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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.

248-348-7200

Novi and Northville, Michigan Summer Events in July 2017

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Novi and Northville Summer Events - July 2017

Summer presents us all with plenty of things to do. In all of your big vacation plans and beach trips, don’t forget about the fun local events near you. The cities of Novi and Northville each have a series of events in July that are not to be missed.

Many of these events are free as well. What a great way to get the kids out of the house, spend some time together as a family, and experience the beauty and culture of your hometown. Come, relax, spread a blanket, and enjoy.

Novi Events in July 2017

Sizzling Summer Kids Wonderful Wednesdays Concert Series

  • Wednesdays
  • 10:30 a.m.
  • Location: Lakeshore Park, 601 South Lake Drive, Novi, MI
  • Cost: Free

The Sizzling Summer Kids Wonderful Wednesdays’ concert series has three delightful acts scheduled in July. They are sure to entertain your kids of all ages. The concerts will be held at Lakeshore Park. In case of inclement weather, activities will be held at the Novi Public Library. July performances include:

  • July 12 – Drummunity is a musical activity for all, led by Lori Fithian. Kids will learn and participate together in a drum chorus plus much more!
  • July 19 – Kids will be wowed and amazed by Magician Tom Plunkard
  • July 26 – Musician Joe Reilly has a talent for capturing the imagination of children

Sizzling Summer Nights in Fuerst Park

  • Friday, July 14
  • Pre-movie fun: 7:00 pm
  • Movie: 7:30 pm
  • Location: Fuerst Park, 45325 W 10 Mile Rd, Novi, MI
  • Cost: Free

This is the second of a once-a-month installment of family fun at the Sizzling Summer Nights in Fuerst Park on Friday night, July 14! If you like warm summer nights and free family fun look no further. Come early to play games, eat fun food, and stay for a cozy outdoor movie event on the big screen starting at dusk.

This month the theme is “Get Your Play On.” There will be all kinds of family-friendly fun to celebrate Parks and Recreation Month, including bounce houses, yard games, and family kickball. The pre-movie entertainment starts at 7:00 pm. Be sure to bring socks! In case of inclement weather, this event will be held at the Novi Civic Center.

This month’s movie is Disney’s Moana.

Festival Of Chariots

  • Sunday, July 23
  • Parade: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Festival: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Location: Novi City Civic Center, 45175 W 10 Mile Rd, Novi, MI 
  • Admission: Free

Have you ever been very interested in yoga, or Hindu religion? Have you ever been curious about minority cultures in the USA or just wanted a multi-cultural experience?

Come to the Festival of Chariots – the Golden Jubilee Anniversary of Rath Yatra in the USA. Admission and parking are free. There will also be free food provided by Govinda’s Catering until 3:00 pm. A parade will start of the festivities at 11:00 am. The festival starts at 1:00 pm with live music and dance, kids’ activities, mantra meditation, cooking demonstrations, ethnic shopping, and a Kirtan Yoga Fest from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Northville Events in July 2017

The City of Northville continues its weekly offerings through the month of July. Be sure to come to at least one of the fine concerts or Farmers Markets this month. Remember, master gardeners will be on hand every Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm to answer all of your gardening questions.

Farmers Markets

  • Thursdays
  • 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Corner of 7 Mile Rd. and Sheldon, across from Northville Downs

Tunes on Tuesday Children’s Concert Series

  • Tuesdays
  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Novi Town Square, across from Great Harvest
  • Rain location is at Genitti’s Little Theatre
  • Cost: Free

Friday Night Concert Series

  • Fridays
  • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Novi Town Square, across from Great Harvest
  • Cost: Free

Takeaway

From concerts and a movie to a festival and a weekly farmers market, Novi and Northville, Michigan have a number of free family-friendly events to enjoy in July. Be sure to get your calendar out so you don’t miss a thing.

New Building Forecast for 2017 - Novi and Lyon Township in Top Ten

by The Jamey Kramer Group

New construction

The real estate market has hit 10-year highs in Southeast Michigan. This is news to celebrate for anyone buying or selling a home in the area. One of the main problems we see everywhere is the lack of enough inventory for more home buyers. If you are one of those buyers, have faith!

Here are some stats published by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) on new home permits.

