Ada, MI Real Estate News

By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Ada, MichiganReal Estate in AdaThe village of Ada is an upscale suburb located northeast of the city of Grand Rapids in Kent County, Michigan. The town is situated west of Grand River and Thornapple River crossing. The area is popularly known for the Amway Corporate Headquarters which takes up a large portion of the district. The many neighborhoods in the region serve primarily as housing for the employees of the company. As previously mentioned, real estate in the village of Ada is home to some of the most affluential residents of the region. These properties are some of the most lavish and expensive real estates you can buy in the area that include a good number of million-dollar estates, custom-built luxury residences, and beautiful five to six-bedroom single-family homes. If you're ...
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By Dee Dee Hanson, If you love Saugatuck. . service is what I do
(Dorothy Hanson, Broker)
Come join me to see this 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home with recently updated kitchen on a cul-de-sac in the prestigious Forest Hills School District. Fireplace, granite countertops, stainless steel kitchen appliances, deck with hot tub. Video is at https://youtu.be/Dw3MIpDMHFw 
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By Dee Dee Hanson, If you love Saugatuck. . service is what I do
(Dorothy Hanson, Broker)
You and your family could be living in this spacious, recently updated home. It’s convenient location can mean no more long drives. You will be close to everything in town yet on a quiet, secluded cul-de-sac in the Pine Ridge Elementary School area of the highly-rated Forest Hills school district. This 4 bedroom, two and a half bath home would be perfect for a large family. Enjoy cozy evenings in front of the fireplace in the family room while the kids play pool in the spacious recreation room on the lower level. Watch the stars from your hot tub on the deck in your secluded back yard. Master bedroom includes its own master bath. The kitchen was recently updated with stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, and convenient center island cook top. All the rooms are exceptionally ...
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By Michelle Gordon, Finding Your Place
(JH Realty Partners)
It's time to ask yourself this question  September 2017 - I personally believe the “shift” is among us.  Many do not know when a shift happens till we are in full swing,  In 2008 the market crashed - home prices hit rock bottom, however there were clues this was coming.  I remember showing my first bank owned a year prior. Nobody knew how to deal with them, not even the bank who held it. It was new to many. Yes bank owned (AKA REO - Real Estate Owned) has always been around, but they were popping up slowly, and only a very active agent in the business would notice this shift.  Fast forward, 2012 our market here in Grand Rapids, Michigan started to shift again, it was then I started noticing the inventory becoming less and less, as on my face book “my memories” or what they call “on this...
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By Michelle Gordon, Finding Your Place
(JH Realty Partners)
My last few listings have required me to be at all showings - now I am not the list agent who hovers the agent and their client - but I can not help to over hear and watch the process. I do love being there to hear what prospective buyers are saying about the home as this tends to be greater feedback for me and my client then what I receive from a busy buyer's agent.  What I have found interesting is the difference in showing styles. I so enjoy watching the buyer's agent who paints a picture for the client and overcoming objections with solutions. They obviously took the time to understand their clients wants and needs and figure out how the home they are showing can fit the need or be changed up a bit to make it the perfect home. Or,  unfortunately able to rule out the home completely ...
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By Michelle Gordon, Finding Your Place
(JH Realty Partners)
As the economy gets better - the solicitation for services for my Real Estate business has nearly become overwhelming. They can post for me on facebook, they can connect for me on linkedIN, they can write my blogs for me, they can send newsletters for me - they can share scripts that I can use, they can cold call for me, they can ……..they can………..they can…………. Oh lets not forget the people who want to write reviews for me on various sites - UGH!!!! If I put all of this together there is not much left for me to do - other then write contracts and negotiate. And because of all those awesome reviews someone wrote for me - you think I am a Rock Star agent!  What just happened to the relationship, honesty and transparency?  I was put over the top when I got an message on linked saying - "hir...
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By Michelle Gordon, Finding Your Place
(JH Realty Partners)
In Michigan to become a Broker you have to take 90 hours of approved con-ed - pass a test - have 3 years of full time experience and keep up with legal con-ed. Requirements here.  So this is what the state says you have to do - to become a Broker. I argue this as in my opinion so much more is needed to become a great Broker.  A Broker is not just someone who knows the law or can pass a test, a GREAT broker is someone who cares about their people, showing encouragement, support and always remaining with a positive attitude when times are difficult.  Someone who will stand up and fight for you when you need it. Someone who out of the blue calls you and say GREAT JOB this month, puts their agents before themselves.  Someone agents can respect and admire. Not admire because of the amountof ...
