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A New Path to Homeownership

by The Jamey Kramer Group

New homeowners

You know it, I know it. The millions of millennials out there trying to buy their first homes know it only too well.

Needing a down payment disqualifies many people from being able to buy a house.

With school debt to pay off, higher rent prices, and coming of age in the middle of a recession, there’s no way many of today’s young working professionals will be able to swing a huge chunk of change. This is hard because these people would otherwise be prime candidates for homeownership. They are able to pay their rent on time and are responsible renters.

Home Partners of America

Enter Home Partners of America. This is a rent-to-own company offering a new mortgage product to tenants that just might solve this problem. The mortgage product they are offering applies some of the appreciation of their home’s value - the home they’ve been renting - toward reducing the down payment.

If you live in an area where home prices have appreciated at all, it could reduce the down payment requirement by a lot. You may end up paying almost nothing.

Here is where it’s different from other rent-to-own schemes that end up working against you. Other companies have taken a large non-refundable deposit. However, this isn’t what Home Partners of America is setting out to do. They also aren’t out to create another housing bubble by giving homes to people who can’t really afford to pay a mortgage.

The main requirement to qualify for this program is that you demonstrate you can pay rent on time for two years. You also must be considered first-time buyers, meaning you haven’t owned a home in the last three years. This demonstrates you are:

  • Committed to staying there and
  • You are financially responsible.

Home Partners of America started five years ago. Unfortunately, it doesn’t exist yet in Michigan. However, it owns almost 8,000 homes in over 50 cities across the country and plans to offer the product to its current tenants and those who sign a lease over the next two years as a pilot program. New Penn Financial is the Pennsylvania-based lender making the loans and they will be backed by mortgage company Fannie Mae.

Other Pilot Programs

New home buyers may be excited to know that Fannie Mae has been involved recently with several pilot programs built to ease credit for young buyers. The surge in home prices in recent years has made it impossible for those who haven’t saved enough for a down payment. To mitigate this, other pilot programs are planning to try things like:

  • Paying off a portion of the student loan of a borrower who purchases a home from the Miami home builder Lennar Corp.
  • Giving a buyer up to $50,000 in a down payment in return for an agreement that the buyer will rent a room in their new home on Airbnb.

One of the most important things is that Home Partners doesn’t take a nonrefundable deposit. If you participate in the pilot program - or hopefully get a loan down the road when these products become more widely available - you won’t lose money if you need to walk away. If the house you are renting declines in value or you decide not to buy, you are free to go.

Takeaway

If you haven’t been able to get into a home yet and rising housing prices is discouraging, don’t fear. There are some new and interesting mortgage products coming your way that might make the impossible into a dream come true.

If you are ready to start looking for a house, please give us a call.

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Top Real Estate Articles in 2017

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Top Real Estate Articles 2017

As we are all settling into this new year and trying to stay warm, we at The Jamey Kramer Group are taking stock of 2017. We have come to appreciate this custom of reflecting on the past year and looking forward to all that the new year holds.

We’ve been grateful to serve the communities of Novi, Northville, and South Lyon in Oakland County, Michigan. We have so many valued clients and are thankful for your continued support and trust.

The other thing we love about what we do is the opportunity to build up the community through this blog. It only highlights the amazing things the community has to offer. We wouldn’t have all of the unique things to write about if the community we serve wasn’t so vibrant and exciting.

Every year, we look forward to promoting the community’s events and finding out about new ones.

Another standout from 2017 has been the exciting comeback of the real estate market after almost 10 years of slow growth. In fact, it’s been such a comeback that we’ve published many articles about the competition over new homes and the relative shortage of new homes.

Mostly, it’s a privilege to walk alongside singles, couples, and families selling or buying their homes this year. We love that we get to be part of this exciting process, and we continue to be dedicated to doing whatever it takes for you.

For that reason, we are always searching for the newest trends and news so that we can be your source for any real estate or community questions, concerns or news.

We know how hard it is to buy or sell a home - especially this last year. But we’re here to help. We like to share the knowledge we’ve gained from doing over and over again what most people only do a few times in their lifetime. We always want to know what you want to read about - and we’re always just a phone call away.