Last year, 9,925 new residential buildings were authorized last year, including single-family homes, condos, and apartments in the 9 counties surrounding Detroit. In addition, new construction is up 11 percent so far in 2017. This time last year, the increase was only 7 percent.

We had a healthy economy in 2016, with only a 5.2% average unemployment rate and a 2% growth rate in jobs overall in Michigan.

Low Inventory of Homes

The four county areas - Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, and Livingston - have had the lowest inventory of homes and been most active in the SEMCOG data. Meaning, more people are looking to buy and sell homes in these areas. Houses in many communities are spending an average of 35 or fewer days on the market.

Novi had 232 new single-family homes built there last year. One of the builders doing work in Novi is Toll Brothers, building in four different communities around the city.

Lyon Township had 312 new residential units in 2016 and more development is in the works. One project at Erwin’s Orchard may be starting up this year.

Other counties on the top 10 list for new construction according to SEMCOG:

  • Commerce Township - 266
  • Brownstown Township - 266
  • Shelby Township - 282
  • Rochester Hills - 372
  • Canton Township - 505
  • Macomb Township - 516
  • Ann Arbor - 545
  • Detroit - 1,098

According to the Home Builders Association of Michigan, 2017 is looking like the best year since 2006 if it continues the way it has. While this does not return us to pre-recession highs, it is a steady upward trend. The forecast is good through the fall, which means if you’re looking right now and haven’t found something, you should keep looking. There may be more housing available as the summer progresses.

The other thing to keep in mind is that, while there are more single family homes being built, the net gain of new condos being built is 44%. Condo living is actually very attractive for many buyers - with single floors and wide doorways and many amenities the single-family detached home doesn’t have.

Take Away

The new home forecast is looking great for 2017 as job market conditions continue to improve. New home construction looks like it will continue through the summer and fall in some of most sought-after areas in Metro Detroit.

If you are looking for a new house in Northville, Novi or the South Lyon areas, please give us a call. We would be honored to help.

248-348-7200

 

 

Northville, Michigan Independence Day Parade 2017

by The Jamey Kramer Group

4th of July Parade in Northville, MI

The Fourth of July parade has always been a highlight of American celebrations on the anniversary of our Independence Day. Every year, kids, young and old, gather to show civic pride and join in the general festivities of the day and the summer season.

Summer always seems like it has fully arrived when you hear those jets fly overhead or the police sirens coming down the street. The main street of your hometown feels like a new place when you see so many neighbors and friends out altogether.

There’s something magical about the anticipation of the day kicking off with this one event. Whatever is in store for the rest of the day: picnic, beach time, parties, fireworks, campfires... you know it’s all going to be good.

Homemade floats, high school marching bands, color guard, dance teams, sports teams throwing candy or spraying the crowd with water guns, all of the town’s finest policemen and firemen - these are just a few of the highlights awaiting you at Northville’s Independence Day parade.

Northville Independence Day Parade

  • Monday, July 4th
  • Downtown Northville
  • 10:00 am

You can be involved too! Here are a few ways to join in:

March in the Parade

You can enter a float, dancing group, band, character or anything else you can think of that’s fun for all ages. Be creative!

This can be a great way to spread the word about a new business, band or dance group you’ve started. You have a captive audience and everyone’s in a festive mood. Who knows? You might get your big break at the Independence Day Parade.

To register, visit the Northville Community Foundation’s website and download the registration form.

The Northville parade, unfortunately, is not allowed to directly or indirectly sponsor any persons running for political office, because of its non-profit status. In addition, you are not allowed to pass out t-shirts, stickers, flyers or anything like that. However, if you currently hold a public office, you are highly encouraged to participate in the parade!

Children’s Bike Parade

The Northville Meijer is also sponsoring the Children’s Bike Parade. There is no need to register ahead of time. Simply come to the Northwest parking lot at 7 Mile and Sheldon (Center St.) at 9:15 a.m. with your decorated bike and join in! There are two $50 Meijer gift cards as prizes for the best-decorated boy’s bike and best-decorated girl’s bike.

Pet Parade

All pets are welcome! There is no need to pre-register to join in the pet parade. Get a parking pass at Meadowbrook or Breckenridge Veterinary to participate. The pet parade is sponsored by Meadowbrook & Breckenridge Veterinary and the USA Hockey Arena.

