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Welcome to the Charles Reinhart Company, Michelle Armbruster

We are thrilled to welcome Michelle Armbruster to the Charles Reinhart Company, Realtors


Michelle Armbruster was born and raised in Ann Arbor.  Before joining Reinhart, she worked as an incubator manager for Ann Arbor SPARK.  She also works at the Michigan Business Incubator Association.

She has strong ties to the community and is a member of the Huron High School PTSO and is the events coordinator for the Common Cup Coffee House. She is working out of the East Office– 2452 East Stadium – and can be reached at 734-972-5491 or by email at marmbruster@reinhartrealtors.com.

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Captivating Colonial in Ann Arbor

Today we are featuring Jean Wedemeyer’s listing – 640 Riverview, Ann Arbor , MI, 48104

640 Riverview DriveQ. Can you describe the architectural style of the home?
This home was custom built with craftsmanship in 1966. The 3276 square foot home features a sensible floor plan with four large bedrooms. There are many sizable entertaining spaces including a family room with custom wainscoting and a wood burning fireplace.

640 Riverview - EntryQ. What distinctive features set this home apart?
This Angell School home is a classic colonial and is moments from Gallup Park and the Arboretum and a five minute drive to downtown Ann Arbor and all that it offers.

640 Riverview - Family RoomQ. What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?
This home sits on a 3/4 of an acre lot and is just a couple of minute walk to the extensive Huron River Park system, a quick bike ride to the UM and VA Hospital Systems, and not far from downtown Ann Arbor.

640 Riverview - KitchenQ. Have there been any recent renovations or upgrades?
The home has been well cared for and recent updates include a new roof, gutters, driveway, fresh exterior and interior paint, gorgeous oak floors throughout, new low flush toilets, B-Dry basement system, and new basement carpet.

640 Riverview - Dining RoomQ. What amazing views will the new homeowner be able to enjoy?
The owners have taken great care with the various plantings over the years and you will enjoy a very private and beautiful view out any window.

640 Riverview - Living Room

Q. What makes the price of this home so great?
Located in the Angell School District, 4 bedroom, 2 ½ bath home has a two car attached garage and a 3/4 acre lot all for only $198 a square foot. This reflects the fact that while the home is immaculate, a new owner will want to make some updates to make it their own!

640 Riverview - BackyardQ. Can you tell us a fun fact about the home?
The Riverview home has been owned by the same family since 1966!

For more information about 640 Riverview, Ann Arbor , MI or if you are interested in scheduling a showing, please contact Jean Wedemeyer at 734-604-2523.

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17 Reasons to Eat in Ypsilanti

17 Reasons to Eat in Ypsilanti

Due to its proximity to Ann Arbor, the Ypsilanti restaurant scene often gets overlooked. These 17 restaurants will have you returning to Ypsilanti for years to come.

Beer @ ABC Microbrewery (Corner Brewery)
arbor brewingIf you are looking for a homey place to grab a beer with friends try ABC Microbrewery. They have a huge selection of beers. Six of their 10 taps rotate regularly with seasonal offerings. You can get a large beer for the price of a small during their happy hour and they also have free wifi, board games, and numerous events. During the late spring and summer they open up their beer garden and when it’s chilly they have a cozy fireplace.


Sushi @ Aki Sushi
Aki SushiWith quality sushi and creative presentation Aki Sushi is not to be missed. Not a sushi lover? Try their tasty pad thai.


Speciality Pizza @ Aubree’s
Aubrees PizzaAubree’s is a local pub and pizza place. Aubree’s stands out for their local Michigan beer selection, reasonable pricing, and very attentive wait staff.


French Toast @ Beezy’s

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Beezy’s is a combination of simple food, great atmosphere, and friendly service. These factors lead to a huge following and a line out the door every Sunday morning. While they have a large variety of delicious sandwiches and salads if you can only get one item you have to try the delightful French toast.


