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Tales of the Honeymoon House Hack – Compass’ own Cameron Walker

RPOA's latest podcast series features Compass' own Cameron Walker discussing how he and his wife bought their 1st duplex. Tales of the Honeymoon House Hack - How they used their wedding registry to raise the down payment on their first House Hack, Evicted their tenant...

How not to save a buck

Emergency maintenance call came in last night "ELECTRICAL OUTLET IN BASEMENT JUST CAUGHT FIRE". This is what was found. Using a simple vacuum caused the wires to overheat and smoke. You can see from the pictures above that not only did the wires melt, the outlet...

Renters Now Rule Half of U.S. Cities – Bloomberg

In a recent article by Bloomberg, author Patrick Clark makes a case that "The American Dream increasingly involves a lease, not a mortgage." Clark notes that "Fifty-two of the 100 largest U.S. cities were majority-renter in 2015, according to U.S. Census Bureau data"...

In the news 3/3/17

Hello! I've run across several interesting reads in the past week, hopefully something here will pique your interest. Danish Companies Seek to Hire, but Everyone’s Already Working - although not about real estate I found this article interesting because I never...

In the news this week: Rental Ownership

A couple great articles crossed my news feed this week and I thought I'd share. February 16th on Bigger Pockets there was a great blog post titled 12 Reasons Why Rental Properties Are the Best Investment by Brandon Turner. Brandon goes into a dozen great reasons why...

It’s A Bird. It’s a Plane. It’s a Dog That Works With Both?

  Welcome to Traverse City; home of the Cherry Festival, Madonna's family winery and a guard dog at the airport? Meet Piper, a Boarder Collie "who chases birds off the grounds at Cherry Capital Airport K-9". An Instagram GIF goes viral, and what you'll see will...

Renters Insurance: Are You Safe?

    I'm sure the majority of us are always looking for a way to save; whether that be clipping coupons, unplugging electrical appliances and even bundling renters insurance with auto insurance. But what if bundling doesn't do everything it's supposed to?...

Housing Study: The most affordable markets are…..

According to the Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey, an annual report covering markets across the globe, of the 367 markets studied 89 were deemed affordable and 75 of those are in the United States. Grand Rapids made the list as one of the most...

Public colleges, best bang for your buck #9: Michigan Tech

An article from CNN Money named Michigan Technological University #9 on a list of public colleges with the best bang for your buck. "Some schools really do a great job of keeping their tuition costs in check," said Lydia Frank, editorial and marketing director at...

Rents Are Still Rising in Places Where Owning is Cheaper

In many counties across the country, purchasing a home is financially more beneficial than renting, but certain trends are keeping the home ownership rate low. According to analysis of The American Community Survey, CityLab reporter Kriston Capps says that slow...

New Mary Free Bed YMCA: ‘Not just a gym’

The new Mary Free Bed YMCA is the first of its kind — not just in West Michigan, but in the world. The facility at the southwest corner of Burton Street SE and Kraft Avenue in Cascade Township, east of Grand Rapids, is the first health and wellness facility in the...

Rents Have Increased by 3.7 Percent Since Sept. 2014

The number of renters are growing without a corresponding increase in construction, CityLab reports, and rents are rising. Further studies by New York Fed economists Jonathan McCarthy and Richard Peach found that rent is increasing a whole lot more “for those at the...

Fair Housing

Every year at Compass Property Management, we have a breakfast with the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan. We really value this time with all of our employees to learn and grow as a team. One of our core values at Compass is to Treat Everyone With Dignity. This is...

Labor Shortage Grand Rapids

  Anyone in construction or maintenance can tell you that there is a labor shortage in our industry in Michigan. We are hiring, if you know anyone, please send them our way, click here Compass Careers. We employ from general techs up to master plumbers. Due to...

Why Do We Love to Manage Properties?

    Why do we love to manage properties? There are so many reasons. It adds value to our community, to our investors, but on most days to our residents. It also allows us to provide really awesome jobs. But all in all, this blog is to say that we really love...

West Michigan Attracting Real Estate Investors From All Over

What is going on with the West Michigan real estate market? A better question would be, what is not going on in West Michigan? Let's look at this from a property management perspective. Compass Property Management was only founded in 2007, on a little card table in a...

Grand Rapids Car Share Service May Be Available This Fall

Grand Rapids could see a car-share service with 10 vehicles starting this fall if the city authorizes a partnership with Enterprise, which currently operates a smaller program at Grand Valley State University. The car share program would enable customers to reserve a...

West Michigan Cannonball! Friday, August 21 at 6:00pm

Looking for something fun and local to do with the family? Join a little band of car enthusiasts for their Gumball race to US 131 Motorsports Park for the midnight madness Friday, August 21 at 6:00 PM. Meeting at Berger Chevrolet about 6:00 they will rally SW GR and...

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