Steve Volkers Group Blog

Grand Rapidians have experienced an explosion of culinary gems over recent years. By mixing culinary cultures and creative tastes have breathed new life to the creation of many mouth-watering plates across our city. A recent Thrillist article named Grand Rapids the “Finest Place to Dine” in all of Michigan, and here are a few of our personal top picks! (in no particular order)

1. Butcher’s Union
Opened in late 2016 and standing as an instant staple to the Grand Rapids’ West Side, Butcher’s Union offers a unique blend of food and cocktails with a focus on quality meat pairings. With available curbside, in-house, and courtyard seating, Butcher’s Union will leave you with an appreciation for Grand Rapids all within a comfortable up-scaled atmosphere.

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This week’s update features Steve along with agent Paul Marantette talking about the current inventory in the market (or lack thereof). We’ve got buyers looking for homes and there are not enough on the market. So we need your help…if you’ve been considering selling your home now may be a great time to make that move you’ve been thinking about.

Naturally, the first question when considering selling your home is; what’s my home worth? Use our home valuation tool to get a good idea if your house meets your “make me move” price and then call or text us if you’d like to learn more (616) 284-1528.

**Home Valuation Tool Link**

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It’s an all-too-common wintertime scene: Snow-covered roofs with icicles dangling from the eaves, giving our home sweet homes an almost gingerbread house-like charm.

But there’s certainly nothing charming about the damage to a home – both inside and out – that can result from excessive ice build-up. The extreme weather of this particular winter season means the problem is especially worse for many of us.

Whether or not you’ve been affected yet this year, it’s good to become educated on the topic of ice dams so you can be in the best position to protect your home! We’ve assembled some tips below to help you mitigate any existing damage and help prevent it from happening in the future.

Ice Damn Do's & Do-Not's

– DO NOT attempt to remove the

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Steve and Maria discuss whether we are seeing an early spring market. The spring market is considered the time when buyers and sellers start to become active once spring is on the horizon. Typically the spring market starts heating up in mid-February but this year it seems to be starting early.

Trulia has ranked Grand Rapids as the #2 market to watch in the nation for 2019! 

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Selling a home might be the most complex transaction you will undertake, so it’s crucial to address any legal issues before they become obstacles. Whatever the reason you are selling your home, you can prepare to make the sale as smooth as possible.

Avoid potential issues before they arise by downloading our checklist and if you have any questions we’d be more than happy to help!

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In this update find out if contingent offers are making a come-back. If you can really buy a brand new home for less than $200k (Thanks Trevor Duffy at Allen Edwin Homes). Be sure to stay tuned to the end for a special thanks to Ryan Gardner and Katie Gardner at Northpointe Bank. 

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We know moving into a new house can sometimes be a harrowing experience with many challenges…appliances being a common one. That’s why we’ve partnered with Bekins, one of the nations leading appliance dealer/service providers, to bring you this very special offer. Now our clients can get $150 off per appliance for any 3 Whirlpool, Maytag, Amana, Kitchen Aid, or Bosch appliances purchased at Bekins…even sale items! Learn more in the video below. Learn more about our friends at Bekins here.

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Our team is producing quite the open house tour for you this weekend! Make it to all three of our open houses and have the opportunity to see SIX downtown units. Also, don’t hesitate to pick our brains about other downtown buildings and listings. We are the downtown specialists!

See below for the official open house schedule and what you need to know about each building.

Seventh Street Lofts

600 7th St NW- Several Units!
Sunday from 12-2
Hosted by Rachael (616) 881-9668

Monroe Center
65 Monroe Center NW #400
Sunday from 12-2
Hosted by Maria Kauffman (616) 498-9411

600 Douglas
600 Douglas St NW- BOTH Units
Sunday from 1-3pm
Hosted by Steve (616) 717-2179

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Or, Welcome Back, I should say! I’m absolutely in love with our city. I love playing tourist and checking out new places, so naturally I tend to geek out over ArtPrize every single year.

This year, ArtPrize is taking over Grand Rapids from September 19 – October 7 and will have over 1,000 artists and 200 of our amazing venues participating.

If you are not familiar with ArtPrize, you’ve come to the right place although, there’s so much information, you should probably check out the website after reading this blog. But long-story-short; it’s an open art competition judged equally by public vote and expert jury. Any kind of art can be submitted. Art is displayed EVERYWHERE like coffee shops, museums, restaurants, outdoors, vacant buildings, the

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The real estate market in Grand Rapids is fast-paced, ever-changing and difficult to navigate. We feel that one of the best ways to stay on top of the game is to go with a reputable and knowledgeable real estate agent. As we go through the process, it’s important for you to be informed of what to expect along the way, any costs you might endure and what we’re doing behind the scenes to help you with your sale. Because #KnowledgeIsPower!

“How do you handle navigating multiple offers as a seller or, on the flip side, how do you make your offer stand out as a buyer in a multiple-offer situation?”

This is a major question in this market and one we get quite often. Honestly, there are times when the highest offer is not always the best. Our job is to

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