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Farm Camp at Maybury Farm in Northville, MI – Registration Still Open

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Farm Camp at Maybury Farm in Northville, MI

Are you looking for new and exciting hands-on fun for your children this summer?

If you are like many parents, the summer months can drag on without something for your kids to do. You may also want your kids to have the benefit of the summer weather.

Look no further than Maybury Farm Camp in Northville, Michigan! This is a total hands-on experience at a real farm with real farm animals and chores.

Your child will get a chance to pet, groom, feed, and walk the farm animals while learning about their needs and how to take care of them from experts. They will also get a chance to dig in the dirt and watch the vegetables grow while they help in the Farm Garden.

In addition, there is hiking in the woods every day in Maybury’s acres of forest trails. Your kids will experience team building games - and not the hand-held kind!

This is your chance to give your kids a chance to form tangible connections with the natural world. From spending time in the forest and face to face with friends to experiencing first-hand how gardens are grown and how farm animals are cared for.

Maybury Farm Garden

There will also be plenty of plain old fun: crafts, games, and other farm fun will be a regular part of this camp experience. Sign up your animal or nature lover - or give your child a chance to become one.

This camp runs from June 20 through August 17 and is designed for children ages 5-12. Farm camp runs every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday through those weeks from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except for the week of July 4th. The cost is $175 per 3-day week and space is limited, so sign up soon!

To register call 248-374-0200 or visit: www.mayburyfarm.org/summercamp

To learn more about Farm Camp or Maybury Farm, please contact Jessica Striegle, Executive Director, Northville Community Foundation at 248-374-0200.

About Maybury Farm

Maybury Farm is part of Maybury State Park. The entrance is located 1 ¼ mile west of Beck Road on 8 Mile, or ½ mile west of the Maybury State Park entrance. For parking by Maybury Farm, do not enter at Maybury State Park.

The farm is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is a program of the Northville Community Foundation. Additionally, the Farm receives no tax dollars. It relies on the generous support of the community from donations, grants, admission fees, and volunteers.

Maybury Farm’s goal is to connect children and adults to nature, community, animals, and agriculture in a hands-on way.

There are many special events at Maybury Farm throughout the year including farm tours, story-times, the fall Corn Maze, visits from Santa, and more. Host your special event or birthday party at Maybury Farm!

In addition, you are able to enjoy hiking or the bike trails at Maybury State Park, or reserve a picnic shelter for a beautiful outdoor event. Maybury has changing and beautiful scenery to offer year-round, right in the heart of Northville.

For more information about Maybury Farm or Maybury State Park please visit www.mayburyfarm.org or www.facebook.com/mayburyfarm

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

Home Buying Is Harder Than Ever: 5 Tips to Keep From Going Crazy

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Home Buying Is Harder Than Ever

If you have been looking for a new home this spring, you know how fast homes are selling and how few homes there are. This makes for a lot of tension, especially for first-time home buyers, and more competition than we’ve seen in a decade.

Newly built homes did not come on the market as quickly in 2016 as was predicted. In addition, there is a shortage of entry-level homes. Some say this is because sellers are anxious to wait until market conditions are more stable and because inventory is low for the potential seller as well.

Inventory may start to fly even faster this spring for many reasons including:

  • With new technology, homes spend less time on the market than ever before. According to a Redfin report, new houses stayed on the market for an average 52 days in 2016. This was the lowest number since it started keeping track in 2009.
  • Millennial buyers are entering the housing market. The younger generation has started to grow up and want to buy homes. Many of these will be buyers for the first time. Look for advances in technology being driven by this generation. Many younger buyers want to streamline the process and be able to make an offer online.
  • Rising interest rates and better mortgage availability. While interest rates have risen from where they were at the end of 2016, the Trump presidency may mean a relaxation of the rules to make it easier for people to borrow.

5 Tips As You Start House Hunting

If you are one of those people who has decided to hop on the bandwagon this spring and is already frightened by the prospects of bidding wars and settling for half of what you wanted, take a moment to read these tips:

Make Sure You Have Your Offer in Hand

In other words, don’t go looking at a bunch of homes and wear yourself out if you’re not sure how much you can offer. Take the time to find out what your highest offer can be - with closing costs and taxes factored in - and stay firm in your mind with that number.

It’s like wedding dress shopping: you don’t want to fall in love with something above your budget. It’s best not to even look at something you can’t afford. Plus, once you do find “the one” you want to be able to make an offer right away.

