October 20, 2015
GRAND RAPIDS – Two strong names in the real estate industry in Grand Rapids are joining forces, as SVG Real Estate Firm joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate.
SVG Real Estate Firm was founded by Steve Volkers, growing from a one agent business 10 years ago, to a successful team, and ultimately to a thriving independent brokerage. SVG has made a name for itself as a full service boutique agency known for innovation and professionalism. “We believe that real estate is happening faster than ever before. Our success has come with leveraging this need in the marketplace. We’re able to be more sophisticated as agents, and establish relationships with clients by maximizing technology.”
What SVG has cultivated in Grand Rapids, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate can accelerate, and help replicate on a statewide scale. It makes for a great match. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate is a leader across the state, and the number one brokerage in Southwest Michigan, ranked first for both number of transactions and volume across the region.
“I’ve had the opportunity to spend time getting to know Steve Volkers, and we are lucky to have him join our company as a Strategic Innovation Consultant,” Steve Fase, Broker Owner and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate said. SVG has built a unique foundation in Grand Rapids real estate. Investing and integrating into local communities throughout Greater Grand Rapids, the dedicated agents become experts in these niche markets—so they not only sell in the communities, but can communicate the value of the neighborhoods, and truly be invested in the areas their clients live and breathe.
“This fresh, nimble, technologically forward approach to real estate echoes strongly with the dedicated service our agents have provided in Grand Rapids for over 62 years,” Katy Fase Teklinski, Chief Marketing Officer, and third generation of the Fase Realty family. “Grand Rapids is an incredibly healthy, strong and vibrant community. It’s the excitement of a strong market, coupled with the excitement of new exposure on how great it is to live here.”
Bringing in SVG offers the opportunity for innovation and growth, Teklinski explained. “It brings an excitement and a dedication to continued market advancement. We’re expanding our offices into areas that we haven’t had locations. While we’ve got agents that serve in those areas, we can better serve the communities by having a physical presence,” she said. The addition of the SVG offices will increase Grand Rapids market presence to seven communities.
In evaluating multiple brands, SVG found that Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate truly stood out. “It has a lot of momentum behind it, but at the same time, it’s very much the legacy of family business, and local ownership that supports our local mindset in establishing offices where people work and live,” Volkers said.
This reflects the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices philosophy. “We were founded in Grand Rapids, and headquartered here for 62 years,” Fase said. Under Fase, the brokerage has grown to service communities in 45 locations with 750 professional real estate agents in Michigan and Indiana. Grand Rapids has provided the foundation to create this local success story—a committed local family business that has grown and expanded to assist families and communities across the state with real estate needs.
“I’m excited, we have new opportunity,” Volkers explained. “We’re creating something great in Grand Rapids that will serve real estate agents and their clients at a higher level. The end goal is to help families to achieve goals, the more we can get agents and partners to engage, the more opportunities the communities will see.”
“Both of our companies operate with the same beliefs of strong platforms for service and support, and community engagement,” said Fase Teklinski. “It’s just a great fit. All of the agents are local, committed to Grand Rapids, and seeking to help our clients and their families locate not just their next house, but a community, and a home.”