If you're planning a move, you should consider making Midland, MI your new home. The city has plenty of amenities that are normally associated with larger cities but has retained its smaller town charm.
Our REALTORS® share the following reasons why you should move to Midland:
If you're thinking about selling your home, you can help improve your chances of selling it as quickly as possible for the most amount of money possible if you take some time to prepare your home for prospective buyers. This showcases your home in a positive light and lets it make a good impression on buyers.
Our REALTORS® suggest the following ways to prep your home before selling it:
Relaxing or celebrating over a delicious meal and nice glass of wine is a definite treat and pleasure that's worth making time for. Fortunately, Midland, MI has plenty of restaurants that fit the bill and are worth a visit.
Our REALTORS® suggest the following places in Midland to enjoy stellar wine and food:
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:
Whether you've had a garden for years or are planting your first one this season, now's the time to start preparing your garden, This will help increase the odds that you'll have a thriving garden and will also help you take care of some tasks now before the temperatures get warmer.
Our REALTORS® live and work in the Midland, MI area and know it well. They suggest these steps to start your garden prep now and give you the best chance of success:
April 10th is recognized as Golfer's Day, so whether you're a newbie or a seasoned golfer, head out to one of Midland's beautiful courses to play a round. The area has a good mix of public and private courses so you're free to join a country club if you'd like or simply try some of the area's public fairways.
Our REALTORS® recommend visiting the following local courses and country clubs to refine your golf game:
Smart home technology is becoming more popular as a greater number of devices use Wi-Fi connectivity to make our homes more efficient and comfortable. Some can even help reduce your energy bills and make your home more secure. And when it comes time to put your home on the market, smart technology devices like water monitors can be a selling point that appeals to many prospective buyers and sets your home apart from others for sale.
Our REALTORS® suggest investing in some of the following smart home tech:
St. Patrick's Day (March 17) is the perfect occasion to visit a Midland bar and restaurant to celebrate with beer that's cold — and very possibly green — and a tasty burger or other menu item. Add a group of friends, and you've got a great lunch or evening.
Our REALTORS® suggest celebrating St. Patty's Day locally with these Midland stops:
National Tortilla Chip Day happened this month, so why not indulge in this tasty snack? Tortilla chips are great on their own or dipped in salsa or guacamole. And if you're in the mood for a more substantial snack, appetizer, or entree, order them loaded with a wide variety of proteins and other toppings.
Our REALTORS® suggest celebrating Tortilla Chip Day at one of the following Midland restaurants:
Eating seasonally has a wide variety of benefits, including getting fresher, better tasting, and more delicious food than you would from food consumed out of season. And if you or your grocer are buying from local farms, you're also helping to support your local economy.
Our REALTORS® recommend these best seasonal ingredients to shop for this winter:
Colors of the Year, which are named by color experts as well as paint companies, can help refresh and inspire your home decor in the new year. 2022's shades range from a vibrant periwinkle to a chocolatey brown, and they'll each bring a new feel and versatility to your decor.
Our REALTORS® share the following 2022 Colors of the Year, including tips on how to best incorporate them into your home to achieve the look you want:
When the weather's cold, treating yourself to American fare like a burger, bowl of homemade soup, or tasty sandwich hits the spot. A variety of Midland restaurants — with food ranging from simple but delicious to more elevated flavors — are available for you to choose from.
Our REALTORS® suggest trying the following Midland restaurants:
Before you know it, you and your family will be waking up on a chilly December morning opening presents and appreciating the time you get to spend together. But before you do that, you actually have to figure out what gifts to get everyone, which can be a challenge. Finding the perfect gift for someone can take careful consideration and planning on your part, and that's just one gift! Not to mention the gifts you need to work out for all your family members and friends that will be stopping over this holiday season.
A yard filled with birds brings to mind warmer spring or summer months, but many stay throughout the year, even through cold weather. They need some more help finding sources of food during colder months, so why not help them out while attracting some beautiful birds to your yard?
Our REALTORS® suggest the following tips for feeding birds during chilly months:
As Halloween approaches, it's time to get ready to have some spooky fun in Midland this fall. Even after the holiday passes, you can still find several ways to enjoy the season, including some that provide fun for the entire family.
Our REALTORS® suggest visiting the following places for some spooky fun that ranges from the terrifying to the tame:
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:
We know the importance of a good cup of coffee. If you're like some of our REALTORS®, your favorite coffee beverage is essential for starting the day off right. No matter how you take it, coffee can give you the much-needed boost you need to have a productive morning.
