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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.

Are you looking for homes for sale in Dexter, MI 

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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


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.

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.


“Love, Loss and What I Wore”: PTD ProductionsFeb. 23-26 & March 1-4

Jan Carpman directs local actors in Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron’s witty, moving play based on Ilene Beckerman’s bestselling 1995 book. Comprised of monologs and ensemble scenes, the play revolves around candid observations of contemporary women as they reflect on memories, frustrations, and aspirations associated with their wardrobes. This production is being held at the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti, MI.


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)

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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.

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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.


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.


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.

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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.

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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.

Are you looking for homes for sale in Ypsilanti, MI?

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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.


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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New Theater Coming to Saline

The first movie theater in Saline was The Liberty, owned by local business man Fred Zimmerman. It started in the 1920s and brought the silent movies to the big screen. For many years, The Liberty enjoyed success but in 1929, business began to drop off significantly and Zimmerman was forced to draw the final curtain on May 17, 1930. The exact location of the theater is not well documented but is believed to have been in the 100 block of Michigan Avenue in beautiful downtown Saline.
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The Saline Theater was dedicated July 1, 1938 in what is now Benny’s Bakery on W. Michigan Avenue. The 270 seat venue was greeted with much anticipation and Salinians welcomed the new form of entertainment.  The remodel took months and on opening day, a chorus of ‘ooohs’ and ‘aaaahs’ was heard throughout the town. They offered daily matinees and evening shows.  Children’s tickets were 10 cents and an adult ticket was a mere quarter.


Fast forward to February 2017.  Emagine Entertainment has announced its newest luxury theater will open its doors in Saline just in time for Valentine’s Day (the exact date is to be announced).  Emagine Saline is located at 1335 E. Michigan Avenue – once home to Farmer Jack and Country Market.  It boasts 54,000 square feet and features 9 state-of-the-art screens and 1000 plush power reclining seats.  So, if you looking for something to do, stop into Emagine Saline for the ultimate movie-going experience.


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Fabulous February Events


Cinetopia Presents Direct From SundanceFebruary 3 

CINETOPIA is thrilled to carry on the tradition of “Direct from Sundance” with an exclusive Midwest premiere of a selection from the 2017 Sundance Film Festival! Our Cinetopia programming team will hand-pick a film at Sundance in January and bring it back to you for an exclusive sneak peek. Make sure you get the best seats in the house NOW by purchasing your reserved seat.

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Let’s Chill Winter Fest 2017February 3-5

The second annual Let’s Chill Winter Fest features activities for individuals of all ages. The winter festival will span the downtown Milan shopping area, Wilson Park and Edgetown.

Activities include a chili cook-off, the area’s only Wine Walk, indoor and outdoor winter games, ice carving, an Artisan tent, food and much more.
Free shuttle service will run between all major event areas and parking lots, making it easily accessible for everyone. Warming stations in the downtown area and a large bonfire in Wilson Park will provide warmth and ambiance.


A Raisin in the SunFebruary 8-12

EMU theater professor Wallace Bridges directs EMU drama students in Lorraine Hansberry’s landmark 1959 social protest drama, the first play by an African-American woman ever produced on Broadway. The story of a southside Chicago family’s struggle for cultural identity and fulfillment, the action centers around the family’s conflicting desires for spending a $10,000 life insurance payment they receive after the father’s death.

The play’s abundant humor grows out of the tension between their mutual love and their divergent views of the future, and their struggles provide a context for exploring several larger cultural, class, and generational issues within African-American society and for demonstrating the resilient strength of family bonds. Recommended for audiences age 13 & up.


Artini 2017February 10

Don’t miss the 9th Annual Artini, a fundraiser benefiting the Ann Arbor Art Center. Once again, the finest downtown bars and restaurants in downtown Ann Arbor will compete to create the city’s most artful martini. Artini guests will visit participating establishments and taste carefully crafted and innovative cocktails designed by some of the city’s top mixologists.

Artini guests have the chance to crown the “People’s Choice Award” winner by texting to vote for your favorite drink throughout the evening. The “Juror’s Choice Award” will be decided by a panel of hand-selected jurors that are unaffiliated with the participating venues.
Go to the Art Center on Friday, February 10 between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. to pick up tickets and bring valid ID and your confirmation email you received when you purchased your Artini tickets.


Budapest Festival OrchestraFebruary 10

Pianist Richard Goode joins the Budapest Festival Orchestra for this all-Beethoven program, which also features the UMS Choral Union in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The BFO was co-founded by the charismatic conductor Iván Fischer in 1983, and their past performances in Hill Auditorium have left audiences mesmerized.


9th Annual Chocolate ExtravaganzaFebruary 11

Eat chocolate and shop til you drop at this winter event in Chelsea. Chocolate in its infinite varieties will be at the heart of the Chocolate Extravaganza in Chelsea, Michigan. Participating stores throughout Chelsea will offer chocolate tasting, sales on chocolate-themed merchandise, door prizes, and a medley of activities from 10 pm – 5 pm. Brochures with event listings will be available on the day of the event at participating stores.

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Winter DreamsFebruary 18

The Dexter Community Orchestra presents an afternoon of chamber music, including a piano trio, string quartet, wind trio and brass quintet. The proceeds from this event will go towards the continued funding of the orchestra’s Youth Artist Competition. Selected by audition from the very best that the Ann Arbor area has to offer, these student musicians receive a cash prize and an opportunity to perform in concert with the orchestra. This year’s recipient will be chosen in March 2017 and will join the orchestra on stage on May 7, 2017 at 4:00pm at the Dexter High School Center for the Performing Arts. More information is available on the Dexter Community Orchestra website at www.DexterCommunityOrchestra.org.

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31st Annual Winter Fleece Fair: Spinner’s FlockFebruary 18

A huge array of Michigan-grown fibers for spinning and felting and handspun yarns. Also, supplies for spinning, weaving, knitting, and felting. Members offer demos throughout the day.

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47th Annual Train Show and Sale: Ann Arbor Model Railroad ClubFebruary 18

The Midwest’s largest model railroad flea market draws model railroaders, collectors, and train buffs from all over to display, trade, and sell model railroad equipment and memorabilia. Also, a kids’ zone, displays of model train operating layouts, clinics by model railroad club members, and a raffle.

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Polar Plunge For Special Olympics MichiganFebruary 24

This is a great opportunity for Special Olympics Michigan and the University of Michigan! Plungers will suit up like a Wolverine when they change in the locker rooms. They will also get the opportunity to walk through the tunnel and take the plunge ON the field, inside a pool. http://www.firstgiving.com/polarplunge/UofM17

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The Ark’s 30th Annual Storytelling FestivalFebruary 25

For the 30th anniversary of The Ark’s annual storytelling festival, they’ve brought back some favorites from years past. Returning favorites include Bill Harley, Don White, and Bil Lepp.

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Five Reasons to Sell Your Home this Winter

Here are five reasons why you shouldn’t wait until the snow melts to hammer in that For Sale sign.

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