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Find Your Dream Home This Autumn

Were you too caught up in vacations, weddings, and family time this summer to search for a house? Maybe the hot summer market left you unable to land your dream home. With fall right around the corner, now is a great time for buyers to resume their home search.

Less Pressure
House hunters who begin shopping for houses in spring or summer can easily become overwhelmed by the speed of sales. Buyers who are searching in fall and even winter months often experience less pressure and more selection. As the season slows down a bit realtors have more time to work with you.

Deals
Is there a house you like that has been on the marketing all summer? If it is still listed without an “under contract” update now could be time to make an offer. After this summer’s strong market, if a house is still sitting on the market, sellers should be willing to negotiate.

Condition
Buying a home in autumn gives you a chance to see the true condition of the house. On bright beautiful summer days it is often hard to see how a house holds up to inclement weather. Summer can hide things like leaves piled up in the gutter or cold rooms. Use the autumn months to see if the house really is in immaculate condition.

Plan Ahead
Home improvement stores and contractors usually have sales or discounts during the fall season. If you purchase a home that needs remodeling, or just updates, you will likely save money on these projects by doing them in the fall. The more work you do the more you will save.

Regardless of the season, working with a real estate professional is a benefit to your home search.

When you’re ready to buy a home in Washtenaw County, Reinhart is ready to help. Contact us today to learn more about the projections for the fall real estate market in Washtenaw County.

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Entertainment for Your Eyes and Ears

One of the biggest events in Ann Arbor is the Ann Arbor Art Fairs. While most people are familiar with the booths filled with high quality paintings, sculptures, photography, and other conceptual arts, visitors may be less aware of the musical and dance performances that are featured during the fairs.

There are three music stages: the Art Fair Main Stage at Ann Arbor’s South University Art Fair, the iSpy Stage at Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair, and the Fountain Stage at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair. Each stage features a variety of acts. There will be ballet, Congo, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, modern, Polynesian, tap dancing and more. Along with the variety of dancing there will also be a wide array of musical acts.

Click here for a full schedule of the 2013 Music Stages Schedule.

Information on all the Art Fairs is available through www.artfairs.visitannarbor.org.

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Spacious Country Home on Picturesque Private Acreage

Featured Listing

Today we are featuring Jackie Scheller’s Munith Listing – 10675 Roberts Dr. Munith, MI, 49259.

Q. What distinctive features set this home apart?

The home sits on sixty acres with three bedrooms, two baths, and a pole barn.

Q. Can you describe the architectural style of the home?

This is a tri-level with an attached one car garage.

Q. What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?

The home is in an area that is great for farming, horses, cows or enjoying the green acres.  Just minutes from Jackson, it is close to paved main road M-106. Outstanding Stockbridge Schools, which was voted top ten rural districts by NPR. Near Waterloo Recreation Area with lakes and camping.

Q. Have there been any recent renovations or upgrades?

Home is neat as a pin and move in ready. Updates are needed to make it your own. All mechanicals are well maintained.

Q. Does the community have any amenities we should know about?

Located in a friendly farming area, the community has a rural feeling. Has easy access to I-94 and 127.

Q. What amazing views will the new homeowner be able to enjoy?

View from deck offers great privacy for enjoying the wildlife, flora, and fauna.

Q. What makes the price of this home so great?

Buyers will have room to grow into this affordable house.

Q. Can you tell us a fun fact about the home?

Home has only had one owner and also has a great deck for entertaining.

 

Q. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about the home?

There is an additional set up west of pole barn with well, septic, electric and natural gas. Wonderful location for a full service barn, riding arena or another manufactured home. It is also good for hunting and motorized toys like dirt bikes, and quads.

If you would like more information about 10675 Roberts Dr. Munith, MI or if you are interested in scheduling a showing, please contact Jackie Scheller at 734-433-2188.

Are you looking for homes for sale in Munith?

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Celebrate performing arts at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival

Presenting a world-class celebration of arts and entertainment, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival is a community tradition. Entering its 30th season, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival includes two concurrent programs, one indoor and one outdoor, from June 14-July 7.

Mainstage
The indoor mainstage series includes ticketed performances of world-class music, dance, theater and comedy.

