September 2013

There are 15 blog entries for September 2013.

When I meet someone ready to sell their home, I always advise them to allow me to make a visit to their home first so I can help them decide which home projects to do so they can see the most ROI (return on investment).  If I visit after you make all the repairs or upgrades to your home, the ROI may not be as high. Please understand that this is my viewpoint of how to prepare in getting the most out sale of your home.

One of the first things I tell the home owner is go out to the sidewalk in front of the house and look at your house like you have never seen it before.  What things would stand out to you now that you normally just get accustomed to walking past from day to day? When you look at your house from the sidewalk, does it look inviting enough

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Home For Sale in Grand Rapids - New paint throughout and price has just been REDUCED!!! Enjoy this great country setting in Greenville schools with plenty of room to roam. 4 bedrooms 3 bath and main floor laundry. The main floor offers three beds and two bath, kitchen, dining and living room with sliders to brand new 19x22 deck with open and lighted stairs. Downstairs offers a family room, master suite and bath with large walk-in closet and heated tile floors. There is also a rec room or office and plenty of storage with built in shelves. Professional landscaping with flowering shrubs and lots of color. All this on just over 4 acres. Includes parcel #41-08-24-126-009. Call Joe for your private tRandomour today! Seller is licensed Realtor. For more information on…
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Help Support our Veterans in Grand Rapids! They are coming home to an economy that is tough but getting better! Spread the word! If there is ANY VET that comes home and after searching for work...They just can't find a thing for all their talents...Well, if they find something outside of Grand Rapids and have to sell their home and move, whether it's to Lansing, Detroit, or outside the State of Michigan...If they need to sell...ListTrue will sell it for no cost at all on our end. The only fees will be for a buyer's agent. But this will save them 50% from what normal Real Estate Companies in Grand Rapids would charge. We have people at ListTrue that have served this great Nation and want to give back all we can. God Bless the men and woman who defend this…
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ListTrue LOVES February! Not sure if we are just a happy bunch because we love what we do, or if it's because we have so many people that care about us...Or if it's just because summer is just a few months away! YEAH:) But seriously, for the entire month of February Don't pay us a penny for our List.Me Plan! Instead, write a check to the Humane Society of Grand Rapids and we will sell your home for free! Of course there are limited spots for this so call us before you get all excited and start writing a check. But as of today...We still have spots available for this special offer. We love our pets at ListTrue. Earl and Ella (two Labs) came from the Kalamazoo Shelter. But we want to help them all and with your help and support it's a great start! Thank…
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Mitch Fannon of ListTrue attended a spectacular fundraising event that raised 8,000.00 for St. Robert of Newminster Parish in Ada, Michigan. With the help of all who attended this special event and one very special donor who wants to remain anonymous, (who matched dollar for dollar donations) they raised money for a great cause. The cause you ask? St. Robert's is helping Families in need. As you know, many people are trying their best but are still in need of support and St. Robert's is just the organization to do such a great thing. Thank you all for those who attended this wonderful event. And wishing the best to everyone. For more information please go to: http://www.strobertchurch.org
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Room Cost

    • Room Estimate
      $15,100
    • Range of Estimate
      $10,900 - $21,000
    • Room Size Estimate
      112 sq ft.
    • Regional Adjustment
      Michigan

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Please note this estimate should only be a starting point for understanding what a project may cost. The estimate does not account for structural or utility work or any permits or taxes. We encourage you to contact a local contractor,

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To list…..or not to list….. that is the question. When is the best time to list your home depends on several factors. Lakeshore owners need to remember why people are moving to Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Muskegon, Fruitport or West Olive. One great big reason is Lake Michigan!! They can’t wait to enjoy the summer months in our beautiful lakeshore communities.  

I contend as a realtor and homeowner that families, singles and empty nesters all want to be settled in by the time summer hits.  It’s a no brainer!  Sure there are many great reasons from a real-estate point of view to list in the winter, but there are as many great reasons to be settled into your new home by the beginning of summer from a personal perspective.

Let’s start with the

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Come one, come all its time to shop till you drop! If you are buying or selling a home, the weekend of April 20-21, 2013 offers a great opportunity.During this weekend thousand of Realtors from coast to coast, are encouraging individuals, families and communities to focus on the benefits of home ownership.  It also allows out ListTrue Realtors to connect with our local communities about the housing issues that matter most to them.

The National Association of Realtors Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers shows that 45 percent of all buyers used open houses as a source in their home search process. Having your Realtor hold your home open on this exciting weekend greatly increases your exposure to many local buyers.  An open house is designed to be a low

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I wish someone gave me a nickel every time a home buyer asks, "How safe is the neighborhood?" Or how is the crime rate in the area? While being a great question to ask.. that can be a very touchy subject for real estate agents to answer. 

Under Federal Fair Housing Laws, Realtors are not allowed to answer that question. It is up to the buyer to do their own due diligence regarding crime and safety statistics of their neighborhood of interest. However, the best response I can ever give a buyer is to please visit websites such as the following:

Cridata.org,neighbohoodscout.com, city-data.com, crimemapping.com

In the meantime, let's work on finding you a home! Ask me about ListTrue's rebate program for home buyers.

 

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You tried, you failed. What Now? “3 Reasons why your home didn't sell”

Ok. So let’s face it, not every home placed on the market will automatically bring a herd of highly motivated & qualified buyers. There are some homes, well quite frankly…..there are a lot of homes that simply won’t sell fast  or under the terms that home sellers like to see. 

Have you recently made an ambitious attempt to sell your home, only to feel hopeless and discouraged because you simply could not make it happen? 

My advice is to not give up so easily.  Take the time to contemplate what could be done differently prior to throwing in the towel. There could be quite a few reasons why your home did not sell, and here a 3 possibilities that instantly come to mind and I will

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