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Weekend Events in Northville, Michigan You Won’t Want to Miss

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Weekend Events in Northville, Michigan You Won’t Want to Miss

Summer is right around the corner and Northville, Michigan is ready for it. From the opening of the Farmers’ Market this month to the city’s Friday Night Concert Series starting this weekend, the city of Northville is ready to start enjoying the warm weather. Take out your calendars and make plans to enjoy all that Northville has to offer you and your family this weekend.

Farmers’ Market

Thursday, May 29, 2014
Northville Downs
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Northville’s Farmers’ Market is up and running. Plan to stop by and see over 125 Michigan grown and Michigan made products. From fruits, vegetables, and herbs to salsas, jellies and local honey, there is something for everyone.

The Farmers’ Market is open today from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm and is located at the Northville Downs. For more information, please see Downtown Northville.

Friday Night Concert Series

Friday, May 30, 2014
Northville’s Town Square
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Northville’s popular Friday Night Concert Series will be opening on Friday, May 30. This year’s opening concert will be performed by the Northville High School’s Jazz Band for your listening pleasure.

This free event is managed by the Northville Parks & Recreation and is located at the Town Square in Downtown Northville. The music starts at 7:00 pm and you are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, enjoy something to eat from a local merchant, and to “dance the night away.”

Below is the schedule of performers that will be playing every Friday in Northville, Michigan at the Friday Night Concert Series along with what type of music each will be playing. Don’t forget to bookmark this for later reference.

  • June 6: Groove Therapy- Classic Rock, Blues
  • June 13: Bluescasters - Blues
  • June 20: Ben Sharkey - Jazz
  • June 27: The Crutches - Pop, Rock
  • July 4: Bugs Bedow Band - Rythym & Blues
  • July 11: Big Ray and the Motor City Kings -Blues, Classic Rock, Sole & Motown
  • July 18: Randy Brock - Classic Rock/Blues
  • July 25: Sound Alternative - Motown, R&B and Funk
  • August  1: Shawn Riley Band - Celtic/Classic Rock
  • August 8: Steve King & The Dittlies - Classic Rock
  • August 15: Gia Warner - Rock Classics
  • August 22: Global Village - Motown, Rock, Blues
  • August 29: 2XL - Classic Rock

For more information, please visit Downtown Northville or call the Northville Parks & Recreation Department at 248- 349-0203.

OLV Victory Run & Walk

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Our Lady of Victory School
Registration begins at 7:00 am

If you love running races or just want to get active while giving to a good cause, this weekend has the perfect race for you. This is the 4th year the Our Lady of Victory School has had their race.

The morning includes an 8:00 am fun run that is .7 miles and 8:30 am 5K that can be ran or walked. The top 3 finishers in each age group for male and females will receive medals. The following are the age groups:

  • Overall
  • 10 & Under
  • 11-14
  • 15-19
  • 20-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60-69
  • 70

Proceeds will benefit the Our Lady of Victory School, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The school is located at 133 Orchard Street, Northville, MI 48167. For more information, please see 4th Annual OLV Victory Run & Walk.

Summary

Whether you plan to taste the fruit at the Farmers’ Market, attend a concert, or join the fun run, Northville, Michigan has something for the entire family to enjoy this weekend. If you are interested in moving to this family-friendly town, please give our office a call.

248-348-7200

The New American Dream

by The Jamey Kramer Group

The New American Dream

Do you still dream of owning a home?

The definition of the American Dream has changed throughout history with its roots being founded on certain inalienable rights including "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” In recent history, homeownership became a symbol of the American Dream signifying the achievement of prosperity. However, every generation is often molded by their own experiences and the millennial generation is not any different.

The Study

A study was performed that shows that many Americans are now choosing retirement savings as their top financial goal. The millennial generation, young Americans born from the early 1980s to the early 2000s, had one of the largest shifts in financial priorities since the study had been released 3 years prior.

The study was performed by the National Endowment for Financial Education and was given as an online survey to over 2,025 American adults.

