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Posted in Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Homes For Sale, Real Estate Listings, tagged 49534, Grand Rapids, Homes for Sale in Grand Rapids, homes for sale in shawmut hills grand rapids michigan, michigan, shawmut hills grand rapids michigan, west michigan on August 23, 2008 | Leave a Comment »
The Shawmut Hills neighborhood is a small residential community located in the northwest section of Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is bordered by Lake Michigan Drive and Leonard St. NW and extends east towards Covell Ave. and west towards Collingdale Ave. It’s one of my favorite northwest communities. The homes in the community are a nice mix of older estates, newer custom built homes and small to mid-sized homes perfect for first time home buyers.
The tree lined streets and well maintained homes make it a great community to walk or jog in. In fall, the colors are exquisite. The area also has several schools which include, Shawmut Hills School, Covell Elementary, Oakleigh School and on it’s eastern boundary, Union Highschool.
There is also a nice local park, ShawmutPark and several area parks such as Millennium Park, Johnson Park and John Ball Park are within 5-7 kilometers. It’s close proximity to the expressway, make it ideal for commuters who need to get to downtown Grand Rapids, (5-7 minutes) or catch I-196 going east or west.
The Shawmut Hills which is partially in the city of Walker, also includes a small business district on Lake Michigan Drive which features a local grocery store, the Family Fare, a Honda/Kawasaki dealership and various smaller shops and restaurants. One of the best pizza places in town is Marinades, a gourmet pizza shop that creates innovative pizza recipes in a brick oven. Patrons can order their pizzas or dine in. Another very popular local haunt is Shawmut Inns which shares the same parking lot with Marinades.
Shawmut Hills is a community which offers the best of city living. It is close to stores, access to the expressway and about 30 minutes from Lake Michigan. However, it maintains a nice, quiet, residential feeling where you can enjoy the sight of deer and other forms of wildlife in your backyard if you’re lucky.
Looking for Homes for Sale in the Shawmut Hills Community of Grand Rapids, Michigan…
If you’re looking for a home in Shawmut Hills community in Grand Rapids, Michigan or a nearby area, there is quite a selection. The range includes moderately priced residences to executive style homes. This list is updated daily, so check back often. Click here to access list of homes in Shawmut Hills, Grand Rapids, Michigan and surrounding communities in Walker, Michigan.
Posted in Grand Rapids, Lola's Real Estate Inspired Moments, tagged audu real estate, blogging, Grand Rapids, grand rapids michigan, grand rapids michigan real estate blog, Homes for Sale in Grand Rapids on August 17, 2008 | 1 Comment »
I’ve been blogging for since November of 2006. My initial blog on Real Town Blog has expanded and my blogging efforts have grown to include:
Grand Rapids Real Estate Musings…the blog you’re cureently reading.
Active Rain Blog…Real Estate blog
Localism Blog….Local/Grand Rapids MI focus
Facebook…Social Networking which also uploads my blog feeds
Twitter…micro blogging in 140 characters or less
LinkedIn…Largest Network of Professionals in the world
A snapshot of this past week reveals why the Internet continues to be such a powerful platform. There were:
2 new website inquires for real estate services,
1 listing appointment who wanted information about our method of home marketing
3 professional contacts exploring future business opportunities,
8 new contacts from individuals I had lost touch with on Facebook,
3 comments from visitors to Flickr and a discussion about a local condo project
1 Neighbor in my community who spoke to me about reading and enjoying my blog.
3 comments about a Brand New Listing w/in the first hour of posting it.
On a combined basis, the totals for the visits to the sites have been extraordinary. The Active Rain Blog has logged over 1 Million hits since I started blogging there and many leads. The visibility for listings has risen significantly and we now place Google This Listing Signs on all our listings.
I’ve learned to be more effective with my communication tools. I’ve used my blog posts for Marketing pieces and to respond to inquires on specific topics. I’ve found that different readers prefer different sites, so cross posting similar material reaches different audiences. I’ve also learned about the power of images. A picture is really worth a 1,000 Words!
This year, I’ll be speaking to real estate agent outside the Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan area to share some courses that I wrote about Blogging and Ethics. These courses have been approved by the State of Michigan to train agents on using new technology. (Blogging Basics for Real Estate Professionals K1061 & Blogging Ethics for Real Estate Professionals K1062, Sponsor Code K355 both approved for a total of 4 hours of Continuing Education Credit)
Today, our listings are exported through sophisticated virtual tours across the world. Home buyers and Home Sellers have an extensive array of articles online to assist them in understanding the market and preparing their homes for sale.
All, this would not have occured without our exposure to the world of online marketing, blogging and social networking. During a period of time when many agents have gone for 6 months without closing one single transaction, we remain grateful to God for His guidance and wisdom and look forward to continuing to serve our clients with the most innovative tools available to our profession.
