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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.

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

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

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

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

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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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Take a 3D tour of this exquisite, executive home on a beautiful cul de sac in sought after Railside Community in Byron Center. Located on Railside Golf Course and right off the Kent Trail, the home sits on a rare 1.10 acres and was custom built with family and entertaining in mind!!! The spacious home is 4500+ square feet and has 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths including a new master bath with soaking tub and radiant heat floors. View the listing here >>


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OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, 9/19 from 10am-12pm. Fall in love with the unique details and charm of this 1920's 3 bedroom, 1 bath, craftsman bungalow. You'll be amazed by all of the original woodwork and hardwood floors, as well as some of the smaller, but thoughtful, details like original light fixtures, glass parlor doors, glass doorknobs and even period-correct switchplates. The huge eat-in kitchen has been updated with the focal point being the two-tone cabinetry, which looks amazing! Buy it today and there'll still be time to enjoy the large covered porch as well as the back deck. Once the snow flies you'll appreciate the 2 car garage and the convenient Westside location in proximity to grocery, restaurants, nightlife, highways and downtown. Schedule

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We're guessing you didn't realize that we're matchmakers here at Steve Volkers Group, real estate matchmakers! 

We've got buyers who are currently looking for homes that, in this extremely tight market, can't seem to find the home they've been seeking. So we're reaching out to those of you that may be on the fence about listing your home. Whether it's because you don't want a bunch of people walking through your home during the current pandemic or listing your home on the market just seems too overwhelming we can help! So if you or anyone you know has been considering a move but just aren't sure about listing on the MLS take a look below and see if we have a client looking for your home.


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