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August 2018 Upcoming Events in Northville, Novi, & South Lyon, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

August Events in Northville, Novi, & South Lyon, Michigan

Are you looking for something fun to do with the entire family in August? If you live in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon, Michigan, there is a great lineup of events to enjoy.

Northville, Michigan August Events

Wednesday Night Concert Series

  • Wednesdays in August
  • Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Location: Northville Town Square

Enjoy a free, family-friendly acoustic concert in Northville

Friday Night Concerts

  • Friday nights in August
  • Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Location: Northville Town Square

This event is free on Friday nights through the summer. Come out and enjoy local Michigan music groups while you enjoy the summer nights. The entertainment lineup includes:

  • August 10 - Shawn Riley - Celtic/Classic Rock
  • August 17 - Paddle Bots - Soul/Pop
  • August 24 - Steve King & The Dittilies - Classic Rock

First Friday Experience  

  • Date: Friday, August 3
  • Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Location: Downtown Northville

Downtown Northville hosts a mini staycation getaway on the first Friday of every month! Come and enjoy late shopping at all your favorite downtown retailers. Each business will showcase their best new products and offer trunk shows with limited time exclusive deals and sales. The downtown galleries put up new exhibits, artists, and pieces. Come to enjoy the delicious and wide-ranging types of cuisine in downtown Northville and grab some friends to shop the special sales.

Buy Michigan Now Festival  

  • Friday, August 3: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
  • Saturday, August 4: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 pm
  • Sunday, August 5: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Location: Downtown Northville
  • Free parking & admission

For 10 years, Northville has been celebrating Michigan’s annual Buy Michigan week with its very own festival. This is your chance to walk the streets, enjoy special treats from street vendors, hear live music, find activities for your kids, and buy local crafts and Michigan-made products.

Bricklin International Car Show  

  • Date: Saturday, August 11
  • Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Location: Downtown Northville

Attention all Bricklin enthusiasts! This club was formed in 1976 to preserve the SV1. It puts out a quarterly magazine, and there is a website with a forum chatroom. Two national Bricklin meet-ups happen every year, and this year it will be hosted in Northville! You don’t have to own a Bricklin to join in - quite a few admirers come to the shows.

Tunes On Tuesday

  • Date: Tuesdays
  • Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
  • Location: Town Square Northville, Across from Great Harvest

For the littlest Northville residents, a chance to jump, dance and squirm to live music!

Novi, Michigan August Events

Sizzling Summer Art Series

  • Location: Novi Civic Center
  • Time: 10:30 am

Don’t miss this summer art series designed for kids and a fun way to get outside. The agenda includes:

  • Wednesday, August 1 - Kevin Kammeraad
  • Wednesday, August 8 - Palamazoo
  • Wednesday, August 15 - African Drumming and Dance Troupe Heritage Works

Fun For Seniors

Come to one of these fun-filled events just for ages 55+.

  • Thursday, August 2, 12 pm - 2 pm Island Fun Luncheon
  • Thursday, August 16, 1:30 pm - 2:30 Tropical Steelpan Music with Aaron Parrot
  • Thursday, August 23, 1:30 pm - 3 pm Birthday Wishes for 85+ years luncheon

The Main Event Novi

  • Date: Saturday, August 11
  • Time: 3:30 - 10:30 p.m.
  • Location: Downtown Novi

The Main Event is Novi’s downtown Summer Festival. It features an army of food trucks, a car show, a kid’s area, a craft beer and wine tent and live music through the evening by a variety of bands:

  • 4:00 pm - Jennifer Westwood & The Handsome Devils
  • 5:30 pm - Gasoline Gypsies
  • 7:00 pm - Jill Jack Band
  • 8:30 pm - Sponge

In addition, the Charity Fundraiser will be held on Friday, August 10 from 7-10 pm. This is an exclusive event, and only 300 tickets will be available. Last year, over $10,000 was raised for the Mitchel Kiefer Foundation.

This event includes local craft beer tasting, signature dishes from local restaurants: Big Tommy’s Parthenon, Bonefish Grill, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Mojito Rio Grande and Steve & Rocky’s. There will be a wide variety of silent auction items, live auction items, and live music. For more details, please see https://themaineventnovi.com/lowdown-1

Sizzling Summer Nights Maker Fest

  • Date: August 17
  • Time: 7:00 pm -9:00 pm
  • Location: Novi Civic Center

This month’s Summer Nights includes demonstrations from local artisans, plus a chance to make your own creations! The movie on this night will be Pixar’s Coco.

Movie On The Shore

  • Date: Tuesday, August 21
  • Time: 6:00 pm
  • Location: Pavilion Shore Park

Family fun, face painting, bounce house, food trucks and live music all come before the main event of the night: Sherlock Gnomes playing at 7:45 pm.

