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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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Fall is officially here! Days are getting shorter and the nights are getting colder, but the residential real

estate market is still warm and steady. Active listings in North Holland boasted an increase of 20% over

last month and 74% over this time last year. This quarter there were 476 active listings compared to 357

for the 3rd quarter of 2014. The 2nd quarter of this year had 342 active listings. This is an increase of 39%

compared to this quarter. Over the course of the year, 499 homes have sold in North Holland with an

average of 77 days on market. These homes have sold for an average of 97.7% list-to-sale price.

South Holland saw a slight drop in active and new listings this month. South Holland actually had a 5%

decrease in

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Earlier we posted an article on Facebook outlining 5 questions you should ask your Realtor. Not only does The Luke Bouman Team offer those 5 important elements, but our team also provides further ways we can of benefit to you. Following are additional questions to ask a potential Realtor, all of which The Luke Bouman Team offers.

1. Are you and/or your team professionally coached?

     When looking at anyone who is successful and excelling at what they do, more often than not, they are coached. Whether it be sports or business, behind every excelling professional there is usually a mentor or coach that is helping them on the backend. They are experienced third party advisors that offer advice, training, and ways to further develop in their field.

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So, you're selling your house. Of course you want to get as much for it as possible, but how do you go about doing so?  Part of the answer depends on why you're selling.  If time is of the essence and you have to make a fast sale, then the top dollar you can get is almost certainly going to be lower than if time is irrelevant and you can afford to wait for the highest possible offer, even if it takes a year or two.  Be completely honest with yourself as to how long you can wait for a sale and what your absolute minimum price can be, then keep it to yourself.  Don't let anyone else know what your bottom line is or it will be used against you in negotiations.  But the balance between speed of sale and top price affects your sales strategy. 

When setting

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There are some places that just seem to attract more than their share of vacationers, and Holland, MI is one of them. The area is dotted with vacation homes and cottages, with some people just coming out to enjoy the warm summer months while others are present all year long. So why is it that Holland is such a great area to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life?

It starts with the setting. Near the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa, Holland is a perfect setting for taking a vacation. This location alone gives it many advantages over neighboring towns and makes it one of the most-popular spots along the beautiful Lake Michigan coastline.

While one could write a whole book on what is so great about this region, the following

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Given the popularity and beauty of the Lake Michigan coast, it might seem like an impossible task to find a luxury vacation home that doesn’t completely break your budget. And it is true – property and luxury homes along Lake Michigan can be very expensive. That doesn’t mean, however, that there aren’t some values to be had along the way if you know where to look. One of the best ways to find value is to retain the services of a real estate agent experienced in the Lake Michigan market who can help you hunt down available properties and sort through them to uncover the best deal.

Beyond using an experienced Realtor, there are a few handy tips you can use to narrow your focus and help you come up with that luxury home you have been dreaming of for a

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What good is a luxury home near Lake Michigan if you can’t share it with the people who mean the most to you? Whether you have a large family and want to make sure everyone can come out to visit, or just like to invite friends frequently, a large home gives you more flexibility to have big events and let everyone take part.

The good news is that the shores of Lake Michigan are dotted with large, luxury vacation homes for you to consider. While some of them are quite expensive, others fall down into a more-affordable range. Figure out exactly what your budget is for this real estate purchase and then start sorting through the listing with the help of an experienced Lake Michigan Realtor.

Besides just having plenty of room for other guests, there are

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