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 The Spring Season in Northern Michigan! 

Real Estate Market Update:  Current conditions in early 2023 are still overall a strong Seller's Market with low home inventory levels - this has become a "normal" trend in the last couple of years. As forecasted general appreciation levels of 8 to 9% for each year 2015 through 2020 and those figures were quite accurate. We have seen overall levels exceed 10% for all of 2021 mainly due to supply and demand forces. We predict a slight plateau in values coming in the next 18 months, though nothing close to the downturn that we experienced back in late 2006 to about 2011.

Commercial Real Estate has also experienced strong activity. For vacant land, both values and sales have been moving upward at a steady pace. Investment in recreational property has been "top of mind" for many people as a solid alternative to other types of "more traditional" investments.  New single family home and condo starts also remain strong  - though the costs of new construction have generally risen above Real Estate appreciation levels! Overall, this is a growing and popular area!

Other trends:  Increased interest in Agricultural and Marijuana-related properties as well as increased logging activity. Waterfront values are generally outpacing "average" property values due to limited supply and much better economic conditions. Mortgage interest rates WILL increase in 2022 and boy did they.


 TCarea.comLLC is an independent, locally owned company dedicated to the business of Real Estate and maintaining good relationships with the public and our clients. We are long-time members of the Aspire North (formerly the Traverse Area - TAAR) Association of Realtors. Our goal and commitment has always been to look out for the best interests of our clients.  Contact us anytime with your Real Estate wants, needs and challenges and we will use all of our resources to help you. Need advice or just have a general or specific question involving anything related to Real Estate? Just call or email us anytime - we will always take the time to help. 



Below is the public area of our MLS (Multiple List Service) system that covers Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Benzie, Leelanau, Antrim and many other Counties in Michigan (there are 3 separate Real Estate boards involved with our Regional-based MLS). 
We make this an open area because we know that the MLS has the latest, continuously updated information that IS accurate (unlike some other websites online). We do not require registration or anything like that. However, because this is the general public area of the MLS, there are a few things to keep in mind:  1) If a property is under contract (the seller has accepted an offer on it, but it has not closed yet) it will not show up this way on the site and may look to still be available. 2) Most foreclosures, auction type properties or short sales have specific requirements that may not be within the public advertising remarks of the listing. 3) Some details are not within the listings like tax info, surveys or maps.  You can always drop us a quick email if you need us to check something out for you - we are happy to help and can usually get you a quick, no hassle answer.
If you have specific questions about ANY area properties or would like to make an appointment to view something in person, please feel free to send us an email or call anytime (we are usually available 7 days a week).  We can also provide general area information or perform a more thorough search on your behalf. If you need a plat or tax map concerning a property that you are interested in, just let us know -  we'll get it right to you. If you need Real Estate Investment guidance or want an honest assessment about an area or topic, we can do that. We want your business... and our goal is to be diligent and helpful in order to earn it. Remember, it costs you nothing to have a dedicated Buyer's Agent to represent your interests.
Good deals go fast! Contact us anytime if you want "The TCarea Advantage" finding YOUR deal.
Thanks much and regards,
Realtor Mike and Deanne at


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620 Second St, Traverse City 49684    

 (2nd bldg east of Division - near West Bay)

 Anytime E-Fax: (231) 346-5970

Home Offices:  Torch Lake & Cadillac


We are a highly experienced, full-time team primarily serving the Northern Michigan Counties of:

Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Antrim, Kalkaska, Benzie, Wexford & parts of Manistee, Otsego, Roscommon, Missaukee, Charlevoix, Emmet & Crawford.

We love our careers and we will always provide honest and diligent advice or guidance involving any Real Estate related needs that you may have. We sincerely care about the people that we serve and we WILL take the time with you. Your Real Estate and financial goals are important to us.

We list and market all types of properties including: primary homes & condos, vacation homes, multi-unit properties, waterfront of all types, investment properties, vacant land/acreage of all sizes and commercial Real Estate.

We will represent all buyers for all types of properties anywhere in Michigan.  We can act as your Dedicated Buyer's Agent (at no cost to you). 

Our broad experience in Real Estate situations and transactions includes all "standard Real Estate business" and specifically:  Serving first-time home buyers, pro-actively searching and finding unique properties for buying clients, handling estate and probate properties of all types, dealing with divorce liquidations, family and corporate relocations, out-of-area referrals, helping property owners with foreclosure difficulties, bank-owned properties, negotiating short-sale transactions, 1031 exchanges, marketing seller financed properties (land contracts and lease with option contracts), development potential property, large acreage, land division issues, Real Estate investments (as passive or involved) and confidential/VIP representation.   

We are also consultants regarding property tax issues and film location scouting. 


We generally work 7 days a week, are easy to contact and most importantly, will accommodate your schedule. We are a little unconventional in our approach regarding the business of Real Estate (browse our photos and this will give you an idea!). We are also not afraid of creative thinking or getting our hands dirty if we need to.

 "Though doing paperwork in the office is fun, send me out to tromp around on a cedar-swamp 40 acres and I'll make a bigger smile!"  -Mike 

We strongly support the Traverse City Film Festival and the wonderful State Theature and have a love for the many great qualities of the region as a whole.

We also control the following other web domains (one of these is how you may have gotten here!):


If you'd like to talk about anything relating to Real Estate, please feel free to call any of us just about anytime!