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Novi Michigan to Host the 2013 Michigan State Fair

by The Jamey Kramer Group
 2013 Michigan State Fair

Are you looking for plans this Labor Day weekend?

When is the last time you went to a Michigan State Fair?

For the second straight year in a row, the city of Novi is hosting the Michigan State Fair. This year’s features will include the Detroit Shrine Circus, Michigan beer, plenty of animals and so much more. Today, we wanted to share with you all about the fair.

For many of us, there are many wonderful memories that surround the Michigan State Fair that was hosted in Detroit. It was sad when the annual event was canceled in 2009.

The History of the Michigan State Fair

Did you know that the Michigan State Fair started in Detroit in 1849? It had the honor of being one of the first statewide fair events to take place in the U.S. It moved to its former home at the Michigan State Fairgrounds on Woodward Avenue in 1905. Unfortunately, the fair was canceled in 2009 due to lack of funding.

In 2012, the fair was again celebrated in Novi, Michigan and is now in its second year this Labor Day weekend. According to the Michigan State Fair website, the fair does not receive state aid and is privately sponsored by the Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair.

2013 Michigan State Fair Details

  • When: Friday, August 30 through Monday, September 2
  • Time: Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am to 11:00 pm o Monday: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Where: Suburban Collection Showplace at 46100 Grand River Avenue, between Novi and Beck Road in Novi, MI.
  • Fair Admission Fees:
    • Advanced tickets: $6.00 - Adults and children 12 and older, $5.00 - Children 11 and under.
    • Tickets at the Gate: $8.00 - Adults and children 12 and older, $6.00 - Children 11 and under.
    • Children under 35 inches in height that are accompanied by a paid adult admission will be admitted at no charge.

Note: These admission prices apply only to the indoor exhibits, livestock, agriculture and home arts shows. Circus performance and carnival rides have additional costs. To preorder tickets online and for more information, please see: Michigan State Fair Tickets

The Daily Contests

While there is so much to do at the fair this year, there will also be daily contests that include:

  • Pie Eating
  • Watermelon Seed Spitting
  • Ice Cream Eating
  • Longest Pony Tail/Longest Beard or Mustache
  • Potato Sack Race

Farmers Market

This year will include a Farmers Market full of homegrown, homemade and Michigan made products. The Farmer’s Market will last all weekend. Make sure to stop by and support the local business.

The Entertainment

There will be plenty of entertainment for you and your family to enjoy this weekend. Featured artists include Marshal Crenshaw, the Steven Mullan Band, and Stewart Franke.

Detroit Shrine Circus

Our hometown Shrine Circus will be performing all weekend. Shows are daily at 12 pm, 2:30 pm, 5 pm and 7:30 pm.

This year the circus will also include the World Famous Wallendars. The Wallendars are a famous family circus and some may say the most famous family in history. The Wallendar family has not been back to the Michigan State Fair since 1962 when during their seven-person chair pyramid, one man wavered and the pyramid collapsed. Three of the seven fell to the ground killing one and injuring 2 others.

This year, the famed circus family will return for the first time since that tragedy. Rick Wallenda, the eldest grandson of the founders, says his “family is honored to be returning the Michigan and looking very forward to introducing our new troupe to all at the Michigan State Fair.”

If you are looking for more on the Michigan State Fair, please make sure to visit their website for tickets and more information at: www.MichiganStateFairLLC.com

What part of the Michigan State Fair are you most excited for?

5 Ways to Harness the Power of the Internet to Sell a House

by The Jamey Kramer Group
5 Ways to Harness the Power of the Internet to Sell a House

Are you trying to sell your home in a buyer’s market?

Is your realtor utilizing the Internet?

There is something about a soothing rainstorm after a heat wave that is comforting, especially when you have a big cup of good coffee in you hands. Today, here in Northville, Michigan, is one of those beautiful rainy days. It is the kind that inspires you to leave your windows open and listen.

