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What’s Ahead: 2014 Real Estate Market

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.

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Embrace the Winter Weather without Getting Frostbite

Winter weather is upon us.  With subzero wind chill and snow in the forecast it is important to prepare both yourself and your home.

Dress for Success
Whether you want to build a snow man, go skiing, or shovel the driveway, wearing appropriate clothing in the winter is important. Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm.  Having good thick socks will make a huge difference. When going outside remember to wear gloves, hats, and scarves to retain body heat.


Shovel Your Neighbor’s Driveway
Despite the fun winter activities that come with snow, snow removal can be a nuisance. For those who rent or own a home removing the snow is essential. While there are many methods of snow removal shoveling is still incredibly popular. If you are shoveling it is important be careful. It is physically strenuous work, so it is important to stay hydrated and take breaks when necessary. In addition to your own driveway and sidewalk, consider helping your out of town or elderly neighbors by shoveling their walk also.

Set Aside the Salt
With the cold and slippery roads there has been a lot of talk about salt use on roads and sidewalks. Salt works best when the outside temperature is above 20 degrees Fahrenheit. If it is colder than that, sand is a better option.

When it is the proper temperature be careful about how you distribute your salt. Salt will corrode metal when it gets wet, and can kill grass.  After applying salt thinner ice will melt, but thicker patches should be brushed or shoveled away.


Northern Exposure
In the winter exposure to cold can lead to hypothermia or frostbite. Symptoms of frostbite include numbness, flushed gray, white, blue, or yellow skin, discoloration, or waxy feeling skin.

Symptoms of hypothermia, including confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering require immediate medical attention.

Pets and Pipes
Both your pets and pipes need to be kept at an appropriate temperature in the winter. For pets this means bringing them indoors with access to water.

Avoid bursting your pipes by keeping your house the same temperature day and night. We recommend at least 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Have your kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors open to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage.


How are you protecting yourself from the elements this winter?

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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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Remarkable Colonial Situated on Over 8.5 Acres


Today we are featuring Brent Flewelling’s listing- 7751 Sunset Ct, Saline, MI 48176

Wonderful custom home situated on 8.9 acres with an abundance of wildlife and nearly 3,000 sq. ft. of livable space.

This light filled home with open floor plan features hardwood floors and cathedral ceilings with excellent craftsmanship and detail throughout.

The spacious kitchen has a large island, double ovens, and a breakfast nook surrounded by windows with spectacular views.

First floor master suite features a private fireplace and access to wrap around porch along with separate his and hers sinks and closets.

Three additional bedrooms on the upper level with 2 full baths including a Jack and Jill and a guest suite.

Located in the Saline school district this house has everything thing you need to entertain outdoors including a full walkout lower level, beautiful paver patio with built in fire pit and seating.

Enjoy the extra space of a 3 car garage along with a 44x 56 pole barn with a finished second story for a studio or office space.

Additional updates include a new furnace, newer windows and roof.

If you would like more information about 7751 Sunset Ct Saline, MI 48176, or are if you are interested in scheduling a showing, please contact Brent Flewelling at 734-646-4263
Are you looking for homes for sale in Saline?

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Help Us Stuff-A-Bus in Saline

We need your help this Saturday, December 7, to Stuff-A-Bus for Toys for Tots. Please bring new un-wrapped toys to any of the locations below in the Saline Oaks Plaza.

• Saline Area Chamber of Commerce
• The Oaks Plaza
• Junga’s Ace Hardware
• Farmers Insurance, Thomas-Perry Agency
• Gabriel’s Cheese-steak Hoagies
• Great Lakes Educational Group
• Jensen’s Community Pharmacy
• Jet’s Pizza –Saline
• Powerhouse Gym
• Reinhart Realtors-Saline
• Renew Salon & Spa
• Sprint by Orbit-Tech
• Dr. Katherine Kelly Orthodontics

Toys for Tots, a US Marine Foundation, was established in 1947. Since then, Toys for Tots has distributed more than 452 million toys to more than 209 million needy children.

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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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Birdhouses, Ceramics, and Calligraphy at the 27th Annual Saline Craft Show

This Saturday, November 9, 250 crafters from 14 different states will travel to Saline to sell goods at the 27th annual Saline Craft Show.

The show runs from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at Saline Middle School, 7190 Maple Road. Proceeds from the show benefit 13 youth-based groups from within the Saline Area School District and community.

Crafters will sell a variety of items from decorative paintings to stoneware to rugs. Other items include birdhouses, ceramics, clothing and calligraphy. Of the 250 vendors, 39 crafters are new to the show.

Last year, the show attracted more than 10,000 customers as well as crafters from throughout the U.S. including Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Florida, Georgia and Kentucky.
Admission is $4, children 10 and younger are admitted for free.

For more information on the show, visit salineshows.com.

Source: Heritage Newspapers

Photos: SalinesShows.com

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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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