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Novi, Michigan December 2015 Events

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Novi, Michigan is an exciting and family friendly place to live. This December, there are a number of activities and events planned in Novi that you won’t want to miss. Whether you are looking to have a great time by yourself or with your family, you are sure to find something that everyone will enjoy. Check out these highlighted events that are taking place in the next few weeks in Novi.

Light Up The Night

  • Friday, December 4
  • 6:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Novi Civic Center Campus
  • 45175 W 10 Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48375

Are you ready for an amazing night out with the family? You will not want to miss the free community event, Light Up The Night. There will be tons of activities for your family to enjoy including marshmallow roasting, ice sculptures, a petting farm, kid crafts, craft show, the tree lighting, train rides, a variety show, and of course, visits to the big man himself – Santa. The event will take place on Friday, December 4 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

If you have attended this event in prior years, you will be excited to hear that for 2015, a special fireworks display will be presented by Bright House Networks. The new fireworks display will take place immediately following the tree lighting. This event will be located at the Novi Civic Center Campus. If you are interested in the train rides and a variety show, head on over to the Novi Library.

For more, please see the event flyer.

Santa Pet Photos at Twelve Oaks Mall

  • Sunday, December 6
  • 9:00 am - 10:45 a.m. and 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Twelve Oaks Mall Center Court
  • 27500 Novi Rd, Novi, MI 48377

Have you ever wondered why your sweet pet can’t take part in the holiday festivities like meeting Santa? Twelve Oaks Mall continues to prove that it is a great mall as they have invited you and your favorite four legged friend to meet Santa and have a photo taken. Space is limited and reservations are a must.

For more information, please see Twelve Oaks 2015 Pet Photos or call 248-348-9400.

Santa’s Sleepy Storytime

  • Saturday, December 12
  • 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Novi Civic Center Campus
  • 45175 W 10 Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48375
  • Cost: $5.00

All kids are invited to jump into their pj’s, bring their favorite blanket, and enjoy listening to a favorite holiday story for Santa’s Sleepy Storytime. Following the story, children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa, make a craft, and enjoy some cookies and hot chocolate. The event is $5.00 and will be located at the Novi Civic Center. Make sure to register ahead of time at www.cityofnovi.org. Registration is open through December 4. For more information, please call 248-347-0400.

Novi Youth Assistance – Adopt a Family

This amazing program is designed to assist low income families living in Novi during the holiday season. The Novi Youth Assistance (NYA) is collaborating with the Novi Goodfellows to coordinate efforts to serve as many families as possible. The NYA is looking for families to participate in “adopting-a-family” for the 2015 holiday season. If you are interested in participating, gaining more information, or donating, please contact the Novi Youth Assistance office at 248-347-0410.

Shredding Saturdays

  • First Saturday of the Month
  • 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Corrigan Record Storage
  • 45200 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI 48375

Do you need to clear out some space in your desk? On the first Saturday of each month, residents of Novi have the opportunity to recycle up to 300 pounds with NAID Certified Secured Shredding. The partnership with Corrigan Record Storage makes this possible for a $5.00 fee. For an additional $5.00 fee, you can have your hard drive destroyed.

Wrapping Up

Novi, Michigan is a family friendly city filled with exciting activities and events. December will be a special month with activities from the Light Up The Night holiday kickoff to the Santa’s Sleepy Storytime and more.

If you are interested in moving to Novi, we would love to help you on your journey to find your next home. Please give our office a call today at:

248-348-7200

 

 

Closing Costs for Sellers and What You Need To Know

by The Jamey Kramer Group

If you are planning to sell your home, it is important to consider the closing costs. Closing costs are the fees paid at the closing of a real estate transaction when the title of the property is transferred to the buyer.

When selling your home, the real question will be how much will it really cost to sell? Between the fees for attorneys, real estate agents, and taxes, you can be looking at closing costs of between 5-10% of the price of your home.

What will be your net profit? While it differs from state to state, your lender or real estate agent should be able to help you predict what those costs will be. You can use a Seller’s Estimated Net Proceeds worksheet to help itemize what the specific costs will be.

