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The Bouma Group Welcomes Toyota Tech Center Employees

Ann Arbor’s Toyota Technical Center to Add 250 EmployeesToyota Technical Center, Ann Arbor MI

The Bouma Group is excited to congratulate and welcome employees relocating to Ann Arbor’s Toyota Technical Center. This is a promising move that will help to further job and housing growth for Washtenaw County.  Due to a consolidation of it’s North American facilities,  about 250 employees are slated to move to the area, according to MLive.com , most from the Kentucky area. The majority, mainly from southern California, will relocate to the headquarters in Plano, Texas.

Ann Arbor has had its share of job loss that directly impacted the local economy and real estate markets with the loss of Pfizer, and most recently Borders. Combined with the national downturn in the real estate market, it has been a struggle to recover. But the spring 2014 market has not disappointed, and homes and condos are selling faster than ever with values rising in turn.

The Bouma Group has been selling Ann Arbor real estate for over 27 years and knows how to navigate this market better than anyone! Want to know more about the area and what’s available for sale? Search the MLS here and give us a call at 734-761-3060 or email info@bouma.com to schedule a property tour. If you’ve been thinking of selling, this is the time to do so as the market is in need of more inventory to keep up with the deluge of buyers!

 

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week 2013

Downtown Ann Arbor Restaurants Chop House Conor O'NeillsA2 Restaurant Week, January 20-25, 2013

Is there a new restaurant you’ve been waiting to try or an old favorite that you’ve been missing? Grab your family or a friend and get out to enjoy our wonderful local cuisine because Ann Arbor Restaurant week is here again! Typically, each restaurant offers a special fixed price menu of 1-3 course meals with a few offering 2 for 1 deals. Lunches are $15 and Dinners are $28. Participating establishments are listed below along with a link to their restaurant week menus and specials.

Restaurants in Downtown Ann Arbor:

Google Building, Downtown Ann Arbor

Google Building, Downtown Ann Arbor

Google Building, Downtown Ann Arbor

Did you know that Larry Page, the CEO and co-founder of Google, is an University of Michigan Alum?! This could be why he chose Downtown Ann Arbor for one of Google’s 70 locations in 40 different countries around the globe! In each of their office buildings, Google tries to express the personality of the city it is located in through different murals and decorations, so no two offices are ever alike. So stop by the Google Building, located at 201 S. Division Street, and see how Google expresses Ann Arbor!

It’s Time for Ann Arbor Restaurant Week

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week January 15-20, 2012Arbro Brewing Company, Downtown Ann Arbor Restaurant

Calling all foodies and those who like a good value – Ann Arbor Restaurant Week begins this Sunday! If you didn’t get your fill of fantastic food over the holidays, you have one last chance without feeling the guilt. Local chefs are putting together special menus to highlight their best culinary skills during this week long celebration. Prices have remained the same as last year, with $12 lunches and $25 dinners. These fixed priced menus generally offer 3 course meals, with a choice of items, and a select few will be offering 2 for 1 deals. Here is a list of participants:

Downtown Ann Arbor Restaurants:

Ann Arbor Area Holiday Events and Activities 2011

Ann Arbor Holiday Activities and Things to DoAnn Arbor Holiday Lights & Gifts

The holiday season is here and promises to be bigger and better than ever in Ann Arbor. There are plenty of holiday activities and unique, local shopping experiences in and around town. Here are a few of the things going on in the month of December.

Saturday, December 3

  • 40th Annual Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale. Dexter Area Historical Museum, 3443 Inverness St, Dexter. 9am-3pm. Hand-made gift items for sale, baked goods, raffle, and a visit from Santa between 10:30-Noon.
  • Christmas at the Mansion. Gordon Hall, 8347 Island Lake Rd, Dexter. Noon-6pm. Donation of $1/child and $5/adult. Stroll through the mansion, beautifully decorated by Dexter local businesses along with 6th grade classes, while enjoying cookies, cider, a live holiday ensemble, and a visit by Santa.
  • Saline Holiday Parade. Downtown Saline at 5:30. Annual parade featuring marching bands, floats, horses and more, followed by the arrival of Santa.
  • All the Trimmings Holiday Show. Chelsea Fairgrounds, 20501 Old US-12. Free entry and refreshments. A wide array of offerings from jewelry to fiber arts to wood carvings, holiday greens and more.
  • 24th Annual Chelsea Hometown Holiday. Downtown Chelsea, various locations. A fun-filled weekend holiday celebration that begins Friday evening with Santa’s arrival to light the Christmas Tree at Pierce Park at 6pm, followed by many activities and entertainment until Sunday evening. Visit chelseafestivals.com for a complete schedule.
  • Santa Visits Kerrytown. 407 N. Fifth Ave. 10am-1pm. Visit with Santa and enjoy live musical performances from local musicians, schools, and groups.

