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3 Reasons Why People Want to Live In Novi, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group
Novi Public Library

Do you love buying local produce?

Are you looking to move somewhere with great schools?

This week, I have been spending a lot of time showing houses in Novi, Michigan, and I can tell you that summer has arrived. It has been a beautiful week. Novi is a family friendly community to live in and is highly sought after place to live. I thought it would be helpful to share with you 3 reasons why people are moving there.

  1. Novi Offers a Diverse Farmers Market

    On Tuesday, I stopped by the Farmers Market, if you haven’t been I would highly recommend it.

    In previous years, the Farmers Market had always been held on Saturdays, but this year it has moved to Tuesdays. The best part of Novi’s Farmers Market is the diversity. You can find produce there that you can’t find at regular grocery stores.

    Here is what the Novi Patch reported on the Farmers Market:

     
    “More local farmers also say that they enjoy coming to the Farmer’s market. Martha and Bruce, of South Lyon, just began attending the Novi’s Farmer’s Market this year. They said that they enjoy the atmosphere, and the kid’s activities at Fuerst Park that bring in more crowds to the market. The kid’s programs the same day attracts a lot of people to the park, and then they stop by and see us,” said Martha, who is also a baker in Novi.

    You can attend the Farmers Market every Tuesday from 9 am – 1 pm. If you have children, bring them along because right next to the Farmer’s Market is Tremendous Tuesday which offers shows for the children to watch and even participate in.
  2. Great Schools in Novi, Michigan

    A great Farmers Market isn’t the only reason to move to Novi. Whenever I talk with someone buying a house, good schools are almost always on their must have list. This is one of the many reasons I love selling homes in Novi. Novi boasts great schools. On Trulia.com, the local elementary schools in Novi received a 5 out of 5 stars by parents.
     
  3. Novi Offers Low Property and Violent Crime

    Most families I talk with all want a safe neighborhood. No one wants to worry about their kids playing in the backyard. Novi, Michigan is known for low crime rates. Truila.com reports that only 2.28% of people in Novi are affected by property crime, and 0.09% of people are affected by violent crimes.

So, there you have it, three reasons why people want to live in Novi, Michigan:

  • Diversity
  • Great schools
  • Low crime rates

If you are interested in looking at houses in Novi, Michigan, please give me a call. I would love to help you find your next house.

3 Real Estate Tips You Don’t Want to Miss

by The Jamey Kramer Group
3 Real Estate Tips You Don’t Want to Miss

Are you looking to buy your home in the Novi or Northville, Michigan area?

Would you like to know 3 tips that will help you get into your dream house?

Getting back in the swing of things after a long holiday weekend can be difficult. Today, we want to share 3 real estate tips that will make your life easier and buying your future dream home painless.

Buying a home is an exciting experience, but you want to make sure that you set yourself up well. Here are 3 tips that will help you do just that and these are tips you do not want to miss.

  1. Get Pre-approved

    This is a mistake many buyers can make. Getting pre-approved for a mortgage means that the lender has already agreed to loan the borrower a certain amount of money. These preapproved notes are usually good for 60-90 days. This will also lock in an interest rate for you.

    According to Zillow.com:
     
    “The most important reason you should get pre-approved early in the process of purchasing a home is that you will get an accurate idea of how much you can afford. This will ensure that you only look at houses that are truly in your price range.”
  2. Wants and Needs

    When you have spent the time saving and dreaming about a new house, the last thing you want to do is compromise. It is best to make a list of your top needs. What are the 3 things about your future house that you are not willing to compromise on? Examples of “needs” may include a three car garage, two full bathrooms and four bedrooms.

    Next, you can also make a list of the top 3 things that you really want. It is important to notice the difference between what you need and what you want. Knowing this will really help you in your search for your new house. Examples of “wants” might include granite kitchen counter tops, finished basement and deck.
     
  3. Hire an Experienced Real Estate Agent

    In an article published by Lowellsun.com, the author stated the following about hiring your own real estate agent,
     
    “Purchasing a home is a lot of work. Eliminate a lot of stress by hiring a professional real estate agent to orchestrate showings, inspections, appraisals, contracts, and negotiations. Talk to the people you trust and get recommendations, then interview several agents. Keep searching until you find an agent with the right chemistry.”

These three real estate tips will help you on your way to obtaining the house of your dreams.

When searching for a house, what is your number 1 need and what is your number 1 want?

Why You Should Sell or Buy Your Home Now

by The Jamey Kramer Group
Why You Should Sell or Buy Your Home Now

Have you tried selling your home, only to receive offers that are significantly below what you paid for your house?

Would you love to move, but are afraid of the market?

Happy 4th of July everyone! This is one of my favorite holidays. It’s the time to sit back and enjoy the freedoms of living in this country.

Living in America is amazing. We have had some difficult times it the past 5 years, especially with the housing market. Many people bought their house in early 2008 only to find out that in 2009 the value of the home had decreased.

The American dream of owning your own home seems to have become harder and harder to attain. But, here’s the think I Have Good News.

