$342,000 :: 3142 BRANDON CRT, Rochester Hills MI, 48309

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,507 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,890 sq ft
Added: 11/07/17, Last Updated: 12/26/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21388657
Community: Rochester Hills (63151)
Tract: BROOKEDALE WOODS NO 4
Status: Sold

This beautiful traditional colonial home has been loved, updated, well maintained, and now offered for sale by its original owners. The cul-de-sac location provides for little automobile traffic and quiet enjoyment yet it is conveniently located minutes away from an abundance of shopping, freeways and downtown Rochester. The kitchen has been updated and offers granite counters and backsplash, new stainless steel appliances and updated plumbing fixtures. Home also boasts newer windows, newer roof, new sump pump and a new security alarm system. This traditional floor plan offers an open concept kitchen and family room and the upper level has 4 bedrooms including a spacious master suite. Enjoy sitting out on the large 2 level cedar deck while enjoying the privacy in the yard yard. You will not want to miss out on this home. Home is serviced by the highly acclaimed Rochester School District: Musson Elementary, Van Hoosen Middle School and Rochester Adams High School.

Listed with Keller Williams Domain Birmingham


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The Forecast: 2018 Trends in Staging

By Mary Purcell, MoneyGeek.com

Home staging has gone mainstream and is now widely used to make a home more attractive to potential buyers. According to a 2017 survey by the National Association of REALTORS®, a majority of real estate professionals believe staging increases the sale price of the home anywhere from 1 to 15 percent.

But even if it doesn’t increase the value, most agents agree that staging reduces the amount of time the home sits on the market, which is music to any seller’s ears.

Not all homes need a dramatic makeover, but most homes will benefit from at least a thorough cleaning and culling.

“Staging and preparation can include as little as some fresh paint, but in most cases we also landscape, replace dated light fixtures and hardware, and in many cases refinish hardwood floors, replace countertops, bathroom fixtures, etc.,” says Nicole Kennedy, a home staging expert in Piedmont, Calif.

Read on to learn what industry and design trends we can expect in 2018.

More real estate agents get on board

Lori Matzke, founder of HomeStagingExpert.com, provides home staging workshops around the country in addition to running her own staging business in Minnesota. She’s noticed an increased interest and involvement of real estate agents in the staging process.

“Back when I started staging (in 1999), agents were not interested; they didn’t want to have one more thing on their plate,” Matzke says. “My classes are now 90 to 95 percent agents. I think you’re going to see a lot more agents learning about staging and how to advise their clients, because more and more homeowners are demanding that.”

That doesn’t mean agents will be doing the staging themselves, but they will have an eye for what is needed, and will facilitate the interaction between the seller and the stager. “It really helps the homeowner to have an educated real estate agent,” says Matzke. If the agent has prepped the seller about what needs to be removed and cleaned out, it makes the stager’s job faster and cheaper.

Complete vs. partial staging

Staging can range from small efforts like decluttering to a complete move out and refurnishing. Complete staging of vacant homes is a growing trend, according to Matzke. Whether it’s new or model homes, or the seller has moved out, many stagers today only work with vacant homes.

In the booming Bay Area housing market, Kennedy says buyers are accustomed to short sales cycles, so having the home primed and ready is expected.

“Fewer than 10 percent of homes I stage are partial–where we keep some of the furniture and belongings, edit out and add in where needed,” notes Kennedy. “This can be challenging because the staging has to fit in with existing styles and pieces, but it can make more sense to sellers who are staying in the house through the sale.”

Matzke says the complete staging trend isn’t limited to hot real estate markets.

“It’s been trickling down into smaller markets, not just in the larger metropolitan areas,” she notes. The ubiquity of staging on HGTV shows has probably made the idea more palatable to sellers and agents across the county.

Embracing a personal touch

One of the golden rules of staging has long been to keep things neutral to appeal to the widest range of potential buyers. But stagers are increasingly adding a little more design, style, and color to the home.

“Staging is becoming a bit more personal and less stale than it has been in the past,” Kennedy says. “It used to be standard to remove all family photos and personal items from the house, but today’s buyers prefer to see a house with a little personality. They want to see a ‘real’ house that they can imagine themselves in and small, personal details that create an aspirational image can help reach buyers on an emotional level.”

