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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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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 ...

Behind on Mortgage Payments? Here’s What You Can Do

I’m behind on mortgage payments. What can I do? Getting behind on mortgage payments can be a slippery slope, and the longer you ignore the problem, the more dangerous it becomes. It can feel ...

Why Now is the Time to Invest in West Michigan Real Estate

If you’re looking for new opportunities to invest in real estate, West Michigan has some of the fastest-growing real estate markets in the country. Michigan is already on many investors’ radar ...

What to Know About Michigan Property Tax Foreclosure

Foreclosure is a scary word. What does it mean? What can be done to stop it? Here’s everything you need to know about Michigan Property Tax Foreclosure. What does property tax foreclosure ...

How Long Does an As-Is Home Sale Take?

If you want to sell a home quickly for whatever reason, be it divorce, death of a family member, or foreclosure, you may have heard that selling for cash, as-is is the fastest way to do that. But ...

Can I Sell A House that Needs Repairs?

It’s a tough situation: you need to sell your house, but it’s not in good shape. Maybe you haven’t been able to keep up on repairs ...

I Need to Sell My Home Fast — What Are My Options?

There are many reasons you may want to sell your house quickly. Whether you’re facing foreclosure, getting divorced, are moving ...

5 Signs You Can Trust A Cash Offer For Your Home

Selling a home for cash isn’t the traditional or typical route, so naturally, people are concerned about the risks. After all, when you do a traditional sale, you don’t have to vet the offers—the ...

Can I Sell A Home In Pre-Foreclosure?

Foreclosure is a scary word, especially if crushing mortgage payments after an accident, illness, divorce, or another tragedy have rocked you and left your finances unstable. If you’re worried ...

Buying a Remodeled Home vs. Building New

When you’re looking to move, the first question is always do you buy a home or do you build one? While there are benefits to both, you might find that buying a remodeled home rather than ...

6 Tips to Selling a Home As-Is

Are you considering selling your home as-is? Whether you need to move out quickly, don’t have the time or money to make the repairs your home needs, or are just hoping to get out of an expensive, ...

What Can I Do With Inherited Property?

If you’ve recently inherited property from a loved one, you may be wondering what to do. Whether you’ve inherited the property solely, or jointly with siblings or other family members, it can be ...

Answers to Some of the Most Common Divorce Home Ownership Questions

Divorce is difficult for anyone. No matter what your assets or whether you have children or not, there’s no easy way to finalize a divorce. For many couples, homeownership is one of the most ...

Understanding the Michigan Foreclosure Process

Every state has different home foreclosure laws. Though there are specifics to the Michigan foreclosure process, the general course is the same — if you are unable to make your mortgage or ...

What to Look for in a Cash Offer For Your Home

If you’ve decided that accepting a cash offer is the best way to sell your home, you’re likely already familiar with the benefits. ...

Benefits of Buying a Professionally Remodeled Home

Buying a home is never easy. You have to find the right location, the right size home, with a layout that makes sense for your family, and it has to be within your budget range. That’s a lot of ...

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