Opportunity Knocks!!! Build your dream home on this incredible walkout building site offering the PERFECT location. With walking/biking trails on the north end of this development with a private walking trail right to them and Townsend Park right across the street. Now you can build your dream home with award winning builder, Christin Homes LLC. This sought after location offers Rockford Schools, several acres of shared land, a large building envelope that can accommodate many of todays most popular floor plans. NOTE: natural gas is available.
Forest Hill Schools – Private Thornapple River frontage. This gorgeous Town & Country cedar home is surrounded by the natural beauty of hardwoods. Located on the open 6 mile stretch of the Thornapple River (all sports.) This home offers the best of rustic-lux. With soaring vaulted plank ceilings, stone fireplace, majestic views out every window, and quality finishes throughout – every inch breathes the essence of home. The main floor master with luxuriously appointed on-suite, the additional bedrooms, finished garage loft space, and walk-out lower level each offer custom touches combining form, function and fun. Experience the peace of this location while appreciating its close proximity to everyday amenities such as shopping, dining, entertainment, and more.
Exquisite one of a kind contemporary home on 10 acres. Featuring soaring cathedral ceilings, showcase granite faced fireplace, main floor master, main floor laundry, 6 garage stalls, theater room, hot tub, huge 48′ x 40′ pole barn with 60′ x 16′ RV stall with 14′ door. Remodeled by award winning builder Mike Schaap this home features timeless quality, all brick exterior, metal roof, and full automation (provided by local home automation experts Bekins.) The gourmet kitchen features all granite counter tops, Miele appliances, quality custom cabinets offering every built-in and storage option needed to masterfully entertain. The dedicated office space and 2 gym areas – both a TRX area and a workout room – show this house has what is needed to thrive in today’s world. The sound proofed theater room, featured in Audio Video Interiors magazine, is equipped with 1 touch fully automated movie mode, tiered seating and incredible surround sound. Roughly 1/3 of the acreage is wooded, offering a beautiful mix of hardwood and evergreen on the grounds. This home is a must see!
Perched on the highest elevation of this beautiful 33 acre parcel, this 3800+ sqft home features main floor master, soaring vaulted ceilings, 3 stall garage, and finished walkout lower level, plus separate office with 2 bedrooms 1 bath and over 1036 sqft. As you enter the property you view the modern 56 x 56 pole barn and attached 3 story historical barn, a separate office with additional garage, and continue on the private driveway deep into the acreage to the main home. With the office, heated pole barn, loads and loads of storage (over 7400+ sqft just storage,) multiple workout and flex spaces, this property and home has everything you need and want! NOTE: House has 4 bedrooms 3.5 baths, 3800 sqft, office has 2 bedrooms & 1 bath and 1036 sqft.
This Nantucket inspired cape cod residence designed by Jeff Visser, built by Andy Vandermale, and landscaped by Tom Rooks, features serene scape, timeless design, and quality craftsmanship. With the perfect combination of floor plan and location, this cul-de-sac setting includes 2 lots and offers privacy perfect for both quiet enjoyment and entertainment. From the brick patio, or one of the many decks, enjoy peaceful views of the wetlands. Tour the links for the walk through video and virtual tour to appreciate this amazing home offering main floor living, 3 stall garage, with superb layout offering plenty of room for everyone. Located in the award winning Forest Hills Eastern school district, walking distance to Grand Rapids Township Park, Forest Hills Trails and more. …walking distance to Grand Rapids Township Park, Forest Hills Trails and right around the corner from Knapp Corners for easy shopping, dining and entertainment. Only minutes from downtown with easy access to major highways.
Buyers Are Finding More Space in the Luxury Home Market
A year ago, additional space and extra amenities had a very different feel for homebuyers. Today, the health crisis has brought to light how valuable more square footage and carefully designed floorplans can be. Home offices, multi-purpose rooms, gyms, and theaters are becoming more popular, and some families are finding the space they need for these upgrades in the luxury market.
The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing (ILHM) explains:
“With quarantine concerns still top of mind for many luxury buyers, we see large, sprawling estates making their comeback.
For instance, the last six months have seen a resurgence in the buying of mega mansions and estate-size homes – specifically properties that offer space (both inside and outside), separate home offices, gyms, and private amenities such as swimming pools, yoga studios, and recreation rooms.”