The Study’s Key Findings

According to the recent study conducted in April 2014, about half of Americans 18 and older have the top financial goal of having enough money for retirement. Women scored higher, coming at 53% and men came in at 47%.

Only 13% of American adults believe that owning their home is their top financial goal.

Today.com reported on the study, highlighting the millennial generation. Who are these millennials? The most recent generation to come into adulthood is the millennial generation from the ages of 18 to 34-years-old.

In 2011, twenty-six percent of this group reported that home ownership was their most important financial goal and 25% said it was retirement. However, in the study published this year, the number for retirement savings jumped to 29% and the number for homeownership as the top financial goal dropped to 21%.

What is The Reason for the Change?

Ted Beck, the president and the chief executive of the National Endowment of Financial Education, pegs the reason why these millennials are choosing retirement instead of homeownership is that,

"Americans seems to be finding reassurance in more long-term financial-security-based values rather than material values,"

The article names additional factors such as the housing meltdown and the increase student debt that many college graduates carry.

Homeownership is Still a Great Way to Build Wealth

While retirement saving is valuable and should not be ignored, homeownership is a great way to build wealth. Here are a two compelling reasons:

  1. At The End of the Day, Buying is Cheaper than Renting
    When you are considering long term wealth, buying a home is cheaper than renting. That has never been truer than it is today. Rent all across the country is increasing. For more information on this, please check out our recently published article, Are You Paying Too Much for Rent?
  2. Your Mortgage = A Savings Plan
    With every payment you make on your mortgage, you gain equity in your home. Trulia.com puts it this way, “A mortgage is like a forced savings plan.” It is as though you are being forced to save, which is a good thing.

Summary

If you dream of owning a home, but don’t know how you will get there, there is help. The FHA Back to Work Program or an FHA loan might just be exactly the help you have been looking for. For more information about these two programs, please visit the articles below:

If you are ready to starting looking for a house, please give our office a call. We would love to help you realize your dream of owning your own home.

248-348-7200

Memorial Weekend Events in Novi, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Memorial Weekend Events in Novi, Michigan

Are you wondering where you and your family can see a Memorial Day Parade?

Do you have questions for your law enforcement?

Memorial weekend is right around the corner and Novi, Michigan has a number of events to enjoy for the entire family. Whether you are looking give back by participating in a 5 or 10K run or you would like information on the Novi Memorial Day Parade, this article has the information you are looking for.

Coffee with a Cop

Friday, May 23, 2014
Panera Bread
9:00 am -11:00 am

Would you like to sit down with a police officer from your own neighborhood? Would you like to ask questions and get to know the men and women protecting your streets?

On Friday, May 23, you can do just that with the Michigan State Police and the Novi Police Department. Head over to the Panera Bread on 25875 Novi Road, just south of Grand River Avenue in Novi, Michigan between the hours of 9:00 am - 11:00 am for coffee and conversation. No special agenda is planned as this is simply a time to ask questions and to become better acquainted.

For any questions, please contact Lt. Mike Shaw at 248-584-5788.

Novi Memorial Day Run

Monday, May 26, 2014
The fun begins at 6:45 am

If you are looking for a great 5k, 10K or 1 mile fun run, this event has it all. The proceeds for this event will go to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and to the Novi Parks Foundation.

Would you like to save money on your registration? To save $5.00 on the registration fee, bring a canned food item or be a returning runner from the previous year. Veterans will also receive the $5.00 discount.

Schedule of Events

6:45 am – Late Signup & Pickup at Fuerst Park

7:45 am – New Balance Elite Mile

8:00 am – 10K Run

8:15 am – 5K Run/Walk

9:00 am – 1 Mile Family Run/Walk

Prices

  • Fun Run: $15
  • 5K: $29
  • 10k: $29

Last year, this event had over 750 participants. This year, all participants will receive a free shirt for registering. For more information and to register, please go to Novi Memorial Day Run.

