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Best Places to Eat On Thanksgiving 2016 – Northville, Novi & South Lyon

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Best Places to Eat On Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year to get together with your favorite people, eat amazing food, watch sports games, and sit back and relax. It is also the time of year where you have the opportunity to be reminded of all the different blessings that are in your life. One favorite tradition is to write down one thing each day we are thankful for and then we pin it up on a banner in your home. This will help us all remember each day how thankful we truly are for what we have.

Maybe this holiday does not bring feelings of relaxation and feeling thankful feels hard to do at times. Do not feel bad, because you are definitely not alone. Making a huge meal for a lot of people, especially family, is not an easy task. It takes a lot of time, money, and preparation. This can often leave little room for relaxing. If this is the case for you, taking your family out to eat for Thanksgiving this year might be one of the best decisions you have ever made.

The Metro Detroit area offers a lot of amazing dining options. Here are a few open restaurants that you are sure to enjoy this 2016 Thanksgiving year. Each one has great reviews and a lot to offer to your family this Thanksgiving.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

  • 17400 Haggerty Road
  • Livonia, MI 48152
  • Phone: 734-542-9463
  • Thanksgiving Day Hours: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Who says that you have to have turkey on Thanksgiving? Why not forgo the traditional for a mouthwatering steak? Located on Haggerty Road in Livonia, Fleming’s Steak House is sure to impress you and your guests. This is a restaurant that knows how to do streak and wine and offers many different options from wet to dry-aged, broiled at 1,600 degrees or iron-crusted. They also offer a private dining option to give your Thanksgiving that intimate feeling without all the work. Reservations are required.

Traditional Options

Deadwood Bar and Grill

  • 18730 Northville Road
  • Northville, Michigan 48167
  • 248-347-4353
  • Thanksgiving Day Hours: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Deadwood Bar and Grill in Northville offers a unique atmosphere that will be sure to make your Thanksgiving Day a special one. Reservations are required. Be sure to call soon as reservations are filling up quickly.

Rocky’s of Northville

  • 41122 Seven Mile Road West
  • Northville, MI 48167
  • Phone: 248-349-4434
  • Thanksgiving Day Hours: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Rocky’s of Northville will be providing a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings for your Thanksgiving meal. In addition, you may choose from a limited menu that includes fish, steak, chicken, and pastas. Reservations are required.

Steve and Rocky’s

  • 43150 Grand River Ave
  • Novi, MI 48375
  • Phone: 248-374-0688
  • Thanksgiving Day Hours: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A Novi favorite, Steve and Rocky’s was named after the two owners and chefs. A traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings is available. Call today for your Thanksgiving dinner reservations.

Toasted Oak and Grill Market

  • 27790 Novi Road
  • Novi, MI 48377
  • Phone: 248-277-6000
  • Thanksgiving Day Hours: 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Conveniently located in The Baronette Renaissance Hotel in Novi next to Twelve Oaks Mall, Toasted Oak and Grill Market is offering a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for $35.00. You will also be able to select items from the menu. Reservations are highly suggested.  

Free Thanksgiving Dinner to Benefit the Novi Community

Moe’s On Ten

  • Free Thanksgiving Dinner, Wednesday, November 23: 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • 39455 W 10 Mile Rd
  • Novi, MI 48375
  • 248-478-9742

Moe Leon, owner of Moe’s On Ten, will be continuing his 27 year tradition of offering a free Thanksgiving feast to the Novi community. This year, meals will be served by members of the Novi Police Department. Donations are not required, but Leon does ask that guests make a donation that will benefit the needy this holiday season.

Wrapping Up

Having an amazing dinner out for Thanksgiving can prove to be one of the best choices you can make for your family. From all of us at the Jamey Kramer Group, have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!

Halloween Saftey Tips & Halloween hours

Are you gearing up for a great evening of trick-or-treating?

Halloween night is one of the most exciting nights for a child, and it is a great time to spend as a family. It is a chance to dress up as whatever you want, travel around your neighborhood, and fill bags full of candy. What child wouldn’t love this experience?