One way to find out what our online readership was especially interested in is to round up our top 10 articles for 2017 via Google Analytics. So according to Google, here’s what you all responded to the most. Hopefully, you will find good advice to revisit or a new article you haven’t read yet. Happy New Year and happy reading!

Top 10 Real Estate Related Articles for 2017

1. WHAT MATTERS WHEN APPLYING FOR A MORTGAGE

2. TOP 10 DESIGN TREND STRATEGIES TO HELP SELL YOUR HOME

3. HOW TO PAINT YOUR HOUSE TO SELL

4. 4 REASONS TO BUY A NEWLY CONSTRUCTED HOME BEFORE THE NEW YEAR

5. 5 STEPS TO TAKE AFTER YOUR OFFER TO PURCHASE A HOUSE HAS BEEN ACCEPTED

6. TOP 5 HOME REMODELING PROJECTS IN 2017

7. HOME-BUYING COUPLES: TOP 5 BIGGEST CONFLICTS

8. 4 REASONS TO BUY OR SELL A HOME DURING THE HOLIDAYS

9. CLOSING COSTS FOR SELLERS AND WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

10. PROS AND CONS OF OPERATING A VACATION RENTAL

Top 10 Novi, Northville, & South Lyon Michigan Related Articles

1. EASTER BRUNCHES IN NOVI AND NORTHVILLE, MI

2. BEST LOCAL PLACES TO EAT THANKSGIVING DINNER IN NORTHVILLE AND NOVI, MICHIGAN

3. RESTAURANTS OPEN CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY IN NORTHVILLE AND NOVI, MICHIGAN

4. RESTAURANTS OPEN CHRISTMAS EVE AND DAY IN NORTHVILLE AND NOVI, MICHIGAN

5. EASTER EGG HUNTS IN NORTHVILLE, NOVI, AND SOUTH LYON, MICHIGAN 2016

6. THANKSGIVING IN NORTHVILLE AND NOVI, MICHIGAN

7. HOW MANY SNOW DAYS ARE MICHIGAN SCHOOLS ALLOWED?

8. EASTER BRUNCHES IN NORTHVILLE AND NOVI, MI 2015

9. IS NORTHVILLE, MICHIGAN A GOOD PLACE TO LIVE?

10. IS NOVI, MICHIGAN A SAFE PLACE TO LIVE?

Over to You

If you have a topic that you would like to see us cover, please let us know. In addition, if you are ready to buy a new house or sell your current one, please give us a call. We would be honored to help.

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4 Reasons to Buy a Newly Constructed Home Before the New Year

by The Jamey Kramer Group


new home construction

Are you considering buying a newly constructed home?

If you are, you are not alone.

The number of people choosing new home construction jumped in October 2017 to the highest level since October 2007. Many people are finding the lack of inventory frustrating and are increasingly choosing to build a new home.

This is probably a wise move. It’s not likely to start getting any better until the last half of 2018. You could be stuck looking and looking until then.

Why not hop on what could be the best possible time to build a new home now?

Here are 4 reasons to purchase a newly constructed house now that you should consider:

#1: Builders Are Motivated

At this point in the year, getting homes off the books is a top priority. Builders want to sell quickly in the next few weeks, so they are much more likely to cut a deal.

Stop by a sales office and ask about them about “featured” plans or homes. These are the homes they are trying to sell right now. Even if it doesn’t turn into a price discount for you, it could mean upgrades you wouldn’t get at any other time of year.

To get the best deal possible, don’t rely on the sales associate who talks to you when you walk in the door. Bring your real estate agent. You may not think this is worth the extra hassle. However, an agent knows how to get you those upgrades and he or she is representing you.

#2: Less Competition

As with buying an existing home during the holidays, buying a new build has the advantage of not being something most people are doing right now. Most people are shopping, traveling, dining or cleaning.

Being willing to keep at it at this season could just be your winning combination. The other advantage is that a new build doesn’t have to suffer from the same lack of inventory. You choose what you want in this case.

#3: Financial Incentives

Can you imagine it actually being cheaper to build a home than buy an existing one?

