Mac User – Assistance if You are Experiencing Problems Viewing Our Listings

February 19th, 2009 by Katie K Team

We have been made aware of a glitch in website that affects Mac Users.  When viewing our listings page on a Mac computer using the Safari browser, you may receive a message indicating that you must use the Firefox browser. On the same Mac computer, when viewing in Firefox you should be able to view the listings. 

If you are continuing to experience problems after downloading and installing the Firefox browser, the information on your machine may be “cached”.  You may need to clear the
cache or possibly reboot the computer to be truly going to the site fresh through Firefox.
What is the cache? It is a Temporary Internet folder in your Internet browser that contains a collection of images, sounds, and web pages.

These are sites you have visited in the past or items you have downloaded. This temporary file is commonly known as the cache. Storing these items on your temporary Internet folder can make browsing the Internet faster.  However these files take up space on your computer. From time to time you may want to clear your cache to free up space on your computer. Here is a guide on how to clear your cache:

  1.  From the Internet Explorer 6 “Tools” menu, click “Internet Options.” The “Internet Options” box should open to the “General” tab.
  2. On the “General” tab, go to the “Temporary Internet Files” section; click the “Delete Files” button. This will delete all the files that are currently stored in your cache.
  3.  If you are using “Firefox” as your browser take the following steps to clear your cache. Click “Tools” and select “Options.” Click the “Advanced” icon and click the “Network” tab.
  4. Click “Clear Now” under the “Cache” section. Click “OK.” Exit and re-launch the browser.

If you are still experiences difficulty, it may be a compatibility issue with Firefox and the program used within our website.  Please download the latest version of Firefox, 3.0.6 and check that the preferences are changed to the following settings:

  1. Click the Firefox menu and choose Preferences
  2. Select the Privacy option
  3. Ensure that “Accept cookies from sites” and “Accept third-party cookies” are both checked

We apologize for this inconvenience and want you to know the problem is being looked into and should be resolved in the near future.


What is my Home Worth in the Grand Rapids Real Estate Market?

November 18th, 2008 by Katie K Team

If you are considering selling your home, naturally one of your first questions is “what is my home worth”?   Today the internet is filled with real estate sites that provide you with estimates of your home’s value.  I emphasize ‘estimates’.  Sites such as Zillow.com, Cyberhomes.com, HomeGains.com, and HouseFront.com are excellent for searching for property, but not the most accurate in terms of determining value.  The values provided are based on a variety of sources.  Most use some form of sale, mortgage, ownership records and public data in the area to determine value, yet some others request that you complete a form and submit it for evaluation from a professional who may or may not be familiar with your area.

Most sites clearly state their value is an estimate only—never an actual appraisal—and advises visitors to contact a professional appraiser or real estate professional for accurate pricing information.  We encourage you to do the same.  Please contact our office if we can answer any questions or be of any help in your decision to sell your home.

 


Keller Williams Makes a Donation to God’s Kitchen

November 7th, 2008 by Katie K Team

Thursday, November 7, members of Keller Williams went on a shopping trip to purchase donations for God’s Kitchen in Grand Rapids.  Katie and a handful of fellow Keller Williams’s agents contributed a grand total of $2060.07, had a great time and further exhibited the generous Keller Williams spirit!


The Importance of Internet Advertising

October 24th, 2008 by Katie K Team

According to Realtor.com, the use of internet advertizing to successfully market a home is becoming increasing more crucial.  In 1997, 2% of buyers located the home they would purchase on the internet and 8% located their home through print ads.  As of 2007, the number of homes located on the internet rose to a significant amount to 29% and print fell to 3%. 

Recognizing this trend in the market, we utilize several websites and a virtual tour for each house listed.  Our goal is to expose a home to as many potential buyers as possible.  We realize that not everyone is an internet user and print advertising is still important to capture the attention of this smaller audience.  The Katie Karczewski team is dedicated to growing and changing with the trends of the Market.


Katie to Speak on Important Subject at EGR’s Homecoming Halftime

October 13th, 2008 by Katie K Team

Katie has been a long time supporter of East Grand Rapids Schools. On Friday, October 17, Katie will be speaking at halftime of the EGR football game about the March of Dimes organization.  This organization helps prevent premature babies and provides medical care to babies that are born too early.  The March of Dimes will be holding their Signature Chefs Auction on November 10, 2008, as a fundraiser.  Please come to the game this Friday to support not only the team, but babies that are born too soon in west Michigan and communities across the nation.

For more information about The March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction or to Donate, please click on this link:

http://www.signaturechefsauctiongr.com/index.php


5 Simple Ways to Boost Your Homes Value

October 7th, 2008 by Katie K Team

According to a September 2008 article by SmartMoney.Com, there are 5 simple ways to boost your homes value with little cost to you.

