Marine City Community Visioning Meeting

Marine City Community Visioning Meeting Wednesday June 23 7-9pm

Marine City is updating its Master Plan. Come and share your ideas for creating the kind of community in which you want to live, work and play.

Washington Life Center – (Old Washington Elementary) YOUR Opportunity to give the city fathers your vision for our City. It’s your community…It will be your plan. See you there.marine city map

Today’s Stimulas Party Was A Success

                                                                                                    As noted a few blogs ago, H and R Block  Income Tax Preparer, Real Estate Consultants, Real Estate One Westrick (Tom Wagener and Wynne Achatz), and several shops at our Marine City K Mart Plaza held a Stimulas Day Party. I was given a booth at H & R BLOCk to hook up my computer and printer, several vendors had set up their tables out side to draw attention to H and R Block’s shop including myself. Children played games outside on the sidewalk, Tasefully Simple had a sample Table outside, A couple of the Local Eateries brought Pizza for lunch for us and passer bys. Broadway Pizza brought Chicken Parmesan Pizza and Bar B Q Chicken Pizza. Anitas sent over pepperoni Pizza.

The different shops invited each other to check out the other’s bargains. H and R Block made up flyers on the Stimulous Plan and Tax benefits of buying a home right now. I was on hand to help out anyone that may be interested in investing in a home or being a 1st time buyer to get the maximum tax credit.

We all had a lot of fun and had a good networking day. There was a lot of good Chi and Energy flowing today. We all left at 5 O’clock happy with spirits lifted with all our connections. Thanks to everyone that dropped by for making our day.

Together We Can Sell Your Home

Just Sold - 220,000.

Just Sold - 220,000.

just SOLD 1913 and 1945 South Parker, Marine City
just SOLD 1913 and 1945 South Parker, Marine City

These days, tax credits and high housing inventory make it a buyers’ market. If you’re a seller, don’t despair. There are a variety of renovations that can help make your home stand out. Many buyers look at numerous homes when shopping for a house; so enhancing your home to make it more memorable is vital and increases the chances of a successful sale. Call 810-765.8167 today and let’s get that house SOLD!!!

Be Careful

Watch Your Speed

Watch Your Speed

Starting March 1, 2009, Michigan will launch a 31 day speeding ticket frenzy. The state estimates that $9 million dollars will be generated in speeding tickets, with an additional $3.5 million in revenue for failure to wear a seatbelt.. $1 million will go to pay state troopers overtime. There will be 47 state troopers on duty at all times patrolling the main intersections and highways with the highest rates of speeding.

They are the following:

I-75, especially from the Ohio line north to Woodhaven, and again from Auburn Hills to Flint
I-96 east and west in its entirety
I-275 north and south
I-675 north and south
I-94 east and west from Battle Creek to Jackson
I-696 east and west in its entirety
I-196 east and west
US-131 north and south
I-69 east and west from Lansing to Flint and again from Flint eastward to Port Huron.
I-69 north and south from I-94 to Lansing
M-14 east and west from I-94 to I-275
M-39 from I-94 to I-96
M-59, especially from Pontiac to Utica, and from Utica east
US-10 from Midland to Bay City
US-23 from I-96 to Flint
US-27 from Lansing to Mt. Pleasant

Quotas:
5 mph above the limit can justify a ticket and every state trooper is supposed to pull a car over and write a ticket every 10 to 20 minutes. They have issued 30 brand new unmarked Dodge Charger Police cruisers and canceled all vacation time. In addition, they are bringing in all of their part timers on full time for the month. This nonsense will conclude on April 1.
Driving Ticket fine increase in MI:
Starting on January 15th, the price of a ticket for violation of MI Law 39:3-29 (failure to show your driver’s license, registration, or proof of insurance card at the time you are stopped) went from $44.00 to $173.00. Please make sure your vehicles have the proper documents in them. If you jump in the car to run to the store and forget your wallet with your license in it and you are stopped…. Oh well… you just spent $173. And the fine for not having all three documents is $519!!!
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Michigan Real Estate Asbestos Prevention Information

Purchasing or moving into a new home is the investment of a lifetime. The path to home owner ship is also one that will bring additional responsibilities into your life. Used in many construction applications for the greater part of the 20th century, asbestos is a fibrous mineral that possesses many intrinsic traits.

