Cascade, MI Real Estate News

By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
As we start a new year it is good to review and look back to see if we can learn from the past. So much of the news lately is on the Housing Market and the difficulties that sellers are having through the erosion of prices. Buyers are waiting for the lowest point in the market to buy. Sellers are looking at prices that were higher a year ago to set prices for today.  In some markets we have seen the average price go down while in others the prices has been stable and even risen. How do you make the right decision in this market? I don't think there is a economist or an "expert" in the business that can say with certainty what the market will do in the short run. I have sold Real estate since 1973 and I have seen almost all the cycles in this business.     One thing remains constant - gi...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
Watermark Country Club, located in the heart of Cascade, is a full service private golf & swim Club that is joined with the "open to the public" Grille Restaurant and banquet facility.  It is located at 1599 Galbraith Ave SE, just south off of Cascade Road.     Watermark Country Club has spent the last 8 years growing and developing a style and atmosphere that is very family friendly yet equally adept at taking care of specific needs of the "business-oriented" community. From junior golf programs and a calendar of events for all types of players, to securing a vast amount of just "open-play" time for the business oriented members,  Watermark is trying to accomodate its members.       As a golf member of Watermark Country Club for the past eight years and to its predecessors since 1977,...
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By Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
(Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner)
 CASCADE TOWNSHIP MICHIGAN REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORT In the chart below, the sales activity has remained constant and cost per square foot has stayed steady for the last few years in Cascade homes.  Even with this good news, the same story as in other local areas, the downside is inventory. Currently we have 204 homes for sale.  We have enough inventory to last one year if no one else decides to list  their home and put it on the market.                                                                                                                                                               For the consumer, this means: Buyers are in the driver's seat. Hardly a news flash, but if you have been considering a move to Cascade and thought  you couldn't afford it, think again. Even if you ...
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By Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust!
(Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions")
The Cascade housing market has shown that the homes are selling to within 96.8 of the list price in the 49546 zip code.  Also we have shown a slight increase in homes being listed as reported by the local real estate board GRAR.  New listing  reported by the board were 4318 for the first quarter totaling 10302 homes for sale board wide.What does this mean...you must market your home to attract the same buyer everyone else in your price range is trying to find.  So simply pricing your home correctly will not get it sold even if it is the best one available in the marketplace.  Buyer's have to find your listing, Realtors also have to find your listing.  It takes much more now to be competitively promoted than a few years ago.Cascade is a great area to live and raise a family.  The availab...
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