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Ann Arbor Restaurant Week

by Tom Stachler,ABR,CDPE - Group One Realty Team
Its here! Ann Arbor Restaurant week is the best way to try restaurants of all types for a low, fixed price - $15 for lunch or $28 for a three course dinner. Some places are even offering a 2 for 1 pricing. This week, you can explore new cuisines or visit your favorite for a budget friendly food tasting experience. 
 
The plethora of restaurants offers vegan, vegetarian, locally-scoured and gluten-free options. For a preview of menus and to see what restaurants are participating click here. The regular menu is available also. To get your taste buds excited for Ann Arbor's best places to eat, here's some photos of restaurants that are participating. The event goes from January 13 – 18.
 

Grange Kitchen and Bar | Menu

 

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Dessous | Menu

 

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Avalon | Menu

 

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.  

Coming Soon! Updated Condo on South Side of Ann Arbor

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

Wow - Stainless, Beautiful Wood floors and Stairs, Crown Molding and More !

 

Located on Ann Arbors South side near Ellsworth Road.  Watch the HD Video for better view of this spectacular condo with updates galore !  See the feature list below that includes African Magnolia Wood Flooring, Hardwood Stairs, ceramic floors in foyer, kitchen and baths, built in Big Screen Projector with screen that drops automatically from the ceiling.  This unit has a room on the third floor that could serve as a guest room, media or study space.  

 
  • African Magnolia Flooring
  • Crown molding throughout
  • Sconce lights
  • Big Screen projector with remote control Screen and built in speakers
  • Hardwood Stairs
  • Ceramic Kitchen, Foyer and Bath floors
  • Stainless appliances
  • Detached Garage
  • Close to Shopping and easy access to US-23 - I-94 commutes
  • Washer and Dryer, Stove and Refrigerator Included
 
 

​Watch this HD Video for a virtual walk through (Hit the 4 arrows bottom right corner for larger image)

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

DIYpsi

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.

Cider Mills For Fall

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

Three Cider Mills Near Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Saline

 

Wiard's Orchards and Country Fair / Cider Mill, 5565 Merritt, Ypsilanti. (734) 390-9211.

 

At 181 years old, Wiard's Farm is one of the oldest cider mills in Michigan. Throughout the years, they have added every and any attraction you could want to their farm. The many different activities include six haunted attractions, corn maze, cider mill, a golf course, and hay rides. You can also leave with apples, apple cider, donuts, and frozen pies that you can bake at Home.

 

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Erwin Orchards, 61475 Silver Lake Road, South Lyon. (248) 437-0150.

 

Fall is all about pumpkin flavor, and Erwin's puts that into play with its pumpkin flavored donuts and pumpkin patch. Erwin's has plenty of kid activities and is also pet friendly for your furry friends. The "Pick Your Own" apple and seasonal fruit and vegetables activity is a great way to leave with a healthy addition to the classic fall donuts. Even better, Erwin's prides itself on being environmentally friendly using no chemical pesticides.

 

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Parmenter's Northville Cider Mill, 714 Baseline Road, Northville. (248) 349-3181.

 

Parmenter's is known for its classic spice doughnuts that are rounder and pouffier than others. Parmenter's also features a "chow mill" that sells Dearborn Sausage Co. hot dogs and kielbasa. For the kids to be entertained, there are plenty of activities like play areas, craft booths, and a petting zoo. For the adults, Parmenter's has winery and brewery on-site to warm your insides.

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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 for more information about Buying or selling real estate, homes and condos on your search for one of the area's best real estate brokers.

7232 ESSEX, YPSILANTI, MI 48197 - Home for Sale 15 minutes from Ann Arbor Michigan

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

Popular Greene Farms Sub. 4BR/2.5B Home

2 Story with Open floor plan - This neighborhood is minutes from Lincoln schools and close to shopping, restaurants and highway access for an easy commute. This home has over 2200* sq ft of living space with fresh paint and new carpeting throughout.  Just minutes from Ann Arbor, this location is ideal for split commute couples (one working to the east and one going west) and gives you more house for your money than generally found in Ann Arbor itself.  

