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Hometown Development strives to be a resource for local homeowners with real estate questions. Check back regularly for new, helpful articles explaining topics we’re asked about the most. From arranging a short sale to dealing with an inherited home, our blog has the answers you need.

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How to Sell Your West Michigan House in 5 Days

In a traditional home sale, it typically takes about two months to sell a house from listing to closing, even in today’s hot real estate market. For some homeowners, ...

5 Tips for Selling a House With Structural Problems

As a homeowner, problems like leaky pipes or cracked window frames are typically minor inconveniences. They can be resolved quickly, and your house can be back to looking ...

Hometown Development Company Welcomes Two New Team Members

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — July 21, 2022: Hometown Development Company has welcomed two new team members: Lance Poelman and Ray Brechting. Both Lance and ...

My House Needs So Much Work. What Do I Do?

We’ve heard it before, and we’re sure we’ll hear it again: “My house needs SO much work.” Homeownership comes with ...

How to Buy a House in a Competitive Market: 5 Tips

The past few years have brought record-high home prices and record-low home inventories across the country, including West Michigan towns. This has made the selling ...

Are West Michigan “Buy Homes for Cash” Companies Legitimate?

You’ve likely seen the billboards, TV commercials, and social media posts: We buy homes for cash!Sell your ...

Can You Sell a House With Water Damage?

Water damage is an unfortunate, yet common issue in many West Michigan homes. With heavy amounts of snow and rainfall each year, it’s a tough problem to avoid. It can ...

5 Legal Steps to Selling a House

Finding a buyer is only part of the process in selling your home. There are several legal considerations you must factor in to ensure the transaction goes smoothly with ...

What is Staging a Home? Can It Help My Home Sell Faster?

If you’re thinking about selling your home, staging is one aspect of the process. Learn what staging is, how to do it correctly, and how to avoid the hassle to sell your ...

5 Problems with Selling a House on the Market and How to Avoid Them

You’re ready to list your home and get it sold, so you can move onto the next phase of your life. Maybe you need to move out of state or perhaps you already live out of ...

Why Sell Your Rental Property to a Real Estate Investor

If you have a rental property you’re trying to get off your hands, you might want to consider a real estate investor. They make the ideal buyer for someone in your ...

How is a House Divided in a Divorce?

Divorce is never easy on either party. Dividing up a lifetime of belongings that you shared can be stressful and complicated. Your home is another asset that must be ...

4 Financial Steps to Take Before You Sell Your Michigan House

If you’re planning to sell your house in Michigan, you’re probably anxious to get it on the market. However, there are some important financial steps to take first to ...

How to Avoid Capital Gains on Investment Property

One of the big challenges for people who get into real estate investment is how to avoid capital gains tax. If you have to pay this tax, it can take a chunk out of your ...

Downsizing and Starting Over – How to Make It Work for You

Maybe you’re at the point in your life where you don’t want to deal with home repairs, or you just have too much house for your needs. The kids have grown up and moved ...

How Safe are Turnkey Real Estate Investments?

If you’re just starting out in investing or expanding your current portfolio, you may be considering turnkey real estate investments. Real estate in general has long been ...

How to Sell a Home Yourself

If you’re thinking of putting your home on the market, you may be considering the cost of hiring a real estate agent and decide to tackle the job yourself. You can save ...

Moving Checklist When You Need to Sell Your Home Fast

If you need to sell your home fast, it can be an overwhelming situation. You have so much to think about and very little time to get it done. It’s easy to overlook ...

Sell Your House Now vs. Wait For the Right Buyer

Your home is older and outdated or needs a lot of repairs. You want to sell, but you don’t want to do a lot of work on it. You can wait until you get the right buyer, ...

Selling a Damaged Property in Michigan

If your home has been damaged in some way, it may be harder to sell without a lot of expensive repairs. Fire damage,

How to Deal with the Stress of Selling a House

Selling a home can be one of the most stressful situations you’re ever in. You must deal with getting the house ready to sell, live your life around home tours, and wait ...

What They Don’t Tell You About Investing in Rental Property

Investing in rental property is often touted as the best way to earn a steady income. You have monthly rental payments coming in and all you do is sit back and collect ...

Selling a House with a Lien: What It Means and How You Can Sell

Selling a house with a lien isn’t easy, but it can be done. However, it can be quite complicated if you’ve never been through such a scenario before. If you’re in that ...

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 in Michigan

It’s surprising to many, but selling a Michigan house or property actually does cost some money. From Realtor fees to staging fees to paying your mortgage while waiting for closing, not to ...

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 ...
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