If You Can Make it a Cash Offer, Do it

You might not think you can make a cash offer, but if it’s just a short-term cash offer, it might be more doable. There are plenty of foreclosures still sitting, or coming, on the market that want cash offers.

This is not because these homes are unlivable, but might be because banks don’t want to turn on utilities and get inspections. If you can get a temporary cash offer together, and then get an inspection and mortgage right away afterward, you might just open a whole new sector of the market for yourself.

Seriously Consider How Much of a Fixer-upper You’re Willing to Put Up With

It’s no secret the homes going the fastest are move-in ready homes with all the best finishes. Even homes needing cosmetic help are going to go fast. Consider how much “finish” you truly need, or how much renovation you would be willing to do.

Broaden Your Horizons - Location, Price, Must-have’s

Were you really hoping for that 4th bedroom, but you know in the back of your mind you don’t need it? These are the points on the list it pays to be flexible with.

If you can give your realtor more room to work, you will see a lot more options. Maybe driving 20 extra minutes to work isn’t as big of a deal, or maybe you’re willing to sacrifice square footage in favor of being close to everything you love. There’s no harm in investigating those options during your search.

Stay Positive

Through it all, it doesn’t help to get too down. New homes are being built, and the Trump administration wants to make it easier for builders. And who knows? Maybe new potential sellers will see how great it is out there this spring and decide to go for it too.

Take Away

If you are ready to start house hunting, you just need to hone your priorities, keep an open mind, and keep looking. You will find something. And we want to do everything we can to make that happen! Please give us a call today.

248-348-7200

 

 

Easter Egg Hunts in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon, MI 2017

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Easter egg hunts

We might be ushering in more rainy weather, but the temperatures are rising and the flowers are beginning to burst forth. Easter is right around the corner! Are you looking for something to do with your little ones?

Here’s a little guide to help you find that egg hunt for the kids in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon, Michigan.

Northville, MI Easter Egg Hunt: Maybury Farm Annual Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt

  • Saturday, April 15, 2017
  • Time: 10:00 am
  • Location: 50165 8 Mile Rd., Northville, MI 48168

Here is another option for your Easter weekend at Maybury Farm in Northville, MI. Bring your little ones to see all the farm animals and exhibits and meet the Easter Bunny. But that’s not all! Give your kids a chance to meet Smokey the Bear, the Tooth Fairy, and Candy Cops!

The egg hunt begins at 11:00 am. There is a $5 per car fee and is payable right at the gate. The Easter Egg Hunt is limited to the first 700 children, so be sure you arrive early. For more information, please see Northville Community Foundation.

Easter Egg Hunt Schedule:

11:00 am: 2-3 year olds
11:15 am: 4-6 year olds
11:30 am: 7-10 year olds

Novi, MI Easter Egg Hunt: Paradise Park Easter Egg Hunt

  • Saturday, April 15, 2017
  • Time: 10:30 am
  • Location: Paradise Park, 45799 Grand River, Novi, MI 48374
  • Cost for Easter Egg Hunt: $7.00 per person
  • Cost for Pizza Buffet Lunch: $9.95 per person.  

This egg hunt is perfect for the whole family. Come for the egg hunt and stay for the lunch buffet! There will be thousands of eggs to find - filled with candy, tokens and other surprises. The buffet is offered for an additional fee, and you must call to pre-register. There will be appetizers, pizza, breadsticks, salad and unlimited beverages.

Advanced reservations and payments are required. Doors open at 10:15 am and the Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 10:30 am. For more information, please see  Paradise Park’s website  or call 248-735-1050.

South Lyon, MI Easter Egg Hunt: Easter Egg Scramble

  • Saturday, April 15, 2017
  • Time: 11:00 am Fire Departments and Easter Bunny
  • Time: 12:00 pm Easter Egg Scramble
  • Location: Volunteer Park in South Lyon (northeast corner of 8 Mile and Dixboro Road)

South Lyon’s Easter festivities will begin at 11:00 am on April 15. Your children will be able to see emergency vehicles from the South Lyon Fire Department, the South Lyon Police Department, and the Lyon Township Fire Department. The Oakland County Sheriff will also be in attendance as well at the Easter Bunny!

Easter Egg Scrambles will begin at 12:00 pm according to age groups from youngest to oldest. Children from surrounding communities are welcome as well.

For more information, please see South Lyon’s website.

Take Away

Happy spring and Happy Easter to all from all of us at the Jamey Kramer Group! We hope you are able to enjoy the fun activities in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon, Michigan this coming weekend.


