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Determining your home's value before selling

Determining your home's value before selling

Knowing the value of your home is critical before putting it up for sale.

There are several ways to determine the value of your home.  Online resources such as Trulia, Zillow, Realtor.com and Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) will provide you with an estimate of the value of your home or your local market overall.  Here are the links to these calculators:

Sun Title: Why 2014 is a great year to sell your home

Sun Title: Why 2014 is a great year to sell your home

With home prices rising more than 10 percent on average last year and inventory levels at historical lows, this is a great year to sell your home and maximize your value.  The current turnaround in housing is being attributed to a number of factors:

My Town: More houses on display during Spring Parade of Homes

My Town: More houses on display during Spring Parade of Homes

 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—From toxin-free to maintenance free, dozens of West Michigan homes will be open to the public this Memorial Day Weekend as part of the Spring Parade of Homes.

Even more houses and condominiums will be on display this year- 78 homes from West Olive to Ada.  The homes will be on display through June 7.  They range in price from $100,000 to more than $1 million. This year’s listings include homes in Ada, Alpine Township, Allendale, Alto, Belmont, Byron Center, Caledonia, Cascade, Coopersville, East Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Holland, Hudsonville, Jenison, Kentwood, Lowell, Plainfield, Rockford, Walker, West Olive and Wyoming.  For a complete list of homes, click here.

City Commission backs development expansion

City Commission backs development expansion

WALKER, Mich.—The Walker City Commission is giving a growing condominium community  its conditional approval.

Commissioners Monday night approved a resolution for Phase I-A of Cambridge Grove,  located off Richmond Street, just west of Wilson Avenue.  Developer Ken Ver Woert wants to add ten lots to the development,  extend Gordonshire Drive and improve the community infrastructure. 

The city has capped the community off at 145 condominiums.  Community Development Director Frank Wash says the city previously approved 17 condominium lots in 2006, but not all have been built on or sold.  He says Ver Woert recorded the ten lots of Phase I-A prior to getting city approval because of a state law.  According to the statute, Ver Woert must enter a new phase of development every seven years, or he loses rights to develop the land.

Free Legal Advice For Kent County Renters

Free Legal Advice For Kent County Renters

If you're renting a house or an apartment and have an issue with your landlord, what happens if you can't afford to move or hire an attorney?

While most landlords respect their tenants' privacy and maintain the homes they own, unfortunately not all do. And when there is little money to move or pay for legal advice, sometimes renters feel stuck and are unsure what to do.
 

 

Speedway goes tan

Speedway goes tan

WALKER - The renovation of the Alpine Avenue Speedway station is continuing with a new coat of tan paint covering over the old cracked and browning white.

The gas station, convenience store, and walking destination of many WZZM and other employees, closed on April 30th.  The station will be closed until May 18th.

The station is getting new floors, new gas pumps, and an updated look inside.

The building was not torn down and rebuilt, because the station actually leases the location and doesn't own it.

 

Hotel getting makeover

Hotel getting makeover

WALKER - A lot of renovation activity has been going on at the America's Best Value Inn on Three Mile Road and Alpine Ave NW.

The hotel, previously known as the Motel 6, has been going through a lot of paint and external upgrades of late.  Today, a truck from Home Depot dropped off grout, shower doors, laminate flooring, and more.

The hotel has had a notorious past, with a visitor from Indiana being murdered there last summer by another guest who had walked away from a mental facility.  The hotel has always had an air of "issues" surrounding it.

New billboards on US-131 are also advertising the hotel.