Marc Lagrois


Fall 2018
My Latest News and Tips

Notary Services
I’m now commissioned as a Notary Public.  I’m available to notarize documents for my clients- past and present- at no charge.  If you need to have any kind of document notarized, just give me a call. 
New Phone Number
I’ve changed to a new cell phone carrier and I have a new number:  248-509-4531.  
Please add this number to your contacts.  I’ve retained my old number and can still be reached at 586-488-7550.  

Are those online home value estimators accurate?
I'm frequently asked about on-line value estimators from real estate websites like Zillow... how accurate are they?  Well, these estimates are based on algorithms that use only publicly available information, such as the most recent sales price of the home, the change in property values, and recent sales prices in the area.  Since the estimates do not consider specific features of a home, such as whether it has an updated kitchen or finished basement, they can be off by quite a bit.  For this reason, they can be a useful guideline, but should not be used to make any important decisions – such as whether to sell and for what price.
If you’re curious about value of your home, just let me know.  I’m always available to give you an updated market analysis.  Importantly, I can also offer advice on things you can do to maximize value and to help you get the most for your house if or when you decide to sell.  
Staging Your Home for a Successful Sale
We’re pleased to announce that my wife and real estate partner, Kyle, is now a Certified Professional Property Staging Consultant.  She offers complimentary services to our clients. If you want some advice about preparing your home for the market, just let us know. Kyle will show you what you can do to help make buyers fall in love in love with your house!  
While every home is different, there are 5 key steps to staging that apply to all homes:
  1. Declutter: A cluttered house feels smaller, get rid of unwanted items before you put your house on the market.
  2. Clean:  A house that is sparkling clean and smells great will always be more appealing to buyers.
  3. Repair: Simple problems can sometimes seem like a big deal to potential buyers.  Make those minor repairs now and avoid buyer concerns down the road.
  4. Neutralize: Neutral paint and décor can help the buyer to mentally “move in” into your house and help improve the appeal of property photos. We can help you choose paint colors.
  5. Enhance: Look for small touches that can make your home stand out, such as potted plants on your porch, accent pillows on chairs or couches, or plush towels in the bath.
Local Business Showcase:  Main Street Billiards
This is one of my favorite ways to spend the evening…playing billiards with my sons at Main Street Billiards in Rochester.  It’s a fun to unwind.  The people are really friendly and place has a great ambience. They open at 5pm every day and if you get there early, you can usually get a table (weekends, especially during the holiday season, can sometimes get busy).  The food is pretty tasty, with burgers, wings, sandwiches, etc. and they have a full bar.  Click here to visit their website.
 Location: 215 S. Main St., Rochester, MI 48307. 
Getting Rid of Hazardous Waste
Items like fertilizers, weed killer, and paint have to be disposed of properly and most trash haulers won’t accept them.  So what do you do? In Oakland County, you can use the NoHaz Waste program (Click here for upcoming dates). Macomb County has a similar program (Click here for details).
Upcoming Events
The end of summer doesn’t mean the end of fun things to do!  Here are some upcoming events in our area that you might want to check out:
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