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Top 10 Design Trend Strategies to Help Sell Your Home

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Design trends - stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops

With summer of 2017 at an end, the hot seller’s market might be taking a quick lull. If you are thinking about selling your home in the cooler months or even just thinking about doing some home renovations with resale value in mind, here are the top 10 trends in home design right now. Luckily, most of these trends are actually quite timeless, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding something a future buyer will love too.

#1: Stainless Steel Appliances

According to Country Living, stainless steel appliances signal to a potential buyer that they won’t have to update the kitchen very much, if at all. Stainless steel tells buyers the appliances are new and they have a classic look that will complement any decor choice a new buyer might make. If you are planning to update your appliances and you haven’t already been thinking about going stainless, think again.

#2: Freestanding Tubs

A blogger and designer at DecoratingDivas.com may have a word or two to say about the size and expense of a freestanding tub. Country Living proclaims these tubs best sellers. It may all come down to the right buyer. Beware spending a fortune on a large, impractical fixture. You may not recoup your investment. If soaking is your thing, then go for it.

Would you like one easy solution? Go for a smaller claw foot version, many of which you can find for sale at antique stores. These babies have all the style, a fraction of the price, and much potential resale value.

#3: Smart Home Features

Smartphone controllable features in your home are what I call a no-brainer. Not only do these devices - smart thermostats, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and security systems - provide backup when you’re away from home, but they can all be controlled from your phone. So many of us do most of our business on our phones now, why not make sure you can control your home this way too?

#4: Light Neutral Walls

One design trend really making its way into the mainstream is minimalist decor. Twenty years ago, it was considered boring and bad taste to have white walls. However, minimalism is here to stay - at least for now. Modern home buyers want a clean palate. Most of them are looking for some type of twist on modern design.

#5: Quartz

Quartz is one of those “can’t-go-wrong” design choices when remodeling a kitchen or bathroom. It’s also called engineered stone and it’s one of the most versatile and durable things out there, not to mention high-end. Many home buyers that would be turned off by less than luxurious countertop choices will take a second look just because of the quartz countertops.

#6: Marble

Similar to quartz, marble countertops, with their timeless appeal that works with a variety of cabinet colors and backsplash combinations, offer something to design conscious buyers. New, natural and more luxurious countertops are instant home sellers. Buyers see that and know that is one place they won’t have to fork over big bucks to make it their own.

#7: Built-In Bars not Breakfast Nooks

For extras that are more fun than necessary, consider adding a bar instead of a breakfast nook. According to Redfin, breakfast nooks are on their way out. More and more home buyers want space to entertain. Built-in bars are gaining more and more traction every year.

#8: Floor Lamps

According to the stars of HGTV’s Vintage Flip, floor lamps are a bigger deal than recessed lighting. If you’re thinking about springing for those flush-mounted lights to sell your home, think again. A design-savvy buyer may not want them, and they also might be sold when they see how great your floor and table lamps look in your home. The plus side is you get to keep your floor lamps when you move.

#9: Barn Doors

Vintage Flippers Jessie and Tina Rodriguez were the pioneers of using barn doors as temporary space dividers. While they personally are starting to move away from using them as often, the trend is still at its height. “Modern Farmhouse” decor is all the rage, so if you have been longing to add one of those sliding barn doors, definitely do it now.  

#10: Hardwood Floors (Not Bamboo Floors)

Bamboo floors are on their way out and hardwood floors will never go out of style. Hardwood offers new buyers a chance to refinish to their liking and less expensive vinyl flooring can be replaced more cheaply, but bamboo just doesn’t fall into one of those categories. If you need or want a major floor change, go with hardwood.

Takeaway

Design trends come and go, so you want to be choosy when you’re spending your hard-earned money updating your home. Thinking about what will give you the best resale value could be a lifesaver down the road.

Home-buying Couples: Top 5 Biggest Conflicts

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Home-buying Couples: Top 5 Biggest Conflicts

Buying a home can be one of the most exhilarating, and stressful, times in the life of any person. Multiply the stress, expectations, anxiety, and preferences by 2 and you’ve got potential trouble brewing.

It’s true. We see couples on HGTV finding the home of their dreams all the time. All that conflict is edited out. A new survey from LendingHome makes clear the biggest areas of stress home buying makes on a relationship.

