TO THE HOT TAKE CANNON
[Ed-Seth: Those of you in parts of Ann Arbor should have by now seen our sponsor's ad at right. Or maybe you've walked by the Main Street location and immediately had to do battle with any brain cell registering mmm coffee. Or maybe after losing this battle you curled up inside with a double espresso and a good
book MGoBlog article.
For students and anyone in that Geddes-Washtenaw area, I wanted you to know they just opened another location on South U. West Siders and Packards, stop in the Main Street one.
Anyway you won't be the only reader in there. If you don't believe me, walk in sometime, put your fist in the air, and say "Harbaugh!" Also see if you can get the baristas to make an 'M' in the crema.]
Hi MGBLOG readers, David from Mighty Good Coffee here. As many of you know, Mighty Good has been roasting coffee in Ann Arbor for almost 10 years now and we have a great cafe right on Main St. in downtown Ann Arbor.
What you may not know, is that we just opened a new cafe right on the Michigan campus at 1335 South University. There we are serving coffee and espresso drinks made from our freshly roasted beans. We have a great selection of our signature latte drinks as well including the brown sugar sea salt latte! If you need freshly roasted beans to brew at home, we have those too.
So whether you’re on campus, or in downtown Ann Arbor, you can enjoy a great cup of coffee throughout the day and can even cozy up, hop on our wifi and get some work done while sipping the time away.
Last August I introduced you to one of our sponsors,
whose business model I have a ton of respect for. He does home finance/refinance, but where most banks just work with one set of rules and have pretty strict bottom-lines, Matt acts as more of a consultant. Since he doesn't have to support a whole bank staff, he also charges less, which for his clients usually means lower rates and fees.
He's been running various promotions; right now he's giving away Free Tickets and a Parking Pass to the Maryland Game, or a $100 Amazon Gift Certificate if you don't need/can't use the tix. The seats are Section 13, row 18. The parking's brown lot. [UPDATE UPDATE: They gone.]
If you want the tix, or if you want to discuss a mortgage refinance or pre-approval, give Matt a call (248.955.3250 ext. 1) or send him an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Each person who calls about a mortgage will also get a $10 gift card good towards the MGoStore.
Since last summer he's helped a bunch of MGoBloggers, some of whom offered to share their experiences. Note: He only serves in-state clients; for out-of-staters the best he can do is a referral.
I highly recommend calling Matt
I recently finished the process of refinancing my home through Homesure and highly recommend Matt's services. His rates are extremely competitive, and he has made the entire process not just pain free but enjoyable even. I've already referred a couple others to him and will continue to do so going forward.
Thanks again, Matt! Go Blue!
Matt recently helped us purchase a house, and is awesome. He is unquestionably knowledgeable, extremely helpful and always on the look out for your best interest, above and beyond expectations. His communication is among the best I have ever had with any professional in my life. Highly recommended and I don't give out praise easily.
[Ed-Seth: As you're probably aware, MGoBlog is pretty selective with how we choose which advertisers we partner with. The first thing we look for is whether they share our commitment to ethics and serving their customers/our readers.
Having bought a home recently, when Matt explained what he did, amazingly I understood it, and also understood how much of a positive departure it was from the typical turnkey stuff. I am very proud to introduce him as a sponsor of our site, and very happy that he has to be the one to explain what he does to you. Link to his site and the deal is here: http://www.homesurelending.com/go/mgoblog]
Note: He only serves in-state clients; for out-of-staters the best he can do is a referral.
Hey MGoBlog, this is bigdemo, aka Matt Demorest: sponsor guy.
You've probably been seeing my ads (like the one at right) on the site the last few weeks. The guys gave me an opportunity to explain who I am and how I do mortgages.
|Also get a $10 MGoStore gift |
card just for talking to him.
I worked at two really large local mortgage companies and I was really hoping to do things a little differently. I started my own mortgage company with the idea of being a consultant rather than a simple broker. My slogan is simple mortgage guidance. I care about making sure my clients are well informed, that the mortgage process is simple and easy, and that their are no surprises. The other big difference is I can shop the mortgage to different underwriters, rather than having to work with one lender.
As a daily reader of MGoBlog for the last 7 years I could think of no better place to partner with. Not only do I have the same obsessive love for Michigan athletics as those who I may end up working with, but as small business based in Royal Oak I also live and work near a large percentage of the readership.
I do both purchase and refinance mortgages and offer Conventional, FHA, VA, USDA loans. My rates are very competitive and my turn times are very fast. If I can help you that is great, if I cannot you will know why and leave our call with a plan for the future.
Bottom line is, I would love to see if you can save money through a refinance by lowering your rate, eliminating mortgage insurance, etc. Or to help you get pre-approved to buy a home. I don't charge anything to see where we stand (like some other places) and I never pressure anyone.
