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Equal Means Equal at the Michigan Theater

Tonight, October 22 at 6pm a special preview of the new documentary film, Equal Means Equal will be featured at the Michigan Theater. The documentary discusses the current state of women’s rights in the United States; and contains perspectives from national leaders, experts in their field, and stories from survivors.

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Currently in the United States:

  • 1 in 4 women are victims of domestic violence.
  •  Every 2 minutes, another American is sexually assaulted, 44% of victims are under the age of 18 and 80% are under the age of 30.
  • 5 million instances of victimization by intimate partners occur yearly among women 18 & older.
  • The average age of a person being prostituted in Michigan is 13.

Kamala Lopez, the director of Equal Means Equal, will be present to share behind-the-scenes narratives about her experiences in making the film. This event is free and open to the public but registration is requested as seating is limited. Please register at Equal Means Equal Registration.

Click here to watch a trailer of the film.

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Bask in Breathtaking Views during the Magical Mystery Tour Bike Ride

The 3rd Annual Magical Mystery Tour bike ride is taking place this Saturday, September 27th.   It will start at Rolling Hills County Park. Participants can choose from a 100 or 50 km ride through the countryside and incorporating the Tecumseh to Adrian Kiwanis bike trail.

Professional bicycle mechanics supplied by Two Wheel Tango will make any necessary bike adjustments and provide support for riders. Bagels, fruit, and coffee will be provided at registration. During the ride, there will be clean rest stops and nutrition stations offering protein bars, fruit, and water. Lunch will be sandwiches (including vegetarian), salads, and fresh sides.


This is a charity ride presented by Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor-Morning Edition.  All proceeds will be used to help programs in Washtenaw County.

For more information, or to register for the ride, visit their website.

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Checklist for Fall Home Maintenance

While many regard Labor Day as the end of summer, the official start of fall is today. Fall is associated with the changing of leaves and temperature. For homeowners there are also changes that need to be made to prepare their homes for the upcoming winter.

Outside Upkeep

Man Cleaning GuttersPhoto by U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Northeast Region

  • Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters are one of the major causes of ice dams.
  • Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with weather-stripping and caulk.
  • Have your roof inspected for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents.
  • Repair damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps. Cracks in your driveway, walkway, or steps are a big-time trip hazard, and they’ll only get worse if water seeps in and freezes. The best option for cracks is usually sealing the driveway which will extend the life of the asphalt through the winter and beyond.
  • Drain and winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.
  • Have your fireplace and chimney checked by a reputable chimney sweep. They will check for soot or creosote build-up.
  • Wrap the outside air conditioning box with an approved tarp or plastic air conditioner cover to prevent rusting of vital parts.
  • Clean and repair porch and deck furniture.
  • Organize your garage and clean and store your summer yard tools.

Inside Upkeep


  • Clean your humidifier plates or pads to ensure efficient operation.
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, inspect or install fire extinguishers, review fire escape plans, and rid your home of older newspapers and other fire hazards.
  • Check windows and doors for weather-tightness and install weather stripping where it’s needed.
  • Clean or replace dirty furnace filters. Also have your furnace professionally inspected.
  • If needed, set traps for rodents.
  • Dust blinds and vacuum curtains throughout your house.

Sources: Better Homes and Gardens and Bob Vila

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Starting Your Rental Search in the Ann Arbor Area

Whether you are moving because of a job transfer, a personal relationship, or for a fresh start, it can be an overwhelming process. Before you spend lots of time online looking at numerous websites for a house, apartment, or other rental property ask yourself these questions first.

How soon do you need to move in?
Rentals move quickly in the Ann Arbor area. It is recommended that you start looking around 60 days before you need you need to move. If you are looking for a campus rental they usually rent out about a year in advance. Don’t wait to enlist the help of an expert.

How many bedrooms and bathrooms would you like?
Along with location and square footage, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms can have an impact on the price of rental units.

What is your desired price range?
Supply and demand have significantly increased the average rental rate in Ann Arbor. Properties that rent for less than $1000.00/month are in especially short supply.

Can you be flexible about location?
If you are willing to expand your search area you may have more options. Popular Ann Arbor neighborhoods, such as Kerrytown and the Old West Side are a rare find.

Do you have pets?
Many rentals do not allow pets. If pets are welcome, they are usually limited in the number, size and breed. Make sure you disclose any pets you have before showing appointments are requested.

How is your credit?
Resolve any outstanding credit issues now because you can assume it will be checked by the landlord or leasing company.

Length of lease?
One year leases are standard for the area. Short-term leases are difficult to find but may be available in our represented apartment communities. We also have partnered with Extended Stay hotels in the area and can even pass along our discounted special rates.

Do you have special needs?
If you can’t live without a dishwasher, in-home laundry, covered parking, a particular floor level, outdoor space or something else, please be sure to let us know so we can tailor our search for you.

Scheduling showings.
Occupied single-family homes and condos typically require 24-48 hours’ notice to see because the current tenants have to approve the showing. Many apartment communities have model units that can be shown during leasing office hours

After answering all the questions above you are now ready to begin your search. Our professional property management team will take the worry and hassle out of finding the perfect rental home. We have access to every rental property currently listed and can make finding a rental hassle-free experience.

