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Allie is I'd say one of the best at her job and and all around awesome person in general!

I can tell you she made a very pleasant voyage through what couldve been a sleepless nightmare for me. She walked me step by step right into my first home. She also went above and beyond to help me with some heavy bumps i ran into along the road that were unexpected, she didnt have to do that, but she did. To say the service i recieved service was 5 star would be a complete understatement! Thank you again Allie, for making it all happen!!????

Mike Edwards

Laura and team are amazing to work with!

From beginning to end she has answered any and all questions or concerns we had. With out her we would not have come out ontop like we did!

Lynn Venhuizen

James is a very personably realtor.

We hit it off with him on our first showing. We didn't know exactly what would work best for us, but he listened and was patient as he helped us work thru the process to find our perfect home. After many months and a couple changes of ideas by us, we found it! We had adventures along the way...a nice quarter mile hike down a washed out rutted 2 tracks to find a listing the GPS couldn't locate, pushing a car up a frozen driveway at another listing. Whatever it took, James made sure it happened. He was very responsive via voicemail and text to any questions we asked. He put us in touch with the right people to handle the financing and made that process was as smooth as possible. Closing at the Ensley Realty office in Cedar Springs was highly efficient and they made us feel like family. I would highly recommend James for anyone who is looking for a motivated, detail oriented, knowledgeable realtor who will go above and beyond to make you happy. He truly cares and it shows. Thanks again James for all the hard work you put in for us. We can't thank you enough, and we can't wait to enjoy our new home!

willief 98

I wish I could rank her 6 or 7 or more stars!

Laura not only sold our house for over asking but also over the appraisal value. She is amazing and knows the market and the areas people are looking. Highly recommend her and her team for any home buying or selling transaction!

Anthony Shaw

James was (and continues to be) very wonderful to work with!

We had a unique situation where we had a home and plot of land to sell, while trying to purchase a new home and James made it very easy for us and took the time to lead us through the process from beginning to end with desired results (above asking price!). James is very attentive to the client's needs and is very easy to talk to. James works with your interests in mind and does not act like most other real estate agents that we've worked with and heard about from others. You will not be let down by working with James on any real estate needs that you may have

Alex Maki

Held an open house the day she listed it and had it sold that evening.

Always available and would go above and beyond anything we asked of her. She even sold our buyers house that same week! Her communication was outstanding during the entire process


Awesome experience.

James is a true professional. Kept me informed and sold my property in 14 days. I have another property listed with him. Looking forward to working with him again,!


Allie is just simply amazing.

She always went above and beyond for us. Always available any time of the day. Never made us feel dumb for questions we didn’t know answers too or even just things we didn’t know. She helped us sell our house before even being on market. And helped us find the best house for our family. She is always straight up with you and wants what’s best for you and your family. If your needing a realtor. She’s the one !� couldn’t of asked for a better person to be by our side in not only selling our house but finding the perfect house as well.

Olivia Mol

"It was a pleasure to meet with the Ensley team.

Very friendly and knowledgeable folks. They made our purchase easy and went very smoothly and quickly. If we were to buy more property they would definitely be the team we would go to. Thanks so much for everything your team did for our real estate purchase it was a pleasure to work with you all. Tom and Penny"

Penny Miller

James is a wonderful person and equally wonderful realtor!

He gave us patience and space to explore and seek out what we needed for our next home. That entailed lots of areas looked at and giving of his time. Through the process, only did we find our perfect match in a home but also another friend to create memories with for years to come. A person with great integrity and character! Thank you James! You’re definitely 5-Star Plus!


Laura helped me with several foreclosed homes!

She did more leg work than I ever expected to try to get me where I wanted. Unfortunately, to no fault of hers, I was unable to purchase. I will however use her services when my credit is back up!!


Laura has worked and lived in the Cedar Springs area for many years.

When my husband and I decided we we're ready to sell and buy a new home we knew The Ensley's we're the team for us. I had never heard a negative thing about them. Our realtor team made the process of buying and selling go smoothly. Everyone was kind and helpful. You can't go wrong with The Ensley's

Trisha Dart

I was very pleased with my experience.

I liked the aspect of being able to see everything online. I thought that you and your team (shannon.. andrea.. the camera men..) were all very professional and kind. you are the 5th agent that I have worked with on a home purchase/sale, and you have been absolutely the most pleasant and efficient yet. it has been a pleasure!


James was patient, professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient.

