Five Star’s Fifth Annual Charity Golf Outing

When: Thursday, May 30, 2019 @ 8am

Where: The Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe

7211 48th Street SE Grand Rapids, MI 49512

On Thursday, May 30, 2019, Five Star Real Estate will host its 5th Annual Charity Golf Outing to benefit Safe Harbor Christian Communities. In 2018, Five Star raised $25,000 for Safe Harbor, and this year, the goal is $30,000. Our 2019 contribution will be utilized for renovations and improvements to housing for Safe Harbor residents. To learn more about this organization and their mission, please click here.

Are you a golfer? We hope you will plan to join us in support of a wonderful cause by registering online today. Single golfers ($100) will be matched with three other players to form a team, and registered foursomes ($400) will form their own team.

Not a golfer but still want to be involved? We’ve got a couple of options for you. Register for “Lunch and Hang” ($25) and come on out for some outdoor fun. Additionally, we’ll be hosting a Euchre Tournament, with a registration fee of $45 per participant – this is new for 2019! We really think there’s fun to be had by everyone, all while supporting this valuable organization.

Can’t make it but still want to offer your support to Safe Harbor? You can make a donation via the event page or purchase one of several raffle ticket options.

Will there be lunch? Oh, there will be lunch. This event is catered by Michigan’s own Slows Bar-B-Q. Just be sure to stick around after the meal – we’ll be raffling off tons of great prizes.

Raffle Tickets & Prizes? You bet! Please check out the event page for all of the exciting details, including the Grand Prize: Dinner and a round of golf for each member of the winning team – at beautiful Arcadia Bluffs.

What are you waiting for? Register today and we will see you on the fairway for some fun!

Five Star: On the Rise

Five Star Real Estate has experienced incredible growth of 200% over the last four years. We are proud to say that our agents, on average, outproduce the majority of the industry, year after year. Acknowledging that homeowners have a plethora of options when choosing an agent, this ongoing success reinforces that the Five Star Real Estate team is doing some things right. We believe our continued growth has so much to do with our focus on empowering agents and offering them support to develop those critical agent-homeowner relationships.

Over the past five years, the number of Five Star agents has grown from 222 to over 480. There are currently thirteen company offices serving various communities in Michigan. For eleven years running, we’ve been #1 in GRAR for sides closed, and for the past two years, we’ve been #1 for sides closed and volume closed in GRAR.* In Muskegon County, we’ve been #1 for sides closed YTD, two years running.** We’ve seen exponential growth in other Michigan markets highlighted below, and on a national level, Five Star Real Estate is in the Top 96 National Real Estate Brokerages, according to Real Trends Magazine.

Based on sides closed in 2018, including all Five Star office activity:

  • #1 ranking – GRAR in sides closed, transaction volume and market share*
  • 4,182 sides closed and 14.96% Market Share in GRAR*
  • 942 sides closed and 17.44% Market Share in Muskegon County****
  • 642% growth in 4 years – GKAR***
  • #3 ranking – Greater Kalamazoo Market***
  • 239% growth in 4 years – WMLAR****
  • #3 ranking – West Michigan Lakeshore Association of Realtors****

*Per GRAR, 2018

**Per MICHRIC, 2018

***Per GKAR, 2018

****Per WMLAR, 2018

We are humbled and proud to acknowledge all of these incredible accomplishments. Through continued hard work and dedication to our clients, we anticipate the trend of growth to continue and look to the future with great optimism.

Five Star Real Estate Opening Ludington Office

Ludington, MI | February 1, 2019 Five Star Real Estate Leaders announced that they are opening a new office in Ludington, Michigan in an effort to expand their reach and service agents looking for options outside of the typical real estate franchise model.

We are thrilled to be able to bring this unique business model to the Ludington area and support agents in their endeavor to better serve their clients and customers” said Greg Carlson, Owner and Founder of Five Star.

The office, which will be located at 513 S. James Street in downtown Ludington, is currently being renovated and will be ready to open on March 1, 2019. This location will be modeled after a cooperative work environment to promote building a community among agents. Drop-in space as well as a private conference room will be available for the use of all Five Star agents.

