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Weekend Events in Novi, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Are you looking for a reason to get outside and walk with friends?

Would you like to get CPR certified for free?

Over the next two weekends, there is a lot happening in Novi, Michigan. From free CPR classes for residents to trivia nights, the Novi community offers many exciting things to do. Below is a list of upcoming events to take note of while planning your weekend activities.

Upcoming Weekend Events

Trivia Night

  • Friday, February 27, 2015
  • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Novi Civic Center
  • 45175 West 10 Mile Road, Novi, MI 48375
  • Phone: 248-347-0400
  • Age: 55+
  • Price: $45 per team

This Friday is Trivia Night at the Novi Civic Center. Your team of 4 - 6 will try and outsmart other teams. There will be refreshments for all and prizes for the winning team.

Novi Walking Program

  • Saturday, February 28, 2015
  • Starts at 9:15 am
  • MSU Tollgate Educational Center North Parking Lot Sign
  • 28115 Meadowbrook Rd,
  • Novi, MI 48377
  • Cost: Free

According to the City of Novi, the following are benefits to enjoying a regular brisk walking:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Strengthening bones
  • Lifting your mood

This weekend you are able to enjoy a brisk walk at the MSU Tollgate Educational Center. You can set your own pace. Afterwards, enjoy walking around the forest, tap a tree, and visit the Sugar Shack. This event is free.

This program continues to meet, and below are the following dates and locations:

  • March 28, 2015 - Disc Gold Booth Kensington Metro Park
  • April 15, 2015 - Heritage Park Nature Center, Farmington Hills - Naturalist Talk Around Grounds
  • April 25, 2015 - Lakeshore Park Picnic Shelter #1- Around Walled Lake

Novi Writer’s Group

  • Saturday, February 28, 2015
  • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Novi Library, Board Room 202
  • 45255 W 10 Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48375
  • Ages: 18+

Are you a writer or aspiring to be one? If so, the Novi Writer’s Group is a great place to make connections in both the writing and publishing worlds. Improve your skills as a writer by bringing in some of your latest writings. Listen to critiques and get inspired. Local writer, Kathy Mutch, will be facilitating the group.

Free CPR Class to Novi Residents

  • March 4, 2015
  • 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Fire Station #4
  • 49375 Ten Mile Road Novi, Michigan 48374
  • *Located on the south side of 10 Mile Road/Wixom Road Intersection

If you are a Novi resident, you may be interested in getting CPR certified for free. The deadline to register is 2 weeks before the class. If you haven’t registered for the March 4th date, here are other dates to register for:

  • April 1, 2015
  • May 6, 2015
  • June 3, 2015
  • September 2, 2015
  • October 7, 2015
  • November 4, 2015
  • December 2, 2015

You may register by calling the Novi Parks and Recreation at 248-347-0400. According to the City of Novi website, six students are the minimum to holding a class, and twelve students is the maximum.

For those who are not Novi residents the cost of the class is $40.

Summary

Novi, Michigan is a great place to live. The city has been ranked as the second best city in Michigan by Movoto Blog. Movoto Blog also voted Novi the second best city for education in America. The city offers a variety of community events for residents to attend throughout the year.

If you’d like to become a resident of Novi, Michigan, give our office a call. We’d love to help you find your dream home.

7 Budget-Friendly Ways to Update Your Bathroom

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Are you looking to add a little wow factor to your bathroom?

Need some inspiration to update your bathroom?

It is easy to think that you need to spend a lot of cash to update your home. The good news is that you really do not have to. Sometimes it is as easy as adding a light fixture and doing some savvy thrift store shopping. It makes it even easier when you know what you are looking for or have some inspirational ideas.

This article has 7 ways to update your bathroom on a budget. Use these ways to get inspired and start dreaming of what your new oasis will look like.

