Keller Williams Grand Rapids – Realtors in the News

Keller Williams Realty culture believes in giving back to our community – many of our agents (if not all) give back in some way.

We are pleased with how many from our office give back to the Real Estate community – learning and helping each other no matter what brokerage an agent is from is part of our culture.

Keller Williams Realty Grand Rapids volunteers at the Grand Rapids Association of Relators for 2013 is as follows:
Appellate Committee – Chair – Bob Novosad
Broker Relations Task Force – Karol Cooley, Linda Pell
Finance Committee – Bob Novosad
Grienvance Committee – Denny Moore, Jon Jackson (Director Liaison)
International Task Force – Ingrid Nelson – Chair, Diane Griffin
Legal Action – Patsy Dodgson – Chairperson
Professional Standards committee – Patsy Dodgson, Jodi Reigler Smith
Social Media Task Force – Michelle Gordon, Beau Otis, Jayne Overbeck
Strategic Relations – Lisa Novosad Chairperson, Joe Jovanovic, Debbie Schuhman
Young Professionals Network Advisory Council – Steve Volkers – Chairperson, Jessica

We thank these agents for their time – as 2013 is starting off to be a very busy year, time is valuable!

However they will all tell you they get back 10 times what they give.

To learn more about these committee’s please visit:
http://www.grar.com/committees-task-forces

Keller Williams Grand Rapids Office Again Tops in Closed Transactions, Closed Volume in 2012

Grand Rapids, Mich. – For the second straight year, the Keller Williams Grand Rapids office led all real estate agencies in both closed transactions and closed volume in 2012, according to sales figures released by the Grand Rapids Association of REALTORS®.

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The Keller Williams Grand Rapids office had 2,176 closed transactions during the year, representing 10.49 percent of all closed transactions reported by GRAR. A closed transaction is a completed sale.

The real estate agency had more than $395.4 million in closed volume, or 14.56 percent of all closed volume, according to the association’s statistics. The exact amount reported was $395,456,842. Closed volume is the total dollar amount of an agency’s completed sales.

Keller Williams Realty is the nation’s second-largest real estate franchise operation, with 80,000 agents in about 690 offices throughout the United States and Canada. The Keller Williams Grand Rapids office, at 630 Kenmoor Ave. SE, Suite 101, opened in 2000 and ranks 14th in sales volume among all the franchisees.

The Keller Williams Grand Rapids office has 6 agents in the GRAR’s Top 25 in sales. The office thanks its agents, staff, and most of all its clients for again making it the No. 1 real estate agency in the Grand Rapids area.

10 Things You Need to Know About the New Tax

The 3.8% Tax is an increase in tax rates on capital gains and dividends from 15% to 18.8%. This increase was passed by Congress in 2010 as part of President Obama’s healthcare overhaul. The new rate goes into effect on January 1st, 2013, and applies to dividends, rents, royalties, interest, capital gains, annuity payments, and income from the sale of real estate.

Many property owners, buyers and sellers have questions about how this may impact their plans. To help you make sense of this new tax, Keller Williams Realty of Grand Rapids prepared the following special flyer:

10 Things You Need to Know About the 3.8% Tax
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What Can I Tell You About the Jenison, Hudsonville and Grandville MI Area Communities?

If you are not familiar with the Greater Grand Rapids MI area and it’s many surrounding suburbs you may not know much if anything about the Jenison, Hudsonville and Grandville MI areas.

All three of these communities are just SW of our beautiful Downtown Grand Rapids area Experience Grand Rapids and just a short drive of about 15-30 minutes depending on which one you are traveling too. This is perfect if you’re in need of a fun night out to experience fabulous food and entertainment, the opportunity is wide open!

Another fabulous advantage these communities have is that each is quite an easy drive also to our beautiful Lake Michigan Shoreline… aka: The Lake. (shhhh….this is one of our areas best kept hidden secrets) Being close to “our Lake” is something that most anyone from our area understand they are quite spoiled by. Just knowing you can drop the busyness of the day and be at The Lake in under half an hour to breath, relax, maybe fish or just to enjoy the water, the sand and the sun is something I am extremely appreciative of. And don’t forget to visit too in the winter (especially on a crisp sunny day) for the snow and the Ice formations on the pier at Holland State Park, Grand Haven State Park or Saugatuck can at times be gorgeous! You might even see some icebergs too!

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One of our area’s most popular Malls is located right in the heart of Grandville…

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Rivertown Crossings Mall for convenient shopping, food and entertainment. The Grandville area each year holds the City of Grandville 4th of July Celebration which lasts 3 days and includes many family events such as a Craft Show, the Buck Creek Run, a Pancake Breakfast and of course a truly fantastic Fireworks Display! The Grandville Area also has a weekly held Farmer’s Market during Summer and Fall Months.

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Grandville Public schools

The Jenison area holds every year a fun packed Jenison Memorial Day Parade 5K Run. The Jenison Memorial Day Parade is held each Memorial Day at 9:00 AM following a 5K Race. This is always a great event for friends, family and just simply good times which many look forward to each and every year. The Jenison area also boasts a Farmers Market during the Summer and Fall months, the The Grand Lady Riverboat and The Strikers Fun Center for fun and recreation.

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Jenison Public Schools

The City of Hudsonville is very well known in this area for its for it’s yearly Hudsonville Community Fair which is a HUGE event! The Fair is 5 days long with carnival rides, food booths, Animal 4H Events, Truck and Tractor Pulls, Horse Pulls, Tractor Pulls and many, many more events….really too many to mention! This area also now has it’s very own Hudsonville Winery and a weekly Farmer’s Market, the Georgetown Ice Center is also a place for many to use and enjoy here.

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Hudsonville Public Schools

**These three closely knit communities also have top notch school systems. Please feel free to go to the provided links to learn about each of the school systems at your convenience.

I hope this information on the Jenison, Hudsonville and Grandville Area’s is helpful to you and that you have enjoyed learning just a bit of what these communities have to offer those who live there.

Therese VanderMeer
http://www.theresevandermeer.com