Tuesday, November 22, 2011

New Price: Ewing Rd. Twin Lake, MI. MLS#2841282 Now $139,900 for 35 Acres. Call Andrea Crossman Group today for more information 616-355-6387
New Price: Greenly St Holland, MI. MLS#: 2840073: $89,900 for 2.76 wooded acres on Holland's northside Call Andrea Crossman Group today for more information 616-355-6387
New Price: 112 Ave. Allegan, MI. MLS#: 2733108. 20 Acres Now $69,900. Call Andrea Crossman Group today for more information 616-355-6387

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

New Price on Lake MI Lot: 6380 Lakeshore Drive, Manistee, MI 2.270 Acres with 330ft of water frontage MLS#: 11025867 NOW $ 739,000. Call Andrea Crossman Group today for more information 616-355-6387

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Six Michigan Universities Partnered To Create a University-Business Network

Michigan university partner up for Michigan Corporate Relations Network

Six Michigan universities have partnered to create a university-business network that will assist small to medium-sized companies gain access to various university assets.
The Michigan Corporate Relations Network includes, University of Michigan, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Western Michigan University`, Michigan Technological University and Wayne State University, and will officially launch in early 2012, said Jeff Mason, executive director of the University Research Corridor.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation will funnel about $1.8 million in funding into the project throughout the next two years to create “one-stop business relations offices” at each of the six universities to connect businesses with university assets in research and provide funding for internship programs, which many businesses of that size can not afford, Mason said

Business-CONNECT is MSU’s business relations branch of the new network and has been doing similar work connecting businesses to university assets for more than a year

Pure Michigan Campaign Increases Tourism

The last decade was an especially tough one for Michigan: The state had the highest unemployment figures in the country for four years straight, peaking around 14 percent. Over the last decade, the population in 15 of its 20 largest cities shrank. It faced the near collapse of the auto industry and a national bailout.
But the state is working to change its luck with tourism. Right in the middle of all its economic woes the Pure Michigan campaign was born. Its advertisements on radio, TV, and billboards celebrate the “kick-back and relax” spirit of the state, encouraging visitors to “take time to smell the roses,” or in this case, “take time to walk along the thousands of miles of freshwater coastlines.”

The Pure Michigan ads celebrate the state’s traditions: "Hundreds of lakes, thousands of rivers and streams, begging you to hang up, gone camping, gone swimming, gone sailing…”

Turns out, reminding people that they can feel good in Michigan works. According to a study by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the market research group Longwoods International, 2 million new visitors came to Michigan in 2010, spending an additional $605 million.

Critics of the campaign say cash-strapped Michigan shouldn’t be dishing out money to advertise for private tourism companies, but others, like Mark Canavan, argue that the campaign is earning its keep. For every $1 it spends to promote the state, it brings in over $3.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

New Listing: 76 W. 14th St. Holland, MI. MLS#: 11060759. Call the Andrea Crossman Group today for more information: 616-355-6387 https://picasaweb.google.com/113823270671707632274/14th76?authkey=Gv1sRgCKfL0euL8J7sJA#slideshow/5667803307570977074

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Founder of ForSaleByOwner.com Hires a Real Estate Agent

For Sale By Owner also called FSBO accounted for just 9% of overall home sales in 2010, according to the National Association of Realtors. Every year, hundreds of thousands of properties are listed, not by real estate agents, but by the owners themselves. Often, these are property holders who want to save a real estate agent’s fee. These FSBOs are willing to do the work of researching a property’s correct price, staging it to its optimum, advertising it in the right channels and to the right buyers, and showing, showing, showing.

But sometimes, FSBOs are just owners who have unrealistic expectations of how easy it is to sell a property: just list it on the Internet and the buyers will come, they theorize. That’s why it was a sweet tale for every real estate agent to hear that Colby Sambrotto, one of the founders of Internet listing site ForSaleByOwner.com, ended up hiring a real estate agent to sell his $2 million condo. 
Colby Sambrotto, a founder and former chief operating officer of ForSalebyOwner.com, a large website for owner sales, spent six months trying to sell his condominium himself through online listings and classified ads. But the DIY home selling guru eventually decided to turn the sale over to a professional. His agent went on to lure the elusive buyer Mr Sambrotto’s self-help methods had failed to attract for the 2,000-square-foot, 2 bedroom apartment in Chelsea.  

The news stands as an enormous validation of the real estate profession and while some may tease, it is no laughing matter and the former FSBO CEO made a good financial decision. A working agent does have a big advantage over an FSBO seller: the owner is selling only one property, but the agent is involved in multiple transactions,  has many clients and agent contacts, as well as knowledge of laws to protect you. As a result, the agent can often get a better immediate “read” on the market, due to having a broader sample of information.

