brighton michigan: Preview Properties Hosting Blood Drive October 30th - 09/23/15 08:39 AM
Going to be in the Brighton area on Friday, October 30th?  Hey, it's the day before Halloween and you get a great opportunity to do a little reverse-Dracula-ing.  Our office is hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive that day from 11:00 AM to 4:45 PM at 130 W. Grand River, Brighton 48116.
Afterwards, forget about the traffic and browse around the downtown businesses or treat yourself to a great lunch or dinner at one of the many restaurants in the area.
To schedule an appointment you can log in at and enter the sponsor code: Preview, or call Lisa at 810-220-1505.  Another … (2 comments)

brighton michigan: Top 11 Buyer Mortgage Mistakes - 08/06/15 09:50 AM
David Letterman has his Top 10 lists, I had to go one better.  If you’re already pre-approved for a mortgage, here are some things NOT to do.  They can delay closing or totally kill your purchase.  They are provisional in the sense that you absolutely need to confer with your loan representative before proceeding.  Different loan types have different underwriting requirements and they are the best ones to advise you.
Don’t buy or lease a new auto
Even converting a lease to a purchase may screw up your loan. Why? It can change your credit score, cause your interest rate to increase … (2 comments)

brighton michigan: Downtown Brighton Imagination Station Park Clean Up On May 9th 2015 - 04/23/15 07:42 AM
For the fourth year in a row, community volunteers will converge on the downtown Brighton children's park, the Imagination Station.  Situated next to the millpond and easy walking to Main Street shops and restaurants, this is a great way to give back to your community.  Duty is relatively light and all tools needed are available - all that is needed is YOU!
The shift starts at 9am and ends at noon.  This main jobs to accomplish on May 9th are spreading 60 yards of mulch, miscellaneous spring clean up, trimming shrubs, pulling weeds, picking up litter and some painting.
Volunteers receive a goodie … (0 comments)

brighton michigan: It's All About Change - 04/11/15 07:27 AM
There's an old saying, "Nothing is sure except death and taxes".  Students of history know that to be true.  Ancient cultures had taxes, too.  And railed against them as we do.
Change happens on all levels.  I'm currently noticing it with traffic patterns and roads.  Of course, a small dirt road is great when it's only used by farmers on the weekend.  But a growing community will experience a lot more of that on a fairly regular basis.  And for a growing community we should all be happy.  
Fields converted to new housing, retail operations and restaurants - all a sign of … (0 comments)

brighton michigan: Local Event - Shroud of Turin Display April 4th 2015 - 04/03/15 05:01 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Brighton is having a Shroud of Turn display Saturday, April 4, 2015, from noon to 6:00 pm. The display consists of two life-sized photographs of the front and back of the shroud. The display will be in the church’s cry room.
The images come from a researcher that participated in the 1978 Shroud of Turin Research Project, which ultimately radiocarbon dated the shroud back to only medieval times.  The exhibit is part science and part art history. The exhibit asks people to make their own decision as to the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin.

brighton michigan: Spring Break Fun Day for Grades K-4 on April 7th - 04/01/15 03:49 AM
The Brighton Optimist Club will conduct its Spring Break Fun Day on Tuesday, April 7th at Brighton High School from 8am - 2 pm.  The Optimists rent out a portion of the HS and have a variety of fun events for kids in grades K-4.  Kids sign up for different groups that may have the following activities: pool, kayaking, jump rope, cardio fun, karate, geology, science, magic, fishing, gardening, theatre, yoga, zumba, face painting and a kid's version of 'iron chef'.  
Pre-registration has closed, but there will be four groups of 20 open for day-of registration on a first-come, first-serve … (2 comments)

brighton michigan: Brighton Michigan – Great Idea! - 03/21/14 09:18 AM
If you live in Michigan you’re encountering the dreaded potholes.  A particularly rough winter has made our roads even worse and real road repairs won’t start for a little while yet.  So it’s good to see a city government being proactive. Here’s a great idea.
You can report potholes on the website for the City of Brighton, or by message to their facebook page.  This is good for both streets and municipal parking lots.  Just don’t report them while driving!
And if you're hitting potholes while driving around looking at homes on your own, feel free to give me a … (0 comments)

