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Benefits of living on the lakeshore

Are you looking for an affordable and relaxing home? Consider the tranquil shores of Lake Michigan. Wake up every morning to the sound of the shore crashing along the coast mixed with the melody of the seagull calling out over the reserve. Living on the border of Lake Michigan may be one of the best choices you have ever made.

One of the main advantages for living on the lake is that you have easy access to the water 24/7. There are over 8 parks around Holland alone that allow you to easily access the waterfront and enjoy a relaxing day on the beach. If you savor your privacy, a waterfront home is a great fit for you.  

Homes on the water often offer a large amount of privacy, which can be hard to come by these

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A Large Opportunity Found in a Small Place

Has the place you call home become lukewarm? Are you looking for a spontaneous adventure that may change your life forever? Consider moving to West Michigan. This area is an alluring venue that holds many benefits for you and your family. From the tremendous amount of job opportunities to the stunning beaches of Lake Michigan, your freedom is set by your own imagination. There are 5 things that make this place so captivating which include the great location, affordable housing, beautiful beaches, vast job opportunities and limitless activities that are for all interests.

Living along the lakeshore is a great place to set as your permanent destination. If you are looking for a small tight-knit community then

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According to the calendar, love is in the air. And according to the infamous groundhog, spring is right around the corner! So now is the time to weigh your home selling and buying options before the bustling spring gets here. Currently in North Holland, 127 homes are active on the market. Active listings in January saw a small decrease of 5% compared to December; however compared to last January, there was a 12% increase in active listings. Since January 1st of this year, 46 homes have sold at an average of 97.6% of listing price. On average, homes in North Holland are on the market for 82 days before closing.

South Holland currently has 103 active residential real estate listings. This year, 47 homes have sold at an average of 95.6% of listing price.

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Fall is officially here! Days are getting shorter and the nights are getting colder, but the residential real

estate market is still warm and steady. Active listings in North Holland boasted an increase of 20% over

last month and 74% over this time last year. This quarter there were 476 active listings compared to 357

for the 3rd quarter of 2014. The 2nd quarter of this year had 342 active listings. This is an increase of 39%

compared to this quarter. Over the course of the year, 499 homes have sold in North Holland with an

average of 77 days on market. These homes have sold for an average of 97.7% list-to-sale price.

South Holland saw a slight drop in active and new listings this month. South Holland actually had a 5%

decrease in

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Earlier we posted an article on Facebook outlining 5 questions you should ask your Realtor. Not only does The Luke Bouman Team offer those 5 important elements, but our team also provides further ways we can of benefit to you. Following are additional questions to ask a potential Realtor, all of which The Luke Bouman Team offers.

1. Are you and/or your team professionally coached?

     When looking at anyone who is successful and excelling at what they do, more often than not, they are coached. Whether it be sports or business, behind every excelling professional there is usually a mentor or coach that is helping them on the backend. They are experienced third party advisors that offer advice, training, and ways to further develop in their field.

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There are some places that just seem to attract more than their share of vacationers, and Holland, MI is one of them. The area is dotted with vacation homes and cottages, with some people just coming out to enjoy the warm summer months while others are present all year long. So why is it that Holland is such a great area to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life?

It starts with the setting. Near the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa, Holland is a perfect setting for taking a vacation. This location alone gives it many advantages over neighboring towns and makes it one of the most-popular spots along the beautiful Lake Michigan coastline.

While one could write a whole book on what is so great about this region, the following

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Given the popularity and beauty of the Lake Michigan coast, it might seem like an impossible task to find a luxury vacation home that doesn’t completely break your budget. And it is true – property and luxury homes along Lake Michigan can be very expensive. That doesn’t mean, however, that there aren’t some values to be had along the way if you know where to look. One of the best ways to find value is to retain the services of a real estate agent experienced in the Lake Michigan market who can help you hunt down available properties and sort through them to uncover the best deal.

Beyond using an experienced Realtor, there are a few handy tips you can use to narrow your focus and help you come up with that luxury home you have been dreaming of for a

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What good is a luxury home near Lake Michigan if you can’t share it with the people who mean the most to you? Whether you have a large family and want to make sure everyone can come out to visit, or just like to invite friends frequently, a large home gives you more flexibility to have big events and let everyone take part.

The good news is that the shores of Lake Michigan are dotted with large, luxury vacation homes for you to consider. While some of them are quite expensive, others fall down into a more-affordable range. Figure out exactly what your budget is for this real estate purchase and then start sorting through the listing with the help of an experienced Lake Michigan Realtor.

Besides just having plenty of room for other guests, there are

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