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Serene Brick and Cedar Ranch Home

Today we are featuring Michal Porath’s Dexter listing- 8180 Walsh Road, Dexter, MI 48130

Set back from the road, this brick and cedar ranch home is the perfect place for peace and quiet on a magnificent plot of over two acres.

The space features an open floor plan, volume ceilings, skylights, and oak hardwood floors.

The family room is warm, inviting, and brimming with sunshine.

Master bedroom has stunning, adjoining home office and huge luxury bath.

With plenty of garden space and a dense forest behind the park-like setting with mature, spring flowering trees, you can enjoy privacy and beauty during all four seasons.

If you would like more information about 8180 Walsh Road, Dexter, MI 48130 or if you are interested in scheduling a showing, please contact Michal Porath at 734-395-0650

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Welcome to the Charles Reinhart Company, Nancy Arnold

Nancy came to the Ann Arbor area in 1997. She has a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine from Eastern Michigan University and has spent 20 years in the health and fitness field. She was employed as the Athletic Trainer at both Ann Arbor Pioneer High School and Canton High School and is currently a Personal Trainer at Liberty Athletic Club.

Her previous experience in management and her current work experience has allowed her to develop strong relationships with her clients by being patient and dependable. These are valuable skills she is able to bring to the real estate profession.

Nancy has been married to Jim Arnold for 13 years and has a German Shorthair named Dakota.

Nancy Arnold has joined the Elizabeth Brien Team and is working out of the Ann Arbor West Office – 2355 West Stadium.

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23rd Annual Home, Garden and Lifestyle Show Comes to the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds

The 23rd Annual Home, Garden and Lifestyle Show takes place Friday, March 15 through Sunday, March 17 at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds.

Nearly 200 remodelers, landscapers, insurance and finance specialists, home decorators, retailers, and other vendors will be at the Show this weekend.

A 2-for-1 admission coupon is available at BRAGAnnArbor.com.

Click here fore more information about the Home, Garden and Lifestyle Show.

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9 Helpful Tips for Sellers

Moving can be overwhelming. Below are 9 tips for sellers to make your move as stress free as possible!

  1. Give your forwarding address to the post office 2-4 weeks prior to the move.
  2. Notify your charge cards, magazine subscriptions, and bank of the change of address.
  3. Develop a list of friends, relatives, and business colleagues who need to be notified of the move.

  5. Arrange to have utilities disconnected at your old home and connected at your new one.
  6. Cancel the newspaper.

  8. Check insurance coverage for moved items. Usually movers only cover what they pack.

  10. Have a “first open” box with the things you’ll need most– toilet paper, soap, trash bags, scissors, hammer, screwdriver, pencils, paper, cups, plates, water, snacks, and toothpaste.

  12. Clean out appliances and prepare them for moving, if applicable.

  14. Note the weight of the goods you’ll have moved, since long-distance moves are usually billed according to weight. Watch for movers that use excessive padding to add weight.


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University of Michigan Ranked Among Top 100 Hospitals in the United States

The University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) was recently named in the top 100 most integrated health systems in the nation by IMS Heath, a leading health care market analysis firm.

The U-M Health System is comprised of three hospitals: University Hospital, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital; more than 40 outpatient health centers and clinics and a comprehensive home-care program; the U-M Medical School with its Faculty Group Practice and extensive biomedical research and education programs; the clinical operations of the U-M School of Nursing; and the Michigan Health Corp.

Ann Arbor and the surrounding communities are very fortunate to have one of the best hospitals in the nation right here in Washtenaw County!

Click here to read the complete article.


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Reinhart Hosts Successful Blood Drive

By partnering with the American Red Cross, Reinhart hosted a successful annual blood drive earlier this month. Led by Deb Odom Stern, Reinhart surpassed the goal of donors by 7, collecting 38 pints of blood.

Over the past five years, Reinhart has produced 169 pints of blood, which could benefit as many as 500 patients. With the current need for blood in Washtenaw County, the partnership between the Charles Reinhart Company, Realtors and the Washtenaw County Chapter of the American Red Cross to organize a blood drive, proves to be vital for our community.

If you have any questions or would like to give blood, please contact the Washtenaw County Chapter of the American Red Cross at 734-971-5300.

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Find the Perfect Neighborhood that Fits your Lifestyle

Traditionally search fields have been generic and confined to MLS input fields such as price, location and number of bedrooms. Reinhart has launched a Lifestyle Search engine, powered by Onboard Informatics, which allows you to search for homes based on criteria that meets your specific needs.

By removing the limitations of only being able to search for homes based on number of bedrooms, bathrooms, square footage, and price range, this innovative search tool will allow you to search for neighborhoods that best match your unique lifestyle ranging from family friendly neighborhoods and great schools to communities near shopping, golf and more. By ranking criteria most important to you, you can find your ideal home.

With convenience in mind, the lifestyle search engine provides a targeted list of homes that accurately reflects your ideal neighborhood – further enhancing your online search experience.

> Start your Lifestyle Search!

