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How to Increase the Value and Marketability of Your Home

by The Jamey Kramer Group
How to Increase the Value and Marketability of Your Home

Are you thinking about updating your kitchen, but are unsure whether or not it will increase your home’s value?

Would you like a few budget friendly tips on increasing your home’s value and marketability?

Today, we are sharing five tips on how you can increase your home’s value and marketability. The majority of these tips are budget friendly. Whether you are looking to move today or are planning to move in the next few years, these tips are for you.

5 Tips on How to Increase Your Home’s Value and Marketability

  1. Inviting a Realtor's Opinion

    Inviting a professional and experienced realtor into your home for a consultation is your first step. An experienced professional will be able to help you determine areas where simple, but crucial enhancements may be made. Here is what HGTV had to say about inviting a realtor into your home,

    "Invite a realtor or interior designer over to check out your home. Many realtors will do this as a courtesy, but you will probably have to pay a consultation fee to a designer. Check with several designers in your area; a standard hourly fee is normally less than $100, and in an hour they can give you lots of ideas for needed improvements. Even small suggested improvements, such as paint colors or furniture placement, can go a long way toward improving the look and feel of your home.”
     
  2. Invest in Paint

    Throw a fresh coat of paint on your walls. We recommend choosing your colors wisely and staying with neutrals such as white and beige. This will create a clean look in your home and that is exactly what buyers are looking for.
     
  3. Bathroom Updates

    Bathroom updates can greatly improve the marketability of your house. You can make the small investment in updates like new shower head, new faucets and new towels for staging. It doesn’t have to break your bank. This is a great room to update and to remodel as well.
     
  4. Kitchen Updates

    Another great room to update is the kitchen. You can go big and remodel with update the counters and cabinets. Or, you can go small replacing light fixtures and faucets.
     
  5. Update appliances

    Buyers love new appliances. It is assuring for them to know they won’t have to replace the appliances in the near future. Not only are new appliances refreshing, but new appliances - especially matching stainless appliances -look amazing and will add value and marketability.
     

While we’ve only highlight 5 of our favorite things to improve the marketability and value of your house, HGTV has a total of 30 tips in increase the value of your home. You can read more and get more tips by visiting 30 Tips for Increasing Your Home’s Value.

Your Turn

Do you have any favorite tips to add to this list?

Weekend Events for Novi, Mi and Beautiful Michigan Weather

by The Jamey Kramer Group
Weekend Events for Novi, Mi and Beautiful Michigan Weather

Are you looking for something to do this weekend in the Novi area?

Would you like to move to a city that has weekend community events?

It is another beautiful day in Novi, Michigan with high temperature of 78 degrees. We had some friends visit last weekend from another state and they told us that as soon as they drove over the boarder to Michigan, the skies cleared and the sun came out. They were amazed at how beautiful it was in Michigan.

Beautiful Skies Forecast for the Weekend

Are you looking for something to do to enjoy this weekend’s weather? When the weather is this nice, I want to be able to enjoy it by being outside. Weather.com is boasting some beautiful weather for Novi, Michigan area this weekend. On Saturday morning, there may be some rain, but after that there should be more sun and comfortable temperatures.

What to Do This Weekend in Novi: Concerts, Movies, Art, and Family Fun

If you are looking for something fun to do with the family this Friday, head over to Fuerst Park, for the Novi Sizzling Summer Art Series at the corner of Ten Mile and Taft Roads.

  • Sweet Summer Fun Concert: At 6:30pm the music will start with performances by Candy Band.
     
  • Fabulous Food: Don’t want to plan or cook dinner? No problem. Enjoy the food trucks that are always on site every Friday.
     
  • Family Friendly Movie: At 8:45 pm, the movie, Wreck-it Ralph, will begin.

If for some reason rain clouds try to dampen Friday’s night events, don’t worry. Instead of heading to Fuerst Park, head to the Novi Civic Center. For additional information, call over to the Novi Parks at 248-347-0400.

Multi-Family Garage Sale

This is the perfect time of year of garage or yard sales. If you’re a fan of getting slightly used, discounted items, you will want to be in Novi, Michigan this weekend.

