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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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 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

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 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:

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 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 - Painting Your Brick Exterior

1/10/2018

The Brick Industry Association touts brick for its strength, energy efficiency and low maintenance, but sometimes brick can just be dated or downright ugly. A fresh new color on your home’s exterior brick can go a long way toward updating your home.

Whether you choose to do the work yourself or hire a professional, the same steps, particularly careful preparation, should be followed.

Clean the bricks: Use a wire brush, soap and water to clean the bricks, or use a power washer. For hard to remove stains, you can mix water with trisodium phosphate (TSP). TSP is phosphate-free and formulated for hard surfaces. Use approximately one-half cup to a gallon of water. For mold, mix one part bleach to three parts water and scrub with a wire brush.

Repair cracks and missing mortar: If you’re painting the brick for the first time, buy a premixed mortar patch, then caulk and seal any cracks in the brick. If your brick is already painted use the wire brush to loosen any paint that may be peeling.

Use masonry primer: Like TSP, latex masonry primer is made for brick. It ensures that the paint color will go on smoothly and evenly. Allow the primer to dry before you begin to paint. If the paint was originally painted with oil, you’ll have to use oil-based masonry primer and paint or the fresh paint will quickly peel. Apply two coats of paint for coverage, and wait for the first coat to dry before applying the second.

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: Poised for Impressive Growth in near Future

1/7/2018

Grand Rapids, a prominent city in the state of Michigan and has been ranked the hottest housing market of the country by none other than Trulia, one of the leading real estate websites. In its latest report called American Dream, the Grand Rapids real estate market ranks in the list of Top 10 housing markets poised for growth. It was also ranked number 11 in employment growth across major cities of the nation.  Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids real estate market is still growing. 

Trulia took into account the low vacancy rates, affordability of homes, and job growth rates when compiling this list of top 100 housing markets across the nation. Trulia also emphasized the importance of a large percentage of the population under 35 owning households as a factor in this list of top 100 housing markets. The Grand Rapids real estate market has overtaken markets like San Antonio, Fort Worth, Nashville, Raleigh, El Paso, Austin, Columbus, and Madison in the last year or so.

This report from Trulia also says that nearly 25% of the respondents said that 2018 will be a better year for buying a home than 2017. A large percentage of these respondents were Millennials. These young men and women below the age of 35 have decided to switch to buying from renting. These individuals are lapping up Grand Rapids homes for sale as soon as they come up on the market. Low inventory of homes and high demand coming from these Millennials has helped in pushing the price of properties in Grand Rapids.

There are some people who say that the way sellers are getting multiple offers and the manner in which over list has become the new norm, the housing bubble in Grand Rapids is soon going to burst. But there are many positive signs in Grand Rapids housing market. One of these is the tendency of the homeowners to keep the equity built up in the homes rather than draining it.

Of course it is tough on the part of buyers in Grand Rapids these days. Grand Rapids homes for sale are declining in numbers with each passing year as homeowners are unwilling to put their properties on the market. This is when instances of homeowners getting offers over and above their listing price are on the increase. But if you have a strategy in lace and you are willing to show patience, it is possible to buy the right home at the right price 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 Real Estate Update - Millennial Generation

1/2/2018

Born between 1980 and 1995, the Grand Rapids home buyer millennial generation is now prime home buying age. With unemployment just over four percent and lenders touting low-cost loan programs for first-time buyers, more millennials are in the Grand Rapids Real Estate market. So who are they and what do they want in a home?

As the most educated generation in history, millennials trust their own home buying judgment. They know how to conduct research and make the best choices accordingly, and tend to be savvy consumers. Even the 66 percent who are first-time home buyers tend to know more about the housing market than previous generations.

According to the National Association of REALTORS,® forty-nine percent of home buyers 36 years and younger have children under the age of 18, 66 percent are married couples, 17 percent are single women, and 13 percent are unmarried couples.

As they grow with their families, they seek homes built with quality materials and sustainability in mind. Eight-foot ceilings are back in vogue for this group, as they seek to downsize their ecological footprint.

Social media, technology and demographic shifts are pushing trends faster than any other time in history, says the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Grand Rapids millennials want clean, contemporary lines and many are willing to sacrifice space for style. Lack of ornamentation is significant and intentional, says the NAHB, so sellers marketing to millennials should clear away clutter and excess furniture.

Millennial home buyers in the Grand Rapids real estate market tend to choose older homes for the lower prices, but they want them to be as close to new in appearance as possible.

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

Recent Trends in Grand Rapids Home Values

12/31/2017

Grand Rapids is the fastest growing city in the state of Michigan. It has a strong and diverse economy with a hot job scene which attracts thousands of people from all parts of the country to it every year. Strong economy, high employment growth rate, and affordable homes make Grand Rapids real estate market in a very healthy condition. Of late, Grand Rapids home values have been increasing consistently leaving the national average behind.

 

Property prices in Grand Rapids did take a beating like all other communities across the nation during the great recession of 2008-9. However, Grand Rapids home values have been increasing since then and they have attained pre-recession peak values in most of the neighborhoods of the city. Considering that median home values in Grand Rapids still hover around $130,000, buying a home in Grand Rapids can be a very good investment on your part. This is because median home values in Grand Rapids are way below the national average of $208,000.  Even if you were to look at these median values from local perspective, they have come to this level from a low of $84,000 in 2009. This means prices have appreciated by more than 50% in the last 8 years.

 

Prices of properties per sq ft in Grand Rapids vary considerably depending upon the neighborhood and the number of bedrooms in the house. On the whole, average price per sq ft in Grand Rapids is $136. However, this average increases to $148 when the property has 2 bedrooms and to $149 when the property has 4 bedrooms.

 

As far as variety of accommodation units is concerned, you will kind Grand Rapids to be most diverse in the whole of Michigan.  You have Eastown if you are interested in a  traditional resale home while you have to visit Midtown if you are desirous of older homes made in the 50’s and 60’s. Belknap is the neighborhood where you will find most of the condos in Grand Rapids. There are dozens of neighborhood with their own distinct personality and lifestyle. It boils down to your personal taste and requirements when you are looking for Grand Rapids homes for sale.

 

Prices of properties are going up in entire Grand Rapids. No matter in which part of the city you buy your new home, you can rest assured that its prices will increase at a brisk pace. Even though it is a seller’s market, you can still find a home of your choice inside your budget 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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What Home Buyers Are Looking for in Grand Rapids Real Estate?

12/24/2017

As holiday season starts and winter sets in, there is slowing down of activities in Grand Rapids real estate market. But new home buyers keep on searching for their dream home relentlessly. This is because low inventory in the market and very few new homes being constructed in the region. The situation has been aggravated by more and more individuals from other parts of Michigan desirous of buying a home in Grand Rapids. These factors have pushed property prices higher in and around Grand Rapids.

 

Most of the home buyers in Grand Rapids are those who have a desire to stay put for a long period of time. This is because of the promise of a cool and relaxed lifestyle and a safe atmosphere. However, these buyers are concerned about certain features that they want in their dream homes based upon their lifestyle and the profession they follow. So what are these features that are attracting so many buyers to Grand Rapids homes for sale? Let us find out.

 

Small commute times

One of the most important things on the minds of potential home buyers in Grand Rapids is the commute time to their workplace. According to a survey carried out by NAR recently, nearly 73% of home buyers look at commuting cost before deciding to buy a home. They not only want shopping and dining facilities close to the home but also want their home to be close to their workplace. Living in a home close to workplace not only reduces commute time but also reduces travel expense considerably. This desire of home buyers to live close to their workplace is driving home prices in Grand Rapids upwards, especially in neighborhoods situated close to offices and factories.

 

Walkability of the locality

Another feature that is attracting home buyers in Grand Rapids is the walk score of the locality. People look for walking places to live in. Walkability offers surprising health benefits as residents can walk to receive an amenity rather than taking their cars out of the garage. Walkability does not mean having large areas to walk or jog but rather neighborhoods with all amenities at a walking distance. Realtors say that Grand Rapids listings on the MLS receive more clicks based upon their address and walkability of the area.

 

Eco friendly features

Times are changing and so has the preferences of the home buyers. They are more interested in homes that are energy efficient and eco friendly than to traditional homes that consume lot of energy for heating and cooling. This is where homes that have received recent upgrades or home improvements are better placed in comparison to old homes. If you have done something to keep energy bills down, you can sell your home in Grand Rapids quickly and that too at a high price.

 

Knowing what home buyers want in their new homes gives sellers a big advantage. It is a prudent idea to hire the services of an experienced Grand Rapids realtor to know what you need to do to attract more buyers.

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

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Fixer Upper Tips

5/19/2017

Home prices have been rising for five years, and spring sales are outpacing last year, according to the National Association of REALTORS.® When it’s harder for buyers to find the perfect home, what’s a great strategy? Buy a fixer upper!

