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Selling Michigan
Selling Michigan

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Selling Michigan
Selling Michigan

WhoWe Are

Its Principal Associate Broker, Mary Anne Kennedy, began her real estate career in Metropolitan Detroit Michigan with a pre-license class in the early 1980’s. Upon successful completion of the pre-license class, Ms. Kennedy began her career at Schweitzer and soon became an assistant manager for the Rochester, MI office. In 1986 she joined the Michigan Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.

Also, in 1989, Ms. Kennedy completed the requirements for her Broker’s license. Then she received her Principle Associate Broker’s license and Broker’s license and founded the corporation. Simultaneously she continued her real estate career as a Non-Principal Associate Broker with a local Re/Max office which subsequently became Realty Executives. Ms. Kennedy joined this Realty Executives franchise with the broker when the franchise was first introduced to Michigan. Ms. Kennedy, licensed as the company’s Principle Associate Broker since its early inception, transitioned the company to the new name of Selling Michigan.

Founded in 1989 as a real estate company with an emphasis on providing exceptional services.

“To truly be number one, you must constantly surpass yourself, not the competition”

AboutMary Anne Kennedy

I am a full time experienced real estate professional with 35+ years of proven expertise as a MARKET LEADER. I am a graduate of the Realtors Institute and hold the prestigious National Designations as the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR), and Sellers Representative Specialist (SRS). I am the owner and Principle Managing Broker of Selling Michigan Real Estate, Inc. The credentials I have earned from the National Association of Realtors include the Broker Price Opinion Resource (BPOR), Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA), Short Sale Foreclosure Resource Specialist (SFR) and Transnational Referral Certification (TRC). I have expertise in many areas of real estate including finance, contracts, negotiating, marketing, international relocation, loss mitigation, property management, real estate investments, and am certified as a short sale/foreclosure specialist (SFR) As a Certified Residential Specialist, I am trained to understand the market and negotiate successfully for both buyer and seller clients. With my career educational achievements, professionally I am in the TOP TWO PERCENT OF REALTORS nationally.

AboutJames Haney

It is with great pleasure that James welcomes you to Michigan, and to his website. With years of experience in the market, he knows how crucial it is for you to find relevant, up-to-date information. The search is over. His website is designed to be your one-stop shop for real estate in Michigan.

This is the moment that you should enjoy the most; looking at the available properties in Michigan; imagining yourself living in the home that you have always dreamed about. You do not want just another database that gives you rehashed property descriptions. You want to walk around the neighborhood from the comfort of your own home. You have your choice of professionally guided private exclusive previews of properties to professionally guided virtual experiences. Whatever suits your needs the best, we are here to assist you every step of the way.

OurMission Statement

Selling Michigan and its sales associates are dedicated to providing exceptional real estate services designed specifically to suite each client’s unique needs and situations. Guided by our core principles of respect, dignity, honesty, integrity and trust, these services are and have been the foundation of our beliefs for the past 4 decades.

LogoNationally Designated Certified Residential Specialist, CRS
LogoReal Estate Buyer's Agent Council (REBAC)
LogoNationally Accredited Brokers Price Opinion Resource, BPOR
LogoNationally Accredited Electronic Professional, e-PRO
LogoNationally Accredited Transnational Referral Certified, TRC
LogoWomen's Council of Realtors
LogoNationally Designated Graduate Realtor, GRI
LogoReal Estate All Stars 2020
LogoNationally Accredited Pricing Strategy Specialist, PSA
LogoNationally Accredited Short Sale/Foreclosure Specialist, SFR
LogoNationally Designated Seller’s Resource Specialist, SRS
LogoNationally Designated Accredited Buyer's Representative, ABR

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Professional
Education

Professional Education

Immediately after obtaining her first real estate license as a sales associate, Ms. Kennedy began her studies at the Graduate Realtors Institute (GRI) and upon completion in June of 1988 was awarded the national designation of GRI from the Institute. Simultaneously, she began her studies as a Real Estate Broker with Currey Management in Rochester, Michigan and befriended the owner, Nancy K. Currey. This relationship led to the introduction of one of the first Buyer Agency working relationships in the State of Michigan.

The later part of the 1980’s was filled with professional endeavors for Ms. Kennedy. In 1987 she began additional advanced education with studies through the National Association of Realtors, Certified Residential Specialist and was awarded the prestigious designation in 1989. The CRS Designation is the most highly recognized educational achievement by the National Association of Realtors. Less than 3% of all realtors nationally hold this designation.

In 2001, Ms. Kennedy completed her studies with the National Association of Realtors, Real Estate Buyer’s Agency Council and was awarded the prestigious designation of Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) as a nationally accredited Buyer’s Agent through the Council.

