October 2021 in Review

October Recap!

Hey Neighbor,

We hope you are doing well. How is it already NOVEMBER? We couldn’t jump into this new month without stopping by to give you a few company highlights and updates from October! Keep reading to hear about our client appreciation event, Haven Homes of Detroit, our quarter update & MORE! 


Our listings are selling FAST! 

Multiple Offers, Multiple Showings AND sold for OVER ASKING PRICE! 

Click the button to schedule a listings consultation with our team of agents.

Official Corporate Sponsor For:

Haven Homes of Detroit

Haven Homes of Detroit seeks to become a source of reliable, safe housing for women hoping to make positive life choices if the barrier of housing was temporarily removed. 

We sat down with our friends and clients Aaron and Kristen Short as they filled us in about their vision for HHOFD. 

After shooting our coffee convo video with them and helping them find their first HAVEN HOME we decided to become an official corporate sponsor. 

The Packer Group donated our 100th commission check this year to Haven Homes of Detroit…watch the video and stay for the ending to find out the official amount! 

We can’t wait to see the incredible transformation they will do to this new home but also in the hearts and lives of every person who walks through their doors. 

Quarterly Market Update

Get the FACTS…

Jeff goes into detail about the current Real Estate Market so that you DON”T HAVE TO. 

Watch this video to see if selling or buying a home right now is the best decision for you. 


Client Cider Mill Appreciation Event!

It was so great to see our past and current clients at our cider mill event. Bringing everyone together is important and sharing our gratitude for your friendship over the years means the world to us. 

We are already looking forward to next year at the pumpkin patch! 

Click HERE to view more photos! 

One Last Thing…

Our ISA is busy booking appointments! 

If you aren’t sure where to begin with the home buying or selling process, reach out to Shar and she can get you started and answer your questions! 

Text, email or call Shar by clicking this link: https://campsite.bio/shar 

Take it all in.

Love taking in the views? Tag us on social media next time @thepackergroup – we would love to see your favorite peaceful views & share them with the TPG FAM.

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September 2021 Recap

A Month Full Of Memories.

In this blog we will recap this past month and discuss our large amount of Debt, new additions to our team and fall traditions! 

Keep reading for more… 

$90,000 in Debt?

Jeff shared his incredibly personal debt story with us this month and it was so great to hear all of the awesome feedback!

We want to motivate our clients to be DEBT FREE! As a Dave Ramsey endorsed Real Estate Team, we prioritize financial freedom and encourage our clients to make wise decisions with their money.

Make sure to watch the Debt Video!

What people are saying about it…

“Amazing!!! Dave Ramsey’s system works when you follow it step by step and be intentional! We are just two months away from having no debt because of this system!”

“Great Video!! Thanks for sharing your story!”

If you have questions about becoming debt free, contact us! We are passionate about financial freedom and we want to help you achieve your goals. 

Welcome To The Team!

Welcome Shar, The Packer Group ISA. 

We are so happy to announce that we have a new ISA on our Team! Shar has been killing it and booking appointments for our team of Agents. We can’t wait to see all of the incredible things that Shar will do.

An Invisible Employee? 

We also hired ANOTHER team member at our last big meeting…well sort of.

This past month our Director of Operations, Kris Hohl – was reminded of the importance of knowing our mission statement thoroughly as an entire team and invented this new employee to hire on our team. It’s easy to get lost in routines and tasks and forget about our “Why”. It just so happens that our mission statement or “why” statement conveniently spells out the name, Chip W!

So, we welcomed Chip onto our team and into our offices so that we have a daily reminder that our values are alive everyday by the way in which we communicate with one another and with our clients.

For those of you wondering, Chip W. stands for…

Client Experience, Hardworking, Integrity, Proactive & Work-Life Balance.

Look! There’s Chip now, hard at work on his Packer Group computer!

Swipe through our core values!

All you can eat Donuts!
Fall Client Appreciation Event.