He zeroed in on what I wanted, found me the perfect plot of ground, and negotiated a price that was under appraisal. He did a great job, I will highly recommend him.


She went to bat for us.

Dealing with the sellers listing agent proved to be a challenge. She pushed through and in the end we got our home at our price. We strongly recommend kari to anyone looking to buy.

Brandon Miller

"This is my second time using Laura and Pat.

They are exactly what real estate agents should be. I have so many friends who tell me horror stories of not being able to sell their homes, or they have had to do a bunch of work themselves for the sale of their home- my first response is you must not have a very good agent, mine handles all of that. They have made the selling of my home as simple and pain-free as possible and sold my house in one day for over asking price. They also helped me to purchase a home a few years back when I had limited time to find one. Most of all, they actually cared about me and helping me find the right solution for my situation. I won’t use anyone else."

Megan McGuire

I will be the first to say I am not an easy client for anyone.

Laura made selling my house a smooth transaction. Excellent pricing knowledge for area. Highly recommend and will use her to sell my vacant property.

John Carlson

Laura helped me sell my house very quick!

And with professional service! Took care of a lot of loose ends! And at closing a hot cup of coffee and a nice conversation as well as nice smiles from the whole team! Explained everything so I knew what was happening!! Thank you Ensley Team! Would recommend them to a seller or buyer! Great Company!!

Mark Cooper

James Newhouse helped us through the process of buying a waterfront home.

It was an absolute pleasure! He was always available no matter the time. The process went so fast because of his dedication. My husband and I were beyond thrilled with his expertise and assistance. I highly recommend him to ANYONE looking for a Realtor. The whole Ensley Team was great! Communication was top knock from James and the Ensley staff. Thank you again for taking the worry out of our home buying process, there are not enough kind words to describe our appreciation and happiness with our experience

Amanda Budnick

She did a real good job for me.

Id recommend her to anyone looking for a house.

Josh Seher

Laura was SUCH a pleasure to work with!

She helped ease my mind with how overwhelming the entire process can be, and I always felt like she was in our corner to make sure things got done on schedule and were done right. All of her team was SO amazing to work with as well. Allie was such a delight, ALWAYS there to answer my questions and again, make sure my needs were met and what we were requesting was done adequately. Shannon was amazing at making sure the closing happened when it was supposed to so everything didn’t crumble and I’m sure much much more behind the scenes work I can’t even begin to imagine! Seriously this team is phenomenal. I can’t imagine having done this with ANYONE else! I would recommend them in a heartbeat. They made this actually enjoyable and I will miss them all! Thank you all for helping us find our home!

Kelly & Brent

She is very good at what she does and very straight forward and honest.

I would recommend her to anyone. Very happy with the outcome.

Carrie Hindenach

What a great experience we had with Kari and her team!

Hadn’t been through selling a house in over 20 years and they took a very stressful situation and made it as easy as possible. Kari was very knowledgeable about the market and our particular area. Our house sold in 5 days!! Would highly recommend Kari and her office at Five Star to anyone looking to sel

Karole Baar

The Ensley Team did a remarkable job helping us prepare our home for sale, and work through the process of offers, acceptance, and closing.

They went to bat all over the county helping this first-time home-shopper hone in on just exactly what we really wanted. Across many showings they helped us understand our options, recognize possible issues, and weigh the pros and cons. Laura and Pat are extremely patient, wildy passionate, and powerfully influential when it matters most. I proudly recommend them and their entire team for both your selling and buying needs.

Renee Wyman

"Highly recommend!

We were first time home buyers and they have been nothing but helpful! Every question we had, they were always answered within minutes! Extremely kind and easy going to work with! Defiantly, will work them again and again, if the opportunity comes our way!"

Stevie Luhrs

We just sold our first house with James, and he's working hard to find us our next one.

Great personal touch and always available for questions or concerns.

Samantha VanSledright

I loved working with Laura and Pat Ensley.

They sold our house and the whole process was completely effortless with zero stress. Laura is a joy to work with. She is one of the most real and down to earth people I know. I love supporting local businesses and those invested in our community. If you are looking to buy or sell in the Cedar Springs or surrounding areas you can’t go wrong with the Ensley’s!

Brandilyn Layne

I felt very comfortable with five star realty.

Everyone I dealt with treated me like family. I never felt pressured. It was more like a good friend helping me find my new home. I would recommend five star to family and friends any time. A special thanks goes to my realtor James Newhouse, He was accommodating, friendly and worked very hard to help me find the place to start the next chapter in my life.


