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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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We Are Thankful for our Coat Drive Partners

We have so much to be thankful for this year. We have been fortunate enough to have the support of the community throughout our 17-year history of the Reinhart Coat Drive.

We have also been fortunate to partner with local dry cleaners to clean the winter coats we collect before we donate them to local agencies. Thank you to Capitol Cleaners and Chelsea Cleaners for their generosity.

Please support our partners:

Capitol Cleaners, our original partner
551 E. Michigan, Saline

Chelsea Cleaners
113 Park Street, Chelsea

Click here for more information about the 18th Annual Coat Drive.


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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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The Fall Real Estate Market is Strong

Third quarter results are in, and they are outstanding! Reinhart finished the third quarter strong with closed sales up 13% for the first 3 quarters of year versus the same period in 2012.

The good news for homeowners in Washtenaw County is that prices are continuing to climb and homes are selling 22 days faster on average than last year. The Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors is reporting that average sales prices YTD for residential homes are up across all major areas of the county.

Many industry experts feel fall is the best time to list because low inventory creates upward pressure on prices and fall buyers are serious.

For sound advice and help creating your real estate plan, contact us today.

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9 Safety Tips to Keep Your Kitchen Fire Free

National Fire Safety Week is a way to spotlight fire safety and prevention.

Whether you are a home owner or renter, the latest National Fire Protection Association research found that cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Two of every five home fires start in the kitchen.

Here are 9 helpful safety tips to help you prevent kitchen fires:

  1. Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food.

  3. Stay in the house and pay attention to what is happening. Many fires start because people do not check what they are cooking regularly.

  5. Always use a timer. It will remind you that food is cooking.

  7. Always keep a lid or baking soda close when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires.

  9. If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible.

  11. Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the stove.

  13. When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.

  15. Keep anything that can burn away from your stovetop, especially potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, and towels.

  17. Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.

>Click here for more fire safety information.

Photo Credit: Fdmount via Flickr

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We Can Help You Move Anywhere in the World

Are you thinking of moving out of state, or anywhere in the world? Reinhart can assist you with your move.

Reinhart is part of an elite network of independent real estate firms, united under the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World banner.

For concierge real estate services anywhere in the world, Reinhart is the best place to begin.

For sound advice and help creating your real estate plan, call us today at  734-747?7888.

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Exciting Workshops, Panel Discussions, and Exchange Sessions at the WXW Forum 13

The Women’s Exchange of Washtenaw (WXW), a local nonprofit organization developed for women growing successful companies in Michigan, hosts unique events where women business leaders talk through their issues, share experiences and ideas and form lasting connections. WXW’s signature event is their annual all-day forum for business leaders.

Hundreds of local business leaders will come together for a fun day of learning, networking, and growing through workshops, an exchange session and an amazing panel at the WXW Forum13 on October 10th.

We are proud to be a Leader Circle Sponsor of the Women’s Exchange of Washtenaw. Visit the Women’s Exchange of Washtenaw’s website for more information or to register for the WXW Forum13.


WXW Forum13
Thursday, October 10
Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building
4800 East Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor
8am – 6pm


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Remarkable Wooded Retreat in Chelsea

This week we are featuring Rick Taylor’s listing—17249 Carolina Trace, Chelsea, MI 48118.

This contemporary house has panoramic views on 25 rolling and wooded acres.

The living room has 20 ft. high soaring cathedral ceilings and fieldstone fireplace.

It also features an expansive kitchen, lovely dining room, master suite, and finished walkout basement.

Only 5 minutes from I-94, this house is an easy commute to Ann Arbor or Jackson.

The new owner will be able to enjoy the beautiful extensive rear deck overlooking a wildlife sanctuary.

This property offers an up north feeling without the drive. You’ll fall in love with the natural surroundings as evidenced by the deer, turkey and other animals.

If you would like more information about 17249 Carolina Trace, Chelsea, MI or if you are interested in scheduling a showing, please contact Rick Taylor at 734-443-2601 or rtaylor@reinhartrealtors.com.

Searching for houses for sale in Chelsea?

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Gimme Shelter 2013: A Good Time for a Good Cause

Homelessness affects communities all across the country. Last year in Washtenaw County more than 1,000 children under 18 years of age were homeless. Interfaith Hospitality Network at Alpha House (IHN) provides temporary shelter, food, and support services to children and families.

Gimme Shelter is IHN’s only annual fundraising event. Funds raised provide essential shelter and support services to those who need it the most. In 2012, Gimme Shelter raised more than $90,000 for programs that directly assist children and families experiencing homelessness in Washtenaw County.

This year Gimme Shelter will feature a strolling dinner, silent auction, and 150 bottle wine pull. We are proud to be a sponsor of the Interfaith Hospitality Network. Visit IHN’s website for more information or to buy a ticket for the Gimme Shelter 2013.


Gimme Shelter 2013
Saturday, September 28
Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building
4800 East Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor
6:00pm – 9:30pm

Photo Credit: IHN at Alpha House

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