Tips to Put the SOLD in Your Real Estate!

Sometimes a house sell because it “feels right.”  How do you create that feeling?  Sometimes a house is passed by because it’s lacking that “thing.”  How do you avoid that feeling?  Mary Cook is a Chicago-based interior designer who outfits between 72-80 rooms a year.  She wrote the book “The Art of Space.”  These are the cliff-notes…

First, decide who you’re designing for.  You should be thinking of what kind of buyer is most likely to purchase your home and maximize on how the house works for them.

Second, when you’re designing the space, know what it’s going to be used for and fashion it as such.

Third, remember lighting is the diva that needs to shine.  Proper lighting or lack thereof can create a desired space or cause it to be looked over all together.

Fourth, Color.  Color can take a place from drab to fab, it can make you feel as though you’re standing in the most spacious of rooms or like the room is shrinking in on you.

Fifth, Patterns and texture.  You only have on chance to make a first impression and transforming something from flat to 3D can make it a memory they keep coming back to.

Sixth, the dirty little word we all dread when it comes time to sell… Clutter.  Let’s face it, if there’s clutter even the most spacious house can feel like a shoe.  Many prospective buyers lack the ability to see beyond the clutter and into the clear.  They need to see the space in order to envision where they’ll place their belongings.

Seventh, bringing harmony to the space is the main objective so scale and proportion are CRUCIAL.  Big spaces call for big components.  Smaller spaces can do without or run the risk of feeling crowded and cramped.

The perfect home is about balance and harmony among all it’s components, stationary and living alike.  For more information on this subject please refer to “The Art of Space” by: Mary Cook ($49.99).

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Buildable Vacant Land in Rockford – 8522 Nugent Ave. Rockford, MI 49341

8522 Nugent Ave. Rockford, MI 49341  |  MLS Number: 14017658

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Rockford Area – Premier 10+ Acre Parcel with Superior Location – Ready to be Built and has Perked in Past. Survey is Available. Walk Property Anytime. In Area of Higher Priced Homes. Bring your 4 Wheelers, Campers, and RVs! Comes with 3+ Acres of Wooded Area with Excellent Potential for Bow Hunting! Perfect Place for Raising & Riding Horses. No Home Association Fees.

County: Kent  |   Municipality: Grattan Twp

Lot Dimensions: 333*1329.83   |   Road Frontage: 333

Lot Square Footage: 442,570  |  Lot Acres: 10.16

Original List Price: $99,900  |  List Price/Acre: $9,340.55

Tax ID #: 411206226010

Taxable Value: 32,153  |   SEV: 32,900

Annual Property Tax: 1,571  |   Tax Year: 2013

School District: Rockford

Lot Description:   Buildable; Cleared; Level; Recreational; Tillable; Wooded

Mineral Rights:  Unknown

Directions: 131 N to exit 97 (10 Mile); Turn right onto 10 Mile; Continue onto E Division; Continue onto 10 Mile; Turn right on Nugent Ave; Property on the right.

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Meet the Team!

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Sold Home Team

2052 Celadon Dr.

Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Ph: 616-485-0506

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3 Simple Ways to Help with Balancing Life.


Balance is defined as “a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions.” In this fast paced world, it would be an understatement to say it can sometimes be challenging to find balance between work and personal life.  You have to really take time and think about it, is pursuing the next big thing worth missing your child’s soccer game or a family cookout? In a 30 second speech given by Bryan Dyson, Former CEO of Coca Cola, he suggests that you should imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air. These balls represent the different aspects of your life that need to be balanced; Work, Family, Health, Friends and Spirit.

Dyson goes on to explain that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls- Family, Health, Friends and Spirit are made of glass. If you were to drop one of these; they will get scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered and will never be the same. This is a perfect illustration of why having balance is important and the good news is that achieving it is not as hard as you would think.

Here are 3 ways you can reach a healthy balance between work and your life outside the office:

  1. Use Teamwork

“Two heads are better than one” and “There’s no I in Team” are clichés for a reason. Stop trying to be everything for everyone because at the end of the day, you’re usually going to be the one stressed out. Instead, team up and figure out a strategy that will allow the team to prosper.  This is also a good tool to use out of the office.

  1. Create detailed to-do list

The key to finding balance is by maximizing your time at work, so that you can rest easy knowing everything is order once the day is over. Go above the normal list of daily tasks, identifying your long term tasks will keep things from stacking up. Create a list for both and organize your time in a way that will allow you to cross off tasks from both of them each day. You can also create lists for tasks that need to be done at home. Share that list with your family, so that your days off do not consist of household chores and other little tasks that generally get put off until you have free time.

  1. Turn the cell phone off once in a while.

Being on a smart phone has become second nature to all of us, so much so that we don’t realize that it’s keeping us from having true quality time with the people that are most important. Sit down and enjoy dinner with the family or get some quality “me” time and turn off the cell phone, the business will always be there when you get back.

Finding balance can be simple if you follow these steps, don’t allow work to control your life and remember that the time you spend with your friends and family is far more valuable in the long run.

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Weekend Line-Up for Open Houses!

1:00 – 2:30

10585  Stirrup Dr SE,  Caledonia, MI  49316

Superior Caledonia Location – 4+ Bed/4.5 Bath Beautifully Designed Arts&Craft Style 2Story On 3.6+ Acr.



10220  Wolven Ave NE,  Rockford, MI  49341

Rockford Executive 2 Story 4 Bed/ 4 Bath w 48 x 32 POLE BARN on 6.8 Acres. 400′ Rogue River Frontage.



3:30 – 5:00

9821  Sparta Ave NW,  Sparta, MI  49345

Superior Sparta Location – 10 Minutes to Downtown Grand Rapids – 4Bed / 4Bath on 8.5 Acres w Indoor Heated Pool



By Appointment

130  Kenton St SE,  Grand Rapids, MI  49548

Kentwood Ranch with 2 Bed / 1 Bath



1126  Prince St SE,  Grand Rapids, MI  49507

Prime Grand Rapids Area Location 3 Bed / 2 Bath 2-Story




Walk Anytime!!!

6150  Cannonsburg,  Belmont, MI  49306

Rockford Schools – 3+ Acres of Prime Property in Superior Location w Creek Frontage

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10 Acres of Vacant Land in Rockford! Premier Location!

8255  Nugent Ave,  Rockford, MI  49341

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Rockford Area – Premier 10+ Acre Parcel with Superior Location – Ready to be Built and has Perked in Past. Survey is Available. Walk Property Anytime. In Area of Higher Priced Homes. Bring your 4 Wheelers, Campers, and RVs! Partially Wooded Area with Excellent Potential for Bow Hunting!  No Home Association Fees.

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What do Lions Tamers and Real Estate Agents have in Common? 

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I’m glad you asked. 

The Home Buying Process can feel like a Lion ready to Pounce!

Tame the Beast with the Help of Sarah Cain a Professional, Full-time, Real Estate Agent.

Sarah is in the Top 10 within her Company and has been–7 Years Running. 

When you work with Sarah she uses her over 20 Years of Knowledge & Experience

For Your Best Interest!

Before you know it she has you, dare I say,

Enjoying the Process! 

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