About Five Star Founded in 1996, Five Star is a West Michigan Based real estate brokerage with a corporate headquarters in Grand Rapids. Five Star has found the right mix of low, efficient costs, and a highly responsive support staff. Five Star’s model differs from a majority of other brokerages which allows agents to keep more of the commission. They have saved their agents over $5,500,000 in Franchise Fees by being independent. Five Star agents, on average, outproduce the majority of the industry year after year. Five Star has catapulted from 150 agents in 2012 to 470 in 2018 with 12 company offices and 15 private branch locations.

For more information, please contact Five Star’s Director of Growth, Jackie Root at 616.633.8472 or visit

Five Star Real Estate Voted Best of Grand Rapids

Five Star Real Estate Voted Best of Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Magazine has been publishing in Grand Rapids for over 50 years. With a focus on celebrating the many facets of city life, this popular monthly publication reaches thousands of subscribers – along with its sister website, In summer of 2018, Grand Rapids Magazine launched their 16th annual Best of Grand Rapids Readers Poll, allowing the public to cast votes for the best of all that Grand Rapids has to offer. Categories included food, drink, entertainment, experiences, and services. Thousands of votes were cast, and the poll results were published in Grand Rapids Magazine’s highly-anticipated January 2019 #BestofGR issue.

We are thrilled that Five Star Real Estate was named as Best Residential Real Estate Brokerage for 2018. This recognition, brought on by voters in our community, reinforces the value we see in developing relationships between homeowners and agents – one of the key components to our success. We are honored by this acknowledgment and will work hard to remain at the top of that list for years to come. Thank you, Grand Rapids!

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Five Star Real Estate: Who We Are

Five Star Real Estate is an independent real estate brokerage based in West Michigan, with corporate headquarters in Grand Rapids. Our agents are entrepreneurs and innovators, and we believe that success is deeply rooted in the relationship between homeowners and agents.

Our Story: Challenging the Status Quo and Asking What’s Possible

It all began with broker Greg Carlson, who founded Five Star Real Estate in 1996. Greg always appreciated the opportunity for creativity and freedom he enjoyed as an agent. He recognized his work as a way to make something his own, and to connect with people in a meaningful way. After a few years in the industry, he had become frustrated by the many ways that franchise brokers benefitted from established policies and procedures – at a significant cost to the agent. Motivated to be a catalyst for change in the industry, Greg began to envision “an independent brokerage that treated agents as though they were businesses.” He would set out to create a reality in which traditionally accepted brokerage fees were eliminated, and agents would keep more of the commission. As a result, agents would be empowered to direct those funds in order to ultimately benefit clients and create even more opportunity. Five Star Real Estate was built with this business model in mind and continues to thrive under the leadership of Greg Carlson as current owner.

Our Core Values: Transparency, Opportunity, Hope

We know this business is not about us. The key to our success is in the relationships our agents establish with homeowners, and that’s why Five Star puts agents first. Not bound by the confines of traditional real estate brokerages, our agents are able to create cutting edge marketing and offer unique ways to meet as many potential buyers as possible. Five Star agents are highly motivated entrepreneurs, running their own businesses with our support. They are encouraged to be groundbreakers and creative thinkers – which ultimately offers clients a dynamic and personal experience. If you ask us, it’s really quite simple. When agents are empowered and supported, they are best equipped to achieve success on behalf of their clients. This is exactly what Five Star Realty is about.

Our Growth: Five Star Real Estate on the Rise

Five Star Real Estate has experienced an incredible growth of 200% over the last four years. Our agents, on average, outproduce the majority of the industry, year after year. Over the past five years, Five Star has grown from 222 agents to over 480 agents, and there are now thirteen company offices serving Michigan communities. For eleven years running, we’ve been #1 in GRAR for sides closed, and for the past two years, we’ve been #1 for sides closed and volume closed in GRAR.* In Muskegon County, we’ve been #1 for sides closed YTD, two years running.** Five Star Real Estate is in the Top 96 National Real Estate Brokerages, according to Real Trends Magazine. We are on the rise, with no intention of slowing down. We are proud of the work we do and the relationships we continue to develop in Michigan. We expect this trend of success to continue as we support our agents and seek ways to best represent our clients.

*Per GRAR, 2018

**Per MICHRIC, 2018

Can we be of service to you? Please call us at 1-800-753-9079 and a qualified agent or staff member will be happy to assist you.