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If you’re a resident of Grand Rapids, you know you’ve got plenty of reasons to smile. Our city has been the subject of a lot of media buzz over the years after all – seems like every time we turn around, we’ve  made it into another national Top Ten list of awesomeness.

There have been SO so many Grand Rapids recognitions as of late, in fact, that we found ourselves beginning to lose track of them all. So we decided to put together our very own ‘Top Ten’ list of Grand Rapids awesomeness, and we do hereby present to you the …

Top 10 Grand Rapids ‘TOP TEN’ National List Placements!

1. Grand Rapids #2 for ‘Top U.S. Cities’ (RelocateAmerica – 2011) – Study was based on local residential real estate markets and economies, safety/security, cultural…

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Seasonal Temperature Shifts Following Brutal Winter Makes for Noisy Houses

The calendar may tell us that springtime is nigh, but for residents throughout Michigan, below-average temperatures and winter-like weather continues to blow through our cities and towns.

At the same time, fleeting hints of the coming spring make themselves evident every now and again. It’s the time of year when a day of snow squalls and howling winds can be followed by one of sunshine and mild breezes. But once the sun goes down, the air turns frigid again … and that’s when your house might have some serious talking back to do.

We’re talkin’ bangs and pops that go beyond the usual creaky floors. Bumps and thumps from within the walls that residents have compared to…

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Selling this Spring? NOW is the Time to Get Your Home Ready for the Market!

Are you waiting for the weather get nice before tackling those spring-cleaning projects in preparation for putting your house on the market? Don’t wait! The spring home-selling season begins earlier than many people think – like while there’s still snow on the ground. If you want a for sale sign in the yard right just as the market heats up with buyers, NOW is the time to get your house ready for it.

Here are a few simple “spring cleaning” projects you can easily tackle while snowbound!

1. Wash Your Windows – The outside part will have to wait, of course, but for now you can make the inside sparkle with the help of some simple window-cleaning supplies and maybe a…

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EGR residents, if you’re wondering how your neighborhood housing market fared last year,  we’ve got good news for you! Annual market numbers show positive growth with upward trends continuing into 2014.

In 2013, the total number of homes sold in East Grand Rapids was 256, with an average sale price of $340,802. Homes that remained on the market 30 days or less sold for over 97% of asking price while those that remained listed for 3 – 4 months sold for 94% of asking price.

If you’re looking to buy or sell in the East Grand Rapids area, the SVG Firm can help you meet your real estate goals! Call us today at (616) 439-1927.

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We have some exciting statistics that we want to share with you about selling your downtown Grand Rapids condo!

  1. Already in 2013, 47 condos have sold downtown, which is a 7 unit increase from this time last year.
  2. Unit prices are up by 10% in 2013! Condos are selling for an average of $225,000, which is a $20,000 increase from 2012.
  3. Last year at this time, condos were on the market for an average of 140 days.

Condos are selling an average of 50 DAYS SOONER in 2013! As you can see, now is a great time to sell your downtown condo! We’d love to help you, so give Steve Volkers Group a call today.

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After months of anticipation, it’s finally here, folks… The outdoor section of the Grand Rapids Downtown Market on Ionia Ave will officially open tomorrow morning at the stroke of 8:00 AM! This momentous milestone marks an exciting and fresh new chapter in the city of Grand Rapids’ downtown residential and retail expansion. Here are 10 things you can look forward to when the Downtown Market opens tomorrow:

1. Over 200 free parking spots! That’s right, an adjacent lot will have room for over 200 vehicles to park for no cost at all. If you want to take advantage of the convenience of the lot, you’ll want to get there early, though. For those who miss out, you can still get a close spot at the metered spaces available along Ionia.

2. 80 vendors…

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The holidays are bearing down on us and if you’re currently in the process of trying to get your condo sold, you might be tempted to take it off the market until the last of the holiday tinsel and New Year’s confetti are swept away. Who needs the hassle of preparing for showings when the holidays are hectic enough? But before you call up your agent and tell him or her to take a listing luau, consider some of the many beneā€€ts of leaving your condo on the market during this merriest of seasons:


Less Competition From Other Condo Sellers

Most sellers in your neighborhood probably WILL take their condo off the market during the holiday season – and that means more showings for you when it comes to those dedicated buyers who are out there…

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There is an equilibrium with exposure and success. If someone doesn’t hear about a product, how are they supposed to know that it even exists? ArtPrize ( is helping Grand Rapids in more ways than current residence could possibly imagine.

Not only are we becoming the cultural hub for West and Mid Michigan, but we are also reaching out to the entire world in hopes to pull attention into the city, and letting the globe know that we are a thriving municipality. ArtPrize brings a lot of attention to what we have to offer, opening venues from simple mom and pop restaurants to huge commercially known venues like the DeVos Performance Hall. But what does that mean for you, how could it help you sell your home?

Buyers hate…

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