Finding your fit in Grand Rapids
The housing market in Grand Rapids is a tough one. It takes patience, time and a lot of effort right now when you are looking to buy a home.
It can be frustrating for first-time homebuyers who often are fighting several other buyers in the same price point. The inventory in those homes in the $100,000-$150,000 range is low and often discouraging.
Here are a few non-traditional tips if you are looking to buy:
See where projects are happening around town with free sites like www.buildingeye.com. Often you can get introductory or early bird pricing on new developments. A good agent can help you negotiate with the builder or the project liaison.
If you currently rent, talk to your landlord to see if there is an opportunity to purchase the home you rent.
Get out and explore Grand Rapids. Attend the local neighborhood association meetings or take a walk around the different communities. Explore the space, visit the local shops, interact with the people who also are out and about in the area. You’ll learn more about a neighborhood and if it fits your needs by integrating yourself in it. Bonus: By having a neighborhood connection you may gain access to someone selling a home before it hits the market.
Be an active participant in the community you want to live in. Not only will you get all the good feels from giving back, you’ll also be building lasting relationships and get connected with property owners in the community.
People ultimately choose to do business with people they like, so keep on being that awesome, positive ball of millennial energy you are … you never know who you will run into who wants to sell their home to you.
Find a good real estate professional to help you navigate this market. It’s great to try to do it on your own, but agents often have information about homes going on the market before they are up on listing services. Good agents will be scoping out listings for you and you just have to show up. They also can provide valuable tips on how to present offers in this tight market.
Don’t give up! If you really want to buy, be patient and persistent. Do your research and be prepared to make some concessions and compromises. Not every home is perfect; learn to be flexible on some of your desired features.