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Signs of a Neighborhood on the Rise

A neighborhood on the rise offers things you definitely want: a great space at a good price, and the promise of improvement (and rising home equity). But how do you know when a neighborhood is getting ready to take off? There a few signs to look for that can steer you to the next hot zip code. (Remember, Brooklyn was once considered highly undesirable!)

Itís near another hot spot
Location, location, location! If you canít afford the prices in the currently desirable metro area, then look at the neighborhoods adjoining. Itís likely the amenities youíll find there will be creeping into the adjoining neighborhoods, and yours could be next.

You can get there from here
Excellent public transportation and freeway access generally mean young people moving in, which in turn leads to Ö

Independent business and trendy shops popping up
A young demographic in a neighborhood generally attracts bars and restaurants that are chasing millennial dollars. Look for store and restaurant trends that youíll find in the already hot neighborhoods ó farm-to-fork, wine bars, even vape bars. And of course an uptick in the number of hardware and home improvement stores is always a good sign.

Upscale chain stores are also encroaching
These businesses spend a lot of money tracking demographics and conducting market research before they begin to move into an area. Let them do some of the groundwork for you. Stores catering to a higher income clientele, such as Trader Joes, Whole Foods, and of course Starbucks are the ones to watch.

Homes are selling faster and faster in the area
If you notice a lot of houses undergoing renovations or new home construction, and more For Sale signs, itís time to ask your real estate agent the average time a home in that area spends on the market. As the number of days on the market declines, the housing market in the area will be heating up. If you can get in at the beginning of this trend, youíll probably get a great price on your new property.

Crime rates are declining
Rising crime is an obvious indication that a neighborhood is going south, so it makes sense that a declining crime rate is a sign of gentrification and growth. If you see an area where a city is starting to pour in money, itís a good bet it thinks the place is worth the attention. Improving school scores and a property tax thatís staying stable are also signs to look for.

Looking for a neighborhood on the rise is always taking a chance. Thereís no guarantee youíll be getting in on the next most desirable place to live in your area. But by looking at the signs listed above ó and having a great real estate agent who knows the area and can offer guidance ó you could be getting a great place for a much lower price.

Posted by Curt Carini on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 05:45

How GRAND RAPIDS Rates...

Grand Rapids was named one of the Top 10 Cities for Affordable Health Care, by Livability.com, a national website that ranks quality of life and travel amenities of America's small and mid-sized cities.

Grand Rapids was named the "Most Sustainable Midsize City in America" by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Civic Leadership Center and the Seimens Corp.
 
The Brookings Institution named Grand Rapids one of the 20 strongest-performing American metropolitan areas in MetroMonitor: Tracking Economic Recession and Recovery in Americaís 100 Largest Metropolitan Areas.
 
Forbes Mazagine forcasted Grand Rapids to be the most likely place to find jobs in the article The Best and Worst Cities for Jobs this Summer.
 
Fortune Magazine rated Grand Rapids as one of the "Top 10 Best Cities for Business."
 
Anderson Economic Group cited Grand Rapids as "Number one for best overall business climate."
 
Industry Week Magazine ranked Grand Rapids second on the "World Class Communities" list among cities of similar size.
 
Grand Rapids has also been cited as one of the "top five" metro areas for its number of entrepreneurs and for manufacturing growth.
 
The United Nations University has designated Grand Rapids as a Regional Center of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development.  Grand Rapids is the only city in the nation, and one of 30 worldwide, to receive this award.  (Michigan DEQ, March 2007)
 
Eight companies in Grand Rapids have been designated by the DEQ as Clean Corporate Citizens, the most of any city in the state. (Michigan DEQ, March 2007)
 
Grand Rapids has more LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings than any city in the United States other than Seattle. (Michigan DEQ, March 2007)
 
Greater Grand Rapids is the fastest growing region in the upper Midwest, outpacing all of our 11 peer communities in the areas of manufacturing, job creation, and wealth creation.

Posted by Curt Carini on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 05:52

Staging Your Home to Sell
In a manner of speaking, staging your home is putting its best foot forward: you're setting up each room to look inviting to prospective buyers of all types. Showcase your homeís best features, and minimizes any flaws.

Clean and clear
Ideally, youíd start with a completely empty home, painted in neutrals and perfectly clean. In reality, you get as close to this ideal as you can by boxing up personal items, clearing out closets and stacking everything neatly in your tidy and [now] organized garage and attic. Items that must stay out in the open need to go in bins or baskets to keep your home free of clutter. This includes toys and kitchen and bathroom items you need to use daily. And of course everything must be dusted and cleaned of fingerprints and footprints!

Start the staging
Your rooms should look inviting, but they still need to have the minimum furnishings possible so buyers can imagine their own belongings in there more easily. Play to the strengths of each room by accenting its best features. Create conversational groupings in common areas.

Light it up
Bright lighting make the room look warm and welcoming. Chase away dark corners by using both ambient lighting and accent lights.

Head outside
Your patio and yard should also be selling features. Clean up the furniture, make sure the cushions arenít sun-faded, and get the garden in shape. If you donít have a green thumb, large potted plants can dress up the exterior.

