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    Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Launches Industry-First IQ System

    By Jack Cassedy | March 22, 2021

    Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Launches Industry-First Program Designed to Eliminate the Real Estate Loyalty Gap THE SOPHISTICATED PROGRAM LAYS OUT A CLEAR PATH FOR REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS THROUGHOUT THE INDUSTRY TO CREATE A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS Irvine, Calif., March 22, 2021 – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, one of the world’s fastest-growing residential real estate brokerage franchise networks, held its annual convention,... Read More

    2020 Ann Arbor Area Local Gift Guide

    By Jack Cassedy | December 4, 2020

      This season, if you are looking for something special, there is no doubt that you can find it locally here in the Greater Ann Arbor Area. Not only will it be a special and unique gift, but the purchase may also mean the world to the local business owners and employees. Gifts Locally Handmade... Read More

    Support Ann Arbor Area Non-Profit Organizations this Giving Tuesday

    By Jack Cassedy | December 1, 2020

    This Giving Tuesday, please consider donating to any of the extremely worthy Ann Arbor Area non-profit organizations and charities. They are all fighting the good fight to save lives, alleviate hunger, empower and educate the youth & adults, and develop equity in our community. We have highlighted a few organizations below who could use your... Read More

    Why Winter 2020/2021 Will Be a Great Time to Sell

    By Jack Cassedy | November 17, 2020

    Winter 2020/2021 will be a great time to sell. “It will be one of the best winter sales years ever,” states the National Association of Realtors Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun (source: Realtor Magazine). He also states that if there is enough inventory to meet the demand, home sales could grow 20-30% in 2021. The current... Read More

    Ann Arbor Ranked #2 Best Place to Live in 2020

    By Jack Cassedy | October 9, 2020

    According to the results of Livability’s latest research, Ann Arbor ranked in at #2 in the list of Best Small and Medium-Sized (cities) Places to Live in 2020. Livability analyzed factors including safety, affordability, economic stability, outdoor recreation, accessibility, and community engagement. This year’s list was also informed by a new metric, “Opportunity Score,” which... Read More

    Ann Arbor City Council Bans Dedicated Short-Term “Airbnb” Rentals in Residential Zoning Districts

    By Jack Cassedy | September 11, 2020

    On September 8, 2020, the Ann Arbor City Council voted 7-4 to prohibit non-owner-occupied short-term rental homes in Ann Arbor’s residential zoning districts. The most updated version of the ordinance can be downloaded here.     Per the ordinance, homeowners in residential zoning districts are still allowed to offer short-term rentals of a portion or... Read More

    The 0.5% Adverse Market Refinancing Fee – What You Need to Know

    By Jack Cassedy | August 18, 2020

    With refinancing rates being reported near 2.5%, current homeowners have been quick to take advantage… So much so, that the two large government-sponsored enterprises who back mortgage products have announced that they will be tacking on an additional one-time 0.5% Adverse Market Refinancing Fee to the lender, who will undoubtedly pass it on to consumers.... Read More

    Current Market Data and Trends with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices CEO Chris Stuart

    By Jack Cassedy | June 11, 2020

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    Local Ann Arbor Area Farms, CSA Options, and Co-Ops

    By Jack Cassedy | April 29, 2020

    Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), Farms, and Food Co-Ops in the Greater Ann Arbor Area. Brines Farm: This Washtenaw County farm is offering CSA memberships with weekly distributions of organic produce from May through October. Old Pine Farms: Offering GMO-free, grass-fed and hormone-free beef, pork, chicken, and lamb. Whitney Farmstead: Offering 100% grass-fed beef and lamb,... Read More

    MiMortgage Relief Partnership Announced

    By Jack Cassedy | April 23, 2020

    Press Release from The Michigan Governor’s Office – April 23, 2020: Governor Whitmer and Michigan’s Financial Institutions Agree to Partnership for Providing Borrowers 90-day Mortgage-Payment Forbearance Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) today announce the creation of the MiMortgage Relief Partnership with over 200 of Michigan’s financial institutions to recognize... Read More