South Lyon Michigan Home Buying

Hopefully an informative blog about home buying in and around South Lyon. Including Whitmore Lake, Hamburg, Pinckney, Brighton, and Milford.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Creepy Home Seller - Turns out she had a good reason

At one of our recent staff meetings one of our purchasing agents mentioned a strange situation when she was setting up a showing on a home.

The listing agent asked her to describe the home buyers she was going to be showing through.

This is almost never done, in part because the listing agent and the seller don't want to be accused of discriminating against a buyer based on the color of their skin or any other protected class issue.

Since this caught our agent off-guard she investigated further and found the seller was indeed behind this question.

But there was a good reason.

The seller was a single woman who was recently divorced and her husband had apparently had some of his friends use real estate agents to go through her home and check out her living arrangements.

I don't blame the woman and that certainly isn't a very nice thing for her X to be doing!


Monday, February 4, 2008

Zillow home values as a tool for South Lyon home buyers?

I've posted a couple of times on the topic of Zillow "Zestimates".

These are estimates of value from the Zillow website.

Now depending on how you look at the specific data from Zillow it can be useful, but, if you expect a website like Zillow to actually give you a value for a home, you are nuts!

(And I've actually talked to home buyers who plan on doing that. Bad idea!)

As the top Exclusive Buyer's Agent who serves the South Lyon market place, our office has the systems to provide value data and the wisdom to use that data in negotiation.