Oakland County Michigan Real Estate Homes for Sale

Southeast Michigan Real Estate Oakland and Lapeer Counties

Oakland County Michigan Real Estate Including Lapeer County

Oakland County MI is enjoying an increase in sales- both units and price.

Jackie Hawley
Cell: (248) 736-6407

Buyer representation     When buying a house or land in Southeast Michigan you should contact and interview multiple agents and find out how each represents his or her client. Your relationship with your buyer's agent is like a marriage. We have fiduciary duties that include obedience, loyalty, disclosure , confidentiality, accountability, reasonable care & due diligence- not exactly til death do us part but close enough! And when you find an agent you like you should stay loyal. We work hard for our clients and take our representation of you seriously. There are several pages on this site, as well as on our buyer blog about how we represent our buyers, the nuts and bolts of buying a home and strategies for buying, including everything involved in buying a foreclosure home, short sale listings as well as regular listings.

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Seller representation     We have proven systems in place to sell your Southeast Michigan home or vacant land. I am the listing agent for all our team listings and pride myself on giving top of the line service. I am very careful and thorough when preparing a market evaluation for your house. I have an excellent and proven marketing plan. And I am available. I return calls, emails and texts. I answer the phone when it rings- when I am able. I don't tend to answer the phone while with other clients; there are exceptions when I'm expecting a call or text about something urgent and can't wait, but that is rare.

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Oakland County Michigan     Oakland County MI is located just north of Detroit. The Clarkston area, which is where our office is located, is no more than an hour from downtown Detroit. During what I like to call the good times Oakland County grew like a weed. A lot of industry and tech jobs moved to Auburn Hills, the economy in general was rolling along and houses were being built. Starter homes to luxury homes and everything in between. Along with the homes and the jobs came the area amenities that have come to be expected in middle in upscale lifestyles. County and township parks and nature areas were enlarged, managed and created. Soccer fields, walking/bike paths, fitness centers, restaurants, shopping... all sprung up and are still here and still relatively new.

Oakland County MI has more than 1468 lakes, approximately 89,000 acres of public recreation land, entertainment venues such as DTE and Meadowbrook outdoor theaters, The Detroit Zoo, shopping centers like Great Lakes Crossing, countless restaurants and housing opportunities unlike any we've ever seen. Prices and interest rates are low and neither will probably get any lower than they are now.

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Clarkston Michigan     Clarkston MI is located in North Oakland County and boasts a quaint downtown. In fact when I took a photo a few years ago of downtown Clarkston and compared it to a photo from 1908 the only real differences were no street light and horse and buggy replaced SUV's. Downtown is also graced with Mill Pond and Depot Park. The townships of Independence and Springfield boast both starter and luxury homes. Newer subs with estate sized yards and lakefront homes ranging from cottages to mansions. Homes on acreage or hobby farms can be found in the outlying areas of these townships. Prices have not only stabilized but have been increasing for the past couple years.

Lake Orion Michigan     Lake Orion MI can be accessed from exit 81 off I-75 at M-24. Oakland County. Take M-24 north past the Palace of Auburn Hills and you will hit the Village of Lake Orion. Both the Village of Lake Orion and Orion Township enjoyed the same growth that Clarkston and the rest of Oakland County experienced. Lake Orion features over 4600 acres of state land in the form of Bald Mountain Recreation Area, township and county parks, public and private lakes, shopping, restaurants and easy access to both I-75 and I-69. Home prices are on the rise and both interest rates and inventory are low.

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Oxford Michigan     Oxford MI is just north of Lake Orion MI and boasts more than 50 lakes, 4 local parks, and both public and private golf courses. The downtown offers an array of unique shops, restaurants, a 6 screen movie theatre, and business services. Many village homes have historical character, which contributes to the overall quaint character of this community. The township features starter homes as well as more upscale homes, lakefront homes, golf course communities and in the more outlying areas you can still find homes on acreage, horse farms and working farms.

