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by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team


COMING SOON: This Home has hardwood flooring throughout with a walk out basement, and a duck pond.  Great for buyer looking to raise/keep livestock.  Larger out building is only 1 year old.  Watch Video below.  See photos here. 


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Hurry, this one will go fast.  Updated photos and Video coming soon, so stop back often.


Tom Stachler is a licensed real estate broker selling homes in the Ann Arbor and surrounding areas.  Call us today for more information at 734-996-0000 This home has acreage and would be great for livestock, horses, cows, chickens and more along with the ducks sitting on the pond.  


Decisions You’ll Have to Make When Buying Your First Investment Property

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

Tom has been an income property manager and marketing specialist for nearly 30 years.  We have spread sheets and other helpful tools for our client buyers or sellers.  Contact us today for more information if you are looking to invest. 

3 Decisions You’ll Have to Make When Buying Your First Investment Property

Whether you’re angling for financial independence or looking to supplement your family’s income, buying a rental property is a smart investment. Not only do real estate investments create passive income, but they also generate long-term appreciation. But before you start shopping for your first investment property, there are a few key questions you need to answer.

Will you buy a short-term or long-term rental?

An increasing number of real estate investors are opting for vacation Rentals rather than traditional long-term rental properties. Should you?


It’s true that vacation rentals have higher profit margins than traditional rentals. However, they’re also more work to manage due to frequent tenant turnover.


Vacation rentals aren’t suitable everywhere, either. Unless your area attracts enough tourism to keep vacancy rates down, a long-term rental is likely a safer bet. Many places also have restrictive rules on short-term rentals, with some cities banning rentals under 30 days entirely.


If you are buying in an area with year-round tourism and laws friendly to vacation rentals, buying a vacation rental could deliver a much greater return on investment than a traditional rental. However, you’ll need to factor taxes, property management fees, and other expenses into the ROI calculations.

How will you manage the property?

Speaking of property management fees: While some investors opt to self-manage their property, most serious investors prefer outsourcing to property management agencies. That’s because managing rental properties can be a full-time job in and of itself, but if you’re a first-time investor, you likely have other responsibilities competing for your time.


Trying to juggle it all yourself is a recipe for lackluster marketing, lapsed maintenance, and disgruntled tenants. While you might not feel the effects immediately, over time this has a big impact on your property’s profitability. A professional property manager is better equipped to keep your property in good condition and your guests or tenants happy. Unless you like the idea of fielding late-night emergency calls, look for an agency that offers a 24/7 support line to both you and your tenants or guests.


Be prepared to part with some of your rental revenue in exchange for top-tier property management. However, a good property manager saves money in other ways. Not only do they successfully market your property and ensure regular use, professional property managers also give you reduced rates for maintenance and repairs, either through in-house staff or volume discounts with outside contractors. Plus, with all the time you’ll save, you can find your next rental property and grow your income even further.

How will you pay for it?

For most first-time investors, the most confusing question isn’t how to manage the property; it’s how to pay for it. Lending requirements are stricter for investment properties than owner-occupied ones, with most lenders requiring higher credit scores and debt-to-income ratios for investment purchases.


The good news is you can use projected rental income to qualify for an investment property mortgage. However, you’ll need to complete a rental appraisal, known as a Comparable Rent Schedule, and only 75% of the projected income will be factored into your DTI ratio.


Investment properties also require larger down payments — usually at least 20%. It’s possible to borrow money for the down payment, although any new debts will be factored into the DTI ratio. Borrowing against a primary residence’s equity, either through a Home equity loan or home equity line of credit, is a popular way to fund the down payment. 401(k) loans and Roth IRA withdrawals may also be used for a down payment, but investors should discuss these options with their financial planner or accountant before making a decision.


With low risk and high-profit potential, rental properties are an easy entrance into real estate investing. However, buying an investment property isn’t the same as buying a home of your own. Instead of shopping according to what you like, you need to buy based on what sells. If you want guidance in choosing the right rental property for your portfolio, reach out to a real estate team that knows the local area by heart.

Tom Stachler is a licensed Broker and Builder, a member of the Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors and CPIX Commercial Board of Brokers and has been assisting families buy and sell real estate in the Ann Arbor, Saline, Dexter and surrounding communities for over 30 years.  Contact us or use the helpful Links on this website for realty related resources and new property listings for sale and Lease, homes, condos, income property and commercial real estate are all covered by our office.  