It has occurred to me that it is possible that not everyone is benefiting from utilizing the Internet to help sell their home as they should. According to Readers Digest,

"92% of home buyers start their house hunt online.
 

Before they even decide to step in your door, your future buyer is already doing their research. They are looking at pictures of your house and reading the descriptions of its amenities online. When they do finally decide to step in your door, they already know that your home has what they are looking for.

Using the Internet to market your home cannot be ignored in today’s housing market. We would like to share 5 ways to harness the Internet to sell your home that you should know.

  1. Choose an Internet Savvy Real Estate Agent

    Your real estate agent has even more access to Internet marketing for your home than you can imagine. One of the scarier things about using the Internet to market your home is, if you do it on your own, the general public knows where you live and what your home looks like.

    When your real estate agent markets your house on the Internet, your home is published without infringing on your privacy. The house is still out there, but your name is not attached to it publicly.

     
  2. Make Sure That Your Realtor Uses Online Multi Listings

    Be certain that your realtor is not only using online multi listing services, but that it includes,
    • High quality photos.
    • Multiple photos of both the interior and exterior.
    • Complete details of your home’s amenities.
  3. Social Media

    Don’t be afraid to allow your agent to post pictures and even tours of your home on their Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and YouTube accounts. Your potential buyers are most likely using social media.

     
  4. Realtor’s Website

    Your agent’s website is another great Internet tool. Your realtor’s website should be driving traffic and searches every day. Chances are that your potential buyers are viewing your agent’s listings to look for their future homes.

     
  5. Work With An Experienced and Knowledgeable Agent

    You don’t need to hear this from us. Here is what Readers Digest has to say about using an experienced and knowledgeable agent,

     
    "If you find an experienced real estate agent to list your home, who has a successful track record of selling homes in your area, listen to their recommendations! Find an agent you trust and follow their advice as often as you can. "
     

If you have any questions on how we can help to harness the power Internet to sell your home, please call our office at 248-348-7200.

Go Green in Novi, Michigan – A City with a Goal

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Is your goal to live in a community that is environmentally friendly?

Are you looking to reduce your carbon footprint on this world?

Go Green in Novi, Michigan – A City with a Goal

Novi, Michigan may be known for great shopping, great restaurants, and a place where is economy is thriving. As the economy improves, companies are looking to Novi, Michigan to set up their business. Novi is home to Twelve Oaks Mall, which is a favorite shopping place for many Michigan residents living on the east side of the state.

While Novi is known for a number of desirable attributes, are you aware at the efforts made by the city to reduce their carbon footprint?

These days, many people are doing their part to create a more environmentally friendly planet. We all know the 3 R’s of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. The City of Novi is doing their part too, and today, we would like to highlight those efforts.

Going Green at Home

It all starts at home. The City of Novi’s website is full of ideas for their residents to be green at home. From Christmas tree recycling and water conservation to helping reduce your home’s water bill, the city provides comprehensive solutions. Here is what the city has to say about going green at home,

"Going Green generally means practicing an environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible lifestyle as well as decision making, which can help protect the environment and sustain its natural resources for current and future generations. A green world begins with a green home. "
 

Not Sure if Going Green Is For You?

The statistics are alarming. The City of Novi states the following statistics about the average American family on their website,

"The typical American family throws out 550 pounds of paper, 18 pounds of steel, 90 pounds of glass, and 318 pounds of food scraps."
 

The city also lists 5 compelling reasons why residents should choose to go green. This list includes the quality of our air and drinking water, the overwhelming amount of trash, the greenhouse effect and damage to the ozone layer.

Green Businesses

According to the City of Novi, going green isn’t just for the home, but also the businesses that set up shop in their city. They ask employers to set an example to their employees and discuss how reducing the company’s carbon footprint is good for business.

Going Green in the City

Did you know that the City of Novi has almost 35,000 street and park trees and over the past 5 years, the city has planted over 6,500 trees?<

Going Green with Kids

The City of Novi doesn’t leave the younger generations behind. They have great resources to teach the younger residents about how to care for the plant.

