August 2013

Found 12 blog entries for August 2013.

If you're looking for fun, look no further than these events in Birmingham, MI for September. Whether you are new to the area, looking to buy a luxury home in Birmingham, MI or the area has been your stomping grounds for a while, you will be sure to find great fun in our guide to events in Birmingham, MI for September.

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Events in Birmingham, MI for September

Birmingham Farmers Market
Sundays thru 10/20, 9am - 3pm
Even later in the year, the Birmingham Farmers Market supplies residents with fresh, local produce for all of those Fall stews and casseroles. Make a hearty meal with goods grown close to home!

First Thursday
Sept. 5, 6pm - 9pm
Take a walk, do some shopping and listen to live music while you spend the night Downtown Birmingham.

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What is Green Real Estate?

Green real estate is homes that are energy efficient. It is homes that have updated appliances and features that cut energy costs. It is homes that use outdoor space wisely in order to decrease a house's footprint.

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Features of Green Real Estate

  • Energy Star appliances
  • Good energy audit
  • Efficient insulation
  • New doors and windows
  • Solar power
  • Gardening space

What are Updates I Can Make to My Home?

Keeping Your Home Cool 
What Young Buyers are Looking For 
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Lang Premier Properties is home to a leading Oakland County Short Sale Realtor. We specialize in all aspects of real estate including short sales, foreclosures and working with home buyers and sellers in the Troy, Birmingham, Rochester

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When you're in the market for your dream home, you want to make sure you are doing everything correctly. You want to make sure you are working with someone who is going to close the deal on that perfect home for you. Lang Premier Properties works hard to ensure you get that perfect home for you and your family. That is why we always follow these 5 tips for buying a dream home.

5 tips for buying a dream home

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1. Start with a Preapproval: This is so important. It will help you figure out how much home you can afford, and it will also make you more appealing to the seller. You already have a huge step out of the way in the buying process.

2. Have Few Contingencies: While we want you to have everything you ever dreamed of, we will also help you figure out what aspects of

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Flipping Houses in Southeast Michigan

Are you considering flipping houses in Southeast Michigan? The trend is hot once again after its huge success in the early 2000s.

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Made popular by TV reality shows, flipping homes has been credited with being part of the housing recovery. Buyers are snatching up these homes at extremely affordable prices, and they are able to sell them for a substantial profiet as the market continues to improve.

The first half of this year alone, the percentage of people flipping houses rose 19% year over year, and the trend of flipping houses in Southeast Michigan, as well as other parts of the country, is expected to continue.

There are many ideas for how to successfully flip a home. Check out our source for more

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If you grew up in the 70s and 80s, you watched Little House on the Prairie. And you probably loved Melissa Gilbert's character, Laura Ingalls. So, if you're a fan, we have exciting news for you.

Melissa Gilbert recently made a move from Hollywood Hills to Howell, MI. Find homes in Howell, MI.

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Married to Timothy Busfield of Revenge of the Nerds fame, Gilbert and Busfield decided to move back toward his home town, Lansing, MI. The two wanted a small town feel. In Gilbert's blog she states,

"Golly I've done a lot of moving in the past two decades, From Encino California to Malibu, back to Encino, New York (three different dwellings there), back to LA...Hollywood Hills, Sherman Oaks, Hidden Hills, Valley Village, Calabasas, Tarzana, Studio

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Today we would like to share 5 tips for buying luxury homes in Metro Detroit. Since now is a great time to buy, take advantage of these hot tips to find that beautiful luxury home of your dreams! Lang Premier Properties specializes in luxuries homes in Southeast Michigan. Take a look at our inventory of luxury homes in Metro Detroit.

5 Tips for Buying Luxury Homes in Metro Detroit

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1. Make a list of needs: When buying a luxury home, chances are you will have all of the bedrooms, bathrooms and entertaining spaces you will want. However, make a list of other items that are non-negotiable for you. What fits your lifestyle and what can be compromised? Are you an avid fisher but don't care much about saunas and

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Wondering how your county is doing in terms of sales? Here are the Metro Area Market Sold Graphs through July 2013. We have featured Oakland and Macomb Counties, but you can check here for other areas in Michigan as well.

Metro Area Market Sold Graphs

Metro Area Market Sold Graphs

Lang Premier Properties is home to a leading Oakland County Short Sale Realtor. We specialize in all aspects of real estate including short sales, foreclosures and working with home buyers and sellers in the Troy, Birmingham, Rochester Hills and Bloomfield Hills luxury market. When you hire Lang Premier Properties, whether you are purchasing or selling Metro Detroit Real Estate, you can rest assured that you are in good hands.

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It's August, and in Metro-Detroit, that means one thing: classic cars. The Woodward Dream Cruise in Birmingham, MI, Royal Oak, MI and Berkley, MI is a long awaited event each and every year.

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This year, things will be even more interesting.

New Michigan legislation has been passed making it legal for historical vehicles to be driven unrestricted during the entire month of August. This means that these cars are not limited to the parade route and other Dream Cruise events. Patrons and fans of the event can now see their favorite classics around town all month long.

Some of the best places to see the show are on Woodward Avenue in Birmingham, MI. Lawn chairs, BBQ and clapping are all encouraged during

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Closing costs in Michigan have been rated the fourth lowest in the country at around $2,203 which includes lender fees, appraisal fees, credit reports and inspections. This is about $200 less than the national average. It is good to note that these numbers did not include taxes.

The survey to get the numbers was done by Bankrate.com where they averaged closing costs from 10 lenders in Detroit for a $200k mortgage with 20% down. Doing better than Michigan is the lowest closing cost state: Wisconsin. And Hawaii came in last with the highest costs in the nation. 

These low fees are thought to be a result of lenders trying to stay competitive in the ever-bettering market. But because lenders are will be incurring more fees in upcoming months, these rates

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One thing that many people might not think about with the market recovery is that more foreclosures may be on the horizon. But, when numbers keep looking better and better, how can this be?

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In the recent past, Michigan has seen its foreclosure numbers decrease as banks took on more and more short sales. Michigan also has increased home values and more people entering the market to buy.

These two factors are adding up to an increase in foreclosures: sellers aren't interested in doing a short sale as home values rise, and banks feel similarly. The result is more homes going into foreclosure.

Now, this isn't a given, but it is certainly a possiblity.

If you are looking at foreclosure or wanting to do a short sale in Michigan, contact Lang

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