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Old 06-17-2016, 09:05 AM
 
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FYI....folks talking about Grand Rapids

As Seattle home prices grow, buyers are fleeing to...Grand Rapids? - Curbed Seattle

While I do often feel it is necessary to show the other side of things, for a truer picture, I have always felt that the Grand Rapids area has tremendous potential to be a quasi boom town. I think it is very "slept on", in urban vernacular. Located in the "rust belt" in a state that has largely been written off in a northerly peninsula that does not facilitate "pass through" free advertisement....it lacks in the (Location, Location, Location) attribute. However, as Grand Rapids appears on more lists and more lips, its primed to reach new levels of growth not seen since the mid 90's.....it just needs to work on that airport and get more competition in there and not simply cater to business travelers. Way too expensive to fly in and out of.

There are a lot of great things going on in Grand Rapids and the State (Detroit). The vibe is totally different from 10 years ago.

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Old 06-17-2016, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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We were in the Seattle-Olympic Peninsula area last week, and agreed that the area actually was kind of like parts of Michigan but with mountains.
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Old 06-17-2016, 12:18 PM
 
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I have sold 2 homes this past year in Kalamazoo to transplants from Seattle. Cost of living was their major reason for leaving. If we are getting them moving here in Kazoo then I can only imagine that GR is getting a lot more Seattle transplants.
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Old 06-17-2016, 05:43 PM
 
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We were in the Seattle-Olympic Peninsula area last week, and agreed that the area actually was kind of like parts of Michigan but with mountains.
Michigan has a lot of natural beauty......I wonder why those chose that particular image of Grand Rapids though
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Old 06-17-2016, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Michigan has a lot of natural beauty......I wonder why those chose that particular image of Grand Rapids though
That is a VERY interesting choice of pictures. I like it, but it's probably from the early 1900's.
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Old 06-17-2016, 07:04 PM
 
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I think Grand Rapids needs to be careful.

Wealthy and well-off individuals moving to Grand Rapids is good.

An influx is terrible.

It will ruin the very reason these people are moving to GR: the low cost of living.
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Old 06-17-2016, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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I think Grand Rapids needs to be careful.

Wealthy and well-off individuals moving to Grand Rapids is good.

An influx is terrible.

It will ruin the very reason these people are moving to GR: the low cost of living.
I don't disagree one bit. It's a hard tap to turn down though, without turning it off.
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