If you haven’t bought or sold a home in the past 10 years or so, you may be surprised how much real estate has changed. Of course the Internet has come to play a much larger role, as most buyers begin their search online. However, the vast majority of real estate transactions still involve real estate agent, and still require as much finesse and determination as ever.
When you hire a real estate agent, you will naturally choose someone you can have confidence in and trust to sell your home. Having been involved in real estate throughout West Michigan for a number of years, I can offer a few tips for the best ways to use your real estate agent to accomplish your goals and make your partnership as effective as possible:
If you’re like most people, you will only be in a situation to sell your home a few times within your lifetime. Make the most of your experience by working with an agent who has your best interests in mind. When you’re ready to sell your home, contact me at 616-871-9200.
When you’re working to sell your home or buy a new one, sometimes you need a reminder to take a moment to savor fall in West Michigan. This weekend, whether you have an hour or an afternoon to take some time out for fall, look no further than the Arts and Eats event that’s going on across southwest Michigan.
What is Arts and Eats? It’s definitely a unique event, sort of a fall farm and art scavenger hunt. Held right during prime color season, Arts and Eats is a chance to tour the rural back roads and visit artist studios, farms, eateries that serve locally grown foods, and central sites that feature local artists. The event has grown in its short history, and now ranges across several counties in Southwest Michigan – Barry, Kent, Allegan, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, and Van Buren.
Arts and Eats is just one of a number of self-guided tour
events celebrating fall in West Michigan, like the well-known Kent Harvest Trails. Opportunities
like this can be a great way to get to know the area (or re-acquaint yourself) whether
you’re looking to buy a home or sell your home.
Arts and Eats is this Saturday and Sunday, October 19-20, from 10-5 each day. Whether you stop by one venue or make an afternoon of it, we hope you enjoy the event! And do stop by one of our Bellabay Realty offices while you are out and about, or call me at 616-871-9200 if you find inspiration to sell your home or find a new one.
Photo: M. Gifford
If it’s time to sell your home, you probably have a lot going on in your life. All the same, selling a home is such a priority that most people want to increase their odds so they can move on with life! Bellabay Realty has been selling homes all over West Michigan – Muskegon, Caledonia, Middleville, Hopkins, Kalamazoo, Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, and more – for so many years that we could offer hundreds of ideas to sell your home. But if you’re pressed for time, there are generally some easy things you can do to give your home that extra boost.
The easiest thing you can do, in terms of time, is to price the home right from the get-go. Find a real estate agent you can trust, and then trust that agent to help you with your pricing strategy. However, that tip involves a lot of collaboration with your real estate agent, so we won’t count that one! Beyond pricing, some of the normal helpful advice for selling your home may not fall into the category of “easy” – removing all clutter, making key renovations, making the home move-in ready.
If you’re pressed for time and looking for easy things you can do to sell your home, here are some small tips:
Those three things are often the easiest ways to help sell your home. Realistically, depending on the home itself and your local market, you may need to do more to attract potential buyers, and you want to make sure your efforts are worthwhile.
Your real estate agent’s expert opinion can be invaluable in determining where your effort will be well spent to give your home a boost and get it sold. That’s why one of the most important things you can do to sell your home in this market is to be very selective when choosing a real estate agent. At Bellabay Realty, we know your concerns when it’s time to sell your home. Contact the Bellabay Realty at 616-871-9200 to schedule an appointment today.
It’s nearing the end of summer in Michigan, and the weather may be cooling, but the real estate market is still hot hot hot. If, like many homeowners, you have been trying to decide whether to sell your home or wait, now is still an excellent time to put your home on the market. In fact, one concern homeowners may have in a hot market like this is what to do if you sell your home before you are ready.
When you put your home on the market, it’s good to have a contingency plan in case your home does sell before you find your new place. If you do end up in a situation where your home sells right away, you have a few options, and you may need to work them all at the same time:
Flexibility is key! Even though putting your belongings in storage or moving one extra time may be a hassle, it’s important for your quality of life to make sure the next home you purchase is the right one.
