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Novi and Northville Listed Among Top 10 Schools Districts in Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Top schools districts in Michigan

The famous Niche site has published the top schools in America. We were not surprised that Novi Community School District and Northville Public Schools are among the top ten school districts in Michigan. Novi was ranked number 6, and Northville placed number 10 in the 2018 Best School Districts in Michigan.

In addition, Novi High School captured the number 1 spot in the Best Magnet High Schools in Michigan category and the number 4 spot in the Best Public High Schools in Michigan category.

Every year Niche publishes a list of the top schools in the United States. Using key statistics and millions of student’s and parent reviews, Niche comes up with lists of the best schools in your city, state, and in the United States. If you want to know what private school is rated the best, they have the answer. You do not have to look any further if you want to know what schools have the best teachers, best athletics, or best schools for the arts.

Niche is a small team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that collects data that produces “comprehensive ranking, report cards, and profiles for every K-12 school, college, and neighborhood in the U.S.” Niche takes polls and reviews from over 100 million students and parents.

Why Schools Matter

So, what is the big deal? If you don’t have children when buying a home, what does being a top -rated school really matter? According to Zillow, buying a home in a good school district means that the cost of buying a home will be higher in price. However, it will make a huge difference in resale value.

Zillow also states that it will also protect you from the real estate market ups and downs. Therefore, buying a home in a good school district, regardless if a school personally impacts you, the quality of the district will impact your home value.

Melissa’s Story

In fact, mom of three, Melissa, said that choosing a home in a top-rated school was not only on her list of desires when looking for a home, but it was a must have. Melissa’s family was growing and they needed more space.

When they bought their first home, they knew they were eventually going to have a family. So, they chose to buy a home in a highly ranked school district. When it came time to sell, Melissa’s family was able to sell their home within three weeks on the market. That doesn’t happen for everybody, but the chances of selling, regardless if you have children or not, is higher when your schools are better.

Additionally, when Melissa’s family was ready to buy their second home she stated,

“With three young children at home, their education is a top priority for our family. We cannot even consider a home in a poorly rated school district, even if it means that we will pay a little more for our home.”

When choosing a home, being mindful of the quality of school district is important. Every individual and family will have to take into account their own priorities and what they can afford.

However, if you are interested in moving to the Northville or Novi area, you can rest assured that the school districts are highly rated. This high rating will help the value of the homes in the area, as well as, help with resale value.

If you are interested in buying in the Novi or Northville area, please contact us. We would love to help answer any questions you might have.

 

South Lyon, Michigan Pumpkinfest 2017

by The Jamey Kramer Group

South Lyon’s 33-year tradition continues this year as the city gears up for fall weather. Come enjoy the sunny days as the air turns crisp and be part of your community in Downtown South Lyon. The heart of Pumpkinfest has been to support its nonprofit businesses through visiting their booths and hearing about what they do. They all show up and put on games just to tell the community about the vital roles they serve.

South Lyon’s Pumpkinfest was also started to benefit the local churches, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts clubs of South Lyon, and its athletic programs. Because of community support and the continuing efforts of those who are part of Pumpkinfest every year, this celebration has been able to donate $125,000 to these great programs. So this is South Lyon’s way of saying “thank you and please keep up your much needed support!”

Mark your calendar so that you don’t miss a thing.

South Lyon’s Pumpkinfest

  • September 22, 23 & 24, 2017
  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Location: Downtown South Lyon

Pumpkinfest kicks off at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 22 with the Biergarten/Main Stage opening on Wells Street.

Main Stage Schedule:

Friday, September 22:   Open from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

  • $3 cover charge for entry.  Cash only.
  • Beverages are sold by tickets only. Tickets may be purchased at the beer tent on Friday night.
  • Valid ID for the Beer tent is required.

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Dig A Phony

8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Persuasion

9:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. - Persuasion

Saturday, September 23: Open from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday fun begins at 10:00 a.m. with the Pumpkinfest Parade, a craft show at Milennium Middle School, and food, music, inflatables, Ultimate Air Dogs show, and more downtown.

