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Weekend Events for Novi, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Recycling

Do you need to get rid of unwanted prescription drugs?

Are you looking for a place to dispose of household hazardous waste?

Earlier this week, we shared with you about the City of Novi’s passion for minimizing their carbon footprint. To put that passion into action, today, we will share with you how the city lives out their promise to keep things green.

Whether you are looking for a volunteer opportunity, or a place to recycle all that junk mail, you will find a place to do that in Novi, Michigan. Please scroll through the information below to see what best suits your needs.

Arbor Day

This Saturday is Arbor Day, which is a day to remind us to give back to our community by planting trees. This Saturday along side of the City of Novi, you can volunteer to help plant and mulch trees. The annual celebration will be between the hours of 9 am – 12 pm and will be held at the Lakeshore Park at 601 South Lake Drive.

Household Hazardous Waste Day

Oakland County is gearing up to rid the county of hazardous waste from around home. According to the City of Novi’s website, Novi, along with other cities in the area, has partnered with the RRRASOC - Resources Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southern Oakland County- to have a site open this Saturday.

Depending on what you need to drop off will depend on where you need to go. For any of the items listed below, your drop off can be either the Novi Public Library parking lot or the parking lot between Deerfield Elementary and Novi Middle School. When dropping off, you will be looking for an Abitibi Paper Retriever container and you don’t even have to worry about sorting.

  • White copy and lined paper
  • Colored copy paper
  • Soft cover books
  • Newspaper
  • Junk mail

For other items like phone books, glass bottles, big #2 plastic, microwave ovens, scanners, and printers, this weekend the Resources Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southern Oakland County is hosting an event in Southfield where you can drop all that and more off. Come any time between the hours of 9 am and 12 pm.

RRRASOC MRF

20000 W. Eight Mile, Southfield
(enter via Mapleridge, one block east of Evergreen)

For more information on what exactly you can drop off, visit the City of Novi’s Website.

Drug Take Back Day

Drug Take Back Day is being hosted by the Novi Police Department and will be held at the Novi Police headquarters. The goal of this event is to help prevent pill abuse by properly disposing of unwanted prescription drugs. 

While the Novi Police Department will always accept unwanted prescription drugs, this Saturday between 10 am and 2 pm you can help in preventing pill abuse too. The service is free and completely anonymous.

Novi Police Headquarters
45125 W. Ten Mile Rd.
Between Novi and Taft Roads

Summary

One of my personal favorite things about Novi is that the city officials don’t just talk. Instead, they work hard at making their city a better place and follow through on their promises. If you are in the market to move to a new city, Novi is definitely worth the look. We would be honored to help you find your next home. Please call today:

248-348-7200

15 Ways for Homeowners to Conserve Resources Today

by The Jamey Kramer Group

15 Ways for Homeowners to Conserve Resources TodayUNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.” Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Within this next week, both Earth Day and Arbor Day will remind us about the importance of taking care of the world around us. This week, I cannot help but be reminded of the first story that I heard about environmental responsibility, The Lorax by Dr. Seuss.

Way before his time, Dr. Seuss confronted us with the importance of planting trees and conserving resources. The Lorax’s story evokes the thought that one small seed or one small action can be all it takes to create change.

Today, we would like to share with you 15 ways that everyday homeowners can conserve resources around the home.

15 Ways to Conserve Resources at Home

  1. Take short showers. Hubpages reported that one person could save 150 gallons of water each month just by shortening their showers by a few minutes.
  2. Turn off your computers when you got to bed.
  3. The City of Novi encourages people to choose fresh foods over frozen because “Frozen foods require 10 times more energy to produce”.
  4. Recycle. Not sure what to recycle? Check out the list at Recycle More.
  5. Replace incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient ones.
  6. Soak your dishes after dinner instead of cleaning them with running water.
  7. Use cold water to wash clothes.
  8. Another tip from the City of Novi is to keep your tires inflated to help with better gas mileage.
  9. Weatherize your home. For Novi residents looking for information of weatherizing, visit our article, City of Novi, Mi Offers Help to Homeowners.
  10. Did you know that your soil loves compost? Leftover food and yard waste makes up almost a third of what is needed to compost. For more information on composting, check out the EPA’s Composting At Home.
  11. Only run your dishwasher when it’s full.
  12. This summer, set your thermostat two degrees higher than you normally would.
  13. In the winter, set your thermostat two degrees lower than you normally would.
  14. Water your lawn at dawn because watering during midday will cause the highest amount of evaporating.
  15. When boiling vegetables, use only enough water to cover them.

