Real Estate Roundup 9/18/16

Affordability Concerns, Uncertainty about Down Payment Requirements Ensnaring Renters, Latest HOME Survey Shows
realtor.org, Adam Descantis

Heading into the autumn months, the share of homeowners and renters who believe now is a good time to buy remains at a solid majority but has crept downward since the beginning of this year.

The Rent is too damn high
grbj.com, David J. Levitt

As residents, we want reasonable rent but we also want high-quality living spaces with great amenities. As landlords, we want to avoid high vacancy or high turnover and we want residents to be able to pay their rent.

Tiny house builder enters ArtPrize with 'Grand Daughter's Playhouse
MLive,Jim Harger

The Kalamazoo building contractor is one of more than 1,400 artists competing in ArtPrize Eight, a cash-prize competition that transforms downtown Grand Rapids into an art museum, a performance venue and debating hall for the age-old question: What is art?