Kalamazoo County, MI Real Estate News

By Richard Stewart, REO Realtor-RDCpro, CDPE Free list of Foreclosures
(REO Specialists llc)
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By Richard Stewart, REO Realtor-RDCpro, CDPE Free list of Foreclosures
(REO Specialists llc)
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By Richard Stewart, REO Realtor-RDCpro, CDPE Free list of Foreclosures
(REO Specialists llc)
What every Kalamazoo Home Buyer Should know about taxation: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT PROPERTY TAXES What is taxable value? Answer: The taxable value is the value on which property taxes are calculated. It can be found on the property tax statement or by contacting the local assessor. What is a millage rate and where do I find it? Answer: The millage rate can be found on the property tax statement or by contacting the local treasurer. Millage rate is the rate at which property taxes are levied on property. A mill is 1/1000 of a dollar. Property taxes are computed by multiplying the taxable value of the property by the number of mills levied. Does college or university housing qualify for a homestead credit? Answer: No. What does "taxes levied" mean? Answer: Taxes imposed or billed. Th...
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By Richard Stewart, REO Realtor-RDCpro, CDPE Free list of Foreclosures
(REO Specialists llc)
Monday 12/7/15 at 7pm, the Kalamazoo City Commission will vote in the approval for the Allied site cleanup that they have decided on. In addition, they will approve a $250,000 "gift" to out of town developer NOMI for its cooperation on 508 North St. Further, the city will approve a "payday advance" of $3,000,000 to itself as a "TAX ANTICIPATION NOTE" to balance the 2016 budget INSTEAD of cost cutting in the City Managers office and the Community Planning departments. As a Reminder, the last commission approved hiring the Assistant City Manager at a starting salary of $110,000 per year. Then, her responsibilities were cut in half and a 2nd Assistant City manager job appeared out of nowhere, for an industry insider ALSO to be paid $110,000 per year. We have never had 2 assistant city mana...
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By Richard Stewart, REO Realtor-RDCpro, CDPE Free list of Foreclosures
(REO Specialists llc)
November 3, 2015, Kalamazoo City voters will have their first opportunity to vote for Mayor.  If you were to vote today, who would you vote for? Please participate in the straw pole at www.NextDoor.com   Remember to vote November 3, 2015
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By Richard Stewart, REO Realtor-RDCpro, CDPE Free list of Foreclosures
(REO Specialists llc)
Residents have watched each and every commission meeting in The City of Kalamazoo, Michigan in 2015. We have seen how Hopewell, David Anderson and the 50th commission have systematically ignored the citizens with contempt while boasting intentional engagement with their chosen few. We remember how angry we have been this past 2 years. We have watched as the city has taken away our rights, sold our golf course, forgiven over 1,000,000 loan to friends, mismanaged our taxable parcels to near bankruptcy, the list goes on and on. Its time for change not more of the same. Vote for Kris O. Mbah for mayor and new commissioners like Sonjalita Hulbert who will defend our rights against the predators and bad actors in local Kalamazoo government. Vote Kris Mbah for Mayor November 3, 2015   This art...
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By Richard Stewart, REO Realtor-RDCpro, CDPE Free list of Foreclosures
(REO Specialists llc)
Fellow citizens of Kalamazoo We must be proactive in our fight against a City Tax. Now is the time to reach out to candidates that will protect us from Mayor Bobby Hopewell's plan to force a City Tax on us. I urge you to reach out to the following commission candidates and ask their commitment to vote no on a city tax. We should commit ourselves to support candidates who will not vote for a city tax. These are the candidates that have not yet voiced support for Hopewell's city tax:Kris Mbah for MayorEric Cunningham Cody DeckerLeona CarterReed YoungsKevin StatenJason MilanSonjalita HulbertLets keep the opposition to the Kalamazoo City Tax as the primary issue during the campaign for Kalamazoo Commission this November.#cityofkalamazoo#bobbyhopewell#jackurban#davidanderson#
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By Richard Stewart, REO Realtor-RDCpro, CDPE Free list of Foreclosures
(REO Specialists llc)
Richard Stewart speaks at Kalamazoo City Commission meeting 4/20/15. City Commissioner unanimously approved the liquor license to be located across the street from Alano Club on S Burdick St. Commissioner Jack Urban admited he is a drinker and "not ashamed of it". Jack Urban has announced he will seek re-election in the upcoming Kalamazoo City Election. Commissioner David Anderson also works for Kalamazoo Community Health and Substance Abuse but voted for the liquor license. Anderson also will seek re-election. Bobby Hopewell, the Mayor of Kalamazoo owns Salut, a liquor store outside of the city limits. Hopewell is also seeking re-election.  I ask the citizens in the City of Kalamazoo to remember these bad actors when you Vote November 3, 2015 and say no to increasing the negative effec...
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By Richard Stewart, REO Realtor-RDCpro, CDPE Free list of Foreclosures
(REO Specialists llc)
Free list of all NON Tax sale Foreclosures, Bank Owned and HUD Homes for sale in Kalamazoo County Michigan and schedule showings at http://www.REOmamma.com or call Richard Stewart 269-345-7000 REO Specialists llc Here are the tax sale properties being auctioned off 8/19/15 registration begins at 11:30am Street Address Local Unit SEV5255 BOYLAN  KALAMAZOO COOPER TOWNSHIP 206911237 E G AVE  KALAMAZOO COOPER TOWNSHIP 177045555 ORIOLE  KALAMAZOO COOPER TOWNSHIP 518718894 N 42ND ST  AUGUSTA ROSS TOWNSHIP 53400E D AVE  RICHLAND ROSS TOWNSHIP 2600N 37TH ST ROSS TOWNSHIP 14300SOUTH 8TH STREET  KALAMAZOO OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP 23000SOUTH 11TH STREET  KALAMAZOO OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP 7500SOUTH 6TH STREET  KALAMAZOO OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP 14003107 MAPLE  KALAMAZOO KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP 5000DOUGLAS  KALAMAZOO KALAMAZOO...