To receive the $10 MGoStore Gift Card you just need to go here and submit your contact info. As long as we have a 5-10 minute preliminary phone call within one week, you will get a code emailed to you by the staff at MGoBlog.
To get a pair of free tickets you just need to close and loan with us. You choose the sport and we will choose the game.
Don’t worry, it won’t be THE HORROR II or hoops versus Concordia. If you don’t need the tickets, we will give you a $100 gift card to the Ann Arbor restaurant of your choosing (that is a lot of BTBs). Simple as that.
Matt Demorest, President | HomeSure Lending
[Ed-S: Marawatch is doing a very nice thing. Read on]
At Michigan, just having a great football team isn't enough; we also expect that team to be out there making the world a better place. In that spirit, this holiday season, Marawatch, they of the exquisite Michigan timepieces, will be donating 10% of each sale to the charity or Michigan fund of the customer’s choice. Whenever you wear your watch, it will be one more reminder that this isn't just any old school...fergodsakes.
You are welcome to choose any accredited fund or charity, or join us in contributing to the following meaningful Michigan funds:
The Charles Woodson Clinical Research Fund at Mott’s: Your gift represents hope for children affected by life-threatening or chronic diseases. It supports investigators who have dedicated their lives to finding solutions, accelerating innovative ideas, and bringing concepts closer to real cures.
- The Paul and Amy Blavin Scholars Fund: In 2006, Paul (BBA '86) and Amy Blavin endowed a University of Michigan scholarship benefiting students from foster care in the state of Michigan admitted to the University. The scholarship offers the same opportunity to University of Michigan students who may not have the financial resources to reach their dreams, but who have the drive and ambition to do so, regardless of the hurdles they face.
Head over to to start selecting your timepiece.
Some of you got to meet friend of the blog Jared Cooper when he was in town sponsoring the Marlin Jackson meet-'n-greet. He's the guy who puts together those trip packages with a game ticket included for away games or in Ann Arbor with extra tours and stuff.
Jared emailed me this week to let me know the 2013 season's travel schedule is all set up. Highlights:
- Game ticket, two-night stay at Fairfield Inn or Hampton Inn
- Exclusive behind the scenes tour of Michigan Stadium on Friday Night (there will be an MGoEvent afterwards)
- OR an Autographed Denard photo (cheaper option if you don't want the tour)
- Special MGoShirt for this game
- M football media guide (on a 4GB USB drive)
- $10 MDen gift card
- Bus running on Gameday from New York City, will arrive 3 hours before kickoff.
- Can get your game ticket at the same time, or find one on your own.
- Game ticket, two-night stay at Fairfield Inn or Holiday Inn Express
- Tailgate (Brian and I plan to stop by)
- Special MGoshirt made for this game.
- Optional buses from D.C. and NYC.
- Bus from Ann Arbor, arrives ~4 hours before kickoff (yes you can bring beverages)
- Can get your game ticket too.
- Game ticket, two-night stay at Fairfield Inn with breakfast included
- Special MGoShirt made for this game.
- Transportation to the game via The Ride
- Game ticket in Michigan section, two night stay at Renaissance Chicago Downtown
- All-you-can-eat-tailgate with booze before the game
- Friday night cocktails at Bar Novo
- $10 CTA card for transportation to the game
- Special MGoShirt made for this game
- Game ticket and two-night stay at Residence In Coralville
- All-you-can-eat tailgate with pulled pork and stuff (beer & wine available for purchase on this one)
- Special MGoShirt made for this game (what do you guys think of "Everybody GERGs"?
- Game ticket and two-night stay at a hotel, and other stuff (still being planned, this one)
- Game ticket and two-night stay at Hyatt Regency Downtown
- Admission to the Big Ten Fan Fest
- Other stuff (Still being planned but you can put your deposit down now)
Anyone who books with him (on most programs) gets a reusable code for 20% off the MGoStore. Also if you want to put a group trip together for another game (like a bachelor party in Ann Arbor for Minnesota weekend or whatever) he can do that for you.
From the Ed-S-itor: Some of you may have noticed the new ad on the top of the site:
(Don't be fooled by this size; in real life, it's really big!)
Meet the latest sponsor of MGoBlog, Sports Power Weekends. What they do is put together group travel for Michigan's away games (Dallas, Notre Dame, Nebraska, etc.) So instead of doing the driving and the booking and the ticket scrounging you just give these guys about what you'd pay for all of that anyway and they do it for you. They have a limited number of spots based on how many tickets and bus seats there are.
I have images in my mind of busloads of MGoBloggers singing "The Victors" all the way to Sound Bend. I have to take the family caravan to that one, but I'm gonna try to meet up with the bus at some point.
Their message is below. And yes, it's not too late to be
in there for Alabama in one month (ONE MONTH! EEEEEE!!!!!) -S