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Top 3 Staging Tips To Sell Your Home Faster

Key Takeaways:

  • Staging showcases a home’s best assets and helps sell it for top dollar.
  • You’ll be at an advantage if you take the extra step of staging your property.
  • This is a great time to plan for the future of your home, so contact us today!

First impressions matter, so when you finally put your house on the market, you’ll want to pay special attention to how you stage your property.

Staging is a real estate term that means how a house looks, and good staging helps buyers imagine themselves in the home. It shows off the property’s good features, hides its flaws, turns unconventional spaces into usable spaces, creates a mood, and makes the house look significantly better in photos.

So, let’s look at why staging is necessary and some of the easiest and most recommended staging steps to ensure you get top dollar for your home!

Why staging your home matters

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Why Now Is a Good Time to Enter the Housing Market

Key Takeaways:

  • Low default rates are a positive sign of the housing market’s resiliency  
  • There are signals that the market is shifting to favor homebuyers
  • Our team is ready to help you achieve your goals, so contact us today!

As with any investment, the best time to buy is when prices are low. It’s no different when it comes to real estate. With one historic and unprecedented event after another these days, knowing when to move in today’s market can be complicated and intimidating, but it doesn’t need to be.

Analysts agree about where the market is likely headed. So as 2022 winds down, let’s review the latest news to help you better understand where your opportunity lies (and why now may actually be the best time to buy!).

Low loan defaults are keeping the housing market healthy

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The current housing market is not a repeat of the previous financial crisis in 2008. The two primary factors that contributed to the housing market crash back then were cheap credit and lax lending standards. Remember the terms subprime, mortgage-backed securities, CDOs, and adjustable rate mortgage? Thankfully, that’s not what’s making headlines this time around.

Today, lending standards are more strict than they were 15 years ago, and because of this, most homeowners are not teetering on loan default like they were back in 2008. In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, banks introduced various programs to help homeowners stay current on their mortgages and avoid default. The result is historic mortgage balance lows, with loans that are 90 days past due pegged at just 0.5%. That’s a far cry from the staggering 11.36% rate back in 2010 when homeowners struggled to make payments.

Economic signals indicate this is becoming a buyer’s market

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Putting today’s housing market in proper historical context is paramount to making an informed decision. While the current 7% mortgage interest rates are certainly higher than the pandemic-induced low of 2.65% in December 2020 (the lowest in history!), that doesn’t mean you should avoid buying a home. Compared to the all-time high of 18.45% set back in 1981, today’s average rate of 7% is suddenly far less imposing. 

Experts all agree: home equities are going to decline. The only dispute between analysts is by how much, with some analysts projecting an average decline of about 20%. According to Black Knight, a mortgage technology and data provider, home prices have declined slightly, but mortgage holders possess $11.5 trillion in tappable equity.

Even though recent news and numbers seem to suggest that the real estate market may be experiencing a slowdown, Black Knight added that the “market is on strong footing to weather a correction” given that the total market leverage (including both first and second liens) was just 42% of mortgaged homes’ values – the lowest number on record. 

Homes are always a solid investment strategy

Beautiful, Newly Built Luxury Home Exterior

Eager would-be homebuyers waiting for home prices to fall have some good news ahead of them. But, homeowners have good news, too. While there’s plenty of panic around a “decline” in home prices, the Case-Shiller Index reports it’s just 2.2%—meaning homeowners are still in command of a 38.33% increase in the last two years.

With mortgage interest rates hovering around 7% and home values stabilizing, the tail-end of 2022 or 2023 may be the best time for you to finally make that move, especially as two-thirds of major regional housing markets (98 out of 148) prices continue to drop. 

We’ll Help You Buy For the Right Price

When you’re ready to make your move, reach out and contact our trusted real estate team. We know the local housing market and can help guide you to the best deals available on the market today. And, there are plenty of ways to extend your buying power and reduce your interest rates! Our team can’t wait to share our proven strategies with you, so contact us today at The Bouma Group, Realtors at 734-761-3060 or!

7300 Warwick Drive, Ypsilanti Home for Sale in Greene Farms

7300 Warwick Drive, Ypsilanti MI 48197

SOLD! Walk to the community pool from this Greene Farms home at 7300 Warwick Drive, situated on a corner lot near walking trails and parks. Features include:

  • 1593 square feet of living space with 3 bedrooms and 2.1 baths.
  • Open floor plan is great for entertaining and family life.
  • Spacious primary suite offers a vaulted ceiling, large walk-in closet, and private bath with a dual sink vanity.
  • Roof new in 2020, back yard fence new in 2020, water heater new in 2018, and new sump pump.
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  • Listed for $279,900

To schedule a private showing or get more information for 7300 Warwick Drive, contact us at The Bouma Group, Realtors today at 734-761-3060 or View photos and amenities for the Greene Farms subdivision here!

4957 Birdie Lane, Ann Arbor Home on Polo Fields Golf Course

4957 Birdie Lane, Ann Arbor MI 48103

Just Listed! Have one of the best golf course views from 4957 Birdie Lane, a stunning home with a great floor plan in the desirable Polo Fields golf and country club community. Features include:

  • 3697 square feet with an additional 1848 in the finished, walkout lower level.
  • 6 bedrooms, 4 full and 1 half bath.
  • Fantastic views of the golf course from almost every room in the house, plus the Trex deck and tiered brick paver patio.
  • The spacious great room has a vaulted ceiling with a fan, fireplace, and wall of windows.
  • The First-floor guest suite with a private bath and walk-in closet can also be used as a primary suite.
  • The expansive lower level offers a home theater with built-in speakers, the 6th bedroom, a full bath, kitchenette, and walks out to a patio with the golf course beyond.
  • More photos and features
  • Listed for $849,900

To request a private showing or additional information for 4957 Birdie Lane, contact the Ann Arbor Real Estate specialists with The Bouma Group today at 734-761-3060 or View photos and amenities for the Polo Fields Country Club and Golf community here!

