michigan: Looking for foreclosures and short sales? - 05/02/08 05:38 AM
If you're looking for a list of foreclosed properties currently listed or properties that are being marketed for potential short sales, or properties that MIGHT be foreclosed upon within the next several months, I can help!
I have several internet resources I use to identify potential short-sale and foreclosure properties, including those currently on the Multiple Listing Service.  Sometimes the best foreclosure buys can be found on those homes that are nearing foreclosure but not quite there yet.  I subscribe to two search resources to identify future foreclosures.
If you're serious about buying a foreclosure property, call me.  616.648.0800 (cell) Or 790.0110 … (1 comments)

michigan: SAVE $20,000!! OPEN MONDAY 6 - 8 PM - 05/02/08 04:48 AM
Professionally-appraised in Fall 2007 at $189,700, this homed is priced today for a fast sale at $169,900!
1762 Pinecroft SW, Wyoming, MI 49519
(Directions: South off 44th St. SW on Burlingame to Whitewood, West to Pinecroft Lane.)
Visit http://www.donphelan.com/ and click on Preferred Listings 

Just Listed and Ready to Buy. Super-quality, Koetje-built home has been updated for today's lifestyles. Kitchen has been redesigned as a gathering spot for entertaining and with serious cooks in mind! Newly remodeled with new cupboards, new stainless steel appliances, new flooring, new countertops. See kitchen photo! You don't see many kitchens like this in Chateau Estates! Roof is new, … (0 comments)

michigan: SAVE $40,000!! OPEN SUNDAY FROM 2:00 P.M. TILL 4:00 P.M. - 05/02/08 04:39 AM
2130 Hartman Court SE (68th St. East of Kalamazoo Ave to Hartman) -- 2618 Square Feet Finished in this Contemporary 2-story on a Gaines Township, Cul-de-sac street.

This home defines COOL. From its open, inviting floor plan to its sumptuous master suite - large enough to comfortably accommodate a king-size bed - this home is warm and welcoming, with contemporary flair. The kitchen is ideal for the master chef, the busy family, and for entertaining friends. Light a fire, kick your feet up and read a book in the family room, designed for relaxing. The main floor has a separate, formal … (0 comments)

michigan: JUST LISTED! NORTHWEST G.R. EDISON PLAZA - 04/20/08 05:20 AM
 
What a great neighborhood in the near-northwest Grand Rapids area, often referred to as the Holy Spirit neighborhood, just south of Edison Plaza near Covell and Lake Michigan Drive. This 3-bedroom home has 1938 square feet finished, including a great living room with fireplace and built-in bookshelves, kitchen and dining area on the main floor, 3 bedrooms and bath in the bedroom wing, and a family room with a fireplace and a full bath on the daylight level. Huge lot, central air, stove & refrigerator included. Roomy kitchen, lots of cupboards, new stove, newer countertop, dishwasher, Pergo floor. 3 big bedrooms … (0 comments)

michigan: FOOD DRIVE, Saturday, 4/19 from 10 am till 2 pm - 04/15/08 09:08 AM
Recently, several local TV news networks presented the crisis food banks and other charitable organizations are experiencing due to our state's economic plight.  According to the articles, food bank shelves are emptying fast because of job losses, homeowners facing foreclosure, and so on.  Normally, the food banks stock up at holiday times -- particularly Thanksgiving and Christmas, but donations were down this past holiday season and now the cupboards are bare.
This Saturday, April 19, we are going to try to help a little.  We are going to hold a food drive in our RE/MAX of Grand Rapids parking lot at 4250 … (0 comments)

michigan: The Story of the Man and the Village - 04/14/08 08:03 AM
Recently, I wrote the following piece for a friend of mine who is the creative director for an ad agency in Houston. It was the result of a conversation about how the business of marketing has changed dramatically during the past 10 years due to the internet and blogging. 
At the risk of preaching to the choir, I'll share it.  We all know the value of the internet and blogging.
The Man and the Village.Once upon a time, in a village far away, there lived a man. His fellow villagers would make things, bring them to the man and he would tell others … (1 comments)

michigan: Wyoming Rogers Open Sunday! Price Reduced! - 04/14/08 07:58 AM
NOW $99,900!!!
OPEN SUNDAY 2 - 4
613 Cricklewood SW
(South on Clyde Park off 28th St. to Cricklewood, East to home)
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. Close to schools shopping, 6 minutes to downtown.  Must get inside to appreciate! For more information and to see additional interior photos, visit http://www.donphelan.com/ To schedule a showing, call me at 616-648-0800
 
