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$725,000 :: 5350 KESWICK, Oakland Township MI, 48306

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4 beds, 4.2 baths
Home size: 4,202 sq ft
Lot Size: 15,681 sq ft
Added: 05/04/18, Last Updated: 06/20/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 218038485
Community: Oakland Twp
Status: Sold

Listed with Real Living Kee Realty

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Why You Really Don’t Have Enough Time


You may have decided to get into real estate so you could be your own boss, set up your own working hours and make a lot of money.

So, how’s that working for you?

The challenge with entrepreneurship is being laser-focused on dollar-productive activities. When you first get into the business, you need to learn the skills, implement systems, install new programs, deploy various platforms, study scripts, market and process transactions. That’s a full-time job, and you haven’t even begun to work with buyers and sellers.

But here’s where most agents fail: They get too busy working in the business and fail to work on their business.

By nature, our business is radically unpredictable. Buyers decide to buy, and sellers decide to sell on their own timetable—and we want to be there at that magic moment—but the intensity of showing buyers, servicing sellers and maintaining prospecting can be daunting unless you develop a plan to keep all the plates spinning and the income funnel full.

The plan is simple—but getting an agent to do it is the hard part.

No matter what’s happening, only you have the power to block your day. This begins with blocking out dollar-productive activities by using a My Perfect Week Planner.*

The system visually helps you lay out a perfect week so that you’re able to establish a rhythm of daily habits that result in regular, consistent income. Think of blocking your time using a traffic light as an example:

  • Red is for non-negotiable time. These hours are reserved for your personal “big rocks” like sleep, family time, etc.
  • Yellow is used to time-block a daily prospecting hour. I can imagine you rolling your eyes right about now, but prospecting is the key to getting paid regularly. Pretend that this is sacred time, even if it’s 15-30-minute increments five days a week, and stick to it. Whether you’re prospect-phobic or simply believe prospecting is limited to cold calls, think conversation, not solicitation. Rotate through your sphere of influence with scheduled calls to update contact information and to share a save-the-date for your future client appreciation party. These approaches are easy and friendly.
  • Green is the easiest time to block on your weekly calendar. These are appointments that are related to earning or receiving money, and are usually the most fun. Block in green the hours you’ve earmarked for closings, listing appointments or working with buyers.

The goal is to increase the green in your weekly calendar. You wouldn’t want to miss a closing, so why not block out a small increment of time to talk to more people in order to make more sales so you have more green in your week?

Sit down at the beginning of each week to plan. Real estate has plenty of opportunity for busy work that will rob you of energy and income, so take control of your week before the chaos hits so that you can do those activities that serve and pay you first. It’s also a good idea to get a good coach to help you learn new habits to plan for success, and hire out the administrative work so that you can focus on being the CEO, building your business every day, one day at a time.

*For a complimentary copy of My Perfect/Productive Week Scheduler, visit http://bit.ly/2raO1Dj

Terri Murphy is a communication engagement specialist, author, speaker and coach. She is the author/co-author of five books, and founder of MurphyOnRealEstate.com. Contact her at TerriMurphy.com or Terri@TerriMurphy.com.

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A Handy Guide to Starting a Home Remodel


(Family Features)—Apprehension and inexperience keep many homeowners from pursuing renovation projects that would make their homes more functional, enjoyable and comfortable. Getting your hands dirty on the front end—with some planning and preparation – is the best blueprint for a successful home remodeling project.

To help you start your remodel on the right track, consider these tips from Gary White with JCPenney Home Services.

Start with a plan
Although it may sound obvious, the first step really is to decide what you hope to accomplish with your renovation. At the least, begin to outline rough ideas to discuss with an expert. Reaching out to contractors before you’ve determined a basic idea for your project can waste time and money. Spend time listing the features you must have, as well as some nice-to-haves if budget allows. Also think about overall functionality, design and layout. If you get overwhelmed or need ideas, don’t hesitate to turn to online showrooms or magazines for inspiration.

Set a budget
If the sky is the limit, skip ahead, but if you’re like most homeowners, money matters. Have a clear idea of what you can afford to invest in your renovation before you get started, and if necessary, research the financing options available to you. Look for financing that provides deferred interest or low monthly payments to help manage the project cost. Setting a clear budget can help keep your contractors accountable, and it goes a long way toward ensuring you can enjoy your finished project without regret.

