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Labor Day Weekend Events in Novi, Michigan 2017

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Labor Day weekend events in Novi, MI

Are you looking for something special to do on Labor Day weekend? For Southeast Michigan, it marks the beginning of school and one last celebration before the summer ends. If you are planning to spend the weekend with family or friends, there are plenty of fun events to go to in Novi, Michigan.

The Michigan State Fair is held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. The state fair is your one stop shop to experience all the down-home fun Michigan has to offer.

A carnival midway provides rides and games for all ages, the beer garden has drinks and entertainment for all tastes, there will be circus performances throughout the weekend, as well as livestock and agriculture exhibits, vendor booths from a huge variety of retail and handmade producers, racing pigs, and a farmers market where you can purchase beautiful Michigan produce.

Here is the lineup of events you won’t want to miss:

Michigan State Fair 2017 Hours

  • Thursday, August 31, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday, September 1, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 2, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 3, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Labor Day Monday, September 4, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

This year’s Michigan State Fair attractions include:

  • New! Friday Night Flights; beer tasting
  • Butter Cow carvings - you have to see it to believe it
  • Many types of competitions that include baking contests, eating contests, a decorator competition, and a wool arts competition.
  • There’s a baby animal exhibit for all ages - everyone loves baby animals!
  • A cooking demo stage where you can learn some new tricks and try some samples.
  • Dog performances
  • An equestrian pavilion for the horse lovers out there.
  • A “Reader’s Round-up”
  • And much, much more!

Michigan State Fair Parade

It’s only the 3rd annual Michigan State Fair parade! Conclude your state fair experience with a parade celebrating Michigan’s agriculture, businesses, and communities. Come to see floats and entertainment made in the spirit of Michigan’s culture.

The Parade will start at 10:00 a.m. and travel down Taft Rd. to Grand River Ave. It concludes at the East Main Entrance of the Suburban Collection Showplace.

Parking:

Parking will be available at both the Parade Staging Area (Novi Meadows) and the Parade Ending Area (The Suburban Collection Showplace).  Parking is complimentary for parade participants as long as they arrive before 9:30 a.m. and if parking at the Suburban Collection Showplace, participants must enter through the East Main Entrance.

After 9:30 a.m., normal parking rates of $5.00 per car and $10.00 for large vehicles will be charged. A shuttle will be available and traveling between both parking lots. Participants can also be dropped off at the Parade Staging Entrance.

Weather:

The Parade will take place rain or shine unless conditions are unsafe or unbearable for parade participants. Call the Weather HOTLINE at (248) 347-0473 between 7:00-8:30 a.m. if the weather is questionable.  Please report to the staging area if in doubt.

Shrine Circus

Michigan State Fair 2017 Shrine Circus performance times:

  • Thursday, August 31, 2017 – noon, 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, September 1, 2017 – noon, 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 2, 2017 – noon, 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 3, 2017 – noon, 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
  • Labor Day Monday, September 4, 2017 - noon, 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

This 100-year tradition was founded in Detroit and performs annually. It’s the largest circus tent in the world! Come out and experience a 100-year tradition: big top shows, thrills, performers, clowns, and animals.

Visit www.MichiganStateFairLLC.com for more details.

Suburban Collection Showplace is conveniently located at 46100 Grand River Avenue, between Novi and Beck Roads in Novi, MI. The Suburban Collection Showplace can be accessed from I-96 at the Novi and Beck Road exits.

Takeaway

If you live in Southeast Michigan and are interested in doing something special with your family, Novi, Michigan has you covered with the Michigan State Fair and the Shrine Circus. Have a great holiday weekend and a happy start to the school year!

 

Northville Heritage Festival (Victorian Festival) – September 2017

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Northville Heritage Festival

Every September, Northville, Michigan hosts its Heritage Festival right in the heart of its downtown. This is the perfect opportunity to experience the charm and small-town feel of historic Northville. Since 1867, Northville has been serving as a town to the people nearby. Parmenter’s Cider Mill - the town jewel - is nearby and full of delicious treats during the festival.

