I often have people call me to inquire about rental properties. It is common in large cities for Realtors to help people find rentals, but it is not really the case in Grand Rapids. I do not have any special access to rental property information like I do with homes for sale. Although I do not work with renters, here are some tips and resources that will help you in your search.
The first place most people will start to look is on the web. Here are some good rental websites to check out:
1) apartments.com- Great website that is easy to use, has good search functionality, and multiple photos of properties. A popular site that has a lot of inventory.
I recently wrote an article that explained in detail why thinking of your home as an investment is simply faulty logic. So, by the title of this post, it may seem that I'm contradicting myself. Not so. While I don't advocate considering "investment value" when purchasing a home, there are still plenty of valid reasons to own instead of rent, especially in the current low rate environment. Let's take a look at why home ownership simply makes more sense than renting, especially over a long-term basis.
When house hunting, it’s not realistic to take a home inspector along with you to every house to help narrow down the search. For that reason HouseMaster has compiled a short list of a few red flags that even a novice might be able to pick up on a preliminary walkthrough of a house to help identify signs of possibly serious concerns. Here are six things at that should serve as warning signs that a larger problem could be lurking.
When prices and interest rates fall, new buyers are itching to take advantage of them and get into a new home. But what happens when buyers find there is little available to them? That's right: bidding wars and multiple offers.
When real estate is moving fast, it can pay off big to understand how to move quickly, and take advantage of opportunities that others miss out on. In real estate, the early bird doesn't get the worm, the early bird gets the home.
Making a big decision in a fast paced market doesn't have to be high pressure. If you go into your purchase prepared, you'll be in great shape to make that offer when the right home comes available. Here are the best techniques to make sure you're able to beat out everyone else.
Here is an interesting NBC New article about deaths in real properties and how it affects their value. In Michigan, it is not necessary for a seller to disclose a death in the house. The law reflects the idea that someone dying in a house does not affect its value. That doesn't mean that potential buyers are not concerned about it. Now there is a website consumers can check diedinhouse.com. I wonder how accurate it is? Before paying for a search at this site, the first step would be to ask the seller the question outright. Legally, they cannot lie to a direct question. If someone still has doubts or concerns, then I guess the website would be the next step.
Paint has remodeling power when you use it to emphasize a room’s best features or play down the flaws. “Paint is a powerful tool that can enhance the architectural character and intent of space,” says Minneapolis architect Petra Schwartze of TEA2 Architects. “As you choose your paint, think about what the experience in the room should be.”
Over the past few weeks, I completely refurbished my deck. I did not rebuild the entire thing, but rather replaced all of the top boards. The frame was still in good shape, but the top boards were cracking and some of them were starting to rot. I would like to share some of the things I learned:
LEED is an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Buildings that are LEED certified are designed to be efficient in heating and cooling. Low flow toilets and faucets help limit water usage. Low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint prevents further ozone deterioration.
The idea of green building is to use our resources more efficiently. The goal is sustainability, which is the ability to balance what we consume with what we produce. A great example of a sustainable resource is bamboo. Bamboo has become a popular choice for flooring in recent years. Because it is durable, yet grows quickly, it is a resource that will not disappear over time.
Does Staging Really Matter? The short answer is ABSOLUTELY!!
The goal of prepping and staging a property is to make everything look so nice and perfect, that potential problems do not even cross a buyer's mind. The buyer thinks, "wow, this looks so great, they must take such good care of this home." How often do you hear someone say after they purchase a home, "this house just gave us a feeling. We knew it was the right one." The buying decision is generally more emotionally driven than logically. People respond to colors, smells, and feelings. Experts say a buyer makes a decision of whether or not they like a home in the first thirty seconds. Thirty seconds is not long, and that is your only chance to make a first great impression.
Buying a home is one of the largest purchases of your life, and you want it to be a good investment. Here are the four most common mistakes made when buying a home, along with tips on how to prevent yourself from doing them, or how to recover if you have already made them.
Mistake #1: Not Getting Pre-Approved
The biggest mistake made by homebuyers. This is the first thing you should do if you plan on buying a new home.
How to Prevent: Easy, get pre-approved! By getting pre-approved, you’ll be able to search for homes that affordable for you, while also putting you in a strong negotiation position when you make an offer.
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