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Brace up for long haul when searching for a home in Grand Rapids

3/18/2018

Grand Rapids is one of the top 10 cities of the nation when it comes to cities facing acute housing shortages. So if you are desirous of a home for your family in Grand Rapids, you must be prepared for a long haul. According to Realtor.com, the city has low inventory of homes and thus unable to cope with the high demand for Grand Rapids home for sale. This demand for housing comes from not only those who are already living on rent but also those who are moving to this city in large numbers from other parts of the country.

Thousands of families arrive in Grand Rapids every year from other parts of Michigan in search of better employment opportunities. The economy of the city is strong and diverse, offering lots of job opportunities. But most of these families continue to live in rented homes for a long time as they are unable to find their dream home in Grand Rapids real estate market.

Most of the homes that come up on Grand Rapids MLS are gobbled up by hungry buyers waiting for their turn. Homeowners are getting multiple offers from the buyers over and above their asking prices indicating a trend of over list. Despite this new norm, many homeowners are hesitant to put up their homes for sale. This is because they are concerned that they might not be able to afford the high price of a bigger home they are desirous of moving in.

According to a report from Realtor.com, the number of Grand Rapids listings dropped by a whopping 24% this year as compared to the number of listings last year. The number of listings on the LS represented less than 1% of the total housing units in Grand Rapids. 

The attraction of a great lifestyle continues to bring more and more families in this 2nd largest city of Michigan every year. Employment growth rate in Grand Rapids has been very impressive with unemployment rate standing at just 3%.

To meet the ever growing demand for housing, authorities in Grand Rapids have been building apartments in the city at many different places. A number of multifamily housing projects are also in the offing to help buyers cope with the shortage of homes for sale in Grand Rapids.

Jason Lash
Team Lead and Associate Broker
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate
616-447-7045
http://www.GRHomes.Net

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Celebrity Listing Alert! Steph Curry Slashes the Price on His Home!

3/7/2018

 

So what does $3 million get you now days?

 

  • 7,520 Sq Ft
  • La Cornue Appliances
  • BainUltra Tub
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 4 Full and 2 Patrial Baths
  • .93 Acres

Check out this Santa Barbara home (pictures included).

http://www.caldecott.com/?page=listing_featured&feat_list_id=1236&info=620+Sugarloaf+Ct+Walnut+Creek+CA



Jason Lash
Team Lead and Associate Broker
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate
616-447-7045
http://www.GRHomes.Net

Kitchen Design Trends for Spring 2018

3/2/2018

Kitchen design doesn't change as quickly as other fashions, so when trends evolve, it's time to pay attention, especially if you're considering remodeling your kitchen. Here are five trends to consider:

Color. White kitchens are clean, pristine, and modern but they don't have to be monotone. Colors that are coming on strong are teal, a deep bluish green and marine blue, a saturated greenish blue. If you love white, or white and grey kitchens, think about adding more color to the island, walls, cabinets or backsplash.

Matte black fixtures. Matte black looks a lot like traditional polished bronze, so for the look to work, the style needs to be sleek, geometric and contemporary. The look is also a great update for your bathroom fixtures.

Workstations. Whether you're baking, grilling or using the stovetop, install multiple food preparation areas for chopping and mixing. Family and friends can cook together, making meal preparation a fun bonding activity. You can separate foods for individual diets, like gluten-free, and clean up is easier.

Beverage stations. Taking the place of butler's pantries, when no one has a butler these days, are beverage stations adjoining the kitchen. Chose the appliances around your favorite drinks, including coffee machines, smoothie makers, wine storage, juice bars and cocktail mixing.

Waterfall islands. To really show off your choice of granite, dress your island with a waterfall, where the granite cascades down the sides between the seating area and food prep area. The look is worth the extra expense.

