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June
6

Pool Features

A backyard swimming pool adds not only entertainment opportunities and memories to your life but also a potential selling feature to your outdoor spaces. Adding luxury features to boost the pool's appeal can add even more value. Here are a few features our real estate agents know you'll enjoy having at your pool.

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May
23

May Livingston County

Planning to buy or sell a home in Livingston County this summer? Understanding the latest real estate trends is one of the key ingredients in the recipe for accomplishing your goals, and our team always has an eye on the data to help you stay informed. That data can give you an edge over the competition, whether you're making an offer or positioning your home for a sale. Our real estate agents have all of the latest details in our Livingston County Market Activity report for May 2022.

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April
11

Houseplants

Houseplants can improve the look of your home by adding texture and color while also making its environment cleaner and helping you feel more at ease. But deciding where to put your houseplants can be tricky. In addition to placing them in a spot where they'll receive the right amount of light, you'll want to make sure they don't dominate a space or fade into the background.

Our real estate agents suggest some of the following great places for houseplants:

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April
4

Storage Space

If you're like most people, you probably feel like you don't have enough storage space in your home. Things have a funny way of accumulating and filling up empty space. Whether you live in a small cottage or a five-bedroom ranch, our real estate agents have some tips to increase your home's storage.

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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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March
14

Lawn Care Tips for Spring

Spring is the perfect time to handle all those lawn care tasks on your to-do list. Our real estate agents know that a lush, green lawn also helps your home look inviting to potential buyers. Check out these spring lawn care tips to get your yard looking its best.

  1. Clean Up Your Yard
    When your yard has dried out from the latest round of rain or winter precipitation, set aside time to pick up any debris and dead vegetation. Focus on picking up leaves, wayward rocks, and sticks. If you have snow that's refusing to leave, use a shovel to gently spread it out so that it'll melt quicker. 
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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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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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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
13

Livingston County Dogs

If you are considering moving to Livingston County, you may be wondering what activities and amenities are available for you and your dog. That's why our real estate agents have prepared this guide to the best pup-friendly places in this laid-back locale. From dining and hiking to grooming and kennelling, you'll never run out of things to do with your dog. 

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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
12

Brighton Pet SittingIf you're planning on taking a trip that isn't pet-friendly, you'll need to make arrangements for your furry family members. One option is to hire a pet sitter. A pet sitter can care for your pets in a home-based environment where they're likely to be comfortable.

Our real estate agents suggest asking the following questions when choosing your pet sitter. You should also request an in-person meeting to see how the pet sitter interacts with your pets. 

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May
25

Composting Tips

If you want to reduce the amount of waste you send to the landfill and help your plants grow, composting will help you achieve both these goals. Composting is the process of recycling organic material into fertilizer. 

To start composting, dedicate a shady space near a water source as your compost pile. Then, add green waste (like vegetable and fruit scraps, grass clippings, and coffee grounds) and brown waste (such as branches and dead leaves).

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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
5

Lake Home Livingston County

If you own a lake house, you want to ensure that it creates a welcoming atmosphere for your next gathering or vacation. Our real estate agents know that it only takes a few small changes to transform the look of your space.

Already dreaming about spending time at your lake home this summer? With how many lakes we have in Livingston County, you certainly aren't the only one! Here are a few additions you can add to your lake home that your whole family will enjoy. 

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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
22

Summer Landscaping Tips Livingston County

Warm weather, outdoor flowers, and lawn care routines might be months away, but the key to maximizing your summer landscaping is planning well ahead of time. Our real estate agents always recommend getting ahead start on your summer landscaping plans, as great yards take a lot of legwork. While you're considering your 2021 landscaping budget, it's a great time to plan exactly how you're going to beautify your outdoor living space this year. Below are five 2021 landscaping trends that you should start thinking about now:

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January
25

Decor Style Tips

When you're ready to decorate – or redecorate – your home, you'll need to find the right style of your décor to suit your tastes and also work with your lifestyle. It's often difficult to know exactly what type of style would work best, which can make you procrastinate or buy items without much thought and regretting your purchases later.

Take the time to figure out the right style of décor for your home with the following tips from our real estate agents:

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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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October
19

Winterizing Lake House

Fall is here, and that means it soon will be time to winterize your lake home. Taking the time to make sure your lake house is closed up correctly can help you avoid costly mistakes and make things a lot easier when you return in the spring. Our REALTORS® provide some tips for keeping your lake house in good shape in the winter, and year-round.

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October
12

Fire Prevention month

Each year, there are approximately 358,000 house fires that cause property damage, injuries, and even death. National Fire Prevention Month is observed every October and serves as a reminder for the actions you can take to prevent a fire in your home. Our real estate agents want to make sure you and your family stay safe and recommend these fire prevention tips. 

