Kentwood, MI Real Estate News

By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Kentwood, MichiganReal Estate in KentwoodKentwood is a well-developed city in the southern part of the Grand Rapids metropolitan area in Kent County, Michigan. The city is west of Gerald R. Ford International Airport, and northeast of the Cutlerville community. The eastern side of the town, especially the areas along Highway-37 is a booming business center with many establishments. The western end, on the other hand, is mostly residential which includes the neighborhoods of Mapleview, Ridgebrook, Princeton Estates, East Kentwood, and more.Kentwood is the perfect place for young couples and families who are looking to get a starter home near the Grand Rapids metropolitan area. There are many neighborhoods in the city with beautiful suburban-style houses that are priced very well compared...
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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")
Ok, I text, but usually not driving.  Michigan passed a law against no texting and driving.  It certainly hasn't stopped some drivers.  Yesterday a car zipped by me like I was backing up.  I wasn't in the passing lane of the expressway, doing the speed limit of 70 and they surely were doing 80.  A few miles up the road they were still in the passing lane doing 60-65 holding up cars.  I went by in the normal right lane for us few that think going the speed limit is OK and my gas mileage is a bit better.  I peeked over and they were busy texting looking up to see the road at periodic intervals. Well that was yesterday.   Today we had a woman fall off a pier into Lake Michigan because she was walking and  texting!  No wonder she wasn't driving!  That is taking the saying a long walk off a ...
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By Katrina Cole, Inlanta Mortgage, Business Development Manager
(The Jonathan Arnold Team of Inlanta Mortgage)
Community Focus Bailey's Grove: Kentwood, MI Are you looking for a great community in Kentwood, Michigan? Bailey's Grove  is an outstanding housing development that includes four distinct neighborhoods of single family homes, luxury townhomes and ranch condominiums as well as  detached villa condominiums. Bailey's Grove is complete with a community center and pool, a park with gazebo, walking trails, a preserved natural area and an on-site elementary school (Endeavor Elementary). Bailey's Grove is beautifully landscaped by PROCARE winning the 2006 Award for outstanding Landscape Maintenance and received accolades from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the National Arbor Day Foundation for preservation of wetlands and wise land use planning. Bailey's Grove being locate...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
Kentwood Michigan Top Best Buy Homes July 2011 A list of the TOP Best Buy Kentwood Michigan Houses to buy, based on $80-$90/ per square foot.   Price per square foot is a great leveler, if two similar homes are listed at similar prices, their price per square foot and amenities should be similar. The price should reflect the interior finish of the  home. For example, if the home has marble tile, new windows, new mechanicals & a new kitchen, this would be more per square foot than a home that still has pre-1990’s fixtures, decor and/or is in poor or tired condition. July 2011   TOP BEST BUYS in  Kentwood Michigan Homes      Top Kentwood MI Homes to Buy $80-$90 per Square Foot:   6676 Eastern Ave        $79,900      936 Sq Ft     $85.36/SqFt 5261 Blaine Ave          $99,900     1150 Sq Ft...
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By Bonnie & Terry Westbrook, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate
(Westbrook Realty)
Kentwood Michigan Free Summer Concerts 2011 Held at the Kentwood Library Amphitheatre on Wednesday nights. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket for the lawn and enjoy the shows. The new Kentwood Library is located at 4950 Breton Road SE. Shows start at 7:30 pm. June 15 – Kentwood Senior Chorale June 29 – Senior Valentine and Steve”Doc” Yankee – Local Blues Legend August 3 – Foster and Popps – Comedic Music duo August 17 – Delilah DeWylde and The Lost Boys – Classic Country Alcohol and smoke free environment _________________________________________________________
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
Kentwood Michigan Neighborhood Real Estate Report – Crystal Springs May 2011 Quick Snapshot of Crystal Springs Real Estate Activity Jan 1 through May 24, 2011 19 Active Listings $195,000      1783 Spring Meadow Court $200,000      2051 Glenn Canyon Dr $204,900      6882 Crystal View Dr $205,000      2038 Blackmountain Dr $209,900      6881  Fairway Vista Dr $214,500      7225 Crystal Stone Dr $214,900      2088 Crystal Stone Ct $249,900      7562 Crystal View Dr $250,000      7239 Misty Morning Dr $259,900      1436 Crystalaire Court $264,900      7312 Old Lantern Dr $269,900      1449 Penncross Dr $275,000      7433 Crystal View Dr $275,000      7239 Crystal View Dr $350,000      7430 Old Lantern Dr $379,000      1414 Kings Crossing 469,900        7320 Brooklyn Ave 299,900       7387 ...
