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12/12/2014 Christmas Fire Safety Tips

As the holidays quickly approach, it is important to remember fire safety tips for your home. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the winter months are when the most house fires take place.

 

With Christmas just around the corner, it's vital to talk about Christmas tree fire safety. Fire prevention starts when picking out a tree. Remember to select a fresh one without needles that fall off when touched.

 

Once your tree is in your home, place it at least three feet away from any heat source. This includes heat vents or radiators, lights, fireplaces and candles.

 

Besides the placement of your tree pay attention to the lighting used on it. Replace any lights with broken cords or loose bulb connections. It is also important to never use lit candles as decorations. Finally, always turn off the lights when you are going to bed or leaving your home.

 

Most important, make sure to water your tree delay to avoid having it dry out. Get rid of a tree after Christmas as soon as it becomes dried out. Also make sure to not store the dried tree in your garage or even leaning against your home since they are still a fire risk. Check with your municipality for dates of Christmas tree pickup.

 

In addition to Christmas trees, one of the most common causes of fire in the winter is heating equipment. Make sure to only plug in one heating appliance per electrical outlet. Also, keep all items at least 3 feet away from a heating source.

 

Last, but certainly not least if you have a fireplace in your home, always have your chimney professionally cleaned and inspected every year. When cleaning out your ashes make sure to keep them in a covered metal container at least 10 feet away from building outside.

 

Your home is a place to create cherished family memories over the holidays, so remember these tips to prevent fires in your home.

 

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12/5/2014 Property Tax Information for Genesee County

Are you interested in buying a property, but are concerned about the property taxes for it? This week, I will review several online resources to help you find answers to these questions.

 

If the property is in a township in the county you can typically utilize the Genesee County Property Information site here. Through the site you can search a property by clicking "Assessment and Tax Information" link.

 

After clicking through the link you can look up tax information through an Address Search. The search will bring up information including the winter and summer taxes, special assessments, administrative fees along with due dates for property taxes.

 

If no property information comes up for a property then the information should be available through the municipality directly. Many cities will have their own property tax information look-up area on their websites, so make sure to look there if you are not able to access it through Genesee County. The best place to look on a city's site is through the treasurer's office.

 

The State of Michigan also provides a Property Tax Estimator. Simply click on "Begin Estimating Property Taxes" to look up estimated taxes at properties throughout the state.

 

Once you have the property tax information for a property, it can still be difficult to understand how taxes are calculated. Since the passage of Proposal A in 1994, the taxable value of a property is calculated using the lowest among the following two options:

  1. The current state Equalized Value
  2. Last year’s Taxable Value * 1.05 or the rate of inflation (whichever is lower)

 

Equalized value is determined by the County Equalization department and typically is half the estimated market value of a property. Taxable value is what ultimately determines your taxable value. In addition to these costs, any local or county millages will be added on to the taxes.

 

Finally, remember there are lots of other things to consider when examining property taxes. Some of these include Homestead versus Non-Homestead properties and whether or not the property has been owned by the same person since before 1995 (the passage of Proposal A). In the end, as your realtor I am also available to help you better understand property taxes for a home.

 

By the way, if you know of someone looking for a nice home in Flushing for under $110,000, send them this link: http://tour.circlepix.com/home/NCGLQG - Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.

12/5/2014 Property Tax Information for Genesee County

Are you interested in buying a property, but are concerned about the property taxes for it? This week, I will review several online resources to help you find answers to these questions.

 

If the property is in a township in the county you can typically utilize the Genesee County Property Information site here. Through the site you can search a property by clicking "Assessment and Tax Information" link.

 

After clicking through the link you can look up tax information through an Address Search. The search will bring up information including the winter and summer taxes, special assessments, administrative fees along with due dates for property taxes.

 

If no property information comes up for a property then the information should be available through the municipality directly. Many cities will have their own property tax information look-up area on their websites, so make sure to look there if you are not able to access it through Genesee County. The best place to look on a city's site is through the treasurer's office.

 

The State of Michigan also provides a Property Tax Estimator. Simply click on "Begin Estimating Property Taxes" to look up estimated taxes at properties throughout the state.