Top of the Park
Under the summer sky, Top of the Park features free movies, concerts and attractions for the entire family to enjoy. Presented at Ingalls Mall in downtown Ann Arbor, Top of the Park provides a forum for great local, regional, and national artists exemplifying Ann Arbor’s diverse, friendly, and unique culture.

Special Activities & Attractions:

David Zinn
Known around the world, David Zinn’s amazing chalk drawings will be on the street and sidewalks throughout Top of the Park.

KidZone
Providing a fun and safe area for children and their parents, the KidZone features a variety of hands-on activities.

AADL’s Kids Rock
A Sunday family concert series presented in partnership with the Ann Arbor District Library.

Les 7 Doigts De La Main
Packed with dazzling daredevilry, urban charm, and infectious energy, this young company has pioneered a whole new brand of theatrical entertainment with their mix of acrobatic dance, physical theater and torso-twisting routines.

Retreat
A series of mind-body sessions, enjoy relaxing late-afternoon weekend workouts including yoga, Aikido, hula hooping, and dance fitness classes.

Spontaneous Art
Ann Arbor based urban interventionists create interactive performances that bring bystanders together for moments of communal laughter, social connectivity, and flashes of creativity.

Superhero
Festival-goers will be able to fly over the historic facade of the Burton Memorial Tower while enjoying a number of super powers, which they can control with natural gestures.

Tangle
Tangle is a huge, messy, fun, interactive elastic weaving event created live by children and their families. It’s part spectacular visual arts installation, part performance, part playground, part dance party and all chaos.

Tasting Tuesday
Learn about beer varietals and the brewing process in this craft beer sampling on Tuesdays at Top of the Park.

Wind Down Wednesday
Every Wednesday enjoy a wine tasting event at Top of the Park!

For more information, a complete schedule of events or to purchase tickets, visit www.A2SF.org.

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Unique Contemporary Farmhouse in Ann Arbor

Today we are featuring Carolyn Lepard’s Luxury Listing 3711 Oakmore Court, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Q. What distinctive features set this home apart?

This is an award winning “Contemporary Farmhouse” designed by Damian Farrell and built by Christian Tenant. There is nothing else like it.

Q.  Can you describe the architectural style of the home?

It is a Contemporary Farmhouse and was built in 2000.

Q. What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?

The home sits high above Tubbs Road and is in a very private location close to Huron River.

Q. Can you tell us a fun fact about the home?

There is a silo-like spiral staircase.  Also the home has a “Walking Gallery” which connects the Sleeping Wing to the Living Wing.

Q. What amazing views will the new homeowner be able to enjoy?

Gorgeous walled garden and landscaping.

Q. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about the home?

The property has a Carriage House that is fully heated and air conditioned and has full bath, kitchen and Movie Theater.

If you would like more information about 3711 Oakmore Court, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 or if you are interested in scheduling a showing, please contact Carolyn Lepard at 734-669-6808.

Are you looking for homes for sale in Ann Arbor?

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What Happens When Both Prices & Rates Are Rising?

If you have been considering moving, there is a 75% chance you will be searching for a home that is bigger or similar to your current home, which means that you will not be spending less on your next home. If that is the case, and you plan to finance it with a mortgage, you should know that waiting for prices to increase could have the opposite effect you want on your pocketbook. The predicted rises in interest rates will cost more than you are likely to gain in waiting for a higher sale price.

The 105 leading housing analysts who make up the Home Price Expectation Survey are predicting that home prices nationally will increase 3.1% by the end of 2013. In addition, interest rates are predicted to rise 1% by the end of 2013 according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.

In the example below, you move into an equivalent home now versus waiting until the end of 2013.

Looking to sell your home contact us to find a realtor.

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Designing Your Dream Home

Assembling a perfect gingerbread house is a beloved tradition of many families. Below are several spectacular gingerbread houses to spark your creativity.

Photo Credit: Wilton Industries

Photo Credit: Wilton Industries

Photo Credit: Wilton Industries


Photo Credit: Wilton Industries


Photo Credit: Wilton Industries

Photo Credit: Wilton Industries

 

> Click here for more ideas and resources.

 

 

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Today’s Real Estate Agent and Their Future – The Enterprise Network Annual Holiday Blog Swap [infographic]

Holiday Blog Swap

Real estate has changed so much over the last 50 years; from the “good ole boy” handshake to the 21 page contract and the 10-15 page listing packet. With every step of the way agents have had to learn and revise the way they think when it comes to managing their business.

