Our experience with Pete as our realtor was absolutely fantastic. He was kind, helpful, and informative throughout the entire process. He not only assisted with us finding a home to purchase but also sold our Condo for us! We won’t use another realtor after this. Highly recommend Pete & his team at Grand River Realty.
My husband and I loved our experience with Pete so much during our first home buying experience together that we knew we knew he was the man for the job when we decided to purchase a second home. He’s been in the business close to 20 years and he knows Grand Rapids like the back of his hand. The market is intense right now but he worked diligently to help us find our dream home. We recommend him to all of our friends and he’s helped many of them find their perfect homes too. He’s a hard worker and someone you can trust to guide you along the right path. You’ll be happy you chose him!
Pete just helped my husband & I sell our home & purchase a new one. Our 2nd time dealing with Pete was an amazing as the first. His years of working with the GR market gives him a huge advantage when helping with selling, buying or both! He is very responsive & easy to work with. When it comes to negotiating, he never steered us in the wrong direction & when it was all said & done, we were able to sell & buy at a great price. Thank you again to Pete for all your hard work!
Pete made buying our first home so easy. He was very responsive to my texts and emails and answered any questions we had about the process. He always made it possible to see houses at times that worked for us and promptly set up showings. Pete even took walk through videos on a few houses that he thought we would like. When asked, he gave honest opinions and advice about neighborhoods and houses we were looking at, which we really appreciated. Pete is very knowledgeable about the Grand Rapids market and did a great job helping us find our perfect home!
We moved from out of state and Pete made the entire process as easy going as possible. We were able to drive in to spend a few Fridays/Saturdays house hunting but when we couldn’t, Pete took walk through videos for us in great detail! He was extremely responsive to all texts and emails. Pete clearly is very experienced and helped us get our dream home in the area! He made the process enjoyable from beginning to end!
I happened to meet Pete while purchasing a chair from Craigslist. During our brief conversation it came up that he was a realtor and I had mentioned that I might be in the market in the near future. Pete keep in contact and a few years later he helped my wife and I purchase our first home! Pete helped us learn the home buying process and always returned emails, texts, and calls quickly. He was never pushy and did a great job giving his professional opinion on whatever we asked. When it was finally time to close, Pete’s knowledge of the market got our competitive offer accepted within our budget! Pete has continued to provide updates even after the papers have been signed and we wait for possession. Couldn’t be happier with the service Pete provided and would recommend him to anyone looking for a Realtor.
Working with Pete as our buying agent was the best experience you could ask for. He was very informed on every aspect of the process. He made finding a house from out of state as stress free and smooth as possible. He would answer texts and emails immediately. We couldn’t be happier and wouldn’t want to work with anyone else. 10/10 would buy/sell with again.
I can’t say enough good things about Pete. I went into the selling process with zero idea of what to expect and also at an emotionally charged time for me. He gave professional advice, walked me through the decisions to be made, responded to my questions quickly, and just generally made this experience as painless as it could be. I also ended up with a more substantial down payment for my new home in North Carolina! My advice: use Pete for buying or selling and listen to his years of experience in the Grand Rapids real estate market.
My husband and I had a wonderful experience with Pete. A very personable guy, and also very knowledgeable about housing in the Grand Rapids area. We were set to buy a for ‘sale by owner’, but decided to involve Pete. Our decision was well-rewarded…Pete spotted some things about the house that needed fixing that we wouldn’t have otherwise caught, and was able to negotiate a better price. We did look at a number of houses with him, and he was considerate of what we were after. That is, he showed us houses that he thought we would want, not houses he thought we should want. He didn’t try to pressure us, but gave us honest advice and help. I would recommend him to everyone. We have since purchased two rentals with him, and though the market is very active, he was able to find us solid properties at a good deal. He also helped recommend contractors to do necessary repairs, as well.
I have purchased 3 properties in Grand Rapids with Pete at Grand River Realty. He listens to exactly what we want in a property, and doesn’t waste any time showing us properties that don’t suit us. Communication is perfect, and all the paperwork is electronic. So great to have a realtor who knows Grand Rapids and the property market so well, and who is so honest and professional. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend and I wouldn’t dream of using another realtor.
One of the best Realtors in Grand Rapids
Pete is great to work with! Just completed a transaction with him and he was very professional, responsive throughout the whole process!
I had a very good experience with Pete in selling my son’s home in Zeeland. It was an unusual sale in that I acted as Power of Attorney on my son’s behalf in selling the home. Pete expertly guided me through what at first looked to be overwhelming. He gave good advise on how to prepare the house before listing and did an outstanding job of explaining and managing everything that selling a home entails. I would not look anywhere else for any future realty needs and would highly recommend Grand River Realty to anyone I know wanting to buy or sell a home.
