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June
27

Midland is a city full of possibilities. Here's why you should plan a move this year.

If you're planning a move, you should consider making Midland, MI your new home. The city has plenty of amenities that are normally associated with larger cities but has retained its smaller town charm.

Our REALTORS® share the following reasons why you should move to Midland:

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May
31

Looking for a special dining experience? Make a reservation at these Midland restaurants.

Relaxing or celebrating over a delicious meal and nice glass of wine is a definite treat and pleasure that's worth making time for. Fortunately, Midland, MI has plenty of restaurants that fit the bill and are worth a visit.

Our REALTORS® suggest the following places in Midland to enjoy stellar wine and food:

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April
11

Looking for the perfect course to practice your golf swing? Here are the local country clubs and courses you should try out.

April 10th is recognized as Golfer's Day, so whether you're a newbie or a seasoned golfer, head out to one of Midland's beautiful courses to play a round. The area has a good mix of public and private courses so you're free to join a country club if you'd like or simply try some of the area's public fairways.

Our REALTORS® recommend visiting the following local courses and country clubs to refine your golf game:

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December
27

Chilly weather may be rolling in, but you can warm up to these classic American dishes from Midland local restaurants.

When the weather's cold, treating yourself to American fare like a burger, bowl of homemade soup, or tasty sandwich hits the spot. A variety of Midland restaurants — with food ranging from simple but delicious to more elevated flavors — are available for you to choose from. 
  
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November
9

Coffee Shops for Espresso Day - Ayre/Rhinehart, REALTORS

Our REALTORS® are always on the go, so they understand how important that morning cup of coffee really is! Luckily, there are plenty of amazing cafes and coffee shops in the Midland area. 

National Espresso Day is coming up soon, so now is a great time to start exploring some of your options! Whether you prefer to relax and enjoy your latte while catching up with friends or you want to grab a quick cup of java while you're out exploring Midland homes for sale, we've got the perfect solution for you. Here are five of our favorite places to get that much-needed caffeine fix. 

  1. The Coffee Grounds Shoppe: 4951 Eastman Ave, Midland, MI 48640
    A great place to relax and socialize, The Coffee Grounds Shoppe has some of the tastiest coffee in Midland. If you're in a hurry, you'll also love their convenient drive-thru option. Make sure you pair your coffee drink with a delicious baked treat. From pumpkin muffins to pound cakes and scones, these desserts are always well worth the indulgence.

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October
26

Dessert Around Midland, MI - Ayre/Rhinehart, REALTORS®

Dessert is something everyone – from children to adults – loves. And whether you prefer a traditional treat or one that's a little more exotic, Midland has many places to indulge your craving for dessert.

Our REALTORS® suggest treating yourself to the following dessert shops around Midland:

  1. Heather 'n Holly – 228 E. Main St., Midland MI 48640 
    Located downtown near Midland homes for sale, Heather 'n Holly offers a huge variety of sweet treats in a charmingly old-fashioned setting. The shop's sweet and salty caramel corn is a customer favorite, and you can also choose from a huge variety of handmade chocolates. Over 10 flavors of fudge are available, each handmade with real cream and butter. If you can't decide what to try, Heather 'n Holly offers free samples. And before you leave, check out the candy section, where you'll find childhood favorites like Astro Pops and Sugar Babies.

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September
8

Apple Picking in Midland, MI - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS®

Apple picking is a fall tradition in the Midland MI area, and we're lucky to have several orchards that offer the chance to pick your own. Many also offer extras such as apple cider or apple baked goods, so you're sure to have fun and leave with a full stomach!

Our REALTORS® suggest making a visit to some of the following orchards and also offer some tips to try when you go:

Orchards and Other Destinations to Visit

  • Apple Blossom Orchard – 2581 Wilder Rd., Midland MI 48642
    For a taste of fall, visit Apple Blossom Orchard, located near Midland homes for sale. The orchard's motto is "the core to good eating." From September to November, you'll find 23 varieties of apples, along with many treats including cinnamon-apple doughnuts, fresh-pressed cider, and the orchard's award-winning caramel apples. The atmosphere is friendly and down-home, as owners Bill and Pat Kuehne love to stop and chat and make new friends over a cup of coffee and delicious apple treat.

