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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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June
13

If you're thinking of selling your home, there are some fixes you should plan out now. Here's where to start.

If you're thinking about selling your home, you can help improve your chances of selling it as quickly as possible for the most amount of money possible if you take some time to prepare your home for prospective buyers. This showcases your home in a positive light and lets it make a good impression on buyers.

Our REALTORS® suggest the following ways to prep your home before selling it:

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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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May
9

One of the first things to do if you want to buy a home is to put away money. Here's how much you need to save.

If you're thinking about buying a home, you'll need to figure out how much money to save in order to make it happen. By calculating how much you can afford to pay for a home, as well as how you'll pay for a down payment and other initial expenses, you'll be taking important first steps toward buying your new home.

Our REALTORS® share the following information about how much you should save — as well as how to do it — to buy a house:

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April
26

Gardening season is just beginning, and we have the tips to help your garden flourish all spring and summer long.

Whether you've had a garden for years or are planting your first one this season, now's the time to start preparing your garden, This will help increase the odds that you'll have a thriving garden and will also help you take care of some tasks now before the temperatures get warmer.

Our REALTORS® live and work in the Midland, MI area and know it well. They suggest these steps to start your garden prep now and give you the best chance of success:

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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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March
28

If you choose the right smart home technology, you can actually save money. Here's the tech you should look for.

Smart home technology is becoming more popular as a greater number of devices use Wi-Fi connectivity to make our homes more efficient and comfortable. Some can even help reduce your energy bills and make your home more secure. And when it comes time to put your home on the market, smart technology devices like water monitors can be a selling point that appeals to many prospective buyers and sets your home apart from others for sale.

Our REALTORS® suggest investing in some of the following smart home tech:

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March
14

St. Patrick's Day is the perfect excuse to get out of the house with some friends and enjoy a night out. Here are the Midland stops you don't want to miss this holiday.

St. Patrick's Day (March 17) is the perfect occasion to visit a Midland bar and restaurant to celebrate with beer that's cold — and very possibly green — and a tasty burger or other menu item. Add a group of friends, and you've got a great lunch or evening.

Our REALTORS® suggest celebrating St. Patty's Day locally with these Midland stops:

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February
28

Mexican cuisine always seems to hit the spot. Here's where you can find great Mexican Food in Midland.

National Tortilla Chip Day happened this month, so why not indulge in this tasty snack? Tortilla chips are great on their own or dipped in salsa or guacamole. And if you're in the mood for a more substantial snack, appetizer, or entree, order them loaded with a wide variety of proteins and other toppings.

Our REALTORS® suggest celebrating Tortilla Chip Day at one of the following Midland restaurants:

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February
14

Want an easy way to take your cooking to the next level? Start shopping for produce that's in season this winter.

Eating seasonally has a wide variety of benefits, including getting fresher, better tasting, and more delicious food than you would from food consumed out of season. And if you or your grocer are buying from local farms, you're also helping to support your local economy.

Our REALTORS® recommend these best seasonal ingredients to shop for this winter:

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January
11

The colors of the year have arrived! Here's how you can transform your home with the top colors of 2022.

Colors of the Year, which are named by color experts as well as paint companies, can help refresh and inspire your home decor in the new year. 2022's shades range from a vibrant periwinkle to a chocolatey brown, and they'll each bring a new feel and versatility to your decor.

Our REALTORS® share the following 2022 Colors of the Year, including tips on how to best incorporate them into your home to achieve the look you want:

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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. 
  
Our REALTORS® suggest trying the following Midland restaurants:

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December
13

One of the best parts of the holidays is staying cozy in your home. Here are some crafting projects you make indoors.

The holidays are the perfect time to make some DIY holiday crafts to decorate your home or give as gifts. If you have kids, let them help and you'll be making nice family memories at the same time.

Our REALTORS® suggest making the following DIY holiday crafts this season:

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December
2

Holiday shopping doesn't have to be a chore, especially when you have local crafters that can make it easy! Here are some craft shows and businesses you should stop by.

Before you know it, you and your family will be waking up on a chilly December morning opening presents and appreciating the time you get to spend together. But before you do that, you actually have to figure out what gifts to get everyone, which can be a challenge. Finding the perfect gift for someone can take careful consideration and planning on your part, and that's just one gift! Not to mention the gifts you need to work out for all your family members and friends that will be stopping over this holiday season.

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November
8

If you love seeing birds at your feeder during springtime, you don't need to give that up now! Here's how you can feed year-round birds during fall and winter.

A yard filled with birds brings to mind warmer spring or summer months, but many stay throughout the year, even through cold weather. They need some more help finding sources of food during colder months, so why not help them out while attracting some beautiful birds to your yard?

Our REALTORS® suggest the following tips for feeding birds during chilly months:

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October
25

Looking for a fun way to celebrate the haunted season? Here's what you can look forward to in and around Midland.

As Halloween approaches, it's time to get ready to have some spooky fun in Midland this fall. Even after the holiday passes, you can still find several ways to enjoy the season, including some that provide fun for the entire family.