Here are the top 5 biggest conflicts for home-buying couples:

#1: Longevity of the Relationship

If you have been with your partner for less than five years, it might be time to re-think buying a house right now. This survey studied millennial and Gen X couples buying their first home together. It found that couples who have been together for 5 years or longer disagreed only 14% of the time during the process.

The sad part is, the amount of disagreement more than doubles for couples who have been together for 4 years: they argued 30% of the time. That’s only one more year, but apparently, it’s the golden year in terms of peaceful home-buying experiences. In addition, the survey found that 60% of home buying couples said they disagreed occasionally, frequently or a lot during the process.

#2: Amount of Debt

Money, of course, is a big problem for many couples, aside from home buying. It’s not a surprise that money concerns are huge when you are making this huge decision together. A big chunk of your income will go to this dwelling every month you may have different priorities when it comes to housing.

49% of couples disagreed - according to this survey - with how much debt to take on. This was the single biggest disagreement in the whole survey. How can anyone avoid it?

  • Both partners have to be clear on your current financial situation - especially if you don’t share a bank account.
  • Both partners need to know the full amount of debt already in each name and have plans for paying it down.
  • Both partners have to have a realistic picture of how much more you’re willing to take on and a plan to pay for that as well.

Remember - these questions are just the starting point. You might still disagree once you have all these nailed down, or you might find that nailing these down makes your priorities as a couple clear.

#3: Style of House

Right up there with debt is style. Who doesn’t have a style of home and an ideal neighborhood picked out in his or her mind? The survey found that 46% of couples disagreed about what style of home to choose. Interestingly, it also showed that women generally preferred a traditional or cozy home in the suburbs or established neighborhoods and men generally preferred a modern home in a city setting.

Before you start the search process, take some time to sit down together and talk about why you are buying this home. Is this a starter home, hopefully on your way to something bigger and better down the road or after you have kids? Is this your forever home with room to grow? What things will you need near you if you do have kids? What things are you willing to give up? What other goals or milestones do you have coming up and how will living in this house affect that?

#4:  Size of House

The survey found that 45% of couples disagreed over the size of the house they were going to buy. One word of advice to any first-time home buyer (or maybe even subsequent home-buyers...we don’t always learn from our mistakes, do we?).

It’s not a good idea to max out your budget, even if you can afford it. Buying a new home almost always ends up being more expensive than you think - in terms of moving costs and other small extra fixes that can add up along the way. If you are one of those couples disagreeing over the size, think about all of your other priorities first to help you iron out that issue. You might find that there are amenities available with a smaller home that will make up for missing space indoors.

#5: Whether to DIY

With Do It Yourself shows on HGTV exploding in popularity over the last 10-15 years, it’s no surprise that couples would fight about this. The survey shows 43% of couples disagree over this issue.

If you are the partner dreaming to DIY a concrete countertop (because it’s not really in the budget and Chip makes it look so easy!), make sure you do your research. Most of the time, unless you are highly experienced (and even then), all DIY projects take a lot more money, time and patience than you are truly willing to dish out.

You might be set on a fixer-upper, but it’s always a good idea to have a contractor come with you to look at a potential new home. You may find that having a realistic picture of how much it will cost and how much time it will take will help make your decision for you. Just don’t make the mistake of assuming you can do it in a week.

Takeaway

Good news: more than 60% of couples said the process didn’t affect the overall health of their relationship and they felt more committed than ever after they bought their house together. So, even though there may be disagreements, there’s a really good chance it’ll all be worth it.

With any home buying decision, it is critical that you have the right people by your side. Please give us a call. We would be honored to help.

248-348-7200

 

 

 

Upcoming Events for Novi, Michigan October 2017

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Little girl at pumpkin patch

Do you live in the Novi, Michigan area? Are you looking for some fun things to do in October?

The City of Novi has a number of exciting events for all ages planned this October. Check it out ahead of time and make plans to do something local while the good weather holds.

MSU Tollgate Farm Pumpkinfest

  • Saturday – Sunday, October 7 & 8
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: MSU Tollgate Farm, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI 48377
  • Cost: Free Community Event. Parking $5

If you have never attended the Tollgate Farm Pumpkinfest, you are in for a treat. This family-friendly event is a great way to enjoy the fall while taking a wagon ride on the way to pick out the perfect pumpkin.

Story times are planned throughout the day featuring children’s authors reading their stories - through participation with the Novi and Walled Lake Public libraries. You will also be able to participate in the fundraiser for educational programming at the farm.

