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July
25

House Hunting in Livingston County

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

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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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March
21

Home Improvement

When you move into a new home, it's always fun to make it your own. This does not have to mean a total remodel, and it doesn't have to mean spending thousands of dollars, either. There are plenty of smaller home improvement projects that you can tackle on a weekend for a reasonable budget. Our real estate agents are excited to share the following weekend home improvement projects with you.

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February
14

HOA Tips

If you want the security of knowing that other homeowners in your area must maintain their homes to a specific standard, our real estate agents know that purchasing a home in an HOA can encourage a clean, well-kept neighborhood.

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January
17

Brighton Market Report

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.

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January
3

2022 Move

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.

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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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October
18

HVAC

Your HVAC system has worked hard all summer to keep you cool and comfortable. Before you flip that switch and turn on the heat, you might want to give it a little TLC to make sure it serves you well through the winter months. Our real estate agents want to remind you that an annual tune-up is a fairly inexpensive service that can save you thousands over time. In case you've been ignoring them, there are a few telltale signs that say you should get this done sooner rather than later. 

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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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August
23

August 2021 Livingston CountyPlanning on buying or selling a home in the Livingston County area this year? A strong understanding of the latest local real estate trends is key to success, whether you're buying, selling, or simply gathering information to help you plan what to do next. Our real estate agents keep a constant eye on the latest real estate trends in the area, and we've got all of the details in our August Market Activity Report for Livingston County.

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August
9

Vacation Home

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.

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June
15

Bidding War

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. 

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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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May
3

Fireplace Addition TipsA fireplace is one of the most popular features in a home. At Griffith Realty, buyers consistently ask our real estate agents to show them homes with a beautiful stone or brick fireplace that creates a cozy atmosphere in the home.

Buying or selling a home with a fireplace, or adding a fireplace to your existing home has big payoffs and many advantages. Here's what you need to consider before adding one. 

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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
15

Home Theater Tips

Enjoy a cinema experience from the comfort of your home. Advances in technology mean that this luxurious option is now available to nearly everyone, even those on a limited budget. If a fantastic new home theater is on your wish list, our real estate agents will be delighted to help you find the perfect venue in the Brighton area. Once you find it, here's how to turn your vision into a reality.  

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February
8

Buying Land Tips

If you can't find a home that has enough of the essentials you're looking for in an area you like, you may want to consider buying land and having your own home built. This lets you build to your specifications, customizing your house to suit your needs and preferences.
  
Our real estate agents recommend knowing the following 5 things when you're thinking about buying land:  

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January
18

January 2021 Market Report

It's a New Year, and for many men and women, it's an opportunity to reconsider their real estate goals. Our real estate agents completely understand why you may have paused your listing plans in 2020. The sudden disruption of the year, coupled with uncertainty for the immediate future, created a valid reason why it may not have been the right time to buy or sell a home. We want all of our potential clients to know that we prioritize your comfort and confidence above all else.

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January
11

Home Office Brighton

If 2020 has taught us anything, it's that a home office can go anywhere if you believe hard enough. With so many people working from home now, our real estate agents have seen some pretty clever ways of incorporating home offices into everyday living spaces. Here are 5 creative tips to consider.

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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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September
10

Competitive Market

In a competitive real estate market, home sellers have an advantage over buyers. You can still find a great home at a price you can afford, even in this type of market, but you may need to make your offer stand out in case the seller receives other offers. The amount of money you're willing to spend is important, of course, but there are also other ways to give your offer a boost in the eyes of the seller.

Our real estate agents suggest the following ways to make your offer stand out in a competitive housing market:

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August
10

Spare Bedroom Ideas

Do you have an extra bedroom that's been quietly calling out for a purpose? Maybe you're empty nesters with some newly-available space. Maybe you're a young couple with plans to fill all those bedrooms someday, but not just yet. In any case, our real estate agents are here to help. Be sure to consider some of these options for putting that space to good use!

  1. Create the Home Office of Your Dreams
    If you're among the millions of Americans who have found themselves suddenly working from home this year, then you've probably been dreaming about a proper home office. It sure beats trying to get the job done from the couch or the kitchen counter. Turning a spare bedroom into a functional workspace is a great way to utilize that extra room and can continue being useful long after COVID-19 has come and gone.  

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April
20

Dog Friendly Neighborhood

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.

