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With so much information available online, many homeowners entertain the idea of selling their property without an agent.  Before you decide to go it alone, consider these key points:


We are taught and tested by governing agencies of the state, and must operate under strict laws put forth by such.  We are required to complete continuing education credits, and are constantly learning.  Think all agents do is stick a sign in the yard, hold an open house, and fill out a couple of papers?  Keep in mind that plenty of professions look easy when you aren't the one performing them. 


Selling a home isn't like listing your used Chevy on Craigslist.  Online Marketing is where Realtors

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If you're not on Pinterest - you're missing out.

It's the absolute destination for all things creative and decorative and home decor is no exception.

Recently, Pinterest revealed its Top Pinned Photos under the Category of "Dream Home" and involved categories such as "Garages", "Kitchens" and even "Closets". 

What's amazing is the variation in styles and ideas that people around the world collectively have - but are able to agree upon.

Explore the list and see what ideas pop into your head for your home!



Pinterest's most popular home is this Navy Blue 2 story. Beautiful Lawn and Pillars add to the exterior of this picture perfect home. If you had your choice of color, what would you go with?


Big Windows, Open Floor

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1. To View A House, ANY House


This innocent action can end up causing a ton of headaches in the long run.

Why? Well because, as a Buyer, if you end up wanting a home that you visited without your Agent; then you may be forced to work only with the Agent who made the home available to you at the time. Therefore forbidding your own Agent, who has your best interests at heart, from entering negotiation on your behalf. Putting you to fend for yourself in a situation where you love a home but have zero leverage in negotiations.

Do everyone a favor, and just call your Agent. That’s what your Agent wants, is for you to call them for anything and everything regarding the Home Buying and Selling Process.


2. Researching Home Value

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The Luke Bouman Team Earns Esteemed 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service


The Luke Bouman Team, @HomeRealty 11539 E Lakewood Blvd Holland, MI 49424, has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016.


This achievement is particularly significant as Angie’s List experienced unprecedented member growth in 2016. More than 1.6 million consumers, many of whom were eager to quickly hire highly qualified service pros, joined Angie’s List after the company added a new, free membership tier.



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You did it!

You made it through the entire Buying Process and now, you have your DREAM HOME!  

You’ve moved all your valuables in, unpacked and now everything is in its place.

Now what?  

Is everything you own and cherish protected?

Sure, you may have subscribed to an alarm system. And that’s fine.  

But what if you want to be a bit more proactive and have that extra layer of security?

Well we did the legwork for you and found the Top 3 Home Security Additions you can integrate into your home.      



1. Kuna Smart Home Security Outdoor Light | Camera

This savvy little camera is actually an outdoor porch light. It’s motion censored and can be also be set to a time for Dusk-To-Dawn lighting

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 One question heard quite often is “Which should I invest in for my home a _____________ or a ______________?”

And believe it or not, there’s always going to be a right answer for that question. Sometimes, the questions can be answered blindly, straight across the board. And other times, it’s strictly circumstantial and will be determined by several factors exclusive to the home itself.

What’s the Number One most asked investment question?

Pools vs. Kitchens.

That’s right, as a potential Home Seller, should you invest your money into a pool or into your kitchen? And the answer is simple, sort of.

The Kitchen, is arguably the most important section of the house. It’s where we eat. It’s where we gather and share great conversations with great

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Home Staging - When it comes to selling a home, having it properly staged is Priority Number One in our books.

The concept of Home Staging has evolved over the last decade, even just over the last five years to be honest. What was once acceptable back then might be outright taboo, today. It’s more sophisticated now, becoming an art. Gone are the days where just rearranging your furniture with some minor tweaks throughout the house are going to cut it. Not if you really want to get your asking price (or even over your asking), and get it fast.

But what qualifies as a well executed home staging in today’s market? What are we trying to accomplish with our staging?  Buyers today are spoiled and their eye has become much more sophisticated. So what

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According to the calendar, love is in the air. And according to the infamous groundhog, spring is right around the corner! So now is the time to weigh your home selling and buying options before the bustling spring gets here. Currently in North Holland, 127 homes are active on the market. Active listings in January saw a small decrease of 5% compared to December; however compared to last January, there was a 12% increase in active listings. Since January 1st of this year, 46 homes have sold at an average of 97.6% of listing price. On average, homes in North Holland are on the market for 82 days before closing.

South Holland currently has 103 active residential real estate listings. This year, 47 homes have sold at an average of 95.6% of listing price.

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