Tuesday Tips: Why a Buyer’s Agent is the Smart Choice

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Are you thinking about purchasing a home? Have you debated whether to try purchasing a house by yourself, use a buyers agent, or have you thought about just talking to the listing agent? Below are a couple key points to remember when you are deciding who you want to help you purchase your home. Free of Charge: Not many buyers realize that the Sellers of a property pay the buyers agent's commission. This means, you will not be paying your buyers agent, unless you have signed a contract with them that specifies a different way of compensation. Negotiating: We are experts at negotiating. I think buyers forget that Realtors are negotiating on a daily basis if they are a full time agent. Full time agents, like the Sue Prins Group, have been taking classes, practicing, and refining how to negotiate with listing agents as well as sellers (when dealing with a for sale by owner). This is so we are ready for any type of negotiating needed because price is not always the most important … [Read more...]

Tuesday Tips: Tips and Tricks for Zillow and Trulia

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Realtors have a love-hate relationship with Zillow and Trulia. Zillow helps buyers and sellers that are in need of Real Estate assistance. However, if you haven’t noticed, their information can be outdated or incorrect. Below are some tips and tricks to help you navigate Zillow and Trulia’s website. Outdated Information: Due to Zillow’s information quite often being outdated, if you find a house for sale that you like, here is what we would suggest. Whether the house is for sale by agent, owner, foreclosed, pre-foreclosed or any other sale, give your  Realtor a call to check with them first. Realtors have many different ways to verify Zillow’s information, so we will do the dirty work for you to make sure the home is for sale and make sure it doesn’t have an offer on it already. Contact an Agent Option: Some of you have noticed there is a “Contact an Agent” box on the side or bottom of the page when you have found a house. You may not know that when you click the button Contact … [Read more...]

Now is the Time to Buy a Home!

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What an awesome time to be a buyer! Homes need to sell for a variety of reasons... some due to homeowners simply wanting a change of scenery or a small upgrade and don't want to miss their chance to seize that opportunity as a buyer themselves. With so many great deals out there sellers are motivated to list their home at a very competitive price or in some cases REDUCE the price after being on the market for a period of time.   Here are two examples of great buys from the desirable Georgetown Forest area in Hudsonville.....   7335 Hidden Forest Drive Hudsonville,MI 49426 $178,500 reduced from$183,500         7355 Hidden Forest Dr Hudsonville, MI 49426 $167,500 reduced from $174,900           For more deals like these contact me - Sue Prins or check out Sue's Featured Listings and Search MLS!! … [Read more...]