home selling: Finding the Best Real Estate Professional - 10/11/07 06:56 AM
Finding the Best Agent to List your HomeFinding the right real estate professional requires doing a little research and asking a few questions. You need to know everything about the selling process. What is the marketing strategy? What kind of advertising will be done?  Is the Realtor capable and willing to communicate effectively?  Is the Realtor experienced and able to anticipate (and help you avoid) potential pitfalls along the way?  Is the Realtor knowledgeable and well-versed in the field of residential real estate?  Can the Realtor effectively present and sell the less-noticeable assets of the property? NEVER choose a Realtor on … (0 comments)

home selling: The Story of Lars & Sven - 10/10/07 07:13 AM
The Story of Lars & Sven
Lars and Sven were two lumberjacks, each one the best of the lumberjacks in two rival lumber camps. Every year, the two camps would meet and challenge one another to determine the best lumberjack of all. For the past several years, the contest came down to the two finalists, Lars and Sven.  As in past contests, their score was tied after the tree climbing and log rolling.  All that was left was the wood-chopping contest.
Lars was young and strong.  His blond hair flowed past his shoulders and his muscles bulged from his flannel shirt.  Sven, … (6 comments)

home selling: Wyoming Rogers Price Reduced - 10/10/07 06:16 AM
Affordable Starter in Wyoming Rogers
Totally redecorated from top to bottom and inside & out. New carpets, new paint, laminate floors, new vinyl -- even a new work room space. New carpet in family room, laundry room. Den/office with closet on lower level. Central air.  Now $109,900. For more information and to see additional interior photos, visit http://www.donphelan.com To schedule a showing, call me at 616-648-0800

home selling: Eight Steps to Powerful Negotiation in a Buyer's Market. - 10/09/07 06:52 AM
Here in Grand Rapids, Michigan and elsewhere, the real estate market dynamics have shifted from a seller's market to a buyer's market.  Buyers have plenty of inventory to choose from and sellers have lots of competition up and down their streets.
Buyers can get good deals, no question about it.  But how do you get the BEST deal? 
Whether you are a buyer shopping for a home or investment property or you are a buyer's agent working to get your buyer a great find, here are some tips that may help you get the best deal.
Step One: Get "Pre-Approved," not "Pre-Qualified!"
This … (3 comments)

home selling: Cutlerville Starter Bungalow $84,900 - 10/05/07 07:00 AM

117 Fontenelle Street SE, Cutlerville (Kentwood Schools)
Kentwood Schools -- The latest colors and carpets adorn this starter home in a great neighborhood. Oak kitchen, main floor laundry, 2 bedrooms, 1 stall garage and a huge backyard! Check out the interior photos and tell your friends about it! Visit www.donphelan.com to see interior photos!  Close to schools, shopping, M-6 and US 131 expressways, 15 minutes to downtown Grand Rapids.

home selling: SOLD!! within 10 days of listing!! - 10/05/07 06:55 AM
After nearly two years on the market with another agent and "by owner," the home received MME -- Maximum Marketing Exposure -- when the homeowners listed with me.  Through electronic database marketing and my personal real estate web site, this home's information was distributed within hours of the listing to the top 300 real estate agents in West Michigan, to more than 8,000 web site visitors and forwarded to all of the top national real estate web sites, including … (3 comments)

home selling: Affordable Condo in Wyoming MI - 10/05/07 06:45 AM

2203 Porter SW, #308, Wyoming, MI 49519
Sharp, redecorated condo ready for today's buyer! Stove & Refrigerator remain. Lower Level has community/game room, laundry room and private storage. Association Fee INCLUDES HEAT. Ideal for a "starter home buyer" or and "empty nester."  Close to downtown, shopping, bike trail and Lamar Park.  $56,900. For more information visit www.donphelan.com

home selling: Grandville Executive 2-Story - 10/05/07 06:39 AM

4409 Penny Lane SW, Grandville, MI 49418
Custom Parade of Home looks as though it was just finished! Located on a cul-de-sac, Wooded lot, 5 bedroom, 3+ baths, 2-story entrance with an open stairway, large kitchen with cherry cabinets, ceramic tile, center island, snack bar, walk-in pantry and stainless steel appliances. Living room and family room have masonry fireplaces. Master suite with jacuzzi tub, separate shower, dual sinks, and walk-in closet. Over 3,840 sq ft with plenty of storage space. For more information, visit http://www.donphelan.com/

home selling: Ottawa Hills/Iroquois Area Classic 2 1/2 Story - 10/05/07 06:30 AM
1572 Alexander Street SE (Ottawa Hills/Iroquois Area)
Classic elegance is the hallmark of this plantation-style, all-brick two-and-a-half story home. From its white columns in the front that remind you of "Tara" to its soothing colors throughout, this home offers real comfort, southern style. Its kitchen is open and inviting, ready for a crowd to gather with its glasses of wine and stories of the day. The original butler kitchen makes a great wet bar and wine closet. Dress the table for dinner in the formal dining room or enjoy the convenience of the eating area, warmed by the corner fireplace. Upstairs, the … (0 comments)

