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Rated Best Realty Search Site in 2011

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


Good morning.  Thank you for stopping by as guest on our website.

LOOKING FOR FORECLOSURES, short sales and the latest MLS listings?  We recommend the following website for direct "realttime" MLS Access  click here.

This is the realtime MLS dBase that Realtors use for foreclosures, HUD and resale property listings.  It is the site that ALL other services periodically download from.  It also has a great "tool bar" when looking at details for listings that exclusively provides walkscores, ZillowZestimates, aerial and birdseye imaging, demographics, school info, distances to popular retailers and much more!  

Thanks again for visiting, and please keep in touch!

Cake Nouveau, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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

As Seen on the Food Channel


924 Packard St, Ann Arbor, Michigan

They do everything from One of a kind Wedding and Event Cakes to my favorite "Cake Truffles" .  These things are great and very reasonable.  Bring a six pack Home to your special person soon.

Check out this clip about them.  

Since we mentioned special events, perhaps its time for a new home.  Check out the "All MLS Listings" at the top of the page if you or a friend might be in the market.  Take care.

10160 Ridgeline, York Township, MI 48160

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


10160 Ridgeline, York Twp, MI

Home is located in the Saline School district in the popular Timber Ridge Subdivision.  Great commuter access to those wishing easy access to I-94 east or US 23 and want to avoid the Ann Arbor Traffic jams.

Just 9 minutes to Briarwood, this home has space and peace and quiet with top notched schools and low York Twp taxes.  

2950 sq ft

4BR/3.5 Baths with a finished view out basement, kraftmaid custom cabinets with granite counters, hardwood floors, 3 car garage and much more.  Check out the video tour above and click one of the Links above for "All MLS Listing" access or to contact us for a showing appointment.  Note the handy Chat button at the bottom of any web page too for quick answers.  

Blimpy Burger, Ann Arbor, MI

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


Blimpy Burger

551 South Division Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 663-4590

If you are in the area and like hamburgers you need to check out this classic burger joint.

I caught a glimpse of this section of one of the episodes this weekend and was stunned by how good those burgers looked with all the meat...and cheese...and toppings!  Anyway, this is an clip from the Food Network program "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives".  Check out the ordering rules below if you don't want to stand out.  Enjoy! Cool

Zingerman's Deli, Ann Arbor, MI

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



Career Focus Cafe Video featuring Zingerman's Deli in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This world class Deli that is truly amazing. A must visit for new and returning visitors.

Located at 422 Detroit Street Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (734) 663-3354

Note this firm has their own bake house on the south side of town in Pittsfield Township that is also open to the public.

Looking for Real Estate?  Check out the "All MLS Listings" link above to access the complete inventory of Foreclosures, short sale's and regular resale properties.  Click the Chat button below to answer a quick question or try the contact info above.  We look forward to meeting you.  

Morgan & York, Ann Arbor, MI

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

Morgan & York 

Fine Wines and Specialty Foods

1928 Packard Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 662-0798

Bakery, specialty deli and wine store with over 1000 different types of wine.  Great place to get picnic lunch package with nice bottle of vino.  

Great expert staff that are eager to help make recommendations. Also check out the cooking clinics.   Tell Tommy York the owner I said Hello.  

Video Welcome to Ann Arbor

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

Welcome to Ann Arbor, Michigan

Visitors and potential residents should check out this brief video clip for some sites and sounds of Ann Arbor.  We have other Blog Video's about specific and interesting places in Ann Arbor and the surrounding areas that you might like to check out when you get a moment in the "Places & Events" category to the right.  

Looking for Real Estate for purchase or rental?  

Click on the "All MLS Listings" above to get started.  

Questions?  Try our Chat Button at the bottom of any page to reach us quickly or note our contact information above.  We thank you for your consideration and we look forward to meeting you in person.  We specialize in relocating families and making their transition a fun experience and smooth process.

Use a Short Sale or Foreclosure Expert with a CDPE Designation

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

Buying distressed Ann Arbor Area real estate listings is not for the faint of heart or those wanting responses in 24 hours. Navigating through the minefield of a short sale or foreclosure takes time and dedication to find the right deals.
RealtyTrac recently reported that approximately 25 percent of all US transactions in 2010 involved distressed properties.  Bank-owned (REO) and short-sale transactions will continue to be a major part of the real estate experience this year with short sales on the rise at the expense of foreclosures.  Our present distressed property inventory is about 20% of the total inventory in the Ann Arbor Area. Check back or drop me a message for updates.

1. Is your agent trained to handle this business?
How many closed bank owned or short sales has the agent closed; ask for referrals. Do they have a CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) designation?  selling distressed properties needs skill and dedication. This means the difference between getting a house or not. This means saving thousands of dollars in negotiating or not.

2. Have an attorney review all bank addendums
Many lenders have incorporated language in their contracts that calls for a “blanket indemnification of the lender.” You forfeit your rights, so it is critical that an attorney review all bank documents and indemnification language.

3.  Knowing How to Winterize, and De-Winterize and Access Utilities
If the utilities are on, make sure in the contract that they will remain on for inspections and the house is De-winterized for the whole house inspector. Likewise, with some REO's the buyer may have to pay DTE a turn on charge to get utitilies on.

4.  Know How to Save Money and Protect Yourself 
Make sure contract language states that all contingencies will start when upon receiving signed bank acceptance letter or documents.

Protect yourself by choosing experienced an experienced agent.  I have the CDPE designation and years of experiences and references.  Click here to Find the best foreclosures in Ann Arbor and the rest of Washtenaw, Wayne & Livingston Counties with using this Great Site.

Thinking about listing you Home using the Short Sale Process.  Get started by clicking here

Good trends Coming into the New Year

by Tom Stachler - Group One Realty Team - Real Estate

SALES UP: Retail sales rose 0.6 percent in December, the sixth consecutive monthly increase.

YEARLY SALES: For all of 2010, retail sales rose 6.7 percent, the best performance since 1999, although it followed two straight years of falling sales as the country was hit by a severe recession.

2011 OUTLOOK: Economists believe that sales will continue to strengthen in 2011 as consumers start to spend the extra money they will see in their paychecks from the tax cut.

Google has a new beta online application called fusion which allows one to organize data into tables etc online.  Check out this example table providing average Home values for different parts of the country.  Good way of tracking cost of living if moving perhaps?  Click here to see the data.

Dont forget to check out our new real estate search system.  It provides Google aerials, walkscores, zestimates, demographics, school info, distances to popular retailers and more!

Best of luck to you in 2011 !

Mortgage Rates Drop

by Tom Stachler - Group One Realty Team - Real Estate

Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®). The survey results showed lower mortgage rates for both long- and short-term rates, with the 30-year reaching a four-week low.

30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.71 percent with an average 0.8 point for the week ending January 13, 2011, down from last week when it averaged 4.77 percent. Last year at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 5.06 percent.

15-year FRM this week averaged 4.08 percent with an average 0.7 point, down from last week when it averaged 4.13 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 4.45 percent.

5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.72 percent this week, with an average 0.7 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.75 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 4.32 percent.

1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 3.23 percent this week with an average 0.6 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.24 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 4.39 percent.

Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist of Freddie Mac, reports, “Bond yields drifted lower following the release of the December employment report , which was weaker than the market consensus forecast and implied that the labor market is still in a sluggish recovery. Fixed mortgage rates followed bond yields lower for a second consecutive week, bringing them to a four-week low.”

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