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How Many Snow Days Are Michigan Schools Allowed?

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Michigan snow days

Have you ever been part of a school district that had to extend the year because of all the snow days?

We know kids love snow days, but what happens at the end of the year?

Children in the Novi Community School District in Novi, Michigan and across most of the state are finally back in the classroom after 3 consecutive snow days. Heavy snowfall and subzero temperatures had schools closing and children smiling. It’s ever kid’s dream to have a snow day and three in a row are more than any child could ask for.

With so many snow days, many parents are wondering what will happen at the end of the year. Will the school year have to be extended? How many snow days are allowed in Michigan?

The Novi Community School District has it covered. If you are a parent in this school district, you can breathe a sigh of relief and if you are not, you may want to consider moving.

State Requirements for Canceled School Days

The state of Michigan requires that each school district provide 1,098 of instructional hours within the 170 day school year. School districts are allowed up to 6 canceled school days due to weather, power outages, or anything that is unusual.

The Novi Community School District knows what Michigan’s winter weather can be like, so they schedule 1,110 hours of instruction. According to the Novi Patch, Superintendent Steve M. Matthews said in an email to Patch."

So we have a little more flexibility and could go over the 5 snow days and still meet the state requirement."

Public Act 29 of 2013

Michigan’s government anticipated the potential for inclement weather in the state. In May of 2013, Governor Rick Snyder signed a new law that could allow for longer school days to make up for canceled days instead of having to add more school days at the end of the year. This allows for schools to have 6 snow days or canceled days, and if the school needs to go over that limit, they can extend the school day instead of going into the summer months.

Novi is known for having great schools. Zillow.com has many of the individual schools in Novi ranked at either a 9 or 10 out of 10. In addition, Novi has also been ranked as One of Michigan’s Best Cities for Young Families and the 2nd Best City in Michigan.

If you are looking to move and want a great school district for your children, please give our office a call. We would love to help you find your dream home in Novi. Please call my office at 248-348-7200, use our convenient contact form, or email me at: Jamey@JameyKramer.com.


 

14 Ways to Protect Your Home in Sub-Zero Temperatures

by The Jamey Kramer Group

14 Ways to Protect Your Home in Sub-Zero Temperatures

Are you nervous about the pipes freezing in your home?

Are you planning to put your house on the market in the spring, but are concerned that your landscaping will be ruined from harsh winter weather?

There is no hiding the fact that it is extremely cold outside in the Detroit metropolitan area. According to Weather.com, today’s high for Northville, Michigan is 2 degrees Fahrenheit, and the low is 0 degrees. In Novi, Michigan, the numbers look similar with a high of 2° and a low of -1°. On top of the freezing temperatures, there is also a chance of snow today.

Michigan residents are accustomed to harsh winters, but temperatures this extreme raise a number of questions when it comes to protecting homes from damage including:

  • How do we keep our pipes from bursting in sub-zero temperatures?
  • How far should you place a space heater from something combustible?
  • How do I protect my landscaping from winter damage?

These are great questions, and we will answer them below as we provide you with 14 ways to protect your home from sub-zero temperatures.

