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Looking to rent or purchase a new home? Moving Tips!

We are in the business of moving. We are not physical movers of furniture, we don't rent out trucks, or pack your belongings. We rent out apartments, homes, condos and more. It feels great to provide a most essential need, housing. We know that not too many things top...

Remodeling – Looking for a Classic Pick Up

Hey Folks! We are looking for a 1950's Classic Pick Up that is running and in good shape.  "Driver" quality please.  Do you know anyone who might wan to part with theirs?  Let us know.   Our  crew at Compass Remodeling is looking to join some parades in Kentwood,...

Do I Really Need a Professional Property Manager?

I or someone in my family can do it. There are times in life when everyone needs to hire something out. You lack either the time or skills (or both) to be able to complete a task and begin lo0king for someone who does. Often these choices are obvious. If you don’t...

The Home Sale: Securing the Deal

Ready to close the deal? Maybe not. Sometimes unforeseeable issues arise just prior to closing the sale. Hopefully, with negotiation, most of these have a workable solution. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. But don’t panic. Another buyer might still be...

Grand Rapids Rental Market

What is going on with today’s rental market? We see good things happening at Compass Property Management. Our For Rent page is constantly changing with new rentals! Many properties are being pre-leased, and never even making it to our website. Demand is high, supply...

Property Management: Ever Changing Industry

Property Management is an ever changing industry. When I started back in the 90’s, we advertised rentals using 5 line ads in the Grand Rapids Press. We looked for every print ad opportunity in the local area. It wasn’t cheap. Nowadays, we advertise on Craiglist....

What is a CMA and Why Do You Need One?

CMA is real estate shorthand for “Comparative Market Analysis”. A CMA is a report prepared by a real estate agent providing data comparing your property to similar properties in the marketplace. The first thing an agent will need to do to provide you with a CMA is to...

Traversing the Pitfalls of Home Inspections

June and Fred Smith were diligent about getting their home ready for sale. They ordered a pre-sale termite inspection report. The report revealed that their large rear deck was dry-rot infested, so they replaced it before putting their home on the market. The Smiths...

Risks of Remodeling Without a Permit

Most cities require that homeowners obtain a building permit before making modifications to their residence. Which modifications require a permit vary by city. Also, some cities are more vigilant than others in enforcing permit laws. In order for the homeowner to...

Surviving Escrows

You’ve Opened Escrow, Now What? Congratulations, you are on your way to owning your very own home! Follow these suggestions (and your realtor’s advice) so that escrow and settlement with go as smooth as possible. You will be asked for a down payment on the home you...

Getting the Best Rates for Your Mortgage

Naturally, you want to get the best deal for the least amount of money. This holds true for mortgage rates as well. A lower interest rate means a lower monthly mortgage payment, which can save you money in the long run. Also, it is easier to qualify for a lower...

Types of Mortgages

Fortunately for buyers, there are a variety of mortgages to choose from. It is in your best interest to investigate each of them to determine which is the best for your situation. You probably won’t qualify for all of them. In fact, you may only qualify for one. But...

How to Negotiate with Sellers

Buying a home is one of the most important purchases most people will make. In order to make the right decision the first time, potential buyers need to be prepared. Consider the following before starting negotiations: Be prepared Research the housing market in the...

Advice for First-Time Buyers

Pre-Qualification: Meet with a mortgage broker and find out how much you can afford to pay for a home. Pre-Approval: While knowing how much you can afford is the first step, sellers will be much more receptive to potential buyers who have been pre-approved. You’ll...

Property Management: Ever Changing Industry

Property Management is an ever changing industry. When I started back in the 90's, we advertised rentals using 5 line ads in the Grand Rapids Press. We looked for every print ad opportunity in the local area. It wasn't cheap. Nowadays, we advertise on Craiglist....

Grand Rapids Rental Market

What is going on with today's rental market? We see good things happening at Compass Property Management. Our For Rent page is constantly changing with new rentals! Many properties are being pre-leased, and never even making it to our website. Demand is high, supply...

Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite Your Residents or Your Wallet

Landlords and tenants may soon have some responsibilities outlined when it comes to bedbugs in Michigan. The State of Michigan is attempting to define these roles more clearly to prevent further infestations in rentals. "It is in oftentimes the landlord-tenant...

ShamRock and Roll – Raising Money for Red Cross

  Every year the Compass Property Management gang enjoys bowling to raise money for the American Red Cross of West Michigan. The Property Management Association of West Michigan puts on a great event called the ShamRock and Roll. There is always a lot of fun to...

Surviving City Inspections: RPOA 2014

Compass Property Management had the pleasure of presenting at the Rental Property Owner Association's Annual Conference & Expo held at Devos Hall this year.  Our master plumber/maintenance supervisor, Tim Hannan, presented at the breakout session called Surviving...

RPOA Membership – Get A Discount On Us!

  Whether you own one rental property or hundreds or a business with a reputable product or service that would benefit rental property owners, you owe it to yourself to join the Rental Property Owners Association of Kent County (RPOA). We would like to offer you...

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