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September Things To Do

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

September in Washtenaw County is buzzing with fun things to do with friends and family. The weather is cooling, but we still have some sunshine to enjoy. It's a big month with the football season starting and many other cultures and causes to celebrate.


Harvest Festival | Ann Arbor

September 16, 2 – 5 p.m. | Sutherland-Wilson Farm  

The 10th Annual Harvest Festival at Sutherland-Wilson Farm is welcoming the fall harvest season with a musical performances, face painting, carriage photos, lawn games, a pumpkin patch, house tours and self-guided building tours, a petting farm, and so much more. 

University of Michigan Football | Ann Arbor

September 1 – December 1 | Various locations

University of Michigan football returns on the first day of September! Their first game of the season is at Notre Dame, the first Home game is on September 8th, 15th and 22nd. For the full schedule, check out our PDF calendar click here

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RunTough for ChadTough | Saline

September 29, 8:30 – 11 a.m. | Saline High School  

Benefitting The ChadTough Foundation, a local nonprofit in Saline, this running event is celebrating its fifth year with a family-friendly 5K and a one-mile fun run. 

Orphan Car Show | Ypsilanti 

September 15 | Riverside Park 

The term “orphan car” describes a vehicle built by a manufacturer that has discontinued business entirely, and because Ypsi has such an important history in cars and orphan cars, it’s the perfect place for this unique car event. The 2019 show celebrates the 21st year of the Orphan Car Show! Spectator admission is $7 for adults and children under 12 are admitted for free.

Old West Side Homes Tour | Ann Arbor  

September 22, 12 – 5 p.m. | Community of Christ Church 

The 46th Annual Old West Side Homes Tour celebrates Ann Arbor’s historic Old West Side whose architecture, streetscape, history and environment are especially characteristic of 19th-century, midwestern America.

Heritage Market | Milan 

September 29, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Hack House 

The Heritage Market brings local vendors, creative makers and community members to shop and support local in the historic Hack House.  

 Oktoberfest | Saline 

September 20 – 21 | Downtown Saline 

This fall celebration brings celebrates Germany in a classic event. Oktoberfest features traditional and modern music, a festive biergarten, a corn hole tournament, wiener dog races and so much more over the course of two full days. Yes it’s called Oktoberfest but is held in September .




A Shipping Container Home Marries Minimalism and Elegance

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

Shipping Container homes are becoming popular due to it's eco friendly materials and sustainable design.

A shipping container Home that aims to seamlessly integrate itself into its natural surroundings while demonstrating its ability to be a fully functional residence can be found in architect Maria Pellegrini’s Casa Container.

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Located in São Paolo, Brazil, the 194-square foot show home is comprised of a pair of shipping containers. It is intended to serve as an example of the complementary union of sustainability and contemporary design.



Coming Soon Charming Home on Double Lot in Westland

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

Coming Soon  

Updated Kitchen and Bath with Granite counters and hardwood flooring.  You will appreciate the two Large Bay Windows for plants and southern light.   Downstairs you will enjoy the extra living space, relaxing in the finished basement where you will also find updated mechanicals and newer carpet.  

Huge Double Deep Heated garage with room for 4 cars that is surrounded by a large Fenced back yard for kids and pets to play. Up in the Front yard, you will gaze upon the low-maintenance perennials- yellow roses and evergreen bushes to add color throughout the seasons of the year. 

Email or call 734.996.0000 to get on First To View. Please visit the listing page for more photos. 

Local Shopping Guide

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

Now that Black Friday is over, you may be getting tired of Big Box stores. Plus, it's always nice to support local shops. Here's a local guide for you to find the perfect gift for your family and friends while being able to enjoy Downtown Ann Arbor (or Downtown Saline). There are plenty more local shops downtown and spread throughout the city. These are just a few Ann Arbor staples offering handmade, vintage, and special gifts. 


16 Hands  

407 North 5th Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Located in Kerry Town stores in the market on the second floor, this shop's motto is “Handcrafted. Heartfelt." 16 Hands started as an artist collective and still has the feel of an artist haven. Shop local in Kerry Town for beautifully made household items, candles, jewelry and more.



Heavenly Metal

208 N 4th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Also located in Kerry Town in downtown Ann Arbor, Heavenly Metal is a lifestyle and gift shop with scarves, socks, decor and much more. The store items change with seasons and are added to almost daily. They hope you leave feeling that “you are as beautiful as you feel."



Pineapple house

101 E. Michigan Avenue Saline, MI 48176

Downtown Saline also has great local shops. Pineapple House is very festive depending on the season. Around this Holiday Season, the store has gorgeous Christmas decor for you to add to your Home or gift to others. From tabletop, bed linens, furniture and gorgeous accessories for all occasions, this Saline shop will give you holiday cheer.



Thistle and Bess

222 N. Fourth Ave. Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Thistle and Bess is an unique shop adds a vintage flare to the Ann Arbor area. The downtown Ann Arbor store has fine jewelry, fashion accessories, bar ware, bath and beauty products, home accessories, paper and select children’s clothing and toys.  The owner's travel around the world to find you high quality antiques for collecting and gifting.


