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Real Estate Update | May 2019

Posted by Matthew Hillier on May 16, 2019 in  Real Estate Update
Spring is typically the most active season in real estate, however, other than some “unexpected hot spots” as noted by Realtor Magazine, the housing market here across Michigan has been good but relatively stagnant.It's no secret that West Michigan’s housing market is hot. Realtor.com’s housing market forecast for 2019 shows that out of the 100 largest metro areas in the U.S., the Grand Rapids metro area is projected to have the biggest percentage increase – 8.2% &n... read more
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Four Natural Remedies to Keep Your Dog Pest Free at Home

Posted by Matthew Hillier on May 06, 2019 in  Dogs  Pet Adoption  Pets
The convenience of chemical-based bug repellents are plentiful, but why not test out some natural products this summer for your four-legged friend. If the product you’re using now says it’s not safe for your children, then how can it be safe for Fido? Lavender and Lemon Eucalyptus Oil A company called Daisy Paw has taken all the hard work out of blending the right oils for your dog and sells not only the essential oil but a cool collar that you can put the oil into. Lemongrass o... read more
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Backyard Grilling Cheat Sheet

Posted by Matthew Hillier on May 06, 2019 in  Family  For Your Home  Lifestyle  New Homeowner
This summer and most likely this weekend, you’ll be firing up that grill in the backyard for at least a few meals. Below is a simple cheat sheet you can reference before putting on that apron and refilling the propane or charcoal to make sure your dish is cooked to perfection. IMPORTANT: Salt and pepper are the building blocks of seasoning regardless of what you throw on the grill. Salt and pepper each side of your beef, pork or poultry before putting on the grill. Salt again when you turn... read more
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Becoming a first-time homeowner is one of the most exciting and stressful times of your life, even after the closing papers have been signed and key is in hand. Suddenly, you’re faced with a whole new set of challenges: how to manage a home that’s yours, not your landlord’s. There are a lot of opportunities to learn—and as you learn, mistakes will be made. Luckily, many new homeowner mistakes can be easily avoided with a little preparation. Don’t let the following potential mistakes da... read more
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Earth Day Fun Facts

Posted by Matthew Hillier on April 22, 2019 in  Healthy Living  Sustainability
It's a day to celebrate the most famous mother of all — Mother Earth! Today (April 22) marks the 43rd Earth Day, with more than 1 billion people in 192 countries expected to participate in activities this year.Here are some fun facts about this important day and how it has influenced all of us: 1. It Is the Largest Secular Holiday in the World It is the largest secular holiday in the world. The Earth Day Network works with over 20,000 partner organizations in 192 countries to coordinate events for this d... read more
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