michigan: Myths vs. Facts About Selling Real Estate in a Buyer's Market - 01/25/08 03:24 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 not a pipe dream to begin with.  The "good ones" are those … (2 comments)

michigan: The Story of "NO! NEXT!!" - 01/23/08 06:13 AM
Any of you who have been in the real estate business for three months or more have probably heard this story but maybe you've forgotten it!  For those of you in the business less than 3 months, may I be the first to share it with you?  Its lesson is vital to success in a challenging market.
The Story of "No! Next!"
One bright, Saturday morning a man walked into a New York City deli, took a number and waited patiently for his number to be called.  Some thirty minutes later, it was his turn to place his order and he said to … (1 comments)

michigan: In 2008, Brace for Tough Sledding. Work Smart. - 01/22/08 07:46 AM
I shared this with all of you this past fall but a few of my co-workers suggested I re-post it, now that the holidays ar over and we're all getting back to work. 
We are, right? Getting back to work?  Snow?? Cold?  Yeah, so?  Did you see the new about intereste rates today?  There are buyers out there who are smart enough to go shopping for a home, even if it's cold.
Anyway, here goes:
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 … (2 comments)

michigan: Hot off the AP Newswire -- FED Cuts Rates 3/4 point. - 01/22/08 07:38 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Federal Reserve unexpectedly slashed a key interest rate -- the Fed Funds Rate --  by a bold three-fourths of a percentage point on Tuesday, responding to a global plunge in stock markets that heightened concerns about a recession. The Fed signaled that further rate cuts were likely.
The reduction in the federal funds rate from 4.25 percent down to 3.5 percent marked the biggest reduction in this target rate for overnight loans on records going back to 1990. It marked the first time that the Fed has changed rates between meetings since 2001, when the central bank was … (2 comments)

michigan: OPEN SUNDAY 2 - 4 (Jan. 27) KENTWOOD 2-STORY - 01/22/08 07:05 AM
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michigan: Myths vs. Facts About Selling Real Estate in a Buyer's Market - 01/21/08 05:53 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 not a pipe dream to begin with.  The "good ones" are those … (2 comments)

michigan: Homestaging is more important than ever!! - 01/21/08 05:17 AM
Following is an article I wrote five years ago which was published in the magazine West Michigan Residential Resource.  Back then, talk of "homestaging' was just beginning to be heard.  Today, it is absolutely essential to marketing homes .
Sell the s i z z l e, not the steak© Don PhelanCopyright 2003Set the stage to sell quickly.The new buzz in the real estate world is "staging."  Taken from theater, staging is just that. It´s creating an exciting environment to tell your story. Staging, in its simplest form, is the "to-do" list your Realtor gives you for showings and open houses open … (0 comments)

michigan: RE/MAX of Grand Rapids Teams up with MLive! - 01/18/08 06:17 AM
Grand Rapids' largest RE/MAX franchise, RE/MAX of Grand Rapids, Inc., has joined with MLive! to give our clients Maximum Market Exposure.  Now, MLive! visitors can get detailed information about our RE/MAX of Grand Rapids listings, including the contact number for the listing agent on every property. Take a test drive of MLive's Real Estate section by clicking on:  http://realestate.mlive.com/
What's more, MLive! provides a "Driving Tour" for its home buyers, calculating the easiest, most convenient path for viewing the homes they want to drive past.
With as many as 1.1 Million unique visitors and 58 million page views per month, MLive.com is Michigan's … (0 comments)

michigan: Before you list your home with anyone, read this! - 01/14/08 11:24 AM
Don't miss your buyer by listing with the wrong real estate agent!
For MAXIMUM MARKETING EXPOSURE today, 
your home MUST appear on the busiest, most popular real estate web sites.
Before you list your home with anyone else, keep these FACTS in mind:
 
