michigan: 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)

michigan: 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.

michigan: 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)

michigan: 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

michigan: 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/

michigan: 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)

michigan: 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

michigan: 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.

michigan: 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/

michigan: 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

michigan: 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)

michigan: 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)

michigan: 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)

michigan: 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.

michigan: 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)

michigan: A Little Info About Kenowa Hills Schools - 08/30/07 06:45 AM

Kenowa Hills Performing Arts Center http://pac.khps.org/
Programs and Organizations
Kenowa Hills Instrumental Music Boosters -- Supports the Kenowa Hills Marching Knights through fundraising and volunteer efforrts. http://www.khmusicboosters.org
District Technology Committee - The District Technology Committee is a group of teachers, administrators, and staff whose main goal is to implement the district's Integrated Technology Plan which  was developed by the district's "20/20" school improvement committee.
Diversity Council - The Diversity Council is a groups of staff, students, and parents whose goal is to promote awareness of all types of diversity in Kenowa Hills schools.
Kenowa Crusaders - The Kenowa Crusaders are a group of teachers working to … (1 comments)

michigan: KENOWA HILLS WALKOUT RANCH UNDER $200,000 - 08/30/07 06:08 AM

Kenowa Hills Walkout Ranch -- One-owner home shows pride of ownership. Cul-de-sac, brand-new deck, fully-fenced, professionally-landscaped backyard and sidewalks make it perfect for spending time outdoors. Underground sprinkling, too! Elegantly maintained and ready to move into! 2,400 square feet finished, open floor plan and cathedral ceilings, living room with fireplace, large kitchen with plenty of cupboard space, pantry, built-in desk, true main floor laundry, mud room, full bath off mud room. New furnace in 2003. New microwave, vinyl flooring, hot water heater, dishwasher all within the past 5 years. Immaculate!

michigan: Here’s a Follow-Up on BP’s plans to dump waste in Lake Michigan - 08/28/07 03:04 AM
Citing " ... ongoing regional opposition to any increase in discharge permit limits for Lake Michigan creates an unacceptable level of business risk for this $3.8 billion investment," BP America Chairman and President Bob Malone announced Thursday, August 23.
The permit, which would allow BP to release 1,584 pounds of ammonia and 4,925 pounds of suspended solids daily into Lake Michigan, was granted on June 21. Ammonia feeds oxygen-sucking algae blooms that kill fish, and the suspended solids in treated wastewater include mercury, lead, nickel and vanadium.
"We will not make use of the higher discharge limits in our new permit," he said. … (0 comments)

michigan: Who's got the best ... FOOD? - 08/27/07 05:24 AM
Help!! I need your best -- your best FOOD, that is.  For years, I've had this notion to write a book of the best local foods around the country.  Now it's time.  I've got plenty of recipes I've collected over the years and a list of restaurant specialties but I know there are some great restaurant choices and local recipes I haven't heard about. 
So, who's got the best recipe in your town?  Is it Aunt May's sweet potato pie or Grandpa Roy's pumpkin?  Who's got the best coffee? (Hey, not that designer-chic, hazelnut-maple-flavored mochaccina latte; I'm lookin' for the best … (0 comments)

michigan: Here's one for the "Just What Are They Thinking??" Column. Unbelievable. - 08/21/07 06:03 AM
Apparently, the following information is one of the Midwest's best-kept secrets.  Otherwise, why in the world are the citizens of Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin and even Indiana not completely outraged with the permission given to BP Oil to dump more ammonia and "sludge" -- refinery waste products -- into Lake Michigan???  BP's request for the permit was granted by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 Administrator Mary Gade and Indiana's Department of Environmental Management. 
It is unconscionable to think that after more than 40 years of revitalizing Lake Michigan, anyone in the IDEM's position would even think about granting BP Oil the right to increase its toxic … (4 comments)

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