According to the Novi Patch, this weekend in Lochmoor Village at 11 miles and Beck there will be a multi-family yard sale. It starts on Saturday at 9 am.

This weekend isn’t a special weekend with all the family friendly events planned, but rather this is just how it is in Novi, Michigan. Families are able to spend quality time with each other every Friday night and bargain hunters are able to find great deals at garage sales galore. If you have any additional questions about this weekend or any weekend events, check out these two websites for additional information:

5 Tips on What Not to Do When Selling a Home

by The Jamey Kramer Group
5 Tips on What Not to Do When Selling a Home

Are you wondering why your home isn’t selling?

The temperatures have really cooled down this week in Novi, Michigan. It is currently 71 degrees out and the sky is cloudy with a thunderstorm is in the forecast. The cooler weather is a welcome relief after last week’s heat wave.

Today, I would like to share a few tips on what not to do when putting your house up for sale on the market. Selling your home can be an overwhelming and stressful process. Knowing the things that you should avoid can definitely help the process.

Here are the 5 tips on what not to do when selling your home.

  1. Not Finding a Good Real Estate Agent

    The benefits of having real estate agent do not matter if your agent is not knowledgeable, on your side and working for your benefit. Your real estate agent is going to be the one negotiating and closing the deal for you. It is essential that you put your home into the hands of someone you trust.
     
  2. Not Listening To Your Agent

    You may hire the best real estate agent in town, but if all his or her advice is ignored, it won’t benefit you. Your trusted real estate agent is your best resource to help you market and sell your home.
     
  3. Not Getting Real With The Price Tag

    The housing market is making its way back. Unfortunately, the housing market has changed in the last 10 years. One of the biggest hindrances that sellers run into is that their price tag doesn’t match what the current market values are. Pricing a house over market value will cause the loss of potential buyers as they pass by your house to find something that has a more market friendly price.
     
  4. Not Staging Your Home

    We have shared why staging your home is so important in an article called, Budget Friendly Staging Tips to Sell Your House and Why You Should Do Them. Truthfully, it is one of the easiest things you can do that will help in selling your home.

    Staging ideas include putting on a fresh coat of paint throughout, taking the personal pictures down, cleaning the stains off of the carpets, and in general deep cleaning the house.

    Luckily, these things do not cost too much money and can be done with a little elbow grease.
     
  5. Not Including compelling photos

    Our last tip parallels with tip number 4. As a real estate agent, I cringe when I see photos online of a beautiful house for sale that shows an upstaged house with clothes, dishes, and personal photos everywhere.

    Online compelling pictures of the house for sale can be a magnet drawing potential buyers to consider and view your home. Many potential buyers preview the photos to make sure that visiting the house is worth the trip. Include enticing photos online that highlight all your home has to offer.

Do you have any additional tips to add to this list on what not to do when selling a house?

Why Northville, Michigan is the Place to Be This Weekend

by The Jamey Kramer Group
Children with ice cream cones

Do you love trying new food, shopping, art and wine?

How would you like a night out with new food, boutique shopping and top it off with a little wine? That is what you will get in Northville, Michigan this weekend.

I am excited to share with you about the family friendly happenings in Northville, Michigan this weekend. I am excited because they are offering one of my favorite ways to eat, food trucks.

Sidewalk Sale Preview Features Food Truck Tonight – July 18

If you travel to downtown Northville, Michigan tonight you will enjoy the Northville Sidewalk Sale Preview Night featuring food trucks and live music along Main Street. Here is what the Northville Patch reports about the event:

"Hit the streets of Northville for dinner on Thursday, July 18th as we welcome food trucks into town! Some of Detroit's finest rolling restaurants will be parked on Main Street just east of Center Street from 5 pm – 9 pm. Enjoy live music in Town Square and Old Church Square while you eat, and stop into the stores for a special preview of their Sidewalk Sale merchandise (the sidewalk sale officially runs Friday-Sunday).”
 

