Canadian Lakes, MI Real Estate News

By Lynn Afton, REALTOR® Near Big Rapids, MI, Mecosta County
(Greenridge Realty Oakmont)
CANADIAN LAKES FARMERS MARKET Date: Saturday, October 27, 2012 Time: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Be sure to check out the Canadian Lakes Farmers Market, this Saturday, located outside the entrance of Tullymore, Canadian Lakes, MI. Offering fresh flowers, baked goods, fruits, vegetables and much more, you will surely find a great fall value in locally-produced goods. Tullymore is a premier golf course resort area, with condominiums, gorgeous homes for sale, and many nearby amenities including an air strip and many lakes to enjoy all water activities! A beautiful area to live a relaxing and joyful life among amazing scenery and wildlife galore!
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By Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI
(Lake and Lodge Realty LLC )
One of my favorite places on earth is Canadian Lakes, MI. I am lucky enough to cover that area in my real estate sales and love it when I get a chance to show it off. Ammenities like both indoor and outdoor pools, several park areas, beaches, airstrip, 3 golf courses, playgrounds, tennis courts and even a castle. They have security patrols constntly monitoring the area to give the residence peace of mind. The development is ste up in sections with each offering a different feel. To the North of Buchannon the land is hilly and very woody. Gives you a feel of being on vacation up north. There are a lot of small no wake lakes and several park areas to picnic or just relax. South of Buchannon yet North of Pierce it is more flat and residential. The cottages are on smaller lots. This is wher...
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By Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI
(Lake and Lodge Realty LLC )
It's that time of year again for me to polish up my irons and show off my driving skills. For full disclosure purposes I will clarify I am referring to my "cart" driving skills not to be confused with any other driving that may occur on the course. This Wednesday, May 16, 2012 the Pioneer Group/ Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce golf Open will take place. This year we have the opportunity to try our luck at The Royal in beautiful Canadian Lakes. Just to hang out in Canadian Lakes for the day is well worth the price of admission. While I only play a few times a year this is one of my favorite events. Guaranteed good times and maybe even a little networking await. If you want to join us or have questions give Theresa or Jennifer a call at the Chamber (231) 796-7649 and they can help...
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By Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI
(Lake and Lodge Realty LLC )
Up here in beautiful Michigan we have a great place to come relax or live. It's called Canadian Lakes and if you are into Golfing, Hiking, Picnicking, Water Sports, Bicycling, then this is the place for you. There are 700 acres of lakes and 36 holes of golf. Always a great place to search when looking for that cottage get a way or retirement home. Prices are right for the buyer with deals in every section. There's even a castle to check out while visiting. If this sounds like an area you think your clients might like I do Co-Broke or have them visit my sites Canadian Lakes Real Estate or give me a call. Make sure to have them tell me who sent them or just have them bring your card. Looking forward to working with you.
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By Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI
(Lake and Lodge Realty LLC )
Canadian Lakes Festival of the Lakes 2010   Another "must do for you" is the First Annual Festival of the Lakes is being held Memorial Day Weekend in Canadian Lakes, MI. Canadian Lakes is conveniently located between Big Rapids and Mount Pleasant. The festival looks like there will be something for everyone right from the start. On Friday May 28th they are kicking it off and it runs thru until Monday where they are finishing strong with another parade and a 5K run. More info can be found on their FaceBook page: Festival of the Lakes. The model homes are open at Tullymore and if you haven't seen them this is a great opportunity. Look up Karen Nouhan and tell her RandyO sent you. If you are a rock and roll type of person you need to swing by Gregory's Grill Sunday night and watch my good ...
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By Sue Kempton
(Coldwell Banker Lakes Realty)
From the moment you walk into 12351 Lone Oak Drive you the feel attention to detail and quality of materials. This up north 3 bedroom and 2 bath home features soaring cathedral ceilings, 6 inch walls and a four season room all built on a 4 block foundation with cement flooring. The attached garage is dry walled and heated right along with the large workroom. Beautiful tongue and groove ceilings warm the open living area that includes 2 gas fireplaces. This fantastic home is a must see for retirement or full time living!
