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Upcoming Events in Northville, Michigan - June 2018

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Northville Michigan June Events

Summer in Northville, Michigan this year is getting kicked off with a bang and it’s all about the arts! This includes music, theater, craft beer, local arts, photography, and more.

Wednesday Night Concert Series

Northville’s Wednesday night concert series, held in downtown Northville in Town Square every Wednesday night from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm is all about “unplugged” music by local artists.

Friday Night Concerts

Get a taste for more of Northville and Michigan’s local musical talent on Friday nights in Northville Town Square from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm continuing on June 29 with Mr. Moody playing party music.

Northville Farmer’s Market

Don’t miss Thursdays in Northville through the month of June at Northville Downs. From 8:00 am – 3:00 pm there will be vendors, local farmer’s stands, fresh produce, fresh flowers, and arts and crafts from Michigan artisans. There will be a master gardener on hand to answer your questions until noon every Thursday!

Craft Beer Festival

Come to the second annual Tapped in the ‘Ville Craft Beer Festival at Millennium Park on Saturday, June 23 from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. If you like to sample good beer, this is the place to do it, with some of the best local, state, and regional brews available.

There will be food trucks on site and live entertainment. In addition, what beer festival would be complete without a cornhole tournament?

Tickets include admission, 10 tasting tickets and a 12 oz. “Tapped in the ‘Ville” mug. Right next door is Northville Art House’s annual Art Fair for more to see and do as you taste our delicious brews. To purchase tickets online and more information, please see www.tappedintheville.com.

The End of Nowhere: Stories and Photographs by Thomas Pickarski

Speaking of the Northville Art House, this free photography exhibit by Thomas Pickarski will run through the end of June. Come to see his 32 dramatic photos of Iceland, Greenland, and Patagonia and read the stories of his journeys.

Dinner Theater at Genitti’s Hole In the Wall

Genitti’s is a 46-year tradition in Northville. This fine restaurant has expanded several times over the years and kept its relaxed and delicious family atmosphere. One thing they are known for is their one-stop-shop entertainment.

This summer’s dinner theater is no exception. For $50 per person, all inclusive, you and a table of friends or family can experience the interactive comedy murder mystery “Lights, Camera, Murder!” Set on the set of a 1950s monster horror flick “The Atomic Iguana,” you will be entertained and pulled in to this comedic murder mystery all while savoring the best Genitti’s has to offer. Performance dates are Saturdays, June 23 & 30 at 6:30 p.m.

To make reservations call 248-349-0522. For more information, please see Genitti’s Dinner Theater.

“Northern Aggression” by Joseph Zettelmaier

Tipping Point Theater

Running through June 24, Northern Aggression is a play about long-time Michiganders moving down south and hilariously misunderstanding a Civil War reenactment. It is directed by Matt Foss and features Thomas D. Mahard, Patrick Loos, and Alysia Kolascz.

Ticket Pricing

  • Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. and Thursday at 8:00 p.m. - $30
  • Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. - $37
  • Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. - $33
  • Sundays at 2:00 p.m. - $33

For more information and purchase tickets online, please see Tipping Point Theater.

Takeaway

There’s certainly no shortage of fun in Northville, Michigan during the month of June to kick off the summer!

If you are interested in moving to at Northville, please give us a call. We would be honored to help you find the perfect house in this family-friendly community.

248-348-7200

The Ugly Summer Housing Market Forecast

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Couple looking at house online - housing market

If you are a first-time home buyer this summer, you probably have already been feeling the burn, so to speak. If 2017’s housing market was difficult for those seeking starter homes, this year is looking to be even tighter. Spring has been very busy already, and it’s not likely to let up as summer progresses.

While searching for a new house, it’s best to be informed. According to Forbes, which has analyzed the data and research this spring, more buyers are as informed as they can be going into this season.

