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By Bonnie & Terry Westbrook, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate
(Westbrook Realty)
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Forest Hills Michigan Top Best Buy Waterfront Homes Oct 2011 Waterfront homes are in high demand in all areas and in all localities, proving the old adage: the 3 best things to consider when purchasing a property are: Location, location, location.    West Michigan is very fortunate to have many l...

By Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust!
(Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions")
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It was a only a matter of time before cities started creating "Landlord" rules for minimum standards for single family rental property. Grand Rapids Michigan has just passed a inspection requirement on single family rental properties. This was directly caused by the investors that did minimal cle...

By Katrina Cole, Inlanta Mortgage, Business Development Manager
(The Jonathan Arnold Team of Inlanta Mortgage)
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Senate has Passed a Measure to Restore Higher GSE Loan Limits Late yesterday the Senate approved the amendment to restore the maximum loan limits on government backed mortgages to where they were two years ago; $729,750. Additionally, this restores the FHA loan limit to 125% of the median home pr...

By Martin Mills
(Cambridge Credit Consultants )
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It is possible to remove late payments from your credit report, one process is called re-aging.  The re-aging process can remove late payments from your credit report which will help raise your credit score.     Yes, you can erase bad debt. So what is re-aging? Most people, even a self-proclaimed...

By Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust!
(Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions")
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Energy Bills are going UP!   This past weekend I did my fall review to save energy. I am like everyone else.  I don't have enough time or commitment to do things when I should when it comes to my own home.  Sure I do basics, like turn off the lights, when my wife is still in the room (she always ...

By Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust!
(Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions")
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Sellers want to believe their home will sell.   Sellers want to think it is a beautiful to others as it is to them.  Sellers want to believe the value they see in their home will be apparent to buyers as well.  Sellers Want to believe. Real estate agents are the trained professionals that make th...

By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
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Grand Rapids Michigan Third Quarter 2011 Suburban Real Estate Market Reports     The following suburban market reports cover the third quarter real estate activity in each Grand Rapids area.  Some local areas are holding their value better than others.  All areas are still seeing some price erosi...

By Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust!
(Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions")
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There is also a swirl of talk by sellers, buyers and agents over pricing homes to sell. Here are a few facts the may offer you a glimpse of why price should be part of your selling strategy. When we talk about selling strategies for homes this creates a mental picture in everyone mind.  The strat...

By Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust!
(Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions")
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When your home doesn't sell but you want to still sell your home. Every home is different even if it has exactly the same floor plan as the home next door.  Every home is decorated differently.  The color paint on the walls is an obvious difference.  Decorating can make homes look larger and sma...

By Donna Tashjian
(Keller Williams Realty)
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It’s time to take another look at short sales As recently as a few months ago, if you would have told a real estate agent who specialized in short sales that they’d be raving about a lender’s stellar service and rapid approval times—not to mention significant cash incentives for financially stra...

By Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust!
(Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions")
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Looking for the easy way out, to find that bargain property at a unbelievable price?  So is everybody else! By now everybody knows that the asking price and the sell price are thousands of dollars different in most cases.  They tell you on TV.  You hear these stories from co-workers about the bar...

By Bonnie & Terry Westbrook, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate
(Westbrook Realty)
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Forest Hills Michigan Top Best Buy Waterfront Homes Sept 2011 Waterfront homes are in high demand in all areas and in all localities, proving the old adage: the 3 best things to consider when purchasing a property are: Location, location, location.  Waterfront homes are in high demand in all area...

By Michael Delaware, REALTOR®, CRS, GRI
(North Sky Realty LLC)
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Today I arrived at the Michigan Association of REALTORS annual convention being held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  While waiting for my hotel room, I took a walk along the waterfront and took these photos of an art display.  It is essentialy some very creative dumpster art, and I thought it was qui...

By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
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Grand Rapids ArtPrize 2011 in Full Swing What do encyclopedia pages, twine, horsehair, firecrackers, paper-cuts and aged bronze all have in common?  ArtPrize 2011, of course. We previewed a few of the ArtPrize 2011 installations at the Grand Rapids Art Museum last Sunday and have included a few p...

By Anthony Mosley
(Van Dyk Mortgage Corporation)
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  What Lenders Look for in Home Loan Applications Once your loan application is filled out and sent to the lender for review, the first thing they will look for is your ability to pay back the loan you are requesting. My team and I have a streamlined loan process to help you get your ducks in a r...

By Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!
(Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate)
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Earlier this year, Grand Rapids MI earned a spot on the dubious list of Top 10 Dying Cities in a Newsweek magazine publication. Thankfully, our city is not a place where we choose easy over medium/mediocre when it comes to responding to what we instinctively reject as false. Rob Bliss, Grand Rapi...

By Anthony Mosley
(Van Dyk Mortgage Corporation)
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  Choosing the Right Real Estate Agent   Choosing the right person to represent you in negotiating your home purchase is a major decision. Whenever you see the designation of REALTOR® (with a registered trademark) you can rest assured that person is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTOR...

By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
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 Forest Hills Michigan Schools Rank Top in Nation 2011 The new school rankings are out and several local schools made the best of the best list.  Forest Hills had 3 schools in the top 99th % of schools, Ada Elementary, 5/6 Central Woodlands and Goodwillie Environmental.   Grand Rapids also had 3 ...

By Bonnie & Terry Westbrook, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate
(Westbrook Realty)
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Forest Hills Michigan Top Best Buy Homes August 2011 Top Best Buy Forest Hills Homes (Ada-Cascade) for Sale, based on price per square foot. Price per square foot is a great leveler, if two homes are compared by square foot pricing, you get a much better picture of what you are paying for or if t...

By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
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Forest Hills Public Schools Resolve $9.5 Million Budget 2011 Shortfall Budget woes for school districts are not news for communities today, as the monetary belt tightens for school districts all over the United States. But the Grand Rapids Forest Hills Public School District has done a great job ...

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