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The Best Haunted Houses in Michigan 2019The Best Haunted Houses in Michigan 2019

As promised!  Here are the top 10 or so, (I found a few more great ones than 10) best Haunted Houses in Michigan 2019!  First a quick thank you for all the people who took part in our survey, and watch for the next one coming up!  Your input and feedback is extremely important to us.  

THE BEST Haunted houses in Michigan 2019.  Have I been to any?!  Before writing this post . . . . no.  I mean no,  I mean absolutely not.  Yes, I mean no, I scare easily, and I know people love them.  Check out the video to see how that went.  That said after checking a couple out I have to admit.  I'LL NEVER GO TO ANOTHER ONE AGAIN lol.  

I do have one memory of a great one however, and what made it great it totally unique.  The neighborhood I grew up in, Hunt Club in Farmington Hills, did an amazing job with Halloween for the kids, and later I found out, the adults!  There were 4 cider and doughnut stops (to find out the best place for cider click here) and as an adult I now know there were two different kinds of cider, if you know what I mean.  One just a bit out of reach for the kiddo's.  So we had this nice, 242 home development (I'm a Real Estate Agent, so I note these things after all) with amazing participation and us kids, running, just running from house to house to get to the candy as fast as possible.  We already pre-planned our skips, the houses that gave apples, pennies and the one dentist in the neighborhood.  I apologize to all the dentists reading the post, not intending to offend, 10 year old Mike was just not the least bit interested in tooth brushes.  Of course double hitting the homes that gave full sized candy bars.  For all of you that do or did that, there's a special place in Heaven for you.  You know who you are, and each and every one of you deserves a Sainthood.  

So there was this one house, I couldn't even tell you the family name however if anyone reading this knows who it is, make sure that family gets my gratitude.  So there's this one house, that went all out.  They started preparing for Halloween a MONTH before.  Not putting a few decorations out, really preparing.  They created a mini-haunted house encompassing their entire garage, first floor of their house and drive way.  Each year it was movie themed and they really knocked it out of the park with the decor, construction and animatronics.  This guy that put this together, just gives me hope for humanity, he's the reason we made it to the moon, and was the only thing that could knock kids off track of getting to each house as fast as possible and go through his creation multiple time. 

The two best years in my opinion were when he he did Jurassic Park, with moving dinosaurs, a marsh, mist, fog, the whole 9.  They built a moving T-Rex.  I mean for real.  Second:  When he did Pirates of the Caribbean.  They built a half a ship, BUILT A HALF A SHIP, sticking out of his garage, the whole thing was several feet off the ground, and held 12-15 people easily. His house sided to a home painted white (the garage faced it) so he'd have the movie playing against the next door house.  

If anyone has photo's of this home please post them in the comments or send them to me, I'd love to relive those memories.  

 It was the best of times and it was the . . . . well, the best of times.  On with the post.  

#1 - Azra Chamber of Horrors Haunted House

31401 John R Road, Madision Heights MI 48071

Azra Website Click Here

This one didn't just top our list, it's topped multiple lists and came in the top 20 in the nation according to Scare Factor.  I'm giving it a particular tip of the hat and nod as it's only in it's second year of operation.  This one has all you can ask for and more!  Not only is there a haunted house, there's ax throwing, an escape room, Rage rooms (I'm not sure what that is but I'm excited to find out!) and Virtual Reality Escape Rooms!  This one is an entire night of fun.

With 40-50 actors on site there is no lack of content and scares.  Typically there's ramp up on actor ability with new haunted houses, but I gotta say, I don't know if they trained really well, stole or kidnapped these actors, they're amazing.  These guys have it where it counts.  Further, their animatronics are top notch and I won't be surprised to see more than one comment say "I thought that was a real dinosaur!"  I totally lost the story of Azra and escaping Azra's lair by the awesome effects, and  . . . . . clowns.  

This one is an easy find.  Just look for the dragon, the person on fire, and the food trucks.  It's an experience not to me missed this season.  This is the best haunted house near me.

#2 Erebus Haunted House

18 S Perry St, Pontiac, MI 48342

Erebus Website Click Here

If Azra is the crown prince, Erebus is the king.  The Terebus Brothers got into the business of scare in 1981 and never looked back.  In 2000 they struck out on their own and opened Erebus, grabbing onto and holding the Guiness Book of Wold Records for the Longest Haunted House until 2005, and is still the longest in Michigan.  Bring you walking shoes. This 4 story haunt is an absolute must on our tour.  Definitely a toss up for number one on our list this year but if not number one a must for the number two spot on our Best Haunted Houses in Michigan 2019.  24,000 likes and growing on it's facebook page can't be wrong.  For anyone living in metro Detroit this is a top haunted house near me.

The story line:  The Good Doctor Colber is working on perfecting time travel, but he lost all his test subjects to the annals of time, and his funding is dried up.  Now he he has a new crop of subjects and funding, YOU. As you buy your ticket you're unwittingly funding his derranged experiment.  His experiment on you!     

#3 Hush Haunted House

37550 Cherry Hill Rd, Westland, MI 48185

Hush Website Click Here

It's no surprise Hush Haunted House made the list of the Best Haunted houses in Michigan 2019.  Another haunted house near me, a quick drive to Westland.  This one was on the top of the list in 2013, and with the 2016 move to a larger location and expanded further it's bigger and better than ever.  Now it houses three haunts in one with The Decent, The Coven and Rosecliff Hall.  

The Decent:  Beneath Hush Falls, trapped miners found. . . . something.  Now we go down to see what's there via a secret elevator commissioned to save the lost mining contingent.  

The Coven: Located in a New Orleans crypt that's been disturbed by us, the Casper Coven of witches burned at the stake and buried here are now rousing and brought back to life.  They've planned their revenge on mankind through the horrific voodoo arts and it doesn't stop there.  

Rosecliff Hall:  The Clarke family purchased this home (not from Michael Perna Real Estate or The Perna Team!) for a song, not knowing it had been home to ghastly murders.  The Clarke children found the torture rooms, and slowly the spirits inhabiting Rosecliff Hall caused the family to turn on each other and murder each other leaving none alive.  Like so many other before them.

Hush Haunted House in Westland has been features in the Metro Times, Business Insider, NBC, ABC, USA Today's Top Haunts and more.  This one is a staple and a haunted house near me not to be missed. 

#4 Haunted house at Blake Farms

17985 Armada Center Rd, Armada, MI 48005

Click for Blakes Farms Website

This one is for the kid in us, or the kids we bring with us.  For the 13 and under crowd Blakes is the best haunted house in Michigan 2019 by far.  This one features a 3 story haunted barn with live actors and the black hole.  Nightly bonfires, the Spooky Land 3D maze with straw mountain while playing halloween movie favorites.  The Haunted Hayride claims to have suggested age minimum, but rather says be careful of your scare threshold.  Then goes on to have chainsaw wielding actors coming at you.  

Last but not the least in our book is . . . . Zombie Paintball.  Yes this is totally the second and not the last time we've mentioned this.  You get a paintball gun with 75 shots, get on a huge army sized truck and make your way through 10 acres of zombie infested woods and land.  Seeing the lines for this attraction makes me feel a little bad for the actors.  Totally got over that one quickly, please pass the refill!

 #5 Exit 13 Haunted House

6069 Saginaw Street, Mt Morris MI 48505

Click for Exit 13's Website!

Exit 13 is one of the most well thought out on the list of Best Haunted Houses in Michigan 2019 edition.  These guys begin setting up as early as March and don't stop until it's done.  This is a "touch" haunted house which creates extra thrills and scares and no worries if you're not into the touch scene, you can get monster repellent ahead of time to keep the monsters away.  Revamped in 2019 this one promises to have extra thrills.  The blood is bloodier than most and the chills more chilling.

This one my not be one of the closest haunted houses near me, but it's worth the drive.  Many of the costumes look handmade, the secret rooms and dead ends are both amazing and frustrating, which make them amazing.  There's even a simulation coffin portions emulating being buried alive.  Stop by the gift shop on the way out, they have all kinds of goodies!

#6 Screams in the Dark Haunted Attractions! - Traverse City

3606 Blair Town Hall Road
Traverse City, MI 49685

Click for Screams in the Dark Haunted Attractions Website! 

