Martin Bouma

29 years of work experience
The Bouma Group of Keller Williams
564 S. Main St.
Ann Arbor, MI, 48104
(734) 619-0341

Ratings & reviews (35)

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Highly likely to recommend
07/07/2014
eschipan
Helped me buy home
I just purchased a very nice condo in downtown Ann Arbor thanks to the Bouma group! Working with Heidi and Becki at the Bouma Group has been a wonderful experience!!! I was impressed by their professionalism, knowledge, and, more importantly, willingness to help you in anyway they can. I highly recommend the Bouma Group!
Highly likely to recommend
06/26/2014
elaine894
Helped me buy home
Martin is the consummate professional. Both Martin and Scott Guyor were an absolute joy to work with - friendly, knowledgeable, intuitive, available, and responsive. Martin and Scott were both superb in gauging our very specific needs, finding the needles in the haystack, and getting us the information about new and soon-to-be listings early enough for us to act. With the quickly changing market in our price range and area, Scott kept us up to date on listings even when we were out of town (at our request). Scott also offered to go to the houses and report back to us while we were gone, and met us at all times of day, including very early on Sunday. He kept us informed, but did not burden us with small stressful glitches that are common in real estate transactions. Martin & Scott both were able to recommend top-notch professionals, like inspectors and attorneys, to help with the process. Becky, the closing agent, had everything buttoned up and ready for a smooth closing. Having worked with other realtors - both locally and in other states - I can say that you won't find anyone better than Martin & The Bouma Group. I would not hesitate to use them again and, in fact, I will be using their services when I sell my current home next year. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
06/10/2014
zuser20140610201230875
Listed and sold a home
The best realtor in Ann Arbor area! When we moved to Ann Arbor 4 years ago to attend University of Michigan, we asked a couple of friends in the area for recommendations. Martin Bouma's name came up in multiple conversations and we decided to call him. The purchase process went smoothly. The entire team worked together to find us a perfect house. The real estate agent we worked with and Becki, the closing agent, were both very professional and pleasant to work with. 4 years later, when it was time for us to move after graduation, we did not hesitate for a second. We knew that we would call Martin Bouma for help us sell the house. Martin personally came to the house, talked to us about options, timing and the asking price. I was again impressed by his profound knowledge of the market. Our house was not a million dollar property and I am sure that he had many other things to attend, but he took time out of his busy schedule and spent a reasonable amount of time going over the process with us. He was very personable and made us think that we were the most important customers he had. When it was time for us to list the house, the professional photographer from Bouma Group came in and took excellent photos. Our realtor, John Price, came in to finalize the asking price and explain all the steps of the process again. He also brought the printed brochures about the house to give to the potential buyers. He was always available via email and phone if we had any questions. 20+ showings in the first week and voilĂ ... the house was sold for exactly what we were hoping to get for it. They even found the buyers who were willing to wait almost 2 months to close while we were looking for a new place to live in MN. And of course, I cannot not mention Becki:) Becki Gersh, Bouma Group's closing agent, is the most competent professional we have ever worked with. She made the entire process flawless and absolutely stress-free. To be honest, I rarely write a review that has only positive things. I usually have at least one suggestion for improvement or notice something that needs attention from the owners' perspective. When it comes to Bouma group, I could not think of anything I could suggest to them to improve. Everything was excellent: the customer service, professionalism, knowledge of the market... If we ever come back to Ann Arbor area, we'll most definitely call Martin Bouma to help us find a new home. Thank you! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
02/09/2014
zuser20140209180520325
Listed and sold a home
We are very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with The Bouma Group when selling our previous home, and buying our current one. As a whole their staff was extremely accommodating and insightful throughout the whole process; on numerous occasions they went out of their way to make sure the sale of our home and the purchase of our new one went as smoothly as possible. Should we ever be in a situation of buying or selling a home again in the Ann Arbor area, they will be the first ones we contact :). Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
11/23/2013
jboria
Listed and sold a home
Fantastic experience! Martin and his team are very knowledgeable and professional. We had 2 offers on our house in 10 days and closed on the house in less than two months. If we return to the area we will do business with them again.
Highly likely to recommend
11/04/2013
user6292862
Helped me buy home
The agents at Bouma group are very knowledgeable and helpful. I was a first time buyer and also trying to buy in a sellers market. Scott explained everything patiently and gave me good ideas on presenting my offer.
