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Holiday Events in Grand Rapids, Michigan

by Mark Brace

This time of year is great for exploring and enjoying Grand Rapids! The events below offer everyone a chance to celebrate the holidays in our area— so take a look and get ready to kick off the season:

Art Van Santa Parade

November 23, 2013; 9 AM to 11 AM

Downtown Grand Rapids

Come help welcome Santa to Grand Rapids in a parade that has been a downtown tradition for nearly 100 years! Parade route to be determined.

It's a Wonderful Life

November 21, 2013 through December 14, 2013; 7:30 PM

Master Arts Theatre, Grand Rapids

Master Arts Theatre presents It’s a Wonderful Life, the American classic— the saga of George Bailey and the guardian angel Clarence who shows George what the world would have been like had he never been born. Tickets are $16.

Window Wonderland

November 22, 2013; 5:30 PM

Downtown Grand Rapids

This season there’s even more reason to venture downtown. Students from Kendall College of Art and Design and Grand Valley State University have partnered with Downtown merchants to compete in Window Wonderland 2013— a competition to create the best holiday windows in Downtown Grand Rapids.

Hudsonville Holiday Parade

November 23, 2013; 10 AM

32nd Ave, Hudsonville

It is that time of year again! Jessen Law PLC presents the 20th Annual Hudsonville Holiday Parade on November 23 at 10 AM. Along with the City of Hudsonville and the Hudsonville Area Chamber of Commerce, come out and enjoy this festive hometown event! 

The Original Charles Dickens Carolers

November 26, 2013 through December 17, 2013; 6 PM to 8 PM

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids

Enjoy musical entertainment from carolers dressed in period costumes. The Original Dickens Carolers will roam the corridor singing holiday tunes to add to the festive atmosphere of our exhibition Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World. 

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Down Payments

by Mark Brace

While the market for mortgages has been a lot tighter post 2006, it seems that things are beginning to turnaround.

Lenders are beginning to loosen the restrictions for down payments and as such are allowing more homebuyers into the game.

Below is a link to a great article that explains in further detail.

http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2013/11/18/lenders-loosen-down-payment-requirements

Selling Your Home?

by Mark Brace

Many people when they are thinking about selling their home underestimate the power of making the home look neat and tidy.

Realtor Magazine has compiled a list of 13 things that will help you in getting the most value and appeal out of your home.

Click on the link below for the article.

http://realtormag.realtor.org/home-and-design/feature/article/2013/10/clean-declutter-discard-make-house-shine-for-resale

Mad Cap Coffee Top 15 In USA

by Mark Brace

Awesome! Mad Cap Coffee in downtown Grand Rapids is in the top 15 indie coffee shops for the entire nation. 

Posted below is the link to all 15 of the best. 

 

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/americas-15-best-indie-coffee-shops#!12-madcap-coffee-company

Market Pulse

by Mark Brace

As compared to last year the market this year is up significantly. Housing prices are also on the rise which is a great indication of where the market is headed.

We are still not out of the woods yet but it is looking promising that next year will match or surpass this year in terms of the housing market.

Below is a link to the article.

http://realtormag.realtor.org/news-and-commentary/market-pulse/article/2013/11/novemberdecember-2013-market-pulse

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