Pete and his team are best in class for buyers and sellers. He worked with us for many years trying to the right location for The DAAC. We couldn’t ask for a more patient and understanding person to have helped us in this journey. His knowledge of the business for both commercial and residental buildings is outstanding. I am personally looking forward to working with him to list/sell my house and buy a new one in the Creston area!
Pete has been around for a long time and knows the area well. We are very busy people so we had to squeeze showings and even our closing into awkward times and he pulled through each time. Easily available and did a great job guiding us through our first home purchase.
Pete was incredibly helpful in assisting me with finding and purchasing my first home. He is a prepared professional, excellent communicator, and very knowledgeable about the home buying/selling process. He was very attentive and diligent in narrowing my search for the perfect home. He made the entire experience fun, educational, and easy! I could not be more happy and would highly recommend him for anyone in need of a realtor.
Pete was awesome and in touch with our buyers. We would recommend Pete to anyone looking for a real pro.
Pete is an amazing realtor! I Would highly recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell a home!
Pete helped my husband and I buy our first home, and is now selling our current home and helping us find a new one. He’s extremely knowledgeable and offers great advice. He’s very thorough through the process and has been very patient while we try to find our dream home. We truly feel we are in the best hands and have nothing but great things to say!
I had a wonderful experience working with Pete Bruinsma to find a home I loved in a difficult market. He accommodated my schedule for viewings; sometimes shifting his own. He shared his knowledge of the
Grand Rapids landscape to offer possibilities in otherwise unexplored neighborhoods. Identifying potential concerns in houses along the way was a huge help. And when my financing selection made a seller uneasy, he took the time to explain that the driver for my decision was how much money it would save me monthly on my mortgage. Pete is a personable guy and a pleasure to work with. I genuinely recommend him when buying or selling your home.
Pete was incredibly helpful in assisting me with finding and purchasing my first home. He is a prepared professional, excellent communicator, and very knowledgeable about the home buying/selling process. He was very attentive and diligent in narrowing my search for the perfect home. He made the entire experience fun, educational, and easy! I could not be more happy and would highly recommend him for anyone in need of a Realtor.
My husband and I had a truly awesome experience working with Pete Bruinsma to find our home. Being first time home buyers the whole process can be exhilarating/overwhelming/terrifying. It was invaluable to have a knowledgeable Realtor with a passion for Grand Rapids, and a thorough grasp on market value. His discerning eye helped us avoid some pitfalls in otherwise attractive properties; and he was able to help us ballpark renovation expenses on the fly. Pete skillfully guided our search while still allowing us to form our own opinions. In turn, we found the perfect neighborhood, and subsequently, the perfect home. He’s prompt, thorough, savvy at negotiations and paperwork, and a genuinely cool dude. So – if you’re in the need of help buying or selling, we’d highly recommend!
I would without reservation recommend Pete Bruinsma as an agent and property manager. Throughout the entire process of selling my home, Pete laid out my options and provided advice based on his past experiences and the current market. I knew my limitations and appreciated his expert input. He is accommodating and was available whenever I had questions. A great guy to work with!
Pete made suggestions for improvement to the house we were selling that truly improved its value (benefiting all future owners). Pete did a lot of research and leg work to make these improvements possible and well documented. Pete was patient with our many questions and was willing to do as much of the leg work as possible himself. Especially great is his endless list of resources and contacts. All contractors were quick to respond, gave good prices, and did excellent work.
Incredibly helpful when it came to looking at home and helping us find exactly what we are looking for. It never felt as if he was pressuring us into buying something that we didn’t like. He was upfront with things that could potentially be wrong with the homes we were looking at so nothing came as a surprise after we put an offer or closed on one.
Pete was professional from start to finish. He came to the table with market research and suggestions for things I could do that to increase the value and allow it to show well once we were ready to list the home. It is in my opinion that his preparedness and helpful advise are what sold the property so quickly. Pete kept me in the loop throughout the entire process and was readily available for any questions or concerns. Without a doubt he will be recommended to any and all that are in need of a Realtor.
By chance, my wife & I found a house in Rockford we loved while looking online. Our problem was, we were living in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas! (between McAllen, Brownsville & South Padre Island) Pete was really great, guiding us through the whole process. We had not purchased a home in over 30 years & couldn’t believe how much could be done online & over the phone. He was very helpful in advising us on making an offer, counteroffers, financing etc. Once our offer was accepted, Pete recommended an inspector and gave us suggestions for insurance companies. We are not tech-savvy, but Pete guided us (patiently he probably would say) through each step and made it easy for two Luddites to buy a home from 1600 miles away. If he could accomplish all this for us, I’m sure he could help you…even if you’re not 1600 miles away.
