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Our site is your gateway to Every home listing in the Central Michigan area. We will make your real estate search fast, easy and reliable. We are able to personally show you any of the homes for sale. You can browse the real estate listings at your leisure and then contact us by e-mail, text or phone for one on one personal attention.

We have 25+ years of experience as successful Realtors buying and selling homes in the Central Michigan area. As lifetime residents, we have intimate knowledge of the surrounding real estate markets. We know the neighborhoods, schools, market conditions and what it takes to assist you in making good real estate decisions.









As lifetime residents, we have intimate knowledge of the surrounding real estate markets. We know the neighborhoods, schools, market conditions and what it takes to assist you in making good real estate decisions.

Are You Thinking About Buying A New Home?

Are you thinking about buying a new home?

Buying a home is an intimidating event for a lot of people. However, with a little planning ahead of time, it's not all that difficult. I like to provide buyers with an overview of the whole deal so they'll know exactly what to expect. Here are my nine steps to purchasing a home.

Step 1 – Prepare to buy a home

There are plenty of things you'll want to consider before you search for a home. When you begin your search, you'll probably want to make an index of items you need to have, get an idea of what school districts and neighborhoods you'd like to live in, and begin planning your budget. A good principle to follow is that your mortgage payment should be close to 1/3 of your net monthly income.

Step 2 – Contact Jim & Pam Pitchford!

This is where I can help. I can schedule a time to meet so we can talk about why you want to buy a home and get an idea of your upcoming plans. We'll talk about everything from neighborhoods, schools in the Lansing area, the mortgage industry, to any other economic factors that could affect your buying decision today or in the future.

I'll also help you begin the loan process. There are some very good mortgage professionals in Lansing, and I partner with a lot of them, so you'll be in great hands. They will assist you with deciding which type of loan is best for you and help you get approved.

Step 3 – Begin looking

After our initial information gathering session, I'll begin searching for available houses on the market that best suit you. I'll preview most of the houses and ignore the bad ones, and then we'll set up appointments to view the homes whenever it's convenient for you.

When we view homes, I'll identify good features and negative ones. I'll even ask you about things you like and don't like. For the most part, buyers amend their must-have list as we tour homes and some features become far more necessary than others. If that's the situation, I'll search the listings again and trim it down to the house you've been dreaming about.

Step 4 – Get a feel for the housing market

My knowledge of the Lansing market is a fundamental benefit in your search. I'm conscious of all the schools and neighborhoods, and I'll communicate certain districts are "hot" and demand prompt action and the ones that are "cold" and allow for careful examination.

When we view homes, I'll make sure to communicate if the seller's list price has room for negotiation or if I believe the house is "priced to sell." Be on guard and be sure to ask lots of questions, as every REALTOR® in Lansing will tell you they understand the market. If it seems like they don't know everything, call me at (517) 622-0600 or e-mail me at Jim@thepitchfordgroup.com, and I'll be happy to answer any questions you have. My market expertise will help you stay a step ahead throughout the entire deal.

Step 5 – Find the home you've been waiting for

I'm confident we'll find the home of your dreams! When that happens, I'll carefully develop your home purchase offer. The offer will be tailored exactly to your needs. A few examples are acquiring financing, carrying out the home inspection, and a clean title.

Let The Pitchford Group At RE/MAX guide you through finding your dream home in Lansing Upon submitting your offer, most likely you'll want to submit "earnest money." This is a cash deposit given to the home seller to secure the offer to purchase the property and is often applied to the closing costs. If the seller accepts your offer, we should close on the property within 30 to 60 days after. This allows ample time for your mortgage financing.

Step 6 – Negotiate the deal

Unfortunately most deals aren't closed on the beginning offer, and it's extremely common to receive a counter offer. But don't let it alarm you. We'll talk about whether or not to consent to the counter offer, propose our own counter offer, or refuse the seller's offer and go on.

How aggressively we negotiate the contract depends on the state of the market. In addition, we'll work within your financing limits. And when it's all said and done, we'll assemble a deal that's best for you.

