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June 1st, 2016

6 Year of Home Building Code Progress

Categories: Construction Industry News, Maplewood Homes, New Home Design |

 

Michigan Building Codes

New 2015 Michigan Building Codes

 

Congratulations to the code officials.  You win again – at the expense of the Michigan Home Buyer and the Michigan Economy.

The New 2015 Building Codes went into effect this year in February (2016).  As you can see, the new code book is roughly 1/2″ taller.

Raise your hand if you think this will make it easier or more affordable to build homes in Michigan.

These changes will make all new homes slightly better, and substantially costlier.  It doesn’t really hurt us too much because we’ve already been incorporating all of the new energy efficiency requirements.  It’s just another example of the over regulation of our economy, making it harder for young families and lower income families to own a home.

May 17th, 2016

Grand Rapids Spring Parade of Homes

Categories: Allendale MI New Homes, Construction Industry News, Grand Rapids Area New Homes, Hudsonville Michigan New Homes, Maplewood Homes |

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The Annual Grand Rapids Spring Parade of Homes starts this Friday.  Maplewood will have 2 new homes in the parade – one in Hudsonville at 6514 Alward Drive, and one in Allendale at 7205 Barn Owl Lane.  There will be a total of 87 homes by 66 different builders.  Join us Fridays 1-9pm, Saturdays 1-9pm, and Wednesday nights 5-9pm.

May 6th, 2016

Building a New Home at 6383 Serenity Ct., Ludington Michigan

Categories: Ludington Real Estate News, Maplewood Homes |

 

New Home Under Construction at 6383 Serenity Ct., Ludington, MI

New Home Under Construction at 6383 Serenity Ct., Ludington, MI

Please call us if you are interested in a tour.  (231) 480-3029  We are currently building this inventory home in Ludington and would be happy to give a tour to anyone who would like to see it.  It will be featured in the 2016 Ludington Parade of Homes and we will be having open houses once construction is complete.  It will also be available for purchase and immediate occupancy later this year.

April 1st, 2016

7205 Barn Owl Lane in Allendale

Categories: Allendale MI New Homes, Grand Rapids Area New Homes, Maplewood Homes |

New Home Under Construction in Hidden Forest in Allendale

New Home Under Construction in Hidden Forest in Allendale

 

We are also moving along nicely on this 3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch home in Allendale.  Located in Hidden Forest, this is our Sherman floorplan.

March 29th, 2016

6514 Alward Drive, Hudsonville Michigan

Categories: Grand Rapids Area New Homes, Hudsonville Michigan New Homes, Maplewood Homes, New Home Design |

6514 Alward Drive New Home Hudsonville

 

Currently under construction in Hudsonville, this 2-story home is our new “Jamestown” plan.  It features 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, 3-car garage, plus a flex space on the main floor.  There is a daylight basement in the back.

February 26th, 2016

Grand Rapids, West Michigan New Home Construction Stats for 2015

Categories: Allendale MI New Homes, Construction Industry News, Grand Rapids Area New Homes, Holland MI News and Notes, Holland MI Real Estate News, Maplewood Homes |

Maplewood Homes Building in Allendale in 2015

Maplewood Homes Building in Allendale in 2015

New homes construction in West Michigan peaked in 2004 with 4,550 homes being built.  Between 2004 and 2009, our local home building industry fell 81% to a low of just 838 homes.  In 2015, there were 2,307 new homes built in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties and the surrounding area.  This is a 7% increase over 2014, but we are still building at only half (51%) of pre-recession levels.  We believe that today’s market is at a healthy and sustainable level of new construction.  After years of stagnation, there are new subdivisions and building lots becoming available and the labor force is slowing improving.  Challenges remain, but things are definitely looking up for 2016!

November 6th, 2015

Maplewood’s 2015 Fall Parade of Homes Awards

Categories: Allendale MI New Homes, Construction Industry News, Grand Rapids Area New Homes, Maplewood Homes |

Parade of Homes Award 2015 Fall

The home we built in Allendale and entered into the Parade of Homes won 4 awards last night at the Grand Rapids HBA Gala.  We took home “Best Curb Appeal,” “Best Floorplan,” “Best Interior Elements,” and “Best Kitchen.”  Thanks to all our trade contractor partners and employees, and also thanks to HBA for putting on a great parade!

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August 6th, 2015

Save the Date – Grand Rapids Parade of Homes in October

Categories: Grand Rapids Area New Homes, Holland MI Real Estate News, Maplewood Homes |

2015 Grand Rapids Parade of Homes

 

It’s a little early to plan, but he have just signed up to be in the Grand Rapids Parade of Homes this fall.  The dates are October 2-17.  Fridays & Saturdays, 1-8pm and Wednesdays 5-8pm.  Plan to come out and see what your local West Michigan Builders have to offer!

 

July 28th, 2015

Home Ownership Falls to 48-Year Low

Categories: Construction Industry News, Grand Rapids Area New Homes |

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US Census today reported that home ownership in the US dropped to 63.4%.  This is the lowest mark since 1967.  Average rate of home ownership over the past 50 years is 65.3% and the peak before the housing recession was 69.2%.  Rental home construction has risen sharply in recent years and single family home starts are rebounding, but not as quickly.  For West Michigan, in Grand Rapids, new apartment starts have doubled since last year.  So housing construction today is a mix of new single family homes and apartments, skewed more then usual to apartments.  I still believe that the American Dream is alive and well, but increases in student loan debt, vehicle costs, and general cost of living are delaying home purchases for young families.  Also, I think it is important to ask, if home ownership peaked right before the recession, what could happen after a home ownership bottom…?

July 25th, 2015

Ottawa County Area New Home Construction up 20% YTD vs. 2014

Categories: Allendale MI New Homes, Construction Industry News, Grand Rapids Area New Homes, Holland MI News and Notes, Holland MI Real Estate News, Maplewood Homes, Zeeland MI New Homes |

New Home Starts Up 20%

New Home Starts Up 20%

The Lakeshore area west of Grand Rapids Michigan, which consists primarily Ottawa County, but also the Muskegon and Allegan  areas has had 590 new single family homes started so far in 2015.  Since opening our Holland office, we have been tracking this information on builders and new home starts.  This is good news for area builders, job seekers, and also home buyers because there is pretty low inventory of homes on the market right now.  Despite this growth, we are still only building about half the homes we were before the recession, so we shouldn’t necessarily expect the market to be overheated.

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