Make every space count
Dress up a Spartan guest room with a comfy chair and pretty lamp to create a cozy reading spot. The guest room should be obviously a guest room; the same goes for the office. Ambiguity in a roomís purpose can be confusing to home shoppers. Make it clear what each room is for. If you have an oddly shaped landing, or a little nook in the living room, donít ignore it: show its potential.

Keep up daily
This can be the hardest part! But while your home is on the market, you need to keep the garbage empty, the laundry folded, the pet toys out of sight, and the cap on your toothpaste.

Itís hard to show your home while youíre still living in it, but you need to think about what a new homeowner will be looking for: a fresh start and a place for their family and their belongings. You want your home to appeal to the most number of people possible. Keep these tips in mind to help your home sell quickly and for more money!
Posted by Curt Carini on Friday, April 10, 2015 at 14:15

Get Ready for Spring March 2015

The first day of spring arrives on March 20, and while some parts of the country may not be feeling it yet, you can still prep your home for the warmer weather and get ready to start working on your spring garden.

 

Spring cleaning:

This is usually what we think of first when we talk about getting ready for spring, so letís start there. As the temperature rises, it will be great to open the windows, wash the curtains or blinds, clean the carpets and dust off the ceiling fans. Giving your home a power wash or even a fresh coat of paint can brighten your siding ó and your spirits! Itís a good time to wash the windows too.

 

Sorting and organizing:

The change in weather can give you a dose of energy, so turn that into productivity and consider giving your storage areas a good sort out. Organize the pantry with baskets and containers; take a scrubbing brush to the fridge and freezer; junk the items in the junk drawer that havenít been used in the past year.

 

HVAC:

Your heating and air conditioning will need some attention. Change or clean filters, test the A/C before you really need it, and donít forget to clean the chimney.

 

Outdoor storage:

The tool shed can use a clean-up as well. Scrub the rust from tools with steel wool. Lubricate moving parts with oil. Sharpen your secateurs. Move your snow shovels and ice scrapers behind the mower, hoses, and gardening tools.

 

Yard and patio:

When you can do more outdoors, turn your attention to your yard and patio. Wash out your trash and recycling bins and get the gutters cleaned. Examine your outdoor furniture to see what needs to be replaced: will new cushions be enough, or do you need to replace the lounge chairs themselves? You can also check the driveway and patio for cracks that need to be repaired.

 

Garden:

Homeowners with green thumbs can turn the soil over in the garden to prepare for planting. If your perennials, tulips, and daffodils are sprouting, youíll know itís time to check the quality of your soil and add plant food and fertilizer. Plant your new perennials any time now ó but wait until youíve been frost-free for at least two weeks (and there are no more freezes predicted for your area) before putting in your annuals.

 

Start preparing now and when the warm weather comes youíll be ready to relax and enjoy it!

Posted by Curt Carini on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 06:32

Size matters when buying or selling...

Looking for Luxury? How to Upsize Your Next Home Without Upsizing Your Costs

Size matters when you are buying a new home. Whether you plan to expand your family, need more room for your stuff, or are concerned with resale value, you want to get the most space for your money. Also, if you want to add a feel of luxury to your home, one of the best ways to do it is to create open spaces rather than cramming all your furniture in rooms so tiny you can barely walk around without knocking something over.

Traditionally speaking, the larger a home is, the more it costs. If there are two newly built houses side by side in a subdivision, the bigger one is likely to cost more. However, there are some tricks to finding spacious houses that are affordable.

Choose Emerging Neighborhoods
Houses in this yearís trending neighborhood are at their peak prices. Clever buyers look for neighborhoods that are in the process of being gentrified, buying at the bottom rather than the top of the market, to get more house for their money.

Fix It Up
Houses in perfect condition, that show well, sell for a premium. If you want to get more house for your money, choose something that needs a bit of TLC. A house that has pink walls and orange shag carpet might appear just too ugly to consider when you first view it, but it might just need a few coats of paint and some new carpet to become a spacious dream home.

Do Some Finishing
Unfinished areas such as attics and basements can be finished to create additional living spaces. The basement could become a family room and the attic an extra bedroom or study. An unfinished space can become the extra bathroom you need to make morning more manageable.

Consider an Addition
Contractors can add rooms to a house. If you have a large lot, you can build an extra wing. With a one story ranch house, it may be possible to raise the roof and add a second story.

The more stuff you have, the smaller your home appears. Reduce clutter and invest in smaller condo size furniture to give even the smallest home the appearance of spaciousness.

Posted by Curt Carini on Monday, March 09, 2015 at 07:55

Why Hire A West Michigan Realtor...

Why Hire A West Michigan Realtor For Your Real Estate Needs?

For Buyers:

Absolutely, No Cost To You!!

Yes, Free. Not for an hour or day, but weeks. We've had clients with us for over a year to find that perfect, one of a kind home.

Any catches?

ONE, when you find that dream property please let us handle the transaction.

Finally, after 30 years in the business, I've had my success in negotiating great prices for my clients. We'll show you all homes you have an interest including any home on the MLS.

We even have automatic email services to let you know when applicable properties become available. You will be first to know!