Tribute Ceremonies Presented by the VFW and American Legion

Monday, May 26, 2014
8:45 am

At 8:45 am on Monday, May 26th, the VFA and American Legion will be presenting tribute ceremonies at Oakland Hills Memorial Gardens at Novi and Twelve Mile Roads in honor of our fallen.

Novi Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 26, 2014
10:00 am

The Novi Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10:00 am on Monday, May 26th. It will start at Karim Boulevard, just west of Haggerty Road, and travel west along Ten Mile Road to the Novi Civic Center. You see floats, bands, military vehicles and more. This event is free to the community.

If you are a Veteran and would like to participate in the parade, you may pick up a registration form at the Novi Civic Center, Meadowbrook Activity Center, and the Novi Public Library, or you may register online at www.cityofnovi.org.

For additional information, please contact Sandy Fisher at the City of Novi Older Adult Social Services Coordinator at 248-347-0414

Summary

Novi, Michigan has an exciting Memorial Day weekend planned from the opportunity to meet the city’s officers to a benefit run and parade. All of us at the Jamey Kramer Group would like to thank the Veterans who have served our country. We would also like to extend our warmest wishes to you and your family for very relaxing Memorial Day weekend.

3 Secrets to Buying a Foreclosed Home

by The Jamey Kramer Group

3 Secrets to Buying a Foreclosed Home

While the foreclosure crisis is not what it was, there are still a lot of homes on the market that have been foreclosed. If you have the patience and know what to expect, you could get a good deal on a home by purchasing a foreclosed home. It may take extra work, but the rewards could be well worth all your effort.

Today, we are sharing with you 3 secrets to buying a foreclosed home. These secrets will cover tricks of the trade, who you will actually be purchasing the home from, and what to expect.

  1. There Are 3 Ways to Buy a Foreclosed Home

    The first thing to know about buying a foreclosed home is that the more you know the better. That is why our first secret isn’t a secret at all. Instead, it’s the 3 different ways you can buy a foreclosed home:

     
    • Pre-foreclosure Homes
      This is the stage in the foreclosure process where the current homeowner had the opportunity to bring the loan up to date. They have been sent a Notice of Default and are given about 3-6 months. To avoid having the foreclosure on their records, the home owner might try and sell their house.
    • At Auction
      If the homeowner is unable to bring their loan current, the lender may try and sell the home at auction. The trustee is usually the one at the auction to represent the lender and receive the cash for the winning bidder. The opening bids usually equal something like the balance of the outstanding loan + the accrued interest on the loan + the cost of the foreclosure process + the cost of the trustee.
    • Real Estate Owned Property
      If no one bids the amount of the opening bid, the trustee will purchase the home and it will become a Bank-Owned Property or a Real Estate Owned property. According to RealEstate.com, buying a foreclosed home in this stage is the safest way to purchase a foreclosed home.
  2. No Disclosures

    In a REO or Real Estate Owned property where the bank is the one who actually owns the home, it is unlikely that the bank will share with you any information about the property. That means no information on permits and no records.

    Here is where the extra work comes in and where doing the research comes in handy. Zillow recommends actually going to the city’s building department and checking the property’s permits and records.

    Quick Tip: Have your realtor check to see if the home has been sold in the last 5 years. If it has, it’s likely to have the previous disclosure information.
  3. Foreclosed Homes are “As Is”

    One man recently bought a foreclosed home and did not expect what happened. Not only did the previous homeowners take all the appliances, which you might expect, but they also took all the trim off the walls, the light fixtures, the cabinet handle and other odds and ends.

    When you purchase a foreclosed home, you are purchasing your home as is.

Summary

Buying a foreclosed home has advantages and disadvantages. With a lot of research, a good agent and some patience, you just might be able to get the deal you’ve been hoping for. If you have any questions, or if you are interested in purchasing a new house, please give our office a call.

248-348-7200

Memorial Day in Northville, Michigan and Other Weekend Events

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Memorial Day in Northville, Michigan and Other Weekend Events

Have you ever seen a vintage baseball game before?

Are you looking for something to do with the family this or next weekend?