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By Michelle Gordon, Finding Your Place
(JH Realty Partners)
It seems in my area, that investing or flipping a home is on the rise, again. Not sure if its threat of increase of mortgage rates, or the threat of the good deal is going away.  Maybe because our economy in West Michigan has just gotten that much better that investors are willing to invest again.  If you are an investor or a homeowner getting ready to list a home - stop making these staging mistakes, as buyers can see right through them.  The new counter top on very old kitchen cabinets. This is probably my biggest pet peeve. We can still tell the kitchen cabinets need to be replaced and honestly the new counter top just makes those old kitchen cabinets stand out even more. If your cabinets are in good shape physically but just need a lift this product could help Rust-Oleum Cabinet Tra...
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By Michelle Gordon, Finding Your Place
(JH Realty Partners)
Let us tell you a bit about the Bodacious Boutique Brokerage, where we hang our hat. JH Realty Partners resides at 545 Ada Drive in Ada, MIchigan.  One of the oldest buildings in Ada. A piece of Real Estate history which only seems appropriate that a local brokerage owns it. The boutique brokerage is on the rise per Inman news and I can see why.  Hanging our hat at a local brokerage that is in the middle of it all and focused on local activities also allows for some inside scoop to the community.  It used to be Realtor’s held all the information - there were no on line sites, no multiple listing service as we now know it, no Zillow and Trulia.  If you wanted to know about a listing you had to call a Realtor to see the home and get more information.  The needs of the client has changed, ...
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By Michelle Gordon, Finding Your Place
(JH Realty Partners)
“LOCAL AND LOVING IT” The Gordon Group has always been dedicated to our community in Kent County, Michigan. Supporting local business and foundations is our passion, so why not belong to a locally owned brokerage. It just made sense.Joining a locally owned brokerage, JH Realty Partners in Ada, Michigan, gives us the ability to give back to our community even more. It’s our ultimate investment in the people, to do our part in helping build a sustainable community. We consider ourselves a stakeholder.The Gordon Group has built strong relationships with our clients and our community and feel we can only do this better by reinvesting local dollars. We have supported many local organizations, Friends and Family of Cystics Fibrosis, WaterFront Film Festival, The Mental health of West Michigan...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
Ada MI Farmer's Market Open in September   Every Tuesday in September, the 4th, 11th, 18th, and the 25th, the Farmer's Market   in Ada Michigan will be open and running as usual.       The harvest is peaking in the month of September, so check out the outstanding   produce in Ada.  Featuring Music in the Market at 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm. with   jazz, bluegrass, and fok music for your enjoyment.
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
Ada Township Michigan Christmas Tree Recycling Once again, Ada Township offers recycling for natural Christmas trees for its residents. They can be dropped off at the back parking lot of Ada Township Park until  Monday January 13th, 2011. The trees will be recycled into wood chips for use in the park.  Please remove any decorations, wires, strings, ribbons or other items that might interfere with a chipper.  Please no wreaths or garlands.   SEARCH FOR ADA MI HOMES   This article first appeared at Grand Rapids Real Estate Blog
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
Ada Michigan Neighborhood Real Estate Report – Adatowne Jan – June 2011 Quick Snapshot of Adatowne Real Estate Activity Jan 1 through June 30, 2011 Active Listings – 5 Pending Sales – 0 Sold Properties – 1 Average List Price – $ 140,850   SEARCH FOR FOREST HILLS HOMES Ada Michigan Photos Forest Hills Michigan Real Estate Articles
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
Forest Hills Michigan Neighborhood Real Estate Report – Adacroft Commons May 2011 Quick Snapshot of AdaCroft Commons Real Estate Activity Jan 1 through May 19, 2011 4 Active Listings $ 174,900  434 Adaway $ 179,900  404 Adaway $ 182,900  6181 Witherbee $ 299,900  522 Edgeworth Dr   2 Pending Properties 6344 Dunbarton 6046 Adaway Ct   2 Sold Properties 6029 Buttonwood Ct  $129,900 6104 Winthrop Ct      $145,000   SEARCH FOR FOREST HILLS HOMES Ada Michigan Photo Set Ada Michigan Real Estate Articles _ syndicated from Grand Rapids Michigan Real Estate Blog