Highly likely to recommend
08/25/2013
remoteblue
Listed and sold a home
Martin's group provided my extreme valuable insight on real state market and wonderful service. I sold the house within 3 days. His prediction in the price strategy turned out to be working. The sale price is about 4000 more than we asked for. Martin's insight in the ann arbor real state market comes from his experience and dedication in this area. In the first/second interview, I was impressed by his knowledge in ann arbor. for instance, he can give a quick summary on every area of ann arbor, while remembering details on different transactions in those area in the elaboration. Another strength of his group is the close connections with active buyers. It is a close connection but not loose connection. He knows exactly who are looking for what houses. So he can make the deal really fast. Before showing the house, he sent stagger to help us arrange the furniture. The layout is so lovely that the buyers asked agent whether we could sell those furniture when moving. After we listed the house, Susie did all the follow up. we are satisfied with her service. All questions were addressed in time. In fact, we didn't have many questions because she took care of all major issues. Becki stepped in after the deal was closed. we got paper work done quickly without any wasting time. Definitely recommend to interview Martin before making decisions. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
08/24/2013
user43377849
Listed and sold a home
Martin, Susie, Becki and whole Bouma Group were excellent !! "It was really a great selling experience. I was treated very professionally by the whole Bouma Group. I am very happy with the whole experience. They were very excellent with market knowledge, pricing strategies and negotiating skills. we were 100% satisfied! Liang and Ming
Highly likely to recommend
08/13/2013
user65542139
Helped me buy home
Our experience with Scott Guyor, Becki Gersh, and Morgan Hart with the Bouma group was nothing less than fantastic. The Ann Arbor housing market was tough for buyers this past spring/summer and Scott and Morgan did everything they could to help us find our perfect home! Scott is extremely knowledgable, trustworthy, and an all around good guy. Morgan got back to us quickly, and took me to see many homes within 24hours of my request to see them while my husband was out of the country. Becki was honest and helpful during the closing process, and stayed on top of things as they progressed. We couldn't have had better people to turn to during our home buying adventure. We would recommend the Bouma group to ANYONE and EVERYONE looking to buy a house in A2! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
08/12/2013
oaw
Listed and sold a home
I loved that Martin was an honorable man and a wonderful human being. I never felt pressured to take an offer so he could close a deal. In fact, I sold 2 properties in Ann Arbor MI with him as my realtor and I received the highest price in my neighborhood both times! I would definitely use the Bouma group again whether purchasing or selling a property. I love that his group is so thorough and every detail is handled. This is really helpful especially if you are from out of town. Professional and courteous and no surprises at closing! Love that! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
08/06/2013
user3107291
Listed and sold a home
The Bouma Group is an excellent team of professionals who coordinated, facilitated and managed the listing and sale of two homes and the purchase of one home. The Bouma Group worked collectively within their office as well as with outside agents. They are clearly well respected within the real estate community. The process was extremely well organized and the team members were very pleasant to work with during all phases. The use of the Bouma moving truck was a very helpful perk! Thanks to the Bouma team for making it all happen in an enjoyable, professional and timely manner! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
08/06/2013
user64921246
Helped me buy and sell homes
Martin Bouma contacted us, we had been looking a year previously, but never found anything and were unsure we could sell our current home given the market. On pretty much a cold call, he assured us he would be able to sell our house, so we again started looking with the help of Scott Guyor, a buyers agent in the office. Amazingly within a month we found a house, made an offer, and about a month later, moved in. Then, within 24 hours of listing our other house, there was an offer, and we closed that in the next month. My husband an I have pretty much bought and sold houses every five years, this will have been our ninth experience and was really the smoothest and least stressful experience ever. Becki Gersh worked to coordinate closings and was always on top of communications and had local contacts and resources available for every need. We couldn't be happier recommend this team highly for buyers and sellers. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
08/03/2013
user2281943
Listed and sold a home
We were completely satisfied with our experience selling our house with the Bouma group. This was our second time engaging them, and both sales were very rapid and for a better price than we imagined. Martin and all his staff were prompt, knowledgeable, professional, and a pleasure to work with. Thank you.
Highly likely to recommend
06/30/2013
user9320947
Helped me buy home
We bought a house in the Ann Arbor area with the help of the Bouma Group. Scott Guyor, the real estate agent, was the key player in our efforts to buy the perfect home. Scott and his assistant Morgan did everything they could and then some to locate, show and negotiate the house we finally bought. The purchase had some complications but we felt very comfortable having the Bouma team on our side. There were no surprises, no hidden agendas and no wasted time. A long search for the perfect home was accomplished without any glitches. I highly reccommend this team of proffesionals. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
05/03/2013
user16820937
Listed and sold a home
Excellent work from start to finish. I had to sell a house in Ann Arbor while living in Columbus, Ohio, and Martin (and his team) made it painless and actually pleasant, which has not always been my experience with other realtors. They are true professionals who care about what they are doing. I highly recommend them!