14 Tips for Protecting Your Home in Sub-Zero Temperatures

  1. Keep your attached garage door closed as much as possible to minimize cold air from entering your house.
  2. To make sure your newly installed outdoor plumbing doesn’t freeze, shut off the water to your outdoor faucets, and then drain the water from the pipes leading to the outside faucets.
  3. Be certain that you know where the water shut off valve is in your home. This way, if a pipe does burst, you know exactly where to go to shut off water.
  4. If you plan to leave your home for an extended period of time and wonder what temperature you should set your home’s thermostat to, NBC Washington recommends to set it no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. If you are using space heaters inside your house, make sure they are at least 3 feet away from anything combustible.
  6. Don’t forget to have your local utility phone number available before you actually need it. Hopefully, you won’t have to use it, but if you do, you will not have to search for it.
  7. Let your faucets drip. If you have any pipes that are located on outside walls that you think could freeze, let your indoor faucets drip. Turn both the cold and hot water on a slow drip.
  8. Another tip for your pipes is to keep the cabinets open. This way whenever the heating system turns on, your pipes will be warmed up.
  9. Clear out your gutters. By doing this, you will help to minimize the risk of ice buildup on your roof.
  10. Check around your home on the outside and in. If you find a crack or even a hole, the Weather Channel recommends filling it in with caulk.
  11. If you do discover a frozen pipe, remember that it can be damaging to try and thaw it with an open flame. Instead, try a hair dryer.
  12. To reduce heat loss, close your drapes and blinds at night. During the day, open them to allow the natural warmth from the sun.
  13. Come spring, your trees and shrubs will thank you if you shake off any heavy snow from them now.
  14. If you have a newly planted tree or shrub, install 4 stakes around and enclose it was a burlap sack.

Bonus Tips

  1. If your car battery is dead, do not try to jump-start it while it is still frozen. That could lead to the battery rupturing or exploding.
  2. Keep your car’s gas tank above half way full to avoid freezing.
  3. If you have any pets, keep them inside.
  4. If you decide to head out outside today, dress warm and in loose fitting clothing.

When sub-zero temperatures hit, using practical tips will help you to protect your home from damage. The good news is that warmer weather is on the horizon. From all of us at the Jamey Kramer Group, please stay warm and stay safe.

Christmas tree recycling

Would you like to recycle your Christmas tree this year instead of throwing it out?

Do you need someone to pick your Christmas tree up for you?

Christmas has come and gone. While many people like to keep their Christmas trees up until after the holidays, your tree may be looking a bit sad. Now that it is New Year’s Eve, you may be wondering, What am I going to do with this Christmas tree?

It can be hard to part with your Christmas tree especially when it has brought so much joy into your home. Instead of throwing out all those memories, the cities of Northville and Novi, Michigan both offer options to recycle your Christmas tree.

Christmas Tree Disposal Options

Please make sure to check which options below are best for you. The city of Northville, Michigan even offers a Christmas tree pick up service.

The City of Northville’s Christmas Tree Pick Up Service

According to the City of Northville, between now and through the end of January, the city offers a Christmas tree pick up service. They do ask you to place your tree 10 feet from your “rubbish”. The city asks that you put your tree and your “rubbish” out of the curb by 7 am on your scheduled pick up date.

To read more about recycling in Northville, Michigan, please see: Curbside Recycling Guidelines.

Oakland County Parks and Recreation Christmas Tree Recycling

The Oakland County Parks and Recreation offers a free Christmas tree recycling program that runs from December 26th 2013 until January 20th, 2014. You may drop off your tree anytime from 9 am – 4 pm any day of the week. There are 11 different locations to choose from. The following are the locations as reported by Destination Oakland,

  • Addison Oaks Park/Day Use
  • Catalpa Oaks
  • Glen Oaks Golf Course *Closest Self-Serve Christmas tree recycling site.
  • Groveland Oaks Park/Day Use
  • Independence Oaks Park: *Will accept trees until February 3rd, 2014
  • Lyon Oaks Park/Day Use: *Closest Self-Serve Christmas tree recycling site.
  • Oakland County Market
  • Orion Oaks Park/Day Use: *Will accept trees until February 3rd, 2014
  • Red Oaks Golf Course
  • Springfield Oaks Park/Activity Center
  • White Lake Oaks Golf Course

Destination Oakland has the following requirements for recycling Christmas trees:

    “All decorations, plastic, tinsel and wire must be removed. Large quantities from commercial lots will not be accepted.”

Christmas trees will go through the park’s system processes and turned into wood chips and compost. The woodchips and compost will be free to all at Orion Oaks on selected days.

From all of us at the Jamey Kramer Group, we hope you have a wonderful New Year’s Eve and all the best in 2014.

Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Novi and Northville, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Good News

Are you looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve?