View Photos and more Listing information by clicking Here

Features Include:

  • Owens Corning Finished Basement w/ Kitchenette
  • Updated Deck w/ Pergola
  • New Carpet and Paint
  • New Privacy Fencing in Backyard
  • 1802 SqFt Upper Finished Space
  • 452 SqFt Lower Finished Space
  • Master Suite w/ Soaking Tub
  • Gas Fireplace
  • 2 Car Attached Garage
  • Hardwood, Ceramic & Carpet Flooring
  • Prepped and Framed for Bath in Basement
  • Club House with Pool
  • Community with Walking Trails, Ponds and Play Areas

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​See Attached LBP & Seller Disclosure 

* Including Basement Finished Living Area

 

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Is Now the Time for you to Go Solar Home?

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

Solar Tax Credit Extended

Lost in all the talk of dropping oil prices and rising interest rates is news that is expected to transform the solar world, and the homes (and bank balances) of those who have (or want) solar energy. A federal tax credit that was set to expire at the end of this year was instead just extended for five more years.

"In a surprise move, recently U.S. lawmakers agreed to extend tax credits for solar and wind for another five years," said Bloomberg News. "This will give an unprecedented boost to the industry and change the course of deployment in the U.S."

The extension means "a 30% federal tax credit offered by the EPA and Department of Energy to encourage Americans to use solar power" for the next five years," said The Simple Dollar. "If you install Energy Star-approved solar power systems, the credit allows you to claim 30% of the cost as a tax credit for the year you installed it. That amount is taken directly off your tax payment, rather than as a deduction from your taxable income."

The increase in installed solar because of the extension is expected to be substantial.

"Solar will more than triple in size from just more than 24 GW of total capacity to nearly 100 GW by 2020. By that point, there will be enough solar installed to power 20 million American homes," said Ecowatch. "This seemingly routine legislation is historic because it brings the solar industry to the forefront of the conversation about American energy."

Capitalizing on trends

Bloomberg calls this "exactly the sort of bridge the industry needed" to continue absorption trends. With costs continuing down while usage works its way up, it's important to capitalize.

"The costs of installing wind and solar power have dropped precipitously—by more than 90 percent since the original tax credits took effect—but in most places coal and natural gas are still cheaper than unsubsidized renewables," they said. "By the time the new tax credit expires, solar and wind will be the cheapest forms of new electricity in many states across the U.S. The scale of these new projects will help push costs down further and will stimulate new investment that lasts beyond the extension of the credits."

Making solar affordable

Affordability—or lack thereof—has long been a knock on solar, discouraging many from exploring options to traditional energy. The cost of a solar panel can range anywhere from $650 to $900 per panel, according to Todd Davidson, from Clean Energy Collective. Incentives make them more affordable, but that's not the only financial advantage.

"Incentives play a big part. But even without incentives there is ROI, or return on investment," said green-energy consultant Steve Pope on The Simple Dollar. Not to mention the cost savings associated with lower electric bills and the potential for building equity in your Home.

"From what we've seen about homes that go green, installing these assets increases the value of a house by 13%," said Pope. "It does make a difference when you're trying to sell a home. When you're adding solar power you're adding long-term value to your home."

Solar Options

Those who want to add solar panels to their home or incorporate them into a newly built home have options other than Buying them outright.

Power purchase agreement (PPA) - A PPA is a contract in which you pay only for your solar power. Because ownership of the system remains with the solar company, you don't pay for the equipment or installation.

Solar leasing - Lease your system instead of buy, just like you'd do with a car. Low and no-down payment options are available.

Low-interest loans - At a number of different solar companies, you can take out a low-interest loan for your solar system and make payments according to your solar production.

Is solar energy on your radar? Which options might you consider? Let us know in the comments.

 

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Information about Real Estate Broker and Realtor Tom Stachler

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

Broker and Builder in Ann Arbor

Tom Stachler has been in the local real estate sales and management business since the 1980's.  For the past 20 years he as been working as an Associate Broker and REALTOR with Real Estate One in Ann Arbor Michigan.  Client References and more information can be found on this web site.  

You can Click here to view a digital Brochure for more information about this seasoned professional  

 

 

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Real Estate Home Valuation Tool Information for Ann Arbor and Surrounding Communities

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

Looking for the Value of your Home in Michigan?

Try this Michigan Real Estate Home valuation tool to get a more accurate idea of your homes current worth that has proven to be more accurate than Zillow's Zestimate feature for instance for the tax assessor SEV or taxable value information. 