Pete Bruinsma is really a good man to help you buy a house!!!!!!!! He helped us to buy a new house so fast. He took care all the paper of the house and showed me anything I did not know. He gave me all the information about the house. He negotiated well for us. I believed him… And you too
Pete was my Realtor for a house that I recently sold in Heritage Hill. He saw a lot of potential in the house, gave me recommendations to improve it, and sold it for much more than originally expected. I’d highly recommend him and would use him again.
Pete was the seller’s agent on a home we just purchased. We were working without an agent of our own. Once our offer had been accepted and the concessions were agreed upon, Pete really helped us navigate us through a complicated situation with the lender when our mortgage broker, rather unprofessionally, quit the bank in the middle of our application. While helping us get through was something that helped his seller, this note of appreciation (as a buyer) is evidence of how tenacious I think Pete will be for you should you choose to list your home with him.
Pete was professional in every aspect of the sale process. He returned calls quickly and with the correct information. Answered every question with an air of confidence that was refreshing.
Pete had worked with us a few years ago and there was no question that we would call on him again. He has an easy spirit along with an excellent sense of strategy. We were always confident that he was on top of all our business and if anything he gently prodded us into the next step rather than us having to push him. And now that our deals are done and we don’t see him we try remember to catch him at WYCE/88.1 FM. You should too!
We love working with Pete! We had such a great experience with him buying our home 10 years ago, that we did not hesitate to work with him again this year. He coached us well so we had realistic expectations, and then he worked hard to exceed those expectations. He was prompt and kept us informed throughout the whole process. Overall he is very professional, patient, and laid back, which made the process far less stressful.
Pete was our second realtor, the first one said we’d be lucky to sell our house for 95,000. Pete sold it for 137,000. He eased us through the sale and helped negotiate a good price on the beautiful home we live in now. Very few things in life are genuine. Pete is one of them. Wish there was a sixth star.
Pete provided extensive and easy to understand information, gave very timely responses, was willing to spend as much time with us as we needed, and was savvy and respectful when dealing with the variety of challenges we faced throughout the buying process. He knows his stuff and is a pleasure to work with.
Pete guided me through the process of leasing a commercial space for my Aquarium Business. I was intimidated by the process but Pete made it easy. He found a space that is much better than I expected. Pete not only knows the area, he also understands it.
Pete helped us buy and sell our first home. He had great knowledge of the area we lived in and definitely contributed a ton to the quick sale of our our house. He is very knowledgeable and professional with a positive-“can do” attitude. He even helped us secure a commercial live/work space suited perfectly for our business and living needs. Thanks Pete! You were great!
5 stars across the board. Pete is not only a hell of a nice guy, he also has great insight through his experience in home renovations and he has the negotiation skills of a lawyer to top it off. He was diligent and responsive throughout the process and made it as easy of an experience as we could have hoped for. We chose him based on a recommendation from a friend as well as the great reviews we read for him (which we found to be spot on). Cheers, thanks Pete!
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!
Pete is amazing! I highly recommend working with him. He is patient, smart and an all around fun guy. Buying a house can be very scary…Pete takes that fear out of the equation and makes it more about finding the perfect house for your individual needs. FIVE STARS
During the search process Pete met with us multiple times and had a lot of knowledge about what other homes in the area were valued at and what we could probably expect in the future. Once we’d found a place that we wanted to make an offer on Pete met with us to go over the pros and cons and helped us make a decision based on realistic expectations for the house, which has really helped now that we’re settled and setting up a timeline to make updates. There were multiple problems with inspections and the seller coming through with promised repairs before closing and Pete worked tirelessly to make sure things got done. We honestly considered walking away at one point just because the seller was making things so difficult, but I’m so glad Pete fought that really frustrating battle for us because we couldn’t be happier with our home and are really excited to be a part of our new neighborhood.
Very good! Pete Bruinsma is a professional! He was willing to work with me! He understood what i wanted. He was able to make that happen! Im a very pleased and happy customer! Thanks Pete Bruinsma much appreciated!
I have had nothing but great experiences with Pete. I never felt like I was trying to be sold something, it was most important to find the right fit with my house. After seeing many places I finally found the perfect one. Pete had great patience and was very upfront about the potential issues with each house and the benefits that they also possessed. His experience helped inform me greatly on how to get the best place for the money. I would highly recommend Pete to anyone looking for a house. My experience was great and enjoyable during something that is often stressful.