This could be true for you: builders often want you to get your loan through their own preferred lender. They often offer thousands of dollars of incentives to get you to do this. Things like closing costs and/or a buy-down of your interest rate may mean you pay 2-3% less on your sales price or loan amount.

However, make absolutely sure you understand what you’re signing. This is another good reason to have your real estate agent with you.

#4: It’s Brand New!

This is the no-brainer. A newly constructed house has never been lived in. It is exactly what you choose. The finishing reflects your own personal style - it’s every homeowner’s dream.

The truth is existing homes in your area and at your price range may need fixing up. If you are experienced at home maintenance, this may be what you want. For many people, this looks like a headache. Still, a lot of buyers have no choice but to go with the fixer-upper these days. What if you didn’t have to?

Takeaway

If you are still searching for a house this holiday season and not ready to give up the fight just yet, talk to your real estate agent about new builds today.

Give us a call. We would be honored to help you.

248-348-7200

 

4 Reasons to Buy or Sell a Home During the Holidays

by The Jamey Kramer Group

4 Reasons to Buy or Sell a Home During the Holidays

It used to be that everyone took a break from real estate during the holidays. The presumption was that homeowners were too busy hosting, cleaning, cooking, and decorating to add the burden of having to vacate their homes in order to show it. Not to mention the prospect of negotiating, closing, and moving during that busy time of year.

That particular aspect of real estate has changed a lot. If you are a buyer in this tough market - especially in Michigan where inventory is down - the holidays might just be the best time to buy.

In addition, if you have been struggling to sell your house, you might find that staying open during the holidays, so to speak, could make all the difference.

Are you about buying or selling a home during the holiday season? Here are four reasons you should consider:

#1: Technology Changes Everything

With the Smartphone technology, people are always searching. People take small moments in between gift buying, carpooling, and waiting in line to check for new house listings. You can bet that if buyers are having a hard time finding a house, they will try to gain that competitive edge by being the first to see and make an offer on a house.

On the other hand, there are always some buyers who won’t want to crowd this busy season with a housing search. Some people do take a break. If you are a buyer on the search, this could be a lighter season and you may experience less competition.

#2: Home at Its Best

The holidays are, inevitably, a time of good cheer and homeyness. Holiday decorating can be a no-brainer, even for those who don’t like to decorate. The right amount of holiday decorations can become a selling point. Prospective buyers may be able to more easily picture themselves in your house when they see it looking cozy for the holidays.

#3: A Good Time to Shift Gears

There are times when a house sits on the market - even in a hot market like this one. It could be your house has been overpriced. It could be it needs repairs. You may have had your house sitting on the market for weeks or months with no showings.

The holidays are a time when people are out of their normal routine. The market could respond positively to a change for you now. Consult a knowledgeable agent and work together to get over whatever obstacle is keeping your home from selling. And let the season do its magic. Buyers at this point are very likely to want to make a deal.

#4: Faster Mortgage Approval & Lower Prices

Buyers are likely to encounter less competition from another source: other buyers trying to get financing. Financiers are not as busy this time of year, for the same reasons the rest of the market is slow.

It’s a great time to take advantage of this. You might find you can get the whole thing done in less time than it would take during peak season. Also, typically because the market is slowest in December, home prices generally stay lower - less competition.

Pro Tip: List in January

If you truly don’t want to be bothered with having your home listed in December, wait until the first of the year. It’s typically a little slower than other times but with the added benefit of a new start.

Buyers who haven’t stopped looking through the holidays will welcome the new influx. It’s also a time when people make resolutions and do things they have been putting off. Don’t let the cold and lack of landscaping deter you!

Takeaway

While buying or selling during the holidays might seem like it won’t be worth the effort, the reality is that it could be much more rewarding than at any other time of year. Both buyers and sellers at this time of year are very motivated.

If you are looking to buy or sell a home, please give us a call. We would be honored to help.


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Novi High School Receives Top Placement

by The Jamey Kramer Group
Novi High School

Did you know that Novi High School ranked number one in for the 2018 Best Magnet High Schools in Michigan according to Niche.com Inc.?

Do you know the interesting way Niche.com ranks its colleges, schools, and neighborhoods?

Do you know why good school districts are important to us?

What is a Magnet High School?