Just like “paper trail” change for agents, the way we sell real estate now has been a huge game changer for our industry. We have gone from meeting our clients face-to-face to sign documents (this is still the best practice), to the fax machine and now the email scanner to send clients their documents to sign. We now send email or text alerts to our buyers and sellers on properties instead of hand delivering the information.

The number one thing that has changed the Real Estate profession forever is “Technology.”

Love it or hate it, technology has an ever evolving and business changing roll on our industry and that will never go away. The internet changed the face of real estate early in the 1990’s.  Since then syndications of MLS material, social media and blogging have catapulted the way real estate works on an hourly basis. Not only do the agents themselves have to keep up with the latest and greatest, but the brokerages have to stay “in the know” on all technology as well.

When surveying previous clients on how they chose their Realtor, many answer the same way. They want a “tech savvy” agent who promotes their properties anywhere and everywhere. They want their agent at their “mobile” fingertips so that they are able to reach them 24/7.

So, are you the agent or brokerage of the future?

As an agent and/or brokerage it is our responsibility to research what technology works for each client/agent/brokerage. There are so many platforms to choose from and many scams to catch the eye of the agents to attempt to get them to pay for more services that are sometimes even free. This is where the brokerages come in. All brokerages should be helpful and knowledgeable on internet and social media scams.

Training the agents on the rules and regulations of what they are publishing and where to publish them is a good aspect to have in place. To cultivate a “new breed of agent” each brokerage should set out to give the best training they can to their agents. Knowledge is key when it comes to technology.

 

According to The Enterprise Network Agent Survey, the top 3 assets a brokerage can offer an agent: Marketing Tools, Agent Websites and Training.

 

Even showing the oldest agent the simplest steps can prove to their clients “they still have it.”  Agents have shown that they love the training but often feel lost when it comes to putting what they’ve learned into practice. You can’t hold each agents hand through each process, but having a solid training program in place will ensure that you’re cultivating a “new breed of agents” within your brokerage. You’ll be there to answer their questions, re-teach steps, listen to their needs and have a system for following up.

Not every agent is going to get what social media is or even want to participate, especially the seasoned agents. Out of the surveyed agents, 64.1% said they spend 0-5 hours a week on social media. Some younger agents may prefer to only text/facebook/email their clients, however 90% of the general public still want the phone call or the actual presence of their Realtor. Mobile technology and social media is still scary for some agents, but it leads the future on how clients find the properties, agents and brokerages. The bandwagon of the internet from the 1990’s has become the mobile and social media bullet train of the future for real estate.

Let the agents, no matter the age, teach one another the best practices of real estate. When agents work together, things get accomplished. Different generations can teach one another the skills sets they’ve acquired and, when they put them into practice, the cultivating of a new breed of agent comes to life. No matter if you’ve been in the business 50 years or just 5 days.

 

Written by:
Charity Middleton, Realtor
Murney Associates, Realtors

READ MORE HOLIDAY BLOG SWAP ARTICLES HERE

 

The Enterprise Network Agent Survey Infographic:

What Today's Real Estate Agent Looks Like Infographic

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Congratulations to the 2012 President’s Club

Reinhart recognized members of the 2012 President’s Club on Wednesday, November 14 in the Weston Lounge of the Jack Roth Stadium Club at the University of Michigan Football Stadium. Lunch was served, overlooking the University of Michigan Football field, to celebrate the incredible accomplishments of more than 60 real estate agents.

For nearly 30 years, the President’s Club has recognized the top producers at the Charles Reinhart Company Realtors. To qualify for the President’s Club, an agent must close 18 or more transactions per year, which is more than 2.5 times the national average.

“Our annual President’s Club event provides fellowship as well as peer and corporate recognition for the elite members of our sales team,” explains Dave Lutton, President of the Charles Reinhart Company Realtors. “They are industry leaders. It is our pleasure to honor them. Their outstanding sales achievements are the reason for our firm’s dominant position in the local real estate industry.”

