grand haven: When opportunity knocks ~ making the decision - 02/20/08 05:31 AM
As many of you know, at this moment, my home is in Grand Haven along the Lakeshore in Michigan and I am madly in love with this quaint tourist area.  So when a fabulous offer knocked on my door to return to the Lansing area and rejoin Coldwell Banker Hubbell Briarwood as a team member with one of the areas Top Producers....the decision was not made until after much prayer and meditation. 
At first I waited for the loud voice of guidance or better yet a letter from my higher power arriving in my mailbox ~ of course, neither happened.  I now realize that decisions like this … (2 comments)

grand haven: Boating on Lake Michigan - 02/04/08 05:36 AM
One of the best past times in the summer is boating on Lake Michigan. I love to walk the Grand Haven Board Walk and watch all the boats going in & out of the channel. You can boat from Spring Lake into Lake Michigan for a day of leisurely sun and swimming. From there you can go down to Holland or Saugatuck and grab a nice lunch and then catch the gorgeous sun set on your way back to your boat slip in Grand Haven.
For some, their weekend cottage is actually a boat ~ whether it be a stunning yacht or that beautiful … (3 comments)

grand haven: HarbourFront Condo's ~ Story & Clark Piano Factory - 01/28/08 06:50 AM
Harbour Front Condo's in Grand Haven, Michigan are located in the old Story & Clark Piano Factory in the heart of downtown Grand Haven with beautiful views of the harbor, marina and a nice walk on the boardwalk to the lighthouse and beach. 
The Story & Clark Piano factory was built in the early 1900's with manufacturing through 1984.  After the manufacturing of piano's ended, renovations began to turn this factory into over 60 Condo's complete with a resturant and shops.  The original floors and brick walls are found through out this building and many of the condo owners have also kept the … (1 comments)

grand haven: Card Board Sled Race ~ Ready, Set...GO! - 01/22/08 11:53 AM
I guess we won't need to have the snow brought in for this weekends snow events in Grand Haven~ Winterfest 2008.  The local news said tonight that we have a total of 19 inches right now and more to come.  So all you card board sled competitors...get building those sleds! 
 
The race begins this Saturday Jan 26th at 11am at Mulligans Hollow.  Registration begins at 10am.  All entrants must wear protective head gear.  Call me for the general rules if you are interested in joining the fun.  There will be prizes for Best Wipe Out, Best Use of Cardboard, Most Creative, … (11 comments)

grand haven: The Coast Guard City ~ Grand Haven, Michigan - 01/22/08 02:59 AM
Grand Haven Michigan is often referred to as "The US Coast Guard City" and has celebrated the Coast Guard for 83 years with a festival, which today has become a week long event each summer..  This years event runs from July 23 - August 3, 2008. (I will post more details later)  The Coast Guard festival is one of the largest festivals in Western Michigan, attracting more than 300,000 visitors.  The community has also created a National Memorial Service during the week ~ giving honor to those men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Grand Haven residents are proud!  Proud to be part of … (8 comments)

grand haven: Investors and thier agents need to know about the local Zoning - 01/19/08 06:15 AM
My town of Grand Haven is a very tourist community.  With that comes a lot of rental cottages around town.   A lot of the people are able to get what we call a "Winter Renter" for the months of Sept-May and then rent weekly in the summer tourism months.  It is a great investment.  If you are well informed.
I met a woman who purchased a cottage style home and it was licensed as a rental.  It was in an area that the tourist love....walking distance to downtown, the pier, boardwalk, parks and Lake Michigan.  She assumed that she would rent it … (2 comments)

grand haven: Quarterly Sold Stats ~ North Ottawa County, Michigan - 01/10/08 05:12 AM
Sold Stats ~ North Ottawa County, Michigan
Quarterly Report ~ 10/1/07 through 12/31/07
 
Price Range ~ $50,000 to 74,900
14 out of 28 listings sold
Sales price % Listing price ~ 92.39%
Average time on market ~ 109 days
 