Our REALTORS® suggest visiting the following places for some spooky fun that ranges from the terrifying to the tame:

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October
11

Nothing screams fall quite like pumpkins. Here are some classic and unique ways to utilize them.

This time of year you'll find pumpkins in grocery stores, at pumpkin patches, and even at some of your big-box home improvement stores. In addition to making good seasonal decorations, pumpkins can also be used in a variety of other ways. Our REALTORS® suggest the following ways to make the most out of your pumpkins:

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September
21

A good cup of coffee can make all the difference in your day. Here are Midland coffee shops you shouldn't pass up.

We know the importance of a good cup of coffee. If you're like some of our REALTORS®, your favorite coffee beverage is essential for starting the day off right. No matter how you take it, coffee can give you the much-needed boost you need to have a productive morning.

If you're looking for a great cup of coffee, you'll find some of Central Michigan's best coffee shops in Midland. Coffee shops are a great community amenity — people come to work, relax, have business meetings or just catch up with old friends. Below is a quick list of some of the best coffee shops in our area:

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September
7

Choosing decor for your home can be a challenge. Here's how you can tap into your inner designer and make your home shine.

Whether you're decorating your new home or are refreshing the one you've lived in for years, it helps to have a sense of what your unique decor style is. This information can help guide your decorating decisions so you can create rooms you love.
  
Our REALTORS® suggest the following ways to find your unique decor style:

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August
9

Need a reason to move to Midland? We have plenty!

Midland, MI, located in the central area of the state, is a wonderful community to call home, with several attributes making it stand out not only in Michigan but also in the country. It captures a small-town feeling and friendliness and combines it with plenty of opportunities for recreation, dining, and more that could be associated with a larger city. You'll also benefit from the area's other important qualities, such as a relatively low cost of living and a high degree of safety.

Our REALTORS® share some of the best reasons to buy a home in the area and move to Midland:

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July
26

Your family photos don't have to be cluttered. Give them new life with these display ideas!

It's easy to look at photos on your phone, but by making prints of these special moments, you can have the basis for some interesting and meaningful displays for your home. Photos can be used in a wide variety of ways and can help personalize and add visual interest to any room.

Our REALTORS® share the following ways to rethink your family photos while improving your home decor:

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July
12

In Midland, there's no shortage of great activities this summer. Here are some to put on your agenda.

With summer's warm, sunny days and the kids out of school, there's no better time to get out of the house and try some fun activities in Midland. From exploring the country's longest forest canopy walk to taking in all the fun at a minor league baseball game, you'll find plenty to see and do.

Our REALTORS® recommend the following activities, which are among the area's best:

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June
28

Starting an indoor herb garden can be easy and rewarding. Here are some tips to get you started.

Fresh herbs are an easy way to add life to dull dishes. These fragrant and flavorful little plants make beautiful garnishes, add vitality to every bite, and even better, they're packed with valuable antioxidants and nutrients. Sure, you can pick up all these herbs at a grocery store, but nothing beats the taste of a home-grown, fresh-picked herb. If you've got a windowsill with plenty of sunlight, then you have the perfect spot for growing an indoor herb garden. Herbs are easy to grow and you don't need a big backyard or green thumb to grow a lush herb garden. Here are our REALTORS®' favorite indoor herbs, plus how to grow and use them.

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June
14

Downtown Midland is the perfect place to spend a day out. Here are some places you should visit.

After spending an entire year indoors, it's so great things are finally opening up again. As we continue to relax restrictions, it's a good opportunity to get out and enjoy a day downtown and support our wonderful local businesses. Whether you're taking a day off from work or planning weekend activities, spending a day in downtown Midland is such an enjoyable experience. If you enjoy shopping, dining, art, and entertainment, you'll love everything Midland has to offer. Our REALTORS® love supporting local businesses, and they've compiled a list of recommendations to help you plan a fun day out on the town:

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May
24

First impressions mean everything, which is why you should give your foyer a makeover with these tips.

The foyer is an important but often overlooked part of the home that serves as its entryway. It's the first place your family and guests see as they enter or exit your home, and the same is true of prospective home buyers if you're currently trying to sell your home, so it makes a vital first impression. Your foyer is also the spot where you tend to shed your jacket and take off your shoes or where your kids scramble for sporting equipment or backpacks.

Instead of neglecting this area, fix your foyer up so it's attractive and functional. Our REALTORS® suggest the following improvements to help your foyer give off the right first impression:

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May
10

Hamburger Month is celebrated in May, so head out to some local Midland restaurants and sample some of the many available variations on this delicious favorite. From a simple but delicious cheeseburger to inventive variations like a Chipotle Black Bean Burger, you'll have your choice of many different options. Some restaurants also offer gluten-free buns or Impossible Burgers that let you get your burger fix even if you have different dietary needs or preferences.

Our REALTORS® recommend trying the following Midland burger joints this May — and beyond:

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April
26

It's the perfect time to make your home spotless again. Use these tips for a proper deep clean.