There are real advantages to buying a home that needs work. Unloved or outdated homes don’t attract as many buyers, allowing you to mine the gold under the dirt. You’re getting the home at a discount compared with the rest of the neighborhood. You’re not paying top dollar for someone else’s improvements and you can make the home your own. You’ll wow your friends and family with the result.

Shop for the best neighborhood you can afford. Look for the worst home in the best neighborhood. Usually that home is older, smaller and not as well maintained as other homes. You’ll build instant equity when you improve the curb appeal, so the home looks like it belongs with its neighbors.

Ignore the cosmetics. Don’t stress over ugly paint, shag carpet or gingerbread trim. Your Berkshire Hathaway Home Services network professional can help you distinguish features that matter and which are easy to change.

Consider the bones. You need to know whether or not you can open a kitchen to the den or add on a bathroom or other square footage. These updates can be costly but they add value to the home. Talk to your lender about loans that pay for remodeling such as FHA's 203(k) program or Fannie's HomeStyle Renovation Mortgage.

The Joy of Older Homes

3/26/2017

If you’re planning to buy your first home in 2017, chances are good it will be an older home. The latest American Housing Survey (AHS) showed that 41% of housing stock in the U.S. was built prior to 1969 and that the median age of owner-occupied homes was 37 years.

In most areas, smaller pre-war Tudor cottages, Craftsman bungalows, and mid-century ranches comprise many older homes. Each style has its own charm.

  1. The fairy-tale Tudor revival. The English Tudor revives late medieval architecture popularized during the House of Tudor reign, a period of unequaled enlightenment known for political reformation and the Renaissance. Late Gothic and ecclesiastical influences include charming leaded and stained glass windows, steep-pitch cathedral ceilings, arched doorways and exposed wood beams.
  2. The solid and home-y Craftsman bungalow. Popular as the middle-class retort to the fussy, formal Victorian style, the Craftsman ushered in minimalism, thanks to Frank Lloyd Wright and others. Craftsman homes celebrate wood, stone, iron, ceramic and glass artistry, with wood floors and wainscoting, large windows, built-in cabinets and hand-made Art Nouveau tiles.
  3. The automobile-loving Ranch. The mid-century ranch helped post-World War II families move to the sprawling suburbs while they commuted back to the city for work. Built with speed, ranch-style homes typically have no load-bearing walls in the interior of the home, making them easy and inexpensive to remodel. Get your atomic décor on with low-slung furniture, sputnik light fixtures and abstract art.

No matter which older home you choose, knowing a little history should bring you added enjoyment.

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

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Clutter Free Counter Tops

2/16/2017

Today's kitchens are filled with all kinds of gastronomical gadgets, but if you want to show your kitchen to its fullest advantage, here are five ways to keep clutter down:

  1. Store unused equipment. Which appliances do you use the most? Chances are they’re not vegetable curlers or pasta makers. Store those appliances somewhere else, such as a butler’s pantry, food pantry or the garage.
  2. Build an appliance garage. Many cabinetmakers offer an appliance garage that can be closed when not in use. You can also customize an appliance garage to extend the length of the counter.
  3. Update appliances. If you need a microwave, get one that’s also a convection oven. Commercial-grade mixers have attachments that can make pasta and knead bread. The newest coffee machines can make tea, hot chocolate and all kinds of coffee shop specialty brews.
  4. Mount what you can. Under cabinet mounting is easy to install. Paper towel racks, electric can openers, and task lighting can all be mounted under the cabinets to free up counter space. Throw out smelly dishrags and sponges, and store fresh cleaning aids in caddies under the sink.
  5. Invest in organizers. Corner cabinets can be better utilized with swing out organizers. Drawers on rollers allow better access to all your storage. One charging station should serve multiple devices. Try installing one in the hall or utility room.

Once your kitchen is better organized, you’ll find it easier to prepare for showings and buyers will have an easier time seeing the kitchen’s best features.

Talking to Your Children About Moving

1/10/2017

So the new school year is just around the corner.  Or you're moving in the middle of the school season. It is extremely important to prepare your children for the new neighborhood, school system, and life style.

Before you sit down to talk to your children about the upcoming move, prepare a comforting strategy:

  1. Keep your children updated as to what is happening and what is likely to happen next.
  2. Explain the advantages in the move. For example, it will be closer to family, less commute to work so the parents can be home more, new job or activity, etc. 
  3. Talk about the new home and be as positive as possible.  Share about the new bedrooms, bathrooms, play area, yard, etc. 
  4. Show your kids the new home online and in person.  Also show them where the local schools, parks, and other points of interests are. 
  5. Be ready for complicated questions.  Make sure they know they will still be able to keep in contact with their old friends, play the same sports, and do the same activities.  

Your preparedness will go a long way in reassuring your children that their needs are being considered, even while big changes are happening around them as your family prepares to move into a new home.

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

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Is a Low Price or Low Interest Rate Better?

12/20/2016

As home prices are experiencing a seasonal slow down and mortgage rates are still low (although they have gone up in the last month).  Should buyers wait for home prices to go lower or jump on deals before the mortgage rates go up?

Here are a few things you should consider:

  • If you buy a home at $400,000 and put 10% down, with a 30 year rate at 3.5% your payment will be $1,617. If you keep the mortgage for the entire term, you’ll pay $221,962 in interest.
  • However, the same home at 4% will raise your payment to $1,719.  You will pay a total of $258,730 in interest over the life of the loan. The difference in interest payments alone is $36,768.
  • If you’re able to buy the home you want for five percent less ($380,000 less 10 percent down) and 3.5% interest, your payment would be $1,536, $81 less per month than in example one.
  • You’re able to buy the home for $380,000, but in the meanwhile, mortgage rates go to 5%. Your monthly payment is $1,633, $97 more per month than if you’d purchased at 3.5 percent.

As rates continue to go up, so will the cost of your next home.  In a lot of cases, it is cheaper to jump on a lower mortgage rate than it is to get the price of the home down.  Take advantage of slowing prices and low interest rates while they’re both available. Happy home hunting!

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

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How to Market Your Home During the Holidays

12/14/2016

The holidays can be an ideal time to market a home. Families spend more time together, and sellers making a move during fall and early winter tend to be highly motivated.

Also, companies transfer employees according to need, and January is one of the busiest times of the year. When relocating transferees often have only a few weeks to find a home so make sure your house stands out with a few well-placed holiday decorations.

This may not be the year to put up a big tree because it can make a room appear cramped. One of the top reasons why buyers choose a home is to have more space so let them look around without stepping around gift packages or avoiding fragile ornaments.

If you want a live tree, make sure it’s watered so the tree won’t turn brown or drop needles. Use fresh garlands to decorate mantles and doorways, and you can throw them away after the season.

Your time is best spent cleaning, staging and packing nonessentials in preparation for moving. Your home will show better and you’ll feel less stress if you don’t take on too much.

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

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Should You Buy A "Fixer Upper"?

11/25/2016

Everyone wants a home that reflects the owners taste and style. But sometimes it isn’t possible to find that “perfect home” and the next home isn’t exactly what a buyer wants. For these buyers choosing a “fixer-upper” is a compelling argument.

However, a lot of buyers don’t have the patience or experience to do a remodel. And because of the cost, some people might be hesitant to hire a builder or a contractor. Others just simply don’t have the vision of what the home could be.

The national median sales price for new homes was $284,000 and $240,200 for existing homes. Average market time in the West Michigan Real Estate market was just a few weeks in some local markets. 

A lot of home buyers will pay top dollar if the home is in “move-in ready” condition.  As opposed to a home that needs work.  However, it might be easier to negotiate a better deal for a home that does need some renovations.   

If buyers have the ability or “stomach” to purchase a home that needs work, they might be able to find a home in a more expensive neighborhood. Purchasing what might be a less desirable home in a neighborhood that is in high demand could be a great long term investment.  Their home might not be the most impressive home in the neighborhood, but the marketability for the area will bring the value of their home.

If you are thinking of purchasing a home, please contact The Lash Group at 616-447-7045. Or you can search for homes by using the search feature on the top of the screen.

Jason Lash
Team Lead and Associate Broker
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate
616-447-7045
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How to Stage a Small Home

11/18/2016

One of the biggest reasons why home buyers buy a new home is for more space. So if you are trying to sell a smaller home, here are a few tips.

Bring in as much light as possible. Reflective surfaces such as mirrors or polished floors can bounce more light and make the rooms look bigger and brighter. Glass-topped tables look light and show more of the floor, which makes any space look larger.

Raise your curtain rods as high as possible and replace those heavy drapes with lighter fabric, blinds, or shutters. Try to avoid letting the drapes touch the floor.

Limit the number of pieces of furniture if possible.  

If they are available, use your built-in bookcases, cabinets and entertainment areas to help you save space. Do what ever it takes to limit what is on the floor and counter-tops. 

Try to reduce the clutter if possible.  Pack and store up out-of-season clothes, collectibles, and anything else that creates clutter.

By showing your home at its best, the right buyer will see the beauty of a small space.