Matzke agrees. “It’s becoming trendy for stagers to do a little mixing with vintage pieces to give it a designer look. I think it gives the place more depth and I’m seeing more chatter about it on blogs.”

Following the design trends

While most of the staging do’s and don’ts will remain the same in 2018, our experts expect some new design trends to emerge in many staged homes next year:

  • Color: After a few years in which just about every design magazine is covered in gray, Matzke has a bold prediction: Gray is dead. “People are embracing beige and creamy white again,” she says. “I think that’s good because not everybody’s furniture fits with gray.”

Stagers are also increasingly adding a pop of color or an upscale design element to appeal to design-conscious buyers.

“Adding a pop of color in a room through accessories or artwork is common,” says Matzke. “The two big colors I think you’ll see a lot of in 2018 are dark teal and millennial pink … especially if you’re marketing to first-time homebuyers or a younger crowd, you might want to add those colors.”

  • Floors: It used to be that preparing a home for sale meant replacing old, stained carpet with new carpet, but Matzke says that, too, is changing. “A lot of people are replacing carpeting with wood and faux wood flooring–at least on the main floor,” she adds.
  • Countertops: While quartz is the latest countertop trend among high-end homes for 2018, Matzke thinks most of America will stick with granite next year because of cost. “Design magazines are pushing quartz, saying it’s going to be the hot trend for 2018,” Matzke says. “And for the really high-end homes they’re probably right, but for a majority of America, I think it’s still going to be granite.”
  • Glam: Although it sounds counter to the rule of keeping things neutral, HGTV and design magazines have popularized a bit of glam. “For a long time you’ve seen people adding a little bit of rustic, heavy metal designs, but now you’re seeing a lot more shiny metallics,” Matzke says. “Even gold–it adds a bit of bling to the house.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mary Purcell is a freelance writer and health and finance researcher. She covers homebuying, savings and other personal finance-related topics for MoneyGeek.com.

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The Forecast: 2018 Trends in Staging

By Mary Purcell, MoneyGeek.com

Home staging has gone mainstream and is now widely used to make a home more attractive to potential buyers. According to a 2017 survey by the National Association of REALTORS®, a majority of real estate professionals believe staging increases the sale price of the home anywhere from 1 to 15 percent.

But even if it doesn’t increase the value, most agents agree that staging reduces the amount of time the home sits on the market, which is music to any seller’s ears.

Not all homes need a dramatic makeover, but most homes will benefit from at least a thorough cleaning and culling.

“Staging and preparation can include as little as some fresh paint, but in most cases we also landscape, replace dated light fixtures and hardware, and in many cases refinish hardwood floors, replace countertops, bathroom fixtures, etc.,” says Nicole Kennedy, a home staging expert in Piedmont, Calif.

Read on to learn what industry and design trends we can expect in 2018.

More real estate agents get on board

Lori Matzke, founder of HomeStagingExpert.com, provides home staging workshops around the country in addition to running her own staging business in Minnesota. She’s noticed an increased interest and involvement of real estate agents in the staging process.

“Back when I started staging (in 1999), agents were not interested; they didn’t want to have one more thing on their plate,” Matzke says. “My classes are now 90 to 95 percent agents. I think you’re going to see a lot more agents learning about staging and how to advise their clients, because more and more homeowners are demanding that.”

That doesn’t mean agents will be doing the staging themselves, but they will have an eye for what is needed, and will facilitate the interaction between the seller and the stager. “It really helps the homeowner to have an educated real estate agent,” says Matzke. If the agent has prepped the seller about what needs to be removed and cleaned out, it makes the stager’s job faster and cheaper.

Complete vs. partial staging

Staging can range from small efforts like decluttering to a complete move out and refurnishing. Complete staging of vacant homes is a growing trend, according to Matzke. Whether it’s new or model homes, or the seller has moved out, many stagers today only work with vacant homes.

In the booming Bay Area housing market, Kennedy says buyers are accustomed to short sales cycles, so having the home primed and ready is expected.

