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Rick VanHouten

   Associate Broker, CRS, GRI 
2040 N. Aurelius, Holt, MI 48842


Having spent over 30 years serving the needs of home buyers and home sellers as
the owner/broker of a Century 21 franchise in Mason, Michigan, Rick Van Houten has developed an unparalleled level in expertise in real estate. Through his resourceful style of leadership and longstanding commitment to exceptional client care, Rick has garnered a number of prestigious industry awards for management, highest sales achievement and Who’s Who in Business, in addition to 11 consecutive years of recognition for the highest quality customer service.
Rick graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in business management, and has since earned the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and
Graduate of Realtors Institute (GRI).  Rick specializes in the Greater Lansing area and continues to provide clients with his extensive knowledge in new construction properties, single –family homes and condominiums, vacant land and commercial properties in all price ranges.
Community service has always been a part of Rick’s commitment to helping others. Throughout his tenure as a professional, he has served as; president and board member of local United Way; a member of his Chamber of Commerce for over 30
Years; a charter member of the local Rotary International Club; a volunteer with Meals on Wheels for 25 years; a member of the Century 21 Mid-Michigan Brokers
Advisory Council for 30 years; a chairperson for his local public school’s community organizational forum; a member of the national, state and local boards of Realtors for over 30 years; a member of various committees and fundraisers for high school athletics.
Rick and his wife, Bev, have been married for 48 years and have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. In his spare time, Rick enjoys playing golf, tennis and traveling.

Testimonials for Rick Van Houten, Realtor®, CRS, GRI

We both consider it our good fortune to have had the chance to work with you. We are still reeling a bit from the very fast pace of the housing changes we have made. I still can’t quite grasp that only 5 weeks ago, we were only thinking about whether we should sell our home. Since our first meeting with you, we have been extremely impressed with your knowledge and guidance. The preliminary work you provided in regards to the needed comps and the explanation of the unique nature of our land and log home was very helpful in understanding where we stood as far as the market goes. We also wanted to thank you for your very effective communication skill. It was very nice having confidence that our questions and issues we being handled with extreme professionalism and in a very timely manner. We were both quite impressed with the individual attention you gave us. Even though you clearly have other clients to work with, you made us feel as though we were your single focus, and for that we are very appreciative.
We will gladly recommend your services to everyone we know that is thinking of entering the market. We have full confidence that you treat all your clients with the same level of respect and professionalism, and will undoubtedly help them through their stressful process with the same guidance reassurance,  and expertise you provided to us.
We look forward to working with you again the next time we need real estate services.
 Don & Laura

Losing a family member is difficult enough, however, trying to sell a home while living in another state is a daunting experience.  Rick VanHouten was an amazing support and without his guidance and input the experience would have been a disaster. Rick was on top of everything from the very first time we met.  We had no idea of what the market value of homes in the area was.  At our first meeting, Rick took time to walk around the house, and to get to know us.  He came prepared to answer our many questions. Rick prepared documents to guide us in the process of selling the home.    He shared his selling strategy, managed the strategy, and completed the strategy.

Rick made himself available day and night and ALWAYS responded to my emails, and phone calls immediately. He ALWAYS took time to answer my questions in detail, and never made me feel like I was a bother to him.   He went above and beyond our expectations, and checked on the house, worked with the estate sales company and scheduled repair appointments for us.  His strategy resulted in an offer on the house after two days of showings.

Thanks to Rick VanHouten, his professionalism, his knowledge, his kindness, and thoughtfulness, selling of the house was the easiest part of settling the estate.  I would highly recommend Rick VanHouten to any home buyer or seller. Rick does and will work for his clients.

