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Halloween Saftey Tips & Halloween hours

Are you gearing up for a great evening of trick-or-treating?

Halloween night is one of the most exciting nights for a child, and it is a great time to spend as a family. It is a chance to dress up as whatever you want, travel around your neighborhood, and fill bags full of candy. What child wouldn’t love this experience?

As with everything we do with our children, we want to keep them safe. Novi’s Police Chief, David Malloy, shares that the major dangers of trick-or-treating come from falls and pedestrian/car accidents. In light of keeping our children safe, there are a few tips that are helpful to keep in mind as you and your children are trick-or-treating.  

10 Halloween Safety Tips

  • Plan your route in advance. You can remind your children to use the street corners, traffic signals, and crosswalks. It is important that they remember that darting into a street can be extremely dangerous. If your child is old enough to go without you, talk through the route that they plan to take.

  • Remind your child of all crossing road tips like looking both left and right when crossing the street and making eye contact with drivers before you cross the street.

  • Avoid walking and texting. When you walk around, it’s a good idea to keep your head up and put your electronic devices down.

  • Plan to wear comfortable clothing: shoes and warm clothing.

  • Avoid costumes that can easily be tripped on. Make sure that costumes are hemmed to avoid tripping and falling.

  • Stay in areas that are well lit. For children out after dark, you can apply reflective tape to your child’s costume or to their trick-or-treating bag to make sure that drivers see them on the road.

  • Carry a flashlight with you so that you can keep your child’s path.

  • Avoid Masks. While masks seem to make a costume, they can also keep your child from seeing well and possibly breathing. An alternative is to skip the mast and use makeup to help complete a costume.

  • Check the candy. Once your children come home at the end of the night, take some time to go through the candy and throw away any candy that might not be in a wrapper or looks like it has been opened.

  • Children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by an adult at night. For children old enough to be out alone, discuss the path. Encourage your children to stick to familiar, lit areas, and to stay in groups.

Trick-or-Treating Hours for Northville, Novi, and South Lyon

  • Northville Halloween Trick-or-Treating Hours: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Note: Northville will be closing down several streets between 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm to help ensure safety. To check the specific streets that will be shut down, please see Northville’s Halloween notice.  
  • Novi Trick-or-Treating Recommended Hours: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • South Lyon Trick-or-Treating Hours: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • To check out other Oakland County town’s trick-or-treating hours, please see:  Halloween Trick or Treat Hours – Oakland County Michigan.

From all of us at the Jamey Kramer Group, have a fun and safe Halloween!


Strategies on How to Sell Your House in Winter

by The Jamey Kramer Group

How to Sell Your House in Winter

It is a generally accepted belief that the spring is the peak time to sell your house. Families like to be able to make the transition when their children are out of school and prepared for the new school year.

However, what happens when you need to move earlier? When you don’t have a choice to wait, don’t worry, moving in the winter months has proven to not be as bad of a time to sell as originally thought.

Study Says to Sell in Winter
The results of one study may surprise you. Homes listed and sold from March 22, 2011 through March 21, 2013 were analyzed. The results showed that average sellers netted more than the asking price during the winter months like December, January, February, and March as compared to the months of June through November. That even includes cold-weather cities like Boston and Chicago.

For example, in Chicago, the likelihood of selling your home within six months was in the winter. Second, was fall and then the spring and summer months came very close. Overall, winter listings showed to be 9% more likely to sell, up to 1 week faster, and sell for 1.2% more.

Motivated Sellers in Winter
What could impact this finding? Don’t most home buyers stop looking in the winter months?

That might be true for most home buyers, but not for serious buyers. These are people that need to move versus people who want to move. The reasons include, for example, those who need to move for a job, expand for a growing family, etc. Therefore, their needs give the advantage to the seller.

Paul Stone, an agent in Denver stated, “There are plenty of people who need to buy a home in the winter, whether it’s because of a job relocation or major family change, like a new baby. These buyers want to get into a home quickly, and are sometimes willing to pay top dollar.”

Strategies for Selling Your Home in Winter
If you have decided to sell your home in the winter, there are a few tips that can help you sell.

