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Here at Photography By K, we do lots of real estate photography. Kathy and I thought it would be fun to start a little segment on our social media called “Realtor of the Week”, where we will ask a realtor we work with frequently a few questions and share them with you on our blog. This week, we are introducing Kevin Warren as our first realtor of the week! Read his answers to our questions below!

 

Q: How long have you been in the real estate business?

A: 10 years.

 

Q: What did you do prior to real estate?

A: I was a carpenter.

 

Q: Where is your primary market area?

A: We work by referral, so we serve all areas including Michigan.

 

Q: What do you love most about your job?

A: One of my favorite parts of this job is helping people get what they want.

 

Q: What is one tip for sellers when listing their home for sale?

A: My main tip is don’t rush to market, get your home ready, and use a professional photographer! Image is everything. (Wow, thanks Kevin! I swear he said this out of his own free will!)

 

Not only did we send out real estate related questions, but we sent some fun questions as well. Below are Kevin’s responses for those!

Q: What is your all-time guilty pleasure movie?

A: I like to watch any adult movie, since I watch kids movies 24/7.

 

Q: What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

A: I love cookie dough!

 

Oh this next question is my favorite!

Q: What’s your spirit animal?

A: Hmm, that’s a weird question. I would say a donkey, I mean I get called jack ass a lot. (I know it’s a weird question; Kathy came up with it! What a weirdo, right?)

 

Q: Are you a cat or dog person?

A: I’m definitely a cat person, I was never allowed to have dogs growing up.

 

Q: If you could have lunch with any fictional character, who would it be (superhero, character from your favorite movie/television show, Santa, etc.)?

A: I would really enjoy to have lunch with Kate Beckinsale. She’s a really good actor! 🙂

 

I hope you enjoyed learning about Kevin! Here’s his information, especially if you’d like to contact him about selling your house!IMG11524

Website: warrengrouphomes.com

Email: kwarren@danberry.com

Recently, The Warren Group created a new website! After lots of work on their end, a new website is available to us that has so many more features than it did before! Most notably, they have a property search function! It allows you to search for a property by address, ZIP code, or MLS number. However, if you don’t have that information or you’re shopping around to find a house, there are other options too. For example, you can choose from a variety of houses that fit your needs, like location, property type, maximum and minimum price, and maximum and minimum bedrooms and bathrooms. Pretty cool, isn’t it? Here are some screenshots of the cool new features! Feel free to check them out yourself as well here!

 

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Well, here’s my last blog about my journey around Eastern Europe! Budapest was an interesting city. It was definitely the most beautiful, but I felt the least welcomed there. Maybe it’s because I could easily pass as Polish and I could speak a little too, whereas Hungarian is an incredibly difficult language and it was obvious that I was a tourist.

We traveled from Krakow to Budapest by train. While it took a long time with many delays, I was amazed at the thought that I had traveled in four countries in one day! We started in Poland and went through Czech Republic and Slovakia before arriving in Hungary. The first photo on the upper left was somewhere in Slovakia. The geography was so beautiful there, I sat in the train staring out of the window for hours.

 

 

Many of the other photos I took were of the many beautiful castles and architecture in Budapest. I learned that Budapest actually used to be three cities: Buda, Óbud, and Pest, but today most people only separated them based on which side of the river you were on. For example, on the third photo down on the left, Buda is on the left, while Pest is on the right. Buda is a nicer part of town, in my opinion. There were beautiful old places of worship everywhere and I never got tired of looking at them. One day while we were there, we saw six weddings! We went to the highest point of the city where we could see both Buda and Pest; that’s where I took a few of these photos.

Finally, the real reason we were there was to study the Holocaust. You can see a photo of the Israeli flag inside a metal shoe. This was taken at a monument representing the Jewish lives lost in Hungary during World War II. This monument was placed where a group of Jewish people were shot into the river one night. It was strange to see somewhere so nice and peaceful, knowing that something horrible has happened there before. One thing that interested me about World War II and Hungary is that it is still very controversial today. You see, Hungary was on the Axis side for awhile (with Germany). They helped the Germans by invading Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union. However, later during the war Hungary went behind Germany’s back and switched sides. This angered Germany, so they invaded Hungary and bombed many bridges, leaving the city in two pieces once again: Buda and Pest.

 

Hungary’s culture is very unique because they’ve been invaded so many times. Some Hungarians say that their culture is a mix of all the countries they’ve been invaded by. The Hungarian people and their culture were delightfully different from Poland’s. While if I visited Eastern Europe again, I would prefer to go back to Poland, Hungary was amazing and definitely a city worth visiting.

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