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Quality of Life in Michigan : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Mar 22, 2013
Joe May answered:
I would be happy to set up a search for you and send you some listings. This area is very beautiful. My family loves it here. My number is 616-402-5510 Thanks, Joe May
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Fri Mar 22, 2013
Tim Moore answered:
When I lived in Michigan I don't recall a law prohibiting sleeping near a washer/dryer or any appliance for that matter.
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Tue Oct 14, 2014
Tonia Williams answered:
There are several great communities,in the city of Detroit, as well as outside of the city. If you would like to view a select set of properties, based on your specific criteria sent to you, I would be more than happy to do so.

Tonia C. Williams
Real Estate Consultant
Bowers Realty & Investments
313-915-7410 Direct US Line Direct email
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Fri Aug 31, 2012
Pam Bava answered:

You should get it touch with the Detroit Police department. They will be able to give you updated info.

I know they just opened a 48 million dollar school. I'm sure it is state of the art.

Good luck
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Tue Jun 26, 2012
Martin Popp answered:
HI Claude

I only found a couple. Click on the link or copy and paste to your address bar.

Let me know if you need help purchasing a condo.

Martin Popp
Century 21 Today.
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Mon Jun 17, 2013
Haig Istamboulian answered:

As Realtors we can't suggest any certain areas or tell you which neighborhood is better than others. I would call the Dearborn Police Department and inquire into the city and different areas.

Also, take a few days and drive around the entire city and see which areas you like. Talk to residents and walk into some businesses and ask some questions. I hate to tell you to do that, and I know you may think why can't a Realtor just tell me, but it is against the law. It is called "steering" and we can't do that.

Spend a few days in the city and drive around and see which areas interest you the most. If you would like for me to set up a search of available proeprties, email me and tell me what you are looking for and I can set that up for you.

Thank you and I hope this helps a little,

Elias Realty
(248) 379-6547
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Wed May 9, 2012
Brenda Harris answered:
Having grown up and still live in the area I can understand the question of which is the best place? All 3 areas offer so much it really comes down to what is it that you are wanting in a community? Holland is an area that is growing and is changing. Still a great place to raise a family, a great downtown area, great tourist destination. Holland itself as I said is developing as a good shopping destination with several shopping options along 31 and many restaurants to choose from. The housing market as you know has hit all areas of Michigan, in Holland you will find probably more developments of subdivisions than in Grand Haven or Michigan. The negatives about Holland is the location of the city itself to the beaches and the lake. One must drive there is no walking paths that take you directly to beaches.

Moving up the coast to Grand Haven, Coast Guard City. A city that comes alive in the summer, quiet and quaint in ther seasons. If you are someone who loves the activities of the waterfront, entertainment of different festivals going on almost every weekend, love to take walks along the beach, walk the parks, enjoys boating or just want to sit a people watch Grand Haven may be the place. This city has a smaller downtown, has some really great restaurants to enjoy. There is no other city on the lake shore that you can walk from the highway all the way to the beach. The city thrives on the waterfront. The housing market in Grand Haven has remained fairly steady although there are some great values there too. There are many housing areas in Grand Haven where you can walk from your home to water in a matter of minutes. Friendly city welcoming city.

Next comes Muskegon, which I call the city that is sleeping now but be ready as it has so much to offer. There is an upswing of urban renewal going on for Muskegon out of all 3 has been hit the economically hit the hardest. The housing values have decline the most in this area therefore it makes for a very desirable place to purchase a home. There is no other city along the lakeshore that has a much waterfront there are 3 state beaches and 1 city beach. There is Mona Lake, , Muskegon Lake and then Bear Lake and Lake Michaigan to enjoy. As for a community this city also thrives in the summer with events happening all summer long. The city has been working hard to develope a walking path and bike path around the lakes as well to take you to other northern cities. There are great medical facilities in Muskegon which as you stated possible of choices to retire medical care may be a concern. It is close and yes all 3 are close to Grand Rapids for care as well. Muskegon has 2 great hospitals each specializing in different medical concerns. Plenty of shopping can be found in Muskegon as well downtown or at the Lakes Mall. I may be a little more particial to Muskegon as this is where I call home but the rest of family may different as they live in Grand Haven

I could go on more about each but I will stop for now. If you would like more information I would be happy to talk to you more about each one. I hope this helps you a little.
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Wed Sep 28, 2011
Paul McIntyre answered:
Deane - there are plenty of great locations to live in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. Without knowing what you consider "affordable", it is difficult to answer that portion of your question directly. It sounds as though some of the loft-style condominiums in both downtowns might be of interest. A small condo can be purchased starting at around $150,000 on up to well over $300,000 for a larger dwelling. Both cities also offer detached homes close to the downtown business district. You will also find MANY neighborhoods that are close to amenities and services.

