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Summer Reading Program and More Free Events in Novi, Mi

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Did you know that the Novi Public Library has kicked off their summer reading program?

Have you heard of the Great American Backyard Campout?

Summer is officially here and this summer is full of family-friendly fun and free events in Novi, Michigan. From signing up for a summer reading club at the library and participating in free events at Fuerst Park, to a great American campout happening this weekend and a visit to the Farmers’ Market, your summer days will be packed with fun.

In Novi, the best doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Here is a list of cost effective events to make plans for now to enjoy this summer.

Novi Public Library’s Summer Reading Program

Novi Public Library
45255 W. 10 Mile Road
June 16, 2014 - August 2, 2014
248-349-0720

Summer reading programs are always a great activity to sign the kids up for. From now until August 2nd, your child can be part of the Summer Reading Program. You can sign up at the library or online.

For every 2 hours your child reads, he or she will earn a prize and be entered into a drawing for a grand prize. If your child reads for 10 hours, they will be invited to a finale party.

To register online, please see: Novi Public Library Summer Reading Program

Sizzling Summer Tremendous Tuesdays

Fuerst Park / Library in Inclement Weather
45285 W. Ten Mile Road, just west of Novi Public Library
Tuesdays at 10:30 am
Program runs from June 17 - August 12
No registration required.

If you are looking for something fun and exciting to do with the kids this summer, the Novi Library and the Novi Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services have you covered.

The morning will start with a magic, puppet and juggling performance at the Fuerst Park - weather permitting. Then everyone will head to the library to pick some of their favorite books to read. For more information, please see: Sizzling Summer Tremendous Tuesdays.

Great American Backyard Campout

Saturday, June 28
Backyard, Campgrounds

This is the 10th Great American Backyard Campout brought to you by the National Wildlife Federation. The goal is to get kids all across the nation to unplug and connect with nature.

Whether you are camping in your tent in your own backyard or you and the family head to a campground, you will be all set to participate in this year’s Great American Campout.

For information on activities, nature games and more, please check out www.backyardcampout.org.

Novi Farmers’ Market

Novi Civic Center Campus
45175 Ten Mile Road
Saturdays 9 am - 2 pm

This Saturday, June 28th kicks off the first of many Novi Farmers’ Markets. Every Saturday through September 2 from 9 am until 2 pm, plan to come down and enjoy all the local, fresh and organic produce.

Detroit Eastern Market Farm Stand will also be making an appearance at the Novi Farmers’ Market. For the official flyer, please see: Novi Farmers’ Market.

Summary

Novi really does have a number of cost effective family friendly things to do this summer. Have a wonderful weekend camping out and eating fresh food from the Farmers’ Market. Don’t forget to head over to Fuerst Park on Tuesday and to sign up your children for the Novi Public Library’s Summer Reading Program.

5 Steps to Take Before Buying a Home

by The Jamey Kramer Group

5 Steps to Take Before Buying a Home

Do you feel like owning a home is an unrealistic dream?

Many young Americans feel that homeownership is not a realistic option these days. They have stepped out into the workforce only to struggle to find a job and to have student debt hanging over their heads.  

The federal government has issued new mortgage rules that can make first time homeownership feel far off. The good news is that these young Americans don’t have to feel discouraged.

Even if you are not ready to purchase a home today, it doesn’t mean that you are stuck. There are steps to take to prepare yourself for homeownership and today, we are sharing those steps with you.

Here are 5 steps to help prepare you for homeownership.

  1. Be Employed for At Least 2 Years
    This has to be our first step to prepare for homeownership. The federal government wants you to be employed for at least 2 years before they will insure your mortgage. That is 2 years of steady income. In the next steps, we will share about what to do in those 2 years.
  2. Create a Budget
    Creating a budget is an essential step to homeownership. Being able to be on top of your money is one of the best things you can do for yourself. As author and speaker, John Maxwell said, “A budget is telling your money where to go instead wondering where it went.”
  3. Pay Off Debt
    Your total monthly debt cannot exceed 43% of your total monthly income. Debt includes student loan payments, car loans, and credit card payments. The next step is to pay these debts down or pay them off. By doing this, you are setting yourself up to purchase a bigger and better home.
  4. Establish an Emergency Fund
    MSN Real Estate recommends this step as well. Having a 3-6 month living expense emergency fund can reduce an extraordinary amount stress when you move into your first home.

