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August
17

Ann Arbor Trails for Geocaching - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Living in the Ann Arbor area means that you're never far from nature, and geocaching is a great way to experience some of the most stunning natural spaces that the region has to offer. There are a number of geocaching organizations that are very active around Ann Arbor and throughout Michigan, so you will always have something new to experience. Explore the easier trails with the whole family, or grab your favorite hiking partner for a journey deep into nature. Our REALTORS® have you covered either way, with our guide to geocaching around Ann Arbor.

  • Matthaei Botanical Gardens Trail – 1800 N Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105
    Located near Ann Arbor homes for sale, the Matthaei Botanical Gardens Trail starts in those gorgeous gardens and ends at Parker Mill County Park. In between, you'll experience 2 miles of beautiful, well-maintained asphalt trails, and an ideal setting for anyone new to geocaching that still features plenty to see for more experienced treasure hunters. The trail is wheelchair accessible, and biking/inline skating are also allowed.

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August
10

Steakhouses - Ann Arbor - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Craving a perfectly cooked steak? These favorite local steakhouses can deliver. Our REALTORS® recommend these six Ann Arbor-area restaurants for a delicious steak dinner.

  • Carlyle Grill – 3660 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
    Known for its elegant, understated décor and friendly, neighborhood atmosphere, the Carlyle Grill has long been a favorite place for steaks close to Ann Arbor homes for sale. Enjoy the warm weather with a meal in the spacious, beautifully decorated open-air dining area. This is a great restaurant for a date night, or an evening out with friends, with an extensive drink menu and daily happy hour specials.

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July
27

Listing Price - Sell a Home - Remerica Hometown Realtors

When most homeowners list their homes, they're hoping to secure the best selling price possible. Our REALTORS® know that each of our clients listing Ann Arbor homes for sale are relying on a financially successful home sale to fund the next chapter of their lives. While we will always act in the best interest of our clients, we believe that all home sellers should be aware that certain situations may warrant a price reduction on the property. When is it appropriate for a seller to reduce the asking price on their home? Here are a few common reasons.

  • Comps are Lower
    Before you list your home, your agent will evaluate the comparable properties to identify a reasonable price for your home. If after you've listed your property you notice that many comps are now significantly lower — or worse, they're selling when yours isn't — you should lower the price to stay competitive.

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July
20

Siding Tips - Homeowners - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Re-siding your home offers a great opportunity to not only improve the visual appeal of the exterior, but also to boost your home's energy efficiency. The key to gaining these benefits is choosing the right material. There are a number of distinctive and attractive materials available for re-siding, so how do you know what to choose?

Further, there are some caveats that go along with selecting siding contractors that every homeowner should know about.

And remember, our REALTORS® can help advise you on all the right moves to make when you're getting ready to place your home among Ann Arbor homes for sale.

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July
13

Furniture Stores - Ann Arbor, MI - Remerica Hometown Realtors

If you've bought a new home in or near Ann Arbor, MI, you'll want to make your house your own by ensuring it reflects your personal taste and preferences. Local furniture stores can help you by offering the pieces, expertise, and even customized options to help elevate your home's sense of style.

Our REALTORS® suggest going shopping for furniture at the following five local stores.

  • All About Furniture- 5301 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
    All About Furniture has been in business in the Ann Arbor area for over 15 years, offering a large selection and a no-pressure atmosphere. You'll find plenty of Amish and American-made furniture in their large showroom located near Ann Arbor homes for sale, including reclining sofas, custom dining room sets, and entertainment centers. Reviewers have praised All About Furniture's high-quality pieces as well as its superior level of customer service and attention to detail when your furniture is delivered, since the shop uses felt pads to protect your flooring.

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July
6

Camping - Ann Arbor, MI - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Summer is finally here! After being cooped up at home for so long, our REALTORS® are ready to explore the great outdoor spaces the Ann Arbor area has to offer. Camping is one of our favorite ways to relax, destress, and spend some quality time with our friends and family. If you're hoping to pitch a tent and enjoy the warm weather, check out these five awesome campgrounds around town.

  • Bishop Lake Campgrounds – 5210 Bishop Lake Rd., Brighton, MI 48116
    The Bishop Lake Campground is ready to welcome back visitors for the summer. With five trails ranging from 1- to 6-miles long, it's one of our preferred places to hike and mountain bike. What we really love about the Bishop Lake Campground is its inclusivity. There are handicap accessible trails, beaches, boat launches, a fishing pier, and modern restrooms, making it a convenient and easy way for the whole family to enjoy a night of camping.

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June
22

Cost-Effective Kitchen Updates - Remerica Hometown Realtors

If you're planning to sell your home, your kitchen can make or break a sale. Updating it can help you sell your home faster and for more money. But one thing to remember is that it's not about how much you use to create a big impact, it's about the feeling potential buyers get when they set foot in your kitchen. With the right combination of creativity, elbow grease, and patience, you can give your kitchen a dramatic facelift without the huge price tag. Here are quick and inexpensive refreshers to revive your kitchen and attract potential buyers looking at Ann Arbor homes for sale.

  • Update Your Kitchen Cabinets
    If your cabinets are in good shape, but they look old and outdated, you have options that don't involve replacing them. Sanding, painting, or staining them can give you a complete set of new-looking cabinets for a few hundred bucks. While you're freshening up your kitchen cabinets, it may be time to rethink the hardware. Metals going modern in kitchen design include stainless steel, matte aluminum, copper, and brushed gold. Try swapping out old handles, knobs, drawer pulls, and range hood to create a dramatically different look.

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June
15

Landscape Edging - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Everyone wants an edge over the competition. When it comes to home sales, that edge can be razor-thin or as wide as the sidewalk. As you prepare your Ann Arbor homes for sale, the following are some edging ideas that could close the deal when you put your home on the market. 

Creating Your Edge

Start by creating a defined path for the edge. You can do this using a rope, garden hose, or chalk line. You can make your line straight or give it a curvy twist, but whatever you do, you want the line to be smooth and even. Once the line is where you want it, it's time to make your cuts.

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June
8

Buy a Home - Starting a Family - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Our REALTORS® love helping couples who are getting ready to start a family find the perfect home. There's something exciting about helping them explore Ann Arbor homes for sale and find the ideal place to begin this new phase of their lives. 

When young families are searching for a home, certain features become more important. Here are a few of the most desirable elements new families need.

  1. Family-Friendly Location
    Location is always critical when shopping for real estate, but, when you're starting a family, it matters in a different way. You'll want a home in a great school district and one that's near parks, playgrounds, and doctors' offices.

    You'll also want to consider whether there are wide sidewalks for pushing strollers. Most young families prefer a quiet neighborhood without a lot of traffic. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, another important thing to consider is whether the home is located in a place where you can easily get delivery services.

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June
1

Home Financing Changes - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Our REALTORS® are here to help you at every step of your home buying journey. That includes your quest for a financing package that will really work for you.

Financing is an essential piece of the puzzle for any homebuyer. Although it is most challenging for first-time buyers, it's always important to handle it with care. The right financing package can save you tens of thousands of dollars over the course of your home loan.

Ann Arbor homes for sale are still well within reach for a well-prepared buyer. However, you'll need to adjust your strategy to a housing market that has transformed practically overnight.

Here's what you need to know.

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May
26

Virtual Game Night - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Has social distancing disrupted your fun? Don't worry — you can still have game night every night with virtual gaming. Old favorites like Monopoly, Clue, and other classic board games have been given a digital update, joining hundreds of other new and exciting games online. If your young ones are bored — or if the young at heart desire some nightly entertainment — our real estate agents know that your whole family will love playing these fun games remotely.

4 Virtual Games for Children

  1. Minecraft
    Chances are high that your children already know about Mindcraft, but if they don't, now is the perfect time to play. This kid-friendly game lets players build and explore extravagant worlds. A new Education Edition was created to help kids learn STEM while having fun.

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May
18

Home WiFi Solutions - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Whether you are working out of your current home or looking for Ann Arbor homes for sale, your WiFi connection is essential for success. With the recent health crisis, more people are working from home while their children attend school online. The new trend has many reviewing their current WiFi connections. If your WiFi is not up to the task, multiple users can create a significant strain on your current Internet system. The delay in your system can cause missed deadlines and overwhelming frustration.

Is Your WiFi Up to the Task?

Your home's location often determines the type of Internet provider available. When looking for a new home, our REALTORS® are knowledgeable in all aspects of each home listing, including top WiFi providers. The first step in determining if your WiFi is up to the task is to get acquainted with the current system. Learn about your existing router, your Internet speed, and all other aspects of your system to determine the type of changes to implement. If you need help determining if your WiFi is up to the task, consider the following areas.

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May
11

Washing Machine Cleaning Tips - Remerica Hometown Realtors

When you wash a load of laundry, you expect your clothes to come out clean. But they may not be as clean as they could be if your washer has built-up dirt, grime, soap residue, and even mold and mildew.

Our REALTORS® suggest cleaning your washing machine at least once a month if don't do laundry very often and once every week or two if you use your washer nearly every day. This will also banish unwanted odors that could turn off potential buyers if you plan to put your home on the market soon.

The following steps will ensure your washer, as well as your clothes, stay clean.

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May
4

Online Listing Importance - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Our REALTORS® have been working hard over the last several weeks helping our clients stay safe and move forward on their real estate goals. Ann Arbor homes for sale are still being listed, bought, and sold. However, the focus is shifting away from the traditional open house or showing.

Conventional showings are still happening in some areas. Still, many sellers are finding it's hard to attract would-be buyers through face to face events. Buyers have moved online like never before, and motivated sellers should follow their lead.

The solution: A beautiful and compelling online listing. The best online listings consist of three parts that all work together:

  • A well-written property description that captures and holds a buyer's attention

  • Eye-catching exterior and interior photos, ideally in several lighting conditions

  • Property videos or an interactive virtual tour to provide a sense of "being there"

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April
27

Ann Arbor Fun Facts - Remerica Hometown Realtors

If you've been exploring Ann Arbor homes for sale, now is a great time to learn more about the area. Our REALTORS® love sharing their knowledge with their clients, and they've gathered up some of their favorite fun facts about the area to share with you. Check it out! 

