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We’re so excited…after an unavoidable delay due to COVID-19 The Townhomes of Breton Village are starting to rise from the former “mounds” that occupied this stretch of vacant land in the heart of Breton Village.

You can start to see the rendering come to life with these drone photos of the project taken on 6/11/2020.

We also got our first delivery of lumber! It won't take long for these bundles to be assembled atop the foundations, check back every weekend for updates until we're done!

 

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At Steve Volkers Group, we have a deep love for our city and community. The past few weeks have been a roller coaster of emotions. We were heartbroken by the riots and destruction that took place downtown a couple of weeks ago. However, we are extremely proud of the way the community came together to clean up and restore downtown.

One thing that has always remained true about our city is the love for art! Many community artists have made magnificent murals on the boarded-up windows. As a community, we will come back stronger and we are excited to be a part of that.


 

 

 

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We’re huge data geeks here at SVG and when we saw this really cool Downtown Apartment Skyline Report from our friends at Colliers International | West Michigan we just had to share.

The apartment market momentum continues to be strong throughout Grand Rapids. As we continue to watch this development move quickly throughout our city, we wanted to produce a report, with the help of our inhouse multifamily experts, that provides you with the most up-to-date market information possible. We are excited to showcase our very first Apartment Skyline Report!

 

 

 Check out the report here >>

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Steve attended the ABC of Western Michigan 2019 Economic Forecast where Mr. Anirban Basu, Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., an economic and policy consulting  rm headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, spoke about the economic outlook for contractors and builders in the coming year. Steve reviews some key points of the forecast and gives his take on the Grand Rapids real estate market in 2019.

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It’s Valentine's Day and I sit in my office trying to make matches. I have clients that want to buy their future home but are stuck with not finding enough homes on the market to buy. 

So I sit here, thinking I need to find the match. 

On this Valentine’s Day, if you are someone that wants to sell in the next 6 months and needs to sell to be able to buy, I want to know if I can make a match. See, my clients are all willing to wait to move into your home. They would be fine with buying your home and letting you stay there while you go find your match. If you are looking to walk away from your home but still have the freedom to take your time to buy, let's play the game. 

Please take a moment to tell me a little about your home using this

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So, I have been getting this question a ton over the last 30 days!  Here are the top questions and I hope to provide answers if you wondered. 

 

Are you selling or just being a broker?

This is the biggest one that seems to be throwing people off. Yes, and Yes! I am actively selling real estate as a Realtor® as well as being the broker of Steve Volkers Group. Throughout my career, I have continued to help people buy and sell homes and condos, but I think the world has a tendency to put you into one box rather than recognizing that you do more than one thing. So, yes I buy and sell homes like any normal Realtor®... but more fun and in my own style. 

 

What brokerage did you change to?

I started my own independent brokerage utilizing

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“Anything can sell in this market, I can just do it myself, I don’t need a Realtor.” This is a common thing we hear, and honestly I don’t usually fight too hard against Sellers that want to go at it themselves. If they’ve made up their mind, then that is what they are going to do. But be aware of the reasons why this might not be the best idea.

Listing a home is A LOT of work, and like anything where big money, time and risks are involved it is always best to hire a professional, not only for ease and experience, but to maximize profits.

Reasons to hire a Realtor, more specifically, Steve Volkers Group

  • We open your property up to a bigger market than Zillow or other online sites alone provide. We know the most active and successful buyers
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Over the last several years I’ve been asked to interview to be a client’s buying agent. Two of them happened in the last few weeks. So what does that mean, and as a Realtor do I recommend it?

Why Am I Seeing an Uptick in Interviewing Buying Agents?

One- Each year buyers are becoming more and more educated about the process before they dive in. They want to work with a Realtor who will take the time to fill in the blanks and guide them through the unknowns and sometimes grey home buying process. 

Two- Due to the diversification and growth of our economy more buyers are moving into our market with larger budgets and looking at higher end homes. These buyers are usually seasoned home owners who know how important a local professional is. They

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Every once in a while, that dream house comes along when we weren’t even looking. Or, you find out you are getting transferred. Whatever it may be, sometimes we get into a situation where we need to sell our home WHILE we are living there. Having just gone through this process again myself, it reminded me how challenging the process can be. Below are some simple tips on how to stage your home while you still live there.

Prep Your Home:

First- Get a POD or storage space and empty 50-70% of your home. 

Here are some things that can go…

  • Clothes not in season

  • Dishes you won’t use

  • Things you regularly use, clothes, books, toys, bathroom, office supplies, kitchen things, only keep what is necessary for a few months use. 

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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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