Northville, Michigan is one of the cities where you find big city access while experiencing the charm of a small town. It is a family-friendly town filled with activities for the entire family to enjoy. The next two weekends are full of events that you won’t want to miss.

Whether you are looking for some Michigan grown products or for something to do with the kids, you can find something in Northville this weekend as well as the next.

Scan through the available events below to find out what weekend plans you would like to make.

Farmers’ Market - May 15, 2014

Northville Downs
8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Northville’s Farmers' Market is up and running. Today, from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm, come and see what Northville has to offer. There will be over 125 Michigan grown and Michigan made products.

Note: Every third Thursday of the month, local chefs take a walk through the markets and do a cooking demonstration. Come and enjoy this morning’s demonstration as well as free samples and recipes from 9:00 am – 10:00 am.

Maybury Farm Fest - May 17, 2014

50165 Eight Mile Rd.
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $3.00 per person, Children under 2, free

This Saturday, take the kids to Maybury Farm to for a fun-filled day of activities including:

  • Meet the new baby animals
  • The opening of the playground
  • Hayrides

With a fee of only $3 a person and children 2 and under free, you and your family can enjoy a fun day at the farm. For the full schedule of events, please see: Farm Fest.

Eclipse Base Ball Club Season Opener - May 18, 2014

Ford Field
Time: 2:00 pm

Northville’s very own vintage baseball team has their season opener this weekend. According to the Downtown Northville website, this version of the sport is “considered a true gentlemen’s game” and is played without sliding, spitting, gloves or swearing. This type of baseball is an honor to the sport.

The team is made up of a volunteer group of baseball history enthusiasts. They compete against other Midwest vintage teams. For eleven years now, the team has “paid homage to the original Northville Eclipse team that was formed in 1867.” Today’s Northville Eclipse is a member of the Vintage Base Ball Association, which “promotes a mission to preserve, perpetuate and promote the game in the highest standards of accuracy and authenticity.”

The game starts at 2:00 pm at Ford Field. For more about the Eclipse Base Ball team, please see their website at: Eclipse Base Ball Club of Northville.

Flower Sale - May 23 - May 24, 2014

Downtown Northville
Friday, May 23: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, May 24: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Come see the 26th Annual Flower sale next weekend, Memorial Day weekend. On Friday, you can enjoy browsing the flowers from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm and on Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Memorial Day Parade - May 26, 2014

Downtown Northville
10:00 am

Every year, thousands of people come to Northville, Michigan to honor our country’s fallen. The parade starts at 10:00 am and is sponsored by the VFW. For any questions call 248-348-1490.

Summary

Whether you are interested in visiting a Farmers’ Market, taking the children to a farm for the day, or experiencing how a base ball game was played right after the Civil War, Northville, Michigan has a variety of fun-filled events to go to over the next two weekends.

Are You Paying Too Much for Rent?

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Are You Paying Too Much for Rent?

Do you pay more than 30% of your medium income on rent?

Has your rent gone up in the past years?

Over the last several years, more and more Americans have turned to renting over home ownership. There are several reasons why this has happened, and there are a few ways to bring yourself out of renting and into home ownership.

The foreclosure crisis alone pushed homeowners out of their home and into rentals. In addition, there is another group who are renting as well, the soon-to-be homeowners.

Rising Rent and Unaffordable Rent

With the high demand of rental properties, many are now noticing their rent rising and in some areas rent has become unaffordable.

By unaffordable, we are talking about the traditional threshold set by RealtyTrac. Conventionally, 30% of your monthly income has been the threshold for affordability. Since the housing crisis, in many cities rent costs more than 30% of the average American’s income.

According to an article published by CNN Money written by Les Christie, “1 in 3 Americans are spending too much on rent”.

“Similar trends are occurring in other cities that are home to large pockets of low-income residents. Renters in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Baltimore and Miami are paying nearly 50% of their income toward rent, RealtyTrac reported.”

RealtyTrac found that the highest percentage of monthly income spent on rent was found in New York City’s borough of the Bronx according to the same CNN Money article. The typical household spends nearly 66% of their monthly income to rent a 3 bedroom house.

