Monthly Archives: October 2016

Tips For First Time Home Buyers

As a first time home buyer you often don’t have any idea what to expect.  In this installment we will establish steps to take in order to determine if you are ready to take the plunge into home ownership.

Consider the area that you are looking at buying.  Check out the selling price of comparable homes in the area.  You can do this by looking at the MLS listings in the area or on a number of online real estate websites.

Find an online mortgage calculator to determine your monthly mortgage payments.  Many realtors have bankrate home loan calculators on their sites in order to allow clients to estimate the payment they can expect monthly on various mortgage amounts.

After you have determined an approximate monthly mortgage payment it is important to look into the total monthly costs to operate the home including taxes and insurance.  In some situations homeowners have found that the money going into escrow can often double the monthly payment amount.

Determine how much your mortgage lender requires in closing costs.  The upfront expenses of the home loan should never be overlooked.  Closing costs can include a variety of fees including: origination fees, title fees, settlement fees, taxes, homeowner association fees and other prepaid expenses.

Consider your budget and consider how the house fits into the puzzle.  Most lenders recommend that homebuyers spend no more than twenty eight percent of their take home income on the cost of housing.  When buyers move upwards to thirty percent they take a chance on being house poor.  Being house poor means that you no longer have extra funds to spend on anything other than your home.  This is a risky spot to be in and should not be considered a way of life for the long term.

Talk to a local realtor to discuss the climate of real estate within the area that you are interested.  Do they believe that the area and housing prices will continue to increase, will the decrease or will they stabilize?  There is no guarantees on the housing market but the trends of the past can help indicate future behavior.

Consider the larger picture of homeownership.  Buying a home is a super investment and great way to build wealth.  First time homebuyers need to understand that maintaining this investment can be not only be intensive labor wise but also on your budget.  It is important to remember that no longer can expenses be passed off to the landlord.  When something breaks down it is yours and yours alone to fix.

These are just a few of the things for first time homebuyers to look at before they buy a home.

Lady of the Lakes Real Estate is Livingston County’s premiere realtor; out of Pinckney, Michigan helping buyers buy and sellers sell homes that provide a recreational lifestyle including golf courses, lakes and the Huron river chain of lakes, throughout Brighton, Howell, Pinckney and the surrounding area. Find out more at http://www.ladyofthelakes.com.

Hot Trends When Purchasing a Home In 2016

It is important for both buyers and sellers to keep up with the latest trends in home improvements.  What was popular a year ago, let alone ten years ago may drastically change the way a home is viewed within the game of real estate.  Really think about the trends that were present in homes we were raised in verse what is popular now.

Shag carpeting, colored appliances, laminate flooring, formica countertops and gold fixtures were all the rage and a house with all five of these hot button trends would fly off the market.  Try to sell that same house now and it would sit forever waiting for the right buyer to come along only after the seller had dropped the asking price significantly.  This is just one of the many reasons it is important to keep up on the trends present within the home improvement and real estate arenas.

Trendy Kitchen Ideas

In real estate the kitchen is arguably the most important room within a home.  In order to get top dollar from the sale of your home it is important to keep up on popular upgrades to the space.  The following are just a few things that are trending in kitchen designs and upgrades for 2016:

  • Kitchen islands with additional work space and seating.
  • Dark cabinetry that are enhanced with other materials such as glass and metal.
  • Uncommon countertop materials like exotic stones, hand poured cement or granite.
  • Wine coolers that are built in.
  • Stainless steel, top of the line appliances that include all the bells and whistles.
  • Double ovens, convection ovens and unconventional, six burner stove tops are incredibly trend with the increased popularity in preparing culinary delights at home.

Trending Designs For Bathrooms

  • Glass and stone are both popular material choices in bathroom updates in 2016. Consider a blend of natural, raw materials when upgrading bathroom spaces.
  • Vessel sinks, paired with antique inspired vanities are offering a classically, modern spin on creating a retreat in your very own home.
  • Chrome fixtures are being replaced for brushed nickel.
  • Showers are a more popular option then bathtubs. Deck out your extended shower space with multiple faucets, dual showerheads and hand held sprayers.  Upgraded fixtures and faucets are attractive to homeowners that are ready to move into a space without any DIY updates to contend with.
  • Another popular feature in bathrooms to consider in upgrades is the installation of automatic lighting.

Trends in home improvements aren’t anything new.  It is important to follow up with trends in the housing market especially if you are a seller looking to sell your homewithin the next five years.  You can never go wrong in home improvement with simple, classic updates enhanced with easily replaceable accessories that follow trends.

Lady of the Lakes Real Estate is Livingston County’s premiere realtor; out of Pinckney, Michigan helping buyers buy and sellers sell homes that provide a recreational lifestyle including golf courses, lakes and the Huron river chain of lakes, throughout Brighton, Howell, Pinckney and the surrounding area. Find out more at http://www.ladyofthelakes.com.