7 Ways to Update Your Bathroom on a Budget

  1. A Dramatic Mirror
    Better Homes and Gardens is quick to point out how much a dramatic mirror can really add that wow factor to any bathroom. Their suggestion is for a dramatic mirror with glass and chrome accents, paired with new towel bars, and a fresh coat of paint of a contrasting color to give your bathroom a budget-friendly makeover.
  2. Glass Jar Storage
    This suggestion comes from the Huffington Post and it’s a great one. Glass jars can be a really inexpensive way to add a fresh look to your bathroom. Head over to your local thrift store or flea market and pick up a few glass jars and store some of your everyday items in them.
  3. Choose White Tile
    Choose white tile when updating your bathroom walls and shower. The money you will save in choosing these lower costing tiles will allow you to add accents to your bathroom like a fancy shower head, a new faucet, or even an accent tile and your bathroom will really stand out.
  4. Tile Your Countertop
    One idea from This Old House is to tile your countertop. Instead of using a stone slab, tile does a really great job at resisting water. As with tip number 3, tile costs less. This Old House paired a white vanity with a rustic orange tile called Merola Tile Augusta 4-inch tile.
  5. Reglaze the Tub
    If you are lucky enough to already have a vintage tub in your bathroom, try reglazing it instead of purchasing a new one. Vintage tubs are one of the hottest interior design trends of 2015. Giving that old tub a new look would add a lot of wow factor to your bathroom.
  6. New Lighting
    Add some new and fresh lighting to your bathroom for the perfect update. Updating your bathroom’s lighting is always a great place to spend a little of the budget because a little can go really far. Ideas for light include adding a chandelier over your tub or wall lamps by the mirror.
  7. A Few Quick and Easy Updates
    Here are some quick and super easy updates you can do at any time:
    • Add a new shower curtain
    • Bring in some flowers
    • Set up a relaxing candle
    • Hang some artwork
    • Add a bath pillow to your tub

Summary

Whether you are looking to simply update your home or are considering getting to ready to sell, the budget-friendly tips above are a great place to get started.

Thinking about buying this year? Please see, Why Chief Economists Advise to Buy Your New Home Now. When you are ready, please give our office a call at 248-348-7200. We would be honored to help.

 

Cabin Fever? Head to the Northville District Library

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Trying to keep your little ones busy this winter?

Looking for something to do in the Northville or Novi Michigan area?

This month has been full of freezing temperatures and snow storms. The snow may be wonderful to look at, but it is too cold to go out and explore. While it may seem like there is nothing to do in the winter, there is a lot to do in Northville and Novi, Michigan especially when you have young children.

In this article, you will find information about the Northville District Library’s winter 2015 Storytimes. The Storytimes are provided for children birth to 3rd grade. They are a great way to get out of the house and keep your little one engaged. The following are the upcoming Storytimes that you won’t want to miss.

Ages Birth - 2 Years:  Little Me Storytime for Little Ones

This Storytime session is once a month and you do not have to be a Northville resident to attend. The program is a special lap-sit and is designed for very young children. Older children are welcome to join.

Upcoming Dates and Times:

  • Friday, March 13, 2015: 10:30 am - 11:15 am
  • Friday, April 24, 2015: 10:30 am - 11:15 am
  • Friday, May 8, 2015: 10:30 am - 11:15 am

All Ages: Drop-In Morning Storytime

This program allows is open to all ages. If your child is 3 or younger, the library asks that you attend this Storytime session with them. If your child is 4 or older, your child can attend on their own. The library asks that if your child is attending without you that you remain in the library.

This is another Storytime that you are not required to be a Northville resident.

Upcoming Dates and Times:

  • Thursday, February 19th, 2015: 10:15 am - 10:45 am
  • Thursday, February 26th, 2015: 10:15 am - 10:45 am
  • Thursday, March 5th, 2015: 10:15 am - 10:45 am
  • Thursday, April 2nd, 2015: 10:15 am - 10:45 am
  • Thursday, April 9th, 2015: 10:15 am - 10:45 am
  • Thursday, April 16th, 2015: 10:15 am - 10:45 am
  • Thursday, April 23rd, 2015: 10:15 am - 10:45 am
  • Thursday, May 7th, 2015: 10:15 am - 10:45 am

First Graders - Third Graders: Kidz Time

Your first graders through third graders will enjoy games, crafts, and stories during these 45 minute sessions. Kidz Time is limited to a maximum of 20 students. The library asks that you register the student the 1st of each month.

