Mark Brace

12 years of work experience
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
3000 East Beltline NE
Grand Rapids, MI, 49525
(616) 447-7025

Ratings & reviews (129)

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Highly likely to recommend
06/17/2015
kurthmi
Listed and sold a home
We have now used Mark Brace as our real estate rep in three real estate transactions and have recommended him to a friend who also used his services. In all of these transactions with Mark, we were most pleasantly impressed with his knowledge, friendliness, and attention to detail. He replied to all of our concerns with extreme promptness, helpfulness, and friendliness. We were also impressed by the friendliness and helpfulness of his entire staff. We will continue to recommend Mark and his entire staff. Mark has caused us to "re-think real estate" Ruth Kurth and Rachel Palmer Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
06/15/2015
mchase52
Helped me buy home
Mark was relentless in his pursuit to find us a home. With the narrow window we gave him concerning location, price, and time, he nailed it. Our daughter and her family are relocating back to Grand Rapids from Wisconsin and with Mark's efforts he was able to not only find the perfect house, but was able to make it all work in a time frame that accommodated all parties. Great job Mark!
Highly likely to recommend
06/05/2015
justinrito
Helped me buy home
Just purchased our first home with Mark, and he was great. His knowledge of the area and the current market are fantastic, and we're incredibly pleased with all aspects of his work. He walked us through every step in the process without ever seeming condescending, was realistic and honest with us about our goals, and all-in-all made our first purchase simple. We would gladly recommend him to anyone and everyone!!
Highly likely to recommend
06/02/2015
meike vollmers
Helped me buy home
We were relocating from Canada to the US and Mark helped us to understand the US housing market. When we came to look for homes he always made himself available and worked around our schedule. Also he answered all our questions right away and with a lot of patience he guided us in our decision and helped us to find a great new home in Grand Rapids. We would recommend Mark to anyone who is looking for a very knowledgeable and professional agent. It was our pleasure to work with him through the whole process. Thanks again!! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
05/25/2015
user74144243
Helped me buy home
Mark helped us find the perfict home for our family. We felt like Mark really knew Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas. He listened to what we wanted and got us a great deal too!
Highly likely to recommend
05/13/2015
carol m baldwin
Helped me buy home
We worked with Mark Brace to buy a home when relocating from Seattle to Grand Rapids. In every interaction, Mark was professional, knowledgeable, honest and quick to respond. Even after our offer was accepted, Mark worked to address any issues that arose and benefit us. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a home in the GR area.
Highly likely to recommend
04/29/2015
racicot ryan
Helped me buy home
Mark did a fantastic job for us. We were looking to find a home in the very tough Forest Hills Northern District. He was was very knowledgeable and knew the process well. We were able to find a home and couldn't be happier. I would recommend Mark to anyone who wants someone who grew up in the area and knows the market well.
Highly likely to recommend
04/29/2015
k8tw05
Helped me buy home
Mark was a great resource for us. He was very knowledgeable about school districts and pointed out any potential resale issues he saw when looking at houses. He was very flexible and accommodated our schedule needs. Would definitely recommend Mark!
Highly likely to recommend
04/24/2015
zuser20140527220301664
Listed and sold a home
Excellent service! Mark is the best, very knowledgeable, professional, honest, and always reachable. Mark did an excellent job selling our house...got very good advise about staging the house and with minor repairs. He made the whole process very very easy and could not have done without Mark's HELP. Highly recommended!
Response fromMark Brace
Shakir & Naila, thank you so much for the great review. It was wonderful to work with you!
Highly likely to recommend
04/21/2015
user49709504
Helped me buy and sell homes
Mark is very friendly and helpful. He is extremely good at what he does and we are very happy with his hard work. Mark is reliable and the best! I highly recommend Mark to anyone buying or selling.
Response fromMark Brace
Brandy & Jeremy, always a pleasure to work with you. Thank you for the nice words!
Highly likely to recommend
04/13/2015
charity 712
Listed and sold a home
Mark Brace did an excellent job. He told us the items that needed updating in order to sell our home. Once those updates were made we listed the home and accepted an offer within 24 hours. He knows his business and is very honest about what needs to be done.
Response fromMark Brace
Charity & Shawn, Thank you for the great review, you guys were awesome to work with!
Highly likely to recommend
04/08/2015
user5492364
Listed and sold a home
WANT TO SELL YOUR HOUSE FAST?! MARK BRACE & TEAM TAKE SELLING YOUR HOME TO A NEW LEVEL!! My husband received a job offer that required us to pack up our house and move to Boston in under 2 weeks... The first phone call we made was to Mark, knowing he would be able to get the job done quickly! He came over on a Tuesday, reviewed all documents, made sure we were pricing our house competitively and gave us some detailed advice on how to get our house "show ready." By the following Wednesday, he had his photographer at our house (who by the way, takes AMAZING pictures... our house looked like something out of a catalog!) And, by Thursday our house was live! Despite the fact that it was Valentine's weekend with inclement weather, our house had several showing's. Just 3 days after listing we had a great offer in hand! Mark & his team did an excellent job negotiating and got the asking price we needed. From that point, the inspection, appraisal and legalities were all smooth sailing. We were able to close in 1 month with not a single hang-up. We truly believe that Mark Brace's Team is the ONLY way to go when selling in the Grand Rapids area. If you are looking for a team that will handle your buying/selling experience with professionalism & care... look no further! Less ... More
Response fromMark Brace
Scott & Nicole, Love you guys! Thanks for the great review and I am so glad we could get your house sold quickly!
