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If you have been considering moving into a condominium, this could

be the home you have been looking for.  It has lots of pluses and is

located near Knapp’s Corners shopping and entertainment complex.

 

Take a video tour with us of this well maintained home. It has 3

bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, cathedral ceiling and skylights in the

Great Room, and a covered deck to enjoy those summer sunsets.

 

Grand Rapids condo for sale

 

Listed at $ 155,900   Call 616-292-7263 for a private showing.

 

Bird's Eye View of 2035 Tall Meadow St NE
Bird’s Eye View of 2035 Tall Meadow St NE

 

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We believe: Grand Rapids is a Great Place to Live!

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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.

Kentwood MI City Hall


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 $68.15 in Kentwood this month.

February  2010  31 TOP BEST BUYS in  Kentwood MI Homes

The lowest list price is $ 29,900

the highest list price is $194,900

 

Top Kentwood MI Homes to Buy by Price per Square Foot:

7213 Regal Ave          $29,900    750 Sq Ft      $39.87/SqFt

126 58th St SE          $29,900     772 Sq Ft      $38.73/SqFt

337 60th St  SE         $48,600     1457 Sq Ft    $33.36/SqFt

453 Pine Place St     $49,900     1248 Sq Ft    $39.98/SqFt

3394 32nd St SE        $54,900     1696 Sq Ft    $32.37/SqFt

 

4525 Grantwood      $57,900     1470 Sq Ft    $60.31/SqFt

36  58th St SE         $59,900      1540 Sq Ft    $57.60/SqFt

303 60th St SE        $59,900       1520 Sq FT   $39.41/SqFt

5444 Eastern Ave   $59,900       976 Sq Ft     $61.37/SqFt

315 60th St SE        $60,000      864 Sq Ft      $69.44/SqFt

 

155 Wavell St SE       $70,000     1350 Sq Ft    $51.85/SqFt

2097 60th St SE         $70,000    1300 Sq Ft    $53.85/SqFt

245 58th St               $79,900     1200 Sq Ft     $66.58/SqFt

4528 Grantwood      $80,000      1650 Sq Ft    $64.00/SqFt

74 Jonquil St SW      $82,900     1280 Sq Ft    $64.77/SqFt

 

4651 Brooklyn Ave    $99,900    1800 Sq Ft   $67.73/SqFt

3075 Paris Park Dr     $103,900   1711 Sq Ft   $60.72/SqFt

876 Bellewood Dr      $109,900   2282 Sq Ft  $48.16/SqFt

4072 Brookmeadow   $112,900   1978 Sq Ft  $57.08/SqFt

1570 Marwood Dr      $114,900   1686 Sq Ft  $68.15/SqFt

 

4361 Plymouth Ave   $119,900   2800 Sq Ft   $66.98/SqFt

1449 48th St SE         $119,900   2260 Sq Ft   $67.40/SqFt

2528 Mapleview Ct    $119,900   1992 Sq Ft   $60.19/SqFt

1456 54th St SE        $122,000   2125 Sq Ft   $57.41/SqFt

3615 Kalamazoo Ave  $124,900  2725 Sq Ft  $45.83/SqFt

 

5848 Valley Lane Dr   $129,900  2046 Sq Ft  $63.49/SqFt

1820 Pembroke St     $137,900  2224 Sq Ft   $62.01/SqFt

1889 60th St SE         $139,900   2436 Sq Ft   $57.43/SqFt

1260 44th St SE         $140,000   2877 Sq Ft   $65.91/SqFt

1160 Edsel St SE       $179,900   3128 Sq Ft    $62.51/SqFt

3350 SandyHook Ct   $194,900   2969 Sq Ft   $65.64/SqFt

 

Kentwood &  Wyoming have been hit hard by unemployment, auto-

motive plant shutdowns and loss of population. Short Sales are

extremely difficult for most home buyers to consider as a purchase.

Please keep in mind the time alone [3-9 months] of negotiating with

the banks makes it almost impossible for some buyers to consider.

 

Please note that this list can change daily as some homes

sell, prices are adjusted and other homes come on the market.

Check back often or just subscribe to our blog to get

up-to-date local real estate information that you want to know.

 

More Kentwood Michigan Real Estate Articles

*Some of these homes may be bank owned foreclosures and

not habitable as is or available for a mortgage in present condition.*

If you would like to view a Kentwood Top Best Buys Home,

please call 1-888-240-1968 ext 0 or email us at:

terry@terrywestbrook.com

All information is subject to verification & no liability for

omission or error is assumed.

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We believe: Grand Rapids is a Great Place to Live!