Face painting, donuts, cider, hayrides and pumpkins! The #TPGFam is ready for this fall season. 

Every year we rent out a barn at Three Cedars Farm for our past clients to come on by and enjoy all of the fun fall festivities. 

This year we had an incredible face painter from Color Carousel. It’s always such a fulfilling feeling to see our past clients together in one space and listen in on all of the new memories they are making in their homes that we helped them buy. It’s also so great to see their families grow and change and stay in their corner throughout all of the ups and downs. 


We are so thankful for another year to serve our clients and to watch our past client list grow year by year! Being a Real Estate agent is a special job, we get to be included in one of the biggest decisions our clients make. We love watching clients reach their goals and we are constantly looking for opportunities to celebrate them and let them know we care! 

Once someone works with one of our Agents, they become part of the TPG Family and we couldn’t be more happy about that. 

As we prepare for the weather to get a little cooler and the leaves begin to change colors we are hopeful that the rest of this year will be well. We are cheering you on to reach your goals and we are only a phone call away when you need a helping hand. 

Color Carousel

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Coffee Convos

We began the coffee convos series with the ultimate goal of featuring locally owned coffee shops to encourage our sphere to explore their communities and support local. Having our entire team featured in each video was also a top priority for us because we want our online presence to reflect our team and everyone on it well. We want our clients and future clients to feel like they can really get to know their agents and staff here at The Packer Group in a relaxed and laid back setting. Sitting down with a great cup of coffee and having quality conversations regarding Real Estate, as well as the individual stories and passions that each team member brings seemed like the perfect way to help people get to know us on a more personal level and feel comfortable coming to us with their questions too.

Since setting our goals we have now completed 5 coffee convos, featuring 10 different people and 5 awesome locally owned coffee shops! We are looking forward for this series to continue to grow and for our online audience to feel like they know the people that make this team so special and the unique stories, expertise and personalities that they bring to the team. Check them out below! 

Coffee Convo #1

This episode features The Packer Group’s director of sales, Jerry Yatooma and a former client of his, Brittany Ramaut. This episode was especially fun to do since it was our very first one AND Jerry got to sit in with a client of his who he helped sell & buy a home during the pandemic. A very impressive story if we do say so ourselves.

Coffee Convo #2

Design, Decor & MORE! this episode featured our home stager, Gail Silver and our Agent Jaime Jones. These two ladies were such a blast to sit down and talk with. Oh…and we can’t forget to mention that milton made an appearance too! This episode featured coffee from Crafted Beanery Coffee Cafe in Belleville, MI.

Coffee Convo #3

Our BRAND NEW agent, Lisa Enge Bird joined our team leader Jeff Packer for this third coffee convo regarding downsizing and some of the most rewarding parts of being a real estate agent. This episode featured coffee from Coffee + Cream in Livonia, MI.

Coffee Convo #4

Our favorite husband and wife duo! 

Director of Operations, Kris Hohl & Real Estate Agent, Steve Hohl sit down and answer some of our toughest questions yet!

This episode features Espresso Elevado in Plymouth, MI.

Coffee Convo #5

Realtors, Ben Cockrum & Melissa Chan sit down to discuss health, fitness and Real Estate. These two agents are constantly keeping our team motivated and driven. Their individual passions in CrossFit reflect their natural propensity to be passionate for their clients and to work hard to get their offers accepted and into the home of their dreams. 

This coffee convo features coffee from Plymouth Coffee Bean in downtown Plymouth, MI. If you are in the area make sure to stop by and have a seat on their scenic outdoor patio. 

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2020 A Year In Review

January and February in 2020 were some of the best months we had. We were full of optimism and momentum as we were headed into the spring market and then BOOM…COVID happened. 

We had basically a 2 month shut down in the Real Estate community. So from mid march through the early parts of May we were completely shut down. That impacted Real Estate in a huge way. But I’m really proud of our team. Our team looked at that time and said, “Hey, we’re not taking time off, we’re going to look and try and be creative and strategic about how to move forward in Real Estate despite the challenges of not being able to physically show houses anymore and physically be with clients.” 

