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Open House in Holland on Saturday

August 2015

Holland, Ottawa County  -  We invite everyone to visit our open house at 14718 Foxboro Court on August 22 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

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West Michigan Home Sales Statistics from 1/1/2015-8/17/15

Hello again, been busy in the market with customers...what a great year to sell a home in West Michigan!

For the current year to date single family home sales along the coast of West Michigan, from New Buffalo on up to Manistee and beyond, we have seen exceptional growth in every region.  The star being the Saugatuck Holland market, where prices have risen 13% year over, with an average sales price of $217,096 compared to $191,029 the prior year.  With the number sold up 11% and the number of new listings only up 3%, looks like the law of supply and demand is definitely on the sellers' side in the Holland Saugatuck Market.

In the Mason Oceana and Manistee region, price gains aren't too far behind at 12%, from  $120,840 to $135,905 for average sale price.

Muskegon County, which has had its troubles seeing average sales prices increase posted a surprising 8% gain year over, from $107,567 to $117,046 average sale price. Numbers sold is outpacing number listed 5% to 3%.

North Ottawa County, which includes Spring Lake and Grand Haven is also up 8% from last year during the same time frame, with prices for sold homes increasing from $201,261 to $217,579. Number of sold listings is up 4% from last year, while new inventory is only up 1%.

In the Southwestern Michigan Market, which includes New Buffalo, St Joe, and South Haven, prices have risen 3% on average from compared to last year, from $179,450 to $186,171.  Number sold is up a whopping 10% and new listings is flat...this is the best market for sellers, hands down!

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Holland makes 10 Best Cities for Families List

In an ever-growing trend of list-making, Holland, MI makes another positive list that reflects one of the many reasons this area is such a great place to live.

A large wooden windmill, white sandy beaches and the smell of Dutch bakeries wafting through downtown create a storybook setting in Holland, Mich. Families quickly fall in love with the city’s scenery, recreational options and architecture. What makes Holland one of the Best Places for Families is the city’s combination of small-town charm, natural beauty, great schools, low crime and a strong commitment to children.
Hugging Lake Macatawa, near the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, Holland’s Dutch ancestry is celebrated throughout the year. It's been called one of the Best Cities for Water Activities. Millions of tourists visit Holland each May when an estimated 6 million tulips planted across the city reach peak bloom. Reader’s Digest named Holland’s Tulip Time Festival one the best small-town events in the country. Children are delighted by the DeKlomp Wooden Shoe & Delft Factory and Nelis’ Dutch Village, a reproduction of an 1800’s Dutch community.
Though Holland brims with history, it offers many modern amenities and vast cultural attractions including a indoor aquatic center with slides and splash zones, more than 100 restaurants, and heated streets and sidewalks in downtown that melt snow. Parents are delighted with the many restaurants in Holland that offer kids menus alongside more adult meals. Bike paths connect neighborhoods with schools, parks and beaches. Families enjoy free waterfront concerts during warm months and touring the countryside during fall to take in the colorful foliage. Children in Holland experience the full benefits of winter with plenty of snow for cross-country skiing and sledding and temperatures cold enough to turn small ponds into ice rinks. Schools in Holland get good rating from parents. Hope College provides an option for parents to take night classes and lets younger students stay close to home. 
 Read the full article and list here

Price Reduced on 4191 Lakeshore Dr in Holland

Holland, Ottawa County  -  Announcing a price reduction on 4191 Lakeshore Dr, a 4,843 sq. ft., 6 bath, 5 bdrm 2 story. Now $1,899,000 - New Price!.

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Luxury Real Estate Statistics first 4 months of 2015 Saugatuck, Holland, and Grand Haven Markets

For the first 4 months of 2015 vs 2014 for the markets including Saugatuck, Holland, West Olive, Grand Haven, and Spring Lake, sales have been very strong in the $500,000+ market so far this year.  Since January 1st this year there have been 30 homes and 3 condos sold at or over the $500,000 mark, compared to last year when there were 23 homes and 0 condos sold at or over $500,000.  Average sale price was $965,097 this year for the first 4 months in the luxury homes market, compared to $723,104 last year for the same time period, a 33% increase in single family homes sales.  While this is very good news for sellers compared to last year's numbers, there is still some room for buyers to sneak in and get a good value, as we are still not back to our 2007 high for average sale price of $1,295,663 for single family luxury homes from Saugatuck to Grand Haven for the first 4 months of the year.