Parade Information:

Get into the fall spirit and find a spot at the 33rd annual Pumpkinfest parade. This year’s theme is Remembering Yesteryear 60’s & 70’s. Watch the floats and listen to the bands as they go by.

The 2017 Pumpkinfest Parade Grand Marshall is Mrs. Diane Roest, owner of Diane's Doll House.

Where to Get a Good Seat for the Parade:

  • Any place along Pontiac Trail from Lyon Trail Subdivision to West Liberty Street.
  • Along West Liberty Street between Pontiac Trial and South Warren Street.
  • Along South Warren Street south of West Lake Street.

The rest of Saturday includes:

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - 3rd Degree Burns

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Sweet Revenge

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - DJ Music

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Sam Corbin

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Short Bus

8:30 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. - Square Pegz

10:15 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. - Square Pegz

Sunday, September 24: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Battle of the Bands

Come back on Sunday to witness all the contests: the Great Pumpkin contest, pie eating contests, more inflatables, another Ultimate Air Dogs show and the Battle of the Bands, to name just the highlights!

Takeaway

If you would like to support South Lyon’s local nonprofits and have a good time, look no further. Find all the entertainment and great food you want right in the heart of South Lyon, Michigan.

For more information, please see www.southlyonpumpkinfest.com.

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

 

 

Pros and Cons of Owning a Swimming Pool

by The Jamey Kramer Group

inground swimming pool

Pros and Cons of Owning a Swimming Pool

If you are thinking about buying a house with an inground swimming pool or having one  installed, chances are you are trying to gauge whether this will be a good investment.

Of course, in the summer when pool season is at its peak in the Midwest, your eyes - or more likely your kids’ eyes - may light up at the idea of having a pool right outside your door. But then you may start to think about the expenses and upkeep involved. You may wonder whether you should go ahead and get that house with the pool.

Here are some things to consider as you are making your choice.

Pros of Owning a Pool

  • You will be the cool family with the pool and everyone will want to come to your house. It’s true! Think about how often you went to spend hours with the friend whose house had a pool when you were a kid.
  • It’s the perfect place for parties. If you like to entertain and want your space to be open for people virtually all the time, it’s the perfect kind of investment for you. You can host kids’ birthday parties, keep your teens at home, and have a relaxing soak under the night sky any time you want.
  • It’s relaxing. You now have the perfect spot for a vacation-like atmosphere all the time. Especially if you integrate your pool with beautiful landscaping to make it look exotic.
  • It’s a perfect way to stay in shape. It can get laborious to gather up all your gear and your kids to go swim laps at the local pool, but if you have your own you can take a quick early-morning dip to stay fit almost every day without all that hassle.
  • Depending on what part of the country you live in, an outdoor pool may increase your home’s value.

Cons of Owning a Pool

  • The return on investment is not 100%. Houses with pools may be more expensive, but if you are the person installing the pool, be aware that you aren’t going to see all that money back when you sell your house. You have to have a bigger motivation than a return on investment.
  • Safety is an issue. We’ve all heard the horror stories of toddlers drowning in the backyard pool, so you will have to invest in security gates and pool covers and you will have to be vigilant. It also increases the cost of insuring your house because of all the people it attracts. You will want to be covered in the event of accidents, so secret pools are a big no-no.
  • Maintenance costs. Even if you are not the one building the pool, the expense of maintaining it is something to think about. You will need to keep it clean, repair it, and keep all surrounding areas like decks and gates under repair as well.
  • Your utility bills will go up. Obviously, this depends on how much you use your pool, but with all that extra water use, the pumps, and filters requiring energy you will be shelling out more every month in energy costs.

Takeaway

You may decide that having a pool makes the risks and financial costs worth it. However, it is a good idea to take stock of what building or acquiring a pool will involve so you won’t be surprised by what you’re taking on.

 

 

Summer Events in Novi, Northville, and South Lyon for August 2017

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Summer Events in Novi, Northville, and South Lyon for August

The dog days of summer are right around the corner. By then, most of us will have taken our vacations, gotten our tans, and are gearing up for the school year to begin. Don’t forget there are still many fun local events scheduled in August in Novi, Northville, and South Lyon, Michigan in August. There will be family fun and fun for the young and the young-at-heart.