2578 Timber Hill Drive, Ann Arbor Luxury Home in Walnut Ridge

2578 Timber Hill Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48103

New Listing! 2578 Timber Hill Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48103. Gorgeous, former model located in the executive neighborhood of Walnut Ridge. This luxury home offers:

  • 5392 square feet, with an additional 2645 in the finished walk-out, 4 bedrooms, and 5.1 baths.
  • All-brick paver driveway and professionally landscaped yard give a great first impression.
  • Gleaming hardwood floors throughout most of the first level with tile in the conservatory and flex space.
  • Soaring, coffered cathedral ceiling and stunning fireplace, and expansive windows in the great room.
  • Dream kitchen features plenty of granite counter space, Wolf appliances, a center island, and walk-in pantry.
  • The luxurious primary suite is highlighted by the tray ceiling, 3-sided fireplace, sitting area, dressing room, and lavish bathroom.
  • The finished lower level has a wet bar, home theater, recreation space, a spa room with a hot tub, and walks out the paver patio and in-ground salt water pool.
  • More photos and so many more features
  • Listed for $1,309,900

To request a private showing or more information for 2578 Timber Hill Drive, contact the Ann Arbor Luxury Real Estate specialists with The Bouma Group today at 734-761-3060 or View photos and amenities for the Walnut Ridge subdivision here!

What’s Happening in Your Local Housing Market?

Key Takeaways:

  • Today’s market conditions are unique, and there are plenty of ways to win
  • Let’s explore the steps you can take to pave your path to homeownership
  • Our team is ready to help you achieve your goals, so contact us today!

Amid high inflation, increasing mortgage rates, and limited housing inventory, the headlines make it seem like there’s no good news in the real estate market. But when you listen closely to expert economists and look at your local market, you’ll learn that there’s plenty of opportunity. Let’s take a closer look to understand the complete picture of what’s really going on in the housing market.

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322 E. Liberty #2, Downtown Ann Arbor Condo at Loft 322

322 E. Liberty Condo Building in Downtown Ann Arbor at Lot 322

New Listing! Enjoy everything downtown Ann Arbor has to offer from this stylish condo at Loft 322. 322 E. Liberty features:

  • 995 square feet of living space with 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths.
  • The private terrace faces north and has fantastic views of E. Liberty St.
  • True loft feel with stained concrete floors, high ceilings with exposed duct work, and brick walls.
  • The building offers an updated exercise room, secure entry, elevator, storage lockers, and a heated secure garage with a deeded parking space.
  • Walk to restaurants, shops, entertainment, the University of Michigan, art fair, festivals, and more!
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  • Listed for $535,000

To request more information or a private showing for 322 E. Liberty #2, contact the Ann Arbor Real Estate specialists with The Bouma Group today at 734-761-3060 or View photos and amenities for the Loft 322 condo building here!

Top 5 Tips for Home Buying in Today’s Market

Key Takeaways:

  • There are plenty of strategies to successfully buy in today’s market.
  • Lean in on the expertise of your local real estate—we’ve seen it all!
  • Our team is ready to help you achieve your goals, so contact us today.

Whether you’re shopping for your first home or relocating to a new area, purchasing a home in today’s real estate market can be daunting. However, the good news is that today’s housing market can actually be helpful if you’re a prospective home buyer who knows how to play the game well. When it comes to making a winning offer on your dream home, you must know certain particulars of the home buying process to be successful.

So, let’s look at the top five home buying tips that will help to play the real estate game more effectively and pave your path to home ownership.

1. Determine and know your budget

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3 Graphs Showing Why Today’s Housing Market Isn’t Like 2008

Is it a Shift or a Bubble?

3 Graphs Showing Why Today’s Housing Market Isn’t Like 2008 | MyKCM

With all the headlines and talk in the media about the shift in the housing market, you might be thinking this is a housing bubble. It’s only natural for those thoughts to creep in that make you think it could be a repeat of what took place in 2008. But the good news is, there’s concrete data to show why today’s housing market is nothing like it was then.

There’s Still a Shortage of Homes on the Market Today, Not a Surplus

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5628 Overbrook Drive, Ann Arbor Home in Tanglewood Subdivision

5628 Overbook Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48105

New Listing! Great northside Ann Arbor location in the desirable Tanglewood Subdivision for this spacious contemporary style home. 5628 Overbrook Drive offers:

  • 2,223 square feet, with an additional 374 of finished space in the lower level, 3 bedrooms, and 3.1 baths.
  • Situated on a beautifully landscaped .87 acre lot.
  • Soaring vaulted great room has a wall of windows and shares a double-sided fireplace with the large kitchen.
  • Primary suite features a vaulted ceiling, walk-in closet, and ensuite bath, and opens to a private balcony viewing the yard.
  • More photos and features
  • Listed for $624,900

To request your private showing for 5628 Overbrook Drive, contact the Ann Arbor Real Estate specialists with The Bouma Group at 734-761-3060 or View photos and amenities for the Tanglewood Subdivision here