South Lyon August Events

South Lyon has several fun events happening each week through the month of August. Come check it out!

Friday Concerts in McHattie Park

McHattie Park in South Lyon has a lineup of great entertainment for you to enjoy starting at 7:00 pm on Fridays! August’s agenda includes:

  • August 3 - Rod & Annie Capps
  • August 10 - Rich Eddy's Rockin' Oldies
  • August 17 - Bill Bynum & Co.
  • August 24 – Invasion

Farmers Market Saturdays

South Lyon’s Farmers Market offers locally grown, baked, and crafted products each Saturday.

  • Days: Every Saturday, May 5 through October 27
  • Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Location: The municipal parking lot at the NW corner of Lafayette (Pontiac Trail) and Liberty.

Movies in McHattie Park

  • Date: Saturday, August 4
  • Time: Starts at dusk
  • Featured Film: Paddington 2 PG

Are you looking for something fun to do with your family? Bring your family, a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy a family-friendly movie on the city’s 24-foot inflatable screen at McHattie Park. In case of inclement weather, please check the city’s website at www.southlyonmi.org or the city’s sign.

Takeaway

From free concerts and movies to a farmers market and senior events, there is something for all ages planned for August in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon, Michigan.

New Home Forecast Summer 2018 - What You Need to Know

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Housing forecast

In years past, house hunting could be a fun, relaxed time. Buyers could afford to take their time and see multiple listings before making a decision. There were plenty of homes to choose from.

However, the housing market has not been kind to buyers in the last several years. One reason for this that we keep writing about is the housing shortage.

It's especially frustrating for first-time home buyers who are competing with so many others for the few starter homes on the market. And starter home prices are also rising.

You may have heard that new home construction is returning. That is true. More new homes are being built now than there have been since before the 2008 and the beginning of the recession.

Read on to learn about what's trending and how it could impact you as you continue your search!

New Homes Statistics in 2018

In May of this year, builders completed almost 1.3 million new homes across the U.S. according to the
joint report put out by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The last time that many houses were completed in a month was in January of 2018 when a little over 1.3 million new homes were completed.

There were also more new homes completed this year compared with this time last year. In April, 1.9% more new homes were completed than in April of 2017. In May it was even better: 10.4% up from May of 2017.

Future prospects for new homes and new home buyers also looks good. This trend can be traced through how many permits have been issued. The number of new permits issued to home builders was up 8% in May over May of 2017, so more new homes are being built this summer than last summer.

In addition, there are permits to put up single-family houses, which is good for new home buyers as well. Permits for single-family homes went up 7.7% over last year. New construction has varied from region to region, but the Midwest has seen one of the most substantial bumps - 17.4% - in permits issued to builders.

One of the most significant gains is in housing starts. Construction work on new homes that has begun but hasn't finished yet has gone up 20.3% from the same time last year. The Midwest overall has seen the biggest gain in new construction, which continues to make it one of the most affordable regions in the country.

The Downsides to New Construction

Although this region has seen the most growth, there still aren't enough new homes being constructed to meet all the demand. More new homes do help the struggling buyers. However, it's always going to be competitive. The market needs 1.25 million new homes every year to meet demand, but this current building pace doesn't match that. It's about 30% below the required supply.

Another potential frustration is in the types of homes being built. Demand is highest for single-family starter homes, as there is an increasing number of first-time buyers. New homes are more expensive than previously existing homes because of the associated costs.

Additionally, builders are erecting larger houses for clients with a higher income. Most of the new homes that have gone up have multiple bedrooms and bathrooms with a price-point to match.

Most new construction, as you can imagine, is happening further out from city centers and established suburbs. They are more likely to be part of a homeowners association, which can add more expense in the form of HOA fees. This is all good news for families looking for this type of new building, but it doesn't help young buyers looking for the right home not too far away.

Takeaway

New home construction is excellent news for the housing market overall. Even if you are a first-time buyer, it could end up impacting you positively. The good news is the housing shortage is beginning to ease, if ever so slightly.

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

248-348-7200

3 Small Home Fixes To Make A Huge Impact

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Tools for home fixes

If you have just purchased your new home in the spring or summer, chances are good that you have bought at the top of your budget and that you are trying to find ways to settle in and make the best of finishings in need of an update. You are probably mostly happy you finally got a house, after months of searching and putting in offers.

As a brand-new homeowner, the world is your oyster. However, your budget may not be. Whether you are inwardly groaning at your 1950s kitchen with no $20,000 insight to gut the whole thing, or eyeing your peeling front porch and wishing for carpenter elves, there are solutions.

You may not realize it yet, but there are many small and affordable fixes out there. Your attitude about your house can do a 180 on a slim budget.

Paint, paint and more paint

Did you know that paint is for more than just walls? You can actually paint your tile. That ugly backsplash you just can't afford to replace? That 1990s bathroom renovation you absolutely can't stand?

