$676,500 :: 4100 Ashton Drive, Auburn Hills MI, 48326

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4 beds, 4 baths
Home size: 2,321 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 09/30/17, Last Updated: 09/30/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 217081634
Community: Auburn Hills
Status: Active

This exceptionally spacious plan includes an inviting gallery foyer with a step ceiling. Guest bedroom and bath are located in the front of the home to enhance privacy. Central gathering room and kitchen feature a dramatic step ceiling and form the heart of the home for large gatherings Unique U-shaped kitchen. Formal dining room with a sliding glass doorwall leads to a covered deck overlooking the pond with fountain in the rear yard. Elegant owner’s suite is complete with a sunny bay window, walk-in closet and spa-like bath. Open concept loft offers optional flex space and a full bath The lower level is finished with an expansive recreation room, which includes a custom bar and a stone fireplace, plus an additional bedroom and bath. Community Clubhouse with Rec Space, Kitchen and exercise room. Also a heated pool and hot tub with outdoor fireplace.

Listed with Moceri Development Corp

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Ask the Expert: How Can Homeowners Ensure Preparedness?

Today’s Ask the Expert column features Buddy Stark, director of Operations for HomeTeam Inspection Service.

Q: What can homeowners do to ensure their home is well prepared and more energy-efficient throughout the coming months?

A: Fall officially begins this month and HomeTeam Inspection Service—the only national home inspection company to utilize a team of inspectors onsite—offers the following home maintenance tips.

Inspect the roof covering and flashing from the ground for indicators of wear, like missing, loose or cracked shingles or tiles. Water can seep into these areas and cause damage if left unattended. Contact a professional roofer for repair or a replacement evaluation if water intrusion is occurring or suspected.

Gutters and Downspouts
Gutters and downspouts are critical in protecting your home from water damage. Fall is one of the most important times to check your gutters and downspouts to ensure they’re not rusted, rotted, disconnected or full of debris.

Have a certified chimney sweep inspect and clean your chimney, fireplace and vents at least once per year, as recommended by the National Fire Protection Association. A do-it-yourself inspection for creosote buildup can be performed by wearing goggles and a basic disposable dust mask. Take a flashlight and your fireplace poker and scratch the black surface above the damper (smoke chamber). If the groove you scratch is paper thin, no cleaning is needed. If it’s 1/8 inch thick, schedule a cleaning. If you have 1/4 inch of creosote, don’t use the fireplace until it’s cleaned—a chimney fire could occur at any time.

Get your furnace cleaned and serviced by a professional before the heating season begins. Also, clean or replace your furnace filters as recommended throughout the year. Dirty filters restrict airflow and reduce efficiency.

Ensure that all supply and return vents aren’t blocked or closed, as this causes the return duct to pull in cold air from cracks in windows and doors. In addition, the warm air that’s still trying to push up through closed vents will either start to leak out ducts that aren’t sealed properly, or be forced back down into your basement or floor cavities.

Trees and Bushes
Trimming trees and bushes provides many advantages to your home’s exterior. Trim so that all leaves and limbs are at least three feet away from your house. This prevents them from hitting the sides of your house when it’s windy, decreasing the amount of leaves and debris that will end up in your gutters.

Windows and Doors
Cracks in the seals around windows and doors allow heated or cooled air to escape, which can cost you money. Caulking and weatherstripping can wear over time, so check the seals around your windows and doors. One of the easiest ways to diagnose this issue is to close the door or window and hold a lighted candle near the frame. If the flame flickers at any spot, you likely have an air leak. Replace or add caulk or weatherstripping where needed.

For more information, please visit www.hometeam.com.

