Friday, March 12, 2010

HGTV's Identifies Top 10 Things First-Time Homebuyers Should Know

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Mar 08, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Buying a home for the first time can be complex. To avoid mistakes and make a smart purchase, do the homework and know what to expect. To help start the process, HGTV's identifies the top 10 important points every first-time buyer must know.

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Monday, March 08, 2010

Property values decline across county

Gladwin County Record - March 2nd, 2010

GLADWIN COUNTY: Declining property values have impacted cities and townships across Michigan and the country. This year Gladwin County will also feel the pinch.

For the first time in recent years, property values county-wide have decreased, and this decrease has affected all real estate sectors.

Residential properties have seen the biggest decrease in value. Across the county, residential values have decreased by a total of 11.27 percent.
Beaverton, Bentley, and Grim townships, as well as the City of Beaverton saw their values fall by only 3 percent, while Bourret, Sherman, Grout and Secord townships experienced the largest decrease in value at 15-16 percent.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

The Walk (2006)

(I put this together in April of 2006)

One last walk in the snow? I put together "The Walk" last early spring. I thought you might enjoy a walk around the woods with Angel and I.

"The Walk"


Property Taxes and appealing your assessment: Guidelines for REALTORS® to pass along to their buyers

It’s that time of year again – homeowners have started to receive their 2010 property tax assessments in the mail. Over the last few years, homeowners have been frustrated by their assessed value increasing, while their property value has decreased because of the economic downturn. This is due to current law that allows a home’s taxable value to increase each year by either the rate of inflation or 5%, whichever is lower. However, this tax year is particularly interesting because Michigan has a negative inflation rate. So, almost every homeowner should see a property tax decrease of at least .3%.

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