 

Upcoming Spring Activities in Novi, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Upcoming Spring Activities in Novi, Michigan

 

Spring has arrived and Novi, Michigan has a number of exciting events planned in April that you won’t want to miss. From a spring luncheon, Easter egg hunt, and the first annual Mom and Me Tea to the Novi Half Marathon, there is something for all to enjoy.

Welcome Spring Luncheon

  • Thursday, April 6, 2017
  • Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Location: Meadowbrook Activity Center, 25075 Meadowbrook Rd.
    Novi MI 48375
  • Cost: $7.50 for residents, $9 for non-residents

If you are over 55 and Easter egg hunts aren’t your speed, or you just want to enjoy spring in the company of friends, this event is for you. It’s an indoor picnic lunch - just in case spring doesn’t treat us to the best it has to offer. This barbecue-style picnic will offer hamburgers with all the fixings, plus plenty more. The event is in partnership with Oakmont of Northville.

For more information, please call: 248-347-0414

Eggstravaganza

  • Sunday, April 9, 2017
  • Time: 2:00 pm -4:00 pm
  • Location: Fuerst Park, 45325 W. Ten Mile Road, Novi, MI 48375
  • Ages: 2 and up
  • Cost: $5.00 per child

Are you looking for an easy, fun egg hunt for kids of all ages? Look no further. This egg hunt requires no work on your part, is in an easy and convenient location, and has something for everyone.

The Eggstravaganza will be held at beautiful Fuerst Park at the corner of 10 Mile Road and Taft. There are multiple age egg hunts, so every child is guaranteed to find some eggs! There will also be visits with the Easter Bunny and crafts for all ages. Register in advance to claim a spot and pay just $5 per child.

Silly Auction at the MAC

  • Friday, April 21, 2017
  • Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Location: Meadowbrook Activity Center, 25075 Meadowbrook Rd.
    Novi MI 48375
  • For ages 55 and over
  • $7 for residents, $8.50 for non-residents

What better way to brighten your day and lighten the mood than a silly auction among friends? There is no money necessary and no seriousness allowed. Both the silly money and the auction items are being provided by Enriched Life Homecare Services and an appetizer bar is included.

Registration ends on April 13 or until sold out. For more information, please call: 248-347-0414

Novi Half Marathon

  • Sunday, April 30, 2017
  • Time: 8:00 am
  • Location (Start and Finish): Novi Middle School, 49000 11 Mile Rd, Novi MI 48374
  • Cost: Prices: $37 for the 5K, $42 for the 10K, and $51 for the Half Marathon

Have you always wanted to get in shape or maybe run that 5k for the first time? Maybe you’re an experienced runner, but you’ve never yet run a longer race. Are you ready for that half marathon? What a great way to enjoy spring, raise money for a good cause and motivate yourself to stay in shape.

This race is a four-in-one: the Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and 1 Mile (for the kiddos). It’s a lovely flat and scenic course by “Island Lake,” on country roads and by gorgeous horse farms. Races begin and end at Novi Middle School. Packet pick-up and sponsor expo happens the day before, along with late registration.

You’ll get a short-sleeved Tech t-shirt and Half Marathon and 10K participants will each receive medals for finishing and the Half Marathoners get finisher sticker decals as well. There will also be age-group awards for the Half Marathon, 10K and 5K events - for those of you out there who are extra competitive. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Novi Parks Foundation and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.

Register online at www.novihalfmarathon.com or print a form from the website and send it to the mailing address on the form. Online registration ends on 4/28/2017 at 11:00 pm.

Mom and Me Tea

  • Saturday, April 29, 2017
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Ages 4 and over
  • Location: Novi Civic Center, 45175 10 Mile Road
    Novi MI 48375
  • Cost: $10 for residents, $12 for non-residents

For that little girly girl in your life, or if you are a girly girl at heart yourself and want to enjoy a special springtime event with your daughter, come dressed up and ready for fanciness. There will be tea, punch, cookies, and sweets. Not to mention the crafts and fashion show to keep everyone happy and entertained. It’s an event you’ll look back on fondly and remember forever.

For more information, please call 248-347-0400. Registration ends on April 14. To register online, please see the City of Novi’s website.

Take Away

Novi, Michigan is a great community to live in and raise a family. The above events are a sampling of all Novi has to offer. If you are interested in moving to the area, please give us a call. We would be honored to help.

248-348-7200

 

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