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Northville and Novi, Michigan Receive Top School Rankings for 2019

by The Jamey Kramer Group

School bus depicting Northville and Novi ranking in top 10 schools in Michigan

A little taste of fall weather has begun in Michigan. The cider mills have opened, and most importantly, the school year has just started. With summer vacation over and the flurry of preparation for the school year to begin off of your plate, you might be turning your attention to buying or selling your home.

A good school district is one of the top reasons families choose the place where they live. With most homes being two-income homes, it's vital to parents that the schools their kids go to are safe, welcoming, and highly rated. A good school district often brings better real-estate value to the homes in that area.

Northville and Novi, Michigan are no exception to this rule. We are happy to report that both communities offer some of the best public educations possible in the state of Michigan.

The Niche 2019 School Rankings

If you haven’t heard about Niche, it's a little bit like the search engine for neighborhoods and schools complete with all the most helpful reviews from actual students and parents.

Niche is a team of data scientists, engineers, and parents who gather and analyze the raw data that's out there about your dream neighborhood and school and they put it into an accessible format.

You can go to Niche.com to search for any area you are interested in, or you can find out great things about your neighborhood just by reviewing one of the lists they publish every year.

For more information on how Niche ranks schools, please visit methodology.

What Do Parents And Students Say About Northville And Novi?

Northville High School is ranked the #1 Best Public School in Wayne County. With "A" grades for Academics, Teachers, Clubs, College Prep and Health and Safety, Northville High is about the best place you could go in this county. However, it's also one of the best schools to send your kid in the state of Michigan! It's ranked #4 for college prep schools #6 for STEM schools and #8 for best high schools in the entire state!

Novi High School is ranked #1 Best Magnet High School in Michigan. At #4 best public high schools in the entire state of Michigan, Novi High School has it all. With "A" grades in all the categories, including Diversity, and #7 for best college prep school, it would be hard to find a better public school education for your kids.

Novi and Northville School Districts Rank High

What does Niche have to say about grades K-9 in Novi and Northville? All great things.

  • Northville Public Schools has the #2 rated best public school district in Wayne County. It is 9th in the entire state of Michigan and is considered the 5th best place to work as a teacher in the state. At #16 out of 556 for the best teachers in the state of Michigan, Northville is one of the very best.

Takeaway

If you are already a member of one of these great communities, your children  benefit from some of the best teachers and educations the state of Michigan has to offer.

If these rankings are making you dream about providing this environment for your children, call us today. We would be honored to help you find a home in Northville or Novi, Michigan.

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Maybury Farm Corn Maze Fall 2018

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Maybury Farm Northville, MI

Even though fall weather hasn't set in entirely here in Michigan - with temperatures still in the high 80s some weeks - all of the fall fun activities are right around the corner. With Labor Day weekend past and schools starting, this time of year marks a new beginning with all your favorite fall activities and festivals.

Maybury Farm - a working farm in the heart of Metro Detroit is connected to sprawling Maybury State Park. It has an exciting autumn lineup in store for citizens of Northville and beyond.

If you haven't visited Maybury Farm, there are daily and weekly activities for all ages, including live animals! Maybury Farm also hosts several community events throughout the year. The famous corn maze and Pumpkin Festival is the highlight of the year. Fall 2018 is ramping up to the best year yet for this little farm!

Maybury Farm Corn Maze aerial viewMaybury Farm's Famous Corn Maze

  • Dates: September 14 - October 28
  • Location: Maybury Farm, 50165 Eight Mile Rd, Northville, MI 48167

Hours:

  • Fridays: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Sundays: 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Admission:

  • $9 per person that includes farm admission and tractor wagon ride to and from the maze.
  • Admission for children 2 and under is free.

*The last wagon leaves for the corn maze 1 hour before closing time

One of the most popular fall activities in the Midwest, where corn is abundant, is a corn maze. Many of the adults who grew up in the area can remember playing and hiding in fields of corn throughout the summer months. Conquering a scary or challenging corn maze has long been considered a fall right of passage.

This year at Maybury, the corn maze is set to be exceptional. There are 10 acres of lustrous corn being cut into a brand new, never-before-seen design. The theme this year is "Farmers Feed Families."

It's not just any maze! It will take you over an hour to complete. You will play three different games as you make your way through it. Those who complete the whole challenge may enter to win a big prize at the end of the season.

If you or your kiddos aren't up for the 1 hour, 9-acre challenge, a 1-acre maze has been constructed just for the little ones. It only takes 20 minutes to complete. In addition, if you want an extra challenge, the nighttime maze run may be just for you. On Fridays and Saturdays, the maze will be open until 10:00 p.m. so you can make a spooky night of it.

