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Bought a Single Family home in 2014 in Grand Rapids, MI.
Mark did a really great job representing us in purchasing our home. Very easy to deal with. He did a terrific Job. I would recommend him to anyone looking to purchase a home in the Grand Rapids area. He counseled about quality purchases and what to stay away from. Recommended us to a great bank and home owners agent.
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 in East Hills, Grand Rapids, MI.
Mark helped us getting the best deal possible for our new home. It was a somewhat difficult negotiation and closing period and Mark was able to guide us through it without many issues and resolve everything to our satisfaction.
Mark uses the latest methods of technology to market the property and it was a great way to keep us informed of showings and comments from potential buyers. He knew the market area and was great to work with. Very energenic and attentive. He made good suggestions to make the property more marketable.
Sold a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $150K in Eastown, Grand Rapids, MI.
Mark has just completed work with our family to assist our elderly aunt to sell her home to move to downsizing. Mark helped us move the entire deal from listing to close in less than six weeks. His enthusiastic, knowledgeable expertise in making things happen at the right time while keeping us fully informed, made an otherwise difficult task easy and comfortable. Anyone taking advantage of Mark's services will have made an excellent investment.
Sold a Condo home in 2014 for approximately $150K in Heritage Hill, Grand Rapids, MI.
I had reached out to Mark to find out if it was possible for us to sell our condo in 2013. At the time it didn't make financial sense but a year later Mark called me to let me know the market picked up and he had someone that might be interested.....fast forward 45 days and our condo was sold! Mark was great to work with, very responsive and took the initiative to keep us in mind. It was a greasy experience and I would highly recommend Mark.
Mark and his entire team were amazingly helpful throughout our entire home purchasing experience. Being our first home, we had no idea what to expect and Mark did a great job of answering all of our questions, accomodating all of our requests (including both of us working unusual schedules!), and continued to exceed our expectations throughout the process. I would use him again in the future and reccomend him to anyone! Thank you Mark, Kara and the rest of the Brace Homes team that made this possible for us!
My fiancee and I were first time home buyers and had absolutely no idea what to expect for the process of buying a home. When we made our appointment to meet with Mark for the first time, he went through a 'wish list' from how many rooms to city or well water and explained every detail. Mark recommended that we take it step by step starting with getting pre approved. He gave us a great recommendation to work with Brian Ferrick at Treadstone Funding. Brian and his team at Treadstone were also phenomenal. After getting pre approved, we went to begin our home search. We would email Mark that we liked a particular home and he would promptly set up a showing. Mark always got back to us almost immediately, whether it was a silly question or setting up a showing. When we went on the home tours, his knowledge was impressive. He would give a non bias opinion and told us things to look for and to avoid, if possible. We loved that Mark gave us honest opinions on the homes and it never felt like he was trying to solely use us for a sale. When we found our home, we made an offer a couple of hours later on a Sunday night and he had the offer submitted within the hour. Mark recommended how much to offer and counter offer, also, what to ask the sellers for and what to prepare for. He's a great negotiator. He was very helpful as we went through purchasing the home and we never felt alone or like we were being taken advantage of. He made the process of buying our first home so incredibly easy, we could not have asked for a smoother process. I have recommended Mark to co workers and we would recommend him to everyone!
Response from Mark on 07/22/2014
Josh & Kenzee,
Thank you so much for these kind words! You were so much fun to work with! Hope you love the new place for many years! Mark
Sold a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $500K in Holland, MI.
Mark is very high performing realtor. This is the second home we've sold with him and the third that we've purchased. Mark is very well versed in accurately pricing homes within the existing market conditions at the time of listing. He has in depth knowledge of the greater Grand Rapids area and is well connected with peers when moving to other markets (he helped us purchase our last home in Holland). Mark has a proven track record of success and is very busy as a result but always takes the time to connect with his clients. Mark's wife Kara assists him throughout the process and they are a powerfully professional couple. We appreciate the integrity and dedication we've received when working with Mark and his Brace Homes team at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. Thanks for everything Mark!
Response from Mark on 07/22/2014
Chris & Stephanie,
Thank you SO much! We love working with you two and hope to continue to do so in the future! We hope you enjoy your gorgeous new home for many years! Mark & Kara
Mark handled the listing and sale of my mother's home. He was very professional, gave expert advice, brought in offers, which resulted in a sale, and went above and beyond what I would expect from a realtor by helping me transact (close) the sale from out of state. I appreciate his extra efforts and wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone needing his services. Absolutely Top Notch!
Response from Mark on 07/22/2014
Thanks so much for the nice review. It was a pleasure working with you on the sale as well! Let me know if I can ever help with anything in the future - Mark
We have bought two houses and sold one house through Mark in the last 6+ years and would highly recommend him. He made both the purchasing and selling process run smoothly. Mark was patient with us as we house hunted and was extremely responsive, making sure he got us through hot listings as soon as they hit the market so that we would not miss out. Mark does a great job pointing out issues with houses that a layperson might not see, and was able to give us his informed opinion on whether a house was appropriately priced and what kind of offer would be competitive. Our offer was accepted on the house we fell in love with, and Mark worked with the bank, the appraiser, and the other realtor to make sure everything ran smoothly. Mark was also invaluable in helping to sell our house. He gave us great advise on getting the house ready to sell, and we ended up selling our house for above list price the first day that we allowed people through for showings. Mark talked us through all the logistical hoops for sellers and answered our questions with thoughtful explanations. We have recommended Mark to friends and family and will continue to do so.
Response from Mark on 06/09/2014
Dave & Elisa,
Thank you very much for the nice review! I love working with you guys & your family. Thank you for always being so loyal. Hope you enjoy the new place for years to come! - Mark