Plymouth, MI Real Estate News

By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
(Real Estate One)
Here are a few Irish Blessings for my friends and fellow Active Rainers.  May today be safe and prosperous for you.  May you enjoy the laughter and friendship of friends and family today.  May your blessing outnumber the shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you go.   May you always have walls for the winds,a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire,laughter to cheer you, those you love near you,and all your heart might desire.  These things, I warmly wish for you-Someone to love, some work to do,A bit of o' sun, a bit o' cheer.And a guardian angel always near.  May you have love that never ends,lots of money, and lots of friends.Health be yours, whatever you do,and may God send many blessings to you! Top of the morning to you, and the rest of the day to yourself!" May t...
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
(Real Estate One)
If you are a home buyer sometimes the best deal may not be a foreclosure.  Right now  in the Metro Detroit real estate market I am seeing some relocation homes at tremendous deals.  One of my clients bought a 4000 square foot Plymouth home built in 2000 with granite counter tops for $385,000.  Under a $100 a square foot for a home under ten years old! But more importantly as a home buyer you really need to look at how much work is needed to bring a foreclosure up to par.  What would you buy?  A Plymouth home ($200,000) that has an updated kitchen, updated windows, and new roof or a Plymouth foreclosure that has no updates for $170,000? If the windows cost $7,000    the kitchen cost  $25,000    the roof cost $8,000  what would you buy? It would cost $40,000 to make the Plymouth foreclosu...
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
(Real Estate One)
 If you are looking at Plymouth MI homes for sale or Plymouth MI foreclosures here is a quick up date of what is going on in one of Plymouth subdivisions.  This neighborhood update will give you an idea of what has sold, what's for sale and how long they have been on the market.  Plymouth is a great area to consider if you are relocating to Michigan from out of state. Ridgewood Hills Subdivision homes for sale as of 3/4/2009Average List Price                        $301,800Average days on the market        183 days  Ridgewood Hills Plymouth MI Homes currently for sale Price Address Bed Bath Sq Ft $229,000  9839 HILLCREST DR 4 2.1 2783 $239,900  48487 MEADOW CT 4 2.1 2570 $250,000  11599 RED MAPLE DR 4 2.1 2576 $325,000  49382 PLUM TREE DR 4 2.1 2442 $325,000  48745 PINEHILL 4 2.1 2800 $...
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By Debra Drummond, MichiganMoves Real Estate in SE Michigan
(RE/MAX Gallery)
If you've been renting an apartment or leasing a home for awhile in Northville, Plymouth or the surrounding area, this might be the perfect year to buy your first home. In addition to the low interest rates and great deals out there right now, the big advantage to buying before the end of 2009 is the $8,000 tax credit enacted by Congress this year to stimulate the housing market. Unlike the 2008 credit, the 2009 tax credit does not have to be paid back. Here's a great video about the First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit with answers to a lot of questions you might have: If you'd like to explore your housing options further, give me a call!
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
(Real Estate One)
 Plymouth & Plymouth Twp MI If you are thinking about relocating to Michigan and starting to do some on line research here is a photo gallery of what Plymouth and Plymouth Twp are like.   Most of these photos are from downtown Plymouth.  Plymouthhas an old style city center with a park in the middle.  Many of Plymouth's events take place.  The downtown area is a lively area with restaurants, shops, and bars to fit just about everybodies tastes.  From high end stead and seafood restaurants to a burger and a beer tavern Plymouth has it all.  Or maybe you just want to relax with the paper and a coffee at the local coffee shops.  Kellogg Park fountain, Plymouth MI                                                                             Farmers market Plymouth MI right next to Kellogg Par...
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By Debra Drummond, MichiganMoves Real Estate in SE Michigan
(RE/MAX Gallery)
I know, its the first day of March, but better late than never. The January statistics issued by our local MLS Realcomp indicated home sales continued their upward trend. In fact, sales increased 25.7% over January 2008. Most home sellers who don't have to sell are staying put or leasing until things start to recover. Most homes on the market are well priced and inventory is down 21.1% over January 2008. The first-time home buyer market remains strong and should continue with the recent passage of the $8,000 credit for first time buyers, which unlike the 2008 credit, doesn't have to be paid back. That's a nice incentive, which should hopefully spur more sales enabling move-up buyers to make their moves. With changes every day, it's hard to keep up, but here are a few interesting stories...