Volunteer

You can volunteer to be on the Parade Committee or help on the day of the parade by calling 248-372-0200, emailing ncfassistant@gmail.com or signing up at the Northville Community Foundation’s volunteer application. This is a great way to get involved with community planning and events and looks great on any application.

Donate

You can become a parade donor by donating online or writing a check with “Parade” in the memo line and mailing it to the NCF office (195 S. Main St, Northville, MI 48167). For $50, your family name will be put on the Parade Supporters banner which will be featured in the parade. If you love Independence Day celebrations and you love your city, this is a great cause to give your money to.

Take Away

Whether you plan to be in the parade or watch it with your friends and loved ones from the sidelines, the Northville, Michigan Independence Day Parade is not to be missed.

How to Know If You Have an Exceptional Buyer’s Agent

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Buyers agent

Buying a home is stressful. The prospect of moving is stressful - even when it’s exciting most of the time. Relocating from one state to another is super stressful. It always means a change and even when you’re making a change for the better, new homes and neighborhoods bring new challenges. The buying experience can bring new challenges even for families who have moved more than once.

You know what’s really stressful? It is a buyer’s agent who isn’t motivated. You may have experienced this if you’ve had an agent who showed up to open doors and write the offer, but that was about it. Maybe you didn’t know your agent could do more than that. An exceptional agent will take the stress out of finding a house and will make you feel like you have an ally in your move.  

It’s all up to the agent, of course. Some real estate schools will stress to buyer’s agents that they minimize their legal risks by being less involved. Some of them take that advice too much to heart and won’t even give much-needed advice.

Gone are the days when buyer’s agents were the information wardens on the real estate market. Technologies used with online sites like Trulia and Zillow have done away with that. Now most buyers have access to a lot more information about the homes on the market. It may leave you questioning whether you should employ a buyer’s agent. What it should make you question is whether your buyer’s agent is working for you.

Information

Trulia can’t make you an expert. Of course, a few night courses can’t make your agent an expert either. However, many agents have hundreds or thousands of deals under their belts. Their experience can be your greatest asset.

A diligent agent will also have up-to-date information on housing searches. Zillow is often not up-to-date and many times buyers have been disappointed to find their favorite homes aren’t on the market anymore. The right buyer’s agent will know his or her region and will listen to your needs closely. He or she will know things the Internet does not.

Besides this, buyer’s agents have their finger on the pulse of current market conditions. Your agent should be able to - gently - readjust your expectations if needed. He or she should also do his or her best to find a way to meet as many needs as possible within your budget. If you are stuck on one particular set of requirements, an attentive agent can help you see how your needs might be met with a different set of features than you had originally planned.

Negotiation

Buyers often underestimate how much time and energy it can take to successfully negotiate for themselves. A conscientious buyer’s agents will:

  • Prepare forms.
  • Help buyers locate good sources of loans.
  • Negotiate the terms of loans.
  • Work with your lender effectively.
  • Talk you through making an offer including often adding an addendum to provide protections you wouldn’t otherwise get.
  • Arrange and oversee inspections, including inspecting for things you might not think of like scoping the sewer line or testing for meth.
  • Help you understand HOA documents or title commitments.
  • Make sure you receive all the right documents or any additional documents they know, from experience, are necessary.
  • Represent your interests at closing. This often means coordinating between many different interests: the lender, the title company, and the sellers. If this is not coordinated efficiently, it can mean last-minute nightmares for buyers.

Personal

The best buyer’s agents are there for you. When it comes down to it, many people could do the jobs listed above. However, the ones who go out of their way to be there for you are the ones who will succeed because they will get your attention.

A good agent will know he or she has to be available to you after work hours and will answer your call or get back to you as soon as he or she can, even at night or on the weekends. He or she will suggest a strategy for making an offer but let you know it’s totally up to you how you want to proceed.

In addition, he or she can suggest how you would make needed repairs on the property and help you read your inspection results. And many great agents go out of their way in many ways: some of them prepare a dossier on schools and great places to eat for families who are new to the area. Some of them can use their connections to help people find jobs. Some of them offer to help you get out of your lease early by finding a new renter.

Take Away

It shouldn’t be a question in your mind whether you should employ a buyer’s agent. If you’re questioning it, maybe it’s time to find a new one because an exceptional buyer’s agent will make all the difference. Please call the Jamey Kramer Group today.