As with everything we do with our children, we want to keep them safe. Novi’s Police Chief, David Malloy, shares that the major dangers of trick-or-treating come from falls and pedestrian/car accidents. In light of keeping our children safe, there are a few tips that are helpful to keep in mind as you and your children are trick-or-treating.  

10 Halloween Safety Tips

  • Plan your route in advance. You can remind your children to use the street corners, traffic signals, and crosswalks. It is important that they remember that darting into a street can be extremely dangerous. If your child is old enough to go without you, talk through the route that they plan to take.

  • Remind your child of all crossing road tips like looking both left and right when crossing the street and making eye contact with drivers before you cross the street.

  • Avoid walking and texting. When you walk around, it’s a good idea to keep your head up and put your electronic devices down.

  • Plan to wear comfortable clothing: shoes and warm clothing.

  • Avoid costumes that can easily be tripped on. Make sure that costumes are hemmed to avoid tripping and falling.

  • Stay in areas that are well lit. For children out after dark, you can apply reflective tape to your child’s costume or to their trick-or-treating bag to make sure that drivers see them on the road.

  • Carry a flashlight with you so that you can keep your child’s path.

  • Avoid Masks. While masks seem to make a costume, they can also keep your child from seeing well and possibly breathing. An alternative is to skip the mast and use makeup to help complete a costume.

  • Check the candy. Once your children come home at the end of the night, take some time to go through the candy and throw away any candy that might not be in a wrapper or looks like it has been opened.

  • Children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by an adult at night. For children old enough to be out alone, discuss the path. Encourage your children to stick to familiar, lit areas, and to stay in groups.

Trick-or-Treating Hours for Northville, Novi, and South Lyon

  • Northville Halloween Trick-or-Treating Hours: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Note: Northville will be closing down several streets between 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm to help ensure safety. To check the specific streets that will be shut down, please see Northville’s Halloween notice.  
  • Novi Trick-or-Treating Recommended Hours: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • South Lyon Trick-or-Treating Hours: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • To check out other Oakland County town’s trick-or-treating hours, please see:  Halloween Trick or Treat Hours – Oakland County Michigan.

From all of us at the Jamey Kramer Group, have a fun and safe Halloween!


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.

Fall 2016 School District Start Dates for Novi, Northville & South Lyon

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Fall 2016 School District Start Dates

It may be hard to believe school will be starting so soon - especially if you are in the middle of that one last vacation or currently soaking up summer at the beach. For Novi, Northville, and South Lyon, Michigan, school will be starting after Labor Day, as Michigan law dictates:

  • South Lyon schools start September 6th with a half school day for all students.

Michigan is one of only three states, including Minnesota, and Virginia requiring schools to wait until after Labor Day to start classes. Wisconsin’s law prevents schools from starting until September 1st.

Why Michigan Starts School After Labor Day

In September of 2005, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm signed legislation as part of a jobs package intended to facilitate the tourism industry calling it “a great economic tool that will create new job opportunities in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.” The law went to affect in the 2006-2007 school year.

Some School Districts Get Waivers

Since 2006, school administrators in Southeast Michigan, which are less affected by the tourism industry, have been filling out paperwork to apply for waivers each year to get permission to start earlier.

Many school districts have been denied waivers and still have post Labor Day start dates, but more schools are getting waivers - conditions for which were written into the law - to start earlier. There are at least 53 school districts and charter schools, 16 intermediate districts and 13 independent school districts which have waivers from the Michigan Dept. of Education.

The conditions for waivers include:

  • Operate on a year-round calendar
  • Offer summer learning options to all students targeting specific district goals  
  • Provide early/middle college programs in partnership with post-secondary institutions

That many of Southeast Michigan’s schools meet the conditions for the waiver attests to this area’s different needs from that of the Upper Peninsula, although 16 districts and 9 independent districts have been denied waivers this year due to failure to comply with one of the conditions.

