Local Real Estate News

  • Grand Rapids Realtor elected president of statewide real estate group

    Sep 30, 2014 - GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Gene Szpeinski, an associate broker with Signature Associates' Grand Rapids office, will be sworn in as 2015 president of Michigan Realtors on Wednesday, Oct. 1. Szpeinski, whose term as president will begin on Jan. 1,...

  • Grand Rapids Realtors end summer with higher home prices, lower inventory

    Sep 24, 2014 - GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Beset by a declining number of homes on the market, real estate sales languished as prices rose this past summer, according to the latest statistics from the Grand Rapids Association of Realtors. GRAR members reported 1...

  • NAR Identifies Best Purchase Markets for Aspiring Millennial Homebuyers

    Jul 24, 2014 - WASHINGTON (July 24, 2014) - First-time homebuyers have been largely absent from the housing market in the current economic recovery, but some metropolitan areas - particularly in the Midwest and West - are well positioned to see increases...

  • Grand Rapids home sales, new listings perked up in June

    Jul 15, 2014 - GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Sales of existing homes perked up in June despite being down for the first six months of 2014 due to a lack of new listings, according to the latest statistics from the Grand Rapids Association of Realtors (GRAR). ...

  • Grand Rapids housing sales slowed down in May

    Jun 16, 2014 - GRAND RAPIDS, MI - West Michigan home sales faltered in May as a low inventory of homes on the market depressed sale numbers. The Grand Rapids Association of REALTORS reported 1,304 pending sales in May, down 2.9 percent from the 1,343...

  • Grand Rapids ranks No. 1 in US for summer jobs outlook

    Jun 11, 2014 - There may be no better place to be for jobs this summer than Grand Rapids. Top market The Grand Rapids-Wyoming metro area is the No. 1 market in the nation for employer hiring expectations in the third quarter, according to the most...

  • 7 Budget-Friendly Retiree Havens

    Jun 10, 2014 - At Number 5: Grand Rapids, Michigan Population: 782,100 State tax on Social Security: No State tax on pensions: Yes (with some exemptions) The median home price is $114,200, the median mortgage payment is $436 and the median...

  • Open houses attract thieves looking for prescriptions

    May 29, 2014 - GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Local real estate agents are staying vigilant during spring open houses following the theft of prescription medications by people posing as interested buyers. Homeowners in several Kent County communities,...

  • 'For Sale' Shortage In Grand Rapids Housing Market

    May 28, 2014 - GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (May 28, 2014) - Many houses are being sold before the 'for sale' sign is planted into the front yard. "Very quickly," said Karla Huitsing the President of Grand Rapids Association of Realtors. Huitsing tells a story...

  • Realtors and title companies cheer the end of Grand Rapids sidewalk inspection program

    May 7, 2014 - May 7, 2015 - GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Life just got easier for real estate and title insurance agents after Grand Rapids voters approved a city charter amendment that takes responsibility for sidewalk maintenance out of the hands of property owners. The...

  • Grand Rapids ranks No. 2 in US for 'raising a family'

    Apr 18, 2014 - Apr 18, 2015 - When it comes to raising a family, the Grand Rapids market is the place to live. Grand Rapids ranks No. 2 in the ranking of "America's Best Cities for Raising a Family" posted this week by Forbes. The metro's ranking is based on a set of...

  • March home sales fell in West Michigan as inventory remained low

    Apr 11, 2014 - Apr 11, 2015 - GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Homes sales were down more than 10 percent in March as West Michigan Realtors said they struggled to find new listings for buyers, according to the latest statistics from the Grand Rapids Association of Realtors. ...

  • If You're Looking to Buy a Home, Michigan Might Be a Good Place to Start

    Apr 1, 2014 - Apr 1, 2015 - If you're looking to buy a home, Michigan might be a good place to start-and California might be a place to avoid. The Midwestern state boasts three metro areas in the top 10 for highest homeownership rates in the nation, according to a...

  • Weather expected to create 'home buyers stampede'

    Mar 31, 2014 - Mar 31, 2015 - BYRON CENTER, Mich. (WZZM) -- If you've been looking for a new home in greater Grand Rapids, you know how tight the market is. You can blame it on the weather. The positive is the economy has improved, so everyone is back in the market to...

  • Room to grow? Hotel projects to add more than 700 rooms across West Michigan

    Mar 17, 2014 - Mar 16, 2015 - The hospitality market across West Michigan is gearing up for a level of development not experienced in years. With more than 700 hotel rooms proposed for sites in Holland, Portage, Grand Rapids and Battle Creek, developers have channeled...

  • Brutal winter slows home sales in West Michigan, adds to pent-up demand

    Mar 16, 2014 - Mar 16, 2015 - ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, MI - Realtor Chris Anderson doubted whether it was worth the effort that Sunday in January when it took her an hour-and-a-half to meet a couple who wanted to look at a new home in the Crescent Meadows subdivision in...

