5 Reasons a Home Inspection is Essential

Let’s play a game. Would you rather… Swan dive into a giant pool of expired yogurt? or Buy a house without having a home inspection first? Okay, sure. That one’s a softball. So how about this: Would you rather spend or save a couple hundred bucks when buying a house? How about 300? 400? Plus, cut a week or […]

10 Things to Love About Grand Rapids

Typically, when you’re reading an article like, “10 Things to Love About Grand Rapids” you can count on seeing the same sort of items over and over again: culture, entertainment, food, and outdoor activities. Sure, these are useful, but it’s pretty commonly-known stuff. After all, any suburb with more than two Applebees has museums, theaters, […]

Competing Against an All-Cash Buyer? Here’s What You Need to Know

In a real estate market where “cash is king” and “money talks”, how do you compete as a first-time homebuyer when all you’ve got is a good job and a 700+ credit score? Well, as it happens, even though all-cash offers make it tougher to compete, they don’t make it impossible. Here are seven tips […]

What You Need to Know About Buying a Tenant-Occupied Property

If a property you’re considering purchasing—whether as a primary residence or as an investment vehicle—currently has tenants, there are a few things you should consider before shopping for home mortgages. Tenants Have Rights First and foremost, the existing lease remains in effect. Leases are “attached” to the house, not the owner. Which means you can’t […]

Five Tips for Building an Emergency Fund

Like getting enough sleep or changing your oil, having an emergency fund is one of those things that—sooner or later—we’re all glad we took the time to get done. Except too many of us don’t. The 2015 Federal Reserve Report on Economic Wellbeing of U.S. Households determined almost half of all Americans would have difficulty […]

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