The following are some of the typical expenses you can plan to pay at closing when you sell your house.

Commission for Real Estate Agents

This is the price you will pay to the agents who are helping to sell and buy your home. On average, a real estate agent will charge 6 percent – half going to the seller agent’s brokerage, and the other half going to the buyer agent’s brokerage. If you are working with an agent who is selling your home, they might give you a break and only charge 5 percent if you use them to buy your next home.

Loan Payoff Fee

Some lenders charge you an administration fee to pay off your current loan. Make sure to ask your lender to see what fees they charge.

Lien Releases

If you owe money for property tax, a contractor, or the court, a lien may have been placed on your property. This is important to make note of as you are required to pay these fees before you can close on your home.

Attorney Fees

An attorney will help with the legal documents and negotiations. Fees usually range from $500 – $600.

State and County Transfer Taxes

Transfer taxes are fees charged by the state or county to transfer the title from one owner to another. For example, Michigan’s transfer tax is currently $3.75 per $500. Oakland County’s transfer tax is $.55 per $500.

Repairs

When you are planning to sell your home, your buyer will perform a home inspection. Making sure to plan for repairs will be helpful. Typically, requests should be related to health or safety concerns and not cosmetic.

Home Warranty

Buyers might request that the seller pay for a home warranty. This is a protection plan for the buyer’s first year in the home. The cost of a home warranty may be around $500.

Notary Fees

Fees are charged by a notary to verify your identity and make sure the documents are handled properly.

Escrow Fee

The escrow company is the middle man between you and the buyer making sure that the money is handled properly. Escrow agents receive money from the lender, pay off your mortgage and closing costs, collect deposits, and give the proceeds to the lender. This might be something you can split with your buyer.

Water and Sewer Bills

Final water and sewer bills, if applicable, are paid for at closing. If final bills are not present at closing, money will be escrowed until final invoices are paid.

Summary

Selling a home does have costs, and while all the fees can feel frustrating, having an experienced real estate agent by your side to help you work through this process will make a huge difference. 

When you chose the Jamey Kramer Real Estate Group, we make it our priority to help you get the best price for your home and help you every step of the way while selling your home. You can rest assured you are not alone. Please give our office a call today.

248-348-7200

Best Local Places to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner in Northville and Novi, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Thanksgiving is a special time to get together with family and friends to share a meal, and reflect on all the areas in our lives we are grateful for. Spending hours slaving over a meal might take that thanks out of your Thanksgiving, or maybe it is just not your thing.

Give yourself a gift this Thanksgiving and head out to eat for your meal. You don’t have to compromise on quality of food, and you will still get to enjoy all that makes you grateful. Call today to make your reservation at one of Northville or Novi, Michigan’s restaurants, and allow this Thanksgiving to be stress-free.

Northville and Novi have a wide variety of amazing restaurant options, and you will be sure to find one that fits the needs of your family. Here is a list of some of Northville’s and Novi’ restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving Day.

Northville, Michigan Restaurants Open Thanksgiving

Deadwood Bar and Grill

  • 18730 Northville Road
  • Northville, Michigan 48167
  • 248-347-4353
  • Thanksgiving Day Hours: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

The unique atmosphere of this local, Michigan restaurant will be sure to impress. They boast an “Adirondack atmosphere, with antler cocktail chairs, faux-trees, massive rustic pool tables, handcrafted birch-bark decor and a breezy outdoor stone terrace, complete with campfire pit.” They are making a reputation for their amazing holiday meals. While Deadwood doesn’t usually take reservations, they do for their holiday meals. Make sure to call ahead to make your Thanksgiving reservations today as they fill up quick.

Rocky’s of Northville

  • 41122 Seven Mile Road West
  • Northville, MI 48167
  • Phone: 248-349-4434
  • Thanksgiving Day Hours: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Rocky’s of Northville has received numerous awards and will be offering a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings for your Thanksgiving meal. You may also choose from a limited menu that includes fish, steak, chicken, and pastas.