 

Jason Lash
Team Lead and Associate Broker
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate
616-447-7045
http://www.GRHomes.Net

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Ada Homes for Sale
 Byron Center Homes for Sale Caledonia Homes for Sale Cedar Springs Homes for Sale Comstock Park Homes for Sale  East Grand Homes for Sale Forest Hills Homes for Sale Grandville Homes for Sale Grand Haven Homes for Sale  Grand Rapids Condos for Sale Grand Rapids Homes for Sale Greenville Homes for Sale Holland Homes for Sale Hudsonville Homes for Sale Jenison Homes for Sale Kent City Homes for Sale Kalamazoo Homes for Sale Kentwood Homes for Sale Lakefront Homes for Sale  Lake Michigan Homes for Sale Lowell Homes for Sale Newaygo Homes for Sale Muskegon Condos for Sale Norton Shores Homes for Sale Paw Paw Homes for Sale  Portage Homes for Sale Rockford Homes for Sale Sparta Homes for Sale Vicksburg Homes for Sale

Choosing the Builder for your Grand Rapids New Home

2/25/2018

 

Are you serious about purchasing a home in Grand Rapids but not satisfied with the options available in terms of the existing inventory of homes? Then you have to look for Grand Rapids new home custom built for you. This is a good way of getting a home that suits your taste and requirements. It is your right to have a new home built according to your liking and lifestyle. What you need now is to find the right builder who can build the new home for you in Grand Rapids. Here are some considerations that will help you in your endeavor.

 

Freedom to Create a Floor Plan

It is true that majority of custom home builders will not give you complete freedom of choice when it comes to designing the floor plan. They cite restrictions of zoning and structural integrity behind their decision to stick to as particular floor plan. Talk to the prospective builders about your desire to have a custom floor plan. If they are not ready to be flexible in the design of floor plan, it is time to leave such projects and move to another one with a more amenable builder.

 

Flexible Pricing

Take a look at the price structure and how and when you have to pay the installments proposed by the builder. If he presents a fixed, time bound payment plan, then you can safely assume that you will not get freedom to give inputs on design and features of your custom Grand Rapids new home. The right builder will be the one who listens to your suggestions, incorporates them in the choice of materials, and comes up with a pricing formula that is flexible. You can assume the builder to be perfect if he is amenable to your suggestions but cautions you about changes in pricing depending upon your choices.

 

Look for Warranties

Building a new custom home in Grand Rapids does not mean you will get everything according to the high quality standards that you have set for your abode. This applies to not just the construction materials like the marble for flooring and timber for windows but also to the kitchen countertops and even the wooden stairs that you want in your home. It is a good idea to ask for warranties in writing from the builder about the quality and craftsmanship. This will keep your interests covered in case there are some issues once you start to live in your new home.

Jason Lash
Team Lead and Associate Broker
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate
616-447-7045
http://www.GRHomes.Net

Tags:

Ada Homes for Sale
 Byron Center Homes for Sale Caledonia Homes for Sale Cedar Springs Homes for Sale Comstock Park Homes for Sale  East Grand Homes for Sale Forest Hills Homes for Sale Grandville Homes for Sale Grand Haven Homes for Sale  Grand Rapids Condos for Sale Grand Rapids Homes for Sale Greenville Homes for Sale Holland Homes for Sale Hudsonville Homes for Sale Jenison Homes for Sale Kent City Homes for Sale Kalamazoo Homes for Sale Kentwood Homes for Sale Lakefront Homes for Sale  Lake Michigan Homes for Sale Lowell Homes for Sale Newaygo Homes for Sale Muskegon Condos for Sale Norton Shores Homes for Sale Paw Paw Homes for Sale  Portage Homes for Sale Rockford Homes for Sale Sparta Homes for Sale Vicksburg Homes for Sale

Grand Rapids REal Estate Update - The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act for Homeowners

2/20/2018

 

While most tax costs that affect homeowners are determined by the taxing authorities in each state, The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will affect property ownership for everyone.

Unless Congress does some tinkering with the Act after it was signed into law in December 2017, corporations will receive a massive tax cut as individuals and married couples receive higher standard income tax deductions. Taxable rates are cut in all levels of income for individuals, and the standard tax deduction will double to $12,000. Joint filers will receive a deduction of $24,000.

Homeowners are used to deducting state and local income, property and sales taxes from their federal income tax, but those deductions will be capped at $10,000 annually for homes purchased after December 15, 2017. And the mortgage interest deduction will only be available to those with new mortgages under $750,000, according to Curbed.com, and for existing loans up to $1 million. The same deduction remains in place for second homes, says the The Wall Street Journal.