Strategy One: The first step is to make sure that all your heating and maintenance issues are functioning well. For example, make sure your furnace, HVAC, and roof are in top shape. In addition, you can clean the gutters, and change air filters. One question your winter home buyers will be wondering about is your heating costs. Having high efficient options in your home will go a long way.

Strategy Two: Another option to help prepare your home for a winter listing is to help offset the cold snowy days and overcast skies by creating a warm and bright look in your home. You can do this by giving your home basic landscaping enhancements by adding inviting holly or ivy.

In addition, Sacramento interior designer Kerrie Kelly suggests painting the interior of your house off-white throughout. She states this can set a consistent color palette and make the space feel larger.

Take Away
Selling your home in cold months has the advantage of marketing to motivated buyers. If you are looking to put your house on the market during the fall or winter months, please give us a call. We would be honored to help.


The Great Pumpkin Festival – Maybury Farm 2016

by The Jamey Kramer Group

The Great Pumpkin Festival – Maybury Farm

Are you looking for a great way to celebrate the fall season? Maybury Farm, nestled in the Detroit suburb of Northville, Michigan, is the place to be. This weekend – October 22nd from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm - will be the most popular festival around. You won’t want to miss out.

For the third year in a row, Maybury Farm is putting on its favorite event of the fall season; The Great Pumpkin Festival. Grab your family and friends, put on your costumes, and get ready to have a great time.

Maybury Farm Activities

If you could imagine your favorite activity to do during the fall, The Great Pumpkin Festival will provide. The event is filled with all of the favorite fall activities that are perfect for families. At the event you can enjoy a corn maze, pumpkin painting, live music, pumpkin-themed games for children, wagon rides, farm animals, crafts, and so much more.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to cook s’mores around a bonfire, and enjoy eating cider and donuts. However, the fun doesn’t stop there. At The Great Pumpkin Festival there will be a kids costume contest at 1:30 pm and author, Donna Rubin, will be there to do story time at 2:00 pm.

The fun activities continue. For the first 100 kids to arrive, there is a building workshop available put on by the Plymouth Home Depot, plus a pamper station for parents compliments of Tuileries Shop and Healing Feather Massage. This event is great for all ages.


  • The event is $4.00 a person or $7 for Corn Maze.
  • Children under the age of 2 are free.

Location and Directions:

Maybury Farm is located at 50165 8 Mile Rd in Northville. It is 1-¼ mile west of Beck Road on 8 Mile, ½ mile west of Maybury State Park. Enter at the Maybury Farm sign and be sure that you do not enter the state park. Parking is free at Maybury Farm.

To find out more, check out Maybury Farm: Great Pumpkin festival Facebook event page, where you can see which of your friends are attending the event, and invite others that might not know.  

About Maybury Farm

Maybury Farm is a special place for the Detroit suburbs and resides in the heart of Northville. The farm is active all year long with animals, a farm-themed playground, and a picnic area. The Welcome Center general store offers honey from their very own honeybees, a variety of jams, and jellies, and Michigan maple syrups and other goodies.

Educational tours, maple syrup tours in March, the Fall Corn Maze, and Day Camps in the summer are put on by the farm. This is the perfect place for your next birthday party or special event. 

The farm is operated by the Northville Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The farm exists solely on the generosity of the community, donors, and corporate sponsors.

For more information about the event or general information about Maybury Farm contact: Jessica Striegle, Executive Director at 248-374-0200 or email:


2016 Maybury Farm Corn Maze: Northville, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Maybury Farm in Northville, MI

October in Michigan is one of the most stunning months in the whole year. Red, yellow, and orange leaves begin to fill the huge trees that line the streets of Northville. Winter has not set in, and the crisp air is refreshing. Not only is it one of the most beautiful times of year in Michigan, it also happens to be a time of year filled with exciting activities.

Maybury Farm’s Corn Maze

If you have never experienced a corn maze, you are in for a fun surprise. Northville, Michigan hosts one of the best corn mazes in all of Michigan at the famous Maybury Farm. This year’s corn maze is a huge six-acres of tall corn designed to challenge participants of all ages. Start your journey off with a hayride that takes you back to where the challenge begins. Once you are dropped off, you use your navigational skills to find your way through the twisty turns.

Maybury Farm Corn Maze

Want a Challenge?

