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Mark Brace

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate Preferred

About Mark

"High Tech Real Estate Agent", I'm your next generation internet savvy Realtor. I've been in Real Estate for 14 Years, and know how to position your property effectively on the internet. This is important to you, because 95% of buyers are looking for homes on the internet now. If you're reading this you're probably in that 95%. I have 2 business degrees from Western Michigan University, one in Finance with an emphasis in Real Estate, and the other in Computer Information Systems. As any successful Realtor I have current market knowledge and excellent negotiating skills. I'm a full service Realtor and my goal is to exceed your expectations, I plan to serve all of my clients to a level that they want to refer me to all of their friends and family. Since 2012 I've been ranked in the Top 100 Realtors Worldwide for Prudential/Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (2017 was 23rd!) Realtrends/Wall Street Journal in 2016 had us as the #1 Real Estate Team in Grand Rapids!

On a personal note, I am happily married to Kara, my beautiful wife. She also works with me in the Real Estate Industry & together we make a pretty great team (both personally & professionally).

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Real Estate 3000 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
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Mark recently helped our family with the sale of our old and the purchase of our new home. He kept us in the loop and was very thoughtful and considerate throughout. He and his team were a pleasure to have work for us as our agent. – Matthew Jones
I chose to work with Mark because of his extensive online marketing program. He's up to date with all of the current technology and really knows how to leverage your home on the internet. Mark was always professional and helpful and I'll be recommending him to all of my friends & family that need to find an agent. – Angela Jacobs
11/07/2014 - mlass8 Sold a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $150K in Eastown, Grand Rapids, MI. 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!!! – Client Referral
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 in Rockford, MI. 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. -Ken Hoekstra – Client Referral
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 in Grand Rapids, MI. 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. – Client Referral
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $175K in East Hills, Grand Rapids, MI. 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. -Matthew Franko – Client Referral
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. -K. Krisco – Client Referral
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. – Client Referral
Sold a Condo home in 2014 for approximately $150K in Heritage Hill, Grand Rapids, MI. 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 – Client Referral
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 in Ionia, MI. 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, accommodating 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 recommend him to anyone! Thank you Mark, Kara and the rest of the Brace Homes team that made this possible for us! – Client Referral
Bought a home in 2014. 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! – Client Referral
Sold a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $500K in Holland, MI. 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! – Client Referral
Sold a home in 2014. 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! -DAN – Client Referral
Sold a home in 2014. 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. -Dave and Elise – Client Referral
Sold a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $150K in Grand Rapids, MI. 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! -Kristen and Dan – Client Referral
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! -Steve and Katie – Client Referral
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! -Mike and Linda – Client Referral
Sold a home in 2014. 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. – Client Referral
Sold a home in 2014. 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. – Client Referral
Bought a home in 2014. 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 – Client Referral
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $175K in Grand Rapids, MI. 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! – Client Referral
Sold a home in 2014. 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 -Matt Williams – Client Referral
Bought a home in 2013. 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. – Client Referral
Sold a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $150K in Grand Rapids, MI. 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. -Mr. and Mrs. Snyder – Client Referral
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $225K in Byron Center, MI. 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. -Travis and Kate – Client Referral
Bought a home in 2013. 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! – Kim Simpson
Sold a home in 2013. 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. -Michelle – Kim Simpson
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $75K in Wyoming, MI. 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. – Client Referral
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. -Laura and Karin – Client Referral
Sold a home in 2013. 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! – Client Referral
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $225K in Ada, MI. 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. – Client Referral
Bought a home in 2013 for approximately $250K. 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 – Client Referral
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $150K in Comstock Park, MI. 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. -Gary and Marcia – Client Referral