Highly likely to recommend
05/02/2013
user87747546
Helped me buy and sell homes
We bought and sold a home in Ann Arbor with the Bouma Group. With both experiences, we could not have been happier. They provided insightful advise that allowed us to negotiate a lower price when we purchased our home, avoid costly mistakes like not assessing for orangeburg, and sell at the peak of the market. Without a doubt, we will recommend them to our friends. If we ever return to the area, we will definitely work with them again.
Highly likely to recommend
04/29/2013
user50966435
Listed and sold a home
We recently sold our home through Martin and the Bouma group. It was a fantastic experience and could not have gone better. Martin carefully analyzed the market and priced our home competitively - most important - he showed us why our home was worth what it was and still asked if we were comfortable with the price. The house sold quickly and for a higher offer! The team at Bouma kept us informed every step of the way and Martin was easily accessible. They facilitated the process of inspections and closing. We would recommend the Bouma group to anyone without reservation! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
03/07/2013
user0429422
Helped me buy home
Bouma group went above and beyond expectations, always welcoming any questions with honest answers. Was willing to work within my time schedule, which was helpful being new to the home buying experience.
Highly likely to recommend
01/23/2013
user8136979
Helped me buy and sell homes
My wife and I had a great experience working w. Scott Guyor and Becki Gersh. They guided us through the process with ease (first time home buyers!) and patiently explained any questions we had. Scott has a great handle on the local market, and was able to fill us in on many details of the neighborhood, local real estate trends, and provide an honest assessment of the value/condition of the homes we viewed. When we had an issue w. the inspection, Becki worked tirelessly to rectify the issue so we could close on time. When we had an issue meeting during the week (I work out of state often), Becki met us on a Sunday morning to help us sign the requisite papers. We cannot recommend their services highly enough! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
12/22/2012
user2300221
Listed and sold a home
We were involved in a protracted sale of a large home and property in Ann Arbor. The process began in 2006, ended in 2012. The best plan of action was to split the house from two other lots. In a depressed market, we slowly sold all three parcels. Martin patiently stayed engaged, gave sound advice, and never encouraged us to move our price points inappropriately. We got the best result possible out of a difficult situation. He has an excellent staff, and a firm grasp of the realities of the Ann Arbor market. We would use him again, without question. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
12/05/2012
user1966689
Listed and sold a home
My situation was very diffult for me. I choose Martin Bouma to list my deceased husband's home in Ann Arbor. I had an estate sale of personal goods prior to the sale of home. Martin Bouma met me at the home to discussed price and had a few ideas to improve the house at an affordable price to maximize my proceeds. The home was listed, sold and at the closing table within five (5) weeks. What more could you ask for. Especially, for a little more closure to one's life. Martin, Becki and everyone on the Bouma Team. Thank you so much. This was a very difficut time in my life and you helped me out with your kindness, professionalism and understanding. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Julie Mazur My realtor always. :-) Less ... More
Likely to recommend
11/14/2012
user4206145
Listed and sold a home
Working with Martin himself was very easy, effective and drama-free. Martin is very knowledgeable, factual and analytical. He is a wise and trusted partner in the selling process. His style is low key and highly professional. Overall very good experience. There were some flaws in the process - review and editing of the listing lacking attention to detail, erroneous and unverified listing price change, handout hardcopy materials glossy but lacking factual data (e.g. full home listing, plot map, seller's disclosure, school and tax info). At times it felt that the office staff was stretched too thin. We also used Martin's group to explore buying a house however that part of the operation was less effective and insightful than the seller's agent part. All in all a positive experience and a recommended realtor. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
10/17/2012
user438236
Listed and sold a home
Our story is unique in that at first we thought we didn't need a realtor. We tried to sell our home on and off for two years receiving lowball offers and not much interest. Then.. we decided to get serious and listed our home with the Bouma Group, after hearing that they were the best in Ann Arbor. Long story short, Matin sold our house after one day on the market receiving higher than our asking price! He was professional and so knowlegeable. We would highly recommend Martin Bouma and the Bouma Group any day! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
10/07/2012
user5078444
Listed and sold a home
