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Benefits of Investing in a Smart Home

smart-home-640While neutral walls and good curb appeal are still necessary, smart home technology is the latest way to increase the speed of your home sale. Studies have found that consumers want the addition of technology in their home to increase safety, comfort and efficiency.

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Safety is the number one reason people want smart home features. Consider adding mobile device-operated or computer-controlled home systems such as a doorbell camera, keyless entry, garage door opener, or indoor and outdoor surveillance cameras. These features allow users to monitor their home from anywhere in the world.

According to the National Fire Protection Association from 2007 to 2011, almost a quarter of home fire-related deaths in the US occurred in home with non-working smoke alarms. Smart devices can help prevent or detect a fire in your home. For example, a smart smoke detector will send an alarm to your smart phone when smoke is detected. Some smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, like the Nest Protect, offer the ability to flash smart bulbs to alert you and light your way when the alarm goes off. Additionally, they have the ability to shut off your HVAC unit in an emergency. Additionally, these devices won’t beep when the battery is low; instead they send an alert to your smart phone.

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Imagine waking up in the morning and turning on your espresso machine from your bed via your smartphone. Click another app on your phone and your blinds open. You get up go to the bathroom and look in your smart HiMirror. The smart device analyzes and assesses your skin conditions, and then recommends customized skincare routes to help improve those blemishes. From work, you can turn off the lights you accidentally left on. Envision being able to see what is in your in fridge from the convenience of work and providing the most up-to-date grocery list.

This type of comfort and convenience was unimaginable in the past, but with the new wave of smart home devices, these devices could be yours. While it is not cost prohibitive to invest in every smart home appliance, smart lighting, thermostats and built in speakers are worth looking into and considered a solid investment by many real estate professionals.
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A study conducted through the company Under One found that 68% of respondents cited energy efficiency as a driving factor enticing them to add technology to their home. According to the Department of Energy, heating and cooling accounts for about 48% of the energy use in a typical U.S. house. Smart thermostats typically save 10% – 12% on heating and around 15% on cooling.

Just like other smart home appliances, the thermostat can be controlled through an app. This means if you are returning from vacation, you can tell your home to heat up or cool down from the airport. Research by the International Energy Agency (IEA), 19% of global electricity generation is used for lighting. Smart bulbs use less energy and last a lot longer than traditional bulbs. Smart bulbs can be put on a schedule or controlled remotely, which is great if you forgot to turn off the lights when leaving the house. Some bulbs even pair with other systems, like Amazon’s Alexa, enabling you to turn them on or off with your voice.

Now you can see how smart homes enhance quality of life. However, there are also security concerns that need to be addressed. As with any new technology security protocols are important. To help keep your smart home safe, you should: use multifactor authentication, perform security updates and install malware protection. And, don’t use public Wi-Fi.

In the past, home automation systems were high-tech curiosities that were not affordable or accessible to the majority of homeowners. Now just about anyone can take advantage of home automation to simplify their lives and increase their home’s market value.

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9 Intriguing April Events

Delight in the sunlight this April by attending any or all of these nine Ann Arbor area events.


 

Eastern Michigan University Jazz ConcertApril 2

Bop your head along with the music as Eastern Michigan University students showcase their musical talent. This free event takes place at the Pease Auditorium and is open to the public.


FoolMoon and FestiFoolsApril 7 & April 9

Get foolish this April at FoolMoon and Festifool. In the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, everyone and anyone is invited to gather in the streets to shake off the cold, gray winter at FoolMoon. The skyline will be filled with luminaries, interactive installations, laser shows, a beer tent sponsored by Grizzly Peak, DJs raised into the air, live dance performances, and oh so many more de-LIGHT-fool surprises. If you have never been to FoolMoon before, you won’t want to miss this event which runs from dusk until Midnight on April 7.
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FestiFools is one of Ann Arbor’s cultural treasures. It is a humongous public art spectacular, created by members of the community and U of M students. Magnificent, colorful, bizarre, human-powered papier-mâché puppets join thousands of Foolish friends frolicking about downtown for one fun-filled hour. This event takes place April 9 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm.


First Fridays YpsilantiApril 7

First Fridays Ypsilanti is a self-guided monthly art and culture walk hosted throughout downtown Ypsilanti at multiple venues. Each month on the first Friday participating venues offer free art activities involving local artists, musicians, and/or tastings. The goal of the First Fridays Ypsilanti is to invite community members into the downtown area to support local talent and businesses while having a fun time!