Holland Saugatuck Home Sales Statistics First Quarter

The results are in, and as I expected, since the office has been active lately with customers in conference rooms and agents on their phones, the numbers are good.

The number of condos under contract fro the first qurter of 2015 vs 2014 is up from 55 last year to 67 this year, a 21% increase.  The current average sales price is up from $154,714 last year to $205,795...a staggering 33% increase in average sale price!

The number of single family homes under contract is up from 375 as of the 1st of April last year to 463 this year, a 23% increase.  The average sale price for homes in the Holland Saugatuck market is up from $174,477 last year to $211,860 this year for the same time frame, which is a very healthy 21% increase in average home sale prices.  On the flip side of that, new listings are also up 18%, as sellers have caught on to the fact that homes are selling and now might be a good time to cash in.  So, with this new inventory, expect prices to even out a bit, as buyers will have more choices when looking for a home.

Happy home selling/buying! 

5 Things To Do During Your Spring Break Staycation: West Michigan Edition

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) --Spring Break is almost here and if your family isn't planning to head out of town, coming up with ideas to make the week off of school fun for your kids can be challenging. The good news is there are all kinds of activities geared towards West Michigan families taking "staycations" this spring. 5 Things To Do During Your Spring Break Staycation:

1. Butterflies are Blooming at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park The annual Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition at Meijer Gardens is the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibition in the nation. Tropical butterflies from around the world fly freely in the Tropical Conservatory. Throughout the exhibition, there are special educational programs and the Lena Meijer Children's Garden offers butterfly-themed activities. Spring Break Sensation is for ages 6-9 and runs April 6-7. It costs $50 for members, $57 for non members. Spring Break Spectacular for ages 10-12, April 6-7. It costs $50 for members, $57 for non members. Surprising Seeds for ages 4-5 with adult, April 8. It costs $35 for members, $40 for non members.

2. The Downtown Market has two kid-friendly classes going on during spring break. -Snack Attack! Parents and child work together to create a fun and healthy snack. The class is on April 4 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. The cost is $45 for a parent and child. $10 for each additional child. -Kid Snacks is a kids-only class for kids ages 6-11. That's happening on April 14 from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. It's $35 for each child. For more information on both of these classes, visit www.downtownmarketgr.com

3. Let's not forget about the Grand Rapids Griffins. They have home games at Van Andel Arena April 1, 4, 8 and 17. All the games start at 7 p.m. For ticket information and special promotions, visit www.griffinshockey.com

4. The Grand Rapids Art Museum -Celebrate the bright and vibrant colors of the season with a spring break workshop specifically designed for parents and children. This event is on Saturday, April 11 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The cost is $20 per child, $5 per parent for members and $25 per child, $8 per parent for non-members.

5. John Ball Zoo is hosting a Starlight Safari Slumber event. This overnight adventure will tour the zoo under the stars, slumber near the chimpanzee exhibit and have breakfast while watching the animals. It happens April 11-12 for students in 3rd to 6th grade. It costs $50 for members, $55 for non members

Bonus. Go house hunting! Now is the time to see homes without schlepping through 2 feet of snow and trying to figure out what the yard really looks like. Usually now is the time when more new listings come on the market, as sellers are finally ready to let people through their homes.

Greater Holland/Saugatuck Market Statistics

Great start to our year! Average sale price up 17% so far this year, and number of sales up 18% compared to the same time frame last year.  If you are thinking of selling or buying in the Holland or Saugatuck Real Estate market, now might be a good time.



