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Market Update April 2016

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Have you noticed all the pending sale and sold signs lately?  Our inventory is low and homes are selling fast.  Call or Text Deb @269-569-2095

Tags: fair market value, first time home buyers, forclosures, homes for sale, housing market, kalamazoo, Pine Lake, Plainwell, Portage, what is my home worth


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Are you considering to sell your home?  If you are one of these potential sellers, here are five important reasons to do it now versus the dead of winter.

Tags: Buyers, competetion, demand, distraction, fall, FSBO, holidays, houses for sale, housing market, internet, moving, open houses, selling, time to buy

Discover Pine Lake Michigan Plainwell lakefront Real Estate!

Beech Island Pine Lake, Plainwell Real Estate

Discover Pine Lake a piece of Paradise located in rural Barry County, Michigan, Pine Lake which is actually four lakes connected by small navigable channels. Kalamazoo is a short 30-mile drive to the south just North of Lake Doster, Grand Rapids a 65-mile drive to the north, and Battle Creek 30 miles to the southeast, Pine Lake offers a tranquil retreat from the busy pace of city life. The land surrounding 660-acre Pine Lake is typical of the low, rolling plains found in Michigan's Southwest Tourism Region. Here, the four seasons bring a full range of activity from wildlife watching in the spring and boating in the summer to scenic drives in the fall and ice fishing in the winter.


Pine Lake is a spring-fed lake with no inlet or outlet. Lake levels are dependent upon snow melt, rain, and evaporation rates that can lead to substantial fluctuations in water levels. The Barry County Drain Commissioner maintains a pump that adds water to Pine Lake, should the water level become too low. In the event of high water levels, seawalls are constructed to protect lakefront property. The four lakes that make up Pine Lake are known by their number. Lake 1 is the southwestern lake with its far west shore bordering Allegan County; Lake 2 is in the northwest; Lake 3 is in the northeast; Lake 4 is the southeastern lake. In addition to the connecting channels, several islands and coves make Pine Lake an ideal place for fishing and boating.


The Pine Lake Association is a non-profit volunteer organization that monitors conditions in and around Pine Lake's 11-mile shoreline not including the many islands found throughout all the lakes. The board and association directors address issues involving water level, invasive plants, and safety. The association publishes "Pine Lake News" and sponsors events that enhance the wonderful sense of community found on Pine Lake. Residents actively participate in the annual Pine Lake garage sale, Fourth of July boat parade, Halloween party,Winter Fest, Summer Pig Roast and fundraising raffles.


The majority of Pine Lake's well-developed shore is lined with vacation rentals, seasonal and weekend residences that come from as far as Chicago and out of state. Two parks owned by Prairieville Township provide public access to Pine Lake. One-acre Center Street Park is located along the western shore of Lake 2. Here, visitors will find a paved boat launch, pier, picnic tables, restroom, and parking. An annual pass and daily fee are required for use of Center Street Park boat facilities. Pine Lake Recreation Area is an 18-acre park with courts for playing volleyball, tennis and basketball, a ball field; play equipment, and pavilion with picnic tables, restroom and water pump.


Those fortunate to live along Pine Lake's waterfront will find opportunities for boating, swimming, water skiing, riding personal water craft, and fishing, stand up paddle yoga, kayaking, wake boarding, surfing, sailing, paddle boating, and swimming discovering nature at its best just outside their door on the shorelines of Pine Lake's many coves that are all considered no-wake zones perfect for kayaking, swimming, paddle boating and stand up paddle boarding. If fishing is your pleasure, you will enjoy the thrill of catching bluegill, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, crappie, or walleye.


Watching the fourth of July fireworks, sunsets and the moon light shine on Pine Lake will take your breath away as the lake will sparkle as diamonds during the sunset and the moon light illuminates the lake in the evenings.


Tags: just minutes away from the city!, Looking for a perfect get away? Discover Pine Lake - Plainwell's best kept secret

A great reason to sell now!


If you are thinking of listing your home this year, you can call our team at 269-569-2095 for a complimentary consultation!

Tags: Sell

Single Women and Homeownership

Home Ownership

Record numbers of single women are buying homes on their own!  20% of all homebuyers were single females compared to 10% that were single males.

Tags: buying, divorced, educated, home owners, Realtor, selling, single, Todays women, widowed

Why should you pay to have an realtor sell your home when you can just do it yourself?


Studies have shown that people are more likely to FSBO (for sale by owner) in markets with lower price points.

Tags: Buyers, FSBO, real estate, Sellers

What are the Most Common Costly Home Buying Myths?

looking to buy, get educated, rather than asking family, friends, co-workers

Misconceptions about buying a home could cost you big when it comes time to start looking for a home.

Tags: Misconceptions about buying or selling your home. Changes in Real Estate Market. Mortgage credit score zero down