Monday, November 27, 2017

Gladwin County Lakes....November Inventory!

Gladwin County Lakes.....November Inventory!   
  Featuring Wixom Lake, Secord Lake, Sugar Springs (Lake Lancer and Lake Lancelot), Smallwood Lake and many more!     
Wixom Lake 
There are currently 53 active listings on Wixom Lake ranging in price from $4,800 - $659,900 
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!    
Featured Listings on Wixom Lake: 
 Secord Lake 
There are currently 34 active listings for Secord Lake ranging from $28,900 - $299,000
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.
Featured Listings on Secord Lake: 
Sugar Springs ~ Lake Lancer and Lake Lancelot 
There are currently 148 active listings on Lake Lancer and Lake Lancelot ranging in price from $500 to $599,000
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!   
Featured Listing in Sugar Springs:
Smallwood Lake 
There are currently 22 active listings for near by Smallwood Lake ranging from $21,500-$199,900

Featured Listings on 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:

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Leelanau County

Top 3 Leelanau County Properties
November Edition

Leelanau County has some pretty amazing properties for sale. Some are spectacular based on their value and view, and some are just plain incredible. See for yourself below... but don't blame us if you happen to find your dream home --- actually, we don't mind if you do! We love to help people... and we think we're pretty good at it.

Check back every month for Leelanau County's "Top 3 Waterfront Homes For Sale"


17 South Village
Glen Arbor, MI 49636

RARE OPPORTUNITY to own one of only two stand-alone, whole ownership, condos at The Homestead Resort. The fully furnished one bedroom cabin is tucked among tall trees for a true “up north” experience. This private cabin features a large bedroom with ceiling fan, vaulted ceiling living room with fireplace, fully equipped kitchenette, dishwasher, stacked washer and dryer, Jacuzzi tub, shower, porch, and a patio ideal for relaxing with your morning coffee!  (Property listed with Connie Kroll- Century 21 Northland)

Click HERE to read more about this wonderful cabin!
Contact Blake or Clare with any questions (231)714-4787


56 S. Beach
Glen Arbor, MI 49636

Amazing views from this whole ownership beachfront condominium on Lake Michigan in charming Glen Arbor. This mid-level, two bedroom, two bathroom condo is located in South Beach at the southernmost point of The Homestead. There isn't a better spot for stunning sunsets over Sleeping Bear and the Manitou Islands.The boardwalk to the beach is located just steps from the front door, and downtown Glen Arbor is within walking distance. Excellent rental history. Sold furnished with some exceptions. (Listed with Ranae Ihme with LVR Realty LLC)

Click HERE to read and see more about this property!
Call Blake and Clare to find out more (231)714-4787


6505 S. Schomberg Road
Cedar, MI 49621

Your Castle awaits you! 

This amazing home has over 8000 sq ft of finely crafted space! From the grand fireplace to the endless pool to the media room, it has it all! Just minutes from Traverse City this extraordinary haven offers 80 acres of seclusion—open meadows, woods and streams, distant views of Lake Michigan and Sugar Loaf—and accessibility to all of Leelanau’s coastal towns. This is a premier recreational property for an outdoor enthusiast; an inspiring environment for an artist; it offers a sustainable agricultural opportunity for those who wish to farm; it's a distinctive site for a winery, and the perfect place for a mindfulness retreat or spa.This place could make your long awaited retirement or farming/B&B dreams come true! (Listed with Anne Mitchell- Coldwell Banker Schmidt-Leland)

Click HERE to read more information and see more pictures of this stunning property!
Contact Blake and Clare to talk more about this amazing property (231)714-4787


Saturday, November 18, 2017

A Year in Review for Oak Park Neighborhood- Dowtown Traverse City

The wonderful neighborhood of Oak Park is located on the east side of downtown Traverse City. Oak Park has easy access to Grand Traverse Bay, Old Mission Peninsula, and East Bay! There are many nearby beaches and parks to explore, including The Traverse City Civic Center, which has an indoor ice arena, indoor pool, numerous playgrounds, skate park, basketball courts, and more! On the other side of the neighborhood is F&M Park, a popular community park with beautiful greenspace and a wonderful playground. Very close by are Traverse City Central High School and Northwestern Michigan College. You can enjoy nearby restaurants or unbelievable pastries from Potter's Bakery- they've been doing it since 1929! The neighborhood also boasts quick access to the Traverse City District Library, Boardman Lake, and the popular Tart Trail.

