big rapids: I've Been Re-Blogged - 07/30/12 01:54 AM
What a great feeling...I've Been Re-Blogged. To know not only was your post read and commented on, but someone liked it enough to Re-Blog it. It gets even better when it is someone you consider of the highest caliber Active Rain has to offer. This morning I wrote a post (Home Inspection Timing) on my thoughts of having a pre-listing inspection done. Not only would the sale go smoother but may be a deal sweetener if the Buyer knew the home had already been inspected. I was somewhat surprised to see it was Featured but when I noticed it was re-blogged by … (14 comments)

big rapids: Home Inspection Timing - 07/29/12 11:34 PM
Several of my favorite posts on Active Rain are from home inspectors. Buyers love them, Sellers hate them and agents don't always recommend them in fear of losing a deal. My thoughts are why would you not want to lose the deal if something were wrong rather than wait to get sued down the road? That got me thinking about the timing of the home inspection. Almost every house sold is going to have an inspection so why not get one before it sells? Matter of fact why not get one for your home whether it is for sale or not? … (17 comments)

big rapids: WAM 300 Comes to Big Rapids, MI - 07/24/12 11:09 PM
WAM 300 Comes to Big Rapids, MI this Friday, July 27th, 2012 on it's way to the Heroes Hurrah Finish line at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI. What a great event with over 900 bicyclists making the trek from Traverse City to Brooklyn. Think about the dedication of these riders traveling 300 miles in 3 days. WAM (Wish a Mile) is the Make a Wish Foundations single largest fundraiser and is celebrating it's 25 anniversary this year. If you would like to join in or learn more about the ride visit their website: Make A Wish. If you happen to … (3 comments)

big rapids: Experience Real Estate...The Way It Should Be!!! - 07/21/12 09:37 AM
Experience Real Estate...The Way It Should Be!!! has been one my most frequently used tag lines since becoming a Realtor several years ago. When I first became an agent my office was by the up desk at a different Brokerage and I was forced to hear how real estate shouldn't be quite often, so my mission was to open and run a client friendly office with the clients needs always a priority.
With Big Rapids, MI being our location, Ferris State University Students are always looking for help finding housing. Here is what one might expect when the hunt is on … (2 comments)

big rapids: Big Rapids Antique Farm and Power Club - 07/15/12 01:45 AM
The Big Rapids Antique Farm and Power Club is hosting its 14th annual Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Show July 20-22, located at 15422 Old Millpond Road in Big Rapids. Every year it seems to get bigger and better and this year looks to be a great one. There will be a huge selection of not only rare but home built tractors and equipment along with a great line up of antique machines.
Antique cars, trucks and even a working sawmill will be on display along with a shingle mill, blacksmith and a wood carver. There will also be daily … (2 comments)

big rapids: Disc Golf in Big Rapids, MI - 07/15/12 12:15 AM
When I wandered through the North End Riverside Park this weekend it left me wondering how long we have had Disc Golf in Big Rapids, MI? Turns out over 6 years. Not being able to throw a Frisbee (or in non trademarked terms, disc) very well somehow this sport slipped under my radar. There is an amazing course here over a mile in length. Leonard Johnson designed the course winding through the heavily wooded terrain. They even have a Tournament every Wednesday through the summer and it's just $5 to enter, there will also be prizes. For more information call Gary Van … (2 comments)

big rapids: Sunrise Haven Estates, Big Rapids, MI - 06/24/12 07:20 AM
One of my favorite subdivisons is Sunrise Haven Estates in Big Rapids, MI. Steve Fenstermacher is the developer and even before the land was cleared he had a clear vision of what it would look like and the lifestyle he could offer. The view from most every lot is amazing. You can see for miles to the South and East and to the West and North is beautifully wooded acreage. Paved walkways lit up at night make walking around Lake Esther an even better experience or wandering over to the lighted tennis courts and basketball courts for a late game is … (2 comments)

big rapids: To Air Is Human, Right? - 06/20/12 01:15 AM
Very rarely in Michigan do we get to say it is just to hot. Yesterday we had our yearly golf outing and the 90+ temps about killed me only to come home to an even hotter house. With all the technology most of us have running at any given time the indoor temps are warmer than ever. I have been fighting the temptation to just go buy an air conditioner as our converted 1880"s school house doesn't have central air. When we remodeled it was a typical Michigan fall where air conditioning was not a huge concern. Question now we … (4 comments)

big rapids: FSU Community Summer Band - 06/01/12 04:43 AM
Wednesday June 6th, 2012 marks the start of our communities listening enjoyment of the Ferris State University Community Summer Band. The FSU Community Summer Band provides the opportunity for Ferris students, adult community members, and local student band musicians to gather for a series of weekly musical escapades. Each event has a rehearsal and one or two concerts and each concert features a different program. It is a great way to collaborate area musicians and a definite win for anyone wanting to enjoy listening to a great group. This weeks concert will be at the Old Jail lawn here in Big Rapids and … (0 comments)

big rapids: Pocket Park Kick Off in Big Rapids, MI - 05/20/12 01:26 AM
The date is May 11, 2012 and it marks the kick off for the Pocket Park in Big Rapids, MI. The park is between Chemical Bank and Peppers Cafe Downtown and every Friday throughout the Summer the public is treated to a different musical delight all free of charge. This year we start off with a performance by country and gospel singer Terry Williams. Every week features a different entertainer and they run through the summer. If you happen to be in or around Big Rapids on Fridays this summer the downtown area is a must visit destination. The Farmer's Market and … (1 comments)

