Friday, April 27, 2007

Petoskey Featured in Midwest Living

The editors of Midwest Living 2007 have named Petoskey to their Best of the Midwest in the category of "Getaway Towns." According to the editors, their favorite "small town escapes include all the ingredients for perfect weekends: pretty settings, memorable lodgings and restaurants, plus plenty to see and do."

Petoskey is rightfully described as a "shoppers' and artists' mecca." Featured in the article are the sunsets at Bayfront Park, the Gaslight Shopping District, the Little Traverse History Museum, Bay View, Ward & Eis Gallery, Grandpa Shorters, Gaslight Gallery, Andante, City Park Grill, Jesperson's, and Stafford's Perry Hotel and Bay View Inn.

Other favorite getaway towns include Bayfield, Wisconsin, Galena, Illinois, Hermann, Missouri, Lanesboro, Minnesota, Lindsborg, Kansas and Marshall, Michigan.

Congratulations, Petoskey on being featured in Midwest Living's Best of the Midwest!


Petoskey Real Estate Sales Steady in 1st Quarter

Despite the seemingly poor state and local economies, sales of Petoskey homes and real estate continued to chug along in the 1st Quarter of 2007. The number of residential sales, including both Petoskey homes and condominiums, dropped only slightly in the 1st Quarter, from 49 sales in 2006 to 47 sales in 2007. This compares to only 40 sales in the 1st Quarter of 2005 and 53 sales in the 1st Quarter of 2004.

While unit sales volume was down only slightly, the total dollar volume of residential sales was down 13%, from $17.07 million in the 1st Quarter of 2006 to $14.86 million in the 1st Quarter of this year. Despite being down from last year's numbers, this Quarter's total dollar volume far exceeded the $9.43 million posted in the 1st Quarter of 2005, and also exceeded the $13.35 million posted in the 1st Quarter of 2004.

On a bright note, the median sales price of a Petoskey home rebounded to $180,000 in the 1st Quarter, up 11% from the $162,000 median sales price in the 1st Quarter of 2006. This compares to a median sales price of $183,750 in the 1st Quarter of 2005, and $180,000 in the 1st Quarter of 2004.

Note: Based upon information obtained from the Northern Michigan Multiple Listing Service for the periods from January 1 - March 31, 2004-07.

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