Carey Ford

Carey Ford

Real Estate Consultant

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • 231-383-1000
  • 231-334-3006
  • 231-334-3006
  • 6572 Western Ave PO Box 317
    Glen Arbor, MI 49636
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Striving to Make a Difference


Marketing. Has been my professional creative outlet for 30 plus years...impacting automotive, retail, education, not-for-profit and NOW REAL ESTATE.  In LIFE... I "Strive to Make a Difference"...and in working with my clients I look to effectively communicate, inform and assist them by providing real solutions through "Life's Adventures".

Speaking of "Life Adventures"


What makes us different?

 An innovative, creative approach to real estate

Try our state-of-the-art map search – with it you can quickly search the entire market. Simply type the address, city, MLS ID, or just hit the search button to get started. The large format map allows you to click and drag, zoom in and view detailed information and photos for all properties currently listed on the MLS.

Selling your home? No other website in the market will showcase your listing with up to 50 high resolution photos! In addition to advertising your property on my own website, I syndicate your listing to other real estate websites across the web.

Whether you are selling your home, searching for your next home, or have any questions about the process – I look forward to helping you!


 A "life adventure" led me to Leelanau County, Michigan where my architect husband, Jens, and our 2 golden retrievers (Sadie Mae & River Grace) now call HOME ! We decided to leave Chicago and move to the Traverse City area so that we could truly "LIVE" Life.  Living in Leelanau County we are surrounded by captivating landscape views, Lake Michigan, inland lakes, rivers, countryside, historical farms, vineyards and America's National Sleeping Bear Lakeshore Park. Daily connection to nature and small town living, makes Leelanau County a very special place to LIVE...WORK.. & PLAY. 

Discover Traverse City 

Traverse City...your True North Destination

Today's technology makes it easier than ever to work from anywhere and we have discovered...we are not alone with that new reality! The Traverse City area is now home to many residents that "commute" (internet or travel) to work OR decide to invest or work in one of our local small businesses... travel & tourism, health care, cyber technology, culinary, manufacturing, skill trade, agriculture, energy and entrepreneur ventures are all apart of Traverse City's growth. 

I work with many Buyers and Sellers that are experiencing their own "Life Adventure" and have discovered Traverse City and it's surrounding communities.  Within a 5 county area, choices abound...lakefront, riverfront, countryside, farm, small or in- town...DISCOVER which area meets your particular "needs and wants".  Let's work TOGETHER to navigate your "Life's Adventure"...whether it be Buying or Selling...a home, vacant or business property.



Client Testimonials

-  Carey came highly recommended both for real estate results and personal integrity!!  I told her my unfortunate story of why I needed to find a new home and it was meant with great compassion. My top priority was to have a wooded area and an attached garage.  I to need to say that it is very hard to find a place to live in my area, rated recently as the most beautiful place in the world by Good Morning America, on a teacher's salary.

-  Carey did not disappoint. We looked at many houses but the very first was the one I wanted. She knew it as well.  She listened with her heart and found the perfect place for me.  She said to me, “Today is a day of new beginnings and a fresh start!!”  She was spot on. I am extremely happy with my new home. It is perfect for me!! Thank you, Carey !!

- Carey has tremendous knowledge of the area and the industry.  She has an unlimited network of colleagues for support.  I would highly recommend utilizing her services and talent if you are looking for a  home in Michigan. She was a complete joy to work with and made our 1st home purchase in MI a smooth transition.Thank you Carey,  we love our home and can't wait to move.

I thank God the He sent Carey into my situation at just the right time, with just what I needed.  I had sold my home and made an offer on another home which didn't work out.  So, finding myself signing closing papers and waiting to be homeless, I was frantically searching for a home that I could afford.  When my Pastor's wife told Carey about my situation, she immediately called me.  She didn't hold back.  She showed me many beautiful homes that I thought I could never afford.  She made her schedule work with my schedule, showing me homes in the evening and on weekends.  We made an offer on a house I thought I wanted and it was rejected, which turned out to be a very good thing.  In the process, Carey showed me another house.  My thought was It was much more than I needed,  It was too big, but we made an offer anyway and it was accepted.  This has turned out to be much, much better than I could have ever dreamed.  I have been living in my new home for just over 2 years and I love it. Carey did all the work!  She made it easy.

-  Carey handled the sale of a small lot for us.  Despite the low value of the lot compared with other properties she handles, Carey gave our sale a lot of time and attention.  She kept us informed throughout the negotiations and we were pleased with the outcome.  We look forward to working with her again when we begin our search for a new home.

-  In August we purchased our dream house with Carey's help. she was awesome to work with because she listened and took care of our needs. Carey was with us, supporting and coaching through the entire process. We highly recommend Carey!! She is the best!! 
-  I enjoyed working with Carey on the sale of my commercial property.  She worked very hard to make it all come together, and I feel it was a win-win for everyone concerned.  

- Carey was not only through in presenting properties, but she made the process FUN. It's apparent she absolutely loves what she does. I highly recommend working with her.