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
(Real Estate One)
Country Acres Subdivision Selling your Plymouth MI home or are you looking to buy Plymouth real estate.   Country Acres is in Plymouth in Wayne County MI.Some Plymouth home buyers are from out of state and making a sound decision on this Michigan relocation is important to them.  Home buyers want to know what Plymouth MI Subdivision is best for them.  What Plymouth home style best fits their families needs.  I hope this information below gives you an idea of what Plymouth homes for sale are selling for and have sold for.Plymouth Homes for Sale Country Acres Subdivision Plymouth Twp MI as of 9/18/2009Average time on the market      104 daysAverage list price                        $513,550 Country Acres Homes for Sale, Plymouth MI Price Address Bed Bath Sq Ft $489,500  5135 PLYMOUTH VALL...
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By Debra Drummond, MichiganMoves Real Estate in SE Michigan
(RE/MAX Gallery)
Not sure of the difference between a colonial style house and one that's called a cape cod? Can't describe what classifies a home as a Victorian versus a Craftman? Don't feel bad, you're not alone. Thankfully, you can visit RemodelingCenter.com to view a slideshow showing examples and explaining the differences. For more renovating ideas, click on their related links to tour a remodeled Craftsman-Style Foursquare or a beautifully renovated Cottage-Style home.
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
(Real Estate One)
Plymouth is a town that is close to M-14, I-96, & I-275.  Located in the western suburbs of Detroit this makes it easy to get to downtown Detroit, the airport, and Ann Arbor.  It is about 20 minutes from either Ann Arbor or Detroit, right dead center between them.        Plymouth has a quaint downtown with a central park, lots of restaurants, and neat shops.  It has plenty of old time town atmosphere.  Downtown town Plymouth has about every type of restaurant that you could want (from bar burgers to Irish pub, to higher end Italian or steak places.  So if you live in Plymouth MI you don't have far to go to eat out).      What is nice is that they do several festivals a year in the downtown area that help the area thrive.  The Plymouth Ice Festival in January, the Plymouth Arts & craft s...
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By Debra Drummond, MichiganMoves Real Estate in SE Michigan
(RE/MAX Gallery)
Residential sales ended 2008 up 19% higher than 2007 with December's strong finish. In fact, according to Realcomp, every county in the entire MLS showed increased sales and pending sales, which bodes well for 2009. Sales for the entire MLS during December 2008 were up 31.6% over December 2007, reflecting the 12th straight month of growth. Strong 2008 starter home sales (those priced under $125K) were up 61% over 2007 due in large part to affordable home prices and low interest rates. Even though December's inventory was down over 18% over December 2007, the supply of homes remains greater than the demand. Therefore homes selling in this buyer's market are priced to sell. Market activity has started strong this year. It's still a wonderful time for first time homeowners to take advantag...
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By Debra Drummond, MichiganMoves Real Estate in SE Michigan
(RE/MAX Gallery)
The 2009 Plymouth International Ice Sculpture Spectacular is a wrap! Warmer weather on Friday probably worried organizers, but cold weather was back on Saturday....and so were the crowds! The local economy had an impact as there were fewer ice sculptures, particularly in front of local merchants. Also missing this year were the live reindeer. Here's some photos showing the highlights: This Saturday, January 31st is Northville MI 4th Annual Fire & Ice Festival running from Noon to 4 PM.
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
(Real Estate One)
It's that time of the year to celebrate Michigan winter in Plymouth Michigan.  Every year about the third weekend in January the City of Plymouth puts on the Plymouth Ice Carving contest and festival.  This is the 27th year and is located right in downtown Plymouth in Kellog Park. Some of the carvings are over 10 feet tall and some are 12 feet wide.  Ice carvers from around the world come to compete.  Many of the ice carvers are from the food industry as many ice carvers are chefs.  Chefs have to make ice carvings as part of some of the fantastic banquets they put together. This sculpture is over 12 feet long.                Local business support the Plymouth Ice festival.  The festival draws large crowds no matter what the weather. Some come on down to downtowm Plymouth MI enjoy the ...
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By Debra Drummond, MichiganMoves Real Estate in SE Michigan
(RE/MAX Gallery)
If it's going to stay as cold as it is this year, we might as well enjoy an event that celebrates it. The Plymouth MI Ice Sculpture Spectacular comes to Kellogg Park in Downtown Plymouth this weekend. Starting at Noon on Friday, January 27th and running through Sunday, January 29th, the event features ice carvers from local high schools, colleges, and professionals from around the United States and some from as far away as Japan. Over 100 sculptures are expected to be carved, mostly from single blocks of ice weighing over 300 pounds. Several sculptures will be constructed using between 5-100 blocks of ice, and you can watch the carving process from the beginning of stacking the blocks of ice to the finished works of art. Besides the ones filling Kellogg Park, the customized sculptures s...