Highly likely to recommend
04/02/2015
tghackett9
Helped me buy home
Mark has a deep understanding of the home buying process. Much more important to us was Mark's willingness to collaborate with us regarding our long list of needs and wants,;and to support us in evaluating our new home, to provide a list of qualified home inspectors, and to suggest contractors who have served his customers well.
Response fromMark Brace
Tom, Julie & Katie, Thank you very much for the kind words. It was a pleasure working with you!
Highly likely to recommend
03/11/2015
smitty036
Listed and sold a home
Mark was very helpful throughout the entire process. He was very communicative and kept us updated as the transaction unfolded. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell in Grand Rapids.
Response fromMark Brace
Matt, thanks for the great review! Glad we could get your property sold!
Highly likely to recommend
02/27/2015
hmblush
Helped me buy home
Mark was incredible to work with from start to finish. We had a difficult move ahead of us with a lot of moving parts, but Mark helped us every step of the way. I was very impressed with his knowledge of homes and attention to detail. He was quick to point out minor flaws or potentially major issues that I would have never noticed on my own. I never felt like he was trying to sell me on any particular home or feature, he just showed me the ones I was interested in and pointed out pros and cons that he noticed. Mark knows the area very well and the home buying process in and out. He was attentive and easy to reach when needed. Great experience all around, this is the fourth home I have purchased and Mark was by far the best agent to work with. I highly recommend him! Less ... More
Response fromMark Brace
Jake & Heather, thank you for the kind words! It was a great pleasure working with you both! I hope you are enjoying your new home!
Highly likely to recommend
02/17/2015
Jamaicanarchie
Listed and sold a home
Mark has been an excellent realtor for us. We worked with him to find our home and then sell it 3 1/2 years later. Both times he had to work with my employer's relocation company. He did a great job dealing with them. When we started the process of selling our home he clearly demonstrated that he knew how to market a home in this day and age through online media. We were very pleased with the online presentation of our home. Bottom line we sold our home in 10 days in the middle of January in Michigan. Less ... More
Response fromMark Brace
Stefani & Reid, Thank you for the nice review! It is always a pleasure working with you. I hope you're enjoying your new endeavors!
Highly likely to recommend
01/17/2015
tmsfixit
Showed me homes
We were the third family member to use Mark's expertise in the real estate field. He was very patient with our situation and was always ready to show us any house we inquired about. He shared his knowledge of the areas and properties we were unfamiliar with.
Highly likely to recommend
01/16/2015
KatyRasch
Helped me buy home
I worked with Krista Bashford and she was excellent. Very responsive, good overall advice in how to approach things, and always double checked listings to make sure it was worth everyone's time to see (driving distance to work, and to my preferences).
Highly likely to recommend
01/16/2015
user6538424
Helped me buy home
We could not have been more impressed with Mark and his responsiveness. With houses flying off the market in the spring of 2014, Mark got us a great deal and it was done in a timely manner. As first time home buyers, we never felt like we didn't know what we were doing as Mr. Brace was extremely informative with every part of the home buying process. He was never pushy, he spoke to us in a very friendly way; we actually had many inside jokes by the time this process was complete. A few weeks after we moved in, (7 months ago now) we even received a Christmas ornament made to look just like our house - nice touch! We have already recommended him multiple times to friends. Side note - he looks just like Matt Damon; and I mean the cool Matt Damon from "Good Will Hunting" not that lame duck from "We bought a Zoo". Thanks Mark! Sean & Shannon Less ... More
Response fromMark Brace
Sean & Shannon, thank you for such an awesome review! You guys were great to work with & I can't wait to see what you've done to your home! I hope you're loving it!
Highly likely to recommend
01/13/2015
MikeBrace
Helped me buy and sell homes
Mark has helped us buy and sell our homes multiple times and we have never been disappointed in his level of knowledge or quality of service. Mark and his entire team worked hard on our behalf to provide our family with the highest level of service during an out-of-state move and then back to Michigan again. We recommend Mark to all of our friends and family!
Response fromMark Brace
Mike & Ren, Thank you so much for a great review! Always great to work with you & so happy to have you back in MI!
Highly likely to recommend
01/06/2015
ftbarden
Helped me buy and sell homes
We've gone to Mark many times to discuss real estate. He has indepth knowledge of purchasing and selling properties. Mark is a very hard worker who is available around the clock. He won't let you down.
Response fromMark Brace
Fred & Cathy, thank you for the nice review! Always a pleasure seeing & working with you guys!
Highly likely to recommend
01/03/2015
eric barden
Helped me buy home
Mark Brace real estate is top notch. They are West Michigan's premier real estate team, and frankly I would venture to say they are Michigan's premier real estate team. They simply don't get any better than these guys. You will not find a more committed team of professionals, who go out of their way to take absolute care of their clients. No stone un-turned, no hill they won't climb for their clients. My go to real estate team commercial or residential, look nowhere else. Keep up the great work guys. Less ... More
Response fromMark Brace
Eric, thank you for such a raving review! Glad we could help guide you through your home buying process!
Highly likely to recommend
01/02/2015
smithsk1962
Helped me buy and sell homes
Mark is a very knowledgeable individual. He specifically helped us with the closing information we needed. We were dealing with a parcel of land that was farm land and the house with 1 1/2 acres was being sold from the parcel. We were selling the house in the same tax year that the parcel of farm land was split from the house. There were complicated details that needed to be clear at closing and Mark was very precise about what we should know and expect to be told by the title company concerning the upcoming taxes and division papers. We couldn't thank him enough. Less ... More
Response fromMark Brace
Sandra & Gary, thank you so much for the wonderful review! Always a pleasure to help those we love !
Highly likely to recommend
12/31/2014
user24083317
Listed and sold a home
Mark was fantastic throughout the sale of our home. We received an acceptable off within three days of listing! There were a couple times where issues popped up that could have decreased our bottom line but Mark was an awesome negotiator and held the deal steady through the whole process. We've already referred him and look forward to working with him again in the future!