 


Spring EggstravaganzaApril 15

The Spring Eggstravaganza started in 1998 has grown to the point where we have several hundred children and their parents participating in a morning of egg hunts, face painting, balloon twisters, a petting zoon, photo opportunities with the bunny and Easter egg coloring. The Spring Eggstravaganza is on April 15th at Lillie Park in Pittsfield Township from 11 am – 1 pm.

 


2017 EggstravaganzaApril 15

The 2017 Eggstravaganza is taking place April 15. Kids start at Busch’s, 565 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, and hop on over to participating businesses to pick up your egg. After you visit the businesses drop your stamped list off at Mickey’s Dairy Twist to enter a drawing to win one of 4 baskets filled with items donated from area businesses. Call 734 429-4494 for more info.


2017 Nations’ Cup Theatre On IceApril 20 – 23

The 2017 Nations’ Cup Interclub Theatre On Ice competition will feature the top teams from six countries competing in the newest—and most creative—discipline of figure skating. Theatre On Ice (TOI) is a form of competitive figure skating that combines the grace of figure skating with the excitement of theater and dance.

 


Rock the DistrictApril 22

Join State Street District and Ann Arbor’s 107one for the 2nd annual Rock the District. This free music festival will take place Saturday, April 22, from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm and will be open to all ages. The main stage will be on the corner of Maynard Street and East William. The lineup includes: Theo Katzman, The Go Rounds, Chris DuPont, Misty Lyn & The Big Beautiful, Girls Who Care and many more.


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Annual Ann Arbor Earth Day FestivalApril 23

The Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival Planning Committee invites all to celebrate our natural world at the annual Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 23 from noon to 4 p.m. at Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Road in Ann Arbor. This free, family-friendly event features displays from over 30 local environmental, non-profit and governmental organizations; live animal demonstrations; learning presentations around sustainable living; hands-on activities; live entertainment; crafts; green building and commuting solutions; energy topics; water awareness; recycling topics; sustainable agriculture; and much more. The Earth Day Festival will be full of entertainment and engaging activities for visitors of all ages.

 


Ypsilanti Community Choir Spring ConcertApril 27

Under the direction of Ariel Toews-Ricotta, the Ypsilanti Community Choir will present a variety of musical pieces, ranging from sacred to show tunes, from jazz to family favorites, from golden oldies to contemporary hits. We are happy to provide an enjoyable, family-friendly musical experience that can be enjoyed by all ages.


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Pleasant and Private Home For Sale in Ann Arbor

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Today we are featuring Nate Foerg’s listing – 5243 Red Fox Run, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105
5243 Red Fox Run - Ann ArborQ. Can you describe the architectural style of the home?
This home features a modern open floor plan. If fewer stairs are something you desire, this ranch/contemporary style home has a first-floor master suite, and minimal stairs when compared to a conventional two story home.

5243 Red Fox Run - EntryQ. What distinctive features set this home apart?
This beautiful and bright home in Matthaei Farms features floor to ceiling windows which provide spectacular views of nature and wildlife in the wooded backyard. Luxury finishes include multiple gas fireplaces, a granite-topped kitchen island, and custom built-in shelving.

5243 Red Fox Run - Great RoomQ. Does the community have any amenities we should know about?
Matthaei Farms offers unmatched privacy. This property, in particular, is situated at the end of Red Fox Run and sees almost no traffic. However, it takes only a few minutes to drive to both area hospitals and the University of Michigan. The community also includes a private events facility.

5243 Red Fox Run - KitchenQ. Can you tell us a fun fact about the home?
The home has an incredible office space with built-in cherry shelving and skylights. The fully appointed lower family room with walk out makes this home exceptionally livable.

5243 Red Fox Run - Master SuiteQ. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about the home?
This home may be seen on short notice and is ready for immediate occupancy! There is a three-car garage off of the horseshoe driveway. The back deck spans the entire width of the home and includes a screened-in area off of the kitchen.

5243 Red Fox Run - Lower LevelIf you would like more information about 5243 Red Fox Run, Ann Arbor, MI or if you are interested in scheduling a showing, please contact Nate Foerg at 734-834-1981.