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August
10

Restaurants for Waffles - Ayre/Rhinehart, REALTORS®

Waffles are a staple of brunch menus and buffets, but their humble origins date back to ancient Greece, where flatcakes were cooked between hot metal plates. While the waffle's classic grid shape first appeared in the 15th century, it was popularized with the invention of the waffle iron in 1869.

Our REALTORS® love waffles because they lend themselves to both sweet and savory variations. Head to one of these great restaurants around Midland on Monday, August 24 to celebrate National Waffle Day.

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September
21

Restaurants for Steak - Midland, MI - Ayre/Rhinehart, REALTORS®

If you love a thick, juicy slice of prime rib, you're in luck! There are many excellent steak restaurants around Midland homes for sale with prime rib specials. Here are a few of our favorites. 

  • Lucky's Steakhouse: 830 Joe Mann Blvd., Midland, MI 48642
    With reasonable prices, large portions, and a friendly staff, it's no surprise that Lucky's Steakhouse is a local favorite. The menu features a variety of steaks, seafood, burgers, and specialty entrees. The slow-roasted USDA prime rib is one of their most popular menu options. Whichever size you choose, make sure you save room for dessert. They have plenty of mouth-watering choices like New York cheesecake, key lime pie, and carrot cake topped with cream cheese frosting.

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June
22

Patio Seating - Midland, MI - Ayre/Rhinehart, REALTORS®

What's better than someone else doing the cooking? How about dining outdoors, enjoying the seasonal delights of a Michigan summer? When our REALTORS® want a break, they head for these great restaurants around Midland with comfortable patio seating.

  • Gratzi - 120 E. Main St., Midland, MI 48640
    Whether you're planning a romantic dinner for two or a family outing, Gratzi fits the bill. The menu features a contemporary spin on Italian classics such as chicken Parmesan, veal scallopini and papardelle with Bolognese sauce. Fettuccine Alfredo is served tableside, where it's tossed inside a half-wheel of Parmesan cheese. Pizza is prepared Neapolitan-style in a traditional brick oven. Complete your meal with a glass or bottle chosen from the extensive wine list. Gratzi is open 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday, when hours are extended to 10 p.m. Reservations are accepted.

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June
1

Midland, MI Landmarks - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS®

Now more than ever, our REALTORS® are always excited about all the great outdoor attractions in and around Midland, MI. For anyone who needs an opportunity to get outside and enjoy some alone time in a scenic setting, these Midland area landmarks and attractions are great places to check out on a Sunday drive in Midland County. 

  • The Tridge - 101 Golfside Drive, Midland, MI 48640
    A unique three-legged footbridge in Chippewassee Park, the structure formally known as the Tridge is one of the most iconic and immediately recognizable landmarks in the Midland area. The bridge consists of a 31-foot central pillar supporting three spokes, each of which connects to a different shore at the confluence of the Chippewa and Tittabawassee Rivers. You can walk across the bridge from Chippewassee Park to the Midland Farmers Market. The Tridge also marks the beginning of two of the region's best hiking trails—the Chippewa Nature Trail and the Pere Marquette Rail Trail.

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March
9

Sports Bars - Midland, MI - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS®

How popular is college basketball's championship tournament? According to ESPN, approximately 70 million brackets are filled out each year, while MSN estimates that 60 percent of office workers participate in at least one pool.

This year, leave work behind and fill out your bracket at one of these fun sports bars around Midland recommended by our REALTORS®.

