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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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  • 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.
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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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