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Stats for Oak Park (YTD)-

What a GREAT time to sell that HOME! The Oak Park neighborhood is having one its strongest years this year with the highest sales volume and highest average sales price in the last three years- just take a look at the numbers below!

YearUnits SoldSales VolumeAvg. PriceHigh SaleLow Sale

Click HERE to see Oak Park homes for sale!
Feel free to contact Blake or Clare with any questions- we'd love to help you sell your home or find that dream home in downtown Traverse City! (231)994-3763


Friday, November 17, 2017

Beaverton Home with Wixom Lake Access! Must See!! Price Reduction at 4495 Anderson Drive, Beaverton

Beaverton Home with Wixom Lake Access!

Price Reduction at 4495 Anderson Drive, Beaverton
MLS #168362

Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
832 Square Feet
1.06 Acre Parcel
Pole Barn & Car Port

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

Exciting opportunity!! Enjoy access to all sports Wixom Lake! A 2,000 acre paradise for boating, jet skiing, fishing or on quiet days canoeing or kayaking. You can see the lake from the yard of this home and it is a short walk to the access where you can fish or swim. Boat launch is located close by too! The home is situated on corner lots on 2 paved roads & is over 1 acre offering plenty of room for outdoor activities. Read a book in the gazebo, relax by the fire pit with pavers for your picnic table or just breathe in the country air from your covered front porch w/ ceiling fan and lighting. Step inside and you are greeted by rustic elegance from the hickory wood floors in the great room, hickory custom cabinets with antler pulls and the vaulted wood ceiling. Cozy wood stove with stone surround and marble hearth. The full bath is tiled and is in between the 2 large bedrooms each with a window seat. 30x32 Pole Barn has its own drive way and offers a concrete floor & opener. 

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

Wixom Lake Access Lots! Waterfront Park in Sub & Great for a Pole Barn! New Listing on Fox Court, Beaverton

Wixom Lake Access Lots! Waterfront Park in Sub Too! Great for a Pole Barn!

New Listing on Fox Court, Beaverton, MI
MLS #168560

.34 Acre Parcel

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

If you are looking for lots near Wixom Lake to build your pole barn or garage on, these are it! Located on a paved road where natural gas and cable internet are available this would be great property for your new home to be built on as well. Conveniently located just down the street from 2,000 acre all sports Wixom Lake! This lot comes with access to an awesome beach lot for sandy, shallow swimming. Gladwin County is home to 85,000 acres of state land for all kinds of recreation. Camp here and enjoy the area. Super affordably priced so don't delay!

Click HERE for more images of this Vacant Land for Sale in Beaverton

Monday, November 13, 2017

Gladwin & Clare County Real Estate Market Snapshot for October

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

Featured Listing

Gladwin Home in Sugar Springs!
1638 Perth Court, Gladwin
MLS #168395

Active Listings: 543 (53 new listings came on the market in October)
Average Asking Price: $117,383
Average Days on Market : 191
Range of Asking Prices: $10,000 - $739,000

Sold: 88 Sold in October 1 more than September)
Average Asking Price of Sold Listings: $105,971
Average Selling Price of Sold Listings: $97,672
Average Days on Market of Sold Listings: 140 (up 17 from September)
Sellers Received: 92.1% of their asking price       

Total Residential Sales Volume: $8,174,500 (down from $8,348,051 in September)
Listings Sold by Price Range
0-99,999: 55 (up 3 from September)
100,000-199,999: 27 (down 1 from September)
200,000-299,999: 3 (down 3 from September)
300,000-399,999: 3 (up 2 from September)
400,000 and above: 0 (same as September)   

SOLD!! Wixom Lake Waterfront Home!!  

**61 Homes Expired off the Market in October

Absorption Rate = 3 months

Friday, November 10, 2017

Enjoy All 4 Seasons with your Whole Crew at this Manistee River Cottage!