Housing News You Need to Hear

I have such good news that I wanted to share it with you, even on a holiday.

Picture this, today you are hosting the 4th of July party. Friends and family are coming to your home. Yes, the home that you purchased early in the year and have been investing time and money into it to make it your own.

You had looked and looked for this home. At first you weren’t in a hurry and you wanted to make the best decision. Then you found it - your perfect home. The sellers were apprehensive at first as they had been trying to sell their home off and on for a few years.

In the end you got it! And you bought it at the perfect time, since interest rates are now going up.

What, you say? Interest rates are going up?

Here is what the Wall Street Journal is reporting,

"The National Association of Realtors on Thursday said its seasonally adjusted index for pending sales of existing homes rose to a reading of 106 in April, up 0.3% from the previous month and a gain of 10.3% from a year earlier."
"The housing market continues to squeak out gains from already very positive conditions,” said Lawrence Yun, the group’s chief economist. The last time the reading was higher was in April 2010 when home buyers were rushing to qualify for a federal tax credit."

Previously Owned Homes

More and more buyers are searching for previously owned homes. Interest rates are already on the rise from their 3.5 position. In a story from a NRP article, one man had been quoted the 3.5 percent interest rate in May of 2013. In July, two months later, he was offered a 5.2 percent interest rate for the same loan.

Let’s be honest, the 5.2 percent interest rate is still pretty low, especially when you compare it to the 18 percent interested rates that we saw in the 80s and 90s.

The Truth Is

The housing market is and will turn around. Right now with interest rates so low, it’s the perfect time to buy, making it also a great time to sell. Your American dream isn’t so far off anymore.

If you have any questions about selling or buying your home, please contact me. I would love to help in anyway I can.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday everyone!

Celebrating the 4th of July in Northville, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group
Northville MI July 4th Events

Are you looking for a city that is celebrating the 4th of July with a bang?

Picture this, it is the 4th of July and the weather is absolutely beautiful in Northville, Michigan. The parade in downtown is finishing up. You saw everything from clowns to classic cars to marching bands. After the parade, you head over with your family to watch history.

You watch the re-enactment from two different wars and even hear the Gettysburg address. Next, you are off to watch the “vintage” baseball team. You set your picnic blanket down and enjoy some quality time with your family.

Hello and happy Tuesday everyone. There are only two days left until the 4th of July. Today, we are sharing with you about the activities you and your family can enjoy in Northville, Michigan. Northville is a great city that provides family fun activities and on this 4th of July - there is plenty to enjoy.

The Northville 2013 Independence Day Parade

This year there is plenty to see and plenty to be a part of. The Northville, Michigan parade begins at 10 a.m. at Griswold and Main Street in downtown Northville. To kick start the parade, you will see the color guards standing in attention while the National Anthem is played.

If you have children, they too can participate by decorating their bikes and riding in the parade. Even your pets can join in the fun as well during the pet parade portion.

Would you like to read more information about the Parade? Then visit the Northvillecommunityfoundation.com.

Mill Race Village

Do you enjoy history? Then this event is for you. Here is what the City of Northville’s website had to say about this Independence Day event,

"Mill Race Village celebrates the 150th Anniversary of Gettysburg with their “Four Score and Seven” Independence Day celebration covering the 87 years between the American Revolution and the Civil War. Experience re-enactors from both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War periods, enjoy our new exhibit "Made in Northville' and celebrate our independence.

Vintage Baseball

This Thursday, the “vintage” baseball team, Northville Eclipse, plays against the Chelsea Monitors in a baseball game that would be more close to the way they played in the 1860s than today.

While the players are volunteers and the game itself is noncompetitive, it is according to the Northville Patch, “a tribute to the sport and similar to an American Civil War reenactment.”

The game is family friendly because there is no swearing, spitting, or sliding. They teams even leave the gloves at home.

All of us at the Jamey Kramer Group wish you a Happy 4th of July. We will post an article on the 4th if you are interested in any realtor tips, and we invite you to check it out.

Novi, Michigan Weekend Events June 28 – 30

by The Jamey Kramer Group
Fun things in Novi Michigan

Are you looking for a city that doesn’t shut down on the weekends?

Would you like to know what is happening in and around Novi, Michigan this weekend?

Today, we are sharing about the different happenings all over Novi, Michigan. Novi is one of the highest sought after places to live in Michigan and a favorite place to visit in the metro Detroit area. It is full of great people and lots of things to do.

This weekend, there is everything available from family entertainment to geocaching. So as you plan your weekend’s activities, make sure to keep it mind all that Novi has to offer you.

Garage Sales

Who doesn’t love a great garage sale? There are two separate garage sales happening in Novi this weekend. Both garage sales have been advertised on the NoviPatch.com.

The first garage sale is located at the Meadowbrook Park Subdivision. They are advertising everything of tools, furniture, clothing, and workout equipment. This garage sale is located off of 9 mile, one block east of Haggerty road at 21930 Heatheridge Lane. The sale is Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.

