Categories for Home ownership & maintenance

What’s New in Water Heaters?

I know what you’re thinking: water heaters? I know. But I have been in thousands of homes in my RE career and you’d be surprised how often this silent but important part of every home isn’t up to snuff. We don’t usually pay attention to w/h until they break down. ...

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What are smart vents?

When it comes to home automation, one of the more popular options for consumers is the smart thermostat. These devices can be a great addition to your home, giving you more control over heating and cooling to keep the house comfortable while keeping your energy costs in check. Unfortunately, just ...

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To renovate or not? Joy vs. Return

When my wife Elin and I moved into our home in The Crescents neighborhood in northwest Ann Arbor, we were gifted what amounted to a home improvement journal. It was a simple notebook in which we started jotting all the improvements we wanted to make when we moved into our ...

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what you can do about global warming (as a homeowner)

This post comes from the heart. Over the years I’ve become increasingly concerned about our climate and the potential for cataclysmic environmental disaster. You might wonder what any of this has to do with real estate and you’d probably be right. My sense is that it can feel overwhelming to ...

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