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  • Is the market flipped out?

    Jul 31, 2015 - The ad delivered in the daily flow of spam brought to mind those heady days leading up to the home market crash when it seemed like every other person was trying to buy a house and then flip it. "In need of real estate funding? Want a cash...

  • GR Realtors: It is a TOTAL sellers market

    Jul 28, 2015 - The Grand Rapids Association of Realtors says there has never been a shorter supply of home for sale around Grand Rapids. The supply is so short, homes are quickly appreciating in value by the double digits. Homeowners who are selling,...

  • Grand Rapids housing inventory at historic low

    Jul 28, 2015 - GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Never has there been a smaller supply of available homes to buy around Grand Rapids. The Grand Rapids Association of Realtors measures housing inventory by months. GRAR Executive Director Julie Rietberg says...

  • West Michigan homes were hot sellers in first half of 2015

    Jul 21, 2015 - GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Realtor Cathy Hoppough says she could sell houses all day long during the first six months of the year - provided she could find the houses to sell. "It's a great market, I can't work enough hours in the day," says...

  • 'It's a seller's market:' West MI home prices on the rise as inventory dwindles

    May 18, 2015 - WEST MICHIGAN - The home had only been on the market for one day, and even after making an offer that was $5,000 more than the asking price, they didn't get the house. They were clients of Nancy Bierenga, a Realtor with Elan Realty...

  • 'I love learning and serving': Hoppough sworn in as president of the Grand Rapids Association of Realtors

    Dec 29, 2014 - Dec 29, 2015 - After serving as president-elect for the Grand Rapids Association of Realtors (GRAR) for the past year, Ionia Realtor Cathy Hoppough has been sworn in as the association's president. The GRAR consists of approximately 2,300 members and...

  • Last month's record snowfall depressed West Michigan real estate activity

    Dec 17, 2014 - Dec 17, 2015 - GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Last month's record snowfall kept a lot of houses off the market in West Michigan, according to the November statistics published by the Grand Rapids Association of Realtors (GRAR). New listings were down nearly 25...

  • Early snow expected to slow down real estate activity

    Nov 20, 2014 - Nov 20, 2015 - GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Few events can stop a real estate agent's phone from ringing faster than a blizzard. Potential buyers don't want to go outdoors to look at homes and potential sellers are happy to stay put until the weather improves. ...

  • Grand Rapids Realtor elected president of statewide real estate group

    Sep 30, 2014 - Sep 30, 2015 - 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 - Sep 24, 2015 - 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 - Jul 24, 2015 - 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 - Jul 15, 2015 - 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 - Jun 16, 2015 - 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 - Jun 11, 2015 - 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 - Jun 10, 2015 - 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 - May 29, 2015 - 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 - May 28, 2015 - 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...

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