In the past, as many as 100 school districts have received waivers. The State of Michigan has mandated five more instruction days to be added to the upcoming school year - 180 total up from 175 for last year - which means going deep into June when students and teachers are ready for a break, instead of adding them in before Labor Day when everyone is fresh from vacation.

Another factor making waivers helpful is that the M-STEP - the major test each district is gearing its students toward taking each year - ends in mid May, so a school year that runs more concurrently with the testing schedule, ending shortly after the tests are done instead of running into mid June, make more sense for students and teachers.

Take Away

Michigan’s after Labor Day school start date was put into practice to help the state’s tourism industry in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. The intent was to create new job opportunities. A number of schools districts throughout the middle and lower portion of Michigan that are not impacted by tourism have applied for waivers to start earlier.

If you live in Northville, Novi, or South Lyon, Michigan, school will begin on September 6, 2016.

Campgrounds Close to Novi, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Campground close to Novi, MI

Summertime is the perfect time to gather the family, your favorite tent, and head out to some of Michigan’s best places for camping. There is something special about being outdoors, roasting marshmallows, and making s’mores.

Some of my favorite memories are of being around a campfire with my favorite people, laughing, singing, and sharing with those I love. The best part of all is that almost every single camping experience I have ever had has been at one of Michigan’s own campgrounds.

If you are looking to take your family on a camping trip, you may be surprised that you don’t have to drive too far to experience some of Michigan’s most beautiful camping sites. Here are 5 favorite Michigan campsites within 1 hour of Novi, Michigan.

5 Favorite Michigan Campsites Within 1 Hour of Novi

  1. Camp Dearborn

1700 General Motors Rd
Milford, MI 48380
Phone: 248-684-6000

If you are looking to stay super close to home, then Camp Dearborn is the place to go. This campground is located in heart of Milford, Michigan, just 10 miles from Novi. You can take your pick from over 190 different camping sites for only $35.00 a night.

When camping at Camp Dearborn, you are getting the best of both worlds – being out in the wilderness, while also being right next to downtown Milford which hosts tons of great restaurants. While at the campground, you can experience several lakes, Mystic Creek Golf Course, and playgrounds.

  1. Pontiac Lake Recreation Area

7800 Gale Road
Waterford MI, 48327
Phone: 248-666-1020

Another great place to camp if you are looking to stay super close to home is Pontiac Lake Recreation Area located approximately 16 miles north of Novi in Waterford, Michigan. This campground has 176 sites at just $19 a night. The amount of actives to do here are endless. Enjoy: fishing, horseback riding, hanging at the beach, boating, hunting, hiking, mountain biking, radio controlled flying, and even metal detecting. If you have an active family, then this is your place.

  1. Auburn Hills/ Holly KOA Campground

7072 E. Grange Hall Rd
Holly, MI 48442
Phone: 248-634-0803

Maybe you love the idea of getting away with your family, but rustic camping does not appeal to you. If this is the case, heading over to Auburn Hills/Holly’s KOA is a great option. They have sites for RV camping, tent, and even have cabin accommodations.

This place is not your typical campground with a pancake breakfast buffet on weekends where kids eat free. They have an outdoor movie theatre, pool, mini golf, biking, express train rides, outdoor bowling, zip lines, a high ropes course, and a jumping pillow to name a few. This is a place your entire family will be begging to go back each year.

  1. Taylor’s Beach Campground

6197 N. Burkhart Road
Howell, MI 48855
Phone: 517-546-2679

Located in Howell, Michigan, Taylor’s Beach Campground has much to offer the whole family that is not too far from Novi. There is an arcade room, indoor and outdoor movies, horseback riding, golf carts, paddle boards, fishing, and a beautiful lake to swim in.

  1. Proud Lake Recreation Area

3500 N. Wixom Road
Commerce Twp. MI, 48382
Phone: 248-685-2433

With 4,700 acres, Proud Lake Recreation Area is located along the Huron River in Oakland County. It offers a variety of activities including over 20 miles of trails, swimming, boat rentals (canoes, row boats, paddle boats and kayaks), fishing, cabin rentals, and more.