Highly likely to recommend
12/05/2014
katsigman
Listed and sold a home
Mark was such a great help selling my fathers home. It wasn't an easy task with us living out of state. The home was placed on the market Friday and had an offer on Monday! Mark is your go to realtor for all your needs. He is the best.
Response fromMark Brace
Kathleen & Robert, Thank you so much for such a great review! Great working with you two from afar!!!
Highly likely to recommend
11/19/2014
karen organ
Listed and sold a home
I hired Mark after my listing with another realtor expired. Mark brought me two competing offers (and a sale) within 10 days of listing my home. He was knowledgeable and guided me thru all steps of the sale making the process of selling my home as easy as possible. If you're looking for someone to offer advice on getting your home sold, Mark and his team will work hard to make it happen.
Response fromMark Brace
Karen, thank you so much for the great review! It was great working with you to sell your home! Look forward to helping you find something new this spring!
Highly likely to recommend
11/19/2014
user01951566
Helped me buy and sell homes
We cannot say enough good things about Mark. I think he would agree when I say that our selling/buying situation was NOT the norm - but he stuck with us through it all and made sure we ended up with our dream home. Mark is extremely knowledgeable, patient and committed to helping his clients - thank you for everything, Mark!
Response fromMark Brace
Ray & Megan, thank you so much for the great review! I am so glad we were able to make your move happen! I hope you're enjoying your place very much!
Highly likely to recommend
11/07/2014
mlass8
Listed and sold a home
We worked with Mark and his team in selling my 93 year old aunt's home where she had lived for over 60 years. We live in Colorado so, for the most part, it was a long-distance relationship.. We could not have been more satisfied with Mark's knowledge, professionalism, energy, responsiveness, and fun. he treated my aunt with the upmost respect and care. it truly was a remarkable experience. We give Mark our highest recommendation!!! Meg and David Lass Breckenridge, CO
Response fromMark Brace
Meg & David, Thank you so much for the kind words. Your entire family was wonderful to work with! I really enjoyed working with Aunt Marion and am so glad she was happy with the sale.
Highly likely to recommend
10/30/2014
ken hoekstra
Helped me buy home
My wife and I selected Mark Brace to act on our behalf on our home purchase. Mark brings a great combination of area knowledge and superior negotiation skills to the table. He was a pleasure to work with and we would not hesitate recommending him for a future home purchase or sale.
Highly likely to recommend
10/19/2014
zuser20140404033533491
Helped me buy home
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.
Highly likely to recommend
10/12/2014
matthew franko
Helped me buy home
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.
Highly likely to recommend
09/23/2014
kkrisco
Listed and sold a home
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.
Highly likely to recommend
09/22/2014
dschroeder971
Listed and sold a home
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.
Highly likely to recommend
08/25/2014
user8730183
Listed and sold a home
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.
Highly likely to recommend
08/19/2014
user2762915
Helped me buy home
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! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
07/13/2014
user1286964
Helped me buy home
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! Less ... More
Response fromMark Brace
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
Highly likely to recommend
06/27/2014
zuser20140521111356545
Helped me buy and sell homes
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! Less ... More
Response fromMark Brace
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
Highly likely to recommend
06/23/2014
dhall68957
Listed and sold a home
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 fromMark Brace
Dan, 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
Highly likely to recommend
06/05/2014
zuser20140305082333915
Helped me buy and sell homes
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. Less ... More
Response fromMark Brace
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
Highly likely to recommend
06/04/2014
3 kgaly
Listed and sold a home
It was a pleasure to work with Mark. He is extremely knowledgeable and aggressive in knowing how to attract buyers and get the house sold in a timely manner. I would not hesitate to use Mark again to buy or sell a home. You can really tell that he loves what he does and that he puts his full effort forth into his clients!
Response fromMark Brace
Kristen & Dan, Thanks for the kind words! So glad I was able to help you guys out! Best of luck with your new home! - Mark
Highly likely to recommend
06/02/2014
zuser20140602120341752
Helped me buy and sell homes
We lived in an area of downtown GR that was not a hot selling area when we had tried to sell our house a few years back. Even last fall when we were preparing to sell, homes were still sitting on the market in our area with very little action. We were in the market to sell our house and sell it fast! We had heard good things about Mark through a friend that had sold their house in only a few days. We decided to see if he could help us. Upon first meeting with Mark, we knew he would be the right fit for us. The preparation he and his staff had made prior to our first meeting blew us away. He had prepared a proposal with realistic selling prices for our area (high and low) as well as provided us with some excellent suggestions on how to get our house ready to sell ASAP. We had our house on the market with excellent pictures and an excellent description within 2 weeks. We had several showings right away, and our house sold in 8 days. The negotiation advice he provided for us during the selling was also excellent, as our buyer did counter offer. On the buying side, Mark was receptive to our needs/wants in a home and was able to offer us expert guidance when my husband and I came to the decision that we wanted to build. He showed us several model homes, as well as several potential areas to live in within the GR area. We were directed appropriately to the builder and guided through that process with Mark and the rest is history! He and his staff were very prompt with returning phone calls/emails, and definitely took the extra mile with us. We enjoyed his friendly yet professional demeanor, and would recommend him to anyone. Thank you Mark! Less ... More
Response fromMark Brace
Steve & Katie, Thank you SO much for the wonderful words! You have been wonderful to work with and I am excited for your new home to be completed. - Mark
Highly likely to recommend
05/16/2014
michaelgroth27
Helped me buy and sell homes
Mark is extremely knowledgeable and professional. He truly had our interests in mind both in negotiating the sale of our home and in purchasing our new home. We highly recommend Mark Brace and the Brace Homes team.
