The Michigan real estate market is no exception, 2018 is projected to be a strong year in real estate. Here are some pros and cons of buying and selling your home in the Michigan real estate market in 2018.
Mortgage Rates are on the Rise
Although rates are projected to increase in 2018, they are only projected to slightly rise. This means now more than ever is a great time to buy as they will only continue to rise over the next year or so, and you can still get a great rate!
Rent Prices Increase
Millennials are reaching the point in their life where they are having to make the decision of continuing to rent or becoming a homeowner. As rent prices rise it is becoming increasingly affordable to take on a mortgage. Many renters are finding they are able to take on a mortgage for the same, or at times, a cheaper monthly payment!
Low Inventory on the Market
Low housing inventory will continue into the new year, which will make it a great time for sellers. This trend will result in homes to selling quicker at a higher price. It's more important than ever for buyers to have a real estate agent working for them. Having an agent will get you the quickest access to homes once they're on the market.
Housing Prices on the Rise
As the demand for houses remains higher than the supply, many home prices will rise. Housing will become less affordable which will hurt Millennials and those that are renting the most. It's always best to work with a trusted real estate agent to best determine the listing price for your home. An experienced real estate agent has the knowledge and experience in your market and will be able to guide you to reach top dollar for your home.
The market for 2018 is really at a stage that can work well for both sellers and buyers. Since rent prices are on the rise and mortgage rates are slowly increasing as well, now is a great time for renters to become homeowners! with motivated buyers on the market and low inventory now is a great opportunity for sellers to get multiple offers on their home. If you are looking to buy, the first step is to consult an experienced real estate agent and get pre-approved for a mortgage. Sellers will want to consult with a real estate agent for expert advice on their home value and the current market!
If the idea of getting up early on Saturday morning to commune with your landscape is an idea that you cherish, but don’t dare pursue because of the high level of maintenance required, you may be surprised to find out that a perfect garden doesn’t always require backbreaking labor or gallons of water to keep it alive. In fact, there are lots of ways to make gardening easier. Here are a few things that might help make your gardening experience easier and more productive:
Sprinklers- The old standby for greener lawns everywhere, sprinklers can be used in other situations, too. For example, if it’s a nice sunny day and the risk of water standing on leaves is small, use one to water your vegetable gardens. You can also help young trees and shrubs get a good start by sprinkling them gently every warm, dry day.
Drip irrigation- Sprinklers are great for big areas, but when you just want to water a few specific plants, drip irrigation can be a great answer. You can use these systems with basic timers or upgrade to a much more sophisticated system that will let you slowly drip water at the base of plants that don’t like water on their leaves or otherwise need individual care.
Native plants- There’s no such thing as a plant that needs zero attention, but native plants come pretty close. Native grasses are a great start; those in the desert can do some pretty incredible things with barrel cactus and dramatic succulents. Visit your local nursery or ask your landscaper what plants are native to your area.
Containers- From pots on the patio railing to gutters loaded down with strawberries, containers make gardening so much easier. You can start with the perfect soil mix, ensuring that drainage isn’t a problem, then add a little fertilizer and your favorite plants. Now you just have to water and watch those babies grow.
Vertical gardens- Plants in and on the ground tend to end up in a mess — especially if those plants are vines! Vertical gardening isn’t limited to these twining climbers, you can also hang levels of containers, allowing you lots of extra space for growing things. Like with any containers, you are totally in control of the environment, but vertical gardening minimizes bending and kneeling.
For some people, cleaning is as natural as walking and breathing. But for the rest of us, it takes effort and probably some knowledge that we’re currently lacking. After all, it’s not such a big deal to clean a microwave, but for some reason it feels like it just seems to take forever. Here are a few tips and tricks for cleaning your household appliances!
STEP 1: Begin cleaning your microwave by placing a coffee mug or small bowl full of water and slices of lemon in the center and run the microwave on high for about three minutes, or until the liquid is turning to steam. This will help soften food splatter and the lemon smells nice. You can also use other citrus fruits or forego it entirely and use a drop of dish soap.
STEP 2: Take out the turntable and anything else that will come loose. You can toss these parts in the dishwasher or scrub them in the sink.
STEP 3: Wipe down the walls of the microwave with a sponge, cloth or several paper towels, plus your favorite dish soap and water or all purpose cleaner. There’s not really a wrong way to clean a microwave. If you are already cleaning the inside, you might as well take some time to wipe down the outside as well!
STEP 1: Begin by turning on the garbage disposal while running some cold water to make sure there’s not any food left in the device.
STEP 2: If your garbage disposal has a removable baffle (the black part that’s just inside the drain) you can remove this to make the cleaning process easier. However is yours does not have a removable baffle skip this step!
STEP 3: From this point cleaning a garbage disposal is really easy. Just clean your removable baffle and toss some citrus fruit inside. If it’s really smelly, drop some liquid dish soap inside and run the water until the bubbles stop.
STEP 1: Get started by running an empty load with a measuring cup full of vinegar or bleach to start the process. These chemicals help eliminate chronic smells, you’ll be really happy you did. DO NOT USE DISH SOAP.
STEP 2: Remove the racks and anything else that comes loose, like cutlery baskets. Rinse them down in the bath tub or shower and give them a going over with soapy water and a sponge. Then go ahead and slide those bad boys back into the machine after you get them cleaned.
STEP 3: First clean any screens that might be protecting food grinders or other moving parts. You can just wipe that out. Next you will need to clean the inside of the dishwasher. Your life will be immeasurably easier if you buy some dishwasher cleaner and use as directed to clean this inside area.
STEP 1: Put food into a prepared cooler and turn the ice maker off.
STEP 2: Pull out the shelves and drawers at once and place them in or near the sink.
STEP 3: Start with the empty fridge cavity and wipe everything down, from the top to the bottom. Warm, soapy water is fine for most residue, tough grime can be knocked out with all-surface cleaner. Next, do the door interiors. Now wash the shelves and drawers and leave them to dry. Once all of that is complete, put the fridge back together and repeat with the freezer. Change your water filter and turn the ice maker back on when you’re done. Wipe the fridge outside down last.