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Market Conditions in Grand Rapids : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Aug 9, 2014
Susie Carpenter answered:
i want to know also to you except section 8 vouchers with some of you homes and when can i see them i have a few i would like to see, thanks SUSIE CARPENTER
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Sun Dec 22, 2013
Dan Stegman answered:
These are some places to check. I live in the neighborhood and have been here for 18 years and I haven't heard of any crimes except for a few smashed mail boxes about 10 years ago. I'd be happy to help you find a house. 293-4546 is my cell. ... more
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Wed Dec 4, 2013
Zak Vander Ark answered:
If you are looking for rental properties in Grand Rapids, I would love to connect you with someone who can find a place for you.
Zak Vander Ark
616.581.0437 ... more
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Fri Sep 13, 2013
Joseph Reed answered:
Hi Angel,
Do you have a certain price range on michigan street your looking at feel free to give me a call and I can do a search right now and let you know what's available on michigan street. (616)299-9602.

Joe Reed
RE/MAX of Grand Rapids
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Wed Aug 21, 2013
Joseph Reed answered:
The best way to determine the value of a property would to have either an appraisal done which cost money. Or find a local agent to work with and have them run some comps on the property to determine a fair market value. If you are looking for an agent I would be more then happy to help you and would be more then willing to give you some comps on the property. Feel free to visit my site and get a hold of me at ... more
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Sat Jul 27, 2013
Brian Clinger answered:
According to Trulia tends, homes are selling for 10.4% more than they where just 12 months earlier. This spring has been one of the best markets for sellers in years. The pendulum has swung and we are now in a sellers market and with low inventory and bent up buyer demand I believe we will see prices in our area continue to rise in the near term. ... more
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Fri Mar 29, 2013
Cindy Schlee answered:
I would definitely purchase a home instead of leasing. Leasing prices are very high and you can purchase a decent home for much less. The mortgage rates are good. Good luck.

Cindy Schlee, Realtor
Grand Rapids, MI
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Fri Mar 29, 2013
Cindy Schlee answered:
Hi Debbie - you can go to Access Kent and find the property search option. Put your address in and it will tell you who the current property owner is...or go to the door. Good Luck.

Cindy Schlee, Realtor
Grand Rapids, MI
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Wed May 16, 2012
Karl Roelofs answered:
Please contact me at 616 308 2631. I will be able to help you find a home, and can also help you with loan approval.


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Fri May 27, 2011
Karl Roelofs answered:
Please email me the address of the property, and I should be able to help you.

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Karl Roelofs
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Mon Jan 31, 2011
Spirit Messingham answered:
Very good detailed question. I would call a local property management company, who should have accurate numbers since that is what they do for a living. Best of luck.
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Sun May 16, 2010
Diane asked:
month for the last year and then May YTD....does anyone have that info? Or can you direct me where to locate it?
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Mon Apr 5, 2010
Your most reliable information will come from your REALTOR (r). Find one you trust and can work with well. Then, ask your questions. You should be able to get all the current information you want. ... more
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Mon Jan 12, 2009
Michelle Gordon answered:
Hi Mike,

I agree with Robert's answer...............appraisers and assessors are 2 different jobs..............
Assessors consider the recent sales (in some cases) land value and replacement cost of the home and use this number to figure out property taxes.............
Appraisers only consider the condition of the home and recent sales of like homes near by.
We have had such a rapid change in neighborhood values I have to believe the assessors have had not enough time to keep up....................
so if you using this number to figure what to offer for a home or a value of a home, the only sure way is to have a Realtor do recent sold comparable in the area.
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Mon Oct 13, 2008
Michelle Gordon answered:
From stats recorded from our GRAR board..............from 08-01 till 09-30 - 3,635 sold at an average price of $169,000 this does not include for sale by owners..........or any other single family home sold that does not get reported to the board. However these states may include other counties, such as Ottowa any anyother listing that may appear on our board. ... more
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Sun Aug 24, 2008
Alan Lacey answered:
It is not a very accurate measure to be honest.

Some houses sell well below the taxable value if they are shortsales or foreclosures. Grand Rapids like many cities is not going to reduce taxable value because a home was sold under duress they do not consider it a fair market value, although they will be hard pressed to keep that argument up since over 40% of all sales in the city are foreclosures or shortsales.

The obivous answer is that the only way to determine fair value is a appraisal, but if you want to do a little investigating first use out of all the online home valuation tools they seem to have the most accurate.
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Tue Jul 24, 2007
Melinda J. Robison answered:
Jennifer, the key is to buy smart. I have helped investors buy many properites. It is inevitable that you will run into more problems than you originally anticipated. However, buy smart and plan for extra costs that may come and you should be fine. You will be putting a very nice, completely remodeled home on the market.

Rely on your buyers agent. My investors will ask me on their favorite properties to run comparisons of when it is completely remodeled what I believe it will sell for. This is a little tricky because the market continues to head down. However, I like to give the conservative answer. In this market it may take you sometime to sell them, but at the end of the day there certainly is potential to make a good profit!

I hope this information helps! Best Wishes!
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