The “Big Machine” – Wisconsin Hunting Land

June 1st, 2014

We just call it the “Big Machine”. Here’s good look at how the big machine cut in trails for Loon Lake Realty’s new hunting land (40 acre & 80 acre tracts) for sale in northeast Wisconsin.

The Big Machine - Wisconsin Hunting Land

The Big Machine

This hunting property has many stands of beautiful mature timber. The big machine was used to cut through the Popple slashings and connect the hardwood stands and ridges. Deer and wildlife love it!

YouTube Movies

Wisconsin Hunting Property for Sale – Trail Cutting 1

Wisconsin Hunting Property for Sale – Trail Cutting 2

Wisconsin Hunting Property for Sale – Trail Cutting 3

Wisconsin Hunting Property for Sale – Trail Cutting 4

Wisconsin Hunting Property for Sale – Trail Cutting 5

Wisconsin Hunting Property for Sale – Trail Cutting 6

See the photos of the ridges, hardwoods, pond, and wetlands for this Wisconsin hunting land for sale, and see more real estate information about these property listings here:

Wisconsin Hunting Land for Sale - 40 & 80 Acre Tracts

Wisconsin Hunting Land for Sale - 40 & 80 Acre Tracts

The Barred Owl: Who cooks for you?

January 21st, 2014

Kevin brought these photos in to the Loon Lake Realty office of the rare siting of a Barred Owl.

Barred Owl in the pines in Wisconsin forest.

Barred Owl in the pines in Wisconsin forest.

Barred Owl in an Oak Tree in Wisconsin forest.

Barred Owl in an Oak Tree in Wisconsin forest.

Barred Owl in the pines in a Wisconsin forest.

Barred Owl in the pines in a Wisconsin forest.

Photo hint! The photo above was taken with an iPhone through the eye-piece of a pair of binoculars.

For more information about one of Wisconsin’s most elusive creatures here’s some additional info and links:

Barreds are fairly vocal with a repertoire of barks, hoots, yells, shrieks, moans and groans that penetrate the darkness. Their most familiar call is a low, mournful rhythmic eight-hoot often transcribed as “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for y’all” with the final drawled-out note sliding down the scale. On a still night, the haunting owl talk can travel a mile or more.  From:  Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine

This owl also has large horizontal bars or bands on the tail which you may see in flight against its gray feathered background. This is how the owl got it’s name, “bar–ed” owl. From:  Wisconsin DNR – The Barred Owl

Please feel free to comment about “Up-North” Wisconsin wildlife sitings of your own! Thanks!



Typical Winter Day in Wisconsin

January 14th, 2014

Loon Lake Realty sign during winter blizzard

Traverse City, Michigan First on List of 10 Great Boating Towns: To Retire + Play + Thrive!

June 17th, 2013

With over a half million members, the Boat Owners Association of The United States, should know a thing or two about what makes for a great place for boating people to live.

This article is partly inspired by the recovering U.S. economy and the resurgence of the vacation property and retirement property real estate markets. One fact quoted in the main article is:

“The number of U.S. workers who leave their current hometowns after completing careers may have declined since the 2007-2008 recession, but 16 percent of baby boomers surveyed by the MetLife Mature Market Institute last year still plan to seek new digs once they stop working full-time.”

Lake Michigan Dunes

The intro text about Traverse City reads:

Lake Michigan – Traverse City, MI

“Lovely waterfront town, and a boater’s paradise. Sheltered Grand Traverse Bay empties into northern Lake Michigan. Nearby access to Lake Huron, mountain lakes.”

A couple of vacation property and/or retirement property real estate specific facts include:

  • Waterfront: Neat, well-kept. Substantial publicly owned waterfront
  • Cost of Living: 6.2% below the national average
  • Taxes: 4.25% state income tax; 6% state sales tax; no state inheritance tax or estate tax; low property taxes
  • Median Home Price: $149,000

Click here for the complete article about: 10 Great Boating Towns to Retire + Play + Thrive!

Click here for the complete article about: Lake Michigan – Traverse City, MI

Click here for the complete article about: Traverse City, Michigan – Turtle Lake Property

Wisconsin – Free Fishing Weekend: June 1 – 2, 2013

May 14th, 2013

Yes, it’s true over the weekend of June 1st through the 2nd you can fish anywhere in Wisconsin for free. Naturally, since we are a Wisconsin (and Michigan) vacation property real estate company we are encouraging people to head up north, look at a lake lot, lake access property, river acreage, river access land or wooded stream property that is for sale, and try out the fishing. You might land the big property deal at the same time you hook a trophy catch.

Here’s the Wisconsin DNR summary:

“Fish anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp on Free Fishing Weekend. This includes all inland waters and Wisconsin’s side of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River. Other fishing rules apply, such as limits on the number and size of fish you can keep and any seasons when you must release certain fish species. So, pack up the family or call your friends and head to the water for fishing fun.”

Here’s the direct link to the Wisconsin DNR Free Fishing Weekend Web Page.

Wisconsin Fishing Property

Wisconsin Fishing Property

Traverse City, Michigan Realtors Forecast Hot Summer Market

May 1st, 2013

There’s been a lot of buzz about the national real estate market rebounding. Now, we’re seeing a trickle down of real estate news stories about the changing real estate markets at the local levels. Here’s one excerpt from an article about the Traverse City, Michigan vacation home and property outlook for 2013.