According to Public School Review, magnet schools are public schools that promote academic opportunity and excellence beyond that which is offered at their regular public school counterparts. They have three distinguishing characteristics:

  • Distinctive curriculum and/or instructional approach.
  • A diverse student body that represents various neighborhood attendance zones.
  • Represent diversity as an explicit purpose.

What is Niche?

Niche is comprised of a small team of data scientists, engineers, and parents, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They are passionate about helping others discover the right schools and neighborhoods.

In this new age of reviews - you can find a user review on almost anything these days, from restaurants to podcasts - it was about time for someone to build a research site for best places to live.

Niche.com takes the hassle out of looking for the right neighborhood, school, or college. Since those things are often linked, and it’s such a big decision, Niche takes its job seriously.

The team at Niche.com compiles a lot of data and they distill it into an easy-to-use website to help you find your dream location. They also publish lists like this one each year, to keep track of which schools and neighborhoods are on top or how they might change from year to year.

If you want to know exactly how Niche builds its lists, there’s a pretty comprehensive methodology section on their website. Basically, they take a great deal of data generated by such outlets as the US Department of Education, the Private School Universe Survey, Common Core Data, Civil Rights Data Collection, Niche K-12 Student and Parent Surveys, and many others.

Many factors are considered and given a “grade”: academics, teachers, culture, and diversity, health & safety, resources & facilities, clubs & activities, and sports - as well as parent and teacher surveys on the overall experience.

The rankings are then calculated by eliminating bad data, assigning weights to each factor, evaluating the completeness of the data for each school, and creating a numerical ranking, and grade for each. The result is a ranked list of best schools, colleges, and neighborhoods.

Why Great Schools Sell Homes

In Michigan, we are happy to report that both Novi and Northville received top honors.

Why does this make such a difference?

The answer is great schools sell homes. If you buy in a good school district, regardless if you plan to take advantage of the district’s schools, you are making a more sound investment. Your home’s value is less likely to be affected negatively by an economic downturn. If you end up having to sell when you didn’t plan on it, you are more likely to recoup your investment if you live in a good school district.

In addition, neighborhoods with good schools tend to also have a family culture - and Novi and Northville are no exception. Homes in good school districts tend to be higher in price but the benefits often far outweigh the higher price tag.

Takeaway

If you are looking for the optimal place to buy a home, Niche.com is a great place to start. Their data does seem to accurately represent some of the best places to look for a home in Michigan.

To read the full report on magnet schools, please see 2018 Best Magnet High Schools in Michigan.

If you are interested in looking for a house to buy in Novi, we would be happy to help. Please call our office today.

248-348-7200

 

 

How to Buy a House in a Hot Market

by The Jamey Kramer Group

House in a Hot Market

You’ve probably heard this phrase by now - it’s a hot market.

What was a burgeoning development in 2016 has continued in 2017, and it’s only getting more pronounced. There are fewer homes on the market in every county in Southeast Michigan.

Metro Detroit has seen the largest inventory decline - 35% - since the recession and subsequent increase in house prices: 44%. The only county surpassing it in terms of percent changes is St. Clair County.

Here are the figures by percentages. You can see the changes from 2016:

Detroit

  • Sales, September 2016: 283
  • Sales, September 2017: 359
  • Percent increase/decrease: 26.9 percent
  • Median sale price, September 2016: $22,728
  • Median sale price, September 2017: $32,750
  • Percent increase/decrease: 44.1 percent
  • Average days on market, September 2016: 54
  • Average days on market, September 2017: 49
  • Percent increase/decrease: -9.3 percent
  • On-market listings, September 2016: 2,526
  • On-market listings, September 2017: 1,643
  • Percent increase/decrease: -35 percent

Wayne County

  • Sales, September 2016: 1,824
  • Sales, September 2017: 1,902
  • Percent increase/decrease: 4.3 percent
  • Median sale price, September 2016: $118,000
  • Median sale price, September 2017: $127,600
  • Percent increase/decrease: 8.1 percent
  • Average days on market, September 2016: 35
  • Average days on market, September 2017: 28
  • Percent increase/decrease: -20 percent
  • On-market listings, September 2016: 6,967
  • On-market listings, September 2017: 4,755
  • Percent increase/decrease: -31.7 percent

