East Grand Rapids Realtor Katie Karczewski’s Favorite Places

February 3rd, 2014 by Katie K Team

East Grand Rapids, Michigan is a city unlike any other. In this video local resident, Realtor, and expert Katie Karczewski explains some of her favorite pieces of what makes East Grand Rapids a great place to live, work, play, & raise a family. Katie has been a Realtor in East Grand Rapids for over 20 years.

Not only is the city of East Grand Rapids a unique place to live it is also a great real estate market. Homes in East Grand Rapids are steeped in historical and actual value. If you are looking to buy or sell a home in East Grand Rapids please call Katie Karczewski with Keller Williams Grand Rapids North today. (616) 575-0119

If you are looking for a mortgage company in East Grand Rapids contact Kevin Polakovich with Treadstone Funding. Treadstone is the premier local lender in West Michigan. http://www.treadstonemortgage.com .



Superbowl Commercial Sneak Peak

January 31st, 2014 by Katie K Team

Check out the Superbowl Volkswagen commercial Katie’s son Lane helped make with his advertising agency, ArgoNaut. The car company aims to highlight the reliable qualities of a Volkswagen by giving German engineers wings whenever a vehicle hits the esteemed 100,000-mile mark.

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Win Two Tickets to the Lily Tomlin Comedy Show!

January 29th, 2014 by Katie K Team

LillyTomlinWe’re hosting a contest to help you beat the February blahs! For every client you refer to Katie-K, you’ll be entered to win two tickets to the highly anticipated Lily Tomlin show, a LaughFest highlight.

Lily Tomlin will be performing for the first time in Grand Rapids on Monday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the DeVos Performance Hall. She is a Michigan native and one of America’s foremost comediennes since her debut in the late 1960s on Laugh-in. In addition to her stand-up comedy success, she he has been in several movie roles, prime television series, and has earned seven Emmy awards, a Grammy, and two Tony’s. Tickets are priced from $45 – $60, and the performance is for adults only. Don’t miss this great opportunity to see a famous comedy show!

Grand Rapids LaughFest

Click here for LaughFest ticket information

Gilda’s Club is close to Katie-K’s heart, and we hope you can support this outstanding community event. LaughFest is designed to raise awareness and funds for a very important cause-supporting children, adults, families and friends as they find their smile and laughter in the midst of a cancer or grief journey. All proceeds from LaughFest benefit the programs offered through Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, a free community with a comprehensive program of education, structured sharing times, networking, lectures, workshops and social activities designed to support emotional health needs.

Research has shown that laughter improves our overall health, so get on board and come to LaughFest to rid your winter blues.

By attending Lily Tomlin, you will be helping Gilda’s Club provide funds for those affected by cancer in your own community!

Check Out Katie-K’s Radio Clips About Kiplinger’s Pick of East Grand Rapids as Tops for Raising Kids

April 11th, 2013 by Katie K Team

East Grand Rapids Real EstateThe Katie-K Team knows all about raising kids in East Grand Rapids, and appreciates the fact that Kiplinger’s recognized our hometown as one of the top ten cities for raising kids! In a recent radio campaign, Katie decided to focus on East Grand Rapids families and East Grand Rapids education in two spots airing on WOOD and WKTG. Follow the links to hear the clips (the audio file will open in a new tab) and read on to see what Kiplinger used for its criteria in the selection:

Katie-K on East Grand Rapids
Katie-K Discusses Great Education in East Grand Rapids

Excerpt from Kiplinger.com article:

10 Great Cities to Raise Your Kids

Choosing the best place to raise your kids is pretty daunting. Great schools, plenty of libraries and playgrounds, and safe, family-friendly neighborhoods all come at a cost to parents. Weighing the factors can prove challenging.

We took a two-step approach to come up with our list of the best cities to raise kids. First, we looked for metropolitan areas with high household incomes relative to living costs, a large percentage of families with children under 18, and low crime rates. We weren’t seeking the cheapest places to live, but rather places where earnings potential is more than adequate to cover a family’s expenses.