For more information on the real estate market in West Michigan call the Andrea Crossman Group: 616-355-6387 or visit: http://www.waterfront-luxuryhomes.com/

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

New Price: 2351 Eagle Dr. Holland MLS#11037134. Call the Andrea Crossman Group today for more information: 616-355-6387
New Listing on Lake Michigan: 3095 Lakeshore Dr. Holland, MI MLS#11059709. Call the Andrea Crossman Group for more information today: 616-355-6387 or visit www.waterfront-luxuryhomes.com
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New Listing on Lake Michigan: 2427 Lakefront Dr. Holland, MI MLS#11059749. Call the Andrea Crossman Group for more information today: 616-355-6387 or visit www.waterfront-luxuryhomes.com
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New Listing on Lake Michigan: 12809 Wilderness Tral. Grand Haven, MI MLS#11059735. Call the Andrea Crossman Group for more information today: 616-355-6387 or visit www.waterfront-luxuryhomes.com
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Saturday, November 5, 2011

OPEN HOUSES, SATURDAY, NOV 5
825 Campbell Rd, Douglas, MI
Two acres in the village, architecturally designed home. 4339 sq ft, 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath home, artist’s studio & 2nd garage.
Open 9 - 10:30 am

14968 Creek Edge Ct, Holland, MI
A quality home in Timberline Acres. 5 bdrm, 4 bath, 3862sq ft. Gourmet kitchen, stainless steel appliances, granite counter, wood floors, massive arched window overlooking woods.
Open 9:30 - 10:30 am

2295 & 2297 Lakeshore Dr, Fennville, MI
Low bank & wide sandy beach, two Lake Michigan homes next door to each other back up to nature preserve. $645,000 and $774,900.
Open 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Friday, November 4, 2011

Please stop in SATURDAY, November 5 to see these stunning properties!

825 Campbell Rd, Douglas, MI 49406 Two acres in the village of Douglas with architecturally designed home. 4339 sq ft, 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath home built in 2000 as well as an artist’s studio and 2nd garage.
Open 9 - 10:30 am

2295 & 2297 Lakeshore Dr, Fennville, MI 49408
Low bank & wide sandy beach Lake Michigan homes that back up to nature preserve. Good summer rental history. 2295 price reduced to $645,000, 2297 listed at $774,900.
Open 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

14968 Creek Edge Ct, Holland, MI
A quality built home located in highly desirable, Timerline Acres. This 5 bedroom, 3 1/2 baths, with over 3862sq ft of living space features a gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, large island, wood floors and massive arched window overlooking woods.
Open 9:30 - 10:30 am

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Michigan’s economic health is second-best in the nation

Michigan has the second-best economic record among the 50 states -based on a decline of merely 7.4% since 2008 on a new measure called BEES, the Bloomberg Economic Evaluation of the States.
BEES tracks growth by compiling data on six components that are given equal weight: job creation, personal income, tax revenue, housing prices, mortgage delinquencies and the performance of Bloomberg stock indexes that track the share prices of locally based companies. The BEES index, updated quarterly, is a measurement of growth, not absolute performance, so a slowing economy with low unemployment may rank below a battered state on the mend.

By lowering businesses taxes, eliminating the Michigan Business Tax and removing other barriers to growth, Michigan is leaping from one of the bottom tax climates in the nation to a more competitive position. The nearly $1.8 billion reduction in business taxes promises a new level of economic certainty for businesses and makes Michigan an attractive environment for growth.
 
Earlier this year, Fitch Ratings also took note of Michigan’s progress. This balanced budget based on solid financial principles helped move Fitch’s outlook for Michigan to “positive,” another sign that Michigan is on the right path and that our fiscally sound environment is ripe for economic growth.
 
And just this week, the U.S. Small Business Administration reported Michigan’s banks and credit unions led the country in providing government-backed small-business loans, according to new data from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
 
The Detroit Free Pressreported that from October 2010 through September 2011, $689 million in small-business loans went to businesses in a variety of industries in Michigan. During that time frame, lenders made 2,063 of the most popular type of SBA loans, called 7(a) loans, up 47 percent from the 1,406 loans worth $386 million in fiscal 2010.
 
Michigan's strong,or should we say less-weak? Showing on the BEES index is partly because of a rebound in the auto industry. General Motors, Ford and Chrysler have all gained market share and become profitable since 2008. But the modest recovery in the auto sector hasn't spread to other industries. After being the nation's economic caboose for most of the past decade, why not give the Michigan whistle a little toot when some new numbers show you are suffering a bit less, proportionally, than the rest of the nation's sputtering economic train? Michigan’s economy is recovering from the recession at the second-fastest pace in the U.S., lifted by reviving car makers and local manufacturers, according to a new Bloomberg index that tracks the pace of state growth

North Dakota was the only state to record positive economic progress overall between the end of 2008 and the second quarter of this year, according to the BEES, a new quarterly index that combines data on tax collections, personal income, employment, home prices, mortgage foreclosures and the stock prices of public companies. Those suffering the worst economic tailspins -- with drops of more than 20% since 2008 on the BEES -- were Wyoming, New Mexico, Idaho and Nevada.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011