Sold a home in 2013. 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! -Devon and Ashley – Client Referral
Sold a home in 2013. 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. -Matt and Eva – Client Referral
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $150K in Jenison, MI. 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. - Cory and Amy – Client Referral
Bought a home in 2013. 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. -Bob and Janelle – Client Referral
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $225K in Rockford, MI. Early Aug, 2012 my husband and I decided to move to W. Michigan 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. -Heather – Client Referral
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $175K in Caledonia, MI. 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! -Kristen – Client Referral
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $200K in Jenison, MI. 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 – Client Referral
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $100K in Norteast Citizens Action, Grand Rapids, MI. 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. -Amy and Adam – Client Referral
Bought a home in 2013. 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 – Client Referral
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $225K in Jenison, MI. 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! -Cheri and Keri – Client Referral
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $150K in Creston, Grand Rapids, MI. 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! -Fred – Client Referral
Bought a home in 2013. 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' -Craig and Kendall – Client Referral
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $675K in Eagle, MI. 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 -Dean & Cheryl – Client Referral
Sold a home in 2013. 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 -Lou and Paula – Client Referral
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $150K in Kentwood, MI. 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! -Bryan and Shannon – Client Referral
Bought a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $100K in Midtown, Grand Rapids, MI. 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. -Ashleigh – Client Referral
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $250K in Ada, MI. 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!!!! – Client Referral
Bought a Condo home in 2012 for approximately $375K in Grand Rapids, MI. 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! – Client Referral
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 in Ada, MI. 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. – Client Referral
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. – Client Referral
Sold a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $125K in Westside Connection, Grand Rapids, MI. 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. – Client Referral
Sold a home in 2012. 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 performance 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! – Client Referral
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! -Lynn Johnson – Client Referral
Bought a home in 2013. 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. – Client Referral
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $150K in Cedar Springs, MI. 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. – Client Referral
Sold a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $150K in Kentwood, MI. 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! -Shari and Matt – Client Referral
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 today’s 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 again Mark -Fred and Kelly – Client Referral
Bought a home in 2012. 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. – Client Referral
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $400K in Byron Center, MI. 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. -Matt and Shelley – Client Referral
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $150K in South East End, Grand Rapids, MI. 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! -Mike and Christina – Client Referral
Sold a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $125K in Grand Rapids, MI. 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. -Ryan and Jennifer – Client Referral
Sold a home in 2012. Mark provided good information,and arranged weekly reports from 2 sources on the activity of our listing. He was responsaive to expressed frustration over the approval time after the offer was made. Mark also arranged accomodation for facilitating my part of the closing because of my disability and asa courtesy after my husband's death. This did make the process easier for me. -Carol – Client Referral
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $150K in Hudsonville, MI. Mark Brace came highly recommended through a friend who achieved a fantastic deal on a foreclosed home in Grandville, MI. After purchasing my first home, I conclude that Mark Brace is a true professional, a class act, and a man with integrity. Some of the things that I really liked about Mark Brace and his firm include the following: - excellent website, navigating through the list of homes was very comprehensive and informative. I would rank this website even better than Zillow's interface. - quick to respond to my questions and concerns - great advice - surrounds himself with excellent mortgage companies. In my case, I went through First Place Bank and a man named Jason Jenkins who was absolutely astounding throughout the underwriting process. - on time through walk through - hard working... I can put more, however, all the 5 star reviews should say enough. If you want a good deal on a home with a stress free smooth environment, Mark Brace is your man. -James – Client Referral
Bought a home in 2012. Excellent to work with, very helpful and knowledgeable. There with you every step of the way. I would definitely recommend Mark to anyone looking to purchase/sell a home, especially first time buyers like myself. – Client Referral
