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Real Estate Marketing News: Home Sales Cool in Southeast Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

House for sale depicting home sales cooling

Here's a piece of good news: if you are still reeling from the scorching market and subsequent bidding wars of the last couple of years and you came out of it without a new house, now is probably your moment.

The housing market in the entire country is slowing down, and it has started to affect Southeast Michigan.

As a seller, it may be somewhat of a surprise - and an unwelcome surprise at that - to find that your starter home won't garner three deals on the same day it goes on the market.

However, don't get too discouraged! There is overall good news in this for everyone.

For one thing, most experts say it's not a temporary downturn but part of a more significant slowdown. So, as you are seeing home prices inch downward now, you can probably expect to see them continue to inch down toward next spring.

A market slowdown is highly preferable for buyers and sellers than a housing bubble leading to a recession.

The Trend in Southeast Michigan

The number of homes sold in this area was down 5.7% in September, according to data collected by RealComp, which is based out of Farmington Hills. New home sales were down as well in September, which follows the trend for existing homes.

Part of the reason for the slowdown is that interest rates have begun to go up. While you may have gotten an interest rate below 4% a year ago, the rates hit an average of 4.9% for a 30-year mortgage this fall with every indication that they may continue to go up.

Experts are predicting that rates may be as high as 5.55% by this time next year. These kinds of rates may seem high to you but bear in mind that in the early 2000's, the rates were closer to 7 or 8 percent.

How a Cooldown Affects Buyers and Sellers

Sellers

As you may have reason to expect, market conditions are slowly returning to more normal conditions for sellers. Houses will typically sit on the market for slightly longer than they would have before the hot market began.

Gone are the days of multiple bidding wars and cash offers on the same house, and prices will not continue to rise. If you were planning to sell your house for an above-asking price on the same day you list it, you might need to adjust your expectations.

This market change doesn't mean you won't sell your home! Rising borrowing costs coupled with rising material costs mean that inventory is still low. Also, many buyers who were discouraged by the too-hot market of the last several years may be shopping again.

Buyers

First-time buyers are, unfortunately, still going to be in a tight position. Although the mortgage interest rates aren't nearly as high as they have been in the past, it is discouraging to see how much they've climbed.

Additionally, inventory may still be tighter than in years past as rising costs and lowering sales keep new homes from being built. The primary advantage you have on your side now is time, and lower asking prices.

In the last two years, it may have been all but impossible for the average first-time buyer to snag a single-family home. Now, you have the luxury of shopping around without the fear of losing your chance.

It's a good bet that now you can make a realistic offer on a house and get it accepted. The sooner you decide to enter the market, the lower interest rate you will be able to secure, as rates will continue to rise through next year.

Takeaway

Because the rest of the economy is strong and incomes are still rising, experts don't predict that this housing cool-down is predictive of a recession.

Although the market is definitely cooling, and will probably continue to cool down throughout this fall and into next year, it will create opportunities for some without jeopardizing sellers' chances.

If you are ready to buy or sell, please give us a call. We would be happy to help!

248-348-7200

Christmas Events in Northville, Michigan - November 2018

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Christmas Events in Northville, MI

The weather has turned crisp, the leaves are almost all changed, Halloween is behind us, and everyone has eaten their fill of fresh donuts at Michigan's beautiful orchards and cider mills. You know what that means.

Christmas time is here!

Do you look forward to the holiday season every year: the lights, the shows, the music, the warmth, and generosity? Do you have Christmas traditions in your family or in your town that inspire you?

Northville During The Holidays

The City of Northville is at one of its best times of year during the Christmas season. Not only are there lights and decorations abundant which show off the beautiful, antique architecture, but Northville boasts several unique holiday experiences you shouldn't miss if you want to capture your holiday spirit fully.

The following events are happening in November. Make sure to get your calendar out so that you won’t miss a thing!

Holiday Home Tour

  • Date: Friday and Saturday, November 16 & 17
  • Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location: Downtown Northville
  • Ticket cost: $25 advance, $30 day of the event

Do you drive around quaint downtown areas and wish you could see inside some of the homes you see every day?

You're not alone!

It's always fun to see how other people live and decorate, particularly during the holidays. That's why Northville works hard to offer five new and gorgeous homes for you to peek into during this weekend.