Are you an expert corn mazer? Well, you can challenge yourself by trying to find all nine wooden animals that are hidden throughout the maze. Once you have completed this challenge you may be entered to win four tickets to Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus. 

However, there is even one more way to make this maze a bigger challenge: complete the maze in the dark. The corn maze is open until 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday nights for those willing to find the courage to find their way through the twist and turns with only the night sky to lead them.

After you have conquered the challenging corn maze, you will take a hayride back to the farm where all your favorite fall treats will be waiting for you including cider, donuts, and snacks.

Maybury Farm

Visiting Maybury Farm in the fall alone is a great experience that the whole family will enjoy. The farm has rich history that provides educational opportunities, educational tours, summer day camps, story times, petting zoo, and birthday parties.

Corn Maze Hours

The Maybury Farm Corn Maze is open for the month of October. It will close on October 30, 2016.

  • Fridays from 6:00pm – 10:00 pm
  • Saturdays from 12:00pm – 10:00 pm
  • Sundays from 12:00pm – 7:00 pm

Keep in mind that the last wagon leaves for the corn maze one hour prior to closing.

If you are looking to do a group event, you can call for group tours or a bonfire for 15 or more people. You can reserve your date by calling 248-374-0200.

Cost of Corn Maze

The cost of the corn maze is $7.00 a person, which includes the wagon ride, as well as, your admission into Maybury Farm. All children 2 and under are free. The best part is that you know that your money is going to good use as it goes directly to helping to take care of the animals throughout the winter.

Location of Maybury Farm

Maybury Farm is located at 50165 8 Mile Rd in Northville, Michigan. Enter at the Maybury Farm sign. Make sure not to enter the state park. Parking is free at Maybury Farm.

Photos courtesy of the Northville Community Foundation. Used with permission.

4 Important Steps to Make Your Retirement Dream Home Come True

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Steps to Make Your Retirement Dream Home Come True

You have pictured it for years. Every long day you spent at the office and every business trip you had to spend away from home placed the longing dream of retirement in your mind. Specifically, you might have planned your dream home in detail. Maybe that dream home was near the beach or tucked away in the mountains.

When it comes to planning for retirement there are many details that one needs to consider. While dreaming of your perfect retirement home might be one thing, actually planning and making it happen is another. Here are 4 important steps that you need to take to make your retirement dream home come true.

  1. Have the Tough Conversations

Market Watch shared many mistakes that couples can make when they plan for their dream retirement home. One aspect they mentioned is the importance of talking with your spouse and having the hard conversations about the realities of your retirement. President of Heafner Financial Solutions in Charlotte, N.C. stated: 

“So many people I meet haven’t talked about it. There has been no conversation or planning. They have been married 30 or 40 years. He thinks they are going to the mountains, she thinks they are going to the beach. Preplanning is really important. These are hard conversations that you think people will talk about, but with busy lives they just don’t.”

When you and your spouse can be on the same page, it will help in the planning process. When you give yourself the time to sit down and discuss what it is that you really want, you will be taking one giant step in making your dream come a reality.

  1. Have a Plan and Try It Out

One of the hardest parts that couples can face when they face retirement is nailing down what it is that they actually do want. While a lot of ideas might be great in your mind, making sure you have tried it out will be important. If you want to move to Florida, make sure you visit the state. If you plant to move closer to family, stay with them and get to know the area. If you want to buy an RV and travel around the country, rent one for a week and try it out.

  1. Ask Yourself Key Questions

When it comes to planning for your retirement home there are a few questions to ask yourself. Here are a few:

  • How important is it to be close to family? Where are your children and grandchildren?
  • Once you actually retire, do you know what your fixed income will be?
  • Are there ways to get around once you might not be able to drive?
  1. Seek Professional Advice

When it comes to preparing for your retirement home, do not be afraid to ask experts. There are many people available that make this their priority to know what is best for someone in your situation. Explore your opinions. Ask your real estate agent for their insights. Seek out a financial planner to help you find the best financial path. 

Take Away

If you are serious about buying a retirement home, having the tough conversations, creating a plan and trying it out, asking yourself key questions, and seeking professional advice are all ways to set you on a great path. Before you know it, your retirement dream will be a reality.  

If you have questions, please give us a call. We would be honored to help.


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