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10/17/2014 Selling Your Home in the Fall and Winter

With the cold weather and winter snow just around the corner, many buyers ask me if it is possible to sell their home outside the warm summer months? The answer is yes, I can still help you find a buyer in the winter. Selling a home can take longer in the cooler months, so I want to provide you some tips to give you the best chance of making a sale.


Be conservative with holiday decorations

As the each holiday approaches from Halloween to Thanksgiving and on to Christmas, make sure to use discretion when decorating your home. Keep things tasteful while still showing a homey feel that showcases holiday cheer.


Pay attention to lighting in your home

Since the days are shorter and there are less daylight hours for showings of your home, make sure to have good lighting throughout the interior. If your house is scheduled for a viewing, turn on all the lights to allow the best viewing of the property. Also ensure that there is good lighting on the outside of the home to make it easy for people to see when approaching the house.


Keep outdoor areas clean

From fallen leaves to piled snow and ice, take time to clear your walkways and your driveway of debris. It is important for potential buyers to be able to easily approach your property without any unnecessary hazards blocking their way.


Pay attention to staging

I have talked about staging your home in several blog postings, but this is imperative during the cooler months. Potential buyers will spend more time inside the property, so they need to feel welcomed throughout the home.


Some tips to remember are to keep the temperature at a comfortable setting. You do not want buyers to be freezing when entering your property. Also, it can be helpful to place outdoor pictures of your home during the summer months for individuals to see your plants and trees in full bloom.


Despite the cooled down markets in the fall and winter selling your home is not impossible. Call me for help finding the perfect buyer for your home.


By the way, if you  know of someone looking for a 3 bedroom home in Clio with a basement, extra large 2-car garage, nicely landscaped yard and attached Greenhouse at an affordable price, send them this link: - Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.

10/10/2014 Halloween Fun for the Family

Join in the fun at several local Halloween events for the entire family to enjoy. There are lots of low cost, family friendly events that provide great entertainment for children of all ages.


The fun starts this weekend with the Davison Pumpkin Festival. The festival started on Friday with a parade through town and runs through Sunday, October 12. Fun includes pumpkin painting and carving contests along with a variety of food eating contests. A pumpkin drop is also scheduled for Saturday at 5:30 p.m. on Main Street. Other activities include hayrides, trackless train rides, pumpkin bowling and a petting farm. More details of the scheduled events are available here.


The annual Halloween Ghosts and Goodies fun continues at Crossroads Village this year. The entire village is decked out for Halloween complete with trick-or-treat stations, a straw maze and enchanted forest. The highlight of the event is the 40 minute ride on the Huckleberry Ghost Train. The village is open every weekend until Halloween with a few weeknights including October 29-31. The cost varies from $10-$16 depending on the admissions purchased. Additional information is available online through the park's website.


The Burton Parks and Recreation Commission is hosting a Trick or Treat Trail at Kelly Lake located off Lapeer Rd. between Genesee and Center Roads on Saturday, October 25. The event will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. and will feature a hayride, bounce houses, pumpkins, donuts, cider and more. The event is free.


Nearby For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum will host their Haunted Trail in two weeks. The event will also take place on Saturday, October 25 from 8-10 p.m. The cost is $5 per person and early registration is suggested. Information is available online.


Consider spending time with your family in the coming weeks at one of these great Halloween events.


By the way, if you  know of someone looking for a 3 bedroom home in Clio with a basement, extra large 2-car garage, nicely landscaped yard and attached Greenhouse at an affordable price, send them this link: - Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.

10/3/2014 Fire Prevention Week Tips

October is officially here, so it is time to talk about fire safety. Next week is Fire Prevention Week from the dates of October 5-11.


It is important to do everything possible to prevent fire in your home. In particular homeowners should be careful when cooking. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, cooking is the primary cause of fire injuries and fires in the home. When cooking wear sleeves that are short or tight-fitting. In addition, make sure to keep paper products, curtains, towels and pot holders away from the stove.


In the bedroom, it is important to watch out for certain fire hazards during the upcoming winter months. Make sure to use electric blankets that are approved for use in bed and do not use any with frayed cords. Also, make sure to use care when using portable heaters. Keep any items that might catch fire at least three feet away from these types of heaters. Finally, consider replacing an old mattresses. Ones made prior to 2007 do not meet the Federal Mattress Flammability Standard.


Another important thing to consider is holiday fire prevention. As Halloween approaches, avoid using candles for decorations. Use battery-operated tea lights in pumpkins as a nice alternative. It is also important to make sure that costumes you select for your family are flame resistant.


Later in the year as the Christmas season begins, continue to be mindful of the risk of fire to your home. The U.S. Fire Administration reports that December is the month where the most home candle fire occurs. It's also important to avoid having any heat sources near a Christmas tree. If you have a real tree make sure the plant is well-watered and does not become too dry.


Finally, while examining fire prevention it is vital to set up a fire escape plan for your family. It is recommended that families sit down at least twice per year to go over plans. In particular, parents should teach their children evacuation routes in case they have to escape on their own during a fire. Also, purchase a collapsible escape ladder and make sure to only use it during an actual emergency.


