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First-Time Homebuyers Choose Grand Rapids!

By mike / February 11, 2019 / 0 Comments

Grand Rapids was recently named the second hottest market for Millennials in 2019; according to a meta-analysis conducted by realtor.com. Market conditions and various other regional factors have developed Grand Rapids into one of the most desirable areas in the United States for first-time homebuyers, and young adults are taking note. To local West Michiganders, the spoils of Grand Rapids often go overlooked when faced with the unpredictable weather of winter and the fast pace of everyday life. However, when realtor.com reviewed the top US metro cities for 2019 a number of positive factors about Grand Rapids shone on a national scale including, school districts, median home sale, and home sales growth. Projections for 2019 place the median price of Grand Rapids home at $187,319, which is significantly lower than the national median home price of $260,290. Keeping Millenials in mind, the opportunity to save over $72,000 on a given house’s sale combined with a projected 4% increase in home sales through 2019, has made ideal conditions for buyers looking to invest in their first home. Choosing a school district to live within seems to be a consideration that often takes a bit of time and deliberation. Luckily, Grand Rapids…

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Ferris Coffee Moves to the West Side

By mike / January 14, 2019 / 0 Comments

Grand Rapids’ West Side has witnessed a significant spike in both development and population. One of the newest habitants of this growing neighborhood is Ferris Coffee & Nut Co., who recently relocated their headquarters to the American Seating Park. Since 1924, Ferris Coffee & Nut Co. has been a treat for Grand Rapids natives and coffee enthusiasts around the world; With bold brews, sustainable sourcing methods, and a mere endless variety of exotic blends, Ferris has gained notoriety as a true West Michigan staple. Their newly renovated location is nestled comfortably at 839 Seward Ave. NW, and is less than one mile north of their previous headquarters of 227 Winter Ave NW. Currently employing about 125 people, and sitting at 150,000 square feet, their Seward Ave. facility is fully operational and double the size of their Winter Ave. location. In an interview with The Grand Rapids Business Journal, David Van Tongeren, Vice President of Talent and Resources Strategy for Ferris Coffee & Nut Co. explained the positive impact the move has had on the company and employees, “We wanted to bring our entire team under one roof and find a spot that was more conducive to manufacturing.” The move marks…

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Monday Market Update for December 10th-16th 2018

By SteveVolkers / December 13, 2018 / 0 Comments

  In this update find out if contingent offers are making a come-back. If you can really buy a brand new home for less than $200k (Thanks Trevor Duffy at Allen Edwin Homes). Be sure to stay tuned to the end for a special thanks to Ryan Gardner and Katie Gardner at Northpointe Bank.

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2019 Economic Forecast – Associated Builders and Contrators

By SteveVolkers / December 13, 2018 / 0 Comments

  Steve attended the ABC of Western Michigan 2019 Economic Forecast where Mr. Anirban Basu, Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, spoke about the economic outlook for contractors and builders in the coming year. Steve reviews some key points of the forecast and gives his take on the Grand Rapids real estate market in 2019.

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Why now is a great time to buy

By SteveVolkers / November 30, 2018 / 0 Comments

  Every year I tell my buyers that the holiday months and June are great times to buy for those looking in competitive price points, and every year my buyers (most of them) wait until March 1st to start looking. Every year, those Spring buyers put in multiple offers, usually above ask, and sometimes waiving inspections and/or appraisal contingencies. They often spend more than homes are appraised for and put a lot of energy and heartache into the home search. While I truly believe that everything happens for a reason, and ends up the way it should, I do wish my buyers would consider looking in the Winter and middle Summer months. During these months there are typically fewer buyers out looking, meaning less competition. Also, Sellers tend to be motivated if they are selling during the holidays. Right now there are 265 homes listed in Kent County in the $150,000 to $250,000 price range. 234 of them have been listed for 10 days or more. I’ve found that when a home has been listed for more than 10 days it can give you room to negotiate and possibly get the seller to pay your closing costs. If you find…

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Expanding and Improving the Belknap Neighborhood

By mike / November 28, 2018 / 0 Comments

The Belknap neighborhood sits high atop the northeast side of the city and provides one of the more picturesque views of Grand Rapids. This area is home to a vibrant community filled with history and the growth of modern architectural appeal. With plenty of green space including Belknap Park, Lookout Park, and Coit Park, this part of town offers space to both relax and play. Recent years have witnessed a spike in Belknap condo and home developments, offering high-end and spacious living arrangements for couples and families alike. Despite having immediate access to Grand Rapids’ downtown, your experience in the Belknap neighborhood will give you the unique calmness that other parts of town could be missing. New Development Announced for Belknap In the Summer of 2018 plans for the further improvement of the Belknap neighborhood was announced in the form of a new affordable housing development headed by Third Coast Development and PK Housing & Management. This endeavor is a part of a continuing effort to advocate reasonably priced housing for a growing downtown population. South of Trowbridge Road, and between Prospect and Lafayette, this project will include a total of 50 units and sit just a stone’s throw away…

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Bridge Street Market – Now Open!

