Great Cascade All Brick 2 Story!!

    Price: $149,9001018 EastmontGrand RApids • MI • 49546MLS #: 603299 • Status: For Sale
    All Brick Forest Hills 2 Story!

    Listing Information
    Bedrooms: 3Property Sub Type: 2 Story Single FamilySquare Ft: 1443

    Bathrooms: 1+Year Built: 1931

    Listing Description
    With 4 garage stalls, a newer roof and furnace, central air, all brick construction, 3 season porch, full basement and a great flowing floor plan – this house is a great investment! The large living room, formal dining room, stately fireplace, large upstairs living area and possible future expansion into the full basement add to this home of pure potential. Beautiful arches, plaster walls and built-ins are a showcase of early 20th century artistry. Locational bonuses include: a short walk to the grocery store and great dining, and only minutes from the highway and 28th Street. All this in the Forest Hills Schools district is sure to please! Also note that the vacant lot next store is available as a combined purchase under MLS G603304.

    The Bottom?

    Last week our Grand Rapids Press reported an article indicating that July sales were up 8.6% over that of July 2006. Also the report indicated that sales prices were lower than last year. My interpretation of the data is this: we’ve potentially seen the bottom of the market! Real estate pricing is driven by supply and demand. When you have more houses, then buyers – prices fall. Since prices have fallen, but demand has picked up, we could potentially look back at July in the next 6 months and see this as the bottom of the market. We’ll all have to stay tuned to see – but my prediction is we’re crawling out of our local real estate recession. Additionally, we need to consider that the remainder of the United States as been doing well economically for a couple of years now (hence the fed raising rates and other such things.) Michigan’s economy typically lags behind that of the US by roughly 2 years because of how we as a state make our living. However, while the rest of Michigan continues to look for solid ground – West Michigan has gained it’s traction and has really begun to show strong signs of moving ahead.
    Grand Rapids is a great place to live and our future is EXTREMELY bright! Take a drive downtown, uptown, NE, SE, SW, or NW and see the improvements constantly our city and surrounding areas are experiencing – it’s a great place to be!
    Next posting – why buy or sell in the fall? Dispelling seasonal myths about real estate.

    Stunning Cascade Ranch!

    This exquisitely re-designed executive ranch is a true move-in master piece. With stone fireplace surrounded by peninsula of window walls with access to the large 3 sided deck overlooking private woods. The grand dining area and gorgeously custom crafted kitchen features stainless steel wine cooler, granite counter tops and professional grade stainless steel appliances. Bamboo hardwood flooring run throughout the main level living area and both raised and cathedral ceilings over-head. Main floor master-suite showcases large garment storage, sitting area, raised ceilings, beautifully crafted private master bath with heated tile floor, solid surface double vanity, garden tub and walk-in shower. Main floor laundry and large mud room with lockers are the perfect entry from the 3+ stall attached garage; featuring ample storage space on the main level and in the dry attic above. The grand curved stair case is your entry into the lower level; featuring, large family room with gas fireplace, large office, complete 3rd bedroom with walk-in closet. 3rd full bath, large 4th bedroom and additional storage area and utility room. New, beautiful landscaping surround the home with underground sprinkling on an easy to maintain 3/4 acre wooded lot. Additionally this home features, all new top quality windows through the home, new furnace, new air conditioners, care-free siding and beautiful stone accent.This home is all new inside and out with over 3,800 sq ft of private luxury.

    Click here to tour this beautiful property!

    Tierra Vista

    Rockford’s premier executive home site development is now accepting reservations for a limited time. This wooded development with gently rolling hills is wonderfully located off Courtland Dr near Kies Rd and 10mile(see map). This central location offers the home owner access to ammenities unmatched by existing new developments including:

    •Private wooded & pond-front lots

    •Large common playground and nature preserve

    •Beautifully landscaped entryway and common areas

    •Close to Rockford High School, Middle School and Elementary School (Directly across from Meadow Ridge Elementary)

    •Close to downtown Rockford and shopping

    •Accessory buildings permitted

    •Fences allowed
    •County Grade Roads

    •Easy Access to the White Pine Trail

    •Entrance is buffered from major traffic roads

    •30% homestead tax saving over City of Rockford taxes

    •Easy access to 131 Highway and M-37 (Northland Dr) and M-44 (Belding Rd)

    •Your choice of builder – or we will build for you

    •City Water and City Sewer

    For plat map and aerial images click here. This link will take you to where you can expolore the entire development, choose your lot and learn about the great community surrounding this beautiful development.
    Contact John Rice today to explore your options and choose your site.

    Things are heating up!

    Things are heating up! For the first time in seemingly a long time, the buyer’s are on the move and they are doing what buyer’s are meant to do – buying homes! This is wonderful news for sellers! Finally many first time home buyers are recognizing the great deals this market has prepared for them and continued low rates are stimulating purchases. It may be some time due to market before the market has a whole feels this up tick but things are definitely headed in the right direction! With first home buyers acting now it would appear that the market may remain steady throughout the winter as first time home buyer’s are not usually as driven by the school year or deterred by inclement weather.
    All in all I believe the trend is heading towards a steady up tick in the local market. Who know in 12 months time we may look back and realize September-November of 2006 was the low point. Only time will tell! In the mean time tell all your friends to call us about taking advantage of this potential! Enjoy the snow!

    Leaves are falling and so are prices

    Sellers, more than ever, are realizing their need to drop their prices in order to sell their home faster than their competition. While a quick sale is not the goal of every seller, for many the quicker the better. Sales these days fall into two categories:
    1. Those who need to sell quickly
    2. Those who need to sell for their maximum potential.

