Michael Deem

Michael Deem

Serving all of Western Michigan

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • 616-262-3974
  • 269-857-1705
  • 269-857-1349
  • 269-857-1705
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Why I should be "Your Realtor!"


Having lived in the Saugatuck area since the late 1980’s, Michael Deem has witnessed the tremendous change and growth that’s transformed the area into one of the Great Lakes most sought-after destinations. After a long career in the vacation rental business, Mike has taken the knowledge learned in years of management in the Saugatuck, Douglas and Fennville Lakeshore area to segue into Real Estate Sales and the building of a network of invaluable local resources. His exceptional knowledge of the market from South Haven to Holland, coupled with his seasoned insider’s expertise having restored, lived in, and managed numerous properties throughout the area, make Mike the unequivocal go-to resource for all your real estate needs.

Whether you want a quaint vacation home in town or an exceptional luxury residence on the water, Mike knows everything there is to know about locations, value, property types, pricing, building requirements and zoning – not to mention every possible attraction to entertain you! He thoroughly loves his work, and enjoys the fantastic people he meets every day – many of whom become his neighbors and friends. ‘I love my job. Everyday I learn something new, and everyday I get the chance to help people… and to me that’s exciting and very fulfilling’. 


Mike is ethical and honest. Ask someone who knows Mike and you will be told that he is outspoken and opinionated, perhaps sometimes less tactful than he should be… but they will tell you that he is honest and fair… period. 

Mike is a local. Mike was born and raised in East Grand Rapids. After gradauating from EGR High School in 1984, he owned and operated several successful salons in East as well as downtownHe has lived in the Saugatuck/Douglas area since the late 1980's. His home and business are in Saugatuck but his friends and interests are spread all over western Michigan. Mike served on the Saugatuck Historical Commission and has served on the Township Citizens Committee dealing with the most recent washout on Lakeshore Dr. and has served as a board member on the Lake Michigan Shore Association. Mike  can be regularly found at local haunts discussing politics, music, art (and bowling!)… and the sale of your home!

Mike has the power of Coldwell Banker Schmidt behind me. CBS has been a family owned company since 1927. We have 42 offices in Michigan and Florida with over 700 agents. We do 10,000 plus transactions per year leading to over a billion dollars in sales annually. JD Power and Associates rank Coldwell Banker number one in seller satisfaction. 

 Mike is fun. He love music, bowling, golf... and he makes a mean margarita!

Michael Deem: Your Realtor!

Mike purchased his first home in Saugatuck in 1989. Since then he has lived in the area and now owns property in  Saugatuck, Douglas, and Saugatuck Township. He has successfully managed vacation rentals since 2001.  Having lived in the area for 25 years and having owned and operated vacation rentals since 2001 has a unique perspective on the resort home market. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell a primary residence, a second home, or an income producing vacation rental, Mike has the first hand experience and knowledge of the Saugatuck – Douglas area to help you through the process smoothly.

Mike's life before real estate.

Mike owned and operated hair salons in downtown Grand Rapids for nearly 30 years focusing on customer service in a modern atmosphere. McDonald - Deem/ Hair was his first salon followed by Kodde 4 Hair, Kodde Salon, City Salon and Echo Salon. After being in the hair business for 25 years he and his partner purchased an eight cottage compound on Lake Michigan. Mike and Jeff renovated six of the turn of the century cabins for rental and have now been successfully marketing and operating Timber Bluff for seventeen seasons. They have since purchased a cottage in Douglas called Helmer House and a waterfront luxury home on Lake kalamazoo known as 97 Park, both are vacation rentals. They also own a home in Florida on a golf course and that is a rental as well. 

Professional Interests

Having successfully owned and operated vacation rentals for nearly eighteen years, Mike is an expert in the vacation rental market. Saugatuck Douglas is a very desirable vacation destination having been named the number 1 weekend destination by USA Today and always ranking in the top ten on Conde Nast's list of getaways. Mike has the knowledge to help you choose the right income producing home for rentals. 

My Home Life

Mike grew up in East Grand Rapids Michigan the fifth child of educators. The primary foci growing up were education and athletics. His elder siblings went on to college attending great schools such as University of Michigan, Amherst College, Notre Dame, and Pepperdine University. Mike chose an entrepreneurial path and opened his first business at nineteen years old… and has been successfully self employed since. 

He shares his life with a partner of fifteen years. Mike is an avid reader, beach bum, golfer, and bowler.

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