Total Real Estate Sales (over 4 years)  $11 million 

Transactions/ 40

Recently SOLD:

5659 Maidens Road, Onekama- Buyer $232,000

11860 N. Long Lake, Traverse City- Seller $250,000

672 Strohm, Traverse City- Seller $215,000

934 Hemlock, Traverse City- Buyer $258,000

Previous Sales (Partial List):

11717 Sleepy Valley Trail , Empire,MI -  Seller/ $495,000

11909 S. Pokemon, Empire, MI -  Seller/$250,000

2950 Old Barn Road, Traverse City, MI -  Seller/$265,000

1571 White Oak Lane, Interlochen, MI  -  Seller & Buyer/$301,000

7574 Indian Hill Rd, Honor, MI  -  Seller/$222,000

2515 Scenic Circle Drive, Honor, MI -  Buyer/$335,000

1921 Wildwood Dr. Lake Ann, Mi -  Buyer/ $430,000

295 Marshall Road, Honor, MI  -  Buyer/ $260,000

6 Loggers Run Subdivision, Glen Arbor, MI  -  Buyer/ $380,000

5367 Gorivan Road, Frankfort, MI  -  Buyer/$322,000

3156 Wabanaki Trail, Traverse City, MI   -  Buyer/ $710,000

5714 Indian Hill Road, Honor,MI    -  Buyer/ $195,000

10488 Fencepost Rd, Traverse City, Mi     -  Buyer/ $428,000

4775 Birch Point Road, Honor,MI  -  Buyer/ $322,000




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2019 Market Information

Outlook: What Will the U.S. Real Estate Market Do in 2019?

We’ve passed the midpoint of 2018, which means some home buyers are starting to look ahead to next year. And a lot of them share the same questions: What will the real estate market be like in 2019? Will home prices keep rising, level off, or drop next year? Will it be a buyers’ or sellers’ market in 2019?

4 Things the Real Estate Market Might Do in 2019

Tight supply and strong demand have boosted home prices in housing markets across the country, while presenting challenges for buyers. Mortgage rates rose steadily during the first part of 2018, and then leveled off during the early summer.

That’s where we are now, as of July 2018. But what’s over the horizon? While no one can predict future housing conditions with complete accuracy, we can make a few educated guesses. Here are four of them.

1. We could see an increase in new-home construction.

We’ve seen a recent uptick in building permits nationwide, which could lead to a much-needed increase in new-home construction in 2019.

In a June 2018 report, the National Association of Home Builders stated: “Over the first four months of 2018, the total number of single-family permits issued nationwide reached 279,302. On a year-over-year basis, this is an 8.4% increase over the April 2017 level of 257,719.”

But there’s a pretty long lag time between the filing of a construction permit and the completion of the project. So the U.S. real estate market in 2019 will probably continue to suffer from supply shortages, with not enough homes listed for sale to satisfy demand from buyers. Which leads to item #2 below.

2. Most markets will still favor sellers over buyers.

Inventory shortages affected many housing markets across the country during 2017 and 2018. And this will likely continue, to some extent, in 2019 as well. Limited supply is also one of the reasons for prediction #4 below. An imbalanced supply-and-demand picture will continue to put upward pressure on home prices in 2019.

Of course, all of these trends can vary from one area to the next. Some real estate markets across the U.S. are more “balanced” than others, with enough supply to meet demand. Most cities, however, are experiencing low levels of inventory at present. The tightest markets are in the west — California, Washington and Oregon. But nearly every state is touched by this.

3. Mortgage rates could approach 5%, for a 30-year loan.

Here’s the short version: Mortgage rates are higher now than they were at the start of this year, and experts are predicting they’ll climb even higher by the end of 2018.

Here’s the back story: The average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage hovered below 4% for much of 2017. Then, at the start of 2018, it began a steady upward climb that lasted for three months. When this article was published, on July 6, 2018, the average 30-year mortgage rate was 4.52%. That was an increase of 57 basis points (0.57%) from the first week of January.

So clearly, rates are higher now than at the start of the year. The question is, what might they do going forward? And what will the real estate market do in 2019 if mortgage rates climb even higher?

In June 2018, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) updated its long-range forecast. They predicted that average 30-year mortgage rates would rise to 4.9% by the fourth quarter of 2018, and inch upward in 2019 as well. Economists from Freddie Mac made a similar prediction recently.

Update: mortgage trends to watch in 2019

What might the real estate market do in 2019, in response to rising rates? Well, assuming that event actually happens, we could see a decline in home purchases in the months ahead. But we don’t expect it to have a major impact on real estate sales.

The economy is strong and employment is high, so there is steady demand for homes in most housing markets across the country. A modest rise in mortgage rates probably wouldn’t do much to dampen it.

4. Home prices will continue rising in most U.S. cities.

Given the current supply-and-demand situation, it appears likely that home prices in most U.S. cities will continue to rise throughout 2019. This would be the continuation of an ongoing trend, rather than a new development.

According to Zillow, the median home price in the U.S. rose by 8.1% over the past year. They predicted that prices would rise by 6.5% over the next 12 months. This forecast was issued in July 2018 and therefore extends into the summer of 2019.

Of course, this too varies by region. Some cities might experience relatively small gains, while others could see a large jump in home prices. The biggest gains will likely be recorded in real estate markets with strong demand and short supply, like those in the Pacific Northwest and a few other areas.

Disclaimers: This article attempts to answer the question, What will the U.S. real estate market will do in 2019? These predictions are the equivalent of an educated guess. No one can predict future real estate trends with complete accuracy. This article is intended for educational purposes only and does not constitute financial advice.







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Board of Directors- Up with People, Denver, Colorado 2013- present

Advisory Board Member- Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, Michigan

President, Storm Hill Homeowners Association, Empire, Michigan 2017-2019

Communications Director- Glen Arbor Women's Club, Glen Arbor, Michigan, 2014- present

Donor/Community member Fresh Wind Community Church, Interlochen, Michigan 2014-present


BLS Business Administration and Communications, Hillsdale College


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