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Here in Vegas at radio and television master mind on how to inject media for the Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts effectively.


As part of the network – Real Estate and Television Experts, we work together with top REALTORS from around the world to strengthen our marketing and service to our Ann Arbor Area sellers and buyers.  Education to mastery is a life style.  Pictured in the fore front is Collier Swecker from Re/Max of Alabama, former Tax CPA and now fellow colleague and friend.

Kathy Toth
Keller Williams Realty Ann Arbor
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(734) 426-6669

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The One Thing by Gary Keller

Here with Jay Papasan and Gary Keller with his new book The One Thing


“After looking back at my successes and failures I discovered an interesting pattern,” Keller explained. “Where I’d had huge success, I had narrowed my concentration to ONE Thing, and where my success varied, my focus had to.”


Many example of the One Thing were presented including Angelo Amorico, Italy’s most successful tour guide – Oprah taps him when she needs a tour – says he developed his skills and ultimately his business from his singular passion for his country and the deep desire to share it with others. “I love my country, and I want to share its beauty with the world,” he told Keller.

Having set the stage for the concept of the book, Keller and Papasan presented the lies that block success and how to identify (and thwart) the thieves that steal our time. They modeled the laws of purpose, priority and productivity, and finally, they taught that the ONE Thing can radically change the way we work, the choices we make and the results we get. Throughout it all, Keller asked attendees to think big. “On your way to living a life worth living, doing your best to succeed at what matters most to you not only rewards you with success and happiness but with something even more precious. No regrets,” he said. “Go live a life worth living where, in the end, you’ll be able to say, ‘I’m glad I did,’ not ‘I wish I had.’”

This is Gary’s Good to Great!  Gary, thanks for doing your One Thing – sharing your knowledge based passion to put your company on top as the perceived expert and the go to resource more so than all other companies.

Kathy Toth  Keller Williams Realty Ann Arbor  [email protected]  (734) 426-6669

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One More Reason to Celebrate Keller Williams Growth

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The ONLY national real estate franchise on the list.

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Early Christmas Gift Unwrapped from Arthur O’Connor

Today I opened a gift wrapped in Christmas paper, mailed from my Godmother Aunt Joanne.  It is the book pictured here of poems Arthur William O'Connor
written by Arthur William O’Connor.

He was born of Edward O’Connor in Wicklow in 1869. He emigrated from Ireland to the United States in 1895.  He married Julia LaRue in 1898 in Fulton, New York.  They had 3 children; Edward, Arthur and Helen. He was a painter, poet and sales person.  My aunt published his 25 poems in this book to share and pass on.  They have been housed in a leather book where each page was hand inscribed with self drawn frames.

Many of these are his laments of the Motherland and how he missed his dear sacred isle.  When you read his inner most thoughts you can feel his faith, sadness and deep love.  Here is an excerpt from one.


Unbidden thoughts will sometimes fly,

To scenes and friends of long ago,

And with a sigh,

We wish them nigh,

Because we love  and want them so.

This is a small tribute to my great Uncle.


Wishing all a Joyous Christmas from Ann Arbor.

Tubing, Skiing, and Snowmobiling Oh My | Ann Arbor Winter Wonderland

Pure Michigan knows how to present our Michigan winters in the best light.  I happen to love the outdoors and winter fun.  Every Saturday morning at 7 am I was on a bus bound for a local ski resort for ski lessons with my 5 brothers and sisters.

Mount Brighton which is the closest ski hill for us in Ann Arbor was home to many ski outings for me.  I was on the volunteer ski patrol while in the Blizzard Ski Club and continued patrolling at Blue Mountain in Ontario.

For years we have enjoyed snowmobiling at Higgins Lake and always brought a large can of chunky soup to heat over a camp fire for lunch.  There are many trails.  Once when they were building I75 in Roscommon, we had amazing hills and ditches to glide on and jump.  The next year the road was operational so our playground was off limit.

