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How Can You Sell Your Grand Rapids Home Faster and for More Money?




There are many great Grand Rapids area homes for sale. Click here to perform a full home search, or if you're thinking of selling your home, click here for a FREE Home Price Evaluation so you know what buyers will pay for your home in today's market. You may also call me at (616) 942-2449 for a FREE home buying or selling consultation to answer any of your real estate questions.

As promised, we're coming back with the last two ways you can sell your home fast and for the most money possible. 

We've all heard the phrase, "a picture is worth a thousand words." It's true. In fact, a well done photograph in real estate is worth a million words. Don't let an agent come out and take pictures of your home with a smartphone (yes, that actually happens). Make sure your agent has a photographer or hire a professional photographer yourself. You need to make sure your home looks like it's straight out of a magazine. Since the first showing is on the internet, you simply cannot underestimate the value of photographs when selling your home!

Another thing that will help you sell your home fast and for more money is to think about ease of access. Homes are easier to sell when they are vacant or when the homeowner isn't present. We prefer the home to be vacant because it allows us to show the home as much as we need to and it increases the opportunities to get the home sold for more money. Our advice is to be as flexible as you possibly can with showings, as ease of access is a HUGE factor when selling!

A couple of months ago, we sold a listing for full price and in less than two weeks using our time-tested marketing strategies. Here's what a successful home sale looks like:
  1. Location played a huge role, as the home was located in Ada, where there was a high concentration of buyers and a great school district. 
  2. Pricing: We performed a detailed market analysis, which revealed a list price that would maximize opportunities for our seller. We priced it for $219,750, and it sold for just that! 
  3. Staging: Our seller took our advice and let our expert stagers come in and work their magic. In only a few weeks, they had the home looking like new.
  4. Photography: Our professional photographers really captured the essence of this home. They used wide-angle lenses to make the home look outstanding.
  5. Ease of access: The sellers left for vacation for the first week the home was on the market, giving us an entire week to get as many showings as possible at one time. It led to multiple offers, which in turn led to us selling the home for full price.

Now, that's how you get a home sold! If you have questions about our process, or would like real estate assistance of any kind, don't hesitate to give us a call or shoot us an email. We would love to give you a hand! 

Three Important Steps to Selling Quickly and For More Money



There are many great Grand Rapids area homes for sale. Click here to perform a full home search, or if you're thinking of selling your home, click here for a FREE Home Price Evaluation so you know what buyers will pay for your home in today's market. You may also call me at (616) 942-2449 for a FREE home buying or selling consultation to answer any of your real estate questions.

Today I want to speak with you about selling your home for the most money and in the least amount of time. There are three key factors involved in accomplishing this goal, and we're going to discuss them below.
  1. Location: This will ultimately determine how many buyers look at your home. This also determines what school district you belong in, and that's an important part of determining the future value of your home. 
  2. Price: When you overprice your home, you risk losing buyers immediately. If they see your home is overpriced, they'll never take another look at it. Pricing your home correctly is the most important marketing tool that you have. If you do your research and price your home right, you'll be able to get multiple offers and that will generate top dollar for your home. 
  3. Staging: This is an extremely important way to get a good first impression out of a buyer. Besides the price of your home, this is the number one way to appeal to customers. Make sure your home is sparkling clean, very well lit, and ensure that it is not cluttered and allows easy traffic flow for showings. You don't want the buyers to think that anyone lives in your property. Homes that are clean and neutralized often sell the best.
The spring selling season is coming up, so we hope you've found some value in these tips. If you'd like more information on what you can do to net more money for your Grand Rapids home, then please contact my team. We're always willing to help you!