If you are looking to make some amazing New Year’s Eve memories with your family or to attend a great party as a couple, Northville and Novi, Michigan are the cities to do it in. From medieval princesses to champagne Swiss cheese fondue, these cities have it all. Take a look below at the different events that are waiting for you.

New Year’s Eve Event in Northville Michigan

Northville Knights Family New Year’s Eve Party

The Northville Knights New Year’s Eve party is a great event for the entire family and will be held at the Recreation Center at Hillside Middle School. When you arrive, you will walk through the castle gates and be transported back to medieval times. This is a time where knights fought for princesses through archery and fencing and people played tournament games.

This event is open to both residents and non-residents. You will be able to enjoy crafts, inflatable games, and much more. Hot dogs, chips and more will be available for purchase. For more information, please see Northville Parks and Recreation.

Location:
The Recreation Center at Hillside Middle School
700 W. Baseline
Northville, Michigan

Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Cost:
2 years: $3.00
3 - 17 years: $18.00
18 years and up:  $12:00
Ticket sales at the door begin at 4:30 pm

New Year’s Eve Event in Novi Michigan

The Melting Pot of Novi

The Melting Pot of Novi is serving a special New Year’s Eve dinner. This four course meal includes champagne Swiss cheese fondue, salad, surf and turf, milk chocolate with caramel, candied pecans flaming turtle and more. The dinner also includes a champagne toast and a gift bag for every couple. The price tag for this event is $129.00 per couple. Reservations are required and the last reservation will be booked at 11:45 pm. For more information, please see: New Year’s Eve at The Melting Pot of Novi.

Location:
The Melting Pot of Novi
26425 Novi Rd
Novi, MI 48375

Time: By reservation

Cost: $129.00 per couple

Phone: 248-347-6358

New Year’s Day - January 1, 2014 Event

If you are looking to support Michigan State during the Rose Bowl game on New Year’s Day, The Northville Sports Den will open at 12 pm. Voted Northville's best sports bar for the third year according to the website, there will be $3.00 domestic pints, .99 cents sliders, and $.75 wings. For more information, please see www.northvillesportsden.com.

Location:
The Northville Sports Den
133 West Main Street, Suite 102
Northville, MI 48167

Time: Opens at 12:00 pm

Cost: Free to enter

However you are planning to celebrate your New Year’s Eve, all of us at the Jamey Kramer Group wish you and yours a very Happy New Year!

Foreclosure Crisis Comes to an End

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Good News

Have you seen less and less foreclosure signs in your neighborhood?

Will There Be More Foreclosures in 2014?

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas Eve everyone! The holidays are always an exciting time of year. They are a time to celebrate, relax and to be thankful. It is also a great time to be with friends and loved ones.

We wanted to share with you something that you and your loved ones, and actually any American, can celebrate this holiday season. On this Christmas Eve, we would like to share fantastic news about the housing market.

According to an article published by the Detroit Free Press, Daren Blomquist, RealtyTrac vice president stated,

        “The depth and breadth of the decrease provides strong evidence that we are entering the ninth inning of this foreclosure crisis."

No one will contest that the last 5 years have been difficult. Prior to this housing crisis, foreclosures were an uncommon occurrence. Then suddenly, many Americans saw foreclosure signs pop up in their own neighborhoods. Since 2006, over 7.7 million homes fell into foreclosure, went through a short sale or were lost in a home distressed sale.

Good News

The good news to celebrate this holiday is that the season of foreclosure is coming to an end.

The Statistics

If you are like me, you are probably thinking, “that sounds good, but where are the numbers?” In the same Detroit Free Press article, we learned that November proved to be a great month. Foreclosure activity was down by 37% from a year ago in November. That is the lowest foreclosure numbers we have seen since December 2005.

Even Better News

Michigan was not even one of the states with the highest foreclosure rates. Those states were: Florida, Delaware, Maryland, Illinois and South Carolina.

