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Welcome to the Charles Reinhart Company, Karen Fazioli

We are honored to welcome Karen Fazioli to the Charles Reinhart Company, Realtors
For the past eight years, Karen Fazioli has worked as an exercise instructor, most recently for the Dexter Wellness Center. Additionally, she spent 9 years as a middle school language arts teacher. She is involved in the community and belongs to the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority, IDEA Health and Fitness, National Council of Teachers of English, and various academic honor societies.

She now works out of the North Office –2200 Green Road– and can be reached at 734-780-0808 or by email at kfazioli@reinhartrealtors.com.

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Sonic Lunch 2015 Concert Lineup

Back for its seventh season, Sonic Lunch has just announced their 2015 lineup. This year features an impressive array of local favorites as well as big names who are expected to draw large crowds.

Sonic Lunch 2015

Brought to you by Bank of Ann Arbor, Sonic Lunch is downtown Ann Arbor’s free lunchtime music concert series on Thursdays in Liberty Plaza from 12:00pm to 1:30pm. Sonic Lunch runs June through August.

For more information visit www.soniclunch.com

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Open Houses to Visit This Weekend

This spring we have had lots of activity during open houses. If you are still looking for your dream home, visit one of these open houses on Sunday, April 17. 2505 Londonderry Ann Arbor - Garden2505 Londonderry , Ann Arbor, MI 48104 | $990,000 This hidden gem nestled in the heart of Ann Arbor Hills. In addition to the glorious garden seen above, it features a classically styled interior boasting generous formal living and a chef’s dream kitchen.

708 Princeton Ann Arbor - Kitchen 708 Princeton, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 | $829,000 The huge farm style kitchen with handmade Amish cabinetry is just one of the highlights with large island, granite counters, hardwood floors and open to the large dining area.

3838 Curlew Ann Arbor - Front of House3838 Curlew Ann Arbor, MI 48103 | $675,000 This is an exceptional contemporary home overlooking Lake Greenoak. It has a stunning two story kitchen, an open great room with a fireplace, and loft office with views of the lake.

810 Silver Charm Drive Saline810 Silver Charm Drive, Saline, MI 48176 | $499,900
Located in a family friendly community this home features an open floor plan, two-story foyer and great room, a formal dining room, and first floor master suite.

1344 Sugarloaf Lake - Living Room1344 Sugarloaf Lake, Chelsea, MI 48118 | $489,900
Custom built log home on all sports lake. Custom home includes open floor plan, kitchen snack bar, magnificent private master suite, and a completely finished walkout basement.

Click here to see all of the open houses occurring this weekend.

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Welcome to the Charles Reinhart Company, Liz Crowe

 We are thrilled to welcome Liz Crowe back to Charles Reinhart Company, Realtors
Liz Crowe

Liz Crowe, one of the founders of the Wolverine State Brewing Company and Amazon best-selling author is returning to the Charles Reinhart Company to resume her successful career in real estate.

Liz assisted many local buyers and sellers from 1996-1999 and 2004-2011, when she was asked to take a part ownership in and build the brand for the brewery. During those selling and company-building years she was also working on her other passion: writing books.

During her years with Reinhart she was one of the top-selling agents for the company. She returns with an even fresher view of the market and ability to assist buyers and sellers using the many online and social networking tools available to them. A 20-year resident of Ann Arbor with vast connections among local small businesses and non-profit agencies and whose three children have all graduated or will graduate from local public school, Liz brings a unique perspective and outlook to her clients’ real estate endeavors.

Liz is based out of the Reinhart East office. She can be reached by phone at 734-277-7226, or by email at etcrowe@me.com.

Are you interested in learning more about a career in real estate? Take our online Career Assessment
to help you determine if a career in real estate is right for you.

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Reinhart Has Record – Best Month Ever

April was the best month in Reinhart’s history for newly signed sales agreements! This is a reflection of rising consumer confidence, improving economic indicators, favorably low mortgage interest rates and growing inventory of homes for sale.


If you’ve been thinking about listing or buying, the market is strong and now is a very good time.


For sound advice and help creating your real estate plan, call a Reinhart Realtor today. 

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Outstanding Private Home On 6 Acres

This week we are featuring Cassiana Ebert’s listing — 14100 Sharon Hollow Road, Manchester, MI 48158

14100 Sharon Hollow Rd -Manchester MIQ. Can you describe the architectural style of the home?
It is a contemporary style home with a huge master bedroom upstairs and a large loft above the garage.
14100 Sharon Hollow Rd - Sitting AreaQ. What distinctive features set this home apart?
Wonderful 6 acres with landscaping that includes views of pristine gardens and tress. The house is very detailed and immaculate.

14100 Sharon Hollow Rd - DinningQ. What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?
Located in the Irish Hills, between Clinton and Manchester, this home is private and peaceful. It is only a 20 minute drive from Saline and Ann Arbor.

14100 Sharon Hollow Rd - KitchenQ. Have there been any recent renovations or upgrades?
They have recently added a drive way, red birch wood flooring, and a 3rd bathroom to the 2nd floor. There is also a finished 3 car garage with fire rated dry wall.

14100 Sharon Hollow Rd - BedroomQ. Does the community have any amenities we should know about?
The area features a unique combination of picturesque countryside, hometown charm and more than 50 lakes for recreation and enjoyment. The house is located in the Clinton school district. The community values supporting local organizations including community businesses and schools.

