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City of Novi, Michigan Events for February 2018

by The Jamey Kramer Group

City of Novi Events for February 2018

Are the winter blues getting you down? The City of Novi has a number of exciting events planned for each member of the family. From a daddy-daughter dance and mother-son dance to the Super 5K Road Race on Super Bowl Sunday, these are events you won’t want to miss.

Daddy Daughter Dance

  • Friday, February 2, 2018
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 3, 2018
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $19 per person
  • Location: Novi Civic Center  
  • 45175 10 Mile Road, Novi, Michigan 48375

This year’s Daddy Daughter dance is sure to be a fun time to create lasting memories with your family. Let your daughter get all dolled up and have that special time out with Daddy. This year’s theme is Hooray For Hollywood!

For more information and to register online, please see Community Events.

Super 5K Road Race

  • Sunday, February 4, 2018
  • Time:  8:30 a.m.
  • Novi High School
  • 24062 Taft Rd, Novi, MI 48375

What better way to kick off Super Bowl Sunday than to participate in a family fun run in the morning?

Every entrant gets a pair of 5K gloves and headwear to help you brave the freezing temps! In no time at all, you will be warm and halfway finished with that race. Run your race and then start the day’s feasting right after the finish line before you go home to gear up for your next fun party. The race begins and ends at Novi High School and the course is mostly flat and paved.

For more information, please see register online.   

Chamber of Commerce Winter Business Mixer

  • Tuesday, February 6, 2018
  • Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Novi Civic Center
  • 45175 10 Mile Road
  • Novi MI 48375

Are you new to Novi and running a small business? Or maybe your business is growing and you need some questions answered. Whatever the reason, the Chamber of Commerce Winter Business Mixer is your opportunity to meet fellow business owners, chamber leaders, and City of Novi partners and ask them your questions in a relaxed environment. The cost is $5 per person. Drinks and appetizers are included.

For more information and to register online, please see Winter Business Mixer.

Love and Friendship Luncheon

  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Meadowbrook Activity Center  
  • 25075 Meadowbrook Rd., Novi MI 48375
  • Ages: 55+

You don’t have to have a sweetheart to come to this luncheon, but you do have to be age 55 or older. This month’s luncheon happens to be right on Valentine’s Day and it’s all about the love between friends. Bring your friends and come to celebrate love.

The cost is $7.50 for residents and $9.00 for non-residents. The deadline is February 7 or until sold out. For more information, please call 248-347-0414 or visit Special Events.

Get Your Game On - Mother Son Dance

  • Friday, February 23, 2018
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Location: Novi Civic Center  
  • 45175 10 Mile Road
  • Novi MI 48375 US

This mother-son night is not just for mothers and sons, but for aunts, grandmothers, sisters or any special female in your son’s life. There will be dancing, appetizers, photos and more. The theme this year is sports, so have your son dress in his favorite team jersey or t-shirt!

The cost is $14 for residents and $17.00 for non-residents. Registration ends on February 16. For more information and to register online, please see registration information.

Easy, Fun and Healthy Cooking for One or Two

  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Novi Civic Center  
  • 45175 10 Mile Road, Novi MI 48375
  • Ages: 55+

If you learned how to cook all your best meals when you were raising a young family, but it seems challenging to adjust to only feeding yourself or two of you, this class is for you. Maybe you need some tips for healthy eating, or just want a fun way to learn some new recipes. This is the perfect opportunity. Leave with some healthy ideas and great recipes!

There is no charge for this event. Registration ends on February 23. For more information, please see Health & Wellness.

Takeaway

Novi is a great place to live and to raise a family. If you are interested in moving to Novi, Michigan please give our office a call. We would love the opportunity to help with all of your real estate needs.

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Hottest Design Trends to Help Sell Your House Quickly

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Design trends

Every design trend comes back around again if you live long enough to see it. Design trends in clothing tend to come and go more quickly, but even home design trends do come back around.

There are a few on this list that might be surprising for some - considering they’ve resurfaced after about 30 years and they definitely went through a “not cool” phase.

However, a whole new round of buyers is hitting the real estate market and you might be surprised what will get a buyer to see themselves in your home.

Colorful Kitchens

We’re starting off with this one because that all-white kitchen you thought was timeless a few years ago could end up costing you a sale. White kitchens look great in photos but they are hard to keep clean.

