Where are the best home deals in greater Grand Rapids?

5:34 PM, Mar 15, 2013   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Realtors say the greater Grand Rapids market is the best it's been in years. Most homes are selling within 30 to 60 days; others within a few hours.

WZZM 13 News asked realtor Jason Carpenter from Keller Williams, to find a few homes as examples. They can be anywhere in the greater Grand Rapids area for under $175,000. First, we wanted to know where we could get the most for our money.

"What I would say is you get more bang for your buck in the city of Grand Rapids. You can get houses priced under $100 square foot there." One house was in the Alger Heights area and is priced at $179,850. It's 2,800 sq. ft.

"Then, you gravitate toward Jenison/Hudsonville and you're looking at $100 square foot." There was a house in a newer neighborhood, priced at $174,900. It was just over 1,700 sq. ft.

"Then, over in Ada/Cascade, you're looking at $110 and up, per square foot." The house Carpenter picked out was priced at $169,900 and is just over 1,500 sq. ft.

But, the number one factor that people consider is the school district.

"All the areas with good school districts remain attractive: East Grand Rapids, Forest Hills, the outer lying areas like Byron Center, Rockford and Caledonia."

The bottom line is that you need to consider multiple factors when buying a home. Just keep in mind the market is good right now, and you may not have a lot of time to decide.

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