Ready to List

Now that the holidays are over, it is a great time to start thinking about your plans for this New Year. Have you been contemplating listing your home for sale or know somebody else that has? There are some things you can do to prepare for the spring market. Set a date for when you want to list your home for sale and start working on home projects to get your house in tip top shape for potential buyers. It will also be handy if you can get certain documents and information ready so that when you are ready to contact your realtor to list, you will be all set. It will also look great to potential buyers if you provide them with additional information they won’t have to dig up for themselves (such as schooling info).

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Start gathering the following to be prepared:

  1. Owner’s title policy
  2. Extra house key for the lock box
  3. Mortgage survey report
  4. Mortgage information-lender’s name, address, phone number, & your loan number for all mortgages
  5. Any information you may have on your well (if you have one), such as size, depth, & location
  6. Any information you may have on your septic (if you have one), such as location of field, tank, and when it was last pumped
  7. Association information-name, address, phone number, & monthly dues if applicable
  8. Seasonal pictures of your home and property
  9. Information on any updates or improvements you’ve made to your home/property and dates of completion
  10. School information-designated elementary, middle, and high schools for your address
  11. School bus information-location, pick up, & times

Healthy Homemade Pizza

Eating clean and healthy doesn’t always mean tasteless and icky food. You can manipulate some of your favorite recipes and replace unhealthy ingredients with low fat and lean alternatives. Try this ground turkey shiitake mushroom pizza recipe to get your gooey goodness fix for the week. You can indulge without feeling guilty about the calories! Don’t let how many ingredients are involved scare you either. This is a super simple and delicious recipe.

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Ingredients:

2 teaspoons of olive oil

1 small red onion, minced

½ lb lean ground turkey

1 tomato, chopped

2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

1 tablespoon thyme

1 tablespoon oregano

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon chile powder

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

1 (10 oz) prebaked thin whole wheat pizza crust (the Pillsbury uncooked tubes work fine too)

4 oz shiitake mushrooms

2 oz low fat mozzarella cheese

Plain greek yogurt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with nonstick spray.
  2. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet. Add onion and cook, until softened. Add ground turkey and cook until browned. Use a spatula to break up the meat.
  3. Stir in the tomato, parsley, thyme, oregano, cinnamon, chile powder, salt, and pepper. Still occasionally until thickened (about 2 mins).
  4. Place pizza crust on cookie sheet. Top the crust with the meat mixture, then add mushrooms and cheese.
  5. Bake until cheese melts and crust is crisp. (12-15 mins).
  6. Top with a little greek yogurt for taste.
  7. Cut into slices and enjoy!

July 4th Fun!

Make your way to downtown Brighton for the Independence Day Parade, sponsored by the Livingston Sunrise Rotary Club. Parade starts at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 4th. The parade will begin at the corner of Main and Church Streets, then proceed west on Main Street to 7th Street, and then south on 7th Street to end at the Brighton High School parking lot. Shuttles will be available between the beginning of the parade and Brighton High School.

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Also, while you’re out and about during the parade make sure to stop by Team Hamilton Real Estate (located at the corner of Main & 2nd St). We will be out front with a free light breakfast and other great giveaways for adults and kids! Feel free to set up chairs in front of our office to watch the parade as well. We hope to see some familiar faces!

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Brighton Parking UPDATE

The CSX-West Parking Lot on Main Street across from Team Hamilton Real Estate is almost finished! Not long into the project, there was a gas main break during construction of the parking lot and nearby residents/business owners were forced to evacuate for over two hours. The police and fire departments controlled the situation, Consumer’s Energy fixed the break and residents were able to return back to their homes.

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Now nearing the end of construction, the parking lot is being landscaped and even has bike racks for those who would rather bike into town. Once completed, this parking lot is going to do wonders for bringing in even more people to the shops and restaurants in downtown Brighton. Make sure to check it out if you are in the area!

Supreme Ice Cream!

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What is better on a hot summer day than going out for ice cream? If you are an ice cream fanatic you will definitely want to try the frozen treats at Browndog Creamery & Dessert Bar located in downtown Northville, MI. Successful owners and entrepreneurs of Stuart’s of Novi (their original soft serve ice cream shop), Brian Scherle and Paul Gabriel decided to create a new experience for ice cream lovers.

Using Michigan made dairy and local ingredients, the ice cream is made in small batches so each flavor is carefully made and extra delicious. There are exciting new flavors that average ice cream shops don’t offer such as Triple Vanilla, Mystery Cookie, Tuscan Sun, Buttered Berry Brioche, Salty Dog, Dragon Bite, and French Press Mocha. New flavors are added often!

Browndog also offers other products like ice cream cakes, lava cakes, cheesecakes, Michigan made beverages etc. Love the ice cream so much? Don’t worry, you can even buy their ice cream in pints to take home and have another time!

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Crafty with Candles

What is better than having a wonderful smelling home? A wonderful smelling home from candles that are actually unique and cuter than standard candles in glass jars! You can make your candles in any type of container such as mason jars, coffee cups, etc, but follow these simple steps to creating your own tea cup candle.

Things you will need:

  1. Small candles in the scents of your choice (the small ones from Bath & Body Works work great for this)
  2. Wicks (can be purchased at Joann Fabrics)
  3. Tea cup
  4. A pot for heating the wax
  5. Knife

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Directions:

Freeze the small candle for about an hour. Remove candle from freezer and use the knife to remove the frozen wax from the jar and place the wax into the pot. Place the pot on the stove on low heat and wait for the wax to melt. Put the wick in the tea cup and pour the melted wax into the tea cup. Carefully place the tea cup in the refrigerator and wait about an hour. Once the wax has hardened, take the tea cup out and cut the wick to the correct height. Now you are ready to light your stylish new candle!