Take Away

These are just a few of the campgrounds that Michigan has to offer. Camping near Novi, Michigan is sure to be an amazing experience for your entire family. If you are thinking of moving to the Novi, South Lyon, or Northville, we would love to answer any questions you have about the area. Please give us a call today.


Live Concerts at McHattie Park, South Lyon, MI – Summer 2016

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Do you love summer and live music? Then, the live concerts at McHattie Park Historic Village in South Lyon, Michigan are the perfect place to be.

All summer long, McHattie Park hosts different bands at the gazebo. Concerts in the Park is a great community event that brings friends and family members together every Friday night. Pack up some lawn chairs and head out starting next Friday.

  • Location: Gazebo in McHattie Park at 300 Dorothy Street, South Lyon, MI
  • Days and Time: Every Friday (Except the 4th of July) from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The 2016 Schedule for Concerts in the Park at McHattie Park:

  • Friday, June 10 - GEMINI

Gemini is an acoustic band that writes and plays music for children and families. They are a fun band with a great ability to bring out the humor of family life. Enjoy sing-alongs, folk tales, and music from all over the globe.

  • Friday, June 17 – SURF ZUP

If you love music from the 60’s, then this is your band. Surf Zup is on a mission to bring back all your favorite guitar hits from this era. Their sound has a mixture of guitars, drums, catchy beats, and melodies that makes for a powerful sound. They say their music is referred to as “Sur Music.” They choose to play music in their original form without vocals.

  • Friday, June 24 – WAYNE WOODS BOYS

Wayne Woods Boys is a traditional bluegrass and country music band that is sure to play some of your classic favorites.

  • Friday, July 8 – JUDY BANKER BAND

This singer/songwriter mixes her style with a blend of folk, jazz, and blues that comes out with a country flare. Her songs are original and are “heartbreakingly honest.”

  • Friday, July 15 – BILL BYNUM & CO.

The Bill Bynum and CO. is a band that blends the guitar, electric guitar, banjo, fiddle, bass, and powerful vocals. With a country/bluegrass feel, they have a mixture of both traditional and original songs.

Are you looking to dance a little and have a great time? Then coming to watch the Creole Du Nord perform live will definitely offer that. According to the leader, Mark Palms, it is his mission to, “find Cajun and Zydeco Tunes, Waltzes and old time fiddle tunes that life the spirit.”

This band is a South Lyon classic as they have come back year after year with music from the 50’s, 60’s that the whole family will enjoy. These are talented men as they are able to play several different instruments and might leave you shocked that the two alone can make the music they do.

  • Friday, August 5 - NESSA

This Celtic fusion band is sure to impress. The multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Kelly McDermott, will be sure to amaze you with her incredible flute technique and her “soulful” voice. Rob Crozier joins her as the other co-founder and also a great multi-instrumentalist. The two blend aspects of classical, folk, jazz, and funk to create beautiful, rich music.

Come Out and Enjoy

The fun community event, Concerts in the Park, is great for the whole family, and all will be sure be a great time. Come check out these great bands and what makes South Lyon such a great place to live. For more information about the concerts, please see the official South Lyon, Michigan website. 

If you are looking at moving to South Lyon, Michigan and want to find you more information about the town, we would love to answer any questions you may have. Please give us a call today.



3 Essential Steps to Take Before You Buy a House

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Dreaming of your next house or even your first home is an exciting thought. You might have pinned favorite features of certain homes on your Pinterest board, or cut out favorite kitchens from a magazine. Imagining all the great aspects of a home is helpful to do, but when the time comes to really start to take that dream to a reality, doing a few steps will make the process go a little bit more smoothly.

House hunting can be intimidating and exciting all wrapped up together. Taking these three steps can help with the intimidation piece and leave you feeling confident about the house hunting process. Here are three steps to take before you head out house hunting.

