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My Town: How to find and hire the “get it done" agent

My Town: How to find and hire the “get it done" agent

If you are considering selling your home, finding the right real estate agent is critical.

You want to find the “get it done” agent in your area – the type of agent that lives and breathes real estate and has an intimate knowledge not just of your neighborhood but also with the surrounding community.  This agent will leverage his or her knowledge and expertise to maximize the sales price and educate prospective buyers on why your home and community is the right place for them. 

Finding the "get it done" agent takes a little investment on your part,  but the payoff is huge.  You deserve a high level of service, investment and communication from the agent representing your most valuable asset – your home.  When you hire an agent they become a unique contractual extension of you, so you need to make sure the fit is right. 

Determining your home's value before selling

Determining your home's value before selling

Knowing the value of your home is critical before putting it up for sale.

There are several ways to determine the value of your home.  Online resources such as Trulia, Zillow, Realtor.com and Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) will provide you with an estimate of the value of your home or your local market overall.  Here are the links to these calculators:

Sun Title: Why 2014 is a great year to sell your home

Sun Title: Why 2014 is a great year to sell your home

With home prices rising more than 10 percent on average last year and inventory levels at historical lows, this is a great year to sell your home and maximize your value.  The current turnaround in housing is being attributed to a number of factors:

My Town: More houses on display during Spring Parade of Homes

My Town: More houses on display during Spring Parade of Homes

 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—From toxin-free to maintenance free, dozens of West Michigan homes will be open to the public this Memorial Day Weekend as part of the Spring Parade of Homes.

Even more houses and condominiums will be on display this year- 78 homes from West Olive to Ada.  The homes will be on display through June 7.  They range in price from $100,000 to more than $1 million. This year’s listings include homes in Ada, Alpine Township, Allendale, Alto, Belmont, Byron Center, Caledonia, Cascade, Coopersville, East Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Holland, Hudsonville, Jenison, Kentwood, Lowell, Plainfield, Rockford, Walker, West Olive and Wyoming.  For a complete list of homes, click here.

Foreclosure rates drop in Wyoming-Grand Rapids

Foreclosure rates drop in Wyoming-Grand Rapids

WYOMING, Mich.—Home foreclosure rates in Wyoming and Grand Rapids are dropping.

According to Corelogic, only 0.81 percent of homes in the Grand Rapids-Wyoming area were in foreclosure this past June.  That’s about half a percentage point lower than the same time last year.  At 2.49 percent, the national foreclosure rate in June was more than triple the rate in Grand Rapids Wyoming.

Only 3.2 percent of homeowners in Grand Rapids/Wyoming were 90 days or more behind on making their mortgage payment in June 2013.  That’s 1.13 percent lower than the same time last year, and more than 2 percent lower than the national average foreclosure rate.

Free Seminar On Renovations Of Faith-Based Facilities

Free Seminar On Renovations Of Faith-Based Facilities

With the rise in renovations to faith based facilities in West Michigan, Elzinga & Volkers, based in Holland, is offering free seminar’s to those ministries who are looking to expand. There will be two seminars; May 2 in Caledonia and May 9 in Grand Rapids.

 

Elzinga & Volkers Offers Free Seminar on Designing and Funding Expanding Ministries

May 2: Caledonia – May 9: Grand Rapids

 

Wyoming Offers Fair Housing and Section 8 Seminar

Wyoming Offers Fair Housing and Section 8 Seminar

 

Wyoming Offers Fair Housing and Section 8 Seminar

 

WYOMING, Mich., – The City of Wyoming Community Development Office will host a Fair Housing and Section 8 Seminar in March.

 

The seminar will be offered on March 28, 2012 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Wyoming Public Library at 3350 Michael Ave., S.W.

 

Sponsored by the City of Wyoming Community Development Office and hosted by the Fair Housing Center, the seminar will provide practical, up-to-date information to assist housing professionals in their daily compliance with federal, state and local fair housing laws.

 

Landlords, rental agents, property management personnel, real estate agents, residents and others are invited to attend the seminar.