Every year is something different. Bring a couple of friends, wear shoes you can easily remove, and get into the holiday spirit by visiting some homes you may never have seen before!

Tickets can be purchased in advance in a variety of ways, or on the day of the showings. Visit the holiday home tour web page for more information.

Holiday Lighted Parade

  • Date: Friday, November 16, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Location: Downtown Northville

Northville's official kickoff to the holidays begins with the Holiday Lighted Parade. Plan to bundle up and watch the parade with the whole family.

For more information, visit Downtown Northville’s website.

Christmas in the Village

  • Date: Sunday, November 18
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Mill Race Village, 215 Griswold Street, Northville, MI 48167

If you have never toured historic Mill Race Village, or if you try to make a stop every year, come to the Mill Race open house to experience Christmas preparation the old fashioned way!

Soak up the beautiful decor and watch Guild members busily crafting away: weaving, knitting, spinning and making lace! Hear the student string orchestra and carolers, and mandolin performances.

Then visit the JM Mead store and the Cady Inn for Christmas gifts and delicious cream tea.

Entrance is free! Bring the whole family and enjoy.

Victorian Christmas Cream Tea

  • Date: Sunday, November 18, 2018
  • Time: 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Mill Race Village

If you are looking for something special to welcome the Christmas season, Mill Race Village's Victorian Christmas Cream Tea is a great way to do it.

Tickets will be available at the door and cannot be pre-purchased.

For more information, please visit Mill Race Village Northville.

Holiday Greens Market

  • Saturday November 17, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 18, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Town Square, Northville, Michigan

Are you ready to deck your house with fresh evergreen? Come to downtown Northville's Holiday Greens Market for roping, wreaths, outdoor arrangements for your porch, table centerpieces and everything else you could want.

The best part is that when you buy from Holiday Greens Market, you are buying local from Michigan merchants!

For more information, please visit Northville Square.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town Square!

  • Date: Saturday, November 24, 2018
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Northville Town Square

Yes, the big guy is coming to town! Plan to bring your little ones to Northville Town Square on Saturday afternoon, November 24, from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Takeaway

If you are looking for fun events to help you get into the spirit of Christmas, come to Northville in November! From a Holiday Home Tour and Lighted Parade to taking your children to see Santa Claus, there is something for all ages in Northville.

Halloween Hours & Events in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon - 2018

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Halloween Hours & Events in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon - 2018

Halloween is the time of year when your whole neighborhood turns out to meet each other and opens their doors for the cute kids in their bright costumes.

It is a magical time and like no other day of the year for this reason. This fun tradition gives us all the chance to step outside our doors and see our neighbors face to face, or to walk through our cities and towns, knocking on doors for no other reason than to share in the fun.

If you don't have children to take trick-or-treating, consider buying a few bags of candy and turning on your porch light this Wednesday. The great thing about kids is that they don't care whether you have a single pumpkin on your porch. If you have free candy, you are automatically their hero!

One of the best things about Halloween, from our perspective, is that it gives you, as a family, a perspective on your wonderful community that we get to see all the time! You might not know it yet, but you have wonderful, interesting and kind neighbors all around you. That is truly the thing which gives homes their value.

You may have already participated in Halloween and harvest festivities in a variety of ways through churches or schools. However, luckily, these local communities are all safe places where you can take your kids and be assured of friendly neighbors with a light on and a bucket of scrumptious candy. Don't miss the opportunity to participate in trick-or-treating on Halloween night!

Halloween Events

Northville, Michigan Trick-or-Treat Hours & Events:

Not only does the City of Northville have active participation from neighbors in Halloween festivities, but Northville also pulls out all the stops to decorate for the occasion.

In Downtown Northville, you can see the annual skeleton display of a lifetime. Set against a backdrop of historic homes, this spooky decor is sure to delight kids and adults alike as you make your trek in search of booty.

There are 116 skeletons scattered all over downtown Northville this year. As an extra frightful treat, you can also see the spiders take over town square!

Northville trick-or-treat hours are 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and the streets in Northville's Historic District will be closed 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Novi, Michigan Trick-or-Treat Hours & Events:

As a recommendation, Novi's hours are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. per Novi City Hall.

Senior Citizens Halloween Luncheon "Spiders, Bars and Cats, Oh My!"

