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Foreclosure rates drop in Wyoming-Grand Rapids

Foreclosure rates drop in Wyoming-Grand Rapids

WYOMING, Mich.—Home foreclosure rates in Wyoming and Grand Rapids are dropping.

According to Corelogic, only 0.81 percent of homes in the Grand Rapids-Wyoming area were in foreclosure this past June.  That’s about half a percentage point lower than the same time last year.  At 2.49 percent, the national foreclosure rate in June was more than triple the rate in Grand Rapids Wyoming.

Only 3.2 percent of homeowners in Grand Rapids/Wyoming were 90 days or more behind on making their mortgage payment in June 2013.  That’s 1.13 percent lower than the same time last year, and more than 2 percent lower than the national average foreclosure rate.

Spring Parade of Homes sees record traffic

Spring Parade of Homes sees record traffic

The Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids says the 2013 Spring Parade of Homes is seeing record traffic.

The organization says more than 50,000 people have toured homes so far.  The Spring Parade of Homes runs through June 8.  Remodeled homes will be open for touring June 7 and June 8 from 1 p.m.

Kym Spring is Paying Her Rent

Kym Spring is Paying Her Rent

Kym Spring of the Kent County Renter's Alliance believes that equitable, affordable housing is a basic need, and one that is vital if a city is to have strong neighborhoods and an appeal to new talent. Here's how Spring "pays her rent."... Read More

Plans For New Apartments In Creston Plaza

Grand Rapids Housing Commission has plans to replace Creston Plaza with 90 new apartments.

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Free Legal Advice For Kent County Renters

Free Legal Advice For Kent County Renters

If you're renting a house or an apartment and have an issue with your landlord, what happens if you can't afford to move or hire an attorney?

While most landlords respect their tenants' privacy and maintain the homes they own, unfortunately not all do. And when there is little money to move or pay for legal advice, sometimes renters feel stuck and are unsure what to do.
 

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Faced with cutting programs or expanding, local arts group expands

Faced with cutting programs or expanding, local arts group expands

information provided by VSA Arts Michigan

 

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – VSA arts Michigan-Grand Rapids, a non-profit organization supporting individuals with disabilities through art education, closed on a lease for a 1500 SF suite in the Old North Boundary building on North Monroe in an attempt to accommodate growing demand for its services. Effective April 1 the organization intends to operate from its new location at 1140 Monroe Avenue NW in a former factory transformed into an urban retail-office complex known as Old North Boundary.

In recent years VSA had continuously seen growth within its programs and initiatives, which recently brought them to a head with cutting programs and staff, or moving into a larger space.  

“We can’t imagine cutting programs. That is not an option,” notes Michele Suchovsky, Executive Director of the local VSA chapter.