20 Reasons I Like my RV Better than Staying in a Hotel

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

I recently began traveling in a RV which I have found is more convenient and enjoyable that countless hotels if you truly want to travel.  I am enjoying the ability to easily slip away for a Michigan Summer getaway to sites I didn’t even know existed.  Or perhaps follow the warmer weather down south in the Fall and Winter months.

After just a brief period of usage, I have found a number of reasons why this form of travel is more relaxing, convenient and comfortable. The particular brand is a 25' Leisure Travel Van FX (photos below).  I find it easier to drive, insure and fuel than the larger class A coaches, and it can be setup or moved by pushing 3 buttons and you are done and on the road in 5 minutes.  Fuel economy is 16-18 miles per gal of diesel.  With this size, the number of places available to stay are expanded as well since many resorts/campgrounds etc and most of the National Parks have a 25' or less length restriction too.  With the solar panels, generator, holding tanks and lithium batteries, the unit can be self sufficient for a comfortable period as well to park to "boondock" on free government land.  Also, while in route to a more scenic destination I can pull off anywhere (golf courses to Wal-Mart parking lots) to grab some sleep and overnight parking before hitting the road again, refreshed in the morning.  


  1. I do not have to pack or unpack at each stop
  2. I know where to find my stuff without sifting through a suitcase or dirty hotel dresser drawer
  3. I know who slept in my bed the night before
  4. I can step out the door of my RV into the outdoors, unlike a hotel where I have to go out the hotel room door, down the hall, wait for the elevator, go down the elevator and out the door into the asphalt or concrete jungle.
  5. I do not have to spray or worry about bed bugs
  6. Or cockroaches and rodents crawling or hiding about
  7. I have my own bathroom and not a public one and can find the TP in the middle of the night without turning on a light
  8. I can take my dog with us without worry that he will be accepted
  9. I sleep better without being woke up in the later hours with a neighbor in the room next door or above who is too loud, banging the wall or stomping their feet above my ceiling.
  10. If I have not reached our destination yet, I can just boondock someplace and catch some shut eye before hitting the road again in the morning for no charge
  11. I never return from a day of exploring only to find room service hasn’t made up my room yet
  12. I do not have to go further than my stocked RV refrigerator to find fresh produce and beverages
  13. I can have more than a duvet and sheet on my bed.  Do you ever wonder how much goes on top of the bedspread before it gets washed.  (not cleaned very often)
  14. Can walk on a cleaner RV floor, its my dirt/germs inside the RV, not somebody else’s
  15. You can always open the windows in my RV to enjoy some fresh air (a views)
  16. The Pillow is just right !
  17. I do not have to worry about how much to tip the housekeeper
  18. Breakfast doesn’t cost $20 per person and I can enjoy it however I chose to dress
  19. I can have my morning cup of tea or coffee just how I like it, or change the view if I don't like it.
  20. I do not have to Rent a car

Can you think of other benefits?  Please Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Happy Trails Everyone!

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Leisure Travel Van FX

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Do you prefer this view?  


Or this one?  


Tom Stachler is a licensed Broker and Builder assisting families buy and sell real estate in the Ann Arbor, Saline, Dexter and surrounding communities.  Contact us or use the helpful Links on this website for realty related resources and new property listings for sale and Lease, homes, condos, income property and commercial real estate are all covered by our office.  

Michigan Bicycle and other Trails

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

Michigan's Iron Belle Trail: Two routes, one great trail

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Michigan offers a lot of recreational opportunities.  Check out this one, The Iron Belle Trail – Michigan’s showcase trail – passes through hundreds of municipalities and crosses through 48 counties.

Using existing trails, existing networks and new connections, the trail extends more than 2,000 miles from the far western tip of the Upper Peninsula to Belle Isle in Detroit, with a route for bicycling and a route for hiking. The trail is now more than 70 percent connected.

View the new video featuring the Iron Belle Trail.

Tom Stachler is a licensed Broker and Builder assisting families buy and sell real estate in the Ann Arbor, Saline, Dexter and surrounding communities.  Contact us or use the helpful Links on this website for realty related resources and new property listings for sale and Lease, homes, condos, income property and commercial real estate are all covered by our office.  

Senior Care Options and Resources

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

Check out the Links below

Some directories of facilities and resources from independent care to assisted and memory assistance.  


Tom Stachler is a licensed realtor, broker and builder providing real estate related services for over 30 years.  Contact us today for information on your condo or Home price, senior care resources and facilities in michigan.  

