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Halloween Hours & Events in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon - 2018

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Halloween Hours & Events in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon - 2018

Halloween is the time of year when your whole neighborhood turns out to meet each other and opens their doors for the cute kids in their bright costumes.

It is a magical time and like no other day of the year for this reason. This fun tradition gives us all the chance to step outside our doors and see our neighbors face to face, or to walk through our cities and towns, knocking on doors for no other reason than to share in the fun.

If you don't have children to take trick-or-treating, consider buying a few bags of candy and turning on your porch light this Wednesday. The great thing about kids is that they don't care whether you have a single pumpkin on your porch. If you have free candy, you are automatically their hero!

One of the best things about Halloween, from our perspective, is that it gives you, as a family, a perspective on your wonderful community that we get to see all the time! You might not know it yet, but you have wonderful, interesting and kind neighbors all around you. That is truly the thing which gives homes their value.

You may have already participated in Halloween and harvest festivities in a variety of ways through churches or schools. However, luckily, these local communities are all safe places where you can take your kids and be assured of friendly neighbors with a light on and a bucket of scrumptious candy. Don't miss the opportunity to participate in trick-or-treating on Halloween night!

Halloween Events

Northville, Michigan Trick-or-Treat Hours & Events:

Not only does the City of Northville have active participation from neighbors in Halloween festivities, but Northville also pulls out all the stops to decorate for the occasion.

In Downtown Northville, you can see the annual skeleton display of a lifetime. Set against a backdrop of historic homes, this spooky decor is sure to delight kids and adults alike as you make your trek in search of booty.

There are 116 skeletons scattered all over downtown Northville this year. As an extra frightful treat, you can also see the spiders take over town square!

Northville trick-or-treat hours are 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and the streets in Northville's Historic District will be closed 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Novi, Michigan Trick-or-Treat Hours & Events:

As a recommendation, Novi's hours are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. per Novi City Hall.

Senior Citizens Halloween Luncheon "Spiders, Bars and Cats, Oh My!"

  • Wednesday, October 31 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Ages 55+
  • Location: Meadowbrook Activity Center
  • Ticket prices: Resident: $7.50 and Non-Resident: $9:00

You're never too old to participate in this fun community holiday. Novi has something for those aged 55 years young and up! Enjoy a Halloween-themed holiday luncheon, complete with spooky decorations and entertainment provided by Balancing Earth. The program is sponsored by Right at Home. For ticket availability and more information, please call 248-347-0414.

South Lyon, Michigan Trick-or-Treat Hours:

South Lyon’s trick-or-treat hours are from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Bringing it Home

Even if you haven't done much for Halloween yet, you can get in on the fun by visiting Northville's skeleton and spider display, attending a senior's lunch in Novi, or just opening your doors to the bunches of cute kids who are about to flood the streets in their costumes.

We hope you make some new connections and strengthen old ones with your neighbors. Have a wonderful Halloween!

What to Do Before You Move into Your New Home

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Tasks before moving into your new home

Did you recently purchase your new home? If you did, or if you are about to make this big purchase, congratulations!

It's an exciting time as well as a potentially stressful time. You can eliminate potential stressors right away by doing a few things you might not have thought of before you move in.

Many of the following tips are great things for any homeowner to do no matter how long you've lived in your house!

Have Your New Home Professionally Inspected

It pays to do your homework for a professional inspector you can trust. Your real estate agent may have recommended an inspector to you. More than likely, that inspector will be able to catch any big problems before your move.

However, home inspectors can't always detect pests or issues that were hidden by the previous owner's furniture. It may be worth it to get a second inspection for your benefit before unpacking your belongings.

Clean Your Gutters and Chimneys

You should already have a good idea of the state of your gutters and chimneys, but that doesn't automatically mean they're clean and in working order!

Roof and gutter cleaning is #1 for maintaining the integrity of your roof and house. In addition, if you want to use your new fireplace and chimney, make sure it's in working order.

Have Your HVAC System Cleaned

This task often gets overlooked, but pet hair and dust can clog your HVAC system and contribute to allergies in a new home. It's not very expensive to have your ducts cleaned, have the filter on your furnace change, and make sure everything in your HVAC system is in working order.

Have Your Floors Professionally Cleaned

Nothing is more annoying than moving all your furniture into your new bedrooms and then realizing you needed to have the carpets steam-cleaned. The previous owners probably didn't do this. You want the carpet cleaned of other people's dirt before you move in.

Check Your Water Quality

You might never have thought of this one but bad water can contribute to a host of illnesses. You can purchase a kit to test for bacteria, lead, pesticides, nitrates, chlorine, hardness, and PH.

If you find out your water needs to be filtered, consider having a reverse osmosis water filter installed.

Update Your Detectors

Replacing those old smoke detectors with smart detectors that can sense smoke, radon, and carbon monoxide is probably a good idea. As a bonus, many new detectors also connect to your smartphone to give you updates and tell you a bunch of other pertinent information while you're away!

