Mortgage Interest Rates are Still Going Up… Should you wait to Buy?


Mortgage interest rates, as reported by Freddie Mac, have increased by close to a quarter of a percent over the last several weeks. Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, the Mortgage Bankers Association, and the National Association of Realtors are all calling for mortgage rates to rise another quarter of a percent by next year.  Read More.

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Small Kitchen – Big View

by Linda Raveau


Detroit Loft

City living is all the rage these days and Detroit is loaded with opportunities.  Having been born and raised in Detroit, I have seen the City go through many transitions and I’m really enjoying being a part of its redevelopment even if it’s in a small way.

This is a recent design project I worked on with a young professional working downtown that just purchased this condo in the Lafayette Towers.  It was a blank slate with lots of potential and challenges … the kitchen was very claustrophobic and totally enclosed.  It had an odd window cut out that peered into the living room.  Not sure if the original plan was so you could talk to those in the room or to capture a glimpse of the main view which was this monstrous view of the river front.



Well… the wall must go!


Detroit Loft – Removed Wall to expand Kitchen

By removing the wall, the space was immediately united to the view and although the new peninsula extended into the living room by an additional 35 inches, the space was more engaging and free flowing.


Detroit Loft – Peninsula

We also partially recessed the refrigerator into the closet behind to allow for additional room to move about when cooking and prepping. The countertops are quartz with a glass/stone combination backsplash that runs the full length of the wall as seen in the first photo.


Detroit Loft

In the bathroom (click to see image) we designed a walk-in shower with a custom glass surround and seating.  The room was tiled from floor to ceiling for easy maintenance and to expand the space.

So if you are looking to remodel your home and have an awesome view to the outside, don’t be afraid to knock down that wall…  it just might be the right choice.

Detroit Loft




Note:  The living room is still under construction and once completed I hope to share how that beautiful view integrates nicely with the kitchen.

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1Percent Image

As you’ve been hearing all over the news media, mortgage rates are still at record lows.  As an Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR), I work with buyers all the time and even though inventory is low and the search is harder, there are still homes out there and many great programs to help buyers afford the home they want.

This is a new program where the buyer only has to pay 1% down and the lender contributes the other 2% giving the buyer an equity boost from day one!  Who wouldn’t want some equity from the start?  It could also help a buyer afford a higher price point.  So if you are in the market and need some expert guidance, get in touch with me.  I would love to help you achieve your dream.

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Lofts at Rivertown

Lofts at Rivertown

So you want to live in a loft downtown Detroit?  Well that’s going to come at a premium cost if you want to be by all the action.   Lofts in the hub of things are getting between $300-$500 per square foot while those on the parameter are around $200-$300 square foot.  To get the latest news check out Curbed Detroit.  If interested in getting a piece of the pie yourself, give me a call… your real estate specialist.

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Green is the new black

With modern technology, every house can now be energy efficient. But how do you know how your home measures up? Take a look at this comprehensive checklist to see what kind of grade your house receives. As an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®), I can help you find a house with energy efficient features. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Click here to learn more on how your home measures up…

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Should you give a pet a home for the holidays?

Bringing a pet into the family is a huge commitment and if you’ve never owned one before you may not realize what’s involved.  Here are some important things to consider before making the plunge.  Click here for more


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Relocating and buying a home in an unfamiliar area can be especially stressful. As an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®), I am an expert on the local market and can help smooth your transition into your new neighborhood. Click the link below to get tips on making your move successful.

10 Steps for Making a Successful Relocation Move. ©2016

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