Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Update: Van Elslander Mansion Sells

Aerial view of the 3.75-acre former Art Van Elslander estate in Grosse Pointe Shores.

Did I ever get around to mentioning this? Art Van Elselander's spectacular Michigan mansion, which had been on the market for some time, finally sold. At an auction. At a bargain price.

Originally priced at over $15.9 million, easily the most expensive listing in Michigan at the time, it ended up selling for a relatively bargain price of $3.75 million, which is like going to an Art Van store for a new sofa and finding one for $100 in the Clearance Center in the back.

That price is amazingly low. Mr. and Mrs. James Anderson got themselves quite a deal. Hey, if I'd have known it would go for that cheap, I would have put in a bid in the auction. Then again, I would have needed to come up with the money to buy it, so maybe not.


Friday, July 17, 2015

Psst...Want to Buy A Lighthouse? The Feds Got Three For Sale!

Here is one of the lighthouses up for sale. 

That's right. Your friendly Federal government is selling not one, not two, but three different Michigan lighthouses. Sadly enough, only non-profit institutions that promise to keep the place maintained and historical are eligible. Still, you might want to think about getting a nonprofit ready for the next round.

Link: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/07/14/great-lakes-lighthouses-sale-online-auction/30122673/

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Knappmann Law Firm Represents Landlords

Blatant Self-Interest Plug By Blogger:

The Law Offices of John O. Knappmann represents landlords in residential evictions, along with practicing in the area of commercial lease disputes. We are experienced landlords ourselves.

You can see our web page here.

Our offices are located in Trenton, Michigan at 2836 W. Jefferson, across the street from Del's Pizza. You can call us at 734/931-0440.

Link: www.landlordrealestateattorney.com

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Detroit Housing Prices

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The Detroit Free Press took a thorough look today at Detroit home prices. Yes, they are going up. Yes, some of them were so low it did not take much to get them to go up. Yes, certain neighborhoods held up well during the drop in 2008-09 and are still holding up well. Yes, out of state investors need to be careful. In short, nothing that we did not already know, but they have lots of pictures.

Readers of this blog have been keeping track of prices in Detroit all along. That's particularly because of our philosophy that Detroit is a great place to buy a house if you can buy the right one in the right neighborhood. That's why you need to know the neighborhood. Sometimes crossing the street can make a difference in prices.

Investors from out of state are vulnerable to being taken advantage of. The news story includes one such person, who bought a house and used a property management company, but did not make any money. As she observed, it is hard to make money on Detroit from afar.

Link: http://www.freep.com/story/money/real-estate/2015/07/11/detroit-home-values-rising/29169949/

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Selling Your Homes? Don't Make It Personal


Selling your home requires you to think about the potential buyers who will be coming and looking. It requires you to look at the market and ensure that your home is positioned to attract potential buyers. This is a two stage process: getting them to look, then getting them to offer.

In order for the potential buyer to even look, the house has to look good from the outside. It has to be priced competitively. You need them to pick your home out to look at among a slew of similar homes on the market, then have the view from the street good enough that they won't just drive away.

Buyers usually look at multiple homes before zeroing in on one to offer on, and you do not want yours to be the runt of the litter. If your curb appeal gets them in, then keep them in with a clean house that doesn't look like it needs any work. Sure, everybody will want to change colors in a room or put up their own decor, but you want to give them a feeling that this would be ok until they get around to making those changes.

Don't make the inside (or outside) too personal to you. If you have an extra bedroom and use it for a home office, stage it as a bedroom when you are putting it up for sale. Generally people are looking at houses with the number of bedrooms they want and most people don't put a priority on a discrete home office. If you used a fuschia and coral paint scheme that you loved because it reminds you of Cancun, repaint it in beige when the house is being sold, Grandma's old brown stove that doesn't fit in the white kitchen? Get a white one, even if you rent it.

For more tips, we'd refer you to a recent article in the Freep.

Good luck!

Link: http://www.freep.com/story/life/2015/07/04/selling-tips-homeowners/29617327/