If you are one of them, it’s probably because of the disappointment you, or your friends, have experienced while looking for a home. Here are the facts:

  • Inventory has been declining steadily for 42 consecutive months. It’s down almost 9% from last year at this time.
  • Average days on the market have fallen by 5 days as well.
  • Starter home prices have risen 9.6% this year over last year.
  • Trade up and premium home prices have risen as well - 7.5% and 5.2%.
  • Mortgage rates are on the rise as well - 4.66% at the end of May, which is ¾ of a percent higher than this time last year.
  • 40% of buyers are planning to put more than 20% down.
  • 40% of buyers have been actively looking for a home for more than 7 months.
  • 60% of buyers are still hoping to close on their dream home within the next 6 months.
  • More than 25% of buyers plan to offer above asking price.
  • 31% of buyers are planning to put a larger earnest money deposit down.
  • Only 6% of buyers aren’t planning to use any of these tactics to cope with the increased difficulty of finding a new home.

Here’s an interesting one, not necessarily negative.

  • There are 8.3% more fixer-upper starter homes on the market than there were 6 years ago.

According to the list above, clearly many buyers are going into this season with action plans in hand - and you can too.

Get pre-approved before you shop.

You don’t want to fall for a home and then lose it in the rush to get approved for a mortgage. In addition, according to The Mortgage Reports.com, you can shop around for your mortgage the same way you shop for a home. Don’t be like other buyers and take the first offer you find.

Be prepared to act fast!

This means having all your ducks in a row and knowing exactly what you’re willing to settle for, and how much you have to spend. It is better to know when to walk away than get in over your head with a mortgage payment you can’t afford.

On the flip side, know what you can offer over and above what other buyers might be able to offer. If you have a bigger down payment or more earnest money, offer it up front.

You can also settle, up front, with your realtor what other terms you can add to your offer to make it more attractive. For example, offer a fast closing, a quick inspection or renting back to the seller are all things that don’t cost extra money but could make the difference to the seller.

Keep an open mind.

When looking at homes - especially the way we all window shop on our phones - it’s best to reserve judgment until you’ve seen a home in person. If there is a particular listing in your neighborhood and price range that you are tempted to pass by because the pictures don’t look great, think again.

Other buyers may be doing what you were tempted to do and miss out on a good opportunity. The same thing goes for viewing fixer-uppers. Not everyone can see past paint or finishings they don’t like. However, if you are willing to do that, you might just get in ahead of everyone else.

Takeaway

Yes, the market is crazy for buyers again this year. But take heart and keep informed. If you are interested in looking for a house, it is important to have an experienced real estate agent by your side. Call our office today!

248-348-7200

 

Home Improvement: Do It Yourself vs. Getting a Loan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Home improvement project: removing old asphalt roof

Spring and summer are often the time to roll out those power tools and work on the home improvement projects you have been waiting to do. Some homeowners are just now realizing their house needs work either before the next time cold weather hits or before they can sell their house.

The trouble is, which projects are worth it to do yourself and what ones are absolutely best done by a professional? In addition, if you need professional help, how can you finance it?

Here are practical tips to help you decide if you should do that home improvement project or to hire a professional.

Doing It Yourself

There are a few big questions to answer before you know whether a certain project is worth doing yourself. Before you get into a big one, make sure you have really done your research. Otherwise, you may end up paying double for a contractor to get you out of your DIY predicament.

Do You Have the Time and Energy to Invest in This Project?

I’m not just talking about the energy required to do the work, but also the energy required to live with the constant state of a mess as you navigate through your job, your family life, and the unfinished work and state of mess that inevitably comes with a DIY job.

While things like finishing a basement, landscaping, or even painting your home’s exterior yourself might be worth the hassle of the workaround, replacing all your kitchen cabinets and countertops yourself might not be worth it in the loss of your kitchen for weeks or months.

Is it Safe for a Novice?

Even experienced DIYers know better than to take on something that could be dangerous or cause expensive problems if done incorrectly. Things like electrical, plumbing, and removing walls are best left to the experts.