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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")
Foreclosures impact home selling prices when you have multiple foreclosure sales in your neighborhood.  It isn't a huge impact when you only have one.  In Michigan how many neighborhoods only have one home that has been a foreclosure sale?  Not that many I am affraid. I have a client that we have negotiated a short sale.  The process takes time and communication with the lender.  Not all lenders are open to the short sale process end when they tell you they are!  We have had an appraisal done to show the reality of the market not related to the mortgage owed. This data helps lenders who hire people like me to assess value.  I do "broker price opinions" (BPO) based on real information.  I am not an appraiser but appraisals are opinions by an licensed appraiser of price at a specific time...
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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 Economy across the nation and where you Live. We as real estate agents are constantly reviewing the economic conditions to help our clients buy and sell. We look at our own towns and cities and not all that much further to see the impact of the other areas. NPR has produced an interactive map that helps tell the story of Foreclosures, jobs with a broad stroke brush that lets you look at other areas and your area.  Here is the NPR interactive link: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=111494514 The "Double Whammy" is losing your job and home.  We can talk about issues but we can do very little about them.  We can advise seller to list homes as soon as they know they are not going to be able to make payments.  Every state has their own foreclosure laws and lenders from...
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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")
How many times have we seen articles written about what to do "When a Home Doesn't Sell"?  The reason homes don't sell is usually a combination of reasons.  The basic reasons are usually: Condition Location Price Advertising Market Lack of Buyer Showing Exposure Lack of Client Commitment Lack of Agent Commitment You can shuffle these reasons and add to the list if you wish.  One thing is consistent when a home doesn't sell you know a price it won't sell at.  You also can review the past marketing efforts and advertising exposure.  During the listing interview ask the right questions so you understand what failed the client.  If you are taking over the listing from another agent, knowing the reasons why the other listing agent failed can get you some real insight.  Your opportunities and...
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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")
Real Estate Tools can help you sell or not impact the selling process.  A professionally designed real estate sign can be buyer attention grabbing. Real estate signs can help create the desired reaction if your sign grabs the buyers attention.  Add a few more features to your real estate sign and get a buyer to contact you. Real Estate signs are just one tool in the selling process.  According to the National Association of Realtors the sign in your front yard can create 18% of your buyer contacts.  This is any for sale sign.  Think of the increased activity if you used a sign that created a desired response. You and/or your real estate agent has a phone number on the sign.  The example of my personal sign shows how the contact phone number is featured.  Does your sign include a locatio...
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By Katrina Cole, Inlanta Mortgage, Business Development Manager
(The Jonathan Arnold Team of Inlanta Mortgage)
JOIN US FOR OUR OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, JAN. 9, 2011 2:30-4:30PM 1234 Bentree Dr SE Kentwood, mi 49508 Gorgeous home on quiet street. Home Photo Gallery Virtual Tour Property Map Payment Info Request Showing Contact Me Zachery G. Dunson Office:616-916-8391 Mobile:616-916-8391 Price : $204,500 Bedrooms : 4 Bathrooms : 3.5 Square Foot : 1,952 Lot Size : 35,190 County : Kent Property Type : Detached Year Built : 1998 MLS Number : 10047521 click for more information and pictures Property Description This home is owned by original owners/builder. Home features a large master suite with walkin closet and large bath with his and her sinks. Main floor is set up for your large family holiday get togethers. Large living room with gas fireplace, formal dining and separate family room. Home also feature...
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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")
Living in the Forest Hills Real Estate Market has given me some advantages as a Real Estate Professional. I am able to see more homes, have listing and selling information at my fingertips, see the dynamics that impact the real estate market with-in the Kentwood, Michigan area. This data will help buyers and sellers with monthly information specific to Kentwood, Michigan  neighborhood areas with a "Free" Market Statistics Trend Analysis. These key market trend reports for sellers and buyers will help guide your real estate process. Of course you should still get the valued insight of a career real estate professional for more detailed information. The "Free" Kentwood, Michigan Real Estate Market Trends data will show you real estate activity and patterns of sales, listings and pending h...
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By Katrina Cole, Inlanta Mortgage, Business Development Manager
(The Jonathan Arnold Team of Inlanta Mortgage)
A listing from one of our favorite Realtors. 5912 Leisure South Dr. Kentwood, MI 49548 Beautiful Kentwood Condo Home Photo Gallery Virtual Tour Property Map Payment Info Request Showing Contact Me Denise Love Office:616-538-3223 Mobile:616-304-2655 Price : $49,900 Bedrooms : 2 Bathrooms : 1 Square Foot : 917 Community : Leisure South County : Kent Property Type : Condo or Townhouse click for more information and pictures Property Description very well maintained senior citizen condo w/ open floo plan, full basement; main floor laundry if needed; seller want sold Now! Equal Housing Opportunity. RW Daniels Realty : Grandville MI 49418 : 616-538-3223
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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")
Changing Real Estate is a common statement I hear.  Real Estate is changing...OK?  Tell me what hasn't changed and I will show you something extinct! The code of ethics for Realtor's was first written in 1913, or I should say adopted.  Real Estate changed for the better for everyone that joined the association.  What isn't commonly known by the public is those that are not members of the local real estate association are not able to use the title "Realtor®".  The title is significant but more of a legal issue than the real issue behind what it means to the public. Licensed Agents, meaning they have passed the minimum state requirements to practice real estate within the state they are involved in real estate.  Do not all Real Estate agents have to abide by ethical practices as outlined ...
