Jim’s Lansing Real Estate Blog

Three Great Reasons to Buy a Home Today

By Jim Munk | Mar 13, 2018
Three Great Reasons to Buy a Home Today

The forecast for the 2018 housing market suggests there are a number of reasons to buy a home today.  If you have been thinking of buying a home today but just can’t find the necessary motivation, then you need to consider these issues. Increasing Home Prices Home prices have been increasing in the Lansing area for the last couple of years.  Each year you wait to buy a home, you lose buying power.  That house that you have been thinking of buying will cost you more money the longer you wait.  What you can buy today for $750 per month...

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Selling a Home – 7 Inexpensive Kitchen Modifications

By Jim Munk | Mar 6, 2018
Selling a Home - 7 Inexpensive Kitchen Modifications

When selling a home, a beautiful kitchen will help bring top dollar. If you already have a functional kitchen, then making these 7 inexpensive kitchen modifications can help you get your home sold for more money.  You don’t have to do an expensive remodel to make your kitchen appealing to buyers. Here’s 7 inexpensive Kitchen modifications when selling a home! Clear the counters of any appliances or items that clutter the counter space. You want the counters space to be free and look as open as possible.  Every buyer will want to know the counters are large enough for them...

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Lansing Real Estate News – March 2018

By Jim Munk | Feb 27, 2018
Lansing Real Estate News – March 2018

If you’re interested in Lansing real estate news, you might be asking, “What were the hottest selling homes in 2017 for the Lansing Area?” According to the Greater Lansing Association of Realtors, Mason, St. Johns and Waverly school districts saw the average home sales price rise by over 10% from 2016. DeWitt, Laingsburg, Potterville, Okemos and Williamston saw their average home sales prices rise by less than 5% from 2016. Remember our housing market is just like any other commodity. It’s driven by supply and demand. In some areas we have more new homes being built than others, which is...

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Make Yourself Wealthy by Buying a Home

By Jim Munk | Feb 20, 2018
Make Yourself Wealthy

Why do the rich buy real estate?  Because it can make them wealthy!  You can make yourself wealthy by buying a home too!  The question that every renter needs to ask themselves is; “Who is getting rich off my monthly payments?”.  If you are renting, it’s the landlord who’s making the money.  If you own a home and are making payments to the bank, then you are the one making money. Unless you are living with parents or friends for free, someone is making money off your housing situation.  Why can’t it be you?  Mortgage rates are still historically low...

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Misconceptions About Buying a House That Might Be Holding You Back

By Jim Munk | Feb 15, 2018
Misconceptions About Buying a House

Often times, at open houses, I hear people express misconceptions about buying a house for the first time, I hear them say they, “We’re just looking and dreaming for now because we don’t qualify for a home mortgage due to our credit score” or because they haven’t saved enough for a down payment. The Down Payment When I ask people how much they think they need for a down payment, most will answer 20%. And, that was true many years ago. Now, we have several options available to qualifying buyers where the down payment can be as low as 3%...

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List Your Home in January or February

By Jim Munk | Jan 17, 2018
List your home in January or February

WHY list your home in January or February? I wanted to share with everyone today about one of the discussions I have been having with people who are thinking of selling their homes this Spring. There is a big advantage when you list your home for sale prior to March 1st! I have included a graph that shows how many homes have sold each month for the past 5 years. The key to this chart is to know that it takes 30 to 45 days from the time a seller receives an accepted offer to the time of closing. So,...

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Finding the RIGHT Roofing Contractor

By Jim Munk | Jan 17, 2018
Finding the RIGHT roofing contractor in Lansing, Michigan.

Thinking of a getting a new roof this summer? Finding the right roofing contractor can be a tough decision, with so many options available. Here are a couple of tips on choosing the right one for you and a couple of companies in the Lansing are you can contact to get started. Tips for Finding the Right Roofing Contractor: Visualize: Find a company that has software that you can use to see how certain colors will look on your house. This software can take the guess work out of how a different color will look on your house. Maybe now...

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