Oakland County Michigan Lakefront Real Estate     Oakland County has over 1468 lakes and lake homes selling ranging from cottages to mansions. Many have public accesses and some are private. All sports lakes allow water skiing and jet skiing. Lake homes are a good investment and offer a lifestyle many seek. Whether you are looking for a lake cottage, a primary residence, second home or investment please check out the lakefront homes section of this site or perform home searches customized to your own wants and needs. These lake sections also show current sales along with sales histories on several Oakland County Lakes. These pages are updated regularly and pages are added when time permits.

Lapeer Michigan Lakefront Real Estate     Lapeer County MI offers lake living



For Sellers- Blog Updates

Below are the 5 most recent blog posts I wrote on my blog geared for selling your home- http://SellingRealEstateInSoutheastMichigan.Wordpress.com and read posts in chronological order or click on the proper category on the right side of the home page.

My seller blog at http://SellingRealEstateInSoutheastMichigan.Wordpress.com is a pretty complete resource for all aspects of the home sale process in Oakland and Lapeer County Michigan with articles covering what to expect at our first meeting, how to price your home, how I market my listings, what happens, step by step, after accepting an offer and much more. 

Jackie Hawley
ReMax Encore
cell: (248)736-6407

Southeast Michigan Real Estate- For Sellers » NON Distressed Seller

Why it’s best to close on your Oakland County home as soon as the buyer gets loan approval There are many reasons to close immediately after the loan is approved and the buyer is clear to close. Even if that happens 3 or 4 weeks prior to the close by date. Seller can die Buyer can die […]

Do Oakland County MI Houses Sell in the Winter? I have been asked this question quite a bit lately. The short answer is yes. Not as many as in the summer- as you can see from the graph below, there’s a big drop in January. This is due mostly to the Christmas holidays. Thanksgiving and New Years […]

Why Zillow is a Good Thing They are well optimized so my listings get good exposure. And their Zestimates are SOOOOOOO wrong!! The first is a no brainer. Free exposure with a pretty decent format. My listings are attractively displayed with multiple photos and a good description. I can edit the photos and text, and […]

Should I stay around for the showing? Many home sellers in Oakland and Lapeer County Michigan ask this question. You should leave and I should not be there either. For the showing you want potential buyers to be as comfortable as possible. You want them to feel free to express any concerns or dislikes to […]

Home prices in North Oakland and Lapeer counties have been increasing- sharply. What you can buy for $200,000 today will probably get $210,000 or even $220,000 this summer..... If a house is slightly overpriced today won't be this summer. Not every seller has the same motivations. Some want to sell quickly. Some want to sell for top dollar and we are now in a market where patience can be profitable.

Buyers- Blog posts from my buyer's blog

Below are the 5 most recent blog posts I wrote about the home buying process. For a complete list please go to my buyer blog at http://SoutheastMichiganRealEstate.Wordpress.com and either read the posts in order or click on the appropriate category on the right side. Or simply click on this link for posts covering topics such as the purpose of the home inspection, what is an earnest money deposit, why you need title insurance, what are seller concessions, etc.

My buyer blog at http://SoutheastMichiganRealEstate.Wordpress.com is a pretty complete resource for all aspects of purchasing a home in Oakland County Michigan with articles covering how to write an offer, the home buying process, how to figure your new taxes after purchase, market conditions for various areas including my predictions about future market conditions. And of course it is a pretty complete resource for all that is involved in buying a short sale or foreclosure listing.

Jackie Hawley
cell: (248)736-6407



Southeast Michigan Home Buyer Information » buying NON distressed homes

How to make your Oakland County Michigan VA offer stronger VA offers are not what makes a seller’s heart flutter. Too many things can go wrong. In my experience you tend to get poor appraisers who are not local. The appraised values tend to come in low. One of the primary reasons a buyer goes VA is […]

Why VA for your Oakland County Michigan Home Purchase? When I receive an offer on one of my Oakland County listings, and the financing is a VA loan, my first question to the buyer’s agent is “Why?” The usual answer is “because they can” or “because they qualify” or “earned it” or some other vague non answer. On […]

