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Farm Fest at Maybury Farm in Northville, MI

by The Jamey Kramer Group

If you don’t go to any other festivals this year, make sure you don’t miss Maybury Farm’s Farm Fest. If you’ve been looking for a summer festival for the whole family, if your kids are interested in farm life or animals - or if they just like to hang out outside and do things with their hands, this is the festival for you. Maybury Farm pulls out all the stops for this one - it is not to be missed.

This year’s Farm Fest will be held on Saturday, June 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Farm Fest features an array of activities on the farm for kids and adults alike. There will be games and activities for children, live music, yummy food, wagon rides, farm animals to see and pet, story time, a whole family scavenger hunt, and many games!

Farm Fest at Maybury Farm

The best part of this Farm Fest is the live demonstrations of farm life from long ago that your children may not get to see. You will be able to watch closely as professionals show the patience and skill required to shear sheep, spin wool, and blacksmith. These demonstrations aren’t the only ones you will see.

In addition to all this fun, Maybury has partnered with Plymouth Home Depot, the Country Garden Club of Northville, and Northville Art House in order to offer many more fun activities for children.

Building Workshop

There will be a building workshop. Let your kids learn basic carpentry skills as they learn about tools and wood and make something all by themselves.

Art Project

The art project will allow your kids enjoy getting into art mediums and being creative.

Planting Station

There will be a station for planting container gardens where kids can try their hand at making their own little garden to take home and care for.

Finally, there will be a raffle for a 55’’ Samsung LED TV put on as a fundraiser for the farm. Raffle tickets will be $5 each or 5 for $20.

Cost and Location

Entry cost to the Farm Fest is $5 per person and children under 2 are free.

Maybury Farm is located at 50165 8 Mile Rd in Northville. It is 1-¼ mile west of Beck Road on 8 Mile and ½ mile west of Maybury State Park. Be sure to enter at the Maybury Farm sign. Parking is free at Maybury Farm and additional overflow parking is available at Maybury State Park (Annual Recreation Passport required).

About Maybury Farm

Maybury Farm is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It is a working farm run by the Northville Community Foundation for the purpose of connecting the surrounding community to animals and agriculture.

Maybury Farm offers many hands-on experiences throughout the year for that special kid in your life. The goal of these activities is to make engagement with animals and agriculture fun and educational. Maybury Farm offers farm tours, story time, Farm Camp, special events, birthday parties, and a fall Corn Maze.  

Contact

For more information about the event or Maybury Farm please contact Jessica Striegle, Executive Director, Northville Community Foundation, at the office: 248-374-0200 or by email ncfmanager@gmail.com.

You may also like to visit www.mayburyfarm.org or www.facebook.com/mayburyfarm

 

 

 

How to Make a Cash Offer - Or Compete Without

by The Jamey Kramer Group

How to Make a Cash Offer - Or Compete Without

If you’ve been looking for a house this season, especially if you’re a first-time buyer, it’s rough going out there. A lot more people are looking for first homes than there are first homes to be had.

Many of the properties on the market are foreclosures, not especially ready to move into, and banks don’t have any emotional attachments to the homes they are trying to offload.

This all makes it a tough market. And that’s before we get into the dreaded cash offer buyers. You know what I mean: you’ve fallen in love with a house, you’ve got your offer ready to go, it’s a strong offer, and you’re very hopeful.

Then your realtor tells you there was a cash offer on the table and you figure your offer has no chance. Who is making all of these cash offers? And how can regular home buyers ever hope to compete?

Depending on what area you’re looking in if it’s an area experiencing fast growth or a lot of new construction, the cash offers most likely are made by investors. It could be your area is about to experience a facelift or it could be investors hoping to rent homes after a quick renovation. With a market on the upswing and interest rates predicted to rise, investors are also eager to take advantage of the situation.

So how on earth can a regular person come up with $100,000.00 plus in cash?

Of course, if you receive an inheritance or have equity from a previous home, real estate is a good investment and you can certainly put that cash into a cash offer. But most people in this position don’t have those things. Here are a couple of ideas:

  • Short-term borrowing. One thing you can do is borrow from a family member or close friend for a short-term loan. You can always obtain a mortgage on the house once you’re in possession and use it to repay your family.

