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Spacious Farm House in Pinckney

Featured Listing

This week we are featuring Jackie Sheller’s listing — 7814 Farley Road, Pinckney, MI, 48169

7814 Farley Road, Pinckney, MIQ. Can you describe the architectural style of the home?
Farmhouse with custom renovation and a red barn.

7814 Farley Road - EntryQ. What distinctive features set this home apart?
This family home has something for everyone on huge country parcel in Pinckney. Features include 16 acres, in-ground pool with heated recreation/pool house, children’s play area, 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 car garage and 40 X 120’ heated pole barn with bathroom. There is also room for horses or livestock.7814 Farley Road - KitchenQ. What are the advantages of the location & neighborhood?
Home is close to Farley Elementary. Large parcel allows for family recreation, possible future splits (per municipality), a gentleman’s farm and wide open spaces for relaxation.

7814 Farley Road - Master BathQ. Have there been any recent renovations or upgrades?
The home has been completely renovated in the past eight years. It has a newer roof, deck, furnace and bathrooms. Kitchen and bathrooms have beautiful granite countertops.

7814 Farley Road - WalkoutQ. Does the community have any amenities we should know about?
Home is close to the Pinckney Recreation area and the famous Chain of Lakes. Hiking and biking trail head is just down the road.

7814 Farley Road - PoolQ. What amazing views will the new homeowner be able to enjoy?
Green acres abound. Mature trees and landscaping along with some farm fields make this home a comfortable place to be away from the hustle and bustle.

7814 Farley Road - BackyardQ. What makes the price of this home so great?
This family home was renovated in keeping with a farm house style home. There is a beautiful big red barn, and an in-ground pool. There is also land for a quad/snow mobile track farm or garden and a heated pole barn for many hobbies. This property has something for every member of the family.

7814 Farley Road - SceneryQ. Can you tell us a fun fact about the home?
The parcel was a part of the original Farley Farm.

7814 Farley Road - BarnQ. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about the home?
If you are looking for space and a beautiful home look no further than 7814 Farley Rd. in Pinckney. Located just south of Swarthout Rd.

If you would like more information about 7814 Farley Road, Pinckney, MI or if you are interested in scheduling a showing, please contact Jackie Scheller at 734-707-8774.

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Vote Today in Michigan’s Statewide Primary

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.

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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.

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Happy Fourth of July!

The Charles Reinhart Company, Realtors’ sales offices are closed today in honor of Independence Day.

Fourth of July

We hope you have a truly memorable and Happy Fourth of July!

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Spring is Officially Here

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.

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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. 

 

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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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Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!


 

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Exquisite Lakeside Home in Pinckney


Featured Listing

Today we are featuring Janet McAllister’s Pinckney listing –  9640 Huntley Cove Pinckney, MI 48169

Q. What distinctive features set this home apart?

It is in a waterfront community of 10 custom homes and comes with its own boat slip.

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

The home has distinctive architectural details with arched openings and windows to enjoy exterior views of lake and nature.

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

This is a rare opportunity to be on all-sports Base Line Lake but still have a backyard to enjoy.

Q. Have there been any recent renovations or upgrades?

Newer home built in 2004 in immaculate condition with extensive wood flooring, high end cabinetry, granite and wet bar on lower level walkout.

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

Waterfront with boat slip.

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

The price per sq. ft. is $208.00 which is very low for Base Line Lake with a newer custom home. Total square footage over 4400. No need for flood insurance.

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

Water and trees.

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

The beams in the basement were designed to not be in the living space so the walkout is open for entertaining.

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

This home has every detail from solid wood doors to grand entrance with architectural opening from foyer to great room to meet aesthetically pleasing views to lake. Has a cedar screened porch, 2 A/C units and furnaces for complete temperature control of upstairs and main level.

If you would like more information about 9640 Huntley Cove Pinckney, MI or if you are interested in scheduling a showing, please contact Janet McAllister at 734-231-3508 or jmcallister@reinhartrealtors.com.

Are you looking for homes for sale in Pinckney?

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Moving Mistakes That May Cost You

Moving can be challenging and expensive. Watch out for these moving mistakes that could cost you!

Not Making a Plan
Whether you are moving across the country or across Washtenaw County, moving takes a lot of work and planning. To alleviate the stress of last minute planning and packing, create a schedule with a moving checklist. Real Simple has a great moving checklist.

Moving Things You No Longer Need
Not only do you waste money moving things you no longer need, you also waste time and energy. Before you begin packing, get rid of everything you don’t use or won’t need in your new home. Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley’s ReStore is a great place to donate what you no longer need.

Packing Poorly
Safely and securely pack your belongings. Invest in quality boxes, specifically designed for moving to ensure that your belongs will be safe. Be sure to accurately label boxes to save time when you are unpacking. Don’t wait until the last minute; begin by packing a few boxes a day so the process isn’t so overwhelming.

> Click here for 9 tips for packing up a household.

Hiring the Wrong Moving Company
A quality moving company can save you time, as well as the stress and energy of moving on your own. Reinhart recommends working with Stevens Worldwide Van Lines for their quality service and great value.

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