Upcoming Dates and Times:

  • Thursday, February 19th, 2015: 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm
  • Thursday, March 19th, 2015: 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm
  • Thursday, April 234e, 2015: 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm
  • Thursday, May 21st, 2015: 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

Ages 2 - 4: Drop-in Saturdays

While this session is designed for ages 2 - 4, the Northville Library invites the whole family to join.

Upcoming Dates and Times:

  • February 21st, 2015: 11 am - 11:30 am
  • March 21st, 2015: 11 am - 11:30 am
  • April 18th, 2015: 11 am - 11:30 am
  • May 16th, 2015: 11 am - 11:30 am

Two Additional Storytime Programs

There are two more additional Storytime programs. One is for ages 2 and 3. The other is for ages 4, 5, and kindergartners. Right now the program is currently running, however, you can sign for the next session.

  • Twos and Threes Registration: March 11th, 2015 for residents and March 12th for non-residents
  • Fours, Fives, and Kindergartners: March 17th, 2015 for residents and March 18th for non-residents.

Summary

Who would have guessed that there would be so much to do at the local library? Even more impressive is that the programs are free and educational. It is a great way to get you and your child out of the house on cold winter days and meet other children and parents.

For More Information

Make sure to visit the Northville Library’s website for more information and other upcoming events.

For more information on beating the winter blues check out, How to Beat the Winter Blues in Novi, Mi.

3 Mortgage Mistakes You Do Not Want to Make

by The Jamey Kramer Group

What is the mistake almost half of home buyers make?

Is there a way to get an edge over the competition when putting an offer in on a home?

Chief economists have made themselves clear. Now is the time to buy your next home. Their reasoning is a mixture of,

  • Low mortgage rates
  • The decelerated growth of the housing market
  • Job growth and consumer confidence are up.

If you have been putting off looking for home until a better time, now is the time you’ve been waiting for.

Before you start searching for you dream home, check out the following mortgage mistakes that you do not want to make.

3 Mortgage Mistakes to Avoid

  1. Forgetting To Check Your Credit
    Your credit score will have an effect on the interest rate of your mortgage loan. That is why it is recommended that you pull your credit score about a year to six months in advance. This will give you time to get your credit in order if you need to.

    According to Yahoo Finance, AnnualCreditReport.com is the official site for free credit scores. The score is generated from three reporting agencies - Experian, Equifax and TransUnion. Every year, you can request a free credit score.
  1. Failing to Shop Around
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) reported that 50% of home buyers do not shop around when looking for mortgages. Why is it important to shop around for mortgage? It is to make sure that you are getting the best interest rate possible

    In an article by MainStreet.com, it is pointed out that mortgage rates could vary by a half of percentage. While that may not seem like a great deal, a half of a percentage could translate into $60 per month. In the first 5 years of the loan, that half percent could translate into $3,500.

    To read more about how interest rates influence your buying power, please see, Low Mortgage Interest Rates Stats What You Need To Know.
  1. Neglecting to Get Pre-Approved
    To get pre-approved for a mortgage, the lender will verify the information that you provided to them. The lender will then offer you a pre-approved amount and interest rate. The amount is not a guaranteed and it is likely that there will be certain conditions.

    Realtor.com points out that it is much better than being pre-qualified. Getting pre-qualified is when the lender gives you an estimate on how much you can borrow.

    Having a pre-approved amount will assist you when it comes to making an offer on that home you love. It can also give you an edge over other offers.

Summary

Could this be the year you buy your first home? Or maybe you will finally sell your current home and move into a home that fits your growing family. If you are a first time home buyer, you may like to read, New Mortgage Programs Require Only 3% Down Payment In 2015.

Are you eager to search for your dream home, but don’t where to start? Please read, How to Start Your Search For Your Dream Home

If you are ready now to begin your search, we would be honored to help you find that dream house. Please call our office today at:

248-348-7200

Valentine’s Day Weekend Events and More in Novi, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Would you like to know what the future holds for Novi, Michigan?

