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9730 Sandgrove Drive NE, Sparta, MI 49345

9730 Sandgrove Dr NE, Sparta, MI 49345 3 Beds | 3 Baths 2,515 SQFT $249,900 Warm & Inviting Homestead on Over 3 Acres! This spacious 3 Bed/3 Bath Sparta home for sale sits on over 3 acres of forested lot and welcomes you with a warm and inviting interior. Beautiful hardwoods greet you at the entryway and extend throughout the entire home. In the living room, vaulted wood-beamed ceilings add a rustic tone while the fireplace invites you to curl up and relax. Open kitchen overlooks the dining area and features a breakfast bar & all appliances included. All bedrooms are on the main floor along with 2 full baths. In the lower level walkout, enjoy a fantastic family/rec room space & 3rd full bath plus the potential for a 4th bedroom with the addition of an egress window. Outside, you’ll lose yourself in the wooded landscape or just enjoy the view from the deck off the kitchen. A fantastic homestead. Call today! For more information, please contact SVG Real Estate Firm at (616) 439-1927 or info@svgfirm.com...

2077 Celadon Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 | SOLD

SOLD BEFORE BROADCAST 2077 Celadon Dr NE, Grand Rapids 49525 – CELADON NEW TOWN   2 Beds | 2 Baths   1264 SQFT   $186000   Exciting New Urban Living at Celadon New Town!    Vibrant Condo Community Residential, Recreation & Retail Outets Parks, Picnic Areas, Saltwater Outdoor Pool 100-Seat Amhitheater & Dog Park Forest Hills Public Schools Welcome to Celadon New Town, where exciting new urban living combines residential, recreation & retail outlets into one vibrant condo community! This 2 Bed/2 Bath condo will wow you with an awesome layout and beautiful interior, plus all appliances included. As a resident of Celadon New Town, you’ll enjoy countless amenities including over 5 acres of green space w/ multiple parks and picnic areas, saltwater outdoor pool, free summer concerts & movie nights at the 100-seat amphitheater, garden plots, firepit, dog park, on-site shopping/dining & more. All in the award winning Forest Hills School District! *SORRY THIS LISTING SOLD BEFORE BROADCAST AND IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE* For more information, please contact SVG Real Estate Firm at (616) 439-1927...

5697 Beyhill Dr NE, Belmont, MI 49306 | SOLD

  5697 Beyhill Dr NE, Belmont, MI 49306   4 Beds | 2.5 Baths 2150 SQFT $232,500 Awesome Floor Plan & Many Custom Details  Welcome home to beautiful Beyhill Estates! This 4 Bed/2.5 Bath Belmont home for sale by Roersma & Wurn offers an awesome floor plan with many custom touches throughout. The 2-story home w/ finished daylight basement features an open main floor layout complete w/ cozy fireplace in the great room & gorgeous contemporary kitchen overlooking the dining area. Custom mud room & laundry off garage. Upstairs are 3 spacious bedrooms & 2 full baths including master suite. Daylight lower level has a huge rec room complete with wet bar, plus 4th bedroom & potential for 3rd full bath. Outside, enjoy the parklike yard which includes newer 8×8′ shed & underground sprinkling and backs up to protected woods for supreme privacy. All in the renowned Rockford School District. Call on this amazing home today! For more information, please contact SVG Real Estate Firm at (616) 439-1927...

1123 Northlawn Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505

1123 Northlawn St NE, Grand Rapids 49505   3 Beds | 1.5 Baths   1161 SQFT   MLS # 15008926   $125,000   Classic Beauty & Charming Detail Throughout!   Original Hardwood Floors   Lovely 3 Season Room   Spacious & Comfortable Master Bedroom    Classic beauty and charming detail comes together in this 3 Bed/1.5 Bath Grand Rapids home for sale. A formal entry leads to an elegant living room featuring cove ceilings, original hardwoods, a corner window & beautiful fireplace. Kitchen includes range & refrigerator appliances and overlooks the open dining area. A wonderful 3 season room is accessible off the dining area – the perfect spot to enjoy a morning coffee while taking in the cheerful outdoor view! Two main floor bedrooms both have hardwood floors and are located near the full bath. Upstairs, the master bedroom is spacious & fully carpeted. In the basement, enjoy ample storage, a laundry area and casual rec room plus an updated half bath. Convenient 1-stall attached garage. Friendly neighborhood. Call now on this lovely home! For more information, please contact SVG Real Estate Firm at (616) 439-1927 or...

