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Top Kitchen Fixes For Mass Appeal

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Top kitchen fixes

Kitchens sell houses. It is as real now as it's ever been. You can expect to get offers up to $10,000 higher with an updated kitchen. You can also expect to get back about 85% of your original investment if you upgrade.

However, not just any new kitchen will sell a house fast and for more money. It has to have mass appeal. The last thing a prospective buyer wants to see is a new kitchen they can tell cost thousands of dollars, but which is not neutral.

The truth is, people have different taste. Your Moroccan-themed mosaic backsplash may make your heart flutter, but if a future buyer doesn't like it, she will see a hassle in her future.

What Most Buyers Want In A Kitchen

You may look at the numbers above and think it's not worth updating for a mere 85% return on your investment, but hold on. It's not always necessary to gut everything and start from scratch to make your kitchen the main selling point of your home.

Consider doing a few of these most critical fixes:

Wood Floors

One of the most essential surfaces for buyers in your entire home is the floor. Wood floors sell homes too, but especially wood floors in the kitchen. If you live in an older house, consider checking to see if a wood floor may be hiding under layers of linoleum. If you don’t have wood floors, and you don't have the budget for real hardwoods, ceramic or vinyl tile might be in your future.

There are so many wood-look products on the market that are durable, beautiful and easy to install. This one change could make a massive impact on prospective buyers.

Granite Countertops

What was once considered a luxury item is now regarded as standard in most homes. Yes, granite countertops do come at a higher price. Solid surface countertops - like Quartz - can come at an even higher price tag. But the truth is that Formica countertops just won't cut it. A prospective buyer looks at those cheap counters and mentally adds up the expense of switching them out. He or she is much more likely to accept the cost of the counters being included in a higher price for the house.

One other tip: neutral granite counters are always a huge selling point. No matter how beautiful you think it is, don't pick something flashy that a buyer won't want to accept.

Painted Cabinets

Good news: you don't have to replace your cabinets to get a return on your money. Painting them can go a long way. Paint doesn't cost nearly as much as granite countertops, but it can really transform a dated kitchen. Crisp white cabinets in place of dated and dingy - or just builder grade - make a kitchen look new.

Paint the Walls

This is an often-forgotten solution for the kitchen since most of a kitchen is covered in cabinetry and tile, but don't forget the walls! Paint the walls a beautiful color to offset the cabinets and countertop. It will give your kitchen the extra-new feeling it needs to sell your house.

New Cabinet Hardware & Sink

What if your cabinets are not dingy and they aren't builder-grade? It might not make sense to paint them if the wood is beautiful, especially if they were custom-built for your kitchen. You might consider changing your woodland-themed knobs to something updated and neutral. Brass knobs and pulls are a modern choice with a classic look.

Neutral Backsplash

A tile backsplash is such a personal choice. Maybe your prospective buyers absolutely hate white subway tile, but chances are much higher that most of them won't. You want something that makes your kitchen look new, clean, and neutral. So consider replacing the themed backsplash as a way to make your kitchen sell itself.

Updated Lighting

Does your kitchen feel like a cave? Is it too dark where it counts the most? Chances are good that if you don't have enough lighting there, your buyers will notice it. Consider updating and adding more lighting where your kitchen needs more.

Stage & Clean

The very best, and free, way to make your kitchen sell itself? Stage it like the rest of your house. Clean all the corners, nooks, and crannies. Take away most of the stuff you have sitting on your counters. Yes, that includes the appliances. If you have to, put them in a storage bin and hide them away. You want just enough out to make buyers feel like they could live there. They don't actually want to see you living there if you know what I mean. A bowl of fruit and a few props should be all you need. Your real estate agent can give you some helpful pointers.

Conclusion

With a couple of small - or maybe one significant - changes to your kitchen, you may be on your way to selling fast and for more than what you were hoping for!

August 2018 Upcoming Events in Northville, Novi, & South Lyon, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

August Events in Northville, Novi, & South Lyon, Michigan

Are you looking for something fun to do with the entire family in August? If you live in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon, Michigan, there is a great lineup of events to enjoy.

Northville, Michigan August Events

Wednesday Night Concert Series

  • Wednesdays in August
  • Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Location: Northville Town Square

Enjoy a free, family-friendly acoustic concert in Northville

Friday Night Concerts

  • Friday nights in August
  • Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Location: Northville Town Square

This event is free on Friday nights through the summer. Come out and enjoy local Michigan music groups while you enjoy the summer nights. The entertainment lineup includes:

  • August 10 - Shawn Riley - Celtic/Classic Rock
  • August 17 - Paddle Bots - Soul/Pop
  • August 24 - Steve King & The Dittilies - Classic Rock

First Friday Experience  

  • Date: Friday, August 3
  • Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Location: Downtown Northville

Downtown Northville hosts a mini staycation getaway on the first Friday of every month! Come and enjoy late shopping at all your favorite downtown retailers. Each business will showcase their best new products and offer trunk shows with limited time exclusive deals and sales. The downtown galleries put up new exhibits, artists, and pieces. Come to enjoy the delicious and wide-ranging types of cuisine in downtown Northville and grab some friends to shop the special sales.