  • There Are Plenty of Trees to Hug
    The word "arbor" means "leafy garden," and the city of Ann Arbor lives up to its name! The city, which is nicknamed "tree town," is home to an estimated 1.45 million trees. Residents also enjoy spending their time enjoying nature in the city's 158 parks.

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April
20

New Landscaping Prep - Remerica Hometown Realtors

As temperatures get warmer, it's time to prep your yard for new landscaping and fix any damage that's been done by winter temperatures and snow. You may have to wait to start planting, but there's a lot you can do now or in the near future to get your spring yard and garden off to a good start.

Our REALTORS® recommend the following steps to help prep your yard for new landscaping:

  • Prep your tools
    Check your landscaping and gardening tools, including your mower, trimmer, and pruning shears to make sure they're in good repair and ready for the new season. At the same time, inspect your outdoor lighting, patio furniture, deck, and porch for anything that need fixing and take care of it.

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April
13

Ann Arbor Parks - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Fresh air and plenty of sunshine are just what the doctor ordered to help you and your family get through this tough period for our country and our state. While there are many things you can't do, Michigan's shelter-in-place directives do allow you to get outside and go for a walk, run, or for an enjoyable bike ride. Our REALTORS® are staying as active as possible and recommend the following places for those times when you need to get outside and get some air. All you have to do is remember to keep at least six feet of distance between you and everyone else and be sure to leave the parks by 10 pm when they close. 

  • Barton Pond Nature Area - W. Huron River Drive, Wines, MI 48105
    At 102 acres, the Barton Pond Nature Area is one of the largest public recreation areas in the region. Located along the Huron River and just a few miles from downtown, this fabulous nature area is an ideal spot to get away from big city life. The park features plenty of trails and a couple of bridges where you can get some fresh air and relax as you enjoy the peaceful scenes of the river below.

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April
6

Deep Cleaning Tips - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Daily and weekly cleaning is necessary to keep your home clean, but occasionally, a deep cleaning is needed. Our REALTORS® suggest deep cleaning some of the following five things this weekend:

  1. Walls
    Cleaning your walls can make the entire room look brighter. The key is to deep clean them enough to be effective, but not so much that you'll damage the paint.

    Start by removing any objects hanging from the walls and dust the walls with a cheesecloth. Put towels or newspapers on the floor against the baseboards to help soak up any excess water. Fill a bucket with mild soapy water and have a second bucket of water for rinsing. Use a soft cleaning sponge to gently wash the walls, starting at the top and using a circular motion.

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March
30

Home Layout - Buy a House - Remerica Hometown, REALTORS®

Homes come in all shapes and sizes. There are single-level homes that sprawl out with spacious square footage. There are multi-storied homes with plenty of space between attic and basement for bedrooms, offices, home gyms, and more. There are row homes and four square houses that bring distinctive character to cities and suburbs. But finding the perfect home for your family among Ann Arbor homes for sale will require more than familiarity with differing architectural styles. Assessing your needs will be a crucial first step. 

  • Getting Familiar 
    Consider the needs of everyone who lives in your home. Think of how everyone's needs will change as you grow older, and who will visit you regularly. A family with small children will need to consider which staircases will accommodate safety gates, and which surfaces might resist spills or scuffs as kids grow. Someone who uses the bathroom frequently, especially at night, will appreciate an ensuite bathroom, such as those that come with master bedrooms. Those who have trouble sleeping may appreciate the quiet that split or half levels provide, as the top floor is often solely for bedrooms.

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March
9

Spring Break Fun - Ann Arbor, MI - Remerica Hometown Realtors

If you and your family have been putting a lot of effort into exploring Ann Arbor homes for sale, it's time to reward yourselves with some fun adventures over spring break. After all, if you're working with one of our REALTORS®, you can be confident that they'll take care of all the important details so you can relax and enjoy your time with your family. 

Don't feel like you want to go too far away? No worries! There are many great places to spend spring break right in the Ann Arbor area. Here are five local destinations that we recommend. 

  1. Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum: 220 E. Ann Arbor St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
    Want to make sure the kids have fun and learn something this spring break? Then head over to the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. Here you'll find over 250 interactive exhibits that give kids (and adults!) the opportunity to learn about science, technology, art, math, and engineering. This is an adventure that the whole family is sure to love.

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March
2

Furniture Stores - Ann Arbor, MI - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Whether you're sprucing up your own home to sell it, or you're in the market for some tasteful new furnishings to stage a home you've bought for resale, how about going local? There are many charming galleries and shops in the Ann Arbor area. Think of them as a valuable resource for distinguishing your property from other Ann Arbor homes for sale.

The "shop local" movement is all the buzz in the food world, but it's also about encouraging production of arts and crafts in your region and promoting local markets for these goods. Shopping locally for home decor, artwork and home furnishings can help individual artists and craftsmen in your area, while boosting small business in general. 

Here are six unique home decor shops around Ann Arbor to check out.

  1. Found Gallery - Kerrytown Market and Shops, 415 N. 5th Ave., Ann Arbor
    Found Gallery
     offers a mix of gifts and home goods. Shop here for candles, home accents and some vintage collections of artistic items. If you're looking for creative accents that can make your home stand out in the marketplace, try this vintage modern store in the Kerrytown Market and Shops.

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February
24

Open Houses - Sell a Home - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Ann Arbor homes for sale are some of the most popular in Michigan, but even the best homes won't sell themselves. Real estate agents who want to maximize their effectiveness need to be comfortable with many different methods of promoting their listings. One of the most powerful techniques to help almost any seller is the open house.

At Remerica Hometown, our REALTORS® recognize the value of a memorable open house. In fact, an open house is the most effective face-to-face method for promoting Ann Arbor properties

Sure, some people will visit an open house just to look around. And it's important to make sure you practice basic safety precautions to protect the home. But in many cases, a well-planned open house will yield motivated buyers who may make selling much easier.

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February
17

Wine Bars in Ann Arbor - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Some holidays give us more reason for excitement than others, and when our REALTORS® found out that National Drink Wine Day was coming up on February 18, we just had to spread the word. Here in Ann Arbor there are a lot of great places to celebrate the occasion, including some truly outstanding wine bars that serve our favorite local Michigan wines!

  • Vinology Restaurant - 110 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
    It's right there in the name. Wine is a science as well as an art at Vinology, a great Ann Arbor restaurant with an extensive wine list. More than 150 wines are arranged in such a way that makes it easy for novices and experts alike to navigate the wine list and choose a bottle or glass that perfectly compliments Vinology's New American menu. The restaurant is located right on Main Street, footsteps away from many Ann Arbor homes for sale.

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February
10

Home Warranty - Buy a Home - Remerica Hometown Realtors

February 10th is National Home Warranty Day and, believe it or not, it may just be the most important holiday of the year for homeowners. Our REALTORS® understand that the homebuying process can feel like an overwhelming endeavor. With so many important decisions to make, we believe that all homebuyers should be aware of as many elements of this transaction as possible — one of which is when a home purchase warrants a home warranty. Let's define what a home warranty is, why some homeowners purchase one while others do not, and how to determine whether or not you'll need to purchase a home warranty for one of our Ann Arbor homes for sale.

Is Home Insurance the Same as a Home Warranty?

When you purchase a product, many manufacturers or businesses give you the opportunity to sign up for a warranty or insurance on the item. Sometimes a warranty is provided for free while an insurance plan requires an additional purchase.

So, what is the difference between a warranty and insurance when it comes to buying a home?

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February
3

February Festivals - Ann Arbor, MI - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Winter is in full swing, and that means some of the best festivals of the year will be coming to Ann Arbor. February features a truly unique schedule of events, including an ice carving competition, a storytelling series that blends music with spoken word, and a chance to learn more about the history of shipwrecks in the Great Lakes. All of these festivals are hosted by local organizations and feature entertainment for all ages. Our REALTORS® are ready for winter fun, and we've got the inside scoop on three exciting local festivals coming to Ann Arbor this February.

February Festivals Around Ann Arbor

  • Winter Fun Fest: Ice Carving Festival at Washtenaw County Parks & Rec. – 2230 Platt Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 | Feb. 9
    It's easy to make the most of winter around Ann Arbor homes for sale, thanks to great local events like the Winter Fun Fest: Ice Carving Festival. Ice carving has a rich history throughout Michigan, and the Ice Carving Festival brings together college ice carving teams from around the state for a full day of competition. If you've never seen an ice sculpture created, you may be surprised by some of the tools involved. These teams will be using chainsaws, traditional tools, and even flamethrowers to create their works of art! You'll be amazed by the creations on display and the talent of the teams involved. This is a free event for the whole family, with refreshments available and plenty of fun activities for kids throughout the day.

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January
27

Closet Organization- Sell a Home - Remerica Hometown Realtors

On average, the American home has over 300,000 items. Approximately 1 in 10 Americans have to rent off-site storage to accommodate their ever-growing number of possessions. One thing you can do to make your home attractive to a large variety of buyers is to ensure that it appears to have ample storage. 

For some potential buyers looking at Ann Arbor homes for sale, a lack of closet space is enough for them to move onto the next house. Here are a few things you can do to showcase your closet's storage areas and make them appear as efficient as possible.

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January
20

Spas and Salons - Ann Arbor, MI - Remerica Hometown Realtors

When you're out looking for Ann Arbor homes for sale, why not take a break and enjoy a relaxing massage, aromatherapy wrap, lash or brow treatment, or other indulgence?

Fortunately, the Ann Arbor area offers plenty of places where you can treat yourself to these services, including the following day spas:

  • Sha Zen Massage - 2020 Hogback Road, Suite 6, Ann Arbor
    Sha Zen Massage offers many popular services that allow you to indulge yourself and reach the height of relaxation. Treat yourself to a personalized massage, which focuses on specific areas with therapies that can include deep tissue massage, hot stones, stretching, or cupping. Couples massages are also available, and if you're in your second or third trimester of pregnancy, a special prenatal massage targets the muscles that support you during pregnancy. To pamper your face, choose a facial treatment including a professional-grade cleanser, exfoliator, toner, and moisturizer as well as cupping for the face.

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January
13

Smart Home Upgrades - Sell a Home - Remerica Hometown Realtors

If you're thinking about selling your home in 2020, it's worth bearing in mind how incorporating smart home upgrades could impact the value and sale of your home. And as millennials hold significant buying power in the market today, it's important to bear in mind that they expect a little more. Adding the right smart home devices can increase your home's value, attract more interested buyers, and result in a quicker sale. The good news? These upgrades won't cost much more than $1,000, and you can install them yourself over a weekend.