Parmenter’s Cider and Donuts

In addition to the Corn maze, don't forget Parmenter's Cider Mill’s cider and donuts will be available in the farm's general store.

If you want the full Michigan fall day experience without visiting several locations, plan to enjoy Northville's own cider and donuts from Parmenter's. This cider mill dates back to 1873 in the city of Northville. It's the next best thing to visiting Parmenter's itself.

Child with pumpkin at May FarmU-Pick Pumpkin Patch

This is the perfect time to visit the pumpkin patch for your very own pumpkin or two (or three or four) to decorate your front porch. Maybury Farm has pumpkins on the vine.

October is the last month for visitors to the farm to see the animals.

Make a day of your Maybury Farm visit by petting and feeding the animals before the farm closes for the winter. Say hello and goodbye-for-now to all your favorite furry friends.

Group Outings to Maybury Farm

Make an advance reservation for your group on a weeknight. Enjoy all the farm has to offer as a private tour by calling 248-374-0200. Groups wishing to come during regular business hours don't need to make a reservation.

Bonfires are available during regular business hours or for a group reservation.

Takeaway

Don't pass up one of your first and best opportunities to experience the best of autumn. Plan to visit Maybury Farm!

For more information, please contact Cindy Kern, Maybury Farm Director, at 248-704-9211 or visit the website at www.mayburyfarm.org.

Victorian Clothing Sale and Heritage Festival 2018 – Northville, MI

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Northville, MI upcoming events

It's time again for the city of Northville's most prominent and proudest event: the Heritage Festival! With all of its old buildings and the historic Mill Race Village, Northville's Heritage Festival is where the city really shines.

This is your chance to experience the full glory of Northville's past, present, and future. See actors in full Victorian costume against the backdrop of Victorian buildings. They don't make things like this anymore! And you can prepare yourself by dropping in at the Victorian clothing sale being held at Mill Race Village before the festival. Come celebrate in style!

Victorian Clothing Sale – Northville, MI

  • Sunday, September 9th from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Sunday Only Antiques, Linens & Lace and other Needful Things
  • Monday, September 10th from 1 PM to 7 PM
  • Tuesday, September 11 from 1 PM to 7 PM
  • Location:  Mill Race Historical Village - 215 Griswold Street (1 block north of Main Street)
  • Cost: $2 admission per adult

This annual clothing sale is your chance to find the perfect item for your wardrobe, your costume attire, your home or anything else you can imagine! Come to find genuinely one-of-a-kind items - like antique lace, linens, and other handmade goods.

There will also be new clothing, vintage clothing, and gently used clothing available from various vendors with an eye for Victorian fashion and beautifully curated collections. Come to browse and get inspired, take in the vintage goods and atmosphere, or to buy a full outfit especially for Northville's Heritage Festival!

For more information, you can call the Northville Historical Society 248-348-1845 Monday through Wednesday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm or visit the website at www.millracenorthville.org.

30th Annual Heritage Festival (formerly Victorian Festival)

Downtown Northville, Michigan

September 14-16, 2018

  • Friday, September 14, 2018  from 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Saturday, September 15, 2018  from 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Sunday, September 16, 2018  from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

With so many fun activities and live events, Northville's Heritage Festival is the perfect place to welcome fall with the whole family. As always, the Heritage Festival celebrates historic Mill Race Village and Parmenter's Cider Mill. Both of these places have been the foundation of charming downtown Northville since the beginning. Parmenter's is one of the only urban cider mills in the state. Stop by for cider and donuts and stay to feed the ducks and sit by the stream.

Heritage Festival Events

Friday Events

  • Northville Schools 3rd Grade Program - 9:00 am
  • Victorian Saloon - 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Non- Profit Booths Open - 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (E. Main)
  • Kids Zone - 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm (W. Main)
  • Victorian Parade - 6:30 pm (See Parade Route)

Saturday Events

  • Northville Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast:  8 am - 11:00 am. Open to the public.  Corner of Cady St. and Wing St. Tickets will be available in advance or at the door.
  • History Hike: 10:00 am at Maybury State Park.
  • Maker Faire Car Show and Beer Tent: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. This event is open to the public.
  • The Village Workshop is located at 455 E. Cady Street, behind the Northville Car Wash.
  • Craft Market: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm on N. Center.
  • Nonprofit Booths: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm on E. Main.
  • Kids Zone: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm on W. Main.
  • Children's Pedal Cars: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm on E. Main.
  • Horse & Carriage Rides: Noon – 3:00 pm
  • Farmer John Barnyard Express: Noon – 5:00 pm
  • Eclipse Vintage Baseball: 1:00 pm
  • Back to the 80's: Town Square
  • 80's Tribute Band: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Varsity Lincoln Festival Stage - Location: Main and Center