Response fromMark Brace
Mike & Linda, Thank you very much for the nice review! It's been a pleasure working with you two & I hope you are loving the new place! Stay in touch, Mark
Highly likely to recommend
05/09/2014
zuser20140421153434700
Listed and sold a home
Mark is a very talented real estate broker and did an unbelievable job selling my house. His expertise and suggestions in preparing the house to be sold resulted in a sale price I never imagined and an accepted offer within a day of being listed. He may the selling process very easy and worked well negotiating with the purchasing parties.
Highly likely to recommend
04/29/2014
user3965767
Helped me buy and sell homes
I first contacted Mark a few years ago with a couple general real estate questions. While I wasn't ready to sell at the time, his willingness to help, and eagerness to get answers for me set the tone for when I was ready. Years later, my new wife and I used him to sell our two homes, and to find and buy our new home. It was a months-long process and Mark was awesome at every step of the way. Any time I had a question, a concern, a freak-out moment - he was there with answers and calming influence. Mark's team is excellent too. He has a real family atmosphere, and it really shows with the work he and his team do. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
04/14/2014
user58042692
Helped me buy home
We enjoyed working with Mark on the purchase of our new home in Ada. He kept us well informed on the market here while we sold our home on the east side of the state. We found him to be knowledgeable of the area and the market conditions once we began looking for a home here. The Rush family highly recommends Mark to assist future home buyers in this area. He is great!!! Jim and Marilyn Rush
Highly likely to recommend
04/14/2014
LaAbogada
Helped me buy home
We requested a lot of Mark and he was very responsive. He met with us on our schedule, which was very limited, and worked with our very specific parameters. We also had unique circumstances which required a long closing period which Mark also arranged. We appreciated all the information about the area, school districts, amenities, etc. which Mark readily provided us because we are moving from across the state. He is very knowledgeable and really has good information about the locations of the houses, at least where we were looking. We will definitely recommend Mark, and although we're settled for now, would work with him in the future if the need arose! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
03/28/2014
MatthewWilliams9
Listed and sold a home
Working with Mark was a great experience. He was very helpful when it came to selling our home. He came in and gave us advise on how to make the home look its best and a few items potianal buyers would like to see. Mark was very fast at answering all of our questions we had during both the buying and selling of our home. If you are looking for great realtor give brace homes a call
Response fromMark Brace
Matt, Thank you so much for this nice review! It's been a pleasure working with you both on the build job as well! Looking forward to helping you wrap it up soon! -Mark
Highly likely to recommend
03/20/2014
user8795077
Helped me buy home
It was great working with Mark to purchase our home. His responsiveness and use of technology made getting through the process very easy (especially considering we were moving from Lansing). I highly recommend Mark, and plan to do business with him again in the future should we decide to move again.
Likely to recommend
02/19/2014
jbsnyder13
Listed and sold a home
Mark was very helpful in the sale of our home. He provided suggestions to make our house more appealing, was timely in response to our needs during the sale of our home and provided guidance to us so that we could make wise decisions. Mark is a very ambitious agent who will work hard sell any home.
Response fromMark Brace
Thank you for your kind words! It was great working with you both to sell your home! Best of luck with everything!
Highly likely to recommend
02/02/2014
tmeister044
Listed and sold a home
Mark helped us not only sell our house but throughout the building process of our new home. Mark was always quick to respond and truly understood what was important to us in both the selling process and the building process. He made what could have been a very stressful situation a fun one. We highly recommend Mark and will be calling him again when we are ready to build our next house.
Response fromMark Brace
Thank you Travis & Kate for the nice words! It was so much fun working with you guys and I hope you enjoy your new home for many years!
Highly likely to recommend
01/06/2014
huguet87
Helped me buy home
I worked with Mark when I bought my house this past Fall. He was a pleasure to work with--very responsive and helpful. He answered all my questions and always got back to me immediately, which I appreciated. He also helped me in finding an agency for the rental of my condo and I plan on using him to sell it in the future. Honest, helpful, and quick--I would recommend him to anyone looking to buy/sell their home!
Highly likely to recommend
01/02/2014
ddeckrow
Listed and sold a home
24 months ago we bought a house, Mark did a superb job negotiating a deal that I believe will end up being our best real estate purchase to date. I felt he consistently had our best interest at the forefront of his consultative approach. We sold a vacant lot last month with Mark and again he exceeded expectations. Marks work ethic and dedication to putting his clients needs first is what makes him a premier West Michigan Real Estate Agent.
Highly likely to recommend
12/02/2013
ryswickmichelle
Helped me buy home
Mark was excellent in helping me through the whole process of purchasing my home. I purchased a foreclosure home and ran into some roadblocks, but Mark was there through the whole way. He went above and beyond to make sure that I met my deadline of moving out of my apartment and closing on my home before the end of the month. He always had my best interest at hand and was always available to answer any of my questions or concerns. I would definitely recommend Mark when purchasing a home and would use him in the future. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
11/21/2013
lbvanderlaan
Listed and sold a home
Mark did an excellent job for us. We had a unique situation with multiple parties involved and he was able to navigate us through the process with ease. I would use Matk again and recommend him to anyone.
Response fromMark Brace
Laura & Karin, Thank you so much for your kind words! It was wonderful working with you! Please let me know if you need anything, Mark
Highly likely to recommend
10/30/2013
l4manwiz
Helped me buy and sell homes
After working with Mark for 3 years, we finally found the right house for us! Not only that, he sold our house in only 5 days! He is dedicated, patient, honest, and really knows his stuff! I would highly recommend his expertise when selling!
