4 Free Classes in December that will teach you how to renovate a home


Home Repair Services of Kent County offers educational and repair services for all homeowners. Most recently, the “Rookie Renovators” Series is comprised of regularly offered free classes each focusing on one area of a home. According to the web site, depending on your household size and income, you may qualify additional home repair assistance.

December 7, 2019: Basic Plumbing (at Home Repair Services)
December 10, 2019: Drywall (at KROC Center)
December 14, 2019: Basic Electrical Workshop (Home Repair Services)
December 20, 2019: Lunch & Learn about Home Repair Services
January 14, 2020: Plumbing
February 12, 2020: Home Maintenance

Class & Events Schedule

Home Repair Services has roots tracing back to the mid 1970’s and the local faith community, Home Repair Services has been a civic response for vulnerable homeowners facing critical health and safety repairs.   Always located in the Hall and Division area of Grand Rapids, Home Repair Services became an independent nonprofit agency in 1979 and moved to its current home, a converted Oldsmobile dealership, in 1999.  Home Repair Services has grown through the years to offer services that not only build up safer and healthier homes but it has added programs that build up the homeowners that live in them.  Over 35,000 Kent County homeowners have benefited from the work of Home Repair Services over the years.


Family Promise Wins GRR Voting, and WYCE Gets Full Matching Funds!


Thanks to everyone who participated in Grand River Realty’s efforts to support two great local nonprofits this week! Because of your generosity and dedication to our community, we were able to donate $1000 in matching funds to WYCE.

Additionally, Grand River Realty clients and friends voted for Family Promise to receive a second donation of $1000. What a fun event! We’ll have to do this again soon.

Here’s Pete’s fundraising show in case you missed it. $3004 was raised in total for WYCE, and $1000 to Family Promise of Grand Rapids.

Cedar Springs Fully Occupied 4 Unit Just Listed


Just listed: 4 Unit Property in Cedar Springs | 84 S 1st St | $260,000 Affordable, fully-occupied turnkey investment property in a thriving area, just off the main drag in downtown Cedar. $3200/month in rents. Whole-house boiler installed new in October 2019. Rental certificate through Sept 2023. Three of the Four units are updated, one needs some cosmetic updates such as paint and flooring. 6-8 parking spaces, on-site laundry room, large back yard for recreation. Everybody wants to walk to the Brewery, plus Morley Park, the Cedar Springs Historical Museum and the Elementary School are just as close. Pardon the dust while 1st Street is in the process of being repaved. Basic cash flow figures are included on the listing. View this great property today!

Just Listed: 4BR 2BA in Zeeland


Just Listed: 218 Michigan St, Zeeland MI | $153,000 – This lovely home in downtown Zeeland is right near the Early Childhood center, walking distance to The Farmhouse – ZeelandVitales Zeeland, and Captain Sundae. There is some work to be done, but many buyers will find it manageable work, in an area where homes are going for much more. The main floor has an alluring front porch, living room, formal dining room, a bedroom and a full bathroom. You may enter from the back of the home from your large two stall garage that will fit most trucks, and a large back yard with garden and plenty of room for hanging out. The basement is over half finished, and includes a nice full bathroom. View this home today!


2028 Godwin – Garfield Park


2028 Godwin – Garfield Park

Here’s a nice success story. Pete assisted our buyer Shanee in purchasing this home in 2016. We’d been outbid maybe 10-15 times on other homes due to our FHA financing, the search was starting to feel a little demanding on time and resources. This home had some issues with peeling paint and overall appeal, but it had the potential to be a great home. Because of that, they hadn’t received any initial offers and we were able to receive offer acceptance, with the understanding that we as buyers would handle any FHA concerns that came up. Pete called Tig Painting and helped coordinate the soffits being painted and the home passed the FHA appraisal inspection. Due to unforseen circumstances two years later, the home had to be sold. We worked together through a list of light improvements to prep the home for sale, and we are able to sell within 2 years and minimal updates for a gain of $25,000.

1345 Sherman – Eastown


1345 Sherman – Eastown

This is a great example of how Life Cycle Property Management and Grand River Realty work well together as sister companies.

Pete found this home, in foreclosure at the time, for the Dayley family in 2012. They were new to the area and first time buyers. We won the REO bid at a price of $54,729. A few years later the family relocated to Washington state for a job. Life Cycle managed the property for about 5 years, keeping great tenants and making improvements to the home that increased its appeal each year. In 2019, Grand River Realty & Pete were hired to sell the property. Pete put together a list of several improvements and upgrades to be made as well as a professional staging contact, and Life Cycle implemented the upgrades. The home sold in 2019 for $200,000.


Grand Rapids on All the Lists! (Updated 10/2019)


Fox Business: Best US Cities for Early Retirement (highest-ranked Midwestern city)

Realtor.com: Hottest Zip Codes in US – #1 is 49505

Reuters: Grand Rapids MI Recognized as “Superstar” City

Wallethub: Grand Rapids among Best Cities to Buy a Home in 2019

Realtor.com: #1 Safest, Affordable Metro

Business Insider: The top 10 cities to buy a house in 2019, where jobs are plentiful, construction is booming, and young people are moving in

Realtor.com: The 10 Surprising Housing Markets Poised to Rule in 2019

Trulia: So Long Silicon Valley, Hello Heartland: Top 10 Markets in 2019

MLive: Millennials put down roots

Lending Tree: #3 for first time buyers

Forbes: Americas Fastest Growing Cities

Forbes: Where to Invest in Housing in 2018

Realtor.com Market Hotness Index

Realtor.com: The New Boomtowns

Rentcafe: August Rents Rose at Fastest Pace in 18 Months

USA Today: Top 10 US Housing Markets

US News: #12 Best Places to Live in USA

Wallethub: Fastest Growing Cities in America

Wall Street Journal: #2 Best Place to live in USA

Global Trade Magazine: Top 10 Emerging Cities

Forbes: Best City for Raising a Family

Wallethub: Best Cities to Flip Houses

Rightplace.org: Why West Michigan?


4BR 2BA Walkable City of Rockford Ranch with Major Upgrades


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370 Elizabeth St, Rockford, MI.

Enjoy this spacious Rockford Ranch with many major improvements, where everything downtown is a walk away! Features include a large master bedroom with dual closets, a slider to covered deck, vintage sunken tub, cool fireplace. Home has a new roof, new siding, new carpet, furnace and water heater. Home sits highest on the block, no drainage issues, street paved and new storm drains in 2013. Located off of the White Pine Trail with bike access from Grand Rapids to Cadillac. Sneak a peak of existing hardwood floors in the hall closet.

Caledonia Village – 125 S Maple, $170k


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125 South Maple Street, Village of Caledonia, MI

This freshly renovated two story home is right in the village of Caledonia. The large rooms are loaded with natural woodwork including freshly refinished hardwood floors throughout the home. The open kitchen is clean and functional yet ready for your finishing touches. Main floor has a large pantry and laundry room just off the kitchen, and a large deck off the back in great shape. Roof, A/C and Furnace all installed 3 years ago, large yard and many other nice attributes. This great old house might just be the perfect place for you. Schedule a private showing today!