This year’s Northville Heritage Festival will take place from September 15 through September 17. Be sure to mark your calendar. The hours include:

  • Friday, September 15: 5:00 pm – 11:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 16: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 17: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The festival officially opens with the Victorian parade at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, September 15. However, there are several events in the evening before and after the parade begins including:

  • Northville Schools 3rd Grade Program: 9:00 a.m. Students from Northville Public Schools 3rd grade classes will be participating in Victorian-related activities throughout the town.
  • Victorian Saloon: 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. This is one of the festival's most popular venues for adults. Look for it at the corner of Cady and Wing Streets.
  • Live music by The Shawn Riley Band: 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Nonprofit Booths Open - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (E. Main) There will be over 20 local nonprofit and school groups on East Main, providing food, games, and fun. This is a great way to support the community nonprofits and school groups.
  • Kids Zone - 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (W. Main) Bring your children for some old-fashioned fun featuring inflatables and hand moved rides.

Saturday is time to gear up for more family fun:

  • Northville Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast:  8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. The pancake breakfast will be open to the public and will be held at the corner of Cady St. and Wing St. Tickets are available in advance or at the door.
  • Maker Faire Car Show and Beer Tent: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Festival Craft Booths:  11 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (N. Center)
  • Nonprofit Booths:  11 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (E. Main)
  • Kids Zone: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (W. Main)
  • Kids Pedal Cars: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (E. Main)
  • Horse & Carriage Rides: Noon – 3:00 p.m. How would you like to take a trip around one of Northville's historic neighborhoods in a horse & carriage? The pickup and drop-off will be located at the corner of W. Main and Wing Street.
  • Farmer John Barnyard Express Noon: 5:00 p.m. Your children will love Farmer John’s small petting farm and animal show.
  • City 150th Anniversary Celebration: 1:00 p.m.Town Square will host the city’s 150th celebration. This event will feature Mayor Ken Roth and musical entertainment from the Dodworth Saxhorn Band.
  • Eclipse Vintage Baseball: 2:00 p.m. Enjoy a vintage baseball game featuring Northville’s own Eclipse Base Ball Club against the Monitor BBC of Chelsea at Ford Field.
  • Victorian Saloon: 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Sunday the fun continues through the afternoon:

  • Baptist Church Service: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. The Northville Baptist Church will be conducting an old fashioned tent revival at the corner of Wing and Cady Street.
  • Festival Craft Booths: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (N. Center)
  • Nonprofit Booths: 11 a.m. -  4:00 p.m. (E. Main)
  • Kids Zone: 11:00 am – 4:00 p.m. (W. Main)
  • Horse & Carriage Rides:  Noon – 3:00 p.m.
  • Farmer John Barnyard Express: Noon – 3:00 p.m.
  • Mill Race Village: Noon – 4:00 p.m. Don’t miss the variety of events that are scheduled for Sunday at Mill Race Historical Village including the traditional Duck Race at 3:30 p.m.
  • Eclipse Vintage Baseball: 1:00 pm Catch another vintage baseball game featuring the Eclipse Base Ball Club against the Lah-De-Dahs at Ford Field.

Takeaway

Northville’s historic downtown shows all its glory at the annual Fall Heritage Festival. Come, eat drink, and be merry with your neighbors and check out all the cool arts and entertainment.

New Countertops Equal Instant Equity

by The Jamey Kramer Group

New Countertops

New countertops are often on the minds of homeowners. If it’s not because you are longing for that high-end granite you see on HGTV remodeling shows, it might be because you are hoping to sell your home and want to add equity and sell-ability with one fix. Or maybe you recently had new countertops installed and are anxious to care for them the right way.

Fear not! New countertops are one of the best ways to add equity to your home. If you don’t have the budget for granite but are tired of your same-old kitchen, there are plenty of stylish options out there.

Popular Countertop Options

Here’s a rundown of some of the most popular kinds of new countertops.

Granite

While some home remodelers are saying granite isn’t as much in favor anymore as it was ten years ago, granite is still one of the most beautiful and durable surfaces you can use as kitchen countertops and it’s still very popular. It’s a natural material, which means no two kitchens covered in granite will be the same color or have the same markings. You can choose a bold pattern to make a statement or a relatively uniform pattern to complement the other finishings in your kitchen.

Quartz

Quartz countertops are making a surge forward in popularity right now. It also goes by the name engineered stone because of its construction. Quartz is a man-made blend of quartz chips and resin and has a more uniform look than granite. It can be found in many colors and patterns, which may appeal to those wanting a wider range of choices than what can be found in a natural stone. Quartz is very durable and almost as attractive as granite.

