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Novi and Northville, Michigan Summer Events in July 2017

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Novi and Northville Summer Events - July 2017

Summer presents us all with plenty of things to do. In all of your big vacation plans and beach trips, don’t forget about the fun local events near you. The cities of Novi and Northville each have a series of events in July that are not to be missed.

Many of these events are free as well. What a great way to get the kids out of the house, spend some time together as a family, and experience the beauty and culture of your hometown. Come, relax, spread a blanket, and enjoy.

Novi Events in July 2017

Sizzling Summer Kids Wonderful Wednesdays Concert Series

  • Wednesdays
  • 10:30 a.m.
  • Location: Lakeshore Park, 601 South Lake Drive, Novi, MI
  • Cost: Free

The Sizzling Summer Kids Wonderful Wednesdays’ concert series has three delightful acts scheduled in July. They are sure to entertain your kids of all ages. The concerts will be held at Lakeshore Park. In case of inclement weather, activities will be held at the Novi Public Library. July performances include:

  • July 12 – Drummunity is a musical activity for all, led by Lori Fithian. Kids will learn and participate together in a drum chorus plus much more!
  • July 19 – Kids will be wowed and amazed by Magician Tom Plunkard
  • July 26 – Musician Joe Reilly has a talent for capturing the imagination of children

Sizzling Summer Nights in Fuerst Park

  • Friday, July 14
  • Pre-movie fun: 7:00 pm
  • Movie: 7:30 pm
  • Location: Fuerst Park, 45325 W 10 Mile Rd, Novi, MI
  • Cost: Free

This is the second of a once-a-month installment of family fun at the Sizzling Summer Nights in Fuerst Park on Friday night, July 14! If you like warm summer nights and free family fun look no further. Come early to play games, eat fun food, and stay for a cozy outdoor movie event on the big screen starting at dusk.

This month the theme is “Get Your Play On.” There will be all kinds of family-friendly fun to celebrate Parks and Recreation Month, including bounce houses, yard games, and family kickball. The pre-movie entertainment starts at 7:00 pm. Be sure to bring socks! In case of inclement weather, this event will be held at the Novi Civic Center.

This month’s movie is Disney’s Moana.

Festival Of Chariots

  • Sunday, July 23
  • Parade: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Festival: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Location: Novi City Civic Center, 45175 W 10 Mile Rd, Novi, MI 
  • Admission: Free

Have you ever been very interested in yoga, or Hindu religion? Have you ever been curious about minority cultures in the USA or just wanted a multi-cultural experience?

Come to the Festival of Chariots – the Golden Jubilee Anniversary of Rath Yatra in the USA. Admission and parking are free. There will also be free food provided by Govinda’s Catering until 3:00 pm. A parade will start of the festivities at 11:00 am. The festival starts at 1:00 pm with live music and dance, kids’ activities, mantra meditation, cooking demonstrations, ethnic shopping, and a Kirtan Yoga Fest from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Northville Events in July 2017

The City of Northville continues its weekly offerings through the month of July. Be sure to come to at least one of the fine concerts or Farmers Markets this month. Remember, master gardeners will be on hand every Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm to answer all of your gardening questions.

Farmers Markets

  • Thursdays
  • 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Corner of 7 Mile Rd. and Sheldon, across from Northville Downs

Tunes on Tuesday Children’s Concert Series

  • Tuesdays
  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Novi Town Square, across from Great Harvest
  • Rain location is at Genitti’s Little Theatre
  • Cost: Free

Friday Night Concert Series

  • Fridays
  • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Novi Town Square, across from Great Harvest
  • Cost: Free

Takeaway

From concerts and a movie to a festival and a weekly farmers market, Novi and Northville, Michigan have a number of free family-friendly events to enjoy in July. Be sure to get your calendar out so you don’t miss a thing.

New Building Forecast for 2017 - Novi and Lyon Township in Top Ten

by The Jamey Kramer Group

New construction

The real estate market has hit 10-year highs in Southeast Michigan. This is news to celebrate for anyone buying or selling a home in the area. One of the main problems we see everywhere is the lack of enough inventory for more home buyers. If you are one of those buyers, have faith!

Here are some stats published by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) on new home permits.