Novi, Michigan is leading the charge for cities to become greener and reduce carbon footprints. Novi residents will benefit in the long run because of this initiative.

If you are looking for a family friendly and an ecologically responsible community to move to, you will want to learn more about what Novi has to offer. Please call our office. We will be more than happy to help.

5 Tips to Negotiating the Sale Price for Your Home

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Are you looking to get the most money for the sale of your home?

5 Tips to Negotiating the Sale Price for Your Home

Today, we are looking at 5 tips on negotiating the best price for your home. Negotiating is one of those things that you either love or you hate it. With these tips, you will be on your way to the price you want to get for the sale of your house.

  1. Know The Market

    The first step to negotiating the sale price of your home is to know the market. Is it a buyer’s market or is it a seller’s market? One of the best ways to figure out the market is to look around at the homes that are similar to yours and have been sold in your area.

    When you have found a few homes that have sold, take a look at what they were sold for. This is going to give you a good idea of what you can get for your home.

     
  2. Hire an Experienced Real Estate Agent

    Back in April, Fox Business published an article about negotiating the sale price of your first home. One of the ways that the article stated for getting the best price possible is to hire a good real estate agent. Here is what the article had to say about it,

     
    "Once you find someone you trust, listen to the advice you get. Your agent will explain how to maximize home value -- and that's why you hired that person.”
     
  3. Staging, Staging, and Staging

    We’ve shared before about the benefits and importance of staging your home. What we mean by staging is doing simple, but effective things so that when a prospective buyer walks into your home, they can easily picture themselves living in it.

    Staging does not have to be expensive. Here are some cost effective staging tips,

     
    • Update lighting fixtures
    • Throw a fresh new coat of paint up
    • Take down personal photos
    • Clean up the yard
  4. Personalize It

    This is another great suggestion from the Fox Business article. The article reminds us that this is not a company merger, but rather the sale of something important from one family to another. Fox Business suggests two ideas to accomplish this:

     
    1. Send a personal note, maybe even a handwritten note to the counter offer that says something like, “this has been a wonderful home and here is why this home has treated us so well”.
    2. The second suggestion is an example. One seller found out the potentials buyers loved to play golf. The seller sweetened the deal by offering to pay the country club’s initial fee.
    The important thing to remember is selling your home isn’t about going to war. Instead, share with the potential buyer why this home has been so wonderful for you and how you hope it is the same for them.
     
  5. Stay Above the Drama

    The fourth point brings us perfectly into the fifth point. If the buyer presents you with a low offer, stay above the drama and don’t allow yourself to get angry. An emotional response is seldom productive.

    When a low offer comes in, take a deep breath and propose your counter offer. You don’t ever have to take that first offer, but you don’t want to ignore it either.

These 5 tips on negotiating the sale of your home should prove as comprehensive strategies to help you maximize the selling price. It is never easy to sell your home and is often nerve wracking. You do not have to do this on your own. Please call my office. We would love to help you move forward.

Northville, Michigan’s Family Friendly Weekend Activities

by The Jamey Kramer Group
Northville MI Activities

Are you looking for a city that offers fun for the whole family?

Do you like supporting local farmers?

As the week and summer are winding down, many of us are ready and looking forward to the weekend. If you are a planner, you may be thinking about what to do in the local area. I do the same thing. It is one of the reasons I am glad that I live in the Northville and Novi, Michigan area. There are always a number of community events to enjoy in both cities.

Today, as you make your weekend plans, I wanted to share with you a little about what is happening in Northville, Michigan. Northville is not just another city rich in history. It is a city that offers a variety of family friendly events. This weekend, you can support local farmers at the Farmers Market, enjoy a free concert on Friday night, and take a walk through history at a vintage baseball game.

