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December 16th, 2012

If we can help Huron Farms, let us know.

Categories: Michigan |

Norfolk Homes would like to express our deepest sympathies to those impacted by a storm system that produced a tornado that damaged so many homes in Dexter, Michigan.

As the builder of Huron Farms and Eaton Court along with current and former employees among the affected we feel personally connected to those navigating this disaster.

If we can assist any family during this tough time with providing temporary housing, damage assessment, and home reconstruction please contact us at (734) 408-0777 x 242.

 

December 13th, 2012

The Marketplace Homes 6-Year Guaranteed Lease™

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Norfolk Homes in conjuction with Marketplace Homes has a fantastic program that is perfect for those of you who want a new home and have a home to sell!  Buy a new home from Norfolk Homes and Marketplace Homes will agree to Lease your home for up to 6 years! You receive a payment every month even if the tenant doesn’t pay, even if there isn’t a tenant! In addition, utilities, maintenance and repairs are handled by Marketplace Homes. Marketplace Homes’ exclusive 6-Year Guaranteed Lease provides your family peace of mind about the old home, so you can enjoy life in your new home! This program includes:

  • » All Rents Handled
  • » Gas and Electric Handled
  • » All Tenant Repairs Handled
  • » Lawn and Snow Removal Handled

Plus-If Marketplace Homes sells your home during the lease you get: 100% of your asking price! To see if your home qualifies contact Marketplace Homes at 800-331-0646 7 days a week between 9 am and 8pm Eastern Standard Time or click here for more information!

Yes – it is that easy!

December 12th, 2012

Even more great news for the Ann Arbor area!

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Even more great news for the Ann Arbor area!  Norfolk Homes is so proud to be serving the communities in Ann Arbor, SalineChelsea, Dexter, Jackson, and Grass Lake.  Now is the time to build your new home with Norfolk Homes!   Below is an article from the Wall Street Journal from 12/6/12.

 

A Town Packed With Classrooms

With a host of top learning programs, Ann Arbor, Mich., is a magnet for the 50-plus crowd

By JULIE HALPERT

Jean and Flip Connell fell for each other while attending the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in the late 1940s.

As it turns out, they fell for the town, as well.

Fifteen years ago—after careers in the nonprofit world (hers) and marketing (his), and after watching their two daughters attend the university—the Connells settled in Ann Arbor.  Today, they often take in productions of the school’s musical theater program, attend football and basketball games, and hear lectures from visiting dignitaries, including the president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus. The Connells also are facilitators for a lifelong-learning program for individuals age 50-plus. In the past year they discussed Middle East realignment, cybersecurity and energy geopolitics, among other topics.

“We feel fortunate to be part of this fabulous college community,” says Jean Connell, age 83.

That sentiment is heard frequently among the area’s retiree population. Take one of the country’s top public universities, add an eco-friendly environment (with 24 miles of on-road bike lanes and 60 miles of park bicycle paths), a vibrant arts community and a leading medical facility (the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers), and it’s little wonder that Ann Arbor is attracting transplants like the Connells.

Focus on Learning

Situated in southeastern Michigan, Ann Arbor takes its name from the abundance of trees in the area. The city, the sixth-largest in the state, is compact and easy to navigate—except during University of Michigan home football games.

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Ann Arbor Area CVB

Like all cities, Ann Arbor has some downsides. Real-estate prices and property taxes tend to be high. Major department stores are in short supply (though downtown features a good number of small shops). And winters are harsh; gusty winds, in particular, make heading outdoors a challenge.

On the bright side, the city has “no floods, hurricanes or earthquakes,” says Wendy Mead, 60, who moved to Ann Arbor with her husband in 2000 and writes a blog titled “Retired in Ann Arbor.” (She solves the weather problem by spending winters in warmer climes such as New Zealand.)

Ms. Mead and her husband regularly take an 11-mile bike ride along a path from Ann Arbor to nearby Ypsilanti, which is often deserted on weekdays. They also canoe on the Huron River and take walks in the picturesque Nichols Arboretum and Gallup Park.

The city’s learning programs are a big attraction. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Michigan has 120 study groups that focus on topics such as philosophy, history, social science and the performing arts. Instructors are volunteers; many are retired or current professors at the university. About 700 people age 50-plus take classes each year, paying $20 for a membership and $40 for a 15-week class.

A similar program, called Elderwise, has attracted about 300 students. The 50 classes this fall included “How the Supreme Court Changed America” and “Ancient Greek and Roman Theater.” Membership is $30, and each course is $5.

Residents also flock to the city’s many artistic events. The University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theater and Dance puts on 10 staged performances a year and hosts about 500 free events, including concerts by students, faculty or guests.

Similarly, downtown is the stage for the city’s major attraction: the Ann Arbor Art Fairs, which take place every July. Many downtown streets are open only to pedestrians over a span of four days when artists from four separate art fairs display their wares. The event routinely attracts 500,000 visitors.

The Tax Debate

Voters usually support eco-friendly initiatives in this town, which leans liberal. The mayor, John Hieftje, in office since 2000, is a Democrat, as are all the members of the City Council except one, Jane Lumm, who is an independent. Ms. Lumm says her colleagues tend to show less fiscal restraint when it comes to the “more sexy, discretionary initiatives” but are reluctant to approve spending for basic city services.

