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How To Calculate Property Taxes

One of the biggest myths when purchasing a home is assuming you will pay the same taxes as the current home owner. You can use this simple calculation to estimate your annual taxes: Take the purchase price and divide it in half. Then drop the thousands and multiple that by the average tax millage for…

Art Prize

Join Emily VerWys Downtown Grand Rapids for Art Prize 9! “ArtPrize is an open, independently organized international art competition which takes place for 19 days each fall in Grand Rapids, Michigan. More than five hundred thousand dollars in prizes are awarded each year, which include a $200,000 prize awarded entirely by public vote and another…

East Hills – Cherry Hill – Neighborhood

East Hills Located in the SE side of Grand Rapids between Eastown & Heritage Hill Vibrant neighborhood Diverse demographics Historic district of Cherry Hill is located between Cherry St, Union St, Wealthy St, and Eastern Ave Homes in the Cherry Hill district are preserved by the Grand Rapids Historical Society Average price per home is…

How Do We Value Real Estate?

How accurate are Zillow Zestimates, appraisals, property tax assessments???

Breaking News: Wire Transfer Frauds Could Cost You Thousands of Dollars!

GR Home Team Clients & Friends – NEVER discuss or send wire info via email to anyone. If you plan to wire funds – always call us directly to make those arrangements. Breaking News – We have been notified that a closing yesterday afternoon was canceled due to the fact that the wired funds were intercepted by hackers resulting…

Grand Rapids Makes New York Times List of Cities to Visit!

From the New York Times: Grand Rapids Michigan A furniture-making city champions urban renewal and art. The early 20th-century furniture companies Herman Miller and Steelcase established a creative community in central Michigan’s Grand Rapids, one now flourishing thanks to a confluence of urban revival and arts funding. The 138,000-square-foot food hall Grand Rapids Downtown Market,…

SIP – Wine & Canvas Night Fun

What fun we had celebrating with new and old friends at Brush Studios. Sorry if you missed it. We hope to see you at our next S.I.P. event.    

Spontaneous Informal Parties (S.I.P.)

Everyone is Always invited! Join us for our next S.I.P. Event Wine & Canvas Night at Brush Studios, March 27th @ 6:30pm. Register here.

Most Wanted

Forest Hills neighborhood : $200K-$500K East Grand Rapids : $300K-700K Condo : $100K-$300K

Why we LOVE our “job”!!

Our office received this very sweet note from a recent past client today. The GR Home Team was an outstanding group of women to work with when selling my home. I was living out of state during that time and had complete confidence & peace of mind knowing they were in charge. Keller Williams would…

What Buyers Want in Homes Today

Buyers have a long list of what they want when home shopping, but one of their biggest desires: A good deal. “And no matter where a seller prices their property, they’re looking to negotiate,” says Patricia Szot, president of the MetroTex Association of REALTORS®. But that’s not all they want. Bankrate.com recently asked real estate…

Claiming the Home Buyer Tax Credits

The IRS recently published guidelines for what is required in order to claim the First Time Homebuyer or Repeat Homebuyer Tax Credits. For both credits, you will need to complete IRS Form 5405 and submit that with your tax return. In addition, you will need to submit a copy of your HUD-1 Closing statement. The…

8 Quick Fixes to Increase Value

With buyers scarcer, sellers must up the ante to convince them that their property offers what many want most — top value for dollar expended. Here are eight fast fixes: Buff up curb appeal. You’ve heard it before, but it’s critical to get buyers to want to look on the inside. Be objective. View listings…

How to Increase Your Home’s Value

  • Buff up curb appeal. You’ve heard it before, but it’s critical to get buyers to want to look on the inside. Be objective. View listings from the street. Check the condition of the landscaping, paint, roof, shutters, front door, knocker, windows, house number, and even how window treatments look from the outside. Add something special—such as big flower pots or an antique bench — to help viewers remember house A from B.
  • New Listing – Grandville location, Jenison Schools, Lake frontage and MORE!!!

    6514 PAR 5 DRIVE, Grandville Check out this brand new listing just off 44th Street in Grandville near Rivertown Crossings Mall. Enjoy private frontage on a lake that is perfect for swimming and fishing or the views of the golf course across the street. This stand alone home has the added benefits of a condo…

    ArtPrize 2010

    Grand Rapids, MI USA September 22 – October 10 ArtPrize is the place to be in Grand Rapids over the next few weeks. Last year was the first year of this international art event and was so successful it has returned! As a Grand Rapids resident I am so excited to have such exposure granted…

    Now’s the Time to Buy a Home

    Home loans rates have hit another ALL TIME LOW! 4.375% on conventional 30 year loans 3.875% on conventional 15 year loans 4.500% on FHA loans Sitting on the fence or still thinking about getting a good buy? It is time to act and take advantage ofunprecedented rates and low housing prices in Grand Rapids. Have…

    Satisfied Real Estate Customers

    Keller Williams Realty Named Highest Ranked in Home Buyer Satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates for Third Straight Year! Reliance on experienced, educated, and professional real estate agents has become increasingly important as consumers navigate this difficult real estate market. As the country’s third largest real estate brokerage, Keller Williams is proving that customer service…

    51st Annual Spring Parade of Homes in Grand Rapids

    From May 28 through June 12 you will have the opportunity to view 49 homes in the 2010 Spring Parade of Homes.   You don’t have to be shopping for a home to attend the Parade of Homes. Here are some of my favorite reasons to attend the Spring Parade: See friends also out touring…

    Nationwide Open House Weekend APRIL 10 & 11

    What is the Nationwide Open House Weekend? The Grand Rapids Association of REALTORS® has teamed up with NAR and REALTOR® associations across the country for one weekend of Nationwide Open Houses. The purpose of this is to encourage those who are thinking of buying a home to take advantage of unique home market factors and…

    Short Sale vs. Foreclosures Explained

    Michigan is now ranked as one of 5 states with the highest number of foreclosures in the nation. Do foreclosures and short sales represent an opportunity for you?? What is a Short Sale? A short sale is a when a homeowner works in cooperation with their bank to sell their home at an amount that…

    Now’s the Perfect Time to Buy a House

    Several things were on my mind and I thought I would check in with you and let you know about a few current items: 1. Property Taxes – 2010 Assessment notices have recently been mailed. If you disagree with your 2010 property tax value… NOW would be the time to do something about it. I…

    Help Me Understand and Appeal My Property Taxes

    It’s that time of year when local assessors are completing their valuation of your home and sending out the annual Notice of Assessment. This article can help you understand the terms on your statement and give you the tools to appeal your property tax assessment if you feel it is too high.   What is…

    Help Me Understand and Appeal My Property Taxes

    It’s that time of year when local assessors are completing their valuation of your home and sending out the annual Notice of Assessment. This article can help you understand the terms on your statement and give you the tools to appeal your property tax assessment if you feel it is too high.   What is…

    Tax Credits Provide Outstanding Opportunities for Home Buyers

    The Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 has extended the tax credit of up to $8,000 for qualified first-time home buyers purchasing a principal residence. It also authorized a tax credit of up to $6,500 for qualified repeat home buyers. $8,000 First-time Home Buyer Tax Credit at a Glance The $8,000 tax credit…