 It's tough to find a place that will fit all the friends and family you like to spend time up north with.  This four bedroom cabin on The Manistee River has room for all your people and their toys!  With 269' of frontage and 3.8 acres, there's enough privacy to make a little noise without offending the neighbors.  The recently renovated great room and dining room are big enough for the whole gang to gather by the huge fireplace or find some solitude by the wood stove in the separate family room.  The riverside deck is wide enough to line up 20 chairs and watch the river go by.  Maybe best of all, there are TWO garages for everyone's boats, kayaks, snowmobiles, atv's or whatever other toys you need to get the most out of your time up north.  Some of the rooms still have outdated carpet and finishes but there's a new roof, exterior paint and more that's bee upgraded.  The seller recently reduced the price to give you the cash to make it fancier (if you're into that sort of thing) or get a new sled!!!

We've already had our first snow of the year and we're in the middle of hunting season so don't hesitate.  If you get into it now, you'll still be able to bag a buck in the late season and get a few months of trail riding!

Click HERE for more details

Contact Chad Brown at or by phone at (231) 499-8292 to set up a private showing. 

We've already had our first snow of the year and we're in the middle of hunting season so don't hesitate.  If you get into it now, you'll still be able to bag a buck in the late season and get a few months of trail riding!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

A Look at the Neighborhood of Slabtown- Downtown Traverse City

Slabtown, a wonderful neighborhood tucked away on the west side of town has seen a large increase in popularity due to its close proximity to the downtown shops, restaurants, beaches, and parks. The fact that Slabtown is just outside of the main traffic cycles of downtown but still has the historic feel  make it a very sought-after neighborhood. Ashton, Darrow and Veteran's Park all offer terrific spaces to relax and play.  Famous institutions like Sledder's Family Tavern and The Dairy Lodge fall within Slabtown's boundaries. Hickory Hills Ski Area is another wonderful amenity on the west end of  Slabtown that is actually owned and operated by The City of Traverse City. With winter coming Hickory Hills Ski Area is a great place to spend some time outdoors! 

So why is it called Slabtown.......? 

Lumber was king in Traverse City and throughout most of the northern Great Lakes from the late 1800's through the early 1900's.  More money and more millionaires were created during Michigan's lumber boom than during the entire California gold rush.  Grand Traverse Bay, at the time, had a number of very large sawmills that shaped the lumber into usable boards for the building of cities like Chicago and Detroit.  The first cuts of these logs, or "slabs" were used by locals in the area close to the mills to build their homes at very little cost.  Years later those slab homes are gone but the name remains. 

Sales Statistics for Slabtown-

The statistics below show that the Slabtown neighborhood is still selling, but like most areas the market has started to plateau, especially with home prices- The market is finding the balance between affordability for home buyers and profit for sellers. 

YearUnits SoldSales VolumeAvg. PriceHigh SaleLow Sale

Click HERE to view current listings in the Slabtown neighborhood! And please feel free to contact me with any questions that you may have (231)994-3763.

Homewaters Welcomes Sales Associate, Clare Bailey

We're excited to announce the latest addition to our sales staff with Sales Associate, Clare Bailey.  Born and raised in Traverse City, Clare earned a business degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and began her real estate career in Ann Arbor where she met her husband.  Life's now brought her full circle as she and her family have returned home to Traverse City.  Clare will be working together with Sales Associates Blake Bernard and Pam Sheridan to continue our growth within The Traverse City market.  She'll work with clients in the region with a focus on waterfront and near water properties on Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsula as well as our Homewaters Downtown Properties division in downtown Traverse City.  Learn more about Clare HERE.  If you need a hand buying or selling properties in the area, reach out to her now at  Welcome aboard, Clare!!!  We're excited to have you on the team!

Why a 3D Virtual Property Tour May Sink Your Chance of a Sale

The pace at which technology advances is truly staggering.  Within the real estate industry, in particular, it's brought about a dramatic change in a business that had largely operated the same way for decades.  We, at Homewaters, personally believe most of the change has been fantastic for home sellers and buyers alike.  We've always been advocates of opening the doors of information to the public so they can get a real sense of any particular market. 

Technology has made it much easier to put the right home in front of the perfect buyer very quickly.  It's also made the process of executing contracts, managing the transaction and staying in touch with clients a breeze compared to what it used to take.  