Just as Smokey the Bear says, "Only You Can Prevent Wildfires," when it comes to home fire safety only you can protect your home.  


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9/26/2014 Genesee County’s Apple Orchards

Now that fall has arrived consider taking your family to one of Genesee County’s orchards. Here are a few of the locations you can enjoy during apple season this year.


Nearby Montrose Orchards is located at 12473 Seymour Rd.  Customers can enjoy Pumpkin Fantasyland wagon rides in the fall. The orchard offers an array of fruits all year including u-pick blueberries earlier in the summer. They are open from April through the end of December.  Its hours are from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.


Almar Orchards is located in Flushing at 12183 Beecher Rd. It is an organic orchard and is located on 500 acres. The orchard will be hosting its annual Applefest on Sunday, October 6. Its hours Monday through Saturday are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.


Also located in Flushing is McCarron’s Orchard and Bakery. In addition to their regular location, McCarron’s has a booth in the Flint’s Farmers Market. Their bakery features made from scratch items. The orchard is located at G7456 W. Carpenter Rd. in Flushing.


Just to the south is Diehl's Orchard & Cider Mill which features a corn maze and an array of other family activities. This weekend is their annual CiderFest which is held on Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. They are located at 1478 Ranch Rd. in Holly.


Nearby Mueller's Orchard is located in Linden at 6036 Lobdell Rd. They feature a variety of kid friendly activities including a free farm playground and Owen's Barnyard petting zoo. On weekends in October, guests can also enjoy Pumpkin Patch Wagon Rides.


Other area orchards include Apple Lane Orchard located at 4460 N. Center Rd. in Flint, Porter's Orchard at 12060 Hegel Rd. in Goodrich, Uptegraff's Orchard at 5350 N. Gale Dr. in Davison and Spicer's Orchards at 10411 Clyde Rd. in Fenton.


Make plans now to check out one of these great orchards this weekend. There is nothing better than enjoying a glass of apple cider and a hot donut at an orchard.


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9/19/2014 Outdoor Fall Maintenance for Your Home
Two weeks ago I talked about tips for fall clean-up inside your house, so this week I want to share some outdoor tips.  As winter quickly approaches it is important to prepare the outside of your home.
First, lawn experts suggest mowing your grass through the first frost.  It is important to rake leaves as regularly as possible to ensure they do not kill the grass over the winter.  Fall is also the best time of year to remove dead branches from your shrubs and trees.
In addition to work on your lawn and shrubbery, this is also the time of year to plant spring bulbs tubers. Varieties may include daffodils, tulips or daylilies. 
Another important thing to do is to cleanup your patio or deck.  If possible make sure to store all furniture away to protect it from the winter elements. Before storing anything wipe down covers and all pieces of furniture to remove any dirt. Also, swipe off your deck and patio removing any remnants of fallen leaves or other dirt that has accumulated over the summer months
In addition, it is vital to clean out your gutters. Clogged gutters can cause serious damage to your home especially when snow melts. While cleaning gutters, this gives you a chance to look for any necessary repairs.
Finally, other outdoor chores to remember are to shut off water to any outdoor faucets and to perform routine maintenance on your lawn mower. Remember to clean off the mower’s blades and to empty its gas tank.

Remember it is important to take care of outdoor maintenance at your home before the bad weather hits us. If you are dreaming of a new home, check out this 3 bedroom property in Clio with a basement, extra large 2-car garage, nicely landscaped yard and attached Greenhouse at an affordable price: Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.

9/12/2014 Solo Home Ownership is Possible
Many people assume they need a two-person household income in order to purchase a home. The myth that singles or families with a single income struggle to purchase homes is not true.
The National Association of Realtors reported a drop in the number of solo buyers making purchases from 2010-2012, however do not be alarmed by this statistic. Home ownership is still possible if you are single or the head of a one income household.
Depending on your income, it can be difficult to qualify for a mortgage. So, it is important as a solo buyer to recognize that you may not qualify for as large of a mortgage as originally anticipated. Therefore you should prioritize your housing needs and must take time to be pre-qualified before searching for a home. This ensures you will not be disappointed if you have to purchase a smaller or less expensive home than originally anticipated.
One of the benefits of purchasing a home on your own is being able to receive the best interest rate and mortgage amount based on your income and not that of a partner. Often times when a couple is searching for a home, one of the individuals may have a low credit score while the other has stellar credit. The partner’s lower rating will increase the interest rate paid on the mortgage despite the higher credit score of the other person.

So, if you are a single person consider looking into purchasing a home on your own. The purchase of a home is a great accomplishment and can be even more fulfilling when accomplished as a single. If you are looking for an excellent home between Flint and Saginaw, check out this link: Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.

9/5/2014 Fall Clean-up for Your Home

Since school is back in session, it will only be a few weeks before the leaves start falling from the trees officially marking the fall season. Fall is a great time of year to do some general upkeep and maintenance in your home.


