Category: Home Values

February 28th, 2017 by homehappily

Help! I listed my home with an agent, but the listing expired and now my home is off the market!

__ My Real Estate Agent didn’t help me maximize curb appeal

__ My Realtor did not know how to make my home look it’s best inside

__ My Realtor did not take great photographs

__ My Realtor’s online marketing did not attract enough people

__ Other. What else did your Realtor do or not do that you think may have impacted the failure of your home to sell?

The reason your Grand Rapids home did not sell is that the market thinks your home is overpriced.

As an expert in real estate marketing, I would like to offer you a free review of how the following items could increase the market’s perception of the value of your home:

  1. Curb appeal
  2. Staging (full or partially)
  3. Professional quality photographs (this can not be overstated!)
  4. Online Marketing to generate leads (more people interested in buying your homes = more demand)

Your FREE review will include specific suggestions to help your home stand out from all the other homes in the market and get you top dollar in this challenging market.

Request your free review now.

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616-570-8864
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Posted in For Sale By Owner, Home Values, Listings, Selling

February 22nd, 2017 by homehappily

Home Repair Services strengthens Kent county homeowners. They are located at 1100 South Division Avenue, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49507.

I recently went to one of the monthly lunch and learns offered by Home Repair Services. And, wow! If you’re a homeowner in Kent County, this is an organization you NEED to know about.

Home Repair Services is a non-profit organization focused on strengthening Kent County homeowners post purchase. It offers a repair team for vulnerable homeowners, as well as DIY services for all Kent County Homeowners.

For example, low income homeowners could get repair assistance to replace a furnace, a roof — or even a leaky faucet — for about 15 percent of the cost. Homeowners, and also renters, with mobility issues could get help adding a ramp for easier access to their home.

And no matter the income or ability, any Kent County homeowner can take advantage of the organization’s Home Maintenance Check UpRemodeling Together, or Financial Coaching programs.

Scroll down for more detailed information on each program and service offered.

Follow the links for:

Home Repair Assistance

DIY Self Help Registration


Speaking of remodeling… the following is a short, but cool video on three Kent County homeowners who remodeled their kitchens DIY style, with coaching and discounted materials with Home Repair Services. Any Kent County home owner qualifies, as long as they reside in the home!


Quick Summary of Offerings by Home Repair Services in Kent County

(Each heading is a link to its associated webpage)

Repair Team

Each working day, Home Repair Services sends professional service technicians into neighborhoods to handle minor or even the most urgent and critical repair problems facing qualifying lower-income homeowners. More info…

Money Matters Classes

These are free financial coaching classes to any Kent County resident who can attend. The next set of classes begin March 1, 2017. Class titles include: 21 Day Financial Challenge; Cash is King; Managing Credit; Insurance; Foreclosure. There are no income restrictions. Download the PDF schedule OR get more info…

Home Maintenance Check Up

This is amazing! I want to recommend all Kent County homeowners take advantage of this service! It’s a free program in which the HRS Self-Help team will work with you to help plan for regular maintenance and home repairs. This routine maintenance and long-term planning will help save time and money, as well as maintain the value of your home. More info…

During the check-up you will-

  • Learn about how your house works
  • Learn to estimate repair costs and where to buy materials
  • Plan for which things to do now and which to postpone
  • Learn how to make simple repairs yourself
  • Receive a free Home Maintenance Tips booklet

Help to Avoid Foreclosure & Financial Coaching

Last year, HRS handled about 20 pre-foreclosure cases per month. They helped 112 people avoid foreclosure. Financial coaches assist in getting in contact with the mortgage company and working out a payment plans. There are no income restrictions. Flyer. HRS Financial coaches also spotted 20 households with 2015 tax exemptions and were able to help these homeowners get a refund for up to three years in over payment. More info…

Access Ramps & Modifications

Qualifying lower-income residents throughout Kent County with mobility impairments can request home access modifications from Home Repair Services. These include wheelchair ramps, bathroom grab bars, handrails and bathtub modifications. The copay for services is based on a sliding fee scale and ranges between 10% and 20% of a typical job’s total cost. More info…

Fix it School

HRS offers DIY classes in plumbing, electrical, drywall, ceramic tile, flooring and cabinet installation. All classes take place at 10 a.m. every Saturday, are free and open to the public. Download the PDF schedule of upcoming classes. There are no eligibility requirements. Just walk in and have a seat! Participants who complete all six sessions of our “Rookie Renovators” series will receive a certificate of completion. More info…

Remodeling Together

Thinking about remodeling your kitchen? What about your bathroom? Remodeling Together offers resources you need to do it yourself successfully and at a lower cost. There are no income restrictions. The program includes free in-home design support, hands-on classes, lots of time with experienced remodeling coaches and a large selection of high quality kitchen cabinets, countertops and tile with passed on discounts. If you own or are buying your home and are willing to do some home remodeling work yourself, then Remodeling Together is a great option! (Scroll up to see video posted earlier in this blog post)  More info…


 

Get Your Free Home Value Now!
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Ultimate Guide to Home Selling
Homes Close to Where You Work
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Sylvia Dana
Realtor
Coldwell Banker AJS-Schmidt, 3744 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
616-570-8864
Licensed In: MICHIGAN
License #: 6501400118
Contact Me

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February 15th, 2017 by homehappily




I’m Sylvia Dana, a realtor with Coldwell Banker in Grand Rapids. Find me at www.shesellsgr.com

Mid-Monthly Real Estate Market Activity Reports for Grand Rapids and its Neighborhoods

 

> Click on the heading links to view PDF reports — viewable for 30 days from each link’s post date.

> If you want to keep the PDF longer, please download the report to your computer.

> Follow this post for monthly updates as the links will be updated on a mid-monthly basis.

> Looking for a report in regards to a specific Michigan neighborhood, zip code — or around a specific address? Ask Sylvia at www.shesellsgr.com


Grand Rapids, Michigan, Market Activity Report

Last updated: 2/15/2017

Grand Rapids, Michigan, median estimated home value $159K and median listing price is $151K as of Feb. 15, 2017.


Eastown, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Market Activity Report

Last updated: 2/15/2017

Eastown, Grand Rapids, Michigan median estimated home value $177K and median listing price is $203K as of Feb. 15, 2017.


Alger Heights, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Market Activity Report

Last updated: 2/15/2017

Alger Heights, Grand Rapids, Michigan median estimated home value $129K and median listing price is $130K as of Feb. 15, 2017.


East Grand Rapids, Michigan, Market Activity Report

Last updated: 2/15/2017

East Grand Rapids, Michigan median estimated home value $321K and median listing price is $499K as of Feb. 15, 2017.


Heritage Hill, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Market Activity Report

Last updated: 2/15/2017

Heritage Hill, Grand Rapids, Michigan, median estimated home value $216K and median listing price is $420K as of Feb. 15, 2017.

 


Looking for a report in regards to a specific Michigan neighborhood, zipcode — or around a specific address? Contact Sylvia at www.shesellsgr.com

 
Get Your Free Home Value Now!
 
Sylvia’s Website
Ultimate Guide to Home Selling
Homes Close to Where You Work
Free Home Values
Avoid Foreclosure
 
 
MY REVIEWS
 
 
 
Sylvia Dana
Realtor
Coldwell Banker AJS-Schmidt, 3744 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
616-570-8864
Licensed In: MICHIGAN
License #: 6501400118
Contact Me

You Can Also Visit Us At:        
 

Posted in Buying, Home Values, Homeowners, Selling