“Fewer than 10 percent of homes I stage are partial–where we keep some of the furniture and belongings, edit out and add in where needed,” notes Kennedy. “This can be challenging because the staging has to fit in with existing styles and pieces, but it can make more sense to sellers who are staying in the house through the sale.”

Matzke says the complete staging trend isn’t limited to hot real estate markets.

“It’s been trickling down into smaller markets, not just in the larger metropolitan areas,” she notes. The ubiquity of staging on HGTV shows has probably made the idea more palatable to sellers and agents across the county.

Embracing a personal touch

One of the golden rules of staging has long been to keep things neutral to appeal to the widest range of potential buyers. But stagers are increasingly adding a little more design, style, and color to the home.

“Staging is becoming a bit more personal and less stale than it has been in the past,” Kennedy says. “It used to be standard to remove all family photos and personal items from the house, but today’s buyers prefer to see a house with a little personality. They want to see a ‘real’ house that they can imagine themselves in and small, personal details that create an aspirational image can help reach buyers on an emotional level.”

Matzke agrees. “It’s becoming trendy for stagers to do a little mixing with vintage pieces to give it a designer look. I think it gives the place more depth and I’m seeing more chatter about it on blogs.”

Following the design trends

While most of the staging do’s and don’ts will remain the same in 2018, our experts expect some new design trends to emerge in many staged homes next year:

  • Color: After a few years in which just about every design magazine is covered in gray, Matzke has a bold prediction: Gray is dead. “People are embracing beige and creamy white again,” she says. “I think that’s good because not everybody’s furniture fits with gray.”

Stagers are also increasingly adding a pop of color or an upscale design element to appeal to design-conscious buyers.

“Adding a pop of color in a room through accessories or artwork is common,” says Matzke. “The two big colors I think you’ll see a lot of in 2018 are dark teal and millennial pink … especially if you’re marketing to first-time homebuyers or a younger crowd, you might want to add those colors.”

  • Floors: It used to be that preparing a home for sale meant replacing old, stained carpet with new carpet, but Matzke says that, too, is changing. “A lot of people are replacing carpeting with wood and faux wood flooring–at least on the main floor,” she adds.
  • Countertops: While quartz is the latest countertop trend among high-end homes for 2018, Matzke thinks most of America will stick with granite next year because of cost. “Design magazines are pushing quartz, saying it’s going to be the hot trend for 2018,” Matzke says. “And for the really high-end homes they’re probably right, but for a majority of America, I think it’s still going to be granite.”
  • Glam: Although it sounds counter to the rule of keeping things neutral, HGTV and design magazines have popularized a bit of glam. “For a long time you’ve seen people adding a little bit of rustic, heavy metal designs, but now you’re seeing a lot more shiny metallics,” Matzke says. “Even gold–it adds a bit of bling to the house.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mary Purcell is a freelance writer and health and finance researcher. She covers homebuying, savings and other personal finance-related topics for MoneyGeek.com.

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The Forecast: 2018 Trends in Staging

By Mary Purcell, MoneyGeek.com

Home staging has gone mainstream and is now widely used to make a home more attractive to potential buyers. According to a 2017 survey by the National Association of REALTORS®, a majority of real estate professionals believe staging increases the sale price of the home anywhere from 1 to 15 percent.

But even if it doesn’t increase the value, most agents agree that staging reduces the amount of time the home sits on the market, which is music to any seller’s ears.

Not all homes need a dramatic makeover, but most homes will benefit from at least a thorough cleaning and culling.

“Staging and preparation can include as little as some fresh paint, but in most cases we also landscape, replace dated light fixtures and hardware, and in many cases refinish hardwood floors, replace countertops, bathroom fixtures, etc.,” says Nicole Kennedy, a home staging expert in Piedmont, Calif.

Read on to learn what industry and design trends we can expect in 2018.

More real estate agents get on board

Lori Matzke, founder of HomeStagingExpert.com, provides home staging workshops around the country in addition to running her own staging business in Minnesota. She’s noticed an increased interest and involvement of real estate agents in the staging process.

