Friday, May 22, 2015

464 feet of Wixom Lake Waterfront! Vacant Lots on Mallard Court, Beaverton

Wixom Lake Vacant Waterfront Lot! 
464 Feet of Waterfrontage for your Dream Home!!
New Listing on Mallard Court, Beaverton
MLS #163627

.80 of an Acre
Treed Lots

Call or Text Sonya at 989-429-2600 for more information and to schedule a showing!

Build your dream home on Wixom Lake! 464' of canal waterfront just around the bend from the main lake. The total of 8/10 of an acre takes in 2 large lots and both are level to the water. The lots are wooded and currently undeveloped. Tucked away at the end of the road you will have all the privacy you desire. Wixom Lake is a 2,000 acre all sports lake where you can enjoy boating, fishing, jet skiing or just a nice relaxing pontoon ride! With 85,000 acres of state land in the county you can enjoy off water recreation as well. Natural gas is available in this neighborhood. This is a wonderful opportunity to own a very affordable, large parcel on Wixom Lake. 

Click HERE to visit our website to see more images of this Wixom Lake Waterfront Lot for Sale!!

Secord Lake Vacant Waterfront Lot! 1686 Middlepoint Drive, Alger, MI

Secord Lake Vacant Waterfront Lot!
Price Reduction at 1686 Middlepoint Drive, Alger

$59,900 with Land Contract Terms Available!
MLS #162330

.30 Acre Lot with 118 Feet of Waterfront

Perfect for a Dream Home or Camping!

Call/Text Sonya at 989-429-2600 to arrange a showing!

What an opportunity! If you are looking for a lot to build your Secord Lake home on, you've found it! The lot offers 118' of waterfront on a cut off the main lake and has exceptional views. The frontage is all steel seawalled and has good swimming too! Extra large stamped concrete boardwalk area is the perfect place to relax and watch the boats go by or throw your line in and catch a fish! The property has already had the 5" well and septic tank and drain field installed. Currently used for camping and has a travel trailer on site, but would be a perfect location to build a home with a walk out basement. Electric on site, a large storage shed, a fire pit, and a large amount of fill sand on site that could be used during construction. Don't let this opportunity pass you by. 

Click HERE to visit our website to see more images of this Secord Lake Lot for Sale!


Wixom Lake Living! New Listing at 4808 Maxon Drive, Hope

Wixom Lake Waterfront Canal Living!
New Listing at 4808 Maxson Drive, Hope, MI 

MLS #163598

Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
1460 Square Feet

Call/Text Sonya at 989-429-2600 for availability and to schedule a showing!

70' of canal frontage on all sports Wixom Lake! Enjoy great fishing on this canal & with a level lot to the waters edge access is easy for all ages. 1/4 acre lot just a bit off the main lake you can enjoy the quiet of the canal but head out to the main lake for swimming, tubing, boating or jet skiing the day away. This roomy 2 bedroom, 1 bath house or cottage is move in ready so you can start your summer fun now! Enter either into the laundry room or the door that welcomes you into the updated kitchen. Oak cabinets, new wood laminate flooring & a pass through to the living room for a more open feel. 2 spacious bedrooms and 1 full bath. The extra large living room has a gas log fireplace and a dining area as well. The sun room would be a perfect spot to enjoy the view of the canal or can be extra sleeping space. Use the sunroom all year around with the wall furnace. Nice landscaping, a wood seawall, huge storage shed, concrete drive, updated well and septic, shady lot, central air and firepit! 

Click HERE for more images of this Wixom Lake Home for Sale!!


Stunning Custom Built Log Home on 40 Wooded Acres in Clare County! 1251 Clarence, Harrison

Stunning Custom Built Log Home on 40 Wooded Acres in Clare County!
1251 West Clarence Road, Harrison

MLS #163596

Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.5
3656 Finished Square Feet
Detached 3 Car Garage and 30x40 Pole Barn

Call/Text Sonya at 989-429-2600 for availability and to schedule a showing!!

Stunning, custom built log home on 40 acres in Clare County! Enter the long drive that keeps this house secluded from the road & arrive at your own slice of northern Michigan heaven. Built in 2003 this home has over 3,600 sq ft of living space. A convenient entry room offers coat storage & has a 1/2 bath off it. Kitchen has hardwood flooring, hickory cabinets & stainless steel appliances. There is a large eating bar & a door to the covered porch overlooking the acreage. Living room has open beam vaulted ceilings & a fireplace w/ a stone surround & a door wall leading to the open deck. Main floor master suite w/ full bath & walk in closet. 2 bedrooms & a full bath upstairs. Full basement has a large family room, laundry room & walks out to a covered patio w/ built in seating. 3 car garage for parking & a huge 30x40 pole barn w/ lean to. Huge concrete area for parking, bike riding or basketball. The rolling 40 acres has trails through out & is heavily wooded with mature hardwoods. 

