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Cover DesignLand Contract Homes in Michigan are a popular interest topic for many home owners who are struggling with credit problems.  The desire to get into a home of their own can often lead them to exploring the option of buying a home on land contract.  In January I have released a new book on the subject entitled: ‘Land Contract Homes: The Top 10 Mistakes Home Buyers Make… And How to Avoid Them!

The book is available in both paperback and as an eBook format.  If you would like to purchase a paperback edition, click here.  If you would like to download a copy on Kindle, click here.

The book goes into details about the top 10 mistakes home buyers make, and how they can complicate or put at risk a person’s investment when paying for a home on land contract.  Land Contract Homes in Michigan are popular because it is a permissible form of financing permitted in the state, and a land contract is treated much like a mortgage is in the legal system.

This book was inspired by the follow up calls I received after I wrote my first two books on this subject: Understanding Land Contract Homes: In Pursuit of the American Dream and Land Contract Homes for Investors.  Both book covered the subject of land contract homes, but there was a need to explain in simpler terms the basic errors that home buyers were making that were the nature of the calls and emails I received.  I put this book together to help answer questions on these main points that continued to come up.

So if you are interested in learning more about the subject of land contract homes in Michigan, I suggest you get a copy of the book as it is now available.  I wish you the best of luck with you home buying.

Home Values Improving

Home values are improving in Calhoun County MI.

Well the New Year is finally here and the holidays are officially brought to a close for another season.  Looking ahead to 2014 as a Realtor I can tell you is an exciting one.  Property values are beginning to improve as we have seen over the last 1-2 years, and this is good news for sellers.

The interest rates are still low, which is also good news for home buyers.  The rise in property values is expected to continue through the year, which should create more of an urgency for new home buyers to take advantage of the opportunities to become a home owner in 2014.

So as a Realtor, I am optimistic that we will see a lot of activity in the real estate market this coming year.  Here are some interesting statistics from the Multiple Listing Service regarding Calhoun County home sales:

In 2012, there were a total of 1481 homes sold in Calhoun County with an average medium sales value of $79,948.

In 2013, there were a total of 1544 homes sold in Calhoun County with an average medium sales value of $95,123!

This means there was an increase of 5% in number of homes sold, with an increase of 16% in medium home sales values if one compares the two years.

This is the first increase of this size in a long time, as the medium home value in 2011 was $79,998, just $50 more than in 2012.

All of these indicators point to an improving marketplace for real estate and home values, which makes for a great positive outlook for 2014.

In my travels through the rural communities in the past few weeks, I had to go to a small township just Southeast of Coldwater.  It  is a small community called ‘California’ and it has a population of about 900 people, and a small town called ‘Ray’ as part of it which actually sits on the Michigan-Indiana State line.  I have traveled to a lot of rural communities in the past several years, but the sign below caught my attention.  I had to take a picture, just to mix up everyone’s geography,

California, Michigan

Geese enjoying a morning nap on the ice in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Geese enjoying a morning nap on the ice in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Going out on an icy pond can be dangerous for humans, but nothing would stop a goose.  I was at a park a few weeks back and took the photo below of some geese napping on the ice near the edge of where the water meets the ice.  There was a lot of activity with other birds going on nearby, but they appeared to be undisturbed by all the commotion.  Enjoying a morning snooze.

Sometimes when you are looking for a special photo, you come across something that is unusual that you have to take a picture of.  I went by a park near downtown Battle Creek one morning on the way to work, and made a point to stop for a few minutes. It was around 8:30 am, and the pond was icy and partially frozen.  Still, despite the ice, the ducks and geese were out enjoying the water protected by their down feathers.

I took this shot of a group of Mallard ducks, and thought the color and contrast were dynamic, but also the transition between the ice and water seemed to make for a interesting composition.  Some of the bird standing on the ice in the foreground with others swimming beyond, along with the seamless transition between water and ice somewhat confuses the eye for a moment.

Ducks & geese swimming and standing on the same pond.

Ducks swimming and standing on the same pond.

Two years ago I went to a Battle Creek Revolution Hockey game in downtown Battle Creek. The games were fun, exciting and essentially good ol’ aggressive hockey. Since then the league that this team played in has changed, and it has been replaced by a different one. I have not been to a game with the new league. However, I thought today I would dig up this old video I had made and share it on my blog. The new league plays in the same rink downtown. I hope you enjoy hockey!

I was in the town of Nashville, Michigan recently and came across this United Methodist Church sign that I thought inspirational enough to take a photo of and share.  Sometimes I come across church sign messages that are witty, clever and heart warming and I have to stop and take a picture.  The messages vary, but the intention of attracting drivers by remains.  This one captured my attention.

Church sign in Nashville, Michigan

Church sign in Nashville, Michigan

I sometimes drive to other local communities around Battle Creek to take photos of homes for clients. A few weeks ago I was in Nashville, Michigan which is about a 30 minute drive North of Battle Creek up M-66 Hwy.  This town consists of roughly 1600 residents according to the recent Census, and historically it was founded as a Mill town in the mid-1800’s.  By the 1920’s it had become a major railroad stop at the halfway point between Grand Rapids and Jackson, Michigan.  Today it is mostly a farming community, and a lot of residents commute to other areas.

There are some very nice homes in good condition in this area, and many display some very nice architecture.  I took a few photos as I was driving around in my recent visit, and thought I would share these here.

Architecture in Nashville, Michigan

Architecture in Nashville, Michigan

Nashville, Michigan

Nashville, Michigan

Downtown Nashville, Michigan

Downtown Nashville, Michigan

Sometimes traveling down rural highways, I will take out my camera and snap a photo or two.  It is just something about the solitude of one of these roads when it is snowing, or just following a snowfall that seems majestic and peaceful.  As a photographer, I find certain settings after a snowfall to be such a renewal of the landscape.  It is pure natural artistry.

Snowfall along a rural roadway offers a touch of serenity.

Snowfall along a rural roadway offers a touch of serenity.

I was out in a rural area a few days ago, and paused on this railroad track to take this photo.  The snow had been falling off and on all morning, and the serenity of the moment caught my attention on this early morning.  Railroad tracks to me are such an important representation of the strength in America.  When one considers all the million tons of goods, products and general commerce that is delivered across these rails every year, it is staggering.  Not to mention the transportation of people throughout history.  There is something quite magical about this view.

Railroad tracks in winter are beautiful.

Railroad tracks in winter are beautiful and inspirational.

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    I recently released my newest eBook entitled: The Art of Sales Management: Lessons Learned on the Fly.  It is a project that I began to formulate as an idea fifteen years ago, and finally took time to put it together as an entire subject in one book.  The book covers lessons I learned as a Sales Manager spanning four decades."Salespeople are among the m […]
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