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Thank you for visiting Grand Rapids Real Estate Resource! For current information about the Grand Rapids Real Estate market, check out  www.stevevolkersgroup.com. There you can find properties for sale and for rent as well as information on new construction homes and what’s going on in West Michigan. See you there!


Crystal View – Newest Listing!

7451 Crystal View

$259,900

4 Bedrooms ~ 3.5 Bathrooms ~ 2,600 Sq. Feet

                    

This beautiful home has been remodeled from top to bottom. The kitchen and eating area features new cherry cabinets and elegant granite countertops as well as environmentally friendly bamboo flooring. The house has new carpet and fresh paint throughout. . The second floor master suite has cathedral ceilings and French doors opening up to the huge master bathroom, featuring a whirlpool tub, separate tiled shower, refinished cabinets and large walk-in closet.  If you still need more room, the basement has already been studded for another bedroom, full bathroom, rec room, and media room. With a full price offer, the seller will complete the drywall in the basement.  You can also pick out a range hood and backsplash at the seller’s expense!  


New Listing 1013 Aberdeen St.



Do Open Houses Sell Homes?

 Do Open Houses Sell Homes?

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This weekend, I was sitting in an open house at one of my listing in Hudsonville, MI. I often get asked by both Realtor’s and my clients if open houses are worth doing. Realtor’s say they are a waste of time and sellers wonder what the point is when only a couple people come through anyway.

So my response to that is this:

Over the course of a listing, the home maybe marketed for over 3 some times 6 months and in the Greater Grand Rapids Market there are some home being marketed for over a year.  If your Realtor is not having an open house how is your Realtor marketing that home?

An above average agent will place the home on the MLS ( GRAR), place a yard sign and list it on a couple of websites. We can all do that! I go a step future with my internet marketing and I would place against any other agent in Grand Rapids. But once all of the beginning marketing has been done what is your agent doing if he/she is not having open houses?

Every time I have an open house, which is once a month, I get to tell people again about your home. I get to place it in front of people that are looking for open houses, place another add on Craigs List and so much more.

So do open houses sell the home? Most of the time no, but they do allow for marketing to happen! It’s one more opportunity for someone to see it every month.

Contributed to GrandRapidsResource.com by:
Steve Volkers at Keller Williams Realty


Home Staging the Family Room or Great Room

Home Staging the family room is one of the most difficult tasks when it comes to preparing a home for the Real Estate market.  While at home, we spend most of our time in the family room therefore through the years we have formed an imprint of who we are in this room.  Effective home eliminates that imprint and creates a space in which buyers can visualize their unique imprint in the room.   

According the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary , a “family room” is “a large room designed as a recreation center and informal gathering place for members of a family.  Keeping that in mind, let’s take a look at home staging the family room.

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First of all, the definition tells us that the family room is “a large room”.  When home staging, we want to make sure the family room shows off its true spaciousness.  Too much furniture, ineffective furniture placement, and heavy draperies tend to make the space look smaller.  For a more detailed explanation, visit my previous blog: Home Staging the Living Room. 

Secondly the family room is a “recreation center”.  Today’s recreation in the family room can vary from TV viewing, media usage, video game playing, computer usage, board game playing, book and magazine reading, and if you have small kids, toy playing.  That’s a lot of recreation!  Does everyone like all these forms of recreation?  Probably not, so stage the family room to appeal to the broadest range of buyers by making the space as generic as possible.

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The last part of the definition states that the family room is an “informal gathering place for members of a family”.  Successful home staging creates a comfortable family room in which buyers can envision themselves enjoying lots of time together as a family.  The result should be a room that is inviting, cozy, relaxing, and informal.  Eliminate any distractions or restlessness by de-cluttering the space as much as possible, Start by hiding as much of the media equipment as possible.  Make sure any cords are coiled up nicely and hidden from view.  Put all dvd’s or cds in a cabinet or decorative box with a lid.  Also, move any toys to another location while your house is on the market.  As you home stage, keep reminding yourself that the way you live in your house and the way you market it for sale are two different things.  By staging, these inconveniences should be short-lived since you will soon be moving to your dream home.

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Many homes in the Grand Rapids area have what is called a “great room”.  Merriam-Webster states that a “great room” is “a large room in a residence usually serving several functions (as of a dining room, living room, and family room)”.  The key thing I want to touch upon here is that the great room usually serves several functions.  When staging a great room, it is important to allow the buyer to visualize the function of each space.  Therefore, make sure each area is defined to portray its specific use.  This is usually achieved through the strategic placement of furniture and rugs. 