Crazy Wisdom

114 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

For the book lover, you can find good reads on a number of topics at Crazy Wisdom. They even have a tea and coffee cafe, so you can relax and reset after a long day of shopping. Along with books, they also carry candles, lotions, and incense for stocking stuffers or small gifts.




Saturday, December 8 from 11-7 / Sunday, December 9 from 12-6

If you want to go to a one-stop-shop full of local vendors, DIYpsi is an art fair that takes place in Ypsilanti’s business districts. The holiday market will feature 90 vendors at Riverside Arts Center.





Tom Stachler is a Michigan licensed real estate Broker and Builder working in the Ann Arbor, Saline and Dexter Real Estate markets.  Please refer to the helpful Links above for more information about Buying or selling real estate, homes and condos when searching for one of the area's best real estate brokers.

Your Favorite Sports Schedules

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

The fall sports season is upon us. Hockey, Football and basketball sports seasons are about to begin. The Red Wings and Pistons will play at the Little Caesars Arena. Keep track of when your favorite sports team is playing with these FREE printable calendars available below.

Click on the images below to bring up a full size calendar that you can print out for the 2018-19 Season schedules.

The Pistons aka Detroit Bad Boys, will kick off the season October 17th at 7 pm at the Little Caesars Arena against the Brooklyn Nets.

The Red Wings hit their first puck of the season at Home on Thursday, Oct. 4 versus the Columbus Blue Jackets. Print out the calendar below to stay in the know of when and where they will be playing for the rest of the season.


Detroit Lions Football: Now in the midst of theirSeason, keep up with upcoming Lions  games with the calendar below. 


Are you a College Football Fan? Check out the Wolverines and Spartan schedules below.  


Tom Stachler is a licensed Ann Arbor area real estate agent and broker also working real estate home and condo sales in the Saline, Dexter, Chelsea, Ypsilanti, Milan and many of the surrounding markets in both Washtenaw and Livingston County.  Please click on the inventory or MLS search tab above for the latest residential, income and commercial realty property listings for sale.  


Information about Automated or Autonomous Vehicles in MIchigan

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

Mcity Information at the University of Michigan Mobility Transformation Center

Testing new technologies in a realistic off-roadway environment is an essential step before a significant number of highly automated vehicles can be deployed safely on actual roadways. Working with the Michigan Department of Transportation, U of M researchers have designed Mcity, a unique test facility for evaluating the capabilities of connected, autonomous and automated vehicles and systems.

Occupying 32 acres at the University’s North Campus Research Complex, autonomous simulates the broad range of complexities vehicles encounter in urban and suburban environments. It includes approximately five lane-miles of roads with intersections, traffic signs and signals, sidewalks, benches, simulated buildings, street lights, and obstacles such as construction barriers. Mcity celebrated its grand opening on July 20, 2015 with representatives from government, industry, & the university. 

The University of Michigan is know world wide for its work in the transportation research and standards field.  Ann Arbor is also known as the Michigan Hub for research for many different interests in medicine, transportation and information systems.  

Looking to relocate to Michigan?  Contact area realty broker and builder Tom Stachler at Real Estate One for more information or use the handy navigation tabs above to find current properties for sale in the residential or commercial markets.  Other Links will provide contractor, school and other moving related information and references.  


Why You Should Own a Home in an A+ School District

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team

Whether you have children or not, it pays to buy in an area with great schools.® recently released a new study that identifies the price premium to buy a home in a strong public school district, as well as the top 10 districts garnering the highest home prices and demand from buyers.

School districts rising to the top are: Beverly Hills Unified in Los Angeles; Highland Park Independent School District in Dallas; Kenilworth School District No. 38 in Kenilworth, Ill.; Rocky River City School District in Cuyahoga, Ohio; Clear Creek Independent School District in Harris, Texas; and School Town Of Munster School District in Lake, Ind.® compared homes located in school districts rated 9 or 10 on the 10 point scale to homes situated in districts rated six or less. The analysis shows homes within the boundaries of the higher rated public school districts are, one average, 49 percent more expensive – at $400,000 – than the national median of $269,000 and 77 percent more expensive than schools located within the boundaries of the lower ranked districts with a median of $225,000.

Houses located in these areas, on average, also move eight days faster than homes in below average school districts and sell four days faster – at 58 days – than the national average of 62 days. Additionally, properties within the boundaries of higher-rated school districts are viewed 26 percent more, on average, than the average home on® (an indicator of buyer demand) and 42 percent more than homes in areas with below average schools. “It’s common knowledge that buyers are often willing to pay a premium for a home in a strong school district,” says Javier Vivas, research analyst for®. “Our analysis quantifies just how good it is to be a seller in these areas. On average, homes in top-rated districts attract a price premium of almost 50 percent and sell more than a week faster than those located in neighboring lower ranked school districts.”