Are you looking for somewhere to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Or, would you like to find something to do and get out of the house? Novi, Michigan has the answers to those questions and more. In this article, we are featuring some of the local events this weekend and next.

State of the City Address

  • February 12, 2015
  • 7:30 am – 10:00 am
  • Suburban Collection Showplace
  • 46100 Grand River Avenue

Novi Mayor Bob Gatt will be delivering the State of the City Address on February 12th. During his speech, he will reflect on the past year’s accomplishments. He will also share where Novi is headed in 2015.

According to the city’s website, the State of the City Address will be on cablecast on Novi Video Bright House and AT&T U-Verse. It will also be available on the city’s website at www.citynovi.org approximately one week after the address.

Valentine’s Day in Novi

There is no better city to spend Valentine’s Day this year than in Novi. Whether you are looking to do a cooking class with your kids or a romantic night out with your special someone, Novi has a variety of things to do. To get more for your dollar, check out Groupon for special deals. 

Indoor Farmers’ Market

  • February 14, 2015
  • Novi Civic Center
  • 45175 Ten Mile Road
  • 10 am – 1:00 pm

Back by popular demand, the Novi Farmers’ Market will continue throughout the winter. At the market you will find,

  • Gourmet foods
  • Artisan items
  • Michigan grown food
  • Michigan made products

If you enjoy the Novi Farmers’ Market, you may like to visit their Facebook Page to see recipes and other news. 

“A Novel Bunch” Book Club

  • February 18, 2015
  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Ages: 55+
  • Cost: Free
  • Meadowbrook Activity Center

There is a new book club in town and it starts next week. This is a great way to meet new people, read new books, and discuss your thoughts and experiences at the Meadowbrook Activity Center.

According to the City of Novi’s website, this group meets four times a year and the meetings start next week. Novi’s librarian, Jessie Schnek, will be leading the discussions.

The reading for this meeting is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.

Ladies Lunch Brunch

  • February 19, 2015
  • Noon
  • Ruby Tuesdays
  • 39581 12 Mile Road
  • Ages: 50+

Would you like a way to meet other ladies and get out of the house? On February 19th, head to over to the Rudy Tuesdays in Novi for the Ladies Lunch Brunch. This event is a great way to meet new people, try new food, and have fun.

Police and Fire Annual Awards

  • February, 19 2015
  • 7:30 pm
  • Novi Civic Center
  • 45175 Ten Mile Road
  • Free Community Event

Mark your calendar to attend the Police and Fire Annual Awards next week to honor our local heroes. Awards will be presented to the Police Officer of the year, Civilian Police Employee of the Year, and Fire Fighter of the Year. There will also be awards given to staff for all the accomplishments and service over this last year.

Summary

Novi, Michigan has events, restaurants, and activities for everyone to enjoy. It’s no wonder why Novi, Michigan has been voted the second best city in Michigan to live in.

If you have been thinking about moving, but are not sure if it is the right time, please read Why Chief Economists Advice to Buy Your Next Home Now. This article highlights what chief economists are predicting for the housing market over the next few months and year.

If you are ready to start your search for your new home, please see, How To Start Your Search For Your Dream Home, and give our office a call at 248-348-7200.

 

 

Why Chief Economists Advise To Buy Your Next Home Now

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Have you been waiting for the “right time” to buy a home?

Are you wondering how much longer the low mortgage rates will continue?

It can be hard to believe that after the kind of housing crisis Americans have had, it is over. It may be difficult to grasp that right now would be the best time for you to buy that home you have been dreaming of.

All across the board, chief economists are saying that right now is the time to buy. In fact, they are saying, “Buy now before its too late”. There are a few reasons why so many experts agree on this advice. Let’s review three reasons why you should consider buying your next home now.

3 Reasons to Buy Your Next Home Now

  1. Mortgage Rates Will Increase
    Mortgage rates have been affordability low. According to Realtor.com, home affordability may decline as much as 10% throughout this year.

    Chief economists are describing the Federal Reserve as “patient.” However, before the end of the year, the Feds are planning on raising the target for the federal fund rate.