Home staging the family room may be a difficult task but it will pay off in the end.  Look at the room through “buyer’s eyes” and you will create a room that buyers can’t resist.  Happy staging!
 

Contributed to GrandRapidsResource.com by:

Heidi Herbruck at Simply Staged


Tactics for Selling a Home in the Greater Grand Rapids Area

I was watching The Today Show this morning and saw a segment about a new study that was released titled “Seven Tactics for Selling a Home: A Data-Driven Approach for Home-Sellers” ( See: Segment).  Real Estate professionals are already aware of these tactics.  The report is from Redfin ( See: Redfin The Real Estate Scientist )and I am in no way endorsing them.  I am aware that many homeowners in our area may have seen the segment and could possibly think that the statistics encompassed the entire nation when in fact most of the statistics come from the west coast markets.  I have listed each tactic along with comments relating to the greater Grand Rapids area.

1. Don’t overprice your property

Price your house from the get-go so you don’t lose potential buyers along the way.  This is especially important in the extremely competitive greater Grand Rapids market.  My vacant stagings are even contingent upon the listing Realtor’s agreement that the property is priced accurately for the current market. 

2. Set your price to show up in MLS searches

When setting the list price of a home, don’t price it at the bottom of a price tier.  Your Realtor already knows this strategy.  Not all systems have the same tier breakdown so your Realtor will familiarize you with the tiers in our local MLS system.

3. Debut on Friday This may not be the same for all demographic areas, all times of the year, or all market conditions.  Your Realtor should have the current statistics.

4. Stay engaged

Since our local market is highly competitive, any extra effort will pay off.  Motivated sellers should be willing to paint, stage, fix repairs and look better than the competition.  It’s especially important to keep your home show-ready throughout the entire process.  That’s the hard part!  Remember, the way live in your home and the way you market it for sale are two different things.

5. Market the property online

In addition to the MLS, other websites can help notify potential buyers of your house for sale.  Different types of homes demand different marketing strategies.  Consult with your Realtor to inquire about supplementary websites that may gain your home more exposure.

6. When selling your home, stay put

You don’t HAVE to stay put.  Another option is to Stage the vacant house in order to help buyers visualize the space and to picture themselves living there.  Most of my vacant stagings in the greater Grand Rapids area sell within 2-3 months.

7. If you can, wait to list your property until neighboring foreclosures are off the market

You have most likely heard the news about Michigan’s foreclosure statistics.  Just because there’s a foreclosed home for sale in your neighborhood doesn’t mean that it’s competition for your home.  Your Realtor is there to help decide.

Contributed to GrandRapidsResource.com by:

Heidi Herbruck at Simply Staged


Grand Rapids Foreclosure List

So you would like a list of Grand Rapids, Michigan Area Foreclosures! Sorry it’s not that easy. You can go online and pay some money on different websites and they will provide you a list of addresses that are foreclosures in the Grand Rapids area. This list can be helpful as a starting place, but doesn’t help you in the purchasing of the home.

I can provide you with that same list for FREE if you work with me. Why would I want you to work through me? Why will I not just give you a list of the foreclosures in Grand Rapids? Because I don’t think that serves you in the best manner I can.

There are so many homes on the market and most of the great deals are not foreclosures. The media is telling people that the best homes for the dollar are foreclosures, which sometimes they can be, but often they are in poor condition. You may be able to find a non-foreclosure for the same price or just a little more and you don’t have to put near the amount of work into it.

Yes, if you are looking for a home to make $15,000 and up in one year by spending a lot of time and money to get it into proper living conditions, a foreclosure could be for you! But if your looking for a home that you can move into with little to no work and make $15,000 on it over a couple of years with light improvements than a foreclosure is typically not the best route.

There are exceptions to every rule, so please don’t think you can find a foreclosure in Grand Rapids that you can move right into or a regular listing home that you could buy and sell next year for more money. Rather these are basic guidelines I offer to my clients as we work through the process of finding the perfect home for their needs.

If you want a list of foreclosures in your area, I am more than willing to provide this to you, but please allow me to ask: Why do you want a foreclosure, so I know how best to serve and help you with the process.