Then, we honed in on a specific city within each of our top 10 metro areas that’s well-suited to raising kids based on educational factors (spending per student and the quality of local school districts) as well as fun factors (availability of public parks, playgrounds and libraries). We also looked at each city’s average income for families — as opposed to median income for all households — to give a realistic sense of how much it can cost a family to live in a place with so many kid-centric benefits.

Read more at http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/real-estate/T006-S001-10-great-cities-to-raise-your-kids/index.html#rd2iGeLB031rR9YF.99

Wear A Mustache For A Good Cause & Help Kick Off LaughFest!

March 1st, 2013 by Katie K Team

Grand Rapids LaughFestIt’s Katie-K’s favorite time of year again to help one of her favorite organizations: LaughFest, and its beneficiary, Gilda’s Club. You can help kick-off Grand Rapids’ premier funny fundraiser on Thursday, March 7, 5:30 p.m. by meeting up near Rosa Parks Circle to receive your mustache and then help break the Guinness World Record at 6:30! LaughFest is designed to raise awareness and funds for a very important cause-supporting children, adults, families and friends as they find their smile and laughter in the midst of a cancer or grief journey. All proceeds from LaughFest benefit the programs offered through Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, a free community with a comprehensive program of education, structured sharing times, networking, lectures, workshops and social activities designed to support emotional health needs.

Last year, 607 individuals performed the chicken dance and set the Guinness World Record for the greatest number of people wearing animal noses (specifically chicken beaks!) at a single venue.

In 2011, 925 rubber chickens were tossed in downtown Grand Rapids, shattering the previous record of 265 set near Boston, Mass. The largest gathering of people wearing false mustaches was achieved by 648 participants at an event organized by the St. Louis Rams in September 2012.

Afterward, join the fun at one of several LaughFest events.

Winner Winner, Chicken Dinners – Starting at 6 p.m.:

LaughFest chicken dinners are held in partnership with the Grand Rapids Downtown Alliance. A portion of the money from every dinner sold will be donated to Gilda’s Club. A listing of participating restaurants and more information about the chicken dinners can be found at http://downtowngr.org/laughfestchickendinners/

gildaskidslaughfestOpening Night Parties – Starting at 8 p.m.:

Beginning at 8 p.m., four area restaurants will hold “Opening Night Parties,” which are open to the public. The participating restaurants will have drink specials, giveaways and other surprises. Opening Night Parties will be held at:

• Pub 43
• GP Sports
• The Woods
• Buffalo Wild Wings

Opening Night Preview Comedy Shows (8 p.m. & 9 p.m.):

• Dr. Grin’s at The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave.
• McFaddden’s Restaurant & Saloon, 58 Ionia
• The Pyramid Scheme, 68 Commerce Ave.

LaughFest comics will provide a sneak peak of some of the Clean Comedy Showcase, local comedians, and other surprise guests who will be featured during the 10-day festival. A suggested $5 donation to Gilda’s Club will be collected at the door. Fast passes are available for these shows at LaughFest Central, which guarantee the holder a seat at the show as long as they are seated 15 minutes prior to start time.

Participating artists include Jackie Kashian, Pete Lee, Cash Levy, Jamie Lissow, Mark Normand, Andy Ptz, Erik Rivera, Bengt Washburn, Stu McCallister, Ben Wilke, Adam Degi, Adam Trieu, Matt Lauria, Brian Borbot, Henry Sapp, DK Hamilton and David Dyer.

For complete details, schedules, tickets, contests, and ways to help the cause, visit LaughFestgr.org

Ever Wonder What Makes Keller Williams Different?

January 22nd, 2013 by Katie K Team

Screen shot 2013-01-22 at 5.13.20 PMMany of  you have heard by now that as operating principal of the new Keller Williams Grand Rapids Market Center North, Katie-K and her team are looking for highly talented and passionate real estate professionals to join one of “America’s Top 10 Workplaces.” In the course of expanding our website to include information for agents, we recently posted some videos from our founder and mentors at KW that talk about the company’s unique corporate culture and what makes it different. Follow this link to View the videos. Please share the link if you know someone who’s ready to take their career to new heights, and contact Dave Melvin for more information.