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

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CMA vs. Appraisal

11/10/2016

Establishing the properties market price is equally important to sellers, lenders, buyers, and real estate agents. To help with this, real estate agents and appraisers usually use information from the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS

One of the biggest misconceptions is the MLS is used just for marketing.  While it does greatly help market the home, it is also a member-based cooperative that provides a ton of information that includes listings, homes that have sold, historical data, market trends and much more.  Real Estate agents use this information not only to help accurately price a home, but to predict how quickly homes are selling and at what percent to list price.

This data is used to create “Comparative Market Analysis” (CMA) reports to help sellers decide on a listing price for their property and also help buyers decide how much of an offer they want to make. The CMA report usually includes recent sold properties that have similar characteristics to the subject property.

Appraisals are usually ordered by the bank and uses similar data.  However, there are some differences. An appraisal generally by a licensed appraiser to determine how much the lender should base the mortgage on. Appraisals use similar homes that would be in a CMA.  But they base the appraised value off slightly different information.

In short, a CMA determines what a home should sell for.  An appraisal is information that the bank uses to determine if the property is financeable.  These two numbers could be exactly the same or could be very different.  Before you put your home for sale or buy a home, it is extremely important to have a CMA and let the lender order their own appraisal.

Jason Lash
Team Lead and Associate Broker
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate
616-447-7045
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What is a "Reverse Mortgage"?

11/1/2016

The FHA-insured Home Equity Conversion Mortgage, was signed into law on February 5, 1988 by then President Ronald Regan.

It is very easy to qualify for a Reverse Mortgage. The biggest requirements is generally the home owner has to be at least 62 years old and the primary residence.  The home has to be a 1 to 4 unit property.  Manufactured homes and condos may also qualify.

Other “general” guidelines are that the borrower must have enough residual income to cover monthly expenses including taxes and insurance.  Also, the borrower must have a 12 month history of making all of their installment debt payments in the last 12 months and have no more than two 30 day late payments on their mortgage.

The amount the loan is usually between 50% to 60% loan to value.  To determine the maximum LTV, the underwriters will review the borrower’s age, and the area that the home is located.

Borrowers will receive the funds in four ways:

  • One lump sum
  • Monthly payments (similar to an annuity)
  • Line of Credit
  • Or any combination of the above

Usually closing costs and liens are paid off with the mortgage. 

If you use the line of credit, the “credit option” accrues growth and the unused line will grow.  The borrower can potentially gain access to more cash over time. 

It is important to note that this is a “loan” and the IRS does not consider this income.  Also, this should not impact any social security benefits.

In 2008 they released a program that allowed potential home buyers to use a Reverse Mortgage to purchase a primary residence. This was designed to allow the elderly home buyers to purchase a new principal residence and obtain a reverse mortgage within a single transaction by eliminating the need for a second closing.

With reverse mortgage there are no required monthly payments so the life style of the borrower is similar to a home paid off.  The loan is not due payable until the last borrower sells the house, or fails to live in the home for a period greater than 12 months, the borrower fails to pay the property taxes or insurance, the borrower transfers the title to a non-borrower, or the condition of the home significantly deteriorates.  This is when the borrower will have to either refinance the mortgage, sell the home, or pay it off with their own funds.

It is important to note that a reverse mortgage is a “non-recourse” loan.  This means that the only asset that can be used to repay the loan is the home itself.  If there isn’t enough equity in the home to “settle up” the loan balance, the FHA mortgage insurance covers the rest.

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

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Time to Raise The Roof-Over

10/25/2016

They’re called “roof-over jobs” or a “second layer”.  These are much more common than most people think.  In many parts of the country, including West Michigan, homeowners are permitted to install a new roof on top of the current roof.  However, this isn’t always a good idea.

While it can be cheaper in the short term, roof-overs don’t usually provide the same amount of protection as a single layer roof. Some homes may not be able to handle the extra weight and extra layers don’t always hold up to the weather elements as well as a single layer. As a result, adding a second layer could cost more in the long term.

Other issues you might have with a roof-over is that a lot of manufactures will not warranty a second layer.  Also insurers may decline claims to roof damage.

This doesn’t mean you need to avoid purchasing a home with a second layer on the roof.  However, you need to have a very detailed inspection to make sure the roof doesn’t have a history of leaking and there are no structural issues with the property.

Jason Lash
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate
616-447-7045
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The New Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac 3% Down Program

10/19/2016

Have you thought about how much you are going to put down on your next home? If you think 20% is required, you could be living in the past. Since both Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae launched their 3% down payment programs, the loan program has become extremely popular.

The 3% down mortgage which is also known as the “Home Possible Advantage” program, allows potential home buyers to move into their home much sooner.  It also lets home buyers to use the rest of what they would normally put down for other purposes such as a “nest egg”, pay down other debt, home improvements, etc.

With that in mind, you could wind up with Private Mortgage Insurance, AKA PMI.  This will raise your payment a little.  However, after you pay down the mortgage and build some equity, you might qualify to remove your PMI and save even more money. 

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are making it much easier to buyer a home.

Jason Lash
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate
616-447-7045
http://www.GRHomes.Net

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Selling an Ugly Home

10/14/2016

So let’s pretend that you have just inherited a really old home in a less than desirable area that you need to sell. However, you don’t have the resources, energy, or time to improve the home. 

Or maybe you have a home with renters that did damage and you can’t make the necessary renovations for whatever reason.

Just because the home needs work, it doesn’t mean you can’t still sell it. A lot of buyers are looking for deals anyway and they may see the potential in your property.

So here are a few tips:

  • Get a bid from a contractor on the necessary fixes and provide these bids to the potential buyers.  That way they are not over estimating the cost.
  • Still clean and make the home as presentable as possible.
  • Price the home accordingly.  You will need to discount the home to gain an advantage over the comparable homes in better condition.
  • Make as many small repairs as possible.

 Don’t be afraid to sell your home even if it isn’t in perfect condition

 

Jason Lash
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate
616-447-7045
http://www.GRHomes.Net

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What Home Buyers Need to Know About Inspections

10/9/2016

Most home buyers are looking to find a house in good condition.  They are looking to avoid having to deal with construction and maintenance issues. However, their is no such thing as the "perfect home".  Home buyers need to rely on an home inspection to tell them what they need to know about the home.

Their are several different types of inspections.  Structural, pests, and radon are the more common.  However, sometimes heating and cooling, electrical, and other types of inspection will be recommended or even required by the lender. 

The structural inspection can take several hours.  It will usually cover the appliances, roof, foundation, and most of the home.  A structural inspector will also be able to advise if further inspections are going to be required.  

We recommend that buyers attend every home inspection and walk through the home with the inspector. Seeing the potential issues for yourself will help you understand how serious the issue is and what needs to be taken care of now or later.  

One important factor all buyers need to remember that if any addendum is written up can give the seller the opportunity to cancel the purchase agreement or accept another offer.  So it is important to know how sever any damage may be.

If you need an inspector or have any questions about an inspection report please contact us. 

Jason Lash
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate
616-447-7045
http://www.GRHomes.Net

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Pocket Listings

10/2/2016

The MLS (also known as the Multiple Listing Service), is set up for members to provide potential home buyers as many choices and provide home owners more opportunities to sell their homes at top dollar. Members of the MLS also agree to share their listings with other brokers a reasonable time, usually within a day after the listing agreement has been signed.

Marketing a home takes time and prepare. Sellers need time to paint, declutter, stage, and make make any necessary repairs.  The listing agency will need time to take pictures, make videos, get tax information, write descriptions, etc. 

Until the listing is "live", most agents consider it a "pocket listing".  The listing agency can market the home to their own buyers and as a "coming soon" listing. 

So what is the advantage of pocket listings? Brokers will sometime sell these listings to their own buyers before the public is aware of the listing.  And sellers can sell their home quickly.

It is important that buyers are ready to make a quick decision when viewing a pocket listing. 

Jason Lash
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate
616-447-7045
http://www.GRHomes.Net

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Celebrity Listing Alert!

9/28/2016

So what does $2.5 million get you in Birmingham Michigan?  

Billionaire and tracing team owner Roger Penske is selling his million dollar mansion.  

-4 Bedrooms

-4 Full and 2 Half Bathrooms

-Heated driveway and walkways

-Wine Room

-Sauna

and much much more.  

Check out the pictures and all of the details here:  Roger Penske's Home

 

How to Raise Your Credit Score

9/25/2016

With interest rates at record lows, you might want to purchase a property before rates go up. Do you qualify for a mortgage? Your credit score is very important.

50+ years ago, The Fair Isaac Company started a credit scoring system so lenders could easily understand how much of a risk a borrower would be. The “FICO” score is determined by a software program that will analyzes a borrowers job history, debt to income ratios, spending habits, and loan payment history.  your job, credit, income-to-debt ratios, spending habits and payment history. Scores can range between 300 and 850.  Typically those with the higher scores get the best terms and rates. 