    The emergency savings is different from your 20% down payment and is meant for emergencies like the hot water heater breaking or other unexpected expenses that come with owning a home. 
  5. Save For Your Down Payment
    When you have paid off your student loans and have 3-6 months worth of living expenses in the bank, now it is time to save for your down payment.

    When it is time to purchase your home, having a down payment of 20% is going to make getting approved for a mortgage much easier.

Summary

Before you know it, the 2 years of steady income and following these steps will be over. Purchasing your first home is an exciting life event and is not that far off.  You will have the keys to your new home in no time. When you are ready, we at the Jamey Kramer Group would be honored to help you find the home of your dreams.

Weekend Events in Northville, Mi

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Do you have memories of summer carnivals?

If you are looking for something to do this weekend in Northville, Michigan, you will not be disappointed. From a summer carnival to garden walks and even a chalk festival, this weekend has something for all ages.

Below is a list of the upcoming events to plan the perfect weekend for you and your family.

Northville Summer Carnival

  • Northville Downs
  • Located at the corner of 7 Mile and Sheldon
  • Thursday, June 19 from 4 pm to 10 pm
  • Friday, June 20 from 4 pm to 10 pm
  • Saturday, June 21 from 11 am-10 pm
  • Sunday, June 22 from 12 pm-7 pm
  • For tickets and more information, please visit Elliott's Amusements.

This weekend is the Northville Summer Carnival sponsored by the Northville Chamber of Commerce. There will be plenty of rides and games for the entire family to enjoy. Come out and make some memories at this year’s Summer Carnival.

Arts and Acts Festival

  • Main and Center Streets downtown Northville, Michigan
  • Friday, June 20 from 12 pm – 8 pm
  • Saturday, June 21 from 10 am – 8 pm
  • Sunday, June 22 from 10 am – 5 pm
  • For more information, please visit Arts & Acts 2014.

This weekend, The Northville Art House will be presenting some great talent in their annual Arts and Acts Festival. The festival will include over 60 artists including:

  • “Reel Michigan Film Festival” at Northville’s Marquis Theatre
  • “Sandbox Play Festival” produced by Tipping Point Theatre
  • “Short on Words” Literary Contest

From art to film, music, literature and even theatre, this event has it all.

Go ahead and bring the kids because Art in the Sun will include a children’s art area with some musical entertainment.

Mad Hatters’ Tea Party Garden Walk

  • Northville Art House - Behind the Post Office
  • 215 W Cady Northville Mi 48167
  • Saturday, June 21 from 10 am – 4 pm
  • For more information, please visit Mad Hatter's Tea Party Garden Walk.

Whether it is raining out or the sun is shining this Saturday, plan to come and enjoy 7 amazing gardens presented by the Gardeners of Northville-Novi, aka the No-No’s.  There will be refreshments, 50/50 raffles, public restrooms and vendors. The cost to join is $10 per ticket.

The Northville Art House Chalk Festival

  • Northville Square on Main Street
  • The sidewalk of Wing and Cady Streets
  • Saturday, June 21 form 10 am-5 pm
  • For more information, please visit Northville Art House.

This Saturday, Northville will be hosting its first chalk festival complete with a judging and awards. You can join the fun or come and see the talent that Northville has to offer. The prizes include:

  • Group First Prize: $100.
  • Adult First Prize: $100.
  • Youth First Prize: $50.
  • Children First Prize: $25.

Registration is only $10 and The Northville Art House will provide each artist/group with a box of artist’s chalk.

Summary

This is a great weekend to be in Northville, Michigan. There are a number of exciting things to do from the Northville Carnival and the Mad Hatters’ Tea Party Garden Walk to the Northville Art House Chalk Festival and the annual Arts and Acts Festival. What is on the top of your list of things to do this weekend?

Gardening Tips for June in Northville and Novi, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

3 Secrets to Achieving the Perfect Lawn

What vegetables can I plant this month?

How often and how much should I water my vegetable garden?

June is a great time of the year to get out and into your garden in Northville and Novi, Michigan. The weather is getting warmer and this week, we have even hit temperatures in the 80s. Michiganganders wait all winter for this type of weather and the last thing we want to do is spend it inside.

With that thought in mind, we wanted to share with you some gardening tips and tricks for the month on June. Scan through the list below to help decide what will be on your garden to-do list.

