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Don't buy a house without prepping first! Here are the tips you need to get started.

If you're in the market for a home, you'll go through many steps before you finally close the deal and move into your new home. Our REALTORS® are experienced and knowledgeable about the home-buying process and can make the process go as smoothly as possible.
They offer the following six tips that every home buyer needs:

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Your inspector will give you important insights into the home you're planning to buy. Here are the questions to ask.

A home inspection is an important part of the home buying process as you look at Midland homes for sale, since it gives you information about a home's condition. Buyers should have homes inspected before the sale goes through, and if the inspection highlights significant issues, they may choose to buy another home or ask for a reduction in price. 
Our REALTORS® recommend asking your home inspector these questions:

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Ready for the spooky season? Don't miss out on these local Halloween events.

Ready to wear your costume and get in on all the Halloween fun? Events in Midland, MI are taking place in the days leading up to the holiday as well as on the 31st. You'll find kid-centric and family-friendly things to do in addition to a Grave Rave for adults.
Our REALTORS® share the following Midland Halloween events you don't want to miss:

  • Midland Recyclers Trunk or Treat Recycling Center - 4305 E. Ashman Rd., Midland, MI 48642
    Sunday, October 30, 2002, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

    With so many alternative Halloween events nowadays, you may find that trick-or-treating in your neighborhood can be hit or miss. Many families go out for an event or activity, so you and your kids may trudge around the neighborhood and have very few houses to visit for candy. You can easily solve that problem by heading out to the Midland Recyclers Trunk or Treat. Not only are you assured that your kids won't have any trouble receiving treats, you'll also get to see decorated stations and let them play games, have fun in a bounce house, and more. 

  • Halloween Bash Midland Center for the Arts - 1801 W. St. Andrews Rd., Midland, MI 48640
    Saturday, October 29, 2022, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Wear a costume and join in the fun at the Midland Center for the Arts Halloween Bash, where they'll have early trick or treating outside. They'll also have spooky science demonstrations and hands-on activities. And if you'd like some at-home activities to try in the week leading up to Halloween, check out the Center's social media accounts for suggestions. Before or after you enjoy the fun outside, head inside the museum to check out its exhibits and a special event featuring bone cleaning. Tickets (which include museum admission) are $7 for general admission and free for museum members and ages 3 and under. Choose a time slot when you pre-register, which is required.

  • Halloween Dance Roll Arena - 2909 Bay City Rd., Midland, MI 48642.
    Thursday, October 27, 2022, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

    If you're 18 or over, head to the Roll Arena for an early Halloween Dance where you can wear a costume if you'd like to. Skating won't be available in order to accommodate the dance, but games will be available to play for 25 cents, and cookies and drinks are provided. Admission to the dance is $7.

  • Boo Bash - several streets in downtown Midland, MI
    Friday, October 28, 2022 6 p.m.-11:59 p.m.

    Boo Bash takes over downtown Midland with fun activities for everyone, starting with a family-friendly event from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Let kids trick or treat at downtown businesses, play outdoor games and activities, enjoy a DJ costume party, and more. During the same time period, a disability-friendly trick-or-treat option will be held a block away from Main St. at 233 E. Larkin St. From 9 a.m.-midnight, the fun is for adults, with costumes encouraged at a Grave Rave with DJs. Food and beverages will be available to purchase, and you could win prizes during the costume contest.

  • Grandma's Pumpkin Patch - 4277 N. Eastman Rd., Midland, MI 48642
    through October 31, 2002

    Stop by Grandma's Pumpkin Patch for fun activities like a corn maze, hay rides, farm animals, and a cow train. Activities vary by day, so check Grandma's website to see what's available before you visit. Special events will also be held, including a show with older vehicles, including cars, motorcycles, and tractors from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, October 30.

Contact Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS® to learn more about our vibrant community and to see Midland homes for sale.


The home buying process usually goes smoothly, but on rare occasions, it can fall apart. Here's why.

Whether you're selling your home or buying a new home, you're probably excited as you look forward to the deal closing. Most pending home sales are completed without any issues, but a lot can happen between the time when a buyer makes an offer, and the purchase of the home is complete. In some cases, the result is a delay, and for others, the sale may completely fall through.

Our REALTORS® share the following common reasons why a pending home sale can go wrong:

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Homes come in all different shapes, sizes, and ages. Here's how to tell if you should buy an older or newer home.

When you're ready to buy a home, you're likely to see new homes as well as older ones on the market. Each has its pros and cons, so how do you decide which type of home is better for you?

Our REALTORS® suggest looking at the following differences when you're deciding whether to buy a new or older home:

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Moving in is exciting, but these mistakes will sour the experience. Here's how you can avoid them.

Moving is a time-consuming, stressful task, but it's well worth it when you're happily settled into your new home. But with so many tasks involved, many homeowners make mistakes during the move or when they're decorating and personalizing their new home.

Our REALTORS® share these mistakes to avoid when moving into your new home:

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One of the first things to do if you want to buy a home is to put away money. Here's how much you need to save.

If you're thinking about buying a home, you'll need to figure out how much money to save in order to make it happen. By calculating how much you can afford to pay for a home, as well as how you'll pay for a down payment and other initial expenses, you'll be taking important first steps toward buying your new home.

Our REALTORS® share the following information about how much you should save — as well as how to do it — to buy a house:

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Nothing screams fall quite like pumpkins. Here are some classic and unique ways to utilize them.

This time of year you'll find pumpkins in grocery stores, at pumpkin patches, and even at some of your big-box home improvement stores. In addition to making good seasonal decorations, pumpkins can also be used in a variety of other ways. Our REALTORS® suggest the following ways to make the most out of your pumpkins:

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Not sure if you should install new hardwood or carpet? Here's what you should know about each flooring.

If you're looking at Midland homes for sale, you may tour dozens of properties before you find a perfect fit. Finding a home with adequate space and style may seem like a challenge, but it's not impossible with help from professionals like our REALTORS® who understand your needs.

Everyone's dream home is different, but flooring is one feature that's important to all homeowners. While some people prefer the natural appeal of hardwood floors, others prefer the cushion of carpet under their feet. Choosing between hardwood and carpet can greatly impact style, durability, maintenance, and costs. Here's what you should know about each.

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Video Tour Questions - Homebuyers - Ayre/Rhinehart, REALTORS®Video Tour Questions - Homebuyers - Ayre/Rhinehart, REALTORS®

As digital real estate listings continue to grow in popularity, video tours have become a convenient way to view Midland homes for sale from any location. In 2020, health concerns due to the pandemic have essentially made these tours standard operating procedure.

But even the most sophisticated video technology can't reveal the whole picture. Get a more complete view by asking our REALTORS® these seven important questions during a video tour. 

  1. Can You Send Me a Floor Plan?
    If you can't visit a home in person, perspective is one aspect where a two-dimensional view is more helpful than video. A printed floor plan shows exactly where each room is in relation to the others. You can also use the plan as a prompt to ask the real estate agent about doorways and other shared features. Request the floor plan ahead of time so you can follow along during the live tour.

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