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By Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic
(www.mrbrownsellsgr.com)
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 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...

By Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic
(www.mrbrownsellsgr.com)
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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 ...

By Dee Dee Hanson, If you love Saugatuck. . service is what I do
(Dorothy Hanson, Broker)
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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 

By Dee Dee Hanson, If you love Saugatuck. . service is what I do
(Dorothy Hanson, Broker)
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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...

By Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic
(www.mrbrownsellsgr.com)
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Recession…  I just finished reading an article in CNN Money concerning the growth that has been occurring in various markets. It begs the question are we heading back to the Great Recession of 2008? I’m all for sellers making money when they sell their greatest asset but it is getting out of hand...

By Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic
(www.mrbrownsellsgr.com)
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A piece of the American Dream. I was reading thru a post this am and saw an article that speaks directly to the heart of what most buyer’s are facing. The confidence that they have always enjoyed over the years to buy a home when they were ready has been replaced by what we’re going thru right no...

By Doug Hansen, Professional Realtor - Professional Results
(Five Star Real Estate)
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Here’s a look at the Grand Rapids Real Estate Market for May 2018. According to a report released by the Grand Rapids Association of REALTORS® (GRAR), Grand Rapids continues to favor sellers in today’s real estate market. Currently, sellers are receiving 99 percent of their listing price.April en...

By Doug Hansen, Professional Realtor - Professional Results
(Five Star Real Estate)
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March ended with a total of 845 properties sold. That is an impressive increase of 32.7 percent from the 637 properties sold in February. The average sale price of homes in the Grand Rapids area was $359,000 in March. That’s an increase of 5 percent from the $342,000 of last month. It’s worth not...

By Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic
(www.mrbrownsellsgr.com)
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I firmly believe we as agents should be reviewed about our service to the public we serve. There are times we may NOT receive the review we would like to hear but frankly some of the things that may be said coula possibly help us to be better. One of my quotes I’ve been using lately is”if we wan...

By Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic
(www.mrbrownsellsgr.com)
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We all know and are aware of the shortage of inventory here in the West Michigan area. Now is the time to work on getting your home(s) ready for sale and for the upcoming spring market. In my opinion I believe we will have a great market but the home(s) that will be coming out will have to be pri...

By Michelle Gordon, Finding Your Place
(JH Realty Partners)
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This year more than years past - we have discovered by home inspections mold in the home. Many times it was not visible - however a home inspector could smell it or see signs of something that could cause mold and would call for further investigations. Mold has increasingly become a concern of th...

By Michelle Gordon, Finding Your Place
(JH Realty Partners)
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When selling your home you are not only competing with your neighbors home, you are competing with new construction. As we show homes to our home seekers new construction is very much part of the mix.  Many times the new construction feels like a better deal to the buyer due to all the upgrades o...

By Michelle Gordon, Finding Your Place
(JH Realty Partners)
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This topic seems to be coming up a lot!  Real Estate is local and I can only speak about the community in which I am a member of and sell in as everyone has their own dynamic that will affect their Real Estate market.  I am from Grand Rapids,  Michigan - I sell Real Estate in West michigan. I fee...

By Michelle Gordon, Finding Your Place
(JH Realty Partners)
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I have been a Realtor since 2002 - I have seen many different market situations come and go. Each year comes with its new challenges and opportunities. 2017, has been one of the most difficult years for inspections in my world. I was trying to think why this year over other years, what is the cau...

By Michelle Gordon, Finding Your Place
(JH Realty Partners)
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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 fir...

By Michelle Gordon, Finding Your Place
(JH Realty Partners)
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Very interesting topic as I am explaining this a lot Why a home may sell more or less than its SEV. A few definitions before we start  SEV - State Equalized Value - According to LARA (Department of licensing and Regulatory affairs)  this is One half (1/2) of your property's true cash value. We wi...

By Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic
(www.mrbrownsellsgr.com)
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  First and foremost Change the locks. So many people forget to do that and a small percentage of the time. You never know how many keys were given to friends and relatives during the course of the previous owner(s). And what about if the property was bank owned? How many keys floated around out ...

By Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic
(www.mrbrownsellsgr.com)
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  After being in the business for over 31 years theses 2 things (on many occasions) I have run into from buyers so many times. In fast paced markets (which we have in this area) buyer’s NEED to be preapproved alongside their offer to make themselves competitive. I encourage them to get 2 estimate...

By Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic
(www.mrbrownsellsgr.com)
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There are things that more likely than not will sway you to make the decision to buy OR to renovate/remodel your existing home. As the Spring market approaches the market will heat up and you will ask yourself what will I be doing this year. Will it be like last year during this same time frame??...

By Michelle Gordon, Finding Your Place
(JH Realty Partners)
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Know that I love contests - I love to compete and I love to win! My first experience with this was,  when working at a furniture store in Camphill, PA.  We were living from paycheck to paycheck and we needed 3 mattress - My husband and I were sleeping on his 20 year old childhood mattress and we ...

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