Buy Michigan Now Festival  

  • Friday, August 3: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
  • Saturday, August 4: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 pm
  • Sunday, August 5: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Location: Downtown Northville
  • Free parking & admission

For 10 years, Northville has been celebrating Michigan’s annual Buy Michigan week with its very own festival. This is your chance to walk the streets, enjoy special treats from street vendors, hear live music, find activities for your kids, and buy local crafts and Michigan-made products.

Bricklin International Car Show  

  • Date: Saturday, August 11
  • Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Location: Downtown Northville

Attention all Bricklin enthusiasts! This club was formed in 1976 to preserve the SV1. It puts out a quarterly magazine, and there is a website with a forum chatroom. Two national Bricklin meet-ups happen every year, and this year it will be hosted in Northville! You don’t have to own a Bricklin to join in - quite a few admirers come to the shows.

Tunes On Tuesday

  • Date: Tuesdays
  • Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
  • Location: Town Square Northville, Across from Great Harvest

For the littlest Northville residents, a chance to jump, dance and squirm to live music!

Novi, Michigan August Events

Sizzling Summer Art Series

  • Location: Novi Civic Center
  • Time: 10:30 am

Don’t miss this summer art series designed for kids and a fun way to get outside. The agenda includes:

  • Wednesday, August 1 - Kevin Kammeraad
  • Wednesday, August 8 - Palamazoo
  • Wednesday, August 15 - African Drumming and Dance Troupe Heritage Works

Fun For Seniors

Come to one of these fun-filled events just for ages 55+.

  • Thursday, August 2, 12 pm - 2 pm Island Fun Luncheon
  • Thursday, August 16, 1:30 pm - 2:30 Tropical Steelpan Music with Aaron Parrot
  • Thursday, August 23, 1:30 pm - 3 pm Birthday Wishes for 85+ years luncheon

The Main Event Novi

  • Date: Saturday, August 11
  • Time: 3:30 - 10:30 p.m.
  • Location: Downtown Novi

The Main Event is Novi’s downtown Summer Festival. It features an army of food trucks, a car show, a kid’s area, a craft beer and wine tent and live music through the evening by a variety of bands:

  • 4:00 pm - Jennifer Westwood & The Handsome Devils
  • 5:30 pm - Gasoline Gypsies
  • 7:00 pm - Jill Jack Band
  • 8:30 pm - Sponge

In addition, the Charity Fundraiser will be held on Friday, August 10 from 7-10 pm. This is an exclusive event, and only 300 tickets will be available. Last year, over $10,000 was raised for the Mitchel Kiefer Foundation.

This event includes local craft beer tasting, signature dishes from local restaurants: Big Tommy’s Parthenon, Bonefish Grill, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Mojito Rio Grande and Steve & Rocky’s. There will be a wide variety of silent auction items, live auction items, and live music. For more details, please see https://themaineventnovi.com/lowdown-1

Sizzling Summer Nights Maker Fest

  • Date: August 17
  • Time: 7:00 pm -9:00 pm
  • Location: Novi Civic Center

This month’s Summer Nights includes demonstrations from local artisans, plus a chance to make your own creations! The movie on this night will be Pixar’s Coco.

Movie On The Shore

  • Date: Tuesday, August 21
  • Time: 6:00 pm
  • Location: Pavilion Shore Park

Family fun, face painting, bounce house, food trucks and live music all come before the main event of the night: Sherlock Gnomes playing at 7:45 pm.

South Lyon August Events

South Lyon has several fun events happening each week through the month of August. Come check it out!

Friday Concerts in McHattie Park

McHattie Park in South Lyon has a lineup of great entertainment for you to enjoy starting at 7:00 pm on Fridays! August’s agenda includes:

  • August 3 - Rod & Annie Capps
  • August 10 - Rich Eddy's Rockin' Oldies
  • August 17 - Bill Bynum & Co.
  • August 24 – Invasion

Farmers Market Saturdays

South Lyon’s Farmers Market offers locally grown, baked, and crafted products each Saturday.

  • Days: Every Saturday, May 5 through October 27
  • Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Location: The municipal parking lot at the NW corner of Lafayette (Pontiac Trail) and Liberty.

