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280 Sandrock Court, Ann Arbor Home in Arbor Pointe

280 Sandrock Court, Ann Arbor MI 48103

New Listing! Move right in to this spacious Arbor Pointe home with neutral decor. Details include:

  • 1909 sq. ft., +500 in the finished lower level, 4 bedrooms and 2.1 baths.
  • Gleaming hardwood floors throughout the main level.
  • Living room has a cozy fireplace and is open to the kitchen and dining area.
  • Lower level is finished with a family/rec room and a workshop area.
  • More photos and details
  • Listed for $395,000

For more information or to schedule a private showing for 280 Sandrock Court, contact us at The Bouma Group, Realtors today at 734-761-3060 or info@bouma.com. View photos, amenities, and market statistics for Arbor Pointe here!

3037 Barclay Way, Ann Arbor MI Condo Listing

3037 Barclay Way, Ann Arbor MI 48105

Just Listed! Nicely decorated brownstone style end unit at Barclay Park condo community. Features include:

  • 1416 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2.1 baths.
  • Main level is open for a more spacious feel and has a living room with a fireplace and upgraded kitchen.
  • Dining area walks out to a private patio with views of a wooded area.
  • Includes a 1 car, attached garage and in-unit laundry.
  • More photos and features
  • Listed for $310,000

To request a private showing for 3037 Barclay Way or to get more information, contact us at The Bouma Group, Realtors today at 734-761-3060 or info@bouma.com. View photos, market statistics and more for the Barclay Park condo complex here!

Why You Should Buy a Home During the Off Season

Your personal home-buying schedule doesn’t have to correspond with the real estate market! In fact, buying during the “off season” can yield tremendous advantages.

The “off season” differs depending on your specific location, but always refers to the period of time during a calendar year when both inventory and competition are low. Usually, this corresponds with the weather conditions in a particular area.

If you’re going to buy a home, you may just want to begin looking for your dream home during this period of market inactivity. Here’s why:

There’s Less Competition

Woman in a purple shirt sitting outside at a coffee shop table with her cell phone in one hand looking at a laptop screen.During the off season there are typically far fewer active buyers looking for homes, as most buyers prefer to look for homes when the weather is great or their kids are out on summer vacation. If you’re searching during the off season, you won’t feel as much pressure from other buyers looking at the same homes as you.

This gives you plenty of time to tour homes, think about them, and come to a decision about whether or not you want to put an offer down.

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Ann Arbor Real Estate Report – October 2019

Year-to-date Prices Only Rise Slightly

In the month of October, 110 Ann Arbor homes were listed for sale and this is a 15.8% increase compared to the 95 homes sold last year. The average listing price declined slightly from $483,085 to $458,760, a 5% drop. A total of 83 homes were sold in the past month, and this is a minimal decline compared to October 2018. The average sale price for Ann Arbor homes increased by 14.9% from $416,435 to $478,428. Unfortunately for sellers, the average days on the market for homes has raised a significant 47% from 38 to 54 days presently.

Looking at the year-to-date statistics, we can see that both listing and selling prices have only somewhat increased. The ALP so far is $506,066 and this is 3.6% higher than before which was $488,423. There has been only a slight decline in the amount of listings entered, from 1381 to 1387 homes. Similarly, there has been little difference in the amount of sold homes as 934 have been sold thus far compared 940 previously. The ASP cumulatively sits at $461,552, which is 5% increase compared to $439,512 at this last year.

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

1800 Hatcher Crescent, Ann Arbor MI Home for Sale

1800 Hatcher Crescent, Ann Arbor MI 48103

Just Listed! Move right into this sharp ranch style home situated on Ann Arbor’s west side in the popular Wines Elementary area. Features include:

  • 1014 sq. ft., +900 in finished lower level, 3 bedrooms and 1.1 baths.
  • Hardwood floors throughout most of the first level with tile in the kitchen and full bath.
  • Kitchen is updated with stainless appliances, granite counters, and a tile backsplash.
  • Lower level makes a great family room or play space.
  • More photos and features
  • Listed for $299,000

To learn more about 1800 Hatcher Crescent, or to request a private showing, contact us at The Bouma Group at 734-761-3060 or info@bouma.com today!

