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Reinhart’s Outstanding 2016 Market Results

In 2016 Reinhart sales were the best we’ve ever achieved in both the number of closed transactions and the total dollar volume.
2016 Market Share Stats Infographic

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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.

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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.

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A New Year’s Eve Celebration

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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.

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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.

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New Year’s Eve with L.A. Hardy

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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!

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Foodie Finds: Blaze Pizza

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Fast Fire’d Blaze Pizza has now opened two locations in Ann Arbor- 3500 Washtenaw Ave Ann Arbor in the newly renovated Washtenaw Commons shopping center and 980 W Eisenhower Pkwy in Cranbrook Village. The California-based chain is part of the fast-casual wave of pizzarias on the rise, and by the looks of things during my visit, it’s receiving a warm Ann Arbor welcome.

Upon entering the Washtenaw Commons store, the entry to the ordering line was clearly marked. I recommend grabbing one of the paper menus as you make your way to the ordering counter—ordering is easy, but it’s smoother if you know what you’re doing. The friendly person behind the counter asked me my name and then welcomed me to Blaze. He was extremely helpful in pointing out the many ingredients and as I made my way down the assembly line of pizza toppings, I was greeted by name by other pizza creators.

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There are two ways in which to order your pie—either one of their 9 signature pizzas or the DIY option. Either way, your name is put on a slip of paper which follows you through the assembly line of goodness. I chose from the Artisan menu and ordered the Green Stripe – pesto drizzle over grilled chicken, roasted red peppers, chopped garlic, mozzarella and arugula. My daughter was a bit less adventurous and chose to completely customize hers from the sauce to the toppings. She selected a traditional red sauce and loaded it up with veggies.

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Once paid, we grabbed a few drinks and stood and watched our pizzas being quick-fired to perfection in their massive 500 degree ovens. Quick-fired means exactly that—our wait was no more than 3-5 minutes. Despite the rush, the space is large, so there were plenty of seating to choose from.

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Not wasting any time, I rushed into the first bite, excited about the carb-fest I’d been dreaming of all day, and that first bite did not disappoint. Neither did the second, or third, or fourth. The thin crust was perfectly cooked and had just enough crunch to keep me wanting more, and though I initially thought the quantity of toppings appeared skimpy, I was wrong. There was exactly the right amount to compliment the crust.

I looked over at my daughter and she, too was thoroughly enjoying her masterpiece. Her pizza was delicately layered with spinach, red pepper, mushrooms and two kinds of cheese. She is a bit picky when it comes to pizza but the lack of conversation proved that we were both enthralled with the delicious pies set before us.

Though the acoustics created a rather loud dining experience that had me wanting to scoot out quickly, I’d say everything else made up for that. The employees were incredibly friendly, and the pizza was exceptional – particularly considering the $8 price tag, quick firing, and the fact that I could have easily split my pizza with my daughter. Blaze is what it is – and it’s that good!

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Collecting Winter Coats for the 21st Annual Coat Drive

In no time at all, warm coats will be needed by many people who can’t afford them. Over the Coat Drive’s 20-year history, Reinhart has collected more than 19,000 new and gently used winter coats. Many wonder, where do the coats go?

Dropping off coats

We contact several local agencies annually to determine their needs in terms of winter coats. This year we will be donating coats to:

 

Please encourage your family and friends to drop of their gently used winter coats at all of the Charles Reinhart Sales Offices as well as all Sunday Open Houses.

For more information about the 21st Annual Coat Drive, please contact Greer Thibodeau, Marketing Coordinator at 734-669-5837 or gthibodeau@reinhartrealtors.com.

 

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Foodie Finds: The Ricewood Brisket Bowl changed my life!

Ricewood Food Truck
Ask me where I want to go for a birthday lunch or special meal and the answer is Ricewood BBQ. Located behind Morgan and York on Packard in Ann Arbor, Ricewood is a seasonal food truck known for its BBQ ricebowls. The flavors of the Pacific Islands are blended with American BBQ which makes for an intense fusion of flavors which are out of this world. There’s nothing quite like expertly made BBQ with freshly cooked rice and a side of marinated cucumbers to make you really appreciate your lunchtime experience!