Sincerely, Karen P

Our family worked with Rick on our move from Ohio to Michigan. Rick was the consummate professional from start to finish. We were impressed by his unparalleled knowledge and understanding of the real estate business, as well as his experience in this field. Rick took the time to genuinely listen to our needs, wants and wishes as we searched for our Michigan home. Rick spent time discussing the market, geographic areas, communities and available homes, as we explored a new area to us. Rick was always prepared, a calming presence and kept our home search and purchase moving forward. Rick’s communication was always prompt, courteous and professional, not only with us but with other parties involved in the purchase of a new home. Rick was a valuable resource in assisting our negotiations and once our offer was accepted, Rick’s attention to detail indispensable. Rick kept our family and our lender up to date, had arranged all necessary inspections, and found savings for us through his vendor recommendations. As new Michigan home owners, we could not be happier to have had Rick on our team throughout this process. We would highly recommend Rick to anyone looking to purchase a home.

 Jim and Charlett C. 

Dear Rick,                       

We just want to say thank you handling the sale of our house and finding us a new home. You were such a professional from the very start. Your first presentation ( where you spent at least two hours) showing us the real estate market trends, as well as comparisons of homes sold in our area over the last year and what the outlook was for selling our house was very impressive. We were also very impressed by your vast knowledge and understanding of the real estate business, as well as the many years of experience you have in this field.

Your expertise kept this whole experience from becoming an overwhelming burden. You did your homework and were ready at every opportunity to take advantage, not only in selling our home, but in finding us a new home.

Your warm and friendly, but always professional manner made the experience an enjoyable one!

We love our home and are so appreciative of all your help.

Again, thank you so much, Rick

Your friends-

Jannis and John W.

Rick did excellent work on our behalf in securing our new condo; his service far exceeded that of any we have had in the past. He remained level headed whenever problems came up; and kept the process on track. I most appreciated him explaining the unique differences in real estate law. Rick’s clear and complete explanations made me comfortable in making the purchase. He saved us significant money in closing costs by knowing how to write the contract so we avoided unnecessary expenses. Finally, he went above and beyond performing the walk through and representing us at the settlement table.
Tim & Jane M.

Dear Rick:

You were helpful beyond what words can describe when listing and selling my house in Mason.

I did not realize to what extent you had to go in order to list and sell this property or any property. The number of inspections, showings, phone calls, verifications, etc. I realize, now, that this requires a number of hours on your part to accomplish this sale. You are certainly dedicated to your clients.

I am very pleased and glad that the home sold and you were an invaluable part of the total real estate process.

Again, thank you for your services and professional help. I will be confident to pass along any referral that I can.

Thanks again for all of your tireless work and ultimate sale.


Alan F.

My wife and I worked with Rick while purchasing. We found him to be very pleasant and easy to work with. In addition to being an excellent Realtor he is also extremely knowledgeable in the legal aspects of the business. He responded promptly to our phone calls, e-mails and always with the correct information. We were very pleased and impressed with his eye for detail. We highly recommend Rick.
Luis & Alisa S.

What a wonderful purchasing experience we had with Rick. Without question he responded promptly and professionally to each and every one of our questions. We greatly appreciated his commitment of keeping us informed, and are thrilled beyond words to say we are now homeowners. Rick was on top of every step during the closing process. Without his outstanding attention and follow through, we are convinced this process would have never come to fruition. He is truly a professional in every sense of the word. We would certainly recommend him to anyone.
Bill & Kristy W.

Re: Home purchase reference and testimonial for Mr. Rick Van Houten

To Whom It May Concern:

We met Rick on a Saturday afternoon in his office and discussed our needs, the real estate market and his thoughts about the community in general. We spent over two hours discussing everything from loans, crime, utilities, cost of services and demographics. It was obvious very early on during our initial conversation that Mr. Van Houten was a professional and we felt very fortunate to have met him. We zeroed in on several properties and with Rick's market knowledge, we were not wasting time discussing properties that did not meet our needs.

Upon receiving notice of our offer being accepted, Rick was in contact with our lender, had arranged a home inspection, pest inspection and septic system inspection. During the process, Rick kept in direct contact with both me and my lender by email and phone. He was available, returned all calls in a timely manner, was engaged with my lender and followed through efficiently with all our needs. His knowledge of the process saved me $500 dollars in closing cost by his diligent effort to locate an existing survey that was acceptable to my lender and discovering an error by the title company in their documents which resulted in an additional savings.