The entertainment schedule includes:

  • Tiptop Entertainment: 11:30 am - 12:15 pm
  • Comedy Juggling Show: 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
  • Puppet Show: 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
  • Comedy Juggling Show: 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
  • Amazing Clark Comedy Magic: 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm                 

Beaumont Town Square Stage

  • 80's Timeline: All Day
  • Amazing Clark Escape Artist: 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
  • Comedy Juggling Show: 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
  • 80's Tribute Band: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Street Entertainment

  • Stiltwalker 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Sunday Events

  • Baptist Church Service: 10 am - 11:00 am
  • Craft Market: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm on N. Center.
  • Nonprofit Booths: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm on E. Main.
  • Kids Zone: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm on W. Main.
  • Children's Pedal Cars: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm on E. Main.
  • Horse & Carriage Rides: Noon – 3:00 pm
  • Farmer John Barnyard Express: Noon – 3:00 pm
  • Mill Race Village: 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Eclipse Vintage Baseball: 1:00 pm

Varsity Lincoln Festival Stage - Location: Main and Center

The entertainment schedule for Sunday includes:

  • Amazing Clark Comedy Magic: 11:30 am - 12:15 pm
  • Comedy Juggling Show: 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
  • Comedy Juggling Show: 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
  • Sedalia Ragtime French Horn: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Beaumont Town Square Stage

  • 80's Timeline: All Day
  • Tiptop Entertainment: 11:00 am - Noon
  • 80's Festival Photo Booth: Noon – 4:00 pm
  • Comedy Juggling Show: 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Street Entertainment

  • Stiltwalker: Noon - 4:00 pm

For more information on the Festival, please visit www.northvilleheritagefest.com.

Takeaway

There is something for everyone to enjoy during September in Northville, Michigan. From the Victorian Clothing Sale to the Heritage Festival, you won’t want to miss a thing.

Pros and Cons of Adding Onto Your Home

by The Jamey Kramer Group

New addition on house construction

With the housing crunch so many are experiencing, you might be wondering if it's a sound investment to add on to your existing home instead of looking for a bigger house.

This can seem like an especially good option if you like your neighborhood and your schools. Who wants to move if they can help it? There are many good questions to ask yourself if you're looking into this process, but here are just a few to get you started.

Is there a financial gain to adding on to my house?

If you're thinking about adding onto your house, it's probably because you would like to stay there, not because you want to sell it. However, it's good to keep in mind whether you'll ever be able to recoup the cost of a major remodel like a home addition if you do eventually sell it.

According to the data available for 2018, the value of the two most popular home additions for this year - a bathroom addition and a master suite addition - are just over 50% of the original cost. That means it's not a total wash when it comes to resale value.

It also means it's not something you should do to your house just to sell it. Doing a master suite addition or a new bathroom addition should be about what you want from your home.

In addition, it may make more sense in the current market if you can finance an addition for less than it would cost to find a new house with the equivalent square footage you would have after adding on to your current home. When you factor in how much it costs to move and the costs involved in closing on your current and new house, an addition may look on paper like it makes more financial sense.

What are the potential financial losses to adding on to my house?

However, there are many other considerations to a new home addition. Your energy costs will go up when you are heating and cooling a new space. Then there are the extra windows, floors, and gutters to clean and higher property taxes.

All this means that you will almost certainly not recover the full cost of your addition when you sell. If that's not why you're contemplating a new addition, it probably won't deter you. However, another thing to consider is the potential disruption of your life.

Will adding on to my house be as disruptive as buying and selling?

There's no getting around the fact that selling your house, buying a new one and moving are all significant disruptions to your life. It can be stressful even to contemplate. You have to clean, stage, pack, and keep everything in order. Then you have to keep the house ready to show at a moment's notice.

However, you may not realize the cleaning and vacating involved in new construction. Depending on how much house you are adding on, you may lose much of the function of your home for quite a bit longer than you may have thought.

Any new construction will involve a lot of dust getting everywhere in your house and workers in and out at all hours of the day. You may even have to leave your house while the work is being done. Compared to the hassle of selling and moving, adding on to your home may be about the same or more.

Could other potential losses be involved in adding on to my house?

A new addition could bring you the much-needed space you're looking for without having to change schools or neighborhoods. That's the good part; the reason you are thinking about taking the plunge.

