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Things to Overlook During Your Home Search

We get it - you want your dream home. The home that checks everything off on the list but let's face it: finding a dream home is as difficult as finding your dream partner - you're going to have to overlook the minor things. We've made a list of some minor imperfections that could be keeping you from finding your ideal home.

1. The White Picket Fence

We all grew up with the images of the perfect family, you know the one. A historic colonial with a charming couple and their two angelic children (a boy and a girl for symmetry) with a golden retriever waving to you with big, goofy grins on their face. How could we not want the same for ourselves? The idea of a fence for our children (canine and otherwise) is something some of us see as a necessity. A fence can offer you privacy and security but it should not deter you from a home that checks off most of your other, more important requirements. Mainly because it's fairly easy and inexpensive DIY project. Let those Home Depot ads take you away.

2. Furniture

I know it's hard to imagine a something other than what's right in front of you but it's time to use our vivid imaginations to dream up what could be rather than what is. Unless the home is coming fully furnished, there's no reason to worry about what the rooms look like as is. Instead, put on your Bob the Builder thinking cap & imagine your style within the layout of each room.

3. Lighting

Swapping out that retro lighting fixture isn't as difficult as you might think. You can find plenty of DIY or Pinterest ideas to help you. Bonus points if the old fixtures are in good condition, you can sell them and use the funds for your new ones!

4. Paint Color

Let's be honest, what's more fun than calling up your friends for a couple of beers and pizza & having a first-time-home-buyer themed party. Lots of things, you say? Okay, fine. It can still be a fun way to make memories in your new home and personalize it to your taste. Not the hands on type? No worries, hiring a painter is fairly affordable.

5. Cabinets

The hardest thing about cabinets might be if you plan on installing all new ones. Otherwise, staining your cabinets or installing sleek new knobs is one of the easiest DIY projects. Maybe not as fun as painting but if you're an avid renovation enthusiast, this could be your favorite task.


Let us know in the comments if we missed anything on this list. We'd love to hear what you think.

Proud Sponsors of the Motor City Pelicans

At Inside Realty LLC, we are dedicated to giving back to our community. As a family-owned, local agency, we have close ties to our community and are proud to make a difference. That's why we are proud sponsors of the Motor City Pelicans

The real estate industry is built on helping people find their own little sanctuary. We help people affected by life-changing events everyday. Whether it's buying your first home after finally landing your dream job, moving to a bigger home after welcoming your first child, or downsizing because the kids have finally left the nest - we are here to help. For us, giving back is a natural extension of what we do, and we love to blend helping the community with our business.

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Open House on Sunday!

We will be hosting TWO Open Houses in Troy:


This Sunday, April 30 from 1pm-4pm.



2262 E Square Lake Road

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2244 E Square Lake Road
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It's Time to Get Excited About Tax Season!

Always dreamed of owning your own home? Becoming a home owner comes with many advantages, including tax breaks! There are many ways to lower your tax bill via deductions home owners are unaware of.

Just filed your taxes and were less than enthused? If you are a prospective home buyer for 2017 you might be unaware of the tax deductions that are available to you. We find that first time home buyers generally have many questions (understandably!) so we’ve compiled our top 3 tax tips and hints for first time home buyers below:

 Itemize your federal return

If you are used to taking the standard deduction on your taxes, it's time to switch things up! Once you own a home, it will most likely make better financial sense for you to itemize your taxes instead of taking the standard deduction. Your accountant or tax program should be able to provide you a side-by-side analysis of your tax savings with using the standard deduction versus itemizing your return. It almost always makes better financial sense as a homeowner to itemize your taxes because you can deduct your mortgage interest payments, private mortgage insurance (PMI) paid and property taxes from your total income! For most people, those will be substantial figures which will reduce your taxable income (and therefore your total tax amount owed) significantly. These deductions, especially in combination with other deductions you might be able to claim such as qualifying medical expenses or charitable donations you’ve made over the past year often far exceed the amount of the standard deduction and can make a big difference on how much you’ll owe, or how much you will get back from the federal government.

Go green and get more green back

Did you know that in addition to being great for the environment, investing in energy-saving or “green” home improvements can be great for your pocketbook by earning you additional tax breaks? These tax breaks are usually issued through a direct credit on your state or federal taxes. There are both federal and state tax credits available for some green improvements like the installation of solar panels, solar water heaters, or energy-efficient windows. Check with your accountant, or your state tax rules to find out what might be available to you.

Keep and organize all your records

This tip might seem like a no-brainer, but for many people it’s easier said than done. We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to keep accurate and complete records as a homeowner. You never know where you’ll be able to find savings, through your taxes or otherwise. Saving your receipts and proofs of payments may be what stands between you and a lowered total tax bill. Additionally, keeping track of all improvements you’ve made to your property may have tax implications at the time of sale, but could save you a lot of money down the road.

Are You Ready For Tax Season?

Find out how home ownership will affect your tax preparation!
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