Don Phelan
RE/MAX of Grand Rapids, Inc.
616-790-0110 ext. 2121
616-648-0800 (Cell)
616-791-9098 … (1 comments)

michigan: Michigan's Pop-Up Tax - 04/09/08 06:27 AM
How many times have you been conducting an open house when a potential buyer asks, "What are the taxes?"  Not "What is the SEV?"  No, the question was, "What are the taxes?"  Now, not to pick on those of us with greying hair, but it often seems the question comes from those born sometime before 1965.  Or, if it comes from a first-time home buyer, it's on a list of notes Mom & Dad gave him or her to ask. 
What's even more surprising to me is when a licensed Realtor asks me that question.   
After 14 years, you'd think folks would have … (2 comments)

michigan: Affordable Starter Ranch in Wyoming, MI - 04/03/08 05:03 AM
 
At $98,900, this starter ranch is a great buy!  Check it out!
One-owner home never offered before! Oak kitchen & bath in this well-maintained ranch. Lower level rec room and bath, range, refrigerator, washer, dryer, and air conditioner included. Vinyl siding, Garage, fenced yard, cul de-sac street. At $98,900, this one's smokin' hot! Ready to move in!  Fenced backyard and partially-fenced front yard.  Roof & mechanicals updated.  See more information at http://www.donphelan.com/ Click on "Preferred Listings."
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michigan: New Photos! - 04/03/08 04:53 AM
CHECK OUT ALL THE NEW INTERIOR PHOTOS ON THIS LISTING!
Visit www.donphelan.com and click on Preferred Listings 
 
1762 Pinecroft SW, Wyoming, MI 49519
Directions: South off 44th St. SW on Burlingame to Whitewood, West to Pinecroft Lane.)
 
Just Listed and Ready to Buy. Super-quality, Koetje-built home has been updated for today's lifestyles. Kitchen has been redesigned as a gathering spot for entertaining and with serious cooks in mind! Newly remodeled with new cupboards, new stainless steel appliances, new flooring, new countertops. See kitchen photo! You don't see many kitchens like this in Chateau Estates! Roof is new, carpet is new. With more than 2,200 … (0 comments)

michigan: "Another listing that doesn't sell!" - 03/31/08 08:53 AM
In a recent post, I mentioned the "excitement" one agent expressed over the idea of a listing contest: "Just what I need, another listing that doesn't sell." 
Please, all of you agents who like to work primarily with buyers, this is not for you. 
If it's working for you, keep doing it.
But some agents -- like me -- prefer to split my work about 75% sellers and 24% buyers.
If you prefer being a listing agent, let me tell you this:  All those agents who LIKE working with buyers would just as soon you NOT start focusing on buyers rather than sellers.
But … (7 comments)

michigan: "Another listing that doesn't sell!" - 03/31/08 08:53 AM
In a recent post, I mentioned the "excitement" one agent expressed over the idea of a listing contest: "Just what I need, another listing that doesn't sell." 
Please, all of you agents who like to work primarily with buyers, this is not for you. 
If it's working for you, keep doing it.
But some agents -- like me -- prefer to split my work about 75% sellers and 24% buyers.
If you prefer being a listing agent, let me tell you this:  All those agents who LIKE working with buyers would just as soon you NOT start focusing on buyers rather than sellers.
But … (1 comments)

michigan: A Pizza for a Price Reduction - 03/28/08 06:46 AM
Does anyone out there remember dialing for dollars -- ordering a few pizzas and a couple liters of soda and a group of you making cold calls till you got an appointment?  The fun was in the camaraderie and competition.   Sometimes it was for nothing more than bragging rights, but nearly always, it led to a payday.  Occasionally, the broker would organize a listing contest with a worthwhile prize to the winner.  But we were always ALL winners because we all had a bunch of new listings by the end of the contest.
The other day, I suggested a listing contest and … (2 comments)

