Steve Volkers Group Blog

As the snow starts to melt and we see the sidewalks again, we are reminded that Spring is fast upon us. Whether you are  xing up your home to sell, or just looking to refresh your home for this upcoming Spring, now is the best time to tackle some easy and inexpensive DIY projects on your to-do list. Here are our top ten easy home improvements that can both “up” your curb appeal and refresh your interior design for under $100!

1.) Build a Fire Pit: Do you have some extra bricks from a previous home update? Maybe you’re looking to make your back yard the perfect place for friends and family to hang out? Then consider creating an easy brick fire pit. No mortar or concrete needed, but with a simple arrangement of bricks, your fire pit will be up and

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This week’s update features Steve along with agent Paul Marantette talking about the current inventory in the market (or lack thereof). We’ve got buyers looking for homes and there are not enough on the market. So we need your help…if you’ve been considering selling your home now may be a great time to make that move you’ve been thinking about.

Naturally, the first question when considering selling your home is; what’s my home worth? Use our home valuation tool to get a good idea if your house meets your “make me move” price and then call or text us if you’d like to learn more (616) 284-1528.

**Home Valuation Tool Link**

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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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