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Selling During the Holidays...

 

Selling During the Holidays
 

It may seem like a terrible idea to try to sell your home during the holiday season — but actually it’s not. While selling a home can be somewhat stressful and the holidays are super-busy for most people, there are also some major advantages to selling at this time of year: your home probably looks wonderfully inviting and cozy, with pretty decorations; lots of other people are waiting until after the holidays to put their homes on the market, thus reducing competition; and people shopping for a home during the holidays are usually very motivated and will close quickly at or near your asking price.

So now that you’ve decided it’s a great time to put your house on the market, here are a few tips to help you attract buyers and close quickly.

1.      Create a cozy atmosphere. Especially if you’re in a cold-weather area, you will benefit from making your house warm and inviting. There are fewer hours of daylight now so make sure the rooms are well lit, and light the fireplace for added coziness.

2.      Pay attention to all five senses. Play soft classical music; put out some delicious and delicious-smelling treats with holiday napkins; scatter soft and snuggly blankets that will make prospective buyers want to hang around. The longer they stay, the more they’ll envision themselves living in your home.

3.      Decorate wisely. Usually when selling a home you’ll strip it down to the bare essentials and pack up personal items to make it easier for prospective buyers to envision their own belongings in the home. At holiday time, that conventional wisdom can go out the window. Make sure your visual presentation is festive, but don’t overdo it. Also, you’ll need to keep things more neutral and decorate on a seasonal theme, rather than being holiday-specific. Think snow scenes and pine boughs rather than Santas and menorahs.

4.      Know your market. In general, people who are homeshopping during the holidays are very motivated to buy. Some people need to close before the end of the year for tax reasons; some are looking for a bargain; some are forced to move. Many people will be relocating in January to start new jobs, such as military families or college professors. Your real estate agent will help you target the right kind of buyers.

Putting your home on the market during the holidays can mean ignoring all the conventional ideas about preparing your home for sale. But you’ve got a different kind of buyer at this time of year, and you’ll want to make sure you target them with features that will make your home irresistible.

Rely on your experienced and knowledgeable real estate agent to guide you through the season and help keep the holiday stress-free. And just think: Selling your home quickly at a great price is a wonderful holiday gift!

Saving Money and Energy
Another lesson to be learned from the tiny house movement is how a smaller house necessarily saves you money by requiring less energy to maintain. Your electricity and heating bills will be lower. Your water usage may be lower too. And with less room for stuff and clutter, you’ll need to buy less as well!

As the population ages, the need for smaller, easier-to-maintain houses grows. A smaller home doesn’t have to mean giving up comfort. By saving yourself time and money, you may end up living a more comfortable, clutter-free life!

Posted by Curt Carini on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 06:31

Holland called 2nd most beautiful small town in...

Holland called 2nd most beautiful small town in America

Holland Tulip Time, May 8, 2013
Tulips in full bloom, a parade and sunshine draw big crowds to Holland's 2013 Tulip Time Festival Wednesday.( Mark Copier | MLive.com ) (Mark Copier)
Kyle Moroney | kmoroney@mlive.comBy Kyle Moroney | kmoroney@mlive.com
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HOLLAND, MI -- From a rainbow of tulips that pop up each spring to the shores of nearby Lake Michigan, Holland is among one of the country’s most beautiful small towns, according to a recent report.

Impulcity, which is based in Cincinnati, Ohio, listed Holland as No. 2 on its list of “19 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America.”

“Even long after the tulips are gone, though, there's plenty to love about a Michigan summer,” Impulcity’s Matt Teaford writes about Holland amid pictures of the town’s famous colorful tulips and the “Big Red” lighthouse on Lake Michigan. “A stroll down the beach, taking in the lake and Holland's historic lighthouse is sheer bliss, and they even have their own craft brewery. It's no wonder why Holland is also one of Michigan's most-visited tourists locations, too.”

Related: There's no place like home: See where Michigan cities rank on 'best of' lists

The story, published on Tuesday, Nov. 25, also included Breckenridge, Colorado; Asheville, N.C.; Chautauqua, N.Y.; Jefferson City, Missouri; Key West, Florida; and Sedona, Arizona. Beaufort, S.C., tops the America’s best small town list.

