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Northville, Michigan Weekend Events

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Northville, Michigan Weekend Events

Are you looking to find out what’s happening in Northville, Michigan this weekend and next?

Are you considering moving to a city that has a lot of offer?

Northville, Michigan is one of my favorite cities in Michigan. Great schools and low crime rates only touch the surface of what this city offers its residents and the residents of the cities around it.

Northville has an exciting community event happening almost every weekend of the year. These community events are often free and family friendly.

The following are Northville, Michigan’s community events for the next two weekends.

Northville Farmers’ Market

  • Every Thursday until October 30, 2014
  • 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Northville Downs
  • 301 S. Center Street, Northville

With over 75 stands full of Michigan made and Michigan grown products, the Northville Farmers’ Market is one not to be missed.

Friday Night Concert

  • August 29, 2014
  • 7:00 pm
  • Town Square, Downtown Northville

This Friday, August 30th, is the last Friday to enjoy the Friday Night Concerts in Northville. Main Street closes off for the concerts and this week, you can enjoy the sounds of classic rock from 2XL. Don’t forget to bring the kids, because the Northville Fire Department has been known to make appearances. Kids can tour the fire truck and receive a free coloring book.

First Friday Experience

  • September 5th, 2014
  • 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Downtown Northville’s Galleries and Shops

If you love shopping in Downtown Northville, there really isn’t a better time to do it than at the one of the First Friday Experiences. The shops stay open late, offer special trunk shows, new exhibits, and new pieces. Many of the shop owners provide complimentary hors d’oeuvre and glass of wine. Plan to make an evening of it, and start out by having dinner at one of the local restaurants.

Horseless Carriages at Mill Race

  • September 5th, 2014
  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Mill Race Village
  • 215 Griswold

The Horseless Carriages at Mill Race captures the essence of an exciting event that you can attend in Northville. Next weekend, 25 vintages horseless carriages will make their way to the Mill Race Village and the early 1900s will come alive again. This event is free.

The horseless carriages are on their way to the Old Car Festival at The Henry Ford in Dearborn from Lansing and should arrive in Northville around noon. According to the Northville Patch, The South Michigan Motorists Chapter of the Horseless Carriage Club of America and the Snapper's Brass & Gas Touring Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America will be hosting this annual event.

Victorian Festival Clothing Sale

  • September 4th, 2014 from 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • September 5th, 2014 from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Mill Race Village
  • 215 Griswold

Do you love Victorian style clothing? Next weekend, the Northville Historical Society will be hosting its annual clothing sale. You will be able to choose new clothing, gently used clothing or vintage clothing. There will be clothes available for children as well as adults. The admission fee is $2 per adult.

Summary

Would you like to live in a city like Northville? All of us at the Jamey Kramer Group would love the opportunity to help you find the perfect home in this charming Detroit suburb. Please give our office a call today.

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Putting your home up for sale?

Are you wondering how to capture your home in its best light for potential buyers?

The Internet can work wonders for you if you know what you are doing. I have seen buyers fall in love with a home from merely seeing pictures of it on the Internet.

It is amazing how impactful the pictures of your home on the Internet are. They can deter or encourage a potential customer from taking the step to visit your house. Often times the pictures that you post on the Internet offer your home’s first impression. These photos set the stage for potential buyers.

Today, we are going to review with you the secrets to successful listing pictures.

The Curb Shot

Capture your home’s curb appeal and take a photo from the street. The best way to do this is making sure you get your home’s “best side” and that the roof line is parallel with the photo’s frame.

The Inviting Shot

Take a photo from the perspective of the outside entry way with the door opening. According the Zillow.com, “An attractive front door and entryway go a long way in setting the tone for the rest of your home. Leaving the door open in one of your photos can also send a welcoming message.”

The Best of What Your Home Has To Offer Shot

Have you done some recent renovations to your home? Show them off and take pictures of them. Whether you have renovated your kitchen or your bathroom, take the time to take photos of the best of what your home has to offer.