Contact one of our experienced residential property managers to begin making your move by calling (734)669-4100.

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Student Move-In Impacts Ann Arbor Traffic

Thousands of students will move into University of Michigan’s from 6 a.m. on Thursday, August 28 through 11 p.m. on Friday, August 29. 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.

Road Closed Sign
Streets impacted by U of M move in:
• Thompson – one way northbound from Packard to East Madison
• Madison – one way eastbound from Thompson to South State
• Observatory – one way southbound from East Ann to Geddes and meters will be bagged
• East Washington – one way westbound from Fletcher to South State
• Maynard – from Jefferson to East William meters will be bagged
• East University – between Hill and Willard meters will be bagged
• Church Street – between Hill and Willard meters will be bagged
• North University Court – meters will be bagged
• Oxford – parking reserved for move-in from Hill to Geddes
• Washington Heights – closed from Observatory to East Medical Center Drive
• East Ann – one way eastbound from Zina Pitcher Place to Observatory

This map illustrates the the city’s road and lane closures.

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Fun For All at 3 Ann Arbor Area Events

Whether you are interested in music, art, or a demolition derby there will be plenty of fun for everyone at these Ann Arbor area events.

If you’re a music lover, you won’t want to miss the 8th Annual NashBash. The free event mixes Nashville and Ann Arbor musical talent. Catch all the tunes tonight, Thursday August 21, music starts at 5pm at the Farmers Market area in Kerrytown. In addition to a great line up of artists there will also be a beer garden, BBQ, and the Ann Arbor Artisans Market.

Click here for more information

Chelsea Community Fair
Looking for fun? The 77th annual Chelsea Community Fair has entertainment for everyone. Favorites include the always popular demolition derby and tractor pulls, horse shows, livestock judging, crafts, agriculture and art exhibits, midway games, rides and much more. New this year Mini-Mod Tractors have been added to Friday Night’s Tractor Pull. The tractors will be running V-8 Small Blocks (up to 375 ci) with small tires and weighing no more than 1800 lbs. These tractors are guaranteed to be fast and very entertaining.

Click here for more information


DIYpsi Indie Art Fair
The fourth summer installment of DIYpsi Indie Art Fair is taking place this weekend at the Corner Brewery . DIYpsi is a handmade art fair that features the best indie artists in our region. Bring your appetite, and get ready for some incredible food and craft beer while you shop. Find unique hand crafted gifts while contributing to the local economy and supporting the arts. The fair takes place Saturday August 23 from 11am-11pm and Sunday August 24 from 12pm-6pm.

Click here for more information

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Welcome to the Charles Reinhart Company, Michael Nelson

We are delighted to welcome Michael Nelson to the Charles Reinhart Company, Realtors

Michael Nelson

Michael Nelson grew up in Ann Arbor and lived in the area until college. He worked at Pro Media Marketing as a Manufacturing Sales Representative. While there he managed hundreds of accounts all over the Midwest and facilitated sales for dozens of manufacturers.

He graduated from MSU with a degree in Advertising and a cognate in Psychology. In the past three years he has personally bought three houses in two states and sold one. He uses his experience with the real estate market, home renovating, and sales negotiation to help his clients make decisions that have a positive effect on their lives. Michael is working out of the East Office – 2452 E. Stadium – and can be reached at 734-417-2162 or by email at mnelson@reinhartrealtors.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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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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Real Madrid to take on Manchester United at The Big House

More than 100,000 fans are expected at the Big House this Saturday to watch Manchester United take on Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup. In addition, Saturday’s game will be broadcast in 40 countries.

Manchester United vs Real Madrid

Preparations for the preseason tournament are well underway. For the first time since 2002 a natural grass playing surface has been added to the University of Michigan football stadium. Alcohol sales have been approved for the soccer match and a large hospitality tent is now erected on the northern part of Pioneer High School’s property.

The day of the game TheRide will provide its FootballRide shuttle service. It will run approximately every 20 minutes starting at 1:30 p.m., dropping passengers off at Gate 2.   Shuttles will run for approximately 90 minutes after the game and pick up passengers at assigned locations between Main Street and Kipke Drive via Gate 2.


Join in the fun at the pregame celebration this Friday, August 1st hosted by the Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (AAACVB). The event will run from 3:00 pm to 11:30 pm in downtown Ann Arbor and feature two stages with live music.

Click here or more information about the pregame celebration.

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Lake Forest

In our Neighborhood Spotlight we are exploring and unveiling a feature neighborhood in Washtenaw County. This week we are focusing on the Lake Forest neighborhood in Ann Arbor.

Lake Forest is a lovely community that has the beauty and charm of the country side and quick access to the cosmopolitan aspects of Washtenaw County.

The neighborhood has activities for all ages with a nearby park, walking paths, and golf course. This is a wonderful, quiet and well-kept area with a strong sense of community.

Other Neighborhood Spotlights:
Ann Arbor Hills & Geddes Heights
Arbor Pointe & Country French Estates
Newport Creek, Walnut Ridge & Laurentide


Are you searching for a home in Ann Arbor?

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