Impulcity’s writers, who regularly travel the country, came up with the list after looking at various awards that towns had received and compared them with their own personal experiences, Teaford said.

“We search for places and things that we want people to discover, and small towns definitely fall into that category,” he said in an email to MLive and The Grand Rapids Press. “Usually we look at the surrounding area, activities and overall appeal of towns before making our decision.”

Kyle Moroney covers suburban schools and general assignments for MLive/Grand Rapids Press. Email her at kmoroney@mlive.com or follow her on Twitter orFacebook

Posted by Kyle Moroney on Monday, December 01, 2014 at 10:30

Tips for selecting the best real estate agent...

Tips for selecting the best real estate agent in West Michigan:

 

In order to find the best real estate broker or agent in West Michigan who meets your needs and makes your buying or selling experience a positive one, I recommend that you:

 

1.   Don't just blindly walk into or call any real estate firm and ask for an agent at random.

2.   Ask friends and family for recommendations.

3.   Interview several real estate agents:
 

  • Find out their history with the brokerage, their experience and background.
  • Gauge their knowledge of your favorite towns.
  • Ask for a list of previous clients and their phone numbers.

4.   Pay attention to whether a potential real estate agent is listening closely to what you say.

 

  • Is he or she asking follow-up questions which prompt further explanation and help him or her understand exactly your needs and wants?

5.      Give a potential agent the opportunity to educate you.

 

  • A good agent should walk a customer through the buying or selling process before ever showing properties or discussing a specific transaction.

6.   Have a good idea of what you expect from a real estate agent and communicate those expectations.

 

  • How often do you want to hear from your real estate agent?
  • Do you want to hold meetings at your house rather than the real estate office?

7.   Weigh the benefits of working with an experienced agent versus a novice.

 

  • An experienced real estate agent may have more insight, but a new agent may have innovative ideas or more energy and time.

8.   Find an agent who complements your personality.

 

  • If you like to start your day at 7:00 a.m., don’t choose an agent who arrives to the office at 10:00 a.m.
  • If your preferred method of communication is e-mail, don’t choose a real estate agent whose most advanced technology is a fax machine.

9.   Evaluate the real estate agent’s firm and/or office.

 

  • Look for a real estate organization whose agents can empower you with real estate expertise and resources and provide first-rate customer service.

10.  Look for an agent who will be your partner.

 

  • Find someone you trust, who will give you the facts, help you make intelligent, well-informed decisions and work with you throughout the entire process.

11.  Do they have their own website?
 

  • Most credible realtors who do real estate as a career have invested the time and money to create a website displaying their credentials and experience for the public to see as well as be able to contact them easily.

If you are looking for a real estate broker or agent in West Michigan, I would like to personally invite you to stop by Carini & Associates, Realtors located at 587 East 8th Street, Holland, MI 49423-3764 and see what we have to offer!

Posted by Curt Carini on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 08:51

24 Things You Can Do In 10 Minutes or Less To...

24 Things You Can Do In 10 Minutes or Less To Make Your House More Saleable

Written by Jaymi Naciri on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 1:25 pm

When it's time to sell, little things make a difference. Thankfully, little fixes take little time. If you're getting ready to list your home for sale, or if you're already listed and are wondering why your house isn't selling, these easy, quick adjustments you can do in 10 minutes or less can help.

1. Dust - everything. Dust bunnies don't sell homes.

2. Change out your welcome mat. A fresh, new mat provides a warm welcome and can make the home feel updated.

3. Make your bed. Crumpled sheets are a no-no during a home tour or open house.

4. Clean off your counters - this goes for your kitchen and your bathrooms. "Take everything off the kitchen counters that you don't use every day.

Also, hide away dish soap and sponges (Buyers don't want to think about washing dishes," said Real Estate in Metro Boston. "They want to dream about entertaining in your gorgeous kitchen". Add one pretty decorative item to the kitchen counters and you're done.

 

5. De-clutter! The point is to emphasize how much space you have, not how much stuff you have.

6. Get over yourself. You might think your house is perfect just the way it is, but buyers might disagree. Taking the emotion out of the equation can help you to make the necessary fixes. "Detach yourself from your house. The process of staging takes the focus of your home away from you and puts it on the potential new owners of your home," said Houzz.

