There has been a lot of buzz going around regarding the new Michigan Real Estate Transfer Tax credit. We wanted to take this opportunity to inform everyone the details of this credit. Below are instructions detailing if you qualify and how you can claim this credit. 
House Bill 4173, now Public Act 217 of 2015, revises the Michigan Real Estate Transfer Tax to clarify two items:
 
1.       The party that paid the transfer tax may request the refund if a refund is due, and
2.       Clarify that...
During the holiday season we often have free time from work and family to spend it with. If you have family visiting, or if you’re a native looking for festive things to do in Grand Rapids, you can check out some of these traditional holiday events around the area.
Grand Rapids Symphony Holiday Pops Concert

This GR Pops tradition features beloved seasonal favorites, the Symphony chorus, a holiday sing-along, a visit from Santa and Handel's Hallelujah Chorus finale. After the concert, kids (and...
Whether or not you decide to put your home up on the market, it’s typically not a quick decision.  There are many factors you will want to think through before putting your home up for sale.  The MAY GROUP  is here to help out and answer any questions to make sure you have the best experience moving out of your home.  If you don’t find your answers here, feel free to reach out to the team.    
Get your home in “ready to sell” condition before it goes on the market
It’s important to present your...
The May Group was excited with the decision to get together and review the classic Bloody Mary cocktail.  The question arose one day on where one would find the best Bloody Mary or Bloody Mary Bar in Grand Rapids.  After googling the subject there was little to be found, so May Group Realtors took it upon themselves to do the dirty work and set out to find a great place to have a Bloody Mary.  What better way to spend an entire Sunday than to taste and review the best of the best Bloody Marys...
Over the years, I have noticed that even if someone has purchased a home in the past, I shouldn’t assume that they are experts in the home buying process.  It’s always important to spend a few minutes with all buyers outlining the process.  Many buyers don’t know where to start, and in order to ensure a seamless and exciting home buying experience, we here at MAY GROUP REALTORS recommend following these steps:
1.Work with a Real Estate Professional
Purchasing real estate can be complex and a...
Relocating to Grand Rapids, Michigan?  One of our own just moved from Chicago to Grand Rapids with two little kids so this article helps capture what she recently researched and found helpful.  It’s not always easy to pick up your life and move it to a new city so this article compiles a list of relocation resources to ease the process and help you settle into your new home.  Grand Rapids, MI is an incredible “big, little” city.  What we mean by that oxymoron, is you will find that Grand Rapids...
Nov 6, 2015 |
Just in time for you to start planning your New Year’s resolution, we made a map of all the Grand Rapids area gyms and yoga houses. Whether you just moved to the West Michigan area or are simply looking to try out a new gym, you can use our comprehensive map to spot your next fitness center.
 

 
Get ahead of the cold and prepare your home for this winter so you don’t have any surprises.  The list below provides some quick, easy and inexpensive ways to help eliminate any issues this winter.  Whether you want to tackle them yourself or hire a handyman make sure to get it done before the snow comes.  
Eliminate drafts in doors and windows:
1.    Door Draft Stopper or Draft Snake will help keep the warm in and those cold drafts out.  You can purchase these at most retailers or make your...
The National Association of Realtors had it right when they stated that some metropolitan areas in the Midwest including Grand Rapids are going to see an increase in home buying from the millennial generation.  In fact, according to realtor.com, 46% of the mortgages written in Grand Rapids were from ages 25 to 34.  Since this past summer, despite record low inventories of homes, the real estate market in GR has seen sales soar.  With the combination of an increase in employment and home prices...
Grand Rapids is home to some of the best education opportunities in the nation. Unfortunately, quality education isn’t cheap but there are countless chances for scholarships that Grand Rapids residents can take advantage of.
To help make your search easier, we’ve made a list of over 80 scholarships and grants funded for West Michigan residents with information on requirements, how to apply and awarded value.
Please let us know in the comments section if there are other local scholarships not on...

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