  • Wednesday, October 31 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Ages 55+
  • Location: Meadowbrook Activity Center
  • Ticket prices: Resident: $7.50 and Non-Resident: $9:00

You're never too old to participate in this fun community holiday. Novi has something for those aged 55 years young and up! Enjoy a Halloween-themed holiday luncheon, complete with spooky decorations and entertainment provided by Balancing Earth. The program is sponsored by Right at Home. For ticket availability and more information, please call 248-347-0414.

South Lyon, Michigan Trick-or-Treat Hours:

South Lyon’s trick-or-treat hours are from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Bringing it Home

Even if you haven't done much for Halloween yet, you can get in on the fun by visiting Northville's skeleton and spider display, attending a senior's lunch in Novi, or just opening your doors to the bunches of cute kids who are about to flood the streets in their costumes.

We hope you make some new connections and strengthen old ones with your neighbors. Have a wonderful Halloween!

What to Do Before You Move into Your New Home

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Tasks before moving into your new home

Did you recently purchase your new home? If you did, or if you are about to make this big purchase, congratulations!

It's an exciting time as well as a potentially stressful time. You can eliminate potential stressors right away by doing a few things you might not have thought of before you move in.

Many of the following tips are great things for any homeowner to do no matter how long you've lived in your house!

Have Your New Home Professionally Inspected

It pays to do your homework for a professional inspector you can trust. Your real estate agent may have recommended an inspector to you. More than likely, that inspector will be able to catch any big problems before your move.

However, home inspectors can't always detect pests or issues that were hidden by the previous owner's furniture. It may be worth it to get a second inspection for your benefit before unpacking your belongings.

Clean Your Gutters and Chimneys

You should already have a good idea of the state of your gutters and chimneys, but that doesn't automatically mean they're clean and in working order!

Roof and gutter cleaning is #1 for maintaining the integrity of your roof and house. In addition, if you want to use your new fireplace and chimney, make sure it's in working order.

Have Your HVAC System Cleaned

This task often gets overlooked, but pet hair and dust can clog your HVAC system and contribute to allergies in a new home. It's not very expensive to have your ducts cleaned, have the filter on your furnace change, and make sure everything in your HVAC system is in working order.

Have Your Floors Professionally Cleaned

Nothing is more annoying than moving all your furniture into your new bedrooms and then realizing you needed to have the carpets steam-cleaned. The previous owners probably didn't do this. You want the carpet cleaned of other people's dirt before you move in.

Check Your Water Quality

You might never have thought of this one but bad water can contribute to a host of illnesses. You can purchase a kit to test for bacteria, lead, pesticides, nitrates, chlorine, hardness, and PH.

If you find out your water needs to be filtered, consider having a reverse osmosis water filter installed.

Update Your Detectors

Replacing those old smoke detectors with smart detectors that can sense smoke, radon, and carbon monoxide is probably a good idea. As a bonus, many new detectors also connect to your smartphone to give you updates and tell you a bunch of other pertinent information while you're away!

Take Pictures of Everything

As horrible as the idea is, your new house may get damaged by floods, fires, tornadoes, storm damage, etc.

The sad reality is that your insurance company is going to want to pay the least possible amount on any insurance claim you make in the event of a catastrophe. It pays to have documentation of how your house looked when you moved in.

Set Up Your Utilities

If the previous owners didn't leave you with all of this information, don't worry! Your neighbors have the same services you do (mostly). What better way to get to know them?

Paint

Avoid the fumes, the headache of moving and covering everything and paint your new house before your move in. If you have a newer build, you're in luck.

However, older houses will probably need every surface to be painted - ceilings, trim, walls, etc.

Make Emergency Plans and an Evacuation Kit

One of the first things you should do when you move in, particularly when you have kids, is to sit down and make an evacuation plan together.

How will you get out? Where will you meet? Make sure everyone knows how to make the right emergency calls. You also need to have the right tools necessary for a potential survival situation. Consider having on hand:

  • An emergency fire ladder
  • A water filter
  • An emergency radio
  • A survival kit that includes emergency rations and first aid products - enough for every person in your family.

Hopefully, you won't need any of these things. But if you do, they are better to have on hand.

Bring it Home

We hope you have a great time moving into your new house! Use these tips to make it your own and avoid some of the stressors of living in a new place.

