Condos may be changing the landscape of downtown, but that’s not the only thing changing in Grand Rapids. There has been a lot of commercial development in Grand Rapids and another area about to see new growth is Byron Center.  In a couple short weeks from now on July 31st the Tanger Outlets is set to have a spectacular Grand Opening.  Just in time for back to school shopping! Don’t miss this Grand Opening, which will host a meet & greet with HGTV’s Property Brothers stars Jonathan and Drew...
Grand Rapids Area Elementary Schools
Grand Rapids is home to a diverse, highly-ranked school system. The local school system ranks in the top third in the country and in 2012, Forbes named Grand Rapids the number one best city to raise a family, and was listed again in 2014. The area is home to several school districts with a variety of elementary schools, each with the same objective of teaching, learning, and growing. The elementary schools in the area have high test scores, enrichment...
Jun 30, 2015 |
Downtown Grand Rapids is getting a facelift with several new residential development projects taking place that will enhance the overall quality of living for residents with more options for downtown Grand Rapids condos and apartment living. Some locations, untouched for years, are seeing redevelopment to modernize living to fit that urban uptown appearance. The Morton House and the Rowe Hotel, both hotspot hotels in the early 1900s, have sat vacant for years. The Morton House, also dubbed the...
Jun 24, 2015 |
A few weeks ago we discussed neighborhoods that are hot in Grand Rapids.  Being a sellers market in Grand Rapids is great for sellers obviously, but what is also trending is a lot of for sale by owners popping up all over the city.  If you have the time and knowledge doing a for sale by owner could be a great option for some people, but for many it’s not.  Given there are a lot of research tools out there for someone who is new to this venture, without experience these tools cannot be utilized...
Jun 11, 2015 |
West Elm opens new location in Grand Rapids June 11th
     West Elm’s Grand Rapids, Michigan location is scheduled to open their doors on June 11th! West Elm is one of the newest commercial developments to open their doors this year in Grand Rapids along with Fresh Thyme, a grocery store featuring natural and organic foods, and Tanger Outlets located in Byron Center both scheduled to open at a later date this year. Both commercial and residential Real Estate in the Grand Rapids area are seeing...
Jun 8, 2015 |
In recent news Grand Rapids has been highlighted as one of the fastest growing economies in the state of Michigan and overall 
compared to the rest of the US. In fact, Grand Rapids is ranked 69th among the 300 largest metropolitan area’s in the world. These findings were discovered by Brookings Institutions Metropolitan Policy Program. 
The economy growth is due to the 3.3 percent growth in employment in 2014 and will continue to increase between 2.8%-3.5% in 2015. This is thanks to the effort...
Apr 10, 2015 |
You don't just magically become Beer City USA unless you've got the right infrastructure and culture, and Grand Rapids has definitely made a splash nationally and internationally with the growth of the local beer business. If you're looking to set up a Grand Rapids beer tour, we figured we'd give you a hand by putting together a comprehensive map of breweries in Grand Rapids and around West Michigan. 
 

More Information on Grand Rapids' Breweries
If you're not familiare with all of these...
Jan 6, 2015 | General
Cost effective Home Improvements
It’s that time in Grand Rapids for the annual remodeling and new homes show taking place at the Devos Place January 9th – 11th.  Which gets you to thinking are you looking to make some improvements to your home, but are concerned about budget?  There are plenty of projects to take on this coming spring that won’t break the bank and will add value to your home – in case selling your home is a possibility.  Some projects like flooring and a bathroom tune up can be...
Dec 24, 2014 | General
HOA dues in Grand Rapids. What are they? What is the benefit and or drawbacks of living in a community with home owners association dues? It’s hard to take an opinion on HOA dues in Grand Rapids from someone if they have never experienced them in the first place. With so many different opinions I figured laying it all out in this post will help you form your own opinion on the subject. HOA dues are designed to help keep the community afloat. A homeowners association typically exists in condo...
Dec 23, 2014 | General

The year 2015 is fast approaching and if one of your goals is to purchase a home in the Grand Rapids area, then it’s time to start preparing. Buying a home in Grand Rapids should be a fun and exciting process. Early preparation helps eliminate all the bumps in the road later that could occur if you rush into the home buying process. For buying a home in Grand Rapids, right now is the time to start getting your finances in order and possibly pre-approved for a mortgage, so when the time is...

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