Unfortunately Fair Housing laws prevent any Realtor from providing any answer to the question in your title. Anyone in America is free to live anywhere she/he would like and can afford. If crime is a question for you I would suggest you speak to the local police department to determine which neighborhoods are safer. If amenities are the question, please speak to a Realtor.
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Sun Jul 3, 2011
. answered:
Hello ma'am,

The Federal Fair Housing Act enacted an amendment in 1988 that bars discrimination based on handicap of the renter or of a buyer. The landlord must allow the tenants to make reasonable modifications of existing premises at the tenant's expense and in SOME cases the changes must be returned back to their original state also at the tenants expense. Some modifications may remain in place. There are also some other rules listed under that amendment for the handicap. The law is enforced by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

I would suggest going to HUD's website for more information and to find out what all of his rights are under that law. He is very lucky to have parents like you and his dad that are still there for him.

Good luck to you.
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Tue Jan 28, 2014
Chris Silker answered:
Hi! Perhaps the best answer to your question is to go to the Ingham County Sherrif's Webpage where you can search crime data. A local Realtor like me can also help you identify good areas for rentals. Please contact me at 734-550-6825 if you have other questions! ... more
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Tue Sep 7, 2010
Mike Slager answered:
There are a number of youth organizations in Holland, a good starting place is the Boys and Girls club ( As far as charter schools, check out Black River Schools ( which was recently very highly ranked in the nation!

Mike Slager
Greenridge Realty
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Tue Aug 25, 2009
Fred Griffin answered:
See a Real Estate Attorney for Legal Advice.

2Vegas, I am sorry this happened. What a bummer.

Your post reinforces something I suggest to all Condo Owners and Condo Buyers - get involved in your Condo Association. Be an Officer or Director if possible. Attend all meetings and keep abreast of what is going on.

Granted, many Associations are controlled by a small group of people who use Proxy Votes to remain in power.

Nonetheless, it is imperative that owners be involved in their Condo Association.

Regrets, and see an Attorney to determine if what was done was legal, and if you have any recourse.

Fred Griffin
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Sun Jun 7, 2009
Andy Hargreaves answered:
Great topic.
I've fired a few clients recently for the same thought process...
I'm not willing to compromise my time nor my sanity at the drop of a hat for anyone that can't afford me a simple convenience.

My favorite part is how I don't think I ask too much -- just give me 24 hour notice to set up a showing to make arrangements, call the listing, move other clients around, etc. Then, heaven forbid I can't show a house on 15 minute notice, I'm a bad guy and they'll call the listing agent to view it. Then, the listing agent in many cases tries to solicit their business away from me, even when they're under contract...argh.

I still find that some people aren't quite "getting it" when it comes to pricing a listing. They'll bounce between 3-4 agents. They'll blame the agent for the lack of showings, when in reality, consumers have any given number of outlets to research prices, other listings, etc. If you, as a seller AREN'T getting showings -- you're overpriced. Simply put.

I think that in addition to all that, clients think all agents are the same. Many don't understand that having the listing agent show a home isn't always a good thing. Or, that we don't get paid until the deal showing 30-50 homes which may be no big deal to someone is a huge deal to us IF we don't close.

Other than that, I love this job. I've found that sitting down and talking with people and a few minute education to our job goes a long, long way.
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Wed Apr 15, 2009
Monica asked:
I am interested in a bank-owned home on the corner of Sunnyside and Helen. Any information is appreciated.
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Tue Jan 13, 2009
smith3gary answered:

Some information is available on this website

They should be able to give you more information about size of force and area serviced. Some areas may also be patrolled by County and State police. ... more
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Sat Feb 21, 2009
James Wheeler answered:
You're welcome to contact me to discuss your options for a short refi or other type of mortgage resolution, such as a loan modification. We lend in Michigan and we provide loan resolution services nationwide. No guarantees, though. Outcomes depend on the facts and circumstances of your situation, how responsive you are when it comes to supplying information, etc. James Wheeler, 813-600-3428. ... more
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Mon Nov 10, 2008
Ronald Ross asked:
--phone number for conceirge or front desk, 100 Hilton Ave. Garden City, NY
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Thu Sep 27, 2012
Dallas Texas answered:
My buyers when seen speed bumps have a tendency to "shy away" not wanting to purchase a home due to children. See it is busy street.
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Wed May 8, 2013
Brian Butterfield answered:
Trulia has a great resource for statistics.....check out the "stats and trends" button within your Keego Harbor 48320 search. If you email me I can also provide a comprehensive community and school report... ... more
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