Novi, Michigan Events

Sizzling Summer Kids Wonderful Wednesdays

  • August 2 – Cirque Amongus, Circus Acts
  • August 9 – Gemini, Musical Duo
  • August 16 – Crazy Craig, Juggler
  • Time: 10:30 am
  • Cost: Free

Sizzling Summer Kids Wonderful Wednesdays are here to stay through August. Bring your kids to listen, learn, and wiggle at Fuerst Park. In case of inclement weather, the events will be held at the Novi Public Library. For more information, please call Novi Parks at 248-347-0400.

A Piece of Paradise

  • Friday, August 4
  • Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Location: Meadowbrook Activity Center
  • Price: Resident $7.00 / Non-Resident $8.50

If you’re looking for a relaxed event to attend with other senior citizens - Age 55+ - this is especially for you. This Hawaiian theme will bring you the scents, tastes, and sounds of a Hawaiian paradise: Hawaiian style appetizers and an island culture that will leave you feeling like you’ve taken a mini getaway.

This event is in partnership with Waltonwood at Twelve Oaks and Lake of Novi Health Campus. The ticket deadline is July 27 or until sold out.

Northville, Michigan Events

Northville’s great events continue through August. If you haven’t been to one of these yet this summer, this is your opportunity. Stroll through a festival or farmers market, bring your kids to dance around with other little ones on a Tuesday morning or listen under the stars on one of summer’s last Friday Nights Concert Series.

Buy Michigan Now Festival

  • Friday, August 4: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, August 5: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm 
  • Sunday, August 6: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Location: Downtown Northville

Mark you calendar for the 9th annual Buy Michigan Now Festival from August 4 through August 6 in Downtown Northville. This event is a great way to celebrate Michigan-based businesses and Michigan products. Bring the whole family to enjoy the celebration with live music, activities for children, treats, street vendors, and more. For more information, please see www.buymichigannowfest.com/home.php.

Friday Night Concert Series

  • Friday nights
  • Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 p.m.
  • Town Square across from Great Harvest
  • Cost: Free and family friendly.

Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy. Note: there is no concert scheduled for August 4 due to the Buy Michigan Now Festival. August concerts include:

  • August 11: Gia Warner - Classic Rock       
  • August 18: Dr. Swift - Classic Rock
  • August 25: Steve King and the Dittlies - Classic Rock

Northville’s Farmers Market

  • Thursdays
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Corner of 7 mile and Sheldon across from Northville Downs

Come and stroll through the booths of local produce, locally produced art and products or chat with a master gardener from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. For more information about the Northville Farmers Market, please contact the Northville Chamber of Commerce at 248-349-7640 or visit www.northville.org.

Tunes on Tuesday: Children’s Concert Series

  • Tuesdays
  • Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
  • Town Square across from Great Harvest
  • Cost: Free

There will a different musical act each week for your children and you to enjoy. Bring a blanket and prepare to dance and wiggle. For the list of upcoming concerts, please see www.downtownnorthville.com/1/163/files/Flyer-TunesOnTuesdays2017.pdf

South Lyon, Michigan Events

Concerts at McHattie Park

  • Friday Nights
  • Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Location: McHattie Park
  • Cost: Free

This concert series runs through fall. Come to the McHattie Park gazebo, bring a lawn chair or blanket, and soak up some of the last sounds and feels of summer. Rain cancellations will be posted on www.southlyonmi.org and the city sign. Upcoming August concerts include:

  • August 4 – Fast Eddy
  • August 11 – Bill Bynum & Co
  • August 18 – Rich Eddy’s Rockin’ Oldies
  • August 25 – Invasion

South Lyon’s Farmers Market

  • Saturdays in August
  • 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Veteran's Memorial Parking Lot Pontiac Trail & Liberty Street

This is where you come to find fresh, local produce, home goods, hand crafted items, and much more!