Northville’s Farmers Market – August 15

Over 125 Michigan grown products are available for you at the Northville Farmers market. Between the beginning of May and the end of October, the Northville Farmers Market is open every Thursday from 8 am – 3 pm.

Local produce aren’t the only products you’ll find there either. You can also purchase homemade jams and jellies, homemade salsa, and homemade pasta.

When: August 15
Time: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Northville Downs parking lot at the northwest corner of 7 Mile and Sheldon Rd.
Cost: Free

For more information visit the, The Northville Chamber of Commerce’s Farmers Market Calendar of Events.

Northville’s Free Concert Friday Night Concert – August 16

Do you love Motown or rock music? How about the Blues? If you do, then on Friday night you will want to head over to the Town Square in downtown Northville for a FREE concert. This week’s featured band is the Global Village. The concert runs for 7 pm- 9 pm as is managed by the Northville Parks and Recreation.

When: August 16
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Town Square Downtown Northville, MI
Cost: Free

For more information and to view the full list of the all concerts at the Northville Parks and Recreation’s Friday Night Concert Series.

Northville Eclipse Vintage Baseball – August 18

On Sunday afternoon, the Northville Eclipse, a Northville’s own vintage baseball will be playing against the London Tecumsehs at home. If you would like to experience what baseball was like in the 1860s, please plan to spend the afternoon at Ford Field in downtown Northville, Michigan adjacent to the Historic Mill Race Village.

When: August 18
Time: 2:00 pm
Where: Ford Field, Northville, Mi
Cost: Free

Save the Date: August 24th
Northville’s 1st Annual Northville Food Truck Rally and Beer Garden

Mark your calendars for Northville’s 1st Annual Northville Food Truck Rally and Beer Garden next Saturday, August 24th is Northville’s 1st Annual Northville Food Truck Rally and Beer Garden event. It will be located on West Cady (between Wing & 1st Street). While admission to the event is free and food or beverage purchased will cost money.

When: August 24
Time: 1:00 pm-9:00 pm
Where: West Cady St.
Cost: Free Admission

For more information, please see the Northville Chamber of Commerce website.

Make sure to include one or all of these events in your weekend plans. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Is the 3.5% Mortgage Interest Rate Gone For Good?

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Did you hear President Obama’s plan to make sure that this country never enters into another housing crisis?

How will his plan affect our current mortgage rates?

Mortgage interest rates

Today’s weather in Northville, Michigan is partly cloudy with a high of 70. It’s perfect weather to stroll around downtown Northville and enjoy the historical side of the city. It is also the perfect time to sell or buy a house before home mortgage interest rates increase.

If you’ve been listening or reading the news, you will know that President Obama went to Phoenix, Arizona last week to speak about the current economic recovery and his proposal for the housing market.

The 3.5% Interest Mortgage Rate

I have never seen or heard of such a low interest rate on mortgages and I remember the days when the rates were closer to 20% than they were to 5%. The New York Times quoted the President saying this about the low interest rates,

"The truth is, it’s been a long, slow process,” he conceded. “But during that time we’ve helped millions of Americans save an average of $3,000 each year by refinancing at lower rates. We’ve helped millions of responsible homeowners stay in their homes, which was good for their neighbors because you don’t want a bunch of foreclosure signs in your neighborhood.”
 

The truth is we don’t know how much longer the 3.5% interest rates for mortgages or anything close to that percentage will be around. In different parts of the country, interest rates are already moving up. As the economy grows stronger, interest rates will increase.

President Obama’s Plan

What is President Obama’s plan to make sure a housing crisis never happens again in this country? According to CBSNEWS,

"Specifically, the president will lay out a proposal to overhaul the mortgage finance system and urge Congress to phase out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which were bailed out by the government five years ago. In its place, Mr. Obama will propose shifting the bulk of the burden of backing mortgages to the private sector.”
 

What Does This All Mean For You and Me?

