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Northville Downs - And They're Off!

by The Jamey Kramer Group

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

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

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

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

Invisible Nightmares to Look For When Buying a House

by The Jamey Kramer Group

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

Is something holding you back from buying your dream house?

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

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

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

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

Mold Nightmares

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

Foundation Nightmares

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

Door and Window Nightmares

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

Roof Nightmares

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

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

 

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

Things to do in Northville Michigan for a Fun Filled Weekend

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Northville, Michigan

Have you ever experienced a Northville weekend?

Are you looking for something to do this weekend?

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

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

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

Thursday, June 6, 2013

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

Friday, June 7, 2013

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

Saturday, June 8. 2013

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

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

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

Girl Scout Cadette Troop 336 Garage Sale

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

Sunday, June 9, 2013

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

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

 

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

5 Secrets Realtors Use to Sell Your House

by The Jamey Kramer Group

​Would you like to sell your house quickly?

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

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

  1. Invest Into Your Landscape

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

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

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

     
  2. The Banana Bread Trick

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

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

     
  3. Paint Your Walls

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

     
  4. Remove All Family Pictures

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

     
  5. Rent a Storage Unit

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

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

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

Northville Summer Carnival

by The Jamey Kramer Group

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

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

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

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

Novi Welcomes Donald Trump for Lincoln Day Dinner Speech

by The Jamey Kramer Group

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

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

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

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

Choosing the Right Novi Area Real Estate Agent

by The Jamey Kramer Group

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

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

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

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

Know When To Replace Your Home's Windows

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Old window on a homeOwning a home involves a lot of responsibilities, and it is important to be vigilant and stay informed regarding the state of your home to be sure that you are taking care of it properly. Regular maintenance on your home and its fixtures can prevent problems from building up over time and will prove to be more efficient in the long run than letting things go.

One feature of your house that has a significant impact, not only on home aesthetics but also on energy efficiency, is your windows. Windows should be periodically repaired or replaced depending on the accumulated wear and tear they have undergone in years past. Maintaining them well will ensure that they are not detracting from the appearance of your house, or causing an energy drain by allowing in either cold or hot air.

Obviously, replacing all or some of your windows is a big investment and requires a lot of work. Windows generally need to be replaced every fifteen to twenty years, and you may be able to extend the life of your windows by completing intermittent repairs during this time. You can clean your windows a few times a year to keep them looking clear and free of streaks and debris, and you can have them caulked or apply window stripping if you are suspicious that gaps and holes around your windows are causing air leakage. However, the following signs indicate that your windows are ready to be completely replaced.

  • You feel drafts in your home- Windows always detract from the insulation of your home and allow for some infiltration of outside air. Yet if you have begun to notice drafts in your home, it is likely that significant gaps have formed in your windows, possibly due to factors such as the expansion and contraction of sealants and the warping of your wood due to moisture.
  • You notice condensation between the window panes- Condensation in your windows is a sure sign that your windows are experiencing seal failure and need to be replaced. In the case of condensation, you might also notice a white film left on the glass from calcium deposits.
  • Your windows have become difficult to open and close - If you have trouble sliding your windows within the window frame, you probably should replace your windows. Difficulty in sliding or opening your windows is generally a sign that rot, rust, or general wear have taken their toll on your windows. This could even cause a hazard if your window is unable to stay open and slams shut on its own.
  • You've noticed a rise in your energy bill- If it is costing more and more to control the temperature within your home, your windows are probably beginning to detract from your insulation. Once your energy bill has been affected by poor insulation, it will most likely save more money in the long run to completely replace your windows rather than make attempts at repairs.

 

Homes For Sale in Novi, MI

by The Jamey Kramer Group

If you are searching for comprehensive data on the homes for sale in Novi, Michigan - an idyllic northwestern Detroit suburb of more than 55,000 residents about 25 miles from downtown - you have come to the right place...sort of.

The actual place is the Search Homes page on this website. You're welcome to surf on over there whenever you'd like to, of course. For those of you who would like some instructions, tips and suggestions, stick around or come back and read this article.

Inside the Search Homes Page

Jamey Kramer and his friendly, knowledgeable and professional RE/MAX real estate experts provide you with this cool tool, and using it allows you to discover homes on the market, right now, anywhere in the Detroit metropolitan area or in Ann Arbor. This kind of immediate, up-to-the-millisecond data retrieval is so commonplace today that it already enjoys the endearing nickname, "real time".

Also in real time on the Search Homes page, you have at your fingertips the ability to check out homes for sale in the five-county Detroit metro area. Click any of the counties below to begin your search:

You can also pinpoint your search by entering in an MLS number, if you know it, or a street name. Currently, there are more than 27,200 real estate listings from which to choose.

Spot Hidden Problems in Older Novi, MI Area Homes

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Real estate is a business rife with euphemisms. Usually, in general language, there at least a whiff of truth in stereotypes and cliches, and the same can be said for many of these sometimes hilarious and primarily sales-oriented descriptions. In reality, there is a fine line between antique and old; charming and weird; rustic and dilapidated; small and cozy; and so forth. Beauty, after all, is in the eye of the beholder.

In the majority of relatively older homes, the problems are not physically hidden, but rather mentally hidden. In other words, you might not see potential headaches and money pits if you don't know where to look. That's where we come in and, as real estate experts, help you know what to look for. Read on for five areas that deserve a close look.

1. Begin at the beginning: The Foundation

Once you find out how old a home is (10, 20, 50 years old or more), you can make a relatively safe assumption that its foundation is the same age, although in a small number of cases a new foundation may have been added later. A home's foundation really is its base, and not just in name only. If any part of the foundation is cracked or broken, or shows signs of mold, it could foreshadow costly repairs in the very near future.

2. Plumbing

A large number of old homes will likely still have cast-iron pipes. Cast-iron pipes collect minerals over time, which can lead to corrosion, which in turn can lead to constriction and leaks, which can then mean you having to repair or replace your entire plumbing system. Ouch. 

3. Determine the age of the electric wiring

If the home is old enough, it might still use the outdated knob-and-tube wiring system. These can spell not only incredibly expensive rewiring projects, but also pose a serious fire hazard. Check with an electrician because, even if the wiring is not ancient, it may still be advisable to update parts of it for safety or to bear the load of modern usage.

4. Up on the roof

Most contractors worth their salt will tell you that replacing a home's roof is one of the costliest repair projects of them all. Be sure you know what you’re dealing with – in other words, how long do you have until the roof needs to be replaced? It pays to know.

5. Ensure insulation is up to date

Remember when asbestos wasn't akin to a swear word in our lexicon? It actually used to be a good thing, providing a heat-resistant, fireproof insulating material for pipes, brake linings and electrical systems. Now that we know its health-related shortcomings, asbestos has all but disappeared from the earth. The point here is that home insulation is impacted a great deal by changes in technology. And in Michigan, where extremes in temps are actually the norm, you need to know the age, type and efficiency of your home's insulation. You may want to upgrade or modernize your insulation (or at least plan for the expense of doing so) in order to reduce your power bills. It’s also possible, especially under a home, that insulation has been water-damaged and may not be working properly. In fact, insulation could be trapping water against wood and creating damage.

So, if you are living in or considering the purchase of an older home in Novi, it can really pay to look for problems in areas that you don’t normally see every day. Paying a trained professional can really pay off when it comes to your foundation, plumbing, wiring, roofing and insulation.

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