First-time Buyers

First-Time Buyers

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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 can’t say enough good things about John. He is an awesome realtor! We bought our home with his help and just recently sold it with his help. He is highly knowledgeable about the Grand Rapids area market and his expertise and professionalism has shown through both times we worked with him...John is a wonderful communicator and a genuine person. His sincerity has been evident in his commitment to making the purchase and sale experience as seamless and informed as possible. We consider ourselves incredibly fortunate to have worked with John and strongly recommend him without reservation!
E&T VanBuskirk
John was a fantastic realtor. He was very knowledgeable about the areas of town we were looking at buying (which was quite extensive) and he was very attentive to make sure the features we were looking for were being met. His expertise on the housing market were great to help guide us into making smart decisions on which house to buy and more importantly which houses to stay away from. He was very accessible and was always on top of everything. He made us feel like we were his only clients and made the home buying process very easy! I would definitely go back to him when we are ready to upgrade!
Nick & Marla M
We could not have asked for a better experience with a realtor! The most difficult part of our entire home buying experience was agreeing on which house my husband and I wanted to live in. John was encouraging, knowledgeable, personable, and so easy to work with! As first time home owners we had LOTS of questions and he answered every single one with patience and a smile. John gave excellent advice and recommendations throughout our entire process from the big things, like which bank to use, to the little things, like remember to keep an open mind. John was genuinely in it to help us find the perfect home for us, rather than to add another client to his list. We will continue to use John as our realtor in the future, as well as recommend him to everyone we know!
J&C Schwiebert
John has a great team of people who are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. They were open and honest from the start! I would highly recommend him. I have been completely pleased with my experience and interactions with John. He was very knowledgeable about house, the area, and the process and strategies of purchasing a new home!!! Thank you John and your team.
A Seyffert
John helped make the experience of buying my home, both painless and actually a pleasure. I don't know how many clients can say that about their real estate agent. I would definitely give John a call if you are thinking of buying or selling.
Andy K
"John recently helped us buy our home. I strongly recommend his expertise to any looking to buy or sell. He is always professional and exemplified a strong work ethic. He is candid with his knowledge and advice. We thoroughly enjoyed working with him and have already recommended him to our friends."
M Karulf, MD
"John is a true professional when it comes to the real estate market. He will work with you and guide you down the right path to home you desire. He works in a very understanding way and only goes at your pace. I would highly recommend john to anyone."
M DeVries
The Rice team covered every angle to assure that the sale of our home took place in a timely and efficient manner, making this a pleasant experience.They were easily accessible and able to answer any questions that arose throughout the entire process. It was a great pleasure working with them and we will work with them again.
Justin & Jaime Beckstrom
John, I was extremely pleased with your help as our realtor in buying my first (my husband’s second) home. You were knowledgable, efficient and made sure all of our questions were answered. As we had a somewhat limited amount of time to go house hunting, you did a great job working with us by setting up full days of appointments with little advance warning from us. We really appreciated all of your time and effort. Thanks!
Allison Long MD
John is awesome, he takes the time to help you with everything and answer all your questions. He made the process of finding a home enjoyable
Nelson & Christen S
John was a pleasure to work with. We were only in town for a long weekend to find a home and he was extremely accommodating of out tight schedule. We finally found our new home on the last day of our visit. John was very helpful through the entire negotiation process and helped us get our dream house and keep it within our budget.
Nick A, MD
John, you’ve been such a big help through this whole process. We’re very thankful that you were available to help us find and purchase our first home. It was a pleasure working with you. You’ll be the one we call when we’re ready to move again. Thanks again!
Randy, Geena, & Cooper (the dog)
I am a first time home buy that had and excellent experience working with John! Highly recommend!
Jeff S