The Top Tax Deductions and Credits for Homeowners for 2019

Taxes are confusing, which is why many people in the U.S. choose to hire an expert to do their taxes for them. After all, there are so many numbers to know, forms to have ready, records of income and expenses, W-4s, 1099s, 380-Ts—we could’ve just made that last one up, and there’s no way of knowing!

Even though taxes might be complicated, they (sometimes) have a few perks. And if you own a home, those perks could mean a major bonus on your return. If you’re thinking of buying a home before next year’s taxes are due, here’s everything you need to know about how making a home purchase can affect your returns.

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108 E. Henry #807, Saline Condo at Risdon Heights

Spacious, almost new custom condo with a terrific location within walking distance of downtown Saline, parks, restaurants, shops, and more! Features include:

  • 1822 square feet of living space with 3 bedrooms and 2.1 baths.
  • Beautiful hardwood floors throughout the vaulted living room, dining area, and kitchen.
  • Desirable first floor master bedroom suite offers wood floors, a ceiling fan, and private bath with a granite topped dual sink vanity and tiled shower.
  • Loft area provides more living space and makes a great family room, play area, or den.
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  • Listed for $385,000

For more information on 108 E. Henry #807 or to schedule a private showing, contact the condo specialists with The Bouma Group, Realtors at 734-761-3060 or info@bouma.com today!

834 Faith Court, Milan MI Home For Sale

834 Faith Court, Milan, MI 48160

  • 1,704 sq ft, 3 bedrooms and 2.1 baths
  • Gleaming hardwood floors throughout main level
  • Bright and open floor plan with wall of windows and vaulted ceiling
  • Gorgeous four-season sunroom overlooking large, fenced backyard.
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  • Listed for $250,000

New Listing! Move right in to this bright and open multi-level home situated on a quiet cul-de-sac in Milan. This home offers:

For more information on 834 Faith Court or to set up a private showing, contact the real estate experts with the Bouma Group at 734-761-3060 or info@bouma.com today!

Ann Arbor Real Estate Report – December 2019

Less Inventory and More Sales for Ann Arbor Homes

In the final month of 2019, Ann Arbor homes saw a considerable 33.3% decrease in the amount listings from 39 last December to 26 more recently. The average listing price rose, but only minimally from $452,492 to $462,794 now. Sellers were able to finish the year strong with 81 sold properties in December, a significant 41.2% increase from the 57 previously. As for the average sale price, it has stayed relatively stable at $433,953 versus $436,533 last December. Unfortunately for sellers, the average days on the market increased 24.4% to 56 days.

Overall the numbers rose for the year-to-date statistics. In 2018, a total of 1,458 homes were listed for sale, whereas this year 1,470 homes were added to the multiple listings service. The ALP increased by 3% from $487,432 to $501,886. 1,082 homes were sold this past year, and this is only a slight decline compared to the 1,096 before. Cumulatively, the ASP increased by 4.2%, from $438,492 to $457,930.

The Bouma Group is here to help you with all of your housing needs, whether you are looking to buy or considering selling, contact the specialists at (734)761-3060 or email info@bouma.com. To search Ann Arbor neighborhoods, click here!

Old Creek Farms Neighborhood Report

Year End Real Estate Report 2019

Old Creek Farms is a well situated Saline subdivision with traditional homes and mature vegetation. Not only is there a park located within the neighborhood, but there are also other nature areas nearby. Presently, there are no homes listed for sale and 11 have been sold.

Homes Sold in 2019:

  • $326,000. 548 Old Creek Drive, Saline. 1640 sq. ft., + 672 in the finished lower level; 3 bedrooms and 2.1 baths.
  • $319,900. 685 Willis, Saline. 1951 sq. ft., + 700 in the finished lower level; 5 bedrooms and 2.1 baths.
  • $312,000. 507 Old Creek Court, Saline. 1640 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2.1 baths.
  • $305,000. 511 Willis Road, Saline. 1710 sq. ft., + 800 in the finished lower level; 3 bedrooms and 2.1 baths.
  • $296,000. 653 Willis Road, Saline. 1640 sq. ft., + 400 in the finished lower level; 3 bedrooms and 1.1 baths.
  • $295,000. 347 Willis, Saline. 1640 sq. ft., + 400 in the finished lower level; 3 bedrooms and 1.1 baths.
  • $284,900. 533 Forestbrooke Court, Saline. 1640 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2.1 baths.
  • $282,000. 407 Old Creek Drive, Saline. 1640 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 1.1 baths.

For a complete list of Sold Homes at Old Creek Farms, Saline, contact us at (734)761-3060

Last year at Old Creek Farms, 12 homes sold with an average sale price of $257,650 and an average price per square foot of $161.55. The 11 homes that were sold in 2019 have an ASP of $290,064, up 12.6%, and an A$/SF of $174.57, up 8.1%. If you would like to be updated on the selling and listing activity at Old Creek Farms, contact the real estate specialists with The Bouma Group at (734)761-3060 or via email info@bouma.com. View more Saline neighborhoods here!

The Top 4 Home Selling Myths of 2019, Busted

“Fake news” has become one of the trendiest terms of the decade—even when it comes to real estate. Homeowners are often bombarded with selling advice that promises to get their home sold quickly and for top dollar…but more often than not, these “tips” are nothing more than misleading—and can throw you off-track.

As we end the year, we want to set the record straight. Here’s our list of the top four home selling myths, debunked.

Myth #1: It’s Just like Reality TV

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If HGTV is your guilty pleasure, you’ve probably watched hundreds of buyers and sellers navigate the real estate process on camera. Although the shows do get some things right, they’re often scripted and don’t provide an accurate idea of what it takes to sell your property.