Traverse City?!  Yes Traverse City.  Partly because I'm always looking for a reason to go and while I'm there stop by the best BBQ joint in the entire state: Sparks BBQ.  I smell another Top 10 coming on, but I digress, let's keep on keeping on.  Screams in the Dark is Michigan's largest haunted event when you combine ALL the things they have going.  And they have a lot going.  

  • The Swamp of Suffering - The Infected
  • Dreadmore Manor
  • Pandemonium
  • The Mausoleum
  • Haunted Hayride
  • Haunted Trail
  • & Blackwood Cemetery 

Just to name a few of the attractions, and redone for 2019.  This Haunt was given a 9.75 out of 10 by people who've visited on Scare Factor and with good reason.  There's a little something for everyone.

 #7 Wiards Orchard Night Terrors

5565 Merritt Road, Ypsilanti MI 48197

Click for Wiards Orchard Night Terrors Website!

Making the list again is Wiards!  This one made our Top 10 Cider Mills and how it's back on our Best Haunted Houses in Michigan 2019!  Wiards Orchard is Haunted!  During the Month of October spirits rise throughout it's 89 acre orchard!  Named number 31 on the list of top haunts in the entire United states for good reason.  They take it beyond Cider and Doughnuts.  

The Asylum: The inmates are running it.  The Ultimate Haunted Barn:  Escape if you can.  The Hayride of the Lost:  This is one scary hayride, the parents need permission to go on this one.  The Mineshaft, Spattertown Zombie Paintball and ALIEN CAGED CLOWNS.  That last one need no explanation.  Stop in and see why this one is on the list of Best Haunted Houses in Michigan 2019.

#8 The Haunt

1256 28th Street SW
Wyoming, MI 49509

Click for The Haunt's Website!

New Location, New Owner, bigger, badder and better than ever.  This one is a watcher on the list of Best Haunted Houses in Michigan 2019.  I personally feel this is a sleeper and will quickly gain traction under new leadership.  Scare Factor and Coaster Nation has noted this as in the top 10 in Michigan and in the top 50 in the US both.  

Take a drive to West Michigan, get to The Haunt.  Visit Dark Manor, where Tinkles was raised in pure insanity.  See the Vox Sanitarium: After spending most of his adolescents  in the Vox Sanitarium, Tinkles returns to take over the crazy asylum.  Try to escape from Condemned: the long shut down manikin factory that was thought to be abandoned.  The sludge dumped in the swamp behind the Immortous Manikin factory have created mutant beasts in the swamp.  Finally step right up to the sinister circus. 

#9 Deranged Haunt

35560 Goddard Road
Romulus, MI 48174

Click for The Deranged Haunt's Website!

This one is definatly on the up and up.  It's a new haunt but don't hold that against them.  Coming in at number 9 on our best haunted houses in Michigan 2019 is Deranged Haunt in Romulus.  It's considered an "Old Skool" low tech haunt, and those are some of my personal favorite kind.  Please note this one is completely outside, if it's a hot and buggy season, wear some spray.  

First blamed on a "lack of funding" the truth is coming out about a government cover up on why this town died, and you're about to walk through the worst 5 acres of it.  Monsters and Mutants, the product of toxic dumpage only want one thing, your flesh.  Before word got out, and after this 5 acre part of town was left for dead by the kids summer camp that used to inhabit it, a carnival came to town, set up camp, and never left.  

#10 Cedar Point - Sandusky Ohio

1 Cedar Point Dr, Sandusky, OH 44870

Click for Cedar Points Website!

Okay, okay - this one may not be in Michigan, however, and maybe only for setimental reasons, this one just scooted into our top 10.  Yes it had a ton of write in votes that merited it being on the list.  Yes it harkens back to when I was a youth.  No it's not in Michigan.  It's alright.  Just go with it.  It'll be good,

Cedar Point has been in the business of entertainment for 150 years and is looking forward to the next 150 by having an ever evolving collection of rides and coasters.  During the Halloween season, they go all out.  Not 4, not 6, not 9, but 27 DIFFERENT HALLOWEEN ATTRACTIONS AND RIDES abound.  

Collectively called "Halloweekends" there's the not so scary weekend family fun named the Great Pumpkin Fest (Charlie Brown wink wink) and for the adults there's . . . . .

  • Blood on the Bayou
    • Along the dark murky waters of the bayou are nightmares too wicked to explain!
  • The Boneyard Battleground
    • This one is a fight to the "death" - music, flames, action and you get to choose the champion
  • Cornstalkers 2.0: Revenge of the Pumpkin Heads
    • This is a demented, foggy cornfield where even the corn stalks themselves may come to life while you're trying to get through it
  • Cut Throat Cove
    • Batten down the hatches and get ready for forgotten pirates from long lost ships to come after anyone after their treasure!
  • Day of the Dead
    • This is an all you can eat feast in honor of those that have passed before us.  Try the chicken, it's really chicken, and really really good.
  • Dead End Kitchen Ally 
    • More food options from a plethora of food trucks from burgers to desserts. 
  • Deprivation 
    • Not for the claustrophobic or the faint of heart.  Deprivation is in complete darkness as you try to escape
  • Fall Foodfest
    • Fire roasted corn, fresh doughnuts, turkey legs, and more, all the foods of fall in one spot
  • Fearground Freakshow
    • The good Professor Von Fleece has scoured the world looking for just the right combination of entertainers for his show!
  • The Rides (of course)
  • G.A. Boeckling's Eerie Estate
  • Gypsy Fortune Tellers
  • The Pumpkin Spectacular
  • Happily Never After
  • Harvest Fear
  • Hexed: Lights Out
  • Midnight Syndicate: Creatures of the Dark
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • Raging Inferno
  • The Slaughter House
  • Tombstone Terror-tory
  • Toxicity
  • The Trail of the Forsaken
  • And Zombie High School

I'm sure I forgot a few in there.  This one is a full day (or night) extravaganza and worth the couple 2-3 hour drive.  I thought about writing a complete and full description of the Cedar Point attractions vs. just taking a stab at a few, but didn't want to extend the write up by another 5k words!

Honorable mentions - There's more?!

You better bet your Aunt Bessie's bottom buck there's a bevy of Haunts not on the list and worth checking out.  I ran out of words that start with B to finish the sentence.  Someone help a guy out.

 Scarefest Scream Park - Lenox Township

34111 28 Mile Rd. 
Lenox Township, MI 48048

Click for Scarefest Scream Park's Website!

With four attractions ranging from Family Friendly to Most Intense, it's a bring everyone kind of haunt.  What makes this one unique?  There's a camp out.  You know heard it here.  A 13 hour survive the night camp out, and you have to be 18 and up to attend.  

Slaughtered at Sundown - Armada Twp

71800 Romeo Plank Road, Armada MI 48005

Click for Slaughtered at Sundown's Website!

This one has multiple attractions including a Haunted House, Haunted Hayride, can host private parties, refreshment stand, slaughtered gear shop and more 

 The Scream Machine - Taylor MI

23131 Ecorse Road, Taylor, MI 48180

 Click for The Scream Machine's Website!

Featuring two optional 5 minute escape rooms, judging by the name I think I'm going to have to check this one out this weekend.  

 Awaken Haunted Attractions - Leslie MI

4760 Churchill Rd, Leslie, MI 49251

These guys have multiple locations and looking at the individual review, all are great, however the Ann Arbor location stands out above all of them


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Today I’ll walk you through five myths and five truths about selling your home in this real estate market. Stay tuned.


I’ve gotten a lot of very specific questions lately from people who are thinking about putting their home on the market. What should they do? What shouldn’t they do? Today I’ll discuss five myths and five truths about selling in our market that will help potential sellers better understand the process.

Myth No. 1: You should redo your kitchens and bathrooms before listing.

There’s an old saying in real estate that says you can’t flip your own home, and that’s definitely true. The National Association of Realtors, the National Association of Home Stagers, and our own 18 years of experience selling 5,000 houses all say the same thing: Putting $15,000 to $20,000 into renovating your kitchen that’s already in good condition only yields about a 40% return on investment. That’s not really worth the time, money, or effort involved.

Now, if you plan to stay in that house for another five to 10 years, go ahead and redo those areas. Be sure to keep an eye on colors in terms of the home’s resale value, but make those areas into something that you’ll love and enjoy while you live there.