In addition, there will be a children’s straw maze, pumpkin bowling, antique tractors, MSU Bug House, educational exhibits, live music, and other children’s activities. Tickets will be sold for the other activities.

For more information, please see Pumpkinfest - Tollgate Farm and Education Center.

 Health & Wellness Fair

  • Saturday, October 7
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Meadowbrook Activity Center, 25075 Meadowbrook Rd, Novi, MI 48375
  • Cost: Free Community Event (There is a flu shot fee)

Explore the ways in which your community helps improve your health and well-being.

  • Free health screenings including blood pressure checks
  • Free giveaways and a grand prize drawing
  • Healthy snacks and refreshments
  • Prescription drug take-back event
  • Flu Shot Clinic - Flu shots will be available for adults and children and given on a first come, first serve basis. Flu Shot price is $36 without insurance or at no cost with Medicare Part B, Medicare Advantage, Blue Care Network, HAP, Priority Plus and Health Care Plus.

For more information, please see the flyer, Health & Wellness Fair.

Smores Family Fun Run

  • Saturday, October 14
  • Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Lakeshore Park, 601 S Lake Dr, Novi, MI 48375
  • Registration Fee: $9.00

Come and run with the whole family! You can make it, it’s only 1 mile! Have a blast running the mile with other families and then come back to celebrate with live music, smores by the fire, and hayrides!

To register online, please see Smores Run registration.

Battle of the Badges Fall Blood Drive

  • Wednesday, October 11
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Novi Civic Center, 45175 Ten Mile Rd., Novi, MI 48375
  • Register online by visiting www.redcrossblood.org code: novi or by calling 313-549-7052

Celebrate Fire Prevention Week with the Novi Public Safety Team by coming to donate blood. Cast your vote for Police or Fire when you donate and see who wins! It’s an easy way to help save a life today.

Novi Athletic Booster’s Holiday Kickoff Arts & Craft Show

  • Saturday, October 21
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Novi High School, 24062 Taft, Novi, MI 48375
  • Cost: $3 entry, children 5 and under free

The Novi Athletic Boosters will be hosting a Holiday Kickoff Arts & Craft Show on October 21. Come, pick out your Christmas gifts from over 160 juried crafters and support the Novi athletic boosters at the same time. If you have community spirit, this is the perfect place for you to come and support the kids in your community.

For more information, please see Novi Athletic Boosters 2017 Craft Show.

Monsters on Main

  • Wednesday, October 25
  • Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Main Street off Grand River in Novi
  • Cost: Ages 2-12 $5/child

If you have little kids, this is the perfect trick-or-treat community event. Come for games, a movie, crafts, a pumpkin patch, and of course costumes and candy!

To register online, please see Monsters on Main Registration.

Day of the Dead

  • Sunday, October 29
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Novi Civic Center, 45175 Ten Mile Rd., Novi, MI 48375
  • Cost: Free Community Event

Would you like to know what the Day of the Dead is all about? Come for a procession, mariachi performance, dance performances, crafts, activities, and traditional costumes. A food vendor will be on site and much more!

Takeaway

The City of Novi has an exciting list of events planned in October. From the MSU Tollgate Farm Pumpkinfest to the Day of the Dead celebration, there is something for everyone.

If you are interested in moving to Novi, please give us a call. We would be honored to help.

248-348-7200

 

 

 

Northville, Michigan Upcoming Events - October 2017

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Are you looking for something special to do in October? Do you live in the Northville, Michigan area?

The fall season is in full swing in Northville with many exciting events coming your way. From the Northville Art House Exhibition to the Great Pumpkin Festival at Maybury Farm, you won’t be disappointed.

Here are the upcoming events for October 2017 in Northville, Michigan:

Northville Art House Exhibition

  • September 1 – October 28
  • Tuesday – Fridays: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • October 6 First Friday: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Location:  215 W. Cady Street, Northville, MI 48167

9th Annual West of Center Juried All-Media Exhibition

The Northville Art House has a philosophy of bringing the community something unexpected. “West of Center” is this year’s showcase of contemporary artworks. Brian Nelson, professor of sculpture at Eastern Michigan University, is this year’s juror who has made the selections. There are 32 works of art from 22 different artists.

The First Friday reception for this showcase will be held October 6 from 6-9.