The 2012 President’s Club includes:

  • Nancy Bishop
  • Nancy Bowerbank
  • Elizabeth Brien
  • Laurie Buys
  • Bruce Conybeare
  • Stacie Dugas
  • Patricia Durston
  • Richard Ebenhoeh
  • Tammi Ebenhoeh
  • Patti Eddy
  • Barbara Eichmuller
  • Deborah Engelbert
  • Robert Ewing
  • Felice Fergel
  • Brent Flewelling
  • Kathy Frey
  • Maria Gilbert-Anglin
  • Sherry Grammatico
  • Kim Hanschu
  • Deb Helber
  • Richard Jarzembowski
  • Robyn Javornisky
  • Fran Jones
  • Jeffrey Klink
  • Todd Lands
  • Carolyn Lepard
  • Debbie Leutheuser
  • Marygrace Liparoto
  • Rick Mangan
  • Richard Mattie
  • Bruce Maxson
  • Janet McAllister
  • Marcia Merola
  • Matthew Miller
  • Kerene Morrissey
  • Patricia Mueller
  • Jan Nelson
  • Nicola Noel
  • Kim Peoples
  • Julie Picknell
  • Michal Porath
  • Timothy Powell
  • Maura Rains
  • Edward Ridha
  • Lisa Ridha
  • Alice Roderick
  • Tracey Roy
  • Sue Rushlow
  • Maryann Ryan
  • Jackie Scheller
  • Marcia Shaughnessy
  • Anne Sloan
  • Ren Snyder
  • Susan Snyder
  • Lisa Stelter
  • Debora Odom Stern
  • Richard Taylor
  • Linda Tenza
  • Susan Underwood
  • Melissa VanDam
  • Maria Wade
  • Hillary Ward
  • Jean Wedemeyer
  • Mary Ellen Wood

We are very proud to have such a large group of high performing agents within our company!

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Top 10 Items To Add To Your Honey-Do List to Avoid a Homeowner’s Claim – Part 2

We continue to work our way through the Top 10 items on your Honey-Do list that might help you avoid a homeowner’s claim. This week’s suggestions all are water related tasks that will help protect your home from both the inside & outside. Let’s get started – some will be fall related tasks, so have that maintenance calendar handy. Schedule them now & get these tasks off your plate as soon as possible.

#7. Paint – It’s not just for an art gallery canvas!
Sun, wind, & rain normally erode away paint on exterior wood over a period of 8 to 10 years. Take a walk around your home. Be vigilant in looking for wear spots on your paint. Remember Henry Landau’s words, “Your house is not a boat – keep water out!” Exterior bare wood is screaming for your help. Also, look for signs of blistering and peeling paint – signs that moisture may have already penetrated behind your paint and need your immediate attention! Think scraping, sanding, priming, & painting – all necessary steps to give your home the protection it needs.

#6. Show your sump pump some love!
If you have a sump pump it may be a little easier to sleep at night – it almost feels like an extra insurance policy, doesn’t it? Perhaps you’ve added a back up sump to your sump after last summer’s floods? Well, just to let you know, you can get a back up to your back up insurance policy – there’s now an alarm system than can be installed to your sump and is perhaps also offered through your home’s alarm system company. Private residential alarm companies now offer alerts should flooding be detected. If you’re not aware of that option you may want to discuss it with the company monitoring your home.
A couple quick checks for you to maintain your sump:

  • Clean the pump inlet screen.
  • Check your power cord to make sure it’s connected to power.
  • Dump a bucket of water into the sump to raise the float and make sure the pump turns on.

#5. Gutters – clean ones are a house’s best friend!
Moss, pine needles, and leaves can lead to clogged gutters, which in heavy rains can cause a gutter failure. Water that’s normally directed to drain away from your home finds alternate paths often into your interior, sometimes leading to roof, fascia, foundation, and basement damage.

Home maintenance schedules suggest cleaning gutters 2x a year. Clean gutters in the fall, naturally. Some trees, like oaks, will drop their leaves when first buds appear in the spring, surprisingly! Another option you may be interested in looking into are gutter guards, which may reduce down the amount of time you spend with this task!

I know you’ll be working hard over the next few weeks and months to knock some of these tasks off your list. Just relax & enjoy that satisfying feeling of a job well done & the knowledge you’re doing all you can to follow Henry Landau’s suggestion to “Keep water out!”
Click here to read Laura Spensley’s first guest blog post in this three part series.

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