As an out of state investor, I needed a Realtor that was both trustworthy and attuned to the area. Pete was both of those and more. He walked through a handful of properties for me and gave his honest opinion. The one I purchased popped up on the MLS, and he quickly got over there to see it and put in an offer. I wouldn’t have found such a great deal if it wasn’t for him. Thanks Pete!
Pete helped me close on a very difficult piece of commercial property. There was no end to the red tape and hoops to jump through, but Pete expertly guided me through the process. I would highly recommend him for anyone looking to purchase property.
Pete was interested in finding us a home we loved; that was his primary goal. He’s in the business because he truly gets satisfaction out of making that connection and fit. Pete knew exactly the specifications we were looking for and what our plans were for the house because he asked and then APPLIED that information to find our current home. He made sure to make us feel like we never were wasting his time, no matter how many homes we looked at and it was always comfortable, looking at the homes together (not just letting us wander through). His services went above and beyond when we ended up buying a home he found through his connections; it wasn’t even on the market yet. Pete was constantly working for us, even on his own time.
I highly recommend Pete Bruinsma. I worked with him as an out-of-state investor from California, and I found the exact type of place that I was looking for. He took video of the property, offered honest advice, negotiated a good purchase price, and I even found a tenant through his property management company Life Cycle Property Management. Would absolutely work with him again in the future.
We met Pete at one of his open houses and immediately knew we wanted to work with him to purchase our first home and he’s been helpful with our other real estate endeavors ever since.
In my mind, Pete is a superstar Realtor. I’ve never worked with anyone so knowledgeable, willing to help and responsive as Pete. Pete was able to find and assist me in buying the perfect house. I know he has the ability to do the same for future clients.
Pete’s expertise go much farther than what can be expected from a Realtor. He has a vast understanding of the Grand Rapids area and his finger on the pulse of the real estate market. And by being active in our community beyond the business of real estate, I believe he possesses knowledge of our community unmatched by anyone.
I have no reservations in giving Pete my highest recommendation.
We chose Pete as our realtor when our previous home caught fire, and I am so grateful! We were in a time crunch, and Pete even met to show us houses on Easter Sunday!! Pete was professional and thorough, yet super friendly and easy to work with….the best combination. Thanks a million Pete! =)
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Pete on numerous occasions over the past few years. He represented the home Buyer’s as their Agent and I provided the purchase financing. Since we were working on behalf of the same client, I was able to see first-hand what a great job he did for his clients. It’s more than just finding and showing homes, it takes a Realtor with knowledge, negotiation skills, integrity, and communication to get the job done effectively. I’ve seen all of these traits from Pete time and time again.
If you’re looking for a great Realtor, no need to look any further. Pete is a true professional and he has earned his reputation as being great at what he does.
So there I was- my rental home caught fire and in a matter of hours, was homeless. With a limited amount of time to find a new home (living out of a hotel)- Katie and I called Pete. I have to say that calling him was easily the smartest move we made in the entire process. We found a home, and Pete helped the whole process move along quickly. So quickly- we were actually able to move in a week earlier than planned! Even though I was renting the prior home, this was not my first rodeo with home ownership, and am pleased to say Pete exceeded my expectations.
Our most recent purchase was the 3rd time we worked with Pete Bruinsma, and if/when we buy another, it will be with Pete.
Pete asked us what we wanted, set up an online profile which included areas of town we were interested in, such as size, number of bedrooms, and the price parameters. Each time a property came on the market or changed, we were notified quickly, which was a big help and allowed us to make decisions quickly. If we had questions, Pete was available and helpful.
From the beginning of the process, through closing, Pete has proven to be a true Real Estate professional.
My husband and I had a wonderful experience with Pete. A very personable guy, and also very knowledgeable about housing in the Grand Rapids area. We were set to buy a for ‘sale by owner’, but decided to involve Pete. Our decision was well-rewarded…Pete spotted some things about the house that needed fixing we wouldn’t have otherwise caught, and was able to negotiate a better price. We did look at a number of houses with him, and he was considerate of what we were after. That is, he showed us houses that he thought we would want, not houses he thought we should want. He didn’t try to pressure us, but gave us honest advice and help. I would recommend him to everyone.
We’d tried a couple of realtors and were getting frustrated when a friend recommended Pete. He met us half an hour later, and really listened to what we wanted in a house. He showed us more houses that fitted out preferences in a single morning than we’d seen in a week with others.
We only spent a morning searching, then Pete did all the negotiating and paperwork for us. We felt well informed every step of the way, and absolutely love our new home.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Pete, and we’ll use him again for our next home and/or investment property.
