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111 N. Ashley #709, Downtown Ann Arbor Condo

111 N. Ashley #709, Ann Arbor MI 48104

Just Listed! Check out the views of downtown Ann Arbor from this 7th floor condo at Ashley Terrace. Features include:

  • 1078 square feet with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths.
  • West facing unit with awesome sunset views!
  • Kitchen offers granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and hardwood flooring.
  • Heated, indoor parking space and secured entry are a bonus!
  • More photos and features
  • Listed for $575,000

For more information on 111 N. Ashley #709, contact us at The Bouma Group, Realtors today at 734-761-3060 or info@bouma.com. View amenities and photos for Ashley Terrace condos here!

5 Ways to Freshen Up Your Decor for Spring

The days are getting longer, temperatures are starting to climb, and the trees are finally starting to turn green again. As spring approaches, it’s a great time to freshen up your decor and add a splash of color to your space. Looking for some quick, easy, and affordable design tips? Here are a few ways to welcome spring into your home…especially if you’re thinking about selling in the next few months!

Our Top Spring Decor Tips

Do Some Spring Cleaning

Person cleaning a kitchen

Before you make any decor updates, it’s crucial to get every inch of your home looking pristine. Spring cleaning involves more than just a little scrubbing—you should take some time to reorganize, too!

If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, just start by working room by room and removing any clutter. It may also be beneficial to make “keep,” “donate,” and “throw away” piles to ensure that everything stays in order. After you’ve freed up some space, break out the cleaning supplies and banish any dust, cobwebs, and grime. Can’t do it all yourself? Get the whole family involved!

Incorporate a Little Greenery

Roses in a vase

Want to breathe new life into your home? Take some inspiration from nature! Adding freshly-cut or potted flowers and greenery can turn your house into a home—and if you’re selling, your buyers might appreciate the extra pop of color.

If you’re not sure where to start, consider a ready-made bouquet or some low-maintenance houseplants for your living room, kitchen, or bedroom. Placing them in trendy planters and decorative vases can create an added level of style. For a final splash of spring, try hanging a wreath of seasonal blossoms or greenery on your front door to welcome guests inside.

Add New Accessories

Blue-themed living room

Take some time to get rid of your winter accessories and usher in a brand-new season. Light and bright colors, linens, textured pottery, and raw wood accents are all on-trend this spring, and adding these small details can really elevate your home’s style.

Start by incorporating some new accent pillows and paring down your current accessories in favor of a more curated collection. This is particularly important if you’re getting ready to sell; you’ll want to depersonalize your space, but it should still feel like a home. Hanging some different art on your walls can also help you transition to spring—we recommend floral prints or paintings.

Freshen Up with Inviting Scents

Lit candle in a living room

Is your home smelling a little musty after a long winter? Throw open the windows and freshen up with some invigorating scents.

Before you integrate spring fragrances, however, be sure to eliminate any unpleasant odors first. Once you’ve deodorized, swap out those holiday candles in favor of some fresher aromas. Lavender, fresh cotton, and lemongrass are all great choices, and they won’t be too overpowering.

Don’t Neglect Your Outdoor Space!

Spring patio with a table and chairs

As you prep for the warmer months ahead, the outside of your home matters just as much as the inside. Your outdoor space can really make or break a sale during the spring, as buyers are probably ready to spend some time outside. Even if you aren’t selling soon, your yard, porch, deck, or patio could probably use a little extra attention.

Brush off the winter blues by sweeping away any debris, addressing brown spots on your lawn, and getting rid of any dead or wilting plants. You might also want to incorporate some new outdoor furniture on your deck or patio to show off its potential.

Ready Sell Your Home This Spring?

If you’re looking for spring decorating tips because you’re planning on selling your home soon, we’d love to help you navigate every step of the process. Feel free to reach out to us for more staging strategies and seller tips—we can even help you list your home with just a few clicks! info@bouma.com or 734-761-3060

641 N. 5th Avenue, Ann Arbor Condo at Wickliffe

641 N. 5th Avenue, Ann Arbor MI 48104

New Listing! Light-filled, end unit with a great downtown location in Kerrytown at Wickliffe. This updated condo offers:

  • 1368 square feet with 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths.
  • Open floor plan with hardwood floors throughout most of the condo.
  • Vaulted master bedroom suite has a walk-in closet and private bath.
  • Includes a 2-car garage!
  • More photos and features
  • Listed for $559,900

For more information or to request a private showing for 641 N. 5th Ave., contact the Ann Arbor Condo specialists with The Bouma Group today at 734-761-3060 or info@bouma.com. View photos, market statistics and more for Wickliffe Condos here!

5906 Versailles Ave, Ann Arbor Home in Country French Estates

5906 Versailles Avenue, Ann Arbor MI 48103

New Listing! So many updated features in this stylish home in Country French Estates. Features include:

  • 1745 sq. ft., +500 in the finished lower level, 3 bedrooms and 2.1 baths.
  • Beautiful hardwood floors throughout most of the home.
  • Custom built-ins grace almost ever room, including the lower level.
  • Great outdoor entertaining space on the covered deck and adjacent hot tub.
  • More photos and features
  • Listed for $409,900

For more information or to schedule a private showing for 5906 Versailles Ave., contact the Ann Arbor Real Estate specialists with The Bouma Group today at 734-761-3060 or info@bouma.com. View photos and amenities for Country French Estates here!

