Category Archives: Washtenaw County

Real Estate Market Showing Signs of Improvement – New Home Construction is Up

National home constructionMore home builders are committing to projects across the nation, according to a recent Associated Press article.

In May, home builders applied for permits to build single-family homes at the fastest rate in five years.

This is a crucial improvement for the real estate market because it will help increase the available inventory of homes for sale, which has fallen short of the demand for such homes in recent months.

National Real Estate Trends

Here’s what every prospective home buyer and seller should know about the recent trends in home construction:

  • The rate of homes started increased 6.8 percent in May, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 914,000.
  • The increase in May helped to offset the 14.8 percent decline in home starts in April.
  • During the month of May, construction increased in the single-family homes sector as well as for apartments and condominiums.
  • The seasonally adjusted annual rate for the number of applications for single-family home building permits increased by 1.3 percent, to 622,000.
  • That figure is the highest it’s been since May 2008.
  • However, when you consider all permits, that figure actually dropped by 3.1 percent, or to a seasonally adjusted rate of 974,000. This was mostly because of the more volatile apartment permit sector.
  • When broken down by specific region, housing starts in the South increased by 17.8 percent in May.
  • Housing starts increased by 5.7 percent in the West.
  • Conversely, housing starts in the Midwest and Northeast actually fell, by 13.7 and 9 percent, respectively.
  • New-home construction has increased 28.6 percent since May 2012.

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Dexter Real Estate Market Update – November 2012

Dexter Real Estate Market Slows During Holidays

November 2012 Real Estate Statistics for Dexter MI by Price Point

Inventory and sales for Dexter homes have declined as the holidays progress. This is a typical trend for this time of year as sellers either wait until after the holidays to list their homes or take them off the market for the time being. Dexter is considered to be in a balanced market with a 5.7 months supply of homes available. For the under $400k price range, it is a seller’s market and will remain so with such low inventory. If you’re thinking of listing your home, get a jump on the spring market before inventory climbs. There are still lots of buyers out there with low interest rates waiting for great homes to come available! Give us a call at 734-761-3060 or email info@bouma.com for a free market analysis and real estate advice for your situation!

Ann Arbor Area Holiday Events and Activities 2012

What To Do Around Ann Arbor this Holiday SeasonCelebrate the Holiday with Ann Arbor Area Activities and Events

‘Tis the season for jolly good fun and spending time with loved ones.Wondering what to do this weekend? Here are just a few of the events and activities in and around Ann Arbor this month.

Saturday, December 8

  • 19th Annual Cookie Walk. First United Methodist Church. 120 S. State St., Downtown Ann Arbor. 9-11am. Homemade cookies available for sale. Proceeds benefit local, national, and international missions. Free parking & admission.
  • Ann Arbor’s Farmer’s Market. Kerrytown, 315 Detroit St, Downtown Ann Arbor. 7am-3pm. Find the perfect, locally made holiday gifts from a wide array of artisans.
  • Santa Visits Kerrytown. Kerrytown Markets and Shops, Downtown Ann Arbor. 10am-1pm. Free.
  • 3rd Annual Cookie Walk. First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti. 300 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. 9am-noon. Hundreds of homemade cookies for purchase. Sit down for coffee & cookies and enter the raffle for a gingerbread house. $1/person and homemade cookies are $7/pound.

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JUST LISTED! Luxurious Saline Home at 963 Northern Dancer!

963 Northern Dancer, Saline MI Real Estate Listing at Thistle Down Farms

963 Northern Dancer, Saline MI 48176

This gorgeous, former model home features impeccable landscaping with pond views, incredible woodwork and attention to detail throughout, an amazing master suite including a siting area, gourmet kitchen, and much more! Visit our website to learn more about 963 Northern Dancer or give us a call at 734-761-3060 or info@bouma.com and schedule a private showing!

2012 Ann Arbor Area Memorial Day Parades and Weekend Activities

Memorial Day & Weekend Parades & ActivitiesMemorial Day Parades & Events Ann Arbor 2012

Memorial Day is more than just a day off of work and school for Americans. It’s the perfect time to attend some of these great activities and honor those that have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country and to teach our youth what it really means. Following is a list of some events going on in the Ann Arbor area.

Saturday, May 26th

  • Annual Riverside Park Pops Concert. Free concert by the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra. 3:30pm. Taking place at Riverside Park in Depot Town. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy this annual event.
  • VFW Annual Open House & Memorabilia Display. 10am-5pm. Free. Located at VFW Graf-O’Hara Post 423: 3230 S. Wagner, Ann Arbor. View one of the largest private collections in the Midwest, including uniforms, weapons, field gear, personal items, and more from the Spanish-American War until the present.

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4806 Shellbark, Ypsilanti MI Home for Sale

4806 Shellbark, Ypsilanti MI4806 Shellbark, Ypsilanti Ann Arbor Home for Sale

Just Listed! The Bouma Group is featuring this spacious home in Hickory Pointe Subdivision, Ypsilanti with Ann Arbor schools! Details include:

  • 3830 sq. ft. +800 in finished lower level
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 2.1 baths
  • Brick paver patio
  • MLS#3203083
  • Listed for $274,900
  • Virtual tour
  • More info

To learn more about 4806 Shellbark, or to schedule your private showing for this beautiful home, contact the Ann Arbor Real Estate experts today at 734-761-3060 or info@bouma.com. View all Washtenaw County home listings here!

Saline Real Estate Market Update – February 2012

A Great Time to Purchase Saline Real Estate

Saline Real Estate Statistics for February 2012

It continues to be a buyer’s market for Saline real estate with a current 10 months supply of homes available overall. As is the case with most Washtenaw County school districts, the $200k and under price ranges are seeing a seller’s and balanced market with a low inventory of Saline homes. To find out more about home values, contact the Saline Realtors at The Bouma Group today at 734-761-3060 or info@bouma.com. We track every aspect of real estate, including price points, neighborhoods, condos, specific schools and more. To keep up to date with the latest news, subscribe to our Washtenaw County real estate blog here!