Northville Sidewalk Sale: July 18 through July 21

The sidewalk sale is sponsored by the Northville Central Business Association and will continue throughout the weekend. If you love boutique shopping this is the place to be. The following are the events hours:

Thursday: 5 pm - 9 pm
Friday: 10 am - 9p m
Saturday: 10am - 9 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm

For more information about the weekend long Downtown Northville Sidewalk Sale, please see: www.northvilleshops.com.

Wine and Art – July 18

If you enjoy wine and painting Uncorked and Unwind Art Party will be going on tonight. Here you can enjoy a night of painting and drinking. No experience necessary and all the art supplies are included and you’ll come home with a 16” x 20” canvas of your art work. The party begins at 7 pm and will continue on for 2 - 2 1/2 hours.

Northville Family Fun – July 19

Have you seen the movie, Despicable Me, yet? The Ridge Wood Dad’s Club is presenting The Summer Blast & Movie Night. It starts at 7:30 pm this Friday night, July 19. For 10 dollars per kid (adults are free), your family will enjoy games, the movie and ice cream.

This event will continue rain or shine. If it does rain, the entire event will move into inside the school. All the proceeds will go to the Ridge Wood Elementary School.

For more home town happening in Northville, Michigan, visit the Northville Patch. Which event will we see you at the weekend?

Budget Friendly Staging Tips To Sell Your House and Why You Should Do Them

by The Jamey Kramer Group
Staging Tips

Are you trying to sell your house?

Would you like some budget friendly tips on how to stage your home well?

It is another hot and beautiful day in Northville, Michigan. According to Weather.com, there is still a heat advisory out for Northville from 12 pm today to 12 am on Thursday. So, remember to enjoy the sun and remain cool.

Today, I wanted to share with you some staging tips that will not break your wallet. Staging is a huge component to selling your house. Studies are now showing that choosing not to stage your home during this housing recession is actually hurting the sale of homes.

Let’s break down to one of the main reason why any seller wants to stage their home. It’s all about the money.

It’s all about the money.

“Bottom line is that statistically, staged homes tend to sell faster and for more money. Listings that are staged and priced competitively sell at minimum, 50% faster than non-staged properties do. A 2007 survey found that 94% of staged homes sold on average in one month or less. Homes that were staged spent 80% less time on the market than those that were not staged.” -Trulia.com
 

When staging is done well it can increase the perceived value of your home, putting you as the seller in a great position. When you sell your home faster, then you save on the mortgage, bills, home owners insurance, and all of those holding costs.

Trulia.com has a great article on the benefits of staging your home. If you’re still not sure, check on the article.

Top 3 Benefits of Staging Your Home - Trulia.com

Now that we know why it is important to stage your home, let’s look at some easy, budget friendly tips on how to do it.

  • Make Your Dining Room Table Smaller

    Take the leaves out of your dining room table and remove extra chairs. This will make your kitchen or dining room look bigger.
     
  • Rent a Storage Unit

    You’ve heard us say this before. Rent a storage unit and fill it up. Things that are great to put in a storage unit are work-out equipment, extra furniture, and already packed boxes from your storage room. Decluttering your house will make the rooms appear larger.
     
  • Clean Closets

    Here is another one that you’ll hear us talk about over and over. Having clean and open closets allow for people to feel that there is plenty of room for their stuff in your home.
     

Now you know why it is important to stage your home before selling it and a few tips on how to do it. With staging, a little investment, like a new comforter for your master bedroom or a fake silk tree in a corner can go a long way to selling your home.

What was your favorite tip for staging your home?

3 Reasons Why People Want to Live In Novi, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group
Novi Public Library

Do you love buying local produce?

Are you looking to move somewhere with great schools?

This week, I have been spending a lot of time showing houses in Novi, Michigan, and I can tell you that summer has arrived. It has been a beautiful week. Novi is a family friendly community to live in and is highly sought after place to live. I thought it would be helpful to share with you 3 reasons why people are moving there.

  1. Novi Offers a Diverse Farmers Market

    On Tuesday, I stopped by the Farmers Market, if you haven’t been I would highly recommend it.

    In previous years, the Farmers Market had always been held on Saturdays, but this year it has moved to Tuesdays. The best part of Novi’s Farmers Market is the diversity. You can find produce there that you can’t find at regular grocery stores.