7. Wax your floors. A good product can hide a multitude of sins. So can throw rugs. Get some tips from Better Homes and Gardens.

8. Fold everything nicely in your linen closet. Making it look tidy will help buyers feel confident that there is enough storage.

9. Hang everything in your coat closet and set umbrellas, luggage, and other necessities neatly.

10. Do a light bulb check. A simple thing like a burned-out bulb could be a deal killer if a buyer jumps to the conclusion that other things in the house may have been overlooked. And buyers jump to conclusions. All. The. Time.

11. Take the risqué stuff out of your medicine cabinet or bathroom drawer. People will open them. And they will judge you.

12. Turn on the lights. All of them. If people are coming to tour your home, make it easy for them to see it. You don't want them having to traverse the living room to try and figure out how to turn on the overhead light. If it's not bright enough, switch your bulbs to the highest wattage allowed.

13. Anchor your rugs. One slip by a visitor and you might be facing a lawsuit.

14. Clean your toilets. People will use them.

15. While you're at it, put out fresh towels. If a potential buyer has to wipe her hands on a towel with a makeup stain on it, she's no longer a potential buyer.

16. Pick up the poop. What your dog does in the yard can dump a deal if it ends up on a buyer's shoe.

17. Put the toys away. A couple of large baskets are all you need to make a play room look tidy. If a few aren't enough to corral your kids' bounty, keep your little one's faves in the room and store the rest at a friend's house–or in the trunk of your car if you have to.

18. Relocate your clothes and shoes. You can make it easy by choosing off-season items and packing them away in boxes in the garage. "Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of," said HGTV. "Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what's left in there. Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy."

19. Get rid of the stink. I know, no one thinks their house is stinky. But if you have animals, or teenagers, or, well, men (sorry guys, but really), you might just. Fortunately, there are easy steps you can take to de-stink. First, remove the biggest offenders (cat box, boys' sneakers). Then, spray soft surfaces with Febreze. Now, spread plug-in fragrance in strategic areas. Finally, use this Lifehacker trick to disseminate a pleasant scent throughout the house.

20. Do a wall check. Are all your pictures straight? Crooked art on the walls seems like a small, insignificant thing. But anything negative that potential buyers can get fixated on is something you want to address. Especially when it will only take you a few minutes to fix.

21. Fluff your pillows. The idea is to create an inviting environment that buyers will walk into and want to spend time in.

22. De-personalize it. Make a sweep and gather up family photos, mementos, and anything else that could draw attention away from the space.

24. Focus on the front. "Try sprucing up your home's curb appeal," said Houzz. "Buyers make up their mind in the first 30 seconds as they approach the front door. Clean it up…trim foliage and take out dead plantings and mulch."

Posted by Jaymi Naciri on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 07:49

Best Fall Home Maintenance Jobs

As the weather cools down, our thoughts turn to visions of … leaf piles, broken gutters, and stopped-up chimneys. Or rather, how to deal with such household chores before the winter sets in. Here are 10 jobs that should top your priority list this fall.

1.      Change batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. It’s a great idea to do this on the day Daylight Savings Time ends. Check the expiration on your fire extinguisher and review your escape plan with your family as well.
 

2.      Inspect your fireplace. Have the chimney cleaned professionally, clear out any leftover ashes from last year from disposal chute if you have one, fix cracked glass doors.
 

3.      Get the garage into shape. Gather up summer items such as lawn chairs, umbrellas, garden tools, and beach toys, pack them securely and store them neatly. Move snow shovels, snow sports equipment, and other winter tools to the front of your storage areas so they are easily accessible.
 

4.      Ready the garden for winter. If you’re in colder climes, decide if you’ll be feeding the birds, and get your feeders cleaned and filled. Empty hoses and pack them away. If your winter weather is more temperate, you may want to prepare for winter planting of garlic, leeks, onions, lettuce, and potatoes.
 

