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10 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Sale

When listing your house for sale, you want to sell your house for the best price possible. There are many small projects you can do to improve curb appeal and make your house feel enticing to buyers.

Market Update_Tips to Prepare Home For Sale

  1. Give your entry a facelift with paint, a new front door or new welcome mat.
  2. Landscape! Add a pop of color by planting flowers.
  3. Power wash any outdoor surfaces.
  4. Fresh paint and new carpet are some of the top things you can do to help your home sell faster and for more money!
  5. If it’s broken, fix it! Offers may be lower if repairs are needed.
  6. Replace light bulbs and make sure all switches work.
  7. Declutter and organize closets, pantry, kitchen, garage.
  8. Clean everything – wash all windows inside and out!
  9. Give every room a purpose – create an identity for each space.
  10. Let the light in! Bright rooms feel warm and inviting.

Contact a Reinhart Realtor today for a list of specific tips to prepare your house for sale and for suggestions on local contractors who can help!

Source: KCM

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Elegant Executive Ranch on 10 Acres

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This week we are featuring Pia Crum’s listing –16998 Walker Road, Grass Lake, MI 49240

16998 Walker Road - Grass LakeQ. What distinctive features set this home apart?
This elegant and expansive eco-friendly home is situated on acres of rolling hills off of its own private road. The custom kitchen includes a six-burner stove and the home has two gas fireplaces. There is an attached greenhouse with thermostatic temperature control, a first-floor master suite, and first-floor laundry.

16998 Walker Road - Kitchen 2Q. Can you describe the architectural style of the home?
Ranch home with an open floor plan and European-style courtyards. Clean lines, vaulted ceilings, skylights, and abundant outdoor living space.

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Q. What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?
The pastoral setting provides total privacy while still being connected through new high-speed internet. Less than a half mile to Sharon Hills park and trails.

16998 Walker Road - MasterQ. Have there been any recent renovations or upgrades?
The homeowners have made many updates to make this an energy-efficient, “green” house.  The home utilizes geothermal energy with geo-heat recovery ventilation. A Kinetico water system with reverse osmosis filtration and Gernac whole house generator are also among the upgrades

16998 Walker Road - Lower LevelQ. Does the community have any amenities we should know about?
This home is just 20 minutes to Chelsea Wellness Center, 15 minutes to Manchester Schools and 30 minutes to Ann Arbor.

16998 Walker Road - BackyardQ. What amazing views will the new homeowner be able to enjoy?
The home is surrounded by 10 acres of meadows, with perennials galore. The outdoor space boasts a courtyard, walkways with natural stone landscape walls, and a hardscape veranda.

16998 Walker Road - 73Q. What makes the price of this home so great?
There is a detached multi-functional bonus building that is perfect for a car enthusiast, home business, or art studio. You’ll keep the landscape lush with the 5-zone computerized drip irrigation system fenced garden.  The home is heated using a geo-thermal system and includes a large fully-finished basement.

For more information about 16998 Walker Road, Grass Lake,  or if you are interested in scheduling a showing, please contact Pia Crum at 734-680-6235.

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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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7 Places to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Ann Arbor Area

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For those looking for a fun night out this New Year’s Eve there are many options in the Ann Arbor area to dine, drink or dance the night away.

Black & White Ball

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This year Arbor Brewing Company is hosting a legendary Black and White Ball at their Microbrewery in Ypsilanti. The party kicks off at 7 pm. Take in some live music with pianist William Marshall Bennett while devouring one of our Black & White dinner specials; you know this kitchen has something tasty up its sleeve.

Specialty light and dark beer releases all night, an exclusive 750 ml Brett Wild Ale (with grapefruit and peppercorn), and a 750 ml bottle sale on all barrel-aged brews.

There will be a wandering photographer and a photo booth set up in the beer garden patio.

Halcyon Sound will be spinning tunes starting at 9 pm while black and white movies play on the big screen and guests dance away the minutes to 2017!

