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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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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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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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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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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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The real estate market is a competitive industry where it seems like everyone knows a Realtor. So, how do we make our team stand out? Steve Volkers Group believes that outstanding client communication and services is the true ‘it factor’.

We Care

We pride ourselves on a culture of service. It’s about providing the same outstanding service and attention to each and every client no matter their budget, age or background. Our team is actively brainstorming ways to help you be more successful, and make you happy. This can be anything from trying a new video marketing strategy, to bringing a client Ginger Ale when they’re sick. (True story!)

We Communicate

We’re available by call, text, email, Facebook, you name it! And we respond quickly. (FYI

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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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