  • Grand Rapids ranks No. 2 in US for spring jobs outlook

    Mar 12, 2014 - Mar 12, 2015 - The employment outlook for the Grand Rapids market this spring is among the brightest in the nation. The Grand Rapids and Wyoming market ranks second in the nation, in a five-way tie, for employer hiring expectations for the second quarter...

  • New Mortgage Program Aims to Spur Home Sales

    Feb 24, 2014 - Feb 24, 2015 - GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Feb 24, 2014)-It's a new initiative to help spur home sales. Monday morning, realtors joined state and local officials to launch a Michigan's first-ever MI Next Home program. Repeat home-buyers, including singles,...

  • State offers up to $7,500 for cash-strapped homeowners who want to buy new home

    Feb 24, 2014 - Feb 24, 2015 - GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Cash-strapped homeowners who want to move into another home can qualify for up to $7,500 toward the purchase of a new or existing home through a program unveiled on Monday, Feb. 24 by the Michigan State Housing...

  • Statewide mortgage program expands service

    Feb 24, 2014 - Feb 24, 2015 - GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A statewide mortgage program is expanding its service to help spur home sales. Details of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) MI Next Home program were discussed Monday morning at Grand...

  • Grand Rapids ranked as the nation's best place to own rental property

    Feb 21, 2014 - Feb 21, 2015 - GRAND RAPIDS, MI - For landlords, Grand Rapids is the nation's best market for doing business, according to a survey by All Property Management , a Seattle-based online network of property management services. It's the second year in a row...

  • Grand Rapids ranks in the top 10 for getting and staying healthy

    Feb 17, 2014 - Feb 17, 2015 - GRAND RAPIDS, MI - When it comes to getting healthy and staying healthy, Grand Rapids is one of the top 10 places to live in the United States, according to Livability.com, a website that ranks communities on a variety of factors. "Grand...

  • West Michigan home sales rebounded in 2013, but inventory remained a problem

    Jan 21, 2014 - Jan 21, 2015 - GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Home sales and home prices rebounded strongly in West Michigan last year, according to statistics published by the Grand Rapids Association of Realtors on Tuesday, Jan. 21. But Karla Huitsing, president of GRAR, said it...

  • Grand Rapids-Wyoming housing market ranks 11th in Forbes survey of 'Best Buy Cities'

    Dec 31, 2013 - Jan 1, 2015 - GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The Grand Rapids-Wyoming housing market is poised to be the 11th best place in the U.S. to buy a house in 2014, according to a Forbes.com article on "Best Buy Cities." The survey concluded the average Grand Rapids home...

  • 10 Best Places to Visit in 2014 according to Amtrak

    Dec 26, 2013 - Dec 31, 2014 - Make 2014 the year we retire the term "staycation." Be bold with your family vacations this year. Get out there and see all that this big country has to offer! Here are our top 10 picks for places to visit in 2014. . . . . 7. Grand...

  • Grand Rapids Housing Market Ranks In Forbes 'Where to Invest in Housing'

    Dec 26, 2013 - Dec 31, 2014 - Buying a home can be a great investment, as investors gobbling up properties over the last few years-when prices and mortgage rates were at the bottom-well know. Now, with homes prices and rates ticking steadily back up, investors are...

  • Housing market continued to improve for sellers as inventory remained flat

    Dec 18, 2013 - Dec 18, 2014 - GRAND RAPIDS, MI - West Michigan's real estate market continued to improve for sellers in November as prices rose strongly while the inventory of new homes on the market remained flat. The average price of a pending home sale was $148,626...

  • Grand Rapids Ranked #1 in Top 10 US Travel Destinations in 2014

    Dec 10, 2013 - Dec 31, 2014 - 1. Grand Rapids & Lake Michigan's Gold Coast Beach bums, beer lovers, and art enthusiasts agree: there's a lot to love about western Michigan this year. Grand Rapids, Michigan's second-largest city, was voted best beer city in the US by...

  • Low housing inventory in many Michigan markets - good for sellers, frustrating for buyers

    Nov 29, 2013 - Nov 29, 2014 - If you're having a hard time finding a home to buy right now, you are not alone. The supply of houses for sale in many markets across the state are hitting near all-time lows. Interest rates remain low, but there are not enough homes...

  • Inventory of houses for sale is down, demand is high, Grand Rapids Association of Realtors report

    Nov 19, 2013 - Nov 19, 2014 - GRAND RAPIDS, MI - One Sunday afternoon last month, Realtor Terry Westbrook says he was pounding the "For Sale" sign into the front lawn of a new listing when a man drove up with questions about the house. He said he'd be back. "His agent...

  • Citizens to vote on park ballot initiative

    Oct 29, 2013 - Oct 29, 2014 - On November 5, the initiative Yes! GR Parks will appear on the ballot in the City of Grand Rapids. The ballot initiative aims to raise money to fix and replace park equipment, fix facilities and keep city pools open five weeks longer. A...

  • West Michigan home sales continue to climb despite shortage of inventory

    Oct 24, 2013 - Oct 24, 2014 - GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Home sales continued to climb in September despite a persistent shortage of homes coming onto the market, according to the latest monthly report by the Grand Rapids Association of Realtors (GRAR). The good news is that...

