In an effort to bring more voices to our blog and our customers, we will be periodically spotlighting insights from realtors around Michigan. If you’re a real estate agent or expert in the space and you’d like to contribute, click here to submit your info. The following real estate insights come from our friend Samantha Hillery, Realtor and Founder of Motus Real Estate, brokered by EXP Realty.


As soon as you are thinking about purchasing a home you need to partner with two professionals. The first is a real estate agent and the second is a mortgage lender. It is so important to choose wisely. You need to have an agent that will educate you on how to properly look at a home. It is vital that your agent has experience negotiating and can help you navigate this competitive market. It is so important that you partner with your lender and get your pre-approval taken care of before we start looking. There is nothing worse than falling in love with a house and not having your financing figured out.

Once you are actively looking it is important to be critical of the houses you view with your agent. Here is a list of the places I suggest paying special attention to driveway, roof, foundation, plumbing, electrical panel, windows, and HVAC.

The clients that I work with that have the best experiences always have one thing in common: They over-communicate their wants, needs, and expectations with me. This makes such a difference. I can’t stress the importance of partnering with your lender and agent.


My number one selling tip is: Do not start a bunch of home projects or renovations with our consulting a Realtor. We can help you decide if those renovations are going to add value. There is nothing worse than going on a listing appointment and having clients tell you about all the money they spent on projects. Only to tell them those projects have not increased the value of their home.

About Samantha

Driven, authentic and committed, Samantha is truly passionate about helping people actualize their property goals. By offering a team approach to buying and selling, she affords each of her clients the consistency and detailed attention that only a highly qualified team of like-minded professionals can: with someone always available to show a home or answer a question. Through her fresh perspective and keen insights into the local real estate scenery, she strives to provide outstanding representation and trusted guidance throughout each process. Her goal is to take the guesswork out of each transaction by empowering clients with information.

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