ChoiceOne Bank Continues Expansion into Grand Rapids On Market Street

Posted by Adom Greenland on Jan 19, 2018 9:08:35 AM

ChoiceOne Bank is pleased to announce the continued expansion of their community bank franchise into West Michigan with a full-service branch office on Market Avenue in downtown Grand Rapids.

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Topics: Living in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Homebuying #Goals: Shopping for a House... for Our Dog!

Posted by Kylie Thompson on Jan 10, 2018 10:33:33 AM

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Topics: Mortgage, Living in Grand Rapids

Choosing Between a HELOC & a HEL

Posted by Gary Hall on Jan 3, 2018 11:31:00 AM

A major difference between home equity line of credit and home equity loan is how the money is distributed. They are both secured loans because your home is used as the collateral to back the loan. 

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Topics: Living in Grand Rapids, HELOC

Grand Rapids Living: Retiree turns Entrepreneur

Posted by Kylie Thompson on Oct 18, 2017 10:24:00 AM

An interview with Jeff Zack, founder and owner of Z Supply LLC

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Topics: Living in Grand Rapids, Commercial Loans

7 First Time Homebuyer Tips That Give You the Power!

Posted by Gary Hall on Oct 4, 2017 3:44:49 PM

One of the most important steps you can take as a first-time homebuyer is to get a mortgage preapproval right away! In today’s competitive real estate market, there are fewer homes available for sale than there are buyers. This is called a sellers’ market which means more buyers are looking for homes with fewer choices. The power behind a preapproval lets the seller know you are serious and ready to go! Here are 7 homebuyer tips to help you jumpstart your mortgage process.

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Topics: Mortgage, Living in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Living: Creative Studio Promotions

Posted by Hayden Keifer, Creative Studio Promotions on Aug 29, 2017 8:53:07 AM

What is that exciting and unique idea you have burning in your mind? Is it an invention? Is it a way you can help others? Whatever you are passionate about, you can make a difference in West Michigan. The vibrant business-sphere of West Michigan flows through every corner, creating exciting opportunities for growth, but how can we keep entrepreneurial spirit alive in West Michigan and sustain the rapid growth?

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Topics: Living in Grand Rapids, Commercial Loans

Grand Rapids Living: Building a Brewing Business

Posted by David Ringler on Aug 16, 2017 10:00:00 AM

I had witnessed the brewing industry evolve from the late 80’s, when the U.S. had hit a low of 44 brewing companies in the entire country, as a few small operators began to sprinkle the landscape. By the time I had become involved in brewing professionally in Germany in 1994, there were a handful of breweries in Michigan. I knew the proprietor at Kalamazoo Brewing, now Bell’s Brewery, and a few others had started by the time I moved “home” from the state of Bavaria, in Germany, in 1996. I had thought about starting a brewery in those days, but was often told “it would never work in West Michigan” at the time and I figured someone would open a German or Bavarian themed brewery in the area. By 2013, despite the local reputation as “Beer City, USA,” no one had done so.

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Topics: Living in Grand Rapids, Commercial Loans

West Michigan Has Emerged as Michigan’s Economic Power House and Vacation Playground

Posted by Gary Hall on Jul 7, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Grand Rapids, Michigan’s second-largest city, has been at the center of strong economic growth in West Michigan, and it continues to show that growth will continue into the future according to the latest census date. The city is home to five of the world's leading office furniture companies and is nicknamed the Furniture City. But what is giving the city national notoriety is being named: “Beer City.”

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Topics: Mortgage, Living in Grand Rapids