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Vote Today in Michigan’s Statewide Primary

Today, voters across Michigan will decide who will go to the general election in November. Today’s primary offers both Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti voters have the chance to decide between different mayoral candidates. In Washtenaw, there are also two countywide judge races, a congressional race, and a statewide ballot proposal to consider.

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Haven’t been able to decide who to vote for? Visit www.vote411.org for information about candidates and proposal on your ballot. Vote411 is prepared by the League of Women Voters, which is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that never supports or opposes any candidates. Polls are open until 8pm.

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Happy Fourth of July!

The Charles Reinhart Company, Realtors’ sales offices are closed today in honor of Independence Day.

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We hope you have a truly memorable and Happy Fourth of July!

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6 Easy Tips for a Promising Yard

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 

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Spring is Officially Here

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. 

 

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What’s Ahead: 2014 Real Estate Market

What happened in 2013 with the real estate market? What will happen in 2014? We’ve got the answers.

Increase in Prices and Sales
In 2013, home prices rose faster than they have since the housing boom. Nationwide sales were on pace to reach 435,100 new homes sold in 2013, the most since 2008.  Annual nationwide existing home sales were up with approximately 5.1 million, the highest total in seven years and 10% higher than 2012’s total of almost 4.7 million.

Financial / Banking
Nationwide bank failures dropped again dramatically to just 24 in 2013, down from peak of 157 in 2010. Refinance activity also dropped dramatically as interest rates rose. Delinquencies and foreclosures continued to fall. In addition more than 3 million homeowners returned to positive equity in 2013. Government began easing back on its bond buying and stated that its continuance will be data dependent, which could result in high mortgage rates in 2014.

Washtenaw County Improvements
Average sale prices of $249,294 – up 18% over 2012 and up 37% over the recent low in 2009. The average days on the market was 47, which is down from 69 in 2012. Countywide 43% of homes sold at or above their asking price – up from 33% in 2012.

What’s ahead in 2014?

  • New Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen and Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer are excellent replacements and are likely to be dovish.
  • Tapering continues and is scheduled to end by 01/01/2015
  • Short-term rates remain at zero until 01/010/15 or as long as unemployment is “elevated” and inflation is “low”. Thus, low but rising interest rates with end of year 30-ryear rates at 5% to 5.25%
  • Trillions in household net  worth recovering and now at a new  record level means more income to spend elsewhere
  • Consumer confidence, while historically low, is up
  • No recession is in the card- Leading Economic Indicators for the USA at the highest level since Great Recession
  • Household formation for first-time home buyer in the 25-34 age group is rising
  • Residential housing permits are expected to continue their climb
  • FHA lowered state-wide maximum loan limit to $271,050.

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Embrace the Winter Weather without Getting Frostbite

Winter weather is upon us.  With subzero wind chill and snow in the forecast it is important to prepare both yourself and your home.

Dress for Success
Whether you want to build a snow man, go skiing, or shovel the driveway, wearing appropriate clothing in the winter is important. Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm.  Having good thick socks will make a huge difference. When going outside remember to wear gloves, hats, and scarves to retain body heat.

 

Shovel Your Neighbor’s Driveway
Despite the fun winter activities that come with snow, snow removal can be a nuisance. For those who rent or own a home removing the snow is essential. While there are many methods of snow removal shoveling is still incredibly popular. If you are shoveling it is important be careful. It is physically strenuous work, so it is important to stay hydrated and take breaks when necessary. In addition to your own driveway and sidewalk, consider helping your out of town or elderly neighbors by shoveling their walk also.

Set Aside the Salt
With the cold and slippery roads there has been a lot of talk about salt use on roads and sidewalks. Salt works best when the outside temperature is above 20 degrees Fahrenheit. If it is colder than that, sand is a better option.

When it is the proper temperature be careful about how you distribute your salt. Salt will corrode metal when it gets wet, and can kill grass.  After applying salt thinner ice will melt, but thicker patches should be brushed or shoveled away.

 

Northern Exposure
In the winter exposure to cold can lead to hypothermia or frostbite. Symptoms of frostbite include numbness, flushed gray, white, blue, or yellow skin, discoloration, or waxy feeling skin.

Symptoms of hypothermia, including confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering require immediate medical attention.