The three credit reporting bureaus are Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax. Each one of them will calculate its own score. You should review all three reports regularly and resolve any errors as fast as possible.  A great resource for a free credit report is www.annualcreditreport.com

Some great ways to increase your FICO score is to do the following: 

  • Pay all bills on time every time. 
  • Pay extra every month (don't make the minimum payment).
  • Reduce  or eliminate your credit card or other revolving debt.
  • Don’t open any new accounts (especially credit cards).
  • If you use your credit cards, don't use more than 30% of your available credit.

Most banks and mortgage lenders are only interested in your ability to pay the loan back.  Having a high FICO score will make sure you are getting the best interest rate possible and keep your payments affordable. 

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Home Design Tip: Four Ways to Upgrade Your Porch

9/8/2016

GORGEOUS sunsets, soft wind, enjoying the neighbors while you relax on your porch swing.  You will appreciate these pleasures from your porch. If you would like to enjoy your yard more, these are four simple ways to create the porch that you have always wanted.

  1. Find a color that compliments the home’s exterior and screams “I’ve am special!” Have fun with colors on the columns, floorboards, front door, shutters, and trim. DO NOT forget that the color blue will keep the mosquitoes away, or at least it did 100 years ago.
  2. Replace or refinish the old porch furniture. Depending on the look you are going for, and how much space you have to work with, you need to consider function and scale. Pick out furniture to suit your life style and activities.
  3. Decorate with colorful plants and flowers to add style. But do your research and learn which plants do well potted, how bulky the plants will get, and whether the porch gets shade or direct sun.
  4. Beautify for character. Each property has its own personality. Search local shops, flea markets, and online for treasures like garden stools and chimes.

A porch is basically your perch.  It has a lot of benefit and brings more curb appeal to your home.

Don't Overprice Your Home!

8/7/2016

One of the most well-known real estate mantras your real estate professional will tell you is this: “If you overprice your home, it will take longer to sell and it will sell for less money.” Yet, many sellers believe their homes can defy market physics.

Overpricing seldom works because buyers search for homes online according to their loan qualifications. If their ceiling is $500,000, they’re not going to search for more expensive homes, and your home won’t be found by the buyers who are most qualified to buy it. When buyers can afford more, they’ll compare your home to other homes in the same price range and your home may fall short in features, location or condition.

Search price increments vary depending on scale. Buyers use $10,000 increments for $100,000 homes and $100,000 increments for million-dollar homes. Pricing just over a logical range end point like $255,000 or $505,000 will exclude that home from some search results. If you price just under a range end point, like $498,000, your home will be seen by the buyers who are most likely to buy your home.

While some buyers’ search in higher price ranges than their rounded end point, their intention is to offer less, so that makes setting a higher price for your home counterproductive.

Your best chance of selling your home quickly for the highest price possible is to attract buyers who see your home as well priced. You’ll attract more serious buyers who make higher offers with fewer negotiations.

 

Jason Lash
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate
616-447-7045
http://www.GRHomes.Net

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Celebrity Listing Alert-Detroit Red Wing Igor Larionov

7/18/2016

So what does $3,399,000 get you in Bloomfield Hills (just outside of Detroit in Oakland County)?

 

5 Bedroom
7 full baths (just in case you have the entire Red Wing front line over and they all need to take a shower)
2 half baths
7,779 Sq Ft
1.72 Acres
Wine room
Exercise Room
Outdoor Kitchen
Faux Ice Rink

Quite an incredible home.  Check out the listing here:  www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2025-Quarton-Rd_Bloomfield-Hills_MI_48301_M31624-95840#photo0

Best Advice For First-time Home Buyers

7/17/2016

If you’re a first-time homebuyer, you’ll have a much easier time finding and financing your next home if you follow these tried and true tips

  1. Hire an experienced real estate professional:Buying a first home is a complex process. Your agent will assist you through the hurdles of neighborhood searches, comparing homes, making an offer, inspections and appraisals, as well as help you identify the best values.
  2. Check and repair your credit: Banks and lenders use your credit scores to make lending decisions, so make sure your credit is accurate and deficiency-free. If you are thinking of buying and have not seen your credit report yet, please contact me and I will refer you to one of the top lenders in the market and they will provide you with a free credit report. 
  3. Get pre-approved: To get pre-approval, you have to apply for a loan and share your income, work history, debts and other information. This process should only take a few minutes and should be your first step.  Your lender will confirm your down payment source, interest rate, type of loan and loan term. Only then will you know exactly how much home you can buy.
  4. Check out federal, state and local government incentives:  Your agent and lender should always be updated and educated in the latest home buyer stimulus programs.  Currently Michigan and local communities have several different programs including offering a $7500 down payment assistance.  Some of these programs are a great alternative to asking the seller to contribute towards the buyers closing costs and will make the buyers offer more attractive. 
  5. Prepare to compromise: There’s no perfect home, so you’ll have to prioritize your wish list. Older homes often need cosmetic work so expect to pay more for a home in pristine move-in condition.
  6. Make a long-term investment: Equity is built over time, so plan to occupy your home for several years or more. Your home is also an investment in happiness and that can be the best deal you ever make.

 

Jason Lash
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate
616-447-7045
http://www.GRHomes.Net

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Four Ways to Price Your Home to Sell

7/11/2016

Equity is the percentage amount of your home that you actually own. You have three ways to build your ownership stake: through the purchase, through the reducing principal and through the passage of time.

  1. Down payment: You gain instant equity when you put down a down payment. If you put 20 percent down, your equity ownership is 20 percent.
  2. Purchase price: You can also gain instant equity by buying your home below the market. That’s difficult to do because homes don’t typically sell below market unless there is some sort of problem, such as poor condition, lack of updates or foreclosure. To build equity, invest in updates and repairs to bring your home up to neighborhood standards.
  3. Paying down principal: As you pay your mortgage, little goes toward reducing the principal while a lot goes to paying interest.The longer the term of your loan, the less quickly you’ll build equity. Work with your lender to choose an adjustable rate or fixed rate for the length of time you think you’ll be in your home.
  4. Time: Historically, home values tend to beat inflation by one or two percentage points, which means you can estimate a rise in your home’s value to average about three to five percent annually in a normal market.

It takes time to build equity this way, but when you combine principal reduction with buying wisely and caring for your home so that it retains its desirability, you’ll find that you build equity quickly and steadily.

 

Jason Lash
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate
616-447-7045
http://www.GRHomes.Net

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Selling Your Home Before Buying Again

6/12/2016

It would be great if you could hand your keys to the buyer at closing, close escrow on your next home, and get your new keys all at the same time. While it’s possible for closings to go that smoothly, you may need a contingency plan if delays occur to one transaction or the other.

Sometimes the buyer’s home doesn’t close on time, so they can’t close on your home as scheduled. Your builder may not have your home ready for move in by close of escrow. Or, you may sell your home before you’ve found another home to move into.

What can you do? Put a contingency into the contract that you rent back your home after closing for a few days or weeks. Or, ask your real estate professional to help you find a short-term furnished executive rental. There are also commercial executive suites that you can rent by the week or month.

Where will you store your furniture and belongings? Get a safe deposit box at your bank for your most precious valuables and papers. A climate-controlled storage facility can run hundreds of dollars per month, but they’re well worth it in terms of protection. Be sure to get storage insurance for floods, leaks and other water damage. Your moving company may also have short-term storage available.

What about bills? Pay them online or get a post office box.

With a contingency plan, you’ll be more relaxed and flexible. The important thing is not to let delays stop you from selling your home.

Jason Lash
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate
616-447-7045
http://www.GRHomes.Net

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Five Ways to Get a Better Mortgage Rate

5/8/2016

Mortgages are the largest monthly expense most homeowners will ever have. Getting the best mortgage interest rate starts with basics. Here are five ways to get the best rate possible.

  1. Check your credit. Before you shop for a home, review your credit reports. Correct any negatives you find, pay bills on time, and don’t open any new accounts. A change in your debt-to-income ratio can cause you to pay more in interest.
  2. Choose the right loan. Choose your loan based on current market conditions and how long you plan to stay in your home. The longer you plan to stay in your home, the better off you’ll be with a fixed-rate mortgage. It takes most borrowers five years just to earn back their original closing costs in equity.
  3. Compare rates and lenders. A loan officer can offer certain loan packages. A mortgage broker can shop your deal around to lenders for you. Remember, rates can change several times a day, so compare loan packages at the same time to get the best deal.
  4. Consider terms. The true cost of the loan is the APR or annual percentage rate, which includes fees from the lender. All terms are negotiable, so don't be afraid to ask what a particular fee is for and if it can be reduced or eliminated. Also, the costs for a 10, 20 or 30-year loan will vary. Shorter terms mean larger monthly payments, but faster equity.
  5. Don’t wait for rates to go down. Rates are currently below four percent and likely to go up instead of down. Instead of worrying about rates, work on how quickly you can build equity quickly. Pay $25, $100, or $500 extra per month and you'll more than offset any rate you'll pay.

Feel free to contact me if you have more questions about lending. 