This could affect homeowners in high-cost areas such as California and New York but proponents of the Tax Act say doubled individual deductions should offset some, most or all of the difference.

Experts are unsure at this point whether or not the changes will affect the housing market, but it could have a terrific impact in some areas, if homeowners decide to wait and see what happens, lowering available inventory and causing prices to rise in mid-cost, high-demand areas like Dallas, Las Vegas and others. As always, please ask your tax professional for the best advice.

Jason Lash
Team Lead and Associate Broker
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate
616-447-7045
http://www.GRHomes.Net

Tags:

Ada Homes for Sale
 Byron Center Homes for Sale Caledonia Homes for Sale Cedar Springs Homes for Sale Comstock Park Homes for Sale  East Grand Homes for Sale Forest Hills Homes for Sale Grandville Homes for Sale Grand Haven Homes for Sale  Grand Rapids Condos for Sale Grand Rapids Homes for Sale Greenville Homes for Sale Holland Homes for Sale Hudsonville Homes for Sale Jenison Homes for Sale Kent City Homes for Sale Kalamazoo Homes for Sale Kentwood Homes for Sale Lakefront Homes for Sale  Lake Michigan Homes for Sale Lowell Homes for Sale Newaygo Homes for Sale Muskegon Condos for Sale Norton Shores Homes for Sale Paw Paw Homes for Sale  Portage Homes for Sale Rockford Homes for Sale Sparta Homes for Sale Vicksburg Homes for Sale

Charge of Millennials makes Grand Rapids MLS the Hottest in the Country

2/17/2018

Home buying spree of the Millennials is the main reason behind Grand Rapids MLS being the hottest across the country. If this trend continues for some more time, Grand Rapids housing market will be at the top of the 100 hottest markets in the country. Job scene in Grand Rapids remains hot and the city ranks 11 in terms of employment growth across the country. This is what is driving Millennials to this city of Michigan. It is not a surprise then that a high percentage of homes in Grand Rapids are owned by these Millennials.

 

Ready to pump in money for upgrades

More and more realtors in Grand Rapids today say they are swamped by requests from Millennials to find a great home for them. These individuals under the age of 35 are not averse to the idea of buying fixer uppers unlike traditional home buyers who are more interested in ready to move in properties. Millennials are buying homes as a part of their investment strategy. They are ready to buy homes in bad shape as they are ready with savings to fix the issues in these homes. This is why these buyers are interested in cheaper homes in the range of $120000-$200000.

 

Seller’s market facing strong demand and low supply

One look at Grand Rapids MLS will tell you that it is a seller’s market. Homeowners putting their properties on the market do not have to wait for a long time. In fact, over list has become the new norm in Grand Rapids with owners getting over and above their list price these days. Increasing prices amid low inventory are worrying new home buyers with only 25% of them being optimistic about their chances in 2018.

  

Millennials switching from renting to owning

In such a scenario, it is the enthusiasm of the Millennials that is keeping Grand Rapids MLS healthy and strong. These young men and women under the age of 35 are going from renting to owning their homes. These individuals are savvy buyers as they treat home buying as an investment exercise without being too attached emotionally with the structure. There are realtors who believe that Millennials are helping in keeping the Grand Rapids real estate market hot and strong.

 

With many homeowners facing issues with their credit reports, it is these Millennials with high credit scores who are leading the list of mortgage applicants in Grand Rapids.

Jason Lash
Team Lead and Associate Broker
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate
616-447-7045
http://www.GRHomes.Net

Tags:

Ada Homes for Sale
 Byron Center Homes for Sale Caledonia Homes for Sale Cedar Springs Homes for Sale Comstock Park Homes for Sale  East Grand Homes for Sale Forest Hills Homes for Sale Grandville Homes for Sale Grand Haven Homes for Sale  Grand Rapids Condos for Sale Grand Rapids Homes for Sale Greenville Homes for Sale Holland Homes for Sale Hudsonville Homes for Sale Jenison Homes for Sale Kent City Homes for Sale Kalamazoo Homes for Sale Kentwood Homes for Sale Lakefront Homes for Sale  Lake Michigan Homes for Sale Lowell Homes for Sale Newaygo Homes for Sale Muskegon Condos for Sale Norton Shores Homes for Sale Paw Paw Homes for Sale  Portage Homes for Sale Rockford Homes for Sale Sparta Homes for Sale Vicksburg Homes for Sale

Grand Rapids Listings: Seller’s Market with Low Inventory

2/11/2018

It is a seller’s market in most of Michigan with Grand Rapids being no exception. There are stories galore of sellers receiving multiple offers from buyers after just one day of listing on the MLS. There is a feverish competition among buyers as they jump on to any new listing that enters the market. There are 46 communities in southeast Michigan where it takes less than 35 days for a house to be sold after it comes to the market. Grand Rapids listings top this list with a house standing on the market for just 23.9 days on an average.

