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Congratulations to the 2015 Charles Reinhart Award Recipients

Reinhart held their Annual Awards Luncheon on Thursday, February 11th at Barton Hills County Club, celebrating the accomplishments of 200 agents and six office managers.

The Charles Reinhart Award, the most prestigious award the company presents, recognizes the highest earning agents of 2015.

Agents receiving the honor were:
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Contemporary Two Story Home in French Country Estates

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This week we are featuring Michael and Maryann Ryan’s listing – 5587 Versailles Ave Ann Arbor, MI,48103
Q. Can you describe the architectural style of the home?
This is a contemporary two story home with soaring ceilings.

Q. What distinctive features set this home apart?
This four bedroom, four full bath home boasts a spacious open layout, two fireplaces, and a fully finished basement.

Q. What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?
The home is in an excellent location, close to expressways, shopping and dining and is just minutes from downtown Ann Arbor.

Q. Have there been any recent renovations or upgrades?
New carpet in master bedroom & basement, and professionally painted throughout.

Q. Does the community have any amenities we should know about?
Country French Estates features 40 acres of nature preserves, parks, and walking trails.
Q. What makes the price of this home so great?
The price has been recently reduced.

If you would like more information about 5587 Versailles Ave Ann Arbor, MI or if you are interested in scheduling a showing, please contact the Ryan Team at 734-645-5703.

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2 More Ways to Enjoy Ann Arbor Parks

With the beginning of a new year many people are searching for new ways to get in shape. In Ann Arbor, due to the abundance of natural beauty, one of the best ways to exercise is by visiting any of the 159 parks and 15 parks facilities. These amenities allow for a variety of activities for all ages, abilities, and interests.

To encourage citizens to use community parks, trails and recreation amenities the City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Services has a new partnership with the Michigan Recreation and Park Association (MRPA).

Through the partnership, City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Services will be providing two programs: A2 Park Passport and A2 Active Aging Adults. These programs offer youth, families and seniors exposure to positive experiences, active lifestyles and opportunities to gain life skills improving health and fitness.

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A2 Park Passport

The A2 Park Passport provides a great opportunity to discover healthy and fun activities in the parks. Available from January to October 2016 there are 700 free A2 Park Passports. Each passport provides one golf, boat, swim and ice skate at a City of Ann Arbor park facility.

The A2 Park Passport free activities include:

  • 9 holes of golf or FootGolf at Huron Hills Golf Course.
  • 1 canoe, kayak or paddlebA2 Park PassportThe A2 Park Passport provides a great opportunity to discover healthy and fun activities in the parks. Available from January to October 2016 there are 700 free A2 Park Passports. Each passport provides one golf, boat, swim and ice skate at a City of Ann Arbor park facility.The A2 Park Passport free activities include:
    • 9 holes of golf or FootGolf at Huron Hills Golf Course.
    • 1 canoe, kayak or paddleboat (two hour stillwater) boat rental at Argo or Gallup Canoe Livery.
    • 1 admission for swimming at Mack, Fuller, Veterans Memorial or Buhr Park pools.
    • 1 admission for ice skating at Buhr Park Outdoor or Veterans Memorial Park indoor ice arena.

The A2 Park Passport program is open to everyone, while supplies last. Included with the passport is a map to discover some of Ann Arbor’s best hiking trails. Pick up your own A2 Park Passport at any of the City of Ann Arbor park facilities during open hours.

Upon completion of the A2 Park Passports, all will receive a prize as a reward for having fun throughout the seasons in the parks. Completed passports will be entered in a drawing to win one of the grand prizes: 2017 season pass to a City of Ann Arbor park facility of your choice.

The A2 Park Passport program (swimming, paddling a kayak/canoe, golfing the wee tees, ice skating and taking a hike in a natural area) offers an introduction to healthy activities, to learn new skills and to try these activities at no cost.

A2 Active Aging Adults
As part of this program there are also two eight-week courses to promote healthy activity by encouraging older adults, 50 and older, to use parks for physical activities, to learn new active skills, meet new people and improve fitness and overall well-being.

