[Sold] $65,000 Midtown home in good shape, 13 Inlet Place

If you can get past a basement with a dirt floor, this home is a rare find in Midtown area: good shape, a street away from the farmers market, convenient to downtown and many neighborhood offerings. Plenty of parking also included, which is rare for the street. Two rooms upstairs, main floor laundry, bath and bedroom, fresh carpet paint and flooring throughout.


GR Forward Together

This new video features some familiar faces and places in Grand Rapids, produced by Artpeers, backed by the band Vox Vidorra.

“The new ‘GR Forward Together’ video is to remind us that it takes all of us to make Grand Rapids an equal and inclusive city…We live in a vibrant community; we need to make sure we focus on the positive aspects of our lifestyle. Is this the happy ending? Of course not. This is just the beginning of a larger, exciting and community-driven project that will benefit residents, businesses, and the youth on a long-term impact which will also need continuous improvement. The GR Forward Together video is to remind us that it takes all of us to make Grand Rapids an equal and inclusive city. Who wants to be part of it? You should!” – the Rapidian

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Interview with Grand Rapids Superintendent Shows Optimism for Future of Education

Great article today in Rapid Growth. I’d urge you to subscribe if you haven’t already.

Call it a comeback: Grand Rapids Public Schools on the upswing, poised to thrive


Under Weatherall Neal’s leadership, her team sifted out three goals for the Transformation Plan:

  • Ensuring children reach their academic potential with equal access to high quality schools and the most talented principals and teachers
  • Replicating and expanding what’s working and stopping what’s not
  • Offering quality choices that are academically and financially sustainable


[Sold $95,000] – Convenient, renovated main floor condo near Centerpoint Mall – List Price $94,900

Great new condo just listed near Rishi’s International BeverageMikado SushiThe Orbit Room and Centerpoint Mall. 3BR 3BA, in-ground pool, new paint and carpet, under $100K!



Downtown Grand Rapids: Art of the Collaborative City


Foreclosure Search

Currently 90 bank-owned properties for sale in Greater Grand Rapids. Simply click “Foreclosure Search” to the left for a full list.


Grand Rapids MI Only Midwest Metro in Top 25 Best-Performing Cities

Grand Rapids Michigan moved up on the list of Best-Performing Cities this year from #48 to #25, becoming the only Midwest metro on the list. Other Cities in the top 25 include San Francisco (#1), Austin (#2), Denver & Boulder (#13 & 14), Portland (#16), San Diego (#22) and Charlotte (#23).

The Milken Institute is “a nonprofit, nonparitsan economic think tank” that “works to improve lives around the world by advancing innovative economic and policy solutions that create jobs, widen access to capital, and enhance health.”



“GRAND RAPIDS–WYOMING, MICHIGAN, vaulted 23 places to 25th place, becoming the only Midwest metro in our Top 25. Strong job growth, which was 7 percent above the national average in 2012-13, coupled with recent wage growth contributed to the metro’s improved showing.

“Building on the existing manufacturing base, jobs are beginning to return to the Grand Rapids-Wyoming metro after a sharp drop in employment during the recession. The metro lost more than 10,000 manufacturing positions between 2008 and 2009, and was still slightly below 2008 levels of sector employment in 2013. However, the machinery manufacturing sector added 1,291 jobs between 2008 and 2013, with half of those jobs added in 2013. The fabricated-metal manufacturing sector also added jobs–637 in 2013–and this recent momentum is creating a sense of optimism.

“Firstronics, which provides electronics manufacturing services and focuses on contract medical-device manufacturing, announced in late 2013 that it would add 110 jobs and committed to a $2.45-million expansion in Grand Rapids.”

Household Net Worth of Homeowners vs Renters

I sat in on a two hour talk with Lawrence Yun the other week, and it was great. One of the things he brought up that really stuck is how directly home ownership can affect a family or individual’s net worth. Here’s an illustration of the results of the government survey he quoted:


In the short term, it may or may not be considerably easier to lease. But, investment in a home can absolutely help out in the long term, as a homeowner pays down the balance and achieves more and more equity. This is one major reason why the federal government offers so many incentives for first time buyers:

Let FHA Loans Help You
MSHDA Downpayment Fairy
Fannie Mae FIRST LOOK listings
(only available to owner occupants)

Cool site documents mid-century homes in East Grand Rapids and surrounding area

Mid-Century Michigan is a project documenting mid-century modern homes in East Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas.