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7451 Crystal View
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!
Home buyers are beginning their Grand Rapids Home Search and the Spring Real Estate Real Estate will be here before you know it.Over the past week there has been an up swing in activity in my office. One listing has sold and many showings. It has been slow all through December as people enjoyed the holidays. But all signs point to the spring real estate market, which will be upon us soon.
I have noticed internet research starting and coming on very strong over the past week. Over the last week Grand Rapids Resource Blog had 100 hits per day and my featured listing on Trulia.com had 300 viewings during listing week.
I believe it will be a strong spring real estate market. Price will be down but buyers will be out buying. If your home has being on the market for a long time or if it has expired in the past month this information should encourage you to get back on the market soon.
If you would like a second opinion on your current listing or would like me to take a look at what you could sell your home for in the coming spring market feel free to call. We can sit down together, with a cup of coffee, and decide best how to sell you home in 2008.
Property taxes tend to adjust a lot in the first year or two of you purchasing your home. This tends to happen because the local assessor’s office is now aware of the true value of the home. The home may have been well under assessed if the seller of the property owned the home for several years.
Here is how you can tell if you are paying the right amount of property taxes. In January 2008 you should receive a statement from your assessor’s office that looks like this. I have included an example that should help you recognize the form I am describing.
To figure out how accurate your assessment is, you must take the taxable value times two. This is not a perfect test, but it will get you very close to paying the correct amount of property taxes. When you take the taxable value times two and the amount you come up with is much higher than your home is worth you should act immediately.
Disputing your taxable value to the local assessor’s office usually requires immediate action. In the City of Grand Rapids, the assessment form is sent some time in January, and the dispute form has to be delivered to their office by the middle of February. Time is of the essence with most assessors’ offices. Your best bet is to contact your local assessor’s office immediately if you would like to dispute your taxable value and ask them what is the easiest and most efficient way to go about getting this corrected.
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Do Open Houses Sell Homes?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!