Do You Truly Have the Skills to Do it Right?

Many of the projects on DIY shows aren’t as easy as the professionals make them look. Installing tile is often touted as a DIY project. However, it can be tricky and costly to get wrong. Do your research, take a class, and practice before you commit.

How to Finance a Home Remodel

There is good news if you need home improvement and know you can’t tackle it yourself. There are many ways to finance home improvements.

Personal Loans

According to an article in US News, there are some personal loans available for as low as $1,000. Although they do have the drawback of short repayment times, they do not affect your home equity.

Home Equity Loans

A home equity loan is basically a smaller second mortgage for a fixed amount of money that is secured by your home. They typically have fixed interest rates that never change, so the monthly payment will be the same.

These loans have higher interest rates than mortgage rates, but they are much lower than a typical credit card. They also come in larger amounts - usually about 85% of the value of your home minus what you still owe on your current mortgage. You can also get a tax deduction under certain conditions.

The disadvantages of a home equity loan are that you use your home’s equity, so it doesn’t exist anymore or isn’t as high. There is a risk of foreclosure if you fail to pay the loan since the collateral is your home’s equity. Also, this isn’t a good product to use for short-term expense since you could end up paying more than if you had used a different loan product.

Contractor Financing

If you need a new roof, for instance, most companies offer financing to get you into the new roof you need right now and offer 100% financing. In fact, most contractors offer project financing that doesn’t affect your home equity, is easy to sign up for on the spot, and doesn’t tie up your personal credit card balances in case of emergency.

This option can often give you the ability to have a nicer renovation than you had anticipated and cover the total cost. However, keep in mind that it is a loan and a contractor is interested in selling you a higher-priced product by showing you a low monthly price you feel you can afford. Make sure to do your homework beforehand.

Best Home Improvement Projects for Return on Investment

Lifehacker.com lists the top three money-saving home improvements you can do. These are worth checking out even if they aren’t cosmetic. Not only are they worth the money, but they are, in some cases, very inexpensive.

  • Seal up all drafty areas - windows, doors, etc.
  • Update your old energy-wasting appliances
  • Clean your gutters and check for structural problems.

Conclusion

The best thing you can do to make a decision about home improvements and how best to get them done is to do your research, both on how long it actually takes to DIY a project AND how much it actually costs to finance.

Farm Fest 2018 at Maybury Farm in Northville, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Maybury Farm Northville, MI

Maybury Farm is one of Northville’s best family fun places. We frequently report the wonderful activities at Maybury Farm because they offer something for the whole family. In addition, with acres and acres of bike and hiking paths through the woods right next door at Maybury State Park, you have a whole day of activities right at your doorstep in the heart of Metro Detroit.

Farm Fest 2018

  • Date: June 2, 2018
  • Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Location: Maybury Farm- 50165 8 Mile Rd., Northville, Michigan
  • Admission cost: $5 per person. Children 2 and under are free.
  • Rain date: June 3

Farm Fest is just one of Maybury Farm’s annual celebrations. The farm is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working farm. You can come weekly for story time, animal visits, and tours. It’s famous for its corn maze in the fall.

Saturday, June 2 is the day to come for Farm Fest 2018. This spring and summer festival is geared toward old and young alike, with games and activities for kids, baby animals to see and pet, live music, good food, demonstrations, and much, much more.

Fun for Kids

If you have wanted your kids to get more hands-on experience planting a garden, they can do that here! Let them get their hands in the dirt by planting their own container garden with the Country Garden Club of Northville.

The fun continues with water play in form of making bath bombs with the Great Lakes Natural Soap Company. There will be a variety of kids games, a chance to make beeswax candles, and a craft project put on by the Northville Art House.

There will be face painting, germination bracelet making, a building workshop sponsored by the Home Depot, and a newly designed station about safety where kids learn about animal safety, home safety, and outdoor safety through visiting various stations around the Farm.