Macomb County

  • Sales, September 2016: 1,323
  • Sales, September 2017: 1,244
  • Percent increase/decrease: -6 percent
  • Median sale price, September 2016: $149,500
  • Median sale price, September 2017: $162,000
  • Percent increase/decrease: 8.4 percent
  • Average days on market, September 2016: 38
  • Average days on market, September 2017: 26
  • Percent increase/decrease: -31.6 percent
  • On-market listings, September 2016: 3,915
  • On-market listings, September 2017: 2,756
  • Percent increase/decrease: -29.6 percent

Oakland County

  • Sales, September 2016: 1,930
  • Sales, September 2017: 1,851
  • Percent increase/decrease: -4.1 percent
  • Median sale price, September 2016: $215,000
  • Median sale price, September 2017: $229,000
  • Percent increase/decrease: 6.5 percent
  • Average days on market, September 2016: 35
  • Average days on market, September 2017: 27
  • Percent increase/decrease: -22.9 percent
  • On-market listings, September 2016: 6,683
  • On-market listings, September 2017: 4,960
  • Percent increase/decrease: -25.8 percent

Source: Realcomp Ltd. II.

Good News

This is all good news. It’s what we in the business have been waiting for a long time. In addition, it is what you should be happy about if you are - or are hoping to be - a homeowner.

This does pose problems for home buyers, though. If you are frustrated by the lack of inventory, have been searching for a long time, or have lost a number of bidding wars, you are probably not rejoicing at this turn of events.

There are some good strategies out there, but remember this: the current market is a much better position in which to own a house. When you do get a house, your investment will be much better protected.

Strategies for Sellers

If your home looks like an “after” picture and is competitively priced, it could sell in a matter of days or hours, but don’t be fooled. Houses can still sit on the market for months. This happens when sellers believe they don’t have to keep their home maintained or can drive up the asking price too high. It’s not a fool-proof climate for sellers. The “hottest” homes are still the move-in ready ones priced right.

Keep in mind that should you sell quickly, you will be on the other end of the deal trying to compete with other buyers.

Strategies for Buyers

The two things to keep in mind are to be patient and to have flexibility. However, that is easy to say and a lot harder to do.

  • If you have flexibility on your lease end day - or closing on your own house - you have a lot more range of homes from which to choose. If you have the financial means to buy a home before selling your home, are renting, or can stay with family or friends, you have something tangible to offer a seller. Sellers very well may choose an offer with less stress for them (if they can stay for a week or month after closing, for instance) over a higher price.
  • The holiday season may be the best time of year to buy a home in Michigan. Activity generally slows way down during this season, but employers transfer their employees in and out at all times of the year. Sellers who have to get out at this time of year, coupled with a general inactivity in the market, could equal a relatively smooth home buying process. If you are willing to not take a break while others are taking theirs, it might be the way to finally get a house.
  • Everyone, everyone, everyone wants the move-in ready home. The reality is most of them aren’t. If you are determined to get that one, be prepared to get in a bidding war. If you are tired of the bidding wars, think about making a quick offer on a house that is sound and well-maintained but needs a new kitchen or flooring. There are mortgage lenders out there who offer renovation financing as part of a home purchase.
  • There are things other than high offers that are attractive to sellers: strong mortgage approval letters, larger down payments, quick closing, and short inspection periods. Consider whether you can offer them any of those things.

Takeaway

The current mortgage rates make buying still a good decision. Most mortgage payments will end up being lower than monthly rent payments. Patience and flexibility will pay off in the end and you will get the right house.

If you are ready to buy or sell, it is important that you have an experienced real estate professional by your side. Please give us a call. We would be honored to help!

248-348-7200

Pros and Cons of Operating a Vacation Rental

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Vacational rental - keys

Have you ever thought about operating a vacation rental?

The popular vacation rental website, Airbnb.com, has made an agreement with Michigan’s Department of Treasury this year. Before now, it was up to owners of these short-term rentals (30 days or less - sometimes just one or two nights) to pay the 6% tax the state levies on their own.