Root Beer @ Bill’s Drive – In
Bill's Drive-In 754Remember the good ol’ days of driving up and being served food at your car? Check out Bill’s Drive- In on Michigan Ave. This small yellow building is easy to miss but well worth a stop. Be prepared with cash (credit cards not accepted). They have super friendly and speedy service along with the best root beer in the state. Don’t believe us? Try it for yourself.


Bomber Breakfast @ Bomber Restaurant

Perhaps the biggest breakfast you can get in the area, the Bomber Breakfast is 4 eggs, with 1 breakfast potato, 1 breakfast meat, and toast. Watch two Ann Arbor New reporters attempt to eat the full breakfast in the video above.


Shrimp & Grits @ Bona Sera CaféBona Sera Cafeeatypsi.com
For the last 3 years Bona Sera Café has been an underground supper club in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area. If you are an adventurous eater who enjoys world, fusion, or twisted-versions of classic dishes this is the place for you.


Bokkum @ Hana Korean & Japanese
Hana Korean & JapaneseLooking for kimchi, bibimbop, bulgogi and kalbi? Look no further than Hana Korean and Japanese restaurant. While slightly off the beaten path this restaurant is truly tasty. The flavors are sweet, sour, spicy, and leave you wanting more. Don’t miss this hidden gem.


Potato Taco @ La Fiesta Mexicana

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La Fiesta Mexicana is a charming authentic Mexican restaurant where everything is made fresh to order. While all the meals here are enticing the best and most beloved is the potato tacos.


Margaritas @ Maiz
Maiz Marg 7Maiz is the newest hot spot in Depot Town for happy hour. They offer four Michigan beers on tap, delicious specialty cocktails and of course a wide array of margaritas. Maiz has a variety of wonderful dishes but the chips, avocado taco, and margaritas will leaving you wanting more.


Banh Mi @ Pho HousePho HouseNew to the Ypsi area Pho House serves up large Vietnamese food at a hard-to beat price. Try the spring rolls to start or the banh mi as your entrée.


Burnt Ends @ Red Rock
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Red Rock is a wonderful BBQ place. It has all of the traditional BBQ options such as beef brisket, mac and cheese, and corn muffins. The most popular option is the burnt ends appetizer, consisting of bits of black angus brisket, rubbed and smoked a second time, topped with jalapeño.


Burger @ Roy’s Squeeze Inn

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Recently named one of the top three places to get a burger in Ypsi you won’t be disappointed with the taste or price of this burger.


Burger @ Sidetrack

Sidetrack - MooseIf you are a burger lover you have probably already heard about Sidetrack’s famous handcrafted burger. It got national recognition back in 2007 when it was rated one of the nation’s 20 Best Burgers by GQ Magazine. In addition to the handcrafted burger they also have sliders, turkey burgers, black bean burgers, and tempeh burgers. Whether you are a meat eater or vegetarian Sidetrack has a burger you will love.


Crème Brule @ Tower Inn Café
Tower Inn Cafe -  Creme BruleWhile best known for their pizza Tower Inn’s dessert menu is what makes it worth a stop. Their creme brule is made in-house and torched before your eyes. Don’t miss this delightful dessert.


Coffee @ Ugly Mug
Ugly Mug Interior
Don’t let the name fool you Ugly Mug is a true gem. The Ugly Mug has unique and intimate interior with bags of green coffee beans they use to roast their beans on site. If you want truly delicious coffee, tea, or hot chocolate this is the place for you. Believe it or not some Ann Arborites actually drive all the way to Ypsilanti for this coffee.


Tots @ Wurst Bar
Wurst Bar- Chipotle burger wurstbarypsi.com

Given an honorable mention from MLive as having one of the most creative menu the Wurst Bar has established itself as beloved local restaurant. It has exceptional bratwurst and burger dishes that pair a wide range of meats and ingredients. While the sausages come highly recommended it is worth a trip just to try their tots. They have a ton of variety of tots including: poutine, buffalo, chili, sweet, nacho, veggie nacho, and vegan.