  • Grand Rapids' listing by AARP as a top city to retire gives it another win

    Oct 9, 2013 - Dec 31, 2014 - A few years ago, Rick Baker moved to Grand Rapids to take a job. The 49-year-old CEO of the local chamber of commerce loves the city so much, now he plans to retire there. He has a new list, compiled by one of America's most influential...

  • Downtown Grand Rapids: Art of the Collaborative City

    Oct 3, 2013 - Dec 31, 2014 - A video not to be missed about Grand Rapids: - Top 10 City Artistic Boom - Top 15 Emerging U.S. Downtowns - #1 in LEED Certified Buildings - Top 10 City - Biopharmaceutical and R&D Investment - Most Sustainable Mid-Size City - 80...

  • Government Shutdown - How is the Housing Market Affected?

    Oct 3, 2013 - Oct 3, 2014 - GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - As if buying and selling a home isn't stressful enough, Washington has managed to throw some uncertainty into the mix for some buyers and sellers. 'I have a son that was applying for an FHA mortgage that will...

  • West Michigan home sales continued their strong run in August

    Sep 13, 2013 - Sep 13, 2014 - GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Homes sales in West Michigan continued their strong run in August as the Grand Rapids Association of Realtors reported a 7.5 percent increase in pending sales compared to August, 2012. The average sale price of a home...

  • West Michigan home sales 'keep chugging along' despite inventory issues, rising mortgage rates

    Aug 20, 2013 - Aug 20, 2014 - GRAND RAPIDS, MI - As the summer home sales season comes to an end, home sales "just keep chugging along," says Terry Westbrook, president of the Grand Rapids Association of Realtors. Pending home sales for West Michigan were up 4.1...

  • Kent County's tax foreclosure auction won't be the same, thanks to the Kent County Land Bank

    Aug 19, 2013 - Aug 19, 2014 - GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Thanks to the Kent County Land Bank, it won't be like the old days this Wednesday, Aug. 21, when the Kent County Treasurer's office stages its annual tax foreclosure auction. Unlike last year, when nearly 300 tax...

  • 'Fast and furious' real estate market stabilizing despite inventory shortage

    Jul 29, 2013 - Jul 29, 2014 - GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The "fast and furious" pace of real estate sales in the first six months of 2013 is showing some signs of stabilizing, according to Terry Westbrook, president of the Grand Rapids Association of Realtors (GRAR). The...

  • Forbes list: Grand Rapids ranks 4th out of '10 best cities for finding employment'

    Apr 23, 2013 - Dec 31, 2014 - As the employment picture perks up in some major metropolitan areas, job seekers might be tempted to limit their search to those cities. But as it turns out, the places with the healthiest employment numbers aren't always the best areas for...

  • Shark Tank Barbara Corcoran talks real estate, names Grand Rapids as her favorite

    Sep 14, 2012 - Dec 31, 2014 - Shark Tank Barbara Corcoran talks real estate - picks Grand Rapids as her favorite! See the full commentary at abc.com

  • News organization ranks Grand Rapids 5th among affordable housing markets in the U.S.

    May 29, 2012 - Dec 31, 2014 - GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Thanks to low home prices and relatively high incomes, Grand Rapids ranks 5th in the nation as an affordable place to buy a house, according to CNNMONEY. The online magazine included other Midwest cities such as...

  • Where to retire? Grand Rapids is a top destination, magazine says

    Apr 11, 2012 - Dec 31, 2014 - GRAND RAPIDS, MI - So, Forbes says West Michigan is the country's best place for families. Now, another publication is naming Grand Rapids a great place for retirees. "Where to Retire" magazine will feature Grand Rapids as a top retirement...

  • Grand Rapids tops Forbes list of the best cities for raising a family

    Apr 5, 2012 - Dec 31, 2014 - GRAND RAPIDS, MI - If not on the fast track to a life of "glitz and glamour," at least Grand Rapids has a quick commute to "a solid job that lets you get home in time to see the kids." That's just one reason Forbes has named Grand Rapids...

  • 7 schools in Grand Rapids, Forest Hills, East Grand Rapids ranked Michigan's best

    Aug 26, 2011 - Dec 31, 2014 - KENT COUNTY -- The Grand Rapids and Forest Hills school districts each have three schools ranked at the "best of the best" category in Michigan -- the 99th percentile, according to a new state list. See full story at the MLive website

  • Report: GR 'Top 100 Places to Live'

    Jul 20, 2011 - Dec 31, 2014 - GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - It has made the Top 100 but could become a Top 10 nominee with your help. RelocateAmerica has named Grand Rapids as one of the Top 100 Places to Live in 2011. This is the organization's 14th annual listing of...

  • US News: Spectrum Health one of best

    Jul 19, 2011 - Dec 31, 2014 - GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Spectrum Health has been ranked as one of the best hospitals in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. The facility was nationally ranked as among the top 50 hospitals in diabetes and endocrinology...

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