Grand Rapids Short Sales – Market Update

1 04 2010

Grand Rapids Short Sales getting some help from the Fed?

 The Obama Administration announced that they are going to be updating their housing rescue plan in an attempt to make it easier for troubled homeowners to sell their homes when they are worth less than their mortgages. Read more here. This certainly can’t hurt. The newest initiative creates a standardized process and adds incentives for so-called short sales.

Grand Rapids Short Sales make up a large part of our overall sales and there are many reasons that a home needs to be sold that way. Basically, if you have to sell your home due to some  sort of hardship but you owe more on it than it is actually worth, the only option is  to go the short sale route and your lender will have to agree to discount the loan balance on the house so that it can be sold. This is where a competent short sale negotiator is very important and is the reason we have hired a short sale negotiator specifically to work with the banks on your behalf.

The new initiative is supposed to create a standardized process and I think this is going to be a big help when working directly with the banks. We have already seen Bank of America switch to a new system called Equator. It is an electronic system and we hope this will make things a little easier. Bank of America, Countrywide and a few others were notoriously slow, mainly because of the sheer number of distressed property that they handle.

If you are in this situation, have to sell your home but are unsure of what to do next, please feel free to give me a call at 616-570-1871 and let us walk you through the process and help you get out from under. For more information on Grand Rapids short sales and the Grand Rapids market in general, visit my website at GRRealEstateInfo.com or contact me anytime. It doesn’t matter what style of home you own or what area of town. We sell real estate in Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas including short sales in Ada Twp, Cascade, East Grand Rapids and the West Michigan Lakeshore. Luxury homes have also been and we are able to negotiate on your behalf as well.





$8000 Tax Credit Extension is Approved

6 11 2009

Grand Rapids Real Estate Market Update

$8000 first Time Home Buyer Tax Credit Extension The $8000 First Time Home Buyer Tax credit was approved and is now on the President’s desk for signatures. This current extension does have a few changes, for the better in my opinion. For first timers, the $8000 tax credit is extended until April 30th, 2010. The major addition is a $6500 Tax credit for existing home owners. Effective the day of the signing, this gives current homeowners, that have owned their current home for more than 5 years, a credit and incentive to move up or sell their home.This is nice for homeowners to help with their closing costs. Income limits have also been increased to $125,000 single or $225,000 married and you can claim this credit on any home up to $800,000 in price.

Many people have used this tax credit to help with their home purchase and it has helped the market recover, so this latest extension is welcome. Here is a list of Tax Credit Highlights.

For more information about the Grand Rapids real estate market, visit my website at GRRealEstateInfo.com or contact me any time.





Grand Rapids Home Prices Up 35% Over Last year

2 11 2009

Grand Rapids real Estate Market Stats for September More great news for the Grand Rapids Real Estate market! As reported by the Grand Rapids Association of Realtors, Grand Rapids area single family home sales continue to improve and are up a whopping 39.2% over the same time period last year. The actual numbers are 1075 homes sold versus 772 in September 2008. The average sales price is also up 2% compared with the year-to-date average of $107,285. Single family year-to-date sales volume is up to 8,657 (14.1%) compared to 7587 YTD in September 2008. Inventory lever rose slightly to 8.7 months.

22% of homes sold in the Grand Rapids area remain in the $100,000 to $140,000 range with less than 50% of residential single family home sales counting as short sales and foreclosures.

The $8000 Tax Credit is one of the main reasons for the increased sale of homes  in the Grand Rapids area. The current Tax credit is set to expire on November 30th, 2009. This means that for home buyers to claim the $8000 credit, they would have to close on November 30th and no later.

Some good news to come out of DC is that there is a bill in play that will extend the First Time Home Buyer Tax credit into next year, April 30th, 2010. The $8000 credit will then reduce by $2000 each quarter until it expires at the end of 2010.

For more information on the Grand Rapids real estate market and to search for homes, visit my website at GRRealEstateInfo.com or contact me any time.





$8000 Tax Credit Extension – Grand Rapids Real Estate Market Update

31 10 2009

The Senate is working on extending the $8000 Tax Credit to April 2010. Many buyers took advantage of this credit this year and many are rushing to make it under the current November 30th deadline. This has been a very nice benefit for first time home buyers and buyers who have not owned a home in the last 3 years. Eligible homebuyers will get the full $8000 dollars if they close before April 2010. The amount of the credit will then decrease by $2000 each quarter until it expires at the end of the year (2010).

In this bill, they are also looking into increasing the income limit. We’ll just have to wait and see the final outcome, we all know how these things seem  to change very rapidly in DC. For more information or to search for homes, visit my website at GRRealEstateInfo.com or contact me anytime.





ArtPrize Top Ten

6 10 2009

The ArtPrize Top Ten Has Been Selected

Grand Rapids Real Estate

The first ever ArtPrize contest is winding down and the top ten have been selected. This competition was a phenomenal success and generated all kinds of buzz while bringing many people downtown. I brought the kids downtown Grand Rapids to see some of the art and we were genuinely amazed at the creativity and originality of the various artists. Make sure to cast your vote for your favorite piece, there are still two days left to do so. There have been an amazing 300,000+ votes cast already and the grand prize is a whopping $250,000.

ArtPrize is just one of the great things about Grand Rapids, Michigan! If you are considering a move here, visit my website at GRRealEstateInfo.com where you can search for homes and condos online, request a comprehensive relocation package or find out the value of your home. If you have any questions about the Grand Rapids housing market, feel free to contact me anytime.





Realty Executives Comes To West Michigan

30 09 2009

The Platinum Realty Group is now affiliated with Realty Executives.

Grand Rapids Real Estate

I am excited to announce that the Platnum Realty Group is now affiliated with Realty Executives. This is a great opportunity for everyone involved including our Realtors, their families, clients and business partners. The Platinum Realty Group has always been a family oriented broker that has always put customer service above all else. Affiliating with one of the fastest growing national real estate companies, with offices in 18 countries, opens up many doors and will only benefit our clients.

Realty Executives Platinum Group will now be able  to provide cutting edge marketing tools with which their agents can use to market their client’s homes. This increased national and international exposure can only help us sell these properties and open up doors to buyers relocating to the Grand Rapids area. For more information on the local Grand Rapids market or to request a Relocation Package, visit my website at GRRealEstateInfo.com or contact me any time.





430 Gladstone Ave SE – Grand Rapids Real Estate

25 09 2009

430 Gladstone Ave SE – Great New Listing in East Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Real Estate Don’t miss this lovely 2 story in East Grand Rapids schools. Gorgeous hardwood floors throughout with large bedrooms, central air and central vacuum. A spacious kitchen comes with stainless steel appliances and a built-in desk. A very large and recently repainted living room features a gas fireplace and a cute sitting area over-looking the quiet wooded street. This home would make an awesome starter or investment property. Great location close to shopping, schools and the Gaslight Village. This home is a Short Sale, which means that any offers are subject to the bank’s approval. This is a tremendous opportunity to own a nice home close to schools and Reeds Lake.

East Grand Rapids Real Estate

Purchasing a Grand Rapids short sale is just like making a regular home purchase, except you are dealing with a bank. What really is required is plenty of patience. Some banks are swamped. For example, Bank of America has over 7,000,000 cases (distressed properties) to deal with, so it can be a struggle to get these closed. If you are hoping to get a deal before the $8000 tax credit deadline of December 1st, then a short sale is not for you. If you have any questions about this home or to view more interior pictures, visit my website at GRRealEstateInfo.com or contact me anytime.

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