I was very impressed with Bouma. I thought it would take several months to sell our house given the current market in our area. We were going to be happy with breaking even or taking a small loss. After meeting with Bouma, he was confident that it was the right time to sell and that he would sell our house in less than 1 week. He priced our house much higher than a competing realtor but had the documentation (comps) to back up his pricing. After meeting with him on Wednesday, our house was put on the market Friday afternoon and we had 15+ showings over the weekend with two competing offers by the following Wednesday. We actually got our asking price which was higher than we anticipated! He even had a moving truck that we were able to use free of charge. I am still left in disbelief how successful we were in selling our home. I would highly recommend Bouma to everyone wishing to sell their house at a profit and fast! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
09/28/2012
user7636870
Helped me buy home
We worked with Scott to purchase our first home in Ann Arbor. The entire time we were so grateful to be working with Scott. He was incredibly responsive, went out of his way to accomodate us on many occasions, and didn't abandon us even though we were pretty picky! It took us about six months to find the right home and Scott was very dedicated and genuine. I felt like he really cared about us finding the right home for our family. He taught us a lot as first time buyers, he had very thorough answers to all of our many, many questions. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
09/20/2012
brownjell
Listed and sold a home
The people in Martin's office are friendly and helpful. Martin is very knowledgable about local real estate and knows the market inside and out.
Highly likely to recommend
09/12/2012
user6451773
Listed and sold a home
When my wife and I set about looking for a realtor to list our house, I asked a few of my friends who had recently sold their homes. One told me about Martin, who had sold his house a few days after listing. When I first spoke to Martin on the phone, I was met with an eager voice who was happy to meet me ASAP. He worked with my hectic work schedule, was right on time, and came overwhelmingly prepared. He had a lot of data on local homes and came with an initial idea of a listing price and soft quotes for improvements. We quickly came up with a plan for improving our odds for a quick sale, e.g. his contact offered me an excellent quote for painting, who was himself a professional throughout the process as well as an excellent painter. On a few occassions Martin counseled us on proper courses of action which were a big help, but he also was willing to go in the direction I wanted to when I made a decision that he did not recommend, i.e. he wasn't bossy, he gave expert advice, and it was up to me to use it or not (he totally gets it). Two days after listing we had multiple viewings, a serious offer which we took, and another waiting in the wings. His emails linked us to a great website which was very detailed and exactly what we wanted. Martin was actively involved in the entire process. He took my calls or returned them promptly...weekends and nights. I recollect him near the end of the sale process calling while out of town on vacation. That's dedication. Speaking of dedicated, Becki, his closing leader, took it from there and sealed the deal. She arranged for light repairs and inspections, gave good advice on how to finalize negotiations about the inspections, and closed in our stead as we had moved already. In all, we cleared a good sum due to Martin's team's hard work and timing the listing just right. I'd use him again any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
08/26/2012
user255786
Helped me buy home
Bouma was a great group overall to help us buy a home. They have a dedicated closing person to help go through the steps of inspection, loan coordination and any adjustments to the contract. She was very responsive and knowledgeable and made the process very smooth. At closing, they provide a thorough list of local contractors, service agents, etc. We received quick, helpful responses to our questions (email, text and phone) when looking for homes and as we approached closing. The only complaint we had was with our real estate buyer's agent through the group. She did not seem prepared to show us homes as she was late, got us confused with other buyers, didn't remember the preferences we had emailed her (at her request) and didn't know much about the properties she showed us. We did all our home research online and finally chose a home we had found on Zillow. She also had us lead the negotiation process, so we did not feel that she helped us in the process. Overall, we were recommended to the group from a friend and we would recommend. We got more service for our dollar from this firm than from the firm we used for our last house purchase (different location). Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
08/01/2012
user055935
Listed and sold a home
Martin and team recently listed our home. They offered outstanding service throughout the process from staging to closing. Their market expertise was great. Martin's team communicated actively and responded in reasonable timeliness. We has several offers within a week of listing and sold for full listing price. Becki helped our closing go flawlessly. I recommend the Bouma Group to you enthusiastically!