Today’s buyers like light wood cabinets, color on the walls, and matte metal hardware on the cabinets. Try brass, rose gold, and copper - with copper becoming the go-to metal tone this year.

If you don’t have wood-tone cabinets, try painting the lowers a dark color and leaving the uppers white. The two-tone look remains very popular.

Patterns!

Patterns of all different kinds are going to be popular in 2018. Floral patterns, geometric patterns, and patterned, statement flooring could potentially earn you back your investment when you sell your home.

Whether you use a geometric tile to update that small bathroom or kitchen backsplash or wallpaper a wall with floral paper, these design elements could become selling points for the right buyer.

Fixtures

Vintage light fixtures are becoming very popular in 2018, as are bucket sinks, and brass and copper elements. If you are thinking about replacing any dated lighting - think again!

If it’s old enough, it might just add resale value. Many new homeowners are into the 70s chic fad - bold colors and funky textures. In addition, if you have an original bathroom with a bucket or trough-style sink, you might just be sitting on a goldmine.

Millennial Pink

This light pink color started to become popular last year in home design and fashion, but it’s likely to keep rising in popularity. This shade is an easy way to give a trendy update to any room in your home.

Bigger Projects

If you are looking to renovate your home to sell for top dollar, here are a couple of things to think about, as they are gaining in popularity this year.

  • Multiple Generation Accommodations - that basement living area might be exactly what a new buyer needs.
  • Wider Doorways and Hallways - helpful for seniors who choose to age in their homes and need space for walkers, wheelchairs, and scooters.
  • Open Kitchen Shelving
  • Tankless Water Heaters - This is a great way to save on space, energy, and money. We are expecting to see tankless water heaters to surge in popularity.

Takeaway

While not every trend on this list can claim to be timeless, these trends are timeless enough - or potentially low enough in cost - to consider introducing before you start the process of selling your home.

If you are ready to put your house on the market, please give us a call. We would be honored to help.

248-348-7200

A New Path to Homeownership

by The Jamey Kramer Group

New homeowners

You know it, I know it. The millions of millennials out there trying to buy their first homes know it only too well.

Needing a down payment disqualifies many people from being able to buy a house.

With school debt to pay off, higher rent prices, and coming of age in the middle of a recession, there’s no way many of today’s young working professionals will be able to swing a huge chunk of change. This is hard because these people would otherwise be prime candidates for homeownership. They are able to pay their rent on time and are responsible renters.

Home Partners of America

Enter Home Partners of America. This is a rent-to-own company offering a new mortgage product to tenants that just might solve this problem. The mortgage product they are offering applies some of the appreciation of their home’s value - the home they’ve been renting - toward reducing the down payment.

If you live in an area where home prices have appreciated at all, it could reduce the down payment requirement by a lot. You may end up paying almost nothing.

Here is where it’s different from other rent-to-own schemes that end up working against you. Other companies have taken a large non-refundable deposit. However, this isn’t what Home Partners of America is setting out to do. They also aren’t out to create another housing bubble by giving homes to people who can’t really afford to pay a mortgage.

The main requirement to qualify for this program is that you demonstrate you can pay rent on time for two years. You also must be considered first-time buyers, meaning you haven’t owned a home in the last three years. This demonstrates you are:

  • Committed to staying there and
  • You are financially responsible.

Home Partners of America started five years ago. Unfortunately, it doesn’t exist yet in Michigan. However, it owns almost 8,000 homes in over 50 cities across the country and plans to offer the product to its current tenants and those who sign a lease over the next two years as a pilot program. New Penn Financial is the Pennsylvania-based lender making the loans and they will be backed by mortgage company Fannie Mae.

Other Pilot Programs

New home buyers may be excited to know that Fannie Mae has been involved recently with several pilot programs built to ease credit for young buyers. The surge in home prices in recent years has made it impossible for those who haven’t saved enough for a down payment. To mitigate this, other pilot programs are planning to try things like:

  • Paying off a portion of the student loan of a borrower who purchases a home from the Miami home builder Lennar Corp.
  • Giving a buyer up to $50,000 in a down payment in return for an agreement that the buyer will rent a room in their new home on Airbnb.