  • There are ways to borrow short-term from your retirement accounts penalty-free. If you have an IRA, look into short-term borrowing and paying it back with the above-mentioned method.

However, remember that not all offers are genuinely cash offers. It’s not everyone who has the funds in the bank, certified, and non-refundable earnest money to prove they have a cash offer. What this sometimes means is that the buyer’s offer is one without a financing contingency. Here are some ways to compete against cash offers:

  • Remember that a cash offer is often lower. They are looking for a bargain and to make a quick turn-around to sell or rent that house. Put your best foot forward in any way you can. You can ask your lender to write not only a pre-approval letter but include any financial information you are comfortable with them sharing that would make you a more attractive buyer. Have your lender go through as much of the loan process as you can without actually buying the house. Send the lender a preliminary title report, if you can. Fill out any condo or HOA questionnaires ahead of time. Then let the seller know you’ve done those things.

  • Shorten the loan approval time as much as you can by asking the lender for a quick appraisal, or ask for an appraisal in advance. If you’re working with a smaller lender, this can sometimes be done.

  • Do a quick inspection - in and out right away - and let the seller know you won’t be asking for repairs for anything minor. Or, even better, that the sale will not be contingent on the inspection.

  • Don’t try to get a deal. Now is not the time to bargain. Know your limits, yes, but be willing to put your best offer on the table up front. If you need time to amass a bigger down payment, that might just do the trick.

  • Find out what the seller needs or wants, in terms of time concerns, closing dates, title companies and more. To the best of your ability, give the seller what he wants.

  • Personalize your offer. It might not make a difference if you’re buying a bank foreclosure, but homes are emotional for people. If that older couple has the chance to sell to a young family wanting to raise their kids in that house rather than an investor who’s going to tear it down or remodel it right away, they might just take notice. In any case, a letter introducing yourself can’t hurt. It might be the one thing making you stand out if you don’t have 100K on hand.

Take Away

You might be able to think creatively about offering cash. Take a minute to look at the assets you have available to you. But you also might not need to offer cash in order to beat out a cash offer.

If you have any questions, please give us a call. We would be happy to help!

248-348-7200

Upcoming Events in Novi, MI May 2017

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Novi, MI Upcoming Events May 2017

Novi, Michigan has a number of upcoming family-friendly events that you won't want to miss. From the Novi Spring Palooza to the Memorial Day Parade, be sure to mark your calendar.

 Novi Spring Palooza

  • Friday, May 19, 2017
  • Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm  
  • Location: 45175 10 Mile Road, Novi MI 48375 US
  • Cost: Free

Novi will be bustling with activity on Friday, May 19 at the Novi’s Spring Palooza located at the civic center campus. Formerly known as Spring into Novi, this is a fun event for all ages with lots of different activities. It’s a great way to get your kids involved in the community and to learn how this community is run.

This carnival-themed community party allows the community to interact with the people who work behind the scenes. How would your child like to climb inside a police car and fire truck? Or try on police or firefighter gear?

Clowns and live magicians will be strolling the grounds, performing. There will also be bounce houses, lawn games, laser tag, paintball, bubble soccer, corn hole games, bike races, and other carnival games to provide tons of entertainment. Hot dogs, chips, pizza, and other concessions will be available.

Live entertainment includes the DIA Mobile and Novi Concert Band. You will be able to finish your evening by staying to watch Disney’s Moana movie on the lawn starting at 8:30! In the event of bad weather, the Spring Palooza will be moved indoors to the civic center.

For more information, visit www.cityofnovi.org or call 248-735-5628.

Novi Memorial Day Run

  • Monday, May 29, 2017
  • Time: 8:00 am – 10:00 am
  • Location: Start and Finish at Fuerst Park (Ten Mile and Taft Roads)

It’s hard to believe Memorial Day is right around the corner, but it’s time to make your plans. If you’re in town, why not plan to run your first 5K or 10K?

Even if this would be your 100th race, it’s a great cause. Proceeds benefit local charities and Novi Park Foundation youth program. In addition, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.

Returning runners will save $5. Bring a canned food item and save $5 as well. Veterans always save $5.

