audu real estate: 4 Mistakes Millennials Should Avoid When Home Shopping! - 10/10/14 03:57 AM
A recent survey indicates that Millennials are ready to shop for homes! According to Consumer's Reports, Americans are ready to shop again, but they're proceeding far more cautiously than they have in the past.
I recently had a conversation with some Millennials (aged 18-34) about the real estate market in West Michigan. One of the questions I was asked was if I thought it was ALWAYS a good idea to purchase a home? My answer was no. There are a variety of reasons why a home purchase may not be a wise decision including: a lack of stable employment, significant consumer debt … (7 comments)

audu real estate: 3740 Bantam, Hudsonville MI 49426 Welcomes You Home! $174,900 - 04/26/14 10:26 PM

Click here to pre-view tour this home!
To view home show for 3740 Bantam Dr. Hudsonville, MI click this link.Handsome brickwork coupled with graceful pillars framing the entrance give this classic looking 3 bedroom 2.5 bath ranch style home a hint of southern colonial charm. Inside, soothing earth tone walls open up to embrace soaring cathedral ceilings with wide open spaces and windows which splash light throughout the main floor. 
You'll love the dark plank wood style laminate in the main living areas which looks sharp and contemporary, but is a breeze to keep clean. Add to this, almost brand new … (2 comments)

audu real estate: 7 Home Selling Tips for For Beating the Winter 'Cabin Fever' Blues! - 01/06/14 05:22 AM
Dreadfully cold weather tends to keep most of us in West Michigan inside as much as possible.  Looking outside my window today, this is definitely the case.   With the exception of the snow plow guys, there are few cars on the street.  Even regular dog walkers seem to be sitting in on this one.  If you’ve been thinking about putting your home on the spring market, the prospect of you or someone looking at your home getting stuck in a snow drift in your driveway is a little depressing.  However, there are a number of things that can be done … (2 comments)

audu real estate: Picturesque acreage ~ Featuring 2357 Grand Valley Dr. NE Ada, MI 49301 - 06/28/13 04:03 AM
Elegant & stately. Light cascades into this spacious ranch style home situated on just an acre of picturesque grounds and gardens. This custom built, all brick home with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths features many up upgrades and popular amenities. These include: terraced gardens, vaulted & trayed ceilings throughout much of the upper level, oak hardwood flooring, Pella windows, fireplace, custom built-ins, main floor utility and a chefs kitchen with an expanded granite counter surface. Ready for immediate occupancy. This home is not a Short Sale listing. 2357 Grand Valley Dr. NE , Ada, MI 49301 View Map Elegant & stately. … (0 comments)

audu real estate: 6471 Avalon Dr. SE, Caledonia MI 49316 ~Elegance & Eye-Catching Color! - 06/21/12 01:10 PM
This home is ready for you! Located in the popular Caledonia, Mi subdivision of Avalon Pointe, this community offers many benefits with regards to amenities and location. Easy access to major highways, hospitals, schools and shopping centers. Take a few moments to tour this home and contact us to schedule a pre-view tour. www.auduhomes.com … (4 comments)

audu real estate: Panoramic Views ~3711 Oakmont Southeast, Cascade Twp, MI 49546 - 05/16/12 05:17 AM
Some houses are just simply fun to be inside!  Walking up the stairs to our newest listing, I found myself smiling.  In contrast to the traditional, sophisticated decor of the downstairs area, this bathroom just bristled with sass in a totally retro mode!  I love it!.  And, we've only captured half of it here...there's a huge European Spa Shower and a matching vanity area adjacent to the walk-in closet.
If you're looking for a home in the Forest Hills School District in Grand Rapids, Mi...you will definitely want to check out 3711 Oakmont SE. Grand Rapids, MI 49546.  This expansive home … (0 comments)

audu real estate: Sometimes Home Buyers Say the Darndest Things... - 03/24/12 07:15 AM

