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The Future of Home Buying - What You Need to Know

by The Jamey Kramer Group

The Future of Home Buying

The process of buying and selling homes has not changed significantly in a very long time; not since the invention of the Internet in the mid 1990’s. By now, we are all very well-versed in how the Internet aids the real estate market, but before that consumers were much more limited in how they could take ownership of buying and selling homes, relying on local advertisements and making bookings to physically see properties.

The Internet put a lot more information in the hands of consumers and real estate agents began to more equally represent buyers and not just sellers. Twenty years later, the Internet is evolving again. A new Internet of Things (IoT) has taken shape.

How will it shape how we look at buying and selling homes?

The Internet of Things

The IoT was first mentioned by Kevin Ashton, director of the Auto-ID Center at MIT, in 1999 in a presentation he made to Procter & Gamble. The basic concept of IoT is that technology will be integrated directly into the products we use and that we will rely on computers less. Ashton stated:

“If we had computers that knew everything there was to know about things - using data they gathered without any help from us - we would be able to track and count everything and greatly reduce waste, loss and cost. We would know when things needed replacing, repairing or recalling and whether they were fresh or past their best.”

This system is expected to usher in a new age of connectivity between many devices at all levels of life. For example:

  • Heart monitoring implants
  • Biochip transponders on farm animals
  • Electric clams in coastal waters or automobiles with built-in sensors among many others.

It will mean your home appliances will be able to report data to the Internet without any human intervention. We will then know better the answers to questions like:

  • How efficient is my heater?
  • How clean is the air in my home?
  • Are the windows letting in too much air or is my home sealed too tight?
  • Does my hot water heater need replacing?

How Will This Affect Real Estate?

We will be seeing more of this in the months and years to come. Smart homes are not just a thing of the future or a commodity for billionaires. The technology is being developed at a fast rate.

It will affect how buyers make decisions on homes as new information becomes available. Soon, buyers will be able to answer questions like this about potential homes before they decide to purchase or even view a home. Sellers will be able to market their homes in ever more creative ways and keep up to date on all their homes’ health and safety features.  

You can be a part of regulatory efforts for this new technology as the U.S. Department of Commerce brings together interest groups to ensure it develops with your security in mind. The National Association of Realtors is already part of the discussion.

Bringing it Home

Smart houses and the Internet of Things continue to transform our daily lives. A new era is being ushered in on how homeowners buy and sell their homes. If you would like to learn more, please give our office a call.


Weekend Events: Pumpkinfest Fall Festival in South Lyon, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

South Lyon, MI Pumpkinfest

Every year as the weather begins to change and we look forward to apple cider and pumpkin carving, South Lyon, Michigan throws its annual Pumpkinfest. This event is not to be missed!

There is a little something for everyone here - even booths for kids and teens - including live music, a biergarten, a 5K run, a farmer’s market, an art and craft fair, and much, much more!

The festivities will kick off on Friday, September 23 at 6 p.m. with a biergarten and entertainment on the main stage on Wells Street. The full festival runs on Saturday, September 24 and Sunday September 25 starting with the parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Make sure to arrive early and bring a blanket or lawn chair. Pumpkinfest is located throughout downtown South Lyon.

Pumpkinfest Activities & Contests

5k Fun Run

The Pumpkinfest 5K Run leads the Pumpkinfest Parade down Pontiac Trail. The run takes place at Millennium Middle School, 61526 9 Mile Rd, South Lyon, MI 48178. Runners should park in the Millennium Middle School parking lot that enters off of Pontiac Trail. Race day registration will start at 8:30 a.m. at the white tent in the northwest corner of the parking lot. The race starts promptly at 9:50 am.  

After the race, participants will be able to enjoy complimentary refreshments. If you would like more information about entering the race, please see: Pumpkinfest Run

Pumpkinfest Parade

The Annual Pumpkinfest Parade will begin on Saturday, September 24th, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. This year’s theme is “Halloween Heroes.” If you would like to enter a float for judging, your float should be in place by 8:30 a.m.