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Ann Arbor Mortgage Rates November 2011

Ann Arbor mortgage rates have been down for 8 weeks now.  They moved up about .25% 2 weeks ago and just came back down the last few days.  We should have rates in this range through most of the 4th quarter.  What a great time to make an Ann Arbor home purchase and take advantage of these low rates!  We are matching the lows of the year right now. Your buying power is worth $10,000 to $50,000 more in your purchase price with these rates.  You can also buy FHA with as little as 3.5% down and we have several conforming programs with 10% down.

Ann Arbor Mortgage Interest Rates for November 2011

*Rates are based on a mortgage of $200,000, 80% LTV, no points and a credit score of 740 or higher.

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Ann Arbor Area Fall Festivals and Activities 2011

There’s a Lot to Do in Ann ArborAnn Arbor Fall Colors

Fall is one of the most beautiful times in Michigan and always reminds us of why this is a great place to live. The Ann Arbor area has so many fun activities planned to keep you entertained until the holidays arrive. So get out and enjoy the crisp air, sunny days, and gorgeous fall colors. Here are some of the local events planned through Halloween.

Ongoing:

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Ann Arbor Art Fairs 2011

When: July 20-23rdAnn Arbor Art Fair, Downtown Ann Arbor
Time: Wednesday-Friday 10am-9pm
Saturday 10am-6pm
Where: Downtown Ann Arbor

Next week is the start of one of Ann Arbor’s favorite annual events: The Ann Arbor Art Fairs. This is a fantastic time of year when artists from all over the country come together to showcase their best work and put on the area’s best art show. The Ann Arbor Art Fairs is actually a combination of 4 juried fairs, including the original Ann Arbor Street Fair, the State Street Area Art Fair, the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair, and Ann Arbor’s South University Art Fair. These fairs have made the Top 10 Fairs list every year since 2004, and have received countless accolades. In its 52nd year, this year’s fairs promise to be at the top for 2011!

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Ann Arbor Restaurant Week Summer 2011

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week is Back!Grange Kitchen & Bar Downtown Ann Arbor

It only happens twice a year and the second week of the annual Ann Arbor Restaurant Week will be here June 12-17. This is the time for local chefs to show off their skills as participating restaurants offer fixed price lunch and dinner specials throughout the whole week. Lunches are $12 and 3 course dinners are $25. Many restaurants will also be offering 2 for 1 deals as well.

Ann Arbor Restaurants Included:

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Ann Arbor – A Great Place to Shoot a Movie

Filmed in Ann ArborAnn Arbor Film & Movie Industry

Ann Arbor has quickly become one of Hollywood’s favorite movie locations. This past weekend, the star studded Scream 4 opened across the country. Much of the film was shot right here in Ann Arbor and there were star sightings all over town. In 2008, a 40-42% tax credit was created and began drawing filmmakers to Michigan, specifically Ann Arbor, and continues to bring in revenue and give many local businesses an economic boost. There are currently 43 applications for films to be shot in Michigan, with many choosing Ann Arbor as a backdrop.

Just approved and set in Ann Arbor are 2 feature films, Awol and Five Year Engagement. Awol is the story of a real life soldier during the Vietnam era, the cast has not yet been revealed. Five Year Engagement stars Emily Blunt and Jason Segal and had a few scenes shot in February, with more scheduled for June.

Movies filmed in Ann Arbor and opening soon:

  • Meet Monica Velour – Starring Kim Cattrell and Dustin Ingram.
  • Ides of March – Directed by and starring George Clooney.

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