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What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

There are many events this year around the Maumee area. The only question is where will you be ringing in new year. If you’re unsure check out a few of these great parties….

Holiday Inn French Quarter’s New Year’s Eve Package

• Hors d’oeuvres at 6pm

•New Year’s Eve Surf ‘n’Turf Buffet for two at 7pm

•8 Drink Tickets per Couple

•Late Night Snack at 11pm

•Champagne Toast at Midnight

•Party Favors

•New Year’s Day Breakfast Buffet for two (9am-12pm)

•Late Checkout 1:00pm

•Live Entertainment (3 Bands) Night Line Band (in Holidime®)

•Green-Eyed Soul (in Atrium)

•Jackpot (in J. Patricks)

Registry Bistro’s second annual New Year’s Eve Celebration

  • five course dinner paired with wine
  • champagne toasts
  • night sessions big band
  • 7 pm to 1 am
  • $125/ person +tax and gratuity
  • Dessert Lounge at 10pm

New Year’s Eve with the Ohio Players at Hollywood Casino

  • Motown Style
  • 11pm – 1 pm
  • Ohio Players on the H Lounge stage

Noon Year’s Eve at the Toledo Zoo 

  • kid Friendly
  • ring in new year at strike of noon
  • party hats and noise makers
  • 11 am – 1 pm

New Years Eve Toledo at Kobe Bay

  • NYE balloon drop filled with prizes
  • photo booth
  • Kobe Bay sushi
  • entertainment by jim limber and Dj AK
  • discounted hotel rental
  • 8pm – 2am

New Year’s Eve Soul night party at Veritas

  • $60
  • Dj Rick Clark
  • includes food and champagne for the table
  • reservations required

Winterfest New Years Eve Party

  • Birdcage bar and grill at Fifth Third Field
  • 8:30 pm to 1 am
  • fireworks at midnight
  • buffet from 8:30 to 10
  • champagne toast at midnight
  • open bar
  • $100
  • room rental special at Park Inn  for those attending – mention party when making reservation

Midnight Special 5k

  • Fallen timber’s middle school
  • will be dark recommended reflective clothing
  • awards to fastest of each age group
  • encourage formal new years attire ( tux, gown)
  • $25

New Year’s Eve 1940’s big band hangar dance

  • Liberty Aviation Museum
  • 8pm – 12:30 am
  • 19 piece orchestra
  • complementary hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks
  • includes party favors and champagne toast
  • cash bar beer and wine
  • silent auction
  • 50/50 raffle
  • free dance lessons
  • vintage or reproduction era clothing award for best dressed
  • $55 single ticket
  • $100 couple
  • reserve table of 8 for $400 includes a bottle of champagne

Crowdfund Your New Home

Unless you never use the internet you’ve probably heard of crowdfunding, the popular trend of sharing your story to the public and asking for donations online; but, did you know that there are some of these sites geared toward helping you achieve your real estate goals? These Sites are designed to help you raise money for a down payment or even renovations and repairs. If you’re not opposed to asking for money in lieu of gifts for your birthday, wedding, anniversary, graduation, or other occasion, then this might be just what you’re looking for.

There are Four Major sites worth mentioning, Hatch My House, Feather The Nest, Honeyfund, and BoostUp. Each one has it’s own unique perks.

  • Hatch My House – Hatch My House lets users build a virtual house where guests can “purchase” parts of the home in order to help fund down payment home repair of even decor. Like most of these sites there is a 5% commission from the site for making a donation. However, this particular program has a feature that gives the donator the option to pay the fee for you.
  • Feather The Nest – Feather The Nest users create a “nest” that can be donated to or sponsored.This site has partners with guest blogs and real estate agent or mortgage broker referrals that could help to get the word out about your goals.
  • Honeyfund – Originally set up as a honeymoon registry, Honeyfund now offers funds for any occasion. You could fund your new home, renovation, vacation or even smaller things like cooking classes.
  • BoostUp – BoostUp is geared toward saving for a new home or a new car. You can create a profile like the other sites; however, this is the only one of the sites that parters with brands that may match your savings. Say you have $3,000 already saved and your looking for a new home, a lender may choose to match all or a portion or your savings. It’s a very efficient way to save for a down payment.

When creating a profile on any of these websites, you’ll need to share the story of exactly what you need the funds for. You should talk about what neighborhood you would like to buy in and what qualities you are looking for in your new home. You’ll also need to set up a PayPal account to go along with your profile as most of these platforms require one to receive cash gifts. After you’ve created your profile you’ll be given a personal URL to share with friends and family.

It’s also important to keep your beneficiaries informed of the progress of your home buying process. People will appreciate knowing what specifically their money has been used for. Also, in the case that you do not raise enough money to buy a home, you should always let every contributor know what happened and what your new plans for the money are. Not staying in contact may give your helpful friends the impression that you deceived them to mooch money off of them.

