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Kent Count Real Estate Market Watch 1/28/08-2/3/08

  Total Total List / Sold $ Avg List $ Avg Sold $ Avg DOM Median Price $ %SP/LP
New 194 $37,906,214 / n/a $195,393 n/a 4 $141,450 n/a
Pending 98 $11,551,821 / n/a $117,876 n/a 109 $112,400 n/a
Sold 52 $7,732,485 / $7,315,038 $148,702 $140,674 99 $132,500 94.60%
Currently Active (as of today) 6115 $1,148,269,287 / n/a $187,779 n/a 129 $139,900 n/a

Kent Count Real Estate Market Watch 1/21/08-1/28/08

  Total Total List / Sold $ Avg List $ Avg Sold $ Avg DOM Median Price $ %SP/LP
New 167 $27,618,893 / n/a $165,383 n/a 5 $129,900 n/a
Pending 64 $7,241,961 / n/a $113,156 n/a 86 $90,369 n/a
Sold 17 $2,449,122 / $2,297,222 $144,066 $135,131 76 $115,000 93.80%
Currently Active (as of today) 5319 $1,004,105,907 / n/a $188,777 n/a 125 $138,000 n/a

 AVG: Average

DOM: Days on Market

%SP/LP: Percent of Sale price sold to List Price

Do Open Houses Sell Homes?

 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.

Contributed to by:
Steve Volkers at Keller Williams Realty

Who is Steve Volkers?

I have been writing posts on this blog for a little over five months now and realized that I have never formally introduced myself.

My name is Steve Volkers and I work with Keller Williams Realty to help individuals buy and sell homes in Grand Rapids, Michigan and the surrounding area.

I strongly believe that knowledge is power. As a Realtor, my number one goal is to help counsel and teach my clients about the process of selling and buying a home in the Grand Rapids area kw_stack_color.jpg

With unique internet marketing tools, I am able to get homes in front of more people in Grand Rapids than the average Realtor.

It’s no longer the age or a market that we can put a home on the Grand Rapids Association of Realtors (GRAR) Multiple Listings Service (MLS) and pray that it will sell.

So thank you for reading my blog and starting the learning process with me. I hope that the articles that you will read on this blog will enrich your life and give you the knowledge and power to buy or sell your next home.

Also see my Facebook Profile to learn more about me and keep up with what is going on in my life.

How to Search for Homes in Grand Rapids!

There are many different resources today that will help you find the home of your dreams before even talking to an agent.

First resource is that can point you in the right direction. Click on the Search Kent County Homes Page and pick any of the links to go to the Multiple Listing Service Provided by the Grand Rapids Association of Realtors.

From this search page you will be able to find home in the school district or area of town you want to live in and you can also look up homes in different categories like Price Bedrooms, Baths and many other things.

The second and more in-depth resource to search listings on line is called the Home Buyers Scouting Report. Very few agents are able to offer this produce to the public. But I have been able to secure this resource for any one that is search for a home in the next 6 months. This recourse is free and does everything the MLS does but it does so much more then that. It offers Google maps, search create that you can change and update at any time, email up dates on home you are looking at, it also offers something that the MLS doesn’t to new buyers and that is how much home sold for in your search area before you even sign up with using an agent.

  So if you would like to use these free recourses just give me a call or send me an email so I can get you started in this free service. All I ask from you is that you give me the first chance to show you all that I can offer when you are ready to buy a home.