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I want to start out by stating this post IS NOT for the potential Clarkston short sale seller. Short sales, and what I like to call a normal sale, are 2 completely different animals. Most Clarkston MI short sale sellers NEED to sell and are upside down on their mortgage. The regular seller may or may not NEED to sell but either way, they either have equity or have the money to make up the difference if they are upside down on their mortgage.

But this post is for the “regular” or “normal” Clarkston home owner who has at least been toying with the idea of selling for whatever reason.

If you have been thinking of upgrading you may be able to buy that house you couldn’t afford back in 2003 or 2004. You may be able to purchase that home you dreamed about back then for the same or less than you paid for your current home. And with current interest rates you may be able to upgrade with a lower house payment.

Other benefits to selling now:

  • Inventory is low which means a lack of competition. A good chunk of that competition are short sale listings and by virtue of the time it takes to get a short sale approved, a large portion of the buyer pool can’t even consider a short sale listing
  • Lack of new construction listings. Prices have gotten so low a builder can’t compete against existing homes.
  • Prices have gotten so low you may be able to downsize into a house for a very small or no house payment. Buying that retirement home a bit early and eliminating your house payment is about the ultimate in security
  • If you’re thinking of upgrading this may be a great time. Prices are low and whatever you may lose on the house you’re selling you can more than make up for on the other end. I have clients moving to the lake or onto acreage who never thought they would be able to live that lifestyle.

Other possibilities are to downsize and buy a second home/cottage. Or downsize and buy rentals for income purposes. I have one client who is buying small homes in the Lake Orion, Clarkston and Oxford areas and renting them out for double her house payments on those homes.

This is an economy where a lot of people are hurting beyond belief. It is also an economy where real wealth can be made.

Jackie Hawley, Realtor

ReMax Encore, Clarkston MI

Cell: (248) 736-6407

Jackie@JackieHawley.com

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