Remember the program, 'Kids Say the Darndest Things?"  I loved watching Bill Cosby interview little kids talking about life and their unique perspective on different issues.  The show was funny and quirky in part because of the innocense and sometimes pure ignorance of it's little stars.
Recently, I picked up a call from an inquiry on one of our listings.  The Caller indicated that he was interested in a property which it turned out had recently been Sold.  
I asked the Caller if he was working with a REALTOR who could assist him in his search.  He indicated that … (42 comments)

audu real estate: When Your Landlord Wears a Suit! The Rise in Corporate Investment in Rental Homes. - 02/11/12 09:28 AM
One of the more popular forums on Facebook for REALTORS in West Michigan is a group that allows agents and other interested parties to trade information about clients who need to rent their homes or would prefer to rent a home rather than an apartment in the greater Grand Rapids, Mi area.  There just don't seem to be enough homes to rent!  
At Audu Real Estate, we have seen an escalation in the number of requests for homes to rent within the past 18 months.  The reasons are varied:
1.  Potential renters don't want to become potential buyers because they … (4 comments)

audu real estate: Spring Time Warm Up Heats Up the Housing Market in Grand Rapids, Mi! - 01/07/12 08:04 AM
With all this wonderful unseasonably warm weather, it seems that Spring has come early to West Michigan in more ways than one.  The Grand Rapids Association of REALTORS indicated that over the past 65 day, over 12,000 requests have been received for home showings!
The year end stats also showed positive trends with an increase in the average sales price and most importantly for future home sellers, a decline in inventory.  The good news for home buyers is  that interest rates remain incredibly low...as low as below 4% for buyers who qualify for Freddie Mac loans.
So, if you're out and … (4 comments)

audu real estate: Why Choosing The Right Short Sale Specialist Can Make All the Difference in the World! - 10/17/11 06:09 AM
The real estate market in West Michigan has been impacted by the rise in Foreclosures and Short Sales.  Short Sale transactions are some of the most challenging transactions to process and require tremendous amounts of energy, follow-through and sheer tenacity to bring to successful conclusion.  Today’s blog post reflects the experience of REALTOR, Donna Schimke and tells the story of how she was able to secure a Successful Short Sale for her clients in Grand Rapids, MI.
Donna’s background prior to real estate included working as a Buyer Specialist for Autocam and as a Property Management Specialist for Chase.  Here’s the … (5 comments)

audu real estate: Summer Real Estate Traffic Report~ Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate Summer Statistics - 08/10/11 06:05 AM
It´s been a pretty nice summer in West Michigan! There´s been more rain than normal which has sustained beautiful green lawns and fairly temperate weather. The other summer tradition which we have all come to expect is road construction.
With the harsh winters in Michigan, the roads take quite a beating with all the salt and sand poured on them to provide traction against slippery conditions.
So summer is when we repair and renovate. Which also translates to possible travel delays as traffic is routed into single lanes. So depending on where you are in the traffic pattern, you might … (6 comments)

audu real estate: The ABC's of Buying and Selling Short Sales in West Michigan... - 07/11/11 01:20 PM
 
Sifting through the facts...
Purchasing a new home is one of the most exciting experiences an individual or family can have.  If you’ve been out of the real estate market for some time, you may be unaware of some dramatic changes in the real estate market landscape. 
In today’s market, there are some unique situations which home buyers should be aware of as they prepare to consider the purchase of a new home.
GOOD NEW FIRST…
The good news is that home buyers in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area will find that they have a bountiful number of choices for … (20 comments)

audu real estate: The Heart of Egypt Valley ~ 5733 Knapp St. NE Ada MI 49301 OPEN Sun, July 10: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm - 07/08/11 09:07 AM
 
Welcome Home!  This home features a graceful, inviting elegance which invites you to stay awhile!  Situated on 2 acres in the heart of Egypt Valley, this handsome 7 year old home abuts the gated community of Treebrook Estates.  This upscale community located in Ada township features homes in a picturesque hillside setting.  The location provides numerous amenities including easy access to schools, shopping and the expressway. 
A circular drive welcomes visitors and leads to a private entrance.  A three stall attached garage provides ample parking. Professional landscaping includes the option for a fountain in the front yard. Elegant pillars frame … (3 comments)

audu real estate: Re-Invigorating the Engines Of Productivity...Forging A New Way Forward. - 03/18/11 11:31 AM
 
