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Should I buy a fixer upper??  There are many levels of "fixer-uppers" out here. Some could be a full "gut job" and others could be very light and just needing cosmetic "surgery". I tell people depending on what "category" you fall in you need to look at the big picture. Be aware of the foundation...
Recession…  I just finished reading an article in CNN Money concerning the growth that has been occurring in various markets. It begs the question are we heading back to the Great Recession of 2008? I’m all for sellers making money when they sell their greatest asset but it is getting out of hand...
A piece of the American Dream. I was reading thru a post this am and saw an article that speaks directly to the heart of what most buyer’s are facing. The confidence that they have always enjoyed over the years to buy a home when they were ready has been replaced by what we’re going thru right no...
It’s still happening here in West Michigan with no end in sight. I do understand the frustration of being a buyer and trying to purchase a home. I represent several buyers who are going thru this right now. I am now in the same position of buying a home for myself and it’s stressing me out just l...
I firmly believe we as agents should be reviewed about our service to the public we serve. There are times we may NOT receive the review we would like to hear but frankly some of the things that may be said coula possibly help us to be better. One of my quotes I’ve been using lately is”if we wan...
We all know and are aware of the shortage of inventory here in the West Michigan area. Now is the time to work on getting your home(s) ready for sale and for the upcoming spring market. In my opinion I believe we will have a great market but the home(s) that will be coming out will have to be pri...
Prices of homes (new and resale) are still going up with no end in sight. I’m aware of the change in season here in Michigan but it is still a great time to buy and a great time to sell real estate. I have had some of my clients tell me they want to wait until spring when the snow is gone. Waitin...
11/15/2017 Looking for an outstanding home for the money? 5524 Eastern Ave SE has it all. Over 4800 sq ft of living space. 5 bedrooms, 4 full and 2 1/2 baths. Every imaginable amenity you could ask for. 9 foot ceilings, crown mouldings, Master suite with an ens...
 I was recently at our company wide meeting and one of the presenters brought up how we engage with people when they email/text us etc. How many times when people communicate with you and I and the first thing we want to do is reply. Sometimes we need to pause BEFORE we do anything. We get caught...
We have not seen a slowdown of homes moving quickly here in the West Michigan marketplace. Be aware that not ALL properties are enjoying this rapid ascent in equity but for the most part sellers are enjoying the opportunity to make money to move to a bigger home because of the added equity. I’ve...

Robert L. Brown

Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic
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