Movies in McHattie Park

  • Date: Saturday, August 4
  • Time: Starts at dusk
  • Featured Film: Paddington 2 PG

Are you looking for something fun to do with your family? Bring your family, a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy a family-friendly movie on the city’s 24-foot inflatable screen at McHattie Park. In case of inclement weather, please check the city’s website at www.southlyonmi.org or the city’s sign.

Takeaway

From free concerts and movies to a farmers market and senior events, there is something for all ages planned for August in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon, Michigan.

New Home Forecast Summer 2018 - What You Need to Know

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Housing forecast

In years past, house hunting could be a fun, relaxed time. Buyers could afford to take their time and see multiple listings before making a decision. There were plenty of homes to choose from.

However, the housing market has not been kind to buyers in the last several years. One reason for this that we keep writing about is the housing shortage.

It's especially frustrating for first-time home buyers who are competing with so many others for the few starter homes on the market. And starter home prices are also rising.

You may have heard that new home construction is returning. That is true. More new homes are being built now than there have been since before the 2008 and the beginning of the recession.

Read on to learn about what's trending and how it could impact you as you continue your search!

New Homes Statistics in 2018

In May of this year, builders completed almost 1.3 million new homes across the U.S. according to the
joint report put out by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The last time that many houses were completed in a month was in January of 2018 when a little over 1.3 million new homes were completed.

There were also more new homes completed this year compared with this time last year. In April, 1.9% more new homes were completed than in April of 2017. In May it was even better: 10.4% up from May of 2017.

Future prospects for new homes and new home buyers also looks good. This trend can be traced through how many permits have been issued. The number of new permits issued to home builders was up 8% in May over May of 2017, so more new homes are being built this summer than last summer.

In addition, there are permits to put up single-family houses, which is good for new home buyers as well. Permits for single-family homes went up 7.7% over last year. New construction has varied from region to region, but the Midwest has seen one of the most substantial bumps - 17.4% - in permits issued to builders.

One of the most significant gains is in housing starts. Construction work on new homes that has begun but hasn't finished yet has gone up 20.3% from the same time last year. The Midwest overall has seen the biggest gain in new construction, which continues to make it one of the most affordable regions in the country.

The Downsides to New Construction

Although this region has seen the most growth, there still aren't enough new homes being constructed to meet all the demand. More new homes do help the struggling buyers. However, it's always going to be competitive. The market needs 1.25 million new homes every year to meet demand, but this current building pace doesn't match that. It's about 30% below the required supply.

Another potential frustration is in the types of homes being built. Demand is highest for single-family starter homes, as there is an increasing number of first-time buyers. New homes are more expensive than previously existing homes because of the associated costs.

Additionally, builders are erecting larger houses for clients with a higher income. Most of the new homes that have gone up have multiple bedrooms and bathrooms with a price-point to match.

Most new construction, as you can imagine, is happening further out from city centers and established suburbs. They are more likely to be part of a homeowners association, which can add more expense in the form of HOA fees. This is all good news for families looking for this type of new building, but it doesn't help young buyers looking for the right home not too far away.

Takeaway

New home construction is excellent news for the housing market overall. Even if you are a first-time buyer, it could end up impacting you positively. The good news is the housing shortage is beginning to ease, if ever so slightly.

If you are interested in looking for a new house in the Northville, Novi, or South Lyon, Michigan area, please give us a call. We would be honored to help!

248-348-7200

3 Small Home Fixes To Make A Huge Impact

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Tools for home fixes

If you have just purchased your new home in the spring or summer, chances are good that you have bought at the top of your budget and that you are trying to find ways to settle in and make the best of finishings in need of an update. You are probably mostly happy you finally got a house, after months of searching and putting in offers.

As a brand-new homeowner, the world is your oyster. However, your budget may not be. Whether you are inwardly groaning at your 1950s kitchen with no $20,000 insight to gut the whole thing, or eyeing your peeling front porch and wishing for carpenter elves, there are solutions.

You may not realize it yet, but there are many small and affordable fixes out there. Your attitude about your house can do a 180 on a slim budget.

Paint, paint and more paint

Did you know that paint is for more than just walls? You can actually paint your tile. That ugly backsplash you just can't afford to replace? That 1990s bathroom renovation you absolutely can't stand?

You can purchase a DIY epoxy kit that can cover the whole thing with a shiny, white glaze. No one will ever know the difference. You can even cover those mustard-colored bathroom sinks and fiberglass shower insert.

Another area where paint can make a huge impact is on your trim. Do you have dated or cheap-looking trim? It might take a weekend's worth of your time, but fresh white trim can give your whole house a clean, updated look.