Fun for All

Here is a quick look at all the Farm Fest festivities of the day.

Golden Griffon Stringtet

  • Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Work up an appetite with square dancing with the Golden Griffon Stringtet from 11-1. If you love the rare sound of a hammer dulcimer, this band is sure to excite. They have tons of experience playing for many types of folk dances and period reenactments!

The Flutter & Wow

  • Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

If you enjoy live music, you won’t want to miss the musical guests, The Flutter & Wow. They will be performing from 1:30-3:30. An excerpt from the band’s website says this about the band:

The Flutter and Wow band, formed in 2011 is known for their captivating stage presence as they merge vocal harmonies, infectious rhythms, and strings into their brand of Rustbelt Americana.

Concessions

There will be concessions on hand - all your favorites - and the Naughty Boy’s Rolled Ice Cream Truck is there for dessert!

Demonstrations and Wagon Rides

Walk around Maybury Farm to see farm demonstrations: sheep shearing, wool spinning with Michigan Handspinners Guild, and even a blacksmith! Take a relaxing and fun wagon ride through the fields and forest areas surrounding Maybury Farm.

This is one event that you will not want to miss. Additionally, parking is free at Maybury Farm. For more information, visit www.mayburyfarm.org/farmfest.

What Not To Do To Settle Into Your New Home

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Familysettiling into new home

As the weather warms up and sunny days abound, we know many of you are going to be moving into new homes this year. One of the best things about being a new homeowner is that feeling that it’s all yours. You get to do whatever you want with it, right?

Well, yes, but there are certainly ways that you might think you are doing the best for your house but you’re actually hurting it. Read on and avoid these little mistakes.

Cleaning 101

Has anyone ever told you not to use Windex on your mirrors? Well, you know what causes that black ring around old mirrors? Cleaning solution! It drips down the mirror and pools just on the underside of installed fixture mirrors - like the kind you see in bathrooms - and eats away at the backing, causing that unsightly black ring. Instead, use a microfiber cloth and dampen if necessary.

You might think bleach is the go-to cleaning solvent for every emergency. What about moldy grout? Not so much. Using bleach to whiten grout actually creates a breeding ground for more mold. This is because the bleach eats away at the grout. It also eats through a lot of other stuff, it turns out including:

  • Stone surfaces like granite
  • Laminate and colored grout
  • Enamel and acrylic tubs
  • Vinyl flooring like linoleum
  • Corrode your garbage disposal seals

Instead, use vinegar and water on most everything and ice cubes in the disposal.

Speaking of the disposal, those heavy duty drain cleaners you use when you get a clog? They can also dissolve your pipes. The solution? Vinegar and baking soda can make them explode. Either call a plumber or invest in a snake tool and some drain covers.

Gardening

Planting trees too close to your house or trying to train anything to grow up your walls is a homeowner no-no. A lot of times new homeowners don’t think through the ramifications of those plants growing a lot bigger.

A tree’s roots will grow as wide as the crown is, so unless it’s a dwarf variety, that tree needs to be far, far away from your house’s foundation, driveway or sidewalk. We know that ivy is really pretty, but it is best left in pots, or at least supported by trellises. Don’t let it get a vine-hold on your walls or they will eventually crumble.

Mulching too much and stacking firewood against your house are also big potential problems. There is such a thing as overdoing a good thing. Too much mulch can keep your plants from getting any water. In addition, as with firewood by your house, it can become a breeding ground for insects like termites to take up shop right by your walls.

Conclusion

It’s always a good idea to check out any changes you want to make to your new house before you make them and potentially end up paying. Likewise, looking at the manufacturer’s instructions for how to clean your home’s surfaces will help keep your new house looking and feeling new for years to come. 

Cheap Fixes To Sell Your House Quickly

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Cheap Fixes To Sell Your House Quickly

If you are going to try selling your home this summer, you don’t have to tell us that you want to move that house quickly and you want to get your asking price for it.