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
Ada Michigan M-21 Bridge Construction Scheduled The beginning of construction of the new bridge over the Grand River approach in Ada Michigan will begin this fall.  MDOT will have a public open house to keep interested parties up-to-date on the progress on October 4th, 2010  7:00 pm at Community Church. Bridge Information over the Grand River in Ada M-21 Bridge Construction Update: To view a PDF of MDOT's M-21 Bridge Construction Update, please click here. To view an aerial view of the project, please click here. MDOT TO HOLD OPEN HOUSE IN ADA FOR THE NEW M-21 BRIDGE WHAT:The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is hosting an open house-style meeting to provide an overview of the M-21 (Fulton Street) bridge replacement project over the Grand River in Ada Township. Interested pa...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
  Ada Parks October 2010 Programs – Spooky & Batty   Bats of the World  Thursday Oct. 21  6:30 – 7:30 pm Ada Township Park Learning Center  Ada MI $4 Adult   $3 Child A special presentation by the Organization for Bat Conservation with live bats and an exciting multimedia presentation about bats from around the world. Learn about the benefits of these fascinating creatures,  their unique adaptations, sound waves, ecosystems, food webs, conservation and world geography. Live bats to be shown including a local  brown bat and large fruit bat – known as the “ Flying Fox” with a 4 foot wingspan. Reservations required – space is limited.  Ada Parks & Recreation Dept. 616-676-0520 or email mfitzpatrick@adatownshipmi.com   Baby Bat, Vlermuis by Peet http://www.flickr.com/photos/peetvs/245720119...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
  Ada Township Michigan Parks Planning Sessions Ada Township has scheduled open public planning sessions  to get input on their future Recreation Plan for Ada Township Parks. The strategic plan is updated every five years.  This plan will be a guide for master park plans, land acquisition goals, recreations programs and use.     If you have any suggestions, observations, or ideas, please attend one of the public sessions:   Thursday September 23, 2010 7:00 – 8:30 pm At the Ada Learning Center in Ada Township Park 1180 Butterick Ave. Ada MI   Saturday October 2, 2010  11:00 am  and 1:00 pm At Roselle Park during River Festival 1010 Grand River Dr. Ada MI A copy of the current 2007 Recreation Plan is available at www.adatownshipmi.com Comments may also be sent by direct mail to: P.O. Box ...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
  It seems there are free summer concerts everywhere this summer. I have seen banners flying in small towns and villages all over Michigan. What a great way to get out and enjoy the local parks, people and scenery. Not to be outdone, Ada Michigan is joining the free music array this summer. Ada Historical Society is hosting its 10th Annual Music on the Lawn Concert Series 2010 All concerts are free of charge, donations accepted.   7144 Headley St  Ada Michigan 49301     616-676-9346 Tuesday Evenings 7:00 pm  Summer 2010 June 8 – 13th Hour           60’s –70’s classic folk-pop tunes June 15 – Koul Band         Jazz and popular standards June 22  The Otters         Americana, folk and roots music June 29   Tony Reynolds   American classics   July 6  Tiki O’Riley  - Celtic Music July 13  C...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
  The Ada area growth trends remain strong. Ada Township planner, Jim Ferro states that the Ada population has grown by 20% since 2000. The new 80 unit condo site – Villas of Ada and Stone Falls of Ada – a 210 unit apartment complex, currently under construction here. Both of these new developments are quite close to Adacroft Commons.                    Adacroft Commons Real Estate                    Jan-April  2010 Market Report                   2 Sold, 2 For Sale, 3 Expired, 0 Pending Adacroft Commons Active Listings: 2 Adacroft Commons Active Price – $172,450 Adacroft Commons Active Price/SqFt – $113.17 Adacroft Commons Active Days on Market -155 Adacroft Commons SOLD Listings: 2 Adacroft Commons average sold price – $ 150,750 Adacroft Commons average sold price/SqFt – $87.61 Adacro...
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