If you're looking for a great cup of coffee, you'll find some of Central Michigan's best coffee shops in Midland. Coffee shops are a great community amenity — people come to work, relax, have business meetings or just catch up with old friends. Below is a quick list of some of the best coffee shops in our area:
Whether you're decorating your new home or are refreshing the one you've lived in for years, it helps to have a sense of what your unique decor style is. This information can help guide your decorating decisions so you can create rooms you love.
Our REALTORS® suggest the following ways to find your unique decor style:
Midland, MI, located in the central area of the state, is a wonderful community to call home, with several attributes making it stand out not only in Michigan but also in the country. It captures a small-town feeling and friendliness and combines it with plenty of opportunities for recreation, dining, and more that could be associated with a larger city. You'll also benefit from the area's other important qualities, such as a relatively low cost of living and a high degree of safety.
Our REALTORS® share some of the best reasons to buy a home in the area and move to Midland:
It's easy to look at photos on your phone, but by making prints of these special moments, you can have the basis for some interesting and meaningful displays for your home. Photos can be used in a wide variety of ways and can help personalize and add visual interest to any room.
Our REALTORS® share the following ways to rethink your family photos while improving your home decor:
With summer's warm, sunny days and the kids out of school, there's no better time to get out of the house and try some fun activities in Midland. From exploring the country's longest forest canopy walk to taking in all the fun at a minor league baseball game, you'll find plenty to see and do.
Our REALTORS® recommend the following activities, which are among the area's best:
Fresh herbs are an easy way to add life to dull dishes. These fragrant and flavorful little plants make beautiful garnishes, add vitality to every bite, and even better, they're packed with valuable antioxidants and nutrients. Sure, you can pick up all these herbs at a grocery store, but nothing beats the taste of a home-grown, fresh-picked herb. If you've got a windowsill with plenty of sunlight, then you have the perfect spot for growing an indoor herb garden. Herbs are easy to grow and you don't need a big backyard or green thumb to grow a lush herb garden. Here are our REALTORS®' favorite indoor herbs, plus how to grow and use them.
After spending an entire year indoors, it's so great things are finally opening up again. As we continue to relax restrictions, it's a good opportunity to get out and enjoy a day downtown and support our wonderful local businesses. Whether you're taking a day off from work or planning weekend activities, spending a day in downtown Midland is such an enjoyable experience. If you enjoy shopping, dining, art, and entertainment, you'll love everything Midland has to offer. Our REALTORS® love supporting local businesses, and they've compiled a list of recommendations to help you plan a fun day out on the town:
The foyer is an important but often overlooked part of the home that serves as its entryway. It's the first place your family and guests see as they enter or exit your home, and the same is true of prospective home buyers if you're currently trying to sell your home, so it makes a vital first impression. Your foyer is also the spot where you tend to shed your jacket and take off your shoes or where your kids scramble for sporting equipment or backpacks.
Instead of neglecting this area, fix your foyer up so it's attractive and functional. Our REALTORS® suggest the following improvements to help your foyer give off the right first impression:
Hamburger Month is celebrated in May, so head out to some local Midland restaurants and sample some of the many available variations on this delicious favorite. From a simple but delicious cheeseburger to inventive variations like a Chipotle Black Bean Burger, you'll have your choice of many different options. Some restaurants also offer gluten-free buns or Impossible Burgers that let you get your burger fix even if you have different dietary needs or preferences.
Our REALTORS® recommend trying the following Midland burger joints this May — and beyond:
Spring is finally here! And as nature starts fresh in spring, it's also a great time to give your home a deep cleaning and keep it well organized. Our REALTORS® suggest kicking off your spring cleaning with these tips:
Did you know National Beer Day is celebrated every April 7th? Even if you just missed it last week, it's still a great time to explore local breweries. Whether you prefer a dark stout, pale ale, fruit-flavored beer, or another option, celebrate this holiday by lifting a mug of your favorite brew. Our REALTORS® suggest visiting one of the following Midland MI breweries to try some local beers on National Beer Day and beyond:
Whether your day includes a morning of biking or hiking in the park, a visit to Dow Gardens, or looking at Midland homes for sale, nothing starts it off better than an amazing breakfast. Our REALTORS® know how important a good breakfast is for productivity, and these places are some of their favorites. Jumpstart your day happy and full with these Midland breakfast spots.
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.
Our REALTORS® know all about the neighborhoods we serve and what makes them such great places to live. And one of the best ways to feel at home in Midland is to check out all the unique local businesses. Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to support your local businesses and impress that special someone in your life with their favorite sweet treat. Try one of these wonderful places right around the corner from Midland homes for sale. You're sure to find whatever your sweetheart desires.
Drafty windows can be a major annoyance. They can make the temperature inside your home consistently unpleasant, and even small leaks can affect your heating bill. If you've recently noticed a chill, try one of these tips from our REALTORS® to find the source and stop that leak.