The same goes for doors and kitchen cabinets.  If you want to get really bold, there are even paint products out there made especially for floors. So if you have a tile floor that's eventually going the way of dinosaurs, why not stencil on a pattern you like?

Hardware

You might not realize what an impact the fixtures and hardware in your house are making on you. Take a moment to look at your faucets, light fixtures, electrical plates, doorknobs and cabinet hardware.

These things can each be replaced relatively inexpensively. Does one room stand out to you? Could you switch out that construction-grade flush-mount ceiling light in the dining room for a modern pendant light?

You might be surprised at how much it changes the atmosphere of the place all by itself. Maybe your electrical plates are grimy. Can you change them for fresh, white plates to match your new white trim? Or perhaps all your kitchen really needs is a few coats of paint on the cabinets and new hardware. That's an inexpensive fix that can really make all the difference.

Outside

Is your curb appeal a little lackluster? It's a good thing you don't really need a team of beefy landscapers to fix it since they come at a price. There are three things you can do right now to update the front of your house.

Weed and mulch.

Don't worry about adding any plants or making big plans. Just have a load of mulch delivered and tidy-up what's already there. Don't have much of a garden? Buy a few hanging baskets or big pots for the front porch and put in some colorful flowers.

Paint your front door.

This is something no one thinks about doing, but it can make the most dramatic impact of all. If you have one bright color you love, think about putting on the front door instead of the bedroom wall.

Update your house numbers.

You can't beat the power of typography on the eye, especially for modernizing the exterior of your house. What better way to say to friends and neighbors, "welcome to my new house!"

Takeaway

Don't let your fading home finishes get your down. Make a few of these small fixes that will fit in your budget and enjoy the significant impact they make on how much you love your house.


 

Top Things to Overlook When Buying a New House and What Not to Overlook

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Top Things to Overlook When Buying a New House

This year, housing shortages are worse than ever. Mortgage interest rates are rising a little bit, and home prices are raising a lot, due to the large demand. You might be sitting yourself down for a serious talk right about now if you’ve been on the housing search for a long time and haven’t gotten anything yet. First-time buyers are especially hurting in this extreme seller’s market.

Maybe you’re saying to yourself, “Forget buying a house for now. I’ll just wait until market conditions clear up.” For some first-time buyers out there, the hassle and heartbreak might not be worth it.

But I bet you have that nagging voice in the back of your head asking, “what if it doesn’t get better? What if it only gets worse? If I gave up now, would I miss my chance?”

If you decide to take another stab at finding a house, you want to look at homes with a new perspective. I’m here to tell you there are things you can overlook when you decide to purchase a home. And there are things you shouldn’t. Not all potential home buyers know the difference. Maybe your willingness to accept a few things about a house that you don’t like will be the difference between buying a home and renting for a few more years.

What Should You Overlook?

Paint Colors

I can’t tell you how many times potential buyers have been deterred from looking at a home because the paint colors or the color of the trim isn’t to their liking. Paint colors are one of the easiest things to change about a house. Paint is cheap, relatively speaking, and it doesn’t take much skill or time to change.

Curb Appeal

If you are like most buyers now, you are cruising through the pictures on listing sites long before you make an appointment to see a house in person. In fact, many homes are weeded out of a prospective buyer’s list solely based on whether the pictures are nice or not. The curb appeal of your home is easily changed within a year or two, on a small budget. When deciding which houses to see, try basing your decision on the size and location of the house rather than how it looks on the outside.

Old appliances, Carpeting or Light Fixtures

It’s one thing if you’re looking at a home near the top of your price range that needs $100k worth of work before it’s livable. It’s another thing to strike it off the list for having old finishings like carpet, light fixtures or appliances. I understand that it all takes money to replace, but some of these things don’t require much money or skill to replace.

The bottom line is if your home needs cosmetic updates, but everything else is right, (location, size, and fundamental structure) you might be looking at the house of your dreams.

What Do Buyers Overlook (But You Shouldn’t)?

Budget Concerns

Sometimes buyers overlook how much closing costs are going to be when they calculate how much they can spend on a house. Make sure you get this nailed down before you make that offer. You should also take the time to calculate utility costs before you make your offer. Your offer is going to depend on how much you can pay each month. It’s best not to be surprised before getting into a new house, and you can’t assume your utilities will be the same in your new house as they are now.

Resale Value

While some things can be overlooked, what some buyers do is sacrifice what can't be changed in order to get into a house, like a backyard right next to a busy train track. You may tell yourself you don't mind, but you might be surprised what other buyers mind when it's time to sell.