Why You Need to Organize Your House to Sell Quickly and For More Money

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Organized closet

Why is it that organization and cleanliness make such a significant impression on buyers? After all, we are all aware that our houses get messy - sometimes very messy - from time to time. Life gets busy, and cleaning gets put to the bottom of the list.

However, buyers don't care about how busy a homeowner is when they are coming to look at your house. What they want to see is often the fantasy (or hopeful thinking) of what a new home will do for their lives.

We see it over and over again: buyers won't stop at your beautifully staged kitchen and living room. When they are in your home, they can and will open every drawer, cabinet, built-in, and closet.

And they will judge your house by what they find. Not only that but if your clutter is there, they won't be able to picture their things fitting into your home.

Think of your closets and drawers as a kind of potential blank slate - even though your items will still be there. Organized belongings make your space feel calm and inviting. If your home isn't orderly and clean, buyers will disconnect from your house emotionally. They won't be able to see any of its potential: only the mess.

You don't want this disconnect to happen.

Clean Is More Than Surface

This is why we always advise our sellers to treat their home as if it's already someone else's home once they decide to sell. Ironically, if you are taking selling seriously, you need to organize and declutter the way your buyers imagine they will do when they see your house.

This is especially true if you want to get top dollar for it and have it sell quickly. You want to sell quickly to avoid having to keep your house "perfect" until it sells. It won't work to put the toys in a bin, sweep the floor, and call it a day.

Invest In Organization

Organization is more important than any other problem area in your house you might think you have to tackle to get it sold. Think about this from the other way around. If you can get a buyer to invest emotionally, that is when that buyer is going to want to live in your house and pay their top dollar to ensure they are the ones who get to live there.

Ordering your world can take a long time. There are many online tools to help you get started if you feel lost. However, you might want to consider hiring a professional organizer before you put your house on the market.

An organizer can see your stuff more objectively than you can. You may need some extra direction or courage to get rid of things that are holding you back. An organizer can also make the most of your space in ways you may not be able to see.

For buyers, this is solid gold. So what if your house doesn't have the closet space you wish it did? If a buyer sees a cunningly devised system, she will be able to picture herself living there too.

Bringing it Home

The most important thing a buyer needs to feel in your house is a sense of connection. They need to be able to see themselves living there. To do this, they need to feel the sense of calm that is created by a well-organized space.

If you are thinking about selling your house, this should be one of your first steps. If you need help or have questions about where to start and live in Southeast Michigan, please call. We would be happy to help you get started!

248-348-7200

Maybury Farm's Great Pumpkin Fest of 2018

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Maybury Farm's Great Pumpkin Fest

Fall is here, and Michigan residents couldn't be more pleased. The leaves are turning, the weather has finally become crisp and refreshing, and the fall activities are in full swing all over the great state of Michigan.

If you're looking for a fun family outing that has everything you could want from fall in one beautiful location, this is it.

The Great Pumpkin Fest is Maybury Farm's most popular event of the year. It has been expanded to two weekend days instead of one because of its popularity, and no wonder! This festival is jam-packed with activities, food, sights, and sounds.

About Maybury Farm

Whether you are new to this area of Michigan or you have lived in Metro Detroit for years and have never been to Maybury Farm, this is your year!

Maybury Farm is located in Northville, Michigan. It adjoins Maybury State Park, which is almost 1,000 acres of lovely, pristine nature in the heart of Metro Detroit. Bike paths, horse trails, and walking trails are just the tip of the iceberg for what's available in this park.

At the farm, you can regularly experience a u-pick farm garden, petting farm animals, playing on a farm-themed playground, and a general store with Michigan-made goodies. There are educational tours designed to teach kids science in a hands-on way and regular events like the Great Pumpkin Festival for the community.

Maybury Farm's 5th Annual Great Pumpkin Fest 2018

  • October 13 - 14 Saturday and Sunday
  • 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • $7 or $10 per person
  • Children 2 and under Free

Maybury Farm's incredible corn maze has been open for several weeks for your weekend fun! There is a 1-acre maze just for kids and a more massive 8-acre maze for anyone who wants a challenge. Check out the aerial view of this work of art!

This is Maybury Farm's 5th year hosting the Pumpkin Fest. This year, it's held on October 13 & 14 - Saturday and Sunday - from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There are two pricing options: $7 per person includes admission to the festival and Maybury Farm. $10 per person includes access to the festival, entrance to the farm, and a chance to challenge the corn maze with complementary wagon rides.