The article also pointed out that there might be a little fight from foreclosures during this coming year. However, it was reported that a foreclosure comeback that could threaten the housing recovery was “highly unlikely”.

What Does This Mean For You?

This positive news means that right now or sometime in 2014 might be the perfect time for you to move into your dream home. You may have been waiting and stayed in a home that your family has outgrown. Now is the ideal time to take the next step and start looking for your next house.

Michigan is the perfect state to do that in. With lower costs of living and the rebounding economy, you can get a lot of home for your money. Cities like Northville and Novi, Michigan offer a small town feeling while being close to a big city. If you have any questions about moving into these areas or if you are eager to start looking, please call our office at 248-348-7200. We would be honored to help.

Have a wonderful holiday week everyone, and please make sure to visit this page on Thursday if you would like to know where to go out for New Year’s Eve.

Restaurants Open Christmas Eve and Day in Northville and Novi, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Restaurants Open Christmas Eve and Day in Northville and Novi, Michigan

Are you looking for someone else to cook your Christmas dinner?

Would you like to reduce your holiday stress?

The holidays are almost here. With Christmas Eve only 8 days away, you may find your to-do list a little overwhelming. Between buying presents, wrapping those presents, making cookies, decorating the tree, and cleaning your house, making Christmas dinner may seem more like a dream than a reality.

Why not go out this year for Christmas dinner? That would mean no dishes, no clean up, and no hours in the kitchen. Instead, someone else will serve you an amazing, stress-free Christmas dinner. If this sounds like something you are looking for, please check out our list below of restaurants that are open on Christmas Day and/or Christmas Eve in Northville and Novi, Michigan.

Restaurants Open Christmas Eve

  • DeadWood Bar and Grill
    This restaurant is only open on Christmas Eve and will not be open on Christmas Day. Reservations are available for Christmas Eve.

    Hours:
    Christmas Eve: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

    Location, Phone Number and Website:
    18730 Northville Road
    Northville, MI 48167
    248-347-4353
    www.deadwoodbarandgrill.com

     
  • Black Rock Bar and Grill
    If you have yet to enjoy a steak at Black Rock Bar and Grill, you are missing out. Black Rock Bar and Grill was voted the 1st Best Steakhouse in 2013 and 3rd Best Steakhouse in 2012 according to 4thebest Click on Detroit. This is the perfect place to spend your Christmas Eve. Reservations are available for Christmas Eve.

    Hours:
    Christmas Eve: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

    Location, Phone Number and Website:
    44175 W 12 Mile Road
    Novi, MI 48377
    248-465-7777
    www.blackrocksizzlingsteakhouse.com

Restaurants Open Christmas Day

  • Dragontown of Novi
    I had a friend in college who always ate Chinese food on Christmas Day. It was a family tradition and he loved it. You can start a similar family tradition and order your favorite Chinese food on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

    Hours:
    Christmas Eve: 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    Christmas Day: 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM

    Location, Phone Number and Website:
    21518 Novi Road
    Novi, MI 48375
    Phone: 248-348-1440
    www.dragontownnovi.com

     
  • New Wing Hing
    This restaurant specializes in Szechuan, Mandarin & Cantonese cuisine. They have been serving the Northville area since 1978. Reservations are available for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

    Hours:
    Christmas Eve: 11:00 PM to 9:30 PM
    Christmas Day: 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    Location, Phone Number and Website:
    43171 West 7 Mile Rd
    Northville, Michigan 48167
    248-348-8411
    www.newwinghing.com

Whether you are looking to go out Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, Northville and Novi, Michigan have you covered. Have a wonderful week and make sure to stop back here on Thursday.

Holiday Events in Novi, Michigan You Won’t Want to Miss

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Holiday Events in Novi, Michigan

Are you looking for holiday activities to do over the weekend?

It has been only one week since Thanksgiving and holiday celebrations are in full swing. It is hard not to get excited about the holidays when there are so many great events planned.