  • 2nd Street Sports Pub - 274 Meyers St., Freeland, MI 48623
    2nd Street Sports Pub is conveniently located in the city center, right down the street from Freeland homes for sale. With plenty of large tables, 2nd Street easily accommodates the entire family or your whole gang of friends. New items are periodically added to the menu, but customers love favorites such as the signature baked pub pasta, loaded with pepperoni, roasted peppers and onions, Italian sausage, and blended cheeses. Hours at 2nd Street are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily except Sunday, when doors open at noon.

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February
17

Florists - Midland, MI - Ayre/Rhinehart, REALTORS

You may not realize it, but there are many reasons why it pays to know a great florist. A beautiful bouquet of flowers is the perfect way to say "I love you," "I'm Sorry," or "'Get Well Soon." Floral arrangements also make excellent birthday, hostess, or housewarming gifts. 

A vase of fresh flowers can go a long way toward making your home look warm and inviting. In fact, our REALTORS® often use fresh flowers to make homes more appealing to potential buyers. With so many great Midland Homes for Sale, small touches like this can make a big difference. 

National Floral Design Day is coming up on February 28, so now is a great time to visit some of the area's best florists. Here are a few you might want to check out.

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January
6

Midland, MI Salons & Spas - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS

Want to relieve stress or brighten a dreary winter day? Pampering at a day spa is the perfect solution. Here are some great spas around Midland where our REALTORS® love to unwind after a busy week.

  1. U Spa Salon & More - 134 S. Main St., Ste. 2, Freeland 48623
    Feel refreshed from head to toe after a visit to U Spa Salon & More, just minutes from Freeland homes for sale. In addition to hairstylists, extensively trained technicians who specialize in hair color are available if you want to try a different look. U Spa uses SkinCeuticals skin care products, which are scientifically formulated with antioxidants to promote healthy skin. Hours are 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday.

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December
2

Midland Holiday Events - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS

No matter how hectic life gets, the holidays are a time to share good cheer and make memories with family and friends. Mark your calendar for these festive holiday events around Midland suggested by our REALTORS®.

  • Fantasy of Lights Parade - 500 W. Midland Road, Auburn 48611
    What's a holiday without a parade? Show your seasonal spirit at Auburn's third annual Fantasy of Lights Parade on Saturday, December 14. Get a group of family, friends, or co-workers to dress up a car or float or simply walk along the parade route, not far from Auburn homes for sale. This year's theme is "Rudolph Kisses and Candy Cane Wishes," so dress and decorate accordingly. Stay afterward for the tree-lighting ceremony. Participants are requested to make a donation to the Toni and Trish House, which provides care for the terminally ill. Line-up begins at 4:30 p.m. for a 6 p.m. parade start.

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November
25

Holiday Shop Local in Midland - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS

Holiday shopping can be one of the best parts of the season. Finding that perfect gift is so satisfying! Small Business Saturday is an excellent opportunity to find your favorite local shops. Shopping local can provide an opportunity to find truly unique items with local flair. The kinds of gifts everyone on your list will appreciate. You'll also be supporting the community and local economy. Try one of these shops right around the corner from Midland homes for sale to find the perfect gift, décor item, or whatever you need for those special people on your list.  

  1. Little Forks Outfitters, 43 E. Main St., Midland, MI 48640
    For outdoor enthusiasts, Little Forks Outfitters is the place to go. Outdoor activities abound here in Michigan, and the right clothing and gear are essential. Whether your activities include fishing, hiking, or just exploring, a gift from here will surely be appreciated.

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September
23

Chippewa Nature Center in Midland, MI - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS®

Few states offer a wealth of outdoor resources that can match Michigan's. Some of the most spectacular landscapes in the state are just a short drive from Midland Homes for Sale, including one of our favorites, Chippewa Nature Center.

Encompassing more than 1,300 acres, Chippewa Nature Center is one of the greatest destinations in Michigan for outdoor adventure. Join our REALTORS® this fall to explore some of the amazing opportunities offered by this spectacular wild attraction. 