If your home has a dedicated dining room, chances are you don't use it very much. And if you're selling your home, prospective buyers are likely to see it as wasted space that they also won't spend much time in. However, your dining room represents a good opportunity to stage the area and create a room that will wow your buyers.
Our REALTORS® recommend the following ways to stage your dining room and set your home apart from other Midland homes for sale.
Contact Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS® to learn more about making your home appeal to prospective buyers. With some relatively small changes, you can transform an underutilized space like a dining room into an area that buyers will love.
Sure there's a chill in the air, but our REALTORS® are here to inform you that the fun isn't over just because winter has arrived in Midland, Michigan.
We happen to live in a beautiful little corner of the world where winter offers some of the best opportunities of the year for fun and outdoor adventure. Be sure to check out these winter wonderlands in the Midland area!
Our REALTORS® know a home tour is one of the most important parts of getting to closing day for most Midland homes for sale. Whether in person or virtual, eagle-eyed buyers will be on the lookout for any issues. It's crucial that your home look its best!
Before any tour, it's vital to stage your home. Staging helps ensure the most attractive qualities of the property are noticed right away. By organizing, tidying, and setting up each room "just so," you can ensure a buyer's attention goes where you want it.
Of course, it's not all bad news. Buyers also zero in on the home features that matter most to them.
So, what can you expect diligent buyers to notice right away when touring your home?
Selling your home comes with many tasks, chores, and steps that all go toward closing. Most of these things are meant to make your home appealing to buyers and get that offer. But selling a home is more than just accepting an offer. After showing buyers how good your home looks, you need to convince them that it's in a state worth buying. This is where a home inspection comes in. A home inspection is often a deciding factor for the majority of home buyers, so you want to make sure it goes well. Here are our REALTORS® home inspection tips for sellers.
Our REALTORS® are always on the go, so they understand how important that morning cup of coffee really is! Luckily, there are plenty of amazing cafes and coffee shops in the Midland area.
National Espresso Day is coming up soon, so now is a great time to start exploring some of your options! Whether you prefer to relax and enjoy your latte while catching up with friends or you want to grab a quick cup of java while you're out exploring Midland homes for sale, we've got the perfect solution for you. Here are five of our favorite places to get that much-needed caffeine fix.
Dessert is something everyone – from children to adults – loves. And whether you prefer a traditional treat or one that's a little more exotic, Midland has many places to indulge your craving for dessert.
Our REALTORS® suggest treating yourself to the following dessert shops around Midland:
Apple picking is a fall tradition in the Midland MI area, and we're lucky to have several orchards that offer the chance to pick your own. Many also offer extras such as apple cider or apple baked goods, so you're sure to have fun and leave with a full stomach!
Our REALTORS® suggest making a visit to some of the following orchards and also offer some tips to try when you go:
Waffles are a staple of brunch menus and buffets, but their humble origins date back to ancient Greece, where flatcakes were cooked between hot metal plates. While the waffle's classic grid shape first appeared in the 15th century, it was popularized with the invention of the waffle iron in 1869.
Our REALTORS® love waffles because they lend themselves to both sweet and savory variations. Head to one of these great restaurants around Midland on Monday, August 24 to celebrate National Waffle Day.
Houseplants can really brighten up a home. Big and showy or slender and intricate, green-growing things can enhance your interior design. If you're adding your home to the list of Midland homes for sale, you may want to work in some houseplants to bring out the best in your home before you plan for the virtual or in-person tour. As our REALTORS® will tell you, houseplants are helpful not only for their beauty but also for calming our nerves and cleansing the air.
But homeowners with pets will want to choose houseplants with some care, as many types can be toxic. If you do acquire some species that might make your pet sick, place them where the animal can't reach them.
To help you choose your plants, here's the lowdown on a number of popular and beautiful species, but ones that also might be sickening to Fido.
There's no time like the present to settle in and nest in your home. Whether you have a large yard or a small garden, our REALTORS® have come across plenty of fabulous ideas that can breathe a bit of fresh air into your landscape. The following are seven of our favorite weekend projects that you will want to put on your "to-do" list.
If you love a thick, juicy slice of prime rib, you're in luck! There are many excellent steak restaurants around Midland homes for sale with prime rib specials. Here are a few of our favorites.
You can't control all the factors that influence the sale of your home. You can't change the location, and there is only so much you can do to improve the home's curb appeal. However, there is one ace up your sleeve that you have complete control over, and that is the listing price of the house. If you are finding it hard to sell your home, our REALTORS® may recommend reducing the price to entice an interested buyer to your front door.
