Holland, MI Real Estate News

By John Faber
(Encompass-Realtors)
  Holland Michigan Real Estate Relocate to Holland Michigan   Holland Michigan Real Estate - Congratulations! There is no better place to call home or invest than Holland Michigan Real Estate. If you're moving to Holland Michigan, or considering it, you've found a great city to call home. Friendly neighborhoods, great schools, beautiful parks and myriad cultural activities are just a few of the highlights you'll find here. If you're not familiar with the area, you may be surprised at exactly how much this city has in store for you. Holland Michigan real estate is an excellent choice. Recreation Situated on beautiful Lake Michigan, Holland Michigan Real Estate is  unique and Holland Michigan features spectacular colored sunsets over the glistening water of Lake Michigan, rolling sand dun...
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By Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic
(www.mrbrownsellsgr.com)
  Brown Sugar Bake Shop.   For all of you folks on the Lakeshore (aka Michigan’s West Coast) there is a new bakery in town to satisfy your dessert palate. Appropriately named Brown Sugar Bake Shop and it’s located in Holland Michigan. From the expertise and skill of the head baker Joni Gibson she conjures up sweets that will make you wanting for more. Cakes, cookies, cake truffles and bars and everything in between.    Here are but a few of her sumptuous delights that could be yours. Now for me I do love my sweets. Nothing like a piece of decadent chocolate cake with an ice cold glass of milk on a warm spring/summer evening. Looking forward to indulge myself on one of her masterpieces. There is a website below where you can order for your upcoming event(s). She does delivery as well.   ...
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By Michael Delaware, REALTOR®, CRS, GRI
(North Sky Realty LLC)
Tunnel Park in Holland, Michigan is a beautiful 22 acre park along the shoreline of Lake Michigan.  It is a great place for swimming, sunbathing and picnicking. Tunnel Park in Holland, Michigan features a unique tunnel through a dune, which opens out to a beautiful panoramic view of Lake Michigan. I recently visited there with my wife as we did a road trip to Allegan, Holland and Saugatuck, Michigan on Labor Day this past Monday.  It marked the end of a wonderful 2010 summer for us, and we wanted to take advantage of the cool weather and see Lake Michigan again.  The tunnel was really unusual, with a wooden walkway and concrete construction that opens up to the bright and vast view of the Lake, and the beach. It was a great place to take pictures, and I have included a few of those here...
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By Caroline Huising
(Huising)
Price: $129,900 FIZBER.com ID 13307388 Single Family with 2 bed, 1.0 bath, in 11878 Barkton Holland, MI, 49424 http://www.fizber.com/13307388/ 11878 Barkton - For Sale By Owner Property Details: Type: Single Family Address: 11878 Barkton, Holland, MI, 49424 Sq footage: 950.0 Floors: n/a Bathrooms: 1.0 Bedrooms: 2 Year built: 2006 View full property details and seller's contacts. View more Michigan homes for sale. Homes for Sale by Owner. Description: Built in 2006, this beautiful home is in a friendly neighborhood on the north-side of Holland. This two bedroom, one bath home has an open concept floor plan, cathedral ceiling, dining area, center island and snack bar in kitchen, plenty of closet space and a lower level framed for two bedrooms, full bath, and family room. The outside offe...
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By Darina Dymova
(Belbay)
This is a beautiful house built by the owner of the home. This home sits on 3 acres of land. This home also has a 30X40 Barn. This is a story and a Half Home. The top half is 2 bedrooms with a full bath. There is also a loft that has a nice computer desk. The main floor has the kitchen area, the master bath and bedroom. The basement is 3 parts the main part is finished the other two are not. To directly access this property, use this shortcut: http://www.fizber.com/michigan-buy-single-family-home-11647568.html
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By Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust!
(Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions")
From many sellers perspectives this is nothing but lip Service.  I just had one of my clients go through the complete process of a short sale.  The buyer's offer was very good for the market we are in and the lender accepted the offer but had not signed the final draft of the paperwork yet.  That is a key. They wanted the hardship letter, the current status of the income and debt ratios, which were all provided.  When it got down to signing they said no problem we can sell at purchase price offered but the seller will have to make up for any difference at close.  We were not asking for much.....not thousands were looking for $2500.00 in discounts off the mortgage.  That was to help the buyer with closing costs.  The lender said. No. Do you really think they are working to help you?  Do ...
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By Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust!
(Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions")
The day of carrying  a bunch of paper to each listing, showing buyers all the background printed materials is long gone for most of us. The New Tools of the Trade....we pack a laptop with WiFi...replacing the yellow pad.  We pack a cell phone with our data securely embedded...our day planner a thing of the past too.  Although some still cling to their yellow pads and day planners the fact is there are much easier ways to deal with data. We carry listings and buyer contact information not in a spiral notebook...or contact card or Rolodex, they are in our data program on the laptop and in our cell phones. Property previews for an out of  town client can be done and photos forwarded at lightning speed.  Gone is the day when carrying all your files in the trunk of your care just in case you...
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By Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust!
(Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions")
We had a bizarre event for Michigan...living in Florida sink holes were actually a summer time event. Michigan...that is like saying you have a volcano in your backyard! Well when a water mains breaks sink holes can form very quickly.  First thought is safety.  I watched on the news in Florida as homes were consumed by sink holes...they were not caused by water main breaks. Recently in Grand Rapids we had a sink hole....a man drove over the street that appeared to be normal...it was anything but normal.  His car slowly sank some 20 feet after he jumped clear.  He helplessly watched as the hole opened up nearly 30 feet across, as it was reported. Now that was a problem...but he still had another problem.  One that you wouldn't think he would have.  His car was damaged to the point you ca...
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By Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust!
(Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions")
The Feds this past Wednesday started to buy back those "Junk Mortgage Securities" to the tune of $500 billion dollars. For most of us that is not a comprehensible number...but on a national basis it is $3333.33 dollars per household based on Bloombergs 2007 estimate of 1.5 million homeowners in America.  That is how much it will cost each homeowner...now the next statistic is as many as 80 million homeowners could be in jeopardy! Now you want the good news! These loans are part of the bundled mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac...whom we just bailed out!  This all has contributed to the lowest home mortgage interest rate average since April 1971 at 5.14%. The goal is to make loans more available for homes, cars and consumer products.  This buy back is supposed to continue fro...
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By David John Medendorp, CCIM, GRI, Investments, Waterfront Homes, Muskegon
(Medendorp Real Estate Group Muskegon )
  The Lake Michigan Beach house is a great development on Lake Michigan offering a chance to be a partal owner of a Lake Michigan Beach cottage. I would check this property out.   The Beach House is situated across the street from Lake Macatawa in Holland, MI. With eight, cottage-style town homes to choose from, a private pool, housekeeping and concierge service, your vacation home dream can come true at The Beach House. http://www.lakemichiganbeachhouse.com/   If you have question contact me or the builder Randy Bouwkamp randy@bouwkampbuilders.com   David Medendorp www.sellmuskegon.com 2312063367
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By Mike Slager - Holland, MI Realtor
(Greenridge Realty)
Say what you will about the government takeover of Fannie and Freddie (and I am sure there is a lot to be said!) but I am loving these new low interest rates! I really hope a lot of people take advantage of them while they can, I am sure they will be going back up. Really, it is the perfect time to be a first time home buyer! In addition to the great interest rates, there is the $7500 first time buyer tax credit. While the credit is little more than a loan from the government to the buyer, it is interest free. I know I certainly could have used an added $7500 to my tax return to: - pay for my wedding - make improvements to my new home - new furniture - take a vacation (or just pay off the honeymoon!) On top of that, you may have heard (and who hasn't!) that it is a buyers marker. I thin...
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By Mike Slager - Holland, MI Realtor
(Greenridge Realty)
It has been a while since I have posted anything on here! Thats what happens when you get wrapped up in a wedding, honeymoon, etc. My wife, Kelly, and I were married August 1st on Windmill Island here in Holland, MI. We were lucky and had perfect weather (although very hot in a tux!). Windmill Island is already absolutely beautiful, but our caterers (Via Maria) did an awesome job turning the Celebration Pavilion into a reception even better than our dreams! After the wedding we stayed the night at the new City Flats Hotel in downtown Holland. It is a LEED certified Hotel, which means it is very energy efficient and heavily uses recycled materials. The stay there was WONDERFUL, we didn't want to leave! For our honeymoon we went up to Petosky for a few days. The last day we were there we ...
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By Mike Slager - Holland, MI Realtor
(Greenridge Realty)
Wow, it has been a while since I have been on here! The last couple of weeks have been a very busy couple of weeks, and the next couple are gonna be CRAZY busy. My fiance Kelly and I get married on August 1st so we are pretty much in final countdown mode trying to get all of the last minute details ironed out. We met with our caterer for the final time last night, and it only helped to show how much more than I thought we have left to do! Thankfully our caterers, Susan and Sharon of the delicious Via Maria, are absolutely awesome and are helping with so much. This weekend is the bachelor party (not details shall be shared...). Next week we meet with our photographers, Shawn and Julie Von Ins of Von Ins Photography next week. All in all I am VERY excited, but "free time" is pretty much n...