Following are 5 smart home upgrades that home buyers are looking for in Ann Arbor homes for sale.

  1. Smart Thermostat
    There are so many benefits to installing smart thermostats, including saving energy and money on bills. You can control temperatures with your voice or using a remote. Unlike regular programmable thermostats, smart thermostats can provide you with a breakdown of your energy usage, learn your preference and living patterns, and can be accessed from anywhere through an internet-connected device. Smart thermostats improve the home's interior design so buyers will definitely see them as they walk around.

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January
6

Ann Arbor Pizza Shops - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Who doesn't love a good pizza? If you're looking for a delicious way to start 2020, then National Pizza Week January 12-18 is the perfect time to throw a post-holiday party and celebrate your favorite pie. With so many of the following places to choose from, our REALTORS®  recommend trying a new slice every day of the week.

  1. Pizza House - 618 Church St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
    When you stop into Pizza House, you'll discover a 10-page menu filled with delicious Chicago and Sicilian treats to choose from. You name it, they have it, and all of it is guaranteed to fill you up. They're open until 4 am every day, which makes this a perfect place to fulfill your late-night cravings for a cheesy treat.

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December
30

New Year, New Hobbies - Ann Arbor - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

2020 is right around the corner, and instead of making your usual New Year's Resolution, our REALTORS® encourage you to start the year off by taking classes for a hobby you've always wanted to learn. Enroll in lessons at one of these inviting studios around Ann Arbor.

  • Paint a Masterpiece at Brighton Art Guild — 202 W. Main St., Brighton MI 48116
    Unleash your inner artist at the Brighton Art Guild. If you've always wanted to express your artistic side but weren't sure how to begin, you can sign up for a variety of classes including drawing, abstract, journaling, scrapbooking, watercolor painting, or mixed media. Class availability changes from week to week and their difficulty levels range from beginner through intermediate and advanced lessons. Be sure to check the schedule ahead of time so you can sign up for a class whenever you'll be in town looking at Brighton homes for sale.

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December
9

Winter Listing Photography - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

It may be easier to make a house look amazing with spring sunshine and flowers, but listing your property in the winter doesn't mean your photos have to be drab, boring, or unflattering. Gray or cloudy skies, snow, ice, mud, wet conditions, and lifeless landscaping can all be a challenge. But you can still bring out the best features of Ann Arbor homes for sale inside and out. These tips can help make sure you're getting the photos that get buyers through the door to view your home.

Tips for Outdoor Photos

  • Clean the gutters. Gutters overflowing with leaves or debris will be noticeable in photos. And it will give buyers the impression that you don't keep up with maintenance on the property. It can also cause water damage to the house, so making sure they're cleaned out can mean avoiding costly repairs.

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December
2

Live Christmas Tree - Ann Arbor, MI - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

There are a ton of fun ways to celebrate the holidays around Ann Arbor. A favorite tradition among our REALTORS® is to gather up the family and head to a local tree farm to choose the perfect live Christmas tree. 

Whether you've always decorated a live tree, or you're ready to start a new tradition, there are plenty of options. Take a quick break from visiting Ann Arbor Homes for Sale and head over to one of these area locations. Your perfect tree is waiting for you! 

  • Braun's Tree Farm - 796 Warren Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
    If a wide selection is important to you, you'll love shopping at Braun's Tree Farm. They have over 50 acres of trees and a wide variety of species including Frasier Fir, Douglas Fir, Concolor Fir, White Spruce, Siberian Spruce, and Blue Spruce. You can either hunt and harvest your own tree or choose from a stock of pre-cut trees. Prices start at just $10 a foot!

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November
25

Selling to Millennials Buyers - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

From their attitude towards technology, work, and social issues, there's no question millennials have a great influence on society today. And when it comes to the housing market, they hold significant buying power, accounting for 34 percent of real estate buyers. So if you want to add your home to the list of Ann Arbor homes for sale, they're a market segment that you can't afford to ignore.

Millennial homebuyers have a unique set of preferences and demands that are very different from what boomers want. To expand buyer interest and sell your home competitively, you need to follow millennial homebuying trends and make your house fit their criteria. Here are the features that appeal to today's youthful buyers:

  • A Nice-Sized Lawn
    While we may assume that a lawn may be the last home feature that younger Americans would be interested in, recent research shows that many appreciate the value of a healthy lawn. According to the research, a nice-sized lawn is the highest priority feature among millennials, even beating out a smart home and updated kitchen. But with their busy and social lifestyle, millennials prefer lawns that look nice, are easy to maintain, and safe for their pets. So, if you want to lure millennial buyers, you better boost your home's curb appeal and yard before selling.

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November
18

Commute Time - Buy a House - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

While most home buyers search for a "dream home" that meets all of their aesthetic and functional desires, many forget that other factors may create lifestyle issues that are less than dreamy. One aspect of the home buying process that all homeowners should consider is the commute from their home to their place of employment or other locations they'll visit on a regular basis. Before you make an offer on Ann Arbor homes for sale that are miles away from your daily destinations, consider these facts about long commutes.

Long Commutes Impact You Negatively

Do you think that a long drive to work is nothing to stress about? Think again. When you live a far distance from work, school or other locations you frequent, you may be negatively affected in a variety of ways. Studies show that a significant commute from home to your destination can harm the following:

November
11

Ann Arbor Parks for Hiking - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

Surrounded by the rolling forests and farmlands of eastern Michigan, Ann Arbor is a truly beautiful place to spend time in the great outdoors. It's a particularly great destination for hiking, with countless miles of trails and greenways ripe for exploration.

Even with the colder weather, it's a great time to lace up your hiking boots, bundle up, and hit the trails. In honor of National Hiking Day on November 17, our REALTORS® are excited to share some of their favorite hiking destinations in the Ann Arbor area. 

  • Nichols Arboretum - 1610 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
    Established in 1907 as an outdoor oasis next to the University of Michigan campus, Nichols Arboretum is one of the most scenic spots in Ann Arbor for a leisurely afternoon stroll. The arboretum includes 3.5 miles of trails that meander through serene gardens, woodlands, and meadows along the Huron River. Located right around the corner from countless Ann Arbor homes for sale, the Nichols Arboretum is open daily from 8 am to 6 pm. 

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November
4

Ann Arbor Holiday Craft Fairs - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

The holidays are fast approaching and sometimes it can be tough to find the right gifts for your loved ones. Fighting crowds at the mall to buy mass-produced stuff can get frustrating and exhausting. But don't despair, our REALTORS® have the info on the best places to find unique holiday gifts. Get ready for some unique holiday shopping at these Ann Arbor holiday arts and crafts shows.

  • Ann Arbor City Club Art & Crafts Festival - 1830 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor | Saturday, December 7th
    Celebrate the season at the Ann Arbor City Club Art & Crafts Festival, which features food items, art, jewelry, candles, wall hangings, stained glass, sculpture, adorable holiday decorations, and more. Buy local and meet new friends at this member-owned organization that has been a vital part of the Ann Arbor community since 1951. And be sure to stop by Ann Arbor homes for sale while you're in the area.

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October
28

Maintenance Toolbox - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

You're finally settled in your new home, and you have everything you need right at your fingertips – or so you think. Unexpectedly, a minor repair needs to take place, and you realize you weren't as prepared as you thought. Having some common – and not-so-common – tools lying around can be the difference between an easy fix or an unnecessary headache. New homebuyers tend to overlook these necessities, but you can equip yourself with these tools, and it doesn't have to cost you a fortune. Our REALTORS® will help get you into the perfect home, but here's a starting guide to ensure you have the right tools to maintain the upkeep of your home.

Tools of the Trade to Keep Your Home in Order

Plumbers and other repairmen can cost you upwards of one hundred dollars each time you need to call them. While you may need a professional sometimes, you don't need to spend a lot of money to acquire common tools that will allow you to do the job yourself. However, you also shouldn't run directly to the discount tools section for cheaper options. A basic toolbox purchased at your local hardware store will have many of the basics for you to use. This includes pliers, screwdriver set, adjustable and open-ended wrenches, level, hammer, Allen wrench set, and tape measure among others. These tools alone can help you fix a leaky faucet, repair furniture, tighten loose screws in appliances, or simply hang pictures.

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October
21

Ann Arbor Museums - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

If you love to explore history, culture, and science at local museums, then Ann Arbor is an amazing place to call home. The University of Michigan Campus alone is home to some of the country's best museums, and you'll find a variety of other unique museums to visit throughout the city. Whether you're looking to experience what life was like in another era or searching for the perfect place to entertain children, there's a museum in Ann Arbor with your name on it. Our REALTORS® know Ann Arbor, and we've got the details on five fun, local museums you can visit in the city.

  1. Kelsey Museum of Archaeology – 434 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
    The beautiful University of Michigan campus offers many public attractions close to Ann Arbor homes for sale, including the excellent Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. Stop by for a guided tour, or pick your own path through exhibits that cover thousands of years. The Kelsey Museum of Archaeology is also active in research, uncovering history at dig sites around the world. You never know what the team at the museum will uncover next, so check back often for new exhibits.

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October
15

Historic Homes - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

Some people love the blank slate offered by a brand new home. Others prefer the quirky charm and lived-in ambiance of an older home in a historic neighborhood. After many years in the business, our REALTORS® have sold just about every kind of home there is.

If you're out looking for Ann Arbor homes for sale, you have a wide range of options to choose from. Some of those options will be historic homes that come with plenty of charm and, in a lot of cases, may need a lot of work. Here's what you need to know about buying that historic home. 

Pros of buying a historic home

  • Historic homes are unique. 
    Older homes often have unique features that range from charming to downright odd, but one thing's for sure: You won't find them in a newer house. From intricate crown molding and hand-carved railings to antique fireplaces and quirky fixtures, historic homes are often packed with one-of-a-kind features. You're not likely to find them anywhere else. 

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October
7

Ann Arbor Top College Town - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

Our country is home to many great universities and the beautiful city of Ann Arbor is one of the top college towns in the United States. Our REALTORS® have introduced many visitors to the Ann Arbor area who quickly fell in love with this thriving college town and decided to call it home. Let us show you everything this fantastic city has to offer and why it's been ranked as one of the top college towns in the country!