Explore the Outdoors in Midland, Michigan

Chippewa Nature Center was founded by the Midland Nature Club in 1966 and has only grown in the decades since. From its humble beginnings as a 198-acre parcel of land along the Chippewa River, the Nature Center has expanded to include 1,348 acres of forests, rivers, and wetlands. It's one of the greatest destinations in the Midland area for hiking, bird watching, and a host of other outdoorsy pursuits. 

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September
9

Midland Restaurants for Pancakes - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS®

If you are particularly fond of pancakes, you probably already know that they have been a breakfast favorite around the world for generations. What you may not know is that, here in the U.S., they have their own day designated to celebrate their deliciousness; National Pancake Day. It falls on September 26th every year, and that's right around the corner.

Of course, the best way to celebrate the day is by sitting down to enjoy a stack of great pancakes. But what if you'll be away from home—and your favorite pancake spot—shopping Midland Homes for Sale on the big day? No worries, we've got you covered. Here's where to order a stack in Midland on National Pancake Day:

  • Stackers Grill, 4312 N. Saginaw Road, Midland
    A very popular Midland spot for breakfast, Stackers Grill is a great place to celebrate National Pancake Day. You can sit down to a full stack of their famous pancakes, which consists of four fluffy buttermilk pancakes, or a short stack, which is two pancakes. For a special treat on the big day, you can sweeten that stack by having Stackers top them with blueberries or chocolate chips.

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August
5

Midland, MI Dog Groomers - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS

Temperatures in Midland are warming up, and our furry friends need to beat the heat, too! Grooming your dog can help keep him feeling cool and looking cute, but it's important that you use a groomer you can trust. 

Our REALTORS® have the inside scoop on the best local service providers, and we love connecting new residents with the professionals they need. If you haven't yet found your favorite dog groomer, you're in the right place. Check out these seven grooming pros so you can decide which one is right for you.

  1. Howl-a-Day Resort: 1101 E. Prairie Road, Midland, MI 48640
    A true full-service facility, Howl-a-Day Resort offers grooming, boarding, pet sitting, transport, and even a free monthly doggie playgroup! Whether your dog needs or full grooming or just a bath or nail trim he'll be in good hands with the pros a Howl-a-Day. 

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July
8

National French Fry Day Around Midland - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS

Yay, it's almost time for National French Fry Day! Whether you like classic fries with ketchup or poutine with tons of toppings, there are so many different ways to enjoy this savory treat. Our REALTORS® have the inside track on the best places to go for fries around Midland and offer some fun (and tasty!) recommendations for fried tater lovers to celebrate National French Fry Day July 13th.

  1. Midland Burger Company - Midland Mall Food Court, Downtown Midland, and food truck
    Nothing could be more quintessentially American than a burger and fries, right? This farm-to-table restaurant and food truck serves fresh, locally-sourced fare that's made with love. Not only will their grass-fed beef burger and crispy fresh-cut-fries have your mouth watering, but they also offer a variety of unique house-made dipping sauces to add even more excitement to your meal. The garlic herb aioli is a local fave. if you're in the mood for something spicy, try the hoisin chili ketchup or poblano chili aioli.

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June
18

Congrats to Midland for winning third place!

 

"Midland has been ranked as the third most dynamic metropolitan city in the country, coming in just behind Midland, Texas, and San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California.

On Monday, the Arkansas-based Walton Family Foundation released "The Most Dynamic Metropolitans" report which ranked the economic performance of 379 metropolitan areas in the country." 

For the full article in the Midland Daily News, please visit this link:

https://www.ourmidland.com/news/article/Study-Midland-third-most-dynamic-city-nbsp-in-13980164.php

Ayre/Rhinehart Realtors, 989-631-7000.

June
10

Father's Day Destinations 2019 - Ayre/Rhinehart

While Moms are often thrilled with a lovely brunch and a heartfelt card, impressing the important men in your life on Father's day requires a bit more creativity.

Whether you're still exploring Midland Homes for Sale or you've lived here all your life, you might feel at a loss when it comes to thinking of fun things to do this Father's day. No worries! Our REALTORS® have done the hard work for you. Check out this list of great ideas and start making your plans today. 