Aiming Too High Can Turn Away Buyers
Everyone wants to receive a reasonable offer for their home. However, many sellers artificially raise the price of their home. They do this with the intent to negotiate down to the offer they want to receive. However, if the home is priced too high, it will turn away savvy buyers who will see the price is too high. If no one has called to take a look in a week or longer, it is a good bet the price is working against you.
What's better than someone else doing the cooking? How about dining outdoors, enjoying the seasonal delights of a Michigan summer? When our REALTORS® want a break, they head for these great restaurants around Midland with comfortable patio seating.
Spending more time at home provides a great opportunity to prepare your home and yard for the onslaught of summer heat. Every piece of your home needs maintenance to work efficiently and look great, especially if you'll soon be adding your home to the list of Midland homes for sale.
Our REALTORS® recommend this list of summer home maintenance tasks to complete while sheltering in place.
With many of us seeing the inside of our homes much more of than usual, you might have decided it's time for a little updating. Some of these tasks might be on your mind anyway if you'll be adding your home to the list of Midland homes for sale in the near future. These home improvements are easy to take on even if you're sheltering in place.
Virtual tours aren't new to the real estate industry but they're perhaps bigger — and more important — today than ever before. Virtual tours offer a number of benefits to both buyers and sellers. Buyers can conveniently take walk-throughs of properties all around the world, viewing as many spaces as they wish before committing to an in-person walk-through. Sellers, in turn, only receive qualified and motivated buyers at their doorstep and the decreased cleaning requirements also save them money in the long-run. If you're planning on listing your house alongside other Midland homes for sale, here are a few tips from our REALTORS® that will help you prep your home for a successful virtual tour.
If your home has a bonus room, you already know the benefits of having extra space. Our REALTORS® love homes with these spaces because it allows buyers extra flexibility that they just can't get with other Midland homes for sale. Even if you're just beginning to think of putting your home on the market, there's no time like the present to define your bonus room.
The following five tips will help you make the most out of your bonus room while also avoiding a few of the most common mistakes.
Now more than ever, our REALTORS® are always excited about all the great outdoor attractions in and around Midland, MI. For anyone who needs an opportunity to get outside and enjoy some alone time in a scenic setting, these Midland area landmarks and attractions are great places to check out on a Sunday drive in Midland County.
Our REALTORS® know a little extra useable space is something that buyers are always looking for. With telecommuting, self-employment, and freelancing all on the rise, turning that extra space into an office is likely to be just the thing to make your home stand out from other Midland homes for sale. Here's how make an eye-catching and functional office space in your home.
How popular is college basketball's championship tournament? According to ESPN, approximately 70 million brackets are filled out each year, while MSN estimates that 60 percent of office workers participate in at least one pool.
This year, leave work behind and fill out your bracket at one of these fun sports bars around Midland recommended by our REALTORS®.
You may not realize it, but there are many reasons why it pays to know a great florist. A beautiful bouquet of flowers is the perfect way to say "I love you," "I'm Sorry," or "'Get Well Soon." Floral arrangements also make excellent birthday, hostess, or housewarming gifts.
A vase of fresh flowers can go a long way toward making your home look warm and inviting. In fact, our REALTORS® often use fresh flowers to make homes more appealing to potential buyers. With so many great Midland Homes for Sale, small touches like this can make a big difference.
National Floral Design Day is coming up on February 28, so now is a great time to visit some of the area's best florists. Here are a few you might want to check out.
February 10th is National Home Warranty Day, and it's the perfect day to sit down and determine if the home you want to purchase requires a warranty. When our clients buy a home, our REALTORS® recommend carefully considering the options (and possible consequences) when making this critical decision.
Your home is one of the most significant investments you'll ever make. You'll invest time, money, and resources in the property as the years go by. Purchasing a warranty can give you peace of mind that if something goes wrong, all of the time and money you invest in the property won't go down the drain. At a typical cost of a few hundred dollars per year for a single-family home, a home warranty is a relatively inexpensive line-item in your budget.
Your real estate agent is a master of many skills. Your real estate agent does more than help you navigate the terms of the contract when you purchase Midland Homes for Sale. They are a coordinator, negotiator, mediator, and manager who ensures all the details of the transaction fall into place. Many first time home buyers and seasoned real estate investors are surprised to learn that real estate agents can also perform the following tasks.
Want to relieve stress or brighten a dreary winter day? Pampering at a day spa is the perfect solution. Here are some great spas around Midland where our REALTORS® love to unwind after a busy week.
Buying a house is one of the best New Year's resolutions you can make, but achieving that goal will take work. Fortunately, there are proven steps any aspiring homeowner can take to simplify the process and achieve their dream home. Our real estate agents are happy to help, with five tips for making your dream of homeownership a reality in 2020.