You can purchase a DIY epoxy kit that can cover the whole thing with a shiny, white glaze. No one will ever know the difference. You can even cover those mustard-colored bathroom sinks and fiberglass shower insert.

Another area where paint can make a huge impact is on your trim. Do you have dated or cheap-looking trim? It might take a weekend's worth of your time, but fresh white trim can give your whole house a clean, updated look.

The same goes for doors and kitchen cabinets.  If you want to get really bold, there are even paint products out there made especially for floors. So if you have a tile floor that's eventually going the way of dinosaurs, why not stencil on a pattern you like?

Hardware

You might not realize what an impact the fixtures and hardware in your house are making on you. Take a moment to look at your faucets, light fixtures, electrical plates, doorknobs and cabinet hardware.

These things can each be replaced relatively inexpensively. Does one room stand out to you? Could you switch out that construction-grade flush-mount ceiling light in the dining room for a modern pendant light?

You might be surprised at how much it changes the atmosphere of the place all by itself. Maybe your electrical plates are grimy. Can you change them for fresh, white plates to match your new white trim? Or perhaps all your kitchen really needs is a few coats of paint on the cabinets and new hardware. That's an inexpensive fix that can really make all the difference.

Outside

Is your curb appeal a little lackluster? It's a good thing you don't really need a team of beefy landscapers to fix it since they come at a price. There are three things you can do right now to update the front of your house.

Weed and mulch.

Don't worry about adding any plants or making big plans. Just have a load of mulch delivered and tidy-up what's already there. Don't have much of a garden? Buy a few hanging baskets or big pots for the front porch and put in some colorful flowers.

Paint your front door.

This is something no one thinks about doing, but it can make the most dramatic impact of all. If you have one bright color you love, think about putting on the front door instead of the bedroom wall.

Update your house numbers.

You can't beat the power of typography on the eye, especially for modernizing the exterior of your house. What better way to say to friends and neighbors, "welcome to my new house!"

Takeaway

Don't let your fading home finishes get your down. Make a few of these small fixes that will fit in your budget and enjoy the significant impact they make on how much you love your house.


 

Top Things to Overlook When Buying a New House and What Not to Overlook

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Top Things to Overlook When Buying a New House

This year, housing shortages are worse than ever. Mortgage interest rates are rising a little bit, and home prices are raising a lot, due to the large demand. You might be sitting yourself down for a serious talk right about now if you’ve been on the housing search for a long time and haven’t gotten anything yet. First-time buyers are especially hurting in this extreme seller’s market.

Maybe you’re saying to yourself, “Forget buying a house for now. I’ll just wait until market conditions clear up.” For some first-time buyers out there, the hassle and heartbreak might not be worth it.

But I bet you have that nagging voice in the back of your head asking, “what if it doesn’t get better? What if it only gets worse? If I gave up now, would I miss my chance?”

If you decide to take another stab at finding a house, you want to look at homes with a new perspective. I’m here to tell you there are things you can overlook when you decide to purchase a home. And there are things you shouldn’t. Not all potential home buyers know the difference. Maybe your willingness to accept a few things about a house that you don’t like will be the difference between buying a home and renting for a few more years.

What Should You Overlook?

Paint Colors

I can’t tell you how many times potential buyers have been deterred from looking at a home because the paint colors or the color of the trim isn’t to their liking. Paint colors are one of the easiest things to change about a house. Paint is cheap, relatively speaking, and it doesn’t take much skill or time to change.

Curb Appeal

If you are like most buyers now, you are cruising through the pictures on listing sites long before you make an appointment to see a house in person. In fact, many homes are weeded out of a prospective buyer’s list solely based on whether the pictures are nice or not. The curb appeal of your home is easily changed within a year or two, on a small budget. When deciding which houses to see, try basing your decision on the size and location of the house rather than how it looks on the outside.

Old appliances, Carpeting or Light Fixtures

It’s one thing if you’re looking at a home near the top of your price range that needs $100k worth of work before it’s livable. It’s another thing to strike it off the list for having old finishings like carpet, light fixtures or appliances. I understand that it all takes money to replace, but some of these things don’t require much money or skill to replace.

The bottom line is if your home needs cosmetic updates, but everything else is right, (location, size, and fundamental structure) you might be looking at the house of your dreams.

What Do Buyers Overlook (But You Shouldn’t)?

Budget Concerns

Sometimes buyers overlook how much closing costs are going to be when they calculate how much they can spend on a house. Make sure you get this nailed down before you make that offer. You should also take the time to calculate utility costs before you make your offer. Your offer is going to depend on how much you can pay each month. It’s best not to be surprised before getting into a new house, and you can’t assume your utilities will be the same in your new house as they are now.