Best College Towns in the United States

According to Best College Reviews, Ann Arbor nearly tops the list for their 50 Best College Towns in America. Their ranking system factors in area employers, schools, cultural activities, livability, affordability, and a student-to-resident ratio to determine which college towns would be ideal for those graduating and entering the workforce.

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September
30

Common Real Estate Terms - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

When you're buying a new home, especially if it's your first, you may find yourself inundated in terminology and trade jargon used by your lender, your real estate agent, or others helping make your home purchase a reality. And while it may seem commonplace to people in the industry, to you as a buyer, those terms can seem ambiguous and confusing.  

Fortunately, Our REALTORS® know exactly what goes on during the buying process and know just the real estate terms you need to get through the buying experience with ease.

  • Buyer's Agent/Listing Agent
    A real estate agent represents either a buyer or seller in a real estate transaction. Naturally, the real estate agent for the buyer is known as the buyer's agent, but the more ambiguous term is the listing agent, who represents the seller. While using the term "seller's agent" is acceptable, use "listing agent" to be technically correct.

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September
16

Countertop Material Choices for Sellers - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

Countertops carry a heavy burden due to exposure to heat, water, sharp knives, and more. Go shopping for countertops, and you may be daunted by the number of choices on the market. There's certainly a lot of material choice based on colors, textures, and patterns. The right type of counter surface for your kitchen or bathroom will depend on your tastes, your needs, habits in the room, the overall style of your home, and your budget. Our REALTORS® have put together a list of these basic countertop types to help you make the right choice.

  1. Natural Stone
    Granite is one of the most popular countertop materials. It's available in a variety of shades such as whites, blacks, blues, browns, beiges, and corals, and no two pieces are exactly alike. Granite is available in polished and honed finishes. The cost depends on many variables, including origin, finish, and color of the stone. Natural stone materials are durable, long-lasting, and heat-resistant with no (or low) visible seams.

    Other natural stone materials, such as limestone, soapstone, marble are softer and require greater care and delicate use. They may show scars and need repeated sealing to resist stain. Natural stone is the most expensive countertop material.

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September
9

Ann Arbor Fall Festivals - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

Autumn is in the air, and it's a wonderful time for exploring Ann Arbor homes for sale and checking out the sights, sounds, and tastes of this beautiful area of Michigan. Spending the day going for a drive to see the vibrant fall foliage and checking out local fall festivals are just a few seasonal excursions Our REALTORS® love. These four fall festivals are sure to have something for each member of the family to enjoy.

  • Pumpkin Festival at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, 315 Detroit St., Ann Arbor
    Mark your calendars for Oct. 19 and 20 and make your way to the Pumpkin Festival at the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market! This cool community event in the Kerrytown District of Ann Arbor features all sorts of harvest-themed activities and live creation of one-of-a-kind hand-blown glass pumpkins throughout the day by Dearborn glass studio The Glass Academy.

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September
3

Ann Arbor Italian Restaurants - Remerica Hometown REALTORS®

A plate piled high with pasta is the perfect way to start your search for the best Ann Arbor homes for sale. It will give you the energy and stamina you need to sort through listings in your search for the perfect home. If you're craving pasta, you'll be thrilled to learn that chefs in the area are gearing up to do the cooking for you Sept. 15 for National Linguine Day.

  1. Nico & Vali Italian Eatery - 744 Wing St., Plymouth, MI 48170
    Nico & Vali is the nicest Italian restaurant this side of Palermo. Their lunch and dinner menus are filled with locally sourced ingredients, including wild-caught salmon, pesticide-free poultry, cheeses, and much more. Dining here is a great way to fill up and support a robust regional economy. It is also the ideal setting to discuss Plymouth homes for sale with your family.

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August
26

Smart Home Updates for Sellers - Remerica Hometown REALTORS®

If you're planning to sell your home in the near future, you're probably in fix-it-up mode to help ensure that you can sell your home quickly and at the best possible price. If so, chances are good that you have already been given all the standard advice on making your home as appealing as possible to potential buyers, such as cleaning, painting, and staging.

However, while these things are still very important in making your best sale, today's homebuyers are looking for more. They tend to be very technology-oriented, and for these buyers, smart home features are a big selling point as they peruse Ann Arbor homes for sale. So what upgrades should you consider to ensure your home makes the smart home grade?

Smart Security

Smart security features are a great way to make your home more appealing to today's tech-savvy homebuyers. Features that can make your home stand out from the crowd of other homes on the market include:

  • Video doorbells – These handy gadgets offer a bird's eye view of any activity around your front door. Most have sensors that detect movement, which trigger them to record video of that activity. Alerts can be sent to your phone, which allows you to view the video, enabling remote monitoring of your home.

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August
19

Kayaking Around Ann Arbor - Remerica Hometown REALTORS®

Nestled along the banks of the Huron River, the city of Ann Arbor is a great place to enjoy the great outdoors. For anyone with a love of canoeing and kayaking, the Ann Arbor area offers endless possibilities. Be sure to check out favorite paddling spots our REALTORS® recommend in this beautiful corner of Michigan.

  1. Island Park - Island Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
    This popular picnic spot is also a great place for paddling. Located halfway between downtown Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan's North Campus, Island Park encompasses a lovely stretch of riverside forests and fields just minutes from numerous Ann Arbor homes for sale. The park is a popular stop on longer river trips, but new launch facilities also make it a perfect place to start a canoe or kayak adventure in Ann Arbor. Island Park is right across the river from Fuller Park, and a pedestrian bridge connects the two.

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August
12

Buying a Home in the Right Neighborhood - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

Our REALTORS® know a lot about the neighborhoods they work in, but even with the right people on your side, homebuyers will still have to do some research to find the right neighborhood. Ann Arbor homes for sale offer lots of options, so you're sure to find the neighborhood that's right for you. Here's how to figure it all out.  

  • Talk to friends. If you have friends in the neighborhood, they will be a good source of information about day to day life there. If you don't have friends there, think about who might know people that live there or who goes there frequently. Sometimes people that live nearby, like an adjacent neighborhood can be helpful too.

  • Spend some time in the neighborhood. Take advantage of a hotel or short-term rental in the neighborhood to stay a week or weekend and get a feel for how life might be for you there. You can check out recreational opportunities, restaurants, amenities, and commute times.

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August
5

Sell Vacant Home in Ann Arbor - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

Selling a vacant home presents unique challenges. There are advantages and disadvantages that you should go over with Our REALTORS® before listing your property. The more you understand the pros and cons of selling your vacant property in Michigan, the easier and more efficient the process will become.

Advantages of Selling a Vacant Home

  • Staging is simple in a vacant home. Remember, vacant doesn't have to mean barren. In fact, it shouldn't be empty because many prospective buyers will have difficulty visualizing furniture, pictures, and curtains in a completely empty home. You can choose to leave some furniture behind, or even rent furniture to put in some rooms. Once you set everything in position, you can forget it and rest easy knowing that kids, pets, and daily life won't mess up the scene you have carefully crafted. 

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July
29

Ann Arbor Breweries for National IPA Day - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

The city of Ann Arbor has always been known for its diverse dining and entertainment options. Now, it's making its mark in the craft beer scene as well. It seems like every time you look, there's a great new brewery or bar opening up. 

If you happen to be in the area looking at Ann Arbor homes for sale in early August, we suggest celebrating National IPA Day by visiting one (or more!) of these popular establishments. 

  1. The Grotto: 303 S. Ashley St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104
    Known for its great vibe and even better beer selection, The Grotto is a popular spot among locals. With 36 rotating beers on tap, you're sure to find an IPA you'll love. Once you get your beer, find a table indoors or head out to the inviting patio to enjoy some relaxing music. Although this bar doesn't serve food, they do encourage guests to bring their own. There are some great nearby restaurants that are happy to accommodate with take-out orders, and some will even deliver them to the bar! 

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July
22

Add On or Move On - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

Is your home starting to feel a bit crowded? Perhaps your family has grown, and you need more bedrooms or another bathroom to accommodate everyone comfortably. Maybe you need extra space for an aging or ailing loved one, or office space to accommodate a new or growing home-based business. If your home no longer meets your needs, you have two basic choices in resolving this problem: Adding on or moving on to a new home.

So how do you know which option is best for you? Are you better off looking into local builders, or is shopping Ann Arbor homes for sale your best bet? The answer to that question depends on your particular circumstances, and here we'll outline some important considerations that can help you make a solid decision on whether to add on or move on.

  1. Do you love your home?
    Does your home have unique features that would be difficult to find in a new one? Perhaps your neighborhood is perfect for your family, with an awesome community, great local schools, and wonderful neighbors. If so, adding on and settling in for the long haul may be the right choice for you. If, on the other hand, you're not emotionally attached to your home or neighborhood, moving on might be a more practical route for getting into a home that has enough elbow room to meet your needs.

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July
8

Horseback Riding - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

July 15th is National I Love Horses Day, and there's no better way to celebrate it than to go horseback riding in Ann Arbor. Our REALTORS® chose five of the favorite riding stables in and around Ann Arbor where you can enjoy a morning or afternoon horseback ride.

If you're ready for an equine workout, head over to one of these local businesses:

  1. Trailsend Farm - 2352 Warren Road, Ann Arbor, MI
    Trailsend Farm is a 44-acre property that is currently a work in progress as the owners are busily expanding their farm. But there's still plenty to keep you and your horse occupied in both their indoor and outdoor arenas. If you're a tenderfoot, they offer horseback riding lessons for riders of all ages and skill levels.

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July
1

National French Fry Day - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

French fries have been a favorite in the U.S. for generations. They are a traditional side-dish that pairs well with just about anything and are considered a must-have comfort food by many. But did you know that French fries have their very own national day?

July 13th is National French Fry Day, and if you're a fan of these delicious potato treats, you'll certainly want to observe it by sitting down to a plate of fries. But what if you're away from home—and your favorite french fry spot—on the big day, shopping Ann Arbor homes for sale? If so, you're in luck, because our city has plenty of spots that serve great fries. Here are 5 great places to celebrate National French Fry Day in Ann Arbor:

  1. Frita Batidos – 117 W. Washington St., Ann Arbor
    Frita Batidos is a casual restaurant inspired by Cuban street food. It's known for its delicious Cuban-style burgers, called Fritas, which are served with shoestring french fries. If you're feeling adventurous on National French Fry Day, be sure to try their signature garlic and cilantro fries.

