Why Choose Brook?

Real-World Experience in Lifestyle Real Estate

After a modest upbringing in Northern Michigan, Brook's career growth allowed him to purchase a vacation home which served as his start in lifestyle real estate investing. The initial purchase was made in 2005 and what was supposed to be the sort of place that allowed his family to create lifelong memories quickly turned into a second full-time job.

Vendor management bordered on ridiculous as he interacted with a housekeeper, a handyman, an irrigation company, someone plowed the driveway, a different company maintained the beach, a different company installed and removed the dock, someone else mowed the yard, a different person winterized the home, etc... However, none of these people spoke to one another which made it difficult to manage remotely. To make matters worse, three years after the purchase, the 2008 mortgage collapse happened and the vacation home was now worth ~40% less than purchase price.

As a result, Brook decided to hire a property management company and, for a fairly high price, they would take the property off his plate. In short order, and after working with two such firms, he quickly learned they all seemed to provide poor service at a high cost. So, he put the home on the market and purchased two vacation condo rentals in Northern Michigan with plans of having the resort perform property and rental management. Unfortunately, that worked out about as well as the vacation home purchase and Brook decided to build his own property management company.

Cutting Edge Technology & Business Skills

Ocean Summit Travel site

A loyal following grew among friends and the extended real estate community, so Brook committed to leaving the corporate world altogether to focus on what had become his passion, vacation home investing.

His first foray was to move to Colorado’s renowned Vail Valley, arguably one of the world’s most sophisticated and demanding real estate markets. Initially, Brook purchased Ocean Summit Travel, a ski/beach luxury vacation travel agency in Boulder, CO.

Mountain Management site

Shortly thereafter, he purchased Mountain Management in Beaver Creek Resort, Vail Valley’s most prominent property management company.

In a little more than four years, Brook built these two companies into The Travel Whisperer, a world renowned IATAN-accredited luxury travel agency that manages more than $250B in assets and represent some of the finest homes throughout the Rocky Mountains, Caribbean, and Mexico.

Travel Whisperer site

Ironically, just as this business was getting started, one of Brook's largest clients made an offer to buy the company.

The sale allowed Brook and the family to return to Michigan, where he could use the tremendous experience gained in Colorado to help vacation home investors in Northern Michigan.

Focused on Northern Michigan Vacation Real Estate

Brook is focused on lifestyle real estate investment properties as most people want a vacation home to make lifelong memories that endure for their entire family, leave a profound legacy for generations, and serve as a solid financial investment at the same time.

While the area does have many good realtors, there aren’t many with the unique financial, vacation home investing, and technology marketing background. Brook uses his diverse skill set to help clients properly evaluate and understand various real estate listings to determine whether a vacation home makes financial sense.

Eager to learn more about Northern Michigan vacation homes for sale? Connect with Brook Walsh today! He'd be happy to help you through every step of the Northern Michigan vacation real estate process.