Last month, voters defeated two millage requests. The first would have funded a major library reconstruction; the second, backed by most council members, would have supported public art in the city.

Christopher Taylor, a council member and Democrat, had said before the election that the art and library spending would make the city even more attractive to visitors and would-be transplants, far outweighing “the modest marginal costs to the individual taxpayer.”

Ms. Lumm, however, had said, “I do believe there’s a growing sentiment among some residents that Ann Arbor is becoming increasingly unaffordable as a result of the high and escalating tax and fee burden.”

Kate Kelly, 71, who retired to Ann Arbor four years ago from Portland, Ore., says she prizes the city’s “progressive-minded population” and the ability to walk to nearby cultural events. (She’s also a fan of organic food; a boisterous farmers market in Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown district is one of the outlets providing ample supplies of locally grown fare.) But she’s less enthusiastic about housing prices and high property taxes, which could strain her budget.

Janice Stickney, 71, paid almost $6,000 in property taxes in 2011 for the condo she purchased downtown in 2008. That figure, she says, might have dissuaded her from settling in the city—had she not moved from New Jersey, where taxes for the same property would have been closer to $8,000 or $9,000.

In the end, she says, the taxes—as well as the brisk winters—are a small price to pay for living in an otherwise ideal setting. “There are so many different types of things to do,” Ms. Stickney says. “You have an opportunity to find a niche.”

Ms. Halpert, a writer in Ann Arbor, can be reached at next@wsj.com.

 

 

December 11th, 2012

Great news for the improving Detroit area housing market!

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There is great news for the improving housing market!  Now is the time to build with Norfolk Homes!
December 11th, 2012

Slumber Party Invitation!

Categories: Michigan |

There is an exordinary amount of comfort when one feels safe in their own surroundings, and that is very evident at the Preserve at Magnolia Park community.

Recently, on a crisp autumn day I watched four giggling young girls toting their sleeping bags, pillows and overnight bags after a sleep over at their friend’s home. These girls were making childhood memories that will last a lifetime.

We at Norfolk Homes are proud to be developing communities that families experience fun-loving friendships, comfort and a great place to call home – as well as a slumber party or two!

December 8th, 2012

Countdown – 8 minutes!

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So, I was at the Publix off 96. You know, the one on S Royal Oaks. I needed to buy some refreshments for all the customers that keep coming by Belle Vista. It was 9:45 and the line was taking way too long. I thought I would surely be late for opening my model at 10am. I made it through the checkout and finally started driving at 9:52. I was for sure going to be late as I thought its about 10 minutes to Belle Vista from that Publix. I got onto 65 and headed south, oh those orange cones, definitely going to be late… Made it to the Peytonsville road exit at 9:56 and thought, I might make it. Zoomed down Moss and and turned into Belle Vista, 2 minutes to get to the model home. Ran up to the door, hit the alarm code at 10:00am precisely. Whew! Only 8 minutes to all the retail shopping on 96, wow! What number of homeowners can say they can get to the grocery in 8 minutes. I love this community!

December 7th, 2012

2012 Circle of Excellence Awards! What a great evening!

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Norfolk Homes Nashville Division had a great evening last night at the Circle of Excellence Awards presented by the Sales and Marketing Council of the Middle Tennessee Association of Home Builders.
We had three members of our sales team that were recognized and received awards.  Charles Jeter was a finalist for the Sales Manager of the Year award.  Chad Hornick recieved the Silver Award.  Reggie Polk recieved the Gold Award for the 7th straigth year!  Reggie was also named the 2012 Salesperson of the Year!
We are grateful for a wonderful year and a wonderful team!
December 5th, 2012

Another Happy Customer Purchases In Chelsea Fairways!

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Norfolk Homes would like to welcome Rebecca to the Chelsea Fairways community!  Rebecca is looking forward to moving into her beautiful new Briarhaven home, on lot #68.  She is returning to the area from Boston, and is looking forward to settling back into the area where she grew up.  She told us that she’s most excited about cooking & baking in her amazing new Kitchen!  Welcome home Rebecca!

Rebecca is pictured with our sales agent Lisa Markwardt in a beautiful
Norfolk kitchen.

December 4th, 2012

Discover the beautiful Alexandria floorplan!

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Norfolk Homes is proud to build this gorgeous plan. Discover the beautiful “Alexandria” floor plan. This video link was taken at our Franklin, TN community – Belle Vista and may show features that are optional or have been modified. It is also available at Fountainbrooke in Brentwood, TN. Please see your Sales Consultant for details. It would be our honor to be your new home builder!

December 1st, 2012

We're Sold Out in Creekside!!

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SOLD OUT!

Norfolk Homes of Michigan is pleased to announce that the  Creekside community located in Chelsea, MI is officially SOLD OUT.  The last home in this tight knit community closed early this month.  Sales were solid and steady in this community and sales agent Lisa Markwardt contributes this swift pace to the great subdivision location in the ever popular City of Chelsea.

Lucky for Lisa she only needed to move her sales gear 1 mile down the road to Norfolk’s newest offering, Chelsea Fairways.  With three homes already sold in this community, Chelsea Fairways already speaks for itself with its desirable price, diverse home designs and central location.

It’s always a great feeling to help create and finish communities like Creekside and Chelsea Fairways!

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