Try a Budget Test Run
While you're in the early stages of searching through Midland homes for sale, it's helpful to try a test run of the budget that you'll use once you buy a home. Consider your likely monthly mortgage payment, utilities, maintenance, and homeowners insurance. Living in this budget ahead of time will give you a taste of what your finances will be like once you own a home, and can help you get a solid idea of what fits your budget.
No matter how hectic life gets, the holidays are a time to share good cheer and make memories with family and friends. Mark your calendar for these festive holiday events around Midland suggested by our REALTORS®.
Holiday shopping can be one of the best parts of the season. Finding that perfect gift is so satisfying! Small Business Saturday is an excellent opportunity to find your favorite local shops. Shopping local can provide an opportunity to find truly unique items with local flair. The kinds of gifts everyone on your list will appreciate. You'll also be supporting the community and local economy. Try one of these shops right around the corner from Midland homes for sale to find the perfect gift, décor item, or whatever you need for those special people on your list.
Many people struggle to purchase their dream home because they can't afford to make the 20% down payment. Of course, you can put down less than 20%, but you'll be saddled with private mortgage insurance (PMI), which can make it more challenging to pay off your mortgage. Fortunately for veterans and active military members, they can fulfill their dreams of homeownership through a VA loan. Our REALTORS® break down some of the important things you should know about VA loans and how they work.
A VA loan is a mortgage loan that is made by private lenders through a program established by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. The program was designed to help veterans, active-duty military personnel, eligible surviving spouses of veterans, and other classes of military personnel to become homeowners at an affordable cost. The VA guarantees a part of the loan, sets eligibility requirements, and dictates the terms of the loan offered. The VA loan does not require down payments, mortgage insurance, or some closing costs.
The loss of a loved one can unleash a flood of emotions. It can feel as if you are treading water as you wade through thoughts and memories deciding what to do with their property. When you inherit a home, the first thing to know is that you inherit all the rights and responsibilities that go with the property. To help you through the process, our REALTORS® recommend moving forward slowly and methodically to expedite the process and avoid costly mistakes.
There's a lot of truth in the old saying that "Home is where the heart is." As the years pass, memories are made and your heart and home become intertwined. When a seller decides to move, they make the decision to leave a little bit of themselves behind. It's common for sellers of Midland homes for sale to want to sell their home to someone who will take care of the place where so many of their cherished memories were made. When buying a home, a personalized offer letter helps you stand out from other prospective buyers. It gives sellers an opportunity to get to know you better and decide whether you're the right person to hand their keys over to when they lock the door for the last time.
Personalized offer letters should be handwritten and sent on visually appealing stationery. This creates a more personal touch than something you type out and sign. Writing your letter in a friendly, heartfelt tone of voice creates a connection between you and the seller. It establishes bridges between your dreams for the future, and the ways the seller used the home. This builds trust and shows the seller that you'll care for the property.
Few states offer a wealth of outdoor resources that can match Michigan's. Some of the most spectacular landscapes in the state are just a short drive from Midland Homes for Sale, including one of our favorites, Chippewa Nature Center.
Encompassing more than 1,300 acres, Chippewa Nature Center is one of the greatest destinations in Michigan for outdoor adventure. Join our REALTORS® this fall to explore some of the amazing opportunities offered by this spectacular wild attraction.
Chippewa Nature Center was founded by the Midland Nature Club in 1966 and has only grown in the decades since. From its humble beginnings as a 198-acre parcel of land along the Chippewa River, the Nature Center has expanded to include 1,348 acres of forests, rivers, and wetlands. It's one of the greatest destinations in the Midland area for hiking, bird watching, and a host of other outdoorsy pursuits.
If you are particularly fond of pancakes, you probably already know that they have been a breakfast favorite around the world for generations. What you may not know is that, here in the U.S., they have their own day designated to celebrate their deliciousness; National Pancake Day. It falls on September 26th every year, and that's right around the corner.
Of course, the best way to celebrate the day is by sitting down to enjoy a stack of great pancakes. But what if you'll be away from home—and your favorite pancake spot—shopping Midland Homes for Sale on the big day? No worries, we've got you covered. Here's where to order a stack in Midland on National Pancake Day:
Our REALTORS® bring the dream of homeownership within reach for buyers from all kinds of backgrounds. No matter whether you've never owned a home before, are early in your career or later in life, we will support your goal.
Midland homes for sale are available to meet virtually any need. Even if you have a relatively modest budget or very specific requirements, there is a home here for you. There are several ways virtually anyone can make a home more attainable.
