Yates Cider Mill 

1990 E. Avon Rd., Rochester; 248-651-8300; 2375 Joslyn Ct., Lake Orion 248-481-9203;
Yates is unique because it doesn’t have just one location, but two, with one in Rochester and the other in Lake Orion. Both offer similar attractions and fall-ified treats. The Yates Ice Cream Shoppe invites those with a sweet tooth to make any number of homemade apple focused baked goods à la mode. They also offer historic mill tours, pony rides, river walks, and cider making.


Wiard’s Orchard and Country Fair

5565 Merritt Rd., Ypsilanti; 734-482-7744;
What’s an apple cannon? Well, it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like, and you can shoot one at Wiard's Orchard. In operation for more than 180 years,

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It's hard to believe that the spring market is in full force. This time of year especially we can field dozens of calls from home owners asking what they can do to add value to their home and I have put together for you a list below of the best home improvements you can make for the lowest price possible and have the best return on investment.  As always, if you'd like our professional opinion, we'd be happy to come out and take a look and more importantly give you personalized suggestions that apply to your specific home. Of course this would be at no cost to you and would be no obligation of any kind. You may reach us at 855-Jeff-Sells or online at  Have a good rest of the month! Jeff 
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There are pros and cons to buying a home in any season, and springtime is no different! If you plan on buying a home this spring, make sure you are prepared for the home buying process before you ever view your first property. When you are ready to begin the home search process, give our team of talented Buyers Specialists a call.

Before you purchase a home this spring, consider the following tips:

  • Plan Your Needs and Wants: No matter what time of year you are buying a home, it is important to know what you are looking for. Set aside time to write down what you need in a property, and what you want (but are willing to go without). It is important to stay focused when touring multiple properties, and having a list ensures you have something

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In 2018, we saw some significant changes in the market. One of the biggest changes taking place was the “For Sale” inventory being down significantly from last year (again). On average the Michigan on-market inventory is down 12% and down over 50% in the last 3 years! Sales have started off slow this year as both January and February were down almost 10% compared to last year, but as I am writing this, it is starting to pick up! We anticipate a balanced market this year with little to no appreciation in home values. Given the slowdown in appreciation, we anticipate an INCREASE in homes available for sale compared to last year. The advantage of the shifting market? More options to purchase and more attractive prices to buyers!

Here are some milestones

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Every seller wants their home to sell fast and bring top dollar, but it takes more than luck to make this happen! When you partner our proactive marketing approach with a home ready to show- you increase your chances of earning your desired "gold" for the home! Preparing your home for sale takes careful planning and knowing how to professionally spruce up your home so you will convince home buyers that your home is the lucky one! Here are some spring cleaning tips our clients have found most successful:

Disassociate yourself with the home: Remove all personal photos, mail, medication, etc. Buyers should not be able to learn about your lifestyle from touring your home. If you remove personal items, you are able to allow the buyer to picture their

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Small Towns in Michigan That Families Love

Michigan is a fantastic state to live in for a number of reasons. The proximity to beautiful lakes and streams, fantastic education opportunities, and a robust economy make Michigan a real stand-out in the Midwest, and throughout the nation as a whole.

Throw in the lower cost of living and affordable housing, and you have all the right ingredients for young-families to fall in love with Michigan real estate. So, if you're a first-time buyer, or are looking for a great place to raise kids, you can't go wrong with a home in Michigan.

There is however a wide variety of communities spread across this great state, so choosing the best one might seem a bit daunting. After all, every single one is good in its own way, so how are you supposed to

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Wether moving into a new space or needing to refresh your current one, these tips will help you fall in LOVE with your home. This process doesn’t have to be overwhelming, just have fun with it!

1. First define your style. Modern, Contemporary, Eclectic, Farmhouse, Traditional, Transitional. Find inspiration photos,start a Pinterest boards. Once you can pinpoint what your attracted to, you’ve done half the work.

2. Break your design down room by room. Prioritize what rooms are most important to you and start with those. Remember not everything needs to be done immediately.

3. Break out the brushes! Paint is hands down the easiest way to may an impact. Softer, lighter colors are great for small rooms. Bold, vibrant colors are great for offices,

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I hope your 2019 is off to the start that you had hoped for! I can tell you the Real Estate market certainly is off to a strong start. You may have seen some reports that the market is slowing or, "shifting" as we have been calling it, and there is some serious truth to that, however, I can share with you that a market shift doesn't have to mean a drastic change in home values. Although we do expect inventory to rise this year and home prices to start some sort of decline, we anticipate that 2019 will be a very active one. Let's first cover some of the economic indicators that are taking place that are affecting the current market:


1. Interest rates are volatile and saw an increase and decrease of 20-25% in the last 12 months, something that

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If the time has come to sell your home, you may be considering listing the home as “for sale by owner” (FSBO) in an attempt to save the approximate 6% commission you would pay a realtor. But while some savvy homeowners can successfully navigate an FSBO situation, the vast majority come out ahead when they hire an agent. Before you make any hard and fast decisions, consider these four reasons why hiring a realtor to orchestrate your sale is almost always worth the cost.

You’ll Get More for Your Home

Experienced realtors have an in-depth knowledge of the housing market in your area and can reliably predict how much your home is worth. While you can do some quick comparisons and come up with an asking price, there’s a good chance you’ll either

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Buying a home strictly so you can rent it out is a great way to invest in the real estate market and begin getting a return quickly. While rent varies in each state and even county, the average national cost of rent is still over $900, which is why buying a home for this purpose is so appealing.

In many cases, you can buy a home and have a mortgage that is even less than your future renters will pay, which can put a profit in your pocket even as you pay off the house. Before you buy any house and convert it into a rental, make sure you talk to your realtor about these four things.

Rental Competition

A rental does you little good if it’s already a renter’s market. If there are many rental homes listed, then other landlords will be competing

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