Royal Oak MI Janet Hull and Thomas Bush    The City of Royal Oak requires no introduction to the Detroit metropolitan area. Conveniently located near several major thoroughfares, Royal Oak’s location is prime. This is evident in the steady rise of property values throughout the city. Royal Oak has maintained the appeal of a small town, while affording many of the amenities of a large metropolis. Because of its respect for diversity, the city’s composition is truly eclectic. The population represents a diverse mix of individuals, age groups, incomes, and myriad of residential home styles. Combined efforts of a proactive city government and Downtown Development Authority over the past several years have brought about a metamorphosis of the city’s central business district. Downtown improvements have included changes to the landscape that encourage socialization.

Royal Oak is the place to come to, not pass through on your way to somewhere else.

Downtown businesses have created a diverse, one-stop commercial district where customers find quality and personal service. Retail shops offer specialty items and many restaurants feature outdoor patios that connect visitors to the heart of Royal Oak. Street furniture provides convenient resting places and vantage points to observe the flurry of activity.

The renaissance of Royal Oak unveiled the city’s charm. Visitors to Main, Washington and other downtown streets experience the city’s unique sense of place and identity, unlike cities without downtown districts. This sentiment can be shared by pedestrians ambling along the downtown streetscapes that feature brick paving, street furniture, tree and flower plantings. It can be felt among patrons of the theaters, upscale restaurants, coffeehouses and distinctive shops. Visitors to downtown Royal Oak enjoy the pedestrian-friendly atmosphere and social interaction.

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Where Did Americans Move in 2017? [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Janet Hull and Thomas Bush on Jan 19, 2018

Some Highlights: Atlas Van Lines recently released the results of their annual Migration Patterns Survey in which they tracked their customer’s movement from state-to-state over the course of 2017. Idaho held on to the top spot of ‘high inbound’ states for the 2nd year in … Continue reading

What Impact Will the New Tax Code Have on Home Values?

By Janet Hull and Thomas Bush on Jan 18, 2018

Every month, CoreLogic releases its Home Price Insights Report. In that report, they forecast where they believe residential real estate prices will be in twelve months. Below is a map, broken down by state, reflecting how home values are forecasted to change by the end of … Continue reading

$559,000 :: 56507 KEN CHARLES DR, Shelby Township MI, 48316

By Janet Hull and Thomas Bush on Jan 18, 2018

5 beds, 5 bathsHome size: 3,700 sq ftLot Size: 16,117 sq ftAdded: 11/15/17, Last Updated: 01/18/18Property Type: Single FamilyMLS Number: 21390888Community: Shelby Twp (50007)Tract: CREEKSIDE VILLAGE OF SHELBY SUStatus: Sold This beautiful, custom-built home offers five bedrooms and five full baths, along with numerous luxury … Continue reading

61% of First-Time Buyers Put Down Less than 6%

By Janet Hull and Thomas Bush on Jan 17, 2018

According to the National Association of Realtors’ latest Realtors Confidence Index, 61% of first-time homebuyers purchased their homes with down payments below 6% from October 2016 through November 2017. Many potential homebuyers believe that a 20% down payment is necessary to buy a home and … Continue reading

$313,205 :: 49331 NICHOLETTE, Shelby Township MI, 48317

By Janet Hull and Thomas Bush on Jan 17, 2018

3 beds, 2 bathsHome size: 1,525 sq ftLot Size: 0 sq ftAdded: 05/14/17, Last Updated: 01/17/18Property Type: Single FamilyMLS Number: 21294884Community: Shelby Twp (50007)Tract: LANCASTER AT CENTRAL PARK MCCPStatus: Sold HOME IS TO BE BUILT, TAKES APPROXIMATELY 7-8 MONTHS TO BUILD! ASK ABOUT OUR QUICK … Continue reading