Pete accommodated our crazy schedules, and he never rushed us or made us feel like we were looking at too many houses. He asked questions to learn what we liked and didn’t like about every listing, and after viewing several houses he said “I think I found the perfect place for you guys.” He was right! We ended up buying that house, and we love our place; it’s a great fit for us.
Pete was very committed to helping us find what was both the right house and the right area of town. We didn’t even know what the “right area” for us was. Through meeting with us and paying close attention to our reactions, within a few showings, Pete had found the right choice for us. By the end of the process we felt like Pete had become a friend. We love our house and our neighborhood and we owe that to Pete.
Pete was ready and able to help in our fixer upper house hunting process which stopped and started over a period of a few years. He was always willing to assist in the hunt and the bidding process on houses which required knowledge of the foreclosure business and hud house bidding. His response was immediate in providing area comparables and giving us helpful tips. He helped negotiate and research city lien issues as well as bank/lawyer/and more bank issues. He certainly earned his modest commission on the great house we ended up with.
We worked with Pete both to sell our first home and purchase our new one. Pete found us the perfect new home at a great price and worked with us through a complicated purchase. I highly recommend him! Thanks Pete!
Pete helped me buy the dream house for my daughter and granddaughter. Pete showed up over 100 homes then the right one came. He made everything work out for us. Thanks!
Pete was very helpful advising me what I had to do to sell a rental property in the bottom of the real estate market. He responded to my questions promptly and managed all the details of the process. I highly recommend him.
Pete listed my rental property for me and then I left the country. Within a short period of time he had a buyer and guided me through the sell even though I was not here. I am sure it was a bit challenging for Pete at times, with me being out of the country but he excelled in doing the best professional job that he could for me. I would recommend Pete Bruinsma to anyone selling or buying a property.
Pete was recommended to me by a co-worker. As first time home-buyers, my boyfriend and I were pretty nervous, but Pete really made us feel at ease. He was conscientious of our budget and helped us understand what kind of properties our money could get us in which location. I felt he really took time to understand what both my boyfriend and I wanted in a home, and was incredibly accommodating with our erratic schedules- he even worked in a spur of the moment second visit to one house because my mom was in the area (we really liked it, and wanted her to see it. That house is now our home.) Pete was helpful and knowledgeable in noticing details we weren’t looking for. In the end, we found our perfect house, and really felt we had an ally every step of the way.
I spent months deliberating whether or not to sell my house. I knew it needed a lot of work and many upgrades in order to find a buyer. I finally decided to contact Pete, who came and walked me through the process. He gave advice on what to spend time and money on, what to fix and what to leave as is. I had an offer on the house in less than a week, all thanks to Pete! The process felt far less painful than I had imagined it would. He was a great Realtor to work with in both selling my old house and buying a new one. Pete’s the man.
I have worked with Pete Bruinsma now over the course of three real estate transactions – buying a condo, selling that condo, and buying a new home for my family. We will be forever grateful for Pete’s understanding of our situation, professionalism, knowledge of two very different markets, as well as the skill and speed with which the transactions closed. I can also give this recommendation as a professional currently working in the housing industry. My wife, kids and I are grateful each day we spend in our new home – next door to their school! We are unsure if any of this would be possible without Pete. We’re done moving for a while, but will be clients for life! Thanks a million, Pete!!
Hi Pete! I want to thank you very much for the fastsaleof my house. I had a lot of work to do to get it ready for sale but you found a buyer very quickly. As soon as I finished my work and moved to Florida you set up the sale and I just had to go to a title company and sign the papers and send them back to the buyer’s title company. Thanks again.
Pete helped me find my dream home after a long search…for every property I requested to see, almost every time he was able to schedule a showing the very next day…he was very professional, prompt, and very knowledgeable…I would use Pete again in the future, also I highly recommend him to anyone!
We appreciated working with Pete as both a buying and a listing agent. We pretty much knew what we wanted in East GR, Pete helped us acquire it, and at a good price. We jumped all-in as buyers, still having our first home to sell. After a quick walk-through, Pete gave us some very specific advice for improvements we were able to make to prepare our first home for a quick sale. Then, he listed the home and delivered a near-full-price offer in less than a week. We couldn’t be much happier with our entire experience.
Daniel and Jessica Molloy
Pete did a great job for me. He found a home in an area that was beyond my expectations, and at a price impossible to replicate. I knew I wanted the place as soon as Pete showed it to me, and despite multiple bidders he gave me some great advice and we came out barely ahead of everyone else.
Dear Pete, I wanted to write you a note to thank you so much for helping us sell our home on Tremont. We have been moved to a new home three (3) times in the past ten (10) years and every time we moved we had to sell our old one. By looking back you and your company were the quickest agent helping us to get our home sold. Because of your hard work and dedication we were able to get our cash back out quickly to invest in our new investment. Also, thank you again for helping us purchase our new home at a great price, my family very much enjoys the lake. p.s. all my relatives and friends got your name and phone #.