Now, as homeowners use Airbnb.com to advertise their extra bedrooms, basement suites, and single bedroom apartments for rent, Airbnb will collect the tax for the state.

The great news is that Airbnb sales in Michigan are way above projections from revenues in 2016. The state expected $1.5 million for the year.

Instead, Airbnb sent $960,000 to the state for the months of July, August, and September alone. Of course, these are the highest tourist months for Michigan - our state having plenty of shoreline and lakes. Tourists come from out of state to recreate and they want to do it in a place that feels like home.

According to an article published by MLive, the second most popular city destination for Airbnb users in Michigan is Detroit. Maybe more tourism dollars are to be had throughout the state of Michigan for any homeowners willing to put in the work. Michigan homeowners earned twenty-four million dollars on Airbnb this year during that time. That’s a 90% growth over the same period last year.

Although some cities are cracking down on ordinance enforcement, property owners are quick to make sure they can keep their rights to rent out their property. This is for good reason.

Real estate investment blogger, Paula Pant of Afford Anything, wrote a 4-part series on the pros and cons of operating an Airbnb rental unit in Atlanta, Georgia. She and her partner enjoy traveling and own several properties which they rent to long-term tenants in the traditional fashion.

Pant decided to use one unit as an Airbnb rental unit for a year to see if she made or lost money and what the other benefits might be. Here are a few pros and cons we’ve gleaned from her insights:

Pros of Airbnb Renting:

  • It does pay more. In the heart of Boston, priced starting at $75 a night, her one-bedroom unit was never empty and there was a waiting list. Eventually, she upped the per-night price to $155. All told, she ended up earning over twice what she would have earned with a typical investment - and that was after she’d paid herself for her time and added up expenses like cleaning and replacing soap.
  • You get to meet more people, from more places, than you otherwise would. Pant’s Airbnb rental has hosted cast and crew members from Broadway touring companies, artists, craftsmen, entrepreneurs, tourists from other countries, and many more. She says being in the same building - or in the case of other homeowners - being in the same house as many of your guests has definite benefits. Interesting people come to your home.

Cons of Airbnb Renting:

  • It’s not passive income, its hospitality. This can be a pro if you like hospitality or if you aren’t planning to travel at the same time. But it’s not a passive investment, it is work. You will have to clean, replace coffee, sheets, soap, towels, and whatever anyone broke every time there’s a turnover. In addition, if your investment is paying off, you will have many turnovers because your unit will be rented out almost all the time.
  • You will probably catch a bad apple once in awhile. Pant doesn’t get into any details, but she did have to call the police one time on one of her Airbnb renters.
  • It is hard to find reliable help. If you do leave while hosting an Airbnb property, you will need backup - lots of backup. It’s hard to find a cleaner who will come in a tight window of time. Also, if you are out of town when management issues come up (guests unexpectedly need an air mattress late at night when stores are closed), you are on the line for it.

Takeaway

Ultimately, it is up to the property owner to weigh the pros and cons of operating a vacation rental to see if it is right for them. This could be a great time for Michigan residents to earn some extra income listing properties on Airbnb.





 

Northville Holiday Lighted Parade and Upcoming Events

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Northville Holiday Lighted Parade

The holidays are a wonderful time to visit Northville, Michigan. There are a number of holiday events coming up in the months of November and December. From the Northville Holiday Lighted Parade to the Tinsel and Treasures Holiday Market, you won’t want to miss a thing.

Upcoming Holiday Events in Northville, Michigan

Northville Holiday Lighted Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony

  • Friday, November 17
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Northville Town Square

The first and most anticipated holiday event in Northville is the Holiday Lighted Parade. If you can’t wait for the first Christmas lights and decorated trees to appear all over town, don’t miss this event. Bring your neighbors, kids, and friends to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

The theme for the parade this year is the “Island of Misfits” and the highlights will include:

  • Northville High School marching band
  • Lighted floats
  • Marchers in holiday gear
  • Fully lit Fire Engine
  • Santa Claus

Northville’s Town Square will be hosting Northville residents and more with hot chocolate, photo opportunities with your favorite holiday characters, and lots of seasonal cheer thanks to the Northville Christian Assembly, Hilltop Church, and First Baptist Church of Northville.

