Radon and Slabs

Radon isn’t a problem if your house is on a slab, right? To find out I went to my trusted inspector and radon tester, and this was his reply…

Radon gas comes up from the earth at a ground level slab just as it does under the basement slab.  There is an easier route for radon to enter into a basement in a home with footing tiles and an open sump crock.  But, any negative pressure inside of a slab home or a basement without footing tiles and a sump crock can draw radon up into the home through cracks in the slab floor. This negative pressure is created by items such as furnace and water heater exhausts, running a dryer or just general stack/chimney effect.  So, I have had high readings in homes on a slab, but you are correct in that it is much less frequently than a home with a basement.

So, do you want to bother with a radon inspection if buying a home on a slab? I’ll leave that decision to you 😉

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April 2018 Lansing Real Estate Report

Welcome to the April 2018 edition of the Lansing Real Estate Report! Below you’ll find what happened last month in the school district of your choice.

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School District Sold Cash Sales Listed
Okemos 40 12 64
Haslett 19 2 31
Mason 23 5 30
Holt 39 4 53
East Lansing 32 5 39
DeWitt 27 2 33
Grand Ledge 45 8 69
Williamston 15 1 19
Waverly 33 4 37
Lansing 147 46 213
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March 2018 Lansing Real Estate Report

Welcome to the March 2018 edition of the Lansing Real Estate Report! Sorry for the delay. Let’s blame it on spring break and the snow 🙂 Below you’ll find what happened last month in the school district of your choice.

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School District Sold Cash Sales Listed
Okemos 25 2 37
Haslett 13 4 24
Mason 23 5 26
Holt 39 4 47
East Lansing 32 5 45
DeWitt 19 3 24
Grand Ledge 31 5 53
Williamston 13 2 14
Waverly 21 2 35
Lansing 142 39 203
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February 2018 Lansing Real Estate Report

Welcome to the February 2018 edition of the Lansing Real Estate Report! Below you’ll find what happened last month in the school district of your choice.

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School District Sold Cash Sales Listed
Okemos 19 1 26
Haslett 18 3 20
Mason 14 1 24
Holt 25 6 60
East Lansing 21 6 32
DeWitt 7 1 19
Grand Ledge 26 4 41
Williamston 4 0 14
Waverly 17 3 22
Lansing 97 36 147
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January 2018 Lansing Real Estate Report

Welcome to the January 2018 edition of the Lansing Real Estate Report! Below you’ll find what happened last month in the school district of your choice.

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School District Sold Cash Sales Listed
Okemos 15 1 33
Haslett 14 1 17
Mason 7 2 26
Holt 29 8 31
East Lansing 32 7 30
DeWitt 13 1 20
Grand Ledge 26 3 39
Williamston 13 1 16
Lansing 94 33 148
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16 Tips for Selling Properties Faster and for More Money

Listen to the full episode here, but here are the main points – some commentary added 🙂

  1. Have a pre-listing inspection performed by a licensed home inspector.
  2. Clean up your home. – Please, please, please – you have no idea how often this is missed/skipped
  3. Does it pass the sniff test? – It better unless you want it to take longer to sell.
  4. Take great pictures of your house. – That’s why you hire a great agent – like me!
  5. Be available.
  6. Have your home ready for showings at all times. – You never know when or where your buyer will show up.
  7. Be informative.
  8. Use an agent. – At your service
  9. Ask your agent for selling advice.
  10. Price your house right. – You mean Zillow doesn’t know everything?
  11. List in peak market time. – If you can. If not, I wouldn’t consider this a deal breaker. Just be ready for it to potenially take longer.
  12. Double check your listing information.
  13. Stage those weird areas that don’t have an obvious use.
  14. Leave during your showings and make sure you take your pets with you. – So awkward when the seller sticks around. Get out! I would also add “take any valuables and medications” as well.
  15. Be prepared to walk away from an offer.
  16. Tell everyone you know that your house is for sale.
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December 2017 Lansing Real Estate Report

Welcome to the December 2017 edition of the Lansing Real Estate Report! Below you’ll find what happened last month in the school district of your choice.

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School District Sold Cash Sales Listed
Okemos 29 6 21
Haslett 14 3 15
Mason 20 0 17
Holt 34 3 27
East Lansing 37 9 29
DeWitt 19 0 27
Grand Ledge 34 4 21
Williamston 10 1 9
Lansing 117 33 109
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Did you sell your home after June 24, 2011? You won’t believe what could happen next!

This was originally published back in 2016, but it’s still applicable and could put some serious cash in your pocket!

  1. Did you sell a home in Michigan after June 24, 2011?
  2. Was the SEV of your home less than when you purchased it?
  3. Did you pay the SRETT (State Real Estate Transfer Tax)? You may even be eligible if you purchased from Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.

If you answered yes to all 3 questions, you may be eligible for a refund of $7.50 for every $1,000 of the purchase price.

That’s an easy $1,500 on the sale of a home for $200,000! Not bad for something like an hours worth of work (10 minutes if you have all your documents organized).

What if you don’t know the answers to the questions above? Have no fear. What you need is to…

  1. Find the Settlement Statement from your sale
  2. Look for the line that mentions “transfer tax” (usually on page 2)
  3. If the $ for the “State tax/stamps” falls in your column move on (if not, sorry)
  4. Find your property tax statements from when you purchased your house and when you sold your house
  5. If the State Equalized Value (SEV) was higher when you purchased than when you sold you’re most likely eligible!
  6. Find a copy of the warranty deed from the sale (or obtain from the Register of Deeds in your county)
  7. Make copies of everything, fill out “Form 2796” linked to below, and mail it in!

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The Difference is in the Details

Today I happened to be browsing the MLS, like I do on a nearly daily basis, and came across a home listed for more than $700,000! “Wow!” I thought. “I need to check this place out”. So I clicked through to take a look. The first picture was beautiful. Obviously not taken recently – given the lush green grass and all 🙂 Then I clicked through to the next and was greeted with a blurry mess. “Surely this can’t be right” I figured and moved on to the next. A few in, there’s one with the camera flash reflecting back off the window. As I moved on almost half of the photos were grainy or blurry. And this was on a $700,000+ house!

Ok I thought. The agent must be a newbie or a discounter. That would explain not being able to afford or being willing to have a professional photographer do the images, right? Wrong again. I won’t name names, but let’s just say this agent has more than the means to have the photos done right 😉

So, why am I writing about this? Because I truly believe that the details make all the difference. Once I got over the hump in getting my RE practice humming I hired a professional photographer for the first time, and let me just say they are worth their weight in gold! Now, every client that lists with me gets professional photos (apologies to my clients when I was just starting out).

So, when it comes time to list your home you can either hire the agent that takes the photos themselves or has their “assistant” do it, or someone – like me! 🙂 – that will see to it that the details are tended to weather your house lists for $100k or $700k+.

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Merry Christmas!

Just a quick minute to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

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