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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…

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…

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.
  • 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…

    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…

    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…