You can expect to regain most or half of what you spent in resale value without paying as much as you would for a bigger house. That's another piece of good news. Besides losing your privacy and the function of at least portions of your home for an untold amount of time, you may also have to sacrifice valuable yard space.

If your kids are young, you know that's a big deal. It may not be worth it when it's all over. You could also be sacrificing the sanity of your relationship and your family, so you really have to plan ahead and get some real-life stories from other families who made this choice.

Conclusion

Building a home addition may sound like a good option in a tight housing market with few new homes for sale. However, it's best to take into consideration all the costs associated with this decision before you opt for that over selling your home.

If you have any questions about the resale value of home additions in your area, we would be happy to help. 

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Labor Day 2018 Weekend Events for Novi and South Lyon, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Michigan State Fair

Even though school has started for some and will be starting soon for others, it's always fun to look forward to Labor Day weekend as a time to rest, relax, and gear up for the start of fall and the return of all the school-year activities. If you live in the Novi and South Lyon, Michigan area, be sure to mark your calendar for the upcoming events.

Michigan State Fair

  • Suburban Collection Showplace
  • 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi, Michigan between Novi and Beck Roads in Novi, MI.
  • This facility can be accessed from I-96 at the Novi and Beck Road exits.
  • Labor Day Weekend
  • Thursday, August 30th - Monday, September 3rd
  • Hours: Thursday – Sunday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  

This Labor Day weekend is home to one of Michigan's best attractions, right here in Novi - the Michigan State Fair! Let summer’s last hurrah be celebrated in style with everything Michigan has to offer -

  • Live exhibits of Michigan's rich agricultural scene and animal husbandry
  • A farmer's market with all the fresh Michigan produce you could ever want, right at the peak of growing season!
  • Live music on two different stages, featuring local Michigan artists and those with strong ties to Michigan, including a superstar contest and a gospel music festival
  • Baby animals
  • Dog and Horse shows
  • Live Cooking Demonstrations
  • Tons of shopping
  • Unique attractions for the youngest and oldest
  • A carnival midway with rides and games for every age
  • A Shrine Circus
  • Much, much more

To view a full list of all the events and shows, the carnival hours and general information, including ticket pricing, visit the Michigan State Fair website.

South Lyon Labor Day Bridge Walk

  • Date: Registration begins Monday, September 3, 2018, at 8:45 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:00 a.m.
  • Location: McHattie Park, 400 Dorothy Street, South Lyon, Michigan.

If you grew up in Michigan, you might have heard about the Mackinac Bridge walk which takes place every Labor Day. Up to 65,000 participants walk the "Mighty Mac" every year to celebrate its construction, and typically Michigan's governor leads the way. One year, even President George H. W. Bush participated in the walk.

If you can't make it all the way up to the "top of the mitten" this year, you can bring the kids and participate in South Lyon's bridge walk. Come to celebrate community and help further Michigan's pledge to "Get Michigan Moving."

This event is meant to link communities together through a shared healthy activity. It's a free event running along the beautiful Huron Valley Rail Trail. As with the Mackinac Bridge event, the full route is 5 miles, but participants have the option of walking only 2.5 miles - which is perfect for a young family!

The meeting spot for this event is near the parking lot on the north side of McHattie Park near the pavilion and the tot lot. South Lyon asks that participants leave pets at home for the safety and comfort of all walkers.

Pre-register with South Lyon Recreation online at www.slrec.net, over the phone at 248-437-8105 or in person at 318 W Lake Street, South Lyon, Michigan.

Visit the City of South Lyon website at www.southlyonmi.org for more information.

Takeaway

Whether you would like to attend the Michigan State Fair or participate in a 5-mile run, you won’t be disappointed with what Novi and South Lyon, Michigan have to offer.

 

Top Kitchen Fixes For Mass Appeal

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Top kitchen fixes

Kitchens sell houses. It is as real now as it's ever been. You can expect to get offers up to $10,000 higher with an updated kitchen. You can also expect to get back about 85% of your original investment if you upgrade.

However, not just any new kitchen will sell a house fast and for more money. It has to have mass appeal. The last thing a prospective buyer wants to see is a new kitchen they can tell cost thousands of dollars, but which is not neutral.

The truth is, people have different taste. Your Moroccan-themed mosaic backsplash may make your heart flutter, but if a future buyer doesn't like it, she will see a hassle in her future.

What Most Buyers Want In A Kitchen

You may look at the numbers above and think it's not worth updating for a mere 85% return on your investment, but hold on. It's not always necessary to gut everything and start from scratch to make your kitchen the main selling point of your home.