Step 1 – Get Your Finances Together  

When searching for a house, one of the big key questions you will ask yourself is, “How much house can I afford?” This will help you narrow your search as you look online and before you ever step into a prospective house.  Getting pre-approved for a mortgage means that you have talked with a mortgage broker, that you have given him or her your financial information, and he or she has given you an idea of what the price range that would be healthy for you to afford.

It is important to remember that everyone’s threshold of what they can afford might be different than what a broker states. In addition, make sure you are looking at the entire monthly mortgage payment and not just the list price of a house. Features of a home could impact the monthly cost of a home. For example, does the house have a pool? The home insurance might be higher. Is the home in a flood plain? There might be mandatory flood insurance required. Real estate taxes can vary greatly, so when you are looking at a house and before you walk in, know what the estimated monthly mortgage payment will be.

Step 2 – Make Different Lists

When you are looking for a house, it is a great idea to sit down and think through what it is that you want. Come up with a list of must-haves, wishes, could live without, can’t live without, etc. A staff writer at Zillow broke down questions into four different categories: financial, location, structure, and lifestyle. She came up with 20 questions that flow into one of these categories. Examples she lists include:

  • Could you live in a one-story, two-story, townhouse, or condo?
  • Do you need any special features for your pets?
  • Do you need wheelchair access or limited stairs?
  • Are the school systems important to you?
  • Are you willing to do extra renovations?

Step 3 – Find an Experienced Realtor

Having a realtor to help you in your house search can be the key to your success. This is especially true if you are a first time home owner. There are many details that first time home buyers might not be aware of and having an experienced advocate can make a huge difference as you search. In addition, a realtor can be extra helpful when you are new to the area. They can help guide you into what is best for you and your family. Having your list thought through will be helpful for them when they help you look for houses.

Our Invitation

If you are looking a buying a house in Northville, Novi, or South Lyon, Michigan, we here at the Jamey Kramer Group would like to help you in your process.  We have the experience and would be honored to help you find the perfect home for you and your family. We invite you to call today:


Memorial Day Events in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon for 2016

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Mark your calendars for this year’s Memorial Day events. Memorial Day is a great day for rest, barbecuing, and hanging with family, but what makes this day so special is the opportunity to stop and thank our veterans for all the sacrifices that they have made for our country.

Towns all over the country take time to celebrate those that we have lost, and those that have put themselves in harm’s way to protect us. While each person’s service might look different – some as a nurse, some on the battlefield, some building parts, some cooking for the soldiers - no matter what a veteran’s role was, we are unbelievably grateful for their willingness to serve protect our country.

Memorial Day in Northville, Michigan

Northville’s Memorial Day Parade

  • Northville – 10:00 am
  • Location: Downtown Northville

The Northville Memorial Day parade draws thousands of people each year in honor of our veterans. Please call the VFW at 248-348-1490 for more information.

Memorial Day in Novi, Michigan

Novi Memorial Day Run

Novi will be hosting their 5th annual Novi Memorial Day Run located at Fuerst Park at Taft Road, south of 10 Mile Road. You can choose to do a 10K, 5K Run/Walk, or a one-mile family run. The run is a special family event for children, adults, and veterans. There will be finisher medals for all 5K and 10K runners. Bring a donation of canned food and you will receive a $5.00 discount on registration for the race.

  • 8:00 am will be the 10K Run
  • 8:15 am will be the start of the 5K Run/Walk
  • 9:00 am - 1 Mile Family Fun/Walk

The St. James Food Pantry will be beneficiary of the food donations. They are requesting the following canned items:

  • Canned meat
  • Tuna and chicken
  • Canned fruit
  • Ravioli
  • Spaghetti
  • Beef stew
  • Manwich®
  • Cereal

To register online, please see the online registration form. To receive the $5.00 off while checking out online, use the promo code, NMDR 2016. If you register before 5/25/16, you will be guaranteed a t-shirt.