Highly likely to recommend
07/25/2012
user8522954
Helped me buy and sell homes
We have recently sold our condo through the Bouma group for approximately 400K in 2012. Our experience working with the Bouma group was a very profitable and enjoyable experience. They had been recommended to us by former neighbor who had used the agency to sell their property. After my wife and I met Martin, we had a chance to see his business style and knowledge of the local real estate market and we were very impressed. His approach to marketing our condo gave us the impression he was very interested in getting the highest price that was available in the current market. The Bouma group was always available to answer any questions we had during the selling time frame. After we did secure a buyer, Becki one of their administrative managers guided us through the paperwork process. She was very knowledgeable and responsive to our needs and questions. Not only did we sell our condo with the Bouma group we also purchased a home. Heidi our purchasing agent helped us through the process of obtaining the new property. She also acted in a very professional and knowledgeable manner. All in all we were very pleased with the Bouma group managing both the sale and purchase of property. Based on our experienced with the Bouma Group, we would not have a problem recommending them to future clients. Less ... More
Do not recommend
12/05/2011
jem.vin
Never responded to my inquiry
Never responded to my inquiry.
Response fromMartin Bouma
I apologize if you didn't receive a response to your inquiry. We receive 150-200 inquiries per month and have a very systematic approach to responding to each and every inquiry. It could have been something as simple as your email being incorrect, as we didn't have your phone number.
Highly likely to recommend
11/03/2011
GeorgiaPanosVulicevic
Listed and sold a home
Martin and his staff are the most knowledgeable and courteous in the Washtenaw County area.
Highly likely to recommend
10/27/2011
Mary Kerkes
Helped me buy and sell homes
I am not sure where to begin with this story. We had the most amazing experience with Martin and his team. We had an older home which we had outgrown as a family. Martin came in to our home fully prepared with comparative statistics of home sales in our area. He had a warm, friendly and very knowledgeable approach as he offered hints and ideas to speed the sale of our home. Our home was my husband's family home and it seemed that Martin understood there was an emotional attachment to the home and he was very respectful to that bond while all the while, remaining efficient in his approach. It was a fine line that he walked perfectly. It sounds cliche but by the time Martin left, we knew we were in the best possible hands. We worked with Scott who showed our home many times and even did a couple open houses. He was always very pleasant and again seemed very knowledgeable. Even with the issues that older homes have the Bouma Team had an offer on the table within a month. I have to credit the amazing patience, skill and compassion of Martin's closing agent, Becki. She handled all the issues the buyer's had and managed to calm our nerves simultaneously. She did a wonderful job. The Bouma Team set me up with their buyer's agent Brian to assist us in purchasing our new home. We were building and through that process, Brian was a great voice of reason. He walked through all the models with us. Pointed out the pluses and minuses of each. He helped us settle on the perfect home for us. He also helped us reason through which lot would work best for our family. His attention to detail has never been forgotten. We were leaning toward the lot next to the lot we eventually chose and his reason for declining this spot was the headlights of oncoming traffic from the adjacent road, something I never would have considered. He assisted in cabinet choices, hardware, lighting, appliances. He was an absolutely invaluable component to the purchase of our home. Through this experience, there was never a moment where i felt handled or pacified. I felt as if my $170,000 home was every bit as important to the entire team as a higher end home. I have recommended the Bouma Team time and time again without hesitation and will continue to do so. Mary Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
10/26/2011
Cemal Sozener
Helped me buy home
Martin and his team are truly amazing. I have had the pleasure of working with them on multiple purchases and sales over the past 10 years. They have always been very prompt, professional, had excellent advice and service and were always available. Martin and his staff have consistently gone out of their way to make my home purchase experience special. I have had many friends that have used other area realtors and been disappointed. With such an important decision as the purchase of my home, there is no one I would rather trust and work closely with. I have referred him to many friends and colleagues and they have always had similarly excellent experiences. In the current turbulent economic and real estate climate, Martin shines as a pillar of knowledge and professionalism that is unrivaled allowing his clients to make calm and sound decisions. I owe him and his team for finding and helping me negotiate an acceptable price to allow me to move into the home of my dreams. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
10/25/2011
Santine Sikorski
Listed and sold a home
I built a beautiful custom home at the tail end of the economic boom. Unfortunately, I ended up going through a difficult divorce 4 years later during the economic landslide. In the midst of the divorce, I went to Martin asking for help selling my home. I needed to sell it quickly and did not want to loose a ton of money. Martin and his team were amazing! Within 4 months, they had negotiated an offer I could live with. My beautiful home had wonderful new owners and the price was something I could live with. They were kind, thoughtful, and professional. Whoever said "realtors are all the same" is nuts! Martin Bouma's group sets a new bar in the industry. I will never sell or buy again without the Bouma team behind me. Less ... More