Click HERE to see more images of this stunning log home!!

Monday, May 18, 2015

New or Seasoned, The Key is to Find a Quality Agent or Broker

We had the opportunity to congratulate Sales Associate, Jason Manderbach, on his first transaction as a Homewaters agent.  Last week he closed a transaction where he represented the seller and brought the buyer for a great hunting property in Isabella County.  Jason hasn't had a ton of experience but he works incredibly hard, is accountable to his clients and take a ton of pride in being a professional.  We make sure to provide plenty of broker support so that no detail is overlooked.  These attributes carry across our entire sales staff from our first year agents to our most seasoned veterans.  To us, nothing is more important that putting buyers and sellers in touch with a QUALITY agent.  We refuse to bring on anyone who doesn't fit that mold so every client of Homewaters can be confident they're in good hands.

As the broker I get the opportunity to receive a tremendous number of client testimonials each year.  Here's the one from Jason's first Homewaters transaction.

"We were extremely happy with our experience with  Homewaters, LLC Recreational Real Estate and our agent, Jason Manderbach. The service we received both before and after the sale of our property was everything we expected and beyond. This was our first time ever listing a property through a Real Estate Company and given the experience we had we would highly recommend Jason Manderbach and Homewaters LLC, Recreational Real Estate. Thanks again Jason!"

Dale and Brenda Feldpausch
To learn more about Jason, just click HERE.  He's focused on the sale of hunting and agricultural properties in central and southern Michigan.  To find the Homewaters agent or broker in your area of interest, click HERE to go to the agent portion of our website.  

Gladwin County Lakes...see what we have to offer this Memorial Weekend!

Gladwin County Lakes....Memorial Weekend Is Upon Us!!!

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

See what our lakes have to offer.......    

Secord Lake
There are currently 90 active listings for Secord Lake ranging from $24,900 - $459,900

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:
Wixom Lake 
There are currently 97 active listings on Wixom Lake ranging in price from $6,900-$490,000  
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 221 active listings on Lake Lancer and Lake Lancelot ranging in price from $500 to $399,000 
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: 
Smallwood Lake 
There are currently 35 active listings for near by Smallwood Lake ranging from $34,500-$464,500

Below are featured listing 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:

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Gladwin & Clare County Real Estate Market Snapshot for April

Real Estate Market Snapshot for Gladwin and Clare County Area Homes
April 2015 

Featured Listing!
Wiggins Lake Cottage!
4127 Betty Lee Blvd., Gladwin
MLS #163512

Active Listings: 1002 (191 new listings came on the market in April)
Average Asking Price: $112,763
Average Days on Market : 228
Range of Asking Prices: $2,500 - $875,000
Sold: 62 Sold in April (45 sold in March)
Average Asking Price of Sold Listings: $84,320
Average Selling Price of Sold Listings: $79,412
Average Days on Market of Sold Listings: 183 (95 days less than March)
Sellers Received: 94.1% of their asking price

Total Residential Sales Volume: $4,844,322 (up from $2,959,685 in March)
Listings Sold by Price Range
0-99,999: 43 (up 9 from March)
100,000-199,999: 17 (up 9 from March)
200,000-299,999: 2 (same as March)
300,000-399,999: 0 (down 1 from March)
400,000 and above: 0 (same as March)


**29 Homes Expired off the Market in April

Absorption Rate = 1.3 Years

Wiggins Lake Waterfront Cottage! New Listing at 4127 Betty Lee Blvd., Gladwin

Wiggins Lake Waterfront Cottage!

4127 Betty Lee Boulevard, Gladwin

MLS #163512

Bedrooms: 2
Bathroom: 1
Square Feet: 735
2.5 Car Detached Garage

Call/Text Sonya at 989-429-2600 to check availability and to schedule a showing!