Activities Include:

  • Pie pumpkin painting
  • Bonfire & S'mores
  • Face painting
  • Hay Maze for the kids
  • Corn Maze
  • Model milking cow
  • Corn husk doll making
  • Mask making
  • Kids games - pumpkin themed
  • View the work of professional pumpkin carver John Angevine
  • Beeswax candle making
  • Children's costume contest
  • Story time & sing-along
  • Children's activity stage
  • Delicious foods
  • Home Depot Building
  • Corn Maze Trick or Treating
  • Animals smashing pumpkins
  • Apple cider pressing

The schedule for live music performances includes:

High Street Band

  • Saturday, 10:30am to 12:30pm

Steve Taylor Music

  • Saturday, 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Audrey Ray

  • Saturday, 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Vendetta Ride

  • Sunday, 10:30am to 12:30pm

Kari Holmes

  • Sunday, 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Todd Michael Band

  • Sunday, 2:30pm to 4:30pm

For more information, please visit Maybury Farm’s website.

Takeaway

With such a huge list of fun activities included in your admission to Maybury Farm’s Great Pumpkin Fest, plus great food, drinks, and entertainment, this could be one of the highlights of your year!

I hope it becomes a family favorite and that you come back year after year! Happy fall everyone!

Housing Market Trends for 2018 and Beyond

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Housing Market Trends for 2018 and Beyond

For many prospective homeowners, the last few years have been a challenge. With home prices continuing to rise and inventory at its lowest point in a decade, first-time home buyers and those downsizing have had to compete against many others - especially in our country's hottest markets.

With this furious pace, experts have started to look into the possibility of another housing bubble and financial collapse.

Of course, no one wants to live through another great recession. Many American families are still trying to recover from the 2008 bubble burst.

So, what's the truth? Is this current real estate situation a housing bubble? What are the indications that it could be? Could we be headed for another bubble burst?

While some market trends are showing similar signs to a housing bubble, the newest data from popular housing markets this summer says we may be heading for a slow-down rather than a bubble burst.

It may not be the best news for sellers who are hoping for a bidding war and a massive increase in their asking price. However, it's better for everyone than another recession.

2 Significant Trends of a Housing Bubble

Interest Rates

In 1997, Professor Fred Foldvary predicted the 2008 bust based on his examination of history. Interest rates tend to follow bank credit swells, which are typically to follow peaks in land value.

The cycle has repeated itself consistently since around 1800, except for the interruption of WWII.

Some experts point to today's high mortgage rates as an indicator that the market is about to bust. Interest rates are high but not as high as their peak in 2007 of 6.70% or 18.19% in 1979.

Default Rates

The rate at which homeowners are defaulting on their loans is also a predictor of an impending real estate crash. However, this rate is at its lowest, nationally, in 12 years.

The Evidence Points Toward Housing Market Cooling

Although the fact remains that you may not see much of a difference in your local market, there is emerging data to suggest that it may be the beginning of a change.

In some of the most active markets in the country, where bidding wars were common, and housing prices were being driven sky high, markets have begun to cool.

Homes are starting to sit on the market for weeks instead of just days and sellers aren't receiving multiple bids on their homes.

Existing-home sales dropped this past June for the third straight month, and new home purchases are at their lowest in 8 months.

Inventory is Growing Again

Home prices are rising still - which is good news - but not as fast. Only 6.4% this past May, which was the smallest year over year gain since early in 2017.

Prices are at their lowest increase over a 3-month period since 2012 according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency. 

Experts are predicting a 5% gain this year and a 3% gain in 2019, which is much lower than what we saw in 2007 shortly before the crash, which was 10.7%.

Takeaway

Evidence of the housing market cooling may not be welcome news to everyone. However, it's much more welcome news than another impending recession.

Sellers can take heart! Home values are still rising. And buyers can start to catch a breath.

As 2018 draws to a close and 2019 begins, the real estate market is looking like a much more comfortable place to venture into.

If you are interested in buying or selling a house and live in Southeast Michigan, please give us a call. We would be honored to help!

248-348-7200

 

How to Choose the Perfect Neighborhood

by The Jamey Kramer Group

How to Choose the Perfect Neighborhood

One common nightmare scenario for new homeowners: you find the perfect house - a beautiful new kitchen, number of bedrooms, and beautiful deck. Then you find out later that your new neighbors have loud parties until 2 a.m. on weeknights.

