Brook Walsh's Real Estate Blog

Lake Charlevoix vacation homeIf you value lifestyle in combination with an appreciation profile, there just might be a place in your portfolio for a Northern Michigan vacation home that makes financial sense. Vacation home prices typically lag major market residential rates by 12-36 months.

But with asking prices for Northern Michigan waterfront and ski-proximate real estate up 10 percent to 20 percent this year (based on 24 months sold price per sq ft averages), discounting has not hit our market.

 While the obligations and negative cash flow aspects of ownership can sometimes be burdensome, the numbers still work as illustrated on our Investment Performance page. Now is the time to explore the pluses and minuses of buying a Northern Michigan vacation home property as it fits

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Home to an artsy, outdoorsy community, East Jordan is perhaps best known as the gateway to one of Northern Michigan's coolest wild places: the Jordan River Valley, an 18,000-acre paradise loaded with old-growth forest and the pristine Jordan River.  Because of the area's rich history, the homes for sale in the East Jordan real estate market are typically charming cottages and mature single-family homes, each with their unique perks and varying property sizes.  If you're looking for a home with a little more privacy, it doesn't get much better than right here. Properties here, especially those on large parcels, are hugged by lush patches of woodlands and greenery, which further enhances that feeling of exclusivity and seclusion. 

Harborage Pointe

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Nestled in the space between Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan, the city of Charlevoix is home to nearly 2,500 residents. As such, this quiet community enjoys great access to recreation along the lakes and conveniences at the heart of the big city. When it comes to the Charlevoix, MI real estate market, buyers will find that there is a nice selection of single-family homes and condominiums available. Note: We are including five condominium communities in this list that are actually on Round Lake, technically not Lake Charlevoix, but they are connected so it made sense to do so to us.  Charlevoix condominiums for sale are some of the most sought after real estate options in Northern Michigan.  

Edgewater Inn Condominiums in downtown Charlevoix are

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Boyne City is the epitome of a charming Northern Michigan town; where familiarity runs deep and waves exchanged by those passing by.  With roots that date back as far as 1856, Boyne City has always been cherished for its small-town allure and relaxed way of life.  Surrounded by the peace and tranquility of nature, friendly locals, waterfront wonders, and endless nature trails to explore, Boyne City might be just the rural paradise you're looking for.  Traditional communities, all built within the last several decades, woven together with a lovely little downtown area that residents adore.  For these reasons, it's no surprise that Boyne City real estate attracts all types of buyers, from young professionals to families to retirees.  It's easy to live an

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There's a reason this beautiful Northern Michigan lake placed second only to Lake Tahoe in USA Today's readers poll of America's best lakes.  A boat tour of Lake Charlevoix will not only give you a beautiful day on the water but access to three of the Northern Michigans best small towns;

  • Boyne City, at the eastern edge of the North arm, has seven condominium complexes located directly on Lake Charlevoix.

  • Charlevoix, on the lakes western edge, has two condominium complexes located directly on Lake Charlevoix.

  • East Jordan, at the end of the lake south arm, has four condominium complexes located directly on Lake Charlevoix. 

A shallow ledge, which outlines the entire lake, makes it ideal for anchoring and relaxing the day away.

Boyne

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Joining a homeowners’ association can be an added perk of living in certain communities. In essence, a homeowners’ association allows a community to agree to share the costs of the extra benefits of living in said community.

HOAs are common in gated neighborhoods with special accommodations like a pool, tennis courts, regular lawn service, and more. They can also afford greater security and fund neighborhood maintenance problems that may arise.

With shared community amenities, a local body to keep the neighborhood uniform and safe, and a community fund to help with issues around the neighborhood, HOAs provide a kind of safety umbrella for neighborhood members.

HOAs can make a neighborhood more pleasant and livable by allowing for shared

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Utilizing renewable energy is a great way to both lower your bills and reduce stress on the environment. Through some high and no-so-high-tech methods, there are more and more ways to efficiently save and even create energy.

Residential Solar Panels

As the efficiency of solar power technology increases and costs of installation decrease, more homeowners are adding electricity-producing panels on their roofs. Doing so often allows users to sell their surplus power back to their utility company and recoup their panel investment even faster.

With government entities sweetening the deal with tax credits and subsidized rebates, many homeowners are saying ‘yes’ to producing their power.

Smart Energy

Thanks to technologies like super-efficient

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Selling your home requires more than simply sticking a "For Sale" on the front curb and hoping for the best. With a little bit of work and some affordable enhancements, you could be saving yourself loads of time and money in the long run. The last thing any seller wants is for their home to linger in the market for too long and become stale, so here are a few easy ways to get your home in great shape and ready to please prospective buyers.

 

DON'T UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF CURB APPEAL
Before a buyer sets foot in your door, they have to pass through the front yard first. As with many things in life, making a good first-impression is the first barrier to successfully showing your home. That initial impression will be hard to change unless the

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There are lots to consider when buying a vacation home. Check out our three keys to help you in your search. Our team is ready to answer your questions. Give us a call at (231) 459-3179 or email Brook, brook@nmescapes.com.

 

1. Consider the cost—and whether you can afford it
Unless you purchase your vacation property with cash, you'll need to apply for a mortgage—typically, a downpayment of 10-20% is required. You’ll also need to meet minimum credit and debt-to-income standards, and provide documents for asset and income verification. 

2. Think: location, location, location
Lakefront cottage? Beachside condo? Cabin in the woods? Know what you’re looking for, then get to know the area.

Bonus tip:

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Experience the thrill of zooming through the trees on our Zipline Adventure Tour, race your friends on the Twin Zip Ride, or explore the ambiance of Northern Michigan from the saddle! The only thing you need to bring is yourself and your sense of adventure, Boyne will provide the rest. 

Your adventure starts at Boyne's Adventure Center, located in The Village. The guides at Boyne's Adventure Center will take you from the treetops to the trails, and help plan a whole day of fun for your family. 

Zipline Adventure
Feel what it's like to fly at speeds of 20-25 mph on lines up to 50 feet in the air and 780 feet in length. The adventure begins at the top of the mountain and routes you through trees and across the

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