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Beware: Mortgage Loan Modification Scams

by Mark Brace

Earlier this week the National Grand Rapids Foreclosures Mitigation Counseling (NFMC) Program held a web-ex about the Loan Modification Scam Alert campaign. Due to the growing number of scams, Congress asked NeighborWorks America to launch a national public education program; the campaign empowers homeowners to protect themselves against loan modification scams, to find trusted help and to report illegal activity to authorities. Keep yourself informed and aware, visit this website to stay educated

Live Foreclosure and Short Sale Updates

by Mark Brace

Interested in a Grand Rapids area Grand Rapids Foreclosures or short-sale home? Now you can get instant, live updates from!

Available to you with just a two clicks of the mouse is a complete listing of all homes in Allendale, Belding, Byron Center, Caledonia, Cedar Springs, Comstock Park, East Grand Rapids, Forest Hills, Godfrey-Lee, Godwin Heights, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Greenville, Hudsonville, Jenison, Kelloggsville, Kenowa Hills, Kent City, Kentwood, Lowell, Northview, Rockford, Sparta, Tri-County Area, Wayland, and Wyoming school districts that are shortsales or foreclosures.

To access this information, simply go to the homepage and scroll down. You'll see two lists, one for foreclosures and one of short sales. Click on the school districts you'd like to see the home listings in and you'll be taken directly to the 24 hour, live list.

You may also move your mouse to the navigation bar that appears at the top of any pages within (scroll above, underneath the cityscape photo) and use the drop down menu underneath "Featured Homes" to see the option of choosing to see foreclosures or short sales.

Hopefully this easily accessible navigation will make your home searching effortless. Please contact us if you have any questions- we're here to help with all your real estate needs!

Why Use An ABR When Buying a Home

by Mark Brace

Why Use an ABR®: (REALTORS® Experienced in Buyer Representation)

Buying a home is no small matter. Besides being the largest financial transaction you may ever undertake, it’s probably also the most complex. There are many good reasons to work with a qualified real estate professional—especially a trained professional who has earned the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation, representing best-in-class buyer services.

When you look for an ABR® before you look for a home, you’ll be served, not sold. Your interests become their interests. And you’ll be working with someone who has gone the extra mile by completing specialized training in delivering the best in buyer-representation services. Plus, a REALTOR® who has an ABR® Designation also has an established track record, with proven experience in representing the concerns of homebuyers.

The ABR® Designation is awarded through the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council, or REBAC, which was founded in 1988 to promote superior buyer-representation skills and services. REBAC is an affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

Find a Buyer’s Rep – Directory of ABR®s and other buyer’s reps working to achieve this designation. You can look for me (Mark Brace) in the directory, I am a registered ABR with the National Assocaiation of Realtors and the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council.

ABR's are among the Top 2% of Buyers Agent Realtors, They have taken the ABR Training class with specialized education offer by the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council, And In addition have meet the feild requirements need to to be awarded the ABR designation.

If You are thinking of buying a home in Grand Rapids Michigan you should contact Mark Brace, from Prudential Preferred Realtors to use as your personal Buyers Agent.

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Contact Information

Mark Brace, Realtor, ABR, GRI, CRS, SRES, e-PRO, A
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate
3000 East Beltline NE
Grand Rapids MI 49525
Direct: (616) 447-7025
Cell: (616) 540-7705
Fax: (616) 447-7025

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Michigan Real Estate is a full service, locally operated real estate brokerage company backed by the strength of a solid national and global brand. Our full service businesses include Residential, Commercial, Relocation, Mortgage, Insurance, Home Services and New Homes & Land. Our core values, service philosophy, cutting edge technology, and most importantly our people are what make us the leading real estate company in Michigan. We are committed to providing the highest quality real estate services possible and making each customer's experience one that surpasses their expectations.