Tom Darnton

Tom Darnton

Realtor

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • 231-675-9787
  • 231-547-4444
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Professional Background

Thanks for visiting my web page. I come to the real estate business following a 40 year career as a practicing attorney. ­I hold a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School and am a lifetime Fellow of the State Bar of Michigan.­­  I practiced civil law in Ann Arbor, Michgan for 40 years, where I handled numerous real estate transactions for clients. ­I specialized in getting good results for my clients without unnecessary and costly litigation expenses. ­I have an extensive knowledge of negotiation as well as an understanding of how to get deals done.

Specialties

My focus is on properties in the Lake Charlevoix and Walloon Lake watersheds. ­I know both the waterfont scene and niche locations within these watersheds where access to the "up north" life style can be more affordable.

Personal Background

My family has been in Charlevoix since the early 1900's, when my great grandfather arrived to work in the fishing business. ­My own childhood summers were spent on a Lake Charlevoix beach and I have been active in the Charlevoix community most of my adult life. ­I live in the family home on Oyster Bay and often commute to my downtown Charlevoix office by boat. ­I serve as the Lake Charlevoix Main Basin Monitor for the Tipp of the Mitt Watershed Council and the Lake Charlevoix Association "ambassador" for the segment of shoreline where I live. ­­­After a 40 year career in the law and a two year experience with cancer, I have made Charlevoix my year-round home. ­I now blend my thorough knowledge of the Charlevoix area with my extensive background in transactions to bring a unique perspective to any real estate situation.

Personal Interests

I live and love the "up north" life. ­I maintain a small but significant collection of classic boats, both wood and fiberglass. ­I love to sail the afternoon sea breezes at the west end of the lake, and to take in those restaurants on Lake Charlevoix and Little Traverse Bay which can be reached by boat. ­In the winter, I alternate between cross-country skiing and boat maintenance. ­

Community Involvement

I am a past board member of the Inland Seas Education Association and am currently the Lake Monitor for the west end of Lake Charlevoix with the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. ­I attend the quarterly meetings of the Lake Charlevoix Project which keeps me current on the ongoing efforts to maintain and improve the lake.

Education

I hold a Juris Doctor degree ­from the Univerisity of Michigan, where I also did my undergraduate work. Following my graduation, I remained a student of dispute resolution and, during the final 15 years of my practice, was often involved in training other lawyers in Alternative Dispute Resolution techniques. ­

Professional Interests

My professional interests lie in methods for achieving results through negotiation and cooperative endeavor.

Personal Interests

My family and I maintain a small collection of historic small sail and power boats. ­These boats are often seen enjoying the lake effect breezes on summer afternoons. ­During the winter, I keep active on skis and snow shoes. ­I particularly enjoy the month of February, when the sun reappears after Lake Michigan ices over.

Community Involvement

I am the Lake Charlevoix Main Basin Monitor for the Tipp of the Mitt Watershed Council and attend the quarterly meetings of the Lake Charlevoix Project organized by Tipp of the Mitt. ­I am an active member and past board member of the Inland Seas Education Association

Education

Bachelor and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Michigan.

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Good news about the real estate market

Here's a link to a recent New York Times article which suggests that the market is stabilizing. ­That is certainly our experience here. ­If you have been wondering about selling, please contact me directly to talk about market conditions. ­http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/18/upshot/after-an-era-of-ups-and-downs-home-prices-return-to-sanity.html?emc=edit_th_20150618&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=68514122&_r=1&abt=0002&abg=1

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