Let's consider the possibilities:
Temperatures in Midland are warming up, and our furry friends need to beat the heat, too! Grooming your dog can help keep him feeling cool and looking cute, but it's important that you use a groomer you can trust.
Our REALTORS® have the inside scoop on the best local service providers, and we love connecting new residents with the professionals they need. If you haven't yet found your favorite dog groomer, you're in the right place. Check out these seven grooming pros so you can decide which one is right for you.
Decluttering has been a big trend this year. And while you're browsing Midland homes for sale, you might be thinking that you should declutter before you move. These tips will help you through every step of the decluttering process so you can enter your new home and enjoy a completely fresh start.
If you aren't using something, why go through the trouble of moving it to your new home? This is the biggest reason why moving is the perfect time to declutter. Plus, many moving companies charge by the box. This means that if you don't declutter, you'll end up paying to move things you can't even remember the last time you used.
Decluttering can also be advantageous when you're selling your current home. Our REALTORS® say that a cluttered house looks smaller. By getting the clutter out of the way, you can make your house look more open and inviting to potential buyers.
Yay, it's almost time for National French Fry Day! Whether you like classic fries with ketchup or poutine with tons of toppings, there are so many different ways to enjoy this savory treat. Our REALTORS® have the inside track on the best places to go for fries around Midland and offer some fun (and tasty!) recommendations for fried tater lovers to celebrate National French Fry Day July 13th.
The final walk-through is a thrilling time, and it's easy to get caught up in the excitement of the moment. It's important to remain focused and thoroughly study the property to ensure that nothing has changed since your last visit. To that end, Our REALTORS® help guide our clients through the property so that there are no surprises when you move in.
You need to prepare before you can do the final walk-through of the property. You will want to bring a copy of the final contract, a notebook, and the home inspection summary. It is also advisable to bring your phone and your phone charger as you can use these to test the electrical outlets within the property. Once you have everything you need, then you will be ready to look for the following seven items:
While Moms are often thrilled with a lovely brunch and a heartfelt card, impressing the important men in your life on Father's day requires a bit more creativity.
Whether you're still exploring Midland Homes for Sale or you've lived here all your life, you might feel at a loss when it comes to thinking of fun things to do this Father's day. No worries! Our REALTORS® have done the hard work for you. Check out this list of great ideas and start making your plans today.
Getting a less-than-favorable home inspection report is not the end of the world; nor is it the end of your real estate purchase. Use it as a chance to reassess your financial position. Decide what needs to be done and when you need it done by. Crunch numbers to see if you can maximize the value of your purchase. Our REALTORS® can guide you every step of the way.
What could cause a poor home inspection report? Many things:
So, what should you do when you get a bad home inspection report?
National Pizza Party Day is coming up, a day dedicated to celebrating the qualities of good pizza. National Pizza Party Day happens every year on the third Friday in May, and millions of Americans honor the day by getting together to enjoy a pizza party their best local pizza places. The big day falls on May 17th this year, and if you're a pizza lover, you'll certainly want to celebrate. Of course, if you're new in town or are just starting to shop Midland Homes for Sale, you probably don't have a favorite local pizza place just yet, but we can help you find one.
Here are some great places to get pizza in Midland:
Gratzi - 120 E. Main St., Midland
An upscale Italian restaurant, Gratzi makes everything from scratch, including its delicious pizzas. It offers four signature pizzas, each made with high-quality, unique ingredients, including heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, prime beef meatballs, charred scallions, and much more. This lovely eatery is sure to provide a tasty and unique experience to those celebrating National Pizza Party Day.
If you're getting ready to put your home on the market in 2019, you'll be looking for ways to update it to wow potential buyers. A fresh coat of paint is a great place to start. Painting your home—inside and out—can have a huge impact on its overall appearance, and is one of the fastest and least expensive ways to make it stand out from the crowd of Midland homes for sale. So what do you need to know about painting your Midland home to sell in 2019?
A good paint job can help you as a seller make a quick and lucrative sale. It's a great—and very economical—way to give your home a fresh, bright, and modern appearance. Painting to sell is especially important if you have a home customized to suit your unique sense of style, adding bold accent walls, murals, or wallpaper, for example. While you may love these personalized touches, people have different tastes, so some potential buyers can be put off by them.
Light, bright, spacious, and neutral is the look you need to go for to appeal to the widest range of buyers. The goal is to allow most anyone to be able to visualize how they could furnish and decorate the space to their liking—without having to paint over colors that might clash with their preferred color scheme.
One of the more common questions tossed out to our REALTORS® by prospective buyers new to the Midland area is, "What is there to do around here?" To which our capable agents often answer, the Midland Center for the Arts always has something entertaining to offer.
