Building, Building Everywhere!

It's boom time for residential and commercial projects, particularly in the heart of downtown Traverse City but in outlying areas as well. Here’s a round-up of some of the developments nearly completed, underway, or in the planning stages. Meijer Superstore, Acme The largest project is the long-anticipated...

Zillow Talk

 Andy Stireman, a longtime Traverse City real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors, neatly sums up the various opinions expressed about Zillow in two short sentences. “Consumers love it, so I love it,” Stireman said. “But it’s not perfect.” Seattle-based Zillow is firmly established as the...

Closing Time

Buying and selling a home is a process often fraught with anxiety, as prices are negotiated, financing is arranged, and all the i’s are carefully dotted and t’s precisely crossed. The process culminates in the closing, during which the papers are signed and money and...

The Second Home Market – Healthy, And Only Getting Healthier

Near Northport there is a luxury house along the sandy Grand Traverse Bay shoreline listed for $1.38 million, which recently hosted a flurry of interested buyers and basically serves as an economic barometer for up-and-coming real estate professional Aric Browning. “We are getting a lot of...

Real Estate Rookies

Kyle Miller made a unique career swap when he left the high-profile, but hectic, world of sports broadcasting to get into real estate sales. “I just love working with people and helping them to find their dream home," said the Indiana native who joined Traverse City's...

Newcomer No More

Realtor Tom Krause knows about failing and starting over. After a tough divorce and moving north to Traverse City to be closer to his son, his new life was met with a bumpy beginning. "I had been doing real estate in the Flint area and took a...

Video Tours Latest Real Estate Photography Trend

The real estate market in the Grand Traverse area is most definitely on the upswing with several agents reporting more closings in the the first quarter of 2015 than in years past. With residential property sales on the increase, and with a slew of new...

Brownfield Funding: For all or just some redevelopment projects?

The Grand Traverse region is a rare natural beauty – scenic splendor relatively isolated from “the Big City.” When gazing out over Grand Traverse Bay, it can be easy to forget the area’s industrial roots. However, manufacturing, agriculture, and logging have left their mark. In many...