Monday, November 23, 2015

Gladwin County Home with 20 Acres & 2 Ponds! Price Reduction at 141 Hawthorne, Beaverton

Gladwin County Home on 20 Acres with 2 Ponds!
Price Reduction at 141 Hawthorne, Beaverton

MLS #163780

Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Square Feet: 1898 

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

20 secluded acres in Gladwin County. If you are looking for acreage that offers a park like yard with beautiful shade trees, a pond stocked with fish, another pond the deer love & woods filled with maples & oaks located off a private road & a long, winding drive...this is it! This modular home built to state of Michigan construction codes was built in 2008 but is just like new as it has rarely been occupied. The covered porch/patio off the back is great place to relax & take in nature's scenery. The front patio is a great spot to grill or catch some sun! The living room is open & allows a lot of natural light. It has a 2 way fireplace that is shared with the dining room. Dining room has a door wall to the back covered patio. No expense was spared in the kitchen with oak cabinets, center island, solid surface counters & stainless appliances included. The master suite is extra special with its private sitting room, walk in closet and full bath. 2 addt'l bedrooms & a 2nd full bath. 

Click HERE to view more images of the 
Beaverton Home for Sale!!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Live, Love, Lake! Gladwin County Lakes are Ready for Every Season!

Live, Love, Lake! Gladwin County Lakes are Ready for Every Season!!

  Featuring Wixom Lake, Secord Lake, Sugar Springs (Lake Lancer & Lake Lancelot), Smallwood Lake and many more!    
 See what our lakes have to offer.......     
Wixom Lake 
There are currently 90 active listings on Wixom Lake ranging in price from $5,900-$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.
 Secord Lake 
There are currently 57 active listings for Secord Lake ranging from $19,900 - $379,900 
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:
Sugar Springs ~ Lake Lancer & Lake Lancelot 
There are currently 188 active listings on Lake Lancer and Lake Lancelot ranging in price from $1,400 to $429,000 
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!   
Smallwood Lake 
There are currently 41 active listings for near by Smallwood Lake ranging from $19,900-$459,000 
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, November 11, 2015

Gladwin & Clare County Homes Real Estate Market Report for October

October Real Estate Market Snapshot for Gladwin and Clare County Area Homes

Featured Listing!

Wixom Lake Waterfront Home!
MLS #164695

Active Listings: 957 (67 new listings came on the market in October)
Average Asking Price: $110,650
Average Days on Market : 214
Range of Asking Prices: $7,000 - $695,000
Sold: 90 Sold in October  (81 sold in September)
Average Asking Price of Sold Listings: $95,090
Average Selling Price of Sold Listings: $87,708
Average Days on Market of Sold Listings: 209 (13 days less than September)
Sellers Received: 92.2% of their asking price       

Total Residential Sales Volume: $7,806,099 (up from $7,401,533 in September)
Listings Sold by Price Range
0-99,999: 63 (up 7 from September)
100,000-199,999: 18 (up 4 from September)
200,000-299,999: 7 (down 3 from September)
300,000-399,999: 2 (up 1 from September)
400,000 and above: 0 (same as September)

Sold!! Wixom Lake Waterfront

**96 Homes Expired off the Market in October

Absorption Rate = 1.1 years

Wixom Lake Waterfront Lot with Cabin Across the Street! 4508 Lakeview Drive, Beaverton

Wixom Lake Waterfront Lot with Cabin Across the Street!

4508 Lakeview Drive, Beaverton, MI
MLS #164767

Bedroom: 1
Bathroom: 1
Square Feet: 686
Pole Barn & Storage Sheds

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

83' of prime Wixom Lake waterfront!! Enjoy the gorgeous view, the sandy swimming and all that 2,000 acre all sports Wixom Lake has to offer. 3 clip on to the steel seawall docks allow you room for plenty of boating guests. With the cottage located across the street from the lake and the waterfront lot being it's own parcel this could be the perfect location for your new waterfront home! The cottage has been well maintained and is just waiting for your use. Approx 700 sq feet and offers 1 spacious bedroom and bathroom. The living area offers a very functional kitchen and dining area as well as a large living room for gathering the family in the evening. The entry room houses the forced air furnace, water softener and the stackable washer/dryer! The cottage lot is very large and has beautiful shade trees. There is no lack of storage with a 24x24 pole barn w/ power and 4 storage sheds! Do not let this opportunity slip away...get ready for lake living!!! 

