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.        

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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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