James has been amazing with helping us find our dream home.

He was very thorough and great with finding exactly what we wanted! We couldn't be happier with our purchase, thanks to him!

maria anne vandam

As a home inspector I have worked with Allie on several homes.

From the very first time I met Allie it was apparent how much she cares about her clients. Allie is an excellent communicator and laser focused, always going the extra mile to get things done. I look forward to working with our mutual clients in the future!

Michael Moores

I was looking for a home in the Fremont area and saw a home a couple doors down from my daughters home.

I called that real estate and was hooked up with James Newhouse. Although I did not get the bid on that particular house James set forth looking for the perfect home for me. James made the journey very satisfying. He showed several houses and was always very punctual. A few times we pulled in at the same time to a house and I live 170 miles away. When it all came to the final home he had me figured out as to exactly what I was looking for. We found it and He worked with my Bank every step of the way for a smooth closing. I thank you James for all the work you and The Ensley team did for me and I Highly recommend The Ensley team and James Newhouse when looking to purchase real estate. Btw. Great last name James

Lee Ann Brady

Where do we begin?

Laura Ensley and her entire team made selling our home incredibly enjoyable and no stress! You will feel taken care of by everyone on their team. The team employs the most talented and profoundly amazing photographer, Julia Thomas, who was able to express our home beautifully through her photos. She captures the feeling of being "home". Compare...pull up photos of homes of other realtor listings and compare to the Ensley listings, there is no comparison!!! The photos are professional and absolutely stunning. Afterall, aren't the photos the first thing you look at before deciding to even consider looking at a home? The financial part of selling a home and the negotiating back and forth was all a breeze. The Ensley team is very knowledgeable in what they do and they are the best! We highly recommend them to our friends and family and would hire no other team but the Ensley team!! If you want your home sold or are thinking of buying a home, or both, please contact the Ensley team. It will be one of the best decisions you've ever made.

Debra & Gary Heinzelman

Laura and The Ensley Team are outstanding!

!! Our initial plan was to sell our home and build near water. Therefore, we started to seek out lakefront property, potential builders and floor plans. To our dismay, it became overwhelming, all the good builders were booked until next spring, and we just couldn’t wait that long. We love to procrastinate.....but we hate to wait! The frustration was setting in, and our plans appeared unattainable. That is, until we called on a property listed with Laura and Five Star. Seriously, it was like hitting an easy button. Laura listed our home and we had a full price offer four days after she listed it. Best of all, we recently closed on our dream home, that was already built! Bottom line, we will recommend Laura and her team to anyone interested in buying or selling a home:)

Paul Kolenda

Laura and her team were amazing!

! They are knowledgeable, thorough and have excellent customer service. When I inquired about a house Laura called me right away. She was flexible with her availability to meet our needs and when things needed to move quickly she gets things done. She has multiple trustworthy resources to make the process of buying a house seem-less and easy.

Jodi Vanderlin

She was quick to respond right from the first contact when I was looking for a new house.

Very knowledgeable and quick with helping me prepare my house for selling. And selling in less than 10 days. Wonderful company to work with and would highly recommend using Laura and her team. Could not be happier


I would recommend Ensley team to any body who is looking.

Very great experience, the whole team was very helpful and knolagable. They helped me with everything along the way and made their schedule work with mine. Very great team of people.


From the time we decided to sell we knew we were going to use this team.

Laura personally visited our home to help us with what we should do to get our maximum return. We did everything she suggested and we had an offer within a week of listing. The peace of mind that comes with using this team is unbeatable. Thank you Ensley team!


I worked with James for a long time and he was beyond helpful and dedicated to help me and my children find our dream home!

!! Thank you so much James!!

Mandy Van Buskirk

We loved Allie!

Searching for houses seems very stressful, if you don't have the right help! Allie helped us every step of the way, we are first time home owners and she answered all of our questions and was able to explain things so we could understand. In the end Allie helped us find our dream home! We recommend her 100%!

Heather L

Allie was great!

! I felt like she was really honest and open and made us feel secure about buying our first home! She answered emails and texts in a timely manner and never made me feel like a nuisance no matter how many questions I had! I highly recommend her as your next realtor!

Jennifer DeJonge

James was so helpful in our home buying process.

Even when we hit many bumps in the road during this process, he was there supporting us and answering all of our questions. Hands down best realtor around.


