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Northville, Michigan – Great Things to Do This Weekend

by The Jamey Kramer Group

CampfireAre you looking to move to a city that offers family activities on the weekend?

With the weekend only one day away, we wanted to share with you what Northville, Michigan has planned for its residents and anyone who wants to visit.

Northville is definitely a family friendly city that makes you feel right at home.

Free Camping

Do you love to camp? Are you interested in camping, but don’t want to waste money or time in case you don’t like it?

This weekend, as part of the National Wildlife Federation's annual Great American Backyard Campout, head over to nearby Island Lake State Recreation Area where you can stay for free on June 22nd. To reserve your campsite, please contact the park office at 810-229-7067. You can bring a trailer or camp in a tent.

Not only is the camping free, but there will be ladder ball, nature programs, tug-o-war, canoes, s’mores and storytelling around the campfire. For more about the park, please see: www.michigan.gov/islandlake and for more on the event, please see the NorthvillePatch.com.

Free Food

If camping is not your style, but eating is, then you will want to head down the road to Plymouth and check of the Great Tastes of Michigan. This weekend at Busch’s Free Food Market, 40 Michigan companies will be offering free samples.

Free Thyroid Support

Do you or someone you know and love have a thyroid condition? The Integrative Wellness Centers want to lend you their support. Check out the ad from the Northville Patch to see if this is the right place for you.

“Are you still suffering from the following “thyroid symptoms” despite thyroid hormone therapy and normal lab tests. Inability to lose weight, Unexplained weight gain, Dry, flaky skin, Irrational Moods, Insomnia, Heart Palpitations, Hot Flashes, Constipation, Chronic infections, Depression, Hair loss or thinning of hair, especially the outer third of the eyebrow Brain Fog, Life-altering fatigue, Craving of carbohydrates and sweets. If you have any of the previously listed symptoms and want help naturally and safely, then you need to attend our next Thyroid Seminar. Call our clinic Integrative Wellness Centers at 734-779-1650 or register online at www.iwcenters.com.”

Dispose of Hazard Waste

Do you have household hazard waste around the house and want to get rid of it, but don’t know how?

The City of Northville has published information on their website that on Saturday the 22nd at Henry Ford Community College there will be a “Household Hazard Waste Event”. It will be going on from 8 am – 2 pm.

If you’re looking for more information, check out the city’s website at City of Northville, Michigan.

Vintage Baseball

If you love history and baseball, you will want to head over to watch the Northville Eclipse at Ford Field in Northville, Michigan, adjacent to Historic Mill Race Village on Sunday, June 23 at 2:00 pm. The Northville Eclipse is a group of volunteers that play baseball the same way they did in 1860s. This is a favorite family event that you won’t want to miss.

Northville is one of metro Detroit’s most family friendly cities to live in, and from the list above you can see why. All these events are just another weekend in Northville.

Which Northville event do you plan to attend? I have to be honest. I’m looking forward to the Great Tastes of Michigan. Have a wonderful weekend!

How to Amp Up Your Home’s Curb Appeal for Less

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Roof inspection checklistAre you interested in selling your home?

Picture this, a young couple drives by your home. They notice the for sale sign and right away, they fall in love with your house. There is something about the home that is drawing them in. They decide that they have to stop and see the house. You happened to have an open house that day. As the young couple strolls through your home they realized that it is just as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. They love it and they are ready to buy it.

It is going to be a beautiful day in Northville, Michigan today with temperatures in the low to mid 70s and sunny all day. It’s a perfect day for house hunting.

Today, we are sharing all about curb appeal. Curb appeal is the buyers’ first impression and with a little investment, it can make all the difference.

Investing into curb appeal doesn’t have to break your bank. It is one of the easiest ways to add a wow factor to your home. Here are a few ways that you can amp up your home’s curb appeal for less.

1. Clean Up

The first one is practically free of cost. Let’s just start with cleaning up the outside of your home. Putting bikes away, pulling weeds, and cleaning off sidewalk chalk. This first step seems simple, but you would be surprised how much this can put your home ahead in the competition.

