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Local Events in Novi, Michigan: December Break - January 2019

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Novi, Michigan Events January 2019

Do you ever feel deflated after the holidays are over and the reality of a long winter is stretching out in front of you?

It always helps to know about all the cheery community events right around the corner to fill those long December break vacation and January days! And, Novi, Michigan has a great lineup of exciting events.

Kick off the New Year, Novi's best kids New Year's Eve celebration that is perfect for those little ones in your life who won't be up until midnight to ring in the New Year. Check out what else January holds for you and yours.

Novi New Year's Eve Bash

  • Sunday, December 30, 2018, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Paradise Park
  • 45799 Grand River Ave., Novi, Michigan
  • Admission cost: $13.95 each and $10.95 ten-years-old and younger.

Bring your kids for a New Year's Eve celebration in style! This event is everything your family could ask for - in the middle of the day. The party begins with a pizza buffet served from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm. The admissions price includes laser tag, crafts, a countdown, and balloon drop, prizes and much more.

Reservations and payment are required. Call 248-735-1050 to make reservations or for more information.

Novi Travel Camp

  • Dates: December 26-28 and January 2-4
  • Time: Wednesday - Friday, 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Age: 6-13
  • Price: Residents $40 / Non-Residents $48 per day
  • Location: Civic Center, 45175 10 Mile Rd., Novi, Michigan

The City of Novi Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department puts on an excellent day camp, perfect for kids on winter break. Every day is a new location with new activities to keep them active and engaged, just like summer camp. Regular daily activities will include kickball, soccer, relay races, arts, and crafts.

For more information, please visit Novi Now.

Reindeer Camp

  • Dates: December 26 - 28, January 2 – 4
  • Time: Wednesday - Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Ages: 4-12
  • Price: Residents $150 / Non-Residents $180
  • Location: Carousel Acres

If your kids are into nature and farming and they love making nature crafts, Reindeer Camp may be just the place for them on winter break! Winter animals like reindeer, arctic foxes, and other farm animals will feature as a big part of this experience. Crafts made with antlers, wood and animal fiber take the fun to the next level.

For more information and availability, please call 248-347-0400.

Nerf Wars

  • Date: Friday, January 11
  • Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Ages: 8-12
  • Price: Residents $15 / Non-Residents $17 per person
  • Location: Novi Civic Center, 5175 W 10 Mile Rd, Novi, MI
  • Registration Ends: Jan 6

Are your kids already tearing down the house with their extra energy now that cold weather has hit? Get them to Nerf Wars! Bring your own Nerf guns and be ready to battle it out with other kids ages 8-12. Capture the flag, target practice and freeze tag are only part of the fun. Darts are supplied, so don't worry about losing yours! Pizza and a drink are included.

Register online on the City of Novi’s website.

Chili Chilly Softball Showdown

  • Date: Saturday, January 19
  • Time: 9:00 am
  • Age: 18+
  • Price: $250 per team
  • Location: Ella Mae Power Park, 45175 W 10 Mile Rd, Novi, MI
  • Registration Ends: Jan 9

If you are native to Michigan, you know that cold weather doesn't stop us from getting outdoors and having some fun. This adults-only game is co-ed, features one pitch per at-bat, lunch from Kerby's Koney Island and prizes for everyone involved.

Each team will be part of this double-elimination tournament, and games last six innings. Wooden bats are provided, and the nearby Novi Civic Center will be open for those whose hands need thawing!

To register your team, go to or call 248.347.0400 to be put on a free agent list.

PLEASE NOTE: If fields are not playable due to unseasonably warm weather, the makeup date will be Saturday, February 9.

The Extraordinary Genius of Michigan's David Barr

  • Date: Thursday, January 31
  • Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Villa Barr books will be available for purchase ($20)
  • Registration Required at or 248-349-0720

This Premier Event highlights international artist, sculptor, author, and teacher David Barr. Come to see his work and hear him speak!


There are plenty of events to keep you warm and busy during the end of December and January in Novi. It's a great time to turn over a new leaf and try something new!





3 Manageable Strategies to Declutter Your House Before Selling

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Are you contemplating selling your house? Do you need to get your home sold quickly? Do you look around at the clutter that inevitably finds its way into your house and have no idea how you're going to fit selling into an already-packed lifestyle?

For most people, save those who are exceptionally disciplined, clutter is the unfortunate by-product of life. Things make their way into your house, and you deal with it as best as you can within the time you have.

Many of the organizational magazine articles and books require an entire overhaul of your life. While that may sound good, who has the time to make that a reality? You have a full-time job, and a family to take care of. Who has time to gaze at each possession, trying to decide whether it sparks joy in one's heart?

Don't get me wrong - if you want to make the time for that, more power to you.

However, if you need a strategy that will work right now to beat the clutter in manageable chunks of time, read on!

Minimalism Doesn't Work For Everyone

While the basic ideas behind minimalism can be helpful for just about anyone, remember that you're not going for no possessions at all. For most people, it simply isn't practical to get rid of almost all of their stuff.

Instead, one essential question to ask yourself as you work through the rest of the steps below is: "If having this item is stressing me out, why do I still have it?"

This essential question can set your priorities straight. Are you ever going to fix that chair, those boots, that broken monitor? If not, why keep it? Looking at it makes you think about another project you don't have time to do.

Instead of minimalism or perfectionism, let realism be your goal.