To pick up your passport and learn more about this program, attend a free kick-off event on the following Saturdays from 2-4 p.m. at Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena (2751 Packard Road), Feb. 6; Mack Indoor Pool (715 Brooks St. inside Ann Arbor Open School), March 19; Huron Hills Golf Course (3465 E. Huron River Drive), May 7; and Gallup Park Canoe Livery (3000 Fuller Road), June 4. Learn more about the A2 Park Passport and the A2 Active Aging Adult programs by visiting http://www.a2gov.org/parks.

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7 Things You Should Do Around Ann Arbor in February

While the weather might be cold, there are many wonderful activities going on in the Ann Arbor area this February. Whether you are looking to exercise your creative muscles painting, want to experience an opera or play, listen to music, or just read there is something for everyone.
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Paint and Pour at ABC Microbrewery
Paint and Pour is teaming up with The Corner Brewery for an evening of craft beer and art. Join in the fun at the ABC Microbrewery Thursday, February 4, from 7-9pm. Offerings include small canvas boards for $5, and large canvases for $10. No registration is needed.

 

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Chocolate Extravaganza
Chocolate in its infinite varieties will be at the heart of the 8th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza on Saturday, February 13 in Chelsea.  Learn about the history of chocolate, sample chocolate treats, shop, dine and enjoy!  Participating stores throughout Chelsea will offer chocolate tasting, sales on chocolate-themed merchandise, door prizes, and a medley of activities from 10 pm – 8 pm.  Brochures with event listings will be available on the day of the event at participating stores.

You’ll find chocolate cupcakes, chocolate drinks, chocolate covered fruit, and other chocolate treats too numerous to list here.  Join us in celebrating everything about what has been called the Food of the Gods.

 

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Lunch and Listen

Join Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels at Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse on Saturday, February 6, for the second installment in Cultivate’s year-long speaker series about hunger in our community. Bring a brown bag lunch or enjoy carryout from one of our Depot Town neighbors.

This is also your opportunity to take part in the Love Letters for Seniors project. Valentine card-making supplies will be available from 10 AM-2 PM for the whole family. Come make a card that will be gifted to a senior through Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels the following week.

At noon, listen in as we have a conversation with Alison Foreman, executive director of Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels about YMOW’s work in the community.

 

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Phantom Masks & Opera

In cooperation with Bellini Opera Theatre, Gratzi cordially invites you to attend a night of spectacular food and opera. On February 11, enjoy Chef John Fischer’s 3-course dinner alongside Dino Valle’s production of Phantom Masks & Opera, performed by local artists.  Two seatings will take place, one at 6pm and the other at 8pm. Reservations are required.  To make reservations call (888) 456-3463.

 

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RJ Spangler Trio Brings NOLA-Flavored Music TO Old Town Tavern

When drummer/bandleader RJ Spangler played Ann Arbor in early January, there was standing room only at the Zal Gaz Grotto Club where his five-piece New Orleans Louisiana (NOLA) Band shook the rafters for a good three hours. His next trip to Ann Arbor, Tuesday, February 16th, will be a more intimate evening of NOLA-flavored swing/standards at the Old Town Tavern, 122 West Liberty Street, Ann Arbor.

From 8:00 to 10:00 pm that evening the RJ Spangler Trio and special guest T-Bone Paxton, will perform in the Old Town Tavern. For your dining pleasure, Old Town takes pride in serving locally produced quality food and drinks at reasonable prices, including Michigan beers and drafts. No cover, no minimum.

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The Triplets of Belleville

A decade after it was first brought to the screen, Benoît Charest revives the music of the Oscar-nominated film The Triplets of Belleville with a remarkable cast of musicians in this silent movie-live concert event.

Kidnapped by mysterious, square-shouldered henchmen, a Tour de France cyclist named Champion is spirited across the ocean to the teeming metropolis of Belleville. His near-sighted grandmother and faithful dog follow his trail and are taken in by a trio of eccentric jazz-era divas.But the true star of the animated film is the hot jazz score written by Canadian composer Benoît Charest.

View the screening of the beloved French film at the Michigan Theater on February 19 at 8:00pm.