Novi, Michigan is one of those places that offer something to do every weekend during the holiday season. Even if you are out of cash because of all those amazing Christmas presents that you having been buying, there are still exciting low cost or free events to partake in.

Today, I am sharing 3 events that are happening in Novi that you won’t want to miss. Two of these events are this weekend and one is the following weekend. So, get your calendars out as it is time to start planning your weekend.

3 Holiday Events You Cannot Miss In Novi, Michigan

  • Christmas Wonderfest – December 5-8

    The Christmas Wonderfest is an annual event that is modeled on traditional European Christmas Markets. This year it is being held indoors at the Suburban Collection Showplace Novi, Michigan. This holiday extravaganza includes shopping from 250 small businesses and thousands of Michigan made products. There will also be free carousel rides, magic shows, free charity gift wrapping, Santa Claus and more.

    Advanced tickets may be purchased at: www.neptix.com/events/1702. Adult tickets are $7.00 at the door and children are $3.00. Free kids tickets are available at various Walgreen, Dolly's Pizza and Gardner White locations while they last.

    Christmas Wonderfest Hours:

    December 5: 3 pm to 10 pm

    December 6: 3 pm to 10 pm

    December 7: 10 am to 10 pm

    December 8: 12 pm to 7 pm

    The Suburban Collection Showplace is located at 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi, Michigan. For more information, please visit Christmas Wonderfest.
     
  1. Light Up The Night – December 6

    Light Up The Night is a free community event that will take place at the Civic Center Campus on Ten Mile Road on Friday, December 6th from 6 pm and 9 pm. This holiday celebration is one that children of all ages will enjoy. Here are a few of the things that you can look forward to:

    You may read more about this event at Light Up The Night or call the City of Novi Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department at 248-347-0400.
     
    • Free Refreshments
    • Marshmallow roasting
    • Ice Sculptures
    • Live Reindeer
    • Tree Lighting- at 6:15 pm
    • Santa Claus
    • Train rides
  2. Breakfast With Santa in Novi – December 14

    On Saturday, December 14 between 9:30 am and 12:00 pm, you and your family can enjoy a pancake breakfast with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. This event is being held at the Novi Civic Center at 45175 Ten Mile Road.

    You may pre-register before December 11 at a price of $5.00 per person and children under 2 are free. If you are unable to pre-register and there are still available tickets, the price will go up to $7.00 a person. For pre-registration, please see: Breakfast with Santa.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone. From all of us at the Jamey Kramer Group, enjoy the holiday spirit.

Novi Scores as One of Michigan's Best Cities to Live in for Young Families

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Novi Scores as One of Michigan's Best Cities to Live in for Young Families

Would you like to live in a place that you can comfortably afford?

When looking for a good neighborhood to raise your family in, what do you look for? Good schools may come to mind first. Another thought might be is if houses in a city are affordable for your young family. Lastly, it would also be important to know that the city where you purchase a house with a 30-year mortgage is a city that is thriving and will continue to thrive years to come.

NerdWallet

The questions above are the exact questions that NerdWallet asked when they put together a list of the top cities in Michigan to live in for young families. Nerdwallet’s mission is to boost honesty and transparency in personal finance, so that consumers can save time and money, and feel confident about the financial choices they make. The company prides itself in providing unbiased and unfiltered information and has been featured on The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. 

Great Schools

When looking for great schools, NerdWallet looked at the ratings of academic performance from a non-profit called GreatSchools. GreatSchools takes schools’ standardized test scores and compares them to the state average. Every school is then given a 1-10 score with 10 being the best. The higher the school is rated the higher the city scored.

Affordability

Another important aspect about picking where you want to live as a young family is affordability. NerdWallet helped decipher this by looking at the median home value, monthly home costs that include mortgages, taxes, insurance, etc. The lower the cost, the higher NerdWallet scored the city.

Is The City Thriving?