There's something invigorating about the thought of spring!  Even though much of the ground is still snow covered, the fact that the days are lengthening gives rise to hope.  A sentiment aptly captured in the words of an old African proverb that says...'No condition is permanent in this world.’
Change…The New Constant…
If ‘Change’ is a constant, it is one which members of the real estate community are familiar with.  Last month, members of the Grand Rapids Association of Realtors® completed a survey about their needs in the year ahead.  According to the survey, here are the top 5 areas … (37 comments)

audu real estate: 9 Myths Designed to BLOCK the Sale of Your West Michigan Home! - 12/30/10 05:07 AM

Click Here to Read Part #1 of this series on the first THREE myths.
Click Here to Read Part #2 of this series on the next installment of myths...
Over the years, I've had the dubious experience of becoming a myth collector.  Specifically, regarding the myths around why a home has not Sold.  As I talk with agents around the country, it has become clear that these myths are actually very widespread and have developed a life of their own...sometimes with variations which are location specific.  
As a public service, I am going to do a mini-series regarding these myths and … (4 comments)

audu real estate: 6 Myths Designed to BLOCK the Sale of Your West Michigan Home! - 12/29/10 08:32 AM
This is part of series.  Click here to read Part #1 on the first three myths!
 

Over the years, I've had the dubious experience of becoming a myth collector.  Specifically, regarding the myths around why a home has not Sold.  As I talk with agents around the country, it has become clear that these myths are actually very widespread and have developed a life of their own...sometimes with variations which are location specific.  
As a public service, I am going to do a mini-series regarding these myths and give some insights regarding why they ought to be dismissed … (23 comments)

audu real estate: 3 Myths Designed to BLOCK the Sale of Your Home... - 12/29/10 05:02 AM
Over the years, I've had the dubious experience of becoming a myth collector.  Specifically, regarding the myths around why a home has not Sold.  As I talk with agents around the country, it has become clear that these myths are actually very widespread and have developed a life of their own...sometimes with variations which are location specific.  
As a public service, I am going to do a mini-series regarding these myths and give some insights regarding why they ought to be dismissed and rejected.  
1.  Myth #1...My home is Special.  It is much nicer than the home down the … (8 comments)

audu real estate: Leading With An Ear to The Ground...Grand Rapids Association of Realtors® Breaks New Ground In Leadership! - 12/23/10 07:24 AM
It is said that music is the language of the soul.  A universal tongue, spoken in countless variations of tribe and tongue.  Every instrument has it's own particular rhythm of communication.  As a young girl, growing up in West Africa, the drum was a central component of the musical dialog in a literal and figurative sense.
The 'Talking Drum' is a unique element within African cultural heritage.  Drumming is a highly developed skill in native cultures as a means of communication, not just an instrument for social enjoyment. Historically, the talking drum was used to introduce new arrivals, announce departures and transmit information … (4 comments)

audu real estate: Changing of the Guard..."There is NO Rescue Team on the Horizon!" Realtors in West Michigan Challenged to Move Our Profession Forward. - 12/10/10 06:13 AM

This morning, the Grand Rapids Association of Realtors® installed new leadership during the Awards & Installation Breakfast.  I was installed as the Association President.  It is an honor to serve alongside so many exceptional individuals.  After the installation, I gave a speech to the members.  Here's the text: GRAR Installation & Awards Ceremony 2010   Good Morning Ladies & Gentlemen,   It is truly an honor to be with you today and accept the challenge and responsibility of the position of President of the Grand Rapids Association of Realtors®  It is a responsibility I take seriously and will do my … (28 comments)

audu real estate: How to Avoid Giving the 'gift' of Your Home Equity this Christmas....Avoiding Scams & the Scammers Who Perpetuate Them! - 12/02/10 06:47 AM
The blog post below was originally published in 2008.  Unfortunately, variations of this type of scurilous activity have increased within the past two years as scam artists figure out new ways to con innocent people.  I recently watched a news broadcast about individuals who lost thousands of dollars in an effort to try to save their homes from foreclosure only to find out that NOTHING had been done to even faciliate contact with the mortgage lien holder.
PLEASE BEWARE:  If someone requests money prior to rendering ANY service to assist you in keeping your home, make sure you double check and triple … (16 comments)

 
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