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By Richard Stewart, REO Realtor-RDCpro, CDPE Free list of Foreclosures
(REO Specialists llc)
"How we walk with the broken speaks louder than how we sit with the great." This quote goes out to all those Kalamazoo City Commissioners who boast of their deeds and pat each other on the back for a job well done while our homeless population grows, our tax base further erodes and a financial crisis is looming for our city. This quote goes out to the Neighborhood Associations that serve only a select few of their residents who they "like" and ignore or worse "intimidate" those who they don't like. The discrimination by the Neighborhood Associations must stop and the Kalamazoo City Commissioners should monitor their operations. I encourage anyone who has the desire to help our city out of the mess our current commission has caused, to run for Kalamazoo City Commission. The process has b...
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By Richard Stewart, REO Realtor-RDCpro, CDPE Free list of Foreclosures
(REO Specialists llc)
Anyone who has considered running for Kalamazoo City Commission is encouraged to take this opportunity to run. Now is the time to begin the process to be a candidate for the November election. The process beings with obtaining only 75 signatures. I would be willing to help with this. We deserve better than what we have now. As an unhappy Kalamazoo Voter, I welcome you to run so we have more options than the current status quo. We desperately need diversity on the commission who will consider the needs of the entire community and not just the downtown, Winchell, Stuart and Milwood Neighborhoods. Residents within Kalamazoos Northside Neighborhood, Vine Neighborhood, Eastside Neighborhood are highly encouraged to run. These areas have no representation at the present time. We desperately n...
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By Richard Stewart, REO Realtor-RDCpro, CDPE Free list of Foreclosures
(REO Specialists llc)
 The Downtown Design Review District Expansion in Kalamazoo Michigan was overwhelmingly opposed by the residents and the existing business owners. The public was not expecting the commission to approve the gentrification of another low income neighborhood that will potentially dislocate many of the most vulnerable Kalamazoo city residents. This disturbing action, sends a wake up call to Kalamazoo city residents and reminds everyone to VOTE in November city commission election. Here are a few words that describe our plight in Kalamazoo MI regarding the DDRD/Gentrification question.It is, without doubt, possible to overlook or simply ignore those things which are not very obvious in our daily lives, it is this fact that makes many of the actions of our government possible. Actions of gove...
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By Richard Stewart, REO Realtor-RDCpro, CDPE Free list of Foreclosures
(REO Specialists llc)
Dear Kalamazoo Citizens: Informed Public awareness is essential to establishing any community standard. The current Kalamazoo City Commissioners approve new liquor licenses as if they were handing out candy to children. One proudly even boasts that he is a drinker and not ashamed of it. This helps to explain why we have seen a new liquor license pop up on nearly every block downtown over the last 10 years. I believe it is time to curb the approval process of new liquor licenses as we have a record breaking amount already operating in the city. It is unfortunate the city of Kalamazoo leaders have taken a pro alcohol position, even promoting alcohol consumption in photos. Kalamazoo City Leaders need to be mindful of the negative consequences alcohol has on its citizens. Not only is it a d...
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By Richard Stewart, REO Realtor-RDCpro, CDPE Free list of Foreclosures
(REO Specialists llc)
 On February 16, 2015, Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley released an open letter to Kalamazoo outlining policing reforms in response to the racial profiling study conducted in 2013.As a community-based anti-racist organization, Kalamazoo4Justice incorporated the long-standing concerns of Kalamazoo residents about the continuous and systemic abuse of power. The attached response was created to inform the larger community of ongoing issues within KDPS that Kalamazoo4Justice intends to address In light of recent events sparking national discourse on policing and the increased media attention on Kalamazoo’s own police force, Kalamazoo4Justice seeks to respond to Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety’s Chief Hadley’s open letter to the Kalamazoo community. Led by a comm...
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By Richard Stewart, REO Realtor-RDCpro, CDPE Free list of Foreclosures
(REO Specialists llc)
ImageineKalamazoo website missing OTHER-category response       What good is www.ImagineKalamazoo.com if your going to ask us a question and give us a list of approved choices? If this site is to be truly AUTHENTIC, it needs to always include an OTHER-option to answer all questions with a comment field to add citizens input. For example, if you ask us the top 3 things that need improved in our city, if you pick the answers we get to choose from, it is NOT authentic. I remember when the failed Mainstreet program was headed by DKI in 2002, it also used these misleading tactics by limiting the answers to questions posed to the public in order to artificially control the answers. Richard Stewart 
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By Richard Stewart, REO Realtor-RDCpro, CDPE Free list of Foreclosures
(REO Specialists llc)
The Kalamazoo City Commissioners are only paying Lipp service on the road repair issues. We currently have $425,000 readily available for local street repairs from HUD that the city is choosing to allocate to increased Code enforcement instead, which is nothing more than a tax on property owners. The disbursement of the HUD funds being granted to Kalamazoo is open to public comment only until 4/2/15. If we remain silent, the city will be keeping a total of over $800,000 of the 2.1 Million grant with absolutely no right sizing or cost reduction of its inefficient departments. Code enforcement has 19 full time staff that could be cut in half to reduce costs. The community planning department is a huge pit the city continues to throw money into in order to perpetuate the financial crisis. ...
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