Archive for October, 2007

What’s a Waterfront Property with a Dock Worth?

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Aren’t we lucky to live in Wisconsin and/or Michigan? Read this:


When the Dock Is Worth More Than the House

By Ben Casselman From The Wall Street Journal Online

The most valuable piece of a waterfront property isn’t always the land. Sometimes, it’s the dock.

Lake Dock


Wisconsin Lake Property Values

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

I used the Price Index Tool to take a look at the current prices of Wisconsin lakefront property for sale. At about this time last year the Wisconsin Realtors Association had indicated that the average price for a Wisconsin lake lot was at about $165,000. Despite what we all hear on the nightly news about the bursting real estate bubble, it seems that the demand for Wisconsin lake property continues to rise. (more…)

Lions & Tigers & Bears, Oh My.

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Lions & Tigers & Bears in Northeastern Wisconsin?!?!   Oh My!!!

Lions, tigers and bears in northeast Wisconsin?  Yes, just across the border in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to be precise.  Near the Menominee River in Wallace, northwest of the city of Menominee, you’ll find The DeYoung Family Zoo.  Open all summer long with weekend hours during the fall and winter this little known gem of the northwoods offers a close up, and sometimes a hands on, experience with exotic, native and domestic animals.  If you’re ever up in this neck of the woods make sure to visit and support this zoo.  After you head back south, your friends and co-workers will never believe you saw a tiger in the forest near Crivitz!

The DeYoung Family Zoo


Upper Peninsula, Mich.: Home sales benefit from tourism

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

The Mackinac Bridge connects the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to the Lower Peninsula. The U.P., as the Upper Peninsula is called, stands apart, geographically and economically, from the lower land mass. (more…)

Got Land?

Friday, October 19th, 2007

Got Land?


Wisconsin Fishing – Lakes vs Rivers

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Wisconsin Lake FishMenominee River Fish

There are many realtors that post images of fish caught out of the lake or river from where they have property listed.  The Sunfish (above left) is from a nice, but expensive lake property.  The Bass (above right) is from the Menominee River.  For exciting, fun fishing I’ll take the Menominee River over any Wisconsin lake any day.

If you’re interested in guided fishing on the Menominee River here are a couple of good choices:  Tight Lines Fly Fishing & Mike Mladenik – Crivitz

The Fish Are Biting at Shingle Mill Lake

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

A lot of work goes into our property listings before they go on the market and are ready to show:  surveying, road building, getting government approvals, soil testing, etc.  The actual site prep, cutting trails, clearing building sites and opening up views, is handled by our hardworking field crew.  At Shingle Mill Lake …

Shingle Mill Lake Dock IShingle Mill Lake Dock II


Fall Land Rush

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Land Rush

We’re putting together a fall property sale and using this image as the web page header and on the real estate flier. It’s from a mural done for the government in the 1930′s depicting the great western land run. Look at that guy on the bike!

Update, October 27, 2007:  The Fall Land Rush is now on.

Wisconsin & U.P. Michigan Property

Upper Peninsula & Northern Michigan Property

Land – Not Just An Investment In Lifestyle

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

Wisconsin Department of Revenue

Housing Market Show Modest Growth

August 15, 2007

“recreational and waterfront properties in many Wisconsin communities, often undeveloped land, continue to show growth. Undeveloped, Agricultural Forest and Forest lands have shown increased values overall by 6.02%, 6.28% and 7.54%, respectively.”

Read full report here:


Two Old Boats

Saturday, October 6th, 2007

Last week I came across two old abandoned boats on two different properties. One was on the shore of a beautiful lake surrounded by national forest. The other was on the shore of the Menominee River in a remote area of the Upper Peninsula. Both were simple little row boats turned turtle to keep out the rain, snow and leaves.

They looked like they had been left, hidden in the trees and brush, to await the return of the owner for another day on the water. Seasons changed, months passed and years went by with the two boats individually moldering away, never to ply the water again. How come those anglers never returned? If they’re still alive do they ever think about their boats, still hidden and waiting for them?       -Patrick

Old Boat IOld Boat II