Come for The Skeletons are Alive kickoff celebration, treats, drinks, and a free make-and-take project by Art House instructor Maria Latour.

For more information, please see Northville Art House Exhibition.

Boeing Boeing” at the Tipping Point Theatre

  • Wednesday-Sunday evenings, September 14 - October 22
  • Location: 361 East Cady Street, Northville, MI 48167

Tipping Point Theatre’s fall comedy play - “Boeing Boeing” is about Bernard, an American in Paris. He’s an architect and self-styled playboy who only dates air hostesses from international routes so he can juggle three ladies at a time! See hilarity ensue when Boeing invents the super-high-speed jet and a huge storm system develops - bringing all three ladies at once.

Times and 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

The box office opens 90 minutes prior to each performance. For more information and to buy tickets online, please see Boeing Boeing” at the Tipping Point Theatre.

Maybury Corn Maze

  • September 16 - October 29
  • Location: 50165 8 Mile Rd in Northville, Michigan

Don’t miss this year’s Corn Maze at Maybury Farm! The 2017 maze is double the size of last year: 10 acres of baffling fun. Come, sample some Parmenter’s cider and donuts, weave in and out, and find all 10 checkpoints for a chance to win a grand prize.

In addition, you will be able to find your pumpkins for the year at the U-pick pumpkin patch and take this chance to visit the animals at the farm for one last time before it closes to the public for the winter.

Another option is the “Fall on the Farm” tour, which is an educational tour for K-5 graders about corn and farming. It includes a run through the maze and cider and donuts for everyone. Group reservations and bonfire times are available too. Call 248-374-0200 for more information.

Corn Maze Hours:

  • Friday: 5:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: Noon to 10:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon to 7:00 p.m.

(Please note: the last wagon leaves for the maze one hour prior to close)

Corn Maze Cost:

  • $7 per person
  • Kids 2 and under: free

(The farm admission and a wagon ride to and from the maze are included with your corn maze ticket. The Barn is open until 7:00 p.m. nightly)

Northville Fall Fair

Fall is a perfect time to celebrate the fullness of life. Come to the fall craft fair to sample the best handmade items, specialty foods, fall décor, and much more.

  • Friday, October 13, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 14, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Northville Community Center, 303 W. Main St., Northville, MI 48167
  • Cost: Admission: $3, 12 & Under: Free

For more information, please see .

Great Pumpkin Festival at Maybury Farm

  • Saturday, October 14, 2017
  • 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Maybury Farm 50165 8 Mile Road, Northville, MI, 48167
  • Admission Cost: $5 per person or $8 to include the corn maze and wagon ride. Children 2 and under are free.  

If you want to combine the corn maze and a day of activities and fun for the kids, the Pumpkin Festival is your day. Come for many pumpkin-themed activities for the kids, face painting, pumpkin painting, story time, and much more. Stay to enjoy cider and donuts, corn maze, and pet the animals for one last time.

For more information, please see Great Pumpkin Festival.

Takeaway

Northville, Michigan is a family-friendly city located northwest of Detroit. This charming town is a wonderful place to raise a family. If you are considering moving to Northville, we would be honored to help. Please give our office a call.

248-348-7200

Sump Pumps: What Homeowners Need To Know

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Sump Pumps: What Homeowners Need To Know

Is it a good idea to buy a house with a sump pump?

This question was opened for discussion on Trulia. Let’s take a close look at what prospective and current homeowners should know.  

Michigan is the land of many lakes. Whether you live in a flood-prone area or have basement issues you’re trying to solve, a sump pump might be a homeowner’s best friend. In fact, sump pumps are very common in Southeast Michigan.

It is a good idea to take some time to familiarize yourself with how a sump pump works and what kinds of sump pumps are out there. In addition, if you don’t have a sump pump but you need a long-term solution for your basement to keep your stuff safe from destruction, here’s your guide.

Sump Pump Basics

  • Sump pumps don’t keep water from accumulating. If you are having significant issues, other outlets include having the grading of your yard examined and changed and repairing any noticeable leaks or broken pipes.
  • Some homes have sump pits built right into the basement floor. However, if you have an older home, it might not have one. If you have a pit, all you need is the pump. If not, contact a drain expert or contractor to see if your basement or crawlspace can be retrofitted with a sump pit.
  • A sump pit is just a hole with a gravel base - 2 feet deep and 18 inches wide - dug in the lowest part of your basement or crawlspace. The pit will fill with runoff water and the pump turns on, moving the water out of the pit through pipes running away from your home to a spot where it can drain away from the home’s foundation. There is a one-way valve at the pump end designed to keep water from flowing back into the pit.
  • Sump pumps usually turn on automatically using a float activator arm or pressure sensor to tell the pump there’s water there.