 

Once you have the property tax information for a property, it can still be difficult to understand how taxes are calculated. Since the passage of Proposal A in 1994, the taxable value of a property is calculated using the lowest among the following two options:

  1. The current state Equalized Value
  2. Last year’s Taxable Value * 1.05 or the rate of inflation (whichever is lower)

 

Equalized value is determined by the County Equalization department and typically is half the estimated market value of a property. Taxable value is what ultimately determines your taxable value. In addition to these costs, any local or county millages will be added on to the taxes.

 

Finally, remember there are lots of other things to consider when examining property taxes. Some of these include Homestead versus Non-Homestead properties and whether or not the property has been owned by the same person since before 1995 (the passage of Proposal A). In the end, as your realtor I am also available to help you better understand property taxes for a home.

 

By the way, if you know of someone looking for a nice home in Flushing for under $110,000, send them this link: http://tour.circlepix.com/home/NCGLQG - Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.

11/26/2014 Outdoor Holiday Decorating Tips

The Christmas season is officially here. In this week’s post I want to provide you with some tips on putting up outdoor decorations.

 

Lights

When putting up lights on the outside of your home, make sure to plan out your design in advance. Pick a focal point somewhere on the structure such as the entranceway or columns on a porch. It’s also important to figure out what surface you plan to attach your lights to on your home. There are different types of clips that should be used whether you are attaching directly to the house compared to your gutters.

 

In addition, make sure to measure the area you plan to string the lights to determine how many strands of lights will be needed to cover everything. Another thing you should consider is the location of your outdoor electrical outlets and the types of extension cords you have available for your use. Make sure to use an extension cord designed for outdoor use.

 

Besides attaching lights to your house, you can also string them along walkways or on fences. If using stakes to put up lights along a walkway take into consideration the average amount of snow we get in the area. Based on recent snowfall, it would be important to use taller stakes to ensure your lights are not covered by snow. If attaching lights to a fence, considering using artificial garland to use a base for the lights.

 

Doorways

One of the simplest ways to adorn your front door is by placing a wreath on it. Whether you use a fresh wreath purchased at an area florist or greenhouse or even using an artificial wreath to attach to your door.

 

In addition to placing a wreath on the door, you can also use urns on either side of the entrance. The urns can be made of lightweight fiberglass or heavy stone. Fill these urns with fresh greenery, Christmas bulbs or artificial flowers. Another option is to put artificial or real evergreen plants inside the urns too.

 

Remember there are lots of other outdoor decorating options for your home, from inflatables to traditional lighted figures. Remember to express your style and to use your decorating skills on the outside of your home as well as on the inside during the holiday season.

 

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11/21/2014 Thanksgiving Travel Made Easy

Lots of national website provide tips for anyone traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday. From ways to score cheap flights to the best times to hit the road, all of the tips are designed to help make your trip go off without a hitch. In this week's post, I hope to provide you with some local resources for travel throughout Michigan.

 

First, AAA offers a great online resource that allows you to get live traffic and construction updates.  You can look up the information based on region and even map your route to see any problems along your journey. The Live Traffic Reports and Construction Updates site is a great resource to check before leaving your home and while you are on the road for live updates. 

 

In addition, the Michigan Department of Transportation just launched a free app for motorists. The Mi Drive app is available for download through iTunes and Google Play. Some of the features are similar to those offered by AAA, however it includes several other things on your designated route. Rest areas, traffic updates and real-time traffic camera views are available. Besides downloading the Mi Drive app, users can still get updates online through their website.

 

While traffic and construction updates are important, it is also imperative to check updates for any potential weather hazards that might impede your trip. In addition to searching a forecast through various weather web sites, there is also a lot of great information available through the National Weather Service office. Snowfall analysis, snow cover, radar and precipitation analysis is available through their website. A free National Weather Service app is also available for download through iTunes and Google Play. It provides live updates including weather warnings and radar of current conditions while you are on the road.

 

Remember to be safe and to plan in advance while making your Thanksgiving travel next week. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Consider checking out this great property in Flint Township - http://tour.circlepix.com/home/R34PMW - Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.

 

11/14/2014 Local Holiday Entertainment Starts Next Week

The weather is turning cold and Thanksgiving is only two weeks away, so that means Christmas is just around the corner. Holiday events for the entire family are already starting next week. Here are a few of the free or low cost festivities for you to check out. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for other great family events.

