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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 let’s 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 — and your spirits! It’s 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 haven’t 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 don’t 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, you’ll know it’s time to check the quality of your soil and add plant food and fertilizer. Plant your new perennials any time now — but wait until you’ve 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 you’ll 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 year’s 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 REALTOR® 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 REALTOR® 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 REALTOR®, you may not know what West Michigan property is really worth. REALTORS® 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 you’re looking to upgrade your home décor 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 décor 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 — 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)
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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

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