Jason Lash
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate
616-447-7045
http://www.GRHomes.Net

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Attract Real Buyers, Sell Quickly

5/2/2016

Your Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices professional wants to sell your home quickly and at the highest price possible. Your home must be exposed to qualified buyers who are serious about finding a home.

What do serious buyers look like? They’re ready to buy and show it by getting prequalified by a lender and knowing their price range. They have criteria to meet, including likes and dislikes. They have a moving date in mind. They’re represented by a real estate agent. They’ve already eliminated homes using the Internet and your home is on the short list. They can make a solid offer on the right home today.

Serious buyers aren’t nosy neighbors, open house explorers, or people who can’t or won’t make a realistic offer. Serious buyers won’t waste your time because they don’t want to lose the opportunity to buy your home to another buyer.

Your listing agent’s job is to network, advertise, and market to make serious buyers aware of your home. How attractive your home is to buyers is up to you. Here are five ways to help your agent attract buyers to your home.

  1. Verify market prices with your agent. Price your home for today’s market reality.
  2. Stage your home to best advantage. Declutter, depersonalize, clean it, paint it, and enhance curb appeal with fresh landscaping.
  3. Fix everything that’s a problem. No leaks, chips, smells. Move-in ready condition is what most buyers want. Don’t give buyers room to argue price due to condition.
  4. Do something extra for your home. Some updating, fresh paint, new appliances, or new countertops can work wonders.
  5. Be a serious seller. Just as a serious buyer is ready to buy, show you’re ready to sell by offering your home at an attractive price, being flexible about moving dates and other terms, and making your home available for viewing with their agents.

    Jason Lash
    Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate
    616-447-7045
    http://www.GRHomes.Net

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Due diligence before moving day

3/27/2016

You have a lot more to do than just making a call to a moving company.  A few things you need to consider to insure a cost effective and trouble free moving experience. 

Get a written quote: There’s nothing worse than discovering after the move that you owe more than you bargained for due to extra fees and charges. Make sure that the quote is in writing.

 

Ask about extra fees and charges: These may pop up even after getting a binding quote. For example, you may be stuck with additional fees for extra storage, extra mileage or items that are too heavy or fragile.

 

Ask about their cancellation policy: Should you decide to cancel or reschedule, know the financial ramifications. It’s also a good idea to wait until you have a firm move date before setting and appointment.

 

Ask about insurance: Reputable companies will offer insurance to cover damage. But be aware that such insurance can be very basic—it might only cover a few pennies per pound. Ask about available insurance upgrades.

 

Ask whether your items will be transferred to another mover: Long distance moves may mean your company will transfer your stuff to another truck and crew. This increases the potential for extra fees and possible damage to goods.

 

Do your research: Don’t be afraid to comparison shop. Visit their websites. Give them a call and talk to a real human being. This is a great time to pose your questions and concerns before setting an appointment or writing a check.

Facing these points squarely ahead of time will go a long way in ensuring a smooth transition to your new home

 

Jason Lash
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate
616-447-7045
http://www.GRHomes.Net

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Tax considerations for buyers and sellers

2/28/2016

Buyers and sellers need to be informed about tax considerations before entering a transaction.

If you have purchased or sold a home last year, there are a number of tax deductions for which you may qualify. Here are some important factors to keep in mind:

Profitability: According to the IRS, if you have a gain from the sale of your main home, you may be able to exclude up to $250,000 of the gain from your income as a single tax filer, or $500,000 on a joint return in most cases.

Interest: Currently, much of the interest paid on a mortgage is tax-deductible. A married couple filing jointly can deduct all of their interest on a maximum of $1 million in mortgage debt secured by a first or second home.

Selling costs: Broker commissions, title insurance, legal fees, advertising costs, administrative costs, and inspection fees are all considered selling costs and currently may be used to reduce one’s taxable capital gain by the amount of the selling costs.

Refinanced mortgage points: They may be deductible, but not all at once. Homeowners who refinance may be able to immediately write off the balance of the old points and begin to amortize the new points. Interest paid on a home equity loan or similar line of credit may also be deducted.

Points/origination fees: On a home loan, if points or origination fees are paid during the purchase of a home, they are currently generally tax-deductible for the year in which they were paid.

Repairs/remodels: Qualifying capital improvements may be able to be deducted, including costs of a new roof, fence, swimming pool, garage, porch, built-in appliances, insulation, heating or cooling systems and landscaping.

Relocation expenses: If you move because of a new job, you may be able to deduct some of your moving costs. To qualify for these deductions, you must meet several IRS requirements, including that your new job is at least 50 miles farther from your old home than your previous job. Moving-cost deductions can include travel or transportation costs, lodging expenses, and fees for storing your household goods.

Property taxes: Currently deductible from your income. If you have an impound or escrow account, you can’t deduct the money held for property taxes until the money is actually used to pay your property taxes. City or state property tax refund reduces your federal deduction by an equal amount.

First-time buyer credit: For those buyers who took advantage of this credit within the past two years, remember that if within 36 months of the date of purchase, the property is no longer used as your principal residence, you are required to repay the credit.

Another important tip for those moving into a new home is to make sure you update your address with the IRS and the U.S. Postal Service to ensure you receive refunds or correspondence from the IRS.

Tax laws change every year, and certain tax deductions become available while others phase out. Speak with a professional tax consultant about these and other considerations.

Jason Lash
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate
616-447-7045
www.GRHomes.Net

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Sellers: Check Your Home for Storm Damage

2/21/2016

It’s been another crazy year of weather damaging houses throughout the country. Home sellers should take a close look at their property for storm damage and make appropriate repairs. There are several key areas of concern:

The roof: After a powerful storm, check for damage. Ensure there are no missing shingles or cracks around skylights. Inspect the attic for discoloration of decking or plywood surfaces.

Flashing: Also look for light penetrating around plumbing vents or the chimney. Your roof’s flashing may need repair.

Rain gutters: Inspect for damage and clear leaves and debris. Holes, cracks or sags are easily fixed. For holes, clean the area and cut a piece of gutter material slightly larger than the hole. Use gutter-repair compound to affix the patch. Covering the patch with another layer of compound will ensure a good seal. For minor sags, add a new bracket to the sagging area.

Trees and shrubs: Limbs can wreak havoc with your roof, siding and stucco during heavy winds. They can also come crashing down under the weight of snow. Pruning can ensure their health and safeguard your home.

Windows: Inspect windows, fencing and decking. They all can take a beating in storms. Seal and repair any damage. Sometimes storm damage is unavoidable. But making quick repairs can help ensure your home is safe, sound and ready for sale.

Jason Lash
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate
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Staging for a Vacant Home

2/14/2016

In the current market, it is hard to get the right price for a home.  Some sellers can’t wait while their homes are on the market. They may have to relocate because of a job or have already bought their next house and need to move so the kids can start school.

Most people understand that vacant properties suffer from a wide variety of ills due to deferred maintenance. They pose unique showcasing challenges because some buyers are not able to see beyond the empty home. They’re looking for a “home,” not a “house.” Without the appearance of someone living there, the home has a few emotional connections. A buyer will be on the lookout for imperfections such as floor scratches, nail pops, chipped grout and other imperfections.

The easiest fix for a vacant home is to bring in a home stager. They can give the property a comfortable, lived-in look. Potential buyers can better visualize how they integrate into the home. When a buyer perceives flaws and can’t visualize a home’s potential, there will be fewer offers, greater price reductions, more days on the market, higher carrying costs and less profit.

A vacant home can also hurt your negotiating power. If buyers know that you are already out and most likely paying another mortgage, they figure you are more motivated and will likely present a lower offer.

Staging will allow you to create a proper vision for the property and achieve a quicker, more profitable outcome.

Jason Lash
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate
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Safety First!

2/7/2016

You have enough to think about without worrying that your home isn’t safe, or that your things may be stolen. One of the reasons why we don’t do open houses is because it means strangers who are no pre-approved might be in your home. Her are a few safeguards that will lessen your worry:

  -Store fine art, jewelry, collectibles, and other valuables with a family member or in a storage unit. This also applies to personal papers with social security information, past taxes, and anything with an account number. Also, make sure your medicine is secured

  -Keep your windows and doors locked. Sometimes potential buyers will open doors and windows. After showings double-check doors and windows when returning after a showing.

  -It may not make sense to install a security system when you are planning on moving, but it might be a selling point of the home and deter burglars.

  -If your home is vacant, consider staging the home like you are currently living in it.

  -Install motion sensors and timers that automatically turn on the lights.

  -Communicate with your neighbors and ask them to keep an eye on your home.

Security is something you should not take for granted. And by taking these extra steps, you can feel safe and secure during a home sale.

Jason Lash
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate
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A New Trend: Multi-Generational Living

1/31/2016

Although, you may have more of a “traditional” home some of the better agents will sometimes suggest staging your home for multi-generations is a good idea.   

The Pew Research Center recently did a study that states 57 million Americans (about 18.1% of the U.S. population) are living in multi-generational households.

