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We’ve welcomed cooler temps, pumpkins are for sale at Meijer, and football season is in full swing— it’s officially fall in Michigan. After fall comes winter, which means you have a few things you need to take care of before the snow arrives (we won’t think about that too much). Taking care of your home now will set you up for success as the seasons— and elements— change over these coming months.

  1. Clean Your Gutters

    This is crucial to complete before winter weather rolls around. Clogged gutters can potentially lead to interior flooding and exterior damage (neither of which are fun, especially in dwindling temperatures). If your gutters are in need of replacing, fall is a great time to do that as well.

  2. Rake Your Leaves

    You either

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REALTORS® are members of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict Code of Ethics. When you're buying a home, here's what an agent who's a REALTOR® can do for you.

  1. Act as an expert guide. Buying a home typically requires a variety of forms, reports, disclosures, and other legal and financial documents. A knowledgeable real estate agent will know what's required in your market, helping you avoid delays and costly mistakes. Also, there’s a lot of jargon involved in a real estate transaction; you want to work with a professional who can speak the language.
  2. Offer objective information and opinions. A great real estate agent will guide you through the home search with an unbiased eye, helping you meet your buying objectives
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Article courtesy of: GRAR

Current market conditions are prompting more and more buyers to conduct pre-inspections of listed properties before writing an offer.  While that practice isn’t necessarily a problem, issues can arise if the true intent of the visit to the property isn’t shared with the listing agent and seller. 

For example, the seller of a listed property was surprised to hear from a neighbor that there were two men on the roof during the day while the homeowner was away.  The homeowner reached out to the listing agent.  The listing agent investigated and learned that a buyer’s agent scheduled a visit to the property using ShowingTime.  The “appointment type” was referenced as “showing”.  However, the purpose of the visit was to

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 Let's talk money!

Real estate can be a lucrative industry, but that doesn't mean starting off comes without financial risk. If you're moving from a full-time job to real estate, it can be difficult to navigate how to manage your money.

Steve gives us some helpful insight on the importance of paying yourself a salary from your business account.

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At Steve Volkers Group, we typically don't hire people who don't plan on making real estate their full-time job...Why?

We want a crew that's all-in and fully committed. Some crew members have transitioned from a full-time 9-5 job into real estate, and our biggest piece of advice is always this: keep your real estate money and your other income completely separate.

This allows your real estate account to grow, which better equips you to move away from your full-time job and jump into real estate with some money saved already.

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Where are my first-time home sellers at?!

If you recently purchased a home and you're looking to sell, this is for you. Not many realtors talk about the difference between selling and buying, especially for people going through it for the very first time, but it's important to know what to expect before you get started.

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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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