Bought a home in 2012. WE negotiated the sale of the home in which we were interested. He was very prompt, great at texting and coordinating visits. I think my wife and i surprised him with our aggressive negotiation for a home that was in probate and all ended well for us. -Tom and Connie – Client Referral
Sold a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $200K in Belmont, MI. We had an excellent experience with Mark. His knowledge and expertise were just what we were looking for. During the selling process he provided insightful, detailed recommendations on how to improve our home to make it sell faster. He also helped us process a lot of specific information relating to the pricing of our home. At every step along the way he had ideas and expertise which smoothed the whole process for us. Mark's skills really shone when the house sold and it came time to buy our new home. We were on a very limited timetable to purchase and Mark made the most of every day. His knowledge of the West Michigan area was very helpful. He gave us a lot of excellent information. When we finally found our new home Mark used his tremendous negotiating skills to get us everything we needed and wanted all within our price range. We could not be happier. We highly recommend Mark Brace to all our friends and family. -Joe and Kim – Client Referral
Sold a home in 2012. Mark just sold my home. Gave me some great candid advice on some details that were necessary to get the job done. I really appreciate how he kept in contact with me via email, phone, text - you name it. I travel alot for my work and Mark kept connected with me while I was on the road. Very responsive. Thanks so much! -Sue – Client Referral
Sold a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $125K in Millbrook, Grand Rapids, MI. Mark did a great job selling our house, and getting the best price. We had offers almost immediately after switching to Mark, and none in the months before we hired him. We highly recommend hiring Mark. -Jason – Client Referral
As a buyer's agent Mark has the knowledge and experience to guide you through the purchase process to make it a smooth transition to your new home. Mark is fun to work with while maintaining professionalism. Having a buyer's agent like Mark can make finding a new home a much less stressful experience and can help to avoid making costly mistakes. -Dustin and Sarah – Client Referral
Sold a home in 2012. Our house had been on and off the market with another realtor for three years. After listing it with Mark, it sold in 7 days!!!! Mark made simple, yet appropriate suggestions to improve the appearance of the property and listed it at a fair price that attracted buyers. Mark's tech savvy expertise and numerous contacts with other real estate professionals enabled our house to be sold quickly. We found him to be responsive, friendly, knowledgeable and competent. We give him our very highest recommendation. – Client Referral
Bought a Single Family home in 2012 for approximately $150K in Comstock Park, MI. We were very indecisive about what we were looking for. Mark was patient and respectful throughout the process. He helped us to narrow down to what we really wanted in a home, and made several suggestions of homes he felt we would like. He always returned calls promptly, and was always courteous and professional. We love our new home, but if we ever did decide to move, we would definitely use Mark's services again. It was a true pleasure working with him! -Brenda and John – Client Referral
Sold a home in 2012. Mark is the real deal, he sold our home in under two months, and his professionalism and knowledge was unbelievably sound during the whole process. Both my wife and I were amazed at how quickly our property sold and how accurate Mark was with his predictions on how the process would move forward. We would highly, highly recommend Mark for all of your real estate needs. -Matt and Carol – Client Referral
Bought a home in 2011. Mark Brace knows his stuff and will not let you settle for a home. He wants to make sure you not only purchase a home you love, but one that can be profitable for you in years to come. We will definitely be using him for our future real estate needs! -Natalie – Client Referral
Sold a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $50K in Wyoming, MI. Mark knew the area and market very well. He provided excellent recommendations on preparing the house for sale, that really paid off. I had recommendations on him from people who really know the business before contacting him I am also experienced in real-estate transactions. He is honest, realistic hard working, and has integrity. -John – Client Referral
Sold a home in 2011. Mark did a great job on both the buying and selling ends! He gave us good info on our selling price to get our house sold very quickly. He also really helped us get the house we wanted. If not for his advice, experience, and knowledge of the current market, we may have lost out on it. – Client Referral
Bought a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $150K in Kentwood, MI. Mark was amazing! He made the process so easy. He was very patient with us and the line of communication was great. We could get ahold of him anytime of the day. -Sarah – Client Referral
Bought a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $325K in Red Wing, MN. We thought Mark was ambitious, knowledgeable and personable. He cares about his clients and frankly, I think he spends so much time with his clients,I don't think he can have enough quality time with his family. Mark is devoted to his profession and his reputation proves that! -Rick and Connie – Client Referral
Sold a home in 2011. We were happy with Mark. Our previous house sold quickly and we closed on our new house with no problems. Mark is very pleasant to work with. -Doug and Keri – Client Referral
