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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!


Forest Hills Schools Home For Sale!

2105 Shiloh Hills Dr.
Kentwood, MI 49546

Forest Hills Schools

Priced to sell at : $214,900

  • 4 bedrooms

  • 3 1/2 Bathrooms

  • 2300 sqft.

  • 5 years old

The original owners have kept this home looking as new as it was when it was built 5 years ago. With 4 spacious bedrooms, 3 and 1/2 bathrooms in the Forest Hill School district, it’s one of the best values on the market. This home has a great yard with already established professional landscaping and underground sprinkling.

Call or Email me today to set up a showing!


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


Home Staging Room by Room: The Living Room

Home Staging a living room need not be a daunting task.  Keep in mind that the function of a formal living room is plain and simple, a cozy room to invite friends to sit to have a conversation.  If you are fortunate enough to have a formal living room, it is wise to market the “formal” in the room.  This means no televisions, exercise equipment, or toys.

When determining how to stage the living room, stand in the doorway at which buyers will first be entering, usually the foyer.  Ask yourself, “Does the room invite me to want to come in and sit? Is there a clear path to maneuver around the room without having to swerve around the furniture?”  If not, the furniture needs rearranging and if your home is like most, it may have too much furniture for marketing the house for sale.  Furniture should also fit the scale of the room.  Oversized couches and chairs make a room look smaller.

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In Grand Rapids, fireplaces are a sought after feature so if your living room has a fireplace it should be played up as the focal point of the room.  This is accomplished through the placement of furniture and decor.  Personal items and collections should be packed away so they do not distract buyers and little hands don’t disturb them.  When selecting décor, keep in mind that Grand Rapids is generally a conservative community.  Simple décor is what we are looking to achieve so remove any excess books or knick-knacks and replace them with a few larger, tastefully selected items.  Remember, a buyer is looking to purchase your house, not your stuff – effective home staging places the emphasis on the product for sale, the house.

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 Ample lighting, especially in the winter months, also helps to reveal the appeal of your living room.  Make sure you have enough lamps to light the entire room sufficiently.  All drapes and blinds should be open to let in as much natural light as possible.  This may unveil some flaws that you haven’t noticed so carefully inspect the carpet, trim, and walls.  Freshly cleaned carpet, painted walls (in a warm, neutral color), and sparkling windows will impress buyers that you have taken care of the home.

Contributed to GrandRapidsResource.com by:
Heidi Herbruck at Simply Staged

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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


Riverside Park Grand Rapids Michigan

A couple of weekends ago I had the privilege of taking some time going for a walk through Riverside Park on the North East side of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Riverside Park offers:

  • Frisbee golf

  • 2.2 miles of walking trails

  • boat launches

  • fishing

  • children’s play equipment

  • picnic areas with grills

  • room for your dog to run 

  • even a great setting for a wedding

See some of the photos in the slide show below that I took on my walk through Riverside Park.

Pictures from Riverside Park Grand Rapids Michigan

So, you’re wondering what homes are for sale by this wonderful park and how much a home sells for in the Riverside Park Neighborhood?

 

Here is the current data of homes for sale and sold over the past 3 months in the Riverside Park Neighborhood

 Current Homes for Sale in Riverside Park

53

Average listing Price

$137,492

Number of Homes Sold in Riverside Park

11

Average Sale Price

$116,573

from stevevolkers.vodpod.


Hudsonville Condo For Sale: 2926 Stoney Creek

Hudsonville Condo For Sale

from stevevolkers.vodpod.

2926 Stoney Creek Ct.
Hudsonville, MI 49426 

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2 ½

Square Feet: 1547

Price: $144,900

Comments: This condo is only 1 year old with a warm inviting atmosphere. Boasting two bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms and a loft. Floor to ceiling windows in the living room bring in all the natural light you could want. The kitchen is fully equipped with stainless steel appliances and natural hickory cabinets. Lower level is being finished to include additional living space for your entertainment needs.


The Seven Most Costly Misconceptions About Home Inspections – Misconception #1

Ace Home Inspections has been in the home inspection business for over 13 years.  In that time, we’ve learned that home inspections are the subject of much confusion.  In fact, people have so many misconceptions about home inspections that we decided to offer this consumer education message so when you select a home inspection company, you can make an informed, intelligent decision.

Misconception #1:  You should wait as long as possible before getting your home inspection.

No.  Waiting until the last minute to get your home inspection leaves you in position of not having the information that you need to make an informed decision.  Also, your contract will likely have specific dates in it that if you don’t respond in a timely manner, then you will lose the opportunity to cancel your contract on a house and still receive your earnest money back.

One of the problems is that if the home inspection turns up something significant, then a specialist is generally required to help you understand the depth of the problem.

You need to schedule the inspection as quickly as possible and have it done as soon as possible. 

Coming soon:

Misconception # 2

You don’t need a home inspection if you are getting a home warranty.

Contributed By: Ace Home Inspections


Grand Rapids Resource Welcomes it’s Newest Contributor, Ace Inspections!

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Your two most important assets are your family and your home.  At Ace Inspections, we give our clients the most personalized service possible in the purchase or sale of a home in the Grand Rapids Area.

Established in 1994 in Grand Rapids, Scott and Dawn Wilder founded Ace Inspections with the mission of helping you become an educated home buyer or seller. Having served and educated over 15,000 families since then, Ace Inspections is experienced in providing you with the information you need to make an informed decision on the biggest financial investment of your life.ace-home-inspections.giface-home-inspections.gif

In that our goal is to be Your Personal Building Consultants For Life, we offer free consulting to you for as long as you own your home in addition to joining us on the home inspection.  We always treat our clients like family – with respect and concern for your time and hard-earned money. 

Coming up in future blogs on Grand Rapids Resource will be articles that will further help you in understanding home inspections, home maintenance, and other valuable information.  Stay tuned!!


Ottawa Hills Neighborhood Home Sales

Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills Neighborhood

Homes for Sale Number and Information

Since June, 2007

Number of Homes for Sale

13

Pending Home Sales

1

Average Price of Homes Sold

$187,100

Average Total Per Square Foot Price

$94

Average Days on the Market

37

Number of homes sold in the last 6 months

 4

Websites about the area

Ottawa Hills Neighborhood Profile

Ottawa Hills Public Library

Search For Homes For Sale in Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills Neighborhood

If you would like to hear more about the Grand Rapids Real Estate Market and how 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.

 


Alger Heights a Great Place Live and Raise a Family!

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I grew up in Alger Heights, which is on the southeast side of Grand Rapids.

In Alger Heights there is a wonderful mix of homes. You have one and a half story starter homes to the larger 2 story home with plenty of room.

I think I liked Alger Heights so much as a child because I felt safe there. Also, there were always plenty of friends my age and my parents always knew all our neighbors. It still is that way still today even though I have moved away from there but wish to move back some day soon.

Friends of mine say they love to take walks through the Alger Heights neighborhood. They tell me it’s like days gone by where you still are able to get to know your neighbors and know that you can always ask them for a cup of milk to finish what you’re baking that evening.

So, if you are interested in hearing more about Alger Heights in Grand Rapids, Michigan, please contact me. I would love to tell you some great stories about growing up in Alger Heights and then help your find the perfect home to start your family on the path to making your own great memories!

Just shoot me an email or give a call. There are plenty of great homes for sale in Alger Heights that a very affordable.


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!!!


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.


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


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