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So, What Does a Realtor Actually Do for Home Buyers?

If you’re actively looking for a new home to buy, it may be tempting to try and do it yourself, without a Realtor. After all, the agent isn’t really working for you, right?

Two-story suburban home made of brick and stucco.There is a common misconception that real estate agents are only working for sellers, but that couldn’t be further from the truth!

When you’re buying a home, a real estate agent can help you make the right financial decision while maintaining your sanity.

Real estate agents live and breathe real estate, so they know how to navigate the market unlike anyone else.

The Right Buyer’s Agent Will Make All the Difference

An experienced Buyer’s Agent will keep you on top of the market, show you hard-to-find homes for sale, negotiate your buying terms, handle the bulk of your paperwork, and more. And it won’t cost you a penny!

In fact, here are the 4 things real estate agents do to eliminate stress from your home-buying process. Continue reading

3 Surprising Ways Public Schools Affect Your House Hunt

sharpened colored pencils in a circleIt’s back-to-school season. School supplies are front and center in the stores, back-to-school sales are everywhere, and school buses are becoming part of the morning commute.

Even if the public school district is not an important factor in your home search, the location of public schools can still have a significant impact on your home buying decision.

If you are looking for a home near a school, you may want to take these factors into consideration.

1. School Speed Zones

Pay attention to the speed limit around schools and times that the school zone speed is enforced. You may want to consider a home that has convenient alternate routes around the school zone.

the stop sign on the side of a bus2. School Bus Stops

Whether there is a bus route through your neighborhood or on a major thoroughfare, it can affect traffic around your home. Call the school district and ask if there is a bus that stops near your home to pick up students.

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4857 Whitman Circle, Ann Arbor Listing at Loch Alpine

4857 Whitman Circle, Ann Arbor MI 481034857 Whitman Circle, Ann Arbor Home for sale at Loch Alpine

SOLD! Walk to the Ann Arbor Country Club golf course, pool, and restaurant from this Loch Alpine tri-level situated on a gorgeous treed lot. Features include:

  • 1838 square feet of living space with 3 bedrooms and 2.1 baths.
  • Family room has a cozy wood burning fireplace and sliding doors to the patio.
  • A large deck overlooks the mature back yard.
  • More photos & features
  • Ann Arbor mailing, township taxes, Dexter schools
  • MLS# 3232924
  • Listed for $279,900

It’s been a hot market in Loch Alpine this summer. Contact us at The Bouma Group to schedule your private showing for 4857 Whitman Circle today before it’s gone! 734-761-3060 or info@bouma.com.



Ann Arbor Condo Market Update for May 2015

Condo Inventory Down 15%

Ann Arbor Condo Statistics for May 2015
Compared with May 2014, Ann Arbor Condo inventory is down 15% from 252 units listed for sale at this time last year. Condo inventory is typically at its highest in May, but this year, April saw a higher number of units listed for sale at 228. Condo sales are virtually the same with 678 sold units in the past 12 months, which indicates plenty of buyers in the marketplace. Due to higher sales with a bit lower inventory, Ann Arbor Condos are in a seller’s market with a 3.8 month supply of units available.

To find out more about the market and what your condo is worth, contact us today at 734-761-3060 or info@bouma.com. We’d love to talk with you about your Ann Arbor condominium. View local complexes here!


Marnee Thai, Downtown Ann Arbor, MI

Marnee Thai, Downtown Ann Arbor, MI - Downtown Restaurant

Marnee Thai, Downtown A2

Marnee Thai is favorited place of the Bouma Group! Located downtown Ann Arbor and just a block away from the Bouma Group office. Martin is such a regular there, he can be seen on any day of the week with his family, friends, and co-workers enjoying his favorite, the Chicken Pad Thai.

Fox Pointe Condominiums, Ann Arbor, MI

Fox Pointe Condos, Ann Arbor, MI | Ann Arbor Real Estate

Fox Pointe Condos, Ann Arbor, MI | Ann Arbor Real Estate

Fox Pointe Condos are located on Ann Arbor’s south side in desirable Pittsfield Township. Construction of this condominium complex began in 1999 by Sutton Development Company, a local builder that has an outstanding reputation for high quality, affordable homes with superior craftsmanship and attention to detail. Modeled after its neighboring community Heatherwood Condos, Fox Pointe has the most desirable features of those units combined into one, spacious floor plan.

Fox Pointe is a complex of 76 ranch style condominiums in a peaceful setting with a pond and fountain. About half of the units back to a beautiful treeline. These spacious condos feature private entrances, 1382 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, den/sunrooms, 9′ ceilings with vaulted living rooms in the second floor units, and 1 car garages. The association provides lawn care, landscaping, snow removal, trash removal, exterior building maintenance, building insurance, and water & sewer. Condo owners pay Pittsfield Township taxes and children attend Ann Arbor Schools: Bryant-Pattengill Elementary, Tappan Middle, and Pioneer High.

Robot needing some care?

Robot Repair Shop, downtown Ann Arbor, MI | Ann Arbor Specialty Shop

Robot Repair Shop, downtown Ann Arbor, MI

The robot repair shop at 115 Liberty in downtown Ann Arbor, MI not only provides robot supplies and repair, but it doubles as a non-profit creative writing center for students ages 6-18, which is supported by the robot supply part… follow? Stop in for some fun conversation and to be inspired creatively.

La Dolce Vita, downtown Ann Arbor, MI

la Dolce Vita, downtown Ann Arbor, MI | Ann Arbor Restaurant & Bar

la Dolce Vita, downtown Ann Arbor, MI

La Dolce Vita is part of the Chop House located at 322 S Main in downtown Ann Arbor, MI. La Dolce Vita specializes in Italian desserts and has a full bar. It’s a more upscale atmosphere that doesn’t really cater toward children, so this is a great place for ‘date night’!

Chop House and La Dolce Vita are owned by Main Street Ventures, along with Palio’s, Gratzi, Carson’s American Bistro, & Real Seafood Co.

The Chop House, downtown Ann Arbor

Chop House, downtown Ann Arbor, MI | Ann Arbor, Restaurants

Chop House, downtown Ann Arbor, MI

The Chop House of Ann Arbor, MI is located right downtown at 322 S. Main, just blocks from our Bouma Group office. The Chop House is owned by Main Street Ventures, which hold Chop House locations in Grand Rapids, Annapolis, and Charleston.

Check out their website for menu items (and gluten-free items) and special events. Main Street Ventures also brings us Palio’s, Real Seafood Co, Gratzi, & La Dolce Vita.