How to Find a Cash Buyer

There are many benefits to finding a cash buyer for your Michigan home. Best of all, there is no waiting through the mortgage underwriting process (which can sometimes take months), and no chance your buyer will be rejected – leaving you to start over. So, how do you find a cash buyer in the sea … Continued

For Sale By Owner Tips

Want to sell your Southeast Michigan house as a for-sale-by-owner (FSBO) rather than going through a real estate agent?  That’s great! When you sell by yourself, you avoid some agent fees, do things at your own pace, and list your home for a price that you think is fair.  It is important to keep in … Continued

The Problem With HOAs

Living in a community with a Homeowners Association (HOA) sounds like a dream, doesn’t it?   A guaranteed beautiful neighborhood, well-maintained yards, amenities like tennis courts and parks, quiet nights… On first glance, Southeast Michigan HOA communities seem picture perfect. But below the well-groomed surface, there can be issues that seriously hamper what you can and … Continued

Becoming A Landlord

Are you considering becoming a landlord to make some extra money?  Owning real estate is a great long-term investment strategy.  In fact, at Mitten Made Properties, that’s what we do! We buy Metro Detroit properties, fix them up, and either flip them or rent them out to tenants.  So we thought we’d share a few … Continued

Understanding Closing Costs

When you’re trying to sell a home, what exactly ARE closing costs?  Closing costs can reach 8-10% of the sale of a home. So estimated closing costs on a $250,000 home could be $20,000 to $25,000…  That’s a LOT of money! But where is that money going? Does the seller or buyer pay for closing … Continued

Ways To Build Home Equity

The financial value of owning a home is in the equity: the amount of money your home is worth, minus what you still owe on your mortgage.  Increasing equity on your Metro Detroit home means you’ll make more money when it sells AND it means you can refinance to get a lower monthly payment. Those … Continued

Setting Up A Home Office

More Metro Detroiters are working from home than ever before! And as fun as working from home can be (pajamas all day, anyone?), it also has its challenges. Maybe, for instance, your home doesn’t have room for an office and so you’re working at the kitchen table, in the guest room, or even in your … Continued

Money In The Bank – Or In The House?

Are you trying to decide between saving money and fixing up your home? Maybe you want to save money for college, work toward a big purchase, or build up your rainy-day fund. Whatever the case, you’re not the only one who’s had to choose between putting extra money in the bank or using it to … Continued

How To Resolve Back Property Taxes

Are you behind on your property taxes? It happens to more Michiganders than you might think, and often through no fault of their own. An unexpected financial crisis (hello, COVID-19), job loss, divorce, or serious medical issues are some of the most common reasons we’ve seen. Unfortunately, taxing authorities are not typically sympathetic. As soon … Continued

Relocation Regrets

Did you relocate to Metro Detroit without really know the area before you arrived?  This is often the case. Maybe you had to move here for a job change or transfer, to be closer to family, retirement, or for one of many other reasons. Your old house in your old town sold quickly, and the … Continued

Behind On Mortgage Payments?

Financial trouble can be one of life’s most stressful situations – especially when you struggle to pay something as important as your mortgage. If you’re like most homeowners who have fallen behind on payments, you’re probably overwhelmed and scared. After all, your mortgage is likely your biggest monthly expense, plus we’re literally talking about the … Continued

The Pros and Cons of An Above-Ground Pool

Summer is coming, and you might be thinking of adding an above-ground pool to your home. It’s a great way to get your family outside to enjoy Michigan’s sunny days, plus swimming is great exercise! 🏊 Having a pool in your own backyard can definitely be an awesome source of fun and a great way … Continued

Kitchen Renovations Done Right

Want to update your kitchen but don’t know where to start? Join the club.  Home renovations can be pretty expensive and more complex than they initially seem, so you don’t want to make mistakes or spend your money on upgrades that aren’t really worth it in the end. At Mitten Made Properties, we’ve been working … Continued

Evaluating Your Home’s Foundation

You might not spend a lot of time thinking about the parts of your home you can’t see. But what your house sits on – its foundation – is critical to keep in good shape.  That’s because a sinking or settling foundation is one of the biggest problems Metro Detroit homeowners can experience — and … Continued

How To Choose A Contractor

Planning to hire a contractor to help repair or update your home?  It’s unfortunate, but at Mitten Made Properties, we’ve seen a lot of Southeast Michigan homeowners dealing with the aftermath of bad contractors. Not all contractors are reliable, efficient, or experienced. Sometimes they quit the job halfway through, do a shoddy job, or charge … Continued