Allie went above and beyond for my family this year.

We sold two properties and bought our forever home. She went out of her way to help with the remodel of our farm, help with the move from our house and is still answering any questions we have a month after closing.

Rich Kangas

Allie was amazing to work with!

You could definitely tell she wanted what was best for us. She was on top of any question or concern we had as first time home buyers, and she made sure everything was done how it should be and to our expectations. I would definitely recommend Allie to family and friends. She is very hard working and determined. Thank you so much for all of you help finding our wonderful first home, even through all the road bumps, you didn't give up on us

Julia Johnson

Allie was amazing.

She helped us out whenever needed and she was patient with all my questions as a first time home buyer ???? Thank you again Allie ❤

Chelsea Markham

My husband and I had the BEST experience working with Laura Ensley and her staff.

Everyone is so friendly and they treat you just like family. My husband and I have complete opposite tastes in homes and Laura was able to find us the perfect home. She was dedicated to making sure we found our forever home. She was very patient with us and would respond to text or phone calls immediately. If you are looking to purchase a home, the Ensley Team is the way to go!!

Sarah McDonald

Laura and her team were great throughout the process of buying and selling our home.

I would recommend them to anyone looking to buy or sell in the west Michigan area.

Chris Dart

Laura and The Ensley Team are outstanding!

!! Our initial plan was to sell our home and build near water. Therefore, we started to seek out lakefront property, potential builders and floor plans. To our dismay, it became overwhelming, all the good builders were booked until next spring, and we just couldn’t wait that long. We love to procrastinate.....but we hate to wait! The frustration was setting in, and our plans appeared unattainable. That is, until we called on a property listed with Laura and Five Star. Seriously, it was like hitting an easy button. Laura listed our home and we had a full price offer four days after she listed it. Best of all, we recently closed on our dream home, that was already built! Bottom line, we will recommend Laura and her team to anyone interested in buying or selling a home:)

Paul Kolenda

I have nothing but amazing things to say about Jim!

Words can’t describe how thankful Chad and I are for you! Thank you for helping us buy our first home

Keeley Kading

Allie is sweet, upfront, very knowledgeable of the game!

Answers even my silliest questions thru text in a very timely manner if not on the spot. This lady has been just an all around pleasure to work with!!!

Kim Bruce

The Ensley team are very hard working people!

They are always there to guide you through each step to buying your home. they keep in touch with you and make you feel like a part of their family. I would recommend them to my friends and family They go above and beyond with all that they do for their clients as they did with us!!! Thank you so much!!!

Elizabeth Maxson

The Ensley team work very hard to sell our home.

The team made sure my husband and I where included in everything. We live in one state and where selling a home in another state. Not as easy as one would think. The Ensley team took that challenge and made the sale happen. Thank you everyone.

Tina Seymour

Allie was awesome!

As a first time homebuyer, I was definitely nervous but Allie walked us through the whole process. My favorite thing about Allie was that she was honest and we could tell that she wanted the best for us! She was super easy to contact and answered ALL of our questions. Definitely would recommend Allie to friends & family.

Rachael Atkins

From the start to the finish Laura and her team were on it.

The same day I contacted them she went to look at my property to give me her opinion. I liked her confidence in selling my place so I pulled the trigger and signed up. Her assistant was all over getting documents put together for signing. I believe Laura had confidence in me as well by ordering professional pictures before all docs were signed. I was very impressed how fast they had my property listed on the MLS! Due to the nature of the property and more so, my jealous and self serving neighbors trying to sabotage my sale, offers were not coming in like we had anticipated. Laura wasn’t quick to suggest lowering the price. When she did however, I found the timing and amount to be appropriate. At no point did I feel rushed by her so she could be off to the next sale. We did end up finding a buyer! :-) Closing was a long arduous task but had nothing to do with the Ensley team. My land contract holder was very difficult to work with along with her so called financial advisor who only communicates via snail mail. That’s right, no email or faxing and doesn’t even put his phone number out there easily. Hard to believe in the twenty first century a “professional “ conducts business like this:-) Shannon with team Ensley along with Sara from Chicago title persevered through the closing despite the difficulties caused from my land contract holder and her “professional “. Nice job ladies! High five to Laura and put another win up on the board for Team Ensley!


Laura and her team are a pleasure to work with.

Everyone is very polite, professional and they make you feel at home. They are all very knowledgeable and quick to respond to questions. They made selling my home easy fun and fast!

Joe Miles

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