  1. Hit the Driving Range at Mid-Michigan Golf Center: 1011 Commerce Drive, Midland, MI 48640
    If golf is more your Dad's style, take him out to hit the driving range at the Mid-Michigan Golf Center. This 25-acre outdoor range has 125 spots, so there's plenty of room for everyone, even on busy days like Father's Day.

    With half-priced buckets available for kids aged 9 to 17 and free buckets for those under eight, you can feel free to bring the whole family. The range is open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Sundays, giving you plenty of time to squeeze in some play-time for Dad.

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May
13

Pizza Party Day-Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS®

National Pizza Party Day is coming up, a day dedicated to celebrating the qualities of good pizza. National Pizza Party Day happens every year on the third Friday in May, and millions of Americans honor the day by getting together to enjoy a pizza party their best local pizza places. The big day falls on May 17th this year, and if you're a pizza lover, you'll certainly want to celebrate. Of course, if you're new in town or are just starting to shop Midland Homes for Sale, you probably don't have a favorite local pizza place just yet, but we can help you find one.

Here are some great places to get pizza in Midland:

  • Gratzi - 120 E. Main St., Midland
    An upscale Italian restaurant, Gratzi makes everything from scratch, including its delicious pizzas. It offers four signature pizzas, each made with high-quality, unique ingredients, including heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, prime beef meatballs, charred scallions, and much more. This lovely eatery is sure to provide a tasty and unique experience to those celebrating National Pizza Party Day.

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April
8

Midland Center for the Arts - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS®

One of the more common questions tossed out to our REALTORS® by prospective buyers new to the Midland area is, "What is there to do around here?" To which our capable agents often answer, the Midland Center for the Arts always has something entertaining to offer.

About Midland Center for the Arts

Combine two museums, studio space, two performance venues, and lecture halls, and you still wouldn't encompass all that Midland Center for the Arts holds. Community choirs rub shoulders with Broadway touring stars. Children learn about art, emotion, and expression from world-class artists. Midland residents flock to music, drama, dance, and more. 

If your search for Midland homes for sale leaves you feeling a bit depleted, you can recharge your creative batteries with a delightful evening or afternoon at the Midland Center for the Arts. 

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March
11

Greater Midland Community Center - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS

Is staying active a priority for you and your family? Community centers make it more convenient to play, work out, and participate in sports as a family, and Midland residents have access to one of the most impressive facilities around. The Greater Midland Community Center is open to members and non-members alike, offering year-round access to pools, athletic courts, child care services, and world-class tennis and curling centers.

As you look for Midland homes for sale, don't forget to research your recreational options too. Joining one of our local community centers will keep you connected to your new hometown and committed to your wellness, and your kids will have a year-round place to play. Here are some of the perks you'll enjoy as a member or drop-in visitor of the Greater Midland Community Center:

Amenities

Ready to start swimming, lifting, or participating in an adult athletic league? Need a babysitter while you play tennis, or a youth league to keep the kids busy after school? Join the Greater Midland Community Center for access to dozens of state-of-the-art amenities, including two indoor pools, a weight room, fitness room, and rock climbing wall, and courts for basketball, squash, volleyball, badminton, racquetball, ping pong, wallyball, and more.

Of course, younger members have plenty of places to work out too. Kids have access to a babysitting center, jungle gym, gymnastics room, and seasonal amenities like the Spraytopia splash park and summer camp programs. If you're over 50, take advantage of an active adults center and low-impact pool and fitness classes that are catered to your activity level.    