Consider doing a few of these most critical fixes:

Wood Floors

One of the most essential surfaces for buyers in your entire home is the floor. Wood floors sell homes too, but especially wood floors in the kitchen. If you live in an older house, consider checking to see if a wood floor may be hiding under layers of linoleum. If you don’t have wood floors, and you don't have the budget for real hardwoods, ceramic or vinyl tile might be in your future.

There are so many wood-look products on the market that are durable, beautiful and easy to install. This one change could make a massive impact on prospective buyers.

Granite Countertops

What was once considered a luxury item is now regarded as standard in most homes. Yes, granite countertops do come at a higher price. Solid surface countertops - like Quartz - can come at an even higher price tag. But the truth is that Formica countertops just won't cut it. A prospective buyer looks at those cheap counters and mentally adds up the expense of switching them out. He or she is much more likely to accept the cost of the counters being included in a higher price for the house.

One other tip: neutral granite counters are always a huge selling point. No matter how beautiful you think it is, don't pick something flashy that a buyer won't want to accept.

Painted Cabinets

Good news: you don't have to replace your cabinets to get a return on your money. Painting them can go a long way. Paint doesn't cost nearly as much as granite countertops, but it can really transform a dated kitchen. Crisp white cabinets in place of dated and dingy - or just builder grade - make a kitchen look new.

Paint the Walls

This is an often-forgotten solution for the kitchen since most of a kitchen is covered in cabinetry and tile, but don't forget the walls! Paint the walls a beautiful color to offset the cabinets and countertop. It will give your kitchen the extra-new feeling it needs to sell your house.

New Cabinet Hardware & Sink

What if your cabinets are not dingy and they aren't builder-grade? It might not make sense to paint them if the wood is beautiful, especially if they were custom-built for your kitchen. You might consider changing your woodland-themed knobs to something updated and neutral. Brass knobs and pulls are a modern choice with a classic look.

Neutral Backsplash

A tile backsplash is such a personal choice. Maybe your prospective buyers absolutely hate white subway tile, but chances are much higher that most of them won't. You want something that makes your kitchen look new, clean, and neutral. So consider replacing the themed backsplash as a way to make your kitchen sell itself.

Updated Lighting

Does your kitchen feel like a cave? Is it too dark where it counts the most? Chances are good that if you don't have enough lighting there, your buyers will notice it. Consider updating and adding more lighting where your kitchen needs more.

Stage & Clean

The very best, and free, way to make your kitchen sell itself? Stage it like the rest of your house. Clean all the corners, nooks, and crannies. Take away most of the stuff you have sitting on your counters. Yes, that includes the appliances. If you have to, put them in a storage bin and hide them away. You want just enough out to make buyers feel like they could live there. They don't actually want to see you living there if you know what I mean. A bowl of fruit and a few props should be all you need. Your real estate agent can give you some helpful pointers.

Conclusion

With a couple of small - or maybe one significant - changes to your kitchen, you may be on your way to selling fast and for more than what you were hoping for!

August 2018 Upcoming Events in Northville, Novi, & South Lyon, Michigan

by The Jamey Kramer Group

August Events in Northville, Novi, & South Lyon, Michigan

Are you looking for something fun to do with the entire family in August? If you live in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon, Michigan, there is a great lineup of events to enjoy.

Northville, Michigan August Events

Wednesday Night Concert Series

  • Wednesdays in August
  • Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Location: Northville Town Square

Enjoy a free, family-friendly acoustic concert in Northville

Friday Night Concerts

  • Friday nights in August
  • Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Location: Northville Town Square

This event is free on Friday nights through the summer. Come out and enjoy local Michigan music groups while you enjoy the summer nights. The entertainment lineup includes:

  • August 10 - Shawn Riley - Celtic/Classic Rock
  • August 17 - Paddle Bots - Soul/Pop
  • August 24 - Steve King & The Dittilies - Classic Rock

First Friday Experience  

  • Date: Friday, August 3
  • Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Location: Downtown Northville

Downtown Northville hosts a mini staycation getaway on the first Friday of every month! Come and enjoy late shopping at all your favorite downtown retailers. Each business will showcase their best new products and offer trunk shows with limited time exclusive deals and sales. The downtown galleries put up new exhibits, artists, and pieces. Come to enjoy the delicious and wide-ranging types of cuisine in downtown Northville and grab some friends to shop the special sales.

