[Sold] 148 E Grand, Casnovia MI – RD Eligible

This nice 1900 square foot home on a double lot on a quaint street in the village of Casnovia offers a rare opportunity in this market. The owner has painted the broad strokes and leaves some sweat equity for the next homeowner; move-in ready, yet a blank slate. New appliances. Close to Rogue River State Game area, just south of Grant. Schedule a showing today!
Agent Only Remarks: Home is vacant and easy to show. Casnovia offers the rare combination of city sewer with well water.

[Sold] Just listed, $120,000 Riverside Gardens with Park View

Riverside Gardens. This nicely renovated 4 bedroom home is uniquely located 450 feet from the boat launch at the south point of Riverside Park. Catch beautiful park views from across the street on the front porch. Enter the home adjacent to the 2-stall garage, past the newer half bath, into a beautiful kitchen with oak cabinets and modern finishes. The eating area flows nicely into the family room, front entry area and lounging porch. Upstairs has three bedrooms and a recently updated full bath. In the basement you’ll find the laundry area, dry storage and a bedroom with two egress windows. In case of emergency escape to safety *and* grab the family photos. What is lost in a small yard is gained in 180 acres of disc golf, kayaking, bird watching, and the White Pine Trail. Click photo for listing view.


Sold – Riverside Gardens Bungalow

Congrats to buyers Ike and Deb for picking up quickly on this beautiful Riverside Gardens home!

“Riverside Gardens Bungalow, Hurry to tour!! This fantastic 3 bedroom, 1 bath home sits on a quiet tree-lined cul-de-sac street a block away from Riverside Park. New Roof, Windows, Refinished Hardwood Flooring…etc. The home gives you a Pottery Barn feel when you step into the living room, featuring a large picture window, stepped ceilings and hardwood floors. Bright & Cheery Kitchen, Great Finished Loft Bedroom & Entertaining Lower Level. Tour Today!!”


Photo courtesy of SWMRIC and The Anders Team.

The 10 Least Expensive Homes Sold in 2015 in Kent County



In response to Mlive’s Ten Most Expensive Homes in 2015 Sold in Kent County, which was called “Disgusting Wealth Porn” among other things in the comments section, we’ve come to the table with a list of the Ten Least Expensive Homes Sold in Kent County last year. Consider this the fair and balanced sequel for the rest of us.

(1) $7,000 – 1510 Houseman Avenue NE
This 3 Bedroom 1504 square foot home features a rare layout that actually sits inside a 1 Bedroom 545 square foot home. Unsurprisingly sold in less than 1 day on the market.


Full Article Here

The “What’s My Home Worth” Troll

“What’s My Home Worth?” A marketing hook equally brilliant and meaningless. A report automatically generated with the click of a button gives you a round number based on municipal records and sometimes other general data. What it accomplishes effectively is adding your name to a list of contacts that is sent to those who offer to pay for it.

Magic Home Evaluation Button

Magic Home Evaluation Button

Why not make the most important decision in the home selling process for yourself: Which local listing agent will you choose to hire? 

“Free Market Evaluations” do exist. These are a basic, stage-one component of what your agent of choice will do for you, usually with 12-24 hours. Insight varies depending on the agent. 

Thinking of selling? Good timing! I’d like to offer you a free, personalized market report on your home. Then we can meet to discuss its implications, have a Q&A, and talk proactive strategy. 

Here are links to my most recent listings and their results:

407 College SE
Listed $249,900, Sold Full Price, Discount for Inspections issues, $248,700, 3 Offers
Facilitated cleaning and refinishing hardwood floors.

110 East Elm
List $114,900, Sold $120,000, 3 Offers

1435 Colorado
List $127,000, Sold $129,900
Facilitated cleaning, painting, and refinishing hardwood floors

130 Ann Street
List $110,000, Sold $111,650, 2 Offers

321 Diamond NE
List $147,000, Sold $155,000, 5 Offers

505 Cherry SE #203
We purchased for $109,900 in 2014
Sold for $127,000 in 2015.

Services I Offer:
Analysis, Repairs & Renovation through my company, Advice on Staging, Advice on your next step

Referrals I Offer:
Staging, Major Repairs, Appraisals, Lenders

Grand Rapids MI: Almost the Best Place to Own a Home

According to this survey published on, the Grand Rapids area is the second-best place in the US to own a home. A local poll shows that residents are pretty happy with second place, but we’re still coming for you Denver.

Here are the stats.

best place

[Sold: $111,650] Just Listed – Classic 50’s Style Ranch, nicely maintained, only $110,000.

Link here to Full Listing and Photos

Cedar Springs, MI. This is a classic 50’s style ranch that has been nicely maintained in every aspect. Kitchen has been updated, new paint throughout, nice floors. The spacious back yard is bordered by nice flowerbeds and landscaping. New roof. Set up a private showing today!


Congratulations Rob and Leslie!

Congrats to Rob of Odyssey Woodworking LLC and Leslie on the closing of their exciting new home! Coming from Baltimore, they were impressed by the selection and value that West Michigan has to offer. They ended up settling on this great find, nestled in a nook of Alto, MI, with 4-1/2 acres and access to the Thornapple River. Here’s to many years of peaceful living!



[Sold $128,000] 901 Northwood / Creston Cheshire: Just Listed – $128,000

Come explore this sprawling, all-brick mid-century ranch in the desirable Creston-Cheshire neighborhood! The main floor is a charming modern residence with lots of natural light and plenty of space. Sit and enjoy the window-lined sitting room, or couch it in the traditional 50’s ranch-style living room with huge glass picture window. Eat out back on the deck, in the kitchen, or the formal dining room. Finished knotty pine retro basement features two large rooms and a wet bar for entertaining. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find a workshop with shower stall and bathroom adjacent to a laundry room. Great location close to the Grand River, several parks, bike trails extending across the state, two expressways, downtown Grand Rapids, and public transportation.


Pete was amazing from the get go by providing us with the necessary information we needed to make the right decisions in both selling and buying. He was incredibly friendly, timely, always available and had good connections to other realtors which allowed for smoother and quicker transactions. He’s also makes for a great photographer should you be selling your home. I highly recommend him whether you are selling, buying or both!
Lesly Thiel

National Home Prices Back to 2003 Levels

According to this article from CNN Money, the housing market has recovered to the point of around 2003, which is actually not too bad considering 2006 is widely-accepted as the peak of the real estate market. We wont be seeing 5-7% annual increases any time soon like we were predicting back then, but many economists are predicting a small 1-2% increase from this year to next.

Full article here.