  1. Sidewalks
    For many homeowners, a sidewalk is considered a "nice to have" feature. However, if you own a dog, pin this at the top of your must-have list. Consider neighborhoods with wide, well-paved, and brightly lit sidewalks to ensure that you'll enjoy walks around the area with your furry friend. In addition to sidewalks, consider neighborhoods with trails to explore. It's a bonus if the neighborhood provides dog-accessible water bowls and waste bags.
  2. Garbage Cans
    Public garbage cans allow you and your pooch to enjoy more pleasurable walks without having to take poop bags home for disposal. If you find a fully-decked-out doggy station with a garbage pail and disposal bags, you know you've hit the jackpot. Other than garbage cans, look out for cookies and water bowls. If your neighborhood is dog-friendly, you'll spot bowls filled with clean, fresh water outside business parks and shops. You may also find artisan dog cookies at various cash registers. Parks might feature multi-tiered fountains, with a special spout just for pets closer to the ground.

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November
18

Saving for Down Payment

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.

  1. Create a Budget
    This is the number one rule for all major financial undertakings. Have a reasonable idea of what your expenses will be and build in a cushion to cover unexpected costs. Include factors such as moving services and supplies, deposits and down payments, fuel, and overnight travel.

  2. Save Your Tax Refund
    Tax refunds are more or less "found" money not accounted for in regular household budgeting, so they can go a long way toward covering the expenses of moving.

  3. Pare Down Your Possessions
    Start going through clothing, furnishings, and other household items to determine what stays. Take whatever doesn't make the cut and pick up some extra bucks by holding a garage sale or selling the items through eBay or a consignment shop. As a bonus, you'll reduce expenses and labor by having less to move.

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September
30

Personalized Offer Letter - Griffith Realty

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.

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August
12

Raise Credit Score - Griffith Realty

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.

  1. Keep an eye on your credit score.
    To take care of your credit score you first must know what it is. One of the worst things you can do is not check this number regularly. Many financial institutions and credit card companies even offer free credit score reporting every month. This enables you to see your score each month without potentially lowering it. If your report seems lower than it should be, investigate the previous months that show a drop. There's always a possibility that your card may have been used fraudulently. If you see a transaction that wasn't yours, report it immediately.

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April
15

Buying a House Multigenerational Living

Multigenerational households are growing rapidly.

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.

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March
11

Meet Your New Brighton Neighbors
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.

  1. Spend time outdoors – Make it easy to meet you by spending time out in the yard, sitting on the porch or walking around your neighborhood. Be sure to wave at people or say hello when you pass so that they know you are friendly and interested in getting to know people in your new community. Chances are good that your new neighbors are just as curious about you as you are about them, and an open, friendly demeanor will encourage them to act on that curiosity and introduce themselves.

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December
31

Brighton Buy a Home
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.

Four Strategies that Lead to Homeownership

  • Get Your Financial House in Order
    As a general rule, you will need to save at least 5% of the home's price for a down payment. That is why our REALTORS® recommend getting your financial house in order as soon as possible. This involves cleaning up your credit, paying down debts, and trimming your monthly expenses to the bare minimum. You may need to sell-off non-contributory assets such as extra cars, refinance existing loans, or cut back on the weekly latte meetings with friends. These factors have considerable influence on your ability to save. When these are taken care of, you will find it much easier to save up the down-payment. How long it takes to accomplish these objectives is up to you. Motivated buyers have been known to do all of this in one year. More commonly, it takes between two to three years.

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December
10

Home Buying Neighborhood Walkability
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 saleour REALTORS® will be prepared--with walking shoes on--to help you find the perfect neighborhood.

What is Walkability?

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.

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October
9

Escape the Rental Trap
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.

  1. Work to reduce your current housing bills
    Ideally, you should be spending no more than 30 percent of your income on rent. If your current rental is eating up a higher percentage of your income than it should, consider a less expensive place. While downgrading may mean living with fewer conveniences and/or in a less desirable area, it could help you save for a down payment on a home of your own. Lowering your rent-to-income ratio can also help you create a more stable financial profile for yourself, which can be helpful when it comes time to apply for a mortgage loan.

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August
28

Buying a Home in Brighton Contingent Listings
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.

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August
21

Buying a Brighton Home in a Seller's Market
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."

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August
15

First-Time Buyers Homeowners Insurance
Buying your first house is hard work. You crunched the numbers, saved your downpayment, and are ready to start touring Brighton homes for saleBut 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.

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July
24

Save for a Down Payment
5 Ways to Save for a Down Payment

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. 

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July
3

Home Closing Tips
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:

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