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By Doug Hansen, Professional Realtor - Professional Results
(Five Star Real Estate)
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March ended with a total of 845 properties sold. That is an impressive increase of 32.7 percent from the 637 properties sold in February. The average sale price of homes in the Grand Rapids area was $359,000 in March. That’s an increase of 5 percent from the $342,000 of last month. It’s worth not...

By Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic
(www.mrbrownsellsgr.com)
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I firmly believe we as agents should be reviewed about our service to the public we serve. There are times we may NOT receive the review we would like to hear but frankly some of the things that may be said coula possibly help us to be better. One of my quotes I’ve been using lately is”if we wan...

By Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic
(www.mrbrownsellsgr.com)
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We all know and are aware of the shortage of inventory here in the West Michigan area. Now is the time to work on getting your home(s) ready for sale and for the upcoming spring market. In my opinion I believe we will have a great market but the home(s) that will be coming out will have to be pri...

By Michelle Gordon, Finding Your Place
(JH Realty Partners)
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This year more than years past - we have discovered by home inspections mold in the home. Many times it was not visible - however a home inspector could smell it or see signs of something that could cause mold and would call for further investigations. Mold has increasingly become a concern of th...

By Michelle Gordon, Finding Your Place
(JH Realty Partners)
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When selling your home you are not only competing with your neighbors home, you are competing with new construction. As we show homes to our home seekers new construction is very much part of the mix.  Many times the new construction feels like a better deal to the buyer due to all the upgrades o...

By Michelle Gordon, Finding Your Place
(JH Realty Partners)
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This topic seems to be coming up a lot!  Real Estate is local and I can only speak about the community in which I am a member of and sell in as everyone has their own dynamic that will affect their Real Estate market.  I am from Grand Rapids,  Michigan - I sell Real Estate in West michigan. I fee...

By Michelle Gordon, Finding Your Place
(JH Realty Partners)
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I have been a Realtor since 2002 - I have seen many different market situations come and go. Each year comes with its new challenges and opportunities. 2017, has been one of the most difficult years for inspections in my world. I was trying to think why this year over other years, what is the cau...

By Michelle Gordon, Finding Your Place
(JH Realty Partners)
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It's time to ask yourself this question  September 2017 - I personally believe the “shift” is among us.  Many do not know when a shift happens till we are in full swing,  In 2008 the market crashed - home prices hit rock bottom, however there were clues this was coming.  I remember showing my fir...

By Michelle Gordon, Finding Your Place
(JH Realty Partners)
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Very interesting topic as I am explaining this a lot Why a home may sell more or less than its SEV. A few definitions before we start  SEV - State Equalized Value - According to LARA (Department of licensing and Regulatory affairs)  this is One half (1/2) of your property's true cash value. We wi...

By Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic
(www.mrbrownsellsgr.com)
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  First and foremost Change the locks. So many people forget to do that and a small percentage of the time. You never know how many keys were given to friends and relatives during the course of the previous owner(s). And what about if the property was bank owned? How many keys floated around out ...

By Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic
(www.mrbrownsellsgr.com)
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  After being in the business for over 31 years theses 2 things (on many occasions) I have run into from buyers so many times. In fast paced markets (which we have in this area) buyer’s NEED to be preapproved alongside their offer to make themselves competitive. I encourage them to get 2 estimate...

By Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic
(www.mrbrownsellsgr.com)
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There are things that more likely than not will sway you to make the decision to buy OR to renovate/remodel your existing home. As the Spring market approaches the market will heat up and you will ask yourself what will I be doing this year. Will it be like last year during this same time frame??...

By Michelle Gordon, Finding Your Place
(JH Realty Partners)
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Know that I love contests - I love to compete and I love to win! My first experience with this was,  when working at a furniture store in Camphill, PA.  We were living from paycheck to paycheck and we needed 3 mattress - My husband and I were sleeping on his 20 year old childhood mattress and we ...

By Doug Hansen, Professional Realtor - Professional Results
(Five Star Real Estate)
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Prices continue to increase for homes in Grand Rapids and surrounding areas due to continued low inventory. This need for inventory favors sellers in Grand Rapids and adds to the competitive atmosphere for buyers. This means that buyers need to bring their most impressive offers to the table when...

By Michelle Gordon, Finding Your Place
(JH Realty Partners)
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My last few listings have required me to be at all showings - now I am not the list agent who hovers the agent and their client - but I can not help to over hear and watch the process. I do love being there to hear what prospective buyers are saying about the home as this tends to be greater feed...

By Michelle Gordon, Finding Your Place
(JH Realty Partners)
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As you been reading the value of homes in our area has been on the rise - or rather the multiple bid situations we are constantly in, have driven up the sales price of a home. So you are so excited - you received an offer $20,000 more then your list price - as you received 20 offers and BAM you g...

By Michelle Gordon, Finding Your Place
(JH Realty Partners)
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When my husband I first moved here in 2001, we were surprised to see so many private roads.  On the street sign it would say something like Main Street “Private”. To us that meant one home and the street was private to that home owner. So we could not drive down that street as it would be trespas...

By Michelle Gordon, Finding Your Place
(JH Realty Partners)
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A funny thing happened on the way to the office yesterday ………… My Marketing Director was meeting our new admin for lunch at a local restaurant.  They were talking real estate. It was a get to know you meeting and what to expect,  kind of a thing.  So the Gordon Group name came up a lot.  A nearby...

By Michelle Gordon, Finding Your Place
(JH Realty Partners)
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As the economy gets better - the solicitation for services for my Real Estate business has nearly become overwhelming. They can post for me on facebook, they can connect for me on linkedIN, they can write my blogs for me, they can send newsletters for me - they can share scripts that I can use, t...

By Michelle Gordon, Finding Your Place
(JH Realty Partners)
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Yes, I feel like a broken record - we need listings, we have limited inventory - here is the latest news article about our short inventory crisis. However, Mr and Ms. homeowner you would love to sell and move but then where would you go?  It’s like which comes first the chicken or the egg - the l...

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