Milford, MI Real Estate News

By Norm Werner, Helping the first time and every time
(Real Estate One)
  This is as much a follow up to my last post about MIlford and the Boo Bash as anything. Last night was Halloween night. Even though it was cold and occasionally drizzly we had tons of kids come bye. I ended up with one box of Milk Duds left, after going through 7 bags of candy. That's just another great thing about Milford. The layout and population density of the Village and several of it's major subs encourages Trick or Treating. Lots of kids from the Township and surrounding areas are brought in by their parents for the evening; and, that's a good thing - the more the merrieer. Another thing that we see every Hallowen is a number of parents who dress up too and accompany their children. No, they don't actually come to the door and ask for candy. They're just out there, having fun a...
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By Norm Werner, Helping the first time and every time
(Real Estate One)
I’ll bet that not even in the mythical Mayberry did they have a Boo Bash like we did last Saturday night in Milford. This annual event has become a real favorite with families that have small children. The downtown is closed off and all of the merchants sit in their doorways giving out candy to the kids in their Halloween outfits as they pass by. It’s just too cute and now draws quite a crowd to the downtown.     Next up for the downtown is the Big Reveal – the unveiling of the downtown stores annual Christmas displays. Store windows will be covered with holiday wrapping paper soon as the merchants put together special window displays for the holidays. Then, on November 15th at 6:30 pm kids are invited to help the merchants reveal their windows by ripping down the paper. The downtown wi...
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By Norm Werner, Helping the first time and every time
(Real Estate One)
  you’ve visited the Pettibone Creek Powerhouse   The Pettibone Creek Powerhouse  is perhaps the only venue in the Village of Milford that’s harder to get to see than the Museum, so persistence isi n order. The museum is open two days a week for about 8 months of the year, but the Powerhouse is currently only open on special events and about 10-12 times total all year long. Hopefully that will change in the not too distant future and the Powerhouse will become more available for the citizens of the Village.   The Pettibone Creek Powerhouse is located in the north side of Central park, between the baseball field and the upper level parking lot. You can park in the upper lot and walk over or you can get to it off West Liberty St (which runs east and west off Cabinet St) and park in front ...
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By Norm Werner, Helping the first time and every time
(Real Estate One)
I have a section on my Move to Milford web site that is dedicated to giving referrals to local businesses. Why should you care? Well, lots of people who might be moving into the area (hence the name) might not know who to call for a plumbing problem or what is a good bank or credit union or where to go to get their hair done. Let’s face it, when you move to a new area you don’t know anybody or anything about the area. It’s like starting over again. Maybe you’ll have a helpful and friendly neighbor to advise you on a few things; but, for the most part you’re on your own. I’d like to think that my Move To Milford web site can provide you with some help. I don’t have recommendations for everything that you might need. But I do have quite a few categories to look at and the locals who are h...
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By Norm Werner, Helping the first time and every time
(Real Estate One)
The Milford Times had a big headline in the paper this week announcing that two of our family-oriented restaurants closed recently – Klancy’s and The Villa. Klancy’s was a typical. American family diner that featured comfort food and The Villa was a classic Greek Coney Island. Of course there was the immediate reaction by some that “there are too many restaurants in Milford.” I’m not sure that I buy that excuse. I just don’t think those two places offered what enough people want these days. There was certainly more, direct competition within the Coney Island genre for The Villa.  Demetries  Coney Island has been a Milford fixture in the Prospect Hill Mall for decades and the new Americus Coney & Grill was literally just across the street from The Villa. Both have strong followings. As M...
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By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
(Real Estate One)
    So what is Metro Detroit really like?  That  question is sure to be on many people's mind when they move to Metro Detroit.  Metro Detroit is a great place to live.  Unfortunately like all news stations, national news about Detroit is about the City of Detroit .  The city of Detroit proper has many problems.  Political corruption, poor schools, mediocre city services, high crime, high unemployment, and a large population on the public payroll.  The city of Detroit is slowly dying and it makes for great news.  There is always a shooting or some sort of trouble going on that newscasters can exploit.   But that is not what the suburbs of Detroit are like.  So many of  Metro Detroit ’s suburbs are safe and have low crime rates.  Some of the citiy’s school systems rank in the top 5% of th...
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By Norm Werner, Helping the first time and every time
(Real Estate One)
  gone on the Home Tour. The 36th annual Milford Home Tour is Saturday and Sunday this weekend, so this’ll be my last post about it until next year. The Milford Home Tour is organized and run by the Milford Historical Society and gives visitors a chance to go through five of our nice historic homes each year. You also get to read about the history and background of each house in a special Home Tour supplement that the Milford Times publishes. It’s a fun way to spend a day in Milford. The homes are open from 11 am until 5 pm both days. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and may be purchased at the Museum or at any of the houses (look for the signs to the houses).   In addition to the 5 homes that are on the tour, the ticket is good to get you in several other venues on those ...