There were more than 900 runners in 2016. Plan to come this year, feel the excitement, and run to benefit your community. You will receive a free t-shirt and a medal just for registering.

The Memorial Day parade is right afterward, so you can continue feeling great and celebrating our country’s veterans.

The 10K starts at 8 a.m., the 5K starts at 8:15 a.m., and the mile fun run starts at 9 a.m. This run is for all ages!

  • Cost: $31(5K) and $31(10K) until May 29

Register online at www.novimemorialdayrun.com or print a form from the website.

Memorial Day Parade and Bike Parade

  • Monday, May 29, 2017
  • Participants to meet between 8:30 am & 9:30 am
  • 10 a.m. regular parade line-up
  • Location: Ten Mile Road - Karim Blvd to Novi Civic Center
  • Price: No Charge - Free Community Event

Come one and all to join in the fun and be a part of the Memorial Day Parade. It’s as easy as buying some red, white, and blue crepe paper or streamers and decorating your bike! This is a fun and easy way to introduce the ideas of service and sacrifice to your kids and they get to be in a parade!

If you are part of a Novi organization - a business, a band, scout troop or even a family, the City of Novi encourages you to join in and march in the parade. The parade is a big part of Novi community spirit. It is a place to showcase your talents and to celebrate our veterans, those currently serving in the military, and those who have paid the highest price for our country.

For more information call 248-347-0414. To register, complete and return one of the registration forms below:

Take Away

Plan to join in the fun this month and become more knowledgeable about the thriving community of Novi, Michigan. If you are interested in moving to the area, please give us a call. We would be honored to help.

248-348-7200

Northville, MI May 2017 Events You Won't Want to Miss

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Northville, MI Events - May 2017

Are you looking for something special to do in May? Interested in buying fresh produce? Northville, Michigan has you covered. From the farmers’ market and spring carnival to the annual flower sale, you won’t want to miss a thing.

Northville Farmers’ Market Thursdays

  • Thursdays starting May 4
  • 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Northville Downs
  • 301 S Center St., Northville, MI 48167

Outdoor farmers’ markets are back in Northville! Come taste and see the beginning of summer every Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. from May 4 through October 26, 2017.

The market is located on the corner of 7 Mile Road and Sheldon, across from Northville Downs.

The Northville Farmers’ Market brings something for everyone. If you are a local foodie, or just love fresh food, come buy Michigan-grown fresh produce and meat. This is a great way to meet the people who produce the food and get to know some of your local farmers.

In Michigan, we grow almost everything and export it to the rest of the country. Save yourself a trip to the grocery store, support independent businesses, and experience the deliciousness Michigan has to offer.

There are also tons of living and cut flowers and plants to see, and bouquets to take home from local growers. One great perk is that a master gardener will be at the market every Thursday from 8:00 am -12:00 pm to answer your home gardening questions.

Along with delicious food and gorgeous flowers, the Northville Farmers’ Market offers Michigan-made fine juried crafts and artisanal soaps, as well as garden art, jewelry, handmade furniture and home accessories for sale as part of the more than 70 stalls available at the market. Why stop at food and flowers when you can shop locally for your home needs and support small businesses?

For more information please contact the Northville Chamber of Commerce:

Northville’s First Friday Experience

  • Friday, May 4
  • Friday: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Downtown Northville

If you have never attended a First Friday Experience in Northville, you are in for a treat. Downtown Northville’s galleries, restaurants, and other businesses offer a unique dining and shopping experience the first Friday of each month.

For more information, please see Downtown Northville.

Northville Spring Carnival 2017

  • May 11-14
  • 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Northville Downs parking lot
  • 301 S Center St., Northville, MI 48167

It’s that time of year again! You know if your kids get one peek at the carnival coming to town, they will want to go.

Elliott’s Amusements, out of Mason, Michigan offers the whole package: carnival food you remember from your own childhood - spicy sausage and peppers, elephant ears, funnel cake, deep fried snickers bars, and much more - plus games that are designed with the customer in mind.

This is a great place to take younger children who love to earn prizes. Many of the games offer a quality prize each time your child plays or allow the children to play until they earn a prize. There will be no tears of disappoint at this carnival!