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One bowl can easily be shared by two or split into two meals. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to savor this delicious culinary delight. Open seasonally, Monday-Friday, 11am-2pm (or when sold out – which happens frequently). LAST DAY in 2016 is Friday, November 18th.

To learn more about Ricewood BBQ visit http://www.ricewoodbbq.com/.

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12 Exciting November Events

In addition to Thanksgiving, there is a plethora of things to see and do this November throughout the Ann Arbor area.


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University of Michigan Football
September – November

Every fall with the return of the school year brings the return of football season. Whether you are a die-hard fan or just happen to be in town visiting, the football games make an impression. During the weekends when a game is played at home expect large crowds and allow extra time for your commute throughout the city.  To see the full schedule click here.


Reinhart Coat Drive

Coat Drive
October 31 – November 30

Reinhart kicks-off our 21st 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.


No Humbug Wildswan

No Humbug Today Cabaret a Fundraiser for Wild Swan Theater
November 6

Wild Swan Theater proudly presents a sophisticated cabaret performance by a stellar lineup of singers and actors at our No Humbug Today Cabaret! Scrooge and Cratchit request your presence at our party of merry improvisational fun– a musical and theatrical experience from the imaginative and innovative minds at Wild Swan Theater.

Raise a glass of ale or wine and enjoy the antics of our gleeful band of talented actors as they share some of the songs and scenes from Wild Swan’s version of that favorite winter’s tale, A Christmas Carol. Our resident playwright and lyricist, Jeff Duncan, will be offering up a few new tunes and surprises for Cabaret-goers. This fundraiser to benefit Wild Swan Theater precedes their version of the wonderful holiday classic A Christmas Carol. Kick off the holiday season in style and join others committed to supporting the arts and the role Wild Swan plays in building community, stimulating the local economy, and spreading happiness and joy.


Vote

Presidential Election
November 8

Do your part by voting on November 8, 2016. Need some tips about who and what is on your ballot? Visit www.Vote411.org, the League of Women Voters’ non-partisan site. You can check your voting location, see the proposals on your ballot and review the candidates’ responses to questions posed by the League. This will help you make an educated decision.


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Service above Self : Honoring our Veterans
November  9

Our veterans have both sacrificed and suffered in their service, so we can enjoy the liberties we take for granted every day. These men and women deserve both our acknowledgment and respect. This is an event towards that goal. Come join us for an engaging evening of storytelling and music at the Michigan Theater. In support of the Fisher House Michigan.


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Tchaikovsky and Friends
November 11

Experience the rich heritage of your favorite Russian composers. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 combines everything you love: the melodic beauty, romantic harmonies, deep passion and beguiling dances. Concertmaster Aaron Berofsky dazzles with his virtuosity in Shostakovich’s demanding Violin Concerto showcasing modern harmonies. Step into history to meet this icon of cultural importance.

Ann Arbor’s own Michael Daugherty’s Strut tells the story of a youthful and optimistic Paul Robeson strutting down 125th Street in Harlem. Its musical themes and vibrant syncopations are woven into a lively rhythmic tapestry.


Wine, Women and Shopping
November 12

Wine, Women and Shopping is a fun filled day to share with your mom, sisters and friends. Enjoy Christmas shopping in a relaxed enjoyable quaint small town. Stroll past the Victorian homes and tree-lined streets, enjoy lunch at any of the great restaurants. Boutiques and shops have pulled out all the stops to make sure everyone has a great day.

Come and enjoy the small town and the personal service. A lot of stores stay open until 8:00 pm. Come spend the day or the weekend in Chelsea. This year, Wine, Women, & Shopping will be partnering with Faith in Action and will be accepting any dry good donations during the event.


Saline Craft Show
November 12

The Saline Craft Show, in its 29th year, is rated as one of the top 10 shows in Michigan. This annual event is hosted on the grounds of Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple Road, Saline from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Over 249 crafters will showcase their most recent and exceptional work which includes decorative painting, stoneware, rugs, birdhouses, holiday decorating ideas, ceramics, calligraphy and clothing.

