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Upcoming Events at Maybury Farm in Northville, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Maybury Farm Northville, MI

Spring is finally here and if you are anything like me, you are eager to get outside and enjoy warmer weather and longer days. One great way to spend time outside that is both fun and educational is by visiting the Northville’s Maybury Farm.

When I started my own home garden as an adult, I suddenly had a newfound appreciation for our farms and what they offer us. Their role in our daily lives is endless. Letting children have the opportunity to see a working farm firsthand is a fun interactive way that will no doubt prove to be a great experience. That is what Maybury Farm offers.

Maybury Farm

One of Northville’s favorite places and a must visit anytime you are in Northville is Maybury Farm. This educational and working farm is opening for the season on April 2. The farm will be open from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm (weather permitting) and will be closed on Mondays. Enjoy viewing different animals, a farm-themed playground, and picnic area. There is also a general store.

Maybury farm is a program of the Northville Community Foundation. The farm is a nonprofit organization and relies completely on admissions, donations, grants, and volunteers to stay open.

Maybury Farm, Northville, MIThe farm is located at 50165 8 Mile Road in Northville, Michigan. Admission is $3.00 per person and children 2-years-old and younger are free. If you would like an annual membership, you can call 248-374-0200 for more information. This is a great gift to offer too, so keep that in mind you are looking for the perfect present. Here are a few of the upcoming events that they offer.  

Farm Fest
May 21, 2016 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Mark your calendar for Farm Fest at Maybury Farm this upcoming May. Farm Fest will be happening on Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This is one of Maybury Farm’s biggest events of the year and one you will not want to miss.

There will be tons of events including: face painting, sheep shearing demos, lama shearing demos, spinning demos, story time, and even a chance to meet baby animals. Now what is better than getting to see baby animals? There will also be hayrides and concessions. You can find out more information by visiting the Maybury Farm website’s Farm Fest page.

Maybury Farm Summer Day Camp
June 21 – August 18, 2016

Farm Fest isn’t the only event to mark your calendars with. Summer day camp at Maybury Farm is the perfect event to add to your child’s summer calendar. We know that now is the time you start making decisions for the summer. Make sure to include Maybury Farm in your child’s summer plans.

Camps will be running this summer from June 21 – August 18 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. The camp is for boys and girls from ages 5-12. The cost is $150 per week (3 days) or $60 per day.

When your child attends a camp at Maybury Farm Day Camp, he or she will enjoy learning all about farm animals. He or she will have firsthand experience learning how to feed, groom, and walk the animals. Kids will also have time to go on nature hikes, do crafts and play a ton of different games to help learn about farm animals. For more information and to download the application, please see Maybury Farm Summer Day Camp.

Plan Your Trip Today

It you have some free time, take your family on a trip to Maybury Farm beginning April 2. You will not be disappointed.

Photos courtesy of the Northville Community Foundation. Used with permission.

4 Moving Out Tips After You Sell Your House

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Moving out tips after you sell your home

After you sell your house, you will need to prepare for the day you move out. There are a lot of details that need to be taken care of that you might not realize until you are going through the process. Here are 4 tips to help:

  1. Explore Your Moving Options

Moving all your belongings can be a huge project for some and maybe not so much for others. There are a few choices you have when it comes to movers. The first is you can hire a moving company to pack up your belongings, load them onto their truck, and deliver them to your new location.

The second choice is to pack yourself and have your movers come in and pay by the hour to move your belongings. If you choose this one, the best way to save money is to have all your boxes in one room or your garage to be ready to load onto the moving truck.

Another option is to rent a moving truck yourself, hire some individuals who can move heavy items, and move yourself.

In fact, one of our employees moved this past weekend. They rented a 26 foot moving truck for $115, hired two strong high school seniors to help move very heavy items and paid them each $100 until the job was done. They also asked friends and family to help. They spent a total of $315 to move. They had previously spent a great deal of time organizing and labeling the boxes to go into specific rooms. When they unloaded, each box was colored labeled indicating where the helpers took the boxes. This helped to speed up the process. In the end, they felt the hardest part was loading the truck to make sure it could fit all of their stuff.

  1. Make Sure House is “Clean”

When you are moving out of a house the typical rule of thumb is to have it dust pan clean. However, your buyer could have asked for it to be professionally cleaned in the contract. Make sure to look it up to see what your buyers might have asked of you.

If they haven’t asked for anything specific, to have “dust pan clean” means that everything should be swept up and wiped down.