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Congratulations to the 2016 Charles Reinhart Award Recipients

Reinhart held their Annual Awards Luncheon on Thursday, February 16th at Barton Hills County Club, celebrating the accomplishments of 230 agents and six office managers.

The Charles Reinhart Award, the most prestigious award the company presents, recognizes the highest earning agents of 2016.

Agents receiving the honor were:

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Bright and Beautiful Home For Sale in Dexter

FeaturedFriListing_2016Today we are featuring Cynthia Smigielski’s listing – 5382 River Woods Court, Dexter, MI 48130
53832 River Woods Court - DexterQ. Can you describe the architectural style of the home?
Looks like a federal style colonial.

53832 River Woods Court - EntryQ. What distinctive features set this home apart?
Beautiful home with a first floor master suite, gorgeous views and sunlight filled rooms. New 2016 Pella windows let you look out on over ¾ of acre lot.

53832 River Woods Court - DenQ. What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?
It is near parks, the Huron River and a 15-minute drive to downtown Ann Arbor.

53832 River Woods Court - Formal DiningQ. Have there been any recent renovations or upgrades?

Over $100,000 in renovations in 2016, including, a new roof and seamless gutters, insulated garage door with windows and Lift Master opener, Therma Tru fiberglass entry door, Hardie siding, a new whole house water softener & water filtration system and a 50 gallon hot water heater.
53832 River Woods Court - KitchenQ. What amazing views will the new homeowner be able to enjoy?
Beautiful red maple trees, natural wooded area and an abundance of wildlife.

53832 River Woods Court - MasterQ. Can you tell us a fun fact about the home?
There is a huge hidden storage closet within the fourth bedroom closet.

53832 River Woods Court - BackyardQ. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about the home?
This home is newly painted and move-in ready.

If you would like more information about 5382 River Woods Court, Dexter, MI or if you are interested in scheduling a showing, please contact Cynthia Smigielski at 734-395-9679.

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Reinhart’s Outstanding 2016 Market Results

In 2016 Reinhart sales were the best we’ve ever achieved in both the number of closed transactions and the total dollar volume.
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7 Steps to Prepare Your House for a Spring Sale

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Spring is right around the corner. With the warming weather, home-buyers come out of hibernation making spring an ideal time to put your house on the market. If you are considering listing your home, you will need to start preparing now. Following these seven steps will speed the sale of your home this spring.

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1. Clean Everything
A clean home will allow buyers to picture themselves in the space. This is the chance to remove clutter from your house. The best way to start is to make a list of essential things that need to get done. Once you have a spring cleaning list, recruit your family to help tackle each task individually. Remember to have realistic expectations about the amount of time it will take to clean. It’s usually best to take your time with cleaning. Try spending one weekend doing the garage and the next weekend cleaning the storage unit. By breaking up each task, you won’t become overwhelmed or frustrated.

Hat Rack2. Organize
After cleaning it becomes clear to many homeowners that they are in need of increased organization. By adding a few hooks, shelves, and storage baskets organizing becomes a breeze. Organizational systems make closets and storage spaces appear larger.

Repair man3. Repair
Have you been meaning to tighten loose doorknobs, fix a leaky faucet, or replace old lighting fixtures? Now is the time to tackle these tasks. These small things can be a big turn-off to buyers and end up preventing you from getting top dollar for your home.

Welcome Mat4. Replace the Ragged
Replace items that may be worn out. Things like your welcome mat, street numbers and mailboxes often get overlooked. These small ticket items are easy to replace with a quick trip to Target or Home Depot.

Lawn ornaments5. Remove the Clutter
Personal touches make your house feel homey. They also make it hard for buyers to picture themselves living there. Remove any lawn ornaments, personal pictures, children’s artwork and personal effects that you plan to bring with you to your new home. Potential buyers will look through your home thoroughly so make sure to remove piles of shoes and coats from the entry and the mail from the kitchen table.
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6. Paint
When living in a house, people decorate and paint in ways that are not always alluring to potential buyers. In order to get the most value out of your home, it is important that buyers can picture themselves living there. Painting a house in neutral shades with white ceilings will make it appear larger and more comforting to buyers. Remember to also repaint trim, molding and the front door if needed. New paint can help your house sell faster.
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7. Let the Light Shine
Bright rooms feel warm and inviting whereas dark rooms feel smaller and gloomy. Removing heavy or dark curtains will allow more light to shine in. Also, consider adding mirrors to rooms. The bigger the mirror, the more light you capture. Adding a large mirror at the end of a short hallway will make the room look longer. Additionally, make sure your windows are clean and streak free to maximize the sunshine.