Draw up the plans
To help set your plan in motion, there are numerous online tools you can utilize to simplify each step of the process including design, budgeting and more. If you’re planning a home remodel, it can be helpful to find a comprehensive resource that offers a one-stop-shop for bathroom remodeling, countertops, custom window treatments, flooring, heating and cooling, water heaters and whole-home water treatment.

Involve a professional
Unless you have the time and skills, you’ll want a licensed and insured contractor to lead the project when you’re ready to get your renovation in motion. It can be wise to solicit multiple bids, not only to ensure you get the best value, but also to find someone whose work, style and experience is most in line with the needs of your project. After all, this person will be a big part of your life during a fairly stressful time period. Always check references and verify the contractor’s standing with local associations.

Get ready for work
Remember that you’ll need to create a work environment that is safe for your contractors and protects your valuable possessions. Establish a clear path to the project space for easy access and removal of debris. Furniture, appliances, room furnishings, valuables and breakable items should be removed from both the path to the work site and the work site itself. If your renovation project will involve an essential room, such as the kitchen or a bathroom, make alternate arrangements such as creating a makeshift kitchen with the bare necessities in another part of the house

Countertops 101
Kitchens and bathrooms are among the most common renovation projects, and countertops are often a focal point of these redesigns. However, choosing the right countertop can be overwhelming. Here are two of the most popular choices:

Granite countertops have long been the mainstay of a beautiful kitchen or bathroom. Granite is a natural stone, quarried from large stone deposits around the world. It can have many different variations of patterns and colors, giving each slab a unique appearance that is visually rich and dynamic.

In addition to its distinctive beauty and classic elegance, granite is also extremely durable. Granite is highly resistant to heat and scratches and, with proper sealing, offers good water and stain resistance and is easy to clean.

Granite typically needs to be sealed, both prior to installation and at least once per year. If properly maintained, a granite countertop will last for as long as you own your home, making it a potential long-term investment.

Quartz is another popular choice for countertops due to its durability, stain resistance and ease of maintenance.

It’s an engineered product made mostly from up to 93 percent quartz, a non-porous natural stone, combined with a small amount of binder and color. Small particles of glass or reflective metal flakes can also be added to some quartz designs to achieve a more unique look. The result is an attractive slab that can be made in a wide variety of tones and colors, and can be finished to duplicate high gloss polished stone.

Quartz is one of the most durable countertop materials and one of the easiest to maintain. It is highly resistant to heat, water and stains, including stains from coffee, wine, lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar and more. Unlike granite, quartz does not need to be sealed, making it easier to maintain over time.

Source: JCPenneyhomeservices.com

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$189,000 :: 0000 N Livernois, Rochester Hills MI, 48306

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0 beds, 0 bath
Home size: 0 sq ft
Lot Size: 43,560 sq ft
Added: 06/16/18, Last Updated: 06/16/18
Property Type: Lot/Land/Acreage
MLS Number: 218054555
Community: Rochester Hills
Status: Active

Once in a lifetime opportunity to build your dream home in Rochester Hills on this amazing, wooded 1-acre site resting adjacent to Paint Creek Trail. This serene, private property has several large Beautiful trees. A certified Arborist has surveyed and tagged the trees as “healthy” the underbrush was also pruned. This rare 1-acre parcel of land is located at the SE corner of Livernois and Dutton with driveway access off of Livernois. The land has been surveyed and has municipal water and sewage. The Owners were unexpectedly transferred. Their Custom House Plans have been designed and are available. You can use their plans and builder or bring your own. It’s a great time to build! Your dream awaits you!

Listed with Keller Williams Ann Arbor Market Center

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$1,595,000 :: 2714 ASHBURTON CRT, Rochester MI, 48306-4927

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4 beds, 6 baths
Home size: 5,706 sq ft
Lot Size: 30,927 sq ft
Added: 06/15/18, Last Updated: 06/16/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21462308
Community: Oakland Twp (63101)
Status: Active

GO TO “VIRTUAL TOUR” FOR 3D TOUR OF HOME. Spectacular renovated estate in Carrollton Hills. An elevator services all 3 flrs of this paradise. Elevator lets off at doorstep of Guest Ste that inc a F.P., Private Balcony & en-Suite. Lot backs up to a 17-acre estate & is completely private – the perfect entertainment setting – saltwater pool in the spectacular yard. Almost 6,000 SF + 2,200 SF in walkout LL. Every detail of this home has been well thought out. Intricate Wood Millwork thru. Fireplaces in Family Room, Kitchen, Living Room, Library, Guest Suite, and Lower Level. Masonry Decks and Balconies off Kitchen, Guest Suite, and Library. Walk Out Lower Level (2017) features climate-controlled Wine Room, Tasting Area, Full Kitchen/Bar, Game Area, Theater Room, Exercise Studio/Bedroom, Full Bath w/Sauna. Huge Master Suite w/ 20’x10′ W.I.C.-hers & 15’x8′ W.I.C.-His & Gorgeous En-Suite; Chef’s Kitchen w/ Breakfast Area overlooking Deck & Pool. 4-Car Garage. Too much to list – SEE 3D TOUR

