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Novi Voted 2nd Best City in Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group
Novi Voted 2nd Best City in Michigan

Have you been thinking of moving to Novi, Michigan?

If you thought that Novi, Michigan was just another place to shop, you’ve been missing out. Today, I am excited to share with you that Novi was voted the 2nd best city in Michigan. If you have been reading this blog for any amount of time now, you know that we have been highlighting the city of Novi on a regular basis. On this chilly fall Thursday, I will share with you why Novi is a great place to live.

Who Voted?

The first question you may be asking is, who created this top 10 list of Michigan’s best cities? The Movoto Blog is a real estate blog that uses a well researched in-depth algorithm to produce multiple lists of top 10s. Some of the top 10s they have on their website are,

  • The 10 Best Cities for Bacon Lovers
  • The 10 Best Cities for Movie Lovers
  • The 10 Best Dressed Small Cities in America

Movoto Blog has moved on to rating every state’s top 10 cities. Michigan was the first state to be rated.

What Were the Top 10 Best Cities in Michigan?

The top 10 best cities in Michigan according to Movoto Blog in reverse order are:

10. West Bloomfield

10. Troy

9. Farmington Hills

8. East Lansing

7. Royal Oak

6. Grand Blanc

5. Ann Arbor

4. Portage

3. Canton

2. Novi

1. Midland

You may notice that the list includes 11 cities rather than 10. This is because the city of West Bloomfield tied with Troy.

How Were The Cities Ranked?

For Michigan’s top 10 cities, Movoto looked at 6 factors. All of these factors were compared to the state’s average. The 6 factors were:

  • Home values
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Crime
  • Amenities
  • Cost of living

First, Movoto Blog created a list of the 50 most populated cities and townships in Michigan. Each of the 50 cities was given a rank based on the 6 factors above with 1 being the best possible score. Then, they averaged the factors together for each city or township producing an overall score.

Why Novi is the Second Best City in Michigan

When Movoto Blog calculated Novi’s stellar home values, low crime rate, ample median income, and great shopping, the score revealed that Novi placed in the #2 spot. Here is what Movoto had to say about the city of Novi,

“The rest of Michigan might know you as “that place outside of Detroit where people from there go to shop,” but we’re here to tell you, Novi, that you’re more than that. Your home values are really, really good—we’re talking 92 percent higher than the state average. But that’s not all: your median income is also fantastic. It’s $80,151, which is 73 percent higher than the Michigan average.”

All and all, if you are looking to move to Michigan, Novi is a great place to settle and put down your roots. If you are ready to start the search for your future home in Michigan’s second best city, please give our office a call. We would love to assist you in finding the home of your dreams.

 248-348-7200

Help with Remodeling and Renovating Your Home

by The Jamey Kramer Group
Help with Home Remodeling and Renovating Your Home

Are you hoping to save money by remodeling yourself?

Are you wondering what remodeling jobs will add value to your home?

There is good news in Novi, Michigan: the summer-like temperatures are here to stay at least for the weekend. While we may be enjoying the occasional fall shower, temperatures will be staying in the high 70s. This weekend will be the perfect weekend to head out to the Novi Home Remodeling Show. 

Both remodeling and renovating have the potential to add value to your home. Today, we want to share with you some of the top places to renovate or remodel that will get you the return on your investment. With that knowledge you can head into the Novi Home Remodeling Show ready to learn how.

Remodeling and Renovating 

Last month, we shared the article, Do Renovations Increase the Value of Your Home?, that questioned whether or not renovations actually increase the value of your home. What we learned is that renovating does work as long as it is in the right place. 

The biggest winners when it comes to return on your investment are outside your home. According to the Cost vs. Value report by Remodeling Magazine, the top four places to receive a return on your investment are,

  • Entry Door Replacement
  • Fiber Cement Siding
  • Wood Deck Addition
  • Garage Door Replacement

The report just proved what realtors have been saying for a while, curb appeal goes a long way. First impressions are critical, especially when you are considering selling your home. 

The fifth highest remodeling job was minor kitchen remodeling. That's great news, because the cost to renovate isn't going to break the bank. The kind of remodeling jobs we are talking about here are changing out counter tops, adding new appliances and replacing the cabinet fronts. 

The last couple of remodeling jobs that are worth taking notice are finishing off the basement and adding an attic bedroom. These two will cost more than the previous jobs, but having that extra space may be what the buyers need to make that offer. 

The Novi Home Remodeling Show

This weekend is the perfect time to start researching any remodeling jobs that you may be considering. Here is what the Novi Patch reported on the Novi Home Remodeling Show,

"Looking to update your home? Anything and everything you need to remodel and design your home can be found under one roof at the Novi Home Remodeling Show! Browse exhibits in kitchen and bath interiors, windows and doors, flooring products, furniture, cabinetry and much more!"