Likewise, there are some things about your new neighborhood you might not know until you live there. Those can’t be changed either. What’s the new neighborhood like at night, for instance? Is there a dog that barks all night two doors down? Do the neighbors fight loudly on weekends or throw wild parties? And what will your commute be like from your new house? It’s a good idea to check these things out before committing.

Takeaway

House hunting season is bound to be tough right now for first-time buyers. Hang in there and try to hold your expectations loosely. If you can look past a few of the things that can be easily changed while being smart about the things you can’t change, you might find yourself with the advantage.

If you are interested in buying a house in Northville, Novi or South Lyon, Michigan, please give us a call. We would be honored to help!

248-348-7200

Novi and Northville, Michigan Upcoming Events July 2018

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Upcoming events - Northville & Novi, Michigan July 2018

The cities of Novi and South Lyon are in full swing with summer festivities and celebrations. The fun doesn’t end with Independence Day celebrations in July. In fact, the fun is just beginning.

With regular concerts, movies, a pop-up splash pad in the parks, there’s so much to do you won’t want to miss it!

City Of Novi Events for July

Sizzling Summer Art Series

Wonderful Wednesdays

  • Time: 10:30 am
  • Location: Pavilion Shore Park
  • 43390 W 13 Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48377

Running through July, every Wednesday morning, Novi welcomes local artists to delight and inform. July’s schedule includes:

  • July 11 - Native American stories and dance presentation with Reg Pettibone. Get ready to learn all about this nation’s first peoples!
  • July 18 - Drummunity!
  • July 25 - John Magician will amaze and tantalize your senses.

Sizzling Summer Nights

  • Friday, July 13
  • Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm followed by a movie at dusk
  • Location: Fuerst Park
  • 45325 W 10 Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48375

Novi is celebrating ten years of spectacular family programming with Sizzling Summer Nights! This popular activity for all ages features free food and games in the park from 7-9 followed by the movie, Kubo and the Two Strings, showing at dusk.

This July, the activity is water! A pop-up water park with giant water slide, water balloons and more mean you have to come prepared to get wet. Bring a change of clothes and picnic blanket to settle in for a fun twilight movie in the park.

Luau On The Shore

  • Saturday, July 28
  • Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Location: Pavilion Shore Park
  • 43390 W. 13 Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48377
  • Cost: $7 per plate (cash only)

Summertime in the frozen North always makes us think of places where it never gets cold! Hawaiian and Polynesian island cultures are as fun to experience as they are to dream about. Come to this free community event for all ages. There’s a pig roast, lots of other food, music, dancing, and games for all!

Motor City Mountain Biking Association & Team Tree Farm Tree Farm Relay

  • Saturday, July 28
  • Time: 8:45 am
  • Lakeshore Park   
  • 601 S Lake Dr., Novi, MI 48375
  • Age: 18+
  • Price: $100 per team until July 20 and $140 on the race day
  • Registration: MCMBA.org

Are you interested in endurance racing and ready to get your feet wet? This race is for you! It’s the 13th annual Tree Farm Relay Event at Lakeshore Park. This unusual race features a four-person relay, and the course has tons of hills, passing zones, and spectacular beauty. Team racing at its most fun!

City Of Northville July Events

The City of Northville’s unique summer events continue through July, all in Northville Town Square:

Tunes On Tuesday Children’s Concert Series

  • Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Cost: Free

Are you looking for something special to do mid-week with your children? Tunes on Tuesday in Northville’s Town Square is a free event that is a great way to have some fun! July’s schedule includes:

  • July 10, 2018 - Paula Doak
  • July 17, 2018 - Palamazoo    
  • July 24, 2018 - Stephanie J  
  • July 31, 2018 - Earth Angels

Wednesday Night Concert Series - Northville Unplugged

Plan to come to Northville’s Town Square throughout July on Wednesdays from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. July’s schedule of performances include:

  • July 4, 2018 - No Concert     
  • July 11, 2018 - Just Joken    
  • July 18, 2018 - The Johnnies
  • July 25, 2018 - Jill Jack

Friday Night Concert Series

  • Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Northville’s Friday Night Concert Series is a great way to relax and start the weekend. July’s entertainment schedule includes:

  • July 6 - Randy Brock   
  • July 13 - Social Bandits
  • July 20 - Gia Warner   
  • July 27 - Groove Therapy

Takeaway
'Whether you are looking for something special to do with your children or want to enjoy a free concert, there are a number of events to choose from in Northville and Novi, Michigan in July.

If you are interested in taking a closer look at these family-friendly cities, please give us a call. We would be honored to help you find your next house.