In 2005 Ms. Kennedy earned the Transnational Referral Certification (TRC) for international recognition by assisting homeowners relocate globally.
In 2020 during the State of Michigan quarantine period of the novel COVID – 19 virus, Ms. Kennedy continued to achieve educational accomplishments. Quickly turning the business into the virtual mode, she became successful assisting people virtually again continuing to support those in need. During this period, Ms. Kennedy secured the National Association of Realtor’s Seller’s Resource Specialist (SRS) Designation, e-Pro Certification, PSA Certification and joined the International Multiple listing services (MLS).

National
Credentials

National Credentials

  • Nationally Designated Accredited Buyer's Representative, ABR
  • Nationally Designated Certified Residential Specialist, CRS
  • Nationally Designated Graduate Realtor, GRI
  • Nationally Designated Seller’s Resource Specialist, SRS
  • Nationally Accredited Brokers Price Opinion Resource, BPOR
  • Nationally Accredited Pricing Strategy Specialist, PSA
  • Nationally Accredited Short Sale/Foreclosure Specialist, SFR
  • Nationally Accredited Transnational Referral Certified, TRC
  • Nationally Accredited Electronic Professional, e-PRO
Environmental
Expertise &
Loss Mitigation

Environmental Expertise & Loss Mitigation

In 1992, upon the recommendation of Ms. Currey, Ms. Kennedy accepted a client as a Buyer’s Agent for an environmental firm whose purpose was environmental remediation. During this relationship, Ms. Kennedy’s responsibilities included professional guidance for the Chief Executive Officers Stanley Prednisol and Allan Shaw. Ms. Kennedy provided the firm with professional advice regarding the potential future market value of the contaminated sites that the firm was considering acquiring for site remediation in the state of Michigan. The team worked closely with the Governor’s office considering the properties that were funded by the MUSTA (Michigan Underground Storage Tank Act) and the LUSTA (Leaking Underground Storage Tank Act). Once the potential remediation sites were selected, the environmental clean-up process began. This overall experience was highly educational and informative for Ms. Kennedy, exposing her to the remediation process, Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3 audits and finally site certification before re-sale of the sites. Ms. Kennedy was exposed to many different environmental remedies. This led to a greater understanding and awareness of the local areas of contamination. As she worked with the team on Albert Khan designed buildings on Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan that were once used as car dealerships which over the years leached oil into the site and throughout the state, to the Traverse City area where for generations agricultural areas were exposed to pesticides and herbicides that leached through the groundwater into the nearby Traverse Bay. With this information she could guide her residential real estate clients regarding areas of historic contamination.

During 2008 - 2011 with the downturn of the economy and the new real estate terms of “Short Sale” and “Foreclosure” becoming more prevalent, Ms. Kennedy again shifted her education to secure the designations of Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource Specialist (SFR) and Broker’s Price Opinion Resource (BPOR). With both certifications, Ms. Kennedy became highly respected as a public speaker, assisting homeowners with the struggling thoughts of short sale and loss mitigation. She also became an asset for many local banks that would call upon her to render value of abandoned houses which were becoming toxic assets. Ms. Kennedy assisted Chase Bank, Bank of America, and Titanium in loss mitigation for hundreds of homeowners. She became a volunteer speaker for the Archdiocese of Detroit and traveled the Detroit Metropolitan area speaking at public meeting to homeowners who were economically struggling, providing them with answers to challenging situations.

Professional
Memberships

Professional Memberships

  • NAR National Association of Realtors
  • MAR Michigan Association of Realtors
  • GMAR Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors
  • REBAC Real Estate Buyer’s Agency Council
  • RRC Residential Real Estate Council
  • WCR Women’s Council of Realtors
  • REBI Real Estate Business Institute
  • Referral Exchange Network
  • International MLS - Premier Agent
  • Zillow – Premier Agent
  • Realtor.com For Professionals
Industry
Leadership

Industry Leadership

During the years of 1991-1995, Ms. Kennedy served for the Michigan Association of Realtors in Lansing, MI on both the Ethics and Arbitration Committee and was Chairman of the Professional Standards Committee for the local Rochester Board of Realtors, Michigan.

Ms. Kennedy continued her volunteer efforts on the state level with her commitment from 1997-2000 with service to the Michigan Association of Realtors on both the Grievance Committee and the Professional Standards Committee.

2001 she volunteered to serve at the national level with the Women’s Council of Realtors and represented the Council on the International Business Opportunities Committee in Washington, DC.