These high rent payments are causing those Americans to spend less on food, health care and savings.

There Is Hope

If you are suffering from high rent payments that are getting more and more draining, there is great news. Whether you are a first-time home buyer or you lost your home to a foreclosure or short sale, please read on.

First Time Home Buyers

The Federal Housing Administration has been helping families and first time buyers get into their homes since the 1930s. They provide a loan that is insured through the government. Due to the government insuring the loan, they have more availability then a traditional mortgage loan.

Two significant advantages to a FHA loan are that you only need 3.5% for a down payment and the loans are known for being easy to qualify for.

For more information on a FHA loan, please check out an article we published called, FHA Loans and Qualifications for First Time Home Buyers.

Hope After Losing Your Home to a Foreclosure or Short Sale

There is a new federal program that can help those who have had a financial hardship qualify for a new home loan. It’s called the Back to Work - Extenuating Circumstances.

Instead of waiting 3 or more years after your hardship, you now only need to wait 12 months. For more information on this loan visit our article, FHA Back to Work Programs Gives Hope to Families.

Don’t let your money and financial security be wasted on rent. If you have any additional questions, or if you are ready to start searching for a house, please call our office. We would be honored to help.

 248-348-7200

4 Things to Do In Novi, Michigan This Weekend

by The Jamey Kramer Group

4 Things to Do In Novi, Michigan This Weekend

Are you looking for somewhere to take your mother to celebrate Mother’s Day?

Would you like to help support the families of those who have been diagnosed with a brain tumor?

The work week is drawing to a close, and the weekend is right around the corner. It is starting to feel like spring is finally here, and it is time to get out and enjoy the weather.

Today, we are providing you with a list of 4 things to do in Novi, Michigan this weekend. We will even be including information on the perfect Mother’s Day tea party for daughters to take their moms to.

  1. Breakthrough For Brain Tumors - Novi 5k Run/Walk
    Providence Park Hospital
    Saturday, May 10, 2014
    Program starts: 8:30 am
    Run & Walk starts: 9:00 am


    On Saturday, May 10th at 8 am at Providence Park Hospital in Novi, join those who are helping to fund research on brain tumors. The hope is that by raising money and support, more and more breakthroughs will happen and more resources will go to families and patients with brain tumors.

    There are over 700,000 people that are living with a brain tumor right now. Every day another 500 people are diagnosed. The event starts at 7:30 am and the Run/Walk begins at 9 am. Find out more information about and learn how to register at American Brain Tumor Association Breakthrough for Brain Tumors.
     
  2. 2014 Household Hazardous Waste Event
    OCC Orchard Ridge Campus
    Saturday, May 10, 2014
    9:00 am – 12:00 pm


    Don’t forget this weekend that the city of Novi is participating in an event to get rid of household hazardous waste. Paper shredding will be available as well. Each house has a limited of 100 pounds or three boxes of waste. You can even bring your electronics that need discarding.

    The event is this Saturday, May 10th from 9 am - 2 pm at the OCC Orchard Ridge Campus (west side of campus), 27055 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills. For more information, please visit the City of Novi’s website.
     
  3. MLB® Pitch, Hit and Run™ Competition
    Ella Mae Power Park
    Saturday, May 10, 2014
    10 am – 12 pm


    Do you have a youngster looking to test their baseball or softball skills? This weekend, the grassroots program called Pitch, Hit & Run will give children the chance to compete for recognition in softball or baseball skills.

    Boys and girls will be divided into different groups by age. Those who advance through the four levels of competition will have the opportunity to go the team championships at major league ball parks and even the national finals at the 2014 MLB (tm) All-Star Game.

    There is no registration required. Simply bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate and registration/waiver form before the competition. The competition is being sponsored by the City of Novi Parks Recreation and Cultural Services Department and will be held at Ella Mae Power Park and it is a free event. The event is this Saturday, May 10th from 10 am – 12 pm.

    For more information, please visit the City of Novi’s website.
     