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June
25

Final Walk-Through - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

The final walk-through is an opportunity to verify that the home you're buying is in the condition agreed upon within the sales contract. It's an important step, and you'll want to prepare carefully and stay focused so that you don't miss anything. Our REALTORS® will help you look for the following seven things that are critical to take note of as you go through the home. 

  1. Check the Plumbing.
    You will want to flush all the toilets and run all the faucets. Make sure that you note any problems with water drainage or flow. You will also want to inspect the pipes for signs of leaks. These can include discolored drywall, bubbles in the paint, or stains on hardwoods. If the home has a sprinkler system, test the control box and confirm that the sprinkler heads function properly and that none are loose and leaking on the landscape.

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June
17

Ann Arbor Ice Cream Shops - Remerica Hometown REALTORS®

June is a great month for ice cream lovers. Summer—and ice cream season—kicks off in June, and this month also boasts not one, but two big days celebrating your favorite frozen treat. June 20th is National Vanilla Milkshake Day, an entire day devoted to this traditional and very popular icy treat. June 27th is National Ice Cream Cake Day, a celebration of that awesome, creamy, and delicious dessert.

Of course, for the true ice cream enthusiast—and really, who isn't?—missing out on these celebrations just can't happen. But what if you are in unfamiliar territory, visiting our area to shop Ann Arbor homes for sale, and don't know where to go for great ice cream? If that's how things are for you this June, don't worry, we've got you covered: Here's the scoop on 5 ice cream shops around Ann Arbor.

  1. Blank Slate Creamery, 300 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor
    A popular local spot for ice cream and more, the Blank Slate Creamery offers lots of traditional ice cream flavors along with a revolving selection of its own original flavors. You'll find dozens of flavors to try out on any given day, and for vegan customers or dairy-sensitive ice cream lovers, there is also a great selection of delicious non-dairy ice creams and sorbets.

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June
10

When to Downsize-Remerica Hometown REALTORS

When you're in the market for one of Ann Arbor homes for sale, you may find yourself in a Goldilocks moment: Which house is too big, which house is too small, and which house is just right. For some people, buying a home means going up in square footage, and for some, it means downsizing.  

Moving to a home that is smaller than where you're currently living may seem less than beneficial, but sometimes the advantages are hidden. Here are times when downsizing makes sense.  

  • Less Lawn Less Work 
    The most common reason folks nearing retirement buy a smaller home is that their current house requires more maintenance than they can or want to handle. It makes sense that a smaller home takes less time to clean, usually has a smaller yard to maintain, and has fewer components like HVAC units, gutters, and cabinets that break and need repairing. They also may come with lower utility bills.

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June
3

Belleville National Strawberry Festival-Remerica Hometown REALTORS

Get ready for the sweet taste of summer at the Belleville National Strawberry Festival. This tasty annual event returns to Belleville during Father's Day weekend for another year of fruit and fun for the whole family. Celebrate strawberry season with our REALTORS® and your Belleville neighbors for three days of non-stop fun!   

  • When: June 14 – 16, 2019
  • Where: Downtown Belleville on Main Street & Trinity Episcopal Church – 11575 Belleville Road, Belleville, MI 48111
  • Free Parking: Belleville Presbyterian Church – 11900 Belleville Road, Belleville, MI 48111

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May
27

Exterior Home Features-Remerica Hometown REALTORS

If you are preparing to sell your home, you probably already know that a home that makes potential buyers say "wow" when they turn up for a showing typically sells faster and at a better price than one that gives them a "meh" feeling.

What you may have overlooked is that giving your home the "wow factor" isn't all about what buyers see when they come through your front door. Your home's exterior and grounds are also important in today's market, so here we'll look into the exterior home features buyers want to see when they're shopping Ann Arbor homes for sale.

  • Exterior Lighting – Outdoor lighting is a must-have for homes going on the market, since it tops the list of exterior features that buyers want. Exterior lighting offers a warm, inviting look to the home and enhances security for its residents. If outdoor lighting is lacking around your home, consider adding features like walkway lights along paths and driveways, soft lighting for patios and porches, small accent lights near attractive landscaping features, and perhaps some motion-activated lighting in the yard and near home and garage entryways.

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May
20

Ann Arbor Antique Shops-Remerica Hometown REALTORS

When you're browsing Ann Arbor homes for sale, you're probably imagining what your dream home will look like once you've settled in. After all, a house doesn't really feel like home until you've had a chance to give it your own personal touch. 

While there are plenty of excellent places to find home decor, shopping at vintage and antique stores gives you the opportunity to get your hands on one-of-a-kind items you won't find anywhere else. If you want to give your new home a unique sense of style, try shopping at some of these popular area antique shops. 

  1. Treasure Mart: 529 Detroit St., Ann Arbor
    With the perfect blend of both thrift and antique items, Treasure Mart resale consignment shop is an excellent source for your home decor needs. They have plenty of high-end furniture, rugs, artwork, home items, and an array of oddities. Plan to spend some time digging around as you never know what you're going to find!

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May
13

Determining Home Value-Remerica Hometown REALTORS

Ann Arbor homes for sale have a wide range of prices, and many factors play into pricing. You've probably heard the old adage location, location, location when it comes to real estate. Location is a high priority—but it's far from the only one.

Our REALTORS® spend many years refining their understanding of the real estate market and how to price a home correctly. By relying on an expert for your home sale, you can save months on the process. You'll often get thousands more on your sale than you would otherwise, too.

Why Do Homeowners Have Trouble Pricing Their Own Properties?

If you price your own property, you can very easily price yourself out of the market. That's one of the many reasons "For Sale, By Owner" listings are rarely successful.

The trouble with pricing your own property is simple: It comes down to emotion.

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May
6

 

 

Mother's Day Brunch-Remerica Hometown REALTORS

What most moms want for Mother's Day is simply to spend some quality time with their loved ones. Since there are so many great restaurants in the Ann Arbor area, our REALTORS® recommend taking the special ladies in your life out for a brunch date. Here are some of our favorite spots. 

  1. Sava's: 216 South State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
    Every Sunday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Sava's offers a top-notch breakfast buffet with a petite mimosa, bloody mary, coffee, or juice for just $20. They also offer a regular menu and a la carte items. Reservations are accepted, so book a table before or after you plan to look at Ann Arbor homes for sale.

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April
29

Home Inspection Issues-Remerica Hometown REALTORS

Problems uncovered during a home inspection are bound to be a letdown. They will most certainly raise concerns over both the safety and cost of repairing a damaged home. While some problems listed within a home inspection report may be an automatic disqualifier, there are some commonly discovered issues that our REALTORS® can help you negotiate. When an inspection detects problems with the home you want to buy, we recommend the following steps to move forward.

  1. Assess the full extent of the damage.
    Roofing issues, electrical problems, leaky plumbing, termite damage, cracked foundations, and the presence of lead or asbestos can be expensive to remediate and repair. When damage is discovered, remain calm and speak with your real estate agent to determine whether they feel the issue is a deal-breaker or if it's manageable.

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April
15

Ann Arbor Yoga Studios-Remerica Hometown REALTORS

Yoga focuses on the connection between mind and body to achieve overall health. The roots of yoga date back thousands of years, but its practice is as relevant as ever today.

Whether you're an experienced yoga student or a beginner taking your first class, find your inner om at one of these great yoga studios nearby Ann Arbor homes for sale.  

  • Blue Moon Wild - 440 S. Main St.
    Don't be fooled by the "wild" name. The mission of Blue Moon Wild is to provide a supportive, heart-centered community that feels like "coming home." BMW refers to their primary yoga style as Hatha-flow hybrid because it incorporates elements from many of the disciplines. Classes are offered seven days a week and rated on a scale of 1 to 10 to indicate the level of intensity you can expect. New students receive a 30-day trial period of unlimited classes for $30.

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April
1

Record Stores Around Ann Arbor-Remerica Hometown REALTORS

From the original vinyl records to digital downloads and back to vinyl again, people in the U.S. have been obsessed with owning music for decades. The stores where we purchase our music have done so much more than simply provide us with access to the latest hits. They've also played a major role in the creation of a culture.

If you're like most people, there's a good chance it's been a while since you've set foot in a record store. You might even be surprised to learn that there are several located right near Ann Arbor!

In honor of National Record Store Day on April 13th, our REALTORS® suggest that you pay a visit to one (or more!) and see what you've been missing.

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April
8

 

Paint to Sell-Remerica Hometown REALTORS

A fresh coat of paint is one of the most affordable ways to attract buyers' interested in Ann Arbor homes for sale. In addition to allowing for appealing photos, popular neutral colors let people imagine themselves living in your house more easily. With a few hours of work, or some help from professional painters, you can add value to your property. Here are some of the ways that paint can help you sell your home.

  • A Perfect First Impression
    Without a beautiful exterior, buyers won't want to spend time checking out your home's interior. Before you take pictures for your listing or have an open house, you should trim your hedges, powerwash your driveway and sidewalks, and touch up any parts of your exterior with faded or peeling paint. While trendy, "greige," a blend of beige and gray, goes with most other colors and looks more appealing than beige or gray alone.

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March
25

Spring Home Maintenance-Remerica Hometown Realtors

The springtime selling season isn't too far off which means it's time to get your home in top shape for the busiest part of the real estate sales year. Our REALTORS® know a thing or two about getting homes ready for the sales season, and with so many Ann Arbor homes for sale this year, we can help you get ready by offering some useful spring home maintenance tips.  

  • Inspect Your Home's Exterior
    For most of us, colder months mean more time indoors staying warm and less time outside doing routine maintenance and outdoor home projects. While it's easy during the spring and summer to make quick visual inspections of your home while you're already out and about, the wintertime means more of that routine inspection goes unnoticed.

    Start your spring by giving your home's exterior a thorough visual inspection. Take note of places where caulk or seals have weathered, look for places where critters may have made winter homes, and be mindful of places that need cleaning or additional attention. Keep your thoughts written down and make a to-do list for when the weather warms up sufficiently.

