Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Gladwin County Lakes!! What's new in the New Year?!?

Wixom Lake, Secord Lake, Sugar Springs (Lake Lancer & Lake Lancelot) and Smallwood Lake!

Wixom Lake 
There are currently 81 active listings on Wixom Lake ranging in price from $5,000-$572,000 

Wixom Lake is an approximately 2,000 acre all sports lake, inside Gladwin County and located in Beaverton, Michigan. The lake takes in Billings and Tobacco Township and is formed by the Tittabawassee River system and is also fed by the Cedar and Tobacco Rivers. 
It would take many hours of boat travel to see the entire lake! Many people enjoy Wixom Lake with pontoons, ski boats, jet ski's, fishing boats and it's not uncommon to see a canoe or kayak during the quieter times. Be sure to check out "Pontoon Alley", a local and very popular area to spend the afternoon on Wixom Lake! Pontoon Alley boasts a shallow, sandy bottom swimming area with a very festive atmosphere!  

Below are featured listings on Wixom Lake. Click on the address to learn more about them.

Sugar Springs ~ Lake Lancer & Lake Lancelot 
There are currently 194 active listings on Lake Lancer and Lake Lancelot ranging in price from $100 to $359,900

Lake Lancer & Lancelot offer 1,000 acres of water fun with Lake Lancer at 780 acres and Lancelot at 230 acres. These two lakes are private and are for residents of Sugar Springs, a planned community with over 3,200 platted acres. There are 15 private beach clubs along the shores of the lakes for association members only. Some of the beach clubs offer restrooms, showers, swimming, picnic areas and boat launches. Fisherman enjoy the tranquility of the lakes and the Northern Pike, Walleye, Bass and Panfish that can readily be caught from both Lake Lancer & Lake Lancelot. Lake waters are tested annually and treated several times per year to control weeds and infestation allowing boaters, skiers, jet skiers and swimmers to enjoy the waters! 

Below are listings featured in Sugar Springs: 

 Secord Lake 
 There are currently 47 active listings for Secord Lake ranging from $22,500 - $275,000 

Secord Lake is an approximately 2,000 acre serene and picturesque all sports lake. The lake takes in Secord Township and is formed by the Tittabawassee River system. It would take many hours of boat travel to see the entire lake! You will find miles of shoreline and much sandy swimming!  Many people enjoy Secord Lake with pontoons, ski boats, jet ski's, fishing boats and it's not uncommon to see a canoe or kayak during the quieter times.

Below are featured listings for Secord Lake:

Smallwood Lake 
There are currently 21 active listings for near by Smallwood Lake ranging from $17,900-$214,900

Below are featured listing for Smallwood Lake: 
174 Lockwood Drive, Gladwin, Michigan  $87,900
894 Rivers Terrace, Gladwin, Michigan  $109,900

Click here to search more available listings for Smallwood Lake!!

Gladwin County has many lakes that offer boating, fishing, swimming and so much more!  Year round fun! 
Click on the links below to see the listing on those specific lakes:

Friday, January 10, 2014

Gladwin County Year In Review

Gladwin County Year in Review 2013

Looking back over the Gladwin County real estate market sales and statistics for 2013 I can't help but feel pride over what I've accomplished.  I am very aware that my success couldn't have been realized without each and every seller and buyer who placed their trust in me.  The support of my staff, Sherri, and my husband and son, Jason and Chandler, played an integral role as well.  Combining that with the Homewaters brand and the ever encouraging owners, Chad & Mandy, allowed for another record breaking year!  I personally sold 58 units this year for $4.1 million in home sales I was able to make it possible for so many  people to find their slice of heaven, or to accomplish the sale of their home.  I can attribute the success in part, to many, many hours of hard work, a passion for my career, a competitive attitude, a thorough understanding of the existing market, an ability to competitively price a home, the extensive internet marketing I offer clients, the use of the latest technology that improves my efficiency and allows me to carry more inventory, and my follow up and communication skills.  As I gear up for a strong 2014 I am excited to see what sales records will be broken and to meet the new people placed in my path during the year that I will be lucky enough to help accomplish their dreams. 
Homewaters Recreational Real Estate serves all of Northern Lower Michigan and this year we were able to participate in over 252 transactions for a grand total of over $31 million in sales.  At Homewaters, we truly feel like we are selling a lifestyle and not just a piece of real estate and our commitment to the communities we serve is certainly translated through our sales figures.

Below is a comparison of 2012 and 2013:

The following data was obtained from the Clare/Gladwin Board of Realtors Multiple Listing Service and reflects residential home sales only.

                                                            2012                2013
Number of Listings                               1351                1473
Average List Price                                $101,003         $101,112
Average Sold Price                               $75,098           $75,367
Number of Sold Listings                       644                  695
Average Days on Market (for solds)     234                  231
% of Asking Price Received                 90.4%              91.3%

Referencing the grid above you can see there were 122 more listings in 2013 with an average asking price essentially the same as the previous year.  The average sold price stayed essentially the same also!  It appears sellers were more realistic or aggressively pricing their properties this year.  The strategy worked because there were 51 more sales than last year!  That is an average of 4.25 more sales every month.  Days on market remained stable and the percent of asking price the seller received rose another 1%.  More inventory selling means more buyers in the market and points to a tightening up of the real estate market in this area.  As predicted last year there were signs of a return to a more balanced market and a shift towards a seller's market.  The market shift has been gradual but steady!  I hope this information has proven to be valuable to you and can serve as a guide towards your future decisions to buy or sell real estate.   

Monday, January 6, 2014

Great videos are tough to beat!

If you've spent any time on our website, you've probably noticed we've been introducing more and more video content.  While some of it is real estate related or instructional videos to help users get the most out of our site, we've realized that there's just no beating a funny or interesting video clip.  You'll be seeing more and more videos throughout the site that, while related to your passion for lakes, rivers, skiing or other past times, they may have absolutely nothing to to with real estate!  Click the play button an any of these videos throughout the site if you're looking for a good distraction.  Contact one of our agents or brokers when you're ready to get serious about buying the property that will allow you and your family to create some great memories of your own!!  Here's a great example of a video that is currently running on The Lakefront Search portion of our site.  What a fish!  I cannot stop laughing when I watch the reaction of this angler and his buddies as they try to coral this monster!!!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Gladwin and Clare Co Market Report for December

December 2013 Real Estate Market Snapshot for the Gladwin and Clare County Area Homes

Secord Lake Waterfront
4580 Mohawk Trail, Gladwin
MLS #158960

Active Listings: 775 (35 new listings came on the market in December)
Average Asking Price: $103,079
Average Days on Market : 257
Range of Asking Prices: $7,500-$875,000

Sold: 41 Sold in December (63 sold in November)
Average Asking Price of Sold Listings: $85,460
Average Selling Price of Sold Listings: $78,292
Average Days on Market of Sold Listings: 176 (39 days less than November)
Sellers Received: 91.6% of their asking price

Total Residential Sales Volume: $3,131,699 (down from $4,546,509 in November)
Listings Sold by Price Range
0-99,999: 29 (down 23 from November)
100,000-199,999: 8 (down 6 from November)
200,000-299,999: 2 (up 1 from November)
300,000-399,999: 1 (up 1 from  November)
400,000 and above: 1 (up 1 from November)
 Pending!!  Wixom Lake Waterfront

**146 Homes Expired off the Market in October
Absorption Rate = 1.6 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.