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By Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!
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This post was inspired by Rich Jacobson's blog post of February 27, 2007 "Blogging for Hire", Paying For Someone Else's Voice.I just got back from one of my favorite luncheon spots, Marie Catrib's restaurant & bakery . This eclectic diner had a very unassuming entry into the crowded Grand Rapids,...

By Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!
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Read Part 1 of Living Outside the Box I entered the Grand Rapids, Michigan real estate market just before the markets began its remarkable upswing.  In 1995, faxes and e-mail scans were not the primary means of delivering an offer.  Face to face negotiations required patience, persistance, and a ...

By Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!
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I just finished watching the New Season opening for American Idol with my kids.  (We taped it)  Minniapolis was the setting for future idol hopefuls to preen their skills before the judges.  As a converted Idol fan, courtesy of my teenagers, we were all in stitches with some of the contestants de...

By Ed Vogt, Grandville, MI Midwest Properties
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My husband, Ben, was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer this past November.  I know I should've been more scared when we found out, but his calm and knowing his family history (his brother had it as well as other members of the family - even though we didn't find all this out until later) seemed to m...

By Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!
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Have you ever received a backhanded compliment and wondered how to respond?  You're not sure whether to say thank you or bug off.  Well, in the Blogosphere, Hijacking a Blog Post is rapidly becoming an issue that every Blogger must be aware of.  When search engine results for Grand Rapids, Michig...

By Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!
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This past week, I was talking to a real estate broker about the Open House he had scheduled.  After comparing notes about local market conditions, our discussion  focused on an article that had been recently published in the Grand Rapids Press about sellers in Grand Rapids, Michigan renting their...

By Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!
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To read part 1 of The Tipping Point...When Poverty Moves to the Burbs...In 2002, Malcolm Gladwell published a bestselling book, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. Gladwell's book popularized this term into a oft repeated cliche.  However, the original term was coined ...

By Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!
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 Having never experienced snow, my Father asked me during a visit home to West Africa in the late 80's what winter was like. I gave him the best description I could muster; I said "you see that refrigerator over there; it's like opening the freezer door, sticking your head inside, shutting the do...

By Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!
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Please Extend your Umbrellas to Welcome Keith Jarrett Keith is the Manager for First American Title Company in Kent County. Since the earliest days of my real estate career, I have worked with First American Title Company.  First American Title Company has always demonstrated excellence and profe...

By Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!
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**Please Note:  Due to Winter Storm in West, Michigan, there has been a Schedule Change . **Blogging 101 for Real Estate Professionals will be Held on FEBRUARY 19th, 2007Success Strategies for On-Line Marketing will be Held on  MARCH 5th, 2007Staging Dynamics will be Held on MARCH 19th, 20072007 ...

By Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!
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Search for Home Listings in Grand Rapids & Surrounding Areas by School District:We place a high degree of importance on education in West Michigan.  We have a number of Award Winning school districts in the area.  You can search for homes in the school district of your choice by clicking the link...

By Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!
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 The Emergence of the "Wisdom Practitioner"...5.  In 2007, it won't simply be about whom you know but how you integrate that with what you know and why that is relevant.  As real estate consumers become incredibly savvy at finding out information, there will be an urgent need to making sense of t...

By Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!
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Peering Through the Bubble & Climbing the Palaver Tree! "We don't yet see things clearly. We're squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won't be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We'll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly j...

By Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!
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We Welcome Tom Vanderwell of Fifth Third Bank as a Guest Contributor on our Blog.  Tom's weekly insights  about the mortgage industry are enjoyable reading and also educational.  Please contact Tom at: thomas.vanderwell@53.com for the Latest Mortgage Rates  as well as information on the wide vari...

By Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!
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  Zillowing the Zillow!  Yep, I actually decided to do this.  You may ask, exactly what I was doing.  Well, zillowing is a verb I've invented to describe the action of going on-line to check your home value through a site called zillow.com which will give you what is known as a zestimate of your ...

By Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!
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  Yes, this was an actual title for a sermon that I heard today.  A little surprising given the assumption is that most people who are listening to sermons have presumably submitted to a philosophy which promises the follower that adherence to the principles espoused guarantees "eternal life".   ...

By Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!
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In the past several years a service called Staging has gained national attention due to the need to showcase homes.  Initially this trend was observed in homes that needed some "sprucing up" to justify the exhorbitant prices in super heated segments of the market.  But as the market cooled, it be...

By Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!
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Transformational Building- Continuation of "Transforming the Nature of the Transaction!Locating a builder was easy, selecting the right one to take on a custom home project was infinitely more complicated.  The Grand Rapids Home Builders Association  on-line at  http://www.hbaggr.com/ was a great...

By Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!
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I relish the opportunity to stop by the upscale eatery in Macys when I am in the southwest side of the city.  Through my frequent visits, I have developed a relationship with the Manager, Margaret who runs one of the best deli/cafes in Grand Rapids. Anyway, my appreciation for good food and taste...

By Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!
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  Is My Home Ready to Sell ?   Quiz/QuestionnaireThe Grand Rapids Real Estate Association currently has over 10,000 listings for sale.  On average 1000+ homes have sold every month which means there is ample supply of homes for sale for every buyer.  The good news is that homes are still selling ...

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