248-348-7200

 

4th of July Events for Novi and Northville, Michigan - 2018

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Northville & Novi Michigan 4th of July events

Do you have any plans for the 4th of July this year? Sometimes this holiday is hard to plan, and this year it falls on a Wednesday. What do you do with a holiday surrounded by work days? You can make the most of it, or you can celebrate before.

This year, in Novi and Northville, you can do both. Come to the newly expanded Novi Stars and Stripes Fest June 28th - July 1 - the weekend before the 4th of July - and celebrate the actual holiday in downtown Northville at the parade and Mill Race Village events afterward!

Stars and Stripes Fest

  • Suburban Collection Showplace
  • 46100 Grand River, Novi, MI 48374

The Stars and Stripes Fest has come to stay in Novi, to the Suburban Collection Showplace! This is the 12th year for this huge event, and the second hosted by our great city. This exciting event draws many people from all over Metro Detroit. It’s also fun for the whole family with a huge midway and carnival rides for adults and kids, an arts & crafts show, food trucks, car crush demolition, a fireworks display and, of course, great live music on multiple stages.

This event is hosted by Fun Fest Events and presented by St. Joseph Mercy Health System.

Stars and Stripes Fest Hours

  • Thursday, June 28, 2018 – 2:00 pm - 11:30 pm
  • Friday, June 29, 2018 – 2 pm - 11:30 pm
  • Saturday, June 30, 2018 – Noon - 11:30 pm
  • Sunday, July 1, 2018 – Noon – 11 pm

Live Entertainment

  • Friday, June 29, 2018 at 8:15 pm – Rockstar
  • Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 6:45 pm – Alien Ant Farm
  • Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 7:45 pm – LIT
  • Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 8:45 pm – P.O.D.
  • Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 10:00 pm – Buckcherry
  • Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 5:15 pm – School of Rock Farmington
  • Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 6:30 pm – Spiral Crush
  • Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 7:45 pm – Seventh Alley
  • Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 9:00 pm – Teddy Petty
  • Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 6:45 pm – Fifty Amp Fuse

Carnival Prices

  • Thursday – Half Off Wristbands ALL DAY – $12.50 wristbands
  • Friday through Sunday-  $25 Wristbands

Presale discount wristbands are available for $20. Please see customer service center at Twelve Oaks Mall.

Children age 5 and under will be admitted free. As an extra bonus, you will be able to enjoy all of the concerts as they are included in the festival admission.

VIP tickets for the June 30 concerts in the preferred pavilion seating are available for $35. To purchase tickets online, please see starsandstripesfest.com.

The only firework display in Novi is presented at this event - on July 1 - and sponsored by Eyeglass World. It takes place at dusk on Sunday. For more info, visit www.starsandstripesfest.com.

Northville Independence Day Parade 2018

  • Downtown Northville
  • 10:00 a.m.

Grab your seats early this year for Northville’s annual Independence Day parade. This great event brings together the community, attracting over 20,000 visitors! All kids are invited to decorate their bikes to join in the parade, which starts at the corner of E Main Street and South Griswold.

The Northville Independence Day parade includes great music, floats, marching bands, children’s characters, clowns, the bike parade, the pet parade, and maybe even a few celebrities! It wouldn’t be a Michigan parade without vintage and classic cars in attendance. There will be new, never before seen attractions and all of your old favorites!

For more info, call 248-349-1300 or visit www.mayburyfarm.org/independencedayparade.

Mill Race Village

  • 215 Griswold St, Northville, MI 48167
  • 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

After enjoying our exciting parade, head over to historic Mill Race Village to celebrate our country’s independence and remember the past. All the historic buildings are open to the public on July 4th from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Bring a picnic lunch or shop at the general store and eat outside on the beautiful grounds. Experience the fun activities after relaxing in the shade.

Takeaway

This year, there’s plenty to do to celebrate our country’s independence! Come and join the fun! Have a happy and safe holiday.

Upcoming Events in Northville, Michigan - June 2018

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Northville Michigan June Events

Summer in Northville, Michigan this year is getting kicked off with a bang and it’s all about the arts! This includes music, theater, craft beer, local arts, photography, and more.

Wednesday Night Concert Series

Northville’s Wednesday night concert series, held in downtown Northville in Town Square every Wednesday night from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm is all about “unplugged” music by local artists.

Friday Night Concerts

Get a taste for more of Northville and Michigan’s local musical talent on Friday nights in Northville Town Square from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm continuing on June 29 with Mr. Moody playing party music.

Northville Farmer’s Market

Don’t miss Thursdays in Northville through the month of June at Northville Downs. From 8:00 am – 3:00 pm there will be vendors, local farmer’s stands, fresh produce, fresh flowers, and arts and crafts from Michigan artisans. There will be a master gardener on hand to answer your questions until noon every Thursday!