Spring is finally here! And as nature starts fresh in spring, it's also a great time to give your home a deep cleaning and keep it well organized. Our REALTORS® suggest kicking off your spring cleaning with these tips:

  • Streamline your cleaning supplies. 
    You don't need a specialized cleaner to make your home fresh and clean. Buy a good all-purpose cleaner and some microfiber cloths, which will cover most of your cleaning, and you can buy others only as needed. You can also make your own homemade cleaner by combining ¾ cup water, ¾ cup rubbing alcohol, 5 to 10 drops of essential oil, and 1 squirt of dish soap. This can be used on appliances, sinks, and quartz, granite, and marble counters.

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April
12

Try these local breweries for a unique Midland brew on national beer day.

Did you know National Beer Day is celebrated every April 7th? Even if you just missed it last week, it's still a great time to explore local breweries. Whether you prefer a dark stout, pale ale, fruit-flavored beer, or another option, celebrate this holiday by lifting a mug of your favorite brew. Our REALTORS® suggest visiting one of the following Midland MI breweries to try some local beers on National Beer Day and beyond:

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March
22

Nothing starts your day off better than an amazing breakfast. Here's where you can find one around Midland.

Whether your day includes a morning of biking or hiking in the park, a visit to Dow Gardens, or looking at Midland homes for sale, nothing starts it off better than an amazing breakfast. Our REALTORS® know how important a good breakfast is for productivity, and these places are some of their favorites. Jumpstart your day happy and full with these Midland breakfast spots.

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February
22

Not sure if you should install new hardwood or carpet? Here's what you should know about each flooring.

If you're looking at Midland homes for sale, you may tour dozens of properties before you find a perfect fit. Finding a home with adequate space and style may seem like a challenge, but it's not impossible with help from professionals like our REALTORS® who understand your needs.

Everyone's dream home is different, but flooring is one feature that's important to all homeowners. While some people prefer the natural appeal of hardwood floors, others prefer the cushion of carpet under their feet. Choosing between hardwood and carpet can greatly impact style, durability, maintenance, and costs. Here's what you should know about each.

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February
8

Need to find something sweet for your Valentine? Check out these great Midland businesses for the perfect gift.

Our REALTORS® know all about the neighborhoods we serve and what makes them such great places to live.  And one of the best ways to feel at home in Midland is to check out all the unique local businesses. Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to support your local businesses and impress that special someone in your life with their favorite sweet treat. Try one of these wonderful places right around the corner from Midland homes for sale. You're sure to find whatever your sweetheart desires.

  1. Pop-Pop's Gourmet Popcorn, 136 Ashman Cir, Midland, MI 48640, (989)-486-9601.
    Popcorn is such a fun snack, and it's perfect for a more health-conscious treat on Valentine's Day. Pop-Pop's Gourmet Popcorn offers locally grown, air-popped popcorn in an array of flavors. There are more traditional flavors like buttery and caramel and some more interesting ones like peanut butter and jalapeno cheddar. Each batch is handmade with real ingredients to ensure exceptional quality and taste.

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January
25

Drafty windows can make your home temperature inconsistent and even affect your heating bill. Try our tips to find the source and stop that leak.

Drafty windows can be a major annoyance. They can make the temperature inside your home consistently unpleasant, and even small leaks can affect your heating bill. If you've recently noticed a chill, try one of these tips from our REALTORS® to find the source and stop that leak.

  1. Look for possible leaks inside and out.
    Visually inspect around the windows for holes, cracks, or gaps in caulk, and damaged or missing weather stripping. These are all places the cold air can get in.

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January
11

Worried your underutilized dining room will turn off potential buyers? Here's how you can transform it into something they'll love.

If your home has a dedicated dining room, chances are you don't use it very much. And if you're selling your home, prospective buyers are likely to see it as wasted space that they also won't spend much time in. However, your dining room represents a good opportunity to stage the area and create a room that will wow your buyers.

Our REALTORS® recommend the following ways to stage your dining room and set your home apart from other Midland homes for sale.

  • A home office
    An empty dining room can be transformed into an office space, even though it may not have a door. This can be a plus since prospective buyers who work at home won't feel closed off or isolated. If they have kids, they can easily keep an ear out for them. Try leaving the middle of the room open, so it's easy to walk through and doesn't feel cramped. Add some seating and put a narrow, tall, wall-mounted bookcase to work for displays and storage since it doesn't take up much floor space.
  • A family hangout spot 
    Turn a formal area into a casual one by transforming your dining room into a space for family to gather. Mount a flat-screen TV on one wall and move in a comfortable couch. Finally, add some wall storage units for storing Blu-rays and DVDs and display some cherished objects. Ultimately, you've created a room that will appeal to buyers who can picture themselves and their family happily hanging out in the space.
  • A library
    Why not create a library in your home? Your potential buyers could have the convenience of having all of their books neatly organized in one room that's a cozy spot to read in. Add floor-to-ceiling bookcases to store your books — along with a small ladder if needed to reach the top shelves. Then make the room even more comfortable with several chairs, throws, and a large rug to soften the room's look.
  • A playroom for the kids
    Your dining room can be staged to be a playroom for kids by adding a table for art projects or homework, a chalkboard, and other items. Add some toy storage boxes and bins as well as cubbies for storing shoes and backpacks, and you'll make your home extremely appealing to prospective buyers with kids.
  • A fitness room
    With everyone spending more time at home, a home fitness room will be a definite selling point. Put a foam mat over the flooring and bring in free weights and other equipment such as an exercise bike, and you'll easily transform your dining room into an at-home fitness room.
  • A guest bedroom
    If your home doesn't have a guest bedroom, create one by using a bed with built-in nightstands to create a minimal look. A dresser can make up for the lack of a closet, and if your dining room doesn't have doors, hang curtains for privacy or have French doors installed.

