Grand Rapids Real Estate and Community News

July 31, 2019

Getting You House Ready to Sell, A Realtors Point of View


Getting Your House Ready to Sell,

A Realtors Point of View


As a realtor, I understand what it takes to get your home ready for the market. Seeing things from inside the real estate world, I know exactly what I would do if I were to sell our home. I’ve thought about this often enough and have seen first hand what sellers do right and what they do wrong but, with my job, it’s easy to see. However, seeing and doing are two totally different things. It’s simple for me to tell someone what to do but, actually doing it is another thing. For me, it would be about finding the time and I’d need a lot of it…at least 6 months. That may be a bit of a stretch.


Personally, the first thing I’d do would be to hire a home inspector to inspect my house. Then I’d make all the necessary repairs. Keep in mind, my husband and I have done a great job keeping up with our house so the repairs should be minimal. I don’t want to hold a sale up do to buyer or lender required repairs. As a realtor, I know that government home loans (VA, RD & FHA) look for health and safety concerns in a home such as GFI’s by all water sources, smoke & CO2 detectors, chipping and peeling paint, proper handrails etc...I’d address those area’s as well.


With country living comes a septic system and a well. So, naturally knowing what lenders and buyers look for, I’d have our septic tested for compliancy and I may even consider a water test. If my septic was noncompliant then I’d have it updated to meet compliance. I really want a septic compliance certificate in my hand. This is just one more thing that can hold up a sale. Keep in mind that the septic can be negotiated in a sale and monies can sometimes be held in escrow to bring the septic to compliance.


On to the interior of my home..the fun part! I’d begin with one room at a time, starting the declutter and organization process, storing away or getting rid of all things that I don’t need and the things that just add clutter. Clear away ALL clutter (family photos, knickknacks)!!  I want the buyers to see the space in my home not my personal belongings. Simple is more!! Keeping in mind that the walls and flooring need to look fresh and clean as well.  Yes, that means cleaning out the closets too!!! NO CLUTTER!! CLEAN! CLEAN! CLEAN! You may need to clean/replace the carpets and paint the walls. A big NO to old dirty carpet and scuffs or holes in the walls.  Always use neutral colors to make the rooms look clean and fresh. Do the same for each room in your house. At the same time you should be cleaning, making everything sparkle..bathrooms, kitchen, windows, hardwood floors, appliances, don’t forget kitchen cupboards & under the sinks, Uffda! Sounds like a lot of work doesn’t it?? That’s because it is!!


Next on my to-do list…Furniture arrangement, I want to showcase my home. To do that I’ll remove extra furniture, knowing that my goal is to show the space of my home, I’ll keep the furniture minimal and arrange it so it flows nicely. Again, less is more. If you need help, look at home style magazines or watch HGTV. Or, ask that one friend whose house always looks great!!


Odors... Does your home have an odor? If so, get rid of it. Nothing worse than a buyer walking into a smelly home or one full of dog/cat hair. Do what you can to make it fresh. With all of the cleaning you should have done, your house should smell clean too. It’s always a good idea to open windows and let the fresh air in.


The exterior of my home will be of great importance. Potential buyers will drive-by before deciding they want to look at the inside. Make sure the curb appeal is clean and inviting. Clean up the yard of any debris, keep the grass cut, plant flowers, paint or replace your front door, replace any broken siding or sand and repaint any peeling or chipping paint.




1. Make a list of all the things that need to be done and tackle one things at a time.


2. Purge! Purge! Purge!


3. Paint if it needs a fresh look (always neutral colors)


4. Replace dated light fixtures


5. Make your hardwood floors shine


6. Make your bathroom look like a spa


7. Make your kitchen look great. Counters should be free of clutter, cupboards cleaned. (your kitchen is a huge selling point, make it count)


Posted in Selling Your Home
March 19, 2019

Why Sell Your Home in 2019?


Why Sell Your Home in 2019?


#whysellyourhousein2019There may be good reasons to sell your home in 2019..We can’t exactly say what 2019 will mean for the real estate market but, there are a few good indicator’s that may make 2019 the year for the “For Sale Sign”.

First off, as we are heading into the Spring thaw..there are fewer homes on the market. When inventory is low it increases your chance of a home sale. Less homes on the market mean more exposure for the homes that are. Yeah for you!! Right?

Second, thanks to our evolving economy, interest rates are on the rise. However, they are still relatively low..That’s a plus for you as well.

What’s more? God bless those beautiful Millennials. This spunky bunch are on the rise to be first time home buyers. Woot! Woot! That’s good news for you too!

Lastly, what about “home equity”? Are you one of those lucky souls that bought when interests rates were under 4%? Many of us did!! If so, then you’ve been building some of the good stuff. 2019 may be a great time to cash that out.

If you’re considering 2019 to be your year. Don’t hesitate about the timing. The early spring market is the best market!!










Posted in Real Estate News
March 6, 2019

The Power of Five

Would you rather have $1,000 or $5,000, a one-egg omelet (do they even make such a thing?) or a five-egg omelet, a one-day vacation or a five-day vacation? You get the idea.

Now, when you are selling your home or looking to make a purchase would you rather have one realtor working for you or five realtors working for you.

We work as a team because it is impossible to be everywhere at once and if one of us are not around for any reason (family emergency, vacation, illness, etc.) you still have a team member who can meet your needs.

Real estate is a fast moving business. The best properties typically don’t last long, especially when they are priced below market and when you are buying to selling in this game you need a realtor that is responsive. Or, better yet, five responsive, top-producing, award-winning realtors.

We admire individuals but we are inspired by teams. When individuals come together, make sacrifices, and give up some of their self-interests for the sake of the team we are moved (think 1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid, NY). At the “Up North” Team we want you to experience a great real estate transaction through our team’s commitment to you.

Whether you are looking for a getaway cabin, a retirement home, or are relocating to the beautiful Northwoods we call home our goal is to assist you in your real estate dreams.

Posted in Community News