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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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"
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!
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Home 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.
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:
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.
Here 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Ask 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!"