The No. 1 reason why those projects don’t get a high return is that we’re still in a very tight appraisal market. Homeowners with clean, updated, and well-maintained homes are already at the peak of the market, so trying to improve the home with $20,000 of renovations will cause it to exceed its appraised value. In turn, will make it difficult to find a buyer who can put more than 20% down.

Myth No. 2: Painting doesn’t matter.

I’ve heard this over and over. Do buyers want to be able to do their own paint colors? Sure, in a perfect world. Are buyers willing to pay more for a home that’s already painted in today’s colors? Absolutely! A study by the National Association of Realtors and the National Association of Home Stagers shows that you’ll get a 400% to 800% return from painting your home yourself. So if you spend $1,000 on painting, you could get $4,000 to $8,000 back in your home sale.

Why does it bring such a high return? Well, a lot of people work at or upwards of 55 hours per week, and on top of that, various family members each have their own activities to attend to. Buyers want a home that they can move into, unpack their furniture and other belongings, and then get back to their lives.

If your agent wants to take your listing photos with their cell phone, it’s probably time to get a new agent.


Myth No. 3: The exterior of a home doesn’t matter as much as the interior.

When a buyer pulls up to a home for the first time and sees the outside, that will be their first impression of the total property. Regardless of whether it’s a positive or negative impression, it will impact what they expect to see inside and determine whether they’re more or less apt to purchase it. It’s worth taking just a couple hours of your time to make sure the lawn is cut, the weeds are pulled, the hedges are trimmed, and that the walkways are neat. This is a low-cost project, but one that has an extremely high return on investment.

Myth No. 4: Professional photos don’t matter.

Right now, 96% of buyers are looking at their homes online before they see them in person. If you scroll through any of the popular listing websites, you’ll inevitably find one where the lister certainly used their iPhone or Android to take the photos of the home. We use a professional photographer to photograph our listings because we understand that the quality of your photos can determine whether a buyer will even choose to come visit your home in person. Since most buyers first see your home online, it’s critical that your listing photos be as high-quality as possible. If your agent wants to take your listing photos with their cell phone, it’s probably time to get a new agent.

Myth No. 5: You don’t need to use professional cleaning services.

I try to keep my own home as tidy as possible, and most of the for-sale homes I go into are also extremely clean, but they’re also lived in. There will inevitably always be spots missed. Directly before opening your home up for showings, I would highly advise shelling out some cash to hire a professional cleaning service to give your whole property a once-over. Homeowners can even feel the difference after a professional cleaning, and so can buyers. It’s a small thing, but it can enhance the perceived value of your home, which could translate into more money from your sale. This is one of the most cost-effective methods of maximizing your sales price and reducing the time it takes to sell.

If you’re considering buying or selling a home, or if you’re thinking about beginning a career in real estate, please reach out to us. We could really use a couple more Realtors on our team because past clients keep referring us. Hope to hear from you soon!



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Star Wars Quotes Michael Perna Real Estate The Perna TeamStar Wars Quotes Michael Perna Real Estate The Perna Team

 Don't Feed the Ewoks

I remember as a kid, lazy Saturday afternoon summers, my mother, as so many did at the time, chasing us out of the house, on to our bikes and shooing us down the street in a way we can't with our kids today.  All the neighbors counted on to watch us.  It took a village, a village we had.  As the summer turned to fall, which tends to happen, leaves fall, the chill creeps up, bikes are ridden less and a few afternoons here are there, on particularly blustery days, those bikes traded for a TV, and on that tv? 

Star Wars.  

One of the few stories that could be picked up and put down at any point, both because we’ve seen it that many times & of course, George Lucas, started the story with episode IV.  It had all the elements of so many great stories before & after.  Like Tolkien in the fellowship of the ring, or Gidion of the Bible, it had an unassuming backwater plucky youth.  It took all the way through Empire for him to get the straw out of his hair.  It had a Cowboy (Han Solo).  It had a princess, shooting the new ones Ewan McGregor was quoted saying he wanted to play Princess Leia because he wanted a part in a movie he could wear over-sized cinnamon roles on his head.  Thirty years later we all knew what he was talking about. It had gangsters (The Hutts).  Space ships.  The Force.  Hope.

It taught a generation, my generation, how to live, how to love, about failure, success, redemption and never losing hope or oneself.  

The Best Star Wars Movie?  Hotly debated and definitely a topic for another day.  I will say while showing a home recently I over heard a conversation by my client stating Episode III Revenge of the Sith was a superior move to Episode VI Return of the Jedi.  Yes my friends, I did stop that house showing dead in it's tracks and had a what-fer with him,  A great debate for a different day.  Today is for star wars quotes.  Not all of them, and many of them not used in context or for what they originally meant.  My personal favorites I live by and what they mean to me.

After looking through this list tell me what I missed, what those mean to you.  If the ones I stated mean something different to you let me know.  And as always, May the Force Be With You.

 Do. Or do not. There is no Try  --- Yoda  

So iconic, probably the most well known quote of all of Star Wars.  Repeated so many times, in so many places and yet as true today as it was when Luke Skywalker first heard his Jedi Master say it to break through his doubt during his training as a Jedi on Dagobah.  After losing an X-Wing to the bog, Yoda delivers this key business and life truism.  

Doubt, fear, being overwhelmed, too much to do in too little time, and all of that wrapped in impossibly large to do lists & impossibly large tasks.  Tray then becomes the enemy of do.  It's the escape, the excuse.  Don't allow doubt to hijack us and hold us ransom.  Just take a step, conquer a part of a part of a task.  Rise up and meet that challenge, and as Nike said when it repackaged this Yoda Quote:  Just Do It.

Never tell me the odds. - - - Han Solo

 Han Solo tells this to C3PO when they encounter an asteroid field with very poor prospects of navigating through it without hitting a few, or all of them.  Han grits his teeth, says "Never tell me the odds" and heads straight for it (and they do get a bump here and a few bruises there).  

Have you ever seen someone (this is especially true in sales) nail a deal they shouldn't have?  The first man that ran a 4 minute mile, the odds were greatly against.  Never going to happen, until it did.  Then happened again by over 100 other people in 12 months.  The reality is, odds are merely odds.  They don't take into account confidence, experience, and most importantly Grit (for more on Grit: The difference between those that must and those that don't click here).  

Odds don't matter.  You letting it affect you matters.

In my experience there is no such thing is luck - - - Obi-Was Kenobi

On the Millennium Falcon Luke is practicing with his recently acquired lightsaber, working to not get hit by a laser shooting training droid.  It's not going so well for him.  Obi-Wan encourages him to reach out with the force to feel and better anticipate what's coming.  Calm your mind, set it to the task at hand.  He improves.  Han believes this to be luck, however Obi-Wan is a believer luck plays no part in it, or more aptly put today, luck is created, earned, taken but never given, 

I see people in life, the universe and everything that SEEM to get on easily.  Success is easy, skills just come to people, other people are just "lucky".  That is not the case.  Look at Michael Phelps.  His "luck" is the culmination of decades getting to the gym before dawn, working against the pain, frustration and suffering, to break on through to the other side where the wins and accomplishments are.  We see the 60 second race, not the 60 hours per week of training for years and years and years.  Luck is created not given.  

Sometimes we must let go of our pride and do what is requested of us - - - Anakin Skywalker

Then Senator, soon to be Queen, Padme Amidala, played by Natalie Portman whose breakout role was The Professional, is told to go into hiding for her own safety during a clone attack.  She wants to stand her ground, fight.  Cooler heads prevail, namely Anakin Skywalker, her assigned protector, reminding her there are duties far larger than "her" that she's responsible for.  

The correlating saying Pride comes before the Fall is an apt rephrase of this.  Pride, stubbornness, selfishness and more often are peoples undoing.  It creates untenable, no win situations.  Close mindedness and unwillingness to listen to all sides of a situation and reason.  In business, coming from a place of service, and being altruistic, has served well every captain of industry I look up to.  A great book that expands on this topic is Servant Leadership by Robert Greenleaf.  Also check out more books on Leadership, business, and more here with The Perna Team Must Reads.

There is always a bigger fish - - - Qui-Gon Jinn

After narrowly escaping a fish large enough to eat their craft Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jar Jar Binks (the movie could have been narrowly saved if the craft had an ejector seat and Jar Jar was shot out to be eaten, just one mans opinion) that very large fish gets eaten by another quite a bit larger fish.  Literally meaning, there's always a bigger fish.  Literally.  

