Monday, September 30, 2013

Smallwood Lake in Gladwin! Price Reduction at 174 Lockwood Drive

Price Reduction at 174 Lockwood Drive, Gladwin, MI
Smallwood Lake Waterfront
MLS #159069

100' on all sports Smallwood Lake! The view is just breathtaking at this year round home or get away cottage. Walk into the open kitchen and large dining room with a picture window that offers a beautiful view of the lake. Oversize living room is great for gathering or extra sleeping space. 2 bedrooms and 1 full bath are in this 1,200 sq foot home with knotty pine throughout the main rooms. Separate laundry/mechanical room for extra convenience. 2 Car detached garage for parking or storage. Fenced and gated yard with a small blacktop driveway approach. The updated, extensive decking will surely be a favorite spot to entertain or sit and relax and take it all in! Gazebo in front and steps to the water. Smallwood Lake offers all sports boating and jet skiing activities as well as great fishing! Wood seawall and permanent dock are here but do need attention. This one is priced to sell!

Click HERE to visit my website for more information on this waterfront home!!

Wixom Lake Waterfront!! Price Reduction at 4053 Oak, Beaverton

Price Reduction at 4053 Oak, Beaverton MI
Wixom Lake Waterfront
MLS #159288

53 perfect feet of Wixom Lake waterfront!! A gorgeous main lake view with steel seawall and included boat hoist. Enjoy your summer or live year round on this 2,000 acre all sports lake. House sits back off the road on a deep lot allowing plenty of room for parking or entertaining. Tiled foyer offers a convenient spot to take off your coat and shoes and has several closets for storage. Kitchen, dining room and living room are open to each other and take advantage of the lake view from every window! Kitchen offers oak cabinets, plenty of counter space and a bar. Patio door to covered deck off the living room. Deck then steps down to an uncovered area with bon fire pit. Master suite has a huge walk in closet and private bath. Huge game room is great space for relaxing and parties with friends and family. 4 car attached garage too! Natural gas and municipal sewer are such a bonus! State land a short drive away for hunting and trail riding too. 

Click HERE to visit my website for more details!!

Wixom Lake Waterfront!! Price Reduction at 3537 Lakeview Drive, Beaverton

Price Reduction at 3537 Lakeview Drive, Beaverton, MI
Wixom Lake Waterfront!!
 MLS #158484

Right out of the pages of Cottage Living magazine! Once you pull in the drive you won't want to leave! Chalet built in 2002 on all sports Wixom Lake. Quiet, picturesque waterfront that provides great fishing and amazing views! Extensive multi-level decking and paver patio with fire pit and built in seating. Also a boardwalk at the waters edge. Enter the home via the covered patio and step into the light, bright and airy relaxing cottage. While small in size the cottage layout is so well planned and furnished it can accommodate your family and friends! Marble floors and counters in Kitchen, Dining and Bath. Main floor bedroom has room for stackable washer/dryer which is included. Living room offers cathedral ceilings with a large window for natural light and a patio door that opens into a newly added three season sun room. Upstairs loft area with more sleeping space and the master bedroom. Included with sale is a separate lot just around the corner where you can build a garage!

Click HERE to visit my website for more details!!

Wixom Lake Waterfront Lot! Price Reduction on Ichabod Trail, Beaverton

Price Reduction on Vacant Ichabod Trail, Beaverton MI
Wixom Lake Waterfront Lot
MLS #158823

Wixom Lake (Tobacco River side) waterfront lot! 145' along the water in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Beaverton. Wooded lot offers a mix of trees such as oaks, maple and cedar. Rolling terrain seems perfect for a walk out basement! At nearly 7/10 of an acre there is plenty of room to build your dream home! With plans in the future for a paved road and natural gas this lot deserves your serious consideration.

Click HERE to visit our website for more details!!!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Homewaters Sponsors The Riverwalk Place Jeep Creep 2013 in Gladwin

October 25-27, 2013
Riverwalk Place, Gladwin

Love Jeeps? Don't Miss The Jeep Creep! Make plans today!!

Join us Friday, October 25 through Sunday, October 27 for an extravaganza of Jeeps!
Check out wheelin' vendors, awesome Jeeps, prize giveaways and more!
PLUS, don't miss LIVE entertainment sponsored by Graff Motor Sales of Gladwin
with Lookin' Back - Detroit's ultimate Bob Seger Tribute Band!
Enjoy the Official Beer of the Jeep Creep, Midland Brewing Company Beers, with our awesome deal in the Riverwalk Place Lobby! Purchase a wristband 1PM-10PM on Saturday for just $10 and receive 4 tickets to redeem for beers brewed right here in Mid-Michigan.
Plus, you won't leave hungry with our grilled burger and brat specials!
Click Here For Jeep Creep Flyer & Schedule

Register Today! 