Wherever you are in West Michigan – Muskegon, Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Caledonia, Middleville, Hopkins, Kalamazoo, anywhere – the experts at Bellabay Realty can help you ensure a smooth transition when the time comes to sell your home. Contact us today at 616-871-9200.
If you have ever considered a real estate career, you may already know what appeals to you about becoming a real estate agent. At Bellabay Real Estate, we have broad experience in real estate throughout the West Michigan area. We know that there are hundreds of reasons that people decide to become a real estate agent, but in the end we can whittle it down to five main reasons that appeal to most people.
Below are five great reasons to become a real estate agent:
Many who have experience in other careers are drawn to real estate when it’s time to reinvent themselves a second, or third, or subsequent time. With many other career options, you start at the very bottom and feel like you’re going back to zero. In real estate, though, people often find that knowledge and contacts from a previous career, as well as life experience, can often give you a leg up.
If any of this rings true for you, contact Bellabay Real Estate today at 616-871-9200 to learn more about how to become a real estate agent. You may find that a real estate career is the ideal fit for you.
At one time or another, a lot of people consider real estate careers. When researching what it takes to become a real estate agent, it’s important to also look at yourself and what personality traits you bring to the table that would make you well suited for real estate.
In our experience working with real estate agents all over West Michigan -- Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Grand Haven, Caledonia, Middleville, Hopkins, and Grand Rapids – we have been able to observe several traits that make happy and successful real estate agents. If you share these traits, then a real estate career might be a good fit for you!
Do you have traits that would make you a successful real estate agent? Whether you’re ready to start your real estate career or just testing the waters, contact Bellabay Realty at 616-871-9200 to learn more about what it takes to become a real estate agent.
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4. Saying Goodbye
Once you make the decision to sell your Michigan home, there are certain emotions, sometimes catching you off guard that comes along. You start thinking about the day you brought your first child home, or that ever memorable Christmas dinner food fight! While it is important not to dismiss those memories, it is important to start compartmentalizing them! In order for you to build more precious Pure Michigan memories in a newer perhaps nicer home or area, you will need to start detaching yourself. Yes you have built wonderful memories in this home, but keep in the forefront of your mind the reason you are selling and a vision of greater times and memories ahead by…
5. Have a Garage Sale
Spring is here and with that comes the warmer Michigan weather and… GARAGE SALES!!! While you are de-cluttering / packing away things in your current home, why not make some money! Here are some tips to organizing your garage sale and drawing some attention to your home!
While the moving process can be very tiring, there is a huge reward at the end when you have given 110% toward the sale of your Michigan home! If you are not having a good experience trying either to sell your home on your own or with your current real estate agency, please make the best decision for your family and contact a Bellabay Realty agent today! We promise that what you will encounter is nothing short of incredible!
~AGENT OF THE WEEK~
Owner of Bellabay Realty, Realtor
Melissa is a very successful Realtor as well as Business Owner. She is constantly looking out for the company and her employee's! She is one of the most sincere, loving and loyal people! Give her a call today! 616-813-5520
We hope you're enjoying, what we hope to be, is the last day of winter here in West Michigan!!!
This weekend is supposed to be absolutely gorgeous and we're expecting to be slammed here at Bellabay, as we always are, with awesome clients wanting to get out and find their dream home!
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The Spring Market is notorious for being the best time to buy or sell, so we are here with a few key insights, straight from Mike and Melissa themselves(The owners of Bellabay Realty), on what it takes to find or sell your home! Over the next few weeks we'll be posting helpful tips and tricks for easy home improvements, meant to put a target on your home making it memorable to buyers! Let's get started!
1. Curb appeal, Curb appeal, Curb appeal!
We've heard it said that "first impressions are lasting ones," that has never been more true of the first time or move up buyer that is pulling up to the front of your home! It's a gorgeous day and they are excited to find their "perfect" home, you're the first stop of many and they pull up only to discover, last Fall's dirty leaves in the landscaping or that sagging gutter from a harsh winter! You're not memorable! Exterior maintenance is sometimes grueling work, but it pays off! Take the time to spruce up the exterior by doing simple things like...
We hope the start to this Spring Real Estate Market / Cleaning List has been helpful! Look for the continuation to this blog in the next week...Toodles!
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