Friday, September 24, 2010

Michigan's ArtPrize 2010

September 22 - October 10 2010

After a wildly successful debut in 2009, ArtPrize returns to downtown Grand Rapids. Designed as a very different art competition, the goal is for the general public and artists to collide. Art is the focus of the competition, but the main event is community. ArtPrize turns the city of Grand Rapids into an art gallery for two weeks. Galleries, office lobbies, restaurants, courtyards, parks are just some examples of an ArtPrize venue. Artists take over the city, visitors explore and new relationships form.

The art competition is open to anyone in the world. This year, 1,713 artists will display their work at 192 venues, all located within a three-mile radius of downtown.

It's a 19-day open art competition where the public votes on which piece of art they like best. The winner takes home $250,000. Voting is open to the public and is completely free to anyone 16 years old or older. You must be a registered voter to vote at voter registration sites located around the city.

There are two rounds of voting; during week 1 (September 22-29) each voter can vote up or down for any artist, and can only vote once for each entry. Results will be available online in real time until voting ends at 11:59 p.m. on September 29. The top 10 finalists will be announced September 30. Week 2 voting (September 30-October 6) for the top 10 begins immediately after the finalists are announced. During this round, you only get one vote, but can change your vote as often as you like until 11:59 p.m. on October 6. The top winner will be announced at a gala event on October 7th.

To insure a fair chance for all art to be viewed, all venues will be open (at minimum) during these hours:

Monday-Thursday 5PM-8PM
Friday & Saturday Noon-10PM
Sunday Noon-6PM

North - Leonard Street
South - Wealthy Street
East - College Avenue
West - Straight/Alpine Avenue

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Real Estate Sales In Holland/Saugatuck, Michigan

Although other areas around the country have seen very low numbers for sales it may not be the same for the Holland/Saugatuck area of Michigan. Now that prices are at a more affordable level home sales continue to improve. With all the rumors going around about the real estate market across the country we took a look at the numbers for Holland and Saugatuck area.

We have seen an increase in sales of homes and condos on Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan over the past year compared to last year. Compared to 2009 we have seen a double in sales on the waterfront in the Holland Area. So far 2010 has produced much better numbers in the unsteady real estate market.

The graph below shows the average selling prices of homes and vacant land sold in Holland/Saugatuck area. The graph shows the years starting from 2005 and going through August of 2010. The recession that begin in 2007 may be starting to climb three years later. As the graph shows there has been an improvement in average selling price already in 2010 than last year.

The graph below shows the annual number of homes and vacant land sold in the Holland/Saugatuck area of Michigan. Through August of this year we have sold over 1315 homes already. The average selling price for 2010 so far is is over $142,000 and the average number of days on the market is 115 days.

For more information on purchasing a home in the Holland area contact the Andrea Crossman Group.

Coldwell Bankers Most Affordable and Most Expensive Cities in US and Canada

Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC today released its Home Listing Report (HLR), a snapshot survey of four-bedroom, two-bathroom home listings in Canada and the U.S. Reporting on a home size many homebuyers would aspire to own - the HLR found a $1.7 million difference between North America's most expensive and most affordable housing markets.

Rank--Most Expensive -------Avg. Listing Price for Feb. - Aug. 2010 In U.S. $

1.---Newport Beach, Calif.--------$1,826,348
2.---Palo Alto, Calif.------------$1,479,227
3.---Rye, N.Y.--------------------$1,325,500
4.---San Francisco, Calif.--------$1,325,103
5.---Vancouver, BC----------------$1,289,179
6.---La Jolla, Calif.-------------$1,210,300
7.---Greenwich, Conn.-------------$1,195,614
8.---Wellesley, Mass.-------------$1,080,458
9.---Pasadena, Calif.-------------$1,043,683
10.--Honolulu, Hawaii-------------$1,026,821

Rank--Most Affordable------- Avg. Listing Price for Feb. - Aug. 2010 In U.S. $

1.---Detroit, Mich.-------------- $68,007
2.---Grayling, Mich.------------- $84,625
3.---Sioux City, Iowa-------------$85,967
4.---Cleveland, Ohio------------- $87,240
5.---Muncie, Ind.---------------- $100,314
6.---Norfolk, Neb.--------------- $107,814
7.---Kansas City, Mo.------------ $112,449
8.---Canton, Ohio---------------- $114,325
9.---Port Huron, Mich.----------- $116,267
10.--Topeka, Kan.---------------- $116,343

For more information to purchase an affordable home allond the lakeshore contact the Andrea Crossman Group.

Digital Journal

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Coolest Small Towns in America

Saugatuck was rated one of the coolest small towns in America according to Yahoo Travel.

Saugatuck, Mich.
Pop. 954

A lake town where time stands still! One weekend in Saugatuck was all it took for Philippe Quentel. After two days of taking in arts and crafts homes, picket fences, and upper Midwest charm, he made the 140-mile drive back to Chicago, sold his art gallery—then one of the city's largest—and opened Affordably French, right in the heart of Saugatuck. To residents of this sleepy Lake Michigan town, Quentel's story is nothing new. Then again, little in Saugatuck is. Spared the big-box modernization seen by many of its neighbors, it retains a charm from another era. On Butler Street, 70-year-old Saugatuck Drug Store is the source for everything from Kleenex to kites. Chain restaurants are nonexistent. And to get to Saugatuck's white-sand Oval Beach, visitors cross the Kalamazoo on an 1838 hand-cranked chain ferry. "In old black-and-white pictures, Saugatuck looks just as it does now," says Lindsay Tringali, 31, owner of Bella Vita Spa and Suites, a clean-lined, six-room inn downtown. "Beyond some fresh paint and paved roads, it never changes."

For more information on living in this beautiful small town contact the Andrea Crossman Group.

No. Bedrooms Jun - Aug '10 y-o-y 3 months prior 1 year prior

2 bedrooms $109,500 +31.1% $82,450 $83,550
3 bedrooms $121,012 +27.4% $128,000 $95,000
4 bedrooms $175,000 +6.1% $134,770 $164,900
All properties $110,000 +10.0% $106,250 $100,000

The median sales price for homes in Holland MI for Jun 10 to Aug 10 was $110,000. This represents an increase of 3.5%, or $3,750, compared to the prior quarter and an increase of 10% compared to the prior year. Sales prices have depreciated 21.4% over the last 5 years in Holland. The average listing price for Holland homes for sale on Trulia was $224,750 for the week ending Sep 08, which represents an increase of 2.8% or $6,087, compared to the prior week and a decline of 2%, or $4,635, compared to the week ending Aug 18. Average price per square foot for Holland MI was $97, an increase of 26% compared to the same period last year.

Average Listing Price $224,750 +2.8%
Median Sales Price $110,000 +10%
Average Price/sqft $97 +26%
Number of Sales 301 -23%