A Few Quick Tips

  • Take the time to make sure that you don’t get caught in photos when you are taking them. So often we see photos with the homeowner’s reflection in the mirror.
  • Make sure to clean your home before the photo shoot. Just like you would clean before someone was coming over to look at the home, you want to make sure you present your home in its best light.
  • When shooting the inside of your home, make sure to do it during the day when there is a lot of light. Remember the more light the better.
  • When taking a photo of the outside of your home, don’t be afraid to take one at night. When you do though, make sure that you turn on all the lights.

Summary

The Internet has a lot of power when it comes to selling your home. These secrets will help you to show your home in its best light and attract potential buyers to your door. For outstanding photos and state of the art marketing your most effective approach is to give us a call and entrust your sale to our professional marketing team which includes a real estate photographer with over 15 years experience.

If you have any questions about presenting your home on the Internet, please contact our office. We would be honored to help you market your home and to ensure that the photos of your house on the Internet represent your home in its best light.

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Novi, Michigan Weekend Events and Local News

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Upcoming Events for Novi, Michigan

Looking for a great way to spend your last summer weekends?

Are you planning to go to the Michigan State Fair?

Novi, Michigan is the place to be during the next two weekends. There are a number of entertaining events to attend from going to a fantastic farmers market and spending one of your last summer days at the park to heading over to the Michigan State Fair at the Suburban Collection Showplace and attending the Shrine Circus.

Please take a minute and scan through the local news to see how the Novi Police Department is working to keep you safe and the upcoming weekend events in Novi, Michigan.

Local News: Novi Police Department Offers Parking Lots for Craigslist Transactions

Have you ever wanted to sell something on Craigslist, but felt too uncomfortable with a stranger coming to your home? The Novi Police Department has stepped up to help keep those who buy and sell on Craigslist safe.

According to the City of Novi’s website, a study conducted in 2010 showed that 50 million people had used Craigslist. Out of that 50 million, 330 crimes, 12 murders and 105 robberies and assaults were linked to Craigslist.

To help keep you safe, the Novi Police Department has opened up their parking lot or front lobby to conduct Craigslist transactions. Recommendations to help keep you safe include:

  • Only accepting cash or cashier checks.
  • Only performing transactions during weekdays while banks are open.
  • Never go alone.

The Novi Police Department is located at:

  • 45125 Ten Mile Road
  • Novi, Michigan 48375
  • Non-Emergency Phone Number is: 248-348-7100

Novi’s Farmers Market

  • Every Saturday from June 28th to September 13th
  • 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Civic Center Campus
  • 45175 W 10 Mile Rd, Novi, MI

There are only a few weeks left before the Novi Farmers Market closes for the year. Make sure to come by this Saturday and get a taste of all the Michigan made and Michigan grown products. Plus, you won’t want to miss The Detroit Eastern Market stand.

Pavilion Shore Park – Play In The Park Day

  • August 23rd
  • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • 43390 Thirteen Mile Road, Novi, Mi

Take your family out for a day in the park and celebrate the last days of summer at the “Play In The Park Day”. You can end the summer with a day of fishing, music and games all at the beautiful Pavilion Shore Park in Novi.

2014 Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair

  • August 29th - September 1st
  • Friday – Sunday:  Open from 10:00 am -11:00 pm
  • Monday open from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Suburban Collection Showplace
  • 46100 Grand River Avenue, between Novi and Beck Roads in Novi, MI

We are excited to announce that for the third year in a row, Novi, Michigan is hosting the Michigan State Fair.

You can enjoy livestock exhibits, entertainment tents, beer tents, and yes... the Shrine Circus will be back performing daily at 12:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm.

Ticket Information:

  • Adults: $6 in advance and $8 at the door,
  • Children (ages 2-12): $5 in advance and $6 at the door,
  • Children under the age of 2 are provided with free admission as long as they are with a paid adult
  • Fair Entry and Circus: $20 in advance and $23 at the door,
  • Fair Entry and Ride: $25 in advance and $23 at the door,
  • Ultimate Wrist band: $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

For more information, please see: Michigan State Fair.

Summary

Novi, Michigan is a family-friendly town that has an exciting list of fun activities planned for the last days of summer before school starts. In addition, the Novi Police Department has gone a step beyond in protecting the citizens of the community by offering a place for Craigslist buyers and sellers a safe place to conduct transactions. With so many exciting things happening in Novi, what will you be planning to attend? 