The rides are the most exciting part for the kids - young and old! There will be many rides in one small place - 12 rides for kids including a super slide, bounce houses, and kiddie roller coaster. Not to mention trucks and spinning strawberries and much more! Twelve major rides give older kids and adults a chance to experience that thrill again: bumper cars, Ferris wheel, and several spinning, dropping, tilting, and whirling rides. You will come and laugh with your kids and go home with many fun memories.

Carnival hours:

  • Thursday, May 11 from 4-10pm
  • Friday, May 12 from 4-11pm
  • Saturday, May 13 from 1-11pm
  • Sunday, May 14 from 1-9pm

If you know you want to get the full carnival experience, you can purchase unlimited ride wristbands:

  • $15 - Thursday
  • $18 - Friday
  • $20 - Saturday-Sunday

Early-bird specials include unlimited rides per person, per day for only $12 per person when you buy in advance online before May 10, 2017, at 11:55 p.m. Advance purchases may be made through Elliott’s Amusements, not through the Northville Chamber of Commerce. To purchase tickets online, please see: Northville Spring Carnival.

Northville Flower Sale - 30th Annual

  • May 26-27
  • Friday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Downtown Northville

If you just can’t get enough flowers and plants, this is the place to be. Downtown Northville will be lined with flowers: annuals, perennials, herbs, garden art, and much more. Plan to come and find what you’re looking for or just to experience the color and beauty while you stroll downtown Northville!

Take Away

Now that summer approaches, soak up all the sights, tastes, smells, sounds, and experiences Northville has to offer!

Farm Camp at Maybury Farm in Northville, MI – Registration Still Open

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Farm Camp at Maybury Farm in Northville, MI

Are you looking for new and exciting hands-on fun for your children this summer?

If you are like many parents, the summer months can drag on without something for your kids to do. You may also want your kids to have the benefit of the summer weather.

Look no further than Maybury Farm Camp in Northville, Michigan! This is a total hands-on experience at a real farm with real farm animals and chores.

Your child will get a chance to pet, groom, feed, and walk the farm animals while learning about their needs and how to take care of them from experts. They will also get a chance to dig in the dirt and watch the vegetables grow while they help in the Farm Garden.

In addition, there is hiking in the woods every day in Maybury’s acres of forest trails. Your kids will experience team building games - and not the hand-held kind!

This is your chance to give your kids a chance to form tangible connections with the natural world. From spending time in the forest and face to face with friends to experiencing first-hand how gardens are grown and how farm animals are cared for.

Maybury Farm Garden

There will also be plenty of plain old fun: crafts, games, and other farm fun will be a regular part of this camp experience. Sign up your animal or nature lover - or give your child a chance to become one.

This camp runs from June 20 through August 17 and is designed for children ages 5-12. Farm camp runs every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday through those weeks from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except for the week of July 4th. The cost is $175 per 3-day week and space is limited, so sign up soon!

To register call 248-374-0200 or visit: www.mayburyfarm.org/summercamp

To learn more about Farm Camp or Maybury Farm, please contact Jessica Striegle, Executive Director, Northville Community Foundation at 248-374-0200.

About Maybury Farm

Maybury Farm is part of Maybury State Park. The entrance is located 1 ¼ mile west of Beck Road on 8 Mile, or ½ mile west of the Maybury State Park entrance. For parking by Maybury Farm, do not enter at Maybury State Park.

The farm is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is a program of the Northville Community Foundation. Additionally, the Farm receives no tax dollars. It relies on the generous support of the community from donations, grants, admission fees, and volunteers.

Maybury Farm’s goal is to connect children and adults to nature, community, animals, and agriculture in a hands-on way.

There are many special events at Maybury Farm throughout the year including farm tours, story-times, the fall Corn Maze, visits from Santa, and more. Host your special event or birthday party at Maybury Farm!

In addition, you are able to enjoy hiking or the bike trails at Maybury State Park, or reserve a picnic shelter for a beautiful outdoor event. Maybury has changing and beautiful scenery to offer year-round, right in the heart of Northville.

For more information about Maybury Farm or Maybury State Park please visit www.mayburyfarm.org or www.facebook.com/mayburyfarm

Photos courtesy of the Northville Community Foundation. Used with permission.

