home for sale: What is a good kitchen color? - 04/23/15 11:35 PM
Below I have reblogged a very practical and almost foolproof way of choosing the right kitchen color if you are about to sell your home.  Also remember- no "faux" finishes, sponge painting, textures, etc.
The more "custom" your paint finishes, the fewer Buyers are that will appreciate them, so you are essentially narrowing your pool of possible Buyers when going the "custom" route.
Let the new homeowners do their own paint customizing!
Have you every wondered about a good kitchen paint color?   Yesterday Stage Two Sell did a Real Estate Consultation for a seller in Horseheads NY who had done a great deal of … (0 comments)

home for sale: Ready to list? Spring is just around the corner in Mecosta County, MI - 03/09/15 04:29 AM
Ready to list?  Spring is just around the corner in Mecosta County, MI

Sellers and home owners:
If you are planning to have your home listed for sale this Spring, now is the time to get started on those fix-ups that always seem to take longer than you think!  Photos will be taken of your home as soon as you list, so you want it to sparkle inside and out.
1)  Clean everything as thoroughly as possible.  Buyers want to see that your home and land are well cared for.  Stand in the doorway entering a room and take a … (0 comments)

home for sale: Sellers - Does Your Home for Sale Have Hidden Storage? - 03/05/14 06:02 AM

When you are living in a home, sometimes it is easy to overlook the features you have become so used to...  such as hidden storage features.
If you are selling your home, it is so important that your listing agent is aware of any special storage features in your home that can be included in the listing, especially those hidden features.
Does your home have extra storage space that may be hidden?
Under stairs;
Side attic rooms upstairs, or eaves area storage;
Man cave workroom with storage built-in;
Pull-out pantry;
Large kitchen drawers for pots and pans;
Slide … (0 comments)

home for sale: First Time Home Buyers Buy the First Home They See! Canadian Lakes, MI - 02/23/14 07:19 AM
First Time Home Buyers Buy the First Home They See! Canadian Lakes, MI
From the outside, this home looked something like a cabin in the woods in the rolling hills of Canadian Lakes, Michigan.
The inside was a different story!  A four bedroom home with two bathrooms; a window wall across the front of the 40 foot living room/dining room area with a floor-to-cathedral ceiling majestic fireplace!
Things to love-at-first-sight with this home.
So, it seemed like an easy sale for this young couple... until his new job priced them out of their chosen financing type.  (Previously he had worked for … (4 comments)

home for sale: The Best Way to Search for a Home for Sale - Home Buyer Big Rapids, MI - 02/23/14 06:14 AM
The Best Way to Search for a Home for Sale - Home Buyer Big Rapids, MI
Many times I hear from home buyers that they get very frustrated trying to find a home for sale as they are searching through web sites on their own.
They are very relieved to find out that there is a simple solution...
Work with a Realtor®!  Your agent can set up an automatic search, based on your own criteria such as area, size and price, and additionally can designate many special features that may not even be an option to look for on national web … (0 comments)

home for sale: Enhance Your Front Entrance for Buyers - Is It Maybe the Garage Door? - 02/10/14 08:43 AM
Enhance Your Front Entrance for Buyers - Is It Maybe the Garage Door?
 
If you are in the process of selling your home, take some time to go out and look at the exterior of your home.  Sure, you know about having it power-washed to get rid of the dingy dust covering it, and landscaping to make it look pretty.
And... you already know that the front entrance should look great.
Now... think about where that buyer will be coming into your home.  Will it really be that pretty front door?  Or did you tell your agent that you only … (9 comments)

home for sale: Home for Sale? 2013 Dressing Your Home for the Holidays TO SELL - 11/02/13 03:43 AM

Will your home be for sale over the Holiday Season? Now is the time to plan for great showings!
It can be a wonderful time to sell your home, as a home decked out for the Holidays can be at it's ultimate best for showings.
Some tips for Holiday decorating if you want it to be at it's best for showings:
Keep it simple... resist having decorations on every wall and table surface. If you are having a tree, make sure it looks nice.  Take a photo and see if it needs improvement. Limit decorations to 3 areas.  (For example … (0 comments)

home for sale: What?!! Your Home has been listed for six months without ONE showing?? - 11/02/13 01:42 AM
What?!! Your Home has been listed for six months without ONE showing?? 
Occasionally I hear something like this from sellers who are completely frustrated.
If your home is listed for two weeks without a showing being set up, something is drastically wrong and needs immediate correction!
If you are a serious seller, and actually want to get your home sold, schedule a meeting with your agent to discover WHY your home is not being shown.  
Be prepared for this meeting by asking your agent to email  a copy of your home's Agent Report of the listing, and also go to … (1 comments)