As an experienced home buyer, I can say without question that Mr. Van Houten was the most experienced, skill and knowledgeable agent I have had the pleasure to work with. The purchase process under his management as my agent was effectively and efficiently completed. At no time were there any surprises or issues that were not quickly identified and solved by Mr. Van Houten. I will actively pursue him for any future buyer or seller agent services that I may need in the future. I highly recommend Mr. Van Houten as buyer/seller agent and will be happy to provide additional information through Rick upon request.

Mr. Walter O.

Dear Rick,

I apologize for not getting to you sooner.  We can't thank you enough for your professionalism, expertise and hard work in helping us find our home.  We love our home, the neighborhood and the community.  As we started to look from out of state, the mailings you sent, along with your website, were extremely helpful as we were going through our initial decision process.  We couldn't have done it had it not been for your commitment to us.  Your knowledge of the neighborhood, home construction, and attention to our needs (inspection, insurance providers and mortgage companies) was so valuable and helped guide us in making the right decisions.  We will recommend you to our friends and relatives.  You have been incredibly gracious to us through the process and we are grateful for your kindness, understanding, patience and expertise.

Thank you so much for going above and beyond.

Gilbert and Rose S.

We would like to take this time to thank Rick Van Houten for everything he did for us on our move. We would highly recommend Rick to anyone moving. He was so helpful, professional, kind and understanding.
Larry & Nancy S.

This letter is to refer Rick Van Houten to any prospective home buyers. He is an extremely hard working and relentless realtor who made our dreams come true. We were buyers who were interested in an area that we were not familiar with, he was very honest and knowledgeable about the properties. He always kept us updated on the status of the closing and was stellar in the 3 month battle of getting our property closed. I was always confident he was looking for our best interest. If he is your realtor you can be confident you have the best working with you.
Robert & Michelle S.

Please accept our thanks for the fine work you did in listing and selling our condominium.Your market research, knowledge of the area and preparation for the closing were spot on and very efficient. We never found ourselves wondering what was going on because you kept us well informed every step of the way.
James Christopher E.

My husband and I made the decision to move less than a year ago. With the help of our Iowa realtor, we developed a strategy for selling our home there. She also researched realtors and introduced us to Rick Van Houten . And that was the beginning of a very successful collaboration on both ends. I have never worked with a realtor like Rick before. His 30 years of experience, ability to listen to and guide a buyer, attention to details, and relentless dedication to helping his clients led to nothing short of a miracle for us. Our home in Iowa sold in less than a day and the heat was on to find a home. We flew in and had only a 3-day window to find a home. Rick cleared his calendar, worked with us literally day and night, and before we left we found a great home  and had a contract to buy it. There were a few snags in the process, but Rick kept the path smoothed and 2 months later we were packed and on our way to our new home. I can't thank Rick enough for his help. He is a guy who makes things happen and leaves no detail unfinished. My husband calls him "the Rambo of real estate." 
Judi and Mike C

We are writing to express our sincere gratitude with real estate agent, Rick VanHouten, who represented us in purchasing our first family home and also selling our condo.

 Rick was extremely professional, realistic, and above all patient with us searching for the perfect home to fit our family. Every aspect of the buying process, from recommendations on the pre-loan process to searching for houses to the final close, it was stress-free and enjoyable!

 This was our second home purchase, but first single-family home. We recently had our first child and we were quickly running out of room in our small condo. Rick has extensive knowledge of the greater Lansing area and gives his expert professional advice based on market conditions. He really does his research and makes sure the value of a home is listed correctly. Without Rick, we would never have found our amazing house in the neighborhood we were looking for.

 Rick also helped us sell our condo which was an equally great experience. We were able to sell our condo shortly, within a week of listing, after the purchase of our home. We had a hiccup in dealing with claiming homestead and Rick was able to take this on for us and virtually made it a hands-free problem.

 Again, we would highly recommend Rick VanHouten based on his overall service, professionalism, and expertise in purchasing a home.