Home Buying Is Harder Than Ever: 5 Tips to Keep From Going Crazy

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Home Buying Is Harder Than Ever

If you have been looking for a new home this spring, you know how fast homes are selling and how few homes there are. This makes for a lot of tension, especially for first-time home buyers, and more competition than we’ve seen in a decade.

Newly built homes did not come on the market as quickly in 2016 as was predicted. In addition, there is a shortage of entry-level homes. Some say this is because sellers are anxious to wait until market conditions are more stable and because inventory is low for the potential seller as well.

Inventory may start to fly even faster this spring for many reasons including:

  • With new technology, homes spend less time on the market than ever before. According to a Redfin report, new houses stayed on the market for an average 52 days in 2016. This was the lowest number since it started keeping track in 2009.
  • Millennial buyers are entering the housing market. The younger generation has started to grow up and want to buy homes. Many of these will be buyers for the first time. Look for advances in technology being driven by this generation. Many younger buyers want to streamline the process and be able to make an offer online.
  • Rising interest rates and better mortgage availability. While interest rates have risen from where they were at the end of 2016, the Trump presidency may mean a relaxation of the rules to make it easier for people to borrow.

5 Tips As You Start House Hunting

If you are one of those people who has decided to hop on the bandwagon this spring and is already frightened by the prospects of bidding wars and settling for half of what you wanted, take a moment to read these tips:

Make Sure You Have Your Offer in Hand

In other words, don’t go looking at a bunch of homes and wear yourself out if you’re not sure how much you can offer. Take the time to find out what your highest offer can be - with closing costs and taxes factored in - and stay firm in your mind with that number.

It’s like wedding dress shopping: you don’t want to fall in love with something above your budget. It’s best not to even look at something you can’t afford. Plus, once you do find “the one” you want to be able to make an offer right away.

If You Can Make it a Cash Offer, Do it

You might not think you can make a cash offer, but if it’s just a short-term cash offer, it might be more doable. There are plenty of foreclosures still sitting, or coming, on the market that want cash offers.

This is not because these homes are unlivable, but might be because banks don’t want to turn on utilities and get inspections. If you can get a temporary cash offer together, and then get an inspection and mortgage right away afterward, you might just open a whole new sector of the market for yourself.

Seriously Consider How Much of a Fixer-upper You’re Willing to Put Up With

It’s no secret the homes going the fastest are move-in ready homes with all the best finishes. Even homes needing cosmetic help are going to go fast. Consider how much “finish” you truly need, or how much renovation you would be willing to do.

Broaden Your Horizons - Location, Price, Must-have’s

Were you really hoping for that 4th bedroom, but you know in the back of your mind you don’t need it? These are the points on the list it pays to be flexible with.

If you can give your realtor more room to work, you will see a lot more options. Maybe driving 20 extra minutes to work isn’t as big of a deal, or maybe you’re willing to sacrifice square footage in favor of being close to everything you love. There’s no harm in investigating those options during your search.

Stay Positive

Through it all, it doesn’t help to get too down. New homes are being built, and the Trump administration wants to make it easier for builders. And who knows? Maybe new potential sellers will see how great it is out there this spring and decide to go for it too.

Take Away

If you are ready to start house hunting, you just need to hone your priorities, keep an open mind, and keep looking. You will find something. And we want to do everything we can to make that happen! Please give us a call today.

248-348-7200

 

 

Easter Egg Hunts in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon, MI 2017

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Easter egg hunts

We might be ushering in more rainy weather, but the temperatures are rising and the flowers are beginning to burst forth. Easter is right around the corner! Are you looking for something to do with your little ones?

Here’s a little guide to help you find that egg hunt for the kids in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon, Michigan.

Northville, MI Easter Egg Hunt: Maybury Farm Annual Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt

  • Saturday, April 15, 2017
  • Time: 10:00 am
  • Location: 50165 8 Mile Rd., Northville, MI 48168

Here is another option for your Easter weekend at Maybury Farm in Northville, MI. Bring your little ones to see all the farm animals and exhibits and meet the Easter Bunny. But that’s not all! Give your kids a chance to meet Smokey the Bear, the Tooth Fairy, and Candy Cops!