Craft Beer Festival

Come to the second annual Tapped in the ‘Ville Craft Beer Festival at Millennium Park on Saturday, June 23 from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. If you like to sample good beer, this is the place to do it, with some of the best local, state, and regional brews available.

There will be food trucks on site and live entertainment. In addition, what beer festival would be complete without a cornhole tournament?

Tickets include admission, 10 tasting tickets and a 12 oz. “Tapped in the ‘Ville” mug. Right next door is Northville Art House’s annual Art Fair for more to see and do as you taste our delicious brews. To purchase tickets online and more information, please see www.tappedintheville.com.

The End of Nowhere: Stories and Photographs by Thomas Pickarski

Speaking of the Northville Art House, this free photography exhibit by Thomas Pickarski will run through the end of June. Come to see his 32 dramatic photos of Iceland, Greenland, and Patagonia and read the stories of his journeys.

Dinner Theater at Genitti’s Hole In the Wall

Genitti’s is a 46-year tradition in Northville. This fine restaurant has expanded several times over the years and kept its relaxed and delicious family atmosphere. One thing they are known for is their one-stop-shop entertainment.

This summer’s dinner theater is no exception. For $50 per person, all inclusive, you and a table of friends or family can experience the interactive comedy murder mystery “Lights, Camera, Murder!” Set on the set of a 1950s monster horror flick “The Atomic Iguana,” you will be entertained and pulled in to this comedic murder mystery all while savoring the best Genitti’s has to offer. Performance dates are Saturdays, June 23 & 30 at 6:30 p.m.

To make reservations call 248-349-0522. For more information, please see Genitti’s Dinner Theater.

“Northern Aggression” by Joseph Zettelmaier

Tipping Point Theater

Running through June 24, Northern Aggression is a play about long-time Michiganders moving down south and hilariously misunderstanding a Civil War reenactment. It is directed by Matt Foss and features Thomas D. Mahard, Patrick Loos, and Alysia Kolascz.

Ticket Pricing

  • Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. and Thursday at 8:00 p.m. - $30
  • Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. - $37
  • Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. - $33
  • Sundays at 2:00 p.m. - $33

For more information and purchase tickets online, please see Tipping Point Theater.

Takeaway

There’s certainly no shortage of fun in Northville, Michigan during the month of June to kick off the summer!

If you are interested in moving to at Northville, please give us a call. We would be honored to help you find the perfect house in this family-friendly community.

248-348-7200

The Ugly Summer Housing Market Forecast

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Couple looking at house online - housing market

If you are a first-time home buyer this summer, you probably have already been feeling the burn, so to speak. If 2017’s housing market was difficult for those seeking starter homes, this year is looking to be even tighter. Spring has been very busy already, and it’s not likely to let up as summer progresses.

While searching for a new house, it’s best to be informed. According to Forbes, which has analyzed the data and research this spring, more buyers are as informed as they can be going into this season.

If you are one of them, it’s probably because of the disappointment you, or your friends, have experienced while looking for a home. Here are the facts:

  • Inventory has been declining steadily for 42 consecutive months. It’s down almost 9% from last year at this time.
  • Average days on the market have fallen by 5 days as well.
  • Starter home prices have risen 9.6% this year over last year.
  • Trade up and premium home prices have risen as well - 7.5% and 5.2%.
  • Mortgage rates are on the rise as well - 4.66% at the end of May, which is ¾ of a percent higher than this time last year.
  • 40% of buyers are planning to put more than 20% down.
  • 40% of buyers have been actively looking for a home for more than 7 months.
  • 60% of buyers are still hoping to close on their dream home within the next 6 months.
  • More than 25% of buyers plan to offer above asking price.
  • 31% of buyers are planning to put a larger earnest money deposit down.
  • Only 6% of buyers aren’t planning to use any of these tactics to cope with the increased difficulty of finding a new home.

Here’s an interesting one, not necessarily negative.

  • There are 8.3% more fixer-upper starter homes on the market than there were 6 years ago.

According to the list above, clearly many buyers are going into this season with action plans in hand - and you can too.

Get pre-approved before you shop.

You don’t want to fall for a home and then lose it in the rush to get approved for a mortgage. In addition, according to The Mortgage Reports.com, you can shop around for your mortgage the same way you shop for a home. Don’t be like other buyers and take the first offer you find.

Be prepared to act fast!

This means having all your ducks in a row and knowing exactly what you’re willing to settle for, and how much you have to spend. It is better to know when to walk away than get in over your head with a mortgage payment you can’t afford.

