mecosta county: Does That Skunk Come With the Home? - 04/17/15 07:34 AM
Does that skunk come with the home?
 
All was ready to close the home sale the next day, but when we did the final walk-through, we discovered a skunk who had recently taken up residence in the 4-foot-deep window well of the egress window in the basement.  (Definitely was not there during inspections, as contractor opened and closed the window to check operation).
 
This skunk was indeed alive and well(?), and should have been hibernating, but it stirred and was shivering in the ten-degree cold.  Since there was two feet of snow covered with a sheen of ice on the very frozen ground, … (15 comments)

mecosta county: Have Fun at the Hemlock Park Wooden Playscape in Big Rapids, Michigan - 04/08/15 12:23 PM
Have Fun at the Hemlock Park - Wooden Playscape in Big Rapids, Michigan
Now that Spring has finally brought us some (almost sorta kinda) warm weather, the wooden playscape at Hemlock Park is a great place to bring the kids for hours of fun - and best of all, it's FREE!  Located just east of the main downtown Michigan Street, just go north of Maple and you will see the city sign pointing toward Hemlock Park.  The longer you look, the more you will notice the special touches in this park, including a bridge resembling the Mighty Mackinac Bridge, a 'stage' complete … (1 comments)

mecosta county: Signs of Spring in Mecosta County Michigan - 04/01/15 03:30 PM

We finally had a robin show up in our yard this week - latest date ever!  
Even the crocuses are not out yet... just the tips of the leaves poking out of the ground so far.
 
While most signs of Spring are a little behind this year, one sign is right on time - buyers looking for homes to buy and sellers wanting to sell their homes!
 
It seems so good that every year this same sign of Spring signals the beginning of that great circle of life - Sellers listing their homes for sale, and Buyers … (0 comments)

mecosta county: What is a reasonable offer amount on a home in Mecosta County, MI? - 03/16/15 01:50 PM
Whether you are buying a home or selling a home in Mecosta County, MI, it is important to know what prices are being accepted on homes, compared to what price the homes are listed for.
 
In Mecosta County, this has not varied a lot over the last few years, at approximately 92% over the last year and through February 2015.  The chart below also shows the ratios comparing the original list price with the actual selling price.  (The chart is displaying data from the Southwest Michigan MLS, specifically for Mecosta County only.)

Of course every sale is different, but this … (0 comments)

mecosta county: Ready to list? Spring is just around the corner in Mecosta County, MI - 03/09/15 11:29 AM
Ready to list?  Spring is just around the corner in Mecosta County, MI

Sellers and home owners:
If you are planning to have your home listed for sale this Spring, now is the time to get started on those fix-ups that always seem to take longer than you think!  Photos will be taken of your home as soon as you list, so you want it to sparkle inside and out.
1)  Clean everything as thoroughly as possible.  Buyers want to see that your home and land are well cared for.  Stand in the doorway entering a room and take a … (0 comments)

mecosta county: So You Want to Buy a Home 'Land Contract' in Michigan? 10 things... - 03/06/15 01:48 PM
Ten things to consider when buying a home on Land Contract in Michigan!
 
You may have heard that buying a home on a "Land Contract" is the way to go.
 
Before you decide to narrow your home search to those sold on Land Contract terms, there are a few things you may want to consider:
 
1.) Many times a Land Contract purchase is far more expensive for the buyer than obtaining a mortgage.
 
2.) Generally, Land Contract sellers will require at least 10% of the sale price as a down payment, and some require 20% or more, … (1 comments)

mecosta county: Sat. Mar 8, 2014, Music JAMboree FREE Wheatland Music Org - Remus, MI - 02/20/14 02:57 PM
Sat. Mar 8, 2014, Music JAMboree FREE Wheatland Music Org - Remus, MI   (Click on photo for Wheatland Music Org page)  2 to 5 PM on Saturday, March 8, 2014, a free music JAMboree is open to all at the Wheatland Music Organization Cabin in Remus, Michigan.   You can come to just enjoy the music, or plan on joining in with any accoustic instrument, no matter what your level of playing!   Always a great time at Wheatland!     Held monthly, those scheduled for 2014 include: March 8th, 2014 April 12, 2014 … (0 comments)

mecosta county: Morley Stanwood MI - 2014 Valentines Day Events - 02/10/14 04:15 PM
Morley Stanwood MI - 2014 Valentines Day Events:
 
 
Corner Cafe All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry $9.99
(231) 823-8509    6 Front St,  Stanwood, MI 49346‎
 