Year Over Year Comparison

This Year: 1/1/2015 to 2/13/2015
Last Year: 1/1/2014 to 2/13/2014

Property Sub-Type: Single Family
  Total Active New Listings Number Under Contract Number Sold Sold Volume Average Sale Price Median Sale Price Percent of List
Sub-Area Last Year This Year PCT Last Year This Year PCT Last Year This Year PCT Last Year This Year PCT Last Year This Year PCT Last Year This Year PCT Last Year This Year PCT Last Year This Year PCT
Ottawa Lakeshore 39 64 +64 9 18 +100 10 10 0 10 11 +10 2,700,155 5,427,700 +101 270,016 493,427 +82 274,502243,800-11 97 93 -4
 US 31 West 55 91 +65 17 29 +70 20 33 +65 15 19 +26 2,478,068 3,265,080 +31 165,205 171,846 +4 151,000149,000-1 96 95 -0
 MAC North 23 28 +21 6 13 +116 10 7 -30 3 6 +100 907,500 1,393,500 +53 302,500 232,250 -23 350,000200,000-42 97 96 -0
 US 31 East 47 50 +6 19 20 +5 19 15 -21 12 14 +16 1,719,400 2,397,776 +39 143,283 171,270 +19 139,000154,250+10 99 97 -1
Holland 64 109 +70 24 44 +83 25 36 +44 21 23 +9 2,268,000 5,084,245 +124 108,000 221,054 +104 99,500115,000+15 96 95 -0
Holland East 22 28 +27 9 9 0 13 9 -30 8 8 0 1,303,596 1,151,077 -11 162,950 143,885 -11 131,750132,500+0 97 95 -2
Zeeland NE 21 22 +4 7 9 +28 11 9 -18 6 2 -66 666,900 333,000 -50 111,150 166,500 +49 113,700166,500+46 92 93 +1
 Zeeland SE 24 20 -16 11 10 -9 4 7 +75 4 10 +150 710,011 1,787,400 +151 177,503 178,740 +0 167,506169,500+1 98 98 -0
Holland SW 39 57 +46 10 15 +50 10 12 +20 11 10 -9 2,984,700 2,035,660 -31 271,336 203,566 -24 163,800153,625-6 95 95 -0
 Bentheim 14 14 0 4 4 0 4 4 0 2 2 0 414,900 306,000 -26 207,450 153,000 -26 207,450153,000-26 100 98 -1
Saugatuck/Douglas 69 117 +69 11 16 +45 12 10 -16 13 6 -53 2,820,375 2,036,900 -27 216,952 339,483 +56 190,000241,950+27 93 95 +1
Hamilton SW 19 37 +94 2 13 +550 2 9 +350 3 4 +33 425,400 688,000 +61 141,800 172,000 +21 150,500198,500+31 104 90 -13
 Hamilton SE 10 19 +90 1 3 +200 1 5 +400 3 3 0 511,000 592,600 +15 170,333 197,533 +15 123,000178,000+44 94 97 +2
Ganges/Glenn 17 53 +211 4 15 +275 2 3 +50 5 1 -80 2,382,625 116,000 -95 476,525 116,000 -75 372,000116,000-68 90 97 +7
 Fennville SE 9 20 +122 1 6 +500 0 2 + 0 2 + 0 99,500 + 0 49,750 + 049,750+ 0 93 +
Allegan West 19 45 +136 10 11 +10 5 6 +20 7 3 -57 938,100 740,500 -21 134,014 246,833 +84 109,000189,000+73 95 98 +2
Property Sub-Type Totals: Single Family 491 774 +57 145 235 +62 148 177 +19 123 124 +0 23,230,730 27,454,938 +18 188,868 221,411 +17 150,000 159,950 +6 96 95 -1
491 774 +58 145 235 +62 148 177 +20 123 124 +1 23,230,730 27,454,938 +18 188,868 221,411 +17 150,000 159,950 +7 0 0 0

To remodel or not to remodel... Here's some suggestions.

Yes. we do have snow on the ground and temperatures are still below the freezing mark, and while it may seem too early in the year to begin thinking about home remodeling and updating, fair weather and the ideal time to begin home projects is right around the corner.  As a real estate agent, I am always thinking about resale and too often I walk through a home with customers looking at some of the home remodel projects and we say "what were they thinking?"  So, here is a list of projects that show the most return on investment according to the Remodeling 2014 Cost Vs Value report (http://www.costvalue.com/) and a few comments to hopefully guide you through the process.

Replacing siding to a fiber cement siding will cost you and average of $12,484 and get you a return of $8,643 or 69.2%.  Many home buyers are looking for an upscale look to the home with not a lot of maintenance, and cement board offers both.  A pretty inexpensive way to class up the home and has an immediate impact as buyers drive up.

A nice bathroom remodel will always do the trick to impress, but make sure you have a dual vanity, storage and quality tile work.  Return on investment will net you about 65.9%, but when you are in competition with another home and need to get your home sold first, this is a great place to put your home in the lead.

Remodeling a kitchen is always impressive and gives a nice clean feel to the rest of the home, and the kitchen is the soul of the home. When doing a kitchen remodel, however, make sure you don't add too many custom features that cost a lot of money, and keep it to the mid-range level. People want a nice kitchen, but won't pay you back for the Sub Zero refrigerator and Calcutta marble you installed.  on average, a mid range kitchen remodel will net you 63.3% on your investment.

