Moving to Grand Rapids

Real Estate Agent with Five Star Real Estate

Moving to a new area is never easy, but many people find it especially difficult in Grand Rapids, MI.  I moved to the area, from Chicago, about 10 years ago.  I remember the difficulty of "breaking in".  Ultimately I think it is so difficult because there are so many that have lived here all their lives.  They are busy with their family and friends and don't have room for more people in their lives.  However, I found a few ways to break in and make friends quickly.

The first thing I did was join a local MOPS group.  If you are unfamiliar with this group it is for young moms with children not yet in school.  They offered child care while I chatted with other moms and learned how to be a better mom.  It was in this group I found woman in the same boat as me and gained valuable friendships. 

The next helpful tool was the local gym.  Grand Rapids has two large gyms, MVP and East Hills.  I would take tennis lessons while my son played with children his age.  I no longer have the time to use what I learned those years ago in tennis, but it was fun while it lasted.

Kent County Medical Society is also a way to meet people and get involved in the community.  I was able to volunteer my time to help those in my community and around the world.  It is a great organization.

If you are moving to the area or have lived her awhile and still looking to plug in give these suggestions a try.  Let me know how they work for you. 







Comments (4)

Keith Elliott Jr
KEIRE Realty Group - Manassas, VA
Principal Broker/Owner

Hi Tracy,

Welcome to Active Rain and congratulations on your first post! The opportunities to learn and network are incredible here.  Best of luck to you!


Apr 13, 2010 04:26 PM
Tracy Anderson
Five Star Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI

Thanks!!  Hey....can I ask you a question?  Am I allowed to post listings?  If so, how do I do that?  Do I do as a "blog"? 


Apr 15, 2010 12:25 AM
Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia


Welcome to Active Rain Tracy ... have fun in the game.....yes you can post listings. Go to active rain university and or look at what other folks do. We use a program called It has a place in it's tool section that automatically createshtml for active rain. I just blok and copy it into my blog post.

You can see it by looking down through my blog until you come to a listing and see what it looks like. It takes a while to learn all this stuff.

We joined last November and have found that the Rainmaker outside blog combined with Localism have worked well for us…. getting us better page placement on Google searches within neighborhoods. Worth checking out. 

It is also a good idea to use a lot of pictures in your post from the area you cover to get and hold people's Attention...they shy away from reading blocks of text.

A side benefit of AR is learning from other folks’s social media creativity and making friends for future referrals. Here is a good place to start: Learning  to use Active Rain  

Have great success this year,

Steve and Jan



Apr 15, 2010 09:39 AM
Tracy Anderson
Five Star Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI

Thanks Steve and Jan

I appreciate your helpful tips. 


Apr 19, 2010 02:12 AM