In 2009, Ms. Kennedy was invited to join a panel of real estate experts and speak at the International Real Estate Conference in Eastern Canada and in 2010, Ms. Kennedy joined the prestigious Luxury Portfolio International
Through the years of 2011- present, Ms. Kennedy was honored to serve on the State of Michigan Council of Residential Specialist Leadership Team and Board of Directors, serving as President Elect in 2020 and President in 2021.

Corporate
History

Company Background

Its Principal Associate Broker, Mary Anne Kennedy, began her real estate career in Metropolitan Detroit Michigan with a pre-license class in the early 1980’s. Upon successful completion of the pre-license class, Ms. Kennedy began her career at Schweitzer and soon became an assistant manager for the Rochester, MI office. In 1986 she joined the Michigan Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.

Also, in 1989, Ms. Kennedy completed the requirements for her Broker’s license. Then she received her Principle Associate Broker’s license and Broker’s license and founded the corporation. Simultaneously she continued her real estate career as a Non-Principal Associate Broker with a local Re/Max office which subsequently became Realty Executives. Ms. Kennedy joined this Realty Executives franchise with the broker when the franchise was first introduced to Michigan. Ms. Kennedy, licensed as the company’s Principle Associate Broker since its early inception, transitioned the company to the new name of Selling Michigan.
Founded in 1989 as a real estate company with an emphasis on providing exceptional services.

“To truly be number one, you must constantly surpass yourself, not the competition”

Looking
Forward

Looking Forward to the Future

Over the decades of the development of the corporation, one thing has remained consistent: the need for housing and the desire to own your own home. That is the American Dream!

In the United States, reasons for homeownership have changed over the past few decades. We have seen the family needs change from the post WWII housing boom to the development of the suburbanites who raised their families of 5 or 6 in a 3 bedroom 1 bathroom home to the expansion and development of baby boomers who built the American Dream into their palatial estates. For the baby boomer generation, the concept of homeownership was most often approached as an appreciating asset. This concept changed between 2000 – 2010, due to the crash of the housing market, the soaring foreclosures, and short sales. This heralded the belief that housing be more looked upon as a comfortable safe environment to enjoy rather than an investment.

The upcoming generations of X, Y and Millennial home buyers preferred minimalist lifestyles whereas the Silent Generation or Generation Z showed migration to the urban lifestyle of living in the big city near their jobs.

Housing needs changed again in 2020 with the Global Pandemic forcing many to work from home and school from home. This created additional changes making many re-evaluate their housing situation, desiring to shift towards wanting more quiet space, a “Zoom” room, home schooling space and more multi-generational living under one roof.

MaryAnne’s
Resume

MaryAnne’s Resume

I am a full time experienced real estate professional with 35+ years of proven expertise as a MARKET LEADER. I am a graduate of the Realtors Institute and hold the prestigious National Designations as the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR), and Sellers Representative Specialist (SRS). I am the owner and Principle Managing Broker of Selling Michigan Real Estate, Inc. The credentials I have earned from the National Association of Realtors include the Broker Price Opinion Resource (BPOR), Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA), Short Sale Foreclosure Resource Specialist (SFR) and Transnational Referral Certification (TRC). I have expertise in many areas of real estate including finance, contracts, negotiating, marketing, international relocation, loss mitigation, property management, real estate investments, and am certified as a short sale/foreclosure specialist (SFR) As a Certified Residential Specialist, I am trained to understand the market and negotiate successfully for both buyer and seller clients. With my career educational achievements, professionally I am in the TOP TWO PERCENT OF REALTORS nationally.