Escape to the lake! Enjoy 80' of waterfront on all sports Wiggins Lake. With 2 bedrooms and 1 full bath and nearly 800 sq ft this bungalow style cottage is a great home away from home. Spacious entry room is light and bright and offers an area for a futon that is perfect for overflow sleeping! Much of the home has updated, simulated wood flooring. Both bedrooms are a nice size and I'm sure you'll choose the bedroom overlooking the lake as your master bedroom! The full bath is nicely updated and the entire cottage is done is neutral tones that evoke a sense of relaxation. The well equipped kitchen w/ included appliances opens up to the living room w/ knotty pine walls and a gorgeous antique wood door to the large, multi-level deck. Level yard to the waters edge and with 80' of steel seawall in great condition you won't have any extra expense. The views are beautiful and the shallow water makes for great swimming. Located in a no-wake section of the lake. 2.5 car garage and shed too! Fish, boat, relax! 

Click HERE to view more images of this Wiggins Lake Waterfront Cottage!


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

NEW REAL ESTATE LISTING FOR SALE Cranberry Creek Home on 30 Wooded Acres in Harrison, Michigan - Clare County

3660 N. Rodgers Avenue, Harrison, MI 48625

Secluded 3 bedroom, 3 full bath home w/cathedral ceilings, custom Amish built kitchen cupboards w/corian counter tops. Play room and office area could be 2 more bedrooms. Plenty of storage closets, cold storage and root cellar areas. 30 wooded acres w/spectacular views from every window. Also enjoy large 6500 brick paver patio, 13x25 deck w/hot tub, enclosed 14x22 screened porch off dining room, 6x24 screen porch just off the living room area or 8x16 master bedroom balcony with relaxing sounds of the windy creek that runs through the property & has covered bridge. Property includes 17kw Generac generator, 4 acre food plot, raised garden beds, outdoor wood burner 16x30 wood storage lean to, fruit trees, 16x32 chicken coup/greenhouse, trampoline, attached 23x30 heated 2 car garage w/extra kitchen area, 31x48 heated pole barn, 20x30x10 heated work shop, 16x32 gable barn, 12x12 dog house/shed. Most buildings have electric & creek water ran to them. $399,900 
Click HERE for more information.
Contact Shannon Cummings to schedule your showing today!
(989) 339-1326 cell/text

Consider The Boardman River if you're seeking Traverse City waterfront living

The Boardman River near the Supply Road bridge
The real estate market in Traverse City has definitely been booming in recent years.  That holds especially true for properties on the water.  As prices continue to rise (about 8% annually for the last couple of years) it’s becoming more difficult to find anything of quality on the water that falls within most budgets.  Most buyers we’re working with are looking to live in the region for the natural beauty and slower pace but they don’t want to give up the very well done home they’re moving from.  Because it’s really only been in recent years that so many full time residents have flooded to the area, there simply aren’t enough quality homes for them to purchase.

For more and more buyers, this means building a new home.  Fortunately there are a number of builders who have gravitated to the area in order to service this growing demand.  This means that very high quality builders, who can be trusted to complete a project far from home, are available.  While costs are higher than they were a few years ago (most of our clients will spend at least $175/sq. ft. to build a high quality home), they’re starting to come in line with the cost of buying an existing home that isn’t really ideal for the buyer’s needs.  One of our favorite builders right now is Eric Render with Render Construction.  He’s built a number of custom homes for our clients and the results have always been spectacular.  Our clients have found that he’s very trustworthy and reliable and he worked closely with them to ensure they ended up with the perfect home in the end.  He has some great information on his website,

I recently visited a large vacant parcel on The Boardman River with Eric in an effort to get a sense of the properties limitations from a building standpoint.  While there are many more buyers seeking to buy and build along Grand Traverse Bay or some of the area lakes, The Boardman River is an excellent option where buyers can find a much better sense of privacy at a much better price.  This parcel, in particular offers over 20 acres of wooded land with 750’ of frontage, including frontage on the other side of the river to ensure privacy.  The seller already went through the site approval and preparation process which normally takes a bit of time and a lot of cost.  Click  HERE for more information on this parcel.  It’s being offered for $229,900.  Compared to 100’ bay front lots starting around $350,000, that’s a terrific buy. 

We have another parcel that’s also beautiful and offers convenient access to town but is a little upstream.  This 7 acre parcel has 1,100’ of frontage and was recently reduced to $187,500.  Click HERE for details.

I know it may be outside the concept many buyers originally had in mind when they began their search in our area, but a small shift in thinking can often lead to a spectacular result.  Spending evenings watching trout rise and deer meander through the yard isn’t all bad, especially when it’s just minutes from all the amenities of Traverse City.