Parking will be at the Novi High School which is adjacent to Taft Road. There should be plenty of convenient spaces to park. A DJ and refreshments will be awaiting runners at the end of the line. There will also be B-Tag Timing. For more information, please see, Novi Memorial Day Run.

Memorial Day Parade in Novi, Michigan

Make sure to stick around because immediately following the race will be the Novi Memorial Day Parade. The parade route will be along Ten Mile beginning at Karim Blvd. There will be a Memorial Day service at the Novi Civic Center after the parade concludes. Check here for the Memorial Day Flyer.  For more information, please see the City of Novi’s website.

Memorial Day Parade in South Lyon, Michigan

South Lyon will be hosting their annual Memorial Day Parade located in Downtown South Lyon. The parade will start at 9:00 am at Bartlett Elementary, make its way east on 10 Mile Road, proceed through downtown to Reynold Sweet Parkway, and end with a ceremony in the South Lyon Cemetery.

Enjoy and Remember

No matter where you choose to spend your Memorial Day, we know that anyone of these events and ceremonies will touch your heart and remind you, as it does for us all, about the sacrifices made to give us the freedoms we have today. To read more about specific stories of those veterans that live in this community, please check out the City of Novi’s newsletter.

The Importance of a School District When Buying a House

by The Jamey Kramer Group

The Importance of a School District When Buying a House

How important is the school district when buying a home? The answer might be determined on your own current situation. Do you have children, are you single and just buying your first home, or are you an empty nester?

Whatever your situation might be, it is important to realize the school district where your new house is located might have a measurable impact.

While many factors influence buying a home like price, size, and amenities, the school quality and location are influential factors. According to the 2014 National Association of realtors Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 29% of home buyers listed the school quality as a deciding factor, and 22% listed the proximity to the school as deciding factor when buying a home.

Here are 3 Tips to help you when deciding about school districts when buying a home.

  1. Research the School District

Whether you have children or not, you will want to research the school district you are moving into. Living in a community that has good schools means a few things for you as a home owner: good schools translate into good neighborhoods, home value stability, higher resale price, and a great educational experience.

Researching the school district or school can be done in a few ways. Many online sites will have the school’s ranking listed. In fact, you can even search by school district if you are hoping to buy in a specific district.

  1. Understand School Ratings

Each school is given a national rating on a scale of 1 -10 with 10 being the highest. While understanding exactly how each school is given this score is somewhat complex, it is determined by diversity, scores on standardized test, and graduation percentage to name a few. If you are interested in moving into an area that has a school district or school with a low number, it is important to ask around, talk with school officials, and get an understanding of what might be impacting that score.

It is also important to realize the score alone can be limiting and can fluctuate from year to year. For example, a family bought a house in a school district that had a perceived lower school district score. However, they knew the community well. They knew that the middle school had hired a new principal that was amazing. They felt confident that although the school was ranked low, it would raise in the future. With no need to move out of the district, they felt it was worth waiting it out. In the end, the school went from a score of 6 to a score of 8 with a few changes. This increase in score will not only boost the value of their home, it will influence the ability for the house to sell quickly, and the owners feel great about the community they live in.

  1. Use the Help of a Realtor

When you are buying a house, creating a “must have” list will help your realtor to make sure they are showing you the right homes to help your search. A good realtor should know the ins and outs to the community you are moving into. They can help give you more details about parts of the community that you might not be able to research on your own.

Make the Best Decision for You

Your own situation will determine how important the school system is for you. Knowing that having a good school system can greatly impact the neighborhood and community that you live in, will help you make a great choice. Researching the school district, understanding the school ratings, and getting an experienced and educated realtor to assist you in your home buying process will help you make best decision for you and your family.

If you are interested in moving to the Novi, Northville, and South Lyon, Michigan areas and are curious to know more about the school districts, we would love to talk with you. Please feel free to give us a call.