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12 Marvelous March Events

You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy March. In March temperatures rise and spring is in the air. Don’t miss your chance to venture out into the local area and participate in the multitude of events.


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Jazz at Lincoln Center OrchestraMarch 4

“The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis is so far from the usual big-band cliché that it’s mind-blowing.” (Dallas)

Since 1988, Marsalis has led the 15-piece Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, which simultaneously honors the rich heritage of Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong while presenting a stunning variety of new works from illustrious names, many of whom perform regularly with the ensemble. From swinging to supple, it’s all sheer jazz perfection — and no wonder these annual appearances have become a favorite of UMS audiences. “You know it’s a good gig when you can’t tell if the band or the audience is having more fun.” (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)


Rosie the Riveter
March 9 –  March 11

Rosie the Riveter tells the remarkable story of the women who came to Michigan from all across the country and all walks of life to fill thousands of factory jobs left empty by men suddenly called to war. With their determination, strength of character, and backbreaking labor, these extraordinary women rallied a nation as they produced B-24 bombers, a plane an hour, day in and day out for the duration of World War II. This is a production that not only brings history alive, but will inspire respect and admiration for the capacity of these “Rosies” to accomplish more than anyone could have imagined.


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Critters Up CloseMarch 11 & March 12

Every month, the Leslie Science and Nature Center brings a selection of live animals to the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum (AAHOM). Visitors will learn about our natural world through hands-on activities. Animals will be meeting and greeting visitors from 10-4 on Saturday (with a mid-day “Animal Naptime”) and 1-4 on Sunday. This month’s theme is lizards.


Shamrocks & Shenanigans

Ann Arbor Shamrocks & Shenanigans!March 12

Join us on March 12, 2017 for Shamrocks & Shenanigans! Registration is now open. This race benefits the Save A Heart organization. Save A Heart is an organization that raises funds to benefit patients and their families who come to the Michigan Congenital Heart Center at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Funds raised by Save A Heart support families with travel, lodging and other expenses. These funds also support clinical research.


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It’s All About the PieMarch 14

In honor of Pi Day, join Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels (YMOW) for pie and pint. The event will feature a great selection of pies from Ypsilanti Co-op, Zingerman’s Bakery and many more. There will also be a pie auction. This event is in connecting with YMOW 3rd year of participation with the National March for Meals hosted around the country by Meals on Wheels of America. So join us for a spot of tea (or coffee or milk) and pie.


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Home, Garden & Lifestyle ShowMarch 18 & March 19

Discover the best of everything that can improve your home. The 27th Annual Home Show features expert retailers with all the newest products, community organizations and more. It is a wonderful catalyst for building something amazing, or simply finding inspiration and information to help you with your projects. This event will take place at the Wasthenaw Farm Council from 9 am to 6pm on Saturday and from 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday.


Miss Marlena's Story Hour

Miss Marlena’s All-Star Story HourMarch 18th

A Saturday morning children’s show full of storytelling, songs, laughs, and visits from a cast of funny and friendly characters who drop by Miss Marlena’s Thingamabob Emporium and Bookstore to learn a thing or two. Themes explored will include courage, bullying, manners, responsibility, and others. Miss Marlena is an experienced and beloved children’s storyteller. This event is being held at Eluminous Studios in Saline, MI.


Ann Arbor Film Festival

Ann Arbor Film FestivalMarch 21-26

Started in 1963, the Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running, independent and experimental film series in North America. Enjoy six days of screening films of all lengths and genres, celebrating film as art. The festival also includes panels, workshops, multimedia installations and parties.


Vino Veritas

Vino VeritasMarch 23 – May 27

On Halloween night, two couples prepare to attend an annual costume party. Though the evening begins as usual, familiar traditions unravel when the foursome shares a bottle of South American ceremonial wine made from the skin of blue dart tree frogs. Under the influence of this tribal truth serum, what follows is an unpredictable night of unbridled honesty that stretches the bounds of their friendship forever. Join us for this revival of a loved Purple Rose favorite.