And it worked. We were able to sell homes during that 7 week shut down. Not only were we able to sell homes, we were able to talk with sellers and help them have an understanding of what to expect once this shutdown was lifted, so if they needed to sell their home they could take advantage of that. 

We also looked at ways in which we could use video to communicate messages in a way that we had never done before. So we did things such as: 

  • 5 Questions in 5 Minutes 
  • Virtual Tours 
  • Launched Instagram 
  • Webinars 
  • Incorporated Monthly Newsletters 
  • & we added these monthly Market Updates. 

All of this was super helpful but it helped us at The Packer Group grow and be better Realtors for YOU. 

What did all of this work and planning lead to? 

  • It led to us serving 268 clients last year (the most we have ever done). 
  • That translated into $78M worth of volume of homes that were sold.
  • 70% of our business came from referrals. 

Not only that but we had a big change at the end of the year. We are now a premium team at Preferred Realtors Limited. So our broker is now an independent brokerage firm and we are no longer attached to Coldwell Banker. So some of you might ask, “Is that a good thing or a bad thing?” It’s actually a fantastic thing. Now we have more resources at our disposal to continue to help serve our clients, market our homes more effectively and help our buyers get in those homes more effectively. 

In 2020 we also brought in new employees. 

The Packer Group Grew leaps and bounds in 2020 and we owe it all to you, our clients, our viewers…Thank you! 

We appreciate it and we are so excited for 2021 and to continue to serve people in this community of Metro Detroit & beyond. So if you know somebody who’s looking to sell right now…Good for them! Because selling the house is really easy and we would love to use our strategies to help them leverage the most amount of money that they can get right now for their home. 

The market is bonkers, there’s zero inventory, so selling a home right now is not only a smart thing to do but it is an effective thing in the seller’s market that we’re in. 

If you know someone trying to buy a home right now they need a high performing Real Estate team working for their best interest because it is a competitive time to buy a home right now. We want to leverage our experience, our negotiation abilities and our creative solutions to help our buyers get their offers accepted on these homes that are few and far between. So, if you know someone looking to move have them do the right thing and reach out to The Packer Group.  We would love to take care of them and serve them well.  

That’s 2020 in a wrap and why we are excited for 2021! 

Welcome Home. 

Jeff Packer, Team Lead/Realtor at The Packer Group 

Check out our 2020 Market Update Video for more information and make sure to subscribe to our channel so you don’t miss our monthly updates!

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10 Most Common Things to Negotiate on When Buying or Selling a Home

Negotiations are an integral part of the real estate experience. They can also be the most white-knuckled part of the experience. But when you go into your buyer or seller transaction, knowing exactly what you can negotiate on (and the reasoning behind it) can give you not only a leg up, but confidence during the process. Here are 10 real estate negotiation items you can leverage when buying or selling a home.