One of the most important things is that Home Partners doesn’t take a nonrefundable deposit. If you participate in the pilot program - or hopefully get a loan down the road when these products become more widely available - you won’t lose money if you need to walk away. If the house you are renting declines in value or you decide not to buy, you are free to go.

Takeaway

If you haven’t been able to get into a home yet and rising housing prices is discouraging, don’t fear. There are some new and interesting mortgage products coming your way that might make the impossible into a dream come true.

If you are ready to start looking for a house, please give us a call.

248-348-7200

Top Real Estate Articles in 2017

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Top Real Estate Articles 2017

As we are all settling into this new year and trying to stay warm, we at The Jamey Kramer Group are taking stock of 2017. We have come to appreciate this custom of reflecting on the past year and looking forward to all that the new year holds.

We’ve been grateful to serve the communities of Novi, Northville, and South Lyon in Oakland County, Michigan. We have so many valued clients and are thankful for your continued support and trust.

The other thing we love about what we do is the opportunity to build up the community through this blog. It only highlights the amazing things the community has to offer. We wouldn’t have all of the unique things to write about if the community we serve wasn’t so vibrant and exciting.

Every year, we look forward to promoting the community’s events and finding out about new ones.

Another standout from 2017 has been the exciting comeback of the real estate market after almost 10 years of slow growth. In fact, it’s been such a comeback that we’ve published many articles about the competition over new homes and the relative shortage of new homes.

Mostly, it’s a privilege to walk alongside singles, couples, and families selling or buying their homes this year. We love that we get to be part of this exciting process, and we continue to be dedicated to doing whatever it takes for you.

For that reason, we are always searching for the newest trends and news so that we can be your source for any real estate or community questions, concerns or news.

We know how hard it is to buy or sell a home - especially this last year. But we’re here to help. We like to share the knowledge we’ve gained from doing over and over again what most people only do a few times in their lifetime. We always want to know what you want to read about - and we’re always just a phone call away.

One way to find out what our online readership was especially interested in is to round up our top 10 articles for 2017 via Google Analytics. So according to Google, here’s what you all responded to the most. Hopefully, you will find good advice to revisit or a new article you haven’t read yet. Happy New Year and happy reading!

Top 10 Real Estate Related Articles for 2017

1. WHAT MATTERS WHEN APPLYING FOR A MORTGAGE

2. TOP 10 DESIGN TREND STRATEGIES TO HELP SELL YOUR HOME

3. HOW TO PAINT YOUR HOUSE TO SELL

4. 4 REASONS TO BUY A NEWLY CONSTRUCTED HOME BEFORE THE NEW YEAR

5. 5 STEPS TO TAKE AFTER YOUR OFFER TO PURCHASE A HOUSE HAS BEEN ACCEPTED

6. TOP 5 HOME REMODELING PROJECTS IN 2017

7. HOME-BUYING COUPLES: TOP 5 BIGGEST CONFLICTS

8. 4 REASONS TO BUY OR SELL A HOME DURING THE HOLIDAYS

9. CLOSING COSTS FOR SELLERS AND WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

10. PROS AND CONS OF OPERATING A VACATION RENTAL

Top 10 Novi, Northville, & South Lyon Michigan Related Articles

1. EASTER BRUNCHES IN NOVI AND NORTHVILLE, MI

2. BEST LOCAL PLACES TO EAT THANKSGIVING DINNER IN NORTHVILLE AND NOVI, MICHIGAN

3. RESTAURANTS OPEN CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY IN NORTHVILLE AND NOVI, MICHIGAN

4. RESTAURANTS OPEN CHRISTMAS EVE AND DAY IN NORTHVILLE AND NOVI, MICHIGAN

5. EASTER EGG HUNTS IN NORTHVILLE, NOVI, AND SOUTH LYON, MICHIGAN 2016

6. THANKSGIVING IN NORTHVILLE AND NOVI, MICHIGAN

7. HOW MANY SNOW DAYS ARE MICHIGAN SCHOOLS ALLOWED?

8. EASTER BRUNCHES IN NORTHVILLE AND NOVI, MI 2015

9. IS NORTHVILLE, MICHIGAN A GOOD PLACE TO LIVE?

10. IS NOVI, MICHIGAN A SAFE PLACE TO LIVE?

Over to You

If you have a topic that you would like to see us cover, please let us know. In addition, if you are ready to buy a new house or sell your current one, please give us a call. We would be honored to help.

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