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Beautiful 2014-built home in Byron Center's coveted Planter's Row neighborhood. This home checks the boxes of all of the hot ticket items buyers desire: Open kitchen-living concept, vaulted ceilings, built-in mudroom storage, convenient main floor master suite, and laundry, fenced-in backyard, and the list goes on! Gorgeous stainless steel appliances and solid surface countertops in the kitchen with oversized island/snack bar. 3 bedrooms and two full baths on the main, and two additional bedrooms with a full bath are located in the basement. The walk-out basement features a large rec room with a wet bar and ample storage space. You can't beat the location, just minutes from M-6, Downtown Byron Center, Tanger Outlets and award-winning Byron Center Schools!

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Is it essential to pay off your home before buying/selling?

In one form or another, we've heard it before: debt is dumb. But is it possible there is 'good debt'? How important is it to pay off your home? Does it actually harm your investment to pay off your home early? Steve takes his 15+ years of experience in the Real Estate industry and talks more about what paying off your home early could mean for the future.
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This is the first video in a new series where we sat down with our CEO and broker to pick his brain about the real estate industry, life, and much more. In this episode, Steve talks about his philosophy of "it's not what's best, it's what's best for you."

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7 easy ways to revitalize your space and boost your mood.

With many Americans spending a lot more time at home, you may find your house taking on the roles of office, classroom, gym and community center — and it’s easy to feel uninspired by your surroundings after occupying the same space day in, day out. But all hope is not lost: There are simple and inexpensive ways to transform your home into a fresh and stimulating environment.

Give your home some TLC with these seven tips from interior decorators, feng shui experts and design enthusiasts.

1. Break it up

If you’re working at home, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by conflicting responsibilities. To help stay on track, designate different areas for specific activities. “It’s important to

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In our competitive real estate market, it may not be possible to check everything off your wish list. While compromises may have to be considered there are some things that are better than others when it comes to what you can ignore about a home. Here's a list of 10 things that might make sense to ignore when considering a home.

1. A HOMES AGE
Quality materials, classic style, charm and inherent character can be hard to find in newer builds.

2. PAINT COLORS
Repainting is cheap, easy and fast. Focus on the structure of a room, window placement and other permanent features.

3. WONKY WALLPAPER
It might take a little elbow grease, but wallpaper is easily replaced or covered.

4. KITCHEN APPLIANCES
If you leave room in the budget for new furnishings, that

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Are you looking for something that didn’t have a dramatic shift this year? Look no further than the West Michigan Real Estate market. Some exclusions apply…

Quick Stats

Grand Rapids Area Single Family Sales Year over Year

 

2019

2020 through Nov

Average Sale Price

$239,856

$263,000

Average Cumulative Days on Market

31.75

29.36

Average Months of Inventory on Hand

1.04

0.73

It’s been a strange year for Real Estate (and everything else), at least in regards to showing protocols and how listings are marketed. What hasn’t changed is the lack of inventory in our market, the influx of buyers, sales prices

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If there's one thing we can all agree on this year, it's that 2020 has been tough. With the holiday season looking a bit different this year, we wanted to help spread a little joy and make our community's holiday season a little more magical. Announcing our...

Our 12 Days of Giveaways!

Beginning, Monday, December 7, and running through Tuesday, December 22, we will be giving away 12 awesome, heavily-sought after gifts to give to a loved one, or keep for yourself (we won't tell!). To enter to win, all you need to do is leave a comment on the post about why you want/need the gift! The most creative response will be selected and named the winner!

Before we get too far, let's go over some ground rules:

  1. The content will run Monday, December 7,
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While masks, hand sanitizer, and social distancing make home showings significantly safer, you may still have concerns about groups of potential buyers traversing through your home. Before you call off the staging company, consider that many home buyers are still exploring homes virtually in this “new normal.”

Every staging best practice pre-quarantine still applies— If anything, in this new normal, greater attention to detail should be taken when preparing your home for virtual tours.

Here’s how you can impress buyers from a distance:

1.    Lighting, Lighting, Lighting: If you’ve used Zoom lately for business meetings, you have a basic understanding of how important lighting is. Open shades and turn on as many lights in your home during

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Both images above capture a moment in time during my week last week. The image on the left? Me, dropping off an extension ladder to a home so the buyers could do some exterior painting before winter hits. The other? Batteries for a garage furnace, to remedy an inspection report note and ensure my clients are safe. Both tasks are a reminder of where I came from, and how the little touches in service truly matter. 

Sometimes, it can be easy to become full of ourselves, especially during busy seasons and there are lots of deals coming in. Something that will also humble me is my upbringing. I started off as a painter, working for someone who told me, "The only thing that will make you money is your hands." Instead of listening to this limiting

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It's contest time! We're giving away a $100 gift card to the winner's choice of local restaurants.

It all starts with getting booed by one of the SVG crew. If find yourself having been booed simply follow the directions on the flyer. Then post a picture of you booing your neighbors on your Facebook profile...and be sure to tag us! (@stevevolkersgroup). If you're on the receiving end of an SVG boo please keep it going, but if you are unable you can still play, just post a picture of your boo treat, tag us and you'll also be entered in our random drawing!

Pretty simple, and the instructions are with your treats, so if you've been booed get started...and be sure to watch Steve Volkers & Rachael Fountain show us how they BOO!

 

Here's our

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