home for sale: Osceola County, Michigan Short Sale & Foreclosure Specialist - May I Help You? - 04/17/10 03:05 PM
If you are facing the possibility of getting behind on your payments, and are in danger of having your home mortgage foreclosed on, don't wait to contact a Short Sales & Foreclosure Specialist in your area.
Is your home located in the Reed City, Michigan area, or surrounding Mecosta, Newaygo, Osceola or Montcalm Counties? I would be happy to discuss your options.
I am specially trained in Short Sales and Foreclosures and am certified with the National Association of Realtors, with the SFR designation.
Find out now what you may be able to do to avoid foreclosure. Friendly, no obligation, consultation.
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home for sale: Short Sales in Newaygo County Michigan - The Wave of the Future? - 04/17/10 03:01 PM
Many sources have reported that the trend for the near future will be increased short sales as more home owners have trouble keeping up with their mortgage payments.
Is your home located in the Newaygo, White Cloud, or Croton-Hardy Michigan area?
I would be glad to discuss your options with you,  and am certified with the National Association of Realtors, with the SFR designation.
Friendly consultation, no pressure!
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home for sale: For Homeowners in Mecosta County, Michigan - What is a Short Sale? - 04/17/10 02:57 PM
A 'short sale' happens when a bank agrees to allow a home to be sold to a buyer who offering less than the actual amount owed on the mortgage.
This is the quick definition, as there are many factors which come into question, such as:
Is there a second (or third) mortgage, or home equity loan to complicate the sale?
Is the seller already falling behind in payments?
Are there other options for the seller through programs to help them stay in the home?
Don't hesitate to seek help if you think that your mortgage payments will be a problem soon. 
If your … (0 comments)

home for sale: Should I list my Big Rapids home in the fall? - 10/24/09 05:42 AM
Many people wonder if this is a 'good time' to list their home for sale. 
It can be... if your home is priced to sell. 
Typically, the overall number of homes that sell in the fall and winter months in Michigan are lower than spring & summer volume, but there are always people who must move at any time of the year.
In Big Rapids especially, there are people looking to relocate due to job transfers which can occur at any time of the year.
Sellers listing at this time of the year need to pay special attention to curb appeal, … (2 comments)

home for sale: Big Rapids, Michigan - Heritage Arts Show & Sale - Local Artists -2nd Friday - 08/03/08 09:15 AM
 


"Heritage Arts"
local artists demonstrations and sale will be happening on the second Fridays of the month, 8 am-2pm.

 
The last two Heritage Arts sales for summer 2008 will be
August 15th, & September 12th,
at the Farmer's Market location 226 N. Michigan,
Downtown Big Rapids.
(Big Rapids Downtown Farmers Market happens every Friday, 8 am-2pm)
Local artists will be displaying their special talents and have items for sale, such as:
Pottery,
Basket weaving,
Spinning,
Quilting,
Woodworking. 

Big Rapids Downtown Farmers Market Location is:
226 North Michigan in the parking lot in front of … (0 comments)

home for sale: 4103 E. Croton Drive, Newaygo County, Michigan - 15 acres! - 08/01/08 01:30 PM
15 Acres! Farmhouse-style with many updates including ceramic tile floor in kitchen. Custom oak cabinets in kitchen & bathrooms. Main flr laundry. Enclosed front porch/sun room. Furnace only 4 yrs. old., newer tilt-in window. Large 2-1/2 stall garage with workshop. Deck on garage (ready for a pool!), roofed patio. 23 x 15 Livingroom. 4th bedroom potential.  Newer Roof.
Some wooded acreage, some open land - great for horses.  Located near Croton Dam & Muskegon River area. Stone porch face. A homestead with character, and plenty of garden space.  Homeowner dream for the price!

Click link to view details & more … (1 comments)

home for sale: 8463 7 Mile Road, Evart, Michigan, 49631 Osceola County - 07/27/08 03:26 PM
Spacious and bright rooms in this open floor plan, beautiful 3 Bedoorm, 2 Bath home located on the edge of Evart in Michigan.  This home for sale is located Between Reed City and Clare.  Close to US-10.
 Secluded yard with garden area, and fenced kennel 100 x 70. Great workshop bench in the basement, and sewing or craft room with built-in counter!
French doors from dining room to the great deck in back. Well-insulated.  2 stall attached garage.
$139,900 Home is on approximately 1.36 Acres, +/- 
Click link for home details:
http://wcarmls.rapmls.com/scripts/mgrqispi.dll?APPNAME=westcentralmi&PRGNAME=MLSPropertyDetail&ARGUMENTS=-N339982796,-N29459,-N,-A,-N466179

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