    What does it mean for your monthly budget to buy a home with a low mortgage rate? Or, how about in one year? Fifteen years? Or, the life of a 30 year loan? To learn how interest rates will influence your buying power, please see, Low Mortgage Interest Rate Stats You What to Know.
  1. Housing Prices Will Decelerate
    The rebound is fading. That doesn’t mean your home won’t increase in value over the next year. It will, but not as much.

    Forbes has reported the same idea that home prices will rise slowly. They reported that Zillow predicts home prices raising 2.5% this year. Realtor.com predicts a rise of between 4% - 5%.

    Nationally, many of the housing markets have returned to approximately the same values that they were in 2005.
  1. Job Growth and Consumer Confidence 
    Realtor.com reports that jobs are being created at a pace that we haven’t seen in 15 years. As confidence has returned to the job market, Americans are increasing their spending.

    The lower gas prices at the pump have supercharged consumer confidence. Saving on everyday expenses like gas is allowing Americans to increase savings for bigger purchases like a house.

    What all this means is that the housing market is finally in healthy shape. Foreclosure rates have fallen to normal levels almost everywhere. No longer will the foreclosure sales weigh down the market.

Summary

Job growth and consumer confidence, housing prices decelerating, and mortgage rates increasing are all reasons the experts are saying to buy now. The bottom line is that affordability has never been so good and may never be this affordable in the near future.

While right now is a great time to buy, it is also a great time to sell. Not only will more and more people be looking to buy, there have been many new programs made available for first-time home buyers. These new low down payment programs will propel first time buyers into the mix for the first time since the housing crisis. 

If you are a first-time buyer, you won’t want to miss, New Mortgage Programs Require Only 3% Down Payment in 2015.

If you are thinking about buying a new home or selling your current one, we would be honored to help. Please call our office at:

248-348-7200

Weekend Events in Northville, Michigan - February 2015

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Do you need a night out?

Are you having trouble finding a babysitter for Friday night?

If you need a night out and a babysitter this Friday night, Northville has what you are looking for. The First Friday Experience offers the perfect backdrop to a romantic date or a girls’ night out, and you can drop the kids off at Northville Community Center for a night of crafts, games and more.

Check out this weekend’s events in Northville, Michigan.

First Friday Experience

  • February 6, 2015
  • 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Downtown Northville

If you are looking for something to do on a Friday night, look no further than Northville’s First Friday Experience. Many of the galleries and boutiques stay open late to offer you special trunk shows, specialty products, featured artists and complimentary hor d’oeuvre and glass of wine.

According to the Downtown Northville website, here are some of the featured participating galleries,

Dancing Eye Gallery

  • 101 N. Center
  • (248) 449-7086
  • Website

Northville Art House

  • 215 W. Cady
  • (248) 344-0497
  • Website

Northville Gallery

  • 123 E. Main
  • (248) 465-9630

Starring "The Gallery"

  • 118 W. Main
  • (248) 347-1642
  • Website

The galleries are not the only reason to come down to Northville Friday night. Many businesses and restaurants stay open late and provide special events like artists and musicians.

First Friday for Kids Party

  • February 6th, 2015
  • 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Northville Community Center
  • Resident Fee: $12 per person
  • Ages: 4 - 12

The First Friday for Kids Party coincides with Northville’s First Friday Experience and is a perfect place to drop off the kids and enjoy a night out. Your kids will be able to play games, make themed crafts, sing Karaoke, and enjoy an optional movie time. Snacks and drinks will be available. Bring your kids in their pajamas.

Register today to ensure that your child has a spot at Northville Parks and Recreation.

Meet Your Legislators’ Breakfast

  • February, 6th 2015
  • 7:30 am - 9:00 am
  • Genitti’s Hole in the Wall
  • 108 E. Main Street
  • Chamber Members: $12
  • Non-Chamber Members: $15

While enjoying a buffet breakfast provided by Genitti’s Hole in the Wall, hear from your local legislators.