Highly likely to recommend
10/21/2013
scornwel4
Listed and sold a home
Mark assisted us with the listing, sale, and closing on our house, represented our interests well, and was an excellent agent. The professional photography of our home was particularly impressive and the house looked fantastic. We really appreciate all of the help that Mark provided.
Response fromMark Brace
Steve & Kacey, Thanks so much for the review! I really appreciate it! Please let me know if you need anything in the future! Mark
Highly likely to recommend
09/06/2013
user1996876
Helped me buy home
While living in NH, we knew eventually we would move to Michigan when we retired. We searched the Internet over 6 years ago and found Mark Brace, following many weeks of searching. We contacted Mark to find us a retirement home in Michigan, and from then on he sent us listings on a weekly basis. During the years that followed, retirement was delayed. Finally our NH house went on the market. But in our depressed housing market, we had to wait for 14 months before it finally sold. When it finally sold, we contacted Mark and he went into high gear to find us a home in Michigan. In one week he showed us 17 homes. He was one of the most patient people we have ever met. He never got discouraged with us and finally we made our decision. Mark stayed with us through the entire process up to the time of closing. When there were questions, he was ALWAYS there to help. We are now in our home and love every part of it. When we have to sell our home (due to old age), we will not hesitate to list our home with Mark. He is detail orientated, knowledgeable, honest, compassionate and caring. We recommend him highly. Doug & Connie Mealey Less ... More
Response fromMark Brace
Doug & Connie, You guys are so GREAT! Thank you for these wonderful words!!! I appreciate it so much! I am so happy we found the right option for the 2 of you!!! Keep in touch! Mark
Highly likely to recommend
09/01/2013
user3294068
Listed and sold a home
Mark did a great job selling our home for us. He knew the market and our neighborhood. Our home sold quickly and the process was very smooth. If you are considering buying or selling a home, Mark Brace should be your realtor.
Response fromMark Brace
Gary & Marcia, Thank you so much for the nice review! It was a pleasure working with you both! Thank you again for choosing to work with me, Mark
Highly likely to recommend
08/31/2013
user8278066
Listed and sold a home
Mark worked very hard to help my wife and I sell our house and buy a new one. Selling in a tough market was not ideal but Mark made it happen! He's knowledgeable of the markets that he operates in and understands the importance of value. Mark is easy to work with and goes above and beyond to meet the needs of his clients. My wife and I are very grateful for all he has done for us personally. The next time we have a housing need, he'll be the first person we call!
Response fromMark Brace
Devon & Ashley, Thank you very much for such great feedback! It's always a pleasure working with you both! I hope you're loving the new place! Thank you again - Mark
Highly likely to recommend
08/30/2013
jonesm
Helped me buy and sell homes
Mark was a great asset as both a buyer's and seller's agent for us. He helped us in selling our home and finding and negotiating the purchase of our new home. He was a pleasure to work with throughout the whole process.
Response fromMark Brace
Matt & Eva, Thank you so much for the review!! It was great fun working with you both! Hope you're getting settled into your new home and loving it! Thank you again!! Mark
Highly likely to recommend
08/29/2013
user9887212
Helped me buy and sell homes
Mark was instrumental in the sale of our home. He was very knowledgeable of the entire area as well as the full sale process. He was very attentive to our needs and was able to answer our questions very quickly and in a clear and concise manner. Mark also assisted us in the purchase of our new home and was able to assist in favorable negotiations. Highly recommended.
Response fromMark Brace
Cory & Amy, Thank you so much for such kind words! It has been so great working with you both! I know you're looking forward to getting settled and into your new home! We're almost there! Thank you again!
Highly likely to recommend
08/28/2013
user5614332
Helped me buy home
We highly recommend Mark. We were first-time home buyers. He found us a house that exceeded our expectation and was well within our budget. We appreciated his efficiency and attention to detail at closing.
Response fromMark Brace
Bob & Janelle!! Thank you so much for the recommendation! It was such a great pleasure working with you! Hope you enjoy your new home for many years!
Highly likely to recommend
08/22/2013
user63466191
Helped me buy home
Early Aug, 2012 my husband and I decided to move to WMichigan from Chicago, with a catch - we wanted to move before school started. I called Mark and told him what we were looking for (price, size & school districts) and despite the distance, he worked with us totally via e-mail and phone - electronically developing a huge, vetted list of options. Knowing our insane timing and that we could only get here for one day, Mark coordinated schedules and managed to show us 12 houses in 3 chosen school districts that day. Not only did he find us the house of our dreams, but he showed us 2 more that I also loved. We made an offer at the end of that day. Not only that, I've already recommended Mark to a friend and he helped her sell a house that had sat on the market forever with a different Realtor. It's been a year and I often think about how great Mark made the house hunt for us. Less ... More
Response fromMark Brace
Heather! SO great to hear from you! Your kind words are so appreciated & I am so glad to hear you still love your home! Thank you so much for being such an AWESOME client!
Highly likely to recommend
08/20/2013
user62933034
Helped me buy home
Mark came recommended to me by a friend and I am so happy I chose him as my realtor. I was taking on the house buying journey on my own and really needed someone who I could trust to help me make the best decisions for me. He went above and beyond to make this new journey a positive one for me. He was very patient as I made this big decision. He was extremely helpful at answering any questions I had and supported me throughout the process. I highly recommend Mark to anyone looking for a realtor who you can depend on, who is personable and has your best interest at heart! Less ... More
Response fromMark Brace
Kristen! Thank you so much for the review! I am so happy we got you into a great home! It was great working with you! I hope you enjoy your NEW home for many years!