In business unless your Jeff Bezos, there IS always a larger fish.  If there isn't?  You've narrowed your pond too far.  Example:  I may be the "biggest fish" in Oakland, Wayne & Macomb counties for selling homes, however if I widen my view just a little to a national level, I'm ranked in the mid 60's.  There are over 60 "bigger fish" to learn from and aspire to.  To stop growing and learning is to begin dying and regressing.  

Pass on what you have learned - - - Yoda

Yoda passes this bit of wisdom onto Luke toward the end of his training, knowing to rebuild the Jedi Order he can't keep all the information to himself.  The stronger the allies that believe in the Jedi vision are, the more likely that vision is to become a reality.  

One of the great truisms of business.  To often we horde information, we protect it, consider it ours and ours alone.  Pour into the people that work with and for you.  Could they leave?  Yes.  However they're much less likely to do so if you're helping them improve themselves.  Pour into your clients.  After 18 years in real estate I can say unequivocally an informed and knowledgeable home buyer or seller is a far better and happier one.  They'll make better choices for themselves and their families.  Make better selling choices, and also better buying choices. . . . . with 70% of our business repeat and referral I have to come back and sell that home in the future, may as well help the buyer choose an easy one to sell!

The ability to speak does not make you intelligent - - - Qui-Gon Jinn

Woof, that's a hard line told to Jar Jar Binks by Qui-Gon.  The only way the line could've been harder is if it was "I will find you and I will . . . ." you know the rest.  

There's great wisdom in this line.  God gave us 2 ears, 2 eyes, and one mouth.  Improvement comes from taking in information, learning, growing, and connecting the dots on said information.  It doesn't happen by expelling it randomly and  without  purpose.  A correlating quote is Brevity is the Soul of Wit.  How many conversations have we walked out of and thought "I have no idea what that person was saying, but they said a lot of it!"  I've been both the victim and the perpetrator of releasing a boat of of irrelevant information.  Today?  I work to try to reduce my word count down to the absolute lowest possible to convey an idea or direction.  It avoids confusion, increases retention and frames it as important.  Great business lesson.

You can't stop change anymore than you can stop the sun from setting - - -Shmi Skywalker

 Or the only constant IS change.  Anakin is faced with the ultimate in change.  Changing his predetermined future (from being a slave to free), changing/leaving the only family he knows (his mum).  CHANGING PLANETS. All needed to reach his potential as a potential Jedi.  Though we all know how that turned out, the change was inevitable.  

Before 2006 were there smartphones?  Sure, however HP & Dell, who owned 96% of of that market, was only .4% of the total phone market.  Now smartphones account for over 90% of all phones.  We can order and receive just about anything in 48 hours from the comfort of our couch.  We're in a world today where we're just a few short years away from fully automated cars and trucks, and my own truck today is mostly automated (it has level 3 automation for all the car guys out there).  Go back further in time, Wrigley's.  We all think gum, however what is now the largest gum company in the world, started as a soap company.  Soon Wrigley, who inherited the family multi-generational soap business, found that buyers were paying a premium for their soap to get their gum.  The change?  Willing to take a risk and toss our the entire family business and start again from the ground up on a produced that previously had a zero market.  He was willing to face the change and adapt, while hundreds of other soap companies simply went out of business as the market constricted.   Change is inevitable, however it can be used to our advantage when we can overcome our fears and face it with courage.

Strike me down, and I will become more powerful than you could possibly imagine - - - Obi-Wan Kenobi

Early in the first (fourth?) movie Obi-Wan Kenobi is defeated by Darth Vader in a duel.  Obi-Wan isn't afraid of this because of the time put into Luke Skywalker and the belief that he will not only carry on the Jedi religion, but further, the act of striking Obi-Wan down itself solidifies Luke against him. 

Treat everyone with respect.  Always.  Further, act like everyone is watching, because they are.  Expanding on that.  What this quote means to me is I and my business can rise or fall based on how I treat my clients, family, coworkers, friends, the teller at the bank, the person at the counter at the pharmacy.  I see many people in this world that go about it acting disrespectfully toward others and all meet the same end  Failure.  We can't control outside forces that happen to us, or the people that let us down or work against us, we can always control our reaction to it.  Be the change you want to see in the world, if that change is the light side of the force.  If you're team dark side?  Carry on, just carry on away from me.

Fear is the path to the dark side - - - Yoda

Young Anakin Skywalker is fearful of what is happening back on Tatooine to his mother due to a series of nightmares, later we find out, are influenced by who will become the emperor, but isn't yet.  Follow all of that?  

Yoda warns that fear and the reaction to fear is the path to the dark side and once gone down, nothing can stop it.  

I find this myself in business.  When I decided to hire my first assistant all those years ago I was apprehensive.  I was paralyzed for months, dwelling on the thought "what happens if I don't sell any homes?  How am I going to pay this person I'm responsible for?  Their future and families future are in my hands!"  Finally seeing that I could give MUCH better service to my clients by jumping in and making the hire I overcame the fear and made the hire.  Since then I've always had that fear, every time I signed a lease (5 years and 300,000 in payments!) made a hire, deciding on a new marketing directive.  All of it.  Although I still carry the what if with me, I work through it much more rapidly, logically and with a system, keying back into the very first quote here from Yoda.  Do, or do not, it's fear that causes us only to try.  Then we can look back on a failure and use the excuse "I knew it wouldn't work" instead of "I gave it my everything.

Great Kid. Don't get cocky - - - Han Solo

Han Solo yells this to Luke Skywalker when he shoots his first Tie Fighter . . . . . and there are still three to go.  Wins are great, celebrate them, then move on.  There's work to be done.  

On the team we start each month at zero.  The last day of a month we could have helped a ton of families, gotten great reviews and crushed our goals.  The next day?  The first day of the month?  We're starting at 0 again.

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Your focus determines your reality.  - - - Qui-Gon Jinn

In KW world we have the bold laws, and another way to put this is: What you focus on expands.  You have to say to to a lot a the wrong things to say yes to the right ones.  Shiny objects and silver bullets abound in business.  Clear the clutter.  Focus on your 20% and keep that focus through discipline.  

Anakin, you're breaking my heart!  You're going down a path I cannot follow! - - - Queen Padme Amidala

Anakin is making his way toward the dark side of the force.  He may not even realize it at this point, but he is.  Padme can't go down that path as she's been a relentless fighter for what is good and just.

Things get rough in business.  Sometimes there are shortcut options presented that toe up to and cross the lines of not only ethics, but also morals.  When the chips are down, and our back is against the wall, it may look like the only path.  This is incorrect.  Not only is it not the only path, it's the only path we shall resist with everything we have.  Once walking down the far side of morals, your company may be saved.  For a time.  Long term, the people that love you, respect you and follow you will leave.  This is not about unintentional mistakes, this is intentional unethical behavior. If things are bad, everyone knows it.  Better to be honest about it, hit it on the head and move on.

Be mindful of your thoughts, Anakin.  They will betray you - - - Obi-Wan Kenobi

This one always rang true to me two ways.  My thoughts allow my own limiting beliefs to creep in and become the reason I can't.  I start to become insecure, and ultimately sabotage my own success.  

Second meaning:  This idea, the one that's so great.  For a product, meeting, post.  Pretty much anything.  Seems great on the surface but have you done the research?  Who else has done or tried this?  What were their results?  Were those their intended results?  What would they change next time?  Be mindful of your thoughts. 

Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope - - - Princess Leia Organa

Half of leadership is being vulnerable enough to ask for help.  Find the people that know more, or can do a job better and get them on board.  Steve Jobs both failed and crushed this.  The first time he led Apple he believed he had all the answers, was the smartest person in the room . . . . and drove it into the ground.  The second time, quite a different story.  He realized he was not the best supply chain manager, so he went and poached Tim Apple (Time Cook) from HP/Compaq, who was in fact the greatest supply chain manager in the world.  And the best user interface designer, the best chip-set engineers and so on.  Get help.  Great leaders do.  The rest are just managers with titles that start with L.

Trust goes both ways - - - Jyn Erso

If we don't trust our teams, we can't expect trust given those in leadership in return.  Trust is a two way street and best preserved at all cost.

I made a choice - Finn Calrissian (Rumored Last Name)

As the Rush song says - If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.  Not all choices are easy, not all are right.  In leadership, all must be made.  Then we own them, good, bad or otherwise.