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By Norm Werner, Helping the first time and every time
(Real Estate One)
I took a look back at the last three years’ worth of sales data that I’ve collected for the Milford market for the month of August. Several things jump out. Distressed sales have fallen dramatically. The size and prices of houses that are selling have greatly increased. The SEV multiplier that people are getting for homes now has dramatically increased. And the sales price per square foot has increased quite a bit. We are now back over $100 per square foot, after languishing well below that value for the last few years.   2012 August   Percent Distressed Sales - 5%     Listed Price Sold Price % sold/list SEV value  SEV factor Days on Market Sq. Ft. $/SF listed $/SF Sold Ave $279,530 $274,977 98 $111,965 2.4540 69 2,387 $119 $125 Med $244,900 $245,500 97 $104,525 2.4855 49 2,153 $108 $10...
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By Norm Werner, Helping the first time and every time
(Real Estate One)
  Time to collect and comment on a few bits and pieces…   The 36th Annual Milford Home Tour is just a week away – next Saturday and Sunday. You can buy tickets at any of the houses, but tickets are also available ahead of time at several downtown Milford stores – Main Street Art, Acorn Farm and Your Nesting Place, as well as at the Milford Historical Museum (open Wednesday from 1 – 4 pm). Tickets are $15 ($13 for seniors). Make sure that you leave time to also see the Museum, the log cabin (on Huron St next to the firehouse) and the Pettibone Creek Powerhouse. There will be a map to all locations in the special Milford Times supplement that will be given with each ticket. Also plan on having lunch in Milford at one of our sponsor or support restaurants – Palate, Fresco Pizza, TequilaRit...
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By Norm Werner, Helping the first time and every time
(Real Estate One)
Visited the Milford Feed Store. Yes, Milford has a Feed Store; it’s actually called the Milford Feed Company and it is tucked away at the end of Houghton St (south off Atlantic), just before you’d reach the river. It actually looks like a place that would be called The Feed Store and has a barn out back, too.   In the past almost every small town and village in America had a feed store, especially the towns that were oriented around agriculture, as Milford was originally. In many cases the feed store was associated with the local grain elevator. Feed stores didn’t start out to be pet food stores, either; they were the places where you could get feed for the livestock on the farm. You can still do that at the Milford Feed Store, in addition to getting lots of different and mostly all nat...
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By Norm Werner, Helping the first time and every time
(Real Estate One)
You’ve seen the waterfalls of Milford. Yes the plural is correct. There are at least two waterfalls in the Village of Milford. The most obvious and best known waterfall is now called the Mill Valley Falls, which is located behind the Mill Valley Strip Mall on Main street right where it branches off into Main street to the north and N. Milford Rd to the northwest (at the Flatiron Building with the waterwheel and geese statue). Thousands of cars a day pass by the Upper Mill Pond just north of the Mill Valley complex and see the Upper Mill Pond. I’m sure that they wonder where the water goes. They can actually see the top of the falls at the south end of the pond as they pass by; however, I wonder how many have actually seen the falls. It is now quite beautiful, due to the efforts of the M...
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By Norm Werner, Helping the first time and every time
(Real Estate One)
  There are lots of things to do this weekend in the Milford area; however, only one is a must see spectator event – The Milford Crit. Milford is fortunate to be hosting its fourth Criterium on the streets downtown and through Central Park. Criteriums (Crits for short) are high speed bike races that are usually held on relatively short tracks in urban settings. Crits are very big in Europe and are gaining favor here, since they give the spectators more of a chance to see the riders and the race progressing than longer road courses. They also allow the spectators to walk the course and see the race from various different views. The Milford Crit course is .92 miles and laid out along the entire downtown area – to see the course map, click here. Crits involve high speed s and the occasiona...
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By Norm Werner, Helping the first time and every time
(Real Estate One)
There are 11 events or opportunities to do something in the Milford/Highland, Michigan area between now and Sunday night. If you’re an active, outdoors type there is the family Olympics in Highland and Stand Up Board races Saturday and canoe and kayak races in Kensington Park on Sunday, also Sunday there’re 5K runs and walks in Highland. For sports spectators, there’ the Milford Crit bicycle races onthe streets of Milford on Sunday. High speed bike racing through the streets of Milford provide lots of thrills and the occasional spills. For music lovers there’s the Concert in the Park tonight in Central Park and Friday Night Live at the Center St Pavilion. There are also programs with bugs and snakes for the kids out at Kensington. Find out the times and other information for all of thes...
