Newsletter: April 2020



Of course, this is not fine, and any agent who tells you otherwise is… probably not fine. Fortunately, most builders have responded responsibly and many were quick to shut down their sales offices ahead of the shelter in place (kudos to Lombardo, who went appointment-only about a week prior), helping to ensure we do our part to get past this and back to real estating/new home constructing ASAP.

In the meantime, some options:

1) Browse online; let us send you listings, links, info, pictures, words… anything and everything possible that allows you to do research from the comfort of your (current) home. Once the shelter in place is lifted, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running or maybe just walk at a relative pace but you get what we mean.

2) If you need something immediate and can’t wait, might we suggest a builder spec home? Resale transactions are still happening, but you can’t get an inspector out and if you need to do work on the house, good luck getting that started anytime soon. With a move-in ready spec home, there is no work to be done and it has already been inspected by the city or township. We can help you find your new home, guide you through the virtual-closing process, and then stick around to help with the warranty. As we do.

Whatever your needs or urgency, let’s discuss the best and safest route for you and your family’s new home search.



Stonegate South, Strathdale Development, The New Home Experts, Lot #52.

Lot #52 | Stonegate South

Not much has changed since last month (for obvious reasons); drywall is still going in, but the good news is you now have a little extra time to pick more of you interior finishes! This gorgeous Wellington II floor plan will feature a walkout basement AND a sunroom, the latter of which will offer spectacular views of Rochester Hills. Bonus: you aren’t actually in Rochester Hills, so your taxes are considerably lower than the houses you’re looking at!

If you’re interested in this 4 bed/2.5 bath/2,760+ sqft colonial by Strathdale Development (near the commute-friendly intersection of Dutton & Squirrel), connect with us for the details; there is still time to do many of your interior selections!

The Castleton, Pulte Homes, Bald Mountain, Lot #207.

Lot #207 | Bald Mountain

New listing in Bald Mountian! Last month we were on the buying side, this month we’re on the listing side and hey life is complex but we’re happy to continue being involved in this fabulous pool + clubhouse neighborhood before it’s sold out (pssst – there are only 12 lots left!!). Located within the desirable Rochester Hills Community School District, this gorgeous move-in ready Castleton floor plan features 4 bed/3.5 bath, and nearly 3,500 sqft. It includes a modern open layout with a large island and kitchen cafe open to the 2-story great room, separate dining and office/flex space, the Pulte Planning Center®, lots of natural daylight, a 2nd floor laundry, and a 2.5 car garage. If you don’t have half a car no worries, Lou has a oxy-acetylene torch and an over-active imagination, we can figure something out.

Interested? Let’s discuss! Connect with us for the details, and we can walk you through the process for a contact-free purchase and closing.

New homes in Novi, Ava floor plan, Kensington Family Homes

46115 White Pines | Novi

To-be-built and located on a gorgeous lot in the Autumn Parks neighborhood near 9 Mile & Beck, you get the best of both worlds: a brand new home, in a coveted/established neighborhood. Not to mention award-winning and award-accepting Northville Schools.

Featuring 4 bed/3.5 bath and over 3,100 sqft, this Craftsman-style colonial features a 3-car garage, a Gourmet kitchen, a luxurious master suite featuring a tray ceiling and resort-style bath, covered outdoor living space off the dining area, high end finishes throughout, and more! Connect with Lou and Jeff (if you’re already working with us), or reach out to Julie & Jenniferdirectly for the details.



All of our current re-sale listings are under contract – YAY!


M/I Homes, Townhomes, Canton, MI.

49513 Cherry Hill | Canton

20+ years in the making, the Cherry Hill Village development continues to provide its residents with the conveniences of Canton, without the insane traffic and congestion of… Canton. Located on the western edge of the township (and less than 20 minutes from Downtown Ann Arbor), the almost rural/small-town setting makes you forget about the hustle and bustle of Ford Road just a couple miles away.

Perched on the southwest corner of Cherry Hill & Denton, this townhome features 3 bed/2.5 bath/1,875 sqft, and includes granite countertops, hardwood floors, a generous appliance package, and other high end finishes – as well as acclaimed Plymouth-Canton Schools.

For more info, have your agent reach out to our friend Carrin Byk directly. Not working with an agent? You should be, let’s chat.


Novaplex Development, Novi

Novaplex Development, Novi

A long vacant piece of land on the west side of Haggerty between 12 Mile & 13 Mile could become a sprawling apartment complex with upwards of 270 units across several 3 & 4 story buildings. The 22 acre parcel had been approved for several different office projects over the past 20+ years, but none came to be. Developer BC Novaplex LLC is requesting a zoning change from OST-Office Service Technology to RM-2-High Density Multi-Family, but the Novi Planning Commission still has questions/concerns about the plan… [read more]

Godfrey Hotel, Corktown

Godfrey Hotel, Corktown

While this one isn’t about a residential development, it does involve a well known local residential builder (and it has been a slow month for development news so work with us here); Hunter Pasteur Homes and Oxford Capital Group are attempting to bring The Godfrey Hotel to Corktown. Located on the Southwest corner of Michigan and 8th (on the site of the City Cab building), the proposed plans call for a newly constructed 7-story building with roughly 225 rooms; pending approvals, it could be complete by summer 2022… [read more]



Pulte Homes, Jeff & Lou, New Home Experts.
Fun Fact: this is the minimum distance Jeff will agree to be photographed!

Our website caters exclusively to new-home-specific buyers, so in addition to the usual audiences found on the MLS, Zillow, etc., we also bring you local buyers searching specifically for new homes; and we do it for less than what resale agents charge.

Get in touch to find out how we can sell your homes AND save you money in the process.


Questions about your new home search? Call or email us today – we look forward to hearing from you! Not ready for that kind of commitment? Check out our new-home-specific-search and email us incognito. Use a name like Casey Deeya. We’ll never know it’s you…

Lou Bitove & Jeff Bortnick, owners of The New Home Experts®, have more than 35 years combined experience in real estate, much of that with builders like Pulte & Toll Brothers.  They also provide market research for area builders, developers and national firms.  If you’re considering a new home, remember: the builders rep represents the builder, not you.  Work with the only local agents in Metro Detroit to specialize in new homes, and save money in the process – ask us how!