This was not the case at this time last year, as the most recent Luxury Market Report from ILHM emphasizes:
“Exactly one year ago, we reported that demand for large properties, mega mansions, private estates, and luxury ranches had reduced significantly over the previous few years; especially from the younger generation of luxury property buyers.”
For today’s buyers looking for larger homes, steady increases in equity might be what makes a move possible. Leveraging home equity makes it easier to afford the down payment on a luxury home, and current low interest rates are making mortgage payments more affordable than they have been in years. The report from ILHM also notes:
“Luxury real estate prices may continue to strengthen further into the third quarter, as the affluent continue to see large investment returns from the currently strong stock market.
Coupled with the low interest rates, the policies granting (and insisting) on working from home implemented by many employers, and the concerns of the pandemic, all translate to the affluent increasingly trading in their city lifestyle for a home that has it all.”
Clearly, today’s strong gains in home equity paired with record-low interest rates make fall a great time to move up into the luxury market to meet those changing needs.
If you’re ready to gain some breathing room in a larger home, let’s connect so you have the guidance you need to find more space in the luxury home market.
Source: Michigan Real Estate Updates
Fall 2020 Real Estate Trends
Real estate continues to be called the ‘bright spot’ in the current economy, but there’s one thing that may hold the housing market back from achieving its full potential this year: the lack of homes for sale.
Buyers are actively searching for and purchasing homes, looking to capitalize on today’s historically low interest rates, but there just aren’t enough houses for sale to meet that growing need. Sam Khater, Chief Economist at Freddie Mac, explains:
“Mortgage rates have hit another record low due to a late summer slowdown in the economic recovery…These low rates have ignited robust purchase demand activity…However, heading into the fall it will be difficult to sustain the growth momentum in purchases because the lack of supply is already exhibiting a constraint on sales activity.”
According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), right now, unsold inventory sits at a 3.1-month supply at the current sales pace. To have a balanced market where there are enough homes for sale to meet buyer demand, the market needs inventory for 6 months. Today, we’re nowhere near where that number needs to be. If the trend continues, it will get even harder to find homes to purchase this fall, and that may slow down potential buyers. Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at realtor.com, notes:
“The overall lack of sustained new listings growth could put a dent in fall home sales despite high interest from home shoppers, because new listings are key to home sales.”
The realtor.com Weekly Recovery Report keeps an eye on the number of listings coming into the market (houses available for sale) and the total number of listings staying in the market compared to the previous year (See graph below):Buyers are clearly scooping up homes faster than they’re being put up for sale. The number of total listings (the orange line) continues to decline even as new listings (the blue line) are coming to the market. Why? Javier Vivas, Director of Economic Research at realtor.com, notes:
“The post-pandemic period has brought a record number of homebuyers back into the market, but it’s also failed to bring a consistent number of sellers back. Homes are selling faster, and sales are still on an upward trend, but rapidly disappearing inventory also means more home shoppers are being priced out. If we don’t see material improvement to supply in the next few weeks, we could see the number of transactions begin to dwindle again even as the lineup of buyers continues to grow.”
Does this mean it’s a good time to sell?
Yes. If you’re thinking about selling your house, this fall is a great time to make it happen. There are plenty of buyers looking for homes to purchase because they want to take advantage of low interest rates. In some price ranges, Realtors are reporting an average of 3 offers per house and an increase in bidding wars, meaning the demand is there and the opportunity to sell for the most favorable terms is in your favor as a seller.
If you’re considering selling your house, this is the perfect time to connect so we can talk about how you can benefit from the market trends.
Source: Michigan Real Estate Updates
New, new, new! Looking for a perfect home with practically all new everything? This is it! From the stamped concrete patio with koi pond/ waterfall to the large master suite, with walk-in closet, and gorgeous bathroom this home is a must see! With home office space, home gym, peaceful, ”park like” backyard, and a huge park (Pinewood Park) right around the corner- this is an excellent ”stay-cation” home! Appreciate pride of ownership, top of this line amenities in the former parade home. Schedule your time to see it today!