Types of Sump Pumps

  • Water-powered - the least powerful of the types, they run on city water pressure instead of electrical power, thus no need for electricity to keep them running. You can see the advantage here. No power, bad storm...still a dry basement. However, they can’t be used if your city’s water pressure is low or if you have an independent well.
  • Pedestal - also called a column or upright sump pump. It has an open motor supported on top of a column attached to the pump casing. The motor sits outside the sump and above the basement floor and is not designed to be submerged.
  • Submersible - this is a watertight motor designed for immersion. This kind kicks on when it senses it is submerged. The motor is coupled to the pump casing and is hidden within the sump.

Most sump pump systems have a primary pump, an emergency backup battery or water-powered pump and an emergency backup pump alarm. The emergency backup works when the power goes out, to help the primary pump with extra water or when the primary pump fails. The alarm lets you know the backup pump has had to be used, so you can attend to any failure before the next storm.

Should I Get a Sump Pump?

Installing a new sump pump can be an expensive and disruptive job. However, if your house experiences regular flooding or you live in a storm-prone area, installing a sump pump just might make the difference in saving your valuables and retaining the value of your home.

Prospective Buyers

If you are interested in purchasing a home that has a sump pump, you can rest assured that it is a good thing. It can help avoid water problems if properly maintained. Additionally, it is recommended that you have a battery backup on the sump pump in the event of a power outage.

 

Novi and Northville Listed Among Top 10 Schools Districts in Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Top schools districts in Michigan

The famous Niche site has published the top schools in America. We were not surprised that Novi Community School District and Northville Public Schools are among the top ten school districts in Michigan. Novi was ranked number 6, and Northville placed number 10 in the 2018 Best School Districts in Michigan.

In addition, Novi High School captured the number 1 spot in the Best Magnet High Schools in Michigan category and the number 4 spot in the Best Public High Schools in Michigan category.

Every year Niche publishes a list of the top schools in the United States. Using key statistics and millions of student’s and parent reviews, Niche comes up with lists of the best schools in your city, state, and in the United States. If you want to know what private school is rated the best, they have the answer. You do not have to look any further if you want to know what schools have the best teachers, best athletics, or best schools for the arts.

Niche is a small team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that collects data that produces “comprehensive ranking, report cards, and profiles for every K-12 school, college, and neighborhood in the U.S.” Niche takes polls and reviews from over 100 million students and parents.

Why Schools Matter

So, what is the big deal? If you don’t have children when buying a home, what does being a top -rated school really matter? According to Zillow, buying a home in a good school district means that the cost of buying a home will be higher in price. However, it will make a huge difference in resale value.

Zillow also states that it will also protect you from the real estate market ups and downs. Therefore, buying a home in a good school district, regardless if a school personally impacts you, the quality of the district will impact your home value.

Melissa’s Story

In fact, mom of three, Melissa, said that choosing a home in a top-rated school was not only on her list of desires when looking for a home, but it was a must have. Melissa’s family was growing and they needed more space.

When they bought their first home, they knew they were eventually going to have a family. So, they chose to buy a home in a highly ranked school district. When it came time to sell, Melissa’s family was able to sell their home within three weeks on the market. That doesn’t happen for everybody, but the chances of selling, regardless if you have children or not, is higher when your schools are better.

Additionally, when Melissa’s family was ready to buy their second home she stated,

“With three young children at home, their education is a top priority for our family. We cannot even consider a home in a poorly rated school district, even if it means that we will pay a little more for our home.”

When choosing a home, being mindful of the quality of school district is important. Every individual and family will have to take into account their own priorities and what they can afford.

However, if you are interested in moving to the Northville or Novi area, you can rest assured that the school districts are highly rated. This high rating will help the value of the homes in the area, as well as, help with resale value.

If you are interested in buying in the Novi or Northville area, please contact us. We would love to help answer any questions you might have.