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March
18

Ann Arbor Bookstores-Remerica Hometown REALTORS

At Remerica Hometown Realtors, we're happy to say our REALTORS® do everything by the book. Some of our expert REALTORS® can give you chapter and verse of the entire Ann Arbor market. They can even provide a quick primer in finding your way around Ann Arbor, including these six great book nooks. 

  1. Literati Bookstore – 124 E. Washington St.
    An independent bookstore of Literati's caliber is very nearly a necessity in a college town like Ann Arbor. Host of book and subscription clubs, author events, panels, discussions, storytimes for children, and more, Literati is a bookstore with quirks and character. Shop for bargain books, staff favorites, bestsellers, and many more.

    Literati is a relative newcomer to Ann Arbor, having been in business only since 2013, but it has clear plans to have a long shelf life.

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March
11

Spring Home Bidding-Remerica Hometown REALTORS

Home buyers in the Ann Arbor area should get ready for a competitive environment when it comes to buying a home this year. Ann Arbor homes for sale are in demand, and as a consequence, it might help you to prepare for a bidding war. While it's impossible to predict what might happen, having enough options in place could give you an edge in a tight market.

  1. Loan Pre-Approval
    This is the first step to take regardless of whether you expect a bidding war. Buyers see pre-approval as a sign that the buyer is serious, as do agents. Our REALTORS® can suggest mortgage brokers who can help you through this process.

    Remember that pre-approval does not mean you've been granted a mortgage. It means that a lender has looked at your financial situation and has given you an estimate of the maximum loan amount for which you could qualify.

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March
4

Ann Arbor Michigan Theater-Remerica Hometown REALTORS

Are you ready for a night of entertainment? Head on down to the Michigan Theater and enjoy one of their many amazing events throughout the month of March. Film screenings, comedy specials, public speaker showcases, and more are featured in this historic Ann Arbor venue. Our REALTORS® have attended many shows at this performing arts center and encourage you to view their calendar of events to discover the amazing public speakers, concerts and plays that have made this theater a cherished piece of Ann Arbor nightlife.

History of the Michigan Theater

Established in 1928, the Michigan Theater has entertained the families of Ann Arbor for nearly a century. As a shrine for the performing arts, it's future was uncertain in 1979 when The Butterfield Theatre Corporation moved out of the theater. Thankfully, the Michigan Theater Foundation was quickly formed as a non-profit organization, and they saved the structure from demolishment.

Since then, the foundation has enabled the Michigan Theater to continue showcasing the arts in all its forms. From live comedy and music to engaging stage productions and more, the Michigan Theater has become a treasured gem of Ann Arbor history and culture.

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February
25

Staging Your Home - Remerica Hometown Realtors

If you're looking to sell your Ann Arbor home this year, you've probably already started to consider how to make your home look more inviting. Maybe you've already spruced up the living room with a fresh coat of paint or updated the backsplash in the kitchen.

But don't forget things such as furniture layout, maximizing available space, and adding finishing touches. Staging your home for others to see how wonderful it can be is an art, one that Our REALTORS® can help you master.

Get Professional Help

When you at Remerica Hometown REALTORS® for assistance in selling your home, realize you have tapped into an experienced team. We know how to stage a house so it will sell. We know what buyers want to see (and believe us, it's not your laundry) and what they're imagining in your space.

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February
18

Ann Arbor Speakeasy Bars - Remerica Hometown Realtors

When Ann Arbor house hunters contact us looking for great deals on superb properties, they often also ask us for recommendations on where a soul can sip some spirits. Our REALTORS® share how to find these hidden gems in the Ann Arbor area.

  1. The Last Word - 301 W. Huron St.
    This speakeasy is named for a 1921 cocktail, and the entire atmosphere of The Last Word capitalizes on the Prohibition-era setting. Find whiskey, wine, and beer, plus light cocktails; stronger-flavored, bitter, and herbal drinks; and nightcaps and sweet-finishing cocktails.

    Open Monday 5 p.m. to midnight; Tuesdays through Saturday 5 p.m. until 2 a.m. Expect dim lighting and a sophisticated atmosphere.

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February
11

Home-Selling Anxiety-Remerica Hometown Realtors

Even though the real estate market is strong, the process of selling your home can be stressful. Take a deep breath and keep the end goal in sight as you sell your Ann Arbor home. To help you stay focused, our REALTORS® put together these seven tips help you remain less stressed throughout the process.

  1. Determine Your Motivation
    What is the main reason you're selling your home? It may be because you're expecting a child, and you need a bigger house. Or perhaps you got another job, and you need to transfer to a city. Whatever the reason, keep sight of your goals when the process becomes stressful.

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February
4

Ann Arbor Polar Plunge-Remerica Hometown REALTORS

Our REALTORS® at Remerica Hometown REALTORS® are eager to kick off 2019 by putting even more of our customers into the best Ann Arbor homes for sale.

There's always something exciting going on in Ann Arbor, which benefits from its popularity as a college town. Concordia University, University of Michigan, and others have campuses here.

One great thing about living here is all the opportunities to get involved in the community. Local colleges and their students frequently sponsor charitable events. There are all sorts of volunteering options for people of all ages, skills, and abilities.

Other local organizations, such as police departments, are frequently involved.

One terrific example: The University of Michigan Polar Plunge!

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January
28

Craft Destinations - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

One of the great joys of owning your own home is personalizing it to your interests, hobbies, and tastes. Many Plymouth home buyers enjoy converting a room into a craft corner, stocked with art supplies, crafting needs, and a well-lit place to work. For inspiration and expanding your craft community contacts, consider these five places to get crafty near Plymouth. 

  1. Creatopia - 924 W. Ann Arbor Trail, Plymouth
    Creatopia is the spot for hand-painted pottery. You can play fast and loose with your imagination, or gather a group of friends to follow step-by-step directions for a lovely pottery project with an existing design. Imagine chatting about all the great Plymouth homes for sale in the relaxed atmosphere of a pottery painting class. Then imagine returning later to announce you snagged one of those great homes and have designs for a pottery room of your own!

    Creatopia is open late many evenings (closed Mondays) and offers snacks for each class, at $20/person plus the price of the pottery piece you pick. 

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January
21

Listing Presentation - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Selling a home can be tough enough, but selecting the right real estate agent to take care of the nitty-gritty details of selling a home can be tough in and of itself. Plus, getting your property listed in a way that will distinguish it from the rest of the Ann Arbor homes for sale is a challenge in today's market.  

In order to help you move the proceedings along, we've put together this list of five things you should ask during a listing presentation.

  1. Listing and Sale Price
    Naturally, the most logical place to start is by asking about price. Real estate agents, generally speaking, have access to the same data, metrics, and sales information, so asking your realtor what their realistic expectation of both sales and listing prices can show a realtor's experience. Ideally, you'll talk to a few agents and have a good idea of where your home should list and where it may sell.

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January
14

Date Night in Plymouth - Remerica Hometown REALTORS

Whether you've just met that special someone or you're in a long-term relationship, it's essential to plan an occasional date night. Great dates give you a chance to connect and keep the romance alive. Luckily, there are plenty of fun things for couples to do in the city of Plymouth.

Our REALTORS® are familiar with all of the best local activities and hotspots. Here are seven of our favorite ideas to help make you a date night hero. 

  1. Meet for Coffee at Plymouth Coffee Bean - 884 Penniman Ave.
    Meeting for coffee isn't just for first dates. Grabbing a quick cup of java with your significant other is a great way to share some time when you've both been busy.

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January
7

Closing Costs - Remerica Hometown Realtors

If you're looking homes for sale in Ann Arbor, you're lucky. According to Livability Magazine, beautiful Ann Arbor, Michigan, ranks first of the 2018 Top 100 Places to Live in the United States. Also named fourth in USA Today's Best Cities to Retire, the culture, economy, excellent public schools, safety, infrastructure, and community involvement in Ann Arbor are among the many factors driving these selections.

Home to the prestigious University of Michigan, the citizens of Ann Arbor and surroundings enjoy a wide range of artistic and cultural events, educational opportunities, and a full menu of intercollegiate sporting events. Restaurants, entertainment, theaters, and shopping venues are outstanding.

Components of a Buyer's Closing Cost Settlement

Whether you are upsizing or downsizing, relocating or remaining in Ann Arbor, working with an experienced professional realtor to guide you through the process of purchasing a new home is essential. Our REALTORS® possess in-depth knowledge of the area and are experienced in the finance and closing processes of any transaction.

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December
31

Fireplace Safety Tips
Throughout the year, our REALTORS® enjoy showing potential buyers homes for sale in Ann Arbor complete with fireplaces perfect for warming your home. During Michigan's cold winter days, please consider these eight fireplace safety tips.

  1. Clean It
    The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) reminds us that a clean chimney is less likely to lead to a chimney fire. Removing creosote deposits, soot, and ash can go a long way toward preventing these often unseen fires deep within your chimney. 

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December
17

Plymouth Coffee Shops - Remerica Hometown Realtors

Sometimes, the hours get away from you and the next thing you know you barely get any sleep before work. The only thing that is going to get you through the day is your coffee fix. It's always good to know the closest coffee shop to your home.

Our REALTORS® want to ensure you get the best cup of joe before work. Here are six coffee shops located around the Plymouth area to make sure you have your caffeine fix before work.

  1. Espresso Elevado - 606 S Main St., Plymouth, MI 48170
    At Espresso Elevado, their mission is to craft and share coffee in a way that can elevate the experience. They also happen to be an award-winning artisan coffee roaster. On top of that, their coffee beans are organically grown to ensure you are getting the highest quality coffee. Now that you know a great coffee shop in the location try looking at some Plymouth homes for sale.

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December
10

Sell Ann Arbor Home Curb Appeal
Gray skies, snowy weather, and stark, leafless trees can create a rather bleak look during the winter months – a look you'll want to overcome if you're working on selling your home. So what do you need to know about creating curb appeal against such a dreary backdrop? Here are some tips that can help ensure that your home looks warm and inviting this winter, creating a great first impression for potential buyers as they shop Ann Arbor homes for sale

  • Check Your Exterior
    The exterior of your home is in full display once the leaves have fallen from the trees. Step back and take a look at your home with this in mind. Is the siding dirty and dingy? A power-washer can take care of that. Are there areas of fading or peeling paint? Touch them up. Loose or missing shingles? Get them repaired. Clogged, damaged or loose gutters? Get them cleaned and fixed. These small things can make a big difference regarding that all-important first impression, making it clear that you invest in proper home maintenance.

