Thinking about moving? We Can Help!

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My husband and I have been thinking about moving. It’s been a really hard decision. We love our house, our yard, our neighborhood, and especially our neighbors. We built our house to meet our needs, and it still meets our needs ten years later.

So why move? Well, basically, I’m sick of driving. We live outside my kids’ school district, so between school, practice, piano lessons, work, and everything else, all I do is drive. And it’s only going to get worse over the next seven years.

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Production Realty Welcomes Russ Gaston Realtor

We are excited to welcome Russ Gaston Realtor to the Production Realty Team.

Russ Gaston RealtorProduction Realty welcomes Russ Gaston Realtor to the largest non-franchised firm in the area. Russ bring many years of experience working for the area’s largest employer, Consumers Energy. His connections within the community are numerous. His motivation to succeed, along with his love of technology will make him a great addition to our firm.

“I was lucky enough to marry my incredible wife Karen in 2004 and we have two wonderful children Avah and Bennett.  We love to travel and are a sports loving family.  I love to coach youth sports, especially baseball, I enjoy working out and I’m an avid reader. I have an Associates Degree from Jackson College as well as a Bachelors Degree from Spring Arbor University.” -Russ



For more information on Russ, visit, and follow him on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter.

Russ Gaston Realtor

Know Better? Do Better.

Know better DO BETTERI recently completed a Master Gardener course, and I can honestly say I feel less like a “master” now than I did before I started. I still say plant names wrong. I still don’t know what to prune when. And I still can’t identify different trees. But do I actually know more than I did before? Yes. But now I also know how much more there is to learn. My basic knowledge is just the beginning.

This is true in every profession. And that’s scary.

Think back to your first year in real estate. Were you excited? Yes. Nervous? Probably. Worried you’d make a mistake? Absolutely. But going on appointments, having daily interactions, and handling situations allowed those feelings to lessen. You gained experience and knowledge.

Over the years I’ve learned a few things. Sometimes my buyers love a house that I don’t, so I allow them to share their thoughts first. I’ve learned that my tiny phone screen isn’t the best way to read- and react to- counter offers. And I just can’t go back to taking my own photos after hiring a professional that first time. I’ve learned from my mistakes. I’ve upped my game. And now that I know better, I do better.

This is something we should strive for every day. We aren’t always going to know everything, and we aren’t always going to handle every situation perfectly. But once you learn from something, improve on it next time. Do better than the day before.

Over the course of a career, our work ethic improves. Our knowledge base increases. Sales techniques sharpen, and marketing ideas change. As long as we are willing to learn and grow, our business will follow. Does this mean we need to keep raising our standards? Absolutely.

Do you know better? Then do better. Always.

Know Better? Do better. 

Top 5 Reasons Everyone Needs a Luxury Home Specialist

Luxury Home Specialist Production RealtyEveryone needs a luxury home specialist, even if you have a normal home to sell. Technology has made it possible for everyone to benefit from Production Realty’s Million Dollar Marketing. Everyday we help homeowners sell for top dollar. Using our proven techniques, we routinely sell homes at all price points for up to 10% more than the competition.

Here are the top 5 reasons everyone needs a Luxury Home Specialist.

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What is TRID? Real estate changes are here.

Major changes and overhauls have been taking place in most professions. The medical field has changed significantly over the years, insurance benefits and policies have been restructured, and the education field has revamped teacher evaluations, curriculum, and more. It’s just a fact of life right now. And real estate isn’t immune.

Since the passing of the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010, lenders, title companies, appraisers, and Realtors have all been dealing with major changes. Most of the changes have merely been annoying, and some have caused a bigger hit to the pocketbook for buyers and sellers, but nothing has been as drastic as the changes that recently took effect October 3rd, 2015.

What is TRID?This latest set of reform, known as TRID, is causing major delays for real estate clients. What is TRID? TRID is slowing the buying process by forcing our lenders and title companies to scramble, interpret gray areas, and create new computer programs. And, like most changes thrown upon us, there is nothing we can do about it.  The best thing to do is to let you know how these changes affect you. Continue Reading →

Realtor Gretchen Corwin Joins Production Realty

Gretchen Corwin RealtorProduction Realty is proud to welcome Realtor Gretchen Corwin to our growing team of experts. She brings over 18 years of experience selling real estate in and around the Grass Lake area.


About Gretchen Corwin

“My business beliefs are honesty, professionalism, commitment and determination. As my business is based on referrals, I work very hard to insure my customers are satisfied, resulting in lifelong relationships along the way. I enjoy working with people and helping them achieve their goals. Real estate is continuously changing and I feel that keeping up with the changes is one of the key factors in listing and selling homes. I have been working full time in real estate since 1997. I am married with 2 children and 1 grandchild. My husband Jeff and I bought our home in 1983 and still reside there. I have lived in Jackson County all my life.” -Gretchen

Contact Realtor Gretchen Corwin Today:
Call/Text: (517) 937-2968
Production Realty Grass Lake
230 W. Michigan Ave
Grass Lake, MI, 49240


Why Hire a Realtor?

Why Hire a RealtorMy husband and I went to a comedy show the other night, and the opening comedian was talking about how Home Depot has managed to “con” people into thinking that they can do home improvement projects on their own when really they shouldn’t do anything on their own. He said we are all crazy to think that just because we get some help at the store and watch a few YouTube videos, we should all remodel our own houses. He said, “You didn’t even buy your own house on your own, so what makes you think you can do work on it by yourself?”

I know why we try to do things on our own- it’s to save money. Rarely does it save us time, but it usually saves us money.  Why doesn’t it save us time? Think about it: Someone who does a certain task every day is going to have better equipment, more expertise, and more experience which allows them to do things in half the time. Continue Reading →

Mortgage Lending 101 with Elizabeth Banks


Mortgage Lending 101

Mortgage lending 101 at its funniest. Comedian Elizabeth Banks teaches about the home buying process. In this hilarious episode she explains the importance of getting pre-approved for a mortgage.

Unless you have a boatload of cash under your mattress, buying a home usually costs more money than you currently have. First, you’ll need a competitively-priced loan.

To see more episodes, visit Learn With Liz.


Video Tour – Summit Township Home For Sale

Summit Township home for sale. Beautiful two bedroom ranch home in Summit Township with an open floor plan and close to shopping, restaurants, and parks. Newer construction home with all new paint for a move in condition home. No work needed. One floor living with main floor laundry, bedrooms and bath. Large 5 foot crawl with concrete floor is clean and dry for storage. 517-879-4141.

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