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3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Use Zillow to Search for a Home

Key takeaways:

  • For years, Zillow has been one of the most popular real estate sites for buyers, sellers, and daydreamers—but it might not be the most reliable option for serious house hunters.
  • If you want to shop the hottest deals and see homes before they hit the market, it’s better to work with a local agent.
  • Need help finding the perfect home? Reach out to us today to get a head start on your search!

Why Zillow Isn’t the Best Option for Serious Homebuyers

We’ve all probably spent more time than we care to admit scrolling through listings on Zillow. While this popular real estate website might be good for daydreaming, it’s not always the best resource for buyers who are searching seriously for a home. In fact, according to a report by the Washington Post, some of Zillow’s “listings” aren’t actually on the market at all, and they could potentially contain inaccurate information.

Looking to stay ahead of the competition in today’s fast-paced market? Here’s why you should work with a local agent instead…and maybe even avoid Zillow altogether.

Zillow’s information is often inaccurate

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The Bouma Group Welcomes Stephen Hollowell to their Real Estate Team!

Stephen Hollowell, Buyer's Agent for The Bouma Group RealtorsWelcome Stephen Hollowell!

Stephen grew up in the Ann Arbor Area, attending Burns Park, Lincoln, St. Francis, and Greenhills schools. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2005 with a BA in Journalism, and went on to pursue careers in hospitality, writing, and sales. New to real estate, Stephen is excited to work with the skilled and experienced team at the Bouma Group. He brings a keen eye for detail, passion for customer service, and commitment to excellence in helping clients find the home of their dreams. In addition to working hard, Stephen enjoys the great outdoors, biking, swimming, cooking, reading, music, art, and travel.

Martin Bouma and The Bouma Group have been servicing the real estate needs of Washtenaw County for more than 32 years and bring a unique, personal touch to each transaction. Thorough market knowledge, exceptional follow-through, and cutting edge marketing are the hallmarks of the Bouma Group’s continued success and have consistently made them the #1 real estate team in Ann Arbor. To find out more about home and condo buying opportunities in Washtenaw County, contact The Bouma Group at 734-761-3060 or visit their website at www.bouma.com

The Bouma Group Welcomes Trevor McIlwaine to their Real Estate Team!

Trevor McIlwaine, Buyer's Agent for the Bouma Group RealtorsWelcome Trevor McIlwaine!

Trevor McIlwaine was born and raised in Ann Arbor, attending Wines Elementary, Forsythe Middle, and Pioneer High Schools. He studied hospitality management at Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania and proceeded to work in luxury hotels and restaurants throughout Michigan and Chicago. Passionate about customer service, real estate was a natural fit. With encouragement from family and friends, Trevor obtained his real estate license in October 2014 and has been helping clients with their real estate needs ever since. In his free time, he likes to golf, dance and is a football fanatic. Trevor is excited to be working with The Bouma Group and such a great team of real estate professionals.

Martin Bouma and The Bouma Group have been servicing the real estate needs of Washtenaw County for more than 32 years and bring a unique, personal touch to each transaction. Thorough market knowledge, exceptional follow-through, and cutting edge marketing are the hallmarks of the Bouma Group’s continued success and have consistently made them the #1 real estate team in Ann Arbor. To find out more about home and condo buying opportunities in Washtenaw County, contact The Bouma Group at 734-761-3060 or visit their website at www.bouma.com.

The Bouma Group, Realtors Welcome Brandee Wiseman!

Brandee Wiseman CroppedThe Bouma Group is proud to have Brandee Wiseman on their team of real estate professionals as an exclusive listing specialist. As a successful business owner, Brandee has a passion for helping others by putting clients first, providing outstanding service, and always seeking win-win agreements. After moving to Ann Arbor 7 years ago with her family, she found her calling in real estate. Working alongside Martin Bouma, she has learned from the best and is devoted to assisting home sellers with one of the most important transactions of their lives.

The Bouma Group has been servicing the real estate needs of Washtenaw County for more than 30 years and brings a unique, personal touch to each transaction. Thorough market knowledge, exceptional follow-through, and cutting edge marketing are the hallmarks of The Bouma Group’s continued success and have made them the #1 real estate team in Ann Arbor in every category. To find out more about home and condo buying opportunities in Washtenaw County, contact The Bouma Group at 734-761-3060 or visit their website at www.bouma.com.

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The Bouma Group Welcomes Vicki Larmee to Their Real Estate Team

Vicki Larmee, Buyer's Agent for The Bouma Group RealtorsMartin Bouma and The Bouma Group welcome Vicki Larmee to their team of Real Estate Professionals. Vicki is a Michigan native growing up in the Jackson area and moving to Ann Arbor for school and work in 1990. She spent the last 6 years in South Carolina working as a closing agent and is very excited to come home. Vicki has been licensed in Michigan since 2001 and also holds a North and South Carolina license. She worked as a Buyer’s Agent and a Listing Agent and found both fields very rewarding.  She especially enjoys working with first time buyers, often holding home buying seminars to help educate them on the process.  In 2007, she received her home staging accreditation and has helped many families in the Ann Arbor area prepare their homes to be sold.  Her experience in the various areas of real estate makes her an invaluable member of The Bouma Group.