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By Mike Slager - Holland, MI Realtor
(Greenridge Realty)
Buying your First Home? First of all, Congrats! This is a GREAT time to buy your first home! Currently interest rates are still low but appear to be headed upward; meanwhile there are TONS of great homes on the market, combined with the lowest home prices we have seen in almost 10 years. Here are a few things you should know: #1 You want an agent to work for you! Sounds like a no brainer doesn't it? Well, what you may not realize is that in the State of Michigan (as well as many other states) unless you have declared on paper that an agent is working for you that agent is required by law to work for the seller. This means any information they find from you could be used to help the seller get more of your money.                 1a) "So why wouldn't I sign a buyers agency contract?" Hone...
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By Mike Slager - Holland, MI Realtor
(Greenridge Realty)
The Holland area, and really most of West Michigan has been hit really been hit by rain within the last week. Yesterday was OK and today has been very nice (thankfully!) but before that it was terrible, flooding many areas. It was especially terrible because there were casualties due to this downpour. See some articles here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. I know, that's a lot, and I also know there is a lot more. It's amazing to me how much rain can really affect our area. I was out yesterday showing homes to one of my clients and of the 4 homes I showed him 2 of them still had serious water issues inside. The two were foreclosures, and my guess is that the agents had no idea of the problem (I of course left them a voicemail). One of the rooms in the first home was under ...
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By Mike Slager - Holland, MI Realtor
(Greenridge Realty)
For those of you who enjoy the Holland State Park you may be pleased to know there will be a new choice for food (other than the always delicious Ottawa Beach Inn). The ruling on the Smitty's Pronto Pups restaurant has finally been made in favor of the township (see the Holland Sentinel article here), thus allowing the restaurant to start building. As of right now I haven't heard a date, but I will be sure to pass it on when I do! No matter what my stand may/or may not be on  the issue of conditional zoning, I will be happy to have a delicious corndog stand open so close to the beach and my home!!!!!! Mark, happy to have you and your fried goodness in the neighborhood!
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By Mike Slager - Holland, MI Realtor
(Greenridge Realty)
We'll try round two at this blog! I was silly enough not to type this in word, pressed submit and... well you probably know where I am goin! I myself am not a smoker. Oh, I enjoy the occasional cigar, but the anti-smoking laws shouldn't stop that! There was an article in the Holland Sentinel (click on the name to read the article) recently concerning the "voluntary" movement of bar and restaurant owners to "smoke-free". Here in the downtown Holland area , there are exactly two places that allow smoking on a full-time basis (one bar/restaurant allows it after 10PM). The State of Michigan is currently working on legislation that bars it from any public building. There are, of course, two opposing sides to this legislation (and to the idea of a smoke free bars and restaurants in general)....
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By Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!
(Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate)
 It's Friday night. If you're anything like me, Friday Nights are nights when you let down your hair and relax a little...perhaps dinner, a movie, or a show.  This past Friday is no exception.  We've still got a teenager at home who doesn't drive, so Friday night involves playing part-time taxicab driver too.  As we're preparing to go out, I notice that he's busy at the computer.  I'm a "quasi hip" mom, so I presume he's checking out Facebook to see where everyone will be hanging out.  Imagine my surprise when he tells me he's downloading music because he's going to be the DJ!  I can barely contain my surprise..."You're down loading music for the dance onto your iPod?"  He barely gives me a sideways glance...continues tapping the keyboard and says..."Ya."Now, you've got to understand, I...
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By The Dave Ruwe Homes Team, Realtors
(Re/Max Lakeshore)
Dave Ruwe | Keller Williams Realty | daveruwe@daveruwehomes.com | 616-502-0880 245 E 17th St., Holland, MI Spacious Brick Ranch W/Large Lot 3 Bdrm Single Family House offered at $138,500 Year Built 1950 Sq Footage 1,870 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 2 full, 0 partial Floors 1 Parking 2 Car garage Lot Size 22,630 sqft HOA/Maint $0 per month DESCRIPTION Wonderful brick ranch in the City of Holland, just minutes to the downtown area. The home offers 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths with almost 1900 sq ft of living space. Large living room with fireplace, hardwood floors, 2 stall garage with workshop and a sun room are just a few of the amenities. The walkout lower level is finished and includes an area with built in work area and shelves. Large wooded lot and plenty of storage make this a must see. see...
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