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Why You Need to Organize Your House to Sell Quickly and For More Money

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Organized closet

Why is it that organization and cleanliness make such a significant impression on buyers? After all, we are all aware that our houses get messy - sometimes very messy - from time to time. Life gets busy, and cleaning gets put to the bottom of the list.

However, buyers don't care about how busy a homeowner is when they are coming to look at your house. What they want to see is often the fantasy (or hopeful thinking) of what a new home will do for their lives.

We see it over and over again: buyers won't stop at your beautifully staged kitchen and living room. When they are in your home, they can and will open every drawer, cabinet, built-in, and closet.

And they will judge your house by what they find. Not only that but if your clutter is there, they won't be able to picture their things fitting into your home.

Think of your closets and drawers as a kind of potential blank slate - even though your items will still be there. Organized belongings make your space feel calm and inviting. If your home isn't orderly and clean, buyers will disconnect from your house emotionally. They won't be able to see any of its potential: only the mess.

You don't want this disconnect to happen.

Clean Is More Than Surface

This is why we always advise our sellers to treat their home as if it's already someone else's home once they decide to sell. Ironically, if you are taking selling seriously, you need to organize and declutter the way your buyers imagine they will do when they see your house.

This is especially true if you want to get top dollar for it and have it sell quickly. You want to sell quickly to avoid having to keep your house "perfect" until it sells. It won't work to put the toys in a bin, sweep the floor, and call it a day.

Invest In Organization

Organization is more important than any other problem area in your house you might think you have to tackle to get it sold. Think about this from the other way around. If you can get a buyer to invest emotionally, that is when that buyer is going to want to live in your house and pay their top dollar to ensure they are the ones who get to live there.

Ordering your world can take a long time. There are many online tools to help you get started if you feel lost. However, you might want to consider hiring a professional organizer before you put your house on the market.

An organizer can see your stuff more objectively than you can. You may need some extra direction or courage to get rid of things that are holding you back. An organizer can also make the most of your space in ways you may not be able to see.

For buyers, this is solid gold. So what if your house doesn't have the closet space you wish it did? If a buyer sees a cunningly devised system, she will be able to picture herself living there too.

Bringing it Home

The most important thing a buyer needs to feel in your house is a sense of connection. They need to be able to see themselves living there. To do this, they need to feel the sense of calm that is created by a well-organized space.

If you are thinking about selling your house, this should be one of your first steps. If you need help or have questions about where to start and live in Southeast Michigan, please call. We would be happy to help you get started!

248-348-7200

Maybury Farm's Great Pumpkin Fest of 2018

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Maybury Farm's Great Pumpkin Fest

Fall is here, and Michigan residents couldn't be more pleased. The leaves are turning, the weather has finally become crisp and refreshing, and the fall activities are in full swing all over the great state of Michigan.

If you're looking for a fun family outing that has everything you could want from fall in one beautiful location, this is it.

The Great Pumpkin Fest is Maybury Farm's most popular event of the year. It has been expanded to two weekend days instead of one because of its popularity, and no wonder! This festival is jam-packed with activities, food, sights, and sounds.

About Maybury Farm

Whether you are new to this area of Michigan or you have lived in Metro Detroit for years and have never been to Maybury Farm, this is your year!

Maybury Farm is located in Northville, Michigan. It adjoins Maybury State Park, which is almost 1,000 acres of lovely, pristine nature in the heart of Metro Detroit. Bike paths, horse trails, and walking trails are just the tip of the iceberg for what's available in this park.

At the farm, you can regularly experience a u-pick farm garden, petting farm animals, playing on a farm-themed playground, and a general store with Michigan-made goodies. There are educational tours designed to teach kids science in a hands-on way and regular events like the Great Pumpkin Festival for the community.

Maybury Farm's 5th Annual Great Pumpkin Fest 2018

  • October 13 - 14 Saturday and Sunday
  • 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • $7 or $10 per person
  • Children 2 and under Free

Maybury Farm's incredible corn maze has been open for several weeks for your weekend fun! There is a 1-acre maze just for kids and a more massive 8-acre maze for anyone who wants a challenge. Check out the aerial view of this work of art!

This is Maybury Farm's 5th year hosting the Pumpkin Fest. This year, it's held on October 13 & 14 - Saturday and Sunday - from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There are two pricing options: $7 per person includes admission to the festival and Maybury Farm. $10 per person includes access to the festival, entrance to the farm, and a chance to challenge the corn maze with complementary wagon rides.

Activities Include:

  • Pie pumpkin painting
  • Bonfire & S'mores
  • Face painting
  • Hay Maze for the kids
  • Corn Maze
  • Model milking cow
  • Corn husk doll making
  • Mask making
  • Kids games - pumpkin themed
  • View the work of professional pumpkin carver John Angevine
  • Beeswax candle making
  • Children's costume contest
  • Story time & sing-along
  • Children's activity stage
  • Delicious foods
  • Home Depot Building
  • Corn Maze Trick or Treating
  • Animals smashing pumpkins
  • Apple cider pressing

The schedule for live music performances includes:

High Street Band

  • Saturday, 10:30am to 12:30pm

Steve Taylor Music

  • Saturday, 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Audrey Ray

  • Saturday, 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Vendetta Ride

  • Sunday, 10:30am to 12:30pm

Kari Holmes

  • Sunday, 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Todd Michael Band

  • Sunday, 2:30pm to 4:30pm

For more information, please visit Maybury Farm’s website.

Takeaway

With such a huge list of fun activities included in your admission to Maybury Farm’s Great Pumpkin Fest, plus great food, drinks, and entertainment, this could be one of the highlights of your year!