The second garage sale promises greenware, tables, records, and “lots of odds and ends”. This garage sale does report that they will not have any children’s items and located on 26200 Taft Rd. This sale will take place on Friday and Saturday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Free Family Fun – Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29

For some family fun that is FREE, Novi Town Center is having sidewalk sales this weekend to provide that. Big Frog Custom T Shirts and More will be offering FREE custom T-Shirt drawings and a 40% off gift certificates. On Saturday, the NoviPatch.com reports that you will have the chance to win 50% off to $100 off gift certificates at the Big Frog custom T Shirts and More.

If you are a fan of frozen yogurt, newly opened Yogurt City will be offering FREE yogurt on Saturday, June 29th from 5 pm until 9 pm.

You can find the Novi Town Center at 26036 Ingersol Dr., Novi, MI 48375.

Golf Charity – Friday, June 28

Are you interested in participating in a charity? If you love to golf, there is a great event going on this weekend for you. Novi Educational Foundation is hosting their 18th annual Charity Golf Scramble. The goal of the charity is to raise funds to support children’s educational opportunities. Registration begins at 12 pm and the shot gun sounds at 1:30 pm. There is even an awards dinner.

Geocache Enthusiasts – Saturday, June 29th

If you love an adult version of Hide and Seek, you will want to show up to Biggby Coffee on Saturday for the Java Cache Meet & Greet. This is a free event in which geocaches are coming together to swap experiences and then go out into the community to discover area caches. The PRCS staff instructors request that you bring your GPS or download a geocache app on your phone.

Where: Biggby Coffee, 43346 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI 48375
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: Free
Registration: Not required

To learn more, please visit CityofNovi.org.

What are you planning to do this weekend in Novi?

On any given weekend Novi, Michigan is the place to be. What do you plan to do this weekend? If you are interested in looking at houses for sale in the Novi and Northville areas this weekend, please call my office at 248-348-7200.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

3 Mistakes to Avoid When Closing on Your Dream Home

by The Jamey Kramer Group
Campfire

Are you are first time home buyer?

Not sure how to close on your dream home?

This weekend, my wife and I saw the new Superman movie, Man of Steel, at the Emagine Theater in Novi, Michigan. It was amazing. I highly recommend the movie and seeing it in that theater.

Today, I am sharing about mistakes to avoid when you are closing on what hopefully, with the right realtor, is your dream home. Often times, people do not realize how much it will cost to close on a house. Closing costs are fees in addition to what you are paying for the home itself.

Knowledge is power. Knowing beforehand what to do is going to give you a huge advantage and in cities like Novi where houses are just ripe for the plucking, you’ll be glad you avoided these mistakes.

1. It’s Like a Wedding Dress

Or, at least that’s what my wife tells me. The search for your dream home is similar to a bride search for her dream dress. Sometimes a bride will find “the one” on the first day she started looking. Because it’s the first day, she thinks that this one couldn’t be “the one”. She keeps coming back to in her mind over and over and finally buys “the one”.

Sometimes searching for a house is like that. When you know, you know. The mistake that you are avoiding here is passing up on your dream house because you haven’t been searching long enough.

2. Scan the Neighborhood

Picture this, you have the house that you want to buy picked out and you are on your way to put an offer down. As you are driving through the neighbor, you see a group of 5 kids on their bikes. They stare you down, and then they start chasing your car bombarding it with eggs. This particular neighborhood has a problem with its youth.

I know this may be an extreme example. However, that house may no longer be your dream home. Finding the right neighborhood especially if you have kids, can almost be as important as finding the right house.

Here is what Boston.com had to say about checking up on the new neighbors,

“Investigating neighboring properties is another must. It could be a boon, such as land preserved in a trust – your own private nature reserve – or a bust, like a house known for drug arrests or a group home occupied by recovering addicts, whose cigarette smoke wafts up to your windows day and night.”

3. Make sure the house passes inspection

Whether or not an inspection is included in the closing costs, I highly recommend that a professional come in and inspect the home before you go through with the purchase.

Once you’ve purchased the home, the hidden termites that honestly no one knew about, is now your problem.

These reasons are why it is important to have an honest and trustworthy realtor by your side to make sure that you not only find your dream house, but also that it really is the perfect home for you.

What is the number 1 thing you want in your dream home? Is it great lighting, a three car garage, a good neighborhood or great schools?

Northville, Michigan – Great Things to Do This Weekend

by The Jamey Kramer Group

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

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

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

Free Camping

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

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

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

Free Food

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

Free Thyroid Support

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

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

Dispose of Hazard Waste

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

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

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

Vintage Baseball

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

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

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

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

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Roof inspection checklistAre you interested in selling your home?

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

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

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

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

1. Clean Up

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

2. Paint

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

3. Planting

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Novi, Michigan - The Origin of Its Mysterious Name

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Novi, Michigan

Are you a history buff?

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

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

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

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

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

The Romantic Theory

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

The Widely Accepted Theory

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

The Blacksmith’s Wife Theory

According to the City of Novi,

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

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

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

Northville Downs - And They're Off!

by The Jamey Kramer Group

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

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

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

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

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