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This tastefully decorated home is Open from 12 to 2 pm at:

3592 Meadow Grove Bailey’s Grove in Kentwood.

family room 3592 meadow grove kentwood mi

This home has 6 bedrooms, 4 baths, a great open floor plan and finished

lower level.  The home sits on a wooded lot that borders on a nature

area in Bailey’s  Grove.    A finished lower level with game room, craft

room, bedroom with daylight windows and a full bath.

kitchen 3592 Meadow grove kentwood mi

A lovely gourmet kitchen with working island, large pantry, and all appliances

included. A main floor utility room and flex room with bath.        Video Link

Listed at $ 264,900

Come and see this home this Sunday, Feb 28th.  We will be waiting for you.

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The authors of the this blog write about Grand Rapids Real Estate, the Greater Grand Rapids MI area, and what it is like to live in West Michigan. Grand Rapids Michigan is a vibrant, growing metropolitan area with a diverse business community, great medical research & services, numerous universities, plus lively arts and entertainment of all kinds.

We believe: Grand Rapids is a Great Place to Live!

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This  luxurious home on Watermark Golf Course is Open this Sunday,

February 28th from 3 to 5 pm.

1698 Watermark Dr SE in Cascade Township, Grand Rapids Michigan

great room 1698 watermark dr gr mi 49546

This photo shows the Great Room with fireplace, views of the golf course,

and access to the kitchen and eating area.  This home has 5 bedrooms

and 4 baths, a finished lower level with Game Room, Kitchen, Billiard

Room, Theatre Room, and Home Office.

game room 1698 watermark dr gr mi 49546

Situated on the 6th tee at prestigious Watermark Golf Course, you can

literally walk out your back door and start playing golf. Or just watch

your friends from the deck as they tee off

6th tee watermark country club grand rapids mi 49546

Listed at $ 680,000              Video Link

Come out and see us Sunday – We will be waiting for you!

The following was a post we did in February of 2009. Not much

has changed in 1 year.   We are expecting the government to start incentives

to banks and second mortgage lenders to encourage the short sale process

instead of  waiting for foreclosure.

Benefits:

  1. House usually sells for a higher price
  2. Credit of the seller is not affected for as long
  3. Neighborhood is not affected as adversely

The term Short Sale has nothing to do with the time it takes to close

this type of transaction.  It refers to the money the bank or mortgage holder

will receive from the sale of the property.  The closing will be “short” of the

funds that the seller owes on the mortgage. In other words, they are upside

down: they owe more than the home is currently worth.

upside down house

Since we don’t live in a past world where the home “was” worth more or

a future world where it “may” be worth more,  this is the sad financial

situation many reluctant  home sellers find themselves in today, selling at

a loss. It doesn’t make for happy campers.

The Short Sale scenario usually doesn’t have anything to do with

greed or mismanaging money.  Many of the cases we see are typical families

that bought a home, fixed it up a little, and then got a job transfer, had a job

loss, a divorce, a family death or illness occurred which drastically changed

their financial situation.

not happy

What the falling prices on homes does is trap the homeowner.

He can’t sell it for what he paid for it—— he has to take a loss, go bankrupt,

or lose his credit rating.   How many people have equity in their home, or

savings, or a 401K they can borrow from to pay their losses?  We see that

occasionally, but it is not the rule.

The banks and mortgage companies are in a difficult situation.

They are going to take a loss, no matter what happens. The object is to stall,

wait, and negotiate until they get the best outcome they can for their company’s

bottom line.  Okay, companies stay in business by minimizing losses.

But, and this is a big but, stalling, and prolonging these transactions

until the potential buyers walk away is hurting everyone.  Delaying a month,

two months, three months on answering a decent real estate offer hurts the

bank, the seller, the buyer, and the real estate agent.  This kind of time lag is

typical of short sales.  I have heard getting these transactions to close as

compared to  ” trying to land a 747 on a blade of grass. ”

Real Estate agents don’t like to get involved in these transactions

because they are prolonged, messy, tons of paperwork, many, many frustrating

phone calls, and at the end of the transaction, the bank or mortgage company

will typically “short” the commission the agent has worked for. This is another

sticky wicket because the contract is with the seller, not the mortgage lender.

So, this has to be negotiated again, if you are fortunate.  If not, you take what

they will give you.

Short Sales are becoming a much more common transaction as

banks are deluged with foreclosures and calls from homeowners requesting

help.  The recent * Recovery Act may be a relief valve, allowing some people

to reduce their mortgage, save their credit and their home. The first week of

March the US government will tell us what the parameters of their plan are

going to be.

*We have seen little effect from the Recovery Act yet.

Make sure your agent has the experience and knowledge to get you

through the minefield of short sale negotiation, if you are buying

or selling.

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The authors of the this blog write about Grand Rapids Real Estate, the Greater Grand Rapids MI area, and what it is like to live in West Michigan. Grand Rapids Michigan is a vibrant, growing metropolitan area with a diverse business community, great medical research & services, numerous universities, plus lively arts and entertainment of all kinds.