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By Rick Kempton, Broker Owner
(Coldwell Banker Lakes Realty)
First Annual Festival of the Lakes in Morton Township on Memorial Day 2010. Parade to be Saturday at 10amLights parade Friday night at duskTent with entertainment Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at the four corners.A work in progress...
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By Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust!
(Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions")
Short sales close at different rates, times and require patience. Who said Short Sales were named after the time frame it takes to close them with the lender?  Many buyers simply get frustrated with the process and blow off the lender who is taking their sweet time to get the process done. Sellers who are in the short sale process have to know this isn't always a slam dunk.  Lenders can be very difficult to deal with because of backlog of foreclosures and delinquent past due files.  They also have their own forms, processing methods and personalities involved. Buyers think these deals should go just a quickly as normal sales...Short Sales are anything but normal. I have had more than one agent tell me after their first short sale that was the last one they will do. As a HUD broker, I al...
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By Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust!
(Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions")
Over the past weeks I've been like everyone else... noticing the gas prices inching (jumping too) up a little more every week.  On some good weeks, they've even surprised and went down, a little.   But this week has been an incredible leap.  Here is Michigan we went from 2.49 to 2.75 for regular.  Where does it go from here?  Where are your gas prices at today?  The predictions say we will go higher because of the demand has outpace production.  Hard to imagine this is not a intentional attempt to raise fuel oil and other heating products for profit.  Here is something many may not know.  Out costs are directly linked to the strength of the US dollar.  So if the dollar weakens against foreign money the cost of goods goes up.  They simply raise our cost of a barrel of oil.  For many trav...
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By Lakes Living Magazine
(Lakes Living Promotions LLC)
The fall of 2009 is sure here!  It has been a colder and wetter fall.  The colors have not been as bright as in years past.  This big old maple is on the first hole of the pines golf course. Now is a good time to get ready for 2010, make sure you get a spot in the next issue of Lakes Living magazine.
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By Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust!
(Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions")
I have to say I love the holidays. I enjoy seeing the family especially the ones I like!  I do like all of them but some more than others...you may be able to relate.  I like seeing the kids, how much they have grown.  I like catching up on all the new things in peoples lives. We are empty Nester's for more than 12 years now.  The house is quiet.  My wife and I can talk in normal voices.  We are not ducking from flying objects or video games with shells going off or cars crashing filling the air with sounds. I love the smells of food cooking...I like eating it better.  We had made plans with the family to have thanksgiving at our home.  Just a small gathering of In-law....I affectionately call them the outlaws...they grin, not really a smile. Two days before Thanksgiving we get a call.....
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By Rick Kempton, Broker Owner
(Coldwell Banker Lakes Realty)
There is going to be a grand opening of the Canadian Lakes Specialty Clinics! Another new spot to check out is the Blue Cow Cafe, read some reviews here.
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By Lynn Afton, REALTOR® Near Big Rapids, MI, Mecosta County
(Greenridge Realty Oakmont)
For ten years the legislators and governors of the eight states in the Great Lakes area have been negotiating the The Great Lakes Compact, limiting withdrawal and re-direction of the Great Lakes fresh water to other areas. Passed by the legislators of all eight states, (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin), and the US House & Senate, the bill was signed into law Friday by President Bush.  Quebec & Ontario, Canada passed similar legislation. In 1998, an Ontario proposal for shipping 158 million gallons of Lake Superior water per year to Asia precipitated the creation of the pact.  For Michigan & other boundary states with companies that bottle water for sale, the jobs are still protected with allowances for withdrawal in containers smaller than...
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By Lynn Afton, REALTOR® Near Big Rapids, MI, Mecosta County
(Greenridge Realty Oakmont)
In the heart of Mecosta County, Michigan, lies a jewel "in the palm of heaven".  The new $7 million Tullymore Clubhouse is 13,000 square feet and the focal point of the $50 million Villages at Tullymore development.  The Tullymore golf course is ranked 14th of public courses in the United States. Also in the plans are a $10 million recreational center & spa, and new housing for 600.  The Villages at Tullymore also includes condominiums and "fractional" housing (similar to timeshares) overlooking the golf course. Tullymore is one of 5 golf courses in the resort community of Canadian Lakes, Michigan, including 2 public and 3 private courses.  Many lakes & rolling hills add to the beauty of the area, with abundant wildlife and recreational activities to suit everyone.  Member amenities inc...