While it is not necessary, it might help you feel better to add a house cleaner to your moving out budget. A house cleaner can take care of the little bits of cleaning that might add stress on you on moving day. It can help you focus your time and attention on moving your belongings out of the home and into your next space. Be aware that the cost of a moving out cleaning might be a tad more than what you regularly might pay for a house cleaner.

  1. What NOT to leave

When you are moving out of your home, it may feel tempting to think, “The new owners might want this,” and leave an item for them. If there is a piece of furniture that fits the area or items that you think might be helpful for the next owners, ask your real estate agent to ask the buyers if they would like you to leave it.

Another option is to sell your items to the new home owners. When you are moving out you might realize that you do not need or want certain pieces of furniture. Do not be afraid to ask your real estate agent to see if your new owners would like to buy them from you. Even giving them a “won’t have to move it” discount might be helpful. This could be a gift to both you and them.

  1. Remove Hazardous Waste

One main rule to adhere to is making sure your home is free of all hazardous waste. The main problem tends to revolve around paint. When I moved into my first home, the previous owners had endless amounts of paint cans. While I felt grateful to know the names of the paint if I needed to do touch-ups, I didn’t need tons of almost empty paint cans taking up space in my closets and garage. By the time I needed to use them, they were too old to use, and I had to buy a new paint. When I moved into my second home, I asked the sellers to leave the paint labels so that I could buy the paint color myself if and when needed.

Since paint is liquid it cannot be thrown directly into the trash. One tip is to add kitty litter to your paint cans. This will dry it out and it will no longer be a liquid.

You Are Not Alone

Having a real estate agent to help walk you through the details of moving out of your house after you sell it will make a huge difference. He or she can give you suggestions, references, and help you make sure your home is ready to pass on to the next owners. Moving out of your home doesn’t have to be as stressful experience. By using these four helpful tips and asking your real estate agent for support, your move should go smoothly.

Questions?

Please give us a call at: 248-348-7200

Easter Egg Hunts in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon, Michigan 2016

by The Jamey Kramer Group

One of my favorite childhood memories is looking out into a wide open field and seeing thousands of multi-colored Easter eggs scattered throughout the field. I will never forget the excitement as the whistle blew, and I ran out with all my might to try to grab as many eggs as I could.

There is something exciting and magical about an Easter egg hunt that all kids will enjoy. Whether you experienced an Easter egg hunt as a child or you never got a chance to go to one, taking your family will be a sweet memory you will treasure for years.

Thankfully, there is an egg hunt that is near you if you live in the Northville, Novi and South Lyon, Michigan area. So, make sure to mark your calendars because these super fun hunts are ones you will not want to miss. Activities including crafts, visits from the Easter Bunny, and fire trucks are all just a few things that you can expect along with the magical egg hunts.

Want to know the best part? You have come to the right place to find out all the information you need to know to make your plans. Below is the information for Easter events happening in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon, Michigan.

Northville, Michigan: Easter Egg Hunt: Egg-Stravaganza

  • Saturday, March 26, 2016
  • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: Maybury State Park, 20145 Beck Rd, Northville, MI 48167

Be sure to mark your calendar for the annual Egg-Stravaganaza that is hosted by the friends of Maybury State Park. Located on Beck Road in Northville, you will be sure to have a great time. For more information, please call the park at 248-349-8390.

Novi, Michigan Easter Egg Hunt: EggStravaganza

  • Sunday, March 20, 2016
  • 2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Location: Furest Park, 45325 10 Mile Road, Novi, Mi 48375
  • Cost: $5.00 per child

At the Novi Eggstravagaza, you will find a multi age egg hunt, crafts, and a visit from the Easter Bunny himself. The cost is $5.00 per child for ages 2 and up. To register, please see Online Registration / Registration Information.

For the event flyer, please see: Eggstravagaza Flyer.

Novi, Michigan: Skate with the Easter Bunny

  • Sunday, March 20, 2016
  • 3:00 pm  – 4:50 pm
  • Location: Novi Ice Arena, 42400 Nick Lidstrom Drive, Novi, MI 48375
  • Cost $5 a person and $3 per skate rental

Want to spend more time with the Easter Bunny? You can skate with him at the Novi Ice Arena. Be ready to win some prizes and have a great time. For more information, please call 248-347-1010.

