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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.

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

Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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.

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

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.

Underwater, Under Equity or Low Equity Mortgages

Do you dream of owning a bigger home?

Have you have been told that you are “underwater” with your mortgage? Or perhaps you have heard that your home is under equity or has low equity. Do these terms have you wondering what they actually mean? The truth is you wouldn’t be the first person in America to be told this information.

Unfortunately, for the past few years many people all across the country have been told they are “underwater” with their mortgage. If you have questions about what it means to be “underwater” and how to get above water, this is the article for you.

Today, we are going to share with you a few terms you need to know when looking to sell your home. We won’t just share the definitions with you, but we will also give you some options. Your dream home could be right around the corner.

Underwater Mortgages

When someone says they are underwater with their mortgage it usually means they owe more on their house than the house is worth. Many, many Americans found themselves underwater with their mortgages in the past few years.

Although the housing market is improving, data recently published by CoreLogic as reported by USA Today indicates that almost 13% of homeowners with a mortgage are still in negative equity territory. According to, an example of being underwater is when your home is worth $250,000, and you owe $300,000 on the mortgage.

Under Equity or Low Equity Mortgages

The terms “under equity” or “low equity” mean that that the homeowner has less than 20% of home equity. This is important because in order to finance a mortgage without paying for private mortgage insurance (PMI), you will need to have 20% home equity.

What to Do About It

Here are 2 options that you have if you are looking to move on from your current home and have an underwater, under equity or low equity mortgage situation.

  1. Rent It Out

    If it’s time to move, but you don’t have the equity to put down on a new house, one option is to rent your current home out. You can use the rent money that you are paid to cover the new mortgage until the home value goes up.

    In our article, Michigan Home Prices Are on the Rise, we shared about how Michigan has made it into the top 5 states in America with year-over-year home prices gains.  In addition to that, median home sales prices are up 42% from last year.

  2. Make a Few Home Improvements

    A great way to increase your home’s value is by making a few home improvements. What is even better is that you don’t have to spend a tremendous amount of money to see a return on your investment. Please check out our article, Do Renovations Increase The Value of Your Home?, to find out the most cost effective renovations to do to increase the value of your home.

If you are looking to move into a new home that fits your needs or if you have questions about your situation with an underwater, under equity or low equity mortgage, please give my office a call. We would love to help you find your dream home.


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.

    Christmas Eve: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

    Location, Phone Number and Website:
    18730 Northville Road
    Northville, MI 48167

  • 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.

    Christmas Eve: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

    Location, Phone Number and Website:
    44175 W 12 Mile Road
    Novi, MI 48377

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.

    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

  • 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.

    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

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.

Northville, MI Holiday Events You Don’t Want To Miss

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Northville, MI Holiday Events

Are you looking for some fun holiday events to attend this weekend?

Would you like your kids to see Santa without going to the mall?

The holidays are right around the corner, and children everywhere are getting excited. With only a week and half to go until Christmas, we would like to share 4 events that are taking place this weekend in Northville, Michigan. Three are holiday related and the other is a community event that you won’t want to miss.

Three Holiday Events in Northville This Weekend

  1. Tinsel and Treasures Holiday Market – December 13 - 15

    If you are looking for a unique gift to give this holiday season, you will want to be sure to visit the Tinsel and Treasures Holiday Market at the Northville Community Center this weekend. This event will feature handcrafted gifts from more than 75 artists and fine crafts people. Items will include glass design, jewelry, sculptures and much more.

    Location: 303 W. Main Street, Northville, Michigan

    • Friday, 12/13: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
    • Saturday: 12/13: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    • Sunday: 12/15: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

    For more information, please visit or call the Northville Downtown Development Authority at 248-349-0345.
  2. Santa at Maybury Farm – December 14 - 15

    Maybury Farm is hosting Santa this weekend. On Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th, you can visit Maybury Farm and see Santa. You will even be able to see Santa’s antique sleigh and take a picture of your little one on Santa’s lap. Snacks, coffee, and of course hot chocolate are available while you wait to see Santa.

    This is the last weekend to see Santa at Maybury Farm, so make sure to stop by. According to the Maybury Farm website,

    Admission is just a smile and a donation! All donations help to feed the animals at Maybury Farm throughout the winter months.

    Location: 50165 Eight Mile Road, Northville, Michigan

    Hours: 12:00 to 3:00 pm
  3. Santa in Northville’s Town Square

    Santa Claus will be visiting downtown Northville each weekend until Christmas and is sure to delight every child.

    Hours: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Non-Holiday Event

For a non-holiday event, you will want to head to the Northville High School for the attempt at the Guinness World Record for Lightning Game. The goal is to bring in over 700 participants and break the current record of 571.

According to the Northville Patch, the game is also called Elimination or Knockout and is played by multiple participants and with two basketballs. It is a fast paced game where participants shoot basketballs in order to survive elimination and to eliminate other players. The objective is to be the last remaining player.

Location: 45700 Six Mile Rd., Northville, Michigan

Time: The game will begin immediately following registration at 1:30 pm

Cost: None. Donations will be accepted at the door and will go to the Lisa Christensen Memorial Fund for the benefit of her children.

