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Tuesday, August 13, 2019   /   by Paul Wolfert

Can I Buy Another House Before I Sell Mine?

Are you a homeowner that’s looking to buy a new property but feel stuck because you have to sell the one you’re in first?  If you’re in a position where you need to buy and sell at the same time, I’m going to show you exactly how to do it—and it’s easier than you think.  In this video, I’ll let you in on 2 secret strategies to find the best deal before someone else does, all while avoiding scary situations that could leave you homeless.  Because careful planning and precision timing here are key, and I’m also going to give you a 7-step checklist that will help you transition from your current home into a brand-new property.


Step 1: What Do You Qualify For?


Before you dive into selling your home while you’re trying to buy, be sure to get in touch with your mortgage lender to see if you actually need to sell in order to obtain financing.  If you’re able to qualify to purchase a new home without ...

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018   /   by Paul Wolfert

5 Easy Remodels to Give Your Home an Instant Facelift

By: Paul Wolfert - "The Move-Up Expert"


Whether you're looking to sell right now or merely thinking about the future, improving your home's value with an easy, inexpensive remodel is a great way to ensure a quicker sale.

It's easy to get in over your head while remodeling, so make sure you do your research before you get started. Here are five easy remodels that will give your home an instant facelift.


Replace the Front Door


The front door is one of the first impressions people get of your home. Replacing it is certainly one option, but you don't even have to go that far. Instead, check for rusty or stiff hinges, cracks or splits in the surface, or a loose doorknob. Repair or replace anything necessary, and then spiff it up even more with a decorative doorknocker, pretty brass numbers for the address, or a cool doorbell that plays a unique tune.


Fix the Roof


Replacing the roof is an expensive proposition, but taking care of the existing roof is in ...

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Thursday, January 25, 2018   /   by Paul Wolfert

5 Inspections to Make Before You Sell Your Home

By: Paul Wolfert - "The Move-Up Expert"


When you're getting ready to sell your home, you want to make sure you can get top dollar for it.

Because who wants to get "bottom dollar" for anything? Not me.

You’ve probably cleaned everything multiple times, you’ve cleared out extra junk, and you may have even staged the place so that it looks "picture perfect".

So are you ready? Not quite.

Before you list your home, there are a couple of inspections that you should probably do.

I'll make this list short and sweet. If you'd like the full list of what to do before selling, click here for my full PreSelling Checklist PDF.



1. Roof 'O Rama!


When was the last time you scooted up onto your roof? For most people, the answer is "never".

Well, you should do it, or have it done before a buyer hires an inspector to lug his gear up there. Finding out you problems beforehand is always better than the alternative.

If repairs are necessary ...

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Monday, June 5, 2017   /   by Paul Wolfert

8 Ways to Boost your Michigan Home Resale Value

By: Paul Wolfert - "The Move-Up Expert"


From time to time it can be fun to scour the latest “Top Ten” lists of cost-conscious ways to increase the value of your Michigan home.
Some make more sense than others. Upgrading bathroom vanity cabinets appears on some of the house value lists, for instance—but those lists were probably whipped together in a hurry since the return on investment is admitted to be 66%. When an investment returns two-thirds of its cost, it’s hardly competitive. For Michigan homeowners preparing to sell, vanity cabinets don’t belong on the action list.
The best idea lists are the ones which show ROI: the return on investment. Here’s a new compilation, offered purely as food for thought (since the “return” number for any individual case can’t actually be verified)—


Yard improvement, AKA Landscaping. Return on investment registers at a hefty 303% according to the NAR® (and even 400%, per Th ...

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Monday, March 27, 2017   /   by Paul Wolfert

Pricing Any Home in Michigan from Each Side

 By: Paul Wolfert



When it comes to the reality of pricing a home in Michigan, it’s natural that buyer’s and seller’s points of view reflect their different roles and objective.


In a way, they’re mirror images of each other.


From the seller’s point of view, pricing their Michigan home starts out from the reality check of the “comps”—the prices registered in recent comparable neighborhood sales. From there, the pricing decision revolves around the tradeoff between maximum asking price versus the desire for a speedy sale.


Even if there's no time pressure at all, serious sellers will still set the asking price below a level that indicates disregard for current market realities. Rather than communicating “this place is worth more than what people are willing to pay,” overpricing only serves to needlessly put off buyers and their agents.


If time pressure is an issue, experienced sellers will peg t ...

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