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.
This Sunday, June 1, there will be two fun events for the local community to take part in – the Dexter Ann Arbor Run and the Taste of Ann Arbor.
Dexter Ann Arbor Run
If you want to run by beautiful trees, hills, and the riverbanks Dexter Ann Arbor half marathon, 10K, 5K and kids fun run is perfect for you. In its 38th year, the race continues its high quality run and walk along an eastward route of Huron River. Spend time enjoying the historical Dexter and Ann Arbor communities, the wonder of “Arbor-land”, the home of the Wolverines and an amazing race.
Click here for more information about the Dexter Ann Arbor Run.
After you work up a sweat consider getting a bite to eat at the Taste of Ann Arbor. This delicious annual event will take place on Main Street from 11am-5pm. It features savory samplings from more than 30 restaurants.
To try the bite-sized samples, visitors must pay with tickets. Tickets for food can be purchased at the event for $.50 each. Most dishes will be priced between 4 and 6 tickets. In addition to the food, there will be live entertainment throughout the day served up by Bank of Ann Arbor’s Sonic Lunch.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
This weekend marks both Dexter Daze and Saline’s Summerfest. Both festivals feature music and entertainment.
Dexter Daze has expanded to a new venue, Mill Creek Park. This has enabled them to expand and offer many additional activities, artist booths, and entertainment. There will entertainment for all ages. Friday the Leslie Science and Nature Center is putting on an animal show at the gazebo, and Saturday evening will be Bacchanal, a Detroit-based performance troupe specializing in fire performance and circus-style entertainment.
Saline Summerfest is known for music acts, performers, and the arts and crafts booths. This year’s music headliners are 56 Daze on Friday night, and The Phoenix Theory will headline Saturday’s all-day music showcase. Saline’s Summerfest is a collection of many community events, all thrown on the same day. This year, there will be new bike tour and a 5K run/walk, a vintage car show, and a brand new electric car show.
Whether you are planning on attending the festival in Saline, Dexter, or both this is sure to be an exciting weekend in Washtenaw County.
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.
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!
If you have been waiting to sell your home, consider acting now instead of waiting until spring. The balance has shifted and there are more buyers than sellers. Listing before the spring wave of homes hits the market can put your home in a more favorable competitive position and result in a higher price.
The market has stabilized and the days of uncertainty and long market times are behind us in most cases. Prices are rising in most areas. New construction is also rebounding and may be a viable option for your next home.
Start your 2013 real estate plan with a free consultation with a Reinhart professional. We will arm you with all the knowledge you need to decide what is right for you.