Homeowners sometimes get zealous about the kinds of improvements projects they do in order to sell quickly and for top dollar. However, they don’t always choose what buyers want to see.   

Don’t waste your money or time on things a buyer doesn’t want. In addition, definitely do look at the list below to find out which repairs or updates bring the biggest returns.

*Don’t get confused between maintenance and updates. Maintenance might be needed, but it doesn’t add value. If you just replaced your roof, it won’t get you a higher price for your home. However, it will increase your pool of potential buyers, so definitely do it if your house needs it.

Cheap Fixes to Add Value to Your Home

Paint

This is the number 1 most cost-effective and biggest return on investment when selling your house.

Update your paint colors to something neutral, not white. Paint your trim a nice, crisp white. If your house is already painted this way, just make sure all holes are patched and all scuffs and dings are either cleaned or touched up.

Don’t just stop at the walls either! You may not be thinking about your ceilings (unless you have had a leak), but buyers are going to look up there. Updating popcorn ceilings, cracks, grease spots or any other kind of stains will go a long way toward making a buyer want to pull the trigger right away.

*Quick tip: bold paint and wallpaper choices are almost always going to work against you. These are style choices a buyer doesn’t want to see. If you have decided to sell your house, investing in a steamer and letting your personal color preferences go could be the thing that gets you a higher offer.

Kitchens

You are not going to spend a bunch of cash on a new kitchen that you’re leaving. That said buyers don’t want to replace appliances or clean disgusting ones. They also don’t want to suffer from someone else’s design choices.

Painting dated cabinets and replacing hardware is a good option. So is deep cleaning your appliances or replacing broken ones. The good news is that remodeled kitchens are almost always a 100% return on investment.

Bathrooms

The other area that sells homes is the bathroom, and for the same reason as the kitchen. Buyers don’t want to fix that dated, gross bathroom. That’s your job. If you have dated tile, a scummy tub surround and a vanity that is eating up bathroom space, consider investing in a few things (besides elbow grease):

  • Pedestal sinks
  • Tile epoxy
  • A new toilet and/or shower door
  • If your tile is outdated and dirty, either scrub and whiten with a grout cleaning solution or refinish your tub surround with tile epoxy. It can be rolled on or sprayed and dries hard and shiny like tile. It does require a bit of work, but it is way cheaper than replacing the tile. Likewise, if your shower door is scummy, maybe you just need to clean it really well and leave as-is. But if it can’t get cleaned enough to look like new, you need a new door.

Exterior

This may be your most important fix of all. Most buyers are looking online at first impressions. They matter more than you think they do. Some buyers are going to just flip on by and never save your home for a second look if they don’t like the picture of the front of your house.

  • Trim the grass.
  • Weed the flower beds.
  • Plant blooming flowers.
  • Make sure the front of your house is clean and in working order.
  • Re-paint or stain the front porch if necessary.

These are all cheap fixes. Some of them are free. However, they go a long way toward getting you that quick sale.

Conclusion

If you want to sell your house quickly without spending a lot of money, consider doing these things. Don’t change the house according to your own taste, but definitely do make the fixes buyers want to see, and make sure there is no visible maintenance you haven’t done.

When you are ready to put your house on the market, please give us a call. We would be honored to help!

248-348-7200

Memorial Day Parades in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Memorial Day Parades in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon, Michigan

Americans look forward to Memorial Day weekend for many reasons. Usually, it marks one of the first warm, summer-like weekends. Because it’s a federal holiday, it gives us extra time to spend time with our loved ones, families, and friends.

But as admirable as that is, this holiday exists as a remembrance for those brave souls who gave their lives in wars so that you and I can remain free.

On the memorial in Novi, dedicated on May 30, 1952, it reads: “in memory of all veterans who gave their lives that we may live.” Simply said, but very appropriate.

Did you know Memorial Day has been around since 1868? Major General John A. Logan instituted Decoration Day in May. The idea was for people of our nation to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers of the Union Army, after the Civil War, “with choicest flowers of springtime.” Businesses would close and flags would fly at half-mast.

