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Friday, February 10, 2017   /   by Paul Wolfert

Dissecting the 20% Down Payment Myth

By: Paul Wolfert


It turns out that the crazy amount of home sales happening nationally and here in Michigan have been chugging along at a good clip despite some huge things working against them.


At least that’s what I managed to take away from last month’s Aspiring Home Buyers Profile report. Not the most captivating thing to read. Trust me.


Aside from it nearly putting me to sleep, it did shed light on one obvious and one not-so-obvious widespread belief among would-be future homeowners. Curious? Good.


Home buyers are always a nice mix of current homeowners (who will usually also be selling) and first-timers.


Among those first-timers, a major drag on their willingness and ability to buy their own pad here in the “mitten” is student debt.


A virtual landfill worth has been written about that in recent years so it’s hardly a surprise that 39% of non-owners said that student loan payments are the primary reason they weren&rsq ...

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017   /   by Paul Wolfert

6 Ways to Crush Michigan Relocation Stress Levels

By: Paul Wolfert

If you’re hunting for new ideas to make a relocation to or from Michigan easier, it’s amazing how often the words “stress” and “relocation” appear in the same paragraph.


The most common thing you’ll hear is to separate “stress” from “relocation” by hiring “relocation professionals” —not surprising since many of the most-read articles are written by people involved in that industry.


Since I’m involved in all sorts of moving-day drama reduction on behalf of my clients, I’ve seen/heard it all.


Here are a few of the tips I’ve seen work wonders. Pretty sure they’ll work for you too!


The first one is something you can get started on long before any move is on the calendar:


Stockpile cartons, bubble wrap, padding paper—even those peanut-shaped plastic fillers. More and more, people are buying everyday items online, so the shipping c ...

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017   /   by Paul Wolfert

6 Steps to Lock Down the Lowest Mortgage Rate in Michigan

By: Paul Wolfert




Without even knowing it... many buyers nearly develop a split personality when it comes to purchasing a home. Totally Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde style.


In the beginning, as they hunt for their ideal place, buyers usually take on a super active role.


And you should.


You are the customer, you should expect to be in total command of the house hunting process….Crafting your unique wish list “must haves” filled with whatever your imagination comes up with.


You want trap doors and a slide to the kitchen from your closet? You got it. I’m on it.


But then a split can develop.


The active, in-charge commander often does an about-face when it comes to the nuts and bolts of the next step: securing the mortgage.


Upon entering the weird and mysterious realm home loans, the formerly active, energetic house hunter turns passive, hoping for approval with fingers crossed.


It’s like venturing into Oz. W ...

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Friday, September 9, 2016   /   by Paul Wolfert

How good is your school?

Does your school CRUSH the competition? 

You might be surprised!! Many homeowners are shocked to find out how high, or low their school ranks when compared to others in the state. 

Remember: Just because the DISTRICT ranks high, doesn't mean all of the schools rank the same. 

A great place to check is www.greatschools.org

GreatSchools’ trusted ratings and school information help parents find the right school for their family and improve schools in their communities. The thousands of articles, tips and interactive tools help parents support their child’s learning and wellbeing every day
Go ahead, take a look for yourself!

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016   /   by Paul Wolfert

We did it AGAIN! Century 21 Sweeps Competition for the Third Time

Recognition is the reward for hard work and dedication. And the hard work and dedication of Century 21 sales associates have not gone unnoticed by real estate consumers.
For the third year in a row, the CENTURY 21 brand ranked “Highest Overall Satisfaction for First-Time Home Buyers, Repeat Home Buyers, First-Time Home Sellers and Repeat Home Sellers” by J.D. Power.
A world recognized leader in representing the Voice of the Customer, J.D. Power’s Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction StudySM is now in its ninth year. The CENTURY 21 brand was the first national real estate brand to rank highest in all four categories of the study in 2014, and we’ve repeated that performance in both 2015 and 2016.

The fact is, consumers are happier with Century 21. 

Read the full press release here: www.jdpower.com/press-releases/jd-power-2016-home-buyerseller-satisfaction-study

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