“Back when I started staging (in 1999), agents were not interested; they didn’t want to have one more thing on their plate,” Matzke says. “My classes are now 90 to 95 percent agents. I think you’re going to see a lot more agents learning about staging and how to advise their clients, because more and more homeowners are demanding that.”

That doesn’t mean agents will be doing the staging themselves, but they will have an eye for what is needed, and will facilitate the interaction between the seller and the stager. “It really helps the homeowner to have an educated real estate agent,” says Matzke. If the agent has prepped the seller about what needs to be removed and cleaned out, it makes the stager’s job faster and cheaper.

Complete vs. partial staging

Staging can range from small efforts like decluttering to a complete move out and refurnishing. Complete staging of vacant homes is a growing trend, according to Matzke. Whether it’s new or model homes, or the seller has moved out, many stagers today only work with vacant homes.

In the booming Bay Area housing market, Kennedy says buyers are accustomed to short sales cycles, so having the home primed and ready is expected.

“Fewer than 10 percent of homes I stage are partial–where we keep some of the furniture and belongings, edit out and add in where needed,” notes Kennedy. “This can be challenging because the staging has to fit in with existing styles and pieces, but it can make more sense to sellers who are staying in the house through the sale.”

Matzke says the complete staging trend isn’t limited to hot real estate markets.

“It’s been trickling down into smaller markets, not just in the larger metropolitan areas,” she notes. The ubiquity of staging on HGTV shows has probably made the idea more palatable to sellers and agents across the county.

Embracing a personal touch

One of the golden rules of staging has long been to keep things neutral to appeal to the widest range of potential buyers. But stagers are increasingly adding a little more design, style, and color to the home.

“Staging is becoming a bit more personal and less stale than it has been in the past,” Kennedy says. “It used to be standard to remove all family photos and personal items from the house, but today’s buyers prefer to see a house with a little personality. They want to see a ‘real’ house that they can imagine themselves in and small, personal details that create an aspirational image can help reach buyers on an emotional level.”

Matzke agrees. “It’s becoming trendy for stagers to do a little mixing with vintage pieces to give it a designer look. I think it gives the place more depth and I’m seeing more chatter about it on blogs.”

Following the design trends

While most of the staging do’s and don’ts will remain the same in 2018, our experts expect some new design trends to emerge in many staged homes next year:

  • Color: After a few years in which just about every design magazine is covered in gray, Matzke has a bold prediction: Gray is dead. “People are embracing beige and creamy white again,” she says. “I think that’s good because not everybody’s furniture fits with gray.”

Stagers are also increasingly adding a pop of color or an upscale design element to appeal to design-conscious buyers.

“Adding a pop of color in a room through accessories or artwork is common,” says Matzke. “The two big colors I think you’ll see a lot of in 2018 are dark teal and millennial pink … especially if you’re marketing to first-time homebuyers or a younger crowd, you might want to add those colors.”

  • Floors: It used to be that preparing a home for sale meant replacing old, stained carpet with new carpet, but Matzke says that, too, is changing. “A lot of people are replacing carpeting with wood and faux wood flooring–at least on the main floor,” she adds.
  • Countertops: While quartz is the latest countertop trend among high-end homes for 2018, Matzke thinks most of America will stick with granite next year because of cost. “Design magazines are pushing quartz, saying it’s going to be the hot trend for 2018,” Matzke says. “And for the really high-end homes they’re probably right, but for a majority of America, I think it’s still going to be granite.”
  • Glam: Although it sounds counter to the rule of keeping things neutral, HGTV and design magazines have popularized a bit of glam. “For a long time you’ve seen people adding a little bit of rustic, heavy metal designs, but now you’re seeing a lot more shiny metallics,” Matzke says. “Even gold–it adds a bit of bling to the house.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mary Purcell is a freelance writer and health and finance researcher. She covers homebuying, savings and other personal finance-related topics for MoneyGeek.com.

