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New Listing 1013 Aberdeen St.



Saturday Open House

November, 22 from 3pm till 5pm

Come join me for an open house!

5822 36th Ave. Hudsonville, MI

4 Bedrooms – 2 Bathrooms – 2,300 Sq. Feet

Don’t miss your opportunity to view this stunning 4 bed – 2 bath Hudsonville home. The home sits on a beautifully landscaped yard with a covered porch overlooking rolling fields in the back. The home itself features a remodeled kitchen with custom cherry cabinets, granite countertops, a center island, a Viking cook top, and hardwood flooring. The house also has hardwood floors throughout, a formal dining area with a built in china cabinet, a finished basement, and tons of storage. You’ll also love having two fireplaces, and Andersen Renewal windows to keep the interior nice and cozy this winter.


36th Ave Open House

Join me this Sunday, October 26th, for an open house!

5822 – 36th Ave, Hudsonville

1p – 3p

4 bed, 2 bath, 2300 sq. feet

Don’t miss your opportunity to view this stunning 4 bed – 2 bath Hudsonville home. The home sits on a beautifully landscaped yard with a three season porch overlooking rolling fields in the back. The home itself features a remodeled kitchen with custom cherry cabinets, granite countertops, a center island, a Viking cook top, and hardwood flooring. The house also has hardwood floors throughout, a formal dining area with a built in china cabinet, a finished basement, and tons of storage. You’ll also love having two fireplaces, and Andersen Renewal windows to keep the interior nice and cozy this winter.


The Seven Most Costly Misconceptions About Home Inspections – Misconception #6

Misconception #6:  FHA or VA has inspected the house and/or the appraisal will cover me.

“Absolutely not.  While having FHA or VA do an inspection on your home is useful and they likely call out a number of concerns, this is far from a complete inspection.  In fact, the bottom line is that these inspectors are working to protect FHA or VA and not you.

“On top of that, these inspections are only about 30 minutes to an hour long at best – and 30 minutes is pushing it.  A real inspection that has your best interest at heart is going to take significantly longer.  It is unusual for an inspection to take less than 2 hours on smaller homes and many inspections have been known to take longer, depending on the size of the home. 

“The thought of the appraisal taking the place of the inspection scares the appraiser as much as it should scare you.  The appraisal is designed to determine the value of the home for the mortgage company.  The mortgage company simply wants to know if what they are loaning on the house is reasonable.  It is not designed at all to pick up the condition of the house, even though some times, if there is a major concern, the appraiser will bring it to everyone’s attention.  However, this is hardly an inspection, and every appraiser will be glad to tell you so.  Unfortunately, you rarely see the appraiser and you are lucky if you receive his report until you go to closing.


First time Home Buyer NAR Video.


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


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