What is the job of an Oakland County Michigan buyer’s agent? Many agents, and buyers, seem to have the idea that the primary job of a buyer’s agent is to get the seller to come down on his asking price. The more you can get the seller down, the better you’ve done your job. NOT!! My job as a buyer’s […]

Why Zillow is a Good Thing They are well optimized so my listings get good exposure. And their Zestimates are SOOOOOOO wrong!! The first is a no brainer. Free exposure with a pretty decent format. My listings are attractively displayed with multiple photos and a good description. I can edit the photos and text, and […]

When High Tech is just an excuse for laziness This post is NOT a criticism of electronic signatures, Twitter, Facebook… nor of agents who utilize these methods in their real estate business. This post IS a criticism of agents who criticize those of us who choose NOT to use any of the above in our […]

Local Market Conditions North Oakland County MI

Below are the 5 most recent blog posts I've written about the local market- sales data, neighborhood and lake information. You can see all the posts I've written about the local market by going to http://SoutheastMichiganRealEstate.Wordpress.com and clicking on the market conditions category on the right hand side or simply click here.You may also want to check out post about lakefront real estate, and local recreational attractions.

Jackie Hawley
cell: (248)736-6407


Oakland County Lakefront Homes for Sale

Oakland County Lakefront Home Sales and Lake Data

Lapeer County Lakefront Homes for Sale

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Lake Orion




Southeast Michigan Home Buyer Information » market conditions

Oxford MI Home Sales- Trend or Anomaly? Trend! You can see from the charts below, the average sales price every month in 2013 beat the same month from the previous year. When you compare 2012 to 2011 you can see the lines criss crossing, but 2012 prices were higher than 2011 more times than not. […]

Oxford MI home sales - units, prices and total sales volume were up significantly (2013 over 2012). Unit sales in 2013 were up 16% from 2012. The average sales price was up 21% from 2012 and up 26% from 2011. Volume sales were up almost 22 million from 2012 and distressed sales were down significantly. […]

Oakland County Home Prices on the Rise BUT Housing Is Cheaper When most Oakland County MI home buyers purchase a house they are buying under a certain house payment amount. Many factors go into that amount including home price, property taxes, mortgage interest rate. Your mortgage pre-approval is really an approval for a certain monthly […]

Lake Oakland Lakefront Home Sales Real Estate Sales Clarkston and Waterford Michigan Home prices on all sports Lake Oakland are up from last year- both median and average sales prices. More houses have sold in 2012 than in 2011 and a smaller percentage of those homes are short sales and foreclosures. There are currently 6 […]

Orchard Lake, West Bloomfield MI Lakefront Home Sales, Oakland County Michigan Orchard Lake is a 788 acres all sports lake in West Bloomfield Michigan. So far in 2012 there have been 7 sales on all sports Orchard Lake, ranging in price from $638,000-$940,000. In 2011 there were 5 lakefront home sales on all sports Orchard […]

Online Reports

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Tax Benefits of Home Ownership
Short article about the tax benefits of home ownership.
Good Time to Decide
Realty Times article about when to buy.
Do You Need It?
Which amenities are nice and which ones do you have to have? Only you can decide.
Avoiding Home Buyer Headaches
Excellent information supplied Lowes - no solicitation for Lowes products included in the article.
It's a Great Time to Buy a Home
Article from NAR's web site - realtor.org.
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I would like you to feel comfortable using this site when you are between house purchases. I won't be pushing real estate on any of the articles linked below. I just hope you will give out my name and contact info when you hear of someone buying or selling real estate. In return I will give them great service and in the meantime I hope to supply you with a one stop site for the majority of your on line reading. I've had quite a few clients who are big gardeners; a couple are even master gardeners. So I thought a section of my site with links to the best gardening sites out there may be of interest to those people. I've had other clients who hunt, some who are into homeopathic practices, health and exercise, several golfers, etc. So I'm attempting to put together a section to suit all types of interests. Please feel free to make suggestions to Jackie@JackieHawley.com or call toll free (800)401-1444. And please come back often; I'm working on this site pretty regularly.


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