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3+ Acre, 3 Bedroom Home with Large Pole Barn

Price:$159,900
Property Type:Residential
Bedrooms:3.00
Bathrooms:2
Living Area SqFt:1,542
Year Built:1927
Subdivision:Saugatuck Twp

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Property Description

Wonderful 3 bedroom home on 3.0 acres with 30x50ft pole barn (1/2 insulated for large garage) and additional insulated 1 room party shed – perfect for summer! This 1540 sqft ranch features large family room with fireplace, hardwood floors, large dining area, main floor laundry, updated master suite with private bath. Outside features 3.0 wooded acres backing up to the Silver Lake watershed. Enjoy a peaceful, quiet environment while still enjoying the ease of being close to Saugatuck & Douglas for daily amenities and only minutes from the highway. Maximize your purchase power and take advantage of this great opportunity!

Property Details and Features

Appliances and Equipment
Refrigerator
Range
Oven
Basement
Basement: Yes
Bathrooms
2 bathrooms
2 full bathrooms
2 full bathrooms
Master bathroom
Bedrooms
3 bedrooms
3 bedrooms
Master bedroom
Dining Room
Dining area
Exterior Features
Vinyl
Family Room
Family room
Fireplaces
Family
1 fireplace
Garage
2
Detached
Garage: Yes
Heating
Forced Air
Natural Gas
Home Owner’s Association
Association: Grand Rapids Association of Realtors®
House
1,542 square feet
Built in 1927
Style: Ranch
1 story
1,542 square feet above grade
0 finished basement square feet
Pole Barn
Other
Michigan Basement
Kitchen
Kitchen
Listing
Listing price: 159900.00
Listing number: 13017589
Listing number: 13017589
Status: Active
Location
Street number: 6280
Street name: Old Allegan
City: Saugatuck
State: MI
Zip code: 49453
Area: Saugatuck/Douglas
County: Allegan
Directions: Blue Star Highway, E on Old Allegan Rd to home.
Subdivision: Saugatuck Twp
Paved
Lot
3 acres
Lot measurement: Acres
Lot is 130,680 square feet
Wooded
Lot dimensions: 278.42 x 456.32 x 278 x 353.03
Property
Property type: Residential
Property subtype: Single Family
Property Access
Road frontage: 0 feet
Second Bedroom
Bedroom 2
Third Bedroom
Bedroom 3
Utilities
Sewer: Septic
Water
Water: Public

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Great 5 Bedroom Home Near Grand Rapids Colleges

Price:$154,900
Property Type:Residential
Bedrooms:5.00
Bathrooms:3
Living Area SqFt:1,765
Year Built:1950
Subdivision:Grand Rapids

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Property Description

Move-in condition 5 bedroom home with 2+ baths. You will love the fresh paint, hardwood floors, 2 fireplaces, updated kitchen, wonderful floor plan, large closets, finished basement, built-in bar and more! Plus outside features great yard, large gazebo, garage, deck, and sidewalks. Enjoy being only minutes from medical mile and all the opportunities downtown provides, while being located in a quiet area with tree-lined streets, parks, and more!

Property Details and Features

Appliances and Equipment
Refrigerator
Range
Oven
Microwave
Dishwasher
Garbage Disposal
Washer
Dryer
Basement
Basement: Yes
Bathrooms
3 bathrooms
2 full bathrooms
2 full bathrooms
1 half bathroom
Master bathroom
Bedrooms
5 bedrooms
5 bedrooms
Master bedroom
Cooling
Central Air
Dining Room
Dining area
Exterior Features
Gazebo
Aluminum
Brick
Family Room
Family room
Fifth Bedroom
Bedroom 5
Fireplaces
Wood
Gas Log
Family
Living
2 fireplaces
Fourth Bedroom
Bedroom 4
Garage
1
Garage: Yes
Heating
Forced Air
Natural Gas
Home Owner’s Association
Association: Grand Rapids Association of Realtors®
House
1,765 square feet
Built in 1950
Style: Cape Cod
2 stories
1,765 square feet above grade
0 finished basement square feet
Full Basement
Kitchen
Breakfast Nook
Eating Area
Snack Bar
Kitchen
Listing
Listing price: 154900.00
Listing number: 12065163
Listing number: 12065163
Status: Active
Living Room
Living room
Location
Street number: 239
Street name: Alten
Street post direction: Northeast
Street suffix: Ave
City: Grand Rapids
State: MI
Zip code: 49503
Area: NE GrnRpd Corpt City
County: Kent
Directions: Fuller To Michigan, E To Alten, S To Home
Subdivision: Grand Rapids
Paved
Lot
Lot measurement: Acres
Lot is 0 square feet
Sidewalk
Lot dimensions: 51 x 114
Property
Property type: Residential
Property subtype: Single Family
Property Access
Road frontage: 51 feet
Second Bedroom
Bedroom 2
Third Bedroom
Bedroom 3
Utilities
Sewer: Public
Natural Gas
Water
Water: Public

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Wonderful Kentwood 2 Story, 4 Bedrooms, Fireplace &Large Backyard

JUST LISTED
2500 Mapleview Ct Southeast, Kentwood, MI
Wow! You will truly be amazed
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2 full, 1 half
Living Area Approx: 1660
List Price: $Get Current Price
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Wow! You will truly be amazed with this near 2000sqft, 4 BD 2 story. This former parade home has it all! From the raised family room ceiling with fireplace, wonderful deep backyard with landscaping and new deck, large formal living room, and formal dining room, plus a wonderfully appointed kitchen with pantry, stainless steel appliances, open dining area and more! Upstairs showcases a rare floor plan of 4 bedrooms on the same level, with 2 full baths. The master suite features its own private bath with plenty of closet space. Additionally the oversized 2 stall garage has plenty of extra storage, and the full basement offers room to expand into an additional rec room, bathroom, and more (there’s over 1000 sqft available for future rooms.) This whole home is impeccably maintained including a brand new roof from 2008! You can move right into and maximize your purchasing power. See agent for the detailed list of all the improvements!