The Novi Home Remodeling Show is sponsored by the Home Builder Association of Southeastern Michigan and is being held all weekend at the Suburban Collection Showplace. 

Adding space, sprucing up, and updating can all add value to your home making it a perfect opportunity to sell. If you need any assistance, please call our office at 248-348-7200. Have a wonderful weekend and we'll see you in Novi, Michigan this weekend. 

Fall for Novi and the Tollgate Fair this Weekend Only in Novi, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group
Fall for Novi

Are you looking for a inexpensive place to take the kids this weekend?

Would your child enjoy getting behind the scenes with the Police Department?

Thursdays are one of my favorite days of the week. It is the day when you start to think about the weekend. On this Thursday, we are sharing with you what is happening in Novi, Michigan. If you have children, we've got some great family activities that will stay within your budget. So get your planner out and get ready to make some plans.

Fall For Novi – Community Open House and Health Fair – September 21st

If you are from Novi or if you are looking to relocate to Novi, this weekend is the perfect to make a trip out. This weekend at the Fall for Novi, you can experience a city-wide open house.

Here are a few of the great things you and your family will be able to see this weekend,

  • Police Cars
  • Fire Trucks 
  • State Police Mobile Crime Lab
  • University of Michigan's Life Flight Helicopter 
  • Free refreshments
  • Children’s activities

In an article from Novi Today, we learn that the goal of this open house is not only to show what Novi has to offer.  Sandy Fisher, Older Adult Services Senior Coordinator, stated:

          "One of our objectives is to promote healthy, active lifestyles. And, one of the ways we do that is to connect people with health services."

They are connecting people with health services by bringing in over 30 exhibits and making health services easy to access. Some of those health services will include:

  • Flu Shots
  • Blood Pressure
  • Heart rate screenings
  • Oxygen level screening 

There will also be free information provide about the screenings. The open house will be held on Saturday the 21st from 11 am to 2 pm at the Novi Civic Center Campus. For more information, please visit the City of Novi’s PDF on the website.

The Tollgate Fall Fair – September 21

This fair will be held on Saturday, the 21st from 10 am to 3 pm at the Michigan State University Tollgate Education Center 12 Mile & Meadowbrook Roads in Novi. You can enjoy crafts with the kids, hay rides and even catch and release fishing.

Music and entertainment will be there while you and your children learn about bats, frogs, toads and lizards. If you love to garden, make sure you check out the self-guided garden tours. 

The best part about this fair is that it is completely free to all. For more information visit the Tollgate Fall Fair PDF flyer.

Whether you choose to attend the Fall for Novi Community Open House and Health Fair or the Tollgate Fall Fair, this weekend has memories is store for you and your family.

Novi Michigan to Host the 2013 Michigan State Fair

by The Jamey Kramer Group
 2013 Michigan State Fair

Are you looking for plans this Labor Day weekend?

When is the last time you went to a Michigan State Fair?

For the second straight year in a row, the city of Novi is hosting the Michigan State Fair. This year’s features will include the Detroit Shrine Circus, Michigan beer, plenty of animals and so much more. Today, we wanted to share with you all about the fair.

For many of us, there are many wonderful memories that surround the Michigan State Fair that was hosted in Detroit. It was sad when the annual event was canceled in 2009.

The History of the Michigan State Fair

Did you know that the Michigan State Fair started in Detroit in 1849? It had the honor of being one of the first statewide fair events to take place in the U.S. It moved to its former home at the Michigan State Fairgrounds on Woodward Avenue in 1905. Unfortunately, the fair was canceled in 2009 due to lack of funding.

In 2012, the fair was again celebrated in Novi, Michigan and is now in its second year this Labor Day weekend. According to the Michigan State Fair website, the fair does not receive state aid and is privately sponsored by the Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair.

2013 Michigan State Fair Details

  • When: Friday, August 30 through Monday, September 2
  • Time: Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am to 11:00 pm o Monday: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Where: Suburban Collection Showplace at 46100 Grand River Avenue, between Novi and Beck Road in Novi, MI.
  • Fair Admission Fees:
    • Advanced tickets: $6.00 - Adults and children 12 and older, $5.00 - Children 11 and under.
    • Tickets at the Gate: $8.00 - Adults and children 12 and older, $6.00 - Children 11 and under.
    • Children under 35 inches in height that are accompanied by a paid adult admission will be admitted at no charge.

