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Moving into December 2022 we continue to see shifts taking place in the Real Estate Market and Financial Markets, but are the latest updates pointing towards disaster or are we finally starting to see a silver lining as 2023 approaches?

JOBS REPORT

Despite the looming recession and recent layoffs, the latest Jobs Report added 261,000 jobs this October, yet again beating the estimated amount of 205,000. While the actual number exceeded expectations, it is safe to say that we’re likely finished seeing months of 400k up to as many as 700k jobs added. The unemployment ticked up from 3.6% to 3.7%, however the recent big tech layoffs were not included in these numbers, so it will be interesting to see how that data reflects in the findings of the…

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Metro Detroit has come alive with numerous events throughout the area featuring some amazing Christmas light displays sure to warm your heart and stir your Christmas spirit. Whether you’re searching for a drive-through tour of lights, or a stroll under the stars, holiday shopping, or more, Metro Detroit does not disappoint.

For directions, tickets and additional information on each event be sure to reference the interactive map at the end of this article.

Honorable Mentions

The House with a Bazillion Lights

Our first honorable mention is located in a residential neighborhood of Livonia and has become a local favorite affectionately known as The House with a Bazillion Lights. For the first few years after purchasing the home in 1996, the…

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December 2022 is upon us and while we’re definitely seeing a bit of a slow down in the number of concerts and comedy shows here in Metro Detroit there are still some great options coming through the Motor City if you’re looking for a night on the town full of music and laughs!

97.9 Big Holiday Show

Little Caesars Arena
December 2

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Falling in Reverse / Escape the Fate / Fame on Fire

Saint Andrew’s Hall
December 2

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Disco Lines

El Club
December 2

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Ben Sharkey

Willis Show Bar
December 2

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Ali Gatie

The Fillmore
December 3

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Live,…

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Metro Detroit is an exciting oasis full of activities, events, and fantastic eats - and there seem to be wonderful new things and places coming to the area on a consistent basis. If these places aren’t on your radar yet, they are certainly worth a visit on your next night out!

 

Sweetgreen

167 N Old Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009

Fast food has a new look that is as welcome as it is fresh. In August of this year, Sweetgreen opened its doors to their first Michigan location in Birmingham, situated on the northwest corner of Old Woodward Ave and West Maple Road (15 Mile). While Sweetgreen is new to Michigan, the Birmingham location is actually their 170th location and they are expected to have two additional locations in Metro Detroit (Troy…

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‘Tis the season for holiday themed entertainment! Once again Metro Detroit delivers some of the best entertainment options around with some classic live, as well as some newer shows that the whole family will enjoy!

 


Whether you’re seeking to attend a Broadway hit, catch a holiday concert, or spend some time with the kids this holiday season, we have you covered on the events below. Let’s begin!
Les Misérables 
Fisher Theatre, Detroit
December 8 to January 8

Ok, unlike the rest of this list, Les Misérables isn’t exactly holiday themed, but it is a timeless Broadway musical production about love, courage & hope that we couldn’t help but include. Seen by 70 Million people over 44 countries and performed in 22 languages, Les Misérables is…

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Novi, Michigan is a wonderfully diverse city of Metro Detroit with approximately 24% of its population being of Asian descent, so it’s no surprise that it has some of the best Asian restaurants in the area.

 

Whether you’re craving hibachi, sushi, or traditional Asian fare, Novi provides some excellent, mouth watering options for both dining in or taking out to enjoy at home that should be on everyone’s bucket list.  
China Cafe Asian Bistro 

Located on the corner of 10 Mile and Novi Road is China Cafe Asian Bistro. A testament to the American dream, owner Kelly Chang grew up in South Korea and having such a passion for Asian cuisine, always dreamed of opening his own restaurant. In 1996, Kelly and his wife Susana, opened China Cafe,…

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Buying a new home should be a time of excitement and celebration of achievement, but it can also be a time full of questions and anxiety. Especially for first time home buyers. However, if you arm yourself with the knowledge of what to expect and how to plan ahead, you can alleviate that stress.

There are 10 main things that every buyer should be aware of when searching for a home. It’s important to remember that the average person or family lives in their home for 13 years, so the decisions you make today will affect you for years to come.

Bank Pre-Approval

First thing first, unless you have a large amount of cash on hand, before you purchase a new home you must get approved for a loan. This typically begins with getting a pre-approval…

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In a recent article, we covered Everything You Need to Know About Moving to Novi, Michigan, in which we gave a lot of info and stats on demographics, the low crime rates, employment, schools, etc. All of that info is definitely important to consider when moving to a new city, however, it doesn’t quite explain what it’s like to actually LIVE there.

 

In this article, we’re going to take a deeper look into Novi itself, along with some of the places to go and fun things to do. We’ll cover some of the local parks and share some info on what makes living in Novi, well… Novi!

 

LOCATION (Heading downtown)

Although we already touched on Novi’s location as far as proximity to downtown Detroit, DTW Airport, and Pine Knob, we wanted to dive a bit…

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As you probably know by now, Queen Elizabeth II sadly passed away on Sept 8, 2022 at 96 years old. At the time of her death she had held the throne for over 70 years, longer than any previous monarch to reign over the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms. She led an amazing life full of charity and grace. She also had some amazing places she called home.

To put into perspective just how long Queen Elizabeth’s reign was, she took the throne in 1952 just 7 years after World War II had ended, while Winston Churchill was still the Prime Minister of England. To cover 70+ years of accomplishments made by the Queen in this article would prove impossible, however as a real estate company, our curiosities were piqued in reviewing the primary…

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If you’re considering moving to the Metro Detroit area, there are a number of areas to choose from and not all cities may fit your needs. However, if you’re searching for a centrally located city that’s safe, diverse in culture and history, has fantastic schools, lots of parks, shopping and activities, you may want to consider the city of Novi!


Oh, you’ve never heard of Novi? It’s a good thing that we’re experts in Real Estate and very familiar with the ins-and-outs of the surrounding areas. And Novi just happens to be one of our favorites. Read on to learn more about what it looks like to move to this awesome city! 
HISTORY (What's in a name?)

Novi was first organized as a township in 1832 on land taken from Farmington Township, before…

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