In most situations, asbestos appears in roof shingles, dry wall, attic insulation, popcorn ceilings, joint compounds and electrical wires. It’s flame resistant and durable qualities made it an ideal choice for many industries.

Potential Michigan home buyers or those seeking to remodel an older home should be aware that homes built before 1980 may still contain asbestos materials. This is not to make you frightened because asbestos exposure is easily preventable by taking simple precautions. There are now many eco-sustainable options that replace the need for asbestos.

Asbestos that is in a good state is not considered harmful. If any asbestos is located in your home, the best thing to do is leave it un-disturbed until a home inspector can determine the best course of action. Although asbestos exposure does not always lead a related illness, long term inhalation of its fibers can cause a rare but severe ailment known as pleural mesothelioma . Approximately 2,000 to 3,000 new mesothelioma cases are reported every year in the United States alone, while researches are constantly searching for a mesothelioma cure.

According to the experts, the general rule of thumb is if the asbestos is in good shape, it’s posing no apparent risk. If it’s in bad shape, it could be a problem. In many situations, the best action in dealing with asbestos is no action at all. However, if an inspector deems removal necessary, it must be performed by a licensed abatement contractor who is trained in handling asbestos materials.

As responsible inhabitants of Earth, we are obligated to nurture and sustain this planet.  With growing education and technology in green sustainable energy and building resources, Michigan has taken actions to ensure safety and health is a top priority in this great state.  Non-profit organizations such as Michigan GREEN , consists of energy consultants and companies who have joined forces with schools, government agencies and conscious individuals to promote the cause of renewable and green efficiency throughout the U.S.

Recycled building materials that are viable options to asbestos include: cellulose, cotton fiber and lcynene foam. These environmentally sustainable products can also reduce annual energy costs by 25 to 35 percent. The move to a greener lifestyle will build on the change to healthier methods of building products, home remodeling and renovation. These new environmentally-sustainable alternatives create healthier, quieter and more energy efficient homes in the 21st century.

Algonac, Marine City, St. Clair Area NOTE: St. Clair County Resource Fair

Community Resource Fair Hygiene Item Drive

Community Resource Fair Hygiene Item Drive

Community Resource Fair Hygiene Item Drive
Community Resource Fair Hygiene Item Drive

On March 10th, the St. Clair County Community Services Coordinating Body is sponsoring our 2nd annual “Community Resource Fair” from 10am-4pm at St. Clair County Community College.  This event is geared toward the growing number of county residents who are homeless or at-risk of becominghomeless.   Last year’s Community Resource Fair drew a much larger crowd than we expected.  We had approximately 650 people attend, over 35 vendors providing services, and more than 150 volunteers.  We outgrew our facility before the doors even opened! 

This year, with unemployment at an all-time high in our community, we are planning for a minimum of 1,500 attendees.  We will be distributing personal hygiene kits, spring and summer clothing, and business attire.  In addition, the Resource Fair will provide an array of community services, including on-site medication reviews, breast exams, mental health assessments, blood pressure checks, eyeglass repairs, haircuts, and more.  

Please help us spread the word about this valuable community event.  We could use your help with collecting personal hygiene items for the hygiene kits that will be distributed at this event.  We are in need of 1,500 kits for men/women, and 500 for children.    The following items will be included in the kits:    Toothbrushes for adults and children Toothpaste for adults and children Bath toys for children Bubble bath for children Shampoo and conditioner for both adults and children disposable razors shaving cream full size bars of soap dental floss Deodorant. Items may be dropped off by Feb 13 at my office in Marine City:

Real Estate One Westrick
505 West Blvd
Marine City, MI 48039
810-765-8167 for pick up

 

Marine City Businesses Sponsor Great Lakes Titanic Dinner Cruise

For all of the Titanic Buffs out there here is an event you are sure to want to attend. Check out this exciting evening that is being sponsored by a few Marine City Businesses. If you ever wanted to put yourself on the Titanic to experience what may have happened had there not been an ice berg follow the link above, learn more and get your ticket today…We are having a mid spring dinner cruise to replicate the evening cruise of the Titanic. Of course everyone gets back to the dock safe and sound. Costumes welcome and encouraged.