    Here is what the Novi Patch reported on the Farmers Market:

     
    “More local farmers also say that they enjoy coming to the Farmer’s market. Martha and Bruce, of South Lyon, just began attending the Novi’s Farmer’s Market this year. They said that they enjoy the atmosphere, and the kid’s activities at Fuerst Park that bring in more crowds to the market. The kid’s programs the same day attracts a lot of people to the park, and then they stop by and see us,” said Martha, who is also a baker in Novi.

    You can attend the Farmers Market every Tuesday from 9 am – 1 pm. If you have children, bring them along because right next to the Farmer’s Market is Tremendous Tuesday which offers shows for the children to watch and even participate in.
  2. Great Schools in Novi, Michigan

    A great Farmers Market isn’t the only reason to move to Novi. Whenever I talk with someone buying a house, good schools are almost always on their must have list. This is one of the many reasons I love selling homes in Novi. Novi boasts great schools. On Trulia.com, the local elementary schools in Novi received a 5 out of 5 stars by parents.
     
  3. Novi Offers Low Property and Violent Crime

    Most families I talk with all want a safe neighborhood. No one wants to worry about their kids playing in the backyard. Novi, Michigan is known for low crime rates. Truila.com reports that only 2.28% of people in Novi are affected by property crime, and 0.09% of people are affected by violent crimes.

So, there you have it, three reasons why people want to live in Novi, Michigan:

  • Diversity
  • Great schools
  • Low crime rates

If you are interested in looking at houses in Novi, Michigan, please give me a call. I would love to help you find your next house.

3 Real Estate Tips You Don’t Want to Miss

by The Jamey Kramer Group
3 Real Estate Tips You Don’t Want to Miss

Are you looking to buy your home in the Novi or Northville, Michigan area?

Would you like to know 3 tips that will help you get into your dream house?

Getting back in the swing of things after a long holiday weekend can be difficult. Today, we want to share 3 real estate tips that will make your life easier and buying your future dream home painless.

Buying a home is an exciting experience, but you want to make sure that you set yourself up well. Here are 3 tips that will help you do just that and these are tips you do not want to miss.

  1. Get Pre-approved

    This is a mistake many buyers can make. Getting pre-approved for a mortgage means that the lender has already agreed to loan the borrower a certain amount of money. These preapproved notes are usually good for 60-90 days. This will also lock in an interest rate for you.

    According to Zillow.com:
     
    “The most important reason you should get pre-approved early in the process of purchasing a home is that you will get an accurate idea of how much you can afford. This will ensure that you only look at houses that are truly in your price range.”
  2. Wants and Needs

    When you have spent the time saving and dreaming about a new house, the last thing you want to do is compromise. It is best to make a list of your top needs. What are the 3 things about your future house that you are not willing to compromise on? Examples of “needs” may include a three car garage, two full bathrooms and four bedrooms.

    Next, you can also make a list of the top 3 things that you really want. It is important to notice the difference between what you need and what you want. Knowing this will really help you in your search for your new house. Examples of “wants” might include granite kitchen counter tops, finished basement and deck.
     
  3. Hire an Experienced Real Estate Agent

    In an article published by Lowellsun.com, the author stated the following about hiring your own real estate agent,
     
    “Purchasing a home is a lot of work. Eliminate a lot of stress by hiring a professional real estate agent to orchestrate showings, inspections, appraisals, contracts, and negotiations. Talk to the people you trust and get recommendations, then interview several agents. Keep searching until you find an agent with the right chemistry.”

These three real estate tips will help you on your way to obtaining the house of your dreams.

When searching for a house, what is your number 1 need and what is your number 1 want?

Why You Should Sell or Buy Your Home Now

by The Jamey Kramer Group
Why You Should Sell or Buy Your Home Now

Have you tried selling your home, only to receive offers that are significantly below what you paid for your house?

Would you love to move, but are afraid of the market?

Happy 4th of July everyone! This is one of my favorite holidays. It’s the time to sit back and enjoy the freedoms of living in this country.

Living in America is amazing. We have had some difficult times it the past 5 years, especially with the housing market. Many people bought their house in early 2008 only to find out that in 2009 the value of the home had decreased.

