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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.

Georgetown Township businessman joins state board

Georgetown Township businessman joins state board

LANSING, Mich. – A Georgetown Township businessman is joining Michigan’s State Housing Development Authority Board.

On Wednesday, October 2, Governor Snyder announced the appointment of Scott Wierda to the five-member board, which provides financial and technical support to create and preserve safe and decent affordable housing.  The board is also involved in developing the local economy and addressing homelessness.

Wierda is the managing partner of CWD Real Estate Investment. He has 25 years of commercial real estate experience, including developing and investing in retail shopping centers, office buildings and medical buildings.  Weirda is a graduate of Hope College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Governor Snyder also announced the addition of Belleville native Tyrone Hamilton to the board Wednesday.

Kent County Land Bank Authority to transform historic eyesore

Kent County Land Bank Authority to transform historic eyesore

GRANDVILLE, Mich.— What’s been an eyesore in the Grandville community may soon house a family.

The Kent County Land Bank Authority (KCLBA) is in the process of closing on  the vacant century-old house at 3913 Prairie Avenue.  The KCLBA plans to refurbish the historic building, transforming it back into a single-family home in time for the October Parade of Homes.   The property previously housed three families before the bank took over ownership in October 2012.

Last year, the KLCBA acquired 59 properties, rehabilitated 43 of them and sold 41, generating $4.8 million for the local economy.

Spring Parade of Homes sees record traffic

Spring Parade of Homes sees record traffic

The Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids says the 2013 Spring Parade of Homes is seeing record traffic.

The organization says more than 50,000 people have toured homes so far.  The Spring Parade of Homes runs through June 8.  Remodeled homes will be open for touring June 7 and June 8 from 1 p.m.