homes for sale: Selling your home in Michigan... What's that smell? - 04/24/15 01:47 AM
Selling your home in Michigan...  What's that smell?
 
If you are selling your home, you may not realize that one of the very first things that impact how a Buyer FEELS about your home is the odors that they encounter when first entering your home...  and each room!
 
Too much fragrance at every turn and a Buyer may assume that you are trying to hide something.  If you have pets, it is a much better idea to be super clean when selling your home and get rid of the odor sources than to try and mask them.
 
When we live with odors, we tend … (1 comments)

homes for sale: How to Buy a Home in Michigan - For First Time Home Buyers - 04/22/15 12:26 PM
How to Buy a Home in Michigan -
For First Time Home Buyers
 
There are many challenges that can occur in a home buying transaction, and it is so important for first time home buyers to work with an agent who is patient and willing to answer all of your questions in a satisfactory and friendly way wihout making you uncomfortable or leaving you feeling that they do not have enough time to spend with you.
 
This is key.  Pick an agent who returns your calls or emails in a timely manner, with answers!
 
That is all.  
Now you know the best way to … (0 comments)

homes for sale: Signs of Spring in Mecosta County Michigan - 04/01/15 08:30 AM

We finally had a robin show up in our yard this week - latest date ever!  
Even the crocuses are not out yet... just the tips of the leaves poking out of the ground so far.
 
While most signs of Spring are a little behind this year, one sign is right on time - buyers looking for homes to buy and sellers wanting to sell their homes!
 
It seems so good that every year this same sign of Spring signals the beginning of that great circle of life - Sellers listing their homes for sale, and Buyers … (0 comments)

homes for sale: Relocating to Big Rapids, Michigan - Ferris U? Info for Mecosta County - 02/23/14 05:36 AM
Relocating to Big Rapids, Michigan - Ferris U?
Info for Mecosta County
Big Rapids is a great place to live and work, and home of Ferris State University!
Click on photo to go to:
Big Rapids, Michigan Community information such as Schools; Motels; Ferris State University; Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce; area Rental Homes and Apartments; Jobs; link to Homes for sale---- Even the Big Rapids current weather!
Feel free to call me for a Big Rapids area packet of information, or if you have questions about buying a home in the area.  You will be amazed at this lively city with … (0 comments)

homes for sale: Hidden Gems Attract Buyers in Big Rapids, Michigan - 02/17/14 12:24 PM
Hidden Gems Attract Buyers in Big Rapids, Michigan Homes for Sale
I will tell you up front that this is not about gemstones!  This is about the hidden values in a home, that you, as a seller or buyer, need to think about front and center.
For one of my buyers, the hidden gem that sold the home was an old fashioned root cellar/tornado shelter built outside the perimeter of the normal basement walls.  It was love at first sight as they discussed how their lovely homemade canned goods and garden surplus would find a home in that room. 
To most, … (1 comments)

homes for sale: Big Rapids, Michigan 2013 River Days Celebration Events Aug 29-Sept 2 - 08/27/13 07:09 AM
Big Rapids, Michigan 2013 River Days Celebration Events Aug 29-Sept 2
Labor Day Weekend brings out the fun in Big Rapids!
For Riverdays Schedule of Events Click Here
It is amazing how many events are packed into this end-of-summer celebration in Big Rapids every year!
Events for all ages to enjoy include a Thursday ice cream social, Friday night music in Pocket Park by the
Keywest Permafrost Blues Band; Farmers Market; Car Cruise and Classic Car Show; 5K run; Kids sidewalk art and mural painting; Sale at the Old Jail; Outdoor movie; Numerous garage sales around town; Craft show on … (0 comments)

homes for sale: Sellers: Is Your Home Ready to Sell in Big Rapids, Michigan? - 03/10/13 12:22 AM
Sellers: Is Your Home Ready to Sell in Big Rapids, Mecosta County, Michigan?
In today's competitive market, you must prepare your home to sell.
Step 1:  Make a consultation appointment with a Realtor• to find out what items inside and outside your home need attention, if any.
Step 2:  If needed, set up a second appointment when you will list the home for sale.
Step 3:  Make a plan to complete the repair/cleanup tasks before that listing appointment.
Step 4:  Keep your home close to show-ready until it is sold.
This may seem like a very simplified plan, and yet it … (0 comments)

homes for sale: Homes for Sale in Big Rapids, Mecosta County Michigan- Listings Needed - 02/16/13 01:35 AM
Homes for Sale in Big Rapids, Mecosta County Michigan- Listings Needed - including all of West Central Michigan.
Over the last 15 months, our West Central Michigan Area Homes for Sale have declined almost 18% overall!
 

 
If you live in Mecosta, Newaygo, Osceola or Lake County and are thinking of listing your home, NOW is the time!
Less inventory increases your chances of having your home sold.  Not sure if you are ready to list, or wonder what changes may make your home more sellable?
Your Realtor® can help answer these questions for you!

