Steve Volkers Group Blog

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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The past decade has witnessed the rise of the “Art Prize,” a two-week celebration that attracts artists from around the world. The annual festival is one of Grand Rapids’ proud creations and allows for the unique experience of discovering awe-inspiring exhibits across each corner of the city.

Each Fall, Art Prize attracts thousands of artists and onlookers with the certitude of incredible art displays, and City Center is the premier location for this event.

As Winter breaks and Spring is in full bloom, set your sights on LaughFest; by far Grand Rapids’ most hilarious event.

Hosted by Gilda’s Club, this ten-day event attracts national comedians, with the sole mission of spreading laughter and raising money for a great cause. With all proceeds

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With the August grand opening of the Bridge Street Market, Grand Rapids has added an upscaled, top-notch grocery store to the West-Side of town. This facility is one of the newest developments to hit the area, and it is fully focused on building the culture and community surrounding neighborhoods.

A large draw of the Bridge Street Market is its ability to provide fresh and affordable foods to a growing population of downtown Grand Rapids. With a large number of different brands and health-conscious options, this store is ideal for the local foodie.

At first glance, you might mistake the market for Whole Foods, but to many shoppers’ surprise, the Bridge Street Market is, in fact, a Meijer brand store.

 

As soon as you enter the sliding

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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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