Why Conserve Natural Resources?

The City of Novi Michigan has been leading the way in “Going Green” and demonstrating the importance of reducing our carbon footprint. This spring, the City of Novi produced and published an article called, You Help Keep Novi Green.

This article not only provides additional ways to conserve natural resources at home, but also provides the information about why we should in the first place. It discusses green house effects, air pollution, the damage to the ozone layer, and water pollution as well as water consumption.

Novi’s Annual Arbor Day Celebration

You can join Novi’s Annual Arbor Day Celebration this coming Saturday, April 26, from 9 am-12 pm at Lakeshore Park, 601 South Lake Drive in Novi, Michigan. Come and volunteer to plant trees and spread mulch.

If you are looking for more ways to get involved, please check out the City of Novi’s website at - Go Green!

Easter Brunches in Novi and Northville, MI

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Easter Brunches in Novi and Northville, MI

Looking to skip all those Easter Brunch dishes and let someone else do the cooking?

Easter is right around the corner on Sunday, April 20, 2014. Holidays are great, but anyone who has ever hosted a family gathering can tell you that while they are great, they can also be stressful. Sometimes it is nice to enjoy a holiday by letting someone else do the cooking and the dishes.

That is why we have put this list together of amazing restaurants offering Easter Brunch in the Northville and Novi, Michigan area. Each restaurant has its own flare and its own value. So, kick your feet up, take a deep breath and let someone else do the dishes this Sunday.

Andiamo - Novi

42705 Grand River
Novi, MI

Andiamo of Novi will be serving Easter Brunch from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The tantalizing menu includes a number of stations from a Carving Station to a Fresh from the Sea and Garden Station. There will also be the Andiamo Novi Signature Buffet and a Hot Breakfast Buffet.

Cost:

  • Adults $29.95
  • Ages 5-12 $15.95 ages
  • Ages 4 and younger free

For reservations, please call 248-348-3838.

Black Rock Bar and Grill

44175 W 12 Mile Rd
Novi, MI

While they are not having a formal Easter Brunch, this restaurant offers an unforgettable and unique experience that will make your Easter a memorable one. At Black Rock Bar and Grill, you will actually have the opportunity to cook your own steak or seafood right at your table on hot volcanic rock.

If steak and seafood are not for you, the menu includes gourmet hot dogs that have been wrapped in pizza dough. Black Rock also provides gluten-free, peanut and dairy-free menus.

Novi’s Black Rock Bar and Grill will be open on Easter Sunday from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. For more information, please call 248-465-7777 or visit the restaurant’s website at: www.blackrocksizzlingsteakhouse.com.

Deadwood Bar and Grill

18730 Northville Road,
Northville, MI

If you and your family are looking for a casual and comfortable Easter Brunch, Northville’s Deadwood Bar and Grill might be the perfect place for you.

Deadwood’s Easter Brunch is from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. They are located on the east side of Northville Road, between Six Mile and Seven Mile, in Northville. Reservations are highly encouraged. For more information, please call 248-347-4353 or visit Deadwood Bar and Grill Special Events.

Novi Chophouse

Crowne Plaza Hotel
27000 Karevich Drive
Novi, MI

The Novi Chophouse located at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Novi is having an Easter Brunch available from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday. The buffet will have a number of stations including an omelet, seafood, carving, breakfast, lunch, salad, bread, and sweet station. Special guest will be the Easter Bunny. For the full menu, please see: Novi Chophouse Easter Brunch.

Easter Brunch prices:

  • Adults $34.95
  • Children $15.95

For more information, please call 248-305-5210.