Bought a home in 2011. He was very helpful with questions and got back to us quickly. We found the house that we liked and he got us in to see it right away. He gave us an honest opinion regarding our decisions. The process was as smooth as could be considering we were buying a house! – Client Referral
Bought a home in 2011. Mark was wonderful to work with! I would recommend him to all of my friends! He really went above and beyond for me and I really appreciated it!! Thank you Mark for making my dream house a reality for me! -Sincerely, Tina Geldersma – Client Referral
Sold a home in 2011. I had the pleasure of working with Mark on a coupld of deals, one buying a house and then selling it. Mark was nothing short of sensational helping us get rid of a house that we were going to lose in a bank forecloseure. In fact, he negotiated with the buyers to come up 4500.00 after we were in escrow to get the deal to close so I didn't have to come with any money as I couldn't afford it and woulnd't have because of other finnacial reasons. To say Mark went above and beyond is a mild understandment. There were other factors he had to overcome because of a personal situation which I won't get into, but if you're looking for a realtor, you absolutely cannot go wroing with Mark Brace. -Tim – Client Referral
Bought a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $150K in Zeeland, MI. Overall, our experience was great with Mark. He was very helpful with finding our first home and he made the process very easy. – Client Referral
Bought a Single Family home in 2011 for approximately $150K in Jenison, MI. Mark was very friendly and helpful during the home-buying process. What was the most meaningful to us during the experience was his ability to allow us to see a few houses on a weekend he was out of town. It was really important to us to see them while our family was in town and he made it happen. In addition, he worked hard behind the scenes to make the sale happen for us. Thanks! -Ashley – Client Referral
Sold a home in 2011. Mark was of great help to sell our house in those difficult times. He has a lot of visbility online and a great contact list, useful to attract visitors. -Remi Morel – Client Referral
Sold a Single Family home in 2010 in Wyoming, MI. Mark was recommended by my realtor Joyce Vos in Kalmazoo. We were trying to my wife's house in Grand rapids and we were forced into a short sale since there are so many houses out there. Mark worked with us for just over 6 months and we just closed on it the other week. First off when we met with Mark he gave us the truth about the housing market and how much competition was out there for what we were selling and recommended what we should do to make the house more presentable and sell-able. After are meeting Mark had the house listed on his website within a week. We had are first offer a month or so into the sale but that fell through since the bank was dragging its feet (short sale norm) and the potential buyers backed out. It was not long after that we had another offer and Mark helped us through all the paper work with the bank and got the deal closed. We owe Mark Brace for all the work he did and we certainly could not have had our house sold in under 6 months. If I were to buy or sell another house in the Grand rapids area he would be the first Realtor I would call. – Client Referral
Mark did an excellent job. The home was listed and sold within a week. – Client Referral
Sold a Single Family home in 2010 for approximately $450K in Grand Rapids, MI. We had one weekend to find a home. We were moving from Houston, Texas. We had selected 24 homes to see in 2 days. We had our then 4 year old with us. Glad it wasn't you driving us around the city? Mark was flexible, respectful of our varied interests in housing options, great with our little boy who was not loving the search. Mark knew his stuff. We got a tour of the city in our search and found the perfect place for our family. He is personable and professional and I would recommend him to anyone. When we faced another move 12 months later, Mark helped us sell this same house! Again he was wonderful to work with and guided us through the process. – Client Referral
Bought a Single Family home in 2010 for approximately $175K in Grand Rapids, MI. Thorough knowledge of the market, understood what we wanted and didn't waste time showing us houses that weren't a good fit. Showed us a lot of homes and offered his opinions on condition, mechanical, resale possibilities, etc. Is familiar with local ordinances and tax rates, and is a very good negotiator. Worked with us through a pretty trying time while we got our other home sold - referred us to a good lender who was also helpful and responsive. We recommend him without qualification and will call on him again someday. -Bobby – Client Referral
Bought a Single Family home in 2009 for approximately $50K in Sparta, MI. We loved working with Mark. We still laugh about looking at a house we had found and Mark not wanting to get out of his car. The outside was awful and it didn't improve when we went inside. When your Realtor would rather not get out of his vehicle, it is not a good sign! In one of the homes we looked at, we were blinded by a second floor that was completely redone and beautiful. Mark brought us back to reality and helped us look at the good and bad points. We finally found our home and Mark went above what we expected to get us everything he could. The house was a foreclosed home and the bank owning it was horrible. We felt so bad when Mark had to deal with the bank officer yelling at him. However, we love our home and are so thankful for finding Mark. If we ever sell, we want Mark on our side, not the buyer's side! -Kim – Client Referral
Bought a Single Family home in 2009 for approximately $50K in Wyoming, MI. I was buying a foreclosed home and the "red tape" was extensive, to put it lightly. Mark Brace went above and beyond to help get everything straightend out and arranged in order to close by the deadline necessary, before the lease on my apartment was up and would've had to move back in to my parent's house! I was extremely happy with the service Mark provided. -Jackie – Client Referral
