Happy New Year from Karen & Robbie

New Years Eve at Crystal Springs

New Years Eve at Crystal Springs

 

We are very grateful for our business and all of our clients that we have worked with in 2015, and look forward to helping anyone wanting to buy or sell in the coming year. All signs are pointing to a fabulous real estate market in 2016. Cheers.

Listing your home during the holidays

If you’re ready to make a move you may be hearing, “Wait until the spring market”. What really happens to potential buyers for your home over Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and even DEER HUNTING SEASON?!? When exactly is the spring market?

Festive outdoor lighting

Grand Rapids has been a global corporate relocation area for quite some time with people coming and going from the other side of the state, other states, and from across either ocean. Ask any human resource manager if they’re furloughed in November, December, and January and you will hear a resounding “NO” and an occasional “I WISH”. People still retire, change careers, and accept transfers during the holiday season. Home inventory is low, so there are less homes to choose from and these homes are full of warm and cozy feelings allowing potential buyers to get a real idea of what life could be like for them in any given home. As a seller you have less casual lookers and more serious buyers who mean business and your home is already looking fantastic with greenery, decorated mantles, tinsel on the Christmas tree, and 2,500 LED lights hanging from the trees and soffits welcoming them in the door.

 

Christmas lights

Let’s talk about the spring market….. 1,613 homes were sold and closed in Kent County during the months of January, February, and March in 2015? This means they were shown and under contract during or shortly after the holiday season. If  you recall, the last two winters weren’t exactly dry and balmy. Compare moving in winter with its crisp dry air and clean fresh snow vs. fall and spring with rain and mud, or summer when it’s so hot you could fry an egg on your washing machine as the movers bring it into your house. Moving is moving. You can use the winter months to unpack boxes and arrange your furniture so that when spring and summer come around you can hang out at the beach while your neighbors vie for the attention of buyers with 2 or 3 times as many homes competing for their attention.

Now then, are you ready for us to pop over with that “for sale” sign?!? Cheers!!! Continue reading

2 Real Estate Agents and a City at Robinette’s

Fall …gorgeous color, crisp falling leaves, pumpkins, cider and warm donuts. What better place to spend part of an afternoon than at Robinette’s, one of the 19 Kent Harvest Trails locations throughout the Grand Rapids area. Robinette’s is open year round but Fall is special with hayrides, a corn maze, Jumping Pillow, and apple picking. 

RobinettesWe parked our cars and the heavenly aroma of baking donuts immediately lured us into the bakery (no surprise there) where we had fresh baked pumpkin spice and chocolate covered donuts. A variety of pastries, pies, fresh cider and full homemade lunches are served daily by their friendly and efficient personnel.  

Robinette's

over 10 varieties of apples


In the adjoining cider mill there are over 10 variety’s of apples, packaged soups, candy, truffles and pre-packaged mixes of all kinds.

Next door in the Barn are more treats and gifts, even clothing and purses to purchase! The Barn also offers a nice loft area for wedding or baby showers, business meetings, etc., with space for as many as 60 people. Appropriately enough, we ended up in the winery with Robinette’s tasting room staff, and our new friends…. Kare, Jonah, and Karen.  Kare, who has 25 years experience, delighted in educating us on the grapes and wines. Cheers!

  

Michigan wines

Michigan wines

Karen, Kare and Robbie wine tasting

Karen, Kare and Robbie wine tasting

Karen and Robbie’s Select Charity for SEPTEMBER

We are proud to support QUOTA International of Grand Rapids as they  raise money to change people’s lives by providing them with low cost hearing aids. Did you know that approximately 22,381 people in Kent County are deaf or hard of hearing, another 9,506 in Ottawa County and 9,012 in Muskegon County. The statistics identify 19.5% are below the poverty line and 12.9% receive SSI.  Often they are isolated and depressed due to their disability. Check this wonderful organization out at QUOTA Grand Rapids

Karen and Robbie check out Eastown

This week these 2 Realtors are on a quest to see what Eastown is all about. The area is roughly located on the SE side of town with Fuller bordering on the west, Lake Dr./Robinson Rd on the north, east to Plymouth, and south to Franklin. There is a wide range of housing prices from entry level $100,000 upwards to $300,000. EastownGR describes itself as “Grand Rapids hippest neighborhood, where the area’s character is reflected in an eclectic mix of specialty shops and galleries, restaurants and coffee houses …” PERFECT!!!