Grand Rapids is one market in Michigan where not only list prices but also sale prices are going up with each passing year. If things continue in this fashion for some more time, sale price is going to top list price, making over list a norm across all Grand Rapids neighborhoods. Surprisingly, this is happening with Grand Rapids listings when inventory has been going down at a fast rate. Listings have been dropping at a furious rate in and around Grand Rapids for the last 2-3 years. 

The fact that sellers are getting multiple offers shows that buyers are there and very much interested in houses that come on the market. However, supply does not match the demand in Grand Rapids. Majority of homeowners in Grand Rapids feel that it is a great time to sell. But till the time they actually decide to sell their homes, sales figures in Grand Rapids are likely to remain flat. Another impact of low inventory on Grand Rapids housing market is jump in the prices of properties.

Experts believe the main reason why owners are not putting their houses on sale is because they are afraid they may not be able to find a new home in their budget. They do not want to list their properties on the market before finding a suitable home for themselves. Other experts think this hesitation to list homes may be because of concerns about financing. As sale proceeds from the sale of old properties may not cover the cost of a new homes, most owners are staying put in their old homes. The after affects of the Great Depression of 2008-9 are still visible on the credit reports of most of the homeowners. With low credit scores, homeowners are hesitant to put their homes on the market.

Jason Lash
Team Lead and Associate Broker
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate
616-447-7045
http://www.GRHomes.Net

Tags:

Ada Homes for Sale
 Byron Center Homes for Sale Caledonia Homes for Sale Cedar Springs Homes for Sale Comstock Park Homes for Sale  East Grand Homes for Sale Forest Hills Homes for Sale Grandville Homes for Sale Grand Haven Homes for Sale  Grand Rapids Condos for Sale Grand Rapids Homes for Sale Greenville Homes for Sale Holland Homes for Sale Hudsonville Homes for Sale Jenison Homes for Sale Kent City Homes for Sale Kalamazoo Homes for Sale Kentwood Homes for Sale Lakefront Homes for Sale  Lake Michigan Homes for Sale Lowell Homes for Sale Newaygo Homes for Sale Muskegon Condos for Sale Norton Shores Homes for Sale Paw Paw Homes for Sale  Portage Homes for Sale Rockford Homes for Sale Sparta Homes for Sale Vicksburg Homes for Sale

Grand Rapids Homes for Sale: Your Abode in a Great City

1/30/2018


If you are looking for the best place to live in the country, simply head to Grand Rapids. Here you will not only get a chance to buy a beautiful home at affordable price but also enjoy the best beers and burgers. Grand Rapids is also a great place for those fond of cycling. But these are only a few of the dozens of other attractions that this beautiful city holds for you. Start looking for Grand Rapids homes for sale if you want to realize your dreams.

 

What more do you want from a place when searching of a city to live and raise your family? Described as the best city to live in across the country by Forbes, Grand Rapids has everything you need to live, earn, and enjoy along with your family. Grand Rapids is a great place to invest and also to start your career. It has not one but two rivers flowing through it. Bike, eat delicious food, and enjoy top quality beer if you are looking for fun and recreation. Experience top notch quality of life in this 2nd largest city of Michigan.

 

Excellent dining and wining facilities

Grand Rapids is considered one of the best cities across the nation for those fond of dining and wining. The city has some of the best restaurants in the country serving delicious food and beverages. From GQ to Tasting Tables and from Travelocity and Thrillist, everyone is unanimous, Grand Rapids as a great place for the foodies and beer lovers.