Combine two museums, studio space, two performance venues, and lecture halls, and you still wouldn't encompass all that Midland Center for the Arts holds. Community choirs rub shoulders with Broadway touring stars. Children learn about art, emotion, and expression from world-class artists. Midland residents flock to music, drama, dance, and more.
If your search for Midland homes for sale leaves you feeling a bit depleted, you can recharge your creative batteries with a delightful evening or afternoon at the Midland Center for the Arts.
As the weather gets warmer, it's time to pack up sweaters, coats, and boots in favor of shorts, t-shirts, and sandals. Your home is also ready to shake off winter and get a fresh new look for spring. Follow this handy checklist from our REALTORS® to have your home in Midland ready to wow the spring buyers.
Is staying active a priority for you and your family? Community centers make it more convenient to play, work out, and participate in sports as a family, and Midland residents have access to one of the most impressive facilities around. The Greater Midland Community Center is open to members and non-members alike, offering year-round access to pools, athletic courts, child care services, and world-class tennis and curling centers.
As you look for Midland homes for sale, don't forget to research your recreational options too. Joining one of our local community centers will keep you connected to your new hometown and committed to your wellness, and your kids will have a year-round place to play. Here are some of the perks you'll enjoy as a member or drop-in visitor of the Greater Midland Community Center:
Ready to start swimming, lifting, or participating in an adult athletic league? Need a babysitter while you play tennis, or a youth league to keep the kids busy after school? Join the Greater Midland Community Center for access to dozens of state-of-the-art amenities, including two indoor pools, a weight room, fitness room, and rock climbing wall, and courts for basketball, squash, volleyball, badminton, racquetball, ping pong, wallyball, and more.
Of course, younger members have plenty of places to work out too. Kids have access to a babysitting center, jungle gym, gymnastics room, and seasonal amenities like the Spraytopia splash park and summer camp programs. If you're over 50, take advantage of an active adults center and low-impact pool and fitness classes that are catered to your activity level.
UP! Sale prices have seen nice growth! The law of supply and demand was clearly evident in our market. Midland County saw a 2.4% decline in number of homes available for purchase in 2018. Corresponding sales numbers resulted in unit sales for homes and condos of 1208 in 2018 vs. 1316 in 2017. This lack of inventory and continued high demand lead to an increase in the average sale price for Midland County homes from $160,546 in 2017 to $177,655 in 2018 – an increase of more than 9%. Median sales price was also on the rise from $134,000 in 2017 to $149,000 in 2018. Days on market have continued to decline from 78 in 2017 to 58 in 2018. Days on the market for just single-family homes was even less at just 55 days. Sellers on average sold for 97.48% of listing price vs 96.86% in 2017 and the price per square foot has increased on average from $90 to $97. Properties that were unsuccessful in securing buyers and left the market dropped from 21.36% in 2017 to 14.48% in 2018.
Home sales below $200,000 represented 85.6% of the entire Midland County market. These properties were in great demand and saw the highest appreciation. It was not uncommon to see multiple offers in our peak season. In 2017, 400 properties sold at or below $100,000 while only 284 sold in this category in 2018. The demand remains high as buyers recognize the value of home ownership. Entry level buyers are finding terrific financing opportunities. The rental market remains tight, with investors purchasing properties that are also attractive to first time buyers.
Why is housing inventory so low? According to Marci Rosell, former Chief Economist for Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, demographics tell the tale. She says to think of America's population as a "barbell" with Baby Boomers on one side and Millennials on the other (with GenX the tiny handle in-between). Millennials and Boomers are, in many cases, pursuing the same type of housing (albeit for different reasons) which is extending the unprecedented housing inventory shortage.
Properties in higher price ranges sometimes experienced longer days on market and higher discounts. The lifestyle demands of many buyers today has these house-hunters looking for move-in ready properties. They are willing to sacrifice size or location preferences for a more updated property. Busy couples with an active family are not prepared to spend the time and energy necessary to create the home of their dreams.
2019 has started with more activity than we would usually see at this time. The holiday season and cold weather did not stop buyers from looking for their new home. If a move is in your future – now is a great time to buy or sell! Give us a call, we are happy to help! Ayre Rhinehart Realtors, 989-631-7000.
When your Midland home is up for sale, how do you make it stand out above all the others on the market? Staged homes have the potential to sell faster than non-staged homes and at the price you want.
Once you're done buying a house in Midland and have settled in, you'll probably be anxious to get back to your usual routine. Work, your social life, and of course exercising. Yoga is a hugely popular way to stay fit, get rid of stress, and improve your well being. So whether you're an experienced yogi, a beginner, or just want to switch up your fitness routine, there's a class for you. And exercise classes are a wonderful way to meet people in your new neighborhood or city. Try one of these places to find the right class for you.
