The Geenen Homes Blog

Stop back for West Michigan focused articles and posts about buying a home, selling a home, and then making your home even better. If you ever need help or have a question about real estate, please don't hesitate to call/text Kyle at (616) 403-0909.

One of the great things about living in Holland is the variety of coffee shops and cafés available allowing for every person to find their perfect niche for their daily jolt of caffeine. While Holland is still home to the widely known places like Starbucks and Biggby, our quaint city offers small town feels through locally owned and run cafés. This is one of the many things that makes life in Holland a little more special and unique. 

LemonJello’s Coffee – 

Located Downtown Holland off 9th and College, this coffee shop has been around since 2003. LemonJello’s gives off casual, laid back vibes accompanied by premium coffee from Mad Cap and Halfwit Coffee Roasters along with delicious baked goods made fresh daily in-house. One unique thing about LemonJello’s is the gnomes, which are never purchased nor stolen, only donated to this establishment. If you are looking for a down to earth place to pound out a paper or relax with some friends, LemonJello’s is sure to make you feel welcome.

205 Coffee Bar –

Opening in 2017, the 205 Coffee Bar is a newer addition to Downtown Holland located on Columbia Avenue between 8th and 9th street. This coffee bar provides customers with a more modern vibe in atmosphere aesthetics along with elite coffee options including drips, pour overs, and even nitrogen infused coffee. You can enjoy a homemade treat from DeBoer’s bakery as a perfect addition to your morning routine. This coffee bar includes a garage door that opens during the nicer weather, making it the perfect spot to enjoy a sunny day.

Simpatico –

Simpatico coffee was founded in 2010 and was inspired by the owner’s trip to Mexico. There are two locations in Holland, one off Michigan Ave on the Southside and one off Butternut on the Northside. This coffee joint specializes in low-acid, smoo

th-bodied coffees directly sourced from Mexico. Simpatico prides itself by working directly with the coffee growers, which allows the coffee growers to make more money while also making the coffee cheaper for the customer. Another unique feature of Simpatico coffee is that the growers sell non-roasted beans so that all of the processing and roasting of the coffee is done locally in Michigan. If you are looking for a way to support while enjoying your morning jolt, stop by Simpatico!

Joe 2 Go –

Joe 2 Go is a quick place to grab a bite to eat and enjoy a yummy beverage or simply grab a cup of Joe to go. This coffee place is located on the Northside of Holland on Lakewood Blvd. There is food available to ensure you have fuel to take on the day including fresh made pastries for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch. The atmosphere is cozy and quiet, a perfect place to enjoy a good book and a good cup of coffee.


Square Play –

Square Play is located in Washington Square in the city of Holland. This cafe allows for artisanal coffee to be enjoyed by the adults while their children enjoy fun, educational activities. Parents in need of coffee and children in need of playtime can both get their daily fix at Square Play! If you are looking for somewhere to take your kids that you’d also enjoy or possibly a place to host a birthday party including parents and children, check out Square Play. 

If you have not had the opportunity to visit some of these great local places, we encourage you to stop by the next time you grab a cup of coffee to go, meet up with a friend, or need a place to catch up on work emails! These coffee shops are just one of the many things that make Holland a great place to call home.


In 2016, Kyle Geenen was ranked as the number one Individual Agent in the greater Holland/Zeeland area by volume. Kyle also ranked as the number 41 individual overall agent by volume out of the over 28,000 agents in the State of Michigan for 2016.

Since he began his real estate career in 2013, Kyle Geenen has been breaking the mold of traditional real estate sales and marketing. He brought fresh perspectives to the region. “I knew I was young, but I used that to my advantage,” says Kyle. He noticed that many agents didn’t know social media, especially Facebook and Instagram; He built his personal brand by taking advantage of social media.


“I am truly honored to be ranked the #1 individual agent in the greater Holland/Zeeland area for 2016. The award truly goes to our clients and those who have referred us to their friends and family. Without the support of our community, we would not be where we are at today. This award not only indicates our hard work, but it also shows that we are living out our purpose with passion everyday. I could not be more excited to have the team that I have and to be doing what we do!” -Kyle Geenen

The Kyle Geenen Group (under Coldwell Banker-Woodland Schmidt) is made up of Kyle Geenen as the Team Broker, Macall Smith a Licensed Realtor, Ellen Jansen a Licensed Realtor and the Operations Manager, and Alyssa Leys the Transaction Coordinator and Marketing Specialist.

“As a team, we strive to meet the needs of all our clients by helping them sell their homes and purchase their dream homes. We are constantly trying to break the mold of the real estate norm by using innovative marketing techniques along with providing top of the line customer service to our clients.” -Kyle Geenen

“We aim to understand the real estate industry so that we can be one step ahead of the curve. Our team allows us to have a vast skill set to give our clients the best service and help them find the perfect home for them. Top notch marketing tactics and consistent communication with our buyers and sellers is at the core of The Kyle Geenen Group. Our team and quality clients lead us to where we are today.” -Macall Smith

Give us a call today at 616-795-0014 to begin the best buying and/or selling experience of your life!