Gardening Tips and Tricks for June

  • The best way to know that it is time to stop cutting asparagus is by examining the spears. If they appear too thin, similar to the size of a pencil, stop cutting.  
  • You can plant all vegetables crops this month. It is the last time to plant cool-season crops and the first time to plant warm-season crops.
  • According to Bonnie Plants, the following is a list of warm-season vegetables that you may like to include in your garden:
    • Beans
    • Cucumber
    • Eggplants
    • Okra
    • Peppers
    • Tomatoes
    • Sweet potatoes
  • If you looking to continue planting cool-seasons vegetables like lettuce and spinach this month, Better Homes and Gardens recommends to plant them in the shade to help stay cooler.
  • When watering, it is always best to water deeply and less frequently. That way the water will soak deep into the root zone, keeping your plants, grass and trees healthy.
  • The Old Farmers’ Almanac recommends watering your plants deeply, meaning 5-6 inches deep and letting the soil dry in between watering.
  • Add mulch to help your plants retain the moisture they need to thrive.
  • The best time of day to water your grass is either at dawn or dusk.
  • Remember, the best way to stop weeds from taking over your garden is to pull them while they are small.
  • Let your lawn grow about 2 and one-half inches tall. When you mow, only take off a third of the entire growth. Longer grass will help to shade itself and be protected from the hot summer sun. Not only that, but it will also help to subdue the weeds in your lawn.

Summary

With these gardening tips, we can spend these gorgeous days creating a beautiful garden and lawn. Then, we can sit back and enjoy all the hard work and spectacular skies in Northville and Novi, Michigan. What do you have planned on your gardening “to do” list this week?

8 Things to Do This Summer Around Novi, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

3 Secrets to Achieving the Perfect Lawn

Are you looking to keep the kids busy this summer?

Schools are letting out for the summer and for many families, the end of school brings on excitement. Novi, Michigan is a great place to be in the summer as it is centrally located for many great activities in the area. There are so many things to do and see that will not only help keep kids busy, but will help to create great family memories as well.

8 Must Do Things This Summer

  1. Detroit Zoo
    8450 W 10 Mile Road
    Royal Oak Mi 48215
    Hours: 9 am – 5 pm, Wednesday’s Open until 8 pm

    Whether you are looking to feed some giraffes or enjoy a day looking at all the amazing animals, the Detroit Zoo is a perfect summer get-a- way.

    Quick Tip: If you and your family really enjoy the zoo, you can purchase a membership and receive extra benefits.

     
  2. Greenfield Village
    20900 Oakwood Blvd Dearborn MI 48124
    Hours: Monday - Friday 9:30 am – 5 pm

    Watch history come alive by visiting Greenfield Village. Upcoming events include:
    • Motor Muster
    • Summer Discovery Camps
    • Ragtime Street Fair
    • Historical Base Ball Games
  3. Henry Ford Museum
    20900 Oakwood Blvd
    Dearborn MI 48124
    Hours: Monday - Friday 9:30 am – 5 pm

    Take a trip back in time and visit the Henry Ford Museum. From antique automobiles and machinery to aircraft, locomotives and more, you will be fascinated by the vast historical display. This is an experience every Michigan child will enjoy.

     
  4. Cranbrook House and Garden Auxiliary
    380 Lone Pine Road
    Bloomfield Hills, Mi 48303
    Hours: Plan a Visit

    This beautiful home is southeastern Michigan’s oldest English manor home. You will be transported back in time to 1908 when it was completed. It is beautifully furnished with tapestries and paintings by world famous artists. You will also be able to enjoy the 40 acres of magnificent gardens or an afternoon tea.  
  5. Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
    220 E. Ann St.
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104
    Hours:
    • Monday: 10 am – 5 pm
    • Tuesday: 9 am – 5 pm
    • Wednesday: 10 am – 5 pm
    • Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
    • Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
    • Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
    • Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm
    This is a perfect place to take the kids when it is raining. You and your children will be entertained by being able to explore 250 hands-on exhibits.
  6. Detroit Tigers Baseball Game
    2100 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48201-3470
    Detroit Tigers’ fans are some of the best in the country. Come and watch the Tigers make history while enjoying the smells and tastes of a ballgame in the magnificent Comerica Park.
  7. Maybury Farm
    50165 Eight Mile
    Northville Township, MI 48167
    Tuesday-Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm

    From story time to a petting zoo, Maybury Farm has a great day out for your family.
  8. Kensington Metropark
    2240 W. Buno Road
    Milford MI 48380
    Hours: 6 am – 10 pm

    Whether you are looking to enjoy a petting zoo, a lake, a splash park, a bike ride or a nature walk, Kensington Metropark has it all for you.

