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  I am proud to come from a city celebrated for art and furniture (most notable ArtPrize and Steelcase). But today I am talking about local artists specifically when it comes to furniture. I am a huge fan of repurposed furniture that is given a new life. It really is art! There are so many awesom...
  When putting a home on the market, it pays to stage! A professional stager can offer invaluable advice on how to set a home to appeal to the masses. However, sometimes time and cost associated with a professional sager can be a burden to the seller. Luckily, I have some tips to share on home st...
Happy Halloween everyone! Now that is is getting chilly here in West Michigan, I am starting to reminisce of the warmer summer days. Especially on this particularly rainy day. On a summer vacation with my family and our beloved dog, Riley, I was able to spend some time at the Grand Haven State Pa...
Boo! There are Halloween happenings all over Grand Rapids, MI this weekend and a fun time to be had by all! So what can you do to enjoy the festivities? First, check out everything thats going on at GRNow's Halloween page. Second, make plans for you and your family. Third, have a blast celebratin...
Grand Rapids Parade of Homes Going on Now   The Parade of Homes is an annual event in Grand Rapids, hosted by the Home Builder’s Association of Greater Grand Rapids, which will be promoting homes in 11 cities around Grand Rapids. What a great way to visit the local communities and get some inspir...
  There are only 3 more days in the international ArtPrize competition! Here are some pictures of my favorite pieces:            
“What To Do, What To Do When Your Home Just Won’t Sell!”   With a housing shortage it is hard to believe that some homes are just sitting on the market. Unfortunately, that is a reality for some sellers. So how can you make sure that one of your listings doesn’t end up gathering dust? I have some...
If you or someone you know is dabbling in the ‘for sale by owner’ corner of real estate, here is some of tested advice, courtesy of Mary Kent, REALTOR®.   1. Read, read, read the paperwork. There is extensive and complicated paperwork involved with home sales. If you are able, hire an attorney or...
“Starting Your Career: Who Do You Want to Work For?”   My friends over at Treadstone Funding wrote a very poignant and interesting blog on new REALTORS® and how to determine what company is right for them.   Check it out here! Do you have any advice to share for new REALTORS®? Post in the comment...
Ever heard of RECI? Me neither! It’s a new survey, called the Real Estate Confidence Index, where researches set out to see what real estate professionals think of the current market. According to the recent survey, the real estate confidence index is up 6% from last quarter, at an overall score ...

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