Riding Oaks Estates Neighborhood Report

Riding Oaks Estates Real Estate Report – November 2019

Riding Oaks Estates has splendid newly built homes that are top quality. This luxury Ann Arbor neighborhood also has well-maintained foliage and within the subdivision are walking paths and a pond. Presently, 2 homes are on the market and 3 have been sold this year.

Homes for Sale:

  • $849,900. 2210 Kimberwickle Court, Ann Arbor. 4145 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 3.1 baths.

Homes Sold in 2019:

  • $905,000. 1880 Tapadera Drive, Ann Arbor. 4868 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 3.1 baths.
  • $902,500. 1890 Tapadera Drive, Ann Arbor. 4871 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 4.1 baths. Sold by The Bouma Group
  • $890,000. 2070 Kimberwickle Court, Ann Arbor. 4078 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 3.1 baths.
  • $885,000. 2040 Hackamore Drive, Ann Arbor. 4078 square feet with 5 bedrooms and 4.1 baths.

Last year at Riding Oaks Estates, 1 home sold with a sale price of $813,000 and a price per square foot of $199.36. The 4 homes that have sold so far in 2019 have an average sale price of $895,625, up 10%, and an average price per square foot of $201.61, up slightly. To learn more about the market at Riding Oaks Estates, 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!

The Top 5 Exterior Areas to Fix up Before Listing Your Home this Fall

You’ve probably heard that spring and summer are the best times for listing your home, and we’ll be honest: they do have their perks. But with mortgage rates remaining low and motivated buyers steadily flowing into the market, this fall is shaping up to be a pretty profitable selling season.

If you’re gearing up to list your home soon, then you’ll need to pay extra attention to your outdoor areas. Here are the top five spaces to give a little TLC to before you sell!

The Lawn

An old rake leaning against the wall of a home.

Once you’ve raked up the leaves, you might think your lawn is all taken care of. But there’s much more to fall lawn care than bagging up leaves! If temperatures haven’t majorly dropped by the time you list, you’ll need to keep mowing your lawn—it’ll continue growing until the first hard frost.

If you’ve got a few bare spots in your yard, fall is also the perfect time for overseeding! Since the ground is relatively warm but the sun isn’t quite as powerful as in the summer, growing conditions are better than ever. Just be sure you’re providing your lawn with plenty of water, and those sparse spots should start to fill in.

The Garden

Pumpkins and gourds sitting on a table.

Since you’re planning a move, you probably don’t want to start planting new veggies, but there are other ways to give your garden a fresh look. First, you’ll want to make sure all of your leftover plants from spring and summer are cleared out, and your plot is weed-free. Once that’s taken care of, it’s time for the fun part!

Picked up a few pumpkins or gourds from the farmers’ market? Set them out near your doorstep. Need a home for a scarecrow or two? Give them a perch on either side of the garden. You can fill in any blank space with potted plants like mums or sunflowers or a decorative holiday banner!

The Roof 

Leaves in a gutter.

With trees shedding leaves and dead branches, you’ve probably got a decent amount of brush and foliage dotting your roof. Now’s the time to pull out the ladder and do a clean sweep. Plus, it’s the perfect chance to get a look at the condition of your shingles and see if any need replacing!

While you’re up there, be sure to sweep out your gutters, as well. There’s a good chance the extra debris has them more clogged up than usual, which could lead to flooding or exterior damage. Clearing them out will prevent any issues, and show buyers that you go the extra mile in maintaining your home.

The Porch

Fall decor including a wreath, potted plants, and gourds, all placed around a small bench.