Or there's a barking dog right next door. You are stuck with a perfect home in the wrong location.

What do you do?

This phenomenon can be called "neighborhood regret," and it's genuine. If you are not looking out for it, you may lose sight of how important your new neighborhood is going to be.

It's why you can't just consider the house itself. You have to think the whole package.

According to a recent Trulia survey, 36% of residents would move to a different neighborhood than their current one if they had a chance.

How to Search for a New Neighborhood

It could be argued that the neighborhood is just as important as the house you buy. You can always change the aspects of your home you don't like over time.

However, it's a lot less likely that you will have any way of influencing the makeup of your neighborhood.

If you are about to buy a house, or you are looking for a new community for this exact reason, follow these smart tips about where to start your search.

Make a List of Your Priorities

Most buyers know some of their top priorities before they start looking: school district, proximity to the interstate, walkability, etc.

Those are all great things, but think about the details you might be overlooking:

  • Can you handle a neighborhood with a lot of dogs?
  • Do you want to live on a street with other families?
  • Do you want to avoid a place where college students often throw late-night parties?

Scope Out Your Top Choices Online

The chances are good that this list of priorities will narrow your neighborhood choices down to just a few. If you have kids, the school district will probably make a significant impact on your neighborhood choice.

You can use Niche.com to find "user reviews" on the areas you are looking for. Niche is like a search engine for neighborhoods and schools. It is made up of a team of scientists and parents who have taken all the raw data about your area and taken the guesswork out of your search. Information is presented in an easy-to-use format that allows you to search under many different criteria and receive ratings and reviews from actual residents of the area you're searching for.

Take a Look for Yourself

The best way to find out about your potential new digs is to go there yourself. Drive through at all different times of day and night. If it's walkable, consider getting a coffee and spending some time strolling around.

Notice what you see and hear. Is the car traffic loud? Is there construction nearby? Are you noticing graffiti you didn't see when you toured the house?

Now, summon your courage and knock on a few doors. The chances are good that you will get your best information this way. The neighbors will know how quiet it is at night. They will have experience with potential crime, and it won't just be a statistic. You have got nothing to lose. If the next-door neighbor is rude, maybe that's a sign you should move on.

Takeaway

The environment you live in can be just as important as the state of your new kitchen or the number of bedrooms. Take some time to research your new neighborhood before you make that big purchase and avoid neighborhood regret.

If you have any questions about this process and live in the Detroit Metro area, we would be happy to help.

248-348-7200

Northville and Novi, Michigan Receive Top School Rankings for 2019

by The Jamey Kramer Group

School bus depicting Northville and Novi ranking in top 10 schools in Michigan

A little taste of fall weather has begun in Michigan. The cider mills have opened, and most importantly, the school year has just started. With summer vacation over and the flurry of preparation for the school year to begin off of your plate, you might be turning your attention to buying or selling your home.

A good school district is one of the top reasons families choose the place where they live. With most homes being two-income homes, it's vital to parents that the schools their kids go to are safe, welcoming, and highly rated. A good school district often brings better real-estate value to the homes in that area.

Northville and Novi, Michigan are no exception to this rule. We are happy to report that both communities offer some of the best public educations possible in the state of Michigan.

The Niche 2019 School Rankings

If you haven’t heard about Niche, it's a little bit like the search engine for neighborhoods and schools complete with all the most helpful reviews from actual students and parents.

Niche is a team of data scientists, engineers, and parents who gather and analyze the raw data that's out there about your dream neighborhood and school and they put it into an accessible format.

You can go to Niche.com to search for any area you are interested in, or you can find out great things about your neighborhood just by reviewing one of the lists they publish every year.

For more information on how Niche ranks schools, please visit methodology.

What Do Parents And Students Say About Northville And Novi?

Northville High School is ranked the #1 Best Public School in Wayne County. With "A" grades for Academics, Teachers, Clubs, College Prep and Health and Safety, Northville High is about the best place you could go in this county. However, it's also one of the best schools to send your kid in the state of Michigan! It's ranked #4 for college prep schools #6 for STEM schools and #8 for best high schools in the entire state!