For more information, please contact Alan at the Northville Parks Recreation by calling 248-349-0203, ext, 1405.

Whether you are looking for holiday fun or to community event, Northville, Michigan is the place to be this weekend. Northville exemplifies the small town feel and always has something to offer its residents. If you have any questions about moving to Northville, please give our office a call. We would love to help you find your dream home in this family-friendly community.

5 Tips on How to Pass a Home Inspection

by The Jamey Kramer Group

5 Tips on How to Pass a Home Inspection

Are you looking to make sure your home inspection goes smoothly?

When is the best time to prepare your home for inspection? The answer to that question is to prepare now if you are going to be selling your home.

Today, we would like to share with you a few tips to help your home pass inspection. While there are a number of areas where the inspectors will look for physical problems, the following are a few of the more common ones. We have included a few tips as well for passing your home inspection with ease.

  1. Plumbing
    This is one of the first things that inspectors look for when inspecting homes. According to, inspectors are looking for 2 mains things when it comes to the plumbing, leaking and clogging.
  2. Get Rid of the Clutter
    If you are looking to sell your home, at some point you need to get rid of the clutter. That means putting away personal pictures, but it also means making sure the inspector has room to assess your plumbing, electrical panels, heating and cooling systems. The last thing any inspector wants to do is to have to move the homeowner’s personal items to do their job.
  3. Basement and Attics
    Another to-do on the inspector’s list is to check if the basement and attic are damp or even wet. A few of the things the inspector will be looking for is whether or not you store your own boxes on the floor of your attic or basement. Another is if there is a powdery white mineral a few inches from the floor on the walls.
  4. Electrical and Wiring
    Once the inspector checks the basement and the plumbing, it may be time to check the wiring and electrical of your home. The inspector will be examining the wires to make sure that they are copper or aluminum. The inspector will also check your electrical panel and circuit board.
  5. Roof
    Your roof will be included in the home inspection. According to, “A home inspection will check for weak or missing shingles and make an assessment regarding the quality of the roof. If any poor shingles are spotted, an inspector might check underneath to see if the building materials are damaged or rotten.”

One of the best things to do before a home inspection is to give your home a good cleaning. Make sure to clean the baseboards and every corner. Make it a point to empty out your appliances and be sure that there is clear access to the basement and attic.

Give your home its best chance of passing the inspection by making the inspector’s job as easy as possible.

Are you considering selling your home?

If you are considering selling your home and have additional questions about home inspections and how you can prepare for one, please give our office a call. We would be happy to answer your questions and honored to help you put your home on the market.


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: 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.

How to Update Your Kitchen on a Budget

by The Jamey Kramer Group

How to Update Your Kitchen on a Budget

Are you thinking about putting your home on the market?

Would you like to get the most out of your home?

Welcome back after a holiday weekend. It may seem difficult to get back into the swing of things after a long weekend that has been full of relaxing, good food and good company. If you were entertaining, the holidays are a perfect time to test whether or not your kitchen is all that you want it to be.

The holidays bring up questions like, “how will I fit these 25 people into my kitchen and dining room?” Now that the in-laws have left, are you thinking about updating your home?

Where Do You Spend Your Time?

The kitchen has traditionally been one of the best places of a house to renovate. An updated kitchen is often exactly what potential buyers are looking for. My family and I spent almost the entire Thanksgiving holiday in the kitchen. We cooked, we talked and we played card games - all in the kitchen. Your family may do the same. That makes the kitchen a logical choice when planning updates to your home.

Remodeling a Kitchen Does Not Have to Break Your Bank

When planning a kitchen remodeling project, you may be wondering if it is going to cost a lot of money. Remodeling Magazine reported in their yearly Cost vs. Value Report that the project category, Minor Kitchen Remodel, made the top 10 list for most return on investment.

I am not talking about re-doing the entire kitchen. What I am referring to are a few updates here and there. These minor updates will give your kitchen the updated feel that many buyers are looking for.

Minor Kitchen Remodeling

You might be wondering what is meant by minor kitchen remodeling. According to the report, minor kitchen remodeling is described as a project’s scope of work that had “no structural or system modifications”.  Examples include replacing:

  • Cabinet fronts
  • Countertops
  • Cabinet Hardware
  • Appliances

What If You Don’t Have the Time?

Recently, MSN Real Estate released an article about a family who completed a minor kitchen remodel in a day. Can you guess what they focused on? They concentrated on the kitchen cabinets. They repainted all of the kitchen cabinets, replaced the knobs and the hinges, and they did it in a day. In addition, they didn’t spend a great deal of money, and the once outdated kitchen is now an updated one that could turn the head of any potential home buyer.

Other Places for Minor Remodeling  

Other high value minor remodeling jobs that scored high for return on value are actually outside of your home. Changing out or repainting the entry door and adding a wood deck addition could add value of your home.

If you are considering updating your home to put it on the market, please keep the Jamey Kramer Group in mind when you decide to list your house. We would be honored to help.



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