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West Michigan is a photographer's paradise. Here's where you can snap stunning pictures.

Photography is one of our favorite art forms, and it's especially fun when you live in a beautiful place like West Michigan. When you're surrounded by tulips, shorelines, lighthouses, and windmills, you won't have trouble finding beautiful subjects for your photo shoots.

Great photography takes a good eye and a lot of practice. Our real estate agents have been dabbling in photography lately and are always on the lookout for new beautiful landscapes to hone their skills. Here are some of our favorite places to snap amazing pictures in West Michigan:

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National Best Friends Day – June 8, 2022

Whether they're near or far, old or new, best friends help to carry us through our lives. This June 8, National Best Friends Day, it's time to tell them how much we appreciate their company. As the Mayo Clinic reports: "Friends help you cope with traumas, such as divorce, serious illness, job loss, or the death of a loved one. They also encourage you to change or avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as excessive drinking or lack of exercise." Today's the day to enjoy a little one-on-one time with the people who never fail to catch us when we fall.


The friends we have chosen are cherished and celebrated on National Best Friends Day on June 8.


We have our own country to thank for this lighthearted holiday. In 1935, the U.S. Congress gathered to devote a day each year in tribute to close friends. They chose June 8, which is usually a balmy day in all regions of the country—perfect for outdoor activities. Since then, many other countries have adopted the practice. Some even throw festivals to celebrate their chosen family.

This holiday has given rise to a handful of other friendship-themed days for celebration, including Friendship Day, Women's Friendship Day, and even an entire week called Old Friends, New Friends Week. Ironically, almost all celebrations of friendship occur in the summer.

While the holiday seems to have lost popularity through the years, it has seen a recent upsurge in engagement since the advent of social media. Now, on June 8 every year, people rush to post fun photographs of themselves with their most trusted friends. The recognizable hashtag #nationalbestfriendsday allows users to witness just how many Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter users are celebrating along with them.



National Best Friends Day is established during a U.S. Congressional hearing.

Back Again

Mary Wisniewski revitalizes the holiday by writing about it in a column of the "Chicago Sun-Times."

Raising Awareness

BFF.tv partners with DoSomething.org to host a celebration of National Best Friends Day in Times Square.

Gone Viral

America's most popular coffee-shop chain, Starbucks, runs a promotional social media campaign encouraging its employees to celebrate their 'work best friends.'


Data gathered by a top Vancouver Marketing


Do you have a best friend?

#1: Yes, one (46%)
#2: Yes, multiple (39%)
#3: No (15%)

Who do Americans consider to be their best friends?

#1: My significant other (43%)
#2: My dog (19%)
#3: My mom (19%)
#4: My sibling (14%)
#5: My dad (11%)
#6: My cat (9%)

Do you believe you can only have one best friend?

#1: No (75%)
#2: Yes (25%)

Which of the following about best friends is true for you:

#1: My best friend is like a family member (54%)
#2: I have owned a "best friend" necklace or bracelet (22%)
#3: I have made a friendship bracelet for my best friend (16%)
#4: My parents like my best friend more than me (6%)

When did you meet your best friend?

#1: Elementary school (24%)
#2: High school (24%)
#3: Middle school (18%)
#4: Post high school/college (16%)
#5: Post-college (11%)
#6: Preschool (8%)


Traditions for this holiday vary. No two (or more) best friends have the same traditions; it is unique to everyone. The shenanigans that best friends get up to are enjoyed and shared only between them, which include memorable adventures, fun gatherings, and even inside jokes. These traditions are relived on National Best Friends Day.

There are low-key common traditions — just hanging out and chilling at home watching movies with friends, or going to the mall or your favorite cafe together. And then there are more elaborate ways to celebrate this day with your best friends like dressing up and heading out to paint the town red or having a fancy dinner. Presents are also exchanged on this day like 'best friends' lockets or scrapbooks to cement the friendship and remind each other of the special bond you share, no matter how much time has passed.


22% – the percentage of people who live longer if they have a close friendship network.

2 – the average number of best friends an adult has.

1994 – the year when the hit television show "Friends" first aired.

26% – the percentage of people who come into conflict with their friends over something posted online.

2 times – the likelihood of women with breast cancer dying if they don't have a network of friends.

9 months – the age at which babies start recognizing friendships.

36% – the percentage of people who quit a habit if their friends quit it too.

7 times – the likelihood of a person being more productive at work if their close friend works there too.

10–25 – the number of hours a week young adults spend socializing. 

57% – the percentage of teens who make a close friend online.


Buying a home for the first time can require quite the learning curve. Here are some tips to help you hit the ground running.

The state of the real estate market over the last two years has created numerous challenges for first-time homebuyers. With rising home prices, low inventory, and now rising interest rates shoppers are facing unprecedented challenges. 

Our real estate agents believe navigating the complexities of the current market is not impossible; however, to be successful, you need to start planning ahead of time. With some preparation, patience, and a good real estate agent, you can still easily land the home of your dreams. Here are our best tips for first-time homebuyers:

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Looking for your new favorite restaurant? Here are the local Italian staples you have to visit.

Few meals are more satisfying than a warm bowl of pasta topped with your favorite sauce and paired with a nice glass of wine, especially when celebrating a special event with your family. When we heard National Meatball Day was on March 6th, we thought it'd be a great excuse to head out to our favorite local Italian eatery and indulge in our favorite pasta or pizza.

Italian cuisine has always been a favorite of our real estate agents, so it wasn't too difficult for us to compile a list of our favorite Italian restaurants around Western Michigan. Here are six of our favorite restaurants:

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Grand Haven shops have the perfect gifts for this Valentine's Day. Here's where you can find the best chocolate and candy.

Regardless of your relationship status, Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to show love for those you care about the most. There's no better way to do so than with a sweet gift.

If you're looking to get out and do some last-minute Valentine's Day shopping, finding the right gift is easy in Grand Haven. We have so many wonderful local businesses serving up delicious chocolate, candy, baked goods, and more. Here are seven recommendations from our real estate agents:

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Feeling like planning a trip? Look no further than these scenic West Michigan Destinations

The stunning beauty and culture of West Michigan makes it a popular destination for travelers all over the world. From its beautiful forests to its miles of beaches along Lake Michigan, it's truly one of the best places for outdoor activities. Our area is also filled with rich history, fine dining, and diverse culture. 

With so much to do, our real estate agents enjoy providing visitors with great recommendations for things to check-out while they're in the area. If you're planning a visit to West Michigan, make sure these five things are on your list:

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