One of the biggest misconceptions created by these programs is the length of the selling process. Don’t fall for the TV magic—it actually takes a lot more than a showing and a phone call to close a deal. In reality, homes can sit on the market for 60 to 100 days or more, and the closing process might last for up to 45 days. Instead of expecting instant gratification, it’s best to talk with your agent to create a realistic timeline before listing. Continue reading

Liberty Glen Neighborhood Report

Year End Real Estate Report 2019

Liberty Glen Ann Arbor Real Estate Report

Liberty Glen is an established Ann Arbor subdivision with mature trees lining the sidewalks. There are many parks close by and the Liberty Athletic Club is also within walking distance. Presently, 1 home is listed for sale and 4 have been sold.

Home for Sale:

  • $334,000. 495 Burr Oak Drive, Ann Arbor. 1858 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2.0 baths. Sale Pending

Homes Sold in 2019:

  • $465,000. 596 Trego Circle, Ann Arbor. 2318 sq. ft., + 984 in the finished lower level; 4 bedrooms and 3.1 baths.
  • $435,000. 631 Trego Circle, Ann Arbor. 2681 sq. ft., + 960 in the finished lower level; 4 bedrooms and 4.1 baths.
  • $430,000. 317 Burr Oak Drive, Ann Arbor. 2364 sq. ft., + 627 in the finished lower level; 4 bedrooms and 2.1 baths.
  • $382,700. 647 Trego Circle, Ann Arbor. 1934 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2.1 baths.

Last year at Liberty Glen, 4 homes were sold with an average sale price of $388,500 and an average price per square foot of $188.29. The 4 homes that have been sold so far in 2019 have an ASP of $428,175, up 10.2%, and an A$/SF of $185.66, down slightly. If you would like to be updated on the listing and selling activity at Liberty Glen, contact the real estate specialists with The Bouma Group at (734)761-3060 or via email info@bouma.com. View more Ann Arbor neighborhoods here!

Crystal Creek Neighborhood Report

Year End Real Estate Report 2019

Crystal Creek Real Estate Report 2019

With a variety of floor plans, Crystal Creek caters to home owners’ desires. It is located close to many conveniences, making it easy to access a range of services in Ann Arbor. Presently, no homes are listed for sale and 6 have sold.

Homes Sold in 2019:

  • $335,000. 4155 Crystal Creek Drive, Ann Arbor. 2184 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 2.1 baths.
  • $325,000. 4241 Woodcrest Court, Ann Arbor. 2202 sq. ft., + 900 in the finished lower level; 4 bedrooms and 2.1 baths.
  • $320,000. 4010 Woodcreek, Ann Arbor. 2208 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 3.1 baths.
  • $300,000. 4079 Crystal Creek, Ann Arbor. 2184 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 3.1 baths.
  • $291,000. 4313 Ridgewood Drive, Ann Arbor. 1671 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2.0 baths.
  • $290,000. 4210 Crystal Creek Drive, Ann Arbor. 2099 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2.1 baths.

Last year at Crystal Creek, 3 homes sold with an average sale price of $263,333 and an average price per square foot of $146.42. The 6 homes that have been sold so far in 2019 have an ASP of $310,167, up 17.8%, and an A$/SF of $149.26, up slightly. For more information about Crystal Creek, contact the real estate specialists with The Bouma Group at (734)761-3060 or via email info@bouma.com. View more Ann Arbor neighborhoods here!

Ravines Neighborhood Report

Year End Real Estate Report 2019

As the name suggests, the Ravines has a beautiful landscape consisting of woods, parks, ravines and ponds. This affordable Ann Arbor subdivision also has many recreational areas for sports such as ball fields and a sandpit for volleyball. Presently, 2 homes are listed for sale and 10 have sold, 2 of which The Bouma Group was involved with.

Homes for Sale:

  • $405,000. 1663 Reserve Court, Ann Arbor. 2062 sq. ft., + 692 in the finished lower level; 4 bedrooms and 3.1 baths. Sale Pending
  • $389,900. 1748 Scio Ridge Road, Ann Arbor. 2057 sq. ft., + 500 in the finished lower level; 3 bedrooms and 2.1 baths.

Brookside of Superior Township Neighborhood Report

Year End Real Estate Report 2019

Brookside of Superior Township is a fairly recent Ypsilanti subdivision that is located between Ann Arbor and Canton. Along with being well situated, the homes are affordable and have many additional features. Presently, 14 homes are listed for sale and 22 have been sold this year, 1 of which The Bouma Group was involved with.

Homes for Sale:

  • $273,520. 8866 Somerset Lane, Ypsilanti. 2052 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2.1 baths.
  • $273,520. 8851 Somerset Lane, Ypsilanti. 2052 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2.1 baths.
  • $269,900. 8525 Barrington Drive, Ypsilanti. 2258 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 2.1 baths. Sale Pending
  • $259,900. 8764 Barrington Drive, Ypsilanti. 1290 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2.0 baths.
  • $259,900. 8756 Barrington Drive, Ypsilanti. 1290 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2.0 baths.
  • $254,900. 8303 North Warwick Court, Ypsilanti. 2366 sq. ft., + 1000 in the finished lower level; 4 bedrooms and 2.1 baths.
  • $250,045. 8859 Somerset Lane, Ypsilanti. 1376 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2.0 baths.
  • $250,045. 8864 Somerset Lane, Ypsilanti. 1376 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2.0 baths.

For a complete list of Homes for Sale at Brookside, Ypsilanti, contact us at (734)761-3060