Chanh Nguyen and Dieu Tran
We had listed our home with another Realtor for a full year with no success–Then we called Pete. After a quick walk-through, he came up with a list of minor improvements for us to make. We took his advice, and with an afternoon of work we were ready for him put the home back on the market. Immediately we had two offers, and it sold for the full price we had previously asked! Too bad we didn’t find him first! We would recommend Pete to anyone, and have already passed his card to our neighbors. Thanks Pete!
David and Sun Op Wyman
I recently purchased my first home and Pete made it possible. I was working with a Realtor for some time who just didn’t seem to find what I was looking for. A friend of mine recommended that I call his Realtor, Pete, and everything changed.
I had about a month to find a home in my price range which was a stretch. Pete told me it would be ambitious but doable. We began looking at homes in a couple areas I thought would be a nice fit for me. Then Pete took me to the house I would end up purchasing.
It was precisely what I wanted. The price, the location and size were excellent. Pete has a keen sense of this city. He can, and will, find you the house you are searching for if it is out there. He is available, knowledgeable and honest. I am thankful I met him. I will recommend him to everyone I know looking for a home.
As a first time homebuyer Pete was an amazing resource. I was able to take part in a government program I would not have known about without him. I hope to work together with Pete again when I decide to buy another home.
In working with Pete I had a Realtor that I could trust. Pete did an exceptional job in finding properties that matched my criteria, his communication and responsiveness were superb and everything was handled in a professional and courteous manner. I would immediately and without hesitation recommend Pete Bruinsma to anyone in need of a Realtor!
When I started looking for a house I knew there were many great deals available on the market, I just did not know how to find them, so we recruited Peter to help us. Peter found a home that was not on the market and that few agents would have been able to find. He negotiated a great price for us and dealt directly with a bank on a complicated transaction. The house that he found was not even in our original search parameters, but based on our conversations he thought we would like it, once we saw it we knew it was perfect. I have since recommended Peter to a friend looking to buy his first home. He closed on his house last week and made sure to tell me he was very happy that I had given him Peter’s number.
We are writing this letter of recommendation to express our complete satisfaction with Pete Bruinsma as our Realtor. Throughout the entire process Pete was professional, conscientious, and motivated. We always felt as though we were his only client. His knowledge and expertise are invaluable when negotiating for a competitive price and he is willing to work just as hard whether the house is worth $70,000 or $300,000.
Pete takes a team approach to buying a home. He talks with you to find out your individual needs and then diligently researches homes within your budget that meet your family’s needs. This is a quality that every Realtor should have but most do not.
We would be delighted to answer any specific questions regarding Pete’s performance.
Erik & Natalie Winquist
Working with Pete when we bought our house was a wonderful experience. He was so patient with us, and always available to answer our many questions. He somehow managed to find us the perfect house, in our price range, before it even went on the market–and this was within a month of our first phone conversation! I would not hesitate to recommend Pete’s services to anybody I know.
I had a great experience shopping for and buying my first house with Pete. My timeline was pretty relaxed and I was pretty indecisive, but never once felt rushed or pressured into any particular situation, he was patient with my slow search and had no problem letting me take my time until we came across something I knew would be right for me. He was quick and thorough in all communications, both with myself and with the selling agent, and was always easily reachable & able to answer any questions at any time. I’d recommend him to anybody I know, first-time buyer or not.
Justin Van Haven
I’ve worked with Pete to find investment property in the past. He has often had great insight as well as timely leads. The kind of leads that can help you get into a property that has yet to hit the open market or a sale that has. As an investor himself he has also been a great sounding board for pricing and neighborhood dynamics. If you are looking to make wise choices in the tough business of real estate investment, be sure to include Pete in your plans.
A great time working with Pete Bruinsma. Everything went smoothly and the communication was top notch. I think Pete had as much fun looking for the right house for me as I did. No worries when closing either, Pete took care of it all.
We had tried selling our house ourselves at first, but working with Pete showed us how much better working with a good Realtor can be. He really took the burden away and let us focus on the business of moving.
Jana and Jeff Tigchelaar, Lawrence, Kansas
We chose Pete Bruinsma to help us sell our home. His challenge was to sell our unusual house in a very slow market. He did a great job of marketing our home, and really kept us up-to-date on the status of the market and the prospects. We were so impressed with Pete that we asked him to assist us in finding our new home. He listened to our needs and ideas, and did an ongoing, focused search of properties. Pete adjusted his schedule to meet our needs. We found a great house, and thank Pete for all of his hard work in getting us here.