Mike and Amy Wi

Dear Rick, Betty and I wanted to pass on our sincere thanks for all your help and excellent service in selling our home in the Sycamore Park neighborhood at the end of a tumultuous 2020. We were sort of worried how it might go given we were trying to do this from afar in Oregon. You were such a great advocate and counselor through the entire process. We especially appreciated all your attention to small details, including arranging for final repairs so the home would be show-ready, triple checking various numbers (and then explaining the calculations to us patiently, often more than once), even doing all the tech troubleshooting to make the document signing process as easy as possible. This was a complicated situation as we had rental tenants moving out even as the home was being marketed. We were particularly grateful for the easy way you worked with our tenants and keeping all the relationships positive while advocating on our behalf and finding a full price offer in a matter of a few weeks! You’re a pro and a gentleman and we’d recommend you highly to anyone, in mid-Michigan or several thousand miles away. Please free to send folks our way who want to hear more firsthand from us. Best wishes and thanks again for outstanding work for our family. Geoff K and Betty I

I live in another country, so selling my properties in Michigan required a real estate professional that I could really trust. Rick’s incredible experience and commitment to selling put my mind at ease. He managed to get the price I wanted in a short time frame, all during COVID! I’m grateful for his attention to detail and great communication! Thank you, Rick!  Lori M

Hello Rick,

here is letter of recommendation:

We can't tell you enough what a blessing it was to have Rick VanHouten represent us in the selling of our house, he was very detail in everything he did for us and where we wanted to be in price, we had several showings in the first 5 days which lend us to a full offer, pretty exciting as we heard the market was doing good, but never expected it so quick.  Rick is wonderful person to work with and will respond to all questions at any given time of the day, I would truly recommend Mr. VanHouten to represent you in your home.

Thank you again for everything you did for us.
Brett & Dawn Boettcher

We were ready to look for a new home and we needed some help so we contacted Rick. All we can say is that we are glad that we did. At our first meeting Rick talked to us about what to expect during the home buying process, getting pre-approved and explained it to us in basic terms and not in “real estate” terminology. We told him what we were looking for and he showed us some homes that we really liked and we finally got the one that was right for us. He always answered our questions, gave us advice and guidance on the pros and cons of each home and is professional, knowledgeable, patient and prompt with phone calls and appointments.

Also some clients may feel that they are under pressure or feeling pressure from other realtors to buy a home that may not be the right one; we did not feel any pressure from Rick at all he encouraged us to pick the one that we would be excited over, not just “ok” with, and we are extremely thankful and relieved for that! If anyone is looking to buy a new home and wants a good home buying experience, we definitely recommend Rick.

Chad and Rachel B.

We can not thank Rick enough for all his help in purchasing our home. As in the past, Rick went above and beyond to make sure our experience was the best it could be! We knew we could depend on Rick every step of the way in our home buying process. His professionalism and attention to detail were crucial in closing our deal. His humor, compliments, kind heartedness and patience as we worked through many different items were very much appreciated and helped us keep everything in perspective. We came to rely on Rick’s vast professional experience, prompt response and his business sense. He knows the market and has the necessary folks surrounding him to get the job done. It is our opinion that Rick VanHouten is second to none and we will be calling on him in the future for sure!
Kelly and Adam

We had very specific requirements due to having a special needs child; he always kept our needs in mind when he made suggestions and we are now in a home that is perfect for us. Unlike many other agents we encountered during our search, Rick never once tried to pressure us. After 1.5 years of helping us, Rick continued to be as thorough/detailed in his research as the very first house he showed us (there were dozens of them). I would never hesitate to recommend Rick to a friend or family member because I know he would show them the same care in finding their perfect home!
Adam and Brianna K.

To all future clients of Rick VanHouten:  As someone that he formerly represented in the selling of my mother's house, there is not a better real estate agent to be found. Being as I have never been involved in selling a house, I had no idea of what was involved.  But with Rick as our realtor, he walked me thru everything, from the listing of to the closing on the house.  He made things so easy for all involved. What I loved the most,if I had any questions, a quick call or email to Rick and I had answers.  He never left me hanging and waiting for anything.  I would give him an A on performance and availability.  He has represented several of my family members over the years ... buying and selling. All were so glad we had him to help us.    This is one man you can trust on every aspect.   Chris B.

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