Contributed to GrandRapidsResource.com by:

Steve Volkers at Keller Williams Realty


Kentwood Condo For Sale, 5951 E Lyn Haven Dr. Kentwood Michigan 49512

5951 East Lyn Haven Dr.
Kentwood, MI 49512

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2 ½

Square Feet: 1272

Price: $134,900

Comments:

Come and see for yourself the benefits of living in this great condo. This condo has a lot to offer including a formal dining room, eating area in the kitchen, fireplace in the living room and both bedrooms have their own private bathrooms. Basement unfinished but ready to be made into the third bedroom and den area. Build some equity with this condo which is priced to sell. 

Contributed to GrandRapidsResource.com by:
Steve Volkers at Keller Williams Realty

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1042 Widdicomb NW, Grand Rapids MI Home For Sale

NW Grand Rapids Home/Rental Property For Sale

1042 Widdicomb NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
 

Unit # 1 
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Owners Suite
Unit # 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Rent $450

Price: $119,900

Comments:

This beautifully updated NW bungalow offers many possibilities. The current owner lives on the spacious, remodeled first floor and rents the second floor for $450/ month. You could do the same! Separate kitchen, bathroom, utilities and entrance. Or easily combine this 2-unit into 1. Updates include roof, windows, paint, carpet, garbage disposal, refrigerator, vinyl siding, glass block windows in basement, and much more! Hardwood floors run throughout the house and the bathroom has been recently refinished with a tile floor and pedestal sink. Entertain in the formal dining room with leaded glass windows or relax on the large front porch. Situated on a lovely, tree-lined street, this is a must see!

from stevevolkers.vodpod.

Contributed to GrandRapidsResource.com by:

Steve Volkers at Keller Williams Realty


Fall Market Jump!

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Over the past 2 week I have seen a definite fall market jump! It is much needed for all those house sellers trying to decide what to do with their homes.

If your listing has expired and you’re trying to decide what to do, either wait it out and hope next year is better or put it back on the market now. I suggest not letting it stay off the market for too long or you might miss a big opportunity during this heating up fall market.

In this tough buyer market there are 3 things that will get your home sold and they all need to be working and working well to be able to get your home sold quickly and for top dollar.

  • Price
    • Get your home priced right for the market. There is no need for a cushion or having the price a little high to help with negotiations. Price the house at what the market will pay for it! It’s better to get people through the door and see the house then have a cushion and not have anyone through the door.
  • Condition
    • You are competing against other homes so you need to have your home in tip top shape. If your competition has new paint and is very clean you also need to be equally as good to compete in today’s market.
    • Get rid of anything just lying around! Clutter will make the home feel smaller and not feel clean
  • Marketing
    • This is your agent’s job. Ask him/her what is their plan to market your home and do they have that in writing. Then make sure they are following through with what they said they would do.
    • If your agent is not getting your home online in front of people that are on the computer you are missing out. The MLS is very valuable but that can not be the end. Ask them were else you are going to be see your home online and ask for the week reports of people that looked at it.

If all three of these items are working well then your home will sell!

If you would like me to review your home and help you get it back on the market with proper pricing, condition and market then call me or email me ( Steve Volkers, Keller Williams Realty) today. Don’t miss out on this Fall Market Jump!!!


13 Steps to Market Your Home!

There is 13 steps in my Marketing Plan to help you sell your home in the least amount of time and at the best terms.              

Most agents use the 5 P to market your home: 

  1. Price your home

  2. Put a sign in the front yard

  3. Put your home on the MLS

  4. Put an add in the paper and then

  5. Pray is will sell!

If you want something different and you want to know that you have an agent that is working hard to get your home sold than call me ( Steve Volkers with Keller Williams Realty) today or email me at svolkers@grar.com.

I will:

  •              Price your home strategically to be competitive with the current market and current price trends.

  •             Stage your home to showcase features that buyers are most interested in: uncluttered rooms and closets, fresh paint and pleasing drive-up appeal.

  •             Place For Sale signage, complete with property flyers that are accessible to drive-by prospects.

  •             Distribute Just Listed marketing to neighbors, encouraging them to tell their family and friends about your home.

  •             Optimize your home’s Internet presence by posting it on local and global MLS systems and adding multiple photographs and creative descriptions.

  •             Create a virtual tour of your home and place it on multiple websites to attract local and out-of- town buyers.

