Open House in Holland, Ottawa County on Saturday

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We invite everyone to visit our open house at 2838 Sunrise Avenue on November 26 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM.

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4716 66th St, Holland, MI

You will love watching the wildlife from this beautiful 1.9 acre property nestled in the dunes of Lake Michigan with Kelly Creek running along the back of the lot. The beautiful landscaping includes a pond, fire pit and lush foliage year around. This pristine home features a spectacular gourmet kitchen with stainless appliances and quartz counter tops and open concept main floor with stone fireplace, new paint, wood floors, trim and light fixtures. Upstairs you’ll find 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths. The lower walkout boasts an incredible entertaining area with built in bar and guest suite, full bath with plenty of storage. Come check it out today!

4716 66th st, Holland, MI 4716 66th st, Holland, MI 4716 66th St, Holland, MI 4716 66th St, Holland, MI


West Michigan Lakeshore Real Estate Sales Statistics

Here is a breakdown of what the the West Michigan Lakeshore real estate statistics for 2016 (as of 10-12-16) look like in comparison to 2015.      

Single Family Residence 2015 2016 PCT 2015 2016 PCT
Holland Saugatuck 1568 1487 -5 $220,305 $225,127 +2
Mason Oceana Manistee 720 831 +15 $136,948 $142,823 +4
Muskegon County 1721 1751 +1 $118,826 $128,288 +7
North Ottawa County 856 897 +4 $218,681 $247,015 +12
Southwestern Michigan 2463 2539 +3 $188,577 $193,090 +2
Single Family Residence Totals 7328 7505 +2 $177,429 $185,198 +4

It is nice to see positive percentages in number of sales across almost the entire board. Prices appear to be increasing at sustainable rates.  Holland, Sauatuck seems to be lagging a bit, but will hopefully turn soon. Take a look at the greater Grand Haven Real Estate market, finishing the year strong with an impressive increase of sales by 12%.

Possible new rental rules for Grand Haven area

The Grand Haven area is a very desirable area that attracts a lot of tourism. According to a City Council member, short term rentals in the area are on a steady up rise. Since April, they have increased by 7.5 percent. The city council has implemented a temporary moratorium on new short-term rental regulations to allow for further inspection and consideration of capping the number of short term rentals.

rentals are on the up rise

rentals are on the up rise

According to Bradley A. Fowler in an article found in the Grand Rapids Legal News, home rental companies such as VRBO, HomeAway, and Airbnb are surpassing in number and scale to some of the largest hotel chains. It use to be that short-term rentals were predominately found in peak tourism areas and seasons. Now all kinds of travelers are passing on the classic hotel and looking for a unique and more cost-effective lodging option. Chances are if you look at any of the home sharing sites, you will find a few in your community. This is causing some issues that some say need to be addressed. According to Vacation Rentals: Regulations, Standards & Practices Blog, opponents of short term rentals say that it is promoting unlawful renting and removes affordable housing that would typically be on the market. They also claim that short term rentals are taking away from the character and integrity of neighborhoods with sudden surges of unfamiliar people and nuisances. Proponents of short term rentals say that they rely on rentals for income and help increase tourism in their area by promoting their rental and all that the area has to offer.

West Michigan Real Estate Statistics 1/1 to 8/26

For the time period leading up to 8/26/16, real estate sales statistics in West Michigan showed continued healthy growth year over vs last year, with the markets of Grand Haven and Muskegon up 15% and 7% respectively fro average sale price.  Inventory continues to lag behind demand, especially in the Holland market, with new listings down 11% from last year.  Muskegon continues to be a hot market with listings down 8% and number of sold homes UP 6%.   But that pales in comparison to the northern counties of Mason, Oceana, Manistee where inventory is off by 9% vs last year and number of sales up by 14%!  West Michigan is truly a strong real estate market with sustainable growth in most markets, and a good rebound year for the markets hardest hit in the downturn.

West Michigan Real Estate

I was happy to see the chart above show such a wonderful, healthy view  of our current real estate market.  This definitely is NOT 2006 allover again!  Looks like sellers of real estate are being realistic with asking prices and buyers of real estate are purchasing homes at a nice clip.  With more jobs moving into the area, and more and more good PR about the Lakeshore region, I expect to see these numbers increase by the same amounts year over for many years to come.

If you want specific numbers on how your neighborhood or market area is doing, please feel free to contact us!  We service the entire Michigan Lakeshore region from New Buffalo to Manistee, and all areas in between, representing home buyers and sellers of the communities’ finest real estate.

Kersh 616-212-8418  Mary 616-638-3390  Lauri 616-292-5727

Single Story For Sale in Macatawa, Laketown Township

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•  1,636 sq. ft., 2 bath, 4 bdrm single story$650,000.

– This historic Macatawa Hills cottage, built in 1904 but fully renovated in 2015, is perched on the top of a dune with commanding views of Lake Michigan from its wraparound porches and large dune top deck. While maintaining the integrity of a cottage, the recent renovation melded historic charm with modern day amenities. From a chef’s kitchen equipped with all Bosch appliances, to modern bathrooms with natural stone tile and Grohe fixtures, this cottage is sure to meet the most discerning of tastes.

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Spring Lake Waterfront Condo

Picture yourself in the ideal setting on Spring Lake in this luxurious totally redone condo with nothing to worry about except how much fun you are going to have with your life on the lake.