Contact Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS® to learn more about making your home appeal to prospective buyers. With some relatively small changes, you can transform an underutilized space like a dining room into an area that buyers will love. 

December
29

Midland: Appreciate Winter Weather at These 5 Places | Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS®

Sure there's a chill in the air, but our REALTORS® are here to inform you that the fun isn't over just because winter has arrived in Midland, Michigan.

We happen to live in a beautiful little corner of the world where winter offers some of the best opportunities of the year for fun and outdoor adventure. Be sure to check out these winter wonderlands in the Midland area!

  1. Midland City Forest - 2840 E. Monroe Rd., Midland, MI 48640
    One of the most popular spots for Midland locals to enjoy some time outdoors, Midland City Forest is a great year-round destination that really comes to life in winter. This woodsy wonderland includes 7.5 miles of groomed snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trails, as well as a 13-mile network of mountain bike trails that are popular among fat-tire cyclists in winter. Midland City Forest also has a toboggan run and even a lighted ice rink with open skating. The forest is open every day from dawn until dusk and is within walking distance of many Midland homes for sale.

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December
14

What Buyers See on a Home Tour - Midland, MI  - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS®

Our REALTORS® know a home tour is one of the most important parts of getting to closing day for most Midland homes for sale. Whether in person or virtual, eagle-eyed buyers will be on the lookout for any issues. It's crucial that your home look its best!

Before any tour, it's vital to stage your home. Staging helps ensure the most attractive qualities of the property are noticed right away. By organizing, tidying, and setting up each room "just so," you can ensure a buyer's attention goes where you want it.

Of course, it's not all bad news. Buyers also zero in on the home features that matter most to them.

So, what can you expect diligent buyers to notice right away when touring your home?

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November
23

Home Inspection How-To - Sellers - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS

Selling your home comes with many tasks, chores, and steps that all go toward closing. Most of these things are meant to make your home appealing to buyers and get that offer. But selling a home is more than just accepting an offer. After showing buyers how good your home looks, you need to convince them that it's in a state worth buying. This is where a home inspection comes in. A home inspection is often a deciding factor for the majority of home buyers, so you want to make sure it goes well. Here are our REALTORS® home inspection tips for sellers.

  • Rely on the Expertise of Your Real Estate Agent
    In addition to marketing the house, your listing agent should also help you improve your home to make it more appealing. Your agent will know what the inspector will be looking for and will be alert for issues that you may miss, such as insect and mold issues, furnace issues, roofing problems, leaks, or structural problems. They will also know how best to approach them. Real estate agents also have superior negotiation skills. When the inspection report arrives, they will know what constitutes grounds for negotiations and what does not. It's your agent's job to see to it that you get the best possible deal.

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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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August
24

Houseplants to Avoid - Ayre/Rhinehart, REALTORS®

Houseplants can really brighten up a home. Big and showy or slender and intricate, green-growing things can enhance your interior design. If you're adding your home to the list of Midland homes for sale, you may want to work in some houseplants to bring out the best in your home before you plan for the virtual or in-person tour. As our REALTORS® will tell you, houseplants are helpful not only for their beauty but also for calming our nerves and cleansing the air. 

But homeowners with pets will want to choose houseplants with some care, as many types can be toxic. If you do acquire some species that might make your pet sick, place them where the animal can't reach them. 

To help you choose your plants, here's the lowdown on a number of popular and beautiful species, but ones that also might be sickening to Fido.

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July
27

Outdoor Projects - Homeowners - Ayre/Rhinehart. REALTORS®

There's no time like the present to settle in and nest in your home. Whether you have a large yard or a small garden, our REALTORS® have come across plenty of fabulous ideas that can breathe a bit of fresh air into your landscape. The following are seven of our favorite weekend projects that you will want to put on your "to-do" list. 

  1. Add Shutters and Flower Boxes
    Shutters and flower boxes are easy to attach to your windows and railings. Adding the right shutters can add depth and dimension to your home's appearance, and the flowers that bloom right outside the window are guaranteed to brighten up even the gloomiest days.

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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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July
13

Price Reduction - Sell a House - Ayre/Rhinehart, REALTORS®

You can't control all the factors that influence the sale of your home. You can't change the location, and there is only so much you can do to improve the home's curb appeal. However, there is one ace up your sleeve that you have complete control over, and that is the listing price of the house. If you are finding it hard to sell your home, our REALTORS® may recommend reducing the price to entice an interested buyer to your front door.

  • Aiming Too High Can Turn Away Buyers
    Everyone wants to receive a reasonable offer for their home. However, many sellers artificially raise the price of their home. They do this with the intent to negotiate down to the offer they want to receive. However, if the home is priced too high, it will turn away savvy buyers who will see the price is too high. If no one has called to take a look in a week or longer, it is a good bet the price is working against you.

