Real Estate Agent Russ Ravary
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Moving to Michigan

Planning where to Live

Of course when are moving to Michigan it boils down to where your job is.  Your move to Michigan and where you live in Michigan is going to be about drive time.  Most of my Michigan relocation buyers are smart.  Many have done it before.  These home buyers have planned out their move.  I would say the majority of my clients tell me they would like a half hour ride to work and 40 minutes at the most.  That is pretty smart because when there is inclement weather like rain or snow traffic slows down.  I always say many drivers forget how to drive when there is a little rain.  Sometimes drive times can double in a snow storm.  Add in an accident in a rain storm and you could be spending extra time on the roads.

I know you are busy when coming to buy a home in the Metro Detroit area, but it pays to make the drive in rush hour to the area you are thinking about living in.  I would rather see you spending time with your kids and your spouse than sitting in traffic.  After you sign the purchase agreement and close on the home you will be stuck with the drive time.  So spend an hour to drive to work at rush hour from the city you are thinking of living in.  If you would like a  Michigan relocation guide email me at  

When moving to Michigan because of a job transfer look up on a map where your job is going to be.  Then use resources that are close to you.  Ask your new HR department, or soon to be new co-workers to give you some names of good cities around your work place.  Ask friends or family if they know anybody that live in the Michigan.  ASK, ASK, ASK.  That would be your first line of research of finding a home in Michigan.

Do you want to be close to certain family members?  If so what nearby cities can you afford?  Is your spouse going to work on one side of Metro Detroit and you on the other.  Then you need to find a good city that is halfway in between.  I have had relocation clients that child care was very important.  They had to be able to drop their daughter off each morning.  We had to eliminate one city because the child care facilities were out of the way and did not open in time for them to make it to work.

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So knowing what you really need and making sure those priorities are close to you is very important.  Those clients that had the child care issue spent a week looking at houses in an area they would not buy in.  Maybe you want to send your child to a private school.  How far is that drive?  You may have a special needs child.  You may need to be in a city that has a good program for special needs children.  Or you may need to be close to the airport.  If you have to fly out a couple times of week you do not want to be too far from Metro airport.  Drive time and being able to get where you need to be is going to determine where you live in Metro Detroit.

Internet tips

Second tip I have is use the internet for your move to Michigan.  Google the cities, use youtube, and facebook.  There are so many good sites to help aid you in your Michigan relocation.  For me to try to explain each area in Michigan would be crazy.   Every city has it's pros and cons.  The affluent cities may have property taxes that are way out of your budget.  Michigan has been a state that depended on the auto industry, but now many cities are trying to bring in different businesses.  Areas like Flint, Wixom, Ypsilanti have lost major car plants.  Flint is no longer the city it once was because of the loss of the automotive plants.  So our cities are changing.  Many chamber of commerces and cities use facebook to promote local activities.  Does it look like an area that you would like?

Did you know that real estate agents cannot steer you to any one area?  It is illegal because of the possibility of discrimination.  Yes Dearborn has a high population of Arab-Americans, Canton has a high population of residents that are of Indian descent, and Novi has a high Asian American population.  If you were to ask me those questions on the phone or when I was showing you houses I could not tell you about what areas have which religions, which ethnicities, and which races.  You as a buyer need to google demographics and census reports to get indepth information about a city.  Honestly it does not matter anyway.  I do not believe having a certain percentage of any religious type or ethnicity or cultures influence the property values negatively.  In fact I believe Dearborn having a high Arab American population has given the city a rebirth.  New homes are being built and home prices have gone up.  It boils down to where you feel you and your family fit.  We have cities here in metro Detroit that I feel are gay friendly.  Even that information is available.  So use the internet to find out about the demographics of a city.  

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If you need help with your move give me a call.  I am a Michigan native and I know our local cities and real estate well.  As an experienced Michigan relocation agent I have worked with most of the relocation companies from across the country.  So that makes it even easier on you.  So give me a call today on my cell at (248) 310-6239 


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