August Gardening Tips for Northville and Novi, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Are you trying to sell home?

Would you like to set your home apart?

Time and time again, we come back to the importance of curb appeal. The curb appeal of your home provides potential buyers with their first impressions and the most return on your investment.

Over the past few months, we have been providing you with monthly tips and tricks for you garden and landscape. Today, we are diving into how to take care of your home’s curb appeal for the month of August.

Please scan through the list of tips below to discover what needs to be done in your yard in August.

  • Deadhead - Deadheading is a term used to describe removing dead flowers. When you deadhead a flower, you are literally removing the head of dead or dying flowers. What this does for your garden is it will encourage other flowerings and will enhance the look of your flowers. It is a form of good housekeeping for your plants and garden.
  • Water - August is typically the hottest month of the year and watering properly is a top priority. When watering, make sure to saturate the soil. This is true whether you are watering your grass, your flowers or your trees. By saturating the soil while watering, you will promote deep root growth and do not have to water as often. 
  • Mowing - To help keep your lawn green and lush, raise your mower’s cutting blade height to its highest setting. According to MSN Real Estate, longer grass will be able to conserve water and keep the roots cool.
  • Fall Gardening - Now is the time to start planting your fall vegetable garden. Top vegetables to consider planting include spinach, radishes, scallions, carrots and lettuce.
  • Harvest - Keep up on your vegetable garden by harvesting as often as you are able to.
  • Zucchini – If you planted zucchini in your garden, watch them carefully. During the month of August, zucchini can go from being the perfect size one day to become oversized the next.
  • Perennials, Shrubs and Trees - According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, this is a great month to plant new perennials, shrubs and trees. This is a favored time of year to plant because they have a better chance to establish themselves during the milder fall months.
  • Planting drought tolerant perennials is a great way to add that something extra to your garden. Better Homes and Gardens recommends planting Black-eyed Susans, Russian sage and Threadleaf trickseed. These flowers are low maintenance and will add a special touch to your garden.

Summary

Whether or not you are considering putting your home up for sale, taking care of your home’s curb appeal is an important part of maintaining your home’s appearance. With the tips above, you have what you need to make sure your home shines all summer long.

Northville, Michigan Local News and Weekend Events

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Northville, Michigan Weekend News & Events

Have you heard about the U-M Northville Health Center that just opened?

Are you ready for Northville’s 2nd annual Food Truck Festival?

Northville, Michigan is known as one of Detroit's most charming suburbs. With all the events happening in the next two weekends, it is easy to see why. Please take a look through the information below to read about Northville’s local news and upcoming weekend events.

Local News

The new Northville U-M Health Center has recently opened and is bringing exceptional care even closer to home. Their website reads,

        “Extraordinary Care for an Extraordinary Town.”

The Health Center provides a wide range of services for adults and for children. Services include:

The new building provides two stories with a waiting area exclusive for women’s and children’s services. Free parking in large lots is available on both sides of the building. For more information on the U-M Northville Health Center, please visit their website at www.UofMHealth.org/northville

Upcoming Weekend Events

Here is a list of the upcoming events happening in Northville, Michigan over the next two weekends.

Northville Farmer’s Market

  • Every Thursday until October 30, 2014
  • 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Northville Downs
  • 301 S. Center Street, Northville

The great thing about Northville’s Farmer’s Market is all local Michigan made and Michigan grown products. In fact, there will be over 75 stands of Michigan made and grown products.

Friday Night Concerts

  • Every Friday until August 30, 2014
  • 7:00 pm
  • Town Square, Downtown Northville

There are only a few more weeks left to enjoy a free Friday Night Concert in Downtown Northville. On Friday the 15th of August, enjoy Gia Warner and on Friday the 22nd. listen to the Motown, Rock and Blues sounds of Global Village.

