Explore Grand Haven, MI
By Beth Reeths
(Cinch Media)
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By Beth Reeths
(Cinch Media)
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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")
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We have come so far our lives have changed forever or have they?   I stumbled across the Digital Story of Christmas and it takes the journey and certainly didn't modernize it, but it take update the methods used to see it! I thought you may find this interesting.  When you consider Ipods, Ipads, laptops, text messages, cell phones replacing home phones, websites, shopping online and the list goes on.  We have certainly had social changes in our media and presentation methods that impact our daily lives. I can't imagine my life without my cell phone other can't think of theirs with one.  I can hardly b elieve my cellphone has more memory than my first computer.  I thought that Apple 512 was pretty hot stuff.  Now realizing it was only a word processor. Take a look at this link and you wi...
By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
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On a beautiful day in April, we went on a day road trip to Grand Haven Michigan, which is about 30 miles from Grand Rapids.  Grand Haven is on Lake Michigan, it has a great beach.  If you won't take my word for it,  it was named one of the Top 5 Beaches in the United States by Good Morning America-Travel Mom and has hosted the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament throughout the summer months,  due to the quality of its sand beaches. It also has 2 lighthouses, connected by a lighted catwalk which runs along the pier to the shore.  Grand Haven is a Great Lakes port, home to a large charter fishing fleet, the US Coast Guard Lake Michigan Group, which coordinates all  Lake Michigan Coast Guard activities.  In fact, Grand Haven  is officially nicknamed, Coast Guard City USA.   Grand Haven Sta...
By David John Medendorp, CCIM, GRI, Investments, Waterfront Homes, Muskegon
(Medendorp Real Estate Group Muskegon )
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This tax credit can give you a refund in the next 60 day. If you buy a house from me today and have not owned a home in 3 years your 2008 tax return can be amended and you can get a refund in the next 60 days. Expanded Tax Break Available for 2009 First-Time Homebuyers   IR-2009-14, Feb. 25, 2009  WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service announced today that taxpayers who qualify for the first-time homebuyer credit and purchase a home this year before Dec. 1 have a special option available for claiming the tax credit either on their 2008 tax returns due April 15 or on their 2009 tax returns next year.  Qualifying taxpayers who buy a home this year before Dec. 1, 2009 can get up to $8,000, or $4,000 for married filing separately.  "For first-time homebuyers this year, this special featu...
By Mary Kent, Grand Rapids to the Lake Shore
(Five Star Real Estate )
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I find myself glancing at the cities you all are from and thinking... uhhmmm... what's your neck of the woods like? (sorry Mr. Al Roker!) So hey...I'll go first! My favorite place....drum roll.....GRAND HAVEN, MICHIGAN is a wonderfully inviting beach town known as Coast Guard City, USA. It includes a host of beautiful classic cottages up the winding hills with majestic views of Lake Michigan. My Mom tells story's about the fun she had at party's on the hill in the mid 1950's. You will find tranquil beaches, trolleys, shops, restaurants, boardwalk, boats and fun galore! So come visit and enjoy the history and sites of my Grand Haven!  
By Mary Kent, Grand Rapids to the Lake Shore
(Five Star Real Estate )
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If your like me you're wondering how to keep your school age children busy this summer! My family and I love the Grand Haven area and spend a good part of our spring and summer in our own little piece of paradise! In the upcoming months I'll be blogging about all things Grand Haven! Mary's May pick for family fun~ Visit Grand Haven State Park for the GREAT LAKES KITE FESTIVAL the weekend of May 15th-17th 2009. This is a spectacular cause to benefit the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan. This event is also sponsored by Mackinaw Kite and Toys in Grand Haven, Michigan.     Check out the SCHEDULE OF EVENTS for the Kite Festival, it's full of fun for the whole family! For walkers out there  The Children's Leukemia Foundation has a walk scheduled for May 15 that will  wind its way f...