Price Range ~ $75,000 to 99,900
15 out of 133 listings sold
Sales price % Listing price ~ 93.67%
Average time on market ~ 74 days
 
Price Range ~ $100,000 to 124,900
24 out of 145 listings sold
Sales price % Listing price ~ 95.03%
Average time on market ~ 71 days
 
Price Range ~ $125,000 to 149,900
31 out of 148 listings sold
Sales price % Listing price ~ 97.55%
Average time on market ~ 111 days
 
Price … (4 comments)

grand haven: Everywhere we turn, is economy gloom. What's a person to do? - 01/07/08 10:47 AM
When I just got on line to check my emails, Yahoo had the headline "Pain Street USA ~ 08 Housing Outlook."  At first I just click right by it.  I didn't want to hear anymore doom and gloom.  But like an accident on the highway, I just had to take a quick look. Then I was sucked into the whole story. 
It starts right out by saying, "The United States is deep in its worst housing slump since the Great Depression, and according to a new report, it's not going to get better any time soon." 
Continueing on with "In a … (11 comments)

grand haven: Grand Haven, Michigan SOLD Market Report 2006-2007 - 01/04/08 08:47 AM
Grand Haven, Michigan
Residential SOLD Market Statistics Report
2006 - 2007 Comparable
Year        Units Sold              Av. List Price         Av. Sold Price        Av. Market Time                  % of List Price
2007             355                       $223,332                $212,905                   106 Days                             95.33%
2006             343                       $214,347                $204,591                   109 Days                             95.45%
        
All information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.  All representations are approximate and individual verification is recommended.
                                                      Information from Rapattoni Corporation
If you are considering selling or buying a home in the West Michigan Lakeshore areas
Call Renee Parker, Coldwell Banker Woodland Schmidt ~ 616-850-1116
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grand haven: Grand Haven Michigan Light Show - 12/22/07 12:19 AM
What a spectacular event!  This holiday light shows go over and beyond anything I have ever seen.  
When Brad Boyink decorated his home last year all choreographed to music, the police had to shut him down due to the amount of traffic jams it caused in his neighborhood.  So, he decided to create a display for everyone to enjoy out on Harbor Island this year.  With 140,000 lights  spread over an acre on Harbor Island -- and they're all choreographed to holiday music. The display includes 20,000 feet of wires and more than 10,000 cable ties.
There are dancing bears, Santa in a … (6 comments)

grand haven: Grand Haven, Michigan ~ Affordable Summer Get-Away Home for Sale - 12/18/07 06:39 AM
GRAND HAVEN, MICHIGAN ~ Summer Get-Away Home For Sale
$135,000 ~` Completely Furnished
This charming Grand Haven cottage style home is completely furnished right down to the coffee pot. You just need to bring your beach towels & enjoy a summer of fun. Sleeps 6.  Built in 1900 this home is complete with wonderful charm and character! On the main level is a bedroom w/full size bed, extra large living room complete with pull out couch, bath, bright large kitchen with breakfast bar & adjoining dining area. Upstairs features a loft area & large bedroom w/walk-in closet.
 
 
Excellent in-town location, walking distance … (2 comments)

grand haven: Beautiful Lake Michigan ~ Fresh water is one of the world’s most precious natural resources ~ one of the major pillars to “Life” itself. - 11/29/07 06:21 AM
Lake Michigan is the 6th largest freshwater lake in the world.  The combination of all the Great Lakes contains 6 quadrillion gallons of fresh water which is 95% of the US supply. 
For me, I have been lucky enough to have spent most of my summer vacations and long weekends, playing along the shorelines of Lake Michigan.  So many sweet memories of sand castles, jumping the waves, picnics, cool breezes off the water, red & white light houses, watching the sail boats race and gorgeous sunsets.
Today I am fortunate to live in the quaint town of Grand Haven, Michigan which … (2 comments)

 
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