Registration Fee: $10 per Jeep (one registration per vehicle)

Jeepers wishing to attend can register at (989) 246-9140,
download the packet below or you may register the day of the event.
- PLUS, register before October 11 and receive 20 BONUS drawing entries!
- Arrive on Friday, October 25 for an additional 10 BONUS entries!
Click Here For The Registration Form

Registered Jeeps Receive

The first 400 Jeeps (including pre-registered) will receive a goody bag.
1 Goody Bag Containing:
- 2 Jeep Creep VIP Passes
- 1 Jeep Creep T-Shirt
- 1 Entry for Prize Giveaways
- PLUS, Coupons and MORE!

Jeepers, Please Bring:

- Candy for the Kid's Trunk or Treat (advertised to 800; about 300 attended)
- Pet Food Donations which will be given to our local animal shelter (donations taken in lobby)
- Non-Perishable Food Donations to benefit a local charity (donations taken in lobby)


Schedule (subject to change)

- 1PM-8PM Registration Open
- 6:30PM Jeep Creep Parade down Gladwin's Main Street
- Decorate your Jeep for Halloween for a chance to win!
- 7PM-10PM Live Entertainment
- 8:30PM Jeep Creep Awards (Must Be Present To Win)
- Awards include Highest Mileage, Oldest Jeep, Best Halloween Decor and More!

- 8AM Registration & Vendor Row Opens
- 8AM-11AM Riverwalk Grill Serving Breakfast
- 9AM Driver's Challenge Course Opens at Graff's
- 11AM Burger, Brat & Hot Dog Specials Begin
- 11AM-5PM Claws & Paws Local Animal Adoption
- Noon-5PM Lord of the Gourd Pumpkin Carver
- 1PM Registration Closes
- 1PM-10PM Midland Brewing Company Beer Deal
- 1PM-2PM Trail Communications Seminar
- 2PM-3PM Equipping Your Rig Seminar
- 3PM-4PM Kid's Trunk or Treat
- 4PM Lookin' Back Live Entertainment
- 4PM Driver's Challenge Course Closes at Graff's
- 5PM Jeep Blessing
- 5PM Prize Giveaways (Must Be Present To Win)
- 5PM Vendor Row Closes
- 7PM - 11PM Lookin' Back Live Entertainment

- 8AM-11AM Riverwalk Grill Serving Breakfast
- 11AM Jeep Creep Trail Ride Departs see details below


Don't miss our seminar "Equipping Your Rig" hosted by Pat Beldock of Gangbuster Getaways
and President of the Great Lakes Four Wheel Drive Association. Pat will give pointers on
off road set up and tools of the trade you shouldn't leave home without.
"Equipping Your Rig" will take place 2PM-3PM on Saturday near the GLFWDA vendor area.
The seminar "Trail Communications" hosted by Paul Hittie of Great Lakes Four Wheel Drive
Association will give tips on how to set up radios and other devices within your Jeep for
use on trail rides. "Trail Communications" will take place 1PM-2PM on Saturday near the
GLFWDA vendor area.

Driver's Challenge Course

Jeepers wishing to drive the course will pay $15
at the registration table on Saturday, October 26.
- $15 per vehicle
- $2 of each course fee will be donated to a local charity
- Your Jeep must be registered and you you must must show
your Jeep Creep VIP Pass to participate (Jeep registration is $10)
- Course is located behind Graff's and open 9AM-4PM
- Jeep Creep Course built and managed by Rock & Valleys
- Low to Moderate skill level with bypasses on the more difficult areas
- Jeepers must follow course rules and event staff decisions are final

Trail Ride

Jeepers wishing to trail ride have two options and must sign up at the registration table on Saturday, October 26 or before 10:30AM on Sunday, October 27.
OPTION 1: Seasonal Road
- Ride will take place on Seasonal Road North of Gladwin throughout the Meredith Area
- This ride is FREE to registered Jeeps (you must register your Jeep to participate - $10)
- You must show your Jeep Creep VIP Pass to participate
- The ride will have a low level of difficulty, details on length and time will be posted soon