Pig Roast to Benefit Morley Stanwood Band
Morley Stanwood Band Boosters are hosting pig roast
from 4 to 8 p.m.
on Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14, 2014
at the Morley American Legion, 
located at: 2560 Northland Dr, Morley, MI 49336
 
 
$10 Adults, $5 Children (under six)
The meal:  fresh roasted pork, two sides, a roll and beverage.
Also, there will be a silent auction, cake walk and face painting at the event.
Come … (0 comments)

mecosta county: Big Rapids, MI- Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival - Sept. 2, 2013 -FREE - 08/27/13 02:28 PM
Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival
Date: September 2, 2013
Location: Hemlock Park, Big Rapids, Michigan
Time: 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

This is a great Labor Day Activity, with plenty of local flavor!  Food, fun, and Arts and Crafts from all over Michigan!!
Come and join the fun... sponsored by the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce.  
See the latest trends as well as old-fashioned favorites.
Everything from crafty homemade items and foods to fine arts represented by local artists!
Something for everyone, and all ages!
Admission for attendees: FREE
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mecosta county: Big Rapids, Michigan 2013 River Days Celebration Events Aug 29-Sept 2 - 08/27/13 02:09 PM
Big Rapids, Michigan 2013 River Days Celebration Events Aug 29-Sept 2
Labor Day Weekend brings out the fun in Big Rapids!
For Riverdays Schedule of Events Click Here
It is amazing how many events are packed into this end-of-summer celebration in Big Rapids every year!
Events for all ages to enjoy include a Thursday ice cream social, Friday night music in Pocket Park by the
Keywest Permafrost Blues Band; Farmers Market; Car Cruise and Classic Car Show; 5K run; Kids sidewalk art and mural painting; Sale at the Old Jail; Outdoor movie; Numerous garage sales around town; Craft show on … (0 comments)

mecosta county: Paris, MI Farmers Market AND Sell Items - free booth outdoors 8/22/13 - 08/21/13 08:29 AM
August 22, 2013 - Paris, MI Farmers Market AND Sell Items - free booth space outdoors STONE HATCHERY PARK MARKET & FARMERS MARKET Date: August 22, 2013 Time: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM   Event Description Located in Paris MI. Rate for booth/site is $5.00 inside the stone hatchery building and free outside in a designated area. Sell your collectibles, or unused items. Contact Gary Todd for questions/registration reservations at 231-796-6012 … (1 comments)

mecosta county: Big Rapids, Michigan 2013 BANDSHELL SUMMER CONCERTS Hemlock Park - 07/15/13 02:40 PM
BANDSHELL SUMMER CONCERT    
Hemlock park, Big Rapids, Michigan Date: July 17, 2013 Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM   Event DescriptionThe Big Rapids Bandshell Summer Concert Series at Hemlock ParkLocated behind the BR Middle School.  Concerts are FREE and open to the public, pull up a chair and enjoy the sounds of Mecosta County!
 
SCHEDULE:
July 17th¶Flat River Big Band(Rock/Blues) 
July 24th¶Key West Permafrost Blues Band (Rock/Blues)
July 31st¶Quinn (Piano Duo) 
August 7th¶Free-Wheelin(Bluegrass) 
August 14th¶Blue Water Ramblers (Bluegrass/Country         … (0 comments)

mecosta county: Easter Egg Drop - Roben Hood Airport - Big Rapids, MI - March 30, 2013 - 03/25/13 04:19 PM
EASTER EGG DROP Big Rapids, Michigan
All children ages 1-12 years are invited to participate. 
 
Date: Saturday, March 30, 2013 
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00PM
 
Location:  Just north of Big Rapids on Northland Drive (State Street in Big Rapids), about a half mile north of Greenridge Realty Oakmont office.
 
Event Description1st Annual Mecosta County Community Easter Egg Drop at Roben Hood Airport in Big Rapids, 1pm. 
 