A look at the top school districts

The district with the second highest Home Price premium is Highland Park Independent School District in Dallas where homes are 632 percent more expensive at $1.8 million than the median home in Dallas County at $277,000. Homes in Highland Park are 3.7 times and 4.4 times more expensive, respectively, than neighboring districts of Coppell Independent School District in Coppell, Texas – rated 9 – with a median of $470,000 and Dallas Independent School District in Dallas – rated  5 – with a median of $400,000, respectively.Highest Price Premiums

In top-ranked Beverly Hills Unified School District, homes sell for 689 percent more, at $3.8 million, than other homes in Los Angeles County, at $550,000. That’s 1.6 times the premium of homes located in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District – rated 9 – that covers Santa Monica, Calif. and Malibu, Calif. and has a median list price of $2.5 million. Beverly Hills’s price premium is 3.9 times more than Culver City Unified School District in Culver City, Calif. that has a rating of 8 and a median list price of $975,000.

Kenilworth School District No. 38 in Kenilworth, Ill., where homes carry a median sales price of $1.6 million, ranked third in the nation with its home price premium of 606 percent compared to Cook County. That’s 2.1 times more than the neighboring district of Wilmette Public Schools District 39 in Wilmette, Ill., rated 10 by GreatSchools, with a median list price of $780,000, and 1.2 times more than Winnetka School District 36  in Winnetka, Ill., rated 10, with a median list price of $1.4 million. Winnetka School District 36 is also ranked fifth in the nation for its home price premium.

Highest Demand from Home BuyersRounding out the Top 10 school districts with the highest price premiums are: Indian Hill Exempted Village School District – Hamilton, Ohio; Winnetka School District 36 – Winnetka, Ill.; Manhattan Beach Unified School District – Los Angeles; Scarsdale Union Free School District – Westchester, N.Y.; Saddle River School District – Bergen, N.J.; San Marino Unified School District – Los Angeles; and Mariemont City School District – Hamilton, Ohio. See chart below for additional detail.

The district with the highest home buyer demand – as measured by® listing views compared to the surrounding county – is Rocky River City School District in Cuyahoga, Ohio, rated 10, where listings within district boundaries receive 2.8 times more views than other areas in Cuyahoga County. Homes in the Rocky River District also receive 1.7 and 1.5 times more listing views, respectively, than Westlake City School District in Westlake, Ohio ranked 9 by GreatSchools and Lakewood City School District in Lakewood, Ohio with a GreatSchools rating of 6.

Vivas adds, “While highly ranked school districts in these markets have pushed home prices higher than their surrounding areas, the majority of these high demand markets are relatively affordable when compared to the national median, which is a big factor contributing to their popularity.”

The second most popular school district in the nation for home buyers is Clear Creek Independent School District in Harris, Texas. It garners 2.2 times the listing views of Harris County and 1.2 and 1.0 times as many views, respectively, as nearby districts of Pasadena in Pasadena, Texas (rated 5) and La Porte Independent School District in La Porte, Texas.

Coming in as the third most viewed school district for home buyers,  School Town of Munster School District in Lake, Ind., has a GreatSchools rating of 9 and receives nearly 2.2 more listings views than other homes in the county. That’s 1.36 more views than neighboring district of School Town Of Highland Independent School District, rated 6, in Highland, Ind.

Completing the Top 10 list are Orange School District – New Haven, Conn.; Etiwanda Elementary School District – San Bernardino, Calif.; Longmeadow School District – Hampden, Mass.; Strongsville City School District – Cuyahoga, Ohio; Plymouth-Canton Community School – District Wayne, Mich.; and Regional School District 05 School – District New Haven, Conn.

For more School information and District Maps, please click here and look at the bottom of the realty resources page you will be directed to.  Its important to keep in mind that the most popular districts may not always be the state's top rated scholastically due to inventory supply and demand, but its generally safe to assume a "popular district" will be one providing superior results or resident satisfaction. 


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Using your IRA for Real Estate Purchases

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team


Self-directed IRAs that focus heavily on real estate investments are often referred to as "Real Estate IRAs." With a Real Estate IRA, your retirement funds can invest in all kinds of real estate and real estate-related assets. Explore the most popular real estate investment options for your self-directed IRA:

What Can I Invest In?

These are just a few of your options with a self-directed IRA. The real estate-related investments allowed in these retirement accounts are seemingly endless.

Looking for help with this type of investment, contact us today to get started with finding property and purchasing it rental or flip opportunities.  


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by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team


Looking for things to do in the Ann Arbor, Saline, Dexter and other areas?  Click here to download this years local visitors guide for events, resources and other local area information in this Michigan community.   

Let us know if we can help with other information or Ann Arbor Homes for Sale or try the "All MLS Listings Link or if you have a Home update project,  don't forget to visit our Ann Arbor Area Contractors Discount page here.  

Take care and thanks for stopping by.  We are here to help before AND after the closing.  

Ypsilanti Public Library in Michigan

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team


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