Posted in Grand Rapids, tagged condos for sale in grand rapids michigan, downtown grand rapids condos, downtown grand rapids development, Grand Rapids Homes For Sale, Grand Rapids Real Estate on August 12, 2008 | 1 Comment »
An impromptu meeting at the Fresh Market Gourmet food store, recently became the occasion for an improbable introduction to one of Grand Rapids Best Spice Selections. I struck up a conversation with a fellow shopper who shared her passion for the Penzeys Spice Collection. After 30 minutes in engaged discussion, I determined that I would have to seek out this shop.
Passion is a great way to describe how Penzeys Spices customers feel about this shop. You may actually miss the store, currently located in a small mini outlet mall close to Woodland Mall in Grand Rapids if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Over the past 5 years, the customer base has grown largely by word of mouth. And folks have been attracted to the shop like I was…because someone raved about it.
From the moment you step into the shop, you know that service is an important part of this family business. I had the opportunity to talk extensively with Michelle, the Store Manager. They are preparing to move into a larger space on the northwest corridor of Alpine and 3 Mile later in the year. The New Address will be 3150 Alpine, Comstock Park, MI in the Greenridge Square Shopping Mall. The new location will greatly increase their space and the decor will be modeled to resemble a country kitchen.
The Midwest is generally not known for adventuresome tastes when it comes to unfamiliar spices, but there is an emerging renaissance in Grand Rapids as a number of new restaurants and their chefs have added a more cosmopolitan flair to their menu offerings.
Variety is what sets Penzeys Spices apart. For instance, there are 4 different kinds of cinnamon, and an extensive array of different sea salts and peppercorns. You will enjoy savoring the aromatic selection of curry flavorings and all sorts of spice blends which are custom blends, unique to Penseys. It’s the sort of place in which you could spend hours. And what’s great is that the staff are knowledgable and willing to help you find that perfect match for your recipe.
It’s that family, service oriented feeling that propelled Bill & Ruth Penzey Sr. when they started their first store 52 years ago. Today, there are stores in at least 24 different states! In addition to their instore offerings, Penzeys Spices has a marvelous catalog loaded with recipes to try out.
Now, for the best news! These spices are amongst the freshest smelling creations that I’ve ever sampled. And…you can sample and sniff to your heart’s content in the store. And…their prices are Excellent! They sell most spices in a variety of sizes, so if you’re not sure about something, you can just pick up a small sample and try it without being out a lot of cash.
If you’d like to check out the store, it’s located at 2901 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507. Telephone number: 616-954-7077. Tell Michelle you heard about them online at Grand Rapids Real Estate Musings…
The West Michigan area enjoys close proximity to Lake Michigan and several larger rivers including the Grand River and the Rogue River. This shot is taken along the White Pine Trail from the deck of Reds on the River, a newer restaurant offering in the West Michigan area.
Picture by Lola Audu
Posted in audu real estate, Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Homes For Sale, Grand Rapids, Mi Real Estate Market Reports, tagged Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Homes For Sale, grand rapids michigan, grand rapids michigan homes for sale, grand rapids michigan real estate market reports, Mi Real Estate Market Reports, michigan on August 6, 2008 | Leave a Comment »
Well, it looks like 2008 is so far shaping up to be a better year for Sold Homes Statistics than 2007 was. This is significant given the news that has inundated the national news about the decrease in units sold. For the past 7 months in Grand Rapids, Michigan, every single 30 day period with the exception of 2 months saw an increase in the number of units sold from the previous year.
Inventory levels still remain historically high with an average of 12-13 months of inventory in most areas. The home prices are still significantly lower due to the foreclosure and short sales that continue to comprise a large segment of home sale transfers. For the past 60 days, the percentage of home sales which were short sales have hovered around the 44% mark. The continuing drop from a high of almost 50% at the end of last year may herald a bottoming out of the market.
For agents at Audu Real Estate , it has been a busy summer. We are working with a number of qualified home buyers who are actively searching for properties. Several of our listings are receiving numerous showings, although we do note that buyers are looking at far more home before arriving at a purchasing decision.
My advise for homeowners is to make sure that this is a market that you’re really ready to do battle in. It’s still quite a challenge out there. This is not the time to put your home on the market to ‘test the waters’ or to simply see just how much you can get. Serious contenders for the rapidly diminishing pool of buyers will be prepared to do what it takes to market a home successfully.
This will involve a well developed Internet Strategy that places your home on the google search index results on page 1 and a pricing strategy that hits the bulls eye on the first try or first price reduction. The research to determine the correct price is far more intensive than what was necessary in the past. If you’d like a comprehensive review of your specific home or neighborhood situation, please contact us at: 616-791-0511.
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