brighton michigan: Who Says You Can't Get Blood Out Of A Seller? - 01/23/13 09:01 AM
Can't get blood out of a seller? Or a buyer?  Or how about a real estate professional, a lender or even a turnip?  Well, yes you can.  OK, maybe not the turnip.  But you can get blood out of the rest of the above - and from yourself. 
As part of its ongoing community service activities, Preview Properties in Brighton, Michigan is hosting a blood drive for the American Red Cross on Tuesday, January 29th from 11 am to 4:45 pm.  Donating is easy and you get the chance to potentially affect the lives of 3 people in a positive … (4 comments)

brighton michigan: Buying Your First House - 11/03/12 10:01 AM
What can be greater than actually buying your first house?  OK, that’s open to interpretation of course.  But in terms of life moves, it has to be up there as one of the best and happiest times.  It can also be stressful, if for no other reason, the lack of certainty. It definitely takes us out of our comfort zone.
How much can I afford?  What’s the best neighborhood? Ranch, colonial, split-level?  Subdivision lot, small or large acreage?  How much will it cost me to maintain? What about unplanned repairs? Is the school system good?  It can sound pretty daunting.
And … (0 comments)

brighton michigan: Unhealthy (But Rewarding) Choices - 04/26/12 03:43 AM
Credit and Debit card reward points are a fixture today.  You can get cards that give you bonus points for air fare, travel, or general use – to be redeemed out of a catalog.  Years ago, I remember my local bank giving 4 points per dollar for the first six months your account was active.  It later downgraded to 2 points per dollar, then one point.  Now, it’s one point per two dollars spent. Guess we were having ‘too rewarding’ an experience, America.
Scanning my online bank account, I noticed a promo (yes, embedded into my online account statement!) for 40 … (0 comments)

brighton michigan: New Listing-502 Hightree Ct, Brighton 48116 - 03/14/12 05:35 PM
In the City of Brighton, this 3 bed, 2.5 bath colonial has municipal services, paved streets and public sidewalk. Close to US-23/I-96 access, plenty of shopping nearby, and close to schools, too! 
This home is neat and very clean. It features a wrap around porch and decking in rear.  Corner lot. Call me for specifics.
MLS 212026126

brighton michigan: Recent Genoa Township Sales - 03/12/12 08:50 AM
Here’s a list of the sales in Genoa Township for the first week of March 2012 (March 1-March8).
$485,000 – 5861 Hartford Way, Pine Creek Ridge
This was a new build that sold quickly.  It’s listed as 1 day on the market and was listed at $399,900.  My guess it went under contract earlier in the construction process and the buyers wanted some upgrades that increased its value.  It’s great to see more new construction popping up in the area again. Brighton schools.
$236,000 – 5440 Sharp, East Crooked Lakefront
This was my listing and it sold in 15 days for … (0 comments)

brighton michigan: Howell Michigan Holiday Spirit - 12/06/11 07:55 AM
OK, I admit it.  I’m a big proponent of shopping local.  I don’t care if you’re from Waterford or Birmingham, Ann Arbor or Brighton – patronize your local shops.
A couple of weeks ago, some business owners in Brighton got together and made a video about just that topic.
Now we have a great promo video of being in downtown Howell during the Holidays. A lot of video was shot during the Fantasy of Lights Parade (which everybody should see at least once!) and really gives you the feeling of shopping in a downtown area.
Big box stores and malls … (2 comments)

brighton michigan: Support The Troops - Thursday, December 1st, 2011 - 11/28/11 08:16 PM
Hey, Livingston County! One of the Brighton Optimists, Donna Campbell, is helping a friend collect items to send over to the troops in Afghanistan.  She'll be collecting items Thursday morning at the Bauery Restaurant at Mt. Brighton, during the weekly Brighton Optimist Club Meeting.  An excerpted list of items that are wanted are:
lotion, sunscreen, deodorant - all travel size; chap stick, soap, eye drops, disposable razors; individual packets of trail mix, beef jerky, and general munchies; disposable cameras, small toys like beanie babies that the troops can hand out to the kids over there; zip lock bags and holiday … (5 comments)