On the flip side, know what you can offer over and above what other buyers might be able to offer. If you have a bigger down payment or more earnest money, offer it up front.

You can also settle, up front, with your realtor what other terms you can add to your offer to make it more attractive. For example, offer a fast closing, a quick inspection or renting back to the seller are all things that don’t cost extra money but could make the difference to the seller.

Keep an open mind.

When looking at homes - especially the way we all window shop on our phones - it’s best to reserve judgment until you’ve seen a home in person. If there is a particular listing in your neighborhood and price range that you are tempted to pass by because the pictures don’t look great, think again.

Other buyers may be doing what you were tempted to do and miss out on a good opportunity. The same thing goes for viewing fixer-uppers. Not everyone can see past paint or finishings they don’t like. However, if you are willing to do that, you might just get in ahead of everyone else.

Takeaway

Yes, the market is crazy for buyers again this year. But take heart and keep informed. If you are interested in looking for a house, it is important to have an experienced real estate agent by your side. Call our office today!

248-348-7200

 

Home Improvement: Do It Yourself vs. Getting a Loan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Home improvement project: removing old asphalt roof

Spring and summer are often the time to roll out those power tools and work on the home improvement projects you have been waiting to do. Some homeowners are just now realizing their house needs work either before the next time cold weather hits or before they can sell their house.

The trouble is, which projects are worth it to do yourself and what ones are absolutely best done by a professional? In addition, if you need professional help, how can you finance it?

Here are practical tips to help you decide if you should do that home improvement project or to hire a professional.

Doing It Yourself

There are a few big questions to answer before you know whether a certain project is worth doing yourself. Before you get into a big one, make sure you have really done your research. Otherwise, you may end up paying double for a contractor to get you out of your DIY predicament.

Do You Have the Time and Energy to Invest in This Project?

I’m not just talking about the energy required to do the work, but also the energy required to live with the constant state of a mess as you navigate through your job, your family life, and the unfinished work and state of mess that inevitably comes with a DIY job.

While things like finishing a basement, landscaping, or even painting your home’s exterior yourself might be worth the hassle of the workaround, replacing all your kitchen cabinets and countertops yourself might not be worth it in the loss of your kitchen for weeks or months.

Is it Safe for a Novice?

Even experienced DIYers know better than to take on something that could be dangerous or cause expensive problems if done incorrectly. Things like electrical, plumbing, and removing walls are best left to the experts.

Do You Truly Have the Skills to Do it Right?

Many of the projects on DIY shows aren’t as easy as the professionals make them look. Installing tile is often touted as a DIY project. However, it can be tricky and costly to get wrong. Do your research, take a class, and practice before you commit.

How to Finance a Home Remodel

There is good news if you need home improvement and know you can’t tackle it yourself. There are many ways to finance home improvements.

Personal Loans

According to an article in US News, there are some personal loans available for as low as $1,000. Although they do have the drawback of short repayment times, they do not affect your home equity.

Home Equity Loans

A home equity loan is basically a smaller second mortgage for a fixed amount of money that is secured by your home. They typically have fixed interest rates that never change, so the monthly payment will be the same.

These loans have higher interest rates than mortgage rates, but they are much lower than a typical credit card. They also come in larger amounts - usually about 85% of the value of your home minus what you still owe on your current mortgage. You can also get a tax deduction under certain conditions.

The disadvantages of a home equity loan are that you use your home’s equity, so it doesn’t exist anymore or isn’t as high. There is a risk of foreclosure if you fail to pay the loan since the collateral is your home’s equity. Also, this isn’t a good product to use for short-term expense since you could end up paying more than if you had used a different loan product.

Contractor Financing

If you need a new roof, for instance, most companies offer financing to get you into the new roof you need right now and offer 100% financing. In fact, most contractors offer project financing that doesn’t affect your home equity, is easy to sign up for on the spot, and doesn’t tie up your personal credit card balances in case of emergency.

This option can often give you the ability to have a nicer renovation than you had anticipated and cover the total cost. However, keep in mind that it is a loan and a contractor is interested in selling you a higher-priced product by showing you a low monthly price you feel you can afford. Make sure to do your homework beforehand.

Best Home Improvement Projects for Return on Investment

Lifehacker.com lists the top three money-saving home improvements you can do. These are worth checking out even if they aren’t cosmetic. Not only are they worth the money, but they are, in some cases, very inexpensive.

  • Seal up all drafty areas - windows, doors, etc.
  • Update your old energy-wasting appliances
  • Clean your gutters and check for structural problems.

Conclusion

The best thing you can do to make a decision about home improvements and how best to get them done is to do your research, both on how long it actually takes to DIY a project AND how much it actually costs to finance.

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