Michigan vacation home.

Traverse City, Michigan Realtors are predicting a successful summer ahead.

“The housing market is also seeing success here in northern Michigan. Megan Luce, the 2013 President-elect for Traverse Area Association of Realtors and a realtor at Century 21 Northland says her company is already up 26% from last year.

Luce says she’s seeing a trend of buyers looking for second investments homes; water front properties and houses close the downtown area.

“I predict this positive trend will continue in our northern Michigan market, I think we’re going to see a low inventory and a sellers market right now,” Luce said. “With a low inventory and more buyers out there, there’s little to pick from it does drive the prices up.”


Click here to read the complete article and related content posted on Michigan’s





WJS: U.S. Land Gets More Expensive

April 11th, 2013

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal about the value of land in the United States quickly made the rounds of the Twitter and the Blogosphere. Here are some some telling excerpts about the changing value of vacant land from:

Wall Street Journal Property Report: U.S. Land Gets More Expensive

By Robbie Whelan | April 9, 2013

“The world has just woken up and said, ‘We need land!’ ”

Land values across the U.S. rose on average 13% in 2012, the first annual gain since 2005, according to estimates in a March report by Zelman & Associates, a housing consultancy. The increase was fueled primarily by growing demand among builders for finished lots, or ready-to-build home sites with roads, sewage lines, electrical-power hookups and other infrastructure in place.

“There’s no question the land market has gotten heated of late,” said Richard Dugas, chief executive of PulteGroup Inc., the nation’s second-largest home builder by volume, . . . “In some markets it’s a real challenge to get land deals to pencil.”

For consumers, costlier land means more-expensive houses. Land cost constitutes 21.7% of the final sale price of a new home, according to the National Association of Home Builders. As land prices rise, builders tend to pass 100% of those costs on to consumers.

To be sure, land prices nationally are still far from the peak levels reached in 2005 and 2006.

Meanwhile, with the inventory of finished lots dwindling, investors are beginning to bid up raw land, as well. A recent survey by Zelman showed that demand for raw land has grown in each of the past five fiscal quarters.

Justin Good, a land broker . . . , points to a parcel of raw land that sold in April 2012 for $235,000 per acre. Now, builders are making offers more than 35% higher than that price on an adjacent piece of raw land. “That’s staggering,” Mr. Good said.


See the original article here at Wall Street Journal Online, or the easy to read print version. Read all of Robbie Whelan’s excellent Wall Street Journal Real Estate and Property articles at his WSJ archive.

Improved Wisconsin Land for Sale

Fishing for Wisconsin & Michigan Vacation Homes

September 8th, 2011

In down market, second-home properties luring buyers!

By John Handley, Special to the Tribune September 2, 2011

Saugatuck, Mich., has been a magnet for Chicagoans for years because of its beaches, trendy boutiques, art galleries and yacht harbor. (John Handley/ Photo for the Chicago Tribune / September 2, 2011)


“Is now the time to buy the vacation home of your dreams? That cottage by the lake, in the woods or on a golf course is a lot more affordable than it was five years ago.”

” . . . some baby boomers are renovating their vacation homes for year-round living. “They used to be just summer places.”

“Sales of vacation homes fared better last year than sales of primary residences.”

“Nationally, the median price of vacation homes was $150,000 in 2010, down 11.2 percent from $169,000 in 2009, according to the survey. The main reasons for buying included the desire for a family retreat, the potential for price appreciation and low mortgage rates.”

“The typical buyer of a vacation home in 2010 was 49 years old, had a median household income of $99,500 and purchased a property that was a median distance of 375 miles from his or her primary residence.”

Read the complete article at

Lake Lots from $19,900 – August 13, 2011

August 11th, 2011

Pontoon boat on lake. Manistee & Ludington, Michigan

Lake & Forest Acreage Public Sale for this Saturday, August 13th. Prepped with trails and camping//building sites, the following lake lots will be the focus of the day:

- Exposed sand frontage. $49,900, reduced from $78,000.*
- Newly installed dock. $39,900, reduced from $91,000.*
- Dock and sand blanket. $29,000, reduced from $91,000.*
- Adjacent to the national forest and Manistee National Golf Course. $19,900, reduced from $52,000.*

*The seller requests all reasonable offers be submitted.

Surrounded by 1000′s of acres of national forest, the Preserve of Shingle Mill is located between Ludington and Manistee, very close to the beaches and sand dunes of Lake Michigan. Sale includes ownership in additional 75 acres with sand frontage.

We’ll be at the property from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Look for Loon Lake Realty signs; and, please call the office phone if you get off track. Safe travels!


Sand Hill Crane at Loon Lake

July 7th, 2011

We were busy working in our real estate office, only a few minutes north of Green Bay, Wisconsin, when we heard a tapping at the front door.

Sand Hill Crane at Loon Lake Realty

Tap, tap, tap. Who's there?

For more information about Sand Hill Cranes here’s a link to the Wisconsin DNR website page about Wisconsin wildlife for children: Wisconsin’s Sand Hill Cranes