  •             Create a home book, comment cards and flyers for your property. Showcasing additional information and photos of your home and neighborhood will attract extra attention. 

  •             Target my marketing to active real estate agents that specialize in selling homes in your neighborhood.

  •              Include your home in our company/MLS tour to allow other agents to see your home first hand.

  •             Advertise your home in my real estate blogs, and Grand Rapids Press

  •              Create an Open House schedule to promote your home to prospective buyers.

  •             Target my marketing to active buyers and investors in my database that are looking for homes in your price range and area.

  •             Provide you with weekly updates detailing my marketing efforts, including comments from prospective buyers and agents that have visited your home.


East Grand Rapids Homes For Sale Sats and Information!

East Grand Rapids

Homes for Sale Number and Information  

Number of homes for sale

133

 Pending Home Sales

20

 Average Price of homes Sold

$288,715

 Average Total Per Square Foot Price

$113

 Average Days on the Market

88

 Number of homes sold in the last 6 months

  108

 Websites about the area

Wikipedia

City of East Grand Rapids

East Grand Rapid Public Schools

 

If you would like to hear more about the Grand Rapids Real Estate Market and How I (Steve Volkers at Keller Williams Realty) can help you get your home sold in less time for top dollar please send me an email at Svolkers@grar.com or call today at 616-575-1153.


My Sellers 10+ Customer Service Commitment

As the REALTOR® you have chosen to exclusively represent you in the sale of your home, I promise that I will: 

  1. Provide you with 10+ customer service during the entire buying process.

  2. Help you price your home according to the current market conditions.
  3. Market your home on the MLS.
  4. Provide you with on-going updates.
  5. Aggressively Market your home to other agents and to potential buyers.
  6. Provide you with on-going updates
  7. Present offers to you and negotiate on your behalf.
  8. Coordinate and supervise the preparation of all closing documents and guide you through the closing process.
  9. Help you resolve any closing issues.
  10. Coordinate move-out and assist with any post-closing issues.

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If you’re thinking about selling a home please send me an email or give me a call to hear more about my commitment to getting your home sold for the most money and the lease amount of time. If I don’t live up to my commitment you can fire me!


Alger Heights Home for Sale! Open House Sunday 12th from 11-1!

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Come see this Alger Heights home and get more information on homes for sale in the Alger Heights area!

To see more information on this home see Add at : http://activerain.com/blogs/stevevolkers


Union Square Condos

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Open House at Union Square Condos Monday August 6th, 13th and 20th from 6-8pm  

Come see the wonderful condo and get more information on the other 24 condos for sale in the building! Call 616-575-1153 for more information.

See more information about the Condo I will be holding open at  http://activerain.com/blogs/stevevolkers
 


Buyers Agency Post # 1

What is Buyer’s Agency? And why, as a buyer, or as a seller, or even as someone just walking into an open house, is this so important?

It amazes me all the time how many people, I come in contact with, that have not been told about Agency Law. I don’t know if Real Estate Agents are afraid of it because it might mean that they would not be able to get both the listing and buyer’s commission if someone comes into your open house. Or perhaps agents are afraid people will not be willing to sign a buyer’s agency with them or maybe there are too many agents out there that don’t understand Agency Law themselves.

As a realtor my duty is to inform the public about real estate and where does that begin. It starts by explaining what Buyer’s Agency Law is and whom I’m representing and finally, how they could be best represented but a realtor.  

Please, before you consider buying a home or listing your home ask the real estate agent. “First and foremost, what is Agency Law and who do you represent?”

So you’re thinking what is Buyer’s Agency Law and how can it help me get the best price for my home or the best price for the home you are buying? We will go through all of these topics in the next few posts. If you want more information right away about agency law please give me a call it could save you thousands of dollars!


Become the most informed Seller in Grand Rapids our Surrounding Kent County!

Are you thinking about selling your home in Grand Rapids Michigan our Surrounding Kent County in the next 2 years? Do you want to start getting free information before you list your home?

Well that’s what I’ll do for you if you decide you want this free service. This service includes one time CMA of your property and monthly update of what homes are selling for in your area. I will also keep you updated on homes that are listed and what homes are selling for in the area that you would like to move to.

 Yes, this is all free and you do not have to using me when you decided to sell or buy a home. All I ask is that you give me the opportunity to come and tell you all that I have to offer when you’re ready to list your home


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