3624 Barry Knoll Drive, Ann Arbor Home in Briar Hill

3624 Barry Knoll Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48108

New Listing! Elegant brick 2-story home with loads of extras located in Pittsfield Township’s Briar Hill subdivision. Features include:

  • 3097 sq. ft., +846 in finished lower level, 5 bedrooms and 3.1 baths.
  • Beautiful hardwood floors throughout the main level.
  • Formal and informal living spaces are great for entertaining and family life.
  • Finished lower level has daylight windows, a custom bar, fireplace, built-ins, a 5th bedroom and full bath.
  • More photos and features
  • Listed for $614,900

To request a more information or a private showing for 3624 Barry Knoll, contact us at The Bouma Group, Realtors at 34-761-3060 or info@bouma.com today! View photos, market statistics and amenities for Briar Hill subdivision here.

2942 Hunley Drive, Ann Arbor Condo at Northside Ridge

2942 Hunley Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48105

Just Listed! Situated on Ann Arbor’s north side, this upper level condo at Northside Ridge offers peaceful views of the woods. Features include:

  • 1201 square feet with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths.
  • Living room has a cozy fireplace and sliding doors to the screened-in deck.
  • Master bedroom suite boasts a newly remodeled master bath.
  • In-unit laundry room and attached garage are a bonus!
  • More photos and features
  • Listed for $280,000

For more information on 2942 Hunley Drive or to schedule a private showing, contact the Ann Arbor Condo specialists with The Bouma Group at 74-761-3060 or info@bouma.com. View photos and amenities for Northside Ridge condos here!

4 Easy, Low-Budget Projects Buyers Will Love

If you’re getting ready to sell your home, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to impress buyers. In fact, making just a few small changes can have a lasting impact and help you secure a sale. Here are four easy, low-budget projects you can do on your own—and buyers will love the results!

Updating Hardware and Fixtures

Faucet with running water

Does your kitchen feel a little drab? Is your bathroom still stuck in the 1990s? You probably don’t have to undertake an entire renovation to bring your space into the new decade—adding some updated hardware and fixtures just might do the trick! Today’s buyers are looking for modern yet timeless finishes, so oil-rubbed bronze, brushed nickel, or matte black are all great choices. Continue reading

Ann Arbor Real Estate Report – February 2020

Similar Amount of Inventory Compared to Last Year

The market listing and sales in Ann Arbor for February are quite similar to last February’s numbers. As for the amount of listings entered, 98 homes were added last month, only 2 more homes compared to last year. The average listing price has a more significant increase of 21.7%, from $517,018 to $629,105. A total of 52 homes were sold in February, and this is a 5.5% decline from the 55 homes previously. Unfortunately for sellers, the average amount of days on the market is 60 up from 55, a 9% difference.

Looking at the year-to-date statistics, they are on a similar trend to the monthly statistics. So far this year, 169 homes have been added to the multiple listings service, which is a 3.7% increase from the 163 homes entered at this time last year. The ALP has increased by 20.4% from $487,117 to $586,673. 105 homes have been sold thus far, which is a 10.5% increase in comparison to the 95 homes sold by February 2019 previously. Cumulatively, the ASP is $446,214 versus $427,803 prior, a 4.3% rise.

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

The Top 10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Buyer’s Agent

When buying a home, who you choose to work with matters more than you think. Finding the right buyer’s agent can make or break your entire experience, so it’s important to interview a few candidates before settling on “the one.” Not sure where to start? Here are a few must-ask questions to consider before you pick your buyer’s agent.

How long have you been an agent?

Agent and client talking at a table

Unless you mesh well with a newer agent, it’s usually better to go with someone who has at least a few years of experience under their belt. They’ll have the knowledge you need to navigate the ins and outs of the entire buying process. Continue reading

Ann Arbor Hills Neighborhood Report

Ann Arbor Hills Real Estate Report – February 2020

As one of Ann Arbor’s most sought after neighborhoods, Ann Arbor Hills typically sees a lot of real estate activity. There are currently 16 homes listed for sale and so far this year, 4 homes have sold.

Homes for Sale:

  • $1,499,000. 3100 Geddes Ave, Ann Arbor. 2772 sq. ft., +1331 in finished lower level, 4 bedrooms and 3.1 baths.
  • $1,345,000. 2125 Devonshire, Ann Arbor. 3836 sq. ft., +1700 in finished lower level, 5 bedrooms and 4.1 baths.
  • $1,200,000. 830 Avon, Ann Arbor. 3648 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2.1 baths.
  • $1,050,000. 2 Shipman Circle, Ann Arbor. 3128 sq. ft., +1444 in finished lower level, 4 bedrooms and 4.1 baths.
  • $989,000. 519 Onondaga, Ann Arbor. 2912 square feet with 5 bedrooms and 3 baths.
  • $825,000. 2980 Provincial, Ann Arbor. 2625 sq. ft., +1000 in finished lower level, 4 bedrooms and 3.1 baths. Sale Pending
  • $679,000. 2554 Londonderry, Ann Arbor. 2514 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths.

For a more detailed list of current homes for sale, contact us at 734-761-3060

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