In our Neighborhood Spotlight we are exploring and unveiling a feature neighborhood in Washtenaw County. This week we are focusing on the Preserve neighborhood in Dexter.
Nestled along the North bank of the Huron River, the Preserve is a picturesque neighborhood of executive homes and an extensive array of custom homes.
Gorgeous vistas and stunning views are found in almost every direction, whether you’re looking out at the neighborhood’s two 15 acre lakes or enjoying sunset at the park.
Fun outdoor activities are always close at hand, with neighborhood children playing at the lakeshore and riding their bikes on the well-maintained community paths. In this warm and inviting neighborhood it is not unusual to meet your neighbors while out on a walk.
42st Annual Dexter Daze
Dexter Daze is an exciting community event that includes artisans, crafters, businesses and free entertainment for the whole family. This year it will include activities, as well as, all of your favorites from years past.
The event will have:
Movie Screening (The Sandlot)
Fireworks (Saturday, August 9 at 9:30pm- 10pm)
Kids’ Tractor Pull
3 on 3 Basketball Tournament (for boys and girls grades 3-12)
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.
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.
Inside this spacious colonial home there is an open floor plan, extensive maple wood floors, and crown molding.
The light-filled study has custom cabinets and French doors.
Gorgeous kitchen has windows for natural light, maple cabinets, a granite island, and butler’s pantry. Recent updates include well, roof, arsenic removal system and reverse osmosis water purification system.
Master suite is your retreat. Attributes include a master bath with granite, separate Jacuzzi and shower, heated towel bar, and a walk in closet.
Additional features include a finished lower level and 3 plus car garage.
Enjoy the hilltop setting and private backyard with its gorgeous views.
Come see the property in person at the open house this Sunday, May 4th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
If you would like more information about 6480 Meadow Creek Dr. Dexter, MI 48130 or if you are interested in scheduling a showing, please contact Janet McAllister at 734-231-3508.
Finished in 2007, this stunning 4 bedroom home rests on a 1 acre, in Gregory Farms.
Upon arrival you are welcomed by a manicured lawn, quality landscaping and custom built wood door. Once inside, you will behold higher end interior finishes at every turn.
Attributes of the house include nine foot ceilings, walls of windows, dark, rich hardwood flooring, fireplace and glazed cabinetry.
The kitchen has granite countertops, stainless steel appliances including a Bosch dishwasher, Jenn Air double ovens, professional gas range, hood and a wine refrigerator.
The expanded master suite has an extra tall Euro shower.
The home has a mud room, second floor laundry, and a full unfinished lower level with daylight/egress window. Additional features include a high efficiency furnace, tankless water heater, three car garage, stamped concrete patio fire pit and more!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.