By Tami Vroma, Realtor, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate
(West Michigan Real Estate Specialist-Five Star Real Estate)
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West Michigan has disappeared. No longer does the state look like a mitten. It is being called the Alaska syndrome. Word has it that West Michigan does still exist but it is buried under several inches feet of snow. The city's started disappearing first. It has been reported that each neighbor kept shoveling mounds of snow so high on each side of the drive that avalanches have occur ed and buried entire neighborhoods. Ok I am going to gripe. I'm unabashedly looking for pity. Most of you who know me, know that I don't complain. WELL I AM GOING TO COMPLAIN. I am sick to death of all this snow!! I get text messages sent to my phone whenever there is a weather alert. Mostly, it is for the summer because I have a nasty habit of driving into tornadoes. But I have been getting two and three we...
By Tami Vroma, Realtor, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate
(West Michigan Real Estate Specialist-Five Star Real Estate)
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  JINGLE BELL PARADE Grand Haven, MI December 6, 2008 It's time for a the parade.  Your hosts will be, well who else would it be, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus!!!!    Last week my husband and I were dropping off the kids for youth group and decided to venture to downtown Grand Haven, MI  There is something special about the stretch of Washington in that it just so charming.  We grabbed a cup of coffee at Jumpin' Java and then walked down the way a bit where we saw the festive little house designed just for Santa.  I am sure there are many kids who have sat on his lap by now!! But today is the big day!!!  The parade begins at 6:00 pm but I would try to be there a little early.  The funny thing about this parade is that we are in the middle of an incredible snow storm!!!  Can you say, "Lake Ef...
By The Dave Ruwe Homes Team, Realtors
(Re/Max Lakeshore)
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Special Offer For You! I have added a new page to my website that is just for you! This page will have a new featured special from a different area business every month. I have partnered with Victoria Nelson, your Lakeshore Insurance Specialist  to offer you this July special. Victoria  is offering two free offers. The offer is good for the balance of July and all of August. To check out the details of this offer please visit my website at www.daveruwehomes.com and click on the "Special Offer" button in the top menu bar. And don't forget to check back on a regular basis to see what new offer I have for you!
By The Dave Ruwe Homes Team, Realtors
(Re/Max Lakeshore)
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Special Offer For You! I have added a new page to my website that is just for you! This page will have a new featured special from a different area business every month.  I have partnered with Lindsey Melendez of Donaylle Nicole Hair Studio, to offer you this June special. Lindsey is offering a cut & color at a discounted rate. The offer is good for the entire month of June, on specified days. To check out the details of this offer please visit my website at www.daveruwehomes.com and click on the "Special Offer" button in the top menu bar. This offer is only offered by Lindsey and only for new customers. And don't forget to check back on a regular basis to see what new offer I have for you!
By Tami Vroma, Realtor, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate
(West Michigan Real Estate Specialist-Five Star Real Estate)
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Memorial Day my husband and I, our two teenagers, and my daughter's boyfriend went for a walk out on the Grand Haven pier.  First thing I realized immediately was that I was going to freeze as I had forgotten my coat.  As we briskly walked down the pier I noticed a new building and wondered what was up with that.  What I found out was that was no ordinary building and that my little community was going "green"! Grand Haven State Campground is leading the way to providing a more earth friendly atmosphere in West Michigan--The Other West Coast!  Today is the big ribbon cutting ceremony as they proclaim to the world how progressive they are by opening one of the first  state "green" shower and toilet facility. So what makes it "green"?  The shower and toilet facility is equipped with many ...
By Jason Dolinski, Property Management - Grand Rapids
(Green Property Management)
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Just got a call from someone looking for a nice Rental Spot. They are going to be in town for one week and we need to line up some Rentals for them. i don't have a lot of contacts in Spring Lake and Grand Haven who own Rentals, but i am willing to show them yours. They are looking to pay between 1000 and 1200 a month with a year lease. I have a couple that I am going to show them, but I would prefer to have a whole list that we can show them. So if you have anything let me know.
By The Dave Ruwe Homes Team, Realtors
(Re/Max Lakeshore)
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There is a lot of information being put out in the media about the credit crisis and the ability or inability to get a home loan. While most of the media attention tends to be negative, the reality is....it isn't as bad as they would make you believe. Please read the article below. I hope this clears up a lot of the misconceptions. Please contact me if you have any questions.     Financing Solutions with David Reed  Overcoming the misconceptions about the "credit crisis"You've watched the news and read about it in the papers. You know, the "credit crisis" and how buyers need 20 percent down in order to buy a home? And even if you found a buyer with 20 percent down, lenders aren't making loans anyway. So, why bother, right? Wrong!We're right smack in the middle of what just might be the ...
