Driving Demand for Home Building in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Those surviving on low-income are driving the demand for home building in Grand Rapids, but indirectly. The MSHDA, Michigan State Housing Development Authority, comes in to give the businesses looking to expand a push in the right direction. Through a LIHTC, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit towards the property tax a business can make serving the…

What the MSHDA Is Doing for Real Estate Projects in West Michigan

We can say the housing market looks great but until the people who need houses have houses it’s not a great market for the market, the people. The method of calculation for a market-rate house is unclear. It appears clear to a family when affordable isn’t. The demand for affordable housing remains high all over Michigan, says the MSHDA. Michigan…

What the 20 East Fulton Project Will Do for Families in Grand Rapids, MI

Brookstone Capital, a Midland-based LLC, is building a new multi-use space on Fulton, right across from the Children’s Museum.   Mr. Karl Chew, president of Brookstone, is no one to scoff at around town if you are looking for a rental.Since 2006 Brookstone has built 300 rental units in Grand Rapids. This project at $37million is…

Bridging the Gap Between Buyers and Builders in Grand Rapids, MI

If you are from the U.P. you call those residents under the bridge trolls.  If you are from Grand Rapids you know we don’t have real rapids, and we aren’t really trolls.  We have lots of bridges though: 6th street bridge, Gillette Bridge, the (rainbow) Blue Bridge, Fulton Street and the old railroad bridge with Punk Island, and maybe…

The LIHTC Will Bring Balance to the Force in Real Estate for Grand Rapids, MI

In real estate there’s a tension between two categories of homes:  Market-Rate and Affordable Housing. It’s almost another way to say The-Haves and The-Have-Nots…or more accurately the Haves and the Hardly-Haves. Yoda’s job was the train the one that would save the world from a great imbalance.  The federal government here acts as Yoda, training…

4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Flip a House in Grand Rapids, MI

Not that house flipping is necessarily a bad thing; after all, it’s a natural lucrative phenomenon in the real estate industry all over. Check out Midvale, Utah, for starters, with the real estate funding and cash loans to flip a home and make some profit while stimulating the market. Plus real estate crowdfunding’s seeing a whole…

5 Reasons Why Grand Rapids, MI, Real Estate Will Soar in 2016

We’re not simply talking about a trickle type growth in the Grand Rapids, MI, real estate market. Try national — at least that’s what Trulia states, a national real estate research firm, crunching the numbers in preparation for analysis of the 2016 housing market, and here’s the major scoop: Grand Rapids, MI, currently sits at the…