 

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Cristina Henriquez at Ann Arbor /Ypsi Reads 2016

Writer Cristina Henriquez will discuss her work at a special appearance for the Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti Reads 2016. The public program will occur from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Washtenaw Community College in the Towsley Auditorium. Doors will open at 6 pm to offer the opportunity to connect with community agencies and representatives who will be staffing information tables in the lobby. Copies of “The Book of Unknown Americans” will be for sale and the event will include a book signing.

Patrons are encouraged to read and discuss the book during January and February as part of the annual Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti Reads. Both the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti libraries as well as local bookstores will carry the book and host complimentary programming and book discussions.

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Ann Arbor Named One of the Top 10 Cities for Tech Grads

DataFox, the lead intelligence platform for sales and research professionals, just named Ann Arbor one of the 10 Cities that are Secretly Great for Tech Grads. While cities like Silicon Valley and New York get attention for being the ultimate tech destination many other cities across the country give technology graduates a better chance to start their careers, stand out from competitors, and offer a lower cost of living.  

In order to determine which cities are best for new tech graduates, DataFox examined the networking opportunities, affordability and growth potential.

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Why did Ann Arbor make the list?

The city scored above the national average in three of four categories tracked: its companies are financially stable and well-run, and the overall climate offers growth opportunities further down the road.

According to DataFox, it is a close-knit community, with well-connected management teams where residents can build the networks that are the foundation of a successful career. Additionally, Ann Arbor’s college town feel and high-powered companies set it apart as an ideal choice for new graduates.

Click here for the full list of Cities that are Secretly Great for Tech Grads

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Reinhart’s Astonishing 2015 Market Results

2015 Reinhart sales were the best we’ve ever achieved in both the number of closed transactions and the total dollar volume. We also recorded the highest market shares for both closed units and dollar volume.

2015 Market Share Stats Infographic

 

We’re pleased with this success and excited about the strength of the real estate in Washtenaw County and southeast Michigan.

If you or your friends are ready for your next real estate action step, don’t hesitate; contact a Reinhart Realtor today.

 

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Fire Safety: Space Heaters

The recent drop in temperatures has many people turning to space heaters stay warm. Space heaters are a wonderful way to increase the temperature of rooms. It is important to be cautious with space heaters because they cause 80% of all winter heating fire deaths.

When you use a space heater, follow these guidelines to stay safe:

  • Only purchase newer model heaters that have all of the current safety features. Make sure the heater carries the Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) label.
  • Choose a thermostatically controlled heater, because they avoid the energy waste of overheating a room.
  • Select a heater of the proper size for the room you wish to heat. Do not purchase oversized heaters. Most heaters come with a general sizing table.
  • Locate the heater on a level surface away from foot traffic. Keep children and pets away from the heater.
  • You should always turn space heaters off when if you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Keep space heaters at least three feet from anything flammable including clothing, furniture, newspapers, blankets, curtains, and you.
  • Electric heaters should be plugged directly into the wall outlet. If an extension cord is necessary, use the shortest possible heavy-duty cord of 14-gauge wire or larger. Always check and follow any manufacturer’s instructions pertaining to the use of extension cords.
  • Buy a unit with a tip-over safety switch, which automatically shuts off the heater if the unit is tipped over.


Don’t let safety features lull you into a false sense of safety. Remember space heaters cause about one-third of all winter house fires. Follow the procedures above to protect your house, belongings and family.

Source: National Fire Protection Association

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Riverfront Retreat in South Lyon

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Today we are featuring Alice Roderick’s luxury listing – 9663 Cross Creek, South Lyon, MI 48178

9662 Cross Creek Drive - South LyonQ. Can you describe the architectural style of the home?
Transitional colonial with old-world Italian influences.
9662 Cross Creek Drive -DenQ. What distinctive features set this home apart?
The home has impressive outdoor spaces including a beautiful wrap-around covered front porch with a view of ten acres of woods. Additionally you will relish in the inviting views from the multi-level deck and patio overlooking the river and the private in-ground pool.

9662 Cross Creek Drive - KitchenQ. What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?
The neighborhood is a private and natural setting made entirely of acreage parcels. This gated community is located in award-winning Brighton schools. In easy reach of US-23, only 20 minutes to north Ann Arbor and 5 minutes from the 1-96 interchange. The home is an easy commute to several private and parochial schools as well.

