So you’ve decided that you want to find a new home. What’s the first step? Making the decision to become a homeowner — or to improve your living space — is often half the battle. The other half can be easily accomplished if you know what lies ahead.
As an experienced Grandville real estate agent, Shannon Benton can help point you in the right direction when you are ready to buy or sell a home, condo, townhouse or lake property in West Michigan. Whether you are a first-time homebuyer, looking to upgrade to a larger residence or searching for a smaller, more manageable home — going down the correct path can be easy when you have the right guide.
Shannon Benton can help you buy or sell any West Michigan property, including:
When it comes time to sell your home, doing it right can be an overwhelming task. Don’t let stress get in the way of finding the right buyer. If you take the proper steps, you can start preparing for life after your home sale with as little stress possible.
As an expert seller's agent, Shannon Benton will be your guide when you are ready to sell your home. Whether or not you’ve sold a home before, Shannon’s experience will help you avoid making mistakes that could cost you.
Having a good real estate agent to guide you through the home buying or selling process is critical. With professional insight, invaluable advice and a strong knowledge of the market, there’s no substitute for having a professional like Shannon by your side.
If you are looking to buy or sell a condo in Grandville or the West Michigan area, you’ve come to the right place. Shannon Benton has spent the last decade specializing in condo sales and purchases within Grandville’s Rivertown Park community — so she knows condos.
In the past five years, many buyers have leaned toward purchases of a condominium over a traditional due to resurgence in urban living. Condos are usually located in urban areas and within walking distance to shops, restaurants and other places of interest. Many, such as Rivertown Park in Grandville, offer residents resort-like amenities, such as pools, fitness centers and other shared resources.
Since many people are living busier lives, condos become an attractive choice because of their convenience and low-maintenance lifestyle —whether you have a family, are empty nesters or even buying your first home. Since association fees cover the exterior and many of the expensive components of the structure, maintenance is limited to the interior of dwelling.
Many condo owners also enjoy the sense of community and safety found in condos, whereas traditional homes may lack this benefit in today’s garage-to-garage suburban lifestyle. On top of this, condos usually have lower utility costs since they may be spread out throughout the community.Back to Top
Single Family Homes
Buying a home can be a joyful and amazing experience — whether you are a first time homebuyer or if you are on your second or third home. However, the process of searching for and finding the right home intimidates many homebuyers.
As the market changes, as your needs change and as the number of options in West Michigan changes, you need to make sire you are taking the right steps to find what you want. Having an experienced local real estate agent, such as Shannon Benton, can save you time, money and stress when searching for and purchasing a new home.
While an abundance of information exists, finding the right information often becomes overwhelming; and the right info needs to be in hand before making that purchase. Whether comparing list prices of homes or making room in your budget for additional expenses, finding the right house for you and your family can be a laborious task.
When you are ready to take that first step, Shannon Benton can assist you every step of the way and remain in your corner so that you can find that perfect house.Back to Top
With so many options available to homebuyers in West Michigan, Townhomes often fall through the crack as a viable option for many buyers.
These multi-level homes offer buyers many different options and amenities in relation to single family homes and condos. Townhouse communities can be either large or small, depending on the city you choose and the location. Townhome residents own their property ‘from the ground to the sky’ and usually have an outside patio or deck area and attached garage as well. In West Michigan, may of these residences also have a basement.
Most townhouses allow residents to enter directly into the unit from the outside, although at least one side or back wall usually will be shared with a neighbor or open to the outside. While there are association fees required, they include snow removal and lawn care, trash removal, outside maintenance and hazard insurance — and sometimes water and sewer bills.
If you think a townhouse is the right option for you, Shannon Benton can help you weigh the pros and cons and make an informed decision.Back to Top
When you decide to build your dream home, you set in motion a very important process that must be followed closely to ensure success. Real estate agent Shannon Benton knows exactly what steps are needed to to find a location and get started on the home building process the right way.
Whether it is helping you to feel confident in your decision to build, refining design ideas, reviewing potential sites or just deciding on a location, Shannon will guide you each step of the way to make the entire process simple and stress free.
Shannon will meet with you and help to coordinate decisions regarding architects, builders, designers and other individuals that will be involved in the new construction process. Having an experienced agent in your corner can be invaluable when it comes time to discuss your expectations and other important initial factors, including the special needs of a new home, your timetable and budget and any special wishes you have.Back to Top
The long, picturesque stretches of Lake Michigan beaches and the ample lakes and wooded areas throughout West Michigan offer many options for buyers looking to purchase lakefront property, a cabin or a beachfront home.
If you are looking to purchase a lake home, cabin or lakefront property, your West Michigan real estate agent Shannon Benton can help you to find the perfect spot and avoid many of the pitfalls associated with these unique purchases.
A knowledgeable real estate agent with experience handling successful lake home transactions can help you to determine the ‘true’ cost of ownership. How much are property taxes? Is there a lake association or homeowners association and how much are their costs and fees?
The first step in narrowing your search revolves around how you will use your lake property. If you plan to fish, water ski or simply captain your pontoon party boat around the lake, then the size and quality of the lake is important to you.Back to Top
Thinking about buying or selling a home, condo, townhouse or lake home in West Michigan? Let real estate agent Shannon Benton help you discover all of your options. Contact Shannon here or call her directly at 616.340.2940. The first step to a beautiful new home is just a phone call away!