Highly likely to recommend
08/14/2013
user6350822
Helped me buy and sell homes
We worked with Mark to sell our home in Jenison and to purchase a condo in Cascade. He was very knowledgeable about the market, pricing, and trends in both areas. This allowed us to get the best possible sale and purchase prices. We selected Mark to be our realtor, because he chose real estate as his 1st career- even studying it college. He is serious about his work, often working too hard, and manages to have a sense of humor through it all! He has an established network of professional relationships that he drew upon to encourage more showings of our home, and to refer us to, for services throughout the buying and selling process. We would highly recommend him to friends and family. If you are looking for someone who will work hard for you, is patient, respectful, and truly puts your wants and needs first- then Mark is your man! Karl & Alice Snyder Less ... More
Response fromMark Brace
Thank you Alice & Karl for your kind words! It was such a pleasure working with you & getting to know you throughout the process!
Highly likely to recommend
08/13/2013
Ferris15
Helped me buy home
My husband and I initially contacted Mark about finding a new home out in the country with lots of land but when my husband lost his job we had to switch gears to a smaller house in the city proper. Mark was great and helped identify potential properties within our new reduced range immeadiately. We moved to Grand Rapids from out of State and were only able to commit one full day to house viewing, he cleared his schedule and made it happen! Even when the bank tried to crush our chances he helped us find a way to close on our house in 4 days and was able to keep me calm through the process!! (That is no small feat). We are now new residents of Grand Rapids and would recommend Mark to anyone looking to buy/sell as he is great to work with and very knowledgeable. The only reason why the Negotiation skills are not rated is because it did not apply in our situation as we were involved with short sale that had already been preapproved at a specific price and therefore it was in our best interests to resubmit the same offer. Less ... More
Response fromMark Brace
Amy & Adam, thank you so much! So happy we were able to make this home a reality!!
Highly likely to recommend
08/02/2013
user83438872
Helped me buy home
Our experience with Mark Brace has been nothing short of outstanding. We chose Mark after doing some extensive research. Mark has lived up to his reputation. Mark only had to show us a couple of houses before we found our dream home but he was readily available to get us showings. Mark helped us make a decision on a short sale house and helped us when we considered building. Mark worked late into the evening when we decided to write an offer on our dream home. Mark was very patient with us (and continues to be as we finish getting our house ready to put on the market). We want to highly recommend Mark Brace if you're looking for a hard working realtor who's number one goal is to help you sell your home and get the most money for it. Mark will also work very hard to get you into the houses you want to see and get you the house you're looking for. Mike & Laura Majerczak Less ... More
Response fromMark Brace
Mike & Laura, thank you! It was so fun working with you guys & am so happy we found you an awesome new home! Looking forward to working together again!
Highly likely to recommend
06/28/2013
Christopher KeriKuiper
Listed and sold a home
We were so blessed to have found Mark Brace as our realtor! Not only did he know the area, and how to price our house, the ideas he recommended for the showings sold our house in 1 day! He is one of the most responsive business people we have worked with and answered all emails, calls / texts within hours. His team was professional, friendly, and a pleasure to work with. We would highly recommend Mark to anyone who is in the market to sell their house!
Response fromMark Brace
Chris & Keri, Thank you! It's clients like yourselves that allow me to enjoy my career so much!
Highly likely to recommend
06/26/2013
user0721957
Listed and sold a home
Mark was great to work with. He was always friendly and always happy to answer any questions I had through out the process. Definitely recommend Mark to others!
Response fromMark Brace
Fred, Thank you! It was so great working with you on both deals! I hope you're loving your new home!
Highly likely to recommend
06/25/2013
Craig Boss
Helped me buy home
We came to Mark as a first time home buyer with little knowledge of the home buying experience. Mark was our first and only realtor and from the beginning we felt very comfortable with him on a personal level and as a professional. We began to look through MANY different homes and everyone's patience was being tested. Eventually Mark found the one that was right for us. Once Mark knows your needs and wants in a home, he is very good at finding one that is right for you. He gets to know his clients on a personal level and what it is they are looking for in a home. In the end he gets the job done. He is always available for advise via phone or email and response time is impeccable. We wrote our offer on Friday evening at 9:30 pm. How many other realtors work that hard for their clients?? We would highly recommend Mark to anyone looking to buy/sell a home! Thank you Mark for your hard work and we greatly appreciate all your time and efforts!!! Boss' Less ... More
Response fromMark Brace
Craig & Kendall, Thank you for the nice review! It was such a pleasure working with you both! So happy we found a great home for you! Hope you're enjoying it!
Highly likely to recommend
06/14/2013
user30643448
Listed and sold a home
Mark could not have done a better job for our family, the farm had been in the family for nearly 50 years and we had been trying to sell it for the past 8 years, we changed listing agents in Februrary 2013 and 5 months later Mark got'r sold! Thank you very much Mark and we look forward to working with again in the future! Dean & Cheryl Olson Grand Ledge, MI
Response fromMark Brace
Dean & Cheryl, It was such a pleasure working with you & your family! Thank you for such a nice review! Glad we were able to get the farm closed!!
Highly likely to recommend
06/03/2013
user3778439
Listed and sold a home
Mark impressed me from this first time I met him. We had a very nice condo we wanted to sell and he found a buyer one day after our listing went public. I have owned many types of property over the years and found Mark to be the best realtor in the business. He knows how to market property.
Response fromMark Brace
Lou & Paula, Thank you for this great review! You were such a pleasure to work with! Please stay in touch!
