June
1

Stage Your Home to Sell
When you're selling your home, you want every single thing you do to it to count. You want your home to really pop when potential buyers walk through it. You want to guarantee that your home will get their attention.

In other words, you want your home to be the one that makes them say, "Wow," the one they keep thinking about even after a day of looking at properties. Wondering how to make it stand out this much? Here are five ways to give your home the WOW factor.

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