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Park Inn by Radisson Kyiv Troyitska is now open

Park Inn by Radisson, the colorful and dynamic mid-scale hotel brand of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, announces the opening of the first Park Inn by Radisson Troyitska in Kyiv. This is Carlson Rezidor’s fourth hotel in Ukraine and third in Kyiv city. Situated in Kyiv center, a few steps from the National Olympic Stadium, the new Park Inn by Radisson Troyitska offers an international mid-scale hotel experience. The Olympic National Sports Complex and Olympic business center, other histor…

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$229,900 :: 28609 CAMPBELL DR, Warren MI, 48093

3 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 1,782 sq ft
Lot Size: 8,276 sq ft
Added: 09/28/17, Last Updated: 09/28/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21373788
Community: Warren (50023)
Tract: MIAMI SUB NO. 2
Status: Active

Beautiful new construction home built just minutes from the GM Tech Center, I-696, near by malls and shops. Don’t miss out on this quality built home just minutes from any and all amenities. Home is located on a beautiful corner lot in an existing sub with all the extras included. Custom built Lafata Cabinets, granite counter tops through out the home, 2 car attached garage, high efficiency A/C and furnace, maintenance free brick and vinyl exterior, pre-finished hard wood floors on first floor with a ceramic tile first floor laundry. Three Bedrooms on second floor; private master suite with walk in closet, and private master bath. Two more bedrooms on second floor and a spacious loft area. Hard wood rails with iron spindles line the staircase in the formal foyer. This home is perfect for a family starting out or a growing family that need room to grow!! Don’t miss out on this well built home!! Still some time to pick out some finishing touches in this home!!

Listed with Gallo Homes Inc

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Odd Things to Run in the Dishwasher

Move over, dinner plates! The dishwasher can actually be used to wash a myriad of strange items. Below is a good rundown. A quick bit of common sense: if suds-ing up something super greasy or grimy (like an old hubcap), don’t mix your eatery into the same load.

Rubber Boots and Flip Flops – Want to wash your favorite rubber footwear? Pop them in the dishwasher upside down.

Kitchen Sponges – Toss them into the silverware tray for a speedy sanitize!

House Keys – Ever wonder how filthy your house keys get over the years? So long as none of your keys have electric starters, pop the whole ring into the silverware tray.

Grill Rack – Is your grill rack covered in grease? Place it on the top tray and set the heat to high to get it gleaming again.

Hubcaps – Crazy, but true! Just add a cup of white vinegar to your detergent and hit start.

Nail Clippers – Pop these in the silverware tray and they’re good as new.

Tools – Get your favorite tools gleaming with a quick cycle in the washer.

Contact Lens Cases – The dishwasher is a great place to sanitize these every couple weeks or so.

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$429,900 :: 13561 BRAMPTON CRT, Shelby Township MI, 48315

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,141 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 09/27/17, Last Updated: 09/28/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21373346
Community: Shelby Twp (50007)
The price of this listing was last increased on 9/27/2017 by 0%
Status: Active

Lombardo Homes Proudly Presents: OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, October 1st 1-4pm. The Barclay one of our most popular floor plans boasting a stunning great room which elegantly flows into the nook and spacious gourmet kitchen. This beautiful 4 bedroom 2.5 bath colonial has a grand way of catering to your everyday needs including a spacious mud room and second floor laundry. Enjoy the amazing 2nd floor loft. The Barclay allows you to feel at home in luxury. Upstairs there are 4 Bedrooms, one of which is a private master suite with it’s own bathroom. Spacious closets, 3-car attached garage, full 8’10” basement and much more! Sod and Irrigation included for a complete, move-in ready home. October Occupancy. Photos of similar home may show upgraded features.

Listed with Lombardo Realty

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How to Make a Difference in Your Homeowner Association

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com:

Homeowner associations were created to provide a governing body for residential developments to make decisions regarding upkeep, appearance and finances. These agencies are usually composed of residents of the community. Periodic meetings are held to ensure that members of the communities are informed of issues related to them. You can make sure you have an impact on your homeowner association decisions if you keep these tips in mind.

Attend Meetings and Encourage Others to Attend
Many of the problems found in homeowner associations result from lack of participation by residents and their failure to hold the boards accountable for their actions. This problem can lead to laxity in managing finances, creating rules that are unnecessarily restrictive and allowing domination of decisions by the most vocal homeowners in the development. Anyone who has a public administration master’s degree knows how important public input is to the outcome of these decisions. If you attend meetings regularly, you will know what matters are under discussion and can provide oversight to any decisions that are made.