Note: These admission prices apply only to the indoor exhibits, livestock, agriculture and home arts shows. Circus performance and carnival rides have additional costs. To preorder tickets online and for more information, please see: Michigan State Fair Tickets

The Daily Contests

While there is so much to do at the fair this year, there will also be daily contests that include:

  • Pie Eating
  • Watermelon Seed Spitting
  • Ice Cream Eating
  • Longest Pony Tail/Longest Beard or Mustache
  • Potato Sack Race

Farmers Market

This year will include a Farmers Market full of homegrown, homemade and Michigan made products. The Farmer’s Market will last all weekend. Make sure to stop by and support the local business.

The Entertainment

There will be plenty of entertainment for you and your family to enjoy this weekend. Featured artists include Marshal Crenshaw, the Steven Mullan Band, and Stewart Franke.

Detroit Shrine Circus

Our hometown Shrine Circus will be performing all weekend. Shows are daily at 12 pm, 2:30 pm, 5 pm and 7:30 pm.

This year the circus will also include the World Famous Wallendars. The Wallendars are a famous family circus and some may say the most famous family in history. The Wallendar family has not been back to the Michigan State Fair since 1962 when during their seven-person chair pyramid, one man wavered and the pyramid collapsed. Three of the seven fell to the ground killing one and injuring 2 others.

This year, the famed circus family will return for the first time since that tragedy. Rick Wallenda, the eldest grandson of the founders, says his “family is honored to be returning the Michigan and looking very forward to introducing our new troupe to all at the Michigan State Fair.”

If you are looking for more on the Michigan State Fair, please make sure to visit their website for tickets and more information at: www.MichiganStateFairLLC.com

What part of the Michigan State Fair are you most excited for?

Novi, Michigan - The Origin of Its Mysterious Name

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Novi, Michigan

Are you a history buff?

Would you love to move to a city with historic mystery?

Hello and happy Thursday! The end of the week is in sight! I have to admit, I love history. I was one of those nerds in school that actually enjoyed reading their history books. I think that is one of the reasons why I am so drawn to Novi, Michigan.

Where Novi got its name is actually unknown, however, there are many theories. These theories include a romantic plot, a logical idea, and many others. According to the City of Novi’s historical page, there are 9 theories on how Novi was crowned with the name, Novi.

Novi was once known as West Farmington when the first post office was established in 1827. The first man to make his claim on Novi was John Gould, and he was named postmaster of the township and actually ran the office out of his house.

It wasn’t long until the township started growing, and it became time for West Farmington to have a name of its own. Somehow, between 1827 when the post office was established and 1830, the township became Novi, the city we know and love today.

The Romantic Theory

This theory, believe it or not, comes from Yugoslavia and is the most recent theory. Once there lived a Muslim girl who met and fell in love with one of Napoleon’s soldiers. She left her family and her beliefs to marry this young soldier. They came and settled in the “wilds of Michigan”. In Yugoslavia, Novi means “new”. You can picture that maybe Novi was a new beginning for this young couple.

The Widely Accepted Theory

Novi was the 6th or (No. VI) township in the southwest part of Oakland County. The number, No. VI, was merged and became the name, Novi.

The Blacksmith’s Wife Theory

According to the City of Novi,

The humorous anecdote regarding the blacksmith-preacher whose wife's name was Vivian, or "Vi": ... The blacksmith-preacher was most awfully tight and forever vetoed any spending suggestions from his wife... It was always "No Vi" to anything until his place was referred to by the whole neighborhood as, "down to No Vi's" then as "No Vi's Corners", and then just plain, "Novi".”

If you want to read more about the origins of Novi’s name and the rest of the theories, visit the city’s website.

None of these theories have yet to be confirmed, and that is why the name Novi is such a historical mystery.

Novi Welcomes Donald Trump for Lincoln Day Dinner Speech

by The Jamey Kramer Group

New York real estate developer and television personality, Donald Trump is scheduled as the keynote speaker at Novi Michigan's Lincoln Day dinner, according to organizer David Trott. The "Observer and Eccentric" quoted Trump as saying, "I am honored to have the opportunity to share my thoughts and views with the Oakland County Republican Party and the great state of Michigan." The dinner, which is scheduled for May 22 at 7:00 p.m., is a favorite Oakland County GOP fundraiser.

Novi welcomes Donald Trump for Lincoln Day dinner speech
Philanthropist and entrepreneur Trump, who considered running for president in 2012, is a natural fit for the Lincoln Day event. Trump, a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and life-long republican, is the developer of such luxury properties as the Trump Tower in Manhattan, Trump International Hotels throughout the United States, and Trump Place, along the Hudson River in New York City. 