Community Sing-Along

Stick around in the Northville Town Square for more hot chocolate, photo ops, Santa sightings, and the official sing-along led by Tina Genitti. Northville’s mayor, Ken Roth, and Citizen of the Year, Chuck Lapham will give greetings to Santa and light the Town Square tree.

For more information, visit the Chamber of Commerce’s website or call 248-349-7640.

More Upcoming Events in Northville, Michigan

Holiday Home Tour (Ticketed Event)

  • November 17 & 18
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Various homes in Northville

For more information, please see Northville Holiday Home Tours 2017.

Greens Market Weekend

  • Saturday, November 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Northville Town Square

Would you like some new holiday accessories to help decorate your home or business? Don’t miss the Greens Market on November 18-19 in Northville and support the local Farmers Market. Vendors will be offering holiday items for sale from wreaths to accessories.

For more information, please see www.northville.org.

Christmas in the Village

  • Sunday, November 19
  • Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Location:  Mill Race Village, Northville

Plan to celebrate the holidays at Mill Race Village on Sunday, November 19. The festivities will include Christmas stories, music, crafts, music, holly, Christmas trees, and smiles. 

For more information, please see Mill Race Village’s website.

Children’s Christmas Workshop

  • Saturday, December 2
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Mill Race Village, Northville
  • Children in grades 1-6 
  • Cost: $20.00 per child

Children in grades 1-6 are invited to make seven old-fashioned, hand-made gifts for the special people on their Christmas list.

For more information, please see Children’s Workshop.

Santa Visits Maybury Farm

  • The first 3 weekends in December
  • Time: Noon – 3:00 p.m.
  • Maybury Farm, 50165 8 Mile Rd. Northville

Santa will be visiting Maybury Farm in Northville complete with his antique sleigh. Plan to bring your little ones and your camera.

For more information, please see Santa Visits.

Tinsel and Treasures Holiday Market

  • Friday, December 8: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 9: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 10: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Northville Community Center,  303 W. Main St., Northville
  • Cost: Admission: $4.00 / 12 & Under: Free

This holiday market will feature homemade gifts and is reportedly on the Top 50 shows in the country.

For more information, please see Tinsel and Treasures.

Takeaway

Whether you are a resident or just looking for a place to experience the wonder of the season in a picturesque location – Northville is the place for you!

Photo courtesy of Northville Chamber of Commerce

 

Northville Holiday Home Tours 2017

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Holdiay decorations - Northville Holiday Home Tours

The Northville Holiday Home Tour tickets are now on sale! In 2017, come get in the holiday spirit - November 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

The Holiday Home Tour is presented by the Northville Community Foundation. On Friday and Saturday, November 17 -18 you can come and find new decorating ideas for your home during the holidays as well as ramp up for a warm, inviting holiday season.

As a guest of the Holiday Home Tour, you will tour five privately owned Northville homes. These beautiful homes have been decorated from top to bottom for the holidays, each in a different style, with something in every color and for every taste.

The homes in the tour aren’t all huge Victorian mansions. They range from a traditional condo to industrial chic. See the range of design sensibilities and styles of decor.

One of the homes is decked with unique artist-made accessories, and one of them has been recently renovated with custom upgrades on both floors. The holiday decor is provided by Pear-Aphernalia, Williams Sonoma, Gardenviews and many more. Each home is stunning in its own way.

The 2017 Holiday Home Tour has a refreshment stop along the way. The Tipping Point Theatre in Downtown Northville will provide guests with light refreshments from the Northville Meijer. While you sip and warm up, enter to win two tickets to a future Tipping Point Theatre production.

Holdiay decorated table - Northville Holiday Home Tours

The tickets for this fun event are only $25 in advance and $30 on the day - for an afternoon of merriment.

In order to purchase tickets in advance, you will need to visit Pear-Aphernalia, Gardenviews, Haven of Northville or the Northville Chamber of Commerce. You may also purchase tickets online by visiting www.northvillecommunityfoundation.org/holidayhometour or over the phone by calling 248-374-0200.

The proceeds from the Holiday Home Tour help to fund the Northville Community Foundation’s work in Northville community. The foundation has made grants every year since 1997 to nonprofit groups that serve the community. It has also awarded scholarships to local students, organized the Northville Independence Day Parade, and operated Maybury Farm since 2003.