 

Great outdoor fun

One of the most likeable features about Grand Rapids is the ability of the residents to indulge in outdoor activities. You will never have a dull moment in life once you move in to Grand Rapids. There are dozens of exciting outdoor activities that you can indulge in when you are in this great Midwest City of the country. You can enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, boating, kayaking, and skiing in Grand Rapids.

 

Exciting arts and culture scene

If the weather conditions are not good, you can still have a gala time in Grand Rapids if you are a lover of arts and culture. Grand Rapids has a civic sculpture facility and one of the most visited art museums of the world.

 

So what are you waiting for? Start looking at Grand Rapids homes for sale to find your dream home today.

Jason Lash
Team Lead and Associate Broker
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate
616-447-7045
http://www.GRHomes.Net

Tags:

Ada Homes for Sale
 Byron Center Homes for Sale Caledonia Homes for Sale Cedar Springs Homes for Sale Comstock Park Homes for Sale  East Grand Homes for Sale Forest Hills Homes for Sale Grandville Homes for Sale Grand Haven Homes for Sale  Grand Rapids Condos for Sale Grand Rapids Homes for Sale Greenville Homes for Sale Holland Homes for Sale Hudsonville Homes for Sale Jenison Homes for Sale Kent City Homes for Sale Kalamazoo Homes for Sale Kentwood Homes for Sale Lakefront Homes for Sale  Lake Michigan Homes for Sale Lowell Homes for Sale Newaygo Homes for Sale Muskegon Condos for Sale Norton Shores Homes for Sale Paw Paw Homes for Sale  Portage Homes for Sale Rockford Homes for Sale Sparta Homes for Sale Vicksburg Homes for Sale

Finding Grand Rapids Homes for Sale

1/16/2018

Once you have decided that enough is enough and you will not pay rent to your landlord month after month, it is time to take a look at Grand Rapids homes for sale. Yes, the inventory of homes on the market is low and prices are rising with each passing year. But you have to continue your search to fulfill your dream of owning a home. There are dozens of neighborhoods in the Grand Rapids real estate market.  Each with its own personality and features. You have to know your priorities and the requirements of the family before starting your house hunt.

Take help from an experienced Grand Rapids Realtor

Buying a Grand Rapids home for sale through the traditional route may be a little long but it is also tried and time tested. You would be surprised to know that Grand Rapids housing market is so strong and hot that buying a home gets completed in just about 35-40 days. However, you need help and guidance of a good quality local Realtor who knows the area like the back of his hand. He can save a lot of your time and effort by finding Grand Rapids homes for sale that perfectly match your budget and requirements. He will also iron out any wrinkles that may arise during the process.

Explore the neighborhoods

One way of knowing whether a particular locality suits your requirements of living and enjoying with your family or loved ones is to explore them on your own. Walk through or drive your car and try to know the living conditions by meeting with the residents. Enquire about the situation of safety. Check out the quality of schools in the area. Find out if all modern amenities are available in close proximity to your home or not. This way you will be able to shortlist Grand Rapids homes for sale that match your requirements.

Carry out a search on the net

In this age of internet, more than 90% of homebuyers start their house hunt by looking up over internet. Make the most of realty sites like www.GRHomes.net to take a look at different Grand Rapids homes for sale. One advantage of conducting a search in this manner is that you can view different options available to you. 

Jason Lash
Team Lead and Associate Broker
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate
616-447-7045
http://www.GRHomes.Net

Tags:

Ada Homes for Sale
 Byron Center Homes for Sale Caledonia Homes for Sale Cedar Springs Homes for Sale Comstock Park Homes for Sale  East Grand Homes for Sale Forest Hills Homes for Sale Grandville Homes for Sale Grand Haven Homes for Sale  Grand Rapids Condos for Sale Grand Rapids Homes for Sale Greenville Homes for Sale Holland Homes for Sale Hudsonville Homes for Sale Jenison Homes for Sale Kent City Homes for Sale Kalamazoo Homes for Sale Kentwood Homes for Sale Lakefront Homes for Sale  Lake Michigan Homes for Sale Lowell Homes for Sale Newaygo Homes for Sale Muskegon Condos for Sale Norton Shores Homes for Sale Paw Paw Homes for Sale  Portage Homes for Sale Rockford Homes for Sale Sparta Homes for Sale Vicksburg Homes for Sale

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