 

Ladies Night Out

One of the first holiday events happening in the area is Ladies Night Out at Crossroads Village in Genesee Township. The fun is planned for Monday, November 17 from 4 to 9 p.m. Ladies are invited to visit the Village's historic homes to preview their holiday decorations. Other fun activities include make and take craft tables, wagon rides and carousel rides. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased through the link above. The $5 ticket serves as a coupon when spending $25 or more in a retail store in the Village.

 

Holiday Walk

The Cultural Center's Holiday Walk will be celebrating its 31st year. The event takes places on Tuesday, December 2 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The fun kicks off with a tree lighting in front of Whiting Auditorium at 5:15 p.m. While the festivities are free, participants are asked to bring non-perishable food, clothing or personal care items to donate to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

 

Applewood, the Buick Gallery, Sloan Museum, Whaley Historical House and the Flint Institute of Arts are all open for guests to enjoy at no charge. Performances will be taking place at the Flint Institute of Music, the Flint Public Library, the Flint Youth Theatre and Longway Planetarium throughout the evening. Free tickets are required for the laser shows at the planetarium and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

Candlewalk

Each year Flushing hosts the Candlewalk in early December. The two day event includes a parade, live music, horse drawn wagon rides and a tree lighting. Special treats include roasted chestnuts and s'mores. The fun begins on Thursday, December 4 at 5:30 p.m. with a Parade of Lights. Santa will be arriving after the parade and will receive a key to the city before leading the tree lighting ceremony. The fun continues on Friday night with music and other festivities downtown.

 

The holidays are a time to enjoy spending time with your family and friends. Consider attending one of these affordable events with your loved ones. If you know anyone looking for a great deal in Flushing for less than $110,000, send them this link:  http://tour.circlepix.com/home/NCGLQG - Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.

11/7/2014 Veterans Memorials in Genesee County

In honor of Veteran's Day on November 11, I want to highlight a few of Genesee County's memorials dedicated to honoring area veterans.

 

McFarlan Veterans Memorial Park in Flint

The Friends of the McFarlan Park are raising funds to restore the park which is located in downtown Flint. The park is adjacent to the Durant Hotel and the Riverbank Center. It was established as the city's first park in 1875. Then in 1951 it was designated as the Genesee County War Memorial. The link above provides information on purchasing personalized bricks to help support the restoration efforts.

                                                                 

Clio Veterans Memorial Park

The Clio Veterans Memorial Park is located at the southeast corner of Vienna and Railway Streets in downtown Clio. An array of bricks and benches were installed to service men and women from the area. The park also includes a Fireman's Memorial which features a piece of steel from one of the Twin Towers

 

Swartz Creek Area Veterans Memorial

The Swartz Creek memorial was dedicated in June 2013. Special features of the park include a military dog statue. In addition, five life-size bronze statues representing the four branches of the armed services and the Coast Guard. The park is located on Civic Drive near the corner of Miller and Morrish Roads.

 

Genesee Veterans Memorial

Genesee Township dedicated their memorial in 2009 in a park on the bank of Mott Lake off Genesee Road at Stanley Road. The memorial features walls with personalized bricks honoring veterans from the area. The memorial surrounds a 30 foot bronze flag pole.

 

Burton Veterans Memorial

The Burton park was originally dedicated in 1997 at the corner of Atherton and Center Roads. The monuments were then moved near city hall to create a more expanded park which was dedicated in 2009.

 

Davison Township's Veterans Court of Honor

The court is located inside the Davison Township Park located at 1280 N. Irish Road. The names of veterans who served in the armed forces from Davison, Davison Township or Richfield Township are honored.

 

Thank you to all the men and women who have served in our armed services. - Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.

10/31/2014 Moving to Genesee County
Whether you are moving to the area for the first time or just moving to a new home in Genesee County, here is a list of important contacts you will need during the move.
 
Most residents will need to contact Consumer’s Energy to start, transfer or stop service at a property. Remember when requesting new service federal law information to validate your identity. The requests can be made online or over the phone.
 
Cable Service
Cable companies are regulated by the federal government, so service is divided into specific areas. The main cable service provider in Genesee County is Xfinity (Comcast). Charter Communications services the areas around Davison. Many area communities also have U-verse (AT&T) digital television coverage now. In addition, remember at most properties you can have DirecTV or Dish Network installed.
 
Water/Sewer Service
Unless you live outside the city limits where you have a well and a septic system, you will need to contact your local municipality to set up your water and sewer service. As long as you are moving into an existing property and not a new build, service should already exist at the address, so you will just need to have it transferred into your name. Here is a link through Genesee County which links out to all the cities and townships.
 
