Northern Michigan Real Estate Market Activity

Although Chris newly listed five properties (3 residential waterfront, 1 vacant lakefront, 1 residential over $500,000) in the last three weeks, her report from Robert Reamer and Traverse Area Association of REALTORS (below) indicates that inventory is not rising with lightning speed. The last two weeks have seen a 50 percent increase in new listings, while overall numbers remain somewhat low. Residential sales, on the other hand, increased by almost 100 percent from week ending 2/25 to week ending 3/4.  Sales by county indicate that Grand Traverse County is (not surprisingly) experiencing twice the number of sales as the county […]

LONG LAKE – Ready to Build?

BENZIE COUNTY’S Long Lake is tucked in the hills beside Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This lakefront home site captures the essence of Up North, with beautiful woods, elevated views and 146 ft. sandy-bottom frontage to swim, fish, paddle, sail & pontoon. National Park trails across the road lead to Lake Michigan.  The area’s sport fishing is legend, with Crystal Lake lunkers and Platte River’s blue-ribbon trout waters a short drive away.  MORE DETAILS

NEW LISTING – Little Platte Lake

Peaceful, private 1.9 acres (a rarity!) with 160 ft. sandy-bottom lakefront to swim, sail, fish and pontoon. 3BR/2BA home is near Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park and Lake Michigan.  DETAILS

Real Estate Market Update from Chris

FEBRUARY –  As the 2018 northern Michigan real estate season gears up, it’s time to assess where we’re headed and what to expect.  From my “boots on the ground” perspective,  I believe the market is near “peak” for pricing.  I don’t anticipate a big increase in inventory in the near future, which is what it would take to shift to a buyers’ market.  Interest rates are still historically low — so unless they go up significantly, they will not impact the market much. In my experience the market is affected more by consumer confidence in the economy, which seems to […]

Positive News for Homeowners

The President’s tax bill did include good news for real estate property owners, thanks to the work of the National Association of Realtors and the Realtors Political Action Committee. DETAILS    

Live in Leelanau County

MAPLE CITY, MI – Close to Lime Lake and a short drive to Lake Michigan beaches. 1,612 sq. ft. two bedroom home with a full basement, backyard deck and 2-car garage on 3 country acres. DETAILS HERE

Sleeping Bear Dunes named a Best Beach

The toes know!  There’s nothing like the warm, soft sand lapped by Lake Michigan in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  READ MORE Photo of Rory at Empire Beach, by Chris.

Sparkling Crystal Lake

Green certified, European-style 3BR/2.5BA with 100 ft. Crystal Lake frontage. Live sustainably & comfortably while enjoying boating, sailing, swimming, waterskiing, fishing & paddling on this magnificent Benzie County lake. Invite guests to your 1BR/1BA garage apt. Rental history. DETAILS

Crystal Lake Views

Builder’s custom home near Crystal Lake Golf Club, Beulah. Sunset lake views from most rooms and the west-facing deck. Three bedrooms, three baths and a lower walkout level with extra rooms. $289,900 DETAILS 

CRYSTAL LAKE Getaway near Traverse City

ESCAPE FROM THE BUSTLE of the city in a beautiful, quiet spot close to Traverse City yet near the quaint, small-town village of Beulah with its gourmet markets & delicatessens, coffee & other shops, restaurants, bars & usual services. Enjoy 27 ft. private Crystal lakefront with your own boat dock when you purchase this updated, Adirondack-style cottage with hilltop lake views & an extra building lot. $379,900 1832505  DETAILS HERE