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homes for sale: Number of Homes for Sale in Big Rapids, MI is Down Almost 8%-Oct 2012 - 11/10/12 01:10 AM
Number of Homes for Sale in Big Rapids, MI is Down Almost 8% for October 2012 over last month available listings, and about 6% for all of Mecosta County, according the the West Central Michigan Association of Realtors® Multiple Listing Service trend numbers.
If you are a homeowner thinking of listing your home for sale, now is a good time to list in the Big Rapids and surrounding Mecosta County area.  We need more homes to sell, as solds are up 14%, yet the number of available homes to sell are down - especially quality homes that are not foreclosures.
Contact … (2 comments)

homes for sale: West Central Michigan Home Sales Trend - Nov 1, 2011 thru Oct 31, 2012 - 11/09/12 06:02 AM
West Central Michigan Home Sales Trend - Nov 1, 2011 thru Oct 31, 2012
The graph below shows the time period of the past one year, through October 31, 2012 for the West Central Michigan area.  This four county area is made up of Lake, Newaygo, Osceola and Mecosta counties, and is the area our West Central Association of Realtors® covers.
I am pleased to see that overall homes sold in the four counties is up 14% for the past year, despite having fewer homes listed for sale.  This is welcome news and is a good sign that the market is … (1 comments)

homes for sale: Big Rapids, MI - Zip 49307 Market Trends Graph - Oct 2011 to Sep 2012 - 11/06/12 06:21 AM
Big Rapids, MI - Zip 49307 Market Trends Graph - Oct 2011 to Sep 2012
Good News for our area home sales over the past year!  Solds for the 49307 zip code are up over 9 percent! (Big Rapids and surrounding nearby areas).  This is a very optimistic sign of improvement for our area, and hopefully the trend will continue to improve into 2013!  There are some dips in sales here and there, but overall, it is looking better!
If you ever have a question on trends in the Big Rapids, Mecosta County area and would like to know something specific … (2 comments)

homes for sale: Canadian Lakes Farmers Market, Mecosta County, Michigan 10/27/12 - 10/22/12 02:15 AM
CANADIAN LAKES FARMERS MARKET Date: Saturday, October 27, 2012 Time: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Be sure to check out the Canadian Lakes Farmers Market, this Saturday, located outside the entrance of Tullymore, Canadian Lakes, MI. Offering fresh flowers, baked goods, fruits, vegetables and much more, you will surely find a great fall value in locally-produced goods. Tullymore is a premier golf course resort area, with condominiums, gorgeous homes for sale, and many nearby amenities including an air strip and many lakes to enjoy all water activities! A beautiful area to live a relaxing and joyful life among amazing scenery and … (0 comments)

homes for sale: Mecosta County, Michigan - Homes sold past seven days 04/08/2010 (from SWMRIC) - 04/08/10 08:54 AM
Big Rapids and surrounding area:
Mecosta County, Michigan - Homes sold past seven days 04/08/2010 (from SWMRIC)
These homes are just a sampling of the variety of homes available in the Mecosta County area.  Please don't hesitate to call me if you would like information on more homes in the area, or if you are thinking of relocating and would like area information.

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homes for sale: Mecosta County, Michigan - Homes sold past seven days (from SWMRIC) - 02/10/10 02:35 AM
Mecosta County, Michigan - Single Family Homes For Sale sold past seven days
Feel free to call me for additional information.  -Lynn  (231)349-9191

(from SWMRIC multiple listing service)
SP=Selling Price;            LP=Listing Price when sold;          OLP=Old Listing price
DOM=Days on Market           CDOM=Cumulative
The Beds/Baths  are the first two numbers listed, and numbers in parentheses are full baths and half baths.
Mecosta County Population is around 40,000, and Big Rapids is the largest town.
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homes for sale: Buyers: Looking for a great deal under $30,000? - 10/24/09 03:39 AM
Many buyers search the internet with the intention of getting a fantastic deal under $30,000.  There are some great deals out there.  There are also a lot of homes in this price range that really need a bulldozer!
If you are seriously thinking of pursuing a home in this price range:
Number 1: You must be ready to buy the property when it comes on the market.  If you are a cash buyer, you will have an edge.  Many Michigan properties have defects (most common- damage due to freezing - broken pipes, damaged water heaters, broken well pumps, water tanks, etc.)
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homes for sale: West Central Michigan (WCAR) Merges MLS with Southwestern Michigan (SWMRIC) - 10/23/09 07:25 AM
Buyers and sellers will notice some changes when they search homes for sale and other property listings in Mecosta County, Lake County, Osceola County & Newaygo County.
These four counties make up the geographical area of the West Central Association of Realtors known as WCAR.  We have just merged our Multiple Listing Service with SWMRIC (swim-rick), the Southwestern Michigan Regional Information Center.
From a single search site, available through many participating real estate offices and agent's web sites, you can now search listings in the following counties:
Allegan, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Hillsdale, Kalamazoo, Lake, Mason, Manistee, Mecosta, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, Ottawa, … (1 comments)

homes for sale: Big Rapids Downtown Farmers Market 2008 - Mecosta County, Michigan - 08/03/08 04:27 AM
Do you love fresh produce? Then come & visit the Big Rapids, Michigan, Downtown Farmers Market 2008. You will enjoy the market atmosphere, especially the second Friday of the month, when Heritage Arts local artist's artwork sale happens, too!

The Downtown Farmer's Market is held every Friday from 8am-2pm (now through October 24, 2008) .

The Market features fresh locally grown:
produce,
perennials,
bedding plants,
meat,
eggs,
cheese,
baked goods,
honey,
maple syrup,
nut butter spreads,
wide variety of daylilies,
and much more!

Also, "Heritage Arts" local artists demonstrations and sale will be happening on the second Fridays … (0 comments)

homes for sale: 720 Finley Ave., Big Rapids, Michigan 49307 about a mile from Ferris State University - 07/27/08 10:44 AM
Nicely remodeled Home! Located in the city of Big Rapids, Michigan about one mile from Ferris State University.  $86,900 One of the nicest homes for sale in this price range in Mecosta County.
Ready to move into! Remodeled with new addition! New wiring, circuit breakers; energy efficient with almost all new windows; heavy insulation, newer roof. Newer kitchen cabinets, washer & dryer included with appliances. Great starter home with room to expand! (Possible 3rd Bedroom)

Click on link to go to listing details:
http://wcarmls.rapmls.com/scripts/mgrqispi.dll?APPNAME=westcentralmi&PRGNAME=MLSPropertyDetail&ARGUMENTS=-N339982796,-N27391,-N,-A,-N466179
 


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