From our door, we can slap on the boards to cross country or mountain bike in Stinchfield Woods. I think the best tubing around is at Vet’s Park.  Let me know what you enjoy about our local winter fun and your favorite tubing spot.

We are here to welcome you and your family to Ann Arbor.  Let us show you Ann Arbor Area housing options. 

Creating Study bags for U of M students at Delta Gamma

So the Delta Gamma girls can make it through exams this coming week we prepared snacks for after hours fortitude. I hope they finish well at University of Michigan. Go DG’s.  I love being part of the alumnae group.


Ann Arbor is rated 99 on Money’s Best Cities to Live in.   Let us show you why it always ranks!

Kathy Toth Keller Williams Realty Ann Arbor [email protected] (734) 426-6669

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All Aboard! – Ann Arbor Trains, Past and Present, Bring Passengers to Ann Arbor, Michigan

Kathy Toth and Team, Keller Williams Market Center, Ann Arbor, MI 734.426.6669, Ann Arbor Train Station
Ann Arbor Amtrak Moves People in the Right Direction – To Ann Arbor, Michigan

Train Heading in the Right Direction

All Aboard! – Ann Arbor trains, past and present, bring passengers to Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ann Arbor has had 3 train stations over time:  The Michigan Central Depot; the Ann Arbor Railroad; and the current active Amtrak Station. The first  2 stations were up and running before the turn of the century and built within 3 years of each other.  The city of Ann Arbor is currently considering eight different site options for a new Amtrak station as well.

The First Train Station – The Michigan Central Depot at 401 Depot Street in Ann Arbor, built in 1886. This prominent station had very elaborate architectural design elements constructed of stone boasting rounded 2/3 cut stone arched windows. Ann Arbor was a busy stop with the University of Michigan campus bringing passengers to and from the University.

The station was designed by architect Frederick Spier from Detroit who was also the architect for other stations such as Grass Lake and Jackson, Michigan just to mention a few.

In 1914 the University of Michigan Mens Football team traveled by train on the Michigan Central Railroad out of Ann Arbor  to Allston-Brighton, Massachusetts to play Harvard in Football.  University of Michigan fans, back then – like now – were very supportive of their football team. Fans packed in around the Michigan Central Railroad building to give the U of M football squad a rousing send off.

Past Presidents William Howard Taft, Theodore Roosevelt, Grover Cleveland, Dwight David Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy either used this station or gave campaign appearances at the Michigan Central Depot.

The original Michigan Central Rail Station on Depot Street is now the Historic Gandy Dancer restaurant purchased in 1969.  The Gandy Dancer was named after the men who maintained the railroad tracks.  Here is a terrific article published in the Ann Arbor Observer, Then and Now, by Author, Grace Shackman.

The Second Station – The Ann Arbor Railroad built in 1889 was a smaller, more modest station constructed over on Ashley Street in Ann Arbor.  The Ann Arbor Railroad was known to most as the ‘Annie’. During the summer months, the Ann Arbor Railroad scheduled day trips to Whitmore Lake, Michigan.  Boarding at 416 South Ashley Street in Ann Arbor, the train made several round trips a day for passengers to get out of the busy city of Ann Arbor and head to the lake and to work. Other stops were in Hamburg, Lakeland, and South Lyon, Michigan. The Ann Arbor Railroad gradually ran North all the way to Frankfort, Michigan, and came up from the south to Ann Arbor from Toledo.  Today the Ann Arbor Railroad station is the Doughty Montessori School.

With the onset of interstate travel, with better roads, expressways, cars, trucks, and semi-haulers; freight traffic soon had other means of reaching destinations without the use of the rails.  Many rail lines were abandoned and other means of transportation energized.

AmtrakThe Third Station – The current Amtrak Station in Ann Arbor was built in 1983.  The Amtrak station is located at 325 Depot Street in Ann Arbor, Michigan just walking steps from the Gandy Dancer.  Station ridership in 2011 (for fiscal year October-September) was 148,911.