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By Norm Werner, Helping the first time and every time
(Real Estate One)
This article originally was written for my July-August Newsletter, which I print and send out to abourt 350 past customers and people whom I’ve met one way or another in my real estate career. Although lots of people like to read blogs on-line many of my Newsletter readers tell me they prefer to have a paper newsletter that they can put on the nightstand and read a little at a time. We are fortunate to live in a house with porches. I have a big, wrap-around porch on the front of the house and a smaller “sun porch” on the back side. My historic home was built in 1885, but the porches were likely added later. There was a time when sitting out on your front porch and watching people go by was considered a nice pastime, especially on lazy summer afternoons. As a society, we’ve sort of lost ...
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By Norm Werner, Helping the first time and every time
(Real Estate One)
The Granny’s Attic Sale that the Milford Historical Society (MHS) held last Friday and Saturday was a big success. We sold lots of stuff; however, we also had lots of stuff left over and actually had more donations coming in each day. So, we’ve decided to have a Granny’s Garage Sale during the Friday and Saturday of the upcoming Milford Memories Festival. The sale will be on the front lawn of the Milford Historical Museum again. The times will probably be about the same as last weekend 9 am until 4 pm each day; but check in at the Milford Historical Web site – www.milfordhistory.org  - as we get closer to Milford Memories for details and the times of the sale. Proceeds from the sales go to support the mission of the MHS.   The recent Summer Palooza on Main St was a miniature dress rehea...
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By Christina Ehli, RE/MAX Platinum Brighton MI Real Estate Agent
(RE/MAX Platinum - Brighton, Michigan)
Boulder Hills Sub is located in downtown Milford, Michigan, aka the Village of Milford, county of Oakland.The Boulder Hills Sub is approx. one-half mile from the shops and restaurants off Main Street all via sidewalks.The subdivision is comprised of 17 similar newer built homes. They were built from  2003 to 2010.  You will appreciate ease of maintenance of lawn and exterior.  Sidewalks are in the sub and the houses are located on only one street - Turnberry Ct - that ends in a cul-de-sac.The homes range in size from approx. 1800 sq ft to 2200 sq ft.  The home styles are Colonials and Cape Cods which have a 1st Floor Master Bedroom.  They are 3 or 4 bedroom homes and usually have 2.5 to 3.5 bathrooms, hardwood floors and upgraded kitchens.To see homes for currently sale in the Boulder H...
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By Norm Werner, Helping the first time and every time
(Real Estate One)
The Milford Historical Museum is now open for our 36th season. In honor of our opening the Historical Society will be hosting an open house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 19th. This family friendly event will allow guests to visit our museum and see display's depicting Milford over the years. We will also be holding demonstrations inside and outside the museum. On our front lawn you will be able to see candle dipping, woodworking, yarn spinner, basket weaving, and blacksmith demonstrations thru out the day. A tent will be set up allowing visitors to see how Civil war soldiers lived during the war. Visitors will see demonstrations on candle dipping, wood working, and a blacksmith. Also on hand will be the Huron Valley Numismatic Club that will be able to answer questions from co...
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By Norm Werner, Helping the first time and every time
(Real Estate One)
I just posted the first sales number for May for the townships that I track in SE Michigan - Milford, Highland, White Lake, Commerce, Lyon, and West Bloomfield in Oakland County and Green Oak, Brighton and Hartland in Livingston County. Keep up with what's going on in the market. Reports include the Y-T-D numbers for those areas, too; as well as sales history for them going back 3 years or more. Check it out at http://www.movetomilford.com You can also stay up to date on what's going on in the Milford-Highland area with the upcoming events calendar that I maintain there.  
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By Norm Werner, Helping the first time and every time
(Real Estate One)
  Monday the South Town Market opened at 211 S. Main St in Milford, Michigan and its opening is significant for several reasons. First, it is a new business in what is referred to as "South Milford" the business district that is south of the Huron River. Ironically this are was the original business district for the Village of Milford, before the district shifted primarily to the north side of the river sometime in the mid 1800s. In the second place it opened in the building that used to house the old Colonial Motors, which was a Milford institution for many many years; but, which failed in the recent recession, leaving a big empty space in South Milford. Third, it is the entrepreneurial brainchild of Lisa Detkowski and her husband and houses a bunch of independent small merchants, giv...
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By Norm Werner, Helping the first time and every time
(Real Estate One)
It's feels like the market is comng back in the Milford, Michigan market area and there are statstics to prove that. When I recently went to the Altos Research site to look at the charts that they create for the markets that they track, I got the following chart for median home sale values and inventory for Milford Township and Village combined - It's pretty easy to see that there is good news and bad news in this chart and that perhaps one is actually causing the other. The bad news is that inventory has fallen off a cliff. People just aren't listing right now, mainly because so many are so far underwater on their mortgages. As a result, there's good news - median home prices for homes that have sold are soaring. It's a classic supply and demand situation. The demand for homes in the M...
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