Click HERE to see more images of this Wixom Lake Waterfront Lot with Cabin For Sale!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Wixom Lake Home with Waterfront Lot Across the Street! 4522 Lakeview Drive, Beaverton

Large Wixom Lake Home with Waterfront Lot Across the Street!
New Listing at 4522 Lakeview Drive, Beaverton, MI

MLS #164766

Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage 1928

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

Want to enjoy Wixom Lake and have room for the entire family? This home or cottage sits across the street from Wixom Lake and has a waterfront lot right on Wixom Lake. The lot is owned only by these sellers and offers the best of both worlds to the new owner....own an affordable cottage with a large, treed yard with waterfront!! Wixom Lake is a nearly 2,000 acre all sports lake and the 23' lot has a steel seawall and swimmable waterfront. There is plenty of room for your own dock as well. The cottage has a open concept kitchen, dining and living room so it is easy to spend time all together! With a total of 6 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms you can bring as many as you'd like. 4 of the bedrooms are near each other with their own sitting area and bath. The kitchen area has a large wrap around bar for additional eating/gathering space. Living room offers a cozy wood stove for chilly days! Storage shed outside and a large enough yard that if you'd like to build a garage you can! 

Click HERE to view more images of the Wixom Lake Home 
for Sale!

Deer on the Brain!

If you're a hunter, like me, it's going to be tough to stay focused this week.  Sunday, the 15th marks opening day of the 2015 firearms deer season in Michigan.  Throughout the state, hunters will be gathering around to share old tales (some even true) from years past and build memories to share around future camp fires.  This year is going to be extra special as I have the huge pleasure of bringing my oldest daughter, Autumn, to deer camp for the first time.  At 14, I think she's ready to endure the predictable ribbing she'll receive from her uncles, cousins and family friends.  She'll be forced to keep everyone's drinks cold and clear any empties from the card table as the junior hunter in camp (affectionately referred to as "beer dog").  I'm sure she'll also lose a bit of change at the poker table as she tries to figure out which hands are best and to NEVER draw to an inside straight.

Since she was 6 years old she's been joining me during bow season and, in more recent years, during the youth hunt where she managed to tag a deer of her own two years ago.  At the range yesterday she showed she's becoming a heck of a marksman (woman..?)  by out-shooting a number of the more senior men at the bench.  The memories I've built with her are impossible to describe as it's often tough for a middle aged dad and teenage daughter find common ground.  For us, it's found in the woods and without it, we certainly wouldn't have the relationship we do.

If you get invited to join a buddy or family member at deer camp, go.  It's an experience you'll surely carry with you forever and one that will have you anxious to carry on those traditions for yourself.  From card games to cutting wood, fixing up an old blind or putting up a new stand, the time spent at camp is among the best time spent each year.  It's one of the only occasions when the snack table consists of delicacies such as pickled bologna, liverwurst, creamed herring, venison jerky, or smoked fish all at the same time...

As you head to camp, make sure to keep old traditions alive, maybe invent some new ones and try to introduce someone else to the experience we all treasure so much.  So here's to a safe and successful hunt!  Throw back a few buck snorts (shot with 1/2 ginger brandy and 1/2 peppermint schnapps) and enjoy another great year in the deer woods!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Perhaps the best buy EVER on The Au Sable River

 While this home isn't inexpensive, it is truly one of the best deals I've seen in my 15 years of selling these properties in terms of what you get for the money.  Recently reduced to $374,900, someone is sure to make their move on it soon.  Situated on over 11 acres of wooded land and overlooking nearly 300' of spectacular South Branch Au Sable frontage, the setting is idyllic.

This area of The South Branch, downstream of M-72, is extremely private with very little public access and virtually no commercial canoe traffic.  The bottom consists of mostly gravel and cobble and the brook and brown trout that swim here tend to be among the most deeply colored you'll find in the system.  The home is just 10 years old and features a very open, spacious floor plan with towering cathedral ceilings in the great room.  An enormous island kitchen would surely suit the needs of even the most particular chef in the family.  The upstairs was created as a spacious master suite with a large bedroom, beautifully tiled bathroom with garden tub and huge shower, and a vaulted open area perfect for a gym, home office or reflection space.  The unfinished basement is plumbed for an additional bathroom and could be easily finished for added living space.  A roomy screened porch and extensive wrap around covered porch provide plenty of outdoor living space as well.