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February
22

Market Activity ChartUP! Sale prices have seen nice growth! The law of supply and demand was clearly evident in our market. Midland County saw a 2.4% decline in number of homes available for purchase in 2018. Corresponding sales numbers resulted in unit sales for homes and condos of 1208 in 2018 vs. 1316 in 2017. This lack of inventory and continued high demand lead to an increase in the average sale price for Midland County homes from $160,546 in 2017 to $177,655 in 2018 – an increase of more than 9%. Median sales price was also on the rise from $134,000 in 2017 to $149,000 in 2018. Days on market have continued to decline from 78 in 2017 to 58 in 2018. Days on the market for just single-family homes was even less at just 55 days. Sellers on average sold for 97.48% of listing price vs 96.86% in 2017 and the price per square foot has increased on average from $90 to $97. Properties that were unsuccessful in securing buyers and left the market dropped from 21.36% in 2017 to 14.48% in 2018.

Home sales below $200,000 represented 85.6% of the entire Midland County market. These properties were in great demand and saw the highest appreciation. It was not uncommon to see multiple offers in our peak season. In 2017, 400 properties sold at or below $100,000 while only 284 sold in this category in 2018. The demand remains high as buyers recognize the value of home ownership. Entry level buyers are finding terrific financing opportunities. The rental market remains tight, with investors purchasing properties that are also attractive to first time buyers.

Why is housing inventory so low? According to Marci Rosell, former Chief Economist for Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, demographics tell the tale. She says to think of America's population as a "barbell" with Baby Boomers on one side and Millennials on the other (with GenX the tiny handle in-between). Millennials and Boomers are, in many cases, pursuing the same type of housing (albeit for different reasons) which is extending the unprecedented housing inventory shortage.

Properties in higher price ranges sometimes experienced longer days on market and higher discounts. The lifestyle demands of many buyers today has these house-hunters looking for move-in ready properties. They are willing to sacrifice size or location preferences for a more updated property. Busy couples with an active family are not prepared to spend the time and energy necessary to create the home of their dreams.

2019 has started with more activity than we would usually see at this time. The holiday season and cold weather did not stop buyers from looking for their new home. If a move is in your future – now is a great time to buy or sell! Give us a call, we are happy to help! Ayre Rhinehart Realtors, 989-631-7000.

Sales Numbers Chart

February
11

Midland Yoga Studios - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS®

Once you're done buying a house in Midland and have settled in, you'll probably be anxious to get back to your usual routine. Work, your social life, and of course exercising. Yoga is a hugely popular way to stay fit, get rid of stress, and improve your well being. So whether you're an experienced yogi, a beginner, or just want to switch up your fitness routine, there's a class for you. And exercise classes are a wonderful way to meet people in your new neighborhood or city. Try one of these places to find the right class for you.

  1. Element 22 - 223 E. Wackerly Road, Midland
    Get inspired to up your fitness game at Element 22. Their friendly, knowledgeable instructors offer classes in Vinyasa Flow, Yin, Yin/Yang, and Power Flow Yoga. Classes are designed to help you relax, increase your flexibility, and get in shape. It's a challenging but positive experience you're sure to love. If you want to switch things up, there's also barre, Peleton rides, and trendy fitness classes like WERQ®. They offer a one-week free trial, and student discounts are available.
     
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January
28

Midland-Area Gyms - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS

Making that New Year's resolution to get in shape is the perfect first step toward a new, healthier you. However, changing your lifestyle for the better isn't easy, and it can be hard to stay motivated to keep that promise to yourself. It can be even harder to stay committed to getting fit if you're in the middle of making other life changes – such as shopping for a new home or moving into one you've just purchased, for instance.

So how can you keep your resolution going this coming year? If you're shopping Midland homes for sale or have purchased a home in the area, getting a handle on local resources to help you achieve your goals can make it much easier to stay on track once you move. To help you get started, here are seven gyms in Midland to help you keep your resolution going:

  1. Greater Midland North-End Fitness Center, 601 E. Wackerly Road, Midland
    This local gym offers a wide variety of services to help you stay on track. These include fitness classes, personal training, and physical therapy to support exercise and fitness. Creating a healthy eating plan and sticking to it may be the most important step toward keeping your resolution, and North-End Fitness has you covered there too, with nutrition counseling and grocery store tours to help you get it right.

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