2. Paint

A bucket of paint and additional address numbers will add that something extra to your home. Add a fresh coat of paint to your door to stand out. Don’t forget to check your mailbox to see if it needs a fresh coat as well. Also make your the address numbers on the house and in top shape and don’t be afraid to purchase some new ones if you need to.

3. Planting

I know, it may sound unpractical to plant flowers when you are planning on moving. However, this investment if done right will be inexpensive for you and will bring more people to your front door.

Zillow.com has this to say about planting when selling your home,

“Plant some flowers along your front walkway or add planters by your front door. Window boxes are another great way to add color and interest to your home’s exterior. Just be sure you tend to your flowers after you plant them. Wilted or dying pansies will not do much to enhance your home’s appeal.”

 

Purchasing container plants can add up quickly, so don’t be afraid to get your hands in the dirt and add some color to your yard. Remember that a welcome mat and some all-weather art can you a long way.

I personally and highly recommend sprucing up your curb appeal. It might make all the difference.

When you found your dream home, what was the first thing you noticed about the home?

Novi, Michigan - The Origin of Its Mysterious Name

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Novi, Michigan

Are you a history buff?

Would you love to move to a city with historic mystery?

Hello and happy Thursday! The end of the week is in sight! I have to admit, I love history. I was one of those nerds in school that actually enjoyed reading their history books. I think that is one of the reasons why I am so drawn to Novi, Michigan.

Where Novi got its name is actually unknown, however, there are many theories. These theories include a romantic plot, a logical idea, and many others. According to the City of Novi’s historical page, there are 9 theories on how Novi was crowned with the name, Novi.

Novi was once known as West Farmington when the first post office was established in 1827. The first man to make his claim on Novi was John Gould, and he was named postmaster of the township and actually ran the office out of his house.

It wasn’t long until the township started growing, and it became time for West Farmington to have a name of its own. Somehow, between 1827 when the post office was established and 1830, the township became Novi, the city we know and love today.

The Romantic Theory

This theory, believe it or not, comes from Yugoslavia and is the most recent theory. Once there lived a Muslim girl who met and fell in love with one of Napoleon’s soldiers. She left her family and her beliefs to marry this young soldier. They came and settled in the “wilds of Michigan”. In Yugoslavia, Novi means “new”. You can picture that maybe Novi was a new beginning for this young couple.

The Widely Accepted Theory

Novi was the 6th or (No. VI) township in the southwest part of Oakland County. The number, No. VI, was merged and became the name, Novi.

The Blacksmith’s Wife Theory

According to the City of Novi,

The humorous anecdote regarding the blacksmith-preacher whose wife's name was Vivian, or "Vi": ... The blacksmith-preacher was most awfully tight and forever vetoed any spending suggestions from his wife... It was always "No Vi" to anything until his place was referred to by the whole neighborhood as, "down to No Vi's" then as "No Vi's Corners", and then just plain, "Novi".”

If you want to read more about the origins of Novi’s name and the rest of the theories, visit the city’s website.

None of these theories have yet to be confirmed, and that is why the name Novi is such a historical mystery.

Northville Downs - And They're Off!

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Northville Downs logo​Summer racing season is upon us at Northville Downs. Located in the heart of southeast Michigan, this popular harness racing track offers live races as well as simulcast racing and charity poker.

About Northville Downs
Northville race track, in business since 1944, is open seven days a week, from noon until midnight. The race offers 30 live harness and thoroughbred races daily plus more than 350 simulcast races for you to wager on. Admission and parking is free.

Facilities at Northville include a 250-seat trackside restaurant, concessions and a Saturday night buffet as well as 350 flat screen television sets to watch all of the off-site action and wireless Internet access. Northville also operates a charity casino on Saturdays and Sundays, with blackjack, Texas Hold 'Em poker and roulette.

Northville race track is located on Center Road at the intersections of Seven Mile and Sheldon Roads.

Invisible Nightmares to Look For When Buying a House

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Roof inspection checklistDo you know what to look for when buying a home?