Replacing your old windows with new energy efficient windows will net you about  63.5% on your investment.  New home buyers don't want to have a major project as soon as they move in, and from experience 9.9 out of 10 buyers look at the quality of the windows when shopping for a home, especially in our market where bad windows can mean thousands of dollars of extra expense when owning the home.

Unless you are planning on living in the home forever, consider limiting your remodel to items like these above, and avoid very custom features that you may only enjoy and appreciate.  Avoid creating a floor plan that doesn't flow well because you think adding a bedroom or common space will net you more money. More space doesn't always mean more money when you do go to sell.

Holland Michigan "Ottawa Lakeshore" Real Estate Sales to date 2013 vs 2014

For the area known as the Ottawa Lakeshore which is from North of the Lake Macatawa channel to Grand Haven Township, and east from Lake Michigan to 160th Ave in Holland.  Last year there were 289 active listings at this time, and this year we only have 168, which is a whopping 41% decrease in active listings.  There had been 150 homes sold along the lakeshore in 2013, and this year so far only 97, which is a 35% decrease, so at least the number of homes sold is out pacing the number of active vs last year percentage wise.  The good news is it seems as though the lack of inventory is having a positive effect on prices, as the average sale price along the lakeshore so far is $283,780 for 2014 vs $274,085 to this point in 2013, an increase of 3% year over.  Not a huge bump, but not negative either.  Now we do need to take into account that this area does represent Lake Michigan homes as well, so the averages are going to be a little higher than if all the homes did not have the water factor.




Holland and Saugatuck real estate sales statistics to date 2013 vs 2014

For the areas of Saugatuck Holland real estate market and surrounding areas sales for the time period from 1/1-11/15 2013 vs 2014.  So far in  2014 there have bee 1377 sales of single family homes in the Holland Saugatuck region, compared to 1904 in 2013, which represents a 27% decrease year over.  Active listings are down 41% year over, which is obviously having a big impact on number of sales to this point.  Average sale price is up, however, 6% to date, from $177,237 in 2013 to  $188,722 in 2014.  Sellers are getting 97% of their list price so far in 2014, which is up 1% from 2013, and days on the market is down 15% from 2013 to 72 days compared to and average of 85 days in 2013. 


Looks like the principle of supply is alive and well in the Holland Saugatuck market.

West Michigan Luxury Real Estate Statistics 1/01/2014-11/01/2014 VS 2013

Hello all, sorry it has been a while since my last statistical update, but I promise I will catch up over the next week and get you back up to speed with the West Michigan Real Estate Market.

I figured I would start with the luxury homes market since that seems to be a pretty good gauge on the health of the market and money flow into the area.

For the areas from the southern Michigan border to north to Onekama, and all points in between along the lakeshore in 2014 we have seen 264 homes sold over $500,000 compared to an almost identical 265 homes sold in 2013, with an average sale price of  $821,404 for those luxury homesin 2014, and an average of $871,845 in 2013, representing a 6% decrease in compared to last year.  Average days on the market in 2014 was 216, and sellers took home an average of 92% of their asking price, while in 2013 those numbers were 236 and 93% respectively.  Southwest Michigan, the areas comprising South Haven down to the Michigan border saw the largest number of sales with 137 luxury homes, and also had the highest average sale price at $864,662, just beating out the Holland/Saugatuck market which saw an average sale price of 846,403, but only 59 sales of over $500,000 in 2014, while in 2013, Southwest Michigan had the exact same amount of sales (137) but the average sale price was $910,019, a 5% drop in average sale price.


Not bad considering last year was an amazing year, and this year got off to a slow start with the long harsh winter.

Check back for more Real Estate Statistics along Michigan's West Coast.   

Price Reduced on 4191 Lakeshore Dr in Holland

Holland, Ottawa County  -  Announcing a price reduction on 4191 Lakeshore Dr, a 4,843 sq. ft., 6 bath, 5 bdrm 2 story. Now $1,999,000 - New Price!.

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High-End Homes With High-End Air Purification Systems

Updated June 27, 2014 8:47 a.m. ET

Slideshow: Smells Like Luxury

This $3.45 million Scarsdale, N.Y., home has several clean-air features, including insulation made of recycled denim, because builders say it contains fewer toxic chemicals. Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal

Alongside infinity pools and gourmet kitchens, more high-end developers and luxury-home builders are pitching a new amenity: freshly circulated, highly scrubbed air.