Maybury Farm is itself host to many fun and exciting community events throughout the year. It is a working farm in the heart of suburban Detroit, dedicated to bringing the life of animals and farming to kids and families through hands-on experiences. Maybury Farm believes that experiences that are fun and educational are the ones that stay with people and teach them about the world.

About the Northville Community Foundation

The Northville Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to enhance and enrich life in the community. Since 1997, the Northville Community Foundation has annually made grants to support nonprofit organizations serving the community, awarded scholarships to local students, organized and executed the Northville Independence Day Parade, and, since 2003, operated Maybury Farm, a working farm with a mission to connect the community to animals and agriculture through hands-on experiences that are both engaging and educational.  

For More Information

To learn more about the Northville Community Foundation, please visit www.northvillecommunityfoundation.org or contact Jessica Striegle, Executive Director, Northville Community Foundation at 248-374-0200.

 

Photos courtesy of Northville Community Foundation. Used with permission.

Halloween Events 2017: Northville, Novi, & South Lyon, MI

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Children in Halloween costumes

Fall is the perfect time to experience Northville, Novi, and South Lyon, Michigan. Trees are adorned with bright red, orange, and yellow leaves and the days are crisp.

These family-friendly towns offer a number of Halloween events that your family won’t want to miss. From the Skeletons Are Alive in Northville to a special Halloween luncheon for seniors 55+ and the Halloween Spooktacular in Novi, there is something for all to enjoy.

Be sure to check out the following Halloween events in Northville, Novi, and South Lyon taking place this week.

Northville Halloween Happenings

Skeletons Are Alive

  • Month of October
  • Downtown Northville, Michigan

Have you had the chance to walk the streets of Northville during October? You still have time! There are over 110 skeletons scattered throughout Downtown Northville. Bring your children and see how many you can count. In addition, check out the spiders that have taken over town square!

This is the 7th annual Skeletons Are Alive event. This year’s theme is “October in the Ville.”

Northville Trick-or-Treating Hours

  • October 31
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Northville’s trick-or-treating hours will be from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Be sure to stop by the Northville City Hall for the Fire Station Open House. Additionally, there will be a costume contest at the Northville Community Center at 7:30 pm.

Please note that the streets of Northville’s’ Historic District will be closed from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

For more information, please see www.northvillesquare.com.

Novi Halloween Happenings

Monsters on Main

  • Monday, October 30, 2017
  • Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Location: Main Street at Grand River in Novi
  • Cost: Ages 2-12 $5.00 per child

This event was rescheduled to October 30. There will be trick-or-treating, games, crafts, and a pumpkin patch.

For more information, please call the Novi Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services at 248-347-0400.

A Be “Witching” Halloween Bash Luncheon

  • Tuesday, October 31, 2017
  • Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Location: Meadowbrook Activity Center, 25075 Meadowbrook Rd., Novi
  • Ages: 55+
  • Cost: Residents $7.50 and Non-residents $9.00

Calling all adults ages 55+ for a special Halloween luncheon sponsored in partnership with Rose Center. Entertainment will be provided by John Latini.

For availability, please call 248-347-0414.

Halloween Spooktacular

  • Tuesday, October 31, 2017
  • Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Location: Twelve Oaks Mall, 27500 Novi Rd., Novi, MI

Do you have a little one that loves American Girl dolls? Come and celebrate Halloween at the American Girl store at Twelve Oaks Mall! Girls who wear their costume and visit the store will receive a special treat while supplies last. In addition, there will be a Halloween Boo Box craft and the opportunity to pose for a photo.

The American Girl store is located on the upper level near Nordstrom department store.

Novi Trick-or-Treating Hours

  • October 31
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Recommended trick-or-treating hours are 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

South Lyon Trick-or-Treating Hours

  • October 31
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please be sure to confirm the trick-or-treating times with your city as they are subject to change.

Takeaway

There are many exciting Halloween events to choose from in the cities of Northville, Novi, and South Lyon, Michigan. From all of us at the Jamey Kramer Group, have a safe and happy Halloween!

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