Grand Rapids Business Journal Highlights Recent Growth at SVG

2 New SVG Offices Promote Community Growth, Development Thank you Grand Rapids Business Journal for highlighting SVG Real Estate Firm’s continued growth and push into communities- most recently by way of opening two brand new SVG offices in Alger Heights and the Creston neighborhood! Link to GRBJ’s recent article, ‘Real Estate Firm Triples Footprint‘, spotlighting SVG’s office and staff growth in 2015. For more information, please contact SVG Real Estate Firm at (616) 439-1927...

Realin.House

It’s time to get real. Ever wonder about that thing called ‘work/life balance?’ Juggling work, a personal life, family time, and a social life, can be difficult and finding time to focus on you and your aspirations? Nearly impossible. Realin.House is a monthly web show dedicated to sharing inside tips and tricks for managing a business, managing your life, or even get one of things called a ‘social life.’ Hosted by SVG Real Estate Firm REALTOR®, Steve Volkers, Realin.House engages guests in discussions about finding your passion, working with others, and more! Join us monthly here, or on our YouTube Channel. Episode 3: Ever wonder how those gorgeous Pinterest houses get to be? It’s because of interior designers like Missy Walters of Studio M Interiors! Sit down with Steve and Missy to learn more about the how Studio M began and just how interior design works. Episode 2: Get real with Part II of our interview with Ethan Beute, content creator and marketing specialist with BombBomb. Listen in as they talk family, starting a business, and balancing work. Episode 1: Get real Ethan Beute, content creator and marketing specialist with BombBomb. Listen in as Steve and Ethan talk family, starting a business, and balancing...

Thanks for Playing With Us at the Grand Rapids Remodeling & New Homes Show!

Despite the wretched winter weather, last weekend’s Grand Rapids Remodeling & New Homes Show saw phenomenal turnout! The crowds showed up in droves, and we enjoyed meeting lots of friendly new faces as folks stopped by our SVG New Construction Homes booth to play, chat and learn about all the ways we can help homebuyers looking to build or buy brand new in West Michigan. Our set-up, which consisted of custom built Lego-construction tables and the Lego Movie looping on a big screen, definitely proved fun for the young and young-at-heart alike. By the end of the weekend, we’d made some great contacts and even raffled off the featured Lego bricks to one lucky contest player. Thank you to our New Construction Specialist Paul Beagle, who staffed the booth all weekend, and to everyone who braved the cold, snowy weather to come out and support the show! For more information about SVG’s New Construction Homes specialty service division, please contact SVG Real Estate Firm at (616)...

SVG Opening 2 New Locations in 2015!

Now, as we embark upon 2015, we’re very excited to announce the opening of two brand new SVG offices in the upcoming months! Both Creston Heights and Alger Heights will soon see SVG set down roots in their respective neighborhoods. These “spoke offices” will be an extension of SVG’s “hub”office on Grand Rapids’ Westside and will both be staffed by their respective real estate agent specialists (Ashley Dietch for Creston Heights; Jamie Krier for Alger Heights) along with administrative staff and additional agents. SVG already works especially closely with buyers and sellers in both communities and hopes that establishing a presence directly within in the neighborhood will present an even greater opportunity for the company to play in even larger role in each community’s growth, both in the residential and business sectors. The new offices will both enjoy the benefit of supreme location right in the heart of each community, with the Creston building located at 2221 Plainfield Ave NE near Kingma’s market and the Cheshire Neighborhood, and Alger’s building located at 734 Alger St SE, right around the corner from the downtown strip, near Ken’s Fruit Market and Real Food Cafe. Both offices are slated to open just in time for the spring market explosion. Updates will be posted to SVG as each offices nears its completion toward official doors open! For more information on buying or selling a home in Creston Heights, Alger Heights or anywhere West Michigan, please contact SVG Real Estate Firm at (616) 439-1927  ...