Demand for air ventilation systems has grown dramatically in the luxury home market. In Scarsdale, N.Y., a home's entire air supply can be changed out in under an hour. Photo: Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal.

Developers of 155 East 79th Street, a condominium under construction on Manhattan's Upper East Side, boast that its ventilation technology first cleanses air via a hospital operating-room-grade purification system and then brings the fresh filtered result into each unit. In San Francisco, luxury developer Troon Pacific says it has built several speculative homes in the $5 million-plus range that fully exchange their indoor air at least three times a day.

In New York's Hamptons, developer Peter Sabbeth installed a $5,000 air-ventilation system with a heat-exchange feature into his speculatively built home that not only exchanges air—it also uses heat from the outgoing stale air to warm fresh air coming in and maintains a comfortable level of humidity as well. The home also includes low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints that emit fewer chemicals—he estimates they probably cost a couple thousand dollars more—and other chemical-free building materials. The 5,500-square-foot, six-bedroom, five-bathroom home is listed for $5.95 million.

Fed by such concerns as the occurrence of indoor mold and the growing prevalence of asthma, demand for such systems has grown. Barry Stephens, business development and technology director for Zehnder, a Switzerland-based company that sells energy-efficient ventilation systems, says sales have nearly doubled every year for the past several years.

"There's a real big conversation in the building industry and building-science community about these things," he says. "Things are changing rapidly." Prices range from about $4,500 for a typical apartment-size system and ductwork to about $10,000 for a very large home. A similar system for a large condominium or apartment building can cost more than $1 million, though Mr. Stephens says once such a system is installed, bathroom vents are no longer needed and a smaller HVAC system can be used, offsetting much of the cost.

In large Asian cities like Beijing, where outdoor air pollution is a major health concern, wealthy expat buyers and renters commonly purchase their own filters, spending a couple thousand dollars to do so. According to James Macdonald, head of research for Savills SVS.LN -0.08% China, more new high-end developments are installing building-wide air-purification systems.

Developers and home builders say the growing prominence of green building is also bolstering demand, as energy-efficient buildings are built so tightly they sometimes offer very little natural ventilation when windows are closed. Though draft-free homes use less energy to heat and cool, they can lack the natural coming and going of air and in certain conditions (like use of exhaust fans) can result in a depressurization if a proper ventilation system hasn't been installed. Mr. Stephens says this can sometimes result in compromised indoor-air quality.

In the U.S., a number of the new developments are in densely populated Manhattan. Though the New York metro area's air quality has improved in the past 10 to 20 years, according to the American Lung Association, it still gets an "F" grade when it comes to high-ozone days and particle pollution.

Giselle Martin-Kniep, an education consultant who lives in New York, purchased a 1,750-square-foot, three-bedroom condominium at the Visionaire in Battery Park City in 2009. It was one of the city's first residential buildings to circulate fresh, filtered air to each apartment. That, along with the building's environmentally sustainable design, were key selling points for Ms. Martin-Kniep, who declined to say how much she spent on the condo. (Listings in the building today range from $825,000 for a 600-square-foot studio to $4.25 million for a corner three-bedroom unit on a high floor.)

Ms. Martin-Kniep says she feels better and notices that she really only feels she needs to open the windows on the nicest days when conditions are perfect outside. She says she has also noticed that friends with cat allergies no longer react to her cat when they come over. "I actually think we take for granted that air quality is good until we somehow don't have it," she says.

In suburban areas, a handful of high-end developers of single-family homes are promoting their project's indoor-air quality. In tony Westport, Conn., a 5,800-square-foot Colonial-style house that will soon list for $2.8 million was built using "passive house" building methods that minimize energy usage with a mathematically precise, airtight building technique, and the strategic placement of high-performance windows to take advantage of daylight and shade. Inside, the air will be filtered through a two air-exchangers, says Douglas Mcdonald, the founder of the Pure House, the company that built the home. Pollen-free fresh air will circulate into living and sleeping spaces; other air will be removed from kitchens and bathrooms, where odors tend to accumulate the most.

"The air quality is amazing," says Mr. Mcdonald. Paint, flooring and cabinetry will be made from chemical-free materials to eliminate what Mr. Mcdonald describes as harmful off-gassing. He estimates that the speculatively built home, slated to be completed in September, is priced about 10% higher than a traditionally built house.