We love our house! You knew exactly what we were looking for and had a slew of listings that matched our needs. You quickly helped us narrow it down to the best few and felt very comfortable putting in an offer. We really appreciated your assistance in planning our offer while we competed with another buyer. We thought it would be much more difficult than it actually was. After telling our friends that rent, they were surprised and want to look into purchasing a house too!
Pete’s been with us through several transactions and has always looked out for us. He’s an excellent scout for investment property, and has all of the connections to see a deal through from start to finish.
West Side Holdings, LLC
I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all you have done for us during the past year. I know it was difficult to deal with our purchase when we were so far away but you responded to all of our communications very promptly and professionally. We are very pleased with the deal you brokered for us with the purchase of our condo. Not only were you able to negotiate the price we offered but before our closing meeting, you were able to provide information to the Board of Directors for our condo association regarding an irregularity in their rules. Your knowledge and application of The Elliott-Larson Civil Rights Act as well as providing a copy of the law went a long way at our meeting with the board to aid us in allowing our son to live there. The president of the Board seemed grateful to have your assistance especially since they were going to be meeting with their lawyer soon about their contract with the condo owners. Again, we cannot thank you enough for all you have done for us.
Roger & Linda Jarrells, Sandy Hook, KY
My wife and I worked with Pete to purchase a house in the spring of 2012. Pete was very knowledgeable and his network of brokers, inspectors, contractors etc. were extremely helpful. We ended up purchasing a foreclosure that Pete found for us on the day it went on the market. The home needed a couple of minor repairs for the financing to go through but bank selling the property was slow and unresponsive. After several months of the bank dragging its feet Pete convinced them to let him fix the problem. Pete literally had it fixed and ready to go the next day. Pete was very accommodating of our hectic schedules and I can’t recommend Pete highly enough.
Pete has helped our business with a number of investment properties. We have worked with Pete on multi-units, duplexes, and single family homes, going through listings, short sales, auctions, and foreclosures. Pete’s market awareness, his understanding of the deal, and his communication with us through every step has helped our business succeed. Pete is outgoing and professional; he knows his craft and it shows. We count him as a friend, a colleague, and a partner.
Sierra Whiskey Ventures
Life Cycle Property Management is a great Management company. I have two properties with them, and I am very pleased with their service. They are very professional and on point with their work. I have used other management companies before but never had great service like Life Cycle Property Management provided. Pete is a great leader of the company and knowledge that he brings is awesome, since he knows the areas so well. I would never change my management company going forward. I wish all management companies worked like Life Cycle. Thanks Pete and his staff for all the hard work.
Ethan Chul Lee, Hoboken NJ
Peter completed a real estate sale for me and did so with great professionalism and results. Research that Peter did saved not only my time but my money as well. Peter completed all the paperwork and everything else without great stress to me and he had it all ready to be explained before I had to go to the signing. I would strongly recommend Peter and will be hiring him for multiple jobs in the future myself.
When we were looking for our first home, we didn’t know where to start. Pete was patient and knowledgeable, and genuinely cared about matching us to the right property. We appreciated his availability, and follow-through, and would recommend him to friends. We love our home, and are very thankful to Pete for helping us through our first home-buying experience.
Joanne and Travis Roehm
Pete, You did a great job to help us acquire the Lake 16 property! You were attentive, responsive & very professional. We would be pleased to work with you anytime.
Don and Laima Vasiliaukas, Chicago, IL
Pete got our home sold at a tough time, and for a good price. My parents speak only Spanish, and Pete did a good job communicating with them from listing to presenting the offer to making repairs to getting it closed. He even fixed the sink for us. My mom was so happy at close she tried to give Pete extra cash. We had a good time with him.
Tom and I put Pete through the wringer for much longer that any Realtor would ever dream of. He showed us dozens and dozens of homes during 2 separate time periods, because I lost my job and everything was put on hold. In addition, he dealt with my changing my mind on what I wanted for a home, as well as my search area being vast. I would see homes and contact him every few days with a list that he would tirelessly show us. At times, other family members would complicate his showings, as they tagged along with their curiosity and questions as well. What began as a search for a full house, eventually became that of a condo. We found it in the middle of the economic housing mess at its worse, and it took me over 3 months to close, even after being pre-approved. He worked tirelessly with my banker and kept my spirits up during all of it. Despite all the time and effort, he always seemed genuinely glad to see or hear from us, and was a joy to work with. When the day of closing finally arrived, and I saw his commission on paper, I remember thinking that he didn’t begin to get as much as he deserved. Once the move was over, Tom and I truly felt as though we had lost touch with a friend. And………..NO, we are not related to, or had ever met Pete prior to our home search. We were just very lucky to have found him. So, if you want a knowledgeable agent with patience, diligence, a positive attitude and one who does not push you toward something you don’t want. Pete is your guy.