Later, after the first World War, the day was appropriated to honor the fallen from all American wars. In Michigan, Decoration Day was made into a state holiday in 1871 and in 1882, Decoration Day became Memorial Day. In 1971, Memorial Day was made a national holiday and placed on the last Monday in May.

What better way to enter into the spirit of the day than to bring your loved ones and friends to watch or even be in your community’s parade? If you live in Novi, Northville or South Lyon you are fortunate! There are events happening in each community.

Celebrating Our Veterans in Novi, Northville, and South Lyon

Northville, Michigan Memorial Day Parade

  • Monday, May 28
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.

The Northville VFW will be hosting the 2018 parade. It will begin at Northville Downs and end with a ceremony at Rural Hill Cemetery in Northville.

For more information, contact the VFW post at 248-348-1490 or visit www.downtownnorthville.com

Novi, Michigan Memorial Day Parade

  • Monday, May 28
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Parade route: along 10 Mile, beginning at Karim Blvd

Novi wants you to be in the parade! If you own a business, have a band, are part of a scout troop, a civic organization, a family who wants to march together, or even a kid with a decorated bike - you can join in!

This event doesn’t only honor the fallen, but also our veterans and those currently serving in the military. This is especially great for those who have family members who are currently in the military. For information about how to participate in the parade, visit the City of Novi’s website.

In addition, Novi is hosting a Memorial Day run, starting at 8 a.m. on Monday, May 28. There will be a 5K and 10K starting at 8:00 am and a 1-mile fun run starting at 9:00 a.m. Each participant receives a free t-shirt. Veterans, returning runners or canned food donations are $5 off!

  • Regular Price: $10 for the Fun Run, $24 for the 5K, and $24 for the 10K (Before May 2)
  • Add $5 to each if you register after May 2.
  • Registration: Register online at novimemorialdayrun.com or print a form from the website and send it to: Running Race Management P.O. Box 1094, Novi, MI 48376-1094.

South Lyon, Michigan Memorial Day Parade

  • Monday, May 28
  • 9:00 a.m.
  • Parade route: 10 Mile/Lake Street from Bartlett Elementary through downtown to Reynold Street Parkway.

The parade will end in South Lyon Cemetery with a commemorative ceremony organized by VFW Post 2502. For more information, please see the South Lyon website.

Conclusion

You can make this Memorial Day into a true day of remembrance and honor of our local veterans. We hope you have a great holiday.

The Pros and Cons of Buying for the School District

by The Jamey Kramer Group

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People have many different priorities when considering buying a home. These include proximity to a job, amenities, location within a city, the number of bedrooms, and interior finishing. The list goes on and on.

When making a decision about this huge purchase, there are so many factors to weigh. Not the least of which is, where will your kids go to school?

Will you be able to sell the house when you move, and for how much? Will you get a good return on your investment?

The common wisdom for buying a home has been “buy in a good school district, even if you don’t have kids.” And there is good reasoning in this approach - especially if you have kids.

However, there are also some good reasons not to let the school district influence your decision.

Do You Have Kids?

The biggest factor for buying a home in a good school district is, of course, whether you have kids under the age of 18. The truth is, when you buy a sought-after home in a good school district, the value of that home is reflected in the price. You will be paying more up-front. But then, your children will benefit from the education a good school district provides.

The alternative is living in a bigger or better home in a less-desirable school district. At that point, you must factor in the cost of paying for a private school education or making a lifestyle-altering choice like homeschooling your children. Some families are able to do this. However, most families will want to benefit from a high-quality public education.

Private schools, as many people know, can run into the thousands per year for each child. The average tuition cost for a private school can run up to $10,000 per year. That is the same as paying around $900 per month in extra mortgage payments.

Tip: The age of the schools, the condition of the facilities, student to teacher ratios, and standardized test scores are all things you can find online about a public school district. These are the factors used in determining the value of the school district.