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December
5

Plymouth Winter Family Fund
With a chill in the air and winter on its way, it's almost time to layer up and enjoy all of the cold-weather fun available in the Plymouth area. Whether you enjoy skiing, snowboarding, sledding, or learning to do something new, you'll find no shortage of outdoor fun around Plymouth. There are activities available for all ages, and plenty of opportunities to enjoy fun, family-friendly outdoor attractions throughout the season. Our REALTORS® have all of the exciting details, in our one-stop guide to outdoor winter fun in Plymouth, MI.

Outdoor Winter Fun Near Plymouth

  • Stock Up on Supplies at Sun & Snow Sports – 338 S. Main St., Plymouth, MI 48170
    No matter how you plan to enjoy all of the outdoor winter fun in Plymouth, it always pays to start the season with the right supplies. Sun & Snow Sports, located in Plymouth, offers everything that you need to enjoy the season. Stock up on ski/snowboard supplies, pick up comfortable cold-weather gear or have your skis/snowboard tuned up for the season. Sun & Snow Sports also offers rentals, perfect for trying something new.

  • Local Skiing at Alpine Valley Ski Area – 6775 Highland Road, White Lake, MI 48383
    With all of your supplies in hand, you'll be ready to hit the local slopes at the Alpine Valley Ski Area, located in White Lake. Alpine Valley features 25 trails, with options for every skill level. There's an extensive area for beginners, a large terrain park, and challenging runs to test the skills of experienced skiers. Keep an eye on the special events schedule as well, because there's always something new and unique coming to the Alpine Valley Ski Area.

  • Ski and Snowboard Lessons at Mt. Brighton – 4141 Bauer Road, Brighton, MI 48116
    Looking to brush up on your skills, or learn to do something new? Ski and snowboard lessons at Mt. Brighton are the perfect way to develop your skills on the slopes in a relaxed, educational setting. There are lessons available for kids, teens, and adults, along with racing and terrain park lessons for all ages. When your lesson is over, hit the slopes to enjoy the many trails available at Mt. Brighton, or head to the lodge from some hot cocoa and well-earned relaxation.

  • Sledding at Plymouth Twp. Park Sled Hill – 46640 W. Ann Arbor Trail, Plymouth, MI 48170
    Sledding is one of the most popular winter activities for kids in every community, and Plymouth homes for sale make it easy to carry on the sledding tradition. Start by heading to the Plymouth Township Park Sled Hill, where outdoor winter fun is always on the menu. The Plymouth Township Park Sled Hill is open throughout the winter, weather permitting, and has long been a favorite of local families.

  • Sledding at Heritage Park Sled Hill – 24915 Farmington Rd., Farmington Hills, MI 48336
    Is one great sledding hill not enough? No problem! The Heritage Park Sled Hill, located in nearby Farmington Hills, is another great spot to bring the family for some winter fun. The sled hill is open throughout the afternoon every day of the week. It's a great place to keep the kids busy on snow days or to enjoy a fun family outing on the weekend.

No matter the season, the Plymouth area is a wonderful place to call home for anyone who enjoys spending time outdoors. Contact us at Remerica Hometown REALTORS® to buy, sell, and learn about homes in the Plymouth, MI area.

November
27

Michigan Snow Storm Prep Tips

Michigan winters are known to bring freezing temperatures, icy stairs, and snowy eaves. As a first time home buyer, our REALTORS® want you to enjoy your first winter in your new home. The best way to stay snug and secure is to follow these eight tips and prepare your home for Mother Nature's whims before she blows into town.

  1. Inspect Your Furnace 
    Make sure your air vents are clean and free of ice and other debris. You will want to change the filters and take care of any required maintenance before snowstorms make their way into the weather forecasts.

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November
20

Ann Arbor Holiday Family Fun
When you visit Ann Arbor homes for sale during the holidays, you'll get to see the city coming alive with holiday excitement. Christmas music, festive displays, and seasonal fun create a celebratory mood. Twinkling lights provide a perfect backdrop for beautiful Ann Arbor neighborhoods. 

Our REALTORS®  want you to see our city at its holiday best. We've done the research and created a list of some of our favorite holiday events happening in Ann Arbor this year.

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November
13

Ann Arbor Home Buying Holidays
When it comes to Ann Arbor homes for sale, house hunters find ours is a vibrant city filled with art, culture, sports, and entertainment. During the holidays, something magical happens. Holiday lights twinkle and shimmer wherever you go, and you can feel the exciting celebratory spirit in the air. 

We know your holiday season is busy, but our REALTORS® want you to know that it's still a great time to look for your perfect home. We offer five smart reasons to buy a house in Ann Arbor during the holidays. 

  1. Home Sellers Are Waiting For You
    You may have noticed that the real estate market slows down during the holidays, but not for everyone. While some sellers take their homes off the market until spring, others double their efforts. Those are the sellers serious who have reasons for selling right away. Perhaps they have a pending job relocation, or they've already bought a new home. Whatever their motivation, they'll listen to your offer and try to work out a deal because they need or want to sell now. They're just waiting for you to show up.

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October
25

Negotiate Offer Plymouth Home
If you're shopping for Plymouth homes for sale, you'll soon realize finding the perfect home is just the beginning. Once you locate the right home, you'll want to negotiate the right price too.

Our REALTORS® understand that the negotiation process doesn't come naturally to some home buyers. Fortunately, we have lots of negotiation experience, so we're sharing these six negotiation techniques with you.

  1. Negotiate Seriously: Get lender pre-approval
    Contact a lender for loan pre-approval before you start home shopping.  A seller may take your offer more seriously if you come to the table with proof of financial backing.  Sellers understand you're not just window-shopping when you've made the time to be pre-approved.  They'll get serious too.

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October
18

Home Buying Mistakes to Avoid

Buying a home is a complex process, with a ton of priorities to manage along the way and sometimes emotional decisions to be made. It's easy to make mistakes during the homebuying process, whether you're shopping for the first time or hitting the market after happily living in your present home for many years. Our REALTORS® are here to help you avoid common home buying mistakes, with our guide to six things not to do when buying a home.

Avoid Homebuying Mistakes: 6 Common Ways to Botch Buying a Home

Whether you've just gotten the itch to shop for Plymouth homes for sale or you're a bit further along in the process, there are ample opportunities to make mistakes when buying a home. Here are six common mistakes that you'll want to avoid:

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October
5

Ann Arbor Fall Events
Ann Arbor, MI features something for everyone, and that's obvious when looking for fall family-oriented activities. Whether you've lived here for years or are currently shopping for Ann Arbor homes for sale, you'll find lots of places to spend Fall together as a family. Our REALTORS® are here with a list of seven of the best places to visit during the Fall.

  1. Wilson Barn Pumpkin Fest - 29350 W Chicago St, Livonia, MI 48150
    The Pumpkin Fest allows families to enjoy Michigan fall weather and traditions during October. Pick and decorate pumpkins, take a hayride ride, and enjoy cider and donuts. On weekends, children under 12 can enjoy the haunted barn stroll.  While visiting the area, check out some nearby Livonia homes for sale.

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September
27

Farmington Hills Restaurants
Having great restaurants close to home is about so much more than just having a place to grab a bite when you're hungry. Restaurants a big part of what makes communities walkable, while a diverse dining scene can also attract new residents and revitalize downtown areas. A good restaurant is also a hub of the community, where friends, family, colleagues, and community members can gather together to share special moments. Farmington Hills is filled with the types of restaurants that add life to the community, and our REALTORS® have the details on five foodie favorites in Farmington Hills. 

5 Great Restaurants Close to Home in Farmington Hills

  1. Tomatoes APizza – 29275 W. 14 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills, MI 48334
    Ranked as "one of the 25 best pizzas you'll ever eat" by GQ magazine, Tomatoes APizza brings authentic, Neapolitan-style pies to the Farmington Hills area. A real expert creates each pizza with the highest quality imported ingredients and cooked in a red-hot brick oven for the perfect finish. With so much care put into every pie, your taste buds will tell you exactly why Tomatoes APizza has piled up awards from publications across the country.

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September
21

Ann Arbor - Things to Do
Ann Arbor, MI offers something for everyone, and that's never more evident than when you're looking for fun weekend activities. Whether you're a long-time resident or you're currently shopping for Ann Arbor homes for sale, you'll have no trouble finding great ways to spend your Saturdays. Our REALTORS® are here, with our guide to nine of the best places to spend a Saturday in Ann Arbor.

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September
6

Plymouth Fall Festival

Plymouth homes for sale won't disappoint you if you're looking for a place to call your home here in Michigan. Our REALTORS® are always on call to help you explore the opportunities.

If you happen to be looking for a place in Plymouth this September, the Plymouth Fall Festival will be there to greet you. This festival is one of the most fun and exciting events of the year.

People from Plymouth and all over Michigan look forward to the enjoyment of an event that has been around since back in 1956. Formerly a simple chicken barbecue sponsored by the local Rotary Club, the Plymouth Fall Festival is now so much more.

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August
30

Buying a house when you have kids
Moving is hard enough for grown-ups, but it can be really challenging for kids. For children and teens, moving into a new house is probably the biggest adjustment they've ever had to make.

Buying a house when you have kids comes with a few challenges that most new homeowners don't have to worry about, like making sure your kids like their new home, and making the moving process as easy and stress-free for them as possible. Our REALTORS® have some advice on how to buy a house with kids in mind. 

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August
20

Ann Arbor Best City to Live in America
In a recent survey conducted by Niche.com, Ann Arbor ranked as the No. 1 Best City to Live in America. Hey, you don't have to tell us.  

In our many years of listing Ann Arbor homes for sale, we've learned a thing or two about what makes our city an exceptional place to call home. If you already live here, you probably know all about it. But if you don't, we have more than a few thoughts on why you might want to. 

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August
17

Hire a Realtor to Sell Your Home
There's something appealing about being self-sufficient. Going it alone. Blazing your own trail. But there are a few things in life that you really ought to have some help with. Selling your home is one of them.