Butcher Block

Want the beauty of a natural element without the high cost of granite? Wood can offer all that, with do-it-yourself options abounding on Pinterest and the like. If you are not the do-it-yourself kind, commercial butcher block options are available at a much lower price point than granite or quartz. Like granite, if butcher block tops are treated right, they can last a lifetime. They need to be oiled to be waterproof once a year.

Concrete

Another versatile and surprisingly gorgeous surface is concrete. For those who love an industrial look, concrete can be tinted, honed, polished, and aged to look almost any way you want. Be aware that they are very heavy, and although you could relatively cheaply do-it-yourself, pouring and leveling concrete - ensuring there are no bubbles - is an art better left to those who are practiced. It also has to be sealed often or it will crack.

Marble

Marble is surprisingly affordable and very classy. This soft stone is vulnerable to chips, cracks, and staining which makes it less than ideal. However, some homeowners enjoy the wine stains and small scratches that show a life well-lived. Some really like the exceptional baking surface it provides. If this is you, a new marble countertop might be in your future.

Soapstone

Another softer tile, soapstone offers an unusual look, feel, and color compared to marble or granite. A dark gray color that darkens over time, soapstone will need to be oiled frequently in order not to crack, but the value and interest it adds will be well worth the work it takes. This is an especially good option for older homes to keep a feeling of your home’s period.

Solid Surfacing

This material is also known as Corian®. It’s made of polyester and acrylic and it comes in a wide range of colors. It is easily installed and requires almost no maintenance. Flaws can be sanded out. The downside is that it does look much more artificial than natural materials.

Takeaway

Changing your countertops will not only benefit your kitchen now, it will add equity to your home should you choose to sell. One of these options can add beauty and value to your kitchen all by itself.

 

How to Paint Your House to Sell

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Luxury kitchen

We all have our favorite colors. Dark cranberry accent walls have been popular in a number of houses in recent years. I see accent walls with geometric shapes in different colors all over the Internet, paired with super modern furniture and hanging plants.

The truth is, when it comes to the decorative arts, people have all different styles. What’s right for your home might not be what a potential buyer has in mind, or it might just not be neutral enough for some people to picture themselves living in your home.

The good news is, you can fix that inexpensively and go for a color that is sure to make buyers want to make an offer.

To make the biggest impact, you will need to paint your home its new color before your realtor comes to take pictures. Those pictures are what will make buyers want to make a showing appointment, so strongly consider taking down your U of M decor and painting over those bright yellow walls.

Colors That Help Homes Sell

According to a Zillow study which analyzed over 32,000 listings, there are colors that do best and colors that don’t.

Blue: You may be surprised to learn that blue is on the top of the list. But it’s not exactly what you would expect. Blue kitchens and blue bathrooms are beating out yellow kitchens and white bathrooms.

Zillow reports that light blue to soft gray-blue kitchens helped homes sell for $1809 more. The light blue often highlights white cabinets and countertops, which are very popular right now. On the flip side, straw yellow to marigold kitchens in homes sell for $820 less on average.

Powder blue or light periwinkle bathrooms helped sell homes for $5440 more on average, and white or off-white bathrooms sold for $4035 less on average.

Blue, in the form of navy, on a front door or in a dining room sold for more - up to $1900 more - than a red or terracotta dining room (which sold for $2000 less). Light indigo or dark cadet blue also helped sell in the bedroom: $1800 higher. As opposed to pink - light rose, antique rose - which made homes sell for $200 less on average.

Where did blue not do well? Surprisingly or not, blue did not do well in the living room. Neutral colors are appreciated in living spaces: light beige, pale taupe, oatmeal, and the like. Homes painted this color sold for $1809 higher than average. Blue living spaces sold for $820 less on average.

Greige: yes it’s a new word for gray/beige, but it carries a powerful impact for would-be decorators. If you want something that says move-in ready, opt for a greige exterior. There is no better way to update the look of your home than to paint that dark brown color a nice, fresh gray or gray/beige.

If you think about it - brown homes sold for $1970 less on average and greige homes sold for $1526 more on average – you are getting $3500 more for your house with this one simple step.

Takeaway

Whether or not you’re a big fan of all these colors, there’s no arguing that they can influence a house sale - particularly for those buyers who have a hard time picturing themselves in homes that aren’t painted in colors they like. Take some of the guesswork out of selling and paint your house in fresh, light neutrals before you put your house on the market.

In addition, having an experienced real estate agent by your side is imperative. If you are interested in selling your house, we would be happy to help. Please give our office a call today.

248-348-7200

 

 

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