United States Postal Service
Another important service to contact is the postal service to change your address. Mail forwarding can be done to your new home for up to 12 months. Do not be scammed by online companies who will charge a fee to handle your address change. The service is offered for free through the United States Postal Service.
 
These are just a few of the vital services that you must take care of when moving into a home. Remember to be organized and to plan accordingly to ensure you have prompt service at your new address.  Check out this beautiful condo in Clio! Only $134,900!  http://www.circlepix.com/home/NP2NGS - Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.
10/24/2014 Cultural Offerings in Genesee County

You do not have to drive to Detroit to enjoy a great theatrical performance. There are a number of Genesee County theaters that showcase local talent up through Broadway performers.

 

Clio Cast and Crew

Each year, the Clio Cast and Crew, a volunteer organization, puts on five theatrical presentations. Located at 2220 W. Vienna Rd. in Clio. The theater just wrapped up its recent production of Over the River and Through the Woods last week. Their next production is Ho, Ho, Ho – The Santa Claus Chronicles in mid-December.

 

Flint Youth Theatre

The FYT was formed in 1957and has been recognized nationally for their performances. Each year, a theme is picked for the season. The 2014-2015 theme revolves around stories that showcase empowerment and power through hope in our daily lives. The current production of 9X Nourished runs through November 2. General admission tickets are $16 for adults. Single show performances offer lower-priced tickets. The theatre is located in the Cultural Center in downtown Flint.

 

McCree Theatre

Celebrating ten years of offering live theatre production. Shows were previously shown at the McCree Theatre from 1970 to 1989. Its mission is to tell the African American story in the African American voice. The next production, Tambourines to Glory, begins on December 4. Ticket packages for multiple shows are available along with single show tickets. Advance admission is $15 per adult. The theatre is located off Pierson Rd. in Flint.

 

Whiting Auditorium

The Whiting showcases local talent all the way up to international stars. Shows include Broadway performances, concerts, dance performances and the concerts by the Flint Symphony Orchestra. Upcoming shows include Black Violin, Dancing Pros Live and Wanda Sykes. Ticket prices vary depending on the performance. Whiting is also located in the Flint Cultural Center.

 

No matter what type of performance you enjoy one of these venues are sure to offer something to meet the tastes of everyone in your family. So, consider enjoy a night out on the town with your family as the cold weather approaches at one of these great cultural institutions.

 

10/17/2014 Selling Your Home in the Fall and Winter

With the cold weather and winter snow just around the corner, many buyers ask me if it is possible to sell their home outside the warm summer months? The answer is yes, I can still help you find a buyer in the winter. Selling a home can take longer in the cooler months, so I want to provide you some tips to give you the best chance of making a sale.

 

Be conservative with holiday decorations

As the each holiday approaches from Halloween to Thanksgiving and on to Christmas, make sure to use discretion when decorating your home. Keep things tasteful while still showing a homey feel that showcases holiday cheer.

 

Pay attention to lighting in your home

Since the days are shorter and there are less daylight hours for showings of your home, make sure to have good lighting throughout the interior. If your house is scheduled for a viewing, turn on all the lights to allow the best viewing of the property. Also ensure that there is good lighting on the outside of the home to make it easy for people to see when approaching the house.

 

Keep outdoor areas clean

From fallen leaves to piled snow and ice, take time to clear your walkways and your driveway of debris. It is important for potential buyers to be able to easily approach your property without any unnecessary hazards blocking their way.

 

Pay attention to staging

I have talked about staging your home in several blog postings, but this is imperative during the cooler months. Potential buyers will spend more time inside the property, so they need to feel welcomed throughout the home.

 

Some tips to remember are to keep the temperature at a comfortable setting. You do not want buyers to be freezing when entering your property. Also, it can be helpful to place outdoor pictures of your home during the summer months for individuals to see your plants and trees in full bloom.

 

Despite the cooled down markets in the fall and winter selling your home is not impossible. Call me for help finding the perfect buyer for your home.

 

By the way, if you  know of someone looking for a 3 bedroom home in Clio with a basement, extra large 2-car garage, nicely landscaped yard and attached Greenhouse at an affordable price, send them this link: http://www.circlepix.com/home/MSFKXQ - Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.

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