The egg hunt begins at 11:00 am. There is a $5 per car fee and is payable right at the gate. The Easter Egg Hunt is limited to the first 700 children, so be sure you arrive early. For more information, please see Northville Community Foundation.

Easter Egg Hunt Schedule:

11:00 am: 2-3 year olds
11:15 am: 4-6 year olds
11:30 am: 7-10 year olds

Novi, MI Easter Egg Hunt: Paradise Park Easter Egg Hunt

  • Saturday, April 15, 2017
  • Time: 10:30 am
  • Location: Paradise Park, 45799 Grand River, Novi, MI 48374
  • Cost for Easter Egg Hunt: $7.00 per person
  • Cost for Pizza Buffet Lunch: $9.95 per person.  

This egg hunt is perfect for the whole family. Come for the egg hunt and stay for the lunch buffet! There will be thousands of eggs to find - filled with candy, tokens and other surprises. The buffet is offered for an additional fee, and you must call to pre-register. There will be appetizers, pizza, breadsticks, salad and unlimited beverages.

Advanced reservations and payments are required. Doors open at 10:15 am and the Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 10:30 am. For more information, please see  Paradise Park’s website  or call 248-735-1050.

South Lyon, MI Easter Egg Hunt: Easter Egg Scramble

  • Saturday, April 15, 2017
  • Time: 11:00 am Fire Departments and Easter Bunny
  • Time: 12:00 pm Easter Egg Scramble
  • Location: Volunteer Park in South Lyon (northeast corner of 8 Mile and Dixboro Road)

South Lyon’s Easter festivities will begin at 11:00 am on April 15. Your children will be able to see emergency vehicles from the South Lyon Fire Department, the South Lyon Police Department, and the Lyon Township Fire Department. The Oakland County Sheriff will also be in attendance as well at the Easter Bunny!

Easter Egg Scrambles will begin at 12:00 pm according to age groups from youngest to oldest. Children from surrounding communities are welcome as well.

For more information, please see South Lyon’s website.

Take Away

Happy spring and Happy Easter to all from all of us at the Jamey Kramer Group! We hope you are able to enjoy the fun activities in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon, Michigan this coming weekend.


 

Upcoming Spring Activities in Novi, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Upcoming Spring Activities in Novi, Michigan

 

Spring has arrived and Novi, Michigan has a number of exciting events planned in April that you won’t want to miss. From a spring luncheon, Easter egg hunt, and the first annual Mom and Me Tea to the Novi Half Marathon, there is something for all to enjoy.

Welcome Spring Luncheon

  • Thursday, April 6, 2017
  • Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Location: Meadowbrook Activity Center, 25075 Meadowbrook Rd.
    Novi MI 48375
  • Cost: $7.50 for residents, $9 for non-residents

If you are over 55 and Easter egg hunts aren’t your speed, or you just want to enjoy spring in the company of friends, this event is for you. It’s an indoor picnic lunch - just in case spring doesn’t treat us to the best it has to offer. This barbecue-style picnic will offer hamburgers with all the fixings, plus plenty more. The event is in partnership with Oakmont of Northville.

For more information, please call: 248-347-0414

Eggstravaganza

  • Sunday, April 9, 2017
  • Time: 2:00 pm -4:00 pm
  • Location: Fuerst Park, 45325 W. Ten Mile Road, Novi, MI 48375
  • Ages: 2 and up
  • Cost: $5.00 per child

Are you looking for an easy, fun egg hunt for kids of all ages? Look no further. This egg hunt requires no work on your part, is in an easy and convenient location, and has something for everyone.

The Eggstravaganza will be held at beautiful Fuerst Park at the corner of 10 Mile Road and Taft. There are multiple age egg hunts, so every child is guaranteed to find some eggs! There will also be visits with the Easter Bunny and crafts for all ages. Register in advance to claim a spot and pay just $5 per child.

Silly Auction at the MAC

  • Friday, April 21, 2017
  • Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Location: Meadowbrook Activity Center, 25075 Meadowbrook Rd.
    Novi MI 48375
  • For ages 55 and over
  • $7 for residents, $8.50 for non-residents

What better way to brighten your day and lighten the mood than a silly auction among friends? There is no money necessary and no seriousness allowed. Both the silly money and the auction items are being provided by Enriched Life Homecare Services and an appetizer bar is included.