SVG Kicks Off New Year with 6 New Agents, 1 New Admin!

New Faces, New Roles … Same Great Team!  We’re kicking off the new year with a bang here at SVG … Six talented new agents – four of whom are brand new team members and two of whom are being promoted from within – along with a new admin staffer to help keep our office running smoothly, have recently been hired! Our brand new agents include Lindsay Cummings, also an attorney working in real estate, Dan Hunt, a former hotel management employee, Theresa Maylone, who joins us after many years working in the Kent Intermediate Schools system, and Kyle Naumann, a real estate investor who specializes in helping first-time homebuyers. Recently promoted from admin to agent status are Casey Dunwoodie, formerly Steve Volkers’ assistant, and Michael Wood, SVG’s inside sales associate. Heather Blackburn, formerly of the title industry, will be stepping in as Steve’s new assistant. We’re so thrilled and excited to be coming down the home stretch on 2014 with continued growth and opportunity for our team! (Now if only we could find places for everybody to sit …...

YPN Emerge Conference Unites Real Estate Professionals in Lessons, Learning

Ashley Dietch and Steve Volkers Present on the Value of Teams During Real Estate Conference  Snow was blanketing West Michigan on the morning of November 19, but inside Grand Rapids’ bustling Downtown Market, a crowd of real estate professionals gathered in the cozy, festive atmosphere to listen and learn from each other during the YPN Emerge Conference. The event featured local real estate agents sharing on topics ranging from leadership and customer service to pricing and personality types, with a Q & A panel discussion capping off both the morning and afternoon sessions. SVG’s own Steve Volkers and Ashley Dietch kicked off the afternoon portion of the conference with a lively discussion on teamwork and the value of working in a team-based environment. A few dance moves got the crowd loosened up after lunch, the way only Ashley and Steve can move a crowd! All in all, it was a wonderful afternoon filled with much valuable information and a whole lot of fun as well! For more information about the West Michigan  real estate market, please contact SVG Real Estate Firm at (616) 439-1927...

Flurry of SVG Open Houses in Grand Rapids this Weekend!

Featured Properties All Located on the Northeast Side  The weather outside may be frightful, but SVG still has plenty of DELIGHTFUL listed properties that are just waiting for the perfect buyer to come along! This weekend, you can check out four of them, with two open houses taking place on Saturday and two on Sunday via the schedule below: SATURDAY:       11 AM – 1 PM 540 Lydia St NE, Grand Rapids 49503 – 3 Beds | 2 Baths | 1,325 SQFT – Listed for $89,700 732 Emerald Ave NE, Grand Rapids 49503 – 2 Beds | 1 Bath | 698 SQFT – Listed for $51,900   SUNDAY       1 – 3 PM 2429 Borglum Ave NE, Grand Rapids 49505 – 2 Beds | 1 Bath | 1,365 SQFT – Listed for $132,500 2 – 4 PM 894 Beechwood Ave NE, Grand Rapids 49505 – 2 Beds | 1 Bath | 993 SQFT – Listed for $89.900 All the featured homes are located on the northeast side of Grand Rapids, either very close to Riverside Park area or just south of it. Friendly SVG Real Estate Agents will be on site to welcome you with flyers on hand for each property and answers to any questions you may have. Hope to see you this weekend at one of these wonderful homes! For more information on homes for sale in the West Michigan area, please contact SVG Real Estate Firm at (616) 439-1927  ...

Protected: 10 Perks of Working on a Real Estate Team

As you might know, we here at SVG Real Estate Firm are a team. We work together, we play together, and we get real estate done together. There are some serious perks to working with a sweet team, and here’s a list of ’em: 1. You get to work at a super cool office. 2. You rub against some pretty swell personalities. 3. You get to work alongside lots of different people. 4. You get all the support and training you need. 5. You gain all sorts of experience. 6. You will have raised expectations for others and yourself. 7. You get lots and lots of leads. 8. Your splits work for you. 9. You get all kinds of help with marketing. 10. You get to grow as an agent, an individual, and a team player. But at the end of the day, it all comes down to working with a bunch of really cool...

