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Buyers rush to beat tax credit deadline
Real estate professionals report that first-time home buyers are flooding the sale market, pressed to finalize a deal before the federal government's $8,000 tax credit offer expires on Nov. 30. 

Because mortgage approvals, residential inspections, and other steps in the buying process typically take about two months, buyers hoping to take advantage of the incentive will need to have a contract by the end of September. 

The new flurry of activity now as house-hunters try to meet the deadline is triggering bidding wars and energizing the property market, which historically is slow at the end of summer. As a result, more homes are getting their full asking price. 

Source: Chicago Tribune, Kathleen Lynn (08/14/09)
Supino Pizzeria in Detroit ranks No. 1
Sylvia Rector | Free Press Restaurant Critic

Metro Detroit will always love its thick, square, Sicilian-style pizzas, but here as across the country, tastes are turning to lighter, more modern styles. The deceptively simple pies at Supino Pizzeria in Detroit's Eastern Market do more than follow the trend. They help define it.

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Issue: #9 September | 2009

Group aims for 15,000 young professionals in Midtown area by 2015
Sherri Begin Welch | Crain's Detroit Business
If 15 by 15, a coordinated effort by the three anchor employers in Detroit's Midtown area to bring 15,000 young, educated people to greater downtown by 2015, is successful, it could become a national model.

The effort is the first nationally to put a stake in the ground and set some measurable markers around its goal to attract young people, and it is one of the first such efforts with anchor institutions working collaboratively, according to the Chicago-based nonprofit CEOs for Cities.

Wayne State University, Henry Ford Health System and the Detroit Medical Center in May began meeting to explore ways they could work together to spur more development in Midtown to make it a place young people find attractive.

Joining them at the table is the Detroit-based Hudson-Webber Foundation, the impetus for the effort and an investor in Midtown for more than 20 years.

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Just Listed: Detroit Towers $299,900
Detroit Towers Sophisticated living on Detroit's Gold Coast

Luxury waterfront condo in Detroit Towers featuring 1920s historic charm with modern amenities. Gourmet kitchen with granite counters, Pewabic Tile backsplash, Sub Zero fridge and a dual fuel Wolf range. Spectacular master bath with rain shower head and deep soaking tub. Association fee includes heat, water, 24/7 valet, elevator operator and building manager. Enjoy sophisticated living on Detroit's Gold Coast. Qualifies for the NEZ tax abatement.

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8152 Jefferson Ave. 4B | 3 Beds, 2.5 Baths | 2,400 Sq Ft | $299,900

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This home will be featured on the Living in the V real estate open house Sunday, September 27 from 1pm to 5pm.

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Restaurant week is coming to Detroit
Detroit Restaurant WeekDetroit Restaurant Week (DRW) will serve-up meals made for a silver platter at blue-plate special prices Friday, September 18 through Sunday, September 27.  The 10-evening dinner promotion will showcase the outstanding cuisine of Detroit's finest restaurants-- offering "foodies" an opportunity to enjoy delicious three-course meals for a fixed price of $27 per person.   
"Detroit is home to some of the best fine dining establishments in the country," said Jason Huvaere, producer of Detroit Restaurant Week.  "Restaurant Week will give residents from Southeastern Michigan and Ontario the opportunity to have a great meal for a fraction of the regular menu price." 
A minimum three-course dinner will be included in the $27 fixed price, exclusive of beverage, tax and gratuity.  Some restaurants will offer specially-priced wine and beverage pairings to accompany the meal. 

For more information visit DetroitRestaurantWeek.com.

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Detroit Symphony Orchestra to offer free concerts
Mark Stryker | Detroit Free Press

The DSO Community Series, which will run Sept. 14-18, includes public performances at Seligman Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills, Ford Community and Performing Arts in Dearborn and the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Detroit and the Detroit School of Arts. There will also be closed concerts for students at Seligman and the Detroit School of Arts. 

The sixth and final concert finds the DSO back at home at Orchestra Hall for a Sunday afternoon concert on Sept. 20, part of a four-hour open house designed to introduce patrons to the Max.

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