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Morning Buzz: 5 things to know for December 30

Posted at 10:51 AM, Dec 30, 2019
and last updated 2020-01-13 07:04:20-05

1. You could be the one living, right now, in the second most competitive real estate market in the country and not even know it. According to real estate brokerage site "Redfin" Alger Heights is the second most competitive real estate market in the country.

Alger Heights is placed second only to White Oaks in San Carlos, California. Also coming in at number six was the Creston neighborhood.

What makes the area a top market? According to Redfin, it's all about affordability plus quality of life.

In Alger Heights, nearly 67 percent of homes sold for above list price and the typical home was on the market for one week before going under contract.

2. Now that Christmas is over, it's time to start thinking about when and where to dispose of the Christmas tree.

In Grand Rapids, there are free drop-off sites for trees which start Monday and runs through January 31. The drop-off sites will be listed on the city's Facebook page.

They also offer a curbside pickup option. Place a purple bulk yard waste tag on the tree and onto the curb by 7 a.m. on neighborhood trash collection day.

3. Eating nuts while drinking beer is a great combo, now Brewery Vivant is blending the two together in to a new beer.

Broad Leaf Local Beer in Kentwood, an extension of Brewery Vivant teamed up with the Koeze Company for the candy-inspired brews.

It includes one that mimics Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Clusters, another made with ages banana and bourbon aged beer, and even a vanilla IPA.

All four beers are now available on tap. Visitors are encouraged to try and vote until the supply runs out.

4. One of America's Top ventriloquist is bringing his many voices to West Michigan.

Netflix, Comedy Central, and YouTube star Jeff Dunham is set to perform at Van Andel Arena tonight. The show is part of his "Seriously" tour, and kicks off at 7 p.m. with the remaining tickets starting off around $50.

As always, tickets are available at either the box office or online at

For all the details, head to Van Andel Arena's website.

5. Japan Airlines is offering 50,000 international tourists free round trip tickets, but there is a catch.

The summer give-away is aimed at getting people to the less visited areas of Japan during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Officials are hoping it will take some of the strain off the city where thousands are already expected.

To win the tickets, register with the airline's frequent flyer program, and applicants won't know where they're going until after applying.