When Looking for Housing, Start With the Great Lakes

Written by admin on June 30, 2013. Posted in Fennville mi homes for sale, Lake michigan homes for sale, Saugatuck real estate

Michigan lake homes for sale

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The current housing market is just not that easy to navigate. Is it time to buy? Will the interest rates stay low? Will they go lower? People are understandably concerned. They have watched as their friends and family who bought houses a decade ago face foreclosure and financial ruin. It can be incredibly difficult to decide whether the time is right to buy or continue renting.

In the current housing market, it is worth looking at certain lake front properties, including some of the many Grand Rapids homes for sale. Lake front real estate retained much of its value during the housing crisis, so it did not have as far to go in order to rebound from that crash. Veteran Michigan real estate agent Rory McIntosh has himself purchased two of the Grand Rapids homes for sale as investment properties. “It makes sense to buy now,” said McIntosh. “The rates are low and the properties are only going to go up in value.”

Lake front property is a particularly safe investment. It brings all of the benefits of ocean front property, but without the potentially disastrous side effects. “In an ocean front property,” said McIntosh, “the towns become ghost towns as soon as summer ends. In a lake front community, people are there year round, and you can rent out your home to ice fishermen in the winter months.” McIntosh also noted the much reduced risk of natural disaster in Holland MI homes, as hurricanes are rarely a problem there.

When sifting through the various Grand Rapids homes for sale, make sure to look at some of the lesser known communities. McIntosh recommends the bustling little city of Holland. Holland is a modestly sized city, only the seventh largest metro area in all of Michigan. It spans the line between Ottawa and Allegan counties, with the county line running right through the middle of a city that has just over 33 thousand people (more than 95 thousand in the surrounding areas). The town partly derives its name from the once steady stream of immigrants from the the Netherlands to the area (which was stopped for the first time in nearly 100 years when the Nazis invaded the Netherlands in May of 1940). On a bit of a whimsical note, Holland is home to the church that started the “What Would Jesus Do” craze in 1989.

Among the lakefront homes for sale in michigan, Holland is a sure bet. Lake Michigan is located just minutes from the town center, and it is a vibrant lakefront community with a healthy mix of vacation homes and permanent residents. Essentially, it is the ideal market for a safe investment in an unsettled time. As McIntosh put it, “Holland mi real estate is where I am putting my own cash. It is a gem of a market.”

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Comments (7)

  • August 27, 2013 at 9:30 am |

    Lakes are great and all, but when people talk about waterfront housing, they mean the ocean. Lakes just arent the same.

  • February 23, 2014 at 4:52 pm |

    Totally NOT true. I love lakes and despise oceans (aside from the sound). Lots of folks cant stand the salty air, the constant tourist traps, or the annual hurricanes. Give me a lake any day.

  • March 25, 2014 at 6:55 pm |

    Totally NOT true. I love lakes and despise oceans (aside from the sound). Lots of folks cant stand the salty air, the constant tourist traps, or the annual hurricanes. Give me a lake any day.

  • Alexandra Chapman
    April 24, 2014 at 8:03 pm |

    Totally NOT true. I love lakes and despise oceans (aside from the sound). Lots of folks cant stand the salty air, the constant tourist traps, or the annual hurricanes. Give me a lake any day.

  • Sophia Shelton
    May 24, 2014 at 8:05 pm |

    Totally NOT true. I love lakes and despise oceans (aside from the sound). Lots of folks cant stand the salty air, the constant tourist traps, or the annual hurricanes. Give me a lake any day.

  • June 23, 2014 at 8:15 pm |

    Totally NOT true. I love lakes and despise oceans (aside from the sound). Lots of folks cant stand the salty air, the constant tourist traps, or the annual hurricanes. Give me a lake any day.

  • Mark Perry
    July 23, 2014 at 8:17 pm |

    Totally NOT true. I love lakes and despise oceans (aside from the sound). Lots of folks cant stand the salty air, the constant tourist traps, or the annual hurricanes. Give me a lake any day.

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