Novi High School is ranked #1 Best Magnet High School in Michigan. At #4 best public high schools in the entire state of Michigan, Novi High School has it all. With "A" grades in all the categories, including Diversity, and #7 for best college prep school, it would be hard to find a better public school education for your kids.

Novi and Northville School Districts Rank High

What does Niche have to say about grades K-9 in Novi and Northville? All great things.

  • Northville Public Schools has the #2 rated best public school district in Wayne County. It is 9th in the entire state of Michigan and is considered the 5th best place to work as a teacher in the state. At #16 out of 556 for the best teachers in the state of Michigan, Northville is one of the very best.

Takeaway

If you are already a member of one of these great communities, your children  benefit from some of the best teachers and educations the state of Michigan has to offer.

If these rankings are making you dream about providing this environment for your children, call us today. We would be honored to help you find a home in Northville or Novi, Michigan.

248-348-7200

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maybury Farm Corn Maze Fall 2018

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Maybury Farm Northville, MI

Even though fall weather hasn't set in entirely here in Michigan - with temperatures still in the high 80s some weeks - all of the fall fun activities are right around the corner. With Labor Day weekend past and schools starting, this time of year marks a new beginning with all your favorite fall activities and festivals.

Maybury Farm - a working farm in the heart of Metro Detroit is connected to sprawling Maybury State Park. It has an exciting autumn lineup in store for citizens of Northville and beyond.

If you haven't visited Maybury Farm, there are daily and weekly activities for all ages, including live animals! Maybury Farm also hosts several community events throughout the year. The famous corn maze and Pumpkin Festival is the highlight of the year. Fall 2018 is ramping up to the best year yet for this little farm!

Maybury Farm Corn Maze aerial viewMaybury Farm's Famous Corn Maze

  • Dates: September 14 - October 28
  • Location: Maybury Farm, 50165 Eight Mile Rd, Northville, MI 48167

Hours:

  • Fridays: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Sundays: 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Admission:

  • $9 per person that includes farm admission and tractor wagon ride to and from the maze.
  • Admission for children 2 and under is free.

*The last wagon leaves for the corn maze 1 hour before closing time

One of the most popular fall activities in the Midwest, where corn is abundant, is a corn maze. Many of the adults who grew up in the area can remember playing and hiding in fields of corn throughout the summer months. Conquering a scary or challenging corn maze has long been considered a fall right of passage.

This year at Maybury, the corn maze is set to be exceptional. There are 10 acres of lustrous corn being cut into a brand new, never-before-seen design. The theme this year is "Farmers Feed Families."

It's not just any maze! It will take you over an hour to complete. You will play three different games as you make your way through it. Those who complete the whole challenge may enter to win a big prize at the end of the season.

If you or your kiddos aren't up for the 1 hour, 9-acre challenge, a 1-acre maze has been constructed just for the little ones. It only takes 20 minutes to complete. In addition, if you want an extra challenge, the nighttime maze run may be just for you. On Fridays and Saturdays, the maze will be open until 10:00 p.m. so you can make a spooky night of it.

Parmenter’s Cider and Donuts

In addition to the Corn maze, don't forget Parmenter's Cider Mill’s cider and donuts will be available in the farm's general store.

If you want the full Michigan fall day experience without visiting several locations, plan to enjoy Northville's own cider and donuts from Parmenter's. This cider mill dates back to 1873 in the city of Northville. It's the next best thing to visiting Parmenter's itself.

Child with pumpkin at May FarmU-Pick Pumpkin Patch

This is the perfect time to visit the pumpkin patch for your very own pumpkin or two (or three or four) to decorate your front porch. Maybury Farm has pumpkins on the vine.

October is the last month for visitors to the farm to see the animals.

Make a day of your Maybury Farm visit by petting and feeding the animals before the farm closes for the winter. Say hello and goodbye-for-now to all your favorite furry friends.

Group Outings to Maybury Farm

Make an advance reservation for your group on a weeknight. Enjoy all the farm has to offer as a private tour by calling 248-374-0200. Groups wishing to come during regular business hours don't need to make a reservation.

Bonfires are available during regular business hours or for a group reservation.

Takeaway

Don't pass up one of your first and best opportunities to experience the best of autumn. Plan to visit Maybury Farm!

For more information, please contact Cindy Kern, Maybury Farm Director, at 248-704-9211 or visit the website at www.mayburyfarm.org.

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