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Top 13 Things to Watch for in 2013 – Part Three

What will this year bring? What’s happening now and what does it mean? We’ve got the answers you need—all wrapped up into 13 predictions about topics that will matter in 2013!

10. Housing prices on the rise—The average house price has returned to normal, when compared to long-term numbers. That means housing prices have bottomed out and are even starting to rise in many areas. There are still dips in different seasons or different markets, but the overall trend is improving—and should continue to improve in 2013.

11. Home inventories falling—The number of new homes sitting on the market has come down dramatically. In addition, fewer homes have been coming on the market. The number of existing homes on the market has also dropped dramatically. The bottom line is that the flood of homes on the market has been cleaned up over the last couple of years, and the market is in a much more stable position.

12. Housing starts and sales are up—The good news in home inventories clears the way for new homes to be built again. That’s good news for the labor market and for people ready to move into a new home. And we can see those elements playing out in the improvements in the number of home sales. This trend should continue in the coming months; however, different markets will experience different levels of improvements. That said, there are still a number of people who are working on improving their credit scores or saving up for a down payment. Those people may continue renting in 2013, but may be positioned to enter homeownership in 2014.

13. Lending loosening up—Lending peaked in 2008 and then dropped dramatically as lending restrictions tightened. In recent months, however, lending has begun to loosen…and should loosen slightly more in the coming year as balance sheets are cleaned up, more people have down payments saved, and more people enter the labor force. It’ll be a slow process, but it’s heading in the right direction.

The bottom line is that the U.S. has been slowing but steadily climbing out of the recession. This looks to be the year when the recovery final takes hold in such a way that more Americans will begin to feel it.

That’s good news for the economy, for consumers, and for the housing market in 2013.

> Click here to read part one.

> Click here to read part two.

Source: Mortgage Success Source, LLC

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Updated News About Ann Arbor Housing Market

As the graph below indicates, 2012 was a very strong year at Reinhart. In fact, it was a record year for closed sales (2828), $ volume closed ($664 million) and for market share (45%+ in Ann Arbor and 36%+ for the entire Multiple Listing System).

Sales through the entire MLS rose 9.7% in 2012 and average residential sale prices grew by 8.4% v. 2011. Reinhart accounted for most of the industry increase as its sales rose 25.2% v. 2011. Sales improvement was broad based across the county. Each of the following school districts enjoyed improved sales: Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Saline, Dexter, Chelsea, Whitmore Lake and Milan.

We’re pleased with this success and excited about the strength of the real estate recovery in Washtenaw County and southeast Michigan. With interest rates still near record lows and the economy gaining momentum we’re witnessing record buyer demand in the marketplace.

January 2013 was the strongest on record for purchase agreements executed. This reality has left us with an actual shortage of homes for sale as we begin February. My, how things have changed in a few short years!

This imbalance in supply and demand is driving prices higher. There is certainly room for that, as Ann Arbor/Washtenaw County home prices are still 10-30% below the 2005-6 price peak. So it’s a wonderful time to be a seller of real estate, and extremely competitive if you are a buyer.

As the year begins, we’re focusing on getting better in the ways we serve all of our clients. One challenge has been mastering the new software package for the Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors Multiple Listing Service. The new technology was clearly needed, but change is hard and the industry is scrambling to master the new tools. For Reinhart agents this has meant lots of special classes.

But, we will be ready for the heightened activity of the spring market. If you or your friends are ready for your next real estate action step, don’t hesitate; contact a Reinhart Realtor or me personally. And have a terrific 2013!


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Top 13 Things to Watch for in 2013 – Part Two

What will this year bring? What’s happening now and what does it mean? We’ve got the answers you need—all wrapped up into 13 predictions about topics that will matter in 2013!

5. Labor market slowly healing—There are a lot of demographics and statistics that look good for employment in the coming year. That doesn’t mean we’ll see a huge growth in jobs or decrease in the unemployment rate, but the trend is moving steadily in the right direction. It’s not where we want it to be, but it’s much better than it was…and it looks to continue improving.

6. Corporate sector is rocking—Profits for the Stock market have been spectacular. That means there is money ready to be spent, which is a good sign for economic growth.

7. Net worth is up—The increases in the Stock market (combined with improving home prices) have helped improve household net worth…which is on its way back to where it was before the recession. That means consumers are feeling better about their financial situations, which leads to feeling more comfortable making purchases again—and that’s good for the economy as a whole.

8. Europe looks better—The bottom line is that Europe has cauterized its wounds. That doesn’t mean there won’t be some hiccups or that Europe’s economy will quickly grow, but it does mean that the big concerns of the past couple years should be under control. That’s good news for the global economy, including the U.S. economy, which depends on Europe for trade.

9. Auto sales are fantastic—Auto sales have been doing better over the last couple of years…and are in a solid position. That position is due to auto manufacturers being lean and ready for growth. In addition, consumers who have been holding on to older cars for years are beginning to make new purchases. That’s good for jobs and the larger economy.

> Click here to read part one of this three part blog series.

Source: Mortgage Success Source, LLC

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