Click here to learn more.


Classic Hollywood New Year’s Party

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All the glamor and glory of Old Hollywood in Chelsea, Michigan. You’ll toast the New Year with Ben Daniels Band. Tasty hors d’oeuvres will be passed all night, along with a gourmet popcorn bar, and a candy buffet. Hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary toast and party favors are included in the ticket price. Chelsea Alehouse Brewery mug club members receive one complimentary beverage.

Click here to learn more.


Boylesque Presents: NYE Disco Ball
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Ring in the New Year with drag, drinks and dancing in Ypsilanti. Enjoy club and pop hits with a flavor of disco mixed in. Break out your dancing shoes and party with us. Champagne toast at midnight for those 21 and over.

Click here to learn more.


New Year’s Eve 2017 at Necto
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Join DJ Hardy, Nick Donovan and MC Yoda on for the best music from the late 80’s, 90’s and early 2000s. The celebration includes balloon drop at midnight, NYE party favors, photos and delicious midnight snacks including pizza. General admission, as well as exclusive deals, available online.

Click here to learn more.


A New Year’s Eve Celebration

NYE Salt Springs

Celebrate and bid farewell to 2016 at Salt Springs Brewery. Dark Eyed Molly will be filling our space with music. Get ready for a variety of Swing, Jazz, Blues, Classics by Ray Charles, Patsy Cline, Elvis and even tributes to the late and great David Bowie and Prince. Purchase tickets now as seats are very limited.

Click here to learn more.


A New Year’s Eve Anniversary Show

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It’s the 1 year anniversary of Pointless Brewery. They have a full line up for you, with live music, stories from local celebrity Jeff Irwin, and lots of improv from the League of Pointless Improvisers. Ring in the New Year at Pointless Brewery in Ann Arbor. Tickets are $15.

Click here to learn more.


New Year’s Eve with L.A. Hardy

NYE L.A. Hardy

Bring in the New Year at the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase with the hilarious L.A. Hardy. Don’t miss the most fun you can have on New Year’s Eve at the Comedy Showcase!

Click here to learn more.


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How to Keep Warm and Safe This Winter Season

Whether it’s a polar vortex, arctic blast or old-fashioned winter storm, make sure your home is protected and stay warm with these tips. Meteorologists are predicting a slew of arctic blasts and winter storms this 2017-2018 season.

With these arctic blasts, temperatures could drop more than 30 degrees, which can wreak havoc on your home. So what can you do to prepare your home post haste for winter storms?

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Service Your HVAC
First, make sure your HVAC has been properly serviced for the winter. Doing so will ensure it’s running efficiently and safely.

Check Your Smoke DetectorCheck Your Smoke Detectors

Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are in working order. Installing a carbon monoxide detector near your furnace and water heater is a good idea, especially since they could be running on overdrive in freezing temps.

Make sure to shut off all the rooms you don’t use. This helps the house stay warmer in the rooms you do occupy. Keep in mind that heat rises so if you are in a two-story home, your upstairs will generally be warmer than your first floor.

frozen pipesInsulate Pipes
Next, your plumbing, most importantly those pipes around your house. Disconnect hoses from each spigot, drain and store them. Then insulate any spigot that’s above ground. It is suggested that you cover all exposed pipes (laundry room, pool equipment, sprinkler system) with insulation or protective covering. You can even use bubble wrap. Another tip is to locate your main water shutoff in case a pipe does freeze and burst.

Cover Your Water Heater
Is your water heater in the garage or attic? If so, cover it with either an insulator wrap kit or a blanket if the R-value on the label is less than 25.

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Clean Your Fireplace
If you’re fortunate enough to have a fireplace, make sure to get the chimney cleaned, check that the chimney cap is in place and buy plenty of firewood and store in a dry place. Have plenty of matches, candles and flashlights with fresh batteries available if the power happens to go out.

