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Real Estate Permitted to Return to Business May 7, 2020

5/6/2020

Beginning tomorrow, May 7, 2020, real estate showings may resume. Please know that this will be done with extreme caution. With Michigan's Stay at Home order still in place, I am taking the utmost caution to protect my clients, myself, and all involved. Showings will be limited to no more than four people total and buyers must be pre-approved with a lender for me to even schedule the showing. Masks will be worn and disinfectant wipes will be used on doorknobs, lockboxes, etc... Through it all, we will maintain a minimum distance of six feet apart. Sellers will be expected to leave lights on prior to showings so that light switches do not need to be touched. We will minimize contact while still allowing people to accomplish their buying and selling goals. 

If you are looking to buy, get preapproved with a lender! Rates are excellent right now and I believe there will a flood of new listings in the next few days. Be prepared in case you see one you'd like to take a look at in person. 

If you are considering selling, call me and let's chat about how this will work. I'm not sure we'll see the "normal" we once knew for a while yet, but until then, I still can help you safely sell your home. 

No matter what, I want my clients to be comfortable. We will make sure to protect everyone involved to the best of our ability. My assistant and I will serve you from start to finish the best we are able. Allow us to work for you to accomplish your real estate goals! Call me anytime at 906-236-3750.

Benefits of a Buyer's Agent

4/17/2020
The process of purchasing a home goes far beyond the initial online search of homes you think you like. It is important to have a licensed REALTOR representing you as a buyer's agent. This is perhaps the only time that you will ever have someone work for you where someone else pays for it! In most real estate transactions it is the seller who pays commission, so having a buyer's agent benefits you in that way as well. As your buyer's agent, I will:
  1. Save you time and money
  2. Turn information into knowledge
  3. Find comparable properties to evaluate listing prices
  4. Act as your personal secret shopper
  5. Provide perspective to help make smart decisions
  6. Negotiate with experience and skill
  7. Have exclusive fiduciary responsibility to YOU!
Even now, with the COVID-19 shutdown, there is so much that can be done to help you find the right home. Call me today and I would love to explain to you the entire home buying process... from viewing homes to writing an offer to the inspection, appraisal, and beyond! I'd love to talk to you now and hear what type of home you are looking for and what your timeline is. I have tools at hand that can help with this as well. Once I know your criteria I can set you up on a saved search so that you are notified the very moment a new listing hits the market that meets your criteria. Call me today and I will help you accomplish all your real estate goals! 906-236-3750

Stay Home, Stay Safe

4/3/2020

In compliance with Michigan's Stay Home Stay Safe order, I am not showing properties or meeting face to face with clients at this time. However, I am working with my buyers and sellers so that we are ready to go when we are able to. If you are considering selling your house or property later this spring or summer, NOW is the time to discuss this! Call me and I will explain the selling process to you! We can discuss your goals and I can explain how my assistant, Karen Bruce, and I work together to serve YOU the best we are able to! Let me answer your questions so you are ready to go and know what to expect when the time is right.

If you are looking to purchase a home later this spring or summer, please call me so I can help you understand the complete home buying process. It goes far beyond seeing a house you think you like online! I can explain how it is advantageous for you to have a buyer's agent working for you (it does not cost anything to have a buyer's agent as the seller pays commission on MLS listings). In addition, you can share with me what you are looking for in a home and I can set you up on a saved search so that you are immediately notified when a new listing that meets your criteria hits the market! In a competitive market, this is a huge advantage. 

Whether looking to buy or sell, I am here to serve you. I would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have. Give me a call at 906-236-3750!

U.P. Takeout and Delivery Options

3/23/2020
As of March 16, 2020 at 3:00, all restaurants and bars in Michigan have had to close their dine-in services in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Many of these businesses are still offering takeout options and many have added delivery services during this time as well. To see a list of places in the U.P. providing this option, click HERE. Consider all the times these businesses have supported your child or grandchild's sports team or extra-curricular activity. Now is the time to give back! Support these businesses and their employees as you are able.