OPTION 2: Rocks & Valleys Trip
- Rocks & Valleys is open on Sunday 10AM-7PM
- Cost is $10 to registered Jeeps (you must register your Jeep to participate - $10)
- You must show your Jeep Creep VIP Pass to participate
- Rocks & Valleys features varying levels of difficulty and you will pay the $10 upon arriving at Rocks & Valleys

- You must sign up for Option 1 or Option 2 at the registration table
- Please sign up on Saturday or by 10:30AM on Sunday
- All drivers and passengers are required to sign a waiver

Jeep Creep Sponsors

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Smallwood Lake-Gladwin County!! Price Reduction at 894 Rivers Terrace, Gladwin

Furnished Smallwood Lake Waterfront!
MLS #156161

Retreat to the Lake! 108' of all sports Smallwood Lake frontage on a deep treed lot is the setting for this up north home or cottage. Frontage is good swimming and Smallwood Lake is known for great fishing! 1,228 sq ft offers 2 bedrooms and 1.5 baths. Great room with kitchen area (appliances included) and bay window overlooking water. Fireplace with blower in living room makes for a cozy cottage. Large sun room for extra sleeping or living space steps out to the trex decking. Sun room and deck offer a gorgeous view of the lake! Easy steps to water, suspended dock, seawall, storage shed near water and 2 fire pits. Paved drive, beautiful yard, and 2 more large storage sheds. Updates include newer roof and 5" well. Many extras such as, sold furnished and possibly with a pontoon boat, exterior electrical outlets, outside hot water faucet, and nice set up for winterization.

Click HERE to visit my website for more details on this Smallwood Lake Retreat!!

Secord Lake Waterfront! Price Reduction at 3423 Lakeshore Drive, Gladwin

Secord Lake Waterfront
MLS #159491

Nestled on a deep lot amongst the beautiful shade trees along the shoreline of Secord Lake! 56' of great WF. What a wonderful cottage, summer home or year round weekend retreat. Inviting back porch steps you into the entry room that could be a washer/dryer room or as it is used now as a sitting room or extra sleeping space. Entry room also has a patio door to the deck. Eat in kitchen with newer tile back splash and decorative light over the sink. Kitchen opens up to the living room & the entire open area offers a panoramic view of the lake!! A patio door in the kitchen leads to the large deck perfect for entertaining. Hardwood flooring in LR and 2 bedrooms. 1 full bath with additional half bath in garage & a room that can be used as a guest quarters. Beautiful yard w/ perennials, a gazebo for relaxing evenings, a lake side deck and boardwalk over the wood seawall w/ a removable dock. Lake pump connected to several spickets throughout the yard. 1.5 car detached garage too!

Click HERE to visit my website for more details on this waterfront home!!

Fall 2013 Newsletter from Sonya Loose

Fall 2013 Newsletter 
from Sonya Loose,  Associate Broker
Homewaters Recreational Real Estate

The Importance of a Competitive & Aggressive List Price
Houses seems to be selling faster, the number of days on market seems to be shrinking and consumer confidence is building.  Well priced homes are selling, so if we have not experienced potential buyers calling or emailing us about your listing lately or if we haven't scheduled any showings it is time for us to take a hard look at your listing, starting with the listing price.  I have a solid marketing strategy in place that offers extensive internet marketing and I've carefully selected great photos of your listing.  Once we pair a great price to go along with this we will be successful in getting your listing sold.  Remember, even in a recovering market where homes are selling, properties must be well kept and attractive.  The property should be eye catching and inviting.  Soon, I will be contacting sellers that I think should have a conversation with me about list price, but if at anytime you'd like to speak with me call, email or text!

SOLD!  SOLD!  SOLD!Many other agents would like to know my am I able to sell 25 houses in just 8 1/2 months?  I can admit that I try to make it look easy and hopefully every time you speak with me I seem calm and pleasant but....  The real truth is I am able to accomplish what I do by working very hard, by working long hours, by putting my clients needs first and being a good listener, by staying on top of current trends in the industry and utilizing the best technology available!  I also have a great support system in my husband and son and my amazing administrative assistant Sherri.  I certainly can't forget the wonderful brand Homewaters Recreational Real Estate and the masterminds behind it ~ Chad & Mandy Brown ~.  The company branding and web presence they've created is second to none!  In other words there is not one secret that is the key to my success but many complex moving parts that when utilized all together are a proven and time test formula for great results for me!
Giving Back & Having Fun
I am a firm believer in giving back to your community and getting involved.  This year my family and I were able to donate $300 to the Beaverton High School Football program.  These funds are used for equipment purchases and safety gear.  My husband and I are proud football parents to a JV football player and nothing makes us happier than seeing the football program making an impact in these boys lives.
A few years ago my family was struck by tragedy.  We lost a wonderful man at the age of 51 to the horrible disease ALS.  He was my uncle, but he was also a father, a husband, a brother, a son, and a friend.  No one met Rick that didn't like him.  This disease took him from us fast and he suffered in the process.  Each year we raise funds and walk in his honor at the ALS walk.  This year our family raised over $2,000 and we are already striving to beat that for next year.  If you are interested in joining our team please let me know.  You can be part of our fundraisers, send a check or just walk with us in September at Dow Diamond.

