- 71 Fourth Street PO Box 426
Suttons Bay, MI 49682
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Providing superior real estate service to my customers and clients is my top priority. Specializing in the Leelanau, Grand Traverse and Benzie County areas my expertise and extensive real estate experience will benefit you whether you are serious about buying or selling real estate at this time, or you are in the beginning stages of getting to know the local market.
Buying a home? Taking the time to listen to your needs and wants is what it takes to find the home of your dreams.
Selling a home? Giving your home maximum exposure in today's challenging market is what is all about. Over 90% of today's buyers shop for a home or property on the Internet before they contact an agent. Making sure the buyer's see your home is what is needed to sell your home quickly and for the highest possible return.
Returning Customer/client? Welcome back! I appreciate the opportunity to be of service, and a returning client is the greatest compliment. To those clients and customers who have followed me through my career, thank you!
Leelanau, Grand Traverse and Benzie Counties are among the most beautiful places in the world to live. People are surprised I have lived here all my life, as so many people endeavor to make it their home. I enjoy helping make that move possible, and nothing is more satisfying than moving a family back home after living out of the area.
Sellers -- Setting the Stage
Marketing the property is our job. Making your home stand out against the competition is up to you. You've heard about professional home staging, but the easiest way to make your home look its best is to remember what stood out when you bought the home.
Curb appeal: Stop at the driveway and take a look at your home. Is the paint starting to peal? Does the lawn need mowing, raking or do your shrubs take over the walks and windows? Moss and/or branches on the roof? Does your entry welcome you or has it become a storage area?
Interior: When you walk into your home, pretend that you are the buyer walking in for the first time. What do you see? Are you focused on furnishings and possessions, or can you see the lines and features of the home? What are features of the home, and not things that will leave with you? Fireplaces, staircases, glass block walls, window/glass door walls, countertops are all things that need to be seen! Personal clutter needs daily attention: newspapers, mail, shoes, etc. If you don't know where to start take a look at a decorating magazine, then take a look at your home and starting removing what you don't see in the magazine. You will be surprised how much faster it will be to keep your home ready for showings when you have minimized the content of your rooms.
Buyers - Be Ready
If you are truly committed to finding the right home or property, be ready when the opportunity arises. Too many buyers are disappointed that a listing has sold and they did not take the time to look at it. Today's market can necessitate taking time off from work or arriving late at a social engagement.
If you will need a mortgage to purchase your home, contact a lender and have a pre-approval letter in your possession. It has always been good practice to provide a pre-approval letter with an offer on a privately owned home, but if the home is owned by a bank you will be required to provide it when the offer is submitted. Waiting until you find a home you like, will delay your offer and it is possible someone else's offer could be accepted before you are able to submit yours.
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My career spans 37 years beginning with a company known as Schmidt Real Estate in an administration position at a branch office in Suttons Bay.
A chance to work with a group mainly handling resort property transactions in the village of Leland brought the opportunity to learn the business from the masters. In comparison to the present day economy, and for those of you who don't remember the early '80's, the market is not all that different. Imagine interest rates of 15-20%. Mortgages were assumable, and land contracts were common. The way we do business is what has changed.
By 1985, I had a young son who would soon be in school part time precipitating a transfer back to Suttons Bay. Choosing Coldwell Banker Schmidt Real Estate was a natural. Since that time I have been affiliated with other franchises and held management positions while continuing to provide service to customers and clients. In our challenged market, the need to devote more time to those customers and clients is a must, culminating with a final transfer to Coldwell Banker Schmidt Real Estate in 2010.
My husband and I have lived in Suttons Bay all our lives, and are happy our children are here as well! Customers and clients are surprised to hear that we have a cottage in the Upper Peninsula. They wonder why anyone would want to be anywhere than here in the Leelanau/Grand Traverse area!
It would be difficult to live in a small community and not be involved or supportive of the people who live here! My husband and I were both active with the local fire department for several years, Den leader and Den Master of Pack 131 Cub Scouts, and are members of St. Michael's Catholic Church.
Having a large family living in the area family often times becomes our social circle, but a great evening out with friends will find us having dinner at one of our favorite local eateries: North County Bar and Grill in Suttons Bay, Dick's Pour House in Lake Leelanau, Sugar Foot in Cedar, or The Happy Hour in Northport.
Long weekends at our cottage in the Upper Peninsula usually brings family and the chance to visit with friends who live in or visit the Curtis area, many from Suttons Bay!
Greening the industry, whether it's the products we sell or conserving energy and resources by the way we work is high on my list. Buyer's are looking for energy efficient homes, and houses made from renewable resources. Knowing what those components are and getting that information to the buyers paramount.
Listening to the buyer's needs, we are very aware that families are more likely to live with elderly and physically challenged family members. Today's emphasis is placed on easy entry, barrier free/universal, one level homes and we are watchful for them.
- Member of the Multiple Listing Service Committee.
- Member of the Professional Standards and Ethics Committee. We strive to instill good working habits within our peers, and offer the community a source to question the actions of our peers when necessary.
- Member of the National Association of Realtors
- Member of the Michigan Association of Realtors
- Member of the Traverse Area Association of Realtors. Past Board of Directors member.
- Memer of NOrthern Great Lakes Realtors Multiple Listing Service. Vice President of Board of Directors.
Real Estate Associate Broker
1,236 square feet