We are seeing a lot of young adults are moving back home, the elderly are moving in with their middle-age children, and even sometimes the middle-aged are moving back with their elderly parents.

Some ideas for staging and marketing are highlighting finished walkout basements, bonus rooms, “in-law suits”, and the flexibility of the layouts.  All bonus space is important to multi-generational home owners.  Handicap features is also important to those who might have aging parents. 

Jason Lash
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate
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Creating a Home Inventory List is a Great Idea

1/24/2016

Homeowners insurance will help provide financial security in case something happens to the contents in your property or the property its self.  This is why it is extremely important to document everything in your home.  By doing so, filing an insurance claim will be much easier. 

Start with a sheet of paper for each room.  Then list each possession in that room.  Don’t forget to inventory your storage places such as your attic, garage, and basement.

For each item, record the following:

  • What the original cost was
  • When you purchased the item
  • The replacement cost
  • Anything you can use to identify it such as a brand name and model number
  • A description of the item

Another great idea is to take a video and photos of each room and item and update this once a year.

Jason Lash
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"Tax Advantage" is Not an Oxymoron!

1/17/2016

If you have purchased or sold a home, there may be some tax advantages available to you. A lot of the fees in a transaction could be tax deductible.  Check with your tax professional to see if you can get a credit for paying a real estate broker’s commissions, title insurance, legal fees, and inspection fees since these are considered “selling costs”.  Especially if you are going to pay capital gains on a transaction.  


Other Areas where you might benefit:

Mortgage Interest: For some people, interest you pay on your mortgage may be tax-deductible. An example of this is a married couple who files jointly can sometimes deduct the interest payments on a mortgage secured by a first or second home. Also, some home equity loans and other lines of credits secured to real estate can be deductible.


Mortgage Closing Costs:
 Some of the fees on the purchase and a refinance of a home are usually tax-deductible.


Improvements:
 Did you know that if you make improvements to a property prior to the sale (or once one moves in) might qualify for an interest deduction on your home-improvement loan?  In order to qualify, these improvements are those that increase your home’s value, adapt it to new uses, or prolong its life.  

Real Estate Taxes:
 This tax deduction is commonly overlooked.  If the seller pays local tax collector’s real estate taxes prior to the closing, sometimes you can deduct it.  However, this should be prorated. 

Business Use:
 If one of the rooms in the home is used exclusively for business purposes, they may be able to deduct home costs related to that portion.
 
Moving Costs:
 If you are relocating because of a new job, moving costs can sometimes be deducted.  These can include the cost of travel, hotels, storage, and anything else involved in the process.  

It is important to note that the tax code is always changing.  And each situation unique. We always HIGHLY recommend you seek a qualified tax professional.

Jason Lash
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate
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Home Improvements: Is it Worth the Expense?

1/10/2016

One of the hardest parts about listing your home is trying to decide what to upgrade and what to fix.  Your Real Estate agent should be able to recommend which projects to avoid and which to consider. It is important to remember that making renovations or improvements doesn't always result in selling recouping your money.  Sometimes you won't even be able to sell your home for more money.  

Another great remodeling resource is http://www.remodeling.hw.net.  Check out their most recent Cost vs. Value Report for a breakdown of typical returns on home improvement projects of all sizes in different regions throughout the country.

The report highlights the following projects as those with modest gains in their cost-value ratio:

  • Midrange roofing replacement
  • Midrange garage door replacement
  • Steel or fiberglass entry door replacement
  • Vinyl siding replacement

While your home and budget will have a big impact on your choice of projects, it is important to understand the cost vs. return ratio when making decisions. 

Jason Lash
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Celebrity Listing Alert- Sarah Palin

1/4/2016

So what does $2.5 million get you in Scottsdale, AZ?

 

6 Bedrooms (including 2 Master Bedrooms)
7 Bathrooms
Almost 8,000 Sq Ft
4.41 Acre Lot
Swimming Pool
Full Basketball Court
And tons of "extra's"
Unbelievable views of the mountains however you can't see Russia

One thing no one can debate about the Palins is they have great taste in homes.

Check out this listing by Keller Williams Arizona Realty: 29005 N 82nd St, Scottsdale, AZ 85266

Jason Lash
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Michigan Real Estate
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Making Colors Work for Your Home

1/3/2016

Don’t be upset or offended if your Realtor suggests that you paint your home a new color before listing it.  We understand how important color is for some home buyers. Your choice of color has a HUGE influence on peoples daily choices.

Using color can make your home stand out from the competition.  It help make your home sell more quickly at a higher price and faster.  Some thing to remember is that reds and oranges will make buyers feel warm and blues will feel cool  Deeper shades will imply serenity and intimacy. 

Light exterior colors are generally considered a positive because they can make the property seem larger. If you have an older home, you want to consider the historical accuracy of the area, as this could be a big selling point as well.

Inside you should consider how each room is used.  The kitchen and dining rooms should be coffee browns, greens, and yellows as those are usually considered food colors. Paint the bedrooms medium shades of blue or green for warm selling seasons, and rouge red for cooler weather.  Other bedroom colors should be creamy tones of green, blue, or a pale shell pink. 

When thinking about color, common sense helps. You should match other things in your home and keep a comfortable environment as well.

Jason Lash
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Michigan Real Estate
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Four Questions to Help Gain Insight on a Prospective Home

12/27/2015

When it is time to buy a home, buyers need to consider several factors such layout, property condition and more. Legally, the seller will disclose the condition of the home and will alert the buyer to important issues such as leaky roof, water in the basement, or mold

Although the seller doesn't have to answer these questions, these are four GREAT questions that a buyer should ask the seller before making the final decision. 

  1. Why is the seller selling the house?
  2. How much did the seller pay for the home (if information isn't available online)?
  3. How soon do they have to move?
  4. Has the seller had any problems with the home in the past?

As they say "Knowledge is Power".  And knowing everything you can about the home will help you make the best possible decision.  The Lash Group is a great resource in helping you get your questions answered and give you advice on how to evaluate your findings.

Jason Lash
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Tips on How to Remodel Your Kitchen and Bath on a Tight Budget

12/20/2015

 

Two of the most popular rooms for home makeovers are the kitchen and bath. However, these can be pricey ventures. A minor kitchen remodel can hover around $22,000, while a bathroom can be around $16,000. Here are some alternatives that will give you a fresh, modern look without breaking the bank:

  • Refinishing or re-facing the fronts of cabinets and replacing knobs and drawer pulls can give cabinets a fresh new look
  • A cost-effective approach to countertops might include solid surface materials such as granite, Silestone® or ceramic tiles
  • A fresh coat of wall paint in modern hues is also a sure bet
  • Consider replacing sinks as well as fixtures in brushed nickel chrome or stainless steel
  • Under-cabinet or track lighting can create a contemporary look
  • Replace that old shower curtain with contemporary glass doors
  • A new mirror/medicine cabinet can also make a real difference

You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to add pizzazz to your kitchen or bath. Just changing a few elements can make a significant statement to you and potential buyers down the road.

Jason Lash
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate
616-447-7045
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Tips on How to Improve your Credit Score

12/15/2015

Those looking for a home should check their credit score before things get too serious. There’s nothing worse than learning that your credit report contains a late payment that can prevent you from buying a property.

The higher your credit score, the better. A score of at least 620 will give you a good chance to secure a home loan; 720 should qualify in most cases.

However, a lower score doesn’t mean you can’t finance a home. Credit repair begins with your credit report. You can request a free copy of your credit report annually from the Federal Trade Commission at AnnualCreditReport.com. Check it for errors.

There are steps to fix negative marks:

If you’ve missed a payment: Call the creditor and ask to erase the negative listing. A well-documented letter can also help. There is no guarantee that a creditor will do this, but if you’ve been a good customer through the years, this method has proven to be successful.

If you have defaulted on a student loan: You can enter into a “rehab program,” which will get your account back on track after 12 months. It may not be the quick fix you need when buying a home, but the sooner the better.

For disputing a negative mark that was not your fault:Try disputing the account with the credit bureaus as “not mine.”

One way to boost your credit score is to have an older family member with a sound credit rating add you as an authorized user on a credit card. This can help increase your score. You don’t even need the card in your possession. With loans requiring higher credit scores, it’s never too early to start fixing credit challenges.

Jason Lash
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A Spiced Up Laundry Room Could Make a Difference!

12/6/2015

The laundry room is one of the most forgotten areas to get in shape. Machines are often dusty, detergent dripping down the sides and lint and old socks on the floor. Yet it doesn’t take much to make a real difference:

Add energy-efficient appliances: The U.S. Department of Energy claims that machines with the ENERGY STAR label can decrease water costs by up to 50%. There are machines that adjust water temperature and amount for each load to prevent excess and waste.

Add a touch of pizazz: Consider designer colors, pedestals or sleek designs that can make a bold statement.

Choose the best type appliance for you: Top loaders require enough water to cover all the clothes in its drum. Front loaders can reduce that by two-thirds—less water for larger loads. While they look great, they can be more expensive and can develop mold because they don’t empty as efficiently.