Listed with Keller Williams Rochester

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$260,000 :: 3370 ORDAM Court, Oakland Township MI, 48363

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4 beds, 1.1 baths
Home size: 1,889 sq ft
Lot Size: 40,075 sq ft
Added: 12/20/17, Last Updated: 06/15/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 217110776
Community: Oakland Twp
Status: Sold

Location, location, location! Seller is offering $3500 CLOSING COST INCENTIVE with acceptable offer too! This home is situated on just under an acre of land that backs to the Paint Creek Walking Trail! Picturesque describes this setting with mature trees, and no neighbors behind plus a private cul-de-sac road and it is just minutes to downtown Rochester and Lake Orion. This home is ready for your decorating touches, and offers large room sizes, hardwood floors in all bedrooms, a wood-burning fireplace in the walk-out lower level and a basement for storage needs. A true four bedroom, plus a possible 5th in the lower level, currently used as an office. The shingles were replaced in 2012; and the A/C, Furnace, Water Softener and Hot Water Heater are all newer too! Pole barns and fences allowed.

Listed with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Esta

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$1,250,000 :: 2521 PLUM CREEK CRT, Update MI, 48363-2153

5 beds, 7 baths
Home size: 6,391 sq ft
Lot Size: 75,358 sq ft
Added: 06/13/18, Last Updated: 06/14/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21461432
Community: Oakland Twp (63101)
Status: Active

Beautiful 6,391 Sq Ft Colonial, Private Setting On Almost 2 Acres! House Has A Gated Entry With Video Surveillance! Newer Custom Designed Kitchen!, High End Appliances Stay!, Solid Wood Doors!, Crown Moldings& Premium Trim! Custom Wood & Stone Flooring!, Private Entrance Area For Au Pair or In Laws, College Student, With Kitchen, Bath, Bedroom!, Master Suite With Gorgeous Fireplace, Custom Jetted Tub, Private Shower Room!, 2 Walk In Closets, One With Island Counter!, Walk Out Basement Has Fireplace, Room For Pool Table, & 6th Bedroom And Full Bath! Zero Entry 12 ft Deep Salt Water Gunite Pool!, Newer Power Cover & Heater!, Pool House With Dressing Area, Bath, Washer & Dryer! High Efficiency Furnaces, Power Exhaust Hot Water Tanks! Built In Generator!, Security System!,Intercom System!, Most Of House Wired With Sound System!, Extensive Exterior Lighting & Outlets For Christmas Decorations! New Roof In 2012! Truly An Opportunity Not To Be Missed!

Listed with Real Estate One-Rochester

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$249,900 :: 320 E ROMEO RD, Oakland Township MI, 48363-1635

3 beds, 1 bath
Home size: 1,300 sq ft
Lot Size: 52,707 sq ft
Added: 06/12/18, Last Updated: 06/13/18
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21460907
Community: Oakland Twp (63101)
Status: Active

Peaceful country living awaits you at this beautiful, extremely well-maintained centennial farmhouse, nestled among the trees on over an acre of land. From the immaculate basement to the 2nd floor bedrooms and loft, the possibilities for your personal touch are endless. The home offers an eat in kitchen that has been updated over the years to include all modern conveniences, a formal dining room, large living room and an entry level bedroom. The property boasts an above ground pool with deck, perfect for summer gatherings or simply to unwind, a 24′ X 24′ pole barn with concrete floor and roll up overhead doors that could function as additional 2 car garage, a brooder house with kennel attached, hay barn, and original corn crib! New roof in 2017, natural gas furnace in 2011. This home is perfect for someone looking to enjoy country living with its rustic tranquility and all the modern conveniences, and only 10 or so minutes from Downtown Rochester.

Listed with KW Domain

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Bring Calm to the Chaos in Your Business

As the selling season continues to pick up, many agents find themselves busy and struggling to fit everything into their days. Although they’re grateful for the business, they worry that other important people and tasks are falling through the cracks. As a result, they may work long days in an effort to squeeze it all in and boost productivity, only to find themselves tired, frustrated and less productive. Here are some best practices for bringing calm to the chaos in your business…

  1. Prioritize
    When you have your priorities in place, you know where to spend your time. What are your priorities? On the business side, it could be to expand your database 25 percent or to surpass last year’s sales figures.