The longing you seek is not behind you.  It is in front of you. - - - Maz Kanata

There are definitely some good days in the past.  Great ones.  It's easy to romanticize about the past being our best days and a lot of us, I especially, keep a lot of sentimental reminders of days gone.  If we choose it, our best days are a head of us.  If we choose it.  

If all you do is fight for your own life, then your life is worth nothing. - - - Hera Syndulla

Leadership is about being in the service of others, helping achieve their goals, their dreams, their aspirations.  One of my favorites Zig Zigler said:  Help enough people get what they want and you'll get what you want.  No truer words have been spoken.

Let go of your hate. - - - Luke Skywalker

Lead from your heart.  Work with the passion of loving the people, loving the positive impact we have on those around us.  Hate:  A person, competitor etc.  There is no place for this and will eventually lead to self destruction.

Chewy, we're home - - - Han Solo

What is home?  Who is home?  Home is family, people, experiences and definitely NOT our office.  It could be a spaceship that makes .5 past light speed. 

That's no moon - - - Obi-Wan Kanobi

There is no limit to what the entrepreneurial spirit can accomplish.  Think big.  Then think bigger.  For the dreamers and doer's this quickens the pulse, gets our minds and hearts racing.

You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy - - - Obi-Wan Kenobi

And whose in that Mos Eisley cantina?  Salespeople!  It's widely thought the purpose of an entrepreneur is to make money. . . . at any cost.  This is not the case.  Many may use suspect means of making money, borderline on corrupt.  Rise above it.  Stick to your principles.  If "Do the Right Thing" isn't one of your core beliefs, get our, we don't want you.

You already know what you need to know - - - Yoda

Dr. Seuss said this one best: You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.  You're on your own.  And you know what you know.  And YOU are the one that will decide where to go.

Whose the more foolish?  The fool, or the fool who follows him? - - - Obi-Wan Kenobi

For the entrepreneur this mean don't follow the latest trend because there is a latest trend and one should always follow the latest trend, because people are following the latest trend. Stick to the tried and true methods that work.  Branch out, but only rarely, and with great trepidation. When doing so, hold those results highly accountable.

Named your fear must be, before banish it you can. - - - Yoda

Everyone has a fear.  As a business owner I have many, but they're all named, managed, and now have plans around it.  When those fears are realized?  I have other plans for that too.

Always in motion the future is. - - - Yoda

The future is never set, and to assume that everything will go according to plan is . . . well, we know what assumption are.  Be able to adapt quickly, stay nimble and evolve to the need of every situation.  Then you'll be ready for any situation.

I find your lack of faith disturbing - - - Darth Vader

The plan may change, the people may change, but always have faith in what your doing, yourself and your value.

(Luke) I can't believe it (Yoda) That is why you fail. - - - Luke Skywalker & Yoda

Believe in yourself.  Or fail.

Adventure.  Excitement.  A Jedi craves not these things. - - - Yoda

Success lies on the other side of boredom and frustration.  Keep on keeping on.  Stay the course.  Too many people give up way before success could show up, and isn't there when it does.

You must unlearn what you have learned - - - Yoda

All the things we've learned as kids on leadership, managing people, and frankly money in general are probably not true.  As it turns out leading is a pulling action, pulling people into your vision, while managing is a pushing action.  Pushing people to do what you need them to do, mostly unwillingly.  Money?  The successful know there is a stark difference between rich and wealthy.  Poor and broke.  Rich and brook are bank statements, temporary, changeable.  Wealthy and poor are mindsets.  If the mindset is in opposite of reality?  Reality won't stay that way for long. 

Watch your mouth kid, or you'll find yourself floating home - - - Han Solo

This one is pretty much speaks for itself.  We've all seen politicians, ceo's, company owners and more stick their foot in their mouth.  Sometimes costing a few sales, sometimes costing entire careers.  Use yer noggin before, not after, opening your mouth.  

What a piece of junk!  - - - Luke Skywalker

On one side, don't judge a book by it's cover.  For the marker, covers are everything.  Luke didn't care the Millennium Falcon went point five past light speed.  Didn't care it made the Kessel run in twelve parsec's (did anyone else notice they made an ENTIRE MOVIE to explain that statement Han made forty years ago?!)  I digest.  Luke wanted a different ship.  Check and double check your online brand,  Your competitor is only a few clicks away.

This is some rescue. You came in here and you didn't have a plan for getting out? - - - Princess Leia

Begin with the end in mind.  Make a plan, stick to the plan.  Change it only when needed.  But have a plan

 Aaaaarrrrrrrrrgggggghhh!!!!!!!!!! - - - Chewbacca

What? What was that exactly?  Can you write that down please?  Chewbacca was highly intelligent, had the wisdom of the ages, AND came up with half the great plans.  But unless your Han, good luck getting that wisdom to be anything but jibberish.  Know your audience, always bear in mind whom your speaking with.  Go to them, don't try to get them to move to you.  Don't make them focus on the message, to forsake the meaning.

R2-D2!  You know better than to trust a strange computer! - - - C-3PO

Some people you're thinking of hiring are amazing!  Some are amazing at interviewing.  Don't skip the reference checks.  Ever. 

If you end your training now-if you choose the quick and easy path, as Vader did-you will become an agent of evil. - - - Yoda

Hard work and always learning, seeking new knowledge IS the short cut.  All else are just leading us down a poor path.

I'm just a simple man trying to make my way in the universe - - - Jango Fett

Keep the focus, the goals small.  The plans simple.  Success is simple, not easy.  

You're not not the only one who lost everything.  Some of us just decided to do something about it. - - -Cassian Andor

Down is not out.  Things will happen, fortunes won, lost and won again.  We've all lost a lot, how we deal with it defines who we are.  

We take the next chance.  And the next. On on on until we win . . . or the chances are spent.  - - - Jyn Erso

Never give up!  Never surrender!  There are opportunities and wins, and as Al Pacino would say, inches, all around us.  And at the end of it?  Did we take every chance?  Did we push as hard as we can push?  Only you can answer that question.  


In the end, after all is said and done Star Wars helped a generation to decipher right from wrong.  Good from evil.  Light from dark, as all great stories of it's kind does.  That said . . . . Jar Jar Binks didn't have to make it through the first movie. 

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Top 10 Cider Mills in Metro Detroit!

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Can you smell it?! Fall is upon us, whether we want it to be or not.  I’m proud to say I’m a native metro-Detroiter, and as such can say with confidence we have some of the absolute best cider mills in the world.  Period. (I have a lot of pride where I live).  

Every Mill on this list I have amazing family memories going back to when I was 6-7 years old, some of which may or may not include pushing my little little sister into the Rouge River that runs alongside the Franklin cider mill.  Not saying it happened, just that it’s possible. Besides, it was a simpler time, before we knew the Rouge River wasn’t clean.  

Sipping a cup of hot cider or cold apple slush along with a freshly baked maple or cinnamon donuts is the definition of a perfect weekend, I can smell it sitting at my computer. In recent years, many of the cider mills here have upgraded themselves to become the fusion of age-old traditions and contemporary expectations to ensure the visitors have an all-inclusive recreational experience.

People living in the state of Michigan are well aware of the fun-filled experience offered by Cider Mills dotted across the region. After all, who wants to miss out on the pre-Thanksgiving tradition of having that hot cup of cider along with caramel apple? Here, we have listed some of the top Cider Mills in Metro Detroit area where you can visit with your loved ones to enjoy a farm-fresh culinary experience along with a range of farm activities.

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Franklin Cider Mill

Address: 745 Franklin Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

Ok, THIS Cider Mill was my family go to when we wanted a great Cider Mill and we wanted that Cider Mill next to a river and of course (per my mother) walking distance to the largest Mackenzie-Child store in Metro Detroit.  I don’t know if the store is still there (though their style is widely loved, it’s a little too Tim Burton for me).  

Franklin is known widely for its fresh and unbelievably delicious donuts, Franklin Cider Mill was established in the year 1937. As their tagline suggests, Franklin Cider Mill is indeed a ‘family tradition’ with families in and around Metro Detroit Area visiting it for generations. It is a cider mill that has maintained its traditional and charming appeal even after so many years. 

Starting from how they make their donuts to the cider slush to cool you down during a warm fall day, the preparation style and recipes have been untouched for decades. It is a nostalgic experience for people who have been visiting Franklin Cider Mill with their parents and now visiting the same as a parent. Many of the delicious recipes they dish out are made in front of the visitors and are a joy to watch.  While here check out the “Wheel Room”. You’ll know it when you see it. 

