UPDATE: AUCTION OPPORTUNITY: 1670 Langley St. SE Kentwood MI – (Nov 29 – Dec 3, 2014)

Exterior Picture front Langley


STARTING BID:  $49,000. Located on a large lot which expands beyond the fenced in backyard, this 3 bedroom, 2 bath Ranch home that, offers a good value to home buyers. The home features: 2 wood burning fireplaces (upstairs and down) and a wide open floor plan which seems to expand with light coming in through a substantial expanse of windows. The 3 stall garage provides ample room for 3 cars or could be used to store recreational vehicles in the off-season. In fact, storage is something this house has a lot of, including a large sewing/craft space downstairs with shelving and an exercise area. The 3rd bedroom upstairs can also be used as a den or study as it opens up to an expansive double tiered deck in the backyard. The owner is willing to part with 2 window air conditioning units which effectively keep the upstairs cool. This home is featured for Auction on homesearch.com.  Additional information from the homesearch.com website is highlighted below.  AUCTION BIDDING TO END:  November 29th – December 3, 2014.


  • A buyer’s premium equal to the greater of 5% of the winning bid amount or $2,500 will be added to all winning bid amounts that will determine the total purchase price
  • Property is being offered “AS IS, WHERE IS”
  • There are no inspection or financing contingencies
  • Property is being offered as a short sale
  • Buyer’s Agent Commission to be paid per Servicer’s standard short sale guidelines and approval
  • All pictures, details or descriptions of any property, condition of title, value or otherwise is provided for informational purposes only and may not represent the true and current status of the property now or at the time of sale. Neither Seller, Seller’s Broker, nor the Auctioneer shall be liable for any allowance, adjustment or revision in value of any property based upon the failure of such property, its appliances, its fixtures or its floor plan to conform to any specific standard. HomeSearch.com hereby disclaims any representations or warranties as it relates to all information found herein.
  • The information available on this page is for marketing purposes only
  • HomeSearch.com companies are affiliates of the servicer of this property, Nationstar Mortgage LLC.

Avalon Pointe Estates – Featuring 6471 Avalon Dr. SE, Caledonia MI 49316

Featuring 6471 Avalon Dr. SE, Caledonia MI 49316

We just listed a beautiful new home in Avalon Pointe Estates.  The address is 6471 Avalon Dr. SE, Caledonia MI.  The home sits on .3 Acres bordering undeveloped acreage.  There’s a lot of space here…2,500 sq. ft finished plus potential for more square footage in the basement.  The interior is immaculate and shows pride of ownership. This property can be viewed on the Local MLS or

Click here or the picture to preview a Real Estate Show.

About the  Avalon Pointe Community…

Avalon Pointe Estates is a community of condominium homes, duplexes and tri-plexes  in Caledonia MI.  Turning into the community which is just north off of 68th Street, a beautifully landscaped entry provides a welcoming aesthetic.  Association home owners can enjoy some respite from the more mundane tasks of home ownership as the Association fees include lawncare, trash and snow removal as well as bi-weekly recycling.

The community Clubhouse is a popular meeting spot for gatherings.  Residents are encouraged to meet their neighbors through activities which take place in the Clubhouse which includes a pool area.  For property owners who are not condominium dwellers, a variety of home styles and structures are available.  They can also take advantage of the amenities at the Gatehouse for a yearly Fee.

Click here to Pre-View more Condominium Homes For Sale in Caledonia, MI

Nearby Schools – Avalon Pointe Community – Caledonia MI

  1. Explorer Elementary School
  2. Rainbow Child Care Center
  3. East Kentwood High School
  4. Dutton Christian Middle School
  5. Pinewood Middle School
  6. Cross Creek Charter Academy
  7. Kentwood Public Schools: East Kentwood Freshman Campus
  8. Horizons DRC

Multi-Generational Living Option – Rockford, MI – Featuring 6211 Kies NE Rockford MI 49341


For additional information on Multi-Generational Living, read this Blog Post.

Located on 3 acres of an idyllically scenic setting, this spacious home was designed with Multi-Generational living in mind. For many people, this style of home offers several advantages including:  Affordable Living,  Privacy, Plenty of Space to Roam and Play plus the Flexibility to grow and contract as your needs dictate.

With more college students returning home for a stint and an increase in home rentals, this home has a lot of potential benefit.  The walk-out downstairs area is plumbed, studded and framed out for 2-3 additional bedrooms, a Living Room, laundry area and kitchen. The main level features an open style gathering room with a large counter-top and range cooker. An additional bar-top provides even more seating in this ample space.

Two stairways on all levels ensure that there will never be a traffic jam as members of the household engage one another. There are 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths on the main level plus a large loft area which is currently used as office space but could easily be converted into an additional bedroom and bath upstairs.

Other features to note include: zoned heating (4 zones) central vacuum, 2 laundry areas, radiant heat around bath, heated flooring in downstairs, water softener, drinking water filtration system, a fire-pit and expanded deck.  The home abuts Luton Park, a popular nature preserve.

The area attracts a generous assortment of wildlife including deer and butterflies. Lots of options here…see them for yourself! Call us at 616-881-6889 for an appointment.  Click on the picture for an interior pre-view tour.

Illegal Eviction? Why the Robo Signing Fiasco Is Causing Some Homeowners to Move Back In.

lockWithin the past few weeks, the Wild Wild West saga of the on-going Mortgage/Foreclosure Mess has taken another dramatic dark twist into the nightmare scenario of a twilight saga.

It started with an announcement by several of the nations’ largest lenders to halt foreclosure proceedings temporarily in 23 States. Things, quickly escalated with the discovery of irregularities which included Robo signing foreclosure specialists who were foreclosing on homes at a rate of thousands per month.  This sort of revelation caused Bank of America to cease foreclosure filings in all 50 Stateswhile the lending institution reviewed it’s paperwork process.