Know the Limits of Homeowner Association Laws
Although homeowner associations have broad authority to organize communities, they are still subject to a larger body of laws that affect privacy, ownership of property and discrimination. Familiarize yourself with the homeowner association laws in your state, so you can help to prevent frivolous rules that negatively affect the experience of residents living in the community, which could affect the desirability of the development in the real estate market.

Educate Others on Financial Matters
Homeowner associations must produce a budget for the members of the development on an annual basis. These budgets allow the residents to understand where their association dues are being spent and whether or not sufficient reserve funds are being held for large projects to maintain the community. Research how to read these budgets and educate neighbors on the individual entries to ensure that your community has funds on hand for emergencies and other necessary projects.

Have Documentation About Problems and Solutions in Other Developments
Homeowners can make a real impact with their board members if they have specific information about how other developments have resolved their issues to stabilize their communities. In many cases, this information is available in local or community papers; however, you can also talk to board members of the developments to get a sense of the issues involved and the best ways to manage them.
Homeowner associations exist to ensure that communities are well run and able to handle financial and other responsibilities. These associations function best when those that make the decisions have regular input from the residents of the community. In this way, accountability is always ensured, and the impact of the decisions made on individuals in the community can be considered.

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$437,174 :: 47007 HIDDEN CREEK CRT, Canton MI, 48187

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4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 2,900 sq ft
Lot Size: 0 sq ft
Added: 12/24/16, Last Updated: 09/27/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21247232
Community: Canton Twp (82071)
Status: Sold


Listed with Evergreen Realty LLC

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Your Fall Produce Guide

Do you like to eat locally? While the summer has an abundance of fresh produce for you to grab at your local farmer’s market, as fall hits, many wonder what local produce is still available. Below are the top five things to eat this autumn, available in most regions in the country.

Apples! All hail fall, the season of apples! From apple pie to applesauce, apple slaw and more, there are hundreds of ways to enjoy this crispy sweet (or tart!) treat. Look for local apples in your grocery store or drive up to a nearby farm to pick yourself.

Broccoli. Although it does grow in the warmer months, broccoli lingers into the fall. Roast up some spears with garlic and olive oil, or pull out your wok for a quick stir-fry.

Blackberries. Most of us think of summer as the season for berries, but blackberries are available in some regions well into the early fall. Great for pies, smoothies, muffins and fruit salads, these juicy berries are packed with antioxidants—great for fighting colds as the “sick” season approaches.

Cabbage. Stuffed cabbage, baked cabbage, stewed cabbage, coleslaw! This cruciferous veggie is very versatile, and extremely inexpensive. Grab a head or four and get to munching.

Cauliflower. Many mistake cauliflower as being void of nutrients due to its pale coloring, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Packed with vitamins, this veggie is great raw, steamed or baked. Some are even getting creative by making cauliflower “rice” and pizza crusts. Hit up Google for some innovative cauliflower recipes.

Zoe Eisenberg is RISMedia’s senior content editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at zoe@rismedia.com.

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$645,000 :: 315 MAXWELL NEW CONSTRUCTION AVE, Royal Oak MI, 48067

4 beds, 3 baths
Home size: 3,000 sq ft
Lot Size: 5,662 sq ft
Added: 09/25/17, Last Updated: 09/26/17
Property Type: Single Family
MLS Number: 21372519
Community: Royal Oak (63251)
Status: Active

ALEXANDER BUILDING Co. presents another beautifully crafted colonial style home that is located on the last un-developed corner with all new custom homes adjacent. This beautiful home includes 3rd floor bonus room, 9 ft first floor ceilings, large entry foyer, formal dining room, open first floor plan, site finished oak hardwood floors, custom all-wood cabinets, stainless steel Frigidaire Gallery appliances, custom arts and craft style trim and door casings, ceramic tile kitchen backsplash running up to ceiling along stainless steel hood range, gas fireplace with marble tile surround, large mud room with custom lockers and 2nd floor laundry. Master Suite includes: Duel separate vanities, spacious shower, separate toilet room.Builder/Broker owned.

Listed with Alexander Real Estate Services LLC

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