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Your Top 3 Burning Credit Questions Answered

Working in the mortgage and real estate industry for thirty years, I have been asked about every kind of credit problem you can imagine.  Today I will answer three of the more common questions I get asked.

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Will my credit score drop if I apply for new credit?
If it does, it probably won’t drop much. If you apply for several credit cards within a short period of time, multiple inquiries will appear on your report. Looking for new credit can equate with higher risk, but most credit scores are not affected by multiple inquiries from auto, mortgage or student loan lenders within a short period of time. Typically, these are treated as a single inquiry and will have little impact on the credit score.


How long will a foreclosure affect my credit score?

A foreclosure remains on your credit report for seven years, but its impact to your credit score will lessen over time. While a foreclosure is considered a very negative event on your credit score, it’s a common misconception that it will ruin your score for a very long time. In fact, if you keep all of your other credit obligations in good standing, your credit score can begin to rebound in as little as two years.

The important thing to keep in mind is that a foreclosure is a single negative item, and if you keep this item isolated, it will be much less damaging to your credit score than if you had a foreclosure in addition to defaulting on other credit obligations.


How many points will I lose from a credit inquiry?

Recently, data was released stating the true impact an inquiry has on your score and it showed that 57% of people’s scores are not affected at all. In fact, only 4% of consumers lose more than 20 points in their FICO scores because of a creditor pulling their reports, according to Frederic Huynh, one the scientists at FICO.

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Ann Arbor Makes Two New Lists

FindTheBest, a technology company focused on collecting and interpreting data, recently published two lists where they ranked Ann Arbor highly. Ann Arbor appeared in the list of the Most Hipster Cities in America, and in America’s Most Educated Cities.

To determine the top hipster cities, FindTheBest pinpointed a few categories that best summarize hipster attributes. Those categories were: the number of people between 20-34 years old, level of education, number of cafes per capita and number of yoga studios per capita.

Downtown Ann Arbor

For the most educated cities they looked for the cities with populations that exceed 50,000 people with the highest percentages of residents with master’s degrees.

Ann Arbor came in as the 15th-most hipster city with Ann Arbor’s 115,000-plus population 37.5% fell between the ages of 20 and 34, and 9.8 cafés per 10,000 residents.

According to the education report, however, Ann Arbor ranks higher, coming in at 7th. In Ann Arbor 70.6% of the population have earned a bachelor’s degree and 41.7% residents have a master’s degree.

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Introducing Reinhart’s Mobile App

Connect anytime, anywhere.

Take the power of our website with you. Download the Reinhart mobile app and discover a variety of different search options and filters, making it easier than ever to search for homes and connect to your Reinhart account from reinhartrealtors.com while on-the-go.


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5 Places to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Ann Arbor

Arbor Brewing Company 
Known for their beer, food (sourced from local farmers), friendly service, and a great nightlife Arbor Brewery is a fun place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patricks Day - Arbor Breing Company

The day will start with a top of the morning party at 10am, featuring a special brunch menu and morning Happy Hour until 12pm. There will be lunch and dinner specials. Ghost City Searchlight will be performing live from 7-10pm.

Ashley’s is a wonderful place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Ann Arbor due to having over 70 taps.

Doors will open at Ashley’s at 6:30am with beer pours beginning at 7am. They will have specials on Irish beers and brats.

Bill’s Beer Garden

Bill’s Beer Garden is a community-oriented outdoor drinking establishment featuring Michigan craft beers and wines.

St. Patricks Day - Bill Beer GardenThey will be launching their 2015 opening on St. Patrick’s Day from 5 – 9pm.  The day will include fire pits, Irish coffee, and 12 beers from their favorite breweries. For more information so check their Facebook.