Martin Bouma and The Bouma Group have been servicing the real estate needs of Washtenaw County for more than 27 years and bring a unique, personal touch to each transaction. Thorough market knowledge, exceptional follow-through, and cutting edge marketing are the hallmarks of the Bouma Group’s continued success and have made them the #1 real estate team in Ann Arbor for the past 13 years. To find out more about home and condo buying opportunities in Washtenaw County, contact The Bouma Group at 734-761-3060 or visit their website at www.bouma.com.

Ann Arbor Real Estate Market Update – May 2012

Ann Arbor Real Estate Listings Decline While Sales Increase

Ann Arbor Real Estate Statistics May 2012

Overall, inventory for Ann Arbor homes declined slightly when compared to last month, while the number of homes with contacts pending and sales for the past 12 months both increased. We are still in a balanced market with the current month supply at 6.5, dropping from 6.7 in April. For a more detailed interpretation of these statistics or to find out what is happening with home prices in a specific neighborhood, contact the Ann Arbor Real Estate specialists at The Bouma Group today at 734-761-3060 or info@bouma.com. Want to know what’s selling in your neighborhood? Check out our Market Snapshot here!

Ann Arbor Real Estate Market Update – April 2012

Number of Ann Arbor Homes with Contracts Pending Up 24%

Ann Arbor Real Estate Statistics April 2012

Ann Arbor homes are selling, as the number of homes that went under contract with a buyer rose 24% when compared to last month. There are still a lot of buyers out there and the Ann Arbor real estate market, as a whole, remains in a balanced market. To learn more about Ann Arbor home values or where to find the best deal, contact The Bouma Group, Realtors today at 734-761-3060 or info@bouma.com. Click to search the MLS for homes, learn about our great buyer services, or view Ann Arbor neighborhoods.

Lansdowne Subdivision, Ann Arbor Real Estate Report

Ann Arbor Real Estate Update – January 2011Lansdowne Subdivision, Ann Arbor MI Real Estate

Lansdowne Subdivision is an established Ann Arbor neighborhood of quality built homes. Located within walking distance of Pioneer high and close to downtown Ann Arbor, this is a popular choice for Ann Arbor home buyers. There are currently 5 homes listed for sale, and in the past 12 months, 8 homes have sold.

Homes Listed for Sale:

  • $295,000. 2322 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 2.1 baths. Foreclosure & Pending Sale
  • $299,900. 2152 sq. ft. +580 in finished lower level, 5 bedrooms and 2.1 baths. Pending Sale
  • $300,000. 2523 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 2.1 baths.
  • $300,000. 2300 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 2.1 baths. Pending Sale
  • $355,900. 2480 sq. ft. +798 in finished lower level, 4 bedrooms and 3.2 baths.

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The Bouma Group Realtors Rank #106 in the Nation!

The Bouma Group Receives National RecognitionMartin Bouma, Ann Arbor Realtor of The Bouma Group

‘The Thousand’, a publication by the Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends, Inc., has just named the top 1000 Realtors in the United States. The Bouma Group Realtors of Ann Arbor, MI placed #106 in the nation for Top Teams by Transaction Sides and #208 for Top Teams by volume. ‘The Thousand’ report represents the most elite group of real estate professionals and teams in America.

The report is broken down into 4 categories of 250 each: Sales Professional by Sides, Sales Professional by Volume, Real Estate Team by Sides, and Real Estate Team by Volume.  The Bouma Group placed on both lists for the Real Estate Team categories with 222 transaction sides and $43,157,716 in volume. Team Leader Martin Bouma said,

It’s quite an honor to be recognized on such a prestigious list. Our continuous hard work, thorough market knowledge, and dedication to our clients has enabled us to surpass our goals and our clients expectations.

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Should You Use a Realtor When Building an Ann Arbor Area Home?

Building an Ann Arbor Home? Ann Arbor Realtor with a Local Builder

So you’ve decided to go ahead and build your dream home. Now here comes the fun…hard part; deciding on the right development, the right builder, the right floor plan for your family’s lifestyle, the best options, and so on. But first, let’s dispel a few rumors out there.

You will save on the price of your new home if you don’t use an agent.

False. You will be charged the same price whether you use a real estate agent or not. Builders depend on Realtors to bring in new clients. A Realtor fee or incentive is built into the builder’s marketing costs and does not affect the buyer’s bottom line.

The builder’s sales representative is your Realtor.

False. The onsite agent represents the builder, not you. They are a necessary part of the process, but remember – their main goal is to make a profit for the builder.

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