For more information about participating in the parade, and for tips on where to sit, please see: 32nd Annual Pumpkinfest Parade.

Activity & Game Booths

The Pumpkinfest will feature a number of activities and game booths for you and your family to enjoy including:

  • Dunk Tank
  • Photo Booths
  • Karaoke contest
  • The Great Pumpkin contest
  • Comerica Bank Art contest
  • Pumpkin Pie Eating contest
  • Scarecrow contest
  • Inflatables and more

Pumpkinfest Hours and Hines Park Main Stage Entertainment Schedule

Friday, September 24th:   Motown   

  • Hours:  6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Biergarten & Main Stage Entertainment only
  • 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.: Persuasion
  • 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Persuasion
  • 9:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.: Persuasion

Saturday, September 25th: 80's

  • Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Full Festival
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.: NIH
  • 12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Retro Active
  • 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: The Dupes
  • 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Social Bones
  • 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.: Short Bus
  • 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: Dig A Phony
  • 8:30 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.: REMEDY
  • 10:15 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.: REMEDY

Sunday, September 26th:    Country    

  • Hours: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Full Festival
  • 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Longneck Stranger
  • 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Longneck Stranger
  • 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Johnny Cash

Take Away

If you are looking for a fun way to spend this coming weekend, the South Lyon, Michigan Pumpkinfest is a great choice. From the parade on Saturday, pie eating contests, karaoke contests and more, the festival is filled with activities for the entire family.

For more information about the Pumpkinfest, please see: Pumpkinfest 2016

If you are interested in looking for a house in South Lyon and would like to learn more, please contact us. We would be honored to help.

Northville Heritage Festival 2016 – Take a Walk Through History

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Northville Heritage Festival 2016

The Northville Heritage Festival - formerly known as the Northville Victorian Festival – will be presented by the Northville Chamber of Commerce. This year, running from September 16-18, the festival will be held in historic downtown Northville, Michigan.

This is the perfect chance for you and your family to take a walk through history. The following are highlights you won’t want to miss.

Mill Race Village

Among many other beautiful attractions, Northville is home to historic Mill Race Village, which was opened on land donated to the city by the Ford Motor Company in order to preserve historic buildings faced with demolition.

The village was once the site of a grist mill, but now hosts several buildings: an inn, a blacksmith shop, a school, a church, a gazebo, a rustic wooden bridge, a general store, an Interurban station, and several homes from the period of architecture prior to 1900.

Parmenter’s Cider Mill

Northville also boasts Parmenter’s Cider Mill, which was opened in 1873 and originally built to produce vinegar. Today, you can buy seasonal cider and donuts, as well as a variety of Michigan wines. The grounds offer a peaceful stream with benches and many play structures for kids. Hours of operation are from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Friday.

The Northville Heritage Festival features, among other things:

  • Non-profit and vendor booths
  • Victorian Parade
  • Pancake Breakfast
  • Car Show & Beer Tent
  • Vintage Baseball Game
  • Church Service
  • Kids Zone & Games
  • Victorian Tea at Mill Race Village
  • Petting zoo
  • Street Performers

The Northville Heritage Festival Schedule of Events

Friday, September 16, 2016

9:00 am - Northville Public Schools 3rd Grade Program

  • 3rd grade class students from the Northville Public Schools will be participating in Victorian-related activities throughout town.

5:00 pm - 11:00 pm - Victorian Saloon

  • Corner of Cady St. and Wing St. 
  • Live music by The Shawn Riley Band from 7:00pm - 9:30pm.

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Nonprofit and vendor booths will be open

6:30 pm - Victorian Parade

Saturday, September 17, 2016

8:00 am - 11:00 am - Northville Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast

9:00 am - 4:00 pm - Maker Faire Car Show and Beer Tent

  • The Village Workshop, 455 E. Cady Street. 
  • Live music from Global Village from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

11:00 am - 8:00 pm Nonprofit and vendor booths will be open

11:00 am - 10:00 pm - Kids Zone at W. Main Street

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Petting Zoo (Farmer John’s Barnyard Express) on East Main Street near Hutton St.

