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4th of July Events for Novi and Northville, Michigan - 2018

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Northville & Novi Michigan 4th of July events

Do you have any plans for the 4th of July this year? Sometimes this holiday is hard to plan, and this year it falls on a Wednesday. What do you do with a holiday surrounded by work days? You can make the most of it, or you can celebrate before.

This year, in Novi and Northville, you can do both. Come to the newly expanded Novi Stars and Stripes Fest June 28th - July 1 - the weekend before the 4th of July - and celebrate the actual holiday in downtown Northville at the parade and Mill Race Village events afterward!

Stars and Stripes Fest

  • Suburban Collection Showplace
  • 46100 Grand River, Novi, MI 48374

The Stars and Stripes Fest has come to stay in Novi, to the Suburban Collection Showplace! This is the 12th year for this huge event, and the second hosted by our great city. This exciting event draws many people from all over Metro Detroit. It’s also fun for the whole family with a huge midway and carnival rides for adults and kids, an arts & crafts show, food trucks, car crush demolition, a fireworks display and, of course, great live music on multiple stages.

This event is hosted by Fun Fest Events and presented by St. Joseph Mercy Health System.

Stars and Stripes Fest Hours

  • Thursday, June 28, 2018 – 2:00 pm - 11:30 pm
  • Friday, June 29, 2018 – 2 pm - 11:30 pm
  • Saturday, June 30, 2018 – Noon - 11:30 pm
  • Sunday, July 1, 2018 – Noon – 11 pm

Live Entertainment

  • Friday, June 29, 2018 at 8:15 pm – Rockstar
  • Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 6:45 pm – Alien Ant Farm
  • Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 7:45 pm – LIT
  • Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 8:45 pm – P.O.D.
  • Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 10:00 pm – Buckcherry
  • Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 5:15 pm – School of Rock Farmington
  • Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 6:30 pm – Spiral Crush
  • Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 7:45 pm – Seventh Alley
  • Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 9:00 pm – Teddy Petty
  • Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 6:45 pm – Fifty Amp Fuse

Carnival Prices

  • Thursday – Half Off Wristbands ALL DAY – $12.50 wristbands
  • Friday through Sunday-  $25 Wristbands

Presale discount wristbands are available for $20. Please see customer service center at Twelve Oaks Mall.

Children age 5 and under will be admitted free. As an extra bonus, you will be able to enjoy all of the concerts as they are included in the festival admission.

VIP tickets for the June 30 concerts in the preferred pavilion seating are available for $35. To purchase tickets online, please see starsandstripesfest.com.

The only firework display in Novi is presented at this event - on July 1 - and sponsored by Eyeglass World. It takes place at dusk on Sunday. For more info, visit www.starsandstripesfest.com.

Northville Independence Day Parade 2018

  • Downtown Northville
  • 10:00 a.m.

Grab your seats early this year for Northville’s annual Independence Day parade. This great event brings together the community, attracting over 20,000 visitors! All kids are invited to decorate their bikes to join in the parade, which starts at the corner of E Main Street and South Griswold.

The Northville Independence Day parade includes great music, floats, marching bands, children’s characters, clowns, the bike parade, the pet parade, and maybe even a few celebrities! It wouldn’t be a Michigan parade without vintage and classic cars in attendance. There will be new, never before seen attractions and all of your old favorites!

For more info, call 248-349-1300 or visit www.mayburyfarm.org/independencedayparade.

Mill Race Village

  • 215 Griswold St, Northville, MI 48167
  • 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

After enjoying our exciting parade, head over to historic Mill Race Village to celebrate our country’s independence and remember the past. All the historic buildings are open to the public on July 4th from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Bring a picnic lunch or shop at the general store and eat outside on the beautiful grounds. Experience the fun activities after relaxing in the shade.

Takeaway

This year, there’s plenty to do to celebrate our country’s independence! Come and join the fun! Have a happy and safe holiday.

Upcoming Events in Northville, Michigan - June 2018

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Northville Michigan June Events

Summer in Northville, Michigan this year is getting kicked off with a bang and it’s all about the arts! This includes music, theater, craft beer, local arts, photography, and more.

Wednesday Night Concert Series

Northville’s Wednesday night concert series, held in downtown Northville in Town Square every Wednesday night from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm is all about “unplugged” music by local artists.

Friday Night Concerts

Get a taste for more of Northville and Michigan’s local musical talent on Friday nights in Northville Town Square from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm continuing on June 29 with Mr. Moody playing party music.

Northville Farmer’s Market

Don’t miss Thursdays in Northville through the month of June at Northville Downs. From 8:00 am – 3:00 pm there will be vendors, local farmer’s stands, fresh produce, fresh flowers, and arts and crafts from Michigan artisans. There will be a master gardener on hand to answer your questions until noon every Thursday!