  4. Mother’s Day Tea
    Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel
    Saturday, May 10, 2014
    5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Treat your mom this Mother’s day to a Mother / Daughter Tea Party. For only $15.00 per person, you will get a light meal, free spa services all evening, door prizes, and 2 rooms full of items to shop for.

    The tea party will be held at the Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel on 21111 Haggerty Road, Novi, Michigan on May 10th from 5 pm - 9 pm.

    To purchase tickets, please call Tessi at (989) 213-8247.

Summary

Whether you are looking for something to do with your mother for Mother’s Day or to expose your little slugger’s talent on the baseball diamond, Novi Michigan has what you are looking for this weekend.

May Gardening Tips for Novi and Northville, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

May Gardening Tips for Novi and Northville, Michigan

Are you looking to add to your home’s curb appeal?

May is here and the weather is finally warming up. The snow is long gone and if you are like me, you are ready to get out into the garden.

Whether you would like to add to your home’s curb appeal or you just love gardening, today we will be providing you with the May gardening tips you need to know to help boost your home’s curb appeal.

May Gardening Tips to Boost Curb Appeal

  • A great way to incorporate a little color into your front yard is by adding pots full of colorful flowers and herbs. This way, when you move you can take them with you.
  • If you would like to use pot and containers for your front yard, Better Homes and Gardens recommends planting flowers like pansies, sweet alyssums and snapdragons. These flowers are known for doing well in the cool weather that Michigan sometimes experiences in May.
  • Reduce weeds and maintain moisture in your yard by adding mulch around your flower beds, shrubs, trees and vegetable garden.
  • When you add mulch near your trees, be careful not to spread the mulch up to the trunk of the tree.
  • Make sure to increase the amount of water you provide for your plants as the temperatures become warmer.
  • The Old Farmers’ Almanac recommends pinching back the growth of any newly planted perennial or annual. Doing this will help encourage even more flowers to grow.
  • Start planting flowers like cannas and dahlias that are warm season annuals and summer bulbs this month.

Why Curb Appeal Is So Important

Why should you plant new flower beds or do some spring cleaning to your old flower beds? Why spend time and money on the outside of your home?

Believe it or not, according to the 25th report by Remodeling Magazine, the four remodeling projects that you can do to your home to get the highest return on investment are to the outside of your home.

The four high value ROI remodeling projects are:

  • Entry Door Replacement
  • Fiber Cement Siding
  • Wood Deck Addition
  • Garage Door Replacement

This study reminds us of the importance of curb appeal and the first impression your home makes on a potential buyer. If you are looking to add value to your home, you don’t have to break the bank with a brand new kitchen.

For more on this study, please check out our article, Do Renovations Increase the Value of Your Home?

Summary

It may cost a little dirt under your finger nails, but working on your home’s curb appeal by cleaning up flower beds, adding flowers and mulch will be well worth the investment of time and money. If you have any questions about improving the curb appeal of your home, or if you are interested in putting your home on the market, please given our office a call.

 248-348-7200

Northville, Michigan Weekend Events

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Northville, Michigan Weekend Events

Do you love shopping at farmers’ markets?

Are you looking to do something special this weekend?

With its small town charm and big city access, Northville, Michigan has a lot to offer. Today and throughout the weekend, Northville has a number of different events for its residents and anyone who would like to join in the fun. From a farmers’ market to a zombie fun run, Northville is kicking off the month of May with a bang.

Northville’s Farmers’ Market

Today is the first day this year that you can enjoy the Northville Farmers’ Market. Every Thursday from now until October, come down to the corner of 7 Mile and Sheldon Road for Northville’s Farmers’ Market to shop for food as well as handcrafted items. The market is open between 8 am and 3 pm.

With over 125 Michigan grown and Michigan made products, you really can’t go wrong. According to Northville’s Chamber of Commerce website, below are some of the products that will be for sale:

  • herbs
  • vegetable plants
  • seasonal produce
  • berries
  • organic produce
  • roses
  • local honey
  • bread & bakery items
  • homemade pasta
  • jams & jellies
  • jewelry
  • juried artisans and crafters, furniture and more

If you are looking to make a day of it, the Northville Farmers’ Market also provides a casual lunch service.