Registration ends on April 13 or until sold out. For more information, please call: 248-347-0414

Novi Half Marathon

  • Sunday, April 30, 2017
  • Time: 8:00 am
  • Location (Start and Finish): Novi Middle School, 49000 11 Mile Rd, Novi MI 48374
  • Cost: Prices: $37 for the 5K, $42 for the 10K, and $51 for the Half Marathon

Have you always wanted to get in shape or maybe run that 5k for the first time? Maybe you’re an experienced runner, but you’ve never yet run a longer race. Are you ready for that half marathon? What a great way to enjoy spring, raise money for a good cause and motivate yourself to stay in shape.

This race is a four-in-one: the Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and 1 Mile (for the kiddos). It’s a lovely flat and scenic course by “Island Lake,” on country roads and by gorgeous horse farms. Races begin and end at Novi Middle School. Packet pick-up and sponsor expo happens the day before, along with late registration.

You’ll get a short-sleeved Tech t-shirt and Half Marathon and 10K participants will each receive medals for finishing and the Half Marathoners get finisher sticker decals as well. There will also be age-group awards for the Half Marathon, 10K and 5K events - for those of you out there who are extra competitive. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Novi Parks Foundation and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.

Register online at www.novihalfmarathon.com or print a form from the website and send it to the mailing address on the form. Online registration ends on 4/28/2017 at 11:00 pm.

Mom and Me Tea

  • Saturday, April 29, 2017
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Ages 4 and over
  • Location: Novi Civic Center, 45175 10 Mile Road
    Novi MI 48375
  • Cost: $10 for residents, $12 for non-residents

For that little girly girl in your life, or if you are a girly girl at heart yourself and want to enjoy a special springtime event with your daughter, come dressed up and ready for fanciness. There will be tea, punch, cookies, and sweets. Not to mention the crafts and fashion show to keep everyone happy and entertained. It’s an event you’ll look back on fondly and remember forever.

For more information, please call 248-347-0400. Registration ends on April 14. To register online, please see the City of Novi’s website.

Take Away

Novi, Michigan is a great community to live in and raise a family. The above events are a sampling of all Novi has to offer. If you are interested in moving to the area, please give us a call. We would be honored to help.

248-348-7200

 

4 Tips for Buying a Flipped Home

by The Jamey Kramer Group

4 Tips for Buying a Flipped Home

With housing prices on the rise, investors are turning their attention to flipping homes. Home improvement stars like Chip and Joanna Gains from the HGTV show, “Fixer Upper,” make updating a home look easy.

However, completely renovating a home is anything but easy, cheap, or quick. One pitfall that some new homeowners are finding themselves in is a fixer upper disaster. The disaster is that the house they bought had hidden mechanical and structure issues that were covered up by a few cosmetic fixes. Dream homes can easily turn into a nightmare if one doesn’t know what to look for.

“Some flippers are turning historic homes into modern, hybrid treasures, but others are slapping cosmetic fixes on truly troubled properties, ignoring mechanical and structural issues. For more unsuspecting buyers, that move-in-ready dream home can quickly flip into a nightmare.” CNBC 

Buying a flipped home can be a great investment if you know what to look for and how to protect yourself. But if you are a new homeowner, you might not always know exactly what to look for.

Here are 4 tips to help you as you buy a flipped home:

#1: Work with a Trusted Realtor    

Whether you are a new homeowner or you are buying your retirement home, having the advice from an experienced and trusted realtor will be extremely beneficial. A realtor will be a great resource to know what “red flags” to look for when it comes to a home that has been flipped. Using their insights and their resources will help you avoid buying a covered up disaster.

#2: Do Your Homework

When you are interested in a home that has been flipped and new additions have been made, you need to do some homework. You want to check to make sure the flipper has done the following:

  • Used a licensed contractor
  • Upgrades passed full inspection
  • Permits on the properties and upgrades.
  • Make sure all upgrades passed full inspection.
  • Be certain the property has a certificate of occupancy

If a contractor did not obtain a permit for that addition that was put in the back, the city has legal right to ask you to remove the addition and not count it apart of your square footage. This is a huge pitfall you do not want to find yourself in.