The American dream of owning your own home seems to have become harder and harder to attain. But, here’s the think I Have Good News.

Housing News You Need to Hear

I have such good news that I wanted to share it with you, even on a holiday.

Picture this, today you are hosting the 4th of July party. Friends and family are coming to your home. Yes, the home that you purchased early in the year and have been investing time and money into it to make it your own.

You had looked and looked for this home. At first you weren’t in a hurry and you wanted to make the best decision. Then you found it - your perfect home. The sellers were apprehensive at first as they had been trying to sell their home off and on for a few years.

In the end you got it! And you bought it at the perfect time, since interest rates are now going up.

What, you say? Interest rates are going up?

Here is what the Wall Street Journal is reporting,

"The National Association of Realtors on Thursday said its seasonally adjusted index for pending sales of existing homes rose to a reading of 106 in April, up 0.3% from the previous month and a gain of 10.3% from a year earlier."
"The housing market continues to squeak out gains from already very positive conditions,” said Lawrence Yun, the group’s chief economist. The last time the reading was higher was in April 2010 when home buyers were rushing to qualify for a federal tax credit."

Previously Owned Homes

More and more buyers are searching for previously owned homes. Interest rates are already on the rise from their 3.5 position. In a story from a NRP article, one man had been quoted the 3.5 percent interest rate in May of 2013. In July, two months later, he was offered a 5.2 percent interest rate for the same loan.

Let’s be honest, the 5.2 percent interest rate is still pretty low, especially when you compare it to the 18 percent interested rates that we saw in the 80s and 90s.

The Truth Is

The housing market is and will turn around. Right now with interest rates so low, it’s the perfect time to buy, making it also a great time to sell. Your American dream isn’t so far off anymore.

If you have any questions about selling or buying your home, please contact me. I would love to help in anyway I can.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday everyone!

Celebrating the 4th of July in Northville, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group
Northville MI July 4th Events

Are you looking for a city that is celebrating the 4th of July with a bang?

Picture this, it is the 4th of July and the weather is absolutely beautiful in Northville, Michigan. The parade in downtown is finishing up. You saw everything from clowns to classic cars to marching bands. After the parade, you head over with your family to watch history.

You watch the re-enactment from two different wars and even hear the Gettysburg address. Next, you are off to watch the “vintage” baseball team. You set your picnic blanket down and enjoy some quality time with your family.

Hello and happy Tuesday everyone. There are only two days left until the 4th of July. Today, we are sharing with you about the activities you and your family can enjoy in Northville, Michigan. Northville is a great city that provides family fun activities and on this 4th of July - there is plenty to enjoy.

The Northville 2013 Independence Day Parade

This year there is plenty to see and plenty to be a part of. The Northville, Michigan parade begins at 10 a.m. at Griswold and Main Street in downtown Northville. To kick start the parade, you will see the color guards standing in attention while the National Anthem is played.

If you have children, they too can participate by decorating their bikes and riding in the parade. Even your pets can join in the fun as well during the pet parade portion.

Would you like to read more information about the Parade? Then visit the Northvillecommunityfoundation.com.

Mill Race Village

Do you enjoy history? Then this event is for you. Here is what the City of Northville’s website had to say about this Independence Day event,

"Mill Race Village celebrates the 150th Anniversary of Gettysburg with their “Four Score and Seven” Independence Day celebration covering the 87 years between the American Revolution and the Civil War. Experience re-enactors from both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War periods, enjoy our new exhibit "Made in Northville' and celebrate our independence.

Vintage Baseball

This Thursday, the “vintage” baseball team, Northville Eclipse, plays against the Chelsea Monitors in a baseball game that would be more close to the way they played in the 1860s than today.

While the players are volunteers and the game itself is noncompetitive, it is according to the Northville Patch, “a tribute to the sport and similar to an American Civil War reenactment.”

The game is family friendly because there is no swearing, spitting, or sliding. They teams even leave the gloves at home.

All of us at the Jamey Kramer Group wish you a Happy 4th of July. We will post an article on the 4th if you are interested in any realtor tips, and we invite you to check it out.

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