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Friendship Park, Lake Orion MI

Friendship Park in Lake Orion MI (technically Orion Township) is a 137 acre park located on the northeast corner of Clarkston and Baldwin Roads. Friendship Park is quite a nice facility that is only a half mile down the road from where I grew up and would have been great to have ball diamonds that close when I was a kid.

Friendship Park features 4 baseball/softball diamonds, 2 soccer fields, a sweet play structure, walking paths, a gazebo, the historic Porritt Barn and a nice pavilion which was finished in 2002 and offers indoor bathrooms, office space, kitchen area, meeting room and an outdoor pavilion with grills.

The excellent location of Friendship Park offers easy access to I-75, paved trails run adjacent to the park on 2 sides, Webber school is just across the street and though both Clarkston and Baldwin Roads are main roads, this is not a high traffic area- at least not to the point where there are traffic jams or long waits at the light even during rush hour. Friendship Park is also an easy walk to at least one of the entrances to Orion Oaks County Park.

Hours for Friendship Park are 8 am to dusk.

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Jackie Hawley, Realtor

Cell: 248-736-6407

Jackie@JackieHawley.com

www.MiRelocation.com

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Bald Mountain Recreation Area, Lake Orion MI

Bald Mountain Recreation Area is comprised of 4 separate parcels totaling 4637 acres in Orion and Oakland Townships. Click here for map. This unique property is open to the public by permit and consists of 15 miles of biking trails, 7 miles of snowmobile trails, 8 miles of trails groomed for cross country skiing, picnic areas, a shooting/archery range. There’s a sandy beach and swimming on Lower Trout Lake. Inland lakes offer fishing and Trout Creek and Paint Creek are designated trout streams. The park is open to hunting during regular seasons from Sept. 15 until March 31.

Because of the unique positioning of the 4 parcels, you’re just minutes from state land from just about anywhere in Lake Orion. Several subdivisions butt up to Bald Mountain, and even more neighborhoods within walking distance.

Thinking about moving to Lake Orion, Michigan? Please don’t hesitate to contact me for more community information or for help finding that new home.

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Orion Oaks Park, Lake Orion MI

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Jackie Hawley, Realtor

Cell: 248-736-6407

Jackie@JackieHawley.com

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How Much Does The Interest Rate Really Affect Your Buying Power?

I am going through old listings that couldn’t sell at the owner’s desired price and through files of home owners who didn’t try to sell after getting a market analysis (CMA) for their home because of the value at that time. The good news for those homeowners is that prices are coming up in the Clarkston area and have been for the past couple years. But for buyers- if you look at your payment instead of price- prices are still very low.

As an example I just pulled up a listing I had in 2007 that was asking $400,000. At that time the interest rate for mortgages was at an average of 6.34%. When I checked the Freddie Mac web site I found the average interest rate last month was 3.92%.

What does this mean from the buyer perspective? If you would have bought that particular house for $305,000 in 2007 your payment (principle and interest) would be the same as if you were to pay $400,000 today. That’s a hundred thousand dollars worth of buying power just in the difference in the interest rate.

But it gets better!!! The property taxes on that house have dropped from just over $6k/year to just over $4600/year. That’s $116/month savings in your house payment.

Interest rates are not going to stay this low forever. Home prices are on the rise– not skyrocketing, but steadily rising. If you have been holding off buying waiting for the market to hit bottom I think we may be there- especially when you factor in the mortgage interest rate and property taxes. AND the cherry on top is the fact that your property taxes will be capped to 5% or the rate of inflation as long as the house is your primary residence. So for the example above it will take quite a while before property taxes are back at 2007 amounts.

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Jackie Hawley
ReMax Encore, Clarkston
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Orion Oaks County Park Offers Something for Almost Everybody

Orion Oaks County Park Lake Orion MichiganOrion Oaks County Park covers more than 916 acres in Lake Orion Michigan with entrances off Clarkston Rd, Baldwin Rd and Joslyn Rd. Orion Oaks boasts 10 miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking, 90 acre Lake Sixteen for fishing or boating (non-motorized boats), bow hunting, and a 24 acre area designated “bark park.”

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Lake Sixteen is just off Joslyn Rd south of Clarkston Rd and boasts and award winning, wheel chair accessible fishing dock and 120 foot boardwalk linking two trail systems. Since Lake Sixteen was stocked with Northern Pike and Largemouth Bass in the early 80’s, hopefully the fishing is better than when I was a kid growing up during the 70’s.

Orion Oaks Dog Park Lake Orion Michigan24 acres of Orion Oaks County Park is fenced and is a designated dog park which seems to be quite popular. Orion Oaks Dog Park has an entrance off Joslyn Rd just north of Lake Sixteen and features a small dog area, trails, picnic area, drinking water, field area, a newer parking lot and access to Lake Sixteen where you can swim your dogs (no human swimming allowed). There are also modern rest rooms on site.

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Access to Orion Oaks County Park requires a daily pass or annual vehicle permit which you can order online.

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Writing an Offer on a Lake Orion Michigan Home

Unless you’re a cash buyer, our standard purchase agreement contains a financing contingency. Even if you are pre-qualified you need this contingency to protect yourself. If your financial situation changes after writing the offer (such as job loss) you need the protectionof the financing contingency. It also protects you if the house has problems with mortgaging, such as appraising too low, clouded title, etc. When it comes to rural properties, the property can present many issues when it comes to obtaining the mortgage. I won’t get into those specifics here, but the bottom line- a standard contingency in the offer to purchase is financing.

