Waterfront Dreams? Possible but still pricey

Summertime, and the lakefront living is easy. Well, if not easy, at least possible, as there are homes and cottages for sale on the water throughout the region. Whether you dream of a dock and a kayak on a small no-wake lake, zipping about on...

Condos Are King in Downtown TC

“The condo market is alive and well.” That’s according to Perry Pentiuk of Leland-based Venture Properties, who markets properties of all stripes around the area. And it’s echoed by numerous other real estate professionals, who in many cases are selling condo units as fast as...

Millennials and McMansions: Are they compatible?

[caption id="attachment_9542" align="alignleft" width="300"] A home that sold for $1.3 million in Leland on North Lake Leelanau.[/caption] As the housing industry continues to rebound from the depths of the recession, a potential problem lurks: the question of where and what kind of home will remain popular...

Buy/Sell Considerations for Properties with Conservation Easements

Northern Michigan is blessed with unmatched environmental beauty and abundant natural resources. Landowners hoping to protect properties for future generations to enjoy often work with regional land conservancies on strategies. A conservation easement is a common tool which often benefits all parties. However, there are...

Local Realtors Embracing Drone Tours

  Greg MacMaster’s Air Force experience continues to serve him well. While stationed in Germany, one of his duties was to forecast the weather using surveillance drones. He put many of those forecasting skills to use during his years as a TV meteorologist — and now he’s...

Hiring and Supporting Millennials in the Real Estate Industry

“Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch.” In my opinion, this pithy analysis of millennials, those Americans who hit adulthood around 2000, holds true. As one of the leaders of a local real estate brokerage that covers a five-county region, my work often involves interviewing and hiring millennials....

Roundtable: The Affordable Housing Debate

Finding a place to live – make that an affordable place to live – has become public issue number one in the Grand Traverse region. In recent months, the Detroit Free Press has splashed northern Michigan’s housing woes across its pages. A recent proposal to include...