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Advice for First Time Grand Rapids Home Buyers

Pre-Qualification:  Meet with a mortgage broker and find out how much you can afford to pay for a home. Pre-Approval: While knowing how much you can afford is the first step, sellers will be much more receptive to potential buyers who have been pre-approved. You’ll also avoid being disappointed when going after homes that are […]

Why You Should Use an Agent to Sell your Grand Rapids Home

Selling your home is a big endeavor that should include working with an expert, a real estate professional. To compensate the agent for their time and expertise a portion of the money you receive upon the home sale will be used to compensate the real estate agent. Commissions are scary and can be difficult to […]

What is a CMA and Why do You Need One?

CMA is real estate shorthand for “Comparative Market Analysis“. A CMA is a report prepared by a real estate agent providing data comparing your property to similar properties in the marketplace. The first thing an agent will need to do to provide you with a CMA is to inspect your property. Generally, this inspection won’t […]

Traversing the Pitfalls of Home Inspections in Grand Rapids

June and Fred Smith were diligent about getting their home ready for sale. They ordered a pre-sale termite inspection report. The report revealed that their large rear deck was dry-rot infested, so they replaced it before putting their home on the market. The Smiths also called a reputable roofer to examine the roof and issue […]

Get More Money When You Sell

Home Staging Tips that Will Make Your Home More Profitable 1. Reduce Any Clutter: Whether it’s been a few years or 30 years of memories it’s easy to get comfortable and not put away the various items we use for daily use. Storing the small kitchen appliances behind closed cabinets, disposing of unread magazines, and […]

What Type of Mortgage is Best for you?

Fortunately for buyers, there are a variety of mortgages to choose from. It is in your best interest to investigate each of them to determine which is the best for your situation. You probably won’t qualify for all types. In fact, you may only qualify for one. But if you do qualify for more than […]

How to Negotiate with West Michigan Sellers

Buying a home is one of the most important purchases most people will make. In order to make the right decision the first time, potential buyers need to be prepared. Consider the following before starting negotiations: Be prepared.  Research the housing market in the target area. Once you have information about the general area, focus […]