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Recycle Livingston-Volunteers Needed Please.

10/9/2019
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Happy Volunteer Day at Recycle Livingston. Yay!
RecycleLivingston.org would like to give a big shout out to today's volunteers from the Toyota Boshoku plant based in Novi, MI. Toyota Boshoku is a tier one auto supplier for all of the auto industry specializing in door panels and floor carpets. The group had much fun today as you can see in the picture.
Please do keep Recycle Livingston in mind for your volunteer hours. This recycling drop off site does so appreciate any and all of the help we can receive from our community since we are mostly volunteer based. Please do remember this site is open on Wednesdays from 10-430pm and Saturday's from 9-1pm. Saturdays are the days where volunteers are needed the most. Any time ranging from 30 minutes to a few hours would be so kindly welcomed. Just a note, please do remember closed toe shoes are mandatory if inspired to volunteer. Thank you in advance for your community support. Happy day! SoldWithMargaret.com
Helping to Better our Community One Day at a Time!
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Decadent GF Brownie Recipe!

10/9/2019
Happy GF Tip Tuesday Everyone! Today's tip is a wonderful decadent brownie recipe. This is a super easy recipe creating rich yummy brownies. You would never think these could be gluten free. Enjoy. Please do let me know what you think and I so encourage comments and questions. Many smiles! SoldWithMargaret.com #gftiptuesday #gfbrownies#gfisyummy #gf #glutenfree #gfbrownies #soldwithmargaret #brightonmi#howellmi #livingstoncounty #remaxcares #remaxcommunity
For a complete list of ingredients, please go to https://youtu.be/dAOMPMpLPcI Enjoy!

Home Efficiency-4 Tips on How to Improve your Home & Save Money on Energy Bills!

10/3/2019

4 Tips to Improve Your Home and Save on Your Energy Bill

4 Tips to Improve Your Home and Save on Your Energy Bill | MyKCM

As a homeowner, it’s important to keep your home running efficiently, not only to save money, but also to help the environment thrive. October 2nd is Energy Efficiency Day, a perfect time to think about making some key upgrades that will improve the efficiency of your home. If you’re looking to sell your house and increase the pool of potential buyers in your market, the upgrades below are truly a must.

According with Wallet Hub,

“In the U.S., energy costs eat between 5 and 22 percent of families’ total after-tax income.”

What should you spend on utilities?

Money Management says,

“If you’re working with a budget, and trust me, you should be, your utility costs should be no more than 8-10 percent of your monthly income.”

How can you make your home more efficient?

EnergyEfficiencyDay.Org provides some handy tips that can help you improve the energy efficiency of your home. Here are a few simple ones to consider, and how to make them happen:

1. Make the Switch to LED

LEDs are a great example of how innovation and technology can make your life easier. They last at least 25 times longer and consume up to 90 percent less electricity than incandescent bulbs.

Tip: By switching five of your home’s most frequently used bulbs with ENERGY STAR® certified LEDs, it’s possible to save $75 on energy costs annually.

2. Seal Those Leaks

On average, heating and cooling account for almost half of a home’s energy consumption. In fact, all the little leaks can be equivalent to leaving open a 3-foot-by-3-foot window.

Tip: Take simple steps like caulking windows, sealing leaks around chimneys and recessed lighting, and sliding draft guards under your doors to save up to 20% on heating costs.

3. Heat and Cool Efficiently

Don’t waste money heating or cooling an empty home. Install a programmable thermostat and in colder weather schedule your home’s heat to lower when you are away or asleep and increase when you are returning home or waking-up. In warm weather, schedule the thermostat to raise the temperature when you are away or asleep, and lower it at other times.

Tip: Follow the U.S. Department of Energy recommended temperatures and be energy-efficient all year. 

4. Maintain Your HVAC System

Make sure to clean or change your furnace filters regularly. A dirty furnace filter will slow down air flow, making the system work harder to keep you warm (or cool) and costing you more money.