The Geenen Group has some awesome Open Houses this weekend! Come out and enjoy some beautiful homes and let us help you find that perfect new home.

The Quick Schedule:

Location: Day: Time:
770 144th Ave, Holland Friday 5-6 PM
3468 Palmer Drive, Saugatuck Friday 5-6 PM
17314 Wood Drift, West Olive Saturday 9-10 AM
598 Central Ave, Holland Saturday 10:30-11:30 AM
4655 Cherry Street, Holland Saturday 11-1 PM
940 Meadow Ridge, Holland Saturday 1-2 PM
91 N. Division, Holland Saturday 2:30-3:30 PM


Friday 4/7/17

5 – 6 PM
770 144th Ave, Holland, MI

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5 – 6 PM
3468 Palmer Dr, Saugatuck, MI
4 Bed | 4  Bath | Ravines Gold Club


Saturday 4/8/17

9 – 10 AM
17314 Wood Drift Dr, West Olive, MI
Lake Michigan Luxury Cottage
See all the details here.

10:30 – 11:30 AM
598 Central Ave, Holland MI
Classic Holland Charm
See all the details here.

11 AM – 1 PM
4655 Cherry St, Holland, MI 49423
4 Bed | 2 Bath | 2,108 sqft | $185,000
Get all the details here.

1 – 2 PM
940 Meadow Ridge, Holland, MI 49423
Spacious family living. 5 Bed | 6 Bath | 4726 SQFT
Get all the details here.


2:30 – 3:30 PM
91 N. Division, Holland, MI 49423
Get all the details here.

buy holland real estate pre approved mortgage

When working with our clients, we always encourage them to get pre-approved for a mortgage. We want everyone we work with to have the best chance of getting the home of their dreams. We also want them to avoid any possible heartache or disappointment. Knowing what you can afford gives you the best chance to get that perfect home!

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Whether you’ve verbalized it or not, when it comes to selling your home I know you’ve asked yourself if you really need an agent. When you hire a realtor, what do you expect them to do?

I’m going to tell you something that some Realtors might not want to hear, but I need to be honest with you… If you’re going to hire a real estate agent to sell your home you need to read this.

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What to look for when buying a home? That is a broad and big question! Although each individual will have their own specific needs, there are certain things to consider when looking for a home to buy.

What to Look for When Buying a Home

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So you are selling your home? Congratulations! This is an exciting time. You may have outgrown your current home or just need to move for work or family. Selling your house is a time when it’s crucial to make sure you “do it right.”

Over and over I work with clients that have had trouble selling their home. “Why isn’t my house selling Kyle!?” Maybe they listed the house FSBO and couldn’t seem to get traction. Maybe they have tried with another agent recently and just didn’t get offers (or the right offers). And just maybe you are just thinking ahead and already know that there are definite things you can do to sell your home on the best timeline and for the most money. So let’s talk about why your house isn’t selling!

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This has been a full and blessed year so far! It has always been my goal to serve each and every client like they are my only client. I want everyone that trusts me with the process of buying or selling a home to know they are in the best hands. I take pride in each compliment, “job well done”, review, and referral I have received. It shows me that I have been successful at putting my clients first!

As Geenen Homes as has grown, I have looked for the best new ways to serve you well. I have an amazing office manager, Brenda who always goes above and beyond. We’ve been a step ahead with the best real estate photography, amazing home showcase videos, and area leading marketing strategies. I don’t mean to pat myself on the back, but this is what drives me – serving you!

The Kyle Geenen Group


Finally, it became time to expand Geenen Homes and the Kyle Geenen Group was born. By bringing on new agents and continuing the great work that has made us successful so far, we know that the Kyle Geenen Group can continue to help more and more families have the best experience buying and selling their home. 

macall-smith-real-estate-holland-miFor our first addition to the team, we have been able to add a great new buyer’s agent, Macall Smith. Macall is a Hope College graduate who majored in Business Management. He is rooted in Holland and is a Holland Christain Alumni. He is passionate about helping people and loves real estate.

From our first few weeks together, I can tell that Macall is bound for great things. He is motivated, driven, and focused on people. As a buyer’s agent, Macall will work with our amazing clients as they search for that new home. He will ensure that we can get you into every new listing, even in this fast moving market. He will be your advocate in the process as well, making sure you know exactly what you are getting from that new home and that you are getting it for the best possible price. We are working and training together so that Macall will be the best agent he can be and an outstanding ambassador of the Kyle Geenen Group.

New Faces – New Name – New Logo

So Geenen Homes has a name and logo. New faces ready to serve you, but we have the same focus. We are here for you! The Kyle Geenen Group will continue to lead the way in service, relationships, and innovation in Holland MI real estate. We are only successful when we help you reach your goals.

Give us a call, say “hi” on Facebook, and be set apart with the Geenen Group.




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