5.      Clear the deck. Clean, repair, cover and store your patio furniture and barbecue to prevent weather damage.
 

6.      Get to the gutters. Clean and inspect them. Make sure your downspouts are clear and that you replace any broken extensions so that water is properly diverted away from your homes foundation.
 

7.      Prepare the furnace. Check that it’s working properly before you really need it — you don’t want to be waiting for the repair service when the temperature’s dropped into the single digits. Better yet, get a professional cleaning and inspection.
 

8.      Set up humidifiers. If you don’t have a central humidifier, pull out your portables and get ready to use them once you turn the heat on. Dry air not only harms your lungs and skin; it can also damage wood furniture, which can become brittle and crack.
 

9.      Consider an exterior paint job. Fall is a great time of year to freshen your home’s exterior paint, with lower temperatures and low humidity.
 

10. Install a programmable thermostat. It doesn’t have to be as fancy [or expensive] as the Nest. Preset temperatures for different times of day and save yourself some money on heating bills — plus ensure you’ve got a cozy home to return to.
 

Taking steps now while the weather is still pleasant will save you time and trouble over the winter months and ensure your home is cozy and comfy until spring!
Posted by Curt Carini on Thursday, October 09, 2014 at 06:44

263 Norwood Ave, Holland 49424 - Lake Macatawa

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263 Norwood Ave, Holland, MI 49424 - MLS# 14008921

LAKE MACATAWA WATERFRONT. Beautiful prime lot in Waukazoo Woods. 93 foot of lake frontage with steel seawall. Great area for a dock. Enjoy the spectacular views from the screened in porch. This cozy 2 bedroom cottage has 2 full baths. Newer kitchen with appliances, pantry & snack bar. Living room with stone fireplace, built in shelving & cabinets. Dining area w/bay window overlooking the lake. Knotty pine interior w/plenty of storage space. Attached 2 stall garage and extra storage shed.

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Posted by Curt Carini on Tuesday, April 01, 2014 at 07:49

HUD Home - 604 S. Ferry St., Grand Haven, MI 49417

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604 South Ferry Street, Grand Haven, MI 49417 - MLS 13067286

HUD Home - 3 bd., 1.5 ba., in Gr. Haven schools. Living room, dining room, kitchen & bedrooms w/wood floors. Main floor laundry. Walk out lower level. Fenced backyard. For Important Reminders Regarding Bidding & Lending on HUD Homes, BLB MLS addendum, & For Overbidding and Escrow Repair'', See REO Addn. in Attached Docs. Home built before 1978 - include LBP Addendum. Per FHA Appraisal: C4;Kitchen-not updated; Bathrooms-updated-timeframe unknown; Home has dishwasher and no garbage disposal. Disclosures: Evidence of defective paint, Property is NOT located in a FEMA Special Flood Hazard Area but is listed as a moderate to low flood risk. Please refer to www. FloodSmart. gov for additional information regarding flood zones and insurance. Repairs: Install balcony guardrail, Repair roof leak at laundry area.

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Posted by Curt Carini on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 17:54

HUD Home - 7160 Magnolia, Jenison, MI 49428

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7160 Magnolia, Jenison, MI 49428 - MLS 13067237

HUD Home - 3 bd., 1.5 ba., ranch w/2 stall attached garage. Walk out lower level w/family room, brick corner fireplace & office. Fenced backyard. Main floor laundry w/half bath. For Important Reminders Regarding Bidding & Lending on HUD Homes, BLB MLS addendum, & For Overbidding and Escrow Repair'', See REO Addn. in Attached Docs. Home built before 1978 - include LBP Addendum. Per FHA Appraisal: C4;update history unknown; No washer & dryer. Gravel driveway. No Shed. Has a mix of single and double pane windows. Disclosures: Evidence of defective paint, Property is NOT located in a FEMA Special Flood Hazard Area but is listed as a moderate to low flood risk. Please refer to www. FloodSmart. gov for additional information regarding flood zones and insurance, Evidence of termites observed, If not using FHA insured funding, termite inspection recommended. Repairs: REPLACE MISSING/DAMAGED/ROTTED EXTERIOR WOOD TRIM, REPAIR DAMAGED PLUMBING SYSTEM.

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Posted by Curt Carini on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 17:49

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