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $150K in Kentwood, MI. 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. – Client Referral
Sold a Single Family home in 2010 for approximately $100K in Sparta, MI. Very helpful, very friendly. Mark was right on top of things, and even tho it was being sold on a short sale, he still took the time to make sure it was done quickly. We moved out of state, and he handled everything for us. We had to overnight a stack of papers, costing quite a bit of money, and he covered it for us. I am truly grateful for Mark, and everything he did for us. I would highly recommend him to anyone. -Tiff – Client Referral
Bought a Single Family home in 2009 for approximately $150K in Kentwood, MI. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with him, a professional guy. I will strongly recommended for those who want to buy a house and probably to sell too. Thank you for your help. -Dondolo – Client Referral
Bought a home in 2009. Mark helped me purchase my 1st home. He was very responsive, and understanding to my needs. He understood the process and was always reassuring with me as I questioned why this or that was taking so much time. We went all over the city and suburbs looking at condo's, I would say approximately 30-35 condo's before I found "the one". He never tried to push me, but brought up pros and cons of each one we visited and was ready to head to the next one if I wasn't taken with the place. I am now living in my dream condo, purchased at a great price, because of Mark. – Client Referral
Bought a Single Family home in 2009 for approximately $125K in Creston, Grand Rapids, MI. Mark has the type of personality which made him very easy and enjoyable to work with. This was my first home buying experience, and with Mark the process went so smoothly and I am convinced that the reason that the process went as smooth as it did was greatly because of him. Also since it was my first experience it was nice to know that I had Mark in my corner who clearly knows how the home buying & selling process works and is incredibly skilled at what he does. Mark took me through a lot of homes before I made my decision, I would say more than was necessary. But it became apparent to me early on that Mark made my happiness and satisfaction his top priority. I would STRONGLY recommend Mark to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. -Casey Fitzpatrick – Client Referral
Bought a Single Family home in 2009 for approximately $100K in Comstock Park, MI. Mark helped my husband and I buy our first house. He took the time to really educate us on the process and was patient with us as we toured many many houses. He ended up getting us a really great deal on a foreclosed house. We plan on using Mark again in the future. -Alyssa – Client Referral
Bought a Single Family home in 2010 for approximately $125K in Grand Rapids, MI. mark was a great realtor that knew what we were looking for and knew what we would like and recomended some great houses will be using mark again in the future -J. Heavner – Client Referral
Bought a Single Family home in 2010 for approximately $200K in Grand Rapids, MI. It was an absolute pleasure working with Mark to find our home. We found his knowledge of the grand rapids area, as well as his frank and honest advice very helpful to us. Mark was patient and spent hours with us explaining the processes associated with purchasing a property in the US. I would recommend Mark to anyone interested in purchasing a home in Grand Rapids. -Kamin N. – Client Referral
Sold a Single Family home in 2010 for approximately $250K in Wyoming, MI. We had a great experience working with Mark. He is friendly, hardworking, and professional. We would not hesitate to work with him again if we ever move again. – Client Referral
Bought a Single Family home in 2010 for approximately $25K in Grand Rapids, MI. I have never worked with a young real estate agent before, but I was very impressed with his knowledge, professionalism and experience. I was very pleased with my experience and not only will I recommend him to others but I will also work with him in the future. The whole time during buying the property he was the perfect agent for us. We appreciate everything -Jasmir – Client Referral
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Designations

Mark's experience and certificatons

Accredited Buyer Representative
With over 40,000 members, REBAC is the largest association of real estate professionals focusing on all aspects of buyer representation.
At Home with Diversity
An At Home with Diversity REALTOR® can help buyers of any cultural background achieve the American dream of homeownership. Knowing how to work effectively with diverse populations can help you build business success in today's multicultural real estate market.
Certified Residential Specialist
The Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) is the highest Designation awarded to sales associates in the residential sales field. It recognizes professional accomplishments in both experience and education. CRS® Designees are experienced REALTORS® who complete advanced training in listing and selling, and meet rigorous production requirements.
e-PRO Internet Professional
e-PRO Internet Professional is a certify real estate agent or broker who is recognized by the National Association of Realtors® for completing a comprehensive and educational certification program designed specifically for the Internet.
Graduate, REALTOR® Institute
The GRI symbol is the mark of a real estate professional who has made the commitment to provide a high level of professional services by securing a strong educational foundation. REALTORS® with the GRI designation are highly trained in many areas of real estate to better serve and protect their clients.
Graduate, REALTOR® Institute
REALTOR®
Identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®
REALTOR®
Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource
Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource
SRES®, Seniors Real Estate Specialist
The SRES® specialist is trained to ethically serve the real estate needs of clients age 50+.