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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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Thursday, February 22, 2018   /   by Paul Wolfert

Tips for Boosting the Resale Value in an Older Home

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


Many older homes have lower values when they go up for sale because they have outdated materials and a design that is no longer contemporary.

Fortunately, there are many different ways to boost the resale value of any property and attract buyers. If you want to improve the quality and the appeal of your house, here are a few tips to follow.


Allow for More Light
Dim and dark interior settings can feel depressing and can reduce the value of older homes. Allow more light in by installing a skylight or a sun tube, which will use less energy and will create a well-lit environment. Sun tubes are popular options because they're affordable to install and can be used in smaller areas of the building.


You can also install sheer curtains on the window and remove blackout curtains to prevent natural light from being blocked during the day.
Install New Cabinetry
The cabinets are one of the most important features throughout the ...

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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, May 15, 2017   /   by Paul Wolfert

SLAM Method for Comparing Houses for Sale in Michigan

By: Paul Wolfert

I call it SLAM: an easy to remember abbreviation that can help any of my Michigan house hunters quickly rip through listed houses for sale. Any house that scores high in each area is investigated on a deeper level (we go check it out with our eyeballs).
The four parts of the SLAM list:
Schools. The eventual resale value of a candidate property isn’t usually given much consideration early on—but should be. A major issue when it comes to resale is the neighborhood’s school district rating. Schools head the SLAM list because—especially for those who don’t have school-aged children—the quality of a property’s school district is easy to overlook. It can also be an indicator of other community quality issues.
Location. It’s the key element that can’t be adjusted, improved upon, or glossed over—and it’s the reason why “location location location” is the cliché that won’t go away ...

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