By The Dave Ruwe Homes Team, Realtors
(Re/Max Lakeshore)
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 Special Offer For You!I have added a new page to my website that is just for you! This page will have a new featured special from a different area business every month.  I have partnered with a local massage therapist to offer you a Mother's Day Special. She is offering a full one hour massage and a bouquet of flowers at a discounted rate. The offer is good for the entire month of May. To check out the details of this offer please visit my website at www.daveruwehomes.com and click on the "Special Offer" button in the top menu bar.And don't forget to check back on a regular basis to see what new offer I have for you!
By The Dave Ruwe Homes Team, Realtors
(Re/Max Lakeshore)
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My first few blogs have been related to real estate so I thought it was time to write about Grand Haven. As I write this blog I am looking outside to a sunny, albeit, windy day. We have had about 7 straight days of sunny warm weather. Unfortunately, it is going to come to a halt for a few days.How do you go from 75 / 80 degrees one day and snow flurries the next? That is what we have coming within the next couple of days. The good news is it won't last. We have turned the corner and the warm weather and sunny days are ahead of us. This is such an exciting time as the trees have buds and the flowers are blooming all around us.If you like the diversity of having four seasons, Grand Haven is the place for you. You will have the opportunity to experience beautiful vibrant colors in the fall...
By The Dave Ruwe Homes Team, Realtors
(Re/Max Lakeshore)
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What a difference a year or two makes in the world of real estate. A couple of years ago we could get a loan with lower credit scores and finance the purchase of a home at 100% of the sale price and roll our closing cost in also.The actions of two to three years ago have put us in a very tough situation now. Unfortunately people were put into loans that they shouldn't have been put in. The housing market hit a wall and prices started tumbling. Homeowners that had financed at 100% or who had pulled equity out of their house found they owed more on their home than it was worth. Those that have to sell their home find they can't afford to do so because they are upside down with what they owe compared to the value of the home.While this is a very tough position to be in, it is not hopeless....
By The Dave Ruwe Homes Team, Realtors
(Re/Max Lakeshore)
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Are You Selling Your Home?Are you currently trying to sell your home in today's market? Here are some thoughts you should consider to get top dollar and minimize time on the market.Inventory levels are very high compared to the number of buyers available. That means buyers can be more selective and expect to pay less than where you have your home priced. Pricing is key component in this market. Do not over-price your home. Setting your price too high may cause buyers to not even look at your home. If they do tour your home and your price is not competitive to the market, the will move on to the next home. Remember, they have lots of choicesThis brings us to the next important point. Your home needs to be in top showing condition. While many people think this involves remodeling the home...
By Renee Parker, Lansing Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Hubbell BriarWood)
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One of the best past times in the summer is boating on Lake Michigan. I love to walk the Grand Haven Board Walk and watch all the boats going in & out of the channel. You can boat from Spring Lake into Lake Michigan for a day of leisurely sun and swimming. From there you can go down to Holland or Saugatuck and grab a nice lunch and then catch the gorgeous sun set on your way back to your boat slip in Grand Haven. For some, their weekend cottage is actually a boat ~ whether it be a stunning yacht or that beautiful sailboat, most boaters work all week dreaming of the upcoming weekend of being on the water...sun on their back, warm breezes and mist spraying their hair ~ quenching their soul for the love of being "one" with the water.  I am most drawn to the large Clipper Sail Boats gracefu...
By Renee Parker, Lansing Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Hubbell BriarWood)
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Well, I lived through the organization of the Card Board Sled race in Grand Haven to tell about it.  My first year doing the event was quit the learning experience for me.  I never dreamed so many people would come out and join in the day's fun activities.  We had over 130 sleds register for the race (with 1-10 people per sled) plus all the friends and family to cheer everyone on!  It was a great, great day!!  Lots of snow.  Lots of sleds.  Lots of wipe outs.Thanks to WZZM13 we now have this fun video showing some of the high lights of this Winterfest event.  Click below to view.http://www.wzzm13.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=86909  

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