The Inn at St. John’s or 5ive Restaurant
44045 Five Mile Road
Plymouth, MI
 
In 2012, this restaurant was picked by Northville residents as the place to go for Easter Brunch according to the Northville Patch. Plymouth is short drive from Northville or Novi, and you will soon find out why this restaurant offers such an amazing Easter Brunch experience.
 

Here are 2 options for a spectacular Easter Brunch to enjoy:

The Inn at St. John’s

First is The Inn at St. John’s option. The brunch itself will be hosted in the Atrium and, according to The Inn at St. John’s website, will have live action stations and will offer traditional as well as non-traditional dishes and the Easter Bunny.

If you have little ones, this restaurant may be perfect for you since children 4 and under eat free. To check out the Easter Brunch menu at The Inn at St. John’s, please see: Easter Atrium menu.

Prices for this unforgettable brunch are as follows:

  • Adults $47
  • Seniors (62 and up) $41
  • Children (age 5-12) $15
  • Children 4 and under are free.

For reservation availability, please call 734-414-0600.

5ive Restaurant

The second option, and the winner of 2012’s place to eat on Easter, is at the 5ive Restaurant located in the hotel at the Inn at St. John’s. Here you will enjoy a special four-course prix fixe brunch. Seating starts at 10:00 am and will continue till 3:00 pm. To view the menu, please see Easter Sunday 2014.

Prices are as follows:

  • Adults $49
  • Children (age 5-12) $17

For more information and to inquire about reservations, please call 734-357-5700 or visit the website at: www.stjohnsgolfconference.com/golf-courses-events-en.html.

Sheraton Hotel

21111 Haggerty Road
Novi, Mi

Chef Goodwin of the Sheraton Hotel in Novi will be preparing a feast for the entire family from 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The menu will include both traditional and nontraditional items and live action stations. The Easter Bunny will also make an appearance.

Costs:

  • Adults $38.95
  • Seniors $31.95
  • Ages 5-12 $15
  • Ages 4 and younger free

For reservations, please call 248-349-4000.

Summary

Whether you will be spending time with family and friends this weekend at home or at one of the area’s magnificent Easter Brunches, the Jamey Kramer Group would like to extend our warmest wishes for a wonderful holiday.

FHA Back to Work Program Gives Families Hope

by The Jamey Kramer Group

FHA Back to Work Program Gives Families Hope

How long do you have to wait after filing bankruptcy to qualify for a home loan?

Are you back on your feet after the housing crisis and ready to purchase a house?

There is hope and a second chance if you lost your home in a foreclosure or short sale. Thanks to the new federal program called, Back to Work – Extenuating Circumstances, if you have recently gone through a financial hardship as defined below, you may qualify for a new home loan.

Previously, you would have to wait 3 or more years after suffering your hardship before you could qualify for a home mortgage loan. Now, it is only a 12 month wait. The program has been running since 2013 and will continue to be available until the end of September 2016. The goal of the program is to offer families a second chance at home ownership.

What Is a Financial Hardship?

According to the Back To Work Program’s website, here is a list of what is considered a financial hardship,

  • Bankruptcy- Chapter 7 or 13
  • Short Sale of Previous Home
  • Foreclosure
  • Modification of Previous Mortgage
  • The Sale of a Home Because of Pre-Foreclosure Status
  • Deed-in-lieu

How Do I Qualify for The FHA Back to Work Program?

If you have been through one of the financial hardships above and dream of owning your own home again, the FHA Back to Work Program might be perfect for you. Let’s take a look at how to qualify for the program. Key elements include:

  1. FHA loan requirements are met.
  2. Providing Documentation About Your Income: This may be the most important step. To qualify for this program, you will need to show that your income dropped by 20% for 6 or more months. This will show that your hardship was out of your control. You can prove this by offering W2s or a verification of employment.
  3. Proving Financial Recovery: The first step is demonstrating that you are no longer in financial crisis. According to MSN Real Estate, you can show that by your credit score being above 640.
  4. Counseling Session: The last piece is to attend a HUD-approved counseling session that provides education to home buyers.