Jeep Creep
The Riverwalk Place in Gladwin is holding a weekend festival they are calling the Jeep Creep October 25th through October 27th.  It is a fun filled weekend of events for Jeep owners that will include activities for the entire community.  Homewaters Recreational Real Estate and myself are proud sponsors of this event and hope that each of you can attend this 2nd annual Jeep Creep.  Visit the official website to learn more and view the schedule of events at

Great autumn buying opportunities

With frost warnings posted during the evening news each night, its obvious that the long warm days of summer are a thing of the past.  For many (including me) this sparks and excitement for fall activities that rivals the anticipation of the snow melt in spring.  Friday night football games, an English Setter on point over a tight holding grouse, pumpkins at the roadside markets and breaking out that favorite sweatshirt are all signs that fall is upon us!  It can also be a terrific time to buy or sell real estate in northern Michigan.  Many sellers are anxious to move their property so they don't have to maintain it through another winter and that can lead to good deals sometimes.  More sellers wanted to enjoy one last season at the cabin before putting it on the market so a lot of new inventory hits the market this time of year.  Another great advantage is the ability to enjoy the breathtaking fall colors as you decide which home is best suited for the needs of you and your family.  We're a week or two away from peak colors in most areas up here but it's coming fast.  If there's a property you've had your eye on why not set up a showing appointment with one of our agents or brokers and head north to enjoy a beautiful autumn weekend.

This spectacular AuSable River lodge is a great example of a property coming to market at the end of the season.  It's a truly special property situated on The Hole Water section between Stephan and Wakeley Bridges.  It was one of the last homes built before the Natural Rivers Act went into place requiring a 200' setback for new building so they were able to perfectly position the home just 60' or so  off the water and take advantage of long river views.  Click the photo at the bottom for more details or watch this little video for a quick tour.

To set up a private tour of this property or get more specific questions answered, contact Chad Brown, Broker ~ (231) 499-8292

Monday, September 23, 2013

Tittabawassee Riverfront in Gladwin County!! Price Reduction at 4519 River Lane Drive, Alger

Tittabawassee Riverfront Cabin!
MLS# 159948

The view is what will win you over! 50' along the banks of the Tittabawassee River. Serene views of the river and the perfect place to fish, canoe or kayak or access Secord Lake make this cottage special! 2 bedroom, 1 bath in need of work but has potential. With a lot of knotty pine you will definitely feel that "up north" atmosphere. 2 car detached garage and storage shed. Huge, treed yard allows for privacy. Located on a quiet street not far from West Branch or Gladwin. Plentiful state land in the area for hunting, hiking or ORV use.

Click HERE to visit our website for more details!!!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Premium Hunting or Equestrian Estate in Standish, Northern Michigan

Fall in love with this gorgeous Northern Michigan estate!

Ideal setup for an equestrian or hobby farm. Secluded, sitting on 38 wooded acres of prime hunting land with trails throughout. A 52' x 48' pole barn (with hay loft, heated workshop, full utilities) with an adjoining corral for horses or farm animals. The one acre, spring fed pond is stocked with a variety of fish, including several very large bass! Throughout the property you'll find a large variety of fruit trees and bushes, including wild apple trees, mulberry trees, rhubarb, asparagus, as well as raspberry and blackberry bushes.

With 3,400 square feet, the home offers 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, formal dining room, family and living room, basement rec area, as well as a large bonus room on the third level. Located in Standish where the "Great Up North" begins. Close to schools, casinos, hunting, fishing, shopping and more! Easy access to I-75, making for an easy commute to Bay City, Saginaw, Midland, West Branch.  