Prepare Your Foundation
Take a walk around the foundation of your home. Make sure debris is moved away and check and fill any cracks you see. An old farmer’s trick is to buy a few bales of hay and scatter it up against your foundation. This can help keep your floors warmer and less drafty.

Drain the Gas
It’s best to drain all gasoline from your outdoor equipment such as your lawnmower. Make sure your snow shovel is accessible and have plenty of rock salt on hand in case of a deep freeze.Emergency-Kit-

Most importantly, prepare an emergency kit. Here’s what you need to stock up on:

  •  A few extra gallons of water
  •  Non-perishable food items (don’t forget about your furry friends’ food either!)
  • Lots of blankets
  • A battery-powered radio
  • Backup battery for your cell phone and computer
  • A first-aid kit
  •  Flashlights, backup batteries, candles and matches
  •  Always talk through an emergency plan with your family

Old Man Winter is here to stay for a while so let’s be safe and enjoy.  Spring will be here again before we know it.

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Awe-inspiring Ann Arbor House with Huron River Views

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This week we are featuring Stacie Dugas’ listing- 1604 Longshore Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Q. Can you describe the architectural style of the home?
2 story bungalow

1604 Longshort Drive- Ann ArborQ. What distinctive features set this home apart?
Close proximity to the Huron River and a short walk to Argo Park.

1604 Longshort Drive- EntryQ. What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?
Quiet street without much traffic, country feel, 5 minute drive to downtown.

1604 Longshort Drive- KitchenQ. Have there been any recent renovations or upgrades?
Complete renovation and addition in 2005 adding a master suite, additional family bedroom, study with balcony, additional full bath, second floor laundry and a huge screened porch.

1604 Longshort Drive- Master BathQ. Does the community have any amenities we should know about?
Enjoy all the amenities Ann Arbor has to offer.

1604 Longshort Drive- Deck Q. What amazing views will the new homeowner be able to enjoy?
A spectacular 3 season view of the Huron River from the covered front porch, or enjoy the fully fenced and private back yard from your screened porch.

1604 Longshort Drive- BackyardQ. Can you tell us a fun fact about the home?
It was a 3 bedroom, 1 bath prior to the addition in 2005

1604 Longshort Drive- Huron RiverFor more information about 1604 Longshore Ann Arbor, MI or if you are interested in scheduling a showing, please contact Stacie Dugas at 734-323-2571.

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Spring Real Estate Trends in Ann Arbor Area

National Home Sales

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released their latest Existing Home Sales Report, which revealed that in the Northeast and Midwest, existing-home sales bounced back in March and remained slightly up from a year ago.  Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, jumped 5.1 percent.

Properties typically stayed on the market for 47 days in March, a decrease from 59 days in February.

The median price in the Midwest was $174,800, up 7.0 percent from a year ago.

 

Local Homes Sale

Ann Arbor is one of the hottest real estate markets in the state of Michigan.  Buyer demand is increasing as the inventory of homes available for sale remains low. With 36% of homes selling in 10 days or less, and 56% within 30 days or less, buyers will need to be diligent, patient and also prepared to move quickly when the right home pops up.

Listings Per Buyer Ratio

In the under $250,000 markets, where the inventories are the tightest, values per square foot jumped 8% over the first quarter of 2015. In the $250,000-$500,000 markets, with both sales and inventories rising, values rose just under 4%. In the over $500,000 markets both For Sale inventories and sales increased as well, while values per square foot took an unexpected jump of close to 10%.

Overall, in the Ann Arbor area the first quarter trends still show strong buyer demand across all price points.  Inventories are tight with a strong seller’s market under $250,000, while in the $250,000-$500,000 price point it is a seller’s-neutral market. We are moving towards a buyer’s market over $500,000.

 

If you are thinking about buying or listing your home for sale this year, meet with a local real estate professional who can help you take advantage of current market conditions.

Sources :
National Association of Realtors
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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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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

PipesInsulate Pipes
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.

ValveWater Valves
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.

fireplaceBackup Heat Source
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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