Troon Pacific, the San Francisco-based developer, has an eco-minded home on the market for $13 million that is built with a focus on air quality, among other things. In the garage, an exhaust fan minimizes the home's exposure to carbon monoxide, says Gregory Malin, the company's chief executive officer. To mitigate potential toxins in the ground underneath the home, an impermeable membrane is installed with PVC piping to bring air from underneath the home out from above the roof. There are even vented shoe cabinets near the entrance, which Mr. Malin says helps prevent further contaminants from entering the house.

Selling something as immaterial as air can be can be tricky. "It's not really a sexy topic," says Stephen Glascock, president of Anbau, the Manhattan-based developer that is building 155 East 79th Street. Prices in the seven-unit building range from $9 million for a three-bedroom duplex to $17 million for a penthouse. Mr. Glascock says he has spent about $2.3 million on the building's filtered fresh-air HVAC system, compared with about $1.55 million for an average condo building without fresh-air ventilation.

Brett Singer, a scientist in the Indoor Environment Group of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, says his research has found that indoor-air pollutants often exceed the standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency for acceptable outdoor-air quality, and that indoor air is often worse in densely populated multifamily buildings in low-income urban areas. While air-purification systems and the like can be helpful, he says, fairly basic, energy-efficient ones are typically sufficient. "Most people don't need to live in a particle-free environment." Mr. Singer says that research also shows many people forget to change the filters regularly enough for some systems to be very effective.

Installing such systems can require considering a building's design from the earliest stages. Rick Cook, a New York architect who specializes in "biophilic" design, which is focused on designing buildings with a strong connection to nature, says for his latest residential project, 301 East 50th Street, he oriented the building to take advantage of natural air quality and daylight. "Most design has been kind of obsessed with the two-dimensional pictures and glossy magazines," he says. "But we experience our indoor environment and spaces with all our senses." The 29-story limestone building has a fresh-air filtration system that removes 95% of the particulate matter and costs about $500,000, according to the building's developer, Scott Shnay. Units are priced between $1.7 million and $10.5 million.

In some buildings and homes, air quality is just a small part of the wellness pitch. Paul Scialla, founder and CEO of Delos, a wellness-focused building company, says his firm's latest residential project in New York has more than 50 different wellness-centered features, including vitamin C-infused shower heads and ultraviolet lights that "aid in sterilizing harmful airborne microbes and irritants." Prices range from $15 million to $50 million.

Jan Flanzer, a former psychotherapist in the New York area, says mold and air-quality issues forced her out of her 1920s-era Tudor home several years ago. About three years ago she founded a company called Healthy Home Builders that focuses on building nontoxic, eco-minded homes with better air quality.

She and her contractor, Pete Donovan, with whom she co-founded the business, recently listed a six-bedroom Colonial-style home in Scarsdale, N.Y., for $3.45 million that uses recycled denim as insulation, which they say contains fewer toxic chemicals. Formaldehyde- and chemical-free materials were used throughout the home, as were reclaimed oak floors with a UV-cured finish they had tested for indoor air quality by an environmental consulting company. An energy-recovery ventilator brings in fresh air from the outside, filtering it with carbon on the way in.

Mr. Donovan says the 6,950-square-foot home's air supply can be changed over in less than an hour. He says the home, which was also built with energy efficiency and water conservation in mind, probably cost about 10% more to build than a regular house.

"Although we would like to emphasize and lead off with the clean-air stuff," he says, "you gotta still lead with the fact that it's got a beautiful gourmet kitchen."

Offers offers everywhere, but not enough...

...Inventory to keep up with demand! Wow, never have I seen a market like this in my real estate career. I am currently working with several buyers in the Holland/Zeeland real estate market looking to find a home, and although they want nice homes, they aren't looking for the Taj Mahal at a bargain price. Just a modest place that is fairly priced. Doesn't seem like too big of a task, right? Well, think again. The last 3 homes I have just TRIED to show to these buyers have had a total of 23 offers on them, and each of the properties settled well above asking price after a bidding war ensued. All I wanted to do was schedule an appointment for the homes, but never even got a chance, as they all sold the 1st day listed. Now, it's not like this in every price point or area, but the fact it is happening in any market in our area is really good news for the health of our West Michigan real estate market. So, if you are thinking of buying a home, don't wait...they're going fast. If you're thinking of selling, now may be the time...we never know when the activity will die down. Check out the latest Listings Here


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