Howell Michigan Home Buying

Notes on home buying in Howell, Brighton, and the surrounding areas.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A Thorough Home Inspector

One thing that often separates real buyer agents from the pretend
buyer agents / designated buyer agents is the type of inspectors they

For most buyers we recommend at least medium grade inspectors but
often the real thorough guys.

This photo is of a thorough inspector who has filled the tub to check
the overflow and is standing on the tub rim to check for settling &
wood rot on this -150 year old home.

Most inspectors don't do this. Because most inspectors focus on making
real estate agents happy.

It you want a real estate company to be on your side, call us. 734-662-6140

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

CNBC Picks Up Story Quoting Our Broker Jon Boyd On "Lying Listings"

A journalist for interviewed our broker Jon Boyd some months ago for an article he was working on on the subject of real estate language.

Specifically, the theme was stuff listing real estate people will say about their listings to attempt to grab the interest of home buyers. Hint: The positive features are often exagerated.

These phrases were collected from our nationwide association ( and the are totally genuine.

Here is what you should probably think about:

If a real estate agent regularly directs expressions like these to buyers, why would you ever want somebody like at being your buyer's agent or designated buyer's agent?

Just a thought to consider as you look for for Howell homes and real estate.

Here is the Article, don't say I didn't warn you!

Friday, August 14, 2009

20090814 Moving The Blog Again

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Ann Arbor Real Estate Eyesore Coming Down

The old Ramada Inn building on Jackson Rd. Is being taken down. Good
news for the neighborhood

This is a big job and I saw three different excavators over there
getting the job started including a big Link Belt LS-5000.

Unfortunately I couldn't get a decent picture of that because of the

Here is a little Cat unit

Blogged from my iPhone.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Top of The Park in Ann Arbor

ToTP is an annual thing in Ann Arbor where there are a bunch of free
evening concerts and performances and it is a lot of fun.

This is the first night this year and a band called NoMo is playing a
great set.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Wiring you don't want to see in your garage

I was at a home this week that had this mess in the garage.

Is this how you want your wiring to look?

Anybody smart enough to do this and get the switches and outlets to
work should also be smart enough to know not to leave it like this.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Why don't listing agents pay attention to radon testing?

I'm out at an Ann Arbor home inspection again today and we arrived to
find the windows partially open. This is a bit frustrating because
radon tests require the home to be closed up for at least 12 hours
before the radon data is valid.

So, since the seller wasn't asked by the listing to close up the
windows we have to wait an additional 12 hours.

I'd guess that the listing agent doesn't know much about representing
buyers or he would have told the sellers.