All of these products are designed, made and displayed by the individual crafters and available at affordable prices. All artists will be present and available to customize and personalize their works. This show provides both crafts and art, from the latest in shabby chic to handmade furniture and handpainted clothing.


Kerrytown

Kerrytown Market & Shops Holiday Open House
November 13

Kerrytown’s Annual Holiday Open House kicks off the season with live music, art demonstrations, face painting, storytelling with Mother Goose, holiday treats and great pre-holiday sales from their merchants.


Pets & Pajamas Movie Night
November 18

What could be more fun than spending your Friday night with our furry friends at the Humane Society of Huron Valley? This paw-tastic event is appropriate for ages 5 to 11 and will include adoptable animal interactions, a cheese pizza dinner and an animal-themed movie with popcorn.

Children are invited to wear their pajamas, bring a sleeping bag and pillow and be ready for some animal-themed fun while parents enjoy a night out on the town! Pets and Pajamas Movie Night is offered once a month and is a great way for children to enjoy some after-hours time at HSHV.


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Thanksgiving Turkey Trot
November 24

This year’s Turkey Trot is sure to be a gobblin’ good time in beautiful Ann Arbor. Get into the holiday spirit before your Thanksgiving feast; run, walk or crawl with the whole family. Strollers are welcome but please leave your 4 legged friends at home. The Tot Trot 1K is perfect for the little ones (ages 10 & under), and the 5K is fun for the whole family. Hot chocolate, aid station, pictures with Santa and Turkey Tom, a fun course and a fun after party. 


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Mary Poppins
November 25 – December 23rd

The Encore Musical Theatre Company in Dexter proudly presents “Mary Poppins” showing from November 25 to December 23, 2016. Everyone’s favorite practically perfect nanny takes the stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure.

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Why Fall is the Right Time to Sell Your Home

School has started. Leaves are changing colors. The holidays are coming. This is the perfect time to sell your house. With inventory below historic numbers and demand still strong, don’t miss out on this opportunity to sell your home.

1. Demand Is Strong
The latest Realtors’ Confidence Index from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains very strong throughout the vast majority of the country. With fewer homes for sale, buyers have fewer to choose from. This creates an increased demand for available homes. Buyers are ready and are looking for a home right now. Take advantage of the buyer activity currently in the market.

 

2. There Is Less Competition
If you have been waiting to sell your home, consider acting now. According to NAR, the supply of homes for sale is still under the 6-month supply that is needed for a normal housing market.

This means, in most areas, there are not enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers in that market. This is good news for home prices. However, additional inventory is about to come to market.

New construction of single-family homes is projected to continue to increase over the next two years, reaching historic levels by 2017. Listing before the wave of new construction homes hits the market can put your home in a more favorable competitive position and result in a higher price.

The choices buyers have will continue to increase. Don’t wait until all this other inventory of homes comes to market before you sell.

 

3. The Process Will Be Quicker
Right now, there are fewer real estate transactions than there will be in the spring. This means a quicker process for the loans to process, and the house to get inspected. As the market heats up, banks will be inundated with loan inquiries causing closing-time lines to lengthen. Selling now will make the process quicker and simpler.

 

4. Mortgage Rates are Still Low
If you are moving up to a larger, more expensive home, consider doing it now. Prices are projected to appreciate by 5.3% over the next year, according to CoreLogic. If you are moving to a higher-priced home, it will wind up costing you thousands more in both down payment and mortgage payment if you wait.

According to Freddie Mac’s latest report, you can also lock-in your 30-year housing expense with an interest rate around 3.46% right now. Interest rates are projected to increase over the next 12 months. Even a small increase in rate will have a big impact on your housing cost.

 

5. It’s Time to Move On with Your Life
Look at the reason you decided to sell in the first place and determine whether it is worth waiting. You have the power to take control of the situation by putting your home on the market.  If you are on the fence about moving this fall, please contact us. We’d be happy to learn about your goals and how we can help you start living the life you desire. 