Eastown Antiques on Lake Drive and Wealthy

Stop #1 on our tour was a charming little shop called Eastown Antiques,  proprietor Mike Dykhouse. We found a treasure trove of signs, wall hangings, kitchen items, knick-knacks, furniture, lamps, and so much more. If looking for different memorabilia or are interested in selling some, you must stop here! PS There is a fabulous garden fountain near the front door, hurry and see this one before I go back snatch it up. 🙂 🙂 Check out their Facebook Page    

 

 

 

Stop #2 was lunch at Harmony Brewing Company One of my local favorites.  Always fabulous service and atmosphere, and with the great weather we were able to eat outdoors. Lena was our friendly waitress, who has the sweetest voice and would like to go into voice acting, who quickly took our order which absolutely had to start with lavender cosmo’s YES!!! I had the Eastown Folk Funk pizza, a 12″ creation made with spinach, kalamata olives and goat cheese and Robbie had Mother Nature’s Winter Son a vegetarian sandwich cranberries, caramelized onions, spinach, goat cheese, homemade pesto and poppyseed dressing served with kettle chips. I think Robbie just joined me as a fan. Thanks Lena!

Checking out Eastown

Robbie and Karen at Harmony Brewing Company

Lena at Harmony Brewing

Eastown Folk Funk pizza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Design 154 / EastownStop #3  Gallery 154 We chatted with owners Kate and Christine Lichtenstein who delighted us with their 2 story shop filled with local artist’s paintings, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, purses and scarfs, or as they put it on their Facebook Page “unpredictable gifts”. Some of their pieces are by husband/father Ron, who displays his wonderful fountains and a truly elegant birdhouse. This is such a captivating place to look for gifts when the ordinary ones for your favorite people just won’t do. Thanks Kate and Christine! Visit their Facebook Page

 

Gallery 154 in #Eastown #uniquesgifts

Gallery 154 in #Eastown #uniquesgifts

We don’t just show homes, we showcase your neighborhood. If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Eastown, call Karen and Robbie for excellent service with smiles. And, until next time … CHEERS from 2 Real Estate Agents and a City !! 

Karen and Robbie’s picks for July 4TH weekend!!

Weekend in the City

It’s the holiday weekend! Great weather is forecast and fireworks are everywhere. Please be considerate of your neighbors who have served our country and may be dealing with PTSD.

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Here is what we have so far: Wednesday, July 1 Get an early start at the celebration in Ionia at the Ionia Fairgrounds 317 Dexter St.

Friday, July 3  on the riverfront in Allegan and at our favorite, Firerock Grill at Stonewater Golf Course. Enjoy special appetizers and great food.

Saturday, July 4  Ada/Cascade Fireworks, 7590 E. Fulton St. (near corner of E. Fulton/Ada Drive) Allendale Fourth of July, Allendale Township Park, 6676 Lake Michigan Dr. Here’s a fun one for race fans Berlin Raceway  2060 Berlin Fair Dr., Marne, dusk after the race. Caledonia Independence Day Celebration, CalPlex, 5401 100th St., Caledonia. East Grand Rapids John Collins Park over Reeds Lake, 650 Lakeside Dr. SE, 10:15 p.m. Grandville 4th of July Celebration, Grandville Middle School, 3535 Wilson Ave. SW. and here’s the BIG one Grand Rapids Amway Family Fireworks, Ah-Nab-Awen Park, 303 Pearl St. Kentwood 4th of July, Kentwood City Center, 4900 Breton Rd. SE. Gun Lake Fireworks, over Gun Lake, 2104 S. Briggs Road, Shelbyville, 10:20 p.m.

Heading to Lake Michigan? Grand Haven 4th of July, Waterfront Stadium, 1 N. Harbor Dr., Grand Haven. Always a fun one with the boats and dingy’s in the channel Holland State Park, Holland State Park over Lake Michigan, 2215 Ottawa Beach Rd. Muskegon Fourth of July, Heritage Landing, 1050 7th St. Saugatuck Fourth of July Celebration, over the Kalamazoo River, Saugatuck.

Have fun and be safe!!