Highly likely to recommend
05/24/2013
user2705138
Helped me buy and sell homes
We have known Mark for a while and never even considered working with anyone other than him. Due to our circumstances, we were unsure if we would be able to get out of our current home and into something that better suited for our growing family. Mark is a true professional, and guided us every step of the way through the stressful process of listing, showing, and negotiating the sell price of our home. We sold in 2 weeks. The thing I appreciated most was Mark's availability during the process. I frequently had concerns and questions while selling, and Mark always promptly returned my obsessive inquiries, calming my nerves, and was always there for us. If you are looking for a realtor that will be honest, market your home using all the resources available, making your home searchable by almost every means on the internet, and can call them a friend by the end of the process, then Mark Brace is your guy. We couldn't be happier in our new home! Less ... More
Response fromMark Brace
Bryan & Shannon, Thank you for such kind words! It was awesome working with you on both your sale & purchase! Hope you're loving your new home!!
Highly likely to recommend
05/02/2013
user3101151
Helped me buy home
When looking at buying my first home I wanted a realtor who was an expert in the real estate market, willing to be flexible with my schedule and prompt in answering my many questions. Mark Brace was that realtor. Mark took the time to find out what I was looking for in a house and found many options for me to choose from. During the process Mark and Kara were always accessible to show me multiple homes and answered my many questions in a prompt manner. I felt they looked out for my best interest and cared about me as a person. I would recommend Mark Brace and the Brace Prudential Team to anyone who is looking at purchasing a home in the Grand Rapids area. Less ... More
Response fromMark Brace
Ashleigh, Thanks for the great review! So happy we were able to find you a great place to call home!
Highly likely to recommend
04/26/2013
user7439319
Listed and sold a home
Firecracker! Mark returned our inquiry within 5 minutes of us pushing the "SEND" button on the computer. We met with him shortly thereafter and received great advice about updating and staging our home for sale. Once the tasks were completed the home was listed. We had viewings immediately and Mark sold the home in 3 DAYS...for our asking price! We were in shock because we expected it to take months. Mark and his team behind the scenes were wonderful...easy to communicate with, responsive when we called, knowledgeable, available. Don't hesitate to hire Mark as your realtor!!!! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
04/22/2013
user464672
Helped me buy home
We worked with Mark on the purchase of our home in Grand Rapids. As sales professionals ourselves, we found Mark's skill,market knowledge, expertise and innovative marketing savvy to be unmatched by any other realtor we have worked with. We also like that he continues to follow-up with us with co-marketing opportunities (ie Lowe's discounts, return address labels with pictures of our new home) even though our sale closed several months ago. His follow-up is quick, considerate and accurate. If you're looking for a realtor who won't disappoint, then Mark is your guy! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
04/20/2013
shanka07
Helped me buy home
I?ve recently had the opportunity to relocate to Grand Rapids from the east coast for work. After a few brief phone interviews with some local real estate agents it was an easy decision to select Mark Brace moving forward. Not only is he knowledgeable, experienced and possess all the right credentials, but he also brings a specific skillset the majority of agents do not have.. Technology. My relocation process was quite unique and being over a thousand miles away I did not have the luxury of personally touring each home. After communicating with Mark exactly what I was looking for, he hand-picked a beautiful house that suited all of my needs and exceed expectations. Again, not being able to view the home in person, Mark setup a live, virtual tour online where he provided a live feed to view and walk-through the home. Mark went above and beyond and found me the perfect house that made my transition to Grand Rapids a smooth and enjoyable one! Thank you Mark. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
04/19/2013
user3462914
Helped me buy home
Don't be mislead by Mark's youthful appearance. He is an experienced realtor who knows the local market as well as the other players in the industry. For example Mark was able to direct me to a specific loan officer at MY bank who is hard working and did everything to process the mortgage quickly and efficiently. This also applied to inspectors and appraisers. I highly recommend Mark.
Highly likely to recommend
04/06/2013
user7770710
Helped me buy and sell homes
We've known Mark for years and when it came time to sell our house he was the only realtor we called. We appreciated Mark's honest approach and advice about what needed to be done to get our house sold. We followed his recommendations and our house sold in 15 days! He was always available and made us feel like we were his only client. We enjoyed working with Mark and highly recommend him because he is the guy to get the job done.
Highly likely to recommend
04/05/2013
user1836776
Helped me buy and sell homes
Choosing Mark Brace as our realtor was the best decision my husband and I could have ever made! From the first phone call he treated us like friends and family. He came out to our home and explained the entire process of selling our house! He worked around our schedule and from the first second we met him we knew he was the realtor for us! He works nonstop around the clock for his clients because he wants too! He is extremely intelligent, well spoken, and knows the business. He is a top seller and buyer in the Grand Rapids area and his preformance speaks for its self! He gave us suggestions of minor changes we could make to enhance the value of our house and to sell it faster! Boy was he right!!!! He sold our house in less than a month last year when other realtors' houses just sat on the market! Not only did he sell our house quickly, but he was devoted to helping us find our dream house! He is very honest and wants his clients to be happy! He saved us from making a huge mistake and bidding on a house that he knew we wouldn't be happy with in the long run! We took his professional opinion and a week later he found us our DREAM home!!!!!!!! He is honest, credible, personable, smart, and reliable!!!! We had never met Mark before, but he came highly recommended to us from a another realtor!!! He has made a name for himself because of his hard work, ethics, personality, and knowledge of the entire process! You can NOT go wrong by choosing Mark Brace! He treated us like we were his only clients and always gave 110%!!! Like I said, he was the best decision we've ever made!!!! If you want to sell or buy Mark Brace is the choice for you!!!! You have my promise! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
03/27/2013
LynnJohnson18
Listed and sold a home
Mark is very professional, efficient, and driven to represent the sale of your home. He came prepared to list my home at our first meeting, no pressure, all facts and figures. His preparedness proved extremely helpful, my home sold within 3 weeks & above list price! He uses the latest technology and is extremely responsive!
