If you’re looking for a great place to live where you can get the most for your dollar, Grand Rapids, Michigan is it. Yes, we are one of the top realtors in Grand Rapids so we are a little biased, but the numbers can speak for themselves. The city of Grand Rapids is ranked 21st in the U.S according to the “2015 Best-Performing Cities” index. Since 2009, Grand Rapids has ranked 9th for job growth, which will only improve with the city’s continuing investment in hotels, retail, and housing market...
Feb 29, 2016 |
The real estate market is as hot as ever in Grand Rapids, Michigan and one thing we’ve noticed is that buyers and sellers are all over the web looking for DIY projects to improve their homes or increase their value. If you’ve ever wondered what the most popular DIY “how to” projects are, we’re here to help. Using some tools from Google we have been able to build a list of the most popular DIY projects on the web in order of how often they get searched on Google. If you’re curious how your home...
Established in 1833, Grandville is one of the oldest suburbs of Grand Rapids located just 8 miles southwest of the city. It is a wonderful small town, with a population of approximately 15,000 at the time of the 2010 census. If you or your family is considering a life on the west side of the state, I’ve provided a list of just a few reasons why Grandville is the place for you.
 

Grandville has numerous parks that are great for camping, hiking, playing sand volleyball, tennis, disc golf, or...
Winter in Michigan can be tough on heating bills. When the temps drop below 20 degrees, keeping the cold air out and the warm air in can be especially difficult for everyone. As a result, heating bills can sky rocket. While there’s a traditional list of methods to lower costs this winter we’re always looking for new ways to lower our heating bills while also staying warm.
We’re always looking for ways to make our furnace work less so our heating bills remain low. The colder it gets, the more a...

If you’re looking to buy a home in Grand Rapids or will be visiting the area, you probably have some questions about Michigan’s second largest city. Rather than relying on psychic powers, we used a combination of tools to try to discover the most often asked questions about Grand Rapids. The following list is the questions we found to have the highest average monthly search volume for questions including the words “Gr​and Rapids” and an answer for each. In some instances, the questions are...
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...

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