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$375,000 :: 930 WOODLEA ST, Birmingham MI, 48009

3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 1,719 sq ft
Lot Size: 10,454 sq ft
Added: 07/18/17, Last Updated: 07/19/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21340777
Community: Birmingham (63192)
Tract: MEYERING LAND CO’S BIRMIN
Status: Active

Phenomenal opportunity on a private dead end street. A rare opportunity to own in a desirable neighborhood at an affordable price. This modern-contemporary quad level home is conveniently located a short distance from schools, parks and downtown Birmingham. Tons of natural light showcases the private backyard. This home will NOT last long!

Listed with Signature Sotheby’s International Realty


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5 Movie Homes in Real Life

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Movie fans, looking to lurk around some of your favorite film locations? You’re not alone. Stalking cinema hot spots is an obsession for many, and we’re no exception. Below are five iconic movie homes in real life.

Gone Girl’s Missouri New Build

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Much of 2014’s nail-biting thriller “Gone Girl” (based on the best-selling novel of the same name) took place in this massive Missouri new build. The home used in the film is truly located in Missouri—a Hollywood rarity. The five-bedroom, six-bathroom home stretches over 4,413 square feet and was last estimated at $559,528.

Cher Horowitz’s Mega Mansion

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This Los Angeles home has been featured in several Hollywood productions, but in one of its most well-known appearances, it served as the setting for Cher Horowitz’s lux pad in the cult darling “Clueless.” With that famous staircase (perfect for kissing your step brother), seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, this private palace is a cinema gem in Encino. The home, currently off-market, has an estimated value of $4,649,217.

Pulp Fiction’s Seedy Drug Den
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Quentin Tarantino fans likely remember Lance’s low-lying ranch home in “Pulp Fiction.” Most infamous for the scene in which Lance resuscitates Uma Thurman—er, I mean Mia Wallace—after her drug overdose, this Los Angeles home has two bedrooms, one bathroom, and was most recently valued at $700,318.

The Tenenbaums’ Harlem Home
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Wes Anderson fans can rejoice at the sight of this Harlem townhouse, the location of the Tenenbaums’ family home in his 2001 gem “The Royal Tenenbaums.” With four bathrooms and no listed bedroom count, Anderson and co. apparently rented the home for six months during production. The home is currently valued at $4,286,169.

A Home to Crash a Wedding In
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This gorgeous waterfront Maryland property, featured in the 2005 comedy hit “Wedding Crashers,” is actually an inn, so while you can’t live in the home Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn debauched in, you can pay to stay. The Greek Revival, built in 1816, overlooks the Chesapeake Bay and was originally used as a private residence.

*All estimates are based on Zillow at the time of publication.

Zoe Eisenberg is RISMedia’s senior content editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at zoe@rismedia.com.

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$229,900 :: 1113 N OLD WOODWARD Avenue, Birmingham MI, 48009

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2 beds, 2 baths
Home size: 1,209 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 07/17/17, Last Updated: 07/17/17
Property Type: Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
MLS Number: 217061787
Community: Birmingham
Tract: WOODWARD PLACE CONDO
Status: Active

Sharp updated ranch condo in the gated community of Woodward Place. Located in the hot north end of Birmingham this well located unit is just walking distance to all the restaurants and shops downtown has to offer. Great Kitchen with granite counters,maple cabinets,newer appliances and breakfast bar.Very nice open floor plan freshly painted with a huge living room with crown molding and a private balcony to enjoy those summer nights. Enjoy a large master suite with private bath and walk-in closet. 2nd bedroom has custom closet and adjacent full bath. Private park, in-unit laundry, assigned carport and secured storage space in the basement. Hurry this a great unit in a super location and it won’t last long at this price.

Listed with Max Broock, REALTORS®-Birmingham


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Gen X Homeowners Lag Behind in Building Equity, Showing Scars from Housing Crash

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How to Avoid High Auto Insurance Premiums

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High insurance premiums are a reality for many consumers, but they needn’t be for all consumers. High premiums are sometimes paid for by consumers who don’t realize they’re paying for them. Other people who overpay have no idea they have the power to lower their premiums using a number of tried and true techniques. It’s not impossible to find lower car insurance premiums, but it’s also not something most people know how to do without a little guidance. These tips can help you avoid paying high premiums, save you money, and make your life just a little more affordable.

