John Faber's Blog Posts

What If I Wait A Year To Buy A Home

What If I Wait A Year to Buy a Home?National home prices have increased by 5.4% since this time last year. Over that same time period, interest rates have remained near historic lows which

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Home Prices The Difference 5 Years Makes

CoreLogic recently released their Home Price Index Report. One of the key indicators used in the report to determine the health of the housing market was home price

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5 Real Estate Reality TV Myths Explained

Have you ever been flipping through the channels, only to find yourself glued to the couch in an HGTV binge session? We’ve all been there, watching entire seasons of “Love it or List,”

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Housing Will Not Fall Victim To Next Economic Storm

Some experts are calling for a slowdown in the economy later this year and most economists have predicted that the next recession could only be eighteen months away. The question,

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Demand For Homes To Buy Continues To Climb

Across the United States, there is a severe mismatch between the low number of houses for sale and the high demand for those houses! First-time homebuyers are out in force and are being met with a

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Data Says May Is The Best Month To Sell Your Home In Holland Michigan And Around The Co

According to a newly released study by ATTOM Data Solutions, selling your home in the month of May will net you an average of 5.9% above estimated market value for your home.For the study,

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Are Home Values Really Overinflated

Last week, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their most recent Existing Home Sales Report. According to the report: “The median

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Existing Home Sales Reach Highest Pace In 11 Years

Some Highlights: Existing home sales are currently at an annual pace of 5.81 million, the highest pace since December 2006. The inventory of existing homes for sale has dropped

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Full Time VS Part Time

It’s no myth that full-time workers accomplish more than part-time workers, generally speaking. When it comes to real estate, wouldn’t you want someone who is dedicated to giving you their all?

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My Dream Book

The beautiful thing about working so closely with your friends is the relaxed atmosphere, always being pushed to be your best, and knowing everyone has your back. Here at Encompass, we work with a

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Why Trust Me

So, a thought crossed my mind yesterday… Why would you trust ME with helping you find your dream home? What makes me the person I claim to be? Well, I feel I have some explaining to do to earn

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Food For Thought

The housing market is incredibly hot in today’s economy. With that being said, the amount of people wanting to buy a home is exponential as well. But how do you find buyers? It’s not as simple

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Why Choose Real Estate

Why Real Estate?Let's dive in… I first became interested in real estate in High School. See, at the time, I was dating a girl for a few months and her mother had been working for Remax in Grand

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Why Getting PreApproved Should Be Your First Step

In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes greatly outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where

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The Reason To List Your House Today

Many people believe that selling their house during “the spring buyers’ market” is the best thing to do. Their reasoning is that there will be more buyers than

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Check Out This Great Home On The North Side Of Holland

If this home is not for you, here are some similar :

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No You Do Not Need 20 Percent Down To Buy

The Aspiring Home Buyers Profile from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) found that the American public is still somewhat confused about what is required to

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How To Get The Most Money When Selling Your Home

1. Price it a LITTLE LOW This may seem counterintuitive. However, let’s look at this concept for a moment. Many homeowners think that pricing their home a little OVER market value will leave

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Holland And Zeeland Need Your House

America Needs Your House!!The biggest challenge in today’s real estate market in Holland, Zeeland, and across the country is a lack of housing inventory. How big of a challenge is the housing

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Where Are The Home Prices Heading In The Next 5 Years

Today, many real estate conversations center on housing prices and where they may be headed. That is why we like the Home Price Expectation Survey.Every quarter, Pulsenomics surveys a

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Get My 2017 Home Buyers Guide

The process of buying a home can be overwhelming at times, but you don't need to go through it alone.You may be wondering if now is a good time to buy a home...or if interest rates are projected to

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For Sale By Owner

In today’s market, with home prices rising and a lack of inventory, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO).

