Fall Color Tours

Fall Color Tours

One of the beautiful aspects about living in Michigan is the gorgeous colors that pop out of the trees every autumn. Looking for a spectacular color tour this fall? Look no further than the forests of Michigan. Much of the Mitten State plays hosts to a stunning color show. The leaves begin to change around mid-September and continue to change throughout the end of October. Each region of Michigan has differing change rates and dates. It is important to check ahead with a local expert to know if and when the leaves are actually changing.

For those looking for a nice fall drive, check out the Tunnel of Trees along M-119 in Emmet County, north of Petoskey. The route is awesome, especially during the fall. The small highway curves around the coast of Lake Michigan through a densely wooded forest. Any direction you gaze, lush foliage surrounds you. It is not hard to image the beauty when each of the trees you pass casts a different shade of color. At the end of the famed Tunnel of Trees is an excellent restaurant, Legs Inn, located in Cross Village. Here, take a load off and rest from your drive enjoying a traditional Polish or American fare meal.

M-22 is another often-visited color tour destination. This stretch of road passes along the Lake Michigan shore through the towns of Frankfort, Glen Arbor, and Leland. The highway travels straight through the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore offering an opportunity to enjoy an excellent color tour paired with a gorgeous dune view.

M-119 and M-22 are two very popular color tour locations, but much of Michigan contains beautiful colors in the fall. Anywhere you find a bounty of deciduous trees undoubtedly, each autumn, will transform into an array of beautiful colors. So enjoy a drive this September and October whether near or far, and keep an eye out for the spectacular change of autumn. While you do, look for any houses or cottages that are for sale in these glorious color-filled regions. Let me know what you find.

 

Back to School Transition

Back to School Transition

August in West Michigan is a beautiful time of year with gorgeous and easy weather. This month is also a season of transition. I recently had a conversation with a friend of mine who is a teacher. As his summer draws to a close, he told me about new curriculum and fresh teaching assignments for the coming school year. A look of both excitement and dread crossed his face as he laid out the details. I can’t say I blame him. It is difficult after a long break to get back into the swing of things. It can be hard to make that first step toward transition.

As families send their children back to school in this month of transition, people may begin to consider transitioning between homes. Perhaps you need to find a bigger home that fits your growing offspring. You may want home with a larger kitchen to hold your students and their backpacks and homework and friends spread across all countertops and floors. You may be looking for a larger yard where you can set up a batting cage, a soccer goal, or a volleyball net. Maybe you need a wide paved driveway to place a basketball hoop.

Perhaps you are past the phase of sending students back to school, and instead you are looking for a place to host family gatherings. This too is a transition. Maybe you would like a cottage near Lake Michigan, a getaway on an inland lake, or a cabin with some woodland property. That way, when your grandchildren or extended family have a break from school, they know exactly where to relax. You may be transitioning into retirement, looking to for a nice condo or a more manageable property.
Whatever type of home you are looking to transition into, I would love you help you find the perfect fit for where you are in life. Don’t wait to start looking and asking questions. Connect with a knowledgeable realtor. Houses in much of the West Michigan area are selling fast. Are you ready to transition?

 

Open Kitchens

Open Kitchens

People love open kitchens. When potential homebuyers look at houses, they often make note of how open the kitchen is in connection with the rest of the house. The draw to this open concept is clear. You can entertain far easier with a kitchen that directly links to your dining room and/or living room. The kitchen is far more welcoming. Guests carry on conversations as you make final preparations. With children in the house, it is nice to keep an eye on them as you whip up a meal for the family. Every parent knows that importance of multitasking. Open kitchens help make parenting more practical. Overall, an open concept kitchen provides a spacious feeling that allows more light into your home. Placing the kitchen in a back room disconnects the food preparer from the rest of the house when they should be at the center.

People care about open kitchens. When you look for a new home to purchase, it is important to critically study the food preparation area. Is the kitchen clearly connected to another area in the house? Or is it tucked away in a separate room? It is possible to update or renovate a kitchen, but anytime you remove walls, it is costly. Wiring and plumbing are expensive when renovating a kitchen. If your heart is set on a open concept, avoid closed off kitchens.

It is essential to know what you want in a kitchen before embarking on the home buying process. Inform your realtor about your kitchen concept preference. Let your realtor know if you are willing to renovate a closed kitchen if the house is right. That way your realtor will show you only homes that fit with your kitchen specifications. I would love to help you find a kitchen that is just right for you.

3 Tips for Buying Lakefront Property in West Michigan

3 Tips for Buying Lakefront Property in West Michigan

If you do a quick online search for buying lakefront property tips, you’ll find many resources, insights, and websites explaining how to discover the perfect fit waterfront home. I want to highlight some of the best pieces of advice from these websites and apply them directly to homes in West Michigan.

1. Know your ideal property. Do you want to a beautiful view of Lake Michigan, or are you more interested in an inland lake? Do you need a dock for your fishing boat? Do you want easy access to a marina? Are you looking for a large house to host family gatherings or a small cottage getaway? Do you want a move-in ready house or a piece of property to develop? With a clear picture of your ideal property in mind, I can focus my search to locations that will fully interest you.

2. Understand that buying lakefront property can be a complex buying and owning process. Along with the beautiful views and easy water access, homes on the lake often come with intricacies. This can be everything from more detailed insurance and more expensive taxes to Lakefront Societies or specific property laws. When you are looking into a waterfront home, I will make sure you know about all of these applicable complexities before you make a full commitment.

3. Find a real estate agent who’s a lakefront specialist. A realtor who has experience buying and listing homes on the water knows the ins and outs of selling and purchasing lakefront property. Many realtors can get lost without the specific knowledge necessary to find you the just right lakehouse. With my experience, I can help you find the house you are looking for in an area that fits your precise wants and needs. I’ll help you navigate through all of the beautiful intricacies of purchasing a waterfront property.

Ready to start searching? Please contact me, so we can find you the property of your dreams.

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