400 Lakeview Ct, Spring Lake

400 Lakeview Ct, Spring Lake

Once in a lifetime opportunity knocks and presents a situation too good to be true.  This condo is your opportunity…and a life on the lake is in your future.  Don’t miss your chance to be on the lake for under $350,000!  Seller has done everything so you can treat yourself to a life of easy living.

Beautiful like new condo recently renovated by David Bos. Panoramic views of Spring Lake including sunsets and Spring Lake Yacht Club. Neutral coastal decor with faulted ship lap ceilings, open kitchen with custom cabinetry, honed granite and stainless appliances. Spacious master suite with walk in tiled shower and plenty of custom designer closet space. All new mechanicals, electrical wiring and Anderson windows. Association includes most utility costs, outdoor pool, and beach area. Boat slips and clubhouse with guest sleeping accomodations are available for rent. Location is ideal 30 minutes from Grand Rapids close to bike paths and Spring Lake Country Club. Call today for your private tour.


Michigan Homes and Cottages in the News!

We were contacted about a month or so ago by the Chicago Tribune to help them out with a feature article on second homes as a first home.  So last Friday, Mary took clients out and showed them a cottage on Lake Michigan we have listed, so the Tribune was there to take some shots.  The article can be found here: Chicago Tribune Article

Seems The Tribune found our website online because of our presence in the second home and lake home markets here in West Michigan, and the clients we represent from New Buffalo homes to Grand Haven Real Estate, on up to Manistee cottages on the lake.  We take pride in the fact we have a large presence in the greater Chicago area, as most of our client base comes from there.  Sellers of homes here in Michigan benefit from our work in the Chicago area, and buyers coming from the area benefit from our ability to answer questions before they even know they want to ask them.

It’s a pretty big honor to have a publication reach out to you for being the authority on the subject, and Mary did a great job representing the team for the paper…well done!

West Michigan Lakeshore Real Estate Sales Statistics through 6/22/16

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I know you have all been waiting the news…what does the real estate market look like along the West Michigan Lakeshore as the summer selling season is upon us?  Here is a breakdown of statistics through the first 6 months (almost).

Property Sub-Type: Single Family Residence
Total Active Average Sale Price
Area Last Year This Year PCT Last Year This Year PCT
Holland Saugatuck 1994 1717 -13 207,368 218,583 +5
Mason Oceana Manistee  1906 1712 -10 132,929 129,518 -2
Muskegon County  2426 2126 -12 117,761 122,429 +3
North OttawaCounty  1030 1009 -2 221,336 253,888 +14
Southwestern Michigan  4437 4232 -4 181,211 188,674 +4
Property Sub-Type Totals:Single Family Residence 11793 10796 -8 171,515 180,580 +5

It’s a case of lower inventory and higher sale prices across almost the entire board.  It’s just a matter of time before the market improves in the Mason Oceana and Manistee areas.  The real estate market tends to ripple north from the south along the lakeshore.  The greater Grand Haven Real Estate market seems to have kicked into high gear.  Inventory is stable and sales are up a strong 14%.  Seems the secret is out on this fabulous beachside community.

I think we actually have a pretty healthy market right now, as prices don’t seem to be accelerating at too fast of a clip, and the fact that mortgage rates remain low keeps owning a home a very attractive endeavor.

If you would like to know the value of your home with a much more detail than the graph above, feel free to call either Mary 616-638-3390 or Kersh 616-212-8418.  We work the entire coastline of West Michigan and know each market very well.

Grand Haven Real Estate for Boats

Summer is here, which means so is the need to park your boat.  With lots of great choices for marinas in Grand Haven, we thought we’d break it down so you can make the best choice for your lake toy.

Barrett Boat Works
Amenities include pool, clubhouse, walkable to restaurants such as Old Boys and Small town sandwich shop  the location is in the Village of Spring Lake very close to LakePoint Condos.  This is a full service marina offering fuel, boat repair, ship store, dockage  in and out service as well as winter storage needs.  They also hold many events throughout the season for their marina guests.
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Village Cove Marina
If you prefer a more intimate setting you may like Village Cove it is located on 700 Savidge on the south side of the Grand River.  Enjoy sunsets and a boutique setting with 52 docks with power and wifi.  Walkable to Holiday Inn where you can enjoy cocktails and dinning at their multiple restaurant options.  
Keenan Marina
The location is ideal for boaters looking for a full service marina with in and out service, boat sales and repair, clubhouse and swimming pool.   Keenan offers floating and fixed docks accommodating yachts up to 60 feet.
Grand Isle Marina
This full service marina located on the Grand Haven channel has distinguished themselves as the place to be for larger vessels.  They can accommodate yachts up to 104 feet.  There location is just south of the drawbridge in Grand Haven.  Again this location offers a pool, clubhouse, fitness center,  basketball,  in and out service, boat sales and repair. 
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Northshore Marina
​The location is what differentiates this marina they are the closets to Lake Michigan. Only .25 miles from where the channel and Lake Michigan meet with sunset views and the Grand Haven channel.​ There physical location is at the south end of Northshore in Spring Lake.  The full service marina will provide in and out service, boat repair and storage. If you are a serious fisherman or boater you have found your marina!