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Ann Arbor Condo Market Update for October 2015

Ann Arbor Condo Sales Continue to Rise

Ann Arbor Condo Real Estate Market Update for October 2015

While inventory for Ann Arbor Condos is down 14%, when compared with this time last year, sales for previous 12 months are up by 17%! Low inventory, combined with high sales is keeping Ann Arbor in a seller’s market with a 2.7 month supply of condos listed for sale. The under $200k market is booming with 655 condos sold since last October. Condo values continue to rebound and are exceeding those at the peak of the market in 2006 when the average price per square foot was $151.03. The low was in 2011 with an A$SF of $110.11. So far this year the A$SF is $158.00, up 44% from the low.

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Can You Purchase a Home Even With Student Loans?

student on laptopAs more millennials are preparing to buy a home, one issue is making it difficult for many — student loans.

The Project on Student Debt calculated that just about 7 in 10 college graduates in the Class of 2014 had student loan debt, and on average each student had about $29,000 in loans.

With mortgages often amounting to well over a hundred thousand dollars, many first-time home buyers may be asking whether they can even qualify for financing with their student debt.

So, is it possible to buy a home even with thousands of dollars in student loans? It depends.

What’s Your Debt-to-Income Ratio?

It all comes down to your debt-to-income ratio, or what percentage of your gross monthly income goes toward your total monthly mortgage payments.

Lenders recommend a debt-to-income ratio no greater than 36%, with no more than 28% of your monthly income going toward paying off your mortgage. As an example, someone who earns $50,000 in a year and has $1,500 in monthly debt payments would be right at the 36% recommendation.

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Ann Arbor Real Estate Market Update – August 2015

Summer Ends with Strong Real Estate Sales!

Ann Arbor Real Estate Statistics for August 2015
Ann Arbor Real Estate sales remain strong as the summer market comes to an end. According to the Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors, residential sales for August 2015 were up 20% when compared with August of last year. Inventory is beginning to decline, which is resulting in a seller’s market with a 4.5 month supply of homes available. Now is still a great time to get your home listed since inventory is declining and strong sales are a good indication that a lot of qualified buyers are out there.

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 Want to know what’s selling in your community? Check out our Market Snapshot here!


3113 Earlmoore, Ann Arbor MI Home at Arbor Hills

3113 Earlmoore, Ann Arbor MI 481053113 Earlmoore, Ann Arbor MI Home for Sale at Arbor Hills

SOLD! Hard to find, ranch style home located in north Ann Arbor’s desirable Arbor Hills neighborhood. Features include:

  • 1490 square feet of living space with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths.
  • Lower level provides an additional 500 square feet of finished space and daylight windows.
  • Vaulted living room has a cozy fireplace.
  • Home backs to a nature area for added privacy.
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  • MLS# 3234369
  • Listed for $309,900

To set up your private showing, or to request more information for 3113 Ealrmoore, contact Ann Arbor’s Premier Realtors at The Bouma Group at 734-761-3060 or Learn more about the Arbor Hills neighborhood here!


Ann Arbor Real Estate Market Update – January 2015

It’s a New Year for Ann Arbor Real Estate

Ann Arbor Real Estate Statistics for January 2015The new year is off to a strong start for Ann Arbor Real Estate, especially if you’re a seller! The number of homes with contracts pending is up over December, so despite the cold weather buyer activity is increasing. Overall, Ann Arbor is in a seller’s market with a 3.3 month supply of homes available. Inventory continues to be tight for the market under $800,000.

The lack of inventory combined with interest rates still at low levels, make this the best time to get your home listed for sale! Don’t wait for the spring market to get here, buyers are out there now and are scooping up great houses in record time. Call us today at The Bouma Group for a market analysis of your home – it’s quite possibly worth a lot more than you think! 734-761-3060 or

1016 W. Madison, Ann Arbor Home in Eberwhite Neighborhood

1016 W. Madison, Ann Arbor MI1016 W Madision, Ann Arbor Home in Eberwhite Neighborhood

SOLD! Located in the sought after Eberwhite elementary neighborhood, 1016 W. Madison offers many new updates and lots of charm. Details include:

  • 1622 square feet, plus 939 in finished lower level, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths.
  • Living room has hardwood floors and cozy wood burning stove.
  • New carpet, front windows, paint, and updated first floor bath.
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  • MLS# 3225096
  • Listed for $259,900

To set up a showing or get more information on this westside Ann Arbor home, contact us at The Bouma Group today at 734-761-3060 or email View more of our Featured Listings here!


Power of a Cash Buyer in Today’s Real Estate Market

5 Reasons Why Cash is King in Real EstateHouse with Cash for Real Estate Market

You may have heard that term before, ‘Cash is King’ when referring to a whole host of things. But it’s never been more true than in today’s real estate market. With such a lack of inventory, especially in the Ann Arbor area, as soon as a home comes to the market for sale, it’s not uncommon for it to receive multiple offers. Here are a few reasons why a cash offer is more appealing to the seller.

With a Cash Offer:

  • There is no question that the buyer will be able to secure a loan for the purchase price.
  • A lot of potential problems with financing are avoided.
  • Since no bank appraisal is required, there is no worry that the home won’t appraise.
  • The seller has more confidence in the buyer.
  • It makes for a smoother transaction throughout the closing process.

While requiring financing isn’t a bad thing when making an offer on a home, in fact it’s the norm, if a buyer does have cash, the offer can be more appealing to the seller. To learn more about purchasing a home in today’s real estate market and the best way to make an offer, contact us at 734-761-3060 or With over 27 years in the real estate business, we have the experience to help guide you through the process!

1621 Long Meadow Trail, Ann Arbor Condo at Weatherstone

1621 Long Meadow Trail, Ann Arbor  1621 Long Meadow Trail, Ann Arbor Condo at Weatherstone

SOLD! Not your typical Weatherstone condo, situated in the original section, this beautifully updated unit features:

  • First floor condo with 1422 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, and 2 full baths
  • Living room has cathedral ceilings, a wall of windows viewing the pond, and a cozy fireplace
  • Maple cabinets, limestone backsplash, granite counters in kitchen
  • New carpet, paint, closet organizers, fixtures, sinks, faucets, and more
  • MLS# 3215514
  • Listed for $160,000

With Ann Arbor Condos not lasting long on the market, this pristine unit will go fast! Call us at The Bouma Group today at 734-761-3060 or email to request more details or to schedule your private showing for 1621 Long Meadow Trail. View and compare more Weatherstone Condos here!


1563 Oakfield, Ann Arbor Condo at Weatherstone

1563 Oakfield, Ann Arbor MI1563 Oakfield, Ann Arbor Condo at Weatherstone

SOLD! Move right into this first level Weatherstone Condo! Details include:

  • 1111 square feet with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths
  • Updated counter and tile flooring in kitchen
  • Baths updated with new counters and fixtures
  • Screened porch and 1 car garage
  • MLS#3211646
  • Listed for $132,900

For additional information on 1563 Oakfield, or to receive a list of Ann Arbor Condos available on the market, contact us at The Bouma Group today at 734-761-3060 or email Search the MLS for Condos here!