Is something holding you back from buying your dream house?

I sat across from a young lady who was about 27 years old. She sat there with her cup of coffee while handing her toddler an organic apple snack. She along with her family wanted to move to Novi, Michigan, but something was holding them back.

This family felt they were throwing their money away by renting and had the money to put down on a house. They were excited, but very hesitant. As a real estate agent, I was thrilled to work with them because they were in the perfect spot to purchase a home and they had already picked a great location.

When I asked her what she was hesitant about, she said that committing to a home and all the invisible nightmares kept her up at night. She said when you own a home there is no maintenance department to call when something needs to get fixed. I smiled at her because this is a common hesitancy of many potential buyers these days. I reassured her that there are a few things to look for in a house to reduce the risk of having invisible nightmares. She smiled back at me and said “good because I would love to own a house”.

Today, I’m sharing those same invisible nightmares to look for with you.

Mold Nightmares

Let’s start off with one of the scary ones. Mold is often hidden and you don’t notice it right away. Once you’ve found a home that you love, the best thing you can do to prevent a mold nightmare is to have a professional come in. They will inspect every inch of your future dream home.

Foundation Nightmares

Take the time to examine basement walls as well as the outside foundation for any cracks. Don’t forget to look for termite or carpenter ant damage. Get Rich Slowly, a personal finance company, recommends that a potential buyer should check to see if the home inspector will ensure that the house will be free from infestation for one year or more.

Door and Window Nightmares

This one is easy. When looking at the home, go around to each door and window and perform little experiment. Open and close each one.

Roof Nightmares

When looking through the home, spend time outside looking at the roof. Make sure you don’t see any missing or cracked shingles. If you do, you may have a hidden opportunity. According to Get Rich Slowly,

“If you’re willing to get up on the roof, a home with a poor roof may present an opportunity to get a credit during the bidding process (with a recommendation from an inspector) that is worth the price of a professional doing the job. You can then turn around and buy the materials and do it yourself, while pocketing the remainder of the money to apply towards your loan or other projects.”

 

For more hidden nightmares check out an article written by the Huffington Post, Hidden Home Problems To Look Before Buying A House. If you have any concerns about what to look for when purchasing a house, please call 248-348-7200 and ask for Jamey Kramer.

Things to do in Northville Michigan for a Fun Filled Weekend

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Northville, Michigan

Have you ever experienced a Northville weekend?

Are you looking for something to do this weekend?

Northville, Michigan is one of the greatest communities in the Metro Detroit area to live in. More and more people are deciding to move to Northville each year for its family friendly charm. The residents of this city enjoy the hometown feel without shutting down on the weekends.

On a beautiful Thursday like today, many of us are already planning this weekend’s activities. From what the weather man is saying - this is going to be a beautiful weekend.

You don’t have to go far to enjoy your weekend. Today, we are sharing about what is happening right in Northville. You may not be aware how much this city has to offer.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Do you love fresh and local produce? Northville boasts one of the best farmer’s markets in the area. Every Thursday from 8 am – 3 pm, you can stop by the Northville Downs parking lot to find almost every type of fruit and vegetable you can imagine.

Friday, June 7, 2013

If you are looking to see a Pulitzer Prize musical you are in luck. This Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm the Two Muses Theatre presents Next To Normal. If you haven’t heard of this musical, check out their website to see if this is your perfect Friday night date at: www.nexttonormal.com/media

Saturday, June 8. 2013

Do you love finding a great deal? On Saturday there are two large garage sales that may be worth you time.

Quail Ridge Garage Sale: This a subdivision annual garage sale and here are the items that were listed in the Northville Patch,

“Featured items: Furniture, household items, lawn and garden tools, baby and toddler items, infant and kids clothes, Hanna Andersson items and scrapbook”

Girl Scout Cadette Troop 336 Garage Sale

This garage sales boasts about 15+ families and if you can’t make it on Saturday you can come on Sunday between 9 am and 4 pm.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

What do you think of when you think of baseball? Do you think of big time names like Babe Ruth? Baseball has quite a history. This Sunday you can experience a bit of baseball’s history by attending a Vintage Base Ball Game right in Northville, Michigan. Here is the listing from the Northville Patch,

“The Northville Eclipse is a volunteer group of baseball and history enthusiasts who compete against other Midwest vintage teams, using the rules and gentlemanly conduct of the 1860s. Vintage base ball is not only a competitive game; it’s a tribute to the sport and similar to an American Civil War reenactment. This version of the sport is played without swearing, sliding, spitting or any sort of playing gloves.”