Take Pictures of Everything

As horrible as the idea is, your new house may get damaged by floods, fires, tornadoes, storm damage, etc.

The sad reality is that your insurance company is going to want to pay the least possible amount on any insurance claim you make in the event of a catastrophe. It pays to have documentation of how your house looked when you moved in.

Set Up Your Utilities

If the previous owners didn't leave you with all of this information, don't worry! Your neighbors have the same services you do (mostly). What better way to get to know them?

Paint

Avoid the fumes, the headache of moving and covering everything and paint your new house before your move in. If you have a newer build, you're in luck.

However, older houses will probably need every surface to be painted - ceilings, trim, walls, etc.

Make Emergency Plans and an Evacuation Kit

One of the first things you should do when you move in, particularly when you have kids, is to sit down and make an evacuation plan together.

How will you get out? Where will you meet? Make sure everyone knows how to make the right emergency calls. You also need to have the right tools necessary for a potential survival situation. Consider having on hand:

  • An emergency fire ladder
  • A water filter
  • An emergency radio
  • A survival kit that includes emergency rations and first aid products - enough for every person in your family.

Hopefully, you won't need any of these things. But if you do, they are better to have on hand.

Bring it Home

We hope you have a great time moving into your new house! Use these tips to make it your own and avoid some of the stressors of living in a new place.

Why You Need to Organize Your House to Sell Quickly and For More Money

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Organized closet

Why is it that organization and cleanliness make such a significant impression on buyers? After all, we are all aware that our houses get messy - sometimes very messy - from time to time. Life gets busy, and cleaning gets put to the bottom of the list.

However, buyers don't care about how busy a homeowner is when they are coming to look at your house. What they want to see is often the fantasy (or hopeful thinking) of what a new home will do for their lives.

We see it over and over again: buyers won't stop at your beautifully staged kitchen and living room. When they are in your home, they can and will open every drawer, cabinet, built-in, and closet.

And they will judge your house by what they find. Not only that but if your clutter is there, they won't be able to picture their things fitting into your home.

Think of your closets and drawers as a kind of potential blank slate - even though your items will still be there. Organized belongings make your space feel calm and inviting. If your home isn't orderly and clean, buyers will disconnect from your house emotionally. They won't be able to see any of its potential: only the mess.

You don't want this disconnect to happen.

Clean Is More Than Surface

This is why we always advise our sellers to treat their home as if it's already someone else's home once they decide to sell. Ironically, if you are taking selling seriously, you need to organize and declutter the way your buyers imagine they will do when they see your house.

This is especially true if you want to get top dollar for it and have it sell quickly. You want to sell quickly to avoid having to keep your house "perfect" until it sells. It won't work to put the toys in a bin, sweep the floor, and call it a day.

Invest In Organization

Organization is more important than any other problem area in your house you might think you have to tackle to get it sold. Think about this from the other way around. If you can get a buyer to invest emotionally, that is when that buyer is going to want to live in your house and pay their top dollar to ensure they are the ones who get to live there.

Ordering your world can take a long time. There are many online tools to help you get started if you feel lost. However, you might want to consider hiring a professional organizer before you put your house on the market.

An organizer can see your stuff more objectively than you can. You may need some extra direction or courage to get rid of things that are holding you back. An organizer can also make the most of your space in ways you may not be able to see.

For buyers, this is solid gold. So what if your house doesn't have the closet space you wish it did? If a buyer sees a cunningly devised system, she will be able to picture herself living there too.

Bringing it Home

The most important thing a buyer needs to feel in your house is a sense of connection. They need to be able to see themselves living there. To do this, they need to feel the sense of calm that is created by a well-organized space.

If you are thinking about selling your house, this should be one of your first steps. If you need help or have questions about where to start and live in Southeast Michigan, please call. We would be happy to help you get started!

248-348-7200

Maybury Farm's Great Pumpkin Fest of 2018

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Maybury Farm's Great Pumpkin Fest

Fall is here, and Michigan residents couldn't be more pleased. The leaves are turning, the weather has finally become crisp and refreshing, and the fall activities are in full swing all over the great state of Michigan.

If you're looking for a fun family outing that has everything you could want from fall in one beautiful location, this is it.

The Great Pumpkin Fest is Maybury Farm's most popular event of the year. It has been expanded to two weekend days instead of one because of its popularity, and no wonder! This festival is jam-packed with activities, food, sights, and sounds.

About Maybury Farm

Whether you are new to this area of Michigan or you have lived in Metro Detroit for years and have never been to Maybury Farm, this is your year!

Maybury Farm is located in Northville, Michigan. It adjoins Maybury State Park, which is almost 1,000 acres of lovely, pristine nature in the heart of Metro Detroit. Bike paths, horse trails, and walking trails are just the tip of the iceberg for what's available in this park.