If you're thinking about listing your Plymouth home for sale, it's wise to consider hiring a professional. Read on to learn how to find a real estate agent, and how it will benefit you.

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August
9

Farmington Hills Michigan TIME Magazine

Our REALTORS® were pretty excited to learn that TIME Magazine ranked Farmington Hills among the best places to live in America. We've held that opinion for a long time, but it was nice to see it confirmed. 

Every year, TIME Magazine ranks the best places to live in every state, using a wide range of factors, along with data from Realtor.com, to make its determinations. Farmington Hills took top honors in Michigan in 2017 as the overall best place to live in the state.

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July
31

Home Buying Steps
The home search process can be long and exhausting. For most people, it can also be thrilling, but the endless scrolling through online listings, flipping through local papers, and visiting open houses can take its toll. That's why, when you finally find your dream home, it's such an incredible moment. 

When you find your house, chances are you know it almost instantly. But the question still remains – What Comes Next? Our REALTORS® want to make sure you're able to get that dream home you've always wanted, so here's what comes next after you've found it.

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July
25

How Home Appraisals WorkHome appraisals can be confusing especially for first-time buyers. Once you find a home that you like you must follow through by making the seller an offer, which is often contingent on several things including a home appraisal, a home inspection, and financing.

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July
19

Sell Home - Professional Photos
Chances are, if you're trying to sell your home, you already know that you need to take every advantage you can get. Professional photos offer you a serious leg up on the competition, but our REALTORS® still get asked all the time – "Are professional photos really necessary?" and "Do professional photos really help sell my property?" 

The simple answer is that yes, they do. And in the increasingly fast-paced and competitive real estate market, they can make all the difference in the world. Here's why:

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June
20

Staging Solutions
Setting the Stage for a Successful Sale

When it's time for an open house, putting your best foot forward is a must. You've probably already made repairs, deep cleaned, and worked on your curb appeal. But there are lots of other details that can make your home more inviting and appealing. That's where staging comes in. It's preparing your home for viewing by removing clutter, removing your personal touches, and giving it a more neutral look for wide appeal. Good staging will set your home apart from other Plymouth homes for sale .

Our REALTORS® can always offer some specific advice after they've seen your home. But making sure you pay attention to these general tips is a great place to start.

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June
12

Plymouth Michigan Celebrates Father's DayHere at Remerica Hometown REALTORS®, our REALTORS® love Father's Day!

There are all kinds of fathers out there, so naturally, there are all kinds of ways to celebrate the holiday dedicated to them. Each as unique as Dad himself.

If the father in your life likes to be athletic and active, then we have the idea for you: The Annual Plymouth Father's Day Run!

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June
4

Ann Arbor Argo Cascades
Summer can be a magical time for families. There's no school and vacation time means lots of opportunity for making the kind of memories that last a lifetime. If you've been looking at Ann Arbor homes for sale, you've probably already checked out some of the great leisure time activities available in the area. One place you shouldn't miss is Argo Cascades.

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May
29

Avoid Overpaying for Your First Home
Everyone wants to get the best deal possible on Plymouth homes for sale. A home is such a big investment, first-time buyers often fear they'll get taken advantage of or end up being forced into spend more than they can really afford. Don't let fear get the better of you. The good news is there's a lot you can do to ensure you're not overpaying for your home. 

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May
23

Plymouth Home Inspections

What Buyers Should Expect From a Home Inspection

Our REALTORS® know getting your offer accepted on the home you love is exciting. But the work isn't quite done. Don't forget about the home inspection. You'll want to know for sure your new home is in good condition or what repairs need to be done before you move in.

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May
7

Ann Arbor Marathon
Ann Arbor is beautiful in the spring. It's the perfect time of year to visit this charming university town. If you plan to tour Ann Arbor homes for sale be sure to schedule your trip for the third weekend in May. You'll have an opportunity to participate in (or cheer on) the 5th Annual Probility Ann Arbor Marathon.

Our REALTORS® know you'll enjoy the Ann Arbor Marathon. It's one of our most exciting springtime events in our area. There will be a lot of action going on in town, so we've prepared a guide to help keep you on track.

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April
25

Winning Purchase Offer
You've found the house you really love, so now it's time to make an offer and make it yours. During this part of the process, you'll be glad to have one of our REALTORS® on your team. Their advice can be valuable and they'll make sure all the details are in place to help you get the house of your dreams.

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May
14

Update Don't Renovate to Sell Your Plymouth Home
If you're planning to sell your home, you'll want to get started on getting it ready to list. While your home will be competing with other Plymouth homes for sale, take a minute to evaluate changes that need to be made. Don't commit to expensive home remodeling projects when a simple update will do.

Our REALTORS® understand that when you're preparing your home for the market it's easy to go overboard. When you're ready, we can help you through the process. In the meantime, our best advice is Update, Don't Renovate.

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April
19

Tips to Amp Up Your Home's Curb Appeal

Tips to Sell Your Home with Curb Appeal

If you're looking for an easy way to amp up your home's curb appeal, think green. As one of your home's biggest outdoor features, your lawn can be a major factor in bringing buyers to your door. The NAR study, "Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features," confirms this. It ranked "standard lawn care" as number one on a list of outdoor projects that appeal to sellers. It was number four among projects that added value to a home. Those are good reasons to get your lawn into shape before you enter the market of Plymouth homes for sale.

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April
2

Ann Arbor Relay for Life Event
The American Cancer Society does amazing work to raise funds for cancer research, along with supporting cancer patients and survivors. The Relay for Life is one of the signature events of the American Cancer Society, and it's a great way to support a fantastic cause. This year's Relay for Life in Ann Arbor is coming up soon, so now is the time to start preparing for this truly inspiring event. Our REALTORS® have all the details on the Ann Arbor Relay for Life in 2018.

Relay for Life 2018: What to Expect and How to Participate in This Amazing, Inspiring Event

What: The American Cancer Society Relay for Life Ann Arbor 2018

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March
26

Warm Up Seller Cold Feet

If you've decided to add your home to the roster of Plymouth homes for sale, you probably believe it's the right idea at the right time. But what if you change your mind?

When you leave a home you love, it's a major life event. Just like a nervous bride on her wedding day or an anxious child going away to college, cold feet may set in at any time. The emotional upheaval can make you doubt your judgment and question your intent. It's important to recognize the potential for seller's cold feet and deal with it ahead of time.

Dealing with Seller's Remorse

Our REALTORS® work with home sellers throughout the Plymouth, Michigan area. We understand the apprehensions that can accompany the home-selling process. We believe that if you take the right steps ahead of time, you can warm up your home seller's cold feet and make the process easier from listing through closing.

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March
21

Plymouth - HometownAsk any Plymouth resident what makes this a special place to live, and they could go on and on about everything from our homes to Ice Festival. Our REALTORS® call Plymouth home, and we continue to be amazed by this small city with a big heart. Our city is filled with charm as well as plenty of things to do. These are just a few reasons why we love Plymouth, and we're pretty sure you will too once you make it your home. 

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March
14

Buy a Home in Plymouth Budget

Being able to stay within your budget when you buy a home is essential to your long-term success as a homeowner. For first-time buyers, the details can get a bit overwhelming. But taking the time to figure it out before you start searching for Plymouth homes for sale can make a big difference. Here are a five tips for finding a home that fits your budget:

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March
5

Ann Arbor MI Zingermans Deli
Ann Arbor isn't exactly a little city but even with a population in excess of 100,000, it somehow retains its small-town, family-friendly feel. You'll find art and cultural experiences and wonderful museums and parks. The Michigan University football team is a great diversion for sports lovers and then there's the food. If you plan to tour Ann Arbor homes for sale, you must include a side-trip to Zingerman's Deli.

Just like pretty much everyone in Ann Arbor, our REALTORS® love every item on the Zingerman's menu. They believe you'll enjoy too (if you don't mind waiting in line to get in the door.) If you've never visited this iconic deli, here's what you need to know.

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February
26

Plymouth Home Spring Sale
If you've been waiting for spring to add your home to the list of Plymouth, MI homes for sale, you don't have to wait much longer. Spring officially arrives on March 20. When buyers are searching our local real estate market, you must be ready to open your door when they are. That means you should start preparing right now. 

Our REALTORS® work with local buyers from pre-listing to closing. We understand what it takes to undo the effects a cold winter wreaks on your home. To get you started, we recommend these three things to get your Plymouth home ready for a quick spring sale.

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February
14

Ann  Arbor - UM
Michigan's sixth largest city, Ann Arbor, is home to more than the Wolverines of the University of Michigan. U-M makes an impressive mark on the city, but Ann Arbor predates the university by 13 years. Named in honor of the wives (both named Ann) of its two founders, Ann Arbor is a progressive jewel in Michigan's crown.

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February
5

Canton MI Buying a Home
Nine Reason Why You'll Love Living in Canton, MI

If you're considering relocating to Michigan, why not settle into a city that has everything you need? Canton is a medium-sized city with big-city amenities. For your downtime enjoyment, you'll find numerous dining, recreation, art, culture, and entertainment options. When you tour Canton homes for sale, we think you'll fall in love with this wonderful city and you'll never want to leave.

Our REALTORS® understand that the cost of living in Canton is a bit higher than in other Michigan cities. Housing prices are a major factor, but we believe that Canton's quality of life makes it worth the investment. Here are some additional information to consider.

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January
31

Loan Pre-approval
You wouldn't go shoe shopping without knowing your size, or set up a date without having considered what you're looking for in another person. So why would you go house shopping without knowing how much house you can afford? You might have a general idea of your budget, but there's only one way to know your price range for sure, and that's by getting pre-approved.

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January
25

Plymouth Ice Festival Community Event

When you visit Plymouth Mi, the first thing you'll notice is its warm friendly small town feel and upscale demographic. But don't let that fool you. As the residents will tell you, "Plymouth Rocks!" You'll see for yourself when you check out Plymouth, MI homes for sale.

The City of Plymouth, Michigan and Plymouth Township are centrally located in Detroit's western suburbs. They're 25 miles east of Ann Arbor and 15 minutes from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Together the two communities offer a small town fusion of everything you need for a fun and exciting lifestyle.

Our REALTORS® live, work, and play in the Plymouth area. We love this charming community and its family-friendly atmosphere. We wanted to share five reasons why we think "Plymouth Rocks!"

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