The clearest message from this news is that if you are able to, the time to buy or sell your home is now. It is time to lock in that 3.5% interest rate for the next 30 years on a new house. It can be nerve racking to buy a house or sell a house. If you are interested in exploring your options and opportunities before interest rates escalate, please call my office at 248-348-7200, use our convenient contact form, or email me at: Jamey@JameyKramer.com.

6 Things You May Not Know About Novi Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Do you know everything there is to do in Novi?

How Lighting Can Make All the Difference

It is another beautiful day in Novi, Michigan with temperatures in the 70s today. While I was wondering what to write about this week, it occurred to me that not everyone is aware of the amazing things you can do in Novi.

We all know that there is a great mall and a fantastic movie theater, but did you know you can get a free pass to state parks all around Michigan? For today, I wanted to share with you 6 hidden gems around Novi, Michigan.

  1. Free State Park Passes
    Yes, it’s true. If you were to head over to the Novi Public Library, you could pick up a free pass to the state parks all around Michigan.
     
  2. The Michigan Activity Pass
    The Michigan Activity pass can be picked up at the Novi Public Library as well and according to the NoviPatch.com,

     
    " You can use your library card to print a pass, at your home or at the library, to one of 60 participating museums across the state. The Michigan Activity Pass gives you either complimentary or reduced admission. Popular museums include Cranbrook Art Museum, the Holocaust Memorial Center and the Detroit Institute of Arts. These passes are available at the Novi Public Library.”
     
  3. Book Club
    Do you want a new way of meeting people with similar interests? The Novi Public Library offers book clubs as well as photo editing classes. For more about what the Novi Public Library has to offer check out the NoviPatch.com for more information.

     
  4. New Shopping
    People come from miles around to shop at the Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, but did you know they are opening 4 new businesses? Soon there will be a Cheesecake Factory, Microsoft Specialty Store, a M.A.C Cosmetic Store and Auntie Annie’s & Cinnabon Cafe. For more information about these businesses, check out the NoviPatch.com.

     
  5. India Day
    Do you love Indian food? On Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm come out and enjoy India’s Independence Day with a parade, great food, music and entrainment for Michigan’s largest Asian Indian event. This event will be held at the Suburban Collection Showplace at 46100 Grand River Avenue in Novi and is sponsored by the India League of America Michigan along with the Michigan Asian Indian Community Organizations. Admission is free. For more information, please see the India League of America – Michigan’s website.

     
  6. MADD Recognizes Novi Police With Award
    Did you know that the Mothers Against Drunk Driving has awarded the Novi Police Department with their 2013 Outstanding Law Enforcement Agency Award? You can read more about the award on the press release on the City of Novi’s website.

     

Here is just a few of the many activities and great things that Novi, Michigan has to offer. What local Novi gems have you found?

How Lighting Can Make All the Difference in Your Home

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Are you trying to sell your home?

How Lighting Can Make All the Difference
"Fabric, wallcoverings, and furniture can all transform a room, but one of the most inexpensive and effective ways to freshen a room is through lighting. Proper layering of light can enhance color and ambience. Layering involves the careful use of task, accent (or decorative), and ambient (or overall) lighting within each room.” - Better Homes and Gardens”
 

On days like today in Novi, Michigan that are cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms, the lighting in your home can make all the difference when you are trying to sell it.

We’ve talked about how lighting can really bring that extra something when buyers are looking at your home. Dressing up the lighting of your home does not have to be that costly either.

While I was researching some ways to spice up lighting, I found a great article by Better Homes and Gardens that offers a vast amount of different solutions. Today, I’m going to share with you my top picks.

  • The first step is to set a vision. Decide how much you want to invest and what rooms are a priority.
     
  • First impressions are key. Refreshing the lighting in your entry way may be the perfect place to start. You could update the chandelier or just simply add some recessed lights.
     
  • Another room that many buyers are really interested in is the living room because so much time is usually spent there. If you do not have an overhead lighting fixture that’s ok. Add a few accent lights around the room. Don’t be afraid to add a little lighting to highlight the artwork hanging on the walls as well.
     