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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")
Every community has a professional the rides the edge of ethics, rules, laws and honor. The difference with real estate is simple we have more exposure by numbers.  If you look at the number of doctors and "real malpractice" suits the number is relatively small.  When you look at teachers, police, firemen, stock brokers, banking and public officials, they all have had someone that gives them a black-eye. So why would you think real estate professionals are any different?  We have large numbers of licensees.  We have people that come from a large cross section of employment backgrounds and cultures. For the most part real estate is more transparent.  The forms, licensing, continuing education and over-site practices.  Unless the broker and agents belong to the National Association of Rea...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
  Kentwood MI  New Library Open House 8-23-2010 Kentwood Michigan is celebrating their new KDL library branch this month. Monday, August 23, 2010 from 12pm-4pm.  The new branch library building is located at 4950 Breton SE Kentwood, Michigan.   The special Open House planned will feature live music, refreshments, prizes, activities for children and more.  Katie L., Clifford, and other popular children’s characters will also be stopping by.     http://www.flickr.com/photos/pollyalida/2742791776/sizes/o/in/photostream/   Please note that regular branch hours will begin on  Tuesday, Aug. 24.   Share this post :  
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
  Kentwood Michigan Real Estate Market Report April- June 2010 Kentwood Michigan is a large suburb of Grand Rapids with a population under 50,000. It has manufacturing, shopping centers, and lots and lots of residential housing. Kentwood Public Schools are one of the largest school systems in the area with over 9000 students and 16 buildings within a 24.25 square mile area. Foreclosures and short sales are still affecting the average market price here as Grand Rapids has seen high unemployment. The homes under $150K in Kentwood are about 90% of the overall sales.  The homes over $150K are selling but at a slower rate.   In 2007, Kentwood had 434 homes sales: average sold price:$151,009 In 2008, Kentwood had 722 home sales:average sold price: $115,127 In 2009, Kentwood has had 448 home s...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
  Kentwood Michigan July 4th 2010 Celebration All Events To be held on Saturday July 3rd, 2010 Most of the events will take place at Kentwood City Hall  4900 Breton Rd, unless noted.  Join the fun in Kentwood to celebrate our Independence Day ! The theme for this year’s parade – Proud to be American! July 3rd 2010 Kentwood Events Schedule: Pancake Breakfast 7:00-9:00 AM Kentwood Activities Center 355 48th St SE   Indy 5 K Race 8:50 – 10:00 AM  Registration Form Required  Begins at Kellogswood Park   Parade  10:00 AM  – Starts at the Family Fare Parking Lot ( 52nd & Eastern) Registration Form Required   Carnival  6:00 – 10:00 pm   4900 Breton at Kentwood City Center Games, Carnival Rides, Food Vendors    Fireworks Display – 10:15 pm   Kentwood City 4th of July Information – Please check ...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
  We have listed the TOP Best Buy Kentwood Michigan Houses to buy, based on price per square foot.   Price per square foot is a great leveler.  If two similar homes are listed at similar prices, their price per square foot should be similar.   The price should reflect the interior finish of the  home.   For example, if it has crystal chandeliers, marble tile, & a new kitchen, this would be more per square foot than a home that  still has the 1970’s decor and/or is in derelict condition. The total square footage is noted here, although only the main floors are used to figure price per square foot.  Lowest prices/Sq Ft range from $33.36 to $64.97 in Kentwood  this month. May 2010  28  TOP BEST BUYS in  Kentwood MI Homes The lowest list price is $ 38,000 the highest list price is $165,000 ...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
  We have gathered a list of the TOP Kentwood Michigan Houses to buy, based on price per square foot.   Price per square foot is a great leveler.  If two similar homes are listed at similar prices, their price per square foot should be similar.  The price should reflect the interior finish of the  home.   For example, if it has crystal chandeliers, marble tile, & a new kitchen, this would be more per square foot than a home that still has the 1970’s decor and/or is in derelict condition. The total square footage is noted here, although only the main floors are used to figure price per square foot.  Lowest prices/Sq Ft range from $32.37 to $59.95 in Kentwood this month. March 2010  31 TOP BEST BUYS in  Kentwood MI Homes The lowest list price is $ 29,900 the highest list price is $139,900...
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