HUD Counseling Agency for Novi, Michigan

If you live in Novi, Michigan and would like to learn more about this program, you can contact one of the following agencies:

OAKLAND LIVINGSTON HUMAN SERVICE AGENCY
196 Cesar E. Chavez Ave.
Pontiac, MI 48343-0598
Phone: (248) 209-2767

OAKLAND COUNTY HOUSING COUNSELING
1200 N Telegraph Rd/Bldg. 38E
Pontiac, MI 48341-0435
Phone: (248) 858-5402

For all other cities, please visit HUD.gov US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Conclusion

The FHA Back to Work Program provides hope and a second chance at home ownership for those who experienced unfortunate circumstances in the housing crisis. The program will run through September 2016 and will be offered to those who meet certain requirements.

If you have any questions, or if we can help you find your next home, please give our office a call. We are here to help.

248-348-7200

 

Easter Events in Novi and Northville, Mi and More Weekend Happenings

by The Jamey Kramer Group

How to Find Your Dream Neighborhood

Don’t want wait in line at the mall to see the Easter Bunny this year?

Would you love to take your children to a huge Easter egg hunt?

If you don’t want to spend the afternoon on a gorgeous spring day waiting in line at the mall to see the Easter bunny, we understand. This year, Novi and Northville, Michigan have a number of Easter events that you will want to check out.

In addition to Easter events, there are also some events happening this weekend that you won’t want to miss.

Easter Events

Novi Eggstravaganza

Michigan State University Tollgate Farm Center
Saturday, April 12, 2014
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

This Saturday, April 12, 2014, between 10 am and noon, come and join in on the fun for a spectacular Eggstravaganza in Novi. The Michigan State University Tollgate Farm Center is hosting the event sponsored by Macaroni Kid and Rosebrooke Child Development Center.

There will be age separated egg hunts, hayrides, refreshments, and a bunny to take pictures with. The event is for any child between the ages of 3-13 years old. For Novi residents the cost is $8 per child, and for non-residents the cost is $10 per child.

The address for the Michigan State University Tollgate Farm Center is 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, Michigan. The last day to register is April 10th. For more information please contact 248-347-0400.

Skate with the Easter Bunny

Novi Ice Arena
Saturday, April 19, 2014
3:00 pm - 4:50 pm

One Saturday, April 19th, the Novi Ice Arena is hosting the Easter Bunny and invites you and your children to join in the fun. The fun will include raffles and games. For all Novi residents, the cost is $4 and for non-residents $5. Don’t let a lack of skates hold you back either. You can rent skates for $3.

The Novi Ice Arena is located on 42400 Nick Lidstrom Drive, Novi, Mi.

Northville’s Annual Egg-Stravaganza

Maybury State Park
Saturday, April 19, 2014
11:00 am -12:30 pm

Northville’s annual Egg-Stravaganza will be held on Saturday, April 19th at the Maybury State Park. Hosted in partnership with Maybury State Park and the Friends of Maybury, this event is sure to make your little ones smile.

There will be an Egg Scramble, eggs filled with great prizes and the opportunity for your children to meet the Maybury celebrities, Smokey Bear and the Easter Bunny. In addition, there will be games to play, face painting, crafts and seed planting. The schedule of events is as follows:

  • 11 am: 5 and under egg scramble 
  • 11:10 am: 6 and up egg scramble 
  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm: games, face painting, crafts

This event will be held snow, rain or shine and is free. Vehicles must have a Recreational Passport to enter the park.

Northville Mom2Mom Sale

First United Methodist Church
Friday, April 11, 2014
9:00 am – 2:00 pm

This Friday, there is the annual Mom2Mom sale. With events like this sale, having kids does not have to break the bank.

Get there early for the early bird admission and get access to everything including:

  • Clothing
  • Toys
  • Books
  • Shoes
  • Strollers
  • Maternity Clothes

According to the Novi Patch, this event will take place at the First United Methodist Church located at 777 Eight Mile at Taft Intersection in Northville, Michigan on Friday, April 11th from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Get there at 9:00 am and pay $2 for the early bird admission or wait till 9:30 am and pay $1 for admission.

All proceeds will go to benefiting charities, community events and organizations.

