Why Stage Your Lake Michigan Home?

Because first impressions matter-- a lot.  From the curb appeal, to the interior, to the life style the property conveys, to the quality of the photograph for listing on the web. Just like a job interview, first impressions matter.

Sure, you can try to sell your Lake Michigan Real Estate without staging.  Go through months of price reductions, frustration and endless “trying to keep the house clean”.  Or you can do the work up front, have the home show the best that it can and sell in a shorter time.

Simply put, most buyers do not have the imagination to see themselves in a home that already appears to be in use. Therefore, it is up to you to depersonalize the home.  In essence, you are repackaging the property. The…

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If you are considering making a purchase of some Lake Michigan real estate anywhere along the coast of West Michigan, you certainly want to know what kind of weather you will encounter when you arrive. Those who are not native to the Michigan area often have the misconception that the weather is always cold considering how far north the state is located. While there is some cold weather in the winter months, Spring and Summer are often incredibly warm and beautiful – opening up a whole world of great outdoor recreation activities.

Spring Warm-Up

After three months of near-freezing temperatures that make up December – February, the thermometer starts to rise when the calendar hits March. In Holland, MI, the average high temperate in April is a…

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Living on or near any lake is a great opportunity to enjoy a lifestyle that many others don’t get to experience. It is no different when you start looking for Lake Michigan Real Estate and a vacation cottage or home to call your own. Whether you plan on living near the shores of Lake Michigan on a permanent basis, or just want to have a place to getaway to, there are numerous reasons to find a property for you and your family.

Natural Beauty

One of the most common reasons to seek out Lake Michigan real estate properties is simply the natural beauty of the region. Michigan is a state with many beautiful areas, but perhaps none rises above the stunning shorelines of Lake Michigan. Finding a property with a view of the lake will give you a chance to…

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West Michigan is home to some of the most beautiful lakefront properties in the Midwest.  Cool breezes, spectacular views, and long walks on the beach are just some of the benefits of owning Michigan Lake Michigan Real Estate.  One of your top priorities when purchasing waterfront property should be making sure that your investment is properly protected. Insuring a high value home can bring unique challenges and uncertainties.  Lakefront homes are often exposed directly to nature’s elements and can create a higher risk for loss due to the weather.  Most insurance companies will want to know if your waterfront property will be your primary, secondary, or seasonal residence since this can make a difference in the price and whether or not the company might…

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2013 was a great year for Sold Lake Michigan Homes.  According to the Multiple Listing Service there were 158 Lake Michigan Homes For Sale that sold during the year, which was similar to the # of homes that sold in 2012 also a good year for Real Estate Sales along the Lakeshore.  The most expensive sale was in Lakeside Michigan and went for $3,200,000, however the average sale price on Lake Michigan was $866,000.  Only 3 homes sold for over $3,000,000, and 2 of them were in Lakeside.  Click here to view all Lake Michigan Real Estate Lakeside Michigan. Although there were only 3 properites that went for over $3,000,000 there were over 46 homes that closed for over $1,000,000. If you have any specific questions about the Lake Michigan Real Estate Market…

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The first thing Jake Hogeboom, CEO of @HomeRealty Lakeshore, does upon hiring a new broker for his firm is to NOT hand that person a coffee mug with an omnipresent corporate logo and a procedures manual thicker than the Oxford English Dictionary. He presents agents with company-issued Apple iPads instead, then invites them to join him for a cup of freshly brewed java in the kitchen suite at the front entrance to the home office. Hogeboom can’t stop smiling while explaining the non-traditional approach he is undertaking to put a modern stamp on an old-fashioned industry. “There’s a lot of people who are (skeptical),” Hogeboom said of creating a very different real-estate brokerage, which emphasizes a more personalized and technology-focused…

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We all know the draw to owning Lake Michigan Real Estate in the spring and summer,  but have you been to the Lake during the winter?  By owning a Lake Michigan Home you can experience the beautiful views of the lake, snoe showing or cross country skiing on the beach.  You also don't have to worry about too many neighbors as many of them stay inside or head south during the winter. I have even seen families take advantage of sledding down the available beach dunes. Take a look at a few of the pictures of Lake Michigan and frozen over piers.

Lake Michigan in Winter

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One of the best features of our website is to search for Lake Michigan Real Estate and Homes for Sale.  We have set it up so that it is easy to search for homes within Lake Michigan communities, find information on specific lake properties and ask for additional information when needed.  There are nearly 200 Lake Michigan homes currently available for sale.  They rang in price from $40,000,000 to $439,000.  Another nice feature is that only luxury properties show up on this website.  There is no need to filter through all the inexpensive homes that are currently on the market, making it easier for you to find the property of your dreams.

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  • The graph above shows the number of lakefront homes available for purchase in each month over the past year. The red line shows the number of homes that went pending that month as well as the number of homes that sold. This past year the months of July through October saw the most activity with sold waterfront properties In Holland Michigan. It's likely that we won't see an upswing of properties on the lake until February or March. 3 of these homes included here are on Lake Michigan. View all the Lake Michigan Real Estate Holland Michigan homes here!

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Top 10 US Travel Destinations - 2014

According to Lonely Planet, Grand Rapids/Lake Michigan Gold Coast is the number one travel destination in the US for 2014.  I plan to share this article with clients moving to the area and thought you might want to do the same. 

 1. Grand Rapids & Lake Michigan’s Gold Coast

 Beach bums, beer lovers, and art enthusiasts agree: there’s a lot to love about western Michigan this year. Grand Rapids, Michigan’s second-largest city was voted best beer city in the US by the national Beer Examiner blog in 2012 and 2013, and its beer-tourism revolution rages on. Over 25 craft breweries pour in the area, and events like Cool Brews Hot Eats and the Winter Beer Festival (both in February), and the Summer Craft Beer…

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