The Perna Team Blog - Blog Archive: January, 2024

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Your Ultimate Guide to the 2024 Plymouth Ice Festival

Kellogg Park Downtown Plymouth
Cost: FREE
Feb - 2nd (5pm-10pm) | 3rd (10am-10pm) | 4th (10am-6pm)

42 Years later the Plymouth Ice Festival is still bringing the heat with demonstrations, family fun and of course all the downtown Plymouth businesses to shop and eat at. It’s the largest and oldest FREE ice festival in North America and draws over 100,000 people annually.


Not diamonds but just as pretty there will be over 60 ice sculptures carved on site through the weekend with live carving demonstrations every day. Each ice carving starts out as a 350 lb block of ice and world renown ice carvers descend on Plymouth to find their art inside the block.

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Where to Watch Round Three of the Playoffs: The Detroit Lions vs the san francisco 49ers

The Lions have made it to Round 3 of the Playoffs are only one step away from making history and reaching the Super Bowl for the first time! Only one thing stands in their way - the San Francisco 49ers. While we would love the opportunity to watch this game in person, the Lions will be taking the field in Santa Clara, CA at 6:30PM EST as they battle for the NFC Conference Championship.

Luckily for us, there is ample opportunity to catch the big game at countless restaurants, bars, and establishments throughout Metro Detroit. Here are our top picks.


Where to Watch the Lions Game in Detroit

Ford Field

2000 Brush St., Detroit, MI 48226

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Northville Downs' Final Stretch: The End of an Era and Redevelopment Plans

Northville Downs, a cherished landmark in Northville, Michigan, is slated to close its doors following its final race set to take place on February 3, 2024, marking the end of an era for Michigan's last horse racing track. This closure is not just the conclusion of a sports venue but a significant change for the local community, especially for those living in Northville, Michigan.

The track, located at 301 S Center Street, has been a staple of Northville since its inception in 1944. It's not just a racing track; for 80 years it has been part of the social and cultural fabric of the area. The closure of Northville Downs reflects a shift in entertainment preferences and the…

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Navigating the 2024 housing market while living in Metro Detroit presents unique challenges and opportunities, especially for those considering moving to Metro Detroit. With a landscape marked by stable yet high home prices and interest rates hovering around 6 to 6.5%, understanding the dynamics of supply and demand becomes crucial for both buyers and sellers. Despite predictions of modest appreciation and a slight increase in housing inventory, the market remains resilient, making it an intriguing time for real estate decisions in this vibrant region. This comprehensive analysis delves into what prospective homeowners and current residents can expect in the ever-evolving Metro Detroit housing market.

To begin, 2024 is shaping up to be a year of…

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Winter Family Film Series

Emagine Theaters Playing Family Favorite Movies for Just $3!  Or $5 with popcorn and a drink!

This is so cool and one of the reasons the Emagine Theaters are still my favorite theaters in Metro Detroit.  Especially since picking up the Birmingham 8 and the Palladium.  

After getting snubbed by the NFL, they were going to play the Lions games and the NFL stepped in and said NO. However, Emagine and Paul Glatz the Emagineer isn’t letting that stop them from doing cool stuff!  Here’s one of them.

Every week they’re running their Winter Family Film Series at Emagine for just 3 dollars per person or to upgrade to the Magic Pack, it’s Five dollars and you get a popcorn and small drink.  


We’ve added the links…

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You’re doing it wrong.

This isn’t just for Realtors but all business owners & marketers, for the sake of this post I’ll use real estate as the example.

In marketing you are not the hero of the story, the clients are. And I see post after post that goes something like... Look I sold another home, I listed another home, etc., or I wrote a mortgage, or insert X widget or service.

I used to make that mistake constantly. I had so many posts on myself & sales going at one point my mother unfriended me on Facebook. Yep Momma P got tired of seeing her own son in her feed.

Here’s the framework to use and I’ll use one of my own clients as the example.

This person (the client, the Hero, Tim and Sarah fake names) has a problem. They have a child about…

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As the vibrant pulse of winter activities thrums through the heart of the city, living in Metro Detroit offers an exhilarating blend of entertainment and cultural richness that's hard to match. This weekend is no exception, with a lineup of events that promise to dazzle and delight both long-time residents and those just moving to Metro Detroit. From the high-stakes energy of the Detroit Lions taking on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ford Field to the mesmerizing illusions of The Champions of Magic at the Fisher Theatre, the city is buzzing with excitement. These events not only highlight the dynamic spirit of Metro Detroit but also showcase the diverse range of experiences that make living in this area truly unique. Whether you're a sports enthusiast, a…

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When the weather demands indoor fun in Metro Detroit, there's an abundance of vibrant and engaging options for families to explore. For both long-standing residents and those contemplating a move to Metro Detroit, the region offers a diverse range of indoor entertainment venues. From exhilarating go-kart races and captivating glow-in-the-dark golf to energetic trampoline parks and tactical laser tag battles, these amusement centers cater to various tastes and ages. Additionally, the assortment of arcades ensures that every family member finds their favorite game. These indoor havens are ideal for days when outdoor activities are off the table, providing endless entertainment and ensuring that fun is always just around the corner in Metro Detroit.

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At the bottom is a chart and map of the fastest appreciating cities over one and five year timeframes.

The numbers are out and Metro Detroit continues to surprise.  First the Lions who could never make it to the playoffs.  Then U of M who went 15 and 0 with the expected win over Washington State.  The Pistons created their own record this year with their 28 losses in a row, but let's not get into that.

Now, it's real estate and for a couple surprising reasons. Zillow just released it's home value report, data verified by Stacker, a New Jersey Company with surprising results.


For the last 16 months in a row Miami has been reigning champion with home value increases and this month Detroit is the top Metro in the Nation with a 9.2% year over year…

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Detroit Auto Show moved back to January from September

Is it really the Auto Show if you can feel your face?!

When I was a kid my dad, who worked for General Motors for 37 years, would bundle us kids up, just my sister and myself, my mother had no interest in going, and we'd take our annual January Pilgrimage to Cobo Hall.  We're the Motor City, and this show is the epitome of what it means to be a Detroiter, even if you're a Metro Detroiter.  It gave us, not my sister, she was dragged along, us being my dad and I, something to look forward to every year.  He'd grab his free tickets as an employee of General Motors, we'd hop in the Pontiac Transport, that I swear was modeled after a dustbuster, and fight the winds and snow, usually park on the…

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