Contact Chad Brown today to learn more about these properties or to set up a time to discuss ALL the available options in seeking the ideal northern Michigan home or cottage for you and your family or friends. or (231) 499-8292

Monday, May 11, 2015

Wixom Lake Waterfront 1.3 Acre Lot! New Listing at 3602 Westpointe, Beaverton

Wixom Lake Waterfront 1.3 Acre Lot!!
3602 Westpointe, Beaverton, MI

MLS #163405

Call or Text Sonya at 989-429-2600 for availability and to schedule a showing!

205' of waterfront in on the of the most desirable neighborhoods on Wixom Lake! Build your dream on this large 1.3 acre parcel that is perfectly suited for a walk out basement. The steel seawall is already installed on much of the waterfront and the driveway is in as well. Wooded lot offers Oaks, Maples and White Pines. Wixom Lake is a 2,000 acre all sports lake and this lot is located on a quiet cut off the main body. Enjoy fishing, boating, kayaking or anchoring at one of the sand bars! Located close to state land for all types of recreation. Not too far from Midland for lake living and commuting to work. Land use evaluation has been completed for purposes of installing a septic system. Seller will consider land contract offers. 

Click HERE to visit our website for more images!


Scenic Smallwood Lake Waterfront Home! Price Reduction at 1580 Moose Drive, Gladwin

Scenic Smallwood Lake Waterfront Home! 
Price Reduction at 1580 Moose Drive, Gladwin

MLS #162175

Bedrooms: 2
Bathroom: 1
Square Feet: 1168
2 Car Garage

Call/Text Sonya at 989-429-2600 for availability and to schedule a showing appointment.

93' of waterfront on Smallwood Lake. Large yard on the road side is level and offer plenty of room for parking as well as playing! The lake side has a gorgeous view of the scenic lake from the high bank property. Steps to the water with multiple sitting areas. Large deck at the top is great for outdoor entertaining. Treed lot and peaceful, natural view of the lake/river gives you that up north, relaxing feel. Smallwood Lake is an all sports lake that offers great fishing as well! Take a boat ride to the main lake or head north in a kayak or canoe for a quiet day. Cottage has a large great room with a dining area that steps out to a screen porch. Living room area with wood beams and a wood burning fireplace that is the center piece of the room. Kitchen has newer appliances and offers a laundry area. Master bedroom is extra large and has 2 closets. Partial basement, storage shed and a very nice 2 car garage. This home/cottage is being sold as shown...come up north today! 

Click HERE to visit my website for more images and details!


Friday, May 8, 2015


2.2 acre elevated building site in Alden Meadows incorporating some of the best westerly views of Torch Lake in the development.  The development provides reasonable building restrictions allowing for an exquisite neighborhood of fine homes.  There is a shared park in the association, underground utilities and one mile from Torch Lake access and the absolutely charming village of Alden.

You are surrounded by the beauty of Torch Lake and have easy access to some of the finest boating and fishing, cycling trails, downhill skiing and golf courses in Northwest Michigan.  You are 30 minutes away from Traverse City's amenities and 10 minutes away from Short's Brewing  and a short drive to Pearl's or Siren Hall in Elk Rapids.

As the real estate market continues to heat up and homes are selling faster than buyers can keep up with, it may be time to consider building your dream home to the exact specs that you want to incorporate into your lifestyle.  It sometimes makes way more sense to build rather than try to undo or change previously owned homes.

Homewaters has many vacant land options available.  We have direct waterfront - both all sports and quiet lakes, waterview, close to water access and various price ranges.  Check out this page for lots of vacant waterfront options and please contact mary@homewaters, 231-384-1207 for assistance in obtaining more information.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

May's Artist of the Month, Joe Diehl

I had the good fortune of meeting this month's artist of the month, Joe Diehl, while we both watched our respective 5 year olds hone their dance techniques during a ballet class.  Amidst a sea of Lululemon clad dance moms, it was a real treat to meet an outdoors loving, Army veteran, bear of a man with a great sense of humor with whom I could share fishing and hunting tales.  Little did I know that, in his spare time, Joe shot amazing photos of the spectacular scenery he stumbled upon during his adventures in northern Michigan and points beyond.

