Blog about real estate related issues, property, living and vacationing in beautiful Boyne City, East Jordan, Charlevoix, Boyne Falls, Petoskey, and Walloon, Michigan.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Make Your Wishes Come True--Happy Holidays!

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Hi Valued Customer,

We tend to hear a lot of bad news in our lives with the onslaught of 24 hour news, emails, and social media.  It's easy to think the worst of humanity, but I think there will always be more good than evil people in our world.  One thing I've noticed is there is an underlying optimism in all of us--that things will get better.  Isn't that what gets us up in the morning and start each day?  To work hard and demand more from those around us and ourselves? I started saying "make it a great day" rather than "have a great day".  Take charge of your own destiny and don't wait for something to happen.  If you don't like what is going on around you then get involved and make a change.  Even with all of our differences with one another, we're all in this together and we have to come together when it matters.

I wish you and yours a very blessed holiday season and a happy and prosperous New Year!  Now get out there and make something happen...
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enewsOur resort economy needs snow. Just like the sunny warm days are relied upon in the summer, our "winter" businesses need snow. We average about 114" per year and I can tell you have only had a fraction of that so far.  As you can see from this picture taken just a day ago, there is none on the ground. Skiers stay positive, the ski resorts are making it when they can! To see the current conditions live and the local forecast click the link below.

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Heating Up!

I try not to bore you with statistics, but I think many of you want to know--owners and buyers alike--what real estate values are doing in northern Michigan.  I took numbers fromall areas and all categories that have properties listed in our MLS from 2012-2015.  In my research I'm seeing an average of almost 7% gain per year in the median price for that time frame.  I don't need to tell you if you're going to buy, sooner is better.  Call me or click below to get started!

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BrettThanks to all for my best year in real estate!  I love to serve and when I succeed I'm able to give back to my community. I look forward to hearing from you in 2016!  Follow me on Twitter and I'll follow you back. @brettbinkley

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Real Estate Statistics are LOCAL

As a realtor, I get asked regularly how real estate "is".  As many of you have heard before, real estate is local.  For example, I serve customers in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties primarily. Current stats through July 2015 indicate that sales in Charlevoix County year to date in terms of number of transactions is even with 2014 268 v 267.  On the other hand, Emmet County is up over 32% from 278 in 2014 and 376 this year.  In terms of median price, Charlevoix County year to date is up almost 14% and Emmet County is up just over 7%.  These numbers are important whether you're a buyer or a seller so you have realistic expectations for your goals.  If you just read the national headlines you may be disappointed when your offer doesn't get accepted or or property doesn't sell quickly.  If you're a seller and would like a market analysis in an easy to read format, contact me and I'd be happy to help!  Or, if you're a buyer looking for an agent with your goals in mind, let me know.