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Saline Craft ShowMarch 25

This quality, juried craft show benefits both our customers and school community. The youth groups involved have the opportunity to practice life skills and leadership as well as earn money for their activities. These crafters’ displays embody skills and reflect respect for both the materials used and the processes. Their handcrafted products feature original designs that can enhance the beauty of the buyer’s environment whether used in the home, garden or personally.


Ypsilanti Comic Con

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Don’t miss the 3rd annual Ypsilanti Comic Con. Tickets are only $2 at the door, and the event will be packed with over 25 vendors with books, action figures, and more. This event will take place on March 19 from 10am-3:30 pm at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church.


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The Probility Ann Arbor MarathonMarch 26

Take to the scenic streets of Ann Arbor on Sunday, March 26 for the 2017 Probility Ann Arbor Marathon, brought to you by Epic Races and Champions for Charity. With a variety of running events that appeal to all ages and abilities, you’ll find that the Probility Ann Arbor Marathon is your ideal early-spring race, whether you’re walking your first 5K or running your 50th marathon.


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Newly Renovated and Move-In Ready Home for Sale in Ypsilanti

FeaturedFriListing_2016Today we are featuring Thomas Bradshaw’s listing – 2365 Merrill, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

2365 Merril Street- Ypsilanti, MIQ. Can you describe the architectural style of the home?
Completely updated colonial with beautiful curb appeal.

2365 Merril Street- EntryQ. What are the distinctive features of this home?
The gorgeous newly renovated kitchen and bathrooms set this home apart. New owners will also enjoy a spacious fenced back yard and two level deck.

2365 Merril Street- KitchenQ. What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?
Located near the prestigious Polo Fields of Washtenaw and close to many highways shopping, Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw Community College, and Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital.

2365 Merril Street- BedroomQ. Have there been any recent renovations or upgrades?
Everything in the home has been renovated or replaced in the last three years including the roof, mechanicals and a full renovation of the interior.

2365 Merril Street- Lower LevelQ. What makes the price of this home so great?
It is a great value for the location and being newly renovated inside and out. All you need to do is bring your toothbrush and it will be ready to go!

2365 Merril Street- DeckCome see the property in person at the open house this Sunday, February 5th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

For more information about 2365 Merrill, Ypsilanti, MI  or to schedule a showing contact Thomas Bradshaw  at 734-272-6419.

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The Advantages of Furnished Corporate Housing

TravelerFor travelers that are on the road, whether for work or pleasure, the cost of a hotel room can be quite the financial burden. According to Statista.com, the average daily rate for a hotel in 2016 runs $126.73. People traveling for extended periods of time may prefer corporate housing over a hotel, because hotels just don’t feel like home.

Now you may be wondering, “What is corporate housing and is it a better option for me during my time away?” Depending on the situation, it may be. Corporate housing offers all inclusive fully furnished apartments, ideal for those looking for a bit more space and a 30+ night stay. Most include furniture, housewares, linens, utilities, basic cable, internet and local phone service.

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Like the name suggests, corporate apartments are generally used by employees and contractors of large companies and corporations that travel for work. People tend to find themselves more comfortable and “at home” since they can cook, relax in a bigger space and utilize the amenities the community offers. Though primarily used by business travelers, corporate apartments also appeal to people who are relocating to a new area and may be looking to purchase a home but need time to find the right one. They also appeal to vacationers, college students, military personnel and others in need of a short-term furnished apartment.

Amenities found in corporate housing are comparable to those of a luxury hotel. A fitness center, resort-style swimming pool and hot tub, covered parking and housekeeping services are just a few amenities that corporate housing may offer its residents. Many of the ​apartment ​communities are found close to shopping, restaurants and the city centers for the convenience of ​their residents.

Because of the accommodation and short-term lease options, corporate apartments are ​generally more expensive than unfurnished apartments with a 12-month lease. However, it’s still more cost-efficient than a hotel since you get so many more perks and amenities for less.family with pets

People traveling with pets or children will likely find corporate housing apartments a more suitable option than a hotel. Hotels may offer suites but they ​usually ​do not offer the space that a family of four may want or need.

Are you looking for a more spacious short term housing option? Will you be relocating to a new city and may need interim housing? If so, please visit http://www.reinhartrealtors.com/apartments and we would be happy to help!

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