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Fall in Love with Selling Your Home this Season in Novi, Northville, South Lyon, Plymouth and surrounding Southeastern Michigan Real Estate Markets.

Many believe that Fall is a hard season to sell a home in the Novi, Northville, South Lyon, Plymouth or other surrounding real estate markets in Southeastern Michigan – but if you embrace the season and follow these tips you may just find out how you can make it the perfect time for a potential buyer to fall in love with your home!

The holidays are right around the corner and buyers are cautious about making a big decision…so the first step is to ensure that your home’s exterior is a showcase, not a roadblock.  Don’t be one of the many that let their landscaping fall to the wayside during these upcoming months – as come winter your home will become even less appealing.

The Institute recommends these tips to position a home, whether luxury or not, for a faster and more successful fall sale.


The leaves are changing and while people enjoy seeing the signs of the new season in their front yard it’s important to keep the dead leaves, broken branches and tired summer plants from becoming an unsightly feature.

A tidy yard will give the home an air of cleanliness and goes a long way to showing the right care is maintained in the overall upkeep of a property – no matter how luxurious it is on the inside.


Flowers are not just for springtime! The addition of fall plants can add a burst of color and make the newly tidied yard really stand out.

Some beautiful fall plants to consider include Mums and Red Bud Maples. Even if the home is located in more temperate climates splashes of fall colors in the flowerbed can add that eye-catching difference to a potential buyer.


A home needs to be warm and inviting to potential buyers as the weather starts to cool down. Now might just be the time to take a hard look at the front door – if its looking a little tired after a hot summer, then add a fresh coat of paint.

Change the light fixture to ensure there is a welcoming, bright entrance during the early twilight hours. Or even something as simple not overlooking to replace that old torn front door mat!

Add a seasonal wreath or potted plants with warm oranges, yellows and reds to give that added fall feeling.


As the leaves start to fall, a home’s exterior will become more visible and exposed!

While this is a good way to show off exterior architecture that may have been previously obscured, it also means that any sign of weather wear will be very easy to spot.

Fall cleaning is just as important – a pressure wash and fresh paint might be required, and always ensure windows and gutters are cleaned. These small touches will go a long way toward making the home look newer and in great shape!


With the days getting shorter, exteriors can tend to adopt a dreary or gloomy sort of look – it’s not quite Halloween yet!  Install outdoor lighting in key locations such as pathways, driveways, garage and outside doors to keep a bright look and more importantly add the safe passage of a potential buyer to the front door.

Lighting positioned in key places can showcase the landscaping and architectural features of the property, maximizing its potential for stunning evening photography!

Did you know that exterior photos taken as evening light starts to fade with all the house lights on, have a 6 times higher attention capture rate than any daytime shot?


Holiday decorations are a favorite tradition for many, but if you are selling in the fall months, we would suggest that keeping decorations to a minimum is extremely important.

Small decorations, such as a seasonal wreath or pumpkin on the doorstep keep with the festivities and still allow buyers to picture themselves in the home during the holidays. However large decorations, especially of the Halloween variety, can be overwhelming.

They are considered by many to be a turn-off, obscuring the home and hiding its potential – and many buyers may not even decide to view the home…especially as they may think they will be greeted with more of the same once inside!

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Jeff Duneske

With over 20 years of real estate experience, a career volume of over $250 million, over 1,000 properties sold, Jeff Duneske, broker/ owner of Duneske Real Estate Advisors at Keller Williams Advantage, has a lot to be proud of. However, his greatest source of pride is his honor: Jeff has built his business — and thrived in the industry — by instilling his clients’ trust.“ I have always said that we meet our clients at the crossroads of life and change — that we can make a difference, earn their trust and help our clients during this change.” “Knowing that I have earned the trust of over 1,000 clients and the privilege of guiding them through one of life’s largest financial transactions to achieve the American Dream is by far the greatest reward of my business.” Jeff was born and raised in Novi and earned the distinguished rank of Eagle Scout when he was 15 years old. In 1996, Jeff graduated from Novi High School and The Oakland Fire Academy and was intent on becoming a full-time firefighter. After serving as an auxiliary firefighter and EMT in Novi and Walled Lake for several years and not landing a full-time position on the force, Jeff decided to shift gears and find another professional path where he could help people and began his real estate career in 2000. Having been the #1 agent or team at various brokerages over his career, as well as the #1 team at Keller Williams Advantage and the #4 team in the Michigan-Ohio region of Keller Williams International in 2019, Jeff has certainly demonstrated his drive to reach for the sky and his commitment to his clients. “We never rest on our laurels, and we’re always improving our current systems — and implementing new systems — to boost efficiency and assure stellar service.” Jeff, who has served on the Professional Standards Committee for the past nine years, embraces a strong mindset to persistently achieve his goals without compromising his morals, standards, or ethics for anyone or any transaction. “You must uphold your standards because if you don’t uphold them, you have no standards at all.” “I run my life and my business by The Golden Rule: Treat others the way you would like to be treated.” Jeff’s noble purpose — conducting his business with the highest morals, ethics, and standards — has led him to a successful real estate career. More importantly, his ethical and moral standards have enriched his life and the lives of others in immeasurable ways … and because Jeff does not waver, he will continue to lead with purpose, honor, and great promise.

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