First Friday Experience

If you are looking for something fun to do this Friday night, Downtown Northville is the place to be whether you are going out on a date or out with some friends.

The First Friday Experienc allows you to browse all the vendors of Downtown Northville. What makes this evening of shopping special is the featured artists, the trunk shows, the demonstrations, and the complimentary hors d’oeuvre and glass of wine.

Enjoy this experience on the First Friday of every month from 6 pm to 9 pm. Come see what the shopping in Northville is like.

Zombie 5K Fun Run

“Do you think you have what it takes to survive the zombie apocalypse? Come find out and experience a Day of the LIVING Dead!”

 ~Northville Parks and Rec

This Sunday at the Maybury State Park, you will see something out of the ordinary. You will find an obstacle course set up with zombies in it and people racing through at the Zombie 5K Fun Run.

If you have always wanted to be chased by zombies, the registration is still open and will remain open until May 2nd at 4:30 pm. The fun run begins at 6:30 pm and won’t close until 8:30 pm.

When heading into Maybury State Park, make sure to come in the Eight Mile Road entrance. The cost of the run is $25.

Summary

Whether you would like to visit a farmers’ market, head out for a girls’ night out on the town, or participate in a fun 5K run, Northville, Michigan is the place to be this weekend.

How to Avoid New Homeowners Buyer’s Remorse

by The Jamey Kramer Group

How to Avoid New Homeowners Buyer’s Remorse

How many Americans have buyer’s remorse after purchasing a home?

If you had to purchase your home all over again, would you?

Buying a home is one of the most significant decisions we make in our lifetime. Anyone who has ever bought a home can tell you about the stress, pressure and frustration that can come with purchasing a home. They will also tell you about the excitement and joy they felt when the found the perfect home.

Recently, however, MSN Real Estate published an article highlighting a survey which showed that 25% of homebuyers have buyer’s remorse. In some areas of the country it was even higher than 25%.

What do we mean by “buyer’s remorse”? It means that these buyers would not purchase their house again if they had the choice to do it over again.

That is a shocking statement since our homes are the biggest financial purchase many of us may make.

The good news is that there are ways for home owners to avoid buyer’s remorse. Whether you are a first time home buyer or you know the sting of buyer’s remorse and never want to feel it again, today we are going to be sharing with you tips on how to do just that.

Tips on How to Avoid Buyer’s Remorse

  1. Anticipating the Cost of Owning a Home
    Purchasing a home will likely be the biggest purchase of your life. However, that won’t be the only money you put into your home. Owning a home includes ongoing expenses, like utility bills, upkeep, landscaping, finishing the basement, etc. Having realistic expectations about the costs of owning a home will reduce the chances of experiencing buyer’s remorse.
  2. Before You Close, Make Sure You Know What You’re Getting
    Walking through the home during an open house is a great way to get an introduction of the home. One great way to avoid buyer’s remorse is by seeing the home more than once, walking through every room, and even having a private showing.
  3. Before Making an Offer, Read the Seller’s Disclosures
    Seller’s disclosures are normally available in many markets prior to making an offer. Another great way to avoid buyer’s remorse is by carefully reading through the entire disclosure.

    Zillow, the popular home and real estate market place, goes so far to say that if you don’t have time to read the seller’s disclosure then you shouldn’t make the offer.
  4. Check Out the Neighborhood
    Our last tip on avoiding buyer’s remorse is making sure that you have checked the neighborhood out thoroughly. Does the neighborhood have all the amenities that you want? If you are planning on having kids, how are the schools?

    For more tips on finding a great neighborhood check out the recent article we published called How to Find Your Dream Neighborhood.

Summary

One of the best ways to steer clear of buyer’s remorse is to have the knowledge available and accessible to you. It is impossible to be an expert in every single area. That is why having a real estate agent that is working for you and your best interests is the first place to start. Please call our office today at:

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