Takeaway

Don’t let summer end without making the most of it. If you haven’t been to your local events yet, now is the chance. From farmers markets to Friday night concerts, you have a number of fun events to choose from in Novi, Northville, and South Lyon, Michigan.

10 Tips to Make Moving Day Less Stressful

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Tips to Make Moving Day Less Stressful

Are you joining the ranks of the hundreds of people moving this summer? You might even now be in the throes (or woes) of closing on your new house and making that master to-do list. You may be looking around your house wondering how it’s ever going to all get on a truck and put in your new home.

Here are your ten tips to getting you and your family into that new house you’ve been visualizing for months.

#1: Purge First

This may seem like a no-brainer, but don’t trust that you’re going to sort everything after it’s in your new space. Do yourself a favor and sort everything before you pack - even if you plan to hire a professional packing and moving company.

  • Sort all of your things by type. In other words - don’t try to sort your whole bedroom in one day. Pick one day and sort all of the books in your house. Then sort all of the clothing, and so on. Set aside items to donate, sell, and toss. The rest will get packed.
  • Schedule a pickup. You might be surprised at the volume of stuff you don’t need and plan to give away. This is probably not the time to hold a garage sale. You can schedule a pickup at your home through Goodwill or nearly any resale store of your choosing. Simply leave the boxes of unwanted items on your porch.
  • Sell unneeded valuables. If there are a few items you know you can get a little money for, take an hour to list them all on eBay or take them to a consignment store. The point is to clear your home of all the clutter you’ve accumulated and not look back. If you find you can’t make the bucks you thought, donate, and move on. Don’t waste your precious time haggling.

#2: Research Moving Companies

There are so many options out there it will make your head spin. A professional moving company can definitely make your life, and your move, much, much easier. Just make sure you do a little research and find a licensed and insured company - not the first four-star rated one you find on Google and not someone looking to make some extra bucks.

#3: Create a Master Schedule

You need to clear your head of all the little nagging tasks and chores surrounding a move. Sit down and make a master list and include every little detail. What about that outlet cover in the hallway that needs to get fixed? Put it on the list. Once you have all your chores listed out - or as many as you can remember - put them on the calendar. Once you have delegated to-do items to their own days, the list won’t seem as intimidating.

#4: Locate Supplies

Of course, boxes are big on everyone’s mind. If you want to go green and save the paper, try calling the night manager at a big box store and ask them to save boxes for you. If calling around and adding to your to-do list is too much, U-haul offers a 100% buy back on all unused boxes. Plus, they’re designed for multiple uses. If you’re not planning to move again anytime soon, why not sell the gently used boxes in a bundle at a discounted rate? Neighborhood apps and Facebook Marketplace make this easier than ever. Don’t forget packing paper and bubble wrap.

#5: Make One Big Run to the Hardware Store

This will be surprisingly simple once you’ve purged and made your master list. You’ll be happy you’ve done this when you’re halfway through moving and suddenly need duct tape. You always need duct tape.

#6: Schedule Disconnect/connect Times Ahead of Time, and Change Your Address One week Before Move-in Day

Don’t wait until you’ve been at your new house for two weeks and start wondering why you are not getting any mail. Make the transition seamless by scheduling with your utility companies when to disconnect here and connect there. You will be happy you spent the time when your Wi-Fi is up and working in your new house.

#7: Send the Schedule Early to Your Helpers

Let your friends and family know what they’re in store for. They are taking time out of their busy lives to help you move. Honor their kindness by giving them a clear schedule and sticking to it.

#8: Pack Necessary Items Ahead of Time

  • Cleaning supplies - bring a cleaning kit to your new house first. This is the only chance you’ll get to scrub everything down before your stuff goes in. Even if you get the new house cleaned, it’s a good idea to have this on hand just in case.
  • Put immediately needed items in a clear bin to take in first. Ibuprofen, other medications, a first-aid kid, reading glasses, portable stereo, you name it. If it’s something you won’t want to dig to find, put it in the kit.
  • Bedding - Keep all your bedding handy to make the beds first thing. At the end of a long moving day, the last thing you’ll want to do is dig through boxes to find sheets and blankets. Make the beds as soon as they’re in place so you have a soft, familiar place at the end of the day.

