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Winter’s Coming – Time to Prep your Home for Cold Weather | Andrea Crossman Group Realty

Although the last few days felt more like Spring than November in West Michigan, winter is definitely on its way. It won’t be long until the chilly temperatures and lake-effect snow begin to affect the residents along the Lake Michigan coast.

With the weather staying above freezing for the time being, it’s a great time to prepare your home for the breezy and frigid Great Lakes winter. With so many homes perched along the shores of Lake Michigan and other bodies of water like Lake Macatawa, the winter winds can have a harsh effect on your utility bills too.

Here are some important steps to take that will help protect your home and keep your winter costs down too.

1. Inspect your Heating System

Your heat and cooling system needs to be

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Whether it’s across town, to another state, or from one coast to the other, people relocate to new homes for lots of reasons. Some move to be closer to family, while others move for business reasons.

With its incredible natural resources, strong job market, and quaint coastal destinations, West Michigan is a great place to live. No matter why you’re looking to relocate, here are some of the best reasons to make the Lake Michigan shoreline your next home.

Quaint Coastal Destinations

Dozens of small towns, and some larger locales, pepper both the Lake Michigan and Lake Huron coasts. The upper Peninsula also features some very rural destinations for more adventurous travelers.

For those looking for quiet getaways, West Michigan offers

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One of the biggest barriers to passing a cottage to your children is affordability and more specifically property taxes. If transferring a cottage isn't done in certain ways, the property taxes will be adjusted to the current value (or "uncapped" as we call it). This could result in a small change, but it more often will lead to a massive tax increase. I've worked with clients who would have otherwise seen property taxes increase between 200% and 1,100% upon their passing.

These are a few tips to keep in mind to avoid this property tax increase and make the cottage affordable for your children:

1.  Avoid Planning with an LLC. When the Michigan legislature changed the property tax laws, it didn't make the LLC a favorable entity to use. When the

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De Boers Bakkerij and Dutch Brothers Restaurant | Andrea Crossman Group

This week on the Andrea Crossman Group blog, we’re going to begin a series of monthly spotlights on area businesses, restaurants, events, and other hot spots that make West Michigan a unique and beautiful place to live.

With its beautiful natural resources and waterfront towns, West Michigan features a diverse collection of events, eateries, and attractions all found along the Lake Michigan coast.

Perched on the shores of Lake Macatawa, Holland, Michigan is well-known for it’s Dutch Heritage. The town also features some of West Michigan’s most beautiful parks and beaches, with a thriving boating community and terrific fishing as well.

Holland’s Dutch heritage also means there are some unique attractions for residents and visitors alike

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Working from Home Drives New Home Buyers | Andrea Crossman Group

Although the appearance of Coronavirus, or Covid-19, has had some impact on the real estate markets, home sales in many areas of the country such as West Michigan are still strong.

With interest rates at record lows, homes have spent less time on the market and bidding wars have been common. In fact, according to Zillow, homes are selling at the fastest pace in more than two years.

The low interest rates have also driven new mortgage applications to rise more than 30% over the same week in 2019. As job losses slow and economic recovery steadies, buyer confidence also increases.

Home buyers desires have shifted since the appearance of Covid-19, prompting more buyers to seek out homes with space for a home office. As the number of people

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There’s More to Michigan than the Lakeshore | Andrea Crossman Group

At more than 3200 miles, Michigan has more coastline than any US state except Alaska. Often called the Third Coast, Michigan’s shoreline features towering dunes, beautiful harbors, and waterfront towns both large and small.

The Michigan shoreline, and especially West Michigan, are often the draw for homebuyers looking for waterfront property along Lake Michigan stunning beaches, or on of the many smaller lakes that dot it’s coast.

However, Michigan has so much more to offer homebuyers moving within the state or those relocating to Michigan from somewhere else. West Michigan boasts several of the most popular destinations for homebuyers, including Lansing, Holland, and Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids and the surrounding area includes artsy

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West Michigan has one of the most beautiful shorelines in America. With its soaring dunes, clear waters, and some of the most incredible sunsets anywhere, the Michigan Lakeshore has something for everyone.

The Lake Michigan coastline is also dotted with towns ranging from big and vibrant, such as Holland and Muskegon, to small and quaint like Saugatuck and Pentwater. Each one has its own personality, molded by the communities that call them home.

Located just north of Grand Haven, the village of Spring Lake has some of the prettiest waterfront properties in West Michigan. Wrapped around the 1,000 acre body of water that bears its name, Spring Lake lies on the Grand River just two and a half miles from its exit into Lake Michigan.

With 25

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Lake Michigan Waters |Andrea Crossman Group

West Michigan has seen quite a bit of rain so far this year, with late April downpours breaking local records up and down the Michigan Lakeshore. However, the record precipitation along with the affects of Covid-19 on the West Michigan housing market, have done little to dampen homebuyer’s spirits.

With the rise of virtual open houses and 3D home tours, waterfront real estate buyers are still showing a great deal of interest in offerings from South Haven to Manistee and beyond.

The heavy rains have brought some flooding concerns, and with the flooding, attention has returned to the high Lake Michigan water levels. Water levels in the big lakes set record levels in 2019 and are expected to do so again.

Although Lake Michigan and Lake Huron,

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Big Red - Lake Macatawa Lighthouse 

There are quite a few ports around the Michigan coastline, each with it’s own distinct personality. Some are more industrialized, others provide a central hub around which small, waterfront towns thrive and vacationing families go to relax on the beach.

Located on the West Michigan shore, Lake Macatawa gives Holland, Michigan more than 1700 acres of watery back yard. At 6 miles long and 1.2 miles across at it’s widest point, Lake Macatawa is not the largest port in Western Michigan. However, it is one of the most picturesque, with an active boating community, stunning sunsets, access to the Big Lake, and beautiful waterfront homes.

Lake Macatawa is surrounded on all sides by the town of Holland, with the north side ending on the Holland State

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The nightly news and big papers have been predicting a course correction in the housing market since the beginning of the year. With the unexpected appearance of COVID-19, the future of the housing market has become hard to guess. 

However, some shifts in the housing market have begun to take place and have little or nothing to do with the market’s financial stability, interest rates, or most other common indicators. Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has affected other aspects of the home buying and selling process aside from financial concerns. 

Some recent studies predict a shift in purchasing from the cities back to the suburbs, where a little distance between families may be a good thing. Whether the virus is directly responsible for this trend is

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