Check Your Credit
The most important thing you can do before you sign any insurance contract is check your credit. Most insurance agencies use your credit to determine your risk as a customer. If your score is low, they figure you’re a risky customer. They think you’re more likely to file claims you can’t afford to handle on your own, and they charge you more than they charge other consumers. Now is the time to check your score, figure out if there are any mistakes on it you can fix to help raise it, and then apply for new insurance premiums.

Don’t Drive a Risky Car
It all depends on what you drive if you want to avoid high premiums. You’re going to get the best rates on newer cars that are large and filled with safety features. You’re also going to see better rates on cars that have easy-to-find parts, that hold their value well, and that aren’t sporting big engines that use a lot of power. It’s better to drive a safe car than a sports car.

Know the Crime Rate
There’s not a lot you can do about where you live, but you should know it can affect your premiums. If you’re shopping for a new home, check the crime rate to see if it’s high or low. People who live in areas with a high crime rate pay more. This is because they are more likely to see damage occur to their car in the form of vandalism or theft, and they’re more likely to get into an accident with someone who doesn’t have insurance of their own if the neighborhood isn’t as financially stable as others.

Know What You Need
Cheap auto insurance is entirely possible to have if you know what kind of coverage you need. If you drive a brand-new car, you need a lot more coverage than someone who drives an older car. If you drive a car that’s paid in full, you might not need as much insurance as someone who has a car with a loan on it. It’s all dependent on what you drive and if it’s paid for. Lowering your coverage to complement your needs is a good way to save money and avoid paying high premiums.

Know How to Pay
Did you know you can lower your premiums by allowing your insurance company to automatically debit your fee each month from your bank account? When they feel they’re more likely to get paid, they’re going to offer you a discount. When you pay your premium up front rather than paying monthly, you’re also eligible for bigger discounts. Know what you can save when you pay up front, and you might just avoid a much higher deductible.

Where you live and several other factors all play into what you pay for car insurance, and you should know these things in advance. It’s easier to save money on insurance when you’re aware of what you’re looking for and which factors affect your rates. Ask what discounts you get with your policy, and don’t be surprised when your agent begins listing what you might qualify to receive for being a long-time customer.

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Hot Home Trend to Watch: The Two-Toned Kitchen

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Two-toned colored kitchens are gaining popularity this year. White and gray painted cabinets are dominating kitchen color schemes, according to the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends survey conducted by the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

Particularly gray-toned kitchen cabinets are seeing a surge in popularity lately.

Other colors are getting mixed in too, adding a little more pizzazz to kitchen design. For example, the surrounding kitchen cabinets may be white and then the center island may feature gray cabinets. Or, white cabinets may be on the top and then gray cabinets on the bottom.

Other materials are getting mixed in the kitchen too. The combinations, however, are mostly muted and simple. “Clean lines with no fussy moldings or trims,” one NKBA survey respondent said. “White kitchens are never going away, but I’ve recommended mixed countertop materials, mixed cabinet colors and frequently use lots of light/dark materials for contrast.”

That said, for the more daring, blue or black-toned cabinets as well as high-gloss finishes are gaining popularity in kitchen designs too, according to NKBA’s survey.

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$424,900 :: 863 KNOX ST, Birmingham MI, 48009

4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,091 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 07/15/17, Last Updated: 07/16/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21339699
Community: Birmingham (63192)
Tract: H A POPPLETON’S ADD
Status: Active

Wonderful Craftsman style home in sought after Poppleton Park neighborhood. This Birmingham location is fabulous! Close to the heart of town, with parks, shopping, ice cream and restaurants a short distance away. The home offers a welcoming foyer that leads to a spacious living room, dining room, family room and kitchen with 9 foot ceilings. The updated master suite has vaulted ceilings and private master bath with jetted tub and large shower area. Many updates to home including a newer furnace, updated electrical service and hot water heater. Located on a 60 foot wide lot, the home is ideal for a front entry garage and future expansion. Updated value!!! Seller Concession offered at closing for 2nd floor bath $5,900.00

