Lisa VanderLoo

Sales Associate

Cascade

4488 Cascade Road SE

Grand Rapids, MI49546

Main: 616-957-1680 Direct: 616-559-7223
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Negotiate Your Best House Buy

Keep your emotions in check and your eyes on the goal, and you’ll pay less when purchasing a home.Here are six tips for negotiating the best price on a home.1. Get prequalified for a mortgageGetting prequalified for a mortgage proves to sellers that you’re serious about buying and capable of affording their home. That will push you to the head of the pack when sellers choose among offers; they’ll go ...

Funny Things I have Seen Touring Homes

One of the funniest things I have personally seen is this bedroom/bathroom combo.  As people get older they lose their mobility, making common daily tasks more difficult. How did this elderly person deal with it? They took a closet and converted it into a bathroom. Only three feet away from the bed, how convenient! Only problem is there was no door, and no room to add one either. Not ...

Grand Rapids Housing Market Ranks as a 'Best Buy' in US

The Grand Rapids Business Journal published this article recently. They are forecasting a 27% increase in home values over the next three years. That is quite a lofty goal, since home prices have already increased by about 13% over the last year and a half. The double digit appreciation reflects the market correcting itself as the foreclosures and short sales that were dominating inventory ...

America’s Least Favorite Neighbors: Renters

Why homeowners don’t want you to move in next door Most Americans know their neighbors by name, new research finds, and might even invite them over occasionally for tea. That is, unless the neighbor is — gasp — a renter. Indeed, people are more prejudiced against renters than any other group living on their street, according to a survey of over 3,000 adults released Thursday ...

What You Should Know About Your Home and Your 2013 Taxes

It’s the last year for three sweet home tax benefits, but the first for a way simpler home office deduction. These days few things start a fight on Capitol Hill faster than taxes. Despite the fact that three important tax benefits used by millions of American homeowners are days from expiring, Congress is unlikely to do anything to re-up them any time soon.So if you’re eligible, tax year ...

Four Common Real Estate Scams

Though the housing recovery is trucking along, that doesn't mean real estate scams have gone away. Home owners have been duped out of an average of $4,000 to $5,000 from scams, but even five-figure losses aren’t uncommon for those who have fallen prey to fake loan modifications and other housing fraud.  Highlighted here are four of the most common real estate scams today: 1. Rental scams: ...

5 Ways to Boost Home Security

Studies show that summer is the peak season for home break-ins. Why? Because people tend to open the windows and forget to close them when they leave. They forget to lock the front door while working out back in the garden – often leaving purses, wallets, and other valuables out in plain sight. But regardless of the season, you can learn how to boost your home security. • Kickproof your ...

Love thy neighbor? Yeah, right. We're lucky if we can even tolerate them.

A recent survey by Harris Interactive and State Farm Insurance found that 60% of Americans have a pet peeve with someone who lives nearby. A bad neighbor "can make your life a total nightmare," says Bob Borzotta, managing editor of NeighborsFromHell.com, whose message boards contain more than 42,700 posts on unfriendly neighbor behavior. At the extreme, certain next-door nuisances -- such as annoying ...

Questions Young Home Buyers Should Ask

Believe it or not, even in these rough economic times, the average age of the first time home buyer has been gradually decreasing. In 2008 the average age was 35 years old, and in 2011 the average age dropped to age 30. Personally, I think of all the people I know that bought a home in the last few years and literally all of them are 27 years old or younger, which has raised the question: are they ...

Moving Out And Buying In: Single Ladies Emerge As Homeowners

It's hard to remember that just a few decades ago it was difficult, if not impossible, for a woman alone to take out a mortgage. Federal legislation changed that. And yet, it's still surprising to learn how dominant single women have become in the housing market today: Their share is second only to married couples, and twice that of single men. Amanda Cowley repaints her bathroom during ...
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