For Sellers:

I know! You want to save the commission.

Rule #1 - You Can Save The Same Commission Twice!

Meaning a potential buyer knows when a property is being offered for sale by owner and expects to save the money that you that you would save by not paying a commission.

Rule #2 - You Pay All the Marketing Costs.

We spend thousands on advertising during the life of the listing.

Rule #3 - Real Estate Is Not Easy To Sell

I know, being in the business for over 30 years.

BTW: I do go to dentists, accounts, lawyers and other professionals. Trying to do something yourself is looking for trouble. Whatever, your line of work, you do it better than I could! I don't have your tools and your expertise.

Bottom Line:

We live in a DIY world. Access to the Internet is essential in providing tips and instructions on just about anything you need. That is where a Realtor's help comes in handy.

Chances are that you will only be involved in a handful of real estate deals in your lifetime. A pro, on the other hand, deals with them every single day.

The market is an ever-evolving entity that changes constantly. A professional REALTORģ knows what the current trends are and has access to the latest information that would be beneficial to you in a purchase or sale.

If you have ever bought a West Michigan home before, you are well aware of the piles of paperwork and tons of deadlines involved. A Realtor will know what paperwork needs your signature.

It is also our job to stay on top of inspection deadlines, financial deadlines, and any other issue that creeps up on you. This takes a huge part of your stress away.

We bring our negotiation skills to the table when it comes time to decide on a final sale price for your West Michigan home.

You may be an expert at haggling at the flea market, car dealership or a garage sale.

However, real estate is a totally different animal that requires a separate type of skill.

An experienced REALTORģ has worked with the representative on the other side of the table. This can help create a smoother transaction as well as a satisfactory deal for all parties involved.

Finally, unless you are a professional REALTORģ, you may not know what West Michigan property is really worth. REALTORSģ have access to the MLS as well as a personal history with properties and real estate taxes in the area. This information is hard to find for an inexperience person. You need his information to help you price your home in order to sell it in a timely matter and at the highest possible price.

This information can also help potential Buyers understand whether a property is overpriced or a real steal.

Buying a West Michigan home can be one of the biggest financial decision you will ever make.

Selling your home can be a long, sometimes stressful process. You are busy enough in your regular day-to-day living.

Hire a West Michigan real estate pro to handle all the paperwork, deadlines, marketing and negotiating.

Contact me (cell: 616-836-2600) when you are ready to make a real estate transaction.

Posted by Curt Carini on Thursday, February 05, 2015 at 06:47

A New Year, a New Look

A New Year, a New Look

January 2015

A new year, a new look. If youíre looking to upgrade your home dťcor for 2015, here are some of the hot trends to follow for a great home makeover!

1.      Color. Pantone's color of the year is marsala, a deep wine red. it pairs well with olive and rose, which will give your dťcor a warm, earthy feel. Marsala is not popular with everyone, however. If it's not for you, try a rich, bold blue that reminds you of the deep ocean, or pull olive off of the accent features and make it your focal color. Green and blue or green and marsala are both winning combinations. And pink goes with them all!

2.      Metallic. Continuing along those lines, gold is out and copper is in. Metallics aren't just for accent anymore either -- while a copper vase or light fixture is nice, how about a dining set in shiny metallic material? Or your bed frame? Or your kitchen backsplash and pulls?

3.      Neutral. Taupe is hot this year. It's so unassuming that it goes with whichever color palette you choose, but instead of a counterpoint, it strengthens your main color. Need more contrast? Soft greys are also a big hit.

4.      Light. Let it in! Ditch the blinds and shutters and bring out the sheers for a light and airy look that lets natural light show your home to its best advantage.

5.      Mixups. Don't bother to match the upholstery on the chairs in your dining room or the pillows on your sofa. A more casual look in your entertaining areas is the way to go, and this resurfacing of an almost "shabby chic" trend brings in the right note of casual elegance. Ethnic prints in a variety of styles are a great choice.

6.      Back to nature. Floral patterns are back. Accent pillows and accent walls take big prints, while nature themes infuse furniture styling and lighting fixtures, and fresh-cut flowers and growing plants are a beautiful addition to any room. Some innovators are bringing the outdoors inside, with moss walls in the bathroom as a counterpoint to their rooftop gardens.

7.      Room to remodel. Last year it was the kitchen; this year, the bathroom is the place that is getting a facelift. Freestanding tubs and dark, miniature tiles are in. Deep colors like marsala and olive are also hot, paired with grey which replaces all the white accents. This is a place to relax and soak away the stress of the day, not just to get clean.

Whatever style you choose, though, the most important thing is to make it your own. Choosing the materials, colors, and lighting that make you happy to come home are the best design elements you can have!

Posted by Curt Carini on Thursday, January 08, 2015 at 06:57

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 ó but actually itís 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 youíve decided itís 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 youíre 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 theyíll envision themselves living in your home.

3.      Decorate wisely. Usually when selling a home youíll 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 donít overdo it. Also, youíll 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 youíve got a different kind of buyer at this time of year, and youíll 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, youíll need to buy less as well!

As the population ages, the need for smaller, easier-to-maintain houses grows. A smaller home doesnít 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

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