Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Petoskey Featured in "101 Best Outdoor Towns"

Petoskey is an ideal place for lovers of the outdoors, as recently confirmed by former Men's Journal editors Sarah Tuff and Greg Melville, who feature Petoskey in their recently released book, "101 Best Outdoor Towns."

In a nod to our "million dollar" sunsets, the authors state that "The Caribbean has nothing over the view from town as the sun extinguishes into Lake Michigan behind the creamsicle horizon." Looking for a romantic getaway? Pair the gorgeous sunsets along with "the back-in-time feel of the artsy downtown Gaslight District, the long beach walks and the views of Little Traverse Bay from the top of sandy Old Baldy, and you've got one of the most romantic spots in the Midwest."

Speaking of outdoor options, the authors point to the Little Traverse Wheelway bicycle path, the North Country Scenic Trail and the Petoskey State Park for hiking, fishing, swimming and paddling on area lakes and rivers, and downhill and cross country skiing at area resorts and trails. Our area has so much to offer outdoor enthusiasts. Petoskey's recognition as one of the "101 Best Outdoor Towns" is well deserved.


Monday, June 11, 2007

Things to Consider When Buying a Vacation Home

Amy Hoak, a personal finance writer at Marketwatch.com has written an interesting article for those considering the purchase of a vacaton home, entitled "Summer Lovin'."

The article has great tips and information for those considering the purchase of a second home. However, as a real estate attorney and broker who specializes in representing vacation home buyers, I have to comment on one suggestion offered in the article. Instead of a vacation home buyer looking for an agent who specializes in selling vacation homes, I would suggest they contact an agent who specializes in representing vacation home buyers. What a concept!

This is an issue pertaining to the broader real estate market as well. I believe that educated real estate consumers, when given a choice, will turn to someone whom they can trust to represent their interests when purchasing a property, as opposed to the sellers' interests.

Exclusive buyer agents, those who represent only homebuyers, and never sellers, have been recommended recently by Consumer Reports and Kiplinger's Personal Finance. To learn more about exclusive buyer agency, feel free to give us a call or drop us a line. We would be happy to help you find and get a great deal on a wonderful Northern Michigan vacation property.

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