    In either case the house must be in it’s tip-top shape before entering the market. Why? Because the first impression of the buyer must be “WOW!” and nothing else. If it’s anything else they’ll keep going…..

    Okay, so that’s the selling side. What about the buyers? They’re out there and looking hard. This is the time of year when buyers really want to find they’re place before winter. Home selection, like the fall colors, is at it’s peak. For a buyer this is the time to choose and really “buy smart.”

    **Buyers – How do you know what’s a good deal and what’s the best way to go from start to finish? Click on the “Search for Homes” link to the right and learn about the best methods.

    **Sellers – need more information? Click on the “Discover Your Home’s Value” to the right and follow the instructions.


    The Top 5 Steps To Help You Sell Your Home

    With now through the Thanksgiving holiday being the second strongest market of the year we are reposting our blog post from Early Spring. This includes an informative outline of what a seller should consider before placing their home on the market.

    Before placing your home on the market there are some considerations to make. Think back to when you purchased your home. How did it smell? How clean was it? Did this affect your opinion of how the home owners were keeping up the house? Often, a buyer will perceive what is seen on the surface as a reflection of how well you’ve cared for the house while living there. A clean house with well oiled doors and clean windows and cupboards that close is often perceived as a house that has been well cared for. With that in mind read on….

    The Top 5 Steps To Help You Sell Your Home

    So you’re thinking of placing your home on the market? Be sure to consider these 5 steps before the sign goes in the yard.

    1. Curb Appeal: What does your home look like from the outside? Is it such that a buyer would want to come in? The buyers’ first impression is very important to drawing them to the interior of the home. Make sure your exterior is well manicured; cut the grass, trim the shrubs, eliminate weeds from cracks in pavement, scrub down the front door and wash all the windows. This shows the buyer how well you take care of your home.

    2. Clutter Be Gone: Clear entryways and hallways making it easy for the buyers to move throughout your home. Clean off counter tops in bathrooms and kitchens and rid them of clutter. Take good inventory of items that can be given away or thrown away – shoving them a closet won’t help – buyers open closets and drawers too! Speaking of closets, organize them – showing ease of use and plenty of space. If you need to, consider renting a storage unit for off-season items.

    3. Hammer & Nail: If there are small items around the house that need fixing correct them. A home that shows it’s been well maintained is received positively. If the cabinet door sticks, or there are areas that could use patching, consider doing these before you let the buyers in.

    4. K.I.N.: Keep It Neutral! Paint is one of the least expensive ways to improve the appearance of a space. Buyers these days prefer light, neutral colors. While painting a room will not usually yield a higher sale price it can GREATLY assist in your home selling sooner. Dark paints can make a room look smaller and don’t reflect the light as well and stronger colors can inhibit many buyers from envisioning themselves living in the home.

    5. Soap & Water: Cleaning can do wonders for the appeal of your home. Clean carpets, shine wood floors, scrub the tile and wipe down the baseboards –and that’s just the floors! Consider cleaning every inch of the bathrooms and replace the shower curtain if necessary. For the kitchen clean the cupboards and the both the stove top and the oven. When it comes to dusting replace your furnace filter first! Then dust away all those dust bunnies. By replacing your filter first you will have less of a likelihood of the dust returning so quickly.

    By following these 5 steps you’re well on your way to having your home prepared. Now it’s time to call us and we’ll walk through the home with “buyer eyes” assisting you by pointing out items that a buyer may notice. Small corrections can go a LONG way!

    Enjoy the fruits of your labor!

    Labor Day not only marks the end of summer and time to get ready for fall but is a day rich in history.

    “Labor Day differs in every essential way from the other holidays of the year in any country,” said Samuel Gompers, founder and longtime president of the American Federation of Labor. “All other holidays are in a more or less degree connected with conflicts and battles of man’s prowess over man, of strife and discord for greed and power, of glories achieved by one nation over another. Labor Day…is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race, or nation.” to read more on the history of Labor day please feel free to check out:

    Enjoy your Holiday!

    Price: $108,900
    3149-302 Poplar Creek Dr
    Kentwood • MI • 49512
    MLS #: 571046 •
    Status: For Sale

    Beautiful Kentwood Condo!

    Listing Information
    Bedrooms: 2
    Property Sub Type: Condo ranch style
    Square Ft: 1220

    Bathrooms: 2Year Built: 1995

    Listing Description
    End unit! This is Poplar Creek living at its best! Beautiful cathedral ceiling condo with large den/study, 2 large bedrooms & 2 full baths. Private master suite hosts private bath, sitting area, 2 large closets & several windows. Covered deck, additional storage area, private main floor laundry room, huge 1.5 stall garage with raised ceilings for extra storage stand out as extras. It’s in move-in condition with fresh paint & clean from top to bottom. Priced below SEV for a quick sale. All appliances remain. Truly an outstanding value surpassing all others in Poplar Creek.

    Here they come!

    Everyone has been asking me ,”How’s the market? I hear it’s slow.” It is…. for now. That’s the key it’s only temporary. I’m anticiapting a strong fall market (September and October) as there are several buyers out there waiting to make a decision. Here, locally, we’ve experienced a record breaking number of sunny days. Who wants to buy a house on a sunny day when you can go to the beach? Well in this buyers market it would be smart to buy – but most people seem to be choosing the beach until the sunny days are fewer – then they’ll turn their attention to the housing market. Second, over the past 3-4 years many individuals across many price ranges have held back on taking vacations. Now it seems several people are taking those vacations. Meaning the buyers simply are not here enough to make a decision. With the school year and the end of summer on the horizon I anticiapte an increase in activity – so get ready sellers – the buyers are knocking!