"We were extremely pleased with our home sale..."
"We were extremely pleased with our home sale and recommend the entire Brien team without hesitation. Elizabeth Brien knew just how to price our unusual custom home. The stagers and photographers on her team helped us show the home at its best. And her marketing staff got the word out online and in print. When we received multiple offers, Elizabeth and Bruce negotiated and advised but left final decisions to us. The highly professional Brien team responded immediately to every question and attended to every detail. Bravo!"
Karis Crawford and Paul Schwankl
Real Estate Tips
Buying Land and New Construction >Buying New or Buying Old
New homes typically have a higher sales price than comparable existing homes, and buyers are usually willing to spend more on a new home because of lower maintenance costs. Builders' warranties on new homes, when combined with a new roof, appliances, and major systems, usually make major repairs unnecessary and help to counter a slower initial rate of appreciation.
Census Bureau Housing Surveys suggests that operating costs are lowest for brand new homes and slightly higher for relatively new existing homes. Operating costs per square foot of living space are consistently higher for progressively older existing homes. Utility costs represent the largest factor in operating costs. Energy consumption per square foot depends on the size of the home, the insulation and quality of the windows, air leakage and the efficiency of the furnace.
New homes require fewer expenditures for routine maintenance. The cost of maintenance first increases with age, then declines, so you will generally spend less maintaining a home built before 1960 than for a home built between 1970 and 1975.
Real Estate Trivia
Where will you find the world's largest indoor waterfall?
The lobby of the International Center in Detroit, Michigan has a waterfall of 114 feet, backed by 9,000 square feet of marble.
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The Charles Reinhart Company Realtors
2355 W. Stadium
Ann Arbor, MI. 48103
Elizabeth Cell: 734.645.4444
Bruce Cell: 734.476.1103
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Office Switch: 734.665.0300
Elizabeth Brien is a dedicated champion for the achievement of the dreams and goals of her clients and their families. Elizabeth's keen ability to establish relationships with her clients, her vast marketplace knowledge,
and her focus and effort, have resulted in a significant list of satisfied, and often repeat, clients. Elizabeth has over 29 years of experience throughout the entire residential market - new construction and re-sale of homes, condos and income properties. With over $65 million in sales in 2012, and $774 million in career sales, Elizabeth Brien was again the top-selling realtor in Washtenaw County and The Charles Reinhart Company in 2012. Please contact Elizabeth for information concerning the Ann Arbor and greater Washtenaw County areas, and for assistance in buying or selling a home in Ann Arbor, Saline, Dexter, Chelsea or any other part of Washtenaw County. She'll be happy to help in any way she can.
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