A detached garage close to the main house provides parking for vehicles.  A third building offers a huge workshop space with drive in door on the lower level and a three bedroom guest cottage on the upper level.  This guest cottage has a large living area, fully functional kitchen and a full bath.  It's perfect for providing privacy for visiting family and friends.

The property adjoins 1,000's of acres of Huron National Forest to the west and privacy is ensured thanks to State Land across the river.  Click HERE for complete listing details,

We recently had these 3D virtual tours produced to try to convey just how spectacular this place is.  It's incredible technology that allows you to truly see every bit of the house as if you're there in person.  The first is of the home and the second is of the guest cottage / workshop.  Please take some time and check it out.

When you're ready to actually take a private tour, reach out to Chad Brown, Broker, by email at or by phone at (231) 499-8292

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Wixom Lake Waterfront Home! New Listing at 1009 Radov Drive, Gladwin!

Wixom Lake Waterfront Home!

New Listing at 1009 Radov Drive, Gladwin
MLS #164758

Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Square Feet: 1140
2 Car Pole Barn

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

128' of picturesque waterfront on the north end of Wixom Lake. Offering a view of of the bend in the lake/river and the backdrop of trees across the water this is such a pretty spot! Enjoy fishing on Wixom Lake or any water sports such as jet skiing, tubing, pontoon rides, day trips to the sand bar and more! w/ over 2,000 acres to explore you will never bore of coming up north. Located very close to state land and access to over 85,000 acres of state forest for hunting, trail riding, hiking, etc. This move in ready home will be sold furnished and w/ many recent updates such as a new roof, 4 sliding doors, fresh paint, hot water heater and more it is a perfect choice for your worry free up north headquarters. The open concept kitchen and living area is a place for everyone to gather. Featuring a corner fireplace and panoramic views of the lake. Step out onto the wrap around deck to catch some sun! 2 bedrooms and 2 baths w/ main floor laundry complete the interior. Paved drive and 24x28 pole barn! 

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

A big sale for Associate Broker Steve Shaw boosts Northern Michigan Hunting Market

Congratulations to Associate Broker, Steve Shaw, who just completed the sale of one of the highest priced recreational acreage parcels to sell in years.  Steve represented the 1,200 acre "Big Ten" camp located within The Consolidated Hunting League near Hubbard Lake.  The property features a private lake, a trout stream and a number of ponds, including one that is right in front of the cabin and stocked with large trout.  The modern Lodge offers very comfortable accommodations and a 32 x 48 barn provided space for equipment vehicles and all the hunting gear.  The property sold for $2,140,000 making it among the highest sales in recent history for this type of property and the highest to date for Homewaters.  Steve joined Homewaters early last year and has been dominating the acreage and lakefront markets in the northeastern corner of Michigan since that time.  His success is mostly attributed to his innate drive to succeed and willingness to work as hard as needed to reach his goals.  A military veteran, he's a man of few words and simply gets the job done.  If you, or anyone you know, has a real estate need in northeastern Michigan, reach out to Steve at your first convenience and rest assured that you'll be in good hands.  Click HERE to learn more about Steve.

This is the second significant sale in this segment for Homewaters in 2015.  Sales Associate, Vince Edwards, represented the buyer on another large acreage parcel on Kalkaska County's Rapid River earlier this year for $1,480,000 which was another exceptional sale in the otherwise flat recreational acreage market.

In recent years, Homewaters has made a concerted effort to expand into this market and it's paying off for our clients.  Earlier this year we added Sales Associate, Jason Manderbach, who's representing hunting and agricultural acreage for the firm in central Michigan and points south.  Jason is one of only a few people in the state of Michigan who has received an FAA exemption for his use of an aerial drone for commercial photography as a part of his real estate business.  Drone imagery has proven to be a true asset with these type of properties that are often difficult to represent with simple photos due to their sheer size and often unique features.

Our newest addition is Sales Associate, Preston Bovee, who will be joining our firm in the coming weeks. Preston comes to Homewaters with a video production background within the outdoors industry and a strong passion for hunting and fishing.  With these additions and a concerted effort to provide an exceptional experience for those looking to buy or sell acreage property, Homewaters is positioned to be the finest resource for hunting, agricultural and acreage properties throughout all but the southern most portions of Michigan.