14100 Sharon Hollow Rd -  BathroomQ. What amazing views will the new homeowner be able to enjoy?
The home has two very large decks with solar lighting on each post. The views of the 6 acres from the top of the hill are gorgeous. There are lots of trees and flowers throughout the property.

14100 Sharon Hollow Rd - LanscapingQ. What makes the price of this home so great?
The house has many upgrades: granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, extra bonus room upstairs, and 6 acres of gorgeous gardens. The property is unique and private.

14100 Sharon Hollow Rd - DeckQ. Can you tell us a fun fact about the home?
Basement walls are steel reinforced insulate precast walls. Each cell adds a protection to keep any fire contained within the cell and adds additional insulation.

14100 Sharon Hollow Rd - TreesQ. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about the home?
There is a finished loft and sitting area which can be used for a family room, craft room, or additional bedroom.

If you would like more information about 14100 Sharon Hollow Road, Manchester, MI 48158 or if you are interested in scheduling a showing, please contact Cassiana Ebert at 734-707-6931 or by e-mail at cebert@reinhartrealtors.com.

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

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Five Components of Your Credit Score – Amounts Owed (Part 2)

We continue to work our way through the five factors that impact your credit score. This week, I continue the discussion about amounts owed.

Whether you’re showing an amount owed on certain types of accounts
In some cases, having a very small balance without missing a payment shows that you have managed credit responsibly, and may be slightly better than carrying no balance at all. Having a low credit utilization can be better than having a high one, or none at all. For example, closing unused credit accounts that have zero balances and are in good standing will not raise your credit scores.


How many accounts have balances
A larger number of accounts with amounts can indicate higher risk of over-extension.

How much of the total credit line is being used
Someone who is close to “maxing out” credit cards has a high credit utilization ratio and will see lower credit scores than one who exercises moderation.

How much is owed on installment loans compared with original amounts 
Paying down installment loans is a good sign that you’re able to manage and repay debt.

Click here to read part one in this six part series.

Click here to read part two in this six part series

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May Days of Caring: Community Baby Shower

Help us give newborns a healthy start at life. The cost of basic needs is rising and many families struggle to make the decision between putting food on the table or purchasing diapers. Currently, over 22% of Washtenaw County children live under the poverty line. Your donations will go far in making in a difference.

Reinhart is doing its part to help make sure babies have a healthy start by partnering with United Way of Washtenaw County. This year marks the 6th Annual Community Baby Shower from Monday, May 4th through Friday, May 29th.

This year in addition to being able to donate at any of our Reinhart offices locations, you can also donate at United Way of Washtenaw County, 2305 Platt Rd, Ann Arbor (between 8am-4:30pm), or Kapnick Insurance Group, 1201 Briarwood Cir, Ann Arbor (10am-5pm).

For more information visit United Way of Washtenaw

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Impressive Custom Home in Ann Arbor

Featured Listing

Today we are featuring Melissa VanDam’s listing –  3842 Lake Pointe Lane, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 

3842 Lake Pointe Lane - Ann ArborQ. Can you describe the architectural style of the home?
The home is traditional with a twist. The foyer is a rotunda, with niches for artwork and open to the floor above.

3842 Lake Pointe Lane - Foyer What distinctive features set this home apart?
  This is a Michael Graves designed home.

3842 Lake Pointe Lane - DenQ. What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?
Briar Hill has low township taxes, is close to Ann Arbor and Saline and is an area of lovely homes.

3842 Lake Pointe Lane - Living RoomQ. What amazing views will the new homeowner be able to enjoy?
Enjoy the private back area off the living room screened by a ring of arborvitae bushes.

3842 Lake Pointe Lane - KitchenQ. Can you tell us a fun fact about the home?
It was the Life Magazine 1996 dream house designed by famous architect Michael Graves. Also has a stained glass window panel in the upper hall that is seen from the living room below.

3842 Lake Pointe Lane - MasterQ. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about the home?
The backyard could be visually doubled by replanting arborvitae on the property line to incorporate the grass lawn area.

3842 Lake Pointe Lane - BackyardFor more information about 3842 Lake Pointe Lane, Ann Arbor, MI or if you are interested in scheduling a showing, please contact Melissa VanDam at 734-417-1581.

Are you looking for homes for sale in Ann Arbor, MI?

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Five Components of Your Credit Score – Amounts Owed (Part 1)

We continue to work our way through the five factors that impact your credit score. This week’s suggestions are all related to your amounts owed. Amounts owed account for 30% of your credit score.

Owing money on credit accounts doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a high-risk borrower with a low credit score. If a high percentage of a person’s available credit has been used it may indicate that a person is overextended, and is more likely to make late or missed payments.

There are six components to this section. We’ll discuss two this week and four next week.

Debt and Credit

Amount owed on all accounts: Even if you pay off credit card balances each month your credit report may show a balance on those cards. The total balance shown on your last statement is generally the amount that will show on your credit report.

Amount owed on different types of accounts: In addition to the overall amount you owe, your credit score considers the amount you owe on specific types of accounts, such as credit cards and installment loans.

Click here to read Bill Holmes’s first blog post in this six part series.

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