The crowning glory of your home’s exterior, the porch should act as the first taste of what the inside of the home has to offer. You want to strike the perfect balance between warm and welcoming and clean and clutter-free!

First, take care of spiffing the space up by sweeping the floors, ringing out the welcome mat, and dusting off any outdoor furniture. If you have one too many chairs or a crowded collection of potted plants, you should remove some of the clutter.

Then, add a little character! Put a few pumpkins by door, set out a scented candle or two, swap out your porch light for a warmer wattage, and update your throw pillows—just be careful not to overdo it. Since your porch space is likely relatively small, a little goes a long way.

The Front Door

A welcome sign and a small wreath on a white front door.

It’s only a small portion of your exterior, but if you play your cards right, your front door can be one of the most eye-catching parts of your home. Nothing draws attention like a fresh coat of paint, so you should consider picking a shade that pops and matches your siding—like a warm red or a bold blue. At the very least, you should use furniture wax or dish soap to scrub out the dinginess.

Once you’ve revamped your door, it’s time to accessorize! Since it’s fall, you should be able to easily find a seasonal wreath to hang. If you really want to go the extra mile, think about replacing your house number or knocker with some shiny new hardware.

Need a Few More Tips?

If you want to make sure your home is staged to impress—in all areas—then we can help. In addition to our home-staging resources, we’d also be more than happy to do a walk-through of your home and recommend a few personalized decor suggestions or DIY improvements.

From helping you stage to navigating closing, we’ll be there to help you through the selling process, every step of the way. Whenever you’re ready to get started, contact us at The Bouma Group, Realtors at 734-761-3060 or info@bouma.com!

2235 S. Huron Parkway #3, Ann Arbor Condo at Arlington Place

2235 S. Huron Parkway #3, Ann Arbor MI 48103

New Listing! Terrific location at Arlington Place within walking distance of shopping, restaurants, and more for this upper level condo. This unit offers:

  • 1053 square feet with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths.
  • Backs to a beautiful, private nature area.
  • Master bedroom suite has a walk-in closet and private bath.
  • Garage parking included!
  • More photos and details
  • Listed for $189,900

To set up a private showing for 2235 S. Huron Parkway #3, or learn more about this Ann Arbor Condo, contact us at The Bouma Group today at 734-761-3060 or info@bouma.com. View photos and amenities for Arlington Place here!

1613 Dicken Drive, Ann Arbor MI Home for Sale

1613 Dicken Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48103

Just Listed! Located in the highly desirable Dicken Park neighborhood, this classic colonial features:

  • 2177 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 2.1 baths.
  • Hardwood floors throughout most of the home with tile in the kitchen and baths.
  • Kitchen is updated with a new stainless steel refrigerator, range, and high efficiency exhaust fan.
  • Family room has a cozy, brick wood burning fireplace.
  • More photos and features
  • Listed for $415,000

For more information or to schedule a private showing for 1613 Dicken Drive, contact the Ann Arbor Real Estate specialists with The Bouma Group today at 734-761-3060 or info@bouma.com.

11495 Castleton Court, Dexter MI Home in Castleton Farms

11495 Castleton Court, Dexter MI 48130

Just Listed! Situated on 1.4 acres, just minutes from downtown Dexter, this spacious Castleton Farms home is move-in ready! Details include:

  • 3126 square feet of living space with 4 bedrooms and 3.1 baths.
  • Formal living and dining rooms with crown molding.
  • Kitchen boasts white cabinets with granite countertops, a subway tile backsplash, and stainless appliances.
  • Expansive master bedroom suite has a tray ceiling and double doors that open to the lavish master bath with a granite topped, dual sink vanity and tiled floor and walk-in shower.
  • More photos & features
  • Listed for $524,900

For more information on 11495 Castleton Court or to set up a private showing, contact the Dexter Real Estate specialists with The Bouma Group at 734-761-3060 or info@bouma.com. View photos and amenities for Castleton Farms subdivision here!