Once the seller accepts your offer, their house is off the market while you fulfill the contingencies in the offer, so it is muy important to submit a pre-approval letter with the offer. The pre-approval letter will state the down payment required from you, the type of mortgage you’re getting, how much of a mortgage you can afford, and needed seller’s concessions if any.

Actually, it’s important to get that letter before you even start looking at houses. I need to know what you can afford (or what you’re comfortable with- I bought much lower than the bank was willing to lend me) and the type of mortgage you will be getting. If you are getting a rural development loan, I will know not to look in Lake Orion for example, but go 3 miles north into Oxford the houses would qualify- even in a sub. If you are going to go FHA, I would know not to show you fixers. Etc. So meeting with a good, honest, experienced loan officer, before you start looking, is also muy important. If you don’t already have a loan officer you like and trust, I can supply the contact information for one. More about that in a future post.

At the time we write the offer we also need to decide if you would like a home inspection, and what type of inspections you should get. Now some people think if they get an FHA loan that there is an automatic inspection built into that process. That is not correct. Your lender will send out an FHA approved APPRAISER who will look for repairs that FHA deems necessary, but that person IS NOT AN INSPECTOR.

If your offer is contingent upon the sale or closing of another property, we would include that in the offer. But beware- bank owned homes do not take offers subject to the sale of another property. If we make an offer subject to the closing of another property that you currently have an accepted offer on, we need to submit a copy of that offer with our offer to purchase. We want to submit as strong an offer as possible and to relieve the seller of any doubts of your ability to close. It’s much easier to negotiate from a position of power.

Other things included in the offer to purchase include “possession.” Or how long you are willing to let the seller live in the house once the sale is closed. They usually ask for a specific amount of time in the listing- 30 days or 60 days for example. After the closing the house is yours, and if there is possession, the current seller is now your tenant. They will typically pay you rent in the amount of your new house payment for any time they stay after closing, and that money is typically escrowed from their proceeds at closing. Possession is something we negotiate up front.

We also include time frames in the initial offer to purchase. We give them a certain amount of time to answer our offer. We give them a time frame in which you will make your formal mortgage application and a time frame for you to get a full mortgage commitment. We will include a time frame to close by.

For the most part, the above are the most popular contingencies included in an offer to purchase. Of course everybody’s situation is different, and sometimes there are contingencies that may be unique to your situation. I wrote an offer recently that was subject to the buyer finalizing their job transfer. But no matter what the contingency is, we must include time frames.

One other issue that is not covered above is the EMD or earnest money deposit also known as a good faith deposit. It is usually a check I collect from you at the time we make the offer that shows your “good faith.” Hence the term good faith deposit. If there’s a problem on the inspection or financing, and the sale doesn’t close, you get that money back. If everything goes just fine, and we close on the property, that deposit is applied toward you closing costs/down payment. If everything goes just fine and all the contingencies are fulfilled satisfactorily, and you just change your mind and back out- then that deposit goes to the seller.

Hopefully this gives you a basic understanding of how the offer making process goes. If you have any questions or would like to see a copy of our purchase agreement, please don’t hesitate to call or email me.

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Jackie Hawley
Keller Williams Realty, Clarkston
Cell: (248) 736-6407

Jackie@JackieHawley.com

www.MiRelocation.com 

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Thinking of buying a new home in Clarkston or Lake Orion MI? You need to get that pre-approval from your lender very early in the process. Ideally before you even start looking, and for a variety of reasons. Of course there are the same reasons as always– need to know a price to perform an MLS search. Need to know the type of mortgage. Listing agent won’t present an offer without one. All good and valid reasons.

But often times educated buyers have a good idea of what they can afford and even the type of mortgage based on the amount of down payment money they have to work with. So what is wrong with finding a house and calling the loan officer and getting a quick pre-approval? How long can that take? A day? Maybe two days? Maybe even in just a few hours if you are organized and have everything ready to send immediately?

A guess it depends on how strong of a pre-approval letter you want? Or need. Right now if you are buying in Clarkston or Lake Orion you have a 20% or 25% chance of competing against a cash buyer. The odds go up if you are buying a bank owned  home. But the facts are that 19% of all sales in Clarkston, MI in 2011 were cash sales and 23% of all sales in Lake Orion, MI were cash sales.

What’s the difference to the seller you may ask? Either cash or mortgage it is still cash to the seller. And this is true- it is still cash to the seller. But there are no conditions to obtaining the cash in a cash sale. The house doesn’t need to appraise unless otherwise addressed in the offer. The buyer doesn’t need to keep his job or be careful about purchases that may affect his ability to get the mortgage. Cash IS king and when you are competing against a cash buyer you need to come in as strong as possible- and that starts with a strong pre-approval from a dependable lender.

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Jackie Hawley Keller Williams Realty, Clarkston MI

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Bald Mountain Recreation Area, Lake Orion Michigan

bald mountain recreation area lake orion michigan trout Bald Mountain Recreation Areais comprised of 4 separate parcels totaling 4637 acres in Orion and Oakland Townships. Click here for map. This unique property is open to the public by permit and consists of 15 miles of biking trails, 7 miles of snowmobile trails, 8 miles of trails groomed for cross country skiing, picnic areas, a shooting/archery range. There’s a sandy beach and swimming on Lower Trout Lake. Inland lakes offer fishing and Trout Creek and Paint Creek are designated trout streams. The park is open to hunting during regular seasons from Sept. 15 until March 31.

Because of the unique positioning of the 4 parcels, you’re just minutes from state land from just about anywhere in Lake Orion. Several subdivisions butt up to Bald Mountain, and even more neighborhoods within walking distance.

Thinking about moving to Lake Orion, Michigan? Please don’t hesitate to contact me for more community information or for help finding that new home.

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