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Why a listing agent is more important than ever

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Why a listing agent is more important than ever

Why a listing agent is more important than ever     Sure, you’ve heard about the hot, sellers market in the greater Grand Rapids area and maybe that has you thinking about selling your own home. Many feel that now is the time to sell their home and that it would be best to not pay a commission by listing for sale by owner (FSBO). But before you start making your plans, it’s important to know why it is more important than ever to have a strong listing agent on your side.   Picking the best offer We’ve encountered properties where there...

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Interest Rates Increase and Selling Your Home

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Interest Rate Increase and Selling Your Home With the economy showing signs of growth will interest rates go up? The Federal Reserve is set to meet on June 15th and an interest rate increase could very well be the reality. An interest rate increase makes it more expensive for people to own a home due to higher mortgage payments, which leads to a smaller pool of buyers. What does this mean for you? If selling your house has been in the back of your mind, this summer is the time to do it. With fewer buyers, it could take longer for you to sell...

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Community Spotlight: Byron Center

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Community Spotlight: Byron Center This Community Spotlight, we are featuring Byron Center! Byron Center has so many great things to offer! This small town has a strong sense of community, amazing school system and great outdoor amenities like Railside Golf Club and Kent Trails. The JulieGR Real Estate Team would love to help YOU find your home in Byron Center so you can enjoy all these amenities!Watch the video below to learn more about this amazing...

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Smart Strategies for Sellers

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Smart Strategies for Sellers Putting a home up for sale can be stressful, and some owners have a hard time making objective decisions when it matters most. Here are some essential tips for sellers and aspiring home buyers. And of course, we are always here to help for additional insight and guidance. Our goal is make your transition as smooth and stress free as possible. Price it Right We perform a detailed current market analysis. We look closely at the sales of similar homes that have closed in the last 90 days and take the number of...

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Think you can sell your house on your own? Here are 5 reasons to reconsider

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Hiring a real estate professional is not only the easiest way to sell your home, it’s also the smartest. Now that winter is finally coming to an end and spring is here, the busiest time of the year for home sales is upon us. It’s natural for any homeowner to focus on maximizing profit when it comes to putting his/her home on the market. One tactic many prospective sellers consider is to cut out the “middleman” and sell the property on their own instead of hiring an agent. Trust me – I get it. When we sold our house a...

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Do you still need a professional to sell your house when the market is hot?

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  First of all, let me just say that I completely get it.  When we recently sold our house I had friends of neighbors knocking on my door and I was motivated to save a commission by selling it before it went on the market.  But I made a decision to put my money where my mouth was and we listed our house on the multiple listing service (MLS) and had results that exceeded my expectations.  I ended up getting competing offers that drove the price up and we received $10,000 over what we had been listed for.  The power of marketing to get exposure...

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Grey is the new neutral

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Grey is the new neutral HGTV is fun to watch, truly.  I’m not sure that it is an accurate portrayal of what it’s like to be a real estate agent, yet it is fun all the same.  Having said that, one of the most fun things about what we do is the HGTV part of our job: touring a bunch of houses.  We definitely get a extensive look at how people are decorating in all kinds of demographic niches. This blog post is about letting you in on trends that we get to see first hand.  Something that I’ve been noticing the last year or so is...

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Staging your home to sell

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Staging your home to sell This time of year I spend a lot of time visiting homes to give staging advice.  As we get into spring, this is prime time selling season and people are interested in putting their best foot forward.  When a buyer is going through a home they are asking two questions: Do I like this home?  Has this home been well maintained?  So, to maximize sales price we need to make the home likable and look well maintained.  Following are some tips to that end. *Disclaimer: you do not need to do a complete overhaul on your house...

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Staging your house for a spring sale

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Staging your house for a spring sale When the snow is flying and the wind whips through your jacket many people hesitate to put their home on the market, fearing that buyers may be waiting for warmer weather before they trek from house to house. Although there are still buyers in the winter, there is some truth to the statement that the market picks up in the spring. It’s definitely more fun to look at homes when the flowers are blooming and the birds are singing. So, this time of year I often get the question: “What should I be...

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Is now a good time to sell?

Posted by on 2:28 pm in Market statistics, Selling a home | Comments Off on Is now a good time to sell?

Is now a good time to sell? I get questions quite frequently that have to do with timing the market. “When is the best time to sell? Is it spring? Is now a good time to sell?” I can see why people ask about spring. Sales in the winter are down about 30% from what sales are in the spring and sumer. Does that mean that spring is the best time to sell? Yes and no. When sales are higher there is more speed to the market. There are more buyers out there. But, there are more sellers to compete with as well. The number of homes selling...

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