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Why We All Need A Phil Dunphy On Our Side

Whether or not you’ve ever seen an episode of Modern Family, or know who Phil Dunphy’s character is, the concept of knowing that you have someone in your corner who is

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4 Reasons To Buy This Fall

It’s that time of year; the seasons are changing and with them come thoughts of the upcoming holidays, family get-togethers, and planning for a new year. Those who are on the fence about whether

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The Cost Of NOT Owning Your Home

Owning a home has great financial benefits. Because of this, more and more experts are growing concerned about the ramifications of a falling homeownership rate. Today, let’s look at the financial

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Do Not Underestimate The Importance Of Using An Agent When Selling Your Home

When a homeowner decides to sell their house, they obviously want the best possible price with the least amount of hassles. However, for the vast majority of sellers, the most important result is to

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Dont Get Caught In The Rental Trap

There are many benefits to home ownership. One of the top ones is being able to protect yourself from rising rents and lock in your housing cost for the life of your.

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Whether You Rent Or Buy You Are Paying A Mortgage

There are some people that have not purchased a home because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living

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Buying Remains 36 Cheaper Than Renting

In the latest Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia, they explained that homeownership remains cheaper than renting with a traditional 30-year fixed rate mortgage in the

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Home Sales Accelerate During The Dog Days Of Summer INFOGRAPHIC

Some Highlights: Existing home sales have accelerated to the highest pace since February 2007 at an annual pace of 5.57 million. Inventory of homes for sale remains below the historically

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If Your Home Has Not Sold Take Another Look At Your Price

The residential housing market has been hot. Home sales have bounced back solidly and are now at their second highest pace since February 2007. Demand has remained

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The Top Reason To List Your House For Sale Now

If you are debating listing your house for sale this year, here is the #1 reason not to wait! Buyer Demand Continues to Outpace the Supply of Homes For SaleThe National Association of’

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Rents Skyrocket To Highest Level In Almost A Decade

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) was released by the Labor Department last week. An analysis by Market Watchrevealed the cost of rent was 3.8% higher than

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Sales At Highest Pace In 9 Years

Some Highlights: Sales of existing homes reached the highest annual pace in over 9 years at 5.29 million. Inventory remains below the 6-month norm and

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4 Reasons To Sell This Summer

As the temperature rises, buyers are coming out ready to purchase their dream homes. The summer is a great time to list your home for sale. Here are four reasons why: 1.

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Jun 23 2016 Hurry Up And List Your House TODAY

That headline might be a little aggressive. However, as the data on the 2016 housing market begins to roll in, we can definitely say one thing: If you are considering selling, IT IS TIME TO LIST

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Here Comes The Housing Inventory

Almost every real estate conversation revolves around the continuous rise in house values over the last four years. Some have even mentioned a concern about another possible bubble forming. However,

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If You Are Serious About Home Buying Get PreApproved

In many markets across the country, the amount of buyers searching for their dream home greatly outnumbers the amount of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers often

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Unparalleled Trust Necessary Before Listing Your House

You and your family have decided to sell your house. It is now time to choose a real estate professional to help with the process. One of the major attributes this agent must possess is

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In A Sellers Market Is It Time To Downsize

A study by Edelman Berland reveals that 33% of homeowners who are contemplating selling their house in the near future are planning to scale down. Let’s look at a few reasons why this

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Americans Believe Real Estate Is The Best Long Term Investment

Some Highlights: Real estate outranks stocks/mutual funds, gold, savings accounts/CDs, and bonds as the best long-term investment among.

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Americans Rank Real Estate 1 Long Term Investment

The Gallup organization recently released a survey in which Americans were asked to rank what they considered to be the “best long term investment.” Real estate ranked number

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You Can Save For A Down Payment Faster Than You Think

In a study conducted by Builder.com, researchers determined that nationwide, it would take "nearly eight years" for a first-time buyer to save enough for a down payment on their dream home.

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Dont Wait Move Up To Your Dream Home Now

Now that the housing market has stabilized, more and more homeowners are considering moving up to the home they have always dreamed of. Prices are still below those of a few years ago and interest

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2016 Holland Michigan Home Sales Doing Just Fine

Some of the housing headlines are causing concern for some consumers who are in the process of either buying or selling a home. Pundits are concerned over the lack of new construction or the month

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Sales Contracts Hit Highest Level In Months

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) just announced that the February Pending Home Sales Index reached its highest reading since July 2015.What is the Pending Home

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The Top 5 Reasons You Should Not For Sale By Owner

In today's market, with homes selling quickly and prices rising, some homeowners might consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). 