Last year, 9,925 new residential buildings were authorized last year, including single-family homes, condos, and apartments in the 9 counties surrounding Detroit. In addition, new construction is up 11 percent so far in 2017. This time last year, the increase was only 7 percent.

We had a healthy economy in 2016, with only a 5.2% average unemployment rate and a 2% growth rate in jobs overall in Michigan.

Low Inventory of Homes

The four county areas - Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, and Livingston - have had the lowest inventory of homes and been most active in the SEMCOG data. Meaning, more people are looking to buy and sell homes in these areas. Houses in many communities are spending an average of 35 or fewer days on the market.

Novi had 232 new single-family homes built there last year. One of the builders doing work in Novi is Toll Brothers, building in four different communities around the city.

Lyon Township had 312 new residential units in 2016 and more development is in the works. One project at Erwin’s Orchard may be starting up this year.

Other counties on the top 10 list for new construction according to SEMCOG:

  • Commerce Township - 266
  • Brownstown Township - 266
  • Shelby Township - 282
  • Rochester Hills - 372
  • Canton Township - 505
  • Macomb Township - 516
  • Ann Arbor - 545
  • Detroit - 1,098

According to the Home Builders Association of Michigan, 2017 is looking like the best year since 2006 if it continues the way it has. While this does not return us to pre-recession highs, it is a steady upward trend. The forecast is good through the fall, which means if you’re looking right now and haven’t found something, you should keep looking. There may be more housing available as the summer progresses.

The other thing to keep in mind is that, while there are more single family homes being built, the net gain of new condos being built is 44%. Condo living is actually very attractive for many buyers - with single floors and wide doorways and many amenities the single-family detached home doesn’t have.

Take Away

The new home forecast is looking great for 2017 as job market conditions continue to improve. New home construction looks like it will continue through the summer and fall in some of most sought-after areas in Metro Detroit.

If you are looking for a new house in Northville, Novi or the South Lyon areas, please give us a call. We would be honored to help.

248-348-7200

 

 

Northville, Michigan Independence Day Parade 2017

by The Jamey Kramer Group

4th of July Parade in Northville, MI

The Fourth of July parade has always been a highlight of American celebrations on the anniversary of our Independence Day. Every year, kids, young and old, gather to show civic pride and join in the general festivities of the day and the summer season.

Summer always seems like it has fully arrived when you hear those jets fly overhead or the police sirens coming down the street. The main street of your hometown feels like a new place when you see so many neighbors and friends out altogether.

There’s something magical about the anticipation of the day kicking off with this one event. Whatever is in store for the rest of the day: picnic, beach time, parties, fireworks, campfires... you know it’s all going to be good.

Homemade floats, high school marching bands, color guard, dance teams, sports teams throwing candy or spraying the crowd with water guns, all of the town’s finest policemen and firemen - these are just a few of the highlights awaiting you at Northville’s Independence Day parade.

Northville Independence Day Parade

  • Monday, July 4th
  • Downtown Northville
  • 10:00 am

You can be involved too! Here are a few ways to join in:

March in the Parade

You can enter a float, dancing group, band, character or anything else you can think of that’s fun for all ages. Be creative!

This can be a great way to spread the word about a new business, band or dance group you’ve started. You have a captive audience and everyone’s in a festive mood. Who knows? You might get your big break at the Independence Day Parade.

To register, visit the Northville Community Foundation’s website and download the registration form.

The Northville parade, unfortunately, is not allowed to directly or indirectly sponsor any persons running for political office, because of its non-profit status. In addition, you are not allowed to pass out t-shirts, stickers, flyers or anything like that. However, if you currently hold a public office, you are highly encouraged to participate in the parade!

Children’s Bike Parade

The Northville Meijer is also sponsoring the Children’s Bike Parade. There is no need to register ahead of time. Simply come to the Northwest parking lot at 7 Mile and Sheldon (Center St.) at 9:15 a.m. with your decorated bike and join in! There are two $50 Meijer gift cards as prizes for the best-decorated boy’s bike and best-decorated girl’s bike.

Pet Parade

All pets are welcome! There is no need to pre-register to join in the pet parade. Get a parking pass at Meadowbrook or Breckenridge Veterinary to participate. The pet parade is sponsored by Meadowbrook & Breckenridge Veterinary and the USA Hockey Arena.