Buy Michigan Now Festival  

  • Friday, August 3: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
  • Saturday, August 4: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 pm
  • Sunday, August 5: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Location: Downtown Northville
  • Free parking & admission

For 10 years, Northville has been celebrating Michigan’s annual Buy Michigan week with its very own festival. This is your chance to walk the streets, enjoy special treats from street vendors, hear live music, find activities for your kids, and buy local crafts and Michigan-made products.

Bricklin International Car Show  

  • Date: Saturday, August 11
  • Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Location: Downtown Northville

Attention all Bricklin enthusiasts! This club was formed in 1976 to preserve the SV1. It puts out a quarterly magazine, and there is a website with a forum chatroom. Two national Bricklin meet-ups happen every year, and this year it will be hosted in Northville! You don’t have to own a Bricklin to join in - quite a few admirers come to the shows.

Tunes On Tuesday

  • Date: Tuesdays
  • Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
  • Location: Town Square Northville, Across from Great Harvest

For the littlest Northville residents, a chance to jump, dance and squirm to live music!

Novi, Michigan August Events

Sizzling Summer Art Series

  • Location: Novi Civic Center
  • Time: 10:30 am

Don’t miss this summer art series designed for kids and a fun way to get outside. The agenda includes:

  • Wednesday, August 1 - Kevin Kammeraad
  • Wednesday, August 8 - Palamazoo
  • Wednesday, August 15 - African Drumming and Dance Troupe Heritage Works

Fun For Seniors

Come to one of these fun-filled events just for ages 55+.

  • Thursday, August 2, 12 pm - 2 pm Island Fun Luncheon
  • Thursday, August 16, 1:30 pm - 2:30 Tropical Steelpan Music with Aaron Parrot
  • Thursday, August 23, 1:30 pm - 3 pm Birthday Wishes for 85+ years luncheon

The Main Event Novi

  • Date: Saturday, August 11
  • Time: 3:30 - 10:30 p.m.
  • Location: Downtown Novi

The Main Event is Novi’s downtown Summer Festival. It features an army of food trucks, a car show, a kid’s area, a craft beer and wine tent and live music through the evening by a variety of bands:

  • 4:00 pm - Jennifer Westwood & The Handsome Devils
  • 5:30 pm - Gasoline Gypsies
  • 7:00 pm - Jill Jack Band
  • 8:30 pm - Sponge

In addition, the Charity Fundraiser will be held on Friday, August 10 from 7-10 pm. This is an exclusive event, and only 300 tickets will be available. Last year, over $10,000 was raised for the Mitchel Kiefer Foundation.

This event includes local craft beer tasting, signature dishes from local restaurants: Big Tommy’s Parthenon, Bonefish Grill, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Mojito Rio Grande and Steve & Rocky’s. There will be a wide variety of silent auction items, live auction items, and live music. For more details, please see https://themaineventnovi.com/lowdown-1

Sizzling Summer Nights Maker Fest

  • Date: August 17
  • Time: 7:00 pm -9:00 pm
  • Location: Novi Civic Center

This month’s Summer Nights includes demonstrations from local artisans, plus a chance to make your own creations! The movie on this night will be Pixar’s Coco.

Movie On The Shore

  • Date: Tuesday, August 21
  • Time: 6:00 pm
  • Location: Pavilion Shore Park

Family fun, face painting, bounce house, food trucks and live music all come before the main event of the night: Sherlock Gnomes playing at 7:45 pm.

South Lyon August Events

South Lyon has several fun events happening each week through the month of August. Come check it out!

Friday Concerts in McHattie Park

McHattie Park in South Lyon has a lineup of great entertainment for you to enjoy starting at 7:00 pm on Fridays! August’s agenda includes:

  • August 3 - Rod & Annie Capps
  • August 10 - Rich Eddy's Rockin' Oldies
  • August 17 - Bill Bynum & Co.
  • August 24 – Invasion

Farmers Market Saturdays

South Lyon’s Farmers Market offers locally grown, baked, and crafted products each Saturday.

  • Days: Every Saturday, May 5 through October 27
  • Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Location: The municipal parking lot at the NW corner of Lafayette (Pontiac Trail) and Liberty.

Movies in McHattie Park

  • Date: Saturday, August 4
  • Time: Starts at dusk
  • Featured Film: Paddington 2 PG

Are you looking for something fun to do with your family? Bring your family, a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy a family-friendly movie on the city’s 24-foot inflatable screen at McHattie Park. In case of inclement weather, please check the city’s website at www.southlyonmi.org or the city’s sign.

Takeaway

From free concerts and movies to a farmers market and senior events, there is something for all ages planned for August in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon, Michigan.