Time Magazine Names Art Prize One of Top Five Events In World for 2013

January 22nd, 2013 by Katie K Team

Katie Karczewski Named Operating Principal of New Grand Rapids Market Center North

January 2nd, 2013 by Katie K Team

Katie KNew Center Will Expand Keller Williams Brand in Grand Rapids Metro Market

Katie Karczewski has been a partner of Keller Williams Realty Grand Rapids and the number one KW agent in West Michigan for more than 12 years. Now she’s lending her real estate savvy to serve as Operating Principal of a new Grand Rapids Market Center North that promises to bring the Keller Williams brand of high-caliber training, integrity and tech know-how to a new generation of real estate professionals. Beginning in January, the company will begin recruiting passionate real estate professionals to expand the Keller Williams’ presence in the Grand Rapids north market.

“The market is ripe for expansion following unprecedented shifts in supply and demand. I’ve had more multiple offers on properties in virtually every transaction this last quarter than ever before, and demand continues to skyrocket. People have realized that the market hit bottom and with interest rates at a historic low, they’re responding in full force,” Karczewski said.

During the first quarter of 2013, she will be looking for entrepreneurial-minded individuals who are interested in joining Grand Rapids’ number one realty company. The Grand Rapids Market Center North will cater to “plug and play” technology aficionados who want to build their real estate practice using cutting edge methodologies — and technology — for success.

“Keller Williams is unparalleled in setting the standard for real estate training, coaching and consulting. I am especially looking forward to giving back to my profession by mentoring the next generation of real estate professionals. Our company motto has always been ‘Win-Win or No Deal.’ That philosophy extends from our relationship with our realtors to our individual treatment of home buyers and sellers,” Karczewski said.

The Katie-K team will continue its tradition of outstanding sales and service in its core markets with extra support from newest team members, Tanya Craig and Cathy Dracht, who both possess considerable prior experience and  track records as producers. Interim offices are now open at 4949 Plainfield Avenue NE, with plans for a permanent facility in the works for a northern East Beltline location.

Professionals interested in joining the Market Center North team are encouraged to contact, in confidence, the Katie-K Team at (616) 575-0119.

Season’s Greetings from the Team at Katie-K

December 19th, 2012 by Katie K Team

The Katie-K Team would like to take a moment to thank our clients, friends, and fellow associates in the community for your continued support, referrals, and business. We wish you a happy and safe holiday this season, and peace and prosperity in the New Year!

If we can assist you or your friends in any way, please do not hesitate to Contact Us.

Grand Rapids Housing Market Reflects National Trend of Low Inventory

December 19th, 2012 by Katie K Team

In the extract below, the National Realtor Association reports that on the national level, the inventory of homes for sale is still tight, leading in some cases to bidding wars. We’ve especially seen the same kind of activity on attractive, well-maintained properties in desirable school districts such as East Grand Rapids and Forest Hills. If you’re a buyer when inventory is tight, you’ll want an accredited ABR (Buyer’s Representative) like Katie-K team member Tanya Craig helping you navigate the bidding process. And if you’re selling your home, you’ll want Grand Rapids top producing realtor, Katie-K, to help you get top dollar. For the best of both worlds, talk to the Katie-K team today!

From the Realtor’s Confidence Index: Low Inventory/Multiple Bidding

REALTORS® reported that the inventory of homes for sale remains very tight, resulting in multi-bidding in some cases. REOs and other properties do not appear to be coming on market sufficiently to meet demand, while sellers are also waiting for prices to pick up further. Listings for properties that are in good condition are reported as receiving multiple offers. Investors are snapping up REOs, paying cash.

Here are few direct quotes from the report, which can be found here:

  • “I feel that the price of housing is going up due to the lack of inventory that is available, once the banks start releasing more property’s I feel that it will become a more stable market and the bidding war will end!!”
  • “Inventory still down, sellers waiting for prices to go up if they can; rental market is way up, prices too.”
  • “Buyers want properties in A1 condition. Investors are out there & will do the work to get property in A1 condition but only at a rock bottom price.”
  • “Foreign investors focused on foreclosures make up most of our potential buyers.”
  • “All entry level single family homes are multiple offer. Many homes are sold to investors prior to reaching the MLS, then within hours of listing on the MLS, it changes from active to under contract.”


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