Trump also owns the Miss Universe Organization, the producers of the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA beauty pageants, and is the author of more than a dozen books. Trump is arguably best known as the personality behind the television shows, "The Apprentice" and "Celebrity Apprentice."  

About Novi's Lincoln Day dinner
The Lincoln Day dinner is a long-standing Novi tradition. Now in its 124th year, the 2013 event will be held at the Suburban Collection Showcase at 46100 Grand River Avenue in Novi. Tickets are available via the Oakland County Republican Party Web site. Individual tickets are $75 and tables of 10 are available for $650. There are also a variety of VIP and premium donor tickets available. The event begins with a 5:00 p.m. reception for VIP ticket holders, followed by a 400 Club reception at 6:00 p.m. for 400 Club donors. The dinner, the main event, begins at 7:00 p.m.

Homes For Sale in Novi, MI

by The Jamey Kramer Group

If you are searching for comprehensive data on the homes for sale in Novi, Michigan - an idyllic northwestern Detroit suburb of more than 55,000 residents about 25 miles from downtown - you have come to the right place...sort of.

The actual place is the Search Homes page on this website. You're welcome to surf on over there whenever you'd like to, of course. For those of you who would like some instructions, tips and suggestions, stick around or come back and read this article.

Inside the Search Homes Page

Jamey Kramer and his friendly, knowledgeable and professional RE/MAX real estate experts provide you with this cool tool, and using it allows you to discover homes on the market, right now, anywhere in the Detroit metropolitan area or in Ann Arbor. This kind of immediate, up-to-the-millisecond data retrieval is so commonplace today that it already enjoys the endearing nickname, "real time".

Also in real time on the Search Homes page, you have at your fingertips the ability to check out homes for sale in the five-county Detroit metro area. Click any of the counties below to begin your search:

You can also pinpoint your search by entering in an MLS number, if you know it, or a street name. Currently, there are more than 27,200 real estate listings from which to choose.

Spot Hidden Problems in Older Novi, MI Area Homes

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Real estate is a business rife with euphemisms. Usually, in general language, there at least a whiff of truth in stereotypes and cliches, and the same can be said for many of these sometimes hilarious and primarily sales-oriented descriptions. In reality, there is a fine line between antique and old; charming and weird; rustic and dilapidated; small and cozy; and so forth. Beauty, after all, is in the eye of the beholder.

In the majority of relatively older homes, the problems are not physically hidden, but rather mentally hidden. In other words, you might not see potential headaches and money pits if you don't know where to look. That's where we come in and, as real estate experts, help you know what to look for. Read on for five areas that deserve a close look.

1. Begin at the beginning: The Foundation

Once you find out how old a home is (10, 20, 50 years old or more), you can make a relatively safe assumption that its foundation is the same age, although in a small number of cases a new foundation may have been added later. A home's foundation really is its base, and not just in name only. If any part of the foundation is cracked or broken, or shows signs of mold, it could foreshadow costly repairs in the very near future.

2. Plumbing

A large number of old homes will likely still have cast-iron pipes. Cast-iron pipes collect minerals over time, which can lead to corrosion, which in turn can lead to constriction and leaks, which can then mean you having to repair or replace your entire plumbing system. Ouch. 

3. Determine the age of the electric wiring

If the home is old enough, it might still use the outdated knob-and-tube wiring system. These can spell not only incredibly expensive rewiring projects, but also pose a serious fire hazard. Check with an electrician because, even if the wiring is not ancient, it may still be advisable to update parts of it for safety or to bear the load of modern usage.

4. Up on the roof

Most contractors worth their salt will tell you that replacing a home's roof is one of the costliest repair projects of them all. Be sure you know what you’re dealing with – in other words, how long do you have until the roof needs to be replaced? It pays to know.

5. Ensure insulation is up to date

Remember when asbestos wasn't akin to a swear word in our lexicon? It actually used to be a good thing, providing a heat-resistant, fireproof insulating material for pipes, brake linings and electrical systems. Now that we know its health-related shortcomings, asbestos has all but disappeared from the earth. The point here is that home insulation is impacted a great deal by changes in technology. And in Michigan, where extremes in temps are actually the norm, you need to know the age, type and efficiency of your home's insulation. You may want to upgrade or modernize your insulation (or at least plan for the expense of doing so) in order to reduce your power bills. It’s also possible, especially under a home, that insulation has been water-damaged and may not be working properly. In fact, insulation could be trapping water against wood and creating damage.

So, if you are living in or considering the purchase of an older home in Novi, it can really pay to look for problems in areas that you don’t normally see every day. Paying a trained professional can really pay off when it comes to your foundation, plumbing, wiring, roofing and insulation.

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