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9 Out Of 10 Homes In The US Have Positive Equity

CoreLogic’s latest Equity Report revealed that one million borrowers regained equity in their homes in 2015. The outlook for 2016 remains positive as well, as an additional 850,000

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3 Charts That Scream List Your Home Today

In school we all learned the Theory of Supply and Demand. When the demand for an item is greater than the supply of that item, the price will surely rise.SUPPLYThe National Association of

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The Importance Of Using An Agent To Sell Your House

When a homeowner decides to sell their house, they obviously want the best possible price with the least amount of hassles. However, for the vast majority of sellers, the most important result is to

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Lack Of Inventory Challenging Many Housing Markets Including Holland MI

Going into the 2016 spring market, the biggest challenge the real estate industry has is the lack of available housing inventory for sale. Here are a few experts and their thoughts on the subject

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The Main Reason To Use A Professional When Selling Your House

Every homeowner hopes to accomplish five goals when selling their home:1. Sell it for the best price2. Sell it within a predetermined time3.Sell it with the least amount of hassles4.Close on

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The REAL Reasons Americans Buy A Home

We often talk about the financial reasons why buying a home makes sense. But often, the emotional reasons are the more powerful, or compelling reasons.The top 4 reasons to own a home cited by

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Properties With Acreage

I have had several clients lately asking for homes with acreage. So here is a link that will bring you right to properties in Ottawa and Allegan Counties that have 5 acres or more:http://goo.gl

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Merry Christmas And Happy New Year

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a happy, successful New.

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The Finest Luxury Real Estate In The Holland Area

Since it was incorporated in the 1860s, the Holland, Michigan area has been a long time favorite among vacationers, seasonal residents, and upscale home buyers with a preference for Michigan

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Thanks For The Appointment

Thanks for inviting me into your home to view the laptop you wanted to sell. I do apologize for the scare I gave you when I took it (and your purse).Did you know that some large U.S. cities are

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Tag Youre It

Where are you? When you use popular geo-tracking apps, such as FourSquare and Glympse, I might know if you’re not home. Web sites such as www.pleaserobme.com help me keep track of your

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Getting Carried Away

Many thanks for putting your valuables into an easy-to-carry safe that I could carry right out your back door. (Nice jewelry, and thank you for the cash!) You may want to invest in a wall safe,

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Dear BFF

Thanks for alerting a professional acquaintance of mine via your social network that you were away for the week in Puerto Vallarta, having the time of your life. Me? I enjoyed a very relaxing

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Bad Reflection On You

You’d be surprised how many home owners position a mirror in their entry hall so I can see from a window if the alarm system is armed. (Yours wasn’t, but I’m guessing you know that by now!)

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The Telltale Grass

Wow, isn’t it amazing how fast the grass grows these days? I swung by now and then and noticed your lawn was uncut, newspapers were piling up on the front steps, and your shades were always

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Su Casa Es Mi Casa

I was sincerely relieved to find your back door was a plain wood-panel door. I had no trouble kicking it in (my knees appreciate how easy that was!) Imagine how silly I felt when I discovered that

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Dear Can Not Get Around To It

Recently, I noticed you hadn’t trimmed trees and shrubs around your home, so I knew I’d have a wonderful place to hide while I worked to break into your home. I really can’t thank you enough

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Loved Your Trash

Can’t tell you how much fun I have driving around neighborhoods on trash day (especially after big gift holidays) when the empty boxes on the curb reveal what wonderful new toys you have. Your

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10 Things A Burglar Doesnt Want You To Know

You come home to an open front door, a ransacked house, and missing valuables. How did a burglar know you’d be gone? How did they get in?In these 10 thank-you notes, your friendly neighborhood

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Jul 31 2015 Waukazoo Woods And Marigold Woods In Holland Michigan

Waukazoo Woods and Marigold Woods in Holland MichiganWaukazoo Woods and Marigold Woods are neighborhoods situated about three miles from the city of Holland. Waukazoo Woods and Marigold Woods

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