Tip: Consider getting a winter tune-up. Just as a tune-up for your car can improve your gas mileage, a semi-annual or yearly tune-up of your heating and cooling system can be vital to improve efficiency, saving you money and making your home more comfortable. 

Bottom Line

By making a few key upgrades to your home, you’ll save on your utility bills andimprove the energy efficiency of your home. When you’re ready to sell your house, these key features will make it even more attractive to potential buyers. Let’s get together to discuss what buyers are looking for when it comes to energy efficiency options in our area.



The information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. Keeping Current Matters, Inc. does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. Keeping Current Matters, Inc. will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on the information or opinions contained herein.

5 Acres of Pure Beauty-2120 Bowen Road, Howell, MI: Price Just Reduced, $399,900!

10/2/2019
Price Just Reduced! Yay!  Country Living at its Finest, 2120 Bowen Road, Howell, MI! This fabulous parcel is 5 acres of Pure Beauty including your own personal loaded fish pond with Channel Catfish, etc (ideal for weekend fishing lessons with your child/grandchild), a heated 26 X 32 pole barn with 220 volt & new roof, another 40 X 40 pole barn with 110 volt & water to provide ample storage for all of those man toys, for your fur babies including horses, or just tinkering around in, an entertaining horse shoe pit, a 16 X 10 covered pavilion with electricity for all of those fun family gatherings, a brick fire pit, a large fenced in area for your own organic garden, and finally the classic move in ready home awaiting its new owner with new hot water tank, new well bladder tank, newer furnace, newer a/c, newer H2O softener, 85% Wallside windows with lifetime warranty, 10 years left on 30 year roof guarantee, new electric meters, and walkout area with newer beams/stones. Perfect location close to M59 and I96. SoldWithMargaret.com


Home Inspections: How to Find the Best Home Inspector.

10/2/2019

What to Expect from Your Home Inspection

What to Expect from Your Home Inspection | MyKCM

You made an offer and it was accepted. Your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. Agents often recommend you make your offer contingent upon a clean home inspection.

This contingency allows you to renegotiate the price you offered for the home, ask the sellers to cover repairs, or in some cases, walk away if challenges arise. Your agent can advise you on the best course of action once the report is filed.

How to Choose an Inspector

Your agent will most likely have a short list of inspectors they’ve worked with in the past to recommend to you. HGTV suggests you consider the following five areas when choosing the right home inspector for you:

1. Qualifications – Find out what’s included in your inspection and if the age or location of your home may warrant specific certifications or specialties.

2. Sample Reports – Ask for a sample inspection report so you can review how thoroughly they will be inspecting your dream home. In most cases, the more detailed the report,
the better.

3. References – Do your homework. Ask for phone numbers and names of past clients who you can call to discuss their experiences.

4. Memberships – Not all inspectors belong to a national or state association of home inspectors, and membership in one of these groups should not be the only way to evaluate your choice. Membership in one of these organizations does, however, often mean continued training and education are required.

5. Errors and Omission Insurance – Find out what the liability of the inspector or inspection company is once the inspection is over. The inspector is only human, after all, and it is possible they might miss something they should see.

Ask your inspector if it’s okay for you to tag along during the inspection, so they can point out anything that should be addressed or fixed.

Don’t be surprised to see your inspector climbing on the roof or crawling around in the attic and on the floors. The job of the inspector is to protect your investment and find any issues with the home, including but not limited to: the roof, plumbing, electrical components, appliances, heating and air conditioning systems, ventilation, windows, fireplace and chimney, foundation, and so much more.

Bottom Line

They say, ‘ignorance is bliss,’ but not when investing your hard-earned money into a home of your own. Work with a professional you can trust to give you the most information possible, so you can make the most educated decision about your purchase.



The information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. Keeping Current Matters, Inc. does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. Keeping Current Matters, Inc. will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on the information or opinions contained herein.

Happy GF Tip Tuesday! Gluten Free Frozen Pizza at Kroger Grocery Store.

10/1/2019

Happy Motivational Monday!

