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WASHINGTON — U.S. home prices rose in January after three months of declines with Michigan having one of the largest gains. A tight supply of homes might have helped boost prices and offset sales slowed by cold weather.

The five states with the biggest price gains in January, compared with a year earlier, were Nevada, where prices rose 22.2%; California, 20.3%; Oregon, 14.3%; Michigan, 13.7%; and Georgia, 13.4%. Mississippi was the only state to report a price decline.

Real estate data provider CoreLogic says prices rose 0.9% in January after dipping 0.1% in December. Over the past 12 months, home prices have risen 12%, the biggest year-over-year gain in more than eight years.

CoreLogic’s price figures aren’t adjusted for seasonal patterns, such

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I recently created a google + page for my real estate Team.  Take a look at it here: Holland MIchigan Real Estate
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No matter if you are considering property in the Gun Lake area for a vacation home or as a full-time residence, there are many things to like about this beautiful part of Michigan. With countless recreation opportunities, miles of shoreline, and great properties to pick from, Gun Lake is an easy place to fall in love with. To highlight some of the main attractions to this location, please consider the four reasons listed below as some of the biggest draws to Gun Lake real estate ownership.

1. Variety of Properties to Choose From

Whether you have a modest budget of around a couple hundred thousand dollars, or a budget up around $1 million or more, Gun Lake is likely to have properties that you can consider. From small and cozy vacation cottages to

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No matter how you look at it, making the move to purchase a piece of West Michigan real estate as a vacation property is a big decision. You will have to think long and hard about whether or not you will be able to use the property enough to justify the expense. Also, there are things like maintenance and other chores that come along with owning a vacation property away from your full-time home. However, there are also many benefits that might convince you to make the plunge and buy a piece of vacation real estate for your own. The following three reasons can all play a part in deciding when the right time is to act.

Possibility of Rental Income

While you are likely buying the vacation getaway for the use of you and your family, it is possible to

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If you are looking for a great place to search for Lake Macatawa Real Estate then you need to visit my custom Lake Macatawa community page. This community page offers information on Lake Macatawa including the average sale price for homes on the lake, the highest priced, lowest price and number of listings on Lake Macatawa.  The homes on this beautiful inland lake with access to Lake Michigan have been for sale as high as $20,000,000 and as low as $180,000.  This search community page is the only place to be when looking for a Lake Macatawa Home For Sale.
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Georgetown shores offers some of the best waterfront Real Estate & Homes for Sale in all of West Michigan.  Homes on Georgetown shores in Hudsonville Michigan range as high as $1,000,000 and as low as $250,000.  The best place to find these homes and learn more about Georgetown shores is on my Georgetown Shores Real Estate Hudsonville Michigan page.  This community page is dedicated to one thing and that is the popular real estate in this beautiful subdivision.  Take a look yourself and find your dream home.
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Benefits of Working with a Lake Michigan Realtor

Thanks to the digital age in which we live, more and more home buyers (or sellers) feel that they have all the information that they need to take on a real estate transaction all on their own. While it is true that there is more information available to the average buyer than ever before, that doesn’t make it a smart move to forgo a licensed and experienced agent. A Realtor who works with you on a Lake Michigan real estate transaction is going to have insight into the process that you likely don’t possess on your own.

Local Knowledge

There is no substitute for working with a Realtor who is closely familiar with the local market and the trends that in place at the moment. While you might be able to

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When shopping among the many Lake Michigan homes for sale & Real Estate on the real estate market, you will have many factors to consider. If you are looking for a full-time home, you will make sure that the property has all of the features and amenities that you need, in addition to being in a great location that lets you take advantage of the beautiful surroundings and outdoor activities. In many ways, shopping for Lake Michigan real estate in Holland, Michigan (or anywhere else along the coastline) is no different than buying real estate anywhere around the country.

Size, Bedrooms, Bathrooms

The square footage, number of bedrooms, and number of bathrooms that are found in a home are usually the first stats that you need to consider (along with

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Owning waterfront property in West Michigan can bring unique liability risks that need to be addressed when purchasing a new home.  Living on Lake Michigan usually means more outdoor gatherings and parties, higher use of boardwalks and decks, and friends or family using your beach and water toys.  Without the proper insurance, you can be exposing yourself to a potential loss due to injury.  Higher liability limits for your home and motorized boats or toys would be recommended for lakefront property owners . Another option would be to purchase an umbrella policy, which would extend your liability coverage above and beyond the limits of your individual policies.  Keep in mind that a homeowners policy excludes coverage for floods as well.  If you are

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