Pete did a great job, he really worked hard for us. We will trust him for years to come to buy and sell ourinvestment properties.
Reba Properties, LLC
It has been one year since I purchased my home. I am so glad I met Pete. He is a great Realtor. He was recommended by my sister. Pete was wonderful, he sent me listings and I chose the homes I wanted to view. Being 378 miles away from Grand Rapids and the holiday season, it was not easy to do. But Pete did it, I drove up on Saturdays and we did marathon viewings of houses. We must have viewed over sixty, I lost count. But I did find my home. It was well worth the wait. Pete was so patient with me, I tend to be a bit fussy and it was a long process especially being so far away. But Pete did great job, I would recommend him to everyone I know. Thank you Pete, I am so happy with my home.
Finding Pete and using his services in the home purchasing process was the best thing I could have hoped for. It seemed that no matter what time of day I had a question, Pete was there to provide the answer. Thanks again Pete for finding me the house I was looking for.
Pete did an excellent job. He was always in contact with me and willing to show me houses at a last minute notice. As a first time home buyer, I appreciated the extra attention. I would recommend Pete to all my friends. Thanks Pete!
Moving out of the country is stressful enough. Add a tight deadline in a soft market, and selling to a new investor unrepresented by a Realtor. With Pete’s help, the home selling process was in very capable and patient hands. Pete never hesitated to go above and beyond and kept in great contact with us the whole time. We’d recommend Pete to anyone who is looking for a capable, reliable, and knowledgeable Realtor. Thanks again!
Nate and Allison Johnson, Hamilton, Ontario
Pete was a great help to our family in selling a property that had become entangled in an Estate. In a buyers market, he did an admirable job in cultivating a buyer and keeping them in play until the property could be sold.
I ran into Pete at a fine dining establishment one night and started talking about how I was sick of renting. The next day he called me, picked me up and brought me to 5 houses. I narrowed it down to 1 and in a few simple weeks I had everything set up (inspections, electrical work, etc.). In no time at all I was ready to move in. Pete you rock! Thank you again, Chris Velting
We were very pleased with how Pete Bruinsma helped us with the sale of our property. He helped us determine price and gave much input with making it ready for sale, even names of workers to fix it up. The notebook with pictures, which he gave us, now holds all of our transaction papers. He always kept us updated as to when it would be shown and what was happening, or even if there was an interruption in his schedule he immediately let us know. We will and have highly recommended him to others.
Byron and Helen DeMaagd
Pete merits the highest possible recommendation. He is extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to interact with. Since I’m no expert in real estate, his talent for clearly and completely answering my basic question was especially important to me. Without a doubt, if you work with him you will be impressed with the quality of service he offers in every regard.
Pete was always willing to go the extra mile. With our home we had an unusual transaction, but Pete helped us through it seamlessly doing all the necessary research. He was our agent when we began looking in Walker, although when our focus changed to Grand Haven he didn’t hesitate in helping us find a home out there.
Mary and Thomas Freundl, Grand Haven, MI
Pete provided extraordinary service in assisting my family with purchasing our house. He is a very dependable and honest person. I would recommend him to anyone who is looking for a home.
Donte and Maria Byers
We were moving to Lansing from out-of-state AND buying our first home together. Pete referred us to a Lansing-based Realtor who quickly helped us find a stunning home that fits our budget.
Matt Jarrells and Jessica Gladden
Pete did a great job – checking in with us, making sure we were satisfied. He was with us every step of the way!
Pete was great to work with. He probably showed us through 20 houses over the span of six months before we found the right fit. He helped us through a somewhat difficult purchase process and even got us a few hundred dollars back at closing–we were expecting to owe about $1,000! He’s the best agent we’ve ever worked with.
Kevin and Amy Murphy
When I began looking for my first home, I was all over the board. I was open to many different neighborhoods and sizes of homes. I needed to assess my needs, prioritize my preferences, and ultimately narrow my search. Pete’s experience, knowledge, and honesty got me focused which enabled me to make an informed, calculated decision. After several showings with Pete, I purchased a HUD foreclosure property in Alger Heights. Even though the purchase of the property was a specialized transaction, the process went very smoothly. Not only is it the perfect home for me and my personal needs, it was a great investment as the property was purchased far below the current market value. Pete provided me with great service, sincere responses to inquiries, and offered invaluable experience and expertise in the industry. I would recommend him to anyone who is looking for a home.
Best Realtor ever.