Food Truck Festival

  • Saturday August 23rd
  • 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Ford Field
  • 150 Griswold Street. Northville

This is the second year that the Northville Food Truck Festival has taken over Ford Field. The day’s events will look like this,

  • Car Show 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Beer Garden 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Entertainment 2:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Car Show Awards 2:30 pm
  • Food Trucks 2:00 pm-8:00 pm
  • Outdoor Movie 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

Summary

Northville is a charming city that offers a number of family-friendly activities throughout the year. With its Victorian architecture and Queen Ann homes, the city captures the heart of visitors. If you are considering relocating, consider Northville, Michigan. Take one of the next two weekends and visit the city. If you fall in love with what you see, please give our office a call. We will be honored to help you find your dream home in this dream city.

Strategies You Need to Know to Win a Bidding War for Your Dream Home

by The Jamey Kramer Group

What if you make an offer that is too low or too high?

You’ve searched for it, you’ve dreamt about it, and now you have finally found it - your dream home. The only piece left is how to get it. Right now the inventory for homes is low making it a seller’s market. Oftentimes when this happens, we see bidding wars.

A bidding war could happen if you are not the only buyer making an offer. Today, we would like to share with you strategies that will help you win the bidding war and the home of your dreams.

  1. Getting Pre-Approved

These days, you may find yourself competing with all-cash offers. In a recently published article by MSN Real Estate, author Susan Johnston of U.S. News & World Report describes the importance of having your financing ready to go when engaging in a bidding war. Get pre-approved for the loan and bring a copy when you make your offer.

  1. The Right Price

Who doesn’t love a great deal? However, when battling other offers in a bidding war, you don’t want to make an offer that is too low. You also don’t want to overpay. A good real estate agent is worth their weight in gold and can help you to determine the right price.

  1. Be Flexible on the Closing Date

The Housing Guru explains that one way to help win the bidding war is to be sensitive to the seller’s wishes about the closing date. Your agent can find out what would be the most convenient date to close on the house for the seller. You can then do your best to accommodate their wishes.

  1. Cash Truly is King

According to FoxBusiness, all cash offers account for 40% of recent home purchases. There is no denying it. Offering someone cash for their home will be an end to the bidding war.

  1. Be Careful with Contingencies

Another way to make your offer stand out is to be careful with contingencies. Contingencies or inspections can provide delays in the process, which sellers don’t normally like. Make sure that you are only asking for what you refuse to compromise on.

  1. Let the Seller Get to Know You

Recently, my friend’s family sold their grandparents’ home. This home was purchased in 1954, and their grandfather had lived there until he passed away last year. He had made many personal updates to the home that really set it apart, and his craftsmanship had created a lot of pride amongst the family members.

He left the home to his six kids and his wife. One couple that was interested in purchasing the house stood out to the seven sellers. While only one of the seven beneficiaries was the trustee of the estate, all seven sellers had been given a voice in who could purchase the home. It was a tough crowd to please.

The seven sellers were won over by this young couple and were actually excited to sell their childhood home to them because they were the kind of people they could see living there.

The kindness and likeability that the purchasing couple showed got them the favor of seven grieving sellers. 

One way to do this is to write a letter to the sellers describing what you love about the home and neighborhood. That personal touch might be the piece that wins your the home. 

Take Away

One of the best ways to win a bidding war that isn’t mentioned above is to have an experienced and trustworthy real estate agent by your side. They can help you to offer the right price, know which contingencies are needed, paint you in the best light with the seller and offer you the advice you need to win your dream home. The Jamey Kramer Group would be honored to help. Please call our office today.

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Upcoming Events for Novi, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Upcoming Events for Novi, Michigan

Are you looking at how to enjoy the last weeks of summer vacation?

Do you love shopping at farmers markets?

Every other Thursday, we post articles highlighting the upcoming events for Novi, Michigan. Novi is a great city and has so much to offer. Lately, Novi has been getting a lot of attention in the press. It has been noted for its:

One of the aspects that makes Novi a terrific city to live in is its numerous amenities. Many people know of Novi for its great shopping and amazing restaurants. While both of those are attention-worthy, there is so much more happening in this thriving suburb.

Take a looking at the upcoming events for Novi, Michigan:

Novi’s Farmers Market

  • Every Saturday from June 28th to September 13th
  • 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Civic Center Campus
  • 45175 W 10 Mile Rd, Novi, MI

If you love buying local, organic and naturally grown produce, you have to visit the Novi Farmers Market before September 13th. Produce isn’t the only local product you can purchase. You will find handmade soy candles, herbs, plants and flowers.