Novi Michigan: Paradise Park Easter Egg Hunt

  • Saturday, March 26, 2016
  • 10:15 am
  • Location: Paradise Park, 45799 Grand River, Novi, MI 48374
  • Cost for Easter Egg Hunt: $7.00 per person
  • Optional Buffet Lunch (11:00 am to 12:30 pm): $9.95 per person
  • Pre-registration is required – call 248-735-1050

This is one event you won’t want your children to miss. The Paradise Park festivities start at 10:15 am and your children will be able to collect some of the thousands of eggs that will be filled with candy, tokens, and surprises!

After the Easter egg hunt, a buffet lunch will be offered for the additional fee of $9.95 per person. The buffet will be served from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm and will include appetizers, pizza, breadsticks, salad, and unlimited beverages.

South Lyon, Michigan Annual Easter Egg Scramble

  • March 26, 2016
  • 11:00 am
  • Location: Volunteer Park, 21620 N. Dixboro,  South Lyon, MI 48178

Come and enjoy South Lyon’s annual Easter egg hunt sponsored by the South Lyon Kiwanis. At 11:00 am, the Easter bunny will arrive and ready to visit with children. Do your kids like big trucks? Then be ready for a visit for the South Lyon’s Fire and Police Departments that will be joining the fun with lots of equipment for the kids to check out and learn about.

The egg hunt will start at 12:00 pm. The hunt will be divided by age group. The first group to start will be the youngest and will go up from there. Be sure to bring your children’s favorite basket to collect their eggs in.

Take Away

Easter egg hunts and events in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon, Michigan are the perfect way to get outside, enjoy the family, enjoy activities, and have a blast watching your kids. This year is filled with events you won’t want to miss.

Key Aspects to Financing Your First Home

by The Jamey Kramer Group

When it comes to buying a home, having your finances in order is one of the most important parts of the process. While it is good to understand how many rooms might work for your family, if you want hard wood floors vs. carpet, or how big your yard should be, without having your finances in order, you won’t be able to buy your dream home.

Here are 3 key aspects to keep in mind when it comes to financing your first home.

  1. How Much Can You Afford

When you find yourself ready to buy a home, the first step is to determine how much home can you afford.  To figure this out, you will need to gather a few pieces of information. Calculate your monthly income, the amount of debt you have, your monthly expenses, and how much you will pay on taxes and interest.

The goal is to make your monthly mortgage payment less than 30% of your monthly costs.

Websites like Redfin are great resources as it pulls the cost of the home, and the taxes to give you a rough estimate of what your monthly payment will be. Every person has a different level of comfort when it comes to their finances. Understanding where you feel comfortable is an important part in buying a home.

Oftentimes home buyers are told they are pre-approved by a lender for a monthly cost that they personally do not feel comfortable with. Simply because you are approved for a certain amount, does not mean that is the price that is best for you.

This was the case for Melissa and Matthew, a couple from the suburbs of Chicago. They were pre-approved for a mortgage of up to $475, 000 depending on the real estate taxes amount. The area they were looking to buy varied greatly on the property tax. That number would impact how much they could actually afford.

When they broke down the numbers, they did not feel comfortable paying that high of a monthly payment. They had a financial goal to have at least a 20% down payment and to keep their monthly payment under $2,500. In the end, they chose a house that met these criteria which happened to be a significant under the amount they were pre-approved for. This decision helped them feel comfortable in their purchase.

  1. Determine How Much a Home Costs

Determining how much a home will cost seems like a simple point, however, when you factor taxes and the interest rate, it can drastically change the cost of a home – a point sometimes left out.  A home that has taxes of $12,000 a year vs. $8,000 can make a huge difference in your monthly payment. When you figure out how much a home will actually cost on a monthly basis, it will help you make a better decision. A home might even have a higher listing price than another, but have lower taxes, making it a more affordable home to buy. Breaking down the detailed numbers will help you make a wiser financial decision.

  1. Check your Credit Score

One of the first things your lender is going to do when checking to see if you are a good candidate to buy a home is to check your credit score. The better your credit score, the better your interest rate will be. It is among the most important factors when it comes to your lender approving you for a loan or not. The better the credit you have, the better the loan percentage you can receive. There are a number of websites available to you to check to see where your credit score is at.

Damaged Credit?

If you have damaged credit, the best thing you can do is to give it time. Find ways to pay back lenders as soon as possible, and work to find yourself as debt free as possible.

Wrapping Up

Buying a home for the first time or even the third time and beyond is a stressful experience. Having your finances in order and understanding the process are important steps. When you break down all the specific costs and understand how much you feel comfortable affording, how much a home actually costs, and what your credit score is at, you will be able to make a wise financial decision.

 

 

 

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