  1. Paint: A fresh coat of paint helps to “erase” any wear and tear that has occurred in high traffic areas.  A neutral color may also help a new buyer picture themselves in that living space.
  2. Basic Maintenance:  Look around for anything broken, leaking, missing or generally unfinished.  These things may seem small to you, but to a new buyer it is just one more thing to do! 
  3. Energy-Efficiency Upgrades:  Rising energy costs and earth-friendly trends make the installation of energy efficient windows, heating systems or appliance enticing to buyers.  In certain cases, you may also be able to receive and tax credit for these upgrades.
  4. Install New Fixtures:  Installing new light fixtures or drawer knobs is another inexpensive way to give your home a fresh, updated, polished look.
  5. Landscaping: First impressions count!  Curb appeal is the first step to getting a buyer to come in your home.  Simply tidying up existing andscaping or adding some new may be the difference between getting the call for a showing, or a car that just drives by.        

To read the complete article, please follow this link:
http://finance.yahoo.com/real-estate/article/105690/Top-5-Inexpensive-Ways-to-Boost-Your-Home’s-Value     


Katie Karczewski is a Part of Top Ranking Real Estate Firm in Grand Rapids

September 15th, 2008 by Katie K Team

According to a recent national survey, Keller Williams Realty has received the highest overall satisfaction ratings from home buyers among all the largest, full-service real estate firms in the country! As reported on the Inman News Website in late August, the study measures home buyers’ customer satisfaction. To read this article from Inman, follow this link: www.inman.com/news/2008/08/27/study-sets-benchmarks-customer-service.

The results were determined in three categories, including satisfaction with their agent, office and services provided. Keller Williams Realty topped all three areas, therefore receiving the highest score in overall satisfaction.

Knowing that this study was conducted during one of the toughest real estate markets we have ever seen shows that your spirit and dedication are truly making the difference with your clients.

Information provided by Mark Willis and Mary Tennant of Keller Williams International, 2008


Looking for Something in Grand Rapids?

June 24th, 2008 by Katie K Team

If you are in buying or selling and are in need of a service for your home, check out the “Grand Rapids Area Service Provider” section of our website.  The providers listed range from Electricians to Title Companies and are trusted by the Katie Karczewski Team.


What is MLS Market Snapshot? How Can it Help in the Current Grand Rapids Housing Market?

May 7th, 2008 by Katie K Team

Take advantage of the MLS Market Snapshot feature on Katie-k.  This feature provides real-time MLS market updates and trend analysis.  Included in this information are local community and school reports as well as MLS charts.  With this accurate information you will be better suited to make your home buying or selling decisions.


Living the Good Life in Grand Rapids, Michigan

April 14th, 2008 by Katie K Team

Whether you’re relocating to the Grand Rapids – West Michigan area, or you’re a longtime resident, there’s no time like the present to enjoy the good life this vibrant community has to offer.

Our robust inventory of executive homes offers prospective buyers an unparalleled selection at outstanding prices. Contemporary and classic beauties on tree-lined streets abound this spring in fabulous neighborhoods and school districts such as East Grand Rapids and Forest Hills.

With the national housing market soft, it’s true that it’s a buyer’s market. But through excellent marketing techniques, the Katie-K Team can help sellers make their homes stand out from the crowd for an optimum return. So there’s no time like the present to trade up!

The economic outlook for Grand Rapids remains stronger than other areas of the state and country that are suffering slow-downs.
Named one of Fortune Magazine’s 10 Best cities for Business, Grand Rapids is a diversified market consisting of healthcare, manufacturing, service and retail. The expansion and growth of the Medical community is putting Grand Rapids on the map and bringing the most brilliant leaders in their fields to the city.

If you’re thinking about making a move up this spring, don’t let the economic pundits discourage you. Fantastic opportunities await.

Here are a few tips fellow real estate guru Barbara Corcoran suggests for determining what the good life looks like for you:

1. Make a short list of the three things most important to you: Is it the school system? Is it the space? Or is it the commute?

2. You need to understand that you can’t get everything you want, but you can always get the three things that are most important to you. If you want a shorter commute you may get a smaller house. But if you buy a smaller house, you’ll pay lower taxes. If a great neighborhood is your top priority, you’ll automatically get a great school system and that’s great if you have kids.

3. Values are always personal, and it’s no different with house buying. It’s all out there. You’ve got to be clear about what’s most important to you.

Contact me to take advantage of this market and start living your personalized “good life” in Grand Rapids, MI.


 

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