We believe: Grand Rapids is a Great Place to Live!

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We have a feeder for the birds. We enjoy watching them up close.

We have several other neighbors who like our feeder, too.  They

are always looking for a free lunch, free breakfast, free snack.

It becomes a part time job to keep them away from the black

gold known as sunflower seeds.

 

Usually if startled, they will fly into the air and land with a thud! 

It is about 14 feet to the ground.

We show “The Moocher” in the act……

The moocher

This fellow is a regular – not glad to see us!

Having breakfast

But I can have a few more seeds before you get serious.

Not afraid

Mug Shot # 147

The following shots were done with the burst setting on our camera.

hang ten

Hang time.

scrambling 2

 

scrambling

scrambling 3

the leap

safe

Short rest period until the next run.

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We have gathered a list of the Top Best Forest Hills Houses

(Ada-Cascade) to buy, based on price per square foot.

Please note: This list can change daily as some homes sell,

prices are adjusted and other homes come on the market.

The homes listed below are probably dated and would need

updating with new carpeting, paint, and kitchen – bath redos

at a minimum to bring them to current market standards.

They might need major repair work done, such as new roofs,

new plumbing, electrical & other major mechanicals.

Check back often or just subscribe to our blog to get

up-to-date local real estate information that you want to know.

The total square footage is noted here, although only the

main floors are used to figure price per square foot, not the

basement, even if finished.

meadowbrook elementary school forest hills mi

The list of Top Best Buy Homes for  February 2010 is 22 properties.

The lowest price/Sq Ft for homes range from $36.82 to $79.07 in

Forest Hills.

Lowest list price is $54,900

Highest list price is $273,000

 February 2010 homes in Forest Hills School District:

This list could include properties in Ada Township, Cascade

Township, Grand Rapids Township, Lowell Township, and the

city of Kentwood.

WARNING: Some of these homes may be bank owned foreclosures, short

sales and not habitable as is or available for a mortgage in present condition.

The Top Forest Hills Homes to Buy by Price per Square Foot:

2650 Knightsbridge Rd   $ 54,900       845 Sq Ft     $64.97/SqFt

2657 Chatham Woods    $ 63,900       1056 Sq Ft    $78.12/SqFt

2695 Chatham Woods    $ 64,500        820 Sq Ft    $78.66/SqFt

6217 Acropolis Dr          $74.900      1316/SqFt     $67.11/SqFt

6381 Wainscot Dr SE     $75,000      1116 Sq Ft     $67.20/SqFt

 

2997 Chapshire Dr          $79,900      1116 Sq Ft     $71.59/SqFt

3181 Charlevoix Dr         $80,000     1083 Sq Ft     $73.87/SqFt

5505 Whitneyville SE     $83,900     1536 Sq Ft     $54.62/SqFt

6351 Wainscot Dr SE     $84,900      1116 SqFt      $76.08 /SqFt

2201 Shady Dr NE          $90,000     2444 Sq Ft     $36.82/SqFt

 

3914 Cascade Rd SE     $94,900     1240 Sq Ft    $76.53/SqFt

2049 Rowland Ave       $ 99,900    1280 Sq Ft    $78.05/SqFt

1791 Grand Ct NE       $118,900     1600 Sq Ft   $74.31/SqFt

1787 Park Trail NE      $119,900     1600 Sq Ft   $74.94/SqFt

1773 Park Trail NE      $121,900     1600 Sq Ft   $76.19/SqFt

 

2328 Dean Lake Ave  $129,900    2757 Sq Ft    $47.12/SqFt

2309 3 Mile Rd           $149,900    3340 Sq Ft    $70.54/SqFt

7485 Candlewood Dr  $172,900    2933 Sq Ft   $58.95/SqFt

4662 E Forest Dr        $174,900   3212 Sq Ft   $79.07/SqFt

205 Shore Haven Dr   $209,900   2672 SqFt    $78.56/Sq Ft

 

5739 E Fulton St        $254,900   4557 Sq Ft   $71.16/SqFt

8801 Fulton St E        $273,000   4132 Sq Ft   $66.07/SqFt

 

More Forest Hills Michigan Real Estate Articles 2009

 

If you would like to see a particular Top Best Buys Forest Hills

Home, please contact us at 1-888-240-1968 ext 0 or email us at:

terry@terrywestbrook.com

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We believe: Grand Rapids is a Great Place to Live!

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We have gathered a list of the top East Grand Rapids 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.  It 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.

Please note that this list can change daily as some homes sell, prices are

adjusted and other homes come on the market.

Gaslight Village Sign East GR MI

The total square footage is noted here, although only the main floors

are used to figure price per square foot.