If you are childless and not planning to have children, or have children over 18, buying an expensive house in a good school district may not be for you.

As mentioned above, the value of the school district does tend to be reflected in the price of the home and the property taxes. If you are paying this without reaping the benefits, it’s no deal for you. You can always pass that inflated price on to the next buyer, which makes this option seem like the safe bet. However, your home isn’t going to appreciate in value as much as a home in an area with bad schools.

It’s true! You can look at the data provided by Zillow to see the home appreciation values for the last 20 years in any area. The reality is that home values have gone up faster and higher in gentrifying areas than in those with good school districts.

What does this mean?

In the economics blog “Up From Wage Slavery”, the author makes a good case for why this trend is changing. Here are some of his reasons:

  • Government policy can affect school district changes quickly.
  • The growth market is in gentrifying cities. Small towns with good school districts appreciate, but fewer people are choosing to move there.
  • People moving to cities are increasingly either childless or waiting until they are older to have children.

Conclusion

It’s not a bad investment to buy a house in a good school district. In fact, it can be one of the safest investments to make. If you are directly benefiting from the schools in your area, it’s a no-brainer.

But if you are looking at buying a home for its appreciation value, the truth is in the data: homes in gentrifying cities (many of which have less desirable school districts) are appreciating faster and higher.

If you are interested in looking for a house and live in Southeast Michigan, please give us a call. We would be honored to help!

248-348-7200

May 2018 Events for the City of Northville, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Northville Michigan Upcoming Events

Spring has arrived in Michigan and so have a whole bunch of new events and activities in the City of Northville. There are running events as well as one-time spectacles for all ages. Read below to find fun for your friends and family.

Recurring Events in May

Farmers Market

  • Thursdays in May
  • Time: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Location: Northville Downs
  • Northwest corner of 7 Mile and Sheldon Rd, Northville, MI

All through May, come visit farmer stands to buy fresh produce and flowers as well as a whole array of food, crafts, and handmade goodies. Get advice from master gardeners!

ESL Conversation Group

  • Tuesdays in May
  • Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
  • Location: Northville Library
  • Address: 212 W Cady St, Northville, MI 48167

Are you learning English? Want to improve your language skills? Drop in at our informal conversation group to learn in a kind and comfortable environment.

Sporcle Live Trivia Night

  • Wednesday Nights in May
  • Time: 7:30 pm & 8:30 pm
  • Location: North Center Brewing Company
  • Address: 410 N Center St, Northville, MI 48167

Do you love trivia? Two chances every Wednesday night to win gift cards will bring fun and camaraderie to your life. You might even find out you’re smarter than you thought!

Running Events in May

The 19th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

  • May 4 - 19
  • Location: Northville Art House
  • Address: 215 W Cady St, Northville, MI 48167

Are you a young artist? Do you want to support growing artists? Northville Art House has put on this juried exhibition since 1999 and has, in the past, had over 100 participating middle and high school students from local schools.

This exhibit gives students a chance to feel what it’s like to work in the world of art and gives them a place to display their work from school in a celebratory space. If you are passionate about fine arts in education, this is your chance to support that work in the community. The Northville Art House encourages all young students to display their art and get feedback.

For more information, please see Northville Art House’s upcoming exhibit.

Northville Spring Carnival

  • May 10 - May 13
  • Location: Northville Downs parking lot
  • Address: 301 S. Center Street, Northville
  • Presented by Elliott’s Amusements

Come one; come all to the annual spring carnival in Downtown Northville. Buy wristbands and make the most of the weekend or stop by for a quick funnel cake and ride on the carnival rides for a night. There are midway games and food, big and small rides and prizes for every age.

For more information, please see Northville Chamber of Commerce’s website.