Guest appearance from the Easter Bunny, prizes and more.  Children must be accompanied by an adult and bring own basket/bag for gathering eggs. 
In case of inclement weather, event will be cancelled.
Sponsored by the Mecosta … (1 comments)

mecosta county: Sellers: Is Your Home Ready to Sell in Big Rapids, Michigan? - 03/10/13 08:22 AM
Sellers: Is Your Home Ready to Sell in Big Rapids, Mecosta County, Michigan?
In today's competitive market, you must prepare your home to sell.
Step 1:  Make a consultation appointment with a Realtor• to find out what items inside and outside your home need attention, if any.
Step 2:  If needed, set up a second appointment when you will list the home for sale.
Step 3:  Make a plan to complete the repair/cleanup tasks before that listing appointment.
Step 4:  Keep your home close to show-ready until it is sold.
This may seem like a very simplified plan, and yet it … (0 comments)

mecosta county: Ten Things I Love About Winter in Mecosta County Michigan :) 2013 - 02/21/13 04:21 PM
Ten Things I Love About Winter in Mecosta County Michigan:
1) Watching the Snow Snakes winding across the road in front of me;
2) Seeing the mini tornado Snow Devils dancing in the windy fields;
3) Glimpsing a rainbow of color as a wall of fluffy snow flies off from the top of a hill;
4) Being in awe of the spectacular hoar frost crystals glistening on the trees in the morning sun; 
5) Crispy snow crunching underfoot amidst the diamonds scattered about my feet; 

6) Catching sight of a Bald Eagle against the snow or watching a herd of Deer … (0 comments)

mecosta county: Homes for Sale in Big Rapids, Mecosta County Michigan- Listings Needed - 02/16/13 09:35 AM
Homes for Sale in Big Rapids, Mecosta County Michigan- Listings Needed - including all of West Central Michigan.
Over the last 15 months, our West Central Michigan Area Homes for Sale have declined almost 18% overall!
 

 
If you live in Mecosta, Newaygo, Osceola or Lake County and are thinking of listing your home, NOW is the time!
Less inventory increases your chances of having your home sold.  Not sure if you are ready to list, or wonder what changes may make your home more sellable?
Your Realtor® can help answer these questions for you!

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mecosta county: Number of Homes for Sale in Big Rapids, MI is Down Almost 8%-Oct 2012 - 11/10/12 09:10 AM
Number of Homes for Sale in Big Rapids, MI is Down Almost 8% for October 2012 over last month available listings, and about 6% for all of Mecosta County, according the the West Central Michigan Association of Realtors® Multiple Listing Service trend numbers.
If you are a homeowner thinking of listing your home for sale, now is a good time to list in the Big Rapids and surrounding Mecosta County area.  We need more homes to sell, as solds are up 14%, yet the number of available homes to sell are down - especially quality homes that are not foreclosures.
Contact … (2 comments)

mecosta county: Big Rapids, MI - Zip 49307 Market Trends Graph - Oct 2011 to Sep 2012 - 11/06/12 02:21 PM
Big Rapids, MI - Zip 49307 Market Trends Graph - Oct 2011 to Sep 2012
Good News for our area home sales over the past year!  Solds for the 49307 zip code are up over 9 percent! (Big Rapids and surrounding nearby areas).  This is a very optimistic sign of improvement for our area, and hopefully the trend will continue to improve into 2013!  There are some dips in sales here and there, but overall, it is looking better!
If you ever have a question on trends in the Big Rapids, Mecosta County area and would like to know something specific … (2 comments)

mecosta county: FREE EXHIBIT- Festival of Trees - Big Rapids, MI - Through Nov 7, 2012 - 11/04/12 07:53 PM
FREE EXHIBIT- Festival of Trees - Big Rapids, MI - Through Nov 7, 2012 Chemical Bank is hosting the Festival of Trees Exhibit, which is free and open to the public. See these uniquely awesome trees in the bank lobby during normal business hours. On Wednesday, November 7th, the beautifully decorated trees (which are decorated by local busnesses), are auctioned off to benefit Mecosta County Medical Center. If you would like to attend the reception, which is from 6:30 to 9:00 pm on the 7th, Tickets are available from Hospital Trustees, the Foundation Board members, or from the Foundation office … (2 comments)

mecosta county: Churches in the Big Rapids, MI, & Surrounding Mecosta County, MI area - 10/27/12 09:26 AM
Churches in the Big Rapids, MI, & Surrounding Mecosta County, MI area
If you are thinking of moving to the Big Rapids, Michigan area, or surrounding Mecosta County towns, here is a list of churches, grouped by denominations, to help you get started.  If you are going to be looking at homes in the area, I would love to help you in your search.  See my information at end of post.
 
ASSEMBLY OF GOD
Big Rapids Assembly of God (Pastor Kevin Payne)
14200 Northland Drive
Big Rapids, MI   49307
Phone: (231)796-7121
bigrapidsag@yahoo.com 
 
BAPTIST
First Baptist
200 South Stewart
Big … (0 comments)

 
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