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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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May
18

House Maintenance - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS®

Spending more time at home provides a great opportunity to prepare your home and yard for the onslaught of summer heat. Every piece of your home needs maintenance to work efficiently and look great, especially if you'll soon be adding your home to the list of Midland homes for sale.

Our REALTORS® recommend this list of summer home maintenance tasks to complete while sheltering in place.

  • Test House Alarms
    Check your home's carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to make sure they are working properly. This easy home maintenance task takes less than five minutes to complete. Just push the test button and listen for the alarm. If there's no sound, put in new batteries and test again.

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May
4

Low-Cost Home Improvements - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS®

With many of us seeing the inside of our homes much more of than usual, you might have decided it's time for a little updating. Some of these tasks might be on your mind anyway if you'll be adding your home to the list of Midland homes for sale in the near future. These home improvements are easy to take on even if you're sheltering in place.

  • Declutter. Our REALTORS® always suggest sellers start here, but it's a good idea even if you're just trying to get a new look. Decluttering will make the space look neater and more organized. Getting rid of things you no longer need frees up space for other uses and helps you see exactly what you have to work with.

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April
27

Virtual Tour Prep - Sell a Home - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS®

Virtual tours aren't new to the real estate industry but they're perhaps bigger — and more important — today than ever before. Virtual tours offer a number of benefits to both buyers and sellers. Buyers can conveniently take walk-throughs of properties all around the world, viewing as many spaces as they wish before committing to an in-person walk-through. Sellers, in turn, only receive qualified and motivated buyers at their doorstep and the decreased cleaning requirements also save them money in the long-run. If you're planning on listing your house alongside other Midland homes for sale, here are a few tips from our REALTORS® that will help you prep your home for a successful virtual tour.

  • Begin With the Basics
    Your virtual tour preparation begins with the same basic open house preparation. You should create a checklist of all of the cleaning and maintenance tasks that you need to complete. Separate these by room so you can close each space off as you finish.

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April
13

Define a Bonus Room - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS

If your home has a bonus room, you already know the benefits of having extra space. Our REALTORS® love homes with these spaces because it allows buyers extra flexibility that they just can't get with other Midland homes for sale. Even if you're just beginning to think of putting your home on the market, there's no time like the present to define your bonus room.

The following five tips will help you make the most out of your bonus room while also avoiding a few of the most common mistakes. 

  1. Consider Potential Buyers
    The first thing you'll want to do is get a clear idea of the type of buyer who is likely to be interested in your home. If your neighborhood is family-oriented, then showcasing your extra room as a children's playroom or a fun game room might be a great idea. However, if you're in a trendy, professional area then buyers may find a well-designed home office or an entertainment space far more appealing.

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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
30

Home Office Space - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS®

Our REALTORS® know a little extra useable space is something that buyers are always looking for. With telecommuting, self-employment, and freelancing all on the rise, turning that extra space into an office is likely to be just the thing to make your home stand out from other Midland homes for sale. Here's how make an eye-catching and functional office space in your home.

  • Declutter.
    If you're not quite sure where you could put an office space, the first step would be to do a little decluttering. Once you've cleared out things you don't need, you'll have more room to work with. If you already have a space in mind, decluttering is still a good place to start. And after your office is complete, make a regular appointment with yourself to keep it decluttered.

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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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February
3

Buy a House - Home Warranty - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS®

February 10th is National Home Warranty Day, and it's the perfect day to sit down and determine if the home you want to purchase requires a warranty. When our clients buy a home, our REALTORS® recommend carefully considering the options (and possible consequences) when making this critical decision.

Purchase a Warranty for Peace of Mind

Your home is one of the most significant investments you'll ever make. You'll invest time, money, and resources in the property as the years go by. Purchasing a warranty can give you peace of mind that if something goes wrong, all of the time and money you invest in the property won't go down the drain. At a typical cost of a few hundred dollars per year for a single-family home, a home warranty is a relatively inexpensive line-item in your budget.

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January
20

Real Estate Agent Help - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS

Your real estate agent is a master of many skills. Your real estate agent does more than help you navigate the terms of the contract when you purchase Midland Homes for Sale. They are a coordinator, negotiator, mediator, and manager who ensures all the details of the transaction fall into place. Many first time home buyers and seasoned real estate investors are surprised to learn that real estate agents can also perform the following tasks.

  • Help with Short-Term Housing
    It's common for homebuyers to need a short-term place to stay when they purchase a home. Whether you are moving into the area, waiting for renovations, searching for a short-term lease until the seller is ready to move, your real estate agent can help you find a place to hang your hat until the house is ready.

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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
30

Buy a Home in 2020 - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS

Buying a house is one of the best New Year's resolutions you can make, but achieving that goal will take work. Fortunately, there are proven steps any aspiring homeowner can take to simplify the process and achieve their dream home. Our real estate agents are happy to help, with five tips for making your dream of homeownership a reality in 2020.