Go to www.My Price.guru to view it for yourself and if you put in your contact information, the service will send you quarterly valuation reports as well if you want.  Of course the most accurate way of getting a market report would be to drop us an email and we could provide you with a report with comps and even tweak it further with a visit to your home.  

Let us know if you have any questions or are looking to transition into another home or condo.  Just go to www.RealtyQuest.info for more information and to get the process started.  

 

 

 

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Maintaining or Replacing your Home Water Heater

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

 

Water Heating Systems

 

Given that as much as 25% of household energy costs are for water heating, it makes sense t 
evaluate various types of water heating systems with an eye toward saving both energy an money on their operating and maintenance. Here we take a look at some of the water heater options currently available for homeowners to consider.

Storage (Tank) Water Heaters – These are by far the most common type of residential water heater, In these systems, cold water flows into a tank where it is heated by gas or electric power. Once the water in the tank reaches the desired temperature, the heater will cycle on and off to maintain the temperature of the water. As the hot water gets used, more cold water will enter the tank to be heated. Most of us know the phenomenon of running out of hot water after family members take one shower after another; this will occur if the tank's storage capacity is insufficient to meet the demand. At other times of the day when relatively little or even no hot water is being used, the heater must still fire on and off to keep the contents of the tank hot. Unfortunately, it is quite inefficient to keep a tank of water hot all day, especially when the water isn't needed. Adding an insulating wrap to an existing water heater can boost efficiency and energy savings – these are inexpensive and can be installed by the homeowner. New U.S. standards introduced in 2015 include a requirement that manufacturers use an increased level of insulation in their storage water heaters.

Tankless (Demand) Water Heaters – Tank less or demand water heaters are exactly what their name implies. Rather than being stored in a tank, the water is rapidly heated by gas or electricity
once the faucet is turned on. For many homes, a tank less heater can be located close to the sink or shower to heat water on the spot. Because it reaches the desired temperature so quickly, much less water is wasted while waiting for hot water to flow through the faucet, however the results are not truly instantaneous. Tank less heaters powered by gas are usually much more efficient than electric heaters – in fact, electricity costs can sometimes negate much of the savings a tank less system might otherwise provide. Most tank less heaters will already meet the new 2015 energy efficiency requirements implemented in the U. S. Tank less systems normally cost more upfront than a conventional storage water heater, so homeowners should take that into account along with what type, size, and location makes the most sense for them.  I have an on demand system heated by a boiler that also heats our solid surface floors for instance.  There are hybrid systems with smaller tanks that provide a buffer for the on demand systems as well.  

Solar Water Heating – The basic concept of solar water heating is that the sun's energy is used t 
pre-heat water for the Home. The pre-heated water then flows into a solar tank that monitors temperature. Then it is piped into the regular hot water system, usually a storage water heater. If no water is turned on within a brief period of time, the water circulates through the system again, making it unnecessary to keep a large tank of water constantly hot. The pre-heating is done by one or two solar panels, usually installed on the roof. Solar water heating is becoming more and more popular as costs for the systems continue to decrease. By some accounts, including the California Energy Commission, a typical solar water heating system can pay for itself in as little as four to seven years.

No matter what type of water heating homeowners choose, it pays to do some research first to discover the ins and outs of various types for their specific situation. With efficiency and decreased energy use as a goal, the best choice of water heater depends on what pencils out in any given home.  Let us know if you need any recommendations or have questions.  We are always here to help both before and after the sale.  Take care.

 

 

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Staging your home proves successful

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

Home sales are on the rise and it takes a sellers edge to make their home standout in the competitive market. As real estate agents we are well aware that staging a property can enhance the appeal and get the seller a top-dollar offer.

According to the Real Estate Staging Association, homes that are professionally staged result in a higher sale price compared to non-staged properties. They also spend about 73 percent less time on the market. These numbers can make for a compelling argument for your client against the cost of hiring a professional staging company.

Most buyers are pre-screening homes by viewing pictures online before they actually take the next step to see it in person. The first impression they have of the home is how it is photographed. If the pictures are not appealing, they will continue their search and disregard the home before even taking a step inside. When a home is professionally staged, it helps distract the buyer from the flaws and draw attention to the best features.

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Real Estate One, Group One Realty Team
555 Briarwood Circle
Ann Arbor MI 48108
Direct: (734) 996-0000
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