Children love the train.  This is a fun experience for them and educational as well.  Have them read about the history of the local train stations here in Ann Arbor and take a trip on the Rails.  Kids tickets, ages 2 – 15 ride the rails one half off everyday. See the Washtenaw County Rails Map.  Take a trip on the rails this fall for a beautiful Pure Michigan color tour.

Travelers enjoy taking the train today, to and from Ann Arbor, and find this to be a very relaxing mode of travel. The Wolverine line out of Ann Arbor, has daily service between Pontiac and Chicago. Get your tickets and plan your trip with friends on the Amtrack.

The map below gives directions to the Ann Arbor Train Station.

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Amtrak Train Station is Located at 325 Depot Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Ann Arbor offers great access to the expressway to get to Detroit or beyond quickly. A hop skip and a jump away is Zingerman’s DeliKerrytownKerrytown Farmers MarketBriarwood MallU of M campus, Medical Center and University of Michigan football games. Drive to Veteran’s Park for figure or hockey skating, baseball, sledding, swimming, or enjoy fresh produce at Plum Market or if you are looking for a fun afternoon out in the area, check out the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum for some great family fun! Get your picture and push the interactive art by artist  Tony Rosenthals “Endover” the Cube off State Street North of the Student Union.

If you are looking for entertainment and things to do, be sure to Visit Hill Auditorium! Take in a show at the beautiful Michigan Theatre in Downtown Ann Arbor.    Want some unique gifts and garden tips? Find out more from the Ann Arbor Experts! For some specialty items be sure to visit nearby Morgan and York with videoAnn Arbor is a great place to live – convenient for all, including the Detroit metro airport, which is around 30 minutes away! Remember to be sure to visit world famous Ann Arbor Arts Fairs held every July.

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Kathy Toth & Team – Keller Williams Realty, Ann Arbor Market Center, Ann Arbor, MI – Call 734.426.6669.




Independence Lake County Park is Fun For All Ages! Located in Washtenaw County, Webster Township

Independence Lake, Webster TwpIndependence Lake County Park is a fantastic park that provides citizens with fun and recreation for everyone. Independence Lake is Located at 3200 Jennings Road, and part of the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission.

There are hiking trails surrounding you with nature; 2 miles of paved paths for walking, biking and rollerblading and 3.5 miles of nature trails.  So put on your comfortable shoes and take to the trails to explore ecosystems, wetlands, mature woodlands, prairie remnants.  There is even an observation tower to climb so bring your camera for great photo opportunities. Rollerblading is permitted at the park.  If you enjoy a little competition then bring your gear and play a round of Disc Golf – 18 hole Red Hawk course.

Children and adults alike enjoy getting wet – enter the Spray Zone.  The Spray Zone is ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) approved and close to paved parking.  Go swimming in the lake with sandy beaches.  There is also boating and fishing allowed on the lake.

The park is open year round and such a great place to enjoy walking in the Fall and Winter as well.   So if it’s been a while since you have been to Independence Lake in Webster Township off Jennings Road in Dexter – I strongly suggest you to take a drive, park your car and enjoy the beauty that Independence Lake has to offer.  Boat access for rowboats, canoes, kayaks and motor boats (10 hp or less). If you have any questions prior to heading out call Superintendent Brian Machemer  at 734-449-4437.


Independence Lake Park hours are Memorial Day – Labor Day 8 am – 9 pm and Labor Day – Memorial Day 8am – dusk.  Check out the Nature Programs offered year round and enjoy groomed cross country ski trails and ice fishing.

Webster Township has some great Parks.  There is the well-known Hudson Mills off Territorial Road with the Hudson Mills Golf Course on Dexter-Pinckney Road just outside Dexter.

If you wish to live in Dexter, Michigan and be close to all our local parks and recreation areas, search for you next home at

Kathy Toth and Team, Keller Williams Realty, Call – 734.426.6669.