Pets and Pipes
Both your pets and pipes need to be kept at an appropriate temperature in the winter. For pets this means bringing them indoors with access to water.

Avoid bursting your pipes by keeping your house the same temperature day and night. We recommend at least 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Have your kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors open to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage.

 

How are you protecting yourself from the elements this winter?

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The New Year is Here

What will you do this year to increase your business and improve your life? January is the time to re-focus on your business and make the changes needed. Here are a few easy ways to make this your best year ever.

Plan and Track Your Strategy
Spend time every day planning your strategy to keep you on track. Implement a way to measure your goal. This will ensure you are meeting your goals and following through with your plans.


Identify Your Target Market
Choose your comfort zone in the market and be the expert in that area. Finding your niche will help you focus your market plan.

Break Free from Your Comfort Zone
Do one marketing strategy outside your comfort zone. This is the only way you will grow.

Start a New Hobby
Find something that you like and do it. Doing something you enjoy will give you the opportunity to create relationships with new people. New friends are a great way to continue to grow your personal network.

Get Moving
Join a gym, a workout group, or take a class. Spending just a few hours a week on yourself will improve your outlook. You’ll feel better and be more confident, which makes meeting new people easier. You never know where your next customer will come from.

Keep a Positive Outlook
Happy people are much more desirable to do business with. Happiness spread so if you are happy it is more likely your customers and co-workers will be.

Stop Making Excuses
If you don’t make the phone call, you won’t get the business. Don’t let fear stop you from moving forward. You have nothing to lose. Make the call!

Best of luck to all of you for a happy, healthy, and prosperous year.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!


 

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Beautiful Colonial Home in Stockbridge

Today we are featuring Jackie Scheller’s listing– 109 South Center, Stockbridge, MI 49285

Q. Can you describe the architectural style of the home?
Two and half story colonial home with full attic and basement features stained glass and natural wood accents of yesteryear. Generously sized rooms many with alcove windows.

Q. What distinctive features set this home apart?
Large historic 5 bedroom, 3 bath home in the quaint Village of Stockbridge. Freshly painted and updated. Home offers separate in-law apartment.

Q. What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?
The house is positioned on the east side of the town square and is near a local park with play equipment, a basketball court and skate park. Also within walking distance to all schools and is near miles of walking, biking, hiking, and horse trails.

Q. Have there been any recent renovations or upgrades?
Home is in excellent condition. Updates include windows, electric, plumbing, natural gas furnace and A/C unit. Roof is in good repair. Home has a whole house alarm and fire suppression system in place and is handicap accessible.

Q. Does the community have any amenities we should know about?
Stockbridge is 15 miles north of Chelsea. The schools are highly rated and respected.

Q. What amazing views will the new homeowner be able to enjoy?
Location lets you enjoy the comings and goings of the locals and businesses while being on a quiet street.

Q. What makes the price of this home so great?
A wonderful opportunity for a large family or small business to own a beautiful and efficient historic home at a very reasonable price. Currently used as a fully rented multiple unit (three units) home. Previously used as a family home and extended care facility. 

Q. Can you tell us a fun fact about the home?
Home features a turret that was once used as a children’s playroom.

If you would like more information about 109 South Center, Stockbridge, MI 49285
or if you are interested in scheduling a showing, please contact Jackie Scheller at 734-433-2188.

Are you looking for homes for sale in Stockbridge?

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18th Annual Coat Drive: Help Others Stay Warm

Reinhart kicks-off our 18th Annual Coat Drive November 1, with the goal of collecting more than 1,500 adult and children’s winter coats to distribute to local agencies throughout Washtenaw County.

Through the month of November, we will be collecting new and gently used winter coats at all of the Charles Reinhart Sales Offices as well as all Sunday Open Houses.

Over the coat drive’s 17-year history, Reinhart has collected more than 17,000 coats, all of which have been donated to agencies in our community. The need for winter coats, especially for children, continues to be great. The 18th Annual Coat Drive hopes to help fill that need in our community as the weather gets colder.

For more information about the 18th Annual Coat Drive, please contact Greer Thibodeau, Marketing Coordinator at 734-669-5837 or gthibodeau@reinhartrealtors.com.

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