New Home Forecast Summer 2018 - What You Need to Know

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Housing forecast

In years past, house hunting could be a fun, relaxed time. Buyers could afford to take their time and see multiple listings before making a decision. There were plenty of homes to choose from.

However, the housing market has not been kind to buyers in the last several years. One reason for this that we keep writing about is the housing shortage.

It's especially frustrating for first-time home buyers who are competing with so many others for the few starter homes on the market. And starter home prices are also rising.

You may have heard that new home construction is returning. That is true. More new homes are being built now than there have been since before the 2008 and the beginning of the recession.

Read on to learn about what's trending and how it could impact you as you continue your search!

New Homes Statistics in 2018

In May of this year, builders completed almost 1.3 million new homes across the U.S. according to the
joint report put out by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The last time that many houses were completed in a month was in January of 2018 when a little over 1.3 million new homes were completed.

There were also more new homes completed this year compared with this time last year. In April, 1.9% more new homes were completed than in April of 2017. In May it was even better: 10.4% up from May of 2017.

Future prospects for new homes and new home buyers also looks good. This trend can be traced through how many permits have been issued. The number of new permits issued to home builders was up 8% in May over May of 2017, so more new homes are being built this summer than last summer.

In addition, there are permits to put up single-family houses, which is good for new home buyers as well. Permits for single-family homes went up 7.7% over last year. New construction has varied from region to region, but the Midwest has seen one of the most substantial bumps - 17.4% - in permits issued to builders.

One of the most significant gains is in housing starts. Construction work on new homes that has begun but hasn't finished yet has gone up 20.3% from the same time last year. The Midwest overall has seen the biggest gain in new construction, which continues to make it one of the most affordable regions in the country.

The Downsides to New Construction

Although this region has seen the most growth, there still aren't enough new homes being constructed to meet all the demand. More new homes do help the struggling buyers. However, it's always going to be competitive. The market needs 1.25 million new homes every year to meet demand, but this current building pace doesn't match that. It's about 30% below the required supply.

Another potential frustration is in the types of homes being built. Demand is highest for single-family starter homes, as there is an increasing number of first-time buyers. New homes are more expensive than previously existing homes because of the associated costs.

Additionally, builders are erecting larger houses for clients with a higher income. Most of the new homes that have gone up have multiple bedrooms and bathrooms with a price-point to match.

Most new construction, as you can imagine, is happening further out from city centers and established suburbs. They are more likely to be part of a homeowners association, which can add more expense in the form of HOA fees. This is all good news for families looking for this type of new building, but it doesn't help young buyers looking for the right home not too far away.

Takeaway

New home construction is excellent news for the housing market overall. Even if you are a first-time buyer, it could end up impacting you positively. The good news is the housing shortage is beginning to ease, if ever so slightly.

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

248-348-7200

3 Small Home Fixes To Make A Huge Impact

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Tools for home fixes

If you have just purchased your new home in the spring or summer, chances are good that you have bought at the top of your budget and that you are trying to find ways to settle in and make the best of finishings in need of an update. You are probably mostly happy you finally got a house, after months of searching and putting in offers.

As a brand-new homeowner, the world is your oyster. However, your budget may not be. Whether you are inwardly groaning at your 1950s kitchen with no $20,000 insight to gut the whole thing, or eyeing your peeling front porch and wishing for carpenter elves, there are solutions.

You may not realize it yet, but there are many small and affordable fixes out there. Your attitude about your house can do a 180 on a slim budget.

Paint, paint and more paint

Did you know that paint is for more than just walls? You can actually paint your tile. That ugly backsplash you just can't afford to replace? That 1990s bathroom renovation you absolutely can't stand?

You can purchase a DIY epoxy kit that can cover the whole thing with a shiny, white glaze. No one will ever know the difference. You can even cover those mustard-colored bathroom sinks and fiberglass shower insert.

Another area where paint can make a huge impact is on your trim. Do you have dated or cheap-looking trim? It might take a weekend's worth of your time, but fresh white trim can give your whole house a clean, updated look.

The same goes for doors and kitchen cabinets.  If you want to get really bold, there are even paint products out there made especially for floors. So if you have a tile floor that's eventually going the way of dinosaurs, why not stencil on a pattern you like?

Hardware

You might not realize what an impact the fixtures and hardware in your house are making on you. Take a moment to look at your faucets, light fixtures, electrical plates, doorknobs and cabinet hardware.

These things can each be replaced relatively inexpensively. Does one room stand out to you? Could you switch out that construction-grade flush-mount ceiling light in the dining room for a modern pendant light?

