2028 Godwin – Garfield Park


2028 Godwin – Garfield Park

Here’s a nice success story. Pete assisted our buyer Shanee in purchasing this home in 2016. We’d been outbid maybe 10-15 times on other homes due to our FHA financing, the search was starting to feel a little demanding on time and resources. This home had some issues with peeling paint and overall appeal, but it had the potential to be a great home. Because of that, they hadn’t received any initial offers and we were able to receive offer acceptance, with the understanding that we as buyers would handle any FHA concerns that came up. Pete called Tig Painting and helped coordinate the soffits being painted and the home passed the FHA appraisal inspection. Due to unforseen circumstances two years later, the home had to be sold. We worked together through a list of light improvements to prep the home for sale, and we are able to sell within 2 years and minimal updates for a gain of $25,000.

1345 Sherman – Eastown


1345 Sherman – Eastown

This is a great example of how Life Cycle Property Management and Grand River Realty work well together as sister companies.

Pete found this home, in foreclosure at the time, for the Dayley family in 2012. They were new to the area and first time buyers. We won the REO bid at a price of $54,729. A few years later the family relocated to Washington state for a job. Life Cycle managed the property for about 5 years, keeping great tenants and making improvements to the home that increased its appeal each year. In 2019, Grand River Realty & Pete were hired to sell the property. Pete put together a list of several improvements and upgrades to be made as well as a professional staging contact, and Life Cycle implemented the upgrades. The home sold in 2019 for $200,000.


Grand Rapids on All the Lists! (Updated 8/2019)


Realtor.com: Hottest Zip Codes in US – #1 is 49505

Reuters: Grand Rapids MI Recognized as “Superstar” City

Wallethub: Grand Rapids among Best Cities to Buy a Home in 2019

Realtor.com: #1 Safest, Affordable Metro

Business Insider: The top 10 cities to buy a house in 2019, where jobs are plentiful, construction is booming, and young people are moving in

Realtor.com: The 10 Surprising Housing Markets Poised to Rule in 2019

Trulia: So Long Silicon Valley, Hello Heartland: Top 10 Markets in 2019

MLive: Millennials put down roots

Lending Tree: #3 for first time buyers

Forbes: Americas Fastest Growing Cities

Forbes: Where to Invest in Housing in 2018

Realtor.com Market Hotness Index

Realtor.com: The New Boomtowns

Rentcafe: August Rents Rose at Fastest Pace in 18 Months

USA Today: Top 10 US Housing Markets

US News: #12 Best Places to Live in USA

Wallethub: Fastest Growing Cities in America

Wall Street Journal: #2 Best Place to live in USA

Global Trade Magazine: Top 10 Emerging Cities

Forbes: Best City for Raising a Family

Wallethub: Best Cities to Flip Houses

Rightplace.org: Why West Michigan?


4BR 2BA Walkable City of Rockford Ranch with Major Upgrades


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370 Elizabeth St, Rockford, MI.

Enjoy this spacious Rockford Ranch with many major improvements, where everything downtown is a walk away! Features include a large master bedroom with dual closets, a slider to covered deck, vintage sunken tub, cool fireplace. Home has a new roof, new siding, new carpet, furnace and water heater. Home sits highest on the block, no drainage issues, street paved and new storm drains in 2013. Located off of the White Pine Trail with bike access from Grand Rapids to Cadillac. Sneak a peak of existing hardwood floors in the hall closet.

Caledonia Village – 125 S Maple, $170k


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125 South Maple Street, Village of Caledonia, MI

This freshly renovated two story home is right in the village of Caledonia. The large rooms are loaded with natural woodwork including freshly refinished hardwood floors throughout the home. The open kitchen is clean and functional yet ready for your finishing touches. Main floor has a large pantry and laundry room just off the kitchen, and a large deck off the back in great shape. Roof, A/C and Furnace all installed 3 years ago, large yard and many other nice attributes. This great old house might just be the perfect place for you. Schedule a private showing today!


Pete Bruinsma – Celebrating 15 Years as a Michigan Realtor


15 years ago today, my first Realtor license arrived to the Westdale company. Facebook had launched the day previous. The front desk was asking me if I knew about these things called “blogs?” and Canadian underground darlings Arcade Fire were about to release their dangerous debut album, Funeral.

Its been a wonderful trip, through ups and downs in the economy and housing market, every day I’ve thoroughly enjoyed selling houses to and for an amazing group of people that have given new meaning to my life. I’m lucky and thankful to have been considered worthy to hire as an independent contractor for so long, and I owe my thanks to each of you. Whether im selling $15,000 homes or $500,000 homes, I’m enthusiastic to work with great people of all types, shapes, sizes, personalities and finances. Its so fulfilling to see people succeed after years of time invested. If you have time for me, I will always make time for you, its what I love to do.

Thank you to my own Canadian darling Liz for being such a supportive partner in every way. My thanks also to everyone in the industry who have been considerate enough not to nail me to a wall when I’ve messed up, and those to whom I’ve asked a dumb question and received a genuine response. Here’s to the collaborators.

319 Paris | Heritage Hill


Now Offered at $230,000:

Heritage Hill, Grand Rapids Michigan. This is perhaps the last opportunity to buy low into one of the nicest streets in the Hill. The home has a good roof, newer exterior paint and a recently installed furnace. This would be best purchased with room in mind for investment into interior renovations and upgrades. One of the only attached garages around. Sellers have lived here since 1959.














Home Alone

In these market conditions finding a home is easy.
Getting that home ahead of everyone else requires a professional.

[Just Listed] 619 Hawthorne NE – Midtown


Welcome to this large, historic Midtown home in the Woods neighborhood. Luxurious old wood makes up the floors and trim, with tall ceilings and abundant living space. With Martha’s Vineyard a block away, just a skip to Michigan street restaurants and nightlife, and a short walk to the hospital and downtown Grand Rapids, this could not be much better located. Enjoy the fenced back yard, attached garage, and main floor laundry.

Update: Offers due 5/12