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Live Storytelling Event Supports Student Education

 
Greer Thibodeau
April 15th, 2014  |  +Greer Thibodeau  |  No Comments

The Student Advocacy Center of Michigan (SAC) has been a voice for students since 1975. SAC provides education advocacy and support, education mentoring, dropout prevention and family support with a focus on economically disadvantaged youth, youth in foster care or a homeless situation, students with mental illness, youth impacted by school discipline and zero tolerance, and youth facing barriers to enrolling in or attending school.

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Each year SAC hold a live storytelling fundraising event “Telling Tales Out of School“.   The event features professional and new storytellers that come together to inspire, challenge, and create community. This is your opportunity to come and celebrate live storytelling, while supporting the Student Advocacy Center and its work ensuring that the most vulnerable students stay in school and realize their rights to a quality public education.

The year on the event takes place Friday, April 25, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Washtenaw Community College’s Towsley Auditorium in the Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor.

Tickets are $25 for the general public and $10 for high school and college students.

For more information please visit www.studentadvocacycenter.org.

Greer Thibodeau

Greer Thibodeau

 

Greer Thibodeau works for Charles Reinhart Company Realtors as their Marketing Coordinator.

Market Activity Remains Strong through the First Quarter of 2014

 
Dave Lutton
April 14th, 2014  |  +Dave Lutton  |  No Comments

Despite the winter weather, first quarter 2014 sales of houses and condominiums equaled the record pace of 2013.

Market activity remains very strong:
• Buyer demand is high.
• Mortgage rates remain low.
• Average sale prices grew by 18% in 2013.
• Sales rose in many Washtenaw County school districts and were down 2% in Ann Arbor.
• Reinhart maintained its dominant market position.

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For sound advice and help creating your real estate plan, visit our website today.

 

*Data is from the Ann Arbor Board of Realtors Multiple Listing Service for the period of 1/1/2014 – 3/31/2014

Dave Lutton

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Charming Two-story Colonial Home in Ann Arbor

 
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April 11th, 2014  |  +Greer Thibodeau  |  No Comments

Featured-Listing

This week we are featuring Megan Crosbie’s Listing – 1422 Pine Valley Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104

1422 Pine Valley Blvd Ann Arbor MI

This two-story colonial home is located in the highly sought after Georgetown neighborhood.

1422 Pine Valley Blvd Sitting areaThis beautiful house features an open floor plan, large living room with brick fireplace and updated bathrooms.

1422 Pine Valley Blvd Living room

The upper level includes 4 spacious bedrooms and gorgeous hardwood floors.

1422 Pine Valley Blvd bedroomThis move-in ready home backs to Esch Park, which has a playground and baseball diamond.

1422 Pine Valley Blvd OfficeIn a desirable location the home is close to the bus line, highway, shopping and Georgetown Country Club, which includes golf, tennis and a swimming pool.

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To see the property in person come visit the open house this Sunday, April 13th from
1:00pm to 3:00pm.

For more information about 1422 Pine Valley Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104 or if you are interested in scheduling a showing please contact Megan Crosbie at 734-645-4296.

Greer Thibodeau

Greer Thibodeau

 

Greer Thibodeau works for Charles Reinhart Company Realtors as their Marketing Coordinator.

6 Easy Tips for a Promising Yard

 
Greer Thibodeau
April 10th, 2014  |  +Greer Thibodeau  |  No Comments

Taking care of your yard in the spring will yield bountiful and beautiful blooms through the summer. Follow the 6 tips below to prepare your yard.

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Clean-up the Yard
Spring is an important time for yard maintenance and repair. Start by removing tree limbs, dead or damaged plants, and cutting down last year’s perennial foliage, and toss it into the compost pile. Rake mulch from beds planted with bulbs before foliage appears. Also check steps, fences, and paths for disrepair caused by freezing and thawing.

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Organize Your Tools
Spring is the perfect time to take an inventory of what tools you have and what you need. By organizing your tools you will be able to easily see which tools are missing or damaged. Head to the local hardware store with a list and replace missing or damaged tools. This will help you maintain your yard all season long.

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Mower Power
Annual lawn mower maintenance will ensure that your mower runs well and keep your yard beautiful and healthy.  Spring is the perfect time to sharpen blades, refill the oil, tighten nuts and bolts, clean intake screens, install new spark plugs and lubricate moving parts. Make sure to reseed your lawn before mowing.