About the Home:
- Storage shed
- Underground sprinkling
- Poured concrete patio (colored & stamped)
- Underground gutter drainage
- Water feature – koi pond / waterfall
- Garage and front porch sealed
- Trex decking
- Freshly painted outside
- New roof April 2019
- New sump pump 6 months
- New hot water heater 1 year
- New electrical box (220 service)
- Marble countertops on all the bathroom vanities
- Master closet features installed “Closet Concepts”
- Polar Seal windows and slider
- Gas fireplace
- Luxury plank vinyl: “LifeProof” flooring on main level
- LED ceiling lighting throughout
- Kitchen under cabinet lighting
- All new appliances: microwave, dishwasher, washer, dryer, garbage disposal, beverage fridge (basement), stove (flex double oven), refrigerator (French doors with flex middle drawer + lower drawer freezer)
- New kitchen with solid surface counters
- Wet bar downstairs with solid surface counter and beverage refrigerator
- New “Stain Master” carpet upstairs and downstairs
- Crown moldings in master bedroom, dining room and den/office
- Freshly painted inside with today’s most popular colors
- Additional storage features:
- Lower level work bench area
- Attic steps (above garage) with flooring and lighting for additional storage
- Additional downstairs storage both behind main living space and under stairs
The Housing Market Is Showing a ‘V’ Type Recovery
One of the biggest surprises of 2020 is the resilience of the residential real estate market. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), is now forecasting that more homes will sell this year than last year. He’s also predicting home sales to increase by 8-12% next year. There’s strong evidence that he will be right.
ShowingTime, a leading showing software and market stat service provider for the residential real estate industry, just reported on their latest the ShowingTime Showing Index:
“Home buyer traffic jumped again in July, recording a 60.7 percent year-over-year increase in nationwide showing activity.”
That means there are 60% more buyers setting appointments to see homes than there were at this same time last year. The number of potential purchasers was also up dramatically in every region of the country:
- The Northeast was up 76.6%
- The West was up 56.7%
- The Midwest was up 52.1%
- The South was up 46.7%
The Housing Market Is Showing a ‘V’ Type Recovery
ShowingTime also indicates the real estate market has already come back from the downturn earlier this year that was caused by shelter-in-place orders. Here are the year-over-year numbers for each region on a monthly basis (See graph below):
We’re way ahead of where we were at this time last year. This data validates the thoughts of Frank Martell, President and CEO of CoreLogic, who recently noted:
“On an aggregated level, the housing economy remains rock solid despite the shock and awe of the pandemic.”
If you’re thinking about selling your house, this may be a great time to get the best price and the most favorable terms.
Source: Michigan Real Estate Updates
What’s it like to live on an island? Do thoughts of peace, tranquility, and quiet come to mind? How about distance from others and a sense of truly having your own space? When considering island living one of the most important factors to consider is the WHY – Why are you purchasing land, home or cottage on an island?
Why are you purchasing land, home or cottage on an island?
The Great Lakes that surround Michigan are home to more than 35,000 islands. Some large and some small. Larger islands like Drummond, Bois Blanc and Beaver Island offer roads and ferries. Making them convenient yet also allows for more people to easily access the space. As you consider what you are looking to enjoy about your new island sanctuary give this careful thought….Are you looking to surround yourself with people, roads, cars, etc or looking to escape those daily items.
Next consider the HOW
How will you be accessing the island?
Michigan is not Alaska – making accessing the island a lot easier than our great state friend to the north. Can you access Michigan islands by plane? In many cases a pontoon float plane – yes. However almost every Michigan island can be accessed by an easy boat ride, right from a nearby launch or marina. A key factor in what you choose for your island living would be HOW you want to access the island. Many times an easily tow-able personal craft is all that is necessary. Can you go bigger? Absolutely. Most of the islands in Michigan are positioned close to marina’s that offer on-site dry storage, and everything you need to ensure your boat is ready when you want it.
One such set of islands are the Les Cheneaux Islands. Located just east of where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet in the Straits of Mackinac are these majestic islands. A short distance off the shores of the Eastern Upper Peninsula and just minutes from the Mackinac Bridge, they are easily accessible by boat, and a few even islands offer land-bridge access. Plentiful marinas and boat launches dot the shoreline and water ways.
Could the Les Cheneaux Islands be the cure for your island lure? Knowing what options are available in the area is a great first step. Discovering what properties are for sale near where you want to be is an excellent step 1. Below is a link to a curated collection of island properties that showcases both vacant land and houses with land.
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