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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!


First Time Home Buyer Road Map in Greater Grand Rapids

I truly enjoy working with first time home buyers. First time home buyers have so many options available them and so many different things to learn along the way. Over the coming weeks we will help you, the first time home buyer, understand the process of buying your first home in Greater Grand Rapids and why it works the way it does.

The questions we will try to answer are:

How do I get my loan figured out?

  •             MSHDA Loan?
  •             Costing Cost?
  •             How Much do we need Down?

Agency?

  •             Who is representing me?

Where do you want to live?

  •             City of Grand Rapids?
  •             Or a suburb?

What kind of home are you looking for?

  •             Two story or ranch
  •             How many bedrooms and bathrooms?
  •             Condo or single family?

Are you willing to do some work?

  •             How about a foreclosure?

How do we make an offer?

  •          Do we bid low and see what happens?

When the offer is accepted then what?

  •             Title Work?
  •             Inspections?
  •             Appraisal?

What happens at the closing?

  •             Do I need to bring my ID?
  •             What is a HUD Statement?

When do I get the keys to move in?

  •             Do I get to move in the same day as close?
  •            What does 30 days after close mean?
  •            Do I get paid for the people living in the home?

Over the next few weeks, the Grand Rapids Resource Team will try to help you understand this process better. So when you’re ready to buy your first home you will know whom to call, when it will be their turn to help you and we hope that this will make the process of buying your first home easier and less stressful.

If you are currently looking at homes now and can’t wait for the following articles please feel free to call or email me today. I would be honored to help you through this process.

Contributed to GrandRapidsResource.com by:

Steve Volkers at Keller Williams Realty


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


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.


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!


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