#3: Hire a Home Inspector

When you are interested in a home, you have the right to ask to hire a home inspector. Your realtor can help give referrals to trusted inspectors. A home inspection can cost in the range of $400-$700. While this might feel hard to shell out this cost, it is a necessary expense, especially if you plan to buy a flipped home.

A home inspector is trained to look at all appliances, electrical, water heaters, plumbing, etc. If your home inspection shows problems with these areas, you can negotiate to have the issues fixed or void the original contract.In addition, have a professional termite and mold inspector come out if you suspect this could be a problem.

#4: Look for Damage

When you are looking at a home you want to buy, it is important to keep your eyes open for any possible problem. For example, look for water damage and old wiring in the attic and basement.

Another example is what happened to one young couple. When they were looking for a home, one house that they were interested in had hardwood floors were bowing. While they were not experts, it was something they noticed. It helped them to ask the necessary questions. Bowing wood floors can be a sign of moisture in the home. It clued them into asking more specific questions about flooding, leaking, and moisture in the basement.

Take Away

Buying a flipped home does not have to be a disaster. However, when a home buyer doesn’t work with an experienced realtor, do their homework by asking questions about the recent renovations, work with an inspector, and look for damage, they might find themselves in a scary situation.

If you are looking a buying a flipped home, the Jamey Kramer Group would love to help you. We want to make sure you love the home you buy on the first day, as well as, years later. We make it our job to help assist you so you do not fall into a home nightmare.

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Making Maple Syrup Tours at Maybury Farm in Northville, MI

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Maple syrup tours at Maybury Farm

Do you remember the first time you tasted real maple syrup? There was nothing else that tasted like it, was there? It is sweet and dusky with a hint of the caramelization it goes through to thicken it.

You may associate pure maple syrup with the American pioneers. There are several chapters in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series devoted to making maple syrup and maple sugar from the sap of sugar maple trees. Or, you may remember being taken on a tour of a maple syrup farm and seeing the sap drip from the little taps in the trees into buckets on hundreds of maple trees.

Even in the cold, it is fascinating to see how this simple process hasn’t changed for hundreds of years. You may even remember the huge cast-iron kettle hung on chains over a big fire, boiling the sap into syrup.

Maple Syrup Tours at Maybury Farm

  • Saturday and Sundays
  • March 4 - March 26
  • Tours depart at 1:00, 1:45, 2:30, and 3:15 pm
  • Address: 50165 W 8 Mile Rd, Northville, MI 48167

Maybury Farm in Northville, Michigan offers a glimpse of bygone days for all ages with its maple syrup tours through March. Of course, if you know anything about tapping for maple syrup, you’ll know that it depends on warm weather during the days.

The sap doesn’t run through the trees if the weather is too cold. For most years, early spring is the perfect maple syrup weather. The sap runs in the trees during the warmer days and slows down in the cold nights. However, if the days are too cold, these tours are subject to change.

All tours begin with a wagon ride out to the Sugar Bush section of Maybury State Park. It is recommended that you arrive early to ensure your spot, as this can be a popular attraction. Groups of 15 or more can register in advance for a tour.

A short hike into the woods will reveal the sugar maples and your tour guide will tell you all about how they grow, why their sap is good for maple syrup, and how they are tapped and how the sap is collected.

Maple sap being converted into syrup

Then take another wagon ride to the Sugar Shack to watch the sap being converted into syrup and learn how the maple syrup is graded. You can even get some tutorials for making your own maple syrup at home.

Warm up afterward by the wood-burning stove at the Maybury Farm Welcome Center with hot drinks and snacks. Here you can buy some of the maple syrup you saw being made and snag a few recipes to complement your syrup at home.

The cost is $7 per person. Children 2 and under are free, although they have to ride on the lap of an adult in the wagon. If you have a group of 15 or more paid admissions, you can schedule a tour for a day other than Saturday or Sunday. Call (248) 374-0200 to book your private Maple Syrup tour!

Take Away

This is a perfect opportunity for families to experience nature, learn about trees, and do something out of the ordinary. Your kids will be fascinated with this process and remember it for years to come!


Photos courtesy of Northville Community Foundation
 

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