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By Debra Drummond, MichiganMoves Real Estate in SE Michigan
(RE/MAX Gallery)
I follow lots of blogs to keep up on technology, particularly as it relates to real estate. One of my favorites is AgentGenius where the top real estate bloggers in the country post. If you're thinking of selling your Plymouth home, you'll want to check out this recently highlighted video "How To Avoid the 10 Mistakes Home Sellers Make". It provides a great overview of all the areas you need to consider when getting ready to put your home on the market. For more information or suggestions, feel free to call, email or text me.
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
(Real Estate One)
I get a lot of solicitations from other brokers to join their firms.  I always like to get them.  Some make me laugh.  Some stroke my ego.  Some are insulting to my intelligence. I'm not moving anytime in the future.  I like Remerica Hometown One.  They support us.  They have the support system to back us up.  Here is one area of the many support systems they have.  They have receptionists that answer the phone.  Nothing special right, wrong there are some companies that just have answering machines.  There is no person on the other end!!!!  They will get back to you.  Sometimes in a hour, sometimes by the end of the day.  Buyers want instant service.  Many times it is somebody sitting out in front of the house wanting information or wanting to see the house. Remerica Hometown One is op...
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By Debra Drummond, MichiganMoves Real Estate in SE Michigan
(RE/MAX Gallery)
It's been a crazy month with tons of economic news, and lots of it not so good. With the Detroit 3 thrown a lifeline just in time for the holidays, let's hope that the rest of the economy stabilizes soon so people start buying cars again. The local real estate market had record sales again for the 11th straight month in 2008, with an increase of 20.5% over November 2007. Realcomp, our local MLS, reports that 2008 year-to-date sales increased 18.1% over 2007. Oakland County posted the highest percentage sales increase for November at 31.8%. There are a couple of factors for the continued strong market activity. First, starter home sales (those valued up to $124,999) for first time buyers is up by 60% over last year. Secondly, inventory is down 17.72% and homes are priced aggressively. La...
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
(Real Estate One)
With 12 inches of the snow right now it is hard to look at Metro Detroit Real Estate.  It is cold, windy and sloppy so what about this idea.  Warm up the car, and pack up the kids and take a look at some of metro Detroit western Suburbs best Christmas light displays.  Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year.  Something about lites glistening in the dark just seems so magical.  The brighter the better for me.  I have Clark Griswold blood.  These homes here are like postcards from the past.  Some of them have large trees so the lighting displays is awesome.  Enjoy my picks Christmas Light Viewing List Novi MI 22501 Windermere Ct Bradford of Novi subdivision off Nine Mile between Taft and Beck Plymouth's outstanding Christmas Lights 10907 Wellington  Woodlore Subdivision off Ann...
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By Debra Drummond, MichiganMoves Real Estate in SE Michigan
(RE/MAX Gallery)
After two long years of construction and road closure, the Sheldon Road Underpass opened with fanfare this afternoon. Sheldon Road connects Plymouth to Northville and provides convenient access to the M-14 expressway. Because of train traffic through Plymouth, it was decided an underpass under the tracks near M-14 would be the best way to alleviate traffic backups waiting for trains. The two year road closure was a major pain in the neck for many people, including me since my office is in Plymouth. Thank goodness that's behind us!
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By Debra Drummond, MichiganMoves Real Estate in SE Michigan
(RE/MAX Gallery)
With all the bailout talk going one, here's an an idea I can get behind. Buy Local and Let's Keep Our Money in Michigan! Buy Michigan Now challenges supporters to Think Michigan First to support and build a strong Michigan economy. Download their holiday gift and grocery guides, and while you're there, Take the Pledge to 'think Michigan first'. Spend local to build a strong and diverse Michigan economy. Here's a couple of stores to consider. Michigan Made in Plymouth ships gift baskets with filled with Michigan products around the country. Those born in Michigan but living elsewhere can get a little touch of home (like Sanders). If you're an art lover, check out the Art-is-in Market at Laurel Park Mall in Livonia, exclusively featuring the work of Michigan artists. I'll leave you with t...
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
(Real Estate One)
Economy have you down?  Do you have the blues, need some cheering up?  Want to get into the Christmas spirit.Then take a stroll down to downtown Plymouth MI.  They have decorated Kellog Park with trees.   Local businesses and citizens decorate 6 foot live trees to support a cause or to celebrate a loved ones life. Christmas songs play over speakers so you can really get into the spirit.  The local musuem has holiday related exhibits and the Penn Theater is playing a Christmas classic. People are strolling through all the neat local stores and enjoying the many restaurants and bars.  Even the local establishments have decorated and gotten into the spirit. The Box Bar is decked out in it's holiday finest inside and out.  So if you are looking for a reasonable place to gather with friends ...
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