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Clarkston MI boasts an excellent location with I-75 intersecting the township twice – M-15 and again at Sashabaw. It is the fourth largest township in Oakland County with a population of approximately 32,000 residents. Independence Township can be characterized as a growing residential community. Shopping centers and professional services have sprung up along the main thoroughfares to provide all local conveniences. Listed in the Michigan National Features Inventory are the extant buildings of the old Henry Ford farm used for testing tractors. Independence Oaks County Park, DTE outdoor music theatre, the Pine Knob ski area and an extensive public recreation program provide recreational opportunities.

Clarkston has a downtown business district which has been designated a national Historical Site. The charm of the downtown conveys a nostalgia and picturesque setting that everyone enjoys. With numerous homes on the historical register, the City of the Village of Clarkston is a lively small town surrounded by a rapidly growing area.

In the 1990’s and early 2000’s the Clarkston area (Clarkston, Independence Township and Springfield Township) was just booming. New construction was going in, lake cottages were re-built into large year ’round homes. Prices soared. Then the economy tanked and like every place else, Clarkston was hit. We have had and still have our share of foreclosure and short sales. Prices tumbled.

The good newsPrices are on the rise as the amount of distressed sales have been declining.


More good news– All those beautiful subdivisions that were created during the good times are still there and between the low prices and the even lower interest rates, homes in those neighborhoods have become more affordable. Area amenities that always come with growth are still there. And the physical location is still great as far as access to expressways to go to Detroit, Flint, Auburn Hills, Troy, etc. The proximity to state and county land. City and township parks. Lakes for both fishing and playing with public access for both beach and boats. Shopping, eating, just about anything one can ask for in a home town.

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Independence Oaks County Park Clarkston MIIndependence Oaks County Park, Clarkston MIOffers Something for Everybody Year ‘Round

The last couple summers I took my continuing education (6 hours/year for license renewal) at Independence Oaks County Park with another real estate office. There is no better way to learn dry legal updates than in the middle of 1100 acres overlooking a lake.

Independence Oaks County Park is located at 9501 Sashabaw Rd, Clarkston MI about 2 /12 miles north of I-75 exit 89.

Independence Oaks consists of 1088 acres with 68 acre Crooked Lake, about 10 miles of marked natureindependence oaks county park clarkston mi and ski trails, overnight camping area, boat launch (non motorized boats) and boat rental. Picnic areas, ball field, sand volleyball courts, playground. horseshoe pits…

For the bird lover Independence Oaks boasts an extensive bluebird trail and from March through August you have a good chance of seeing both bluebirds and tree swallows. More than 150 species of birds have been sighted here.

Independence Oaks also offers restrooms with flush toilets as well as port-a-johns.

independence oaks county park clarkston miThe Lewis E. Wint Nature Center offers exhibits and year-round educational programs conducted by park naturalists. The Cohn Amphitheater accommodates 150-200 guests, and the Rubach Sensory Garden boasts a gazebo and water garden.

Independence Oaks County Park is just one of the many attractions that makes living in Clarkston MI and the surrounding areas a desirable proposition. You can “vacation” after work or on the weekends and never really leave home.

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Jackie Hawley

ReMax Encore, Clarkston MI

Cell: (248) 736-6407


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How Not to Buy a House

buying your dream homeIf you read my blog on even a semi regular basis, you know there is a major lack of housing inventory in North Oakland County and Lapeer County Michigan– specifically, Lake Orion, Oxford, Clarkston, Brandon/Ortonville, Lapeer, Metamora and Hadley areas. Prices were up last year but so were unit sales and with inventory as low as it is right now (about a 3-5 month supply depending on the specific area) it is not unusual to make an offer on a house and be in a multiple offer situation. In fact, if a home is properly priced, there is an excellent chance there will be multiple offers on it immediately. Especially if that properly priced home has the added attraction of being a normal (non distressed) sale. A listing that doesn’t come with all the headaches that can come with a bank owned or short sale.

Case in point:

Last Friday I listed a sweet 4 bedroom home in Clarkston, MI and carefully priced it so it would be attractive to buyers and still be able to appraise for the buyer’s mortgage. The listing hit the MLS with all 25 photos allowed about 10 pm Friday night. Saturday we had 3 showings. Sunday we had 12 more showings and 2 more scheduled for Monday. By Sunday afternoon we had 4 offers. All 4 buyer’s agents were informed that they would be in a multiple offer situation.

So wouldn’t you think all 4 buyers would put their best offer out there? I don’t know if there were 3 weak agents or 3 hard headed buyers who wouldn’t listen to their agents, or a combination of the two.

Let me backtrack for a minute. We have had major appraisal problems in Clarkston MI for quite a while now. And when a buyer is asking for closing costs, they are basically inflating the purchase price in order to finance a portion of their closing costs. Secondly, the sellers were asking for 45 days post closing possession because the house they are buying needs 30 days possession. Thirdly, the house is in a site condo community which means there are by laws that the buyer needs to approve.

The offer the sellers accepted was over asking price, gave the 45 days possession the sellers asked for, didn’t ask for anything the sellers weren’t offering (appliances, pool table, etc), didn’t ask for help with their financing (seller concessions),and had read and approved the by laws prior to writing their offer. It also helped that they were 20% down, conventional buyers who were pre-approved for a much higher priced home.

The offers the sellers didn’t even consider ALL asked for seller concessions– 2 of the agents told mebeat out the competition they weren’t neededbut the buyers wanted them. Hmmm- and if the appraisal came in at the net amount was the buyer going to want to re-negotiate the price?

NONE of the 3 rejected offers met our request for 45 days possession. 2 asked for immediate possession and 1 offered 26 days possession. 2 of the agents told me we could work with the possession time. If they could work with the possession WHY NOT JUST PUT IT IN THE OFFER???!!!

None of the 3 agents requested the by laws in advance of writing the offer, and even though they didn’t make approval of the by laws a condition, by state law the buyer has a 9 day back out time frame after receipt of the by laws.

1 buyer asked for the pool table and foose ball table. 1 asked for the seller to pay for a home warranty. None of the 3 rejected offers were full price after subtracting the seller paid concessions.

Bottom line– Had we not received the 1 clean offer we would not have been able to accept ANY of the other 3 as written. Even if the sellers would have been happy with the prices offered, we would have had to counter things like possession, concessions or appraised value.

If you find a house you really want to buy, write as clean an offer as possible. Give the seller as much of what they’re asking for as you can, and save your negotiating for items you NEED. And if you are in a multiple offer situation, you may need to find another way to come up with those NEEDS (gift from a parent, double move to accommodate possession, etc.).

If you would like to work with a buyers agent who will not only look out for your interest but offer expert negotiating advise when you find the home you want, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Don’t be one of the 3 buyers above who will be out making an offer on their second choice.

Jackie Hawley
Keller Williams Realty
cell: (248)736-6407

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