Presenters include:

  • Senator Patrick Colbeck, 7th District
  • Senator Mike Kowall, 15th District
  • Representative Kurt Heise, 20th District
  • Representative Kathy Crawford, 38th District

Registration deadline is February 4th, 2015. To register, please see the registration form and flyer.

Mark Your Calendars for This Upcoming Event

Taste of Northville Business Showcase

  • March 14th, 2015
  • 11am - 2pm - Open to the public
  • Northville High School
  • 45700 Six Mile Road, Northville
  • Tickets: $3 per person and can be purchased at the door.

Mark your calendars for an event you do not want to miss. The Taste of Northville Business Showcase will be happening on March 14th at the Northville High School.

According to the Northville Chamber of Commerce, here are some of the highlighted events:

  • Local business will have give-aways, prizes and raffle off items.
  • You’ll be able to vote on the best restaurants and businesses.
  • Enjoy free samples for the area’s best restaurants and caterers.

If you would like your business to have a display in the expo, please go to The Taste of Northville Business Showcase for more information.

Summary

Whether you are checking out Northville’s galleries, restaurants, or local businesses, you will have a great night out in Northville, Michigan this weekend.  

 

February Gardening Tips for Novi and Northville Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Need some tips on reducing winter’s damage to your yard?

Are you ready to start thinking spring?

There is no denying now that winter is here in Northville and Novi, Michigan. Cold temperatures and record snow storms are ringing in this month.

The good news for those of us who don’t like winter is that it’s already time to start thinking spring. You can get a great start on spring by planning which plants you want to grow, starting seedlings indoors, and maybe bringing a little green into your life by starting an inside herb garden.

This article will provide you with these tips and much more.

Gardening Tips for Novi and Northville, Michigan

  • Winter Lawn Tip: As we reported last month, make sure to keep your lawn safe throughout winter by limiting repetitive traffic on it. Repetitive traffic can cause bald spot on your lawn that you won’t see until the snow melts.
  • Know the Last Spring Frost Dates: Can you believe it is already time to start thinking about planting? The Old Farmer’s Almanac has Northville’s last spring frost date as April 24 and Novi’s is May 3rd. These dates, while only boasting a 50% probability, are helpful when it comes to spring planting.
  • Early Vegetables: Better Homes and Gardens reminds us that some vegetables can be sown early. Vegetables including broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbages, and leeks can all be sown a couple of weeks before your average last frost date. If you cannot wait, try sowing them indoors about 6 to 7 weeks before you need to transplant them outdoors.
  • Seeding Perennials Indoors: Start your perennials indoors and make sure to transplant them only after the last expected frost date. Some great perennials to try sowing indoors are delphinium, coneflower, black-eyed Susan and lupine.
  • Ice Storm Tips: Before you step outside to inspect your landscaping when an ice storm hits, make sure to grab goggles and a hard hat. Falling ice is dangerous and BHG.com recommends that unless the tree or plant is less than 15 feet tall, you should simply stay away from it. For plants shorter than 15 feet, try reducing the damaged caused by the ice storm. You can do this by lightly taping the end of the branch that is covered in ice while you make sure you are standing out of the way.
  • Check For Weeds: If there is a break in the snow, check your soil for winter weeds. Weeds are best defeated when you pull them up while they are still young.
  • Annuals to Start Now: Start seeding these annuals indoors about 6 weeks before the expected last frost date, marigolds, pansies, snapdragons and petunias.
  • Tree Branches That Are Bent Down: Have you noticed any of your birch tree branches bent down due to ice and snow? According to Backyard Gardener, if left untreated they can end up permanently damaged. They recommend to first shake or brush off any loose snow and gently try to correct the positioning. If the tree refuses to go back to its original position, you will have to wait and see what happens come spring when the sap starts flowing faster.
  • Need Some Green in Your February?: If you need some green in your February, consider growing an herb garden indoors. Indoor herb gardens not only bring a little life into the winter months, but they also provide fresh herbs for cooking

Summary

Stay warm and safe this month and keep your garden growing beautiful with these tips.

If you need to get out of the house but have little ones, please check out our article, How to Beat the Winter Blues in Novi, Michigan, for 3 places to head to this winter.

 

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