One technological advance that is seen as a fantastic tool by many is the 3D virtual tour.  From the comfort of your living room, you can "view" a property room by room and see 360 degrees from any spot within that room or space.  In theory, this is a great way to preview a property before making the long drive to actually come visit.  Here's one we did on a home on The Au Sable River.

In my experience, however, it can be a very bad thing for both buyer and seller.  Buyers actually get a sense that they've already "seen" the property and will make a decision on whether to buy or sell right there in their own living room without having even visited the property.  For sellers this means fewer showings for those who decided, prematurely, it wasn't right for them.  Ultimately it could lead the buyer to pass on what might be the perfect home and for the seller to miss out on their perfect buyer.

The reality of virtual reality is that it cannot possibly provide the same experience as actually being on site of any property.  When you're standing in the yard of a maturely wooded parcel, you hear the wind in the trees and the birds or other wildlife in the background.  You get a true sense of the privacy that forest provides for the home.  You cannot hear waves lapping along the shoreline or the stream rolling over a log in the bank when you're viewing an online tour.  Getting a real "feel" for the spaces in a home is impossible from the slightly distorted views in a virtual tour.  A truly impressive vaulted ceiling in a great room may not seem to be so online.  

The negative aspects of any property may also be somewhat obscured by a virtual tour.  Pet odors, the noise from a nearby highway or the natural gas storage facility just behind the fence aren't able to be seen on your computer screen.  

We still find the most effective way to market a property, and represent it accurately to potential buyers, is to draft a creative description that highlights the finer points while addressing any potential large negative aspects.  Include enough photos to provide a good idea of the property's condition, layout and features, but not so many that it's an arduous task to scroll through them all.  Once a buyer finds a property that's peeked their interest, it's time to jump in the car and take a REAL tour of the home.

This is our two cents worth, but we'd love to hear your opinion as a buyer or seller!  Let us know your thoughts!  

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Smallwood Lake 2.7 Acre Parcel that Adjoins State Land! Price Reduction on Lakeshore Drive, Gladwin

Smallwood Lake 2.7 Acre Waterfront Parcel that Adjoins State Land!

Price Reduction on Lakeshore Drive, Gladwin
MLS #168305

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

**Seller is offering a Hunting Season Price Reduction** We reduced by $5,000 for the month of November! Hurry, hurry! Pick your fancy...hunting, boating, fishing, kayaking? You can do all this and more on the 2.7 acre parcel along the banks of Smallwood Lake. Property is located on each side of Lakeshore Drive. West side of the road offers 140' of waterfront on more river like section of Smallwood Lake. Great area for canoeing, kayaking, duck hunting or boating into the main lake for tubing or jet skiing. Peaceful and very scenic you will enjoy the wildlife that call this area home. Huge White Pines are found on this side of the road. Perched along the high banks is a rustic 20x20 cabin that is vinyl sided and currently one open room that you can finish to your liking. The East side of the road is heavily wooded with poplar and oak and state land adjoins this parcel so easy access to many more acres of land. 

Click HERE to view more images of this Smallwood Lake Waterfront Lot for Sale

Beaverton Home on 20 Wooded Acres w/Outbuildings! New Listing at 2460 Howard Road, Beaverton

Beaverton Home on 20 Wooded Acres with Outbuildings!

New Listing at 2460 Howard Road, Beaverton, MI 
MLS #168499

Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 1631
Attached 2 Car Garage and Outbuildings

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

20 wooded acres in a country setting yet not far from town. Enjoy hunting your own land, planting a large garden and watching the kids play outside. The small pond located on the property will surely attract all kinds of wildlife. The ranch style home was quality built in 1960 and has been updated through the years. Most recently, the roof, windows and siding were completed. At 1,631 sq ft there is room for everyone. Walk into the large kitchen where many memories will be made. A separate dining room will accommodate large family dinners or game nights. The living room offers large windows and has a gas fireplace. 3 bedrooms nicely spaced for privacy and 1 full updated bathroom. The laundry room off the kitchen also houses the mechanicals. A breezeway adjoins the house and 2 car garage. There is a pole barn with 220 amp service and 3 additional out buildings as well. This house and property offers so much and is ready for new owners to call it home. 

Click HERE for more images of this Beaverton Home for Sale!!