On the personal side, your priorities may be your children’s sports games or plays, a weekly lunch date with your spouse, a weekly morning meeting with a community group, or volunteering with a favorite organization. Your priorities are the things you don’t want to miss, no matter what. Pencil these in to your schedule before anything else.

  1. Organize
    Once your priorities are set, you can then organize everything else. Breaking the process into these four segments will allow you to regularly review your schedule so that you’re focusing on the things that are most important to you instead of becoming bogged down by less important tasks. This will help you become more productive, serve your clients better and honor your priorities.
  • Your year: Throughout the year, take out your calendar and pencil in your priorities—a family vacation, a long weekend, your children’s activities, industry workshops, client parties and other important days. Although nothing needs to be set in stone, including these things in your calendar will help you plan the rest of your year and ensure they don’t get overlooked.
  • Your month: Each month, review the priorities you’ve already accounted for on your annual calendar and add in other important activities that have come up since, such as workshops and seminars, holidays perfect for getting social with clients, etc.
  • Your week: At the beginning of the week, review what you have scheduled and include any important meetings, client lunches, etc.
  • Your day: In addition to making time for lead generation and your personal and business priorities, fill in the rest of your day accordingly. If you find yourself putting out a lot of fires, make time at the end of the day to handle all the unexpected challenges that arose during the day.
  1. Systemize
    A system will help you commit to both your priorities and your newly organized schedule. It provides a framework to follow so that you never have to wonder what you need to do each day to optimize your business. Over time, you’ll build the successful habits that are sure to cause your business to thrive. Remember to rely on a good CRM to help ensure you stick to the system and track your progress toward your goals.

Along the way, a is a valuable person to have in your corner as you try to calm the chaos. A good coach will provide an objective perspective on your business each step of the way; from helping you define your priorities to helping you organize your week. Additionally, they can help you pinpoint the aspects of your system that may prove the most beneficial to your business and help you achieve your goals within your desired timeframe. In short, a coach will help you reach your potential, optimize your productivity and build a thriving, successful business.

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Ask the Expert: What Do Buyers and Sellers Need to Be Aware of This Summer?


Today’s Ask the Expert column features Dan Steward, president of Pillar To Post Home Inspectors.

Q: As summer approaches, what do buyers and sellers need to be aware of?

A: With the summer season right around the corner, here are a few critical components that can’t be overlooked by buyers and sellers alike.

  • Insulation is often lacking in a home’s attic, leading to excessive heat loss or gain and high energy bills. Consult a professional to determine if more insulation should be added.
  • Soot builds up in chimneys quickly, which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning, in addition to posing a fire hazard. A certified chimney sweep should be hired to routinely clean your chimney to prevent build-up.
  • Deterioration and rot can remove caulk and grout around a bathtub, which can cause leaks and lead to extensive damage to the surrounding walls. You can determine if there’s insufficient grout by checking between tiled enclosures for voids. Caulk integrity can be determined by gently pressing and checking for any sponginess, a sign of weakened integrity.
  • A loose toilet seat, while uncomfortable, may be a sign of a bigger issue. In fact, a seat that rocks could indicate that the seal at the base has failed, which can allow water to leak to the floor below, causing significant damage. If the seat feels loose, have the toilet inspected by a professional—and have the seal replaced if necessary.
  • The electrical outlets in our homes are sometimes incapable of handling the large number of gadgets we now throw at them. To prevent problems from overloaded outlets, consult a certified electrician to install additional outlets to handle the increased load.
  • Plants too close to a home’s siding can cause moisture damage and premature wear. Make sure to keep vegetation in control by keeping plants neat and trim.
  • Downspouts often release against walls, which can cause the foundation to deteriorate, causing water to enter the basement. Redirect these downspouts away from the structure.
  • Like chimneys, oven or range filters can become clogged, posing a major fire hazard. Check filters for built-up grease, and consult a professional to check the connections to determine if the model needs exterior exhaust.
  • Seals around kitchen and bathroom sink fixtures can become loose, leading to water damage in cabinets below. Visually examine seals and test them to see if they feel loose. If so, repair or replace them immediately.
  • Roofs don’t last forever. When purchasing a home, consult a professional home inspector to determine both the age and condition of the roof. Failure to do so may result in a significant amount of expensive damage to the home.

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