Listed with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices HWWB


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$424,900 :: 863 KNOX ST, Birmingham MI, 48009

4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,091 sq ft
Lot Size: 6,969 sq ft
Added: 07/15/17, Last Updated: 07/16/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21339699
Community: Birmingham (63192)
Tract: H A POPPLETON’S ADD
Status: Active

Wonderful Craftsman style home in sought after Poppleton Park neighborhood. This Birmingham location is fabulous! Close to the heart of town, with parks, shopping, ice cream and restaurants a short distance away. The home offers a welcoming foyer that leads to a spacious living room, dining room, family room and kitchen with 9 foot ceilings. The updated master suite has vaulted ceilings and private master bath with jetted tub and large shower area. Many updates to home including a newer furnace, updated electrical service and hot water heater. Located on a 60 foot wide lot, the home is ideal for a front entry garage and future expansion. Updated value!!! Seller Concession offered at closing for 2nd floor bath $5,900.00

Listed with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices HWWB


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Survey: Housing Came out on the Other Side—Mortgage Market, Not So Much

Most homeowners are content with the current status of the housing market, believing not only that they made a smart choice by owning, but also that conditions in their area have gotten better since the recession, according to the results of a new survey.

Ninety-one percent of homeowners and 83 percent of renters surveyed recently by Digital Risk perceive homeownership as “a good investment,” with 87 percent of homeowners seeing their home’s value hold or rise—some more than 20 percent.

Homeowners believe there is room for improvement, however, when it comes to obtaining a mortgage. Although 75 percent of those surveyed report that they supported “efforts over the past decade to make the mortgage process safer and more consumer-friendly,” just 22 percent of homeowners and 13 percent of renters think progress has been made.

“There’s no question that the housing sector continues to be a major driver of growth and recovery in the U.S. economy,” says Jeff Taylor, co-founder and managing director of Digital Risk. “It’s important to remember how far we’ve come in a decade. The fact that the American Dream of owning a home is once again considered a smart investment suggests the housing market has years of strong performance ahead of it—provided that more borrowers clearly understand the criteria and ‘pathway’ to obtaining a mortgage.”

“It’s no secret that Americans support a healthy housing market with clear rules and procedures,” says Rose Bogan, senior vice president of Governance, Risk and Compliance at Digital Risk. “Still, lenders and borrowers alike recognize that consumer protections can be accomplished in a more straightforward, efficient way. The challenge moving forward is for lenders to smartly use technology and procedures to adapt to shifting regulatory requirements as seamlessly as possible.”

Source: Digital Risk, LLC

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Survey: Housing Came out on the Other Side—Mortgage Market, Not So Much

Most homeowners are content with the current status of the housing market, believing not only that they made a smart choice by owning, but also that conditions in their area have gotten better since the recession, according to the results of a new survey.

Ninety-one percent of homeowners and 83 percent of renters surveyed recently by Digital Risk perceive homeownership as “a good investment,” with 87 percent of homeowners seeing their home’s value hold or rise—some more than 20 percent.

Homeowners believe there is room for improvement, however, when it comes to obtaining a mortgage. Although 75 percent of those surveyed report that they supported “efforts over the past decade to make the mortgage process safer and more consumer-friendly,” just 22 percent of homeowners and 13 percent of renters think progress has been made.

“There’s no question that the housing sector continues to be a major driver of growth and recovery in the U.S. economy,” says Jeff Taylor, co-founder and managing director of Digital Risk. “It’s important to remember how far we’ve come in a decade. The fact that the American Dream of owning a home is once again considered a smart investment suggests the housing market has years of strong performance ahead of it—provided that more borrowers clearly understand the criteria and ‘pathway’ to obtaining a mortgage.”

“It’s no secret that Americans support a healthy housing market with clear rules and procedures,” says Rose Bogan, senior vice president of Governance, Risk and Compliance at Digital Risk. “Still, lenders and borrowers alike recognize that consumer protections can be accomplished in a more straightforward, efficient way. The challenge moving forward is for lenders to smartly use technology and procedures to adapt to shifting regulatory requirements as seamlessly as possible.”

Source: Digital Risk, LLC

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