Don’t forget the dryer: Moisture sensors recognize when laundry is dry more quickly than traditional machines and shut down sooner. This saves energy, cash and wear-and-tear on clothing.

Consider steam: The use of steam washers and dryers for greater energy and water efficiency is also a growing trend. They offer enhanced clothing-care options such as short, steam-only cycles that help to reduce wrinkles and remove odors without using water and detergent.

Laundry rooms used to be relegated to the basement. Today, people are finding space in more convenient areas of the house—like the kitchen, upstairs or near bedrooms. Experts agree that a laundry nook will raise the value of a home, making it more convenient as hauling baskets of clothing up and down flights of stairs become a thing of the past.

Jason Lash
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A Picture is Worth a 1000 Words

12/1/2015

This is even more important when it is time to sell your house. 

Your listing will have MUCH more traffic and and more buyers interested if it is presented effectively.  This means it should sell faster and for more money. That is why it is important to showcase your home through images in the best way possible.

According to the National Association of REALTORS,® almost 9 out of 10 potential homebuyers begin looking for homes online. They click through photos and send a list of those of interest to their real estate agent. Houses with few, low quality, or no photos are often over looked for that reason, even if the home’s description matches a buyer’s ideal listing.

Many agents believe that no other marketing investment is as important as professional photography in marketing a property. So to generate more buyer interest, there has been a dramatic increase in the use of professional real estate photographers. As much as we like to think we take great photos, a professional has an eye for seeing the best composition and lighting, plus better equipment to make the photos bright, clear and sharp.

 

Jason Lash
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices | Michigan Real Estate
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Celebrity Listing Alert-Tim Allen

11/29/2015

So what does the residuals from TV shows and kids movies get you?

Check out the Michigan native Tim Allens $1.95 million California home

3 Bedrooms
2/1 Bathrooms
2,604 Sq Ft
Ranch Style
State of the Art Security System
And tons of more extras

You can check out the pictures and the listing here:  Tim Allen's Home for Sale


Say it with me.  Aaarrrg

Home Owners Ship Tip-A Glance at Green Benefits

11/23/2015

Homes are responsible for 20% of America's greenhouse gas emissions. A green home can help reduce the causes of climate change.  Also, more home buyers are looking to purchase homes with eco-friendly features. People are starting to want real estate that are sensitive to the environment.

Solar panels are not the answer for everyone. A home must be in an area with sufficient sunshine and be in an appropriate location. Plus they usually require an up-front investment.  However, because they are clearly visible from the street, they are likely to command a price premium.

There are more inexpensive ways to make a home green. Energy-efficient appliances can reduce utility bills. Tankless water heaters mean less time and waste. Replacing old furnaces can lower your heating bill. Consider replacing windows and doors and finding ways to insulate the home.

Producing a years worth of utility bills can signal to potential buyers that the home has an added bonus.

A potential buyer may notice a swimming pool or great kitchen, but the home’s energy efficiency and “greenness” is harder to see. Therefore, a homeowner should make their home’s green features well known.

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Thinking About Adding a Home Theater?

11/19/2015

Home-theater technology has evolved. Prices continue to drop, placing the concept easily within reach for many households. It’s where the family comes together to be entertained—and is likely one of the most occupied room in the house.

There are several ways to make the home theater more appealing prior to showing a home:

Clean all surfaces: Keep wiring discrete. While seating space is practical in a media room, consider reducing the number of sofas to give a spacious look to the room.

Smart furniture choices: Choose furniture that improves the look of the room and creates the movie environment that so many desire.

Keep equipment out of sight: Blu-Ray players, gaming consoles, speakers—should be kept out of sight. Unique features such as hidden wheels, flow-through ventilation, adjustable shelves, built-in media or speaker storage, and integrated cable management systems can make a big difference.

Indeed, we’re in the golden age of gadgets and components. Rooms focused on technology and entertainment can be extremely appealing.

The Importance of Curb Appeal

11/14/2015

How important is curb appeal?

Sellers spend A TON of much time preparing their interior for the sale that they can easily overlook the outside. Great curb appeal invites prospective buyers to view the rest of the property. In fact, some experts say it can increase the value of a property by as much as 20%.

Start with the basics: A well-manicured lawn is a magnet for buyers. Overgrown landscaping hiding the home is a definite no-no.  Also, wash the windows ans skylights, rake leaves, clean gutters, and trim shrubs.

Don’t overlook the details: Consider adding some colorful flowers or sprucing things up with decorative landscaping. Accent trees with rocks or boulders to make a bold statement. Or how about adding a modest fountain to the yard or garden?  Don't forget to add some low voltage lighting to highlight the yard, trees and the home’s exterior.

Sometimes it’s the little, inexpensive things that can make a real difference. Do something as simple as adding a new mailbox, address numbers on your home, a new welcome mat and some potted plants by the front door.

First impressions are often the most important.

Jason Lash
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
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8 Years Late, Scottie Pippen's Home is Still on the Market

11/9/2015

Everyone in the real estate world has been talking about Michael Jordan's Chicago suburb home that hit the market.  You can see the pictures and video here:  Michael Jordan's Home

But what about Scottie Pippens home?  8 years and several price drops later his home is still on the market.


In Ft. Lauderdale for $11.5 Million (down from $16 million) you can get 10,000+ Sq Ft, 6 bedrooms, putting green, and full basketball court.

 

You can see the pictures and check out the awesome water slide of 2571 Del Largo Dr here: Scottie Pippen's Home

The Importance of Assets

11/5/2015

Lenders look at the entire credit history of a potential borrower with attention to income, credit, collateral and assets. Of the four, assets are perhaps the least discussed, yet may be the most important in securing credit and buying a home.

Assets include the amount of money needed for the down payment plus closing costs, pre-paid costs (e.g., insurance and taxes, escrow fees and funds that would be available in case of an emergency).

Assets could be considered a reflection of a one’s fiscal strength. Savings and budgeting could be a significant factor in assessing paying habits.

What are assets? Common considerations for a loan include stocks, bonds, mutual funds, 401Ks, retirement accounts, life insurance, cars, boats, antiques, jewelry and other real estate.

The source and timing of assets is also critical as restrictions have tightened. When borrowers are paying off credit cards to get their ratios in line, lenders want to know where the money came from. If it can’t be determined when a direct deposit is made from your employer or a transfer from one account to the next, a letter of explanation and a showing of proof of where it came from is likely to be required. It may not be advisable to make cash deposits or take any monies from someone personally unless it is a gift from a relative.

Large and recent savings deposits raise underwriter concerns as they can indicate loans that have yet to appear on borrowers’ credit reports. Borrowing from relatives to boost savings and credit worthiness also doesn’t help. If funds aren’t reflected on income statements and tax returns, they can’t be used to qualify for mortgages.

Make sure your assets are in order with proper documentation. Your preparation can speed you on the road to home ownership.

As always contact me with any questions.

Jason Lash
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Michigan Real Estate
Http://www.GRHomes.Net
616-447-7045

November Video Blog

11/3/2015

For our latest market update go to: November Video Blog

 

All sorts of updates including where our teams latest hot buyers.

 

Check it out!

 

Get Your Documents Organized

10/25/2015

Get Your Home Documents Organized

As a homeowner, you accumulate all sorts of documentation the moment you make the offer on your home. Loan documents, inspections, insurance policies, receipts and warranties are just a few of the documents you may be collecting. Knowing where these items are can save you a lot of time and money.

Keep closing papers such as the deed, settlement statement, appraisal, disclosures, mortgage note, inspections and title insurance policy together in one place—preferably in a safe deposit box.

For other records, a practical record-keeping system doesn’t have to be expensive. Purchase an accordion file and label each flap with a different category. Those might include:

  • Insurance Policies.
  • Purchase and House Data.
  • Property Taxes.
  • Home Maintenance and Improvements.
  • Warranties, Manuals and Receipts.
  • Home Inventory.

Organizing your home files may take a considerable amount of time initially, but it will definitely be time well spent in the event you need the documents in the future.

 

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Making Colors Work in Your Home

10/19/2015



Making color work in your home



Don’t be offended if an Realtor suggests that you paint before listing your home. We understand “color psychology.” Since people’s reaction to color is immediate, it can have a tremendous influence on their daily choices.

You can make your home stand and sell more quickly and at a higher price if you use color effectively. Blues will feel cool, reds and oranges feel warm and deeper shades of color imply intimacy and serenity.  Lighter exterior colors can make the property seem larger.  

For the interior, consider the how each room is used.  Try using "food colors" offee browns, celery greens and scrambled-egg yellows. Hallways are a great place to bring in the exterior colors for overall harmony.  Greens and blues for the bedrooms in the warm selling seasons. 

When thinking about color, common sense helps. You should match other things in your home and keep a comfortable environment as well.

