Real Estate Blog | Canton, MI | Bittinger Team, REALTORS

There is big news closing out this week in the real estate industry, and it has to do with a hike in interest rates. There’s always a buzz out there that interest rates are at risk of rising, and that we could all lose all of these exceptionally low rates we’ve been enjoying for some time. Well, it's happening. As of Wednesday, it’s official: interest rates are up.

What does “up” mean?

When the Federal Reserve changes interest rates (up or down), that affects everyone who has a home loan, a car loan, or savings in the stock market. This hike is considered a modest one, according to The Washington Post, and apparently is a reflection that the economy is strengthening. Others, however, see it as a sign that inflation is increasing.

Inauguration Day

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Here are a few things to check if you are looking for lenders to find you mortgage preapproval ready, according to an article published by NerdWallet.

1. Paperwork

A preapproval is going to take some effort, and part of that comes in the form of providing copies of document after document. Here are some that lenders typically request:

  • Proof of a minimum two-year employment history in the same job or field.
  • A credit score of 620 or higher (in most cases) - the lender might run the credit report for you for a fee.
  • Demonstrated savings record.
  • Financial asset records.
  • Proof of down payment (3% to 20% of the home price, depending on the loan program).
  • An “all-in” debt-to-income ratio of 43% or less.

2. Two-Year Employment

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Truly wonderful opportunities exist to experience the arts in and around Plymouth, Canton, and Northville. Among them are fabulous holiday events, like the Nutcracker Ballet. The production we share with you today is for this coming weekend's show by the Livonia Civic Ballet Company. The Livonia Nutcracker is not also majestic and well executed, but very affordable and close, too.

The Official Ballet of Livonia, Michigan

By mayoral decree in the 1970's, Livonia Civic Ballet Company became the official ballet company of Livonia. Under the directorship of Jean  Newell, fondly known as "Miss Jean", who will be celebrating her 87th birthday in a few weeks. Miss Jean continues to educate and inspire young dancers, together with her daughter, Arnell St.

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Every year, during the week of Thanksgiving, we offer our past clients a huge, delicious pumpkin pie. We are truly grateful for their real estate business and referrals, and look forward to working with them again. 

We bring in so many pies for this event that we have to use our moving truck to transport them! And, we warm up the cider and spread out the hors d'oeuvres, too, to make the event extra-festive. CLICK HERE for the photo album from this fun event! Are you in there somewhere? Tag yourself!

The absolute very best part of this day (apart from vast quantities of pie!) is, of course, seeing all of you. Nothing is better than getting together with friends and catching up. For this, we are very thankful. If you are a past client and weren't able

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This is our opportunity to take a moment and wish all of you a very warm and happy Thanksgiving Day. Whether you have chosen us to help you with your home buying or selling needs before, or we have yet to meet in person, we truly appreciate that you have joined us here on our real estate blog. We look forward to our next opportunity to serve you!


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Here is an absolutely fabulous opportunity to get exactly what you want in an affordable home in Canton Michigan.

What would that be? For starters, we know that buyers like a big lot that is fenced-in for Fido and the kids. It needs to be in a great location, close to everything. Also, a great family room that is open to the kitchen. And that kitchen might have granite counters and be bright and inviting to make cooking less of a chore.

You got it.

1550 Morrison Has What Buyers Want

Yes, this home is on a big, fenced-in lot that also has a nice patio with space for your furniture and grill. Plenty of room for yard games, too! Three bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, and about 1,641 square feet of living space. Granite? Check. Awesome family room and a

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We'd like to thank our Facebook follower, Laura Chaplin, for sending us this information about this weekend's production. Thanks, Laura!   Here's more about Moon Over Buffalo, according to Laura.  

Moon Over Buffalo

See fencing and much more in Moon Over Buffalo, November 10-13 at the Village Theater in Canton

The leads in Moon Over Buffalo, Kirk and Sue Krekeler met in high school when he purposefully ran into her and her books fell to the ground. They started talking and she asked if he wanted to be in a play the school was performing. He gladly agreed to participate. Soon thereafter, they started dating and fell in love. After high school, they went to Central Michigan University together. After graduation from CMU they married. 

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Celebrate in style this holiday after you have settled into this absolutely stunning estate-style home in Central Park Estates in Canton MI. Be sure to check click on the link below in red to open the complete photo album so you can see almost every inch of this beautiful home! Welcome to 411 Lenox Drive, Canton MI.

411 Lenox Drive, Canton MI

Exceptional Central Park Home for Sale

Everything you want for your next home is right here in one beautiful package!

  • 4 bedrooms · 3-1/2 bathrooms · 3,068 sqft PLUS 1,563 sqft finished basement
  • Stately curb appeal with winding path leading guests to the front door.
  • Sunlight streams through huge windows in every glorious room.
  • Impressive den with huge bay window, built-in bookcases, and a cozy double-sided fireplace
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Plymouth, Canton, and Northville, Michigan are all ready for the trick-or-treaters. If you’re new to this area of Michigan, there are many fall festivals that take place on the weekend of Halloween, but that doesn’t mean all of the trick-or-treating festivities have finished by October 31st.

Here are a few trick-or-treating events happening in Plymouth, Canton, and Northville tonight. Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Scarecrows in the Park

From the end of September through Halloween, local businesses and clubs in Plymouth, Michigan decorate Kellogg Park with scarecrows! Take a tour along Main Street tonight just in time for the Halloween festivities.

If you’re buying a home in the Plymouth area this fall and want to be close to all the fun

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Whether you are organizing your home to prepare for guests or to prepare for home buyers, decluttering a house is a task that homeowners in the Canton and Plymouth, Michigan area can find overwhelming. But there are a few ways to reduce the stress that comes with decluttering an entire home. Here are a few simple decluttering tips that you can follow.

decluttered living room1. Start Small to Avoid Home Selling Stress

If you want to declutter your home quickly, you might be tempted to tackle your entire home in just one day. But taking on your entire house will leave you feeling more stressed. Instead, declutter your home in Canton or Plymouth over a few days. At the end, your home will look fantastic, and you will feel refreshed rather than exhausted.

2. Focus on

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