Franklin Cider Mill is among the most sophisticated Metro Detroit Cider Mills as well. It is spread through a large area that is scenic and picturesque.  On any given day there are professional photographers that make the trek from all over Michigan to this specific mill for the beauty and how the Franklin Cider Mill is nestled in the hill and surrounding woods.   

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Just outside the main barn in an in-house open market as well drawing local handmade crafts and natural foods.. Many of the visitors claim the open market here has an authentic Birmingham shopping vibe that is certainly going to leave a lasting impression. 

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Some of the well-known autumn treats available here are flowers, Hickory Farms meats, syrups, apples, apple cider vinegar, fresh-cut flowers, donuts, and more.  Loving the hot foods myself I picked up a few peppered jams, and a ghost pepper cheese.

Go For: Great Cider, doughnuts and pushing little sisters into the Rouge River

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Parmenter’s Northville Cider Mill

Address: 714 Baseline Road, Northville, MI 48167 

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Northville’s Best and Worst kept secret, it’s only one block off of 8 mile, and is both hard to find and can’t be missed.  On my way to or from my Novi office, this is my go to Cider Mill. I love it’s open on weekdays and everyone loves when I bring cider and doughnuts from here to the office.  I can’t imagine how many unfortunate people drive up and down 8 mile road every day and never know it’s there. Northvill-ians definitely do.  

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It is one of the most beautiful cider mills in the Metro Detroit region, starting from its artsy red barn exterior to tastefully decorated interiors, the aesthetic beauty of Parmenter’s Cider Mill remains undisputed till date. It was founded in the year 1873 and rebuilt in the year 1978 after the original structure got damaged in a fire breakout earlier season. 

This one is unique to our list as the family purchased the Northville Winery in 2006 and later added an on site brewery in 2014.  One of the most popular happy hour activities are on site wine tastings and beer sampling at the Northville Winery & Brewing Co., right across their parking lot.

The spiced donuts available at Parmenter’s Northville Cider Mill are to die for and go well with the Northville Winery (added in 2006) and their very own microbrewery that opened in 2014 available here. One of the add-ons with the fall delicacies and range of activities offered at Parmenter’s is their live music. 

Go For: Cider and Doughnuts, Caramel Apple Bowls & quick fixes

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Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill

Address: 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada, MI 48005

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THIS PLACE HAS IT ALL: Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill has more fun activities for visitors than pretty much any other cider mills around Metro Detroit.  Just typing this I’m planning my next 5 trips here (it will take that many to get it all in).  

Looking for Zombie Paintball Safari?  Check

Spooky Corn Maze?  Check 

3 Story Haunted Barn?  Check 

Apple Picking?  Check

Cut your own Christmas Tree?  Check this box too!  

Looking for a 5k fun Run?  It’s here!

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For adults, kids, or kids that are adult age, Blake’s Cider Mill will certainly not disappoint. The vision of Blake’s Cider Mill has expanded well beyond just producing fresh cider in recent years. It has been focusing on establishing itself as one of the top recreational destinations during the fall season. 

Blake’s Cider Mill is one of the more contemporary cider mills and isn’t as traditional as others. It aims to cater to the needs of the visitors and doesn’t shy away from offering modern treats like popcorn, pretzels, pizzas, and corn dogs to the visitors. It has become one of the most visited cider mills in recent times due to the ever growing range of activities on offer, especially their famous three-story haunted barn house. 

Visitors to Blake’s Cider Mill can also indulge in their 500-acre spread apple orchards, cornfield mazes, haunted hayrides, U-cut apples, U-cut pumpkins, and more. For adults, Blake’s Ciderhouse and Winery located in the same address offers seven different kinds of wines for sampling and purchase. Moreover, there are six different flavors of hard ciders on offer made from Blake’s farm-fresh fruits.

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Go For: The Zombie Paintball Safari! 


Erwin Orchards 

Address: 61475 Silver Lake Road, South Lyon, MI 48178

Erwin Orchards Website

For families with kids, Erwin Orchards and Cider Mill spread over 200 acres land is a must-visit. Established over a century ago, it is not only one of the largest cider mills in the region but also one of the most entertaining, especially for its young guests. It’s “Trike Trail” is a massive attraction for the kids and they offer some of the most delicious flavored fruit ciders and donuts.  Speaking of donuts, they have 5 kinds.  5 KINDS! Apple spice plain, apple spice cinnamon sugar, pumpkin glaze, pumpkin sprinkle, and salted caramel.  Pumpkin sprinkle and salted caramel are my fav's.  Drop a comment below with yours

Erwins Beehive

There are tons of activities, including: U-pick Apples, U pick raspberries, pumpkins.  A corn maze, pony rides, hay maze, trike trail, bouncing inflatables, goat pen (featuring Nigerian dwarf goats), petting zoo with a llama and lambs, a HUGE sunflower garden and more. For the kids in us adults?  Paintball target practice

The cider here is among the sweetest you will taste among the ciders offered by other mills in the region. The sizes of the donuts here are unusually large and taste delicious. The visitors have the opportunity to see an operational beehive and watch the cider being pressed live to learn more about their cider-making process.

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The Erwin’s Cider Mill’s management organizes educational tours for the schools and large groups, including for the families and companies.  Need a barn for a family party? Call Erwins, they have a barn for your event (at quite a reasonable price might I add)

Go For: Picking 847 kinds of apples! (that number is an approximate)

Yates Cider Mill

Address: 1990 E Avon Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307 

Yates Cider Mill Website

If you are going on a date, visit Yates. Voted the most romantic cider mill in the Metro Detroit Area, Yates Cider Mill offers an unforgettable experience to its visitors. Established in the 1860s, Yates Cider Mill is situated on the banks of the Clinton River. It adds to the beauty of the cider mill that is known to attract a huge crowd on weekends and weekdays alike. 

Franklin Cider Mill and Yates Cider Mill are two of the oldest cider mills in Metro Detroit Area. Both these cider mills are not the largest in terms of area in comparison to other cider mills in the Metro Detroit region. However, they have created their unique place in the cider industry through traditions, culture, age-old recipes, and incomparable hospitality. 

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Great for the Young Ones.  Yates Cider Mill doesn’t boast of too many new fangled recreational activities like some of the other cider mills.  This mill was started during the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln, and they like to keep the feel like it still is. The activities they offer are engaging and entertaining, especially for the new humans through elementary school.n Feeding goats and watching a variety of fudge made live at their famous Fudge Shop and the on-site petting zoo are just a few things that will cause your kids to laugh with delight. Don’t forget to buy freshly picked apples from Apple Tent located right beside the Fudge Shop. 

After you have all your goodies, there’s a ½ mile River Walk along the Clinton River that’s not to be missed.

Yates Cider Mill is one of the most popular cider mills in the region and is also featured in the listing of “Fall Favorites” by Food Network. The best part is that Yates Cider Mill is open till days before Christmas. If you want to stay away from the hustle and bustle of city life or looking to buy an investment property, buying a home near Yates Cider Mill is a lucrative option. 

Go for: The Lazy River Walk


Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill

Address: 10685 Warren Road, Plymouth, MI 48170

Plymouth Orchards Website

Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill opened in the year 1977. It is relatively young compared to other older cider mills in the region. It has won many awards in the cider industry in the past few years for maintaining high standards in terms of experience it offers to the visitors and quality of its products. It won the prestigious “Stanley Cup” at the annual Michigan Apple Cider Contest, which is commendable considering it is a relatively young cider mill compared to other contestants in the contest. 

Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill spans through a vast area of over 100-acres. The kids can indulge in many activities here, including wagon rides, corn maze, hay maze, petting zoo, picnic area, and more. The farm market here offers many farm-fresh fruits, including apples, pumpkins, yellow raspberries, red raspberries, and more, grown in-house at Plymouth’s orchards.

Plymouth Orchards Cider Mill

The pecan, cherry, pumpkin and apple pies, as well as flavored donuts available at Plymouth Cider Mills, are to die for. One of the amenities that separate Plymouth Orchard and Cider Mills from its historic counterparts is its expansive indoor space. Even though Plymouth is relatively young in the cider business, it has been able to hold its ground firmly and continues to grow in popularity, amenities offered, and its product portfolio.