September Real Estate Market Update

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team
Ann Arbor Housing Report

Through August, year-to-date single-family sales are down 3% from last year and average price is up 3% yet value changes vary dramatically by area and price range. The Housing Report linked below breaks each market area down into four price ranges, making the numbers more relevant for individual buyers and sellers.

Be sure to read this month’s article which discusses the timing and extent of any upcoming market adjustments. This information will help us assure our clients why no bursting bubbles are in sight. 


Click here to download the full report

Washtenaw County Housing Report September 2019


Tom Stachler is a licensed real estate broker in the Ann Arbor, Saline, Ypsilanti and Dexter and surrounding markets.  Contact us today for Home and condo properties for sale and ask about our realtor buyer agent services.  

What are You Doing to Reduce Emissions?

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

Are we on our way to further extinctions?

I applaud the Youth in this country taking up this cause and pressuring us voters to select candidates that will take the problem seriously and move this issue forward.  

What do you think about the problems this video is calling out?  Feel free to respond to this post.  

Get Your Market Update on Washtenaw County Here

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

Watch an update of the 2019 Michigan housing market in Washtenaw County by Real Estate One Family of Companies’ President of Brokerage Services, Dan Elsea. He recaps the market and gives thoughts on the next quarter and upcoming year for the real estate market in Ann Arbor, Dexter, Ypsilanti and all of Washtenaw County. 


Tom Stachler is a licensed Broker and Builder marketing homes and Rentals in the Ann Arbor Michigan area.  Also search for properties, houses, and condos for sale in Saline, Dexter, Chelsea, Milan and the Ypsilanti real estate markets.  Check out the handy Links for Home related information and and MLS inventory access above. 

September Things To Do

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

September in Washtenaw County is buzzing with fun things to do with friends and family. The weather is cooling, but we still have some sunshine to enjoy. It's a big month with the football season starting and many other cultures and causes to celebrate.


Harvest Festival | Ann Arbor

September 16, 2 – 5 p.m. | Sutherland-Wilson Farm  

The 10th Annual Harvest Festival at Sutherland-Wilson Farm is welcoming the fall harvest season with a musical performances, face painting, carriage photos, lawn games, a pumpkin patch, house tours and self-guided building tours, a petting farm, and so much more. 

University of Michigan Football | Ann Arbor

September 1 – December 1 | Various locations

University of Michigan football returns on the first day of September! Their first game of the season is at Notre Dame, the first Home game is on September 8th, 15th and 22nd. For the full schedule, check out our PDF calendar click here

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RunTough for ChadTough | Saline

September 29, 8:30 – 11 a.m. | Saline High School  

Benefitting The ChadTough Foundation, a local nonprofit in Saline, this running event is celebrating its fifth year with a family-friendly 5K and a one-mile fun run. 

Orphan Car Show | Ypsilanti 

September 15 | Riverside Park 

The term “orphan car” describes a vehicle built by a manufacturer that has discontinued business entirely, and because Ypsi has such an important history in cars and orphan cars, it’s the perfect place for this unique car event. The 2019 show celebrates the 21st year of the Orphan Car Show! Spectator admission is $7 for adults and children under 12 are admitted for free.

Old West Side Homes Tour | Ann Arbor  

September 22, 12 – 5 p.m. | Community of Christ Church 

The 46th Annual Old West Side Homes Tour celebrates Ann Arbor’s historic Old West Side whose architecture, streetscape, history and environment are especially characteristic of 19th-century, midwestern America.

Heritage Market | Milan 

September 29, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Hack House 

The Heritage Market brings local vendors, creative makers and community members to shop and support local in the historic Hack House.  

 Oktoberfest | Saline 

September 20 – 21 | Downtown Saline 

This fall celebration brings celebrates Germany in a classic event. Oktoberfest features traditional and modern music, a festive biergarten, a corn hole tournament, wiener dog races and so much more over the course of two full days. Yes it’s called Oktoberfest but is held in September .




Football Season Is Coming Soon

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

Football season is coming up! Are you as excited as we are? We have a great calendar for you to print out to keep track of your favorite Michigan Football Team. Both University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Michigan State in East Lansing have announced the dates of their Home games and away games.



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Tom Stachler
Real Estate One, Group One Realty Team
555 Briarwood Circle
Ann Arbor MI 48108
Direct: (734) 996-0000
Fax: (734) 661-0102