6 Signs It’s Time to Upgrade from Your Starter Home

Let’s face it, most people move into the starter home they can afford, not necessarily the one they most want or the one that fits their needs perfectly. And even if they achieve the latter, what fits when you’re in your 20s rarely still satisfies when you’re in your 30s or 40s. Here are some […]

Should You Purchase a Foreclosed Property?

There is no lack of cliché’s, pithy sayings, or wise words—for the optimist and pessimist—to guide would-be home buyers, but when it comes to foreclosures, this is probably the aptest: “Opportunity does not waste time with those who are unprepared.” As with all major decisions, buying a foreclosure can be a great option provided you’ve […]

How to Evaluate Checking Account Fees

Are you thinking about opening a new checking account or switching your bank? If so, you probably know that not all checking accounts are created equal. Whether you’ve had your account for years or you’re in the market for a new one, perhaps the most critical consideration when surveying checking accounts is their fee structure. […]

7 Great Neighborhoods for Young Families in Grand Rapids

What makes a great neighborhood? Is it the location, schools, restaurants, or entertainment? Or is finding the right neighborhood about setting down roots in an area that you can see yourself in for the long-term? No matter what your definition of a great neighborhood is, getting some help narrowing down prospects before your home search […]

10 Tips for Improving Your Finances in 2018

If you have been thinking about buying a home, one of the first things you need to prepare for is the down payment. While you’ll pay off your home over the course of your mortgage, a down payment will require you to put down a significant amount of money to secure this financing. Conventional loan […]

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