Novi, Michigan Restaurants Open Thanksgiving

Steve and Rocky’s

  • 43150 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI 48375
  • 248-374-0688
  • Thanksgiving Day Hours: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Named after the two chefs and owners, this one of a kind Michigan restaurant serves outstanding food. While they are known for their fresh seafood options, they have quite a diverse menu. Metro Times states, “The wine list is exceptional and the creativity is built around the freshest ingredients.” Their goal is to do simple food done well, and they are doing just that. Call today to make reservations for your Thanksgiving dinner.

Toasted Oak and Grill Market

  • 27790 Novi Rd, Novi, MI 48377
  • Phone: 248-277-6000
  • Thanksgiving Day Hours: 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Enjoy a true taste of Michigan at the Toasted Oak and Grill Market. With a menu created by Michigan natives, this restaurant places its emphasis on fresh, and local food as they hand pick Michigan products. Dine in, reserve a private room, or order ahead of time to pick up and bring home. This place has all the options for you. Hour Magazine readers voted this restaurant, “2011 Top 10 Best Restaurants in Detroit.”  Call today or go to www.opentable.com to make your reservation online.

Turmerican Vegetarian Cuisine

  • 24259 Novi Road, Novi, Mi 48375 
  • Phone: 248-305-3357

If you can imagine Thanksgiving without a turkey and you enjoy a laid back atmosphere, this might be the perfect place for you. This hidden gem has lots of vegan and vegetarian options that are mostly organic and GMO free. The authentic Indian taste will leave you wanting more. Reasonable prices allow you to choose from a buffet or the à la carte menu. Many have raved that it is the best Indian restaurant in all of Michigan.

Free Thanksgiving Dinner to Benefit the Community

Moe’s On Ten

  • Free Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Wednesday, November 25: 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • 39455 W 10 Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48375
  • 248-478-9742

Owner, Moe Leon, will be continuing his 26 year tradition of offering a free Thanksgiving feast to the Novi community. Donations are not required, but Leon does ask that guests make a donation that will benefit the needy this holiday season.

The City of Novi will be providing free transportation for those in need starting at 3:00 pm. Reservations for the free transportation are required and need to be made by Monday, November 23. Please call 248-735-5617.

Take Away

It is hard to beat these local restaurants that make Northville and Novi their home. If you are planning on staying in for Thanksgiving, make sure to find another time to check these amazing restaurants out. You won’t be disappointed.

From all of us at the Jamey Kramer Group, we hope you have a restful and peaceful Thanksgiving.

Upcoming Holiday Events in Northville, Michigan – November 2015

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Northville, Michigan likes to start off the holidays with a bang. If you are looking for fun events for the whole family, this is the place to be. Starting in November, there are a number of different ways to get you and your family in the holiday spirit.

Here is a list of Northville’s upcoming holiday events that you will not want to miss:

Northville Holiday Home Tour

  • November 13-14
  • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Advanced ticket: $25.00 / At the door: $30.00

Nothing can get one into the Christmas mood like some beautiful Christmas décor. You won’t want to miss this event if you love to see how other people use their talents with their Christmas décor.  Five houses have been selected and will be decorated for the holidays. What a fun way to get inspired for your own home. Each house has a different style that will be sure to inspire you and wow you. The tour will run from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14.

To attend this event, you can order your tickets ahead of time. Tickets in advance are $25.00 and are $30.00 at the door. However, don’t wait long as it has sold out each year. The proceeds of this event will go to the Northville Community Foundation (NCF) and will benefit the community’s funds including the healthy youth and senior funds. The NCF provides grants to the school, senior citizen gift baskets, the scholarship fund, and helps other youth and senior programs.

For more information, please see: Northville Holiday Home Tour

Northville Holiday Lighted Parade

  • November 20
  • Downtown Northville
  • 6:30 pm

Starting at 6:30 pm in downtown, Northville will ring in the holiday season with their annual holiday Lighted Parade. This is Northville’s official way to kick off the holiday season. If you would like to be a participant in the parade you can fill out a form at Holiday Lighted Parade.