Trulia’s Reasons to Buy this Holiday Season

when to buy a house: 7 reasons to shop when there's snow and boots on front stepsIt might just be the most wonderful time of year to buy a new home.

While others are tipping back the eggnog and celebrating the holidays, you should be buying a home.

Purchasing a new home around the holidays is not typical. But with low buyer competition, motivated sellers, and year-end tax benefits, you may want to consider canceling those holiday plans and high-tailing it to some open houses of homes for sale in San Francisco.

But if you’re in the market and wondering about when to buy a house, take note of these seven benefits and then call your agent. December just might be the most wonderful time of year … to be house hunting!

Bargain prices

The month of December is known for frantic shopping and attending countless holiday parties but not for purchasing a home — and this can work in your favor. With fewer buyers in the marketplace, the available homes for sale are priced to sell. Plus, with fewer fish in the sea, there’s less likelihood of multiple offers and escalator clauses.

Motivated sellers

If a home is on the market in December, there’s usually a specific reason sellers are looking to move; it could be a job relocation, financial hardship, or a personal change of circumstance. Regardless, it gives you an opportunity to negotiate a sweet deal — lowball the listing price and ask for a closing date that works with your schedule.

Tax benefits

Purchasing a home in 2015 is good for your bottom line when tax time rolls around. If you close by December 31, you can deduct property taxes, mortgage interest, origination points on your loan, and interest costs — all while building equity in your home. These deductions can be huge money savers, especially in the early years of your loan when you’re paying off interest.

Vendor availability

A moving company’s December calendar usually resembles a ghost town. Not only will you be able to secure movers on short notice, but with competition for prime time slots (weekends) nonexistent, you could probably score a deal as well. Ask them to consider throwing in a couple of moving hours for free or packing materials and boxes gratis. The same tactic may also work with contractors, repairmen, and home inspector services.

Lending lull

With everyone off celebrating the holidays, December is traditionally a lean month for mortgage brokers. Since there are fewer real estate transactions, loan officers may be motivated to offer special incentives and possibly waive or reduce origination fees. With so few loans in the pipeline, underwriting turnaround times will be quick. You may be able to negotiate a better price with the seller if you’re able to close the purchase in under 30 days.

Builder incentives

If you’re building a new home, ask about holiday incentives — builders typically roll them out to finish the year with a bang. If upgrades such as custom cabinets, quality carpeting, and designer paint colors are on your holiday wish list, December may be the ideal time to purchase a new-construction home. With fewer units sold throughout the month, the last few days of December are particularly important for sales.

Flexible schedules

There’s no need to wait until Saturday or Sunday to cram five house showings into your schedule. Rather than using your precious weekends, take an end-of-the-year vacation day on a weekday to check out the available inventory (especially if your company has a “use it or lose it” policy). Chances are, your agent has some time on their hands as well and would appreciate staying busy throughout December.

– See more at: http://www.trulia.com/blog/when-to-buy-a-house-reasons-to-buy-a-house-in-december/#sthash.W1qvgG1l.dpuf

Conant Street Development

Anyone interested in the issue of the development of the 200 block of Conant Street is invited by the City council to attend a public forum on Monday, December, 14th at 7:00pm, in the city administration building. All in attendance are encouraged to give their input on the matter before, the council comes to a decision, as to whether the City will sell the property to a commercial developer, or build a park.

Maumee Chamber of Commerce Fundraiser

The Maumee Chamber of Commerce will be holding a benefit fundraiser tomorrow, December 10th at The Oasis Restaurants.

You may order dine- in, carryout, delivery or catering and all you have to do is mention the fundraiser to the person taking your order and 10% of your bill will be donated to The Maumee Chamber of Commerce.

Visit these participating locations:

Bowling Green                                Oregon

Perrysburg                                       Sylvania

North Toledo                                   South Toledo

West Toledo

 

 

613 W. John St., Maumee

SOLD

613 West John Street

Curb appeal and character abounds in this downtown Maumee charmer! Warm natural woodwork, hardwood floors and family room fireplace. Remodeled kitchen with lots of cupboard space, pantry and skylight. Fenced yard with shed and brick patio for outdoor entertaining. Charming side screened porch. Useable basement for storage or extra living space. Freshly painted exterior, replacement windows, affordable utilities.

613johnst.danberry.com

SOLD 7110 Providence St, Whitehouse SOLD

SOLD

7110 Providence Street

Escape to this charming cottage on almost an acre of gardens, trees and relaxation! Parks and walking trails across the street, but still close to town. Huge garage for storage, workshop and toys. Huge bedroom easily accommodates furniture and room for sitting area or office. Well maintained including updated kitchen and bath. Cozy front sunroom with views of park. Dining room/family room opens to deck. Living room provides more entertaining space. Laundry room with storage.

7110providencest.danberry.com