michigan: How are Realtors and Broccoli alike? - 03/28/08 06:22 AM
Remember when potatoes were just potatoes, not Idaho potatoes or Michigan potatoes?  Remember back before California had dancing raisins, before bananas dressed up like Carmen Miranda and Orange juice commercials featured Donald Sutherland voice-overs?
You see, before that, there was no better example of parity products -- products that are equal, with no greater value, one over another.  A potato was a potato.  The only deciding factor about which potato you would buy is which one had the lowest price.  They were all the same in their perceived value.
That is, till ad agencies came along and convinced everyone that Idaho potatoes … (6 comments)

michigan: WYOMING MI WALKOUT RANCH OPEN SUNDAY - 03/26/08 03:14 AM

OPEN SUNDAY 2 - 4
1762 Pinecroft SW, Wyoming, MI 49519 USA 
Directions: South off 44th St. SW on Burlingame to Whitewood, West to Pinecroft Lane.)
Just Listed and Ready to Buy. Super-quality, Koetje-built home has been updated for today's lifestyles. Kitchen has been redesigned as a gathering spot for entertaining and with serious cooks in mind! Newly remodeled with new cupboards, new stainless steel appliances, new flooring, new countertops. See kitchen photo! You don't see many kitchens like this in Chateau Estates! Roof is new, carpet is new. With more than 2,200 square feet finished in colors by Pottery Barn, this home is … (0 comments)

michigan: Murphy's Golden Rule - 03/21/08 08:16 AM
Not to be confused with "Murphy's Law," which proposes that if anything can go wrong, it will, "Murphy's Gold Rule" postulates "He who has the gold makes the rules."
Do you ever feel that way with banks, underwriters, loan originators and appraisers?  It doesn't matter to them that buyers who ultimately will pay them interest on their money -- the source of the bank's revenue and profitability -- they treat them as if they are doing them a favor ... and only according to the bank's time frame.
In a recent transaction I was involved in, an underwriter let an appraisal sit on … (9 comments)

michigan: NEW PRICE IN OTTAWA HILLS! NOW $299,900 - 03/20/08 07:30 AM
 
Ottawa Hills/Iroquois Area Classic 2 1/2 Story
1572 Alexander Street SE (Ottawa Hills/Iroquois Area)
$299,900
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 … (1 comments)

michigan: WYOMING 3 BR RANCH -- JUST REDUCED $98,900 - 03/20/08 07:25 AM
 
One-owner home never offered before! Oak kitchen & bath in this well-maintained ranch. Lower level rec room and bath, range, refrigerator, washer, dryer, and air conditioner included. Vinyl siding, Garage, fenced yard, cul de-sac street. At $98,900, this one's smokin' hot! Ready to move in!  Fenced backyard and partially-fenced front yard.  Roof & mechanicals updated.  See more information at http://www.donphelan.com/ Click on "Preferred Listings."
  … (0 comments)

michigan: KENOWA HILLS/ALPINE ESTATES -- NEW PRICE -- $129,900 - 03/11/08 03:04 AM
 
Great Schools! Great Neighborhood! Now at $129,900! 3-Bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, 2-Stall Garage, Family Room with Fireplace, Central Air. Roof is eight years new. Sharp, sharp!  Low-traffic area with lots of mature trees, close to schools, shopping, easy commute to downtown (10 minutes). For more information, call me at 616-648-0800 or 616-791-0110 ext. 2121 or visit my web site at http://www.donphelan.com/ and click on "Preferred Listings."  Hurry, this one will sell quickly!
Don Phelan
RE/MAX of Grand Rapids, Inc.
616-790-0110 ext. 2121
616-648-0800 (Cell)
616-791-9098 (FAX)
800-530-9230 (Toll-free)
http://www.donphelan.com/
donaldrphelanjr@ameritech.net
  … (0 comments)

michigan: Could this be the start of an economic turnaround? - 03/11/08 02:58 AM
Today's news that every major worldwide stock exchange index is UP as a result of the news that the Federal Reserve, in conjunction with the European Central Bank, the Bank of Canada and the Swiss National Bank, has agreed to loan banks money in exchange for debt that includes slumping mortgage-backed securities. 
Meridian Equity Partners' chief investment strategist, Peter Dunay, said, "The big problem has been the financials, and this helps supply money directly to the banks and may take some of the need for aggressive rate cutting off the table. The Fed is basically going to take the bad loans … (7 comments)

 
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