 

You can see more about this weekend and even more activities at the Northville Patch.com. What event are you planning on going to?

5 Secrets Realtors Use to Sell Your House

by The Jamey Kramer Group

​Would you like to sell your house quickly?

Are you a resident of Northville, Michigan and planning to water your yard while selling your home?

Today, we are going to be sharing 5 secrets that will help sell your house. These real estate tips are known to every realtor in the business and are usually a well kept secret. However, today we are letting the cat out of the bag and you in on it. I have personally sold many houses by applying these secrets. At times, to sell your house all you need is that extra something.

  1. Invest Into Your Landscape

    I’m sure you’ve heard about curb-appeal, but it is far from a cliché. The curb-appeal of your home is the future buyer’s first impression. You can dazzle them by making sure your weeds are pulled or even by adding flowers and shrubs that you can get a your local garden nursery.

    Please note that the Northville Patch just released an article stating that there will be watering restrictions in Northville, Michigan. Now, here is a great opportunity to make your home stand out. It is all about what time your water. We recommend watering before 5 am. This will ensure the best results for your lawn. Jim Gallogly, Northville's director of public works stated:

     
    “In addition, those residents with underground sprinkler systems can only use them between midnight and 5 a.m. Those that water with a hose can do it between 11 a.m. and midnight on their assigned days.”

     
  2. The Banana Bread Trick

    Picture this. You walk into a house and the aroma of your mother’s banana bread hits your nose. As you see the kitchen, suddenly you can’t help but imagining yourself in that kitchen making banana bread.

    This trick comes from my mother of one of my clients. They moved often when she was young, so this woman became a pro at selling houses quickly. She would bake 4 of 5 mini banana breads and freeze them. Whenever she heard of a potential buyer was coming, she would throw the banana bread in the oven, filling the house with a welcoming scent. This woman once sold her house in 9 days. Yes, I said 9 days.

     
  3. Paint Your Walls

    Right now there is a big trend to have painted walls. I am personally a fan of this particular trend, however, the best way to present your home is with light neutral walls. We want the buyer to be able to picture whatever color they like on the walls of your home.

     
  4. Remove All Family Pictures

    This secret to selling your house pairs with number 3. By removing pictures in your house, you will allow for a new family to visualize all the future memories they will make.
    HGTV.com puts it this way,
     
    “One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to de-personalize it. The more personal stuff in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. Get rid of a third of your stuff – put it in storage. This includes family photos, memorabilia collections and personal keepsakes.”

     
  5. Rent a Storage Unit

    Most buyers put storage in their top 5 list of things to have if they are going to buy a house. There are a couple ways to show off the storage your home provides.

     
    • De-clutter the closets and make them look half full.
    • Pack up the stuff you don’t need right now. HGTV suggested a third of your stuff and put them in a rented storage unit.

Having an experienced realtor is imperative to selling your house. It does help to use all the tools in your toolbox. Go ahead and apply these tips to help sell your house quicker. Which secret do you find easiest to do?

Northville Summer Carnival

by The Jamey Kramer Group

The Northville Summer Carnival returns to the southeast Michigan community of Northville June 27-30, 2013. The popular annual festival sets up in the Northville Downs Race Track parking lot at Seven Mile and Center Streets and offers fun for residents and visitors of all ages. The carnival, a perennial Northville favorite, was re-introduced in 2012 after a hiatus of several years.

Events and attractions
The Northville Carnival features more than a dozen carnival rides by Eliott's Amusements, fair food vendors, live music and other entertainment.