Please visit our website for additional property details!  To schedule your showing, contact Jenna McKinnon with Homewaters Recreational Real Estate at (989) 802-1494.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Wixom Lake Waterfront!! Price Reduction at 1043 McKimmy Drive, Beaverton

Wixom Lake Waterfront
 MLS #158295

63' on Wixom Lake! A nicely treed lot with a fabulous view of the lake is the setting for this 1,134 sq ft cottage. Entire house boasts recent updates and with the bright, modern decor and included furnishings you won't need to do any work. Walk in and start relaxing! Living room has newer carpet and knotty pine walls with a wood burning fire place. Kitchen offers 2 patio doors to the extensive, multi-level decking overlooking the lake. Plenty of cabinet and counter space and even a dishwasher for your convenience. Separate laundry room too! 3 bedrooms offer room for everyone and there is 1 full bathroom. Unfinished bonus room would make a great family/game room or is perfect for storage as it is. Newer vinyl seawall with boardwalk & suspended dock. Updated well and septic! Truly everything is done and this one is just waiting for you! 

Click HERE to visit our website for more details on this furnished waterfront home!!

Size Doesn't Matter

Recently the largest broker in northern Michigan has been promoting the strength of their website relative to other large brokerages in the region.  With over 33,000 unique visitors from June of 2011 through June of 2013, they certainly did dominate many of the other large brokerage websites.  The great thing about the internet and building powerful websites is that it allows smaller firms like ours to beat out firms with dozens of offices and 100's of agents and brokers. 

With over 90% of buyers turning to the internet for their real estate needs, wouldn't it make sense to choose the firm with the most effective website?  We went ahead and added our unique visit count for the same period to their graph for curiosity's sake.

With over 110,000 Unique Visits during the same period, proves that size may matter in some arenas but means nothing when it comes to creativity and producing results.  When considering who to work with during your next real estate transaction, consider the firm that dominates the internet in northern Michigan, Homewaters Recreational Real Estate.  Learn more at

Statistics provided by and Google Analytics for the period of June 2011 - 2013.  Unique Visitors is the number of unduplicated (counted only once) visitors to your website over the course of a specified time period.  Statistics believed to be reliable but not guaranteed.

Monday, September 9, 2013

80 Acre Wooded Paradise in Northern Gladwin County!

Price Reduction at 240 Hilts Road, Gladwin, MI
80 Wooded Acres with Home
Home to Many Species of Wildlife!!
MLS #157018

80 ACRE WOODED PARADISE! Welcome home to the woods. 80 acres located at the end of the road for ultimate privacy & seclusion. Enter the property by the long driveway & you will find this 1,247 sq ft well maintained home nestled amongst the trees. Galley style kitchen w/ separate dining area that has a bow window overlooking the front yard. Living room adjoins the sun room that is the perfect spot for watching the deer, bear, squirrels, birds & more that call this property home. Step outside to a large back deck perfect for grilling or entertaining. The family room with wood stove can accommodate the largest of family dinners, game nights or perfect extra sleeping space. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms & a large laundry room. House has 2+ car attached garage. 24x24 det garage functions as a workshop (has hoist & air compressor). 30x60 steel building with 2 14' overhead doors can store a semi or large RV. Acreage is all hardwoods & has groomed trails throughout! Make this your hunt club!!

Click HERE to visit our website for more details on this Gladwin County Hunters Paradise!!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Gladwin and Clare County Real Estate Market Snapshot

Real Estate Market Snapshot for the 
Gladwin and Clare County Area Homes
Sugar Springs-Lake Lancer Waterfront
4706 Canniche Court, Gladwin $226,900
MLS #159903
For September, 2013
Active Listings: 1141 (133 new listings came on the market in August)
Average Asking Price: $111,096
Average Days on Market : 224
Range of Asking Prices: $7,995-$875,000

Sold: 77 Sold in August (61 sold in July)
Average Asking Price of Sold Listings: $82,660
Average Selling Price of Sold Listings: $74,736
Average Days on Market of Sold Listings: 187 (21 days less than July)
Sellers Received: 90.4% of their asking price
Total Residential Sales Volume: $5,386,938 (up from $3,776,965 in July)
Listings Sold by Price Range
0-99,999: 59 (up 10 from July)
100,000-199,999: 15 (up 4 from July)
200,000-299,999: 2 (same as July)
300,000-399,999: 1 (up 1 from July)
400,000 and above: 0 (same as July)
sonya looseSold!!  Wixom Lake Waterfront!!!

**70 Homes Expired off the Market in August
Absorption Rate = 1.2 Years

*This information was provided by the Clare/Gladwin Board of Realtors. The report was generated from the Multiple Listing Service, where all CGBR members' transactions are recorded. The report covers all the members' residential transactions for the month of January. Although there are no geographical boundaries defining members' service areas, the majority of CGBR transactions take place in Clare and Gladwin County.