1)  Nearly 90% of all home buyers start their search on the internet.
2)  One of the most popular keyword searches for real estate in Grand Rapids is
            "Grand Rapids MI Real Estate."
3)  When you key in "Grand Rapids MI Real Estate" into every major search engine and my web site appears on the first page, in most cases within the top three … (2 comments)

michigan: Wyoming Rogers 1 1/12 Story Back On Market - 01/09/08 10:36 AM
 
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 (FAX)
800-530-9230 (Toll-free)
http://www.donphelan.com/
donaldrphelanjr@ameritech.net
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michigan: SA' MOKIN' HOT PRICE in Kentwood!! 4 Bedroom, 3 Full Bath -- $159,900 - 01/09/08 10:29 AM
 JUST LISTED!
2566 Sunny Creek St. SE, Kentwood
$159,900
WOW!! What a find!! A 4-Bedroom, 3 FULL Bath, True Two-Story with a Daylight Lower Level with more than 2300 square feet Total Finished Living Area in Old Farm Estates, all for under $160,000!! Great room has a fireplace, too, and the home has central air, a no-through street location and a great neighborhood surrounding it. Professional landscaping and the home is close to the Paul Henry Walking Trail and Challenger Elementary, a Blue Ribbon Award-Winning School.
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
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michigan: KENOWA HILLS/ALPINE ESTATES -- NEW PRICE -- UNDER $135,000 - 01/09/08 10:08 AM
KENOWA HILLS/ALPINE ESTATES -- NEW PRICE -- UNDER $135,000
Great Schools! Great Neighborhood! Now at $134,900! 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
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michigan: NEW PRICE IN OTTAWA HILLS! - 01/09/08 10:01 AM
Ottawa Hills/Iroquois Area Classic 2 1/2 Story (edit/delete)
 
1572 Alexander Street SE (Ottawa Hills/Iroquois Area)
$319,900
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 … (0 comments)

michigan: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. - 12/12/07 06:05 AM
On September 21, 1897, it was buried on the editorial page, under articles about politics, railroads and a new bicycle design. A letter was sent to the editor of the New York Sun newspaper from an 8-year-old named Virginia O'Hanlon, the only child of a New York City Coroner's Assistant, questioning the existence of Santa Claus.  Francis Pharcellus Church, who wrote for the newspaper, replied to Virginia and his editorial became a piece of Christmas lore.  In keeping with his newspaper's policy, Mr. Church was not credited for writing the editorial until after his death in 1906.  Virginia lived to the … (3 comments)

michigan: Did you know (a little Christmas Trivia) - 12/11/07 05:47 AM
Did you know that Dr. Clement Clarke Moore, who wrote, "A Visit from St. Nicholas," which, today, we refer to as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," was the author of a Hebrew dictionary and for more than 20 years, would not acknowledge he was the author of the famous Christmas poem?  Moore was Bible scholar from a wealthy family in New York and taught at Columbia College. He lived in New York City on a big estate in Manhattan called Chelsea, which later it gave its name to the neighborhood.  The poem was written originally for his children but was first … (2 comments)

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michigan: Classic Ottawa Hills/Iroquois Three-Story -- New Price! - 12/07/07 05:27 AM
 
1572 Alexander Street SE (Ottawa Hills/Iroquois Area)
$319,900
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 by the corner fireplace. Upstairs, the … (1 comments)

michigan: A Christmas Visit from Mary & Penny, Tooth Fairies - 12/07/07 03:31 AM
As some of you know, as my daughters were growing up, I wrote them poems from their own, individual tooth fairies.  While many people have suggested I get them published, I've never found a publisher who shared their enthusiasm.  Nevertheless, I have received many requests for the one I wrote one Christmas.  It is below.  I hope you enjoy it and forward it on to your friends and family.
With my heartfelt wishes to all of you for a joyful holiday season, here is "A Christmas Visit From Mary and Penny.
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Dear Jennie and Katie,
'Tis Christmas again, with snow deep and white.
Hand-in-hand we flew … (5 comments)

michigan: The Story of the Frog and the Scorpion - 12/02/07 04:36 AM
Once upon a time there lived a frog.  He was a happy little frog, for the most part.  One day, soon after a downpour, he hopped his way to the river.  The river was swollen from the rain and its current raced over rocks and trees.  Just as he was about to jump into the river to swim across, he heard a small voice whispering, "Hey, Mr. Frog, hey, over here."
He looked all around before saw the scorpion sitting close to his webbed foot.  "Mr. Frog, will you please give a ride across the river?"
The frog looked at the scorpion and … (6 comments)

michigan: And now, another word from my sponsors ... - 11/27/07 04:37 AM
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