Hours and Admission
The Northville Summer Carnival is open Thursday and Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m, Saturday, from noon to 11:00 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m. All day ride passports are $20 per person. Single tickets are $1.

Also happening in downtown Northville that weekend (June 28-30) is the Arts and Acts Festival, a multi-media arts show that includes the well-regarded, juried Sun Fine Arts Show, the Sandbox Play Festival, the Reel Michigan Film Festival and the Short on Words literature contest.

Novi Welcomes Donald Trump for Lincoln Day Dinner Speech

by The Jamey Kramer Group

New York real estate developer and television personality, Donald Trump is scheduled as the keynote speaker at Novi Michigan's Lincoln Day dinner, according to organizer David Trott. The "Observer and Eccentric" quoted Trump as saying, "I am honored to have the opportunity to share my thoughts and views with the Oakland County Republican Party and the great state of Michigan." The dinner, which is scheduled for May 22 at 7:00 p.m., is a favorite Oakland County GOP fundraiser.

Novi welcomes Donald Trump for Lincoln Day dinner speech
Philanthropist and entrepreneur Trump, who considered running for president in 2012, is a natural fit for the Lincoln Day event. Trump, a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and life-long republican, is the developer of such luxury properties as the Trump Tower in Manhattan, Trump International Hotels throughout the United States, and Trump Place, along the Hudson River in New York City. 

Trump also owns the Miss Universe Organization, the producers of the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA beauty pageants, and is the author of more than a dozen books. Trump is arguably best known as the personality behind the television shows, "The Apprentice" and "Celebrity Apprentice."  

About Novi's Lincoln Day dinner
The Lincoln Day dinner is a long-standing Novi tradition. Now in its 124th year, the 2013 event will be held at the Suburban Collection Showcase at 46100 Grand River Avenue in Novi. Tickets are available via the Oakland County Republican Party Web site. Individual tickets are $75 and tables of 10 are available for $650. There are also a variety of VIP and premium donor tickets available. The event begins with a 5:00 p.m. reception for VIP ticket holders, followed by a 400 Club reception at 6:00 p.m. for 400 Club donors. The dinner, the main event, begins at 7:00 p.m.

Choosing the Right Novi Area Real Estate Agent

by The Jamey Kramer Group

A real estate agent provides an important service to you, involving the exchange of a significant sum of money, and you need to completely trust the individual whom you rely on for information and advice concerning the purchase or sale of you Novi area home.

Sometimes people feel in a sensitive position when initially consulting a Realtor, due to the fact that they are not as familiar with the current market as a Realtor is – they rely on a Realtor's knowledge, integrity and experience. It helps to be aware that there are many strategies that can put you ahead when you are
searching for a Realtor. Arming yourself with information can make you feel more confident and at ease in your real estate ventures. 

  • Do your homework - There are many ways that you can acquire information on given Realtor, and you should familiarize yourself with the real estate market in your area before meeting with a Realtor to discuss your needs. Find an agent who knows the market, and local communities inside and out. You can also acquire information on professional licensing and disciplinary actions taken against a Realtor through the National Association of Realtors and other licensing boards in your area. 
  • Shop around - Meet with some Realtors before deciding who you will hire. This is your opportunity to discuss your personal situation with them. Find out about what that agent can offer you and what array of services they provide. Ask about their years of experience, credentials, specialties, and get to know their personality and communication style. 
  • Word of mouth - You probably have a friend or acquaintance in your area who has recently bought or sold a property, and they might be able to recommend a  Realtor to you. Accolades from someone you know and trust are a comforting source of advice when you are shopping around for a Realtor, so ask your friends and family if they are familiar with any of the Realtors doing business in your area. 

Make sure you carefully consider the options available to you before deciding on a Realtor, and understand the value of carrying out real estate transactions with a highly-skilled, experienced professional in whom you feel complete confidence. If you take the proper amount of care, and invest sufficient time in researching your Realtor's professional background, you will without question find a knowledgeable and dependable real estate authority to work with while carrying out your real estate purchase or sale.

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