Real Estate Activity in May: Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau

Home sales of residences not on the water in the Greater Grand Traverse Area are up 6 percent over the same week last year. Waterfront home sales remained about the same.

Compared to April, the number of homes on the market skyrocketed in May.

Just last week (reported week of May 21-27), inventory of area homes rose by almost 25 percent over the week prior.

For buyers, more homes on the market means more choice.

For sellers, the increase means more competition. As a seller, your attention to details — such as the home’s entryway and yard, neutral paint colors, cleanliness and clutter — will be even more important. Buyers make their first impressions within seconds. Learn more at:

OPEN HOUSE Sun., 5/26, 12-2, Beulah, Mich.

367 Spring Valley, Beulah, Mich. Walk to Crystal Lake beaches plus village shops and cafes from this updated, comfortable 4BR/2BA farmhouse with a 32′ x 28′ garage on a landscaped lot. You’ll find some original wood floors inside. Check out the separate laundry and mud rooms. Check out the large, eat-in kitchen for family and a formal dining room for gatherings. Metal roof is convenient in winter and a large deck is waiting for your summer barbecues. Hike and bicycle on the 22-mile-long Betsie Valley Trail that passes near by.  $249,900

367 Spring Valley Street Beulah MI 49617

13 Things Homeowners Should Do in May

Spring is a busy time for homeowners. Spring cleaning includes everything from cobwebs and windows to garden tools and siding.            

On your 13 item to-do list, the ghastly task of cleaning your grill is offset by frivolous fun…preparing your pic-a-nic basket for a future grab-and-go outing, Boo-Boo!

This time of year, we would much rather be petoskey stone picking, morel hunting and Milky Way watching, right?

So, tick them off your homeowner to-do list in May. Try tackling three a week. Soon you’ll be sunbathing guilt-free at the beach on a rare June day.

To-Dos: Your May Home Checklist