 

Jason Lash
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Michigan Real Estate
(616) 447-7045
http://www.GRHomes.Net

The REAL Difference Between a 15 Year and a 30 Year Mortgage

10/12/2015


15 vs. 30 Year Mortgages

Which is better: A 30-year fixed-rate mortgage or go for a lower-interest 15-year one?

Of course a 15-year mortgage allows you to pay off your mortgage quicker and save a significant of interest.  

However, a 30-year might be a better choice for some people because it has more advantages. Let’s take a look at the differences:

  • Your payments are less with a 30-year mortgage which enables more buyers to qualify for home purchases.
  • You can make additional payments and pay off your loan faster without penalty.
  • A 15-year loan requires you to giving that extra money to your mortgage company every month, whether you can really afford to at the time or not.
  • The higher payments of a 15-year mortgage may prevent you from building liquid savings or contributing to a 401(k) plan, IRA, college fund, or other retirement accounts.
  • The amortization schedule of 30-year fixed is back-heavy, with early-term payments big on interest and light on principal.
  • A 15-year fixed is always light on interest which lowers its tax deductions.

While it’s true you gain more of a tax break from a 30-year loan, it shouldn’t be the main consideration when deciding on a term. The 30-year borrower pays less in yearly taxes because they pay significantly more in interest.

So it all comes down to choice and circumstances:

  • Choose the 15-year loan if you have the financial wherewithal to assume the payments. Your interest savings will be substantial and you’ll own your home faster.
  • The 30-year loan offers lower payments and greater flexibility. You can always choose to pay more on your mortgage when the money is available.

 

Jason Lash
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Michigan Real Estate
(616) 447-7045
Http://www.GRHomes.Net

 

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Luke Perry is Selling His 90020 Home

9/4/2015

5 bedrooms

3 Full and 1 half Bath

4,000+ Sq Ft

But it isn't 90210!  

 

Luke Perry is selling his home at 453 S Las Palmas Ave in Los Angeles Ca 90020

$2,899,000 gets you lots of charm on a 1933 built LA home.  The home features a circular staircase, fireplace, 5 bedrooms, large balcony off the master suite, and a gourmet kitchen.  

Pictures and more details about the 90210 stars 90020 home are below.

http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/453-S-Las-Palmas-Ave_Los-Angeles_CA_90020_M18818-39870

Tangers Mall in Byron Center Update

7/8/2015

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers announced that the new Tanger Outlets mall will be having an official ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, July 31 kicking off at 10:00 a.m.  Steven B. Tanger, President and Chief Operating Officer of Tanger Outlets and along with  Drew and Jonathan Scott from the hit show, Property Brothers will be hosting the event.  Their will also be fireworks, special savings, and lots of giveaways.  

Drew and Jonathan Scott are real estate experts and will share their "design on a budget" advice to those who want it.  All visitor will have an opportunity to meet them in person.

The Tangers Outlet Center is located just west of 131 and the 84th street exit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Former Detroit Lion is Selling His Michigan Home

7/5/2015

Former Detroit Lion running back is selling his Birmingham MI home for $2,495,000.

  • Heated Floors
  • 8,000+ SQ feet
  • Game Room
  • Sliding Glass Walls
  • Wet Bar
  • 5 Bed
  • 4 Full, 3 Half Baths
  • Completely Furnished

Check out the listing at: http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/771-Shepardbush-St_Birmingham_MI_48009_M39718-77964

 

Jason Lash
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 
Michigan Real Estate
Office: (616) 447-7045
Cell/Text: (616) 821-1350
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New Listing Alert! Greenville/Lake Front

7/5/2015

Waterfront in West Michigan at it's finest.  You will enjoy the 55 ft of private frontage on a stocked all sports lake.  Plus you get two docs, one for your fishing boat and one for your "lets get crazy" boat.  The home large bedrooms, STUNNING views, a 3 season room , and is very well built.  This home is in GREAT condition and the seller is open to negotiating a home warranty.  As always we won't be having any open houses, just private one on one showings to pre-approved buyers only.  So call Jason Lash at 616-447-7045 TODAY!

For more information click on the property link:  831 Palmer Ave, Greenville MI 48838

Jason Lash
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 
Michigan Real Estate
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Grand Rapids Ranks 3rd in Economic Growth

6/25/2015


Grand Rapids was ranked third in Economic Growth behind only Denver and Houston in a study of the nation's 373 metropolitan areas in a report published on the "Area Development's" website.  This is the results of a survey from the Bureau of Labor and other sources that measure development and economic growth. 

Some of the Numbers:

• "Prime Workforce" Indicators: #30
• "Economic Strength" Indicators: #3
• "Recession Busting Cities" Indicators: #10
• "Year-Over-Year Growth Cities" Indicators: #4
• Workforce 18-44 Years with Bachelor's Degree or Higher (2013 Rank): #97 (2010-2013 3-Year Change) #91
• Total Bachelor's Degree or Higher as percentage of Total Workforce (2013 Rank): #180 (2010-2013 3-Year Change) #26

Source: areadevelopment.com

The article is written by Shandra Martinez of MLive/The Grand Rapids Press.

Read the full article here:  http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2015/06/greater_grand_rapids_metro_are.html

 

Jason Lash
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 
Michigan Real Estate
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Brady Hoke's Home is For Sale

6/20/2015

For $2,995,000 you get 10,478 Sq Ft, 5 Bedrooms, 34 Acres, Wet bar, Heated Patio, Several Fireplaces, and Gorgeous Views 

Check it out:  http://www.realtor.com/news/celebrity-real-estate/brady-hoke-selling-ann-arbor-michigan-home/

 

Jason Lash
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 
Michigan Real Estate
Office: (616) 447-7045
Cell/Text: (616) 821-1350
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New Caledonia Listing

6/15/2015

Green Lake at its best!  Enjoy the lake living lifestyle!  Boating, swimming, GORGEOUS views, 1.3 acres, are all involved in this package.  Buyers will love the open floor plan, large kitchen, a formal dining room with sliders to a covered deck with gorgeous views of the lake.  This Caledonia home also features a huge living room with 2 way fireplace shared with dinette, and a main floor office/Laundry.  The walkout level has a massive bedroom w/french doors leading, garden area, a gas fireplace.  There is an additional deck on side of home and patio out front to help enjoy this large park-like setting.

Link to listing: 481 Bayview Ct, Caledonia, MI 49316.  

To search for homes for sale in Caledonia go to "Caledonia Homes for Sale".  This site updates every 15 minutes so put it in your favorites and check back often.  

Jason Lash
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New Wyoming Listing

6/12/2015

950 32nd St SE
Wyoming, MI 49509


Literally steps from EVERYTHING! Parks, restaurants, shopping, golf, all just around the corner.  You will love the finished basement, decent size bedrooms, private back yard, all the updates, and all the updates that this package offers. This home is in such good condition the seller is willing to negotiate a home warranty. This is owner occupied and NOT a shore sale or a foreclosure but does still qualify for our “Home Now” mortgage program making the payments a little less and the home an even better value. To arrange for a showing call Jason Lash at 616-447-7045.

Link to the home: 950 32nd St SE, Wyoming MI 49509

To search for homes for sale in Wyoming go to Wyoming Homes for Sale. This site updates every 15 minutes so put it in your favorites and check back often.

Jason Lash
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Michigan Real Estate
(616) 447-7045
http://www.GRHomes.Net

 

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New Listing Alert! Forest Hills

6/9/2015

Forest Hills New Listing Alert

Being just blocks away from Knapps Corners, LOCATION IS KEY!  Like new construction, you will love the three LARGE bedrooms, big closets, HUGE kitchen, and the almost no maintenance lifestyle of this property.  This is NOT a short sale or a foreclosure but does still qualify for the discounted Home Now mortgage program. We won't be having any open houses, just private tours so call 616-447-7045 for your showing!

Video Tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGFGkkOe4tw

Click for the most updated list of Grand Rapids Condos for sale: Grand Rapids Condos

Click for the most updated list of Forest Hills Homes for Sale:  Forest Hills Homes for Sale 

Click for an update on the Forest Hills Community:  Forest Hills Realtor

Jason Lash
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices | Michigan Real Estate
Office: (616) 447-7045
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New Listing Alert! Byron Center

6/8/2015

Byron Center Home for Sale. Just like new construction, this is something your going to love. Buyers will appreciate the HUGE kitchen that features the upgraded granite, the appliances and cabinets, and an island.  Your also going to love the HUGE walk-in closets, gas fireplace, office (or 5th bedroom), and of course Byron Center schools. Outside you will love the gorgeous landscaped yard, an three stall garage, and a private back yard. You must go through this home to appreciate it. This is NOT a short sale or a foreclosure but does still qualify for the discounted Home Now mortgage program making the payments a little less and the home an even better value (call for details). There won't be any open houses, so call Jason Lash at 616-447-7045 for your private tour.

For the most updated list of Byron Center homes for sale go to Byron Center Homes for Sale. This site updates every 15 minutes so check back often.

Check out the video tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whpvZSqiL0k

Jason Lash
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices | Michigan Real Estate
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