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$135,900 :: 1419 OAKBROOK E, Rochester Hills MI, 48307

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3 beds, 2.1 baths
Home size: 1,344 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 10/10/17, Last Updated: 12/24/17
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 217089470
Community: Rochester Hills
Tract: OAKBROOK OCCPN 206
Status: Sold

Beautiful condo in Rochester Hills located in Award Winning Rochester School district. Two story 3 bedroom, 1.5 baths lovely deck off the back overlooking woods and backs to Paint Creek. Nice porch at the front for outside dining. Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve and walking trails surround this complex. Access to 2 pools located in adjoining condo projects. Updated Kitchen, finished basement, carport and additional reserved parking with available visitor parking. All appliances included as listed, immediate occupancy. Close to Meadow Brook, Downtown Rochester, Shopping, Dining, entertainment and all Freeways. Association dues cover heat, water, sewer, trash removal, grounds keeping, snow removal, pool upkeep and exterior maintenance. Easy show, schedule today.

Listed with Mack Real Estate


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$116,900 :: 2640 HARRISON, Rochester Hills MI, 48307

3 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,303 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 12/23/17, Last Updated: 12/23/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 405912
Community: Rochester Hills (63151)
Status: Sold

Clean starter home. Huge 2.5 car garage w/extradetached 1.5 car garage. Private fenced rearyard. Sprinklers run off well. Front & reardecks, new windows, central vac, blt in DW,stove & frig stay, FR w/beams & vaulted ceiling.

Listed with Realty Executives – United


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$112,000 :: 3145 EMMONS AVE, Rochester Hills MI, 48307

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3 beds, 1 bath
Home size: 1,014 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,890 sq ft
Added: 10/14/17, Last Updated: 12/23/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21379713
Community: Rochester Hills (63151)
Tract: SUPRVR’S PLAT OF BROOKLAN
Status: Sold

Nice great room ranch in super location close to expressway & shopping! Large kitchen and dining area with door wall to the deck. Two car detached garage and nice size fenced yard. Some fresh paint and new floor coverings would go a long way. Lots of potential to make this home your own, why rent when you can purchase!

Listed with Keller Williams Macomb St Clair


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$115,900 :: 2591 HESSEL, Rochester Hills MI, 48307

3 beds, 1 bath
Home size: 1,002 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 12/22/17, Last Updated: 12/22/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 405870
Community: Rochester Hills (63151)
Status: Sold

Listed with Real Estate One-Roch


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$265,000 :: 972 E TIENKEN Road, Rochester Hills MI, 48306

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6 beds, 2.2 baths
Home size: 2,940 sq ft
Lot Size: 28,749 sq ft
Added: 07/10/17, Last Updated: 12/22/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 217059122
Community: Rochester Hills
Tract: STONY CREEK
Status: Sold

WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A REGISTERED HISTORICAL HOME IN GREAT AREA OF ROCHESTER. SIDE BY SIDE DUPLEX WITH APPOX THE SAME ROOM SIZES. LIVE IN ONE AND RENT THE OTHER. OR RENT BOTH. ALL APPLIANCES INCLUDED. BASEMENT LAUNDRY FACILITIES. ROCHESTER SCHOOLS. NEAR DOWNTOWN. LARGE LOT. COME SEE THIS CHARMING HOME WITH TONS OF CHARACTER.

Listed with RE/MAX Metropolitan


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$162,000 :: 378 WILLOW GROVE LN, Rochester Hills MI, 48307

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,209 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 11/09/17, Last Updated: 12/21/17
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 21388408
Community: Rochester Hills (63151)
Status: Sold

Beautiful Hidden Hills condo offered for the first time since 1977. Hardwood entry, kitchen, dinette, half bath and hallway. Spacious living room L’s into formal dining room and features gas fireplace and door wall to large private deck with storage shed. Kitchen features recessed ceiling and adjoining dinette opens to private courtyard. Convenient 1st floor half bathroom placed near entrance from 1-car attached garage. Upstairs is the large master bedroom with dual closets and a Jack and Jill bathroom shared with the second bedroom. The partially finished walk out basement features a door-wall to a brick paver patio, laundry and 3 storage areas. HOA includes GAS, water, pool, and clubhouse. Includes range, dishwasher, microwave, washer and dryer. A 1-year home warranty is offered. A licensed real estate agent must be physically present for all showings.

Listed with Keller Williams Ann Arbor


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