9662 Cross Creek Drive - BedroomQ. Have there been any recent renovations or upgrades?
Owners have spared no expense on bath renovations and maintenance.
9662 Cross Creek Drive - Bathroom Q. What amazing views will the new homeowner be able to enjoy?
House is on ten acres of lush wooded forest with a flowing river behind. This is the perfect combination of privacy, luxury, and gorgeous natural views.

9662 Cross Creek Drive - Lower LevelQ. What makes the price of this home so great?
It is an excellent value for its breathtaking and immersive setting and luxurious home.

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Q. Can you tell us a fun fact about the home?
It has a killer media room in the basement, a whole-house audio system, and a sauna on-level with the pool.

9662 Cross Creek Drive - DeckQ. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about the home?
In addition to an attached three-car garage with full attic, the home features a full-foundation barn suitable for multiple cars or boats with finished attic space above.

9662 Cross Creek Drive -  ForestIf you would like more information about 9663 Cross Creek, South Lyon, MI or if you are interested in scheduling a showing, please contact  Alice Roderick at 734-646-0797.

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Protect Yourself While Purchasing Your New House

Are you about to purchase a home? If so, you are probably eager for all that home ownership brings. While buying a new home is exciting it is important to ensure safety with any transaction. In recent months the National Association of Realtors (NAR) has issues an alert about a new wire fraud scam. Crooks are attempting to divert funds by intercepting the wiring of money for real estate closings.

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According to NAR the best way to avoid becoming a victim is with preventative measures.

Please use the following steps:

  • E-mailed bank wiring instructions should only come from encrypted e-mails from your lender or title insurance company (i.e., you need a password to view the e-mail information).
  • If you receive an e-mail from your Realtor asking for wiring instructions call them immediately. Do not act on the instructions and do not call using any phone numbers in the e-mail.
  • Always confirm any wire instructions you receive by calling voice to voice (or face to face) with your agent or someone you know at your mortgage or title company before authorizing any wires from your bank account (this goes for even encrypted e-mails).
  • The scammers will set up phone numbers and may even call you to confirm wire information so do not act on any call or e-mail until you have called to confirmed the details with someone you know.
  • Be aware that fake emails are extremely convincing.  Many sophisticated parties have been deceived.
  • Don’t assume that you are “too savvy” to recognize the fraud.  In addition, no one should assume that they are “too small a target” to be on these criminals’ radars.

For more information please on how to stay protected please click here

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5 Easy Ways to Prepare for Winter Weather

 

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Despite a milder than usual start to winter, yesterday’s storm reminded us of the dangers of winter weather. It is important to have supplies ready for the cold, snow and ice so you and your family can stay warm and toasty.
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Winter Preparedness Kit
When a storm hits it is vital that you are prepared. The first thing to do is create a winter preparedness kit for you home. If you have already a kit make sure you restock it. The following items will help you get through a storm.

  • Have at least three gallons of water per person
  • Have at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food per person
  • Prescribed medications
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Chemical fire extinguisher
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Pet supplies including food and bedding
  • A complete change of clothing and footwear for each person
  • Bedding
  • Important family documents
  • Cell phone, portable charger or extra batteries
  • Extra clothes, blankets, sleeping bags and warm winter coats

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It is essential to insulate pipes that run through your wall, basement and attic. This will help prevent them from bursting during the winter season. While looking through the walls, attic and basement consider examining exposed ducts and use a sealant to plug up any leaks.

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Teach everyone who lives in your house know where the water valves are located. It is also necessary to test your shut-off valve. This knowledge will help you if you have to shut them off to prevent pipes from bursting. In most single-family homes, the shut-off valve is in the basement or the crawl space, on a wall facing the street.

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Be prepared for electrical outages with a backup heating source. A backup heating source will prevent pipes from freezing and keep your home warm in the event of an outage. There are many options for heating your home if the power goes out including a wood fireplace, heaters and power generators. If you use gas generators or fuel-based heating systems make sure they are vented outside to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

smoke detectorSmoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Check that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order. If you don’t already having a carbon monoxide detector make sure to buy and install battery-operated CO detectors near every sleeping area. CO poisoning is most prevalent when furnaces are turned on to fight cold winter temperatures or when people rely on portable generators for electricity during outages.

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