The last aspect NerdWallet considered is if the city is thriving, growing and prospering. They decided that by looking at the income growth of the median household income over the last 10 years. As I’m sure you guessed, the higher the income the higher the city scored.

Here is NerdWallet’s Top 10 Best Cities in Michigan to Raise a Family in reverse order:

  1. Mount Pleasant
  1. Livonia
  1. East Lansing
  1. Ann Arbor
  1. Midland
  1. Novi
  1. Royal Oak
  1. Rochester Hills
  1. Portage
  1. Troy

As you can see, Novi, Michigan was ranked number 5 on that list. This isn’t Novi’s first appearance on a top 10 list. In fact, Novi’s great schools, low crime rate and tremendous housing market put it on Movoto Blog’s Top 10 Best Cities in Michigan. On that list, Novi ranked number 2. You can read more about that in our article, Novi Voted Second Best City in Michigan.

If you are in the market for purchasing a house in a great city, please give our office a call. We would love to help you find your dream home in the thriving city of Novi.

 248-348-7200

Trick-or-Treating in Novi and Northville, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group
Happy Halloween

Do you know what roads are closed in downtown Northville on Halloween?

Are you wondering what time trick-or-treating is at?

Happy Halloween everyone! Today, we are exploring two of Michigan’s favorite cities, Novi and Northville, and what they are up to this Halloween. There are events for all ages on Halloween, and both Novi and Northville are great trick-or-treating cities for all to enjoy.

Novi’s Halloween Events

  • Trick-or-Treating Hours

    First, let’s start with Novi’s trick-or-treating hours. The NoviPatch has announced that the hours of 6 pm- 8 pm are recommended for trick-or-treating.
  • Have A Frightfully, Delightful Halloween

    According to the city of Novi’s website,

    “There’s mischief brewing at the Meadowbrook Activity Center so put on your best Halloween costume or come as you are to celebrate a Bootiful Halloween. We will be serving up a spooktacular afternoon with lunch and wonderful entertainment by Michael Krieger.”

    This event is for those who are 55+ on Halloween day from 12 pm -2 pm. The cost for Novi residents is $7 and the cost of non-residents is $8.50. Registration is required, so please call 248-347-0400 to see if there are still openings. For more information, please visit the city of Novi’s website.

Northville’s Halloween Events

  • Trick-or-Treating Hours

    Just like the city of Novi, the trick-or-treating hours in Northville are from 6 pm – 8 pm.
  • Roads closed in Northville for Halloween

    Northville’s City Council will be ensuring a safe trick-or-treating environment for its residents by closing some of the downtown roads. Here is a list of the closed road as reported by the City of Northville’s website.
     
    • Main Street (Wing to Rogers)
    • Dunlap Street (Wing to Rogers)
    • Linden Street (Main to Randolph)
    • West Street (Main to Randolph)
    • High Street (Main to Randolph)
    • Linden Court (Linden to the end)
    • Dubuar Street (Linden to the west end)
    • N. Rogers Street (W. Main to Potomac)
  • Northville High School’s Drama Clubs Haunted House

    If trick-or-treating isn’t for you, then stop by Northville High School and enter into a Zombie Prison. This event is recommended for children ages 12-years-old and older. The Zombie Prison is open from 4:30 pm – 9 pm and admission is $5 dollars at the door. For more information, please visit Northville High School Theater

Staying Safe This Halloween

Both Novi and Northville have offered a few tips and tricks on how to stay safe this Halloween. Here are a few of those tips and tricks.

  • Only trick or treat at well-lit houses and remain on the porch.
  • Go trick-or-treating in small groups with an adult.
  • Always bring a flashlight.
  • Parents should supervise trick-or-treating for any children under the age of 12.
  • Look carefully at all treats before consuming.
  • Be careful of eating any homemade candies and stick to eating factory wrapped candies only.
  • Stay on sidewalks whenever possible.

Happy Halloween from all of us at the Jamey Kramer Group, and we hope you have a wonderful time trick-or-treating in either city.

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.

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