Grand Rapids, Michigan Real Estate including information on local real estate market conditions and insights from Lola Audu ~l Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate Broker.
Get to know Lola Audu
Lola Audu, CRS GRI
Associate Real Estate Broker & Owner of Audu Real Estate, Grand Rapids, Michigan
I have been a Realtor since 1995 and have had the opportunity to meet and assist hundreds of families and individuals. Over 95 percent of my clients hear about me from a friend or family member. I don't believe in a cookie cutter approach, rather I think that each transaction should be handled the way a skilled tailor would fashion a suit made to fit.
I have travelled extensively within the United States and several countries. My background in an international community exposed me to individuals from all over the world. As our nation becomes increasingly diverse, this wonderful opportunity I have to live, work, play and gain knowledge about all God's children is a gift I celebrate every day!
*Lola has written and taught a variety of courses. View her Social Media Training courses.
Audu Real Estate is located in Comstock Park, a neighboring suburb to the north of Grand Rapids, MI. Our office suite is adjacent to Audu Engineering Consultants, a full service civil enginering firm. Audu Engineering Consultants also provides structural services and design consultation for subdivision developers which enhances the options available to our investor clients.
Each Client Specialist at Audu Real Estate commits to a rigorous on-going program of training and personal development. "On Track for Success" our agent training program is a 1-2 year long apprenticeship to ensure that the skill and art required to become a professional real estate practitioner are mastered.
As Internet savvy real estate professionals, we utilize the power of blogs and online professional networking to enhance the flow of information about the housing market in Grand Rapids, Mi and to market the homes we represent. Because we embraced this emerging technology early, our clients receive are kept abreast of the latest developments which are impacting the purchase or sale of a home.This commitment to excellence and dedication to our clients is expressed daily in follow-up, follow-through and results! Meeting and exceeding your expectations means that home sellers and home purchasers receive extensive research for their homes and is given a clear evaluation of what will be required to create a successful closed transaction.
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Audu Real Estate: How We do Things Differently.
In addition to assisting sellers with selling their homes and assisting buyers with their home purchase, we offer a number of specialized unique services and products which include:
1. Staging your Home for Success
We provide staging expertise to help you make your home a memorable showing experience for potential home buyers and their real estate agents. We have access to a number of individuals who have extensive experience in interior design and home accessorizing. The service of staging can cost several hundreds of dollars, but there are indications that a properly staged home nets 7-13% More than a home which is not staged. This service is FREE to our clients.
2. Neighborhood Trends Report - FREE to our Seller & Buyer Clients
A Neighborhood Trends Report is a detailed report about the real estate activity in your neighborhood. The benefits of understanding these facts prior to listing or purchasing a home are important in protecting your home equity.
3. Broker is also a trained Loan Originator and has processed closed loans
We are Realtors and this is by choice. But as the mortgage industry has expanded in recent years, it became clear that we needed to have more understanding in this area for the benefit of serving our clients. We are able to provide assistance to clients in selecting the right loan and reviewing options for financing. The Broker's knowledge of financing has helped clients make wise choices in a number of different situations including re-financing a home, negotiating short sales with banks and comparing different mortgage programs. We will work to create a cooperative working arrangement with any Mortgage lender the buyer selects and monitor the transaction to ensure a smooth closing.
4. Experience with Relocation and Sales nationwide and internationally
We have closed transactions with clients in a number of states and have worked with clients who have been relocated or been on assignment overseas during the process of transaction. Lola Audu's cross-cultural experience in living and visiting several countries on three continents gives her a window to the world and this appreciation and dexterity enables us to provide an understanding environment which is sensitive to the unique challenges of differences in backgrounds and culture. We serve and honor the dignity of the human soul and that transcends culture.
5.Foreclosure & Short Sale Negotiation
We have successfully negotiated and assisted many clients through the bewildering and disheartening process that often accompanies the unfortunate circumstances which may necessitate a short sale. Our focus and energy is directed in giving sound counsel and providing clarity. We understand that by the time a short sale or foreclosure is necessary, people are drained on a number of different levels. Our goal is to provide the information & support to get the home sold and whenever possible avoid more trauma.
For Home Buyers...
Grand Rapids, Michigan has recently gained national recognition as being one of the most affordable places to live in the United States. This is a solid community and Investors are beginning to appreciate the opportunities that exist here. If you are interested in investing in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area, this is an excellent time to be a buyer. We provide a number of services and referrals for Investor clients.
6. Negotiation of Transaction & follow-up Through to Closing
We present all offers and include a Net Sheet. We ensure our clients understand the costs of the sale by putting the proceeds in writing. Negotation is a skill set and an art form. It requires an understanding of legal implications and an ability to protect and enhance a clients options and position. The real estate transaction is inherently adversarial. Both parties aim to get the best deal possible. We don't think this necessitates enmity. Our aim is to ensure a fair and good result for our clients. We know that our reputation for fairness and competence benfits our clients and their real estate concerns.
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7. Other Stuff...
Yes, there are all sorts of things that we do to serve our clients. First of all, it is our sincere desire to build friendships, not just sell homes. We take the time to really listen and seek to understand. We keep in touch, not just because it is our job, but because we want our clients to be informed participants in the process and we also enjoy touching base. We strive to discern the true reason for the encounters we experience. Our weekly prayer focus for each client is for God's blessing in their lives in the way they need it most. Sometimes, this may be the greatest service we give.
The information contained in the articles on this blog is the property of Audu Real Estate. Comments posted in response to individual blog posts are the opinions of the respondents. Audu Real Estate is not responsible for the opinions, thoughts or ideas expressed by visitors to this blog nor for any liability for any damages or losses direct or indirect that may result from the use or reliance on information contained herein. The information provided is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. This blog is provided for informational purposes only. Readers are advised to contact a real estate professional for specific counsel related to their individual real estate needs.
Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 ~ Women's Council of REALTORS Western Michigan Chapter
Real Estate Negotiations
Certified Short Sale Specialist
E-Pro Designation - competence in online transaction management
Graduate Real Estate Institute
Certified Residential Specialist
Testimonials for Lola Audu
If you want the best service that money cannot buy? If you want to be treated like you are their only client when they have so many others? If you want to be educated on what it means to purchase a new home and the home that will be suited for you? AUDU will do that for you. They are the best!