COVID-19 Update

3/17/2020

There are many questions and uncertainties regarding the COVID-19 virus and social distancing. As a full time REALTOR®, please know that I am continuing to work full time but am taking all necessary precautions to keep everyone safe. If you have any questions or concerns, please call me! I am happy to talk about anything you may have questions about. I have conducted video showings for clients in the past and signatures can be obtained for contracts electronically. Interest rates are extremely low right now and buyers are still out looking for houses. My goal is to help all my clients (both buyers and sellers) accomplish their real estate goals. This might look a little different and will certainly require extra precautions, but it can be done. Please call me if you have any real estate needs/questions and I will be happy to help you out.

Michael Golisek
906-236-3750

U.P. Builder's Show This Weekend!

3/3/2020
The U.P. Builder's Show is this weekend March 6-8, 2020 at the Superior Dome in Marquette! My assistant, Karen Bruce, and I will be at the RE/MAX 1st Realty booth on Saturday, March 7 from 12:00-2:00PM and we would love to have you stop by! Check out the 2020 Exhibitors and see all the great businesses that will be there.

Downtown Marquette Restaurant Week

2/28/2020
Downtown Marquette Restaurant Week is March 1-8, 2020! Participating restaurants will offer $10-$15 fixed price lunch menus and select dinner meals for $25-$30. This is a great opportunity to try something new or re-visit an old favorite! Check out https://downtownmarquette.org/restaurant-week/ for information on participating restaurants and the specials they are offering.

Congrats to my assistant!

2/20/2020
Congratulations to my assistant, Karen Bruce, for adding the Seniors Real Estate Specialist designation to her real estate license! The SRES designation indicates completion of a class that provides additional training to help clients ages 50+ to accomplish their real estate needs. It includes understanding of how to age in place, aspects of downsizing, how trusts or 1031 exchanges may be involved, and so much more. I am excited for Karen to bring this knowledge to my business so we can better serve our clients now and in the future! Please reach out and let me know how we can help you! My cell is 906-236-3750. 

Why You Should Get a Home Inspection

2/13/2020

Once you find a house you like and get an accepted offer, it is time to schedule a home inspection! A home is likely your biggest asset, and while you may feel you have a “good eye” for potential problem areas, spending a few hundred dollars on a home inspection now could save you thousands down the road.

Inspections are relatively inexpensive. Looking at the big picture, the cost of getting a good quality inspection is pennies on the dollar compared to the ultimate health of your home. You will receive a huge report covering an all-encompassing examination that itemizes every detail of the workings of your home. Most inspectors use software that produces reports which are very detailed and photographic evidence for any of the problem areas of the property. It’s better to be safe than sorry! 

Inspections can provide peace of mind. Buying a home can be stressful enough and not finding out what the true condition of your new purchase really is can only add to your stress. Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of your home is so much better than not knowing, thus giving you more peace of mind.

An inspection allows for you to get an education on your biggest investment. Home inspectors can be a great educational resource who can give you tips for maintenance and repair advice that could save you tons of money in the future.

An inspection can uncover potential safety issues. Many times, the things that could negatively affect you and your family the most in a home are issues that you can’t readily see on the surface. A home inspection can bring to light problems such as faulty wiring, mold, radon, carbon monoxide, and structural issues.

An inspection can give you a timeline for budgeting maintenance costs. Everything in and on your home has a “shelf life”.  Your home inspector will be able to give you an approximate age of major components allowing you to budget for down the road.

I always recommend buyers get a home inspection, but I would be happy to connect you to fantastic home inspectors at any time!

UP200 is coming up!

2/7/2020

The UP200 is a 230 mile sled dog race with 12-dog teams that will be held February 14-16, 2020. If you have never watched the Friday night start in downtown Marquette on Washington St, it is completely worth it! It is a fun, family friendly event that kids and adults of all ages will love! The mushers are amazing athletes that know their dogs well and have been training for this race for a long time. Come out and support them and cheer them on as they head off into the night. The Midnight Run also begins Friday night in downtown Marquette. This is a 90 mile race made of 8-dog teams. On Saturday, February 15, head to Gwinn to watch the Jack Pine 30, which is a 26 mile race with 6-dog teams. 

If you aren't available on Friday night (which is also Valentine's Day), head down to Lower Harbor in Marquette to watch the UP200 Finish on Sunday, February 16. What a great way to celebrate these teams and their accomplishments! 

Check out www.up200.org for more information!

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