Conor O’Neill’s
Conor O’Neill’s is an authentic Irish pub where you’re sure to find a perfect pint of Guinness or Harp along with traditional Irish dishes.
Conor O'Neill'sOn St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday March 17th, door will open at 7am with free t-shirts to the first 200 people with other specials throughout the day. There will be live music, bag pipers and Irish dancers. There will also be traditional Irish food, including breakfast, will be served.

Sidetrack Bar & Grill
Sidetrack Bar and Grill has been a restaurant, under different names, as far back as 1850. It currently has a variety of burgers, deep fried pickles, and features 16 microbrews on tap.

On St. Patrick’s Day, Sidetrack will be bustling with all sorts of Irish fun – from live fiddlers and Celtic music to Irish car bombs and corned beef and cabbage. This is a great place enjoy this wonderful holiday.

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Welcome to the Charles Reinhart Company, Jim Raines

We are excited to welcome Jim Raines to the Charles Reinhart Company, Realtors

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Jim Raines has over eighteen years of real estate experience, eight of which have been in management. successfully launched start-up offices and is sought out to turn around struggling offices, moving these operations into a high level of profitability. Jim has also been actively been involved in Kiwanis, Rotary, the James K. Polk Historical Society, and has chaired various fundraisers.

Prior to entering real estate he spent twenty-five years in the equine industry producing eleven world champions, eight reserve world champions in the quarter horse industry and the American Hunter Jumper Association. He continues to show on a competitive level nationally and internationally. Jim is working out of the East Office– 2452 East Stadium – and can be reached at 734-660-5290 or by email at  jim.raines40@gmail.com.

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Warner Creek Home with Wonderful Upgrades


Today we are featuring Rick Jarzembowski’s listing — 1387 Wedgewood Drive, Saline, MI 48176

1387 Drive - SalineQ. Can you describe the architectural style of the home?
This is a 2 Story Colonial home.

1387 Drive - DenQ. What distinctive features set this home apart?
There is a newly added sun room that lets in lots of natural light. The basement is finished and has unique cork flooring. There has been extensive landscaping to give the home good curb appeal. Large backyard that is private.

1387 Drive - KitchenQ. What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?
The property backs up to Warner Creek and is an ideal location, near many amenities including a community park, but is not far from highways.

1387 Drive - Dining RoomQ. Have there been any recent renovations or upgrades?
Renovations include: an added sunroom, finished basement, kitchen counters and appliances updated, wood flooring added throughout first level. Additionally a new garage door and garage door opener, new front door and a tankless water heater have been added to the home.

Sun RoomQ. Does the community have any amenities we should know about?
Neighborhood has a Community park in which events are held in the summer and fall.

1387 Drive - BedroomQ. What amazing views will the new homeowner be able to enjoy?
Enjoy beautiful views in the recently added sunroom of the landscaping in the rear of the home and a view of Warner Creek.

1387 Drive - Lower LevelQ. What makes the price of this home so great?
Lots of recent upgrades and renovations.

1387 Drive - BackyardQ. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about the home?
The basement was recently finished providing a fourth bedroom with egress window, recreation space, workroom, and full bath.

Come see the property in person at the open house this Sunday, February 15th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

For more information about 1387 Wedgewood Drive,Saline, MI or if you are interested in scheduling a showing, please contact Rick Jarzembowski at 734-645-3634.

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It isn’t Spring Yet, but the Real Estate Market is Hot

Listing are in short supply. Now is a good time to sell. If you’ve been waiting to sell your home, consider acting now instead of putting it off until spring. Buyers are already out there looking.MarketUpdate_2-8-15


Attendance at open houses is very high right now because there isn’t as much inventory to see. Listing before the spring wave homes hit the market can put your home in a more favorable competitive position and result in a higher price. Also, interest rates continue to be favorable to buyers, but are expected to rise gradually in 2015.

Think about moving up your selling plans. Market forces are working in your favor.

For sound advice and help creating your real estate plan,  contact us.

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