Maritime Days May 21 – 24th

 

Come To Marine City

Come To Marine City

That’s right! It’s Coming in May. Marine City Days(Maritime Days). This is a city wide event that brings the community together and invites people into the community to share in the fun. There is everything from Concerts in the Park, Carnival rides, beer tents, Vegas tent, a fabulous parade. (This parade honors those that have served our country  in the military armed services at thr beginning of the parade.) There is a Memorial immediately following the parade to  again honor those that have served our country.  Find out more about about Marine City

Back From Phoenix Summit

Always trying to stay one step ahead of the market, off to Phoenix to a CyberStar Summit. There were 0ver 100 Top agents from around the country at this by invitation only event. Lots of great ideas, new and quick technology tips to help me help buyers and sellers in Macomb, Oakland, Sanilac and St. Clair Counties, across the nation or even the world for that matter. New ideas to compete in this “changing market” had us all working hard. These 100 plus of the most aggressive, progressive, forward thinking professionals in real estate today together made magic. We are sharing our methods of success. The faculty consisted of the continent’s top producing real estate professionals, all ranking in the top 1% of REALTORS® in North America. An Associate from New Jersey,CYberStar from New Jersey Barbara Wiessman,

  My Goal, to achieve increased sales for our Algonac, Marine City and St. Clair sellers, and to keep transactions together for our buyers through more creative steps in negotiations and increased use of technology. Barb’s of course was to do the same for Bergan County sales.
I have been involved with the CyberStars since Feb 1996. This Conference and the systems learned from the “ENERGY WITHIN” our group have armed me with the best tools available to provide the highest quality of service to my clients. In addition, I continue to build a tremendous network for referring my clients to the best agents all over the country when they’re considering a move or looking to buy a second home out of the area. I also received invaluable insight on the benefits of operating from a business philosophy and incorporating the latest technology to keep me on the cutting edge. As a part of the Conference, I received information for consumers about the top six mistakes that sellers can make when selling a home, as well as criteria for evualating and hiring a real estate professional on my TEAM. As a public service, I have decided to make the reports available to Algonac, Marine City, St. Clair infact all area residents at no charge. Anyone wanting more information can email me or call me 810-765-8167.

YOUNG MARINES of Port Huron – Thank You!

Port Huron’s Young Marines…

You are often overlooked and go unrecognized for the many civic funtions you perform throughout St. Clair County. Do people even know Who are YOU? What do You do?

Probably not, so I would like to take some time and acknowledge who you sre and what you do.

The Young Marines of Port Huron are young boys, men, girls, women ages 8-18. The Port Huron group comes from famlies all over St. Clair County. Thay meet weekely at the Marysville American Legion Hall, Marysville Michigan.

These meetings are educational with the intent of promoting healthy living, team work, leadership, drug free environment, and importance of giving and helping others in the community.

The young people in this Group lead off many of the area parades including Marine City’s, Maritime Days and Santa Parade. The Young Marine Group often present the colors city and township meetings, and area dinner events. 

Have you seen them delivering Toys for Tots and food for the Salvation Army. An Annual event at the Holiday Time.

Gratefully they have been known to show up at Marine City’s Helping Hands Facility on Ward Street to help pass out food to the less fortunate; some even deliver the food to shut ins. Adding to this they help Port Huron’s Post Office with their annual food drive. There is no end to the civic and charitable time this well founded group gives to the St.Clair County Area.

Annually,  The Young Marines host a dinner for the Local Vetrens. Last years dinner was held in Marysville with over 200 in attendance. The Young Marines help charitable groups with their fund raiser dinners on occassion. Recently they hosted a special spagetti dinner for a local charity.

The Young Marines is a culture for these young folks in the community waiting to help when asked, they start young to learn the importance of helping and giving back to community.

If you are interested in knowing more or helping this terriffic group, call John or Debbie Ritter @ 810-364-4218.

Other Websites of interest 

Thank You Young Marines for making this community a better place to live.

Written By Wynne Achatz, South East Michigan REALTOR as a tribute to the Port Huron Young Marines.