10 Real Estate Negotiation Tips

  1. Price – We had to include this in the list (even if some of you are thinking “no kidding Cap’n obvious!”) because this is the biggest impact item in the transaction that is negotiable. Both buyers and sellers need to keep current market conditions in mind. When negotiating price, this is where having a Realtor who is a seasoned negotiator becomes crucial.
  2. Closing Costs – Closing costs are typically paid by the buyer and cover things like the attorney fees, appraisal, escrow deposits for property tax and homeowners insurance, and more. Closing costs typically cost between $3,000 – $7,000. If a buyer is struggling to cover the down payment and closing costs, they may ask for sellers to pay a portion of the closing costs (sometimes referred to as concessions), and in exchange may offer a higher purchase price or other negotiable items.
  3. Home warranty – A home warranty covers repairs to the home’s appliances and major systems for the new homeowner. Buyers may request one or sellers may offer one to grease the wheels of negotiation.
  4. Financing contingency – A financing contingency lets the buyers back out of the sale if their financing falls through. In a world where cash deals are common, someone wanting a financing contingency could get passed over for a cash offer that’s more of a “sure thing.” Regardless of contingency, it will always benefit the buyer to have a mortgage pre-approval in place prior to submitting an offer on a home.
  5. Appraisal contingency – The appraisal contingency states that the buyer can back out of their offer if the property appraisal comes back for less than the expected amount. Buyers are typically advised to have an appraisal contingency. If the appraisal comes back lower than the negotiated purchase price, the difference between the two amounts can become a point of negotiation that the buyer is unwilling/unable to cover.
  6. Closing Date – Depending on their circumstances, sellers sometimes want to close as quickly as possible. As a buyer, offering a quick closing date can help sweeten your offer.
  7. Occupancy/No Occupancy – If the seller needs a little extra time to get into their new home once they sell their current one, the buyer may offer to allow them to remain in the home after closing for a fixed time (typically 15-90 days). This can be negotiated at a paid daily fee (per diem). Or if the buyer really wants to make their offer more attractive, they can offer free occupancy.
  8. Repairs and updates – It’s not unusual for a home to need a few repairs. Sellers who don’t want to deal with getting the work completed themselves can list their home “as is.” Or instead, offer fixed-amount concessions for specific items (i.e. $1,000 for carpeting). A home needing lots of repairs/updates, is a good position for the buyer to negotiate for a lower sales price.
  9. Home inspection – A buyer may offer to waive the inspection to speed up the closing process, but buyer beware. Skipping the home inspection is risky business. Only consider this for a home that you’d buy no matter what the inspection might find.
  10. Furniture and Other Stuff – Love the lamps? Crazy for the couches? There’s no harm in asking for furniture to be included with the sale of the house.

We’re here to help you ace your negotiations!

Our agents will empower you with support and guidance that makes negotiating a breeze! They’ll do the heavy lifting – you reap the rewards of a satisfying, confident transaction. Reach out to us today by clicking here and let us know how we can help you sell your home or buy your dream home now!

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New Construction vs. Resale Homes

You may be looking at both new construction and resale homes. Besides the obvious (one is new and one isn’t) there are some differences between the two that you need to be aware of as you hunt for your next perfect home. Both are great choices, but which one is right for you really depends on what is most important to you and your family.

New Construction Homes

  • Move in ready – you don’t have to upgrade or clean anything!
  • If you buy during pre-construction, you may be able to have the builder customize certain features.
  • Everything is brand new, meaning costly repairs like a new roof or HVAC system are years away.
  • New homes often have many of the conveniences and design features that you have come to expect in a modern home.
  • New homes are typically more energy efficient overall and sometimes come with energy efficient appliances and fixtures.
  • New homes more than likely will cost more than resale homes, just like new cars cost more than used cars.
  • New homes are typically built on smaller lots. If you want a big yard, a new construction home may not be for you.
  • Because new construction homes are typically built in contemporary design styles, they may not have that “classic charm” that some people desire.
  • Cost of landscaping is something to consider when looking at new construction homes.

Resale Homes

  • Mature landscaping is a benefit that cannot be underestimated. One thing you can’t really buy is a beautiful, big, old tree.
  • Dreaming of a large yard to host parties, play with your dog, or build a treehouse for your kids? Older homes typically have larger lot sizes than new construction.
  • In general, resale homes are less expensive per square foot than new homes.
  • Older homes generally require more maintenance, as everything in them has seen some wear and tear.
  • Pre-owned homes tend to be less energy efficient unless they’ve been upgraded with new insulation, windows, and appliances.
  • In order to get a resale home to fit your exact style, you may need to change some cosmetic features of the home (like paint color, light fixtures, flooring, etc).

The best way to know which is right for you is to see both!

We’d love to take you to tour both new and resale homes in your favorite neighborhoods! Just give The Packer Group a call today at 734-707-7992.

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