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Living The Ann Arbor Life is a site brought to you by Ann Arbor, MI, based Sam Vail Group real estate team, who wanted to provide context and helpful information for all things lifestyle (and real estate) related for those seeking more information on the benefits, advantages, and the abundant nature, food, art, culture, and cost of living comparisons, after finding a gap online for reliable and hyper-local-based content available online. Many potential home buyers or sellers who are interested in Ann Arbor and all surrounding areas are typically looking for and inquiring about much of the content offered here at the start of any buying or selling discussions, so the team decided to do something about it.

Sam got into real estate over a decade ago after owning a mortgage company and working as a musician. Instantly a success in the Ann Arbor Area market, Sam landed the Rookie of the Year Award at a previous brokerage.

“I always knew I had a knack for people, and my love of real estate coupled with my family’s background allowed for perfect chemistry.” The Vails have deep roots in real estate throughout North America dating back to 1640, with developments from Vail, Colorado, to Chicago and the New York City.

Sam, as well as his current and past successful in house team members, have long-standing hallmarks including:

  • Outstanding customer service and adept negotiations. “I’ve been a musician my whole life, and you tend to develop a negotiating power through all the hoops you have to jump through just to get on stage.”
  • Home Valuations and Offer Expertise. Given Sam’s double major in economics and business, along with his years of work with appraisers, Sam shines as a pricing strategist and his listings do not stay on the market long.
  • A Hyper-Local Partner – The Sam Vail Group’s holistic approach to clients is focused on their core values of “going the extra mile and providing more service than just unlocking the door and writing up a contract. We want to be their guide and resource for all things to do with real estate. And our combined experience living and working in this area is unmatched.”
  • Sam and team are wizards at tracking trends and economics through Coldwell Banker’s cutting edge systems, as well as through systems he researches and seeks out on his own. His team watches trends and fluctuations in real-time, to stay in tune with the markets within the markets, the differences between what’s happening in Ann Arbor versus Ypsilanti or Dexter.
  • Transparency and Value-Driven – The team values team collaboration and places emphasis on expertise and empathy rather than a “culture of salesmanship,” as much as it is a culture of highly developed expertise. Empathy is needed in our relationships with clients: real estate is probably the biggest investment a person makes. We don’t take that lightly.” And if the team can help with advice andn guidance even without landing a deal or a potential client deal on the table, they will always be happy to do so.
  • Expertise in home staging, with proven and affordable partners who can help make your home for sale look it’s absolute best to potential buyers.

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