Thursday, June 30, 2016

Introducing the next generation of!

Since our founding, we've been working to build the most advanced real estate website for those seeking to buy or sell recreational properties in Michigan's spectacular vacation communities.  Beginning in 2006, we were one of the first brokerages in northern Michigan to pull data from multiple MLS databases and merge them into one easy to use resource.  We worked with a number of local associations to adapt their data fields to allow us to create more customized searches for properties to be searched by lifestyle like hunting, ski and golf properties.  We were the first to use geocoding introduced by Google that allowed users to search by a map defined area of interest.  We were among the first brokerages in northern Michigan to provide information on sold listings directly from the local MLS.  All of these efforts have allowed us to help more than 400 buyers and sellers reach their goals in 2015 alone.

Today we're excited to launch the next generation of our incredibly popular website,  The new site still utilizes much of the same search technologies but the responsive design is much more user friendly for smart phones and tablets.  We've made it easier to save and automate searches and to save and view "favorite" listings.  As always, the site will introduce you to The Homewaters agent or broker who is the best resource for property information in the area you're currently searching.  Now we've made it even easier to get in direct contact with that agent or broker.  The new site is much more vibrant with larger photos and more resource information and more intuitive functionality in some areas.

We hope you enjoy the changes and always welcome any input you may have.  We'll continue to improve the site in order to make sure it remains the favorite for anyone searching for waterfront or near water properties in Michigan's vacation communities.  We look forward to working with you soon.  Enjoy the summer!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

79 Acre Gladwin County Farm or Hunting Headquarters along the Tobacco River! 126 Weber Road, Gladwin

79 Acre Gladwin County Farm or Hunting Headquarters along the Tobacco River!
New Listing at 126 Weber Road, Gladwin, Michigan

MLS #165948

Bedrooms: 2
Bathroom: 1
Square Feet: 1056
Detached Garage, Pole Barn and Livestock Barn

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

79 Acre Gladwin County Farm or Hunting Headquarters! Located along the Tobacco River this property offers both lush hunting land and pasture. Home to all types of wildlife with deer, turkeys, eagles, ducks, pheasant and more! The two bedroom, one bath home offers an open living plan with the kitchen, dining room and living room flowing together. Walk in to the spacious entry with storage closet, stepping up into a large utility room with laundry hook up, more storage cupboards and room for anything. Enjoy the large yard with mature trees including apple trees. There is a detached 2.5 car 24x36 garage, large 48x44 pole barn and 60x34 animal barn. Nearly 25 acres of fenced pasture land with an automatic waterer for livestock. The 53 wooded acres with 1320 feet along the Tobacco River is perfect for any outdoor enthusiast!! 50.5 of the wooded acres are part of the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. 

Click HERE to see more images of this Gladwin County Home for Sale!

Gorgeous Slice of Leelanau County Land

Gorgeous Slice of Leelanau County Land

This gorgeous slice of land is tucked right into Leelanau County with a short drive to Traverse City. It can be utilized as a hunting property or a place for you to finally build your dream home! Stunning views of rolling hardwood encompass most of the property.

Thinking of ways to enrich date night? You can go either way in this location! Take a trip east and you're just minutes away from Downtown Traverse City; voyage out West and you're down the road from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This 40 acre piece of land can either be purchased separately for $189,900 or is part of a beautifully-designed home that sits on 80 acres, listed at $774,900 - MLS# 1816744.

Click here for more information and to view the listing.  Thank you.

Blake Bernard - 231.714.4787 -

Monday, June 20, 2016

Happy Summer!! See What Our Gladwin County Lakes Have to Offer!!

Gladwin County Lakes....Happy Summer!!!
Summer is officially here! See what our lakes have to offer!!

  Featuring Wixom Lake, Secord Lake, Sugar Springs (Lake Lancer and Lake Lancelot), Smallwood Lake and many more!     
Wixom Lake 
There are currently 86 active listings on Wixom Lake ranging in price from $5,900 - $439,900  
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!    
 Secord Lake 
There are currently 72 active listings for Secord Lake ranging from $20,900 - $395,000
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.
Sugar Springs ~ Lake Lancer and Lake Lancelot 
There are currently 208 active listings on Lake Lancer and Lake Lancelot ranging in price from $1,400 to $449,900
Lake Lancer and Lake 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 $21,500-$294,900 
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:

Friday, June 17, 2016

Beautiful Downtown Traverse City Corner Property

Would you like an opportunity to snatch up a large corner lot that's just a stone's throw away from so many great downtown amenities? Now is your chance!

This 3-bedroom home can be the focus of so many family friendly activities. It is situated two blocks away from the Civic Center where you and your family can enjoy softball, hockey, basketball, swimming, and so much more.  You can even enjoy a dip in West Bay with secret beach access; after all, it's only a block away!

This flexible layout has the potential to be an open-concept main floor with plenty of lot space to expand in the future. Downstairs you will find a full unfinished basement as well as an attached garage and workshop on the main floor. Relax in a lovely, private backyard with a large garden area and hot tub. 


Summer is approaching fast, don't miss out on this opportunity to obtain a family-friendly home in the midst of pleasant downtown living.