home selling: Cutlerville 4-Bedroom, 2 1/2 Bath - 10/05/07 06:19 AM

6671 Madison Ave SE (Summer Shores Subdivision)
Current colors highlight this 4 bedroom, 2 full bath home in Cutlerville, Kentwood Schools. Numerous options for private schools nearby and it's a short walk to schools, library, etc. Nearly 2,000 square feet finished with walkouts to deck and patio. Fully fenced backyard, gazebo, sidewalks for little ones to ride their trikes.  For more information, visit www.donphelan.com

home selling: Affordable Starter in Wyoming Rogers - 10/03/07 06:02 AM
Totally redecorated from top to bottom and inside & out. New carpets, new paint, laminate floors, new vinyl -- even a new work room space. New carpet in family room, laundry room. Den/office with closet on lower level. Central air.  $114,900. For more information visit www.donphelan.com.

home selling: BAILEY'S GROVE TWO-STORY PRICE REDUCED - 10/03/07 05:56 AM
Now $169,900!! Great Buy in Bailey's Grove!
2-story living room with lots of glass to let the sun shine in highlights this home's contemporary floor plan and decor. The lot is larger than other lots in Bailey's Grove and is heavily wooded (see photos). Open floor plan provides a large kitchen perfect for entertaining. Master bedroom suite is large enough to accomodate a king-size bed comfortably. Professionally landscaped with underground sprinkling. Stove, refrigerator, washer & dryer stay. For more information visit http://www.donphelan.com/

home selling: Classic Marywood Two-Story - 10/03/07 05:46 AM
Classic Marywood Two-Story $149,900
Between Michigan and Fulton 
Welcome to the shaded sidewalks of the Marywood Area of "Near-Northeast" Grand Rapids (Between Fulton & Michigan on Plymouth). This classic 2-story is dressed to the nines and ready for you to move in! Hardwood floors and newer carpets, great colors throughout, and a 3-season porch to enjoy most of the year. Just minutes from downtown Grand Rapids, the Marywood Area has long been sought after for its quality of life. See it. Buy it. For More Information, visit www.donphelan.com

home selling: Wanna' Make More Money in Less Time? - 10/03/07 05:01 AM
Wanna' Make More Money in Less Time?
Better living through chemistry, that's the answer.  More to the point, that chemistry class you slept through could help you manage your time more effectively and help you become more productive.
What you may have missed that sunny autumn day when the fresh air pouring through the window caused your head to loll over and made your eyelids heavy was Beale's Law of Gaseous Expansion.
It's a simple theory: A gas (vapor) will expand to fill the container it is in.  The same amount of gas that fills a mason jar will expand to fill a 2-gallon … (3 comments)

home selling: When LOGIC Fails, Go to EMOTION. - 09/27/07 07:32 AM
"When Logic Fails, Go to Emotion."
We've all heard this advice ... (haven't we?): When logic fails, go to emotion.  The premise is good; if what you're doing isn't working, try something else.  Simple enough.
But why begin with logic in the first place?  To quote a good friend, "Real estate is a drop of logic in a sea of emotion."  Why then, do we start with logic?  Shouldn't you start with emotion and go to logic if all else fails?
Why do we start with logic?  We start with logic because it is logical.  That's the way the process makes sense to us … (4 comments)

home selling: In a tough market, get back to basics! - 09/12/07 08:15 AM
In a tough market, get back to basics!
Remember your first listing? You hurried back to the office, eager to write it on the “New Listings” board, proud to show everyone you were officially in the real estate business? Remember how excited you were to have other Realtors go through in on “tour” or “Realtor open house?” Do you recall how you labored over each word in the first ad, choosing words that would make a buyer’s mouth water?
Yesterday, I got a call from a homeowner to “come list me.” When I asked how she got my name, she said, … (2 comments)

home selling: Seriously. I Need Your Help. - 09/07/07 04:41 AM
This has absolutely NOTHING to do with real estate but I'd like your help. 
Recently, I submitted one of the poems I wrote to my daughter from Penny, her tooth fairy, to the Poetry.com contest and was informed it has made it to the "semi-finals," whatever that means.  I don't know if it helps boost my chances of winning or not, but I guess it can't hurt.  Click on the link below to read the poem.
Scroll down to just under the poem to where it says "Rate this poem."  Please feel welcome to forward this on to your mailing list if you like.

home selling: Myths vs. Facts About Selling Real Estate in a Buyer's Market - 09/04/07 08:08 AM
After 20 years of selling real estate, I have a considerable collection of "Myths vs. Facts."  In today's real estate market, it is essential to identify which is which.  For any of you who have been in real estate for more than a week, you've probably already encountered most of them.  Hope this helps!
Myth:  "Houses just aren´t selling." 
Fact:    MOST houses aren't selling, it's true.  The good ones still are, however, and at prices that are at or very close to the asking price, provided the asking price is nota pipe dream to begin with.  The "good ones" are those that … (7 comments)

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