Resale Value

While some things can be overlooked, what some buyers do is sacrifice what can't be changed in order to get into a house, like a backyard right next to a busy train track. You may tell yourself you don't mind, but you might be surprised what other buyers mind when it's time to sell.

Likewise, there are some things about your new neighborhood you might not know until you live there. Those can’t be changed either. What’s the new neighborhood like at night, for instance? Is there a dog that barks all night two doors down? Do the neighbors fight loudly on weekends or throw wild parties? And what will your commute be like from your new house? It’s a good idea to check these things out before committing.

Takeaway

House hunting season is bound to be tough right now for first-time buyers. Hang in there and try to hold your expectations loosely. If you can look past a few of the things that can be easily changed while being smart about the things you can’t change, you might find yourself with the advantage.

If you are interested in buying a house in Northville, Novi or South Lyon, Michigan, please give us a call. We would be honored to help!

248-348-7200

Novi and Northville, Michigan Upcoming Events July 2018

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Upcoming events - Northville & Novi, Michigan July 2018

The cities of Novi and South Lyon are in full swing with summer festivities and celebrations. The fun doesn’t end with Independence Day celebrations in July. In fact, the fun is just beginning.

With regular concerts, movies, a pop-up splash pad in the parks, there’s so much to do you won’t want to miss it!

City Of Novi Events for July

Sizzling Summer Art Series

Wonderful Wednesdays

  • Time: 10:30 am
  • Location: Pavilion Shore Park
  • 43390 W 13 Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48377

Running through July, every Wednesday morning, Novi welcomes local artists to delight and inform. July’s schedule includes:

  • July 11 - Native American stories and dance presentation with Reg Pettibone. Get ready to learn all about this nation’s first peoples!
  • July 18 - Drummunity!
  • July 25 - John Magician will amaze and tantalize your senses.

Sizzling Summer Nights

  • Friday, July 13
  • Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm followed by a movie at dusk
  • Location: Fuerst Park
  • 45325 W 10 Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48375

Novi is celebrating ten years of spectacular family programming with Sizzling Summer Nights! This popular activity for all ages features free food and games in the park from 7-9 followed by the movie, Kubo and the Two Strings, showing at dusk.

This July, the activity is water! A pop-up water park with giant water slide, water balloons and more mean you have to come prepared to get wet. Bring a change of clothes and picnic blanket to settle in for a fun twilight movie in the park.

Luau On The Shore

  • Saturday, July 28
  • Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Location: Pavilion Shore Park
  • 43390 W. 13 Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48377
  • Cost: $7 per plate (cash only)

Summertime in the frozen North always makes us think of places where it never gets cold! Hawaiian and Polynesian island cultures are as fun to experience as they are to dream about. Come to this free community event for all ages. There’s a pig roast, lots of other food, music, dancing, and games for all!

Motor City Mountain Biking Association & Team Tree Farm Tree Farm Relay

  • Saturday, July 28
  • Time: 8:45 am
  • Lakeshore Park   
  • 601 S Lake Dr., Novi, MI 48375
  • Age: 18+
  • Price: $100 per team until July 20 and $140 on the race day
  • Registration: MCMBA.org

Are you interested in endurance racing and ready to get your feet wet? This race is for you! It’s the 13th annual Tree Farm Relay Event at Lakeshore Park. This unusual race features a four-person relay, and the course has tons of hills, passing zones, and spectacular beauty. Team racing at its most fun!

City Of Northville July Events

The City of Northville’s unique summer events continue through July, all in Northville Town Square:

Tunes On Tuesday Children’s Concert Series

  • Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Cost: Free

Are you looking for something special to do mid-week with your children? Tunes on Tuesday in Northville’s Town Square is a free event that is a great way to have some fun! July’s schedule includes:

  • July 10, 2018 - Paula Doak
  • July 17, 2018 - Palamazoo    
  • July 24, 2018 - Stephanie J  
  • July 31, 2018 - Earth Angels

Wednesday Night Concert Series - Northville Unplugged

Plan to come to Northville’s Town Square throughout July on Wednesdays from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. July’s schedule of performances include:

  • July 4, 2018 - No Concert     
  • July 11, 2018 - Just Joken    
  • July 18, 2018 - The Johnnies
  • July 25, 2018 - Jill Jack

Friday Night Concert Series

  • Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Northville’s Friday Night Concert Series is a great way to relax and start the weekend. July’s entertainment schedule includes:

  • July 6 - Randy Brock   
  • July 13 - Social Bandits
  • July 20 - Gia Warner   
  • July 27 - Groove Therapy

Takeaway
'Whether you are looking for something special to do with your children or want to enjoy a free concert, there are a number of events to choose from in Northville and Novi, Michigan in July.

If you are interested in taking a closer look at these family-friendly cities, please give us a call. We would be honored to help you find your next house.

248-348-7200

 

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