Summary

One of the best parts of living in a city like Novi, Michigan is that you can easily access some of the best that southeastern Michigan has to offer. What will your family do this weekend?

Curb Appeal 101: How to Make Your Home Stand Out

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Would you like to have the perfect lawn?

How would you like some quick and easy tips on getting your yard open house ready?

The importance of curb appeal can never be stressed enough to capture potential buyers’ attention. Your home’s curb appeal is the first impression that everyone sees when they first view your house – including potential homeowners. Whether you want the best looking home on the block or you are getting ready to sell your home, improving your home’s curb appeal is where you should start.

To help with this, we are providing a Curb Appeal 101 with all you need to know to make your home stand out. Below you will find articles about curb appeal with everything you need to know from lawn care to why curb appeal even matters.

How to Maximize Your Home’s Curb Appeal Articles

  • 3 Secrets to Achieving that Perfect Lawn
    From letting your grass grow a little longer and tips on how and when to water to how to defeat weeds, this article has all you need to know to achieve the lawn of your dreams.
  • 6 Easy Ways to Make Your Yard Sparkle and Open House Ready
    If you are in a rush and want an open house ready yard, this article has 6 great ways to do just that. Sometimes getting open house ready is as simple as painting your front door or doing a quick backyard clean up.
  • Help With Remodeling and Renovating Your Home
    Where will you get the most bang for your buck when remodeling or renovating? The answer is outside your home. This article provides the top four areas of your home that will give you the most for your money.
  • How to Achieve That Perfect Curb Appeal Without Breaking the Bank
    Investing into mulch, planting drought-tolerant plants and starting with a plan are only some of the tips offered in this article. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to achieve that amazing curb appeal you are after. Following these tips will help keep your money in your wallet and make your home stand out.
  • How to Amp Up Your Home’s Curb Appeal For Less
    This article features more tips on how to get that standout home without spending too much money. It includes tips from cleaning up the yard to what type of flowers to plant.

Summary

Whether you are looking where to invest your money or you would like to create stand out curb appeal for less, you will find what you are looking for in these articles.

If you are interested in selling your home, please call our office. We would be honored to help you sell your home and answer any questions that you may have about maximizing your home’s curb appeal.

248-348-7200

Summer Camps in Novi, Michigan You Won't Want to Miss

by The Jamey Kramer Group

3 Secrets to Achieving the Perfect Lawn

Would you like to keep your kids active this summer?

Have you thought about sending your kids to summer camps?

It’s that time of year again...summer. The days are getting longer, the temperatures are getting hotter and school is almost out. When it comes to summer camps, Novi, Michigan is the place to be.

From lacrosse to LEGO® camps, you and your children have a number of exciting camps to choose from in Novi, Michigan. Today, we will be providing a sample list of the different kinds of camps available in Novi.

Sports Camps

Lacrosse Camps

  • Price: Res. $100 / Non-Res. $120
  • Location: Novi Community Sports Park

Whether you are looking for something on weeknights or on weekends, there is a camp for you.

The evening camps are offered between from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm and are structured to improve and increase your child’s development, skill and knowledge. These camps are offered to 3rd-12th graders on June 16-19 and August 11-14.

The weekend camps are structured to refine and improve your child’s skill set. Each weekend focuses on a different grade set. June 21-22 is for 3rd-12th graders. June 28-29 is for 3rd-5th graders.  For 6th-8th graders camp is on July 12th-13th and for 9th-12th grades camp is on August 2nd and 3rd.

Lacrosse isn’t the only sports camp offered this summer in Novi. There are soccer camps, baseball camps, basketball camps, golf camps, martial arts camps, and samurai camps. For registration deadlines and more details about the camps, please visit: Novi's Summer Sport Camps.

Creative Arts Camps

From drawing to acting, there is a camp that is sure to be of interest to children of all ages.

Drawing and Printmaking Camp

  • June 23-27
  • 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Ages 6-15
  • Price: Res. $200 / Non-Res. $230
  • Location: Township Hall at Fuerst Park

This camp helps to teach your child basic drawing skills, exposes them to a variety of materials, and encourages them to create beautiful works of art. This camp is offered June 23rd-27th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm for ages 6-15.