I hope it becomes a family favorite and that you come back year after year! Happy fall everyone!

Housing Market Trends for 2018 and Beyond

by The Jamey Kramer Group

Housing Market Trends for 2018 and Beyond

For many prospective homeowners, the last few years have been a challenge. With home prices continuing to rise and inventory at its lowest point in a decade, first-time home buyers and those downsizing have had to compete against many others - especially in our country's hottest markets.

With this furious pace, experts have started to look into the possibility of another housing bubble and financial collapse.

Of course, no one wants to live through another great recession. Many American families are still trying to recover from the 2008 bubble burst.

So, what's the truth? Is this current real estate situation a housing bubble? What are the indications that it could be? Could we be headed for another bubble burst?

While some market trends are showing similar signs to a housing bubble, the newest data from popular housing markets this summer says we may be heading for a slow-down rather than a bubble burst.

It may not be the best news for sellers who are hoping for a bidding war and a massive increase in their asking price. However, it's better for everyone than another recession.

2 Significant Trends of a Housing Bubble

Interest Rates

In 1997, Professor Fred Foldvary predicted the 2008 bust based on his examination of history. Interest rates tend to follow bank credit swells, which are typically to follow peaks in land value.

The cycle has repeated itself consistently since around 1800, except for the interruption of WWII.

Some experts point to today's high mortgage rates as an indicator that the market is about to bust. Interest rates are high but not as high as their peak in 2007 of 6.70% or 18.19% in 1979.

Default Rates

The rate at which homeowners are defaulting on their loans is also a predictor of an impending real estate crash. However, this rate is at its lowest, nationally, in 12 years.

The Evidence Points Toward Housing Market Cooling

Although the fact remains that you may not see much of a difference in your local market, there is emerging data to suggest that it may be the beginning of a change.

In some of the most active markets in the country, where bidding wars were common, and housing prices were being driven sky high, markets have begun to cool.

Homes are starting to sit on the market for weeks instead of just days and sellers aren't receiving multiple bids on their homes.

Existing-home sales dropped this past June for the third straight month, and new home purchases are at their lowest in 8 months.

Inventory is Growing Again

Home prices are rising still - which is good news - but not as fast. Only 6.4% this past May, which was the smallest year over year gain since early in 2017.

Prices are at their lowest increase over a 3-month period since 2012 according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency. 

Experts are predicting a 5% gain this year and a 3% gain in 2019, which is much lower than what we saw in 2007 shortly before the crash, which was 10.7%.

Takeaway

Evidence of the housing market cooling may not be welcome news to everyone. However, it's much more welcome news than another impending recession.

Sellers can take heart! Home values are still rising. And buyers can start to catch a breath.

As 2018 draws to a close and 2019 begins, the real estate market is looking like a much more comfortable place to venture into.

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

248-348-7200

 

How to Choose the Perfect Neighborhood

by The Jamey Kramer Group

How to Choose the Perfect Neighborhood

One common nightmare scenario for new homeowners: you find the perfect house - a beautiful new kitchen, number of bedrooms, and beautiful deck. Then you find out later that your new neighbors have loud parties until 2 a.m. on weeknights.

Or there's a barking dog right next door. You are stuck with a perfect home in the wrong location.

What do you do?

This phenomenon can be called "neighborhood regret," and it's genuine. If you are not looking out for it, you may lose sight of how important your new neighborhood is going to be.

It's why you can't just consider the house itself. You have to think the whole package.

According to a recent Trulia survey, 36% of residents would move to a different neighborhood than their current one if they had a chance.

How to Search for a New Neighborhood

It could be argued that the neighborhood is just as important as the house you buy. You can always change the aspects of your home you don't like over time.

However, it's a lot less likely that you will have any way of influencing the makeup of your neighborhood.

If you are about to buy a house, or you are looking for a new community for this exact reason, follow these smart tips about where to start your search.

Make a List of Your Priorities

Most buyers know some of their top priorities before they start looking: school district, proximity to the interstate, walkability, etc.

Those are all great things, but think about the details you might be overlooking:

  • Can you handle a neighborhood with a lot of dogs?
  • Do you want to live on a street with other families?
  • Do you want to avoid a place where college students often throw late-night parties?

Scope Out Your Top Choices Online

The chances are good that this list of priorities will narrow your neighborhood choices down to just a few. If you have kids, the school district will probably make a significant impact on your neighborhood choice.

You can use Niche.com to find "user reviews" on the areas you are looking for. Niche is like a search engine for neighborhoods and schools. It is made up of a team of scientists and parents who have taken all the raw data about your area and taken the guesswork out of your search. Information is presented in an easy-to-use format that allows you to search under many different criteria and receive ratings and reviews from actual residents of the area you're searching for.

Take a Look for Yourself

The best way to find out about your potential new digs is to go there yourself. Drive through at all different times of day and night. If it's walkable, consider getting a coffee and spending some time strolling around.

Notice what you see and hear. Is the car traffic loud? Is there construction nearby? Are you noticing graffiti you didn't see when you toured the house?

Now, summon your courage and knock on a few doors. The chances are good that you will get your best information this way. The neighbors will know how quiet it is at night. They will have experience with potential crime, and it won't just be a statistic. You have got nothing to lose. If the next-door neighbor is rude, maybe that's a sign you should move on.

Takeaway

The environment you live in can be just as important as the state of your new kitchen or the number of bedrooms. Take some time to research your new neighborhood before you make that big purchase and avoid neighborhood regret.

If you have any questions about this process and live in the Detroit Metro area, we would be happy to help.

248-348-7200

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. 

248-348-7200
 

 

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!

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