The parade route

The parade is scheduled to exit the Northville Community Center parking lot and onto Cady then will take the following route:

  • East on Cady to Wing Street.
  • North on Wing Street to Main Street.
  • West on Main Street to Linden
  • North on Linden to Dunlap.
  • East on Dunlap to Hutton,
  • South on Hutton to Main,
  • West on Main to Center
  • South on Center to Cady to return to the Community Center

For a map of the parade route, please see: Northville Holiday Lighted Parade

The parade starts the event, but you will want to stick around because following the parade, there will be a community sign-along and tree lighting ceremony. You will also want to make sure to visit the Northville Town Square as local churches will provide free refreshments before and after the parade.

Christmas in the Village

  • November 22
  • Mill Race Village
  • 12:00 pm  4:00 pm

Would you like to catch an early glimpse of St. Nicolas? Stop by the Mill Race Village for a journey back in time as Northville’s Historical Village is ready for the holiday season. Bring the family and enjoy snacks, carolers, and weaver demonstrations. Are you ready to make dent in your holiday shopping? Check out the J.M Mead General Store as it will be open and filled with gifts. For more information about this event, please contact the Northville Historical Society at 248-348-1845.

Take Away

Northville is an amazing place to live and to raise a family. These holiday events are a sample of the amazing community events Northville has to offer.

If you are looking at moving into the area and would like more information, please contact us. We would love to help you in your process to finding your next home.

248-348-7200

 

 

5 Strategies for Choosing the Best Real Estate Agent for You

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Are you looking to put your house up for sale, or maybe looking to buy a new home? Choosing a real estate agent is going to be one of the first decisions that you make and it is an important one. It can feel intimidating to choose an agent with all the different options and the hype. The relationship that you have with your agent needs to be a good fit.

When selling your home, the selling agent will typically make a commission on average of 5 -6% of the listing price that is generally split with the buying agent. That’s a nice chunk of change for them to walk away with, so you want to make sure you feel good about them. Follow these 5 simple steps and you will be able to walk away feeling great about the decision you made when choosing a real estate agent.

5 Simple Steps to Choose the Right Real Estate Agent

Tip 1: Get Multiple Options

When it comes to choosing a real estate agent, the ball is in your court. Not all agents will be the best fit for you, so giving yourself multiple options will help you feel good about your choice. Think of it this way, if you were going to invest $20,000 into a financial planner, you would want to check out different options to see which one will fit you and your situation best. The same goes for selecting a real estate agent.

Tip 2: Interview Each Agent

When you are considering different agents, don’t be afraid to ask to meet them in person. If you are planning on selling your home, have them come to your house and give you their opinions. Share with the agent that you are interviewing a few agents and compare the feedback. Having an interview with an agent will help you feel good about your decision knowing you have the best person for your needs and situation.

Tip 3: Talk with Recent Clients

Ask the agent for a list of what they’ve listed and sold within the past year and for referrals. An example of information you would want to check about would be the original listing price, what the house was sold for, and how long that house was on the market.

Tip 4: Check Their License

Each state has different licensing requirements for real estate agents. Depending on the state that you live in, you can determine if an agent is licensed. You can also check to see if there has been any disciplinary actions or complaints.

Tip 5: Know Their Specialty

Real estate agents can take additional classes that give them added knowledge and expertise to a specific area. Knowing those letters at the end of their name will help you see if they specialize in an area that you need.  Here are a few examples:

  • CRS (Certified Residential Specialist): This indicates that they have taken additional classes related to deal with residential real estate.
  • ABR (Accredited Buyers’ Representative): Looking to have a good negotiator? This designation means that an agent has received additional education related to representing buyers in a transaction.
  • SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist): This represents an agent who has addition education relating to buyers and sellers over the age of 50.
  • REALTOR®: When you choose a REALTOR®, you are choosing a person who is a member of the NAR (National Association of Realtors). What that is telling you is that they have made a pledge to support a strict Code of Ethics.

Wrapping it Up

Whether you are buying a home or selling a home, you will be working closely with your real estate agent. You want to know you are making a great decision. Following these simple tips will help you to make an informed decision and one you can feel confident about.

If you would like to sell or buy a new house, please give our office a call. We would be thrilled to help.

248-348-7200

 

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