  • Try a Budget Test Run
    While you're in the early stages of searching through Midland homes for sale, it's helpful to try a test run of the budget that you'll use once you buy a home. Consider your likely monthly mortgage payment, utilities, maintenance, and homeowners insurance. Living in this budget ahead of time will give you a taste of what your finances will be like once you own a home, and can help you get a solid idea of what fits your budget.

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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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November
11

VA Loan Tips - Buy a House - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS

Many people struggle to purchase their dream home because they can't afford to make the 20% down payment. Of course, you can put down less than 20%, but you'll be saddled with private mortgage insurance (PMI), which can make it more challenging to pay off your mortgage. Fortunately for veterans and active military members, they can fulfill their dreams of homeownership through a VA loan. Our REALTORS® break down some of the important things you should know about VA loans and how they work.

What is a VA Loan?

A VA loan is a mortgage loan that is made by private lenders through a program established by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. The program was designed to help veterans, active-duty military personnel, eligible surviving spouses of veterans, and other classes of military personnel to become homeowners at an affordable cost. The VA guarantees a part of the loan, sets eligibility requirements, and dictates the terms of the loan offered. The VA loan does not require down payments, mortgage insurance, or some closing costs.

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October
21

Inheriting a House - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS

The loss of a loved one can unleash a flood of emotions. It can feel as if you are treading water as you wade through thoughts and memories deciding what to do with their property. When you inherit a home, the first thing to know is that you inherit all the rights and responsibilities that go with the property. To help you through the process, our REALTORS® recommend moving forward slowly and methodically to expedite the process and avoid costly mistakes. 

  • Take Care of Business
    Your first steps should be to update the homeowner's insurance policy and transfer all the utility accounts into your name. Even if you are planning to sell the home, you want to keep the utilities operational to prevent damage to the property. It is also vital to continue making all mortgage, property tax, and HOA payments.

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October
7

Personalized Offer Letter-Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS®

There's a lot of truth in the old saying that "Home is where the heart is." As the years pass, memories are made and your heart and home become intertwined. When a seller decides to move, they make the decision to leave a little bit of themselves behind. It's common for sellers of Midland homes for sale to want to sell their home to someone who will take care of the place where so many of their cherished memories were made. When buying a home, a personalized offer letter helps you stand out from other prospective buyers. It gives sellers an opportunity to get to know you better and decide whether you're the right person to hand their keys over to when they lock the door for the last time.

Personalization Counts

Personalized offer letters should be handwritten and sent on visually appealing stationery. This creates a more personal touch than something you type out and sign. Writing your letter in a friendly, heartfelt tone of voice creates a connection between you and the seller. It establishes bridges between your dreams for the future, and the ways the seller used the home. This builds trust and shows the seller that you'll care for the property.

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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
19

Overcoming Homebuying Hurdles - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS®

Our REALTORS® bring the dream of homeownership within reach for buyers from all kinds of backgrounds. No matter whether you've never owned a home before, are early in your career or later in life, we will support your goal.

Midland homes for sale are available to meet virtually any need. Even if you have a relatively modest budget or very specific requirements, there is a home here for you. There are several ways virtually anyone can make a home more attainable.

Let's consider the possibilities:

  1. Begin Saving Early
    It's important to realize that a 20% down payment is no longer a requirement to buy a home. Still, the more you are able to save, the easier it will be to finance the rest. Savings begins with a household budget. You'll need one in the run-up to buying and afterward!

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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
22

Decluttering for Homesellers - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS

Decluttering has been a big trend this year. And while you're browsing Midland homes for sale, you might be thinking that you should declutter before you move. These tips will help you through every step of the decluttering process so you can enter your new home and enjoy a completely fresh start.

Why Moving is the Perfect Time to Declutter

If you aren't using something, why go through the trouble of moving it to your new home? This is the biggest reason why moving is the perfect time to declutter. Plus, many moving companies charge by the box. This means that if you don't declutter, you'll end up paying to move things you can't even remember the last time you used.

Decluttering can also be advantageous when you're selling your current home. Our REALTORS® say that a cluttered house looks smaller. By getting the clutter out of the way, you can make your house look more open and inviting to potential buyers.

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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
25

Final Walk-Through Tips - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS®

The final walk-through is a thrilling time, and it's easy to get caught up in the excitement of the moment. It's important to remain focused and thoroughly study the property to ensure that nothing has changed since your last visit. To that end, Our REALTORS® help guide our clients through the property so that there are no surprises when you move in. 

You need to prepare before you can do the final walk-through of the property. You will want to bring a copy of the final contract, a notebook, and the home inspection summary. It is also advisable to bring your phone and your phone charger as you can use these to test the electrical outlets within the property. Once you have everything you need, then you will be ready to look for the following seven items:   

  1. Verify Final Repairs
    Make sure that all items within the inspection summary are complete and that the work was performed in a satisfactory manner. You will want to carefully review any warranties and receipts related to the repairs and ensure that any warranties are transferable to you as the new owner. You will also want to verify that any debris or garbage stemming from the repairs has been removed.

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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
27

Home Inspection Report-Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS

Getting a less-than-favorable home inspection report is not the end of the world; nor is it the end of your real estate purchase. Use it as a chance to reassess your financial position. Decide what needs to be done and when you need it done by. Crunch numbers to see if you can maximize the value of your purchase. Our REALTORS® can guide you every step of the way.