Making that New Year's resolution to get in shape is the perfect first step toward a new, healthier you. However, changing your lifestyle for the better isn't easy, and it can be hard to stay motivated to keep that promise to yourself. It can be even harder to stay committed to getting fit if you're in the middle of making other life changes – such as shopping for a new home or moving into one you've just purchased, for instance.
So how can you keep your resolution going this coming year? If you're shopping Midland homes for sale or have purchased a home in the area, getting a handle on local resources to help you achieve your goals can make it much easier to stay on track once you move. To help you get started, here are seven gyms in Midland to help you keep your resolution going:
If you are new to an area, it can be hard to find a restaurant that has quality food and excellent service. Recommendations are helpful, but you might not know anyone who has an idea of where to stop by during your lunchtime break.
Our REALTORS® know recommendations are everything, especially when it comes to dining experiences, as well as, home buying. Here are five of their favorite spots in Midland to make sure you don't go hungry at lunchtime.
Festive decorations, family gatherings and sipping hot chocolate by a crackling fire all make the holidays bright, but it's essential to practice fireplace safety precautions.
The holiday season is the most dangerous time of year for house fires. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), more open-flame fires occur on Christmas Day than on any other day of the year. These five fireplace safety tips from our REALTORS® can help prevent fires, keep your home and family safe and give you peace of mind so you can relax and be of good cheer during the holidays.
These tips are also appropriate for wood-burning stoves, grills, and outdoor fire pits. From all of us at Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS®, have a wonderful holiday season! If you're considering buying a house in Midland in 2019, contact us to get your home search started.
Are you ready for your annual visit to the Santa House in Midland? Every year, the Midland Area Community Foundation raises more than $2 million to support a wide variety of programs and initiatives in the Midland area. The Santa House is one of the foundation's most important events, and one of the area's most popular holiday traditions for families. Visiting is a great way to support a local cause, and create holiday memories that will last a lifetime. Our REALTORS® have the details on what you can expect at the Santa House, and on the work that the Midland Area Community Foundation does in the area.
Could there be a better time to buy a home than the holiday season? Even though conventional wisdom says that the real estate market peaks in summer, there are a wealth of benefits to buying during the off-season, and our REALTORS® want to make sure you don't miss out on this great opportunity. These are the top five reasons to buy your house during the holidays.
Moving to a new home brings with it the excitement of the future and getting to know your new town. However, managing the move itself must be dealt with before you can get on with the next phase of your life.
Our REALTORS® dedicate themselves to making your home buying and selling experiences great, and we understand that little details can make a big difference in how smoothly the process goes. To make moving a bit less stressful, we've compiled a list of must-do's you'll want to consider when you are buying a house in Midland, MI.
As parents, you know all too well that each year seems to pass more quickly than the last. Somewhere between busy schedules, play dates, and trying to keep your household organized, your toddler has gone from finger painting and nap time to riding the school bus and learning to read. Although it's impossible to stop time, one of the best ways to preserve the memories of your growing family is to capture them with professional family photographs. Our REALTORS® would love to share some of our favorite family photographers in the Midland area so that you can schedule an appointment before another year flies away.
Whether you're looking for a delicious bite to eat in a casual setting or a trendy, upscale experience, you're sure to find the perfect spot in Midland. From beer and burgers to French and Italian cuisine, the Midland dining scene offers something for everyone. Our REALTORS® have created this list of their seven favorite dining spots in Midland to give you just a small taste of the city's many options.
The perfect combination of upscale and downhome, Downtown Midland, MI is a favorite of both locals and visitors. If you're searching for Midland homes for sale or you're already a resident, spending some time downtown is a must.
For a day of shopping and family-friendly fun, you can't beat the Midland Area Farmers Market. Open from May to November each year, the market is a weekly staple for residents. More than just a few veggie stands, this market is truly impressive. Here's what you need to know so you can make the most of your visit.
Determining your home buying budget can be confusing, especially if you're a first-time home buyer. Give yourself a significant advantage over other house hunters by gathering information about Midland homes for sale and home buying in general before you start your search. Our REALTORS® created this list of five tips to buy a house without breaking the bank.
If you've recently decided to invest in your future by purchasing a home, it's likely that you already have a look to see what's available and which homes appeal to you. Buyers in the know, however, will review their budget alongside their wish list before taking serious steps towards making an offer on a home. One of the most beneficial things you can do ahead of time is obtain pre-approval from your lender to make the process quicker and less frustrating. Our REALTORS® are here to help with your real estate goals, and we think it's important to understand the advantages of getting pre-approved early in the process.