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Kevin Olson,…, Real Estate Pro in Colorado Springs, CO
Kevin Olson, Jessica Laude answered:
Hi, my wife and I recently moved to Grand Rapids. Our 1 year lease is up October 1. Land contract is the way we want to go. Need Help with search.
Tony,

This is going to be more complicated, and I suggest (don't always) using a Realtor in this scenario. Having a buyers agent in your corner should not cost you any money, an ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Oct 11, 2010 Home Buying in 49506
Mark Brace, Real Estate Pro in Grand Rapids, MI
Mark Brace answered:
looking to buy a house condo, that i want to rent for a couple years then sell
I'm not sure what your question or answer is here, but if you are looking for a Realtor to assist you with this I would be more than happy to help you find a place that meets your ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Oct 30, 2010 Home Buying in Grand Rapids
Chip Andis, Real Estate Pro in Waterford, MI
Chip Andis answered:
I'm looking to buy a multifamily property, how do I get certified & registered & anything else to be legal.
As an investor Buyer’s Agent I assist my clients with all the registrations and other requirements for rental properties that each community may require.
Each community can be d ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jul 31, 2010 Home Buying in Grand Rapids
Scott Myhre, Real Estate Pro in Grand Rapids, MI
Scott Myhre answered:
Now that the grar.com has merged with swmric.com, I find it frustrating to navigate. Is there a way to view only new listings?
If you are working with an agent, the agent can set up the search for you and only show you the new listings. If you are on the public side, i don't believe you have that option. ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Feb 9, 2011 Home Buying in Grand Rapids
Michelle Gor…, Real Estate Pro in Ada, MI
Michelle Gordon answered:
investment properties in grand rapids, michigan. Is it a good choice?
Good morning Nichole,
It is still a good choice, with many good deals on the market and claims of more. If you have a Realtor, I suggest you work with them before purchasing. As many ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Oct 22, 2010 Home Buying in Grand Rapids
Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Burke, VA
Don Tepper answered:
what is a land contract or rent to buy?
The two are very similar. Often, in Michigan, the structure is a land contract. In many other parts of the country it's rent-to-buy or lease-option.

Briefly, here's how it ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jul 9, 2010 Home Buying in Grand Rapids
Anna M Brocco, Real Estate Pro in Williston Park, NY
Anna M Brocco answered:
We listed my Mom's house in Michigan, yes, I know, bad market...but the house has been on the market for almost 90 days and the realtor has not
You need to speak to your agent and make sure the property is priced on target--review comps--recently sold similar properties in the immediate area--if the data suggests a price drop, ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jun 28, 2010 Home Selling in Grand Rapids
Anna M Brocco, Real Estate Pro in Williston Park, NY
Anna M Brocco answered:
My house was foreclosed on, the sheriff's deed has the wrong legal description, I was just served an eviction notice and it too has the wrong
You may wish wish to consult with an attorney who specializes in real estate, have all related paperwork reviewed, and see what options you have; protect any other assets as well--most ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jun 30, 2010 Foreclosure in 49546
Looking For A…, Home Buyer in Grand Rapids, MI
Looking For A Deal! answered:
can anyone recommend a residential real estate appraiser, preferably one who has tax tribunal experience. Thanks.
I'm guessing you are preparing to appeal your taxes . . . My husband and I appealed ours 3 years ago. We consulted with attorneys, etc. but decided to fight on our own. My best ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Oct 25, 2012 General Area in 49512
Mark Brace, Real Estate Pro in Grand Rapids, MI
Mark Brace answered:
Home for lease option... Grand Rapids, MI... Cascade, MI.... Ada.. Michigan Rockford , MI
I have 2 homes listed right now that the sellers will entertain a lease to own. please contact me and I can get you the details. One Lease option or lease to own is in Kentwood, MI, and ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon May 24, 2010 Home Buying in 49508
Ruth and Per…, Real Estate Pro in Los Gatos, CA
Ruth and Perry Mistry answered:
Why banks and mortgage companies 90% of times are using worst available realtors to sell their properties? I am buying and selling foreclosed homes
Hi Dale:

Right the good ones dont have the time to chase Asset Managers.

Also Asset Managers dont know what it takes to sell a home, quite a few were brought in from
other fields ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jan 4, 2012 Foreclosure in Grand Rapids
Diane, Both Buyer and Seller in Rapid City, SD
Diane asked:
Trying to find some statistics - of how many loan apps have been submitted in the Black Hills, since the tax credit has expired? Percentage per month for the last year and then May YTD....does anyone have that info? Or can you direct me where to locate it?
0 votes Share Flag Sun May 16, 2010 Market Conditions in Black Hills
Roger Daniel…,  in Grand Rapids, MI
Roger Danielski answered:
where do I find a median property tax rate for a certain city? I'm trying to decide where in Michigan to move to with desent, affordable prop.
Tell me which cities and I'll send you a schedule.

roger.danielski@lmcu.org
0 votes Share Flag Thu May 13, 2010 Home Buying in Grand Rapids
Lola Audu,  in Grand Rapids, MI
Lola Audu answered:
how long does it usually take for Freddi mac to give the final approval on a short sale?
Approval of a short sale by the lien holder can vary. There are many factors which can impact the process. These include: incomplete documentation, the skill and speed of the proces ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Apr 30, 2010 Home Buying in Grand Rapids
kl, Other/Just Looking in Grand Rapids, MI
kl answered:
Where can I find info on days on market in various price ranges, eg. 500,000- 750,000, etc
If your contracted with a real estate agent, he/she can provide you with that information. It's not something typically broadcast because the seller doesn't want everyone to ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Apr 5, 2010 Market Conditions in Grand Rapids
Cicely Brook…,  in Birmingham, MI
Cicely Brookover answered:
Can I get a home loan with a 602 credit score?
A qualified maybe. Speak with a mortgage person. Remember your mortgage will also be based on your ability to repay -so presume you have a stable job and have reported income correctly ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jul 21, 2013 Credit Score in Grand Rapids
Roger Daniel…,  in Grand Rapids, MI
Roger Danielski answered:
Are there specific obligations accompanying the purchase of historically relevant homes in the Heritage Hill n-hood? What are the local tenants?
The Heritage Hill Association at heritagehillweb,org, has been instrumental in the historic preservation of one of the largest historical areas in the U.S. It is on ther Federal regist ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Apr 1, 2010 Home Buying in Grand Rapids
Robert Young, Real Estate Pro in Grand Rapids, MI
Robert Young answered:
How are property taxes levied in the area (G.R. and metro-east side)? Is there a link I can tap into to research...?
Hello Richard,

Here are direct links to the pages on my website that discusses property taxes. They lack much information about the east side of the state however (although the calc ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Aug 10, 2010 Home Buying in Grand Rapids
Michelle Gor…, Real Estate Pro in Ada, MI
Michelle Gordon answered:
What are good builders in the Byron Center, Grandville, or Hundsonville school districts for under 200K?
Contact Jack Viersen at 616-214-0949, I think he is very good and does not have the over head cost as some builders do, so very affordable.
0 votes Share Flag Fri Mar 19, 2010 Home Buying in Grand Rapids
T.J. Malkasi…, Real Estate Pro in Grand Rapids, MI
T.J. Malkasian answered:
Hi! My husband and I are planning to buy a home in GR in the next few months and are looking at Alger Heights (just East of Middle School) but have
I personally would stay away from Alger Heights. Your best bet is to contact a local real estate professional and discuss what you are looking for. I would recommend contacting my rea ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed May 16, 2012 Market Conditions in Alger Heights
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