What is an escrow account? How do they work?

If you are looking at obtaining a mortgage or already have one, more than likely you will need to deal with an escrow account.  It can be difficult to understand the timing and moving piece within the escrow account.  Inevitably, if you have an escrow account your mortgage payment will change each year.  Understanding how... Read More

Understanding Property Tax Increases

Many home buyers have been facing a very challenging market over the past few years. The current supply of homes on the market just can’t keep up with the huge demand out there. It’s not uncommon for a home to come on the market and be sold in a matter of days after receiving multiple... Read More

2018 Real Life Property Tax Appeal – Michigan

Its that time of year!  Property tax assessment notices are arriving in homeowners mailboxes all over Michigan.  This is your once a year opportunity to appeal your property taxes and potentially save a lot of money.  The appeal process can be overwhelming for homeowners so I wanted to break it down and give a real... Read More

Tax Deductions for Home Owners

Jeremy Drobeck of Amerifirst Home Mortgage meets with tax expert Dennis Greenfield to help people learn about some of the benefit's to home ownership. Having the ability to take the mortgage interest deduction can in turn open up a whole bunch of other write-offs. Things such as state & local taxes that were paid, property taxes, charitable... Read More

How To Dispute Property Taxes in Michigan part 2 – The Board of review

Last time we talked about why you might dispute your property taxes. Now learn HOW! Step 1 - File with the board of review Form L-4035 Step 2 - Appeal in person if at all possible (you only get a small window each year and will need to set that up in February. Don't miss it)... Read More

Property Taxes: Tax Tribunal part 3

What Do You Do When The Board Of Review Says "NO!"? Here are a couple Pointers: In my experience the Board of Review almost shoots you down, but the appeal process at the State Tax Tribunal has a reasonable non-bias person there to look at your appeal - GO TO the Tax Tribunal! Don't be... Read More

Fighting your property taxes and assessed values

Thinking your paying too much in property taxes? You might be! I look up a lot of property taxes and find that most homes are selling for less than what the local assessors are saying they are worth. Perfect example would be a home I bought for $25,000, the home was NOT a forclosure and... Read More

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November Lunch and Learn / Webinar: Low Down Payment Options For Home Buyers

Money, Money, Money, Money

One of the biggest myths out there is that you need a bunch of money to buy a house.  That’s simply not true.  There are a number of No and Low down payment options for home buyers.  On top of that you don’t have to be a first time home buyer to access many of those programs.    During our next lunch and learn we will cover all the different options out there for buyers looking to minimize their down payment.  Over the last couple years its been harder to get a lot of these types of offers accepted.  However, with the market going back to a much more “normal” state it’s not nearly as hard as it was just a few short months ago.  This is the perfect time for Realtors to reconnect with their past customers and get back out there looking.   Come check out this lunch and learn and get a refresh course on low down payment options for buyers!

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