Big Rapids Real Estate Blog

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Discussions involving Big Rapids and Surrounding Area Real Estate.



Do Sellers Know How They Are Being Represented? Let me start by acknowledging all the hard working agents that hold both a full time job and sell real estate part time successfully. That being said we are going to touch on the few that do not do as well juggling jobs and listings. There is a home...
Feedback on Fellow Agents One thing that keeps popping up in posts is the inaccuracies some agents use to describe listings or pics that do not accurately portray the property being sold. One of the reasons is there are no listing police and most MLS committees are overwhelmed with the everyday ...
Immaculate 3 bedroom home in Big Rapids, MI   Very clean and well maintained 3 bedroom home on the Cities North End. Within walking distance of downtown, Hillcrest Elementary School or the Mecosta County Fairgrounds for the kids, this family home is move in ready with appliances included. Some of...
When I first opened my own company I decided I would never let commission amounts run my company. I was here to help people achieve their real estate dreams and sometimes you make out quite well and other times....well, not so great. Having said that at what point do you say to yourself "I give u...
Who's Responsible for Accurate Descriptions?   Just read a great post by Michael Thornton who spoke about an agent who embellished on a listing description. This is something most of us encounter daily and at times you wonder if the list agent has ever actually seen the property. I have on occasi...
Why Don't We Follow up?   If there is one deal killer among both newbie's to the real estate business and seasoned pro's it is not following up. Everyone of us knows what happens when we don't and yet still it is the area we need the most improvement. I am as guilty as the next. When self evaluat...
Tapping Into the Jobs Market Here in the Mecosta County Area there have been several positive signs of economic recovery starting with the job market. Wolverine and a few other local companies have added to their workforce meaning there are more potential home buyers here. I have ran through seve...
2010 MECOSTA COUNTY EXPO   For those who have been reading the HBA Home Show here in Big Rapids was to be polite, not what I had hoped for in terms of numbers of people. Most of the time there was vendors wandering around meeting vendors. Don't get me wrong, I met some great people and swapped bu...
We all know the importance of FaceBook and Twitter and the impact it has on our business life but this morning I was truly moved by the personal side of it. It is 2:30am here in Michigan and I am starting my day. I fired up the trusty computer to begin my workday and there are dozens of Happy Bir...
Show and Sell This blog is for the well intended seller who really, really wants the house sold but not if they have to pick up the yard. It always amuses me when a seller says they are desperate to sell yet sabotage every sale opportunity they come across. No one is saying you need to repaint (t...

Randy Ostrander

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