Volunteer

You can volunteer to be on the Parade Committee or help on the day of the parade by calling 248-372-0200, emailing ncfassistant@gmail.com or signing up at the Northville Community Foundation’s volunteer application. This is a great way to get involved with community planning and events and looks great on any application.

Donate

You can become a parade donor by donating online or writing a check with “Parade” in the memo line and mailing it to the NCF office (195 S. Main St, Northville, MI 48167). For $50, your family name will be put on the Parade Supporters banner which will be featured in the parade. If you love Independence Day celebrations and you love your city, this is a great cause to give your money to.

Take Away

Whether you plan to be in the parade or watch it with your friends and loved ones from the sidelines, the Northville, Michigan Independence Day Parade is not to be missed.

How to Know If You Have an Exceptional Buyer’s Agent

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Buyers agent

Buying a home is stressful. The prospect of moving is stressful - even when it’s exciting most of the time. Relocating from one state to another is super stressful. It always means a change and even when you’re making a change for the better, new homes and neighborhoods bring new challenges. The buying experience can bring new challenges even for families who have moved more than once.

You know what’s really stressful? It is a buyer’s agent who isn’t motivated. You may have experienced this if you’ve had an agent who showed up to open doors and write the offer, but that was about it. Maybe you didn’t know your agent could do more than that. An exceptional agent will take the stress out of finding a house and will make you feel like you have an ally in your move.  

It’s all up to the agent, of course. Some real estate schools will stress to buyer’s agents that they minimize their legal risks by being less involved. Some of them take that advice too much to heart and won’t even give much-needed advice.

Gone are the days when buyer’s agents were the information wardens on the real estate market. Technologies used with online sites like Trulia and Zillow have done away with that. Now most buyers have access to a lot more information about the homes on the market. It may leave you questioning whether you should employ a buyer’s agent. What it should make you question is whether your buyer’s agent is working for you.

Information

Trulia can’t make you an expert. Of course, a few night courses can’t make your agent an expert either. However, many agents have hundreds or thousands of deals under their belts. Their experience can be your greatest asset.

A diligent agent will also have up-to-date information on housing searches. Zillow is often not up-to-date and many times buyers have been disappointed to find their favorite homes aren’t on the market anymore. The right buyer’s agent will know his or her region and will listen to your needs closely. He or she will know things the Internet does not.

Besides this, buyer’s agents have their finger on the pulse of current market conditions. Your agent should be able to - gently - readjust your expectations if needed. He or she should also do his or her best to find a way to meet as many needs as possible within your budget. If you are stuck on one particular set of requirements, an attentive agent can help you see how your needs might be met with a different set of features than you had originally planned.

Negotiation

Buyers often underestimate how much time and energy it can take to successfully negotiate for themselves. A conscientious buyer’s agents will:

  • Prepare forms.
  • Help buyers locate good sources of loans.
  • Negotiate the terms of loans.
  • Work with your lender effectively.
  • Talk you through making an offer including often adding an addendum to provide protections you wouldn’t otherwise get.
  • Arrange and oversee inspections, including inspecting for things you might not think of like scoping the sewer line or testing for meth.
  • Help you understand HOA documents or title commitments.
  • Make sure you receive all the right documents or any additional documents they know, from experience, are necessary.
  • Represent your interests at closing. This often means coordinating between many different interests: the lender, the title company, and the sellers. If this is not coordinated efficiently, it can mean last-minute nightmares for buyers.

Personal

The best buyer’s agents are there for you. When it comes down to it, many people could do the jobs listed above. However, the ones who go out of their way to be there for you are the ones who will succeed because they will get your attention.

A good agent will know he or she has to be available to you after work hours and will answer your call or get back to you as soon as he or she can, even at night or on the weekends. He or she will suggest a strategy for making an offer but let you know it’s totally up to you how you want to proceed.

In addition, he or she can suggest how you would make needed repairs on the property and help you read your inspection results. And many great agents go out of their way in many ways: some of them prepare a dossier on schools and great places to eat for families who are new to the area. Some of them can use their connections to help people find jobs. Some of them offer to help you get out of your lease early by finding a new renter.

Take Away

It shouldn’t be a question in your mind whether you should employ a buyer’s agent. If you’re questioning it, maybe it’s time to find a new one because an exceptional buyer’s agent will make all the difference. Please call the Jamey Kramer Group today.

248-348-7200

 

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