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No down payment? No problem.

April 10, 2019 in Allendale, Springfields of Allendale

Wondering if you will ever be able to buy an affordable home?  The task of saving for a down payment can be harder than it seems.  But if the thought of living in a peaceful and quiet rural area sounds appealing than there is good news for you!  The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) offers a 30-year fixed rate Rural Development Guaranteed loan which is available to low-to-moderate income families.  Those who meet the eligibility requirements can take advantage of no down payment and no monthly PMI.

We sat down with Jeff from Lake Michigan Credit Union to get the scoop on the self-titled “RD Loan”.  A few of the highlights from our conversation revolved around the exciting perks one would have from going with this type.  You have the option to use the RD Loan two ways: you can purchase an already built home with $0 down, or you can also finance your land purchase as well as construction of a new home in one loan.  Financing the construction of a new home with the RD loan is particularly favorable because there is no down payment required like other construction loan programs.  Imagine your first home being brand new and customized by you!  Jeff mentioned also that interest rates have dropped in the last year so now is a great time to buy.  Another bright spot we discussed were the millage rates in rural areas.  Since these rates are typically lower than within city limits, you will enjoy lower property taxes.  This could potentially amount to a savings of over a hundred thousand dollars over the life of the loan.

Several of the communities Maplewood Homes builds in are located within the RD Loan eligible areas such as Allendale, West Olive and Ludington.  With new inventory homes available to purchase and the option to custom build, the options are endless.  If you’d like to learn more about the communities we build in, visit our website for more information:  https://maplewoodhomes.com/communities/

Spring Break in West Michigan

April 3, 2019 in Allendale, Springfields of Allendale

Staying home during spring break this year?  No need to bum around when there are so many fun things to do right in your own back yard!  We’ve put together a list of the top 10 family activities going on in West Michigan during spring break.  From indoor inflatables to museums and the ballet, you’ll be sure to find something your whole family will enjoy.1.  The Grand Rapids Ballet is hosting a special kids friendly ballet called The Monster Who Ate My Peas.  Watch this beloved children’s book come to life right before your very eyes.  Shows are April 1-5, doors open at 10:30am.

2.  Take a Twilight Tour at John Ball Zoo this Saturday, April 6 from 7:30-9pm.  Grab your flashlights and enjoy a guided tour as of the zoo as the sun goes down.  Suggested minimum age is 5.

3.  Craig’s Cruisers Spring Break wristband deal gets you unlimited access to attractions, Jump Time in the trampoline park and the buffet.  This special is available every day of spring break.

4.  Family Night at Grand Rapids Children’s Museum is Thursdays from 5-8pm.  Enjoy some fun, interactive exhibitions and an admission of only $1.75 per person.

5.  Grand Rapids Public Museum is featuring a special exhibition during spring break called Expedition: Dinosaur!  You’ll experience life-size animatronic dinosaurs as well as learn about the science of paleontology.  Admission is free for Kent County kids ages 17 and under.

6.  The GRAM has Free admission for ages 17 and under during spring break.  Bring your kids for an afternoon of art appreciation as you stroll the current exhibitions.

7.  Critter Barn in Zeeland is hosting a Spring Fling on Saturday, April 6 from 10am-7pm.  At the farm you will be able to pet, hold and play with their newest animals.

8.  Family Splash Times are being held at the Holland Aquatic Center during spring break on April 1-5 from 12-4pm and 5-8:30pm.

9.  Jester’s Court in Walker holds Michigan’s largest indoor inflatable play area from jungle gyms to slides and more.  Admission includes unlimited time in the play area so your family can enjoy hours of fun.

10.  Flick’s Family Film Fest is going on at Celebration Cinema during spring break featuring Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse.  Kids 12 and under receive Free admission with the purchase of a $5 adult ticket.

We hope this comprehensive list gives you some fun, inexpensive ideas of things to do with your family during your staycation this spring break weekend.  Maplewood Homes is proud be a part of the greater Grand Rapids area community.  We heart GR!

Caring For Your Countertops

March 27, 2019 in Building Materials

Whether you choose speckled granite or marbled quartz, properly caring for your natural stone countertops will help them stay looking like new.  The key to keeping up with maintenance is to wipe down your solid surfaces daily.  We recommend to clean your granite or quartz with a neutral pH cleaning agent.  As a result, this will help prevent damage and promote lasting use for years to come.

Since natural stone is somewhat porous, it can be subject to stains or etching.  Etching is a type of surface damage caused by acidic liquids like juice or alcohol and some cleaning products.  You cannot always feel surface damage but you may see it, resulting in a dull spot on your countertop.  You’ll want to avoid contact with any acidic liquids and clean spills right away.  Another way to protect your natural stone is to use sealers or impregnators.  These serve as a moisture barrier and will help shield against stains.  Granite should be sealed every two to three years, as a general rule of thumb.

Maplewood Homes is one of few builders in the Grand Rapids area that include granite kitchen countertops as a standard feature in every home we build.  We take pride in offering high quality, reasonably priced homes and are proud to be a leading builder in West Michigan.  Click HERE to find out more!

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