#9: Create a Labeling System for Your Boxes

There are ways to make this as detailed as you want to get, including number or color-coded boxes corresponding to written lists. But the best thing you can do for yourself is clearly label exactly what’s in every box. That way, when you inevitably don’t unpack everything at once, you will not have to dig through 10 boxes to find the blender.

#10: Pack Correctly

Save yourself the grief of broken stuff.

  • Pad and then stack your dishes vertically inside their box. U-Haul sells a complete dish packing kit.
  • Use your baskets and suitcases instead of trying to pack them. Use light baskets for sheets and pillowcases. Suitcases can hold your off-season clothing.
  • Cover toiletries with plastic bags to avoid spillage en-route
  • Use small boxes for heavy items. There’s nothing like trying to carry a huge box full of books up or down a set of stairs.
  • Use packing tape for your boxes instead of folding the tops. It’s safer for your stuff and keeps your boxes nicer for resale or reuse.
  • Designate a foreman for move-in day. There should be one person who knows the answer to all the questions about where things go. Friends and relatives - not to mention strangers you hire - won’t want to make decisions. They’re just there to carry boxes.

Takeaway

Moving is stressful. Follow these ten steps to make the process simpler and easier to manage. Hang in there! Your dream house awaits you!

Michigan Housing Shortage Unlikely to Change in 2017

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Michigan housing market

There is no getting around the fact that the number of homes for sale in Michigan this year is way down. According to an Associated Press analysis, here’s the breakdown of comparison between 2016 and 2017 by county for the Metro Detroit area:

  • In Macomb County, average prices increased 5.4 percent, listings dropped 54.8 percent, and days on the market before sale decreased 4 percent.
  • In Oakland County, average prices jumped 9.3 percent, listings fell 39.7 percent, and days on the market are down 14.5 percent.
  • In Wayne County, excluding Detroit, average prices rose 14.7 percent, listings were down 45.1 percent, and days on the market decreased 17.3 percent.

We know these things are happening, and we know it can be difficult at this time to be a home buyer, but what are some of the reasons behind this?

The main reason is, of course, the recession. Mainly, repercussions of the recession that began in 2008.

  • Homeowners lost a lot of equity in their homes during the recession. Homeowners who have been eager to get out of their homes in the past may start to think again now that the market is coming back. Home values are starting to rise again and if homeowners think they can recoup some of their losses, they want to try to keep their homes.
  • The recession saw an increase in homeowners staying put and putting money - and sweat equity - into remodeling. They want to stay put. This is especially true of the older generation of homeowners: baby boomers. Many of them have refinanced or are taking advantage of their low interest rates and are working longer. They aren’t ready to downsize.
  • The market crash led to an almost complete shutdown of new home construction. It’s building back up, but it takes time.
  • Investors and homeowners who bought foreclosed properties in the lowest point of the recession might be waiting to sell until they can get a bigger return on their investments. The market is up, however, they think there’s still room to grow.
  • Homeowners may not trust that it’s real. After all, the recession was a huge deal for everyone. No one knows that better than homeowners in the Detroit metropolitan area. It takes a long time for homeowners to feel trustful again and that’s not an easily quantifiable thing.

Another big factor may be a psychological one. It’s a seller’s market, but sellers will quickly become buyers once they sell their home. Many - if not most - properties will not sit on the market for longer than 30 days. Many of them are selling within hours.

In addition, cash offers and bidding wars are the norm right now. If a potential seller can’t find the perfect home at the perfect price before selling, which is tough in this tight market, they won’t be confident enough to sell. Perhaps the tight buyer’s market is keeping potential sellers from putting their homes on the market.

Takeaway

It’s a crazy seller’s market out there and an even crazier buyer’s market. The recession hit everyone pretty hard, so it’s going to take some time for potential sellers to finally move on to that bigger dream home. 

If you are thinking about buying a new house or selling your current one, it is important to have an experienced real estate agent by your side. Please give us a call today.

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