9/30/2019
Happy Motivational Monday everyone! SoldWithMargaret.com was a bit motivated today to better myself for all of my past, current, and future real estate clients. Many Smiles! I completed a 3 hour course on Discovering Commercial Real Estate at GMAR, my local real estate board. Yay! I now know so much more about gross leases, net leases, letters of intent, etc. Please do look to me for any or all of your real estate needs including commercial. Have a happy night! SoldWithMargaret.com
#commercialrealestate #commerciallease#commercial #netlease #grosslease#letterofintent #soldwithmargaret #brightonmi#howellmi #livingstoncounty #remaxcares#remaxcommunity



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Horseshoe Hoedown Open House Today, 9/28/19, at 2120 Bowen Road in Howell, MI!

9/28/2019

An Instant Savings Account-Your Own Home!

9/25/2019
One of the Top Reasons to Own a Home | Simplifying The Market

One of the Top Reasons to Own a Home

One of the benefits of homeownership is that it is a “forced savings plan.” Here’s how it works: You make a mortgage payment each month. Part of that payment is applied to the principal balance of your mortgage. Each month you owe less on the home. The difference between the value of the home and what you owe is called equity.

If your home has appreciated since the time you purchased it, that increase in value also raises your equity. Over time, the equity in your home could be substantial. Recently, CoreLogic revealedthat the average homeowner gained more than $65,000 in equity over the last 5 years.

Unlike last decade, homeowners are no longer foolishly tapping into that equity. In 2006-2008, many owners used their homes like an ATM by pulling equity out to purchase new cars, jet skis, or lavish vacations. They were pulling out cash (equity) from an appreciating asset, and then spending it on rapidly depreciating items. That is not happening anymore.

Over 50% of Homes Have at Least 50% Equity

The number of homeowners that currently have at least 50% equity in their home is astonishing. According to the Urban Institute, 37.1% of all homes in the country are mortgage-free. In a home equity study, ATTOM Data Solutions revealed that of the 62.9% of homes with a mortgage, 25.6% have at least 50% equity. That number has been increasing over the last five years:One of the Top Reasons to Own a Home | Simplifying The MarketBy doing a little math, we can see that 53.2% of all homes in this country have at least 50% equity right now. Of all homes, 37.1% are mortgage-free and an additional 16.1% with a mortgage have at least 50% equity.

Bottom Line

Homeownership is different than renting. When you own, your housing expense (the mortgage payment) comes back to you in the form of equity in your home. That doesn’t happen with your rent payment. Your rent helps build your landlord’s equity instead.

How to Price your House for it to Sell for the Best Price in this Market. Yay!

9/24/2019

Is Your House “Priced to Sell Immediately”?

Is Your House “Priced to Sell Immediately”? | MyKCM

In today’s real estate market, more houses are coming to market every day. Eager buyers are searching for their dream homes, so setting the right price for your house is one of the most important things you can do.

According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index, home values have risen at over 6% a year over the past two years, but have started to slow to 3.6% over the last 12 months. By this time next year, CoreLogic predicts home values will be 5.4% higher.

With prices slowing from their previous pace, homeowners must realize that pricing their homes a little over market value to leave room for negotiation will actually dramatically decrease the number of buyers who will see their listing (see the chart below).Is Your House “Priced to Sell Immediately”? | MyKCMInstead of the seller trying to ‘win’ the negotiation with one buyer, they should price their house so demand for the home is maximized. By doing so, the seller will not be negotiating with a buyer over the price, but will instead have multiple buyers competing with each other over the house.

The secret is making sure your house is Priced To Sell Immediately (PTSI). That way, your home will be seen by the most potential buyers. It will sell at a great price before more competition comes to the market.

Bottom Line

If you’re debating listing your house for sale, let’s get together to discuss how to price your home appropriately and maximize your exposure.



The information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. Keeping Current Matters, Inc. does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. Keeping Current Matters, Inc. will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on the information or opinions contained herein.

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