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RECENT BLOG POSTS
A lot of people are promoting LED bulbs these days. I have been evaluating LED bulbs for a couple years now and I do think they have reached the point where they are worth considering for many applications in the home. However, as I've looked closer at some of my LED bulbs I have two concerns: 1....
01/18/2014
This is going to be a milestone year for a technology that can add useful information during a home inspection. Thermal imaging is not new. My father worked with airplane mounted thermal imaging systems when he was in the aerospace industry back in the 1960's. (And they cost over $100,000.) I use...
01/08/2014
Especially when it is -15 degrees F. outside? This is a discussion that almost always comes up with home buyers, either on a detailed viewing of a home or during a home inspection. Systems that bring in this air are typcially called make-up-air systems or outside combustion air systems. And they ...
01/07/2014
As a local expert on solar homes I was pleased to see the Appraisal Institute announced their conclusion on the topic of solar's impact on property valuation:  Solar Electric Systems Positively Impact Home Values   To determine the actual number for the value impact is not an easy task. And, it h...
12/10/2013
So often we talk with real estate agents who question the choice of inspectors or question the reasons for even having an inspection. As the company that represents buyers in our area I am not surprised. But sometimes I see an issue so obvious I think that anyone in the business should be able to...
12/04/2013
  This question comes up often. I've never found a consumer who understood it and the vast majority of real estate agents and brokers I've spoken to don't really understand it either. After years of teaching it in home buyer classes I've found that diagrams make it much easier to understand. The ...
08/03/2011
As time goes by a lot of good information can get lost on the internet. This is a press release from NAEBA in August of 2004 that covers the intentional effort of many state REALTOR associations (Including ours here in Michigan) to confuse and mislead buyers about agency. It is clear enough and i...
03/06/2011
Moving is ususally a challenging and time consuming effort. These two tips will probably help anyone moving a home or office save time, stress, and money.In our many years of helping home buyers we've found two things that most movers need to make a transition from one home to another. These thin...
01/25/2011
This is from a press release last month:   Select Solar And Generator, a Michigan solar panel installer, has signed a contract to design, install, and commission a solar roof for Jon Boyd, a local home buyer's broker and nationally recognized home buying expert. The installation will have the abi...
01/25/2011
A lot of real estate agents in our markets these days say they are buyer's agents. (Most are actually designated buyer agents but that is a different issue.) However in our experience few agents will actually help a buyer negotiate anything other than the purchase contract on the house. Here is a...
08/07/2010
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Insights on home buying in the Ann Arbor Michigan area, including Saline, Plymouth, Canton, Chelsea, Dexter, Brighton, Ypsilanti, Belleville, Howell, and Whitmore Lake