Blake Bernard - 231.714.4787 -

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Secluded Leelanau Home and Acreage

Can I ask you to do something? Close your eyes and picture a serene, peaceful piece of land around you.  All this beauty takes your breath away, doesn’t it?  Breathe in the scent of the outdoors… the hardwood, the maple trees, and the smell of fresh air.  Listen to the sound of the birds singing through the 80-plus acres of land. Imagine watching a gorgeous summer sunset over the spring fed pond, as you are relaxing on one of the many outdoor spaces. This property is truly unique, and has incredible privacy of being surrounded by tall ridges of hardwood on two sides, with a beautiful rolling prairie and farmland to the south, allowing lots of sun.

Did I mention the stunning house that’s included? The open floor plan suits all needs with its chef’s kitchen including stainless steel appliances, granite counters, cherry wood floors, and gas island cook top. A large wood fireplace could make your winter nights unbelievably cozy. Other neat features of this property include a large main floor master suite with tiled shower and walk in closet, three additional bedrooms on walk out lower level, a three car garage, and a pole building (office space, loft area, and wood shop included!). 


This property is only 15 minutes to Traverse City, close to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and is part of Glen Lake school district. Eastern 40 acres of property can be sold separately for $189,900.

Blake Bernard - 231.714.4787 -

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Stunning Rifle River Log Home on 10 Wooded Acres! 2964 Rivers End, West Branch

Stunning Rifle River Log Home on 10 Wooded Acres!
New Listing at 2964 Rivers End, West Branch, MI

MLS #165897

Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Square Feet: 1816
Guest Quarters, 4 Car Garage and Pole Barn

Make this stunning full log home your private retreat in the woods. Located on 10 wooded acres bordering a branch of the Rifle River you will experience luxury & rustic elegance. The log portico lined w/ pavers greets you after driving up the gated, paved drive.Tiled entry foyer leads you into the DR w/ large antler chandelier. Find solid surface counters in the well equipped kitchen. Extra large living room has soaring cathedral,knotty pine ceilings, a field stone fireplace w/ log mantle and door leading to the deck overlooking the backyard and river. Split floor plan provides for a private master suite w/ french door to hot tub on deck. 2 additional guest bedrooms and full bath on main floor. Loft for home office overlooks LR. 4 car detached garage. Guest quarters w/ covered porch located near the camp fire pit overlooking river have storage rooms in back. Detached pole barn for more storage and primitive guest space the teens will love. Whole house generator, alarm & sprinkler system. 

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

Click HERE to see more images of this 
Rifle River Log Home for Sale!!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Wixom Lake Waterfront Home! Price Reduction at 833 Quillette Drive, Beaverton

Wixom Lake Waterfront Home with Bonus Room over the Garage!
Price Reduction at 833 Quillette Drive, Beaverton, MI

MLS #165358

Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Square Feet: 1020
2.5 Garage with Bonus Room

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

50' on all sports Wixom Lake on the desirable "Tobacco" side of the lake!! Enjoy boating, fishing, jet skiing or relaxing at one of the several sand bars that this 2,000 acre lake offers. Located on a level to the water lot with great landscaping, a paver patio, deck, small sandy beach area near the water and a steel seawall in great condition. What a wonderful place to spend the summer creating memories! The 2 bedroom, 1 full bath home features a living room with a brick surround wood stove insert fireplace. The kitchen comes equipped with the appliances and a curved counter handy for eating at with bar stools. The sun room has floor to ceiling windows with a great view of the lake and a door to the deck. The laundry room is such a bonus as so many lake homes don't offer those! The 2.5 car garage is insulated and heated and has a finished 20x40 room upstairs that comes with a pool table! What a great spot for your weekend visitors to sleep as well! 

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


Thursday, June 9, 2016


                 OPEN HOUSE JULY 2nd 11am-3pm
                 8976 Gutchess Rd, Alpena, MI 49707

Spend the next 4th of July at your beautiful new lake home. Long Lake frontage, large family home, with an easy commute to Alpena, what more could you ask for? Some of the sandiest lake bottom available and westward views from the shore. This home is in great condition with lots of room for a large family or for guests with an affordable price. Long Lake is a large all sports lake with areas of fantastic sandy bottom and good fishing especially for bass and walleye. Extremely large game room above the garage makes a wonderful feature or guest quarters with elevated lake views. Fantastic deal at this price.

(989) 884-1294

80 acres of Hardwoods, Vipond Creek and Total Privacy

717 Woodstock Lane, Kalkaska, MLS#1815040, $224,900

Private and secluded yet only 4 miles from the Village of Kalkaska.  As you drive up the private drive and cross the Vipond Creek you expererience a seclusion like most homeowners never know.  Beautifully maintained 3BR ranch style home and 30 x 40 barn with electric, water, pulldown stairs to the attic and lean-to.  Perfect set up for year around living or week-end retreat. Great property for all hunting or just wildlife watching.

Many acres of Maple trees make this a good opportunity for someone who may want to do a little farming and produce maple syrup. Some trails in place but create more for your own private trail riding.  Hunting blinds in place on the property for the Fall deer harvesting.  Overall, one of the nicest 80 acre parcels on the market today.