What could cause a poor home inspection report? Many things:

  • Foundation problems, including cracks or sinking, can lead to flooded basements
  • Subpar plumbing, including failing water heater, pipes that are too small, or leaks
  • Frayed wiring or electrical not up to code
  • Mold issues
  • Termite damage
  • Roof problems, such as missing shingles, leaks, or full replacement needed
  • Sticking or broken doors and windows.
  • Lead paint or asbestos present
  • Chimney damage

So, what should you do when you get a bad home inspection report?

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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
29

Painting to Sell-Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS®

If you're getting ready to put your home on the market in 2019, you'll be looking for ways to update it to wow potential buyers. A fresh coat of paint is a great place to start. Painting your home—inside and out—can have a huge impact on its overall appearance, and is one of the fastest and least expensive ways to make it stand out from the crowd of Midland homes for sale. So what do you need to know about painting your Midland home to sell in 2019?

Why Prioritize Paint?

A good paint job can help you as a seller make a quick and lucrative sale. It's a great—and very economical—way to give your home a fresh, bright, and modern appearance. Painting to sell is especially important if you have a home customized to suit your unique sense of style, adding bold accent walls, murals, or wallpaper, for example. While you may love these personalized touches, people have different tastes, so some potential buyers can be put off by them.

Light, bright, spacious, and neutral is the look you need to go for to appeal to the widest range of buyers. The goal is to allow most anyone to be able to visualize how they could furnish and decorate the space to their liking—without having to paint over colors that might clash with their preferred color scheme.

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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
25

Spring Home Maintenance-Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS

As the weather gets warmer, it's time to pack up sweaters, coats, and boots in favor of shorts, t-shirts, and sandals. Your home is also ready to shake off winter and get a fresh new look for spring. Follow this handy checklist from our REALTORS® to have your home in Midland ready to wow the spring buyers.

  1. Inspect the Roof
    April showers bring May flowers, but they can also bring mold and other interior problems if your home has a leaky roof. If you'd rather not climb a ladder, use binoculars to look for missing or damaged shingles. Contact a professional roofer to handle any necessary repairs.

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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
25

Staging Your Home - Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS

When your Midland home is up for sale, how do you make it stand out above all the others on the market? Staged homes have the potential to sell faster than non-staged homes and at the price you want.

Proper staging takes a bit of time, but it doesn't have to take a lot of money. Here are some great staging tips our REALTORS® have learned from successfully showing Midland homes for sale

  • Clean and Declutter
    This might seem like a no-brainer, but it's worth emphasizing. Clutter and disarray make a home look smaller and not well maintained. Box up unnecessary items and put them in storage, then give the house a serious deep-cleaning. Hire a cleaning service if need be; it's worth the cost.

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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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January
7

Midland Michigan Restaurants Lunch
If you are new to an area, it can be hard to find a restaurant that has quality food and excellent service. Recommendations are helpful, but you might not know anyone who has an idea of where to stop by during your lunchtime break.

Our REALTORS® know recommendations are everything, especially when it comes to dining experiences, as well as, home buying. Here are five of their favorite spots in Midland to make sure you don't go hungry at lunchtime.

  1. Shier's Deli & Catering -  2218 N. Saginaw Road
    With a menu that is a mix of homestyle favorites, U.P. classics, and spicy Southwestern fare, you are sure to find something to satisfy your taste buds. Though it might be surprising to hear from a deli, their pastries get a lot of praise and are one of their best sellers. The best part, they can cater your next business meeting or party. At Shier's Deli, you can find can be sure your food is going to taste amazing. If you're buying a house in Midland, this is one place you must experience.

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December
17

Fireplace Safety Tips for the Holidays
Festive decorations, family gatherings and sipping hot chocolate by a crackling fire all make the holidays bright, but it's essential to practice fireplace safety precautions.

The holiday season is the most dangerous time of year for house fires. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), more open-flame fires occur on Christmas Day than on any other day of the year. These five fireplace safety tips from our REALTORS® can help prevent fires, keep your home and family safe and give you peace of mind so you can relax and be of good cheer during the holidays.

  1. Have your chimney cleaned and inspected annually.
    Failing to have your chimney professionally checked and cleaned regularly can have damaging and even deadly consequences. Each time you burn a fire in your fireplace, creosote and soot collect in your chimney flue. Creosote buildup restricts the airflow of your chimney, which can cause it to catch on fire. In its initial stages, creosote is a flaky deposit that can be easily brushed away by proper cleaning. If creosote is not removed, it can turn into a tarry substance that is tougher to remove. Eventually, it will harden and may begin to drip when it reaches a high temperature. It's important to make sure that creosote and soot don't build up more than 1/4 inch.

    A professional chimney sweep will also inspect your chimney and the flue lining to make sure it hasn't become cracked.  A cracked flue lining can lead to dangerous fires and should be fixed before you use the fireplace. If you use your fireplace frequently, you may need to have your chimney cleaned more than once a year.