brighton michigan: Holiday Fundraiser Gives Both Ways - 11/28/11 07:32 AM
I’ve been an active member of the Brighton Optimist Club for many years.  They are a community service group under the Optimist International umbrella and their motto is, “Bringing Out The Best In Kids.”  Over their 35 years of existence, they’ve done a lot of great things for the community and its youth.
But these projects take money, so fundraising is needed.  Their annual Holiday fundraiser is called Green2Green, in partnership with Dutchman Tree Farms in Michigan.  Dutchman sells container grown evergreens, balled and burlap trees, holiday wreaths, and both 7’ cut and 3’ tabletop Christmas trees. 
We’ve been getting … (0 comments)

brighton michigan: Centerpiece of Brighton’s 9-11 Memorial Arrives - 09/10/11 02:08 PM

The public was encouraged to line Grand River from Genoa Twp to the Brighton Area Fire Department with American flags to help commemorate the arrival of a girder from the World Trade Center, the centerpiece to Brighton’s 9/11 Memorial.  I entered Grand River near Hacker Rd., and saw the first flag just west of Hilton Rd, where a family was out with a flag-laden golf cart and the entire group holding flags, too.
Small groups gathered on both sides of Grand River near the Fire Station, with a larger crowd at the site.  People came alone and carrying large … (0 comments)

brighton michigan: Brighton Michigan Events This Weekend - 09/08/11 03:18 PM
It will be a pretty busy weekend in Brighton. The Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce is holding the Smokin' Jazz and Barbecue Blues Fest is this weekend from 5pm to midnight Friday September 9th and again noon to midnight on Saturday the 10th in the Municipal Parking Lot next to the District Court. Great line up of entertainers, including Motor City blues icon(ess) Thornetta Davis. And don't forget the great food!
On Saturday at 11am, the centerpiece of the new 9-11 Memorial will be delivered to the memorial site at the Brighton Area Fire Department, 615 W. Grand River, 48116. Supporters … (2 comments)

brighton michigan: Brighton’s 9/11 Memorial Progresses - 09/02/11 02:31 PM
Work continues on the 9/11 sculpture site on W. Grand River, in front of the Brighton Area Fire Department.  A crew from Integrity Concrete was present when I stopped by this morning.  All workers were in constant motion in preparation for the official unveiling in a little over a week from today, on 9/11/11.
The centerpiece will be a twisted segment of steel beam from the World Trade Center, suspended from the four angled black beams in the picture and will hover above pieces of broken concrete. There is also to be a wall around the memorial with the names of … (0 comments)

brighton michigan: Short Note on Brighton Businesses - 08/21/11 08:19 PM
Things are certainly popping in Brighton lately.
The tentatively named Western House Brewery approved by Brighton Planning Commission for the old Western House Hotel location, AKA the ‘Pink Hotel’, at West Main and First streets.  This should be a great addition to downtown. Final vote by City Council will be September 1st.
The Pound Sports Bar continues through construction on the site of the old Singer Press building at West and Main streets, across from the Main Street Martini Bar.
Elite Feet opens up downtown.  With the Runnin’ Gear store on Grand River just west of Old US-23, we now have … (0 comments)

brighton michigan: Brighton Michigan – 35 Homes For $100,000 or Less - 06/25/11 02:37 PM
Right now, there are twenty three detached single family homes and twelve condos for sale in this price range.  This search is for the Brighton School District, so while some properties fall within city limits, many are in the surrounding townships.  Ten of the thirty five units are bank-owned (foreclosures) and another eleven are short sales (selling for less than what is owed and the bank will need to approve the sale).
Five of the units are in a senior (55+ years old) co-op.  The co-op units are small (950-1005 sq ft) two bedroom, one and a half bath each and … (2 comments)

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