One of a Kind Events

History of Northville Police and Fire Departments with Hugh H. Jordan III

  • Monday, May 7
  • Time: 7:00 pm -9:00 pm
  • Location: Northville District Library
  • Address: 212 W Cady St, Northville, MI 48167

Explore Northville’s past through the eyes of a retired firefighter and member of the community, whose family has served for a total of 166 years. Learn about historical emergency events from the perspective of first responders. Not to be missed!

I Love The 90’s Trivia Night Part 2

  • Tuesday, May 8
  • Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Location: Northville District Library Carlo Meeting Room
  • Address: 212 W Cady St, Northville, MI 48167

Love trivia? Love the 90s? Continue this fun game night in round 2. For more information and to register, please see the Northville District Library’s website.

Conclusion

Northville is one of those communities that have it all: beautiful, historic surroundings, not-to-be-missed events, and the wonderful people who make it all happen. Join up with friends and family for one or all of these fun times.

Real Estate News: Seller’s Market - Buyers Are Paying More

by The Jamey Kramer Group

House with sold sign

According to USA Today, 2018 is shaping up to be a seller’s market more than ever before. This is especially true for anyone selling a “starter” home.

The lowest point of the housing market was in 2012, and we’ve seen it steadily get better over the last six years. Now, many people have jobs but the inventory is still tight, so buyers are getting creative to afford homes.

One-third of buyers are spending more than the upper limit of what they thought they would spend to buy a home - an average of over $16,000 - according to an Owners.com survey. This is for two reasons:

  • Home prices went up 6.2% on average between January of 2017 and January of 2018.
  • Bidding wars are driving up prices because of the low inventory.

Guess who is paying the most over their set budget?

The answer is Millennials.

Put it another way: Millennials are the “most likely to splurge” to the tune of $25,000 on average. Not all of them, but around 40%.

Compare this to 34% of Gen Xers by $13,000 and only 19% of Baby Boomers by $8,000 on average.

The fact is that Millennials are still first-time home buyers. They are coming from a rental or living with relatives, compared to their older counterparts, who can stay in the home they are in until they find something in their price range. In addition, they are also unpracticed at buying a home, so less likely to know what constitutes a realistic budget.

Good News for Sellers

This could be great news for sellers, although it doesn’t mean your house will automatically attract a bidding war. A home priced too high for its area is still likely to sit on the market unless it has clear amenities and updates the other homes around it don’t have.

And there are concrete things buyers are looking for this year when they are looking for an updated home. The top answers might surprise you.

According to a Zillow survey of 4 million home sales in the last two years, here is a list of amenities that made homes top sellers (that is, the homes with these amenities sold for this percentage above asking price):

  • Steam shower (29%)
  • Professional-grade appliance (29%)
  • Pizza oven (26 %)
  • Pet shower (25%)
  • Outdoor kitchen (25%)
  • Entertainer or prep sink (25%)
  • Shed or garage studio (24%)
  • Heated floors (24%)
  • Meditation room (24%)
  • Wine fridge (22%)
  • Chef’s kitchen (21%)
  • Craftsman style (21%)
  • Herringbone or parquet floors (21%)
  • Free-standing tub (21%)
  • Solar panels (21%)
  • Coffered ceiling (20%)
  • Outdoor fireplace (20%)
  • Carrara marble (19%)
  • Home theater (19%)
  • Farmhouse sink (19%)

That’s right; buyers these days are looking for wellness-related features like heated floors and free-standing tubs, outdoor cooking spaces, and mudrooms with pet showers.

These things signal to potential buyers that your home is recently updated and will not need any changes or remodeling. It also helps buyers to be able to see themselves living and entertaining in the space.

This desire could translate into more money for you on the other end - and it doesn’t have to break the bank. Investing in some paint and simple staging could change a bedroom into a meditation room in a day.

Takeaway

With inventory low and more buyers willing to pay more, you could be looking at a nice profit on your home if you were thinking about selling this year. Some minor updates could be all you need!

If you are considering putting your house on the market, please give us a call. We would be honored to help!

248-348-7200

 

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