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Why Do I Need a Professional Realtor© to Buy or Sell my Home? The internet and social media have given us so many tools to make our lives easier! You can watch YouTube videos and learn to do ANYTHING- from fixing your leaky faucet to how to play classical piano to writing your first novel. Not to...
GREAT Condos for Sale in West Michigan Under $150,000   All home buyers have some things in common. The desire to build equity in their own space, remodel or decorate to make it their own, and own their personal piece of the “American Dream” are all things nearly every buyer desires. However, whe...
Why Pre-Approval is Always the FIRST Step to Home Purchase Buying a home is an exciting and detailed process! Whether it is your first time doing so or you have previous experience in this arena, there are always certain things required to ensure a smooth transaction for you as a home buyer. If y...
Best Golf Courses in the West Michigan Area I must confess that the weather outside has me thinking SPRING! With no chance of a groundhog seeing anything in this mess, thoughts turn toward sunnier days and fun times outdoors. With that in mind, let’s talk the great options in West Michigan for go...
Top 5 Apps for Home Buyers When it comes to purchasing a home, no two homebuyers are exactly alike, and each person or family has their own unique needs when entering the market. First-time buyers may need more guidance and advice from their Realtor and mortgage loan officer. People purchasing co...
               Top 5 Apps for Home Sellers   There are a million reasons people are looking to list their homes for sale. Perhaps a job or family change has you headed across the country. Maybe an easier commute or retirement has you moving across town; or maybe you fell in love with a house in t...
New home purchases down in December. There was a 13% drop overall in mortgage applications in December for new homes BUT that seems to be picking up here in January. In my personal observation during the winter people have opted to “lay low” until the thoughts of the spring market catch their att...
Real estate 2019. A new frontier.  As I close out 2018 the time is now to prepare for my best year yet. Facing a challenging market (multiple offers, paying more than list price etc) buyer’s NEED to be prepared for this. My job is to educate you on the challenges of this ever changing market. Aft...
 Interest rates and how they affect the consumer. I’m looking forward to a great 2019 in the real estate business but much of that will be affected by which way the rate(s) swing. Good,bad or indifferent this is the way it goes. Many of the first time homebuyers will reach out to me and quote the...
Housing Inventory moves up slightly here in GR.  Here in Grand Rapids metro area there has been a slight improvement to the inventory crisis that we face here. Many stories of disgruntled buyer's who can't seem to find a place and other times they are facing multiple offer situations. Either one ...

Robert L. Brown

Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic
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