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Typical Winter Day in Wisconsin

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Loon Lake Realty sign during winter blizzard

Traverse City, Michigan Realtors Forecast Hot Summer Market

Wednesday, 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 UpNorthLive.com.

 

 

 

 

Sand Hill Crane at Loon Lake

Thursday, 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

Kevin In a Clown Outfit

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

After Loon Lake Realty helps someone find and purchase property a real estate agent evaluation is mailed to the customer asking for feedback about their property search. A recent customer, who bought two beautiful lots on the Menominee River, gave us overall high marks for his experience with one of our top agents, Kevin Olson. However, it seems we fell a little short in one particular area and we’d like to remedy that.

Question: “Customer satisfaction is a top priority to our real estate company, from your first contact with the agents, through the property buying process, and after you have owned your property. Please help us do a better job by telling us how we can improve our vacation property service!” Answer: Kevin in a clown outfit!

Kevin in a clown outfit!

Kevin in a clown outfit!


 

Wisconsin Michigan Connection

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Save time! Save gas! Save Money!

I’ve taken the SS Badger ferry from Manitowoc to Ludington and back on more than a few occasions to visit Loon Lake Realty’s Michigan property listings. I’ve calculated the time, fuel (Especially at today’s gas prices!) and cost comparison between driving across the UP versus taking the ferry and believe that, depending on the final destination, I’m way ahead by taking the ferry. Plus, I can sit back and relax instead of staring at miles of highway. A side benefit is that there are no cell phone towers in the middle of Lake Michigan so you get a couple of hours being “off the grid”.

Most of the people I’ve visited with on the cruise are traveling to see family, vacationing tourists, and bikers from who are avoiding the Chicago leg of a trip around Lake Michigan. Additionally, I’ve been engaged in more than a few conversations with Wisconsinites who are traveling to their lake property that they own in Michigan. Wisconsin has over fifteen thousand lakes. Why would anyone from Wisconsin travel to Michigan for a lake cottage? The answer was universally simple . . . you can buy a lake property in Michigan for a fraction of what a similar lake property in Wisconsin would cost.

Take a look around the internet for yourself, and naturally please start with Loon Lake Realty Waterfront Property.

SS Badger

SS Badger

Here are the links to the two Lake Michigan car ferry’s.

Manitowoc, Wisconsin and Ludington, Michigan: SS Badger

Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Muskegon, Michigan: Lake Express

Just for fun, here’s the Lake Express high speed ferry pulling five waterskiers from Marquette University on Lake Michigan, one mile off the shore of Milwaukee.

Go North Old Man

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

US Census Reveals Population Trends Affecting Wisconsin Vacation Property Values

Don’t wait for a mass sell-off of Baby Boomers selling their cottages and cabins so they can move to warmer climates. Northern Wisconsin remains as a #1 choice to live for an aging population.

” . . . a small percentage of retirees leave for such places as Florida and Arizona but it’s a misconception most retirees flee due to the weather.”

” . . . that many older people migrating to the state may be retiring to homes or areas they once used for vacations, because northern Wisconsin is typically a vacation area . . .”

Here’s the link to the full article in the Green Bay Press Gazette.

Petosky, Michigan: Beach Drive Lake Access Settlement Proposed

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Inland Property Owners Propose Common Dock to Resolve Lake Access Dispute

View of Lake Charlevoix

View of Lake Charlevoix

Residents of Michigan and Wisconsin need to keep a close eye on how the laws of their state, and the courts that rule on those laws, are changing and affecting their rights to access our lakes.

Here’s the original article: PetoskyNews.Com

The Wonderful Wilderness of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Friday, April 29th, 2011

“Immortalized by Longfellow, the Midwest’s preferred vacation spot offers unspoiled forests, waterfalls and coastal villages”

Smithsonian.com has discovered the UP.

Upper Peninsuala of Michigan: Cliff jumping into clear blue lake.

Upper Peninsuala of Michigan: Cliff jumping into clear blue lake.

Here’s the complete article: Smithsonian Travel UP MI Story

Here is a slideshow of UP MI photos that accompanies the story: Smithsonian Travel UP MI Slideshow

Crivitz, The Good Old Days

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
Crivitz, Wisconsin

Crivitz, Wisconsin

Crivitz, Wisconsin, before the streets were paved, before the traffic light, before McDonald’s. I bet real estate in Crivitz was cheap back then.

A nicely framed copy would look good over the fireplace in your vacation home or hunting cabin. You can support a great organization and order a print from the Wisconsin Historical Society.

UPDATE May 5, 2011: Here’s the same view as found on Google Maps Street View:

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Wisconsin Hunting Land for Sale Fail

Sunday, October 17th, 2010
40 Wooded Acres

40 Wooded Acres