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Front doors are the first impression that visitors and passersby

get of your home.  We all make instant judgments about a home’s

interior when we see the front door, just like we do about a person

we first meet.  If you want to make a good first impression, you

should make sure your front door is attractive and welcoming.

autumn wreath on front door

I have a fascination with front doors.  I  drive by homes and

look at the front door or front entry.  I love to see a home with

a touch of personality or a piece of artwork displayed by the front


Cat face entrance decoration

GR doorway w trees

This front door reminds me of castle. I saw several doorways similar to

this in England inside the castle walls.

gr arched door w wreath

Door with well dressed scarecrows

Holidays and seasonal decorating are especially fruitful for my

voyeuristic entertainment.  I especially like the his and hers

well-dressed scarecrows guarding this front door.

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Most of us sell only a small number of homes in our lifetimes.

With limited experience in real estate how are we capable of

maximizing the profits from our home sale? Many home sellers

make the critical mistake of thinking all Realtors are the same.

They list with the first agent who comes along. Does it make

good business sense to put the responsibility of selling your

home with someone who has no plan or qualifications?


This report will educate you with valuable information that will

help you make the best decision concerning:

With which real estate agent should you list?

Start by doing a few hours of research. Ask around … talk with

someone who has had a positive experience with a Realtor in your

neighborhood. Find out which agents are highly visible in your

market area. Get to know who has the most web presence, ads

and marketing material in your neighborhood. Who’s the most

active agent? Compile a list of agent names and use these

questions to help you determine which agent is right for you.

Now you have the list –Google each one to see how they compare.

Make an appointment and ask the prospective agents the

following questions:

  1. Could you send me some information about yourself! You can

often get a good idea of which agents are the most professional by

looking at their promotional materials. If their own materials aren’t

professional, how well are they going to market your home? Track

how long each agent takes to respond to your request and how

quickly they follow up. If they don’t respond efficiently to your

Listing requests imagine how they’ll handle potential home buyers.

     2. How many homes have you listed and how many homes have

you sold in the last six months? Look for an agent who has experience

with homes similar to yours and is active in your area. If your home

has special features look for an agent with experience in those

areas. Your agent should have a good record of selling homes, not

just listing them. After all, this is your ultimate goal.

Watch for the continuing series: 10 Questions You Should Ask a Realtor


If you are looking for a home in the Grand Rapids Area, we service the following areas: Metro Grand Rapids, Ada-Cascade, East Grand Rapids, Caledonia, Kentwood, Lowell, and Rockford. We have assisted Grand Rapids buy & sell homes for the last 35+ years. Call 1-616-292-7263 to talk with Terry or email him at:

For MLS access to the homes for sale in the West Michigan Area,visit: Westbrook Realty ~ Grand Rapids Real Estate for a free search.  Your search can be saved and modified as you view homes, with no obligation.

Thinking of selling your home?  We offer one of the most extensive marketing campaigns in Grand Rapids with a major online presence for your home.  With over 85% of buyers looking for homes online, this is where we concentrate our efforts.  Click here to view Terry’s Realtor profile.

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August 2020