248-348-7200

 

Upcoming Events for Northville, Michigan – June 2017

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Local events in Northville, MI

Summer is ramping up in Northville! There are a number of exciting outdoor events that will be fun for all ages in June. From live music ensembles to great food, art, and brewed drinks, look no further than the family-friendly town of Northville to make summer’s great memories.

Farmers Market Every Thursday

  • Thursdays in June
  • Time: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Located at the corner of 7 Mile Road and Sheldon, across from Northville Downs

The Northville Farmers Market continues through June with gorgeous, local produce, and local farmers who grow and sell it. There will be more than 70 stalls of Michigan-made arts and crafts and Michigan-grown foods and products. Gardeners will find a ton of plants and flowers. Find handmade jewelry, soap, garden art, woodwork, home accessories, and much more. Master gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions every Thursday until noon.

There will be some parking on site, with overflow parking at the Northville Downs Race Track, across from the market.

For more information about the Farmers Market, please contact the Northville Chamber of Commerce at 248-349-7640 or visit www.northville.org.

Friday Night Concert Series

  • Fridays in June
  • Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Location: Northville Town Square - across from Great Harvest

The Friday Night Concert Series is a free, fun-for-all-ages concert series put on by the Northville Chamber of Commerce. Come sit on the lawn with your kids, neighbors, and friends. Enjoy the summer evenings and great music.

For more information please see:  Downtown Northville.

Arts & Acts Festival

  • Friday, June 16:  3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 17: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 18: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Downtown Northville, Michigan

This is Northville’s 6th year putting on the Arts & Acts Festival downtown. It celebrates the diversity of talent and culture in this region while highlighting over 70 artists at the Art in the Sun fine art show. This is a juried art show that has been running for 29 years in historic Northville. 

The Arts and Acts Festival is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Northville Art House. The Northville Art House is quickly earning the reputation of being one of the best cultural centers in the Detroit area. Its diversity and excellence have gained the notice of the Detroit Free Press, which frequently features the Art House in its “Play” section about the best of the best Detroit has to offer.

The Art House not only has constantly running art exhibits but also hosts classes with professional instructors and a film festival, to name just a few. The Arts and Acts Festival is one of the biggest and most diverse summer festivals in the Detroit area and not to be missed!

In addition to the Art exhibits, the festival showcases the Sandbox Play Festival, produced by Tipping Point Theatre, the Short on Words Literary Contest, and musical entertainment with some of Detroit’s top musicians.

The film, play, and children’s Northville Art House Chalk Festival each require a nominal fee for tickets, but otherwise, this festival is free for all. The Art House makes its money on sponsorships and artist booth fees. Participants will have access to a range of delicious festival food and drink.

For more information, please see Arts & Acts 2017.

1st Annual Tapped in the 'Ville Craft Beer Fest

  • Saturday, June 24, 2017
  • Time: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Location: Millennium Park, 45769 W. Six Mile Road, Northville, MI 48168

Are you a fan of craft beer? Do you love hanging out on a warm summer evening and tasting delicious craft beers with friends? Northville is putting on its first annual craft beer festival for those beer aficionados and for anyone who wants a taste - in drink form - of downtown Northville.

The event will be held on June 24th from noon until 6 p.m. Admission cost is $30 and includes ten tickets, which each get you one 3 oz. craft beer tasting of your choice and one 12 oz. “Tapped in the ‘Ville” souvenir to take home.

Beer will be flowing, music and entertainment will be going, and games will be available throughout the day. There will be food trucks stocked with delicious summer eats to compliment your craft beers.

You must be 21 or older to participate and tickets are available online. For more information, please see: www.tappedintheville.com

Tunes on Tuesday - Children’s Concert Series

  • Tuesdays
  • Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
  • Location: Northville Town Square

Consider this the summer concert series for the littlest members of our community. This is a special treat for little ones who don’t stay up late enough to catch the Friday evening concert series! Bring a blanket and watch your kids let loose to this live music show designed especially for them. There will be puppeteers, storytellers, and musicians. No worries if it rains! The show will be relocated to Genitti’s Little Theater.

Take Away

There’s something for everyone this June in Northville. Come and enjoy the fine food, arts, crafts, gardening, drinks, and much more that this historic town has to offer!

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

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