If you are looking for a property that has seclusion and serenity and yet is only 1/4 mile off a blacktop road, this is for you.  Click here for additional details or contact, text 231/384-1207 to schedule a showing.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Wixom Lake Waterfront Home!! 355 Bruce Road, Beaverton

Wixom Lake Waterfront Home!
New Listing at 355 Bruce Road, Beaverton, MI

MLS #165842

Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Square Feet: 1144

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

Wixom Lake get away! Affordably priced and move in ready! Located on a quiet canal just off the best part of main Wixom Lake. Enjoy the 2,000 acres all sports lake and fish, swim at the sand bars, jet ski or pontoon the day away. When it is time to venture in for the day relax and have a bonfire near the water, sit under the beautiful maple and relax or grill on the large deck off the living room overlooking the yard and canal. This manufactured home from 1996 has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths offering a split floor plan with the kitchen and living room at the center of the home. The large eat in kitchen offers plenty of cupboards and counter space as well as a snack bar! It is such a bonus to have 3 bedrooms and 2 baths and laundry at your lake house - don't miss this opportunity! Located on a paved street with natural gas available as well as Charter cable internet. There is a storage shed and a level lot to the waters edge with low maintenance landscaping. Home can be sold furnished! 

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

Tuesday, June 7, 2016


Perfect hunting parcel with tillable land, apple trees, medium hardwood forest, dense pine forest, pond, and frame built barn. Everything you could want in your camp is here. 30 by 48 foot frame construction barn with a loft and camp kitchen. Also has electric. 22 acres of tillable land for planting your food plots or leasing out. The east portion of the property is medium density hardwoods. The west half is dense pine and cedar sloping downwards away from the barn. Farms interspersed with forests surround the property. Great bear and predator in this area too. One of the best camps available.

(989) 884-1294

Monday, June 6, 2016

Wiggins Lake Waterfront Home!! Price Reduction at 4514 Nipigon, Gladwin

Wiggins Lake Waterfront Home!
Price Reduction at 4514 Nipigon, Gladwin, MI

MLS #165210

Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Square Feet: 2220
Detached Pole Barn w/Bonus Room

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

Wonderful on Wiggins! 101' of waterfront on all sports Wiggins Lake is where this 4 bedroom, 2 bath 2,220 sq feet lovely home is located. Enjoy a scenic view of the lake and the islands that attract geese, ducks and many birds including eagles! Steel seawall, permanent dock & sandy beach area along with a paver patio & multi level extensive decking make for an easy lake life. Enter into the family room w/ gas fireplace and room for the entire family to gather & relax. The updated kitchen offers new countertops & stainless appliances. Kit and LR have new dark wood pergo flooring. Dining room has a slider door to the deck. LR has a bow window overlooking lake. 4 bedrooms, all good size & 2 full, updated baths make this a perfect place for the family to live or to bring extended family & friends to the lake. Master BR has a slider to deck and great views! 2.5 car garage w/ bonus room above is across street, concrete driveways, central air and tons of updates! Do not miss this home. 

Click HERE to see more images of this Wiggins Lake Waterfront Home for Sale!!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Unique Vacant Waterfront

3455 Dockery Road, Williamsburg, MLS #1817487, $255,000

Have you ever imagined a home or cabin in the middle of the woods and yet only minutes away from shopping, hospitals and restaurants?

This type of property only comes along occasionally.  Located only 1.5 miles off M-72 between Acme and Kalkaska this 29 acres adjoins state land on 3 sides and includes a tremendous amount of frontage on a great little 30 ft. deep fishing lake.  You have as your neighbor thousands of acres of state land and county roads for all your recreational needs.

This property is well suited to provide total privacy from the road and any close neighbors.  It has underground electric already in place.  It is simply a little slice of paradise and you have spectacular views of Skegemog Lake as you travel towards M-72 from your property.

Click here  to view more details about the property.  Contact or 231/384-1207 to schedule a showing.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Gladwin & Clare County Real Estate Market Conditions for May

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

Featured Listing!
Secord Lake Waterfront Home
3756 Peninsular, Gladwin
MLS #165606 

Active Listings: 922 (185 new listings came on the market in May)
Average Asking Price: $121,710
Average Days on Market : 217
Range of Asking Prices: $8,000 - $799,000

Sold: 72 Sold in May (14 more than April)
Average Asking Price of Sold Listings: $78,587
Average Selling Price of Sold Listings: $72,748
Average Days on Market of Sold Listings: 314 (49 days more than April)
Sellers Received: 92.5% of their asking price       

Total Residential Sales Volume: $5,164,147 (up from $4,163,250 in April)
Listings Sold by Price Range
0-99,999: 59 (up 19 from April)
100,000-199,999: 9 (down 7 from April)
200,000-299,999: 3 (up 1 from April)
300,000-399,999: 1 (up 1 from April)
400,000 and above: 0 (down 1 from April) 

Sold!! Clare County Log Home on 40 Acres!

**46 Homes Expired off the Market in April

Absorption Rate = 9 Months