Go For:  The Pecan Pie, the Red Shed Market and the Live Music


Rochester Cider Mill

Address: 5125 N Rochester Road, Rochester, MI 48306

Rochester Cider Mill Website

There are a few Rochester mills in the Metro Detroit area, so don’t confuse Rochester Cider Mill with it. Founded over 150 years ago, Rochester Cider Mill continues to produce its unpasteurized cider the same way it used to till date. It takes pride in its cider produce and rightly so. Rochester’s Ciders are unique and people from across the country flock in during the fall to taste the variety of traditionally pressed flavored ciders offered. 

Rochester Cider Mill

The donuts offered at Rochester Cider Mill would leave you mesmerized as it has its distinctive taste, thanks to their age-old secret recipe. The blueberry and maple donuts sell out fast, so plan your trip to Rochester Cider Mill during early hours. Rochester Cider Mill offers a relaxed cider farm experience where the kids have plenty of open space to stroll around and play while the parents settle in comfortable indoor/outdoor seating available here. 

The homey environment and friendly staff offer guests a warm and memorable experience that leaves a sweet after-taste in their memories. It is what has made this cider mill one of the most visited cider mills in the region. The pies, donuts, fruits, and ciders available at Rochester are reasonably priced and won’t put a dent in your weekend budget. 

Go For: The Apple Crisp and the 10 kinds of Doughnuts! 


Wiard’s Orchards and County Fair & Cider Mill

Address: 5565 Merritt Road, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Wiards Orchards Website

One of the oldest and most popular cider mills in the Metro Detroit area is Wiard’s Orchards and Cider Mill that opened over 177 years ago. It features a miniature golf course and six haunted attractions, which are particularly popular among the kids during Halloween. They have a variety of baked goods, pies, apples, donuts, and more on offer. The frozen pies available here can be taken home as well by the guests. 

One of the primary reasons why it is popular among the kids is because of it doubling up as a thrill park. Wiard’s Cider Mill hosts several haunted attractions, including The Asylum, Alien Caged Clowns, The Mined Shaft, Hayride of the Lost, Ultimate Haunted Barn and the Labyrinth. The Wiard’s Orchard and Cider Mill organizes customized picnics and events for the clients, including for the families and companies. 

Wiards Orchards Cider Mill

The County Store and Bakery at Wiard’s is where the magic happens as you can choose from a variety of delicacies to have and take home, including ciders, apple salsas, baked pies, donuts, honey, fruit jams, and freshly picked fruits. Wiard’s offer an authentic yet contemporary cider mill experience to its guests, and it is the reason why it is packed on weekends.

Go For: Night Terrors!  6 Haunted Events!


Westview Orchards and Cider Mill 

Address: 65075 Van Dyke, Washington Township, MI 48095


Westview Orchards Website

All you can carry pumpkins.  Yep you heard that right. Stop by September 28th and 29th for this one, and check their site for any of the other 14 events going on this fall!  The U-pickers would have an extensive experience picking a variety of apples at Westview Orchards, including types such as Gala, Macintosh and Ginger Gold. The guests can also U-pick a variety of vegetables here, including cucumbers, zucchini, eggplant, peppers, green beans, and summer squash. 

The Farm Market at Westview Orchard offers many different varieties of flavored ciders, vegetables, fruits, pies, and baked goods. It boasts of a bakery, Modern Cider Mill, and Schoolhouse Ice Cream and Sweet Shoppe. Shopping at its bakery is on the to-do list of almost all the guests visiting Westview, especially their signature fruit flip and maple donuts. 

How Cider is Made

The Westview Orchards and Cider Mill are open throughout the year, but the experience it offers during the fall is unbelievable. The acres of Orchard lands are open for on-foot exploration during the fall, which is not an option during the rest of the year. The footfall is enormous during the weekends, so if you are planning to visit Westview, weekdays offer a more relaxing experience. 

They offer different packages for families and companies events and checking with them before the visit would help you plan your trip in a personalized manner. School tours, group tours, company events, family picnics, adventure tours, and more, can be organized by the management at Westview on request. 

One of the features at Westview that has surprisingly become popular and a visiting factor for many of the guests is its modern and clean restroom facilities, which is hard to come by in a countryside farm and vintage cider mills. 

Go For: For the Love of Pie! October 19th & 20th


Paint Creek Cider Mill 

Address: 4480 Orion Road, Rochester, MI 48306

Paint Creek Cider Mill Website

Located on the picturesque Paint Creek Trail, the Paint Creek Cider Mill is touted as the best pit stop on the trail. The culinary experience offered at its full-service restaurant with its extensive menu is surreal. Not only does it provide the authentic cider mill items like donuts, pies, and flavored ciders, but also wraps, pizzas, sandwiches, ice creams, hot dogs, and salads. The Paint Creek Cider Mill operated for long just as a restaurant before it was converted into a Cider Mill. It is currently operated jointly by Paint Creek Trailways Commission and Parks and Recreation Commission for Oakland Township. 

Paint Creek Cider Mill

One of the reasons why the restaurant was converted into a full-fledged cider mill was its beautiful location. The restaurant at Paint Creek has been popular along the Paint Creek Trail for years, and its cider, donuts, pies, and baked goods are worth every penny. In all honesty, Paint Creek Cider Mill doesn’t offer the most authentic cider mill experience, and neither boasts of it. However, it does make up for it by being the worthy pit stop on the paint creek trail for a quick cider fix or a delicious lunch. 

The building, restaurant, and the grounds are well-managed, and they are in the process of adding some innovative activities for kids this fall. The restaurant management here experiments with the fresh produce to add something exciting and creative to their menu from time to time to delight the guests.

Go For: Home Made Ice Cream and a Walk on the Paint Creek Trail!

Alright All, that's a wrap!  For all you Michiganders like me, hopefully this list brings back memories.  Of an earlier day, a simpler time.  For all my readers new to Michigan I definitely encourage those that are just starting out and those well on their way to stop by any or all.  

There are a ton of other Cider Mills we didn't cover.  What did we miss?  What are your favorites?  What are some favorite memories?  For anyone finding a new Mill on (or off this list) Leave a line with feedback!

 Brought to you by Michael Perna and The Perna Team Realtors.

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An overwhelming majority of buyers begin their home search online, so taking your listing photos now, while your landscaping looks its best, is a must. Let’s discuss why.


Your home’s listing photos are massively important to the success of your sale for one very good reason: 96% of today’s buyers start their search online, so these photos will likely serve as their first impression of your home. 

So whether you’re planning on listing next week or next year, the time to take these listing photos is right now. Why? Well, homes tend to look best when the yard is still green and the trees still have their leaves. And as we progress into fall, the gorgeous colors that fill the landscape through this season are sure to set the perfect backdrop for your listing. The only catch is the rain that comes with this season. Therefore, getting these photos done as soon as possible is a must. The weather is still great, so take advantage. 

Whether you’re planning on listing next week or next year, the time to take these listing photos is right now.


To see the real difference between home photos taken during the winter versus those taken during around this time of year, check out the photos in the video above starting at 1:37. After looking at these pictures, you’re bound to understand how critical these listing photos are. 

If you’re ready to get started, reach out to me today. I’d love to get my professional photographer out to your home now so that we can capture your home in its best possible light. 

And, as always, if you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon. 


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Supply is down and demand is up in our market this September.


Every year around September, the market tends to get a little sleepy, but is this still true for the market in 2019?

At the moment, it is for sellers. Over the first three weeks of August, inventory dropped 9.9%. In other words, one out of every 10 homes a buyer could choose from last month isn’t there anymore. Sellers aren’t bringing as many properties to the market, and I know exactly why. For one thing, they assume the buyers who weren’t able to move before the start of the school year are gone. Also, they assume most people don’t want to move during the winter.

The fact is, though, that money motivates. Interest rates have dropped significantly, and the Federal Reserve promised that they’ll drop once more very soon. Because of this drop, the number of mortgage applications for new purchases has risen 8.7% over the last three weeks. Traditionally, mortgage applications average a 15% drop during this period.

Between the drop in inventory and the spike in mortgage applications, we’re looking at almost a 20% discrepancy between the numbers of buyers in the market and the number of sellers. What happens when there’s less supply and more demand? Prices go up.