Craft Beer Festival

Come to the second annual Tapped in the ‘Ville Craft Beer Festival at Millennium Park on Saturday, June 23 from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. If you like to sample good beer, this is the place to do it, with some of the best local, state, and regional brews available.

There will be food trucks on site and live entertainment. In addition, what beer festival would be complete without a cornhole tournament?

Tickets include admission, 10 tasting tickets and a 12 oz. “Tapped in the ‘Ville” mug. Right next door is Northville Art House’s annual Art Fair for more to see and do as you taste our delicious brews. To purchase tickets online and more information, please see www.tappedintheville.com.

The End of Nowhere: Stories and Photographs by Thomas Pickarski

Speaking of the Northville Art House, this free photography exhibit by Thomas Pickarski will run through the end of June. Come to see his 32 dramatic photos of Iceland, Greenland, and Patagonia and read the stories of his journeys.

Dinner Theater at Genitti’s Hole In the Wall

Genitti’s is a 46-year tradition in Northville. This fine restaurant has expanded several times over the years and kept its relaxed and delicious family atmosphere. One thing they are known for is their one-stop-shop entertainment.

This summer’s dinner theater is no exception. For $50 per person, all inclusive, you and a table of friends or family can experience the interactive comedy murder mystery “Lights, Camera, Murder!” Set on the set of a 1950s monster horror flick “The Atomic Iguana,” you will be entertained and pulled in to this comedic murder mystery all while savoring the best Genitti’s has to offer. Performance dates are Saturdays, June 23 & 30 at 6:30 p.m.

To make reservations call 248-349-0522. For more information, please see Genitti’s Dinner Theater.

“Northern Aggression” by Joseph Zettelmaier

Tipping Point Theater

Running through June 24, Northern Aggression is a play about long-time Michiganders moving down south and hilariously misunderstanding a Civil War reenactment. It is directed by Matt Foss and features Thomas D. Mahard, Patrick Loos, and Alysia Kolascz.

Ticket Pricing

  • Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. and Thursday at 8:00 p.m. - $30
  • Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. - $37
  • Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. - $33
  • Sundays at 2:00 p.m. - $33

For more information and purchase tickets online, please see Tipping Point Theater.

Takeaway

There’s certainly no shortage of fun in Northville, Michigan during the month of June to kick off the summer!

If you are interested in moving to at Northville, please give us a call. We would be honored to help you find the perfect house in this family-friendly community.

248-348-7200

The Ugly Summer Housing Market Forecast

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Couple looking at house online - housing market

If you are a first-time home buyer this summer, you probably have already been feeling the burn, so to speak. If 2017’s housing market was difficult for those seeking starter homes, this year is looking to be even tighter. Spring has been very busy already, and it’s not likely to let up as summer progresses.

While searching for a new house, it’s best to be informed. According to Forbes, which has analyzed the data and research this spring, more buyers are as informed as they can be going into this season.

If you are one of them, it’s probably because of the disappointment you, or your friends, have experienced while looking for a home. Here are the facts:

  • Inventory has been declining steadily for 42 consecutive months. It’s down almost 9% from last year at this time.
  • Average days on the market have fallen by 5 days as well.
  • Starter home prices have risen 9.6% this year over last year.
  • Trade up and premium home prices have risen as well - 7.5% and 5.2%.
  • Mortgage rates are on the rise as well - 4.66% at the end of May, which is ¾ of a percent higher than this time last year.
  • 40% of buyers are planning to put more than 20% down.
  • 40% of buyers have been actively looking for a home for more than 7 months.
  • 60% of buyers are still hoping to close on their dream home within the next 6 months.
  • More than 25% of buyers plan to offer above asking price.
  • 31% of buyers are planning to put a larger earnest money deposit down.
  • Only 6% of buyers aren’t planning to use any of these tactics to cope with the increased difficulty of finding a new home.

Here’s an interesting one, not necessarily negative.

  • There are 8.3% more fixer-upper starter homes on the market than there were 6 years ago.

According to the list above, clearly many buyers are going into this season with action plans in hand - and you can too.

Get pre-approved before you shop.

You don’t want to fall for a home and then lose it in the rush to get approved for a mortgage. In addition, according to The Mortgage Reports.com, you can shop around for your mortgage the same way you shop for a home. Don’t be like other buyers and take the first offer you find.

Be prepared to act fast!

This means having all your ducks in a row and knowing exactly what you’re willing to settle for, and how much you have to spend. It is better to know when to walk away than get in over your head with a mortgage payment you can’t afford.