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Rake in Your Grass
Raking the lawn removes dead growth and winter debris. It helps bring light and air to the soil level, encouraging the grass to grow. Start by raking bare spots firmly with a metal rake. Sprinkle grass seed into a bucket of soil and spread evenly over bare spots. Keep well-watered until seeds germinate and the new grass establishes.

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Make Your Beds
Flower beds require upkeep. Clear the planting area by removing sod, weeds, and debris. Spread a 4-inch layer of compost or manure over soil. Covering bare spots with mulch or ground cover will minimize the emergence of new weeds.

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Sow Your Seeds
After you’ve made your flower beds, you can begin to fill them. Even though it may not seem warm enough, many trees, shrubs, and perennials such as hostas and daylilies should be planted by early spring. Now is a good time to plant cool-season flowers like poppies, calendula, and sweet peas, and vegetables such as lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, parsley, kale and spinach.

Source: Martha Stewart 

Greer Thibodeau

Greer Thibodeau

 

Greer Thibodeau works for Charles Reinhart Company Realtors as their Marketing Coordinator.

Ann Arbor’s Condo Market is in Full Swing

 
Greer Thibodeau
April 9th, 2014  |  +Greer Thibodeau  |  No Comments

As more buyers are looking to move downtown, the Ann Arbor condo market is facing a lack of inventory and record-setting sale prices.

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Twenty-three condominiums are listed for sale in the downtown Ann Arbor area, with five of those properties under contract, according to data from Ann Arbor’s multiple listing service.
Downtown condos range from the Tower Plaza building on East William Street — where units are listed from $134,800 to $259,000 — to a high-end loft on South Main Street listed for $1.725 million.

The demand is highest for high-end and newer units, and only a handful of those properties are available. Recent sales data shows some downtown condos are selling at record prices. The average sale price of condos in all of Washtenaw County last year was $248,601, up from $210,616 in 2012, according to the Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors.

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The rise in demand is causing some downtown property owners to explore options for constructing condominiums atop their existing buildings. The owners of the Running Fit building at 121-123 E. Liberty St. proposed an addition that would include six housing units. Just around the corner, the new owners of the building at 210-216 S. Fourth Ave. want to add roughly 30 condos or apartments as part of a redevelopment of the property.

Read the full article 

Source: MLive 

Greer Thibodeau

Greer Thibodeau

 

Greer Thibodeau works for Charles Reinhart Company Realtors as their Marketing Coordinator.

A Foolishly Good Time in Ann Arbor

 
Greer Thibodeau
April 2nd, 2014  |  +Greer Thibodeau  |  No Comments

April Fool’s Day may be over but the fun will continue this weekend during FoolMoon and FestiFools. These two great events are a celebration of April Fool’s.

FoolMoon takes place Friday, April 4, from dusk to midnight and features a procession of hand-made illuminated sculptures on Washington and Ashley Street in downtown Ann Arbor. The foolishness starts at 6pm in front of Grizzly Peak and will feature live music and tasty, specially brewed luminary-libations.

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Observers can get in on the fun of the event by purchasing a luminary kit for $20.  The kits provide the supplies need to make your own luminary and all the proceeds go to the funding of the event.

FestiFools is the street art fair that features giant man-operated papier-mâché puppets and street entertainment. This year’s FestiFools is Sunday, April 6th, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Main Street between William and Washington.

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This year, FestiFools will also bring a taste of Brazilian Samba. Magali, a singer-songwriter and dancer (from Rio), and Philip Galinsky, a leading authority in the US on Brazilian music will share their uplifting performance and high-energy skills in samba, the most famous music and dance of Brazil. They will be joined by Nick Rifken from the University of Michigan School of Music Samba Band Vencedores.

For more information visit www.festifools.org

Photo Source: FestiFools Papier-mache Hedgehog by Tricia J via Flickr 

Greer Thibodeau

Greer Thibodeau

 

Greer Thibodeau works for Charles Reinhart Company Realtors as their Marketing Coordinator.

Spring is Officially Here

 
Greer Thibodeau
March 31st, 2014  |  +Greer Thibodeau  |  No Comments

If you’ve been waiting to buy or sell, it’s time to set your real estate plan in motion. With snow melting and the weather improving, the spring market is underway. Activity has been a little slower than  expected this winter due to weather, but that means demand is building and we are expecting a sudden influx of sellers and buyers and a strong remainder of the year.

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Interest rates continue to favorable for buyers. Average prices are  increasing. The housing market is continuing to strengthen, and is expected to continue to do so at a steady pace for the next several years.