Just last week, our team had 11 sellers contact us wanting to put their home on the market. Sure enough, we paired them with our exclusive First Look program and our top-notch marketing, and all 11 of those properties sold in their first day on the market. They also attracted multiple offers and sold above their asking price with amazing contract terms.

What happens when there’s less supply and more demand? Prices go up.


What do I mean by amazing terms? We had a couple of buyers agree to bridge the price gap if the home didn’t appraise. We also had several who agreed to let the sellers live in the home rent-free for a month or so after closing so they had time to move.

We’ve seen some amazing buyers walk through our doors these last few weeks, but unfortunately, there just aren’t enough properties. If you’re thinking about selling, give us a call right now.

If you’re considering purchasing a home, the good news is that 60 to 80 properties come our way each month that eventually end up on the market, and we can grant you access to view these properties before they reach Zillow,, or the MLS.

If you have any other real estate questions or there’s anything else I can help you with, feel free to reach out to us as well. We’d love to help you.

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Now that the weather is getting colder, it’s important that you have your furnace professionally inspected to make sure it’s working properly.


As the weather turns colder and we move closer to winter, it’s all the more important to make sure your home’s furnace is in good working order. That’s why today I’ve brought in Denise and Julie Wood of Dan Wood Plumbing and Heating to talk about the importance of maintaining your home’s furnace.

Having your furnace inspected on a yearly basis increases its longevity and protects your family from any unknown hazards. A certified professional can check its safety features and make sure the heat exchanger is in good condition. If it’s cracked at all, that can cause carbon monoxide emissions, which can be dangerous and, in some cases, even fatal.

The average lifespan of a carbon monoxide detector is eight years. If you need a new one, we can provide one free - courtesy of the Perna Team


If you want to get your furnace checked before winter starts, you can sign up for Dan Wood Plumbing’s Wood Home Comfort Program. By signing up for this program, they’ll make two visits to your home per year—once in the fall to check your furnace and once in the spring to check your air conditioning unit. If you sign up now, you’ll also receive 10% off for the first year of service. During the winter, especially, Dan Wood Plumbing takes great care to check your home’s furnace both visually and with their own combustion analyzer.

On a final note, remember that the average lifespan of a carbon monoxide detector is eight years, so if you think your carbon monoxide detector is outdated, just reach out to us and we’d be happy to provide you with a new one.

If you have any more questions for Denise and Julie, you can give them a call at (248) 348-4242 or visit their website at

As always, if you have any other real estate questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We’d be glad to help you.

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How to Bring Your Plants Inside for Winter


Metro Detroit Bringing Plants in for Winter 

By Ashley Miller 

Winter season is sneaking up on us and as you find yourself becoming less inclined to explore nature and be outside you’ll find that some of your favorites plants around your home feel the same way. Most native plants within your yard will do well throughout the winter given their ability to adapt to the colder Michigan conditions. However, you may have some plants that prefer a more tropical winter climate that will need to come indoors soon. Consider these ways on how to bring your plants inside for winter to make them last.


Identify Plants

Knowing what kind of plants that you have within your yard is a massive part of assessing what needs to be moved indoors to escape the cold temperatures. Walk through your yard and consider each plant’s ability to weather snow and freezing conditions. Many favorite plants that homeowners move indoors include ferns, yucca, lilies, and aloe. If there was a plant that barely made it through the winter last year, you might consider moving them indoors this year to keep it alive. Any healthy plant that you love should always come indoors while those that can handle low lighting conditions and low humidity should also be moved indoors as well. Many potted plants should also be moved indoors during the winter as they have a hard time keeping their root systems warm outdoors.


Watch the Temperature

Similarly to the time of the year that you’ll be wrapping up your fall lawn and garden care, you’ll know that is it time to move plants indoors when the low temperature at night is consistently under 60°F. Fall can be a tricky time of year, and these low temperatures may sneak up on you more quickly than you expect. If you can’t immediately move the plants, consider draping them with sheeting to keep them warm at night until you have time to move them indoors.


Place in Sunlight

Bringing plants into your home does require some forethought in knowing what will do well in some regions of the house. Plants that thrive indoors typically need bright to moderate, indirect light. Southern facing windows are always a good choice as the plant will get the most sunlight during the winter season. Allow each plant to have enough sunlight each day without being overcrowded from other plants nearby.


Be Aware of Air & Water

Make sure that the air circulation is ideal for the plant type as well. Most plants placed near windows will get an adequate amount of air circulation. Others plants will need a ceiling fan or other fan turned on to prevent damp soil and soggy conditions. Refrain from placing a plant near a heating vent or heat source in the winter that could compromise its ability to do well indoors.

Water indoor plants sparingly to mimic normal outdoor conditions. Also, remember to make sure that all the pots have good drainage and sit on drainage pans to keep the soil watered without ruining your home with seeping water. Those plants that have browning leaves may do better in a room with a humidifier as well.


Watch for Dust

Plants are often times not adjusted to collecting dust when brought indoors. Make sure to clean off the plant as it gathers dust to keep it healthy and robust. Just a thin layer of dust can compromise leaves and become an issue of concern for indoor plants. Wipe them down gently with a wet cloth to keep them clean while indoors.

Once spring returns in your area you’ll be able to transplant these indoor plants to the garden again. Caring for them well during the winter will help protect them from cold Michigan winter conditions as well as offer elements of natural life to the interior of your home. Consider all of these ways to bring your plants inside for winter.

Ashley Miller is a home decor and lifestyle writer who cures her HGTV obsession by refurbishing anything and everything she can get her hands on into something new.

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If you’re a seller and you don’t price your home correctly to begin with, you might end up having to reduce its price and accept a lower offer.


We’re joined today by Lauren Younga, one of our awesome agents, to give a quick word of advice to sellers out there. First, price your home right to begin with. Don’t price it high when you put it on the market.

We’ve seen a lot of price reductions from home sellers lately, and those sellers are getting offers that are lower than what they would’ve gotten if they had priced their home correctly to begin with.

Price your home right to begin with.


If you price it right, you might attract multiple offers, get a much better deal overall, and end up with more cash flow in your pocket. To hear our full message, watch out latest video.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Heatherwyke Homes for Sale Novi MI

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 3 Bedrooms  1.5 Baths  0 Fireplace  2-Car Attached Garage

Home Property Summary

This Charming Colonial Style, split-level home is a must see! Home features 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths and over 1600 Sq Feet! Open kitchen with granite counter tops, an abundance of cabinets, ceramic tile flooring & stainless appliances. Separate dining room perfect for your family dinners. Living room with new carpet, nice size picture window and plenty of natural light flowing through. Spacious Family room is on the lower level also with new carpet and perfect for family time! Half bath and laundry area both on the lower level as well. All 3 bedrooms including the master bedroom are on the upper level and feature plenty of closet space as well. Updated full bath on upper level. Large fenced in yard with double deck. 2 car attached garage with direct access. Enroll just in time to award winning Novi Schools w/purchase agreement in hand! Perfect family home and neighborhood! Close to area shopping, freeways and restaurants! Call today for your private showing!

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School Info

Students of Heatherwyke attend Novi School District. Novi community school district operates 1 high school, 2 middle schools, and 5 elementary schools.

1 mile north of the property is Village Oaks Elementary School. This school has 470 students enrolled, grades K-4. Novi Meadows School is 5 miles northwest. This school teaches 5 languages; French, German, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish. There are 1,022 students enrolled and they offer before and after care. Novi High School is 3.3 miles west. They got a Blue Ribbon Award status in 1986-1987 and 1999-2000. Novi High School has 2,000 students enrolled. It also houses adult education and several community recreational events like swimming and basketball games in the gym and field house.

There are also several private schools near the property.

Koby International Academy, now known as Sundai Michigan International Academy, is a private school 1.4 miles north. It is across PNC Bank. The school accepts grades K-12, with a student to teacher ratio of 29:1.

Another private school near this home is Novi Northville Montessori Center which is 2.4 miles northwest. Novi Northville Montessori has 75 students enrolled and accepts PK-8. This school accepts Spanish students.

South University is 3.9 miles north. Main focus of the university is health professions and business. The school also offers online classes. There are 18,370 enrolled and acceptance rate is 33%.

Eastern Michigan University in Livonia is 5 miles south. It is a public, co-educational school which belongs to Mid-American Conference. This school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


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This is just one of the Heatherwyke homes for sale. Be sure to contact us at 248-221-1224 to see this or any home in the neighborhood, or to sell your home.

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