Meanwhile, the legal machine started up as State Attorney Generals in all 50 States filed suit against the nation’s leading lenders and the White House launched it’s own investigation.  Investors who had been propping up the market have also begun to file suit to protect their investment as the issue of who actually owns the home has come into play due to the fact that there may have been illegal transfers of title because due process was not observed.

But even as Bank of America announced that is was re-starting the mortgage process yesterday after it had reviewed it’s process, reports are emerging of homeowners re-entering their foreclosed homes with claims that the home was seized illegally and they did not have the right to be evicted.

In one case, the homeowner took possession of their home in Simi Valley, California with the assistance of their lawyer who claimed that he needed to help the clients get back into their former home before the Real Estate Broker and Investor defrauded a new family by having them move in because there seemed to be some discrepancies in the transfer of title.  You can view a slideshow of another similar situation in which the real estate agent is pictured outside a home which he was hired by the bank to sell.

It seems to me that this new phase which is unraveling has even more significant implications than the initial crisis.  For buyers who are considering the purchase of a foreclosure, this may provide additional pause about making an investment. It’s also not difficult to imagine a scenario in which the legal system becomes inundated with claims by evicted homeowners and the market grinds to a standstill.  Do you also find it challenging to make any sense of the cavalier attitude on so many fronts which has created a situation in which the truth grows stranger than fiction on a daily basis and one in which the harsh reality is impacting so many millions of individuals?

photo credit courtesy of Subterranean Tourist Board on Flickr

OPEN: 12/11/10 from 1:30 PM ~ 3:30 PM – Charming Reminder of a Bygone Era…615 Leonard St. NE, Grand Rapids MI 49503

I’m inviting you to step into a period when craftsmen took their time to create masterpieces and fashioned art out of wood. This home really takes you back to a time of solid wood beamed pillars, six inch molding and beamed ceilings, parlor parties and gracious entertaining!

The expansive front porch is big enough to throw a front yard barbecue party or simply hang out and say hello to the neighbors! The home features higher than average ceilings on the main floor and spacious living, dining and entertaining areas.

The kitchen is a chef’s delight.  It’s been totally remodeled and updated. There is tons of cupboards and counter-space with modern granite-like counter-top coverings against warm Burgundy walls. This is a great place to call home! No Short Sale Hassles here…see and purchase today!

To preview, click on the picture and watch the real estate video.  Contact Audu Real Estate at 616-791-0511 for a home showing.

615 Leonard St. NE, Grand Rapids MI 49503

Come Home to Easy…2181 Easy St. Wyoming, MI 49519 (OPEN: 12/11/10 – 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM)

2181 Easy St. SW  Wyoming, MI  49419

Click on the picture to take a virtual tour of 2181 Easy St. SW   Wyoming, MI  49519

Contact Audu Real Estate at 616-791-0511 for a pre-view tour.

Have you ever had a home remind you of a song?  The melody that’s threading through my mind right now is the Billy Halliday classic, Summertime, where the Livin’ is Easy.  And perhaps appropriately so, as we just listed a delightful, tastefully appointed home on 2181 Easy St. in Wyoming, MI!

Why don’t you take a meandering stroll or drive down Easy St. to visit this classic two-story home.  No stress or Short Sale hassles here!  It’s easy to appreciate the well maintained lawn and the welcoming porch which frame the welcome into a home which is move in ready!

There are several places to spread out and enjoy the company of friends and family.  Relax in the gracious living room which features a bay window and wood burning fireplace, or wander past the kitchen into the family room with soaring cathedral ceilings and elegant pictures windows.  If you prefer a natural breeze, the 3 season porch beckons and opens up onto a large deck.

The back yard has a fence and is nicely landscaped.  It also includes a tree-house for the kid in all of us!  This 4 bedroom home has so much to offer…central air, main floor utility, new roof, large storage shed and Grandville schools.  Well, it’s something you just have to visit to experience.  Common’ over to Easy St.  You’ll be glad you did. 🙂






How Do I find a Grand Rapids MI Home to Purchase with a Land Contract?

Audu Real Estate Logo ~ West Michigan Real Estate*This post was a response to a question posted on Trulia.  It has been one of the most frequently visited responses since we began assisting folks with answers to real estate questions on that site.  So we thought it would be helpful to share with visitors to Grand Rapids Real Estate Musings who may also have similar concerns.  We’ve also added more detailed information here to help our readers.   Here’s what we posted in response to the question:



We have assisted clients who are in situations similar to the one you described. The good news is that there are more options available today than there have been in recent history.  There are also some particular pitfalls which you should be aware of so you can avoid some regrettable results.

The Grand Rapids Association of Realtors  MLS system allows real estate agents to search for land contracts and other terms which may indicate a willingness on the part of the current home owner to rent or lease with an option to buy.

In addition, we search beyond the borders of the local MLS to assist clients with locating suitable homes on sites such as Craigslist.  However, it is  extremely important to negotiate these type of transactions correctly.

There should be close coordination with a reputable lender as well as a written lease and purchase contract which protects your interests and provides options for you in the future. When this is not done properly, you can easily loose a lot of potential hard earned equity.  You should also consider the possibility of doing some additional research to determine if the home is currently in default.  Some buyers have moved into homes only to find that the home was being foreclosed on due to the non-payment of the mortgage.

We’d be happy to sit down with you or talk over the phone about the specifics concerning your situation. There is no obligation. When we understand what you are looking for, we can research and forward listings which you can review in the comfort and convenience of your home.

You may also visit our website or blog to read about the experiences of clients we have helped recently.


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