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Client Testimonials

A friend recommended MaryAnne Kennedy to us when we were interested in buying a new home and selling our old home. She took the time to walk us through the entire process from beginning to end. We hired her based on her professionalism, experience, and her aggressive attention / actions. We are so glad we did! The last thing I wanted was someone with little experience and little confidence. MaryAnne not only exceeded our expectations, she was always going beyond! Any time we needed her, she made herself available any way we needed. Conference calls, viewings, email, texting, and more. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND MARYANNE KENNEDY! Real-estate sales is not where you want to cut corners or use a lackadaisical agent with little experience, confidence, and action. MaryAnne always kept our interests 100% her priority. We happen to be selling when the market was hostile, COVID-19 was at its peak, and shutdowns / slowdowns were everywhere. We hardly knew it because MaryAnne has many tools in her toolbar to keep things moving, get things done, and was persistent! She has a way of juggling sellers, buyers, cities, mortgage companies, title companies, inspectors, geographic challenges (and so much more) smoothly, rapidly, & efficiently. I value her ideas /advice and will recommend her to anybody looking to get into or out of the market. Geno Ventimiglia
I want to commend you on the terrific job done on the sale of our home. Your professionalism, follow-through and trustworthiness were tremendous assets throughout this entire project. I will not hesitate to recommend you to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. I know you didn't ask for this letter, but I felt so strongly as to be compelled to write it. It's rare these days to find someone who goes 'above and beyond' as you have. As a CEO, I come in contact with literally hundreds of different professions every year, and few stand head and shoulders above the crowd as you do. Michael R. Pfaff, President RPM Systems, Troy
I chose MaryAnne to be my realtor because by far she was the most professional realtor I had come across in the year+ that I had been looking for a new home. She was armed with information I had never even heard of and was extremely patient and respectful. I would highly recommend her if you are looking for someone who really knows this business and will work with you every step of the way through the buying or selling process. Tonya White, CEO/Chief Relationship Officer Talent Advantage Group
We had an excellent experience with MaryAnne! She is honest, responsive, knowledgeable, and professional. Searching for a home during COVID-19 and the uncertainty of the market rattled us a bit, but MaryAnne expertly and compassionately helped us navigate the market. She knows the market well and gave us the perfect advice we needed as buyers. She saw the contract through to closing without a hitch. We can’t recommend her highly enough. Brent & Diane Martin
MaryAnne Kennedy is one of the greatest people to work with she took her time helping me find my dream house she cared about very small details and my safety, “If you want a great worker with excellent communication skills and a strong work ethic, you can do no better than MaryAnne, I am so happy with my move and all I could say thank you so much MaryAnne for your amazing help and great service. Hana
Mary Ann Kennedy is a very high qualified realtor, handles things in a very professional way and I highly recommend her for any real estate deal selling or buying. Ronald Brayer
I highly recommend Mary Ann. I never experience such high-end service. Her professionalism, timely ness and really looking out for us as the sellers. Negotiating the contract in ways I did not even think of. I felt I could put my full trust in her and I did. We sold our house in one day! The closing was flawless! All paperwork in line, nothing forgotten. Reminder calls let’s face it when your selling and packing you are busy. You want a realtor that has your back!!!! She really does !! Michelle Young
Me and my fiancé bought our first house with the help of MaryAnne. Her knowledge and expertise were critical in our search for our first home. She knew everything there was about location, neighborhoods, pricing, and so many housing details we never would have thought of. This was right as the housing market opened up after the Covid pandemic, so it was a whirlwind in the housing market as most houses got bought up very fast. MaryAnne made the process easy and she never had an issue with a call or quick text message. She was always there for us and we thank her for it. Cannot recommend her enough! Magnus Linden
I have worked a couple times with MaryAnne; and I am so happy I have met her...she offers you an outstanding service, friendly, knowledgeable, always available. she was always at the top of everything and working with me on every single detail, she does everything that a Realtor should do and more! I do recommend her with no doubts. She is the person you need! Rocio Segundo
My wife and I had the pleasure of working with MaryAnne when purchasing our first home together between August of 2018 and June or 2019. MaryAnne's attention to detail and ability to spot the perfect prospective homes made the whole experience a delight. Maryann was extremely flexible with her schedule and always had time to show us houses at the drop of a hat. This was very important due to how fast the houses in our price range (The sweet Spot) would be taken. We recommend MaryAnne for both new and experienced homeowners. She truly does not miss a beat. Matt Ferry
Mary Anne is an extremely knowledgeable, diligent, organized Real Estate Expert. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. Michael Taormino, Senior Vice President, Main Street Bank
I wish to commend Ms. Kennedy for the professionalism in handling my requests. The service received was second to none in "all" my business dealings. John Falk, Executive VP Menlo Tool Co. Warren, MI
We felt you had our best interests at heart throughout the entire transaction. You conducted yourself with professionalism and integrity. Bottom line, we thank you for marketing our house so successfully that the result was selling of our home at full price in a 3-week period. Mary Anne, it will be our pleasure to recommend to friends and associates in any future home acquisition or sales. John & Brenda Clark
