June 2007

It’s summer and weekends are busy with family reunions, trips to the lake, camping, etc…  so my agency has started offering Wednesday afternoon Open Houses again to make sure our listings are 2724 Trudy #10available to potential buyers who might want to spend their Sunday’s doing something besides looking at houses.  I’ll be hosting an Open House today from 4:00-6:00 at a great condo I have listed. 

2724 Trudy Lane #10
Lansing, MI 48910
Tammany Hills Condos

Open House: Wednesday, 6/20 from 4:00-6:00 PM


You’ve decided to buy your first home – Yay!  You’re a smart cookie so you’re not going into this process blind.  Problem: you’ve never done this before and you don’t even know what it is that you don’t know.

You think, “I’ll head down to my local library or bookstore and I’ll grab a book or two on the subject so I know what’s going on.”  Problem: there are a zillion books on the subject and you have no idea which ones are worth reading.

I just finished reading one that was worth it…

141-50.gifThe National Association of Realtors Guide to Home Buying is a great resource.  It outlines the entire process of purchasing a home while paying particular attention to the needs first time buyers.  Topics covered include:

• Choosing a home that fits a buyer’s life and family
• Picking the right mortgage product
• Making offers that sellers can’t refuse
• Handling appraisals, inspections, title policies, and insurance
• Dealing with homeowner associations and management companies
• Doing the final walk-through and closing

The guide was written by Blanche Evans, editor of Realty Times.

I’m going to keep a few copies on hand to loan my first-time buyer clients.

If you read this guide let me know what you think.  Also, if you’ve read anything that really helped you let me know about it so I can check it out.

I’ve just come across another website that I think deserves some attention.  Develop.MetroLansing is full of information about new building projects happening in and around downtown Lansing.  I think of particular interst are the discussion forums specific to each project.  If you’re interested in what’s being proposed to change the downtown landscape take a minute and check it out.   

The City of East Lansing and MSUFCU have teamed up with a new website, Home in East Lansing

The site divides the city into four areas and gives information about housing options specific to each neighborhood in the city.  There is also information about the community and the city’s HOAP program. 

It’s a nice tool for people considering a move to East Lansing.