On the flip side, know what you can offer over and above what other buyers might be able to offer. If you have a bigger down payment or more earnest money, offer it up front.

You can also settle, up front, with your realtor what other terms you can add to your offer to make it more attractive. For example, offer a fast closing, a quick inspection or renting back to the seller are all things that don’t cost extra money but could make the difference to the seller.

Keep an open mind.

When looking at homes - especially the way we all window shop on our phones - it’s best to reserve judgment until you’ve seen a home in person. If there is a particular listing in your neighborhood and price range that you are tempted to pass by because the pictures don’t look great, think again.

Other buyers may be doing what you were tempted to do and miss out on a good opportunity. The same thing goes for viewing fixer-uppers. Not everyone can see past paint or finishings they don’t like. However, if you are willing to do that, you might just get in ahead of everyone else.

Takeaway

Yes, the market is crazy for buyers again this year. But take heart and keep informed. If you are interested in looking for a house, it is important to have an experienced real estate agent by your side. Call our office today!

248-348-7200

 

Home Improvement: Do It Yourself vs. Getting a Loan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Home improvement project: removing old asphalt roof

Spring and summer are often the time to roll out those power tools and work on the home improvement projects you have been waiting to do. Some homeowners are just now realizing their house needs work either before the next time cold weather hits or before they can sell their house.

The trouble is, which projects are worth it to do yourself and what ones are absolutely best done by a professional? In addition, if you need professional help, how can you finance it?

Here are practical tips to help you decide if you should do that home improvement project or to hire a professional.

Doing It Yourself

There are a few big questions to answer before you know whether a certain project is worth doing yourself. Before you get into a big one, make sure you have really done your research. Otherwise, you may end up paying double for a contractor to get you out of your DIY predicament.

Do You Have the Time and Energy to Invest in This Project?

I’m not just talking about the energy required to do the work, but also the energy required to live with the constant state of a mess as you navigate through your job, your family life, and the unfinished work and state of mess that inevitably comes with a DIY job.

While things like finishing a basement, landscaping, or even painting your home’s exterior yourself might be worth the hassle of the workaround, replacing all your kitchen cabinets and countertops yourself might not be worth it in the loss of your kitchen for weeks or months.

Is it Safe for a Novice?

Even experienced DIYers know better than to take on something that could be dangerous or cause expensive problems if done incorrectly. Things like electrical, plumbing, and removing walls are best left to the experts.

Do You Truly Have the Skills to Do it Right?

Many of the projects on DIY shows aren’t as easy as the professionals make them look. Installing tile is often touted as a DIY project. However, it can be tricky and costly to get wrong. Do your research, take a class, and practice before you commit.

How to Finance a Home Remodel

There is good news if you need home improvement and know you can’t tackle it yourself. There are many ways to finance home improvements.

Personal Loans

According to an article in US News, there are some personal loans available for as low as $1,000. Although they do have the drawback of short repayment times, they do not affect your home equity.

Home Equity Loans

A home equity loan is basically a smaller second mortgage for a fixed amount of money that is secured by your home. They typically have fixed interest rates that never change, so the monthly payment will be the same.

These loans have higher interest rates than mortgage rates, but they are much lower than a typical credit card. They also come in larger amounts - usually about 85% of the value of your home minus what you still owe on your current mortgage. You can also get a tax deduction under certain conditions.

The disadvantages of a home equity loan are that you use your home’s equity, so it doesn’t exist anymore or isn’t as high. There is a risk of foreclosure if you fail to pay the loan since the collateral is your home’s equity. Also, this isn’t a good product to use for short-term expense since you could end up paying more than if you had used a different loan product.

Contractor Financing

If you need a new roof, for instance, most companies offer financing to get you into the new roof you need right now and offer 100% financing. In fact, most contractors offer project financing that doesn’t affect your home equity, is easy to sign up for on the spot, and doesn’t tie up your personal credit card balances in case of emergency.

This option can often give you the ability to have a nicer renovation than you had anticipated and cover the total cost. However, keep in mind that it is a loan and a contractor is interested in selling you a higher-priced product by showing you a low monthly price you feel you can afford. Make sure to do your homework beforehand.

Best Home Improvement Projects for Return on Investment

Lifehacker.com lists the top three money-saving home improvements you can do. These are worth checking out even if they aren’t cosmetic. Not only are they worth the money, but they are, in some cases, very inexpensive.

  • Seal up all drafty areas - windows, doors, etc.
  • Update your old energy-wasting appliances
  • Clean your gutters and check for structural problems.

Conclusion

The best thing you can do to make a decision about home improvements and how best to get them done is to do your research, both on how long it actually takes to DIY a project AND how much it actually costs to finance.

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