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Cancer.

The word when not used in reference to a zodiac sign, makes you cringe.

You do this beacuase it has likely touched you in some way. Whether it be distantly, closely or personally, the word, the definition of it, sparks fear and causes your body to tremble. Yet cancer isn't the boogie-man. No. Because cancer is very real and it can find you anytime, anywhere. You do not hide from cancer. It is not a figment of your imagination.

At least, this is how I feel about cancer. 

Having lost friends and loved ones to it. Watching friends and loved ones battle it valiantly. Having fought it myself. Being the lucky woman who won the fight while others who had fought harder and braver than I had, did not. 

But this blog isn't about me.

It's

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How to Get a Better Perspective on Affordability

How to Get a Better Perspective on Affordability | MyKCM

Headlines spotlight the fact that buying a home is less affordable today than it was at any other time in more than a decade. Those headlines are accurate.

Understandably, buying a home is more expensive now than immediately following one of the worst housing crashes in American history. Over the past decade, the market was flooded with distressed properties (foreclosures and short sales) selling at 10-50% discounts. There were so many that this lowered the prices of non-distressed homes in the same neighborhoods. As a result, mortgage rates were kept low to help the economy.

Prices have since recovered. Mortgage rates have increased as the economy has gained strength. This has impacted

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One More Time… You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a Home

One More Time... You Do Not Need 20% Down to Buy a Home | MyKCM

The largest obstacle renters face when planning to buy a home is saving for a down payment. This challenge is amplified by rising rents, which has eaten into the amount of money renters have leftover for savings each month after paying expenses.

In combination with higher rents, survey after survey has shown that non-homeowners (renters and those living rent-free with family or friends) believe they need to save upwards of 20% for their down payment!

According to the “Barriers to Accessing Homeownership” study commissioned in partnership between the Urban Institute, Down Payment Resource, and Freddie Mac, 39% of non-homeowners and 30% of those who already own a home believe they need

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You may have heard that the housing market is softening. There is no doubt that buyer traffic has decreased. There are fewer purchasers in the market than there were last month and at this time last year. What you may not have heard, however, is that there is still a severe shortage of listing inventory in many regions of the country.

In a recent interview discussing the housing market, First American’s Chief Economist Mark Fleming put it simply:

“The biggest challenge is really the availability of supply.”

When we look at available inventory numbers released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), we see that the actual number of homes for sale has decreased in each of the last five months.

What does this mean to you as a seller?

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The Cost Across Time [INFOGRAPHIC] | MyKCM

 

Some Highlights:

  • With interest rates still around 4.5%, now is a great time to look back at where rates have been over the last 40 years.
  • Rates are projected to climb to 5.0% by this time next year according to Freddie Mac.
  • The impact your interest rate makes on your monthly mortgage cost is significant!
  • Lock in a low rate now while you can!
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Selling Your House in 2019 - Bittinger Team, REALTORS

It’s time to sell your home and you’re wondering: Should I hire a Realtor? Not all Realtors in Canton, MI are alike, but with Bittinger Team, REALTORS you can trust that your home will sell quickly and for top dollar. We want you to have a great selling experience. With over 35 years of experience, Bittinger Team, REALTORS provides excellent service from the beginning to the end of the home-selling process.

So, why list with Bittinger?

Access to Our Team of Specialists

The soul of Bittinger Team, REALTORS is our dedicated, service-oriented staff. We provide you with team members who specialize in different parts of the selling process, so you can be strongly supported from start to finish. We pride ourselves on our teamwork and seek to go

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Selling Your Home in 2019 - Bittinger Team, REALTORS

The beginning of the year is chock-full of lists promising new commitments, goals, or a simplification of the past year. As Realtors in Canton, MI, we know what resolutions are needed when it comes to selling and buying a house.

Since 1983, Bittinger Team, REALTORS has consistently ranked in the Top 1% of all Realtors in their marketplace. If you are a homeowner looking to sell in 2019, then let us help simplify the process with these five New Year’s resolutions for selling your home in 2019.

1.   Get Your Finances in Order - Tax season is here, and it makes the perfect time to gather documents, create a new budget, pay down debt, and increase your savings. Sitting down now will ensure you can take the necessary steps for a seamless transaction

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2019 Plymouth Ice Festival - Bittinger Team, REALTORS

One of our favorite Plymouth, MI events returns in January to delight and inspire you. Visitors from all around are invited to the 2019 Plymouth Ice Festival to view the beautiful ice sculptures and enjoy all downtown Plymouth has to offer.

This free event kicks off on Friday, January 11, with the opening ceremony and ribbon cutting at 7:00 pm. Ice sculptures are available for viewing 24 hours a day and will remain standing after the event, weather permitting. The official festival hours are:

Friday, January 11 - 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Saturday, January 12 - 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Sunday, January 13 - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

 

The Plymouth Ice Festival - Enjoy Winter in Downtown Plymouth

The Plymouth Ice Festival will feature over 100 ice

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2019 Housing Market - Bittinger Team, REALTORS

What is the 2019 housing market forecast? What will the real estate market look like in the coming year?

At Bittinger Team, REALTORS, we know the market has looked a bit crazy over the past two years. 2017 saw the best housing sales in nearly a decade, and the US housing inventory hit the lowest level in recorded history in the winter of 2017-2018. We’ve been in the midst of a seller’s market and buyers have had to contend with strong competition and high prices.

The good news though, is that the market is continuing to stabilize as we move into 2019, getting better for buyers and still remaining very strong for sellers. At Bittinger Team, REALTORS, we pride ourselves on being the premier team of Realtors serving Canton, MI. With over 35 years

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Keep Your House Safe During The Holiday Season - Bittinger Team, REALTORS

Holiday home safety is at the front of many homeowners’ minds. With the influx of packages, families coming and going for vacations, and potentially hazardous string lights lining the edges of your house, there are plenty of ways that your holiday season can go south.

At Bittinger Team, REALTORS we understand that “safety first!” means a happier, more relaxed environment for you and your loved ones. We want you to feel secure in your home. Providing the most excellent service among Canton, MI Realtors, we are ready to help you look for a new home that is comfortable, protected and ideal for you and your family.

 

5 Tips for Holiday Home Safety:

Our staff at Bittinger Team, REALTORS, serving Canton, Plymouth and Northville, MI, knows what

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