HBA’s Brew & Bubbly Event Brings Builders, Industry Reps Together

SVG Takes Part in Our First HBA Brew & Bubbly Event!         Snow may be coming down, but local builders are already gearing up for the milder spring weather and the opportunities it will bring to break ground on exciting new home construction projects all over West Michigan! The annual ‘Brew and Bubbly’ event hosted by the Home Builder Association of Greater Grand Rapids (HBA) on November 6 offered those who serve the new construction industry the perfect opportunity to connect and learn from each other over swigs of premium local craft brews! Award-winning vendors in attendance at the event included the following: Northpointe Bank Rivertown Landscape Standale Lumber’ Eikenhout, Inc. Home Life Odom Reusable Building Materials Awards for the Fall Parade of Homes were presented at the close of the event: $200,001 – $250,000 Best Interior Elements – Jim Tibbe Homes Best Kitchen – Jim Tibbe Homes Best Floor Plan – Groot Builders, Inc. Best Curb Appeal – Groot Builders, Inc. $250,001 – $300,000 Best Interior Elements – Dave Dusendang Homes, Inc. Best Kitchen – Dave Dusendang Homes, Inc. Best Floor Plan – Dave Dusendang Homes, Inc. Best Curb Appeal – Woods Builders Homes $300,001 – $400,000 Best Interior Elements – Andre’s Crossing, LLC Best Kitchen – Andre’s Crossing, LLC Best Floor Plan – Andre’s Crossing, LLC Best Curb Appeal – Jim Tibbe Homes $400,001 – $500,000 Best Interior Elements – Dan Vis Builders, LLC Best Kitchen – Dan Vis Builders, LLC Best Floor Plan – Miedema Builders of West MI Best Curb Appeal – Eagle Creek Homes, LLC $500,001-$750,000 Best Interior Elements – Design Build Concepts, Inc. Best Kitchen –...

SVG Agent Outtakes!

Poised, professional, perfectly punctual … Well, most of the time, anyway! The pressure’s on when the cameras are rolling and the spotlight’s on you … That’s what SVG agents found out recently as they worked to hone the craft of the all-important single-take shot during our neighborhood spotlight video series! The result? This hilarious outtakes reel. Watch and enjoy! For more information on SVG Real Estate Firm, please contact us at (616)...

Leaning Oaks

[metaslider id=4183] Leaning Oaks: Location of Development (Cross Streets): Knapp St NE btwn Maguire Ave & Grand River Dr Township: Grand Rapids Township School District: Forest Hills Eastern Schools Type of Property: Single Family Total Homes: Less than 10 Amenities: Extremely quiet, private development; Luxury homes Build brand new in the Forest Hills Eastern School District! This peaceful and intimate community lies just outside the majestic Knapp Forest Preserve in Grand Rapids Charter Township. The luxurious upscale single family site condos in the neighborhood start at $679K. You’ll enjoy an exquisite home on a lush, wooded lot of nearly an acre here! For more information about buying or selling a home at Leaning Oaks, please contact the real estate experts at SVG Real Estate Firm. To navigate back to the SVG New Construction Homes map please click here: svgfirm.com/newconstructionhomes Homes Currently available at Leaning...

43 North

[metaslider id=4127] 43 North: Location of Development (Cross Streets): Wolven Ave btwn 10 Mile & 11 Mile Township: City of Rockford School District: Rockford Public Schools Type of Property: Single Family Total Homes: Approximately 40 Amenities: Private, wooded setting; All lots 1 – 2 acres in size; Large and luxurious homes are neatly spaced among generous wooded lots at 43 North, a brand new single family home development in Rockford. Approximately 40 lovely homes make up this handsome neighborhood which enjoys convenient access to US-131 and Downtown Rockford, with the draws of Downtown Grand Rapids just a 20 minute drive away by highway. Residents will love the lush, wooded setting and spacious lots of 1 – 2+ acres, not to mention showstopping homes – all in the renowned Rockford Public Schools District. For more information about buying or selling a home at 43 North, please contact the real estate experts at SVG Real Estate Firm. To navigate back to the SVG New Construction Homes map please click here: svgfirm.com/newconstructionhomes Homes Currently available at 43...