Summary

Whether you will be taking pictures with the Easter bunny or finding the perfect stroller, there are great events to attend over the next two weekends in Northville and Novi, Michigan.  

How to Find Your Dream Neighborhood

by The Jamey Kramer Group

How to Find Your Dream Neighborhood

Does the spring time weather have you thinking that it’s a good time to move?

What makes a neighborhood great?

The snow has melted in Novi, Michigan, and suddenly there are open house signs popping up all over. With the warmer weather finally here and the housing market continuing to climb, many people are looking to purchase that dream home in their dream neighborhood.

What makes a dream neighborhood? When picking where to live, what should you be looking for? Today, we would like to share with you a few ways to find the perfect neighborhood.

One of the First Questions You Need To Ask Yourself

Before you start examining different neighborhoods, it would be helpful to ask yourself where you see yourself in five or ten years. In 10 years, will you have a family? Will a long commute take away from the desirable aspects of a potential neighborhood?

Once you can picture yourself in the future, even if it is a little blurry, you will have a good sense of direction.

Schools

Every parent wants to give their children the most this world has to offer and that includes a great education. If children are in your 10 year future plan, a great place to start looking for a great neighborhood is in the communities that have great schools.

A good example of a community with great schools is Northville, Michigan. Northville’s school district was included on the 2013 AP District of The Year Honor Roll. You can read more about that in our article, Northville Public Schools Named to 2013 AP District of the Year Honor Roll.

Neighborhood Amenities

First, ask yourself what amenities are important to you in an ideal neighborhood. Examples of questions you might like to consider include:

  • Would you like to be able to walk to the local shops or restaurants?
  • How important is it to you to have an active downtown?
  • Are local parks an essential feature for your growing family?

Then, take a good look into the neighborhoods that have what you are looking for. A good city to start with would be Novi, Michigan. This particular city in Michigan was voted 2nd best city in Michigan by the Movoto Blog and 5th best city for young families by NerdWallet.

Affordability

Another piece to look at when considering neighborhoods to look at is whether or not the community is truly affordable. One way that this is often figured out is by taking the median home value and monthly housing costs like mortgage, taxes and insurance and scoring each potential neighborhood by lowest scores. A lower score indicates a more affordable city.

Low Crime

Our last recommendation is to check out the crime rate of the neighborhoods that you are interested in. Both Northville and Novi, Michigan are known for having low crime.

Summary 

Finding the perfect house is made a little easier when you find it in your perfect neighborhood. If you have any questions about either Northville or Novi, Michigan, please give our office a call. We would be honored to help you find that dream neighborhood.

248-348-7200

Two Weekends of Fabulous Events in Northville, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Two Weekends of Fabulous Events in Northville, Michigan

Have you ever been to Northville’s semi-annual Girls’ Night Out?

Looking for something to do this weekend and the next?

Northville, Michigan has some fabulous events planned for the next two weekends that you won’t want to miss. The city is gearing up with spring officially being here with events like the semi-annual Girls’ Night Out, the First Friday experience, and the Spring Fling Artisan Market.

Northville was founded in 1825 and became a city in 1955. One of the things that I always say about Northville is that it somehow gives you that small town feel with big city access. The events over the next two weekends will show you why.

Upcoming Events in Northville, Michigan

The First Friday Experience

Downtown Northville
Friday, April 4
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Every first Friday in Downtown Northville, you are invited for an art walk at participating galleries, shopping at the local merchants and dining at the sensational restaurants in the area. You will find galleries, boutiques, trucks shows, live music, special sales, demonstrations, and complimentary sampling including a glass of wine.

If you are looking for a Friday date night with your special someone, the First Friday experience has everything you will need. While you are shopping, you can stop by any of the local restaurants for something to eat and really enjoy all that Northville has to offer. The fun begins at 6 pm and ends at 9 pm.

Participating art galleries in Northville include:

  1. Dancing Eye Gallery
  2. Northville Art House 
  3. Northville Gallery
  4. Starring "The Gallery"
  5. Tiffany Art Glass 
  6. State of Mind Art Gallery 

The Spring Fling Artisan Market

Northville Community Center
Friday, April 11: 9 am – 8 pm
Saturday, April 12: 9 am – 5 pm

Next weekend, April 11th and 12th, plan to attend the Spring Fling Artisan Market and see 75 different artists and craftspeople from all around the country. You will find handcrafted painting, fashion, jewelry, photography, sculptures, ceramics, furniture and more.