You might be surprised at how much it changes the atmosphere of the place all by itself. Maybe your electrical plates are grimy. Can you change them for fresh, white plates to match your new white trim? Or perhaps all your kitchen really needs is a few coats of paint on the cabinets and new hardware. That's an inexpensive fix that can really make all the difference.

Outside

Is your curb appeal a little lackluster? It's a good thing you don't really need a team of beefy landscapers to fix it since they come at a price. There are three things you can do right now to update the front of your house.

Weed and mulch.

Don't worry about adding any plants or making big plans. Just have a load of mulch delivered and tidy-up what's already there. Don't have much of a garden? Buy a few hanging baskets or big pots for the front porch and put in some colorful flowers.

Paint your front door.

This is something no one thinks about doing, but it can make the most dramatic impact of all. If you have one bright color you love, think about putting on the front door instead of the bedroom wall.

Update your house numbers.

You can't beat the power of typography on the eye, especially for modernizing the exterior of your house. What better way to say to friends and neighbors, "welcome to my new house!"

Takeaway

Don't let your fading home finishes get your down. Make a few of these small fixes that will fit in your budget and enjoy the significant impact they make on how much you love your house.


 

Top Things to Overlook When Buying a New House and What Not to Overlook

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Top Things to Overlook When Buying a New House

This year, housing shortages are worse than ever. Mortgage interest rates are rising a little bit, and home prices are raising a lot, due to the large demand. You might be sitting yourself down for a serious talk right about now if you’ve been on the housing search for a long time and haven’t gotten anything yet. First-time buyers are especially hurting in this extreme seller’s market.

Maybe you’re saying to yourself, “Forget buying a house for now. I’ll just wait until market conditions clear up.” For some first-time buyers out there, the hassle and heartbreak might not be worth it.

But I bet you have that nagging voice in the back of your head asking, “what if it doesn’t get better? What if it only gets worse? If I gave up now, would I miss my chance?”

If you decide to take another stab at finding a house, you want to look at homes with a new perspective. I’m here to tell you there are things you can overlook when you decide to purchase a home. And there are things you shouldn’t. Not all potential home buyers know the difference. Maybe your willingness to accept a few things about a house that you don’t like will be the difference between buying a home and renting for a few more years.

What Should You Overlook?

Paint Colors

I can’t tell you how many times potential buyers have been deterred from looking at a home because the paint colors or the color of the trim isn’t to their liking. Paint colors are one of the easiest things to change about a house. Paint is cheap, relatively speaking, and it doesn’t take much skill or time to change.

Curb Appeal

If you are like most buyers now, you are cruising through the pictures on listing sites long before you make an appointment to see a house in person. In fact, many homes are weeded out of a prospective buyer’s list solely based on whether the pictures are nice or not. The curb appeal of your home is easily changed within a year or two, on a small budget. When deciding which houses to see, try basing your decision on the size and location of the house rather than how it looks on the outside.

Old appliances, Carpeting or Light Fixtures

It’s one thing if you’re looking at a home near the top of your price range that needs $100k worth of work before it’s livable. It’s another thing to strike it off the list for having old finishings like carpet, light fixtures or appliances. I understand that it all takes money to replace, but some of these things don’t require much money or skill to replace.

The bottom line is if your home needs cosmetic updates, but everything else is right, (location, size, and fundamental structure) you might be looking at the house of your dreams.

What Do Buyers Overlook (But You Shouldn’t)?

Budget Concerns

Sometimes buyers overlook how much closing costs are going to be when they calculate how much they can spend on a house. Make sure you get this nailed down before you make that offer. You should also take the time to calculate utility costs before you make your offer. Your offer is going to depend on how much you can pay each month. It’s best not to be surprised before getting into a new house, and you can’t assume your utilities will be the same in your new house as they are now.

Resale Value

While some things can be overlooked, what some buyers do is sacrifice what can't be changed in order to get into a house, like a backyard right next to a busy train track. You may tell yourself you don't mind, but you might be surprised what other buyers mind when it's time to sell.

Likewise, there are some things about your new neighborhood you might not know until you live there. Those can’t be changed either. What’s the new neighborhood like at night, for instance? Is there a dog that barks all night two doors down? Do the neighbors fight loudly on weekends or throw wild parties? And what will your commute be like from your new house? It’s a good idea to check these things out before committing.

Takeaway

House hunting season is bound to be tough right now for first-time buyers. Hang in there and try to hold your expectations loosely. If you can look past a few of the things that can be easily changed while being smart about the things you can’t change, you might find yourself with the advantage.

If you are interested in buying a house in Northville, Novi or South Lyon, Michigan, please give us a call. We would be honored to help!

248-348-7200

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