  2. Keep your decorations and Christmas tree away from the fireplace.
    Place your tree and other decorations (including stockings) a reasonable distance away from your fireplace. If you decorate your mantle, make sure that garland and other decorations do not hang down near the fire.

  3. Don't put wrapped gifts or packages near the fireplace.
    Keep all flammable materials at least three feet away from fireplaces, wood stoves, candles, and space heaters.

  4. Don't put trash in the fireplace.
    Attempting to burn your Christmas tree, gift boxes, or wrapping paper in the fireplace is extremely dangerous. All of these materials are highly flammable and can create deadly fires and toxic fumes.

  5. Be proactive.
    Keep all children and pets a safe distance from fireplaces, and use fireplace screens to keep sparks and debris inside your fireplace. Keep a fire extinguisher handy near your fireplace (and stove!).  If flames do flare up, you'll be able to combat them immediately. Allow any ashes in your fireplace to cool completely before disposing of them in a metal container outside. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and test them regularly to make sure they're in good working order. Carbon monoxide alarms are also a must to keep your family safe.

These tips are also appropriate for wood-burning stoves, grills, and outdoor fire pits. From all of us at Ayre/Rhinehart REALTORS®, have a wonderful holiday season! If you're considering buying a house in Midland in 2019, contact us to get your home search started.

December
3

Midland Santa House
Are you ready for your annual visit to the Santa House in Midland? Every year, the Midland Area Community Foundation raises more than $2 million to support a wide variety of programs and initiatives in the Midland area. The Santa House is one of the foundation's most important events, and one of the area's most popular holiday traditions for families. Visiting is a great way to support a local cause, and create holiday memories that will last a lifetime. Our REALTORS® have the details on what you can expect at the Santa House, and on the work that the Midland Area Community Foundation does in the area.

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November
26

Midland Home Buying During the Holidays
Could there be a better time to buy a home than the holiday season? Even though conventional wisdom says that the real estate market peaks in summer, there are a wealth of benefits to buying during the off-season, and our REALTORS® want to make sure you don't miss out on this great opportunity. These are the top five reasons to buy your house during the holidays.

  1. Less Competition From Other Buyers
    Most people who are looking to buy a home do so in spring and summer, which is great news for anyone who wants to find their home during the fall and winter months. Less competition means that your offer is more likely to get the attention that it deserves, and you're less likely to lose out to another buyer swooping in with a higher offer.

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October
15

Midland MI Moving Checklist
Moving to a new home brings with it the excitement of the future and getting to know your new town. However, managing the move itself must be dealt with before you can get on with the next phase of your life. 

Our REALTORS® dedicate themselves to making your home buying and selling experiences great, and we understand that little details can make a big difference in how smoothly the process goes. To make moving a bit less stressful, we've compiled a list of must-do's you'll want to consider when you are buying a house in Midland, MI

  1. Set the Date
    Once you're sure about your move, set a target date to leave your current home. Establishing your moving date gives you a target to plan and execute your move successfully. Break the time frame down into sections, setting goals for every few weeks and checking off items on your to-do list.
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October
1

Midland Living Favorite Photographers
As parents, you know all too well that each year seems to pass more quickly than the last. Somewhere between busy schedules, play dates, and trying to keep your household organized, your toddler has gone from finger painting and nap time to riding the school bus and learning to read. Although it's impossible to stop time, one of the best ways to preserve the memories of your growing family is to capture them with professional family photographs. Our REALTORS® would love to share some of our favorite family photographers in the Midland area so that you can schedule an appointment before another year flies away.

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September
17

Midland Michigan Restaurants
Whether you're looking for a delicious bite to eat in a casual setting or a trendy, upscale experience, you're sure to find the perfect spot in Midland. From beer and burgers to French and Italian cuisine, the Midland dining scene offers something for everyone. Our REALTORS® have created this list of their seven favorite dining spots in Midland to give you just a small taste of the city's many options. 

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September
3

Midland Farmers Market
The perfect combination of upscale and downhome, Downtown Midland, MI is a favorite of both locals and visitors. If you're searching for Midland homes for sale or you're already a resident, spending some time downtown is a must.

For a day of shopping and family-friendly fun, you can't beat the Midland Area Farmers Market. Open from May to November each year, the market is a weekly staple for residents. More than just a few veggie stands, this market is truly impressive. Here's what you need to know so you can make the most of your visit.

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August
20

Buy Your First House Without Breaking the Bank
Determining your home buying budget can be confusing, especially if you're a first-time home buyer. Give yourself a significant advantage over other house hunters by gathering information about Midland homes for sale and home buying in general before you start your search. Our REALTORS® created this list of five tips to buy a house without breaking the bank. 

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August
6

Buying a House
If you've recently decided to invest in your future by purchasing a home, it's likely that you already have a look to see what's available and which homes appeal to you. Buyers in the know, however, will review their budget alongside their wish list before taking serious steps towards making an offer on a home. One of the most beneficial things you can do ahead of time is obtain pre-approval from your lender to make the process quicker and less frustrating.
Our REALTORS® are here to help with your real estate goals, and we think it's important to understand the advantages of getting pre-approved early in the process. 

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