At the farm, you can regularly experience a u-pick farm garden, petting farm animals, playing on a farm-themed playground, and a general store with Michigan-made goodies. There are educational tours designed to teach kids science in a hands-on way and regular events like the Great Pumpkin Festival for the community.

Maybury Farm's 5th Annual Great Pumpkin Fest 2018

  • October 13 - 14 Saturday and Sunday
  • 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • $7 or $10 per person
  • Children 2 and under Free

Maybury Farm's incredible corn maze has been open for several weeks for your weekend fun! There is a 1-acre maze just for kids and a more massive 8-acre maze for anyone who wants a challenge. Check out the aerial view of this work of art!

This is Maybury Farm's 5th year hosting the Pumpkin Fest. This year, it's held on October 13 & 14 - Saturday and Sunday - from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There are two pricing options: $7 per person includes admission to the festival and Maybury Farm. $10 per person includes access to the festival, entrance to the farm, and a chance to challenge the corn maze with complementary wagon rides.

Activities Include:

  • Pie pumpkin painting
  • Bonfire & S'mores
  • Face painting
  • Hay Maze for the kids
  • Corn Maze
  • Model milking cow
  • Corn husk doll making
  • Mask making
  • Kids games - pumpkin themed
  • View the work of professional pumpkin carver John Angevine
  • Beeswax candle making
  • Children's costume contest
  • Story time & sing-along
  • Children's activity stage
  • Delicious foods
  • Home Depot Building
  • Corn Maze Trick or Treating
  • Animals smashing pumpkins
  • Apple cider pressing

The schedule for live music performances includes:

High Street Band

  • Saturday, 10:30am to 12:30pm

Steve Taylor Music

  • Saturday, 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Audrey Ray

  • Saturday, 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Vendetta Ride

  • Sunday, 10:30am to 12:30pm

Kari Holmes

  • Sunday, 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Todd Michael Band

  • Sunday, 2:30pm to 4:30pm

For more information, please visit Maybury Farm’s website.

Takeaway

With such a huge list of fun activities included in your admission to Maybury Farm’s Great Pumpkin Fest, plus great food, drinks, and entertainment, this could be one of the highlights of your year!

I hope it becomes a family favorite and that you come back year after year! Happy fall everyone!

Housing Market Trends for 2018 and Beyond

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Housing Market Trends for 2018 and Beyond

For many prospective homeowners, the last few years have been a challenge. With home prices continuing to rise and inventory at its lowest point in a decade, first-time home buyers and those downsizing have had to compete against many others - especially in our country's hottest markets.

With this furious pace, experts have started to look into the possibility of another housing bubble and financial collapse.

Of course, no one wants to live through another great recession. Many American families are still trying to recover from the 2008 bubble burst.

So, what's the truth? Is this current real estate situation a housing bubble? What are the indications that it could be? Could we be headed for another bubble burst?

While some market trends are showing similar signs to a housing bubble, the newest data from popular housing markets this summer says we may be heading for a slow-down rather than a bubble burst.

It may not be the best news for sellers who are hoping for a bidding war and a massive increase in their asking price. However, it's better for everyone than another recession.

2 Significant Trends of a Housing Bubble

Interest Rates

In 1997, Professor Fred Foldvary predicted the 2008 bust based on his examination of history. Interest rates tend to follow bank credit swells, which are typically to follow peaks in land value.

The cycle has repeated itself consistently since around 1800, except for the interruption of WWII.

Some experts point to today's high mortgage rates as an indicator that the market is about to bust. Interest rates are high but not as high as their peak in 2007 of 6.70% or 18.19% in 1979.

Default Rates

The rate at which homeowners are defaulting on their loans is also a predictor of an impending real estate crash. However, this rate is at its lowest, nationally, in 12 years.

The Evidence Points Toward Housing Market Cooling

Although the fact remains that you may not see much of a difference in your local market, there is emerging data to suggest that it may be the beginning of a change.

In some of the most active markets in the country, where bidding wars were common, and housing prices were being driven sky high, markets have begun to cool.

Homes are starting to sit on the market for weeks instead of just days and sellers aren't receiving multiple bids on their homes.

Existing-home sales dropped this past June for the third straight month, and new home purchases are at their lowest in 8 months.

Inventory is Growing Again

Home prices are rising still - which is good news - but not as fast. Only 6.4% this past May, which was the smallest year over year gain since early in 2017.

Prices are at their lowest increase over a 3-month period since 2012 according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency. 

Experts are predicting a 5% gain this year and a 3% gain in 2019, which is much lower than what we saw in 2007 shortly before the crash, which was 10.7%.

Takeaway

Evidence of the housing market cooling may not be welcome news to everyone. However, it's much more welcome news than another impending recession.

Sellers can take heart! Home values are still rising. And buyers can start to catch a breath.

As 2018 draws to a close and 2019 begins, the real estate market is looking like a much more comfortable place to venture into.

If you are interested in buying or selling a house and live in Southeast Michigan, please give us a call. We would be honored to help!

248-348-7200

 

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