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Ann Arbor Traffic Patterns Impacted by Student Move-In

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Thousands of students will move into University of Michigan’s dorms from 6 a.m. on Wednesday, August 31, through- 11 p.m. Friday, September 2, 2016. While move-in is incredibly exciting for students, it also has a huge impact on Ann Arbor traffic patterns. It leads to road closures and changes in parking. The synopsis bellow will show you which area to avoid.

Streets impacted by U of M move in:

  • Thompson St. – one way southbound from E. Jefferson St. to Packard St. – meters bagged.
  • E. Madison St. – one way eastbound from Packard St. to S. State St. – meters bagged.
  • Observatory St. – one way southbound from E. Ann St. to Geddes Ave. – meters bagged.
  • E. Washington St. – one way westbound from Fletcher St. to S. State St. – meters bagged.
  • Maynard St. – from E. Jefferson St. to E. William St. – meters bagged.
  • E. University Ave. – between Hill St. and Willard St. – meters bagged.
  • Church St. – between Hill St. and Willard St. – meters bagged.
  • N. University Court – meters bagged.
  • Oxford Road – parking reserved for move in from Hill St. to Geddes Ave.
  • Washington Heights – closed from Observatory St. to E. Medical Center Drive – meters bagged.
  • E. Ann St. – one way eastbound from Zina Pitcher Place to Observatory St. – meters bagged.

Click here if you are looking for guideline on how to move your undergraduate into University of Michigan

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Desirable Condo on Ann Arbor’s West Side

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This week we are featuring Megan Mazurek’s listing – 965 East Summerfield Glen Circle, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

965 East Summerfield Glen Circle - Ann ArborQ. Can you describe the architectural style of the home?
This desirable upper-level Summerfield Glen Condominium is in move-in ready condition.

965 East Summerfield Glen Circle - KitchenQ. What distinctive features set this home apart?
This pristine home features a deluxe kitchen with gorgeous granite countertops, upgraded cherry cabinets with under-mount lighting, stainless steel appliances and hardwood floors. The spacious master suite has room for an office, nursery or sitting area as well as two large closets and a master bathroom. The second bedroom is directly across from the full guest bathroom.

965 East Summerfield Glen Circle - Living RoomQ. What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?
Located just outside of the City of Ann Arbor it is close to downtown Ann Arbor, shopping and restaurants with easy access to I-94.

965 East Summerfield Glen Circle - Master Q. What makes the price of this home so great?
The biggest advantage of this immaculate condo are the low Scio Township taxes.

965 East Summerfield Glen Circle - OfficeQ. What do the Home Owner Association dues cover?
Association dues cover water/sewer, trash/recycling, exterior and ground maintenance.

965 East Summerfield Glen Circle - LaundryQ. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about the home?
This home is conveniently located along AAATA route 29 for immediate and direct access to downtown Ann Arbor and the Blake Transit Center.

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For more information about 965 East Summerfield Glen Circle, Ann Arbor, MI or to schedule a showing contact the Megan Mazurek at 734-645-4296.

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Ann Arbor Named the Most Educated City in the U.S.

WalletHub’s has ranked Ann Arbor as 2016’s Most Educated City, easily outpacing Washington, D. C., which ranked second.

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In order to determine the most educated city, WalletHub’s compared the 150 largest metropolitan statistical areas, or MSAs, to determine where the most educated Americans are putting their degrees to work.Statistics were measured across two key dimensions, including “Educational Attainment” and “Quality of Education & Attainment Gap.” Data used to create the rankings was collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, GreatSchools.org and U.S. News & World Report.

Metrics included the percentage of adults aged 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree or higher, to the educational attainment gap between women and men.

Ann Arbor topped both key categories, which awarded 80 total points in Educational Attainment and 20 points in Quality of Education & Attainment Gap.

Ann Arbor topped the list for the highest percentage of associate degree holders or college-experienced adults; bachelor’s degree holders and graduate or professional degree holders. It ranked second overall for the highest percentage of high school diploma holders.

Click here see the full list.

Source: WalletHub

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