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5 Tips for Selling a House During Divorce

Dealing with a divorce can be a challenging situation. When you’re trying to sell your Michigan house in a divorce, the problems can increase. Here are five tips to help ...

Can You Sell a House With Mold?

Yes, it is possible to sell a house with mold, but you must disclose the problem to potential buyers before selling. Let’s break down what a mold problem means for you and your home, and how you ...

4 Things to Know about Investing in a Real Estate Company

Investing in a real estate company can be an excellent way to expand and diversify your portfolio, draw in steady profits, and experiment with long and short term investments — all 

Understanding the Costs of Selling a House

It’s surprising to many, but selling a home actually does cost some money. From Realtor fees to staging fees to paying your mortgage while the home closes, not to mention any closing or repair ...

How to Manage a Rental Property Long-Distance

Managing a rental property is a lot of work. As one of the most active types of investments, owning and maintaining your own income property involves a variety of tasks, including landscaping and ...

Can You Sell a House with Property Taxes Owed?

Yes, but the process is more complicated than a traditional sale, and requires that you as the seller address the delinquent taxes before the sale can close — either by paying off the owed taxes ...

7 Key Benefits of Downsizing

If you’re considering trading in your large home for a smaller one, there are many advantages to living a cozier life. Let’s take a look at several benefits of downsizing you may not have thought ...

How Does a Second Mortgage Work?

Second mortgages are a type of lien used on a property that is already attributed to a loan. They can be beneficial tools for some homeowners and a huge risk for others. If you’re considering a ...

How to Sell Rental Property With or Without Tenants

If you have a rental property to get off your hands, it can be complicated to sell quickly. The sale process can seem even more complex if you still have tenants occupying some or all of the ...

How to Sell a House by Owner: A Step-by-Step Guide

Selling a house by owner is a very attractive option for many homeowners. Some of the benefits include the flexibility to sell on your own terms and timeline, the ability to fix what you want — ...

How Do I Stop a Property Tax Foreclosure?

Property tax foreclosure is a complicated situation to be in. Once the foreclosure process has begun, it can seem like there’s no way to get ahead of it. Fortunately, you can stop property tax ...

10 Things to Know About Moving to Grand Rapids, MI.

If you’re moving to Grand Rapids, MI you may be new to West Michigan or the state, and not know what makes this place so special. Here are 10 things you should know when you’re moving to Grand ...

How to Handle Selling A House and Buying In Another State

If you’re relocating to a different state, whether for work, family, or just a new start, you probably want to sell your home for at least two reasons: To cover the costs of ...

5 Ways to Invest in Real Estate without Buying Property

Investing in real estate is a great way to diversify your portfolio and expand your income sources. However, not everyone is interested in buying and flipping houses to rent out, or maintaining ...

Selling the Family Home: How to Let Go of Your Family Home

The house where we grew up is important in our formative years and is the backdrop of many of our youthful memories. However, there comes a time when we have to say goodbye and part ways with ...

Can I Sell My House If I Have a Mortgage?

When you sell a house with a mortgage, the buyer’s funds should cover the rest of your loan, with a bit left over in profit for you. But, if your asking price is lower than what’s left on your ...

5 of the Best Grand Rapids Neighborhoods for Families

As one of the fastest-growing regions of Michigan, the Greater Grand Rapids area has become a popular spot for young people and families. This area offers the opportunity to raise children in a ...

Selling a House Long Distance? 5 Key Things to Know

Whether you’ve just relocated for a new job, inherited a house in another town, or have found yourself needing to get rid of a house you’ve moved away from, you may need to sell a house long ...

What Not to Fix When Selling A House

Selling a home can feel like a huge task, and the process of getting there can be complicated, time-consuming, and pricey. Before listing your home on the real estate market, you may have a ...

I’m Stuck with a House I Can’t Sell. What to Do?

If the housing market isn’t working in your favor, you might find yourself sitting on a home with a for-sale sign in the front yard you can’t move. If you’re stuck with a house you can’t sell, ...

5 Tips to Selling Your Home Without a Realtor

If you don’t want to go through the process of working with a real estate agent, you can try selling your home without a realtor. The advantages of this option are that you won’t need to pay a ...

Benefits of Selling a House for Cash

Selling a house for cash has many advantages over the traditional process of listing your home for sale on the real estate market. The simple cash sale is faster, easier, and more valuable to ...

5 Reasons to Invest in Real Estate Remodels

Real estate investing can provide a lucrative and steady income over time. Investing in remodeled homes is a unique sector of the real estate market, which has distinct advantages. Let’s take a ...

What to Know About Buying in West Michigan’s Competitive Housing Market

If you’re buying in a competitive market, you’re familiar with the experience of seeing a sign or listing go up on an available home, and almost as quickly, the house is already pending or sold. ...

My Home Has a Cracked Foundation. Can I Still Sell It?

If your home has a cracked foundation or needs other major repairs, it can be difficult to attract a buyer willing to take on extensive home repair projects. However, it is still possible to sell ...

Selling to a Home Investor? Here’s What to Look For

If you are considering selling to a home investor, you need an investor you trust who will not only live up to their word when it’s time to buy your home, but will also give you peace of mind ...

What is a Short Sale, and How Long Does it Take?

If you’re struggling to keep up with mortgage payments and are looking for a way out of debt, or you need to move out of your mortgaged home for a job or change in status, a short sale could be a ...

What to Expect When Selling Your Home As-Is

If you’re considering selling your home, you may be looking for an option that will complete a sale quickly and efficiently, with minimal stress or manual labor. With an as-is sale, you can ...

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