 

South Lyon, Michigan Pumpkinfest 2017

by The Jamey Kramer Group

South Lyon’s 33-year tradition continues this year as the city gears up for fall weather. Come enjoy the sunny days as the air turns crisp and be part of your community in Downtown South Lyon. The heart of Pumpkinfest has been to support its nonprofit businesses through visiting their booths and hearing about what they do. They all show up and put on games just to tell the community about the vital roles they serve.

South Lyon’s Pumpkinfest was also started to benefit the local churches, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts clubs of South Lyon, and its athletic programs. Because of community support and the continuing efforts of those who are part of Pumpkinfest every year, this celebration has been able to donate $125,000 to these great programs. So this is South Lyon’s way of saying “thank you and please keep up your much needed support!”

Mark your calendar so that you don’t miss a thing.

South Lyon’s Pumpkinfest

  • September 22, 23 & 24, 2017
  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Location: Downtown South Lyon

Pumpkinfest kicks off at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 22 with the Biergarten/Main Stage opening on Wells Street.

Main Stage Schedule:

Friday, September 22:   Open from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

  • $3 cover charge for entry.  Cash only.
  • Beverages are sold by tickets only. Tickets may be purchased at the beer tent on Friday night.
  • Valid ID for the Beer tent is required.

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Dig A Phony

8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Persuasion

9:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. - Persuasion

Saturday, September 23: Open from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday fun begins at 10:00 a.m. with the Pumpkinfest Parade, a craft show at Milennium Middle School, and food, music, inflatables, Ultimate Air Dogs show, and more downtown.

Parade Information:

Get into the fall spirit and find a spot at the 33rd annual Pumpkinfest parade. This year’s theme is Remembering Yesteryear 60’s & 70’s. Watch the floats and listen to the bands as they go by.

The 2017 Pumpkinfest Parade Grand Marshall is Mrs. Diane Roest, owner of Diane's Doll House.

Where to Get a Good Seat for the Parade:

  • Any place along Pontiac Trail from Lyon Trail Subdivision to West Liberty Street.
  • Along West Liberty Street between Pontiac Trial and South Warren Street.
  • Along South Warren Street south of West Lake Street.

The rest of Saturday includes:

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - 3rd Degree Burns

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Sweet Revenge

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - DJ Music

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Sam Corbin

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Short Bus

8:30 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. - Square Pegz

10:15 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. - Square Pegz

Sunday, September 24: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Battle of the Bands

Come back on Sunday to witness all the contests: the Great Pumpkin contest, pie eating contests, more inflatables, another Ultimate Air Dogs show and the Battle of the Bands, to name just the highlights!

Takeaway

If you would like to support South Lyon’s local nonprofits and have a good time, look no further. Find all the entertainment and great food you want right in the heart of South Lyon, Michigan.

For more information, please see www.southlyonpumpkinfest.com.

Labor Day Weekend Events in Novi, Michigan 2017

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Labor Day weekend events in Novi, MI

Are you looking for something special to do on Labor Day weekend? For Southeast Michigan, it marks the beginning of school and one last celebration before the summer ends. If you are planning to spend the weekend with family or friends, there are plenty of fun events to go to in Novi, Michigan.

The Michigan State Fair is held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. The state fair is your one stop shop to experience all the down-home fun Michigan has to offer.

A carnival midway provides rides and games for all ages, the beer garden has drinks and entertainment for all tastes, there will be circus performances throughout the weekend, as well as livestock and agriculture exhibits, vendor booths from a huge variety of retail and handmade producers, racing pigs, and a farmers market where you can purchase beautiful Michigan produce.

Here is the lineup of events you won’t want to miss:

Michigan State Fair 2017 Hours

  • Thursday, August 31, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday, September 1, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 2, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 3, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Labor Day Monday, September 4, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

This year’s Michigan State Fair attractions include:

  • New! Friday Night Flights; beer tasting
  • Butter Cow carvings - you have to see it to believe it
  • Many types of competitions that include baking contests, eating contests, a decorator competition, and a wool arts competition.
  • There’s a baby animal exhibit for all ages - everyone loves baby animals!
  • A cooking demo stage where you can learn some new tricks and try some samples.
  • Dog performances
  • An equestrian pavilion for the horse lovers out there.
  • A “Reader’s Round-up”
  • And much, much more!

Michigan State Fair Parade

It’s only the 3rd annual Michigan State Fair parade! Conclude your state fair experience with a parade celebrating Michigan’s agriculture, businesses, and communities. Come to see floats and entertainment made in the spirit of Michigan’s culture.