Highly likely to recommend
03/11/2013
user3730260
Helped me buy home
We had a great experience working with Mark and glad we chose him as our Realtor. We were first time buyers with a lot questions and thankfully Mark had the answers or was more than willing to find them. We were initially shown quite a few houses, but nothing seemed to fit the modern style we were looking for. This is when Mark introduced us the idea of building our own home. The whole home building process was great and Mark was with us the whole way. Working with Mark, we were able to get the house we dreamed of at the price we were looking for. We highly recommend Mark as a Realtor. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
01/30/2013
user4051201
Helped me buy home
Mark made my first time home buying experience a great one. I really appreciated the fact that he would answer all my questions, big or small. I was very concerned about how all this would go, but he was available at all hours to put my mind at ease. During the negotiation process there were a few snags, but Mark clarified, advised, and negotiated our way through it. Thank you Mark for all of the help.
Highly likely to recommend
12/26/2012
user0927995
Listed and sold a home
Mark did a great job getting our house on the market quickly. We literally left the state as we were relocating and he handled everything for us remotely with ease. I would recommend him to my closest friends!
Response fromMark Brace
Shari & Matt, I'm really happy I could help sell your home in a timely manner. You were both very good to work with. thank you for taking a minute to write about your experience with me.
Highly likely to recommend
12/14/2012
user366926
Listed and sold a home
4 realtors in 4 years and then we met Mark. I'm not that easy to work with but to me Mark is like an NBA coach. He deals with fragile egos, emotions, and frustration better that anyone I've ever dealt with. He has a great feel for todays buyer and he knows just where to spend in money or your time to maximize the chances of selling. He knows when to push and when to back off. We needed him and we highly recommend him to any buyer or Seller to use. Very professional and knows real estate. I consider him not only a professional but a friend of our family. I was still in disbelief at the closing and never really got to express my thanks to him as much as I would have liked but I'll do it by recommending him to all I know. Thanks agian Mark Less ... More
Response fromMark Brace
Fred and Kelly, Thank you so much for the very nice review and comments about your experience. I am really happy we successfully completed the sale. Thank you again for putting your trust in my services, I know it's hard to do a lot of work to a home, not knowing what the final outcome maybe, so again thank you for trusting me and my recommendations.
Highly likely to recommend
11/30/2012
user841406
Helped me buy home
Our experience with Mark couldn't have been better. He was professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and great at negotiating. He helped us get into a dream home and when we had to relocate he helped us sell it quickly. I highly recommend him.
Highly likely to recommend
11/21/2012
user3095581
Helped me buy home
It was a pleasure to deal with Mark during our search for a new home. We were new to the area and were seeking his input on the ideal neighborhood for our young family. Mark exhibited a strong knowledge of the real estate market in multiple communities throughout West Michigan. Mark arranged numerous viewings in various communities. We had finally narrowed our search to a particular city. After viewing multiple houses, we were ready to make an offer on the house that we thought was ideal for our needs. The easy path for Mark would have been to let us make the offer and finally move on. Instead, on the morning we were making our final walk through before making that offer, he recommended one final house that he thought would be ideal for us. We stopped by that house and it was the perfect match. We are extremely grateful for Mark's help throughout our move to the area. His dedication and attention to our preferences was a tremendous help. I would highly recommend Mark Brace to anyone seeking a realtor. Less ... More
Response fromMark Brace
Matt and Shelley, You both were a lot of fun to work with. I'm really happy we could find a nice house for you to call home! Thank you again for your trust in my services. Go Tigers!
Highly likely to recommend
11/12/2012
user602709
Helped me buy home
After being highly recommended from several co-workers & meeting with Mark for the first time my wife & I decided to go with him to help us find our first home. After living in apartments for years & both being originally from east side of the state, we relied heavily on Mark's knowledge of the area, homes, market conditions, and well... Our own needs! What we can tell you about our experience with Mark is that he had a great deal of knowledge about the condition of the home when viewing a listing & great knowledge of the market along with great online support to find viewings & manage the listings we liked. That translated to his ability to negotiate for us, which he was able to work out several outstanding concerns we had quickly. When we closed, we were very happy with the price we paid & what we were getting. We would highly recommend Mark & look forward to working with him again in the future! Less ... More
Response fromMark Brace
Mike and Kristina, I'm very happy for you both, I think you purchased a great home. Thank you for putting your trust in my services and I do look forward to working with you again in the future, whenever that my be.
Highly likely to recommend
11/12/2012
user1098800
Listed and sold a home
I researched realtors and even had some out to my house for a walk through. Some realtors didn't give me the confidence that they were going to sell my house. I knew within the first 30 minutes that Mark was going to sell my house. Mark was very knowledgeable and came in with a plan. His plan included a lot of different marketing avenues like Zillow and others that no other realtor mentioned. Mark also got straight to the point of what needed to be done to make my house more sellable.My plan was to sell my house within 90 days of listing it. If I had accepted my first offer (which I should have) I would have sold it within 30 days. I would recommend Mark Brace to anyone that wants to sell or buy a house. You will know right away that he is the type of person and realtor you want to work with. Less ... More
Response fromMark Brace
Ryan and Jennifer, Thank you for putting your trust in my services. I'm happy we could sell the home in a timely manner. You were both great to work with and I really appreciate you taking a minute to write about your experience with me.
Highly likely to recommend
12/07/2010
Mike48237
Helped me buy home
Mark has helped me with every step of buying and selling my house. He's always been easy to reach when I had questions. He recommended solutions for all the problems related to selling my house in one state while I was living in another. I highly recommend Mark to anyone in Grand Rapids.