February 28th, 2017 by homehappily

Just because you are selling your Grand Rapids home yourself, doesn’t mean your marketing has to suffer!

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Craigslist

50,000,000 people a month, your home posted every week.

Facebook

Hundreds of millions of people visit a day!

Virtual Tours

Buyers love virtual tours! You will get a virtual tour to share with prospective buyers via the web, email and social media.

YouTube Video!

The 3rd most visited website on the internet and your home will have a video to show people that like videos.

ActiveRain

The largest real estate blog platform in the United States. 2,000,000 people visit ActiveRain month looking for real estate and real estate information!

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Get up to 5 different eFlyers to send out to people at different times of your sale to keep up the interest and keep buyers coming!

Single Property Website

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Twitter

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Open House Tools!

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RealTown

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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…


 

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616-570-8864
Licensed In: MICHIGAN
License #: 6501400118
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November 26th, 2016 by homehappily

I took some buyers to see a house recently. It was my first showing. New to the real estate business, I shadowed another realtor. We arrived early and took a look at the house before the buyers arrived.

We opened the front door and walked in to what looked to me like either a natural history museum or a serial killer’s trophy room. It was filled with 30+ dead animal heads hanging on the walls, a pair of stuffed coyotes and a zebra rug. Maybe this kind of entrance would impress you. But for me, it was a turn off. It just wasn’t my thing. Especially being an animal lover, animal rights supporter and vegan, it really was not my thing.

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When it comes to staging your home for buyers, be sure to remove items that speak strongly to your personality.

Say, for instance, you’re a college football fan. Your team is Michigan, but you walk into a room filled with Ohio State paraphernalia. Or maybe you are creeped out by clowns and “Chuckie” movies, but during your house hunt, your realtor walks you into a room filled with clown dolls, marionettes and mannequins  — staring, smiling…waiting.

You get the idea. Theses types of environments might trigger such an emotional response you cringe and want to turn around and walk out, never to return and certainly not to buy that home.

So, rule No. 1 I’ve learned so far about home selling: When it comes to staging your home for buyers, be sure to remove items that speak strongly to your personality or lifestyle.You’ve got to depersonalize. Your space for sale should be more neutral, appealing to a wide variety of buyers, allowing a buyer to be able to envision their own style in their potential new home.

If you’re listing your home for sale, there are three simple things you can do to depersonalize and make it more appealing to potential buyers.

The following three items are described in detail in the article “What is depersonalization? Stage your home to appeal to buyers” , published on “Blue Matter,” Coldwell Banker’s blog.

  1. Neutralize – By removing personal items such as pictures and framed degrees along with utilizing neutral colors, it is much easier for home buyers to see how their own furniture and personal style would mesh with the house they are viewing. Placing neutral-colored throw pillows on your couch and having complementary wall colors and window treatments, you create an inviting space for people of all tastes.
  2. Clean – Have your home thoroughly cleaned before showing it. A clean home is much more inviting and appealing to potential buyers than a home with dust, clutter, and dirt. Be sure to tidy up every morning or evening. For example, unwashed dishes in the sink, an unmade bed, and dirty laundry overflowing in a laundry basket are unappealing.
  3. Extra Touches
    • Make sure the trashcans are empty and the toilet lids are down. Remember to stow away grooming items such as makeup, toothbrushes and shaving kits.
    • Turn on some lights. In rooms without windows or rooms with heavy drapes, turn on lamps and recessed lights. An adequately lit home is warm and comforting to buyers.
    • Place flower arrangements in communal spaces such as kitchens, living rooms, and dining rooms. Fresh flowers bring a cozy, earthy feel into a home without being too personal.
    • Consider using mild air fresheners throughout your home, especially near trashcans, pet areas, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. Avoid overpowering fragrances, though, as they may distract buyers.

By depersonalizing your home and appealing to a broad range of buyers, you increase the likelihood of receiving a viable offer and decrease the likelihood that your home will sit on the market for an extended period.

 

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Realtor
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616-570-8864
Licensed In: MICHIGAN
License #: 6501400118
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