Joe's work represents a stunning mix of landscape, flora and fauna, and personal moments that truly capture the essence of why so many are passionate about northern Michigan.  The front page of our website,, features just a few shots from Joe's portfolio but his website,, is packed with images that will remind just about anyone how special our region truly is.  Next time you have a few spare minutes, scroll through the images.  It will likely inspire you, like it did me, to spend more time exploring new places, wandering outside your normal routes and maybe trying your own hand and capturing those sights you see with your own camera lens.

If you find yourself at The Dance Arts Academy in Traverse City on Wednesday evenings, say Hi to Joe, he's the one with the broad shoulders and shaved head.  You won't miss him...

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Secord Lake Waterfront Home on 1 Acre! New Lisiting at 3545 West Branch Drive, Gladwin

Secord Lake Waterfront Home on 1 Acre!

3545 West Branch Drive, Gladwin
MLS #163408

Bedrooms: 2
Bathroom: 1
Square Feet: 1000
4 Car 24x40 Pole Barn

Call/Text Sonya at 989-429-2600 for availability and to schedule a showing!!

150' of waterfront on one of the best parts of Secord Lake! Enjoy wide open, expansive views of gorgeous, all sports Secord Lake. Sandy swimming right at your property means no need to take a boat ride to let the kids swim. Relax the day away and watch the boats go by from beautiful yard or the paver patio overlooking the lake. The single wide was built in 1982 and has had one owner who has meticulously cared for it. Living room offers a gas fireplace for chilly evenings! Kitchen is well equipped and the appliances are included. 2 bedrooms and a full, updated bath are down the hall. A large addition added a family room and laundry room area. Step out the slider into the sunroom overlooking the lake. Shingled roof over the singlewide and newer vinyl windows throughout. Long paved drive, 24x40 pole barn with concrete floor, electric and opener and the inviting covered front porch complete the package. Cute little camper/bunkhouse for extra sleeping or the kids playhouse too! 

Click HERE for more images of the Stunning Secord Lake Waterfront!!


Secord Lake Waterfront Home on 1.16 Acre Lot! Price Reduction at 3901 Thendara Court, Gladwin

Secord Lake Waterfront Home on 1.16 Acre Lot!!
3901 Thendara Court, Gladwin   
Price Reduction!

MLS #163075

Bedrooms: 2
Bathroom: 1
Square Feet: 1000
Garage & Storage Sheds

Call or Text Sonya at 989-429-2600 to check availability and to schedule a showing!!

Do not miss your opportunity to enjoy Secord Lake at an affordable price! This MOVE IN ready home or cottage has been updated & meticulously maintained & is ready for new owners! Located on a paved road w/ a blacktop driveway & a huge yard full of mature oaks & maples & 233' of water front on a canal just a stones throw off main Secord Lake. The entire home is done in soft beachy colors & offers a roomy living room w/ newer wood laminate floors. 2 bedrooms & 1 full bath allow room for the family! A large laundry room w/ the included LG washer & dryer & the forced air furnace that has central air as well. Super sunny dining room has french doors to the patio overlooking the canal. Kitchen has updated oak cabinets & the appliances are included. There is a 1.5 car garage & 3 large storage sheds. 135' of the water front has a steel seawall. Also newer wood retaining walls. Many perennials & a nice flower or vegetable garden area too! Bonus: Natural gas hookup is complete and in use! 

Click HERE to view more images of this Secord Lake Waterfront home!


Friday, May 1, 2015

Wixom Lake Waterfront Cottage! 4325 Wieman Road, Beaverton

Wixom Lake Waterfront Cottage!!
MLS #163390

Bedroom: 2
Bathroom: 1
Square Feet: 810

Contact Sonya at 989-429-2600 for availability and to schedule a showing!!

Get ready to spend time at the lake! 34' on all sports Wixom Lake is waiting for you. Everything has been updated and remodeled and this cottage is just waiting for a new owner who wants to move right in and relax. On a bay off just off the main lake you will fall in love with the wide open water view! Catch fish right from the new dock or take a boat ride to one of many sandbars for a day of swimming and fun. Cottage is log sided w/ a metal roof. The large deck is made of composite materials and is the perfect spot to entertain and grill out! As soon as you step inside you will realize this is the one. Completely remodeled including new windows and plumbing! The kitchen offers new wood laminate flooring, new cabinets, granite counters, a small island and the appliances are included. The living room has updated carpeting w/ a gas log fireplace and log beams that add to the cottage charm. Patio door to the large deck and knotty pine tongue and groove ceilings thru out. 2 Bedrooms and updated tiled bath. 

Click HERE to view more images of this Wixom Lake Waterfront Cottage!