Just about every morning, before my son awakes, you will find me sitting on my sofa, coffee in hand, surfing the local home listings. I share Michigan properties that catch my eye on our Facebook page - MidModMich, and Midwest listings that are outside of Michigan on the Facebook group I assist with, Mid-Century Modern Real Estate, World Wide. I will also share the stellar Michigan ones there, if Nancy, another contributor, asks me to. Thanks Nancy!
The question of "How do you find properties?" has often been asked, so today I wanted to share HOW I look up mid-century modern & modest listings.
Locally, I use the GRAR website. It looks like this:
When you first head to GRAR.com, it brings you to a "Rapid Home Search". In the next line, there is a "Detailed Home Search" button. Click that, and you can refine your search easily. Here are items I use for searching...
- Home Styles include:
- And then on a separate search, because there are always so many of them, I search for "ranches"
- Age Range
- I use 35-70 years old, which means I'm searching for homes built between 1944 and 1979. I realize this is a bit more broad, but I don't want to miss anything.
- Fireplace: If I have a few extra minutes, I'll do two separate searches for each set of types of homes. One WITH a fireplace, and the next WITHOUT a fireplace.
- County: When I search for "ranches" I will sometimes change the "county" to just Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon, since those are local to me, and usually there are so many ranches, it's hard to scroll through the list.