If you're cleaning up to sell and move, be realistic about what you want to unpack on the other side. And if you find yourself unable to make a decision, let your boxes decide for you.

Pack away whatever you can't decide about and label it. If, on the other side, you find that you don't miss anything in those boxes, just donate them.

Better yet: the prospect of having to cart all that stuff around might just inspire you to donate now!

Make Cleaning a Game

Okay, it might not be the most fun game, but if you can find a way to set a goal that is manageable but still gets results, you've beaten the system.

One way to "gamify" cleaning is by giving yourself a time limit. Clean for 20 minutes and then take a break for 10. Or set a timer for 45 minutes and try to get one thing completely done in that time: that junk drawer you've wanted to tackle forever, or all the dusting you've been putting off. Then pack up and save the next part for the next day.

What you want to avoid with this strategy is twofold: avoid allowing the clutter and dirt to build up in your house until it feels unlivable and you have to spend a whole weekend trying to get on top of it. It's a vicious cycle. The other thing you want to avoid is trying to tackle a big organizational project all at once.

Remember those organizational TV shows, where professionals make homeowners dump all their possessions on the lawn and sort them all? What people don't realize is that it takes a whole team of people to achieve that process.

If you start this on your own, you will quickly be overwhelmed and left with a bigger mess than when you started - that will work against you!

Before and After Photos Are Their Own Reward

In the age of social media, why not put it to your advantage? If you're brave enough, post a before photo of the room or dresser you're about to tackle.

Getting to that after photo, and all the encouragement you will receive from friends and family will spur you on toward the finish. Just make sure it's a doable project!

Your "after" photos of your home ready to put on the market will just be the icing on the cake when you've tackled your house in manageable chunks.

Bringing it Home

Any real estate agent will tell you how important it is to have a clean and organized house when you want to sell. The good news is that if you master this, it makes your move that much easier! Happy cleaning!

Real Estate Marketing: Top Pros and Cons of an Open House

by The Jamey Kramer Group

House for sale with open house sign

Are you trying to sell your house? Are you thinking about how to manage showings during the busy holiday season? Does your realtor believe you should hold an open house?

The practice of holding an open house may appeal to you as a seller, or you may think it doesn't make any sense to hold one in the digital age. Even in 2018, there are benefits to an open house. And yes, there are drawbacks as well.

The following list should give you a good starting point as you think through the idea. Be sure to talk through it with your realtor as well. He or she may have some good points to add either for or against the idea.

Feel free to question the realtor who wants to push an open house on you when you would rather not. It can be an excellent opportunity for a realtor to hand out business cards and meet potential clients.

However, any good agent knows that has to be secondary to your needs as the homeowner. Here is what your realtor should already be doing for you:

  • Lending his or her local competitive presence to the sale of your home.
  • Providing excellent photography and a vivid description of your home, and being willing to go above and beyond with other advertising measures.
  • Showing willingness to communicate with you quickly and consistently.
  • Exhibiting honesty and trustworthiness and, above all, treating you the same way every other client is treated.

Drawbacks of Holding an Open House

Open Houses Don't Sell Homes

One of the main drawbacks you will hear about is that it isn't necessary to hold an open house to sell your home. This is true in the sense that interested buyers will schedule a private viewing to see your house.

They won't rely on an open house to view your home. Some studies indicate that only 7% of sales come from open houses. It's no longer the most popular way to spread the word.

Open Houses Mostly Attract Looky-Loos

Another potential criticism from a seller's perspective is that only nosy neighbors and unqualified buyers will be coming to walk through your home and see how you live.

The majority of lookers won't be there to consider buying your house seriously.

Seller Competition

Open houses, by their nature, give anyone the opportunity to see what you are doing. So you may get neighbors stopping by with other ideas in mind: namely trying to see what they are up against if they decide to sell their home too.

While this shouldn't be a big problem for your agent, it can be unnerving to know this might happen.

Potential for Theft

Yes, one of the nasty surprises that can come from an open house is someone walking away with a valuable item. If your realtor knows what he or she is doing, they are going to recommend you have insurance. In addition, he or she will recommend that you put any valuables you might have into storage before you even list the house.

However, if your open house gets slammed, your realtor won't have a chance to keep an eye on every couple or family all at once.

Benefits of Open Houses

There are still benefits to holding an open house. If your realtor thinks it's a good idea to hold one, hear them out. You might get more benefit from it than you think.

Open Houses Are Free

You can't go wrong with free advertising. And even though many Americans look at homes from the comfort of their couches first, many of them do still take the time to go to open houses.

It's also an opportunity for you to get many people in the door with a clean house. Private viewings are great, but you have to clean every time.

Social Networking Opportunities

Your savvy realtor will know that just because you're attracting looky-loos doesn't mean that's worthless. If your house is clean and appealing, the people who visit it are going to be talking about it to their friends and social networks.

You never know who will recommend your house to someone else. Free, word-of-mouth advertising is priceless.

Your Realtor is Working for You All Day

Real estate agents are usually very busy. However, when they are at an open house, they are focused on the sale of your home for that day. If you stay for your own open house, you get even more of his time and attention to ask questions and clarify your strategy with him.

Bringing it Home

Ultimately, you decide to hold an open house. Don't get bowled over by a pushy realtor, but don't discount what he or she says, either. Seeing a home in person is always the best way to see it, and real social networks do sell houses.

If you are interested in putting your house on the market, please give us a call. We will be happy to help!



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