Downsize Buyers

Downsize Buyers vs. Right Sizing Housing Needs

Life is amazing and with each chapter life has new opportunities and challenges. By preparing properly you can take advantage of the right opportunity and minimize the challenges.  This page has been designed specifically for you; to assist in information for creating the right plan of action for success.

Downsize vs Right-size….

The term “down-sizing” is often used for those who are looking to not use as much space as they once needed. While that is a popular term and therefore its referenced out of necessity, the better term is “right-size.”  After all many of my clients find that they still need a good amount of space but for different reasons.  It’s no longer because “every kid needs a bedroom” now its for “when the kids come to visit.” Another big reason to”right-size” is to make life easier – put the laundry, master bedroom suite, kitchen, all on one level.  Choose a floor plan with little or no stairs, etc.  Yet there are floor plans and choices that can made to create a space perfect for guests. You’re “right-sizing” your living space.

What our clients are saying:

John Rice is hands down one of the best realtors in the Grand Rapids and surrounding areas. We have utilized him as our realtor on two separate occasions, once over 10 years ago, and again over the last several months to buy/sell. He is incredibly knowledgeable and uses his expertise to help guide you in your choices throughout the realty process. He is professional, kind, has impeccable attention to detail, responsive, and clearly loves what he does. Choose John for your realty needs…he is the best of the best!
Amanda W
We just want you to know how much we appreciated your competent service in listing and selling our home, much loved for the last 26 years. Your quiet confidence and patience were most helpful in getting to "SOLD." Doing so during the pandemic panic, at a time when you were obeying the governor's "stay at home" orders, amazed us. You may look like the mild mannered Clark Kent, but during the pandemic, you performed like Superman! Thank you,
John and Lydia T
Purchased and sold with John, he is: Professional, an extremely good communicator, precise, and acted on our behalf 24/7. He kept us up to date on listings for purchase and preparation advice for selling our home. He was knowledgeable about neighborhoods. Photography for sale of our house was impressive. We were appreciative of the guidance regarding making offers, inspections, when to list our home, writing contracts, detailed review and presentation of offers on our home and being realistic about our purchase of new home. Great experience, Great Realtor.
J&G Junod
We chose John as our realtor...(h)e came to the listing appointment incredibly well prepared, had some great suggestions on better staging the home and followed through on every commitment. Even more important, we had a full price offer the first day on the market and ended up selling the house for about $10k above list price. I know it's easy to be pleased with and recommend a realtor when you sell above list, but John was thorough, professional, accessible and generally pleasant to be around. I would highly recommend John and his team to anyone with real estate needs.
D&M Grimes
My wife and I are retired, and decided to sell our home and move to a condominium. Fortunately, we contacted John Rice to help us with the transition. ...The whole experience went so smoothly that we would highly recommend John for any real estate transactions.
T&M Huyge
John is a low pressure, sincere real estate agent. He looks out for your interests and steers you toward what is best for you as a buyer. John is quick to return phone calls, e-mails and gives well thought answers to your questions. I felt comfortable working with John and we have purchased a home which we love. I have no reservations recommending John to other home buyers or sellers.
Julie M
John has great knowledge of the West Michigan Real Estate market. He is sincere and professional. I would recommend John for all your real estate needs
Mike G
"John really went to work for me. He SOLD my old home in 2 weeks and was patient with me as we looked for a new home. He really seems to understand the market and how to execute the whole deal. I would list with John in a heartbeat. If your considering buying or selling, John will make you very happy."
Jack & Stacey N
Dear John, I wanted to take a moment and thank you both for the professional way that you handled our listing. As you know our house had been on the market for a considerable length of time with a different realtor. Once we made the decision to switch realtors, Jason and I had told ourselves that we were going to interview many different realtors so we got the one that would be right for us. You were our first and only interview that we did. Your professionalism and amazing presentation blew us away and as you know we signed with you two on the spot. At the time of the listing it was early December and we all fully agreed that we needed to hang with this listing through the tough winter months and would really look forward to something positive happening in March. Within 5 days of signing with you, we had an offer and 3 weeks later, we were sitting at a closing table....Thank you again for helping us. Please know we will be referring you to anyone that is looking for a Realtor. Sincerely,
Jason & Christine
I recently had the pleasure of working with John. I found him to be open, knowledgeable, professional, and genuinely interested in meeting our needs. He is truly a gentleman, and if the opportunity arises, I will definitely seek out his services.
Carol & Jim H