  • Set the mood by adding dimmers in the dining room. Highlight how versatile the room can be. Consider lots of light for family breakfast in the morning and the ability to dim down for romance in the evening.
     
  • Don’t be afraid to add a chandelier in the dining room over the table. Better Homes and Gardens recommends that with 8-foot ceilings, that the chandelier should hang above the table about 33 inches. For every foot above the 8-foot ceiling, add 3 inches for the chandelier.
     
  • Step outside the norm and add soft lighting to the kitchen. Kitchen lighting typically highlights the task areas. Adding soft lighting offers a much more inviting space.
     

If you are interested in more tips make sure to check out the entire article, How to Light Any Room by Better Homes and Gardens.

So, what do you think? What room would you add a little something extra in?

Northville, Michigan - Great Schools, Low Crime and Small Town Charm

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

How would you like a free concert in the town square?

Do you like supporting local farmers at a farmers market?

When you think of where you want to live, where you want to finally settle down, where you want to buy your house, what do you want?

  • Great schools for the kids or future kids?
     
  • A place you can feel safe?
     
  • How about a great community?
     

Today, I want to share with you about one city that offers all of those things, Northville, Michigan. Northville is one of my favorite cities in all of Michigan. There is a great community feel, low crime and great schools.

Northville, Michigan Local Activities

Northville, Michigan is one of those cities that have a strong, tight knit and family friendly community. It reminds me of the city, Stars Hollow, from the television show Gilmore Girls. There are always fun and unique events for the community to participate in. Here are the upcoming events for this weekend.

Northville Farmers Market

On Thursday, August 1st, you can head over to the Northville Downs at corner of 7 Mile and Sheldon Roads for the Northville Farmers Market between 8 am and 3 pm. This event is hosted by the Northville Chamber of Commerce each Thursday through October 31, 2013. For more details, please see the chamber’s website at: www.northville.org/Events_Calendar/Content/Farmers_Market/.

Buy Michigan Now Festival

The Buy Michigan Now Festival in downtown Northville is a weekend long festival in celebration of the state’s annual Buy Michigan Week. According to the Northville Downtown Development Authority, “This family-friendly event includes tasty treats, street vendors, live music, and children’s activities, all highlighting Michigan-based businesses and Michigan-made products.”

Admission and parking are free. Children’s activities include a Kid Zone on North Center Street with games, arts and crafts, contests and more.

Festival Dates and Times:

Friday, August 2nd, 12 pm – 9 pm
Saturday August 3rd, 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday August 4th, 11AM – 5PM

Summer Friday Night Concert

When: Friday evenings from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Town Square Downtown
Cost: Free Admission

This Friday night, August 2nd, features the classic and modern rock band, Social Bones. This is a great family event for all ages. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the music. The events are managed by Northville Parks and Recreation. For the full summer schedule, please see: Northville’s Summer Night Concert Series.

Low Crime Rates in Northville

When searching for a home, you want to feel comfortable putting roots down. Northville is a well established community with low crime rates keeping you family safe.

According to Trulia.com, Northville also boasts some pretty impressive numbers when it comes to crime. Less than 2.5 percent of Northville’s population is affected by property crime and less than 1 percent of Northville’s population is affected by violent crimes.

Northville’s Great Schools

Trulia.com also reports that in 2011, the students of Northville Public School District scored higher than the state average in every subject in the MME test.

If you are unfamiliar with the MME test, it is an acronym the stands for Michigan Merit Exam. It provides students with a free ACT college entrance exam. That is right. Students who receive the score they want through the MME test don’t have to pay for the ACTs.

If you would like to read more about the MME visit the Michigan Department of Education’s Michigan Merit Exam [PDF].

Do you have any questions about the city of Northville? Please do not hesitate to contact me. Sales of homes are on the rise in this area and if you are interested in looking for a house in this family friendly and picturesque town, please call.

What do you think? When looking for a home, what is most important to you?

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