The Parade will start at 10:00 a.m. and travel down Taft Rd. to Grand River Ave. It concludes at the East Main Entrance of the Suburban Collection Showplace.

Parking:

Parking will be available at both the Parade Staging Area (Novi Meadows) and the Parade Ending Area (The Suburban Collection Showplace).  Parking is complimentary for parade participants as long as they arrive before 9:30 a.m. and if parking at the Suburban Collection Showplace, participants must enter through the East Main Entrance.

After 9:30 a.m., normal parking rates of $5.00 per car and $10.00 for large vehicles will be charged. A shuttle will be available and traveling between both parking lots. Participants can also be dropped off at the Parade Staging Entrance.

Weather:

The Parade will take place rain or shine unless conditions are unsafe or unbearable for parade participants. Call the Weather HOTLINE at (248) 347-0473 between 7:00-8:30 a.m. if the weather is questionable.  Please report to the staging area if in doubt.

Shrine Circus

Michigan State Fair 2017 Shrine Circus performance times:

  • Thursday, August 31, 2017 – noon, 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, September 1, 2017 – noon, 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 2, 2017 – noon, 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 3, 2017 – noon, 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
  • Labor Day Monday, September 4, 2017 - noon, 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

This 100-year tradition was founded in Detroit and performs annually. It’s the largest circus tent in the world! Come out and experience a 100-year tradition: big top shows, thrills, performers, clowns, and animals.

Visit www.MichiganStateFairLLC.com for more details.

Suburban Collection Showplace is conveniently located at 46100 Grand River Avenue, between Novi and Beck Roads in Novi, MI. The Suburban Collection Showplace can be accessed from I-96 at the Novi and Beck Road exits.

Takeaway

If you live in Southeast Michigan and are interested in doing something special with your family, Novi, Michigan has you covered with the Michigan State Fair and the Shrine Circus. Have a great holiday weekend and a happy start to the school year!

 

Northville Heritage Festival (Victorian Festival) – September 2017

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Northville Heritage Festival

Every September, Northville, Michigan hosts its Heritage Festival right in the heart of its downtown. This is the perfect opportunity to experience the charm and small-town feel of historic Northville. Since 1867, Northville has been serving as a town to the people nearby. Parmenter’s Cider Mill - the town jewel - is nearby and full of delicious treats during the festival.

This year’s Northville Heritage Festival will take place from September 15 through September 17. Be sure to mark your calendar. The hours include:

  • Friday, September 15: 5:00 pm – 11:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 16: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 17: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The festival officially opens with the Victorian parade at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, September 15. However, there are several events in the evening before and after the parade begins including:

  • Northville Schools 3rd Grade Program: 9:00 a.m. Students from Northville Public Schools 3rd grade classes will be participating in Victorian-related activities throughout the town.
  • Victorian Saloon: 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. This is one of the festival's most popular venues for adults. Look for it at the corner of Cady and Wing Streets.
  • Live music by The Shawn Riley Band: 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Nonprofit Booths Open - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (E. Main) There will be over 20 local nonprofit and school groups on East Main, providing food, games, and fun. This is a great way to support the community nonprofits and school groups.
  • Kids Zone - 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (W. Main) Bring your children for some old-fashioned fun featuring inflatables and hand moved rides.

Saturday is time to gear up for more family fun:

  • Northville Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast:  8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. The pancake breakfast will be open to the public and will be held at the corner of Cady St. and Wing St. Tickets are available in advance or at the door.
  • Maker Faire Car Show and Beer Tent: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Festival Craft Booths:  11 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (N. Center)
  • Nonprofit Booths:  11 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (E. Main)
  • Kids Zone: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (W. Main)
  • Kids Pedal Cars: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (E. Main)
  • Horse & Carriage Rides: Noon – 3:00 p.m. How would you like to take a trip around one of Northville's historic neighborhoods in a horse & carriage? The pickup and drop-off will be located at the corner of W. Main and Wing Street.
  • Farmer John Barnyard Express Noon: 5:00 p.m. Your children will love Farmer John’s small petting farm and animal show.
  • City 150th Anniversary Celebration: 1:00 p.m.Town Square will host the city’s 150th celebration. This event will feature Mayor Ken Roth and musical entertainment from the Dodworth Saxhorn Band.
  • Eclipse Vintage Baseball: 2:00 p.m. Enjoy a vintage baseball game featuring Northville’s own Eclipse Base Ball Club against the Monitor BBC of Chelsea at Ford Field.
  • Victorian Saloon: 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Sunday the fun continues through the afternoon:

  • Baptist Church Service: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. The Northville Baptist Church will be conducting an old fashioned tent revival at the corner of Wing and Cady Street.
  • Festival Craft Booths: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (N. Center)
  • Nonprofit Booths: 11 a.m. -  4:00 p.m. (E. Main)
  • Kids Zone: 11:00 am – 4:00 p.m. (W. Main)
  • Horse & Carriage Rides:  Noon – 3:00 p.m.
  • Farmer John Barnyard Express: Noon – 3:00 p.m.
  • Mill Race Village: Noon – 4:00 p.m. Don’t miss the variety of events that are scheduled for Sunday at Mill Race Historical Village including the traditional Duck Race at 3:30 p.m.
  • Eclipse Vintage Baseball: 1:00 pm Catch another vintage baseball game featuring the Eclipse Base Ball Club against the Lah-De-Dahs at Ford Field.

Takeaway

Northville’s historic downtown shows all its glory at the annual Fall Heritage Festival. Come, eat drink, and be merry with your neighbors and check out all the cool arts and entertainment.

New Countertops Equal Instant Equity

by The Jamey Kramer Group

New Countertops

New countertops are often on the minds of homeowners. If it’s not because you are longing for that high-end granite you see on HGTV remodeling shows, it might be because you are hoping to sell your home and want to add equity and sell-ability with one fix. Or maybe you recently had new countertops installed and are anxious to care for them the right way.

Fear not! New countertops are one of the best ways to add equity to your home. If you don’t have the budget for granite but are tired of your same-old kitchen, there are plenty of stylish options out there.

Popular Countertop Options

Here’s a rundown of some of the most popular kinds of new countertops.

Granite

While some home remodelers are saying granite isn’t as much in favor anymore as it was ten years ago, granite is still one of the most beautiful and durable surfaces you can use as kitchen countertops and it’s still very popular. It’s a natural material, which means no two kitchens covered in granite will be the same color or have the same markings. You can choose a bold pattern to make a statement or a relatively uniform pattern to complement the other finishings in your kitchen.

Quartz

Quartz countertops are making a surge forward in popularity right now. It also goes by the name engineered stone because of its construction. Quartz is a man-made blend of quartz chips and resin and has a more uniform look than granite. It can be found in many colors and patterns, which may appeal to those wanting a wider range of choices than what can be found in a natural stone. Quartz is very durable and almost as attractive as granite.

Butcher Block

Want the beauty of a natural element without the high cost of granite? Wood can offer all that, with do-it-yourself options abounding on Pinterest and the like. If you are not the do-it-yourself kind, commercial butcher block options are available at a much lower price point than granite or quartz. Like granite, if butcher block tops are treated right, they can last a lifetime. They need to be oiled to be waterproof once a year.

Concrete

Another versatile and surprisingly gorgeous surface is concrete. For those who love an industrial look, concrete can be tinted, honed, polished, and aged to look almost any way you want. Be aware that they are very heavy, and although you could relatively cheaply do-it-yourself, pouring and leveling concrete - ensuring there are no bubbles - is an art better left to those who are practiced. It also has to be sealed often or it will crack.

Marble

Marble is surprisingly affordable and very classy. This soft stone is vulnerable to chips, cracks, and staining which makes it less than ideal. However, some homeowners enjoy the wine stains and small scratches that show a life well-lived. Some really like the exceptional baking surface it provides. If this is you, a new marble countertop might be in your future.

Soapstone

Another softer tile, soapstone offers an unusual look, feel, and color compared to marble or granite. A dark gray color that darkens over time, soapstone will need to be oiled frequently in order not to crack, but the value and interest it adds will be well worth the work it takes. This is an especially good option for older homes to keep a feeling of your home’s period.

Solid Surfacing

This material is also known as Corian®. It’s made of polyester and acrylic and it comes in a wide range of colors. It is easily installed and requires almost no maintenance. Flaws can be sanded out. The downside is that it does look much more artificial than natural materials.

Takeaway

Changing your countertops will not only benefit your kitchen now, it will add equity to your home should you choose to sell. One of these options can add beauty and value to your kitchen all by itself.

 

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