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By Tammy Stone, "Eco-Green" Agent in West Michigan
(Prudential Preferred Realtors)
The weather used to be the common conversation.  Nowadays, our conversations focus around the high gas prices at the pump.  You'll listen to the talk radio as they discuss the oil prices per barrel and then how it affects us, the consumer.  The other day, I heard talk on the radio about how bike sales were now on the rise.  Maybe, with the higher gas prices we'll have a now physically fit America?  OR we could do a lot of complaining about the prices, start walking more, buy better high efficiency cars or suck it up and deal with whatever gas prices may come our way.  It's a choice! When you build a new home, you also have a choice.  You can choose to build with wood OR you may want to consider another method.  Let's face it ~ with the high heating and cooling costs and overall increase...
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By Tammy Stone, "Eco-Green" Agent in West Michigan
(Prudential Preferred Realtors)
As I continue to learn about home building, I have to admit that a lot of stuff used to fly right over my head.  I consider myself to be fairly smart but sometimes those builders just happen to talk in language (builder's code) that is not decodable to the average listener.  So, as I learn about all this STUFF and understand it, my goal is to bring things down to a readable and understandable level.  While there may be other reasons and added benefits for using a product, you unfortunately get to see what I see from that product. Honestly, you may wonder if some of these green things are important.  I guess it depends on your perspective and what's important to you.  Is it important to know that your home is sturdy and safe?  It may be important if your home is prone to tornados, fires ...
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By Rebecca Schneider
(Coldwell Banker Lakes Realty)
With the new Lakes Living Magazine published and out to the public I have been receiving a lot of phone calls from people who have seen it or received it in the mail.  So far the response has been fantastic.  I have really enjoyed working with all the people to make this magazine a reality, the advertisers, the president, even the printer.  It was great meeting so many people in the community and business owners all over the area. Lakes Living was once just an idea our president had to make a publication highlighting and promoting our wonderful area of Mecosta County.  We really needed something to let the public know about the recreational things that there are around here.  Canadian Lakes is the type of community that a lot of people amazingly don't really know about.   If you haven't...
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By Rebecca Schneider
(Coldwell Banker Lakes Realty)
What a beautiful weekend we had here in Canadian Lakes.  Finally some sun and warm weather.  Seems everyone was out doing yard work.  Spring is such a good mood season, the clouds are lifting and everyone starts venturing outdoors after a long, long winter.  Looks like every bit of ice on the lakes has finally melted, it is good to see the water sparkling again.  I can't wait to see some boats out there.  One of our fellow Canadian Lakers posted some great pictures on the Ann Mudel daily newsletter this weekend, of an eagle they spotted in a tree near their house .  I have yet to see one in person but more and more lately I have been hearing people talk about these eagle sightings.  I hope I get a chance to see one this year.  Speaking of the wildlife, it never ceases to amaze me the nu...
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By Rick Kempton, Broker Owner
(Coldwell Banker Lakes Realty)
There is still time to enjoy Christmas at The Birches!  The Birches condominiums are located in beautiful Western Michigan in the midst of the Canadian Lakes resort community. The Birches sit between 22 acres of open space and the Pines golf course. This provides you with a home in the midst of nature, yet just steps away from your very own resort. Your home includes all the outstanding amenities of the Canadian Lakes Association: access to the association clubhouselibraryfitness center5 golf coursestennis courtsswimming poolsbeachesboat slipsCampground and trailer park for guestsPrivate Landing StripShopping plaza with grocery, banking, salon, etc. Outstanding hunting and fishing opportunitiesEnjoy over 7000 acres of private resort community with 2000 acres of lakes and open space. The...
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