According to the HC Shows website, the admission fee is $3.00 per person with children 12 and under free. There will be free parking, free raffles and food available from Edwards Café.

The Downtown Northville website recommends calling Handcrafters at 734-459-0050 for more information. The event is being held at the Northville Community Center at 303 W. Main Street in Northville, Michigan.

Northville’s Girls’ Night Out

Downtown Northville
Friday, April 11
The fun begins at: 5 pm

On Friday, April 11th at 5 pm, the semi-annual Girls’ Night Out begins. There will be special events including, but certainly not limited to, drawings and discounts at many of the local stores.

Whether you are searching for that perfect piece for your living room or that perfect little black dress, Northville’s boutiques and local shops will have exactly what you are looking for.

According to the Northville Girls’ Night Out website, while each retailer in Downtown Northville maintains their own business hours, most retailers are planning to be open until 9 pm for Girls' Night Out. Once you are done shopping, head over to one of the twenty bars or restaurants waiting to serve you and your girlfriends. Many of the restaurants will be offering specials for only the Girls’ Night Out participants.

As for parking in Downtown Northville, there will be plenty of free parking. For a view of the area with parking check out this map.

Summary

Whether you are in need of a girls’ night out or just want to see all that Northville, Michigan has to offer, the next two weekends have fantastic events for you.

4 Ways to Lose When Upgrading Your Home and How to Win

by The Jamey Kramer Group

City of Novi, Mi Offers Help to Homeowners

Are you looking to add value to your home while making it your own?

Would you like to get your home ready to sell?

It is spring and that means this is one of the best times of the year to put your house on the market. Before you do though, are there some upgrades you would like to make to you home?

Upgrading your home can be a great way to entice new buyers. Upgrading can also be very expense and cost you a lot of time. There are ways to win when upgrading, but there are also ways to lose.

Today, we would like to share about 4 ways that you can actually lose when making upgrades to your home.

  1. The Home Office
    When you work from home, a beautiful home office can be an oasis. However, often times when you add the office, you take away the extra bedroom. That extra bedroom might be just what a growing family is looking for.

    Real Simple put it this way,

    “People try to envision a room for little Jenny, but can’t make the leap past your piles of messy papers.”
  2. The Addition
    Whenever you change the foundation of your home, like adding an addition, you can bet it is going to cost a lot of money and a lot of time. The addition of your dreams might be worth it. However, if you are looking to resell in the near future, it is most likely not the best use of your money for the return on your investment.
  3. Bathroom Addition
    The bathroom is one of those areas in the home that we are under the belief will get a huge return on investment. In some cases that is true. However, when you add an additional bathroom and change the foundation of your home, it starts to get really expensive.

    What you may want to consider, according to MSN Real Estate, is adding an upscale bathroom to a main floor bedroom to turn it into a master bedroom. More and more buyers are looking for 1st floor masters bedrooms.
  4. Decorating with Bold Colors
    Decorating with bold paints is one thing, but when you are choosing which granite counter top to buy it is another. You can always repaint the walls when you decide to sell your home, but a potential buyer that sees bold color choices in items that are really expensive to replace, may have them moving on to the next home.

How to Win When Making Upgrades to Your Home

The truth is, your home is your home and you can add to or decorate it any way you want to. If you are looking to add some resale value, there are some upgrades that can really get you some bang for your buck.

Last month, we published an article called, 6 Easy Ways to Make Your Yard Sparkle & Open House Ready. This article provides ideas on how to help your home go that extra mile without costing you a great deal of money.

If you are wondering where to put your money when upgrading your home, please check out our article, Help With Remodeling and Renovating Your Home. This article outlines the top areas to remodel in your home to receive the highest return on investment. 

Summary

Upgrading your home can be worth it. If you have any questions about upgrading or renovating for resale value, please give our office a call. We are here to help.

248-348-7200

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