 

Recent Short Sale Action by Freddie Mac

Recently you may have heard about Freddie Mac’s abrupt cancellations of short sales. Perhaps this might have happened to someone you know looking to purchase or sell their home and now involved in a cancellation.
To truly understand the background behind this change I invite you to read here:
http://www.mirealtors.com/content/News.htm?view=3&news_id=263&news=1%2C2

The bottom line is its imperative to have a strategy in place to avoid the triggers that may cause the short sale to be canceled. Currently Freddie Mac has made a decision that if the home has already gone through sheriff’s sale then short sales will only be considered on a case by case basis. Previously, in michigan, homeowners were continuing through short sale after the sheriffs sale. However that will no longer be the norm.
What does this mean? It means if you know of someone facing this situation its imperative they speak with a real estate professional sooner rather than later. If foreclosure proceeding are already started it might be too late, so taking taking action preferably 3-6 months prior to this will allow for the proper strategy to be put in place.

As is the case with every single real estate transaction, each case is different, so talking through specifics is key!

New Law to Assist on Principal Residence Exemption Passes the Senate

Here’s the word straight from Michigan Association of Realtors
“Principal Residence Exemption Legislation Unanimously Passes Senate

Today, the Michigan Senate voted 38-0 in support of legislation providing a fair process when it comes to their property taxes.

Senate Bill 349, sponsored by Senator Dave Hildenbrand (R-Lowell) creates two Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) filing dates; one on June 1st, and the other on November 1st. Additionally, this legislation allows bank-owned properties to retain their PRE so that buyers can qualify at the lower rate of taxation. This is particularly important since foreclosures have flooded the market in recent years.

Senate Bill 349 now heads over to the House for consideration. The MAR greatly appreciates the hard work that was put forth in crafting this legislation, and is pleased that Senators on both sides of the aisle unanimously supported its passage. The MAR will continue to keep the membership updated as this bill makes its way through the legislative process. “

Bought a home in ’08?

“I bought a home and utilized the 2008 First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit, do I need to repay this credit now that I am selling my home?”

This question is starting to come up more and more, so I wanted to share an important link to the IRS’ explanation of repayment of any tax credit.

I recommend consulting your tax professional about your specific situation, however in reading over link, you may find the answer you are looking for.

http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc611.html

Questions? Write me and we can discuss further.

Free Guide to Credit Restoration and Tips on Raising Your Credit Score

Is Your Credit Ready for Mortgage Approval? Often I find that buyers and some sellers can be caught off guard and it makes me sick to think that a little research upfront could avoid the emotional rollercoaster that sometimes ensues. My #1 suggestion for buyers and sellers is to get preapproved before you start looking (and for sellers who plan on purchasing again, get prepaproved before listing your home.) Why? Because recent studies show 79% of credit reports contain errors. Errors that can affect your ability to preapproved for the rate you deserve or may potentially place you in a position of not qualifying right away. If you’ve already found the “house of your dreams” but now cannot qualify, its a heart breaking experience that could have been prevented.

Its with this thought in mind that I am providing the following link to a FREE Do-It Yourself Credit Restoration Guide.

“I don’t need to restore my credit, its just fine!” That maybe true but this guide will show you ways that you might not have considered for raising your score or even alternative forms of credit you may not have considered.

Regardless of your position on debt, we live in a credit based world where you credit score can literally cost you or save you thousands – the choice is yours. Put the power in your hands by learning more today!

The details on the FREE Do-It Yourself Credit Restoration Guide:

Courtesy of John Rice, this is a FREE Do-It Yourself Credit Restoration Guide. This report will help you restore your credit and raise your credit scores for mortgage approval.

*Mortgage and Credit Score Requirements
*How to Raise Your Credit Score
*Common Mistakes to Avoid
*Identity Theft – How Protect Your Credit and Identity
*Recent study shows 79% of Credit Reports have errors, correct yours today.

Follow this link to help you raise your score for mortgage approval

FREE Do-It Yourself Credit Restoration Guide

New Gallup Poll – Now is the RIGHT time to BUY!

You can feel it in the local market and now Gallop has backed the “feeling” with its own study: Now is a good time to buy a home!

While the majority ofAmericais split 50/50 on whether housing prices will increase or decrease, the majority definitely agree now is the right time.  Here’s a quick chart from he recent findings:

For the full article click here: April 2011 Gallup Poll

This is further evidenced by the current trends chart that can be found on our website here.  This information points to 33.3% increase in pendings over the past 15 months.

Couple these findings with the fact that many sellers have continued to find reason to price their home extremely sharp often means:

A. The buyer is getting a tremendous value on a home compared to historical norms

B. The right home at the right price in the right condition and right location may see multiple offers (a silver lining for sellers) but still great news for buyers – the market is forcing sellers to pre-negotiate for you!

Plus the rates just recently dropped again.  Buyers if you are on the fence, now is the time to make the move.  While prices may hold steady for a while longer, its the interest rate that really effects your mortgage payment. Paying 1, 2 or even 3% more for home is quickly washed out with a 1/2% to 3/4 percent increase in a mortgage rate.