Before the leaves start accumulating on the ground, begin with some projects inside your home to help prepare for the winter months. First, replace your furnace filters before the cool temperatures hit. A dirty filter can lead to expensive repairs down the road. It's also a good idea to have an annual check of your furnace to ensure that it is running optimally.


There are also a lot of other appliances that should be checked at this time in your house. Remember to pull out your refrigerator from the wall to clean behind it. Make sure to vacuum out the condenser coils too. While in the kitchen also take time to clean your oven in preparation for holiday baking.


In the laundry room, check the dryer vent and exhaust tube to clean out lint and other debris that has accumulated over the year. Finally, check your smoke detectors throughout your house by testing the batteries.


After checking the appliances, spend time cleaning your house from top to bottom. From having your carpets cleaned to washing all of your curtains and drapes, make sure that everything is cleaned just like you would in the spring. Consider having a professional come in to shampoo the carpets or rent a machine at a local home improvement store to do the cleaning yourself.


Stay tuned to my blog in the coming weeks for tips on fall clean-ups on the outside of your home. Remember maintaining your house is important whether or not you plan to stay in it for many years to come or if you plan to move in the coming year.


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8/27/2014 Labor Day Fun for a Staycation

Are you looking for some fun activities to enjoy with your family this weekend without traveling out of town? I have gathered some information for you about things happening in our area over the Labor Day weekend.


First, NCG Cinemas in Grand Blanc is continuing their Free Family Film Festival with the "Lego Movie" starting on August 29 through August 31. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the shows begin at 10:00 a.m.  Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis. 


Looking for some outdoor fun then head over to Buell Lake County Park for National Toasted Marshmallow Day on Saturday, August 30 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. A great free activity for families and individuals of all ages. Pre-registration is not required. The park is located at 14098 Genesee Rd. in Clio.


The fun continues at Crossroads Village for their Second Annual Artisan Auction Sale. The auction features one-of-a-kind items made by artisans at the village. Demonstrations will also be given on the various crafts. The auction takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad located at 6140 N. Bray Rd on Saturday, August 30. Village admission required to attend auction.


Then on Monday, families can enjoy $1 admission to Crossroads Village as a special thank you Amusement rides only cost $1 too and there are food specials throughout the village.


So, if you are looking for fun indoor entertainment by attending the Family Film Festival at NCG Cinemas or if you are looking for outdoor fun; there are lots of options for you over the Labor Day Holiday. Enjoy the last official weekend of summer with your family.


If you know of anyone looking for a great Clio home with a huge deck and even an attached greenhouse, send them this link: Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.

8/22/2014 Picking the Right School While Buying a Home
If you are a parent who is looking to purchase a new home, one of the main factors you may consider when selecting a community is the school district. There are some great resources to help you find the best school system for your children.
First, the Michigan Department of Education offers information on graduation rates, college readiness and MEAP scores for each district. The department also publishes a list of school rankings throughout the state. The full list is available online here.  In addition, a map of all the public school districts in the county is available through the Genesee Intermediate School District.
Perhaps your family is not able to afford the home of your dreams in the district of your choice. Do not despair because in Michigan families can take advantage of Schools of Choice. These options allow a select number of students outside a district to enroll in a particular school. It is optional for each district to participate in the Schools of Choice, so do not assume every school participates. In addition to being optional, there are limited number of seats for transfer students in participating schools therefore it is important to investigate your options before making a final decision on a move. Learn more about Schools of Choice here.
Finally, you are not limited by the public schools located near your new home. An array of private and charter schools are also available throughout the county expanding the educational options for your children.
Finding the perfect home is important for your family; finding the best school for your children is just as critical. Take time to research your options before making a purchase.  Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.

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8/15/2014 Credit Requirements for FHA Government Loans

Earlier this year we talked about saving for down payments for your new home. One of the options we discussed were loans through the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) which typically only require 3.5 percent in a down payment.


In order to take advantage of the low down payment, potential homebuyers need to have a FICO score of 580 or better. Even if your credit score is below this level, you may still qualify for a FHA loan, however your down payment may be as high as 10 percent.


A great benefit of FHA loans is that it is easier to qualify even if you have questionable credit history. Credit problems may include lower credit scores, bankruptcies or foreclosures. FHA requires anyone with these issues to have a record of re-establishing their credit and a good payment history.


When working to improve your credit for FHA loans take time to look at your credit report. Copies of your report are available from Experian, Equifax and TransUnion at no cost. If you notice problems on your credit report, dispute these inaccuracies. Applicants for FHA funding can get credit support through the consumer credit counseling programs.


Other issues potential buyers may have are having little to no credit history. Requirements for these loans are a minimum of two lines of credit to qualify for FHA funding. However, there is a substitute application form that can be used for anyone without sufficient credit history.


Remember there are lending options for individuals who may not be able to qualify for traditional home loans. FHA funding is one choice to help make your dream of owning a home a reality.


If you know of anyone looking for a great Clio home with a huge deck and even an attached greenhouse, send them this link: Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.

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