Summer Theatre Camp: Project Broadway

  • July 14-25 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm
  • Ages 9-15
  • Price: Res. $425 / Non-Res. $467
  • Location: Novi Civic Theatre

Is your child interested in the theatre? Here is the chance for him or her to learn about topics from auditioning to choreography—from set design to props. The camp is designed for those between the ages of 9 and 15 that want to learn about producing a musical. Dates for the camp are from July 14-25 from 9:00 am–3:00 pm.

For more theater camps from the Little Starts Theatre Camp to the Acting Intensive Workshop, please visit Novi’s Creative Arts Camps.

Constructive Zone Camps - LEGO®

Does your child like to build things out of LEGO® kits? There are four LEGO® camps to choose from:

Collision Cars LEGO® Camps

  • July 14-18
  • Ages: 4-8 grades
  • Price: Resident $154 / Non-Resident $184
  • Location: Novi Civic Center

Fun-gineering LEGO® Camp

  • June 23–27 and August 25–29 from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
  • Ages: 4-8 grades
  • Price: Resident $142 / Non-Resident $170
  • Location: Novi Civic Center

Gears and Gadgets LEGO® Camp

  • June 23–27 and August 25–29 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Ages: 1–3 grades
  • Price: Resident $142 / Non-Resident $170
  • Location: Novi Civic Center

Wacky Wheels LEGO® Camp

  • July 14-18 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Ages: 1–3 grades
  • Price: Res. $154 / Non-Res. $184
  • Location: Novi Civic Center

For more information and registration deadlines, please visit Novi's Construction Zone Camps.

For a complete list of all of the fun-filled summer camps offered in Novi, Michigan this summer and the registration deadlines, please visit Novi, Michigan Summer Camps.

Summary

From sports camps and creative arts camps to a summer theatre camp and LEGO® camps, Novi, Michigan has a fantastic “camp menu” to choose from.

3 Secrets to Achieving the Perfect Lawn

by The Jamey Kramer Group

3 Secrets to Achieving the Perfect Lawn

Would you like to have the greenest lawn on your street?

Whether you are preparing to put your house up for sale or simply want the best looking lawn in the neighborhood, this article is for you. Today, we are sharing some amazing tips that you may not be aware of that will help you achieve that perfect lawn.

The Importance of Curb Appeal

Curb appeal has never been more important especially when selling a home. It is your home’s first impression to potential buyers. It is one of the first things a potential buyer sees.

Your home’s lawn will contribute or take away from that curb appeal. With the tips below, we will show you how to add to the curb appeal and woo potential buyers.

  1. Let it Grow

    Believe it or not, but short grass is not the way to achieve that green lush lawn. According to HGTV, there are three big benefits to letting your grass grow a little longer that include:

    • Longer grass promotes deeper root growth.
    • Longer grass shades the ground so it doesn’t dry out.
    • Longer grass blocks the sun from weed seeds and prevents germination.
    To do this all you have to do is bring your blade on your lawn mower to the highest level so that you are only taking about 1/3 off the top. This might require you to mow more often, but the results will be well worth it.
     
  2. Watering

    The second tip to a beautiful lawn is that you don’t need to water every day. The best way to water your lawn is by saturating it and soaking it deeply. Watering deeply like this helps prevent bugs and keeps you lawn looking lush.

    Watering in the morning is the best time of day and we are talking the pre-dawn kind of early. This allows your grass to drink up the water before the sun gets too hot. When watering during the midday, sun can reflect off the water and actually cause your lawn to dry out. If you water your lawn at night, MSN Real Estate reports that this may cause disease.

    • Quick Tip: Never mow your lawn when it’s wet because you will frustrate the roots leaving them no air to breath. This will cause your law to dry out.
    • Quick Tip: Leave your clippings on your lawn after mowing as they act as a kind of fertilizer. In addition, this saves you time in bagging them up.
  3. Defeating Weeds

    The best thing you can do to prevent weeds is to keep a healthy lawn by following tips 1 and 2.

    Another tip to preventing and defeating weeds is to mow frequently. This will cut the heads off dandelions and crabgrass before they can scatter their seeds.

    If you find yourself still struggling with weeds, Lowe’s recommends using a pre-emergent herbicide in the spring before they sprout up. If they have already sprouted, they recommend applying a granular weed control.

Summary

Following these 3 tips will help you achieve a beautiful lawn and maintain the curb appeal of your house. From not cutting your lawn too short, to watering it at optimal times and defeating weeds, you will be well on your way to reaching your goal of that perfect lawn.

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