big rapids: Take Time Out For A Walk - 05/17/12 09:50 PM
Saturday May 19, 2012 is the date for the 6th Annual Susan P Wheatlake's Cancer and Wellness Walk and 5K Run. This year we will be meeting at the Big Rapids Middle School, located at 500 N. Warren here in beautiful Big Rapids. Registration for the run starts at 8am and the run beginning at 9am. Registration for the walk starts at 9am and the walk beginning at 10am. Either way you get a taste of our Riverwalk which lies alongside the Muskegon River. It is an amazing walk with some of the most scenic river shots you will find. After … (1 comments)

big rapids: Shameless Self Promoters? - 05/09/12 11:46 AM
At our Annual Meeting for the Chamber of Commerce I beklong to we listened to the speaker who did an outstanding job covering Social Media and how his company could help us strenthen our position. When he referred to us Realtors as "Shameless Self Promoters" I was a little shocked but after a little thought might agree somewhat. Most everything we do has our contact info attached. We leave cards, buy bill boards, radio and tv ads. I guess it was more the way it sounded that sent chills up my spine. I do promote myself any chance I get and … (6 comments)

big rapids: Road to 300K in the Rain - 11/26/11 01:33 PM
With this post I will surpass 300K points here in the Rain. For this milestone, I am giving myself a gold star. I had planned on writing an awesome thoughtful post that would leave everyone in awe and then reality hit. Short and Sweet gets the job done.
When I first started in Active Rain I was in a race with myself to hit that 100,000 milestone. I hit my 10 posts a week, spent way too much time reading others thoughts and with an occasional Featured Acrticle was conent on climbing the ladder to be the Featured Agent for my … (55 comments)

big rapids: Free Wheelin' in Big Rapids, MI - 07/31/11 02:53 AM
Wednesday night, August 3rd, 2011 Free Wheelin' will perform at the Big Rapids Band Shell located behind the Middle School. Starts about 7pm and last about an hour and a half. These guys are amazing and one of a series of free concerts every Wednesday night. If you are anywhere near Big Rapids on Wednesday this is a must attend event. Free Wheelin' has been together for over25 years and at times breaks the speed limit with their Nascar Bluegrass style of music. They have opened for bands like the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Doc Watson, The Reno Brothers and more. … (2 comments)

big rapids: QR Code Challenge - 06/29/11 02:43 PM
Trying to keep up with the new technology is a full time job. My company was in the process of having new t-shirts screen printed when I cam across the Kodak / ActiveRain June Mobile Marketing Challenge and decided it was time to venture into this area. Our Screen Printer is Kelgraphic's in Cadillac, MI and it was no challenge for their art folks to whip up a simple yet effective t-shirt. The shirts wont be done before the challenge ends but here is a sample showing the direction we went.

Traveling in unchartered waters is always a fun experience … (9 comments)

big rapids: 8th Annual WCAR Golf Outing - 06/12/11 01:55 PM
Tuesday June 14th marks the date for the West Central Association of Realtors 8th Annual Golf Outing which promises to be a fun filled day of networking and laughter. This is only my second year attending these and while the first year I was horrified of looking like a fool, this year I realize I have company and no one cares. I am golfing with my competition and long time friend Dennis Love, Billy Myers and Maynard Travis from Lakeland Title. If nothing else it gives me a few hours away from the office and phone which is worth the price … (6 comments)

big rapids: Housing Options for the Ferris State University Students - 06/12/11 08:44 AM
Almost that time of year when we get our Ferris students back. Every year our quiet little townbecomes a bustling hot spot with 14,000 or so new residents. First few weeks are mayhem but we eventually get our rhythm right and work well together. The students have several options available in regards to housing. Ferris does have rules about who can live off campus so make sure you start there. Here is a link to their website where you can find the rules: Ferris Housing. If you can live off campus you have a couple options. Rent or buy. No answer … (2 comments)

big rapids: 6th Annual Catch a Fish, Make a Wish - 06/11/11 03:38 AM
This is Free Fishing Weekend in Michigan and today in Big Rapids it is the 6th Annual Catch-A-Fish, Grant-A-Wish fishing tournament. Saturday June 11th from 9am-12pm so bring the whole family to this fun filled day of fishing in Hemlock Park on Riverwalk.  All proceeds go towards the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan.  There will be a balloon artist, face painting, raffle prizes and much more. See you there.

big rapids: 3rd Annual Clay Art & Fire in Big Rapids, Michigan - 05/29/11 03:11 AM
Usually I write about local events a few days before they are happening but this one needs a little notice. It is the Third Annual Clay Art and Fire pottery fest to be held in Mitchell Creek Park in Downtown Big Rapids on June 18th and 19th, 2011. This is a must do event open to the public and will include live demonstrations from over 15 nationally known premiere potters who will be traveling to Big Rapids from all over the United States. There is live music playing and the atmosphere is amazing. Instead of posting pics, I am going to … (0 comments)

big rapids: Big Rapids Welcomes Dr Zeilinger! - 02/22/11 11:48 PM
February 22, 2011 we had another ribbon cutting here in Big Rapids as the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed Dr Zeilinger to his new office. Located at 123 Warren, they are easily accessible from most anywhere in town. Dr Zeilinger is a Chiropractor who offers a full-service chiropractic clinic and specialize in personal, hands on care for your every need. He is certified in 7 different techniques and offers a massage therapy service in addition to his chiropractic services to provide complete care. Whether you are suffering from lower back pain and seek relief or you need a routine adjustment Dr Zeilinger is … (1 comments)

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