Step 7 – Get financing

Once we sign the final contract, you'll begin working with your lender to close the loan. It won't take much time at all if you're already pre-qualified, but you need to keep in close contact with your mortgage lender. And I'll sort out all the property information your mortgage lender needs to close the loan.>

Step 8 – Close the deal

You'll get a Good Faith Estimate outlining your closing costs from your lender within three days of accepting your loan application. This estimate is formed from the loan amount. TRID requirements dictate that it has to contain all closing costs and fall within a close range of accuracy, and I'll examine the estimate and let you know if it all looks adequate.

Then we'll close on your home. This will take place at a title company and is often a smooth and hassle-free occasion.

Step 9 – Move in

Success! It's time to move into your new home. Enjoy it. And if you need anything, make sure you contact me at (517) 622-0600 or send me an e-mail or text.

We are Lansing; and so are you.


Locating a home that's "just right" can be quite a task, especially with all the homes available in our area. As experts in Lansing real estate, we keep track of all the homes available. Frequently, we are aware of homes that aren't yet listed on the Multiple Listings Service.

Take a few moments to complete the short form below with as much information as you can. We'll be happy to research all the houses available for sale presently, and then send you a free, no-commitment list of the properties that best fit your needs. You can then contact us when you're ready to begin shopping for your ideal house in Lansing.

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Look at some of the ways I will be the best agent for your sale:

  1. I’ll promote your home as a top priority, ensuring it gets the attention it deserves in all available venues, even nationally. Every agent will see what your house has to offer.
  2. Together, we'll determine your home's value and get the best purchase price possible.
  3. I'm here when you need me — by text, email, by phone. You're my top priority and my schedule and actions reflect that.

As a respected agent in the top 2% of all agents, I'll work to get the best price for your home and get it sold quickly.

Your interests are always at the forefront throughout the whole selling process. Using my years of industry experience, you'll be a confident seller. E-mail RE/MAX The Pitchford Group at Jim@thepitchfordgroup.com or just call (517) 622-0600. I’m always available to answer any questions that you might have about selling real estate .

We have over 30 years of experience as successful Realtors buying and selling homes in the Greater Lansing area. As lifetime residents, we have intimate knowledge of Lansing and the surrounding real estate markets. We know the neighborhoods, schools, market conditions and what it takes to assist you in making good real estate decisions.

Jim & Pam lead The Pitchford Group at RE/MAX Real Estate Professionals. Jim's many designations include:

"Associate Broker" - Associate Broker is an agent that has met the educational and production qualifications for a real estate broker's license but who works jointly with and is employed by another broker. Jim leads The Pitchford Group at RE/MAX Real Estate Professionals.

"E-Pro" - Electronic Professional is the only certification program of its kind recognized nationwide and endorsed by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). This program certifies Jim as an internet professional in communicating effectively with the online consumer.

"ABR" - Accredited Buyers Representative is a designation from the Real Estate Buyer's Council that certifies that Jim is specifically representing the real estate consumer and serving as his clients' advocate and fiduciary in the purchase of property.

"CRS" - Certified Residential Specialist is a symbol of achievement in education and residential sales experience. This certifies that Jim is abreast of the latest marketing skills needed for a successful real estate sale and has met the sales requirements.

Jim has been chosen to teach real estate courses, has participated in leading statewide real estate panel discussions and is consistently a top producing agent at The Pitchford Group at RE/MAX Real Estate Professionals. Pam is also a full time office manager with 21 years of real estate experience. Pam is proficient in preparing accurate market analysis's for determining a correct selling price for sellers and helping in the process of choosing homes to view for buyers. Jim & Pam have been married for 43 years and successful real estate partners for 25 years. We are members of the Greater Lansing Association of Realtors (GLAR), Michigan Association of Realtors (MAR), and the National Association of Realtors (NAR). We adhere to a strict code of ethics, which is a promise of performance and professionalism. As full-time agents we are able to keep you up-to-date with the freshest listings and conditions as they impact the market.

It would be our honor to serve as your real estate team. If you would like to get together to talk about your home buying or selling plans, call us at (517) 622-0600 or e-mail us at Jim@ThePitchfordGroup.com. We will be happy to set up a time to meet that is easy and convenient for you.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Jim & Pam Pitchford

The Pitchford Group at RE/MAX Real Estate Professionals.

(517) 622-0600


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