1:00pm - 4:00pm - Mill Race Historical Village buildings will be open

1:00 pm - Eclipse Vintage Baseball will be held at Ford Field

6:00 pm - 11:00pm - Victorian Saloon

  • Corner of Cady St. and Wing St.
  • Live music by Steve Acho from 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Sunday, September 18, 2016

10:00 am - 11:00 am - Festival Church Service at Saloon

  • Corner of Cady St. and Wing St.

11:00 am - 4:00 pm - Nonprofit and vendor booths will be open

11:00 am - 4:00 pm - Kids Zone at W. Main Street

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Kids Games and Food at Mill Race Village

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Victorian Tea at Mill Race Village

1:00 pm - Eclipse Vintage Baseball will be held at Ford Field

3:30 pm - Duck Race at Mill Race Village

More Information

For more information and to purchase event tickets, please see The Northville Heritage Festival.

Labor Day Weekend Novi Events: Michigan State Fair & Shrine Circus

by The Jamey Kramer Group

2016 Michigan State Fair

Would you like something special to do with the family over the Labor Day weekend?

As the last days of summer wind down before children head off to school, you may be looking for some memory making events to enjoy with the family. If you live in the Novi, Northville, or South Lyon, Michigan area, you have a variety of exciting things to choose from.

Here are our top picks for events you won’t want to miss.

2016 Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair

  • September 1 – September 5, 2016
  • Thursday – Sunday:  Open from 10:00 am -10:00 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

If you have never attended the Michigan State Fair in Novi, Michigan, you are in for a treat. This year, your family will be able to enjoy:

  • The Arnold Amusements Carnival Midway Mania filled with carnival rides to delight both your child and the child in you.
  • The Shrine Circus
  • The 2nd Annual State Fair Superstar Contest at the Main Stage
  • An interior exhibition hall
  • Racing pigs and dog performances
  • An Equestrian Pavilion with competitions
  • Farmers Market with Michigan made products and Michigan grown produce
  • Baby animal exhibits
  • Scrumptious food and treats
  • Tons of contests you can watch or participate in from pie eating contests to Mother/Daughter & Father/Son Look Alike contests and more!


General Admission: Includes indoor exhibits, livestock, agriculture, home arts displays and demonstrations. General admission does not include carnival rides or entrance to the Shrine Circus performance area.

  • Online: $6.00 for adults and children 2 years and older
  • At the door: $8.00 for adults
  • At the door: $6.00 for children 3-11
  • Children 2 and under are free with a paying adult

Fair Admission and Carnival Rides Only Wristband

  • Online: $23.00

Fair Admission and Circus Only

  • Online: $23.00

Best Value: Fair, Shrine Circus Performance and Unlimited Rides Wristband

  • Online: $30.00 for adults and children 2 years and older
  • At the door price: $30.00 for adults and children 2 years and older

To purchase tickets online, please see: Michigan State Fair Tickets

Shrine Circus Performances

The Shrine Circus performances will be held:

  • Daily at: 12:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm, and 7:30 pm
  • Monday, September 5, 2016 the final circus performance is at 7:00 pm

For a detailed daily schedule of all events, please see: Schedule Breakdown

Parking: $5.00 Parking

Michigan State Fair Labor Day Parade

  • Monday, September 5
  • Time: 10:00 am

The Michigan State Fair Labor Day parade will begin promptly at 10:00 am on Monday, September 5 rain or shine. The parade will start at the Novi High School parking lot at 24062 Taft Rd. Novi, MI 48375, and proceed along Taft Road to Grand River Ave. It will conclude at the Suburban Collection Showplace’s East Main Entrance.

Special Announcement: 50% off coupons valid on State Fair Ultimate Tickets will be distributed at the parade.

Take Away

Novi, Michigan will be filled with family-friendly things to do this Labor Day weekend at the 2016 Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair located at the Suburban Collection Showplace and the Labor Day parade.

From all of us at the Jamey Kramer Group, have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!

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