Easter Egg Hunts in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon, Michigan 2016

by The Jamey Kramer Group

One of my favorite childhood memories is looking out into a wide open field and seeing thousands of multi-colored Easter eggs scattered throughout the field. I will never forget the excitement as the whistle blew, and I ran out with all my might to try to grab as many eggs as I could.

There is something exciting and magical about an Easter egg hunt that all kids will enjoy. Whether you experienced an Easter egg hunt as a child or you never got a chance to go to one, taking your family will be a sweet memory you will treasure for years.

Thankfully, there is an egg hunt that is near you if you live in the Northville, Novi and South Lyon, Michigan area. So, make sure to mark your calendars because these super fun hunts are ones you will not want to miss. Activities including crafts, visits from the Easter Bunny, and fire trucks are all just a few things that you can expect along with the magical egg hunts.

Want to know the best part? You have come to the right place to find out all the information you need to know to make your plans. Below is the information for Easter events happening in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon, Michigan.

Northville, Michigan: Easter Egg Hunt: Egg-Stravaganza

  • Saturday, March 26, 2016
  • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Location: Maybury State Park, 20145 Beck Rd, Northville, MI 48167

Be sure to mark your calendar for the annual Egg-Stravaganaza that is hosted by the friends of Maybury State Park. Located on Beck Road in Northville, you will be sure to have a great time. For more information, please call the park at 248-349-8390.

Novi, Michigan Easter Egg Hunt: EggStravaganza

  • Sunday, March 20, 2016
  • 2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Location: Furest Park, 45325 10 Mile Road, Novi, Mi 48375
  • Cost: $5.00 per child

At the Novi Eggstravagaza, you will find a multi age egg hunt, crafts, and a visit from the Easter Bunny himself. The cost is $5.00 per child for ages 2 and up. To register, please see Online Registration / Registration Information.

For the event flyer, please see: Eggstravagaza Flyer.

Novi, Michigan: Skate with the Easter Bunny

  • Sunday, March 20, 2016
  • 3:00 pm  – 4:50 pm
  • Location: Novi Ice Arena, 42400 Nick Lidstrom Drive, Novi, MI 48375
  • Cost $5 a person and $3 per skate rental

Want to spend more time with the Easter Bunny? You can skate with him at the Novi Ice Arena. Be ready to win some prizes and have a great time. For more information, please call 248-347-1010.

Novi Michigan: Paradise Park Easter Egg Hunt

  • Saturday, March 26, 2016
  • 10:15 am
  • Location: Paradise Park, 45799 Grand River, Novi, MI 48374
  • Cost for Easter Egg Hunt: $7.00 per person
  • Optional Buffet Lunch (11:00 am to 12:30 pm): $9.95 per person
  • Pre-registration is required – call 248-735-1050

This is one event you won’t want your children to miss. The Paradise Park festivities start at 10:15 am and your children will be able to collect some of the thousands of eggs that will be filled with candy, tokens, and surprises!

After the Easter egg hunt, a buffet lunch will be offered for the additional fee of $9.95 per person. The buffet will be served from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm and will include appetizers, pizza, breadsticks, salad, and unlimited beverages.

South Lyon, Michigan Annual Easter Egg Scramble

  • March 26, 2016
  • 11:00 am
  • Location: Volunteer Park, 21620 N. Dixboro,  South Lyon, MI 48178

Come and enjoy South Lyon’s annual Easter egg hunt sponsored by the South Lyon Kiwanis. At 11:00 am, the Easter bunny will arrive and ready to visit with children. Do your kids like big trucks? Then be ready for a visit for the South Lyon’s Fire and Police Departments that will be joining the fun with lots of equipment for the kids to check out and learn about.

The egg hunt will start at 12:00 pm. The hunt will be divided by age group. The first group to start will be the youngest and will go up from there. Be sure to bring your children’s favorite basket to collect their eggs in.

Take Away

Easter egg hunts and events in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon, Michigan are the perfect way to get outside, enjoy the family, enjoy activities, and have a blast watching your kids. This year is filled with events you won’t want to miss.

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