February 2010 – 25 TOP BEST BUY East Grand Rapids Homes

Lowest price/Sq Ft range from $75.29 to $116.65

Highest List Price -  $ 349,700

Lowest List Price -  $ 79,900

The Top East GR Homes to Buy by Price per Square Foot:

729 Gladstone Dr SE   $  79,900      800 Sq Ft   $99.88/SqFt

1148 Lakeside Dr SE    $ 89,900      900 Sq Ft   $99.89/SqFt

2361 Burchard St        $125,900    1455 Sq Ft   $109.00/SqFt

2360 Lake Dr SE         $137,000     1582 Sq Ft   $86.60/SqFt

612 Gladstone Dr SE   $139,900     1268 Sq Ft  $110.33/SqFt

 

159 El Centro Blvd      $149,900    1848 Sq Ft   $81.11/SqFt

1530 Groton Rd         $149,900    1694 Sq Ft    $97.34/SqFt

2714 Cascade Rd SE   $149,900    1900 SqFt     $115.31/SqFt

2665 Richards Dr SE   $149,900    1573 SqFt     $116.65/SqFt

1647 Franklin St          $149,900    1392 Sq Ft   $107.69/SqFt

 

2115 Tenway Dr SE      $154,900    1395 Sq Ft   $111.04/SqFt

847 Orchard Ave        $159,900    1350 Sq Ft   $118.44/SqFt

252 Hodenpyl Rd       $159.900    1489 Sq Ft    $107.39/SqFt

1433 Edgewood Ave  $165,900   1738 Sq Ft    $94.94/SqFt

2752 Robinson Rd      $169,900   1532 Sq Ft    $110.90/SqFt

 

2530 Cascade Rd SE   $179,900    2200 SqFt    $111.88/SqFt

2937 Lake Dr              $179,900   1602 Sq Ft    $112.30/SqFt

1707 Hall St SE           $189,900   2229 Sq Ft    $108.33/SqFt

2840 Cascade Rd        $199,000     2272 Sq Ft   $111.55/SqFt

2150 Anderson Dr      $209,000    3322 Sq Ft   $75.29/SqFt

 

 

1401 Pinecrest Ave   $220,000    2350 Sq Ft   $103.97/SqFt

330 Fulton St E         $263,000    3460 Sq Ft   $106.05/SqFt

1245 Woodshire Ave $269,500    2248 Sq Ft   $119.88/SqFt

1418 Woodcliff Dr     $339,500   3114 Sq Ft   $109.02/SqFt

 

1401 Breton Rd         $349,700     3873 Sq Ft   $102.85/SqFt

 

East Grand Rapids homes are selling.  If you have been waiting for the

right time to buy, don’t wait much longer.  We are seeing definite signs

of competition for homes in some areas, like East Grand Rapids and

Forest Hills. Homes in good condition and priced appropriately are

selling quickly.

*Some of these homes may be bank owned foreclosures and not habitable

as is or available for a mortgage in present condition.*

East GR  Real Estate Market Blogs

If you would like to view an East Grand Rapids Best Buy Home,

please contact us @1-888-240-1968 x 0 or email us :

terry@terrywestbrook.com

 

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We believe: Grand Rapids is a Great Place to Live!

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The Ottawa Hills neighborhood in Grand Rapids has had major construction

going on all winter.  The new Christian Elementary School is going up

on the old Ottawa Hills High School campus.  You can read about the

beginning  phases on an earlier blog. This campus will serve a large area

and is eagerly anticipated.  It is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2010.

We took a few new photos so you can see how it is shaping up.

new christian school grand rapids mi

We could hear the air hammers working away inside.

new school construction in ottawa hills gr mi

Lots of machinery and building equipment in evidence.

new school

The former playground was kept intact and their is plenty of open space.

school const lot

The view from the northwest corner of the lot, near Alexander Dr. SE.

This new facility will be located at: 1501 Fisk St SE

Old Ottawa/Iroquois Middle School
Old Ottawa/Iroquois Middle School
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We believe: Grand Rapids is a Great Place to Live!

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This unique A Frame home on the northwest side of Grand Rapids has an open floor plan, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths in 1923 finished square feet.

 

Front elevation(1)
The main floor has an open cathedral ceiling in the Great Room which is open to the kitchen and upper loft. Large windows let in lots of natural light and a brick wood burning fireplace adds lots of architectural appeal.

 

Fireplace loft(1)

 

Great Room
A large master suite with private bath upstairs just off a loft that

overlooks  the living area below.

Two bedrooms and full bath on the main floor. A  family room with

fireplace  on the walk out lower level that has sliding glass door to the

front of the home.

Family room(1)

An attached 2 car garage and a large utility laundry room are also on this

level.  A wrap around deck offers plenty of room for outdoor living and

entertaining in the warmer months.

Close to public and parochial elementary schools on the NW side,

John Ball Park & Zoo, Millenium Park, 3 golf courses, and downtown

Grand Rapids.

Oakleigh School GR MI   West Side Christian school GR MI

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