As an added bonus this year, the Detroit Eastern Market has a farm stand that brings the Eastern Market directly to you.

India Day

  • Saturday, August 9, 2014
  • 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Suburban Collection Showplace
  • 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi, MI

Come celebrate India’s independence, culture, and traditions with Michigan’s largest Asian Indian event, India Day. You won’t want to miss:

  • Music and dancing
  • Authentic spicy Indian food,
  • Well over 100 showcases featuring Indian jewelry, arts and crafts, garments and much, much more.
  • A parade where organizations will be representing the states back in India.

Tremendous Tuesdays

  • Tuesday, August 12, 2014
  • 10:30 am
  • Fuerst Park, at the corner of Ten Mile and Taft Roads

This week is the last of the Tremendous Tuesdays. Bring the kids and let juggler, Craig Wise, entertain you and your children. In the event of inclement weather, the location will be moved to the Novi Public Library. The program runs from June 17 - August 12.

Friday Family Fun

  • Friday, August 15, 2014
  • 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
  • Fuerst Park or inclement weather location in Novi Civic Center

Come and enjoy the last Friday Family Fun of the summer by watching a performance by Mr. Seley and the Troublemakers. Don’t forget to stay after that to watch the Lego Movie at 8:45 pm. This event is free and shouldn’t be missed.

Summary

Novi, Michigan has a number of exciting amenities to offer its residents. If you are looking to move to a great place to raise your family, please give our office a call. We will be honored to help you find your dream home in Novi.

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Northville, Michigan Featured in USA Today

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Northville, Michigan

What does Northville, Michigan have to offer?

Why would this city get national attention?

This past May, Northville, Michigan was featured in USA Today. The article highlighted three thriving Detroit suburbs that offer a glimpse into the region’s past while providing a “sample of what's to come. 

Northville, along with Birmingham and Royal Oak, are the cities selected as Detroit’s “hip suburb” travel destinations. Each city offers its own unique twist and its own character. Let’s take a closer look at why Northville made this list.

While Northville is well known for its historic atmosphere and charm, that is not all that is happening in this Detroit suburb. Ried Elenich, a Northville resident, described his city like this:

         “Northville is under the radar, but it’s a great slice of Americana.”

What Makes Northville Such a Hidden Gem?

Northville is a hidden gem nestled between Detroit’s suburbs and family farms. While strolling down Main Street, you will see a shoe cobbler, a bread baker and a vaudeville theatre. That is not all. The article also highlights the city’s local cider mill, Parmenter’s Cider Mill, which is well known to the area as the perfect place for apple cider and hot cinnamon doughnuts.

In addition, the Northville Historical Society’s Mill Race Village is a crowning jewel. Every Sunday this summer, you are invited to take a trip back in time at the Mill Race Village for free.  Mill Race Village is open to the public and even provides guides who are dressed up in 19th-century attire to match the ambiance of this historic village.

The USA Today’s article highlighted a number of Northville, Michigan’s features, but that is not all the city has to offer.

What USA Today Missed

Every other week, we publish articles about the local community events happening in Northville, Michigan. There is always something going on in Northville. However, during the summer that is especially so.

From free concerts in the town square on Friday nights to different festivals, Northville has something for everyone.

For a list of events and what’s happening in Northville, you can come back to our blog each week and check out downtownnorthville.com for the events calendar. 

Great Shopping, a Historic Feel and a Safe Community

Northville also shines when it comes to keeping their city and their residents safe. According to Truila.com:

  • Northville’s low property crimes rates show that only 2.17 percent of the population is affected compared to the rest of Michigan which is 3.21 percent.
  • Northville’s violent crimes rank at only 0.08 percent of the population affected compared to Michigan’s 0.56 percent.

Northville is Not Just a Great Place to Visit

Northville, Michigan is not only a great place to visit, but it is a great place to live. Low crime, great schools and high property values have many flocking to this Detroit suburb.

If you are interested in looking for a home in Northville, Michigan, please give our office a call. We would love to help you find your dream home in this charming Detroit hip suburb.

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