By mike / October 12, 2018 / 0 Comments

With the August grand opening of the Bridge Street Market, Grand Rapids has added an upscaled, top-notch grocery store to the West-Side of town. This facility is one of the newest developments to hit the area, and it is fully focused on building the culture and community surrounding neighborhoods. A large draw of the Bridge Street Market is its ability to provide fresh and affordable foods to a growing population of downtown Grand Rapids. With a large number of different brands and health-conscious options, this store is ideal for the local foodie.  At first glance, you might mistake the market for a Whole Foods, but to many shoppers’ surprise, the Bridge Street Market is, in fact, a Meijer brand store. As soon as you enter the sliding doors of the front entrance, you are hit with an inspiring wave of modernism and eco-friendly ambiance. With an expansive selection of food and friendly staff, the process of shopping into an enjoyable experience; and the large selection of craft beers and liquors make ideal weekend take-homes.     If you are interested in living in one of the more remarkable areas of downtown Grand Rapids; the West-Side of town offers every amenity…

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North Monroe Celebrates a Summer of Films

By mike / October 12, 2018 / 0 Comments

North Monroe has witnessed a rapid expansion of condos and developments over the better part of the past 30 years. Previous warehouses and industrial buildings have been developed into a bounty of elegant condominiums. These properties have distinct character, making use of exposed brick, beams, and pre-existing structures dating all the way to the 19th century. As you walk the North Monroe Neighborhood, enjoy stunning views along the Grand River. This area has plenty of green space and parks that make for a beautiful sunset over Grand Rapids and its’ most westerly buildings and rolling hills. One of the popular events of North Monroe is the “Movies on Monroe” summer film series. During the hot summer nights, enjoy your share of films broadcast over the silver screen; located in a decorated North Monroe Parking Lot. With films for all ages, this event allows you to view a multitude of acclaimed films. Enjoy family favorites like Shrek and The Princess Bride, all the way to more advanced movies including Saving Private Ryan and The Big Lebowski. According to Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., Movies on Monroe is, “the premier outdoor film series in Grand Rapids.” Their website elaborates that all films are…

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Northeast Grand Rapids Adds a New Gordon Foods Store

By mike / October 12, 2018 / 0 Comments

On the northeast side of downtown Grand Rapids sits the neighborhoods of Belknap and The Medical Mile. Home to medical professionals, students, and families alike, this area sits atop one of the more magnificent views of the city. A recent addition to this part of town is the September 2018 grand opening of a brand new Gordon Foods grocery store. Located on the corner of Michigan and Diamond Street, this store is designed to accommodate the growing population of the northeast side. In an interview with MLive, Brandon Ryan, Senior Manager of Sales, Marketing, Merchandising & Digital Experience at Gordon Food Service revealed that the format of this new store was heavily influenced by the design and options of grocery stores in New York City. “We took some trips to Manhattan, looked at some of those urban retailers and said, ‘well how are they doing it? What are some of the things they bring, and what are their stores designed like?” — Brandon Ryan With plenty of fresh produce, a diverse selection of deli meats, and plenty of health-conscious foods, this full-service grocery store is perfect for the busy urbanite on the go. If you are interested in living on…

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City Center Neighborhood – Events in the Heart of the City

By mike / October 12, 2018 / 0 Comments

The past decade has witnessed the rise of “Art Prize,” a two week celebration that attracts artists from around the world. The annual festival is one of Grand Rapids’ proud creations, and allows for the unique experience of discovering awe-inspiring exhibits across each corner of the city. Each Fall, Art Prize attracts thousands of artist and onlookers with the certitude of incredible art displays, and City Center is the premier location for this event. As Winter breaks and Spring is in full bloom, set your sights on LaughFest; by far Grand Rapids’ most hilarious event. Hosted by Gilda’s Club, this ten day event attracts national comedians, with the sole mission of spreading laughter and raising money for a great cause. With all proceeds helping the Gildas Club of Grand Rapids, the festival attracts an average of 50 thousand attendees every year! In an interview with John Gonzalez of MLive, Shawn Ruetz of Gildas Club explained that the donations raised during LaughFest amount to about, “ten to fifteen percent” of Gildas Club’s general operating budget. “Laughfest allows us to bring a lot of visibility to Gildas Club, and allows us to be able to provide free cancer and grief support to…

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