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

 

Greer Thibodeau

Greer Thibodeau

 

Greer Thibodeau works for Charles Reinhart Company Realtors as their Marketing Coordinator.

Unique 1930s Home on the West Side of Ann Arbor

 
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March 28th, 2014  |  +Greer Thibodeau  |  No Comments

 

Featured-Listing

This week we are featuring Rob Ewing’s Listing – 3050 Lakeview Drive, Ann Arbor, MI, 48103

Can you describe the architectural style of the home?
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3050 Lakeview Drive, Ann Arbor, MI, 48103

What distinctive features set this home apart?
The home is a 1930 ‘Chicago’ brick and stone gem. Since the house was constructed around the Great Depression, it features Craftsman style details–this can be seen in the coves and ceilings. This one of a kind home features glass door knobs, stained glass window and doors, wooden archways, and wood floors throughout. It has lots of nooks and crannies and a favorite part of the home is what the family calls the ‘breakfast nook’. It also has a turret in the front that looks like the soldiers could have a place to get ready for battle.

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What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?
The house is in the Lakewood Elementary school district. It is close to everything including great restaurants, movie theatre, all the conveniences for everyday living.

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Have there been any recent renovations or upgrades?
The kitchen has been upgraded with granite and tile. New patio pavers have been added to the walkway and the patio, which features a fire pit.

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Does the community have any amenities we should know about?
The house is in a great walking community. It is near the beautiful First and Second Sister Lakes and the Dolph Nature Area.

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What amazing views will the new homeowner be able to enjoy?
The house is surrounded by tall trees.

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Can you tell us a fun fact about the home?
When we were cleaning out the vents we found toy metal soldiers from the 1930′s. Apparently a child decided to put 10 of them down a vent.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about the home?
The previous owners have lived in the home for 21 years. Their children grew up there and it seems that the folks who have lived there in the past come back to visit the home. It’s a very special place to live for a very special family.

For more information about 3050 Lakeview Drive, Ann Arbor, MI, 48103 or if you are interested in scheduling a showing please contact Rob Ewing at 734-216-5955.

Greer Thibodeau

Greer Thibodeau

 

Greer Thibodeau works for Charles Reinhart Company Realtors as their Marketing Coordinator.

Ann Arbor Ranks High in Well-Being for Third Consecutive Year

 
Greer Thibodeau
March 27th, 2014  |  +Greer Thibodeau  |  No Comments

For the third year in a row, Ann Arbor has landed in the Gallup-Healthways top-10 for well-being.

Why?
The residents of Ann Arbor feel happy and secure when it comes to their  future. Ann Arborites reported the highest job satisfaction rate in the nation at 93 percent, and, for the second year in a row, residents rated their current and future lives higher than residents of any other town surveyed.

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According to the poll, Ann Arbor is the sixth-best city in the United States in terms of its resident’s overall well-being.
The rankings are based on more than 500,000 interviews in which people across the country were asked about such matters as their emotional and physical health, job satisfaction, community safety and access to food, shelter and health care, among other measures.

For the full list of  rankings click here.

Source: MLive

Photo Credit: Gallup 

Greer Thibodeau

Greer Thibodeau

 

Greer Thibodeau works for Charles Reinhart Company Realtors as their Marketing Coordinator.

Independent Film Festival Returns for its’ 52nd Year

 
Greer Thibodeau
March 25th, 2014  |  +Greer Thibodeau  |  No Comments

The 52nd Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF) runs March 25-30, 2014 at the Michigan Theater, State Theatre and UMMA Helmut Stern Auditorium. The AAFF is longest running independent and experimental film festival in North America. This year, AAFF received more than 3,300 submissions, in various formats, for the 6-day fest, and organizers (and volunteers) selected about 180 of them.

Every year AAFF’s annual program consists of curated retrospectives of major film artists’ work, with the filmmaker in attendance. Included in this year’s lineup are Penelope Spheeris (“Decline of Western Civilization,” “Wayne’s World,” etc.) and Thom Andersen (“Red Hollywood,” “Los Angeles Plays Itself,” etc.).

Tickets are $9 per screening ($7 for students, seniors and AAFF members), except midnight movies, which cost $7. Tickets are available for purchase at www.aafilmfest.org.  In order to guarantee yourself a seat you need to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the screening you wish to attend.

For the full schedule of events visit www.aafilmfest.org.

Source: MLive

Trailer Credit: Ann Arbor Film Festival

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Greer Thibodeau

Greer Thibodeau

 

Greer Thibodeau works for Charles Reinhart Company Realtors as their Marketing Coordinator.