Student Loans and Homeownership: Can You Qualify for a Mortgage?

Many dream of buying a home, but student loan debt can add a layer of uncertainty. Do you have to wait until you’ve paid off those loans before you can buy your first home? Or is it possible you could still qualify for a home loan even with that debt? This blog post dives into…

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Moving Made Easy: How a REALTOR® Can Help You Win

    Buying or selling a home is a major life decision. Just like any significant change, seeking guidance from experienced professionals is crucial. Moving is no different. Partnering with a real estate agent provides valuable insights to ensure a confident and informed decision.   As Freddie Mac explains:       The Power of…

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Exploring Land Contracts in Michigan: Pros and Cons You Should Know

Buying or selling property in Michigan through a land contract can offer an alternative route to traditional real estate transactions. However, it’s crucial to understand both the advantages and potential drawbacks associated with this arrangement before entering into such agreements.   Pros of Land Contracts in Michigan 1. Accessibility for Buyers Flexible Financing: Land contracts…

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From Renting to Owning: 6 Steps to Prepare for Homeownership

Picture this: a young couple, all set to sign a new lease, only to learn they have to move out. Panic sets in, as they realize they’d never considered owning a home. Yikes! But don’t lose hope, reader, for if you’re dreaming of owning a home, here are some steps to help you prepare for…

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Buying Land and Building Your Home: All You Need To Know

Michigan is one of the last great frontiers. There is a lot of valuable and affordable land. For many, it would be amazing to buy land and build a home on it, but it can also seem like a daunting task and with good reason. It is a lot simpler to purchase a home that…

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Fall West Michigan Real Estate Market Update

It’s that time again in West Michigan—colorful leaves, pumpkins, and apple cider—and time to get out the jackets. Like the weather, the West Michigan real estate market has cooled down just a touch.   According to Forbes, “Most experts do not expect a housing market crash in 2023 since many homeowners have built up significant…

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The Who, What, Why of Real Estate Comparables

Most of us have heard the term real estate “comps” (comparables), but many people aren’t really sure exactly what they are, why they are necessary, nor what the criteria are for determining them. Yet, they are an important tool for getting your home priced and sold, not to mention, they are important for buying your…

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Moving is Stressful – Minimize it by Planning Your Move Step-by-Step

Seriously thinking about selling your home or have you already? Then, that dreaded task of moving is in your near future. For most, that is an anxiety-causing endeavor. But don’t worry or stress, by following these steps, you can break down an overwhelming task into bite-sized manageable pieces thereby lowering your overall stress.    …

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7 Tricks For Getting A Better Interest Rate

Need to buy a home? Loathe the current interest rates? With interest rates over 7% who can blame you? Fortunately, there are some tricks you can use to get your interest rate down. Check today’s mortgage rates >>   1. Agents matter Find an experienced agent who has weathered the roller coaster of rising and…

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The 411 on Downsizing

Have you been considering downsizing?  Maybe you are worn out and ready to retire… maybe you are tired of the upkeep of a large home… or maybe, you just want to put money in the bank for that lake home you have been dreaming about…   Or perhaps, you have been… …noticing a huge spike…

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