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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
6

Staging Mistakes

Need to sell your home as quickly as possible? Make sure that you take the time to stage your rooms and various spaces so that they better appeal to potential buyers.

After all, research indicates that staged homes sell 73 percent faster than properties that aren't staged.

To get the maximum benefits from your home staging, it's essential to know what pitfalls to avoid while preparing your home. Here are a few staging mistakes we've seen and how to avoid them. 

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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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March
23

Unfinished Basement Ideas

It's time to sell your home! How do you best showcase the space your unfinished basement has to offer? 

Sorting out your basement and giving it a facelift seems overwhelming. Your goal as a seller is to show buyers how a space could be used. Our REALTORS® can help you freshen up your basement, claim back more square footage, and charm buyers with its many uses. Here are five ways to better use your basement space to appeal to buyers.

  1. Add or Brighten Up a Play Space
    What better way to divvy up your basement's square footage than to add an exciting, energetic play area or freshen up the one you have? Get this set up by doing the following. 
      • Define the area with an interlocking foam mat.
      • Use brightly-colored organizers to use up vertical space and keep toys within reach.
      • Hang bold wall art to contrast off-white walls.
      • Add lounge chairs, arcade games, and a T.V. for preteens/teens.

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December
16

Winter Home Selling

Listing your house in the winter involves a slightly different approach than attempting to sell in the warmer months. With the holidays and weather conditions impacting the way you present your home, you need to proactively take steps to ensure every showing is a success. Here are a few tips our real estate agents encourage homeowners to follow when selling your home during the winter months.

  1. Consider Inspections in the Fall
    If you're hoping to list in the winter, we encourage you to get your home inspected in the autumn. Focus on inspections that cover these areas: the roof, HVAC systems, gutters, fireplaces/chimneys, air sealing windows/doors, pests/rodents, and mold/mildew. Fixing these problems ahead of your listing helps ensure that inspection issues won't disrupt the negotiations.

  2. Prioritize the Exterior
    Curb appeal is important all year long, which is why you can't neglect your landscaping. Remove dead tree limbs or debris around the property and consider planting perennials to spruce up the space. You also want to remove hazards around the home like icicles or patches of ice and slush to ensure a safe space for your potential buyers. Make sure you keep the entranceways of the home clean as well.

  3. Keep Holiday Decorations to a Minimum
    We recommend that sellers refrain from decorating their homes for the holidays. However, we also understand that many homeowners want to enjoy one last holiday season in their house. If you must decorate, we encourage you to choose lights and decorations representing the winter season and doesn't cater to one specific set of beliefs or traditions.

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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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March
4

12 Home Maintenance Tips for Spring
While the cold and wind of the winter season may make spring seem distant, it really is right around the corner. What that means for you if you are a new area homeowner – or are shopping Brighton homes for sale – is that springtime home maintenance chores are also right around the corner. So what should a new homeowner know about getting things in good shape this spring? Our REALTORS® have created this spring maintenance checklist to help you get a handle on just how to take good care of your home.

  1. Inspect your roof A good set of binoculars can spare you the trouble of climbing out on the roof for this job. Look for telltale signs of trouble that might signal the need for a professional roof inspection, such as shingles that have slid out of place, missing shingles or ones that have popped up, making your roof vulnerable to leaks.

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February
11

Brighton Michigan Home Tips
It's tempting to crank up the thermostat when outdoor temperatures start dropping. Michigan winters can be challenging, but there are tons of effective ways to cut down your heating bill and keep your home warm.

Our REALTORS® not only have tons of cozy Brighton homes for sale they also have useful tips for keeping your home toasty when it's cold outside.

  1. Use the Power of the Sun
    Natural light is visually appealing, but did you know that solar heat will also warm up a chilly room? When the sun comes up, open the curtains or blinds and let the light shine in until evening comes around.

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November
6

Brighton Homes Stop Holiday Break-Ins
With our peaceful riverside boardwalk, historic landmarks, and thriving business districts it's no wonder that buyers are consistently seeking Brighton homes for sale. However, like any city or town, security and safety are still concerns for any homeowner--especially with the holiday season coming upon us.

Are you sure your home is secure? Our REALTORS® know that the safety and security of your property are important to you, and that's why we've devised this list of ways to keep burglars away during the holidays. Read along to protect yourself and your valuables this holiday season.

  1. Lock Your Doors and Windows
    Properly securing your home during the holiday season is the best way to protect your home and your valuables. Lock your doors, windows, garage, and shed, and consider investing in deadbolts for any main entrances to your home. Also, don't leave spare keys outside. If you must have a spare, consider leaving one with a trusted neighbor or at a nearby friend's house instead.

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