We would like to thank you for all the hard work you expended on our behalf in promoting, and successfully selling, our Michigan home. Cecil & Jan Keeney
We found her (Mary Anne Kennedy) to be very efficient and knowledgeable about real estate problems. She is well informed and is very professional in all our dealings. We highly recommend Mary Anne Kennedy to anyone looking for an excellent real estate agent. Theodore & Helen Firlipa
Mary Anne Kennedy presented the most professional presentation about house selling my wife and I have ever seen. We know she worked hard for us. She did an outstanding job for us, and we are extremely grateful for a job well done. Frank D. Faga, Plant Manager Orion Assembly (GM) Pontiac, Michigan
I would like to thank you for the effort you put forth on our behalf both in selling our house and locating another. I would have no hesitation in recommending your services to somebody interested in buying or selling real estate. Thomas R. Bieglecki Welch, MacAlpine, Bahorski, Bieglecki & Farrel, P.C.
From the beginning of the process to the very end, you displayed a commitment, enthusiasm and attention to detail that clearly contributed to the success of selling our home, not only in a matter of days, but at the listed price. Having bought and sold several homes over the years, we clearly consider this our best experience by far. We would wholeheartedly recommend you to anyone looking for a top-notch professional in the real estate business. Ernest J. and Joanne S Houghton
Rosemary and I wish to thank you for representing our interests in the sale of our home in such a professional manner. You were sensitive to our needs. My wife and I again thank you for all your help and assistance as it was a pleasure working with you as our agent. Ken & Rosemary Nicholson
On behalf of the Rumberger family, I want to extend my sincere appreciation for the professional guidance and encouragement you gave our family during this past year. You exhibited your genuine care and concern for my family. You were our family's first friend in Michigan. Please feel free to have any of your clients call me at work at [ai_phone href="+1.800.544.2736"]800.544.2736[/ai_phone] and I will be glad to tell them to simply let you take charge and enjoy the experience. Robert C. Rumberger and Family
Mary Anne has been in the business a long time and has always been very thorough and knowledgeable. She is a good person to have in your corner on a real estate transaction! Gerald Rabinowitz
She spent a lot of time helping us find our home. I thought she was very thorough, and my wife thought she paid attention to her thoughts, needs and wants in a home. The whole process was a pleasurable experience for both of us. Mary Anne went out of her way to help us make decisions about renting our other home. Recently she helped my parents sell their home and they were impressed with her professionalism. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a Realtor. Nick O’Shea, Coach Oakland University
Mary Anne is the best realtor we used. She only showed us houses we liked, worked with us and made us feel like we were her only clients at that time. She works hard to find exactly what you want, no matter how long it takes! She works hard when problems arise and gets things done! She will definitely fight for what is right. We would highly recommend her to anyone! Amy and Brian Milkowski
Not only is Mary Anne the most knowledgeable and experienced real estate agent I have ever met, but she is a genuine person who honestly cares about your needs. I dealt with other real estate agents who I felt would do whatever it took to get a sale but Mary Anne took the time to understand me, find out exactly what I wanted and needed, then helped me understand what would be the best fit for me. She has a lot of great connections, so she was able to cut through the red tape and really get things done right. I recommend Mary Anne completely. I can honestly say that she has spoiled me and that I will never want to use anyone else in the future! Nicole Knuff
Mary Anne is easily the best realtor I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Whether buying or selling your home, her expertise is invaluable. Choose her and you will not regret. JD Blaze
We had an excellent experience with MaryAnne! She is honest, responsive, knowledgeable, and professional. Searching for a home during COVID-19 and the uncertainty of the market rattled us a bit, but MaryAnne expertly and compassionately helped us navigate the market. She knows the market well and gave us the perfect advice we needed as buyers. She saw the contract through to closing without a hitch. We can’t recommend her highly enough. Brent & Diane Martin
MaryAnne Kennedy is one of the greatest people to work with she took her time helping me find my dream house she cared about very small details and my safety, “If you want a great worker with excellent communication skills and a strong work ethic, you can do no better than MaryAnne, I am so happy with my move and all I could say thank you so much MaryAnne for your amazing help and great service. Hana
I chose MaryAnne to be my realtor because by far she was the most professional realtor I had come across in the year+ that I had been looking for a new home. She was armed with information I had never even heard of and was extremely patient and respectful. I would highly recommend her if you are looking for someone who really knows this business and will work with you every step of the way through the buying or selling process. Tonya White, CEO/Chief Relationship Officer Talent Advantage Group
I want to commend you on the terrific job done on the sale of our home. Your professionalism, follow-through and trustworthiness were tremendous assets throughout this entire project. I will not hesitate to recommend you to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. I know you didn't ask for this letter, but I felt so strongly as to be compelled to write it. It's rare these days to find someone who goes 'above and beyond' as you have. As a CEO, I come in contact with literally hundreds of different professions every year, and few stand head and shoulders above the crowd as you do. Michael R. Pfaff, President RPM Systems, Troy
MaryAnne has assisted me with four home closings within a year (selling mine, buying mine, selling my fiancé’s, and selling my parent's house who moved in with my fiancé and me). MaryAnne is a pro's pro. Nobody better. She is professional, courteous, very knowledgeable, and very fair. I would highly recommend MaryAnne to assist you with your home buying needs! Bill Hake