March 2014

There are 5 blog entries for March 2014.


Realty Agents Can Assist at Closings

Realty agents can help both a buyer and seller at a closing. Sometimes title companies concentrate on getting signatures on the stack of documents that little time is spent on checking for errors or explaining what is going on to the ones that count—the buyer and seller. Often the closing documents are finalized in the eleventh hour. Sometimes, even the loan officer who arranged for financing doesn’t attend.

Even if the buyer or seller is represented by an attorney, a realty agent can provide valuable assistance to his or her client. The realty agent knows the history, the offers and counter offers, important factors for them in buying or selling the property, and the numbers. Common problems with closings:

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Baby BoomersTime for boomers to sell and move on? 
Anthony Volastro | @VolastroCNBC

IMAGE: Robert Daly | OJO Images | Getty Images


Many of America's baby boomers are gearing up for retirement, banking on Social Security, 401(k) plans and their home equity to keep them afloat through their golden years.

Today, boomers between the ages of 50 and 68 account for more than 25 percent of the country's population. Every day for the next 19 years, close to 10,000 Americans will reach the retirement age of 65, according to Pew Research.

The retirement shortfall this generation faces is a serious one: A little more than 60 percent of early and late boomers say they are not saving enough for retirement, according to Financial Finesse's 2013 Generational Research

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Sell Your Home this Spring  
Published: Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 10:21 AM ET By: Kelli B. Grant | Personal Finance and Consumer Spending Reporter
Springtime real estate tips CNBC consumer reporter, Kelli Grant, gives tips for both homebuyers and sellers in the spring real estate market.

Consumers planning to jump into the real estate market this spring will need to reassess pricing, whether they are looking to buy or sell.

The spring real estate market has been off to a slow start, but experts foresee plenty of pent-up demand that could heat up the market as warmer weather arrives. Earlier this month, a report from found that 10 percent of U.S. renters say they would like to buy a home within the next year. In February, asking prices

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WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — A once-iconic West Michigan movie theater will soon be no more.

Studio 28 will be torn down within four weeks, according to Steve VanWagoner of Celebration Cinema, though precise demolition dates have not yet been set.

When Studio 28 opened on Christmas Day 1965, it had only one theater. It expanded to 20 theaters in 1988, making it the largest multiplex in the world at the time. At its peak in the late 1990s, it drew in more than 1.7 million customers each year.

But the theater closed in November 2008 due to dwindling attendance — down more than 75% from peak figures — and increasing operational costs.

Since then, it has become a target for vandals.

“There’s been roof leaks. The interior has been deteriorated. There has

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1. What does your inspection cover?

The inspector should ensure that their inspection and inspection report will meet all applicable requirements in Michigan and will comply with a well-recognized standard of practice and code of ethics. You should be able to request and see a copy of these items ahead of time and ask any questions you may have. If there are any areas you want to make sure are inspected, be sure to identify them upfront.

2. How long have you been practicing in the home inspection profession and how many inspections have you completed?

The inspector should be able to provide his or her history in the profession and perhaps even a few names as referrals. Newer inspectors can be very qualified, and many work with a partner or have

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